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Seven actors with other films and TV shows that could boost their Oscar chances: Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Stephan James …

Seven actors with other films and TV shows that could boost their Oscar chances: Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Stephan James …
It always helps a potential Academy Award nominee if they feature in a second (or even third) project alongside the one they are hoping to be nominated for. At worst, it helps get their faces out there a bit more and gets a few more Oscar voters to notice them. At best, it helps them garner more votes from the various colleagues they’ve worked with over the two or three projects. It also serves as a timely reminder of their talent, skills, and range.

For example, it helped recent Best Actor nominee Timothee Chalamet that he also appeared in “Hostiles” and “Lady Bird” the same year. Likewise, appearing in Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” (2016) helped Andrew Garfield earn a Best Actor nomination for “Hacksaw Ridge.”

But which potential male acting this year have other projects out that could give them a little boost on their way to the Oscar podium – or,
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‘Mowgli,’ ‘Buster Scruggs’ and Beyond: Streaming Cinema Is Enlisting A-List Composers

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The debate rages on over whether a Netflix movie is legitimate, bona fide cinema, as the streaming behemoth has somewhat reluctantly joined Amazon Studios in giving its award-hungry offerings at least a limited theatrical run. But good old-fashioned talent makes contrasting the streamers with their Old Hollywood rivals a moot point. And, along with star-studded casts and esteemed directors, many of this season’s Netflix and Amazon original films were soundtracked by prestige composers.

Roma” had no original music, but Netflix scored a coup with “The Other Side of the Wind,” the belatedly released Orson Welles film that features a new score by three-time Oscar winner Michel Legrand. Meanwhile, Amazon nabbed not one but two Radiohead members for its original features this year: Jonny Greenwood for “You Were Never Really Here” and Thom Yorke for “Suspiria.”

Netflix’s “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is the latest in a 35-year collaboration
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The 10 Best Netflix Films of 2018

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How much difference a year makes! Early last December, around the time critics’ groups do their annual awards voting, if you’d asked me to make a list of the 10 best Netflix original films of 2017, I could’ve named two contenders — Sundance winner “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” and Noah Baumbach pickup “The Meyerowitz Stories” — and that would’ve been the end of it.

I remember having conversations — ranting sessions, really — about how the streaming service was “ruining movies,” grumpy that a company that had once helped make DVDs of obscure classics, foreign, and independent films available by mail had dropped those titles in favor of second-rate “originals” as its business model changed.

As far as I could tell, two things were happening: Netflix was snapping up movies that no one else wanted (such as Noomi Rapace starrer “What Happened to Monday”) and offering extravagant
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Sony tried to offload Holmes & Watson to Netflix

Over the past year, Netflix has earned itself a bit of a reputation as a dumping ground for studios looking to offload their turkeys – see The Cloverfield Paradox and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, both of which it picked up for distribution from Paramount and Warner Bros. respectively.

However, it seems that the streaming giant does have some standards, as Deadline is reporting that Sony had tried to sell off the new Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly comedy Holmes & Watson after disastrous test screenings, but Netflix rejected the offer.

The disastrous test screening reactions for Holmes & Watson were followed by disastrous reviews (9% critic score and 27% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes), and the comedy has earned just $15 million in its first four days at the Christmas box office from a production budget of $42 million.

See Also: Read our ★ ★ review of Holmes & Watson here

The Step Brothers are
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Holmes and Watson Is Causing Theater Walkouts Across the Country

Holmes and Watson Is Causing Theater Walkouts Across the Country
Holmes & Watson is the rare kind of bad movie that is actually causing moviegoers to leave before it's even finished. Much has already been made of the latest team-up between Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Unfortunately, this wasn't the spiritual successor to Step Brothers that many had been hoping for. Instead, we seem to have a candidate for worst movie of the year, if public opinion is to be believed and now, there are quite a few people taking to Twitter to reveal that they, and others, have been walking out of showings.

Going to the movies is not a cheap endeavor these days. So for a movie to be bad enough for a paying customer to walk out really says something. Twitter user Louise Orr had this to say, revealing that she only made it through roughly 30 minutes before bailing out.

"Literally never walked out of a movie
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Even Netflix Didn't Want Holmes and Watson, Refusing to Buy It from Sony

Netflix could have purchased Holmes & Watson from Sony, but the streaming service apparently knew to not cut a deal for this critical disaster. The latest comedy to see John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell team up together has been off to a very bad start, despite the fact that moviegoers have been dying to see the duo get back together for a decade, ever since they last appeared alongside one another in Step Brothers back in 2008. Unfortunately, this take on the Sherlock Holmes tale didn't land and Netflix wanted no part of it.

Buried within a new box office report, detailing how Holmes and Watson is fairing on the financial front so far, it's been revealed that Sony offered Netflix the chance to buy the movie from them. However, for reasons that weren't made clear in the report, the company declined to do so. Netflix surely would have had the
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Andy Serkis Calls Out Star Wars: The Last Jedi For Killing Snoke

Supreme Leader Snoke wasn’t the most sympathetic of figures, but Andy Serkis apparently had some affection for the character, making it a saddening moment for the star when the villain was struck down about two thirds into Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

A new piece from Entertainment Weekly reports that the Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle helmsman “cringed” while watching Snoke’s fate, since he felt it was a real shame to see such a promising career cut short.

“So cruel,” Serkis said. “He’s disposed of so early on in his career.”

The killing of Snoke remains a divisive moment among many in Rian Johnson’s last film, primarily due to how little we learned about the character before his exit from the series. Nonetheless, Serkis has argued that the villain could still have a future in this franchise yet:

“It’s a Star Wars movie, anything can happen.
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Naomie Harris to star in cop thriller Black and Blue

Having recently been confirmed as reprising the role of Moneypenny in Bond 25, Naomie Harris (Moonlight) has now added another project to her slate, with the Oscar-nominated actress set to star in the body cam cop thriller Black and Blue.

The film, formerly titled Exposure, is being directed by Deon Taylor (Traffik) and will see Harris playing a rookie New Orleans police officer who witnesses corrupt cops murdering a drug dealer, with the footage captured on her body cam. She is then hunted through the night by the cops who are desperate to eliminate her and destroy the incriminating footage.

Harris’ latest film, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, premiered on Netflix last week, while she also starred alongside Dwayne Johnson earlier this year in the video game adaptation Rampage.

Via Deadline

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Five Of The Best New Netflix Films To Watch This Winter

2018 is nearly over and, as the festive period approaches, we will soon be settling in to catch up on some of the quality movies we may have missed during the year. One of the biggest players in the movie world in 2018 is streaming giant Netflix who have, quite honestly, released some of the boldest and best films to their audience throughout 2018. As Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, undoubtedly a contender for the best film of the year, is released onto the streamer, we examine five of the best new Netflix films on the platform you’ll be able to watch over the holiday break.

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We’ll start with Cuarón’s masterpiece, a semi-autobiographical tale which some say has a big chance of winning Best Picture at next year’s Oscars. After receiving its world premiere at August’s Venice Film Festival,
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‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ Review (Netflix)

Stars: Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis, Peter Mullan, Jack Reynor, Eddie Marsan, Tom Hollander | Written by Callie Kloves | Directed by Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis sophomore effort, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, arrives two years after Jon Favreau’s monumental critically and financially successful live-action reinvention of the much-beloweved Disney classic, Shot two years previously and focusing on a darker more adult-oriented material, expanding further upon the work of author Rudyard Kipling rather than the property from Disney, Mowgli has had a rocky road to the screens of millions. A rumoured troubled and heavily set back production forced Warner Bros to draft visionary director Alfonso Cuaron into the ranks to put the property on track. Plague of issues of the comparison to Favreau’s impressive and beloved film, only furthering the pressure on release and box office standards after the
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Andy Serkis Brings Gollum Back to Ridicule Brexit and Theresa May

Andy Serkis Brings Gollum Back to Ridicule Brexit and Theresa May
What’s scarier than Andy Serkis as Gollum? Andy Serkis as Gollum in drag as Theresa May. The motion capture legend brought his iconic “The Lord of the Rings” character back for an anti-Brexit advertisement that criticizes the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and her diabolical obsession with Brexit. May has been head of the UK’s Conservative Party since 2016.

The advertisement features Serkis in drag as May and finds him riffing on Gollum’s famous scene in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” in which the two halves of his personality have a back-and-forth conversation. “We takes back control,” Serkis hisses as the Gollum version of May. “Money, borders, laws…blue passports! We wants it.” Meanwhile, the Smeagol side of May argues that perhaps it’s best to consult the people before taking on the financial burdens of Brexit.

The video arrives at a busy time for Serkis.
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Naomie Harris To Topline Cop Thriller ‘Black And Blue’ For Screen Gems

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Naomie Harris To Topline Cop Thriller ‘Black And Blue’ For Screen Gems
Exclusive: Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (Moonlight) has signed on as the lead in the Sony Screen Gems body cam cop thriller Black And Blue (formally titled Exposure), which is being directed by Deon Taylor based on a screenplay from Peter A. Dowling.

The plot centers on a rookie cop (Harris) in New Orleans who witnesses corrupt officers murdering a drug dealer, an event that is captured by her body cam. When they then fail to execute her she escapes and is hunted throughout the night by the narcs who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.

Sean Sorensen of Royal Viking Entertainment is producing with Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group production shingle. Hidden Empire partner Roxanne Avent will serve as exec producer while Eric Paquette is overseeing the project for Screen Gems.

Harris has starred in tentpole films like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of
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Andy Serkis Brings Out Gollum to Troll Theresa May's Brexit Plan

Andy Serkis Brings Out Gollum to Troll Theresa May's Brexit Plan
Andy Serkis is back as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and it's pretty creepy. The talented actor, who is probably best-known for his motion capture work, reprised his Gollum role to troll UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan. The actor released a video of himself doing the impression, while dressed as May to promote the We Wants It campaign, which is a call for a People's Vote in regard to leaving the European Union.

Instead of getting into the motion capture outfit to portray Gollum again, Andy Serkis is dressed up to look like Theresa May, and it may actually be more disturbing than The Lord of the Rings character. He can be seen receiving a copy of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, which she calls her precious, or "my Brexit." Throughout the clip, Serkis takes on the good and evil sides of the human personality, with Sm
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Is The Netflix Original Movie Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle As Terrible As Everyone Says?

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is the latest drama from Netflix and is based on the popular Jungle Book story of British author Rudyard Kipling. Starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Andy Serikis, this is a darker, more violent tale of the popular children’s story. This is the second film from director Andy Serkis (Breathe) but how does this Netflix original compare to all the other Jungle Book films?

Watch the 60-second review from One Minute Critic:

You can check out more 1-minute reviews on One Minute Critic's Instagram or Youtube page.
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Film Review: ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’

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Let’s pretend for a moment that Disney didn’t just release a “live-action” remake of its 1967 “The Jungle Book” two years ago. In a world without such competition, “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” might have seemed like a good idea: a darker, decidedly non-Disney approach to Rudyard Kipling’s collection of stories about a boy raised by wild animals deep in the Indian forest. It may even have excited some people to know that performance-capture prodigy Andy Serkis was tackling the project as his directorial debut — one complicated enough that his second feature, “Breathe,” actually beat it to screens.

But Disney did release “The Jungle Book,” and that movie was a big, big hit, followed by the seemingly inevitable announcement of a sequel. Now, the best that Serkis’ “Mowgli” movie can hope for is possibly being mistaken for director Jon Favreau’s still-in-development followup (he decided to make “The Lion King” first). Still,
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Andy Serkis Makes ‘Mowgli’ A Motion-Capture Masterpiece

Andy Serkis has established himself as one of the masters of motion-capture technology, having done amazing work in the medium on the Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes movies. Now he’s directed Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which makes extensive use motion-capture effects to make the story come to life. Serkis told [...]

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Movie Review – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, 2018.

Directed by Andy Serkis.

Starring Rohan Chand, Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, Naomie Harris, Peter Mullan, Eddie Marsan, Matthew Rhys, Jack Reynor, Tom Hollander, and Louis Ashbourne Serkis.

Synopsis:

A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.

No one necessarily needed Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, and although charming, it itself ultimately felt unnecessary, a momentarily distracting vague-retelling of a lesser-Disney flick.

So word of motion-capture mogul Andy Serkis taking on a similar retelling of the source material felt further perfunctory. How many more times are we going to be told of Mowgli’s inter-species relationships with a host of wild, lovable characters?

Turns out just the once. Serkis abandons the charm of Favreau’s or that of the Disney original and placates it for a genuine grimness.
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'Mowgli' in the Shadow of 'Lord of the Rings'

'Mowgli' in the Shadow of 'Lord of the Rings'
[This story contains minor spoilers for Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle]

Andy Serkis' is finally unveiling Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, his Netflix Jungle Book adaptation that has been in the works for years and comes in the shadow of Jon Favreau's own 2016 hit. But there's another shadow this film also lives in: that of Serkis frequent collaborator Peter Jackson.

If one so desires, there’s space for to improve on Rudyard Kipling’s All the Mowgli Stories, and The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book, and even In the Rukh, the first Mowgli story written but the last in his ...
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New to Streaming: ‘Colette,’ ‘Inception,’ ‘Tyrel,’ ‘The Lobster,’ ‘Lizzie’ & More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Colette (Wash Westmoreland)

Keira Knightley is back in her beloved genre, the period piece, for Colette, and it looks to be one of her strongest roles. The story of the famous French author finds her trying to balance her newfound success, her exploration of her sexuality, and a marriage to her dominating husband Willy (Dominic West). Coming from Still Alice co-director Wash Westmoreland, whose husband and co-director Richard Glatzer passed away in 2015, Colette is now on VOD following a fall theatrical release and acclaim from Sundance.

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

Inception (Christopher Nolan)

Inception is an arthouse movie with blockbuster aspirations. Or perhaps it’s the other way around.
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Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle – Review

As the year draws to a close, the march of live-action “re-imaginings” of classic kids’ animated feature films marches on. Well, technically it’s mostly CGI (or motion-capture) mixed with a bit of “live” reality. For the last few weeks the internet has been doing somersaults over the teaser/trailer for the “live” new version of The Lion King. Disney Studios got the ball rolling a few years ago with Cinderella and The Jungle Book, though they nixed most of the songs made famous in the 1950 and 1967 cartoons. What most film fans forgot was that the Rudyard Kipling classic was first a true live action flick in 1940 making its young star Sabu a fantasy adventure film icon. Since that book has long been in the public domain it’s natural that other studios and filmmakers would want to retell the tale. Waiting two years after the Jon Favreau helmed box office smash,
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