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Gary Oldman (‘Darkest Hour’) at the SAG Awards: Can a real Brit finally win for playing Winston Churchill?

Gary Oldman (‘Darkest Hour’) at the SAG Awards: Can a real Brit finally win for playing Winston Churchill?
Everything this awards season has been going Gary Oldman’s way. He’s already won the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” And he is currently the overwhelming favorite to win the SAG Award. But are we overly confident he’ll win? No Brit has won for playing the famous prime minister. Check out our gallery above of all the actors who’ve brought Churchill to the small and big screens.

Playing Churchill has proven to be a great way to win an Emmy as Albert Finney (“The Gathering Storm,” 2002), Brendan Gleeson (“Into the Storm,” 2009) and John Lithgow (“The Crown,” 2017) all won in a span of 15 years for their interpretations of the iconic figure. But ironically only an American — Lithgow — also won a SAG Award.

For Finney, who had already won an Emmy and Golden Globe, it was a matter of timing.
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‘Jumanji’ to Win Box Office for Third Consecutive Weekend Over ‘12 Strong,’ ‘Den of Thieves’

Sony’s sturdy “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is heading for a third straight weekend victory at the North American box office over new entries “12 Strong” and “Den of Thieves,” early estimates showed Friday.

Jumanji” was heading toward $18 million at 3,704 locations, while the Afghan war drama “12 Strong” looked likely to finish with about $15 million to $16 million at 3,002 venues. STXfilms’ heist thriller “Den of Thieves” was showing more traction than recent forecasts indicated with about $14 million at 2,432 sites.

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” looked likely to finish fourth for Fox with about $12 million at 2,851 sites, followed by Fox’s fifth weekend of “The Greatest Showman” at about $9 million.

Jumanji” should wind up with about $315 million domestically in its first 31 days by end of the weekend, leaving as the 62nd-highest domestic grosser of all time. The Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart action-comedy has shown solid traction outside the United States with $385 million from international markets.

“12 Strong,” produced
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2018 Oscars: All 5 Best Actress nominees in Best Picture contenders for first time in 40 years?

2018 Oscars:  All 5 Best Actress nominees in Best Picture contenders for first time in 40 years?
Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Meryl Streep (“The Post”) and Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) have long been our predicted Best Actress Oscar nominees. If they all make the cut, along with their films in Best Picture, they’d join a very exclusive club: It’d be first Best Actress slate in 40 years and just the fifth overall where everyone is in a film nominated for Best Picture.

The only other times this has occurred were for the film years 1934, 1939, 1940 and 1977 — but many of them come with caveats. In 1934, there were still only three acting nominees — winner Claudette Colbert (“It Happened One Night”), Grace Moore (“One Night of Love”) and Norma Shearer (“The Barretts of Wimpole Street”) — and 12 Best Picture nominees, before the academy standardized the categories to five each. This was also the infamous year of the write-in
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2018 Oscar nominations underdogs: There’s still hope for Judi Dench, Denzel Washington, Hong Chau, Woody Harrelson

2018 Oscar nominations underdogs: There’s still hope for Judi Dench, Denzel Washington, Hong Chau, Woody Harrelson
With only days to go before the 2018 Oscar nominations are announced on January 23, I’ll readily admit that the four acting races are keeping me up at night. For the most part Gold Derby’s Oscar predictions line up with the SAG Awards nominations. However, four performers in particular — Judi Dench (“Victoria & Abdul”), Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”), Hong Chau (“Downsizing”) and Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) — are not predicted to follow up their SAG notices with Oscar bids. But all hope is not lost. Any of these on-the-bubble contenders can still defy the odds on Oscar nominations morning, and here’s how:

Best Actress — Gold Derby predicts that four SAG nominees will show up at the Oscars: Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”). Judi Dench is that fifth SAG nominee,
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Time's Up: How to Request Legal Assistance from the Movement's Defense Fund

Time's Up: How to Request Legal Assistance from the Movement's Defense Fund
You don’t have to be a celebrity to fight back against sexual harassment.

The Time’s Up movement, which launched earlier this month to help fight sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood and beyond, has created a legal defense fund to help victims of sexual harassment protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.

The fund will be administrated by the National Women’s Law Center (Nwlc), with a network of lawyers and public relations professionals ready to lend assistance.

People looking to receive legal assistance can contact Nwlc through the its website.

More information about
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Fri Jan 19


The Post [my review] pictured

Meryl Streep costars as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham at a critical juncture in the paper’s history. Cowritten by Liz Hannah. (male director)


Attraction (Prityazhenie) [my review]

Irina Starshenbaum costars as a teenaged girl who falls for an alien just visiting Earth. (male director and writers)

Lover for a Day [IMDb]

Esther Garrel and Louise Chevillote costar as, respectively, the adult daughter of and the new lover of the same man in this French drama. Cowritten by Caroline Deruas-Garrel and Arlette Langmann. (male director)

Please let me know if I’ve missed any movies directed by, written by, or about women.

Please help me continue this work with your financial support. A recurring contribution or a one-time donation, even only $1, is a great help, and tells me that my work here is valued. Thank you. Links here for PayPal, Patreon, and other methods of donating.

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Oscars flashback: Iraq invasion in 2003 almost cancelled 75th anniversary Oscars family album reunion of 59 acting winners [Watch]

The 75th anniversary ceremony for the Academy Awards almost didn’t happen as scheduled. When America led an invasion of Iraq that weekend, broadcast network ABC pleaded with producer Gil Cates and Academy president Frank Piersen to move the event back a week. The duo claimed it would be too expensive to make the switch and that the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood would be unavailable.

On March 23, 2003, the ceremony went live on ABC as scheduled, hosted by comedian, actor, and writer Steve Martin, with the Best Picture proclaimed to be “Chicago.” However, several presenters such as Cate Blanchett, Jim Carrey, and Will Smith cancelled their appearances. That day’s events also caused several past winners to bail out on appearing in the Oscars family album slated for late in the show. Similar to a segment five years early for the 70th anniversary show (read more on the link above), the
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Oscars 2018: Why Steven Spielberg (‘The Post’) shouldn’t be counted out after DGA snub

Oscars 2018: Why Steven Spielberg (‘The Post’) shouldn’t be counted out after DGA snub
Those ready to discount Steven Spielberg‘s chances of reaping an Oscar nomination for directing “The Post” after his surprising DGA snub should take a deep breath. He could still be recognized by the notoriously esoteric directors branch of the academy, which often diverges from the choices of the more populist guild. One of the DGA slate — Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) — could easily find themselves left out of the Oscar race in place of Spielberg.

Spielberg’s omission was especially shocking given his popularity at the guild. He’s won their Best Director prize three times (“The Color Purple” in 1985, “Schindler’s List” in 1993, and “Saving Private Ryan” in 1998) and contended for “Jaws” (1975), “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “E.T.: The
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Hasty Pudding Theatricals Announces Mila Kunis as 2018 Woman of the Year

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces Golden Globe nominated actress, Mila Kunis, as the recipient of its 2018 Woman of the Year Award.

The Pudding is excited to honor a talented actress, whose career has taken her from television to film and now to producing as well.

The Woman of the Year Award is the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ oldest honor, bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to many notable and talented entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Debbie Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, and most recently Octavia Spencer.

The Woman of the Year festivities will begin at 2:45p.m. on January 25th, 2018, when Ms Kunis will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge. Following the parade, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actress.
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Steven Spielberg: ‘The urgency to make The Post was because of Trump's administration’

The director dropped everything – including new blockbuster Ready Player One – to tell the story of the Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. He talks about parallels between Nixon and Trump and why Oprah Winfrey would be a ‘brilliant’ president

Shortly after The Sixth Sense became a global sensation, its director, M Night Shyamalan – hailed on the cover of Newsweek in 2002 as “the next Spielberg” – told an interviewer that, years earlier, he had realised the one ingenious trick that made Steven Spielberg movies so spectacularly successful. Like a soft-drink manufacturer who had stumbled on the secret recipe for Coca-Cola, Shyamalan could not believe his luck. What was Spielberg’s killer formula, Shyamalan was asked. He would not say. Merely by understanding it, he had struck commercial gold and he did not plan to share it.

It didn’t quite work out that way for Shyamalan, who has never
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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards
Dunkirk” and “Black Mirror” were among the winners at the Casting Society of America’s 33rd Annual Artios Awards on Jan. 18.

Casting director John Papsidera was awarded for feature film big budget — drama for his casting in “Dunkirk.” Bernard Telsey and Tiffany Little Canfield, along with Rori Bergman and Patrick Goodwin, won the feature film big budget — comedy award for their work on “The Greatest Showman.”

“Lady Bird” casting directors Jordan Thaler and Heidi Griffiths were recognized for feature film studio or independent comedy, and the casting team for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Sarah Halley Finn, Meagan Lewis, and Hannah Cooper, won the feature film studio or independent — drama.

In the television arena, the casting team for Netflix’s “Black Mirror” won for television drama series, HBO’s “Veep” for television comedy series, and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” for limited series.

The Casting Society of America’s awards are presented to Csa members for their
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‘Shape of Water’ Poised to Lead Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions in All Categories

‘Shape of Water’ Poised to Lead Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions in All Categories
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will unveil nominations for the 90th annual Oscars. It’s been a season marked, refreshingly, by a lack of frontrunners in most major categories. Combined with an extended phase two this year (thanks to the Winter Olympics), it ought to make for a spirited sprint to the finish line after the races are firmed up next week.

Here are In Contention’s final predictions for nominations in all 24 Oscar categories.

Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name

Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito, Peter SpearsDunkirk

Emma Thomas, Christopher NolanThe Florida Project

Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching TsouGet Out

Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jordan Peele “Lady Bird”

Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott RudinThe Post

Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko KriegerThe Shape of Water

J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro “Three
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Former Assistant’s Long Collaboration With Oscar-Winning Editor Reaches Fruition on ‘The Post’

Former Assistant’s Long Collaboration With Oscar-Winning Editor Reaches Fruition on ‘The Post’
What began as a mentor-mentee relationship has bloomed into a professional partnership that finds Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar sharing credit as the editors of Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.”

Broshar met Kahn, who has been working with Spielberg for four decades, when she was an assistant editor on the director’s “The Adventures of Tintin” (2011). She went on to work with Kahn and Spielberg on “War Horse,” “Lincoln” and “Bridge of Spies” before earning a full editor’s credit on “The Post.”

“I feel very, very lucky to have Michael as my mentor,” she says. “It’s been a really rewarding process to sit with Michael and Steven and learn the craft.”

The duo were just nominated for an Ace Eddie Award by American Cinema Editors.

At the time that Kahn and Broshar cut “The Post,” which tells the 1971-set story of how The Washington Post came to publish the Pentagon Papers, Spielberg was still
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A-List Agent Kevin Huvane on Casting Directors’ Vital Role in Hollywood

Kevin Huvane is the agent behind the ongoing success of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. His clients include A-listers like Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and many more. Beyond star-making, Huvane is also a partner and managing director of Creative Artists Agency, helping manage both his clients’ careers and the overall workings of one of the leading talent agencies in the world. As someone who has made a career out of identifying talent, he has a lot in common with the casting directors he’s worked alongside during his time in entertainment. Because of his influence in the industry, the Casting Society of America is honoring Huvane with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the 2018 Artios Awards for his contribution to entertainment in general, as well as his recognition of casting directors’ roles in film and theater. Huvane’s relationship with CDs
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The Current Debate: Character Limits in Spielberg's "The Post"

The main selling point of The Post, Steven Spielberg’s new film about The Washington Post’s involvement in publishing the Pentagon Papers, in 1971, is its topicality: the film was green lit, produced, and released all in 2017, beginning shortly after the Trump presidency. For such a film, it holds up surprisingly well, though contrary to what you might expect, it succeeds least of all as a movie about journalism. Christian Lorentzen elaborates at The New Republic:If the story of a bullying president and an embattled press corps sounds familiar, that’s because Spielberg fast-tracked the script’s production last spring. Casting Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, who have both been vocal critics of the Trump administration, in the lead roles is more than a little on the nose. The historical allegory is neat, and obviousness isn’t a flaw in a protest movie. But as a movie about journalism, The Post substitutes righteousness for suspense,
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Hooray! May the Comment Party Begin Again...

And there was much rejoicing. I can "hear" you all again. You can hear each other. We didn't expect to take a vow of collective silence but I had just watched Novitiate, that movie about the nuns, in which The LEOgend is very very upset when people talk during conversation blackout periods so perhaps I spiritually triggered it? Anyway... Please Say Something To End The Silence.

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50 Beloved movies that received 0 Oscar nominations Jamie Bell Interview Meryl Streep in The Deer Hunter (1978) Harriet Samson Harris in Phantom Thread Paddington 2 Review The production design of Top Hat (1935) The women of The Post Scripter nominees for Adapted TV & Film Body of Evidence at 25 - the end of the "erotic thriller" period in Hollywood? Blueprints: Get Out A documentary on Barack Obama's final year in office Best Hitchcock star: Cary Grant Or Jimmy Stewart? Soundtracking: Call Me By Your Name Holiday
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How to Support the Time's Up Movement from a $12 Pin to a Celebrity Golden Globes Gown

How to Support the Time's Up Movement from a $12 Pin to a Celebrity Golden Globes Gown
The Golden Globe Awards’ red carpet blackout may be over, but the Time’s Up initiative is just beginning. Hollywood is continuing to champion the fight against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond.

Time’s Up — the organization founded by 300 figures in the entertainment industry like Meryl Streep, America Ferrera, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and more — announced Wednesday that the organization is partnering with Condé Nast and eBay to auction off a selection of the black gowns and tuxedos worn by celebrities on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globes.

Between January 19 and January 26, shoppers can visit ebay.
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Aarp's Movies for Grownups Awards: 'The Post' Leads Nominees

Aarp's Movies for Grownups Awards: 'The Post' Leads Nominees
Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama The Post led Aarp The Magazine's Movies for Grownups Awards nominations with mentions in five categories, including actress (Meryl Streep), actor (Tom Hanks) directing, best time capsule and reader's choice poll.

However, the Fox movie was left out of the best picture selections, which include Get Out, Lady Bird, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The winners will be honored at a Feb. 5 ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire, hosted by Alan Cumming. The annual event will be broadcasted for the first time, airing Feb. 23 on PBS and...
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Time's Up and Condé Nast Auctioning Off 2018 Golden Globes Dresses Worn by Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek and More

Condé Nast is partnering with Time's Up and eBay to auction off gowns and tuxedos worn by celebrities at the 2018 Golden Globes. All proceeds will benefit the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund—an organization that helps individuals who've experienced sexual misconduct find legal representation. The organizations announced the news on Wednesday. From Jan. 19 to Jan. 26, shoppers can visit to bid on gowns worn by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gal Gadot, Elizabeth Moss, Emma Watson, Viola Davis, Salma Hayek and more. Shoppers can also bid on tuxedos worn by Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Neil Patrick Harris, Seth Meyers and Daniel...
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Stars Of The Post Join Reporters Without Borders Chairman For Paris Premiere

Peter Price, Chairman of Reporters Without Borders (Rsf USA), joined Rsf President, Christophe Deloire, to welcome Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep to the Paris premiere of The Post.

Meryl Streep, Peter Price, Stephen Spielberg, Christophe Deloire and Tom Hanks attend the Reporters Without Borders (Rsf) premiere of The Post in Paris

Credit/Copyright: L'Agence France-Presse

The film celebrates Rsf’s global mission to protect press freedom through its correspondents in 130 countries. These prominent leaders in the film industry thanked Rsf for its commitment to protecting against what they feels is a deeply critical challenge to press freedom now re-occurring today.

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