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The awards world was hit with a bombshell on Tuesday afternoon after news broke that a "significant faction" of the Academy wants the Best Picture field returned to just five nominees. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the old guard feels the current system has made the honor less prestigious and are using the low ratings of last month's telecast as proof that the expanded field doesn't work. The issue may be addressed as soon as the next Board of Governors meeting on March 24. Let me take a breath and prepare my reaction while you ponder this Hail Mary of a justification for a moment. (O.K., I'm ready.) Y'all crazy. First, let's discuss the "prestige" argument, shall we? In 2009 the Best Picture field was increased to 10 nominees because of the horror (i.e. embarrassment) that the out-of-touch membership had snubbed popular and critically acclaimed blockbusters such as "Wall-e" and "The Dark Knight. »
- Gregory Ellwood
For those of us dependent upon our Netflix accounts for entertainment, the announcement of new movies coming to streaming is one of the best times of the month. This month brings tons of great movies like Teen Witch and Finding Neverland, but there are also lots of TV options to add to your list. Netflix has a few new original series and specials that it's debuting, along with the complete series of several vintage TV shows. Basically, you'll still have a lot to watch even after this stuff expires. »
Netflix may be losing such classics as "Cool Runnings," "Seven" and "Dumb and Dumber" come March, but the premium streaming service will be gaining a handful of new titles throughout the month in return, from fan favorites like "Teen Witch" to acclaimed Oscar nominees such as "How To Train Your Dragon 2" and "Finding Neverland." As always, the roster of new Netflix additions should please casual moviegoers and cinephiles alike. Check out the over 20 new titles coming to the streaming library in March below, plus Indiewire's personal picks on what to stream. Available 3/1 "Patch Adams" (1998) "The Brothers Grimm" (2005) "Teen Witch" (1989) "Evelyn" (2002) "Mercy Rule" (2014) "Monster High: 13 Wishes" (2013) "Monster High: Ghouls Rule" (2012) "Rules of Engagement" (2000) Indiewire Pick: "Finding Neverland" (2004)Before Johnny Depp turned »
- Zack Sharf
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Production companies are Sc International Pictures in association with Link Entertainment and 2Dux2. Producers are Forster, Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby and Jillian Kugler; Brian Wilkins, Ron Perlman and Renee Wolfe will exec produce.
Lively will star as a blind woman who regains her sight, and Clarke will portray her husband. With her sight restored, the couple begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
“Blake is an amazing actress with a huge onscreen presence who I know will bring enormous talent to the role, and Jason is captivating, strong and fearless in his work, »
- Dave McNary
Matthew Morrison said goodbye to Glee when the cast and crew completed shooting the series finale on Saturday night. The sad news is Glee is over, but the good news is Morrison no longer has to make a weekly commute between Los Angeles and New York, where he has been rehearsing his new Broadway musical, Finding Neverland. "I've been doing back and forth for the last month doing about three days of rehearsal for Finding Neverland and coming here and doing the last couple of episodes of Glee. I haven't had a day off in a month and my wife—the only time I can see her is if she comes on set when I'm here in L.A.," he told me at The Weinstein Company's pre-Oscar party, where he performed the »
Netflix has a number of movies and TV shows set to be available streaming in March and among them, one of the most 80s movies that ever 80s'ed, Teen Witch. How's Netflix possibly top that? Well, the March list does include the arrivals of Archer Season 5, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Finding Neverland and the college-set Cosby Show spinoff A Different World, among other titles. Here are the list of movies and TV shows that Netflix will make available throughout the month of March. (Please keep in mind that dates and titles are subject to change). Week of March 1 Finding Neverland - 3/1/2015 The Brothers Grimm - 3/1/2015 Teen Witch - 3/1/2015 Patch Adams - 3/1/2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - 3/6/2015 Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden - 3/6/2015 My Own Man - 3/6/2015 Archer Season 5 - 3/7/2015 Glee Season 5 - 3/7/2015 Week of March 8 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn 3/9/2015 Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club »
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. Some of these may have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. We will update this list as more titles are added closer to the end of the month.Movies March 130 for 30: Of Miracles and Men (2015)The Brothers Grimm (2005)Evelyn (2002)Finding Neverland (2004)Mercy Rule (2014)Monster High: 13 Wishes (2013)Patch Adams (1998)Rules of Engagement (2000)Teen Witch (1989) March 5The ABCs of Death 2Food Chains (2014) March 6Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden (2015)My Own Man (2014) March 9After the Fall (2014)Cesar Chavez (2014)The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club (2014) March 10Monster High: Haunted (2015) March 11How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) March 15Marvel & Espn »
- Vulture Editors
What will March bring to Netflix? Plenty of great TV shows, some killer recent and classic movies, and a slew of highly anticipated Netflix Originals.
First off, there's more amazing TV coming to Netflix in March than we've seen in the past six, with new seasons of "Mad Men," "Glee," and "Archer" coming to the streaming service. What's more? The complete series of "3rd Rock From the Sun" (Yes!) and "A Different World" are also being added. For the latter, I plan on queueing up some "very special episodes" that remind me of my childhood. Also, Marisa Tomei was on it. Remember?! In addition to the shows you know, some spankin' new Netflix Originals are being added: Tina Fey's half-hour comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," starring "The Office's" Ellie Kemper, and "Bloodline," a dramatic thriller starring Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek.
In terms of movies, Netflix is not disappointing. Recent releases »
- Tim Hayne
Better late than never on filing a report from yesterday's Spirit Awards and pre-Oscar festivities, I guess. It was a late night, Harvey Weinstein and his peeps rounding things out with a big soiree/dinner that drew to a close around midnight, so my bed was far more enticing than my keyboard when I got back to the homestead. The Spirit Awards are generally my favorite event of the season, largely because the imbibing starts early and the attitude is super lax. But it's also my own personal bow on things (as I always happily steer clear of the Oscars), saying final goodbyes to colleagues and talent I've interacted with consistently over the season. And given that Film Independent was apparently looking to break the record for most commercial breaks in a single awards show, I was able to bounce around and catch up with just about everyone I was hoping to. »
- Kristopher Tapley
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
Finding Neverland is one step closer to making its Broadway debut. The musical, based on the 2004 movie of the same name starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, began rehearsals Monday in New York City. Director Diane Paulus, who previously directed Broadway's Pippin and Hair, brought the new cast and creative team - which includes choreographer Mia Michaels and producer Harvey Weinstein - together on Feb. 2 to do a read-through for the first time. “The first day of rehearsal is always a thrilling day," Tony winner Paulus tells People. "To bring everyone together, including our extraordinary cast, led by Matthew [Morrison] and »
- Dana Rose Falcone, @DanaRoseFalcone
Harvey Weinstein is one of the most powerful, outspoken, and controversial men in Hollywood. The studio executive who launched Miramax and The Weinstein Company is a passionate film lover, a master promoter, a ruthless Oscar campaigner, and just about everything else you need to be in order to make it to the top in the business. Even if you find what he does unscrupulous or the content he produces not very good, it is hard not to admire the man for how successful he has made himself, no matter how frustrating it might be. Weinstein recently had a chat with Deadline, covering a wide variety of topics from the Netflix series "Marco Polo" to the troubles with the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of Finding Neverland to Oscar campaigning to his reputation of recutting films, giving him the nickname "Harvey Scissorhands." I had no idea the Weinsteins were behind "Marco Polo »
- Mike Shutt
Johnny Depp.s career is in a rut. If his latest film, Mortdecai, flops . and our review isn.t helping its case . this will be his fourth straight box-office disappointment for a film he has tried to carry. (Ensemble work in Into the Woods and 21 Jump Street don.t count.) It wasn.t always this way. Before he fell down a rabbit hole of bizarre and colorful characters (literally, with Alice in Wonderland), Depp had the makings of a dependable character actor who.d embrace quirky, off-center roles that would terrify most mainstream actors. Depp never seemed interested in furthering his career. He only wanted the next interesting part, and few were more engrossing than these 10 roles. Skip Mortdecai this weekend and, in stead, curl up with a few of these amazing performances, the 10 best of Johnny Depp.s career. 10. Sir James Matthew Barrie, Finding Neverland Easily one of Johnny »
Update 9:54 P.M.: Miramontez responds, and Weinstein responds, too, below.
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Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 4:40 Pm
To: Rick Miramontez
Subject: From Harvey Weinstein
Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers. I totally understand, there is a lot of pressure out there. You are a terrific guy, but the world of Broadway is tough. I personally will miss you — you are courageous and smart and definitely impressed me.
All my best,
With that e-mail, Harvey Weinstein and Finding Neverland executive producer Victoria Parker ended their relationship with veteran Broadway press agent Rick Miramontez. Until Tuesday, Miramontez and Weinstein were joined at the hip in navigating the new musical through more than two years of heavy rewrites, two tryouts, cast changes and a run-up to the show’s March 15 first preview at the Nederlander-owned Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The show, based on Miramax’s 2004 Johnny Depp »
- Jeremy Gerard
14 items from 2015
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