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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Hackers ‘The Dark Overlord’ Suspended from Twitter
No crime goes unpunished, and so it is that the Dark Overlord — a hacker group responsible for leaking the most recent season of “Orange Is the New Black” online — has had its Twitter account suspended. It’s a bold move from the social-media site, and the message is clear: Harassing people in 140 characters or fewer probably won’t have any consequences, but messing with Netflix certainly will.
Or maybe not. Variety reports that the suspension likely had to do with the group’s decision to leak the contact information of several clients of a healthcare provider based in Beverly Hills. After coming across season five of “OItNB,” the Dark Overlord attempted to blackmail the post-production company they obtained the illicit episodes from — and, according to Variety, ending up »
- Michael Nordine
‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Sing ‘I Will Survive,’ Even Though Most of Them Won’t — Watch
We’re down to our last 13 episodes of “Game of Thrones,” which means that even the characters with the thickest plot armor — Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen — may soon be on the chopping block. To remind us of the impending void, Sung by Movies has released a new video featuring “GoT” characters (many of them deceased, natch) singing along to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”
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Well, sort of — the Sung by Movies folks actually combed through the series and spliced bits and pieces of dialogue together, setting it to the music so that the likes of Ramsay Bolton, Brienne of Tarth, Littlefinger and others collectively “sing” the famous tune. It may be the best jokey rendition of the song since a pug sang it in “Men in Black,” a sentiment echoed by »
- Michael Nordine
‘Jaws on the Water’: Alamo Drafthouse to Host ‘Dive-In’ Screenings on a Lake, as if the Movie Isn’t Already Scary Enough
You’ve probably seen “Jaws” before, but have you ever seen it while floating in a lake? Alamo Drafthouse is once again offering seaworthy viewers the chance to do just that this summer, with several screenings in Austin’s Lake Travis throughout the end of June and all of July. People are so excited about (and scared of) the event that Twitter even devoted one of those newfangled Moments to it.
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Also part of the “Jaws on the Water” dive-in screenings: “Jaws 2,” albeit for one night only; “Jaws 3,” likewise as a one-off; and even “Jaws: The Revenge.” There’s swag as well, because of course there is, including a shark tube and a “Jaws” glass from Mondo featuring artwork by one Kevin Tong. We’re gonna need a bigger gift shop.
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- Michael Nordine
Netflix Introduces Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Stories, Because Deciding What to Watch Isn’t Hard Enough Already
A wealth of possibilities breeds dread, but that doesn’t stop us from endlessly browsing Netflix in search of something new to watch. The streaming giant is now making that both easier and more difficult with the introduction of interactive movies and shows that essentially function as choose-your-own-adventure stories, like the just-released “Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale.”
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The story will include such life-or-death decisions as “should these bears be friends or foes?” and be geared toward kids. Netflix’s announcement of the new concept says that it’s in keeping with the company’s goal of bringing “something completely new to Netflix that pushes the boundaries of storytelling and the way you engage with it”; should this go well, one hopes movies and shows not meant for kiddos will make »
- Michael Nordine
‘Wallace and Gromit’ Pays Tribute to Peter Sallis, Voice of the Cheese-Loving Wallace — Watch
Following the sad news that Peter Sallis has taken his last grand day out, the folks behind “Wallace and Gromit” have paid tribute to the departed actor. Sallis voiced the human half of the duo from its inception until 2010, including four short films (“A Grand Day Out,” “The Wrong Trousers,” “A Close Shave” and “A Matter of Loaf and Death”) and the feature film “Curse of the Were-Rabbit”; his gentle voice is one of the beloved stop-motion series’ most distinctive traits. Watch the video below.
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“At the time when I did it, I didn’t think this is going to make cinema history” he says as clips of the cheese-loving Wallace play. “But six years later in 1989, when the phone went and he said, ‘I finished it,’ I thought, ‘Oh, it’s only taken him six years. »
- Michael Nordine
Keanu Reeves Gives a Dramatic Pitch for ‘The Bad Batch’ with Ana Lily Amirpour
In Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch,” Keanu Reeves plays The Dream, the slick ruler of a post-apocalyptic encampment called Comfort, where social rejects party late into the night. He’s one of a few key characters in a dramatic story that finds Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) escaping an encampment of cannibals led by Miami Man (Jason Momoa) before she falls in love with him. With a bit part for Jim Carrey as a mute desert hermit and violent confrontations that leave you wondering who the real hero is, the movie offers a lot of entry points for discussion. That was evident on its opening night at New York’s IFC Center, when Reeves made a surprise appearance for the Q&A and found himself in the unexpected position of pitching the movie.
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- Eric Kohn
Corey Stoll Reflects on Playing Brutus in ‘Julius Caesar’: ‘Doing the Work of an Artist Has Become a Political Act’
You’ve no doubt heard a lot about Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “Julius Caesar,” but lost amid the canceled sponsorships and phony outrage is the fact that Corey Stoll of “House of Cards” and “Ant-Man” was playing Brutus. As the man who actually betrays the Donald Trump–like Caesar, Stoll is in a unique position to comment on the controversy.
He’s done just that in an insightful essay for Vulture, going out of his way to underscore something that anyone who’s actually read “Julius Caesar” already knows: “The play makes it clear that Caesar’s murder, which occurs midway through the play, is ruinous for Brutus and his co-conspirators, and for democracy itself.”
“A nontrivial percentage of our liberal audience had fantasized about undemocratic regime change in Washington,” he explains. »
- Michael Nordine
‘All Eyez on Me’ Sued for Copyright Infringement for Allegedly Lifting ‘Fictional Characters and Re-Worked Narratives’
The list of people who aren’t happy with “All Eyez on Me” continues to grow. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a journalist by the name of Kevin Powell is going even further than Jada Pinkett Smith and 50 Cent, as he’s actually filed a copyright lawsuit alleging that the Tupac Shakur biopic lifted “fictional characters and re-worked narratives” from a series of Vibe interviews he conducted with the slain rapper.
“While some of the content in these articles was factual,” reads the filing, “some portions of the article were changed or embellished by Plaintiff.” That’s crucial to Powell’s case, because if “All Eyez on Me” did in fact use his interviews — especially the parts that deviate from fact — then it essentially adapted his work without crediting him.
The complaint goes »
- Michael Nordine
Early ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Reviews Forecast Another Marvel Hit
It’s been something of Playlist water cooler chatter of late: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” didn’t look great and many of us speculated that the super hero comic book movie could be Marvel’s first dud in ages— arguably since “The Incredible Hulk” which only made $263 million worldwide in 2008. But it’s sounds like we’ll be happily wrong and pleasantly surprised. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” screened last night for some critics and the teen drama/comedy/super hero movie seems to be garnering unanimous praise.
Continue reading Early ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Reviews Forecast Another Marvel Hit at The Playlist. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Banksy’s Identity May Have Just Been Revealed
People have speculated about Banksy’s true identity since before the semi-anonymous street artist ever exited through the gift shop. The rumors have reignited once again following an interview with musician, DJ and producer Goldie, who may have just let the cat out of the bag in a new interview.
“Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write ‘Banksy’ on it, and we’re sorted,” he said. “We can sell it now. No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”
The Robert in question is speculated to be one Robert Del Naja, an artist and musician best known as one of the founding members of Massive Attack; others point to Robin Gunningham as a potential candidate. »
- Michael Nordine
It’s a Coppola World: Inside the Filmmaking Co-Op That is Sofia, Eleanor, Roman, and Francis
Sofia Coppola is the promotional circuit with “The Beguiled” (June 23, Focus Features). So is her 81-year-old mother, Eleanor, who wrote and directed her first narrative feature, the romantic road movie “Paris Can Wait;” Sony Pictures Classics is releasing it around the country to strong reviews and box office. Mother and daughter will meet, with their films, at this week’s Munich International Film Festival, where they’ll be joined by the man who began the family film dynasty, Francis Ford Coppola.
Sofia and her older brother, director and screenwriter Roman Coppola, also own San Francisco production company American Zoetrope, which their father launched in 1979; Roman runs it day to day. “They seek each other’s help when it’s needed,” said long-time family producer and casting guru Fred Roos.
- Anne Thompson
Sofia Coppola: Listen To 4 Hours Of Podcast Talks
I hope Sofia Coppola obeys everybody next time. That should make for way better art!
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) June 21, 2017
It’s been a bit of a rough week for Sofia Coppola, at least in the micro world of Film Twitter media. Her new film, “The Beguiled,” starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kristen Dunst and Elle Fanning has received excellent reviews and it heads into the arthouse box-office this weekend with strong chances for success (here’s our review).
Continue reading Sofia Coppola: Listen To 4 Hours Of Podcast Talks at The Playlist. »
- The Playlist
Dazzler Will Appear In The Upcoming ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Film
The “X-Men” franchise looked like it was in trouble for a minute. “X-Men: Apocalypse” was a disappointment financially when compared to its predecessor “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” (it earned 28% less worldwide) and all its stars, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and perhaps to a lesser extent, James McAvoy (who seemed like he might stick around) all appeared to be leaving the series now that their contracts were up.
Continue reading Dazzler Will Appear In The Upcoming ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Film at The Playlist. »
- Rodrigo Perez
‘Common Carrier’ Is A Demanding Experimental Pleasure [BAMcinemaFest Review]
A cursory glance at the BAMcinemaFest program might give the false impression that the festival serves merely as a launching pad for under-appreciated Sundance and SXSW films. To assume so would do a disservice to the New York festival’s tight curation and adventurous vision of independent American cinema. Experimental documentary “Common Carrier” — receiving its North American Premiere — is a superlative example of Bam’s niche, of bringing a challenging film to New York audiences with less commercial stakes.
Continue reading ‘Common Carrier’ Is A Demanding Experimental Pleasure [BAMcinemaFest Review] at The Playlist. »
- Bradley Warren
‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Twin Peaks’: Here’s Why Your Favorite Quirky Characters Wear Eyepatches
TV is full of characters that wear eyepatches for various reasons, and sometimes it’s simply to stand out among a huge cast.
When it comes to dramas like “Twin Peaks” or genre series like “Game of Thrones” or “The Walking Dead,” massive casts of characters allow for variety, whether it’s the run-of-the-mill diner waitress or the sword-swinging knight or the eyepatch-wearing neighbor.
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At the most basic level, an eyepatch sets a character apart, giving them a dangerous, rakish or even quirky air. Beloved by stereotypical pirates, the eyepatch has also been used to indicate that someone is a seafaring person.
But often, the eyepatch is used to signify some sort of trauma in the past. It’s also an easy way for a character to visibly show a badge of suffering without »
- Hanh Nguyen
Seth Rogen Wants to Party with Donald Trump Jr., Judd Apatow vs. Bill Cosby — The Week in Showrunner Tweets
One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.
Okay, This Is Pretty Funny
— Gizelle Lugo (@GizelleSays) June 18, 2017
It’s really the photo that sells it.
Also, gotta love this behind-the-scenes snapshot from the set of “American Gods”: »
- Liz Shannon Miller
My Country: Peter Nestler at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
PachamamaBeginning Saturday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is bringing to American shores the work of one of Germany’s finest filmmakers, Peter Nestler. Arranged in nine-parts, the extensive series is a major effort to make Nestler’s work better-known in the United States, where it has rarely shown. Nestler is a singular filmmaker, one for whom I have great affection, but also one who came to making films in a time and place singular in and of itself. The movies Germany produced for roughly the fifteen years after the formation of the country after World War II is a period often misunderstood by cinephiles and, at least until recently, underrepresented in retrospective programming outside of the country itself. In the 1950s and 1960s, German leftists were outraged by the continuing presence of Nazis in the government of the young Federal Republic, and by the way that polite society did »
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: 12 Things You Didn’t See In The Stunning Season Finale
Are you fully gagged? After a season of may highs and lows and a stable of queens that might not have been fully ready for prime time, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” pulled out an epic finale that shocked everyone in attendance and showed “Lip Sync Battle” how you can slay without choreographed dancers and big sets.
Note: Spoilers ahead. If you have not watched the season finale you have been warned.
Continue reading ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: 12 Things You Didn’t See In The Stunning Season Finale at The Playlist. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Quiz: Why Are These TV Characters Wearing Eyepatches?
Test your knowledge to see if you remember why these characters have one eye covered. »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Power’: When Starz Began Targeting African-American Viewers, It Paid Off With More Ratings and Subscribers
“Power,” which returns for a fourth season this Sunday, continues to be perhaps the most-watched TV series that the industry still isn’t talking about. But they should be.
Last year, the Starz drama was the second-most watched series on premium cable (behind “Game of Thrones”), according to the network’s data – which cumed more than 8 million viewers per episode via multiple platforms.
Credit for the show’s – and Starz’s – success goes to tapping into an African-American audience that has traditionally been underserved by the pay cable networks.
“The secret weapon is targeting audiences that are voracious watchers of television,” CEO Chris Albrecht said, “and would like to have something on there that is targeted toward them and is high quality.”
Read More: ‘Power’ Trailer: Ghost Heads to the Slammer in Season 4 Sneak Peek
- Michael Schneider
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