Film Bits: SXSW Announces Midnighters; Jack Nicholson Leaving Retirement

SXSW Releases Second Round of Film Announcements

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SXSW announced their second round of films for this year’s festival, including the Midnighters and another addition to the Headliners. As usual, the Midnighters segment of the festival is filled with bold and bright new voices in horror/sci-fi/genre, including 68 Kill, starring Matthew Gray Gubler, and a 10-year anniversary screening of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Added to this year’s Headliners was The Disaster Artist, James Franco’s behind-the-scenes film showcasing the making of schlock classic, The Room, widely considered to be the greatest bad movie of all time. SXSW Film runs from March 10-19 in Austin, Texas. See the full list of the new announcement here.

(SXSW)

Bill Nye Returns for New Series

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Bill Nye is back, with the humble goal to save the world. His new talk show, Bill Nye Saves the World, aims to tackle many of the scientific myths that prevail in society, with Nye running experiments to either prove or debunk many of our preconceptions. A trailer for the Netflix series shows the iconic Science Guy engaging in experiments with Hollywood stars in a talk show format. Given the state of science in today’s climate, this series could do a lot towards reaching people and teaching people who’ve forgotten the purpose and message of scientific inquiry. Bill Nye Saves the World is set to premiere April 21 on Netflix.

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‘Krisha’ Director Unveils Terrifying New Film ‘It Comes at Night’

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Trey Edward Shults had a banner year in 2016, owing to the wide acclaim for his feature debut, the personal and intimate Krisha. We now have our first look at his follow up film, It Comes at Night. Can’t really tell you what’s going on here, but I’m terrified. It Comes at Night is expected to hit theaters on August 25.

(A24)

Jack Nicholson to Leave Retirement for ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake

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Toni Erdmann, the Academy Award nominated German film from last year, has already been tapped for an American remake. While that’s a bit silly—the original was fine and American audiences should have no problem enjoying it, even with subtitles—it does come with an added bonus of drawing Jack Nicholson out of retirement. Nicholson, apparently taken in by the original’s charm, spearheaded the remake and is set to star alongside Kristen Wiig, with The Big Short director Adam McKay set to produce the film. No word yet on who will write or direct the film, but they’ve got some big shoes to fill given the acclaim received by the original.

(Variety)

Netflix Renews ‘Love’ for Third Season

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Just ahead of the second season premiere, set for March 10 on Netflix, Love has been renewed for a third season of awkward humor and uncomfortable romance. Starring Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs, and created by Judd Apatow, the series follows the ups and downs of burgeoning romance and takes an unprecedented look at relationships and dating. The first season was highly acclaimed by critics and fans and the second season already shows promise for more of what makes the series great. You can stream the series on Netflix now.

(Deadline)

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