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Dubai Film Festival Opens With ‘Hostiles’; Cate Blanchett, Patrick Stewart Feted

Dubai Film Festival Opens With ‘Hostiles’; Cate Blanchett, Patrick Stewart Feted
Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The 14th Dubai Intl. Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with the Middle East premiere of U.S. director Scott Cooper’s violent Western “Hostiles” playing up its underlying theme of reconciliation and Cate Blanchett and Patrick Stewart providing some Western star power on the glitzy red carpet dominated by top Arab and Bollywood talent.

Blanchett, in fine fetter, after praising the fest for celebrating “diverse voices within the region” noted on stage that she was the opening ceremony’s first honoree: “It’s ladies first tonight, which is probably a good motto heading forward for the film industry,” she said.

Also receiving awards from Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the son of Dubai’s ruler, were Indian icon Irrfan Khan (“Inferno,” “Life of Pi”) who said that “cinema has given him the strength to live in times of insecurity”; revered Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed, who got a standing
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Kurt Russell Is Santa Claus in New Netflix Christmas Movie

Kurt Russell Is Santa Claus in New Netflix Christmas Movie
Kurt Russell has signed on to play Santa Claus in an untitled Netflix Christmas Movie, joining young actors Judah Lewis and Darby Camp. Production is now scheduled to begin in January 2018, with Netflix eyeing to air this holiday movie around Christmas 2018, although no specific release date has been issued thus far. There is no indication about how many more cast members still need to be added before filming begins.

The story centers on a pair of siblings, played by Judah Lewis and Darby Camp, who try to get proof that Santa Claus is actually real, by catching jolly Saint Nick on camera. When they accidentally cause Santa to crash his sleigh in Chicago, they join up with Saint Nick to help get Christmas back on track before it's too late. The script was written by Matt Lieberman, who wrote The Addams Family stop-motion project that is in production for MGM.
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects
A bunch of sequels and a remake are vying for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, many of them from Disney, including Bill Condon’s live-action remake of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Three Fox films offer stunning VFX: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which advances its visual effects technology over the last Matt Reeves installment featuring Weta Digital’s astonishing array of digital apes led by performance capture master Andy Serkis as Caesar, could win Weta’s Joe Letteri (“Avatar,” “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) his fifth Oscar. Another visually sumptuous sequel is Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” And Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is also impressive.

Two Warner Bros. blockbusters, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Patty Jenkins’ World War I superhero origin myth “Wonder Woman,
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Narnia: The Silver Chair Wants Stranger Things Star as The Lead

Narnia: The Silver Chair Wants Stranger Things Star as The Lead
Now that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair has a filmmaker in place, with Joe Johnston set to direct, the producers are shifting their focus to casting. A new report reveals that Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown has been offered the lead role of Jill Pole in The Silver Chair. While it's unclear if the young actress is considering this offer or not, it seems clear that this project will take a much different approach than the first Narnia movie, 2005's The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which cast then-unknown actors as the young child stars.

Thanks to her breakout role as Eleven on Netflix's Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown may be one of the most popular and in-demand child stars in the world, which she has already parlayed into one huge movie role. She joined the cast of Godzilla 2 back in January, which will serve as her feature film debut,
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Oscars: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Arrives as the Animated Feature to Beat

Oscars: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Arrives as the Animated Feature to Beat
By now Pixar pretty much has it down to a science, both on the screen and on the circuit. With an all-hands method of cracking story, the Emeryville, Calif.-based studio thrives in the marketplace (racking up more than $11 billion in worldwide box office receipts) and consistently dominates the 17-year-old animated feature category at the Academy Awards (claiming eight wins and 10 nominations so far).

The Disney subsidiary’s latest, “Coco,” fits in snuggly with a canon of moving and emotionally resonant storytelling. It also enters a lively animated Oscar race as the one to beat … naturally.

Other top contending films include independent handmade gems like Gkids’ “The Breadwinner” and Good Deed’s “Loving Vincent,” as well as critically approved big-studio efforts like Warner Animation Group’s “The Lego Batman Movie” and DreamWorks’ “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.” But few are likely to strike the same balance as “Coco,” a movie that, like so many
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Narnia: The Silver Chair Is Director Joe Johnston's Final Movie

Narnia: The Silver Chair Is Director Joe Johnston's Final Movie
We haven't heard anything about The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair since late April, when director Joe Johnston signed on. Sony hasn't issued a formal release date at this time, but the filmmaker put in an appearance at Paris Comic Con, where he not only confirmed that production will begin next winter, with prep work starting next July, but also that this will be his last movie as a director. Here's what he had to say, when asked during an interview if this will in fact be his last directorial effort, while also confirming the production schedule.

"That's the plan. It will take a couple of years to make the film as we won't be able to start shooting next winter in New Zealand, on the South Island, which will be summer down there. And post and the visual effects will take another year and it'll be 2019, and I
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Joe Johnston says The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair will be his last film

Back in April of this year it was announced that Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston is set to revive the Chronicles of Narnia franchise with an adaptation of C.S. LewisThe Silver Chair.

The filmmaker has been giving an update on the project at a convention in Paris, where he also revealed that it is likely to be his final feature film.

“That’s the plan,” said Johnson when asked if it will be his last movie (via Arts). “It will take a couple of years to make the film as we won’t be able to start shooting next winter in New Zealand, on the South Island – it’ll be summer down there – and post and the visual effects will take another year and it’ll be 2019, and I think I’m ready to go do something else. I have a lot of dogs, and they demand long walks every day.
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121 sea-faring days 'til Oscar

Oscar night will be here before you know it! It's time for your daily Oscar trivia. Today's is Biblical epic style... sort of.

So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

-Genesis 1:21

Oscar's favorite sea-faring and/or sea-creature adventures are after the jump but soon we will have to add The Shape of Water (now opening December 1st -- one week earlier than as originally planned) to this list. Where do you think it will land in the following list:

Oscar's Dozen Favorite 

Sea-faring or Sea-creature Movies

01 Titanic (1997) - 14 nominations | 11 wins including Best Picture

02 Life of Pi (2012) - 11 nominations including Best Picture | 4 wins

03 Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - 8 nominations | 1 win for Best Picture (and
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Irrfan Khan to Star in Amazon's Indian Political Satire 'The Ministry'

Irrfan Khan to Star in Amazon's Indian Political Satire 'The Ministry'
Irrfan Khan is set to star in Indian political satire series The Ministry, which will stream worldwide on Amazon Prime Video next year.

As one of India’s most recognizable names in Hollywood, Khan (Life of Pi, Jurassic World) will play a washed-up narcissistic Bollywood actor who is unwittingly appointed as temporary culture minister and battles various odds to “be loved by the masses once again.”

The Ministry is created by Gursimran Khamba, one of the founding members of well-known Indian comedy collective All India Bakchod. The series will be co-produced by entertainment company Only Much Louder, which earlier inked...
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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap

‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap
With “Blade Runner 2049” playing on the big screen (where it must be seen in all its glory) amid debates about mismarketing and spoiler phobia, director Denis Villeneuve was relieved to be able to sit down and talk openly about making the movie — with a few well-placed spoiler alerts.

Like “Life of Pi,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” along with its main Oscar rival “Dunkirk,” critically hailed “Blade Runner 2049” pushes the state of motion-picture making to its apex. And the Academy — from the picky directors branch and the crafts to actors with a fondness for long-overlooked Harrison Ford — should reward the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 “Blade Runner” with multiple nominations. (The original landed just two craft nods.)

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

I’m not the only one who came out of this complicated two-hour, 43-minute
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap

‘Blade Runner 2049’: Denis Villeneuve on the Challenges of Three-Way Sex Scenes and His Very Real Need for a Nap
With “Blade Runner 2049” playing on the big screen (where it must be seen in all its glory) amid debates about mismarketing and spoiler phobia, director Denis Villeneuve was relieved to be able to sit down and talk openly about making the movie — with a few well-placed spoiler alerts.

Like “Life of Pi,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” along with its main Oscar rival “Dunkirk,” critically hailed “Blade Runner 2049” pushes the state of motion-picture making to its apex. And the Academy — from the picky directors branch and the crafts to actors with a fondness for long-overlooked Harrison Ford — should reward the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 “Blade Runner” with multiple nominations. (The original landed just two craft nods.)

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

I’m not the only one who came out of this complicated two-hour, 43-minute
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Exclusive: Dp Claudio Miranda on ‘Only the Brave’, Visual Effects, and David Fincher Stories

Claudio Miranda has had an interesting career thus far. After working as a gaffer on films like Se7en and Fight Club, filmmaker David Fincher (with whom he'd worked on a few commercials and music videos as a cinematographer) asked him to serve as the cinematographer for the wildly ambitious 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. That VFX-intensive effort scored Miranda an Oscar nomination and led to him then shooting visually breathtaking movies like Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, and of course Life of Pi, for which he won the Best Cinematography Oscar. Miranda’s latest film reteams …
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‘Only the Brave’ Review: Josh Brolin and Miles Teller Are Hardworking Firefighters in Emotional Drama

‘Only the Brave’ Review: Josh Brolin and Miles Teller Are Hardworking Firefighters in Emotional Drama
In June 2013, the Yarnell wildfire in Arizona spiraled out of control and killed 19 firefighters from nearby Prescott, marking the highest death toll for U.S. firefighters since 9/11. Only one member of the group, a lookout stationed elsewhere, survived the massacre. That’s the setting for “Only the Brave,” but it takes almost the entire running time to get there. The movie is so cautious about avoiding disaster movie tropes that you can practically sense the resistance to arriving at the tragic finale. The result is a tasteful, well-acted bore, but so out of sync with traditional studio filmmaking it deserves some kudos anyway.

The two-hour plus working class drama stars Josh Brolin as the hardened leader of the group and Miles Teller as the eventual lookout struggling to find his place in the pack. That makes it stand apart from other approaches to adaptations of real-life catastrophes: Avoiding the morbid
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The Great British Bake Off 2017, episode six – as it happened

Pastry week. Who was puffed with success and who was too flaky to make it?

9.17pm BST

Another unexpectedly emotional climax, at least for me. Boy wonder takes the crown, but we lose wonderful, adorable Julia. She was too good. Like a mad pony no one can ride, but can’t bear to get rid of. But get rid they have.

Thanks very much for your vigorous activity below the line, and your tips on the best bakeries in town. (Nandos, apparently.) I’ll be back next week and hope you will too? In the meantime come say hello on twitter, facebook and Instagram. Or release a trio of winged monkeys to hunt me down. It’s just nice to be thought of.

9.13pm BST

She’s only 21, as well! How are these people so talented? It’s actually making me angry and confused.

Oh Julia, we will miss you.
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars
The good news about “Blade Runner 2049,” which Warner Bros. and Alcon have been showing gingerly to thin slivers of press, is that it’s a gorgeous cinematic spectacle that more than lives up to its advance hype. What are they so worried about?

Well, the epic sequel set 30 years after the brilliant Ridley Scott 1982 original looks a lot more expensive than its $150 million official budget, and the original movie — which this builds and expands upon with care and finesse — was a critically hailed succès d’estime that failed at the box office. Scott’s influential future noir, which inspired generations of subsequent cinematic dystopias and came remarkably close to predicting what big-scale megalopolises like Los Angeles and Beijing look like today, has built its cult cred over decades.

Read More:Denis Villeneuve Is Eyeing ‘Cleopatra’ Remake After Conquering ‘Blade Runner 2049’

So following up that accomplishment with another one
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Could Finally Nab Harrison Ford and Roger Deakins Those Elusive Oscars
The good news about “Blade Runner 2049,” which Warner Bros. and Alcon have been showing gingerly to thin slivers of press, is that it’s a gorgeous cinematic spectacle that more than lives up to its advance hype. What are they so worried about?

Well, the epic sequel set 30 years after the brilliant Ridley Scott 1982 original looks a lot more expensive than its $150 million official budget, and the original movie — which this builds and expands upon with care and finesse — was a critically hailed succès d’estime that failed at the box office. Scott’s influential future noir, which inspired generations of subsequent cinematic dystopias and came remarkably close to predicting what big-scale megalopolises like Los Angeles and Beijing look like today, has built its cult cred over decades.

Read More:Denis Villeneuve Is Eyeing ‘Cleopatra’ Remake After Conquering ‘Blade Runner 2049’

So following up that accomplishment with another one
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Omg! Varun Dhawan asked to go off social media for October; reveals his Life Of Pi connection

Omg! Varun Dhawan asked to go off social media for October; reveals his Life Of Pi connection
Varun Dhawan is perceived as a major commercial star in today’s times. But he also ensured that he has worked in unconventional entertainers once in a while. Two years ago, he surprised audiences by working in a gory revenge drama, Badlapur. However, not only was Varun’s performance hailed, the film also managed to achieve commercialRead More

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