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'Murder Mystery' Is Most Popular Netflix Title in 2019, Company Says

'Murder Mystery' Is Most Popular Netflix Title in 2019, Company Says
As 2019 draws to a close, Netflix is offering its own taken on the "year-end list," unveiling its most popular releases to hit the steaming service in 2019 in the United States.

Taking the No. 1 spot on Netflix's overall "most popular" list — which includes film and TV — is Murder Mystery, the feature comedy that stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as unwitting tourists who get wrapped up in a complicated murder plot. After the movie's June release, Netflix reported 30,869,863 accounts viewed Murder Mystery in its first three days, which represented ...
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Tom Holland's 'Uncharted' Losing Director Travis Knight

Tom Holland's 'Uncharted' Losing Director Travis Knight
Uncharted is losing yet another director, with filmmaker Travis Knight likely exiting the video game adaptation. Knight, who made his directorial debut with last year's Bumblebee, would join a growing list of filmmakers to come and go on the project, including Shawn Levy and 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg.

Insiders blame scheduling issues for Knight's exit. Star Tom Holland will play Spider-Man in a Sony film due out July 16, 2021 — and the production of that movie may push Uncharted back from its current Dec. 18, 2020 date. Knight is unlikely to stick around.

Stars Holland and Mark Wahlberg are still ...
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Syd Mead Dies: Visionary Futurist Who Worked On ‘Blade Runner’ & ‘Tron’ Was 86

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Syd Mead Dies: Visionary Futurist Who Worked On ‘Blade Runner’ & ‘Tron’ Was 86
Syd Mead, the visionary futurist who worked on such classic fantasy/sci-fi films as Tron, Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, died today in Pasadena. He was 86.

Roger Servick, his spouse and business partner of 40 years, told Deadline that Mead had been in failing health due to lymphoma cancer and he was undergoing treatment at City of Hope in Duarte, CA.

Servick, who was by Mead’s side when he died, said his last words were: “I’m done here. They’re coming to take me back.”

Mead’s art department credits include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Aliens, Timecop, Mission: Impossible III, Elysium and Tomorrowland. He also appeared in numerous documentaries over the years.

Last month he was named the recipient of the William Cameron Menzies Award from the Art Directors Guild, for his innovative neo-futuristic concept artwork on numerous legendary movies. The Adg had planned
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Netflix’s ‘Marriage Story’ Lands China Release With Road Pictures

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Netflix’s ‘Marriage Story’ Lands China Release With Road Pictures
Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, a Netflix original feature, has secured theatrical release in China after the streamer cut a deal with Road Pictures.

Starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, the pic chronicles a marriage breaking down. It premiered at Venice and Netflix gave the film an awards-qualifying release stateside. It’s up for six Golden Globes and is expected to be a contender at the Oscars.

The U.S. streaming outfit isn’t available in China and needs to find partners on the mainland for its releases.

Road Pictures is the distrib behind the enormously successful China releases of Capernaum, which grossed $54m, and Shoplifters, which took north of $14m. The release date for Marriage Story has not been confirmed but is expected to be after the Oscars in February.

“Marriage Story’s subtle and realistic and sometimes humorous (or life-affirming) portrayal of love, marriage and family in all
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The most exciting movies of 2020 – horror

Jordan Peele brings back the Candyman, Guillermo del Toro returns with his signature style and Kristen Stewart battles monsters in the depths of the ocean

More of the most anticipated films of 2020

A belated English language reboot of Japanese classic Ju-On: The Grudge (2002), this stars Andrea Riseborough and Demián Bichir as detectives investigating a series of violent and inexplicable deaths at the same house. Jacki Weaver plays someone called Lorna Moody, which bodes well.
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Kathryn Hahn's X-rated awakening: 'I responded to her sense of hunger'

Kathryn Hahn is playing a sex-crazed, porn-fuelled divorcee in the riotous new HBO comedy Mrs Fletcher. She reveals why she has forbidden her children to Google her name

‘I’m 46 years old,” says Kathryn Hahn, curled up on a seat opposite me. “And I still have no idea who I am.” For a while, Hollywood wasn’t sure either. She was the supportive romcom friend in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, the sex-crazed wife in Step Brothers and the dutiful mum in The Visit, stealing scenes whenever she could – but always playing a woman defined by someone else.

“I was burning for bigger opportunities,” she says, in a meeting room in HBO’s new Manhattan office. “But I never thought they would happen. I never thought I would be seen as the lead. I always felt like an outsider.”
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War epics, airmen and young Sopranos: essential films for 2020

Daniel Craig bows out as Bond, the original Ghostbusters make a slimy return and Dickens gets a razor-sharp reboot – our preview of movie highlights this year

An epic of Lean-ian proportions is delivered in this spectacular from director and co-writer Sam Mendes, who has developed a real-life story of heroism involving his grandfather, the novelist Alfred Mendes, and his first world war experiences on the western front in 1917.

10 January (All details marked are UK release dates)
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‘Family Members’: Film Review

There are many shades of loneliness, but the tatty gray isolation of a seaside town in the off-season provides a peculiarly perfect background hue for two bereaved late-teenage siblings in Argentinian director Mateo Bendesky’s elusively offbeat “Family Members.” Only Bendesky’s second feature, its contemplative remove — despite the humor inherent in many of its observations — is both a boon and a pitfall, providing plenty of room for unusually accurate insights into the strange workings of grief for those on the cusp of adulthood. But it also keeps us at a distance, and sells short some of its punchier ideas in favor of a precise, but slightly enervating portrait of two people struggling to regain some sense of connection while being trapped in about six different layers of limbo.

Following the death of their mother, the circumstances of which we learn about only gradually and elliptically, Gilda (Laila Maltz) and
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‘The Perfection’: Film Review

‘The Perfection’: Film Review
It’s punishment more than practice that makes “The Perfection,” which is less a horror film per se than a grisly yet upscale grand guignol melodrama. Richard Shepard’s very tricky suspense film, co-written with the TV writing-producing team of Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, has been a success for Netflix. The streaming service released the film earlier this year, picking it up after it made a stir at Fantastic Fest 2018.

The tale of classical musicianship and elaborate revenge is easier to admire than actually like, given somewhat repellent content grounded in character psychology that does not bear close scrutiny after these terse 90 minutes are over. Still, the icily well-crafted gamesmanship Shepard and company have devised certainly makes that time pass quickly, if uncomfortably.

The director has turned mostly to small-screen work since his last theatrical feature, “Dom Hemingway” (2013), including a dozen episodes of “Girls,” whose Allison Williams plays the lead here.
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My 2019 in Movies, Visualized

2019 is in the books. I hope it was a good year and a good decade for you. I assume that if you're a regular reader of this website, you're a big fan of movies. If that's the case, I highly recommend signing up for Letterboxd if you haven't already. This isn't a paid plug. I like promoting sites that I use frequently, and as someone who kept a movie journal before Letterboxd even existed, I adore having a place to keep my film viewing habits. The value of a movie journal is that it …
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Trivia: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Almost Had Two Other Younger Siblings in the Movie

Trivia: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Almost Had Two Other Younger Siblings in the Movie
If you like the classic 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, here’s a bit of trivia that’s been available for a while but may not be widely known, even among the film’s big fans. John Hughes‘ classic comedy features a rivalry between Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) and his sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey). Since Ferris is […]

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Remembering Celebrities Who Died in 2019

The man inside the yellow Big Bird suit; TV’s Rhoda; and a “Beverly Hills 90210” heartthrob are just a few of the beloved entertainment figures who died in 2019. Here are some of the unforgettable stars and creators of movies, TV and music who we lost this year.

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Several notable directors died in 2019, including pioneering French New Wave director Agnes Varda, who died March 29 at 90. “Singin’ in the Rain” director Stanley Donen died Feb. 21 at 94, while cult movie director Larry Cohen, who helmed “It’s Alive,” died March 23 at 77. “Boyz N the Hood” director John Singleton suffered a stroke and died April 29 at 51, and renowned documentarian D.A. Pennebaker, who made “Don’t Look Back,” died Aug. 1 at 94. “Romeo and Juliet” director Franco Zeffirelli died June 15 at 96. The colorful studio executive and producer of “Chinatown” and many other films, Robert Evans, died Oct. 26 at 89.

Movie stars who died in 2019 included Doris Day,
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Trent Reznor Really, Really Hated Working on ‘Bird Box’

Trent Reznor Really, Really Hated Working on ‘Bird Box’
Last year, Bird Box became Netflix’s biggest hit movie, setting the streaming giant’s seven-day records and inspiring dangerous memes. The film, which stars Sandra Bullock, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that has been overrun by monsters that cause people who look directly at them to kill themselves. For a movie that’s all about sight (or lack thereof), Bird […]

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Variety’s Sun Valley Film Festival Screenings Attract More Than 200 Oscar Voters

Variety’s Sun Valley Film Festival Screenings Attract More Than 200 Oscar Voters
Sun Valley, Idaho has been a holiday haven for members of the entertainment industry since the golden era of Hollywood, when the likes of Gary Cooper and Clark Gable flocked to the affluent ski resort. Today, the area remains a favored vacation getaway for such actors and filmmakers as Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood and Chelsea Handler.

With a bounty of fir trees bedecked with twinkling lights and a blanket of pristine powdery snow, Sun Valley also marked the perfect spot for Variety and Sun Valley Film Festival’s Screening Series on Dec. 27 and 29, where more than 200 voting members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gathered at the Argyros Performing Arts Center for each of the two screenings—Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” and “The Cave,” the latest documentary from Oscar-nominated Syriran filmmaker Feras Fayyad.

Teddy Grennan, founder of the Sun Valley Film Festival, and Candice Pate, the fest’s director,
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John Mulaney Had to Tell Comedy Central Executives of Dave Chappelle’s Surprise Departure in 2005

John Mulaney Had to Tell Comedy Central Executives of Dave Chappelle’s Surprise Departure in 2005
Back in 2005, comedian Dave Chappelle shocked everybody by fleeing to South Africa in the middle of a lucrative deal with Comedy Central while the third season of his sketch series Chappelle’s Show was still in production. But did you know that Saturday Night Live writer and comedian John Mulaney was the one who had […]

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The 12 Films of 2019 That Tell Us 2020 Box Office and Industry Trends

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The 12 Films of 2019 That Tell Us 2020 Box Office and Industry Trends
Year-end lists are a matter of taste and can say more about the writer than the subject. Annual box office summaries are statistics-based and often miss the bigger stories at hand.

So in an attempt at something different, we are going to cite 12 films of note not as hits or misses, but what they mean for future productions.

Wide Release

The Lion King (Disney)

The film that showed the strength of the overwhelmingly dominant studio was this technically updated remake of their 1994 animated smash. Both versions grossed over $400 million domestic: adjusted, 1994 would be $805 million and #20 all time; 2019 was $544 million and a bit more than double that overseas.

But what really makes this smash stand out is it came in the face of mediocre reviews and social media scorn questioning why a new version was necessary.

That damn-the-torpedoes success sends the message that the public has a mind of its own.
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At 93, Roger Corman Has No Intention of Retiring

At 93, Roger Corman Has No Intention of Retiring
Roger Corman is alive and well and up to his old tricks.

At 93, the prodigiously prolific director, producer and mini-major mogul has been in the business long enough to receive scores of lifetime achievement awards — he’ll be getting another one this week in Houston, courtesy of the Houston Film Critics Society — and solidify his status as equal parts living legend and eminence grise.

He has more than 400 films to his credit, including the no-budget B-movies, darkly comical cult-faves and stylishly gothic Edgar Allen Poe adaptations he made in the 1950s and ‘60s, and the dozens of films he produced for American-International and his own companies, New World and Concorde Pictures, that provided major career boosts for such up-and-comers as Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, Gale Anne Hurd and on and on and on.

In 2009, the Motion Picture Academy’s Board of Governors
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Box office cats-tastrophe: Cats projected to lose $70m

The Universal Pictures film is bound for the litter box as one of 2019’s biggest flops

Cats appears set to make movie hiss-tory – as a major box office failure for Universal Pictures.

The critically panned film, which had a reported budget of $95m (£72m), made only $6.62m (£5m) during its opening weekend and is projected to lose Universal at least $70m (£53m), the La Times reports – while Deadline reports the project could lose at least $71m (£54m) and Variety reports it could lose up to $100m (£76m). This would make the film one of the biggest box office flops of 2019.
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The Best Movies of 2019 on Amazon Prime Right Now

With the year (and the decade!) coming to a close and awards season in full swing, it's officially that time of year where we take stock of the best in movies. And in 2019, that list included more streaming titles than ever, with Netflix and Amazon continuing their rise towards cinema prestige and new heavyweight Disney+ entering the game of original content. With that in mind, we've put together a handy list of the best movies of 2019 you can watch on Amazon Prime right now. For clarity's sake, these aren't all Amazon Studios originals (though …
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All Shots of Leia in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Were Pulled From ‘Star Wars’ Movies (Including ‘Return of the Jedi’)

All Shots of Leia in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Were Pulled From ‘Star Wars’ Movies (Including ‘Return of the Jedi’)
Director and writer J.J. Abrams and his co-writer Chris Terrio had a major obstacle for them going into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: the deeply felt absence of star Carrie Fisher, who passed away in 2016. The solution to use already-shot footage of Fisher from Star Wars: The Force Awakens was met with some skepticism, but ultimately respect […]

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