1978 Cleveland Critics Circle winner Tom Hanks returns the favor; Sean Penn will not work with the non-vaxxed; the new cinema The cousins tells a story of Maori women. The plus: One of our favorite festivals, Fantasia, announces their perfect closing film.
Things that come out today: Snake-eyes and that of M. Night Shyamalan Old are at the cinema, the new season of Ted lasso is on Apple TV +, and Last letter from your lover is on Netflix. Here is our cover story on Last letter for your lover ‘s Felicity Jones, who stars in the love affair through time with Shailene Woodley.
Tom Hanks: The actor recounts this wonderful video revealing the new name of the ancient Indians of Cleveland.
Together we are all … pic.twitter.com/R5FnT4kv1I
– Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 23, 2021
Why Tom Hanks, you ask? Born in California, Hanks made his mark as an actor in Cleveland, where he worked for three years at the Great Lakes Theater Festival and won the Cleveland Critics Circle Best Actor award in 1978. I like to imagine that when he did received the award, the Mayor of Cleveland took him aside and said that one day he would be called upon to do the city a favor, and with the video above Tom Hanks finally paid his debt.
The cousins: Sophie Martinez has this great interview with the directors of the new The cousins, about three Maori girls and their intertwined lives. (Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand.) Sophie writes: “To watch The cousins is to experience a Maori worldview, without imposition from a non-indigenous perspective. If you refuse to take our word that Cousins is good, it is also a New York Times‘Critics Pick, so you’re probably feeling very silly now.
Sean Penn: Penn refuses to return to work on Starz Watergate series Gas ignition – in which he plays with Julia Roberts – until all actors and the team receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Deadline exclusively reports. Since LA re-imposed indoor masks due to the increase in the Delta variant, Penn also offered to lead the vaccination effort through his organization, CORE. Deadline further notes that Gas lamp studio, NBCUniversal, demanded that everyone working in Zone A on productions be vaxxed, after studios and unions agreed producers could make vaccinations mandatory in Zone A, which refers to the area where people have the most intimidating contact, often unmasked.
Or to put it very simply like: No vaccination means no kissing, brawling, or working out with beloved Oscar winners Sean Penn and Julia Roberts.
Fancy! The beloved Montreal International Fantasia Film Festival, one of our 50 film festivals is worth the price of admission and one of our 50 best genre festivals, has just announced its third and final wave of films and events for its 25th edition. It will end with that of Takashi Miike The Great Yokai War – Guardians, Which one is do not about the Cleveland baseball team. It is rather a sequel to The Great Yokai War, who opened Fancy in 2006. Per Fantasia, he “immerses the audience in the magical world of friendly Japanese demons that overflow with creativity. With its references to kaiju, its unifying history, its festive atmosphere, its love for popular culture and the spectacular staging of the festival’s favorite filmmaker, it is the perfect film to close this 25th anniversary. Another recently announced film features Vincent Grashaw’s Southern Gothic What Josiah Saw, about a separated family grappling with the macabre sins of the past. You can find out more on the Fantasia website.
HBO Max: Warner Bros. will produce at least 10 films exclusively for HBO Max in 2022, says Warner Media Jason Kilar, via Variety.
Theatrical windows: I was in a real movie theater yesterday to see something great that I am not allowed to talk about, and while I was there I noticed that almost all the posters in the lobby were for a movie that will also be on HBO Max. And of course Marvel Black Widow made the biggest debut of the summer in theaters and Disney + on the same day. How do you keep track of what’s hitting theaters and what’s available at home? IndieWire has compiled this helpful guide on how different Hollywood studios deal with movie windows.
Wait for it: Variety also says that Legendary, the company behind Godzilla vs. Kong and the next one Dune, had discussions regarding the sale of an interest or a potential merger with another company.
Commentary of the day: “Very inspiring!” said Nerd Reactor (we checked and that’s their legal name) commenting on this interview with Zola writer Jeremy O. Harris, who went from rejection to writing for himself and won a record 12 Tony nominations for his acclaimed slave game. Here’s the interview just in case you haven’t watched it earlier this week. Also keep an eye out for the career of interviewer Lowam Eyasu, a fantastic and funny writer who is currently making her first film with StudioFest. Watch:
Main Image: Excerpt from the awesome Cleveland Guardians video narrated by Tom Hanks.