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Welcome back, fans of physical media. There are several great Blu-ray releases hitting the shelves this week, and if you’re one of those weirdos like me who cherishes physical copies, you’re going to want to grab some if not all of these. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.Knives Out
One of the most entertaining movies of last year, Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out is both a send-up of and a loving tribute to whodunits – specifically locked room mysteries in which a gaggle of colorful characters are all treated as suspects. Daniel Craig‘s private detective Benoit Blanc gets top billing here, but he’s actually a secondary character. The film truly belongs to Ana de Armas, playing Marta, the immigrant nurse of a wealthy author Christopher Plummer. After the author turns up dead by apparent suicide, things take a turn for the surreal as the dead man’s family jockey for his inheritance. Johnson has so many tricks up his sleeve here that it borders on the absurd – and that’s part of the fun. Just when you think you’ve got Knives Out figured out, a new twist arises and shows you how wrong you’ve been.
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You might assume that knowing the twist or rather, twists of Knives Out makes for a less-fun rewatch. But you’d be wrong! Knives Out is inherently rewatchable. In fact, rewatching it helps you pick up on the clues you missed the first time around. In addition to the film itself, you get two different commentary tracks – one with Rian Johnson, DOP Steve Yedlin, and frequent Johnson player Noah Segan; one Johnson recorded to be used in theaters. Johnson is a filmmaker who knows his stuff, making his commentary tracks must-listens. And if that isn’t enough for you, there’s a 2-hour making-of featurette.
Special Features Include:Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Rian Johnson, Director of Photography Steve Yedlin, and Actor Noah Segan In-Theatre Commentary by Rian Johnson Deleted Scene: “Bicycling Accident” with Optional Audio Commentary by Rian Johnson Deleted Scene: “Don’t Do Anything Rash” with Optional Audio Commentary by Rian Johnson “Making a Murder” Eight-Part Documentary “Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder” Featurette Writer-Director and Cast Q&A Marketing Gallery “Meet the Thrombeys” Viral Ads Frozen 2
There seem to be two camps regarding Frozen 2. On one side you have those who think this is a step-down from the original. And then on the other you have people like me, who think this is, in fact, the superior film. The original Frozen is good, don’t get me wrong. But it kind of runs out of energy midway through, and never really recovers. That doesn’t happen...
Celebrated writer/director Marielle Heller has lined up her first project since 2019’s Mr. Rogers biopic “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” According to a new report from Deadline, Heller will re-team with that film’s financier, Big Beach, for “Five Women,” a limited series centered on a serial sexual harasser and his effects on his female employees. Heller will direct the series, based on an episode of the NPR show “This American Life.”
The announcement of the new series arrives as the Harvey Weinstein trial deliberations are underway in New York City — and the #MeToo response that followed the outing of Weinstein as an alleged sexual predator in the fall of 2017 inspired the March 2018 episode of the podcast. “Five Women” tells the story of several disparate women connected by the boss who sexual harasses them in the workplace. The podcast and series look back and forth at who they were before and after these experiences.
Since breaking out of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” Marielle Heller has made the movies and projects she’s wanted to make. That includes last year’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ” — which earned Tom Hanks a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination — but also 2018’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Another fact-based film, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” earned screenwriters Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant Actress and Supporting Actor nominations.
Back at the December 2019 SFFILM Awards Night, where she was honored with the Irving M. Levin Award for Film Direction, Marielle Heller told IndieWire, “I just don't think I would be good at making a movie I wasn't in love with, so it's just my own self-preservation that I haven't decided to make a movie I knew I couldn't make well. I don't want to fail and I feel a responsibility to other filmmakers, especially for other women filmmakers or non-binary filmmakers. I want to do them proud and help open doors for other people who are not getting the same opportunities as I am.” “Five Women” certainly sounds in line with Heller’s commitment to thoughtful projects that open doors for women.
Heller also serves as showrunner and executive producer through her new outfit Defiant by Nature, which has a first-look deal with Big Beach, financier of “A Beautiful Day” but also filmmaker Lulu Wang’s 2019 indie hit “The Farewell.” This is not Big Beach’s first foray into television, as the studio also backed the Elizabeth Olsen-starring Facebook Watch series “Sorry for Your Loss,” canceled in January 2020; the Starz drama...
An update arrived via Hanks' official Twitter account on Saturday, where he thanked the Australian medical staff for their care while in isolation.
Upon their return to the United States from Australia, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson posted an update on their situation since revealing their coronavirus diagnosis earlier this month. The message arrived via Hanks' official Twitter account on Saturday.
"Hey, Folks... We're home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing," wrote the actor. "Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx."
The pair, both 63, went public with their diagnosis on March 12 after exhibiting mild symptoms, such as chills, fatigue and a slight fever. They received treatment in an Australian hospital — Hanks was there for pre-production on Baz Luhrmann's untitled Elvis Presley movie — and continued to deliver updates throughout. In an Instagram post on March 17, Hanks assured the public, "We're all in this together. Flatten the curve."
Queensland Health, the Australian government department overseeing the outbreak in the state, believe that Hanks and Wilson may have contracted the virus in the U.S., or during transit.
As of this writing, the John Hopkins University Resource Center indicates that there are 115,547 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., with over 1,891 reported deaths.
pic.twitter.com/f6wLTkz90m— Tom Hanks @tomhanks March 28, 2020
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: