M. Night Shyamalan is a, uh, divisive filmmaker to say the least, and he’s got a new movie underway. It’s going to be called “Old” and it has a poster.
Yes, you read that correctly. Barry Jenkins, writer and director of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk is headed to the house of mouse to make a sequel to the 2019 “live action” Lion King movie.
Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam film is starting to heat up, folks. At DC Fandome a few months ago it was announced that the Justice Society of America, the golden age version of the Justice League, will be part of the story. Now we have our first cast member: Aldis Hodge as Carter Hall, Hawkman.
Fans have been insisting that The Snyder Cut is real and ready to go for years now, which totally explains why when Warner Brothers finally decided to go ahead and release it to HBO Max it required an additional $30 million budget to finish all the post-production. Now, Zack Snyder is headed back to the studio with an addition $70 Million to do a bunch of reshoots. Because of course.
Well, I guess we know the outcome of Disney’s “let’s release Mulan to Disney+ for a premium price” experiment now. The House of Mouse has shuffled nearly their entire release slate with most major tentpole films headed into 2021.
James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad isn’t even out yet and it already has a spinoff TV series.
The Vancouver International Film Festival starts in just two days and now their new streaming platform, VIFF Connect, is available for you all.
Sony finally gave us the info for their upcoming next-gen console, and there was more than enough there to make many people salivate.
Johnathan Majors is already having a hell of a year with his performances in Lovecraft Country and Spike Lee’s Da Five Bloods, and now he’s hopping on Marvel Cinematic Universe train.
The plague just claimed two more. Wonder Woman ’84 and Candyman have both been delayed from their October release dates to Christmas and next year, respectively.
Diana Rigg passed away at home this morning at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer.
An icon of the 1960s thanks to her lead role as spy Emma Peel on The Avengers, as well as her turn as the best Bond Girl (yeah I said it) Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo, later Tracy Bond.
Over the course of her decades long career she was nominated for nine Emmys (winning one) and four Tonys (winning one), among a host of other awards and nominations., and being made Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1994 for her services to drama.
More recently she played Oleanna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, One of the most memorable characters in a show full of memorable characters.
Her presence and talent will be missed, and our thoughts are with her family.
The Oscars have had a diversity problem for roughly forever, a trend brought to the forefront in 2016 with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Recent years have seen some tremendous changes in the way we view film and television and an increase in diversity of stories and storytellers, but we still have years where a film like Green Book (a movie about racism made by and for white people) wins best picture when far more powerful films like Blackkklansman and Black Panther were on the ballot.
The Academy has now announced some steps to try to rectify this situation, which will be rolled out in 2022 and take full effect in 2024. Let’s take a closer look.
Local film lovers rejoice, the 39th annual Vancouver International Film Festival is coming! September 24th through October 7th the biggest celebration of film in the city, and one of the biggest in North America, will once again be running.
This year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the festival is going entirely online this year, much like the just ended Fantasia Festival. Both Simon and I have received accreditation this year so we hope to bring you all kinds of coverage, which you can keep track of using the VIFF 2020 tag here on Awesome Friday!
In order to facilitate the festival moving online, the VIFF is launching VIFF Connect, a streaming platform that will make the lineup of film available to residents of BC, and VIFF talks and conferences will be available to viewers around the world. More details on this are available on the VIFF website.
The full lineup of films is being announced this morning. Time to get excited!
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Chadwick Boseman, star of Marvel’s Black Panther, and recently Spike Lee’s Da Five Bloods, has passed away at age 43 after a four year fight with colon cancer.
This news comes as a shock that as he seemed healthy and vital, and had not shared his diagnosis publicly. Far too young to be taken so soon, if you do the math it seems like he still worked on at least six films after being diagnosed. That takes an incredible level of strength.
He was an inspiration to a generation, and already an icon. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans.
Today as part of Fantasia 2020 John Carpenter is being given a lifetime achievement award. See the stream below the jump!