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Kevin Costner: A Hollywood Gunslinger Looks Back

Kevin Costner: A Hollywood Gunslinger Looks Back
Unbeknownst to just about everybody, Kevin Costner could not have become Kevin Costner — that is to say, the biggest movie star around for a 10-year run starting in the late 1980s, with him swinging bats at balls in Bull Durham (1988) and Field of Dreams (1989), flashing badges at bad guys in The Untouchables (1987), and fast-racking the lever on his polished brass-frame Henry 1860 rifle in Dances With Wolves (1990); in the process becoming dominantly noted for his “tall, rangy good looks” and what Hollywood types like to call “flesh impact;” usually choosing to
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Woody Harrelson To Play Timothy Leary In Luke Davies-Scripted Limited Series ‘The Most Dangerous Man In America’

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Woody Harrelson To Play Timothy Leary In Luke Davies-Scripted Limited Series ‘The Most Dangerous Man In America’
Exclusive: Woody Harrelson and Luke Davies are teaming on The Most Dangerous Man in America, a limited series package mounted by Wiip and Star Thrower Entertainment. Harrelson is attached to be executive producer and star as Timothy Leary; Davies, who is coming off the Hulu limited series Catch-22, will adapt and be exec producer. Star Thower’s Tim White, Trevor White and Allan Mandelbaum will be exec producers alongside Harrelson and Davies.

Based on the critically acclaimed book The Most Dangerous Man by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, the series follows Leary’s daring prison escape and run from the law in 1970. Aided by the Weather Underground, Leary’s prison break was the counterculture’s union of “dope and dynamite,” aimed at sparking a revolution and overthrowing the government. The ensuing global manhunt, led by President Nixon, spanned 28 months and wound its way among homegrown radicals, European aristocrats, a Black Panther outpost in Algeria,
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Netflix Claims ‘When They See Us’ Is Its Most-Watched Series … Just in Time for Emmy Voting

Netflix wants you to know “When They See Us” is a hit. Wednesday afternoon, the streaming service posted the following to its U.S. Twitter account:

When They See Us has been the most-watched series on Netflix in the Us every day since it premiered on May 31 pic.twitter.com/jS8IXIh03g

— Netflix Us (@netflix) June 12, 2019

To be clear as we can, Netflix is saying that Ava DuVernay’s four-part limited series about the falsely accused boys who made up the Central Park Five has been the most watched series on Netflix for the last 13 days. We don’t know exactly what “most” means, or even “watched” (how much of it? how long?). In stating that it’s “the most-watched series on Netflix,” the implication is it’s even more popular than Netflix reruns of “Friends” and “The Office,” which would be extraordinary. But it doesn’t exactly claim that.
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‘Briarpatch’: Kim Dickens Joins USA Crime Anthology As Series Regular

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‘Briarpatch’: Kim Dickens Joins USA Crime Anthology As Series Regular
Kim Dickens (Deadwood, Fear the Walking Dead) has been cast as a series regular in Briarpatch, USA Network’s crime anthology series from writer-executive producer Andy Greenwald, executive producer Sam Esmail, Ucp and Paramount Television.

Written by Greenwald based on the Ross Thomas novel, Briarpatch centers on Allegra “Pick” Dill (Rosario Dawson), a tenacious and highly skilled investigator working for an ambitious young senator in Washington, D.C. When her 10-years-younger sister, a homicide detective, is killed by a car bomb, Allegra returns to her corrupt Texas hometown. What begins as a search for the murderer becomes a fraught and dangerous excavation of the past Allegra has long sought to bury.

Dickens will play Chief of Police Eve Raytek, an authoritative firecracker who is committed to finding out who killed Allegra’s sister. She’s a boot-stomping good old girl who’s used to operating in an all-male environment. She
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Kevin Costner to return to directing with "western saga"

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Deadline reports that Dances With Wolves filmmaker and star Kevin Costner is hopping back into the director's chair, this time for an upcoming western saga. Costner had a few firsts this year, testing the streaming waters with his Netflix film The Highwaymen, a story about a pair of Texas Rangers who come out of retirement to catch the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, as well…
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Kevin Costner Embraces The Age Of Streaming, Plots Return To Directing With “Western Saga” — Deadline Disruptors

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Kevin Costner Embraces The Age Of Streaming, Plots Return To Directing With “Western Saga” — Deadline Disruptors
Fit, suntanned, and with faint wrinkles in all the right places, at 64, Kevin Costner still looks every bit the movie star that he was through the ’80s and ’90s. It’s hard to believe that the iconic baseball film Field of Dreams turns 30 years old this year and his Best Picture winning directorial debut Dances with Wolves will hit that milestone next year.

The maverick filmmaker is part of a group of stars this year (Julia Roberts is another) that you once never would have imagined seeing in a TV series. But Costner not only took that plunge with Yellowstone, from Hell or High Water and Sicario writer Taylor Sheridan, but also tested the streaming waters with the Netflix film The Highwaymen.

Back when you were a top Warner Bros. star, could you have seen yourself starring in television? It almost seemed like an insult in those days.

That’s actually not true at all.
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South Australia scores New Line’s ‘Mortal Kombat’ reboot

1995’s ‘Mortal Kombat’.

New Line Cinema’s Mortal Kombat reboot will shoot in Adelaide later this year, with Aussie creatives at the helm in director Simon McQuoid and producer James Wan.

Expected to generate $70 million in expenditure, create 580 jobs and employ 1,500 extras, the actioner based on the popular videogame franchise will be the largest production to ever take place in South Australia.

Pre-production will begin later this month, with the shoot to take place at the Adelaide Studios, with post-production and VFX also to be done in Sa. Cast are yet to be announced.

Announcing the production, South Australian premier Steven Marshall said: “Mortal Kombat will be the largest film production in South Australia’s history and highlights the importance of engaging with the world’s major production houses.

“The state government’s investment in Mortal Kombat will enhance the scope and reach of our porudction and post-production capabilities, bringing
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Rami Malek to Star Opposite Denzel Washington in Crime Thriller ‘Little Things’

Rami Malek is in talks to join fellow Oscar winner Denzel Washington in Warner Bros.' crime thriller Little Things, Collider has confirmed. John Lee Hancock (The Highwaymen) will direct from his own original screenplay. The story follows Deke (Washington), a burned-out cop up in Kern County who teams with Baxter (Malek), a crack detective from the La Sheriff’s Department, to catch a serial killer. Deke has a nose for the “little things” that can help solve a case, but he also has a knack for breaking the rules, which poses a problem for Baxter. Meanwhile, Deke has problems …
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Rami Malek Eyed to Co-Star With Denzel Washington in ‘Little Things’

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Rami Malek Eyed to Co-Star With Denzel Washington in ‘Little Things’
Rami Malek is in early talks to co-star with Denzel Washington in Warner Bros. crime thriller “Little Things,” sources confirmed to Variety.

The Blind Side” and “The Highwaymen” director John Lee Hancock is on board to write and will also direct the pic.

The story follows a burned-out Kern County deputy sheriff named Deke, played by Washington, who teams with a crack Lasd detective (Malek), Baxter, to reel in a wily serial killer. Deke’s nose for the “little things” proves eerily accurate, but his willingness to circumvent the rules embroils Baxter in a soul-shattering dilemma. Meanwhile, Deke must wrestle with a dark secret from his past.

The plan is for the film to shoot this fall after Malek finishes production on “Bond 25,” which is currently filming.

For Malek, “Little Things” would mark another big role after winning the best actor Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury in box office hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.
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Rami Malek in Talks to Join Denzel Washington’s ‘The Little Things’

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Rami Malek in Talks to Join Denzel Washington’s ‘The Little Things’
Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek is in talks to join Denzel Washington in Warner Bros.’ “The Little Things,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

John Lee Hancock is directing the film that will begin production in September. Hancock also wrote the script, and Mark Johnson is producing.

Malek would star as a young detective who teams up with a deputy sheriff on the hunt for a serial killer.

See Video: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Star Rami Malek on the Most Fun Scene to Shoot - And No, It Wasn't Live Aid

Malek most recently won an Oscar for his performance in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which grossed over $900 million globally. His other recent credits include “Buster’s Mal Heart” and “Papillon,” and he still stars in the TV series “Mr. Robot.” Next, he will star in “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” and “Bond 25,” in which he is set to play the villain.
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Netflix Reveals Just How Much British People Love ‘Our Planet’ With Top 10 List

Netflix is famously tight-lipped when it comes to revealing how many people are tuning in to its endless supply of movies and TV series, though the streaming giant does occasionally toot its own horn when one of its titles does especially well. Now the company is experimenting with a weekly list of its most-watched offerings in the UK, with nature docuseries “Our Planet” topping the first edition.

In a Twitter thread, the company announced that it will be releasing such lists on a weekly basis from here on out. To compile them, “we look at the most-watched individual season of a show, film or special (regardless of when it launched). ‘Watched’ means members finished at least 70% of one episode.”

“It’s a test as we want to make sure this information is useful for you,” Netflix added. “So we may tweak it in the weeks ahead. eg. we’re not including kids right now.
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Netflix Issues First Top 10 List in the U.K., With ‘Our Planet’ and ‘The Perfect Date’ on Top

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Netflix took a step toward greater transparency Thursday, at least in the U.K., by publishing its first top-10 lists of most-watched content on its platform after having promised investors that it would start divulging more viewing information. The streaming giant said it would post the lists weekly in the U.K., which it is using as a test market.

No. 1 on the list of most-watched shows in April is the David Attenborough-narrated natural history series “Our Planet,” followed by “The Perfect Date” and “The Highwaymen” in second and third place, respectively. Other lists put break down viewing by category: most-watched films, series, documentaries, reality shows, and non-English-language series.

The streamer said that some customers would start seeing the lists on their service starting next week. How that information will be presented is unclear, but one possibility is a new row of thumbnails labeled as a top 10 list.

Netflix
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‘Our Planet’ & Zombie Drama ‘Black Summer’ Lead Netflix’s First Top Ten List Experiment In The UK

Netflix has launched its first top ten list in the UK with David Attenborough’s documentary Our Planet topping the charts and zombie apocalypse drama Black Summer becoming its most popular scripted series.

At its recent first quarter financials, the Svod service revealed it was experimenting with the top ten list in the UK to give subscribers the chance to find out which of its shows are most popular in their region. It revealed the data on its social media channels.

Our Planet was its most-watched show in April, followed by teen rom-com The Perfect Date, Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson’s The Highwaymen, horror film The Silence, Black Summer, Ricky GervaisAfter Life, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Bear Grylls’ You vs. Wild.

To compile the list, it looked at the most-watched individual season of a show, film or special and watched means
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The Highwaymen: 6 Things That Were Accurate (And 4 Things That Were Pure Fiction)

The story of Bonnie and Clyde is one that has captivated the public for decades now. There is something about the young, attractive couple and their cross-country crime spree that hit a nerve with people and speaks to our fascination with true crime stories. The latest of many films to tackle the story is The Highwaymen.

Related: The Highwaymen Review: Costner & Harrelson Hunt Bonnie & Clyde

Unlike the popular 1967 Oscar-winning film about the infamous duo, this Netflix film focuses on the other side of the law. It is the true story of Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, two Texas Rangers who hunted down and killed the duo. The film is a very accurate retelling of the story as a whole, though, like many films based on true events, there are some liberties taken here and there. Have a look at what is fact and what is fiction in The Highwaymen.
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Kevin Costner Blasts American Politics: ‘Shame on Us’

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Kevin Costner Blasts American Politics: ‘Shame on Us’
Kevin Costner is not happy with what’s happening — or not happening, that is — in Washington, D.C.

“The political landscape is unrecognizable to me, and shame on us for being in that spot,” the Oscar winner says. “That could change overnight, not because of a vote, but because people say, ‘I want to try to be more than about myself.’ That’s the definition of public service.”

Costner isn’t hopeful that change will come anytime soon.

“This is the greatest experiment in humankind: America,” he says. “This great idea about America still exists, it’s still here. People still want to come here, but we’re not first in hardly anything that matters and we have an inflated idea about how we are. We exaggerate about what we are. We are everything that’s great and we are everything that’s human. And our humanness and our level
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‘The Intruder’ Film Review: Dennis Quaid Stalks Homeowners in Dopey Thriller

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‘The Intruder’ Film Review: Dennis Quaid Stalks Homeowners in Dopey Thriller
Home invasion thrillers have given us plenty of maniacal villains hellbent on terrorizing helpless residents of cavernous houses. Whether they’re driven by dementia or greed (or both), these villains pillage, plunder, and leave the scene a bloodbath.

Rarely are they provoked by a former homeowner’s mundane desire to still occupy the residence, as it is for Dennis Quaid’s vein-popping Charlie Peck in director Deon Taylor’s “The Intruder.”

In director Jung Huh’s 2013 film, “Hide and Seek,” the unhinged former renter (Mi-seon Jeon) is at least driven to madness due to a visceral combination of grief and poverty. But Charlie is nothing more than a man who’s mad that he lost his money after a few bad business deals and had to give up his gigantic Napa Valley home to a successful young married couple: Annie and Scott Russell. Charlie gets a huge windfall after they buy his home,
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Netflix Numbers Are Worthless Without Context — and That’s Unlikely To Change

Here’s a strange thought from someone whose job is analyzing movie box office: As a journalist, I want Netflix data. As someone who has followed box office across his entire career, I’m not sure that it would be as meaningful as box-office data. And, it appears that doing so could be harmful to Netflix’s interests.

For Netflix, data means specific viewership totals for their programming as well as box-office performance — two very different issues. So here are the choices and the risks for Netflix.

The prime gauge of Netflix’s success is its number of paid subscribers. They provide these numbers regularly.. Unlike HBO and similar, Netflix can track every time a subscriber watches a program, and how much is viewed. According to Netflix, a viewing is when a member account watches at least 70 percent of one episode of a series, or 70 percent of a film — but
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International drives record Q1 subscriber growth for Netflix

The global streamer added 7.86m subscribers internationally, to reach 148.86m globally.

Reaffirming its reliance on international growth, Netflix has reported a record gain of 9.6m paid subscribers around the world in the first quarter of 2019, with 7.86m of them coming from outside the Us.

The gains leave the streaming giant with 88.63m paid subscribers in international markets and 60.23m in the Us, for a global total of 148.86m, 25.2% up on the total at the end of the first quarter of 2018.

Netflix is predicting that it will add another 5m paid subscribers in the second quarter of 2019, 0.3m in the Us and 4.7m internationally.
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Netflix Promises More Viewership Data As Part Of Greater “Transparency”, Ted Sarandos Says

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If Hell hasn’t frozen over today, it got distinctly colder as Netflix brass promised to start revealing a lot more of their actual viewership.

“Over the next several months, we’re going to be rolling out more specific and granular data and reporting, Ted Sarandos said on Tuesday following the first quarter earnings report by the streamer. “First to our producers, then our members and, of course, to the press over time and be more fully transparent about what people are watching on Netflix around the world.

The statement by the Chief Content Officer comes after Netflix dropped a few more data details about how its Umbrella Academy superhero series, the Frye Festival documentary and the Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson- led The Highwaymen film did.

Besides numbers for the Sandra Bullock starring Bird Box and a few other shows, the streamer has vigorously kept the data vault
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‘The Crown’ Season 3 Set To Launch On Netflix In Second Half Of 2019; ‘The Witcher’ Set For Q4

‘The Crown’ Season 3 Set To Launch On Netflix In Second Half Of 2019; ‘The Witcher’ Set For Q4
Updated… The third season of The Crown is set to launch on Netflix in the second half of the year – more than 18 months after its second season. Separately, fantasy drama The Witcher will launch in the fourth quarter.

Netflix has not revealed a date for the launch, but in a letter to investors following its first-quarter financial results, it noted that The Crown would debut after July 1.

The second season of Left Bank’s royal drama launched December 8, 2017, while its first season began on November 4, 2016.

The Peter Morgan-created series will be joined in the second half of 2019 by titles including Stranger Things, which launches July 4, and new seasons of 13 Reasons Why, Orange is the New Black and La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) as well as films like Michael Bay’s Six Underground and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.

“We’re looking forward to a strong slate of global
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