Rossy de Palma as Elena, Israel Elejalde as Arturo, Penélope Cruz as Janis, and Milena Smit as Ana in director Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers.” Cr: Sony Pictures

“Parallel Mothers” How Pedro Almodóvar Heralds the New Spanish Family

By digging the script for Parallel Mothers out of a drawer for his new feature, Pedro Almodóvar has returned to his signature theme (the maternal) and his signature style of colorful, bold, twisty melodrama. Almodóvar’s muse Penélope Cruz says this new film also has a message for Spain and for its mothers.

Bradley Cooper as Stanton Carlisle and Rooney Mara as Molly Cahill in director Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley." Cr: Searchlight Pictures

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark(ness): Guillermo del Toro and Dan Laustsen’s “Nightmare Alley”

Twenty-four years ago, Guillermo del Toro and Danish cinematographer Dan Laustsen, ASC, DFF teamed up for the Oscar-winning director’s first American feature, Mimic. Since then, the two have collaborated on Crimson Peak, The Shape of Water and now noir crime drama Nightmare Alley.

Based on the 1946 novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley takes us to 1940s Buffalo, New York, where grifter Stan Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) finds himself in psychiatrist Dr. Lilith Ritter’s (Cate Blanchett) orbit, planning a big con.

Although first filmed in 1947, del Toro doesn’t consider his version a remake but more an accurate adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s pulp fiction — and of Gresham himself.

From Amazon Studios’ “Lord of the Rings” series, releasing in 2022

$230 Billion Will Be Spent on Content in 2022

In 2022, we expect content investment to exceed $230 billion, primarily driven by subscription streaming services, as the battle in the original content arena intensifies — both in the US, but also in the global markets which are increasingly key for growth,” says Hannah Walsh, Research Manager at Ampere Analysis.

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Hulu’s “Dopesick:” Danny Strong’s Tragic Timeline of the Opioid Crisis
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The World-Building VFX of “Foundation”
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The Silence and Sounds of “Memoria”
The Metaverse Is Coming to Get You. Is That a Bad Thing?
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What the Metaverse Could Mean for Content Creators
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Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” Is A Lot. Here’s How He Did It.
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The New Old West: Mihai Malaimare’s Reinventions for “The Harder They Fall”
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How “The French Dispatch” Became the Most Wes Anderson Film to Ever Wes Anderson
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Forget the the Folders and Just Search the Hot Mess
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The (Unavoidable) Universal Appeal of “Squid Game” Is By Design
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“Wife of a Spy:” International Thriller and 8K Proof of Concept Production
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Multicast and the Future of Mobile Content Delivery

Why and How the Internet Is the Engine of Economic Growth

How Shifting Consumer Habits Will Impact the Future of SVOD
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“No Time To Die:” It’s Bond But Also Beyond

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“Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” Just Your Basic Monster-Man Meet-Cute Rom Com

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How “The Many Saints of Newark” Connects Past and Present

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Valdimir Jóhannsson’s “Lamb:” When Nature Gets… Supernatural

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Director James Wan is All in for the Scares With “Malignant”

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Who’s Going to Win the Media Entertainment Wars?

International Relations: Breaking the Language Barrier

Taking a “Moneyball” Approach to Content Acquisition

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Horror Comedies Are Alive and Kicking (and Biting) on TV
“For All Mankind,” now streaming on Apple TV+.
How Sci-Fi Has Achieved Streaming Lift-Off

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Infinite Loop: Are TV Remakes, Reboots and Retellings the Inevitable Future?
A Life Aquatic: Diving Into the Story of Jacques-Yves Cousteau

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I’ll Be Your Mirror: Reflection and Refraction in “The Velvet Underground”

Filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin chronicle the 2018 rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach trapped deep inside a flooded cave in “The Rescue,” revealing the perilous world of cave diving, the bravery of the rescuers, and the dedication of a community that made great sacrifices to save these young boys. Cr: National Geographic
“The Rescue:” When Your Documentary’s Facing Impossible Odds (Too)

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“The Sparks Brothers:” Assembling a Musical Odyssey Turned Pop Art Documentary
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Crossing the Line: How the “Roadrunner” Documentary Created an Ethics Firestorm
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Things We Said Today: Making “McCartney 3, 2, 1”
Led by Emily Beecham, the ensemble cast of “1899” includes Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann, Miguel Bernardeau, Maciej Musiał, Anton Lesser, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Rosalie Craig, Clara Rosager, Maria Erwolter, Yann Gael, Mathilde Ollivier, José Pimentão, Isabella Wei, Gabby Wong, Jonas Bloquet, Fflyn Edwards, and Alexandre Willaume. Cr: Netflix
“1899” and How Netflix is Viewing Virtual Production

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“Filmmaking 1.0 to Filmmaking 5.0” — Virtual Production Technology Is Ready

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Now Available for Viewing:
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How Does Big Data Power Content Discovery?

Digitization, Datafication and Virtualization
This is Gonna Be Your 2022: Digitization, Datafication and Virtualization

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TV News Is Having an Existential Crisis
What Consumers Want from a News “Broadcast”

Closing the “Trust Gap” in News

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Key Transformations Needed for the Video Advertising Universe
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Converged TV Requires a Converged Ad Response

Advertisers: Adapt or Die

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So What Do Streaming Video Subscribers Value? Convenience, Choice and Content Originality

Tailored Content Strategies Are Driving Viewership Growth Among Streaming Platforms | Source: Nielsen
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How Social Media and TV Advertising Boost Content Discovery

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Better Understanding How Gen Z Engages With Video

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What Gen Z Expects (Requires) from Digital Experiences
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No Robot Overlords Just Yet: AI is Still Going to Require Humans

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Computers Can See… But They Don’t Have Vision

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AI Compression Has Entered the Room

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Send Those Streams: Understanding Secure Reliable Transport

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Moving Streaming Production to the Cloud
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Distributed Production Is the New Norm. Now About Those Lingering Questions…
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The Metaverse: Where Did It Come From and Where Is It Going?

What is the Metaverse and Why Should You Care?
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