The first month of 2019 is coming to a close and with its end is an arrival of some pretty exciting film announcements, first looks and tidbits. Choice Movie News may not be the most pressing film industry buzz, rather it is a collection of favorite happenings in Hollywood and beyond.
Margot Robbie– and more Margot Robbie
This past week, we got our first look at Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, the long-awaited new Tarantino venture premiering this summer. Prefacing the infamous murder of the pregnant Sharon Tate, Once Upon a Time is promised to harken back to the L.A. Western beloved by Tarantino fans, all while deep-diving into an era of Hollywood that was equal parts terrifying and spellbinding.
Vanity Fair premiered exclusive preview stills of the film, featuring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio looking fit for a Los Angeles Summer of Love shoot-out. The true star of the preview images, though, was Margot Robbie stylized as the delicate Sharon Tate. Tate’s murder has long been a face of sorts for the era, making Robbie’s responsibility in the role to enliven, not caricaturize.
The pair of stills we got of Robbie assure me that she is presenting an element of grace to the role; she stuns as a more modest impression of the star.
January isn’t quite through with it’s previews of Robbie, as the Suicide Squad spin-off Birds of Prey premiered its first teaser trailer three days after the Once Upon a Time shots hit the internet.
The teaser trailer plays out like an electric music video concept, with flash-intros of upcoming DC characters. Again, the Margot Robbie shines as a more high-concept Harley Quinn than before. Birds of Prey set photos also surfaced, confirming that Robbie’s Harley Quinn is taking a fashionable– and possibly more individualized– turn. The film is reportedly highly female-driven, both on-screen and behind the camera. Birds of Prey is set to release in February 2020.
And, just for good measure: Margot Robbie topped off her stellar press week with an appearance at the SAG awards, honoring her nomination for Mary Queen of Scots. Heart eyes.
We’re Getting a Zombieland 2!
A #10YearChallenge we can all appreciate. In a cheeky tweet, Sony confirmed the cult favorite Zombieland would be getting the sequel treatment with Zombieland: Double Tap.
Certainly much has changed since then, but I think the punk kid in all of us could use another Zombieland to add to the collection. According to Deadline, Rosario Dawson will be joining the original cast and writing team to face zombies that have “evolved” from the original flick.
Britney Spears will cameo in upcoming Corporate Animals… sort of
Here’s all you need to know: Britney Sears + upcoming horror comedy. My debit card is already in my hands.
At the Sundance Film Festival, Corporate Animals director Patrick Brice admitted to the Los Angeles Times that production scored a very fortunate cameo by Spears, or the “ghost of Britney Spears”, as Brice phrases it. A character in the film is a mega-fan and has an inner monologue with Britney (same, honestly). It turns out Corporate Animals snagged a few minutes of her time and got the real Britney to do the voice-over.
Corporate Animals follows a business retreat turned slasher fest and stars Demi Moore as the type-A boss and Karan Soni and Jessica Williams as her overworked subordinates. The film made its world-premiere at Sundance on the 29th.
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