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Anna Kendrick Anthology ‘Love Life’ Picked Up as One of the First WarnerMedia Streaming Shows

To go along with the company’s massive library, WarnerMedia now has a streaming-bound original to call its own: a romantic comedy anthology starring Anna Kendrick.

Love Life” will star Kendrick as the same character over the course of an entire season, with each of the 10 half-hour episodes centering on a different chapter in that character’s personal romantic history.

The official overview of the series lists the show as “one of the first series on WarnerMedia’s new streaming service” and “the journey from first love to last love, and how the people we’re with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever.”

The series was announced on Thursday as part of Lionsgate’s earnings call; “Love Life” will be a production of Lionsgate Television and Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment. Sam Boyd wrote the pilot and will direct the series.
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‘First Love’: Takashi Miike Delivers A Classic Shaggy Noir-Tinged Yakuza Film [Cannes Review]

What’s black and red all over? A noir-tinged yakuza film by Japanese iconoclast Takashi Miike, of course. With Miike, you never quite know what you’re going to get, both in terms of the movies’ unpredictable content and the wild range in quality. The director’s recent highlights have been the result of a productive collaboration with celebrated British producer Jeremy Thomas: “13 Assassins,” “Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai” and “Blade of the Immortal.” It’s no surprise then that Miike’s latest Thomas production “First Love“—a selection of the Directors’ Fortnight program at Cannes—finds the filmmaker at his most engaged, playful and coherent.

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‘The Proposal’ Review: Artist Turns Luis Barragán’s Legacy Into an Absorbing Caper

What’s in a name? As Romeo and Juliet knew, quite a lot. Called “the artist among architects,” Luis Barragán brought his eye-catching colorful Modernism to Mexico, becoming one of the country’s most renowned artists and cultural touchstones. His personal home in Mexico City is a Unesco World Heritage site, requiring reservations weeks in advance to visit. Casa Luis Barragán houses his personal art collection, but his entire professional archive lives in Switzerland, where it is owned and strictly monitored by a single corporation. The Swiss design company Vitra controls the access and rights to all of Barragán’s work, including any photographs of his buildings. It also owns his name.

Jill Magid’s provocative new film “The Proposal” both uncovers this travesty and actively seeks to challenge it, with the ultimate goal being to return the Barragán archives to Mexico. The film is itself a provocation; a fascinating
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‘Succession’: Building the Unbearable Tension of That Memorable Boardroom Sequence

One of the most stomach-wrenching episodes of TV from the past year came right in the middle of the debut season of the HBO series “Succession.” Episode 6, dubbed “Which Side are You On?” is an hour of meticulously crafted dread, culminating in one of the series’ most consequential showdowns.

Though most of the episode centers on Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and his efforts to unseat his father Logan (Brian Cox) from his position at the head of the family business, there’s a tension simmering underneath every single character interaction. From the sting of the opening credits to the use of the folk song at the end that gives the episode its title, there’s a sense of momentum building up to an uncertain “no confidence” vote at the end. Working with the episode’s director Andrij Parekh, editor Anne McCabe was tasked with making sure that climactic boardroom drama felt earned.
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‘The Traitor’ Review: An Honorable but Exasperating Biopic About the First Mob Boss to Inform on the Mafia

‘The Traitor’ Review: An Honorable but Exasperating Biopic About the First Mob Boss to Inform on the Mafia
Almost an hour into Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor” — a lively but scattershot and exasperating biopic about Tommaso Buscetta, the first Sicilian mob boss to become an informant for the authorities — the film’s charismatic protagonist (Pierfrancesco Favino) tells an interrogator a story about one of the first men he was ever assigned to kill. Bellocchio then cuts to a brief flashback that offers us more about his subject than the rest of this two-and-a-half hour film combined. The young Buscetta sees his target across a courtyard, and his target sees him. Knowing that Buscetta is there to kill him, the man takes his baby son into his arms for protection, hoping that his assassin wouldn’t risk endangering the life of an innocent child. Buscetta, a dignified man who sincerely believes his beloved Casa Nostra was once a society of honor, can’t bring himself to take the shot.
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‘Dark Phoenix’ Clips Show Jessica Chastain & Sophie Turner Discuss Being Evil & Quicksilver Doing The Only Thing He Does

Believe it or not, we are just over two weeks away from a new “X-Men” film, with “Dark Phoenix” on the horizon. Remember when the Fox superhero films used to be an event? Now, if “Deadpool” doesn’t appear in the title, audiences generally couldn’t care less. But alas, the show must go on, and with “Dark Phoenix,” the long 20-year history of X-films comes to its culmination.

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Willem Dafoe Says “Tension” With Robert Pattinson Helped ‘The Lighthouse’ & Talks His Co-Star’s Batman-Worthy Chin

We’ve already heard that the production of Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse” was far from luxurious. The weather was miserable, the film itself is dark, and overall, it was about the opposite of an Adam Sandler vacation movie. That being said, the film is a hit at Cannes, and the tension between the folks involved seems to have helped.

And in a new interview with Variety, “The Lighthouse” star Willem Dafoe talked about the real tension between him and co-star Robert Pattinson, and how this helped the finished product.

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‘Oh Mercy!’: Arnaud Desplechin Tackles The Crime Genre With Léa Seydoux & Sara Forestier [Cannes Review]

“There are eight million stories in the naked city; this has been one of them.” This line, which closes film noir classic “The Naked City,” would fit comfortably among the dialogue of Arnaud Desplechin’s latest work, “Oh Mercy!,” making its debut in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival. Best known for his unwieldy family dramas, the film is a genre swerve for Desplechin.

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Rotten Tomatoes Takes on Trolls With New ‘Verified’ Audience Reviews

Rotten Tomatoes has taken another step towards verifying that users who post reviews or ratings of movies, have actually seen them. The site’s Audience Score feature — distinct from its professional review-based Tomatometer — became a haven for trolls to negatively review or rate unreleased, unseen films. Today’s move is meant to increase consumer confidence in the widely-used and influential review aggregator.

Earlier this year, the site announced that it would not allow users to post comments about a movie until after its release, although that only delayed the inevitable: trolls who wanted to trash a movie they had yet to see, just had to wait a bit longer to do so. Starting today, that changes.

In a blog post Thursday morning, Rotten Tomatoes said that users who purchase tickets on parent company Fandango’s website will get a verified badge next to their review, and only those “verified” reviews
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‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino’s Obsession With Revisionist History Continues [Cannes]

“For men, identity comes from work,” Michael Hainey says in the Esquire cover story interview with the stars of Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, as well as the controversial auteur himself.

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Seated around Hainey, the stars and their director agree. “To be a young leading man is to be macho and masculine and sexy and handsome and chiseled,” Tarantino says, of the previous expectations for leading men, which undergo a major transformation in the 1960s.

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‘Booksmart’: To Play BFFs on the Big Screen, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever Became Real-Life Besties

‘Booksmart’: To Play BFFs on the Big Screen, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever Became Real-Life Besties
It’s a familiar story: Two actors are cast in a film that hinges on their relationship, be it a romance or a close friendship, and they’re suddenly tossed together on set and required to create a believable emotional bond. Maybe they get to have a dinner together first, or even a rare rehearsal period, but more often than not, stars need to craft an on-screen affection out of little off-screen reality. That was not the case for “Booksmart” stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, who did something extraordinary to prepare to play best friends in Olivia Wilde’s lauded feature directorial debut: They became actual best friends.

Wilde’s film, which debuted at SXSW in March and is finally hitting wide release this week, follows overachievers Molly (Feldstein) and Amy (Dever) as they navigate the final days of high school. Intellectually gifted, as the title implies, the girls
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David Denman Reflects On ‘The Office’ Resurgence & How James Gunn’s Firing Might Have Helped ‘Brightburn’ [Interview]

Thanks to streaming services, such as Netflix, that give shows an extended life after their natural life-spans come to an end, David Denman is, perhaps, most well-known for playing Roy Anderson on the American adaption of “The Office“. However, Denman, a character actor with an impressive range, has had a vast filmography beyond the hit NBC series. A Juilliard graduate, Denman has worked with such acclaimed directors as Steven Soderbergh, Michael Bay, Joel Edgerton, M.

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Quentin Tarantino Says He May Recut ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ to Make it Longer

Quentin Tarantino Says He May Recut ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ to Make it Longer
Quentin Tarantino is not wedded to the Cannes cut of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” He and editor Fred Raskin worked hard to finish it in time to world premiere at his favorite festival on May 21, and Tarantino told me he wouldn’t have shown it if he wasn’t ready. As soon as he was sure he could deliver, festival director Thierry Fremaux alerted the news. But even if Sony struck three wet 35mm prints of the two-hour, 39-minute Cannes version, Tarantino can still go back into the editing room, Sony chairman Tom Rothman confirmed at the premiere. A decade back, Tarantino re-edited “Inglourious Basterds” after Cannes, as well.

“I may make it longer,” said Tarantino at the Hotel Carlton, the day after audiences first saw the movie that proved to be the hottest ticket of this year’s festival by far. Raskin’s first assembly was four hours,
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Fans Offered A Glimmer Of Hope As George R.R. Martin Seemingly Confirms New Novel Will Release By Next Summer

Normally, the publishing date for a novel isn’t something we’d cover at The Playlist. We like to keep things primarily on film and television news. However, when you’re talking about George R.R. Martin and his upcoming novel “The Winds of Winter” (the second-to-last “Game of Thrones” book) it’s worth bringing to our readers’ attention. You see, it appears that after years and years and years of delays, the author has finally nailed down a deadline for his penultimate “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel.

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‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teaser: Patrick Stewart Is Back In Action With A New ‘Trek’ Streaming Series

What’s Admiral Jean-Luc Picard to do after saving the universe on multiple occasions and commanding one of the biggest fleets in history? Well, apparently, he just wants to make some wine. And in the new series “Star Trek: Picard,” it appears we’ll find out what it’ll take to get the fan-favorite character out of retirement and back in space.

As seen in the teaser for the upcoming streaming series, ‘Picard’ tells the story of the lead character from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” who has to stop what he’s doing on his vineyard and join the ranks of Starfleet once again, 15 years after he left.

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Enough Already, ‘The Lighthouse’ Performance Proves Robert Pattinson Is More Than Worthy Of Respect [Cannes]

This article contains spoilers for “The Lighthouse.”

Despite what the Batman backlash might indicate, Robert Pattinson has come a long way from his sparkly vampire days. Pattinson made his first major appearance as Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” but it wasn’t until his leading role in the “Twilight” saga in 2008 that he became a household name.

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‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teaser Trailer Gives First Look at Patrick Stewart — Watch

CBS All Access released a poster and a teaser trailer for the highly anticipated “Star Trek: Picard” on Thursday, which also marks the 25th anniversary of the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” finale episode. This is the first glimpse of Patrick Stewart reprising the beloved role.

Stewart, 78, helmed the USS Enterprise as Picard for seven seasons of “The Next Generation” and four movies. Despite assimilation by the Borg and other unsavory encounters with aliens and humans alike, Picard was a steadfast and moral figure, driven by duty but often alone, as he is the last of the Picards. The new series will follow him into the next chapter of his life

In March, co-creator Alex Kurtzmann had said that the new series would be a “thoughtful, psychological portrait” of Picard. “We all know what Picard means to the world and why he, like so many legendary characters on ‘Star Trek,
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‘Spawn’: Despite Jeremy Renner, Jamie Foxx, & Blumhouse Being Involved Todd McFarlane Says He Might Still “Walk Away” As Progress Stalls

‘Spawn’: Despite Jeremy Renner, Jamie Foxx, & Blumhouse Being Involved Todd McFarlane Says He Might Still “Walk Away” As Progress Stalls
It’s been almost one year since Jeremy Renner and Jamie Foxx were announced as the stars of the upcoming “Spawn” reboot from writer-director-creator Todd McFarlane. During that time, last summer, “Spawn” seemed like a slam dunk to begin production in a timely manner. McFarlane got his wish of being writer-director and Blumhouse Productions were going to produce and get funding. But yet, a year later, we have nothing to show from it.

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‘A Hidden Life’ Producer Talks Production Hurdles & Years-Long Editing Process For Terrence Malick’s Latest

Just recently, after its highly-anticipated, and critically successful, premiere at Cannes, Terrence Malick’s World War II drama, “A Hidden Life,” was snatched up by Disney-owned Fox Searchlight for a deal worth a reported $14 million. That’s big money for any film, let alone an almost-3-hour arthouse love story with the backdrop of WWII from a critically-acclaimed, but experimental, filmmaker. And according to a new report, the immediate financial success was never a guarantee for Malick’s latest.

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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Review: A Silly and Sweet Sequel That Should Be Put on a Leash

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Review: A Silly and Sweet Sequel That Should Be Put on a Leash
There are, somehow, three entire plotlines that drive Chris Renaud’s fizzy, frequently silly “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” a worthy if slightly less delightful sequel to the director’s 2016 animated hit. First, there’s the life-lesson-heavy story that centers around ostensible franchise star Max as he deals with crippling anxiety after a major life change. Then, there’s the wacky tale of Max’s love interest (go with it), bubbly Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate), tasked with caring for Max’s cherished toy while he embarks on a trip, only to lose it in a terrifying apartment filled with cats.

So far, so cute, but there’s the third story: Bonzo bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart), believing he is an actual superhero, joins forces with newbie Shih Tzu Daisy (Tiffany Haddish) to save an abused white tiger cub from a very, very evil circus. For a franchise that’s literally
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