Jason Blum minted his reputation as a Hollywood producer with wildly lucrative genre franchises including Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious, so it feels unexpected to find him in the thick of things this awards season with a legitimate contender. A Blumhouse production has been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar twice in the past four years (Whiplash in 2015, Get Out in 2018) and a third title will likely be added to that honor roll when the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are announced Tuesday. With writer-director Spike Lee's BlackKklansman, Blum has a contender that he hopes Hollywood voters will view as their chance to make history — and fix it at the same time. This summer will mark the 30th anniversary of Lee's Do the Right Thing, which famously was snubbed in the Best Picture and Best Director categories at the Oscars.
“Aquaman” is the first DC Comics movie since the ill fated “Justice League” in 2017, and thus serves as sort of a soft reboot for the cinematic DC universe. It’s the polar opposite of the old Zack Snyder-driven DC Extended Universe, bringing an overwhelming color palette and fully embracing the weirdness of Aquaman’s world rather than trying to ground it or make it grim and gritty in any way. Up until “Justice League,” the DC Snyderverse was conspicuous for bucking the superhero movie trope of including a bonus scene after the credits to tease future movies or just have some fun (or both, as is the case with most Marvel movies). None of “Man of Steel,” “Batman V Superman” or “Wonder Woman” included a post-credits scene, but “Justice League” did — teasing a direction for the DC movies that may or may not ever happen. In any case, the James Wan-directed “Aquaman” represents a new day for DC on the big screen. It’s a film that has no obligations to the way past DC movies worked, so whether its predecessors had post-credits scenes isn’t relevant to whether “Aquaman” has one. Also Read: 'Aquaman' Mid-Credits Scene Explained So let’s get down to it: Does “Aquaman” have any extra scenes after the credits you need to stick around for, or is it safe to head out once the credits roll if you need to? The answer is yes, “Aquaman” has one extra scene, which comes mid-way through the credits. This mid-credits scene reveals the fate of Black Manta, and teases his future working alongside Randall Park’s alarmist pundit character, Dr. Shin, who made a brief appearance early in the film. For more info on what all that means, you can check out our explainer here. Also Read: Does 'Aquaman' Connect to 2017's 'Justice League' or Just Ignore It? That is however the only extra scene in “Aquaman” — there’s nothing at the very end of the credits. So once you see the scene I described above, you’re all set. Though, of course, we do always encourage all moviegoers to stick around through the credits in appreciation for the many people responsible for bringing the film to life. But if you’ve gotta go, you can rest assured knowing there’s just the one extra scene, and no post-credits scene. Read original story Does ‘Aquaman’ Have a Post-Credits Scene? At TheWrap
The Greenport movie theater, which opened its doors during the winter months, is back Saturday with two free films — and is now offering the chance to support other local businesses with an eye toward keeping the village vibrant during the winter season. On Saturday, according to Tony Spiridakis, one of the co-founders of the Manhattan Film Institute, and his partner Lisa Gillooly, who teamed up to present the MFI Winter Film Series, two films are slated — "ET" at 6:30 p.m. and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at 7 p.m. While both movies are free, anyone who donates $20 at the door will get a $10 gift certificate to local businesses including American Beech, Andy's Restaurant, Clark's Garden and Home, D'Latte, Flying Point Surf Shop, Front Street Station (possibly $20 if you get the mystery gift card), Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Greenport Wine's and Spirits, Kate's Cheese, Layla Sailing Charters, Lido Clothing and Gifts, Lucharitos, The Market, Salon 48 by Myles Hair Salon, Special Effects Day Spa, Sterlington Deli, Sweet Indulgences, Underground Training ($10 off group lesson), and the Weathered Barn.
It feels like we have been waiting a lifetime for the next Star Wars film to drop its trailer. Fans cannot wait to get their eyes on some official footage of Episode IX and there have been rumours for months for when it is likely to drop. Now it seems the most likely release date for the trailer has been revealed. Star Wars mega-fan and YouTube user Mike Zeroh has revealed when his sources have said what the trailer is likely to compromise of - and it may surprise you. "They are changing up the marketing style for Episode 9. (The first teaser will come) in the form of a production announcement that principal photography is completed. "Compelling footage in the form of a 'completion trailer' with
M. Night Shyamalan is certainly capable of both writing and directing a good film, and has proven it a few times during his career. Instead, his follow-up to Unbreakable and Split is actually a total mess -- and while there are some redeeming qualities (primarily James McAvoy's performance), the reality is that the movie culminates as little more than an assortment of stupid problems and plot holes that make up a pointless and bad story. Why didn't the Black Clover Society just kill them at the start? At the end of Glass, Dr. Ellie Staple makes the call to have David Dunn, Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Elijah Price killed -- revealing that she is a part of an organization not only aware of superheroes, but in charge of subduing them.
Paris-based company Indie Sales has acquired the coming-of-age drama “A Colony” which will be making its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the generation section. “A Colony” marks the feature debut of Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, whose short film “The Cut” won a prize at Sundance in 2014. Set in Sorel Tracy, a Quebec town, at the end of summer, “A Colony” follows Mylia, a timid 12-year-old who must leave her little sister and native countryside to enter high school. Lost in this new environment, she meets Jacinthe, who introduces her to teenage rituals and absurdities, and Jimmy, a fierce young native from the neighboring reservation whom encourages her to cross boundaries,
Several major labels have denied song licensing rights to a forthcoming anti-abortion film, representatives for the project complained to The Hollywood Reporter. Songs denied to the movie include The Fray's “How to Save a Life,” Cyndi Lauper's “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and One Direction's “Story of My Life.” Disney, Universal Music, and Sony/ATV all rejected the film's licensing requests. The movie, Unplanned, directed by faith-based filmmakers Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, tells the story of a woman who worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic and later asserted her right to choose to stop supporting abortion. Blake Kanicka, the film's music supervisor, said he requested the rights to 10
Veteran film critic Leonard Klady has died after a brief illness. Klady was a staff writer/critic/columnist for such publications as Variety, the Los Angeles Times, American Film and Entertainment Weekly. He was also a co-founder and contributor at moviecitynews.com, a senior contributing editor of Screen International and a critic and columnist for Below the Line. Born in Canada, Klady was a founding member and first president of the film co-operative the Winnipeg Film Group. He wrote prolifically about the Canadian film industry and was host of a national arts television series prior to relocating to the United States in 1985. He also produced and wrote several award winning shorts and radio
It all started when Bird Box prodded Netflix to finally take off the blindfold. Last month, Netflix let it spill that Bird Box, its post-apocalyptic thriller starring Sandra Bullock, had been viewed by more than 45 million accounts in the first week it was available to stream, making it the company's most successful original film yet by that measure. It turned out to be the first drop in a flood of viewership stats to come. Alongside its earnings report on Thursday, Netflix updated that Bird Box number and dropped new figures for You, Sex Education, Bodyguard, Élite, Baby and The Protector. Why so chatty, Netflix? Once upon a time, all Netflix needed to do to recruit the biggest names in Hollywood
After snagging nominations at the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Awards, SAG Awards, BAFTAs and more, Spike Lee's “BlacKkKlansman” has emerged as one of the leading contenders in the Oscar race for Best Picture. It tells the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a black police detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s with the help of a Jewish officer (Adam Driver). Gold Derby recently spoke with Driver, screenwriters Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, cinematographer Chayse Irvin, production designer Curt Beech, film editor Barry Alexander Brown, composer Terence Blanchard and hair stylist LaWanda M. Pierre about their work. SEE Will 'BlacKkKlansman' win Spike
Netflix’s recommendation algorithm is pretty sophisticated these days, to the point where it can probably determine not only what you want to watch next, but what you’ll eat for breakfast 13 years on Wednesday and the thread count of your sheets.
Nick Redman, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, award-winning soundtrack producer and co-founder of the Twilight Time video label, died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, at a Santa Monica Hospital, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 63. He was nominated for an Academy Award as producer of the 1996 documentary “The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage,” a look back at Sam Peckinpah's controversial film. He also produced and directed the 1998 “A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and The Searchers,” about the making of the Western classic, a prizewinner at multiple film festivals. In 2007 he produced and directed the feature documentary “Becoming John Ford,” which debuted at the Venice
Friday Magazine Movies Calendar for Friday, Jan 18 Case Western Reserve University Film Society. Strosacker Auditorium, 2125 Adelbert Court, Cleveland. 216-368-2463 or films.cwru.edu. . Free parking available at Lot 44 at the intersection of Murray Hill and Adelbert roads (next to the bridge across the train tracks). . $4; $2, children 12 and under. Ten Pass available for $30. The 44th annual Sci-fi Marathon. The marathon features 18 movies, trailers, and surprises. No alcohol. No glass bottles. No fire hazards. No one under 18 admitted without parental supervision. Starts at 8 p.m. Friday and continues through Saturday. $30. You may purchase tickets for individual films ($4 per movie), but you
Freestyle Digital Media has acquired domestic rights to Adam Cushman's The Maestro, a biopic about composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco tarring The Walking Dead's Xander Berkeley. It will get a theatrical release beginning February 15 in New York and Los Angeles, with VOD coming February 19. The pic, penned by C.V. Herst and produced by David J. Phillips, centers on the letters of Castelnuovo-Tedesco, who composed scores for more than 200 Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s and mentored the likes of John Williams, Randy Newman, Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and Andre Previn. Leo Marks, Sarah Clarke, Mackenzie Astin, Bobby Campo, Alex Essoe and in his last film Jon Polito co-star. The deal was
In today's film news roundup, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" sets a studio record, Chris Meledandri and Glenn Close are honored, an art-house streaming service is unveiled, and "Cliffs of Freedom" gets a release. TRAILER STATS The first "Spider-Man: Far From Home" trailer has set a record as the biggest digital launch in Sony Pictures history […]