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The Mystery Deepens in New Trailer for Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’

After a smashing Tiff premiere, we still have more than two months to go before we can see Rian Johnson’s murder mystery-comedy Knives Out, but a new trailer has arrived to help with the wait. Starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer, the film follows the investigation into the murder of a well-off patriarch and the family surrounding him.

Jared Mobarak said in his review, “No stranger to a good mystery—noir (Brick) or comedy (The Brothers Bloom)—Knives Out sees Rian Johnson back to a wholly original property before returning to the world of Star Wars. From the stellar cast to its Clue-esque estate (even he couldn’t resist that joke), this whodunit has looked impeccably positioned to deliver exactly what the genre demands while also dissecting and subverting it for good measure.
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Tiff Review: ‘Knives Out’ Brilliantly Goes Beyond the Genre Demands of a Whodunit

No stranger to a good mystery—noir (Brick) or comedy (The Brothers Bloom)—Knives Out sees Rian Johnson back to a wholly original property before returning to the world of Star Wars. From the stellar cast to its Clue-esque estate (even he couldn’t resist that joke), this whodunit has looked impeccably positioned to deliver exactly what the genre demands while also dissecting and subverting it for good measure. That the final result might go even further than that only makes it more intriguing. Why? Well the mystery surrounding Harlan Thrombey’s (Christopher Plummer) death is rather matter-of-factly solved within the first thirty minutes. Its truth, however, possesses enough layers to blur the line between culpability and intent as the game moves beyond just discovering a smoking gun.

In order to peel back those layers, Lieutenant Elliott (Lakeith Stanfield) and Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) must bring the Thrombey clan back
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Knives Out’

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Now here’s a mystery worth solving: Why doesn’t Hollywood give us more ridiculously complicated, gratuitously eccentric whodunits? You know, the kind of all-star affairs where a colorful assortment of highly suspicious characters gather in a remote manor, or at an old castle, or on the Orient Express, in order to be confronted by a corpse and the prospect that a murderer lurks among them. It’s not that audiences have lost their appetite for such tales. Au contraire, ’twas television that killed the old-fashioned detective story. Over the years, “Murder She Wrote” and “Masterpiece Mystery!” have rendered such movies redundant — on the big screen at least — by solving procedurals on the small screen each week.

With “Knives Out,” writer-director Rian Johnson shows that there’s life left in the genre, paying . Taking a break between “Star Wars” sequels to knock off something a little less far, far away
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‘Knives Out’ Trailer Reveals Rian Johnson’s Star-Studded Murder Mystery

Lionsgate has released the first Knives Out trailer for writer/director Rian Johnson's upcoming murder mystery. The film is a family-centric whodunit based on an original idea by Johnson, who first broke out with the unique 2005 noir Brick and continued making a name for himself with smart, character-centric features like The Brothers Bloom and Looper while also helming iconic episodes of Breaking Bad like "Ozymandius." Most recently, Johnson wrote and directed the somewhat divisive sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and in the wake of that space epic he wrote a smaller scale, old fashioned murder …
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The B-Side – The Avengers: Part II

Welcome to The B-Side, a podcast from The Film Stage. Here we explore movies featuring established stars that flopped at the box office, have been forgotten by time, or remain hidden gems. These aren’t the films that made them famous or kept them famous. These are the other ones. So strap in and listen close as we dive into the big swings and big misses from some of the most well-known names in the business.

Specifically, we pick out the original six Avengers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and talk about some of their B-Sides. After discussing the B-Sides of Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Evans on Part I, this week we turn to Mark Ruffalo (The Brothers Bloom), Jeremy Renner (Kill the Messenger), and Chris Hemsworth (In the Heart of the Sea and a dash of Rush). We also discuss Avengers: Endgame and what we hope
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What’s New on DVD in April: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Destroyer,’ ‘Tickled’ and More

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What’s New on DVD in April: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Destroyer,’ ‘Tickled’ and More
New Indie

Filmmakers have made the case that, instead of going to film school, young would-be directors might be better off just listening to director commentaries. And if that’s the educational route you’ve chosen, two of today’s most interesting directors are telling all on new Blu-ray releases. Want to know more about how Barry Jenkins brought James Baldwin’s powerful novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) to the big screen, or how Karyn Kusama crafted the bleak neo-noir “Destroyer” (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)? They tell all on these essential new releases.

Also available: S. Craig Zahler is at it again with “Dragged Across Concrete” (Lionsgate), a cops-gone-rogue heist saga starring Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson.

See Photo: See Nicole Kidman's Extreme Transformation for Karyn Kusama's Cop Thriller 'Destroyer'

New Foreign

Few directors in the history of cinema have
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Slamdance’s Greatest Hits

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Slamdance’s Greatest Hits
Over the past quarter century, the Slamdance Film Festival has served as a launchpad for a number of now high profile filmmakers at the very start of their careers. Here is a baker’s dozen of some of the festival’s greatest discoveries.

Marc Forster

“Loungers”

Forster premiered his $10,000 debut in 1995 and grabbed the Audience Award, and has become one of the most versatile directors working, with other credits including “Monster’s Ball,” “Finding Neverland,” “Stay,” “The Kite Runner,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Quantum of Solace,” “World War Z” and “Christopher Robin.”

Rian Johnson

“Evil Demon Golfball from Hell!!!”

Johnson’s irreverent short film played the festival in 1996, launching a career that has dabbled in artistic indies and big-budget franchise blockbusters (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”).

Greg Mottola

The Daytrippers

The writer-director’s 1996 feature debut was produced by Steven Soderbergh and got Mottola work on cult-classic television series “Undeclared,” “Arrested Development,
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‘Holmes & Watson’ Film Review: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Stagger Through Stultifying Sherlockian Spoof

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‘Holmes & Watson’ Film Review: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Stagger Through Stultifying Sherlockian Spoof
Coroners of comic failure will find much to uncover in the corpse of “Holmes & Watson,” a thoroughly tedious and never-amusing spoof of Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective.

Does the fault lie in the fact that current iterations of Holmes — the Benedict Cumberbatch BBC series, the Guy Ritchie movies, even CBS’ “Elementary” — aren’t all that faithful to the material, so satirizing it seems irrelevant? Could it be that the script by director Etan Cohen (“Get Hard”) never had a second draft? Or did Cohen not worry that everything on the page was not particularly funny because stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly would somehow will this painful material into amusement merely by showing up on set?

The results are singularly awful, but there are three people who can emerge unscathed from this fiasco: Rebecca Hall, who elicits mild chuckles (the closest this film gets to laughter) as
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Will Ferrell’s ‘Holmes & Watson’ Whacked by Critics: ‘Witless Sherlock Holmes Spoof’

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Will Ferrell’s ‘Holmes & Watson’ Whacked by Critics: ‘Witless Sherlock Holmes Spoof’
Sherlock Holmes might be the greatest detective in history, but he couldn’t find any laughs in the new Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly buddy comedy and Holmes parody “Holmes & Watson.”

Though the film from Columbia Pictures didn’t screen for critics before opening on Christmas Day, a few intrepid reviewers tracked it down, and after careful deduction, their findings were not good.

“If there are any new jokes left to tell about Holmes, they’re nowhere to be found in the abysmal ‘Holmes & Watson,’ which might be the worst feature-length film ever made about the ‘consulting detective’ from Baker Street,” Ignatiy Vishnevetsky writes in The A.V. Club.

Also Read: How John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan Became Brothers Filming 'Stan & Ollie'

Critics have said that while it had potential, it’s a far cry from the previous Ferrell and Reilly pairings, including “Talladega Nights” and most notably,
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Michael Shannon and Lakeith Stanfield To Join Rian Johnson's Knives Out

Director Rian Johnson continues to build an impressive ensemble cast for his new film project, Knives Out. Michael Shannon and Lakeith Stanfield are both going to join the project, which also stars Daniel Craig and Chris Evans.

There aren’t many details on the project, but it has been described as a modern-day murder mystery in the classic Agatha Christie whodunit style, infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from Brick to Looper.

Craig will play a detective in the story who is assigned to solve a crime. We have no idea who any of the other actors are playing.

I’m a big fan of Johnson and his original film projects such as Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper, and I’m excited to see what he’s got planned for this next movie. After he’s done with Knives Out, he’ll jump back into developing his new Star Wars trilogy.
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Watch: Rian Johnson's Music Video for LCD Soundsystem's 'Oh Baby'

"Please wake me, For my love lies patiently..." Need something to cleanse your palette inbetween trailers? Watch this fantastic short film music video for LCD Soundsystem's song "oh baby". Even though this video has been out for a few weeks, you can still enjoy it, especially if you haven't seen it yet. The music video is directed by Rian Johnson, yes, Rian – director of The Last Jedi – Johnson who went off and made this in the midst Star Wars work. The music video plays as a short film, about a couple who invent a teleportation device. Starring Sissy Spacek and David Strathairn. This is really wonderful but quite tragic, I must say. Thanks to Short of the Week for the tip. From YouTube: music video for "oh baby" off LCD Soundsystem's album "american dream". The album is already out now. The music video is directed by filmmaker Rian Johnson,
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Rian Johnson’s Next Film is Daniel Craig-Led Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’

After creating one of the best films in the Star Wars universe and before he re-enters a galaxy far, far away for his own trilogy, Rian Johnson is getting a much-deserved break from all things Jedi-related for his next project. He’ll next be directing a modern-day murder mystery starring Daniel Craig, titled Knives Out.

We can thank Danny Boyle for making the project happen as his exit from Bond 25 caused an opening in Craig’s schedule to shoot this next project, starting this November. The actor will star as a detective, and he’ll be joined by six-to-eight others in the main cast, but not many more details are available beyond that at this stage. According to the director, he told Deadline he “has been an Agatha Christie nut since his teens, sparking to her richly drawn characters and the twists and turns that drove her whodunits. For a decade,
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Rian Johnson Will Direct Daniel Craig in a Murder Mystery Thriller Called Knives Out

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has signed on to direct Daniel Craig in a film project called Knives Out. The film is described as a contemporary murder mystery and Craig will play detective assigned to solve the crime. The movie will feature a "classic whodunit style, infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from Brick to Looper."

Johnson will direct the movie before he dives into production on his original Star Wars trilogy and Craig will make it before he returns to the role of James Bond in Bond 25.

Johnson talked to Deadline a bit about the film and says it was inspired by his love of Agatha Christie. "He has been an Agatha Christie nut since his teens, sparking to her richly drawn characters and the twists and turns that drove her whodunits. For a decade, he has been framing in his mind
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Daniel Craig Will Star in Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery Knives Out

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Daniel Craig Will Star in Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery Knives Out
Daniel Craig has teamed with director Rian Johnson for a new murder mystery titled Knives Out. The project came out of nowhere and will be financed via a new production company that Johnson has formed with his longtime producing partner Ram Bergman. The project will be hitting the market in search of a distributor at the Toronto International Film Festival this week and it's expected to be a very competitive auction.

The project came out of nowhere because the timing just happened to work out. Rian Johnson penned the script and wanted Daniel Craig for the lead role, who will be a detective trying to solve a murder in a contemporary setting. It had looked as though Craig would be busy with James Bond 25, but with Danny Boyle exiting the director's chair recently, that freed up some time for him as that project needs to do some regrouping behind the scenes.
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Toronto Kicks Off With Hot Package: Daniel Craig Stars, Rian Johnson Directs & Scripts Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’

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Toronto Kicks Off With Hot Package: Daniel Craig Stars, Rian Johnson Directs & Scripts Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’
Exclusive: In a move that will surely swing some of the focus from awards season launches to the acquisitions market at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival, U.S. and foreign distributors will be bidding for Knives Out, a contemporary murder mystery that will star Daniel Craig as a detective assigned to solve the crime, with Rian Johnson directing.

Craig has committed to star in November, while his James Bond 25 film regroups following the exit of director Danny Boyle. Johnson, who wrote the script and is producing with partner Ram Bergman, will make the movie before setting off to direct a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe. Knives Out will be the first film he’ll direct since 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which grossed over $1.3 billion.

The film is best described as a modern day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style, infused with Johnson’s
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Now Stream This: ‘Barry Lyndon’, ‘Her’, ‘The Way of the Gun’, ‘Cropsey’, ‘The Rock’, ‘The Brothers Bloom’ and More

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) The weekend is almost here, which means you’re likely going to be scrolling through streaming services, asking yourself: “What the heck should I watch?” That’s where Now Stream This comes in. Below, […]

The post Now Stream This: ‘Barry Lyndon’, ‘Her’, ‘The Way of the Gun’, ‘Cropsey’, ‘The Rock’, ‘The Brothers Bloom’ and More appeared first on /Film.
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Amazon Prime schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July 2018

Amazon Prime has confirmed that several of its original series will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in July, including the first seasons of both the Indian reality competition series “Comicstaan” and the Tour de France travelogue “Eat.Race.Win” and season 4 of the charming children’s series “Tumble Leaf.”

And there will also be new to Amazon Prime seasons of some of your favorites from other networks, including the final episodes of the Emmy-winning FX drama “The Americans,” all 12 seasons of the groundbreaking police drama “NYPD Blue” and all seven seasons of the Kyra Sedgwick crime series “The Closer.”

Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first appearances on Amazon Prime including the four films in the “Jaws” franchise and the Oscar-winning “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

See Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July

Available July 1

21 Jump Street (Seasons 1-2)

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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July 2018

Hulu has confirmed that several of its original series will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in July, including the first season of the highly anticipated Stephen King thriller “Castle Rock” as well as season 2 of the costume drama “Harlots” and season 4 of the comedy “Casual.”

And there will also be new to Hulu seasons of some of your favorites from other networks, including season 2 of “The Strain,” season 4 of “The Vikings” and season 8 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Hulu appearances including the first five films in the “Star Trek” franchise and the Oscar-winning “Rosemary’s Baby.”

See Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July

Available July 1: TV

Alaska: The Last Frontier: Complete Season 4 (Discovery)

Deadliest Catch: Complete Season 11 (Discovery)

Deadly Women: Complete Season 6 (ID)

Dual Survival: Complete Season 5 (Discovery)

Elementary: Complete Season
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime in July 2018

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What better way to ring in the country’s 242nd birthday than by streaming “Madam Secretary,” “American Psycho,” or “Election”? Those patriotic titles are among some of the earliest coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu in July 2018.

A healthy mix of classics and new originals are on their way to Netflix in the coming month, including films such as the original “Jurassic Park” saga and “The Princess Diaries,” as well as TV shows like “The Sinner” and “Sofia the First.” Among the original series returning to the streaming giant are “Orange Is the New Black” and Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” along with some new premieres.

Amazon and Hulu will acquire overlapping titles including the sequel to the hit documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Sahara.” Exclusive inbound content to Amazon includes the “Twilight” and “Jaws” franchises, as well as the final season of “The Americans.” Hulu
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Here’s Everything That’s Coming to and Leaving Hulu in July

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Hulu is ringing in the summer with plenty of new titles to keep you occupied during your air conditioned TV binges next month.

The Stephen King multiverse series “Castle Rock” finally makes its debut on July 25, and the final season of Hulu’s original series “Casual” will land on July 31.

Meanwhile, the second season of Hulu’s “Harlots” premieres on July 11, and Season 4 of “You’re the Worst” is available on July 6. The third season of Lifetime’s “UnReal” is available on July 2.

Also Read: Hulu Orders Drama Pilot 'Reprisal' From 'Handmaid's Tale' Producer Warren Littlefield

See below for the complete list of titles coming to and leaving next month.

Available July 1

Alone: Complete Season 3 (History)

American Pickers: Complete Season 17 (History)

American Ripper: Complete Season 1 (History)

Ancient Top 10: Complete Season 1 (History)

The Curse of Oak Island: Complete Season 4 (History)

Doomsday Preppers: Complete Season 2 (Nat Geo)

Forged in Fire: Complete
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