Streep, Clooney … Cruise? Why no one is ‘too big for TV’ any more

Hollywood stars used to turn their noses up at television, but now Meryl Streep and George Clooney are stealing the show in your living room. Who might join them next? There have been plenty of surprises concerning Meryl Streep joining Big Little Lies. First, there was the Streep Scream, an earth-shattering howl that launched 1,000 memes. Second, there has been her performance as a whole: sometimes Deirdre Barlow channelling Willy Wonka; sometimes a less considered Mrs Doubtfire. Yet for many watchers, the main surprise remains that were seeing Streep on TV at all. With her three Oscars, Streep is the queen of Hollywoods old guard, the kind of film icon who at one time would never have done telly. She …

Toy Story 4 Just Crushed the Box Office

Good day! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of pop culture news. The big thing you missed over the weekend? Toy Story 4 giving Disney yet another massive opening following the successes of Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, and Aladdin. And, as always, Netflix keeps making stuff. Let's get going. Toy Story 4 Tops Box Office With $100 Million-Plus Debut Another weekend, another chance for Disney to cobble together buckets of cash. The latest hit to come from the factory: Pixar's Toy Story 4, which nabbed $118 million at the box office in North America this weekend. That number is slightly below expectations, which were in the neighborhood of $140 million, but still enough to give Pixar's corporate …

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to form film and TV production company

The mother-daughter pair follow the Obamas into content creation, focusing on stories about women Hillary and Hillary Clinton is out of politics. Last August the former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state and first lady signed a deal to executive produce The Womens Hour, a Steven Spielberg-produced series about the suffrage movement. Former president Barack Obama recently founded a film and TV production company called Netflix and last month released its initial slate of seven projects, also with the stated ambition of altering society. Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, said Obama, we believe each of these productions wont just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all. The three films …

See You Yesterday review poignant time travel caper is a Netflix win

This engaging, often ingenious, Spike Lee-produced adventure sees two teens try to stop a police shooting by going back in time In the last couple of years, weve witnessed a glut of film-makers and screenwriters responding to the increase in publicised, and often iPhone-recorded, incidents of unarmed black men being shot and killed by racist police officers. In Monsters and Men, Widows, Blindspotting and The Hate U Give, an ugly real-world epidemic provided dramatic impetus for creators and audiences have been left with a necessary and damning snapshot of the time were in. Theres more on the way, including the horror movie The Red Line, but its unlikely that well see anything quite like See You Yesterday, a smart, often …

Avengers: Endgame Broke Nearly Every Box-Office Record

Hello and congratulations on surviving the Battle of Winterfell! (Don't worry, we'll get to Game of Thrones soon enough.) This is, of course, the latest edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all the biggest pop culture news. What's in store? Well, for one, Avengers: Endgame did even better at the box office than anyone expected—and people expected a lot. Also, Twitter got really excited about everything going down in Westeros last night. Let's get into it. Avengers: Endgame Just $1.2 Billion. Yes, Billion As expected, Marvel's latest movie broke nearly every box-office record imaginable this past weekend, bringing in some $350 in North America and $1.2 billion total worldwide. Avengers: Endgame, which was initially projected to make $850 million …

Why has Tarantino turned The Hateful Eight into a Netflix miniseries?

In a surprise drop, the directors snowy mystery has arrived on the streaming platform as a four-part series with a new, longer running time A chill was felt on the strange, slightly obsessive corner of social media known as film Twitter. First a breeze, then a blizzards howl. Netflix had taken Quentin Tarantinos The Hateful Eight and done something to it. It was now a TV show? With episodes? No, wait! Its a new version with over 40 minutes of new material? Heads exploded like Channing Tatums at the end of the gruesome (but strangely hilarious) post-civil war western. What is going on? A quick glance on Netflix shows that The Hateful Eight: Extended Versions season one is four chapters …

The Justice Department Thinks Netflix Should Be Eligible for Oscars

Happy Thursday and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's digest of the best news from the world of pop culture. What's new this week? Well, for one, the Justice Department—yes, the Justice Department, not the Justice League—is weighing in on whether or not Netflix should be eligible for Oscars. Also, Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer are getting a superhero movie, and there's a trailer for the next film to feature the Joker. It's been a weird week, y'all. Let's get started! Justice Department Says Netflix Should Be Eligible for Oscars Here's some news we bet you didn't expect to read: Per a report in Variety, the Department of Justice is getting into the fray over whether or not …

Delhi Crime: Netflix drama takes on gang rape that shocked India

Series focuses on aftermath of crime that pushed government into changing sexual assault laws Two Delhi police officers drive along a dark highway to the home of an accused rapist, reflecting on the increasingly sadistic violence they are seeing in the Indian capital. Its simple, one tells the other. The bigger the gap between the rich and poor, the more the crimes. Delhi Crime, a Netflix miniseries debuting globally on Friday, reconstructs the police investigation into the notorious 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh. The students killing triggered protests across India, reform of the countrys sexual assault laws and an ongoing reckoning about womens safety in the country. The appropriately moody drama dwells on the role that Indias …

Triple Frontier review military vets steal big in solid Netflix action thriller

Machismo and money intersect in a glossy, mostly compelling film about a high-stakes heist in South America, starring Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac At this stage, given their ever-increasing prolificacy, the very definition of what a Netflix original movie is has become a bit foggy. Unlike a smaller independent, whose library of titles might share surface-level similarities, the streaming giant has morphed into a bigger studio, churning out films across all genres, trying to do it all and sometimes, just sometimes, actually succeeding. Its latest, and one of its biggest to date, is Triple Frontier, an action thriller that feels very much like a glossy theatrical release, and one whose messy route through development hell reveals that for a long …

Juanita review Alfre Woodard anchors middling Netflix drama

The ever-dependable character actor brings vitality to the role of a woman in search of more in a film that cant quite match her Any diversion from the usual, even if it involves a 20-hour Greyhound ride, holds promise for Juanita, the titular character of a new Netflix drama tasked with the laudable goal of thrusting an often sidelined character into the spotlight. The film focuses on a nurse, played by the dependable character actor Alfre Woodard fresh from an acclaimed performance in Clemency, the first film by a woman of color, Chinonye Chukwu, to win the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, and a recurring role in Luke Cage who decides to flee the constraints that make up her existence …

Original Content podcast: Netflixs Velvet Buzzsaw is lethally dull

Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and writer-director Dan Gilroy — who worked together on the creepy crime thriller “Nightcrawler” — have reunited for a new Netflix Original film, “Velvet Buzzsaw.” While “Nightcrawler” wasn’t perfect, it was tense and unsettling, filled with eerily beautiful shots of nighttime L.A., plus a career-best performance from Gyllenhaal. It’s hard to believe that the same team was responsible for the muddled “Buzzsaw,” a film that tries to combine art-world satire and horror movies scares, ultimately failing on both counts. The setup involves the death of a mysterious artist, leaving behind a trove of strangely compelling paintings. Soon, though, everyone involved in promoting or selling these paintings starts dying too. On the latest episode of the Original …

Netflix reportedly paid $10M for campaign documentary featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Freshman Congresswomen and meme queen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is headed to Netflix. The streaming service said this week that it has snapped up ‘Knock Down the House,’ a Sundance award-winning documentary profiling the campaigns of four female progressive candidates, including Ocasio-Cortez, in the 2018 midterm election. The documentary raised money via a Kickstarter campaign last year and it grabbed the Festival Favorite Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, beating 121 other contenders to land the highest number of audience votes. That acclaim and the rising star of Ocasio-Cortez looks to have made the picture a hot commodity. Deadline reports that Netflix is spending $10 million to secure the film, a price that — if true — would make it the most expensive Sundance documentary …