Day: November 19, 2020

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Golden Horse Film Festival Boss Wen Tien-hsiang on Keeping up With the Times

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Wen Tien-hsiang is one of the few film festival bosses who have been able to go ahead with an in-person event this year. He spoke with Variety to describe the challenges that remain.

Variety: What are the conditions that have allowed the GHFF to go ahead as an in-person event this year?

Wen Tien-hsiang: Good control of the COVID-19 situation in Taiwan has enabled this. And with fewer new-released films in theaters, the Golden Horse Film Festival offers an even better chance to see many new films. Therefore, we are attracting bigger audiences. But we still have to obey the strict rules of mask-wearing and body temperature checking.

Has the GHFF adopted any practices from the virtual or online festivals that have been held in other territories.

All of our films are still screened in theaters, with approximately 60 Q&As with filmmakers

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Monster Hunter movie release date moved forward to Christmas Day

Release date: December 22, 2023, December 19, 2025, and December 17, 2027

After what felt like an eternity of waiting, Disney finally announced who will direct the next Star Wars movie. Despite the director previously rubbishing reports, Taika Waititi has since been confirmed as the director of an upcoming Star Wars movie, which he will co-write with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who helped script the Oscar-nominated 1917 and Edgar Wright’s upcoming movie Last Night in Soho.

No other details have yet been announced other than the movie will be heading to cinemas in the future. Indeed, there’s no official confirmation that Taika’s movie will necessarily be the December 2023 release, though this seems likely, especially as location scouting is already underway in Scotland.

Taika will have a lot on his plate. the director is currently working on the script to Thor: Love and Thunder, which will release in February 2022, and a 

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Shawn Mendes Tells Elton John How Camila Cabello Became a ‘Calming Presence’ in His Life

In the interview, John asked the 22-year-old singer about the change he’s seen in himself since getting together with Cabello. Mendes said the “Havana” singer has ultimately taught him a few things about taking time for the people you love. “For seven years, I was on such a speedy path down one way with blinders on, and I wasn’t keeping in touch with my family and friends,” he said. “But when I landed with Camila, immediately she had her family around more. [She’s] all about the family and friends, and it really made me like, ‘Oh, I should call my mom’ … I felt a little bit alone out there and she changed that for me.”

Mendes also gave John a preview of his upcoming album Wonder (due Dec. 4), saying that the music and lyrics for the new album came after Mendes decided to just write about the things

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ABC Announces ‘Mixed-ish,’ ‘Call Your Mother’ Dates (TV News Roundup)

In today’s TV news roundup, ABC unveiled the premiere dates for its early 2021 scripted series, and NBC announced details for its annual “Christmas in the Rockefeller Center” special.

CASTING

Starz cast Luis Guzmán as a guest star in the second season of crime drama “Hightown.” Guzmán will portray Jorge Cuevas, Frankie’s (Amaury Nolasco) charmingly hilarious but deadly cousin. Also joining the cast this season are guest stars Jona Xiao, Charline St. Charles and Dominic L. Santana. Production is currently underway for Season 2, with creator Rebecca Cutter making her TV directorial debut. Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison will direct two episodes and lead actor Monica Raymund, as well as Dawn Wilkinson, Radium Cheung and Eagle Egilsson are also tapped to direct.

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Food Network’s “Kid’s Baking Championship” will return with a ninth season premiere Dec. 28. The

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The Trailer: The very different view of the election from pro-Trump media

Yet for three hours on Tuesday night, Newsmax prepared conservative viewers for something big. In Wayne County, Mich., two Republican officials had declined to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election. Host Greg Kelly claimed that the election could be “reversed,” then brought on Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell to explain what the events in Michigan had meant.

“That’s an excellent development,” Powell said. “I would expect the entire Michigan board to reject the counts from the ballots. The election could not have been more rigged than it was.”

Moments later, the Wayne County Republicans reversed their decision, certifying the election. Twenty-four hours later they’d reverse themselves, again, attempting to retract the certification, which election rules don’t allow them to do. This was surprising, but far less so for people watching pro-Trump media. Those outlets are offering his base an addictive alternate theory of the election. In this theory,

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Gucci Mane vs. Jeezy: Before Verzuz, Check Their Chart Battle

Curiously, both Gucci and Jeezy trace the start of their Billboard résumés to the same date: March 12, 2005. Then, the pair arrived on their first major chart — the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay list — with “Icy,” billed as Gucci Mane featuring Young Jeezy and Boo, which debuted at No. 74, on its way to a No. 42 peak that June.

“Icy,” too, became each rapper’s first hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, with a No. 75 bow on March 12, and a No. 45 high later that year. The single jumpstarted Gucci Mane’s run of 55 charted singles on the chart, while Jeezy has edged slightly ahead in that category, with 57 credits.

After “Icy,” Jeezy found success on the Billboard Hot 100 with his subsequent single, “And Then What,” featuring Mannie Fresh, which entered the flagship songs chart in July 2005 and peaked at No. 67 the next

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Weekly unemployment claims rose last week for the first time in a month

An additional 320,000 claims were processed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the program for gig and self-employed workers.

About 20.3 million people are still claiming some form of unemployment insurance. The number of new claims has fallen from peaks in the spring but remains historically high. Claims have remained above the pre-pandemic record of 695,000, from 1982, for 35 weeks, although questions about backlogs, fraud and duplicate claims have complicated the data.

Economists say they are concerned about the continued high level of job losses more than eight months into the pandemic, as the virus surges anew.

“This is the beginning of the darkest part,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton. “We’re going to see continued high unemployment claims.”

“This could metastasize into a much more traditional recession, and those who have been able to work from home and not had to experience the pain of the broader economy

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Jeezy Discusses What He’s Rapping About on New Song “Therapy for My Soul”

Not only are Jeezy and Gucci Mane facing off on the Season 2 opening of Verzuz, but the Snowman’s forthcoming album The Recession 2 also drops at midnight.

And one album cut in particular, “Therapy for My Soul” sees Jeezy calling out Freddie Gibbs and 50 Cent for past conflicts. In a new interview with Angie Martinez, Jeezy addressed the song without directly naming either of the rappers.

“I feel like I said what I said because I do understand people gonna ask questions but that’s my business,” Jeezy explained around the 3:45 mark above. “That’s how I feel—my opinion is my opinion. Someone don’t like it, they gotta figure it out. But a lot of that stuff was weighing heavy ’cause it’s just been like decades of speculation and you’re like damn, that didn’t really happen like that. It’s real shit to me ’cause it’s real life, and

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Rudy Giuliani invokes ‘My Cousin Vinny,’ film’s director reacts

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Maya Rudolph, Jim Carrey and Alec Baldwin returned as “Saturday Night Live” spoofed the last debate between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

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“My Cousin Vinny” director Jonathan Lynn is reacting after Rudy Giuliani gave a shout-out to the film during a heated press conference on Thursday.

During the conference, the former New York City mayor and lawyer to President Donald Trump described a scene from the 1992 film in order to illustrate how Republicans poll watchers were allegedly barred from properly viewing the vote count.

“Did you all watch ‘My Cousin Vinny?’ ” Giuliani said. “It’s one of my favorite law movies because he comes from Brooklyn.”

The lawyer then went on to recall a scene in which Vinny Gambini, played by Joe Pesci, asks a witness how many fingers he’s holding up as he stands 100 feet away from her. In the scene, the witness says

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Aneesh Chaganty On ‘Run’ And Moving Into Hollywood’s Multimillion-Dollar Movie Market

Two years after the acclaimed thriller Searching put him on the map, fiercely talented writer-director Aneesh Chaganty is back with Run.

Another victim of the 2020 theatrical exodus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the taut thriller, about a homeschooled teenager who suspects her mother is keeping a dark secret, debuts on Hulu.

Although it missed out on a big-screen release, Chaganty did get to test it in that space. Did it get the reactions he expected?

“Yes and no,” he explained. “Run was always planned to get a theatrical release, so we got to test the movie out and show it to a bunch of full audiences in theaters and to hear the gasps and whispers, you make a movie for that. Run isn’t like a standard horror movie with sudden jumps and stuff like

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