New this week: Will Smith, 'Pinocchio' and 'George & Tammy'
This week’s new entertainment releases include Will Smith’s comeback campaign in the Antoine Fuqua movie “Emancipation,” a documentary about Broadway star Idina Menzel, the video game “Dragon Quest Treasures” and a TV series exploring the tumultuous relationship between country music stars Tammy Wynette and George Jones.
Poitras documentary wins top prize at Venice Film Festival
“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” Laura Poitras’s epic documentary about photographer Nan Goldin and her activism against the Sackler family and their art connections has been awarded the Golden Lion for best film at the 79th Venice International Film Festival.
New this week: John Legend, 'Serpent Queen' and 'Pinocchio'
This week’s new entertainment releases include fresh music from John Legend and Kane Brown, Samantha Morton stars as the 16th-century queen Catherine de Medici in an edgy Starz series and a race between two upcoming “Pinocchio” films begins with Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation.
Aronofsky, Iñarritu films set for Venice Film Festival
Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” the Marilyn Monroe drama “Blonde,” Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths” and Guadagnino’s “Bones and All,” with Timothée Chalamet, will all have their world premieres in competition at the Venice International Film Festival this fall.
Blanchett, del Toro on the femme fatale of 'Nightmare Alley'
With a touch of Barbara Stanwyck, a sumptuous Art Deco office and a deadly shade of crimson lipstick, Cate Blanchett plays a femme fatale in Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” with cunning embrace and subversion of the film noir archetype.
Tarantino has deal for 2 books on films, including 1 his own
The Oscar-winning director has a two-book deal with Harper, beginning with a novelization of “Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood” was released in 2019 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an actor and Brad Pitt as his stunt double. “In the ‘70s movie novelizations were the first adult books I grew up reading," Tarantino said in a statement Tuesday. “I see myself writing film books and starting to write theater, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”_____AP Film Writer Jake Coyle contributed to this report.
A look at entertainers and entities on hold over coronavirus
“I’m going to socially distance myself.”Behar said she doesn’t trust the government and made the decision to self-quarantine herself. She added she is lucky that she doesn’t have child care needs and has enough money to tide her over. And the crisis is hampering production of potential new shows, with work on more than a dozen pilots halted. The decision comes a day after Disney announced the planned shutdown of its parks. ___The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' brings spooky spin to horror
"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is a sort of welcome throwback, a horror movie cleverly designed to be more spooky than truly grisly(CNN) - "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is a sort of welcome throwback, a horror movie cleverly designed to be more spooky than truly grisly. At an advance screening in Los Angeles, del Toro described "Scary Stories" as "a gateway movie," intended to serve as an introduction to the world of horror. Del Toro and his collaborators clearly do, and have intriguingly set this story in 1968, with the tension unfolding against a backdrop of Richard Nixon's election and the Vietnam War. Until then, chalk "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" up as an interesting experiment, one whose success, ultimately, will likely depend on its epilogue. "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" premieres Aug. 9 in the US.
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Guillermo del Toro at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Aug. 6, 2019, in Hollywood, California. (CNN) - Guillermo del Toro was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. Del Toro began his speech by telling his audience there are two things they should know about himthat he's weird, and he's an immigrant. Del Toro has vocally supported immigrants onscreen and off. At a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, del Toro said anti-immigrant sentiment has been brewing for years.