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Wes Anderson’s Next Film Is ‘The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar’ With Benedict Cumberbatch For Netflix

Wes Anderson’s Next Film Is ‘The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar’ With Benedict Cumberbatch For Netflix
Cinematographer Robert Yeoman wasn’t kidding when he said Wes Anderson was heading to England to shoot yet another film—his second production shot within the span of six months— because tonight, we have details on that film. According to Baz Bamigboye, one of the few certifiably reliable (and airtight) reporters at the otherwise often-dubious UK Daily Mail, who has been spot-on for a decade-plus, Wes Anderson’s next film is a Roald Dahl adaptation for Netflix starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

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‘The 355’ Review: GirlBossy Action Spy Movie Is A Shallow, Pandering Female Empowerment Affair

‘The 355’ Review: GirlBossy Action Spy Movie Is A Shallow, Pandering Female Empowerment Affair
Where to start with Universal’s female-led action spy movie “The 355,” a staggeringly ill-conceived effort on every level if we’re going to put it lightly and politely. From all accounts, “The 355” was born on the set of “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, wherein co-star Jessica Chastain said to the film’s writer/director Simon Kinberg (paraphrasing), “why don’t we do an action espionage movie with all-women leads?” Kinberg immediately said yes, and Chastain went into her Rolodex of famous friends and quickly found a star-studded cast to be on board.

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‘Last Picture Show’ Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich Passes Away At The Age Of 82

‘Last Picture Show’ Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich Passes Away At The Age Of 82
2021 ended with the unexpected death of filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee, as well as the passing of Betty White, leaving TV and film fans distraught. Well, we’re not even a whole week into 2022, and there’s already the loss of another legend — filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich.

Read More: The Essentials: Peter Bogdanovich’s Best Films

According to THR, Bogdanovich passed away early today at his home due to natural causes.

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The Best Action Scenes of 2021

The Best Action Scenes of 2021
Another year, another bountiful crop of action filmmaking. The following article covers some of the best. Like with last year’s installment, the focus will be on action scenes—compact, heightened expressions of action filmmaking craft—rather than films as a whole, which means that some otherwise strong, action-adjacent pictures may be missing and a couple included films look fairly lackluster beyond their set pieces. For the sake of variety, I have limited myself to one scene per film, and all featured films made their official, non-festival, U.S. theatrical and/or streaming debut in 2021. The criterion of “official” excludes the Chinese direct-to-YouTube actioner One More Shot, which was removed after just a few days online. Whenever the film receives a more “legitimate” stateside debut, it will almost certainly be included in that year’s roundup. And now, to the action. The scenes have been organized into loose thematic
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‘The Tragedy Of Macbeth’ Trailer: Denzel Washington & Frances McDormand Are Haunted In Joel Coen’s Bleak Shakespearean Take

‘The Tragedy Of Macbeth’ Trailer: Denzel Washington & Frances McDormand Are Haunted In Joel Coen’s Bleak Shakespearean Take
William Shakespeare, the Bard himself, needs no introduction. Nor, arguably, does Joel Coen, who has been one of American cinema’s great voices for almost forty years with his brother Ethan. A Coen take on a Shakespeare play, though, especially one of his best, deserves to be unpacked.

Read More: Joel Coen & ‘The Tragedy Of Macbeth’ Cast On Adapting Shakespeare, Streaming Services, & More [NYFF]

After its highly successful world premiere at the New York Film Festival in September (read our review of it here), “The Tragedy Of Macbeth” makes its way to theaters later this month.

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Noah Hawley Says ‘Alien’ TV Series Is A “Reinvention” & Will Focus On Corporations Trying To Create Immortality

Noah Hawley Says ‘Alien’ TV Series Is A “Reinvention” & Will Focus On Corporations Trying To Create Immortality
Alien” is inarguably one of the best sci-fi horror films of all time. Actually, many would consider it the gold standard of that specific subgenre. But when people started developing sequels and prequels, filmmakers had different ideas about where to go. James Cameron’s “Aliens” decided to take it in a more visceral and aggressive direction. Ridley Scott’s prequels, “Prometheus” and “Alien: Covenant,” decided to add ideas about existence and creationism.

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‘Girl Picture’ Trailer: Three Women Pursue Sex, Love, and Pleasure in Sundance Premiere

‘Girl Picture’ Trailer: Three Women Pursue Sex, Love, and Pleasure in Sundance Premiere
Though this year’s Sundance Film Festival is going virtual-only for the second time in a row, that doesn’t mean there still isn’t plenty to be excited about. While buzzy, star-driven titles like Lena Dunham’s “Sharp Stick” and Phyllis Nagy’s “Call Jane” put women’s issues front and center, there are more than a few under-the-radar titles that also consider love and sexuality from a female viewpoint. Case in point: “Girl Picture,” the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic competition entry from Finnish director Alli Haapasalo.

The film, centered on the experiences of three young women coming of age and into love and sex, premieres January 24 as part of the Sundance lineup. Exclusive to IndieWire, watch the electric first trailer below.

Here’s the official synopsis: “Best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö have each other’s backs, always. They want to live adventurous lives, loaded with experiences and passion.
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‘The 355’ Review: Smart All-Female Spy Thriller Isn’t Revolutionary, but It Doesn’t Have to Be

‘The 355’ Review: Smart All-Female Spy Thriller Isn’t Revolutionary, but It Doesn’t Have to Be
When Simon Kinberg’s starry “The 355” was first announced in 2018, the ensemble spy film was touted for its gender-conscious casting, tapping five big-name female stars to star in a globe-trotting adventure that would normally be the bailiwick of a bunch of dudes. But even then, the idea that women (women!) could lead an original actioner was hardly the revolutionary idea that was literally sold (for millions of dollars) to a raft of interested parties as part of a natty Cannes launch. And that’s just fine; in fact, that “The 355” arrives in theaters after a number of other, similarly themed projects have already beaten it to the punch might just be the most revolutionary idea of all.

Chastain’s concept, eventually penned by “Catwoman” and “Harriet the Spy” screenwriter Theresa Rebeck and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” scribe Bek Smith, was cooked up on the heels of plenty of other successful,
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Lord & Miller Say ‘Across The Spider-Verse’ Will “Push The Medium Even Further”

Lord & Miller Say ‘Across The Spider-Verse’ Will “Push The Medium Even Further”
In hindsight, when we look at all the trials and tribulations of the Disney-era of the “Star Wars” franchise, the biggest mistake might actually be taking Phil Lord and Chris Miller out of the directors’ chairs for “Solo.” Honestly, the “Solo” we ended up seeing was underwhelming, to say the least, and judging just on the track record of Lord and Miller, the duo can really do no wrong, as we enter yet another Oscar season with one of their films (“The Mitchells vs.

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Tom Holland Said A Failed James Bond Origin Film Pitch Led To Him Landing ‘Uncharted’

Tom Holland Said A Failed James Bond Origin Film Pitch Led To Him Landing ‘Uncharted’
While the search for the new James Bond begins in 2022, there’s one actor, who fans enjoy quite a bit, out there talking about how he wouldn’t mind the job. Though, he does understand that he might be a bit too young. That said, it appears that Tom Holland is not only interested in playing James Bond, but the ‘Spider-Man’ star already pitched the studio on a Bond origin story that eventually turned into him landing another action franchise.

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‘Ozark’ Season 4 Trailer: The Final Season Of The Acclaimed Netflix Series Begins This Month

‘Ozark’ Season 4 Trailer: The Final Season Of The Acclaimed Netflix Series Begins This Month
Ozark” is a great show. “Ozark” is one of the best Netflix Originals of all time. Blah blah blah blah. We’ve heard it all before, right? But the truth is, “Ozark” is pretty fucking awesome. And the series is actually coming to an end beginning with the first half of the final season this month.

As seen in the trailer for “Ozark” Season 4 (Part 1), things are starting to heat up in the dark, dreary world of family drama and crime.

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‘Ozark’ Season 4 Trailer: Julia Garner and Laura Linney Serve Cool Ruthlessness

‘Ozark’ Season 4 Trailer: Julia Garner and Laura Linney Serve Cool Ruthlessness
Not quite two years will have passed between the release of “Ozark” Season 3 on Netflix and the upcoming premiere of Season 4 on January 21 — but for fans, that’s a very long time to wait to find out what is next for Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney).

Now at least fans have some clues. Netflix released a trailer January 6 for the first seven episodes of Season 4. (The second seven episodes will stream at a later date.) Here, Marty and Wendy seem poised to be free of their obligation to drug kingpin Omar Novarro — if they can just fulfill a few more small demands. Watch the trailer in the video below, which also teases a tense standoff with the FBI, more Julia Garner intensity, and Linney serving cool ruthlessness.

According to the official synopsis for the fourth and final season of “Ozark”: “Marty and Wendy are rid of
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‘A Banquet’ Trailer: Sienna Guillory Stars In A New Nightmarish Psychodrama For IFC Midnight

‘A Banquet’ Trailer: Sienna Guillory Stars In A New Nightmarish Psychodrama For IFC Midnight
IFC Midnight generally has the horror goods, and the distributor is starting the year right with “A Banquet,” a new nightmarish family psychodrama from newcomer Ruth Paxton who makes her feature-length debut with this film. The film was an official selection title at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, received major acclaim and it stars Sienna Guillory, Jessica Alexander, Ruby Stokes, and Lindsay Duncan.

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Michael B. Jordan Has “Some Ideas” For How To Bring Denzel Washington Into The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Michael B. Jordan Has “Some Ideas” For How To Bring Denzel Washington Into The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Marvel Studios doesn’t seem to have any trouble finding A-list actors who want to join the MCU. Each and every film and TV project coming out of the studio is just a who’s-who of talent. But even with all the big names we’ve already seen in the MCU, there’s still no sign of Denzel Washington on the horizon. Maybe his “A Journal for Jordan” actor, Michael B.

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Tom Holland’s Failed Pitch for a James Bond Origin Story Turned into ‘Uncharted’

Tom Holland’s Failed Pitch for a James Bond Origin Story Turned into ‘Uncharted’
With three massively successful “Spider-Man” movies in the can, Tom Holland certainly has the eyes and ears of Sony. On the heels of the studio’s billion-plus box office take for “No Way Home” so far, Holland will next be releasing the action adventure “Uncharted” on February 11. As revealed in a feature interview in Total Film (via Games Radar), Holland said it was his pitch for a James Bond origin story that ultimately sparked conversations about the new film, a jungle-spanning adventure co-starring Mark Wahlberg and Antonio Banderas.

“I had a meeting, after or during ‘Spider-Man 2’ [‘Far from Home’], with Sony to pitch this idea of a young Bond film that I’d come up with,” Holland said. “It was the origin story of James Bond. It didn’t really make sense. It didn’t work. It was the dream of a young kid, and I don’t think
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‘Indivisible Healing Hate’ Trailer: New January 6 Capitol Riots Docuseries on Paramount+ Is A Searing Indictment Of A Reality-Challenged America

‘Indivisible Healing Hate’ Trailer: New January 6 Capitol Riots Docuseries on Paramount+ Is A Searing Indictment Of A Reality-Challenged America
Happy January 6! It’s the one-year anniversary of when nothing happened! Honestly, there’s no greater way to prove someone’s bullshit sense of patriotism and loyalty and love of country than the events of January 6, 2021, and in a sane world, people on every side of the political spectrum could agree these events, an attempted coup was deeply insane and violent.

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Of course, there was a terrorist attack on the U.S.

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‘Moonfall’ Trailer: Pretty People Use A Space Shuttle To Fight The Moon In Roland Emmerich’s Latest Film

‘Moonfall’ Trailer: Pretty People Use A Space Shuttle To Fight The Moon In Roland Emmerich’s Latest Film
When you’re a kid, you learn the Moon is made of cheese. But now, we have Hollywood trying to tell us that’s not the case. In “Moonfall,” we learn the Moon is actually not made of delicious dairy products but instead the home of some sort of evil alien presence. Lame.

Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2022

As seen in the trailer, “Moonfall” tells the story of three people who have to risk it all by flying into space to fight the Moon.

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Nicolas Cage Thought a Horse Named Rain Man Wanted to Kill Him on Set of New Western

Nicolas Cage Thought a Horse Named Rain Man Wanted to Kill Him on Set of New Western
The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Actors Roundtable is, this year, full of fascinating bits. Especially with Nicolas Cage at the table, joined by the likes of Andrew Garfield, Simon Rex, Jonathan Majors, and Peter Dinklage.

One such anecdote came from Cage himself, who talked about working with an especially moody horse named Rain Man on the set of his upcoming Western, “Butcher’s Crossing.”

The story came up as Majors (“The Harder They Fall”) and Nicolas Cage (“Pig”) swapped stories about their experiences with animals working on movie sets.

“At least you had a nice horse,” Cage told Majors, who worked with horses on the Netflix Western. “My horse on ‘Butcher’s Crossing,’ named Rain Man, wanted to kill me.”

“Rain Man? Where’d you shoot that?” Majors asked.

“Montana,” Cage said. “I was in Blackfoot Country. Rain Man kept trying to knock me off and would try to run my head into roofs,
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Chris Noth Cut from ‘And Just Like That’ Finale Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Chris Noth Cut from ‘And Just Like That’ Finale Following Sexual Assault Allegations
Editor’s Note: The following story contains spoilers for “And Just Like That.”

Actor Chris Noth has been cut from the season finale of HBO Max’s “Sex and the City” sequel series “And Just Like That.” The finale is set to premiere on February 3. Variety independently confirmed the news, while HBO Max representatives had no comment.

Noth’s character, Mr. Big, was killed off in the premiere of the series when he suffered a fatal heart attack after riding a Peloton bike.

The edit arrives three weeks after sexual assault accusations against Noth from multiple women began to surface. He has denied the allegations, but was later dropped by his representation and from his series role on CBS’ “The Equalizer.”

Per a TV Line report, the show’s “creative team ultimately decided that the minimal footage Noth had shot with Parker on location in Paris was not integral to the scene,
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January TV Premieres: 18 New Shows to Look Out for This Month

January TV Premieres: 18 New Shows to Look Out for This Month
Usually, when you look at a whole month’s worth of new shows on the horizon, it’s hard to put together any kind of thematic throughline. These series come from a ton of different locations, perspectives, genres, and some from an entirely different medium.

But there are more than a few upcoming this January that revolve around a person or a group of people making their way back. Some are grieving, some are trying to regain some past sense of stability, some are atoning for mistakes, and some are just making a return trip to screens after decades away. Without too much armchair psychologizing, that seems fitting as we collectively embark on a brand new calendar year.

As usual, this monthly collection is made up of series from across broadcast, cable, and streaming. There are also a few shows settling into their full first seasons after a December sneak peek.
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