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One of the biggest stories going into this year’s Cannes Film Festival was the controversy surrounding Netflix and the festival. With the inclusion of two Netflix original films, “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories,” in the festival, film purists and theater distributors (specifically in France, where films released in cinemas must wait 36 months before streaming) were upset that Cannes would show films that would have no major theatrical release. Continue reading Netflix CEO Says Cannes Controversy Was “Fantastic For Us” at The Playlist.

The not-exactly-thinly-populated category of the daddy-issue family dramedy gets an occasionally sparky but mostly desultory workout in Noah Baumbach‘s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Collected).” Cumbersome as the title is, it’s both a hint as to the loose, episodic, chapter-based storytelling, and a lie. The stories might be collected, but they’re not particularly imaginatively curated, and to anyone with a basic working knowledge of Baumbach’s back catalogue, the indie movie scene of the last two decades, and/or mid-period Woody Allen, they’re certainly not new.  Continue reading Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Is A Familiar Daddy-Issue Family Dramedy [Cannes Review] 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.

While diehard indie types might’ve grumbled about Netflix scooping up Noah Baumbach‘s new film, “The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected),” the move makes sense. For Netflix, it’s getting a respectable project for one of their most valuable stars, Adam Sandler, onto their roster. For Baumbach, the streaming platform will easily give him the biggest audience of his career. It’s a win-win situation. READ MORE: ‘De Palma’ Is A Blast Of Cinephile Cocaine From Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow [Review] The film brings together a pretty cool roster of talent, including Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten, and Emma Thompson, for this intergenerational tale of adult siblings contending with the influence of their aging father. Continue reading Cannes First Look: Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Starring Adam Sandler & Ben Stiller at The Playlist.

While every major festival slate features its fair share of Monday morning quarterbacking, the 2017 Cannes Film Festival has been a particularly contentious affair. This year, Cannes parted ways with tradition by including two Netflix titles among its lineup – one of which, Bong Joon-Ho‘s “Okja,” will compete for the Palme d’Or – and two television series, Jane Campion‘s “Top of the Lake” and David Lynch‘s long-anticipated sequel to “Twin Peaks.” Some might argue that Cannes is simply evolving to follow the talent, making room for new platforms as more and more talented filmmakers choose to dabble in new media. Continue reading Cannes Film Festival Director Thierry Frémaux Talks TV, Netflix, And Studio Films at The Playlist.

The times, they are a changin’. Last week, the Cannes Film Festival turned a few heads when it announced the addition of two Netflix titles to the festival. Bong Joon-ho‘s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach‘s “The Meyerowitz Stories” will both appear on this year’s lineup of films, with “Okja” competing for this year’s Palme d’Or. Continue reading Netflix’s Cannes Film Festival Selections Run Afoul Of French Exhibitors at The Playlist.

Don’t hate the streaming service player, hate the streaming platform game. And it’s a game that’s still a thorn in Hollywood’s side. Leading the charge of streaming disruptors is of course Netflix and they continue to rock the industry and pinch good talent from all kinds of studios, many of whom have strong relationships with indie talent. The latest filmmaker going the way of Netflix is Noah Baumbach with his latest film, “Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).” Written and directed by Baumbach, (“Frances Ha,” “Mistress America”), Netflix has acquired the global rights to the picture ahead of any potential festival bows. Continue reading Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Is Acquired By Netflix at The Playlist.
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There’s now less than a month until Christmas, and after a start last week with our look at the Best Posters and Best Trailers of the year, this week commences in earnest our annual smorgasbord of movie love that is our annual Playlist year-end features marathon. We’ll be looking at the best and worst of films, performances, sequences, cinematography, soundtracks and more across the next few weeks, which will serve as a reminder that 2016 was a pretty strong year at the movies. Continue reading The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2017 at The Playlist.