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This Other Bacall Will Make Your Movie, Seriously, No Kidding

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Okay so Friday night, and yes, now it’s Tuesday, the Other Bacall, Doval Bacall threw such a party for the winners of Your Script Produced, that everybody is just getting their bearings now. Alright, that’s an exaggeration, but let’s put it this way, Award Winner Iris May just emailed a party photo from Bavaria as her flight just arrived back in her home country. May, with her writing partner and filmmaker-in-arms Leia Vo...

Banks on CHARLIE’S ANGELS Reboot: KStew, Naomi Scott & Ella Balinska, Nov. 15

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Coming off her $287 M USD outing on PITCH PERFECT 2, Director Elizabeth Banks also writes the screenplay in this new incarnation of CHARLIE’S ANGELS from SONY on Nov. 15. “Sworn to Secrecy. Bound by Sisterhood” is the tagline here, with the story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn. Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen, from their previous retool of the Angel’s franchise, executive produce. Cast includes some other great...

Taylor Swift Gets Her Kitty On With Andrew Lloyd Webber For CATS Movie

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Okay, T.S. Eliot fans, here's one aptly dated "yesterday" in the perpetual Whenever of the Digital World, lol. Steven Spielberg and his pals at Universal have fired up the long-run Broadway (hairball) hit into a movie. And Taylor Swift just wrote "Beautiful Ghosts" with Andrew Lloyd Webber for this Dec. 20 release. Read on... Curated by Screenmancer Staff - Yesterday, Los Angeles, CA: Universal Pictures ju...

Toronto’s FeFF to Unspool 75 Films Directed by Women in November

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Curated by Screenmancer Staff TORONTO, ONT. (Canada):  The Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) returns for its 17th edition from Nov. 7 to 10, 2019 at Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St. West. Industry Initiatives take place at the Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West, Toronto Ontario Canada. FeFF is thrilled to showcase so many talented women, most of whom are writers, directors and producers by featuri...

Banned in France in 1968 & Now Showing at DTLA Film Fest Oct. 24

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Since MONDO HOLLYWOODLAND was banned in France in 1968 at the Avignon Film Festival, let's let my friends at Screenmancer handle this one, lol, for DTLA Film Festival. by Screenmancer Staff There’s no way to understand Hollywood today without a look-back from Ram Dass to the “squares.” Not the Hollywood Squares, the real then-squares. Watch and learn… Robert Carl Cohen schools you on the past which explains the no...

Closing Night Film Fest 919: JoJo Rabbit, Joe Letteri of WETA & A Love Letter to Film

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent During Film Fest 919, Chapel Hill, NC, on the final day - even though you’ve had all week practically to read the glossy brochure - there is it: A Love Letter to Film on Page 24. It’s black-and-white, quarter-page, a left-hand read drop-shadow framed note from a future groom to his “beautiful Bride-to-be” that compares a theater aisle to “that other aisle” she will soon walk down. If you’re not cry...

HONEY BOY Will Mess You UP, But FORD V FERRARI Is a Great Chaser at FF919

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent You know it’s a great film festival when you lose track of the calendar count on your daily coverage, meaning today is Day Three, hopefully? Blame Shia LaBeouf’s autobiography-coaster HONEY BOY. Film Fest 919 in Chapel Hill, NC, is showing Shia’s written testament to a Hollywood Childhood on the same bill wit Matt Damon and Christian Bale in FORD V FERRARI, thankfully, because the way HONEY seeps into your soul (especially i...

Party Like It’s 919, But Seriously This IS Film Fest 919 in Chapel Hill, NC

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Once upon a time in Palm Beach and Santa Barbara, there were no smash-hit film festivals and then along came some powerhouse women and made it happen… You have to imagine John Forsythe saying this because Film Fest 919 happening this week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is literally run by the Charlie’s Angels kick-ass trio of Carol Marshall, Randi Emerman, with Claudia Puig as programmer. If you’ve spent more than 20 minutes...

How Jodie Foster Just Honored “First Director” Alice Guy-Blaché in Monaco

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Jodie Foster shows up for an event, this cinema icon does more than draw a crowd, she makes her own history. Such was the case in Monaco last week for Director Pamela B. Green’s documentary BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ about the life and historic career of pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché. Jodie Foster narrates this exploration, the subject of which many would say is the appearance of cinema&rsq...

Guess What NASA, #TimesUp in Space: LUCY IN THE SKY Has Landed

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent NASA might want to get a group rate for the new Fox Searchlight movie LUCY IN THE SKY, starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm. Not just that this space-triangle love story is ripped from the 2007 archives over at Johnson Space Center, but because Portman delivers a kind of codified performance that real-life astronaut Lisa Nowak, on whom the plot is based, deserves. Natalie Portman in the film LUCY IN THE SKY. Photo by Hilary B. Gayle. © 20...


By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This news so timely, we will let IFC Films tell you all the PAINTED BIRD details in this birdsong..."It is also notably, the first ever film made in the invented Interslavic language." Read on...  IFC Films announced that it is acquiring U.S. rights to THE PAINTED BIRD directed, written, and produced by Václav Marhoul (TOBRUK, SMART PHILIP). Based on the acclaimed novel by Jerzy Kosinski, the movie was a singular achieveme...

Adam Schlachter, Director of AND THE BRAVE SHALL RISE, On 17 Ways to Save America

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When “Shorts by the Sea” closed its film run at the Santa Monica Laemmle last week, indie film supporters paid $14 to see the slate of little screen gems, including AND THE BRAVE SHALL RISE, a 19-minute documentary. This short was the closer, the last film to be shown each day from 9/13 to 9/19. You didn’t expect it to raise the hair on your neck, but it is in Awards contention (qualifying theatrical run) this year for a reason. ...

Blake Lively Comes Back Badass in Paramount's RHYTHM SECTION

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Blake Lively proves she’s still a movie star (and not just Mrs. Ryan Reynolds, thank you) in Paramount’s THE RHYTHM SECTION slated for Jan. 31, 2020. Barbara Broccoli of James Bond franchise dynastic fame produces, and Lively stars with Jude Law. Not a bad pairing for a woman-in-jeopardy ass-kicker, with Sterling K. Brown to balance the psycho element. Brown is the steady handed parole office in “Our Idiot Brother,” amon...

HATSHEPSUT Short Closing Night Laemmle Santa Monica 9/19

HATSHEPSUT WRITTEN BY QUENDRITH JOHNSON (FILMFESTIVALS) Okay, here they are - my Superstars - Director Sonia Machado-Hines who directed my script HATSHEPSUT as a short now up for Awards Consideration & my best Dog Park Friend, Diane Ford, Neonatal Nurse, saves babies at Kaiser. — Quendrith Johnson (@Quendrith) September 19, 2019 Backstory here... Screening this week at

Quentin Tarantino Is “The Single Most Influential Director” Says Bogdanovich

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Studio Binder is reminding us that Quentin Tarantino is an actor, writer, and “the most influential director of our generation,” says Peter Bogdanovich. Here’s where to see that video essay, from Studio Binder's The Director’s Chair. The series is a meaningful exploration of some great directors. (See clip below.) You’re welcome. “Structure Like a Novel,” kids, QT’s best advice. Now star...

A Nominee is Born: Renee Zellweger is JUDY Garland Right Now

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent So, who else was skeptical about blonde Laplander Renée Zellweger doing Judy Garland? Doubt no more, sincerely, as Zellweger blows the roof off award season in this behind-the-scenes look at JUDY, (Judy: The Legend Behind the Rainbow) to be released Sept. 27. Two words: stunning, Renée. Just stunning. Watch and learn from this Oscar winner’s impromptu masterclass in character transformation from Roadside Attractions, and be r...

Dame Emma Thompson, Now Add Mindy Kaling for Amazon’s LATE NIGHT

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent No, this isn’t about that old Letterman/Leno feud; this is new LATE NIGHT. This is an Amazon Original starring Oscar® winner Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling. Enough said, just watch on Amazon Prime today...   Okay, not enough said, the plot might be useful before viewing it. So, you've got Hugh Dancy, John Lithgow, Max Casella, Denis O’Hare, Reid Scott and Amy Ryan also in the mix, and ET plays a boss. AMAZON...

Sometimes We Need a Little RUNNING TO THE SKY in this Developed World

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent For what it’s worth, while RUNNING TO THE SKY from Kyrgyzstan might not have superheroes or heavy VFX so crucial in today’s big tentpoles, there’s a beauty to this film that speaks to the essence of being human.   Directed by Mirlan Abdykalykov and originally titled JO KULUK, RUNNING TO THE SKY will have a showing at the Busan Film Festival coming up Oct. 3 - 12. This film is so fresh and 'au nat...

Get Jacked Up Arnie Fans: Tim Miller of DEADPOOL Directs TERMINATOR: DARK FATE

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hey, let’s throw caution to the wind to give a 100% shout-out to one of our favorite creatives: Tim Miller (blur studios), who directed the first DEADPOOL to raves. He now directs classic franchise installment, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, from James Cameron. It's set to open in early November. Miller makes visual poetry of big budget tentpoles, as a rule. And the director has a lot to work with here, as this storyline is iconic. OG L...

LOVE, WEDDINGS & OTHER DISASTERS: Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons, Set to Film in Boston 9/16

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Curated by Screenmancer Staff  Los Angeles, CA, August 29 2019: Writer/director Dennis Dugan is set to direct LOVE, WEDDINGS & OTHER DISASTERS. The cast so far includes Academy and Golden Globe Award Winner Diane Keaton, Academy/Golden Globe/Emmy/SAG Winner Jeremy Irons, Diego Boneta, DNCE guitarist JinJoo Lee, Jesse McCartney and Veronica Ferres. It's the first independent feature for studio director Dugan, whose box office hits i...

HATSHEPSUT Star Kelsey Scott Opens Up About The New Hollywood

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent. If you had a chance to see actor Kelsey Scott at work in the movie 12 YEARS A SLAVE, where she played a hard-pressed woman named Anne Northup, it may occur to you that she has grit, a kind of inner stillness in the face of injustice. But that would only be one aspect of Scott, who has generously offered up her experience in Hollywood as a window into the New Hollywood era.     CAST AND CREW OF GIANTS & KELSEY SCOTT (EM...

Remember HER, Well She’s Back Sorta in JEXI from HANGOVER Writers

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Remember Scarlett Johansson was HER (2013) in the Joaquin Phoenix nerd-love starrer written by director Spike Jonze? Well this is not HER, but JEXI, directed by BAD MOMS team pals Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, from CBS Films and Entertainment One. The release date is set for October.   JEXI is the automaton phone chick that goes rogue and digital-stalks cell owner Adam Devine. That’s the short version, the long version from the o...

“No Time To Die” the 25th James Bond Film, Ready for It?

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Well, it happens in April, but let's just pretend it is almost 2020, with maybe a hint of 007... Curated by Screenmancer Staff - from MGM LOS ANGELES, 8/20/2019: James Bond Producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today released the official title of the 25th James Bond adventure, No Time To Die. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM), and Universal Pictures Internatio...

Shia LaBeouf Wrote HONEY BOY & It's Incredible Folks

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Sometimes a film stands on its own merits, as is the case with the screenplay for HONEY BOY, written by and starring Shia LaBoeuf (TRANSFORMERS). Watch and learn what it is to be the bread-winner golden child, and the price a kid pays when he pays his parents to stay in the picture. Jackie Coogan is giving a standing ovation somewhere in the Hollywood firmament. Released by Amazon Studios, HONEY BOY will roll out Nov. 8, and begin its Osca...

To Hell With Stunt Casting, Remember Gary Kent Stunt Man & DANGER GOD

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent There’s something in the smog, in the air that is, in Hollywood, whereby stunt men and women are getting their due. Take Gary Kent, for example, one of the derring-dudes which inspired Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD character Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt.   If you could blow it up, Kent could ride, fly, stroll, or shimmy through it. As a young boy, director Joe O’Connell was paying attention. So, t...


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