Disruptor Netflix Joins Big Studios at the Table With MPAA Membership, Analysts Say

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Netflix is starting to look a lot like the media institutions it has been disrupting for years.

In one fell swoop on Tuesday, the streaming giant racked up an impressive 15 Academy Award nominations, including a best picture nod for Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white, Spanish-language drama “Roma.” Hours later came official word that the company had joined the Motion Picture Association of America, a trade group that issues content ratings for movies and represents Hollywood’s interests in Washington. It’s the first digital player to do so, potentially paving the way for an Amazon or an Apple to follow suit.

Breaking through the exclusive circles of the Academy and entering into the MPAA fellowship further establishes Netflix as a storied media brand. Is it a sign that a tech player that thrived on being an iconoclast that happily squabbles with legacy industries like the movie theater chains has started to mature into something different?
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Italy’s Notorious Pictures Expands Into Exhibition, Plans 200 Screens by 2023

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Italian distribution and production company Notorious Pictures is branching out into exhibition, aiming to have 20 multiplexes up and running within the next five years. The company has appointed former Uci Italy chief Andrea Stratta to head up a new Notorious Cinemas unit.

The company said it was already in the process of taking out a lease on a 10-screen hardtop in a mall outside Milan, which it will upgrade. Details of further facilities are being kept under wraps. The goal is to operate about 200 screens in Italy by 2023, and reach 5 million admissions that year.

Last year, admissions in Italy sank to 85.7 million, the lowest in a decade. But the market is now expected to grow.

Uci is currently Italy’s top exhibitor with 50 multiplexes and 503 screens. Stratta, who exited Uci last April, oversaw the company’s growth for 18 years.

“We leaped at the opportunity of bringing on board a great
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David Glasser Launches 101 Studios With $300M+ In Funding For TV, Movie Projects

Financiers Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, Marc Leder, Marvin Peart, Dan Schryer and East West Bank have partnered with CEO David Glasser and COO David Hutkin to launch of 101 Studios, a new global entertainment studio headquartered in Century City.

101 Studios has announced that it lined up more than $300 million to acquire, develop and produce four to six films a year in the United States, in addition to financing and producing six to eight new television series it has in development. The company has already set up an international sales division. The announcement was sent with an embargo for tomorrow morning, but a trade jumped that and so we are going with what we have.

101 Studios has closed on a $28.5 million television deal with Viacom for the first and second seasons of Yellowstone, the Taylor Sheridan modern-day western drama starring Kevin Costner. The program just wrapped on its second season. Yellowstone
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Oscar Nominee Reactions: Rami Malek, Willem Dafoe, Rachel Weisz, Adam McKay & Many More

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Oscar Nominee Reactions: Rami Malek, Willem Dafoe, Rachel Weisz, Adam McKay & Many More
They woke up early, they ordered breakfast in, and they’re very grateful. Here’s a round-up of key Oscar nominee reactions from this morning:

“It’s momentous, it’s something you dream of when you get into this business; it’s the ultimate accolade,” said Rami Malek scoring his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Fox/New Regency’s Bohemian Rhapsody, a movie several years in the making. Malek, akin to Robert De Niro in is prep for his Oscar-winning role as Jake La Motta in Raging Bull, completely submerged himself as Mercury, not only absorbing every interview and piece of doc footage he ever did, and talking to the band’s members and executive music producers Brian May and Robert Taylor, worked with a movement teacher Polly Bennett and nailed that Gujarati accent under the singer’s Royal Pronunciation via dialect coach William Conacher.
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HBO’s ‘Breslin And Hamill’ Documentary Drops Trailer

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HBO’s ‘Breslin And Hamill’ Documentary Drops Trailer
“Revolutionary,” “superstars,” “the voice of true New Yorkers” — that’s how Spike Lee and other influential figures describe journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill in the trailer released for HBO’s “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists” documentary.

The film, which premieres Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, follows the two newspaper columnists whose dedication and wit spoke for everyday people and transformed reporting about New York City and the country.

The doc also aims to take viewers back to the charm of the old New York, while delving into issues of race, class, and the practice of journalism that resonate powerfully in our own time. It will also touch on classic stories like the Bernhard Goetz, Son of Sam, Central Park Five, and Crown Heights cases, as well as many of the major events of the last half century, including the Kennedy assassinations, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, Watergate, and
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Christian Bale knocks Bradley Cooper out of top spot in Best Actor Oscar predictions

Christian Bale knocks Bradley Cooper out of top spot in Best Actor Oscar predictions
No. 2 has become No. 1. Christian Bale, who’s already won a Golden Globe and two Critics’ Choice Awards for his performance as Dick Cheney in “Vice,” is now the Best Actor Oscar frontrunner in our latest predictions.

On the heels of his Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy victories at Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards, Bale has inched past Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) with 19/5 odds to 39/10. However, our Experts are split between the two: 11 are backing Bale and 12 have Cooper. Bale has the edge with our Editors (four to one) and our Top 24 Users (10 to seven).

Cooper had been the frontrunner the entire season, but he hasn’t claimed a major prize yet. At the Globes, he lost the drama category to Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) before falling to Bale at Critics’ Choice. “A Star Is Born” has underperformed so far in general, with just twin
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Lantern Wins Test Case In Attempt By Hollywood Stars To Collect On Weinstein Co.’s Debts

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Lantern Entertainment likely won’t be liable for the unpaid royalties that the bankrupt The Weinstein Company owes several Hollywood stars, based on new bankruptcy court ruling in the case.

A group of prominent actors, directors and producers are seeking to recover profit participation payments that the indie studio owes for their work on four films, Silver Linings Playbook, St. Vincent, August: Osage County and Scary Movie 5.

This group, which includes Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, argues that Lantern couldn’t assume the contracts for these films without saying what they’ll do to clear up these old debts.

Collectively, these stars are owed millions of dollars.

Lantern, which acquired TWC’s film and television assets in a $289 million deal supervised by the bankruptcy court, argued it’s only liable for payments going forward. It brought suit against Silver Linings Playbook producer
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Will Christian Bale be the 5th actor to take the lead after dancing away with a supporting Oscar?

Will Christian Bale be the 5th actor to take the lead after dancing away with a supporting Oscar?
What do four disparate entertainers such as Jack Lemmon, Denzel Washington, Kevin Spacey and Robert De Niro have in common besides being actors. The quartet won a supporting Academy Award before claiming gold for a lead. Three-time nominee Christian Bale, whose uncanny transformation into Vice President Dick Cheney is the most acclaimed element of Adam McKay‘s satirical biopic “Vice,” could join that club if he wins a companion Academy Award to go with his supporting statuette for his crack-addicted boxer in 2010’s “The Fighter.” He previously was nominated for Best Actor for his con man in 2013’s “American Hustle” and for his supporting part as an anti-social whiz at numbers crunching in 2015’s “The Big Short,” also directed by McKay.

Let’s look at how the foursome above went about doubling up on Oscars:

*Lemmon, an eight-time Oscar nominee, first won for his comic-relief role as the rebellious Ensign Pulver in the 1955 Navy-themed dramedy,
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Battle of the Sams: Will Elliott or Rockwell make the Best Supporting Actor Oscar cut?

Battle of the Sams: Will Elliott or Rockwell make the Best Supporting Actor Oscar cut?
Sam is in? But which one? Now that the four televised precursors have spoken, four spots in the Best Supporting Actor Oscar race appear to be secure: Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”), Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”), Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) all scored Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA nominations. The last spot has been split between two Sams: Elliott (“A Star Is Born”), who made Critics’ Choice and SAG, and Rockwell (“Vice”), who was shortlisted at the Globes and BAFTA. Assuming the other four are in, which Sam will take the final spot in the Oscar lineup?

Elliott has had a rocky Oscar journey for what many felt was a safe nomination after “A Star Is Born” opened to great reviews and became a box office hit. The Globe snub was surprising, but in hindsight, given how “A Star Is Born
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Martin Scorsese's New Bob Dylan Documentary Is Coming to Netflix This Year

Martin Scorsese's New Bob Dylan Documentary Is Coming to Netflix This Year
After years of persistent rumors, it's been confirmed that Martin Scorsese has indeed teamed up with Bob Dylan for the new documentary Rolling Thunder Revue. The two previously worked together on 2005's No Direction Home but this time around, the legendary filmmaker will be chronicling the events of one of Dylan's most famous tours, his 1975-1976 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. The best part? The movie will be arriving on Netflix later this year.

According to a new report, even a release date for the documentary remains "months away," but Netflix has confirmed that the movie is coming this year, in addition to a few key details. The movie will be titled Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. While billed as a documentary, it's said to not be quite as straightforward as No Direction Home was, but how exactly Scorsese intends to mix things up remains to be seen.
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Latest Rambo 5 Image Has Stallone Saddled Up and Ready for Action

Latest Rambo 5 Image Has Stallone Saddled Up and Ready for Action
Sylvester Stallone has announced that he'll be sharing images from Rambo: Last Blood in the coming weeks. To start, the actor offered up a brand-new photo from the highly anticipated sequel, which shows the iconic hero on a horse tending to his ranch. The photo is in black and white, which is the way that Stallone is going to present the upcoming images, but promises that the movie will very much be in color. He had this to say.

"Every few days until the movie comes out I'm going to post images from the upcoming Rambo. See if you can follow along with the story using your imagination. All of the images that I post will be in black-and-white, but the film will be in dramatic color..."

Sylvester Stallone has become an avid social media user over the past few years and has given fans a very cool look into
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Martin Scorsese Plans Bob Dylan Documentary ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ for Netflix

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Martin Scorsese Plans Bob Dylan Documentary ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ for Netflix
Martin Scorsese is prepping a new Netflix documentary about the career of Bob Dylan, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The film, titled “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese,” documents Dylan’s 1975-1976 tour, the Rolling Thunder Revue, and is expected to include concert footage as well as interviews.

Dylan will also sit down for a rare on-camera interview for the new film, according to Variety, which first reported on the project.

Release plans are still being finalized for what’s expected to be a 2019 release.

Also Read: Luca Guadagnino to Direct Film Inspired by Classic Bob Dylan Album

According to the streaming giant’s logline:

“‘Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese’ captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year. Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream,
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Rachel Brosnahan Set To Host ‘SNL’, Fresh Off Globes Win For ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

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Rachel Brosnahan Set To Host ‘SNL’, Fresh Off Globes Win For ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Not a bad couple of days for Rachel Brosnahan. Fresh off her repeat Golden Globes win for Best Actress in a Comedy, the star of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has been set to host the new year’s first new Saturday Night Live episode, on January 19. It will be the Studio 8H SNL debut for the actress.

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Multiple Grammy nominee Greta Van Fleet with be the musical guest, also marking their first appearance on the NBC late-night staple created by Lorne Michaels and produced by his Broadway Video.

Brosnahan had been the favorite going into Sunday night’s Globes ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, and her series also was expected to repeat its 2018 win. But Netflix spoiled the latter with an upset vicotry for its Chuck Lorre comedy The Kominsky Method, starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin.
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Lantern Says It's Not Responsible for Weinstein Co. Debts to Hollywood Stars

Lantern Says It's Not Responsible for Weinstein Co. Debts to Hollywood Stars
Harvey Weinstein's troubles have now led to a bankruptcy fight that could influence the future of dealmaking for Hollywood's talent.

For $287 million, Lantern Entertainment acquired the rights to The Weinstein Co.'s impressive library of top independent films, including Silver Linings Playbook, St. Vincent and August: Osage County. But upon the acquisition of these titles, Lantern says it began looking into the books and records of Weinstein's old studio and found them not to be particularly organized. Accordingly, it's not surprising that many A-list stars — among them, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep ...
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Jeff Bridges Channels ‘The Dude’ In Daffy But Heartfelt Golden Globes Speech: “You’re All Trim Tabs – Tag, You’re It!”

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Jeff Bridges Channels ‘The Dude’ In Daffy But Heartfelt Golden Globes Speech: “You’re All Trim Tabs – Tag, You’re It!”
It may not spark an industry revolution like Frances McDormand’s Oscar-night call for inclusion riders, but Jeff Bridges managed to introduce Hollywood to a new term — “trim tab” — while accepting the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award.

The term, which became a main theme of the latter part of the speech, sent viewers at home scurrying to their nautical dictionaries and Hollywood luminaries in the Beverly Hilton alternately smiling or raising eyebrows at the vintage Bridges fillip. As the DeMille honoree explained, a trim tab is a small mechanism that helps stabilize a large ship or aircraft. Bridges credited philosopher, architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller with evoking the obscure piece of equipment, using it as a metaphor for an individual’s ability effect societal change.

“I like to think of myself as a trim tab,” Bridges said. “All of us are trim tabs. We seem like we’re not up to the task,
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Jeff Bridges Steers Golden Globes Audience Towards ‘Creating a Healthy Planet For All of Us’

Jeff Bridges Steers Golden Globes Audience Towards ‘Creating a Healthy Planet For All of Us’
There are few Hollywood stars more deserving of a career-spanning achievement award than Jeff Bridges, who has been acting since he was an actual infant — the son of the legendary actor Lloyd Bridges and actress and writer Dorothy Bridges made his uncredited debut in John Cromwell’s “The Company She Keeps” when he was less than two years old — and so his Sunday night coronation as the latest winner of the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award seemed nothing if not incredibly appropriate (and perhaps a little overdue).

Bridges, of course, likes to mix things up, and the star of such varied films as “The Big Lebowski,” “The Last Picture Show,” “Tron,” “Hell or High Water,” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” offered up a charming, wide-ranging acceptance speech after a loving introduction from fellow actor (and “Hell or High Water” co-star) Chris Pine and a career-spanning montage narrated by Sam Elliott.
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Robert De Niro Says Trump Is a Con Artist and White Supremacist

Robert De Niro Says Trump Is a Con Artist and White Supremacist
Robert De Niro has never been shy with his feelings about President Donald Trump, and in a new interview with the Guardian published on Sunday, he is still throwing barbs at the man in the White House.

Here are just a few of the insulting names he called Trump in his latest critique: a buffoon, con artist, huckster, scam artist, fascist, racist and white supremacist. To name a few.

“I’m older now and I’m just upset about what’s going on,” De Niro told the Guardian’s David Smith.
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Robert De Niro: ‘Trump is a real racist, a white supremacist’

The notoriously reticent star has become one of the most vocal critics of Donald Trump. He talks about how the man in the White House makes mobsters look bad, the damage being done to America – and how he fears for his mixed-race children

Here, with Orson Welles and Spike Lee on the walls, and James Dean and Natalie Wood on the doors to the toilets, is where Robert De Niro might have died. In October, a pipe bomb addressed to the actor was sent to the New York warehouse where his film production company hugs an atrium dotted with vintage movie posters.

A security guard found the suspicious package in the mailroom at 5am and police vehicles swarmed the Tribeca neighbourhood before dawn. De Niro got a call from security early that morning telling him the pipe bomb was being removed. “Naturally you are concerned,” he says phlegmatically. “It’s just what it is.
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Golden Globes predictions 2019: Complete TV odds in all 11 categories

Who will win when Golden Globes are handed out on Sunday night, January 6? The TV prizes are often challenging to predict since voters don’t usually follow the Emmys’ lead. They often gravitate to new shows and fresh faces, or A-list movie stars who make the move to the small screen. Scroll down to see our complete TV forecasts in all 11 categories listed in order of their racetrack odds, with projected winners highlighted in gold. Are we spot-on, or way off?

The Globes are decided by fewer than 100 international journalists who make up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but our odds are based on the combined forecasts of more than 1,000 Gold Derby users, including Expert journalists we’ve polled from leading media outlets, the Editors who cover awards all year for Gold Derby, the Top 24 Users who did the best predicting last year’s Globe winners for TV, the All-Star
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