There is a certain relish to the way Scott Glenn describes a knife. His voice – a sort of Midwestern drawl that has a touch of Pittsburgh flint and a lot of Ketchum, Idaho, where he’s called home for decades, in it – stays slow and steady as he talks about some of the various weapons he’s been using in his martial-arts training lately. You can tell from the gleam in his eye, however, that the This article originally appeared on Scott Glenn on ‘The Defenders’ and Why ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Is a Coming-of-Age Movie

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.

After we all survived the potential peril of Y2K, moviegoers arrived at the cinemas way back in 2000 for a serving of “Shaft.” The remake of the Blaxploitation classic, directed by John Singleton and starring Samuel L. Jackson in the lead role, did relatively well, earning $107 million worldwide off a $47 million budget. But after that, things went quiet. If there were any plans to make a followup, they didn’t really materialize. Continue reading Samuel L. Jackson Returning For ‘Shaft’ Sequel at The Playlist.

A Bittersweet Life: Michael B. Jordan (Creed, above) will star in A Bittersweet Life. It’s a remake of a Korean action thriller about a gangster whose loyalties are tested when he is ordered to kill a woman he’s fallen for. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2; Kung Fu Panda 3) will direct. [Deadline]   Sunset Boulevard: Glenn Close is in “advanced talks” to star in a big-screen musical version of Sunset Boulevard. Close originated the role on stage in 1994 and recently starred again in a revival of the musical (above). It’s inspired by Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic drama about a faded silent film star who develops a strange relationship with a young screenwriter. [The Wrap]   Mary, Queen of Scots: Our first look at Saoirse Ronan in…Read More

Last fall, cinephiles were pleased to hear that “Secret Sunshine” and “Poetry” director Lee Chang-Dong was getting ready to shoot his next film. There weren’t many details available at the time, other than the picture was slated to star Kang Dong-won and Yoo Ah-in in what was described as a mystery thriller about a woman who becomes entangled with two men, one rich, and the other trying to make ends meet. Continue reading Lee Chang-Dong’s Delayed Adaptation Of Haruki Murakami’s ‘Barn Burning’ Now Back On at The Playlist.

It’s not often that an animated short captures the easily distracted attentions of the film world, but then again, there aren’t many animators like Don Hertzfeldt. At only 33 years old, he received the San Francisco International Film Festival‘s Lifetime Achievement Award for his groundbreaking, unique work. That’s not to mention he’s been nominated for two Oscars, most recently for “World Of Tomorrow,” his visually stunning, funny, melancholy animated short. Continue reading Don Hertzfeldt Announces ‘World Of Tomorrow’ Sequel at The Playlist.

Frank Grillo might be the next megastar, as unlikely as you might think it sounds. The actor features in “Wolf Warriors 2,” which is on track to become the biggest blockbuster at the Chinese box office ever. Meanwhile, he leads the upcoming sci-fi spinoff “Beyond Skyline,” and this fall, he buckles up for Netflix‘s “Wheelman.” The actor has his fingers in a lot of different pies, and the first taste of the latter movie has landed. Continue reading First Look: Frank Grillo In Netflix’s ‘Wheelman’ at The Playlist.