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Cinematography Loses a Legend, Max Landis Gets an Inheritance, and Jackie Chan Does Yoga

By  · Published on November 9th, 2016

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I know, I know, there are far more important stories today than who’s directing what remake or whatever, but there’s a lot of anxiety out there right now and we’re all feeling it, no matter what side of this incredibly divisive line you’re on, so what better time to take a quick breather from poll numbers and catch up on the day’s film and TV news?

Jules and Jim

We have to start on a somber note tonight: French cinematographer Raoul Coutard passed away today at the age of 92. Coutard was one of the most influential and significant cinematographers of the French New Wave, working on a number of iconic films for Jean-Luc Godard – Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, A Woman is a Woman, Vivre Sa Vie, Contempt, Band of Outsiders – and Francois Truffaut – Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim, The Soft Skin – as well as for directors Jacques Demy (Lola) and Costa-Gavras (Z, The Confession). His was a deft eye with an appreciation for the delicate that produced some of the most enduring images of his day and his country’s cinematic history. Toast him sometime soon by watching your favorite of his films.

If you gotta do it, I guess it’s best to do it like this: Max Landis, screenwriter of Chronicle and American Ultra has been signed by Universal to write and direct the remake of An American Werewolf in London which his father, John Landis, originally wrote and directed. Deadline had the exclusive on the film, which is being produced by David Albert and Robert Kirkman, both of The Walking Dead renown. Landis the Elder will be one of the executive producers, so it seems safe to say there won’t be any awkward silences over Thanksgiving dinner at that house this year. Next year is another question though…

And lastly, because we could all use a little levity today, check out the trailer for Jackie Chan’s latest, Kung-Fu Yoga, from Stanley Tong, the director of Rumble in the Bronx and Supercop. It’s not a joke but it sure looks funny.

Be strong, people. We’ll see you tomorrow, assuming it doesn’t all go up in flames tonight.

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