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QT8: The First Eight Review

At one point during Tara Wood’s chiefly tributary film, QT8: The First Eight, Quentin Tarantino is described, simply, as a romantic. Rampaging through the ears and bucketing past the brain, it’s a trivial duality, pitting the instant and universal characteristics of his work – bloody and foul – against their red-soaked and maniacally-written storylines. You remember that after Django (Jamie Foxx) decimates what’s left of Candy Land, he doesn’t just ride off into the night’s sky, he stares back at the lovely woman he’s liberated, his now-quenched purpose for gunfighting. The shockwaves rage on until you finally realize, “oh wait, that’s actually true.”

As was the case here, this documentary sometimes flourishes as an archive of analytical footage, validating claims with perfectly plucked pieces from his catalogue – mere sentences are occasionally enhanced by a minute moment from a movie. But QT8 is also a frustratingly
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Eddie Murphy (‘Dolemite is My Name’) is rising in our Oscar odds: Here’s why we mustn’t underestimate him

Eddie Murphy (‘Dolemite is My Name’) is rising in our Oscar odds: Here’s why we mustn’t underestimate him
Eddie Murphy has been gradually rising in our Oscar odds for Best Actor for his performance in “Dolemite is My Name,” but he hasn’t yet cracked the top five in the combined predictions of the Gold Derby readers who have given us their picks here in our predictions center thus far. As of this writing he ranks seventh with 37/1 odds. However, the movie opens on October 4, and I think he may be a bigger threat than we’re giving him credit for.

The Oscar conversation for Best Actor has so far revolved around names like Robert De Niro (“The Irishman“), Adam Driver (“Marriage Story“) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood“). But De Niro and DiCaprio already have Oscars, so there may not be a rush to award them again, and Driver is still new to the film awards scene, having just earned his first nomination earlier this year for “BlacKkKlansman,
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Wanda Sykes To Host 28th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards For African American Achievement

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Wanda Sykes To Host 28th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards For African American Achievement
Emmy-winning comedian, actress and writer Wanda Sykes will host the first Hollywood version of the Bounce Trumpet Awards, which celebrate African American achievements and contributions.

The 28th annual awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre on Dec. 4 and debut on Bounce Sun. Feb. 23, 2020 at 9 Pm Et as part of Black History Month.

Bounce exclusively owns, produces and telecasts the event.

“Relocating the Bounce Trumpet Awards to Hollywood gives us an opportunity to build upon the show’s enormous entertainment value by tapping into Hollywood’s talent resources,” said Bounce’s Evp of original programming, David Hudson. “Wanda Sykes is the perfect person to helm this year’s Trumpets. Not only is she hilarious and brilliant, she has broken many barriers in her career from being the first African-American woman to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to conceiving and starring in her own prime-time sitcom. She truly personifies the
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‘Just Mercy’ to Open 2019 Napa Valley Film Festival

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‘Just Mercy’ to Open 2019 Napa Valley Film Festival
The ninth annual Napa Valley Film Festival has released its film line-up. Returning this fall, the five-day festival will open Nov. 13 with “Just Mercy” and close Nov. 17 with the world premiere of “Verticals,” a series about Napa Valley winemakers and directed by Jason Wise.

“We are excited to release another eclectic selection of highly curated comedies and dramas from established and emerging filmmakers,” said Napa Valley Film Festival CEO Tom Tardio. “These films consist of inspiring and compelling stories that will thoroughly engage and entertain our festival-goers. At the intersections of film, food, and wine, the festival continues to deliver tremendously unique and exclusive experiences that only a world-class destination such as Napa Valley can provide and only that Nvff can deliver.”

This year’s awards season contenders playing at the festival include “Ford v. Ferrari,” starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, which will have a sneak preview Nov. 12 before
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Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx are awards contenders for legal drama ‘Just Mercy’

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx are awards contenders for legal drama ‘Just Mercy’
Destin Daniel Cretton‘s “Just Mercy” is a thought-provoking legal drama about renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson‘s efforts to free Walter McMillian, a condemned death row prisoner. It is a showcase for Michael B. Jordan and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx in these respective roles. This Warners release, due out at Christmas, screened as part of the BFI London Film Festival.

Jordan, who was so boisterous and bombastic in last year’s “Black Panther,” leaves all of that behind in a mature performance. He strips back all of his effortless charm (but still maintains his natural likeability) to give a performance that is, like his character, all about getting the job done.

It’s not a showy role; there’s only one scene where he allows his emotions to show, and even that is restrained. But this stylistic choice serves the film well. It may not naturally draw the
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Doc NYC Unveils 2019 Lineup; ‘Just Mercy’ To Open Napa, Close Austin Fests; NewportFilm Sets Cinematographer Lab – Film Briefs

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Doc NYC Unveils 2019 Lineup; ‘Just Mercy’ To Open Napa, Close Austin Fests; NewportFilm Sets Cinematographer Lab – Film Briefs
Doc NYC will open its 10th edition next month with Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, the feature from Daniel Roher that served as the opening-night film of this year’s Toronto Film Festival. It kicks off a lineup that includes 136 feature-length documentaries and 28 world premieres among more than 300 films and events overall, repping the biggest slate yet for the event already considered the nation’s largest documentary festival.

The New York-set fest also said Thursday that it will close with Ebs Burnough’s The Capote Tapes, a fresh portrait of Truman Capote, with André Leon Talley part of a post-screening Q&a with the director. Doc NYC’s centerpiece presentation is another Tiff pic, Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, from director Eva Orner.

The slate includes world bows for pics including Joe Berliner’s The Longest Wave, Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe’s He Dreams of Giants about
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor (Updated: October 10)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor (Updated: October 10)
As with the award for leading men, the winner of Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars is usually one of the more seasoned competitors. At the 2019 Academy Awards, Mahershala Ali won for “Green Book.” He had previously prevailed in 2017 for “Moonlight.” He was the 29th winner of this award to be in his 40s. Sam Rockwell, who won in 2018 for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the 30th, having picked up this prize eight months before he turned 50. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Supporting Actor.)

A lucky 13 winners were in their 50s and 11 more were in their 60s. For eight men, it took till they were in their 70s to win while two (George Burns for “The Sunshine Boys” and Christopher Plummer for “Beginners”) were north of 80 when they took home their only Oscars. Conversely, only four Best Supporting Actor champs were in their 20s and just 14 have been thirtysomething.
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The Masked Singer Recap: What Does the Fox Sing? Plus — An Unmasking Ruffles Jenny's Feathers!

The Masked Singer Recap: What Does the Fox Sing? Plus — An Unmasking Ruffles Jenny's Feathers!
If you use the term “celebrity” as loosely as The Masked Singer seems to, there are roughly three zillion people who could be underneath the Season 2 competitors’ masks. And yet I already find myself doubling a couple of my guesses about the players’ identities, even though we’re only three episodes into this go-around.

As you move through this week’s recap, you’ll see what I mean. In my defense, the judges’ panel — Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Robin Thicke and Ken Jeong — threw out some truly terrible ideas during the hour. (Guys, guys… it’s Not Jamie Foxx!
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Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Just Mercy’ to Close Austin Film Festival

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Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Just Mercy’ to Close Austin Film Festival
In today’s film news roundup, “Just Mercy” is the closer for the Austin Film Festival, Tyler Christensen’s “Vulture” gets an award and Simon Helberg is cast opposite Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard in “Annette.”

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The Austin Film Festival will close with legal drama “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, on Oct. 31 at the Paramount Theatre.

Andrew Lanham, who co-wrote the script with director Destin Daniel Cretton, and cast member Tim Blake Nelson will participate in a Q&a.

Just Mercy” is based on the case of Walter McMillian, an African American death-row prisoner who was exonerated in 1993 after being convicted five years earlier for a 1986 murder in Alabama. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, took on McMillian’s cause in 1988 in his first case as an attorney.

Jordan stars as Stevenson while Foxx portrays McMillian in the Warner Bros. film.
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Don Johnson Says ‘We’re Kicking Around Some Thoughts’ About a ‘Miami Vice’ Reboot (Video)

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Don Johnson Says ‘We’re Kicking Around Some Thoughts’ About a ‘Miami Vice’ Reboot (Video)
If you’re a fan of the 1980s and of wearing sport coats over brightly colored t-shirts, then we’ve got some good news for you. On Tuesday, actor Don Johnson told ITVThis Morning” hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that “we’re kicking around some thoughts” on a potential “Miami Vice” reboot.

Quick, Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) — go pick up your dry-cleaning from 1987.

And no, Johnson wasn’t talking about the “Miami Vice” reboot Vin Diesel and Chris Morgan had in development at NBC in 2017. That one, which had a script from Peter Macmanus (“The Mist”), is no longer in the works, a person with knowledge of its development told TheWrap.

Also Read: 'Nash Bridges' Revival With Don Johnson in the Works at USA Network

“Amazingly enough, it’s come back around,” Johnson said of his classic undercover-detective drama. “It seems they’ve run out of ideas for good shows.
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Brie Larson on Creating a Symbol with ‘Captain Marvel’

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Brie Larson on Creating a Symbol with ‘Captain Marvel’
In the upcoming legal drama “Just Mercy,” Brie Larson — who won the best actress Oscar for 2015’s “Room” — plays Alabama civil rights activist Eva Ansley. Based on Bryan Stevenson’s 2014 memoir of the same name, “Just Mercy” tells the story of Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and Ansley’s founding of the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit that gives legal support to prisoners. In the film, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the organization finds its footing as Stevenson works to free the wrongfully convicted death row inmate Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx).

Just Mercy” was the first Warner Bros. film to be made under WarnerMedia’s ambitious diversity and inclusion policy, an element that Larson loved about the filmmaking experience — that for “the first time, I was a minority on a film,” she tells Variety. “In every part of my day, I was having an authentic conversation about what it was that we were making.
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Why Brie Larson Took on ‘Just Mercy’: ‘It Just Gave Me This Fire Inside’

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Why Brie Larson Took on ‘Just Mercy’: ‘It Just Gave Me This Fire Inside’
In Bryan Stevenson’s 2014 memoir, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” the activist lawyer and viral Ted Talker recounts his move to Alabama, his co-founding of the advocacy organization Equal Justice Initiative and his representation of Walter McMillian — a wrongfully convicted death-row inmate Stevenson worked to exonerate.

This December, the story will be brought to the screen by director Destin Daniel Cretton, with Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson, Jamie Foxx as McMillian, and Brie Larson as Eva Ansley, Eji’s other founder. As a film, “Just Mercy” is a courtroom drama, a character study and an indictment of the United States’ racist legal system.

Larson first learned of Stevenson and Eji from her friend and frequent collaborator Cretton. Over dinner in Montreal as they prepared to shoot “The Glass Castle” — their second film together after 2013’s “Short Term 12” — Larson and Cretton were “doing our usual,” she says.
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‘Spawn’ Creator So Blown Away by ‘Uncut Gems’ Trailer He’s Courting Dp Darius Khondji

‘Spawn’ Creator So Blown Away by ‘Uncut Gems’ Trailer He’s Courting Dp Darius Khondji
A24’s official trailer for “Uncut Gems” left a ton of moviegoers anticipating the Adam Sandler-starring crime thriller, but apparently no one was more dazzled by the footage than “Spawn” creator Todd McFarlane. In a recent interview with Comic Book Movies, McFarlane says he was so blown away by the “Uncut Gems” trailer that he now knows what he wants his upcoming “Spawn” feature film adaptation to look like visually.

“Here’s what gave me some solace the other day,” McFarlane said. “I saw this movie trailer, it was called ‘Uncut Gems.’ It looks amazing. I know what I want my movie to look like. This movie looks like my movie, right?”

Per Comic Book Movies: “McFarlane then went on to say he wants to get in contact with the director of photography [Darius Khondji] for ‘Uncut Gems’ in hopes of hiring him for the ‘Spawn’ movie. ‘I see
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2019 BFI London Film Festival Review – Just Mercy

Just Mercy, 2019. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Tim Blake Neslon, Rob Morgan, Darrell Britt-Gibson, and Kirk Bovill Synopsis: Charting the embryonic stages of civil defence attorney Brian Stevenson’s (Michael B. Jordan) illustrious career, Just Mercy recalls the very first cases he […]

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Tom Hanks’ Portrayal of Mister Rogers May Put Him Back in Oscar’s ‘Neighborhood’

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Sony recently hosted a SAG-AFTRA screening of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the Marielle Heller-directed drama starring Matthew Rhys as a magazine writer who befriends Fred Rogers, played by Tom Hanks.

While the screening didn’t include a guild Q&a with cast or the film’s creative team, the audience was greeted with a video message from Mister Rogers’ widow, Joanne. “The film is a wonderful tribute to Fred’s life. But more than that it’s incredibly timely. With so much conflict going on in the world, I think people are hungry for kindness,” she said. “Fred’s legacy reminds us to be kind and to be neighborly, to try and forgive those who have hurt us and to see the innate goodness in all people.”

The theater, a full house of about 200 people, was immediately filled with “awws” and “aahs.”

“Fred used to say
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‘The Masked Singer’ spoilers: Who is the Leopard?

‘The Masked Singer’ spoilers: Who is the Leopard?
The Masked Singer” on Fox is must-see-tv this falls because of its fascinating concept: stars wearing elaborate costumes sing songs in the hope of winning over the judging panel and studio audience in order that they can stay in the competition. On Wednesday’s second episode of season 2, four celebrities sang in pairs and three of them made the cut. The Panda (Laila Ali) was sent packing after she lost her sing-off battle with the Leopard. We’ve been doing some digging and have all of your “The Masked Singer” spoilers, including the identity of the Leopard.

Before the Leopard sang, we were teased with a clues package. He told us that he can “survive anywhere” and has been a “heavy hitter” throughout his career. He readily admitted to being annoyed that the “celebrity aspect” is all people want to talk about now. The judges had thought the Leopard was a woman,
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‘The Masked Singer’ episode 3 recap: Was Black Widow, Flamingo, Leopard or Panda eliminated from Group C? [Updating Live Blog]

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‘The Masked Singer’ episode 3 recap: Was Black Widow, Flamingo, Leopard or Panda eliminated from Group C? [Updating Live Blog]
The Masked Singer” Season 2 is still in its introductory phase, with this week’s third hour welcoming Black Widow, Flamingo, Leopard and Panda to Fox’s wild and wacky reality TV show. The four new costumed celebrities faced off in two separate match-ups, with the winner of each pairing determined by the votes of the in-studio audience and judges Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy and Robin Thicke. The two lowest vote-getters then duked it out in the Smackdown, with one surviving to another day and the other being unmasked in front of America. So how’d it all play out?

SEEMissed opportunity? ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 2 should be airing Live on Fox, and here’s 4 reasons why

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “The Masked Singer” recap of Season 2, Episode 3, titled “Return of the Masks: Group C,” to find out what happened Wednesday, October 2 at 8/7c. Then be sure to
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HBO’s Showtime Lakers Pilot Rounds Out Cast With Molly Gordon, Rob Morgan, Spencer Garrett, Kirk Bovill, Delante Desouza

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HBO’s Showtime Lakers Pilot Rounds Out Cast With Molly Gordon, Rob Morgan, Spencer Garrett, Kirk Bovill, Delante Desouza
Molly Gordon (Life of the Party), Rob Morgan (Just Mercy), Spencer Garrett (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Kirk Bovill (Vice) and newcomer Delante Desouza have joined the cast of HBO’s pilot about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers.

Written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla), the untitled Showtime Lakers project is based on Jeff Pearlman’s nonfiction book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.

Executive producer Adam McKay is directing the pilot, which chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties — a team that defined its era both on and off the court.

Gordon will play Linda Zafrani, whose intelligence and savvy have earned her a position in the Forum Office, but the arrival of new ownership—Jerry Buss and his ambitious daughter Jeanie—requires her to navigate a complicated web of personal and professional relationships.
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Jamie Foxx's 10 Best Movies (According To Rotten Tomatoes)

Pretty much everyone in Hollywood is a multi-hyphenate these days, but Jamie Foxx is a true multi-hyphenate. He doesn’t direct a movie or release an album just to check an item off the standard Hollywood wish list — he’s genuinely gifted in a number of different areas. He’s a brilliant comedian, a brilliant musician, and of course, a brilliant actor. Some acting roles, like the music icon Ray Charles or the hilarious hitman “Motherf****r” Jones, make use of Foxx’s other talents. Foxx has been showered with awards, including an Oscar, a Grammy, a BAFTA, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, for his tremendous work. So, here are Jamie Foxx’s 10 Best Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes.

Related: Mark Wahlberg's 10 Best Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes
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UK box office preview: Brad Pitt aims for the stars with ‘Ad Astra’

UK box office preview: Brad Pitt aims for the stars with ‘Ad Astra’
Other openers include ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ and ‘The Kitchen’.

James Gray’s astronaut drama Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt will look to hit new heights for the space genre on its first weekend in UK cinemas, released through 20th Century Fox.

The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month, launched on Wednesday in over 300 venues. It is one of a slew of recent space-themed stories, following on from Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man last year, and with Alice Winocour’s Proxima starring Eva Green and Shelagh McLeod’s Astronaut starring Richard Dreyfus to hit cinemas in the coming months.
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