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Jerry Lewis, Legendary Comedian & Filmmaker, Dies At 91

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Jerry Lewis, born Joseph Levitch in Newark, N.J, the legendary slapstick comic of 1963’s classic “The Nutty Professor” and 1960’s “The Bellboy,” died in Las Vegas on Sunday at the age of 91. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that he died at his home at 9:15 a.m, which his agent later confirmed.

You don’t have to be French to appreciate Jerry Lewis.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Luca Guadagnino Talks ‘Call Me By Your Name’ And ‘Suspiria’

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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. 

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- Martine Olivier

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‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Hits Bullseye, ‘Logan Lucky’ Spins Out [Box Office]

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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.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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How Italian Neorealism Brought The Grit Of The Streets To The Screen

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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 feeling are investigated. With the culmination of World War II came a new type of cinema from Europe. Not only the French New Wave in the late 1950-1960s, but Italian Neorealism of the mid 1940s and early 1950s.

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- Julia Teti

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Synopsis For M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Revealed

19 August 2017 11:47 AM, PDT

**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.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Clint Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ May Join The Oscar Race In December

19 August 2017 11:04 AM, PDT

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.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt Spinoff Reportedly In The Works

19 August 2017 10:32 AM, PDT

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.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9 Trailer: Larry David Is The Hero We Need

18 August 2017 2:22 PM, PDT

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.

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- Anthony Casella

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‘Pilgrimage’ Is A ‘John Wick’-Style, Rising-Death-Toll Action Flick During The Crusades [Review]

18 August 2017 2:02 PM, PDT

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.

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- Ally Johnson

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Steven Soderbergh Reveals 2 Versions Of HBO Project ‘Mosaic’

18 August 2017 1:48 PM, PDT

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.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Spinoff, ‘Justice League’ Headaches & The CinemaSins Debate [Podcast]

18 August 2017 12:59 PM, PDT

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.

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- Ryan Oliver

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Samuel L. Jackson Returning For ‘Shaft’ Sequel

18 August 2017 12:31 PM, PDT

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.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Lee Chang-Dong’s Delayed Adaptation Of Haruki Murakami’s ‘Barn Burning’ Now Back On

18 August 2017 11:58 AM, PDT

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.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Don Hertzfeldt Announces ‘World Of Tomorrow’ Sequel

18 August 2017 11:36 AM, PDT

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.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Look: Frank Grillo In Netflix’s ‘Wheelman’

18 August 2017 10:56 AM, PDT

Frank Grillo might be the next megastar, as unlikely as you might think it sounds. The actor features in “Wolf Warriors 2,” which has 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.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Literally, Right Before Aaron’ Trailer: Justin Long Goes To Cobie Smulders’ Wedding

18 August 2017 10:29 AM, PDT

For quite some time Justin Long has been the face of the middling romantic comedy genre. The actor has led a string of relatively low-profile films about down on their luck dudes pining for lost loves and manic pixie dream girls (“Going The Distance,” “A Case Of You,” “Comet”). But while Long-fronted pictures haven’t always fared well (“Comet” was at least interesting), he has mostly managed to remain a welcome, if quantifiable presence, thus giving us reason to remain hopeful for his upcoming dramedy “Literally, Right Before Aaron,” which pairs him with the delightful Cobie Smulders.

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- Gary Garrison

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‘What Happened To Monday?’ Offers The Silly Fun Of Seven Different Noomi Rapaces [Review]

18 August 2017 9:41 AM, PDT

“What Happened to Monday?” evokes a rote dystopian future to concoct an intriguing premise for a psychological thriller, making one wish the filmmakers had jettisoned the half-baked social commentary and just embraced the silly concept. However, even in a future bereft of new ideas, it’s fun to watch Noomi Rapace act against herself six times over and her game performances in the midst of fast-paced action make “What Happened to Monday?” a mostly enjoyable thriller.

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- Joe Blessing

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Porn Site Offers To Produce ‘Sense8’ Season 3

18 August 2017 8:59 AM, PDT

Earlier this year, Netflix pulled the plug on “Sense8” after two seasons. But after fan petitions and outcry, the streaming service made a deal to let the Wachowskis produce a two-hour series finale, to wrap things up. However, another streaming service, in a very particular niche, is extending an olive branch to the show’s creators to keep “Sense8” going.

xHamster has penned an open letter, offering to produce a third season of “Sense8.”  Lana Wachowski recently revealed she was going ahead and writing the a new season, and the porn site is offering to be the admittedly unconventional home for the sci-fi show.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’ Won’t Be Ready For TIFF

18 August 2017 8:38 AM, PDT

For much of the spring and summer, Xavier Dolan has been teasing his forthcoming film, “The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan.” Official images and new posters arrived for the movie, along with an early report that the director was aiming to have his latest effort finished in time for the fall festival season. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening.

Films Séville, the official distributor for ‘Donovan’ in Canada, confirmed today that Dolan’s picture won’t be ready in time to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Bright Sunshine In’ Trailer: Juliette Binoche Stars In Claire Denis’ New Film

18 August 2017 7:55 AM, PDT

Claire Denis is currently filming her highly anticipated, very ambitious sci-fi “High Life” starring Robert Pattinson, but while we wait, she has something else to share. Earlier this year, the revered filmmaker knocked out “Bright Sunshine In,” and within a matter of months, had it ready in time for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Now it’s starting to roll out around the globe, and the first trailer has landed.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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