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Netflix unveils gorgeous new trailer for ‘Roma’ as it locks down special theatrical engagements

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Ahead of its limited theatrical release in select cities later this month, Netflix has unveiled a gorgeous new trailer for writer-director Alfonso Cuarón’s stunning black-and-white drama Roma. The film is Cuarón’s first project since his 2013 sci-fi Oscar-winner Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Described as “an artful love letter to the women who raised him,” Cuarón’s latest is set against the backdrop of political unrest in Mexico City in the 1970s and tells the story of Cleo, played by Oscar hopeful Yalitza Aparicio, a young domestic worker for a middle-class family whom she works for as a live-in housekeeper.

Last month, Netflix confirmed that Roma, before becoming available watch on the streaming service on December 14, will have special theatrical presentations in Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico beginning November 21 and will expand to additional U.S. cities and London on November 29.

In a Business Insider report published Monday, it was revealed that Netflix had approached Alamo Drafthouse to negotiate a deal for an exclusive theatrical run of Roma at its Brooklyn, New York location, but Drafthouse walked away from the negotiating table because of the many “restrictions and guidelines” Netflix wanted to impose on the theater.

With Drafthouse out of the picture, Netflix decided to take their offer over to New York City’s IFC Center, which agreed to the terms and will begin screening Roma in the coming weeks along with some of the streaming giant’s other awards hopefuls, including The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Bird Box.

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As the awards season race nears an end, Spike Lee begins to plot his next directorial effort

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As Spike Lee’s Oscar campaign for BlacKkKlansman begins to near an end, the legendary director is already beginning to put the pieces together for his highly anticipated next project, which is in talks to be distributed by Netflix.

Per Variety, Lee has tapped Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman to join the ensemble of Da 5 Bloods, a drama which follows five Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to find their lost innocence.

Delroy Lindo and Jean Reno are also said to be in negotiations to star.

Lee, in addition to scripting the film along with Kevin Willmott, based on an original screenplay by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, is also producing along with Beatriz Levin, Lloyd Levin, and Jon Kilik.

Sources tell Variety that production on Da 5 Bloods could begin as soon as next month after Lee is done campaigning for BlacKkKlansman in the ongoing awards season race.

BlacKkKlansman, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May, marked a return to form for Lee, earning the iconic filmmaker multiple Oscar nominations last month, including best picture and best director.

2018 was also a big year for Boseman, who starred in Marvel’s billion-dollar-grossing superhero pic Black Panther, another strong contender in the Oscar race, with nominations for best picture and visual effects.

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Academy reveals the four Oscar categories that will be presented during commerical breaks

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After announcing last year that select categories will be presented during commercial breaks when the 91st Oscars air on ABC later this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed today the four categories that will be affected by this unfortunate break with tradition.

In an effort to keep the length of the Oscars telecast to three hours, the Academy says that cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, and live action short will be presented during commercial breaks, edited, and aired later in the broadcast.

“Viewing patterns for the Academy Awards are changing quickly in our current multi-media world, and our show must also evolve to successfully continue promoting motion pictures to a worldwide audience,” Academy president John Bailey wrote in a letter to members. “This has been our core mission since we were established 91 years ago—and it is the same today.”

He added, “The executive committees of six branches generously opted-in to have their awards presented in this slightly edited timeframe for this year’s show, and we selected four. In future years, four to six different categories may be selected for rotation.”

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that an example of what this new format will look like was shown to a number of different branches of the Academy and the reaction, surprisingly enough, seemed to be relatively positive despite initial concerns.

“It is said to have included most of the presentation, minus the winner’s walk to the stage,” writes THR. “The goal, they were told, was also to include the spirit of each winner’s acceptance speech, although the speeches could be edited if they turn into a long list of thank-yous.”

Some members who were shown the demo said that it “provided a respectful acknowledgment of the affected category.”

Final voting for the Oscars will begin on Tuesday, February 12, with the ceremony itself airing live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24 on ABC.

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James Cameron reveals the working title of the ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ sequel

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In a new interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, producer James Cameron revealed the working the title of the eagerly awaited new Terminator movie, which will ignore the events of all of the more recent installments and serve as a direct sequel to the classic that is Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

“We’re calling it Terminator: Dark Fate,” Cameron told the site. “That’s our working title right now,” he added, leaving the door open for a potential title change before the film’s release on November 1 later this year.

The film will see the return of Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger in their iconic roles as Sarah Connor and the Terminator, respectively, with Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes, and Diego Boneta also joining them.

“This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2,” Cameron said in 2017. “We’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse. This was really driven more by [Tim Miller] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it. The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”

Tim Miller is directing Dark Fate, working from a script written by David S. Goyer, based on a story by Cameron and Miller. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, and Cameron are producers.

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