Cannes Festival 2019 Lineup

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“The Dead Don’t Die”
Focus Features

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival has unveiled its official selection in Paris on Thursday, featuring films from auteurs and talented newcomers. The list was unveiled by Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux.

As previously announced, Focus Features’ zombie horror all-star ensemble comedy film “The Dead Don’t Die” will be kicking off the festival. Meanwhile, the Dexter Fletcher-directed Elton John biopic “Rocketman” is set to make its global debut in the festival.

Though one film that is noticeably missing in the announcement was Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” though Frémaux has mentioned that more films will be announced in the coming weeks. Given that “Hollywood” is still being edited, it could still make it to the festival.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival is set to take place from May 14 to May 25. Here is the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2019:

Competition

Atlantique
Bacarau
Frankie
A Hidden Life
It Must Be Heaven
Les Misérables
Little Joe
Matthias and Maxime
Oh Mercy
Parasite
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Sibyl
Sorry We Missed You
Pain and Glory
The Traitor
La Gomera
The Wild Goose Lake
The Young Ahmed (dir:
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“If The Dancer Dances” Trailer

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Directed by Maia Wechsler, “If The Dancer Dances” opens theatrically in New York (The Quad) on Friday, April 26th and in Los Angeles on Friday, May 3rd (Laemmle Music Hall) with a national release to follow.

The film is the first documentary on the subject of Merce Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009. The dancer and choreographer had a profound influence on modern dance for more than 60 years, and has had numerous collaborations with musicians John Cage and David Tudor, and renowned artists Robert Rauschenberg and Bruce Nauman among others.

Here is part of the documentary’s synopsis:

IF THE DANCER DANCES invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of today’s leading dance-makers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, the film tracks Petronio’s dancers as they strive to re-stage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance – and a legacy – alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centennial, IF THE DANCER DANCES is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009.

Merce Cunningham was an American dancer and choreographer who stood at the forefront of American modern dance for more than 60 years. As a choreographer, teacher, and leader of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Cunningham had a profound influence on modern dance and earned some of the highest honors bestowed in the arts, including the National Medal of Arts and the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship. Cunningham is also notable for his frequent collaborations with artists of other disciplines, including the musicians Radiohead and John Cage (also his life partner), as well as visual artists Andy Warhol, who did the décor for RainForest , the dance featured in If the Dancer Dances, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.

IF THE DANCER DANCES – Official Trailer (2019) from Monument Releasing on Vimeo.

Marvel Comics Announces Historic X-Men Milestone With House Of X And Powers Of X

Revealing the newest series to be helmed by legendary creators Jonathan Hickman, R.B. Silva, and Marvel Young Gun Pepe Larraz.

After weeks of speculation from comic book fans around the world, Marvel revealed the next monumental chapter for the X-Men during this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. During Marvel’s Next Big Thing Panel, critically-acclaimed creator Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Infinity, Secret Wars) announced two new series: HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X, beginning this July.

Ever since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced the X-Men, fans everywhere have followed the extraordinary stories of the X-Men through seminal moments like Giant-Size X-Men, 1991’s X-Men #1, Age of Apocalypse, and New X-Men. Each of these moments introduced a new era for mutantkind – and starting this summer, the world will experience the next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men with HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X.

“We are excited to have Jon back with the Marvel family, and we could not have asked for a better creative team to help usher the X-Men into a whole new era,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski. “While we can’t reveal too much about the story just yet, these new stories will redefine the X-Men and their place in the Marvel Universe. This is a historic moment both new and passionate fans won’t want to miss.”

These two new series – written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Young Gun Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, and colorist Marte Garcia – will build from every major X-Men milestone since 1963 up through the current X-Men series and storylines fans know and love, including some of Marvel’s most iconic characters from over the decades. Each series will be released on an alternate weekly schedule, starting with HOUSE OF X, followed by POWERS OF X. Fans will be able to follow along each week this summer and witness history unfold. HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X will go on sale this July.

Christopher Nolan’s Next Film Set For July 2020 Release

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Nolan fans now have a new film to look forward to. The Oscar nominated filmmaker is set for release on IMAX on July 17, 2020, per Hollywood Reporter published today.

It is no surprise that the studio has taken July as a perfect time to release the English auteur’s epic blockbusters. During the past few years, his name has been synonymous to hugely ambitious narrative scope and visual spectacle.

In fact, most of his most recent movies such as The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and were all July releases and received both critical and commercial successes.

His last film, the World War II epic blockbuster “Dunkirk”, was also released in July of 2017. That film grossed $520 million at the boxoffice and received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and his first Best Director nomination.

In total, Nolan’s movies grossed nearly US $5 billion worldwide and received 34 Oscar nominations, ten of which received the winning trophies.

Not much has been revealed about the upcoming Warner Bros. “event film,” but given his industry stature it is sure to attract plenty of major talents. We are sure to follow the development of this film and will publish more information when they are released.

Mark Hamill, RZA, Clark Gregg, and Felicia Day Among Stars to Speak at Stan Lee Tribute

New details emerge on tribute for legendary storyteller to be honored on January 30, 2019 at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre

Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.

Next week, “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee,” will be attended by Mark Hamill, RZA, Clark Gregg, Felicia Day, Bill Duke, cast members from Marvel’s “The Runaways,” cast members from FX’s “Legion,” and Fox’s “The Gifted,” among many other luminaries from the entertainment world.

Fans wishing to attend “Excelsior! A Stan Lee Celebration” can get a limited number of tickets at legionm.com/stantribute. All net proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will go to the non-profit organization The Hero Initiative, a charity supporting comic book creators, artists and writers in need.

The tribute event on Wednesday, January 30, will begin at 4 p.m. PT with a section of the TCL Chinese Theatre forecourt transformed into a fan experience of Stan Lee’s life and career. There will be a memorial centered around his cement imprint which will be displayed next to the speaker’s podium. Ticketed fans will be allowed to leave flowers, candles and sign a book of condolences.
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James Gandolfini’s Son Cast As Tony Soprano

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In a stroke of casting genius, Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, is set to play the iconic role of Tony Soprano in the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie, Deadline reports.

Michael, 19, is set to play a young Tony Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark,” a film that tells the background story of the crime drama television series. Most recently, he is on the TV period drama series “The Deuce.”

Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys) is set to direct the movie for New Line. The film is written by The Sopranos creator and writer David Chase as well as show writer Lawrence Konner who collaborated with Chase on the late 80s TV series “Almost Grown”.

Also in the cast are Vera Farmiga, Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Corey Stoll.

Though no official synopsis has been released, the film will be set during the Newark riots in July, 1967, centering on Tony’s uncle Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola). The film’s release date is yet to be announced.

Regarded by many as one of the greatest TV series ever, The Sopranos ran for six seasons from January 10, 1999 to June 10, 2007.

All-New Stories From The Original Star Wars Trilogy, Starting This April

Marvel’s celebration of Star Wars characters continues this April, with epic one-shots of heroes and villains of the original film trilogy in Age of Rebellion.

Following the legendary sagas of the Jedi, the Sith, and more from AGE OF THE REPUBLIC, join writer Greg Pak (The Incredible Hulk, Weapon H) and artist Chris Sprouse (Black Panther) for new tales about some of the most iconic Star Wars heroes and artist Marc Laming (Beckett, Star Wars Annual) for new stories about the galaxy’s most dangerous villains. With covers by Terry and Rachel Dodson, these are stories you don’t want to miss.

Also in April, discover brand new sides of some of your favorite – and deadly – heroes and villains in AGE OF REBELLION SPECIAL #1, written by superstar team Marc Guggenheim (X-Men Gold), Jon Adams (The New Yorker, Love Romances), and Si Spurrier (Doctor Aphra), and drawn by Adams, Caspar Wijngaard (Doctor Aphra Annual), and Andrea Broccardo (Star Wars), with cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Guru-eFX. For more information, visit StarWars.com.

High School Student Cast As Maria In “West Side Story” Remake

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Rachel Zegler courtesy of YouTube

Steven Spielberg has found the female lead for his upcoming remake of the classic romantic musical tragedy “West Side Story”. Her name is Rachel Zegler, a 17 year old student from New Jersey.

Rachel was selected for the sought-after role from 30,000 Latino actors who submitted video auditions.

She recently caught the internet’s attention after a video of her went viral which shows her singing Lady Gaga’s recent hit “Shallow’ from another hit musical “A Star Is Born.” She’s also uploaded videos on her YouTube channel which shows her singing original songs and covers of popular hits.

The remake is set to be directed by Steven Spielberg. She will be joining previously announced actor Ansel Elgort who will play the male lead.

The original 1961 “West Side Story” film as inspired by a Romeo and Juliet Broadway musical of the same name from 1957 which tells the story of Maria, a Puerto Rican girl who falls in love with a white New Yorker Tony.

The film was a critical and boxoffice hit, winning 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture. In 1997, the film was chosen for preservation on the National Film Registry.

TNT’s “I Am the Night” Presents My Favorite Murder Live On Jan 15 At El Rey Theater

I Am the Night to Premiere January 28, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT

TNT announced today that its thrilling new true crime series I Am the Night is teaming up with the hit podcast My Favorite Murder to bring an exclusive live episode hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark on January 15th at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. This unique partnership marks a first for the My Favorite Murder team, as the podcast has never partnered with a television network in support of an upcoming drama series.

On the anniversary of the Black Dahlia’s death, and in the same city where she was killed, Murderinos can join Karen and Georgia to dive deeper into Hollywood’s most notorious murder before an exclusive screening of TNT’s new limited series I Am the Night. Star Jefferson Mays will attend and be interviewed during the taping, talking about playing Dr. George Hodel and the series.

“What more could we want? We get to discuss the Black Dahlia, our audience gets a sneak peek at the first episode of I Am The Night and we get to talk to Jefferson Mays about playing Dr. Hodel. It’s a true crime trifecta. We can’t wait!” said Kilgariff and Hardstark.

My Favorite Murder will publish the special episode of the podcast leading up to the January 28th premiere of I Am the Night.

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Stan Lee Tribute To Be Held January 30

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith and many others is set to pay tribute to legendary storyteller, comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee.

Titled “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee,” the event is set to take place on January 30 at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre.

The event was announced today by Kevin Smith, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment” and will benefit The Hero Initiative which is one of Lee’s favorite charities.

Fans who wants to attend the event can get tickets today at legionm.com/stantribute. Tickets are limited and goes on sale starting today, Wednesday, January 9, at 5 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. EST.

Scott D. Williams, CEO of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment said, “We are honored for this chance for Stan’s fans and friends to come together in a celebration of his remarkable life. Despite his passing, Stan’s name, work and legacy will continue to flourish and be revealed to the world. We are committed to honor Stan’s extraordinary life and work.”

Gill Champion, Stan Lee’s partner and confidante for over 18 years, said, “Stan was a unique and unforgettable human being, truly adored worldwide. He loved coming to work and creating endless new ideas and stories and in spite of his genius he was a relatable and kind man that his admirers could relate to with ease. He will be dearly missed and his legacy will live on now and for many more generations to come.”

Producer of the event David Baxter, VP Development at Legion M, writes, “Stan Lee played a major cameo in all the lives of the fans he loved, be it through his writing, his acting or his personal interactions. We feel this tribute is a perfect opportunity for Stan’s beloved fans to unite with celebrities and friends of Stan to give the man the grand sendoff he deserves.”

Agents of Mayhem founder Darren Passarello, who got his start in entertainment from Stan and is also co-producing the event added, “Stan saw the good and the potential in everyone he met, and he never hesitated to help them if he could. It is not only an esteemed privilege but a personal honor to be a part of this tribute.”

The head of The Hero Initiative Jim McLauchlin knew Stan for decades and said, “Stan believed in the ‘golden rule,’ and always went out of his way to make time for others and make their day just a little bit better. I think this tribute is absolutely in that spirit, and a great chance for fans to get together, share their love for Stan, and find strength in that.”

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