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Amazon is Reportedly Cutting Back on Indie Films

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The access battle between the proletarian streaming platforms and exclusive film festivals has raged on since Netflix was booed at Cannes last year, but Amazon Studios has always managed to walk the line. The company would offer the films it acquired on its streaming service, to be sure, but it would also invest in theatrical releases — allowing its fantastic independent films like The Big Sick or The Handmaiden to garner critical acclaim and awards buzz. In the case of The Big Sick, this strategy helped launch the film into being a bonafide box office hit.

In the process, Amazon Studios has become one of the most dependable new media studios in the indie film circuit. But that could soon change. Amazon Studios will reportedly scale back its funding of indie films, shifting its programming strategy to favor commercial hits. And for anyone who has been a fan of the remarkable arthouse films that Amazon has supported in the past few years (Manchester By the SeaThe Salesman, Chi-RaqThe Lost City of ZLove & FriendshipLast Flag Flying, and The Neon Demon), this is a huge bummer.

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gemini man cast

Gemini Man has found its female lead. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who recently delivered fantastic back-to-back performances with 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane and last year’s season of Fargo, has joined Ang Lee‘s science-fiction thriller.

And on the production side, Gemini Man has landed John Wick: Chapter 2 stunt coordinator J.J. Perry. Even though the film will be heavily reliant on de-aging technology for star Will Smith to play the dual roles of an aging assassin and his younger clone, it seems like Lee will be combining cutting-edge tech with visceral action choreography.

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Tarantino Manson Family Movie DiCaprio

Little by little, more details are emerging about Quentin Tarantino‘s much-buzzed-about Manson Family movie. The currently-untitled film from the Pulp Fiction filmmaker recently cast Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead, and Margot Robbie might join the production next. Now, some possible info about DiCaprio’s character has arrived. Read on for more Tarantino Manson movie details.

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ash vs evil dead season 3 trailer

Ash faces his greatest evil yet: fatherhood!

The third season of the horror-camp series Ash vs. Evil Dead has Ash (Bruce Campbell) facing the consequences of his lothario ways. No longer will he only have to face off with the spawn of the devil, now he has his own spawn to contend with: his estranged daughter Brandy Barr (Arielle Carver-O’Neill). And she’s not too happy to be doused in blood and forced to fight demons.

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justice league blu-ray features

The Justice League Blu-ray has just been announced, packed full of special features, none of them the Snyder Cut. Yes, despite petitions and online outrage, Warner Bros. is just going to go ahead and plop the regular theatrical cut of Justice League on Blu-ray in March. See the full Justice League Blu-ray special features below.

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Awards Contenders streaming

Awards season is officially in gear, with the Golden Globes kicking off a string of fancy red carpets, overflowing bubbly, and office Oscar pools that will carry us straight through to March. It’s a fun time of the year for film fans drawn into the fluffiness of such affairs, but it can also be contentious: everyone has a stake in the gauntlet, and awards season can be brutal to the films we’ve grown closest to as they fight for gold. Any major Oscars fan call tell you that awards season is, at times, downright personal.

It’s also a stressful time of the year for completionists. Unless you’re in a major metro city like Los Angeles or New York, your options are extremely limited. Films like Call Me By Your Name, The Post, and Phantom Thread are still making their way to non-coastal markets, expanding at what feels like a glacial pace for impatient cinephiles.

But thanks to some non-traditional contenders sneaking their way into major awards conversations, and services like Netflix snagging the rights to big-name features, plenty of 2017’s best and most lauded films are already available to stream and rent. Streaming services are also a great place to catch up on the films sure to dominate technical categories, from visual effects to sound to costume design.

If you’re behind on some of 2017’s most celebrated films, or don’t want to leave the house thanks to the gloomy cold, here’s a handy list of what’s currently available for streaming and rental.

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Shazam casts the wizard

New Line and DC’s Shazam! movie has found their version of The Wizard. A new report claims that This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones is in talks for a key role in the film, and you can read all about it below.
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The Mechanism trailer

Director Jose Padilha may not be a household name yet, but action movie junkies will recognize him as the filmmaker behind Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, and Netflix aficionados may recall that he a director and producer of the streaming service’s true life cartel show, Narcos.

Now Netflix has teamed with Padilha for an intense new crime drama in the vein of Narcos called The Mechanism, which tells a fictionalized version of “the biggest corruption story of all time.”
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succession trailer

The Big Short director Adam McKay looks to be transferring that former film’s general mood onto his new HBO series Succession. The new vulgarity-laced Succession trailer boasts a finely-tuned cast going head-to-head against a backdrop of greed and power grabs. In other words, it looks like fun for the whole family.

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Pacific Rim Uprising Images

Pacific Rim Uprising, the highly anticipated (?) sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, is about to unleash more giant robot mayhem on audiences. Ahead of the film’s March release date, a new set of images have arrived showing off star John Boyega along with some sword-wielding robots. See the Pacific Rim Uprising images below.

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