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Heist on Netflix: Is Roberto Solis Still on the Run?

If you’ve seen the first two episodes of Heist on Netflix, you may be wondering whether the FBI ever located wanted fugitive and convicted murderer Roberto Solis. The Sex Magick Money Murder chapter of the true-crime docuseries tells the story of Solis and his former lover, Heather Tallchief, who in 1993 pulled off one of the most infamous heists in...

To Make Skater Girl, Manjari Makijany Had to Make It Clear That She — Not Her Husband or Father — Was in Charge

Spoiler warning: The following contains some plot details of Skater Girl, c0-written and directed by Manjari Makijany. “Who is actually involved? Your father? Husband?” “No, it’s just me.” That’s a conversation that takes place between a woman trying to build a skatepark and a public official in the Netflix film Skater Girl, which follows the story...

Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn Reacts to Cleveland Guardians’ New Name

Guardians of Cleveland, meet Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who has this reaction to your new name: “If their logo isn’t a raccoon with a machine gun I’m gonna be bummed.” He was referring, of course, to Rocket, the alien raccoon who is one of the most violent, cantankerous and beloved members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the intergalactic...

Tom Hanks Unveils Cleveland Indians’ New Name; Sean Penn’s Ultimatum; a Māori Worldview

1978 Cleveland Critics Circle winner Tom Hanks gives back; Sean Penn won’t work with the unvaxxed; the new film Cousins tells a story of Māori women. Plus: One of our favorite festivals, Fantasia, announces its perfect closing-night film. Things That Are Out Today: Snake Eyes and M. Night Shyamalan’s Old are in theaters, the new season of Ted Lasso...

Cousins Intertwines Māori Identity On- and Off-Screen

In 2010, Māori filmmaker Merata Mita passed away — and with her, so did a 20-year effort to adapt Patricia Grace’s novel, Cousins, a story about three Māori women. Now, a decade later, co-directors and Māori filmmakers Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith have finally brought their mentor’s project to life. Their film, also called Cousins, provides...

Batgirl Cast; California’s $330 Million Boost; Wakanda Forever Adds Michaela Coel

In the Heights star Leslie Grace is the new Batgirl; California productions get another $330 million; Black Panther: Wakanda Forever adds rising star Michaela Coel. Why Piecrust? Felicity Jones, star of our latest cover, explains here why her production company is called Piecrust. Her latest film, Last Letter From Your Lover, is out July 30 on Netflix....

The Elizabethan Era Fashion Statement That Inspired Felicity Jones’ Production Company, Piecrust

Felicity Jones is known for playing strong women on screen, so it’s no surprise that she named her production company after a fashion statement favored by centuries of women in that category. The Last Letter From Your Lover actress recently co-founded the banner, called Piecrust, with her brother, documentarian Alex Jones (not to be confused with the...

Film School Advice: Wisdom from Mare of Easttown, In The Heights and Zola Collaborators

For our annual Best Film Schools in the U.S. & Canada 2021 feature, we asked a few moviemakers to reflect on their film school experiences and offer their film school advice: What worked? What didn’t? What lessons from mentors still echo in their heads? Here’s what they had to say: Joi McMillon, editor of Zola and The Underground Railroad Florida...

Best Film Schools in the U.S. & Canada 2021

Before we get to the excellent institutions on our 2021 list of the Best Film Schools in the U.S. and Canada, a question: At a time when pro-level cameras are built into our cell phones, YouTube tutorials teach just about any subject you can imagine, and auteurs like Aaron Sorkin share their wisdom through MasterClass courses, is film school still...

Last Duel Trailer; COVID Halts UK Productions; Harvey Weinstein Extradited

Zola writer Jeremy O. Harris on how being told “no” opened doors; Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reunite in Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel trailer; U.K. productions shut down due to COVID-19; Harvey Weinstein may face new charges as early as today. But First: Our 2021 list of the Best Film Schools in the U.S. and Canada will be out today at noon PT, 3 p.m....

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