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Spielberg Goes Streaming; Becoming the Queen of Soul; the Deepfake Girlfriend Experience

Steven Spielberg strikes a deal with Netflix; an early look at the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect; how The Girlfriend Experience pulled off an audacious deepfake scene. All in today’s Movie News Rundown. Becoming the Queen of Soul: Here’s a first look at Respect, in which Jennifer Hudson plays a young Aretha Franklin as she navigates a complicated...

Respect: Aretha Franklin Always Wanted Jennifer Hudson to Play Her (Video)

Aretha Franklin had already given Jennifer Hudson the stamp of approval to play her in a biopic before she passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2018. Now that movie, Respect, is hitting theaters this summer. “Jennifer knew Aretha and sang with her, so Aretha chose Jennifer to play her,” the film’s writer, Tracy Scott Wilson, says in a featurette on...

How The Girlfriend Experience Used Deepfake Technology for Its Season 3 Finale

(Spoiler alert: The following contains details about The Girlfriend Experience Season 3 finale, which aired Sunday on Starz.) Zachary Galler is the cinematographer for the third season of the The Girlfriend Experience. In this feature, he explains how the production used deepfake technology for an important scene in the finale when a character meets...

Ted Lasso Lessons; a Loki Lie; Thelma & Louise Reunite

What Ted Lasso stars learned from the plucky show; we think Loki is lying; Thelma and Louise reunite to reminisce about how little has changed. All in today’s Movie News Rundown. Lasso Lessons: Have you watched Ted Lasso? I took a lot of convincing but the show, like Jason Sudeikis’ Coach Lasso, wins you over with its pluck and optimism. And after...

What Ted Lasso Taught Its Stars About Leadership (Video)

Brett Goldstein and Phil Dunster play rival characters on Ted Lasso, but they’re united in their appreciation for what the show has taught them about leadership. The series, developed by Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Joe Kelly, and Brendan Hunt, stars Sudeikis as lovable Kansas football coach Ted Lasso, who has no experience with what much of the...

Lorelei Director Sabrina Doyle on Finding First-Time Child Actors for Her Blue-Collar Fable

When Sabrina Doyle was casting her film Lorelei — a working-class fable about a biker, a mermaid, and three shades of blue — she had Emmy nominee Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black) and Golden Globe nominee Jena Malone (The Hunger Games). What she didn’t have were the three child actors who are crucial to the film. “Finding the kids was kind...

Creation Stories and the Birth of Brit Pop: A Q&A With Ewen Bremner, Jason Isaacs and Nick Moran

Ewen Bremner knows what it takes for any big dream to come true: belief. The actor stars in Creation Stories, a film about the rise and fall of Creation Records and its founder, Glaswegian music executive Alan McGee, the man largely responsible for the Brit Pop surge of the 1990s. Directed by Nick Moran, it also stars Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Suki...

Whitey Bulger Revisited; Integration Test Email #2; Black Widow Oops

A new Whitey Bulger documentary tries to set the record straight; HBO Max mistakenly sends an email and comforts an intern; we correct our own error, involving Black Widow. Plus: An interview with Lorelei director Sabrina Doyle, and a song HBO Max can play for the intern. All in today’s Movie News Rundown. Whitey Bulger — Still Bad, Maybe Not His Family’s...

My Name Is Bulger Director Wants to Set the Record Straight About Whitey Bulger

My Name Is Bulger sheds light on an often forgotten side of the Whitey Bulger story — his family. Though the late Bostonian has been inducted alongside the likes of Al Capone into the pantheon of the biggest, baddest American gangsters of all time, the truth about his life and legacy, according to the people who knew him best, is a much less dazzling...

George Romero: Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker (From the MovieMaker Archives)

This filmmaking advice from George Romero was originally published on May 26, 2010. He died on July 16, 2017. Romero’s long-lost film The Amusement Park is now on Shudder. A legend of the horror genre, George A. Romero has been scaring audiences for more than 40 years with his unique brand of socially-conscious fright films. Here, George Romero shares...

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