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About Christopher
Christopher Guly is an accomplished journalist and a member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa, with an extensive career that has seen his byline in prestigious media outlets such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, BBC, The Daily Telegraph, and The Guardian. His reporting spans a multitude of subjects, from the intricacies of Canadian politics and international relations to the realms of entertainment and literature. Guly's insightful coverage of Canada's political scene, especially during the tenure of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has shed light on pivotal policy changes, including Canada's renewed commitment to combating global climate change, the implementation of rigorous environmental assessments for oil pipeline projects, and the nation's humanitarian efforts to resettle Syrian refugees.

Guly's journalistic expertise extends to legal and social issues, such as the Canadian Supreme Court's rulings on indigenous rights and the effects of official bilingualism on the social media practices of Canadian politicians. His cultural commentary is exemplified by his analysis of the international impact of British talent shows and his personal interactions with the esteemed author Harper Lee, which have informed his literary endeavors. Furthermore, his articles on defense policy and international relations, including profiles of Canada's Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan and analyses of Canada's position on the Islamic State conflict, demonstrate his ability to navigate complex geopolitical landscapes.

Throughout his career, Christopher Guly has consistently provided nuanced and comprehensive reporting, capturing the subtleties of each story with a clear and engaging voice. His work not only reflects the pulse of Canadian society but also offers a window into the broader implications of Canada's actions on the world stage, including the Canadian perspective on the U.S. political climate, notably during Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Guly's diverse portfolio and commitment to journalistic excellence have solidified his reputation as a versatile and respected voice in the field of journalism and media.
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'Kind Of Kindness' Trailer: Yorgos Lanthimos Returns On June 21

27 Mar 2024  |  theplaylist.net
Yorgos Lanthimos' new film 'Kinds of Kindness' is set to release on June 21, featuring an impressive cast including Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, and Willem Dafoe. The film, distributed by Searchlight Pictures, is a triptych fable with three interconnected stories. Lanthimos describes the project as a contemporary film set in the U.S., with actors playing multiple roles. The film aims to replicate the success of Lanthimos' previous works, 'The Favourite' and 'Poor Things,' both of which earned Oscars for Best Actress.

Liam Neeson Rules Out Another 'Star Wars' Return

26 Mar 2024  |  theplaylist.net
Liam Neeson has expressed disinterest in reprising his role as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in future 'Star Wars' projects, citing his age and lack of enthusiasm for another live-action return. Despite enjoying his brief cameo in the 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' series, Neeson feels content with his past contributions to the franchise. This sentiment contrasts with other actors like Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor, who have shown more willingness to return to their 'Star Wars' roles.

4 Years Of Development To Reboot 007

23 Oct 2023  |  theplaylist.net
The development of the next James Bond film, 'Bond 26,' is expected to take 3-4 years, with a potential release between 2026-2028. Producer Barbara Broccoli emphasized the focus on feature films over TV spinoffs and highlighted the challenges of modernizing the franchise. Despite rumors, no official decisions have been made regarding the new Bond actor or director, although Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Matthew Vaughn have been mentioned in speculation.

Tim Miller Talks Superhero Fatigue & 'Borderlands' Reshoots

23 Oct 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Tim Miller, known for his work on 'Deadpool' and 'Terminator: Dark Fate,' discusses the concept of superhero fatigue, expressing optimism about the genre's future by highlighting the diversity of comic book stories beyond traditional superhero narratives. He mentions enjoying recent superhero films like 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'Thor: Ragnarok' and advocates for more mature and varied adaptations. Miller also talks about his involvement in the reshoots for Eli Roth's 'Borderlands' and his upcoming fantasy revenge film 'Best Served Cold,' starring Rebecca Ferguson. He emphasizes the potential for diverse storytelling within the comic book and film industries.

'Culprits' Trailer: New Hulu Series Debuts December 8

23 Oct 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Filmmaker J. Blakeson, known for his dark comedy 'I Care A Lot,' returns with a new Hulu series 'Culprits,' which focuses on high-stakes heists in England. The series, debuting on December 8, features a mix of known and new actors, including Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Gemma Arterton, and Eddie Izzard. The plot centers on a group of elite criminals who are targeted by a ruthless assassin after a major heist. The series is executive produced by Stephen Garrett and Blakeson, and co-directed by Blakeson and Claire Oakley.

Austin Butler Calls Denis Villeneuve 'One Of The Greatest Filmmakers Alive'

23 Oct 2023  |  The Playlist
Austin Butler, who plays Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in 'Dune: Part Two', praised director Denis Villeneuve as one of the greatest filmmakers alive during an interview with co-star Josh Brolin. Butler shared his excitement about joining the cast and the creative process with Villeneuve, despite feeling nervous about taking on such a significant role. 'Dune: Part Two' is set to release on March 15, 2024, and will continue the adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi fantasy novels.

‘American Horror Stories’ Season 3 Trailer: First-Look At FX’s Spinoff Coming October 26

16 Oct 2023  |  theplaylist.net
FX's popular television franchise 'American Horror Story' is launching a third season of its anthology spinoff 'American Horror Stories' on October 26, exclusively on Hulu. The spinoff will feature a different horror story in each episode, with four new stories set to premiere. The series is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and others, and produced by 20th Television. The article provides a breakdown of the four new episodes, their creative teams, and cast members.

Chris Hemsworth & Pedro Pascal To Star In Heist-Thriller ‘Crime 101’ With Bidding War Underway

29 Aug 2023  |  theronin.org
A high-profile heist-thriller film adaptation of Don Winslow's novella 'Crime 101' is in the works, with Chris Hemsworth and Pedro Pascal set to star and Bart Layton directing. The project, described as being in the vein of 'Heat,' is currently the subject of a bidding war between Amazon and Netflix, with Amazon reportedly having the edge. The story revolves around a series of jewel heists along the Pacific Coast Highway, attributed to a lone-wolf thief following a strict code.

‘Highlander’ Reboot: Chad Stahelski Says Henry Cavill Still Attached & Aims To Build Up To The Gathering Of Immortals With World-Building

29 Aug 2023  |  theronin.org
Chad Stahelski, known for the 'John Wick' franchise, is working on a 'Highlander' reboot with Lionsgate, with Henry Cavill still attached to star. The reboot aims to incorporate elements from the film and television series, focusing on world-building leading up to The Gathering. Stahelski is also involved in other projects, including a 'Ghost of Tsushima' adaptation with Sony Pictures, a 'Rainbow Six' sequel starring Michael B. Jordan, and a Netflix film 'Black Samurai'. Updates on 'Highlander' are anticipated.

‘The Wager’: Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio Will Next Reunite For Shipwreck Thriller At Apple, Their Seventh Film Together

28 Aug 2023  |  theronin.org
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are set to reunite for their seventh film together, 'The Wager,' a shipwreck thriller based on David Grann's novel and financed by Apple. The story, set in the 1740s, involves survival and accusations of mutiny among British sailors. The film's cast may include actors from Scorsese's previous films, and while the ongoing strikes in Hollywood could affect production schedules, other Scorsese projects are also in development, including a Jerry Garcia biopic starring Jonah Hill and a Teddy Roosevelt film potentially featuring DiCaprio.

Kurt Russell Joins Matthew McConaughey In Oklahoma-Set Indie Crime Thriller 'The Rivals Of Amziah King'

21 Jul 2023  |  theronin.org
Matthew McConaughey is set to return to movies with 'The Rivals of Amaziah King,' which is currently shooting in Alabama. Kurt Russell has been announced as his co-star. The film, directed by Andrew Patterson, is a crime thriller set in Oklahoma and is produced by Black Bear Productions. Despite industry work stoppages due to the WGA/SAG-AFTRA strike, this indie film is exempt. McConaughey's last live-action film role was in Guy Ritchie's 'The Gentlemen' in 2019. The 'Yellowstone' spinoff series came about after Kevin Costner's departure, which was disappointing to creator Taylor Sheridan. Kurt Russell and his son Wyatt Russell, who once aimed to be a professional hockey player, will also appear together in the Apple TV+ series 'Godzilla & The Titans.'

Simu Liu Confirms ‘Shang-Chi 2’ Is Delayed At Marvel Because Of Next ‘Avengers’ Installment

07 Jul 2023  |  theronin.org
Simu Liu has informed fans via the social media app Threads that the sequel to Marvel's 'Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings' is delayed due to the production schedule of 'Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,' directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. The release of the next 'Avengers' film has been moved to May 1, 2026, indicating that 'Shang-Chi 2' will not premiere until after that date. Additionally, Jonathan Majors faces assault/domestic abuse charges, which could impact his role as Kang The Conqueror in the 'Avengers' series. An official release date for 'Shang-Chi 2' has yet to be announced by Marvel.

Quentin Tarantino Reiterates That ‘Kill Bill 3’ Isn’t Happening Due to ‘The Movie Critic’ Being His Final Theatrical Film

05 Jul 2023  |  theronin.org
Quentin Tarantino has confirmed that 'Kill Bill 3' will not be developed as his final film, instead focusing on 'The Movie Critic,' a project about a male film critic set in 1970s Los Angeles. Despite previous discussions about revisiting the 'Kill Bill' saga and potential casting of Uma Thurman's daughter Maya Hawke, Tarantino is prioritizing 'The Movie Critic.' The new film draws inspiration from 'Taxi Driver' and 'Rolling Thunder,' and while 'Kill Bill 3' as a film is off the table, Tarantino does not dismiss the possibility of it being adapted into a television series or novelization in the future.

Christopher McQuarrie Says 2-Part ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning’ Won’t Be The End, Already Has Ideas For “What Comes Next”

20 Jun 2023  |  The Playlist
Christopher McQuarrie, writer/director of 'Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One', indicates that the upcoming two-part story will not mark the end of the series, with further ideas already in consideration for future installments. Speculation exists around Tom Cruise's involvement and whether he will pass the torch to other characters such as Rebecca Ferguson's Ilsa Faust or Hayley Atwell's Grace. McQuarrie is also working on other film projects with Cruise. The new film, set to release on July 12, follows Ethan Hunt and his team on a mission to prevent a new weapon from threatening humanity.

'Kraven The Hunter' Trailer: Sony's R-rated Spider-Man Spinoff Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson Arrives in October

19 Jun 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Sony Pictures is set to continue expanding the 'Spider-Man' universe with the release of 'Kraven The Hunter' in October, directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The R-rated film's first-look Red-Band trailer has been released, featuring changes from the original character, such as an American accent and a more heroic portrayal. The film will also include other iconic Spider-Man villains and stars like Ariana DeBose and Russell Crowe. Sony's strategy includes more live-action spinoffs, with 'Madame Web,' 'Venom 3,' and other projects in development.

Fi Series From 'Game Of Thrones' Team

17 Jun 2023  |  theplaylist.net
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, known for 'Game of Thrones,' have partnered with Alexander Woo to adapt the Chinese sci-fi novel '3 Body Problem' by Liu Cixin into a Netflix series. The series, featuring a star-studded cast, will premiere in January 2024. The story spans from 1960s China to present-day scientists confronting a major threat. Executive producers include Rian Johnson, Brad Pitt, and Rosamund Pike.

'Rebel Moon' Featurette: New Footage From New Sci

17 Jun 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Zack Snyder's collaboration with Netflix continues with 'Rebel Moon,' a sci-fi film originally pitched as a 'Star Wars' project. The film, influenced by Akira Kurosawa's 'The Seven Samurai,' features a star-studded cast and is set to premiere on December 22. Netflix showcased new footage at their Tudum event, and there are plans for further installments and a video game tie-in. Snyder is also working on a sequel to 'Army of The Dead.'

‘Heart Of Stone’ Trailer: Gal Gadot’s Action Flick Comes To Netflix On August 11

17 Jun 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Gal Gadot's upcoming action film 'Heart of Stone' will be released on Netflix on August 11. Directed by Tom Harper and co-written by Greg Rucka and Allison Schroeder, the film features Gadot as an intelligence operative. The cast includes Jamie Dornan, Ali Bhatt, Archie Madekwe, Matthias Schweighofer, Sophie Okonedo, and Jung Lusi. The film is inspired by franchises like James Bond, Jason Bourne, and 'Mission: Impossible'.

‘Extraction 3’ Announced, ‘Squid Game’ Season 2 & More [Tudum]

17 Jun 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Netflix's Tudum event in Brazil announced a lineup of upcoming films and shows, including 'Extraction 3' with Chris Hemsworth, a second season of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Fubar', and Linda Hamilton joining 'Stranger Things' Season 5. 'Squid Game' Season 2 was confirmed with Lee Jung-jae, Lee Byung-hun, Wi Ha-jun, and Gong Yoo in the cast. Netflix also showcased clips, teasers, and images for 'The Witcher', 'All The Light We Cannot See' with Hugh Laurie and Mark Ruffalo, 'Lupin', 'Avatar: The Last Airbender', and 'One Piece'.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’ Trailer: Seth Rogen’s Take On The Franchise Arrives In August

31 May 2023  |  theplaylist.net
The animated movie 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,' produced and co-written by Seth Rogen, is set to release on August 2. Directed by Jeff Rowe, the film features a voice cast including Ayo Edebiri, Jackie Chan, and John Cena. The story follows the Turtle brothers as they seek acceptance in New York with the help of April O’Neil, facing a crime syndicate and an army of mutants. Paramount has chosen real kids/teens to voice the turtles, and the new trailer has been released.

Oscar-Winning Composers Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Will Score ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’

30 May 2023  |  theronin.org
Paramount's upcoming animated film 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem' will feature a score by Oscar-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The film, set for release on August 2, boasts a star-studded voice cast including Ayo Edebiri, Jackie Chan, and Seth Rogen. The plot follows the Turtle brothers as they seek acceptance in New York City with the help of April O'Neil, facing challenges from a crime syndicate and an army of mutants. The film is anticipated to be a strong contender for best animated film nominations.

Renate Reinsve To Star Opposite Pedro Pascal In Zach Cregger’s New Horror Flick ‘Weapons’ At New Line

26 May 2023  |  theronin.org
Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve is set to star opposite Pedro Pascal in Zach Cregger's new horror film 'Weapons' at New Line Cinema. Following the success of Cregger's previous film 'Barbarian,' 'Weapons' is described as an ambitious project with interconnected stories, drawing structural inspiration from Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Magnolia.' The film's plot details remain cryptic, maintaining an air of mystery until its theatrical release.

WB’s ‘Mortal Kombat 2’ Casts Johnny Cage, Jade & Princess Kitana

26 May 2023  |  theronin.org
New Line Cinema is assembling a new cast for 'Mortal Kombat 2,' with Simon McQuoid directing and James Wan producing. Adeline Rudolph, Tati Gabrielle, and Karl Urban have been cast as Princess Kitana, Jade, and Johnny Cage, respectively. The film, a hard reboot of 'Mortal Kombat 1,' will be shot in Australia, continuing the legacy of the video game that originated in the 1990s.

Fred Hechinger In Talks To Replace Barry Keoghan In 'Gladiator 2'

19 May 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Ridley Scott's upcoming sequel to 'Gladiator' sees Fred Hechinger in talks to replace Barry Keoghan, who exited due to scheduling conflicts. The film features a star-studded cast including Connie Nielsen, Joseph Quinn, May Calamawy, Peter Mensah, Matt Lucas, Lior Raz, Derek Jacobi, Paul Mescal, Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, and Djimon Hounsou. The sequel will revisit the gladiator pits and political intrigue of the Roman Empire, though Russell Crowe will not return as his character died in the original film.

Killers Of The Flower Moon Trailer: Scorsese's New Crime Thriller

18 May 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Martin Scorsese's true-crime film 'Killers of The Flower Moon' will debut at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20. The film, based on David Grann's book, explores the 1920s murders of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation in Oklahoma, leading to a major FBI investigation. The cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Jesse Plemons. The film will have a limited release on October 6 before a wider release on October 20.

‘Origin Of the Species’: Ana De Armas, Jude Law, Alicia Vikander & Daniel Brühl Assemble For Ron Howard’s Survival Thriller

15 May 2023  |  theplaylist.net
At the Cannes Film Market, Ron Howard's survival thriller 'Origin of The Species' is presented, featuring an impressive cast including Ana de Armas, Jude Law, Alicia Vikander, and Daniel Brühl. The film, based on a true story, revolves around a group seeking a new life on the Galapagos Islands and explores the meaning of life. The dark comedy will be filmed in Queensland, Australia, with a script by Noah Pink.

Kathryn Newton & Dan Stevens Nab Roles In Radio Silence’s Mysterious Universal Monsters Film

12 May 2023  |  theronin.org
Universal Pictures is developing a new horror film under its Universal Monsters franchise, directed by Radio Silence. The film, which remains untitled, has cast Kathryn Newton and Dan Stevens among others. The project, previously rumored to be called 'Dracula's Daughter,' is shrouded in secrecy regarding its plot and connection to the broader Universal Monsters mythology. The release date is set for April 19, 2024.

‘Dune: Part Two’ Trailer: Timothée Chalamet & Zendaya Lead A Revolution On Arrakis In Denis Villeneuve’s Epic Sequel

03 May 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Warner Bros. has released the first-look trailer for 'Dune: Part Two,' the sequel to Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel. The film continues Paul Atreides' journey as he joins forces with Chani and the Fremen in a war of revenge. The cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and new actors such as Austin Butler and Christopher Walken. Villeneuve has expressed interest in adapting 'Dune Messiah' for a potential trilogy. 'Dune: Part Two' is set to release on November 3.

Taika Waititi In Talks To Direct Sci-Fi Film ‘Klara & The Sun’ Based On Kazuo Ishiguro Novel

02 May 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Taika Waititi is in talks to direct a sci-fi film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel 'Klara & The Sun.' The story revolves around a young robot named Klara and explores philosophical themes about love. Dahvi Waller wrote the original script, with Waititi expected to add his own touch. This project adds to Waititi's growing list of genre films, including a 'Star Wars' feature and a live-action 'Flash Gordon.' Guillermo del Toro is also working on a film adaptation of another Ishiguro novel, 'The Buried Giant,' for Netflix.

Noah Hawley’s Earthbound ‘Alien’ Series Adds ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Actress Sydney Chandler

02 May 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Sydney Chandler has been cast in a lead role for Noah Hawley's upcoming FX series set in the 'Alien' universe, which is expected to explore themes of bio-weapons and androids on Earth. The series, produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free, continues the franchise's tradition of strong female protagonists. While plot details are scarce, the show's connection to the Xenomorphs and Weyland-Yutani corporation is anticipated. The series is not expected to be ready for audiences until the following year.

'Gran Turismo' Trailer: Sony's Racing Pic Hits Theaters This August

02 May 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Sony Pictures is set to release 'Gran Turismo,' directed by Neill Blomkamp, in theaters on August 11. The film, inspired by the true story of Jann Mardenbrough, follows a gamer who becomes a professional racecar driver. The cast includes Archie Madekwe, David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Djimon Hounsou, and Geri Horner. Filming took place in Budapest and wrapped up in December, showcasing a quick post-production turnaround. The article also mentions the success of other video game adaptations like 'The Last of Us' and 'Super Mario Bros. Movie.'

Chris Pratt Reflects On Failed 'Thor,' 'Avatar' & 'Star Trek' Auditions

29 Apr 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Chris Pratt reflects on his career journey, discussing his failed auditions for high-profile roles in 'Thor,' 'Avatar,' and 'Star Trek' before landing the role of Star-Lord in Marvel's 'Guardians of The Galaxy.' Despite initial setbacks, Pratt's perseverance led to significant success, including leading roles in the 'Jurassic World' trilogy and the upcoming 'Garfield' reboot. He shares these insights during an appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' while promoting 'Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3,' set to debut on May 5.

Nic Pizzolatto To Work On Marvel's 'Blade' Script

29 Apr 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Marvel Studios' 'Blade' reboot faces ongoing production challenges, with Nic Pizzolatto brought in for script rewrites. The film, starring Mahershala Ali and directed by Yann Demange, has seen multiple script revisions and changes in directors. The reboot aims to modernize the character originally developed by David S. Goyer and Wesley Snipes. Filming is tentatively scheduled for late May in Atlanta, with a release date set for September 4, 2024.

Philippou Brothers Tapped By Legendary To Direct New 'Street Fighter' Movie Based On Beloved Video Game Franchise

28 Apr 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Legendary has selected Danny and Michael Philippou to direct a new live-action movie based on the 'Street Fighter' video game franchise. The Philippou Brothers, known for their YouTube popularity and the Sundance horror film 'Talk To Me', are set to take on their first major studio project. The 'Street Fighter' franchise has been popular since its 1991 arcade release, with 'Street Fighter 6' expected in June. Legendary has a track record with IP projects, including 'Detective Pikachu' and the Monsterverse franchise. No details on the scriptwriter or filming schedule have been released yet.

Transformers: Rise of The Beasts' Trailer: Autobots Return In June

27 Apr 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for 'Transformers: Rise of The Beasts,' directed by Steven Caple Jr., featuring Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback. The film, set in 1994, introduces Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons to the ongoing battle between Autobots and Decepticons. Notable voice actors include Ron Perlman, Michelle Yeoh, Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson, and Liza Koshy. The movie is set to hit theaters on June 9, with another animated 'Transformers' project focused on Cybertron in the works by Industrial Light & Magic.

Rated Trailer: Denzel Fights The Italian Mafia In Final Chapter

25 Apr 2023  |  theplaylist.net
At CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Sony Pictures released a trailer for 'The Equalizer 3', starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua. The film, set in Southern Italy, features Washington's character, Robert McCall, taking on the local mafia. The cast includes Dakota Fanning, David Denman, and Gaia Scodellaro. The franchise is based on the 1985 CBS series and has a modern TV adaptation starring Queen Latifah. Richard Wenk wrote the sequel's script, and Robert Richardson served as the cinematographer.

‘The Flash’ Trailer: DC’s Speedster Races To Screens This June

25 Apr 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Warner Bros. is promoting its upcoming film 'The Flash' at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, showcasing a new trailer that highlights the film's multiverse storyline. Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film features Barry Allen traveling through different universes, encountering characters like Michael Keaton's Batman and Michael Shannon's General Zod. The film is set for release on June 16. James Gunn, co-CEO of DC Studios, is also working on new projects including 'Superman: Legacy' and 'Creature Commandos.'

Director Louis Leterrier Set To Return For ‘Fast & Furious 11’

19 Apr 2023  |  The Playlist
Louis Leterrier is set to direct 'Fast & Furious 11' after being brought in to replace Justin Lin during the production of 'Fast X.' Leterrier, known for his work on 'Incredible Hulk,' 'Unleashed,' and 'Lupin,' will continue with the franchise. 'Fast X' features a cast including Jason Momoa, Brie Larson, and Vin Diesel, and follows Dom's family as they face a new threat from Dante, the son of a Brazilian drug kingpin they previously defeated. The film is scheduled to release on May 19.

Halle Berry & Angelina Jolie To Lead Action Pic 'Maude v Maude'

19 Apr 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Warner Bros. has acquired a new action project titled 'Maude v Maude,' directed by Roseanne Liang and starring Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie, who will also produce the film. The movie is described as a 'Bond vs. Bourne' global action thriller and is part of the studio's initiative under new heads Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy to focus on star-centric films. Both Berry and Jolie have extensive backgrounds in the action genre, with Berry known for roles in 'X-Men' and 'John Wick,' and Jolie for 'Tomb Raider' and 'Eternals.'

Rated Comedy 'Animal Friends'

19 Apr 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Ryan Reynolds is set to star in a new R-rated comedy, 'Animal Friends,' produced by Legendary. The film, a live-action/animation hybrid, will also feature Aubrey Plaza, Jason Momoa, and Vince Vaughn, with Peter Atencio directing. The script is written by Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider, and visual effects will be handled by DNEG. Reynolds is also preparing to return to the 'Deadpool' franchise under Marvel Studios.

Cannes 2023: Steve McQueen’s ‘Occupied City’ Doc Is 4 Hours Long & Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ Invited To Join In Competition

14 Apr 2023  |  theplaylist.net
The Cannes Film Festival will feature high-profile films, including Steve McQueen's four-hour documentary 'Occupied City,' based on Bianca Stigter's book about World War II in Amsterdam. Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of The Flower Moon' has been invited to join the competition, with a decision pending from Scorsese and Apple. The festival begins on May 16, showcasing significant works and directors.

Elisabeth Moss & Kerry Washington To Star In 'Imperfect Women'

27 Mar 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Elisabeth Moss and Kerry Washington are set to star in a new Apple TV+ limited series titled 'Imperfect Women,' based on Araminta Hall's novel. The series, adapted and executive produced by Annie Weisman, is a psychological thriller exploring themes of guilt, retribution, love, and betrayal. Both Moss and Washington expressed excitement about the project, which is produced by 20th Television and Apple Studios. The release date has not been announced.

Austin Butler To Star In Darren Aronofsky's 'Caught Stealing'

27 Mar 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Darren Aronofsky, known for directing 'The Whale,' is working on a new crime thriller titled 'Caught Stealing,' based on Charlie Huston's book. Austin Butler, recognized for his roles in 'Dune: Part Two' and 'Elvis,' is set to star as a former baseball player. The film is set in 1990s Manhattan, and Butler is also involved in Ari Aster's 'Eddington' alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and Pedro Pascal.

'Star Trek 4' Lands 'Flight Attendant' Co

27 Mar 2023  |  theplaylist.net
Paramount has hired Steve Yockey to write the script for 'Star Trek 4,' which is being described as the final installment of the series. The film aims to bring back the modern cast, including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, among others. The project has faced obstacles such as cast costs and contract negotiations. The director's position for 'Star Trek 4' is currently vacant after Matt Shakman's departure to direct Marvel's 'Fantastic Four' reboot.

From 'Pop Idol' to 'Arab Idol': How Talent Shows Transform Lives

02 May 2016  |  Los Angeles Times
The article discusses the impact of British talent shows like 'Pop Idol' and 'Britain's Got Talent' on the global entertainment industry, highlighting the success stories of various contestants from different versions of the show around the world. Susan Boyle's rise to fame from 'Britain's Got Talent' is mentioned as a pivotal moment. The article covers the stories of Mohammed Assaf from 'Arab Idol', Carly Rae Jepsen from 'Canadian Idol', Abhijeet Sawant from 'Indian Idol', Mark Medlock from 'Deutschland sucht den Superstar', and Jodie Cooper from 'Chinese Idol'. Each story reflects the transformative power of these talent shows on the lives of the contestants, leading to varying degrees of success in their respective music careers.

Canadian company sues the Obama administration for rejecting Keystone XL pipeline

02 May 2016  |  Los Angeles Times
TransCanada Corp., a Canadian company, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline project. The lawsuit, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, claims that President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority by not allowing the construction of the pipeline, which was intended to transport crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast. TransCanada argues that Congress, not the President, has the power to regulate domestic and international commerce. Additionally, TransCanada has filed a notice of intent under NAFTA's Chapter 11 to recover over $15 billion in costs and damages due to the U.S.'s alleged breach of its NAFTA obligations. Canadian Green Party Leader Elizabeth May anticipates that TransCanada will likely lose both the NAFTA claim and the lawsuit. TransCanada also expects to report a significant after-tax writedown in its quarterly results because of the permit denial.

Canada Reengages with Global Climate Change Efforts

02 May 2016  |  Los Angeles Times
Canada, under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is re-engaging with global efforts to combat climate change, marking a significant policy shift from the previous Conservative government. Trudeau's administration is participating in the United Nations climate summit in Paris, signaling a commitment to carbon pricing and international cooperation. Environmentalists like David Suzuki and political figures such as Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion are advocating for strong action. Provinces like Ontario and Quebec have taken initiatives like banning coal-fired electricity and implementing carbon taxes. Trudeau has also pledged financial support to help developing countries fight climate change. However, concerns remain about the lack of enforcement mechanisms in the proposed agreements.

Canadian leaders support Syrian refugees in contrast to U.S. opposition

02 May 2016  |  Los Angeles Times
Perrin Beatty, former Canadian defense minister and current head of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, is actively involved in a coalition to resettle Syrian refugees in Canada. This initiative comes as a response to the civil war in Syria, with Canada preparing to welcome thousands of refugees. The Canadian government, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has extended its target to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February. Unlike the U.S., where many state governors oppose admitting Syrian refugees, Canadian provincial and territorial premiers support the federal government's plan. Beatty criticizes Donald Trump's negative remarks about Muslim refugees and highlights Canada's history of integrating refugees into society, citing several examples of refugees who have made significant contributions to the country. Business and labor groups, including Air Canada and CN, are collaborating with the government and community organizations to assist in the resettlement and integration of Syrian refugees into Canadian society.

Canadian politicians' tweets in one language stir controversy

02 May 2016  |  Los Angeles Times
The article discusses the controversy surrounding Canadian government ministers' use of social media, specifically Twitter, and the requirement to post in both of Canada's official languages, English and French. Complaints were made against ministers John Baird and Steven Blaney for tweeting in only one language, leading to an investigation by the commissioner of official languages, Graham Fraser. The debate continues with the new Liberal government, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's adherence to bilingual tweets. The article explores the implications of the official language law on social media use by politicians, with opinions from various officials and experts. The law's impact on national identity and the practicality of bilingual communication are also examined.

How a Canadian teacher's letter to Harper Lee helped him find his own voice as a novelist

02 May 2016  |  Los Angeles Times
The article recounts the story of Luciano DiNardo, a high school English teacher from Canada, who corresponded with Harper Lee, the author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' DiNardo shared with Lee how her novel impacted his students and their classroom activities. Surprisingly, Lee responded to his letters, expressing gratitude and appreciation for his teaching methods. DiNardo, now retired, reflects on this exchange and its influence on his new career as a novelist. His first book, 'The Angel’s Kissing Spring,' contains echoes of Lee's work, although he notes any similarities were subconscious. The article also touches on Lee's death and her legacy through 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'

It’s getting harder to build an oil pipeline in Canada.

02 May 2016  |  Los Angeles Times
The article discusses the increasing difficulty of building oil pipelines in Canada, particularly under the new Liberal government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau's administration has introduced more stringent environmental reviews for pipeline projects, including a climate test to assess greenhouse gas emissions. This is a significant shift from the previous Conservative government's approach under Stephen Harper, who was a proponent of expanding the oil sands and the Keystone XL pipeline. The article highlights the debate surrounding the proposed Energy East pipeline by TransCanada, which faces opposition due to environmental concerns. The new rules also impact Kinder Morgan Canada Inc.'s Trans Mountain expansion project. Critics argue that the stricter regulations could harm Canada's competitiveness in the global oil market. The article also mentions a critical report on the National Energy Board's compliance tracking.

Harjit Singh Sajjan: From detective to Canada's defense minister

02 May 2016  |  Los Angeles Times
Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, a Sikh immigrant from India, has been appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, marking a significant break from tradition. Sajjan, a former soldier and police detective, is the first person of color to lead Canada's defense department. He is now responsible for implementing Trudeau's campaign promise to end Canada's fighter jet bombing operations against Islamic State militants. Sajjan's rise to the defense minister position is notable for his background, including his service in Afghanistan where he was recognized for his intelligence work. Despite some criticism, Sajjan's appointment has been largely welcomed in Canada, and he is seen as a symbol of diversity and change in Canadian politics.

TRAIL GUIDE: All the latest news on the 2016 presidential campaign

03 Mar 2016  |  Los Angeles Times
The article discusses the reaction of Canadians to the possibility of Americans moving to Canada in response to Donald Trump's success in the Super Tuesday primaries. Google Trends reported a significant spike in searches for 'how can I move to Canada' following Trump's victories. The article features opinions from a variety of Canadians, including a retired electrical engineer, a retail customer service clerk, a retail store clerk, a small business owner, a pet store sales associate, and a retired teacher. The general consensus among them is skepticism about a mass migration happening, with some expressing concern over Trump's potential presidency and others discussing the impact of Syrian refugees in Canada. The article also touches on the broader implications of Trump's candidacy for the Republican party and his controversial statements and policies.

Canadian Supreme Court Grants Equal Rights to Metis and Non-Status Indians

02 Mar 2016  |  Los Angeles Times
The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled that Metis and non-status Indians are entitled to the same government programs and services as status Indians. This decision affects approximately 600,000 people who were previously denied recognition and access to benefits such as government funding, education, health benefits, and hunting and fishing rights. The ruling addresses longstanding issues of discrimination and poverty among Canada's Aboriginal population. The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Manitoba Metis Federation have highlighted the severe disadvantages faced by these groups. The government, now led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is tasked with implementing the court's decision and ensuring equitable treatment for all indigenous peoples in Canada.

Canada to delay Syrian refugee resettlement, citing security concerns

25 Nov 2015  |  Los Angeles Times
The Canadian government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has adjusted its Syrian refugee resettlement timeline, moving from its initial goal of 25,000 by year-end to 10,000 by December 31 and the remaining 15,000 in the following two months. Immigration Minister John McCallum emphasized the importance of doing it right over speed. Public opinion, as shown by an Ipsos poll, has been skeptical, with concerns over security. Refugees will undergo thorough screening by Canadian and international officials before arrival. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan mentioned military support for transportation and temporary lodging. Opposition parties have responded to the revised plan, with the Conservative Party acknowledging the need for a comprehensive plan and the New Democratic Party urging cooperation to address the refugee crisis. The cost of resettlement is estimated at up to $510 million over six years.

Alberta announces new push toward renewable energy after Keystone XL rejection

23 Nov 2015  |  Los Angeles Times
Following the U.S. rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, Alberta's Premier Rachel Notley announced a new climate-change plan. The plan includes phasing out coal emissions by 2030, transitioning to renewable energy, and implementing an economy-wide carbon tax starting in 2017. The tax will increase from 20 to 30 Canadian dollars per ton over two years. Alberta also aims to cap oil sands emissions at 100 megatons annually. Environmental groups in the U.S. and Canada have praised the plan, seeing it as a significant shift towards renewable energy. The announcement comes ahead of the COP21 climate summit in Paris and a meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is expected to discuss climate change and national strategies for carbon-emission reduction.

Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline in victory for environmental activists

06 Nov 2015  |  Los Angeles Times
President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, a project proposed by Canadian company TransCanada, which would have transported crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast in the U.S. The decision reflects a shift in the political landscape regarding climate change and fossil fuels, as well as an improved U.S. economy with lower unemployment and increased domestic oil production. Environmental activists, who have targeted various fossil fuel projects, view the rejection as a symbolic victory for climate action. The decision was influenced by the U.S.'s role in leading global efforts to combat climate change, with Obama aiming to strengthen this position ahead of an international summit in Paris. TransCanada expressed disappointment, while political reactions in the U.S. were divided. The new Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, took the news in stride, emphasizing the broader Canada-U.S. relationship.

Justin Trudeau faces immediate challenges as Canada’s new prime minister

05 Nov 2015  |  Los Angeles Times
Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada's 23rd prime minister and is facing challenges such as climate change, taxation, the refugee crisis, and the fight against Islamic State militants. Trudeau, leading the Liberal Party to a majority government, has promised to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada and establish a climate change strategy. He plans to withdraw Canadian combat missions against Islamic State and cancel the purchase of F-35 planes from Lockheed Martin due to cost overruns. Trudeau supports the Keystone XL pipeline with stricter environmental reviews, despite U.S. political opposition. His upcoming global tour includes the G-20 summit, APEC meeting, and Commonwealth summit, followed by the climate talks in Paris. Trudeau's legislative priorities include tax cuts for the middle class, ratifying trade deals, addressing physician-assisted suicide, and amending anti-terrorism legislation. The article also touches on Trudeau's commitment to legalizing marijuana and his approach to earning Canadians' trust through positive politics.

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