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Quendrith Johnson

Quendrith Johnson is Los Angeles Correspondent covering everything happening in film in Hollywood... Well, the most interesting things, anyway.
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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...

Once Upon a Quentin Tarantino: We Love Him, We Love Him Not?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent “On the QT, and very Hush, Hush” is a line from LA CONFIDENTIAL, and that’s what’s happening in Hollywood right now in reaction to Quentin Tarantino’s much-ballyhooed 9th film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. By anyone’s standards, to resurrect the ghost of a slain pregnant woman killed by the Manson Family on Aug. 9, 1969, is questionable. (Anniverary of Hiroshima bomb drop, Aug. 9, coincidence?) Especially ...

Top Gun Returns With Tom Cruise as Maverick, First Look Here

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent A voice-over in TOP GUN: MAVERICK announces “thirty plus years of service” to describe fighter pilot Tom Cruise as call-sign Maverick - and you could swear he’s describing TC’s film career since the first box office barn-burner, TOP GUN from 1986. Cruise, who turned 57 this month on July 3, was only 24 years old when the original milestone blockbuster, with Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan, blazed a path to the stars for this Syra...

5 Times This Hollywood Power Couple Has Paired Up to Win

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What are the lyrics to that old Frank Sinatra song? “Love and marriage, they go together like a horse and carriage. This I'll tell you brother. You can't have one without the other.” Of course, in Hollywood, not many people subscribe to that notion. But actor Terence Bernie Hines and writer/director Sonia Machado-Hines might convince you otherwise. Ready? Q: What was your path to Hollywood from flipping houses? Terence Bern...

15 Tech Things to Know Before Watching THE GREAT HACK on Netflix

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Maybe we need a creation myth for Social Media? Hey, don’t hashtag eyeroll: ’In the beginning was rumor and innuendo, but a hand swiped right across the metadata…’ Okay, before you WTF that, IRL consider “The Great Hack” coming from Netflix on July 24. It’s a documentary about how the Cambridge Analytica (CA) data hijinx not only took $30 B USD out of the stuffing of Facebook’s stock value, but crea...

Judy, Judy, Judy: Comedian Judy Jean Kwon’s 7 Steps to Being Woke

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One good thing about asking blunt instrument questions is getting surgical replies: meet Judy Jean Kwon known for MILFriend. More about that show later. Meanwhile, the following interview is so good for you that the Surgeon General has listed it for required reading. Okay, that’s fake news, but what’s real news is that this look-back inside Old Hollywood from new Hollywood is important, even if seems more like an editorial bitch-sla...

Will Lynn Shelton’s SWORD OF TRUST Starring Marc Maron Be a Runaway Hit?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Shot in 12 days in the heat of Alabama, SWORD OF TRUST, co-written and directed by Lynn Shelton and starring Marc Maron (GLOW) in his first outing as lead actor in a movie, may just be the viral comedy hit of 2019. Opening July 12 from IFC Films, it’s a smart conspiracy-themed jaunt that presents every con of ripped-from-the-fake-news headlines, but also gives love to the Second Amendment, the LGBTQ crowd, flat-earthers, and the once...

Who Says Don’t Be Shia, He’s Awesome in Peanut Butter Falcon

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent All of us hoping the best for Shia LaBeouf are about to be rewarded. Say what you will about his bag-over-the-head former anti-fame performance art campaigns, Shia remains a bare knuckle talent on the screen. And you’ll see it for yourself on Aug. 9, when he stars with Dakota Johnson and newcomer Zack Gottsagen in THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, a movie about doing crazy shit and making it up as you go along. Or you can go by the official descr...

World Book Day & College Cheating Scandal Had a Love Child, BOOKSMART

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Apologies for that misleading and crass headline, but it worked, right? BOOKSMART is actually Olivia Wilde’s directorial film debut from Annapurna that opens on Memorial Day, May 27. And it’s as wild as you would suppose it would be, in a good way. “From the beginning, my take on the story was that high school has extremely high stakes,” notes director Olivia Wilde. “When you’re in it, high school feels like lif...

If Your Smartphone’s Full of Reveals, Imagine PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Yes, we’ve all heard smartphones called the “black box” of our lives, but Mexican director Manolo Caro has adapted an award-winning Italian film that really speaks to the mobile handheld-driven times we live in.  Caro's new film PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS, or PERFECT STRANGERS to be released Jan. 11 from Pantelion Films, is literally powered by involuntary phone reveals. It’s full of “textual tension,&quo...

All You Need To Know Is LOVE, GILDA Is Radner’s Codex of Comedy

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you do an internet search for Gilda Radner, at least one thing comes up that would have made her laugh - a ridiculously maudlin celebrity website that asks “Dead or Alive? - Gilda Radner.” Well, the documentary LOVE, GILDA will bring her back to life in an endearing and lump-in-the-throat kind of way on Sept. 21, when Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films release it in theaters. This is a comedian even comedians revere beyond all ratio...

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot… But Joaquin Did Get to the Party Last Night

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Don’t you love hearing about a Hollywood party after it happens? Oh wait, an afterparty, after it happens? C’mon, saves you time and a hangover. Meanwhile last night was the LA premiere of DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT from Amazon Studios, a curious biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix that opens July 13. Jack Black and glasses, Joaquin Phoenix and cigarette during, not after, the afterparty This adapted screen story...

How Harvey Made Sexual Harassment Personal, Not Business, TWC & #RoseArmy Backfire

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Harvey Weinstein turned 66 on Monday, March, 19, his battered old haunt The Weinstein Company (TWC) also made headlines seeking bidders to shield itself from bankruptcy court. This is six months after the sexual harassment scandal broke wide. Specifically they announced a “stalking horse bidder,” according to the Hollywood Reporter, like we’re all supposed to know what that means. Basically it’s a favored bidder out...


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