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Quendrith Johnson

Quendrith Johnson is Los Angeles Correspondent covering everything happening in film in Hollywood... Well, the most interesting things, anyway.
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Steven Spielberg Kicks Off AFI MOVIE CLUB for COVID-19 Shuts-Ins, Sheltered, Everybody

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Here's something fun for your WFH (work from home) and hunkered-down Coronavirus Life from Uncle Spielberg and AFI... Curated by Screenmancer Staff from AFI - Los Angeles, CA (03/31/2020): The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the launch of AFI Movie Club – a daily virtual gathering to leverage our collective love of film on behalf of optimism in this time of global uncertainty. AFI Trustee Steven Spie...

Director Peter Bogdanovich’s Own Plot Thickens on TCM’s Podcast in April

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Apparently the late Robert Evans isn’t the only kid who stays in the picture business, as storied director Peter Bogdanovich, 80, gives him a run for the money on TCM’s “The Plot Thickens” podcast bowing on April 28. Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, grandson of Herman J. Mankiewicz AKA writer of CITIZEN KANE, they share not only Welles as a common denominator, but the unconditional love of cinema. Structured serial episodes...

Newer EU Platform SPAMFLIX Streams MIMICRY FREAKS Before Theatrical

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you've never heard of SPAMFLIX, it's a streaming platform founded a couple years ago that is making a bold move into alternative (read: arthouse) distribution via the interwebs, but also in select theaters. Their hashtag is fairly blunt in this Coronavrus crisis, lol. Read on... EU (03/30/20): SPAMFLIX, a TVOD platform for arthouse and cult films, will stream MIMICRY FREAKS on April 2, ahead of theatrical release. It’...

Writer/Director Tayarisha Poe's Debut SELAH & THE SPADES From Amazon Checks In

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Amazon Originals offers something new on April 17, and here's what they say about SELAH & THE SPADES. Written and Directed by first-timer Tayarisha Poe, SELAH is produced by Lauren McBride, Drew Houpt and Lucas Joaquin. The film headlines Lovie Simone, Celeste O’Connor, Jharrel Jerome with Jesse Williams and Gina Torres...  TAKE THESE GIRLS SERIOUSLY In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us i...

The Woody Allen Memoir... We Need the Dregs?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Who writes a memoir in defense of marrying their step-daughter? You guessed it: Woody Allen. And with his new memoir - that was axed by Hachette and brought back to life elsewhere - we all get to wrestle with this Shakespearean dilemma… To buy, or not to buy? Whether ’tis nobler to read the slings and arrows pointed at Mia, or to take up arms against “Apropos of Nothing” and fling it against the wall. Yes, that is bad S...

NEON Goes Worldwide With Amy Seimetz’s SXSW Fave SHE DIES TOMORROW

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   While the coronavirus, or COVID-19, updates rage from crowned heads of EU to uncrowned rank and file New Yorkers, here's an apocalytpic "existential thriller" to live for... Curated by Screenmancer Staff NEW YORK, NY(3/25/20): NEON announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to Amy Seimetz’s apocalyptic existential thriller SHE DIES TOMORROW, an official selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. Inadvert...

MAGIC PILLS vs Science Doc Streams & This is COVID-19 Timely for Debate

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent  If you’ve been listening to the coverage of the “pandemic” AKA Coronavirus AKA COVID-19, the novel superbug sweeping the world, you’ve probably heard a lot of science and speculation or both. From heads of nations to heads of research teams, talking heads are in triage mode over this RNA cell-unlocking hybrid CRISPR virus that just won’t go away quietly. So, here’s a documentary entitled MAGIC PILLS from O...

Kino Lorber Combats Coronavirus: "Kino Marquee" to Stream During Shutdowns

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent  Here's a bright spot during all the COVID-19 closures and shuttering of art house cinemas... read on. Curated by Screenmancer Staff New York, NY (03/19/2020): Kino Lorber announces today that it is launching a virtual theatrical exhibition initiative called Kino Marquee to enable movie theaters shuttered by the coronavirus outbreak to continue to serve their audiences and generate revenue in this difficult time. The initiative also ...

Max Von Sydow Dies March 9, Honored in Rare Archival Interview

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent With the passing of Swedish actor Max Von Sydow on March 9, 2020, a rare exclusive interview... THIS INTERVIEW FIRST APPEARED IN "VENICE" MAGAZINE AS A COVER STORY BY QUENDRITH JOHNSON. "He's in Room 652," the Concierge at The Beverly Regent whispers, "go right on up,." This unnecessary whispering highlights the fact that Max von Sydow carries with him a certain stately presence... He is, after all, p...

It Missed Awards Season, But SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER Lives On #MMIW

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent LOS ANGELES, CA: Some films are timely in a way that makes them eternal on your screens, as well as in your heart, and SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER is a movie that will break your heart but open your eyes at the same time. First consider the hashtag associated with this picture: #MMIW. It stands for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (and girls). In this documentary it pertains to the Native Nations across the North America. In April, there wi...

Here's Shia LaBeouf's HONEY BOY Script Which Will Inspire You

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Although Awards Season 2020 overlooked the gut-wrenching movie HONEY BOY from Amazon Studios, Shia LaBeouf's script for his film is a unicorn piece of unforgettable writing. Here's a chance to read his work, in the spirit of openness and creativity, provided by Shia and his team. First find info and tickets on Amazon Studio's official destination for HONEY BOY. There's also a clip below to put the words in context. And the...

ICYMI: Tom Hanks Tipped You Oscar Night About Academy Museum Opening

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent We're taking a day off here after the Oscars to let The Academy share some great news for film fans and pros... Curated by Screenmancer Staff from The Academy LOS ANGELES, CA: At the 92nd Academy Awards® ceremony, Tom Hanks announced to the audience in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and to millions of broadcast viewers around the world, that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open to the public on Monday, December 14, 20...

Oscars2020 Take Flack, But Hey It’s Once Upon A Hollywood, Get Over It

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent LOS ANGELES, CA: So JOKER’s Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor Brad Pitt from ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD took some serious incoming Social Media ire after Sunday’s 92nd Academy Awards telecast, for what? Being less political than many other past Oscar broadcasts. Remember DEAD MAN WALKING’s helmer speeches, the days of Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins? C’mon, truth be told, JOKER is a Camus...

Indie Spirit’s Best Adam Sandler Zings Oscar Snub, Feather-weight Leads, But Rocks Win List

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Yes, this 35th Independent Spirit Awards show had a star speech that will last through the ages - or at least be talked about at the Oscars tonight. It was comedy's mostly respectable curmudgeon Adam Sandler that lit up the gala with his own uncut acceptance for Best Lead Actor for UNCUT GEMS that blew away the boring cloud over this year’s heavily predicted and perhaps predictable Awards Season. And you have to see it to appreciate...

Paramount Teases TOP GUN: MAVERICK New Faces, Miles Teller, Sneak Peek

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent The wait is over; today Paramount released the new faces to accompany original franchise frontier Tom Cruise. The notables in the air include: Miles Teller (WHIPLASH), and more with the following Top Gun handles. Miles Teller, Lt. Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw, TGM from Paramount Pictures, Skydance & Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Teller is Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw; Glen Powell is “Hangman.” Lewis Pullman (...

Brad Pitt Admits Turning Down THE MATRIX, But Maltin Master’s Life Has Been Surreal

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent SANTA BARBARA, CA (1/23/2020): Brad Pitt continued his victory lap around the Awards Circuit with the Maltin Modern Master Award from 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presented by UGG last night. The festival pulled out the big guns with Leonard Maltin conducting the sold-out tribute to Brad Pitt like the maestro of media that he is with this eponymous award. The Hollywood Leading Man admitted up front, “I did...

BIRDS OF PREY Margot Robbie, Whipped Cream, Doja Cat Take Over Hollywood & Highland

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Los Angeles, CA (1/23/20): Margot Robbie from BOMBSHELL lands at Hollywood & Highland tonight with her BIRDS OF PREY crew along with musical performances by the film’s soundtrack artists Charlotte Lawrence, Doja Cat and a DJ set by Whipped Cream. Actually, Robbie and some of the cast of Birds of Prey will take over Hollywood’s most famous intersection with an immersive space filled with possibi...

Laura Dern Follows Big SAG Win with Glittery Cinema Vanguard at SBIFF

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent SANTA BARBARA,CA (1/22/2020): It was the kind of Dream Weekend most actors will never experience; after SAG Awards on Friday night, by Tuesday, Laura Dern was picking up a glitzy tribute prize in Santa Barbara for life achievement.  And there’s something so very ‘Laura Dern’ in the way Laura Dern parses her acceptance speech sentences, as distinctive as her onscreen persona. This master-stroke in delivering lines was...

Top 10 Hollywood Next Wives: No More “Wronged Women”

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent At the SAG Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 19, Brad Pitt made veiled mention of his ex-wife Angelina Jolie in a moving acceptance speech for Male Actor in a Supporting Role in Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. More telling, though, was a brief clinched handhold backstage with once wife, Jennifer Aniston, who  picked up a statuette at the gala.Aniston has moved on since their divorce, being recognized last night ...

Adam Driver: On Being Alive & Other MARRIAGE STORY Insights at SBIFF

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Adam Driver received the Outstanding Performers of the Year Award, presented by Belvedere Vodka, last night at the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), there was a little bit of actor family drama as preamble. MARRIAGE STORY co-star Scarlett Johansson was also set to appear, but was said to miss the event due to illness.   SANTA BARBARA, CA - Jan. 17: Adam Driver (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF) T...

Hollywood Award Shows in Wartime, Will History Repeat Itself?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Superman and Batman saluted a flyby; in 1943, the Oscar statuette was made of plaster instead of metal due to shortages during World War II. In 1945, Doubleday published “Movie Lot to Beachhead.” Edited by Look Magazine staff, and prefaced by Robert St. John, this classic sought to show how “the motion picture goes to war and prepares for the future.” St. John, who died at th...

Jennifer Hudson Wows in RESPECT Teaser as Aretha Franklin Set for 2020

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent #RespectMovie is just a hashtag for now, but in 2020 Jennifer Hudson will shake the rafters with her multi-octave homage to the late great singer Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul who died at age 76 in August of 2018. The Dreamgirl will follow the rise of Aretha’s beginnings as a child-singer in her father's church choir to blazing fame as an indelible icon and cultural force the world over. RESPECT is the aptly titled biopic base...

Ford v Ferrari Roars to Win at Satellite Awards, HBO’s Chernobyl Wins Big Too

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   DECEMBER 19, 2019  |  BY QUENDRITH JOHNSON  LOS ANGELES, CA: With the member-voted choices tallied up, the International Press Academy (IPA) today announced the top choices for the 24th Annual Satellite Awards. FORD V FERRARI topped the list with 5 wins. In the major categories, the James Mangold-directed motor sport film garnered Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Christian Bale, Best Film Ed...


by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Corresondent Did you know that short films are among the fastest growing, must-make filmed entertainment circling around Hollywood right now? This is because shorts serve as a calling card, demo reel, and quick-hit to bundle for streamers and theatrical venues alike.  ShortsTV™ is "the pioneering platform dedicated to short entertainment, which has now partnered with Magnolia Pictures to unspool “THE 2020 OSCAR® NOMINATED SHORT FILM...

How About Some STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER to ‘Force’ a Smile

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent “May the Force Be With You” on this tiny blue planet cheers (almost) everyone up a little, right? Okay, it is a movie franchise with messaging and marvelous deployment of LucasFilm magic, but it is also a 42-year-old series that many of us grew up with and enjoy. The newest iteration is STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, and it opens wide on Dec. 20 from Disney.     In case you forgot how this whol...


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