Warner Bros. Pictures Greenlights Three Films For Its 2023 Worldwide Theatrical Slate

Three new films have been approved for production by Warner Bros. Pictures, including a Mad Max prequel, a classic Looney Tunes adaptation, and a musical twist on a Steven Spielberg classic.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced the release dates for three upcoming theatrical titles: Furiosa, Coyote vs. Acme, and The Color Purple musical feature. Each film is scheduled to hit theaters worldwide in 2023. The announcement was made by Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Up first in the lineup will be writer, director, and producer George Miller’s Furiosa. It is a prequel to his hit Mad Max: Fury Road that introduced the wildly popular character. Set for June 23, 2023, it will star Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Miller penned the script and produces alongside his longtime partner, Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell.

Warner Animation Group (WAG) delivers the live-action and animated hybrid Coyote vs. Acme, which will be released in theaters on July 21, 2023. Directed by Dave Green, it will feature the age-old rivalry between the Roadrunner nemesis and his preferred mail-order supplier. The screenplay is written by James Gunn, Jeremy Slater, Jon Silberman & Josh Silberman, and Samy Burch. It is based on the Wile E. Coyote character and fictitious Acme corporation from the Looney Tunes, the Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, and the fictional New Yorker magazine article entitled “Coyote v. Acme,” written by Ian Frazier. Chris DeFaria and James Gunn will produce, the latter under his Two Monkeys, A Goat and Another, Dead, Monkey production banner.

The Color Purple musical feature comes to theaters around the globe on December 20, 2023. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, the film will be directed by Blitz Bazawule. It will be produced by Oprah Winfrey (Harpo Films), Steven Spielberg (Amblin Entertainment), Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones. The executive producers are Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, Mara Jacobs, Carla Gardini, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Adam Fell. The script is written by Marcus Gardley, and the score includes the music and lyrics from the stage musical by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. The new film and Gardley’s script are based on Alice Walker’s book, the 1985 Warner Bros. Pictures film, and the Broadway stage musical.

In-Depth Reddit Review: “Insights on Parasite as a Korean”

The following article is an in-depth review of the South Korean suspense movie Parasite (2019) and was posted on Reddit. The article is written by a South Korean national with the intent of sharing a native perspective and interpretation of the film as it was intended for a native language speaking audience. Spoiler Alert: The following article does contain several details from the movie regarding plot and character development, so proceed through the reading material with caution if you have not seen the movie yet.

Overlooked Nominations: The Oscar 2020 Snubs

The full list of nominations for the 2020 Oscars were announced on Monday morning and the editorialized Snub Lists are starting to populate across the country. Many names and movies will appear on multiple snub lists, usually pulled from the same pool of mainstream movies that were widely seen by the critics, audiences, and Academy members. In many cases, some of the overlooked candidates that were not included in the final list of nominees were in contention for recognition earlier in the awards season, such as the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards.

So, throwing an opinion into the overflowing pool of Oscar Snubs, here is The Buzz Track list of overlooked nominees for the 92nd annual Academy Awards:

Actor, Actress in a Leading Role

  • Lupita Nyong’o, Us
    For the movie, Lupita had to manage double duty with creating and performing two separate characters who are polar opposite from each other, but in a minor way they are also the same person as well. Have you seen the movie? Then you would know the duality of the characters within the story.
  • Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
    The last time Adam had ever really pushed himself this far into a drama movie was back in 2002 for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love. He has demonstrated the potential for being a contender during the awards season, but tends to stick around in the comedy world more often than not.
  • Robert De Niro, The Irishman
    Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker, and many others were individually nominated for their contribution for this movie. So, why was Robert De Niro overlooked?
  • Awkwafina, The Farewell
    She made history by being the first Asian American woman to win a Golden Globe award for the leading actress category. Within just a couple of years time she skyrocketed to fame, but The Farewell is a movie that really helped her prove she can act.
  • Song Kang-ho, Parasite
    Hailed as being a great contemporary character actor by Bong Joon Ho, the director of Parasite, it was rather surprising that Kango-ho Song was not considered for any of the acting awards this year. His performance in this movie was top notch! There are several moments in the movie where the audience is reeled right into his character’s emotional journey.

Actor, Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
    One of the best character actors still working to this day, nominated for an Oscar in four separate years; this movie should have been his fifth nomination and hopefully the first win.
  • Park So-dam, Parasite
    She is the one person in the entire movie who stole the attention in almost ever single scene she appears. The laughter from the audience was genuine when she was on screen. She held so much power and control of her character that it was very easy for the audience to fear and respect her at the same time.

Best Director

  • Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse
    Only his second feature length movie in five years, the first movie being The VVitch (2015), he should not be overlooked. He’s a writer and director with a strong skill in brainy storytelling. In due time, he will be given a well deserved recognition by the Academy.
  • Lulu Wang, The Farewell
    She arrive on scene with a splash for The Farewell by showing us a genuine and heartfelt story of what it’s like to be an Asian-American woman having to bridge the gap between two cultures within the same family.

Best Original Screenplay

  • Robert Eggers & Max Eggers, The Lighthouse
    Writing a feature length screenplay with a prominent use of Old English syntax and grammar can be a daunting task. Trying to limit the movie to only two characters for the vast majority of the entire story is a very steep hill to climb. The only other character to appear in the movie is a mermaid who does not speak and would be an implied hallucination for one of the two main characters. Yep, the writing duo accepted the challenge and did a pretty good job at pulling it off.
  • Lulu Wang, The Farewell
    The story is based upon her own real life experience, so Lulu was able to bring a lot of raw emotion to the movie that connected on an emotional level with the audience. It was genuine and heartfelt, which is a must-have selling point to pull the audience right in.