First Trailer for Documentary ‘Cuba and the Cameraman’ from Netflix

Cuba and the Cameraman

“The story of Cuba, told by one filmmaker over five decades.” Netflix has released the trailer for the new documentary titled Cuba and the Cameraman, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year. This is made by filmmaker Jon Alpert, who has spent more time documenting and filming in Cuba than just about anyone else. Compiled from more than a thousand hours of footage and filmed over 45 years, Alpert follows three families and Fidel Castro to tell the story of modern Cuba. He was one of the last Americans to see Castro before his death. But the doc is also all about the people of Cuba, and the country itself, all the history is has gone through and the culture that has remained intact despite all of this. “He documented how these families and the Cuban leader dealt with the serious challenges gripping their country.” Check it out. ›››

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BoJack Horseman Season 5 Given the Green Light by Netflix

BoJack Horseman Season 5 Given the Green Light by Netflix

BoJack Horseman Season 5 given the green light by Netflix

Netflix announced today they have given the green light to BoJack Horseman Season 5! You can view a short video, in which one of their “clingy execs” texted the pickup news to BoJack, using the player below.

Season 4 of BoJack Horseman launched globally on Netflix on September 8, 2017. Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary ‘90s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin’ Around, who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback.

BoJack Horseman was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series is executive produced by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Steven A. Cohen and Noel Bright. Will Arnett (Flaked, Arrested Development) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) also serve as executive producers. BoJack was designed by graphic artist Lisa Hanawalt and animated by LA-based ShadowMachine. The show is a Tornante Production, brought to life by Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company.

Are you looking forward to BoJack Horseman Season 5? What do you think of the fourth season?

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‘La La Land’ Director Damien Chazelle is Making a Musical Series for Netflix

Damien Chazelle

The Academy Award-winning director behind La La Land and WhiplashDamien Chazelle, is joining forces with Netflix and screenwriter Jack Thorne (Star Wars: Episode IX) for a musical called The Eddy. Chazelle will direct two of the eight episodes, which are all set in Paris, France. After how lavish and dreamy Chazelle made Los Angeles look in La La Land, I can’t wait to see what he does with Paris.

Below, learn more about the Damien Chazelle Netflix musical series.

Back in April, we learned the project was being shopped around to cable networks and streaming services, but now we know a little bit more. The story is about a Paris jazz club and focuses on the owner, the band, and the city. It’s set in present day and deals heavily with the relationship between the American and French-Arab co-owners of the club, complete with roles for French, English, and Arabic speaking talent.

Netflix’s VP of international originals, Erik Barmack, told Variety the series will feature French actors, crew members, and maybe some directors. Barmack described The Eddy as “somewhere in between” Whiplash and La La Land, “From the intense, complex relationship between a jazz drummer and his instructor in Whiplash to his dazzling duo of lovelorn Los Angelenos in La La Land, Damien’s work is emotional and electrifying.”

As for Chazelle, he’s “always dreamed of shooting in Paris.” He’s working with some real heavy-hitters on The Eddy, including six-time Grammy winner, Glen Ballard. The composer and producer worked with Michael Jackson on “Bad” and “Thriller,” in addition to co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette’s finest album, “Jagged Little Pill,” which Diablo Cody is adapting into a stage musical. Ballard is writing the original score for the Netflix series, which Six Feet Under and The Newsroom‘s Alan Poul is executive producing.

Chazelle has now joined the list of some of today’s top filmmakers working with Netflix, which already includes Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), David Fincher (House of Cards), the Coen Brothers (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Ava DuVernay (The 13th), David Michód (War Machine) and others. More and more great directors keep turning to these streaming services. Though Amazon’s list is just as impressive: Woody Allen (Crisis in Six Scenes), Barry Jenkins (Underground Railroad), David O. Russell (an untilted gangster project), Yorgos Lanthimos (an untitled Oliver North project), and Nicolas Winding Refn (Too Old to Die Young).

I imagine a few networks were interested in a Damien Chazzelle musical series after the success of La La Land, but Netflix seems like a great home for the filmmaker, to hopefully help tell the story how he sees fit. La La Land is such a joyful musical with both heartbreak and wonder. If he can capture even a small portion of that magic with his Netflix show, we’re in for a treat. When the filmmaker will fit The Eddy into his busy schedule is unknown at the moment. He’s currently working on the Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, which Jon Bernthal joined the cast of only yesterday. He’s shooting that ambitious drama starting in November, with a fourth-quarter 2018 release date already locked down.

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The Final Defenders Trailer Released by Netflix

The Final Defenders Trailer Released by Netflix

The final Defenders trailer released by Netflix

Netflix and Marvel Entertainment have released the final Defenders trailer, which you can view below. Also, if you missed them, you can view 30 new photos from the upcoming series in the gallery underneath.

RELATED: Marvel’s The Defenders Review: Episodes 1-4

Marvel’s The Defenders follows Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), a quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

The series also stars Academy Award-nominated actress Sigourney Weaver as the antagonist, simply named Alexandra, and features the return of Elodie Yung as Elektra, Scott Glenn as Stick, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, with Simone Missick as Misty Knight and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing.

RELATED: Marvel’s The Defenders Comic-Con Trailer

Marvel’s The Defenders will premiere all eight episodes on Friday, August 18. The series is executive produced by Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

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David Letterman Is Coming to Netflix for a New Series, But Will His Epic Beard Come Too?

David Letterman Netflix Show

David Letterman stepped down from his longtime post as the host of The Late Show on CBS in 2015, replaced by comedian Stephen Colbert. But as any good comedian will tell you, it’s hard to stay away from the spotlight, and David Letterman is a great comedian, so it should come as no surprise that he’s coming out of retirement with a new show. But it won’t be on any of the big networks.

Netflix is bringing David Letterman into their ever-expanding roster of comedy talent for a new series on the streaming service with six episodes in 2018. But exactly what kind of show can we expect from the legendary, respected comedian and television host?

The New York Times reports news of Netflix rounding up David Letterman for a series that doesn’t have a title yet, but the streaming service said it will be an hour-long program that will have Letterman doing two of the things he does best “in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor.”

With 33 years of late night hosting experience under his belt, not to mention all the time he spent honing his skills as a stand-up comedian, Letterman is one of the best in the business, and the fact that Netflix was able to coax him out of retirement is a big deal. Actually, the comedian was the one who was getting antsy about doing a new project, telling NYT, “I keep saying, jeez, I still think I can do something. I want that epiphany that others have had. It’s the same epiphany that I had about wanting to do a TV show when I was, like, 17.”

Letterman has kept a low profile since leaving television in 2015, though he has made a few appearances here and there on the National Geographic Channel and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In the press release from Netflix, Letterman himself said, “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely.”

Now the comedian is another huge name added to the comedy mix on the streaming service, which will soon have new specials from Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock on the way. It remains to be seen if this is just the beginning of a larger relationship that Letterman will have with Netflix, but for now, this is a good start. Whether or not his Santa Claus style beard will stick around when he returns to TV hosting, we’ll have to wait and see.

Are you looking forward to the David Letterman Netflix show?

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Live Blog: Netflix Comic-Con Panel Previews Bright and Death Note

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Bright and Death Note are set to be showcased at the Netflix Comic-Con panel

Netflix is previewing both Bright and Death Note during a Hall H panel at the San Diego Comic-Con starting at 3:15pm on Thursday, July 20. You can follow along with our Netflix Comic-Con panel live blog below!

Bright is Suicide Squad director David Ayer‘s next project and will be coming to Netflix in December. The film reteams Ayer with Suicide Squad star Will Smith and is also headlined by Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Exodus: Gods and Kings) and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus). Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

Death Note stars Nat Wolff (Paper TownsThe Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton, Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Get OutShort Term 12) as “L,” Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega) as Watari, with Shea Whigham (Agent CarterBoardwalk Empire) as James Turner, and Willem Dafoe (The Boondock SaintsSpider-Man) as the voice of Ryuk the Shinigami. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

Directed by Adam Wingard (You’re NextThe Guest), Death Note will premiere globally on Netflix August 25.

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Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer in Talks for Like Father at Netflix

Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer in Talks for Like Father at Netflix

Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer are in talks for the Netflix comedy feature Like Father

Kristen Bell (The Good PlaceVeronica Mars) and Kelsey Grammer (CheersThe Last Tycoon) are in talks for the upcoming Netflix comedy feature Like Father, according to THR. The film will mark the directorial debut of Lauren Miller Rogan, who co-wrote and starred in the indie comedy For a Good Time Call. The production is set to begin shooting in August in New York, and is reportedly going to shoot in the Caribbean as well. Molly Conners (Birdman), Anders Bard (I Love You, Man) and Amanda Bowers (Manglehorn) will produce alongside Miller Rogan.

Like Father is about a workaholic woman who’s groom leaves her at the alter. She goes on the honeymoon cruise anyway and meets up with her workaholic father who left the family when his daughter was five to focus on his career. Bell and Grammer are reportedly in talks to play the father and daughter.

Kristen Bell is known for playing the lead role in the cult hit Veronica Mars from 2004-2007, as well as the 2014 film. She was the voice of Princess Anna in the Disney film Frozen as well as Frozen Fever and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. She’s also appeared in films like Couple’s RetreatWhen In RomeBad Moms and You Again. She played Jeannie van der Hooven in the Showtime series House of Lies and will be seen next in the film A Bad Moms Christmas, which opens on November 3.

Kelsey Grammer played the role of Dr. Frasier Crane on the TV series Cheers and it’s successful spinoff Frasier, for which he received a number of Primetime Emmy Awards. He voices the role of Sideshow Bob in The Simpsons and recently appeared in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Grammer stars on the Amazon series The Last Tycoon, which will premiere on July 28.

Are you guys interested in Like Father? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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‘GLOW’ Featurette: Watch the Netflix Series Stars Do Their Own Wrestling

Glow Featurette

Netflix is bordering on belligerent with the amount of content the streaming service has been offering to its subscribers lately, and if you’re looking to stay on top of it all, you should wipe your weekend plans because today marks the release of yet another full season of television. The 1980s-set series GLOW, which is loosely based on the real-life low-budget wrestling show “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” hit the streaming service earlier today and has earned some great reviews thus far.

But before you binge the whole first season, take a look at a new GLOW featurette that showcases the stars doing their own stunts in the ring.

GLOW Featurette

Aside from the setting, this reminds me of Orange is the New Black: a diverse group of women at the end of their rope are joined together through unusual circumstances that result in deep friendships. And that parallel is clearly no accident, considering Orange is the New Black producers Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann are on board as executive producers.

I’m not into wrestling at all, but this definitely looks like a show I’d love. To me, the key to the whole thing looks to be finding the balance of having entertaining and outrageous characters who possess relatable motivations. Everything I’ve seen and heard about the show indicates that the creative team knocked that out of the park, and the near-universal acclaim seems to corroborate that theory.

GLOW is created by Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and Carly Mensch (Nurse Jackie, Weeds), and stars Alison Brie, Marc Maron, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, and Ellen Wong.

Inspired by the short-lived but beloved show from the 80s, GLOW tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby, only to be sucked back into work when her picture perfect life turns out not to be what it seems. At the wheel is Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), a washed-up, B-movie director who now must lead this group of women on the journey to wrestling super stardom.

The ten-episode first season is available to stream right now.

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The Battle of Netflix

To most people, the Cannes Film Festival is the epitome of what the film industry represents in our collective unconsciousness: glamour, beautiful people doing awesome things, red carpets, flashes and validation from the masses in the form of cheers and long rounds of applause.

Every so often, however, an event will trickle through the filters of what the public wants to see and reveal what this festival more than any other means in the industry. When Quentin Tarantino won the Palme d’Or for Pulp Fiction, thus recognising the arrival of a fresh new voice, half the room booed him to which he unceremoniously replied by flipping the bird. This year, when Netflix’s first film had its first screening, people booed when the logo appeared.

Cannes is not just a privileged platform for filmmakers to launch their film and the necessary promotion, it is the film market and a place to first and foremost do business, and people will hold on to their corner.

Yes, having a film in Cannes, for a newcomer or for a veteran (“It’s always the same ones in Competition” read one of the badges handed out with the accreditations this year) is a crowning achievement for any self-respecting filmmaker’s dreams. But the battle rages on behind the scenes. It was quite apparent this year from day one.

Netflix vs Cannes?

During the Jury’s press conference, Will Smith and Pedro Almodovar clashed when the latter expressed a strong bias against the two Netflix films in Competition. The American actor in turn defended the California giant, stating that the accessibility it provided to films enhanced his household’s film culture. The festival organisers later took a stand against Netflix, instating a rule, effective in 2018, that any film they submitted would have to be released theatrically in France.

Several elements provide better context for the controversy. First of all, Will Smith is starring in a film to be released later this year on Netflix. Second, the Cannes Film Festival is not just a beacon of world cinema, it is (there is no other way to say it) extremely French. It doesn’t just have a soft spot for French films or is extremely reliant on public funding (subsidies from various film agencies and government offices), it is heavily embedded in the establishment and is slow to implement change, however necessary it may be.

As Ted Sarandos of Netflix mentioned that Thierry Fremaux, general director of the festival, was well aware of the release plans for the two films they have in competition, it is likely that the new rule was a way of relenting to change-adverse organisations of film distributors, on the heels of inconclusive discussions about the distribution chain and chronology in France.

The old and the new

The discussion about the disruption that Netflix and similar services have brought about in the industry is necessary. But having now framed the current row as being between Netflix and distributors, not unlike the argument about the new home entertainment service that is supported by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and other in the United States, it should also be understood that opposing the old and the new can only work for so long.

Stanley Kubrick, arguably the conveyor of some of the most cinematic experiences in history, is on Netflix. You can watch Billy Wilder’s or Woody Allen’s movies on your tablet. Significantly, Netflix has bought Orson Welles’ unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind, and is financing its completion.

While the new Cannes rule may guarantee that Netflix films will scream in a couple of Parisian cinemas in order to calm some people’s ire (Reed Hastings can spare the bucks), we should also consider what the art form stands for. Yes, Netflix is the facilitator of many binge-watching weekends and it has identified sleep (yes, the act of sleeping) as its main competitor. But it is also now the home of boundary-pushing content: rarely had we had a cultural face for older people, let alone older women and older gay men until Grace & Frankie. It is also the home of uncompromising filmmakers like Duncan Jones, whose next film will instantaneously reach 100 million people in the world.

Amazon has been less showy in the disruption it has engineered. While it does follow in Netflix’s tracks of giving greater freedom in the way films and TV shows are consumed, it has also provided the option of traditional theatrical releases. It is certain, however, that both companies are incredibly customer-oriented.

Being audience-oriented

At this extreme end of the spectrum is Netflix, whose execs have reportedly made creative decisions based on all the data collected about their users’ consumption behaviour.

The French system is at the other end of the spectrum, where the entire film industry is organised in such a way that filmmakers are almost certain to find an audience, as cultural exception quotas as well as distribution channels and film financing are working in closed-circuit. It can be then be argued that filmmakers are leaning on the self-indulgent side of artistic integrity.

While creative integrity and artistic statements should be defended, self-indulgence and making films with which an audience can’t relate isn’t what the art form is about either. In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway describes his view on how a painting should be “accrochable”, how it should be fully artistic and at the same time should also be appreciated if hung in your friend’s living room.

Film is a language- a very primal and effective language. Therefore, the expression of an idea or a worldview should certainly be articulated in such a way that the people you’re speaking to is understandable. Filmmakers should certainly learn how to craft an idea into an impactful film. Spending time learning about the craft will only liberate the art- whatever your platform or audience is.

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House of Cards Season Five: New Images From Netflix

House of Cards Season Five: New Images From Netflix

Check out four new images from Netflix’s House of Cards season five

Today Netflix released four new images from the upcoming House of Cards season five. The show will premiere on the streaming service in its entirety on May 30, 2017. Starring two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, the fifth season will see Francis (Spacey) run for re-election with his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), by his side. You can check out the images in the slideshow below.

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House of Cards season five was written before last year’s Presidential election, so there is unlikely to be specific parallels here. Executive producer Melissa James Gibson spoke to EW about the inevitable comparisons, saying, “Sure, the resonance sometimes feels eerie. But Trump is an outsider who’s trying to blow up the system, and Francis is the opposite.” At the end of season four, Frank was not only launching his Presidential campaign (he was not elected, as you may recall) with his wife, but plotting to declare war on ICO to distract from a certain damaging article.

Based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, House of Cards is executive produced by David Fincher, Joshua Donen, Beau Willimon, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, John David Coles and Eric Roth. The one-hour drama is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix. House of Cards season 5 also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks, and Joel Kinnaman.

Are you guys excited to see what’s coming in House of Cards season five? Will the Underwoods win the Presidency? Who are they going to kill off? We want to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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