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Time to Burn Some Money! Jon M. Chu Is in Talks to Direct Crazy Rich Asians

It's been a dark time for Asian-Americans lately with a number of high-profile roles that could have — and many would argue, should have — gone to actors of Asian descent going to white actors. But here's something to get excited for: THR reports Jon M. Chu, the director of popcorn flicks from the Step Up and G.I. Joe franchises is in talks to direct the film adaptation of Kevin Kwan's national bestseller Crazy Rich Asians, a story of an American-born Chinese woman going to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's stupid-rich family. But if you're worried that Emma Stone or Tilda Swinton might appear as the film's protagonist Rachel Chu, rest assured that director Chu isn't going to let that happen. After the news broke, Chu tweeted:

Seth Rogen Discusses ‘Glamorizing’ Homophobic Language in Superbad, Seems to Be Super Sorry

Remember Superbad? The coming-of-age teen comedy starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera that dominated theaters across America during the summer of 2007? Seth Rogen co-wrote the film with his frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg, and upon its release, Superbad became quickly noteworthy for, let's just say, its use of highly colorful jokes. In a new interview with The Guardian, though, Rogen for the first time addressed how particular language from the film could be considered inappropriate.

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Harvey Weinstein Really, Really, Really Doesn’t Want People to Make Documentaries About Him

Back in 2011, Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project was released to very little fanfare despite being the first documentary to exclusively focus on Harvey Weinstein, the larger-than-life film-studio mogul behind Miramax and the Weinstein Co. Directed by Barry Avrich, the doc attempted to examine the prolific life and work of Weinstein through an uncensored lens, primarily by utilizing insider interviews and archival footage. However, the person whose cooperation mattered most, Weinstein himself, was less than enthused at the prospect of being a subject on the big screen. And that's putting it lightly.

In an excerpt from his upcoming book, Moguls, Monsters and Madmen: An Uncensored Life in Show Business, published in The Hollywood Reporter, Avrich explains just how incredibly persistent Weinstein was in sabotaging the doc since its inception.

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Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship Is a Treat

The elaborately formal period comedy of manners Love & Friendship has a different vibe than other movies of its ilk. The delight of its director, Whit Stillman, enlivens every scene, so what might have seemed stilted is full of human faces in exquisitely subtle states of panic. Heretical as it sounds, Stillman has improved on his source, Jane Austen’s pre–Pride and Prejudice epistolary novella commonly known as “Lady Susan.” (It was never titled.) The book reads like a novelist’s first stab at getting into her characters’ heads. But it droops with contempt for its protagonist, a narcissistic, impoverished widow with designs on a married lord and an indifference to her teenage daughter. Stillman has no evident interest in hating Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale). The woman must be defeated, yes, for the sake of her daughter. But she’s attractive, clever, and admirably indefatigable. Above all, she offers a means of entry into a realm Stillman adores.

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You’re F*cking Right David Ortiz Will Reenact His Speech for Wahlberg’s Boston Bombing Movie

It wouldn't be a movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing without a cameo from retiring Red Sox star David Ortiz, and you're fucking right it's happening: Big Papi is set to appear in Mark Wahlberg's Patriots Day, about the Boston bombing and its aftermath, as himself and will reenact his instantly famous speech at Fenway, according to The Hollywood Reporter. You'll remember that days after the bombing, Ortiz addressed the crowd at Fenway Park for an emotionally candid speech in which he declared, "This is our fucking city." It was a moment so spirit-raising, even the FCC overlooked the on-air expletive, and Obama called it one of his "proudest moments as president" — the Red Sox went on to win their third World Series later that year. Ortiz has previously appeared as himself in Jimmy Fallon's Fever Pitch. He'll reportedly set aside some time from the Red Sox schedule this month to film his speech, because this his fucking movie, too, and he's not about to miss it.

Emilia Clarke and Jack Huston — HBO’s Finest Brits — Are Starring in a Thriller Together

Daenerys Targaryen and Richard Harrow are heading to the big screen. Emilia Clarke and Jack Huston are poised to star in an upcoming cinematic adaptation of Joe Sharkey’s nonfiction thriller, Above Suspicion. According to The Wrap, the film explores "the true story of a newly married FBI poster-boy" (Huston) who, after being assigned to work in an Appalachian mountain town in Kentucky, is "drawn into an illicit affair with an impoverished local woman (Clarke) who becomes his star informant. She sees in him her means of escape; instead, it’s a ticket to disaster for both of them." The first-ever conviction of an FBI agent for murder scandalously ensues.

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ESPN’s Eight-Hour O.J. Documentary Is a Masterpiece

It was easy to love Ryan Murphy’s The People v. O.J. Simpson — the whole thing was a blast, from the Marcia Clark revival to David Schwimmer skewering the Kardashians. And though it played history as camp, most of the time, ultimately, that didn’t matter: The history was so rich we couldn’t help but take it seriously, even when it was fed to us as a popcorn reenactment.

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Anthony Mackie Will Take a Turn As Johnnie Cochran in an Untitled Police-Brutality Film

Anthony Mackie is exchanging Falcon's suit for a more traditional one, as Deadline reports the Civil War actor will star as late legal legend Johnnie Cochran in a movie about a landmark police-brutality case from the early ’80s. Other talent and logistical details on the Firm-backed project are scarce, but the untitled drama was penned by former Sleepy Hollow and Lucifer scribe David McMillan. It's based on Cochran's handling of real events in Signal Hill, California, where Cal State Long Beach football star Ron Settles was found hanged in a prison cell, the morning after his speeding arrest. Settles's parents hired Cochran, who sued Signal Hill for $62 million, according to the L.A. Times. After an autopsy showed the 21-year-old didn't commit suicide but had been strangled, Cochran won the family $760,000; the case became "a precursor to a lot of modern civil rights litigation in Southern California," per a Long Beach Press-Telegram report, and spurred a police-department overhaul in the West Coast city. Settles's case also further established Cochran as a nationally recognized champion against racial injustice, roughly one decade before he'd take on the notorious O.J. Simpson case.

  • Posted 5/3/16 at 1:20 AM

Birdman Says Tha Carter V’s Delay Isn’t His Doing — and Other Highlights From His Hot 97 Interview

Amid ongoing label drama and claims to the contrary, Birdman tells Hot 97 he's not the one halting Lil Wayne's long-awaited Carter V. "Man, Wayne always been his own boss; I never interfered," he explains in his interview with Ebro and Laura Stylez, from the comfort of his multimillion-dollar home. "Me not putting out Tha Carter V, why wouldn't I? I got a lot of money invested into Young Money and Wayne ... I think the world deserves a Carter V. Whatever he wants to do, I'm good with."

To try to prove his point, the Cash Money honcho says that, technically speaking, he could have stopped the other records Wayne has been releasing, but he isn't because he respects the younger rapper's hustle. Baby's lengthy chat, posted Monday, also touches on the future of hip-hop, forthcoming projects, and his pick for album of the year. Read on for more of those highlights:

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Bad Moms Trailer: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell Are Here to Redefine Fun Parenting

"I'm so tired of trying to be this perfect mom," Mila Kunis's character tells her fellow Bad Moms–in–the–making. "We all work too damn hard trying to make our kids' lives amazing and magical." That's why Kunis, along with Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell, will make redefining motherhood and taking down flawless PTA despot Christina Applegate top priorities this summer. Are these the three new best friends that anybody could have? Maybe — catch the SFW trailer above and the NSFW red band below for a preview:

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Get Ready to Spend Your Hard-Earned Tubmans on a New Harriet Tubman Movie

Hollywood's looking to make a few Tubmans — two, to be exact. Deadline reports that a film about the life of Harriet Tubman, the former slave who became a crucial part of the Underground Railroad, is in the works. Called Harriet, the project's set to be directed by Seith Mann (Homeland), with a script from Gregory Allen Howard (Remember the Titans). Marco and New Balloon are financing the film. Meanwhile, Viola Davis is currently developing a Tubman project at HBO, which means we may be heading for a case of Capote vs. Infamous once again. More importantly, who will play Harriet in this project? And is Octavia Spencer free?

The Story Behind Keanu’s Hilarious Anna Faris Cameo

Writing about Keanu, which came out this past weekend, New York film critic David Edelstein said, "I’d estimate two-thirds of it works, and when it’s good it’s sooooo good — good enough to make you want to see Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key and director Peter Atencio and co-writer Alex Rubens do it again and go farther out." And arguably no scene is more sooooo good than the movie's one spectacular cameo. [Spoilers about this particular scene ahead.]

"It was definitely the most touched piece of the film, for sure." »

  • Posted 5/2/16 at 3:38 AM

Report: Get Ready to See More Diddy in or Around Your Movies, Because That’s All He Wants to Do After His Next Album

In a forthcoming Cigar Aficionado cover story, Sean Combs underlines his nearing music retirement. The mogul's next release, No Way Out 2, will feature his "most honest and best" work to date, and will signal a priority shift. "I'm going to put out my last album and devote 100 percent of my time to doing films … I want to stop at a great place," he says in the mag's June issue, per People. "A final album is a great place to stop. I want to take a victory lap, to do a world tour and really enjoy it one last time." The report doesn't specify whether it'll be producing or acting after that, but Combs has done both — as well as some writing and directing — so be prepared for anything. The full interview, in which Combs talks more about his musical legacy, hits stands May 3. In the meantime, begin hoping this means at least one more Diddy Daddy appearance.

Captain America: Civil War Is a Busy — But Uninventive — Blockbuster

Given the relative dullness of the Marvel supervillains, the studio has resorted to making its colorful superheroes fight one another in Captain America: Civil War, a combination jamboree and ethical colloquium. There’s a lot of bloat, but the fanboy in us all will have a hard time not grinning when Spider-Man be-webs Captain America’s shield while Ant-Man scoots around pulling out wires in Iron Man’s suit.

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  • Posted 5/1/16 at 6:03 PM
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Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time Is Getting an Official Release After a 30-Year Production

Part of the allure of the bearded enigma we call Terrence Malick is never knowing what his strange, seemingly erratic work schedule will produce, or when. He took five years between his first film, Badlands, and his second, Days of Heaven; he didn't release his third film, The Thin Red Line, for 19 years. Since 2005, Malick has released four sublime films, including this year's Knight of Cups. And as if that wasn't good enough (seriously, it's a profoundly gorgeous movie), we're getting an even more highly-anticipated Malick film: According to an IMAX press release, the long-awaited, 30-years-in-the-making Voyage of Time will finally get an official release on October 7. The documentary film, which dates back to the late 1970s and is now considered a sort of companion to The Tree of Life, will be released in two versions, a 40-minute IMAX version with narration by Brad Pitt, and a 35mm feature-length edition that will be narrated by Cate Blanchett. The release describes the film as

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Female Filmmakers Have It Just As Rough in Europe As They Do in Hollywood

A lot has been written on the gender disparity in Hollywood. But to suggest that this is problem unique to Hollywood, or to America, is silly. A recent study conducted by the European Women's Audiovisual Network between 2006 and 2013 in seven countries (Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom) found that only 21 percent of the films made in those countries were helmed by women. Eighty-four percent of the financing goes to men (it's worth noting that financing films in Europe is significantly different than it is in Hollywood, but the gender disparity is not any different), although 44 percent of film school graduates are female. The EWAN has called for affirmative action to rectify the problem.

Captain America Brings Freedom to Foreign Lands With $200 Million Overseas Opening

Do you hear that? That's the sound of freedom ringing. Captain America: Civil War, which doesn't open stateside for three more days, brought democracy and the #AmericanWay to foreign lands this weekend, sticking a flag in a $200 million gross. That's the 14th-best foreign opening for an American film ever. Domestically, The Jungle Book, which takes place in the Seoni, Madhya Pradesh jungle (which is not in America), came out on top, clawing its way to another $42.4 million, for a three-week $252 million cume. Roar!

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Why Mark Schultz Isn’t in Team Foxcatcher

In Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, sibling wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz were portrayed by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo (who got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor), respectively. Dave was murdered by John du Pont (Steve Carell and a hawkish prosthetic nose) in 1996. Mark Schultz, who wasn't a fan of Miller's film, doesn't appear in the new documentary Team Foxcatcher, which focuses exclusively on Dave and his relationship with the mentally unhinged du Pont. His widow, Nancy, tells The Hollywood Reporter why director Jon Greenhalgh made this decision:

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  • Posted 4/30/16 at 6:07 PM

A Teacher Thought It Was a Good Idea to Show The Human Centipede 2 in Class, But It Really Wasn’t

A Tennessee teacher decided to show their class Tom Six's revolting piece of torture porn excrement The Human Centipede 2 for reasons that remain ambiguous. (It is in black and white, which makes it an inherently artsy film.) The film series, orchestrated by "director" Tom Six, concerns a crazy doctor and his eventual acolytes abducting people and sewing them together, butt-to-mouth, creating the titular monster. The third movie involves a crazy warden who watches the movies on DVD and tries to emulate them with his prisoners. It's meta because the same actor who plays the doctor also plays the warden, get it? (Here's an oral history of the series, though perhaps anal history is more accurate.) The Jackson Sun obtained a copy of a letter sent by parents to the school's principal:

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The Original Ghostbusters Is Returning to Theaters for a Very Limited, Very Spooky Engagement

In the event Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot isn't ghostly enough for you, Sony Pictures just pulled out a proton-pack full of good news. As reported by Variety, the original 1984 supernatural comedy will be released "in over 750 theaters across the nation on June 8 for the film’s 34th anniversary, with an encore date set for June 12" by Fathom Events, which is shared by AMC, Regal, and Cinemark Theaters. (Translation: There's a extremely high chance it'll be coming to a theater near you before returning to the vault.) In addition, starting June 8, Brooklyn residents will be able to participate in a three-night event hosted by BBQ Films, where a giant warehouse will be transformed into the Ghostbusters headquarters. Hipster Stay Puft Marshmallow Man ensembles are encouraged.