Published 13 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for Antlers. This is the latest horror offering from Guillermo del Toro, who is back up to his monster business in this one. Del Toro serves as a producer on the creature feature, but it's Scott Cooper Black Mass who is in the director's chair. Based on this first trailer, it appears that's going to make for one heck of a creepy pairing, as this initial footage is ominous, horrifying and downright unsettling.
The trailer kicks off with a quiet child reading a story out loud to his class. It becomes clear very fast that something isn't quite right with this kid, or the story he's telling. His teacher looks understandably concerned. While that's happening, we're cutting away to footage of this kid's home life, which is anything but usual. It all builds to a scattershot conclusion of various, eyebrow-raising and terrifying shots. We get glimpses of the creature at play here, but it's pretty clear everyone wants to keep this movie's secrets intact, for the time being.
Keri Russell The Americans, Felicity anchors the cast, with Jesse Plemmons Game Night, Breaking Bad on board as well. Jeremy T. Thomas Lore, The Righteous Gemstones plays the young boy at the center of the story. As for Scott Cooper, he's helmed several acclaimed features in the past, but this is his first real stab at horror. His debut was the Oscar-nominated Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges, which was followed up with the thriller Out of the Furnace. Cooper then directed the gangster flick Black Mass, before moving onto the western Hostiles. So he's kind of been all over the place up to now. Why not tackle horror?
Antlers centers on a small-town Oregon teacher Keri Russell and her brother Jesse Plemons, the local sheriff, who discover that a young student Jeremy T. Thomas is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences. The movie is based on the short story The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca, who co-wrote the screenplay with C. Henry Chaisson and Scott Cooper. David S. Goyer and J. Miles Dale serve as producers. Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane and Amy Madigan round out the ensemble.
In addition to the teaser, the studio has also released a new poster, which is equally foreboding. It boasts the tagline, "Pray it desires not you," with a massive, creepy, bloody heap of antlers at its center. Guillermo del Toro has been busy producing, as opposed to directing, ever since winning his Best Picture Oscar for The Shape of Water. His most recent effort as a producer, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, has turned out to be quite the success. Will del Toro strike again next year? Antlers is set to arrive in theaters sometime in 2020. Be sure to check out the trailer from the FoxSearchlight YouTube channel for yourself.
Published 13 hour ago on 20 Aug 1919
etflix has ordered eight episodes of Sex/Life, a dramedy series from Stacy Rukeyser UnReal based on BB Easton’s book 44 Chapters About 4 Men. Netflix
Sex/Life is described as a steamy, female-focused dramedy that profiles when life and libido collide.
Written by Rukeyser based on Easton’s book, Sex/Life is the story of a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her past which takes a deliciously steamy new look at female identity and desire.
Rukeyser also serves as showrunner and executive produces with Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Dale The Shape of Water, The Strain, The Vow and Larry Robins.
Rukeyser joined Lifetime’s hit series UnReal in the sixth episode of season one as co-executive producer, rising to executive producer in season two and showrunner for the final two seasons. She also served as co-executive producer on Twister and The Lying Game, among other credits.
Easton’s self-published memoir, 44 Chapters About 4 Men, was the winner of the After Dark Book Lovers Shortie Award for Best Debut of 2016.
Published 13 hour ago on 14 Aug 1919
scar-winning actress Octavia Spencer is set to receive the Inspiration Award at the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards. GLSEN, an education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, will present Spencer with the award at the annual gala which will take place on October 25 at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles.
“GLSEN is deeply honored to present the Inspiration Award to Octavia Spencer, an actor who has devoted her career to diverse storytelling, promoting social good, and is a steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community,“ said Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN. “Octavia is a role model for combining art with activism and a true embodiment of the Inspiration Award.“
Spencer has appeared in critically acclaimed films such as The Shape of Water, Hidden Figures and The Help for which she received an Oscar. She has been an outspoken ally for LGBTQ rights, including marriage equality and issues surrounding equality and homophobia. With roles in LGBTQ-centric films such as A Kid Like Jake, she uses her platform to move the conversation forward when it comes to advocacy and impact.
The GLSEN Respect launched in 2004 and are held in Los Angeles and New York. The ceremony showcases the work of students, educators, community leaders, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of LGBTQ youth. Past honorees include Kerry Washington, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Julia Roberts and Danny Moder, Zendaya, Brendon Urie, Shonda Rhimes, and Carla Gugino.
Published 13 hour ago on 13 Aug 1919
Disney’s first quarter with 20th Century Fox was hardly a success, as major box office flops like “Dark Phoenix” lost the company $170 million. A new report from Variety, entitled “Fox Feels the Pressure From Disney As Film Flops Mount,” reveals how Disney is moving ahead on the Fox film projects it acquired after the $71.3 billion deal. The merger means Disney now owns and releases films from indie powerhouse Fox Searchlight Pictures. First out of the gate this fall from the 25-year-old indie studio is Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit.” The Nazi Germany-set comedy-drama is billed as an “anti-hate satire” and features Waititi playing an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler, hardly the content associated with Disney’s family-friendly brand.
According to Variety, the Nazi subject matter at the heart of “Jojo Rabbit” is worrying some Disney executives. Variety’s report reads: “The scathing takedown of Nazism may, however, prove a little too edgy for Disney brass accustomed to producing movies suitable for parents and kids. Searchlight has started to screen the film for its new parent company. Halfway through one recent viewing one executive grew audibly uncomfortable, worrying aloud that the material would alienate Disney fans.”
Disney and Waititi have a great relationship after the New Zealand filmmaker worked on the Marvel Cinematic Universe entry “Thor: Ragnarok,” which grossed $854 million worldwide. Waititi was clearly a beloved figure by Disney as Marvel announced at Comic-Con the director would return to helm the November 2021 sequel “Thor: Love and Thunder.” “Jojo Rabbit” was developed and produced at Fox Searchlight before the Disney merger and is now one of the titles Disney is releasing this fall.
One reason Waititi’s Nazi satire might ease Disney executives’ fears is that it’s a major awards hopeful. “Jojo Rabbit” will world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, a launching pad for Oscar films, and is one of Fox Searchlight’s potential fall awards contenders alongside “Lucy in the Sky” and “A Hidden Life.” Searchlight has a long history of dominating the Oscars, winning Best Picture for “The Shape of Water” in 2018 and scoring 10 Oscar nominations for “The Favourite” earlier this year. Acquiring Fox Searchlight has given Disney a big break into Oscar season. Should “Jojo Rabbit” deliver with Oscar voters, the subject matter might be easier for the Mouse House to swallow. More importantly, a “Jojo Rabbit” success will prove to Disney that edgy, left-of-center concepts are still profitable on the indie level.
“Jojo Rabbit” opens in theaters nationwide October 18.
Published 13 hour ago on 09 Aug 1919
With Guillermo del Toro’s next film as director/writer, “Nightmare Alley,” now taking shape with cast members Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper tapped to star, the Academy Award-winning Mexican director is beginning to spill details about the upcoming film.
Del Toro, who just received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said in an interview with Collider that his forthcoming adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham's 1946 true-crime pulp novel will have “no supernatural elements” and that “Nightmare Alley” is “just a really straight, really dark story.” He added that the book has afforded him “the first chance I have to do a real underbelly-of-society type of movie.”
When asked what kind of rating he expects the film to have, del Toro said, it “will be a big R. Double R!” The seedy story drops us into the demimonde of 1940s American show business, and introduces us to the sleazy denizens of a carnival filled with grifters, charlatans, and noir-like femme fatales. Bradley Cooper is set to play a corrupt con man opposite Cate Blanchett's equally nefarious female psychiatrist. Together they team up to swindle innocents, only to end up manipulating each other.
Del Toro is writing the screenplay with Kim Morgan former muse, and now ex-wife, of avant-garde filmmaker Guy Maddin, with whom del Toro attended the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony, where he was crowned Best Director and winner of Best Picture for the hard-R-rated “The Shape of Water.”
Snce cleaning up at the Oscars, he has completed production on Scott Cooper's “Antlers,“ and also co-wrote and produced “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,“ the Alvin Schwarz adaptation hitting theaters August 9. “Nightmare Alley” is meant to start shooting in January, with “Shape of Water” distributor Fox Searchlight also releasing this film.
The filmmaker has remained just as busy when not behind the camera. After an introduction by singer Lana del Rey, the Mexican filmmaker used his Hollywood star ceremony on Wednesday to make a political statement. “Right now, we are in a moment of great fear,“ he said “Great fear and great division because that's why fear is used. It's used to divide us. It's used to tell us that we're different, that we shouldn't trust each other.“