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Despite a slightly silly premise and a script that plays it fast and loose with increasingly ridiculous scenarios, director Brian Crano‘s sincere and funny “Permission” manages to charm and impress thanks to the largely committed and above-average cast of Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens. A comedy/drama hybrid that strongly resembles the underrated “Sleeping With Other People” in tone, “Permission” skillfully tackles this popular dram-com mixture while adding a relatively fresh spin on the genre. Continue reading Rebecca Hall & Dan Stevens Impress In The Charming ‘Permission’ [Tribeca Review] at The Playlist.
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Let us pitch you something quickly. It’s a movie called “Crisis On Infinite Churchills,” and it’s an “Avengers” style team-up movie where all the actors who’ve played the great British leaders — Michael Gambon, Albert Finney, Brendan Gleeson, John Lithgow, Timothy Spall, a CGI recreation of a young Richard Attenborough — reprise the role as the various parallel universe versions of Churchill battle “Highlander”-style for supremacy. Continue reading Brian Cox Will Fight Them On The Beaches In New Trailer For WW2 Biopic ‘Churchill’ [Watch at The Playlist.
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  Just a few years ago, it felt like Bruce Willis was heading into serious comeback territory: the “Red” franchise had proved a surprise hit, and he’s won some of the best reviews of his career for the one-two punch of “Looper” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” working with two of the most acclaimed directors around with Rian Johnson and Wes Anderson. Continue reading Bruce Willis Goes Full Blown ‘John Wick’ In Trailer For ‘Once Upon A Time In Venice’ at The Playlist.
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  This year is the 70th Cannes Film Festival, and it seems like more than ever, Thierry and co are planning on pulling out the stops to make it a festival to remember. The line-up of movies certainly suggests now, and now the festival has revealed what might be the most high-profile jury line-up in the seven-decade history of movies on the Croisette. We already knew that the legendary Pedro Almodovar was going to serve as jury president, and Jessica Chastain joined him in the line-up last week. Continue reading Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino & Park Chan-Wook Join Pedro Almodovar & Jessica Chastain On Cannes Jury Duties at The Playlist.
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Only yesterday, we learned that one of the reasons that the title for the fourth “Avengers” movie in 2019 hasn’t been revealed yet, despite the film being two years away, is that Kevin Feige considers it to be something of a spoiler for future “Avengers” movies. Well, nobody gave the memo to Zoe Saldana, who even before the day was out might have managed to spill the beans on that secret title. Continue reading Chris Pratt Gives ‘Suicide Squad’ Some Critical Tips; Zoe Saldana Delivers An ‘Avengers’ Spoiler? at The Playlist.
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There’s been a storm brewing in Hollywood of late, a storm that those who followed the trades, or noticed a sudden drop in new TV shows, about ten years ago might recognize. The Writers’ Guild of America, West and The Writers Guild Of America, East, the two unions that represents screenwriters in film and TV (as well as radio and new media), have been renegotiating their contracts with AMPTP, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and after an initial offer that fell well short of their demands, the WGA went on to members to seek authorization for a potential strike beginning when the current contract expires on May 1st. Continue reading Writers’ Guild Of America Votes Overwhelming To Authorize Strike: Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing at The Playlist.
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The Sundance Film Festival isn’t just the biggest celebration of independent film in the U.S. these days, it’s now a global operation. About five years ago, for the first time, the Park City festival upped sticks across the Atlantic for Sundance London, and the festival’s still going strong in 2017, revealing a killer line-up this morning. There are no brand new premieres at the festival, but a number of highlights from the January Park City line-up are getting their international premieres, including opener “Beatriz At Dinner” from Miguel Arteta and starring Salma Hayek, and hotly-tipped comedy “The Big Sick,” while Michael Almereyda’s sci-fi “Marjorie Prime,” Cannes-bound Dave Bautista-starring politically-topical one-take actioner “Bushwick” and, most excitingly, David Lowery’s much-raved about “A Ghost Story” with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara (which will close the festival) are receiving their UK premieres. Continue reading ‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Beatriz At Dinner’ Lead 2017 Sundance London Line-Up at The Playlist.
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How many times have you read that it’s really hard to duplicate the success of the first film in a sequel? Probably more than you can remember. Well, here’s a newsflash: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” pulls that feat off with only a little strain and a belly of genuine emotion. Marvel Studios’ space faring superhero-team-that-isn’t-really-a-superhero-team came together in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” James Gunn, along with a screenplay assist from Nicole Sperling, wonderfully demonstrated how a band of characters that were barely known beyond hardcore comic book fans could transform into a band of charismatic and colorful characters that felt strikingly original. Continue reading ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is A Worthy, Surprisingly Emotional Follow-Up To A Superhero Classic [Review] at The Playlist.
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No one could’ve guessed that a little spy movie led by rising actor Taron Egerton, would’ve grossed over $400 million, and one could argue that even before “Deadpool” became a monster success, it was “Kingsman: The Secret Service” that was breaking the R-rated mold. Now a sequel is one the way, with Colin Firth returning from the dead, Julianne Moore of all people joining in on the mayhem, and screenwriter Jane Goldman promising to buck expectations. Continue reading Eggsy Returns In The First Trailer For ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ at The Playlist.
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With “La La Land” and “Beauty & The Beast” kicking ass at the box office — the former is closing on $500 million worldwide, a huge victory for a film that cost a tenth of that, the latter has crossed the billion-dollar mark and is among the top 10 domestic movies of all time — the movie musical is back in a big way. There are films down the line that hope to take advantage of that — Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman On Earth,” various Disney movies including a new “Little Mermaid” take from Lin-Manuel Miranda, new versions of “Oliver! Continue reading The Kinks Biopic Musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’ In The Works From ‘Eddie The Eagle’ Director Dexter Fletcher at The Playlist.
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