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Attn. Actors: African American & Latino Men & Women Sought for Major Roles in Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Drama Series

26 February 2015 11:57 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Baz Luhrmann is holding a global casting call to fill major roles in his upcoming Netflix musical drama "The Get Down," which will unfold over 13 episodes (each an hour long), tracking the history of hip-hop, and other innovative forms of music and art of the period. Here's a description: "Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them – except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Baz Luhrmann Tells Us All About His New Netflix Show, The Get Down

26 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Baz Luhrmann has started casting his new Netflix drama The Get Down — and he’s not just looking for established talent with agents. In an exclusive interview with Vulture, the director/producer says that while he’s “already looking at some great talent out there who are professionals,” he’s also determined to feature undiscovered performers on his first-ever TV series, which will explore the rise of hip-hop culture from the ashes of New York City’s 1970s malaise. To find that unknown talent, Luhrmann and his production team today are launching TheGetDownCasting.com, a site where performers will be able to submit video auditions. Their initial focus: finding African-American and Latino actors (male and female) between the ages of 18 and 21. “The thing is, the entire show is hung on bright young people,” Luhrmann explains. “There are many professional [actors] at that age. But I don’t want to miss some »

- Josef Adalian

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Global Casting Call Announced for Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Musical Drama The Get Down

26 February 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

The Get Dow,N a new Netflix Original Series from visionary director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby), will premiere exclusively on Netflix in all territories in 2016. 1970s New York City – broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped -- dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them – except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco -- told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Sony Pictures Shakeup: TV Side Snubbed Again (Analysis)

24 February 2015 3:39 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

News of Tom Rothman’s promotion to head the film division at Sony Pictures Entertainment puts to rest questions about a broader studio restructuring in the wake of Amy Pascal’s exit as co-chair of Spe.

There had been speculation that Sony Pictures Television president Steve Mosko would benefit from post-Pascal changes, but the structure laid out Tuesday does not indicate that there are plans to replace her in the co-chairman role.

News of Rothman’s appointment as chairman of Sony’s motion picture group also came with the confirmation that Michael Lynton has extended his contract as chairman-ceo of Spe and as CEO of the Sony Entertainment parent org encompassing Sony Music. Mosko will continue to report directly to Lynton.

With all the drama on the Sony lot over the past 18 months, from investor pressures to an unprecedented cyber-attack on its computer systems, many employees are said to have »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Gail Berman Expands Movie Operations with Rory Koslow

24 February 2015 1:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gail Berman’s production company the Jackal Group is ramping up feature film operations by hiring Rory Koslow as senior VP of film development.

Variety reported Feb. 9 that Jackal had signed a first-look feature film deal with Fox 2000. Koslow will oversee the development of all films.

Koslow previously served as senior VP of production at Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park Pictures, overseeing “Gangster Squad,” “The Lucky One” and the “Arthur” remake along with the London stage musical of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” directed by Sam Mendes. He is also producing the upcoming feature film “Ashby,” starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman.

The Jackal Group has several feature film projects already in development, including Jesse Owens biopic “The Runner,” set at Disney, with Netter Films’ Gil Netter also producing and Antoine Fuqua attached to direct; an untitled feature for Warner Bros. based on the life of Elvis Presley, »

- Dave McNary

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Oscars: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' wins Best Production Design

22 February 2015 7:22 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

As 28 of our 29 Oscars Experts predicted, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won Best Production Design on Sunday night. It had previously won Best Period Design at the Art Directors Guild Awards, in addition to taking Production Design honors at the BAFTAs and Critics' Choice Awards. -Break- It's the first win and second straight nomination for production designer Adam Stockhausen, who earned a bid last year for "12 Years a Slave," losing to Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." It was also the first win for set decorator Anna Pinnock, who earned previous bids for "Gosford Park" (2001), "The Golden Compass" (2007), and "Life of Pi" (2012) and had a second nomination this year, for "Into the Woods." The film was the overwhelming 1/10 favorite with 28 Experts backing it: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinbe...' »

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From 'The Thin Man' to 'Dogfight': A broken-hearted Valentine's playlist

14 February 2015 11:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It has not been an easy week. At the start of the week, we had our editorial meeting here at HitFix, as we do every Monday, to talk about both the week ahead and longer-term projects as well. For fairly obvious reasons, there was a fair amount of talk about Valentine's Day content, and I mentioned a few different ideas that I might write about, including one that I'll end up publishing at some point about Steve Martin. But even as I pitched a few ideas, I found myself uncomfortable with the entire idea of writing about romantic films right now. Honestly, I was hoping to spend this week with my head down and then just sail right through this weekend without writing about love at all, because for the first time in my adult life, I am no longer sure what I think about it. After all, I was with my wife for 14 years. »

- Drew McWeeny

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9 soundtracks that outshone their movies: Tron Legacy, Twilight and more

12 February 2015 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

These days no movie can get away without a tie-in soundtrack. The latest is Fifty Shades of Grey, which brings together everyone from Beyoncé, Sia and Ellie Goulding.

However, there's always a danger that the album can outshine the movie it originates from. Digital Spy highlights 9 instances where this is the case.

1. Tron: Legacy (2010)

Disney's belated sequel to its cult '80s hit Tron unfortunately forgot to bother with anything approaching a coherent story or believable characters - but what a display of visuals and sound. Daft Punk took care of the latter, crafting a score that fizzed with electronic pulses ripped straight from The Grid.

2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

Despite being so critically derided, the Twilight movies were consistently able to churn out impressive soundtracks. The best of them was 2009's New Moon, which collected new songs from Thom Yorke, Death Cab for Cutie, Lykke Li, The Killers, »

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The Best Romantic Dramas on Netflix Right Now

10 February 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Love comes in many different shades. Sometimes it’s consuming and violent; other times it’s goofy and messy. Hollywood, of course, loves every single type — but chances are it's hard to figure out exactly which one you want to watch at which time. Below you’ll find all the love triangles, long-distance romance, and teenage lust you could ever hope for, all streaming on Netflix Instant. Disclaimer: Vulture is not responsible for how many overwhelming feels you accumulate during the course of viewing any of these films.Romeo + Juliet (1996)Shakespeare's high-school-English-class staple gets a sexy revamp in this '90s classic starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular characters. Verona becomes a grungy Los Angeles, and the Capulets and Montagues become dueling street gangs, but the dialogue is totally by the book (er, play). Shot in director Baz Luhrmann’s signature campy style, with characters moving at a hyperfast, »

- Hazel Cills

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Gail Berman Signs First-Look Deal at Fox 2000 (Exclusive)

9 February 2015 2:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox 2000 has signed a first-look feature film deal with Gail Berman’s production company the Jackal Group, Variety has learned.

The deal comes seven months after Berman set a wide-ranging partnership with Fox Networks Group as part of launching the Jackal Group to develop digital and TV projects for outlets across the 21st Century Fox TV and digital spectrum.

Berman, who was production president at Paramount Pictures from 2005-07, joins about two dozen other producers that have first-look feature film deals with Fox including James Cameron, Paul Feig, Ridley Scott and Ben Stiller. Her deal is the second set at Fox 2000, the unit headed by Elizabeth Gabler where Karen Rosenfelt is also based.

The Jackal Group has several feature film projects already in development, including Jesse Owens biopic “The Runner,” set at Disney, with Netter Films’ Gil Netter also producing and Antoine Fuqua attached to direct. David Seidler (“The King »

- Dave McNary

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Gail Berman Signs First-Look Deal at Fox 2000 (Exclusive)

9 February 2015 2:38 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox 2000 has signed a first-look feature film deal with Gail Berman’s production company the Jackal Group, Variety has learned.

The deal comes seven months after Berman set a wide-ranging partnership with Fox Networks Group as part of launching the Jackal Group to develop digital and TV projects for outlets across the 21st Century Fox TV and digital spectrum.

Berman, who was production president at Paramount Pictures from 2005-07, joins about two dozen other producers that have first-look feature film deals with Fox including James Cameron, Paul Feig, Ridley Scott and Ben Stiller. Her deal is the second set at Fox 2000, the unit headed by Elizabeth Gabler where Karen Rosenfelt is also based.

The Jackal Group has several feature film projects already in development, including Jesse Owens biopic “The Runner,” set at Disney, with Netter Films’ Gil Netter also producing and Antoine Fuqua attached to direct. David Seidler (“The King »

- Dave McNary

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Netflix's Bloodline Trailer Reveals the Dark Secrets of the Rayburn Family

9 February 2015 10:52 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

“Sometimes, you know something’s coming…”

In this case, that “something” is a new trailer for Netflix’s Bloodline, a drama about the dark secrets of the Florida-based Rayburn family.

RelatedNetflix Sets Premieres for Daredevil, Kimmy Schmidt, Bloodline and More

The trailer introduces potential viewers to each member of the family, including John (Friday Night LightsKyle Chandler), his sister Meg (Mad Men‘s Linda Cardellini), mom Sally (Big Love‘s Sissy Spacek) and black sheep Danny (Ben Mendelsohn).

Additionally, Netflix released the series’ official poster, touting its ominous slogan: “We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing. »

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Netflix Announces New Original Music-Driven Drama Series from Baz Luhrmann Set in 1970s New York City

9 February 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] Beverly Hills, Calif., Feb. 5, 2015 -- The Get Down, a new Netflix Original Series, from visionary director Baz Luhrmann, will premiere exclusively on Netflix in all territories in 2016. The series marks Luhrmann's first music-driven drama since the global hit Moulin Rouge! The one-hour, 13-episode drama from Sony Pictures Television will focus on 1970s New York City – broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped -- dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them – except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Shamitabh review – Amitabh Bachchan in affectionate but incoherent satire

9 February 2015 4:29 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This Bollywood tale about a mute who tries to be a movie star fails to follow through on the theme of losing one’s authentic voice in a film industry rife with phonies

The Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been universally recognised as a voice of authority for some time: it’s why Baz Luhrmann cast him as Jewish gangster Meyer Wolfsheim in his Gatsby remake. Back home, Bachchan has partnered with writer-director R Balki for a trio of films examining the pitfalls of ageing. After 2007’s crowd-pleasing May-December romance Cheeni Kum and 2009’s peculiar Benjamin Button variant Paa, the new release Shamitabh forms the pair’s most self-reflexive endeavour yet: a movieland tale that finds Bachchan playing a former performer whose voice soars over his drastically reduced circumstances.

Related: Amitabh Bachchan: My father watched my films for their 'poetic justice in two and a half hours’

Continue reading. »

- Mike McCahill

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The Legend of Zelda Live-Action Series in the Works at Netflix

6 February 2015 4:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Ever wished your Nintendo would come to life?

Netflix is developing a live-action series based on the fantasy video game The Legend of Zelda, the Wall Street Journal reports.

RelatedNetflix Orders 1970s Musical Drama From Moulin Rouge‘s Baz Luhrmann

According to the site, no writer is attached yet to the project, which is described as Game of Thrones for a family audience.

The game Zelda revolves around an ordinary boy named Link who must rescue a princess named Zelda and save a fantasy world called Hyrule.

Are you game for a Legend of Zelda TV series? Sound off below! »

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Netflix Is Making a Legend of Zelda Live-Action TV Series

6 February 2015 3:09 PM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Nineties kids and gamers, unite: The Legend of Zelda might become a live-action series on Netflix. If the iconic video game does get the Netflix treatment, the show would reportedly revolve around the character of Link. This news comes just after the announcement that Baz Luhrmann is making a hip-hop drama for the streaming service. Stay tuned for more details on the potential new series! »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Baz Luhrmann’s Musical Series The Get Down Heads To Netflix

5 February 2015 2:32 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Australian director Baz Luhrmann, who changed modern musical cinema with his 2001 hit Moulin Rouge, is making the leap to the small screen for his next project. Alongside fellow visionary David Fincher, who has seen massive success with House Of Cards, Luhrmann’s musical TV series The Get Down will debut exclusively on Netflix next year.

The streaming giant has ironed out a deal with Luhrmann to deliver thirteen one-hour episodes. This marks the end of a year-long period in which the helmer, The Shield creator Shawn Ryan and Sony TV worked in conjunction with Netflix to finalize details. During that time, a series of episode directors were sought, with Luhrmann signed on to direct the first two episodes as well as the finale.

Set in New York City during the ‘70s, the show will explore the South Bronx during that epoch and how the innovative minds of its youngsters spawned disco, »

- Gem Seddon

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Link: The Director's Cut

5 February 2015 2:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Film Stage talks to the team behind Tangerine, the iPhone shot movie that was my favorite from Sundance

Pajiba green screen Jean-Claude Van Damme clips for you to make your own movie with

T, The New York Times Style Magazine profiles Xavier Dolan

Entertainment Junkie looks at the visual effects Oscar race

The Dissolve The Voyage of Time Terrence Malick's forthcoming film will have two versions. One with Brad Pitt's voice and one with Cate Blanchett's. I'm getting tired of multiple versions of the same thing, I must admit. It seems so indecisive. But maybe I'm just smarting because today I learned that...

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday and I keep hearing conflicting things. Some say it has all three versions of the film and some say it just has "Them" (which from everything I've read is the disappointing »

- NATHANIEL R

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Netflix Orders Musical Series ‘The Get Down’ From Moulin Rouge’s Baz Luhrmann

5 February 2015 1:11 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Baz Luhrmann is coming to TV, or at least Netflix. The streaming site has ordered 13 episodes of the musical drama The Get Down from the director, famous for his many films, including Moulin Rouge and the 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The Get Down will take place in New York City during the 1970s and will center on a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers with no one to shelter them – except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. The series is described as “a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco — told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world… forever.” “From his very first and magnificently original steps on the world stage with Strictly Ballroom to… »

- Chris King

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Baz Luhrmann's 'The Get Down' earns a Netflix series order

5 February 2015 1:10 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Netflix has given a 13-episode series order to "The Get Down," a new music-fueled drama from Oscar nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. Set against the backdrop of 1970s New York City, the Sony Pictures Television series will focus on the socio-economic conditions that led to the rise of punk, hip-hop and disco "told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world...forever." Luhrmann, an Oscar nominee for "Moulin Rouge!" and most recently director of "The Great Gatsby," will helm the first two episodes and the season finale in what will be his first foray into TV (or whatever it is that Netflix is). "In this golden era of TV, the Netflix culture puts no constraint on creative possibilities. So it is a natural home for 'The Get Down,' a project I have been contemplating and working on now for over 10 years, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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