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Today in Movie Culture: 'Qui-Gon: A Star Wars Story' Fake Trailer, 'The Witch' Lego Figures and More

32 minutes ago | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Mashup of the Day: Video essayist Dominick Nero mashed up Martin Scorsese's Silence with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace for a fake trailer for a standalone Qui-Gon spinoff: @starwars fans, i made a trailer for a Qui-Gon standalone film. @disney please don't destroy me pic.twitter.com/wOwlYMawKn — Dominick Nero (@filminick) January 18, 2017   Fake Trailer Remake of the Day: One of the fake movie trailers from Rick and Morty has been remade with footage from actual live-action movies and it's awesome (via Geek Tyrant):   Toys of the Day: These probably aren't real, but A24 shared this glimpse at a set...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Final Oscar Predictions: 5 Lingering Questions With Nominations on the Way

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ballots were due on Friday and the nail-biting will finally cease at 5am on Tuesday, Jan. 24. It’s been another jam-packed phase one for Oscar season, though one that didn’t have quite as many twists and turns as you’d expect. After all, a certain musical started the season as the presumed frontrunner, and it hasn’t budged since.

Of course, as soon as you think you’ve got it all figured out, the Academy keeps you on your toes. So how will the nominations for the 89th annual Oscars play out next week? There will be surprises, surely. There always are. Figuring out what they might be is the fun. Check out my final picks if you’re curious to know one guy’s opinion, but as we head into this final lap, a few lingering questions remain.

How many best picture nominees will there be?

In the »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Amazon Video Direct: Here’s What the Deal Really Means for Sundance Filmmakers

8 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon has announced a special distribution deal exclusively for Sundance filmmakers, but weighing the pros and cons can be tricky. As a new feature of Amazon Video Direct, the video distribution service launched last May, Amazon is offering all official Sundance selections a one-time cash bonus and increased royalty rates for filmmakers who hand over worldwide streaming VOD rights to their films for 24 months, with the first 12 months exclusive to Amazon.

Under the program, which is called Film Festival Stars, Sundance’s U.S. Premieres and U.S. Dramatic Competition films are eligible to receive $100,000 for their rights, while U.S. Documentary Premieres and U.S. Documentary Competition films will receive $75,000. Films in the World Dramatic, World Documentaries, Next, Spotlight, Kids, Midnight, and New Frontier sections would receive $25,000. The royalty rates offer 30 cents per hour for movies viewed in the U.S. and 12 cents per hour for movies viewed internationally, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Seth Gordon to Direct Film Based on Boston College Basketball Point Shaving Scandal

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Line Cinema has landed an untitled pitch based on the true story of Boston College’s point shaving scandal. “Baywatch” director Seth Gordon will helm the upcoming film from a script by “30 Rock” co-showrunner Robert Carlock.

Brett Ratner and John Cheng of RatPac Entertainment will produce with Gordon’s Exhibit A banner. Mary Rohlich will exec produce with Steel Titan’s Cayman Grant, Terry City, and Paula Gregg.

Originally seen as a documentary on Espn’s “30 for 30” series, the story revolves around the 1978-79 Boston College basketball team, which was infiltrated by a group of Pittsburgh gangsters and forced to participate in a point shaving scheme. It was eventually uncovered by the FBI, forever changing the program and the landscape of college basketball.

Two of the mob men involved in the scandal, Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke, have already had their day in the Hollywood limelight as the two »

- Justin Kroll

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Film Editors Thelma Schoonmaker & Janet Ashikaga to Receive Career Achievement Awards

9 hours ago | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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The American Cinema Editors will present Thelma Schoonmaker and Janet Ashikaga with Career Achievement awards during the Ace Eddie Awards, Deadline writes. The event will be held in Beverly Hills on January 27.

Schoonmaker has worked with Martin Scorsese as an editor since 1967. Her collaborations with Scorsese have led Schoonmaker to seven Oscar nods, and three wins (for “Raging Bull,” “The Aviator,” and “The Departed”). Schoonmaker’s most recent editing credits include Scorsese’s “Silence,” “Bombay Velvet,” and “Learning to Drive.”

Ashikaga has been nominated for 10 Emmys, and has won four times for her work on “Seinfeld,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Sports Night,” and “The West Wing.” She has also edited episodes of “Frasier,” “Medium,” and “Franklin & Bash.”

Women accounted for just 17 percent of the editors who worked on the top 250 highest-grossing films of 2016.

Janet Ashikaga and Thelma Schoonmaker have helped create some of the most iconic films and television programs in entertainment,” the Ace Board of Directors announced in a press release. “[W]e are thrilled to honor them with Career Achievement awards for their indelible contributions to the craft and community of film editing.”

Film Editors Thelma Schoonmaker & Janet Ashikaga to Receive Career Achievement Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Newswire: Amazon takes a Long Strange Trip towards distributing Grateful Dead documentary

11 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Four-hours might seem like a long running time for documentary about a rock band, unless that band is the Grateful Dead—unnecessarily drawn-out is kind of its brand. Jerry Garcia & Co. logged performances of “Darkstar” back in the early ‘70s that went on practically that long. With that in mind, Amazon Studios probably knew what it was doing when it picked up Long Strange Trip, the new film from documentarian Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story)

“I first reached out to the Grateful Dead about this film back in 2003,” the filmmaker said via press release. “Since then, everyone who has come aboard has treated this project with a renegade spirit of cooperation and ingenuity worthy of the subject matter.”

One of those people on board the project is another filmmaker known for blurring the line between music and cinema. Martin Scorsese—who dabbled in rock documentary with The Last ...

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- Dennis DiClaudio

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Amazon Video Direct Launches Film Festival Stars Program At Sundance

13 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Amazon has a premiere of Jill Soloway's new series I Love Dick at this year's Sundance Film Festival, will undoubtedly be looking for a repeat of its successful acquisition last year of the acclaimed Manchester By The Sea, and has already snagged the Martin Scorsese executive produced Grateful Dead documentary. However, throwing a potential wild card into the festival circuit, the House of Bezos is also putting a special new offer out there for filmmakers in… »

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Amazon Video Direct Launches Film Festival Stars Program At Sundance

13 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Amazon has a premiere of Jill Soloway's new series I Love Dick at this year's Sundance Film Festival, will undoubtedly be looking for a repeat of its successful acquisition last year of the acclaimed Manchester By The Sea, and has already snagged the Martin Scorsese executive produced Grateful Dead documentary. However, throwing a potential wild card into the festival circuit, the House of Bezos is also putting a special new offer out there for filmmakers in… »

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Amazon picks up Grateful Dead documentary

14 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the four-hour documentary.

Amazon studios has acquired Sundance premiere Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about American rock band The Grateful Dead.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the doc follows the band across a 30-year period as they experiment with music genres and eschew pop cliché.

The film will debut on Amazon Prime Video in the Us and UK in May as a six-part documentary, with additional territories to be announced at a later date.

Long Strange Trip was produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Bavatnik, who also financed the project. Additional producers included Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann. Exec producers in addition to Scorsese were Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Amazon picks up The Grateful Dead documentary

14 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the four-hour documentary.

Amazon studios has acquired Sundance premiere Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about American rock band The Grateful Dead.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the doc follows the band across a 30-year period as they experiment with music genres and eschew pop cliché.

The film will debut on Amazon Prime Video in the Us and UK in May as a six-part documentary, with additional territories to be announced at a later date.

Long Strange Trip was produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Bavatnik, who also financed the project. Additional producers included Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann. Exec producers in addition to Scorsese were Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Grateful Dead Documentary ‘Long Strange Trip’ Bought by Amazon

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios has acquired Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” and plans to debut the film on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and U.K.

Amazon made the announcement Wednesday ahead of the world premiere of “Long Strange Trip” at the Sundance Film Festival. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir will be in attendance, as well as Trixie Garcia, daughter of the band’s founder and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.

Weir said, “Over several decades a group of guys hung together making music in a group that was way tighter and lasted much longer than most marriages. Here’s the movie…”

Hart added, “Stranger than fiction — a user’s guide for an impossible journey.”

The documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, has been in the works since 2003 when Bar-Lev first reached out to band members. Bar-Lev’s credits »

- Dave McNary

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Grateful Dead Sundance Documentary ‘Long Strange Trip’ Acquired By Amazon

16 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ahead of its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, Amazon Studios has acquired Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about the Grateful Dead from director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive producer Martin Scorsese (Silence). Long Strange Trip will debut May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK as a six part documentary, with additional territories to be announced. With never-before-seen footage and candid interviews, the docu… »

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Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’

16 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon Studios has acquired “Long Strange Trip,” the four hour documentary about the Grateful Dead playing in the Documentary Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Netflix, Vertical Acquire ‘Berlin Syndrome’

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead,” Scorsese said in a statement. “They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force—a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans. This film will entertain and educate audiences about one of the most innovative and groundbreaking American bands of the 20th century.”

Amazon will release the movie on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK as a six-part documentary. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir, as »

- Graham Winfrey

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Martin Scorsese-Produced Grateful Dead Documentary Goes to Amazon

17 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Amazon has acquired the Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” ahead of its premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival. The four-hour movie is directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The six-part “Long Strange Trip” will debut in the U.S. and U.K. on May 26. The world premiere is right around the corner at Sundance, where band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir — as well as Trixie Garcia — will be in attendance. The 30-year look-back is produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Blavatnik who also financed the project. Additional producers include Ken Dornstein and Justin. »

- Tony Maglio

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Penultimate Oscar predictions before the nominations are announced

17 hours ago | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It’s not far off. In less than a week now, the Academy Award nominations will be announced. Voting has come to an end, so the results basically have been tabulated. It’s just a waiting game at this point. Like an expectant parent, you’ll find me pacing around, a concerned look on my face. What will the Academy do? Will La La Land tied the record for most nominations by a single film? Will any other movie come close to matching that one’s total? Those questions and more are what I’m attempting to pin down. You’ll see what I’m predicting below, but just remember…these aren’t my final picks just yet. I know it’s only been a few days since the last update, but that’s the nature of the beast in this final week. What you’ll see below is a »

- Joey Magidson

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‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Trailer Recut To Feature Grim ‘Taxi Driver’ Narration — Watch

17 January 2017 11:19 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This March, Nintendo will release their brand-new video game console The Switch, a hybrid console that allows portable and home play. Though Nintendo will release plenty of games to play on the release date, gamers will have to wait to play the latest entry from the Super Mario series until later this year.

Read More: ‘Taxi Driver’ Exclusive Clip: Martin Scorsese and Jodie Foster Talk Final Bloody Scene In 40th Anniversary Q&A

The new game “Super Mario Odyssey” puts players in the role of Mario as he travels across worlds outside of the Mushroom Kingdom, including several levels inspired by real-world locations such as “New Donk City”, i.e. New York City. The trailer for the game provides consumers with a glimpse of New Donk City, complete with skyscrapers, taxi cabs and pedestrians. Now, video editor Dominick Nero has recut the trailer to give it more of a “New York” feel, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Cinema Editors To Honor Thelma Schoonmaker & Janet Ashikaga

17 January 2017 9:38 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The American Cinema Editors have selected Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker and Emmy winner Janet Ashikaga to receive the group’s Career Achievement awards during the 67th annual Ace Eddie Awards this month. Schoonmaker, a collaborator with Martin Scorsese since their first film together in 1967, has seven Oscar nominations and won for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed. They most recently teamed on Silence, Scorsese’s passion project. Ashikaga’s credits among her 10… »

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Cinema Editors To Honor Thelma Schoonmaker & Janet Ashikaga

17 January 2017 9:38 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The American Cinema Editors have selected Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker and Emmy winner Janet Ashikaga to receive the group’s Career Achievement awards during the 67th annual Ace Eddie Awards this month. Schoonmaker, a collaborator with Martin Scorsese since their first film together in 1967, has seven Oscar nominations and won for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed. They most recently teamed on Silence, Scorsese’s passion project. Ashikaga’s credits among her 10… »

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Thelma Schoonmaker, Janet Ashikaga To Be Feted by American Cinema Editors

17 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Cinema Editors organization has announced that veteran cutters Janet Ashikaga and Thelma Schoonmaker will be honored with Career Achievement awards at the 67th annual Ace Eddie Awards later this month.

Ashikaga has won four Emmys throughout her career for work on multi-camera series like “Seinfeld” and “Sports Night.” She has been Ace-nominated seven times, for those series as well as “The West Wing” and “My Name is Earl.”

Schoonmaker, meanwhile, has been tied to filmmaker Martin Scorsese for most of her career, winning Oscars for “Raging Bull,” “The Aviator” and “The Departed.” She won Ace awards for those three films as well as “Gangs of New York,” and was nominated by the organization four times besides.

Schoonmaker and Scorsese’s latest collaboration, “Silence,” is currently in theaters.

Janet Ashikaga and Thelma Schoonmaker have helped create some of the most iconic films and television programs in entertainment,” the Ace »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Watch: 1-Hour Directors Roundtable With Damien Chazelle, Barry Jenkins, Mel Gibson & More

17 January 2017 6:12 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s the heat of the awards season, so you know the drill. The Hollywood Reporter gets one too many moderators and misses out on a number of actual contenders for a certain award, but gathers whoever is easily available to discuss their craft in an extensive roundtable. The latest in this series is for the directors and although there’s no Denis Villeneuve, Martin Scorsese, Kenneth Lonergan, Jim Jarmusch, Mike Mills, Kelly Reichardt, Paul Verhoeven, etc. in sight, they have gathered a few of the top helmers of the year.

Most notably we have Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Damien Chazelle (La La Land), and Denzel Washington (Fences), who are joined by Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), along with the directors of a few early fall releases that have all but been forgotten by now, Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe) and Oliver Stone (Snowden). They discuss when they first fell in love »

- Jordan Raup

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