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Screen Talk: How 'Room' Could Contend for Best Picture

5 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Eric Kohn and I survey the pre-Oscar landscape as the balloting opens up on Friday. I report on Monday's Academy Luncheon, where I enjoyed a series of disparate encounters, along with everyone else mixing with nominees from all the different branches. I talked to several of the Governors about the new eligibility rules, which need rejiggering, as Steven Spielberg noted. Inclusion is a larger issue than the Academy. And we debate the merits of the new award-winner screen thank you scrolls.  The Best Picture Oscar race is so close—as the Guilds split among "Spotlight," "The Revenant," and "The Big Short"—and heated that it's a year when a surprise winner could sneak through, something like moving Toronto Film Fest audience award winner "Room," which inspires an emotional response. We go through why major movie star Leo DiCaprio will win—he's due—and frontrunners Brie Larson and Sly Stallone, as »

- Anne Thompson

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Bridge of Spies book author sues over rights to title of Steven Spielberg film

6 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Former Times Moscow correspondent Giles Whittell starts fresh action after previously suing studios, claiming they did not get approval to use title of book

The British author of a book called Bridge of Spies is suing studios behind the Oscar-nominated Steven Spielberg movie of the same name in a dispute over use of the title.

Giles Whittell, a journalist, author and currently a leader writer for the Times, names several units of studio DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox Film Company in a preliminary hearing for the legal action at the high court in London, according to Bloomberg.

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- Ben Child

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'Transformers' Bumblebee Spinoff Movie Is Coming in 2018

7 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last summer, Paramount and Hasbro put together a team of writers to come up with ideas for spinoffs and sequels for their lucrative Transformers franchise, starting with director Michael Bay's Transformers 5. Earlier today, we reported that Paramount and Hasbro confirmed the release dates for Transformers 5, 6 and 7, which will hit theaters in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. Now we have a statement from Hasbro which confirms that the 2018 project is actually a Bumblebee spinoff. Take a look at the brief statement below, which was released during Hasbro's Toy Fair presentation this morning.

"At Hasbro's Analyst Presentation this morning during Toy Fair, Hasbro Chairman, President and CEO Brian Goldner announced new details about the next three films in the multi-billion dollar global franchise. In partnership with Paramount, the writers' room assembled by Hasbro's Allspark Pictures has created several exciting new Transformers stories and is beginning development on the next three theatrical films. »

- MovieWeb

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Midnight Special review – close encounters of a turgid kind

8 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mud director Jeff Nichols aims to replicate Spielbergian wonder with this tale of a boy with magical powers, but the attempt misfires

There’s a wave of young film-makers brought up on the 70s and 80s blockbusters that changed the Hollywood system who are trying their darnedest to replicate them. Jj Abrams managed to work alongside Steven Spielberg himself for throwback fantasy Super 8 before taking charge of the rebooted Star Wars franchise, Gareth Edwards admitted that his take on Godzilla was influenced by Close Encounters of the Third Kind and others such as Rian Johnson and Joss Whedon are clear students of the multiplex masters who birthed the event movie.

Related: Berlin film festival opening gala – in pictures

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- Benjamin Lee

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Syfy Greenlights ‘Prototype’ Pilot from ’24’ Writer

8 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Syfy has given a pilot order to original sci-fi thriller “Prototype,” Variety has learned.

The project, written by Tony Basgallop (“24: Live Another Day”), centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger.

“’Prototype’ is a purely original idea from a talented writer with a unique vision,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see this original idea come to life in this pilot for Syfy.”

Oscar nominee Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“Esposados”) will direct. Escape Artists Productions will serve as executive producers along with Fresnadillo and Basgallop, while Taylor Latham will be co-executive producer.

“Prototype” is among a number of high-concept shows in development at the cable network; Syfy is also working on an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World »

- Laura Prudom

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Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan and Many More Belt Out Their Admiration for Lorne Michaels at American Songbook Gala in His Honor

8 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Live from New York, it was Lorne Michaels's night! On Thursday, Saturday Night Live's longtime leader watched his friends and colleagues perform in his honor, focusing on music as well as comedy at Lincoln Center's American Songbook Gala. Tina Fey and husband Jeff Richmond wrote and directed a show featuring powerhouse talent and audience members including Steve Martin, Martin Short, Jimmy Fallon, Candice Bergen, Steven Spielberg, Diane Sawyer, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Maya Rudolph and many more. Highlights of the evening included Fallon bringing barbershop and R&B music together in a version of R. Kelly's "Ignition, »

- Maggie Parker

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Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan and Many More Belt Out Their Admiration for Lorne Michaels at American Songbook Gala in His Honor

8 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Live from New York, it was Lorne Michaels's night! On Thursday, Saturday Night Live's longtime leader watched his friends and colleagues perform in his honor, focusing on music as well as comedy at Lincoln Center's American Songbook Gala. Tina Fey and husband Jeff Richmond wrote and directed a show featuring powerhouse talent and audience members including Steve Martin, Martin Short, Jimmy Fallon, Candice Bergen, Steven Spielberg, Diane Sawyer, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Maya Rudolph and many more. Highlights of the evening included Fallon bringing barbershop and R&B music together in a version of R. Kelly's "Ignition, »

- Maggie Parker

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Why Michael Shannon ‘Latched Onto’ Director Jeff Nichols

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

Jeff Nichols, director of Berlinale competition screener “Midnight Special,” a supernatural thriller about a boy with extraordinary power who is being hunted by the U.S. government, cited not only the beloved films of his youth as inspiration for the film, but also, as a father, the feeling of dread that most parents feel when they realize the fate of their children is ultimately out of their hands.

Describing it as a “sci-fi chase film,” Nichols said at a press conference in Berlin on Friday that it was movies like John Carpenter’s “Starman” and Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” that inspired his latest work, his fifth collaboration with actor Michael Shannon. The director cited Spielberg’s works and their “sense of mystery that leads to a sense of awe,” which he sought to capture in his own suspenseful drama. But it was a »

- Ed Meza

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Steven Spielberg Talks Academy Diversity Changes, Says Awards Campaigns Need To Be Reigned In

11 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We're a few weeks away from the Oscars, and while the Academy has unveiled sweeping changes that will take a closer look at voting eligibility, and promise more diverse membership by 2020, not everyone thinks the plan has been well thought out. In a recent talk with Awards Chatter, Steven Spielberg shared his concerns, particularly when it comes to making Academy members unable to vote if they haven't worked in ten years, while emphasizing that industry changes need to go far beyond the Oscars. Read More: Consider This: Is #OscarsSoWhite A Symptom Of Movies Losing (Even More) Ground To TV? "You have to look back a couple of years, where Lupita [Nyong'o] was recognized for '12 Years a Slave' [and] '12 Years a Slave' won best picture, you know? I don't believe that there is inherent or dormant racism because of the amount of white Academy members," the director said. "I'm also not »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Michael Bloomberg Shares Spotlight at Lorne Michaels’ Lincoln Center Tribune

20 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg found more than a little encouragement for his potential run for president Thursday night when he attended Lincoln Center’s American Songbook tribute to Lorne Michaels.

Bloomberg nearly stole the show from the honoree at the after-party at Alice Tully Hall, when high-wattage fans including Steve Martin urged him to mount a run for the White House. Bloomberg confirmed earlier this month that he was considering jumping in to the 2016 presidential race as an independent.

Bloomberg wouldn’t say any more about where his deliberations stand or what timetable he’s set for making a decision, nor would he expand on his motivation for launching a third-party candidacy. When asked variations on all of those questions by Variety, Bloomberg had an answer ready. “No. I can confirm I am not going to see the Knicks tomorrow,” he said.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Steven Spielberg Supports Diversity in Academy, “Not 100 Percent Behind” Current Plan, Calls for Limits on Oscar Campaigning (Exclusive)

22 hours ago | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Steven Spielberg, perhaps the most respected and powerful member of the Hollywood community, has weighed in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the Academy’s response to it.

During an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast that was recorded on Monday, the three-time Oscar winner expressed “surprise” about the fact that the Academy did not nominate Straight Outta Compton for best picture or Beasts of No Nation‘s Idris Elba for best supporting actor. He also criticized the organization for responding by “taking votes away from Academy members who have paid their dues and maybe are retired now.”

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- Patrick Shanley

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Live Blog: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Face Off in Another Democratic Debate

11 February 2016 5:55 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hillary Clinton will try to gain some momentum after her lopsided loss to Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, as they face off again on Thursday at another Democratic presidential debate in Wisconsin.

PBS Newshour” is the host, with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff as moderators, so the environment could be quite different from that of the news networks, where there has been an emphasis on drama and confrontation.

Still, Clinton is expected to accentuate differences with Sanders, and perhaps try to gain some ground among millennial voters, which, based on exit polls from New Hampshire, are her weakness.

Sanders, meanwhile, is trying to make headway among African-American and Latino voters as he faces the caucuses in Nevada on Feb. 20 and the South Carolina primary on Feb. 27. His campaign has been unveiling endorsements from such figures as Ben Jealous, the former president of the NAACP, and entertainer Harry Belafonte, »

- Ted Johnson

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Who’s expected at the Ee British Academy Film Awards 2016? Full list here!

11 February 2016 1:13 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We definitely hit the movie awards season deep in the heart this weekend because the Ee British Academy Film Awards 2016 are here and it really shows us that, in London, we put on a classy show at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. In the past few years the respect for the BAFTAs has continued to grow and grow across the world because, frankly, we seem to pick the right winners. Is that Oscar fighting talk? I think so.

Once again hosted by the multi-rambling and intelligently talented Stephen Fry, the ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD at 21.00 this Sunday 14 February. The Hollywood News, or call us Thn if you fancy it, will be there bringing you as much as we viably can so keep track over on our dedicated Twitter feed.

But I think you’re here for this attendees? So… Nominees confirmed »

- Dan Bullock

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Steven Spielberg Supports Diversity in Academy, "Not 100 Percent Behind" Current Plan, Calls for Limits on Oscar Campaigning (Exclusive)

11 February 2016 11:55 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Steven Spielberg, perhaps the most respected and powerful member of the Hollywood community, has weighed in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the Academy's response to it. During a wide-ranging interview for The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast that was recorded on Monday, the three-time Oscar winner expressed "surprise" that the Academy did not nominate Straight Outta Compton for best picture or Beasts of No Nation's Idris Elba for best supporting actor. He also criticized the organization for responding by "taking votes away from Academy members who have paid their dues and maybe are retired now." "I'm a huge

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- Scott Feinberg

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5 Professional Pointers From Influential CDs

11 February 2016 7:30 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

At a recent casting panel during Atlanta’s fourth annual aTVfest at Savannah College of Art and Design (Scad), some of the top casting directors from Georgia, New York City, and Los Angeles doled out the advice for attendees—and working actors everywhere. Here are five of the most important takeaways from their valuable advice. Nail your self-taped audition:nyc casting director Maribeth Fox of Laura Rosenthal Casting had plenty to say about actors’ self-taped auditions. She recommended setting up your shot with a background by savagepaper.com (gray is industry standard), a Canon R500 camera on HQ setting—which creates video suitable for the web—and a lightbox. Also, don’t slate shooting until the last minute; casting director Sheila Jaffe (“The Fighter”) insisted, “Just get to it!” All of the casting directors echoed the importance of a natural reader—someone not in character. And above all else...know how to hold your phone. »

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Lupita Nyong’o joins sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life

11 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that 12 Years a Slave and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to star in the sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.

The film will follow “a U.N. worker in a department that was created to represent humankind in the event of alien contact [who] falls in love with a mysterious woman who turns out to be an alien.”

The project has been written by Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, with Ava DuVernay (Selma) lined up to direct.

Next up from Nyong’o is Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, where she voices the character of Raksha. The Jon Favreau-directed film is set for release on April 15th.

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- Gary Collinson

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Weta Workshop and Google-backed Magic Leap team on interactive tech development

10 February 2016 8:39 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Weta Workshop has lifted the lid on its growing interactive division and its partnership with the Google-backed Magic Leap.

According to a statement, "Magic Leap is developing the next computing platform that will enable you to seamlessly combine and experience your digital and physical lives".

The result looks similar to the world of Steven Spielberg's Minority Report.

Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop CEO, and Rony Abovitz, CEO of Magic Leap, first met in June of 2009 when Abovitz sought Taylor and his Weta Workshop team out.

.Magic Leap holds the keys to new worlds for storytellers and creatives to play in,. said Taylor..

.The unique possibilities of Magic Leap.s Mixed Reality Lightfield have already sparked incredible creative evolutions within our company".

.Richard and the Weta Workshop team have been there since the beginning,. said Abovitz. .They.ve provided an incredible creative partnership and friendship that has helped set the stage »

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Shocking Sonnets: Check Out These Jaws Inspired Poems!

10 February 2016 1:30 PM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Shock writer and columnist Nigel Parkin is also an accomplished poet. Here, Parkin lays a slew of sonnets on us, based on key moments from Steven Spielberg’s iconic1975 horror adventure Jaws. Enjoy… Universal Blackness We open with the Universal EarthIn space, suspended in blackness, betweenStars pulsing and singing with deep sea sounds.The alien world of…

The post Shocking Sonnets: Check Out These Jaws Inspired Poems! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Chris Alexander

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Oscar D.P. Contenders Downplay Tools, Play Up Visual Language

10 February 2016 11:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For the first time in the 88-year history of the Oscars, no film nominated for cinematography was shot on 35 mm film. But fans of emulsion — who include top-flight directors like Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino — can take consolation from the fact that two of the nominated movies were photographed analog, albeit in nonstandard film formats: Super 16 (“Carol”) and Ultra Panavision 70, a 50-year-old large-format anamorphic film gauge resurrected by Tarantino, Panavision and three-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson for “The Hateful Eight.”

The move to digital in the industry overall has brought sharper imagery and, some say, less personality. Cinematographers are placing greater emphasis on the choice of lenses to lend a distinct personality to a given project, a trend that only gained momentum in 2015.

Old lenses like the Ultra Panavision 70 glass are being pulled out of storage, cleaned up and rehoused, while new glass is being designed and manufactured »

- David Heuring

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Officially Enters Production

10 February 2016 11:13 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII may be arriving later than expected, though Disney CEO Bob Iger recently confirmed that filming for the sci-fi sequel is now underway.

News first came to light earlier today during the company’s investor call, confirming that Episode VIII has set down roots in London to commence principal photography.

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Technically speaking, sequences for the next chapter in Disney and Lucasfilm’s rejuvenated franchise have already been captured. Late last year, reports surfaced that Rian Johsnon and Luke Skywalker himself plot course for Skellig Michael – the primordial Irish isle glimpsed during the closing scenes of The Force Awakens – to film what will either be flashback sequences of Luke searching for the all-powerful first Jedi temple, or a continuation of Rey’s first encounter with the wayward Skywalker.

Now that production has officially eased into motion on Star Wars: Episode VIII, »

- Michael Briers

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