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Viola Davis delivers a performance worthy of an Oscar in new ‘Fences’ clip

Now that the Oscar race has come into full focus, we can begin making accurate predictions about who will be nominated for an award when the nominees…

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Now that the Oscar race has come into full focus, we can begin making accurate predictions about who will be nominated for an award when the nominees are announced next month in January. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Damien Chazelle’s modern musical La La Land and Barry Jenkins’ timeless story of human connection and self-discovery Moonlight will easily make the cut—but what about the others? That’s where the likes of Fences comes in.

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in a film written by August Wilson adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning play screams awards potential and that is certainly what we’re seeing in the latest clip from the upcoming drama that finds Davis’ character asking her husband, played by Washington, “What about me?” Early reviews for Fences praise performances from both the actor and actress but it seems as if Davis is the main standout in this cast.

In terms of awards, it should come as no surprise that we’ll most likely be seeing Davis earning a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Fences which should make for a tight race against Manchester by the Sea actress Michelle Williams who is another strong contender in this particular category. Sure, we’ll probably see Naomie Harris and Greta Gerwig earn nominations for their respective performances in Moonlight and 20th Century Women, but up against Davis and Williams, how big of a chance do they really have? We’ll just have to wait and see.

If you haven’t been following the awards beat this year, Fences is directed by Washington and follows the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of having a basketball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dreams still haunt him inside and cause him to make a decision that could threaten to tear his family apart.

Fences can be seen in theaters now in select cities Los Angeles and New York City. The film will expand nationwide on Dec. 25.

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‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway will replace Bryan Singer as writer-director on ‘Red Sonja’

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Bryan Singer, in addition to being a pretty bad director, is also a pretty shitty and terrible person, as you probably already know. Earlier this year, The Atlantic published an exposé detailing new sexual misconduct claims against the Bohemian Rhapsody helmer made by several men who claim he sexually assaulted them when they were underage—the youngest being just 13-years-old.

That being said, it was pretty shocking when Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner referred to the exposé as “agenda driven fake news” and said that he would not be removing Singer from his post as writer-director on the studio’s long-in-the-works Red Sonja, a female-centered superhero film that would reportedly earn Singer a whopping $10 million paycheck.

Fast forward a few months later, and it appears Lerner had a change of heart after all, as Deadline is reporting that Millennium has finally removed Singer from the project and replaced him with Transparent creator Jill Soloway, who is now set to write and direct the project that has been stuck in development hell for more than a decade now at this point.

“I can’t wait to bring Red Sonja’s epic world to life,” Soloway said in a statement to Deadline. “Exploring this powerful mythology and evolving what it means to be a heroine is an artistic dream come true.”

However, as exciting as it is to finally see Red Sonja get back off the ground and into development with someone that isn’t a dude at the helm, don’t expect to see the movie hit theaters anytime soon, as the original report notes that it still “has to be scripted, cast and prepped” and “it is likely Soloway will direct something before it.”

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‘Halloween 2’ will begin shooting this fall with Jamie Lee Curtis and David Gordon Green returning

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Earlier this month, we brought you a report about how Jamie Lee Curtis and Jason Blum had met up to probably discuss the development of another Halloween movie and it sounds like our speculation was right on point: The Shape isn’t dead after all.

According to Collider, Halloween 2 is indeed happening and is set to begin production this fall. Curtis will, of course, be reprising her iconic role as Laurie Strode, while Judy Greer and Andi Matichak will also be back to play her daughter and granddaughter, respectively.

David Gordon Green, who directed and co-wrote last year’s Halloween along with Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley, wrote the script for the sequel and is being eyed for a return to the director’s chair as well. It’s unclear as to what happened to the screenplay Scott Teems was reportedly working on earlier this year.

Last year’s Halloween was initially intended to be a one-off (the first synopsis for the film described it as Laurie Strode’s “final confrontation” with Michael Myers), but with it’s $255 million worldwide box office haul and open-ended conclusion, a sequel seemed all but likely to happen.

Halloween 2 is expected to hit theaters on October 16, 2020. We’ll bring you the official announcement from Blumhouse as soon as it comes across our desk.

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Paul Thomas Anderson and Thom Yorke’s short film ‘Anima’ is coming to Netflix next week

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“In a short musical film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Thom Yorke of Radiohead scores and stars in a mind-bending visual piece. Best played loud.”

That’s the incredibly intriguing official logline for Anima, the latest and rather unexpected collaboration between director Paul Thomas Anderson and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, which is set to be released along with Yorke’s upcoming album of the same name later this month.

Despite the teaser trailer released by Netflix today, we still don’t know a whole lot about Anima other than the fact that it’s being described as a “one-reeler,” an outdated industry term that refers to “a motion picture, especially a cartoon or comedy, of 10-12 minutes duration and contained on one reel of film; popular especially in the era of silent films.”

This whole thing is beyond exciting (to say the least), especially given the surprise nature of it all, and although it hasn’t even been two years since we got the lush masterpiece that is Phantom Thread, it certainly feels like we’re long overdue for some new PTA and Anima seems like it’ll be just what we need to hold us over until his next feature.

Anima will hit select IMAX theaters (!) and Netflix on June 26 and 27, respectively.

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