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'The Revenant' leads BAFTA wins with five; 'Mad Max' scores four

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BAFTA crowned Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant on Sunday night with wins for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor.Click Here For Full List Of Winners

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant was the big winner at the Bafta awards as the frontier epic converted five of its eight nominations including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor for Leonardo Di Caprio.

Mexican writer, producer and director Iñárritu, nominated in three categories last year for Birdman, praised Leonardo DiCaprio’s “commitment” to the film, and that of his crew which he said “made it all possible in very extreme circumstances”.

BAFTA voters stuck to the script in the lead actor categories with favourites Brie Larson winning for her portrayal of a young mother held captive in Room and Leonardo DiCaprio converting his fourth BAFTA nomination into a win for his muscular performance in The Revenant, about a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the »

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Emir Kusturica to Head Shanghai Festival Jury

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

European director Emir Kusturica has been appointed as head of the international jury for the Shanghai International Film Festival (June 11-19.)

The festival last year screened 391 Chinese and international films over a ten day period, putting on 1,275 public screenings.

It also organized markets for finished films and for projects seeking finance and production partners. These are all set to return for the 2016 edition.

Kusturica and the jury will decide on a series of ‘Golden Goblet’ awards for the films in competition.

Previous jury chiefs have included Luc Besson and Danny Boyle.

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'The Big Short' Co-Writer Thinks Casting Of Michael Fassbender In 'Steve Jobs' Was "Problematic"

12 February 2016 2:41 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In a few weeks, the awards season will be wrapped up, and time will start being the judge of those of won, the pictures that didn't make the grade, and those that perhaps should have. For me, I think "Steve Jobs" deserved a bit more love beyond the acting nods for Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet (Daniel Pemberton's score, for example, is pretty underrated, one of the better ones of the year). But there were many who had issues with Danny Boyle's movie, including those who wound up with Oscar nominations. Read More: The 20 Best Movies Of 2015 All the Best Screenplay nominees gathered together for a panel talk this week, and when asked what changes they would make the other Oscar nominated films by moderator Jeff Goldsmith, "The Big Short" co-writer, Charles Randolph, took a little jab at "Steve Jobs," which, notably, also missed a screenplay nod for Aaron Sorkin. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Berlin Film Review: ‘War on Everyone’

12 February 2016 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Everything “War on Everyone” writer-director John Michael McDonagh knows about United States law enforcement he must have learned watching ’70s cop shows, while the rest of his outlook on the American way of life may as well have been cribbed from vintage photographs and Glen Campbell records. Not a bad mix of influences for the wicked-dark Irish satirist to recombine for his virgin foray abroad, a talky, sexy, irreverent and ultimately somewhat surreal buddy-cop movie in which two detectives one suspension shy of early retirement stick their noses into the middle of a million-dollar heist, hoping to bust the criminals and keep the loot for themselves. While his American competition practices the right to remain silent, McDonagh writes his clever, coal-black heart out, delivering another firecracker script, whose explosively entertaining execution boasts considerably more commercial potential than his previous two indies, “Calvary” and “The Guard.”

On the good-cop/bad-cop continuum, »

- Peter Debruge

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Michael Fassbender on Finding the Essence of ‘Steve Jobs’

11 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Fassbender has made a career out of portraying real-life characters, from his breakthrough role as Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s “Hunger” to Carl Jung in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method.” His mesmerizing turn in the title role of Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” has earned him not only raves but his second Oscar nomination. The busy actor called from the Oslo set of “The Snowman,” just days after wrapping production on “Assassin’s Creed.”

What did you know about Steve Jobs before you took the role?

Pretty much zero, to be honest. Obviously, I knew of the man and his connection to Apple, but not much more than that. Also, I’m sort of crap when it comes to technology and gadgets, so I was pretty green.

Did you learn much from meeting the people who knew Steve?

We were all lucky to meet people like Joanna Hoffman, »

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FILM4 is the Company with 15 Academy Award Nominations Nobody is Talking About but Should Be

9 February 2016 4:04 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Titles backed by Film4 this year have a total of 15 Oscar nominations including a Best Picture and Best Director nomination and three of the five Oscar Best Actress Nominees: Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling.  The total tally of Film4’s awards nominations and wins across the Academy, BAFTA, critics groups, guilds, etc. in 2015 to date is: 181 wins out of a total 581 nominations (95% of which were in the U.S.) across 11 films -  “Room”, “Carol”, “Suffragette”, “Youth”, “The Lobster", "Ex Machina", "45 Years”,  “Amy”, “Macbeth”, “Slow West”, and “Dark Horse”.

Film4 has already had two Academy Best Picture wins in recent years with "Slumdog Millionaire" and "12 Years A Slave" amid other Academy Award nominations, so we can declare they are a force to be reckoned with.

This year again they have more nominations than most Hollywood Studios!  The New York based Distribution and Production Company A24 has seven nominations, and people are talking about them as serious players in the Oscar race, so let’s talk about Film4

Film4 is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative, both new and established, talent. It develops and co-finances films and is well known for its involvement with “The Last King of Scotland” (2006), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “This is England” (2006), “Seven Psychopaths” (2012), “12 Years a Slave” (2013) as well as its most recent crop of successes in the current awards season which has also already garnered a record number of BAFTA nominations this year - 22 in all.

Sue Bruce Smith is the head of distribution and brand strategy at Channel 4’s feature film division, Film4.  She supports the building and financing of projects from the U.K. broadcaster. She works in some capacity across most of the Film4 slate but has been particularly associated with films like “Room”, “The Lobster”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “The Last King of Scotland”, “Tyrannosaur”, “The Imposter” and “Le Weekend”,

Sue has been at Film4 over 12 years. Prior to this she has worked variously in U.K. distribution, broadcaster investment in film, international sales and independent production at Palace Pictures, BBC Films, Littlebird and Film4.

Sl: Can you define what exactly you do at Film4?

Sue Bruce Smith: What I do varies quite a bit from film to film.  Some of the seasoned producers are more adept at finding partners and don’t need much in the way of help putting their finance together.  However, we also work with emerging producers and directors who require more guidance so I am on hand to help them access the right co-production or distribution partners to ensure the film is built in the best possible way.  Once the film is completed, I again get involved in the strategy for the launch of the film and I oversee the distribution activity.  Protecting and maximizing the strength of our Film4 brand is a key consideration in everything I do.  We are also the only free-to-air channel dedicated to film in the U.K. so this really helps define our strong brand.

 

Sl: How are productions greenlit at Film4?

Sue Bruce Smith:The creative and commercial team within Film4 will guide a project through development to final greenlight.  David Kosse, Director of Film4 is a key part of the whole progression of the film and his final decision, based very much on the soundings he gets from his senior team, also obviously draws heavily on his valuable experience and understanding of film investment and the international marketplace.  The Film4 team is a very inclusive team of about 23 people working across development, production, finance and distribution.  it is also able to draw upon additional resources within the Channel4, most specifically in marketing and press.

Sl: Do you do co-productions?

Sue Bruce Smith: If you mean financial co-productions, yes lots.  These tend to be U.S. set financial co-productions or they might come out of Europe.  But official co-productions are relatively rare as it is more difficult and takes longer to set up.  “Room”, however, was an official co-production with Telefilm Canada and “The Lobster” was the result of a wonderful collaboration of over five different European co-producers.

Sl: What sort of budget parameters do you work with?

Sue Bruce Smith: We span from the very low to sometimes quite high.  We try not to limit ourselves and allow the project to find its optimum level.   When we developed “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” with Ink Factory, in the course of looking for partners we found a fan in Tom Rothman who at that time was in the process of rebuilding production at TriStar and we have ended up, as a result, being involved in an Ang Lee film!  However these are the exceptions and the range is usually between Us $3m to Us$15m.

Going forward, we are keen to be bolder in how Film4 invests especially when we feel a film is a potential break out.  We operate a cross subsidy model where the bigger, more commercial investments allow us to generate revenue that then supports the new emerging talent.  It is worth noting that absolutely everything we earn from our films goes straight back into more development and film investment.

Sl: Do you have special “strands” for particular types of films?

Sue Bruce Smith: We don’t really distinguish films in strands we just work across many levels and genres. First time filmmakers tend to have smaller budgets - around Us$3m and they are built in a slightly different way.  For our larger projects I’d say our sweet spot is $10 – 15 million. 

Sl: How do you find projects?

Sue Bruce Smith:: We are constantly scouting for interesting new talent, watching shorts like “Robots of Brixton” where we found Kibwe Tavares, culling talent from our TV arm (like Yann Demange who worked with us on the TV series “Top Boy” before making “'71”) from theater (Lucy Kirkwood who we are making a short film with and developing a feature), the arts (which is where Steve McQueen originated and is still very active) and writing (Alex Garland who adapted “Never Let Me Go” for us and went on to make his striking debut “Ex Machina”)

Sl: I notice you don’t do international sales like you used to in the 80s.

Sue Bruce Smith: Yes we shed the international sales division and the U.K. Distribution arm back in 2002 and brought the focus back to our core development and co-financing activities.  We currently work with a wide range of sales agents like Protagonist, Hanway, Cornerstone, FilmNation, Westend, Pathe, Studio Canal, Independent and others.

Sl: In the early days in the 1980s operations were different.

Sue Bruce Smith: David Rose, in 1982, was the real visionary behind Film4.  He decided Channel4 would be different from all other TV channels.  Channel4 was the first U.K. broadcaster, through its film arm, Film on Four, to develop and co-finance films and, crucially, to allow these films to play in cinemas before their television transmission on Channel4. Our theatrical model became Film on Four and HBO, Sbs and Arte followed this lead. “Walter” by Stephen Frears followed this route in 1982.   Frear's next film “My Beautiful Laundrette” followed shortly after in 1985

(An aside here by Sydney Levine):

If my readers will indulge me for a little history lesson in how films change with technological change, I want to point out that in the early days of home video, in 1985, Sue and I (a couple of the pioneer women in the modern business) shared in the good fortune resulting from the shift in the movie and TV business.  

Working for the biggest TV production house in U.S. in the days of “Dallas”, I came to Lorimar to buy for home video, the fastest growing new technological distribution tool yet.  We put up $175,000 advance to acquire home video rights to the Film4 feature “My Beautiful Laundrette” for U.S.  $75,000 of that was to be used as P&A by theatrical distributor Orion Pictures Classics’ platform theatrical release – to platform first in N.Y. and L.A for critical reviews, and then, if profitable, to expand across the nation.  It was the first British film to come to U.S. in many a year (except of course for the James Bond franchise).  Orion Classics was headed by Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Donna Gigliotti who paid no advance but used the P&A allotment wisely and well.  It was a happy association that we shared a couple of more times before they moved on to form Sony Pictures Classics and I moved on to Republic Pictures, reconstructed by Cnb’s Russell Goldsmith, former CEO of Lorimar. This Film4 picture, “My Beautiful Laundrette” was by complete unknowns in the U.S. and was a first for us all.  We did not know it would go on to gross $7 million at the box office (a huge amount at that time for an independent film) and would sell 75,000 video units (at $50 wholesale a piece = $3,750,000).  We at Lorimar made a $1 million profit and overages of $1 million went to Channel 4 and $1 million went to Working Title.  I got a $100 bonus, and we were all delighted.  My association with Film4 was followed by many loyal and loving years and reunions, but that is another lesson.  

To quote Adam P. Davies, the writer of the U.K. Film Finance Handbook 2005/6: How to Fund Your Film:

Stephen Frears’s 1985 “My Beautiful Laundrette” signalled a change in direction for the industry in that TV backed film investment started to feed local productions.  The Channel4 film encouraged the broadcasters to increase investment in filmmaking over the late 80s and also launched Working Title, initially run by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radcliffe (who left in 1992 to run her own company) and later Eric Fellner, with whom Bevan runs the company today [in a longstanding deal with Universal-Focus].  Video distributor and producer Palace Pictures, run by Nik Powell and Stephen Woolley, followed the success in 1985 of Neil Jordan’s “Company of Wolves” with “Mona Lisa” in 1986.  The British Film Commission launched in 1992 [when “The Crying Game” had its world success]. 

Sue was at Palace Productions when I was at Lorimar and Republic and our paths crossed many times and so I was quite eager to share the latest good fortune of the 2016 Academy Awards at a time when the Academy is being besieged by negative publicity.  At that time, back in ’85, I suggested to Michael and Tom that they put up Daniel Day Lewis for Best Actor Nomination and as I recall, they told me British films or British actors in British films were not acceptable to the Academy, and so neither he nor the film was put up for nomination. 

My Beautiful Laundrette” obviously had Asian actors; it was about a gay skinhead and a Pakistani.  Diversity was at its core, but it did not get past the British line of demarcation the Academy had drawn in ’85.  Its ethnic boundaries might have existed if anyone had tried to test them but that was not even an issue in 1985. “Diversity” in those days did not exist as a word one used and the very idea of diversity was even more limited than today.  

Film4 has had a key role in proactively promoting different voices and stories since the 1980s. And today diversity is a crucial consideration in the decisions Film4 makes about its developments and productions with the aim of increasing diversity across all areas of the business.  They have several films currently in development with Bame writers and directors and are successfully working with many female directors such as Andrea Arnold, Debbie Tucker Green, Susanna White, Clio Bernard, Sarah Gavron and Lynne Ramsay.

In January last year parent company Channel4 launched the 360 Degree Diversity Charter which is all about a commitment to implementing diversity on and off screen and to measuring its progress.  It is tied to Project Diamond, an industry-wide diversity monitoring system.  Its results will be published in the next few months. 

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful U.K. films of recent years, Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s "12 Years a Slave", Danny Boyle’s "Slumdog Millionaire", Phyllida Lloyd’s "The Iron Lady” and Martin McDonagh’s "In Bruges" in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s "Mr. Turner", Chris Morris’ "Four Lions", Shane Meadows’ "This is England", Ben Wheatley’s “Sightseers", Clio Barnard’s "The Selfish Giant" Jonathan Glazer’s "Under the Skin" and David Mackenzie’s "Starred Up".

Film4’s recent releases include; Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room", Todd Haynes’ “Carol", Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette", Justin Kurzel’s “Macbeth", Yorgos Lanthimos’ "The Lobster", Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary “Amy", Andrew Haigh’s "45 Years", Alex Garland’s "Ex Machina", Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth", Peter Strickland’s "The Duke of Burgundy", Daniel Wolfe’s "Catch Me Daddy" and John Maclean’s "Slow West".

Forthcoming releases include; Ben Wheatley’s "High-Rise" and "Free Fire", Ang Lee’s "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk", Benedict Andrews’ “Una" and Andrea Arnold’s "American Honey".

For further information visit www.film4.com/productions, but for now, here is the Cheat Sheet on Film4’s 2016 Total Oscar Nominations numbering 15.  It will be at my side as I watch the Awards on February. Parenthetically, I am also looking forward to watching the fashions before the show, and inside the show, to catching that one loose cannon who will deliver the only inspirational speech in a rather inspirationless, basically boring, but still worthy traditional show.

3 of 5 Oscar Best Actress Nominees – Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling

Nomination tally by film:

Room” – 4 - Picture, Actress, Director, Best Adapted Screenplay

Carol” – 6 –Actress, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Score

Ex Machina” – 2 –Original screenplay, Visual Effects

Amy” – 1 – Documentary Feature

“45 Years” – 1 – Actress

Youth” – 1 – Original Song

Film4-backed films Oscar® nominations in full:

Carol

Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett

Actress in a Supporting Role: Rooney Mara

Adapted Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy

Achievement in Cinematography: Ed Lachman

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original score): Carter Burwell

Achievement in Costume Design: Sandy Powell

Room

Best Motion Picture of the Year: Ed Guiney

Achievement in Directing: Lenny Abrahamson

Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson

Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue

Ex Machina

Original Screenplay: Alex Garland

Achievement in Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

“45 Years”:

Actress in a Leading Role: Charlotte Rampling

Youth

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original song): Simple Song # 3, music and lyrics by David Lang

Amy

Best Documentary Feature: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees

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- Sydney Levine

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U.K.’s Channel 4 Boosts Funding for Film4 by $14.5 million

9 February 2016 11:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — British broadcaster Channel 4 has increased funding to its film production arm, Film4, from £15 million ($21.7 million) to £25 million ($36.1 million) in 2016 — with the ambition of maintaining similar increased levels of Film4 funding in future years.

In addition, Film4 has inked a co-financing deal with Fox Searchlight for Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and a new two-year partnership with Entertainment Film Distributors and Fp Films, the production company set up by “The Inbetweeners” creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, for four comedy feature films.

Upcoming Film4 projects include “Dark River,” the next film from Clio Barnard, the director of “The Selfish Giant”; Bart Layton’s heist movie “American Animals”; the next film from “45 Years” director Andrew Haigh, “Lean on Pete”; Garth DavisMary Magdalene biopic; Danny Boyle’s long-awaited sequel to “Trainspotting”; and several films from first-time filmmakers – Michael Peace’s “Beast,” Toby MacDonald’s “Old Boys,” Adam Smith »

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Film4 funding increased to record $36m; signs Fox Searchlight deal

9 February 2016 11:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New deals announced with Fox Searchlight and The Inbetweeners creators Fp Films in statement of intent from Film4 boss David Kosse.

Film4 has announced a major increase in its funding, which will rise from $22m to $36m (£15m to £25m) for 2016.

The substantial funding increase will also include two major new partnerships: a co-financing deal with Fox Searchlight for In Bruges director Martin McDonagh’s new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; and a new two-year partnership with Entertainment Film Distributors (Efd) and Fp Films, the production company set up by The Inbetweeners creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, for four new comedy feature films.

The funding boost and new partnerships demonstrate the scale of Film4’s future ambitions, and represent a major coup for director of Film4 David Kosse as well as a huge vote of confidence from Channel 4 in his vision for the company’s film division.

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- matt.mueller@screendaily.com (Matt Mueller)

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Film4 funding increased to record $36m

9 February 2016 11:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New deals announced with Fox Searchlight and The Inbetweeners creators Fp Films in statement of intent from Film4 boss David Kosse.

Film4 has announced a major increase in its funding, which will rise from $22m to $36m (£15m to £25m) for 2016.

The substantial funding increase will also include two major new partnerships: a co-financing deal with Fox Searchlight for In Bruges director Martin McDonagh’s new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; and a new two-year partnership with Entertainment Film Distributors (Efd) and Fp Films, the production company set up by The Inbetweeners creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, for four new comedy feature films.

The funding boost and new partnerships demonstrate the scale of Film4’s future ambitions, and represent a major coup for director of Film4 David Kosse as well as a huge vote of confidence from Channel 4 in his vision for the company’s film division.

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- matt.mueller@screendaily.com (Matt Mueller)

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Inspector Morse: top 10 episodes

8 February 2016 8:16 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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A king among detective dramas, here are ten of the most complex, macabre and memorable cases faced by Inspector Morse...

Warning: contains spoilers.

Beer, Wagner, a red Jaguar, and Barrington Pheloung’s haunting theme. Those images conjure up one of the most memorable characters in British television. Inspector Morse’s final episode aired in the UK over fifteen years ago, yet the impression left by the hugely popular drama remains indelible. Its popular spinoff, Lewis, finished only last year after nine successful series, while a prequel, Endeavour, has just come to the end of a third four-episode run. The appeal of Morse and his Oxford is clearly as strong as ever.

Inspector Morse ran for 33 episodes between 1987 and 2000 (7 series and 5 specials). Colin Dexter’s bestselling series of thirteen Morse novels provided the basis for the show; twelve were adapted for television, while one, 1986’s The Secret of »

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Top British actors and directors defend BBC against cuts – video

7 February 2016 1:57 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stars including Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and director Danny Boyle defend the BBC against potential government cuts on its scope and funding. The stars were recruited for The Great BBC Campaign by independent producers Charlie Parsons and Waheed Alli, a Labour peer. The celebrities agreed to lobby for the corporation because, they all say, because it inspired them

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12 movies and their unused, downbeat endings

5 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Body Snatchers to World War Z, here are 12 movies intended to have downbeat endings, but were changed for their theatrical release...

 Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen the subject of a particular entry, pay careful consideration to skipping it until you have...

"Good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature."

So said General Corman in Apocalypse Now. But what Corman should have said is, "Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature - assuming test audiences or studio executives will allow it to happen."

Downbeat endings are by no means out of the question in mainstream movies, but there have been times where filmmakers have, often at the last minute, had to go back and shoot a happier ending for one reason or another. For your delectation, »

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12 movies and their unused, downbeat endings

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From Body Snatchers to World War Z, here are 12 movies intended to have downbeat endings, but were changed for their theatrical release...

 Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen the subject of a particular entry, pay careful consideration to skipping it until you have...

"Good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature."

So said General Corman in Apocalypse Now. But what Corman should have said is, "Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature - assuming test audiences or studio executives will allow it to happen."

Downbeat endings are by no means out of the question in mainstream movies, but there have been times where filmmakers have, often at the last minute, had to go back and shoot a happier ending for one reason or another. For your delectation, »

- ryanlambie

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Contest: Win Steve Jobs Blu-Ray

2 February 2016 10:39 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though it didn’t get quite as much awards attention as it perhaps deserved, Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs was still one of the very best films of 2015. Featuring a tour de force performance from Michael Fassbender and some brilliant writing from Aaron Sorkin, it presented an exciting and insightful look into the life of its titular icon.

To celebrate the film’s upcoming release on Blu-ray on February 16th, we’re going to give away one copy to a lucky reader. To enter for a chance to win, simply subscribe to our brand new push notification system here (please note that it is only available in Google Chrome at the moment).

Doing so will allow you to receive real-time updates on breaking news from We Got This Covered. Additionally, the winner will also be announced via push notification. Once you’ve subscribed, send an email to info@wegotthiscovered.com »

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: February 1-7

1 February 2016 8:55 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Bridge of Spies"

Steven Spielberg's mid-20th Century Cold War drama is nominated for six Academy Awards -- Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Rylance), Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay. Tom Hanks stars as Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan, who is sent by the CIA on a near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The movie is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD on February 2. Blu-ray bonus featurettes, which go behind-the-scenes of the film and showcase the real-life historical events, include "A Case of the Cold War: Bridge of Spies," "U-2 Spy Plane: Beale Air Force Base," "Spy Swap: Looking Back on the Final Act," and "Berlin 1961: Recreating the Divide. »

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Won’t See Noomi Rapace Return

1 February 2016 2:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Huge Alien Covenant Noomi Rapace news: The actress will Not return as Elizabeth Shaw. Alien Covenant Noomi Rapace news

Big Alien Covenant Noomi Rapace news. Yes, it has been confirmed that Noomi Rapace will not return for the Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant. Rapace played the role of Elizabeth Shaw in the first movie, which was released back in 2012.

The Alien Covenant Noomi Rapace exit news comes from the Daily Mail. Their film critic Baz Bamigboye asked Ridley Scott if Rapace will be reprising her role in the film, which is about to start shooting this month down in Australia.

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I asked if Noomi Rapace, who was in his film Prometheus (from which Covenant follows), would be working with him in Australia and he said no. ‘We’re still casting the main roles,’ he said.

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Last-Minute SAG Awards 2016 Predictions: Sentimentality and 'Diversity'

30 January 2016 4:50 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2016 SAG Awards Predictions: The Winners Last-minute SAG Awards predictions, as the 2016 SAG Awards ceremony will begin in about half an hour (Jan. 30) at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. So far, there's one clear winner at the ceremony. That's veteran film and (mostly) television actress Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show, Annie), who will be handed the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be handling that particular presentation. As for the SAG Awards' competitive motion picture categories, this year remains murkier than most even though the list of likely winners has been narrowed down in recent weeks – especially following the Golden Globes ceremony and the Oscar nominations announcement. The 'oddities' The easy part: eliminating the “oddities.” No matter how good (or not-so-good) their performances, Johnny Depp in Black Mass, Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back, Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold, Idris Elba »

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All Five Oscar-Nominated Directors to Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival Award

28 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Lenny Abrahamson ("Room"), Alejandro G. Iñárritu ("The Revenant"), Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short"), and George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road") — the Oscars' final five — will all receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Outstanding Director of the Year Award. (Check out our interviews with the five Oscar nominees for Best Director at the links above.) Read More: "Oscar Predictions 2016" The individual honors, to be handed out February 11 at Santa Barbara's Arlington Theater, will be followed by a conversation among the directors. Past recipients include Oscar winners Laura Poitras ("Citizenfour"), Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), and Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"), as well as Oscar nominees Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"), David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), Bennett Miller »

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Steve Jobs Comes to Homes via Streaming & Disc in February

23 January 2016 12:30 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Universal City, California, January 21, 2015 – An intimate and revealing portrait of one of the chief architects of the digital age, Steve Jobs is coming to Digital HD on February 2, 2016, and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on February 16, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Oscar®-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball) and Oscar®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), Steve Jobs is an up-close-and-personal look at the founder of Apple, a remarkable creative genius whose vow to put computers in the hands of ordinary people changed the world.  A “must-see, one-of-a-kind that cannot be ignored” according to Indiewire’s Anne Thompson, Steve Jobs on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD also comes with a revealing “making-of” documentary and feature commentary by the filmmakers.

Witness the founder of Apple like never before. Steve Jobs paints an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, »

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Danny Boyle, Bernard Telsey Honored at 31st Annual Artios Awards

22 January 2016 12:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Casting Society of America held its 31st Annual Artios Awards Thursday, which took place both in New York and Los Angeles simultaneously. Greg Grunberg hosted the Los Angeles awards at the Beverly Hilton, where Aaron Sorkin presented Danny Boyle with the career achievement award, and Sarah Paulson presented Bernard Telsey with the Hoyt Bowers award, which honors casting directors.

While this award show was previously held in the fall, CSA president Richard Hicks explained the recent switch to the new year. “We moved this event from November to January to be part of the Oscar conversation because casting does not get the respect it deserves,” Hicks told Variety. “To see this event kind of balloon and its kind of importance in the Hollywood calendar is thrilling for me and a validation that casting can support that level of excitement.”

After watching a short montage of Telsey’s accomplishments, Paulson (“Carol,” “American Horror Story”) noted she wasn’t featured in any of those movies. “I’m not sure why you asked me to do this. I mean, Meryl is in there twice, so is Anne Hathaway… What, was Allison Janney busy?” Paulson joked. “This is bullsh—.” Paulson went on to praise Telsey as a casting director, emphasizing his knowledge of theater.

“That was my first love,” Telsey told Variety. “I knew about theater before I did film and TV. To me the theater world just feeds into TV and film.”

Sorkin stressed the importance of casting and went on to discuss the initial pushback encountered by “Slumdog Millionaire.” “In 2008 [Boyle] had a project that was put in turnaround, twice. Once before it was made and once after. The feeling was that moviegoers simply wouldn’t be interested in a film that had no white people in it. ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ went on to be nominated for 10 Academy Awards,” Sorkin said. »

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