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Steven Spielberg Says NETFLIX Doesn’t Deserve Oscars – The CineFiles Ep. 65

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Written by Matt Campbell The CineFiles Ep. 65

Did you hear that Steven Spielberg doesn’t think Netflix movies should be eligible for the Academy Awards? That the X-Men’s “New Mutants” and “Dark Phoenix’s” theatrical release dates have been pushed back over a year? What about Robert Downey Jr.’s “Doctor Doolittle” rounding out the rest of its cast? No? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The CineFiles! A weekly show where we zoom in on the most buzz-worthy news Hollywood and the indie scene has to offer.

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Written by Matt Campbell

The CineFiles Ep. 65

Did you hear that Steven Spielberg doesn’t think Netflix movies should be eligible for the Academy Awards? That the X-Men’s “New Mutants” and “Dark Phoenix’s” theatrical release dates have been pushed back over a year? What about Robert Downey Jr.’s “Doctor Doolittle” rounding out the rest of its cast? No? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The CineFiles! A weekly show where we zoom in on the most buzz-worthy news Hollywood and the indie scene has to offer.

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#3: X-Men’s “New Mutants” and “Dark Phoenix” Delayed


Don’t hold your breath if you’re an X-Men fan. 20th Century Fox announced this week that the franchise’s latest films, New Mutants and Dark Phoenix have had their theatrical release dates pushed back into 2019. According to information obtained by Collider, Dark Phoenix’s delay isn’t really cause for concern. Moved from November 2nd to February 14th, test screening reaction has led the studio to undergo some minor reshoots to shore up the story, but the main reason according to the publication is that with all those A-list stars – like Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender to name a few – the earliest they can all be together is August, therefore delaying things by two months. New Mutants on the other hand, seems to be more complicated, with Collider reporting that the horror film is writing in a brand new character, which pushes the release date back from April 2018 to February 19. New Mutants stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams and Charlie Heaton.

#2: Robert Downey Jr. Announces “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” Cast


It may not have been news about Iron Man or the Avengers, but Robert Downey Jr. sure made waves when he tweeted a picture of another star-studded, ensemble cast. Earlier this week, RDJ took to the social media platform and unveiled the rest of the cast who’ll be starring in the live-action adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle. Downey Jr., who will be playing the titular Doctor Doolittle, will be joined by heavyweights Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Octavia Spencer and Kumail Nanjiani; with the last two recently coming off Academy Award nominations for their films The Shape of Water and The Big Sick. Rami Malek, Selena Gomez, Craig Robinson, Carmen Ejogo, Marion Cotillard, Frances De La Tour, John Cena and Tom Holland will also all star as various animals. The story of the physician who discovers his ability to talk to animals was also made famous by Eddie Murphy in the 1998 adaptation, Dr. Dolittle.
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#1: Steven Spielberg Says Netflix Doesn’t Deserve Oscars


The battle between Netflix and movie theatres wages on! Steven Spielberg, director of cinematic classics like E.T. and Jurassic Park took a swing at the streaming service this week, telling ITV News that their movies should not be eligible for the Academy Awards. Instead, Spielberg feels that as soon as filmmakers decide to commit to a TV format, they should be considered for Emmy’s instead. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences does have a category in which those types of productions could fit; the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. Spielberg joins a growing list of directors who have publicly denounced Netflix’s theatrical campaign, including Christopher Nolan, who called the streaming service “mindless” and “pointless.” While Spielberg does think Netflix shouldn’t be nominated for Oscars, he hasn’t ruled out working with them in the future, saying that he wouldn’t mind joining the likes of Martin Scorsese and the Coen Brothers by making content specifically for Netflix.
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