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Netflixs foray into feature films is only beginning, and got off to an uneven start with this fallsBeasts of No Nationan acclaimed film now nominated for multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards, but a box office failure, suggesting that releasing films simultaneously in theaters and on Netflix isnt a worthwhile strategy going forward. That would torpedo the Oscar hopes of any of their future filmsanything eligible must have played in theaters for at least a week in New York and Los Angelesbut that may not matter for titles likeDivanation, which sounds like ablastbut not a likely awards contender.

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The most important thing, though, is that Netflix continues to be a great hope for entertainment aimed at adults, now in films as well as on television. Yes,Fuller House-style reboots and a bevy of childrens programming are an important part of the business model, but if thats how you build a business model that can get Goldie Hawn back on screen, then thats good enough for us.

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Netflix still doesnt release their ratings numbers, but we may have just gotten the best possible proof thatGrace and Frankieand anything else theyre programming for older audiencesis a big hit. The streaming giant now plans to reuniteBette Midler, Diane Keaton,andGoldie Hawn, co-stars in 1995sThe First Wives Club, for the filmDivanation, about a singing group reuniting for the first time in 30 years after a bitter split.

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UnlikeGrace and Frankie, the comedy series starringJane FondaandLily Tomlinthat was recently renewed for a third season,Divanationwouldnt be a long-term commitment for the actressesand given that Hawn hasnt appeared in a film since 2002, thats probably the best way to get on board. But asDeadlinepoints out, between this and the Fonda/Robert RedfordfilmOur Souls at Night, also in the works, Netflix isnt just committing to big-name stars, but stars whose box office clout peaked several decades ago. That might make it tough for them to headline a rom-com or an action franchise, but perfect for Netflix, where users searching for their favorite Robert Redford film to watch might happen upon something new insteadand become loyal, lifelong subscribers in the process.

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