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The pantheon of crushingly lovable cinematic creatures needs to clear a very large alcove, and lay on a good supply of fresh persimmons, for Bong Joon Ho‘s Okja, the eponymous, enormous, hippo-like “superpig” whose covalent bond with her human best friend could pulverize the hardest of hearts. This is the visionary, genre-bending Korean director’s most broadly accessible film ever, not just because it’s largely in English, and not just because its so full of fun and mischief and adventure. Continue reading Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ Is A Gorgeous, Galumphing Big-Screen Triumph [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.

CANNES – It was quite a Friday debut for Boon Jong-ho’s “Okja,” one of two Netflix titles that have been at a center of controversy over the fact neither  title will be released in French cinemas despite being selected for competition at the 70th Festival de Cannes  (the other being Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories”). As expected, much of the European media booed when the Netflix title card appeared before the film at its first press screening, but things didn’t die down when the film began.  Continue reading ‘Okja’s’ Tilda Swinton Says ‘We Didn’t Come Here For Prizes’ As Cannes Netflix Controversy Continues at The Playlist.

Cannes is officially underway (catch up on our coverage so far), and easily one of the most anticipated movies of the festival is the latest from Bong Joon Ho, the masterful Korean filmmaker behind “Memories Of Murder,” “The Host,” “Mother” and “Snowpiercer.” His second English-language movie has seen Bong escape the distribution issues that came with The Weinstein’s pick up of “Snowpiercer” (which remains unreleased in places in the UK, and was heavily delayed in the US amidst conflicts over the final cut) and take the Netflix dollar. Continue reading Watch The Spectacular Full Trailer For Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ With Tilda Swinton & Jake Gyllenhaal at The Playlist.

Cannes is officially underway (catch up on our coverage so far), and easily one of the most anticipated movies of the festival is the latest from Bong Joon Ho, the masterful Korean filmmaker behind “Memories Of Murder,” “The Host,” “Mother” and “Snowpiercer.” His second English-language movie has seen Bong escape the distribution issues that came with The Weinstein’s pick up of “Snowpiercer” (which remains unreleased in places in the UK, and was heavily delayed in the US amidst conflicts over the final cut) and take the Netflix dollar. Continue reading Watch The Spectacular Full Trailer For Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ With Tilda Swinton & Jake Gyllenhaal at The Playlist.

Ah, the olde wishlist. As you should probably know by now, just because a studio wants an A-list star for whatever blockbuster project they’re working on, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll happen or that they’re even talking with them. But it makes the project seem high profile by tossing some names alongside it, it makes for a buzzy news story, and so here we are. The Wrap reveals that Sony and Valiant Entertainment are throwing a coin in the wishing well for Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicholas Hoult or Mark Wahlberg to lead “Bloodshot.” The movie will be based on the comic of the same name, which sounds a lot like Wolverine, following a soldier with regenerative and morphing powers, who gets his memory wiped, and seeks revenge on those who made him this way. Continue reading Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicholas Hoult & Mark Wahlberg Top Wishlist For Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’ at The Playlist.

Luca Guadagnino doesn’t know the word “stop.” The filmmaker might be at the busiest point of his career, having just hit Sundance with “Call Me By Your Name” (which is already earning Oscar buzz), and currently in post-production on his remake of “Suspiria.” But if you thought he might decide to perhaps take a nap once that project is done, guess again. READ MORE: Armie Hammer & Timothée Chalamet Find Love In Luca Guadagnino’s Transcendent ‘Call Me By Your Name’ [Sundance Review] Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch are currently being eyed for the lead roles in Guadagnino’s new thriller, which is eyeing a start date in early 2018. Continue reading Jake Gyllenhaal & Benedict Cumberbatch Eyed For Luca Guadagnino’s New Thriller at The Playlist.

You have to have some sympathy for Thierry Frémaux. Like his counterparts, the creative head of a major film festival will never make everyone happy. Especially in his case with only 49 slots and over 200 potential countries eligible to submit. Throw in the fact it’s the 70th edition of what is considered the greatest film festival in the world (depending on the year, some of us may disagree) and you’ve got even more external pressure to satisfy as many countries, filmmakers and pesky members of the press as possible.   Continue reading Nicole Kidman, Oscars, Netflix And Other Quick Thoughts On The Initial Cannes 2017 Line-Up at The Playlist.

You have to have some sympathy for Thierry Frémaux. Like his counterparts, the creative head of a major film festival will never make everyone happy. Especially in his case with only 49 slots and over 200 potential countries eligible to submit. Throw in the fact it’s the 70th edition of what is considered the greatest film festival in the world (depending on the year, some of us may disagree) and you’ve got even more external pressure to satisfy as many countries, filmmakers and pesky members of the press as possible.   Continue reading Nicole Kidman, Oscars, Netflix And Other Quick Thoughts On The Initial Cannes 2017 Line-Up at The Playlist.