After keeping a relatively low profile since leaving the White House just over a year ago (it feels like so much longer), President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are in negotiations with streaming giant Netflix to produce what is described as a series of “high-profile shows,” according to a report from The New York Times.
“Mr. Obama does not intend to use his Netflix shows to directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics,” The Times reports, adding that the series could feature Obama moderating conversations on topics such as health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, and climate change.
Sources with insider knowledge of the proposed deal, which has not been finalized, say “the Obamas had talked about producing shows that highlight inspirational stories,” which could be the wonderful escape we need right now in our depressing, chaos-filled world that is on the brink of nuclear war.
“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” said Obama senior adviser Eric Schultz. “Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.”
‘Game of Thrones’ will return for its eighth and final season on April 14, new teaser reveals
Ahead of the premiere of the third season of True Detective on Sunday, HBO aired a new Game of Thrones teaser which reveals April 14 as the debut date for the show’s upcoming six-episode eighth season.
The teaser, which was directed by David Nutter, who won an Emmy in 2015 for the season five finale of Game of Thrones, features an original score by Ramin Djawadi, who also picked up an Emmy for his work on the show in 2018 for the season seven finale.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who wrote the scripts for season eight with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill, also directed several episodes of the forthcoming season along with Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik.
While the eighth season of Game of Thrones will ultimately also be its last, HBO isn’t done with the property altogether, as the network has an assortment of different plans for the show tucked up their sleeves.
One of those plans is a spinoff series, which will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones and will chronicle the world’s descent from the so-called “Golden Age of Heroes” into its darkest period in history.
“We’re just starting the search for director [and] casting director,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in November, adding that he hopes the spinoff which is based on a story created by Jane Goldman and Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, will begin shooting this year.
Season eight of Game of Thrones will air at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
Al Pacino nearing a deal to land his first ever regular television role on Amazon’s ‘The Hunt’
Acting legend Al Pacino is nearing a deal with Amazon to join the studio’s upcoming drama series The Hunt, which will mark the Oscar-winning actor’s first regular television role in his decades-long career, Silver Screen Beat has confirmed.
The Hunt follows a diverse band of Nazi Hunters living in 1977 New York City who discover that hundreds of former high-ranking Nazi officials living among them are conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the United States. The eclectic team of Hunters decide to set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their genocidal plans.
Should the deal close, Pacino will join the previously announced Logan Lerman, who will be playing Jonah Heidelbaum, a Jewish man who sets out on a mission to seek revenge for the murder of his grandmother.
The series was created by writer and executive producer David Weil and received a 10-episode straight-to-series order from Amazon last May. Jordan Peele‘s Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment are producing.
“When David Weil first shared The Hunt with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved,” Peele said in a statement last year. “It’s cathartic. It’s noir. It’s frighteningly relevant. It’s exactly what I want to see on television. I am thrilled to be working with Amazon in bringing this incredible vision to the world.”
The Hunt is expected to premiere in over 200 countries and territories on Prime Video later this year.
Netflix sees five percent stock increase after its big night at the Golden Globe Awards
After winning a whopping five Golden Globe Awards on Sunday evening, Netflix stock rose by more than 5 percent Monday morning as financial analysts predicted that the streaming giant is likely to surpass expectations for subscriber growth for the recently departed fourth-quarter of 2018.
With the company surging more than 30 percent over the past eight sessions, Bloomberg reports that Netflix shares have gained 5.5 percent, which sets the streamer on track for its third straight rise and its seventh advance of the past eight trading days.
Additionally, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson predicts that Netflix’s subscriber growth in the U.S. and other territories will be much greater ahead of fourth-quarter results that are expected to be posted January 17.
At the Golden Globes, Netflix won more awards than any other studio, picking up three wins for television and two for film, which shows that the company’s sizable investments in original content are certainly paying off.
On the film side of things, Alfonso Cuarón’s critically acclaimed Mexican family drama Roma won two Golden Globes, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director for Cuarón.
As for television, Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method won Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a TV Comedy for Michael Douglas, while The Bodyguard won Best Actor in a TV drama for Richard Madden.