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SXSW 2020 Line-Up Announced as Trailer for Michael Showalter’s The Lovebirds Arrives

Before Sundance gets underway, SXSW has unveiled the first wave of their film lineup. This year’s slate includes Judd Apatow’s Pete Davidson-led comedy The King of Staten Island, a new Spike Jonze-directed Beastie Boys documentary, an intriguing new film by Amy Seimetz, and more.

There’s also The Lovebirds, directed by Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) and starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, whose comedic stylings coalesce astoundingly well in the first trailer. The duo play Leilani and Jibran, a couple who are accidentally embroiled in a murder mystery as a man claiming to be a cop commits murder with their car and leaves them with the evidence.

Ahead of a release on April 3, see the trailer below, followed by the SXSW 2020 lineup.

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SXSW Film Festival to Include Movies From Issa Rae, Pete Davidson and Tiffany Haddish

  • Variety
SXSW Film Festival to Include Movies From Issa Rae, Pete Davidson and Tiffany Haddish
The 27th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature a romantic caper starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, a documentary about the Beastie Boys directed by Spike Jonze, a “hidden camera” comedy headlined by Tiffany Haddish and an autobiographical studio vehicle from Pete Davidson.

Thousands of moviegoers will flock to Austin, Texas, starting on March 13 for the annual gathering, which is a launching pad for major summer — or spring — studio releases, as well as smaller independent films and buzzy TV shows.

King of Staten Island,” which stars Davidson, will open the fest. The movie is directed by Judd Apatow, who is no stranger to SXSW, having brought many of his hit projects — from “Knocked Up” to “Bridesmaids” — to screen first at SXSW.

Other high-profile titles that will premiere in Austin include “The Lovebirds,” a comedy from Michael Showalter, with Rae and Nanjiani trying to solve a murder mystery; “Bad Trip,
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SXSW Sets Judd Apatow And Pete Davidson’s ‘The King Of Staten Island’ As Opening-Night Film, Unveils Lineup

  • Deadline
SXSW Sets Judd Apatow And Pete Davidson’s ‘The King Of Staten Island’ As Opening-Night Film, Unveils Lineup
The 27th edition of the SXSW Film Festival has unveiled its robust slate of feature and episodic premieres which will kick off with its opening night film, Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island starring Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson. The fest is set to run March 13-22 in Austin.

In The King of Staten Island, Davidson is a burnout living in the titular New York City borough with his mom played by Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei. The movie, which will make its world premiere at SXSW, also stars Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Steve Buscemi and Maude Apatow.

“Judd Apatow has consistently provided transcendent, exhilarating experiences at SXSW, starting with Knocked Up, then Bridesmaids, Trainwreck, Girls, The Big Sick, and his documentary May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “This March it’s our particular privilege to present his
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Tiffany Haddish’s ‘Bad Trip,’ Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson-Written ‘King of Staten Island’ Among SXSW 2020 Lineup

  • The Wrap
Tiffany Haddish’s ‘Bad Trip,’ Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson-Written ‘King of Staten Island’ Among SXSW 2020 Lineup
“The King of Staten Island,” written by Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson, as well as “Bad Trip” starring Tiffany Haddish and Eric Andre, have been announced as part of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival lineup.

Pink Skies Ahead,” starring Mary J. Blige and Marcia Gay Hayden, “Violet,” starring Olivia Munn and Justin Theroux, Spike Jonze’s “Beastie Boys Story” documentary, and “The Love Birds,” starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani,” will also be debuting at the festival.

Alex Gibney will be returning with “Crazy, Not Insane,” a documentary about the minds of serial killers. “The King of Staten Island” is also the festival’s Opening Night Film.

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In total, 102 features and episodics were announced on Wednesday — dozens of additional titles will be announced on Feb. 5. The 2020 program was selected from 2,316 feature-length film submissions. The
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Netflix Teams Robert Towne And David Fincher for ‘Chinatown’ Prequel Series Pilot Script

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Netflix has closed deals with Robert Towne and David Fincher to work up a pilot script for a prequel to the 1974 classic film Chinatown, sources tell Deadline. Towne won an Oscar for scripting a drama that mixed fact and fiction to tell the story of a private eye hired to expose an adulterer who instead uncovers far more unsavory things.

Fincher will be executive producer along with Towne and Josh Donen. The idea behind the prequel series would be to focus on a young Jake Gittes (played in the film by Jack Nicholson) as he plies his business in a town where the wealthy and corruption involves areas like land, oil and gangs. The hope is that Fincher might direct the pilot, but that is not part of the deal which at this point covers a pilot script. Roman Polanski directed the original film and the late Robert Evans produced it.
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Amanda Seyfriend and Lily Collins Will Star in David Fincher’s Citizen Kane Movie

Amanda Seyfriend and Lily Collins Will Star in David Fincher’s Citizen Kane Movie
Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins have been cast in Mank, David Fincher’s Netflix biopic about Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actresses will be joined by Game of ThronesCharles Dance in the film, which will reportedly be shot in black-and-white. Gary Oldman is set to portray the titular character, as Variety previously reported.

According to THR, Seyfried, 33, will play screen star Marion Davis, while Collins, 30, will play Rita Alexander, Mankiewicz’s secretary.

Arliss Howard, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Tom Burke, Tom Pelphrey, and Tuppence Middleton are also joining the film.
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David Fincher Unveils ‘Mank’ Ensemble: Meet Orson Welles, Marion Davies & More

20 years ago on this day, Fight Club was released. Since his cult hit, David Fincher has made six films but the wait for his seventh will be the longest yet. After briefly flirting with a World War Z sequel, it was confirmed this summer that the director would be next helming Mank, a black-and-white biopic of Citizen Kane scribe Herman J. Mankiewicz scripted by his late father, Jack Fincher, led by Gary Oldman, and funded by Netflix.

Now, with production kicking off in mere weeks, the ensembled has been unveiled. First up, the question on many minds was who would be playing actor, director, writer, and producer Orson Welles. The answer has now arrived as THR reports that Tom Burke, recently seen in The Souvenir, will take the role of the legendary auteur.

In additional casting, Amanda Seyfried will play star Marion Davies, Lily Collins will play Rita Alexander, Mankiewicz’s secretary,
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Amanda Seyfried to join Gary Oldman for David Fincher's Mank biopic

  • JoBlo
Mean Girls and Twin Peaks alumna Amanda Seyfried is joining the cast of Netflix's Mank, a biopic from the lens of David Fincher that centers on Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz. Leading the cast as Mankiewicz is Gary Oldman, with Lily Collins, Charles Dance, Tuppence Middleton, Arliss Howard, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard…
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‘Mank’: Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, ‘Downton Abbey’s Tuppence Middleton & More Join David Fincher Pic

  • Deadline
‘Mank’: Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, ‘Downton Abbey’s Tuppence Middleton & More Join David Fincher Pic
David Fincher is rounding out the cast for his upcoming Netflix feature, Mank, about the tumultuous development of Orson Welles’ classics Citizen Kane.

Joining previously announced Oscar winner Gary Oldman is Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Arliss Howard (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones), Ferdinand Kingsley (Dracula Untold), Jamie McShane (Gone Girl), Joseph Cross (Milk), Sam Troughton (Chernobyl), Toby Leonard Moore (Billions), Tom Burke (The Souvenir) and Tom Pelphrey (Iron Fist).

The project is a longtime-in-the-making for the two-time Oscar-nominated director, who will shoot the film in black and white with production starting next month. Based on a screenplay by the Gone Girl filmmaker’s late father, Howard “Jack” Fincher, Mank follows famed Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (played by Oldman), who co-wrote Citizen Kane with Welles and shared the Oscar win for best original screenplay.

Douglas Urbanski, Eric Roth, and Cean Chaffin are producing the project.
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Amanda Seyfried Joins Gary Oldman in David Fincher’s ‘Mank’

  • Variety
Amanda Seyfried Joins Gary Oldman in David Fincher’s ‘Mank’
Amanda Seyfried is set to join Netflix’s “Mank,” David Fincher’s latest pic revolving around “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, with Gary Oldman tapped to play the titular role.

Lily Collins, Charles Dance, Tuppence Middleton, Arliss Howard, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Tom Burke, and Tom Pelphrey will also appear in the film.

“Mank” is based on a script by Fincher’s late father, Jack, who penned it prior to his death in 2003.

Specific plot details are vague, but sources say the story will follow Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of the script for “Citizen Kane” — which would go on to be considered one of the best films of all time — alongside director Orson Welles. Despite the “Citizen Kane’s” critical success, the script was the only part of the film to win an Oscar.

The film will also be shot in black and white,
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David Fincher Casts Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins in Netflix Movie ‘Mank’

It was announced several months ago that Gary Oldman would star in David Fincher's next film Mank, and now the gifted director has assembled the rest of the cast, as Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, The Souvenir sensation Tom Burke and Game of Thrones star Charles Dance have joined the ensemble along with Arliss Howard, Joseph Cross, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Tom Pelphrey and Tuppence Middleton. Netflix is backing the black-and-white film, which finds Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing Citizen Kane co-writer Herman J. Mankiewicz. The story will follow Mankiewicz’s tumultuous …
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Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins Join David Fincher's 'Citizen Kane' Drama

Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins Join David Fincher's 'Citizen Kane' Drama
Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins and Charles Dance have joined Gary Oldman in Mank, David Fincher’s drama about the writer who co-wrote the screen classic Citizen Kane with Orson Welles.

Arliss Howard, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Tom Burke, Tom Pelphrey and Tuppence Middleton are also boarding the production, which is scheduled to begin shooting in November in Los Angeles.

Douglas Urbanski, Eric Roth, Cean Chaffin are producing the pic.

Herman Mankiewicz, a reporter and critic in the 1920s, was recruited by Paramount to come to Hollywood and work in the movie business. Mankiewicz worked on ...
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TVLine Items: Love, Simon Casts Mom, Idris Elba's Car-Stunt Series and More

TVLine Items: Love, Simon Casts Mom, Idris Elba's Car-Stunt Series and More
Ana Ortiz is bringing the love to Disney+: The Ugly Betty vet will co-star in the streamer’s Love, Simon series, inspired by the 2018 movie of the same name, our sister site Deadline reports.

The half-hour spinoff — from This Is Us showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who co-wrote the film — will carry the same title as the movie, but will follow a new character named Victor. Ortiz will play his mother, Isabel.

The coming-of-age film followed a closeted gay teen (played by Nick Robinson) growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta. Jennifer Garner co-starred as Simon’s mom.
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‘Manhunt: Lone Wolf’: Arliss Howard, Desmond Harrington, Kelly Jenrette & Ness Bautista Join Spectrum-Lionsgate Anthology Series

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‘Manhunt: Lone Wolf’: Arliss Howard, Desmond Harrington, Kelly Jenrette & Ness Bautista Join Spectrum-Lionsgate Anthology Series
Exclusive: Arliss Howard (Moneyball), Desmond Harrington (Dexter), Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Ness Bautista (Sense8) are set as series regulars for season 2 of Spectrum Originals’ anthology series Manhunt, from Lionsgate Television. They join previously announced Jack Huston, Cameron Britton, Carla Gugino, Judith Light, Gethin Anthony and Jay O. Sanders.

Spectrum parent Charter Communications last year made a deal with Lionsgate for new seasons of the Manhunt anthology series whose first installment, Manhunt: Unabomber, ran on Discovery Channel.

Season 2, Manhunt: Lone Wolf, will chronicle one of the largest and most complex manhunts on U.S. soil — the search for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Bomber, Eric Rudolph (Huston) — and the media firestorm that consumed the life of Richard Jewell (Britton) in its wake. The series is currently filming in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Howard plays Earl Embry, the top bomb expert in the Atf who has a depth of hands-on knowledge that nobody can rival.
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Matthew Modine Running For SAG-AFTRA Presidency On Membership First Slate

Matthew Modine Running For SAG-AFTRA Presidency On Membership First Slate
Exclusive: Matthew Modine has thrown his hat into the ring as a candidate for president of SAG-AFTRA. Modine, a member of the union’s local and national boards of directors, is running at the top of the Membership First ticket, the self-styled progressive wing of the union that promises more democracy and transparency — which the union’s loyal opposition says is in short supply. He seeks to unseat Gabrielle Carteris, who’s been president of the union since 2016.

“As a current national and local board member of SAG-aftra, it would be my honor to represent all 160,000 members of the union I have proudly been a member of for nearly four decades,” he said in a statement. “It is my privilege to stand up for our legacy in order to safeguard our future. There comes a time when we must work to ensure that current and future membership will
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A taste of romance by Anne-Katrin Titze

Sophie Brooks on the visual cues in The Boy Downstairs, starring Zosia Mamet and Matthew Shear: "Ben wears glasses in the past and not in the present. And Diana has extensions, has longer hair in the past than in the present." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Sophie Brooks, writer/director of The Boy Downstairs, speaks about how she sees a first date, confusing social agreements, and the importance of food in building a relationship with family and friends. Improv from Matthew Shear, sweater girl Zosia Mamet, the performances of Arliss Howard, Sarah Ramos and Fabrizio Brienza, flashbacks and visual cues, dry cleaners, and filming in Prospect Park, Brooklyn round out the final chapter of our Valentine's Day conversation.

Anne-Katrin Titze: Diana and Ben's first date takes place in Prospect Park with the Boathouse in the background. They don't have rowboats there.

Diana (Zosia Mamet) with Gabby (Diana Irvine)

Sophie Brooks: Correct.
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The girl upstairs by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Boy Downstairs director Sophie Brooks on writing the script: "I always wanted a strong kind of female friendship." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Sophie Brooks's The Boy Downstairs stars Zosia Mamet and Matthew Shear with a remarkable supporting cast, including Diana Irvine, Sarah Ramos, Deirdre O'Connell, Arliss Howard, Jeff Ward, David Wohl, Sabina Friedman-Seitz, and a memorable appearance by Fabrizio Brienza as the lemon-difficult waiter.

Working with costume designer Keri Langerman (Mona Fastvold's The Sleepwalker, starring The Childhood Of A Leader director Brady Corbet and Jim Strouse's People Places Things), Reese Witherspoon's Tracy Flick in Alexander Payne's Election, a Halloween party with Marie Antoinette and Steve Jobs, finding the right name for the film, developing the screenplay, and how to make an actor "feel more vulnerable" came up in my conversation inside the offices of Falco Ink. with writer/director Sophie Brooks on Valentine's Day which fell on Ash Wednesday this year.
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The girl upstairs by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Boy Downstairs director Sophie Brooks on writing the script: "I always wanted a strong kind of female friendship." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Sophie Brooks's The Boy Downstairs stars Zosia Mamet and Matthew Shear with a remarkable supporting cast, including Diana Irvine, Sarah Ramos, Deirdre O'Connell, Arliss Howard, Jeff Ward, David Wohl, Sabina Friedman-Seitz, and a memorable appearance by Fabrizio Brienza as the lemon-difficult waiter.

Working with costume designer Keri Langerman (Mona Fastvold's The Sleepwalker, starring The Childhood Of A Leader director Brady Corbet and Jim Strouse's People Places Things), Reese Witherspoon's Tracy Flick in Alexander Payne's Election, a Halloween party with Marie Antoinette and Steve Jobs, finding the right name for the film, developing the screenplay, and how to make an actor "feel more vulnerable" came up in my conversation inside the offices of Falco Ink. with writer/director Sophie Brooks on Valentine's Day which fell on Ash Wednesday this year.
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‘Full Metal Jacket’ Set for Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration at HollyShorts — Exclusive

‘Full Metal Jacket’ Set for Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration at HollyShorts — Exclusive
Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam war masterpiece “Full Metal Jacket” will open this year’s HollyShorts Film Festival, care of an opening night celebration on August 10. The opening night festivities will coincide with the iconic feature’s thirtieth anniversary — the film first bowed back in June of 1987 — and star Matthew Modine will be on hand to participate in a special post-screening Q&A.

Kubrick’s instant classic depiction of Vietnam — and really, war in general — was based on Gutav Hasford’s novel “The Short-Timers,” which Kubrick sparked to after seeking material for a war film for years. The film stars Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard, and Ed O’Ross and follows a motley crew of Marines as they train for and eventually go to battle in Vietnam. The film was a lauded success, and earned an Oscar nod for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Debra Winger Has a Genius Solution to Dealing with Aging in Hollywood

Debra Winger Has a Genius Solution to Dealing with Aging in Hollywood
Debra Winger says the best advice she could give anyone about aging is simple: “Own fewer mirrors!”

The actress, 62, tells People in the magazine’s new issue that when it comes to getting older, she sticks to one simple trick.

“Every birthday, give away a mirror. When you get to a certain age, you have the little one above your bathroom sink to make sure you don’t have anything green in your teeth,” she says.

On a more serious note, Winger — who is currently staring opposite Tracy Letts in The Lovers — says it’s important for women to not focus so much on appearances.
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