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Dee Rees Inspired Joan Didion Film Doesnt Deserve the Hate

I stand (mostly) alone here saying I enjoyed Dee Rees latest Netflix-distributed film, The Last Thing She Wanted, an adaptation of a Joan Didion novel, starring Anne Hathaway as Elena, a hard-nosed veteran D.C. reporter who takes over her absentee fathers (an always excellent Willem Dafoe) role in an international arms deal. In fact, its much better than Rees last film, over-adored explainers such as The Big Short. Instead, the film is interested in how all kinds of people, at a particular political and cultural moment in the U.S., often…

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Gwyneth Paltrows Vagina Candle Is Back in Stock, She Tells Jimmy Kimmel

Good news for fans of the worlds most famous scented wax: Gwyneth Paltrows This Smells Like My Vagina candle is back in stock. Paltrow was on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night and he kicked off proceedings by asking her: Did you do anything weird today? Did you stick your head in a beehive or milk a goat? The actress was on the show to discuss which explores fringe and alternative wellness therapies. The show has been praised and ridiculed in roughly equal proportions (the head of Britains National Health Service…

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Netflix series ‘Followers’ is a visual treatbut lacks a clear narrative

This review is free of spoilers. Mika Ninagawas Followers is a long time coming for the photographer-turned-director. Known for her vibrant colors and depictions of flowers, goldfishes, and everyday items, Ninagawa brings her unique aesthetic sensibilities to her first-ever drama. Through her distinctive visual lexicon, the interior lives of the shows unconventional women are brought to the surface, giving the show an irresistible sense of life and joy. Watch it for the impeccable color compositions, outfits, and lingering shots over food, if nothing else. Followers RELEASE DATE: Feb. 27, 2020DIRECTOR:…

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Netflix and Disney to shut down productions due to Covid-19 but Frozen sequel to arrive early to streaming

Disney chief says animated film will provide fun and joy during challenging period while company halts production on live-action movies Walt Disney will fast-track the release of the Frozen sequel to its streaming platform in a bid to spark fun and joy during the coronavirus outbreak, while at the same time joining US streaming giant Netflix in shutting down some of its productions. The company said on Friday that Frozen 2 would be available on its digital streaming platform Disney+ from Sunday in the US, three months earlier than scheduled.…

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BoJack Horseman Made It Easier to Get Out of Bed

BoJack Horseman—Netflix’s best, most emotionally generous show—contains a show within the show, the 1990s sitcom Horsin’ Around. It stars the anthropomorphic horse BoJack as an adoptive father of three. BoJack’s very first episode, from 2014, features the final scene of Horsin’ Around’s very last. The children sob in a hospital waiting room as a doctor informs them that BoJack “died of a broken heart because you didn't appreciate him enough, and now he’s gone forever.” They’ll be turned over to child services. “You're the state’s problem now.” The joke, as…

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50 Moments in 2019 That Actually Made Us Happy

There were good things that happened in 2019. Really. I mean, a lot of horrible, disturbing, apocalyptic, humanity-in-crisis, extremely bad things happened, too. But there was a lot to celebrate, laugh at, laugh with, escape to, delight over, indulge in, cry (happy tears) about, and dance to. Things that made us feel something. Something good. At the end of the year for the last two years, weve called out on social media to Daily Beast readers and staffers. Theres so much focus on superlativesThe Best This, The Worst Thatthat we…

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Aaron Hernandez: how did a $40m NFL star become a convicted killer?

In a Netflix docuseries, the shocking true story of a much-loved athlete convicted of first-degree murder is placed under the microscope Even by the standards of Americas obsession with stories of spectacular falls from grace, the trajectory of Aaron Hernandez, a star New England Patriots football player turned convicted murderer, was particularly steep and unusually compelling a senseless, horrific collapse unfolding in real time. Three years before fake news became an ominous catch-all, Hernandezs summer 2013 arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd at his mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts…

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Streaming: all eyes on the Netflix crown

Apple TV+, Britbox and the long-awaited Disney+ are circling, but one streaming giant continues to reign supreme Last year was transitional for the streaming scene, at least in the UK: the promised avalanche of major new outlets to dent mixed reviews, punched through into public consciousness, while Apples plans to take on Netflix in the prestige film stakes got off to dropped from thewarily regarded in some quarters. Why pay a monthly subscription for the free-to-air content covered by my licence fee, runs the argument not helped by a The…

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From renewables to Netflix: the 15 super-trends that defined the 2010s

It was the decade of austerity, fracking, populism and internet lies. But not everything about the 2010s was terrible The plastics backlash Garbage, including plastic waste, is seen at the beach in Costa del Este, Panama City. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images It was once the height of metropolitan chic: the dash into Starbucks for a skinny decaf caramel latte en route for work, the takeaway cup a mark of upward mobility. Those were the days of Sex and the City, when the culture of doing everything on the…

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The Incredible 20-Year-Old Woman Tackling Sexism in Sumo Wrestling

In Little Miss Sumo, a new Netflix documentary short, women in Japan are taking the fight for gender equality inside the wrestling ring. The 19-minute film condenses the story of Hiyori Kon, a student and sumo prodigy pushing back against the age-old edict that prevents women from competing in the sport professionally. I study gender theory, Hiyori explains in Japanese. We learned about many women fighting gender issues all over the world, but there werent many Japanese women. Japanese people dont ask for radical change. Hiyori Kon and her teammates…

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David Chang Talks Paying Homage to Anthony Bourdain on Netflix

Chef David Chang has followed up his learned from Anthony Bourdain, how eager he is to get his restaurant groups speak out about your experience with depression on your podcast. Why did you want to do that and what kind of feedback did you get? The reason I did it was, I was in a lot of pain, as were a lot of people who heard the news. You know, I had a lot of emotions and I thought maybe that was the best waythat if I shared my perceived…

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The blockbuster that wasn’t: inside an alleged $14m scam to make the next Netflix hit

A California man was charged with fraud after securing millions in funding and using most of the money on himself, prosecutors say On paper, Legends looked like a box-office hit. Adam Joiner billed his movie as an anachronistic mash-up of legendary 19th-century American figures, a steampunk Avengers tailor-made to satiate the ever-expanding appetite for big-ticket, fantasy-action pictures. With Endgame, the latest Avengers installment, Game of Thrones or the recently Disney-fied Star Wars universe have inspired an undeniable gold rush for premium content so much so that the genre has, in…

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The Notorious Pornographer Who Scandalized Japan

Netflixs latest the first-person POV shot. He rose to prominence at a time in Japan when censorship laws were strict and real sex was unheard of Japanese interpretation of Breaking Bad. (At one point, a character says, Soon, porn will make more money than meth.) Much of the action revolves around Muranishi and Toshi building up their entourage, sparring with competing porn distributor Ikezawa (Ryo Ishibashi), conspiring with a mob boss, and dodging the cops. It is also beautifully shot throughouta fantasia of neon signs, shadowy karaoke bars, and colorful…

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Why SNL Writer Sam Jay Hates Performing Comedy for Woke Kids

wrote when I returned from this years South by Southwest festival, I got to see a ton of stand-up comedy sets during my week in Austin, Texas. But nothing I saw came close to topping the experience of watching Sam Jay. Just six years into her career as a comedian, Jay has become one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world. After joining Saturday Night Live as a writer in the fall of 2017, the Atlanta-born, Boston-raised comic put out her first album The Last Laugh podcast from…

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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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