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This story first appeared in the June 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. In a lot of ways — the wrong ways, in Hollywood terms — Netflix already is in China. When House of Cards' third season debuted in the country, there were tens of thousands of illegal downloads. GlobalWebIndex estimates that more than 20 million Chinese people use so-called virtual private networks to access Netflix, even though it is not officially available there. With China's online video market expected to nearly triple to $14.5 billion by 2018, there
- Clifford Coonan
When Netflix introduced its streaming platform, things began to change. No longer did viewers need to wait for cable marathons or DVD boxsets to watch copious amounts of TV all at once. Netflix was making entire seasons, and sometimes entire series, available instantly. Even more revolutionary, their original series followed suit, with Netflix posting all 13 episodes of House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and others in one fell swoop. This also created a new term for an old idea: binge-watching. According to a recent story by THR, that’s defined as watching 3 or more hours of a show in one sitting. And while for a long time now this has been heralded as the new paradigm for TV viewing (with even NBC getting into the game, as it will be releasing all 13 new episodes of its David Duchovny series Aquarius at once), there’s a new blacklash brewing »
- Allison Keene
Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography is underway in Georgia on director Doug Liman’s “international escapade” Mena. The film reunites Liman with his Edge of Tomorrow star Tom Cruise as it tells the true story of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. Liman had this to say about his interest in the source material: “I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride. Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy—and always surprising.” [caption id="attachment_217084" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Paramount Pictures[/caption] Gary Spinelli penned the initial draft of the script, but Universal’s press release does not have final screenwriting credits. Liman is known for finding his way as he goes throughout production, »
- Adam Chitwood
Rome — Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos will be feted by Italy’s Ischia Global Film and Music Fest with its “Ischia Global Legend Award” in recognition of his contributions in creating the world’s first Internet TV Network, organizers said.
The announcement was made by fest founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini, who is an Italo TV journo, and by Los Angeles-based producer Mark Canton, who is honorary chairman of the fest held on the Italo isle off the coast of Naples, which will run July 11-19.
“We are honored that Ted Sarandos, one of the world’s most influential entertainment industry executives, will be joining us in Ischia in July as we celebrate the ‘genius’ behind a media revolution,” enthused Vicedomini in a statement.
“Ted Sarandos is an entertainment industry icon, and an unstoppable force of nature,” added Canton.
“I know first-hand that he is a content powerhouse with unequalled skills in identifying, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Given the warm reception for the show’s charming first season, it should come as no surprise that Netflix has seen fit to renew comedy Grace and Frankie for a second season, to debut sometime next year.
The streaming service has a long-standing tradition of standing behind its originals – even less successful bids like Hemlock Grove and Marco Polo have earned second-season pickups, while it’s generally expected that the network will keep ordering more of its hit Orange is the New Black for as long as creator Jenji Kohan wants to keep making it (the unusually busy cast of House of Cards makes it a little less of a sure thing year after year).
Grace and Frankie was a deceptively audacious move for Netflix, however, lacking the four-quadrant hook that most of the streaming service’s other offerings have featured. The comedy centers on two aging women (Fonda and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Two more top Emmy experts -- Matt Roush (TV Guide) and Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) -- have chimed in with their predictions for this year's awards, which will be handed out on Sept. 20 with nominations announced on July 16. See all of Roush's predictions here and Whipp's here. They join seven other Emmyologists: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and me. -Break- A consensus is building that "Mad Men" will win Best Drama Series for a record fifth time. Before the finale aired last Sunday just three of our Experts -- Birnbaum, Eng and Jacobs -- expected the Emmys to give it a farewell hug. Since then, O'Neill and Tucker have switched their predix from "House of Cards" and Roush just cast his vote for this final season. Tha...' »
Well, it’s official. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has scored another huge hit with its first foray into the world of streaming content, with the 13-episode Daredevil series now the highest-rated show on Netflix.
Business Insider reports that Netflix currently has a 4.6 out of 5 rating, which puts it 0.1 points ahead of House of Cards, Breaking Bad and Sherlock. The only other piece of programming that matches its rating is Alive Inside, a documentary about Alzheimers.
- Gary Collinson
We Got This Covered is pleased to exclusively unveil a new clip from Glass Chin, a terrific-looking crime noir about a former boxer (Corey Stoll, of Ant-Man) who is led down a dark path of crime and moral corruption by a crooked restauranteur (Billy Crudup).
In the excerpt from the film, Bud Gordon (Stoll) takes a drive with Roberto Flash (Yul Vazquez) to go see J.J. (Crudup), who has opened up an art gallery, much to Roberto’s dislike. It’s a small but potent example of some of the fine acting sure to be rampant throughout Glass Chin.
The pic, written and directed by Noah Buschel, premiered at Tribeca last year to strong reviews, with Stoll’s lead performance garnering particular acclaim. Between this, House of Cards and Stoll’s villainous role in this summer’s Ant-Man, the actor seems poised to soar to the top of Hollywood’s most-wanted list. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Supergirl pilot episode leaked late last week, in full and in high quality - genuine error or a publicity stunt?
Some believed that the comic book adaptation hitting the web - 6 months before its intended November launch on CBS - was a simple (if rather large) mistake, while conspiracy theorists argued that the pilot had been intentionally leaked to counter negative buzz following a lukewarm reception to the first series trailer.
Whatever the truth, the leak is far from the first incident of its kind. Episodes of popular TV shows have been popping up online ahead of broadcast for a while now - sometimes it's a matter of days, but sometimes it's months...
Leaked 1 week early
How's this for irony? Viewers got a FlashForward of their own when the pilot episode of the ABC sci-fi series - then eyed as the next Lost - appeared on file-sharing sites »
Penned by Carlos writer Dan Franck, the eight-episode Marseille follows the story of Robert Taro, the mayor of the town of Marseille for 25 years. Taro has chosen his successor, a young and eager candidate, but the upcoming elections will pit them against each other in a vicious battle to earn (or keep) the title of mayor. Depardieu, who is famous for roles in films like The Man in the Iron Mask and Life of Pi, could play Taro if he joins Netflix’s Marseille project.
Netflix originally announced Marseille back in August 2014, with Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos calling the House of Cards-esque series a “diabolically smart” fictional take on Marseille’s politics. So far, »
- Bree Brouwer
Avengers: Age of Ultron may have cast a long shadow over the summer blockbuster season, but there’s another Marvel production vying for box office success in the form of Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, and today Empire has debuted a trio of stills for the upcoming feature showcasing Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas in action.
Taken under Hank Pym’s wing, Rudd’s Scott Lang is coached in the fine art of what it takes to be a master thief. Such tutelage will involve Douglas’ character eventually pitting our titular hero against his former protégé, Darren Cross – played here by House of Cards‘ Corey Stoll – who wants nothing more than to utilize the physics-defying armor for military purposes. It’s an arc that bears some resemblance to the original Iron Man, and Ant-Man will even see Rudd’s bite-sized world beater go toe-to-miniscule-toe with Stoll in the Yellowjacket suit. »
- Michael Briers
The release of Marvel's "Daredevil" series on Netflix has not only been the most watched TV series launch on the service, it has also earned the honor of being its highest rated.
Business Insider reports that "Daredevil" has become the highest rated quality series available on Netflix with a 4.6/5 star rating. To put that in perspective, that puts it just ahead of the previous three shows tied for first place - "Breaking Bad," "House of Cards," and "Sherlock" which each scored a 4.5.
In fact, the only other program to have scored such a rating on the service is "Alive Inside," a documentary about Alzheimer's. »
- Garth Franklin
Fantastic Four will arrive in UK cinemas on August 6 and in the Us on August 7.
We've got a whole new take on Marvel's First Family
In case it wasn't clear from the fresh faces of the cast (and the uniformly bad memories of the 2005 and 2007 films), this movie will reboot the franchise based on Marvel Comics' very first comic book series.
Netflix reportedly is courting Gerard Depardieu to play a French version of the conniving U.S. president played by Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards, according to Radio Europe1. Marseille would mark Netflix's first French-language production. Marseille would be produced in France by the French, Europe1 said. The idea has not been popular in France, with French filmmakers fretting that Netflix’s incursion on their home turf could hurt the industry as well as dilute the… »
The latest issue of Empire Magazine serves up a preview of Marvel’s next superhero blockbuster Ant-Man, offering some insight into Edgar Wright’s shock departure from the project due to creative differences with Marvel Studios, as well as comments from incoming director Peyton Reed (Down with Love) about the pressure of stepping into Wright’s shoes.
See Also: New images from Marvel’s Ant-Man
“Was it a strange situation? Absolutely,” states Reed. “One of my concerns upfront was, ‘Someone else has developed this movie for a really long time. Can I come in and make it my own?’ And that has absolutely been the case. For one thing Marvel have let me explore the dark side of Hank Pym – this tortured, guilt-ridden guy. I love that this is a mentor/pupil story, but with a fucked up pupil and a really fucked up mentor.”
Reed also goes on to »
- Gary Collinson
Contacted by Variety on Sunday, Netflix declined to comment on the rumor.
Though it’s not based strictly on “House of Cards,” the project has a similar political theme, centering on Robert Taro, mayor of the Southern French city for 25 years. The upcoming elections have him face the man he chose as his successor, an ambitious youngster aiming high. Both candidates will fight mercilessly.
The first two episodes of “Marseille” will be directed by Florent-Emilio Siri, director of the Cesar-nominated theatrical hits “My Way” (Cloclo) and “L’Ennemi intime. ” Samuel Benchetrit (“J’ai toujours rêvé d’être »
- Elsa Keslassy
Following on from the latest TV spot, we’ve now got a new batch of images from Marvel Studios’ next superhero offering Ant-Man courtesy of the latest issue of Empire Magazine, which includes shots of Paul Rudd suited up as Scott Lang, along with co-stars Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne) and Corey Stoll (Darren Cross). Check them out here…
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd, Anchorman 2) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas, Wall Street), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from »
- Gary Collinson
Following on from the new artwork and TV spot, an international trailer has arrived online for 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four, which offers up plenty of new footage from the superhero reboot. Check it out below…
See Also: Michael B. Jordan responds to criticism of his casting as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four
The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
The Fantastic Four is set to hit theaters on August 7th, with Josh Trank (Chronicle) directing a cast that includes Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Scott Cooper’s upcoming gangster biopic Black Mass which stars Johnny Depp as mobster Whitey Bulger and is based on the New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story of an Untold Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
- Gary Collinson
Back at the start of the year, a section of the internet exploded with the news that black actor Michael B. Jordan had been cast as white comic book character Johnny Storm in 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four. Jordan has spoken briefly on the backlash on several occasions [see here and here], but now with the film on the horizon, he’s penned a lengthy response over at EW:
You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It »
- Gary Collinson
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