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Netflix Is $20 Billion in Debt, With No Plans to Slow Down — Report

1 August 2017 7:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix has acquired $20.54 billion in long-term debt, according to second quarter SEC filings reported by the Los Angeles Times. One of the biggest buyers at the Sundance Film Festival this year, the streaming giant has increased spending on original programming in an effort to grow its subscriber base and compete with Amazon and Hulu. It is projecting spending $2.5 billion in net cash outflow for the year, up from $1.7 billion last year.

The company has many reasons to be confident: It has 104 million users worldwide, a 25% increase in subscriptions since 2016, and wracked up a whopping 91 Emmy nominations this year, just 19 of reigning leader HBO’s 110.

Read More7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in August 2017, and The Best Episodes of Each

The company’s outrageous spending habits give new meaning to the old maxim, “you have to spend money to make money.” According to executives, the aim is for 50% of the site »

- Jude Dry

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Netflix Is $20 Billion in Debt, With No Plans to Slow Down — Report

1 August 2017 7:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix has acquired $20.54 billion in long-term debt, according to second quarter SEC filings reported by the Los Angeles Times. One of the biggest buyers at the Sundance Film Festival this year, the streaming giant has increased spending on original programming in an effort to grow its subscriber base and compete with Amazon and Hulu. It is projecting spending $2.5 billion in net cash outflow for the year, up from $1.7 billion last year.

The company has many reasons to be confident: It has 104 million users worldwide, a 25% increase in subscriptions since 2016, and wracked up a whopping 91 Emmy nominations this year, just 19 of reigning leader HBO’s 110.

Read More7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in August 2017, and The Best Episodes of Each

The company’s outrageous spending habits give new meaning to the old maxim, “you have to spend money to make money.” According to executives, the aim is for 50% of the site »

- Jude Dry

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TV Od: have we reached Peak Television?

24 July 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Do the high-profile cancellations of The Get Down, Sense8 and Girlboss suggest the telly bubble is about to burst?

Have we found ourselves at the beginning of the end of the “Peak TV” era? Last year, such a question was unthinkable. In 2016 alone, Netflix spent an estimated $6bn on 123 original shows. But this past June, the streaming juggernaut suddenly and shockingly took a hatchet to some of its most high-profile titles. First to bite the dust was Baz Luhrmann’s hip-hop fantasia The Get Down. Notorious for its exorbitant budget – a rumoured $12m per episode – rather than its stylistic bravado, The Get Down was put to rest after a (two-part) single season. The Wachowskis’ epic Sense8, with its vast sprawling cast, multitude of locations, unbridled sexuality and challenging storylines, made it to a second season but, despite a small but voluble following, was unceremoniously taken off life support (two-hour finale »

- Jonathan Bernstein

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Stands By Cancellations: ‘If You’re Not Failing…You’re Not Trying Hard Enough’

18 July 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix executives put a positive spin on recent cancellations, noting a 93% renewal rate for original programming, which they say is much higher than most traditional television networks. In an interview with investors discussing second quarter results, chief content officer Ted Sarandos emphasized the need to take creative programming risks: “If you’re not failing, maybe you’re not trying hard enough,” he said.

Read More‘Sense8’ Is Still Not Coming Back, Says Netflix: ‘We Wish We Could’

The streaming platform upset fans earlier this year when it announced it would not renew two high-profile shows: The Wachowski siblings’ “Sense8,” and Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down.” Both shows reportedly had very high production budgets. The critically lauded “Bloodline,” a thriller from the creators of “Damages,” was also canceled. “The more shows we have, the more likely in absolute numbers that you’ll see cancellations, of course,” Sarandos said.

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- Jude Dry

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Stands By Cancellations: ‘If You’re Not Failing…You’re Not Trying Hard Enough’

18 July 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix executives put a positive spin on recent cancellations, noting a 93% renewal rate for original programming, which they say is much higher than most traditional television networks. In an interview with investors discussing second quarter results, chief content officer Ted Sarandos emphasized the need to take creative programming risks: “If you’re not failing, maybe you’re not trying hard enough,” he said.

Read More‘Sense8’ Is Still Not Coming Back, Says Netflix: ‘We Wish We Could’

The streaming platform upset fans earlier this year when it announced it would not renew two high-profile shows: The Wachowski siblings’ “Sense8,” and Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down.” Both shows reportedly had very high production budgets. The critically lauded “Bloodline,” a thriller from the creators of “Damages,” was also canceled. “The more shows we have, the more likely in absolute numbers that you’ll see cancellations, of course,” Sarandos said.

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- Jude Dry

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Jennifer Garner Has Girls' Night at Restaurant Where Ex Ben Affleck Took New Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus

13 July 2017 5:24 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jennifer Garner headed to a familiar spot for a girls’ night out.

The 45-year-old actress was spotted with girlfriends at Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday — the same restaurant where ex Ben Affleck recently had a date night with his new girlfriend, Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus.

The Alias star smiled as she left the restaurant – which was a favorite haunt of Garner and Affleck when they were together.

She was dressed down for the evening, wearing jeans with a black sleeveless top and heels.

An insider told People that Affleck and Shookus stepped »

- Stephanie Petit

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Jesse Williams & Minka Kelly Are Dating: 'They're Having a Good Time Together,' Says Source

11 July 2017 10:27 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

New couple alert! Jesse Williams and Minka Kelly are dating, a source confirms to People.

“They’re having a good time together,” adds the source of the pair, who are currently working on a video game together.

The news comes three months after Grey’s Anatomy star Williams officially split from wife Aryn Drake-Lee.

Williams filed for divorce on April 11, according to documents obtained by People. The actor first met Drake-Lee, a real estate broker, while working as a schoolteacher in New York. The pair wed in September 2012 after more than five years of dating. Williams and Drake-Lee »

- Elizabeth Leonard and Aurelie Corinthios

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Review: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Is Like ‘Star Wars’ on Crystal Meth, and It’s Almost Crazy Enough to Work

10 July 2017 4:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Imagine if someone projected an entire decade’s worth of sci-fi space epics on the same screen, at the same time. Imagine you were in the audience for that event. Now imagine, for some insane reason, you decided to pre-game for the experience by eating an entire bag full of mushrooms that had been garnished with a fine layer of France’s best crystal meth. That, more or less, is what it feels like to watch Luc Besson’s delirious “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” an independently financed $200 million intergalactic adventure so high on its own supply that it makes makes “Guardians of the Galaxy” look like an Ozu film (and not even one of those later Ozu films that he jazzed up with color).

This is a movie with the density of a dying star, a movie that offers more things to see in every frame »

- David Ehrlich

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RHOMiami Alum Joanna Krupa Calls 4-Year Marriage to Romain Zago 'Irretrievably Broken' in Divorce Filing

10 July 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It’s official: Joanna Krupa and her husband are going their separate ways.

The former Real Housewives of Miami star and Romain Zago have jointly filed for divorce after nearly four years of marriage.

According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Krupa, who is listed as the petitioner, claims their marriage is “irretrievably broken,” and both parties have agreed to not seek spousal support from one another.

The filing comes just two months after a source confirmed to People that the former Bravo personality separated from Zago in May.

From Pen: Nicole Kidman Learned a ‘Great Life Lesson’ from Baz Luhrmann During Her Divorce

Krupa, »

- Natalie Stone

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TV Review: ‘Will,’ TNT’s Punk Rock Take on William Shakespeare

9 July 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The oddest assumption “Will” makes is in assuming that William Shakespeare, the Og of the English language, needs the patina of punk rock to make him cool. I’m no expert on cool, but haven’t we all trod this ground many times before? The executive producer and writer of the pilot, Craig Pearce, wrote the screenplay for “Romeo + Juliet,” along with director Baz Luhrmann and, of course, the Bard himself. It’s been over 20 years since that film and “Shakespeare in Love”; about a decade since teen movies “She’s the Man” and “Deliver Us From Eva” applied the Shakespeare formula to high school. To belabor the point: Joss Whedon’s black-and-white, modern-day “Much Ado About Nothing” is just five years old, 2014’s “The Hollow Crown” on BBC cast well-known heartthrobs like Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead roles, and for pete’s sake, “The Lion King” is based on “Hamlet.”

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- Sonia Saraiya

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Gatsby’s Green Light, as Told through Cinema

7 July 2017 6:50 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

By Sinead McCausland

An exploration of Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' and how it finally deals with The Green Light.

The article Gatsby’s Green Light, as Told through Cinema appeared first on Film School Rejects. »

- Sinead McCausland

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A Guide to All the Netflix Shows That Have Been Canceled (and Why)

7 July 2017 6:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Ever since Netflix started debuting original series in 2012, the streaming giant has been adding shows at an increasingly rapid rate. The platform also has been renewing the vast majority of them — until now, that is.

The streamer is finally starting to look a bit more like a traditional TV network by implementing a model that keeps the most successful shows and does away with some of the less fortunate contenders. Within the span of a month, the streamer pulled the plug on Baz Luhrmann’s pricey hip-hop drama The Get Down, The Wachowskis' globe-spanning sci-fi series Sense8 and »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Billie Lourd and Taylor Lautner Break Up After 8 Months Together: 'They Are Still Friendly,' Says Source

6 July 2017 1:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Billie Lourd and Taylor Lautner have broken up, a source confirms to People.

“They aren’t together anymore but they are still friendly,” the source says. “She’s really focused on her work right now.”

Lautner, 25, was spotted partying at Bootsy Bellows on Malibu on the Fourth of July without Lourd, 24. The actress is appearing on the next season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story.

The pair have been quiet on Instagram since late May, going weeks without liking each other’s posts.

From Coinage: Nicole Kidman Learned a ‘Great Life Lesson’ from Baz Luhrmann During Her Divorce

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- Ale Russian

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Shahs of Sunset Star 'Gg' Says She Knew Her Marriage Wasn't Going to Last Just Two Days In

6 July 2017 6:22 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Golnesa “Gg” Gharachedaghi rushed into her marriage — and got out of it even more quickly. 

The Shahs of Sunset star recently spoke to E! News about her whirlwind romance with Shalom Yeroushalmi, who she wed on Jan. 25 just one month after getting engaged and then separated from in March before officially filing for divorce.

Gharachedaghi shared that she knew their marriage wasn’t going to last just two days into the marriage.

“He wanted a wife immediately, in that moment of ‘I Do’s,'” she said, explaining that he wanted her to “cater to him as my husband and »

- Stephanie Petit

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Netflix Original Series: A 2017 Breakdown of Dramas in Decline

3 July 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When Netflix started taking its originals game seriously — a.k.a. when it started commissioning productions by itself — the surging streaming service quickly earned a prestigious reputation. On the backs of “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” the over-the-top platform became an immediate awards contender and critical darling.

But over the last 12 months, as Netflix releases more and more original content, there’s been a noticeable dip in the quality of its dramas; a dip that precedes a changing of the guard for the service when it comes to TV’s kingmaker: the Emmys.

The Good News

Let’s start with what’s working: At this time last year, “Stranger Things” was about to set the summer on fire with a surprisingly addictive and widely beloved first season. Matt and Ross Duffer’s homage to ’80s family fright films earned respectable reviews, but a cultural tidal wave »

- Ben Travers

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Netflix Original Series: A 2017 Breakdown of Dramas in Decline

3 July 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Netflix started taking its originals game seriously — a.k.a. when it started commissioning productions by itself — the surging streaming service quickly earned a prestigious reputation. On the backs of “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” the over-the-top platform became an immediate awards contender and critical darling.

But over the last 12 months, as Netflix releases more and more original content, there’s been a noticeable dip in the quality of its dramas; a dip that precedes a changing of the guard for the service when it comes to TV’s kingmaker: the Emmys.

The Good News

Let’s start with what’s working: At this time last year, “Stranger Things” was about to set the summer on fire with a surprisingly addictive and widely beloved first season. Matt and Ross Duffer’s homage to ’80s family fright films earned respectable reviews, but a cultural tidal wave »

- Ben Travers

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Baby Driver review – boy racer hits all the right notes

2 July 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A young getaway driver’s playlist helps him stay in the fast lane in Edgar Wright’s exhilarating car-chase thriller musical

After wisely walking away from the car crash of Marvel’s 2015 film Ant-Man, Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright is back in the fast lane with his most thrillingly cinematic romp. A romantic musical disguised as a car-chase thriller, Baby Driver combines the over-cranked action fantasies of Hot Fuzz with the poptastic sensibilities of Scott Pilgrim vs the World. At its centre is Ansel Elgort’s eponymous getaway driver, who uses earphones to drown out the “hum-in-the-drum” of tinnitus (the result of a childhood accident) and orchestrates his life to carefully chosen iPod playlists. Whether he’s burning rubber or fixing a peanut butter sandwich (“right up to the edges”), this former joyrider spins his wheels and records with the same infectious exuberance. Think An American in Paris meets The French Connection, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Nicole Kidman Felt 'Deeply Humiliated' Filming Big Little Lies' Abuse Scenes: 'It Affected Me in a Deep Way'

29 June 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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

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, Kidman was physically and emotionally naked. And she absorbed every bit of Celeste’s pain. »

- Dave Quinn

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Exploring the music of Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy

29 June 2017 12:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Jul 3, 2017

Music is a vital part of Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End. We take a look in more detail right here...

This feature contains major spoilers for Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End.

Edgar Wright's films are often likened to musicals, with his precise use of editing and shot choices giving us some of the most stylish comedy films of the century. His latest, Baby Driver, isn't a comedy per se, but “a musical with car chases”, or “An American In Paris on wheels and crack smoke”, as an elated Guillermo del Toro described it on Twitter.

Centring around Ansel Elgort's Baby, a getaway driver who does his best work while listening to a personal soundtrack, it seems like the film Wright was born to make. He had the idea for the film after making his first feature, »

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Exclusive interview with Jasmin Savoy Brown from The Leftovers

13 June 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tai Freligh interviews Jasmin Savoy Brown

Actress Jasmin Savoy Brown is perhaps best known for her role on HBO’s The Leftovers and will be next seen in season 3.  Later in the year she will be seen as a lead in TNT’s new drama Will.  Jasmin’s additional credits include: Freeform’s Stitchers, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and NBC’s Grimm. She recently appeared in the film Lane 1974, which premiered at SXSW on March 11th, 2017. She also played a supporting role in the Sundance hit film Laggies.  I chatted with her about The Leftovers, Will and other projects.

Having heard the buzz about The Leftovers, but not having HBO or watching an episode yet, how would you describe it to the uninitiated?

It’s deeply disturbing and addicting. It focuses on our current world as we know it. The only difference is two »

- Tai Freligh

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