#FilmFriday: AFI Fest, Trailer Drops, Production Halts & More

AFI Fest 2020 has officially began and your girl has got press crew again so its super busy over here with that on top of 9-to-5. But no complaints over here — I love being able to watch the new-new (and the old) and share my thoughts with y’all. I’m just honored that y’all listen (or read them 😜) and I’d love for this to be more of a conversation with y’all…so please leave comments or hit me up on social (Twitter: @LVTaylor_esq or IG: @streamingjunkie_lv)! And stay tuned for AFI Fest reviews and interviews…

Speaking of interviews, check out my exclusive interviews with the crew of “Charm City Kings” that I did for We Live Entertainment.

What’s the word on the Street?!

  • George Clooney, Bod Dylan & Grant Heslov are teaming up to adapt John Grisham’s baseball drama “Calico Joe” — I used to love me some John Grisham books back in the day…
  • In “everybody getting check nowadays news,” some of Disney’s older films like “The Aristocrats,” Dumbo,” “Peter Pan” and “Swiss Family Robinson” are getting content advisory warnings for “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.” The graphic will run for 12 seconds at the beginning of the flagged content. Before the streamer just placed the warnings in the description…now they’re placing it in the actual film.
  • Netflix has picked up Emma Roberts new lesbian teen vampire series “First Kill”…she always does some weird stuff so this should be interesting…
  • Hulu is adapting Charles Yu’s novel “Interior Chinatown” which is still on my “read list”…
  • In sad news/”can we be done with COVID already” news — HBO Max has scrapped Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o’s “Americanah” — I was really looking forward to this one 😢 (COVID also gave “Drunk History” — one of my faves — the axe)…
  • Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter co-founder and artist, author & political strategist, has inked a new exclusive, multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television #dope…
  • Apparently, female filmmakers are making strides in the festival world after their numbers nearly doubled in the last decade — that’s hopeful…
  • Who remembers “I Know What You Did Last Summer”??? I do!!! And apparently Amazon does too — they’re turning it into a series 🥴
  • Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Himesh Patel are joining Jennifer Lawrence in Adam McKay‘s comedy “Don’t Look Up” over at Netflix. Cate Blanchett and Rob Morgan are already on board — solid cast!
  • Ava DuVernay is set to write, direct and produce the film adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s NY Times best seller “Caste” for Netflix — can’t wait for this — Ava can do no wrong in my book (and no I haven’t seen “A Wrinkle in Time”)…
  • Matthew Cherry, the former football player turned filmmaker who won an Oscar for his animated short “Hair Love” last year, is now working on his debut feature film “Tut” over at Sony Pictures Animation — put this on your “reminder list”…
  • The “Grease” spinoff series is moving from HBO Max to Paramount Plus — I know my sister is going to be over it…she loves “Grease” and probably won’t catch this over on the new Paramount streamer…
  • In “more dope news,” Margot Robbie co-founded a screenwriting lab designed to help women writers break into the action and franchise film market…and each of the 6 women in the inaugural lab have since sold their first features — that’s a pretty good batting average!
  • And some more dope news…Justin Simien’s “Bad Hair” will be shown in select drive-in theaters prior to its Hulu Premiere — I’ve seen the horror satire (review coming next week) and it would’ve been dope to watch it on a big screen…so if you can, check it out at a drive-in near you.
  • Those who know me well, know that I love me some Shawn Mendes (I flew up to Toronto just for his concert last year — don’t judge me!) and he has a new documentary “In Wonder” coming to Netflix on Nov. 23rd — guess who’ll be watching…🙋🏽‍♀️
  • Joshua Jackson (Mr. Pacey himself) will be replacing Jamie Dornan (Mr. 50 Shades) in Peacock’s “Dr. Death” (based on the Wondery podcast — Wondery has some good podcasts FYI). Jackson now joins Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater in the series.
  • Lots of dope news coming out this week — Endeavor Content has set a three-film development deal with producer Heather Rae (“Frozen River” “Tullulah”), who is combed to highlighting indigenous filmmakers #representationmatters
  • Mindy Kaling’s new HBO Max comedy “Sex Lives of College Girls” has set its main cast — Pauline Chalamet (yes, Timothée’s sister), Amrit Kaur, Reneé Rapp and Alyah Chanelle Scott.
  • Lena Waithe is working on a Sammy Davis Jr. biopic over at MGM — I’m a huge fan of the Rat Pack and Sammy…and Waithe so I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on this project…
  • “Coming 2 America” is coming to Amazon — I, for one am not looking forward to this — the original is an absolute classic and we should just leave it like that…
  • Dozens of Latinx talent, including the creators of “Pose,” “Vida,” “Riverdale,” John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt and Lin Miranda Manuel, are calling on Hollywood gatekeepers for greater inclusivity. In an open letter the group of actors and film and TV creators decried the lack of adequate representation, adding that Hollywood power brokers were “complicit” in exclusion by refusing to tell their stories and put them in charge of telling their stories. #yearofthereckoning
  • The Colin Firth (one of my absolute faves…who doesn’t love Mr. Darcy?!)-Stanley Tucci film “Supernova” has been acquired by Bleeker Street. The romantic drama in which the two are a married couple coping with one partner’s dementia premiered at this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival. There is no domestic release date yet…

What I’m Looking Forward to Seeing…

Coming to Amazon Thanksgiving Day (hopefully I’ll get to catch this one during AFI Fest)
Coming to Amazon December 25th — I’m a fan of Tessa Thompson’s so I’m looking forward to this
Coming to Amazon December 11th
December 4th

In select theaters Nov. 6th & VOD/Digital Nov. 10th

Spotlight of the Week

This week, be sure to check out PBS’s new documentary “Driving While Black.” You can check it out on PBS’s site here.

Ben Chaney, center, in the car on the way to his brother’s funeral, August 1964. Mississippi

What did I miss this week? What’s on your radar? Drop a line in the comments!