Taylor Swift Has Signed On With Searchlight Pictures To Write And Direct Her First Feature-Length Film
Just a year after making her sure-to-be Oscar-nominated directorial debut with the 15-minute short film, All Too Well, which doubles as a music video for her two-time smash hit song of the same name, Variety reports that Taylor Swift is gearing up to wade into deeper water by directing a feature-length film of her own original script for Searchlight Pictures. Variety also reports that Taylor will be sharing her insights and wisdom as a director with fellow auteurs such as James Cameron, Ryan Coogler, and Francis Ford Coppola as part of their Directors on Directors series, featuring “conversations between directors of the biggest films of the year.” Safe to say that at this point in Taylor’s remarkable career, it’s not hyperbole to call her one of the world’s most talented, gifted, and virtuosic storytellers of her or any other generation when it comes to shameless self-promotion. Simply put — she’s the best to ever do it.
“Black Panther” Director Ryan Coogler Was Handcuffed After He Was Mistakenly Targeted As A Bank Robber
Ryan Coogler, director of Creed, Fruitvale Station, and the Black Panther films, was briefly detained by cops in Atlanta after being mistaken for a bank robber. TMZ reports that the incident happened back in January when 35-year-old Ryan tried to take out $12,000 in cash. He was wearing sunglasses and a face mask and handed the bank teller (a pregnant Black woman, according to the Atlanta PD report) a withdrawal slip with a handwritten note on the back. It read: “I would like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account. Please do the money counter somewhere else. I’d like to be discreet.” Because, obviously, that’s a lot of cash. Makes sense. But the teller thought something suspicious was going on and called the cops. Huh?! Lady didn’t just jump to conclusions, she teleported to them.
Well, it’s becoming crystal clear that Letitia Wright won’t be replacing Ice Cube in Oh Hell No or subbing for Aaron Rogers as QB of the Green Bay Packers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Letitia might have delayed production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, again, by refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. THR says Letitia is still at home in London after returning there to recover from a reported on-set injury in August and hasn’t come back. Possibly because “on Nov. 8, the CDC implemented rules that require all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the U.S. be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status before boarding a plane.” Which really just proves she’s wrong for the role of Shuri, T’Challa’s super-smart scientist sister. Shuri would have found a way to get here without having to fly commercial!
Yesterday a bunch of new Marvel and Disney projects were announced at something called Disney Investor Day. Near the end of the presentation (which had Star Wars nerds jizzing from their pores [ew, I’m so sorry, everyone]), Marvel boss Kevin Feige paid tribute to the dearly departed Chadwick Boseman, who passed away from cancer at the way-too-young age of 43. Kevin also confirmed that the studio has no intention of recasting Chadwick’s role of T’Challa in the upcoming Black Panther sequel.
Unlike the PR feeding frenzy I imagine Hollywood is in the days leading up to People announcing their Most Beautiful list, I think the only nerds/people on Time’s “Person Of The Year” shortlist are Donald Trump and Duchess Meghan since they’re the only ones with enough time on their hands to give a shit. Some reps from the magazine stopped by the Today show, uh, today and revealed what people or groups they were considering for this year. It sounds like Trump might finally be able to get rid of that fake-ass Time cover from his wall.< !–more–>
Time reports that it is considering Trump (who was the 2016 honoree) because – even if he is a turd (they didn’t call him that, but you can infer) – he pretty much keeps cable news in business with all his personal drama, his tweets, separating kids from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, making THE QUEEN wait around on his tardy ass, and the ongoing Robert Mueller investigation into how much he was cozying up to Russia during the 2016 election. Speaking of, Robert also is a contender. Wouldn’t it be funny if Robert beat out Trump? Actually, that would probably be what finally causes Trump to put a stop to the investigation, so don’t pull any funny business, Time!
Time is also considering the separated immigrant families as this year’s “honor” since it’s up there as one of the most horrific stories of the year and so many kids remain separated from their parents. Trump’s international boo-thang Vladimir Putin, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, assassinated Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and March for Our Lives activists from the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting also made the cut. You could have honestly picked from that list and had someone worthy of the title.
Alas, Time needs to make sure copies of this thing sells, so Kensington Palace Terror Meghan made the list, too. Billions around the world tuned in and watched her snatch Prince Harry from our imaginary grasp, and she’s been wreaking havoc on royal protocol ever since. Oh, and she made sure to get knocked up in the process, so her ass isn’t going back to the colonies anytime soon. I mean, if it’s between some of the others tugging at our heartstrings or Meghan making Duchess Kate sob over a toddler’s bridesmaid dress, who could possibly decide?! Yeah, my money’s on Meghan, too.
Writer/Director Joss Whedon is shedding a manly “conqueror“ tear today, because his movie The Avengers has been replaced by Black Panther as the highest-grossng superhero film of all time in the U.S. Continue reading