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Oscars: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Takes Aim Below the Line

Oscars: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Takes Aim Below the Line
In some sense, it seems silly to continue weighing the awards prospects for Lucasfilm’s ongoing “Star Wars” franchise each year. With “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” and now “The Last Jedi,” it’s become clear, both in how these extravaganzas are realized on the screen and how Disney chooses to position them at year’s end, that trophies aren’t part of the equation. Revenue and firmly rooted brand appeal drive the machine, and even when a filmmaker like Rian Johnson steps in with the first truly fresh writer-director vision of the series since George Lucas breathed life into it 40 years ago, there just seems to be a ceiling on how galvanizing the material can truly be outside the established fandom.

That’s not to say what Johnson has created is otherwise disposable. Quite the opposite. Albeit overstuffed and built on a script that spins its wheels a bit while trying to reconcile everything being thrown
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‘The Post’: Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer on Revisiting History with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg

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‘The Post’: Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer on Revisiting History with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg
The Post” is a period piece, but its production happened at warp speed. Steven Spielberg began shooting in White Plains, New York, on May 1, 2017; 12 months earlier, he had no intention of directing a film and its rookie screenwriter, Liz Hannah, hadn’t written a word of it. This week, “The Post” was named Best Film by the National Board of Review, which also gave Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks top acting honors. Now, Hannah and co-writer Josh Singer have a formidable chance of securing an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Hannah didn’t always aspire to be a screenwriter. Following undergraduate studies at the Pratt Institute and an internship on the film “Reign Over Me,” she was admitted to the AFI Conservatory, in the producing discipline. Then she spent five years in development — long enough to realize it wasn’t what she wanted.

Read More:‘The Post’ Trailer: Meryl Streep,
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Production Design

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Production Design
While “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Shape of Water” are mighty competitors for the Best Production Design Oscar, Dennis Gassner’s mind-blowing collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins on “Blade Runner 2049” will be the one to beat this year.

Frontrunners:

Sarah Greenwood (“Beauty and the Beast”)

Dennis Gassner (“Blade Runner 2049”)

Sarah Greenwood (“Darkest Hour”)

Nathan Crowley (“Dunkirk”)

Paul D. Austerberry (“The Shape of Water”)

Contenders:

Rick Carter (“The Post”)

Jim Clay (“Murder on the Orient Express”)

Nathan Crowley (“The Greatest Showman”)

Mark Friedberg (“Wonderstruck”)

Rick Heinrichs (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”)

Long Shots:

David J. Bomba (“Mudbound”)

Stefania Cella (“Downsizing”)

Santo Loquasto (“Wonder Wheel”)

Related stories2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Editing2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Costume DesignOscar 2017: It's Hans Zimmer's 'Dunkirk' vs. 'Blade Runner 2049' for Best Original Score
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Canal calm has to be better than road rage | Brief letters

Hurricane Irma | Doctor Foster | Soybeans | Veganism | Canals v roads

Hurricane Irma has devastated many Caribbean islands (Report, 6 September). Sadly, there is little that can be done about the tragic loss of life. However, there would be no better course of action than sequestering the billions in evaded tax residing in many of the territories to fund the vital reconstruction needed to rebuild indigenous people’s lives.

Jan Wiczkowski

Prestwich, Greater Manchester

Lucy Mangan thinks nitric acid is enough on its own to dissolve a wedding ring (Last night’s TV, 6 September): it isn’t. But if you look carefully at the sequence in Doctor Foster, it’s clear that she is also using a second unspecified liquid, presumably hydrochloric acid, to make aqua regia, which will dissolve gold. At last, my training in chemistry has proved useful!

Dr Richard Carter

London

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43rd Annual Saturn Awards Winners Include The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln & Jeffrey Dean Morgan

A celebration of all things that go bump in the night (and the people who fight those bumps in the night) in the genre world, the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards took place last night in Burbank, and both sides of the "march to war" in The Walking Dead were well-represented.

In addition to winning Best Horror TV Series, The Walking Dead was rewarded with Best Actor on Television (Andrew Lincoln) and Best Guest Star on Television (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Read on for the full list of winners, which also include Millie Bobby Brown, Riverdale, Westworld, and many more:

Press Release: Burbank, Calif. – June 28, 2016 – The 43rd Annual Saturn Awards celebrated the best and the brightest in genre entertainment tonight, with Lucasfilm/Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story capturing three statuettes in the Film Category, tying with Paramount’s science fiction thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. One of the entertainment industry’s most highly-anticipated evenings,
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Disney's The Bfg coming Dec. 6 to Blu-ray, Digital

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Disney's The Bfg is coming to Blu-ray and Digital HD December 6.

This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The Bfg,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The Bfg,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

As dreamers around the globe gear up for World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The Bfg,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg
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The Bfg Arrives Home for Dreamers Dec. 6

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Burbank, Calif., Sept. 23, 2016 — This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and Dahl’s personal favorite, The Bfg, as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of The Bfg, Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

As dreamers around the globe gear up for Sunday’s World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of The Bfg, Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring a dream-collecting Big Friendly Giant.
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Newswire: J.K. Rowling steps in after seller of “real” wands insults Harry Potter fans

There’s a lot to unpack in this story of a real-life wand maker invoking the Twitter ire of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. First things first: There’s a man in West Yorkshire, England who believes magic is real and he makes wands to help magical practitioners control it. “You wouldn’t believe how many real witches and wizards there are knocking about. You would be amazed,” wand maker Richard Carter told The Sun in an article about his magic shop Mystical Moments. Carter goes on to explain that real witches and wizards “know they can come here and reveal themselves without people thinking they’re mental.” After these totally sane magical shoppers select a wand, Carter—who makes his wands with a lathe “while controlled by spirits”—will perform a quick ritual to “cleanse it of the wand maker’s energy” and send the happy customer on ...
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Jk Rowling Rips Wand-Shop Owner for ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Ban

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Jk Rowling Rips Wand-Shop Owner for ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Ban
J.K. Rowling has thrown some major shade at a wand-shop owner, after the businessman banned fans of her “Harry Potter” series from his establishment. The author fired up her Twitter account this weekend after reading about the ban, zinging the owner with the wit that has made her one of the world’s most beloved women of letters. Rowling linked to a story which quoted Richard Carter, proprietor of Slaithwaite, England’s Mystical Moments shop, as saying that Potter-heads are unwelcome at his business. Also Read: 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child': Jk Rowling Says Boy Wizard is 'Done'
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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai at8d

The new branded line Shout Selects chooses Buckaroo for special-special edition treatment, with a long making-of docu just like the ones from the heyday of DVD. And this oddest of oddball sci-fi pictures has a backstory worth documenting. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Blu-ray Shout Select 1984 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / 34.93 Starring: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Robert Ito, Pepe Serna, Ronald Lacey, Matt Clark, Clancy Brown, Carl Lumbly, Vincent Schiavelli, Dan Hedaya, Bill Henderson, Damon Hines, Billy Vera Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp Production Designer J. Michael Riva Art Direction Richard Carter, Stephen Dane Film Editor George Bowers, Richard Marks Original Music Michael Boddicker Written by Earl Mac Rauch Produced by Sidney Beckerman, Neil Canton, W.D. Richter Directed by W.D. Richter

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Not content with its already well appointed special Blu-ray editions,
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SXSW Winner ‘Transpecos’ Bought by Samuel Goldwyn Films

SXSW Winner ‘Transpecos’ Bought by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights from Submarine Entertainment to the drug-war thriller “Transpecos,” which won the audience award for best narrative feature at SXSW in March.

Samuel Goldwyn Films is planning a fall theatrical for the film, helmed by Greg Kwedar in his directorial debut. Screen Media Ventures will launch international film sales at the Cannes Film Festival, which opens May 11.

Transpecos” centers on three border patrol agents — played by Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna and Clifton Collins, Jr. — who man a check point on a remote highway. On what feels like another routine stop, they find contents in a car that will throw their lives out of control.

Variety‘s Andrew Barker said in his review, “Tracing the deadly aftermath of a vehicle inspection gone wrong, the director wrings an impressive amount of moral inquiry out of a fairly basic premise.”

Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films said,
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April 26th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Krampus, Death Becomes Her

There aren’t a lot of horror and sci-fi titles arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday (there are four, to be exact), but the few we do have to look forward to are an eclectic and entertaining bunch nonetheless. Scream Factory is giving HD overhauls to both Death Becomes Her and the cult classic Sssssss this week, and Christmas is coming a bit early this year by way of Michael Dougherty’s Krampus, which hits Blu-ray and DVD on April 26th. Our last release for this week is a pair of 1970s underground classics, Crypt of the Living Dead and House of the Living Dead, which arrive together on DVD courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome.

Death Becomes Her (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

An actress and an author fight over a plastic surgeon and the secret of eternal beauty. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Special Features include “The Making of Death Becomes Her
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Contest: Win Death Becomes Her Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

Starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis, Death Becomes Her will be released on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory on April 26th, and we’ve been provided with three copies of the macabre comedy to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray copy of Death Becomes Her.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Death Becomes Her Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on April 29th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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From the Press Release: “Three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, Oscar® winner Goldie Hawn and Golden Globe winner Bruce Willis star
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Death Becomes Her Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

Living a long life isn’t necessarily a blessing in Robert Zemeckis’ Death Becomes Her. Ahead of Scream Factory’s April 26th Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the 1992 film, we have high-def clips and an official trailer that tease the movie’s macabre hijinks between Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis.

From the Press Release: “Three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, Oscar® winner Goldie Hawn and Golden Globe winner Bruce Willis star in acclaimed director Robert Zemeckis’ outrageously entertaining comedy about greed, vanity, sex, immortality, life…and death. Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet) is a beautiful enchantress who changes their lives – and deaths – forever in this hilarious dark comedy with ground-breaking special effects that the Chicago Tribune calls “diabolically inventive.” On April 26, 2016, Scream Factory™ is proud to present Death Becomes Her Collector’s Editionon home entertainment shelves. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this definitive collector’s edition
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The Furniture: The Forest and "The Force Awakens"

"The Furniture" is our new design series. Here's Daniel...

Once upon a time, Hollywood movie magic looked a bit different. In this age of CGI, with some blockbusters relying so heavily on digital effects that they border on fully animated features, it’s easy to forget how science fiction and fantasy once looked. This is why the throwback technical elements in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are so exciting to behold.

One could go on for quite some time about all these details, many of which come up in the extensive special features included on the Blu-ray. One production design revelation in particular that's worth celebrating is that the final fight scene between Kylo Ren and Rey, set in a dark and snowy forest, was shot on a set.

Initially, a location shoot was considered. Such a choice worked wonders for the forest sequence in House of Flying Daggers (2004) , certainly.
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Stunning Collection of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Concept Art Released by Ilm

Industrial Light & Magic has released a collection of beautifully stunning concept art created for J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens. I love looking at concept art from sci-fi and fantasy films, and the stuff included here is exceptional work that reveals some insanely awesome unused ideas and designs for characters, locations, and vehicles. There are also some designs that match up directly with what ended up in the film. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, you’re gonna freakin’ love these.

Since Industrial Light & Magic’s inception in 1975, every idea dreamt into existence found its genesis within the Ilm Art Department. Forty years ago, legendary concept designers like Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston brought George Lucas’s brainchild of an asymmetrical Star Wars “used universe” to life, imagining fantastic worlds bursting with iconic heroes, villains, spaceships and aliens. The Ilm Art Department continues to revolutionize film design today,
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Death Becomes Her Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

Living a long life isn’t a blessing in Robert Zemeckis’ Death Becomes Her. Scream Factory will release a special Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of the macabre comedy on April 26th, and we have a look at the official cover art and list of bonus features.

Press Release: Three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, Oscar® winner Goldie Hawn and Golden Globe winner Bruce Willis star in acclaimed director Robert Zemeckis’ outrageously entertaining comedy about greed, vanity, sex, immortality, life…and death. Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet) is a beautiful enchantress who changes their lives – and deaths – forever in this hilarious dark comedy with ground-breaking special effects that the Chicago Tribune calls “diabolically inventive.” On April 26, 2016, Scream Factory™ is proud to present Death Becomes Her Collector’s Edition on home entertainment shelves. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this definitive collector’s edition contains widescreen movie presentation and exciting bonus content
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"Bridge of Spies," "Carol" Lead BAFTA Nominations! Where's "Mad Max?" What About "Star Wars?"

Leave it to the Brits! The BAFTA nominations were announced and they gave us a slightly different look at the awards season! For instance, Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight," the leading Oscar contender in the U.S. just received 3 noms including Best Film, Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo and Original Screenplay. No Director nomination for McCarthy.

Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies," a handsomely-produced period piece led the pack along with Todd Haynes' "Carol," another handsomely-produced period piece. Both films garnered nine nominations each including Best Picture. "Bridge of Spies" and "Carol" will duke it out with "Spotlight," Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "The Revenant" (eight nominations), and Adam McKay's "The Big Short" (five nominations) for the Best Picture trophy.

So where's "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" you ask? They're relegated to the technical categories. Apparently, sequels, no matter how great they are, can't compete with originals.
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Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films Get Respect At BAFTAs, Golden Globes

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films Get Respect At BAFTAs, Golden Globes
Oh how the tables have turned! While Sci-Fi and Fantasy films normally do well at the box offices while garnering critical acclaim amongst fans, they’re usually snubbed during awards season. However, things seem to be slightly changing with the list of nominees at two recent award shows. There are few hidden gems that almost seem as if they snuck-in with the rest of the bunch.

Over at the BAFTA Awards, Ex MacHina has received numerous award nominations in the following categories: Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander), Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer (Alex Garland), Original Screenplay (Alex Garland), and Special Visual Effects (Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst).

The Martian has also received numerous award nominations: Best Actor (Matt Damon), Director (Ridley Scott), Editing (Pietro Scalia), Production Design (Arthur Max, Celia Bobak), Sound (Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor), and Special Effects (Chris Lawrence,
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