Richard Wright Novel ‘Native Son’ to Become Feature Film
Richard Wright’s classic novel “Native Son” is coming to the big screen, with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks signed on to adapt the book for a feature film. Photographer Rashid Johnson will direct the film in his feature debut. Last year, Johnson became the first artist in nearly four decades to be named to the Board of Trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum. The film will be produced by Bow and Arrow Entertainment, which acquired the rights to the 1940 classic. “Native Son,” which elevated Wright to national prominence, follows a 20-year-old African-American man named Bigger Thomas from impoverished. »
- Matt Pressberg
‘Man in the High Castle’ Regular Michael Gaston Books Film Roles Opposite Ethan Hawke, Edie Falco (Exclusive)
“The Man in the High Castle” regular Michael Gaston has booked roles in films opposite Ethan Hawke and Edie Falco, TheWrap has learned exclusively. The first film is Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed.” Gaston is featured opposite Hawke and Amanda Seyfried in the role of Balq, a powerful and respected man who gives a large sum of money to a church’s “First Reformed 250th Anniversary Celebration” but expects certain things from the church in return. The film is set to be released in 2018. In director Nicole Holofcener’s “Land of Steady Habits,” Gaston stars opposite Ben Mendelsohn, Falco and Hope Davis in the. »
- Joe Otterson
‘The Discovery’ Is Dangerous In New Trailer For Sci-Fi Starring Rooney Mara & Jason Segel
While “The Discovery” landed at the Sundance Film Festival last month boasting star power — Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Robert Redford — and a nifty premise, reaction was mixed on the sci-fi movie. But we’ll watching anything with that cast, and we can’t help but continue to be intrigued by the film, which now has a new trailer.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rushes. Proust, Seijun Suzuki, "Song to Song" & "Zama" Trailers
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSSeijun SuzukiThe great Japanese studio rabble rouser Seijun Suzuki, best known for his crazed remixes of pulp genre films in the late 1950s and 1960s (Tokyo Drifter, Branded to Kill) and also for his late career renaissance (Pistol Opera, Princess Raccoon), has died at the age of 92.On the other side of the industry, Time critic and documentary filmmaker Richard Shickel has also passed away.On a more positive note, the second film program for the great Knoxville music festival Big Eats has been announced, and it's a humdinger, ranging from a focus on directors Jonathan Demme and Kevin Jerome Everson to programs of new avant-garde work.Recommended Viewinga researcher in Quebec has identified the only known moving image footage of Marcel Proust, found in a 1904 recording of a wedding.Finally, a view at Terrence Malick's long-in-the-works drama set in the Austin music scene, »
Oscar Host Jimmy Kimmel Says “There’s Nothing Serious About The Movies,” Wishes ‘Deadpool’ Got Nominated
We’re a few days away from the Oscars, the annual celebration of the artistry of the medium. As the major studios increasingly pivot to blockbusters, one could argue the show is even more important than ever in shining the spotlight on the kinds of movies that are getting more difficult to make. Would “La La Land” have made over $340 million worldwide were it not in the awards conversation all season long?
- Kevin Jagernauth
Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Is Headed To Netflix
Given the climate of the film industry, perhaps this was inevitable. Martin Scorsese’s next film, the long gestating “The Irishman” is heading to Netflix, in one of the streaming service’s biggest power plays.
The project was originally set up for domestic distribution at Paramount, Scorsese’s longtime home of late, for pictures like “Shutter Island,” “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” and “Silence,” with indie upstarts Stx acquiring significant foreign rights last summer for $50 million.
- Rodrigo Perez
How Natalie Portman Found the Woman Behind the Icon in ‘Jackie’: Awards Spotlight
Jackie Kennedy has been portrayed plenty of times, but in Pablo Larraín’s daring and thoroughly original “Jackie,” Natalie Portman had to shed the expectations and assumptions attached to the perennially pillbox-hatted American icon.
Mostly set in the weeks immediately following President Kennedy’s assassination, Portman was tasked with portraying a mourning, heartbroken Jackie who is also hellbent on establishing a legacy for her husband and family. Larraín’s film neatly shifts between past and present, providing rich and often unexpected looks inside Jackie’s life and psyche. The result is one of the year’s finest performances, and a new high-water mark for the Best Actress-winning performer.
Portman recently chatted with IndieWire about crafting a character whom so many people thought they knew already .For her, the key was finding the woman beyond “the fashion and the hair” and unearthing the sensitive soul who enchanted the nation. Portman “focused »
- Kate Erbland
The Best Murder Mystery Series Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: What is your favorite murder mystery show?
Erik Adams (@ErikMAdams), A.V. Club
It has to be “Twin Peaks,” right? I’m one of those annoying people who insists the show is so much more than “Who killed Laura Palmer?”, but that is our entry point to David Lynch and Mark Frost’s weird little world, and the question that briefly made “Twin Peaks” a pop-culture phenomenon. And the chapters of the series that deal with finding Laura’s murderer are some of the most compelling, from the dream-sequence enhanced “Zen, Or The Skill To Catch A Killer” or the eventual solution to the mystery, a »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ And, Yes, ‘La La Land’ Take Top Costume Designer Guild Awards
The 2017 Costume Guild Awards were officially the last guild honor to be handed out before the Academy Awards and, surprise, “La La Land” town its category, Excellence in Contemporary Film. Two films that were not nominated for the Oscar, “Doctor Strange” and “Hidden Figures,” won the Fantasy and Period categories respectively.
Television winners included “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” “The Crown” and “Game of Thrones.”
A list of all of this year’s nominees and winners are as follows.
- Gregory Ellwood
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Revival Gets First Look Photo, Netflix Release Date
Funded by a Kickstarter campaign that earned over $5.7 million dollars directly from the show’s insanely loyal fanbase, “MST3K” Season 11 (essentially) will stream all 14 episodes on Netflix beginning April 14, 2017.
Original host Joel Hodgson tapped Nerdist favorite Jonah Ray to star as the latest hapless human forced to watch terrible movies for science, accompanied by his robot friends Crow and Tom Servo (voiced in the revival by comedian Hampton Yount and “Grace and Frankie” star Baron Vaughn). Terrorizing Jonah is Felicia Day as evil scientist Kinga Forrester, assisted by Patton Oswalt as TV’s Son of TV’s Frank.
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘The Detour’ Review: Season 2 Switches Drivers, Keeps Pushing the Boundaries of Family Comedy
Even after Season 1, it was clear “The Detour” was a deceptive title. Though Nate Parker’s seemingly impulsive but truly diabolical decision to drive (rather than fly) the family from Syracuse, New York to Florida pushed the exceedingly wild story forward, the altered route wasn’t really the focus of a family comedy unraveling more mysteries than most soap operas. Week after week as the Parkers made their lengthy journey south, and new secrets were unveiled about Nate (Jason Jones), Robin (Natalie Zea), and their two kids, Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich) and Jared (Liam Carroll).
But the titular detour wasn’t the road trip itself, nor was it what was uncovered because of it. “The Detour’s” larger purpose was to take us on a trip out of our comfort zone. The TBS original is built to deconstruct our understanding of family comedies and family dynamics in general. Doing so while »
- Ben Travers
Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s ‘The Irishman’ Headed to Netflix — Exclusive
In a sign of the ongoing power shift in Hollywood, Martin Scorsese’s $100-million gangster movie “The Irishman,” his ninth starring Robert De Niro, has been scooped up by Netflix, which is in the process of closing a deal to release the movie to its 93 million subscribers in 190 countries.
The movie was going to be backed by Paramount Pictures, but with its 12-year chairman Brad Grey heading out the door, Scorsese’s team put together another package. As someone close to the deal put it, “Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks. This way, he can make the project he wants.”
- Anne Thompson
Daniel Clowes Says He’s Forgiven Shia Labeouf, and Donald Trump Is the Reason Why
If you don’t know David Clowes from his graphic novels, like “Ghost World” and “David Boring,” you might remember hearing his name when Shia Labeouf was accused of plagiarizing him four years ago. In a new Daily Beast interview, Clowes says he’s forgiven the actor-turned–installation artist — at least for now. The cause of his softened feelings? The fact that they’re both opposed to Donald Trump.
Read More: Labeouf, Rönkkö & Turner’s ‘He Will Not Divide Us’ Finds New Home After NYC Closing
Labeouf’s most recent installation, He Will Not Divide Us, is a 24/7/365 live-stream planned to last the entirety of Trump’s first term. Originally set up in front of New York’s Museum of the Moving Image, it’s now being relocated to the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico after Momi decided that too many conflicts had broken out at the contentious space. »
- Michael Nordine
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