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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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RIFKIN’S FESTIVAL Opens 68th San Sebastian Film Fest, But First a Funny Or Die Review?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Official word is that Woody Allen’s world premiere venue for his latest film RIFKIN’S FESTIVAL, about a guy who goes to a film festival (imagine that), will unspool in Spain at the 68th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival. This comes on the heels of the dismissal without prejudice of his four-year, $80 M USD legal tussle with Jeff Bezos and Amazon that was settled out of court for “an undisclosed sum,” as they say...

Workman Publishing Sends Message: We Are A Movement, Dr. Rev. William Barber II

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Although Cannes 2020 is the focus right now, and the films we should see, consider taking a glimpse at this Op-Ed from Peter Workman's enterprise, Workman Publishing. It will keep you updated on the American fracturing happening right now. Perhaps things break before the enlightenment comes? Or just chaos before a critical election in the United States put into context... Curated by Screenmancer Staff - Workman Publishing Op-Ed As we as ...

CANNES 2020 Update: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in RAJAH for Margate House

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This is a Cannes First Look, or what's on display for sale during this debut year as the storied festival goes strictly online thru June 26, 2020. RAJAH is an adventure epic set against the backdrop of the former Borneo (now Kalimantan, Indonesia), the third largest isle in the world, full of mystery. Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as Sir James Brooke, in Margate House Films' RAJAH, the biographical true story of an English expl...

HUNTERS IN THE DARK Adapt Targets Aneurin Barnard to Join Alex Pettyfer, DDI

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Cannes makes history this week, online for the first time in - forever? So the internet show must go on. Business gets done, films get made, and HUNTERS IN THE DARK from DDI adds Aneurin Barnard to the I AM NUMBER FOUR actor, and more... LOS ANGELES, CA: Jason Moring, DDI CEO, announced today that BAFTA nominated actor Aneurin Barnard has been cast opposite award-winning actor Alex Pettyfer (I AM NUMBER FOUR, MAGIC MIKE) in HUNTERS IN THE DARK,...

Top 5 Things to Know Before You Watch DA 5 BLOODS from Spike Lee

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Sometimes a listicle is better than a... review. Thought it was going to be a blue rhyme, didn't you?  Spike Lee's new film for Netflix has many baffled, so without further ado, let's add some more blood in the water of discontent. The June 12 release has been dubbed a visionary essay, a visual screed, even a disjointed "joint" from this legendary auteur. However?   No matter how many mechanical issues one...

IFFLA Offers a New Virtual Showcase: 17 Days & 17 Years Indian Cinema 6/19 to 7/5

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hollywood makes a shorthand distinction between Westerns and Bollywood with "dots or feathers," and while in this woke climate that phrase may die out, there is no doubt what a powerhouse India is in terms of filmmaking. Whether you call it the cinema of Bollywood, or the artistic treasures from the second most populous country on earth, Indian output in the undustry far outstrips all others. That said, here is a chance to really enjoy...

FARE CINEMA in Cahoots With HFPA for Fellini Moments Up to June 21

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent  Federico Fellini is being feted by FARE Cinema in collaboration with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association through June 21, and you can learn more here, plus you're invited to attend virtually... Los Angeles, CA: FARE CINEMA, a free initiative to promote Italian cinema and film industry in the world by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Italy, is virtual for the third edition since Ju...

YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT Lands This June From Director David Koepp, Stars Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Writer David Koepp became a Director years ago, but his freshest scarer is YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried from Universal Pictures. PANIC ROOM’s Koepp will fry Bacon and toast Seyfried, no doubt in this nailer-biter for Blumhouse Productions. You have only to peruse their description, as the goosebumps appear prior to the 6/19 release. On a personal note, Koepp was my mentor at UCLA Film School and uses the f...

The Problem with AI: IT Needs a Spanking, from Hollywood & All

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This Coronaviral envrinoment has upped the bar for distance or remote learning, which - while enforced by lockdown - might not be a bad thing. So, while your coffee pot is pinging you from the cloud, as part of the IoT (Internet of Things) it might be a time to brush up on some history, hysteria, and hype that is Artificial Intellgence (AI) or "machines who think," lolz. Op-Ed by The Screenmancer Consider this our Jerry Maguire writi...

Miles Teller Signs On, Also Produces, for Rupert Wainwright’s Adapt of “Not Without Hope”

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Ever since WHIPLASH, Miles Teller has landed some interesting gigs - as Lt. Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw in Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films for one. But he's not just going after franchises like the Tom Cruise big sky-bang box office remake. He's on deck for Rupert Wainwright's take on the novel "Not Without Hope" and also produces for this one. Here's the premise...

Future of LA in VISION 2030 with EMMY Nom & It’s a Microcosm

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent For a while now we’ve been thrilled to follow filmmaker Betsy Kalin and her remarkable camera's eye. Kalin, who we found through the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) years ago when Carol Marshall and staffers set up these great indie filmmaker roundtables, previously filmed an East LA exploration, that you can find on her IMDb page, along with her other films. You can find her bio here. For 2020, s...

AFI Unveils 59 Films from 11 Countries & 61 Percent by Women, Plus Lee Grant as Honoree 

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Everything you thought you knew about Lee Grant is not everything there is to know about this longstanding player, and the stats from AFI Docs are interesting this year... Read on. The American Film Institute has revealed its full slate of films being presented online for the AFI DOCS 2020 festival. The lineup features 59 films from 11 countries and 12 virtual World Premieres, with 61% of the films directed by women, 25% by POC directors and 14...

Writer Shirley Jackson Nailed By Elisabeth Moss & Michael Stuhlbarg in SHIRLEY

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon” is the innocuous language used in the 1948 iconic New Yorker short story by writer Shirley Jackson, whereby a wife and mother named ‘Tessie’ is stoned to death in her typical American small town by the friendly village folk, a longstanding tradition. ‘Old Man Warner’ insists doing away with the lottery proves the young generation are “damn fools,” and on that n...

The Trouble with CAPONE: It’s Not Tom Hardy, It’s the Title Cards For One

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent So, the opening of CAPONE, written, directed and edited by Josh Trank, begins with “October 17, 1931.” A second and third set of title cards create confusion, since the last year of Al Capone’s life is 1947. In fact, when THE WIZARD OF OZ comes up in his private screening room? You might think it’s 1939, because that is the film’s release date. The title cards give it “a decade later” but audiences ...

Adam Driver & Fellows in Arms Want You to #HonorAndRemember Today, Always at AITAF

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Sometimes the people who say things best are the ones who lived the experience, which means veteran Adam Driver and his AITAF non-profit want your full attention now and forever... For everyone, man, woman, child (at 19) and service dog who gave their lives for our freedom. Worldwide this message applies in the West. #HonorAndRemember AITAF on Memorial Day At Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF), we believe deeply in the power of st...

Jamie Kennedy’s STOOPID SMART Bowls You Over May 25, Also His Bday, FYI

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Where has Jamie Kennedy been? In lockdown like the rest of us. But Monday, May 25 (also his milestone birthday), his one-hour comedy special JAMIE KENNEDY: STOOPID SMART breaks out on Tubi TV. Tubi is the self-title “#1 free streaming app” thinly disguised as a start-up. Kennedy puts it this way: “I have starred in movies. I have had my own television shows. But tonight I am playing the back of a bowling alley in Huntington Be...

MGM Loses Its Mind, Lets Sly Stallone Live-Host ROCKY & FREE Watch Party for You

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Suddenly everyone is Robert Osborne online - if you don’t remember him, he was a Turner Classic Movies Host who literally brought back “old movies” to a new generation - but now there are so many liner-note commenters. You've got a cinema ga-lazy of Blogstars and Podcast heroes,  so it's unremarkable when all-comers comment on films… However, tonight MGM is casting Sylvester Stallone as a L...

SABAN Buys Tribeca Scarer DON’T TELL A SOUL Starring Rainn Wilson, Mena Suvari, Jack Dylan Glazer & Fionn Whitehead

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Tribeca thriller DON'T TELL A SOUL was just bought buy Saban, and is described by producer Chris Mangano as "a special film that will surprise a lot of people, and Saban Films genuinely understands its appeal to both commercial and critical audiences.  We could not be in better hands.” Read on... LOS ANGELES: Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Alex McAulay’s (Flower) directo...

Lena Dunham Does Nora Ephron’s SLEEPLESS Proud for #AFIMOVIECLUB

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Some may consider Lena Dunham of HBO’s “Girls” an over-sharer when it comes to intimate details, but you’ll be surprised to learn she is a huge fan of the demure rom-com genre. Specifically where Tom Hanks (lately recovered from MyCorona) and Meg Ryan are concerned. Dunham does the late Nora Ephron proud with an intro to SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, from a story by Jeff Arch, for AFI MOVIE CLUB. The screenplay was crafted by Dire...

A Titanic Movie Life Sets Off in SEBERG, Or Kristen Stewart’s Career Sails Again on Prime

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Perhaps the racial fault lines of another era resulted in America’s once-sweetheart Jean Seberg (1938-1979) suicided in the back of a sedan at age 40, nevertheless Kristen Stewart shines a meaningful klieg light on her short life in SEBERG, debuting on Prime Video today as an Amazon Original. Jean-Luc Godard plucked this waif from America, framed her look and iconic status in his French New Wave classic BREATHLESS. But she also made (arguabl...

KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL Doc Won’t Be MPAA Rated But Jumps Off May 22

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Who doesn’t love a little riot grrrl to kick off this hellish Pandemic Spring of 2020? That raised a smile, hopefully, and once-popstar Kate Nash’s own true(ish) film story will do the same. Because right now, this musician’s gritty comeback from near-homelessness to doc star through the freedom she reclaimed with her art is one narrative everyone in lockdown can use as a personal pick-me-up. Kate Nash at 18 was a wunderkind turn...

Russell Crowe Brings Ultimate Road Rage to UNHINGED for July 1, Yes, to Open Wide

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent So there’s a poll, source may have some bias, that has determined that “80 percent of Americans want to go out to the movies in July.” We thank our friends at DDAPR for that stat, and with it comes the first movie out of the Pandemic box. UNHINGED starring Russell Crowe from Solstice Studios is set for July 1. “We made this decision after extensive consultation with the National Association of Theater Owners and leading...

MAN/KIND Project Gives 1000th #COVIDKINDNESS Personal Care Pack, Bright Spot in Dark Times

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What do Elliot Gould, filmmaker Billy Ray, and Jethro Tull have in common? The greater good of mankind it seems. The Man/Kind Project, whose funder is Richard Stellar (see bio below), is supported by this unusual grouping, as well as many others. And they are doing good things in COVID-19 times. Curated by Screenmancer Staff from The Man/Kind Project LOS ANGELES, CA: The Man/Kind Project, Inc. announced today that they are distributing thei...

Elizabeth Moss Inhabits Writer Shirley Jackson in SHIRLEY, So Apropos of Now

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent We interrupt this Pandemic to bring you Elizabeth Moss in SHIRLEY from NEON, about “The Lottery” writer Shirley Jackson. On June 19, 1948, The New Yorker published Jackson’s odd story about a town that gets stoned, but not how you think. And with this enigmatic introduction to SHIRLEY, from Director Josephine Decker and Writer Sarah Gubbins, let’s make a small parallel to our Coronavirus-driven times where ending a ...

I Spy THE COURIER: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley Coming Aug. 28

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you wonder what Benedict Cumberbatch has been up to, here's the latest. He stars in a true-life spy story, and it looks exciting. Plus Rachel Brosnahan is in this with more great actors in the MI-6 thriller... Curated by Screenmancer Staff from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions LOS ANGELES: Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions will deliver the Cold War espionage drama THE COURIER, starring Academy Aw...

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