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Netflix film ‘Mank’ dives into ‘Citizen Kane’ screenwriter controversy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The new movie “Mank,” which starts streaming on Netflix on Friday, takes audiences back to Hollywood’s golden era of the 1930s with a look at the making of one of the film industry’s most-celebrated gems.



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Shot in black and white, “Mank” focuses on writer Herman J. Mankiewicz as he works on 1941 cinema classic “Citizen Kane,” considered by many the greatest movie of all time. Mankiewicz and director Orson Welles battled over who would be credited for the screenplay.

“Mank” was directed by David Fincher and based on a screenplay penned by his father, Jack, who died in 2003. Fincher said he wanted the movie to bring to life the process of filmmaking and the colorful personalities behind it.

“This was a really wonderful sandbox,” Fincher said at a recent online

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Hillbilly Elegy’s Ron Howard addresses brutal reviews of Netflix movie

Hillbilly Elegy, starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close, recently came out on Netflix amid a flurry of talk about its Oscars potential. And then the reviews dropped, with one calling it an “unwieldy slop bucket”.



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Hillbilly Elegy director Ron Howard responds to negative reviews of Netflix movie, starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close.

The film currently stands at 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning that only a quarter of critics were positive about the film. We’ve broken down why the film is being savaged so much, and now director Ron Howard has responded to the critical mauling.

The filmmaker, who also oversaw the critically middling Solo: A Star Wars Story, appeared on CBS This Morning to explain why he thinks the critics have got it wrong.



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“I do feel like they’re looking at political thematics that they may or

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Netflix Releases Premiere Date and Trailer for ‘Lupin’ Starring Omar Sy (TV News Roundup)

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In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix announced the premiere date and released a trailer for “Lupin,” and Fox shared an extended teaser for “The Masked Dancer.”

CASTING

Netflix announced Page Kennedy, Diamond Lyons, Khali Daniya-Renee Spraggins, Jermelle Simon, Gabrielle Dennis and Journey Christine have been cast in “The Upshaws.” The newly announced actors join Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes and Kim Fields to round out the show’s ensemble. Its plot will follow an African American family trying to make the most of their situation in life. Kennedy takes on the role of a family friend fresh out of prison, while Lyons, Spraggins, Christine and Simon will play the three Upshaw three children. Dennis plays a hairstylist who also happens to be the mother of one of the Upshaw kids. The 10-episode season will premiere in 2021.

RENEWALS

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Netflix Reveals Premiere Date for Omar Sy’s ‘Lupin’ (TV News Roundup)

In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix announced the premiere date and released a trailer for “Lupin,” and Fox shared an extended teaser for “The Masked Dancer.”

CASTING

Netflix announced Page Kennedy, Diamond Lyons, Khali Daniya-Renee Spraggins, Jermelle Simon, Gabrielle Dennis and Journey Christine have been cast in “The Upshaws.” The newly announced actors join Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes and Kim Fields to round out the show’s ensemble. Its plot will follow an African American family trying to make the most of their situation in life. Kennedy takes on the role of a family friend fresh out of prison, while Lyons, Spraggins, Christine and Simon will play the three Upshaw three children. Dennis plays a hairstylist who also happens to be the mother of one of the Upshaw kids. The 10-episode season will premiere in 2021.

RENEWALS

CBS All Access announced the renewal of

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The Umbrella Academy Will Keep Elliot Page as Vanya Hargreeves, Netflix Updates Actor’s Past Credits

Elliot Page will continue to play the role of Vanya Hargreeves in Netflix’s comic book adaptation series The Umbrella Academy, according to reports. The Inception star recently announced his transgender identity, leaving some to wonder whether the actor would continue to play the character of Vanya, who has so far been portrayed as a cisgender woman. However, an insider has reportedly stated that there are no plans to change the character’s gender on the show and that Page will continue to star in the role.

Elliot Page publicly shared that he is transgender, making the announcement on social media in a deeply personal message in which he thanked those around him who had offered their support saying, “Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To

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Netflix Confirms Elliot Page Return For More Of ‘The Umbrella Academy’

Elliot Page, the Oscar-nominated Juno star and most powerful sibling on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, came out as transgender and non-binary to an outpouring of love on Tuesday. The chorus included Elliot’s wife, Emma Portner, who was “so proud” of the announcement, and such sentiments echoed across social media. Both The Umbrella Academy and Netflix Twitter accounts joined the party with the latter confirming that Elliot will definitely return to play Vanya Hargreeves in Season 3 of the wildly popular apocalyptic-superhero series.

In addition, Netflix relayed to Variety that they’re in the process of updating credits for Page’s past projects. The update has already been made for

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Jada Pinkett Smith lands Netflix movie Redd Zone based on true story

Jada Pinkett Smith is set to star in the upcoming Netflix drama ‘Redd Zone’.



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The ‘Girls Trip’ star will play the role of Tia Magee in the movie based on the true story of a single mother (Tia), “who helps her sons and their high school football teammates, “The Bros”, heal after the murder of their best friend, Dominic Redd.”

The synopsis continues: “One by one, the boys start moving into her house, and soon, 17 of “The Bros” are living under her roof. Eventually, all of them go to college, and four make it to the NFL. Magee’s son, Brandon Magee, became a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was later drafted by the Boston Red Sox to play outfield.”

As per Variety, Jada will produce along with Miguel Melendez and Jon Mone of Westbrook Studios, and Howard Burkons.

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Netflix Unveils ‘Song Exploder Volume 2’ Trailer Featuring Dua Lipa, The Killers and More (TV News Roundup)

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In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix released a trailer for “Song Exploder Volume 2,” and Starz debuted a first look at its upcoming original series, “Run the World.”

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HBO Sports and Major League Baseball are teaming up to produce “Under the Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story,” set to debut Dec. 22 on HBO. The documentary film follows the personal story of New York Yankees pitcher Carsten Charles Sabathia, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of his final season with the team in 2019 and narration from Sabathia. The movie chronicles the athlete’s humble beginnings in Vallejo, Calif., where he honed his skills by throwing grapefruits in his grandmother’s yard, to the ups and downs of his career, including his longtime battle with addiction. It will also be available to stream on HBO Max.

As part of its 50th anniversary

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Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone Set Workplace Comedy ‘God’s Favorite Idiot’ at Netflix

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Netflix has picked up the workplace comedy series “God’s Favorite Idiot” from executive producers and stars Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy.

The 16-episode series stars Falcone as mid-level tech support employee Clark Thompson who finds love with his co-worker Amily Luck (McCarthy) at exactly the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God. The series description also promises “roller skating, a lake of fire and an impending apocalypse.”

Falcone is creator of the series, and will executive produce with McCarthy via their On The Day production company.

Michael McDonald, whose previously worked on McCarthy and Falcone’s TV Land/Paramount Network series “Nobodies,” will serve as a director and an executive producer.

The project marks the sixth collaboration between the husband and wife duo after most recently working together

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Every movie and show coming to Netflix in December

Even with Netflix’s recommendation algorithm serving you new movies, new TV shows, and original programming tailored to your viewing habits, the streaming service’s fire hose of content makes what’s coming and going difficult to parse.



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Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

That’s why we break down each month’s info dump with a few recommendations for what to keep on your radar.

In addition to Netflix’s robust slate of holiday programming, the final season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina drops on New Year’s Eve. Bridgerton, the spicy Regency-era romp from Shonda Rhimes, makes a Christmas Day debut. The Selena biopic series also premieres. On the movie side of things, we’ve got the film adaptation of popular Broadway musical The Prom, the George Clooney and Felicity Jones sci-fi drama The Midnight Sky, and Chadwick Boseman’s final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Library titles

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