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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was made available for digital purchase earlier than planned last weekend, and Birds of Prey and The Gentlemen recently followed suit with an early digital purchase available for each movie starting next week. Now Warner Bros. Pictures is adding the dramatic true story Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, to the growing roster of early home video releases.
Warner Bros. Pictures announced the Just Mercy digital release yesterday, so it’s available to buy right now. However, if you’re waiting to rent the movie digital on VOD, it will be available starting on March 24.
Just Mercy was an awards hopeful released in theaters towards the end of 2019 after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in the fall, though it didn’t get many nominations when all was said and done. However, with a critical score of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is officially Certified Fresh, and it has an impressive audience score of 99%.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who just started shooting Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings for Marvel Studios before voluntarily shutting down the production to be tested for coronavirus, the film is based on Bryan Stevenson’s best-selling memoir of the same name.
Here’s the official synopsis and trailer for Just Mercy:
“Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson Michael B. Jordan and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley Brie Larson. One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian Jamie Foxx, who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.Source: Slashfilm.com
Quarantined viewers tuned into Saturday’s all-day, virtual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Summit were treated to a special surprise in the evening when filmmaker and TV titan J.J. Abrams crashed the party as the surprise special guest. He arrived just after his fellow “Star Wars” scribe Tony Gilroy “Rogue One” and the upcoming Cassian Andor series finished his conversation about the craft of screenwriting.
Abrams’ Q&A touched on a range of topics, from the origins of 2015’s “The Force Awakens” to scaling “the mountain,” as he called it, of writing a screenplay, and to the Golden Age of television happening now. It’s an era Abrams helped to launch with his ABC mystery series “Lost.” “I know my role in that. I’m not talking as if I had nothing to do with this,” he said.
“It’s the Golden Age of television, as they call it, even though I don’t know what television really is anymore,” Abrams said. “That’s because huge chances are being taken. Talent that might not have gotten the chance otherwise suddenly have the opportunity. For me, when I watch a show like ‘Atlanta,’ which takes the most spectacular risks in point of view, in genre, structure, and character […] every story has been told, it’s kind of all been done before,” remarking that the FX series tells its stories in unique ways.
Abrams also praised the Emmy-winning Prime Video series “Fleabag,” created by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
“You see ‘Fleabag’ and you’re like, well, yes, the fourth wall has been broken [before], but not like that,” he said, referring to the protagonist’s tendency to face the camera and address the audience. “Yes, there have been amazing love stories, and stories of family, but not like that. What I love is the thing that makes you feel like, ‘Oh my god, this is so amazingly specific.'”
Abrams pivoted to discussing Hollywood’s place in a moment dominated by streaming content with originality that far exceeds what’s being reproduced on the big screen. “Hollywood used to be a place where something would happen, there’d be a movie where people would see it and think ‘Oh my god, that’s amazing. Here’s my answer to that,’ or ‘here’s my version,'” he said.
“Hollywood has become a place where, for the most part, studios say, ‘Oh my god, that’s amazing. Let’s do that literally again.’ And that’s OK, and I think that will continue, but I really hope that all the writers who are here and others in the guild are as excited as I am about this new opportunity with streaming platforms. How many different stories are going to be...
Tom Ascheim is headed to WarnerMedia. The former Freeform President has been named President of Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics for Warner Bros. He will oversee Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, the studios of Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation in Los Angeles and will have global responsibility for the Turner Classic Movies channel. He will start in the summer, reporting to Warner Bros. chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff.
The news comes as Ascheim earlier today stepped down as President of Freeform after six and a half years at the Disney network, triggering immediate speculation that he had lined up another job.
At Warner Bros, he reunites with Sarnoff with whom he previously worked at Nickelodeon.
“I am excited that Tom will be joining Warner Bros,” Sarnoff said. “He is an excellent executive and collaborative leader with an impressive track record and deep experience in the kids and young adult worlds. I had the benefit of seeing Tom's skills firsthand when we were at Nickelodeon and really look forward to working with him again.”
Ascheim’s appointment helps fill the void left by the departure at the end of 2019 of Christina Miller, who stepped down as President of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang and TCM after almost 15 years with the company. Ascheim’s larger portfolio includes oversight of production operations, including Warner Bros. Animation.
The content under Ascheim’s purview are distributed in 192 countries around the world. The division's networks are in 500 million homes and delivered through over 65 channels in 31 languages. Ascheim will work with executives at Warner Bros. and the WarnerMedia Global Distribution and Advertising Sales team to develop and implement global and local strategies for the brands.
“I am thrilled to be joining Warner Bros. and especially excited to be working with the deeply talented folks at Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, TCM and Warner Bros. Animation,” said Ascheim. “I’ve been watching their work since I was a child and it’s thrilling to be part of such a storied group. I’m equally excited to be working again with Ann Sarnoff who remains one of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.”
Ascheim joined Freeform when it was still ABC Family in December 2013 and oversaw its rebrand into Freeform. Original series on Freeform include hit comedy grown-ish as well as dramas The Bold Type, Siren, Good Trouble, Party of Five, the newest addition, Motherland: Fort Salem, and the upcoming Last Summer produced by Jessica Biel.
A well liked executive, Ascheim has spent much of his career catering tp younger audiences. He joined the millennial-focued Freeform after serving as General Manager of...
Sad news today as it is being reported that James Bond and Superman actor Vincent Marzello has passed away at the age of 68. The tragic announcement came from Marzello's wife, Lorelei King, who broke the news of the actor's passing on Tuesday morning.'The love of my life, my darling husband Vincent Marzello, died this morning. To those who knew him, I'm sorry to post this news rather than contact you personally, but I am overwhelmed. My heart is broken.'
Though she did not share any details surrounding the death of her husband, she let friends and supporters know that he had passed on via a post on social media. Despite an official cause of death not being given, it has been reported that Marzello was being treated for cancer in 2009. Following his successful treatment, he was diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
Vincent Marzello was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, back in 1951, and began his acting career in the mid-1970s, first appearing in the TV series The Brothers, a British television series, produced and shown on the BBC between 1972 and 1976. He then followed that up with a number of fairly minor roles on the small screen before he decided to make the leap to the big screen and motion pictures.
Marzello appeared twice in the James Bond franchise, the first time as an unnamed crewman in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me which starred Roger Moore as the iconic secret agent. His second appearance in the hugely popular Bond series was in the role of Culpepper in 1983's 'unofficial' Bond flick Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery.
Marzello then bounced back and forth between movies and television, alternating guest roles with bit parts in several high-profile releases including Richard Donner's comic book outing Superman starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel.
In addition to his work in the James Bond franchise, Marzello also appeared as Luke's Father in director Nicolas Roeg's dark fantasy comedy The Witches, the 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1983 novel of the same name. During the 90s, Marzello also appeared in movies such as A Kid in King Arthur's Court, The Fragile Heart and the ode to 1970's glam rock, Velvet Goldmine starring Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
More recently, Marzello has lent his voice to several different animations and video game projects, with the most prominent being that of the U.S. version of beloved children's show Bob the Builder, in which he voiced the characters Robert and Farmer Pickles. Sadly, Marzello isn't the only name behind Bob the Builder to pass away in recent weeks. William Dufris, who voiced the titular construction worker in the series, died earlier this month at the age of 62. Dufris passed away on March 24 from complications of cancer which was announced by Pocket Universe Productions, the company he co-founded.
Marzello's last credited role was in the family fantasy series The Magical Music Box. He is...