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Netflix Is Willing to Release Original Movies Into Theaters, But Only After They’re on Netflix

Yesterday, Indiewire film critic David Ehrlich ran an illuminating essay on Netflix’s testy relationship with the original films it releases, explaining how their model of bypassing theatrical release and going straight to streaming ultimately degrades the viewing experience and makes the movies harder to find and appreciate. (This comes hot on the heels of an official denunciation from the Federation of French Cinemas against the Cannes Film Festival for allowing TV into their lineup for the first time ever.) Clearly, his words went straight to the top of Netflix’s corporate office, as the online video giant has issued a letter to their shareholders assuring them that everything’s going to be fine and movies aren’t dead, probably.

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John Boyega Stars in First Intense Trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’

The violence and chaos of the Detroit riots in the summer of 1967 began early on Sunday, July 23 when the police raided a local bar. It incited five long days of police brutality that ended in 43 deaths. But there was one infamous and tragic episode during those five days that left three black teenagers dead.

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Tribeca Film Festival

Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried Flirt Through a Gas Station Window in ‘The Clapper’ Clip

Dito Montiel needs a win right now. The noted indie writer/director was the object of some ridicule (from me) when it came out that his latest feature, the Shia LaBeouf-led war picture Man Down, attracted exactly three viewers in all of Britain. The movie didn’t fare so well stateside either, and Montiel’s previous effort Boulevard got lost in the shuffle when star Robin Williams abruptly died prior to release. Montiel’s coming returning in grand fashion this month with a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival for his latest film The Clapper, an adaptation of the novel he wrote in 2007 titled Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper. And with a new clip surfacing online today, we can make our own judgement on whether Montiel has cause for hope or if he should hedge some of those bets.

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Matt Singer

Seat-Kicking Incident Leads to Stabbing at Los Angeles Movie Theater

A few years ago, I wrote up a brief item about an incident taking place at Los Angeles’ AFI Film Festival wherein an irate woman maced a man in the face for having the gall to ask her to turn off her cell phone during a screening of Mike Leigh’s J.M.W. Turner biopic Mr. Turner. “Wow, being at the movies sure makes people do crazy things!” I thought to myself. “I wonder how long it’ll be until the next time I get to write about a violent movie theater conflict over petty nonsense.” That day has come at last, and this time [beat to let the moment breathe] the stakes are even higher.

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Lucasfilm

Big ‘Star Wars’ Announcement Teased for 40th Anniversary

Star Wars Celebration is set to kick off in just a few days, and with the 40th anniversary of the iconic franchise on the horizon, fans are expecting this year’s festivities to be extra special — but it looks like we won’t have to wait until later this week for major news from a galaxy far, far away. Good Morning America is teasing a big Star Wars announcement for tomorrow’s episode, but what could it possibly be? The first teaser for The Last Jedi? A revelation about one of your favorite characters?

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Universal

Charlize Theron Is Having a Blue Monday in the ‘Atomic Blonde’ Trailer Teaser

For those of us who are already suffering from John Wick withdrawal, we}re about to have another kickass action hero on our hands. Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron, who was newly minted as an action star in 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, and who looks like all of our what-if-James-Bond-but-a-woman fantasies come true. She’s the best at what she does, and what she does isn’t very nice.

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Marvel Comics

Rumor: Sylvester Stallone’s Role in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ May Have Been Revealed

James Gunn recently added a little more fuel to the speculation fire when he described Sylvester Stallone’s mysterious role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as “very important to the Marvel universe” — and it’s definitely not a one-and-done situation. But who is he playing, exactly? There’s been a healthy amount of guessing, mostly based on early set photos of Stallone sporting a costume that drew comparisons to Judge Dredd. While Gunn himself remains mum on the specifics of Stallone’s role, two new pieces of info have emerged that may have finally tipped us off.

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Paramount

Michael Bay Says ‘Bumblebee’ Is a Prequel, and It’ll Start Production This Year

Who is the best Transformer? Correct, it’s Bumblebee. The trusty little Camaro who communicates half in speech and half with the assistance of sound bites from his radio is getting his own spinoff, and Paramount is looking at a release date sometime in 2018. Michael Bay, who is now in the process of choosing which Transformers story to do next, recently revealed that Bumblebee is going to be a prequel.

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Warner Bros.

Professional Clowns Are Concerned About How the ‘It’ Movie Will Affect Their Careers

There are two groups who are going to feel personally victimized about the new It movie: young children, because Pennywise eats them, and real-life professional clowns. It’s no secret that most people are afraid of clowns — that’s the whole reason Pennywise appears as a clown in Stephen King’s novel in the first place. But folks who make their living as clowns are afraid the new movie will only exacerbate those fears and make it much more difficult to land grade school birthday party gigs.

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New Line

Dwayne Johnson Will Go Down-River with Disney’s Latest Ride-to-Film Adaptation ‘Jungle Cruise’

Over the years, Disney’s made a rich tradition out of refashioning their amusement park rides as feature film attractions. There have been successes (Pirates of the Caribbean and its many demon-spawn sequels, and Eddie Murphy vehicle The Haunted Mansion), flops (the Tomorrowland movie, the horrifying Country Bears picture) and whatever Brian De Palma’s Mission to Mars movie was. But the massive entertainment conglomerate has not given up hope on its cross-vertical synergy potential. Today brings the news that yet another of Disney’s thrill-a-minute rides will soon make the jump to the big screen, and let me break it to you now that a hideously insensitive It’s a Small World movie remains, for the moment, an impossible dream/nightmare.

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