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2018 Oscars: Did Golden Globes preview another split between Best Picture and Best Director?

2018 Oscars: Did Golden Globes preview another split between Best Picture and Best Director?
In the last five years, the Academy Awards have split up the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. The days of the sweep, it seems, are long past with the helmer of the top prize no longer guaranteed the Best Director statuette. Quite the opposite, in fact; if you win one, its likely you are not winning the other.

Last year, Damien Chazelle won Best Director for “La La Land,” while “Moonlight” shocked us all to win Best Picture. The year before that, Alejandro G. Inarritu took home the Oscar for directing “The Revenant,” while “Spotlight” claimed the big award. 2015 was the only year in the past five to marry the two Oscars together, with Inarritu winning both Director and Picture for “Birdman.” In 2014, Alfonso Cuaron won for directing “Gravity” while “12 Years a Slave” was the best film of the year. And in 2013, “Argo” won Best Picture despite
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Clairvoyant Cop Drama From David Heyman Gets NBC Pilot Pickup

NBC is putting a new twist on the cop drama.

The network has handed out its second pilot order of the season, picking up In Between Lives from David Heyman (Harry Potter, Gravity).

Moira Kirland (Madam Secretary, Hawaii Five-0) will pen the script and exec produce alongside Heyman and Nancy Cotton.

The drama revolves around a mysterious young woman who reluctantly uses her gift of clairvoyance to help a veteran Lapd detective and a damaged ex-FBI outsider solve the most unnerving and challenging cases the city encounters. This eerie ability also opens the door for her to see and talk to...
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Here’s What the Critics’ Choice Awards Winners Mean for the Oscar Race

Critics’ Choice Awards voters were less keen on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” than the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The film drama winners at the CCAs mostly matched those at the Golden Globes four nights prior, with the exception of Best Picture and Best Screenplay. While the 90-member HFPA gave both honors to Martin McDonagh’s drama about a grieving mother opposing her town’s police department , the 300 national Bfca critics voted “The Shape of Water” Best Picture, recognizing “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out” for respective adapted and original screenplays.

Read More:Critics’ Choice Awards 2018 Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates With Best Picture and Best Director Prizes

Additional favorites have emerged in the acting races: Frances McDormand for Best Actress (“Three Billboards”), Gary Oldman for Best Actor (“Darkest Hour), Allison Janney for Best Supporting Actress (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards.” The CCAs have
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5 Reasons to Root for Golden Globe Best Director Nominee Guillermo Del Toro

5 Reasons to Root for Golden Globe Best Director Nominee Guillermo Del Toro
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, garnered a whopping 7 nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. The movie, starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones and Octavia Spencer, got nods in the categories of Best Director – Motion Picture, Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, among others. Here are five reasons to keep Del Toro — and his movies — on your radar.

1. His protagonists are courageous female underdogs. The Shape of Water tells the story of a mute, lonely young woman fascinated by a mysterious creature. Elisa (played by Sally Hawkins) works
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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Get Out,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ Among Film Nominees

Producers Guild Awards: ‘Get Out,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ Among Film Nominees
“The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” “Molly’s Game,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Wonder Woman” have been nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top movie award.

Awards contenders “The Beguiled,” “The Florida Project,” “Logan,” “Mudbound,” “Phantom Thread,” and “The Disaster Artist” were overlooked by voters for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award. The winner will be announced on Jan. 20 at the guild’s 29th annual awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Due to a tie in voting among the 8,200 PGA members, there are 11 nominees for the Zanuck award for the first time.

“The Shape of Water” has emerged as a front-runner during the current awards season with a leading seven nominations at Sunday’s Golden Globes, followed by “The Post” and “Three Billboards” with six each. “Three Billboards
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Chrissy Teigen Has John Mayer And Nicki Minaj Dying Of Laughter With Hilarious Photoshop Skills

  • ET Canada
Chrissy Teigen can add comedy to her ever-growing list of talents. The Sports Illustrated supermodel answered a tweet from John Mayer with a perfectly timed response. The “Gravity” singer complained about the overuse of photo editing on social media. Related: Chrissy Teigen Succeeds In Finding Her Missing Nintendo Switch! “Nothing provides a clear view into someone’s taste, […]
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"Ocean's 8" - More Footage

  • SneakPeek
Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the upcoming female-led 'heist comedy' feature, "Ocean's 8" , written and directed by Gary Ross, starring Sandra Bullock ("Gravity") and Damien Lewis ("Band of Brothers") opening June 8, 2018:

"...'Debbie' (Bullock), the estranged sister of 'Danny Ocean', attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City's star-studded annual 'Met Gala'.

"Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew including 'Lou', 'Rose', 'Eight Ball', 'Tammy', 'Amita' and 'Constance'..."

Cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Damian Lewis and Richard Armitage.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Oceans's 8"...
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Andy Serkis’ ‘Jungle Book’ Movie Gets a New Title & First Synopsis

It's been a while since we've heard an update on Warner Bros. The Jungle Book movie. Warners may have announced their project first, but Disney got theirs in front of audiences faster. After Jon Favreau's 2015 live-action/CG adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic triumphed at the box office and took home an Oscar for VFX, the Warner Bros. iteration, an Andy Serkis helmed mo-cap vehicle, fell off the map while the studio went back to the books to redevelop the project, reportedly with the help of Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron. However, with Favreau busy …
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Oscars: ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and More Advance in VFX Race

Oscars: ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and More Advance in VFX Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected 10 films to move forward in the visual effects category for the 90th Academy Awards.

AMPAS made the announcement on Monday. The list is dominated by big-budget tentpole films such as “Blade Runner 2049,” “Dunkirk,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” but also includes South Korean action-fantasy “Okja” and Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War tale “The Shape of Water,” which carries a budget of under $20 million.

Here is the list in alphabetical order:

Alien: Covenant

Blade Runner 2049”

“Dunkirk”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

“Okja”

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

War for the Planet of the Apes

Last year’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” nabbed an Academy Awards nomination for the team of John Knoll, [link
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Top Ten Movies of 2017 – Online Critics Edition

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Amon Warmann

The end of 2017 is almost upon us, and as is HeyUGuys’ tradition that means it’s time for You – the good people of the online film community – to tell us your favourite films of the year for our annual poll.

Arrival took the top spot in 2016, and before that Mad Max: Fury Road, Boyhood, Gravity, and Skyfall were all crowned the best film of their respective years. 2017 has been a particularly great year for cinephiles (it seems like I’m always saying that), and so it should make for yet another diverse selection of films.

For those of you who are new to this, here’s what you need to know:

UK releases only!: This simply means that films which open in the UK in 2018 such as The Shape Of Water, Phantom Thread, The Post, and Lady Bird are not eligible for your lists. Furthermore, films such as La La Land,
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The Voice Top 8 Performance Recap: Which Singers Aced Their Semifinals?

The Voice Top 8 Performance Recap: Which Singers Aced Their Semifinals?
Since we already pretty much knew that The Voice was heading for a Chloe Kohanski/Addison Agen showdown in next week’s finals, there was nothing to do during Monday’s performances by Season 13’s Top 8 but sit back, chillax and enjoy. With last week’s elimination of Ashland Craft and Shi’Ann Jones, the likelihood of a sonic train wreck was greatly reduced. And the remaining singers were ordinarily all, even on an off night, decent. Which of them stood out, though, solidifying for themselves a place alongside Chloe and Addison in the finals? Read on; we’ll discuss.
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International Newswire: Animation – An Indie Growth Industry?

International Newswire: Animation – An Indie Growth Industry?
In today’s International Newswire, Variety asks if animation could be a growth sector for the independent movie business, as “Paddington 2” outperforms the original in China and France, as the U.K. before them. Also, homegirl-made-good Alicia Vikander bids fair to be a major presence at late January’s Göteborg Festival, Enders Analysis looks at the vertiginously changing world of children’s media, and a snapshot of politician and media-culture activist Xavier Bertrand, as he places Lille and Hauts-de-France on the international film-tv radar.

Animation: An Indie Growth Industry?

Watch animation. As theatrical returns and even openings worldwide on U.S. and foreign independent movies come under ever more pressure from Hollywood and local blockbusters, animation looks like one part of the independent movie industry which can put in a claim to have arresting growth prospects. The explosion of Latin American animation feature titles coming onto the market helped make the 9th Ventana Sur, which wrapped
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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

  • Indiewire
‘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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New Paddington 2 Trailer Locks the Lovable Bear in Jail

New Paddington 2 Trailer Locks the Lovable Bear in Jail
Warner Bros. has released the first full U.S. trailer for Paddington 2, which is slated for release on January 12, 2018, following a successful U.K. release. This trailer comes less than two weeks after Warner Bros. acquired Paddington 2 from The Weinstein Company, after the producers wanted to remove all association with Harvey Weinstein following his sexual assault scandal. Now that this delightful family film has found a new home, this trailer offers some more never before seen footage featuring the title bear (Ben Whishaw) being locked up in jail.

The previous trailers, which had been released by the international distributor StudioCanal, hinted that Paddington Bear would ultimately get in some trouble with the law, but this new trailer reveals that he was framed for stealing a rare and valuable book, which leads to Paddington being locked up in prison. He doesn't get off to a good start with his fellow inmates either,
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'The Shape of Water' Review: Guillermo del Toro's Girl-Meets-Monster Romance Is a Gem

'The Shape of Water' Review: Guillermo del Toro's Girl-Meets-Monster Romance Is a Gem
If you think it's high time that Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro joined fellow Mexican auteurs Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant) in the Oscar winners circle, The Shape of Water just may be the movie to do it. The Academy typically turns up its nose at the fantasy/horror genre that attracts del Toro (see: Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy). Not this time. His latest is a Cold War romance about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) who falls hard for an amphibious creature
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Guillermo del Toro: ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Almost Kept Me from Pitching ‘The Shape of Water’ Star Sally Hawkins

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Guillermo del Toro: ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Almost Kept Me from Pitching ‘The Shape of Water’ Star Sally Hawkins
Guillermo del Toro owes two famous friends and 14 tequila shots for his serendipitous introduction to Sally Hawkins, star of his Golden Lion–winning Oscar contender, “The Shape of Water.” On January 12, 2014, he received a call from from fellow Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, who instructed him, “‘Dude, come over to the Golden Globes party'”; Cuarón had won the evening’s Best Director statuette for “Gravity.” At Vulture Festival this weekend, del Toro recalled his reply: “I’m not going. I’m watching ‘Antiques Roadshow.'”

Read More: ‘The Shape of Water’ Trailer: Sally Hawkins Gives a Wordless Performance in Guillermo del Toro’s Fantastical Romance — Watch

But they were insistent, and sent a car to retrieve him from his home in Angoura Hills, California. “Because I’m fat, my body mass requires enormous amounts of alcohol,” del Toro explained to the audience at The Hollywood Roosevelt, seated next to his six-time collaborator,
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Paddington 2 To Debut In North America Theaters January 12, 2018

Paddington 2 something to treasure rather than just to entertain,” writes Wendy Ide of The Guardian in her review of the sequel. And now Warner Bros. Pictures will usher in the new year with the big-screen return of one of the world’s most beloved characters in a delightful new adventure.

Following its overwhelmingly successful UK opening earlier this month and currently #1 at the UK box office, “Paddington 2”—fully financed by Studiocanal and produced by multi award-winning producer David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” films, “Paddington,” “Gravity”)—is set to debut in theatres across North America on January 12, 2018.

The Studio has acquired distribution rights for the film in the U.S. and Canada from Studiocanal and TWC/Dimension Films, it was jointly announced today by Studiocanal, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
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Paddington 2 Moves from the Weinstein Company to Warner Bros.

Paddington 2 Moves from the Weinstein Company to Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Pictures will usher in the new year with the big-screen return of one of the world's most beloved characters in a delightful new adventure. Following its overwhelmingly successful UK opening earlier this month and currently #1 at the UK box office, Paddington 2, fully financed by StudioCanal and produced by multi award-winning producer David Heyman (the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, Paddington, Gravity), is set to debut in theatres across North America on January 12, 2018. The Studio has acquired distribution rights for the film in the U.S. and Canada from StudioCanal and The Weinstein Company/Dimension Films, it was jointly announced today by StudioCanal, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

This comes just weeks after we reported that Paddington 2 producers wanted to move away from The Weinstein Company, following the
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Tom Cruise in talks for Quentin Tarantino’s Manson movie

We’ve had a flurry of news relating to Quentin Tarantino’s Charles Manson movie, from the involvement of David Heyman (Gravity, Fantastic Beasts) as producer, to rumours of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s involvement. Now Deadline Hollywood us reporting that Tom Cruise has been in talks for one of the two male leads roles.

With the script being shopped around to major studios following Tarantino’s decision to end his career long association with The Weinstein Company, news such as this, along with the rumour that the director is chasing Margot Robbie for Sharon Tate, will surely add a few extra zeros to the market value. Every major backer, except Disney, will be mulling over the script this week.

Deadline also play down any worries that the material will be too macabre for the mainstream, or that the directors predilection for excessive gore might be distasteful considering the subject matter,
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