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‘Sense8′ Cancelled: Netflix Ends The Wachowskis’ Progressive Sci-Fi Drama After Two Seasons (Indiewire)

June 3, 2017

Damn you Netflix. From Indiewire,

Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of Original Content, released the following statement on Thursday regarding the cancellation:

After 23 episodes, 16 cities, and 13 countries, the story of the ‘Sense8’ cluster is coming to an end. It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable. Never as there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world. We thank Lana, Lilly, Joe, and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.

“Sense8” earned mostly positive reviews for both seasons, with a slight uptick in acclaim for Season 2. IndieWire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller gave the follow-up year a B+ in her review and said, “‘Sense8’ may have had a slow start in Season 1, but Season 2 is a hell of a ride. Hold on tight.”

Because of the series’ originality as well as its diverse cast and progressive storylines — including a scene filmed during the largest gay pride celebration in the world — “Sense8” earned a passionate following as well as accolades from the GLAAD Media Awards and the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, among others.

Read the full article on Indiewire.
Read Real Charlie’s reviews of Sense8 Season 1 and Season 2.

What I loved most about Sense8 was the creators’ ability to break through convention and try new things. Some worked gloriously. Others failed. But the pulse of the show was always frenetic and captivatingly addictive. It was an imperfect show I adored. Thank you Sense8 for pushing the envelope and expanding our universe.

Sense8’s Lito and Hernando at San Paolo’s Gay Pride 2016

Did Pedro Almodóvar Sign On to Direct a Netflix Series? — Report (Indiewire)

May 26, 2017

Will he or won’t he? Only his streaming provider knows for sure. Please, please please let this be true!!! From Indiewire,

Rumors are swirling that Pedro Almodóvar may have closed a deal to direct a television series for Netflix, Fotogramas reports. The project would be Almodóvar’s first experience directing a television series.

In a separate report from ABC.es, however, Almodovar’s production company El Deseo denied the report. Almodovar has said publicly that he’s previously been approached by several TV companies about projects for the small screen, and last December told members of the media he had one project in mind, but no additional information has been released. Netflix did not immediately return a request for comment.

The news comes shortly after a short-lived controversy involving Almodovar and Netflix erupted at the Cannes Film Festival, where Almodovar presided over the jury. At the festival’s opening press conference, parts of a statement Almodovar gave in Spanish were lost in translation, leading some to believe that the filmmaker would not consider the two Netflix films (Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja”) for the Palme d’Or because they would not be screening in theaters in France.

Read the full article on Indiewire.
#favoritelivingdirector

Merchant Ivory’s ‘Maurice’ Gets Another Walk on the Beach (Variety)

May 19, 2017

The article, ‘Maurice’ Gets Another Walk on the Beach published in Variety is a total geekfest for film lovers and those interested in film restoration. It’s also short enough to scan and marvel at the delicacy of older film and the painstaking process some companies take to bring these masterpieces back to life for new and future generations. At the top of this list (with Criterion) is Cohen Media Group who is overseeing 30 Merchant Ivory restorations.

Read the full article at Variety.

I’m Watching As Fast As I Can

May 18, 2017

I’m in the middle of watching several television shows simultaneously which makes it seem like I’m not keeping up with my reviews. Never fear. I’m working my way through and will have reviews on the following in the near future:

Deep Water – this Australian mini-series is “based on a true story on the real life hate murders of possibly up to 80 gay men in Sydney’s eastern suburbs beaches in the 1970s and ’80s.” (Wikipedia) I have this on DVD at home and as soon as I begin will undoubtedly watch it all the way through. It stars Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black).
The Fosters – working my way through the last half of Season 4. The kids have the worse timing making sure at least three of them are doing something really dumb simultaneously. Ah teenagers.
Sense8 – taking my time with Season 2 which goes off into different directions making you wonder where it will end. I have come to adore this show and look forward to reviewing the season in its entirety.
Twin Peaks – going through the classic show for the first time in 25 years in anticipation of the new season coming to Showtime this month. I’ll be waiting for other forms of streaming or a DVD release.

Stay tuned beloved followers.

30th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival: June 2 – 10, 2017

May 17, 2017

Congrats to the Connecticut LGBT Film Festival on their 30th Anniversary this year! The line-up for their June screenings is now available and looks fantastic. Take a peek here.

My first choice and must-see this year is the documentary, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin premiering in Connecticut on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

Explore the Connecticut LGBT Film Festival.

Maurice at The Quad (NYC)

May 16, 2017

NYC peeps!

Maurice
Opens Friday

New York Premiere of 30th Anniversary Restoration in 4K

A gay art cinema trailblazer about love and loss, Merchant-Ivory’s adaptation of E.M. Forster’s posthumously published novel follows a young man’s (James Wilby) struggle to come to terms with his sexual identity after his first love (Hugh Grant) abandons him for a respectable marriage.

With James Ivory in person following the 6:40pm screenings this Friday and Saturday
Reel Charlie’s got his tickets for Saturday night. See you there.
Purchase tickets.

‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman Protect Their Own in Jane Campion’s Sequel (Indiewire)

May 12, 2017

Oooh, Top of the Lake is coming back with a Season 2! This time Elizabeth Moss stars with Nicole Kidman. I can’t wait for this one! From Indiewire,

It’s been four years since we last saw Elisabeth Moss’ Detective Robin Griffin, and it looks like quite a bit has changed. New faces and a new case dominate the first trailer for “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” Jane Campion’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed limited series.

Moss returns as Griffin, a mother still reeling from giving up her daughter at birth, and in a disconcerting twist, Nicole Kidman plays Mary’s adoptive mother.

“Top of the Lake: China Girl” premieres in September on SundanceTV. Episodes will be made available via Hulu the day after they air.

Read Reel Charlie’s review of Top of the Lake: Season 1
Read the full article on Indiewire
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Amazon Acquires Rights to 40 Films From SXSW, Paying $1.9 Million-Plus in Cash Bonuses (Variety)

May 11, 2017

from Variety,

Amazon has swept up streaming rights to 40 films that screened the 2017 SXSW Film Festival — including “Most Beautiful Island,” the Grand Jury Award winner for narrative feature — saying it will pay out at least $1.9 million in upfront cash bonuses for the titles.

The ecommerce giant snagged the SXSW selections through Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program, designed to be a streamlined, no-haggle way for independent filmmakers to get paid for digital distribution. Amazon acquired 15 films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival under the program; it extended a similar offer to entrants in the Tribeca Film Festival and plans to take it to the Toronto International Film Festival, too.

Among the 40 titles that opted in are festival award-winners “Most Beautiful Island,” a gritty drama starring and written and directed by Ana Asensio (pictured above) about an undocumented immigrant struggling to get by in NYC; “The Light of the Moon,” SXSW Audience Award for narrative feature; and “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin,” SXSW Audience Award for documentary spotlight. Other films include “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong,” special jury recognition for best ensemble; “I Am Another You,” special jury recognition for excellence in documentary storytelling; and “Maineland,” special jury recognition for excellence in observational cinema.

Very excited to see the Armistead Maupin documentary as well as many other films.

Reed the full article on Variety.

Orange is the New Black | Season 5 Official Trailer (YouTube)

May 11, 2017

I’m taking my time absorbing the second season of Sense8 slowly and methodically. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer for Season 5 of Orange is the New Black.

‘Little Women’ Is Coming Back As A Three-Hour Miniseries On PBS (HuffPost)

May 8, 2017

The tenth adaptation (1917, 1918, 1933, 1949, 1950, 1958, 1970, 1978 and 1994) of Little Women begins filming this summer and set to air on PBS in 2018. Which version is your favorite? I’m partial to the 1978 Susan Dey version with Meredith Baxter, Eve Plumb, and William Shatner.

From HuffPost,

Whether you’re a Jo, a Meg, a Beth or an Amy, we have good news: your favorite treatise on girlhood and growing up is back.

Masterpiece and PBS announced on Thursday that the network has an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women underway, in conjunction with Colin Callender’s Playground and the BBC.

So far we know that the two-volume novel will be turned into a three-hour miniseries, though further details, such as casting choices or release dates, have yet to be announced. The U.K.-U.S. production team will begin principal photography as soon as July.

Read the full article here.


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