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Christopher Nolan’s Team Clarifies What He Bans From Set, and It's Not Chairs — Exclusive

Christopher Nolan’s Team Clarifies What He Bans From Set, and It's Not Chairs — Exclusive

does not ban chairs from his movie sets, a spokesperson for the director has confirmed to IndieWire. Social media over an alleged chair ban on Nolan’s sets erupted June 29 after Variety published an “Actors on Actors” video interview between and Hugh Jackman in which the former complimented Nolan’s decision not to allow chairs on set. Hathaway has appeared in Nolan’s blockbusters “The ” and “Interstellar.”“For the record, the only things banned from [Christopher Nolan’s] sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully),” Nolan’s spokesperson Kelly Bush Novak of...

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Film Critics Sound Off on Christopher Nolan's 'No Chairs' Rule, Which Isn't Entirely True

Film Critics Sound Off on Christopher Nolan's 'No Chairs' Rule, Which Isn't Entirely True

’s “no chairs on set” rule has gone viral after the director’s “Interstellar” and “The Dark Knight Rises” actress Anne Hathaway brought it up during a recent interview with Hugh Jackman on Variety’s . Nolan fans have known about the rule for quite some time, as “Dunkirk” actors Mark Rylance and Barry Keoghan told in 2017 that Nolan bans chairs and water bottles on set. Hathaway appeared complimentary about Nolan’s decision.“He doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working,” the Oscar-winning actress said “I mean,...

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'The Wire' Favorite Wendell Pierce Launches Campaign to Be the New Voice of Cleveland

'The Wire' Favorite Wendell Pierce Launches Campaign to Be the New Voice of Cleveland

, the fan favorite actor from “” and recent star of “Clemency” and “Burning Cane,” has launched a social media campaign to be the new voice actor of Cleveland on “.” Mike Henry, the original voice of Cleveland, he would be stepping away from the long-running Fox animated sitcom over the racial insensitivity of his casting.“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on ‘Family Guy’ for 20 years,” Henry wrote on social media. “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”Henry’s “Family Guy” exit followed in the...

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A Real 'Ex Machina'? An A.I. Robot Learns Method Acting to Star in $70 Million Film

A Real 'Ex Machina'? An A.I. Robot Learns Method Acting to Star in $70 Million Film

What if Alex Garland’s 2014 science-fiction favorite “” starred a real artificially intelligent robot as Ava instead of Alicia Vikander? Moviegoers are about to find out, sort of. Bondit Capital Media, Happy Moon Productions, and Ten Ten Global Media are putting forward $70 million to produce “,” a science-fiction movie that is set to star the A.I. robot in the leading role (via , as first reported by THR). The companies are touting “b” as the first movie in history to be led by an actor who is an A.I. robot.“b” follows a scientist who must help the A.I. robot he created reach freedom after...

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Edgar Wright 'Never Liked' Seth MacFarlane After 'Scott Pilgrim' Box Office Insult

Edgar Wright 'Never Liked' Seth MacFarlane After 'Scott Pilgrim' Box Office Insult

’s “” is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, but the film would’ve been completely different had Universal Pictures had its way with casting. In a new oral history of the film published by , Wright reveals that Donna Langley, Universal’s president of production at the time, pitched Seth Rogen to play the leading role.Rogen at the time was coming off the breakthrough success of Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up,” which earned Universal $219 million worldwide on a $30 million budget. While Wright loved Seth Rogen, it was a casting decision he “couldn’t get [his] head around.”“ was the only...

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Hans Zimmer Says He's Driving 'Dune' Team Crazy with So Many Score Ideas and Experiments

Hans Zimmer Says He's Driving 'Dune' Team Crazy with So Many Score Ideas and Experiments

Does ever get tired of writing original scores for movies? Yes, but then projects like ’s “” come along. In a new interview with , the Oscar-winning composer says the possibilities for the “Dune” score are so endless that “I’m driving everybody crazy because I’m so full of ideas.” Zimmer is in the middle of drafting compositions and experimenting with sounds for the “Dune” score, and he calls collaborating with Villeneuve “totally and utterly inspiring.”“Right now I’m in the middle of making these sounds,” Zimmer said. “I just have these ideas, and it’s like this every day. I’m doing all...

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'Lord of the Rings' Series Puts Out Casting Call for Hairy, Burned, and 'Funny Looking' Actors

'Lord of the Rings' Series Puts Out Casting Call for Hairy, Burned, and 'Funny Looking' Actors

James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels are already in New Zealand, and the next massive Hollywood project expected to resume filming in the country is ’s “Lord of the Rings” television series. New Zealand talent agency BGT Actors Models & Talent has issued an open casting call for “funny looking” actors or people with scars, burns, missing bones, and more (via ) to most likely appear as extras in the series. BGT provided extras for Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” film franchise.BGT is located in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, and is calling for actors in the area who have “facial...

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Eric Andre Refused to Let 'Middle-Aged White People' at Netflix Cut Police Joke From Special

Eric Andre Refused to Let 'Middle-Aged White People' at Netflix Cut Police Joke From Special

is front and center in ’s upcoming comedy special “,” launching June 23, but the comedian had to push back against Netflix to keep at least one joke in the special’s final cut. “Legalize Everything” begins with a sketch of Andre posing as a police officer in New Orleans and handing out drugs to strangers on the street. The bit should surprise no one who loves the shock comedy of Andre’s eponymous Adult Swim series, but Andre tells that some “middle-aged white people” at Netflix urged him to remove the joke given the nationwide climate after the death of George Floyd. The comedian...

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Jun 16
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Bryce Dallas Howard: 'We Can All Go Further' Than Streaming 'The Help' Right Now

Bryce Dallas Howard: 'We Can All Go Further' Than Streaming 'The Help' Right Now

“” had a on Netflix last week as the 2011 drama became the streaming giant’s most-watched movie amid global protests over the killing of George Floyd. Several film critics and journalists against the film’s white savior storyline and offered better films from black storytellers to watch in the current climate. One critic of watching “The Help” in this moment ended up being actress , who plays the villainous Hillary “Hilly” Walters Holbrook in the movie. Howard took to her to admit “The Help” is perhaps not the best film to learn about civil rights.“I’ve heard that ‘The Help’ is the most...

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Jordan Peele and More Directors Eager to Cast John Boyega After Protest Speech: 'We Got You'

Jordan Peele and More Directors Eager to Cast John Boyega After Protest Speech: 'We Got You'

Major Hollywood directors such as , , and Guillermo del Toro are standing up for after the “Star Wars” actor gave an at a June 3 Black Lives Matter protest in London’s Hyde Park. Part of Boyega’s speech found him contemplating whether or not speaking out against racism would have a negative impact on his career. The actor said, “Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but fuck that.” The line inspired a big list of directors and writers to take to social media to tell Boyega they would be more than honored and excited to work with him.Peele, the Oscar winner behind “Get...

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Woody Allen Says 'Professionally, I Haven't Suffered' and Criticizes Actors for Denouncing Him

Woody Allen Says 'Professionally, I Haven't Suffered' and Criticizes Actors for Denouncing Him

is speaking out in a new interview with against the actors who have publicly denounced him over the last several years. After Dylan Farrow’s child molestation allegation against Allen in January 2018 amid the #MeToo movement, actors such as and Timothée Chalamet expressed regrets over working with the filmmaker and donated salaries from their Allen films to anti-sexual harassment organizations. Allen tells The Guardian it was “silly” for his actors to denounce him.“The actors have no idea of the facts and they latch on to some self-serving, public, safe position,” Allen said. “Who in the...

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John Boyega Delivers Rousing Protest Speech: If I Don't 'Have a Career After This, F*ck That'

John Boyega Delivers Rousing Protest Speech: If I Don't 'Have a Career After This, F*ck That'

delivered a rousing speech during a June 3 protest in support of at London’s Hyde Park. The “” actor has been over the last week for using his Twitter account to fight back against racist trolls, but now Boyega took his message to an in-person protest following the death of George Floyd. Video clips of Boyega’s protest speech are circulating on social media (via ) and earning the actor even more acclaim for standing up so vocally for the black community.“Black lives have always mattered,” Boyega told his fellow demonstrators. “We have always been important. We have always meant something....

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'Black Mirror' Creator Says the World Is Too Bleak Right Now for Season 6 to Happen

'Black Mirror' Creator Says the World Is Too Bleak Right Now for Season 6 to Happen

“” is one of the buzziest original shows whenever new episodes debut, but does a world plagued by a viral epidemic really need the added existential dread of the science-fiction anthology series? “Black Mirror” creator doesn’t think so. The mind behind the anthology smash hit was recently asked by about a Season 6 update, with the outlet reporting that Brooker said “he’s not sure if audiences could stomach another season at the moment.” “Black Mirror” debuted its fifth round of episodes in June 2019 and often takes over a year off in between seasons.“I’ve been busy doing things. I don’t...

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Tommy Wiseau Ordered to Pay $700,000 After Thwarting 'The Room' Doc Release

Tommy Wiseau Ordered to Pay $700,000 After Thwarting 'The Room' Doc Release

Cult film icon is being forced to pay nearly $700,000 to the directors of “Room Full of Spoons,” an unauthorized documentary about Wiseau and the making of his infamous movie “” (via ). Filmmakers Richard Harper, Fernando Forero McGrath, Mark Racicot, and Richard Towns planned to open “Room Full of Spoons” after the 2017 release of A24’s “” reignited interest in the cult filmmaker and “The Room.” Wiseau blocked the documentary’s release by filing a lawsuit in Toronto alleging the doc “violated his copyright by using clips from ‘The Room’ and invaded his privacy by revealing his origins in...

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A24 Auctioning 'Midsommar' Flower Dress, 'Euphoria' Hoodie, and More Props for Charity

A24 Auctioning 'Midsommar' Flower Dress, 'Euphoria' Hoodie, and More Props for Charity

Want to own the flower dress Florence Pugh wears during the climax of Ari Aster’s “”? What about the purple hoodie that is the trademark of Zendaya’s character Rue on “”? Today is your lucky day thanks to the launch of Auctions. The indie production company and distributor has announced a new auction program to benefit various charity organizations, including NYC Health + Hospitals and the FDNY Foundation. The studio is auctioning props from some of its most popular titles. Additional items include the carved wooden mermaid from “The Lighthouse,” plus Dina’s prom dress and Kevin Garnett’s...

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Matt Reeves Shot 25 Percent of 'The Batman' Before Production Shutdown

Matt Reeves Shot 25 Percent of 'The Batman' Before Production Shutdown

When Warner Bros. shut down production indefinitely on ’ “” in mid March, many comic book fans were left wondering how much of the film the writer-director managed to shoot. Reeves has revealed the answer in a new interview with , saying, “We’re not officially editing right now. We’ve actually shot a quarter of the movie and I have been pouring through dailies, looking at takes, and what’s to come.” That only 25 percent of the film is shot and the production could remain on lockdown for another month or two means the tentpole’s summer 2021 release could be in jeopardy.Reeves said to...

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'Parasite' Has Monster Streaming Debut and Sets All-Time Hulu Records in One Week

'Parasite' Has Monster Streaming Debut and Sets All-Time Hulu Records in One Week

Bong Joon Ho’s “” is proving to be a streaming monster since making its exclusive debut April 8 on . The streaming giant confirms to IndieWire that in just one week “Parasite” has become the most streamed independent or foreign language film among all titles available on Hulu. Even more impressive, “Parasite” is now the second most-watched movie overall on Hulu ever among titles currently available to stream. What that means is that in one week “Parasite” out-streamed the lifetimes of popular titles such as “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “A Quiet Place,” “Transformers: The...

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David Lynch Predicts a 'More Spiritual, Much Kinder' World After Quarantine Ends

David Lynch Predicts a 'More Spiritual, Much Kinder' World After Quarantine Ends

is choosing to remain hopeful in these dark times. The “Mulholland Drive” and “” director is quarantining at his home in Los Angeles and told in a new interview he’s spending a lot of time working on projects in his woodshop and, not surprisingly, drinking coffee. “My routine is pretty much the same now as it was before,” Lynch said. “I get up, and I get a coffee. … After that, I meditate and then I go to work.”Work for Lynch right now does not relate to film or television projects. The director said he’s in the middle of building “two wall sconces—two little lamps. It involves lightbulbs,...

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Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor Oscar for 'Joker,' Sweeping Awards Season in the Process

Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor Oscar for 'Joker,' Sweeping Awards Season in the Process

has won the Academy Award for Best Actor thanks to his acclaimed performance in Todd Phillips’ “.” The revisionist comic book drama stars Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a social outcast whose shattered dreams of being a hit stand-up comedian lead him down a dark path to becoming the infamous Batman villain. Phoenix’s Oscar makes him the second performer to win an Academy Award for playing the Joker after Heath Ledger, who won the Best Supporting Actor trophy for playing the character in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” “Joker’ received a total of 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture...

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'Parasite' Makes Oscar History as First South Korean Movie to Win Foreign Film Prize

'Parasite' Makes Oscar History as First South Korean Movie to Win Foreign Film Prize

The Oscar for Best International Feature Film going to Bong Joon Ho’s “” marks a history-making moment for the Academy Awards. “Parasite’s” victory is the first time South Korea has won the International Feature Film category in the history of the Oscars. The category was formerly called Best Foreign Language Film. Bong’s social thriller was the frontrunner to win the International Feature Film Oscar after nabbing six total Oscar nominations this year, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Production Design, and Best Original Screenplay. “Parasite” was the first South...

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Bong Joon Ho’s Translator Was Oscar Season’s MVP, Now She’s Writing Her Own Film About Oscar Season

Bong Joon Ho’s Translator Was Oscar Season’s MVP, Now She’s Writing Her Own Film About Oscar Season

If there’s one person who spoke the most during the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, it was most likely . The 25-year-old took the stage at the Dolby Theater four times in order to translate “” writer-director Bong Joon Ho’s acceptance speeches. Bong was awarded the for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film, capping where South Korea won its first Oscars ever and the Academy gave Best Picture to a foreign-language film for the first  time in 92 years. Choi has been by Bong’s side since the “Parasite” world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film...

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'Parasite' Stuns the Oscars With Game-Changing Best Picture Win Over '1917'

'Parasite' Stuns the Oscars With Game-Changing Best Picture Win Over '1917'

One of the most intense Best Picture races in recent memory has come to an end in history-making fashion: “,” Bong Joon Ho’s critically acclaimed thriller that earned the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or last May and earned unanimous critical acclaim, has won the Oscar for Best Picture over tough competition from Sam Mendes’ World War I drama “.” The Best Picture win for “Parasite” is the first time a foreign-language drama has won top honors from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which makes Bong’s film a game-changer for the ’ future. “Parasite” made history earlier at the...

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