first_img TV and Movies Digital Media Share your voice 77 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Oscars 2019 Netflix Post a comment 2019 movies to geek out over Tags 0 For some filmmakers, getting a shot at the silver screen or Oscar gold is worth more than a check from Netflix. The streaming giant itself has been trying to remove some of its perceived filmmaking faults, but landing prestigious Oscars has been one of the hardest boxes for Netflix to check. A big night at the Oscars for Netflix could mean more top-notch movies for you to stream down the line.   A win data can’t buy Nothing guarantees an Oscar, particularly for best picture, but Netflix has been going all-out to put Roma in the best position for a win.  center_img Emmys? Netflix has them by the caseload. But big-category Oscars, like Roma’s nomination for best picture, have been Netflix’s unrequited yearning for years. Yalitza Aparicio plays Cleo in Roma, Netflix’s film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón.  Alfonso Cuarón The streaming giant was finally united with Oscar on Sunday, when Roma — hailed by critics as director Alfonso Cuarón’s masterpiece — won three awards and contended in 10 Academy Award categories.   And Roma’s categories are a high-end bunch. The film, a black-and-white ode to the domestic workers in a middle-class Mexican family in the early 1970s, won for best director, cinematography and foreign language film. Though it fell short of a best picture win, Netflix’s lifetime Oscar haul just tripled in a single night.  Netflix’s wins at Sunday’s awards show could last longer than one night of Oscar glory. Their prestige could trickle down to the future films you’re able to stream there. Netflix’s resume as a distributor of original films may be meaningless to viewers: You probably don’t care about Netflix’s attitude about theatrical release, its cold streak at the Oscars or its giant catalog swallowing up smaller titles. But what are just quirks to viewers can be irredeemable liabilities to some in the upper echelon of filmmaking (or to up-and-comers aspiring to get there).”Theater chains are attacking Roma as being a made-for-TV movie because of its limited theatrical release,” BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield said in a note Wednesday, referring to cinema chains protesting Roma’s film award wins so far. “Yet, we do not hear any consumers complaining about being able to watch Roma or Bird Box at home at no extra cost.” But it means your Netflix membership has missed out on some movies you’d probably love to stream. Crazy Rich Asians? Its creators turned down a “gigantic payday” at Netflix to ensure the film had a traditional theatrical release. Amazon has been able to swipe projects like The Big Sick away from Netflix for the same reason.  Netflix hauled in Oscars but couldn’t quite land best… 2:06 More on Roma GOOD MORNING, BEAUTIFUL WORLD. I’m very excited to share that ROMA has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director – @AlfonsoCuaron, Best Actress – @YalitzaAparicio, Best Supporting Actress – @MarDeTavira, and Best Original Screenplay! pic.twitter.com/cHPJYBQq7o— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) January 22, 2019 Netflix has reportedly spent as much as $30 million on an awards-season promotional blitz for Roma. That’s a squishy estimate that Netflix hasn’t publicly confirmed, but it would represent twice what the movie cost to make and possibly the most expensive campaign of this kind ever. (Netflix declined to comment for this article.) The push was presaged last year, when Netflix hired Lisa Taback, a top Hollywood awards strategists who ushered Moonlight and Spotlight to best picture Oscars. Netflix’s head of content, Ted Sarandos, said at the time that the company wanted “to expand and deepen our efforts to celebrate the incredible creators and talent who bring their dream projects to Netflix. Why such great lengths? Netflix is battling against its own history of pissing off traditional Hollywood.  Since the beginning of its original film ambitions, Netflix has been unapologetic about releasing its movies “day-and-date.” That means Netflix debuts its movies in theaters and on its streaming service at the same time. Day-and-date rankles theater owners, who see it as a threat to the traditional “windowing” schedules that give theaters months to screen films without any competition from home viewing.  When Netflix released Beasts of No Nation on its streaming service the same day as big screens in 2015, movie chains revolted. The four biggest US operators — AMC, Carmike, Cinemark and Regal — refused to show it. Despite star Idris Elba winning awards known as precursors to an Oscar nomination, Beasts of No Nation failed to garner even one Oscar nod. It was one of the snubs that galvanized the #OscarsSoWhite backlash in 2016, as the film’s entire cast is black. It was also a symptom of Netflix’s alienation from traditional film institutions like the academy that runs the Oscars.  Actor Idris Elba stands as a warlord in a crowd of gun-toting soldiers in Beasts of No NationNetflix’s Beasts of No Nation received no Oscar nominations in 2016, widely perceived as a snub. Netflix Netflix’s initial strategy for luring Hollywood’s biggest names was to to wave a giant check at them, but piles of cash haven’t always been enough. As Netflix began losing out on movies like The Big Sick and Crazy Rich Asians, it has been relaxing its resolve about day-and-date release. Late last year, Netflix released Roma in theaters for more than three weeks before it began to stream; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs from the Coen Brothers and Bird Box ran in theaters for about a week before streaming. The move didn’t go far with theater owners. Major cinema chains are still doggedly opposed to Netflix films. Many refused to screen Roma alongside other best picture nominees in special Oscar showcases this year. But Netflix’s move may be more successful as an overture to filmmakers, demonstrating that it’s willing to concede the importance of screening in a darkened theater to the people who make the movies themselves.  birdboxNetflix has said Bird Box was watched by more than 80 million households in its first month of streaming.  Netflix Bird Box also played a role in quieting another criticism of Netflix movies — that titles get lost in Netflix’s seemingly infinite rows of content. In its first month of streaming, more than 80 million households watched Bird Box on Netflix. With multiple people watching Netflix from a single account, and Netflix claiming that Bird Box has “high repeat viewings” on individual accounts, its message to creators is clear: Make movies with us and they’ll get seen.But the Oscars’ chilly attitude to Netflix has been one of the lingering sticking points.  The Oscars haven’t totally overlooked Netflix. The streaming giant’s documentaries have netted the company a feature documentary nomination every year since 2014. Netflix took home its first feature-film Oscar last year for Icarus, its documentary about doping among competitive cyclists. The company also won an Oscar for documentary short film in 2017 for The White Helmets, about volunteer rescue workers in bomb-ravaged Syria. Mudbound, a period drama about one black family and one white one in rural Mississippi, received four Oscar nominations last year. But Mudbound won none. Overall, Netflix’s Oscar track record is pretty paltry for a company releasing about 90 movies every year, making it the second-biggest movie studio after Disney by production budget, according to Barclays. Not all top filmmakers are put-off by Netflix’s dearth of film awards. Obviously, Cuarón entrusted Netflix with a film he cherishes so much he delayed tackling it until he felt he’d developed enough emotional maturity. Martin Scorsese, one of the most celebrated directors of his generation, is releasing his next two films through Netflix. (It’s worth noting that Scorsese was snubbed by the Oscars for more than 30 years until 2007’s best director statue for The Departed.) Guillermo del Toro, director of last year’s best picture winner, and Steven Soderbergh also have movies coming out on Netflix. But others among Hollywood’s elite filmmakers remain resistant — Steven Spielberg, for example. With Roma on Sunday, Netflix may finally enter filmmaking’s most hallowed winner’s circle. That could quiet one of the last remaining points of hesitation for filmmakers of all stripes and could trickle down to the very selection of future films Netflix can score for your binge-watching pleasure.First published at 11:15 a.m. PT. Update, Feb. 24., 8:36 p.m. PT: With awards results.  Beautiful Roma sparked my own childhood memories Roma the Netflix movie you should see on the biggest screenlast_img read more

first_imgTamannaah Bhatia.PR HandoutActress Tamannaah Bhatia has said that she did not have any bitter experience with Bollywood director Sajid Khan, but Vidya Balan is entitled to her opinion if she had a bad experience with him.In an interview, Tamannaah Bhatia spoke about #MeToo movement and harassment charges against Bollywood filmmaker Sajid Khan. They had worked together in Humshakals and Himmatwala. “For me, it has always been about the script and what’s the kind of film that I am working on. When I worked with Sajid, unfortunately, none of our films did well,” Deccan Chronicle quoted the actress as saying.Sajid Khan was one of the Bollywood celebs whose names surfaced in the Me Too movement in September 2018. In a chat show, Vidya Balan had named Sajid Khan as the director that she would never want to work with again.Talking about her comment, Tamannaah Bhatia said, “He never treated me in any bad way and I was completely comfortable working with him. Everyone has a different experience and everybody is entitled to their own opinion and experience. If Vidya has had a bad experience, it’s normal for her to react like that.”Tamannaah Bhatia said that harassment is not just in films, but also in all other fields. She said, “Film industry is not an alien place where one needs to be protected. It’s a very professional environment like every other industry, be it the corporate world or any other industry. The #MeToo movement is not just about the film industry. We got to keep creating the awareness and fear and that’s all we can do.”The Baahubali actress has a no on-screen kissing clause in her contract. She said, “Nobody forces you and in my case, I was very specific when I started my career. I had that clarity. It is my perspective and I stick to that and nobody can force you in the film industry or the worldwide. When people say I was forced to do it, I don’t understand that because you are a mature individual and you can make a choice.”last_img read more

Global call for removing threats from draft digital act

first_imgThe freedom of the press and expression was put to the sword, journalists and rights defenders feared, according to an ANN report carried by Phnompenh Post.It referred to the Bangladesh cabinet’s approval of the draft of the Digital Security Act-2018.The newspaper wrote that there would be every chance of the act being misused against people’s right to express themselves after it is passed by the Jatiya Sangsad, some observed. .Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on Dhaka to amend the proposed ‘Digital Security Act’, removing provisions that pose a grave threat to freedom of expression.The proposed law is supposed to replace ‘the notorious and controversial’ Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, Section 57 of which criminalises online content regarded as defamatory or blasphemous, RSF said in a statement.It pointed out that at least 25 journalists and several hundred bloggers and Facebook users were prosecuted under Section 57 in 2017 alone.But, RSF added, many of its provisions are reproduced in different sections of proposed new law, and still carry sentences of up to 14 years in prison.“The proposed Digital Security Act is not satisfactory, especially as, on several points, it is even more draconian that the previous law,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“We urge the Bangladeshi authorities to withdraw all the provisions that could be used to gag journalists and bloggers.”RSF said, “The still vague wording will allow the same abuses as before, benefitting those who do not want freely and independently reported news and information.” A gag on freedom of expressionlast_img read more

INTERACTIVE MAP See Your Texas School Districts Vaccination Rate

first_img Share In 72 school districts across Texas, less than 90% of kindergartners have the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, according to data provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services and analyzed by News 88.7.The data includes coverage levels for a variety of required vaccines, such as polio, chickenpox and whooping cough (pertussis). Coverage levels represent the percentage of students who have received each required vaccine for the 2018-19 school year. The Centers for Disease Control aims for 95% vaccine coverage among kindergartners, but many school districts fall well short of that goal. In the Houston area, Galveston ISD’s coverage levels among kindergartners are below 90% for every vaccine reported to the state health department except hepatitis B.Vaccine coverage rates are often lower in rural areas. In three districts in northwest Texas — Guthrie Common School District, Turkey-Quitaque ISD and Meadow ISD — rates are below 60% on average among kindergartners. In Seminole ISD and Loop ISD, which are between Odessa and Lubbock, coverage rates are around 80%. Elsewhere, coverage rates are low in the central Texas hill country and in east Texas north of Beaumont.While so-called “conscientious exemptions” — waivers that allow those with religious or moral objections to attend school without receiving the required immunizations — are on the rise statewide, Meadow ISD reported no conscientious exemptions to the state. At Loop ISD and Seminole ISD, however, exemption rates did exceed 10%.The maps below show vaccine coverage rates for nearly every school district in Texas — 94% of school districts reported coverage levels to the state. The average vaccine coverage rate represents the average coverage for all required vaccines. The state did not report total coverage rates — the percentage of children with every required vaccine — for all school districts.The first map shows vaccination rates among kindergartners, while the second shows rates among seventh-graders. Greens represent coverage rates above 90%, yellows represent coverage rates near 90% and oranges and reds represent coverage rates below that.Kindergarten<br />Seventh Grade<br />last_img read more

Soon enjoy helicopter services from Kolkata to Tarapith Purulia

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is all set to bring Tarapith and Purulia on its helicopter connectivity map soon.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport department minister, in the state Assembly on Wednesday said the state government is soon going to introduce helicopter service from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia.It may be mentioned that Tarapith is a temple town in Birbhum where thousands of devotees turn up every day and the state government has taken several steps to improve the infrastructure at Tarapith. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNecessary infrastructure has been put in place so that people do not face inconvenience while they visit the place to offer Puja to goddess Tara. Roads connecting the place have been strengthened and widened.Now, the initiative has been taken to introduce helicopter service so that people reach Tarapith in far less time.Similarly, Purulia has also become one of the major tourist spots with the development of necessary infrastructure.In the past seven years, the Mamata Banerjee government has taken several steps for the development of Purulia. Now, people visit the place almost round the year except a few months during summer. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe tourism sector will receive further impetus with the introduction of this helicopter service.A tender has been floated to engage the operator for the helicopter services from Kolkata to Purulia and Tarapith.Currently, the helicopter service is available from Kolkata to Sagar, Digha, Shantiniketan and Malda.The helicopters, which operate from Kolkata to these four places, are four-seater ones. But helicopters operating from Kolkata to Tarapith and Purulia will have more seating capacity. It is learnt that eight-seater helicopters will operate between these places. It may be mentioned that soon after coming to power Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given stress on air-connectivity between all the districts. Initiatives were also taken to construct helipads in almost all districts.The Mamata Banerjee government has ensured flight services in Cooch Behar. The same in Bagdogra and Andal has also improved. The work to improve infrastructure of Malda and Balurghat airports is nearing completion. Moreover, many steps have also been taken to develop the Chharra Airstrip in Purulia.last_img read more

first_imgAugust 13, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Ever feel as though your business attire is slightly too stinky or wrinkly to re-wear — even if a trip to the dry cleaner isn’t quite yet necessary? Procter & Gamble is bringing to market a brand new device, the curiously-named Swash, to suit this very need.Priced at $500, P&G likens the machine to a “microwave” for clothes, reports The Wall Street Journal, in the sense that it seeks not to “replace laundering or dry cleaning…just delay them.”The machine sprays fluids from gel-filled Tide pods — priced at $6.99 for a pack of 12 — onto garments to remove wrinkles and odors and restore fit. The Swash then dries each item — at four feet tall, it is large enough to fit one extra-large men’s suit jacket — in 15 minutes or less using thermal heating technology.“Say goodbye to excessive washing, drying, steaming, ironing and dry-cleaning,” the company writes on its website, “and say hello to living life unhampered.”Related: 3 Unusual Ways Smart Tech Meets FashionWith Swash, P&G says it is targeting a brand new demographic, which it has termed “re-wearers.”“Two decades ago,” P&G’s research director, Mike Grieff, told the Journal, “the idea of wearing clothes several times before washing them had a negative stigma.” Now, especially among business people with capsule wardrobes of high-quality items, the pragmatics of re-wearing have become more socially acceptable.It remains to be seen, however, whether the Swash will forge a brand new phase in users’ clothes-caring routines — especially at such a steep cost and considering its rather limited claims.Created in collaboration with Whirlpool, the Swash is currently available at Bloomingdale’s and will roll out to other retailers next month, P&G said.Related: Banana Republic Thinks Your Typical ‘Startup Guy’ Should Dress Like This Register Now »last_img read more