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‘Homecoming’ Creators Eli Horowitz & Micah Bloomberg Ink Overall Deal With Universal Cable Productions

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Homecoming creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg have signed an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions, the studio behind the upcoming Amazon series starring Julia Roberts.

Under the pact, Horowitz and Bloomberg will develop original scripted programming with Ucp for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio, as well as for external networks and streaming services.

Homecoming, co-produced by Ucp and Amazon Studios, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 7, and its streaming premiere on Amazon Prime Video on November 2.

Horowitz and Bloomberg serve as co-showrunners, executive producers and writers of Homecoming, which is based on the duo’s critically-praised Gimlet Media podcast of the same name. The half-hour drama received a two-season straight-to-series order at Amazon last year.

Directed and executive produced by Sam Esmail, Homecoming is a psychological thriller that centers on Heidi Bergman (Roberts), a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center,
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‘The First To Do It’: Docu About NBA’s First Black Player Dribbles Into Theaters In February

‘The First To Do It’: Docu About NBA’s First Black Player Dribbles Into Theaters In February
Constant Beta, Creative Control and Abramorama have teamed for a wide release in North American for The First to Do It, a documentary feature about Earl Lloyd, the NBA’s first black player. With exec producers including a number of basketball stars, the film will hit theaters in February. The First to Do It brings together current NBA players including Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul as well as Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson, Dave Bing and Bob Lanier to…
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Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard Exec Produce NBA Doc ‘The First to Do It’

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Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard Exec Produce NBA Doc ‘The First to Do It’
Constant Beta Motion Picture Company, Creative Control and Abramorama will collaborate on the theatrical distribution of “The First to Do It,” a documentary about the life and times of Earl Lloyd, the first Black American to play in the NBA. The film brings together current basketball players including Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul, as well as Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson, Dave Bing and Bob Lanier. Dean Cole provides the voice of Lloyd. Abramorama is planning a wide theatrical release in February 2018. “The First to Do It” is produced by Arka Sengupta and executive produced by Michael Finley,
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Smackdown '85: Anjelica, Amy, Meg, Margaret and Oprah

Presenting the Supporting Actresses of '85. It was all scandal all the time at this colorful party. There were three much gossiped about women (a mafia princess, a drunk promiscuous entertainer, and a delusional pregnant nun) and two stubborn women who were just Not having either the gossip or the abusive and cheating men around them. It was the about appreciating the color purple (Oprah & Margaret), seeing red (Amy & Meg), and embracing jet black comedy (Anjelica).

The Nominees 

from left to right: Avery, Huston, Madigan, Tilly, and Winfrey

Oscar celebrated newcomers in 1985 with a shortlist composed entirely of first timers. All five actresses were relatively inexperienced (as Oscar lists go) having made less than ten films each so no overdue conversations were to be had. One of them (Oprah Winfrey) was even making her film debut though the eventual winner (Anjelica Huston) was already Hollywood royalty, being the daughter of
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8 Times Steven Soderbergh Broke the Rules of Filmmaking and Invented New Ones

8 Times Steven Soderbergh Broke the Rules of Filmmaking and Invented New Ones
When Steven Soderbergh is asked about the state of filmmaking, he often points to the American films of the ’60s and ’70s as a counterpoint to the broken state of today’s industry. “The bottom line is that at a certain period in time, from 1966 to 1976, the most successful movies were also the best movies, and that’s just not true anymore,” the director said in a 2014 interview.

Read More:Steven Soderbergh Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

Soderbergh may complain a lot, but he’s never been passive about it. Throughout his career, he has constantly experimented with different ways to make and distribute his films by thinking outside the box and pioneering new technology. With “Logan Lucky,” Soderbergh’s finally fulfilling his plans to launch a self-distribution company capable of releasing a studio-size film, but it’s not the first ambitious effort in a career defined by risky maneuvers.
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Daniel Craig is Returning as James Bond, But What His Career Needs is More ‘Logan Lucky’

Daniel Craig is Returning as James Bond, But What His Career Needs is More ‘Logan Lucky’
After nearly two years of side-stepping the question of whether he’d return as James Bond, Daniel Craig finally confirmed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that he would don the tuxedo one last time for Bond 25. The news came after reports from The New York Times that Craig’s return was a “done deal,” but the actor hadn’t publicly confirmed his involvement until now.

So the news is out, and it’s business as usual for a franchise that has relied on the same face to define its iconic character for a decade. However, the headline has come out just days before the release of “Logan Lucky,” in which Craig delivers an exciting performance unlike anything we’ve seen him do before. That raises an essential question: We know Craig can play Bond in his sleep, but is that the best use of his skill?

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Steven Soderbergh: Where to Stream His Greatest Films, from ‘Magic Mike’ to ‘Ocean’s Twelve’

Steven Soderbergh: Where to Stream His Greatest Films, from ‘Magic Mike’ to ‘Ocean’s Twelve’
With Steven Soderbergh’s 28th feature, “Logan Lucky,” coming out this week, IndieWire has ranked every one of his films from worst-to-best. Now here’s where subscribers to HBO Go, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and FilmStruck can stream some of those titles for free.

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Why Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Solaris’ Sets the Standard for Movie Remakes

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Why Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Solaris’ Sets the Standard for Movie Remakes
“I could tell you what’s happening, but I don’t know if that’d really tell you what’s happening.”

Steven Soderbergh could have done anything he wanted after the hugely successful trifecta of “Erin Brockovich,” “Traffic,” and “Ocean’s Eleven.” What he did was remake Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Solaris,” perhaps the headiest science-fiction film ever made — and one that didn’t necessarily seem suited to his sensibilities. The film has its defenders 15 years later — Barry Jenkins expressed his love for it just last week — but is rarely mentioned in discussions of the versatile filmmaker’s best.

Read More:‘Logan Lucky’ Review: Steven Soderbergh Returns From Retirement with a Silly Heist Movie That Has Real Soul

Maybe that’s because it’s something of an outlier in his already varied filmography. Soderbergh has dabbled in genre pictures as often as any other filmmaker not specifically thought of as a genre director,
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Ron Howard Is Directing the Han Solo Movie

Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Ron Howard will officially be taking over Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were let go from the project earlier in the week for "creative differences" and speculation began on who would takeover the Star Wars spin-off. Ron Howard was the frontrunner along with Joe Johnston (Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer), who also worked on the visual effects of the original Star Wars trilogy, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the script for Han Solo.

Lucasfilm released a statement announcing the news officially. Read what Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had to say below.

"At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago. With that in mind, we're thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July."

No other official information was given, but the movie is apparently still on track to hit its May 25th, 2018 release date.

Ron Howard, who also directed George Lucas' Willow and starred in Lucas' 1973 movie American Graffiti, was approached in the late 90s to direct The Phantom Menace. Howard's style should fit in perfectly to the vision that Lucasfilm has while hopefully adding his own creative spin on the hotly anticipated movie. Creative control has been in the news a lot for Disney and Lucasfilm, with some critics accusing the studios of hiring directors and basically using them as puppets to adhere to a specific vision. The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has stated that critic's speculation is untrue and that he had full creative control under the watch of Lucasfilm and Disney.

The Academy Award winning Director is set to meet immediately with the cast and crew to go over what has been shot and discuss the next steps. The production is currently on a break, but has several weeks of reshooting already planned for later in the year. Production started back at the end of January 2017 at Pinewood Studios under the production title, Red Cup and is close to three-quarters finished. It is not clear at this time if Howard will order more reshoots or how he will take credit on the production. Sources close to the project report that Miller and Lord were let go because they were taking the character of Han Solo in a more comedic approach and that their shooting style wasn't seeing eye to eye with Lucasfilm and Disney.

Ron Howard has spoken about how George Lucas inspired him to direct. Lucas wasn't much older than Howard when he was directing American Graffiti and Howard remembers his eye for detail being particularly inspiring, mentioning that Lucas spent just as much time choosing the cars for the movie as he did when choosing the actors. Howard has also recently talked about why he chose to turn down Lucas' request to direct The Phantom Menace by saying that he was the third director approached and that ultimately, he didn't want to have to step in and follow Lucas' act.
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Ricky Gervais and Stephen Colbert Disagree on ‘Lord of the Rings’ — Watch

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Colbert Disagree on ‘Lord of the Rings’ — Watch
Ricky Gervais appeared on “The Late Show” on Thursday to promote his “Humanity” world tour, his first stand-up tour in seven years, since 2010’s “Science.” The English comedian and Stephen Colbert began their conversation with a debate about religion. “Sounds a bit farfetched to me,” said Gervais when the host tried to explain the concept of the Trinity.

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The conversation then turned to a topic Colbert is very passionate about, J. R. R. Tolkien’s books. “I’m a huge Tolkien fan, which I know you’re not, you’re not a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. And, why aren’t you because you could be a hobbit… You have the look,” Colbert told Gervais.

“This is a conspiracy,” the comedian answered with a laugh. “I have hobbits feet, honestly… I have huge testicles that every hobbit has.
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Amazon Prime: Watch 7 Overlooked Indie Gems from 2016

Amazon Prime: Watch 7 Overlooked Indie Gems from 2016
In the battle for what will be the premier streaming home for current independent film, Amazon Prime is showing signs that it could top Netflix, FilmStruck, and Mubi. Between funding auteur-driven Amazon originals like Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson,” Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden,” Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester By the Sea,” and their exclusive deal with A24 (“American Honey,” “Lobster,” “Swiss Army Man,” and “Moonlight” which arrives 5/21), Prime has a good percentage of the best titles.

What often gets lost in Amazon’s suboptimal browsing interface is the number of recent lower-profile indies on the service that feature some of the most exciting filmmaking of the last year. Here are seven recent gems you shouldn’t miss.

The Love Witch

You have never seen anything like this film. Sure, it looks like a late-era technicolor film — shot on 35mm, with deliciously saturated production and costume design — but this isn’t nostalgic kitsch.
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‘Krisha’ Sweeps the Inaugural American Independent Film Awards

As the definition of an independent film has shifted with the ever-expanding budget divide in American filmmaking — particularly Hollywood cutting back on its mid-range projects — when it comes time for awards season, it’s often only the highest profile of “indie films” that get recognized. While we do our best to recognize the films that often get unfortunately, a new awards has launched that honors the best of truly independent American cinema, featuring films all under a $1 million budget.

Aptly titled the American Independent Film Awards (aka AIFAs), they were voted on by international film festival programmers, U.S. based film festival programmers, and North American film critics (including yours truly.) “First and foremost, we would like to thank all film producers and distribution companies who helped us identify qualifying films and outline the categories. We’d also like to thank the international and American based film festival programmers, and
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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Tituss Burgess Sings Beyonce In New Season 3 Teaser — Watch

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Tituss Burgess Sings Beyonce In New Season 3 Teaser — Watch
The only thing better than one diva paying tribute to another diva is a third season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Tina Fey’s Netflix comedy about one young woman’s “fascinating transition” from kidnapped basement cult to life in New York City. The third season of the popular series will air on Friday, May 19th, Netflix announced today.

In a new teaser, the show with the catchiest theme song of all time announced its return with a version of another popular song: Beyonce’s “Hold Up.” Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) can be seen walking the streets in full yellow ruffle dress realness, swinging a baseball bat à la Queen Bey in the video for “Hold Up,” off of her groundbreaking video album, “Lemonade.”

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Burgess, the show’s breakout star, began his career on Broadway
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‘Castlevania’ TV Series in Development at Netflix

‘Castlevania’ TV Series in Development at Netflix
This week, Netflix made of slew of announcements regarding their new and returning shows. Among the original series that are on its 2017 slate is a miniseries based on the Konami video game “Castlevania.”

The streaming service didn’t reveal any specific details, but according to Polygon and Imbd, Warren Ellis, known for writing “Iron Man 3” and “Red,” wrote the first season.

Producing the series is “Dredd” producer Adi Shankar, who wrote on Facebook, “I’m producing a super violent ‘Castlevania’ miniseries with my homies Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde. It’s going to be dark, satirical, and after a decade of propaganda it will flip the vampire sub-genre on its head.”

Additionally, animator Michael Hirsh, whose studio Wow Unlimited Media is producing the series with Netflix, told the Globe and Mail that “Castlevania” is targeted towards a younger audience and his studio hopes to create “platforms that focus on youth.
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Plot Revealed: New Townies, Villians and Twists Are Teased

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Plot Revealed: New Townies, Villians and Twists Are Teased
Stranger Things” was, hands down, one of 2016’s best series. And fans are counting the days until Halloween, when season 2 will be available to stream on Netflix. We are looking forward to all the adventures and everything that takes places in Hawkins and its alternate upside-down dimension.

The second season of the Netflix original science-fiction/horror series is set in 1984, a year after the first installment. It’s Halloween in Hawkins, Indiana, and Will (Noah Schnapp) has rejoined his friends after being rescued from the Upside Down — but his new life is far from normal.

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“He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down — the question is whether they’re real or not,” co-creator Matt Duffer told EW. “So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”

This season,
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‘La Soledad’ Trailer: Venezuelan Drama Follows a Family in Peril During Economic Crisis

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‘La Soledad’ Trailer: Venezuelan Drama Follows a Family in Peril During Economic Crisis
La Soledad” captures the current social and economic situation in Venezuela. The film follows the story of Jose, a young father who has lived with his family in an abandoned mansion. He discovers that the house will soon be demolished and the land will be sold. Check out the exclusive trailer below.

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In a desperate attempt to save his family from becoming homeless, Jose begins to search for a treasure that is rumored to be buried in the house. In his search, Jose realizes that the mansion might be hunted with spirits.

La Soledad” is the debut feature film for The Venezuelan filmmaker Jorge Thielen Armand, who accomplished a fictive narrative with documentary components. It was screened at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and will have its North American premiere at the Miami Film Festival,
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The Best Movies of 2016, According to IndieWire Critic Eric Kohn

The Best Movies of 2016, According to IndieWire Critic Eric Kohn
Every December it bears repeating: Anyone who thinks this was a bad year for movies simply hasn’t seen enough. In an age of binge-viewing, a preponderance of must-see premium cable shows and, hell, even smartphone apps that command far more attention most feature-length achievements, the true range of quality cinema is often obscured by the noise of an ever-cluttered media landscape. To really assess the state of modern movies, one look beyond the obvious. Sure, it was a weak year for movies that stand out mainly due to star power and sizable marketing budgets, but those options represent only a small fraction of the marketplace.

The film festival circuit provides an ideal alternative to conventional channels for discovering movies worth talking about all year long — and, if they’re lucky enough to land distribution, they quality for year-end celebration on lists like this one. This year, every single finalist
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National Board of Review heavily rewards “Manchester by the Sea”

The precursors are coming in hot and heavy folks. Yesterday, the National Board of Review chimed in with their picks. Also, the Satellite nominations came out, so I’ll share them with you as well. First up, as you’ll see below, Nbr basically crowned Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea in as many places as they could. This more or less continues to solidify it as a Best Picture nominee when the Oscars come around. As expected, Casey Affleck took Best Actor for the film as well, with Lonergan getting Best Original Screenplay, while Lucas Hedges was Breakthrough Male. Barry Jenkins got a Best Director prize for Moonlight, which also saw Naomie Harris win Best Supporting Actress. Also of note was Amy Adams getting Best Actress for Arrival, Jeff Bridges winning Best Supporting Actor for Hell or High Water, as well as Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese scoring
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Nbr Names Manchester By The Sea As 2016 Film Of The Year

The National Board of Review has named Manchester By The Sea 2016’s Best Film of the Year, it was announced today, along with the organization’s other year-end honors.

Below is a full list of the 2016 award recipients announced by the National Board of Review:

Best Film: Manchester by the Sea

Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress: Amy Adams, Arrival

Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Best Supporting Actress: Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Adapted Screenplay: Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese, Silence

Best Animated Feature: Kubo and the Two Strings

Breakthrough Performance (Male): Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Breakthrough Performance (Female): Royalty Hightower, The Fits

Best Directorial Debut: Trey Edward Shults, Krisha

Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman

Best Documentary: O.J.: Made in America

Best Ensemble: Hidden
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Nbr names 'Manchester By The Sea' best film of 2016

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Nbr names 'Manchester By The Sea' best film of 2016
Barry Jenkins wins best director for Moonlight; Casey Affleck, Amy Adams scoop top acting awards.

The National Board Of Review (Nbr) on Tuesday declared Amazon StudiosManchester By The Sea its best film of 2016 as it honoured the drama with four awards.

Even though Nbr best film winners seldom go on to claim the best picture Oscar – one must go back to 2009 and Slumdog Millionaire for the last time that happened – the accolade confirms this drama and Monday’s Gothams victor Moonlight as the early awards season heavyweights, a view that the oncoming rush of critics groups awards could very well endorse.

It is notable too that there was a complete shut-out of La La Land and Fences, while Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese took adapted screenplay honours for Paramount’s little-seen Silence.

Besides the top accolade Manchester By The Sea also earned best actor for Casey Affleck, original screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan, and breakthrough
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