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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Review: Two Great Performances Anchor Bleak, Compelling Season

“Narcos: Mexico” wants you to think that it’s a whole new show. The newest season of the Netflix drama did go to the trouble of enlisting a new cast, relocating to a different area of the world, and promising first-time viewers that it’s not necessary to have seen the previous seasons. It’s even listed separately from “Narcos” on the Netflix site, with the new episodes listed as “Season 1.”

However, it is still the same series in every respect that matters, which makes it an easy recommend for previous fans. Showrunner Eric Newman has gotten very good at dramatizing the ever-expanding saga of the drug war for television, and the result here are 10 tense, detail-oriented episodes that don’t lack for action and drama.

While the scope might seem large, “Mexico” manages an admirable level of focus, as the show boils down largely to two men in the
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Brando’s Big Payday Helped 1976’s ‘Superman’ Fly Into Theaters

Brando’s Big Payday Helped 1976’s ‘Superman’ Fly Into Theaters
December marks the 40th anniversary of the “Superman” movie, which opened Dec. 15, 1978, and influenced generations of action films. In recent years, many people were distressed that Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for Netflix’s “The Crown,” but pay gaps are not always about sexism. Blame the star system. Back on June 30, 1976,Variety reported that Marlon Brando agreed to play the title character’s father in “Superman” for a salary that was “unprecedented.” It was eventually revealed that the actor was paid $3.7 million and an amazing 11.75% backend to play Jor-El, for 13 days work and less than 20 minutes onscreen. In comparison, Christopher Reeve earned $250,000 in the title role, dominating most of the 143-minute running time.

Brando was at the height of his power, after “The Godfather” and “Last Tango in Paris.” In 1976, exec producers Ilya Salkind & Alexander Salkind and producer Pierre Spengler needed a star to get financing. “Star Wars” hadn’t opened.
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Peter Bart: Oscar Campaign Gurus Already Warning Of Q&A Minefields

It’s a small fraternity, its members are seasoned, skilled, well paid — and perpetually panicked, and this year with good reason. Their job is to manage the awards campaigns for studios and indies and the campaign circuit this year, more than ever, resembles a minefield.

The Q&A sessions have barely started and already there have been tensions about #MeToo, the N-word, credits, diversity and even Netflix’s ubiquitous algorithms. “This year it can be Time’s Up for your film even before you start,” advised one veteran campaigner.

A case in point: The scrupulously liberal Viggo Mortensen apologized last week for uttering the N-word at a Q&A session about his film, Green Book. He was trying to explain that no one ever uses the word any more, unlike in 1961 when his film was set. Coincidentally, a top Netflix executive had just been fired for a similar inadvertency.

The
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‘My Brilliant Friend’ Review: HBO’s Intimate Adaptation Is a Rich Tale Made Drab

‘My Brilliant Friend’ Review: HBO’s Intimate Adaptation Is a Rich Tale Made Drab
My Brilliant Friend” is exactly the kind of story TV needs to explore, but it’s told in a way that ensures fewer will be made. Focusing on a deeply relatable friendship between two girls in 1950s Italy, the eight-part HBO adaptation digs into the personal observations of characters typically marginalized in stories of the era. The girls are the leads and their friendship forms the journey; boys, men, and their affairs are pushed to the periphery. While the series captures dynamics of adoration and jealousy that rarely have the spotlight, director and writer Saver Costanzo, as well as fellow writers Francesco Piccolo and Laura Paolucci, fail to translate Elena Ferrante’s bestselling, four-novel franchise into an enthralling onscreen experience.

Faithful to a fault, much of the impact is lost in translation. Narration becomes a crutch, direction is bland, and pacing is sluggish. Frustrations like these will likely turn off
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Félix Gallardo: the 'Bill Gates of cocaine' who rules the new Narcos season

Netflix’s latest instalment focuses on the pragmatic Mexican who became the godfather of modern narcotrafficking – and whose demise triggered a drug war

There is a way in which Netflix writes history. Its portrayals of the drug-trafficking barons who form the dramatis personae of Narcos in its Colombian seasons are now ingrained in the popular imagination. And, of course, the less well-known the original, the more space for the fictive version to fill. The latest season focuses on the founding father of Mexican narcotraffic: Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Aka El Padrino, The Godfather – and that he certainly was. There is a famous drug ballad (or narcocorrido) by the masters of the genre, Los Tigres Del Norte, called El Jefe de los Jefes – the boss of bosses. It is near universally presumed to be a tribute portrait to Gallardo.

The mafia expert Roberto Saviano said Pablo Escobar was “the Copernicus” of
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Andrew Farotte Set To Pen WWII Epic From Filmula

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Exclusive: Filmula’s Johnny Lin has tapped Andrew Farotte to write an original script for a big-budget epic about World War II in the Pacific. It’s described as a tale of survival, perseverance and human sacrifice, and a bridge of cross-culture collaboration and battle against the Japanese’s invasion. The script will be based on true events.

This pic marks the second collaboration for Filmula and Farotte as the latter is also working on Filmula’s Confederacy of Thelma, a Black List script about the true story behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces.

Farotte, who spent over a decade as a producer in non-scripted television, wrote the 2015 Black List screenplay Francis & The Godfather, which chronicled the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. He’s also attached to pen the pilot for Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club, a series from rapper/actor Common and Lionsgate Television.
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Diego Luna Talks ‘Narcos: Mexico’ and Why Trump’s Wall Is ‘Not Going to Stop Anything’ (Exclusive)

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Diego Luna Talks ‘Narcos: Mexico’ and Why Trump’s Wall Is ‘Not Going to Stop Anything’ (Exclusive)
In “Narcos: Mexico,” which Netflix will release Nov. 16, Diego Luna takes on the role of Guadalajara cartel leader Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, considered the founder of the modern Mexican drug trade. Gallardo is currently behind bars in Mexico for the murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, played on the show by Michael Peña.

Luna and Peña made the trek to Italy’s Lucca Comics & Games, where Luna spoke to Variety about the show’s relevance in shedding light on the drug trade and on the escalating tensions at the border as President Donald Trump is building a wall and sending troops there.

What’s your impression of Lucca, this unique event dedicated to cosplayers and fandom in a medieval town?

I’m having fun. It was quite cool to do the Q&A with the audience…inside a church. It was a little surreal to me, you know, talking about “Narcos” inside a church.
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Movie Review – The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

The Other Side of the Wind, 2018.

Directed by Orson Welles

Starring John Huston, Oja Kodar, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Random, Susan Strasberg, Joseph McBride, Edmond O’Brien, Mercedes McCambridge, Cameron Mitchell, Paul Stewart, Peter Jason, Tonio Selwart, Howard Grossman, Geoffrey Land, Dennis Hopper, Gregory Sierra, Benny Rubin, Cathy Luvas, Dan Tobin, George Jessel, Richard Wilson, Claude Chabrol, Stéphane Audran, Curtis Harrington, Henry Jaglom, Paul Mazursky, and Lilli Palmer

Synopsis:

A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture.

Long-gestating and (literally) stuck in development purgatory, Netflix’s cobbled together and finished version of Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind is more fascinating to discuss as a slice of history that an actual movie, which like most offerings towards the filmmaker’s twilight years… well, they were no Citizen Kane. Then again, what else is?

Functioning as some kind of meta-project that, by
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The best movies coming to Netflix in November 2018

Every month, movies will come and go from Netflix so it is always nice to keep track of your favorites so you can catch them one more time before they are gone (goodbye Amelie and Jurassic Park). Here is a look at the best of the new movies coming to Netflix in November 2018 that will replace them. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Nov. 1) Everyone knows the story of Count Dracula, but in 1992 film auteur Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) created his own movie based on the classic novel by Bram Stoker. Gary Oldman is perfect in his portrayal of the […]

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Ryan Coogler Changed the Rules of Hollywood With ‘Black Panther’ — IndieWire Honors

Ryan Coogler Changed the Rules of Hollywood With ‘Black Panther’ — IndieWire Honors
On November 1, the 2018 IndieWire Honors ceremony will celebrate eight filmmakers and actors for their achievement in creative independence. We’re showcasing their work with new interviews this week.

At just 32, Ryan Coogler has already turned out an extraordinary trilogy of missing-father-and-son films: “Fruitvale Station,” which played Un Certain Regard after debuting at Sundance, “Rocky” sequel “Creed,” and historic blockbuster “Black Panther,” which has crashed Hollywood barriers that should have been shattered decades ago.

Coogler’s original coming-of-age concept for “Black Panther” was a lion learning what it means to be king, a man who carried an idealized version of his father and country in his head. When that is destroyed, he has to pick up the pieces and create something new. Coogler had never seen an African man like T’Challa, untouched by colonization, either in a movie or in history.

There’s no question “Black Panther” changed the rules of what works in Hollywood.
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Ryan Coogler Changed the Rules of Hollywood With ‘Black Panther’ — IndieWire Honors

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Ryan Coogler Changed the Rules of Hollywood With ‘Black Panther’ — IndieWire Honors
On November 1, the 2018 IndieWire Honors ceremony will celebrate eight filmmakers and actors for their achievement in creative independence. We’re showcasing their work with new interviews this week.

At just 32, Ryan Coogler has already turned out an extraordinary trilogy of missing-father-and-son films: “Fruitvale Station,” which played Un Certain Regard after debuting at Sundance, “Rocky” sequel “Creed,” and historic blockbuster “Black Panther,” which has crashed Hollywood barriers that should have been shattered decades ago.

Coogler’s original coming-of-age concept for “Black Panther” was a lion learning what it means to be king, a man who carried an idealized version of his father and country in his head. When that is destroyed, he has to pick up the pieces and create something new. Coogler had never seen an African man like T’Challa, untouched by colonization, either in a movie or in history.

There’s no question “Black Panther” changed the rules of what works in Hollywood.
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Sigourney Weaver Has Already Starting Shooting Avatar 4 and Avatar 5

Sigourney Weaver Has Already Starting Shooting Avatar 4 and Avatar 5
James Cameron has already started working on Avatar 4 and Avatar 5, according to Sigourney Weaver. The actress said, "I'm busy doing Avatar 4 and 5," after noting that she is finished with the second and third installments. Zoe Saldana finished filming her scenes for Avatar 2 and 3 back in June, and much like Cameron said from the start of this massive project about the filming schedule, they're already jumping back in to film the next sequels as the previous two go into the post-production process.

In a new interview, Sigourney Weaver was asked about Avatar 2. Weaver starred in the first film as Dr. Grace Augustine, a human who sides with the Na'vi and loses her life during the conflict. It has been confirmed since 2014 that the actress will be returning for the sequel, but it isn't clear who she is playing. Weaver obviously couldn't go into details, but
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Rip, FilmStruck: Where to Stream Indie, Arthouse, and Classic Films Right Now

With the recent loss of the Criterion Collection–backed streaming service FilmStruck, cinephiles looking to get their fix of indie, arthouse, and classic films from the comfort of their own homes are going to have to look elsewhere. When FilmStruck shuts down at the end of November, it will leave a giant gap in the curated streaming world, removing hundreds of essential films from easy viewing.

There are, of course, a few alternative options for movie lovers looking to fill the hole left by FilmStruck, and while no other single service offers everything that it did (how could they?), there are a few worth pursuing. From obvious streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime to more curated outlets like Shudder and Filmatique, there are more options than ever before, and more than enough to please even the most discerning of film fans. Can you cobble together your own fake FilmStruck from these picks?
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FilmStruck’s Demise Reveals Downside of Streaming

David Crow Oct 26, 2018

We examine what the death of FilmStruck means for the future of classic movies, and our understanding of them, on streaming services.

FilmStruck is no more. Or at least it soon will cease to exist. These words should be daggers for film lovers everywhere. Launched only two years ago as a partnership between Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks, FilmStruck filled a void that most streaming giants with their greater and greater emphasis on new or original “content” have increasingly ignored. Benefitting from Warner Archive’s library of classic Hollywood cinema—the largest in the world—and Turner’s own catalogue built over decades from Turner Classic Movies, FilmStruck provided a curated array of classic cinema, as well as more modern and independent gems due to an exclusive deal with the Criterion Collection.

Yet Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Archives announced Friday that they were pulling the plug on FilmStruck,
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Video Essay. Anaphora: James Gray's "We Own the Night"

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James Gray's We Own the Night (2007) is showing October 6 – November 5 in the United Kingdom, and October 14 – November 12, 2018 in many countries around the world. Anaphora is an on-going series of video essays exploring the neglected films by major directors.James Gray has got to be one of the most abnormal directors to ever wind up something of a cult figure, because ultimately he isn't making "cult" films. His defenders are passionate, his movies never win awards and the films that critics like don’t make any money. And yet what is he doing? Making the kind of movie that used to come out in American theaters once a month in the 1970s. Crime dramas, historical picaresques, doomed romances, movies about troubled people caught in a landslide of fate and bad luck. They'd be ordinary movies in a different time, but today they're special because no one else makes them. James
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Now That ‘Luke Cage’ Is Canceled, the Forecast for Netflix’s Marvel Series Is Bleak

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Not long ago, those who follow the Netflix/Marvel universe were prone to complain about the associated bloat that came with six series launching within months of each other. But with the cancelation of “Iron Fist” swiftly followed by “Luke Cage,” that universe appears to be on the verge of implosion.

Taking place in the shadows of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in 2015 Netflix launched its interconnected series that also include “The Defenders,” “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” and “The Punisher.” They represented a big step forward for television about superheroes, grounding what might have been fantastical narratives in real world grit and dirt. “Daredevil” took on a corrupt local government in between ninja fights. “Jessica Jones” wasn’t just a hard-boiled detective story, but a thoughtful examination of trauma and survival. And “Luke Cage” swung hard at race issues, making its lead character’s hoodie an iconic statement.

Not every show was a success.
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Exclusive: Check Out Laurent Durieux’s Gorgeous ‘Apocalypse Now’ Mondo Poster

Artist Laurent Durieux is getting the spotlight from Mondo with a new gallery show, and we at Collider are happy to debut Durieux’s new Apocalypse Now poster that will be on display. Durieux has produced artwork for the films of Francis Ford Coppola in the past, including The Godfather trilogy and The Conversation, but here he takes on the filmmaker’s classic 1979 Vietnam War film. Coppola has said Durieux “takes poster art to a high level. The images, which are stunningly executed, express ideas and themes of the movies he has chosen in new terms. They communicate much …
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'A Star Is Born' posts sensational hold to move top of UK box office

Film drops 0% to move above Venom and Johnny English Strikes Again.

Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (Oct 12-14) Running gross Week 1 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £3.1m £9.6m 2 2 Venom (Sony Pictures) £3m £13.7m 2 3 Johnny English Strikes Again (Universal) £2.9m £8.3m 2 4 First Man (Universal) £2.4m £2.4m 1 5. Smallfoot (Warner Bros) £2.3m £2.3m 1

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.30

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A Star Is Born posted a sensational second weekend hold, repeating its £3.1m opening with a 0% drop. Including midweek takings and previews, the film has moved to £9.6m.

While the film has been boosted by strong word-of-mouth and critical reaction,
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‘Gotti’ Honest Trailer: A Soulless Mob Purgatory Trying So Hard to Be ‘GoodFellas’

‘Gotti’ Honest Trailer: A Soulless Mob Purgatory Trying So Hard to Be ‘GoodFellas’
There have been some truly great mob movies over the years like The Godfather, GoodFellas, Casino, A Bronx Tale, and Road to Perdition. But we’re here to talk about a movie that will remind you how difficult it is to make a truly great movie about the mafia without coming off like a tired cliche […]

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Ethan Hawke Tries To Explain His Criticism Of Logan

Back in August, Ethan Hawke ruffled a few feathers when he criticized James Mangold’s critically lauded Logan, which he tied into a wider problem with the superhero movie genre in general.

The comments came in an interview with The Film Stage during a discussion that touched on Hawke’s career. During this, he explained his slight disillusionment with the “big business of film” and that the notion of a ‘great movie’ is being devalued.

“Now we have the problem that they tell us Logan is a great movie,” said Hawke. “Well, it’s a great superhero movie. It still involves people in tights with metal coming out of their hands. It’s not Bresson. It’s not Bergman. But they talk about it like it is.”

“I went to see Logan cause everyone was like, ‘This is a great movie,’ and I was like, ‘Really? No, this is a fine superhero movie.
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