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While “Twin Peaks” may be stealing some of the Cannes Film Festival’s spotlight since this weekend’s premiere of the new season (the first two episodes of the series screen this week on the Croisette), there’s still lots of talk swirling around the most prestigious film festival in the world. And no, we don’t mean the walking-talking-dancing robot installation that’s been striding up and down the Boulevard de la Croisette. Continue reading Cannes: Netflix & Yorgos Lanthimos Lead The Buzz On The Croisette at The Playlist.

What started as a dream/meme on the internet has now become a real thing: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are going to make that buddy movie the webosphere wanted. Ava DuVernay (“Selma,” “13th“) will direct the movie, which has been snapped up by Netflix. This whole thing is kind of crazy, with Twitter users essentially creating the project out of thin air. Continue reading Rihanna & Lupita Nyong’o To Star In Buddy Movie Directed By Ava DuVernay For Netflix at The Playlist.

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It has gotten to the point where it seems like all the most exciting series are debuting on streaming services. While you can find the occasional diamond in the rough on networks and cable, Netflix, Amazon, and recently Hulu are where it’s at for new original TV content. Now, you can add “Friends from College” to the list of new, interesting shows soon to be available streaming online. Continue reading First Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Friends From College’ Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders & More at The Playlist.

There’s been a lot of heated talk around Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival and so far, none of it is very good with the two sides warring about what is cinema and what is not (if a film debuts on a streaming platform, is it not a film?). Even Jury head Pedro Almodovar suggested a Netflix film was unlikely to win the palme d’Or or any other major awards. Continue reading Noah Baumbach’s ‘Meyerowitz Stories’: Watch The First Footage With Adam Sandler & Dustin Hoffman at The Playlist.

It was a snafu that was almost too perfect to be real. After a week or two of shots fired back and forth between the Cannes Film Festival and Netflix about cinema and streaming (the festival will bar any film without a theatrical release slated for France from Competition, starting next year), and with even the jury president Pedro Almodovar declaring that he’d be unlikely to award the Palme d’Or to a streaming only movie, all organizers had to do to make their point was to screen Bong Joon Ho‘s Netflix release, “Okja,” flawlessly to make their point. Continue reading Cannes Film Festival Apologizes For Bungling Premiere Screening Of Netflix’s ‘Okja’ at The Playlist.

The pantheon of crushingly lovable cinematic creatures needs to clear a very large alcove, and lay on a good supply of fresh persimmons, for Bong Joon Ho‘s Okja, the eponymous, enormous, hippo-like “superpig” whose covalent bond with her human best friend could pulverize the hardest of hearts. This is the visionary, genre-bending Korean director’s most broadly accessible film ever, not just because it’s largely in English, and not just because its so full of fun and mischief and adventure. Continue reading Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ Is A Gorgeous, Galumphing Big-Screen Triumph [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.

CANNES – It was quite a Friday debut for Boon Jong-ho’s “Okja,” one of two Netflix titles that have been at a center of controversy over the fact neither  title will be released in French cinemas despite being selected for competition at the 70th Festival de Cannes  (the other being Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories”). As expected, much of the European media booed when the Netflix title card appeared before the film at its first press screening, but things didn’t die down when the film began.  Continue reading ‘Okja’s’ Tilda Swinton Says ‘We Didn’t Come Here For Prizes’ As Cannes Netflix Controversy Continues at The Playlist.