“We enjoy our independence in that we can work with different partners who are passionate about different projects of ours,” Burrows said. “It would need to be with a partner who really has the same values as us. We wouldn’t want to be one of these companies that needs to produce a certain number of shows within 24 months no matter what the quality of those shows might be. It’s very important to us, the type of shows that we make, and that they do stand out, that they’re adding something different to the global content landscape, and that we enjoy making them. We’ve certainly seen a lot of indies fall to that where they’re certainly under that pressure to make shows that maybe they’re not passionate about. We certainly will never put ourselves in that position.” … [Read more...] about Australia’s Jungle Entertainment Eyes ‘Bad Mothers’ & ‘Squinters’ Adaptations Amid U.S. Expansion & Looks To Produce American Series Down Under
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Days after The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story debuted on FX, Cuba Gooding Jr. received what can only be described as a very mixed review from O.J. Simpson, whom some call the most important critic in terms of this drama. Cuba Gooding Jr. has not had any personal contacted with the 'Juice'. Orenthal James Simpson currently stands as a convicted felon incarcerated at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. But O.J. did send an indirect message to the Oscar winning actor. About the whole thing, Cuba Gooding Jr. had this to say to Andy Cohen. … [Read more...] about What Does Cuba Gooding Jr. Think of O.J. Simpson’s American Crime Story Review?
Spike Lee captures a performance from the smash Broadway run of this exhilarating hymn to community and connection from the former Talking Heads frontman and his multicultural troupe. Despite the countless technological innovations in the 36 years since the release of Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense, that iconoclastic time capsule of a 1983 Talking Heads show is still considered by many to be the greatest rock concert film ever made. So it's both miraculous and entirely fitting that director Spike Lee teams with the former frontman of that influential new wave band to deliver an immersive movie experience arguably equal to its illustrious predecessor in David Byrne's American Utopia. … [Read more...] about David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’: Film Review | TIFF 2020
There are ways in which I somewhat prefer Zhao’s two previous films, mainly because they center on people whose Western lifestyles remain connected to those of many previous generations of Americans—cowboys, oil drillers, ranchers and farmers, homesteaders, anyone who works with animals—but now have been bypassed by technology and utterly changed times. The homeless, rootless people on view in Nomadland summon up memories of the itinerants and vagabonds of the Great Depression years, but at least two factors are different: Many of the modern-era vagabonds possess vehicles, even if they have no money, and the dominant personalities tend to be women, although that impression could simply stem from Zhao having decided to focus more upon them (the only other name actor here, David Strathairn, plays a taciturn guy clearly interested in Fern but who gets nowhere). … [Read more...] about Film Review: Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Starring Frances McDormand
McDormand plays Fern, a stoical, hard-working widow in her early 60s who has lived her entire adult life in a company tract house provided by the United States Gypsum Corporation in Empire, Nevada. A drop in demand for sheetrock led to the closing of the mine there in 2011, and the place became a ghost town, its zip code discontinued within months. The fond sadness with which Fern nuzzles into her late husband's overalls as she removes her belongings from a storage locker at the start of the film speaks volumes about their marriage and his death. … [Read more...] about ‘Nomadland’: Film Review | Venice 2020