/Film is Going Dark Today Because Black Lives Matter – Here Are Some Organizations and Causes That Need Your Help

Over the past days, the staff at /Film has watched as the murder of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers has led to anger, protests, and our nation’s latest grapple with systemic racism. We have watched in horror, but also with hope: only so much blood can be spilled before something, anything, changes.

For this reason, the site has decided to participate in Blackout Tuesday. Aside from this post, there will be no articles on the site today. We will be spending our day ruminating on how we can be more effective allies. We invite our readers to join us, or to educate us in how we can better understand your pain and how we can help. If you want to understand the basics, this year-old article from Rachel Elizabeth Cargle does an excellent job of explaining the core of the black lives matter movement. For something more tied directly to immediate news, former President Barack Obama laid out how these current protests could lead to real change.

If you can afford it, and only if you can afford it, the following charities and causes could use your support right now. Please feel free to include more in the comments below.

  • George Floyd Memorial Fund
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund
  • Black Visions Collective
  • Reclaim the Block
  • Campaign Zero
  • Unicorn Riot
  • North Star Health Collective
  • Pimento Relief Fund
  • MOODI

I know some readers may take issue with this. “What does a movie website have to do with any of this this?” is a message I expect we’ll find in our inboxes on Wednesday morning. What a movie website has to do with this is that we stand behind the voices of our black contributors and want to amplify them. What a movie website has to do with this is that we stand behind the voices of our black readers and want to amplify them. What a movie website has to do with this is that we stand behind the voices of all black folks, whether they care about movie news or not, and want to amply them. We have decided it is irresponsible to pretend otherwise, to mask our own pain and anger, and pretend that we cannot see what is going on the streets of our country and what is happening to our fellow human beings.

We’re doing this because black lives matter.

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Scarlett Johansson Avengers return: Will Black Widow be her last MCU movie?

Scarlett Johansson has been one of the most famous stars to rise up during the MCU takeover of cinemas. Her work is well-loved and her character – Black Widow – will get her own movie once the coronavirus pandemic allows cinemas to be reopened. However, after this movie, many are concerned we will never see Johansson in an MCU film again.

Will Scarlett Johansson return to the MCU after Black Widow?

There were two shocking deaths during Avengers: Endgame, as well as some sore goodbyes to various stars.

Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jnr) died after sacrificing himself for the other Avengers, and indeed the world, while Black Widow (Johansson) also died when she sacrificed herself for the Soul Stone.

In so doing, the Avengers were able to bring back the Infinity Stones and defeat Thanos, and the film ended with a distraught Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) seemingly saying goodbye at the death of the woman he loved, while Captain America (Chris Evans) left the Avengers to be with his love, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell.)

All in all, Avengers: Endgame was a devastating and satisfying end to the Avengers as we know it, however, fans can revisit the halcyon days of Captain America: Civil War through the upcoming Black Widow, which is set after the events of the break-up of the Avengers.

In the film, Black Widow, AKA Natasha Romanoff, returns to her native Russia to settle some old scores, and possibly even discover new threats which will return in the MCU later on.

But will Johansson and Black Widow return after the movie?

As mentioned, Black Widow sacrificed herself during Avengers: Endgame for the Soul Stone, meaning it is unlikely she can return in the usual timeline.

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However, there have been various flashback films set out-of-order with the other movies, such as Captain Marvel, set in the 1990s.

Equally, Captain America’s origin film began in the 1930s, seeing the young Steve Rogers become the superhero who was eventually set on ice.

As a result, it may be if Black Widow is successful, fans may get another glimpse of the superhero through another flashback story.

However, what is more likely is she will return in a different timeline, which will certainly be a feature of upcoming TV series and movies.

The new programme Loki will see the God of Mischief using the Tesseract to jump into timelines, while WandaVision will see the couple, despite Vision’s death at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, living together in what many believe will be an alternate reality.

Along with these, upcoming movies Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and What If? clearly show alternative timelines or alternate universes and multiverses will be at the core, so fans can definitely expect to see the return of some familiar faces.

Of course, fans have already been teased about Tony Stark AKA Iron Man’s return in Black Widow, as the film is set before the events of Avengers: Endgame, meaning there is no reason why Johansson and her character may not arrive in a future movie.

Black Widow is expected to arrive in cinemas on October 28, if cinemas are able to be reopened

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Disney+ and Hulu in June 2020

As the streaming wars rage on, consumers are reaping the benefits of having loads of new content to sift through every month on their various streaming services. We’re here to help, so we’ve highlighted five of the best shows and movies coming to Disney+ and Hulu in June 2020 below if you’re looking for a recommendation. But if you’re like me and you enjoy seeing all of the options available to you, we also have the full lists of new (and old) content coming to both services over the next month.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

We all know this movie’s famous Burj Khalifa sequence is worth the price of admission all by itself, and the film generated headlines around its release about Jeremy Renner potentially taking over as the lead, but don’t sleep on Paula Patton’s supporting role in this movie. She got a little lost in all of the hype around the movie, and even though the Mission: Impossible movies have cycled through their share of female characters, she’s one of the best actresses to suit up alongside Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. Of course, it’s impossible to beat Rebecca Ferguson…but I’d love to see Patton come back for a new Mission.

Wristcutters: A Love Story

What if I told you there was a film featuring a cast that included Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham, John Hawkes, Leslie Bibb, Nick Offerman, Tom Waits, Amy Seimetz, and Will Arnett, and that most of you have never heard of it? This film has an undeniable hook: after a break-up, a guy takes his own life, only to find himself in a limbo full of other people who have died by suicide. When he hears his ex-girlfriend is also in the weird limbo, the guy goes on a trek across this oddly populated realm to try to find her. I was full-on obsessed with this movie in 2006-2007, and though I haven’t revisited it in a decade or so, my fond memories of it are enough for me to pass along a recommendation.

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian

I’m probably one of about ten people on Earth who did not enjoy season one of The Mandalorian, but Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson’s score was one of the few things I did really dig about the series. I personally find the making of The Mandalorian to be much more interesting than the final product, but I suspect anyone who cares about film and TV will appreciate the fact that there’s going to be an entire episode of this behind-the-scenes series dedicated to Göransson’s original, envelope-pushing music.

Tarzan

Tarzan isn’t talked about as much as many of the other Disney Renaissance movies – except here at /Film, of course – but with its gorgeous animation and absolutely bangin’ Phil Collins soundtrack (I 100% still rock out to “Two Worlds” and “Strangers Like Me”), it probably should be. If this movie slipped through the cracks for you in 1999 (admittedly, there were lots of much, much better movies coming out in that year), you can finally remedy that when it hits Disney+.

Out of Sight

Before George Clooney played a handsome, meticulous career criminal in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven, the actor played a handsome, not-quite-as-meticulous career criminal in Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, probably the sexiest adaptation of an Elmore Leonard story ever committed to film. (Apologies to the one Be Cool fan out there.) Clooney is aces, as is the then-still-up-and-coming Jennifer Lopez as a U.S. Marshal who crosses his path. Fun fact: Michael Keaton plays Ray Nicolette in both this movie and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, another Leonard adaptation.

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Venice Film Festival Still Scheduled for September, Italian Governor Confirms



Before announcing their decision, Venice reportedly surveyed film industry executives in early May to ask about concerns and suggestions for the festival, according to Variety. 

Based on the recent announcement, it seems organizers feel confident after their survey that the festival, known to be world’s longest-running film festival, can go ahead as planned. However, there will likely be added guidelines and safety restrictions in place.

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Italy, one of the hardest-hit European countries amid the pandemic, has plans to reopen its borders for visitors from the European Union and the United Kingdom on June 3. Visitors from the United States are still banned, Afar reports.

RELATED: Cannes Film Festival to No Longer Take Place in May Due to Growing Coronavirus Pandemic

Phase 2 of lifting the country's lockdown restrictions began on May 4, as residents were allowed to return to parks within their cities and many were also able to go back to work. By May 18, restaurants, bars, and shops were allowed to reopen, and travel within the country to visit friends and family became once again permitted.

On June 15, the government plans to finally reopen cinemas and theaters.

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These Psychological Thrillers on Netflix Are So Chilling, You'll Be Spooked For Days

These Psychological Thrillers on Netflix Are So Chilling, You’ll Be Spooked For Days

It’s one thing to pull off a jump scare, but it’s a whole other level to create a psychological thriller that burrows into an audience’s subconscious. These are the films that leave their tendrils in our heads well after the movie ends, and the ones that make us rethink that hermit neighbor who lives next door or that invitation to a wilderness camping trip. With nights at home more common than ever, we know you’re hungry for some horror. Thankfully, Netflix has a variety of psychological thrillers sure to scare you to your core. Read ahead to see our best picks, and get ready to be spooked like never before.

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Nick Jonas To Star in Action Thriller Flick ‘The Blacksmith’

Nick Jonas has just joined a brand new action thriller movie called The Blacksmith.

Deadline reports that the 26-year-old actor and singer will star opposite Laurence Fishburne in the flick.

Nick is set to play Wes Loomis, a ‘Blacksmith’ – the intelligence community’s go-to weapons expert. When his clandestine lab is destroyed and his colleagues murdered, he must go on the run with only his unique set of technological skills and the help of a brilliant, young CIA analyst Noelle Hazlitt to keep him alive.

They seek out Mather (Fishburne), a retired blacksmith and Wes’ mentor, to help guide them.

AGC Studios’s Stuart Ford, who will be producing, says of the movie, “The Blacksmith provides a fresh, highly contemporary new take on the espionage genre and it’s exciting to pair an exhilarating young talent like Nick with seasoned heavyweights such as Pierre and Laurence.”

“We’ll soon be announcing an equally outstanding young female actor to play across from Nick and then we will have all the ingredients for a major new film franchise built around a very modern breed of action hero,” he added.

Stay tuned for more details soon!

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Lynn Shelton, Director of 'Humpday', 'Mad Men' and 'GLOW', Has Died at 54

Many notable names have passed away due to complications from coronavirus, but today brings the shocking and unexpected news of indie film and television director Lynn Shelton dying at 54 years old from other complications. The filmmaker worked on everything from mumblecore indie movies like Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister to hit television shows like Mad Men and GLOW, and sadly she unexpectedly died yesterday from a previously unidentified blood disorder.

Comedian and actor Marc Maron, who was not only a creative collaborator but a recent romantic partner, made a statement to IndieWire confirming the news of Lynn Shelton dead at a tragically young age. Maron said:

“I have some awful news. Lynn passed away last night. She collapsed yesterday morning after having been ill for a week. There was a previously unknown, underlying condition. It was not COVID-19. The doctors could not save her. They tried. Hard.

I loved her very much as I know many of you did as well. It’s devastating. I am leveled, heartbroken and in complete shock and don’t really know how to move forward in this moment. I needed you all to know. I don’t know some of you. Some I do. I’m just trying to let the people who were important to her know.

She was a beautiful, kind, loving, charismatic artist. Her spirit was pure joy. She made me happy. I made her happy. We were happy. I made her laugh all the time. We laughed a lot. We were starting a life together. I really can’t believe what is happening. This is a horrendous, sad loss.”

Lynn Shelton’s career started at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2006, which operates close to and at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival, with a movie called We Go Way Back. The film earned the Grand Jury Prize and she found film festival acclaimed again with My Effortless Brilliance at SXSW in 2008.

But it was her film Humpday starring Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard that gave her a big breakthrough at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and boosted the indie film movement known as mumblecore, featuring naturalistic acting and dialogue (sometimes improvised), low-budget, an emphasis on dialogue over plot, and a focus on the personal relationships of people in their 20s and 30s. She would continue that trend by writing, directing, producing, and editing films such as Your Sister’s Sister, Touchy Feely, Laggies, and Outside In, and she most recently directed Sword of Trust, which starred Marc Maron.

Shelton also had great success directing television, having worked on shows such as New Girl, The Mindy Project, Master of None, Shameless, The Good Place, Santa Clarita Diet, Fresh Off the Boat, A.P. Bio, and GLOW. Shelton was still working hard right up until her untimely passing having recently directed episodes of Apple TV+ series Dickinson and The Morning Show, as well as Hulu’s new limited series Little Fires Everywhere.

Shelton’s passing is stunning and tragic. She was not just one of the finest female filmmakers working today, but a fantastic director in general. Her passing is a loss that will be deeply felt by the film industry, and we are truly saddened to have lost such a vital and unique filmmaking voice. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.

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‘Scarface’ Reboot Movie Will Be Directed by Luca Guadagnino

Luca Guadagnino will be directing the upcoming reboot of Scarface!

The 1983 movie was directed by Brian De Palma. While the film is considered to be one of the best movies of all time and ranks #106 on IMDb’s top rated movies ever, De Palma was actually nominated for Worst Director at the Razzies that year.

You might not realize this, but the 1983 film was actually a reboot as well. The original film was released in 1932 and the upcoming reboot will be a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both films.

Variety reports that Oscar winners Joel Coen and Ethan Coen wrote the latest version of the script for the upcoming movie, which will be released by Universal Pictures.

Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer starred in the 1983 film. Who do you think should land the roles for the upcoming reboot?

Luca is the director of movies like Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria, and he has another very exciting project in the works.

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'Scoob!' Clip: Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Meet The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt

Warner Bros. Animation’s Scoob! will be available for rental tomorrow, but before the film arrives, you can check out a clip of mystery-solving pals Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker) and Shaggy (Will Forte) coming face to face with two heroes in their world: The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt. 

Scoob Clip

In under 50 seconds, this Scoob! clip takes a shot at fan culture (by having Scooby and Shaggy not accept an updated version of a character they’re familiar with) and specifically incorporates the “large adult son” meme into the text of the movie. That might not be the best tactic for appealing to a young audience, but at least the Very Online parents who watch it might raise an eyebrow or two.

Then again, the entire concept of a Scooby-Doo movie in the year 2020 may not be the smartest way to tap into the kid audience. The original animated series originated in the 1960s and became a mainstay of Saturday morning cartoons, but is that even a thing kids participate in any more? With more viewing options than ever, it seems unlikely that they’ll have more than a passing familiarity with these characters – especially the lower-tier Scooby-Doo universe characters like Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg) and Dynomutt (Ken Jeong). I suppose the thinking is that if the film is entertaining enough, they can create a whole new generation of fans.

Like NBCUniversal’s Trolls World Tour before it, Scoob! was originally supposed to hit theaters before making its way into people’s homes via VOD services. But unlike Universal, Warner Bros. pivoted to video for this title without infuriating theater exhibitors. Will family-friendly movies like this continue to perform well as much of the country remains under stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic? I suspect we’ll learn about how Scoob! performed very soon, since companies love to trumpet high viewership numbers after opening weekend (even more so when there’s no good way for anyone to track the veracity of those numbers).

Here’s the movie’s synopsis:

Scoob! reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

Scoob! hits VOD on May 15, 2020.

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San Diego Comic-Con Announces "At Home" Edition to Keep the Convention Spirit Alive

A lot of big pop culture conventions have been canceled thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But perhaps the most crushing blow was the official cancellation of San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest geek gathering in the world, covering all of your favorite movie franchises, TV shows, comics, podcasts, and more, as well as exciting new projects coming down the road. However, event organizers will try to salvage the convention with a San Diego Comic-Con At Home experience this summer.

San Diego Comic-Con At Home Announcement

In the above announcement video, Comic-Con At Home is teased by pointing out all of the things you won’t have to worry about by attending the convention from your home. There’s free parking, comfortable seating, no waiting, your favorite snacks that don’t cost an arm and a leg, and even your pets can attend.

However, all we know right now is that Comic-Con At Home is happening this summer. Any details about what the virtual event will entail remains to be seen. Surely there will be remote panels included as part of the convention, but there’s no telling who will participate, especially when it comes to movie studios that are hurting financially. Sure, there’s a chance we might get panels for upcoming movies like Wonder Woman 1984 and Black Widow, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Hopefully the San Diego Comic-Con At Hoe event will also include access to exclusive merchandise that attendees would otherwise find on the showroom floor. Perhaps there can even promotion of artists who are normally on-hand selling their work in Artist Alley, which happened with WonderCon last month.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted about what’s happening with San Diego Comic-Con At Home, and hopefully there will be enough going on to distract us for at least a few days later this summer.  Stay tuned for more.

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