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Netflix Inks Deal With Adam Sandler to Produce Four Films

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The Netflix logo is displayed on an Apple iPhone 5S in this arranged photograph in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 2014 Bloomberg/Getty Images

The Happy Gilmore and Wedding Singer star is set to help Netflix smash the traditional model of movie releases, sending new flicks straight to fans' devices

Netflix has signed a deal with Adam Sandler to star in and produce four films that will premiere exclusively to subscribers of the online-streaming juggernaut.

The deal with Sandler, a longtime comic actor with as many critics’ flops as hits to his name, appears poised to catapult Netflix into a new era of serving not just as a warehouse for movies but also as a bona fide producer of them.

The expected Sandler films are also yet another challenge to traditional cinemas’ reign over the big business of movie premiers, as Netflix threatens to nix the high ticket prices and hyped-up midnight debuts from the process of putting new movies out.

Indeed, Netflix’s latest announcement comes just days after revealed a deal with production house the Weinstein Company to show the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on the streaming website and select IMAX screens.

Chaffing at the Internet heavyweight’s threat to the longtime model of movie releases, two major U.S. cinemas — Regal Cinemas and Chilmark — have said they will not show the film once it is released to the mass cinema market.

Netflix says the first installment of the Sandler films could hit its pages as soon as 2015, Variety reports. The quartet will be produced in collaboration with Sandler’s own production house, Happy Madison Productions.

“When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only … Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks,” said Sandler in a statement. “Let the streaming begin!”

Netflix new foray into movies builds on the success of its original television shows, which include the ultra-popular House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.

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Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis Welcome Baby Girl

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis look on from the sidelines before the game between the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 22, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis look on from the sidelines before the game between the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 22, 2013, in Pittsburgh Justin K. Aller—Getty Images

PEOPLE has confirmed the birth of the former That '70s Show co-stars' first child

Congratulations are in order for actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. PEOPLE confirmed Wednesday the two have welcomed a baby girl, the couple’s first child together.

The birth of their daughter is the latest big news for the former That ’70s Show co-stars, who in February announced their engagement, just one month before Kunis’ pregnancy was confirmed.

The baby is said to be “here and healthy” according to PEOPLE.

Read more at PEOPLE.com

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Doctor Zhivago Is Heading to Broadway This Spring

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Cast members perform during a media call for the Doctor Zhivago musical romance in Sydney on Feb. 17, 2011. Greg Wood—AFP/Getty Images

Yuri not even gonna believe this new musical

A musical version of the romantic epic Doctor Zhivago is heading to Broadway in March, the Hollywood Reporter says. Preview performances of the show based on Russian author Boris Pasternak’s 1957 novel, which spawned the 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, will begin on March 27, with the show set to open on April 21 at the Broadway Theatre.

The musical is being directed by Des McAnuff, a two-time Tony Award winner who has headed up productions including Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Who’s Tommy.

[THR]

TIME 2016 Election

The Odds of George Clooney Running for President Just Doubled

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George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin leave the city hall after their civil marriage ceremony in Venice, Italy, Luigi Costantini—AP

At least one British Bookie thinks marrying Amal Alamuddin may have been a shrewd political move

A Clooney/Pitt ticket in 2016, perhaps?

The likelihood that George Clooney will run for President of the United States doubled after he married prominent international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, according to the British bookmakers William Hill.

The company announced Wednesday that it cut the price of a bet that Clooney will run in half, from 200/1 to 100/1, after “hints made by family members” that the actor has political ambitions.

On Sunday Clooney married prominent international jurist Amal Alamuddin in a high profile Venice wedding.

“George Clooney is not just one of the most recognisable faces in the USA, but in the world, and if he did decide to run for President he ticks a lot of boxes,” William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said.

Hill still doesn’t think Clooney can win, putting those odds at 500 to one.

And who would beat him? Probably Hillary Clinton, who they place as the five to one favorite on winning the White House in 2016.

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Sarah Silverman Discusses Poop and Feminism in New SNL Promo

The comedian returns to the show 20 years after her brief stint as a writer

Back in 1993, Sarah Silverman joined Saturday Night Live as a writer and performer. Things didn’t go too well, though, and she only lasted for one season. (See some of her clips here.) But now, two decades later, the famously potty-mouthed comedian is returning to Studio 8H — this time to host the show, which also features Maroon 5 as the musical guest.

Silverman teamed up with cast member Taran Killam for this week’s promos, which mostly consist of them goofing around. Silverman talks a little bit about poop, a little bit about feminism and a little bit about the importance of voting. Yeah, we can probably expect this show to be a weird one.

On a sort of but not really related note, here’s a video of Aubrey Plaza doing a spot-on Sarah Silverman impression:

 

TIME Fine Art

These Are Some of Ai Weiwei’s Most Influential Works of Art

Multi-talented Chinese contemporary artist Ai Wei Wei, who specializes in political and cultural criticism, brilliantly conveys his message through a variety of mediums

TIME Music

Here’s How Beyoncé Made Her Surprise Album

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Beyonce performs onstage with Jay-Z at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival on September 27, 2014 in New York City. Kevin Mazur—Getty Images

It was done in a big house in the Hamptons, but there's much more to it than that

Beyoncé hates working in an office. Beyoncé will get up and start walking around if she gets bored in a meeting. Beyoncé wrote her whole surprise album at a big house in the Hamptons, with tons of collaborators, all at once, and you weren’t invited.

That’s from a new Harvard Business School case study on her self-titled 2013 hit surprise album, which broke all iTunes sales records when it was downloaded almost 830,000 times in just three days. Harvard professor Anita Elberse and her former student Stacie Smith interviewed employees at Beyoncé’s production company Parkwood (which is a joint venture with Columbia Records) to learn more about how the surprise album was made.

Apparently, Beyoncé is really savvy about business, but doesn’t have much patience when it comes to sitting through boring meetings. “She has got a really good sense of the business side, but she doesn’t like to live there always,” Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, the general manager of Parkwood, said in the study. “We often laugh about how an hour into a business meeting she will get up and will start walking around. I can see it then—that I’ve lost her, and that I have satiated the amount of business that she wants to discuss that day. I’ll usually say something like ‘Let’s stop. You are going to say yes, but you are not listening to me anymore.’ She knows herself, will laugh, and say ‘You are absolutely right, I am done.’ Because at the end of the day she is an artist, and her passion for art drives her.”

“Make no mistake—she really is the boss,” head of worldwide marketing Jim Sabey told Elberse and Smith.

“It is disheartening that there are still stories written where people assume that just because she is a woman, there is a person other than herself running the business,” Callahan-Longo said.

The album was written over the summer in 2012, in a big house Beyoncé rented in the Hamptons that sounds kind of like Camp Beyoncé. “We rented a house for a month. Everyone would have dinner together every night and break off into different rooms and work on music,” Callahan-Longo said. “She had five or six rooms going, each set up as a studio, and would go from room to room and say things like ‘I think that song needs that person’s input.’ Normally you would not see songs have two or more producers, but it was really collaborative.”

TIME movies

The Third Interstellar Trailer Looks Pretty Epic

There are massive blizzards and explosions and giant waves in outer space!

Information about Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated next film Interstellar has trickled out slowly over the last several months. But the third trailer gives us a first look at the other worlds Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway’s characters will be exploring, like a planet with waves as large as mountains.

If that doesn’t get your heart pounding, maybe the fact that McConaughey will apparently have to choose between seeing his children again and the fate of the human race will.

The movie hits theaters nationwide Nov. 7, but Paramount will release the film in IMAX two days before that.

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Zombieland Is Getting a Sequel

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From left: Zombieland cast Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson Glen Wilson—Columbia Pictures

No word yet on whether Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg will return

Zombieland has returned from the dead: The 2009 action-comedy is getting a sequel, Deadline reports. Sony Pictures has hired Dave Callahan (The Expendables) to pen the script, and Ruben Fleischer will return as director.

No word yet on whether the actors from the original cult hit will return, but their paychecks will almost certainly increase if they do: Since 2009, Jesse Eisenberg has starred as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, Emma Stone has taken off in the Amazing Spider-Man films, Abigail Breslin has played opposite Meryl Streep in August: Osage County and Woody Harrelson has earned critical acclaim for his role in HBO’s True Detective. But it would be a coup if Sony could coax back the entire cast plus Bill Murray, who graced the original movie with a cameo.

One reason the now all-star cast might return is that in the five years since Zombieland hit theaters, zombies have only gotten more popular: The Walking Dead is the most-watched show in cable history, World War Z grossed over $540 million worldwide, and even indie films like Warm Bodies and Life After Beth are playing with the trope.

[Deadline]

TIME Art

See Stunning Photos of Frank Gehry’s Latest Building

The Fondation Louis Vuitton opens to the public on October 27

The unveiling of any major new building by Frank Gehry is always an occasion. But some of them — his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; his Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; his 76-story condo tower in Manhattan with its undulating stainless steel exterior —have been architectural game changers. His latest project, Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, which opens later this month in the Bois de Boulogne, may well be another of those.

It was commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the chairman and C.E.O. of the luxury goods company LVMH Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton, to serve as a cultural center and a museum holding work from the corporation’s collection of contemporary art. The 126,000 square foot (11,706 sq. meters) building delves further into the expressive gestures that Gehry developed for the Guggenheim and the Disney Hall. But where the billowing silhouettes of those were clad in titanium or stainless steel, the Fondation carries them out largely in glass. The word “soaring” gets applied a lot to Gehry’s virtuoso designs, but this one looks from some angles like it really is ready to take flight. See for yourself.

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