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J.J. Abrams Helps Launch New Doc Series to Land Robot on Moon

3 March 2016 8:01 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

J.J. Abrams will executive produce an upcoming online docu-series, Moon Shot, which tracks 16 teams participating in the Google Lunar Xprize competition to land a robot on the moon.

While the Xprize comes with a $30 million reward, the show's first trailer reveals its participants are far more motivated by the magnificent possibilities that reaching the moon epitomizes. The inspirational clip offers a peek at the various teams from around the world — Silicon Valley tech experts, It specialists in India, hackers from Germany — as well as their remarkable designs.

In order to win, »

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Diversity Scandal Overlooks Historic Year for Women at Oscars

4 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.

Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (BrooklynRoomMad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner »

- Patrick Shanley

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Netflix Scores Two Oscar Docu Nods, But ‘Beasts’ Comes Up Empty

14 January 2016 11:51 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix’s chances of winning an Oscar this year will again ride on documentaries, after the streamer’s prestige-pic pickup “Beasts of No Nation” failed to earn any nominations.

Two Netflix docus, “What Happened Miss Simone?” and “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” garnered Academy Awards nods Thursday.

But drama “Beasts of No Nation” from director Cary Fukunaga was ignored by the Academy, despite an aggressive lobbying campaign by Netflix to woo voters. Netflix paid nearly $12 million for the rights to “Beasts of No Nation,” plus whatever it plunked down to promote the film, hoping to curry Oscar’s favor. The company released the drama about an unnamed, war-torn West African nation simultaneously in theaters and on its global streaming platform last October.

For “Beasts,” many hoped British thesp Idris Elba would make it into the running for best supporting actor. (It’s worth noting that no »

- Todd Spangler

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Netflix Scores Two Oscar Docu Nods, But ‘Beasts’ Comes Up Empty

14 January 2016 11:51 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix’s chances of winning an Oscar this year will again ride on documentaries, after the streamer’s prestige-pic pickup “Beasts of No Nation” failed to earn any nominations.

Two Netflix docus, “What Happened Miss Simone?” and “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” garnered Academy Awards nods Thursday.

But drama “Beasts of No Nation” from director Cary Fukunaga was ignored by the Academy, despite an aggressive lobbying campaign by Netflix to woo voters. Netflix paid nearly $12 million for the rights to “Beasts of No Nation,” plus whatever it plunked down to promote the film, hoping to curry Oscar’s favor. The company released the drama about an unnamed, war-torn West African nation simultaneously in theaters and on its global streaming platform last October.

For “Beasts,” many hoped British thesp Idris Elba would make it into the running for best supporting actor. (It’s worth noting that no »

- Todd Spangler

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