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Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Kwame Onwuachi’s ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’ Adaptation for A24 (Exclusive)

Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Kwame Onwuachi’s ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’ Adaptation for A24 (Exclusive)
Lakeith Stanfield is set to star in a feature film adaptation of American-Nigerian chef Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir, “Notes From a Young Black Chef,” with A24 on board to finance the film.

Randy McKinnon will adapt the script from the memoir, which was penned by Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein. Knopf recently acquired the publishing rights to the memoir, and the film rights were snapped up shortly afterwards.

Stephen “Dr” Love will produce, with Stanfield and Colin Stark executive producing. No director is yet attached.

The story follows Onwuachi’s unprecedented journey from childhood in the Bronx with a mostly single mother to opening a fine-dining restaurant in Washington D.C. at the age of 26. The story encompasses the extreme highs and lows of his path to becoming a chef in a mostly white, elitist industry, including financing his first catering business by selling candy on the subway, appearing on “Top Chef,
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Can ‘The Farewell’ Become a Summer Box Office Breakout?

Can ‘The Farewell’ Become a Summer Box Office Breakout?
A24’s “The Farewell” lit up the specialty box office with a stellar limited debut, making its performance the one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster weekend for the movie business.

“This is the blockbuster of the indie world this weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore.

The studio opted for a platform release, bringing the comedic drama directed by Lulu Wang to a handful of theaters before slowly expanding it across the country in an effort to drum up enthusiasm and let buzz build. It’s the kind of deliberately paced rollout that the company previously deployed successfully with the likes of “Moonlight” and “Lady Bird.” “The Farewell” collected $351,330 from four locations in New York and Los Angeles. Those ticket sales translate to a mighty $87,832 per theater — the best per-screen average of the year to date.

A24’s decision to bring “The Farewell” to a handful
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‘Personal History Of David Copperfield’ Will Open 2019 London Film Festival

The first domino of the fall festival season has dropped with the announcement that Armando Iannucci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield” is set to open the 63rd BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 2. What’s noteworthy about “David Copperfield’s” premiere is that it is strictly a “European” one meaning its world premiere should occur at either the Telluride or Toronto International Film Festivals in September. Considering Iannucci’s last film, “The Death of Stalin,” debuted at Tiff in 2017, we’re betting on the later.

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‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Will Open London Film Festival

‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Will Open London Film Festival
Slumdog Millionaire” and “Lion” star Dev Patel toplines period Charles Dickens drama “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Armando Iannucci’s followup to “The Death of Stalin,” which will have its European premiere on opening night October 2 at the Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square at the BFI London Film Festival. This year’s festival runs October 3 to 13.

This date means the film will first play one or more stateside festivals: Telluride, Toronto, or New York, where American buyers will first check out the film. FilmNation is handling international rights, with UTA co-repping the U.S. sale.

Iannucci’s witty dialogue and the detailed Victorian setting should be catnip for BAFTA and Academy voters, along with a starry cast including Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Gwendoline Christie, and Aneurin Barnard. Shot on location in the UK, the film is produced by Kevin Loader and Iannucci; Suzie Harman
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‘Legion’ Offers Marvel a Fresh Twist on Time-Travel With Real — and Very Strange — Consequences

‘Legion’ Offers Marvel a Fresh Twist on Time-Travel With Real — and Very Strange — Consequences
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains light spoilers for “Legion” Season 3, Episode 4, “Chapter 23,” as well as “Avengers: Endgame.”]

When Noah Hawley decided to infuse time travel into “Legion,” he knew he didn’t want it to be like other time travel stories — starting with the impediment to traveling whenever you want.

“On some level, if you think about the early days of exploring the world with maps […] there were huge parts [where] you just wrote the word ‘dragon’ or ‘sea monsters’ — we just didn’t know what was out there,” Hawley said in an interview with IndieWire. “So I liked the idea that time, as an explorer, is similarly dangerous — a vast unknown. Like any ecosystem, it has its own flora and fauna at some level.”

Legion’s” imposing flowers are the Time Demons. Yes, Time Demons: creatures that safeguard the temporal state of the universe and spring up whenever a time traveler goes back too far or travels to the same place too often.
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Moviegoing Memories: Carlos Reygadas

Moviegoing Memories is a series of short interviews with filmmakers about going to the movies. Carlos Reygadas's Our Time is Mubi Go's Film of the Week of July 12, 2019.Notebook: How would you describe your movie in the least amount of words?Carlos Reygadas: It’s a movie of magnets and sex and mirrors and fear.Notebook: Where and what is your favorite movie theatre?Reygadas: It’s a huge movie theater in Mexico City and it’s my favorite because it’s directly on the street, not in a mall or in a multiplex. It’s called the Angry Dog.Notebook: What is the most memorable movie screening of your life?Reygadas: I don’t remember any.Notebook: If you could choose one classic film to watch on the big screen, what would it be? Reygadas: The film I'd really like to see on the big screen is
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Duncan Jones Isn’t Sure He Can Finance Next ‘Moon’ Film, So He’s Writing a Graphic Novel

Duncan Jones Isn’t Sure He Can Finance Next ‘Moon’ Film, So He’s Writing a Graphic Novel
Filmmaker Duncan Jones is moving forward with the final movie in his “Moon” film trilogy, just not in the way many fans are probably expecting. The trilogy, which includes Jones’ 2009 indie favorite “Moon” and his 2018 Netflix misfire “Mute,” will end with a final entry that will make its debut as a graphic novel. The director recently told Polygon he’s unsure whether or not he’ll be able to acquire the necessary budget to make a third film, so he’s going the graphic novel route to ensure the story gets out there.

“Yeah, that one’s been done for a while,” Jones said when asked about the third and final film in the trilogy. “I’m working on a graphic novel of it right now. It’s a bigger film. It’s going to be a tricky one to finance in this era where original material on a bigger
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Kevin Smith Is Doing a Live Reading of His Never-Produced ‘Clerks III’ Script

Kevin Smith Is Doing a Live Reading of His Never-Produced ‘Clerks III’ Script
Following the anniversary of the nastiest tweet ever written about someone’s life partner, Kevin Smith took to Twitter to announce another exciting event: A live reading of the “Clerks III” script, a never-produced second sequel to Smith’s 1994 debut film which made him one of the most influential indie filmmakers of the ’90s. The reading will be a benefit for The First Avenue Playhouse, a self-described dessert theater in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey – Smith’s home state.

“This August – in the great state of New Jersey!,” the filmmaker tweeted by way of an announcement. “Come hear what might have been, when we read the unmade Clerks III script! There are only 80 seats at a pricey $100 apiece, but all the money goes to The First Avenue Playhouse (it’s a Benefit for them)!”

Clearly there’s a high demand for the undiscovered project, as the 80 available tickets quickly sold out,
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Die Yuppie Scum! Director Mary Harron on American Psycho

In her first feature, I Shot Andy Warhol, Mary Harron remembered the craziness of the ‘60s. With her adaptation of novelist Bret Easton Ellis’ satirical gorefest, American Psycho, she coolly captured the money-driven insanity of the ’80s. From our print issue archives, and appearing online for the first time, is this Winter, 2000 cover story: Peter Bowen talks to Harron about social satire, interior design, and Leonardo. In 1991, Bret Easton Ellis’ satirical novel American Psycho caused a minor scandal. Readers and critics could not agree as to whether its icy portrayal of the young, handsome, successful Patrick Bateman, an uber-yuppie who divided […]
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Die Yuppie Scum! Director Mary Harron on American Psycho

In her first feature, I Shot Andy Warhol, Mary Harron remembered the craziness of the ‘60s. With her adaptation of novelist Bret Easton Ellis’ satirical gorefest, American Psycho, she coolly captured the money-driven insanity of the ’80s. From our print issue archives, and appearing online for the first time, is this Winter, 2000 cover story: Peter Bowen talks to Harron about social satire, interior design, and Leonardo. In 1991, Bret Easton Ellis’ satirical novel American Psycho caused a minor scandal. Readers and critics could not agree as to whether its icy portrayal of the young, handsome, successful Patrick Bateman, an uber-yuppie who divided […]
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“Our Work Was Bound to Cause Discomfort…”: P.A. Carter on his HBO-Premiering Doc Series, Behind Closed Doors

One of the most complicated documentaries I’ve seen in years, P.A. Carter’s Behind Closed Doors is this summer’s not-to-miss film for true crime devotees. Debuting on HBO July 16th and 17th, Carter’s meticulously-crafted picture begins with the double murder of 13-year-old Aarushi Talwar and her family’s servant Hemraj Banjade in the Talwars’s upper-middle-class home — a mystery that immediately unleashed a media circus in the staid Indian town of Noida. But it was the whiplash machinations surrounding the subsequent investigations and interrogations, trials and appeals, that […]
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“Our Work Was Bound to Cause Discomfort…”: P.A. Carter on his HBO-Premiering Doc Series, Behind Closed Doors

One of the most complicated documentaries I’ve seen in years, P.A. Carter’s Behind Closed Doors is this summer’s not-to-miss film for true crime devotees. Debuting on HBO July 16th and 17th, Carter’s meticulously-crafted picture begins with the double murder of 13-year-old Aarushi Talwar and her family’s servant Hemraj Banjade in the Talwars’s upper-middle-class home — a mystery that immediately unleashed a media circus in the staid Indian town of Noida. But it was the whiplash machinations surrounding the subsequent investigations and interrogations, trials and appeals, that […]
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‘On Becoming a God In Central Florida’ Trailer: Kirsten Dunst Becomes A Pyramid Scheme Scam Artist For Showtime

‘On Becoming a God In Central Florida’ Trailer: Kirsten Dunst Becomes A Pyramid Scheme Scam Artist For Showtime
Kirsten Dunst doesn’t really work that much. That’s not a diss, it’s more statement of fact. Much like her “Spider-Man” co-star Tobey Maguire, her face isn’t everywhere and much like Tobey Maguire, I suspect it’s for good reason: both of them are swimming in “Spider-Man” residuals and none of them need to work much. This is a privileged position to be in, but perhaps more importantly from an artistic perspective, a terrific position to be in because it means you show up when you really want to act and work.

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Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach To Write Margot Robbie’s ‘Barbie’ Film With Gerwig Potentially Directing

Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach To Write Margot Robbie’s ‘Barbie’ Film With Gerwig Potentially Directing
The idea of a “Barbie” film has been percolating in Hollywood for years. Decades even. But most recently, the idea has been gaining steam with actresses like Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway attached to star at different points, with Diablo Cody sought out to help write it at one point. But then, earlier this year, it was announced that Margot Robbie was the latest actress to take the role.

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Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach to Reunite For ‘Barbie’ Film Starring Margot Robbie

Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach to Reunite For ‘Barbie’ Film Starring Margot Robbie
After cycling through a number of different iterations over the years, including attached and rumored stars like Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway and filmmakers like Alethea Jones, the long-gestasting “Barbie” movie is going in a decidedly different direction. Variety reports that Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have signed on to co-write the film, indicating that the feature film about the world’s most famous doll will likely have plenty in common with their previous features like “Mistress America” and “Frances Ha.”

Gerwig, who is currently editing her much-anticipated “Little Women” adaptation for a Christmas release, is also being “eyed” to direct the film for Warner Bros. Baumbach is also preparing for his next release, an untitled marital drama starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson that Netflix will release in the fall.

The duo’s screenwriting deal is apparently done, though Gerwig’s directing attachment has “not yet closed.”

The film will star Margot Robbie,
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Sinking Our Teeth Into ‘Crawl’ & Our Favorite Animal Attack Horror Films [The Discourse Podcast]

Sinking Our Teeth Into ‘Crawl’ & Our Favorite Animal Attack Horror Films [The Discourse Podcast]
In 1975, “Jaws” assured moviegoers that it wasn’t safe to go into the water. 44 years later, that sentiment still remains. Fortunately, it is still safe to podcast, so you’re stuck with another edition of The Discourse, the show where we discuss film and television news, reviews, and any other pertinent pop culture items worth weighing-in on.

On this episode, I’m joined by Meagan Navarro, and in the first half of the episode, we dive into “Crawl,” the latest film from director Alexandre Aja and producer Sam Raimi.

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Chris Evans Fires Back at Donald Trump for Being An Ego-Driven Racist

Chris Evans Fires Back at Donald Trump for Being An Ego-Driven Racist
Actor and filmmaker Chris Evans labeled Donald Trump a racist following a viral tweet in which the president slammed “progressive Democratic congresswomen” for coming from nations where the governments are “complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world.” Trump’s July 14 tweet earned widespread backlash over the weekend and had Evans calling him out publicly to his 12.6 million followers.

“This is racist, Biff,” Evans wrote on Twitter. “The only thing worse than actually being hateful and racist, is casually wielding hate and racism to activate your base in an unrelenting, painfully transparent, and crushingly on-brand effort to soothe your only true devotion: feeding your insatiable ego.”

Evans has long used social media to criticize Trump and speak his mind on a wide array of political issues. The actor went viral in June for bashing a homophobic organization that was planning a straight pride parade in his hometown of Boston.
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‘Super Size Me 2’ Trailer: Morgan Spurlock Aims To Create A 100% Honest Food Experience

‘Super Size Me 2’ Trailer: Morgan Spurlock Aims To Create A 100% Honest Food Experience
If you think that fast food restaurants have any sort of “healthy” options, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is here to tell you the hard truth — that’s a bunch of bullshit. 13 years after making waves with his documentary “Super Size Me,” the director returns to take on the fast food corporations one more time in the upcoming sequel ‘Holy Chicken!’

As seen in the new trailer for ‘Super Size Me 2,’ Spurlock isn’t going back to his old ways and going on an all-fast food diet.

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‘Night Hunter’ Trailer: Henry Cavill, Alexandra Daddario & Ben Kingsley Do Their Best ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ In New Thriller

‘Night Hunter’ Trailer: Henry Cavill, Alexandra Daddario & Ben Kingsley Do Their Best ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ In New Thriller
Thanks to classics like “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Seven,” film fans have developed a fascination with serial killer investigations in cinema. And it looks like the upcoming “Night Hunter” takes the best of both films in crafting its own crime thriller.

As seen in the trailer for “Night Hunter,” which used to be titled “Nomis,” the film follows a police officer played by Henry Cavill that is on the hunt for a man that abducts women.

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Sam Raimi Can’t Shake The Idea Of His “Unborn” ‘Spider-Man 4’: “I Think About It All The Time”

Sam Raimi Can’t Shake The Idea Of His “Unborn” ‘Spider-Man 4’: “I Think About It All The Time”
With “Spider-Man: Far From Home” continuing the recent tradition of quality Spidey films, it’s hard to forget that the world’s love affair with Peter Parker on the big screen started way back in 2002 with “Evil Dead” director Sam Raimi and his ground-breaking “Spider-Man.” What followed were two sequels and Sony’s quick attempts to reboot the character shortly thereafter.

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