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Scarlett Johansson is Leading ‘Just Cause’ Series for Amazon

Scarlett Johansson will star in and executive produce Just Cause, a limited series at Amazon’s Prime Video that is based on a 1992 novel by John Katzenbach. Amazon has given a straight to series order for the project from Warner Bros. TV and writer Christy Hall.

The novel has previously been adapted for a 1995 feature film that starred Sean Connery, Johansson played the daughter of Connery’s character. The series will be centered on Madison “Madi” Cowart (Johansson), a reporter for a Florida newspaper who is assigned to cover the final days of a death row inmate and starts to believe the prisoner’s claims of innocence.

Hall and Johansson and These Pictures’ Jonathon Lia and Keenan Flynn will executive produce the series. These Pictures head of television Zara Duff will oversee the project. Johansson is repped by CAA and Yorn Levine, while Hall is repped by CAA, Grandview and attorney Miles Metcoff.

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Director Geoff Wonfor Who Directed ‘The Beatles Anthology’ Has Passed Away

The director of the Beatles’ Grammy winning Anthology documentary, has passed away at the age of 73 years old on November, 22nd as confirmed by his daughter. He spent five years on the eight part series which was first aired in 1995 and featured the previously unfinished John Lennon songs “Free As a Bird” and “Real Love” as new Beatles songs. He also did work on the U.K. 80s music TV show The Tube, on several projects along with Paul McCartney and a documentary about George Harrison’s movie Shanghai Surprise.

While confirming his death, Wonfor’s daughter Sam stated, “He was a one-off – a huge presence with a heart to match. His warmth, humor and encyclopedic capacity for remembering jokes of all qualities ensured people who met him rarely forgot him – and that has been borne out by the wave of wonderful messages and tributes we’ve received since his passing. He loved what he did and we’re so very grateful he got to continue doing it to the end.”

Back in 2018 Wonfor told an audience at the Newcastle Film Festival that he had “welled up and cried” after McCartney called to tell him he was wanted for the Anthology project. He stated, “I was at my dad’s and it was Paul McCartney who rang up, and he says, ‘Hello there, you alright? … I was talking to a mate of yours last night.’ I went, ‘Who the hell does he know that I know?’ He says, ‘A little guy called George Harrison. I didn’t know you’d worked with him – but then again, he didn’t know you were working with me!’”

He went on to say they had “talked long into the night” before McCartney said, “We want to do some work with the history of the Beatles, and you’re that man. What should I do, ’63 or ’64?” Wonfor asked. To which McCartney replied: “Don’t be a twat – you’re doing all of it!”

Wonfor also said in 2014 that, “It’s always a pleasure to look back on my time doing the Anthology and I’m always happy to share some stories from the five years we spent making it in London, Working with the Beatles was a dream come true for me. I queued for days to get a ticket to see them at Newcastle City Hall in the ’60s and I don’t think I’ll ever get over getting [the] call from Paul McCartney.”

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Quentin Tarantino Takes Heat After Saying Marvel Actors Are “Not Movie Stars”

Quentin Tarantino is the latest filmmaker to give a critique of superhero movies. During an interview with Tom Segura for his podcast, 2 Bears 1 Cave, Tarantino was asked about the topic of Marvel Movies. Tarantino responded saying, “I don’t love them, No, I don’t. I don’t hate them. But I don’t love them. I mean, look, I used to collect Marvel comics like crazy when I was a kid. There’s an aspect that if these movies were coming out when I was in my twenties, I would totally be f-cking happy and totally love them. [But] they wouldn’t be the only movies being made, they would be those movies amongst other movies. I’m almost 60 so I’m not quite as excited about them.”

Segura said that Marvel films often feel like a “carbon copy” of previous MCU films adding in, “you’re never taken somewhere you don’t expect.” To which Tarantino said, “My only axe to grind is they’re the only things that seem to be made, And they’re the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement amongst a fan base or even for the studio making them … So it’s just the fact that they are the entire representation of this era of movies right now. There’s not really much room for anything else. That’s my problem. It’s a problem of representation. Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” he added. “But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Thor is the star. I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a zillion times, but it’s these franchise characters become a star.”

Tarantino continued to say that, “Back in 2005, if an actor stars in a movie that does as good as the Marvel movies do, then that guy’s an absolute star, It means people dig him or her and they like them and want to see them in stuff. Sandra Bullock is in Speed and everyone thought she’s amazing in it. Everyone fell in love with her … They were excited by Sandra Bullock and wanted to see her in something else. That’s not the case now. We want to see that guy [keep] playing Wolverine or whatever.”

Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu responded on Twitter saying that, “If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie. I am in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they don’t get to point their nose at me or anyone. No movie studio is or ever will be perfect. But I’m proud to work with one that has made sustained efforts to improve diversity onscreen by creating heroes that empower and inspire people of all communities everywhere. I loved the ‘”‘Golden Age’”‘ too.. but it was white as hell.”

Many pointed out that if Tarantino wants more non-Marvel content than he should just make exactly that. However, Tarantino vowed to quit directing with his unwritten, tenth movie. He also re-confirmed this during the podcast when he stated, “I think ten’s a good number, I’m ready to bow off the stage and leave them wanting more. Don’t muddy up my filmography with a bunch of out-of-touch old man movies … I’ve done everything I wanted to do.”

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Movies Opening This Week, 11/23/22

This week there are two films opening in theatres in the United States. Below is a list of the films along with extra details and information for each.

  • Title: Blackwater
  • Category: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Summary: On one fateful night; Oliver Grayson: a lonely, quiet, and enigmatic internet goods provisioner had everything taken away in an instant. Left with no recent memory, only Ella can help him find his true identity, but can they accept it?
  • Director: Oliver Locke
  • Writer: Oliver Locke
  • Title: An Inconvenient Love
  • Run Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes
  • Category: Comedy, Romance
  • Summary: It follows Ayef. She has no time for love because of her dream of becoming an animator. She meets Manny, and they agree to a convenient relationship that will expire on the month she is set to leave for Singapore.
  • Director: Petersen Vargas
  • Writers: Daisy Cayanan, Enrico Santos
  • Stars: Donny Pangilinan, Belle Mariano, JC Alcantara

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Top CNN Programming Executive Michael Bass Set to Exit

CNN’s top programming executive, Michael Bass, is leaving the cable news channel. CNN CEO Chris Licht announced the choice to staff at the channel Monday morning writing in a memo that Bass, “made the decision to leave CNN at the end of this year” and adding that “he has been a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network has faced.”

Licht had added that CNN is “launching a search for Michael’s replacement, and we will communicate an interim plan in the coming days.” Bass was one of the executives who ran CNN on an interim basis after Jeff Zucker had left the channel earlier on this year. Licht originally named Bass to his team in July.

The memo read, “To my CNN colleagues, I’m writing to let you know that Michael Bass has made the decision to leave CNN at the end of this year. Throughout his nearly decade-long run at this organization, Michael has demonstrated incredible leadership and perseverance. He has been a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network has faced.

Along with a brilliant and courageous team, Michael kept CNN live and on air as COVID-19 shut the world down. Never has CNN been more essential than those bleak days when people were struggling to understand the pandemic. And as a part of the “Trio,” Michael, Amy, and Ken guided CNN through a difficult transition period while simultaneously overseeing our exceptional coverage of the war in Ukraine.

As head of domestic programming, Michael helped create a number of new shows and overhaul legacy programs. His full list of accomplishments is too great to acknowledge in a single memo. But on the heels of the midterms, it’s worth noting that he oversaw coverage of elections, town halls and debates, and is the creator of CNN’s Key Race Alerts, which continue to distinguish our election coverage today. He also developed a number of special series such as Roots, The Person Who Changed My Life, Champions for Change, and the “Beyond the Call of Duty” franchise.

I wish Michael well in his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions, guidance, and friendship. We are launching a search for Michael’s replacement, and we will communicate an interim plan in the coming days.”

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