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Ana De Armas In, Scarlett Johansson Exits Apple’s Chris Evans-Starrer ‘Ghosted’ With Dexter Fletcher Directing, Skydance Producing

Ana De Armas In, Scarlett Johansson Exits Apple’s Chris Evans-Starrer ‘Ghosted’ With Dexter Fletcher Directing, Skydance Producing
Exclusive: A different kind of reteam is in store for Ghosted, the Apple Original Films romantic action adventure film to be helmed by Dexter Fletcher. Ana de Armas will reteam with her Knives Out co-star Chris Evans in the film. Scarlett Johansson, Evans’ oft-collaborator in the Marvel movies, has amicably exited the picture in what sources describe as a scheduling conflict.

Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing, along with Jules Daly. Evans will serve as producer and de Armas as an executive producer. The film’s writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, will also be producers. They developed the project based on an original idea of theirs and preemptively sold it to Skydance.

Apple acquired the high-profile project over the summer. It is described as a high concept romantic action adventure film. The change comes because the intent is to get the picture into production by February,
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2021 Gotham Awards winners list in all 12 film and TV races

2021 Gotham Awards winners list in all 12 film and TV races
The Gotham Awards were handed out on November 29 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. So who won at these annual indie film kudos from The Gotham Film and Media Institute, which streamed on YouTube and Facebook? Scroll down for the complete list of winners in all categories.

Netflix’s “The Lost Daughter” and “Passing” went in as the two most nominated films with five apiece, but that didn’t automatically mean they were the front-runners. Categories at these awards are judged by panels of just a handful of industry insiders, often leading to unexpected, under-the-radar winners. You can’t count anyone out at an event where unique juries review all the nominated material.

Seersvp now for November 30: Film producers panel with ‘Being the Ricardos,’ ‘Belfast,’ ‘The Power of the Dog,’ ‘tick, tick… Boom!’

That means these awards can be quite idiosyncratic — they’re independent thinkers, and not
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Apple, Skydance Reuniting Marvel Superhero Stalwarts Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans In Dexter Fletcher-Directed ‘Ghosted’

Apple, Skydance Reuniting Marvel Superhero Stalwarts Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans In Dexter Fletcher-Directed ‘Ghosted’
Exclusive: Apple Studios has set a high profile project that will reteam Marvel stalwarts Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans in Ghosted, a romantic action adventure that will be directed by Dexter Fletcher. He helmed Rocketman and finished Bohemian Rhapsody. The stars are in advanced negotiations. The script is by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the writers of the Deadpool films and Zombieland, and most recently scripted Escape from Spiderhead. They hatched the idea and sold it to Skydance as a pitch.

This becomes the latest deal for David Ellison’s Skydance, which is coming off the Chris Pratt-starrer The Tomorrow War, which was distributed by Amazon, the Michael B. Jordan-starrer Without Remorse, and just set Victoria Mahoney to direct Old Guard 2, the Netflix sequel. It gives another plum title for Apple, which just opened the Sundance sensation Coda, and is in production on the Martin Scorsese-directed Killers of the Flower Moon,
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Daily Podcast: Did You Know About The Ghostbusters Pee Tubes? Plus: Black Canary, The Old Guard 2, And More

Daily Podcast: Did You Know About The Ghostbusters Pee Tubes? Plus: Black Canary, The Old Guard 2, And More
On the August 27, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by senior writer and chief film critic Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and TV news, including a Black Canary movie, The Old Guard 2, The Lion King prequel, the next project from the guys behind American Vandal, and Ghostbusters.

Opening Banter:

In The News:

Chris: Black Canary Movie in the Works with Jurnee Smollet Reprising Role and Misha Green Writing

Ben: The Old Guard 2 Recruits a New Director with Star Wars Veteran Victoria Mahoney

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The Old Guard 2 Moves Forward with Charlize Theron Returning and a New Director

The Old Guard 2 Moves Forward with Charlize Theron Returning and a New Director
After a few months of waiting and looking, The Old Guard 2 has found its director in Victoria Mahoney. Currently in the works at Netflix, the upcoming sequel will bring back Charlize Theron and the other core cast members of the original. After directing the original movie, Gina Prince-Bythewood opted not to return for the sequel, though she wished Mahoney well with her work on part two.

"I love The Old Guard and the story and characters I was honored to put into the world. It was exciting to disrupt the genre," said Prince-Bythewood in a statement, per Deadline. "I have decided not to direct the sequel, but will stay on as a producer. I leave our franchise in good hands as my girl Vic Mahoney takes on this next chapter."

"Genuinely blown backwards by the collective levels of talent, skill and savvy that went into carving The Old Guard,
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The Old Guard 2 Recruits A New Director With Star Wars Veteran Victoria Mahoney

The Old Guard 2 Recruits A New Director With Star Wars Veteran Victoria Mahoney
"The Old Guard 2" has found its director. Victoria Mahoney, who became the first woman and the first Black woman to direct on a "Star Wars" film when she served as the second-unit director on J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," will helm the sequel to "The Old Guard," Netflix's 2020 action film which starred Charlize Theron as an immortal warrior. Deadline reports that Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngo, and Chiwetel Ejiofor will all return to reprise their roles. Greg Rucka – who wrote the first film and the comic on which this franchise is based – has already...

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Victoria Mahoney To Direct ‘The Old Guard 2’ For Netflix With Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne & More Returning

Victoria Mahoney To Direct ‘The Old Guard 2’ For Netflix With Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne & More Returning
It’s no surprise that Netflix is working on a sequel to “The Old Guard.” Right after the first film debuted last year, the streaming platform was quick to tout massive viewership numbers and say it is one of the most-watched pieces of original content the streamer has released. So, while we are definitely getting “The Old Guard 2,” it doesn’t appear that the original film’s director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, is going to return to the new franchise.

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Victoria Mahoney to Direct Charlize Theron in ‘The Old Guard’ Sequel

Victoria Mahoney to Direct Charlize Theron in ‘The Old Guard’ Sequel
Netflix has tapped Victoria Mahoney to direct its sequel to “The Old Guard,” the superhero action-adventure led by Charlize Theron.

The Old Guard” premiered on Netflix in July 2020 and, by the streaming service’s vague metrics, appears to have been a hit, garnering 78 million views in its first four weeks. Along with Theron, the returning cast will include KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngo and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Gina Prince-Bythewood directed the first film, based on the comic book by Greg Rucka, but opted not to return for the follow-up because she’s busy working on several projects, including Sony’s “The Woman King” starring Viola Davis. Prince-Bythewood was eager to pass the reins to Mahoney, who recently served as second unit director on the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

“I love ‘The Old Guard’ and the story and characters I was honored to put into the world,
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‘The Old Guard 2’: Netflix And Skydance Tap Victoria Mahoney To Direct Next Installment As Charlize Theron And KiKi Layne Close Deals To Return

‘The Old Guard 2’: Netflix And Skydance Tap Victoria Mahoney To Direct Next Installment As Charlize Theron And KiKi Layne Close Deals To Return
Exclusive: A year after becoming one of Netflix’s most popular original films to date, the sequel to The Old Guard is gearing up quickly as Netflix and Skydance zero in on a next director to take the helm. Sources tell Deadline that Victoria Mahoney has come on to direct The Old Guard 2, with stars Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngo and Chiwetel Ejiofor returning to reprise their roles.

Mahoney steps in for Gina Prince-Bythewood, who directed the first but decided to not come back to helm the sequel as the success of the first film has led to several news jobs including Sony’s The Woman King starring Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu.

“I love The Old Guard and the story and characters I was honored to put into the world. It was exciting to disrupt the genre,” said Prince-Bythewood. “I have
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Charlize Theron’s ‘Old Guard’ Sequel Lands Victoria Mahoney as Director

Charlize Theron’s ‘Old Guard’ Sequel Lands Victoria Mahoney as Director
Victoria Mahoney, the history-making Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker second unit director, has been tapped to direct the sequel to The Old Guard, Netflix’s Charlize Theron action franchise.

Gina Prince-Bythewood directed the first film, which adapted the comic by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández, but the filmmaker decided not to return as she focuses on other projects. In a statement accompanying Netflix’s announcement, she said she felt good leaving it in Mahoney’s hands.

“I love The Old Guard and the story and characters I was honored to put into the world,” Prince-Bythewood said in a statement. “It was exciting to disrupt the genre....
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Little Sympathy In Hollywood As Derek Chauvin Is Sentenced To 22 Years In Prison; See The Reactions

Little Sympathy In Hollywood As Derek Chauvin Is Sentenced To 22 Years In Prison; See The Reactions
Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, convicted in April on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the 2020 murder of George Floyd, was sentenced on Friday to 22 years in prison.

The sentencing came after the judge rejected the disgraced officer’s motion for a new trial on Friday. Prosecutors asked for a 30-year sentence. Chauvin, 45, will likely serve 15 years of that, according to CNN.

Reaction in Hollywood was swift. There were a wide range of responses — everyone from Ava DuVernay to Piers Morgan — but there was little sympathy for Derek Chauvin.

Duvernay wrote four lines of text, each of them emphasizing that “Derek Chauvin is a murderer.”

Joe Biden Says Derek Chauvin’s Sentence Seems “Appropriate”

Director/writer/producer Victoria Mahoney called the 22.5 year sentence, “a joke,” before asking, “And what’s the .5 for?”

Morgan said he hopes Chauvin will “rot in jail.”

Floyd family lawyer
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‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Star Colman Domingo on His Vintage Home Design and ‘Retro’ Fashion Favorites: “I’m Kind of a Purist”

‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Star Colman Domingo on His Vintage Home Design and ‘Retro’ Fashion Favorites: “I’m Kind of a Purist”
After nearly three decades as a character actor — “You do your work and go home,” he says — Colman Domingo is enjoying a breakout moment. An Independent Spirit Award nominee for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and a series regular on Euphoria and Fear the Walking Dead, Domingo, 51, also is the host of his own 20-minute interview and cocktail-making program, AMC’s Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s.

The year-old show, whose guests have included directors Radha Blank and Victoria Mahoney, is now in its third season. He films it via video chat from the midcentury modern home he shares in ...
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Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast Celebrates Black History Month

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Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast Celebrates Black History Month
Ever since the very first episode of Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast with actor Sinqua Walls, the New Hollywood Podcast celebrates Black culture and talent 12 months out of the year. February is Black History Month so we like to put extra shine on Black Hollywood and recognize the achievements of the community and how they have paved the way and pushed the needle further when it comes to diversity and representation in film & TV.

From trailblazers like Ava DuVernay, RuPaul Charles, Janet Mock, Lena Waithe and Issa Rae to talent like Michael B.Jordan, Robin Thede, Daveed Diggs, Yahya Abdul Mateen II and Renee Elise Goldsberry that has taken the industry by storm, New Hollywood has always championed Black actors, filmmakers, producers and writers and will continue to do so after February.

That said, we have compiled a list of our Black guests that have appeared on New Hollywood out of our 134 episodes.
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Patty Jenkins to Direct ‘Star Wars’ Movie ‘Rogue Squadron’

Patty Jenkins to Direct ‘Star Wars’ Movie ‘Rogue Squadron’
Patty Jenkins will direct a new “Star Wars” movie, titled “Rogue Squadron,” it was announced during Thursday’s Disney Investor conference.

It’s slated for Christmas 2023, and is set to follow pilots across the “Star Wars” universe.

We are thrilled to have the great Patty Jenkins directing our @StarWars feature film Rogue Squadron, and as a true admirer of her work, it is an honor to have Patty directing her next film for us! https://t.co/5jKqaQ6Guk

— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) December 10, 2020

The news makes Jenkins the first woman to direct a “Star Wars” feature film; Victoria Mahoney was the first woman on a “Star Wars” directing team, serving as second unit director on “The Rise of Skywalker.” Deborah Chow also directed an episode of “The Mandalorian” Season 1, and is helming the upcoming Disney Plus series “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

Jenkins is no stranger to milestones, though. In 2017, she became the
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Hollywood Celebrates Major Representation Milestones In 2020 Election

Hollywood Celebrates Major Representation Milestones In 2020 Election
As the country awaits the final results of the presidential election, there were major strides when it came to the representation of people of color and the LGBTQ community on many fronts — many film and TV figures from Hollywood celebrated as the world saw progress in the House and Senate.

The Squad” which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts won re-election to Congress and they have added more powerful voices to their crew including Cori Bush who was the first Black Congresswoman in the history of Missouri. Director Victoria Mahoney and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall were one of the many that sent their congratulations to Bush.

In addition to Bush, antiestablishment liberal and former school principal Jamaal Bowman defeated Conservative Party candidate Patrick McManus to take a seat in Congress.

The
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‘Shadow Force’: ‘Star Wars’ Second Unit Director Victoria Mahoney Will Helm Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown Action-Drama

‘Shadow Force’: ‘Star Wars’ Second Unit Director Victoria Mahoney Will Helm Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown Action-Drama
Victoria Mahoney, the second unit director on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is set to helm the upcoming flick Shadow Force. The Lionsgate action-drama starring Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown follows an estranged husband and wife who find themselves on the run from their former shadow ops unit. Leon Chills (Spinning Out) and Joe Carnahan (Narc) wrote the […]

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Victoria Mahoney to Direct ‘Shadow Force’ Starring Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown

Victoria Mahoney to Direct ‘Shadow Force’ Starring Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown
Victoria Mahoney is set to direct “Shadow Force,” an action-drama starring Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown, for Lionsgate.

Mahoney previously served as a second unit director on “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” making her the first woman ever to hold a directing credit on a “Star Wars” movie.

“Shadow Force” follows an estranged husband and wife (portrayed by Washington and Brown) with a bounty on their heads. They are forced to go on the run with their son to avoid their former employer — a unit of shadow ops that has been sent to kill them. Leon Chills and Joe Carnahan wrote the screenplay.

“Victoria is one of the most impressive and in-demand directors working today,” Erin Westerman, president of production for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “Like with all of her work, she will bring iconic action, warmth, style, and gravitas to ‘Shadow Force.
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Victoria Mahoney to Direct Action Film ‘Shadow Force’ With Kerry Washington, Sterling K Brown

Victoria Mahoney to Direct Action Film ‘Shadow Force’ With Kerry Washington, Sterling K Brown
Lionsgate has hired Victoria Mahoney to direct “Shadow Force,” an action film starring Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown, the studio announced Monday.

Mahoney has worked extensively in TV on shows like “Power,” “American Crime,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Queen Sugar” and most recently “Lovecraft Country,” but she became the first woman to ever direct on a “Star Wars” film when she served as a second unit director on “The Rise of Skywalker.”

Mahoney will direct “Shadow Force” from a script by Leon Chills and Joe Carnahan about an estranged husband and wife with a bounty on their heads who must go on the run with their son to avoid their former employer, a unit of shadow ops that has been sent to kill them.

Washington and Brown are also both producing “Shadow Force” through her Simpson Street production company and his Indian Meadows Productions, as is Stephen “Dr.” Love through Made With Love Media.
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‘Rise Of Skywalker’ Second Unit Director Victoria Mahoney To Helm Lionsgate Action Drama ‘Shadow Force’

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‘Rise Of Skywalker’ Second Unit Director Victoria Mahoney To Helm Lionsgate Action Drama ‘Shadow Force’
Victoria Mahoney, who is the first woman ever to direct a Star War movie, will direct the Kerry Washington-Sterling K. Brown action drama Shadow Force for Lionsgate. Mahoney served as the second unit director on Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Shadow Force, written by Leon Chills and Joe Carnahan, follows an estranged husband and wife with a bounty on their heads who must go on the run with their son to avoid their former employer – a unit of shadow ops that has been sent to kill them.

Shadow Force is being produced by Stephen “Dr.” Love, who is producing through his Made with Love Media company, along with Washington, who is producing through her production company Simpson Street; Brown, who is producing through his Indian Meadows Productions; and Simpson Street’s Pilar Savone. The film is executive produced by Indian Meadows’ Danielle Reardon, Jennifer Wiley-Stockton, and by Katherine Atkinson.
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‘Star Wars’ Alum Victoria Mahoney to Direct Sterling K. Brown Action Movie ‘Shadow Force’

‘Star Wars’ Alum Victoria Mahoney to Direct Sterling K. Brown Action Movie ‘Shadow Force’
Victoria Mahoney, who became the first woman ever to direct on a Star Wars movie when she served as second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, has been tapped to direct Lionsgate's action-drama Shadow Force starring Sterling K. Brown and Kerry Washington. Written by Leon Chills and Joe Carnahan, Shadow Force follows an estranged couple with a bounty on their heads who must go on the run with their son to avoid their former employer -- a unit of shadow ops that has been sent to kill them. Brown and Washington will produce via their respective companies Indian …
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