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Netflix Says 20 Million Hours of ‘Mudbound’ Have Been Streamed, Which Is ‘Dramatically Bigger’ Than a Theatrical Release

Netflix Says 20 Million Hours of ‘Mudbound’ Have Been Streamed, Which Is ‘Dramatically Bigger’ Than a Theatrical Release
Netflix shocked the industry when it bought Dee Rees’ historical drama “Mudbound” for a whopping $12.5 million at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Because Netflix does not give its movies significant theatrical releases, many journalists were left wondering if an audience would show up to watch “Mudbound” on the streaming giant, but it turns out nobody had to worry. According to Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings, “Mudbound” has been streamed for over 20 million hours.

Hastings revealed the “Mudbound” data during his Ted Talk with Ted curator Chris Anderson, which is now available to stream online. Netflix has received backlash for prioritizing streaming over theatrical releases, but Hastings said “Mudbound” is proof it’s a method that’s worth. The CEO claimed “Mudbound” would not have gotten a similar turnout if it was only released in theaters. “Mudbound” played in select theaters for an awards-qualifying run.

“Sometimes you just want to relax
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‘Andrei Rublev’ Restoration Trailer: Andrei Tarkovsky’s Director’s Cut Gets A Theatrical Re-Release [Exclusive]

‘Andrei Rublev’ Restoration Trailer: Andrei Tarkovsky’s Director’s Cut Gets A Theatrical Re-Release [Exclusive]
Ingmar Bergman once said of the great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, “Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.” Indeed, a kind of forerunner in meditative, “slow cinema”— which always feels like a pejorative instead of the mystic contribution to cinema that it is, at least in this filmmakers hands— Tarkovsky’s gift was hypnotic sculpting of time that bestowed us stone-cold arthouse classics like “Solaris,” “Stalker” and “Ivan’s Childhood” and more.

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Christopher Plummer Crosses ‘Boundaries’; Eugene Jarecki Drives ‘The King’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Christopher Plummer Crosses ‘Boundaries’; Eugene Jarecki Drives ‘The King’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Two very different road trip movies are among this weekend's Specialty theatrical debuts. After its world premiere at SXSW and later festival showings in Seattle as well as Nantucket this weekend, Sony Pictures Classics is opening father-daughter journey, Boundaries by Shana Feste in New York and L.A. Oscilloscope, meanwhile, is bowing doc, The King by Eugene Jarecki in Manhattan. Jarecki takes to the road in Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across…
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Edgar Wright’s Next Film Is a Documentary on Cult Pop-Rock Band Sparks — Exclusive

Edgar Wright’s Next Film Is a Documentary on Cult Pop-Rock Band Sparks — Exclusive
Edgar Wright is following-up “Baby Driver” with a documentary feature on the cult pop-rock band Sparks. The director confirmed to IndieWire that he’s currently gathering archival material on the band for the project, which will be his first movie since “Baby Driver” became the biggest hit of his career. Wright shot the band’s May concert at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London as part of the documentary.

“I already shot their London concert in late May. The rest of is it [to be determined] and we’re currently scouring the archives,” Wright told IndieWire. “I have been a fan of them since I saw them on Top Of The Pops in 1979 — and when I had ‘Beat The Clock’ on vinyl.”

Sparks was formed in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael. Albums released by the Los Angeles rockers include their 1971 debut “Halfnelson,” plus 1976’s “Big Beat” and 1979’s “No. 1 in Heaven,
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Netflix Fires Director of Communications for ‘Descriptive Use of the N-Word’

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After coming under fire for what Netflix CEO Reed Hastings referred to as “descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions,” Jonathan Friedland is leaving his post as Executive Director of Communications. He announced his exit with two tweets: “I’m leaving Netflix after seven years. Leaders have to be beyond reproach in the example we set and unfortunately I fell short of that standard when I was insensitive in speaking to my team about words that offend in comedy”

He continued, “I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love and where I want everyone to feel included and appreciated. I feel honored to have built a brilliant and diverse global team and to have been part of our collective adventure.”

Within the company, Friedland’s departure was announced via a memo from Sarandos that claimed Friedland’s “unacceptably low
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‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 Review: The Marvel Hero’s Return Is Too Drawn Out, but Ends With a Fascinating Choice — Spoilers

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[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2.]

Like the changing of the seasons, another new superhero tale from the folks at Marvel and Netflix has arrived, continuing to expand upon the street-level action of New York City, far far away from any cosmic drama and snapping fingers.

Luke Cage” is extremely earthbound, in fact, focusing on the titular Harlem’s Hero (the always delightful Mike Colter) attempting to navigate his role as a very public superhero with all the complications of the modern world. Should he accept that endorsement deal? How should he handle the people he knows are up to no good in his neighborhood? And how do his actions affect the people around him?

The series comes in with an established world and very little catching up to do following the events of “The Defenders”, most importantly continuing the reign of Mariah as the crime queen she thinks Harlem needs. The only major new wrinkle
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‘Preacher’ Season 3 Review: One of TV’s Most Stylish Shows Loses the Plot While Searching for God

It’s no secret that no one stays dead on television anymore. Characters can always be revived, mortality can always be conquered, whether or not the show exists in any recognizable reality. What some of TV’s best shows have done is look at the consequences of that changing dynamic, the logistics of how to get viewers invested in the fates of people who may just live forever.

In its first two seasons, AMC’s graphic novel adaptation “Preacher” concerned itself with maybe the only thing bigger than death: the existence of God itself. Sometimes that’s manifested itself in the form of the series’ main character Jesse (Dominic Cooper) struggling to deal with an unstoppable power he’s been given. When the show hopped venues to New Orleans for Season 2, the essential trio of Jesse, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) searched for The Almighty inside jazz clubs and seedy off-highway motels.
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‘Get Out 2’: Jason Blum Says Jordan Peele Is ‘Flirting With the Idea’ of a Sequel to Their Horror Film

‘Get Out 2’: Jason Blum Says Jordan Peele Is ‘Flirting With the Idea’ of a Sequel to Their Horror Film
Is Jordan Peele making a sequel to “Get Out”? Producer Jason Blum won’t confirm or deny a “Get Out 2” in his new interview with Variety, although he is teasing the possibility of a sequel to the Oscar-winning horror film. When asked about a sequel, Blum said he would jump at the chance to make another “Get Out” as long as writer-director Peele is on board. Best of all, Blum said he believes Peele is “flirting with the idea” of a “Get Out 2.”

“If Jordan wants to do a sequel, I’ll do it in a second, but it has to come from Jordan Peele,” Blum said. “I think he’s flirting with the idea.”

Peele has expressed interest in the past of returning to the world of “Get Out.” At the Independent Spirit Awards earlier this year, the director told US Weekly that he’s “not closed off to a sequel,
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Lucasfilm’s Obi-Wan Future Is Unclear; ‘Mos Eisley’ Spin-Off Movie Rumors & More

Ok, yes, this The Hollywood Reporter piece on “Star Wars” and Lucasfilm in the wake of the failure of “Solo: A Star Wars Story“—a film that’s going to gross less than even some of the 1980s version of the original trilogy movies, even unadjusted for inflation—is the gift that giveth and in the interest of not overcrowding a piece, let’s move onto the Obi-Wan side of things.

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Sony Working On ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-Off ‘Silk’ About A Korean-American Spider-Woman

Not to be outdone by Warner Bros. and DC films, Sony is starting to collect quite a few officially unannounced superhero films that fill up their Spider-verse. The company who owns the rights to Spider–Man, but allows Marvel Studios to use that character for their ‘Avengers’ flicks, is looking to expand their superhero universe by tapping into the plethora of Spider-Man side characters.

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A Man Apart: Close-Up on Paul Schrader's "Light Sleeper"

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Paul Schrader's Light Sleeper (1992) is showing June 9-July 9, 2018 in the United States.In the opening sequence of Light Sleeper a man played by a pale-faced yet sleekly handsome Willem Dafoe is being chauffeured through the New York night. Beyond the windows of the car the lights of the city and traffic pass by reflecting on his impassive face, oversized piles of garbage litter the sidewalks and puddles of rainwater line the streets. He sees it all without touching it. On the soundtrack plays an achingly moody song with the line: ‘I trust my life in providence, I give my soul to grace.’ We don’t need the credits to tell us that we are in pure Paul Schrader territory: a man apart sheltered in a car at night, separated and shielded from the world.The man’s name
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Netflix CEO Claims Viewers Have Streamed 20 Million Hours Of ‘Mudbound’

Even after Netflix has soared in popularity, especially overseas, there’s still a fair amount of detractors that think the streaming service will never be able to replace theaters. Many of those people happen to be filmmakers that want their projects to be seen on the big screen, instead of on TV, phone, tablet, or laptop. However, for Netflix, this doesn’t make sense at all. And their counterpoint is simple – the streaming service brings more eyeballs to your project.

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Lucasfilm “Reassessing” ‘Star Wars’ Spinoffs, ‘Boba Fett’ Is Still In Development & Could Be Scaled Down

Solo: A Star Wars Story” hit theaters five weeks ago come this weekend and it hasn’t been a good time for Lucasfilm ever since. “Solo: A Star Wars” story is about to cross $350 million worldwide and $200 million domestically, but these are extremely disappointing numbers compared to any “Star Wars” film of the Disney era. If ‘Solo’ inches towards, say $400 million worldwide, that’s still down a massive 62% from the global haul of ‘Rogue One.’

Read More: Lucasfilm’s Obi-Wan Future Is Unclear; ‘Mos Eisley’ Spin-Off Movie Rumors & More

Worse, this week Collider reported that Lucasfilm, worried about how ‘Solo’ essentially flopped, were pausing development of their spinoff movies, namely Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi (causing Internet hysteria and reading comprehension problems that labeled the spin-offs outright canceled).

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The 7 Movies that Define the Trump Era, So Far

The 7 Movies that Define the Trump Era, So Far
We’re more than 18 months deep into the Trump era, and — for better or worse — the effect of his regime is finally starting to trickle into the movies. From massive franchise blockbusters to righteous historical biopics and even the occasional family comedy, films of all shapes and sizes have been responding to (or even inspired by) the current state of world affairs, reflecting the systemic failures that got us here, and occasionally using their light to guide us through the present darkness.

The defining cinema of the Trump era is likely still to come, but these seven films — including Eugene Jarecki’s “The King,” which opens in theaters today — provide our first indications as to how the movies might process this grim period of American history.

BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee is not a particularly subtle filmmaker, but we are not living in particularly subtle times. If “BlackKklansman” is blunt even by Lee’s standards,
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‘Silk’ Movie: Sony Developing ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff, Featuring Korean-American Superheroine — Report

Sony and producer Amy Pascal are in the early stages of developing a movie adaptation of the Marvel comic book series based on the superhero “Silk,” Deadline reports. The character was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos and debuted in 2014. Silk is a Korean-American superhero and the alter ego of Cindy Moon, who was bit by the same radioactive spider that turned Peter Parker into Spider-Man. Cindy and Peter attend the same high school in Queens, New York.

Silk” would another major push for inclusivity in the superhero tentpole space. Following the blockbuster successes of “Wonder Woman” and “Black Panther,” studios are actively seeking more inclusive blockbusters. “Captain Marvel,” opening in March 2019, will be Marvel’s first tentpole headlined by a solo female superhero.

Sony’s upcoming superhero films include “Venom,” which opens in theaters October 5. Pascal is also behind “Venom,” as well as a film adaptation of the
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‘SuperFly’: Director X on the Challenges of Releasing a Black Studio Film Post-‘Black Panther’

When Sony Pictures asked Director X to remake 1972 blaxploitation classic “Super Fly,” he had never seen the original. He had also never helmed a studio feature — just a 2015 indie, a Lifetime movie (“Center Stage: On Pointe”), and some of the most memorable music videos of the past 20 years, from Sisqó’s “Thong Song” to Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” viewed more than 1.4 billion times on YouTube.

However, while Director X created visuals for Jay-z, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, and Lil Wayne, “Lethal Weapon” and “Matrix” franchises producer Joel Silver struggled to get his “Super Fly” revamp made. “Joel had the rights, he had a studio that wanted to make it,” Director X told IndieWire. “The studio told him, ‘We don’t want to call it ‘Super Fly,’ and we don’t want it to be about anything that the original movie was about.'”

From that bizarre pronouncement,
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‘Cobra Kai’ Star Ralph Macchio Finally Finds a Reason to Revive His ‘Karate Kid’ Past — Turn It On Podcast

‘Cobra Kai’ Star Ralph Macchio Finally Finds a Reason to Revive His ‘Karate Kid’ Past — Turn It On Podcast
Ralph Macchio had been approached several times over the years with various ideas to revive his “Karate Kid” character, Daniel Larusso. But the pitch from writers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg was different.

Heald was behind “Hot Tub Time Machine,” while Hurwitz and Schlossberg were the brains behind the “Harold & Kumar” franchise. “So I knew they had their finger on the pulse of R-rated comedies for the young generation,” Macchio told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. “I thought that was interesting to have guys who had success in that world take on something iconic and nostalgic. It turns out they’re big ass ‘Karate Kid’ fans. It’s ‘Star Wars’ to them.”

What they came up with was “Cobra Kai,” which the trio first had to convince Sony, and stars Macchio and William Zabka, to consider. Once the studio was on board, they pitched it to YouTube
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‘Girlhood’ Filmmaker Céline Sciamma Working On A New Film With ‘Bpm’ Actress Adèle Haenel

Even though she hasn’t received as much recognition in the Us, there are not many filmmakers out there that have had as great of a young filmmaking career as Céline Sciamma.

The French filmmaker burst onto the scene as writer and director of the 2007 film “Water Lillies,” which was a breakout hit at that year’s Cannes. Since then, she has two more critically-acclaimed films under her belt, including 2014’s “Girlhood,” which again earned Sciamma some awards-recognition.

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Chloe Grace Moretz Wishes ‘Kick-Ass 2’ Was Handled Differently And Won’t Be Back For A Third

Chloe Grace Moretz Wishes ‘Kick-Ass 2’ Was Handled Differently And Won’t Be Back For A Third
Before “Deadpool” changed the game for R-rated superhero movies in 2016, Matthew Vaughn‘s adaption of Mark Millar‘s R-rated comic book “Kick-Ass” set the stage in 2010. It featured profanity, sex, drugs, excessive violence, and rock and roll. Perhaps the best part of “Kick-Ass,” however, was the young Chloe Grace Moretz‘s Hit-Girl, a trained assassin whose bite was far louder than her bark.

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‘The Domestics’ Trailer: A Married Couple Goes On A Road Trip Through The Post-Apocalypse

Road trip movies sometimes feel like a gamble. We’re never really sure what you’re going to get. There has to be something to really make it interesting. Whether it’s unique characters in a family dynamic like in the indie hit “Little Miss Sunshine,” or an intense and hilarious ride through a zombie-filled wasteland like in “Zombieland,” there has to be an additive to really bolster audiences to go on this journey with characters.

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