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The past few years have seen a rigorous expansion of stand-up comedy after years of neglect. Hence why there are hundreds of titles in Netflix's stand-up category. Even for budding comedy fans, there's a lot of must-see specials to choose from.
So here are the 25 best stand-up specials on Netflix right now. While they may be ranked, they're all really good and deserving of your time and laughs.Netflix 1. Hannah Gadsby, Nanette
Run Time: 69 min | IMDb: 8.4/10
You'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard about Australian comic Hannah Gadsby and her must-watch stand-up special. Her hour-long set is changing the way we think about comedy, chucking the ironic detachment in the trash and instead, offering up a bit of humor interlaced with moving reflections on life. Most of Gadsby's routine chronicles the joys and hardships of being a queer woman — her childhood in Tasmania, her praise for Monica Lewinsky, her commentary on why sexuality and comedy go hand-in-hand — but she also claps back against the idols of her early life, men like Louis C.K. who've now become the problem. In other words, Gadsby's not holding any punches with this one.Netflix 2. Dave Chappelle, The Age of Spin
Run Time: 67 min | IMDb: 8/10
It's difficult to miss Dave Chappelle while skimming through Netflix's comedy offerings. After all, in less than a year, the Chappelle's Show star and co-creator debuted four — yes, four — stand-up specials on the streaming platform. Depending on who you ask, the latter two specials —Equanimity and The Bird Revelation — are either additional examples of his brilliance or signs of a celebrity rushing to maintain his cultural relevance. The first two, however — Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin — fare much better. This is especially true of Spin, which is regarded by critics and audiences alike as one of Chappelle's better comedy offerings in recent memory. Of course, this is Chappelle we're talking about, so none of these routines are without their share of controversy.Netflix 3. Hasan Minhaj, Homecoming King
Run Time: 73 min | IMDb: 8.3/10
The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj uses his Netflix stand-up special, Homecoming King, to weave an intricate and hilarious account of his life as a son of Indian-American immigrants. Sure that means there are plenty of funny cultural learning curves. Minhaj describes how his dad took him to Home Depot instead of Toys-R-Us for his birthday and how he struggled to fit in with a “bunch of Ryan Lochte's” in high school, but what really makes this special stand out is how Minhaj manages to be bluntly honest about the...
EXCLUSIVE: Trioscope Studios, the company behind Netflix's upcoming WWII epic The Liberator, is to adapt a story about the CIA and Fidel Castro's Cuba into a TV series, after partnering with long-form journalism venture Truly* Adventurous.
The two companies are working together to adapt The Havana Job, written by Truly* Adventurous co-founder Greg Nicholls, into a series. Michael LeSieur, a writer on The Grinch and Keeping Up With The Joneses, has been tapped to adapt the project.
The Havana Job begins just months after the Cuban revolution, when three CIA agents bungle their way into Fidel Castro's clutches while attempting to bug diplomatic offices in Havana. On the eve of the most dangerous international standoff of the 20th century, they barely avoid the firing squad and are sentenced to Cuba's most notorious prison, The Isle of Pines. This is the previously classified story of a Hail Mary plan, a crew of prisoners and a woman who wouldn't bow to authority as she fought to bring the three CIA agents home.
The co-production is being exec produced by Trioscope co-founders L.C. Crowley, Brandon Barr and Greg Jonkajtys alongside development chief Brian Lavin as well as Truly* Adventurous co-founders Greg Nichols and Matthew Pearl.
L.C. Crowley told Deadline that it is starting to package the project and have conversations with producing partners. “It's a bonkers story. It's like The Dirty Dozen, it's got heist, it's got a wily Castro playing chess with the CIA, a lot of really good set piece work that lends itself to Trioscope,” Crowley said. “It's maybe a little like Narcos, it's about a world, about two factions that are banging up against each other, the first one being just after the Bay of Pigs and all of the things that happened such as exploding prisons.”
Crowley, Barr and Jonkajtys launched Trioscope earlier this year to develop projects in their eponymous hybrid animation technology that combines state-of-the-art CGI with live-action performance. The idea of the company is to reinvent the way that animation is made, bringing a photo-real level to human faces, character movement and action on a cost-effective budget.
Its first project is Netflix's World War II animated drama series The Liberator, written by Jeb Stuart Die Hard, directed by Greg Jonkajtys and produced by A&E Studios and Unique Features. The four-part series, which is set to air later this year, is based on Alex Kershaw's book The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey and tells the riveting true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of maverick U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks and his infantry unit as they fought for over 500...
Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we go point your attention over there while we discuss movies about magicians over here!
Movies about magicians come in all shapes and varieties. To be clear, I’m speaking of films about the performers, those who do magic tricks and illusions, as opposed to the wizards you find in fantasy films and late-80s Fred Savage movies. They range from documentaries Make Believe, 2010 to comedies The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 2013 to biopics Death Defying Acts, 2007 to Swedish genre-benders The Magician, 1958 to BDSM noirs Lord of Illusions, 1995 to the best movie about a magician you’ll ever find The Prestige, 2006.
/Film’s own Peter Sciretta previously compiled a list of the best films about magic and magicians which includes a few of the titles mentioned above, but readers of this column know the goal here is to recommend ones that are far less celebrated. To that end, keep reading for a look at six great and/or entertaining movies about magicians that you probably haven’t seen.Eternally Yours 1939
Anita is engaged and in love, but all of that changes when she meets a popular stage magician named Arturo. The two are quickly married, and she joins his show as they travel the world, but the big smiles she puts on for the crowds is hiding a growing concern behind the scenes. She’s concerned about his safety as he finds himself involved in some dangerous tricks, but worse, she worries he might be unfaithful.
David Niven can do charming in his sleep, and Loretta Young exudes warmth, and together they deliver a compelling romance of sorts. She’s wooed into his life but quickly grows leery of that life on the road, so she leaves him – which in turn triggers a years long effort on his part to get her back. Does he deserve her? That’s arguable, but the journey between them offers some delight and fun all the same.
The film’s billed as a dramatic comedy, and while neither half hits particularly hard or heavy the result is still a sweet little tale about love at first sight – something magical in its own right – that takes a hit when real-world concerns start to play a role. Arturo’s career as a magician takes a hit too as his illusions and trickery falter. Without Anita in his heart, it seems his heart isn’t quite in anything at all. Toss in some parachute stunts and fisticuffs with Broderick Crawford, and you have some charming entertainment.
Eternally Yours is currently available on DVD and to stream.The Mad Magician 1954
Don is a showman at heart, but he works behind the scenes inventing and designing illusions and tricks for stage magicians...
It’s a rough time for big and small-screen adaptations of video game characters. Specifically, video characters who are being adapted to film and TV by Constantin Film. The Resident Evil production company has offered updates on its current projects: ScreenGems’ Monster Hunter starring Milla Jovovich, and the Netflix Resident Evil series which was meant to start production in June.
In an interview with Deadline, Constantin Film chief Martin Moszkowicz revealed that the Milla Jovovich-led Monster Hunter movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson has been completed as Netflix’s Resident Evil series remains in limbo amid shutdowns due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The Resident Evil series, which was picked up by Netflix in January 2019, was set to begin shooting in June 2020. The series would tell new stories set in the Resident Evil universe established in the six films also led by Jovovich. Based on Capcom’s wildly popular video game series, the films were critically derided but box office successes, raking in $1.2 billion worldwide. The show’s production hub is based in South Africa and on-location prep work was scheduled to begin in April, but work has stalled as productions across the world have shut down in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Moszkowicz said that Constantin is in discussions with the streamer over when to reschedule the series.
But despite the indefinite delays for the Resident Evil series, Constantin finished the work on Monster Hunter in time for its planned September 4, 2020 release. They are “delivering it this week” to Screen Gems, Moszkowicz said.
Monster Hunter is the only major release Screen Gems still has set for 2020, but with studios starting to push their tentpoles into 2021 as the coronavirus crisis wears on, it’s uncertain whether it will stay that way. Directed by master of trash Paul W.S. Anderson Alien vs. Predator, Death Race, Pompeii, Monster Hunter isn’t necessarily fated to be a box office bomb, but Screen Gems may want to play it safe with the action film, which stars Jovovich and Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa as monster hunters with giant swords, as the immediate future of the movie-going industry remains uncertain.