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In its quiet simplicity, Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” transfixed audiences and its buzz hasn’t dissipated since its premiere at Sundance earlier this year (our review). Recently, Guadagnino took a break from post-production of his hotly anticipated “Suspiria” remake to stop by the Melbourne Film Festival a few weeks back for a Q&A about the film. The project was a long road, nearly 10 years in the making; saw its way through different incantations and different directors to finally settle into Luca Guadagnino’s very capable hands.  Continue reading Luca Guadagnino Talks ‘Call Me By Your Name’ And ‘Suspiria’ at The Playlist.

All summer, studios have been complaining about Rotten Tomatoes having too much of an influence on moviegoers. Well, this weekend proved that people will see what they want to see, regardless of what critics say. Mostly negative notices didn’t stop the charm offensive from Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, who teamed up to take “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” to $21.6 million. Sure, it’s not “Deadpool” numbers, but it’s a good showing for the R-rated movie, that’s budgeted at $29 million. Continue reading ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Hits Bullseye, ‘Logan Lucky’ Spins Out [Box Office] at The Playlist.

Some of the best pieces of film are ones that depict the very real experiences of life; historic and inspired. While this can ultimately be argued as most film, there is a particular time period where the visceral concept of human nature and innate fee…

**Spoilers ahead** M. Night Shyamalan‘s comeback has been official since “Split” topped the box-office for three weekends in a row back in late January/early February of this year. By then it had made $100 million in those three weekends alone. Its overall domestic gross is currently close to $138 million, an all out smash for Blumhouse and Universal, which had the film budgeted at a skimp $9 million. Continue reading Synopsis For M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Revealed at The Playlist.

Director Clint Eastwood has helmed fourteen movies since hitting the age of 70. Has any director come close to that feat at this late stage in their career? Yes, Woody Allen‘s nearly been there thirteen films post-70, but Eastwood is still making hyper relevant films at the near twilight of his career and sometime breaking the box office in the process with something like “American Sniper.” Case in point his last two films: ‘Sniper and “Sully,” both of which had the classicism of old-school Hollywood filmmaking, and yet, felt vitally alive and current. Continue reading Clint Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ May Join The Oscar Race In December at The Playlist.

After months or rumor and speculation, the trades confirmed it this week: an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film is in the works at Lucasfilm with Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliott“) at the helm. Yet, buried in the fine print at Variety was another nugget of “Star Wars” in-development news. You’ve heard about potential Yoda and Boba Fett movies in the past, but the most surprising project ever-so-briefly mentioned was that of a spin-off focusing on the galaxies powerful Tatooine gangster Jabba the Hutt. Continue reading Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt Spinoff Reportedly In The Works at The Playlist.

Fans were delighted when it was announced that after being off the air since 2011, Larry David (co-creator of “Seinfeld”) was bringing his hit series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” back to HBO for its ninth season. The improvised comedy, which follows a version of David as he navigates life’s constant barrage of annoyances with varying degrees of success, returns this fall with ten new episodes. Continue reading ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9 Trailer: Larry David Is The Hero We Need at The Playlist.

Movies that tackle religion tend to fall on one of two camps. We either are graced with films such as Martin Scorsese‘s under-seen (and undervalued) “Silence” or forced to slog through more politicized fare such as “The Shack.” Not only a tricky subject to navigate (and better to avoid) at family get together’s, it’s also a topic that unless made by the hands of a fine craftsman, won’t get the delicate film treatment it deserves. Continue reading ‘Pilgrimage’ Is A ‘John Wick-Style, Rising-Death-Toll Action Flick During The Crusades [Review] at The Playlist.

Logan Lucky” races into cinemas today, with Steven Soderbergh firing on all cylinders for his hugely enjoyable heist comedy. But as always, the director is shifting gears for his next effort, the HBO project “Mosaic.” The project, which has been kept under wraps for quite some time, stars Garrett Hedlund and Sharon Stone, with Ed Solomon (“Men in Black,” “Charlie’s Angels“) writing the script for the story that will allow users to pursue different narrative paths, utilizing a new state-of-the-art app. Continue reading Steven Soderbergh Reveals 2 Versions Of HBO Project ‘Mosaic’ at The Playlist.

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items. On this episode, I’m joined by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to discuss a couple of news items, but the bulk of our discussion centers around the announcement of a solo Obi-Wan Kenobi movie that’s in the works. Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours“) is set to direct, which is where our discussion starts, as we wonder if Lucasfilm will find themselves in another situation of reshoots in regards to another out-of-the-box director choice. Continue reading Obi-Wan Kenobi Spinoff, ‘Justice League’ Headaches & The CinemaSins Debate [Podcast] at The Playlist.