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Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?

Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?
Disney has been one of the least awards-focused studios in the game for decades. The Burbank-based company even made a concerted effort to eliminate the specialty side of its movie business, selling off Miramax Films for $660 million in 2010 and only deigning to dabble in awards season fare with a handful of recent prestige productions like “The Help” and “Lincoln” through its distribution pact with DreamWorks.

How ironic, then, that with an acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film divisions, it could mark a whole new era for Disney on the circuit. Through “Big” Fox and subsidiary Fox Searchlight, the studio would have a whole other silo far more adept at the awards game…if that’s even of interest, that is.

As if to prove that point, Fox blasted out a press release Monday morning in the wake of this year’s Golden Globe nominations announcement, beaming over a field-leading 27 mentions for a slew of films including
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‘Big Sick’s Michael Showalter & ‘Godless’ Scott Frank Among Advisors For Sundance Screenwriters Lab

‘Big Sick’s Michael Showalter & ‘Godless’ Scott Frank Among Advisors For Sundance Screenwriters Lab
Exclusive: The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is just over a month away, but some of the other work of the Robert Redford-founded organization is a little closer, and today the advisers, projects and fellows for the Screenwriters Lab were unveiled. At Sff 2017, The Big Sick director Michael Showalter was one of the toasts of Park City with the now-sag Award-nominated film, and now he is on board as adviser to the 16 budding screenwriters who will be immersed in the Sundance I…
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Jane Fonda Celebrates Her 80th Birthday with Star-Studded Fundraiser in Atlanta

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Jane Fonda Celebrates Her 80th Birthday with Star-Studded Fundraiser in Atlanta
Jane Fonda celebrated her 80th birthday in style — by raising $1.3 million for charity.

On Saturday, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, which Fonda founded in 1995 to provide sexual health education and help prevent teen pregnancy, celebrated the legendary actress’ upcoming landmark birthday with an intimate fundraiser called “Eight Decades of Jane” held at The Whitley in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.

And even though the party coincided with a snowstorm in the city, a number of Fonda’s closest friends and family were able to attend the festive occasion, including Rosanna Arquette, Catherine Keener, James Taylor, Carole King
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Bruce Dern, Owen Teague Join Josh Hartnett in Thriller ‘Inherit the Viper’

Bruce Dern, Owen Teague Join Josh Hartnett in Thriller ‘Inherit the Viper’
Barry Films has hired Bruce Dern and Owen Teague to join Josh Hartnett and Margarita Levieva in the independent crime thriller “Inherit the Viper,” which began production this week.

Valorie Curry, Chandler Riggs, and Dash Mihok have also joined the cast. Anthony Jerjen is directing from Andrew Crabtree’s original script. Michel Merkt (“Elle,” “Toni Erdmann”) and Benito Mueller are the producers with Wolfgang Mueller exec producing for Barry Films.

The film is set amidst the prescription drug epidemic ravaging West Virginia and follows three siblings as they try to escape the spiral of violence that has held them captive since their father’s death. In these regions left behind by the economy, selling drugs has become their way of survival.

Teague is portraying a sibling of Hartnett and Levieva’s characters, whose naive impatience to participate in their opioids business brings the family into deadly waters.

“I am very excited to have been blessed with such
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Helen Mirren to Receive Career Achievement Honor at Aarp The Magazine's Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp The Magazine announced today that Helen Mirren will receive the 2017 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

The Aarp Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise was established in 2002 to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind—and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

Mirren, an Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA & Olivier Award-winning actress will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. Aarp The Magazine will host the 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, where many other awards, including best actor, best actress and best director, will be presented. Event proceeds benefit Aarp Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by building economic opportunity and social connections for vulnerable older adults in L.A. and across the country.

“I am greatly honoured by this award. I consider film to be a high art form,
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Sundance 2018: American Nazis, Trapped Astronauts, Elvis & Spike Lee Among New Indie Episodic, Special Events & Shorts Slates

Sundance 2018: American Nazis, Trapped Astronauts, Elvis & Spike Lee Among New Indie Episodic, Special Events & Shorts Slates
Just over a month and a half before the 2018 Sundance Film Festival hits the cinematic slopes in Utah, the Robert Redford-founded shindig today revealed its Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events slates. Based on what's been unveiled this afternoon, it looks like Sundance vets Spike Lee and Steven Soderbergh will be returning to Park City for the January 18-28 festival too. The filmmakers will be in town with their respective World Premiere and North American premiere…
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Tom Cruise and the failed United Artists experiment

Simon Brew Dec 14, 2017

In late 2006, with much fanfare, Tom Cruise was announced as headlining a revived United Artists. But what went wrong?

Lurking in the corners of Netflix UK is a not-very-widely-seen Tom Cruise movie, that a decade ago was all set to herald a new filmmaking dawn. Directed by Robert Redford, and with a cast that includes Redford, Cruise, Meryl Streep and a then-relatively-unknown Andrew Garfield, Lions For Lambs looked on paper to be a heavyweight political drama. Its focus is on three stories: an ambitious politician giving an interview to tough reporter, an army platoon being ordered to go on a top secret mission by said politician, and a professor trying to talk a promising student into turning his life around.

It looked like Oscar-bait. It turned out to be a footnote to the failure to resurrect United Artists.

United Artists was originally founded in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin,
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David Lowery Says He Wrote A Script Similar to Netflix’s ‘Godless,’ Steven Soderbergh Fires Back

David Lowery Says He Wrote A Script Similar to Netflix’s ‘Godless,’ Steven Soderbergh Fires Back
Update (December 4): Steven Soderbergh has deleted a tweet in which he told Lowery that “Godless” creator Scott Frank had written a draft of the series in 2003.

Earlier: David Lowery has a message for screenwriters: When you have a really good idea your passionate about, don’t put it on the back burner and assume you’ll be able to get to it when you get to it. The “A Ghost Story” director recently shared a story on his Road Dog Production blog entitled “Occupational Hazard.” The post details a script idea Lowery started writing two and half years ago that is oddly similar to Scott Frank’s Netflix series “Godless.”

According to Lowery, the idea started with a dream he had in which Amanda Seyfried “made her way stoically across a misty field
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David Lowery Says He Wrote A Script Similar to Netflix’s ‘Godless;’ Steven Soderbergh Fires Back

David Lowery Says He Wrote A Script Similar to Netflix’s ‘Godless;’ Steven Soderbergh Fires Back
Update (December 4): Steven Soderbergh has deleted a tweet in which he told Lowery that “Godless” creator Scott Frank had written a draft of the series in 2003.

Earlier: David Lowery has a message for screenwriters: When you have a really good idea you’re passionate about, don’t put it on the back burner and assume you’ll be able to get to it when you get to it. The “A Ghost Story” director recently shared a story on his Road Dog Production blog entitled “Occupational Hazard.” The post details a script idea Lowery started writing two and half years ago that is oddly similar to Scott Frank’s Netflix series “Godless.”

Read More:‘Godless’ Review: Merritt Wever Gets a Gun in Netflix’s Grand Ol’ Feminist Western

According to Lowery, the idea started with a dream he had in which Amanda Seyfried “made her way stoically across a misty
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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2018 Lineup of Features

The legendary Sundance Film Festival made its first major announcement for its upcoming 2018 iteration Nov. 29, illuminating the full feature film lineup. Founded by Robert Redford, who still works as the president of the Sundance Institute, the festival is one of the most important and well regarded in the industry. The 2018 Park City, Utah festival will feature 110 feature-length films, representing 29 countries and 47 first-time filmmakers, Jan. 18–28. This year’s festival is expected to see over 70,000 visitors. Aside from the star-studded Premiere category, Sundance is known to use its spotlight to recognize storytelling from a diverse field of voices. Executive director of Sundance Institute Keri Putnam spoke to their reputation in a statement: “We’re proud of the diversity of this year’s lineup; emboldening broader, more inclusive independent voices is a crucial part of our work at the festival and throughout the year. These stories might inspire or move us, even occasionally
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10 Best Gambling and Poker Movies

All movie-makers love to put a little casino action into their films. There’s something so glamorous about the events that unfold around the gaming tables that it’s perfect for livening up even the dullest screenplay. So here’s a look at the top ten movies to tempt us into taking a trip to the casino!

Casino

We had to start our list with Martin Scorsese’s gambling masterpiece. This has everything you need in a casino film with Robert De Niro very impressive as the guy from the mob who takes over a Las Vegas gambling establishment. But it was Sharon Stone’s show-stopping performance as Ginger McKenna that really added that all-important glamour factor.

Ocean’s Eleven

But for suave sophistication it’s hard to beat the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven. With an awesome script that saw a bunch of very stylish guys attempting a heist
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Sundance 2018: Jane Fonda Doc, Idris Elba, Election 2016, Gloria Allred & Oscar Wilde Films Among U.S., World Cinema, Next, Midnight & Kids Slates

Sundance 2018: Jane Fonda Doc, Idris Elba, Election 2016, Gloria Allred & Oscar Wilde Films Among U.S., World Cinema, Next, Midnight & Kids Slates
From marches on Main Street on the day after his inauguration to films and TV shows on the big screens and more, Donald Trump was all over the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. As today's unveiling of the U.S. Competition and World Cinema Competition Dramatic and Documentary categories plus the Midnight, Kids, Next, and Spotlight slates for the 2018 Sff reveals the now 45th Potus is still a strong presence at the Robert Redford founded fest but other topics torn out of the…
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10 Things That You Didn’t Know About “The Natural”

Many of us who are baseball fans still remember the 1984 film “The Natural.” It starred Robert Redford as the male lead and a young Kim Basinger just starting out in her young career. And who could forget Wilford Brimley has head coach “Pop?” It’s widely considered to be one of the greatest baseball movies ever made. However, even after close to 40 years there are some things we still don’t know about the film. Here are 10 things about the movie that you didn’t know. 1. The movie was inspired by a real story In 1949 a woman who

10 Things That You Didn’t Know About “The Natural
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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018

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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018
The fall is often perceived as the launch pad for awards season, as numerous prestige films compete for attention in the final weeks of the year. For much of the film community, however, it’s also the first major window into movies worth talking about next year. That’s because the Sundance Film Festival lineup typically drops in the middle of November, shaking up the holiday season with a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers who could make an impact in Park City this January. With programmers working in overdrive to complete the lineup in the coming weeks, and filmmakers praying to break through as the deadlines loom, we’ve cobbled together as much intel as we can for this extensive preview featuring dozens of promising titles that stand a good chance at making their way to Sundance this year. As usual, we’ve tried to avoid projects that are
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Hot-Button Topics Mostly Avoided as Academy Toasts Honorary Oscar Recipients

Hot-Button Topics Mostly Avoided as Academy Toasts Honorary Oscar Recipients
As awards season launches underneath a shadow for the second year in a row, Oscar contenders aplenty turned out to salute four cinema legends and a bold work of immersive art Saturday night.

But the current headline-making ills plaguing the industry failed to creep into an evening dedicated to celebration. Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) were just some of the names on hand to raise a glass to filmmakers Charles Burnett and Agnes Varda, cinematographer Owen Roizman and actor Donald Sutherland at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ ninth annual Governors Awards ceremony.

Also honored was filmmaker Alejandro G. Inarritu, for his virtual reality installation “Carne y Arena.” The Oscar-winning director of “Birdman” and “The Revenant” received a rare special commendation from the Academy for his efforts.

Luminaries such as Lawrence Kasdan, Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Chastain, Angelina Jolie and [link
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Donald Sutherland Reflects on Storied Career Ahead of Governors Award

Donald Sutherland Reflects on Storied Career Ahead of Governors Award
Despite a storied career and some 180 screen credits, Donald Sutherland has never been nominated for an Academy Award. The closest he can recall being involved is he got to present one once. So he was shocked when he learned he had been selected as one of this year’s honorary Oscar recipients. But he’s been a favorite for some time, no doubt due in large part to the sense that the Academy is tardy in its recognition.

“I don’t think I’m overdue,” Sutherland says, “but certainly we’re running out of time at 82.”

The moment invites reflection on his career — a career that is still very much in progress, as his recent schedule has the professional traveling from Toronto to Los Angeles to Rome to perform at the top of his game for filmmakers including Danny Boyle and James Gray.

He’s had very few bad tastes left in his mouth over the years
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Sliff 2017 Interview: Actor Patrick Fabian – Star of Driverx

Driverx screens Sunday, November 5th at 3:15pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Producer Mark Stolaroff will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here.

Skidding into middle age, a stay-at-home dad must drive for an Uber-like ride-share company to help support his working wife and two young daughters. Leonard (Patrick Fabian of “Better Call Saul”), a middle-aged man living in the suburbs, has lost his mojo. It’s been two years since the demise of his record store, and now he’s a stay-at-home dad taking care of two young daughters while wife Dawn (Tanya Clarke) works during the day. With both kids now in elementary school, he’s been interviewing for jobs, but

record companies aren’t looking for a 50-year-old music lover with a knowledge of classic rock and pre-’80s hip-hop.
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Harry Stradling Jr., ‘The Way We Were’ Cinematographer, Dies at 92

Harry Stradling Jr., ‘The Way We Were’ Cinematographer, Dies at 92
Harry Stradling Jr., a two-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer for “1776” and “The Way We Were,” died Oct. 17 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 92.

He was the son of cinematographer Harry Stradling, who has more than 130 credits to his name, including “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” and “My Fair Lady.” His great uncle was a cinematographer in the silent era, known for films starring Mary Pickford.

“Harry was a giant in the business,” Steven Poster, president of the Icg said in a statement. “Between him and his father, they spanned almost the entire history of motion picture industry before the end of last century. I first remember his name from watching ‘Gunsmoke’ as a kid. When I first met him, it was like meeting a star, and I will never forget that.”

During his prolific film career, Stradling Jr. worked heavily in Westerns, including cinematography
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Special Review: Ritesh Batra’s Our Souls At Night

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A Netflix Original production, Ritesh Batra’s third film is an adaptation of Kent Haruf’s final novel, Our Souls At Night, set in the fictional prairie town of Holt, Colorado.

One evening, Addie Moore (Jane Fonda) pays a visit to her neighbour Louis Waters (Robert Redford), in order to make him a proposition of sorts. Addie wonders if Louis would be interested in coming over to her house and sleeping with her. What Addie is proposing is not sex – long widowed, she’s looking for companionship, the comfort of someone to talk to and sleep next to, and she wonders if Louis might feel the same way.

The two try out this experiment of sorts, much to the amusement and consternation of those around them. The awkwardness of the arrangement is palpable, but as Addie and Louis talk and learn more about each other, an obvious warmth grows between them.
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Helen Mirren Set for Chaplin Award, European Film Academy Honors Newcomers, and More — Awards Roundup

Helen Mirren Set for Chaplin Award, European Film Academy Honors Newcomers, and More — Awards Roundup
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Academy Award–winning actor Helen Mirren will be honored at the 45th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, April 30, 2018. A beloved figure of stage, screen, and television, Mirren has bestowed upon the world a series of iconic performances in a career spanning more than fifty years. The annual event will be attended by a host of notable guests and presenters and will include movie and interview clips, culminating in the presentation of the Chaplin Award.

“It is an honor and a pleasure for us to present Helen Mirren with our 45th Chaplin Award,” said Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman. “From housemaid to Queen and everything in between, Ms. Mirren has delivered masterful performances of complex characters, upending stereotype after stereotype along the way.
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