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What Netflix’s Official MPAA Membership Means – Update

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What Netflix’s Official MPAA Membership Means – Update
Updated with Netflix officially joining: It’s official, Netflix is a member of the MPAA. The Washington, DC-based organization just dropped the following release:

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has added Netflix as a new member of the global trade association that advocates on behalf of the film and television industry.

“On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin. “All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward, in both how we tell stories and how we reach audiences. Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together.”

Netflix joins other leading producers of film and television content that make up the MPAA, including Disney, Paramount,
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Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses

Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses
This year’s Academy Award nominees proved the Oscars don’t need a popular film category to recognize movies with huge box office grosses. The 2019 crop of best picture hopefuls have generated an impressive $1.26 billion so far in North America alone.

That bounty is led by “Black Panther,” which earned a sensational $700 million at the domestic box office. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” both contributed in a big way with $202 million and $205 million, respectively in the States. “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” and “Vice” have combined for another $153 million. There is one glaring omission from this year’s best picture hopefuls — Netflix hasn’t reported any theatrical grosses for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.”

Even so, the current tally for the eight best picture nominees dwarfs the total from last year’s nine contenders, which carried the ignominious distinction as having the lowest grosses in six years. This year
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‘Detective Pikachu’ TV Spot Reveals More Pokemon, Makes Pikachu Fart

‘Detective Pikachu’ TV Spot Reveals More Pokemon, Makes Pikachu Fart
Detective Pikachu, a movie I still can’t quite believe exists, has a new TV spot, featuring more Pokemon and more flatulence. Ryan Reynolds is the voice of the lead character, a Pokemon who is trying to help a young man find his missing father. Oh, and I guess he farts, too. What is this movie? I […]

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James Gandolfini’s Son Michael Gandolfini Cast as Tony Soprano in ‘Sopranos’ Movie

James Gandolfini’s Son Michael Gandolfini Cast as Tony Soprano in ‘Sopranos’ Movie
Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, will play the young Tony Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark,” the prequel movie to the television series “The Sopranos.”

“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Gandolfini said. “I’m thrilled that I am going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for ‘The Many Saints of Newark.’”

Alan Taylor is directing the movie for New Line. The cast includes Cory Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Jon Bernthal, Alessandro Nivola, and Vera Farmiga. The film will be set during the Newark riots in 1967, when the acrimony between African-Americans and Italian-Americans became lethal as 26 people died and hundreds were injured.

Series creator David Chase co-wrote the script with producer Lawrence Konner. Nicole Lambert and Marcus Viscidi are executive producing.
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‘Deadpool 3’ is Aiming to “Go in a Completely Different Direction,” Says Ryan Reynolds

‘Deadpool 3’ is Aiming to “Go in a Completely Different Direction,” Says Ryan Reynolds
Deadpool is supposed to return in Drew Goddard’s X-Force movie, but Ryan Reynolds and his Deadpool 2 co-writers are also hard at work on Deadpool 3, which will presumably be on deck after X-Force wraps production. At a press event in China, Reynolds gave a quick update on their planned superhero sequel, teasing that he and […]

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Netflix Joins the Motion Picture Association of America on Historic Day for the Company

Netflix Joins the Motion Picture Association of America on Historic Day for the Company
On a day when it made history with its first Best Picture Oscar nomination for Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” Netflix is joining the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA announced on Tuesday that the streaming service would become the seventh major entertainment entity to become a dues-paying member to the organization. Netflix now joins Disney, Paramount, Sony, Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros as the companies working to maintain the organization’s efforts across the globe in promoting the film and television industries. (Bros. umbrella Turner joined briefly in the mid-1990s.)

It’s the first significant change in the trade organization’s membership in over decades. The news paves the way for other streaming services to potentially join, especially as membership looks to consolidate once again with the impending Disney acquisition of Fox.

In a statement, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, “Joining the Motion Picture Association further exemplifies
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‘Shazam!’ Funko Pop Toys Spoil a Key Plot Point and Confirm Rumor

When Warner Bros. and DC gave Aquaman a December 2018 release date, it was clear that the focus would be on that film for the final part of the year. But it’s been over a month since that film splashed down in theaters, and attention is slowly turning back to Shazam!, the studio’s next major superhero movie. As […]

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Charlie Cox on ‘King of Thieves’ and His Reaction to ‘Daredevil’s Cancellation

Directed by James Marsh and written by Joe Penhall, the crime drama King of Thieves is based on the real-life story about a crew of retired crooks in their 70s who pull off a major heist in London’s jewelry district. What starts off as a seemingly easy smash-and-grab turns into a nightmare when greed gets the better of them. The film stars Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone and Charlie Cox. During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, actor Charlie Cox (who plays Basil, the youngest and most mysterious …
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Disowned by Star Sandra Bernhard, a Long Lost Queer Film Can Be Seen Again

Disowned by Star Sandra Bernhard, a Long Lost Queer Film Can Be Seen Again
A rarely-seen queer film, starring Sandra Bernhard and a young Rose Byrne, will finally see the light of day. In a partnership with NewFest, New York’s Quad Cinema will show the film on the big screen for the first time since its release. Experimental filmmaker and queer film historian Jenni Olson lent a rare 35 mm print from her personal collection, and will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. Bernhard is not set to appear.

Released in 1994, “Dallas Doll” is Australian filmmaker Ann Turner’s loose riff on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Teorema,” with Bernhard in the Terence Stamp role. She plays an American golf pro who, on a trip to Australia, begins seducing her way through a bourgeois family and country-club set. The film received mixed reviews during its limited theatrical run, including from Bernhard herself, who made no secret of her feelings. She distanced herself from the film in interviews,
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Netflix becomes first streamer to join MPAA

Streaming platform takes seat alongside traditional studios.

Netflix, riding high with 15 Oscar nominations on Tuesday (22) including 10 for Roma, has become the first streaming platform to join the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The streaming platform takes its place alongside the traditional studios and will now benefit from the MPAA’s role as Washington lobbyist on behalf of major content creators.

“On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner,” said MPAA chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin. “All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward,
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Here’s Why ‘Roma’ Could Be the First Foreign-Language Oscar Winner for Best Picture

Here’s Why ‘Roma’ Could Be the First Foreign-Language Oscar Winner for Best Picture
Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” has tied “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” with 10 Oscar nominations, the most ever for a non-English language contender. This comes on the heels of wins from the New York and Los Angeles critics’ groups, along with multiple guild nominations, and a best director Golden Globes award. What once looked like a streaming-service outlier is now a serious, if not leading, contender to win the industry’s top award.

In the nine-decade history of the Academy, no foreign-language film has ever won. Nine foreign-language films received five or more nominations among all categories (some — but not all — included Foreign Language Film). Of these, perhaps two — “Z” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — had a legitimate shot at winning Best Picture.

The ascension of “Roma” isn’t certain. It’s receiving limited theatrical play, and is streaming worldwide on Netflix — although that’s something that didn’t dissuade the Academy in its nominations.
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Dario Argento is Not a Fan of the ‘Suspiria’ Remake

Dario Argento is Not a Fan of the ‘Suspiria’ Remake
Remakes are par for the course in Hollywood, yet they still mostly inspire disdain or suspicion among audiences. Especially when that remake is of a lauded horror classic like Dario Argento‘s Suspiria. But director Luca Guadagnino leapt those hurdles by making a film that was drastically different to Argento’s 1977 original: reimagining the Italian director’s kaleidoscopic nightmare as […]

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Exclusive ‘First Man’ Blu-ray Clip Highlights Filming at Nasa

Exclusive ‘First Man’ Blu-ray Clip Highlights Filming at Nasa
When all is said and done, First Man may be one of the most underrated movies of 2018. Even I myself was slightly lukewarm on it until I watched it a second time, and was won over. First Man hits 4K, Blu-ray and DVD today, January 22, and in honor of the home video release, we have an […]

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Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’

I’m so excited for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. I adore the first movie (it was my favorite film of 2014), and it looks like Phil Lord & Christopher Miller did a lot of work on the script so their influence will definitely be felt in the sequel, which sees Bricksburg reduced to an apocalyptic wasteland but Emmet (Chris Pratt) still his cheerful self until his friends are kidnapped by invaders from the Systar system. I have very high hopes for this film, but I’m confident that the filmmakers will be able to deliver on another …
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‘John Wick Chapter 3’ Created Its Own (Playful) Attack Dogs, Trained By Halle Berry

One of the most entertaining moments of the kick-ass John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum trailer involves the dogs owned by Halle Berry‘s character getting in on the action. Dogs have always been a big part of this franchise, but this looks like the first entry in the series that allows the dogs to participate in some […]

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Boots Riley Explains ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Oscars Shut Out, and Why He’s Not Mad at the Academy

Boots Riley Explains ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Oscars Shut Out, and Why He’s Not Mad at the Academy
While major contenders such as “Roma” and “The Favourite” dominated the 2019 Oscar nominations as expected, one movie that failed to make the cut in any category is Boots Riley’s beloved “Sorry to Bother You.” The Sundance hit made the shortlist for Best Original Song and had its advocates for Best Original Screenplay. While the film was never seen as a contender in major categories, it has been in the awards season conversation nonetheless, with nominations from the Gotham Awards, the Indie Spirit Awards, and the DGA Awards, where Riley is nominated for first-time feature.

Shortly after it was revealed “Sorry to Bother You” was completely shut out at the Oscars, Riley took to social media to express no hard feelings against the Academy. Riley noticed some “Sorry to Bother You” fans attributing the film’s lack of Oscar nominations to a larger issue within the Academy, mainly how it
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Netflix in Talks to Join the MPAA

On the heels of Netflix‘s historic first Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, the streaming giant may be taking big steps to becoming a major player in the movie business. Netflix may join the Motion Picture Association of America, the Hollywood body responsible for the film rating system as well as copyright protection. All six major […]

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The Message of the Oscar Nominations: You’d Better Have a Social Message

Each year at the Left Coast crack of dawn, when the Oscar nominations are announced, there’s generally at least one major nomination many pundits were predicting that fails to materialize. When that happens, entertainment media tends to rise up as one and say the s-word: snub. In truth, it’s not usually a snub; it’s just somebody getting passed over for other nominees who were loved a little more than the conventional wisdom realized. That’s why the chatter about it tends to get worn out by the end of the day.

But when the nominations were announced this morning, and it was revealed that Bradley Cooper had failed to get a best director nod for “A Star Is Born,” my feeling was: This may or may not have been a “snub,” but it was emblematic. It signified something arguably major in terms of what the Oscars are becoming.
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Flu, jet-lag, 'over the moon': Oscar nominees react

91st Academy Award ceremony to take place on February 24.

The Favourite’s producers from Element Films were wide-eyed and jet-lagged, while Minding The Gap documentary director Bing Liu has been bed-ridden with the flu. Yet all that was put to one side when they learned of their Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning (22).

Willem Dafoe said he was “over the moon” for his recognition as Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, and Roma star Yalitza Aparicio thanked the Academy for helping ”those of us who feel invisible be seen.”

The nominees for the 91st Academy Award share their reactions.
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