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Top 25 Best Netflix Original Series, Ranked From Great to Phenomenal (Photos)

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Top 25 Best Netflix Original Series, Ranked From Great to Phenomenal (Photos)
There is a ridiculous number of original series available on Netflix right now — so many it’s almost impossible to keep up with them. Even Netflix seems to have a tough time making sure its viewers know about its shows. We dug into the annals of Netflix series and plucked out the very best ones for your enjoyment. Here they are in order of great to phenomenal. 24. “The Get DownBaz Luhrmann’s musical drama looks to capture the moments surrounding the birth of hip-hop in New York. The series brings a lot of excitement, along with Luhrmann’s signature visual style,
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‘Get Down’ Star Justice Smith Lands Lead in Live-Action ‘Pokemon’ Movie for Legendary (Exclusive)

‘Get Down’ Star Justice Smith Lands Lead in Live-Action ‘Pokemon’ Movie for Legendary (Exclusive)
Legendary has tapped breakout talent Justice Smith to star in the first-ever live-action “Pokemon” film titled “Detective Pikachu,” based on the titular character, sources tell Variety.

Rob Letterman is on board to direct from a script by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch.

First introduced in Japan in 1996, Pokemon has spawned more than 295 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Tcg cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons. The hugely popular “Pokemon Go” app saw the pocket monsters surge back into the pop culture consciousnesses last year.

Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside Japan, as it has done with Legendary’s other films for years. The Pokémon Company’s long time movie collaborator, Toho, will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan, as it had similarly done in its partnership with Legendary on “Godzilla.”

Smith recently broke out on the Netflix musical drama series “The Get Down” after director Baz Luhrmann handpicked
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The 20 Saddest Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Amour’ to ‘Million Dollar Baby’

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The 20 Saddest Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Amour’ to ‘Million Dollar Baby’
As much as we all love a stunning tracking shot or an impeccably stylized thriller, even the most discerning cinephiles have to admit: Sometimes, you just want a good cry. Often it’s the most gut-wrenching movies that remain in our collective cultural memory the longest; “Sophie’s Choice,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “Schindler’s List,” to name just a few. Even in an age when auteur-driven driven sci-fi and superhero franchises reign supreme, Hollywood will always love a good old-fashioned tearjerker. Which is why we thought it necessary to single out some of the saddest movies of the century — so far.

Read More:The 20 Scariest Movie Scenes of the 21st Century

Though it might sound trite, one doesn’t have to give up gorgeous cinematography or a tightly-wound script in order to be moved. Not only do the films on this list find beauty in the most heartbreaking of human experiences,
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'Moulin Rouge!' Musical Sets Pre-Broadway Boston Bow

'Moulin Rouge!' Musical Sets Pre-Broadway Boston Bow
Moulin Rouge! The Musical is on its way to Broadway.

The previously announced project, based on Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, will premiere in summer 2018 at Boston's newly restored Emerson Colonial Theatre, which is now part of Ambassador Theatre Group. The production is then expected to segue to Broadway, though exact dates remain to be set.

Luhrmann's film followed the love story of an English poet and a beautiful courtesan, the star cabaret performer at the decadent Montmartre nightclub in Belle Epoque Paris. John Logan, a Tony Award winner for Red, has...
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Baz Luhrmann Made the Most Extravagant Short Film Imaginable For H&M — Watch

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Baz Luhrmann Made the Most Extravagant Short Film Imaginable For H&M — Watch
Baz Luhrmann has delivered a gift for anyone who is still mourning the loss of Netflix’s drama series “The Get Down” and is anxiously waiting for “Moulin Rouge!” to hit Broadway. Luhrmann’s latest directorial effort has arrived thanks to a short film for the Erdem x H&M fashion campaign, and let’s just say the filmmaker is probably one of the best choices if you need to make fashion look cinematic.

Read More:Why Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ Is an Underappreciated Modern Classic

The film, entitled “The Secret Life of Flowers,” is set in a mysterious country mansion where it is eternally spring. A love triangle unfolds among the young guests who arrive, and it all looks incredibly stunning in the way only Luhrmann could dream up. The movie stars Tom Rhys Harries, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Ruby Dagnall.

“I wanted the film to be like a whole movie,
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Watch Baz Luhrmann’s Opulent H&M Holiday Short Film ‘The Secret Life of Flowers’

With The Get Down in the rearview mirror, Baz Luhrmann has stated he stepped away in order to focus on a new feature film. While that project hasn’t been announced yet, we do have new work from him in the form of a new holiday commercial, which is of course behind billed a a “cinematic short film” by H&M, who last recruited Wes Anderson. Titled “The Secret Life of Flowers,” it’s shot by frequent David Cronenberg cinematographer Peter Suschitzky and is set in a lavish mansion with all the opulence one would expect from the director.

“I wanted the film to be like a whole movie. It’s a very modern love story, set in a country house that is full of its own secrets and it’s like a metaphor for our times – it’s harsh out there in the world, but in here, the things
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From Muriel’s Wedding to Moulin Rouge: inside Jill Bilcock’s frantic world of film editing

One of Australia’s most gifted film editors on Baz Luhrmann, Michael Hutchence and making Muriel likable

Anybody with the most basic understanding of film editing will tell you there are many words to describe different kinds of techniques. Montage. Juxtaposition. Fade. Dissolve. Wipe. Jump cut. Shot reverse shot. Fast cutting. Slow cutting. Cross cutting. The list goes on.

The renowned editor Jill Bilcock infused the director Baz Luhrmann’s first three films – Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge (aka the red curtain trilogy) – with a famously frenetic, flashy, in-your-face style. The term she and the glitzy auteur coined to describe their approach is unlikely to be added to textbooks any time soon: they call it “frame fucking”.

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Top Editor Jill Bilcock to Head Asia Pacific Screen Awards Jury

Top Australian film editor, Jill Bilcock will head the jury this year for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The annual awards will be presented on Nov. 23 at a ceremony in Brisbane.

Bilcock will be joined on the judging panel by Yoshi Yatabe, programming director of the Tokyo International Film Festival. Completing the jury line-up are the previously announced Chinese actress He Saifei, Filipino writer, director Adolfo Alix Jr and Kazakh writer, director and cinematographer Adilkhan Yerzhanov.

The jury determines the winners of all the major Apsa prizes: best feature film; achievement in directing; achievement in cinematography; best screenplay; and two acting categories, best performance by the actress and actor. They also determine the winner of the cultural diversity award, under the patronage of Unesco. Nominations will be announced on Oct. 13.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Bilcock is an Academy Award and four-time BAFTA nominee. She worked on Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), Sam Mendes
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Disney's Pirates & Hunger Games actors set for Romeo + Juliet re-imagining

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It's been over 20 years since the release of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the star-crossed lovers. Adapted from the legendary tale by William Shakespeare, Luhrmann's version of the sordid tale of pleasure, prospect and poison resonated greatly with those belonging to "Generation X." Now, the Mark Gordon Company hopes... Read More...
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Kaya Scodelario, Josh Hutcherson to Star in Action-Romance ‘Die in a Gunfight’

Kaya Scodelario, Josh Hutcherson to Star in Action-Romance ‘Die in a Gunfight’
Kaya Scodelario, Josh Hutcherson, Olivia Munn, and Helen Hunt are starring in the action-romance “Die in a Gunfight” as an update on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

The Mark Gordon Company is producing the film, with photography set to begin next month in Boston. Collin Schiffli will direct the film. His 2014 movie “Animals” won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.

Producers are Tom Butterfield, Mark Gordon and Allyson Seeger of Sunday Night. Sara Smith of Mark Gordon Company will be an executive producer.

Scodelario and Hutcherson will play the star-crossed lovers who share an eagerness to break from the confines of their lives that fuels their passion for each other and leads to an all-out struggle for their love against a backdrop of corporate espionage, revenge, and a long-standing feud between their families. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who teamed on Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” wrote the screenplay.
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‘The Mountain Between Us’: How Cinematographer Mandy Walker Shot at 11,000 Feet

‘The Mountain Between Us’: How Cinematographer Mandy Walker Shot at 11,000 Feet
When cinematographer Mandy Walker met with the director for Fox 2000’s “The Mountain Between Us,” Hany Abu-Assad’s directives were simple. “It has to be beautiful, but dangerous,” said the Oscar-nominated director of “Paradise Now” and “Omar.” “You must feel the danger they are up against.”

Specifically, Abu-Assad planned to direct stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba on top of the 11,000-foot Purcell Mountains in British Columbia. “It really was minus 38 degrees, working in the snow,” said Walker. “I had not done that before, above the tree line.”

Like any veteran cinematographer, Walker is familiar with trying circumstances. For Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia,” she supervised three units with action and horses. She shot John Curran’s stunning outback adventure “Tracks” in heat of 122 degrees.

However, the Purcell mountain range meant a very different set of challenges. She brought her crew two to three times into each of five high-altitude locations for scouting,
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‘The Mountain Between Us’: How Cinematographer Mandy Walker Shot at 11,000 Feet

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‘The Mountain Between Us’: How Cinematographer Mandy Walker Shot at 11,000 Feet
When cinematographer Mandy Walker met with the director for Fox 2000’s “The Mountain Between Us,” Hany Abu-Assad’s directives were simple. “It has to be beautiful, but dangerous,” said the Oscar-nominated director of “Paradise Now” and “Omar.” “You must feel the danger they are up against.”

Specifically, Abu-Assad planned to direct stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba on top of the 11,000-foot Purcell Mountains in British Columbia. “It really was minus 38 degrees, working in the snow,” said Walker. “I had not done that before, above the tree line.”

Like any veteran cinematographer, Walker is familiar with trying circumstances. For Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia,” she supervised three units with action and horses. She shot John Curran’s stunning outback adventure “Tracks” in heat of 122 degrees.

However, the Purcell mountain range meant a very different set of challenges. She brought her crew two to three times into each of five high-altitude locations for scouting,
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The Craziest Hollywood Movies of the 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Craziest Hollywood Movies of the 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

In honor of Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” which just became one of the only movies to ever earn an “F” Cinemascore rating, what is the craziest movie that a major Hollywood studio has released this century?

Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

Talk about a self-answering question. Unless you can point to another movie that brews such an aggressive whirlwind of psychosexual anxiety, starring the biggest star in the world (who is also romantically involved with the director), then we’re talking about “mother!” I’m sure you’ve got “The Wolf of Wall Street” at the ready as an alternative, but how crazy is that film, given
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Emmy Winner Nicole Kidman Felt 'Deeply Humiliated' Filming Big Little Lies' Abuse Scenes: 'It Affected Me in a Deep Way'

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Emmy Winner Nicole Kidman Felt 'Deeply Humiliated' Filming Big Little Lies' Abuse Scenes: 'It Affected Me in a Deep Way'
Nicole Kidman has played a slew of transformative roles throughout her three-decade career. But rarely has a character had such a strong personal impact on her as Celeste — the mother of two trying to navigate her way through an abusive relationship that Kidman so beautifully portrayed in HBO’s megahit miniseries Big Little Lies.

The Emmy Awards agreed — she won for best actress in a limited series Sunday.

Filming scenes where her character often engaged in rough sexual acts to please her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), seconds before (or in some cases, after) being slapped or pushed or mentally abused,
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Sir Elton John To Be Honored At Elton John AIDS Foundation New York Fall Gala

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (Ejaf) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

This year’s gala commemorates the Foundation’s 25th year and honors Founder Sir Elton John. President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Sharon Stone, and others will pay tribute to Elton John’s achievements as a philanthropist and humanitarian. The legendary Aretha Franklin will be the special musical guest, along with performances by violinist Joshua Bell and Broadway’s The Lion King, featuring Heather Headley. Neil Patrick Harris will host the event.

“Elton’s philanthropic endeavors and activism for human rights and the arts have inspired millions and made a positive difference in people’s lives around the world,” said Ejaf Chairman David Furnish. “But without a doubt, Elton’s greatest contribution as a humanitarian is his 25-year commitment to
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Venice Film Review: ‘Love and Bullets’

Venice Film Review: ‘Love and Bullets’
If over-the-top “Gomorra” types who could comfortably inhabit Little Italy as much as the neighborhoods around Vesuvius are an endless source of mirth-making, then the Manetti brothers’ loud and brash musical about a Camorra boss and his henchmen could be an entertaining diversion. For others, this over-long, self-indulgent romp through every mafia stereotype in the book offers moments of amusement in between tiresome set pieces and musical numbers most noteworthy for their stridency. Because “Love and Bullets” feels different from the majority of Italian screen fare apart from the Manettis’ previous musical “Song ‘e Napule,” reaction at home will likely be positive. Offshore however, the most that can be expected is scattered European distribution and Italian showcases.

A semi-bleached drone shot of the Bay of Naples settles on the funeral of don Vincenzo Strozzalone (Carlo Buccirosso) and the sobs of his cheaply made-up, flamboyantly grief-stricken widow Maria (Claudia Gerini). Don Vincenzo was the underworld’s Fish King
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Carey Mulligan Confesses She Wasn’t Thrilled With Her Work in ‘The Great Gatsby’

Carey Mulligan Confesses She Wasn’t Thrilled With Her Work in ‘The Great Gatsby’
In this week’s cover story with Variety, Carey Mulligan confesses that she has doubts about her 2013 performance as Daisy Buchanan in the tentpole “The Great Gatsby.”

“I didn’t love my work in ‘Gatsby,’” Mulligan says about the Baz Luhrmann spectacle that grossed $351 million worldwide. “I’m not sure if I slight kind of lost my way because I was intimidated by the scale of it. I think I might have been overawed by my experience and intimidated by the level of performances around me.”

She continued, “It was how big it was and how visual it was. I definitely felt there were fleeting moments where I really found the character and then I felt like I lost her a little bit. I’ve never been wholly thrilled about my work in it.”

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Mulligan beat out every actress in Hollywood when she nailed an audition with
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Can Netflix Crash the Oscars With Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’?

Can Netflix Crash the Oscars With Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’?
Mudbound” had hit a raw nerve. On the afternoon Dee Rees’ operatic drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January, it was met with rapturous reviews and Oscar buzz. Surely, distributors would be duking it out for the rights to the picture with a sprawling cast, led by Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell and Jason Clarke.

Yet as the evening wore on, a bidding war never materialized for the epic about race and poverty in the 1940s Mississippi Delta. “I’m surprised it didn’t sell that first night,” Rees says over a recent breakfast with Variety. “Wait, what the f—? It’s undeniable. The audience is into it. What happened?” Her producers told her that maybe buyers wanted to load up on comedies first. Days passed. “Then, at some point, the rationales fall away,” recalls Rees.

Although there were a few initial offers, they were much lower than the film’s
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Angelina Jolie Opens Up in New Interview: ‘I Don’t Enjoy Being Single’

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Angelina Jolie Opens Up in New Interview: ‘I Don’t Enjoy Being Single’
Angelina Jolie is opening up about life after her split from Brad Pitt.

In a new interview with the Sunday Telegraph, the 42-year-old star — who filed for divorce from Pitt last year after a 12-year relationship and two-year marriage — admits that the process has taken a heavy emotional toll on her.

“Sometimes maybe it appears I am pulling it all together,” she says. “But really I am just trying to get through my days.”

“I don’t enjoy being single,” she adds. “It’s not something I wanted. There’s nothing nice about it. It’s just hard.”

Jolie, who
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