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‘Peaky Blinders’ to Air Feature-Length Finale as ‘Dry Run’ for Film Spinoff

‘Peaky Blinders’ to Air Feature-Length Finale as ‘Dry Run’ for Film Spinoff
The finale of “Peaky Blinders” will be a feature-length episode that builds expectations for an upcoming franchise film, director Anthony Byrne says.

Byrne told RadioTimes.com the Season 6 send-off has a run time of 81 minutes.

“It’s such a Peaky thing to do for the last hurrah. It’s the 10:22 news for one night only,” Byrne said. “It feels very, very different to the rest of the season. It feels very, very different to anything we’ve done before. It’s very epic in scope. It feels like a film – it’s a kind of dry run for the feature film.”

Show creator Steven Knight also told RadioTimes.com that the upcoming movie will be an “untold story that happened in the Second World War, which the Peakys are going to be involved in”.

Byrne has previously responded to criticism about the change in the show’s tone, especially for the last season.
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Why The Power of the Dog should win the best picture Oscar

Why The Power of the Dog should win the best picture Oscar
Jane Campion’s uncompromising, uneasy 1920s drama delivers a career-best performance by Benedict Cumberbatch and marks a victory for queer films at large

It was always a little tough to buy the legitimacy of Jane Campion’s dark slow-burn drama The Power of the Dog as the best picture frontrunner. A difficult film about festering familial resentment and the destructive wounds of forced masculinity, it was a world away from what we’re used to seeing the notoriously risk-averse Academy rewarding, or even nominating in the first place.

There’s a distinct, unsettling chill that we haven’t experienced in a winner since 2007’s No Country for Old Men (Campion herself has likened the effect of the two endings), every Oscar since going to something that can be broadly, warmly defined as “the film we need right now”, laughs, tears or both guaranteed by the credits. But during a season
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Slow Horses Review: This Spy Thriller Hitches Its Wagon To An Insufferable Performance

Slow Horses Review: This Spy Thriller Hitches Its Wagon To An Insufferable Performance
The new Apple TV+ series "Slow Horses" has an interesting premise, if not too much else, going for it. The show follows a group of MI5 rejects, agents who have ended up in situations that their American counterparts might call "Fubar." After mucking up training exercises, getting people killed, or otherwise threatening the order and efficiency of the UK's counter-intelligence agency, these folks are sent to a dumping ground called Slough House. Here, they're meant to toil away in irrelevancy under the glaring eye of their frumpy, grumpy boss, Lamb (Gary Oldman).

Gary Oldman's character in "Slow Horses" is meant to...

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‘Topside’ Review: A Mother-Daughter Drama Set in a New York You Haven’t Seen

‘Topside’ Review: A Mother-Daughter Drama Set in a New York You Haven’t Seen
It’s rare to be able to say that a movie shows a side of New York you’ve never seen before, but “Topside” does just that. A subterranean drama whose first act is set below the city, where a downtrodden community has made a home of long-abandoned subway tunnels, this quietly affecting indie film from first-time helmers Logan George and Celine Held (who also stars) resides somewhere between “Dark Days” and “Leave No Trace” without feeling as familiar as its premise might suggest. That’s thanks not only to Held, who pulls double duty both in front of and behind the camera, but also to a moving performance by newcomer Zhalia Farmer that’s reminiscent of Quevanzané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

“Stars don’t come down this far,” Nikki (Held) tells her five-year-old daughter Little (Farmer) one night in their makeshift hovel. They’re eating peanut butter straight from the jar,
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‘Maybe I’ve made a terrible mistake’: Judd Apatow and David Duchovny on Covid comedy The Bubble

‘Maybe I’ve made a terrible mistake’: Judd Apatow and David Duchovny on Covid comedy The Bubble
The first mainstream film to tackle the pandemic appears to take aim at actors’ vanity. The director, star and cast members explain why they might actually be heroes

At the start of the pandemic, Judd Apatow slacked. Two-hour strolls, then home for Schitt’s Creek and Ted Lasso. “In my mind, I had tons of downtime. But lately I’ve realised I must have been in full lunatic-workaholic mode. Because I wrote a book and made a documentary and made this movie, all within a very short amount of time. Which sounds to me like a nervous breakdown that had some productivity to it.”

He grins down the line from Los Angeles, 54 now and at the exact physical intersection of Seth Rogen and Garry Shandling. “This movie” is The Bubble, a meta comedy about a group of film stars holed up in Cliveden House hotel, Berkshire, in late 2020 to make a dino franchise flick.
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‘Escape Room: Tournament of Champions’ Set for China Cinema Release

‘Escape Room: Tournament of Champions’ Set for China Cinema Release
Columbia Pictures’ 2021 horror-thriller “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” has been given official approval to release in cinemas in mainland China. It will launch on Saturday April 2, 2022.

Directed by Adam Robitel, it is the sequel to the psychological thriller “Escape Room” that terrified audiences around the world in 2019. In the new installment, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive.

The film was released in many international markets and in North America in July last year. It earned $25.3 million on its North American domestic outing and a further $30.5 million in international markets.

The first “Escape Room” film was also released in China. It opened in January 2019 and earned some $34 million.

China has become a difficult hunting ground for Hollywood movies in the last couple of years, due to a multiplicity of factors. These include reduced supply of titles during Covid times,
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Atlanta Season 3 Begins With One Intriguing Misfire And Then Something Much Better

Atlanta Season 3 Begins With One Intriguing Misfire And Then Something Much Better
After four years away, the double-stuffed season 3 premiere of "Atlanta" is here, and part of it made me deeply uncomfortable. 

This isn't necessarily a bad thing; I'm a fan of the show, and its return has brought us two episodes with extremely different tones. With that said, let's just hop right into recapping what we've all waited a small eternity for, starting with the first episode of the season, "Three Slaps."

The episode begins with a conversation between two friends, one Black, one white, alone at night on the still waters of what I suspect is Lake Lanier, or some...

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Chinese Animation Studio Says It Is Victim of Massive $234 Million Fraud

Chinese Animation Studio Says It Is Victim of Massive $234 Million Fraud
A Chinese visual effects and animation studio filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that it is the victim of two American swindlers who forged documents, impersonated the CEO, and conned investors out of $234 million.

Base FX, headquartered in Beijing, states that it was duped into trusting the two men — Remington Chase and Kevin Robl — over the course of several years, in which they engaged in several financing arrangements and a joint venture in Malaysia.

However, over the last year and a half, the company has discovered that the men were using the relationship as a lure for investors, who were deceived into signing over $234 million, in what they thought were loans and investments in the company and its projects. Base FX alleges that Chase and Robl forged the signature of the company’s CEO on investment documents, created fake entities and bank accounts, had someone pretend to be the CEO in calls with investors,
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Netflix Could Make A Staggering Amount Of Money By Banning Free Password Sharing

Netflix has known for years that a good chunk of its subscribers share their passwords with people who live outside of their household. It's become a pretty common joke for people to talk about revoking their ex's Netflix access after a breakup, or cutting off their parents when they've posted some weird conspiracy theory meme on Facebook

Well, Netflix is finally cracking down on the practice, and is about to require subscribers to pay an additional fee for additional households to keep on streaming. "Why would they do that?" you may ask yourself. "They've even joked about true love being password...

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Oscars 2022 Preview: Lively Music, ‘The Godfather’ and James Bond Homages, and Plenty of Surprises

Oscars 2022 Preview: Lively Music, ‘The Godfather’ and James Bond Homages, and Plenty of Surprises
As Film Twitter is ready to consign Oscars 22 to the dustbin of failed Oscar shows, the creative team behind the March 27th Oscar telecast are promising a show that’s anything but ordinary. From sets that extend into the audience to a production mandate that’s all about keeping the kinetic energy flowing seamlessly through ever-changing stagecraft, producers Will Packer and Shayla Cowan took a Thursday press conference to set the stage for an event that’s leaning on populist appeal while attempting not to further piss off riled-up cinephiles. “We are going to keep surprising you,” said Packer.

Controversially, eight categories will be presented before the live broadcast and edited into the live show, a move that’s meant to help keep things moving by forgoing tracking shots of winners making the long walk from their seats to the stage.

“One of the misperceptions is that things are being taken off the show,
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Easter Eggs You May Have Missed In Halo Episode 1

Easter Eggs You May Have Missed In Halo Episode 1
After such a long and tortured path to making its way to a screen near you, you didn't think the creators behind "Halo" would neglect to include all sorts of Easter eggs and references -- no matter how obvious or how niche -- throughout the long-awaited premiere episode of the new Paramount+ series, did you? The first episode, directed by filmmaker Otto Bathurst and titled "Contact," is currently available to watch right this very second on the streaming platform.

It doesn't take very long to figure out that "Contact" takes a very different path than fans may have expected -- it does take place in a completely separate...

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Netflix’s ‘Blonde’ gets restrictive Nc-17 rating

Netflix’s ‘Blonde’ gets restrictive Nc-17 rating
Certification reflects comments made by director Andrew Dominik during Berlinale.

Netflix’s upcoming Marilyn Monroe drama Blonde starring Ana de Armas has been given an Nc-17 rating “for some sexual content”, five weeks after director Andrew Dominik predicted it would in an interview with Screen.

While the certification from the Motion Picture Association means nobody under the age of 17 can watch the film in a cinema it is unlikely to pose a problem to Netflix given that its likely destination would be arthouse cinemas and audiences, should the streamer wish to give it any kind of theatrical release in support of the platform debut.
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How the Oscars Incorporated 90,000 Swarovski Crystals Into the Ceremony’s Stage Design

How the Oscars Incorporated 90,000 Swarovski Crystals Into the Ceremony’s Stage Design
The 94th Academy Awards is returning to the Dolby Theatre this Sunday, and Swarovski has teamed up with Emmy-award creative director and designer David Korins to provide 90,000 Swarovski Crystals for the stage design.

Perhaps the most dazzling aspect to Korins’ staging is the crystal curtain, which is made from Swarovski Crystals. “The beautiful thing about working with Swarovski Crystals is that you use them just the way they are. They shine and sparkle the way you want them to,” Korins tells Variety. “With Swarovski Crystals, there’s no need for scenic enhancements, what you want to do is accentuate what they are already meant to do and that is capture and reflect light beautifully.”

Korins’ stage design will also feature a dome, two floating orbs illuminated with strands of Swarovski Crystals and a swirling design. Producers Will Packer and Shayla Cowan wanted a design that felt modern and fun.

Korins
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Barbara Broccoli, Charlotte Riley Among Winners at The Production Guild Of Great Britain Awards 2022

Barbara Broccoli, Charlotte Riley Among Winners at The Production Guild Of Great Britain Awards 2022
Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will be among the winners at the Production Guild of Great Britain (Pggb) awards on Friday night alongside actor Charlotte Riley and senior vice president of studio operations Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Emily Stillman.

The awards, which are in association with Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden will be presented on Saturday night in Hertfordshire, in a ceremony hosted by comedian Patrick Kielty.

As well as honouring the winners and nominees, they will also pay tribute to producer and Hartswood Films’ founder, Beryl Vertue, who died last month.

Other than the Pggb Contribution to the Industry Award, which is voted on by the Pggb board, all the winners were nominated by Pggb’s members and selected by juries of leading industry professionals.

Lyndsay Duthie, Pggb’s CEO, said: “As British content continues to be in demand, we are delighted to be able to celebrate
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‘2022 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action’ Review: This Wasn’t the Year to Cut the Category

‘2022 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action’ Review: This Wasn’t the Year to Cut the Category
What is going on over at the Academy? For years, I have questioned whether it made sense for the organization to continue awarding short films, seeing as how they are no longer a routine part of the moviegoing experience (the category dates back to a time when newsreels and short subjects regularly preceded the main attraction). Except in rare cases, when an animation studio attaches one to its latest feature-length cartoon, it’s been decades since shorts got serious theatrical play. These days, they’re relegated to film festivals and small-screen formats — so why include them in the telecast, I wondered.

I was wrong. In recent years, as a rise in on-demand, at-home viewing points the way for the industry’s future, shorts are getting more exposure than ever. Streamers now embrace them: You can watch last year’s winner, “Two Distant Strangers,” on Netflix. And once the nominations are announced,
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Amanda Seyfried Improvised Many of Her Cringe-Worthy Dance Moves for ‘The Dropout’

Amanda Seyfried Improvised Many of Her Cringe-Worthy Dance Moves for ‘The Dropout’
In “The Dropout,” Amanda Seyfried’s dance-tastic take on Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has spurred GIFs, memes, and yes, even Twitter debates over just how cringe-inducing her dance moves really are. But that’s all just part of going method for Seyfried.

While transforming into the Silicon Valley inventor recently convicted of defrauding investors, Seyfried was encouraged by “The Dropout” showrunner Elizabeth Meriwether to fully embody Holmes’ alleged solo dance parties.

“[The dancing] became, for me, a way to show the character grappling with emotions…because I think she, the character in the show, is not great at getting her emotions out,” Meriwether told Et Online, citing an anecdote about Holmes dancing alone in her car, as shared in the investigative ABC News podcast for which the Hulu true-crime series is adapted from.

“That really stuck out to me because I was just really trying to imagine what Elizabeth Holmes is like when nobody’s watching her.
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Keanu Reeves Movies Reportedly Pulled Off Streaming Platforms in China Over His Tibet Support

Keanu Reeves Movies Reportedly Pulled Off Streaming Platforms in China Over His Tibet Support
Movies starring Keanu Reeves have reportedly been scrubbed from China streaming platforms such as Tencent Video, Youku and Migu Video following the actor’s public support for Tibet earlier this year. Reeves was announced in January as a performer for the 35th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert alongside Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper and Iggy Pop. Philip Glass serves as the benefit’s artistic director. The event took place virtually for the second year in a row earlier this month.

After Reeves’ participation in the Tibet benefit was announced, Chinese nationalists took to social media in protest of the actor. China rejects claims of Tibetan independence and has long blackballed artists who have expressed support for Tibet and/or the Dalai Lama. Reeves’ support for the Tibet benefit went public just as “The Matrix Resurrections” was opening in China, but the action sequel was boycotted by nationalists and underwhelmed at the box office.
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Each Time ‘Power of the Dog’ Is Mentioned During Oscars, Online Vet Service Will Donate $10,000 to Animal Rescues

Each Time ‘Power of the Dog’ Is Mentioned During Oscars, Online Vet Service Will Donate $10,000 to Animal Rescues
Dog lovers may have been disappointed that this year’s most-nominated film at the Oscars, “The Power of the Dog,” doesn’t have anything to do with actual pups. But that isn’t stopping the online veterinarian service Pawp from getting in on the action.

Each time “The Power of the Dog” is verbally mentioned during the telecast this Sunday, Pawp is pledging to donate $10,000 to animal rescues. The app will donate up to $1 million total.

“While ‘Power of the Dog’ has nothing to do with dogs, Pawp is thrilled that it is the most nominated film, guaranteeing pups in need will be this year’s true winners,” said Pawp CEO Marc Atiyeh.

Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog” is nominated for 12 Oscars, more than any other film, with “Dune” following close behind with 10 noms. “The Power of the Dog” is up for best picture, cinematography, original score, sound,
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The 13 Best Raised By Wolves Characters, Ranked

The 13 Best Raised By Wolves Characters, Ranked
Created by Aaron Guzikowski, "Raised by Wolves" is an unsettling science fiction series launched under the directorial eye of Ridley Scott — and with the notorious director of "Alien" involved, some body horror is inevitable.

In "Raised by Wolves," humanity leaves a ravaged Earth behind as warfare boils between the Atheists and the religious Mithraists. When two Atheist-programmed androids incubate and raise human children, their surviving son, and the Mithraic children kidnapped by Mother, divisions and resentments soon rise. Meanwhile, a mysterious and menacing force on Kepler-22B wreaks havoc and makes puppets of androids, Mithraists, Atheists, and agnostics alike.

A domestic drama largely focused on the...

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Malaga’s Spanish Screenings – A Provisional Take

Malaga’s Spanish Screenings – A Provisional Take
A historic Malaga Festival-Spanish Screenings finally began to wind down Thursday evening. Spain has celebrated national showcases for decades, but it’s never seen anything quite like the last four days.

Briefly, five first takeaways from this year’s edition:

Spain’s On Fire

“Spain’s audiovisual sectors are on fire,” said Luis Cueto, at Spain’s Department of Commerce, at a Malaga round table on Thursday. Just one generation ago, Spanish cinema was regarded with suspicion in Spain’s august financial circles. No more. At the same panel, Arturo Azcorra at Spain’s Telecommunications Ministry announced €30 million ($33 million) in new incentives, largely for high-tech innovation, such as VFX prototypes, animation and AI production technology. Cueto presented an ambitious Spain Avs Hub website. Speakers took 100 minutes to drill down on new r expanded financial instruments planned for Spain’s film and TV, such as the country’s Ico state bank
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