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Rebel Ridge, a new Jeremy Saulnier-directed Netflix movie starring John Boyega, just added a bunch of familiar names to its cast. Don Johnson, James Badge Dale, Zsane Jhe, James Cromwell, and Erin Doherty have all now joined the film, which is being described as a “high-velocity thriller.” Not much more is known beyond that, but a new Jeremy Saulnier movie is always worth paying attention to.
Variety has the Rebel Ridge casting news, stating Don Johnson, James Badge Dale, Zsane Jhe, James Cromwell, and Erin Doherty will co-star along with John Boyega in the new Jeremy Saulnier film. Word of the project first surfaced last year. Sadly, we still don’t know a whole lot about the movie. We don’t even have a synopsis. Here’s what we do have:
Like the 2013 crime drama “Green Room,” Saulnier’s upcoming movie is said to be a high-velocity thriller that explores systemic American injustices through intense action sequences, suspense and dark humor.
That’s it! It’s a “high-velocity thriller” with “intense action sequences” and “dark humor.” When we first reported this story last year, the phrase “bone-breaking action sequences” was being used, but that’s been downgraded a bit and is now “intense action sequences.” So no more bone breaking? Is that what you’re telling us, Rebel Ridge?
While I would love to know more about the film, I’m already in the tank for anything Jeremy Saulnier directs. Blue Ruin, his second feature, is fantastic, as is Green Room. And while his recent Netflix title Hold the Dark wasn’t quite as good as his previous efforts, it still had Saulnier’s trademark intensity. I’m excited to see whatever it is he’s doing here. And I love the cast he’s assembling.
Boyega no longer has to deal with Star Wars stuff, so hopefully, he’ll be branching out into more interesting parts. And Don Johnson sure seems to be experiencing one hell of a resurgence lately. Last year he appeared in both Watchmen and Knives Out, and now he has this. Is this the Donaissance? Let’s say that it is and move on.Source: Slashfilm.com
Now that he’s done with Star Wars, John Boyega is using his clout to get some new projects off the ground. The actor just signed a deal with Netflix through his production company, UpperRoom Productions, to develop non-English language films, with a focus on West and East Africa countries. The streaming service says its all part of a plan to reinforce its investment in African storytelling with projects developed in African countries.
John Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions is teaming with Netflix to “develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries, with a focus on West and East Africa.” Boyega, who was recently seen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is next set to appear in Chase Palmer’s Naked Singularity. He’s also set for the Netflix film Rebel Ridge, from director Jeremy Saulnier. Boyega previously came aboard the South African crime-thriller God Is Good as an executive producer and will also oversee the movie’s soundtrack.
“I am thrilled to partner with Netflix to develop a slate of non-English language feature films focused on African stories and my team and I are excited to develop original material,” said Boyega. “We are proud to grow this arm of our business with a company that shares our vision.” Boyega set up UpperRoom in 2016 as part of his producing role on Pacific Rim Uprising.
Netflix wants to increase its African created-based content, having recently announced production on its first original scripted series from Nigeria, the still-untilted Akin Omotoso Project. They’ve also announced other African originals, Blood & Water and Mama K’s Team 4, that will premiere later this year and join Netflix’s first Africa Original, Queen Sono, which dropped on February 28.
“Africa has a rich history in storytelling and for Netflix, this partnership with John and UpperRoom presents an opportunity to further our investment in the continent while bringing unique African stories to our members both in Africa and around the world,” said David Kosse, Vice President of International Film at Netflix.
The show's traditional proscenium frame is gone, replaced by a less static, more sculptural set design covered in Swarovski crystals, while Rolex unveils a polar-themed Green Room.
When designer Jason Sherwood first got a call from producer Lynnette Howell Taylor about working on this year's Academy Awards telecast, she asked how he would change up the Oscars stage if he had the chance. 'Well I would obliterate that typical proscenium frame that exists around the stage,' says Sherwood, 30, recalling the early October 2019 conversation.
While he didn't yet have a concrete idea of what he would do, he did tell Howell Taylor, 'it would be really, really different from what it's been.' A few days later, he had a deck of ten sketches to present — 'these sculptural swirling elements' — that formed the bedrock of the show's 2020 set design, revealed in a rendering on Wednesday.
Sherwood's set design for the Feb. 9 show at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre features a sculptural shell swoops out at the top toward the audience, while in the center of the stage is a revolving spiral element, weighing 1,100 pounds, that can be raised up and down to reveal presenters. The stage design is covered in more than 40,000 Swarovski crystals and will be, as Sherwood describes it, 'embedded with screen surfaces' in some places.
Explains Sherwood, 'Instead of bringing in a 16 by 9 screen and playing clips onto that, we are using the stage to create a dimensional feeling and making it feel to the people in the audience and watching it at home that they are surrounded by these swirling images of the movies. As someone is presenting, the image will seem to kind of swirl around them — whereas in a typical Oscar show, you sort of lower in a screen to play a clip. We wanted to go in different directions that would feel as contemporary as varied as the films of the year.'As for why he's not a fan of proscenium frames, Sherwood says, 'It feels more old-fashioned and it can make the show feel more like a classic presentation that's sort of far and away from us. I believe the contemporary world we live in is more immersive and environmental than that and that we can serve up something that feels more dynamic,' says Sherwood, who previously has designed world tours for Sam Smith, the Spice Girls and Sara Bareilles and who won an Emmy last year for production design ofRent: Live.
2020 marks the 13thyear that Swarovski is providing its signature crystals for the set design. The Austrian company's association with Hollywood dates back to 1932 when Marlene Dietrich wore its jewelry pieces in the film Blonde Venus.
It also is the fifth year that Swiss luxury timepiece maker Rolex has collaborated with the Academy to create the official Green Room, where presenters can hang out before going on stage.
Rolex's design for this year's Green Room...
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...