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On the eve of Comic-Con and the TCA press tour right around the corner HBO made a surprise announcement Wednesday afternoon.   Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming, revealed that “Game of Thrones” creators/showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will return to HBO with their new original series “Confederate.” According to an HBO press release, “‘Confederate’ chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. Continue reading ‘Game Of Thrones” David Benioff And D.B. Weiss Spark Controversy With ‘Confederate’ at The Playlist.

If you don’t recognize Florence Pugh‘s name now, you can bet within the next year or two you will. The 21-year-old actress has been earning rave reviews for her breakout role in William Oldroyd’s adaptation of “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” by Nikolai Leskov since it premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival.  Pugh has the onscreen charisma and public candor of a British Jennifer Lawrence (all in the best way possible) and has already filmed Stephen Merchant’s wrestling flick “Fighting With My Family” opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Lena Headey. Continue reading ‘Lady Macbeth’ And ‘Fighting With My Family’s’ Frances Pugh Says Watching ‘Glow’ Made Her ‘Emotional’ at The Playlist.

The official deadline for submissions for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is less than a month away, but the Sundance Institute made a number of unexpected summer announcements regarding the next edition of the fest. First off, the studio unveiled a ne…

There are often serious disadvantages to be labeled an Oscar bait picture. The perception of being a movie greenlit partially with the intent of earning Academy Award nominations (because let’s be frank, it’s always about making money first from a studio perspective) can be a heavy burden to bear. In many ways it’s something Christopher Nolan has dealt with ever since he burst on the scene in 2000 with “Memento” and earned a Best Original Screenplay nomination the next year. Continue reading ‘Dunkirk’ And Christopher Nolan Have Oscars In Their Sights at The Playlist.

ANAHEIM – The big headlines out of Walt Disney Studios film presentation at D23 today were surrounding the behind-the-scenes footage from Rain Johnson’s “The Last Jedi” and the jaw-dropping preview of the Russo Brothers’ “Avengers: Infinity War.” What can’t be overlooked, however, were the equally enlightening sneaks of Jon Favreau‘s live action “The Lion King” and Rob Marshall’s “Mary Poppins Returns.” The latter was the one film everyone expected would have a presence at the event. Continue reading Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’ And ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Thrill With Impressive New Footage at The Playlist.

ANAHEIM – Even after debuting live action “Lion King,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” behind-the-scenes reel Walt Disney Studios left a major surprise for the end of its D23 film presentation. Many assumed Marvel Studios would debut a new trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” or potentially new footage from “Black Panther. Continue reading ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Footage Teases The Blockbuster To End All Blockbusters at The Playlist.

ANAHEIM – So much for casting issues. Walt Disney Studios revealed the cast for Guy Ritchie’s live action version of the animated classic “Aladdin” at its D23 convention today. It appears the studio was able to find actors of Persian decent to play the title character and Jasmine. Relative newcomers Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott will play Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. Massoud’s credits include the upcoming “Jack Ryan” TV series as well “The 99” and “Poser.” Scott is best known for “Power Rangers” (assuming its the same Naomi Scott which is unclear). Continue reading Will Smith is the Genie As ‘Aladdin’ Finds It’s Multi-Cultural Cast at The Playlist.

We’re just over a month away from the beginning of the fall festival season, that traditionally kicks off with the opening of the Venice Film Festival. Venice tends to land some of the key awards season pictures releasing before the end of the year and the 2017 edition is already no exception.  It’s been revealed today that Alexander Payne‘s latest directorial effort, “Downsizing,” will open la Biennale on August 30th. Continue reading Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ Starring Matt Damon To Open 2017 Venice Film Festival at The Playlist.

Today was a happy day for a whole new crop of Emmy Award nominees.  Here are some of the reactions from some of this morning’s big winners. For all the major Emmy nominations, click here. For a look at the Best and Worst of the Emmy Nominations, click here. “When we started on this journey we never thought the series would connect on such a big way worldwide. Continue reading Emmy Nominee Reactions: Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Tambor, RuPaul And More at The Playlist.

In this era of Peak TV there is no way to make everyone happy. There are always going to be snubs when it comes to the Emmy nominations. There are always going to be deserving nominees who didn’t make the cut. The question this year was whether the Television Academy could continue their trend of rewarding those truly deserving of recognition as opposed to those shows they just love to watch every week. And, some might say that’s one and the same. Continue reading Best And Worst Of The 2017 Emmy Awards Nominations: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘The Leftovers’ at The Playlist.