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International Titles Dominate The 2018 Live Action Short Oscar Shortlist

11 hours ago

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the 10 short films that have made the short list for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. The longstanding trend has been that international shorts dominate this field and not much has changed. Only four of the 10 films appear to be by American or American-based filmmakers. It’s also worth noting one of them, “Rise of a Star,” features French cinema legend Catherine Deneuve which gives it a more than 50/50 chance of making the cut.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Mark Mothersbaugh Credits Every Frame A Painting Video For Influencing ‘Thor: Ragnaork’ Score

16 hours ago

Thor: Ragnarok” marked a reinvention for the standalone series that rotates around the Norse warrior. Taika Waititi took the stodgy serious tone of “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World,” and tossed it out the window. In its place, the filmmaker added his skewed brand of humor, brought bursts of color in to replace the blue dark visuals of the preceding movies, and there was one more key ingredient: Mark Mothersbaugh.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Director Found For ‘Creed 2,’ Michael B. Jordan & Tessa Thompson To Return

16 hours ago

The sequel to “Creed” is getting into fighting form, and it’s about time, because the movie is slated to open in eleven months. And while most of the team who made the first magic happen will be back, one key ingredient will be sitting out (somewhat).

THR reports that Steven Caple Jr. has been tapped to direct the currently untitled “Creed 2.” Wait, who?

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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2017 Black List Topped By Gal Gadot WWII Movie Plus Biopics Of J.K. Rowling, John Hughes, More

17 hours ago

Well, credit to the folks behind The Black List for making writing a lede for this pretty damn easy. So here goes: this morning, the Golden Globes nominations were announced, and now come the scripts that are hoping to collect accolades once Hollywood decides to make them.

For now, they’ll kick around as the best unmade screenplays in Hollywood as part of annual The Black List. The criteria is that these screenplays will not be in production this year, but some of them are already well on their way.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Best Horror Films Of 2017

18 hours ago

The horror films resurgence of the last few years has been a remarkable thing to watch: some of the most exciting new filmmakers to emerge have been working in the genre, and plenty of masters have been doing some of the best work of their careers. And, unsurprisingly, given that waking up every morning in 2017 has been like stepping into a John Carpenter nightmare, the last 12 months has seen the horror boom bigger than ever.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Jessica Chastain, Nick Jonas, Duffer Brothers React To Their 2018 Golden Globes Nominations

19 hours ago

The Hollywood Foreign Press announced the nominations for the 75th Golden Globes this morning and, as you’d expect, the recipients were overjoyed. Here’s a sample of this year’s reactions.

“This is good news for Albert Einstein. I believe in science. I also believe in the complexity of humankind. I am honored to be in the company of fellow nominees who, with their artistry, have strived to define the multiplicity of dimensions in the male experience.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Seth Rogen To Play Walter Cronkite In David Gordon Green’s ‘Newsflash’

19 hours ago

You can’t pin down David Gordon Green, who loves to zig and zag between pictures. This year, he released the Boston marathon bombing pic “Stronger,” and he’s following it next year with the “Halloween” rebootquel. True to form, the filmmaker is pivoting yet again, with another project that finds him turning in a different direction.

Deadline reports that Green will direct “Newsflash,” but perhaps the most remarkable thing about the movie is that it will star Seth Rogen as legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Disney/Fox Deal Won’t Lure Hugh Jackman Back To Play Wolverine

19 hours ago

By Christmas, it’s expected that Disney will officially announce their acquisition of Fox‘s movie and tv divisions, in a deal that’s reportedly worth north of $70 billion dollars. Fanboys are already starting to dream about the ways in which the X-Men can leap into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, the changed landscape won’t convince Hugh Jackman to return.

The actor hung up the claws as Wolverine — for real, finally — in this year’s gritty, R-rated sendoff, “Logan.” James Mangold‘s film gave Jackman and the character he’s played for years, in multiple films, the farewell they deserved.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Errol Morris’ ‘Wormwood’: The Truth Will Not Set You Free [Review]

20 hours ago

The maxim goes that the truth will set you free, but the search for that truth can be a prison. The abyss and darkness of unknowing can be a heavy shroud to shoulder. Throughout his career, documentary filmmaker Errol Morris have revelled in throwing light on strange stories or investigating figures who have made curious chapters in history. However, “Wormwood” marks something new for the director, where his pursuit of the story is the story.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Snubs & Surprises Of The 2018 Golden Globe Nominations

20 hours ago

As strange as it might be that a hundred or so international journalists have such sway over awards season thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Golden Globes, we have to say that we always enjoy nominations morning: the HFPA very much march to the beat of their own drum, and their picks rarely fail to induce eyebrow raises, adding a touch of unpredictability to an awards season.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Rian Johnson Praises Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Beguilingly Idiosyncratic” ‘Phantom Thread’

21 hours ago

Rian Johnson is currently basking in the glow of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” but he’s taking a break from being in a galaxy far, far away to celebrate the entirely different world of “Phantom Thread.” The new film by Paul Thomas Anderson, and Daniel Day-Lewis’ last as an actor, is gearing up to arrive Christmas Day in limited release.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Best And Worst of 2018 Golden Globes Noms: Jordan Peele, Issa Rae, ‘Shape of Water’

21 hours ago

The HFPA giveth and, boy, the HFPA taketh away.  On the film side this year’s Golden Globes nods were mostly devoid of embarrassing nominations of the “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” or “The Tourist” variety, but the foreign press members still find ways to put their foot in their mouth (we’ll get to why eventually).  As for the television nods the HFPA seems to relish pushing new actresses (rarely actors) so much that even in this era of Peak TV they are overlooking performances that are much more deserving than the shiny new object (metaphorically speaking) that popped up in their screener pile. 

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Spike Lee Says Nate Parker Was The Victim Of “A Dope-Fiend Double-Cross”

22 hours ago

One detail that has been somewhat overlooked in Armie Hammer’s comments about the double standard in treatment between Casey Affleck and Nate Parker during last year’s awards season (for which he subsequent apologized to Affleck) is his revelation that the details about “The Birth Of A Nation” director’s 1999 rape trial (in which he was acquitted) was leaked to the trades by a rival producer.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Marvel’s Kevin Feige’s Advice To Hollywood: “Don’t Worry About The Universe. Worry About The Movie.”

22 hours ago

Next year will mark the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hollywood has tried to hard to mimic the comic book studio’s interconnected franchise building, but none have succeeded in matching them. Universal is already bailing out of Dark Universe following the disastrous “The Mummy” this summer. The disappointing results of “Justice League” are seeing Warner Bros. and DC Films shake up their executive team.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Simon Kinberg Admits ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Emphasized “Visual Effects Over Emotion”

23 hours ago

Fun fact about “X-Men: Apocalypse”: while reviews weren’t kind, and it’s far from the pinnacle of the mutant movies, it’s actually the second highest grossing X-Men flick. Not counting “Deadpool,” “Logan,” or “The Wolverine,” it sits second behind all time leader, “X-Men: Days Of Future Past.” Regardless, it’s not going to go down as one of the best entries in the series and film’s producer and co-writer Simon Kinberg admits as much.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Rian Johnson Talks Rey’s Parents & Why He “Forensically” Studied ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

23 hours ago

On Friday, the entire planet goes to a galaxy far, far away for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Reviews are embargoed until tomorrow, but even then, spoilers are going to be under lock and key as long as possible. There are many questions that are waiting to be answered, but what’s becoming clear is that while everyone is wondering about Rey’s parents, it’s actually not such a big deal to Rian Johnson.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Shape of Water,’ ‘The Post’ & ‘The Crown’ Lead 2018 Golden Globes Nominations

11 December 2017 5:52 AM, PST

It’s Golden Globes time. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed the nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards this morning. The nominees were announced by Kristen Bell, Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund and Sharon Stone.

Read More: Best And Worst of 2018 Golden Globes Noms: Jordan Peele, Issa Rae, ‘Shape of Water’

The nominees are as follows:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Call Me By Your Name

“Dunkirk”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

The Post

The Shape of Water

Best Motion Picture – Comedy

The Disaster Artist

Get Out

The Greatest Showman

Lady Bird

“I, Tonya”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Meryl Streep, “The Post

Michelle Williams, “All The Money In The World

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Get Out’ And ‘The Florida Project’ Are The Early Critics Groups Picks For Best Picture

10 December 2017 9:11 PM, PST

If you wonder why so many who cover the Oscar game are hesitant to call out a true frontrunner at this stage in the game it’s because there honestly doesn’t seem to be one yet. We’ve got the Golden Globe nominations in a few hours, but at this point the HFPA are much more likely to influence an Academy member by who they select as a winner in January before nomination voting is completed.  The SAG Award nominations are on Wednesday and that will be a much closer (but not perfect) indicator of what the industry thinks, but their SAG Ensemble honor hasn’t predicted five Best Picture nominees twice this decade. 

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- Gregory Ellwood

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