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The 10 Best Netflix Movies of 2019

The 10 Best Netflix Movies of 2019
This time last year, Netflix estimated that it would release 90 original movies in 2019. At the time, the number seemed outrageous: That’s more than four times the number Warner Bros. made in the same 12-month period — and more than any human would ever care to watch. Guess what: Turns out that 90 was a conservative estimate, as Netflix unloaded nearly that many original features and series (one estimate pegged the number at 73) last month alone.

Overwhelmed? Netflix employees refer to all those movies as “content,” but to quote “The Irishman” director Martin Scorsese, “But that’s not cinema.” Scorsese was dismissing Marvel movies when he said that — albeit with his face pressed to the window of his shiny new glass house. Cinema, it would seem, isn’t something one sees in the cinema anymore, and no one’s doing more to expand that experience than Netflix, including buying up a few
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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Clip Released in ‘Fortnite’, Where You Can Now Wield a Lightsaber

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Clip Released in ‘Fortnite’, Where You Can Now Wield a Lightsaber
Because it’s 2019, and everything is a commercial, the popular online multiplayer video game Fortnite was exclusively treated to the debut of a new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker clip. But surely you’re an adult with responsibilities and there’s a chance that maybe you don’t even know what Fortnite is. Thankfully, gamers who record […]

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“There Were Signposts All Along The Way”: Peter Dinklage Discusses Daenerys’s Heel Turn

And the book says we may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us. So goes the story of “Game of Thrones,” a cultural phenomenon that broke the collective hearts and minds of the internet in 2019. The show’s tragic ending for the once-beloved Daenerys Targaryen was a sore spot for many fans, one that doomed the cast and crew to answer questions about the show’s ending for the rest of their careers.

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Upcoming Netflix Movie Release Dates

If it seems as though Netflix is releasing a new original film each week it’s because, well, they nearly are. Director Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation marked the first “Netflix Original Film” back in 2015, and since that time Netflix has ramped up both production and acquisition of original films to debut exclusively on the streaming service. They range from romcoms like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to Oscar-winning dramas like Roma to even blockbusters like Bright, and Netflix is showing no signs of slowing down. So with so many upcoming Netflix movies …
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Here’s How Long It Will Be Until New Disney Movies Arrive on Disney+

With Disney+ here, Disney is looking to change the streaming landscape in a big way. They’ve got a major advantage over their competitors by having not only the Disney name, but a stacked library of titles that people already enjoy. After decades of the “Disney Vault” creating artificial demand from artificial scarcity, Disney+ represents a 180 where they’ll be more than happy to put their beloved titles on a streaming platform for all to enjoy. [caption id="attachment_802126" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Lucasfilm/Disney/caption] But while Disney is showcasing their back catalogue, what does the …
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‘Uncut Gems’ Directors Josh and Benny Safdie Almost Cast Kobe Bryant Before Landing on Kevin Garnett

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‘Uncut Gems’ Directors Josh and Benny Safdie Almost Cast Kobe Bryant Before Landing on Kevin Garnett
Josh and Benny Safdie’s merciless assault on the senses, “Uncut Gems,” is now in theaters from A24, with the film’s star Adam Sandler turning out a startling performance that both showcases his singular gifts while revealing new ones. Not since “Punch-Drunk Love” has the comic actor delivered such an unhinged, yet emotionally nuanced turn.

He stars as the eccentric, abrasive Howard Ratner, a NYC jewelery dealer who is splitting up with his fed-up wife (Idina Menzel) and has all but alienated his children. One of the film’s subplots revolves around a rare gem that Howard has imported to his shop, which he ends up lending to real-life basketball player Kevin Garnett. However, according to a new interview with Vulture, the Safdies originally designed the film around Kobe Bryant, and also considered NBA players Amar’e Stoudemire and Joel Embiid.

“It started with Amar’e Stoudemire, who was a
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Joe Cornish Heads to HBO Max for TV Series Adaptation of Sci-Fi Novel ‘Snow Crash’

Director Joe Cornish has set up his next project: A return to television directing with an adaptation of the sci-fi novel Snow Crash. Although Cornish is best known for his work on Attack the Block and the more recent adventure flick The Kid Who Would Be King, the director did get his start directing the UK TV series The Adam and Joe Show, which ran from 1996 to 2001. [caption id="attachment_859711" align="alignright" width="200"] Image via Del Rey/caption] Now, according to Deadline, Cornish is moving on from The Kid Who Would Be King to Snow Crash. …
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“It Was Like a Weird Dream”: Elisabeth Moss On Working With Wes Anderson

This has been a good year for Elisabeth Moss. Not only is Moss receiving accolades for “Her Smell,” a film about a self-destructive musician, she also starred in the third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and is set to revamp the Universal Monsters pantheon with her horror director Leigh Whannell. Oh, and she also starred in some little no-budget film called “Us,” which only dominated the cultural conversation for a couple of months.

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‘Star Wars’ Rumors: Will Wedge Antilles And Ahsoka Tano Appear In ‘Rise of Skywalker’?

Lift a glass and toast to those poor “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” folks. Stuck in the middle of a never-ending junket, forced to answer constant questions about the ‘Star Wars’ universe and watching controversies and counter-controversies spawn from every misspoken phrase – it’s a lot. More often than not, the most the cast and crew can hope for is to skate through these interviews unscathed, offering a handful of answers that barely move the needle.

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Rey Uses a Jedi Mind Trick in ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Scene Unveiled at Fortnite Event

We're less than a week away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and we're still being treated to new goodies from the film. On Saturday, director J.J. Abrams participated in an in-game Fortnite crossover event where he, as an avatar of himself, unveiled a new clip from Rise of Skywalker. Let's cut right to the chase: The new Rise of Skywalker clip is a crowd-pleaser for Star Wars fans everywhere. Even though it's short, it reveals Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) sneaking their way …
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Relax and Let Henry Cavill Read You ‘The Witcher’

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Relax and Let Henry Cavill Read You ‘The Witcher’
As I write this, it’s Friday, it’s late in the day, and we’re all ready for the weekend to get here. None of us much feels like doing anything that requires real effort at the moment, so my advice is to just kick back and relax. And what could be more relaxing than having professional […]

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Steven Soderbergh Explains Why “Letting Go Of The Writing” Helped Shape His Career

No filmmaker interviews quite like Steven Soderbergh. Sure, some filmmakers may share his appreciation fo film history; others may be willing to speak candidly about their success and failures in the industry; still others might be willing to take a measured approach to the future of cinema. But nobody can combine all of it – the technology, the artifice, the self-loathing, and the triumphs – into the conversation quite like Soderbergh. For years now, Soderbergh has carved his own path in Hollywood, exploring new distribution platforms, emerging narrative concepts, and industry trends with a notable lack of ego.

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Kristen Stewart Not ‘Gutted’ Over ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Box-Office Flop: ‘Dude, We Just Wanted to Have a Good Time’

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Kristen Stewart Not ‘Gutted’ Over ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Box-Office Flop: ‘Dude, We Just Wanted to Have a Good Time’
Director Elizabeth Banks’ reboot of “Charlie’s Angels,” despite its aces cast led by Kristen Stewart, came and went from theaters this past November, earning just above $17 million domestically at the box office. However, Stewart, for one, is not “gutted” over the film’s box-office performance, as she explained in a recent interview on The Playlist.

“Well, to be honest with you, I think if I had made a movie that wasn’t good and one that I wasn’t proud of and a lot of people saw it, I would be devastated,” Stewart said. “Luckily I’m not feeling gutted because I really am proud of the movie. And I think that the kind of the climate that we’re living in right now is polarizing and it’s weird and it’s kind of hard to promote a movie like that. And I think trying to have a really complicated,
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You Can Now Read All 145 Pages Of “The Irishman” Script Online

One of the underrated benefits of award season is the number of screenplays that end up legally online. These days, most studios jockeying for a screenwriting nomination will share their scripts, allowing professional and amateur writers alike the opportunity to study and learn from some of the best writers in the business. In a world where DVD commentaries are slowly fading away in favor of streaming releases, being able to compare a screenplay to the final onscreen results may be one of the better Diy approaches to film creation we have left.

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Want to Hear “Into the Unknown” From ‘Frozen II’ Performed in 29 Languages?

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Want to Hear “Into the Unknown” From ‘Frozen II’ Performed in 29 Languages?
Frozen II has been dubbed into 45 languages, because Disney’s reach is far and wide. So what does “Into the Unknown”, the big showstopping number from the sequel, sound like in other native tongues? Disney has the answer, releasing a new “Into the Unknown” video that features 29 different languages, starting off in English before […]

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This ‘6 Underground’ Goof Reveals Ryan Reynolds Is in Two Places at Once

Welp, it looks like someone has already spotted a goof in Michael Bay's latest action flick, 6 Underground. The Netflix release stars Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Manuel Garcia-Ruffo, Corey Hawkins, Ben Hardy, Adria Arjona, and Dave Franco as members of a covert task force working to depose a Middle Eastern dictator and install a more democratic leader. As revealed on Reddit by u/thejokerjackson, the big mistake reveals Reynolds to be in two places at once during the high-octane chase sequence at the beginning of the film. The mistake happens towards the end of the nearly …
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Jay Roach Says the Point of ‘Bombshell,’ Despite Focus on Fox News, Is a Nonpartisan Issue

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Jay Roach Says the Point of ‘Bombshell,’ Despite Focus on Fox News, Is a Nonpartisan Issue
When your movie is focused on the 2016 downfall of Fox News CEO and chairman Roger Ailes in the wake of a damning sexual harassment scandal, you’re going to get criticism from both ends of the political criticism because your target is, in fact, Fox. Such is the case with director Jay Roach’s “Bombshell,” written by Charles Randolph, which chronicles Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and Gretchen Carlson’s (Nicole Kidman) takedown of their boss after a long, repeating history of bad behavior in the workplace.

In a recent interview with Uproxx, Roach, who previously tackled the political landscape with the 2012 HBO film “Game Change,” said he’s surprised by the vehement reactions coming at him on either side. For the director, the focus at the movie’s core, which is on the harassment these women had to endure in the workplace and even beyond, is “a nonpartisan issue.”

“Some
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Lulu Wang Officially Joins Nicole Kidman’s ‘Expatriates’ Series At Amazon

Sometimes, good things come to those who don’t wait. Just two days after Nicole Kidman and “The Farewell” director Lulu Wang shared a maybe-tipsy photo teasing an upcoming collaboration, their studio has made it official: Kidman and Wang will be collaborating on a new Amazon television series, one that tries to capture the depict the American ex-pat experience on the streets of Hong Kong.

Read More: “The Farewell” Turned Down a Big Streaming Offer To Stay in Theaters

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‘Watchmen’ Continues to be One of the Most Revolutionary Shows on Television

‘Watchmen’ Continues to be One of the Most Revolutionary Shows on Television
It’s been several days since the latest Watchmen episode, “A God Walks Into Abar,” and I still can’t believe that this series was able to top itself after the last big reveal of Will Reeves being Hooded Justice. But top itself it has, and in the most unexpected way possible. How many of us are […]

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Oscars 2020: Best Original Score Predictions

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Oscars 2020: Best Original Score Predictions
At the top of a long list of lauded composers vying for Oscars this year are the four who landed both Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe Best Score nominations. Challenging never-nominated frontrunner Hildur Guðnadóttir (“Joker”) are two-time Oscar winners Alexandre Desplat (“Little Women”) and Randy Newman (“Marriage Story”), who is dueling not only with himself (“Toy Story 4”) but his cousin Thomas Newman, long overdue with 14 nominations (World War I epic “1917”).

Icelandic cellist/composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s unique experimental orchestral score for “Joker” tunes into the inner emotional struggles of the lead character, Arthur Fleck. The composer has been praised not only for inspiring Joaquin Phoenix’s performance, but recently took home an Emmy for her avant-garde score for HBO hit series “Chernobyl.” She would be the sixth woman to be nominated for Original Score, and the fourth to win.

But even these masters are not locks for nominations.
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