Sofia Carson moved to tears by contemporary dance in Feel the Beat

Sofia Carson was moved to tears by the “incredibly emotional” contemporary dance routine in Feel the Beat.In the new Netflix movie, the Descendants actress plays April, a failed Broadway dancer who goes home to Wisconsin and ends up teaching a chil…

Sofia Carson was moved to tears by the “incredibly emotional” contemporary dance routine in Feel the Beat.

In the new Netflix movie, the Descendants actress plays April, a failed Broadway dancer who goes home to Wisconsin and ends up teaching a children’s dance class to help them win a national competition.

Out of all the dance sequences in the movie, Sofia’s highlights were her solo dance in a barn and her contemporary dance routine with the children as she found them so moving.

“It was incredibly emotional. That scene and the barn dance, I cried and held back tears through most of it,” she told StyleCaster.com. “There was something about that moment that felt so liberating and so real.

“We actually learned that (contemporary) piece two days before we shot it. All of us, myself and our incredible cast of young girls, just started sobbing when they showed it to us… It was beautiful. It was kind of the heart of our film.”

The 27-year-old has been dancing she was three years old and has competed in national competitions.

However, she still needed to train for two months before filming began to prepare for the role.

“I had two months of training before the film started to be in the physicality of what it meant to be a competitive dancer,” she explained. “It was a two-month process of preparation and rehearsals, and there was so much choreography in how April’s story is told through dance. I had to make sure that was captured… But it was amazing to dance like that again and to feel the physicality and the emotional challenges of being a dancer.”

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Arthur Conan Doyle estate officials sue over Millie Bobby Brown’s new Enola Holmes film

Netflix is facing a lawsuit from the estate of author Arthur Conan Doyle over their upcoming Enola Holmes movie, starring Millie Bobby Brown.The Stranger Things actress plays the eponymous little sister of Sherlock Holmes in the flick, which is based o…

Netflix is facing a lawsuit from the estate of author Arthur Conan Doyle over their upcoming Enola Holmes movie, starring Millie Bobby Brown.

The Stranger Things actress plays the eponymous little sister of Sherlock Holmes in the flick, which is based on Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes Mysteries book series, which were published from 2006 to 2010.

The star-studded movie, which features Henry Cavill as the iconic literary sleuth and Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes, follows a 16-year-old Enola as she heads to London to investigate the disappearance of her mother Eudoria Holmes, played by Helena Bonham Carter.

Representatives for Sherlock Holmes author Doyle claim that while the majority of his mystery tales are considered to be in the public domain, his last few stories about the famously stoic character, published between 1923 and 1927, are not – and those are the ones to feature details about Sherlock’s emotions, which have allegedly been included in Springer’s novels.

In their suit, filed in a New Mexico court on Tuesday, they explain, “(The) copyright infringement arises from defendants unauthorized copying of original creative expression by (Doyle) in copyrighted Sherlock Holmes stories (sic).”

They have listed bosses at Netflix and producers at Legendary Pictures as defendants, alongside Springer, screenwriter Jack Thorne, director Harry Bradbeer, and publishers at Penguin Random House, among others.

According to Deadline, estate executives are seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages and relief from further infringement on copyrights.

It’s not yet known if the lawsuit will delay plans for the release of Enola Holmes.

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Chicken Run sequel heading to Netflix

A long-awaited sequel to Chicken Run is heading to Netflix.On the 20th anniversary of the release of the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time, Aardman Animation Studios confirmed it will produce a follow-up to the movie with the strea…

A long-awaited sequel to Chicken Run is heading to Netflix.

On the 20th anniversary of the release of the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time, Aardman Animation Studios confirmed it will produce a follow-up to the movie with the streaming service.

Chicken Run, which featured the vocal talents of Mel Gibson, Miranda Richardson and Julia Sawalha, followed a group of imprisoned chickens as they tried to escape a farm, and is credited for helping create the category of Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars.

Peter Lord, who directed the original with animator Nick Park, announced the news during a live-streamed panel for the 2020 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

“We’ve discussed it so many times over the years and come up with various ideas but never quite found one we loved enough. But it was always in the back of our minds,” he explained.

“We’ve got the perfect story, and the relationship with Netflix is kind of perfect as well because they celebrate the filmmaker and are so filmmaker friendly,” Lord added. “I feel now we can make the ‘Chicken Run’ sequel we want to, the one we really care about.”

Filmmaker Sam Fell, who is attached to direct the project, said the sequel would focus on the chickens facing a new threat in their human-free utopia.

Netflix also confirmed the exciting news in a post on Twitter.

“POULTRY NEWS: Exactly 20 years to the day since the original was released, we can confirm there will be a Chicken Run sequel coming to Netflix!! Produced by @aardman, production is expected to begin next year. Eggsellent,” the post read.

The movie announcement coincides with the news that Studiocanal and Pathe have closed a deal with Aardman to allow the transfer of the sequel rights to Netflix.

Production on the sequel is set to begin next year.

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Kristen Stewart and Maggie Gyllenhaal direct Covid-19 lockdown short films for Netflix

Kristen Stewart and Maggie Gyllenhaal have both directed short films made during lockdown for Netflix.Homemade is a new compendium of five-to seven-minute shorts by 17 filmmakers for the streaming service, which aim to capture to experience of life in …

Kristen Stewart and Maggie Gyllenhaal have both directed short films made during lockdown for Netflix.

Homemade is a new compendium of five-to seven-minute shorts by 17 filmmakers for the streaming service, which aim to capture to experience of life in self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak.

The project, which has been overseen by filmmaker Pablo Larrain, can also be watched as one continuous feature, according to Variety.

Stewart’s follow-up to her 2017 short Come Swim was filmed in Los Angeles, while Gyllenhaal has contributed a film shot in Vermont with her partner, actor Peter Sarsgaard.

Directors were told to use only equipment found at home, and while plot details remain under wraps, Larrain said Gyllenhaal’s short will “surprise the whole world”.

“All shorts have something (special) but Maggie’s is very particular,” he teased.

Discussing the project, Teresa Moneo, director of international original films for Netflix, said the films varied from deeply personal to hilarious.

“Each director has done a completely different thing. We have put them together thematically. Some were very clearly personal stories and some were more narrative or fantastical or funny. We tried to give them some kind of organisation,” she explained.

Others who have contributed to the Homemade series include Bend It Like Beckham filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, Black Panther cinematographer Rachel Morrison, and Larrain himself.

Homemade will debut on Netflix on 30 June.

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Sandra Oh and Ken Jeong among vocal cast of animated musical Over The Moon

Sandra Oh and Ken Jeong are among the star-studded vocal cast of upcoming animated musical Over The Moon.The movie, directed by former Disney animator Glen Keane, is a retelling of the Chinese myth, and follows a bright young girl who builds a rocket s…

Sandra Oh and Ken Jeong are among the star-studded vocal cast of upcoming animated musical Over The Moon.

The movie, directed by former Disney animator Glen Keane, is a retelling of the Chinese myth, and follows a bright young girl who builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. There she ends up on an unexpected quest, and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures.

Phillipa Soo, best known for her role as Eliza in Broadway musical Hamilton, is also among the vocal cast, alongside John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Margaret Cho.

The movie will debut on Netflix later this year, and the streaming giant released a trailer on Tuesday.

Newcomer Cathy Ang will voice the curious and bright Fei Fei, Soo lends her voice to the moon goddess Chang’e​, and Jeong is Gobi, a Lunarian who becomes an unexpected companion for the young girl on her adventure.

Killing Eve star Oh is Mrs Zhong,​ Fei Fei’s future stepmother, John Cho and Miles voice the girl’s parents, and veteran Margaret Cho voices Auntie Ling.

John Kahrs will serve as co-directer, alongside Keane, from a screenplay penned by The Hate U Give writer Audrey Wells.

And Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park are writing the songs, with a score from Oscar-winning composer Steven Price.

Former animator Keane spent almost 40 years at Disney, and is best known for his work on classic ’90s Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Tarzan.

In 2018, he won an Academy Award for his animated short Dear Basketball, which he directed in collaboration with the late basketball star Kobe Bryant and composer John Williams.

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Film critics speak out as The Help reaches number one on Netflix

Film critics have urged audiences to watch better “black films” in response to The Help becoming the most-watched movie on Netflix.The 2011 drama, starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone, is set during the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 and…

Film critics have urged audiences to watch better “black films” in response to The Help becoming the most-watched movie on Netflix.

The 2011 drama, starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone, is set during the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 and focuses on two black maids who have their racist experiences documented in a book by a white aspiring journalist. Despite its success at the time, the movie has since been denounced for focusing on the ‘white saviour’ narrative and sidelining the black characters.

The Help was added to the streaming service this week and went straight to the top of the movie chart. Its popularity on Netflix coincides with widespread Black Lives Matter protests over the death of unarmed African-American George Floyd, and critics and journalists responded to The Help’s chart position by urging people to watch other documentaries and films about racial injustice and inequality instead.

“I’m so sorry but the last thing folx (folks) need to be watching are bootleg ‘racial reconciliation’ movies like ‘The Help,'” film critic Rebecca Theodore-Vachon wrote. “If you need a list of Black films, Black film critics are on here happy to suggest some really good ones.”

“Do not watch the f**king ‘Help’ right now…literally anything but ‘The Help,'” Ashly Perez posted, before suggesting viewers watch Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th, as well as her movie Selma, and the filmmaker’s four-part miniseries When They See Us.

The Help was a box office hit, grossing more than $216 million (£171 million) worldwide, and Spencer landed a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as maid Minny.

However, her co-star Davis previously confessed she regrets starring in the movie as she was disappointed with the focus of the film.

“I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard,” the Oscar winner told The New York Times in 2018. “I never heard that in the course of the movie.”

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Spike Lee: ‘I’m not going to a movie theatre until there’s a vaccine’

Spike Lee won’t go to a cinema until a vaccine has been found for the coronavirus. In April, the BlackKklansman director spoke out against the decision to reopen cinemas in Georgia while the pandemic is still ongoing, and in a new interview with Vanit…

Spike Lee won’t go to a cinema until a vaccine has been found for the coronavirus.

In April, the BlackKklansman director spoke out against the decision to reopen cinemas in Georgia while the pandemic is still ongoing, and in a new interview with Vanity Fair, he insisted he won’t be going to any venue in which large groups of people gather until there’s a vaccination against the Covid-19 virus.

“I know I’m not going to a movie theatre,” he stated. “I know I’m not going to a Broadway show. I know I’m not going to Yankee Stadium. Corona is a b**ch. Corona is not playing. You f**k around you’re going to get killed, you’re going to die. I’m not ready to go.”

Lee is releasing his new Vietnam War drama, Da 5 Bloods, on Netflix this month, and is scheduled to follow that up with an adaptation of the Prince of Cats graphic novel.

Production was due to kick off in Brooklyn in summer but he doesn’t see filming happening any time soon as there is not yet “a feasible solution” to make sets safe enough for the cast and crew.

“How are you going to do a love scene anymore, or an intimate scene? I mean, are you going to do a movie by remote, like Saturday Night Live? I don’t know how you do that. So, we’re on pause now,” the 63-year-old explained.

Lee was set to serve as the jury president at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival before the edition was cancelled. Cannes organisers hope he will take on the role for the 2021 festival, but this is yet to be confirmed.

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Paul Feig to direct The School for Good and Evil movie adaptation

Paul Feig has been tapped to direct the movie adaptation of young adult novel The School for Good and Evil. The director has signed on to helm the Netflix movie, which is based on Soman Chainani’s 2013 novel of the same name, the first instalment in a…

Paul Feig has been tapped to direct the movie adaptation of young adult novel The School for Good and Evil.

The director has signed on to helm the Netflix movie, which is based on Soman Chainani’s 2013 novel of the same name, the first instalment in a seven-part book series.

“I’m truly excited to bring this amazing, touching, funny and empowering world that Soman created in his wonderful books to life. I feel like a frog that just turned into a prince,” Feig said in a statement.

In the book series, the School for Good and Evil is where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. It follows Sophie, who knows she’ll be picked for the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella and Snow White, while her best friend Agatha seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. However, the girls soon find their fortunes reversed – Sophie is dropped into the School for Evil and Agatha into the School for Good.

The Last Christmas filmmaker will direct from a script written by David Magee and Laura Solon, and he’ll also produce the project alongside the author, as well as Joe Roth, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Jane Startz, and Laura Fischer, among others.

“To have one of your favourite directors adapt your book into a film for Netflix is an honour and a dream. Paul Feig is a brilliant filmmaker and a master of tone – a perfect fit for the twists and turns of The School of Good and Evil. I have no doubt that he will make a true fairy tale classic,” the author added.

The seventh and final book in the series, The School of Good and Evil: One True King, will be released on 2 June.

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Issa Rae never considered herself an actress

Issa Rae “never considered” herself as an actress.The 35-year-old found fame by creating and co-writing the HBO TV show Insecure, which she stars in, and its success has helped her land roles in films such as Little, The Hate U Give, and The Photog…

Issa Rae “never considered” herself as an actress.

The 35-year-old found fame by creating and co-writing the HBO TV show Insecure, which she stars in, and its success has helped her land roles in films such as Little, The Hate U Give, and The Photograph.

In a cover interview with Teen Vogue, Rae admitted she always thought she was an actress “for fun” and is experimenting with different genres to help her improve.

“I just want to try different things (and) keep getting better… because I’ve never considered myself an actress,” she said of her film career. “I always considered myself a writer-producer – and an actress for fun. I want to make sure that with each project I’m taking on, I’m bringing something to the table and not just showing up as me. A lot of people don’t get this opportunity, so I don’t want to take it for granted.”

Rae was gearing up to promote her new movie The Lovebirds, a romantic comedy with Kumail Nanjiani, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, causing the cancellation of South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, where it was set to premiere in March. Following the widespread closure of cinemas, the film was bought by Netflix and debuted on the streaming service earlier this month.

And Rae has been using the lockdown to work on a variety of upcoming creative projects.

“All I’ve ever said is, ‘If I just had more time, I could kill it.’ Lord knows I didn’t want it this way, but I’m just being very productive and getting all the s**t done that I’m being paid to do,” the star shared. “I still listen to the news every morning and have anxiety about all of the things that we are doing wrong, and I worry about my family, but the only way for me to not drive myself insane is to continue pretending like things are normal. Staying busy is how I cope.”

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Dee Rees reflects on The Last Thing He Wanted misfire

Dee Rees has insisted she’s “still proud” of The Last Thing He Wanted despite the negative reviews from critics. In the adaptation of Joan Didion’s book, Anne Hathaway starred as a journalist covering the 1984 U.S. presidential election who inherits h…

Dee Rees has insisted she’s “still proud” of The Last Thing He Wanted despite the negative reviews from critics.

In the adaptation of Joan Didion’s book, Anne Hathaway starred as a journalist covering the 1984 U.S. presidential election who inherits her ailing father’s position as an arms dealer for Central America.

The film, which also starred Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, and Willem Dafoe, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, but was heavily panned, and was subsequently released quietly by Netflix on 21 February.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Mudbound director insisted she has made peace with the reaction.

“You take your knocks, you live and you learn, you try to do better,” she said. “I would make that film again. I’m still proud of it.”

However, Rees admitted she felt guilty about the flop when she considers her cast and crew.

“When you’re making a film, (your team) has to believe in you and trust you and spend six, seven months of their lives with you. All this toil and sacrifice, I didn’t make it pay off for them,” the 43-year-old shared.

And the misfire has helped Rees inform her career going forward, with her adding: “It felt like a rite of passage… Now there’s nothing to be afraid of. I know the worst that can happen.”

Rees will follow up The Last Thing He Wanted with a new adaptation of George Gershwin’s classic musical Porgy and Bess, and she admitted she was feeling the pressure to get it right.

“(It) is an iconic property… I want to do the characters justice, and I feel really honoured to work on it,” she added.

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