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Explaining Netflix’s Dystopian Sci-Fi Thriller The Platform

Explaining Netflix’s Dystopian Sci-Fi Thriller The Platform
Spanish dystopian sci-fi horror/thriller film The Platform has remained one of the most popular movies on Netflix in the week since its debut, and with it being a non-English language allegory denouncing capitalist greed with a highly symbolic and head-scratcher of an ending, that’s quite an achievement.

The film is set entirely within the walls of a vertical prison with scores and scores of levels linked by an unending shaft. Once a day a platform laden with food is lowered, stopping briefly at each level to allow its pair of prisoners to eat before it moves on. There is ostensibly enough if everyone only consumes what they need, but those higher up gorge themselves, condemning those lower down to starvation and cannibalism.

The setup acts as a metaphor for society, where people at the top can take as much as they want and be unaffected, while those below
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Monsters, Wizards, and Trashy Reality TV: Rolling Stone’s Staff Picks for Quarantine Viewing

Monsters, Wizards, and Trashy Reality TV: Rolling Stone’s Staff Picks for Quarantine Viewing
Like the rest of you, the Rolling Stone staff has been self-isolating, holed up in our respective apartments and carefully planning out our grocery runs and six-feet-away neighborhood strolls. And like the rest of you, we’ve been watching a lot of stuff during our off hours to distract us, delight us, or to simply help us pass the time. Here are a few of the things we’ve been checking out over the past week — consider it a loose Rs Recommends guide for quarantine viewing. Remember, we’re all in this together,
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Craig Morgan to Star in New Reality Series ‘Craig’s World’

Craig Morgan to Star in New Reality Series ‘Craig’s World’
In recent years, Craig Morgan has become just as known for his TV exploits as he has for radio hits like “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “Redneck Yacht Club.” On March 5th, he launches his third television series with the debut of Craig’s World.

A 10-episode series airing on the new country music network Circle, Craig’s World captures the country singer as he navigates the obligations of a Nashville career with his role as a father and husband. It follows up Morgan’s last two ventures,
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‘National Wrestling Alliance: Circle Squared 1×01′ Review

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‘National Wrestling Alliance: Circle Squared 1×01′ Review
Welcome to this first episode of Nwa: Circle Squared, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and, well, let’s have the Nwa’s YouTube channel explain this:

The following is courtesy of The National Wrestling Alliance and YouTube:

Welcome to the debut episode of Nwa The Circle Squared. Since the launch of Nwa Powerrr, wrestlers from all over the globe have wanted a chance to compete in this new era of the National Wrestling Alliance. The Circle Squared was created to give these wrestlers an opportunity. This new show is hosted by legendary announcer Sean Mooney who will walk the audience through how the competition will work. The week’s contestants are Pj and Luke Hawx – a father/son team who burst on the national scene recently due to a viral video. Their opponents the team of Tyson Dean and Jeff Lewis Neal who are managed by Nikita Koloff.
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The Circle: 10 Things We Want to See in Season 2

The Circle: 10 Things We Want to See in Season 2
If there are two things that have taken the world by storm the past couple of decades, they are reality television shows and social media. British series The Circle has combined the two. In The Circle, players each have their own apartments in the same building, and they do not meet face to face. Instead, they compete to see who is the most popular by way of the show's social media platform, Circle.

Related: The Circle: 10 Questions About the Show (& Some Answers)

The show has had two seasons in the UK, and this year, Netflix brought a version to the United States! Audiences fell in love with the players and the uniquely styled series. We are already itching for a season 2! Nothing has been announced just yet, but we've got a few ideas that we'd like to see if The Circle comes back around for another season. Here are
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South Korea’s ‘Parasite’ Crashes the Subtitles Barrier

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South Korea’s ‘Parasite’ Crashes the Subtitles Barrier
Change sounds like this: South Korean director Bong Joon Ho accepted his foreign film award for “Parasite” at the Golden Globes, saying: “Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

Bong’s statement echoes Alfonso Cuarón’s comments last year when he took the foreign-language Oscar for “Roma”: “I grew up watching foreign-language films and learning so much from them — films like ‘Citizen Kane,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘Rashomon,’ ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Breathless.’ ”

With “Parasite,” which has had the expansive theatrical run denied to Netflix’s “Roma,” subtitles haven’t stalled box office. 2019’s highest-grossing foreign-language film broke records with a $393,000 opening weekend at three theaters. It bested the per-screen average record last set by “La La Land,” and claimed the biggest-ever opening for an international film in the U.S.

All told, it has accumulated a $25 million domestic gross. Internationally, it crossed the $100 million mark,
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‘Parasite’ Tops London Film Critics’ Circle Awards

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‘Parasite’ Tops London Film Critics’ Circle Awards
Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” continued its run of top critics’ honors this season, scooping the Film of the Year and Director of the Year awards at the London Film Critics’ Circle kudos ceremony this evening. The victory puts extra wind in the sails of the South Korean phenomenon as it heads into the final stretch of awards season, with the BAFTAs delivering their verdict on Sunday.

Other multiple winners at the black-tie ceremony, voted on by the UK’s most high-profile critics’ group, were “Marriage Story,” recognized for Noah Baumbach’s screenplay and Laura Dern’s supporting performance, and Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir.” A melancholy memory piece inspired by the director’s film school days, Hogg’s film was named British/Irish Film of the Year, while its 22-year-old leading lady, Honor Swinton Byrne, won Young British/Irish Performer of the Year. It was a welcome boost for “The Souvenir,
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‘All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite’ Review (Jan 22nd 2020)

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Welcome to this week’s All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a whole show on Chris Jericho’s Rock N’ Wrestling Cruise Ship event. If any of the wrestlers piss us off, do we get to toss their asses into the sea? I wish I could chuck Donald Trump into the ocean. Hell, maybe the giant Dorito would melt like The Wicked Witch in a watersports joint. Anyway, Gabe Sapolsky just got mad that political stuff was brought into wrestling and his wrestlers are mad at him for not being paid any-thing. Let’s go Dory Funk ourselves!

Match #1: The Elite (Kenny Omega & Adam Page) defeated Scu (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) – All Elite Wrestling World Tag Team Championship Match The following is courtesy of allelitewrestling.com:

It was immediately noticeable that Page and Omega came to the ring individually,
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Quentin Tarantino Hints at ‘Star Trek’ Exit: ‘I Don’t Think I’m Going to Direct It’

Quentin Tarantino Hints at ‘Star Trek’ Exit: ‘I Don’t Think I’m Going to Direct It’
Quentin Tarantino’s long-gestating journey with “Star Trek” appears to be coming to an end. In an interview with Deadline following this week’s Oscar nominations, the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” filmmaker more or less removed himself from directing the R-rated “Star Trek” project. Tarantino had been attached to a “Star Trek” film since December 2017 when it was reported he had successfully pitched an R-rated adventure to producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount. Over two years later, Tarantino seems ready to leave “Star Trek” behind.

“I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it,” Tarantino tells Deadline, a more definitive answer than when he told Consequence of Sound in December that he was “steering away” from the project. “It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I’ll be happy to come in and give them
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Adam Sandler Reacts to ‘Uncut Gems’ Best Actor Oscars Snub: ‘I Can Stop Wearing Suits’

Adam Sandler Reacts to ‘Uncut Gems’ Best Actor Oscars Snub: ‘I Can Stop Wearing Suits’
Adam Sandler weighed in on being shut out of the Oscar race for Best Actor in the most Adam Sandler way, writing on social media: “Bad news: Sandman gets no love from the Academy. Good news: Sandman can stop wearing suits. Congrats to all my friends who got nominated, especially Mama.” The actor’s last line is in reference to Kathy Bates, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her “Richard Jewell” performance and who starred as Sandler’s mother in his 1998 comedy “The Waterboy.”

For many, Sandler’s lack of recognition in the Best Actor race for his performance in Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” is one of the biggest snubs of the 2020 Academy Awards nominations. Sandler was always considered a dark horse to land a nomination, but he had serious momentum after winning Best Actor honors from the National Board of Review. Sandler hit the awards circuit hard,
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The Circle on Netflix: How to Win on the Social-Only Reality Show

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Anyone can be anyone on The Circle. Just like on social media, you can be genuinely you in all your glory, a glamorized version of yourself, or even ... someone else. The sky is the limit!

And with the odd exception of hitting viral status, it takes some work to get popular online. (Unless you're a cat. Cat videos always work.)

The Circle, which is the juicy new reality TV show on Netflix, turns this concept into a full-blown competition. If you ever wanted to turn your daily scrolling and texts into a chance for cold hard cash, this would be it.

Similar to Survivor and Big Brother, The Circle plays off many of the key reality TV staples: relationship-building, surprise twists, making strategies, and eliminations. Eventually, someone at the end gets awarded a prize.

The difference here, however, is that The Circle focuses mainly on social games. No challenges will
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Adam Sandler, Quentin Tarantino Roast New York Film Critics Circle at Annual Ceremony

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Adam Sandler, Quentin Tarantino Roast New York Film Critics Circle at Annual Ceremony
The New York Film Critics Circle Awards is a confounding reprieve in the middle of awards season. Nestled between the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, the annual ceremony brings A-list celebrities and standout filmmakers and writers who critique their work together in a gloves-off evening where actors trade jabs with their detractors and disciples.

“I am tired of campaigning. I am tired!” bemoaned Antonio Banderas, who accepted his award as best actor for his turn in “Pain and Glory” on the stage at Tao Downtown in New York City Tuesday night. “I am not a politician. I am an actor. We want to the Cannes Festival, then we were in Toronto, then we were in New York. I go to Spain, and I can’t sleep because I’m on New York time! I am thinking what the hell? I am not a politician!”

Banderas, who received his award from Ethan Hawke,
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Dear Oscar voters: You better consider Lupita Nyong’o in Best Actress for her Red-hot one-two punch in ‘Us’

Dear Oscar voters: You better consider Lupita Nyong’o in Best Actress for her Red-hot one-two punch in ‘Us’
No need to pull out your scissors just yet – voting for the 92nd Academy Awards is still underway, and the nominations won’t be unveiled until Jan. 13. So, don’t worry, voters can still check off Lupita Nyong’o for giving not one, but two, searing performances in Jordan Peele’s Us.” Nyong’o is already a Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” (2013) and could finally snag her second career nom, this time in Best Actress.

Of her two her characters in “Us,” we first meet Adelaide Wilson, a wife and mother of two, who is scarred by a 1986 incident in Santa Cruz; visiting with her parents, she wandered off into a funhouse, where she encountered a doppelgänger of herself, Red, in the hall of mirrors. In the present, Red then returns to terrorize Adelaide and her family. At the end of the movie,
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2020 National Society of Film Critics Awards: ‘Parasite’ wins Best Picture, Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’) takes Best Director

2020 National Society of Film Critics Awards: ‘Parasite’ wins Best Picture, Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’) takes Best Director
The National Society of Film Critics (Nsfc) will be the latest voting group to chime in with their list of winners today. Keep checking back for a full list of winners, updating live.

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For almost half a century, the National Society, which was founded in 1966, rarely previewed the Oscar winner for Best Picture, doing so only five times in 49 years. Then in 2016, it foreshadowed the two Oscar wins for “Spotlight”: Best Picture and Best Screenplay. In 2017, it went all in for “Moonlight” over Oscar rival “La La Land” naming it Best Picture, and awarding prizes to director Barry Jenkins, supporting actor (Mahershala Ali ) and lenser James Laxton. The next year, it was enamored with “Lady Bird,” which won four awards including Best Picture. Rookie solo helmer Greta Gerwig won both the directing and screenplay prizes while Laurie Metcalf claimed Supporting Actress.

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Stranger Things Star Reportedly Eyed To Play The McU’s New Loki

Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is no doubt the most beloved supervillain in the McU. He’s been around since almost the very start, after all, and at this point it’s almost unthinkable that Marvel could replace him. But there’s actually some precedence in the comics – and the original Norse myths – for the character changing his form. Meaning when Hiddleston is ready to move on with his career and depart the role, the studio wouldn’t necessarily need to break the canon to try something new with him.

In fact, it’s already all but confirmed that Kid Loki is going to be introduced into the McU soon, with reports saying that he’ll eventually go on to become the new Loki, with the original version of the villain shape-shifting into the younger incarnation, after which point he’ll wind up getting stuck in that form and have to
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Harry Potter Star Being Eyed To Play Marvel’s Moon Knight

Among the many new heroes coming to the McU over the next few years is Moon Knight, with a TV show starring Marc Spector headed to Disney Plus. And with production now getting ready to gear up, it seems the casting process has begun, with Marvel currently looking at actors to bring the titular character to life.

So far, a few names have been put forth as potential candidates, but Full Circle Cinema brings word today that none other than Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is being eyed to play the role. The outlet mentions that he’s “just one of the actors” being considered, though, so there are presumably other names on the list, too. But Radcliffe is certainly one of them. And frankly, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

After all, We Got This Covered were the first ones to tell you that Daniel Radcliffe was being
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Dark Web Brings Eight Sci-fi Tales to Amazon Prime this July 19th!

28Dla has been following the developments of the short film series Dark Web for awhile now. Recently, the production team has announced that the series will debut, on Amazon Prime, this July. The series includes eight episodes, each of which focuses on the more nefarious parts of the internet. Episode titles include: "Eat. Prey. Love.," "Rideshare," "Zero," "Blackheart," and "Viral." As well, directors of the series range from: Roxy Shih (The Tribe) to Zelda Williams ("Dead of Summer") and Mario Miscione. This film fan is excited to see writer Christopher Webster's writing work on "Hacked." Webster has been a long time contributor on the horror and sci-fi site Quiet Earth, found here. More details on this upcoming release are hosted below. The Dark Web series also hosts a huge cast. Cast members announced to date include: Sibongile Mlambo ("Lost in Space"), Nicholas Brendan ("Buffy"), Clare Kramer, Robert Davi (The Goonies), Lana McKissack,
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