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Miranda July Walks a Tightrope with ‘Kajillionaire’ and Never Falls Off

The idea for “Kajillionaire” came to Miranda July when she was trapped in bed, half-awake, between a sick husband (filmmaker Mike Mills) and her sick son. “Three people were walking toward me, two women with long hair,” she said on the phone from her Echo Park studio. “I go get my phone and reach over and start dictating. Luckily I didn’t fall back asleep. I was voice demoing into my phone for about three days. I’d put the phone down and pick…

Paramount’s Live-Action ‘Your Name’ Movie Lands ‘Minari’ Director Lee Isaac Chung

While his Sundance sensation “Minari” is still on the hook for release from A24 Films, director Lee Isaac Chung has just landed a major new project with the live-action reimagining of the beloved 2016 Japanese animated fantasy, “Your Name.” Chung will write and direct the film, which will be produced by Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Genki Kawamura, producer on the original film, with Toho handling distribution in Japan and Paramount Pictures releasing in other territories. The news was first reported by Deadline.

‘Tenet’ Needs Movie Theaters Even More Than Movie Theaters Need ‘Tenet’

When it comes to a new Christopher Nolan movie, the question of if you should see it has long been supplanted by the question of how you might do that. On the big screen, of course — that much is a given — but which screen, and how big? Will the local multiplex do, or is it worth schlepping to the IMAX across town? Can you settle for digital projection, or is the clarity of 70mm a must? Screening options have become something of a running…

How Chadwick Boseman Committed Himself to Mainstreaming Stories of the Diaspora

In a world consumed by celebrity culture and stardom, Chadwick Boseman was a selective and consummate method actor. He rarely gave interviews, or allowed the public access to his personal life. Boseman, who died August 28 at the age of 43, never spoke publicly about his colon cancer diagnosis, which he received four years ago. “His parents are very humble and private people. It does not surprise me that he decided to be very private about his illness and through the stages…

‘Dune’ Trailer Rollout Continues Warner Bros.’ Buzzy Strategy of Theater-Only Teasers

Warner Bros. has announced the official trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” will world premiere online Wednesday, September 9 at 12pm ET, but that won’t be the first time footage from Villeneuve’s science-fiction epic gets released into the public. A brief “trailer date teaser” for “Dune” will be rolled out exclusively in theaters attached to prints of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” first in global markets on Sunday, August 30 and then in the U.S. beginning Monday, August 31.

Don’t Write Film Comment’s Obit: Here’s What the Magazine Means to Cinema

For the last five months, Film Comment — the house organ of Film at Lincoln Center, a repository for erudite film coverage, and a thought leader in specialty film — has existed in limbo. It’s not dead; while the staff was put on hiatus in March, publisher Eugene Hernandez is working to determine next steps. It’s not in print; its last physical edition was March/April. It’s not quite digital: Content for the May/June issue is available at the Film Comment site and at Zinio, but any internet consumer…

Robert Eggers Begins Filming NORTHMAN with Björk, Willem Dafoe, and Nicole Kidman

Robert Eggers has started production after a months-long hiatus on “The Northman,” a 10th century Viking epic that marks the director’s third feature film after “The Witch” and “The Lighthouse.” Deadline confirms cameras are now rolling in Ireland on the star-studded new project. Alexander Skarsgård stars as a Nordic prince who set outs on a mission of revenge after his father is murdered. The cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Bill Skarsgård, and previous Eggers collaborators Willem Dafoe (“The Lighthouse”) and Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”). Icelandic…