This week, Justin Chon's Ms. Purplewill make its Los Angeles debut at the Nuart, attempting to gain some traction when it expands to New York and other markets in the following weeks. The film premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim and was acquired by Oscilloscope shortly after. The intimate storytelling of Ms. Purple, which tells the tale of two estranged siblings in L.A.'s Koreatown, matches that of his previous film Gook, also a celebrated Sundance favorite.
Also opening this weekend is Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice from Greenwich Entertainment, chronicling the life of the iconic singer, her activism and how she became one of the most prominent voices in the music industry.
For more Bollywood flair, Nitesh Tiwari's college reunion Chhichhoreis set to open in India and select theaters in the U.S. while the you-are-never-too-old-to-follow-your-dreams drama Ediewill bow in theaters September 6.
Ms. Purple is the follow up to Justin Chon's critically acclaimed 2017 film Gook. Both premiered at the SundanceFilm Festival and explore the dynamics of familial relationships — which is why they are two parts of a trilogy of family dramas Chon had mapped out. While Gooknavigated the relationship between two brothers, Ms. Purple sheds light on an Asian American sister and brother, Kasie Tiffany Chu and Carey Teddy Lee. Raised and now planted in Los Angeles' Koreatown, the two were abandoned by their mother and brought up by their father. The pair have drifted apart as they deal with the emotional wounds from their rocky upbringing. Their father James Kang is now on his deathbed and Kasie struggles to care for him while working as a doumi girl karaoke bar hostess. She reaches out to her estranged brother for help and as they reunite over their father, they come to terms with their past and try to rebuild what's left of their sibling relationship.
Chon, who is currently filming Blue Bayou, the third installment of his family drama trilogy, said that the motivation for Ms. Purplecame while he was on ABC's Deception.The show was in limbo and he was already working on Blue Bayouand didn't know if it would be ready in time.
“I had always wanted to tell a story about the sibling relationship that focused on the brother/sister dynamic,” Chon told Deadline. “As a director, I want to be constantly getting back in the seat and doing my reps as a filmmaker. I also knew that the scope of this film is something we could produce and make without compromising artistry and wouldn't have to wait for permission. Everyone told me not to do another micro-budget [film] but I knew if I couldn't tell this story now, it would be much harder later on.”
Ms. Purplefollowed a similar financing structure to Gook which raised money from friends and family. “I'm so grateful to have amazing people around me who support what I'm trying to do as a filmmaker,” said Chon. As supporters saw his artistic vision, the generosity continued to Ms. Purple. After production, they started a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign which received a flood of donations. They raised over $70K, covering most post-production costs, and had funding from investors.
Casting the leads was another challenge for Chon. “As a filmmaker, it's always rewarding to discover new faces and I was fortunate to have had two amazing stars in Tiffany Chu and Teddy Lee,” remarked Chon. “We rehearsed almost every day for five weeks during prep and then the filming process was about six weeks. Another difficulty was shooting in Koreatown especially with our budget. It was very tough not only controlling locations but even getting owners on board with filming there.”
Deadline broke the news that Oscilloscope acquired the title in March after the film debuted at Sundance. Talks with the indie distributor founded by the late great Adam Yauch began shortly after its premiere, a good fit for the film and Chon's own sensibilities as an artist. “I love their company ethos and that they're punk rock,” said Chon. “Out of all our discussions during and after Sundance we felt they really understood our film and shared our plans for a theatrical release.”
Ms. Purpleenters the cinematic landscape as Hollywood's diversity and inclusion conversation continues to be top of mind. With Asian American narratives, Crazy Rich Asiansbroke through the mainstream and told the industry that people want to hear these stories. But like The Farewell, Ms. Purpletells an Asian American narrative on a smaller scale and does not have the big studio backing of a Crazy Rich Asians. Even so, these stories are important to the conversation about representation.
“It creates a counter-programming to the bigger studio films that require much more of a four-quadrant release strategy and has to cater to a wider audience,” Chon points out. “Our voices are unered, we get to tell the stories we want and what we feel is real and what represents us. We are able to explore many more subcultures and give exposure to the underrepresented while telling a story that feels very authentic.”
Ms. Purpleopens September 6 in L.A. at the Nuart and in New York on September 13 at The Quad. The film will then open in the top 10 markets the week of September 20.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My VoiceDirectors: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman Distributor: Greenwich
Music icon Linda Rondstadt gets a long overdue documentary about her life and career thanks to documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. From The Times of Harvey Milk to The Celluloid Closet to Howl to Lovelace,the filmmaking pair has always brought prominent and subversive voices in arts and culture to the screen. With Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,Epstein and Friedman shed light on a voice that burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene and then took the world by storm as Ronstadt sold out stadiums, set the record as the highest paid female artist in rock and challenged herself by tackling new musical styles such as opera, jazz and Mexican folk.
Outside of music she was an advocate for same-sex marriage and fought against the inhumane treatment of undocumented immigrants — showing that she was outspoken on and off the stage. Her fanbase remains loyal even as it grows to include newcomers. Greenwich Entertainment's Ed Arentz points out that music documentaries have been connecting as “older audiences reconnect with the music while younger audiences have an opportunity to experience these performers in their prime and understand their appeal.”
'Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice' Trailer: Docu On Singer Who Moves To Beat Of A Different Drum
Arentz said that he and the Greenwich team first saw Ronstadtat the Tribeca Film Festival and shared the sentiment of “you'll fall in love with her all over again” that one reviewer wrote. Greenwich has an affection for music documentaries as they also have Echo in the Canyonon their slate. The feature docu follows The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas & the Papas and how they launched the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene in California. However, Arentz said that they saw Ronstadtbefore Echo in the Canyon. “Clearly, [ Echo in the Canyon's] success gave us some optimism for a doc about one of the central figures in L.A.'s music scene in the '70s and beyond.”
“In some respects Linda's story is a bit of a continuation of the Echo story as she arrived in L.A. in 1964 as the Laurel Canyon scene was coalescing around a melding of folk, rock and country, the sound that she, along with her former backup band The Eagles, would have the greatest commercial success within the following decade,” Arentz told Deadline. “Of course, Linda would also go on to explore and have great success with opera, pop, American Songbook, mariachi, jazz, and roots country.”
Emmylou Harris, Linda RonstadtGreenwich Entertainment
Ronstadt retired in 2011 and in 2012 was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease — but she is still very active and is very much involved in promoting the film. “Despite being limited by heh considerations, [Ronstadt] has been been very supportive in doing numerous interviews either in-person at her home in San Francisco or via phoners and email,” said Arentz. “She'll be making a couple appearances in the Bay Area on opening weekend and we hope she'll travel to her hometown of Tucson the following weekend.”
Arentz adds, “ Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of my Voice may be as close as we're going to get to that farewell tour.”
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of my Voiceopens in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on seven screens with an additional 150 screens across the country starting September 13. It will expand to additional theaters on September 20 and 27.
In the Hindi-language film Chhichhore,director Nitesh Tiwari Dangal introduces the world to a different kind of college life. With the exuberance and fun of a Bollywood film, we meet Anni and Maya as well as their friends Sexa, Derek, Mummy, Acid, and Bevda. With their unique names, they take the audience on a hilarious — but true — journey between the past and present that makes for a memorable reunion.
Filming began nearly a year ago and will be released theatrically in India on September 6 as well as over 190 theaters across the U.S. Tiwari looks to match or even best his previous film Dangal, which set the record for the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time.
Blink of an EyeDirector: Paul Taublieb Distributor: 1091
Filmmaker Paul Taublieb is best known for his documentaries Unchained: The Untold Story of Freestyle MotoCross which nabbed an Emmy as well as Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikauwhich was part of ESPN's 30 for 30series. Now, with Blink of an Eye, he takes his in-depth storytelling abilities to the world of NASCAR.
His latest docu is based on Michael Wrip's New York Timesbestselling book of the same name. It chronicles the relationship between Wrip, who has been seen as an underdog, and the revered NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt.
During the Daytona 500 at the inception of the 2001 season, Wrip broke his 462-race losing streak in epic, but heart-breaking fashion, in what is considered the Super Bowl of motorsports. Triumph turns into tragedy, as Wrip's best friend and team owner, Dale Earnhardt, crashed in the final lap. This created a shocking debt that is paid back in the most dramatic — and emotional — way possible when Wrip goes to Daytona to race with Dale's son, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“As a filmmaker, every once in a while you hear a truly great story, and this is one of those,” Taublieb tells Deadline. “On one hand it's a sports film, but in reality it's so much more — it's about friendship, perseverance and determination, universal themes that transcend sports and the inherently both tragic and triumphant elements of this story. It was a gift of a story and I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to tell it thanks to the generosity of Michael and the NASCAR community in honestly sharing their experiences.”
The sport of NASCAR is more than just cars racing around the track. Taublieb points out that we rarely see the compassionate and down-to-earth side of perhaps their most famous driver, Dale Earnhardt, who was often called “the intimidator.” He adds that the film “illuminates the hidden human side of the sport through the relationship that Dale had with Michael Wrip, an unlikely pair who could be called 'the odd couple'.”
Wrip remarks that the film speaks to the legacy of NASCAR by spotlighting it as a family sport. “Most kids grew up watching their dads or big brothers race and wanting to be just like them,” he adds. “I wanted to be a racer just like my big bro. Making it to the NASCAR big leagues was my dream. That will never change. There have been unbelievable wins and unthinkable losses. But NASCAR is why, as a kid, I dreamed and for that, I'm forever thankful.”
Taublieb adds that the film brings to life “the halcyon era of the sport, while also showcasing universal themes of determination, friendship and the complex nature of winning that is relatable for fans of the sport.” But it also “shows how the sport is a microcosm of life and what it takes to succeed when you never give up.”
Rapid ResponseDirectors: Roger Hinze, Michael William Miles Distributor: Atlas Distribution
In another racing documentary, Roger Hinze and Michael William Miles chronicle another side of the sport:the story of medical and safety professionals who refused to accept the high mortality rate among American race car drivers. This fundamentally ers the history of motorsports.
Rapid Response follows medical student and racing fan Stephen Olvey. While volunteering at the Indianapolis 500, Olvey saw fatal accidents with a very disappointing lack of medical care. And from this, he knew something had to change. He went on a 30-year journey to make this change happen in the world of motorsports. With a team of gifted safety and medical professionals, Olvey took motorsports from being one of the most deadly sports to one of the safest.
The docu features interviews with Dr. Olvey and Dr. Trammell as well as Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Parnelli Jones, and Rick Mears.
The film is set to open in select theaters in Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana and Illinois. It will expand in the following weeks.
EdieDirector: Simon Hunter Writer: Elizabeth O'Halloran Cast: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Amy Manson, Paul Brannigan, Wendy Morgan Distributor: Music Box Films
The British drama from director Simon Hunter and screenwriter Elizabeth O'Halloran debuted in 2017 at the Edinburgh InternationalFilm Festival and has since made its way through the festival circuit, garnering a good reception. The film is ready for the masses as it will make its world premiere on September 6.
Ediefollows the title character played by Sheila Hancock whose husband has died. She has finally broke free from his control and aims to be her own woman after refusing her daughter's request that she go into assisted living. Instead, she embarks on long-for adventure: a trip to the Scottish Highlands to climb the world-famous Mt. Suilven. While living her best life she hires young camping shop owner Jonny Kevin Guthrie to be her guide. Despite the generational differences, Jonny encourages Edie to fulfill her dream.
Edieis set to open in seven theaters in New York, Arizona, California and Florida with a rollout in the following weeks.
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A few weeks ago, outlets including the New York Times reported the unsurprising news that theaters chains and Netflix were scuffling over release plans for the streamer’s big awards-season movie of the year. As with 2018’s Roma, chains including AMC Theaters and Cineplex were standing firm on requiring the movie to play in theaters for three months without simultaneously streaming in order to score wide-release access. Well, the Hollywood Reporter now reveals that the skirmish has reached an impasse, and not even the directorial prowess of Martin Scorsese nor the combined star/reunion power of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are enough to lift The Irishman to a wide-release.
Similar to the eventual Roma plan, The Irishman will play for less than a month in limited release before departing for the streaming platform. This is the case, reportedly, despite Scorsese pushing hard for a different result:
The Irishman will open in select indie cinemas willing to carry the drama on Nov. 1. More than three weeks later - or 26 days to be exact - it will debut Nov. 27 on Netflix, much as Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-nominated Roma did last year. This rules out the sort of big-screen blitz Scorsese and other seasoned directors are used to, unless something changes at the 11th hour.
Variety adds their own reported details that claim how, “privately,” theater owners really wanted to screen this movie and were hoping that Netflix would budge on their date and agree to 70 days for an exclusive theatrical window to start streaming the movie for subscribers. For whatever reason, though, the two sides did not find common ground, but maybe that will change in the near future. This is becoming a yearly occurrence, and it’s natural that theater owners would want a bigger run for their investment in screening the movie, and it’s also understandable that Netflix wants the film’s expensive de-aging process to get millions and millions of streaming views. Yet for now, the theater-streaming rivalry shall continue.
As most movie fans know Tim Burton came up with the idea for The Nightmare Before Christmas while doing some shopping as Halloween decorations were quickly replaced with their yuletide counterparts, resulting in a momentary mishmash of the two.
With that in mind, it isn't too crazy to start talking about This Holiday Season's Must See Movies, right? Sure it's only August but let's face it: our anticipation for Star Wars Episode IX started building back in 2012 when Disney snatched up Lucasfilm for $4 billion space credits. Or really, even further back when George Lucas himself was still talking about a proposed sequel trilogy that would finish his saga post-prequels.
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker will take us back to that galaxy far, far away to wrap up the Skywalker family story with at least some degree of finality, even as a whole universe's worth of Disney+ streaming shows and spin-off trilogies await in the wings.
Moviegoers will travel to a very different theater of war with Oscar bait historical drama 1917. December also ushers in Greta Gerwig's take on Little Women; the computer-animated Spies in Disguise; Untitled Charles Randolph Project, about various female Fox News employees and their unsavory encounters with the late Roger Ailes; the Blumhouse remake of Black Christmas; and the Jumanji sequel, among others.
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Brahms: The Boy II Dec 06
The Boy made nearly $70 million around the world against a $10 million budget back in 2016. Its sequel was originally scheduled for July of this year before it was pushed back to December. The premise and big reveal, which we won't spoil of the first film was pretty cool so it'll be interesting to see what the filmmakers come up with for this one, particularly considering that both director William Brent Bell The Devil Inside and screenwriter Stacey Menear returned. Brahms: The Boy II stars Katie Holmes and young actor Christopher Convery, most recently seen in Kinky Boots on Broadway.
Jumanji: The Next Level Dec 13
Is this Jumanji 2 or 3? Or wait, is it part 4? We can't forget Zathura: A Space Adventure!
However you see this sequel to the reboot-ish/sequel-ish to the surprise smash Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Next Level certainly looks like fun. The Next Level boasts returning cast members Dwayne Johnson fresh off of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, one of our August Must See Movies, Karen Gillan so great in her most recent turn as Marvel's Nebula in Avengers: Endgame, Kevin Hart, JBack Black, Nick Jonas, Se'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, and Alex Wolff alongside newcomers Awkwafina, Danny Glover, and Danny DeVito. Welcome to the Jungle grabbed trophies at the Kids Choice and Teen Choice Awards. The Next Level is likely to do the same.
A Hidden Life Dec 13
American audiences will finally get to see this historical drama which already earned two awards at Cannes and was nominated for the Palme d'Or earlier this year. A Hidden Life is about a real-life conscientious objector who executed by the Nazis in World War II. The latest from acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick The Thin Red Line stars August Diehl as the Austrian farmer at the center of the story, Franz Jägerstätter.
Black Christmas Dec 13
The studio behind last year's successful Halloween relaunch is also responsible for this second remake of the 1974 slasher that most horror fans will tell you was a big influence on John Carpenter's original Halloween. Sophia Takal becomes the first female director to helm a Blumhouse theatrical release, from a screenplay she cowrote with film critic and filmmaker April Wolfe. This version of Black Christmas unconnected to the ill-fated 2006 remake released by Dimension Films centers around a group of women with more fighting spirit, strength and determination than the slasher bait sorority sisters of the original. It stars Imogen Poots Green Room, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O'Grady, Lily Donoghue, Caleb Eberthardt and opens on Friday the 13th.
Uncut Gems Dec 13
A VICE headline promised Uncut Gems "will be the Best Movie of 2019" six months ahead of its limited opening so to say anticipation runs high for the brotherly director duo of Benny and Josh Safdie's followup to Good Time would be an understatement.
A crime dramedy set in New York City's Diamond District, Uncut Gems stars Adam Sandler in a role that first belonged to Jonah Hill, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Judd Hirsch, Eric Bogosian, and Pom Klementieff aka Marvel's Mantis from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Uncut Gems also boasts the acting debut of Abel Tesfaye, aka Grammy Award winning singer The Weeknd. 2017's Good Time was nominated for the Palme D'Or and the brothers are reportedly teed up to helm a remake of 48 Hours.
Toronto International Film Festival creative director Cameron Bailey told IndieWire that Uncut Gems delivers the best Adam Sandler performance since Punch Drunk Love.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Dec 20
We don't know too much about the plot of The Rise of Skywalker because JJ Abrams likes to protect his mystery boxes like Jedi holocrons. We do know it's been heralded as the grand finale to the previous seven saga entries. It's full of familiar faces from the new trilogy like Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Kelly Marie Tran, Domnhall Gleeson, and Lupita Nyong'o. Billy Dee Williams is back as Lando Calrissian.
We'll also see the late Carrie Fisher as the legendary General Leia Organa thanks to previously unseen footage shot during The Force Awakens and most likely The Last Jedi. Anthony Daniels is back as C-3PO and Joonas Sutomo will returns as Chewbacca, the role originated by the great Peter Mayhew, who passed away in April.
Newcomers to the cast include Richard E. Grant Logan, Naomi Ackie Lady Macbeth, Dominic Monaghan who worked with Abrams on Lost and Keri Russell, who earned three Emmy nominations for her starring role on TV's The Americans, which ended its acclaimed run last year. Russell first rose to fame as the title character on TV's Felicity, which was created by J.J. Abrams with Matt Reeves and aired from 1999 to 2002.
Despite their onscreen deaths in previous saga entries, both Luke Skywalker and Emperor Palpatine are expected to return in Episode IX. The boy dreamer turned Jedi will likely be a Force ghost, like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda before him. The means by which Darth Sidious will return remain a mystery the dark side clouds everything.
Cats Dec 20
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning musical Cats ran from 1982 till 2000, one of the longest runs for a Broadway musical ever with close to 7500 performances. The big screen adaptation, which mixes live action and CGI, stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKelle, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, and English ballerina Francesca Hayward, in her feature-length film debut. Cats was executive produced by Stephen Spielberg and directed by Tom Hooper, whose Les Misérables was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three of them.
Superintelligence Dec 20
Melissa McCarthy stars as an everyday person confronted by the world's first artificial "super intelligence." The Late Late Show host James Corden voices the villainous A.I. in this action comedy. It's the fourth collaboration between McCarthy and her director husband, Ben Falcone, following Life of the Party 2018, The Boss 2016, and Tammy 2014. Like The Boss, Superintelligence was written by actor Steve Mallory.
Untitled Roger Ailes Project Dec 20
It's certainly not unprecedented for two projects about the same historical figure to arrive at the same time. Just ask Kurt Russell or Kevin Costner, who played Old West lawman Wyatt Earp in Tombstone December 1993 and Wyatt Earp June 1994, respectively.
Showtime's The Loudest Voice limited series beat the Untitled Roger Ailes Project to the punch by about six months, with Russell Crowe as Fox News founder Roger Ailes and Naomi Watts as Gretchen Carlson. The TV series goes all the way back to the late Ailes' 90s plans to launch a conservative-leaning cable channel. Lionsgate's movie, however, is more focused on the sexual misconduct allegations that clouded him.
Written by Oscar winning screenwriter Charles Randolph The Big Short and directed by Jay Roach Trumbo, the likely award season contender stars Charlize Theron as Carlson, Nicole Kidman as Megny Kelly, and Margot Robbie as a fictitious producer. John Lithgow plays Ailes with Malcolm McDowell as News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch. The cast also includes Allision Janney, Mark Duplass, Alice Eve, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Liv Hewson, Kate McKinnon, Elisabeth Röhm, and Alanna Ubach.
Little Women Dec 25
American novelist and poet Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" was a hit when it was published in the late 1860s and its stayed in print ever since. Not to be confused with last year's "modern retelling," this Little Women returns the story to its original Civil War era Boston setting. It also reunites Saoirse Ronan and writer/director Greta Gerwig, the celebrated duo from the Oscar-nominated Lady Bird. Academy Award staple Meryl Streep also stars, alongside Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Cooper, and Abby Quinn. While Lady Bird was very personal for Gerwig, she no less connected to Little Women. "This feels like autobiography," she told Vanity Fair earlier this year. "When you live through a book, it almost becomes the landscape of your inner life."
1917 Dec 25
This World War I drama from Academy Award winning director Sam Mendes stars George MacKay, who received a Trophée Chopard for Male Revelation of the Year 2017 at the Cannes Film Festival, and Dean-Charles Chapman, best known to American audiences as Tommen Baratheon in Game of Thrones seasons 4-6. The rest of the cast includes Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Marvel's Doctor Stephen Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch. Mendes co-wrote 1917 with rising screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, a staff writer on Penny Dreadful who collaborated with Edgar Wright on his forthcoming Last Night in Soho.
Spies in Disguise Dec 25
Spies in Disguise began at 21st Century Fox and their Blue Sky Studios, which was responsible for similarly computer animated movies like the Ice Age franchise and Rio. Disney scooped up Blue Sky as part of its acquisition of Fox earlier this year. In this action comedy, Will Smith voices a super spy who is accidentally turned into a pigeon by some technology invested by his "Q" type gadget-making colleague, voiced by Tom Holland. Spies in Disguise features two of Holland's MCU cohorts in Karen Gillan Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers movies and Ben Mendelsohn Captain Marvel, alongside Rashida Jones, Masi Oka, and musician DJ Khaled.
Just Mercy Dec 25
Michael B. Jordan stars in this adaptation of "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption," the memoir by public interest attorney and activist Bryan Stevenson. The cast includes Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Rob Morgan, Rafe Spall, and Tim Blake Nelson. It will first premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative has gained reversals and relief for 135 death row inmates. He holds 35 honorary doctorates and opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. Earlier this year, he was the subject of the HBO documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality.
In addition to the connections to Black Panther and Captain Marvel via Jordan and Larson, Just Mercy has another tie to the MCU: director Destin Daniel Cretton is developing the Phase 4 film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, set for 2021.
Let's not forget November movie holdovers like Logan director James Mangold's Ford v Ferrari, starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon Nov 15; the first Charlie's Angels movie in over 15 years, with a new cast directed by Elizabeth Banks Nov 15; Disney's hotly coldly? anticipated Frozen II Nov 22; the Mr. Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks Nov 22; and Rian Jonhson's all-star ensemble neo-noir black comedy Knives Out Nov 29; all of which will still be in theaters.
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Janis Joplin may have had more edge, but Linda Ronstadt sold way more records, making her a viable candidate for the title of world’s first woman rock star. In their celebratory and often heartbreaking new documentary, Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman explore the singer’s melodious voice, advanced musicality, Mexican heritage, and battle with Parkinson’s disease. The new trailer for the documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” out this September, opens with a quote from Dolly Parton, announcing: “Linda could literally sing anything.”
Bonnie Raitt breaks it down for younger audiences who may be less familiar with the singer: “Linda was like the queen. She was like what Beyoncé is now.”
Per the official synopsis: “Ronstadt is our guide through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the ‘rock queen’ of the '70s and early '80s. She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry; a passionate advocate for human rights, and had a high-profile romance with California Governor Jerry Brown. Ultimately, her singing voice was stilled by illness and forced her into retirement but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. With moving performance footage and appearances by friends and collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’ celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall in love with her — and the sound of her voice.”
This marks the first music documentary from the prolific filmmaking duo, both out gay men whose work has been a vital part of queer cinema since the early 1980s. The duo collaborated on the Oscar-winning documentary “Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt” 1989, as well as “The Celluloid Closet” 1995, and “Paragraph 175” 2000. Epstein won the Oscar for “The Times of Harvey Milk” 1984, which he directed solo. The duo made their narrative filmmaking debut in 2010 with “Howl,” which starred James Franco as Allen Ginsberg.
Greenwich Entertainment, 1091 and CNN Films will release “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” in theaters this September. Check out the trailer below.
Korean-American director Justin Chon, whose 2017 breakout drama “Gook” won the Best of Next! Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, returns with another poignant family drama, “Ms. Purple.” The film, which vied for the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2019, will be released by Oscilloscope Laboratories on September 6.
“Ms. Purple” centers on a sister and brother, Kasie Tiffany Chu and Carey Teddy Lee, raised and still living in the bustling Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. Still reeling from being abandoned by their mother and brought up by their father, the estranged siblings are forced to reunite in the wake of their father’s looming death. With each of them grappling with impending tragedy in their own ways, Kasie must turn to sex work in order to support her father. Meanwhile, Carey, who ran away at 15, still resents his ailing father.
Out of Sundance, Indiewire’s Jude Dry called the film a “vivid, aching ode to filial duty,” adding that it’s “a uniquely Asian-American story, rooted in loving specificity and beating with a universally human heart.”
“Ms. Purple” picked up the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Dallas International Film Festival, adding to Chon’s other honors including a Film Independent Spirit Someone to Watch Award for “Gook” in 2018. His debut feature “Man Up” picked up a Special Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Pacific Asian Film Festival in 2015.
Back in 2017, Indiewire spoke with Chon about his influences, ranging from Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee to John Cassavetes, whose naturalistic fingerprints were on display in “Gook.” Chon also aims to provide representation for Asian-Americans in his work, saying, “There aren't too many directors who put the Asian-American narrative at the forefront. There are Asian-American directors who are truly so talented and just killing it in their lane, but in terms of the Asian perspective with Asian characters, I don't think it's represented most of the time. So it is a priority, at least at this stage in my career, but I don't consider myself only an Asian-American director.”
Check out the full trailer for “Ms. Purple” below, which, fun fact, features the gorgeous, ambient track “Soft Sounds from Another Planet” from Korean-American singer Japanese Breakfast.
Rick Grimes is back, but you’ll have to pay for a ticket to see him. San Diego Comic-Con 2019 has already had its fair share of news and previews, with some shows hoping to be the next cultural touchstones finally getting trailers out to the public. But one longstanding touchstone — The Walking Dead — got some interesting news about a character who the show has already moved past.
According to Variety, Andrew Lincoln will reprise his role as Rick Grimes in a feature-length movie, but it won’t happen on AMC. A teaser trailer for the movie dropped on Friday night at SDCC 2019, with the “only in theaters” tagline that’s commonplace for movies that see theatrical releases. As such, The Walking Dead movie that he’s currently slated to star in will be sent to theaters, as often happens to feature-length films.
Untitled #TheWalkingDead Movie. Only in theaters… @Skybound @UniversalPics pic.twitter.com/dAqlZYpw80
— The Walking Dead AMC @WalkingDead_AMC July 19, 2019
Many Walking Dead fans have long thought the best episode of the show was the pilot, which ran at a short movie-length 90 minutes and packed the substantial emotional weight that set the stage for what’s become a cultural phenomenon of a TV show. And it’s a fitting way for Lincoln, beloved for his role as Grimes on the show, to potentially finish his tenure on one of AMC’s most successful shows. And according to Variety, the movie should have a lot for Walking Dead fans to love given the context and those involved.
The films were first announced in late 2018 following Andrew Lincoln’s departure from the flagship AMC series, on which Lincoln had played Grimes since the pilot.
“Walking Dead” chief content officer Scott Gimple will serve as writer. The film is planned to continue the story of Rick Grimes. AMC had originally planned to begin production as early as 2019 but it is unclear if that is still the case.
Here’s hoping Lincoln is not resigned to holding a bunch of signs and trying to get his emotional point across sometime in this film. He’s been brilliant as Rick Grimes, and the chance to see a full movie of Lincoln as the character should have fans excited.