Adam Driver attends a photocall for the movie "Ferrari" at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2023 in Venice, Italy.

Adam Driver called out Amazon and Netflix for refusing to meet SAG-AFTRA’s demands Thursday (August 31) during Ferrari’s press conference at the Venice Film Festival. The actor was asked about his appearance to promote the new film while the actors and writers strikes are ongoing. Driver, 39, said, “I’m very proud to be here to be a visual representation of a movie that’s not part of the AMPTP and to promote the SAG leadership directive, which is an effective tactic, which is the interim agreement.”

The actor pointed out that Ferrari is distributed by smaller distribution companies Neon and STX Entertainment. Driver made it a point to state that these companies are meeting the “dream demands of what SAG is asking for” in the pre-negotiations stage of their “wishlist, but a big company like Netflix and Amazon can’t? And every time people from SAG go and support a movie that has met the terms of the interim agreement, it just makes it more obvious that these people are willing to support the people that they collaborate with, and the others are not.”

The Interim Agreements

Per Variety, leading up to the festival, SAG-AFTRA agreed to grant interim agreements to certain productions so that they can promote their films. In order to obtain an interim agreement, the film’s producers and distributors have to operate independently from companies belonging to the AMPTP and agree to terms proposed by SAG-AFTRA in its negotiations. That applies to Ferrari and other films premiering in Venice that aren’t produced or distributed by a streaming service.

In the Michael Mann-directed film, Driver plays Enzo Ferrari following the story of the automotive tycoon’s pivotal year in his life. Ferrari also stars Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Sarah Gadon, Gabriel Leone, Jack O’Connell and Patrick Dempsey. Mann said of the drama, “Ferrari got made because the people who worked on Ferrari made it by forgoing large sectors of salaries, in the case of Adam and myself. It was not made by a big studio — no big studio wrote us a check. And that’s why we’re here, standing in solidarity.”

Watch the teaser trailer for Ferrari below. The film comes out on December 25.

5 Of The Most Visually Stunning Films

The Hollywood's writers and actors on strike will soon start affecting tv shows and even movies. With no signs of an end date any time soon, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) are concurrently striking for the first time in over 60 years. The writer’s strike began at the start of May, with the actors guild joining just last week.

Both unions share the same reasons for striking. This includes getting paid a living wage to meet basic needs, receiving higher residuals (financial compensation paid out to actors whenever TV shows or movies they’ve appeared in are replayed on streaming and syndication), and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to be regulated to protect talent and writers’ jobs from being completely taken over. Some big-time actors have joined the picket lines, including Rachel McAdams, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Rosario Dawson, Hilary Duff, and more.

Films have been an inspiration in our lives, with some of the most impactful ones being the most visually stunning to watch. For a few hours, you are transported to a completely different world through the use of set design, camerawork, color palettes, and costumes. Storytelling is what can make or break an aesthetically pleasing film, but with all of these factors working in perfect harmony, we can see the directors’ visions come to life. See below our top five picks of the most visually stunning films to watch.

  • 5. Edward Scissorhands

    Leave it to director Tim Burton to make his characters and set design so fantastical in both his animated works and live-action films. He keeps things both eerie and bright, perfectly melding the two opposite aesthetics, in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands. We are particularly drawn to the intricately-trimmed hedges and ice sculptures of dinosaurs, woodland creatures, humans, and anatomy. Stream it on Max, Prime Video, or Hulu.

  • 4. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

    In the first Spider-Man animated film, the colors and animation were so mesmerizing. Comic book dots pastel aesthetics with bursts of colors made this Spider-Man film unlike any other. You get transported to this vibrant world that comic books create, but with animation. With how beautiful the first film was, it was crazy seeing the 2023 sequel having its animation taken to an even higher level. The animated Spider-Man movies are probably the most beautiful animated films as of late. It is currently only available for rent on streamers.

  • 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

    Take yourself on a fantastical trip to Middle-Earth, where the lands of fairies and hobbits exist. It is crazy to think that some of the castles and set design were models like the city of Minas Tirith were scaled to look like a real-life thing! Some of the miniatures like that one were very large and extremely detailed, becoming known as “bigatures.” Stream the entire trilogy on Max. The first film is also on Hulu and Prime Video.

  • 2. Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049 gives us everything our eyes desire: a screen filled with different shades of orange, neon colors, minimalist architecture, and a hazy landscape. The sequel blows the 1982 film out of the water, as technology has obviously advanced and the quintessential cyberpunk style cemented. Stream it on Hulu.

  • 1. Grand Budapest Hotel

    It comes as no surprise that a Wes Anderson film takes the top spot because, well, he’s got that aesthetically pleasing color palette to his films. Not only that but with Grand Budapest Hotel, the set design and costuming make the film that much more charming — how delightful does Mendl’s bakery look? Stream it on Hulu.

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