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‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 is Almost Done Filming, Creators Still Open to Making Sequels

54 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s a great time to be a “Black Mirror” fan. The anthology series’ third season debuted on Netflix last October and earned serious buzz, with episodes like “Nosedive” and “San Junipero” breaking out and becoming some of the series’ most talked about installments. The latter even earned two Emmy nominations, one for Outstanding TV Movie and another for Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic special.

Sign Up‘Black Mirror’: Why Charlie Brooker Wrote ‘San Junipero’ To Screw with His Netflix Critics

Fans have been wondering when the series will return for a fourth season, and unfortunately it doesn’t seem likely that it will be this year. Joining Variety on its Remote Controlled podcast, co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones confirmed they are currently in the middle of filming the sixth and final episode of Season 4. Because of the lengthy post-production process required for each episode, »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 is Almost Done Filming, Creators Still Open to Making Sequels

54 minutes ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s a great time to be a “Black Mirror” fan. The anthology series’ third season debuted on Netflix last October and earned the biggest buzz in franchise history, with episodes like “Nosedive” and “San Junipero” breaking out and becoming some of the series’ most talked about installments. The latter even earned two Emmy nominations, one for Outstanding TV Movie and another for Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic special.

Sign Up‘Black Mirror’: Why Charlie Brooker Wrote ‘San Junipero’ To Screw with His Netflix Critics

Fans have been wondering when the series will return for a fourth season, and unfortunately it doesn’t seem likely that it will be this year. Joining Variety on its Remote Controlled podcast, co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones confirmed they are currently in the middle of filming the sixth and final episode of Season 4. Because of the lengthy post-production process required for each episode, »

- Zack Sharf

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Manhunt: Unabomber Review: Discovery's New Anthology Series Is Less Explosive Than Analytical

24 July 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

How much you enjoy Manhunt: Unabomber will depend almost entirely on one thing: how gripping you find watching someone else solve a puzzle.

In the first three hours of Discovery’s new anthology series (premiering Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 9/8c), there are some gruesome reenactments of Ted Kaczynski’s crimes, insurance that we never lose sight of what’s at stake. And the drama manages to wring suspense out of a bunch of G-men standing around a phone and listening, fearful of an explosion, as planes are cleared for takeoff. But mostly, it’s a whole lot of rookie profiler “Fitz »

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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Seeks to Raise State Production Tax Incentives to at Least $500 Million

20 July 2017 2:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising to push for an increase in California’s production tax incentives to at least $500 million annually — up more than 50% from the current $330 million figure.

“We must make sure, first and foremost, that the film industry not only stays strong but expands,” he said Thursday morning in a speech before about 400 attendees, hosted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at the Loews Hotel.

“This is an opportunity for us to not rest on our laurels and to show that we aren’t going backwards any more,” he added. “When the legislature comes back to this issue, we should be going to $500 million or more. Maybe even no limit.”

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Garcetti, who was re-elected in March, had highlighted during his campaign that he had been active in pushing the state legislature to expand the tax credit program from $100 million annually »

- Dave McNary

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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Seeks to Raise State Production Tax Incentives to at Least $500 Million

20 July 2017 2:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising to push for an increase in California’s production tax incentives to at least $500 million annually — up more than 50% from the current $330 million figure.

“We must make sure, first and foremost, that the film industry not only stays strong but expands,” he said Thursday morning in a speech before about 400 attendees, hosted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at the Loews Hotel.

“This is an opportunity for us to not rest on our laurels and to show that we aren’t going backwards any more,” he added. “When the legislature comes back to this issue, we should be going to $500 million or more. Maybe even no limit.”

Garcetti, who was re-elected in March, had highlighted during his campaign that he had been active in pushing the state legislature to expand the tax credit program from $100 million annually.

He said Thursday that top execs say the program doesn’t go far »

- Dave McNary

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Jenny Slate Talks Cheating, Sexism and Her New Comedy ‘Landline’

13 July 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Landline” brings audiences back to a simpler time — an era before texting and Twitter, an age of alt rock and Blockbuster Video runs, and a time when a Clinton was in the White House. Set in 1995, the film looks at a Manhattan family’s struggles with infidelity, career frustrations, and regrets about the road not taken. It also reunites Jenny Slate with director Gillian Robespierre. The pair collaborated memorably on 2014’s “Obvious Child,” a funny look at a woman grappling with an unexpected pregnancy.

In advance of the film’s premiere on July 21, Slate spoke with Variety about being a child of the ’90s, cheating, and the downsides of social media.

I grew up in the 1990s, and I’ve been laboring under the delusion that it wasn’t that long ago. This film made me feel so old. 

I’m sorry! It’s weird, at first, I felt the ’90s were just around the last corner »

- Brent Lang

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Los Angeles On-Location Film Production Drops 18.5% in Second Quarter

12 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On-location feature film production in Greater Los Angeles fell 18.5% in the second quarter to 1,067 shoot days, according to the FilmL.A. permitting agency.

The report, issued on Wednesday, also showed that the region’s overall off-lot second-quarter production declined 4.7% to 9,466 days. FilmL.A. president Paul Audley told Variety the declines are not surprising in the wake of 2016’s record 6.2% spike in overall production, thanks in part to California’s expanded production incentive program — which covers up to 25% of production costs.

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“Declines in any category need to be put in context: the year-to-date comparison for the last seven years shows 2017 is second only to 2016 for total shoot days,” he said. “It’s nothing to panic about.”

The feature film category rose 12% to 4,865 days last year, including a 22.5% jump in the fourth quarter, making 2016 the most active year for movies since the state launched its Film & Television Tax »

- Dave McNary

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Los Angeles On-Location Film Production Drops 18.5% in Second Quarter

12 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On-location feature film production in Greater Los Angeles fell 18.5% in the second quarter to 1,067 shoot days, according to the FilmL.A. permitting agency.

The report, issued on Wednesday, also showed that the region’s overall off-lot second-quarter production declined 4.7% to 9,466 days. FilmL.A. president Paul Audley told Variety the declines are not surprising in the wake of 2016’s record 6.2% spike in overall production, thanks in part to California’s expanded production incentive program — which covers up to 25% of production costs.

“Declines in any category need to be put in context: the year-to-date comparison for the last seven years shows 2017 is second only to 2016 for total shoot days,” he said. “It’s nothing to panic about.”

The feature film category rose 12% to 4,865 days last year, including a 22.5% jump in the fourth quarter, making 2016 the most active year for movies since the state launched its Film & Television Tax Credit Program in 2009. Despite the second quarter slide in that category »

- Dave McNary

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'Contact': THR's 1997 Review

10 July 2017 11:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

On July 11, 1997, Robert Zemeckis unveiled his sci-fi adaptation of Carl Sagan's Contact, starring Jodie Foster. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

If you build it, they will come. This time we're not talking about ballparks and baseball players, but rather satellite dishes and intelligent extraterrestrial life, as an unconventional astronomer obsesses to connect with other life in the universe. 

A distillation of the late Carl Sagan's best-seller Contact, this filmic adaptation is also constructed with generic sci-fi components and characters and draws on blueprints from such filmic predecessors as Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But »

- THR Staff

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On my radar: Jack O’Connell’s cultural highlights

9 July 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor on a book of ancient wisdom, the effortless cool of Fat White Family, hurling, asparagus and Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake

Born in Alvaston, Derby, in 1990, Jack O’Connell made his film debut in 2006 as reluctant neo-Nazi Pukey in Shane Meadows’s This Is England, before landing the part of Cook in Skins. Following turns in Starred Up and Harry Brown – for which Michael Caine labelled him a “star of the future” – he was cast as the lead in Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film Unbroken, about a second world war bombardier and Olympic athlete who ends up in a prisoner-of-war camp. In 2015 he won the Ee rising star award at the Baftas, and the following year appeared in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster. O’Connell stars opposite Sienna Miller in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  at London’s Apollo theatre from 13 July.

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- Kathryn Bromwich

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On my radar: Jack O’Connell’s cultural highlights

9 July 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor on a book of ancient wisdom, the effortless cool of Fat White Family, hurling, asparagus and Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake

Born in Alvaston, Derby, in 1990, Jack O’Connell made his film debut in 2006 as reluctant neo-Nazi Pukey in Shane Meadows’s This Is England, before landing the part of Cook in Skins. Following turns in Starred Up and Harry Brown – for which Michael Caine labelled him a “star of the future” – he was cast as the lead in Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film Unbroken, about a second world war bombardier and Olympic athlete who ends up in a prisoner-of-war camp. In 2015 he won the Ee rising star award at the Baftas, and the following year appeared in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster. O’Connell stars opposite Sienna Miller in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  at London’s Apollo theatre from 13 July.

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- Kathryn Bromwich

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National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench

5 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s National Bikini Day on July 5, celebrating Louis Reard’s 1946 invention of the swimwear (of course it would be in France!). The swimsuit wasn’t an immediate hit, though, due to 1940s standards of modesty. But pop culture helped bring it to the masses, thanks to such early-1960s icons as Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, and Raquel Welch.

In 1960, the novelty song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” sung by Brian Hyland, became a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and the record company said bikini sales boomed as a result. And in 1962, Andress emerged from the water in the James Bond “Dr. No,” while Bardot appeared in “A Very Private Affair,” both in small white two-piece suits. And nothing was the same after that.

In 1964, American International Pictures released “Bikini Beach,” the third of its “Beach Party” movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. “Bikini Beach” featured surfers, bikers, »

- Tim Gray

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National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench

5 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s National Bikini Day on July 5, celebrating Louis Reard’s 1946 invention of the swimwear (of course it would be in France!). The swimsuit wasn’t an immediate hit, though, due to 1940s standards of modesty. But pop culture helped bring it to the masses, thanks to such early-1960s icons as Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, and Raquel Welch.

In 1960, the novelty song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” sung by Brian Hyland, became a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and the record company said bikini sales boomed as a result. And in 1962, Andress emerged from the water in the James Bond “Dr. No,” while Bardot appeared in “A Very Private Affair,” both in small white two-piece suits. And nothing was the same after that.

In 1964, American International Pictures released “Bikini Beach,” the third of its “Beach Party” movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. “Bikini Beach” featured surfers, bikers »

- Tim Gray

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Emmys 2017: Charlie Brooker talks Netflix and 'Black Mirror'

2 July 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The series’ creator reveals to Screen why his partnership with Netflix has given him the opportunity to push even more creative boundaries.

For UK writer and comedian Charlie Brooker, television anthology series Black Mirror, which he created in 2011, has propelled his name onto the international stage. Depicting satirical and often dark visions of our near future, the show now has a home in the ever-expanding Netflix stable.

The first two series — produced by UK outfit Zeppotron for media major Endemol in 2011 and 2013, and each comprising three 60-minute episodes — were broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK to critical acclaim. The series was belatedly brought to the Us in late 2013 via DirecTV’s Audience Network. After a one-off Christmas special in 2014, the rights were then picked up by SVoD giant Netflix in a reported $40m deal.

The Us company ordered an extended 12-episode run, broken up into two series, the first of which debuted on the platform in October »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Emmys 2017: Charlie Brooker talks working with Netflix on 'Black Mirror'

2 July 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The series’ creator reveals to Screen why his partnership with Netflix has given him the opportunity to push even more creative boundaries.

For UK writer and comedian Charlie Brooker, television anthology series Black Mirror, which he created in 2011, has propelled his name onto the international stage. Depicting satirical and often dark visions of our near future, the show now has a home in the ever-expanding Netflix stable.

The first two series — produced by UK outfit Zeppotron for media major Endemol in 2011 and 2013, and each comprising three 60-minute episodes — were broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK to critical acclaim. The series was belatedly brought to the Us in late 2013 via DirecTV’s Audience Network. After a one-off Christmas special in 2014, the rights were then picked up by SVoD giant Netflix in a reported $40m deal.

The Us company ordered an extended 12-episode run, broken up into two series, the first of which debuted on the platform in October »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Emmys 2017: Charlie Brooker talks collaborating with Netflix on 'Black Mirror'

2 July 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The series’ creator reveals to Screen why his partnership with Netflix has given him the opportunity to push even more creative boundaries.

For UK writer and comedian Charlie Brooker, television anthology series Black Mirror, which he created in 2011, has propelled his name onto the international stage. Depicting satirical and often dark visions of our near future, the show now has a home in the ever-expanding Netflix stable.

The first two series — produced by UK outfit Zeppotron for media major Endemol in 2011 and 2013, and each comprising three 60-minute episodes — were broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK to critical acclaim. The series was belatedly brought to the Us in late 2013 via DirecTV’s Audience Network. After a one-off Christmas special in 2014, the rights were then picked up by SVoD giant Netflix in a reported $40m deal.

The Us company ordered an extended 12-episode run, broken up into two series, the first of which debuted on the platform in October »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer Wanted to Be Thelma & Louise: Biggest Secrets Behind the Trailblazing Classic

28 June 2017 1:13 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A new book about the acclaimed 1991 film Thelma & Louise offers proof that fans weren’t the only ones in awe of its trailblazing characters.

Off The Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge, by Becky Aikman, chronicles how Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer were slated for the lead roles, but had to turn them down after production was delayed. Once the news was out, Hollywood’s top actresses jockeyed for the plum roles.

“It seemed as if every agent who represented anyone with a vagina and a pulse besieged Pathé and Ridley company for a shot, »

- Sam Gillette

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Silence Of The Lambs Screens June 30th at Webster University ‘A Tribute to Jonathan Demme’

25 June 2017 6:39 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“I do wish we could chat longer, but… I’m having an old friend for dinner. Bye.”

Silence Of The Lambs screens Friday, June 30th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). This is the seventh film in their ‘Tribute to Jonathan Demme’ The movie starts at 8:00pm.

Films don’t get much more creepy or thrilling as Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-sweeping Silence Of The Lambs from 1991. The young and feminine Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who is training to be an F.B.I. agent, must find the whereabouts of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). The only way possible is interviewing a captured serial killer named Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter (Anthony Hopkins).

There are so many elements that make Silence Of The Lambs chillingly scary. Buffalo Bill chooses young female victims and skins them. He kidnaps the daughter of a senator which quickly prompts an FBI hunt. »

- Tom Stockman

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12 Things You Never Knew About Orange Is the New Black

22 June 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Now that we've binged the much-anticipated fifth season of Orange Is the New Black, we're in need of a distraction to help us forget that new episodes are still a year away. Bummer, right? While we can only speculate at this point about what's to come, there are a few things we know for sure about one of the most loved Netflix series of all time. So, to hold you over until season six: here are 12 things you never knew about Oitnb. Jodie Foster has directed two episodes of the series. The legendary actress directed the third episode of season one (where Crazy Eyes falls for Piper) and the first episode of season two (when Piper is moved from Litchfield.) Katie Holmes almost played the role of Piper Chapman. But she was too busy. Creator Jenji Kohan said at the time that Holmes "had other things to do." But to be fair, she also added that "in the beginning, no one knew what this was." Oh, and Laura Prepon was almost Piper too. The actress who plays Yoga Jones is the voice of Patti Mayonnaise. If you close your eyes, you can almost pretend that she's the legendary love interest in the classic cartoon Doug. In the episode where Piper first meets Larry, he's watching Weeds - another show created by Jenji Kohan - and you can see it on the TV in the background. Seriously, go back and look for it. It's there. The real-life Larry actually did write a Modern Love column in the New York Times. And you can read it here. Nicky's scar from her post-overdose surgery is the real deal. Actress Natasha Lyonne suffered from the same issues with addiction as her character in the show. Laverne Cox's twin brother played Sophia in her pre-transition flashbacks in season one. Cox wanted to play the role herself, but "Jodie Foster, who directed the episode in which Sophia's backstory is explored, didn't think it would work." Cox's brother, M. Lamar, is a musician who described himself to The New York Times as being of the "gothic-devil-worshiping-free-black-man-blues tradition." The real-life Piper made a blog in 2003 about her time in prison. It's called The Pipe Bomb. Kerman ended up writing a memoir (also titled Orange Is the New Black) that inspired the show. All of the women in the opening credits were formerly incarcerated. There isn't a single actress in the entire sequence - and if you look really closely, you can see Piper Kerman in there too. Flaca has kissed Kourtney Kardashian. Yes, Jackie Cruz was on Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2009. The same inmate is always crying behind Piper when she's on the phone. You didn't imagine it - Gerrman is always there, and most of the time she's weeping over her wrestler son. We still have no idea what the meaning of the eggplant joke really is . . . And we're still holding out hope that we'll find out in the future. But in the meantime, here's a pretty solid theory. »

- Chelsea Hassler

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4 Great Films About Loners (That Look At The Darker Side of Loneliness)

17 June 2017 11:32 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Graeme Robertson with four great films about loners…

Do you ever feel lonely dear readers? Do you ever sometimes feel that you just don’t quite fit in with the rest of the world?

I’ll admit that I sometimes I feel this way in certain situations. Often at a social event like a party or whatever, I’m the guy who stands quietly in the corner, saying little and drinking excessively to try and calm my nerves, all the while panicking that everyone else at the party is secretly muttering things about me behind my back and that they all might just dislike me intensely.

Now I’d like to think that this is not an unusual feeling to have. After all, I’m sure that everyone feels a sense of loneliness from time to time, but most of us are able to soothe that discomfort with the love »

- Graeme Robertson

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