Why Is Amazon in Entertainment?

Amazon will buy MGM. Cool. But why does the tech giant have a streaming video service at all?

#amazon-com-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #metro-goldwyn-mayer-inc, #movies, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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‘Cruella’ Review: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Emma Stone plays a notorious Disney villain in this spotty origin story.

#cruella-movie, #gillespie-craig, #movies, #stone-emma, #thompson-emma, #walt-disney-company

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James Bond, Meet Jeff Bezos: Amazon Makes $8.45 Billion Deal for MGM

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, while diminished, commanded a premium price, with Amazon seeking to bolster its crucial Prime membership offering.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #bond-james-fictional-character, #broccoli-barbara-1960, #media, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #metro-goldwyn-mayer-inc, #movies, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Tig Notaro, Action-Hero Heartthrob, Gets Her Blasts From the Past

The comedian and actor, who battles zombies in “Army of the Dead,” talks about why she hopes Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell never break up, and more.

#army-of-the-dead-movie, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #movies, #notaro-tig

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John Cena Apologizes to China for Calling Taiwan a Country

Mr. Cena, a star of the newest “Fast and Furious” movie, posted a video apology in Mandarin, saying, “I’m really sorry. You have to understand that I love and respect China.”

#cena-john, #china, #f9-the-fast-saga-movie, #hong-kong, #movies, #national-basketball-assn, #politics-and-government, #taiwan, #territorial-disputes

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Kevin Spacey Cast in Italian Film After Being Sidelined in the U.S.

He will play a detective in the movie, directed by Franco Nero, in what is believed to be his first film since sexual assault allegations started surfacing in 2017.

#metoo-movement, #actors-and-actresses, #italy, #luomo-che-disegno-dio-movie, #movies, #nero-franco-1941, #redgrave-vanessa, #sex-crimes, #spacey-kevin, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #television

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Scrounging for Hits, Hollywood Goes Back to the Video Game Well

After decades of game-to-film flops, a new effort, led by Sony, aims to adapt big PlayStation and Xbox franchises for movies and TV.

#computer-and-video-games, #home-box-office, #illumination-entertainment, #legendary-entertainment, #lions-gate-entertainment-corporation, #movies, #netflix-inc, #paramount-pictures, #playstation-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #sony-pictures-entertainment, #television, #the-last-of-us-movie, #universal-pictures, #web-original-programming

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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan, Our Most Underappreciated Comic

As he turns 80, don’t be fooled by his serious music. From the start, his work has been filled with a cockeyed humor that can range from corny jokes to dark wit.

#comedy-and-humor, #dylan-bob, #movies, #music

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What’s on TV This Week: ‘Oslo’ and Specials Honoring George Floyd

A film adaptation of J.T. Rogers’s Tony-winning play airs on HBO. And several specials recognize the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

#movies, #television

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This AI makes Robert De Niro perform lines in flawless German

This AI makes Robert De Niro perform lines in flawless German

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You talkin’ to me… in German?

New deepfake technology allows Robert De Niro to deliver his famous line from Taxi Driverin flawless German—with realistic lip movements and facial expressions. The AI software manipulates an actor’s lips and facial expressions to make them convincingly match the speech of someone speaking the same lines in a different language. The artificial-intelligence-based tech could reshape the movie industry, in both alluring and troubling ways.

The technology is related to deepfaking, which uses AI to paste one person’s face onto someone else. It promises to allow directors to effectively reshoot movies in different languages, making foreign versions less jarring for audiences and more faithful to the original. But the power to automatically alter an actor’s face so easily might also prove controversial if not used carefully.

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#ai, #deepfakes, #gaming-culture, #movies

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Five Science Fiction Movies to Stream

These recent tales of dystopia and more will keep you pondering.

#2067-movie, #cheng-wei-hao-1984, #desom-jeff, #doors-movie, #fischer-alex-huston-film-director, #larney-seth, #movies, #save-yourselves-movie, #the-soul-movie, #the-unthinkable-movie, #wilson-eleanor-film-director

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Welcome to the Space Jam, Again

This is a story about the old Space Jam website — from 1996 to infinity.

#computers-and-the-internet, #jordan-michael, #looney-tunes, #movies, #nineteen-hundred-nineties, #space-jam-movie, #warner-brothers-pictures

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Australians Took Over Hollywood. Their Own Box Office Had to Wait.

In a rare feat, three locally made movies are the biggest hits in Australia, thanks in part to stars intent on homegrown stories. It only took a pandemic.

#box-office-sales, #high-ground-movie, #movies, #penguin-bloom-movie, #the-dry-movie

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‘Army of the Dead’ Review: Thieving Las Vegas

Zack Snyder’s zombies-in-Vegas extravaganza is an exhausting pivot from brilliant to boring, accomplished to shambolic.

#army-of-the-dead-movie, #movies, #notaro-tig, #schweighofer-matthias, #snyder-zack

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‘Into the Darkness’ Review: Making Excuses for Collaboration

This film from Anders Refn shows how a Danish family in the 1940s justifies its complicity with the Nazis.

#into-the-darkness-movie, #movies, #refn-anders

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It’s My Job to Watch. With George Floyd’s Death, I Had to Look Away.

Devastated by the Rodney King verdict decades ago, our critic refused to view the video of Floyd’s murder. But she found solace in the art it inspired.

#allison-sophia-nahli, #art, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #harlins-latasha, #king-rodney-glen, #mitchell-tyler-photographer, #movies, #photography, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #sherald-amy, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #two-distant-strangers-movie

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‘It’s Magic What We Do.’ Movie Theaters Get Starry-Eyed Once More.

The industry was decimated by the pandemic, with theaters shut across the country and new films delayed by Hollywood studios. But now cinemas are ready to fill up their seats again. Will audiences follow?

#abrams-j-j, #alamo-drafthouse-cinema, #amc-entertainment-holding-inc, #aron-adam-m, #krasinski-john, #league-tim, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #schwarzenegger-arnold, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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‘Zappa,’ ‘Trust Me’ and More Streaming Gems

We comb through the streaming services to find some options you might have missed.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #jt-leroy-movie, #miss-stevens-movie, #movies, #trust-me-movie, #z-for-zachariah-movie, #zappa-movie

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‘Fear Street’ Trilogy Is Netflix’s Bet on Movies to Binge

The streamer hopes that by turning adaptations of the R.L. Stine series into weekly film events, audiences will stay glued to the screen.

#chernin-peter-a, #fear-street-movie, #janiak-leigh, #movies, #netflix-inc, #nishimura-lisa, #stine-r-l

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John Krasinski and the Tense Wait for ‘A Quiet Place Part II’

It’s been more than a year since the film he wrote and directed was originally set for release. Now, as the sequel to the 2018 hit reaches theaters, Hollywood is holding its breath.

#a-quiet-place-movie, #blunt-emily, #krasinski-john, #movies, #paramount-pictures, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Stereotypes Are Rife Among Asian and Pacific Islander Film Roles, Study Finds

Two-thirds of characters reflect stereotypes, and just 3.4 percent of movies had leads or coleads who were Asians or Pacific Islanders, the study of 1,300 movies found.

#actors-and-actresses, #amazon-com-inc, #annenberg-inclusion-initiative, #asian-americans, #discrimination, #movies, #research, #university-of-southern-california

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Charles Grodin, 86, Dies; Familiar Face From ‘Beethoven’ and Other Films

Mr. Grodin, who also appeared on Broadway in “Same Time, Next Year,” wrote books and had his own talk show, was especially adept at deadpan comedy.

#actors-and-actresses, #beethoven-movie, #deaths-obituaries, #grodin-charles, #midnight-run-movie, #movies, #same-time-next-year-play, #television, #the-heartbreak-kid-movie

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‘Georgetown’ Review: It’s Not a Lie if You Believe It

In Christoph Waltz’s film, a grifter takes Washington.

#bening-annette, #georgetown-movie, #movies, #redgrave-vanessa, #waltz-christoph

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MGM Looks to Amazon as the Hollywood Studio Tries to Find a Buyer

A deal would add Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 4,000 films to Amazon’s streaming library, including the James Bond, Rocky and “Legally Blonde” franchises.

#amazon-com-inc, #bond-james-fictional-character, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #metro-goldwyn-mayer-inc, #movies

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An Old-School Media Titan Pushes Aside an Upstart

Jason Kilar was named chief executive of WarnerMedia just last year, but now he is negotiating his departure after being sidelined by David Zaslav, the longtime leader of Discovery.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #att-inc, #cnn, #discovery-networks, #hbo-max, #kilar-jason, #malone-john-c, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #movies, #stankey-john-t, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #warner-media-llc, #zaslav-david-m, #zucker-jeff

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AT&T’s WarnerMedia Group to Merge With Discovery

AT&T’s WarnerMedia group is merging with the reality programmer Discovery. What does that mean for your favorite shows?

#att-inc, #cable-television, #dc-comics, #discovery-channel, #hbo-max, #hgtv, #home-box-office, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #media, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #movies, #news-and-news-media, #oprah-winfrey-network, #stankey-john-t, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #warner-brothers, #zaslav-david-m

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What’s on TV This Week: ‘In Treatment’ and ‘Inside the Met’

HBO debuts a new version of the therapy drama “In Treatment.” And a PBS documentary looks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

#movies, #television

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Despite big Marvel and Star Wars shows, Disney+ falls short of targets

Meta-sitcom/adventure series <em>WandaVision</em> was one of Disney+'s most successful recent shows.

Enlarge / Meta-sitcom/adventure series WandaVision was one of Disney+’s most successful recent shows. (credit: YouTube/Disney+)

Analysts expected Disney+ to reach 109 million subscribers in Disney’s most recent financial quarter, but the streaming service fell short, landing at 103.6 million. The shortfall resulted in lower revenues than expected for the company and a small stock price stumble.

Alongside word that Netflix also saw fairly slow growth in its quarter, the news suggests that there is, in fact, a limit to the explosive growth that streaming platforms have experienced amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, Disney is staying the course with its current strategy of pumping out TV series in established Disney brands like Marvel and Star Wars, as well as releasing new motion pictures on the platform at the same time they premiere in theaters.

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#disney, #gaming-culture, #marvel, #movies, #star-wars, #streaming, #tech, #tv

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Stream These 5 Action Films Now

This month’s picks include the animated “New Gods: Nezha Reborn,” the neo-western “Pixie” and the fantastical “Super Me,” the crime thriller “Adverse” and the comic “Get the Goat.”

#adverse-movie, #brandt-vitor, #get-the-goat-movie, #metcalf-brian-a, #movies, #new-gods-nezha-reborn-movie, #pixie-movie, #super-me-movie, #thompson-barnaby, #zhang-chong-film-director, #zhao-ji-film-director

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‘The Woman in the Window’ Review: Don’t You Be My Neighbor

Amy Adams plays a reclusive psychologist who witnesses a crime in a glossy new Netflix thriller.

#adams-amy, #elfman-danny, #henry-brian-tyree, #leigh-jennifer-jason, #letts-tracy, #mackie-anthony, #moore-julianne, #movies, #netflix-inc, #the-woman-in-the-window-movie, #wright-joe

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Hollywood Has a New Way to Dramatize Addiction

Recent films dive into the profound grief experienced by so many families. What do they still get wrong?

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #heroin, #kunis-mila, #movies, #naltrexone-drug, #opioids-and-opiates

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‘High Ground’ Review: Two Worlds Collide in the Outback

Directed by Stephen Johnson, this western set in Australia doesn’t follow the expected narrative.

#baker-simon, #high-ground-movie, #jacob-junior-nayinggul, #movies, #stephen-johnson

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‘La Piscine’ Review: Pretty, Rich People Behaving Poorly

Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin are among the reasons this restoration of a French thriller is worth watching.

#delon-alain, #jacques-deray, #la-piscine-movie, #movies

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‘There Is No Evil’ Review: Condemned, One Way or Another

“There Is No Evil,” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival last year, is one of the most kinetic films ever made in secret.

#berlin-international-film-festival, #movies, #rasoulof-mohammad, #there-is-no-evil-movie

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‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Review: A Desperate Scramble to Survive

This thriller starring Angelina Jolie takes its time but doesn’t waste any time.

#jolie-angelina, #movies, #sheridan-taylor-1970, #those-who-wish-me-dead-movie

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‘Stop Filming Us’ Review: Wary of Their Close-Up

The Dutch documentarian Joris Postema’s Congo-set film aims to reckon with neocolonialism.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #joris-postema, #movies, #stop-filming-us-movie

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What I Learned About Democracy From the Movies

Seven films that paint a portrait of America in all its contradictions, inconsistencies and outright delusions.

#a-face-in-the-crowd-movie, #dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-movie, #head-of-state-movie, #movies, #sullivans-travels-movie, #the-dark-knight-movie, #the-wolf-of-wall-street-movie, #thelmalouise-movie, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Norman Lloyd, Veteran Hollywood Hyphenate, Is Dead at 106

In his long career as an actor, producer and director, he worked with some of the best-known names in show business, even if his own was barely recognized.

#actors-and-actresses, #alfred-hitchcock-presents-tv-program, #deaths-obituaries, #movies, #norman-lloyd-1914-2021, #saboteur-movie, #st-elsewhere-tv-program, #theater

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How the Golden Globes Went From Laughingstock to Power Player

The group that was once assailed by the F.C.C. steadily gained influence in Hollywood over the years until scrutiny of its practices and lack of diversity led NBC to say it would not air its show in 2022.

#golden-globes-awards, #hollywood-foreign-press-assn, #movies, #weinstein-harvey

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‘Titanic’ Is My Favorite Movie. There, I Said It.

A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets; this is mine.

#dicaprio-leonardo, #movies, #titanic-movie, #winslet-kate, #womens-rights

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NBC Says It Will Not Air the Golden Globes in 2022

The group behind the awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has been under pressure for its lack of Black members and its financial practices.

#golden-globes-awards, #hollywood-foreign-press-assn, #movies, #television, #warner-media-llc

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South African Filmmakers Move Beyond Apartheid Stories

Films about South Africa once focused on apartheid, but a new generation of directors and producers is making hits about modern life and love for global audiences.

#apartheid-policy, #black-people, #bongiwe-selane, #movies, #netflix-inc, #qamata-ama, #south-africa, #television

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What’s on TV This Week: ‘144’ and ‘Pride’

An ESPN documentary looks at life inside the W.N.B.A. bubble. And a mini-series about L.G.B.T.Q. rights in America debuts on FX.

#movies, #television

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George Jung, Who Made Millions Smuggling Cocaine, Dies at 78

Part of the Medellín drug cartel, he was imprisoned multiple times and was later played by Johnny Depp in the 2001 movie “Blow.”

#blow-movie, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #deaths-obituaries, #depp-johnny, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #escobar-pablo, #jung-george-1942-2021, #movies, #smuggling

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We, Tina

How Tina Turner reclaimed her voice, her image and her spirituality.

#dating-and-relationships, #documentary-films-and-programs, #domestic-violence, #hbo-max, #movies, #pop-and-rock-music, #rio-de-janeiro-brazil, #turner-ike, #turner-tina

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The Composer at the Frontier of Movie Music

Nicholas Britell’s scores — for “Succession,” “Moonlight” and “The Underground Railroad,” among others — suggest whole new ways of writing for film and television.

#britell-nicholas-1980, #classical-music, #jenkins-barry, #movies, #music, #succession-tv-program, #the-underground-railroad-book

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David Oyelowo Fights for Representation in Family Films

The actor turned to directing after an eye-opening discussion with his son. He realized he couldn’t rely on Hollywood to find stories he wanted to tell.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #movies, #oyelowo-david, #queen-of-katwe-movie, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-water-man-movie, #yoruba-saxon-productions

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For Mother’s Day, Movies All About ‘Mother’

Mom’s the word — the only word — in the titles of these films to stream that celebrate the darker side of motherhood.

#ma-2019-movie, #madre-movie, #mama-movie, #mommy-movie, #mother-movie, #movies

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Sofia Coppola’s Challenge: To Convey the Feeling of Live Dance

Coppola and Justin Peck talk about how they approached making a film for New York City Ballet’s digital spring gala.

#coppola-sofia, #dances-at-a-gathering-ballet, #dancing, #divertimento-no-15-ballet, #duo-concertant-ballet, #koch-david-h-theater, #liebeslieder-walzer-ballet, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #movies, #new-york-city-ballet, #peck-justin, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Jacques d’Amboise, 86, Dies; Early, Charismatic Star of City Ballet

A product of Washington Heights, he embodied an all-American style, combining the nonchalance of Fred Astaire with the nobility of a classic male dancer. Hollywood came calling, too.

#apollo-ballet, #balanchine-george, #carousel-play, #damboise-jacques, #dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #men-and-boys, #movies, #national-dance-institute, #new-york-city-ballet, #school-of-american-ballet

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