Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Fred Topel
After his executive session, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos addressed the popularity of Making a Murderer and the demand for a follow-up or a second season. Given that the series is a true crime documentary, a continuation could take different form. They could wait for further developments in the Steven Avery case, or tackle another true crime story. Sarandos is open to either.
“The story is still unfolding, so we’ll certainly take a look at it,” he said. “It’s just unfolding. Like I said, this was 10 years in the making.” Read More »
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In just one week, some of the /Film crew will be heading to Park City, Utah to partake in some independent cinema at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. We’ll have plenty of coverage from the mountains about what will be worth seeing later this year, what gets picked up at the fest and much more. But before then, some of the movies on the roster are already being teased, and the Spike Lee Michael Jackson documentary coming to Showtime next month is one of them.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Universal Pictures will be all about Kevin Hart in 2016. The studio kicks off the Year of Hart with Ride Along 2 this weekend, keeps it rolling with The Secret Life of Pets this summer, and will finish this fall with his new standup special, Kevin Hart: What Now?. We’ve already seen trailers for the first two, and today it’s What Now?‘s turn to get the spotlight. Watch the Kevin Hart What Now teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »
Even if you’ve seen every single movie featuring legendary comedian Jerry Lewis, it’s almost a guarantee that there’s one you haven’t seen. In 1972, Lewis directed and starred in a film called The Day the Clown Cried, a movie that sees the comedian playing a German circus clown arrested after mocking Hitler. While imprisoned by the Gestapo, he is forced by the Nazis to perform and help lead Jewish children to concentration camp gas chambers.
Based on that premise alone, you can see why the film never saw the light of day. But beyond that, the production ran into trouble behind the scenes, and the few who ever saw a rough cut have said that it was an absolute disaster. Don’t worry if this is the first you’re hearing of the project, because the BBC has just released a 28-minute documentary that dives into the story of the infamous film. Read More »
Last year, /Film readers and /Filmcast listeners helped me finance and make a film with Stephen Tobolowsky. Soon afterwards, FilmBuff picked us up for distribution. Figuring out how to distribute a film is never an easy process. There are countless decisions to be made about timing of release, which platforms to use, and how to market on those platforms. All that being said, after going on sale last fall across all major VOD platforms, The Primary Instinct is now available to watch on Hulu.
Hulu gives us the ability to reach millions of subscribers across a variety of different hardware and software platforms, but it’s up to us (the filmmakers) to get the word out about the film. So, if you enjoy the film, any Hulu reviews, Facebook posts, and tweets you have to support us would be greatly appreciated.
Those of you who live in a country where Hulu isn’t available can still purchase the film at VHX (with extras!). Hit the jump to watch the film on Hulu. And thanks to all who’ve helped support this little film on its journey thus far.
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A lot of us have been sucked into Netflix’s original docu-series Making A Murderer. If you haven’t yet seen it, the weekend is coming up fast and its an easy binge-watch (you won’t be able to stop). And when you’re done with the show, you’ll want to find out everything you can about the case and people at the heart of the show.
You’ve heard our review on the /Filmcast, and I’ve previously done a round-up of theories, shocking evidence, information on how the show was produced, hints that we might be getting a sequel at some point, and much more. And today I attempt to bring you an in-depth round-up of all the Making A Murder updates you need to know.
Spoilers for the show follow.
Find out who Steven Avery believes committed the murder, Former Wisconsin prosecutor Ken Kratz demands Netflix add a disclaimer before the episodes, will they? The Obama Administration is forced to respond publicly, but will it have any effect? You can now watch Brendan Dassey‘s four hour-long confession online. Will Steven be getting the best post conviction lawyer in the country? The filmmakers claim a juror in the trial who believed Avery was innocent feared for their life. And we look at some of the other unanswered questions. So jump in now.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I have a soft spot for Drafthouse Films, one of the few film distribution companies whose ongoing mission statement seems to be “Oh, this movie is really good and/or weird, let’s buy it.” How else do you explain their astonishing library of movies, which includes everything from The Look of Silence and Miami Connection to The Overnighters and Dangerous Men? Now, they’ve gone and picked up another winner: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.
Raiders! is a documentary chronicling the kids who spent seven years shooting a shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, only to abandon the project with one sequence left. Then, decades later, they reunite to finish their project. It’s warm, sweet, funny, and surprisingly melancholy. Find additional details, including an early trailer for the film, below.
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Stormtroopers are the seemingly mindless soldiers of the Galactic Empire and now the First Order. However, the creation of FN-2187, the defected stormtrooper who comes to be known as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, may complicate the way we see these disposable villains in the galaxy. In fact, a trailer for a new documentary about some passionate Star Wars fans who cosplay as stormtroopers may do that as well. Find out what we mean after the jump. Read More »
When I sat down to create my top 10 movies of 2015 list, I decided to jot down a quick list of every single movie that I felt was a contender. You know, just to get the creative juices flowing. Over 30 titles later, I realized I had to start getting picky.
2015 was one hell of a year for cinema and the rare year where major Hollywood productions often seemed to match the independent scene step-for-step. One of the distinct pleasures of this past year wasn’t just the sheer number of good movies, but the variety. Animation and comedy and horror and drama and action films all found a place on my top 10. The fact that the mold-shattering biopic Steve Jobs and the effortlessly entertaining and inspiring The Martian didn’t make the cut boggles my mind. How could I not find room for the oddly romantic and deeply funny S&M oddity that is The Duke of Burgundy? The sobering Spotlight probably should have been on this list. The Big Short, too. In any other year, the elegant thrills of Bridge of Spies would have been a shoo-in for this list.
But try as I might, there is only room for 10 movies in my top 10 list. These are the movies that still cling to me in the early days of 2016, the films that, for one reason or another, feel like they matter the most. Not all of them will cling to you in the same way and that’s okay. These lists are less about making definitive statements and more about encouraging conversation. No, I didn’t “forget” anything on my list, but I’d certainly love to hear what’s on your personal top 10. Let’s start talking.
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