Lupita Nyong'o plays a woman desperate to escape New York in A Quiet Place: Day One, a prequel to 2018's A Quiet Place. Michael Sarnoski wrote and directs A Quiet Place: Day One, which also stars Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff, Djimon Hounsou, and Denis O'Hare.
The official A Quiet Place: Day One synopsis simply reads: “Experience the day the world went quiet.” A Quiet Place: Day One chronicles the day hostile aliens that are very sensitive to sound arrive on Earth. A Quiet Place Part II director John Krasinski briefly explored “day one” in A Quiet Place Part II‘s flashback opening scene with that movie's characters, but A Quiet Place: Day One shows viewers what was happening in the Big Apple at the same time.
Nyong'o told Entertainment Weekly that she was living in New York as she prepared to shoot A Quiet Place: Day One. “This notion of a quiet New York is one that will arrest many. It's an impossible thing to imagine…. When you live there, you block out all the sound quite naturally. You just forget to hear the sound. I realized how hard it would be to survive in a world that required you to be silent in that particular city.”
In A Quiet Place: Day One, Nyong'o plays a woman on a day trip in New York who reluctantly agrees to team up with a stranger (Quinn) to try to survive the alien invasion. “When you have a family, there is an innate expectation that they will want to stick together,” said Nyong’o. “We don't have that in [A Quiet Place: Day One]. We have these disparate individuals who collide into each other's lives, and it is at a very pivotal time for the world. How do they negotiate survival together? What we get is really interesting — and even surprising — chemistry in the characters that meet each other along the way.”
Kristen Stewart Falls for a Female Bodybuilder in ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ Trailer
Kristen Stewart falls for a female bodybuilder (Katy O'Brian) in the violent romantic drama Love Lies Bleeding. The A24 movie also stars Dave Franco, Jena Malone, Anna Baryshnikov, and Ed Harris.
The official synopsis reads: “From director Rose Glass comes an electric new love story; reclusive gym manager Lou falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.”
“Few filmmakers are making movies as cinematic, lively, and stylized as Rose,” said Kristen Stewart in the movie's official production notes. “She makes movies that don't emulate other movies, even though you can see her inspirations. What she does comes from somewhere so truthful that the framework, architecture and voice of the movie become distinctly hers. I think she wants to scare people and scare herself in a way that is not for titillating purposes, but really to make you turn around and look at yourself.”
Love Lies Bleeding drops into theaters on March 8. Click here to watch the new trailer.
Spike Lee Advised ‘American Fiction’ Writer-Director Cord Jefferson To Make a Follow-up as ‘Quickly as Possible’
Spike Lee — a “hero” of director Cord Jefferson — gave some advice to the man who made his directorial debut with the Oscar-nominated American Fiction.
During a recent podcast reported by IndieWire, Jefferson said, “I showed [American Fiction to] Spike Lee’s graduate school class at NYU and talked to some of his students and talked to Spike. And afterward, he came up to me, and he said, ‘Make the next one as quickly as possible. Get out there and make the next one as quickly as possible.'” Jefferson continued, “I’ve loved his work since I was a boy,” citing Do the Right Thing as “his most memorable movie-watching experience.”
Jefferson added, “I’m writing three different scripts right now, and hopefully, I can get those scripts done in the next year and a half and get them to a place that when my deal expires, I can just leap right into preproduction on one of those and get started again. I mean, look, if I can sit down and finish one of these scripts in the next couple of months and it’s to a place that I really, really love, then I’m all for directing another movie quickly if Warner Bros. will allow me. But until it’s really there, I don’t want to try to rush something just to get something out there, because I feel like I need to strike while the iron is hot. Hopefully, there’s somebody out there who believes that I can do this, even if I do it slowly.”
American Fiction is nominated for four Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Actor (Jeffrey Wright), and Best Supporting Actor (Sterling K. Brown).
Noomi Rapace and Hunter Schafer Will Star in ‘Palette’ Psychological Horror Movie by Zach Strauss
Prometheus‘ Noomi Rapace and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes‘ Hunter Schafer will star together in Palette. The psychological horror film is the feature directorial debut of Zach Strauss, who also wrote the script.
According to the film's official synopsis reported by Variety, Palette follows Dolly (Schafer), “a woman suffering from extreme synesthesia, a rare condition where she is able to hear colors. She is soon “recruited into a secretive, cultlike industry of color design, uncovering the dark reality of what it takes to make the world’s greatest hues.” The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo actress Rapace will play Latrice, an enigmatic company executive.
“I feel beyond lucky to be making this dark and twisted movie with a truly exceptional cast and with such incredible partners in Anton,” said Strauss in a statement. “I know we’re going to create something really special.”
Producer John Zois added, “Zach has crafted such a compelling and completely distinctive script. We are putting together a team that will bring the stunning visuals of the story to the screen. Hunter and Noomi are truly perfect for our two leads and I cannot wait to see them bring these rich and unique characters to life. We could not be more excited about this film.“
Cringe Alert: Kevin Spacey Must Pay $1 Million in ‘House of Cards’ Sexual Harassment Settlement
Kevin Spacey will reportedly pay $1 million to House of Cards production company MRC to settle claims that he sexually harassed male staffers on the series. Netflix dropped Spacey from the final House of Cards season after allegations surfaced in 2017.
As reported by Variety, “Spacey has agreed to pay the $1 million over multiple years in installments equal to 10% of his after-tax income. MRC has also secured Spacey’s cooperation in trying to recoup the balance of its costs from someone better able to pay: its insurance company.”
In addition to dropping Spacey from House of Cards, Netflix shelved the actor's biopic about Gore Vidal. Director Ridley Scott reshot Spacey's scenes as J. Paul Getty with Christopher Plummer in 2017's All the Money in the World. Now Spacey returns with his first leading role in years, appropriately cast as an assassin with no moral compass in Peter Five Eight. Click here to watch the trailer.
Nick Cave Will Score Amy Winehouse Biopic ‘Back to Black’
Nick Cave and longtime collaborator Warren Ellis will score Sam Taylor-Johnson's Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black. The movie stars Marisa Abela as Winehouse, alongside Jack O'Connell, Eddie Marsan, and Lesley Manville.
According to Variety, Cave and Ellis composed about 20-30 minutes of music for Back to Black. “Nick and Warren were the only musicians in my mind to score Back to Black,” said Taylor-Johnson. “Over the years, I’ve listened to everything they’ve composed and longed to realize the dream of working together. Their sensibility as well as understanding of this story has led to a profoundly deep and moving film score.”
Ellis played violin on several songs on the 1994 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Let Love In. Ellis then joined the Bad Seeds full time for the next 10 albums, including 2019's Ghosteen. Cave and Ellis have worked on numerous TV and movie productions together, including The Proposition, Lawless, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Road, Dahmer, and Blonde, to name a few.
Margot Robbie and Colin Farrell To Take ‘A Big Bold Beautiful Journey' Together
Barbie actress Margot Robbie and The Banshees of Inisherin actor Colin Farrell will star together in Kogonada's A Big Bold Beautiful Journey. The Menu writer Seth Reiss will pen the script.
According to Deadline, “Plot details are under wraps, but the film is described as an imaginative tale of two strangers and the unbelievable journey that connects them.” The Imperative Entertainment-produced film will begin shooting this spring in California.
South Korean filmmaker Kogonada directed 2017's Columbus and 2021's After Yang, the latter of which stars Farrell. Barbie — which stars and was produced by Robbie — is up for eight Academy Awards, although Robbie's Best Actress Oscar snub outraged fans.
Giancarlo Esposito Replaces the Late Andre Braugher on Netflix's ‘The Residence'
Giancarlo Esposito will take over Andre Braugher's role on Netflix's The Residence. The mystery-drama inspired by Kate Andersen's The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House also stars Uzo Aduba, Susan Kelechi Watson, Jason Lee, Ken Marino, Edwina Findley, Randall Park, Julian McMahon, and Bronson Pinchot.
According to Deadline, “Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul alum Esposito is taking over the role of White House Chief A.B. Wynter, a lead opposite Adubo, previously played by Braugher. Two-and-a-half decades ago, Esposito succeeded Braugher on Homicide: Life on the Street, joining the NBC drama series as a series regular for its final season, following Braugher’s exit, before the duo starred together in the follow-up movie.” Production on The Residence got delayed following Braugher's death on December 11. Esposito will reshoot any existing scenes with Braugher in the series about a fictional murder scandal involving White House staff.
“I couldn’t be prouder and more honored to be stepping into Shondaland’s The Residence for someone that I loved and respected and cherished in Andre Braugher,” said Esposito. “To be afforded the opportunity to create in his honor with this incredible team extends the depth and breadth of his legacy through all of us who loved him so dearly.”
Demi Moore Joins Cast of ‘Landman' on Paramount+
Demi Moore has joined the cast of Tyler Sheridan's Landman series on Paramount+. Based on the podcast Boomtown, the upcoming series also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Ali Larter, Michelle Randolph, Jacob Lofland, Kayla Wallace, James Jordan, Mark Collie, and Paulina Chávez.
According to Variety, the official description for the series states that it is “set in the proverbial boomtowns of West Texas” and the world of oil rigs. It is “an upstairs/downstairs story of roughnecks and wildcat billionaires fueling a boom so big, it’s reshaping our climate, our economy and our geopolitics.”
“Demi Moore is an iconic and extraordinary talent,” said Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios. “We are thrilled to have her join Billy Bob Thornton and the star-studded cast of Landman, our next epic series from Taylor Sheridan.”
Moore plays Ann Woodward on the Hulu series Feud: Capote vs. the Swans.
Disney's ‘Moana 2' Now a Feature Film Set for Release Later This Year
Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming Moana sequel will be a feature film, not a TV series as originally planned. Moana 2 will hit theaters months before a live-action adaptation featuring Dwayne Johnson reprising his role as Maui surfs into theaters on June 27, 2025.
As reported by Deadline, “[Moana 2] will takes audiences on an expansive new voyage with Moana, Maui, and a brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers. After receiving an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, Moana must journey to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she’s ever faced.” No confirmation yet if Johnson will also voice Maui in the animated sequel.
“Moana remains an incredibly popular franchise,” said Iger, “and we can’t wait to give you more of Moana and Maui when Moana 2 comes to theaters this November.”
Given recent box office disappointments such as Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, The Marvels, and Wish, it's not too surprising that Disney would adjust Moana 2 for a theatrical release in the hope that it can cash in on the lingering appeal of 2016's Moana, which made $691 million worldwide.
Moana 2 is expected to premiere in theaters on or around November 27, 2024. Click here to watch the teaser trailer.
‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians' Renewed for a Second Season at Disney+
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the renewal of Percy Jackson and the Olympians for a second season on Disney+. Based on the book series by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians stars Walker Scobell stars as the titular demigod.
According to the official press release, “The upcoming season will feature the return of Walker Scobell, Leah Sava Jeffries, and Aryan Simhadri, who will embark on a new adventure based on The Sea of Monsters — the second installment of Rick Riordan's best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series, published by Disney Hyperion.”
“Rich in magic, wonder, adventure, and heart, Percy Jackson and the Olympians captivated the imaginations of viewers of all ages everywhere,” said Ayo Davis, president, Disney Branded Television. “We’re thrilled to embark on an exciting new quest and a season two with Rick Riordan, our fantastic partners at 20th Television, and the exceptional ensemble of cast and creative talent that bring this story to life.”
All eight episodes of season one of Percy Jackson and the Olympians are available to stream on Disney+.
‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' Movie To Premiere on Disney+ With Five Bonus Songs Not in Theatrical or VOD Versions
Beware the ides of March if you're not a Swiftie: Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour will premiere on Disney+ with five bonus songs not included in the theatrical or VOD releases. The Eras Tour is the highest-grossing concert film of all time.
As reported by Deadline, The Eras Tour will stream on Disney+ March 15 — the same day that Swift restarts her Eras Tour with three shows at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Although an extended version of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour has been available with bonus songs on VOD platforms such as Vudu for months, the Disney+ version will reportedly feature five new songs, one of which is reportedly “Cardigan.”
Taylor Swift took home two Grammys last Sunday and broke the record for most Grammy Album of the Year wins. Swift is now the only artist in history to win the Album of the Year Grammy four times. After winning her 13th Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album for Midnights, Taylor Swift made a surprise announcement about a new album. “I want to say thank you to the fans by telling you a secret that I've been keeping from you for the last two years, which is that my brand new album comes out April 19,” said Swift. “It's called The Tortured Poets Department.”