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'So Much Blue' Is Percival Everett's Best Yet

Over the course of more than three decades, Percival Everett has written almost 30 books. They've included mysteries (<i>Assumption</i>), Westerns (<i>Watershed</i>) and biting political satire (the hilarious and memorably titled <i>A History of the African-American People [Proposed] by Strom Thurmond as Told to</i> …

Books

Oscar-nominated '13th' producer launches slate | News | Screen

Howard Barish, the Canadian Los Angeles-based producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary <i>13th</i> who helped launched Ava DuVernay’s directing career, …

Filmmaking

Netflix’s ‘Marseille’ Bow Underwhelms in France

MARSEILLE – Unspooling in Marseille’s spectacular, hilltop Palais du Pharo, built by Emperor Napoleon III for his wife, the first two episodes of …

Inside Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Plan to Revolutionize Media on Mobile Screens

When Jeffrey Katzenberg touched down in Sun Valley, Idaho, last week, it extended a streak of appearances at the annual conference going back more …

Advertising

Apple Hires Sony Pictures TV Chiefs Jamie Erlicht, Zack Van Amburg for Top Video Posts

Apple has tapped longtime Sony Pictures Television presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht for newly created posts overseeing worldwide …

Apple Sets $1 Billion Budget for Original TV Shows, Movies (Report)

Is Apple ready for its big Hollywood debut?<p>The tech giant has targeted $1 billion in spending for original television series and films over the next …

Apple said to be spending $1 billion on original content in 2018

Apple’s ambitions around creating original content seem set to grow: The Wall Street Journal reports that it has a budget of around $1 billion to spend on creating its own programming next year. That’s a budget that begins to approach those of dedicated content creators like HBO, which spent just …

Smart TV

Refinery29 Teams With Willow Smith, Rashida Jones, Zosia Mamet and More for Video Slate

Refinery29, the Turner-backed digital media company targeting young female audiences, has lined up a slate of new projects for 2017 with creative …

Media Industry

Comcast’s Watchable Unveils First Original Series, Including Show With Vine Star Logan Paul

Comcast has invested in its first batch of original digital shows exclusively available on Watchable — its free, ad-supported multiplatform video …

The Moves Tech Giants Just Made That Should Terrify Hollywood

Blink and you missed it, but the already fuzzy line between media and tech just disappeared.<p>It happened at some point over the past seven days, a …

Facebook Unveils Shows From 30-Plus Partners Including Univision, MLB, NBA, Hearst, Time Inc.

Facebook is finally getting ready to unveil its premium video efforts. The company announced a new “Watch” tab for its mobile apps Wednesday …

Blackpills Launches App With Edgy Original Series in U.S. and Canada, Plans Premium Subscription Option

French digital-media startup Blackpills is launching a free app stocked with 12 of its provocative short-form scripted original series this week in …

Sundance: Adaptive Studios Sells Short-Form Thriller Series ‘Pineapple’ to Blackpills

Digital-video startup Blackpills has acquired rights to “Pineapple,” a short-form thriller from Adaptive Studios that will have its world premiere …

Amazon's Film Chief on Sundance Buying Plans, Rival Netflix and Apple's Possible Movie Play

Jason Ropell also opens up about 'Manchester by the Sea's' success, the challenge in releasing original films and how the executive team makes …

How Scott Stuber Will Steer Netflix Ambition To Make 40-50 Feature Films Per Year – Deadline Disruptors

When Scott Stuber took himself out of contention to replace the late Brad Grey as Paramount chairman, and instead accepted an offer from Reed …

Amazon’s Ted Hope, Bob Berney Talk Big Ambition, Theatrical Strategy at Variety’s Massive Conference

Ted Hope calls it “the second coming.” Amazon Studios’ flood of investment in the movie business is designed to revive a market for independent films …

The best American hustler films

Out this week is David O. Russell's frothily funny and farcical latest, <i>American Hustle</i>. Leading the Oscar hype with its gallery of loveable fuck-ups (J-Law's loud-mouthed, disaster-prone moll chief among them), it sees a pair of small-time hustlers plunged into the mafia big leagues by a …

Al Pacino

Grimes: The Books That Made Me

Mercurial musician Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, has a taste in literature that's as far-reaching as her own sonic universe. Here, she selects five of …

Books

Five Classic Pauline Kael Reviews

In this week’s issue, I write about Pauline Kael, who was a <i>New Yorker</i> film critic from 1968 to 1991, and whose reviewing helped establish several movies of the late sixties and seventies as classics. Kael tends to be a controversial figure—not because her critical judgments were unconventional …

Box Office

Cary Grant | The Man from Dream City | American Masters | PBS

<b>Originally published in the New Yorker magazine, July 14th, 1975</b> <b>By Pauline Kael</b><b>.<br>American Masters Online thanks the New Yorker for their kind</b> …

The Arts

Who should you be reading in 2015?

It wouldn’t be a true year-end without critical forecasts for the next one. Literature is a hard beast to predict though. We can guess what will sell well, but can we know what will actually turn out to be good? No, we cannot. And we know even less about what will happen online. This is the great …

Books

Top ten videos of 2013

<b>Oneohtrix Point Never – “Still Life (Betamale)”</b><p>Visual artist Jon Rafman is more than adept at blending IRL and digital spaces, with artworks that explore the forced marriages between art and design. Earlier this year, he told Dazed how he seeks out the sublime online – an impulse which is taken to …

Music Videos

Melba's Call unpicked

While running things with Night Slugs, Alex Sushon - aka Bok Bok - has built an unmistakable aesthetic that relies on meticulously precise, clean imagery that comes with a dose of chaos. His latest video, for the Kelela-featuring jagged funk jam “Melba’s Call”, runs wild with this theme, ending up …

Military Technology