Screen Talk: Follow that stream

Online streaming of films continues to be largely regarded as a necessary annoyance rather than an actual business with profit.

But studio folks pricked up their ears and upped ambitions after Stateside distributor to the home company Netflix wrote a cheque out for almost $1bn to Epix over five years for online-streaming rights for movies from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM. In a world where the studios are looking for revenue from any avenue, such a deal is a welcome fillip to the studio's whose big budget movie-making ambitions will continue for a good few years yet.

No Extra time

The Hollywood machine's attempts to shut down references and revelations from Angelina Jolie's unauthorised biography, by Andrew Morton, before publication didn't stop the book flying off the shelves. Angelina: an Unauthorized Biography landed in The New York Times' bestseller list for hardcover non-fiction list at number three, despite a virtual news blackout by syndicated celebrity news shows such as Extra and Entertainment Tonight. Stateside pundits think the shows were worried about losing access to Jolie or Brad Pitt – both among Hollywood's biggest "gets" – and when it comes to big-brand protection, the publicity machine in Hollywood is a powerful and quietly threatening one. The risk of not having Brangelina seems too much for some.



Streep and Fey play mum and daughter



Talent agencies now are more than just collections of pretty faces. Much time is spent by the 10 percenters putting together "packages", which are hawked around town and sold to the highest studio bidder. Sony recently emerged victorious clutching Mommy & Me, a comedy package featuring Meryl Streep (above left) and Tina Fey as a mother-and-daughter duo, to be directed by Stanley Tucci. CAA circulated the project earlier last month. Still under wraps, insiders say the story spotlights funny and spiky sides in mother-daughter relationships. Joby Harold wrote the treatment that went with the package and is exec producing with Tucci, Steve Buscemi and Joshua Astrachan. Streep and Tucci have worked together on-screen in The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia, but it's not certain whether or not Tucci would appear in the movie or just direct.



Fantastic four



Will Eisner's memories of growing up in an NYC tenement, portrayed in his graphic novel A Contract with God, is to be turned into a live-action feature by the writer Darren Dean. No less than four directors are lined up to helm one chapter of the tale each. The quartet are Alex Rivera (above centre, Sleep Dealer), Tze Chun (Children of Invention), Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) and Sean Baker (Prince of Broadway). Focusing on the immigrant struggle, A Contract with God takes a look via four separate but related stories.



A Lively debate



Alfonso Cuarón (above right) is facing the sort of decision many would rather not take. Cuaró*is currently working out if Blake Lively or Scarlett Johansson should land the lead in Gravity, his outer-space thriller. Cuarón, who is directing and co-wrote the script with his brother Jonas, has to choose which actress gets pulled in to star opposite Robert Downey Jnr. Johansson and Lively have both tested for the lead role of a female astronaut lost in space. Cuarón's film revolves around astronauts repairing the Hubble telescope, who are hit by an avalanche of satellite junk. The surviving astronaut must fight her way back to Earth, where she hopes to reunite with her daughter. The project was set up at Universal as a vehicle for Angelina Jolie, but it moved to Warners, where it floated around after Jolie left the project, partially because of the studio balking at paying her a $20m fee. Marion Cotillard, who stars in Warners' Inception, has also tested for the lead role.

Arts and Entertainment
Will there ever be a Friends reunion?
TV
News
Harry Hill plays the Professor in the show and hopes it will help boost interest in science among young people
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
A Van Gogh sold at Sotheby’s earlier this month
art
Arts and Entertainment

MusicThe band accidentally called Londoners the C-word

Arts and Entertainment
'Africa' will be Angelina Jolie's fifth film as a director

Film 'I've never been comfortable on-screen', she says

PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment

books
Arts and Entertainment
One Direction go Fourth: The boys pose on the cover of their new album Four

Review: One Direction, Four

music
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
'Game of Thrones' writer George RR Martin

Review: The World of Ice and Fire

books
Arts and Entertainment
Sean Bean will play 'extraordinary hero' Inspector John Marlott in The Frankenstein Chronicles
tvHow long before he gets killed off?
Arts and Entertainment
Some like it hot: Blaise Bellville

music
Arts and Entertainment
A costume worn by model Kate Moss for the 2013 photograph

art
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
Len Goodman appeared to mutter the F-word after Simon Webbe's Strictly performance

Strictly
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie T makes his long-awaited return to the London stage
musicReview: Alexandra Palace, London
Arts and Entertainment
S Club 7 back in 2001 when they also supported 'Children in Need'
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Bruce Forsyth rejoins Tess Daly to host the Strictly Come Dancing Children in Need special
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie Dornan plays Christian Grey getting ready for work

Film More romcom than S&M

Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game

Review: The Imitation Game

film
Arts and Entertainment
The comedian Daniel O'Reilly appeared contrite on BBC Newsnight last night

comedy
Arts and Entertainment
The American stand-up Tig Notaro, who performed topless this week

Comedy...to show her mastectomy scars

Arts and Entertainment

TVNetflix gets cryptic

Arts and Entertainment
Claudia Winkleman is having another week off Strictly to care for her daughter
TV
Arts and Entertainment
BBC Children in Need is the BBC's UK charity. Since 1980 it has raised over £600 million to change the lives of disabled children and young people in the UK

TV review A moving film showing kids too busy to enjoy their youth

Arts and Entertainment
Richard Flanagan with his winning novel

Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination

Arts and Entertainment
Bryan Cranston will play federal agent Robert Mazur in The Infiltrator

Books
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

    Immigration: Obama's final frontier

    The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
    Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

    Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

    Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
    Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

    You know that headache you’ve got?

    Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
    Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

    Scoot commute

    Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
    Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

    The Paul Robeson story

    How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
    10 best satellite navigation systems

    Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

    Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
    Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

    Paul Scholes column

    England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
    Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

    Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

    Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
    Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

    Frank Warren column

    Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
    Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

    Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

    Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
    Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

    'How do you carry on? You have to...'

    The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
    Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

    Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

    Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
    Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

    'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

    Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
    Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

    Sir John Major hits out at theatres

    Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
    Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

    Kicking Barbie's butt

    How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines