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Quendrith Johnson is filmfestivals.com Los Angeles Correspondent covering everything happening in film in Hollywood... Well, the most interesting things, anyway.
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Rogue Chef Bourdain nod ROADRUNNER is main dish at Tribeca

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If “Parts Unknown” Chef Anthony Bourdain, a seductive world-traveler, hadn’t killed himself three years ago in France’s Alsace region in a 5 star hotel we would have killed him ourself for making us worried he might become a suicide. Such are the charged emotions Mr. Bourdain, who would have turned 65 this month on June 25, engenders. Filmmaker Morgan Neville, whose documentary work is just as storied as Bourdain'...

Amy Adams' THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW is very watch-worthy

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, and Anthony Mackie is in some ways the Perfect Pandemic Panacea. Even though this movie was delayed a full year because of COVID-19, it has finally arrived this month from 20th Century Fox on Netflix. And this film is tracking Top 10 for very good reasons.  So let’s take a look inside THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW. We have a mature, agoraphobic, separated and isolated child ...

M. Night Shyamalan wants you to get OLD at the movies

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Freakish filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has been cooking up some summer BBQ ideas during the lockdown, or so it seems with his new release OLD from Universal Pictures. As with all of his movies, you will see the inevitable stunned cluster of people staring into the camera wondering what the heck is happening. Not your average beach day. OLD is no exception, and this won’t be out in theaters until July 23, but the plot has a nift...

Opening Night: John Krasinski & JJ Abrams talk A QUIET PLACE 2

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent After the runaway success of A QUIET PLACE from husband and wife team Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, about a post-Apocalyptic family known as the Abbotts who are plagued by arachnid-style monsters, who’d have guessed the next surprise? That would be the critical acclaim for sequel A QUIET PLACE 2, even after Krasinski, spoiler alert, sacrifices himself in the first movie. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 27: John Krasinski speak...

Emma Stone's Disney CRUELLA is Nut-ella

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent In this Birds of Prey meets Joker revenge tale make-over, Emma Stone peels back the eyelids of one Baroness Von Hellman, a vicious-delicious Emma Thompson, who blasts her mad scheme to incorporate rare pelts. Such is the hand-wave plot sum of CRUELLA, opening from Disney on May 28. But wait, demure Emma Stone cranks up the crazy, sets her scenes to broil with She-devil rage worthy of the finest Disney bad girls.  Yes, Emma Stone goes...

The H Collective brings more to marvel at with Chinese book adaptation

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Isn't it about time filmmakers supplemented the public's Superhero Diet? While DC Comics and the Marvel Universe has given us lots of creatures and critters to, well, marvel at, The H Collective has plans to adapt a Chinese classic novel with a mythic variety of creatures to stand apart from the usual cape and tights fare. Read on... From Screenmancer in LA... LOS ANGELES, CA: The H Collective (THC) will adapt the Chinese classic t...

Woke enough: now for BREWMANCE, fun, fermentation, just what the doc ordered

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent In case you're feeling life is just a little too woke and no room to joke lately, here's an antidote for all the sobering news from Hollywood or around the world, BREWMANCE. We're stealing a page from OG Screenmancer, and the Brews of Summer. Read on... by OG Screenmancer Summer of Masks is coming, and what better way to flip off the CDC than with a cold beer… outdoors, no, indoors at a real-life dive bar full of people?...

Stephen King’s powers of pen twist Julianne Moore in LISEY’S STORY

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent How many times during the Pandemic have you heard ‘looks like we’re living in a Stephen King novel?’ Even if you haven’t heard it, LISEY’S STORY a series starring Julianna Moore and Clive Owen, is about to make you think it. From Apple TV+ on June 4, King’s psychological mind-messer is so apropos of now, you’d think the Fright Knight had cooked this one up on order from the CDC. (Actually this is fro...

You won’t believe your ears after A QUIET PLACE II

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Who didn’t love the eerie hush of A QUIET PLACE, starring Emily Blunt and director-husband John Krasinski? Michael Bay is also a Producer this time, so clearly things had to get a lot louder in A QUIET PLACE II. Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe return for another share of scare, as Batman’s Cillian Murphy and Gladiator’s Djimon Hounsou take roles in this almost family-friendly monster romp from Paramount Pictures coming May...

Bradley Whitford, Melvin Gregg, Alice Braga & Danielle Campbell kick off SHARE

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Since the longest Award Season in Hollywood history has wrapped, it's time to check on new projects. So, TPSC and Wavemaker Creative just kicked off principal photography on SHARE from commercial director turned feature first-timer Ira Rosensweig. Here's the full news item from the helmer and producers...   LOS ANGELES, CA: The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC) and Wavemaker Creative have commenced principal photography on aw...

Were the 93rd Oscars really about Mogul vs Mogul?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent 'Congratulations to Searchlight Pictures for NOMADLAND that just swept the 93rd Oscars with Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.’ You can hear the echo of the celebrations (however low-key) last night after the telecast beamed ‘round the world, online and on Zoom. But what was this Oscar year really about? You had the Pandemic, the economic contraction brought on by lockdowns, almost everything was influenced by thi...

Sound of excitement for NOMADLAND at 73rd DGA Awards

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Tonight the Directors Guild of America revealed the final winners of the 73rd Annual DGA Awards. First a quick look at some of the creative artists honored for the show. Enough to be nominated… And now the final cut: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series SUSANNE BIER | The Undoing (HBO) SCOTT FRANK | The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) THOMAS KAIL | Hamilton...

THUNDER FORCE’s Melissa McCarthy & Octavia Spencer get super jabs, ready?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hey, the German trailer for THUNDER FORCE starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer is almost more hilarious than the English version of the Netflix superhero flick to be released April 9. Can you imagine more unlikely Super Friends from childhood? No, you can’t, trust me. This is one caped caper worth the subscription fee alone for the super streamer. Watch… You’ll never listen to Seal again without a trigger-wa...

Dance Camera West’s virtual Fest dazzles now thru April on OVID.tv

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Recently someone said how many "steps" they took according to their FitBit or whatever, which reminds some of us how many hours we sit a bit. But never mind that, because Dance Camera West's Virtual Film Fest breaks out on Ovid TV today through April 30. This will move the needle on your fitness. How can you sit still watching the dance speak through the vocabulary of movement from dancers worldwide? It's awesome, and full dis...

UPROOTING ADDICTION proves opioid crisis still kills 130 a day in US

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What many remember about the past US Presidential administration is likely a trigger warning, but there's one area that got the attention it deserved: The Opioid Crisis. It's the other deadly epidemic that was killing 130 Americans a day prior to this Pandemic. It still is. Meet the Opioid Epidemic in America. But it's a worldwide crisis. First Run Features presents the Streaming Premiere of the new documentary Uprooting Addicti...

Sorkin’s “BEING THE RICARDOS”: Kidman’s Lucy, Bardem’s Desi, J.K. Simmons, adds Alia Shawkat & more

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   As if penning and directing THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 to Oscar notice wasn't enough for Aaron Sorkin, his BEING THE RICARDOS from Amazon Studios promises quite a piquant punch bowl of comedic homage to Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz. This backgrounder of the "I Love Lucy" show is one to watch for, as Sorkin rounds out his considerable writing chops with JK Simmons in a turn here in the cast, and Amazon Studios ann...

Oscar nominated short films via ShortsTV and theatrical release April 2

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondence One of the best Oscar categories to enter is the short subject for film, insiders say, because there are less entries and the field is still wide open for newcomers worldwide. Whether this is true or not can only be tested by entering your short, however there is a great way to find out what the nominated films look like for 2021. ShortsTV is displaying a slate of combined films for digital and theatrical release on April 2. From Screenmancer ...

Nailed it: WGA Awards Noms & Winners of the 2021 LA/NY Show

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent You're going to feel like you are at the WGA Awards 2021 show right now. Because this is a live write-cast, or on the fly coverage. And it begins at 7 pm Eastern and 4 pm Pacific (California time here), the Writers Guild Awards held their virtual ceremony from New York and LA with some exciting reveals of the winners for WGA Awards 2021. And now it is live with a montage of writers saying they “wanted to be” architects, docto...

FINDING YOU is your St. Patrick’s Day romcom 4 leaf clover

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent A brief and incomplete Irish-related Hollywood romcom highlight reel includes THE MATCHMAKER where comedian Janeane Garofolo goes to Ireland, followed by Amy Adams who also flees to Ireland to propose to a man in LEAP YEAR. Now in 2021? There’s FINDING YOU from Roadside Attractions coming on May 14, with actors you have mostly never heard of except the supporting veteran cast members Patrick Bergin and Vanessa Redgrave. But don’...

The 93rd #Oscar Noms & Oscartini Recipe for you

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It’s not enough that this Award Season 2021 went virtual right out of the gate due to the Pandemic? But the Academy actually decided that the foreboding Ides of March, or March 15, would be an auspicious date for the Nominations Announcement for the 93rd Oscar Presentation. Who knows what else will happen on show date April 25, 2021. That’s where we find ourselves in the Year of COVID, where even the things we count on go awry. ...

People in class houses shouldn’t throw stones, WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Headlines read: “Palace Paralyzed” about the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry disclosures from the Harpo Productions Oprah Winfrey interview on CBS that shook the world (of privilege). But America, these United States, that broke from the UK have no judgments to make on that situation once you see WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA. It is a frank exploration of the unspeakable for many, in relatable terms for all. March 1...

Director Ryan White checks out Mars for us in GOOD NIGHT OPPY

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Instead of Red Pill and Blue Pill, we have Red Planet and Blue Planet? Who doesn't feel like taking a break from the Blue Planet right now? There's a crisis of identity for the US, a Royal rift, and garden variety Pandemic-related problems all over our world. So how about Mars, the Red Planet? Wait for GOOD NIGHT OPPY coming from Director Ryan White, about the Opportunity Mars Explorer Rover, which is the location scout advance team fo...

Borat, Sorkin, Ruben Santiago-Hudson & more invite you to BEYOND WORDS 2021

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Variety Film Awards Editor Clayton Davis has a great gig coming up on Mar. 11 with Variety Deputy Awards and Features Editor Jenelle Riley. They will co-host the Writer’s Guild of America’s open-to-the-public virtual special BEYOND WORDS 2021. This comes as part of an insider tradition whereby the WGA presents award-nominated screenwriters who open up about the intricate facets of writing scripts for screen. These informal and en...

NEON on fire with new Céline Sciamma project PETITE MAMAN

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   When filmmaker Céline Sciamma made PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, there was a use of silence or negative space, in the picture not seen since the French New Wave. That's just my critical opinion. That said, Sciamma’s work can also frighten and shake up audiences, critical viewers, and some would say, even voting members. You want to read that with a wink, because who knows what lurks in the hearts of Member Voters, to ...

Yeah 2021, digital people: Meet The MetaHumans

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Okay, so Elon Musk had a point about Fear of AI, but luckily there’s a tell to these new “MetaHumans” from Unreal Engine dropping by your eyeballs in 2021. That tell? Well, their teeth for example, kind of cookie cutter, as well as the mouth cavity. Where’s the tongue movement, geniuses? Kidding aside, you may want to check for these subtle tells on your mobile screen, tablet, or even ye old Desktop PC in the comin...

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