Origins of Christianity Series

Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader are getting the band back together for a three-year series that will explore the origins of Christianity. Religion has played a big part in both Scorsese and Schrader’s careers, and the two worked together on what is arguably the best religious-themed movie of all time – The Last Temptation of Christ. So the prospect of them reuniting for something like this is incredibly exciting and promising. Per Schrader, the show will be dramatized – not a docuseries – and will be called The Apostles and Apocrypha.

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passing netflix

Netflix has purchased Passing, the Sundance movie from director Rebecca Hall that stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga. Based on the 1929 novel by Nella Larsen, the film follows two Black women living in 1920s New York. One of the women, played by Negga, passes for white and even has a white husband who doesn’t know she’s Black – a decision that her friend, played by Thompson, grapples with. It’s a film that deals with race, gender, identity, and sexuality, and it’s received positive reviews following its recent Sundance premiere.

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Noah Baumbach Signs Exclusive Deal With Netflix

Noah Baumbach Netflix Deal

Noah Baumbach is sticking with Netflix. The director has already made two movies for the streaming service – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) and Marriage Storyand he already has a third, White Noise, in the works. And that’s just the beginning, as the filmmaker just signed a deal with Netflix to exclusively write and direct films for Netflix for the next several years. One has to wonder if this is the beginning of a trend – as streaming services grow more and more prominent and powerful, will they start locking down filmmakers to exclusive contracts, similar to the studio system of old Hollywood? Maybe!

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It’s that time again! Time to talk about what new stuff is hitting Netflix next month. And let me tell you, folks, the line-up for February is looking a little anemic. Netflix has spent the last few years going all-in on their original programming, which means that they’re snapping up less and less familiar titles. As a result, the streaming service unleashes a slew of originals that may or may not be good while cutting down on stuff you might actually want to watch. It’s a bit rough, but that’s the way the Netflix cookie crumbles. So here are the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in February 2021.

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david fincher on hollywood

I’m tipsy, and I’m thinking about Mank, both the movie and the man. I like to think he’d enjoy the thought of somebody drinking and writing about a portrayal of himself almost 70 years after his death. Maybe I’m wrong. What I do know is that Mank is a great movie.

Mank is also Fincher’s most revealing work to date. It is an epic drama that conveys what he has to say about films and the people behind them. Fincher isn’t exactly known for his warmth as a storyteller. The ending of The Game and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are the possible exceptions, but even those are about how death is coming for us all. Mank is a rare life-affirming experience from the filmmaker, about the importance of people, not films. 

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david fincher netflix deal

David Fincher has had a pretty good relationship with Netflix. He served as executive producer on the Netflix shows Mindhunter and House of Cards, and when Mindhunter went on indefinite hold, the streaming service gave him the chance to make one of his dream projects, Mank. Now, Fincher says he’s signed a four-year exclusive deal with Netflix, which means any Fincher projects in the foreseeable future will be housed there.

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Michael Giacchino

Film composer Michael Giacchino and Sir Paul McCartney, best known for an obscure rock group called The Beatles, have been working on an animated film together. Giacchino, who’s the Oscar-winning composer behind Up and Star Trek, is hopeful we’ll see the film one day. Unless we’re mistaken, the jovial composer is possibly alluding to a McCartney-Netflix project called High in the Clouds.

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Netflix Has Done Away With Free Trials

Meghan and Harry Netflix Deal

Sorry, freeloaders. Your days of Netflix free trials are at an end. The streaming giant has officially nixed the option for potential new Netflix subscribers to try out a free trial, and will instead start “looking at different marketing promotions in the US to attract new members.” Most streaming services offer a free trial period to lure in users, but it seems Netflix feels they don’t need that extra bump anymore.

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the devil all the time review

Sprawling and brutal, The Devil All the Time is not for the impatient or the squeamish. Adapted rather faithfully from Donald Ray Pollock’s novel of the same name, Antonio Campos‘ star-studded Southern gothic tracks a group of sinners through time as they all mill about the unincorporated area known as Knockemstiff, Ohio, leaving a trail of death, sorrow, and regret in their wake. It can be an overwhelmingly bleak film, but there’s a glimmer of hope shining through all that darkness – the hope of escaping the insane world you find yourself stuck in.

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Meghan and Harry Netflix Deal

Royals and tabloid targets The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, are following in the footsteps of Barack and Michelle Obama with a big Netflix deal. The pair, who announced that they were stepping back from their role as senior members of the royal family earlier this year, just signed a deal with the streaming giant to produce documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming. And now we can start wondering if they’ll end up guest-starring as themselves on The Crown (probably not).

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