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‘There’s Something in the Water’ Review: Ellen Page’s Urgent Netflix Documentary Confronts Environmental Racism

‘There’s Something in the Water’ Review: Ellen Page’s Urgent Netflix Documentary Confronts Environmental Racism
Following in the footsteps of her Marvel co-star Mark Ruffalo, actress-turned-filmmaker Ellen Page is funneling her considerable influence and resources into raising awareness around environmental justice. Last year, Ruffalo produced and starred in Todd Haynes’ under-appreciated “Dark Waters,” a narrative feature about the Dupont Teflon case. Since her breakout role in “Juno,” Page’s acting roles have always supported feminist perspectives. More recently, she also served as producer on films like “My Days of Mercy” and “Freeheld,” projects she also starred in that touched on issues surrounding incarceration and prison reform. Now, Page has stepped (almost) fully behind the camera, co-directing with pal Ian Daniel

There’s Something in the Water” borrows its title from the book on which is based, “There’s Something In The Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities” by Ingrid R.G. Waldron. Using Waldron’s book as a guidepost, the film opens with Page reflections
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Awards Shows Eyeing Rules Changes as Coronavirus Wreaks Havoc on Movie Business

Awards Shows Eyeing Rules Changes as Coronavirus Wreaks Havoc on Movie Business
As film festivals are canceled, movie theaters close and some films lose their chance at theatrical release, awards bodies are enacting, or at least considering, changes to their rules to accommodate the new landscape caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards, for example, is now allowing films that were selected by the South by Southwest Film Festival, which was canceled, and the Tribeca and New Directors/New Films festivals, which were postponed, to qualify for the Spirit Awards just as if those festivals had taken place.

“This is a situation no one could have imagined,” Film Independent President Josh Welsh told TheWrap. “It’s having unparalleled impacts on filmmakers, festivals and our community as a whole. We want the filmmaking community to know we are here alongside everyone trying to figure things out day by day and of course any festival that is currently a qualifying festival
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Daniel Johnston and Jad Fair’s ‘It’s Spooky’ Gets Reissue, ‘Ashes on the Ground’ Out Now

Daniel Johnston and Jad Fair’s ‘It’s Spooky’ Gets Reissue, ‘Ashes on the Ground’ Out Now
Daniel Johnston and Jad Fair’s 1989 collaboration It’s Spooky will be reissued for its 30th anniversary, out April 10th via Joyful Noise Recordings. The track “Ashes on the Ground” is out now.

Fair, vocalist and guitarist of the punk band Half Japanese, first began corresponding with Johnston in the late Eighties. They finally met in person in New York in 1989. “I was doing some recording with Mo Tucker [of the Velvet Underground],” Fair recalls. “Daniel was in town, staying with Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth. Daniel and I became friends and I invited
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Grace Potter, Lucius Team Up for Stylish ‘Back to Me’ Video

Grace Potter, Lucius Team Up for Stylish ‘Back to Me’ Video
Swampy Muscle Shoals soul mixes with a funky Seventies color palette in Grace Potter’s splashy new video for “Back to Me.” The latest release from Potter’s second solo disc Daylight, “Back to Me” finds the singer worn-out and threadbare as a relationship unravels, but she’s also resolute about the inevitable conclusion.

Joined on the chorus by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from indie pop band Lucius (recently heard on Sheryl Crow’s Threads LP), Potter sings, “All your expectations fall on me, they’re so heavy, baby,
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Voodoo Ceremonies and Cross-Cultural Jams: Inside Jackson Browne’s All-Star Haiti Benefit LP

Voodoo Ceremonies and Cross-Cultural Jams: Inside Jackson Browne’s All-Star Haiti Benefit LP
Over the decades, Browne has found himself in some unusual situations linked to his music: singing in a jail cell after being arrested while protesting the opening of a nuclear power plant, or recording an album (Running on Empty) on tour buses and in hotel rooms. To that list, Browne can now add witnessing a voodoo ceremony in Haiti.

“People would go into this kind of trance,” the singer-songwriter recalls of one evening in that country, during the making of his latest project. “Then they began to hurl themselves backwards into the crowd,
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Domestic feature Women on the Run crushes Us imports at the Czech box office - Box Office - Czech Republic

2019 was another record-breaking year for Czech movie theatres, and the charts were topped by a home-grown rom-com. While Us imports – most recently various superhero franchises and blockbusters – and films for children used to be commercial sure-fire hits at the Czech box office, a Czech first-time director trounced them all in 2019. The mainstream romantic comedy Women on the Run, directed by Martin Horský, who wrote scripts prior to his record-breaking first directorial outing, brought 1,543,842 paying cinema-goers into theatres, grossing a total of 211 million Czech crowns (€8.4 million). The romantic comedy (which secured a 32.6% share of the Czech market) about women who are “not afraid to run towards luck”, co-produced by CinemArt, the film’s distributor, became the fastest Czech film in...
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James Bond 25 Soundtrack Unites Smiths Guitarist Johnny Marr with Hans Zimmer

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James Bond 25 Soundtrack Unites Smiths Guitarist Johnny Marr with Hans Zimmer
The soundtrack for No Time to Die has become increasingly interesting as it's been revealed that Johnny Marr, best known as the guitarist for The Smiths, is set to compose new music for the movie. It was recently confirmed that James Bond 25 recruited Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer to handle the score for Daniel Craig's final outing as the iconic MI6 agent. Marr will be teaming up with Zimmer to help bring the music to life.

It's not quite clear at this time how significant Johnny Marr's role will be in the process. Marr has teamed with Hans Zimmer previously in the past, contributing guitar to the Inception score, as well as working alongside him on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The 56-year-old musician also worked on the arrangement for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Marr had this to say about it in a statement.

"Part of the legacy of the Bond films is iconic music,
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‘No Time to Die’: Hans Zimmer Brings the Smiths’ Johnny Marr Aboard Bond 25 Score

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‘No Time to Die’: Hans Zimmer Brings the Smiths’ Johnny Marr Aboard Bond 25 Score
The soundtrack for director Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die” is shaping up to be quite the mind meld. Earlier this week, it was announced that vocal-fried pop queen of doom du jour Billie Eilish has written and will perform the film’s theme song — and, at 18, she’s the youngest artist ever to do so. Now, Johnny Marr will be joining composer Hans Zimmer to write the score, as revealed today by NME.

The lead guitarist behind The Smiths, everybody’s favorite gloomy English rock band of the 1980s, will, like Academy Award-winning composer Zimmer, be making his James Bond debut here. It’s the 25th film in the franchise, and will be the last one to star Daniel Craig in the role of 007. The last Bond score, for “Spectre,” was penned by Thomas Newman, an Academy Award nominee this year for “1917,” and
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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Co-Creator Dan Levy Reflects on Proudest Moment of Show’s Message That ‘Love is Love’

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Co-Creator Dan Levy Reflects on Proudest Moment of Show’s Message That ‘Love is Love’
When Dan Levy first went to his father Eugene Levy to ask him to work on the pilot of “Schitt’s Creek” with him, the senior Levy admits he was shocked, excited and panicked.

“He never came to me for anything in his life — when he was in school doing plays, [I’d say], ]Do you want me to help you read lines?’ ‘No, I got it,” Levy recalled at the Pop TV Television Critics Assn. press tour panel for the show Monday. So when he finally came and said, ‘I have an idea for a show, do you want to work on it?’ As a dad, it’s like, ‘This moment finally came, thank you; it doesn’t matter what the idea is, I’ll work on it, we’ll try to get it going.'”

The panic, though, edged in because when they first started writing, Eugene Levy said he did think,
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Mary J. Blige Documentary In Production With Amazon Studios & eOne

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Mary J. Blige Documentary In Production With Amazon Studios & eOne
Exclusive: We’ve learned that Oscar-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth (Freeheld) is currently in production on an untitled documentary about two-time Oscar nominee and nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige.

Twenty-five years ago, the Bronx and Yonkers, NY native released her seminal and sophomore album “My Life”. Now, Blige is revisiting this music and reflecting on her emotional journey. The doc will center around Blige’s past struggles with poverty, abuse, addiction and heartbreak while at the same time following her on a special concert tour to perform “My Life”, for the first time ever as it approaches its 25-year anniversary. “My Life” is ranked as one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time & Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Albums.

Blige will serve as an Ep under her Blue Butterfly banner alongside Tara Long of eOne, Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez of Creature Films, with Sean Combs, and Ashaunna Ayars,
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Win Lost in Space on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Lost In Space The Complete First Season – out on DVD and Blu-ray 22nd July – we have a Blu-ray up for grabs.

Set thirty years in the future, this epic reimagining of the original family space adventure finds the Robinsons torn off course en route to what they hoped would be a fresh start on a distant space colony. Against all odds, but with endless hope and extensive training, the family bands together to survive on a dangerous alien planet.

Lost In Space stars Toby Stephens as John Robinson, and Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson. As the Robinson kids, Taylor Russell (Falling Skies) is the strong-willed and confident Judy, Mina Sundwall is the quick-witted and definitive middle-child Penny, and Max Jenkins is the curious and sensitive Will Robinson. Stranded along with the Robinsons are two outsiders who find themselves thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception,
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Women In Film Finishing Fund Submissions Open

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Women In Film is accepting applications for the organization’s 2019’s Film Finishing grants, which for the 34th year will award grants in cash and in-kind gifts for films by female directors. The submission period runs through July 14. Recipients will be revealed in November.

Last year, nine grantees were chosen by an industry jury. The winners emerged from a crop of 390 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts, submitted from 22 countries.

This year, Wif said 10-15 grants will be awarded. It also plans to debut a public showcase of fund recipients’ completed films in September.

Previous Wif grantees have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys and festival awards. In 2018 three recipients — Amy Adrion’s documentary Half the Picture, Christina Choe’s Nancy and Stephanie Soechtig’s The Devil We Know — bowed at Sundance. Another docu, Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler’s United Skates, won the audience award at Tribeca. Another, Cynthia Wade’s Freeheld,
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Minecraft Movie Finally Finds Replacement Director for Rob McElhenney

Minecraft Movie Finally Finds Replacement Director for Rob McElhenney
The Minecraft movie has new life as Peter Sollett has signed on to direct the video game adaptation for Warner Bros. This particular project has been gestating for some time, as the studio first gained the rights to the wildly popular video game in 2014. Since then, it's proved to be a tricky egg to crack, but now they have a new creative mind on the case that may be able to finally get this movie moving in the right direction.

According to a new report, Peter Sollett, who, on the movie front, most recently directed 2015's Freeheld, had been brought on to both write and direct Minecraft. The writing is particularly important, as it sounds as though he may be starting from scratch. At the very least, Sollett is going to be doing a fairly significant rewrite, which means we're not likely to see the movie start filming any time terribly soon.
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Warner Bros Taps Peter Sollett to Direct ‘Minecraft’ Movie

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Warner Bros Taps Peter Sollett to Direct ‘Minecraft’ Movie
Peter Sollett, the director of 2008’s “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” has been tapped to write and direct Warner Bros.’ long-awaited film adaptation of “Minecraft.”

Based on the wildly popular global video game, the story follows a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers who, after the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld.

The film will be produced by Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Jon Berg. Jill Messick, who died last February, is also still credited as a producer. Video game developer Mojang is also on board as a producer. And Jon Spaihts will serve as executive producer.

Also Read: 'Minecraft' Movie Delayed: Rob McElhenney Out as Director, Nee Brothers Tapped to Write (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. landed the coveted film rights to the game back in 2014 and the studio has worked hard to launch the potential franchise ever since.
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Peter Sollett to Direct 'Minecraft' movie

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It has been announced that Peter Sollett (of Raising Victor Vargas fame) has been brought in to write and direct Warner Bros. Minecraft movie. More inside...

A Minecraft movie has been in development since Warner Bros. purchased the rights for a film adaptaion of the game in 2014. Based on the game's story mode, the film will follow a girl and her friends as they seek to destroy the Ender Dragon and save the world. Now Peter Sollett will write and direct the film, having previously worked on smaller films like Freeheld and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

No word yet as to when the Minecraft movie will be hitting theaters.
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Peter Sollett to Direct Warner Bros.’ ‘Minecraft’ Movie (Exclusive)

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Peter Sollett to Direct Warner Bros.’ ‘Minecraft’ Movie (Exclusive)
Peter Sollett has been brought on to write and direct Warner Bros.’ long-anticipated film adaptation of the popular video game “Minecraft.”

The pic will be produced by Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Jon Berg. Jill Messick, who died last February, is also still credited as a producer. The video game developer that released the game, Mojang, is also on board as a producer. Jon Spaihts will executive produce.

Based on the globally popular video game, the story follows a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers who, after the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld.

The studio has worked hard over the years to launch this franchise ever since it landed the highly coveted rights in 2014. Various talent has circled the project, including Shawn Levy and Rob McElhenney, who were both previously on board to direct, as well as Steve Carell,
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Lgbtq Audiences See Themselves More Onscreen but Financing Can Be Tricky

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Lgbtq Audiences See Themselves More Onscreen but Financing Can Be Tricky
Recently, after seeing “Love, Simon,” filmmaker Xavier Dolan wrote on his Instagram page, “Let’s not discuss the movie itself, but rather focus on its existence, and the fact a major studio has released a film on a teen coming out. A door has opened, which has opened before, but this time, I can see the light pouring in.” He praised the film for being a huge step towards building narratives around Lgbtq protagonists instead of relinquishing them to comical supporting roles. When “Call Me by Your Name” was shown to festivalgoers at Sundance, the film immediately picked up momentum, building on its initial buzz to receive several Academy Award nominations, including best picture. It was a coming-of-age love story, which happened to have two male leads.

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Wanuri Kahiu’s lesbian love story, “Rafiki” (pictured) premiered in Un Certain Regard to strong reviews.
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Hot Docs 2018 Women Directors: Meet Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander — “Grit”

“Grit”

Cynthia Wade’s 2008 documentary “Freeheld” won an Academy Award, Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and 13 other awards. Her other credits include “Grist for the Mill,” “Shelter Dogs,” and “Generation Startup.”

Sasha Friedlander’s feature-length documentary “Where Heaven Meets Hell” won Best Feature Documentary Film at the La Asian Pacific Film Festival and Hawaii International Film Festival. The film aired on PBS.

“Grit” will premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival on April 30.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

CW&Sf: When Dian was six, a tsunami of mud barreled towards her. Sixteen villages were instantly plunged under 60 feet of mud. The cause? A drilling company struck an underground pocket of mud and unleashed an unstoppable mudflow — a giant, sprawling disaster in Indonesia that continues over a decade later.

“Grit” chronicles Dian’s emerging activism as she
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Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta, Natalia Reyes Tapped for Sixth ‘Terminator’

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Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta, Natalia Reyes Tapped for Sixth ‘Terminator’
Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta and Natalia Reyes will join Skydance Media’s upcoming Terminator movie opposite Arnold Schwarzengger and Linda Hamilton.

Deadpool” director Tim Miller is attached with James Cameron and David Ellison producing. Specific details on the characters are being kept under wraps but the movie will be a direct sequel to Cameron’s 1991 film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” with Schwarzenegger and Hamilton anchoring the story.

The untitled film will open Nov. 22, 2019, and be distributed domestically by Paramount Pictures and internationally by Fox.

Luna starred as Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider on the ABC action superhero series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” as well as the El Rey Network drama series “Matador” and the ABC crime drama series “Wicked City.” He also starred in the films “Freeheld” and “Transpecos.”

Boneta made his feature debut in the musical “Rock of Ages.” He currently stars in “The Titan,
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Gabriel Luna Is the New ‘Terminator’: Tim Miller and James Cameron Cast Marvel Star in Sequel

Gabriel Luna Is the New ‘Terminator’: Tim Miller and James Cameron Cast Marvel Star in Sequel
The search for the next Terminator is over. Tim Miller and James Cameron have cast Gabriel Luna in the title role of the sixth “Terminator” sequel, Deadline reports. Luna is best known for playing Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider on the ABC superhero series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” He also starred in the El Rey Network series “Matador” and the movies “Freeheld” and “Transpecos.”

The untitled “Terminator” sequel is the first to be overseen by Cameron since he directed, wrote, and produced “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Cameron selected “Deadpool” director Miller to helm the new installment, which will see original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton return to the franchise as the T-800 and Sarah Connor, respectively. Story details are being kept under wraps, but the film will serve as a direct sequel to “T2,” skipping the timelines of the three sequels.
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