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Charlie Kaufman opens up about working with Netflix on I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, and says that studios have ruined movies.
Duffy says Netflix's release of 365 Days is irresponsible and glamorises sex trafficking, kidnapping, and rape.
“Ozark” has been renewed for a fourth and final season by Netflix. Season 4 will consist of two separate seven-episode runs, for a total of 14, and “mark the final chapter in the Byrde family’s journey from suburban Chicago life to their criminal enterprise in the Ozarks,” according to its streaming home.Chris Mundy is the “Ozark” showrunner. He executives produces the MRC Television series along with Jason Bateman, Mark Williams, John Shiban, Patrick Markey and Bill Dubuque.Dubuque and Williams are the series creators. Laura Linney will be a co-executive producer on Season 4.Also Read: 'Ozark' Star Jason Bateman on Show's Secret Formula: 'Smart People' Who Are 'Pushed Right to the Edge'In addition to Bateman and Linney, who play the series leads Marty and Wendy Byrde, “Ozark” Season 4 also stars Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Charlie Tahan and Lisa Emery.“We’re so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving ‘Ozark’ more time to end the Byrdes’ saga right,” Mundy said Tuesday in a statement. “It’s been such a great adventure for all of us — both on screen and off — so we’re thrilled to get the chance to bring it home in the most fulfilling way possible.”“A super sized season means super sized problems for the Byrdes,” Bateman said. “I’m excited to end with a bang(s).”Also Read: Ava DuVernay to Executive Produce Scripted Series Based on Colin Kaepernick's High School Years“‘Ozark’ is a gripping drama that has captivated audiences all around the world and garnered tremendous critical acclaim,” Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix, added. “We’re so grateful to Chris, Jason, Laura, Julia and the entire cast and crew for all their tireless dedication to the show and can’t wait to see how the Byrdes’ journey comes to a close.”To date, “Ozark” has received 14 Emmy nominations, with two wins. Bateman won for directing and Garner for supporting actress. The series has also garnered two Golden Globe nominations and six Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations.Watch a quick “Ozark” Season 4 tease below.They're going to go out with a bang. Ozark will be back with an expanded 14-episode final season. pic.twitter.com/otIoUeTXyH— Netflix (@netflix) June 30, 2020Read original story ‘Ozark’ Renewed for 4th and Final Season by Netflix At TheWrap
Alison Brie has expressed regret supplying the voice for the Vietnamese American character Diane Nguyen in the Netflix series “BoJack Horseman,” which completed its series run earlier this year.In a statement posted to Instagram on Friday, Brie said that, “in hindsight,” she wishes she did not voice the character and that Diane could’ve been reserved for a person of color.“I now understand that people of color should always voice people of color,” Brie wrote. “We missed a great opportunity to represent the Vietnamese-American community accurately and respectfully, and for that I am truly sorry. I applaud all those who stepped away from their voiceover roles in recent days. I have learned a lot from them.”Also Read: 'The Simpsons' Will No Longer Have White Actors Voice Nonwhite CharactersBrie’s statement comes after several other white voice actors stepped away from their roles as people of color in animated series. “Family Guy” star Mike Henry said on Friday that he would step away from the Fox sitcom as the longtime voice of the Black character Cleveland Brown. “The Simpsons” said that non-white actors would no longer voice any non-white characters, this after several years back Hank Azaria agreed to stop lending the voice to the Indian character Apu.And earlier this week, it was announced that biracial characters voiced by Kristen Bell and Jenny Slate on “Central Park” and “Big Mouth,” respectively, would be recast with Black or biracial voice actors.Brie voiced her character Diane Nguyen on the Netflix series “BoJack Horseman” for 77 episodes dating back to 2014. Though the show is populated with both human and animal characters, Diane is a Vietnamese American woman and writer, who, in one episode, returns to Vietnam to explore her heritage roots.Read Brie’s full statement below:View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alison Brie (@alisonbrie) on Jun 26, 2020 at 5:06pm PDTRead original story Alison Brie Regrets Voicing Vietnamese American ‘BoJack Horseman’ Character At TheWrap
A Season 9 episode of “The Office” has been re-edited by series creator Greg Daniels and NBCUniversal to remove a scene featuring a character in blackface, TheWrap has learned exclusively.The old version of Episode 909, titled “Dwight’s Christmas,” has been replaced by the new cut on Netflix — “The Office’s” streaming home until 2021, when the show (and the updated episode) moves over to NBCUniversal’s Peacock — and other platforms where it is available for purchase.The new cut is also replacing the original for syndication airings on Comedy Central and other Viacom-owned channels, and the NBCUniversal-owned Cozi TV.Also Read: Netflix Pulls 'Community' Episode 'Advanced Dungeons & Dragons' Due to Blackface Scenes (Exclusive)“‘The Office’ is about a group of people trying to work together with mutual respect despite the inappropriate actions of their boss and assistant manager,” Daniels said in a statement to TheWrap. “The show employed satire to expose unacceptable behavior and deliver a message of inclusion. Today we cut a shot of an actor wearing blackface that was used to criticize a specific racist European practice. Blackface is unacceptable and making the point so graphically is hurtful and wrong. I am sorry for the pain that caused.”“Dwight’s Christmas” aired Dec. 6, 2012, on NBC. It focuses on Dwight Schrute’s (Rainn Wilson) attempts to get his coworkers at Dunder Mifflin excited about celebrating a traditional Schrute Family Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas in the office, which leads to him dressing up as Belsnickel, a St. Nicholas-like character in South German folklore.The scene featuring blackface occurs when Oscar (Oscar Nunez) looks up Belsnickel on Wikipedia. He tells the office the character’s partner Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter, is “a slave boy often portrayed in colorful pantaloons and blackface.” Stanley (Leslie David Baker) tells Dwight in response, “Uh-uh. No, Dwight, no.”Dwight responds, “Oh, come on. We don’t blindly stick to every outmoded aspect of our traditions. Come on, get with the spirit of it, you guys!” before quickly pulling out his phone and sending off a text.It then cuts to warehouse worker Nate (played by Mark Proksch) in the office parking lot, preparing to come into the Christmas party dressed as Zwarte Piet, complete with blackface, until he receives that text from Dwight and immediately turns around. He shows up later in the episode with the majority of his makeup wiped off.Also Read: 'Gone With the Wind,' 'Scrubs' and Other Movies and TV Shows Pulled in BlackLivesMatter Era (Photos)NBCUniversal’s decision to edit this episode of “The Office” comes on the same morning TheWrap exclusively reported Netflix removed an episode of “Community” that featured a character in blackface.Earlier this week, two other sitcoms, “Scrubs” and “30 Rock,” pulled multiple episodes each that featured characters in blackface. Both were done at the request of the show’s creators.Read original story ‘The Office’ Season 9 Christmas Episode Re-Edited to Remove Blackface Scene (Exclusive) At TheWrap
Asian subscribers may have been frustrated at the limited library available to them when Netflix first launched in the region, but Del Deo is quick to reassure that Netflix is committed to not only expand the platform’s documentary offerings but also finding more diverse, authentic voices from the region.
Though a sequel to the Aardman stop-motion animated film “Chicken Run” is in the works, one of the original film’s voice actors Mel Gibson will not return, two individuals with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.Because the “Chicken Run” sequel will go into production next year, one individual explains it’s too early to know about voice casting for an animated film, but Gibson, who voiced the character Rocky in the film from 2000, is not expected to be asked back for the sequel.It’s also unclear if any of the other voice actors from the original film, which also included Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels, Imelda Staunton and Timothy Spall, will return for the sequel.Also Read: Winona Ryder Calls Out Hollywood Anti-Semitism, Repeats Mel Gibson's 'Oven Dodger' CommentsThe film, which will be distributed by Netflix and will go into production next year, will pick up the story of the chickens who pulled off an escape from Tweedy’s farm in the original film where Ginger (voiced in the original by Sawalha) has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky (originally Gibson) hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk — this time, they’re breaking in!Sam Fell (“Flushed Away,” “ParaNorman”) will direct the new film from a script by Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’ Farrell and Rachel Tunnard; Nick Park, creator of Aardman hits like “Wallace and Gromit” and “Shaun the Sheep,” will have a consulting role in the film.Steve Pegram and Leyla Hobart will produce, while Peter Lord, Carla Shelley and Karey Kirkpatrick will return as executive producers.The 2000 “Chicken Run” grossed nearly $225 million at the worldwide box office and remains the top-grossing stop-motion animated hit of all time.Gibson made headlines this week after Winona Ryder called out homophobic and anti-Semitic comments the actor allegedly made back in 1995. Gibson, via his representative, said that Ryder is lying.Read original story Mel Gibson’s Role in ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel Will Be Recast At TheWrap
“Cobra Kai” is upgrading its dojo: The “Karate Kid” sequel series is moving from YouTube to Netflix.Apparently, fear does not exist on that streaming service.Seasons 1 and 2 will become available on Netflix “this year,” with Season 3 “to follow,” according to Netflix. A person with knowledge of the move told TheWrap that the release plan for the new season is “in the works.”While there is currently no Season 3 premiere date, production on the new episodes has been completed, the person told us. It is entirely conceivable that the third season does not get released until 2021, a second person told TheWrap.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Also Read: 'Cobra Kai' Stars Talk About That Insane Season 2 Finale Scene: 'It Was Like an 11-Minute Riot'“Cobra Kai” takes place 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, where a now-successful Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) struggles to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of Mr. Miyagi, and must face his previous adversary, down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo.The series also stars Martin Kove, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser and Jacob Bertrand, among others.“Cobra Kai” is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg via their production company, Counterbalance Entertainment. James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment, which produces the show in association with Sony Pictures Television.Susan Ekins is also an executive producer. Macchio and Zabka are co-executive producers.Also Read: Just How Much Karate Do the Stars of 'Cobra Kai' Actually Know?Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg said the following in a joint statement: “Making ‘Cobra Kai’ has been a dream come true for us since day one. We are thankful for the tireless dedication of Jeff Frost, Chris Parnell, Jason Clodfelter, Karen Tatevosian, and all our partners at Sony for finding us a new home where we can not only continue the series, but also explore opportunities to further expand ‘The Karate Kid’ universe. We are beyond excited to join our new partners at Netflix and look forward to the show reaching the massive global audience who loves this franchise as much as we do.”“The appeal of ‘The Karate Kid’ saga is timeless, and ‘Cobra Kai’ picks up right where it left off without missing a beat,” Brian Wright, vice president of original series at Netflix, said. “The rivalry between Daniel and Johnny is one for the ages, and the show has a ton of heart and is a lot of fun. We can’t wait to introduce a new generation of fans to Cobra Kai and are thrilled to be its new home around the world.”“We are so proud of ‘Cobra Kai’ and are overwhelmed by the massive fan response to the series,” Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television, said. “Josh, Jon, Hayden, Ralph, William and the entire cast have done such a brilliant job with this sensational series and the huge audience reaction and sentiment for it is a testament to that. We are very thankful to our partners at Netflix and couldn’t be more elated that they have become the new home for this epic saga.”Read original story ‘Cobra Kai’ Moves From YouTube to Netflix At TheWrap
Before the sixth season of “Grace & Frankie” premiered in January, Netflix renewed the Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin-led comedy for a seventh and final year with an episode order that will make it the streaming service’s longest running original series.And though production began on Season 7 before the pandemic hit, co-creator Marta Kauffman is unsure when things will pick back up again for the series, given that it has to take into account something not every show looking to resume filming now that California has given the greenlight for projects to do so.“We have shot through the middle of Episode 5. We are continuing the writers’ room. We are getting towards the end of the season in terms of the writing and we completely expect to be back at some point and shooting it — but I don’t know when,” Kauffman told TheWrap. “It really depends on how it goes. We’re not going to be the first show to come back because we have four lead actors who are older [Fonda, Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen], so we need to see how the protocols work.”Also Read: 'Grace and Frankie' Season 6 Trailer: Grace and Nick's Newlywed Bliss Is Torturing Frankie (Video)But when the time comes, Kauffman, who co-created “Grace & Frankie” with Howard J. Morris, knows how this tale of two best friends will come to a close, even after a season that saw the two growing further and further apart until the end.“Of course we are going to end with Grace and Frankie together in some form, of course we are,” she said. “That’s what the show is about. As much as it’s about starting over, it’s about their friendship. But there is no fun in a friendship unless there is conflict. And this is a point where Grace and Frankie, after a year of Nick [Peter Gallagher], finally get to be back together, the two of them. And Robert [Sheen] and Sol [Waterston] are there.”“Grace & Frankie’s” seventh and final season will take it to 94 episodes, making it the longest-running original show in Netflix history. Kauffman says that, though the decision to end the series was not her choice, the chance to go out on top is still “pretty freakin’ good.”Also Read: 'Friends' Reunion Special Delayed on HBO Max, Will Not Make May Launch“Let me start with, it was not a creative decision to end it,” she told TheWrap. “It was in part a Netflix decision and we originally intended to do– we were hoping to do seven seasons, we made it to seven seasons — which is miraculous in this world — and I think because of the new Netflix model, they didn’t want to go past that. How does it feel to be the longest-running original series on Netflix? Pretty freakin’ good. It’s never what we expected from this show. We expected this show to be a sort of niche thing and the fact that it has taken on this life is pretty thrilling.”As Kauffman said, she didn’t know the show was going to reach a larger — and younger — demographic when it premiered in 2015. And when viewers that weren’t senior citizens became “Grace & Frankie” fans, well, it was a bit of a shock.“As that started to come out, we were stunned. We were stunned by that,” Kauffman said. “We had a similar thing with ‘Friends,’ where everybody said, you’re doing this show about people in their 20s, only people in their 20s are going to watch. Well there was the same sort of thought here that, if we’re doing a show about people in their 70s, only people in their 70s are going to watch. And what we said about ‘Friends’ is, if the stories are universal, more people will watch. And that was confirmed by ‘Grace & Frankie,’ that if the stories are universal and the characters are people you want to have in your home, then it will reach beyond the targeted demographic.”Also Read: Summer TV 2020: Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Photos)Speaking of “Friends,” Kauffman gave TheWrap a bit of an update on the hit sitcom’s long-awaited reunion special, which was originally set to hit WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max, at its May 27 launch, but was delayed due to the pandemic.“We are hoping to be able to shoot in August, if all is well and there is no early second wave and the studio is open,” Kauffman said of the reunion, which will include original cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc, as well as Kauffman and her “Friends” co-creator David Krane.WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt said last month that the hope is to film the special — which will be shot on the original series’ Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank — by the end of the summer, and Kauffman confirms that’s still the plan.“If everything is in place and we understand all the protocols and we can still make a good show, we’ll be shooting it some time, mid-to-late August.”As HBO Max noted when the special was first announced, it will be an unscripted event. However, Kauffman says it will involve “ways of looking at this that doesn’t just feel like a mini-doc” and there will be “components that are fresh and new.”Read original story Marta Kauffman Talks Beginning of the End of ‘Grace & Frankie,’ HBO Max’s ‘Friends’ Reunion At TheWrap
Ewan McGregor is voicing the character of Jiminy Cricket in the up-coming stop motion remake of Pinocchio, being helmed by Guillermo Del Toro.
Don Lemon reacted Friday morning to being called out by Dave Chappelle in the comedian’s surprise George Floyd special, released by Netflix at midnight.“What I will say is that I actually agree with Dave Chappelle. I agree that I think the establishment has been a bit behind and some of what we created — and I consider myself part of the establishment because I am over 40 years old — I think that the young people who are out there in the streets don’t really care what we have to say,” Lemon said on CNN’s “New Day.”The newsman went on, “They think that part of the world that we created and what we did, maybe we didn’t move fast enough and we weren’t strong enough and so they are out there fighting. They said, ‘Listen, we are tired of what’s happening. We tried to do it nice and we tried to do it peacefully. We tried to do all these things and you rejected it.’ And so I think they’re not only speaking to the white people in this country, but also to all of us in the establishment.”Also Read: Watch Dave Chappelle Respond to George Floyd's Death in Surprise Netflix Special '8:46' (Video)Still, he went on, the national conversation about systemic racism is “not a moment for modesty”: “I think it’s a moment we should all be using our platform to do whatever we can.”In his Netflix special “8:46,” Chappelle reacted to Lemon’s call for celebrities to speak out on the Memorial Day death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. “Don Lemon, that hotbed of reality. He says, ‘Where are all these celebrities? Why aren’t you talking?’ This n–a said everybody. I was screaming at the TV, ‘I dare you to say me, n-a. I dare you.'”“Has anyone ever listened to me do comedy? Have I not ever said anything about these things before?” Chappelle demanded, saying he felt Lemon was calling for him and other celebrities to “step in front of the streets and talk over the work these people are doing.”The comedian continued, “This is the streets talking for themselves! They don’t need me right now. I kept my mouth shut and I’ll still keep my mouth shut but don’t think my silence is complicit.”Read original story CNN’s Don Lemon Responds to Dave Chappelle Calling Him Out in George Floyd Special (Video) At TheWrap
Ferrell and McAdams play Icelandic musicians Lars and Sigrit who dream of entering the song competition.
Lee was committed to hiring local talent for all aspects of the production.
New action thriller The Last Days of American Crime has scored a rare 0% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes after a slew of terrible reviews.
Stage and screen director Sir Sam Mendes thinks streamers such as Netflix and Amazon should dip into their pockets to keep the arts alive.
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