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Participant Film and TV President Jonathan King Stepping Down

Participant Media’s president of narrative film and television Jonathan King is stepping down from his role and transitioning to independent producing.King, who has been with Jeff Skoll’s shop for 12 years, leaves his post in five weeks time, the company said in a Monday announcement. King’s greatest hits on behalf of Participant include the 2019 […]

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Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Sweeps 6th Premios Platino

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” made a sweep of the 6th Premios Platino on Sunday, May 12, trouncing its fellow nominees in direction, cinematography, screenplay, sound, and best Iberoamerican film.The annual Iberoamerican awards ceremony, held once again at the Teatro Gran Tlachco within the sprawling Ecotourist Xcaret Park in Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast, was beamed live on […]

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‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Roma’ and ‘Us’ Lead Golden Trailer Awards Nominations

If you thought that moment from the first trailer for “A Star Is Born” where Lady Gaga bellows the breakdown of “Shallow” was incredible, you’re not alone. That trailer, in particular, helped to lead “A Star Is Born” in nominations at the 20th annual Golden Trailer AwardsThe 20th annual awards ceremony, which honors marketing executives […]

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Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Sets China Theatrical Release in May

Alfonso Cuaron’s triple-Oscar winning “Roma” is to get a theatrical release in China on May 10. The release will be handled through distributor Estars, making use of the circuit of 3,900 screens assembled by the Nationwide Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas.“Roma” was produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media and released by streaming giant Netflix outside […]

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Mexican TV Network Slammed for ‘Brownface’ Parody of ‘Roma’ Star Yalitza Aparicio

The Mexican multimedia network Televisa is facing backlash after one of its hosts, Yeka Rosales, appeared in brownface to parody “Roma” and actress Yalitza Aparicio. According to the Associated Press, Rosales promoted the season premiere of comedy series “La Parodia” by dressing up as Aparicio. The look included thick lips, brown skin, a large prosthetic […]

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Sean Baker, Paul Schrader Offer Solutions to the Netflix vs. Theatrical Debate

As the battle between Netflix and movie theaters continues to grow, filmmakers such as Sean Baker (“The Florida Project”) and Paul Schrader (“First Reformed”) have taken to social media to offer possible solutions to the escalating debate. Netflix has been at the center of increased controversy following the Academy Awards, where its drama “Roma” took […]

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‘Apollo 11’ Soars in IMAX, ‘Climax’ and ‘Transit’ Sustain Foreign-Language Trend

As a handful of Oscar-winners rode a post-Oscar burst, a surge of new movies added vitality to the specialty market, filling the box-office void as award players ebb away.Best among these was “Apollo 11” (Neon), CNN’s Sundance documentary premiere that brings back the 1969 moon landing with innovative reformatting of 50-year-old Nasa archive footage and […]

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The Spielberg vs. Netflix Battle Could Mean Collateral Damage for Indies at the Oscars

Steven Spielberg isn’t basking in the glow of Best Picture Oscar-winner “Green Book,” which he supported in this year’s contentious Oscar race. His Academy Award attention is now devoted to ensuring that the race never sees another “Roma” — a Netflix film backed by massive sums, that didn’t play by the same rules as its […]

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Did Netflix Backlash Cost ‘Roma’ the Best Picture Oscar? Alfonso Cuarón Responds

Did “Green Book” win Best Picture because it was beloved or because a majority of Academy members refused to give the Oscars’ top prize to a Netflix movie like “Roma”? That’s one of the biggest questions surrounding the 2019 Oscars. A prevailing theory among Oscar pundits is that Netflix fears cost “Roma” the Best Picture […]

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