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Diego Tinoco Explains How Social Media Fuels the Modern Tragedy of R#J

Diego Tinoco Explains How Social Media Fuels the Modern Tragedy of R#J
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Every generation has their iteration of the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, whether it's the titular 1968 film directed by Franco Zeffirelli or the iconic Baz Luhrmann-directed 1996 feature starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Now, there's R#J, Carey Williams's bold technological take on the tragic tale of teenage lovers that spins the traditional story on its head. In the Gen-z-centric adaptation, which premiered at the virtual Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 30, Williams poses the question of what would happen if Romeo and Juliet were members of the social media-savvy generation that have only lived in a world where everything happens online.

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Almost the entire film is told through screens as the characters go from Instagram timelines to text messages, photo galleries, Spotify playlists, and FaceTime calls. It can be dizzying,
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‘R#J’ Review: Romeo and Juliet, According to Their Social Media Accounts

‘R#J’ Review: Romeo and Juliet, According to Their Social Media Accounts
William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has long endured as one of the written word’s greatest love stories, but what’s often forgotten among the “star-crossed lovers” and the dumb rage of familial feuds is just how nutty hormone-addled teenagers can be. It was true in the 16th century when The Bard committed its story to paper — based on a number of earlier tales — and then the stage; it was true when Franco Zeffirelli made his 1968 film, and when Baz Luhrmann updated it in 1996; and it’s certainly true in 2021.

For the latest — and, given the ways teenagers interact these days, wholly inevitable — adaptation, filmmaker Williams’ “R#J” joins a growing cadre of “screen films,” this one bolstered by the producing and technological talents of Timur Bekmambetov and Igor Tsay’s Screenlife platform, which aims to build the best screen-set films in a market beset by them.

The screen elements of “R#J,
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‘R#J’ Film Review: Shakespeare for Social Media? Lol, Ok

‘R#J’ Film Review: Shakespeare for Social Media? Lol, Ok
If every generation gets the “Romeo and Juliet” it deserves, well, Gen Z may need to wait a little longer for theirs. It probably won’t be Sundance entry “R#J,” which is so intently of-the-moment it almost feels dated before the credits roll.

For his first feature, director Carey Williams uses Screenlife — in which the entire story unfolds on devices — to retell Shakespeare’s timeless tale, with a few notable twists. This time, Romeo and Juliet fall in love while DMing each other emojis and gifs from “The Office.” Purists need not apply, of course, but that’s Ok: the Bard can stand up to interpretations from any era. Then again, where’s the dignity in Dwight Schrute? And can we really consider nearly-nude selfies (So. Many. Selfies.) a worthy upgrade?

What “R#J” does have going for it is a diverse cast that reflects a wider range of adolescence than most adaptations.
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Woody McClain Joins ‘The Harder They Fall’; Luke Barnett Lands ‘Jacir’ & ‘Whose Child’ – Film Casting Briefs

Woody McClain Joins ‘The Harder They Fall’; Luke Barnett Lands ‘Jacir’ & ‘Whose Child’ – Film Casting Briefs
Woody McClain, who currently appears in the Starz Power spinoff, Power Book II: Ghost, has been added to the cast of The Harder They Fall. The Netflix western stars Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, Rj Cyler, and Oscar winner Regina King. Jeymes Samuel, who co-wrote the screenplay with Boaz Yakin, is directing the pic. It’s about an outlaw Nat Love (Majors) who discovers that the man (Elba) who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison, he reunites with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge. Jay-Z, James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender, and Samuel are producing. McClain’s other credits include The Bobby Brown Story, The New Edition Story, and indie comedy Death of a Telemarketer.

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Faith Based star Luke Barnett has signed on for two indie dramas, the Waheed AlQawasmi-directed Arabic/English-language drama Jacir,
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VH1 Re-Airing Scream: Resurrection On Halloween Eve

VH1 Re-Airing Scream: Resurrection On Halloween Eve
With Scream 5 in production now, this Halloween is the perfect time for fans of the franchise to catch up on a whole avenue of the meta-horror saga that they may have missed: the Scream TV series. The first two seasons aired on MTV from 2015-2016 but the show was then completely rebooted with a new storyline and cast, with VH1 airing Scream: Resurrection, a 6-part standalone season that brought the series to a close, in 2019. And now you can catch it again this Halloween Eve.

VH1 is reshowing all six episodes on Friday, October 30th, beginning with the season premiere at 6Pm Est and concluding with the finale, which ends at midnight, just in time for the beginning of Halloween.

6pm Est – “The Deadfast Club” 7pm Est- “Devil’s Night” 8pm Est – “The Man Behind the Mask” 9pm Est – “Ports in the Storm” 10pm Est – “Blindspots” 11pm Est – “Endgame” Scream: Resurrection
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Idris Elba signs up for Baltasar Kormakur thriller ‘Beast’

Idris Elba signs up for Baltasar Kormakur thriller ‘Beast’
Idris Elba has signed up to star in Baltasar Kormakur’s survival thriller ‘Beast’ at Universal.

Based on an idea from Jaime Primak-Sullivan, Kormakur will direct and produce from a script by ‘Rampage’ scribe Ryan Engle.

Plot details are being kept locked up by Universal.

Will Packer and James Lopez will also produce through their Will Packer Productions. Kormakur will produce through his Rvk Studios. Primak-Sullivan will executive produce.

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The Icelandic director Kormakur, is best known for his work on 2018’s ‘Adrift’ starring Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley, ‘Everest’ and the Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg feature ‘2 Guns’.

Elba, as usual, is keeping himself busy in front and behind the camera. He stars in ‘Concrete Cowboy’ which premiered recently at the Toronto Film Festival. He will also star in
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Idris Elba to Star in Survival Thriller ‘Beast’ for Universal

Idris Elba to Star in Survival Thriller ‘Beast’ for Universal
Idris Elba will star in the survival thriller “Beast” for Universal Pictures with Baltasar Kormakur directing and producing.

Universal is keeping the story line under wraps. “Rampage” writer Ryan Engle wrote the script, based on an idea from Jaime Primak-Sullivan.

Will Packer and James Lopez will also produce through their Will Packer Productions. Kormakur will produce through his Rvk Studios. Primak-Sullivan will executive produce. Packer, Lopez, Primak-Sullivan and Engle worked together on the 2018 thriller “Breaking In.”

Universal’s executive vice president of production Matt Reilly and creative executive Tony Ducret will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

Elba starred in “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” for Universal. His “Concrete Cowboy,” in which he portrays a modern-day cowboy in Philadelphia, premiered several weeks ago at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. He’ll star as Bloodsport in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” for DC Entertainment and is attached
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Regina King, Lakeith Stanfield and more join cast of ‘The Harder They Fall’

Regina King, Lakeith Stanfield and more join cast of ‘The Harder They Fall’
Regina King and Lakeith Stanfield are amongst a whole host of talent to join the all-black western ‘The Harder They Fall’.

King and Stanfield star alongside Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, Laz Alonso, Edi Gathegi and Rj Cyler and will join Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors on the cast.

Coming from The Bullitts singer-songwriter turned filmmaker Jeymes Samuel, the story follows Nat Love (Majors) who discovers that Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) , the man who killed his parents two decades ago, is being released from prison. He reunites with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge.

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The feature will be directed by Samuel, who also co-wrote the screenplay alongside Boaz Yakin. Samuel will also produce alongside Lawrence Bender, James Lassiter and Jay-Z.

King was last seen on the big screen in Barry Jenkins
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Jay-z's Netflix Western The Harder They Fall Lines Up an A-List Cast

Jay-z's Netflix Western The Harder They Fall Lines Up an A-List Cast
Netflix has assembled a massive, A-list cast of talent for The Harder They Fall. The upcoming western, which comes from director Jeymes Samuel, was announced last year, with Idris Elba leading the cast alongside Jonathan Majors. Now, the company has revealed the full ensemble for the movie, which is, in a word, stacked.

New additions to the cast include Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Regina King, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi and Rj Cyler. There is no word yet on when production is set to begin but Jeymes Samuel will have an army of talent for his feature directorial debut. Netflix revealed the casting news on Twitter, saying the following.

"Okay, the anticipation for 'The Harder They Fall' just got super real!! The amazing Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi and Rj Cyler join Jonathan Majors and Idris Elba in the Western,
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Regina King Joins Idris Elba-Jonathan Majors Western ‘The Harder They Fall’

Regina King Joins Idris Elba-Jonathan Majors Western ‘The Harder They Fall’
Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Edi Gathegi, Danielle Deadwyler and Rj Cyler have joined Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors in the Netflix Western “The Harder They Fall.”

Producers are Jay-Z, James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender, and Jeymes Samuel, also known as The Bullitts. He previously collaborated with Jay-Z on “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack and will re-team with Jay-Z to write and produce original music for “The Harder They Fall.”

Samuel and Boaz Yakin are the screenwriters. Majors is portraying the outlaw Nat Love, who discovers that his enemy, Rufus Buck (Elba), is being released from prison, so he reunites his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Elba and Major were first attached to the project late last year.

King won the Academy Award for supporting actress last year for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” She made her feature film directorial debut with “One Night in Miami,
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Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Oscar Winner Regina King, More Join Idris Elba & Jonathan Majors In ‘The Harder They Fall’ Western At Netflix

Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Oscar Winner Regina King, More Join Idris Elba & Jonathan Majors In ‘The Harder They Fall’ Western At Netflix
Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo as well as Oscar and Emmy award-winning actress Regina King have signed on for The Harder They Fall, the all-Black western feature set at Netflix.

Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, and Rj Cyler will also co-star.

The new additions are joining previously announced stars Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors in the film, which is being directed by first-time feature helmer Jeymes Samuel a.k.a The Bullitts.

Jay-Z, James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender, and Samuel are producing.

Written by Samuel and Boaz Yakin, the plot follows outlaw Nat Love (Majors) who discovers that the man (Elba) who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison, he reunites with his gang to track
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Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz Join ‘The Harder They Fall’

Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz Join ‘The Harder They Fall’
Netflix has revealed the full cast of the Western led by Jonathan Majors and Idris Elba called “The Harder They Fall,” with Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, Rj Cyler and Oscar winner Regina King all joining the film.

The Harder They Fall” is a revenge Western directed by Jeymes Samuel, the singer-songwriter, producer and director better known as The Bullitts. He’s also teaming up with his collaborator Jay-Z to write and produce original music for the film.

In this Western, outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy, Rufus Buck (Idris Elba), is being released from prison, so he reunites his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge.

Samuel co-wrote “The Harder They Fall” with Boaz Yakin, and he’ll also produce alongside Jay-Z, James Lassiter and Lawrence Bender. Samuel and Jay-Z previously worked together on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby.
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Regina King, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo Join Jay-Z’s Netflix Movie

Regina King, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo Join Jay-Z’s Netflix Movie
Director Jeymes Samuel and producer Jay-Z are lining up an all-star cast of top Black talent for their upcoming Netflix movie The Harder They Fall, as Oscar-winning actress Regina King has joined the stylish Western along with Emmy nominee Zazie Beetz and her fellow Atlanta stars Lakeith Stanfield and Danielle Deadwyler, as well as this year's Oscar hopeful Delroy Lindo, Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class) and Rj Cyler (White Boy Rick). Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country) and Idris Elba star in the all-Black Western, which follows outlaw Nat Love (Majors) as he rounds up his …
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Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba Netflix Western Rounds Out Cast: Beetz, Stanfield, King, Lindo

Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba Netflix Western Rounds Out Cast: Beetz, Stanfield, King, Lindo
Netflix’s “The Harder They Fall” is shaping up to be one of the streamer’s major upcoming titles. A Black-dominated western, the film directed by Jeymes Samuel was first announced back in fall 2019 with Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors starring, but now has added more to the cast — including several 2020 awards season contenders.

Joining the cast will be Zazie Beetz (a 2018 Primetime Emmy nominee for “Atlanta”), Delroy Lindo (an Oscar contender for Spike Lee’s Netflix movie “Da 5 Bloods”), Lakeith Stanfield (“Sorry to Bother You”), and Regina King. Also starring in the film will be Rj Cyler (“White Boy Rick” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), Danielle Deadwyler (“Watchmen”), and Edi Gathegi (“X-Men: First Class”).

Directed by Samuel, also known as singer/songwriter and producer The Bullitts, and co-written by Samuel and Boaz Yakin, “The Harder They Fall” centers on outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors), who discovers that his enemy,
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Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield and Delroy Lindo Cast in Western ‘The Harder They Fall’

Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield and Delroy Lindo Cast in Western ‘The Harder They Fall’
Joker actress Zazie Beetz, Da 5 Blood’s Delroy Lindo, Sorry to Bother You star Lakeith Stanfield, and Watchmen topliner Regina King have been lassoed for The Harder They Fall, a Western revenge thriller from Netflix.

Danielle Deadwyler (Atlanta), Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class), Rj Cyler (Scream: The TV Series) are also on the Wanted poster, joining headliners Jonathan Majors and Idris Elba as the production seeks to get back on the saddle after being derailed by the coronavirus shutdown.

Jeymes Samuel, who is also known as singer-songwriter The Bullitts, will make his directorial debut with the all-Black Western. The film is being produced ...
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New Power Rangers Movie Takes Place in TV Show Continuity, More Big Details Revealed?

New Power Rangers Movie Takes Place in TV Show Continuity, More Big Details Revealed?
A new report claims that the planned Power Rangers movie reboot will take place within the continuity of the TV show franchise. The new characters being introduced will belong to the canon spread out over 28 years, and it's possible for past rangers to appear in this new iteration. More big changes have also been revealed.

Since their debut in the early 1990s, the Power Rangers have had a vast assortment of series, spin-offs and toy lines, with the martial arts fighting superheroes continuing to be popular even today. Their last big screen adventure back in 2017 was met with mixed reviews and a lackluster box office, leaving fans wondering when Hasbro and Paramount Pictures will next attempt to bring the multi-colored warriors to theaters. Well, according to a new report, this is being discussed as we speak, with sources revealing several new details regarding what they have planned for the movie.
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Unused Power Rangers 2 Concept Art Reveals the Green Ranger

Unused Power Rangers 2 Concept Art Reveals the Green Ranger
A recently released piece of concept art shows what the Green Ranger would have looked like had the sequel to 2017's Power Rangers ever come to fruition. With the first movie teasing the Green Ranger's arrival, fans were excited to see what the fan-favorite ninja warrior would like in Power Rangers 2, but alas, due to the first movie's poor critical and commercial response, they were left wanting.

The artwork comes from digital artist AwedopeArts, who also stated that they, like others, were desperate to see a sequel to Power Rangers take shape and bring the Green Ranger to the big screen.

The Green Ranger design is very in-keeping with the look of the rest of the updated Power Rangers, whose suits fall somewhere between Iron Man and the updated Robocop. As well as the updated costume, the Green Ranger is also wielding a modernized version of the Sword of Darkness,
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‘On My Block’s Diego Tinoco, Siddiq Saunderson Set For ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Screenlife Adaptation From Producer Timur Bekmambetov

‘On My Block’s Diego Tinoco, Siddiq Saunderson Set For ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Screenlife Adaptation From Producer Timur Bekmambetov
Exclusive: Diego Tinoco, best known for the Netflix series, On My Block, and Siddiq Saunderson of Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga, will co-star In R#J, a modern-day adaptation of the Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet from producers Timur Bekmambetov and Igor Tsay. Carey Williams is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Rickie Castaneda.

Tinoco will take on the role of Tybalt. Saunderson is Mercutio. Additional cast includes Camaron Engels (Malibu Rescue) as Romeo, Francesca Noel (Selah and the Spades) as Juliet, and Rj Cyler (Power Rangers) as Benvolio.

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This marks the first project under Bekmambetov and Tsay’s newly-launched Interface Films banner.
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New Power Rangers Movie Set in the '90s Is Happening at Paramount

New Power Rangers Movie Set in the '90s Is Happening at Paramount
Another Power Rangers reboot is now in the works at Paramount with The End of the F---ing World creator Jonathan Entwistle in talks to direct. Featuring an all-new story with no relation to the 2017 movie, the screenplay will be penned by Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway scribe Patrick Burleigh. Hasbro is also producing under its Allspark Pictures film banner after buying the rights from Haim Saban last year.

This upcoming reboot will take the Power Rangers franchise back to its roots by setting the story in the '90s, around the time Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first debuted on television. Reportedly, the story will involve time travel to somehow transport the new kids back to the '90s, leaving them to find a way to return to the present decade. This plot description teases the idea of including characters from the show's early seasons, but it's not clear if the
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The CW Buys Friends Comedy From Hannah Marks, Ben Stiller & Corinne Brinkerhoff

Exclusive: The CW has put in development a friends comedy from Hannah Marks (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), Ben Stiller’s Red Hour, No Tomorrow creator Corinne Brinkerhoff and CBS Television Studios, where Brinkerhoff is under a deal.

The Untitled Hannah Marks Project, written by Marks, is a five-minutes-in-the-future comedic drama about four female friends navigating their 20s. The show explores classic coming-of-age themes like love, friendship, identity and sexuality, all through a futuristic high-tech lens.

Marks serves as co-executive producer on the project. Stiller, Nicky Weinstock and Jackie Cohn executive produce for Stiller’s Red Hour with Brinkeroff and Tiffany Grant via Green Ribbon. CBS Television Studios is the studio.

Marks wrote and directed the 2018 feature After Everything starring Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe and Marisa Tomei. As an actress, Marks is known for her role as Amanda Brotzman on BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
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