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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 also have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.Orange Is the New Black (season 3) (available June 12) The ladies of Litchfield return for a third season full of naked catfights, lesbian sex, and even more award-winning drama. (So say the Emmys.) The good news? Alex Vause is back. The better news? Larry is not. The Aviator (2004) The second in Martin Scorsese's long and fruitful pairing with Leonardo DiCaprio finds Leo inhabiting the persona of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, who romanced starlets, designed planes, and produced some of Hollywood's earliest blockbusters before transforming into an obsessive-compulsive »
- Nate Jones
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
A lot of fans have been waiting for this one to come out. Bradley Cooper plays U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated war drama, which arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 19. You'll have to wait until June 16 for Netflix or Redbox, but if you pick up the Blu-Ray you get special features like "One Soldier's Story: The Journey of American Sniper" and "The Making of American Sniper."
Looking for something a little more highbrow than a "Hot Tub" sequel? »
- Gina Carbone
Another pick-up at the Cannes Film Festival for Lionsgate this morning was Michael Grandage's "Genius," which feels like awards bait given the subject matter and the talent involved. The film tells the story of Scribner book editor Max Perkins, who oversaw works by legends like Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald in his time. The script, based on the book by A. Scott Berg, was written by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan ("Gladiator," "The Aviator," "Hugo"). Colin Firth stars in the film as Perkins and there's a roll call of stars playing those top literary names. Jude Law is in as Wolfe, Guy Pearce is Fitzgerald and Dominic West is Hemingway. Nicole Kidman also stars as costume designer Aline Bernstein, who had a four-year relationship with Wolfe and possessed some of his unpublished manuscripts at the time of his death. Laura Linney, meanwhile, plays Perkins' wife, Louise Saunders. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Tony Award-winning theater director Michael Grandage is making his feature film debut with Genius starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and Dominic West and it was already considered an Oscar hopeful, but now that has become a little more legit as Lionsgate has picked it up for domestic distribution. The announcement comes out of Cannes. amz asin="042522337X" size="small"The screenplay was written by Tony Award-winner and three-time Academy Award-nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator) based on the book "Max Perkins: Editor of a Genius" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg and centers on the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law) and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth). Wolfe, a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality and Perkins, one of the most respected literary editors of all time, formed a complex, transformative and irrepressible friendship that changed the lives of these brilliant but very different men forever. »
- Brad Brevet
Lionsgate has acquired the Us rights to hot Cannes market title, literary biopic "Genius," starring Colin Firth ("The King's Speech"), Jude Law ("Spy"), Nicole Kidman ("The Hours"), Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Guy Pearce ("The Rover") and Dominic West ("The Affair"). The Affair). John Logan ("Penny Dreadful," "The Aviator") adapted the A.Scott Berg biography of editor-to-the-stars Maxwell Perkins. Tony-winning theater director Michael Grandage ("Red," "Frost/Nixon") makes his feature film debut. Producers are James Bierman, Grandage and Logan with Deepak Nayar, Nik Bower, James J. Bagley, Berg, Tim Bevan, Steve Christian, Ivan Dunleavy and Arielle Tepper Madover serving as executive producers. The film was financed by Riverstone Pictures and Pinewood Pictures. The film "Genius" centers on the real-life relationship between Perkins (Colin Forth) and »
- Anne Thompson
The overpowering urge to do an accent has swept over us all at some point. Following up on said urge may lead to laughter or ridicule. In some rare cases it may lead to a compliment. For an actor, often praised more than any one person should naturally be praised in a lifetime, similar compulsions arise. Frequently, the only difference between our provincial imitations and those by some of the Hollywood elite is a $10 million performance fee.
Even the greatest performers have derailed their careers and put off movie goers with bad accents. It seems to be one of the riskiest ventures for an actor to take. Weight is added to this when, if an actor is guilty of doing a terrible accent, people wonder out loud why the film’s producers could not hire a local.
For many of the best known actors, it is especially tricky to »
- Paul R Stafford
It’s not surprising that “Carol” was locked away in Hollywood’s development closet for 15 years. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s scandalous 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,” Todd Haynes’ latest movie is a double whammy by industry standards: it’s headlined by two women, who fall in love with each other.
The film, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, arrives at a pivotal, yet paradoxical, time for female-driven stories. There has been a string of hits this year that celebrate female empowerment — from “Insurgent” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” to “Cinderella,” and the upcoming “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and the final installment of “The Hunger Games.” That said, gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is a hot-button issue in the global entertainment business.
As one of cinema’s most prominent stars, Blanchett, whose recent roles include the evil stepmother in “Cinderella, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
'Sideways' movie, with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church 'Sideways' movie review: California winery tour follows conventional road to male maturity With the 1999 Matthew Broderick-Reese Witherspoon vehicle Election, Alexander Payne displayed a flair for satirical comedy the likes of which would have turned Billy Wilder greener (with envy) than the Sideways poster found further below in this commentary. With the 2002 Jack Nicholson star vehicle About Schmidt, Payne demonstrated that his comedic flair could go the way of Wilder's in fluff like Sabrina and Love in the Afternoon: artificial, cutesy, bland.* In Sideways, Payne opted for the safer About Schmidt route – which may explain the film's enormous popularity with critics and audiences alike. For my part, I found his adaptation (with Jim Taylor) of Rex Pickett's novel to be an overlong, moralistic, and thoroughly unconvincing effort. (Warning: This Sideways movie review contains spoilers. »
- Andre Soares
Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the Oscars, with a purple-garbed Scarlett Johansson in the background Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the 83rd Academy Awards A bit of newfangled Old Hollywood glamour as five-time Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, who presented the 2011 Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up, and two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams are seen chatting backstage during the live broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Cate Blanchett Oscar nominations Cate Blanchett took home the 2004 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes. Blanchett's other Oscar nominations were the following: Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth (1998). Best Supporting Actress for Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal (2006). Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Best »
- D. Zhea
John Logan has done it all. The three-time Oscar nominee has written intimate dramas ("The Aviator," "Coriolanus"), musicals ("Sweeney Todd"), historical epics ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai"), animated films ("Rango") and giant blockbusters ("Skyfall" and its upcoming sequel, "Spectre"). He even started off writing TV movies before transitioning to his first TV series just last year, with Showtime's horror hit "Penny Dreadful." It's this story he likes most of all: Literary characters abound in his monster mash with equal doses of drama and scares. Logan planned out the first three seasons before committing to the series, but he's thinking ahead even further, now that he's in it. Below, Logan talks about learning to become a better showrunner, whether he thinks there's a stigma associated with horror at award shows and why James Bond belongs on film — not TV. Read More: 7 Things »
- Ben Travers
John Logan has done it all. The three-time Oscar nominee has written intimate dramas ("The Aviator," "Coriolanus"), musicals ("Sweeney Todd"), historical epics ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai"), animated films ("Rango") and giant blockbusters ("Skyfall" and its upcoming sequel, "Spectre"). He even started off writing TV movies before transitioning to his first TV series just last year, with Showtime's horror hit "Penny Dreadful." It's this story he likes most of all: Literary characters abound in his monster mash with equal doses of drama and scares. Logan planned out the first three seasons before committing to the series, but he's thinking ahead even further, now that he's in it. Below, Logan talks about learning to become a better showrunner, whether he thinks there's a stigma associated with horror at award shows and why James Bond belongs on film — not TV. Read More: 7 Things...
- Ben Travers
DreamWorks Pictures'/Fox 2000 Pictures' upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), has been, as previously announced, titled Bridge of Spies. In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Saving Mr. Banks) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams' schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen »
DreamWorks Pictures’/Fox 2000 Pictures’ upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”), has been titled Bridge Of Spies.
In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams’ schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
John Williams. 86th Academy Awards, The Oscar Concert
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge Of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
Screenwriters Matt Charman »
- Michelle McCue
As a child growing up in Macerata, Italy, Dante Ferretti — the renowned production designer who won Oscars for Hugo, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and The Aviator — first saw Disney’s 1950 animated Cinderella in a theater with his parents. Decades later, he was inspired by its grandeur when he watched it again, this time after being approached to do production design for Kenneth Branagh’s grand retelling of the classic story for Disney, which, since opening on March 13, has already topped $135 million worldwide. “I began doing a lot of research and ended up drawing the bulk of my
- Carolyn Giardina
No one provided Sandy Powell with a set of rules when she took on the job of designing the costumes for Walt Disney Studios' live action version of "Cinderella." No one told the three-time Oscar winner that Cinderella's dress had to be blue. No one said the film's showstopper needed to resemble the iconic ball gown depicted in Disney's animated classic. In fact, even after watching the 55-year-old film Powell specifically intended to make it another color. "I knew I didn't want to do pink. I just didn't want to do a big pink dress," Powell says. "I then went through every other color and then I thought well it could be white, but, no it can't be that because we have a wedding scene to do later and that really should really be the light colored dress. After that I kind of got a bit stuck on thinking green would be wrong, »
- Gregory Ellwood
By Mark Cerulli
The 1951 film The Tales of Hoffmann, the acclaimed British adaptation of the opera by Jaques Offenbach, was an early influence on major directors like Cecil B. DeMille, George Romero (who said it was “the movie that made me want to make movies”) and Martin Scorsese. They were drawn to co-directors, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger’s inventive camera work, vibrant color palette (each of the three acts has its own primary color) and smooth blending of film, dance and music. According to an interview found on Powell-Pressburger.org, Powell wanted to do a “composed film” – shot entirely to a pre-recorded music track, in this case, Offenbach’s opera. Not having to worry about sound meant he could remove the cumbersome padding that encased every Technicolor camera and really move it around production designer Hein Heckroth’s soaring sets. (Heckroth’s work on the film earned him two 1952 Oscar nominations. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who has collected three Oscars (“The Aviator,” “Raging Bull” and “The Departed") shares with Martin Scorsese, her collaborator on 22 movies over three decades, an infectious enthusiasm for the movies she loves. Last week I got on the phone with her in Taiwan, which Ang Lee suggested to Scorsese as a location for shooting “Silence,” which is set in 17th century Japan. They’ve been shooting for almost a month. I told her that when I was working for editor Richard Corliss at Film Comment Magazine in the early 80s, British director Michael Powell submitted via mail his typed Guilty Pleasures manuscript. “Marty probably put him up to that,” Schoonmaker said. I adore Powell and his writer-producer partner Emeric Pressburger’s output in the 40s and 50s, from the stunning color masterpieces “The Red Shoes,” “Black Narcissus,” and “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” to the black-and-white »
- Anne Thompson
With Friday's news that his company, Appian Way, has signed on to co-produce "The Crowded Room," not to mention a starring role in "Birdman" helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu's upcoming "The Revenant," Leonardo DiCaprio is set to appear in several juicy titles. Can the four-time Academy Award acting nominee ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "The Aviator," "Blood Diamond," "The Wolf of Wall Street") finally parlay his taste for eccentric characters into an Oscar statuette? As The Hollywood Reporter notes, DiCaprio has wanted to play "The Crowded Room" protagonist Billy Milligan for nearly two decades. In the 1970s, Milligan, who had 24 personalities, was acquitted on charges of robbery and rape by reason of insanity after pretrial evaluations diagnosed him with multiple personality disorder, the first such defense in American legal history. Based on the nonfiction title by Daniel Keyes »
- Matt Brennan
In tax accounting there is a concept called the "Robin Hood effect", which describes both the tax bracket setup that requires income above certain levels be taxed at higher rates and also the reduction of deductible items once a taxpayer exceeds a certain adjusted gross income threshold. None of you care about that, I'm sure, but aside from watching Robin Hood: Men in Tights about a dozen times in the span of a week when I was in middle school, it's the only thing that came to mind when I saw the following news from Deadline, announcing a new version of the Robin Hood tale has landed at Leonardo DiCaprio's production house Appian Way, this one a "gritty version of the rogue do-gooder" entitled Robin Hood: Origins, because what the hell else would it bec Joby Harold, who wrote the Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur script for director Guy Ritchie, »
- Jordan Benesh
By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl »
- Kristopher Tapley
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