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First Look: Hostage Drama ‘Saturday Afternoon’ by Bangladesh’s Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Exclusive)

Prominent Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (“No Bed Of Roses”) has completed principal photography on hostage drama “Saturday Afternoon,” which he shot in a single take. Variety has been given an exclusive first look image.

The Bengali-and-English-language pic takes its cue from the brutal terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka which took place on a quiet Saturday afternoon and left more than 20 people dead.

In a statement Farooki called the pic “a miniature of international hate politics” and also “an anatomy of terror,” in which he “wanted to explore the roots of modern day terrorism through social, political, and gender implications.” The director added that he chose to shoot “Saturday Afternoon” in a single take to better focus on “the unity of the story.”

The international ensemble cast of “Saturday Afternoon” comprises Bangladeshi actress and Dhaka native Nusrat Imroze Tisha (“Holud Bani”), Palestinian actor Eyad Hourani (“Omar”) and Indian actor Parambrata Chatterjee (“Kahaani”).

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Mpse Golden Reel winners: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ wins over Oscar frontrunner ‘Dunkirk’ in key category

All five of Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing numbered among the contenders for the Golden Reel Awards bestowed by the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Sunday (Feb. 18). Oscar frontrunner “Dunkirk” lost the category equivalent — Sound Editing (Effects and Foley)– to “Blade Runner 2049.” The WWII epic did win for music over the sci-fi film.

Both films lost the dialogue & Adr race to “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which was snubbed by the sound branch of the academy. The other three Oscar nominees were shut out at the Golden Reel ceremony. “Baby Driver and “The Shape of Water” contended in those same three races while “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was only nominated for its sound editing.

The 65th annual edition of these awards took place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Sound wiz John P. Fasal was feted for his lifetime of achievement and Kathryn Bigelow received the Filmmaker Award.
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Win a ‘Twentieth Century Fox goes to the Awards’ Blu-ray bundle

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To mark the release of the Twentieth Century Fox Goes To The Awards collection, we’ve been given a bundle of award-winning films to give away on Blu-ray.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are proud to announce a Series of Award Winning Movies on DVD and Blu-ray being released in time for the Awards Season. Collectively with distribution partners eOne and Pathe, the studio presents the biggest inventory of Oscar Winning Movies.

The series includes Wall Street, The Last King of Scotland, Birdman, Braveheart, Life of Pi, The Iron Lady, Slumdog Millionaire, Silence of the Lambs, The Revenant, Lincoln, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Fighter, The Queen, Dallas Buyers Club, The Kings Speech, Titanic, 12 Years a Slave & Lost in Translation.

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound mixers Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett: ‘Blade Runner was in our DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound mixers Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett: ‘Blade Runner was in our DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“‘Blade Runner’ was in our DNA,” reveals sound mixer Doug Hemphill about his work on “Blade Runner 2049.” Hemphill and his colleague Ron Bartlett previously collaborated with Ridley Scott on the 2007 final-cut version of the 1982 sci-fi classic, re-mixing the film with all the new bells and whistles available to them. When they lent their talents to Denis Villeneuve‘s 2017 followup they reaped an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Mixing. Watch our exclusive video interview with Hemphill and Bartlett above.

See Will ‘Blade Runner 2049’ get Oscar revenge for unforgivable snubs of Ridley Scott’s original classic?

Their experience working on the original years after its release helped inform their work on the sequel. “It was great hearing [Scott’s] ideas,” Bartlett explains, “taking those thematic elements and moving it into this one.” This was especially true when it came to Vangelis‘s iconic score, which “2049” composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch paid
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Best Visual Effects Oscar predictions: A vote for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would honor the whole trilogy

Best Visual Effects Oscar predictions: A vote for ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ would honor the whole trilogy
War for the Planet of the Apes” is nominated at the Oscars for Best Visual Effects, following nominations in the same category for 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Neither “Rise” nor “Dawn” won Visual Effects in their respective years, despite showcasing some of the most realistic effects in film today. “War” is Oscar voters’ final shot at rewarding the film franchise’s groundbreaking visual effects, but much like in previous years, it could be an uphill battle.

War” is the latest nomination in the “Planet of the Apes” film series for VFX supervisors Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett and Dan Lemmon, earning nominations for the first two films as well, with Joel Whist earning his first nom alongside them. Letteri is the director of the innovative VFX company Weta Digital, which has won six Oscars, for all three “Lord of the Rings” films,
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‘The Shape of Water’ could win Oscars for Best Director and Cinematography, following 5 years of correlation

‘The Shape of Water’ could win Oscars for Best Director and Cinematography, following 5 years of correlation
Guillermo del Toro has won all the major directing prizes so far for “The Shape of Water,” making him the clear frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Director. Meanwhile, the film is predicted to lose Best Cinematography to “Blade Runner 2049,” according to the latest Gold Derby odds, despite a very clear correlation between the two categories over the last five years at the Oscars.

Del Toro is shaping up to be the Best Director winner at the Oscars, after winning at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and most notably, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards. Yet, his cinematographer, Dan Laustsen, is ranked second among Gold Derby predictors for Best Cinematography, behind Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”) Not only that, but Hoyte van Hoytema, cinematographer on “Dunkirk,” is almost tied with Laustsen. If del Toro were to win Best Director while “Blade Runner 2049” or “Dunkirk” won Best Cinematography,
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The 21 Most Overlooked Directors in Oscar History, From Ingmar Bergman to Alexander Payne

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It’s not easy to land a Best Director Oscar nomination — even for a white man. Of the hundreds of filmmakers recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in nine decades, just 10 have been African American or women — which is why 2018 nominees Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig are so rare. Not one black Best Director has won since John Singleton became the first nominee with “Boyz in the Hood” in 1991. Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to ever take home a gold statue, for 2009’s “The Hurt Locker.” The only Asian director asked to accept top honors is Ang Lee, who prevailed for both “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi.”

Many great filmmakers have been nominated for their work outside of directing, including Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Sam Peckinpah, and Rob Reiner, but have never been invited to the Best Director party at all. Still more picked
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Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?

Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?
It used to be pretty much an Academy Awards norm that the film that won Best Picture also took home the Oscar for Best Director. In recent years that has changed, largely due to the preferential ballot that has been implemented for Best Picture voting. These two categories have split in four of the past five years, with “Birdman” (2014) and its director Alejandro G. Inarritu being the last time they lined up. Currently “The Shape of Water” is in first place to win both categories on Gold Derby’s Oscar charts, so might things get back on track this year?

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

A year ago Damien Chazelle won Best Director for “La La Land” while “Moonlight” took Best Picture, becoming the fourth time this decade that the Oscar split occurred. In 2015 Inarritu won Best Director for “The Revenent” (his second
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Interview: Director David Bruckner on Adapting Adam Nevill’s Novel for The Ritual

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Exclusively arriving on Netflix this Friday is The Ritual from filmmaker David Bruckner, who has directed a variety of great genre projects over the last 10 years, including The Signal (which you’ll definitely hear more on later this month for its upcoming anniversary), V/H/S, and Southbound. For his latest movie, Ritual, Bruckner has adapted Adam Nevill’s novel of the same name. The film follows a group of friends (led by Rafe Spall, Hot Fuzz, Prometheus, Life of Pi) as they take a hiking vacation in honor of their friend who recently died, but their trip takes a sinister turn once they realize they’re being stalked by an unseen malevolent force that will stop at nothing to ensure they suffer greatly.

Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Bruckner earlier this week, and he discussed his approach to tapping into the horrors of Nevill’s novel,
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Damien Chazelle (‘La La Land’) is shining just for you after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 2010s [Poll Results]

Damien Chazelle (‘La La Land’) is shining just for you after being voted top Best Director Oscar winner of 2010s [Poll Results]
Damien Chazelle has been named your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 2010s thanks to his impeccable work on “La La Land” (2016). Support was split between several directors in our poll asking you to vote for your absolute favorite of the decade, but Chazelle led our results from the beginning.

Chazelle earned 29% of your vote, followed by Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”) at 21%. Alejandro G. Inarritu (“Birdman”) was next at 20% while Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) came in fourth at 15%. Next was Inarritu (“The Revenant”) at 11%. The combined total of Inarritu’s votes for “Birdman” and “The Revenant” was 31%, technically giving him the most votes as an individual director here, but support was too divided between the two films to put him over the edge. Tied for last in this poll were Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) and Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) at 2% each.

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After DGA and PGA wins, is ‘The Shape of Water’ a lock at Oscars for Best Picture? Not so fast!

After DGA and PGA wins, is ‘The Shape of Water’ a lock at Oscars for Best Picture? Not so fast!
You are named Best Director by your guild, your film takes the top prize from the producers and it ties the record most Oscar nominations (14). So you must be a lock to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, right? That was what “La La Land” helmer Damien Chazelle must have thought in 2017. And that did come to pass, for about two minutes, before “Moonlight” was revealed as the rightful winner of the top Academy Award.

Could that same scenario play out this awards season?

Guillermo del Toro won the Best Director prize for “The Shape of Water” at the DGA Awards on Feb. 3. On Jan 20, his fantasy film was named Best Picture by the Producers Guild of America. And it reaped a leading 13 Oscar nominations on Jan. 23.

Yes, with his win at the Directors Guild of America Awards, del Toro is looking even more like a sure-thing to take home an Oscar for helming.
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2018 DGA Awards winner is Oscar frontrunner for Best Director

On Feb. 3, the Directors Guild of America will reveal its pick for the best film helmer of the year at the 70th annual edition of its awards. The five DGA nominees are: 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”).

All but McDonagh are in contention at the Academy Awards. If one of the four double nominees wins with the guild, they are all but certain to take home the Oscar on March 4 as well. The DGA aligned itself with the Academy Awards calendar in 1950. Since then all but seven of its winners for Best Director have repeated at the Oscars.

Although the DGA does an outstanding job at anointing the eventual Oscar winner, it is less sure-footed at previewing the five Oscar nominees. In its first 15 years, there were anywhere from four to 18 DGA nominees.
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How often do the PGA and DGA Awards go to the same film?

How often do the PGA and DGA Awards go to the same film?
After taking the Producers Guild Award two weeks ago, “The Shape of Water” will attempt to add the Directors Guild Award to its haul for Guillermo del Toro on Saturday. Del Toro is the odds-on favorite, according to our predictions, following his Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice wins. The PGA and DGA are powerful precursors — the PGA champ has gone one to win the Best Picture Oscar 19 out of the previous 28 times and the DGA has only mismatched with the Oscars seven times in its 69-year history — but how often has one film won both on the Oscar trail? And what does that mean for Oscar?

Since the PGA Awards’ inception 28 years ago, PGA and DGA have matched 21 times (this includes the PGA tie between “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” the latter of which won DGA). Of these 21, 14 of them have gone on to win both Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.
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Don’t give up hope, Christopher Nolan (‘Dunkirk’): One of our top users says you’ll still win Best Director Oscar

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After “Dunkirk” opened to some of the year’s strongest reviews and impressive box office last summer its director Christopher Nolan became the prohibitive Oscar front-runner. Since then, however, Guillermo Del Toro (“The Shape of Water“) has catapulted ahead of him with victories at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, and expected victories to come at the Directors Guild Awards and BAFTAs. But one of our top users is still holding out hope for Nolan at the Oscars, and there’s good reason to think he might be right.

The Shape of Water” is the most nominated film at the Oscars with 13 bids, and Del Toro is the overwhelming favorite for Best Director with 1/10 odds. But zack, one of the Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Oscar winners, is holding out hope for Nolan. Not only that, zack actually tied for the second best
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Watch the Trailer for The Ritual, Coming to Netflix on February 9th

After premiering at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and screening at Sitges (read Ben Larned's review here), David Bruckner's film adaptation of Adam Nevill's novel The Ritual will find a home on Netflix beginning February 9th. In the meantime, the streaming service released a new trailer that takes viewers deep into the woods and the haunted corridors of the mind.

Directed by David Bruckner (The Signal), The Ritual stars Rafe Spall (The Big Short, Life of Pi), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey, Spike Island), Arsher Ali (Line of Duty, Four Lions), and Sam Troughton (Robin Hood, Alien vs. Predator).

Synopsis: "After the death of their friend, a group of old college friends embarks on a hiking trip through an unnerving Scandinavian forest. They should have gone to Vegas…"

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ could win Best Cinematography at Oscars, but that Best Director snub really hurts

‘Blade Runner 2049’ could win Best Cinematography at Oscars, but that Best Director snub really hurts
A recent Oscar trend has emerged over the past five years, with the winners of Best Director and Best Cinematography going hand-in-hand. It started with “Life of Pi” winning both of those categories in 2013 for Ang Lee and Claudio Miranda, respectively. They were followed by director Alfonso Cuaron and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki winning for “Gravity” in 2014. Lubezki went on to win twice more consecutively for “Birdman” and “The Revenant” along with his director on both films, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. And just last year Damien Chazelle and Linus Sandgren both claimed their respective categories for “La La Land.” What does this trend mean for Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”), Gold Derby’s current cinematography frontrunner?

A victory for legendary director of photography Deakins would be going against recent history, as the film’s director Denis Villeneuve was snubbed. As of this writing, 14-time Oscar nominee Deakins is out front to win Best Cinematography with 9/5 odds,
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2018 Art Directors Guild Awards: Look for Oscar winner among nominees [Updating Live]

2018 Art Directors Guild Awards: Look for Oscar winner among nominees [Updating Live]
The 21st annual Art Directors Guild Awards took place on Saturday (Jan. 27). These kudos have a stellar record at previewing the outcome of the Best Production Design race at the Academy Awards. Over the first two decades of these prizes, the eventual Oscar winner has always numbered among the Adg nominees in the various categories.

Period film contender “The Shape of Water” is locked in a tight race with fantasy film nominee “Blade Runner 2049” to win the Oscar for Best Production Design according to our predictions. Two other period film nominees that are set in WWII — “Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk” — sit in third and fourth place respectively — while fantasy contender “Beauty and the Beast” rounds out our top five predicted Oscar nominees.

Already the frontrunner for Best Production Design at the Oscars, “The Shape of Water” won in period over fellow Oscar nominees “Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk.” That race
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Who’s your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 2010s: Damien Chazelle, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Ang Lee … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 2010s: Damien Chazelle, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Ang Lee … ? [Poll]
The 2010s has been a decade of Picture/Director splits at the Oscars, occurring in four of the last five years. While Best Picture has gone to more understated films in recent years, the Best Director race has really become the category for rewarding visually stunning technical achievements, such as “La La Land,” “Life of Pi” and “The Revenant.” As such, the winners of Best Director this decade are some of the finest craftsmen in the business. But which is your absolute favorite of the 2010s?

Look back on each Best Director winner this decade and be sure to vote in our poll below. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Director.)

Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech” (2010) — The decade began with Tom Hooper winning for his Best Picture winner “The King’s Speech,” which, unlike most of the winners this decade, is focused more on performances and rather than marvelous visuals.
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Oscar Winners: The Overlooked and the Overrated

With so much already written, so many entertainment show discussions and pub debates raging each year about who should have won an Oscar for what, here’s a slightly different take on Hollywood’s big night out. What about those who have actually won – specifically in the Best Picture category – even those who’ve done so deservingly? Isn’t it time they came under the microscope for the wrong reasons? Being the Mark Kermode of the East Midlands, there aren’t too many winners that I haven’t cast my critical eye over, and yet there remains a select few I’ve yet to see purely out of choice. The entries on this shortlist are nothing personal, but if you think I’m being unfair then feel free to leave your comments near the bottom of the page.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Best Picture Winner, 1976)

This may
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Ally Maki joins Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

Wrecked actress Ally Maki has taken to Instagram to announce that she’s joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an as-yet-unrevealed role in Freeform’s upcoming series Cloak & Dagger, which is set to premiere this summer.

See Also: Watch a sneak peek of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.

Cloak & Dagger stars Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of) and Olivia Holt (Kickin’ It) as the two young heroes, while the rest of
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