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Interview with Director of Oscar Nominee of ‘On Body and Soul’

We wanted to present you with a very simple film like a glass of water. It was risky, all of my team believed in it, but we didn’t know if the audience would join us because this film is only approachable with a generous heart.Ildikó​ ​Enyedi accepting the Golden Bear in Berlin 2017

The only woman director among the Best Foreign Language Academy Award nominations, Ildikó​ ​Enyedi said this as she accepted the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival last year.

Ildikó​ ​Enyedi is a Hungarian whose last feature, Simon the Magician, was made 18 years ago. My Twentieth Century was released in the U.S. by Aires in 1990.

SydneysBuzz: What were you doing during the 18 years before you made On Body and Soul, your next film after Simon the Magician?

Ildikó​ ​Enyedi: Most of the time I was just suffering. I was working every single
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Oscar Nominations Scoreboard: 2018 Academy Awards Nominees Number By Film & Distributor

Specialty distributor Fox Searchlight had a good day on Oscar nominations morning. (Disney take note.) Big hauls for “The Shape of Water” (13) and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (7) added up to a winning total of 20. With both films competitive in the big categories, Searchlight is in the pole position to be the big winner at the Academy Awards on March 4.

Arguably the big surprise today was Focus Features with 14 Oscar slots, as “Phantom Thread” scored an unexpected six nominations, including Best Picture and Paul Thomas Anderson for Best Director, on top of the Winston Churchill biopic “The Darkest Hour” landing six nods including Best Picture — a shock as it did not earn a PGA nomination. “Victoria & Abdul” also added two craft nominations.

Netflix earned eight Oscar nominations, a record for the streaming service, with narrative feature “Mudbound” nabbing four, two Best Documentary features (“Icarus” and “Strong Island”) and one
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Oscars 2018: 'The Shape Of Water' leads the way with 13 nominations

Other contendors include Dunkirk, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Phantom Thread.

Source: Fox Searchlight

‘The Shape Of Water’

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced in Los Angeles, with The Shape Of Water leading the way with 13 nods.

The romantic drama is nominated for best picture, best director (Guillermo del Toro) and best actress (Sally Hawkins). This is one fewer than La La Land’s record haul of 14 last year.

Read more: Full list of Oscars 2018 nominations

It is one of nine films in the best picture category and is competing against Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Greta Gerwig becomes only the fifth woman to be nominated for best director, for Lady Bird. She is joined by del Toro, Jordan Peele (Get Out), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread). The best director lists for the
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'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' set for China release (exclusive)

On Body And Soul and I Am Not Your Negro are also in the process of being imported into China as Naac ramps up arthouse slate.

Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

Golden Globe-winning drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will receive a theatrical release in China on March 2 as part of an expanding slate handled by the territory’s National Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas (Naac).

China’s Huaxia Distribution, one of only two state-approved distributors of foreign movies, is overseeing the film’s distribution, working closely with Fox Searchlight and the Naac. The alliance is responsible for booking the film into its members’ screens, which currently number around 600 in 89 cities across China. The three co-distributors will also collaborate on the film’s marketing.

“The number of screens in the alliance is increasing continuously, so by the time we release the film we expect it to be on more than 600 screens,” says Naac president
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10 Boxing Movies to Get You Hyped for Mayweather-McGregor

10 Boxing Movies to Get You Hyped for Mayweather-McGregor
The drama outside of the ring has been like something from a movie, with each fighter bragging and boasting about what's going to happen when Conor McGregor fights Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on August 26. You've seen the press events, you've heard from the pundits, now there's nothing to do except countdown to the big day and binge watch these boxing movies. Yes, we've put together a list of 10 boxing movies to make you hyped for Mayweather Vs. McGregor, a real life contest the size of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In one corner, we've got the eleven-time five-division professional boxing world champion, with 49 wins and zero losses, Floyd Mayweather! In the other corner, it's Ufc champion, mega-star, and pro boxing underdog, Conor McGregor. It's been called "The Money Fight" and with good reason. First of all, it will be a huge payday for both fighters. But furthermore, while
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Joachim Trier’s ‘Thelma’ Opens Nordic Encounter in Haugesund

Joachim Trier’s ‘Thelma’ Opens Nordic Encounter in Haugesund
Norwegian director Joachim Trier – whose latest feature, the English-language “Louder than Bombs,” was Norway’s first contender for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 36 years and won, among other plaudits, the Nordic Council’s Film Prize – will launch the 45th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. Unspooling on Norway’s west coast, it runs Aug. 20-25.

”Trier is one of our most important filmmakers and all his films have been on show here, so of course it is a pleasure to start with ‘Thelma,’” said festival and program director Tonje Hardersen, close to finishing the festival schedule. Starring Norwegian actress Eili Harboe, the film is a supernatural thriller about a young woman who falls in love and discovers she has frightening and inexplicable powers.

Thelma” will be the first of so far 78 films from 24 countries in the program and one of the rather few local entries in this year’s selection, compared
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Remembering Forgotten Early Female Documentarian and That Talkies Began Long Before 'The Jazz Singer'

'Amazing Tales from the Archives': Pioneering female documentarian Aloha Wanderwell Baker remembered at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival – along with the largely forgotten sound-on-cylinder technology and the Jean Desmet Collection. 'Amazing Tales from the Archives': San Francisco Silent Film Festival & the 'sound-on-cylinder' system Fans of the earliest sound films would have enjoyed the first presentation at the 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, held June 1–4: “Amazing Tales from the Archives,” during which Library of Congress' Nitrate Film Vault Manager George Willeman used a wealth of enjoyable film clips to examine the Thomas Edison Kinetophone process. In the years 1913–1914, long before The Jazz Singer and Warner Bros.' sound-on-disc technology, the sound-on-cylinder system invaded the nascent film industry with a collection of “talkies.” The sound was scratchy and muffled, but “recognizable.” Notably, this system focused on dialogue, rather than music or sound effects. As with the making of other recordings at the time, the
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Berlin: Hungary’s Enyedi Returns With New ‘Soul’

Berlin: Hungary’s Enyedi Returns With New ‘Soul’
In 1989, Hungarian director-writer Ildiko Enyedi delighted international festival audiences with her unique debut feature, “My Twentieth Century,” which went on to nab the Camera D’or at Cannes. The film’s theme of duality, its play with the possibility of the miraculous, a tone both exhilarating and disturbing and its phantasmagoric editing, have played a part in her subsequent features such as “Magic Hunter” (1994) and “Simon the Magician” (1999). These metaphysical signature elements play out in vastly different ways in her Berlinale competition contender, “On Body and Soul.”

“On Body and Soul” is based on the duality of sleeping and waking, mind and matter. It poses the question: What would happen if you met someone who every night dreamed the same dream as you and has been meeting you in that same dream world for years?

The odd twosome with the similar recurring dreams are Endre (Geza Morcsanyi), the director of an industrial slaughterhouse,
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Leon Isaac Kennedy Planning a Return to the Big Screen

Those of a certain generation, will most likely remember actor/producer Leon Isaac Kennedy. While one can rightly say that he never achieved A-list status, he definitely had quite a run from the late 70’s to the early 90’s, and gained a following after his lead role as Too Sweet in the "Penitentiary" film trilogy, directed by the late Jamma Fanaka (for disclosure’s sake, I worked on the first one), "Body and Soul," "Lone Wolf McQuade" with Chuck Norris, and a host of TV roles. But some 20 years ago, as Kennedy said himself, “I knew I needed to look deeper and find a higher purpose for my life. I heard ‘the calling;’” and he left acting to become a...
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Danny Wells, Luigi on ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Show, Dies at 72

Danny Wells, Luigi on ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Show, Dies at 72
Danny Wells, an actor with dozens of TV credits dating back to “Love, American Style” but best known for playing Luigi on “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!,” died Nov. 28 in Toronto. He was 72.

The syndicated “Super Mario Bros.” show, based on the popular Nintendo videogame franchise, aired from 1989-91. Lou Albano played Mario and Wells his brother Luigi.

Wells recurred on “The Jeffersons” as Charlie the bartender, and he played studio boss Jack L. Warner in the 2002 telepic “Gleason,” which starred Brad Garrett as the comedian.

His vast number of television credits also included appearances on “Rhoda,” “Columbo,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Kojak,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Fantasy Island,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Lou Grant,” “Happy Days,” “The A-Team” and “Murder She Wrote.”

He also appeared in feature films including “Magnolia,” “Gus,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “Private Benjamin,” “Body and Soul” and “Protection.”

Wells also did a number of TV
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Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch – review

The publisher’s book description:

Body And Soul

The song. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho’s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body—a sure sign that something about the man’s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

Body and soul—they’re also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace—one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered
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