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The 10 Best Rom-Coms on Netflix Right Now, From ‘Set It Up’ to ‘Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist’

The 10 Best Rom-Coms on Netflix Right Now, From ‘Set It Up’ to ‘Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist’
The romantic comedy is back, or at least in the very early throes of coming back, thanks to films like “Book Club,” the upcoming Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder reunion “Destination Wedding,” and a slew of Netflix originals churning out at a rapid pace. In fact, it may be that Netflix is the one saving the genre, or at least reminding viewers just how much fun it can be to watch two nice people fall in love against a backdrop of misadventures and high jinks. This week sees the release of the streamer’s latest original, “Set It Up,” which joins a healthy selection of rom-coms currently available for instant streaming.

From classics like “The African Queen” to festival breakouts like “The Incredible Jessica James” and unexpected gems like “I Give It a Year,” Netflix is filled with prime examples of all the loving, funny offerings the genre still has to offer.
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Disney's Jungle Cruise Will Have Edgar Ramirez Fighting The Rock

Disney's Jungle Cruise Will Have Edgar Ramirez Fighting The Rock
With Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt and Jack Whitehall already set to star in Disney's Jungle Cruise, the production has now added one of its main villains. Edgar Ramirez has signed on to play a bad guy with a "conquistador background." While it remains to be seen how that heritage will play into the story, the plot is said to take place in the early 20th Century in the Amazon jungle.

The story follows Dwayne Johnson, a boat captain who is hired to take a sister (Emily Blunt) and brother (Jack Whitehall) on an expedition with supernatural elements thrown in. The story also features a competing German expedition, with both parties battling wild animals along the way. Filming is slated to begin sometime in May, with shooting expected to last throughout the summer months.

Disney hasn't set a release date for Jungle Cruise at this time, but with filming starting this summer,
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Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1980s: Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Cher … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1980s: Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Cher … ? [Poll]
The 1980s saw several legendary dames winning Best Actress at the Oscars, including academy favorites like Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep. The entire decade was a good one for women dominating their films, like Sissy Spacek, Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Geraldine Page, Cher and Jodie Foster. The ’80s also set records that still stand today, with Marlee Matlin being the youngest Best Actress winner at age 21 and Jessica Tandy being the oldest winner at 80.

So which Best Actress winner from the ’80s is your favorite? Look back on each of their performances and vote in our poll below.

Sissy Spacek, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) — The ’80s began with Spacek earning her Oscar for playing country music star Loretta Lynn in the biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Spacek earned a previous nomination for “Carrie” (1976) and four subsequent nominations, for: “Missing” (1982), “The River” (1984), “Crimes of the Heart” (1986) and “In the Bedroom” (2001).

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Details emerge for Disney’s Dwayne Johnson led Jungle Cruise

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Disney’s Jungle Cruise may still be in development but a brief synopsis has been revealed the Dwayne Johnson caper.

The adaptation which is based on the Disney theme park attraction isn’t due to go into production until later this year but already has Johnson attached, and recently revealed Emily Blunt has now signed up to star alongside Hollywood’s hardest working actor.

The synopsis reveals a slightly supernatural feel to the movie in which Johnson previously compared its tone to The African Queen. Johnson plays Frank (Francisco), a witty and immortal riverboat captain who takes Blunt’s spunky scientist down a river to find the mythical ‘Tree of Life’ following the death of her brother from a disease. Said ‘tree’ has curative powers.

Also in the news – Exclusive: Director Francis Lawrence on the change of tone of his filmmaking in Red Sparrow

The film will
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Jungle Cruise Character Details and Supernatural Twist Revealed

The Disney theme park attraction Jungle Cruise will head to the big screen, most likely next year, with production slated to begin at some point this spring. Dwayne Johnson has long been attached to star, with Emily Blunt coming aboard last month, and now the first character details have surfaced for both of their roles. When Emily Blunt joined the cast, The Rock compared the movie to the 1951 classic The African Queen, and while these new plot details have yet to be confirmed, they do sound reminiscent of The African Queen, but with a supernatural twist.

&#8232If this new report is true, Dwayne Johnson is playing "Frank (Francisco)," described as "a witty riverboat captain cursed with immortality," who takes Emily Blunt's character, Lily Houghton, down the river. Lily is described as a "spunky scientist in search of the Tree of Life." Her quest for this mythical tree is, "inspired in
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Clint Eastwood movies: 15 greatest films as a director, ranked worst to best, include ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ ‘Sully’

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Clint Eastwood movies: 15 greatest films as a director, ranked worst to best, include ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ ‘Sully’
Clint Eastwood is back in the nation’s theaters once again, but you won’t see him on screen. His latest film, “The 15:17 to Paris” is a biographical suspense drama based on the 2015 terrorist attack on a Thalys train headed to Paris. Three American soldiers (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos) thwarted the terrorist and were declared heroes by the French Government. In a bold move, Eastwood cast the trio of heroes to play themselves in the film, but as a director, Eastwood is no stranger to bold moves.

For over half a century Eastwood has been one of the world’s greatest movie stars. Comfortable in both westerns and contemporary roles, his measured growl of a voice has been a key part in creating such iconic characters as The Man With No Name and Dirty Harry.

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However
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Emily Blunt Joins The Rock in Disney's Jungle Cruise

Disney's Jungle Cruise movie has just added another passenger, with Emily Blunt now set to star alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The Rock has been attached to this project since August 2015, and now he finally has some company. No details have been given for Emily Blunt's character, but with production slated to begin this May, we may get more details soon, along with more casting updates.

Way back in September 2015, Dwayne Johnson described this project as an, "edgy period movie," hinting that it was set in the 1920s. This new report from Variety reveals that this film was "inspired by" the classic film The African Queen, with the studio hoping for the same kind of chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt as seen in The African Queen between screen legends Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. While The African Queen was released in 1951, the story was set during World War I,
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Emily Blunt to join Dwayne Johnson on Disney’s Jungle Cruise

Dwayne Johnson will have a bit of company on his dangerous expedition through the jungles and forests of tropical lands, as Variety has confirmed that Emily Blunt will join him in Disney’s Jungle Cruise.

Blunt has collaborated with Disney quite a few times in the past, including on December’s much-anticipated sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns, which sees the actress taking on the title character. Reportedly, early footage of her in the film has left Disney executives supremely impressed and wanting to “keep her in the family”. She also had roles in such other Disney projects as The Muppets, Gnomeo & Juliet and Into the Woods.

According to Screen Rant, who reported yesterday that Disney wanted the actress for the film, Blunt will play the female lead, a “scientist who teams up with Johnson’s riverboat captain on the hunt for a magical cure.”

This year, she
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Emily Blunt to Star With Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ (Exclusive)

Emily Blunt to Star With Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ (Exclusive)
Emily Blunt is set to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” sources tell Variety.

Jaume Collet-Serra is on board to direct the film based on the Walt Disney World ride. Oscar nominee Michael Green (“Logan”) penned the most recent draft of the script. He rewrote a screenplay by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. The film is based on the classic theme park attraction, which operates in several Disney Parks across the globe and takes guests on a guided tour through the rivers of the world.

Disney sees the film as another major franchise in the vein of its billion dollar “Pirates of the Caribbean” series and Johnson and Collet-Serra have found time in the stars busy schedule to map out how they see this film going.

Johnson and the team see the film inspired by “The African Queen” starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn and hope to see the similar kind of chemistry
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Anjelica, Danny and Jack Huston Talk Family, Their "United Dedication to Each Other"

Academy Award winning film legend John Huston (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) was a renowned screenwriter, director, producer and actor best known for directing iconic films such as The African Queen and The Maltese Falcon.

A father of five, Huston is the patriarch of a film dynasty, with daughter Anjelica (born to ballerina/model Enrica Soma), son Danny (born to actress/author Zoe Sallis), and grandson Jack (born to screenwriter Tony Huston and British aristocrat Lady Margot Lavinia) sitting down with The Hollywood Reporter for their Hollywood Legacies issue.

Anjelica, an Oscar winner in her own right (she won best supporting...
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Anjelica, Danny and Jack Huston Talk Family, Their "United Dedication to Each Other"

Anjelica, Danny and Jack Huston Talk Family, Their
Academy Award winning film legend John Huston (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) was a renowned screenwriter, director, producer and actor best known for directing iconic films such as The African Queen and The Maltese Falcon.

A father of five, Huston is the patriarch of a film dynasty, with daughter Anjelica (born to ballerina/model Enrica Soma), son Danny (born to actress/author Zoe Sallis), and grandson Jack (born to screenwriter Tony Huston and British aristocrat Lady Margot Lavinia) sitting down with The Hollywood Reporter for their Hollywood Legacies issue.

Anjelica, an Oscar winner in her own right (she won best supporting...
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Lights, Camera, Christmas

With X-Factor, Strictly and BBC Sports Personality of the Year all done and dusted, it’s time to shine the limelight on movies once again. That’s right, it’s the return of Roobla’s festive film guide! As with last year, we’ll just be looking at channels 1-5 (as we don’t want to be here until next Christmas) and, also like last year, Harry Potter fans look away now…

Saturday, December 23

Easy to forget that it’s not just Christmas round the corner, but the Winter Olympics too. So to remind us of this fact, the BBC have decided to christen the day with factual comedy Cool Runnings. If snow isn’t your bag, there’s always Despicable Me, Crocodile Dundee and Gladiator to get you going.

Top of the Tree: Crocodile Dundee (1986) C4, 6.10pm – Paul Hogan scored one of the most impressive debuts in history with this comedy gem.
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44 days til Oscar nominations. Screenplay stats!

by Nathaniel R

With only 44 days until Oscar nominations and lots of confusion as to what might be nominated for screenplay (there are seemingly 7 locks for Original and only 1 contender for Adapted -- the math doesn't work. Haha!) let's use today's numerical trivia prompt for writing awards. Fact: Oscar's 4 favorite screenwriters have 44 nominations between them for writing. That's a lot of hogging of writing honors. They are...

Oscar's 20 Favorite Screenwriters

(Numbers below are for screenwriting categories only)

01 Woody Allen (16 nominations and 3 wins)

He's also been in the Acting and Directing races. Classics include Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan and more...

02 Billy Wilder (12 nominations and 3 wins)

He's also been in the Directing and Producing races. Classics include Sunset Blvd, The Apartment, Some Like it Hot, and more...

03 John Huston (8 nominations and 1 win)

He's also been in the Acting, Directing, and Producing races. Classics include The African Queen, The Asphalt Jungle,
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‘The Mountain Between Us’: How ‘Game of Thrones’ Composer Ramin Djawadi Elevated the Perilous Survival Drama

‘The Mountain Between Us’: How ‘Game of Thrones’ Composer Ramin Djawadi Elevated the Perilous Survival Drama
With “The Mountain Between Us,” Hany Abu-Assad, the Oscar-nominated director of “Paradise Now” and “Omar,” found a reason to collaborate with a composer for the first time. He wanted to elevate the survival drama in which journalist Kate Winslet and doctor Idris Elba find themselves trapped 11,000 feet on a snow-covered mountain. And, with Ramin Djawadi (“Game of Thrones” and “Westworld”), Abu-Assad found the right composer to capture the beautiful but deadly musical tone he was after (see the featurette below).

“I always thought [music] was helping a movie and didn’t think it was necessary, so working with Ramin elevated it and gave it an extra dimension that I didn’t see before,” said Abu-Assad after a recent scoring session at Fox. “With this movie, I wanted to merge the theme of survival with the theme of love,” he added. “Usually, these themes are separated in a love story or a survival story.
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Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance

Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance
'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback featuring daring Albert Finney tour de force As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood. Jacqueline Bisset is expected to be in attendance. Huston was 77, and suffering from emphysema for several years, when he returned to Mexico – the setting of both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Night of the Iguana – to direct 28-year-old newcomer Guy Gallo's adaptation of English poet and novelist Malcolm Lowry's 1947 semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano, which until then had reportedly defied the screenwriting abilities of numerous professionals. Appropriately set on the Day of the Dead – 1938 – in the fictitious Mexican town of Quauhnahuac (the fact that it sounds like Cuernavaca
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Blood Alley

Now a successful producer, John Wayne tries a big budget action picture with an anti-Communist theme. It’s The Alamo on a ferryboat, set in the far East where the locals are a hungerin’ for Freedom. Wayne is an apolitical adventurer who just feels like savin’ Chinese and kissin’ Lauren Bacall. Ace director William Wellman holds it together — barely.

Blood Alley

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date July 18, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix, Joy Kim, Berry Kroeger, Mike Mazurki, Wei Ling, Henry Nakamura.

Cinematography: William H. Clothier

Film Editor: Fred McDowell

Original Music: Roy Webb

Written by A.S. Fleischman, from his novel.

Produced by John Wayne

Directed by William Wellman

John Wayne was extremely busy in 1955, starring in movies for big studios as well as for his own company Batjac. He was rated the most popular Hollywood star and was making constant public appearances,
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Jungle Cruise: Dwayne Johnson Wants Wonder Woman Helmer Patty Jenkins To Direct Film

Jungle Cruise isn’t really a film anyone asked for. If you had gone up to anyone on the street and asked them what property they’d like to see hit the big screen, they’d name a myriad of things, but Jungle Cruise wouldn’t be one of them. Heck, if you had asked them which Disney ride they’d like to see as a film, you probably wouldn’t have gotten them to say Jungle Cruise.

That being said, none of us really asked for a Pirates of the Caribbean film either, and we all know that turned out to be one of the biggest franchises of all time. Plus, Jungle Cruise has the help of having Dwayne Johnson spearheading the project. Johnson has made a name for himself in the business as being one of the biggest names in Hollywood and 2016’s highest grossing actor, which is
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The Rock Will Shoot Disney's Jungle Cruise in 2018

The Rock Will Shoot Disney's Jungle Cruise in 2018
Roughly a year and a half after Dwayne Johnson signed on to star in Disney's Jungle Cruise, the studio has finally given the green light to the project. Production is now slated to begin in the spring of 2018, with the studio beginning its search for a director to take over the project. Dwayne Johnson will also produce through his Seven Bucks Productions company, alongside Dany Garcia. The actor-producer took to his Instagram page earlier today to confirm the news, with the following statement.

"This is a big one we've been working on. Very excited to roll up the sleeves and work on building out this huge property with our Disney partners. This #JungleCruise script was hand delivered to me personally (on the set of Ballers) by my good bud and Walt Disney's President of Production, Sean Bailey. Read the script twice that weekend and Loved It! Thank God, the script
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‘Five Came Back’: How the Story of Hollywood Directors In World War II Became a Great Netflix Series

‘Five Came Back’: How the Story of Hollywood Directors In World War II Became a Great Netflix Series
Entertainment journalist Mark Harris followed up his well-reviewed 2009 “Pictures at a Revolution” with an even better and more accessible book, the dramatic story of five top Hollywood directors and their roles in producing WWII propaganda films, told over 500 pages: “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War. The first book was doomed not to become a movie due to prohibitive clip costs. But the urge to open up Harris’s exhaustive research on “Five Came Back” via dramatic documentary shorts shot in the global arena was irresistible — and they were free.

Read More: ‘Five Came Back’ Review: A Cinephile’s Dream Documentary Becomes Enthralling for Everyone on Netflix

There’s plenty of rich footage to choose from: Frank Capra’s “Why We Fight” propaganda, John Huston’s re-enacted “The Battle of San Pietro,” John Ford and William Wyler’s live footage of the D-Day invasion from sea and air,
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‘Five Came Back’: How the Story of Hollywood Directors In World War II Became a Great Netflix Series

‘Five Came Back’: How the Story of Hollywood Directors In World War II Became a Great Netflix Series
Entertainment journalist Mark Harris followed up his well-reviewed 2009 “Pictures at a Revolution” with an even better and more accessible book, the dramatic story of five top Hollywood directors and their roles in producing WWII propaganda films, told over 500 pages: “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War. The first book was doomed not to become a movie due to prohibitive clip costs. But the urge to open up Harris’s exhaustive research on “Five Came Back” via dramatic documentary shorts shot in the global arena was irresistible — and they were free.

Read More: ‘Five Came Back’ Review: A Cinephile’s Dream Documentary Becomes Enthralling for Everyone on Netflix

There’s plenty of rich footage to choose from: Frank Capra’s “Why We Fight” propaganda, John Huston’s re-enacted “The Battle of San Pietro,” John Ford and William Wyler’s live footage of the D-Day invasion from sea and air,
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