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Fifteen minutes of prestige: how Hollywood went long on short content

Short-form content has graduated from YouTube to attracting big stars, big studios and big Hollywood backing. Is watching in snippets the future of TV? State of the Union opens in a bar, where Tom (Chris ODowd) and Louise (Rosamund Pike) hash out an agenda for their marital therapy session over drinks and witty diversions. The two banter and alternately confront and avoid the flailing state of their marriage, before the scene cuts at the therapists door. And by scene, I mean episode. Each instalment of State of the Union, developed…

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Still a year away from launch, Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenbergs Quibi keeps adding talent

Video won’t start rolling on Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new bite-sized streaming service with the billion-dollar backing until the end of 2019, but talent keeps signing up to come along for their ride into the future of serialization. The latest marquee director to sign on the dotted line with Quibi is Catherine Hardwicke, who will be helming a story around the creation of an artificial intelligence with the working title “How They Made Her,” according to an announcement from Katzenberg onstage at the Variety Innovate summit. Whistle called “Benedict Men”…

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The Shape of Water wins best picture at Oscars 2018

Guillermo del Toros creature feature, starring Sally Hawkins, takes the top prize of the night at the Academy awards Guillermo del Toro, it led to the Mexican film-makers first nomination for best picture though Del Toro was also nominated in 2007 for best original screenplay and best foreign language film for Pans Labyrinth. Having led the nominations list with 13, The Shape of Water had been considered a strong candidate for the best picture Oscar, and it also won best film at the Critics Choice awards and the Producers Guild…

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Three Billboards triumphs as Time’s Up dominates the 2018 Baftas

Martin McDonaghs dark comedy-drama takes home five awards in ceremony hosted for the first time by Joanna Lumley Three Billboards triumphs as Time’s Up dominates the 2018 Baftas Martin McDonaghs dark comedy-drama takes home five awards in ceremony hosted for the first time by Joanna Lumley Mark Brown, arts correspondent First published on Sun 18 Feb 2018 16.34EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Moments of solidarity with Time’s Up and Me Too at Baftas 2018 – video highlights Frances McDormand, who plays Mildred, a woman with…

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Horror master Guillermo del Toro is bringing ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ to life

Spines tingled across the Internet today when horror auteur Guillermo del Toro announced he’ll be bringing seminal kids’ scarefestScary Stories to Tell in the Dark to the big screen. It’s hard to forget your first encounter withScary Stories, whether it was huddled around the fire at summer camp or buried under your blankets with a flashlight. The anthology of short stories and two sequels written by Alvin Schwartz between 19811991 combined urban legend and folklore to thrill (and scare the bejesus out of) an entire generation of young horror lovers.…

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