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Does Woody Harrelson spell trouble for Willem Dafoe?

by Nathaniel R

A police chief and a hotel manager, both overwhelmed and sympathetic and arguably the moral center of their movies.

It's been a long time since we had a double-nomination situation in Best Supporting Actor. The last time it happened was 26 years ago when Ben Kingsley and Harvey Keitel were nominated together for Bugsy (1991) - a curious event since Keitel was so much stronger in another Oscar nominated classic from that year. Given the rise of Woody Harrelson with that Screen Actor's Guild nomination and the overall assumed strength of Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri in the Best Picture race, it could well happen again. His co-star Sam Rockwell, already felt locked and loaded for the same movie in a (somewhat) larger part. 

But does this spell trouble for Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project? Consensus was beginning to form that Dafoe, who became famous in the mid
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Nick Kroll, John Mulaney to Return to Host Spirit Awards

Nick Kroll, John Mulaney to Return to Host Spirit Awards
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will co-host the Spirit Awards for the second year in a row.

The ceremony, which takes place in a tent on Santa Monica Beach, will be broadcast live on IFC. The 33rd edition of the show will talk place on March 3.

“The only thing better than having Nick Kroll and John Mulaney host the Spirit Awards is having them host the Spirit Awards twice,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “They did such an amazing job last year and we’re thrilled to have them back in 2018.”
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Annapurna Moves Toward Bond 25 With New MGM Distribution Deal

Annapurna Moves Toward Bond 25 With New MGM Distribution Deal
When Annapurna Pictures moved into distribution, Hollywood viewed the move as bold but bizarre. In a market where indies struggle to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model. Now after several costly, high-profile failures, Annapurna and MGM will work together to distribute their films theatrically in the U.S.

Annapurna hired veteran talent — from ex-Weinstein distribution president Erik Lomis and studio marketing exec Marc Weinstock to Focus Features’ publicity chief Adrienne Bowles — but they inexplicably chose “Detroit” as its first release. From director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning team behind “The Hurt Locker” and Annapurna’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” this intense recreation of the 1967 race riot in Detroit is a tough sit and demanded special handling from the neophyte distributor.

The movie (Metascore: 78) opened well in 20 theaters in late July, but collapsed when it went wide to 2,800 screens the following weekend. (It topped out at $16.8 million domestic.
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Annapurna Moves Toward Bond 25 With New MGM Distribution Deal

Annapurna Moves Toward Bond 25 With New MGM Distribution Deal
When Annapurna Pictures moved into distribution, Hollywood viewed the move as bold but bizarre. In a market where indies struggle to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model. Now after several costly, high-profile failures, Annapurna and MGM will work together to distribute their films theatrically in the U.S.

Annapurna hired veteran talent — from ex-Weinstein distribution president Erik Lomis and studio marketing exec Marc Weinstock to Focus Features’ publicity chief Adrienne Bowles — but they inexplicably chose “Detroit” as its first release. From director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning team behind “The Hurt Locker” and Annapurna’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” this intense recreation of the 1967 race riot in Detroit is a tough sit and demanded special handling from the neophyte distributor.

The movie (Metascore: 78) opened well in 20 theaters in late July, but collapsed when it went wide to 2,800 screens the following weekend. (It topped out at $16.8 million domestic.
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Judge Lets Former N.Y. Times Columnist Sue Over Movie Based on Ex-Wife's New Yorker Story

Randy Cohen, who wrote The New York Times' "Ethicist" column for many years, has gotten the green light to move ahead in his slander lawsuit targeting the movie trailer for Learning to Drive.

The 2015 movie, starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley, is based on a story in The New Yorker by Katha Pollitt, Cohen's ex-wife.

Cohen is unhappy with two scenes. In one, the main character — allegedly a proxy for Katha Pollit — tells her daughter, "Instead of buying a motorcycle, Daddy decided to give adultery a spin." In the second, after Cohen is allegedly referenced, the main character...
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Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter has heard “whispers” of more Marvel One-Shots

Here’s some potentially exciting news for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Eric Pearson revealing to CinemaBlend that he’s heard “whispers” that Marvel may be looking to revive its One-Shot series of short films.

“I think probably the drop in Blu-ray sales has hurt the One-Shots program — though I’ve heard whispers of it starting up again,” said Pearson, who penned the first three One-Shots – The Consultant, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer and Item 47. “I can’t confirm that at all, but I’ve definitely heard whispers of it. And I have a whole folder full of other One-Shots that I just came up with. And I was like, ‘Oh, this will be a fun eight to 12 pages!'”

The Marvel One-Shots started out as brief shorts attached to the home entertainment releases of the McU movies, but
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An Unexpected Iron Man 3 Character Is Returning For Avengers 4

Avengers 4, the currently untitled sequel to next year’s Avengers: Infinity War, will be tasked with the mammoth undertaking of wrapping up everything that’s happened over the past decade of the McU in style. As such, it looks to be bringing in just about every major player in the franchise to tie things together. And, as it turns out, the odd smaller player, too.

According to IMDb, one star introduced into the Marvel universe back in Iron Man 3 is going to be making a very unexpected return in Avengers 4. Could it be, say, William Sadler’s President Ellis? Or maybe Ben Kingsley returning as Trevor Slattery? Nope, it’s actually young actor Ty Simpkins, who played Harley Keener in the Armored Avenger’s threequel.

Fans will remember that Harley was an important part of Iron Man 3, with much of the film’s heart being derived from Tony
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Film News Roundup: ‘Bridge of Spies’ Writer Matt Charman Producing Survival Novel ‘Ruthless River’

Film News Roundup: ‘Bridge of Spies’ Writer Matt Charman Producing Survival Novel ‘Ruthless River’
In today’s film news roundup, Matt Charman is developing “Ruthless River,” runaway slave story “Never Caught” is in the works as a movie, Cynthia Addai-Robinson is starring in “Always & Forever,” and “Kedi” gets a one-day release.

Development

Holly FitzGerald’s Amazon survival novel “Ruthless River” is in development as a movie with “Bridge of Spies” writer Matt Charman.

The story centers on FitzGerald and her husband, setting out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip, their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival. They ultimately end up on a four-log raft that separates them from the piranha-and-caiman-infested water until they finally realize that there is no way out but to swim.

Charman, who received an Academy Award nomination for his “Bridge of Spies” screenplay, is also attached
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Operation Finale grows with additional casting

MGM’s Nazi-hunt drama Operation Finale, starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, has gained several more actors for its cast according to Deadline. Chris Weitz (A Better Life) is directing from a script by Matthew Orton. It is currently filming in Argentina.

Joining Isaac and Kingsley in the film are Ohad Knoller (Munich), Greg Hill (The Wolfman’s Hammer), Torben Liebrecht (X Company), Mike Hernandez (Honored), Greta Scacchi (Brideshead Visited) and Pêpê Rapazote (Narcos).

Isaac will portray legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin in the period film, which is based on a true story of the 1960 covert mission where Malkin infiltrated Argentina and captured Adolf Eichmann (Oscar winner Ben Kingsley), the Nazi officer who masterminded the transportation logistics that brought millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps.
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10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary

10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary
Susan Lacy's documentary Spielberg debuts October 7th on HBO, trots out an all-star team of interviewees – from film critics to famous friends, the Toms (Cruise and Hanks) to God herself, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey. The voices film buffs will undoubtedly want to hear from the most, however, belong to his fellow "movie brats": Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, who all talk at length about their heady New Hollywood days alongside Spielberg in the early Seventies. All of them partied together, bounced
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Karyn Kusama’s New Film Destroyer to Star Nicole Kidman

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She welcomed viewers to one of the most unsettling dinner parties put to film with The Invitation, and now Karyn Kusama is getting ready to introduce viewers to a new kind of cult in Destroyer, her upcoming thriller that has now added Nicole Kidman in a lead role:

Press Release: Los Angeles (October 4, 2017) – Academy Award® and Emmy® Award Winner Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies,” The Hours) will star in Destroyer, a modern Los Angeles crime thriller to be directed by Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight) from an original screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Invitation,Ride Along). 30West will fully finance the film. Academy Award® Nominee Fred Berger (La La Land) of Automatik is producing alongside Hay and Manfredi, who also wrote and produced Kusama’s critically acclaimed film The Invitation. Rocket Science is handling international sales and helped arrange the financing, while ICM Partners and CAA are
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Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’

Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’
Fresh off her Emmy wins for HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman is staying true to her commitment to making movies with women directors: She will star in director Karyn Kusama’s upcoming Los Angeles crime thriller “Destroyer.”

Headed by partners Dan Friedkin (chairman and CEO of automotive, hospitality and entertainment consortium The Friedkin Group) and ex-caa agent Micah Green with offices in New York and Los Angeles, new company 30West is financing “Destroyer,” with Rocket Science handling foreign sales. Automatik’s “La La Land” producer Fred Berger is producing alongside co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Kusama’s “The Invitation”). ICM Partners and CAA are selling North American rights.

Read More:Nicole Kidman Wins Her First Emmy Award and Continues to Dominate 2017

Kusama directs from Hay and Manfredi’s original screenplay about an Lapd detective (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cultish gang in the California desert.
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Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’

Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama Join Forces for L.A. Crime Thriller ‘Destroyer’
Fresh off her Emmy wins for HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman is staying true to her commitment to making movies with women directors: She will star in director Karyn Kusama’s upcoming Los Angeles crime thriller “Destroyer.”

Headed by partners Dan Friedkin (chairman and CEO of automotive, hospitality and entertainment consortium The Friedkin Group) and ex-caa agent Micah Green with offices in New York and Los Angeles, new company 30West is financing “Destroyer,” with Rocket Science handling foreign sales. Automatik’s “La La Land” producer Fred Berger is producing alongside co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Kusama’s “The Invitation”). ICM Partners and CAA are selling North American rights.

Kusama directs from Hay and Manfredi’s original screenplay about an Lapd detective (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cultish gang in the California desert. Years later, when she encounters the gang’s leader,
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Daniel Day-Lewis’ Surprise Retirement Digression Nearly Overshadows ‘Spielberg’ HBO Documentary

Daniel Day-Lewis’ Surprise Retirement Digression Nearly Overshadows ‘Spielberg’ HBO Documentary
While putting together her forthcoming HBO documentary “Spielberg,” director-producer Susan Lacy was granted access to many acclaimed actors who have stepped in front of Steven Spielberg’s lens. Oscar winners Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sally Field, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, and Ben Kingsley all chimes in on working with prolific Spielberg, who closed out the ’60s by becoming the youngest-ever director to sign a long-term deal with a major studio, Universal Pictures.

Unexpectedly, after more than 140 Spielberg-centric minutes, Lacy gave the film’s final sound bite to reclusive Day-Lewis, who won his record-breaking third Best Actor statuette in 2013 for Spielberg-helmed “Lincoln.” But the actor, who has recently announced that he’ll conclude his acting career in December, offers a soundbite that carries entirely new connotations from when they were first recorded.

Steven still has an enormous appetite for the work that he does,
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‘Spielberg’ Trailer Sheds Light on the Legendary Director

The first trailer for HBO’s ‘Spielberg‘ Documentary has arrived. Since it’s announcement, this documentary has been one of our most anticipated films of the fall season. The film, which was directed and Produced by Susan Lacy, covers the illustrious career of the Steven Spielberg. Comprised of excerpts of 30 hours of exclusive interviews from the director himself, as well as collaborators and family, ‘Spielberg‘ is set to be the definitive career retrospective of the acclaimed director.

Lacy interviewed more than 80 subjects for the film, ranging from A-list celebrities, to directors and producers, to industry insiders, including J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes,Robert Zemeckis, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Oprah Winfrey, and Martin Scorsesse.
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HBO's Spielberg Documentary Trailer Explores the Genius Behind the Director

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HBO's Spielberg Documentary Trailer Explores the Genius Behind the Director
HBO has released the new trailer for its upcoming documentary Spielberg. One of the most famous filmmakers in the world, Steven Spielberg pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career more than ever before in the exclusive HBO presentation Spielberg. The feature-length documentary examines Spielberg's filmography in depth, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed it over time. Directed and produced by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy, this unprecedented chronicle debuts Saturday, October 7, exclusively on HBO. The documentary will also be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

Steven Spielberg has built an unrivaled catalogue of groundbreaking films over the course of his nearly 50-year career. Charting the evolution of this iconic figure, Lacy draws on nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his bittersweet childhood and lifelong obsession with moviemaking, his precocious early work as a TV "wunderkind,
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HBO releases trailer for its Spielberg documentary

Next month, HBO is set to delve into the life and career of legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg with the feature length documentary Spielberg from director Susan Lacy, and we’ve got the poster and first trailer for you here; check them out…

Steven Spielberg has built an unrivaled catalogue of groundbreaking films over the course of his nearly 50-year career. Charting the evolution of this iconic figure, Lacy draws on nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his bittersweet childhood and lifelong obsession with moviemaking, his precocious early work as a TV “wunderkind,” his rise to fame through an incredible string of blockbusters, his later forays into more serious dramatic films, and the personal and professional relationships he’s cultivated through the years. […] The result is a remarkably intimate portrait that combines Spielberg’s compelling first-person narrative with an in-depth exploration of the creative process
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'Split' Actress Haley Lu Richardson Joins Oscar Isaac in Nazi Thriller 'Operation Finale' (Exclusive)

'Split' Actress Haley Lu Richardson Joins Oscar Isaac in Nazi Thriller 'Operation Finale' (Exclusive)
Haley Lu Richardson, one of the stars of M. Night Shyamalan's Split, has joined the mission of Operation Finale, MGM's story of the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Oscar Isaac is leading the cast of the thriller, with Ben Kingsley playing Eichmann and Joe Alwyn playing Eichmann's son. 

Chris Weitz is directing the drama, which is said to echo thrillers such as Argo and Munich. Matthew Orton wrote the original screenplay. 

Eichmann was considered one of the architects of the Holocaust and oversaw the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews. After World War II, he fled to Argentina, where he lived in...
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‘Oslo’ Tony Winner Michael Aronov Joins Cast Of Eichmann Film ‘Operation Finale’

‘Oslo’ Tony Winner Michael Aronov Joins Cast Of Eichmann Film ‘Operation Finale’
Exclusive: Michael Aronov, Tony winner for last season’s best play, J.T. Rogers’ Oslo, has been cast as an Israeli operative hunting for Adolf Eichmann in MGM's upcoming film Operation Finale, joining a cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley (as Eichmann), Melanie Laurent and Nick Kroll. The film chronicles the hunt and eventual capture by Israeli operatives of Hitler’s lieutenant and self-described “Jewish specialist.” Aronov will play Zvi Aharoni, an intense and…
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