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Sorry, Spielberg, our readers disagree with your crusade against Netflix: ‘They belong at the Oscars’ [Poll Results]

Sorry, Spielberg, our readers disagree with your crusade against Netflix: ‘They belong at the Oscars’ [Poll Results]
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has made no secret of his opposition to streaming movies competing at the Oscars. He thinks they belong at the Emmys with the rest of the small-screen rabble, and he’ll be pushing for rule changes when the academy’s Board of Governors meets. But most of the readers we polled disagree with his position. Scroll down to see our complete poll results.

More than half of our respondents (54%) say, “Movies are movies regardless of their platform, so they belong at the Oscars.” And so far the Oscars themselves seem to agree. The academy nominated a few streaming documentaries over the years before opening the floodgates in 2017 when “Icarus” won Best Documentary Feature and the scripted drama “Mudbound” earned four nominations including Best Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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This year Netflix did even better.
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‘The Twilight Zone’: Zazie Beetz And Betty Gabriel Step Into CBS All-Access Series

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‘The Twilight Zone’: Zazie Beetz And Betty Gabriel Step Into CBS All-Access Series
Zazie Beetz and Betty Gabriel will appear in an early episode of The Twilight Zone, the high-profile revival by CBS All-Access that will get underway on April 1st when the first two episodes are released. Anther episode will follow every Thursday beginning April 11. Jordan Peele hosts the show, which will follow the original’s template of serving up sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, often with poetic justice on the side and a twist ending for dessert.

No word on the nature their roles. Beetz is best know for her Emmy-Nominated work on FX’s Atlanta playing co-lead Vanessa, the on-again-off-again girlfriend of Donald Glover’s character. Most recently she wrapped production on Todd Phillips’ thriller Joker, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the DC Comics icon.Beetz will next be seen in the thriller Wounds opposite Armie Hammer, which Annapurna premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Her recent film credits include High Flying Bird,
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Film Comment Selects Shines a Light on Desolation, Despair and Destruction

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The Hidden CityEarlier this month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted its 19th annual Film Comment Selects festival, a weeklong showcase of standout feature films from the past year’s international festival circuit, curated by the Film Comment editorial team. Despite the buzz surrounding the more anticipated titles including Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird and Laszlo Nemes’ Sunset, which were the Centerpiece and Opening Night selections, respectively, the festival also featured some more obscure gems that sought to transport us to places we likely wouldn’t have seen otherwise—from the underground sewers of Madrid, to the war zones in Ukraine, and remote rural villages in India—and ingratiate ourselves with people for whom death and desolation are specters that hover over their daily life in one way or another. The Hidden City opens with a shot of what look to be twilight stars, tiny flecks of light
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/Filmcast Ep. 506 – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Guest: Tasha Robinson from The Verge)

David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Tasha Robinson, film and TV editor for the Verge and co-host of The Next Picture Show podcast, to dish on the good, the bad, and the green at the 2019 Oscars. The cast discuss the Netflix film High Flying Bird and then move on to an in-depth […]

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: ‘High Flying Bird’ Star Melvin Gregg

When I went to see Steven Soderbergh's Netflix drama High Flying Bird, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that it was about an agent in the middle of an NBA lockout, it was shot on an iPhone, and it starred André Holland, who worked with Soderbergh on The Knick. I left wowed by his performance, but also impressed by the top draft pick his character was representing in the film. I was curious... who was that young actor? It turns out I'd see him before, and on Netflix to boot, as one of …
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‘High Flying Bird’ Review (Netflix)

Stars: André Holland, Melvin Gregg, Eddie Tavares, Farah Bala, Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe, Joy Taylor, Zazie Beetz, Bill Duke, Zachary Quinto, Caleb McLaughlin, Bobbi A Bordley, Sonja Sohn, Kyle MacLachlan, Jeryl Prescott, Justin Hurtt-Dunkley | Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney | Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh continues his ongoing evolution in digital filmmaking with High Flying Bird, released exclusively by streaming giants Netflix. The film is the second consecutive feature shot on an iPhone smartphone from Soderbergh after the phenomenal psychological thriller Unsane filmed on an iPhone 7 Plus and released only a year previously in 2018. Soderbergh utilises an iPhone 8 that is equipped with a wide-angle lens provided by Moondog Labs for his latest feature. A film that entails all the very best of Soderbergh’s masterful traits with terrific editing, delightful cinematography and a superb script. Yet also highlights the self-indulgence that directors of Soderbergh’s quality often succumb to in
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Rushes. Bruce Labruce and Karl Lagerfeld, Cannes Contenders, Trouble in "Dau"

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSNadav Lapid's Synonyms.The 69th Berlinale has concluded. You can find the full awards here, and our favorite films plus a complete roundup of our coverage here.Recommended VIEWINGFirst up: Ryusuke Hamaguchi's dark romance Asako I & II gets its lively Us trailer via Grasshopper Film. Watch our interview with Hamaguchi we conducted after film's Cannes premiere.Following its rapturous Sundance and Berlinale reception, here's the trailer for Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir.Angela Schanelec just received the Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlin for her new feature, I Was at Home, But... Here's the first clip and our review of this beautiful, fragmentary film.Recommended READINGDavid Cronenberg's eXistenZ.The key to understanding David Cronenberg's filmography and its themes of identity, writes Christianne Benedict, is the idea that "sex is what life is.
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Rushes. Berlinale Trailers, Restoring "Sátántangó," Remembering James Dean

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSZhang Yimou's One SecondZhang Yimou's latest One Second has been pulled from its competition slot at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film's official Weibo account cites "technical reasons," though some have speculated that the Cultural Revolution-set drama may have run into censorship troubles. Samuel L. Jackson and Giancarlo Esposito are both in talks to join Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, about African American veterans who return to Vietnam in search of a body and some hidden gold. “'I’ve done everything I need to do, I made a million films, I’ve been around the world,' she told CBS2’s Cindy Hsu. 'It’s been a pleasure to live and living has been terrific.'" One of the great pioneers of queer cinema, Barbara Hammer, speaks to CBS New York about "right to die" laws.
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Link Tank: 10 Facts About Alan Rickman

Spencer Mullen Feb 21, 2019

Alan Rickman, Rose Tico, Logitech, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Here's how The Dark Knight influenced Ryan Coogler's Black Panther.

"Imagine being a nerdy film student in the late 2000s when Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was released, and you might get a taste of what it was like to be Black Panther director Ryan Coogler at the University of Southern California. After Nolan’s masterpiece shattered our expectations of what a superhero movie could be, Coogler spent a lot of time analyzing the film with fellow film student Michael Shawver, who went on to be the editor on all of Coogler’s features, including Creed and Black Panther."

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Here's why there should be a Rose Tico spinoff show at Disney+.

"This week, Hn Entertainment caused a major disturbance in the force with an exclusive on five properties Lucasfilm
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Slamdance 2019: ‘High Flying Bird’ Review by Peter Belsito

Andre Holland, as Ray Burke, in ‘High Flying Bird’ navigates the NBA’s inner machinery to get his clients playing — and paid.

We first spent an interesting hour listening (unexpectedly — for me!… who knew he was going to be there?? … not me!!) to Steven Soderberg talking about his new film, the shooting with an iPhone and the new world of Netflix, Amazon etc. Wow!

Then we watched the film. A strange one I thought.

Andre Holland in ‘High Flying Bird’, Photo by Peter Andrews

High Flying Bird is about a somewhat strange sports negotiation for the services of a new basket ball superstar-to-be. High level, endless one on one meetings make up all the film’s scenes in midtown Manhattan, in bars, offices, fancy apartments, always moving. About a young basketball super star-to-be’s services, his lawyers and his hangers-on.

Everyone is black, affluent, educated, articulate, purposeful, real Manhattan business and wealthy types.
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‘High Flying Bird,’ Colin Kaepernick and ‘The Revolt of the Black Athlete’

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‘High Flying Bird,’ Colin Kaepernick and ‘The Revolt of the Black Athlete’
Stephen Soderbergh’s “High Flying Bird” imagines black pro athletes bypassing mostly white team owners to finally reap the profits of their own athleticism. Is it just a dream, or could Colin Kaepernick’s fight with the NFL be the start of something like the nascent revolt in the film? We talk it out on the latest “Low Key” podcast, which you can check out on Apple or right here:

On every episode of “Low Key,” co-host Keith Dennie, Aaron Lanton and me talk about aspects of pop culture we think others are missing. This week, Aaron finally gets to use his boundless sports knowledge to explain what was going on in “High Flying Bird,” and whether it could happen in real life.

Also Read: Is 'Black Panther' About Survivor's Remorse? (Podcast)

The film imagines what would happen if the mostly black athletes in the NBA discovered a
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Why Steven Soderbergh Sent ‘High Flying Bird’ To Netflix Instead Of Theaters

In a recent interview with IndieWire, Steven Soderbergh, famed director of “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” and “Logan Lucky,” discussed his thinking and the process behind his newest Netflix movie “High Flying Bird.”

Soderbergh’s newest movie was first conceived by André Holland, with whom Soderbergh worked with for a short while on the tv show “The Knick.” “High Flying Bird” delves into the world of basketball and business, how the two interconnect as one agent and one rookie shake the foundation.

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A Game On Top Of A Game: ‘High Flying Bird’ & The Sports Disruptor Movie [Podcast]

“They made a game on top of a game,” laments an old ball coach in Steven Soderberg‘s new Netflix drama “High Flying Bird” (read our review). The character, played by the great Bill Duke, is referring to a league system that treats black players like commodities because it could never beat them on the court. In this way, “High Flying Bird” is a scathing send-up of not only the NBA but all sorts of starry-eyed sports movies.

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How Soderbergh Designed His Own Filmmaking Universe – The ‘High Flying Bird’ Interview

How Soderbergh Designed His Own Filmmaking Universe – The ‘High Flying Bird’ Interview
Steven Soderbergh has spent a good portion of his career eliminating anything and anyone standing between the visuals and ideas in his head and his ability to translate them into moving images as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Last week, Soderbergh sat down with IndieWire to discuss his new Netflix film “High Flying Bird” — which explores the “what if” scenarios of basketball players starting their own league — and it was hard to not draw the parallel of, as he himself discusses, a director who has created his very own filmmaking universe. No matter the topic — shooting his next film “The Laundromat,” what’s next for his branching narrative “Mosaic” project, the iPhone, Netflix, his own viewing habits, or David Fincher — Soderbergh reveals a man who has designed his life to be constantly moving toward the next iteration and exploration of himself as a filmmaker.

IndieWire: “They built a game on top of a game.
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Now Stream This: ‘The Master’, ‘Horror Noire’, ‘High Flying Bird’, ‘Child’s Play’, and More

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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) Greetings, movie watchers. It’s time for another edition of Now Stream This, where I attempt to bring you an eclectic mix of movies streaming right this very moment. This week, we have […]

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11 Movies Shot on Smart Phones, from ‘Tangerine’ to ‘High Flying Bird’ (Photos)

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11 Movies Shot on Smart Phones, from ‘Tangerine’ to ‘High Flying Bird’ (Photos)
Steven Soderbergh wasn’t the first filmmaker to shoot an entire movie on an iPhone, but with his latest film “High Flying Bird” he’s proved yet again that it’s totally possible to have a professional, beautiful looking movie filmed with something that fits in your pocket. Here are some other feature films and a few shorts that have made use of Apple’s flagship smartphone.

High Flying Bird” (2019)

Soderbergh shot “High Flying Bird” on an iPhone 8, which is now capable of filming in 4K resolution. The wealthy and bright realms of power atop expensive restaurants and skyscrapers for high-powered agents is far different than the mood Soderbergh was chasing on “Unsane,” but the film even has a sequence in which the action of a one-on-one basketball match isn’t captured on camera but by teenagers on, what else, their phones.

Unsane” (2018)

The first time Steven Soderbergh utilized an
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Link Tank: Why Rebooting Harry Potter Is A Good Idea

Spencer Mullen Feb 13, 2019

Harry Potter, High Flying Bird, the Pentagon, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

The American solar industry has rapidly expanded over past eight years.

"The American solar industry has seen rapid growth over the past eight years, a report released Tuesday shows. The Solar Foundation’s annual jobs census shows a slight decline in employment over the past year, but the overall trend points to a much larger industry aided by plummeting prices."

Read more at Inverse.

Here's the argument for rebooting the Harry Potter franchise.

"As a Potterhead, the Harry Potter movies occupy a very complicated place in my heart. I can watch Prisoner of Azkaban whenever it comes on, and the first two movies do certainly hold a certain amount of nostalgia over me. But my eyes truly glaze over at Half-Blood Prince and Order of the Phoenix, because they are drier than Merlin’s beard.
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The Collider.com Podcast, Episode 184 – ‘The Lego Movie 2’ and ‘High Flying Bird’

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're talking about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and High Flying Bird. With The Lego Movie 2, we discuss how it compares to the first movie, the falling fortunes of the Lego franchise, why the sequel wasn't a hit at the box office, what happens to the franchise going forward, and more. Then we switch over to High Flying Bird, talk about how the film also functions as a metaphor for disrupting filmmaking, the great performances, how it compares to Soderbergh's planned adaptation of Moneyball, and more. We …
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‘High Flying Bird’: What Soderbergh Begged Apple to Change About the iPhone

‘High Flying Bird’: What Soderbergh Begged Apple to Change About the iPhone
Contemporary iPhones can shoot at 4K resolution, but that doesn’t mean its camera optics are on par with professional cameras used for filmmaking. In particular, the iPhone’s limitations are noticeable in wide shots with great depth of field and shots with a wide dynamic range of light.

It’s for this reason that Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone shot “Unsane” — a B-movie thriller set inside a psychiatric hospital — was well-suited to be shot on the iPhone: The claustrophobic film was shot in tight interior spaces, in which the direct/cinematographer was aiming for the ’70s gritty 16mm look of a “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

For his new film for Netflix, “High Flying Bird,” Soderbergh said he was going for something quite different.

“I wanted to shoot anamorphic, and have a much cleaner sort of presentation,” said Soderbergh in an interview with IndieWire. “Much slicker, much more of a kind of
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Steven Soderbergh thinks it’s ‘hilarious’ Oscar bosses want winners to emulate his drunken Best Director speech

Steven Soderbergh thinks it’s ‘hilarious’ Oscar bosses want winners to emulate his drunken Best Director speech
At last Monday’s Oscar nominees luncheon, producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss, issued a new rule (challenge? threat? Let’s go with threat) to the nominees: They will have 90 seconds total from the second the winner’s name is announced to get to the stage and complete their speech. Ruth. Less. To prove to everyone that it’s possible to give a great short speech, Gigliotti and Weiss played Steven Soderbergh‘s Best Director speech (watch above) for “Traffic” (2000) as the premier one to emulate. Which Soderbergh himself finds “hilarious” because, well, he was drunk when he gave it.

“I was like… ‘Oh, God,'” Soderbergh, who is currently promoting his Netflix film “High Flying Bird,” told our sister site IndieWire of when he got texts from friends about his speech being played. “It’s so hilarious to me that someone would point to that as an example of anything good.
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