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There has been a demand for a quality horror movie in recent years, following the successes of genre affair such as It Follows, Lights Out and Don't Breathe. Even though horror movies often do well financially, they don't often land with critics. Even those previously mentioned movies weren't immune to their fair share of critics who simply disagreed with the general consensus. But that is what makes Jordan Peele's horror movie Get Out a truly big deal, because the movie miraculously still holds a perfect 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
As of this writing, with 135 reviews counted, the hit horror flick still boasts an unblemished, 100 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. That isn't just unreasonably impressive for a horror movie, it is borderline impossible for any movie to achieve. Plenty of movies hold perfect scores on Rotten Tomatoes, but they are often classics such as Citizen Kane, or well-liked, »
Research highlights problems with class and “unconscious bias”.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) has ramped up its diversity schemes in response to a new report.
The research (which can be read in full here) was commissioned in partnership with Creative Skillset and the BFI. It examined the factors impeding people from under-represented groups from having a successful career in the film, television and games industry.
The report identified that key issues for employers were: “challenging unconscious bias and risk aversion; opening out recruitment; and acknowledging social class as a key issue”.
Bafta has taken steps to address the issues highlighted in the report, firstly by launching Bafta Elevate. This new program will support a group of female directors seeking to progress in high end-television and feature films (applications are open »
Hulu reached a new multiyear output-licensing agreement with indie film distributor Magnolia Pictures, under which Hulu will obtain pay-tv window streaming rights to films to future releases starting in the second half of 2017.
The deal comes after Netflix’s output deal with Magnolia recently expired after three years. Under Hulu’s pact with Magnolia, films will become available to stream exclusively on Hulu following their theatrical run; the companies did not say how long the agreement will run.
“As we continue investing in the most valued and sought-after content, films are essential to that mix,” Craig Erwich, Hulu’s senior VP and head of content, said in a statement. “Magnolia Pictures continuously releases thought-provoking and award winning titles that we know our viewers will love.”
- Todd Spangler
National Geographic is partnering with Oscar-winning executive producer James Marsh (Man on Wire, Theory of Everything) and Endemol Shine Group’s Tigress Productions on a three-part miniseries to honor the life and legacy of gorilla researcher Dian Fossey. Sigourney Weaver, nominated for an Oscar and winner of the Golden Globe for her portrayal of Fossey in the 1988 film Gorillas in the Mist, will narrate. Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist is currently in production and… »
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