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Japanese Auteur Seijun Suzuki Dies at 93

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Japanese director Seijun Suzuki died on Feb. 13 at a Tokyo hospital after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which affects the lungs. He was 93. 

His death was announced by Nikkatsu, the studio that famously fired him in 1967 after 12 years and 40 films, for what is now seen as his masterpiece Branded to Kill. The film was made in black and white as a punishment for his work on Tokyo Drifter - now also considered a classic - the year before. Both films were intended by Nikkatsu to be straightforward, B-movie yakuza gangster flicks, but Suzuki’s »

- Gavin J. Blair

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Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Heads to Netflix From Paramount

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Martin Scorsese's The Irishman has made the move to Netflix.

The streamer has picked up the rights to the long-gestating gangster movie, which was originally set up at Paramount, sources confirm.

The Irishman will see the director reunite with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

Steve Zaillian adapted The Irishman from Charles Brandt‘s book, I Heard You Paint Houses, which chronicles the exploits of Frank Sheeran, a high-ranking Teamsters official with ties to the Bufalino crime family. Shortly before his death in 2003, Sheeran confessed that he killed fellow Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa, whose body has never been found. He also claimed that it was Hoffa who wanted John F. Kennedy killed.

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- Mia Galuppo

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Leah Adler, Mother of Steven Spielberg, Dies at 97

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Leah Adler, the mother of Steven Spielberg who fostered his interest in filmmaking, died Tuesday. She was 97.

Adler, a former concert pianist, died in Los Angeles, according to a spokesperson for Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment.

Raised during the Roaring Twenties and the Depression with her older brother Bernard, Adler developed a love of music when she learned piano at the age of 5. She later studied at the Music Conservatory in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Home Economics.

In February 1945, she married electrical engineer Arnold Meyer Spielberg and they had »

- Mike Barnes

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'X-Men': Producer Simon Kinberg Top Contender to Helm Next Movie

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Simon Kinberg, the writer-producer behind Fox’s hallowed X-Men franchise, is the top contender to direct the studio’s next X-Men project.

There is no official offer, but sources say that it is an idea that both sides have been dancing around for months.

Kinberg has been involved with the X-Men series in a writer and/or producer capacity since 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, and has become one of the most important players in the X-Men cinematic universe, having his hands in the main X-Men line, nascent spinoff franchise Deadpool, the new (and last for Hugh Jackman) Wolverine movie, Logan, and even TV »

- Borys Kit

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Oscar Voter Reveals Her Brutally Honest Ballot: Meryl Streep "Like a Clown," 'La La Land' "Not Memorable," 'Arrival' "Just Sucked"

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Each year around this time, I sit down with several Oscar voters who, under the warm cloak of anonymity, spill their true feelings about the current season's crop of contenders. Not just what or whom they voted for, but exactly why and how they came to those decisions. It's not meant to be a scientific survey; it's just the candid, unsugarcoated opinions of a handful of members (out of 6,687) of the most important and powerful movie club in the world. Below is an edited transcript of one such conversation: with a longtime female member of the 1,158-member actors branch who — »

- Anonymous, as told to Scott Feinberg

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Chinese Streaming Giant iQiyi Raises $1.5B

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iQiyi, the Netflix-like streaming video subsidiary of Chinese search giant Baidu, has raised $1.53 billion in new funds to compete with rivals and fuel investments in original content.

The investment was made via convertible bonds issued by iQiyi to backers including Baidu, Hillhouse Capital, Idg Capital and Sequoia Capital, according to a statement late Tuesday from Baidu.

"iQiyi has been a great asset and an important part of the Baidu ecosystem," Baidu CEO Robin Li said in the statement. Baidu's share of the investment amounted to $300 million, according to the company.

Video streaming is perhaps the most fiercely contested »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Jennifer Garner Joining Fox's 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda'

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Jennifer Garner has joined the cast of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Fox 2000’s adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Ya best-seller, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Greg Berlanti, best known as the showrunner of The CW’s DC Comics-based superhero shows, is directing the coming-of-age and coming-out drama,

Nick Robinson is starring in the project, playing a high school junior named Simon whose sexual-orientation secret falls into the hands of the class clown, Martin (Logan Miller). Simon finds himself in a complicated situation when he’s blackmailed into helping Martin get to know his best friend, Abby, the new girl in school.

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