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The 10 Best Web Series of 2017: John Early, Zoe Cassavetes, Black Girl Magic, and More

In a year when the growing role of Netflix in Hollywood raised age-old fears about the death of cinema, the question of what is television versus a movie versus a web series grew ever murkier. As younger audiences become increasingly blasé about the difference, preferring streaming sites to the movie theater experience, production companies are scrambling to engage them with quality online content. At the same time, the internet remains the easiest way for emerging filmmakers to get their work seen without having to rely on meddling middlemen or jaded gatekeepers.

Read More:Jerry Seinfeld, Demetri Martin and Female Bros: The 16 Best Web Series Of 2016

IFC Comedy Crib, Stage 13, Super Deluxe, and Vimeo all ramped up their original content production this year, and underrepresented filmmakers are taking risks and reaping the rewards. As a result, there are more high-quality web series to choose from than ever before.

Here are the
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NYC Weekend Watch: Goth(ic), Maurice Pialat, William Wyler & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Lynch, Hitchcock, Bride of Frankenstein and more come together in “Goth(ic).”

Letter from an Unknown Woman and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg also screen.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Rossellini, Murnau, Warhol, Pialat and more screen as part of “The Non-Actor.”

Film Forum

The Passion of Joan of Arc has its final days

One of Murnau’s greatest films,
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Short Form Content Attracts Big Interest From Production Houses

Short-form content isn’t new, but it’s gaining popularity among creators, production companies and viewers. And it’s just getting started.

“Just because it’s short in length doesn’t mean it has any less effect on an audience or requires any less skill to make,” says Matthew Henick, head of development at BuzzFeed, which upped production of original short-form series from two or three to about 30.

He’s noticing TV-like consumption behavior, too, as each episode of “Worth It” garners tens of millions of views. “People are seeking it out and showing their affinity for it just as they would a TV show,” Henick says. He notes this is BuzzFeed’s first year submitting in short form: “Try Guys” for short form variety series, and “Worth It” for short form non-fiction/reality.

Condé Nast Entertainment began investing in digital and short form five years ago and now has 18 branded channels. Condé
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‘Girls’ Streams All Five Seasons Over Thanksgiving, Sets Final Season Premiere Date

‘Girls’ Streams All Five Seasons Over Thanksgiving, Sets Final Season Premiere Date
With the premiere of the sixth and last season of HBO’s “Girls” now set for Feb. 12, Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to catch up on the groundbreaking Lena Dunham show.

HBONow is streaming all five seasons throughout the holiday weekend, for viewers who could use a refresher course on Hannah’s fraught relationship with Adam in its early days, her doomed trip to Iowa, her dad’s big announcement, and Jessa’s charming and manipulative ups and downs.

The first official teaser for Season 6 was recently released, and it shows the cast in a wistful yet optimistic mood. City girl Hannah is going to try surfing, Jessa and Adam look happy and healthy, Marnie is as annoying as ever, and as Elijah tells Hannah that in her time in Manhattan, at least “You’ve made so many great friendships,” they both knowingly cackle at the irony of it all.

As
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Karloff Enters! The Black Cat (1934)

By 1934 Boris Karloff was certainly no stranger to great movie entrances. In 1931, under the direction of James Whale, he seared his image, and that of the monstrous creation of Dr. Henry Frankenstein, into the collective consciousness by shuffling on screen and staring down his creator, and of course the terrified audience, embodying and fulfilling unspeakable nightmares. Frankenstein, an instant phenomenon, was one of 16 pictures Karloff made that were released in 1931.

And in the following year, 1932, in addition of Howard HawksScarface, Whale’s The Old Dark House and Charles Brabin’s The Mask of Fu Manchu, Karloff had another terrifying entrance in cinematographer-turned-director Karl Freund’s horror landmark The Mummy. As the title fiend, Imhotep, Karloff is first glimpsed in full bandage, sarcophagus laid open behind an unfortunate archaeologist who, engrossed in the parchments he’s discovered, doesn’t notice the mummy’s arm slide down from its bound position.
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CriterionCast Chronicles – Episode 1 – February 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up

In this premiere episode of CriterionCast Chronicles, Ryan is joined by Aaron West, David Blakeslee and Scott Nye to discuss the Criterion Collection releases for February 2016.

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Links The Emigrants / The New Land The Emigrants/The New Land The Emigrants (1971) The New Land (1972) The Emigrants/The New Land: Homelands Liv Ullmann Reflects on Working with Jan Troell The New Land (1972) Amazon.com: The Emigrants / The New Land The Emigrants / The New Land Blu-ray – DVD Beaver Review The Emigrants / The New Land Blu-ray.com Review The Kid The Kid (1921) The Many Kids of Charlie Chaplin Jackie Coogan’s Star Turn The Kid: The Grail of Laughter and the Fallen Angel Amazon.com: The Kid The Kid Blu-ray – DVD Beaver Review The Kid Blu-ray.com Review Death by Hanging Death by Hanging (1968) David Reviews Nagisa Oshima’s Death By Hanging Reintroducing Nagisa Oshima’s Death by Hanging
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London Toy Fair 2015: Best New Toy Awards

The winners of the Toy Fair Best New Toy Awards were announced for the seventh year this morning at the annual Toy Fair, predicting some of the top new toys for 2015. Winners range from household names such as Hasbro with their Nerf Rebelle Arrow Revolution Bow and Lego with their Disney Frozen: Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle to impressive new tech toys such as the Quadcopter “Rayvore” from Revell or the I-Que Intelligent Robot from Vivid.

The twelve categories, which produced 36 winning toys, from 26 different toy companies – were unveiled this morning by the London Toy Fair organisers, the British Toy & Hobby Association. The Toy Fair Best New Toy Awards are voted for by a panel of independent toy retailers as the 2015 Toy Fair products with the most potential to make a mark on retail throughout the year and beyond.

London Toy Fair is taking place 20-22nd January 2015 at London’s Olympia.
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Take a look at Gone Girl character Amy Dunne's Pinterest account

Take a look at Gone Girl character Amy Dunne's Pinterest account
Gone Girl character Amy Dunne has her own Pinterest account.

The anticipated film shared the Pinterest board through its Twitter account, and invited fans to have a glimpse into the life of Rosamund Pike's mysterious character.

Discover who Amy Dunne was before she went missing through the pins she's left behind at http://t.co/o0VLA50ja7. pic.twitter.com/2ivLcY4Arj

Gone Girl (@GoneGirlMovie) September 10, 2014

The different pins on Amy's Pinterest account give hints and clues into the character's relationship with husband Nick (Ben Affleck), through sections including 'City Girl', 'For Nick', 'Writer's Block' and 'Personality Puzzles'.

Some of the pins also come with clues and quotes from the novel. One says: "Sometimes, when I can't sleep, I'll pull myself out of bed and walk through the streets at dawn, and when the lights click off, all together, I always feel like I've seen something special.
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Amy Dunne of 'Gone Girl' has a creepy Pinterest account

Amy Dunne of 'Gone Girl' has a creepy Pinterest account
Before Amy Dunne, the protagonist of Gillian Flynn’s novel and the upcoming film Gone Girl, went missing, she was apparently really into Pinterest. At least, that’s what a new bit of viral marketing would have us believe.

Yesterday, an account associated with the movie tweeted: “Discover who Amy Dunne was before she went missing through the pins she’s left behind at Pinterest.com/GoneGirlMovie .”

On one hand, surfing through recipes pinned by a fictional woman who has potentially been murdered is a little silly. But if you decide to dig a little deeper, the piece of promotion is actually sort of ingenious.
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Oklahoma Girl Scout Breaks Cookie Sales Record with 18,107 Boxes

Oklahoma Girl Scout Breaks Cookie Sales Record with 18,107 Boxes
An Oklahoma City girl, who says she asks everyone she meets to buy Girl Scout cookies, has broken the organization's decades-old sales record by a margin about the size of a Thin Mint. Katie Francis of Oklahoma City sold 18,107 boxes in the seven-week sales period that ended Sunday night. The previous mark was set by Elizabeth Brinton, who sold approximately 18,000 one year in the 1980s. The sixth-grade student told The Oklahoman newspaper last month that there were only three ingredients needed to rack up large sales: a lot of time, a lot of commitment and asking everyone she met to buy.
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Sorority Party Massacre Review

Sorority Party Massacre – a horror move that plays out exactly as advertised. There’s a sorority, some type of party, and obviously a massacre – real brain tickler, right? Writer/Director Chris W. Freeman lays his hand of Playboy playing cards in full view, introducing a cast of young vixens bouncing off any provocative stereotype imaginable. This isn’t just B-Movie horror, this is career starting, “take the first gig I can get” type horror that’s minimal chills and maximum, um, playfulness? Yeah, that’s the best way to put it. Does this massacre feature cameos by Kevin Sorbo and Ron Jeremy? Of course. Is there random, bare-chested nudity for the hell of it? You betcha’! Are sorority sisters imagined as murderous bimbos exploited for sexuality? Thank God. It’s 3Am and you’re looking for some typical late-night silliness to watch – is Sorority Party Massacre right for you? ‘Tis a fair question.
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New on Video – ‘Sunrise’

Sunrise

Scenario by Carl Mayer, from an original theme by Hermann Sudermann

Directed by F.W. Murnau

USA, 1927

William Fox had seen Faust, Nosferatu, and The Last Laugh, and on the basis of these German masterworks, he brought their creator, F.W. Murnau, to Hollywood. What he got was a truly distinct cinematic vision, which was what he had in mind: something to set a few Fox features apart from the other studios’ output. What he probably didn’t expect was just how much of that “artsy” European touch he was going to get with Murnau on contract. Were American audiences going to go for this type of movie, with its symbolism, melodious structure, and overtly self-conscious style? At any rate, Murnau’s first picture at Fox was one to remember. Sunrise, from 1927, is one of the greatest of all films. It is a touching, beautiful, and artistically accomplished movie, one of the best ever made,
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Scarlett Johansson Talks Intimacy & Timeline of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

I dig Scarlett Johansson. Besides being Bad as all hell in Don Jon, she seems like a cool around the way New York City girl. Check out the interview she did with Darren Aronofsky for Interview magazine.

Anyway, so what is up with her part in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? She gave an interview yesterday to Refinery29 and confirmed that the movie takes place two years after The Avengers.

You have the Captain America sequel coming, too, right?

“Yes. This film is in real time. It’s been two years since [the characters] appeared, and now both are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting in the streets. We are not superheroes flying side by side. They help each other because we are fighting in a similar way. It’s a working relationship.”

What caught my attention though was when she discussed intimacy with the super soldier. Check it out.
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Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review Roundup: Critics Barely Find Anything Super About the Supernatural Flick

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review Roundup: Critics Barely Find Anything Super About the Supernatural Flick
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has finally made its way into theaters. The highly anticipated first flick from the six-book saga by Cassandra Clare and starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers follows Clary (Collins), a New York City girl who enters another world to try and rescue her mother from evil with the help of her new friends, the shadowhunters. Well, the critics have weighed in and here's what they have to say... • "A ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness," writes Justin Chang of Variety. • "The action flick is overly long, complicated and, even by teen romance...
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Sdcc 2013: Harald Zwart On Making The Mortal Instruments A Standout Ya Adaptation

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Sdcc 2013: Harald Zwart On Making The Mortal Instruments A Standout Ya Adaptation
If you caught our live blog of the “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” panel this afternoon, you know director Harald Zwart did something very right because the footage unveiled was notably absorbing and rocked a significant amount of impressive and highly memorable imagery. In case you’re unfamiliar with the Cassandra Clare book upon which the film is based, “Mortal Instruments” centers on Lily Collins’ Clary Fray. She’s a normal New York City girl one day, but the next, her mother is attacked and kidnapped and Clary must accept that werewolves, vampires, warlocks, faeries, and more exists because the only way she can get her mother back is by teaming up [ Read More ]

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Morning Brew - Thurs. March 21: The return of "Nikki & Nora," Amanda Leigh Dunn is in the Smithsonian

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Two lesbian Lapd officers won a sexual harassment lawsuit against their former supervisor. They were awarded $1.25 million and the supervisor no longer works for the police department. Holla!

President Obama has nominated out attorney Elaine D. Kaplan for judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims. Werk!

Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis has written a story about a woman who falls for her sister-in-law in the book Till Human Voices Wake Us. "This is not me. None of it is autobiographical,“ she told The New York Post. "I didn’t want to write ‘Fifty Shades of’ whatever. It’s a love story.”

If you were a fan of Nikki & Nora, you'll be happy to hear there's an Indiegogo campaign to get it made into a new web series.
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'The Face' recap: Modeling is a terrifying, cutthroat competition

So, "The Face." This seems to be "The Voice," only with models instead of singers and flimsy fake walls instead of spinning chairs. Also, the judges/coaches are way scarier.

Full disclosure: When I agreed to watch and recap "The Face" premiere, I conveniently forgot that I know absolutely nothing about fashion, modeling and the like. We can only hope that the modeling brilliance of Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha can educate us!

The Wannabes

There are 12 young ladies who want to be models in this competition. Prior to the premiere, the three coaches divided their candidates into three groups of four. The teams are:

Team Naomi

Jocelyn (aka, Jaws)

Zi Lin (the Chinese girl)

Sandra (who is insane)

Aleksandra (the Russian redhead)

Team Karolina

Devyn (the single mom)

Madeleine (the Aussie)

Ebony (the mother of two?)

Christy (the... forgettable, apparently)

Team Coco

Margaux (with incredible bangs)

Brittany (yeah,
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Alicia Keys Debuts New Kids’ Storybook App

Alicia Keys Debuts New Kids’ Storybook App
Now that she’s a mom, Alicia Keys knows that books, music and art have the makings of cool kids’ play — especially in the digital world. That’s why the singer and songwriter launched a new animated children’s app, The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee ($4) for the iPad, iPhone and iTouch.

“Right around the time I had Egypt, I realized I wanted to get into the children’s space. I felt like it would be such an interesting thing to have music span different cultures and sounds,” Keys tells People.

Courtesy Bento Box Interactive, Inset: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

For the immersive storytelling experience,
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Alicia Keys Launches Storytelling App For Kids

Alicia Keys Launches Storytelling App For Kids
New York -- Alicia Keys, after giving birth to her son two years ago, said she wanted to create tools for children. Now she's launching an app for kids.

"The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee" is about a young New York City girl's relationship with her wise grandmother. Keys produced music for the interactive app, which will be released Thursday for $3.99.

"It's a new adventure for me, and I'm really enjoying it," the Grammy Award winner said in an interview Wednesday.

The app is loosely based on Keys' relationship with her grandmother. It's centered in LeeLee's bedroom, and it allows users to read books, play music and write in a journal.

"It does remind me of my world," the New York-born singer said. "The piano, the journal, music's such a big part of my life, the city, all of that."

Keys is launching the app through her company
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Sugar Shout Out: Bring Your Street Style to the Office

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Sugar Shout Out: Bring Your Street Style to the Office
Put a street-style spin on work fashion Pop culture: costume ideas for couples Recipe cards and boxes to log your best dishes City girl Suri Cruise gets a cell phone as mom Katie rides the subway Fresh ways to wear a slicked-back ponytail Authors of The Nanny Diaries answer our readers' breakup questions Easy costumes for Halloween-loving moms Dresses that'll make you want to lace up for Fall Modern ways to store firewood Video: Demi Lovato "would love" to collaborate with Britney Chocolate, peanut-buttery smoothies that will satisfy candy cravings CelebStyle: Celebrities go tough in camouflage - shop the hot trend See SNL pick apart the iPhone5 Getting scaredy-cats (and dogs) costume-ready Give yourself a Mojito-inspired manicure
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