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Why Netflix Dramas Sag Midseason — and How They’re Fixing It

You probably know this feeling: You’re bingeing a season of a new drama. You like the characters and the atmosphere, and you’re curious about where the story goes, but at a certain point (usually somewhere between halfway and two-thirds of the way through the season), you start to grow impatient waiting for the show to just Get. To. The point already!

If you’ve felt this way, particularly when watching a new drama on Netflix — which is both the most influential player in the business right now and
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Visual Effects Society Names Its 2018 Hall Of Famers & Other Career Honorees

Visual Effects Society Names Its 2018 Hall Of Famers & Other Career Honorees
Star Trek patriarch Gene Roddenberry, Dynamation VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen and film poster/title sequence legend Saul Bass are among the Visual Effect Society’s 2018 Hall of Fame class, the guild said today. It also named its other career honorees, including Gene Kozicki (Founders Award) and Jonathan Erland (Lifetime Membership).

“Our Ves honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects,” Ves Board Chair Mike Chambers said. “We are proud to recognize those who helped shape our shared legacy and continue to inspire future generations of VFX practitioners.”

Here is the full list of this year’s Ves honorees, with bios provided by the guild. This year’s Ves Fellows will be announced later.

Founders Award Recipient

Gene Kozicki for his sustained contributions to the art, science or business of visual effects and meritorious service to the Society.
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Topher Grace Was Supposed to Appear in ‘Ocean’s 13’, But ‘Spider-Man 3’ Ruined It

Topher Grace Was Supposed to Appear in ‘Ocean’s 13’, But ‘Spider-Man 3’ Ruined It
The cast of the Ocean’s 11 franchise is quite the star-studded ensemble. But on top of the core members of the heist team led by George Clooney, the franchise has also featured some cameos by familiar faces, and one of them nearly appeared in all three of the films from director Steven Soderbergh. Topher Grace […]

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Back to One Podcast: BlacKkKlansman Actor Topher Grace Talks Playing Evil People, Working with Great Directors, and the Epidemic of the Hollywood Earpiece

Seven seasons on the sitcom That ’70s Show led Topher Grace to roles in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, In Good Company, a not entirely successful turn as “Venom” in Spider Man 3, and lighter projects like Win A Date With Tad Hamilton and Valentine’s Day. He then decided to change the trajectory of his career. He told his agents he wanted to work exclusively with great film artists in environments that inspired him. Worthy projects like Interstellar, Truth and War Machine followed. And this year, Grace’s next chapter continues with David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake and the challenging role […]
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Back to One Podcast: BlacKkKlansman Actor Topher Grace Talks Playing Evil People, Working with Great Directors, and the Epidemic of the Hollywood Earpiece

Seven seasons on the sitcom That ’70s Show led Topher Grace to roles in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, In Good Company, a not entirely successful turn as “Venom” in Spider Man 3, and lighter projects like Win A Date With Tad Hamilton and Valentine’s Day. He then decided to change the trajectory of his career. He told his agents he wanted to work exclusively with great film artists in environments that inspired him. Worthy projects like Interstellar, Truth and War Machine followed. And this year, Grace’s next chapter continues with David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake and the challenging role […]
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New to Streaming: ‘First Reformed,’ ‘Rbg,’ ‘Her,’ Nicolas Winding Refn’s Cult Picks, and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Dark Knight and Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan)

What can be said about The Dark Knight that hasn’t already been? To paraphrase The Joker, this movie changed things forever. Although 2005’s Batman Begins resurrected the series from its unfortunate Joel Schumacher era, it was The Dark Knight where Christopher Nolan began to explore the idea of doing a genre piece that just happens to feature Batman. What we
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Emmys: 'Godless' Producer on Why the Series Didn't Work as a Feature

Emmys: 'Godless' Producer on Why the Series Didn't Work as a Feature
odless took a lot of faith to get to the screen. Screenwriter Scott Frank (Get Shorty, Logan) originally envisioned an epic feature film employing classic iconography of the American Western — just as that genre was experiencing one of its falling-out-of-favor cycles in Hollywood. But Frank and producing partners Steven Soderbergh and Casey Silver (who had collaborated on 1998's Out of Sight) persisted for more than a decade, finding a home for their story — about a group of widows defending their mining town — in the wide-open vistas of streaming content at Netflix (the series, which stars Michelle Dockery and ...

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Garrett Hedlund & Kelly Macdonald Line Up For Awaited Drama ‘Dirt Music’ From ‘Brooklyn’ & ‘Lion’ Producers

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Garrett Hedlund & Kelly Macdonald Line Up For Awaited Drama ‘Dirt Music’ From ‘Brooklyn’ & ‘Lion’ Producers
Exclusive: Mudbound star Garrett Hedlund and Boardwalk Empire‘s Kelly Macdonald are in final negotiations to lead cast in long-awaited movie Dirt Music, I can reveal.

The anticipated drama, an adaptation of Tim Winton’s Booker Prize-nominated novel about simmering passion and revenge in the Australian outback, is gearing up for a late 2018 shoot for producers Wildgaze Films, the UK outfit whose 2015 movie Brooklyn notched up three Oscar noms and $60M theatrical, and Aquarius Films, one of the Oz producers on multi-Oscar nominee Lion, which found its way to $140M global.

Winton’s acclaimed novel charts the illicit romance in a tightly-knit community between a fragile woman named Georgie and a mysterious young poacher. When Georgie’s partner gets wind of the tryst a chase ensues between the two men across Australia’s remote and unforgiving terrain.

Hedlund is set to play the role of poacher Luther, and Macdonald will be Georgie.
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Spike Lee Reacts to Never Winning an Oscar, Asks ‘Who’s Still Watching’ 1990 Best Picture ‘Driving Miss Daisy?’

Spike Lee Reacts to Never Winning an Oscar, Asks ‘Who’s Still Watching’ 1990 Best Picture ‘Driving Miss Daisy?’
Spike Lee is gearing up for the release of his Cannes-winning drama “BlacKkKlansman” in August, and the latest stop on the director’s press tour was at GQ. For the magazine’s August profile, Lee opened up on a wide variety of different career topics, including the fact he has never won a competitive Oscar.

Lee was nominated for writing the script to “Do the Right Thing” at the 1990 Academy Awards, but the film was notoriously snubbed in the best picture race, as was Lee for best director. Lee told GQ the Academy’s lack of recognition for “Do the Right Thing” made it clear to him he would rarely be in contention for Oscars in the future. While the Academy gave Lee an honorary prize in 2015, Lee has made peace with his relationship to the Oscars, especially when he remembers the results of the 1990 Oscars compared to the legacy of “Do the Right Thing.
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Claire Foy Never Received Back Pay for ‘The Crown,’ Despite Reports to the Contrary

Claire Foy Never Received Back Pay for ‘The Crown,’ Despite Reports to the Contrary
Following the controversy that emerged when it was revealed that Claire Foy was paid significantly less for her work on “The Crown” than Matt Smith was, reports circulated that the actress would receive back pay. It turns out that wasn’t true. “That was what was reported that I was back-paid. I’ve never mentioned anything about it and neither have the producers,” Foy says in a new interview with Al Arabiya. “The fact that that is ‘fact’ is — not quite correct.”

“Yes it’s Netflix, but it’s a British production company,” she continues. “It happened at the same time as it was coming out with a lot of other people that there was a lot of pay inequality across the board — in the music industry, in journalism, in every industry. It’s across the board that it became part of a bigger conversation, which is an odd place to find yourself in.
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Gary Oldman reteaming with Joe Wright on The Woman in the Window, Brian Tyree Henry also joins the cast

Fresh from his Oscar success in Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman is set to reunite with Joe Wright on the director’s new film The Woman in the Window, THR has revealed.

A nod to the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window, The Woman in the Window is based upon the book of the same name by A.J. Finn and follows “a child psychologist with severe agoraphobia (and a penchant for mixing alcohol with her medication) who hasn’t left her house in months. The woman witnesses a horrible crime involving a new neighboring family but no one, including the police, will believe her.”

Amy Adams (Arrival) is portraying the psychologist, Dr. Anna Fox, with Oldman set to play the father of the neighbours and Julianne Moore (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) as the mother. Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) is also on board.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Letts has written the script for the adaptation,
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Review: Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies And Videotape" (1989); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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“Therapy For Secrets”

By Raymond Benson

The year 1989 brought us such Oscar-winning pictures as Driving Miss Daisy, Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Poets Society, and, of course, the blockbuster Batman. One picture, though, always stood out for me and was my personal favorite of the year—Steven Soderbergh’s remarkable feature film debut, Sex, Lies, and Videotape. The Academy nominated it only for Original Screenplay. The Cannes Film Festival, however, awarded it the Palme d’Or and the Best Actor honor for James Spader. The movie put Soderbergh on the map, establishing him as an innovative, provocative filmmaker who was unafraid to take on challenging subjects.

The Criterion Collection has produced a new, restored 4K digital transfer and a new 5.1 surround mix (from the original sound elements), supervised by Soderbergh. The results, in the director’s own words that appear in an on-screen comment on the restoration, are
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SingularDTV Exec “Optimistic” Blockchain Firm Will Get SEC Blessing To Add Crowdfunding To Its Platform

A top executive at the blockchain specialist SingularDTV said the company is “very optimistic” it will gain regulatory approval to enable crowdfunding through its platform.

Letting members of the company’s online community directly invest in film, TV and music projects would close a key loop, said Kim Jackson, co-founder and head of entertainment for the company. During a keynote session at a New York conference sponsored by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance, she said crowdfunding would complement tools for producing, distributing and tracking projects. The whole enterprise, she said, can be managed with new technology that offers far greater ease and transparency than with any current method, though regulators have expressed some wariness.

“We’re working with SEC lawyers and working very closely with regulators to be able to show them the functionality of this application,” Jackson said. “It will really be able to be a transparent ledger, so
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8 quick stories for you this morning

• Towleroad Yes, it's true Golden Girls action figures are coming!

• The Guardian Janeane Garofalo and Ethan Hawke share memories of Reality Bites (1994)

• The Brag I like this piece on Bpm, Queer as Folk and politics on dance floors

• Playbill after four seasons Sutton Foster finally sings on Younger. On tonight's episode she's doing The Sound of Music's "Lonely Goatherd"

• The Wrap Frances Conroy and Robert DeNiro are joining Joaquin Phoenix in that ill-advised Joker origin story movie

• Filmmaker Magazine talks to Steven Soderbergh about his amazing debut sex lies and videotape (1989)

• Awards Daily a tribute to Donald Sutherland, one of the greatest actors of Hollywood

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The Go-Gos appeared on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss their career for the launch of the Broadway musical "Head Over Heels". ♥️ this band so much.
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Steven Soderbergh Doesn’t Care If Panama Papers Film Gets Theatrical Or Festival Release

In terms of pushing the medium forward, there aren’t many major filmmakers doing what Steven Soderbergh is attempting to do. With his use of iPhone cinematography, unique marketing strategies, and even a smartphone app to tell a story, Soderbergh wants to be on the forefront of whatever the next big thing is in filmmaking. And according to the director, it’s all because he only wants to tell good stories and couldn’t care less about any prestige.

Continue reading Steven Soderbergh Doesn’t Care If Panama Papers Film Gets Theatrical Or Festival Release at The Playlist.
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Michael Douglas movies: 14 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Wall Street,’ ‘Fatal Attraction,’ ‘Ant-Man’

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Michael Douglas movies: 14 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Wall Street,’ ‘Fatal Attraction,’ ‘Ant-Man’
Academy Award winner Michael Douglas has had a career of almost 50 years in feature films, beginning with his first credited performance in 1969’s “Hail, Hero!” and returning to the screen this month in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” It is remarkable that after such a lengthy career, Douglas has found a new generation of fans, now that he has become part of the Marvel universe.

In his distinguished career, Douglas has been nominated for two Oscars and won both of them — as producer of the 1975 Best Picture winner “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and as Best Actor for 1987’s “Wall Street.” For his film work, he has also been nominated for nine Golden Globe Awards, winning three — two for producing “Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Romancing the Stone” and one for his performance in “Wall Street.” And as a member of the cast of 2000’s “Traffic,” Douglas won a Screen
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“I Don’t Care If It Never Shows in a Theater”: Steven Soderbergh on sex, lies, and videotape, 4K Hdr and the Studio System

Some films make a splash on their initial release and are largely forgotten just a few years later; others are ignored but rise in stature with the passage of time. Steven Soderbergh’s 1989 debut sex, lies, and videotape is one of those rare movies that was a phenomenon in its time and has only gotten better with age, a razor-sharp exploration of the ways in which we lie to each other and ourselves and an inquiry into what those lies say about our relationships, our desires, and our society as a whole. An extremely specific movie about a precise social […]
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“I Don’t Care If It Never Shows in a Theater”: Steven Soderbergh on sex, lies, and videotape, 4K Hdr and the Studio System

Some films make a splash on their initial release and are largely forgotten just a few years later; others are ignored but rise in stature with the passage of time. Steven Soderbergh’s 1989 debut sex, lies, and videotape is one of those rare movies that was a phenomenon in its time and has only gotten better with age, a razor-sharp exploration of the ways in which we lie to each other and ourselves and an inquiry into what those lies say about our relationships, our desires, and our society as a whole. An extremely specific movie about a precise social […]
See full article at Filmmaker Magazine »

Zazie Beetz In Talks to Join 'Joker' Film

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A rising star may be joining Joaquin Phoenix in Todd Phillips' Joker Movie!  More within...

Just before Sdcc 2018 opened its doors, Warner Bros. began announcing information regarding Todd Phillips' "Joker", starring Joaquin Phoenix.  With production set to begin in September to meet an October 2019 release date, we knew that casting news would like trickle out over the next couple of months, but here we are a few days later and we've already got a possible casting.

According to a report from THR, Atlanta and Deadpool 2 star, Zazie Beetz is in talks to trade in her luck to play opposite Phoenix in the upcoming DC film, Joker.

While details are being kept airtight, for the modestly budgeted film ($55 mil), it's said that Beetz would play "a single mother who catches the interest of the man who will become the "clown prince of crime." As we mentioned, previously, Phillips and co-writer
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‘Deadpool 2’s Zazie Beetz Might Be Joining Joaquin Phoenix In ‘Joker’

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Joker, the stand-alone DC villain’s origin story to be directed by Todd Phillips. There’s is, however, no word on who she may play in the film, which is due to start shooting in September for an October 4th, 2019 release.

Phoenix is confirmed for the film and recently revealed that the project “scares the fucking shit” out of him.

Speaking to Collider the actor said: “I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say.
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