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Welcome to the March 5, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Method Man is speaking his truth -- loudly and with a lot of curse words. After hearing that his former Wu-Tang clan cohorts would be auctioning off the only copy of the band's secret "final" album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" for millions of dollars -- with the caveat that the buyer will not have the right to make money off the album for 88 years -- Method Man did not hold back in an interview with Xxl magazine. “Fuck that album,” said the rapper. “I’m tired of this shit and I know everybody else is tired of it, too. Fuck that album, if that’s what they are doing. I haven’t heard anything like that, but if they’re doing crap like that, »
- Chris Eggertsen
When Ted Sarandos receives the Television Showman of the Year award at the 52nd Annual Icg Publicists Awards, the organization will be marking a sea change in the world of TV. While he follows such past iconic recipients as Jerry Bruckheimer, Leslie Moonves, Fred Silverman, Aaron Spelling and Norman Lear, Sarandos essentially represents a new breed — both in terms of his company’s business model and its rapidly increasing PR profile and leverage.
As the chief content officer for Netflix, Sarandos, who has led the company’s programming since 2000, is responsible for an acclaimed lineup of edgy, original shows that includes such varied fare as “House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Hemlock Grove,” “Derek,” “Arrested Development” and “Turbo Fast.”
Under his guidance, Netflix has firmly established itself as an original content powerhouse and innovative distributor in the new digital landscape, with an equally firm grasp of how to »
- Iain Blair
Cinematographer Thaddeus Wadleigh and director Kirby Dick have previously collaborated on seminal and important non-fiction films that directed attention and effectuated change with regards to controversial social issues. Outrage in 2009 looked at gay politicians who vote anti-gay legislation. The Invisible War (2012) tore open the discussion of rape in the military. Their latest, The Hunting Ground, looks at the especially timely issue of campus rape and its coverup. In our interview below, Wadleigh — who is co-credited on this new film and on The Invisible War with Kristin Johnson — talks about the specific challenges of shooting a film […] »
- Scott Macaulay
It is relatively easy to move through the day without acknowledging the more disturbing and horrific trends that creep into society, and it could be argued that this natural tendency to follow the path of least resistance is at least part of the reason why those trends continue to creep. Fortunately, documentary filmmakers are prepared to lift those especially gnarly rocks and shine a light on the murky proceedings underneath, and that is what we have in The Hunting Ground.
Writer-director Kirby Dick has made a lengthy career of confronting those issues that many avoid. 2006’s This Film Is Not Yet Rated examined the questionable policies of the American movie ratings board, 2009’s Outrage looked at “closeted politicians” who lobby for anti-gay legislation in America, and most recently, 2012’s The Invisible War cast an uncompromising gaze on the issue of the rape of soldiers in the American military. It is »
- Sarah Myles
4 items from 2015
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