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Quendrith Johnson

Quendrith Johnson is Los Angeles Correspondent covering everything happening in film in Hollywood... Well, the most interesting things, anyway.
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Jamie Kennedy’s STOOPID SMART Bowls You Over May 25, Also His Bday, FYI

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Where has Jamie Kennedy been? In lockdown like the rest of us. But Monday, May 25 (also his milestone birthday), his one-hour comedy special JAMIE KENNEDY: STOOPID SMART breaks out on Tubi TV. Tubi is the self-title “#1 free streaming app” thinly disguised as a start-up. Kennedy puts it this way: “I have starred in movies. I have had my own television shows. But tonight I am playing the back of a bowling alley in Huntington Be...

MGM Loses Its Mind, Lets Sly Stallone Live-Host ROCKY & FREE Watch Party for You

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Suddenly everyone is Robert Osborne online - if you don’t remember him, he was a Turner Classic Movies Host who literally brought back “old movies” to a new generation - but now there are so many liner-note commenters. You've got a cinema ga-lazy of Blogstars and Podcast heroes,  so it's unremarkable when all-comers comment on films… However, tonight MGM is casting Sylvester Stallone as a L...

SABAN Buys Tribeca Scarer DON’T TELL A SOUL Starring Rainn Wilson, Mena Suvari, Jack Dylan Glazer & Fionn Whitehead

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Tribeca thriller DON'T TELL A SOUL was just bought buy Saban, and is described by producer Chris Mangano as "a special film that will surprise a lot of people, and Saban Films genuinely understands its appeal to both commercial and critical audiences.  We could not be in better hands.” Read on... LOS ANGELES: Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Alex McAulay’s (Flower) directo...

Lena Dunham Does Nora Ephron’s SLEEPLESS Proud for #AFIMOVIECLUB

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Some may consider Lena Dunham of HBO’s “Girls” an over-sharer when it comes to intimate details, but you’ll be surprised to learn she is a huge fan of the demure rom-com genre. Specifically where Tom Hanks (lately recovered from MyCorona) and Meg Ryan are concerned. Dunham does the late Nora Ephron proud with an intro to SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, from a story by Jeff Arch, for AFI MOVIE CLUB. The screenplay was crafted by Dire...

A Titanic Movie Life Sets Off in SEBERG, Or Kristen Stewart’s Career Sails Again on Prime

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Perhaps the racial fault lines of another era resulted in America’s once-sweetheart Jean Seberg (1938-1979) suicided in the back of a sedan at age 40, nevertheless Kristen Stewart shines a meaningful klieg light on her short life in SEBERG, debuting on Prime Video today as an Amazon Original. Jean-Luc Godard plucked this waif from America, framed her look and iconic status in his French New Wave classic BREATHLESS. But she also made (arguabl...


by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Who doesn’t love a little riot grrrl to kick off this hellish Pandemic Spring of 2020? That raised a smile, hopefully, and once-popstar Kate Nash’s own true(ish) film story will do the same. Because right now, this musician’s gritty comeback from near-homelessness to doc star through the freedom she reclaimed with her art is one narrative everyone in lockdown can use as a personal pick-me-up. Kate Nash at 18 was a wunderkind turn...

Russell Crowe Brings Ultimate Road Rage to UNHINGED for July 1, Yes, to Open Wide

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent So there’s a poll, source may have some bias, that has determined that “80 percent of Americans want to go out to the movies in July.” We thank our friends at DDAPR for that stat, and with it comes the first movie out of the Pandemic box. UNHINGED starring Russell Crowe from Solstice Studios is set for July 1. “We made this decision after extensive consultation with the National Association of Theater Owners and leading...

MAN/KIND Project Gives 1000th #COVIDKINDNESS Personal Care Pack, Bright Spot in Dark Times

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What do Elliot Gould, filmmaker Billy Ray, and Jethro Tull have in common? The greater good of mankind it seems. The Man/Kind Project, whose funder is Richard Stellar (see bio below), is supported by this unusual grouping, as well as many others. And they are doing good things in COVID-19 times. Curated by Screenmancer Staff from The Man/Kind Project LOS ANGELES, CA: The Man/Kind Project, Inc. announced today that they are distributing thei...

Elizabeth Moss Inhabits Writer Shirley Jackson in SHIRLEY, So Apropos of Now

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent We interrupt this Pandemic to bring you Elizabeth Moss in SHIRLEY from NEON, about “The Lottery” writer Shirley Jackson. On June 19, 1948, The New Yorker published Jackson’s odd story about a town that gets stoned, but not how you think. And with this enigmatic introduction to SHIRLEY, from Director Josephine Decker and Writer Sarah Gubbins, let’s make a small parallel to our Coronavirus-driven times where ending a ...

I Spy THE COURIER: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley Coming Aug. 28

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you wonder what Benedict Cumberbatch has been up to, here's the latest. He stars in a true-life spy story, and it looks exciting. Plus Rachel Brosnahan is in this with more great actors in the MI-6 thriller... Curated by Screenmancer Staff from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions LOS ANGELES: Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions will deliver the Cold War espionage drama THE COURIER, starring Academy Aw...

YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE is First Doc Snagged at 2020 SXSW During Pandemic

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Somehow, even though SXSW 2020 was canceled, David Arquette managed to score a win for his documentary YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE. It's about? Wrestling... And not with his conscience, lol. Executive Producer and star David Arquette said, "I set out to make this film to stand up for myself, to rewrite the ending to my story, and find a place where I could be proud of my time in the ring. We couldn't wish for a better company ...

Trail Running Film Festival Goes Virtual, If That’s Even Possible

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent With everyone inside worldwide, you wonder how a Trail Running Film Festival can cope? Wonder no more, Abram Dickerson tells you how in his co-director statement below. May 1, you can join them. Read on... From Abram Dickerson, Course Director Last year, I partnered up with James Varner to Co-Direct the Trail Running Film Festival. For those unfamiliar, the festival is traditionally a 3-day event in Seattle, WA followed by a highlight reel of th...

After PARASITE Score, NEON Elevates Elissa Federoff and Christina Zisa to Prexy Roles

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent With Award Season comes the impact of all Oscar winners on real people, or executives in the industry, that is. PARASITE from Bong Joon-ho exploded onto the scene during the run-up to the 2020 Academy Awards. This film even secured a place in history as the first of its kind to win Best Picture. Behind the scenes, here was the result at NEON, read on... Curated by Screenmancer Staff NEW YORK, NY: NEON announced today that Elissa Federoff ...

Produce for Drew Barrymore, Direct a Film with Jonah Hill - Hey, It's ALL IN CHALLENGE from Home

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent With everyone under house arrest, whether in a castle, casa, maison, or yurt, there is literally a way you can direct a film with Jonah Hill, get a walk-on part in a Leo DiCaprio movie, or even learn the correct swing to hit homer baseballs with A-Rod, just all kinds of crazy hook-up experience from the ALL IN CHALLENGE universe. We're stealing a page from Screenmancer here. by Screenmancer Staff LOS ANGELES, CA (4/27/20): Screenman...

SNL’s Pete Davidson Has a Movie in June, Judd Apatow Writes, Directs, Wait for It

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hey, did you notice Pete Davidson took a swipe at ex Kaia Gerber’s bro Presley Gerber on the last SNL from-home NBC outing? Okay, maybe it’s a reach, but he did say “I didn’t get a face tattoo.” Presley, much to the dismay of long-married parents Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, got a face inking recently. (Smiley face.) With that allegation out of the way, THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND is the name of new...

Can You Guess Natalie Portman's Favorite Movie, Or Just Watch Her Tell You

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One of the most successful actors to transition from child-to-adult star is Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. #AFIMOVIECLUB just got her to reveal Portman's personally most watched film of all time. Now you’ll get to see her in a home-setting, complete with Swiss Coffee wall backdrop and dark beige curtains in the background. We can’t tell you if it’s her actual primary residence, but Portman, who has literally re...

WIR ELTERN from Pluto Film Sums Up Coronavirus Captivity Without a Mask

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent “Sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there.” Oops, sorry that's a line cribbed from The Big Lebowski’s narrator Sam Elliott, that has nothing to do with Pluto Film’s release WIR ELTERN, retitled in English as PARENTS, except for the hipster factor. This is a German, with other languages included, film by Eric Bergkraut, Ruth Schweikert “and family.&rdquo...

Brad Bird Hand-Picks Your Classic Films for TCM The Essentials

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent He gave us pint-sized costume genius Edna Mode, a mash-up of Hollywood's sartorial icon Edith Head and Oscar-winner Linda Hunt, remember? Now Mr. Brad Bird will pick a designer slate of classic films for TCM’s series “The Essentials” with Ben Mankiewicz, zooming to your device May 2. Who doesn’t love Mr. INCREDIBLES?     Mr. Bird’s Maltese-calibre film slate, listed here, is aces too...

Video Event: McGill University Webcast Does a COVID-19 Teach-in

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you're ready to take Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime break, McGill University in Montreal is conducting a live event via the web on April 23, whereby their brilliant minds will school you on the emerging picture of this current Coronavirus pandemic in context of global health scares that have shaped our society. You can join the discussion via video, read on. MONTREAL, QC (04/22/20): How have past generations managed global pandemics? What r...

Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs Digs JURASSIC PARK, Yeah, #AFIMOVIECLUB

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent You’ve heard of the Broadway smash “Hamilton” from showbiz reframer Lin-Manuel Miranda? Did you know the original cast once included the extremely talented Daveed Diggs as the titular character? #AFIMOVIECLUB just drafted this Broadway-star-turned-feature-phenom to pull back the curtain on the Spielberg box-office crusher JURASSIC PARK. This is the film that ran under Variety headlines back in the day as “Liza...


by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What could be more perfect than SCHOOL OF ROCK’s Jack Black, a frontman himself, giving you insider info on THIS IS SPINAL TAP for #AFIMOVIECLUB?  The Jackster has been known to break into song even at film-related events, such as with Shirley MacLaine once when they did a press junket for Richard Linklater’s film, BERNIE.  Yes, there’s a diverting example included here.       Meanwhi...

SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase Just Launched on Vimeo

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Okay, Lockdown Folks, here's a fun thing to do with your endless free time - watch SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase on Vimeo! Los Angeles, CA: In the wake of the cancelled 2020 SXSW Film Festival, a fascinating group of nominated filmmakers from the Episodic Pilot Competition are launching a ‘SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase’ on Vimeo, a streaming event to preview a diversity led (more than half LGBT content and creators) se...

Decoding the Secret Appeal of “Tiger King” Joe Exotic

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent By now if you haven’t heard proverbial ‘Everybody’ talking about the Netflix special “Tiger King Murder, Mayhem and Madness” and its titular jailhouse-made “star” Joe Exotic, then you’re not paying attention to the COVID19 lockdown zeitgeist. In just seven episodes, dating from March 20 and nearly coinciding with Coronavirus pandemic that caged America at home, Tiger King has blown up so much in v...

Director Lynn Roth Plus 919 Film Fest: Q & A Zoom Event April 16

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Director Lynn Roth, who is among Showtime's first female TV showrunners for “The Paper Chase,” will join a 919 Film Festival Q & A for her film THE LITTLE TRAITOR on April 16 via Zoom. This streaming event is open to the public, and is hosted by the Chapel Hill, NC, based 919 Film Fest. 919 was founded by Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall, with Los Angeles Film Critics Association President, Claudia Puig, as Program ...

How About “You Need Work to Feel Like You’re Worth Something,” Watch WORKING MAN

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Peter Gerety and Talia Shire? Yes, they’ve been in your film and TV memory for years, maybe growing up, maybe now in your streaming awareness. Think Shire of ROCKY franchise fame and Gerety (“The Wire”) of almost every procedural TV show of note since the 90’s.  These are real-people type actors who’ve have teamed up with Billy Brown (“Sons of Anarchy”), as well as a perfectly tuned cast, to deliv...


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