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Quentin Tarantino & Paul Thomas Anderson Talk ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,’ Avoiding Exploitation & More In New Q&a Podcast

Quentin Tarantino has few peers that are his equals. Everyone from his “Four Rooms” days has basically come and gone besides Robert Rodriguez who has seemingly gone in a different direction these last few years, and there are very few directors from his era that were up-and-coming at the time that are on his level. Perhaps the only one, arriving on the scene a few years after the 1994 success of “Pulp Fiction” is Paul Thomas Anderson.

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Listen to Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Listen to Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Talk about a meeting of the minds.

Lucky audiences at a recent Directors Guild of America membership screening in Los Angeles on August 18 were treated to a Q&a with movie masters Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson, who sat down to discuss the making of Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” If you haven’t seen the film, beware the spoilers ahead in the 35-minute conversation.

The lively chat spanned an array of topics surrounding the making of Tarantino’s 1969 period piece set in Los Angeles during a period of immense cultural change — all with the black hole of the Manson family looming over Hollywood.

In the podcast embedded below, Anderson and Tarantino dive into everything from recreating the Spahn Ranch of the ’60s and the neon signs of Los Angeles at the time, to how Tarantino revised Hollywood history to put his own spin on the
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Disney Plus Preview Proves The Mouse House Is The Content King [D23 Expo]

Anaheim – Sitting through the D23 Expo’s 90-minute session previewing Disney Plus, the Walt Disney Company’s new streaming service, it was hard not to be stuck with just how much content it was launching with. It’s one thing to hear a report of Disney CEO Bob Iger discussing it on a conference call with investors or to see news reports on new projects over time, but in person is something else.

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‘Noelle’ Trailer: Anna Kendrick & Bill Hader Star In An Xmas Movie For Disney+ [D23]

Disney’s quest for global domination is no joke and tonight at the D23 Expo, the company threw around their weight in Anaheim demonstrating to audiences and journalists why their streaming service Disney+ will be an essential subscription to have come November. This was the goal: make Disney+ look like a juggernaut and put Netflix on notice that they’re about to start nipping at their heels. While D+ showed off their Marvel and “Star Wars” muscle, that’s not all the streaming service has to offer.

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‘Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Series Will Begin Shooting in 2020

So now the Obi-Wan series is really, really real, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. — and that, pretty much, was all she had to say about that.

“After secrets and fibs and not being able to talk about it, I am thrilled to welcome out a beloved member of the Star Wars family,” she said of the long-rumored series.

Star Ewan McGregor walked out on stage to deafening cheers from the crowd. “It’s so nice,” he said. “It’s been four years of [dodging questions].”

Beyond that, details were scarce. Said Kennedy, “All scripts written. We start shooting next year.”

McGregor will reprise his role as as sage Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, which began with “The Phantom Menace” back in 1999. The role of world-weary, wise Obi-Wan was originally played by Sir Alec Guinness in 1977’s “A New Hope,” in which Obi-Wan sacrificed himself to his former student,
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‘Lady and the Tramp’ Trailer: Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux’s Live-Action Puppy Love Leads Disney+

‘Lady and the Tramp’ Trailer: Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux’s Live-Action Puppy Love Leads Disney+
Lady and the Tramp” is Disney’s latest live-action reimagining, only a) this one is actually live-action, unlike certain remakes using fancy shmancy CGI animation, and b) the new film is headed for Disney+, not theaters. See for yourself in the first trailer below.

Per previous synopses, “Lady and the Tramp” is set to tell the story of an upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel named Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson) who meets a street-smart, stray mongrel called the Tramp (Justin Theroux), and the two embark on many romantic adventures together — which will of course include the iconic spaghetti smooch scene from the original film.

With a script by Andrew Bujalski (“Support the Girls”), the new film could find fresh footing in the class disparities these two adorable puppers represent. Bujalski balanced similar inequality issues with a great deal of exuberant fun in his critically hailed 2018 film (starring Regina Hall), so perhaps
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All the McU Details From D23: Loki, ‘WandaVision,’ ‘She Hulk,’ ‘Ms. Marvel,’ and More

The Infinity Saga may be over, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe will barrel forward with the November launch of Disney+. At D23 Expo in Anaheim on Friday, Marvel head Kevin Feige confirmed that the upcoming slate of series scheduled to premiere on the Disney streaming platform will be integrated into the films just as the current McU movies are and always have been.

“These episodes will intersect with the movies in a very big way,” Feige said. “It’s a totally new form of storytelling that we get to play with and explore.”

Although Marvel fans already knew a handful of titles to expect, ranging from “WandaVision” and the Untitled Loki Series, Feige also announced three new titles. Details, below.

Untitled Loki Series

McU regular Tom Hiddleston will return as Loki for the Disney+ series. Daniel Brühl will return as Zemo, joined by Emily VanCamp, who played Sharon Carter in the “Captain America” films.
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Lucasfilm Officially Confirms Obi-Wan Disney+ Series Starring Ewan McGregor & Will Begin Production Next Year

Last week, it was reported that Disney+ was going to be the home of a brand-new live-action “Star Wars” series focused on Ewan McGregor’s version of the famed Jedi legend Obi-Wan Kenobi. But outside of that, there wasn’t much news. Well, tonight, at D23, Lucasfilm decided to let the cat out of the bag and fully announce the untitled “Star Wars” series.

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‘The Mandalorian’ Trailer: Disney+ Star Wars Series Gets Bountiful First Look

“Star Wars” is coming to Disney+ and it’s bringing a bit of the Dark Side with it. At this weekend’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, the team behind the new series “The Mandalorian” answered a few lingering questions, unveiling the first public look at the show set to make its streaming debut this fall.

This first peek not only gives a clue about the greater world of the series, but highlights the impressive cast. Pedro Pascal stars as the title character, a gun-toting, rule-breaking bounty hunter in the mold of past “Star Wars” rapscallions like Boba Fett and Sabine Wren.

“We were able to put together a production that stands up side by side with all the features,” said Jon Favreau at Friday’s presentation.

Set in the time after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” the show also features a bevy of other new characters, from former
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Randall Park, Kat Dennings & Kathryn Hahn Are Joining Marvel Studios’ ‘WandaVision’ Disney+ Series

Of all the series that Marvel Studios has announced for Disney+, the one that seems to have the least amount of “Holy Shit!”-esque buzz is probably “WandaVision.” Let’s be real, Scarlet Witch and Vision are clearly B-listers in the McU. Don’t @ me, just being real. They’re great, of course, but not Cap, Iron Man, Thor, or Black Widow, right? So, Marvel Studios is going to make “WandaVision” must-see TV by filling out the cast of the series with some incredible actors.

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‘The Mandalorian’ Trailer: Jon Favreau Introduces A Darker, Stranger Side To The ‘Star Wars’ Universe [D23]

Disney+ is doing their damnedest to lure both recent and lifelong Star Wars fans into the new streaming site with the promise of “The Mandalorian.” The new blockbuster show helmed by Jon Favreau will serve as the chief reason to subscribe to Disney+, other than, you know, the ability to stream all the top box office movies from the past several years. One of the big questions surrounding “The Mandalorian” is if the cinematic world of “Star Wars” can translate to the small screen.

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Marvel Announce A ‘She-Hulk Series Is Coming To Disney+

Part of the journey is the end and some of the major Marvel characters have said goodbye, Captain America (for now anyhow), Iron Man and Black Widow. What about some of the original “Avengers.” Well, there’s no word yet, but a new Disney+ announcement could potentially be a hint. Tonight onstage in Anaheim at D23, Marvel’s Kevin Feige revealed that a “She-Hulk” show is in development and will eventually come to Disney+.

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Marvel Studios Bringing A ‘Moon Knight’ Streaming Series To Disney+

Comic book companies have always had knockoff versions of their competition’s characters for years. For every Superman at DC, there’s Sentry and Hyperion over at Marvel. And for Batman, well, one of the closest characters that Marvel has is Moon Knight. And now, announced at D23, Disney has announced that Marvel Studios is bringing Moon Knight to the upcoming streaming service.

Read More: Ms.

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‘Lady And The Tramp’ Trailer: Monte, The Cute Rescue Dog, Stars As The Tramp For Disney+ [D23]

Just as live-action Disney remakes ran the risk of becoming extremely stale in the wake of “The Lion King,” the ‘”Lady and the Tramp” remake for Disney+ picked up steam. It became apparent that adorable rescue dogs, voiced by celebrities, would be the focus of the new Disney+ exclusive movie. With Monte the mutt playing the Tramp, this remake is, if nothing else, sure to be an adorable experience.

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‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ Trailer Debuts as Part of Disney+ Sneak Peek at D23

The first day of D23 Expo 2019 ended the Disney song and dance with a literal song and dance. Following the Disney+ presentation on Friday, fans then made their way to Stage 28 for the “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” sneak peek in which the first episode was shown and the fresh new cast participated in a Q & A.

But what exactly is “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” even? The double-coloned series is a tribute to the 2006 original “High School Musical” Disney Channel Original Movie about two juniors – a basketball jock and a science nerd – who try out for their school’s musical, and as a result, divide their cliqueish classmates. When it premiered it became Disney Channel’s most commercially successful Dcom, spawned two more movies and this new Disney+ series, and launched the careers of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.

“The Series” is a 10-episode scripted
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Ms. Marvel Confirmed For Disney+ Series & Will Join The McU Says Kevin Feige [D23]

Ms. Marvel Confirmed For Disney+ Series & Will Join The McU Says Kevin Feige [D23]
If Marvel was hurting for a minute publicly following the news they had lost “Spider-Man” to a financial turf war with Sony, they’re feeling really damn confident tonight in Anaheim at the D23 Expo. The “Ms. Marvel” show, announced a few hours ago in the trades was confirmed by Marvel onstage tonight. What’s more is Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has confirmed that Ms. Marvel will eventually join the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen.

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The Sony/Marvel War Over Spider-Man May Extend To Director Jon Watts

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the once cozy relationship between Marvel and Sony Pictures has gone from an unlikely romance and marriage to divorce. Sony and Marvel are consciously uncoupling and battling over “Spider-Man.” Battling would be the wrong word for it. While some are optimistic of reconciliation, as of right now, Spider-Man and Sony have taken the webcrawler and left the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to some warring between the two companies.

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Netflix Gets Head Start in Emmys Race, Winning Big Among 2019 Juried Awards

The Television Academy announced today the juried award winners for the 71st annual Emmy Awards in categories from Animation, Choreography, Interactive Programming, and Motion Design. Winners will be anointed at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies on Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15 in at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Netflix, which this year had 117 Emmy nominations altogether, won big among the juried awards, with Tim Miller’s animated series “Love, Death & Robots,” “Carmen Sandiego” and comedy talk show “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” all taking home major prizes.

YouTube also shared in the bounty in the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation category for the Google Spotlight Story “Age of Sail,” co-produced by Boathouse Studios, which is an immersive animated short directed by Oscar-winning animator John Kahrs. The Twitch platform received its first Emmy, for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media for Artificial.

The 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards presentation, executive-produced by Bob Bain,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Report

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Report
Yet another high-profile actor has been yanked by the irresistible lure of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Thirty-two-year-old English actor Kit Harington has been tapped to join the McU, according to Deadline, though which film yet remains a question mark. It’s said that Harington will join one of Marvel and Kevin Feige’s many franchises. However, hopefully details of his casting will emerge over the weekend as the D23 Expo unspools in Anaheim, Calif.

Expect a bounty of Marvel news to break out of D23, where Disney will reveal the McU slate for its Disney+ streaming service launching November 12. Already at the Expo today, fans and journalists have been treated to first footage from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and more.

2019 Primetime Emmy nominee Harington, whose Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones” was last seen heading off across The Wall to parts unknown, is a hot property
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8 Ways the ‘Deadliest Catch’ Camera Crew Survives the Hardest Job In TV and Still Gets a Great Image

For 15 seasons Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” has been documenting the journey of fishing ships to one of the most remote places in the world, the Bering Sea, to catch king crab and snow crab. In an environment where severe weather and high swells are frequent, it is one of the most difficult and dangerous places imaginable to film. It is also one of the most demanding jobs in all of television, requiring a set of skills not normally asked of a Hollywood camera department.

Here’s eight ways the camera team survives the hardest job in television, and still gets astounding images.

1. An Iron Gut

In an environment where the cameraperson is on a large boat that is often found heaving up and down over 30 foot swells, there are significant physical attributes needed before the creative part of the job even comes into play.

“The recruiting process is unique because
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