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Netflix Considers Awarding Bonuses to Keep Their Successful Filmmakers from Fleeing

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The streaming world is changing fast and, while Netflix is the king of the game right now, they're having to adapt to maintain the dominance as an onslaught of competition makes its way to the marketplace. In this new streaming world, content is king and that makes top-notch creators a valuable currently. Netflix, in order to ensure those creators want to continue to work with them, is planning to possibly offer financial incentives to help make that prospect just a bit more tantalizing.

According to a new report, Netflix plans to start paying bonuses to filmmakers, which extends to directors, actors and producers, when a movie performs well on the streaming service. The measure of success is said to vary from project to project. Prestige titles, such as Martin Scorsese's The Irishman or Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, could depend more on awards. On the flipside, something like Triple Frontier or
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Natasha Lyonne, Trevante Rhodes Join Lee Daniels’ Biopic ‘The United States vs Billie Holiday’

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Natasha Lyonne, Trevante Rhodes Join Lee Daniels’ Biopic ‘The United States vs Billie Holiday’
Natasha Lyonne, Garrett Hedlund and Trevante Rhodes are set to join the cast of Lee Daniels’ biopic on the life of Billie Holliday starring Andra Day, it was announced Tuesday.

“The United States vs. Billie Holliday” will be Daniels’ next film, and it will go into production early next month in Montreal.

The movie follows the legendary jazz musician and singer Holliday as she’s being targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics in an undercover sting operation led by federal agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair. Inspired by her life story, “The United States vs. Billie Holliday” examines Holliday’s struggles with addiction, fame and heartbreaking love.

Also Read: Lee Daniels 'Is Right' - Jussie Smollett Will Not Return for 'Empire' Final Season, Fox Chief Says

“It is an extraordinary responsibility to tell the story of the iconic Billie Holiday. Her story is
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Charlie Hunnam to Star on Apple’s ‘Shantaram’ TV Series Adaptation

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Charlie Hunnam to Star on Apple’s ‘Shantaram’ TV Series Adaptation
Charlie Hunnam has been cast as the lead in Apple TV+’s “Shantaram” adaptation, which has been ordered to series at the forthcoming streaming service, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

An international drama series based on Gregory David Roberts’ 2004 novel, “Shantaram” follows the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man who has escaped an Australian prison and carves out a new life in Bombay.

The 10-episode series is written by Eric Warren Singer (“American Hustle”) with Justin Kurzel (“Assassin’s Creed”) set to direct the first two episodes. Singer and Kurzel executive produce the series along with former “Fear the Walking Dead” showrunner Dave Erickson, Nicole Clemens, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Andrea Barron and Richard Sharkey.

Also Read: Apple TV+: Here Are All the Original Shows in the Works for Apple's Streaming Service (Photos)

Shantaram,” which is produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television,
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Charlie Hunnam To Headline ‘Shantaram’, Apple Series Based On Novel

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Charlie Hunnam To Headline ‘Shantaram’, Apple Series Based On Novel
Exclusive: Former Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is returning to television as the lead of Apple’s sweeping international drama Shantaram, which has been greenlighted to series by the streamer, I have learned.

Apple landed the project, based on Gregory David Roberts’ best-selling novel, more than a year ago in a competitive situation to develop for straight-to-series consideration.

Shantaram hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, which in early 2018 won a monthlong bidding war for the rights to Roberts’ 2004 novel set in Australia and India that explores love, forgiveness, courage and redemption, as well as for Robert’s sequel novel, The Mountain Shadow.

Written by Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle), Shantaram tells the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums,
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Mark Boal Set to Adapt Fall And Rise: The Story Of 9/11 Limited Series for ABC

Mark Boal, known for writing and producing The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, and Triple Frontier, has signed on to adapt the screenplay for a limited series for ABC based on the Mitchell Zuckoff book Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11. Boal will add executive producing to his duties on the project that they are expecting to air in 2021, for the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the twin towers in New York City.

Variety describes the non-fiction novel and subsequent series as:

Zuckoff’s “Fall and Rise” chronicles the stories of those who were lost, saved and forever altered by the deadliest acts of terrorism on American soil.

This will be a hard one to watch, but it sounds like a lovely way to honor and remember the people whose lives were lost and broken by the tragedy. And the series is in great hands with Boal,
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‘Hurt Locker’ Writer Mark Boal to Adapt ‘Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11’ for ABC

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‘Hurt Locker’ Writer Mark Boal to Adapt ‘Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11’ for ABC
Screenwriter and producer Mark Boal has boarded ABC’s planned adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s book “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11.”

The broadcaster had announced earlier this month that they were developing the nonfiction book as a potential limited series with plans to air it in 2021 for the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Boal will write the adaptation in addition to serving as executive producer.

Boal won the Academy Award for best original screenplay for “The Hurt Locker,” with the film also winning best picture. He was nominated for the same two categories for his work on “Zero Dark Thirty.” Both projects saw him collaborate with Kathryn Bigelow, with whom he re-teamed on the 2017 film “Detroit.” Most recently, he co-wrote and executive produced the Netflix film “Triple Frontier.” Boal is also a well-known journalist and has contributed articles to publications like Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Salon.

He
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Netflix Commits to Exclusive Theatrical Releases for ‘Marriage Story,’ ‘The King,’ and 8 More Fall Films

Netflix Commits to Exclusive Theatrical Releases for ‘Marriage Story,’ ‘The King,’ and 8 More Fall Films
On the heels of the announcement that Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic “The Irishman” will receive a nearly four-week exclusive theatrical release before it becomes available to stream, Netflix has now confirmed it will give nine other fall movies a similar theaters-first rollout: “The Laundromat,” “Dolemite Is My Name,” “The King,” “Earthquake Bird,” “Marriage Story,” “Klaus,” “I Lost My Body,” “Atlantics,” and “The Two Popes.” The news marks Netflix’s biggest commitment to theatrical exhibition in a single movie season. Netflix officially became a member of the MPAA in January.

Not all the films are slated for Oscar contention. Netflix is also using theaters to help differentiate its movies and make its filmmakers happy; this spring Netflix put into theaters both John Hancock’s “The Highwayman,” starring Kevin Costner, and J.C. Chandor’s “Triple Frontier” starring Ben Affleck.)

Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat” will hit theaters first after world premiering
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Ben Affleck celebrates a year of sobriety

Hollywood star Ben Affleck has completed 365 days of sobriety.

According to a source, Affleck, who revealed in October that he had completed a 40-day stay at a treatment centre where he was battling alcoholism, officially marked one year of being sober on Thursday.

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"Ben is in a great place both in his recovery and life," a source close to Affleck told people.com

"He continues to want to be the best father and friend he can be," the source added.

Besides working on his personal recovery, the source said Affleck had been devoted to his family and friends, especially his former actress wife Jennifer Garner and their three children, as well as his work commitments.

"He and Jen do amazingly well at co-parenting the children. They have shared a great summer with the kids doing outings, travels, etc. They
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23 of the Sexiest Charlie Hunnam Pictures Out There

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23 of the Sexiest Charlie Hunnam Pictures Out There
What better time than now to feast your eyes on some of Charlie Hunnam's sexiest moments? The British actor - who turned 39 this past April - has been in the spotlight for more than a decade, and his talent and good looks have made him a true Hollywood heartthrob. Over the past few years, he's starred in films like The Lost City of Z, King Arthur, and Papillon, and most recently, in Netflix's Triple Frontier alongside Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac. Keep reading for a fun dose of eye candy!

Related: Charlie Hunnam's Superhot Hollywood Evolution in 39 Photos
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The Babysitter 2 Is Happening at Netflix with McG Returning to Direct

Netflix is doubling down on their teen-driven slasher flicks, as The Babysitter 2 is happening. Much like any other major studio, Netflix has produced its fair share of horror movies. They're often cheaper to produce than other types of eye-catching content and, when they hit, they can do big business. Or, in this case, a whole lot of people decide to stream the service's latest horror offering, as opposed to old episodes of The Office. In any event, enough people streamed 2017's The Babysitter to justify a sequel.

According to a new report, director McG is returning to helm the sequel. Exact details, in terms of where they intend to take the story, are virtually non-existent for the time being. Casting is currently underway, with production expected to kick off in October, if all goes well. Behind the scenes, the script is being penned by Dan Lagana, who served as an
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Ben Affleck’s Addiction Drama ‘The Way Back’ Moved to 2020

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Ben Affleck’s Addiction Drama ‘The Way Back’ Moved to 2020
Warner Bros. has moved back Ben Affleck’s addiction drama “The Way Back” from Oct. 18 to March 6.

The film, which has been known previously as “The Has-Been” and “Torrance,” is directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Affleck as a former basketball player whose struggle with addiction has led to the loss of his wife and family. As part of his recovery, he becomes the coach of the high school basketball team at his alma mater.

Affleck is a producer on the movie, along with O’Connor, Jennifer Todd, Gordon Gray, and Ravi Mehta. The script was written by Brad Ingelsby. The film also stars Al Madrigal as the assistant coach who believes in Affleck’s character after the head coach quits. Janina Gavankar, Hayes MacArthur, Brandon Wilson, and Rachael Carpani also star.

Affleck and O’Connor last collaborated on the 2016 drama “The Accountant,” which generated $155 million at the worldwide box office.
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Ben Affleck in Talks to Star in Adrian Lyne’s Patricia Highsmith Adaptation ‘Deep Water’ for New Regency

Ben Affleck in Talks to Star in Adrian Lyne’s Patricia Highsmith Adaptation ‘Deep Water’ for New Regency
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are in talks to star in “Deep Water,” an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel that if it goes forward would be fully financed by New Regency, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Flashdance” and “Fatal Attraction” director Adrian Lyne is lined up to direct, making “Deep Water” his first project since 2002’s “Unfaithful.” The hope is for the project to begin production in November.

Zack Helm (“Stranger Than Fiction”) and Sam Levinson (“Euphoria”) are writing the adaptation of the novel “Deep Water,” which is a psychological thriller written by Highsmith and first published in 1957.

Also Read: Ben Affleck to Direct, Star in 'Ghost Army' for Universal

Affleck and de Armas are in talks to play Vic and Melinda Allen, a married couple in a small town whose loveless marriage is held together only thanks to an arrangement in
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to star in Ridley Scott’s ‘The Last Duel’

Long-term friends Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are set to reunite on the big screen on the cast of Ridley Scott’s adaptation of ‘The Last Duel’.

Based on the novel by Eric Jager, the story centres around two best friends – the Norman knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques Le Gris. de Carrouges goes to war and returns to accuse Le Gris of raping his wife Margerite de Carrouges. No one believes the woman, and the soldier appeals to the king of France to undo a decision handed down by Count Pierre d’Anencon, which favoured Le Gris.

The decision handed down is that the two men fight a duel to the death, the one left alive would be declared the winner as a sign of God’s will. And if Jean de Carrouges loses, his wife will be burned at the stake for punishment for her false accusation.
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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Reteam for ‘The Last Duel,’ Ridley Scott to Direct

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Reteam for ‘The Last Duel,’ Ridley Scott to Direct
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are reuniting on-screen in “The Last Duel,” which is based on Eric Jager’s book “The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.” Ridley Scott will direct.

Damon and Affleck are writing the script with “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” screenwriter Nicole Holofcener, for which she was nominated for an Oscar.

Scott Free Productions and Damon and Affleck’s Pearl Street production company are producing.

Also Read: Christian Bale and Matt Damon Find the Need for Speed in 'Ford v Ferrari' Official Trailer (Video)

Scott last directed Damon in “The Martian.” His most recent credits include “Alien: Covenant” and “All the Money in the World.” Scott is represented by Wme and Slate PR.

Damon and Affleck starred together in “Good Will Hunting,” which also featured Stellan Skarsgard and Casey Affleck, and was directed by Gus Van Sant.
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How Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Successfully Reunited Ben Affleck & Kevin Smith

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How Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Successfully Reunited Ben Affleck & Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith surprised fans by releasing the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer a few days early at San Diego Comic-Con. However, there were more shocks to be found when watching the actual trailer, including the return of Ben Affleck as Holden McNeil. When the reboot started production, that scene had not even been written because Smith and Affleck had not spoken to each for close to a decade by that point after having a falling out. Thankfully, they have reunited and Smith recently took time to explain how it happened.

It's unclear why Ben Affleck and Kevin Smith had a falling out to begin with. The director has alluded to it over the years and insinuates he was to blame. It doesn't seem to matter anymore now that the two are back in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot and more importantly, together as friends. Before getting into how they reunited,
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You'd Better Sit Down - These 100 Charlie Hunnam Pics Are Achingly Sexy

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You'd Better Sit Down - These 100 Charlie Hunnam Pics Are Achingly Sexy
Charlie Hunnam is so sexy that it's almost inhuman, know what we mean? There's no question that a shirtless Charlie Hunnam is a sight for sore eyes, and it turns out the 39-year-old Sons of Anarchy actor looks just as good clothed as he's looked splashing around in Hawaii while filming Triple Frontier. And don't even get us started on how he looked at the premiere for the movie. *Swoon.* Charlie has certainly transformed since the early 2000s, but his signature smirk just gets sexier with every single year, and here are just 100 pictures to prove it. You're welcome.

Related: 38 Sexy Reasons We Miss Charlie Hunnam on Sons of Anarchy
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Ben Affleck's Triple Frontier Flop Has Netflix Rethinking Their Blockbuster Budgets

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Netflix is going to be a bit more selective on the projects they spend millions of dollars on. Triple Frontier reportedly didn't perform up to the streaming giant's expectations, which has led to a tighter grip on where money will be allocated in the future. Netflix has been known to dump millions of dollars into its original content and they are more than likely starting to feel the competition getting stronger with Disney+ and Apple on the way.

Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos reportedly told several of his high-ranking TV and movie executives in early June that the company has to be a lot more selective with what they spend their money on. The Ben Affleck action thriller Triple Frontier cost $115 million and is one of the projects that was brought up when talking about the new business practices going forward. Apparently, projects based on credibility and critical acclaim will
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Netflix Now Spending Less Money On Movies After Triple Frontier Bombs

We live in what is both an amazing and awful time for content creation. With so many platforms available that both create and display content, there’s definitely not a shortage of movies out there these days. However, with so much stuff watchable, not everything is gonna get watched. One of Netflix’s recent big-name flicks, Triple Frontier, apparently failed spectacularly enough that the Og streaming site is now going to be investing much less in future original creations.

The film, starring Ben Affleck and Oscar Issac, reportedly cost $115 million to make. J.C. Chandor, the director, had previously put out good flicks like Margin Call and A Most Violent Year. Granted, none of his past features really generated any money at the box office, and that trend continued into his streaming career.

Triple Frontier was watched in 52 million households during its debut month of April, which, I guess, is wildly under expectations.
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‘Triple Frontier’ Flop Leads Netflix to Cut Back on Huge Spending for Films — Report

‘Triple Frontier’ Flop Leads Netflix to Cut Back on Huge Spending for Films — Report
Netflix has a notorious reputation in the industry for spending big money on a seemingly infinite amount of original film and television projects, but a new report from The Information (via Engadget) suggests that will no longer be the case moving forward. Ted Sarandos reportedly held a meeting in early June with high-ranking TV and film executives where he discussed a new plan for being more picky with spending on original productions. Future Netflix originals will be greenlit based on their ability to bring in large number of viewers and not strictly for critical appraisal or earning Netflix industry or awards credibility.

One project The Information points out as leading Sarandos to somewhat change direction is “Triple Frontier,” the action drama from director J.C. Candor starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, and Pedro Pascal. The film opened in select theaters March 6 before becoming available to stream March 16 on Netflix.
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Netflix To Reportedly Cut Down On Risky Spending For TV Series & Films In Light Of Flops Like ‘Triple Frontier’

Netflix To Reportedly Cut Down On Risky Spending For TV Series & Films In Light Of Flops Like ‘Triple Frontier’
There’s the terrible saying that goes, “Money can’t buy you happiness.” While that’s obviously true in some respects, there are plenty of things that money can buy. Just ask Netflix. The streaming service has used billions and billions of dollars to not only purchase tons of original shows and films but also to earn respectability and credibility in an industry that views the company as a pesky disruptor. But after developing the reputation of spending its way to the top, it appears that Netflix is going to be more frugal in the future.

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