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Quendrith Johnson is filmfestivals.com Los Angeles Correspondent covering everything happening in film in Hollywood... Well, the most interesting things, anyway.
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Dusty Hill of ZZ Top bows out at age 72

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One of the brightest lights of Classic Rock left the planet on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, and this is Dusty Hill from ZZ Top. Recently it was reported that Hill was stepping back from the band for health-related reasons, and now the gravity of those complications is clear. Co-head of the band Billy Gibbons announced the band will mourn but go on in his honor. Because the news is just breaking wide, here's a tribute that suits a legend. From...

A look-back on OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION from HBO

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent For many in America, the 2008 election seems like a lifetime ago, maybe even a different country ago. Since the 2016 election seems to have left an indelible mark on politicians and their constituency alike, perhaps a glance in the rear-view mirror of US politics is in order. Former President Barack Obama (b. 1961) turns 60 on Aug. 4, and HBO’s three-part documentary, OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION, will debut Aug. 3, fro...

JOE BELL rings true, somber for an America in transition

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent While Mark Wahlberg as JOE BELL, the grieving father who was initially ambivalent about his gay son Jadin, might seem a curious casting choice to some on the topic of bullying, it makes sense from the standpoint of where “Marky Mark” started out in life. Wahlberg, who turned 50 this year, is from Winter Hill gang-boss Whitey Bulger's birthplace Dorchester, Mass. The place was a notorious 1970's hotbed of racial and homoph...

Vidiots funders Rian Johnson and Karina Longworth, Eagle Theatre redo & more

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent KNIVES OUT's Rian Johnson and exceptional Hollywood podcaster/author Karina Longworth have just made a pledge to restore an unforgettable movie house in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles. It's being done with iconic Vidiots Foundation. If you're not familiar with Karina Longworth’s podcast “You Must Remember This” - check it out on Youtube. Read on for news... LOS ANGELES, CA: Vidiots, the iconic L.A. ...

We still heart Spike Lee & NEON nabs Jonas Carpignano

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Never mind the recent Spike Lee leak that named “Titane” as a winner as NEON took their second Palme d’Or in a row, just off the heels of Parasite, with Julia Ducournau’s new film. NEON also announced that it has taken North American rights to Jonas Carpignano’s festival favorite A Chiara... CANNES FRANCE: NEON just announced that it has taken North American rights to Jonas Carpignano&rsq...

E is for EMMYS livestream here, even if you catch it after the fact

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent In case you missed it, The 2021 EMMY® Awards were just announced in Los Angeles and New York via livestream from the Television Academy. Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) and his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones (Blindspotting) co-hosted in tandem with Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma, as he describes "tender moments and news... it's so good to be getting back on a set. I can't tell you how much I missed it.&q...

Dark Slope CEO Raja Khanna wants to give you a Reality TV grant

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Some exciting news is coming out of BANFF World Media Festival, which runs through July 16. Toronto-based Dark Slope Studios just added to the adrenaline with an unscripted fellowship open to all with a deadline of July 19. Read on... From Screenmancer Dark Slope Studios, the Toronto-based virtual production and metaverse gaming company, today announces the launch of their virtual production fellowship. Announced by CEO Raja Khanna at the ...

THE BODY FIGHTS BACK takes on lockdown weight gain, dysmorphia

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Unless you’ve been part of an anti-dieting rally in London, you may not have known that the pounds (or stones) quietly gained in lockdown for COVID19 reasons are not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is to rank diet as the biggest priority, so says THE BODY FIGHTS BACK, a new documentary out on July 13. The film puts diet struggles in the rear view mirror. Written and directed by Marian Võsumets, the film t...

LFG on HBOMax spotlights US Women’s Soccer saga for pay

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Let's face it, the difficulties with women in sports remain a worldwide theme in terms of recognition and money. That said, LFG is a rundown on US Women's Soccer as seen by the players. And it isn't for the glory, it's a run for the same opportunities the US Men's Soccer team get offered in general. LFG is an acronym for sports rallying cry "Let's F*cking Go," and Academy Award-winning filmmakers A...

AFI DOCS 2021 engages us in many conversations

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent From Anthony Bourdain exploration film ROADRUNNER to MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY, American Film Institute’s AFI DOCS 2021 has brought many issues and discussions to light this year. Now they offer a way for us as audience to engage with filmmakers to join the conversation. See info and link to connect below. AFI DOCS is where connections make meaningful art into action. Read on… Sunday, June 27, 2021 — AFI DOCS presents a ...

Palm Springs heat won’t stop ShortFest 2021

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Here’s the schedule for Palm Springs International ShortsFest 2021 including ticket information and viewing options. Let’s all support short films. Virtual viewing available too.    SHORTSFEST 2021   All film programs are listed in chronological order by date and time.  View additional programs by clicking, 1,2,3 at the bottom of the page.   Tickets available June 9, 9am PT |...

ROBOTS from Cannes: Shailene Woodley, Jack Whitehall wind up in new Anthony Hines film

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Shailene Woodley's viral headlines have mostly been about the unlikely pairing with Green Bay Packers football player Aaron Rodgers, but she does have a career in Hollywood. Her latest outing is set for ROBOTS, from Rocket Science, to be written and co-directed by Borat scribe Anthony Hines. [Shailene Woodley photo credit: L. Clendenin, Getty Images.] From Screenmancer LONDON, UK: Rocket Science announced today that Shailene Woodl...

F9's first Universal CityWalk screening goes wild for fans

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Catch Vin Diesel making heart-shaped hands in this wild video from Universal CityWalk, when fans go an advanced look at F(, the latest in the Fast and the Furious franchise. We nicked this clip from our friends at Screenmancer in LA. Go back to the movies, or go home!  F9 | Furiosa From Screenmancer Nobody needs to say anything, except? Just WTF9 to the diehard F9 stans. Tell you what, CityWalk, nice parking job. Show Vin ...

BANFF’s Rockie Awards decided by 150 pros, 142 noms from 37 countries

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One of the most interesting things about Canada? Their National anthem entitled "O Canada" seems to be either missing an "h" - as in 'Oh, Canada' - or proving that they don't care what other countries think. Actually they have *two* National anthems recognized by Canadians, the second being "God Save the Queen." With that piece of trivia, let's move on to one of their more forward-thinking events, ...

Jesus, THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE looks amazing

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Not since the song Bette Davis Eyes, by Kim Carnes, has heavy mascara had such a treatment as with upcoming release THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE from Searchlight Pictures. The real Tammy Faye Bakker (then remarried as Messner) died on July 20, 2007, but her legacy lives on as Jessica Chastain is on the case as 2021’s Tammy. Chastain bites into this role with no less than Andrew Garfield, who plays televangelist husband Jim Bakker. That&rsquo...

Who doesn’t love Rita Moreno?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Rita Moreno is featureed in a new documentary, RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT. We've got the sparkling trailer that begins with her chirpy lovely voice saying "Hello Cutie," and it gets better from there on. Read on... From Screenmancer - Who doesn’t love Rita Moreno? Over the span of seventy-plus years, Hollywood legend Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing - in the face o...

#Anonymous gender-bias gaffe in #ElonMusk mad mini-movie

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent So the global consortium known to the public as Anonymous just made a short film. Well, that's a nice way of putting it, since it is a not-so-subtle hit piece video custom-made for mogul Elon Musk and his recent crashing of Bitcoin value in the crypto index world. But it is a film, basically, a sort of flashpoint tiny documentary on Musk, his origins, and the impact of his digitally loose lips. But there's more. Since nobody wants to t...

Pandemic-related YEAR OF THE EVERLASTING STORM is coming

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What have filmmakers been up to during this Pandemic? NEON has captured the activities of some very interesting cinematic point of views during this strange time, informed by illness across the globe. The Year of the Everlasting Storm is perfectly titled for what people across the planet have been throough lately. Read on... From Screenmancer  NEON has revealed the internationally acclaimed roster for its upcoming portmanteau fea...

Rogue Chef Bourdain nod ROADRUNNER is main dish at Tribeca

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If “Parts Unknown” Chef Anthony Bourdain, a seductive world-traveler, hadn’t killed himself three years ago in France’s Alsace region in a 5 star hotel we would have killed him ourself for making us worried he might become a suicide. Such are the charged emotions Mr. Bourdain, who would have turned 65 this month on June 25, engenders. Filmmaker Morgan Neville, whose documentary work is just as storied as Bourdain'...

Amy Adams' THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW is very watch-worthy

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, and Anthony Mackie is in some ways the Perfect Pandemic Panacea. Even though this movie was delayed a full year because of COVID-19, it has finally arrived this month from 20th Century Fox on Netflix. And this film is tracking Top 10 for very good reasons.  So let’s take a look inside THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW. We have a mature, agoraphobic, separated and isolated child ...

M. Night Shyamalan wants you to get OLD at the movies

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Freakish filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has been cooking up some summer BBQ ideas during the lockdown, or so it seems with his new release OLD from Universal Pictures. As with all of his movies, you will see the inevitable stunned cluster of people staring into the camera wondering what the heck is happening. Not your average beach day. OLD is no exception, and this won’t be out in theaters until July 23, but the plot has a nift...

Opening Night: John Krasinski & JJ Abrams talk A QUIET PLACE 2

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent After the runaway success of A QUIET PLACE from husband and wife team Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, about a post-Apocalyptic family known as the Abbotts who are plagued by arachnid-style monsters, who’d have guessed the next surprise? That would be the critical acclaim for sequel A QUIET PLACE 2, even after Krasinski, spoiler alert, sacrifices himself in the first movie. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 27: John Krasinski speak...

Emma Stone's Disney CRUELLA is Nut-ella

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent In this Birds of Prey meets Joker revenge tale make-over, Emma Stone peels back the eyelids of one Baroness Von Hellman, a vicious-delicious Emma Thompson, who blasts her mad scheme to incorporate rare pelts. Such is the hand-wave plot sum of CRUELLA, opening from Disney on May 28. But wait, demure Emma Stone cranks up the crazy, sets her scenes to broil with She-devil rage worthy of the finest Disney bad girls.  Yes, Emma Stone goes...

The H Collective brings more to marvel at with Chinese book adaptation

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Isn't it about time filmmakers supplemented the public's Superhero Diet? While DC Comics and the Marvel Universe has given us lots of creatures and critters to, well, marvel at, The H Collective has plans to adapt a Chinese classic novel with a mythic variety of creatures to stand apart from the usual cape and tights fare. Read on... From Screenmancer in LA... LOS ANGELES, CA: The H Collective (THC) will adapt the Chinese classic t...

Woke enough: now for BREWMANCE, fun, fermentation, just what the doc ordered

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent In case you're feeling life is just a little too woke and no room to joke lately, here's an antidote for all the sobering news from Hollywood or around the world, BREWMANCE. We're stealing a page from OG Screenmancer, and the Brews of Summer. Read on... by OG Screenmancer Summer of Masks is coming, and what better way to flip off the CDC than with a cold beer… outdoors, no, indoors at a real-life dive bar full of people?...

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