Category Archives: Production Stream

‘The Crown’: Paul Bettany in Talks to Play Prince Philip

[Paul Bettany] has been linked to the role and Variety has confirmed he is being lined up to play Queen Elizabeth II’s husband in the series, which streams around the world on Netflix. He would replace Matt Smith, who has played Philip in the first two seasons. – Stewart Clarke, Variety

MoviePass Launches MoviePass Ventures: Subsidiary Will Co-Acquire Films With Distributors – Sundance

According to MoviePass they are currently purchasing approximately 3% of domestic box office. However, it is purchasing in excess of 10% of a particular title’s domestic box office when it uses a series of levers within its app and marketing-based platform to impact a consumer’s selection of a particular independent film. Examples of having impacted 10%+ box office performance include: The Post, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water. – Anthony D’Alessandro, Deadline Hollywood

Exclusive: Amazon Studios to cut back on indie films in programming shift: sources

Amazon expects to go after films with budgets in the $50 million range at the expense of indie projects costing around $5 million, one person familiar with the plans said on the condition of anonymity. Another person confirmed the overall strategy, adding that the Culver City, California, studio is still working out the details on how much of its film budget will go to these bigger releases. – Jeffery Dastin/ Jessica Toonkel, Reuters

Maybe There’s Hope for Apple’s Original Videos After All

Kristin Wiig and friends will be in the company of some very famous names at Apple Pictures, or whatever the company wants to call it. Apple also has plans for a show called Are You Sleeping starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon that’s being described as a “morning show drama.” Ron Moore, the legend who resurrected Battlestar Galactica, will be making a space series called See. And as of this week, Apple is in a bidding war with HBO to get another sci-fi drama written by none other than J. J. Abrams. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

Facebook Orders Drama Series ‘Sacred Lies’ From Blumhouse & ‘True Blood’ Duo

Based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale The Handless Maiden, and Stephanie Oakes’ novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, and adapted and updated by Tucker, Sacred Lies (working ttitle) is about a handless teen who escapes from a cult and finds herself in juvenile detention, suspected of knowing who killed her cult leader. Casting is currently underway. – Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood

NBC brings two Winter Olympics preview shows to Netflix

The nature of the series and its limited availability says a lot about NBC’s intent. It sees Netflix as a way to advertise its own coverage, rather than a complement that you can watch alongside (or even after) the Olympics themselves when they start on February 8th. That’s not shocking given that NBC’s bottom line will depend on its live coverage and daily summaries, but it suggests you won’t see any thrilling recaps on third-party services any time soon. – Jon Fingas, Engadget
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