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With a ‘Film Stars’ Song in Contention, Rock Star Elvis Costello Reflects on Moonlighting for the Movies

With a ‘Film Stars’ Song in Contention, Rock Star Elvis Costello Reflects on Moonlighting for the Movies
Elvis Costello wrote the closing song for the new movie “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” but it’s a classic from his own canon that director Paul McGuigan planted as an Easter egg for music buffs. Costello’s “Pump It Up” is heard early on in the film to establish the late ’70s time frame, right before a scene that has the American actress Gloria Grahame (played by Annette Bening) meeting her younger Liverpudlian boyfriend (Jamie Bell) for the first time. Just after “Pump It Up” is heard on the soundtrack, the two lovers-to-be dance to “Boogie Oogie Oogie” — a cheeky nod to one of the silliest awards upsets of all time, when the ephemeral disco group A Taste of Honey famously beat Costello for the best new artist Grammy.

“You know what? It didn’t register,” admits Costello, who didn’t get the embedded joke when he first saw the film, and whom the
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Golden Globes 2018 Film Surprises and Snubs: ‘The Greatest Showman’ Lands 3, But ‘The Big Sick’ Is Shut Out

Golden Globes 2018 Film Surprises and Snubs: ‘The Greatest Showman’ Lands 3, But ‘The Big Sick’ Is Shut Out
Fox Searchlight had a lovely Golden Globes nominations morning, notching 15 nominations as Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” continued its Critics Choice surge with seven nominations, followed by Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with six. The other expected drama nominations were Fox’s Steven Spielberg journalism valentine “The Post” (six), Sony Pictures Classics gay love story “Call Me By Your Name” (three), and Warner Bros.Christopher Nolan war movie “Dunkirk” (three).

Finally, Working Title/Focus Features’ other World War II drama, “Darkest Hour,” seems to be strictly a Gary Oldman Drama Actor play, while Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” landed nods for Daniel Day-Lewis and Johnny Greenwood for Score. Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (A24) posted strong results on the Comedy side (four), but no director nod. In fact, the Globes gave all five director slots to men.

The typically idiosyncratic — and senior — Hollywood
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Golden Globes 2018 Film Surprises and Snubs: ‘The Greatest Showman’ Lands 3, But ‘The Big Sick’ Is Shut Out

Golden Globes 2018 Film Surprises and Snubs: ‘The Greatest Showman’ Lands 3, But ‘The Big Sick’ Is Shut Out
Fox Searchlight had a lovely Golden Globes nominations morning, notching 15 nominations as Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” continued its Critics Choice surge with seven nominations, followed by Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with six. The other expected drama nominations were Fox’s Steven Spielberg journalism valentine “The Post” (six), Sony Pictures Classics gay love story “Call Me By Your Name” (three), and Warner Bros.Christopher Nolan war movie “Dunkirk” (three).

Finally, Working Title/Focus Features’ other World War II drama, “Darkest Hour,” seems to be strictly a Gary Oldman Drama Actor play, while Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” landed nods for Daniel Day-Lewis and Johnny Greenwood for Score. Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (A24) posted strong results on the Comedy side (four), but no director nod. In fact, the Globes gave all five director slots to men.

The typically idiosyncratic — and senior — Hollywood
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Golden Globes 2018 Film Predictions: IndieWire’s Anne Thompson Makes Bold Picks

Golden Globes 2018 Film Predictions: IndieWire’s Anne Thompson Makes Bold Picks
It’s not easy to parse the idiosyncratic minds of the Hollywood Foreign Press, a motley crew of 90 veteran entertainment media who chum up with publicists and junketing stars throughout the year as they report on movies and TV for their outlets in 55 countries. Many of these folks have been covering the usual suspects for so long, they feel like friends.

And that’s one reason why they make such different choices from other critics’ groups. The relatively senior HFPA’s taste runs the gamut from sophisticated (“Moonlight”) to mainstream (“The Martian”). They do like celebrities to come to the glitzy Golden Globes Awards show on January 7 (Daniel Day-Lewis, Margot Robbie, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Jennifer Lawrence come to mind), which is by far the most fun party night of the year in Hollywood. So that’s another factor.

Early Friday morning, a messenger arrived at the front doors
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Golden Globes 2018 Film Predictions: IndieWire’s Anne Thompson Makes Bold Picks

Golden Globes 2018 Film Predictions: IndieWire’s Anne Thompson Makes Bold Picks
It’s not easy to parse the idiosyncratic minds of the Hollywood Foreign Press, a motley crew of 90 veteran entertainment media who chum up with publicists and junketing stars throughout the year as they report on movies and TV for their outlets in 55 countries. Many of these folks have been covering the usual suspects for so long, they feel like friends.

And that’s one reason why they make such different choices from other critics’ groups. The relatively senior HFPA’s taste runs the gamut from sophisticated (“Moonlight”) to mainstream (“The Martian”). They do like celebrities to come to the glitzy Golden Globes Awards show on January 7 (Daniel Day-Lewis, Margot Robbie, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Jennifer Lawrence come to mind), which is by far the most fun party night of the year in Hollywood. So that’s another factor.

Early Friday morning, a messenger arrived at the front doors
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Golden Globe 2017 Predictions: What Films Will Score Nominations?

Golden Globe 2017 Predictions: What Films Will Score Nominations?
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. will reveal nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards on Monday. The 90-ish-member organization of international journalists makes a big splash every year with its boozed-up, televised ceremony that of late has a shot at making a real impact on the Oscar race, given that it airs in the thick of Academy voting. (Meryl Streep no doubt gained a few votes after her rousing anti-Trump remarks on last year’s telecast.)

This year the group is in a position to help cull the list of contenders further, after the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. once again found a way to recognize pretty much everything in contention. That said, bear in mind that this is a tight-knit group of press members whose picks are not necessarily indicative of the tastes of a nearly 8,000-person Academy of film professionals.

Case in point, last year’s big winner: “La La Land” walked away with a
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‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman’s ‘Life, Itself’ Heads to Amazon in $10 Million Deal

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‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman’s ‘Life, Itself’ Heads to Amazon in $10 Million Deal
Amazon Studios has acquired the U.S. rights to Dan Fogelman’s upcoming feature “Life, Itself” for a whopping $10 million, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The completed film is directed and written by the “This Is Us” creator, and stars Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening and Olivia Cooke.

The film weaves together the stories of multiple characters who interact with one another stretching from New York to the Spanish countryside.
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Amazon Nabs Relationship Drama 'Life Itself' From 'This Is Us' Creator

Amazon Studios has nabbed the U.S. rights to Life Itself, the ensemble drama written and directed by This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, Mandy Patinkin and Laia Costa are among the cast of the completed film, which is being described as a multi-generational love story in which several characters are connected over the course of decades, from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back.

FilmNation, which bought the script after it appeared on The Black List, fully financed the...
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Amazon Wins $10 Million U.S. Rights Auction For ‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman Film ‘Life Itself’

Amazon Wins $10 Million U.S. Rights Auction For ‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman Film ‘Life Itself’
Exclusive: In one of the year’s biggest acquisition deals, Amazon Studios has made a $10 million-plus deal for U.S. rights to Life, Itself, a drama directed and written by This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman. The completed film is a multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back. Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening
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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Both Best Picture and Best Actor

2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Both Best Picture and Best Actor
Call Me by Your Name” was honored with Best Picture during the 2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards voting on Dec. 3. Meanwhile, the Best Director honors ended in a tie between Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) and Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me by Your Name”). Best Actor went to Timothée Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name,” and Best Actress to Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water.”

Lafca was founded in 1975 and includes both print and digital critics (including IndieWire’s own Michael Nordine). Last year’s big winner was “Moonlight,” which was awarded Best Picture and Best Director for Barry Jenkins. Top acting categories went to Adam Driver for Best Actor in “Paterson,” and Isabelle Huppert for Best Actress in both “Elle” and “Things to Come.”

Earlier this week, the New York Film Critics Circle voted on and announced their awards, giving top honors to “Lady Bird
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Focus Production Summit Lines Up Industry Speakers

Focus Production Summit Lines Up Industry Speakers
Focus, the international location event running Dec. 5/6 in London, has unveiled its free-to-attend program of panels, workshops and presentations. Variety is one of the event’s media partners.

It kicks off with an onstage interview with Andy Noble, co-producer of “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” which stars Annette Bening, and was produced by James Bond production company Eon Productions. The discussion will look at the project’s genesis and development, and the details of the shoot in Liverpool and London.

This is followed by a discussion about high-end TV that includes “Knightfall” writer Dominic Minghella, Carlo Dusi, head of business and commercial affairs at Scott Free, and an executive producer on Tom Hardy’s “Taboo,” and Robert Jones, CEO of the Fyzz Facility. The title of the discussion, “Do the Clever People Now Work in Television?,” is prompted by a Jane Campion quote: “The really clever people used to do film. Now the really
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Oscar Predictions, Round 1: Will It Be Another Controversial Year of Academy Awards?

Oscar Predictions, Round 1: Will It Be Another Controversial Year of Academy Awards?
With only three months and change to go until the winners of the Academy Awards are announced on March 4, 2018, nearly every Oscar contender is playing in theaters -- or, at the very least, screening for critics and Academy voters. Which means I can now speculate -- based on my own reviews, the awards season hype machine and general industry buzz -- about how the nominations will shake out.

Starting now and leading up to the 90th annual Oscars, I will be updating these awards futures monthly, offering my final predictions in each category next month (ahead of the nominations announcement on Jan. 23) and breaking down the frontrunners as well as who should and will win in the following months. This round is all about who's fully in the race -- and who's going to need to do a bit of catching up.

First, a note: Though the Academy itself began taking the necessary steps to diversify
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‘The Big Sick’ Star Holly Hunter Readies for Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs

‘The Big Sick’ Star Holly Hunter Readies for Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Holly Hunter with the Career Achievement Award at its annual Film Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Lynn Redgrave.

Holly Hunter’s career is filled with many memorable performances including her Academy Award-winning role in ‘The Piano’ as well as other films including ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘The Firm,’ ‘The Incredibles’ and more,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in an official statement. “In her recent film ‘The Big Sick,’ she brings comedy and poignancy as a mother coping with her daughter’s coma, while bonding with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend. It is our great honor
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Holly Hunter to Receive Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs Film Fest

Hunter on “Conan

Holly Hunter will be joining Allison Janney and Gal Gadot in Palm Springs. A press release has announced that Oscar winner Hunter will be receiving the Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). The actress will accept the prize at the Film Awards Gala on January 2.

Holly Hunter’s career is filled with many memorable performances including her Academy Award-winning role in ‘The Piano’ as well as other films including ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘The Firm,’ ‘The Incredibles,’ and more,” stated Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her recent film ‘The Big Sick,’ she brings comedy and poignancy as a mother coping with her daughter’s coma, while bonding with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend. It is our great honor to present the Career Achievement Award to Holly Hunter.”

Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Sally Field, and Lynn Redgrave are among the past Career Achievement Award recipients.

Janney
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Film News Roundup: Netflix Launching ‘Seeing Allred’ Documentary in Early 2018

Film News Roundup: Netflix Launching ‘Seeing Allred’ Documentary in Early 2018
In today’s film news roundup, Netflix has set a 2018 launch for “Seeing Allred,” the Palm Springs Film Festival will honor Holly Hunter, “Taste for Blood” gets a director, and Legendary sets up a ghost story.

Movie Launch

Netflix will launch the Gloria Allred documentary “Seeing Allred” on its global streaming network after its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

“Seeing Allred” was directed by Sophie Sartain (“Mimi and Dona”) and Roberta Grossman (“Above and Beyond”). It’s produced by Grossman, Sartain, Marta Kauffman (co-creator of “Friends”), Robbie Rowe Tollin, and Hannah Ks Canter (“Grace & Frankie”).

“I feel fortunate that ‘Seeing Allred’ captures my passion and battle for justice for many victims of injustice,” said Allred. “The courage that my clients demonstrate, in speaking truth to power, inspires me every day as we fight together.”

The film includes archival footage and sit-down interviews with supporters and critics and examines Allred’s personal
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‘Euphoria’ First Trailer: Alicia Vikander and Eva Green Are Damaged Sisters

‘Euphoria’ First Trailer: Alicia Vikander and Eva Green Are Damaged Sisters
The thought of Alicia Vikander and Eva Green starring in the same movie is enticing enough, but the fact they’re playing sisters in “Euphoria” is almost too amazing to handle. The drama marks the third directorial effort from Lisa Langseth, the Swedish filmmaker who put Vikander on the radar of Hollywood by casting her as the lead in dramas “Pure” and “Hotell.” “Euphoria” marks a coming home of sorts for Vikander, and it should be a knockout.

Read More:Alicia Vikander Explains How a ‘Wonderfully Brutal’ Creative Bond Turned Her Into an Indie Producer

Euphoria” follows Vikander and Green’s estranged sisters as they travel through Europe and attempt a difficult and ominous reconciliation. The supporting cast includes Charles Dance, Charlotte Rampling, Mark Stanley, and Adrian Lester. The film was shot in Munich, Germany and the German Alps.

The drama had its world premiere in the Platform section of the Toronto International Film Festival.
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Allison Janney to Receive Honor at Palm Springs Film Festival

Janney in “I, Tonya”

Allison Janney’s earning lots of Oscar buzz for her supporting role in Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya,” and the seven-time Emmy winner’s award season is getting off to a strong start. Last week she was named as a nominee for the Indie Spirit Awards, and a press release has announced that she’ll be presented with the Spotlight Award-Actress at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff).

The five-time Golden Globe nominee will accept her honor at the fest’s annual Film Awards Gala on Tuesday, January 2. “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot is this year’s Rising Star Award recipient.

Previous recipients of the Spotlight Award include Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, and Jessica Chastain.

Allison Janney delivers a knock-out performance as Tonya Harding’s mother Lavona Golden in ‘I, Tonya.’ The usually charming Janney takes a compellingly dark turn as Tonya’s abusive, alcoholic mother,
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Reese Witherspoon and Steve Harvey Bring Daughters to Paris Ahead of Famed Debutante Ball

Reese Witherspoon and Steve Harvey Bring Daughters to Paris Ahead of Famed Debutante Ball
Reese Witherspoon and Steve Harvey brought their respective daughters, Ava Phillippe and Lori Harvey, to Paris this week for a traditional “coming out” prior to officially presenting them in society at Saturday’s 25th annual Bal des Debutantes.

Leading up to the “Le Bal” debutante presentation at the Peninsula Hotel, both families celebrated Thanksgiving in Paris — going shopping, visiting museums and taking in the local sights in the City of Light.

Witherspoon, 41, and Phillippe, 18, once again looked like twins when they were photographed wearing identical matching mother/daughter black outfits while catching a mix of Paris’ haute couture and boutique shopping (with stops at Chanel,
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