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Oscar Race at the 2016 Halfway Mark: Diversity and Confusion

24 June 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).

In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.

The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight, »

- Tim Gray

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Brian De Palma Remembers Kicking Oliver Stone Off Set, Feeding De Niro His Lines Ahead of 'De Palma' Doc

10 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

No, Brian De Palma didn't hate Star Wars when his good friend George Lucas showed him an early cut — but he did help to improve the iconic first entry in the blockbuster franchise. The real story "has been not reported correctly,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter of the episode. “We all thought the movie was fantastic. I thought certain things didn’t make any sense, especially the crawl. And Jay Cocks and I rewrote it so it seemed to make a little more sense.” This is not a story you'll find in Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's new documentary, De Palma,

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Why 'Bad News Bears' Is the Greatest Baseball Movie Ever Made

7 April 2016 6:47 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

For folks who loves both baseball and movies, it's incredibly sad that Hollywood's takes on our national pastime continually whiff with a frequency that makes Adam Dunn look like Joe Dimaggio. But 40 years ago today, a film was released that got everything beautifully, hilariously and even painfully right: The Bad News Bears. A tartly-scripted comic saga about a no-hope Little League team from L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, the film — directed by Michael Ritchie from an original screenplay written by Bill Lancaster — shocked and amused audiences with its unbridled »

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Studiocanal to release Scorsese’s 'Silence' in UK

5 April 2016 3:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Historical drama stars Adam Driver, Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield.

Studiocanal will release Martin Scorsese’s anticipated historical drama Silence in the UK.

Based on Japanese author Shunsaku Endo’s novel of the same name, Silence follows two Jesuit Portuguese Catholic priests who face persecution after travelling to Japan to locate their mentor. Adam Driver, Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield star.

Also among the cast are Ciaran Hinds (Munich) and Tadanobu Asano (Thor). Jay Cocks (Gangs Of New York) adapted the screenplay, while Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Barbara De Fina, Randall Emmett, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Irwin Winkler and Scorsese himself are producers.

Studiocanal’s UK CEO Danny Perkins said of the acquisition, which was inked at Cannes 2015: “We have been long admirers of Martin Scorsese and are truly thrilled to be bringing his latest feature to UK audiences.”

Im Global negotiated the deal on behalf of London-based AI-Film, who were principal financier on the project.

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