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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In April, Including ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ and ‘Casting JonBenet’

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The hits keep on coming from your friendly neighborhood streaming giant, Netflix, which announced a fresh round of titles hitting the airwaves next month. Ranging from never-before-streamed comedy specials to historical classics to critically acclaimed kids’ films, these titles are sure to keep you cooped up and entertained throughout mud season. Enjoy.

1. “Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'” (available April 1)

The first of only four specials ever filmed by the legendary comedian, this 45-minute stand-up set from 1978 was released on VHS in 1985 and has never been available to stream before (legally). Almost universally revered by comedians of all stripes, this special has stayed relatively obscure due to an uneven performance from Pryor. Still, you can learn from a genius even on a bad day.

2. “Across the Universe” (available April 1)

Even Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess anchor this visually enchanting Beatles movie musical from visionary Broadway director and choreographer Julie Taymor (“Titus »


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Bobby Farrelly Outlines His Problem With Modern Comedy: People Are ‘Thin Skinned’ and ‘Sensitive’

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Bobby Farrelly has spent a quarter century in comedy, and the co-director of films like “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary” says the world’s sense of humor has become increasingly touchy.

“People are very thin-skinned about a lot of subjects,” he said, speaking at Idaho’s Sun Valley Film Festival, held March 15-19. “You can’t even joke about them. These aren’t the days of Lenny Bruce, when you could try a bunch of different things and break rules. Now, people are sensitive. But I think it’ll change. It’s a cyclical thing. Someone will come along who’s doing it differently, a modern-day Joan Rivers who can make people laugh about being sensitive.”

Read More: How Two Brothers Directed One Film With a Singular Vision

Another change Farrelly noted is the shrinking number of names that matter as comedy box office draws. It »


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‘Teachers’: Why Six Bold Women Named Katie Aren’t Afraid to Get Ugly for Great Comedy

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If you’re wondering what the future of women in comedy might look like, consider Caitlin Barlow’s armpits. “We’re painting my armpit hair on for this episode,” she said to IndieWire. “I grew it out for a week, but it wasn’t dark enough.”

That’s just one example of the sort of creative choice made regularly in the course of making “Teachers,” the bold, profane and hilarious comedy created by sketch comedy group the Katydids and executive produced by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (“Key and Peele”). Having just wrapped the first half of its second season, the TV Land series features Katydids members Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Kathryn Renee Thomas as an eclectic group of educators who work at an elementary school, doing their best not to warp young minds with their outrageous behavior.

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‘Salt and Fire’ Exclusive Clip: Michael Shannon and Gael Garcia Bernal Unite to Save the World in Werner Herzog’s Thriller

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Salt and Fire” premiered last year at the Shanghai International Film Festival, before screening in the Special Presentations section during the Toronto International Film Festival. Now, the thriller written and directed by Werner Herzog (“Queen of the Desert”) is ready for its theatrical debut in April.

Read More: ‘Salt and Fire’ Trailer: Werner Herzog and Michael Shannon Team Up In New Eco-Thriller

Based on the story “Aral” by journalist and fiction writer Tom Bissell, the film follows ecologists Laura (Veronica Ferres) and Dr. Fabio Cavani (Gael Garcia Bernal) who travel to the South American country of Bolivia to research an impending volcanic eruption. Once there, they are kidnapped by Matt Riley (Michael Shannon) and his henchmen. Eventually, both sides must come together to prevent the volcano from destroying everything in its path.

Read More: ‘Coco’ Trailer: Gael García Bernal Goes Full Pixar in Celebration of Mexican Culture — Watch

The exclusive clip sees Dr. »


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David Lynch and Kyle MacLachlan Start the ‘Twin Peaks’ Reunion Early in New Short Film — Watch

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May 21. Is there a more important date this year? The return of “Twin Peaks” is now under two months away, and we’re getting extremely anxious over any new footage, trailers, clips or posters that could possibly drop over the next several weeks. David Lynch has gone on record saying nothing will be revealed until the first episode airs, so consider the new short film “A New Sunrise Over Sunset” a gift.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’: How David Lynch Kept Details of the Year’s Biggest Revival a Secret Even From His Own Cast

The five-and-a-half minute short has absolutely nothing to do with “Twin Peaks,” but it does bring Lynch and star Kyle MacLachlan back together and throw them into quite a surreal space. Sound familiar? The short debuted this week as a joint production between the David Lynch Foundation and Dazed Media. The two groups partnered to »


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Brie Larson to Play First Female Presidential Nominee Victoria Woodhull in Amazon Drama Film

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Oscar winner Brie Larson has lined up another exciting gig. Deadline reports the actress will produce and star in ‘Woodhull,” a biopic about the suffragette Victoria Woodhull and her journey in becoming the country’s first woman to run and be nominated for President. Woodhull earned a nomination in 1872, four decades before women had the right to vote, and her story is even more relevant following Hillary Clinton’s Presidential run last year.

Read More: Brie Larson on Not Clapping for Casey Affleck at the Oscars: The Moment ‘Spoke for Itself’

Amazon Studios has acquired the film in a package deal, which also includes screenwriter Ben Kopit and producers Lloyd Braun and Andrew Mittman. No director is currently attached to the project.

Larson can currently be seen in “Kong: Skull Island” and will hit theaters again April 21 in Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire.” She recently wrapped production on her directorial debut “Unicorn Store, »


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2017 Daytime Emmy Awards Nominations: ‘Ellen’ and ‘The View’ Among Nomineees

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The National Academy of Television has announced the nominations for the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards. “The Young and the Restless” leads the pack with 25 nods, including Outstanding Drama Series, two bids for Outstanding Lead Actress for Gina Tognoni and Jess Walton, and two for Outstanding Lead Actor for Peter Bergman and Kristoff St. John.

Competing for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show are “The View,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Maury,” “Live With Kelly,” and “The Talk.” The ladies of “The View” are also in the run for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts.

The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will take place April 30, in Pasadena, California. See below the nominees in the main categories.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Actress

Nancy Lee Grahn — Alexis, General Hospital

Gina Tognoni — Phyllis, The Young and the Restless

Heather TomKatie, The Bold and the Beautiful »


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’Twin Peaks’: How David Lynch Kept Details of the Year’s Biggest Revival a Secret Even From His Own Cast

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David Lynch has notoriously kept any information about the “Twin Peaks” revival a secret, so much so that even Showtime has had to go to great lengths to come up with creative ways to promote the series.

In a profile with GQ, Watts called shooting with Lynch “a game of guessing and torture, but in a sort of pleasant way, and then not knowing becomes part of the fun.”

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’: These Laura Palmer Missing Posters Have a Hidden Message in the Hotline

In the interview, Lynch, the cast and even writing partner Mark Frost some of the ways the auteur has fanatically kept his secrecy about the project:

1. Don’t Even Tell the Cast the Revival Is Happening: Most of the returning cast members had no clue that “Twin Peaks” was returning until they read about the news online and emailed Lynch. His response? “I’ll »


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‘Deadpool 2’: Michael Shannon is the New Frontrunner to Play Cable Opposite Ryan Reynolds

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Michael Shannon could finally be ready to return to blockbuster filmmaking. The 42-year-old Oscar nominee is the early frontrunner to star as Cable opposite Ryan Reynolds in the highly anticipated “Deadpool 2,” The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Other names in contention also include David Harbour (best known as Sheriff Hopper in “Stranger Things”), but sources say Shannon is currently sitting at the very top of the shortlist.

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Cable, a mutant who harbors psychic powers, is one of the biggest new additions to the “Deadpool” movie franchise, which is bringing on a lot more mutants this time around. Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”) joined the film earlier this month in the role of Domino. Shannon hasn’t been a major player in blockbusters over the years. His role in “Deadpool 2” would follow in the footsteps of “Jonah Hex” and »


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‘Love Actually’ Sequel: First Trailer for Short Film Asks Which Cast Members Have Aged the Best

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Red Nose Day Actually,” the short film sequel to “Love Actually,” has released a teaser trailer featuring 11 members of the cast from the original film. The project is part of Red Nose Day, a charity event aimed at ending child poverty that involves people wearing red noses to raise money and awareness.

Read More: ‘Love Actually’ Reunion Photos: Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon on Set of ‘Red Nose Day Actually

In the trailer, “Love Actually” cast members hold up cue cards the same way Andrew Lincoln’s character of Mark did in the film. “Tune in to see what happened to everyone, and, amongst other things, which one of us has aged best,” the cue cards read. The actors in the video are Lincoln, Hugh Grant, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightly, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy and Rowan Atkinson.

“Over the years I’ve »


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Charlie Hunnam, the Original Christian Grey, Explains Why He Still Hasn’t Seen ‘Fifty Shades’

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When Charlie Hunnam backed out of starring as Christian Grey in 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” due to what Universal cited as a scheduling conflict with his FX motorcycle drama “Sons Of Anarchy,” fans of E. L. James’ erotic romance novel were left wondering what really happened. Now, in an interview with Elle Magazine, the actor has opened up about the film he passed on.

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“I haven’t,” the actor answered when asked if he had seen the films. “I developed a friendship with [‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ director Sam Taylor-Johnson], but that was a somewhat traumatic experience for me. I didn’t want to open that wound.”

The actor also opened up about filming sex scenes. “I try to be sensitive to the fact that we’re doing something intimate, but also keep a clear boundary, »


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‘Fargo’ Season 3 Trailer: Watch Ewan McGregor Talk to Himself in First Full-Length Look at Year 3

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Fargo” has been teasing us endlessly with cryptic, 10-second teasers for its hotly-anticipated third chapter, but the FX anthology series has finally released a legitimate trailer.

And it does not disappoint.

While light on spoilers (thankfully, in our humble opinion), the charming cast is out in full force for the minute-long spot. With a two-for-one deal on Ewan McGregor — sporting a springy perm as Emmit Stussy and an impressive bald cap as his twin brother Ray — and Carrie Coon’s Gloria Burgle hunting down criminals, the new trailer (below) offers our best look yet at what’s to come in “Year 3.”

We’ve got official photos below (and even more in the gallery above) as well as the trailer, but here’s FX’s official synopsis, in case you’ve missed it:

Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo centers on “Emmit” and his slightly younger brother “Ray Stussy” (Ewan McGregor). Emmit, »


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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Trailer: See Jonah Ray and Patton Oswalt in New Netflix Revival

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Netflix has released the trailer for its revival of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” The cult favorite is making a big return this April for a 12-episode season on the streaming giant.

Read More: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Revival Gets First Look Photo, Netflix Release Date

The revival sees some new cast members, including Jonah Ray (The Nerdist Podcast) as the latest unfortunate host who is forced to watch terrible movies, in the company of his robot friends Crow and Tom Servo. Joining Ray in the Satellite of Love, is Felicia Day as evil scientist Kinga Forrester who terrorizes him, assisted by Patton Oswalt as TV’s Son of TV’s Frank. Dan Harmon and Joel McHale of “Community,” and Justin Roiland are among the writers for the revival.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Trollhunters’ Get Mashed-Up In Inspired New Netflix Trailer — Watch

The revival has been funded by a Kickstarter »


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Southpaw Regional Wrestling: John Cena Stars in Hilarious WWE Comedy Miniseries

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WWE may have a digital hit on its hands thanks to a miniseries called “Southpaw Regional Wrestling” that stars John Cena. The video has been viewed roughly 1.5 million times on YouTube and has a 9.6 out of 10 on IMDb through 72 ratings. Here’s the official synopsis from IMDb:

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: America, Are You Not Entertained By John Cena?

A mini-series that parodies 80’s southern Wrestling, “Southpaw Regional Wrestling” is a low budget wrestling show set in February 1987 featuring current WWE superstars playing 80’s wrestling stereotypes building up to the PPV “Lethal Leap year.”

The original WWE four-part miniseries introduces itself by claiming to be footage from a video cassette discovered in the WWE archives of a “renegade promotion” called Southpaw Regional Wrestling. Cena stars as Lance Catamaran, a wrestling announcer in the vein of Ron Burgandy who repeatedly hints at an impending emotional collapse.

“What a week it’s been! »


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‘Shots Fired’: How George Zimmerman’s Acquittal Led to Fox’s Powerful New Series — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Planet Earth II’ Producers on Showcasing Our Fragile Planet in Troubled Times – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Fox’s “Shots Fired” dives into the explosive subject of race-related police shootings by throwing everything you know about recent real-life incidents up in the air.

The new 10-part series kicks off with a police shooting — but in this case it’s an African-American cop who shoots a young white man. Department of Justice investigators are brought in, and they encounter resistance from everyone, including cops and witnesses.

What really happened? We’ll find out by the end of the series, promise creators and executive producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood.

Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Stephen Moyer, Mack Wilds, Aisha Hinds, Richard Dreyfuss, Helen Hunt, Jill Hennessy, and Dennis Haysbert are among the stars.

The show originated from something that happened within the Bythewood family, after George »


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Diddy’s Revolt TV Sued for Discrimination Against Caucasian Employees

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Diddy’s Revolt TV is facing legal action over claims of racist treatment.

In a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit obtained by Page Six, a group of white employees are taking on Sean CombsRevolt TV, claiming they were fired because they weren’t young and black. Douglas Goldstein and four other white producers on “The Breakfast Club,” Revolt’s small-screen version of their popular talk-radio program, say that they were treated “worse than other employees who were younger and African-American.”

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Among the complaints are Executive Vice President Val Borland treating the white team with rudeness and condescension, while black employees who exhibited unprofessional behavior were never chastised, her brother Anthony Borland harboring “animosity” towards them, and production manager Charisse McKenzie allegedly defending the lack of punctuality of the show’s guests by claiming a white producer “did not understand the »


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‘Black Butterfly’ Trailer: Antonio Banderas Is Pushed to the Limit in New Thriller — Watch

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Lionsgate has released the trailer for its upcoming “Black Butterfly,” starring Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Piper Perabo. The thriller is the remake of the acclaimed made-for-tv French film “Papillon Noir,” written by Hervé Korian. It marks the second directorial effort for actor Brian Goodman, who previously helmed the 2008 crime drama “What Doesn’t Kill You.”

Read More: ‘Churchill’ Trailer: Brian Cox Is Obsessed With Accomplishing Historical Greatness in New D-Day Drama — Watch

In “Black Butterfly,” Paul (Banderas), a lonely screenwriter who lives in an isolated cabin, picks up a drifter named Jack (Rhys Meyers) and offers him a place to stay. But Paul soon realizes he’s made a huge mistake, as Jack starts to become really edgy and demanding, even taking Paul hostage and forcing him to write. With every action, including the murder of the local sheriff, Jack pushes Paul to the limit.

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French Cannibal Horror ‘Raw’ Inspires L.A. Theater To Hand Out ‘Barf Bags’

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The Nuart Theater in Los Angeles handed out “custom-made” barf bags to attendees at screenings of “Raw,” French filmmaker Julia Ducournau’s tasty art horror about a teenage vegetarian’s newfound obsession with meat that turns cannibalistic.

Girding themselves for another potential fainting incident like the one that called an ambulance to a Midnight screening during the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, theater employees apparently decided it was better to be safe than sorry. “One of the staff at the Nuart took up the initiative to make the barf bags out of paper lunch bags. What a fun idea!” Mark Valen, a Nuart programmer, told The Hollywood Reporter. “I remember that used to be done with some horror releases in the 1970s.”

More than just a cannibal film, “Raw” uses the flesh-eating trope to explore »


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‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ Trailer: Netflix’s Internet Porn Docuseries Explores How Technology Changes Us

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Hot Girls Wanted” was just the start.

Netflix is releasing “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On,” which is a six-part anthology series based on the acclaimed feature documentary. Produced by Rashida Jones, Jill Bauer and Roma Gradus, this unflinchingly candid series goes inside six true and personal stories about those affected by the explosion of the Internet, and how it can promise sex and intimacy with just a click.

Read More: 7 Big Reveals From the Directors of ‘Hot Girls Wanted

One story will follow a young woman who works for Hussie Models, a pro-amateur porn agency out of North Miami Beach. Another story explores the fantasy role playing aspect of the business. One young woman is a cam girl who feels that she fulfills the role of a psychiatrist: “I’m making a difference.” We’ll also meet some of the men who consume this online fantasy, including one guy who »


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‘Loving’ Director Jeff Nichols Launches Arkansas Cinema Society, With a Festival in 2018 — Exclusive

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Inspired by Richard Linklater’s work for the last 32 years with the Austin Film Society, writer-director Jeff Nichols (“Loving,” “Midnight Special”) wants to build a cinephile organization in Arkansas that is just as impressive.

“Little Rock and Arkansas don’t have anything like that,” he said. “One of my biggest hurdles as a kid in Arkansas was I just didn’t have any connection points with the global film industry.”

Eventually, Nichols found people in his life who helped him to see that “real people do make movies and it’s possible.” Now having achieved some success, he seeks to “create a cinema society that gets people together to watch movies and filmmakers they may not know about, to not only bring films but filmmakers to Arkansas, to have conversations people can see in front of them in a way that’s immediate and tangible.”

Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: The Best Things Jeff Nichols, »


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