provided by Published 11:45 am CST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Photo: Livia Cives For Variety Photo: Livia Cives For Variety Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Livia Cives For Variety 2019 Predictions: What’s in Store for Film, TV and Music Next Year? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery It would be hard to top the drama of 2018. From media mega-mergers to the rise of Time’s Up, it was a year that had more than its fair share of twists and turns. Leslie Moonves resigned in disgrace, AT&T snapped up Time Warner, Disney inched closer to subsuming Fox and “Black Panther” shattered box office records and became a rallying cry for inclusion. Given all that … [Read more...] about 2019 Predictions: What’s in Store for Film, TV and Music Next Year?
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“Fahrenheit 451” (available Saturday on HBO Now, HBO Go): Ramin Bahrani (“99 Homes”) directed this adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel about a future in which books are burned. Michael B. Jordan stars as our intellectually awakened protag. Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella co-star.“Picnic at Hanging Rock” (available Saturday on Prime): A miniseries adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel (previously made into an unnerving Peter Weir film) is about a group of schoolgirls who go missing while on an outing. Stars Natalie Dormer and Yael Stone.“Barry” and “Silicon Valley” (HBO Now, HBO Go): The Bill Hader hitman comedy just wrapped up an extraordinary debut season, and the techland satire just capped one of its best seasons in years.“Winter’s Bone” (Amazon Prime, Hulu): Debra Granik’s exquisite backwoods noir made an overnight star out of Jennifer Lawrence.“Assault on … [Read more...] about New movies and TV streaming on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Starz and Amazon Prime
By Bruce DeMara Entertainment Reporter Peter Howell Movie Critic Raju Mudhar Staff Reporter Sun., April 22, 2018 A quarter-century after Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival began as a small, mostly inside-industry event, it has become the largest in North America and one of the preeminent fests of its kind in the world for films that explore true stories, memorable personalities, and social, cultural and political events and ideas from all parts of the globe. At the 25-year mark, Hot Docs has also achieved a laudable and remarkable milestone in gender equality, with half of the more than 200 films on offer made by women filmmakers. The festival, which runs from April 26 to May 6 this year, has also become a much needed forum for international filmmakers and a much anticipated staple for cinema-loving audiences in Toronto and elsewhere. It’s set to sell more than 200,000 tickets at 14 venues across the city, including … [Read more...] about 22 movies to watch at Hot Docs
As much as comedians today owe a debt of gratitude to Bob Newhart's button-downed mind and razor-sharp timing, so too must TV comedy shows pay homage to CBS' The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78) for reinventing the sitcom. "I think we all were influenced by it," writer and comedian Judd Apatow says. "It was very different than what we had seen before it." The Bob Newhart Show — which earned two comedy series Emmy nominations during its run — was based on the reactionary humor Newhart had perfected in nightclubs. In so doing, it created the blueprint for such comedies as Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Roseanne. "The key to building a show around a stand-up is maintaining the integrity of the persona you create," Newhart tells The Hollywood Reporter. Longtime Newhart fan Conan O'Brien agrees. "Bob's not finding himself on TV. He knows exactly who he is." The show, in which Newhart starred as Dr. Robert Hartley, a put-upon psychiatrist as he dealt with his wife, … [Read more...] about ‘The Bob Newhart Show,’ 40 Years Later: An Oral History of TV’s Game-Changing Comedy
Back when Netflix simply delivered mail-order DVDs, it was still called Netflix, anticipating the day when it would be a big internet presence. The name also forecast its plan to expand into original movies, drawing the type of premium audiences the company wanted to attract. That day has arrived. Last October, the well-received Idris Elba war drama “Beasts of No Nation” became the streaming service’s first theatrical release. In February, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” arrived as the first feature film to premiere on Netflix and in theaters — cementing the company’s status as a significant force in Hollywood. Even if they are expensive to produce, such original productions are valuable to its customers, creating what Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has called “a halo effect on the brand.” That scheme, shared by other streaming services, is disrupting brick-and-mortar cinemas, stimulating the cultural … [Read more...] about How Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services are revolutionizing movies