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Links for the Day: Victory in Fight for Net Neutrality, Selma and the State of the Black Auteur, Magic Mike XXL Trailer, & More

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Links for the Day: Victory in Fight for Net Neutrality, Selma and the State of the Black Auteur, Magic Mike XXL Trailer, & More

1. “People of the Internet: 1, Cable Industry: 0.” A year ago, the fight for net neutrality seemed all but lost. Then, a remarkable reversal began.

“The crisis: The broadband industry wanted to establish a fast lane and a slow lane for the Internet. Companies would have to pay for access to the ’fast lane’—potentially preventing startups from competing with extant tech behemoths. Such a plan threatened ’net neutrality,’ a core tenet of the Internet, which held that net providers didn’t care about whose content they fed through their proverbial pipes.”

2. Selma and the State of the Black Auteur.” Andre Seewood on how easily prestige can be bestowed upon the works of white auteurs and how easily said prestige can be denied to black auteurs.

“The ongoing controversy and dismay swirling around Ava DuVernay’s masterful and triumphant historical film Selma highlights several salient issues regarding the separate and unequal status of Black filmmakers working within and outside of the White controlled American Entertainment Complex. I’d like to use these alleged controversies regarding the film and the dismay over DuVernay’s Oscar nomination snub for Best Director as illustrative of both the inherent pitfall of judging the quality of a Black film solely by its box office performance and how Black auteurs who seek prestige within the industry are forced to adhere to one unwritten cardinal rule to attain that prestige regardless to how this cardinal rule affects the historical accuracy of a film or diminishes the intrinsic dramatic and representational nature of a Black film.”

3. “The Unloved, Part Fourteen: Joe vs. the Volcano.” Paired with a video essay on the film by Scout Tafoya is Matt Zoller Seitz’s interview with John Patrick Shanley.

“I just wrote whatever came into my head, whatever I wanted to write next. I wrote it on spec. I wanted to write the story of Joe Versus the Volcano, and when I was done with it, I said to my agent, ’You know, I think this is something Steven Spielberg might like.’ And she sent it to him, and I was in Los Angeles at a hotel doing something, and the phone rang, and it was Spielberg. And he said, ’I read your script and I really like it.’ I said, ’thanks,’ and he said, ’I understand that you want to direct it,’ which I don’t remember saying, and I said, ’Yes.’ And he said, ’Well I think that’s a great idea.’ And that’s how I got the directing job of Joe Versus the Volcano! And then the movie may seem unlike other movies because…it’s what I wanted to make. It’s not a movie about other movies. It’s a movie about what I saw and what I felt around me, and what I found attractive and interesting to depict on screen. One of my rules of thumb was, I didn’t want to do anything I didn’t find beautiful. So we actually were looking for ways that I could [elevate] it, because I also knew I was doing something that wasn’t realism.”

4. “Why Are Female Directors Never Viewed as Part of a ’Scene’?” Flavorwire’s Elisabeth Donnelly answers the question.

“I think a lot of times this kind of critical fawning is well intentioned and generally the result of economics, with either selling a piece about ’the new hip things’ or selling a piece on a ’hip woman, who is like another woman.’ Critics and arts journalists need work too, especially these days. But the sort of press that came out of mumblecore means that all the directors who made these films are still working (heck, half of them were at Sundance 2015). [Desiree] Akhavan, on the other hand… I really, really want her to have a career, to be able to make a film every two-to-four years, but I wonder about whether she can get the funding in film if she’s not seen as a crucial part of a ’scene.’”

5. “Kodak and Hollywood finalize deals to save movie film.” ’Film has long been—and will remain—a vital part of our culture.’

“Following a high-profile period of lobbying by directors such as Christoper Nolan and Quentin Tarantino, Kodak has secured agreements with movie studios to keep supplying them with motion picture film. Sony Pictures, Paramount, NBC Universal, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and Disney will all continue as major customers of Kodak’s film stock, guaranteeing the technology’s future at the storied imaging company.”

Video of the Day: Magic Mike XXL gets a trailer:

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Watch: Two Episode Trailers for Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone Reboot

Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes.

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Jordan Peele is sitting on top of the world—or, at least, at the top of the box office, with his sophomore film, Us, having delivered (and then some) on the promise of his Get Out. Next up for the filmmaker is the much-anticipated reboot of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, which the filmmaker executive produced and hosts. Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes, “The Comedian” and “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.” In the former, Kumail Nanjiani stars as the eponymous comedian, who agonizingly wrestles with how far he will go for a laugh. And in the other, a spin on the classic “Nightmare at 20,0000 Feet” episode of the original series starring William Shatner, Adam Scott plays a man locked in a battle with his paranoid psyche. Watch both trailers below:

The Twilight Zone premieres on April 1.

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Scott Walker Dead at 76

Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde.

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American-born British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer Scott Walker, who began his career as a 1950s-style chanteur in an old-fashioned vocal trio, has died at 76. In a statement from his label 4AD, the musician, born Noel Scott Engel, is celebrated for having “enriched the lives of thousands, first as one third of the Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.”

Walker was born in Hamilton, Ohio on January 9, 1943 and earned his reputation very early on for his distinctive baritone. He changed his name after joining the Walker Brothers in the early 1960s, during which time the pop group enjoyed much success with such number one chart hits as “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore).”

The reclusive Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde. Walker, who was making music until his death, received much critical acclaim with 2006’s Drift and 2012’s Bish Bosch, as well as with 2014’s Soused, his collaboration with Sunn O))). He also produced the soundtrack to Leos Carax’s 1999 romantic drama Pola X and composed the scores for Brady Corbet’s first two films as a director, 2016’s The Childhood of a Leader and last year’s Vox Lux.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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