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Top 10 Hollywood Next Wives: No More “Wronged Women”

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent At the SAG Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 19, Brad Pitt made veiled mention of his ex-wife Angelina Jolie in a moving acceptance speech for Male Actor in a Supporting Role in Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. More telling, though, was a brief clinched handhold backstage with once wife, Jennifer Aniston, who  picked up a statuette at the gala. Aniston has moved on since their divorce, being recognized last night for he...

Adam Driver: On Being Alive & Other MARRIAGE STORY Insights at SBIFF

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Adam Driver received the Outstanding Performers of the Year Award, presented by Belvedere Vodka, last night at the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), there was a little bit of actor family drama as preamble. MARRIAGE STORY co-star Scarlett Johansson was also set to appear, but was said to miss the event due to illness.   SANTA BARBARA, CA - Jan. 17: Adam Driver (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF) T...

Hollywood Award Shows in Wartime, Will History Repeat Itself?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Superman and Batman saluted a flyby; in 1943, the Oscar statuette was made of plaster instead of metal due to shortages during World War II. In 1945, Doubleday published “Movie Lot to Beachhead.” Edited by Look Magazine staff, and prefaced by Robert St. John, this classic sought to show how “the motion picture goes to war and prepares for the future.” St. John, who died at th...

Jennifer Hudson Wows in RESPECT Teaser as Aretha Franklin Set for 2020

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent #RespectMovie is just a hashtag for now, but in 2020 Jennifer Hudson will shake the rafters with her multi-octave homage to the late great singer Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul who died at age 76 in August of 2018. The Dreamgirl will follow the rise of Aretha’s beginnings as a child-singer in her father's church choir to blazing fame as an indelible icon and cultural force the world over. RESPECT is the aptly titled biopic base...

Ford v Ferrari Roars to Win at Satellite Awards, HBO’s Chernobyl Wins Big Too

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   DECEMBER 19, 2019  |  BY QUENDRITH JOHNSON  LOS ANGELES, CA: With the member-voted choices tallied up, the International Press Academy (IPA) today announced the top choices for the 24th Annual Satellite Awards. FORD V FERRARI topped the list with 5 wins. In the major categories, the James Mangold-directed motor sport film garnered Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Christian Bale, Best Film Ed...

SHORTSTV™ & Magnolia Unveil “THE 2020 OSCAR® NOMINATED SHORT FILMS” in Jan.

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Corresondent Did you know that short films are among the fastest growing, must-make filmed entertainment circling around Hollywood right now? This is because shorts serve as a calling card, demo reel, and quick-hit to bundle for streamers and theatrical venues alike.  ShortsTV™ is "the pioneering platform dedicated to short entertainment, which has now partnered with Magnolia Pictures to unspool “THE 2020 OSCAR® NOMINATED SHORT FILM...

How About Some STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER to ‘Force’ a Smile

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent “May the Force Be With You” on this tiny blue planet cheers (almost) everyone up a little, right? Okay, it is a movie franchise with messaging and marvelous deployment of LucasFilm magic, but it is also a 42-year-old series that many of us grew up with and enjoy. The newest iteration is STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, and it opens wide on Dec. 20 from Disney.     In case you forgot how this whol...

LITTLE WOMEN Helmer Greta Gerwig Owns Her Story, 2 Golden Globe Noms

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent No, Greta Gerwig didn’t get nominated for director or screenplay, but she is in the running with her adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN, which scored two Golden Globe nominations today. The SONY Pictures film was nominated for Best Actress, and Best Score. To recap, Greta kind of burst onto the scene with LADY BIRD, after a rocky acting start with the remake of ARTHUR, on the heels of starrer success FRANCES HA. Her efforts as a writer-d...

Hey, #PayUpHollywood Gets a Movie, or Jan. 31, THE ASSISTANT Seems Like It

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Sometimes you have to wonder if it is "too soon" on a movie like THE ASSISTANT... And then? We're in digital real-time, folks.  by Screenmancer Staff So, Harvey limps into court at 67, with a cane… He's Patient Zero of #MeToo. Oh, never mind that red herring intro; actually this is about THE ASSISTANT from Bleeker Street. Not your Assistant of course, who is paid well and treated like gold, but… You know, ...

IPA Jumpstarts Awards Race with Ford v Ferrari, Joker, Marriage Story & 1917

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent DECEMBER 3, 2019  |  BY QUENDRITH JOHNSON LOS ANGELES, CA (UPDATED): With James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari tying the nominations count with Warner Bros JOKER, and a tie between Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story and Sam Mendes’ 1917, The International Press Academy (IPA) jump-started Awards Season by lining up the finest films of 2019 for the official 24th Satellite Awards Nomin...

Brazil’s 92nd Oscar Bid INVISIBLE LIFE Bows on Dec. 20

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Although the Best International Film category is crowded this year, that shouldn't prevent you from seeing Brazil's entry into the Academy Awards competition. Read on... RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's Official Submission for International Feature Film for the 92nd Academy Awards® is INVISIBLE LIFE. The film is written and directed by Karim Aïnouz, and stars Carol Duarte, Julia Stockler and Fernanda Montenegro.   ...

HOLLYWOOD SUPERMAN CHRIS DENNIS: FUNERAL SET FOR NOON, DEC. 7, 2019

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Here's a sad piece of news from Insider Hollywood. There was an icon on Hollywood Boulevard, known as The Hollywood Boulevard Superman. His name was Chris Dennis. He died in a way that makes the legacy fans cry. Read on... Curated by Screenmancer Staff HOLLYWOOD, California Christopher Dennis, AKA Hollywood Boulevard Superman, will be laid to rest with a funeral service at the Old North Church on Saturday, December 7th at 12pm, Forest...

Big Talent, Short Film: Noomi Rapace & Jessica Barden Set To Star

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you wonder what an international star like Noomi Rapace is doing, here's your answer. Take heart short filmmakers, you can land top talent for your projects. And then go for the Oscar category of Live Action (Short). Read on... Curated by Screenmancer Staff from Bulletproof Cupid: ANTWERP, Belgium: "Millennium's" Noomi Rapace and "The End of the F***ing World" actress Jessica Barden star in a ...

Martin Scorsese Tells You All You Need to Know About Movies: AFI 2019 Tribute Reel

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Friday night Martin Scorsese was feted at AFI’s Film Fest in the Chinese Theater. Scorsese has been around long enough that people actually spell his name right now. He would laugh at that, considering the late great Roger Ebert once spelled his name incorrectly in an early review out of Chicago. Scorsese has teamed with Robert De Niro nine times, that should be a record. (They were introduced by Brian de Palma.) But his editor The...

LYNETTE HOWELL TAYLOR AND STEPHANIE ALLAIN TO PRODUCE  THE 92ND OSCARS®

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Interesting update from the Academy. Two women will produce the Oscar presentation this year. Very exciting times. Read on... Curated by Screenmancer Staff from AMPAS LOS ANGELES, CA: Oscar®-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor and producer Stephanie Allain will produce the 92nd Oscars®, Academy President David Rubin announced today.  It will be their first involvement with the Oscars, which airs live on the ABC Television Netwo...

Top 10 Ways to Get Yourself Booked on TV Shows, in Movies, Really

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent How did this idea come about, you may wonder? Let’s just say there’s a perfect voice down in Florida that recently piped up in a tone so unique, we just had to find someplace for this talent to land. That said, Amy Baczkowski, an Unscripted Concept Developer, Producer & Booker, based in NYC was willing to help with this challenge to come up with 10 ways to book yourself. Most recently, as of yesterday, Baczkowski was booking for...

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...

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...

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