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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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Emmanuel Lubezki’s Cinematic Eye: 20 Shots That Define His Iconic Career

Emmanuel Lubezki’s Cinematic Eye: 20 Shots That Define His Iconic Career
The iconic cinematographer has won three Oscars and worked with icons like Terrence Malick, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro González Iñárritu during the course of his career. Let’s look back at 20 of his very best shots.

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'The Shape of Water' Review: Guillermo del Toro's Girl-Meets-Monster Romance Is a Gem

'The Shape of Water' Review: Guillermo del Toro's Girl-Meets-Monster Romance Is a Gem
If you think it's high time that Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro joined fellow Mexican auteurs Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant) in the Oscar winners circle, The Shape of Water just may be the movie to do it. The Academy typically turns up its nose at the fantasy/horror genre that attracts del Toro (see: Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy). Not this time. His latest is a Cold War romance about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) who falls hard for an amphibious creature
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Guillermo del Toro: ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Almost Kept Me from Pitching ‘The Shape of Water’ Star Sally Hawkins

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Guillermo del Toro: ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Almost Kept Me from Pitching ‘The Shape of Water’ Star Sally Hawkins
Guillermo del Toro owes two famous friends and 14 tequila shots for his serendipitous introduction to Sally Hawkins, star of his Golden Lion–winning Oscar contender, “The Shape of Water.” On January 12, 2014, he received a call from from fellow Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, who instructed him, “‘Dude, come over to the Golden Globes party'”; Cuarón had won the evening’s Best Director statuette for “Gravity.” At Vulture Festival this weekend, del Toro recalled his reply: “I’m not going. I’m watching ‘Antiques Roadshow.'”

Read More: ‘The Shape of Water’ Trailer: Sally Hawkins Gives a Wordless Performance in Guillermo del Toro’s Fantastical Romance — Watch

But they were insistent, and sent a car to retrieve him from his home in Angoura Hills, California. “Because I’m fat, my body mass requires enormous amounts of alcohol,” del Toro explained to the audience at The Hollywood Roosevelt, seated next to his six-time collaborator,
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David Heyman interview: Paddington 2

Ben Mortimer Nov 9, 2017

Harry Potter and Paddington 2 producer chats to us about the films, about cinema, and about Ravenous...

Producer David Heyman has another hit franchise on his hands. Notwithstanding his huge success with the Harry Potter movies, he's also now on the verge of releasing Paddington 2 into cinemas. Which seemed like a good excuse for a nice chat...

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When you were in the midst of the first Paddington, did you imagine you’d be so successful that you’d not only be making a sequel, but also the second most successful non-us family film of all time?

I think it’s the most successful non-studio family film of all time.

I apologise. Clearly my sources are a little off.
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Morelia: Double Win for Gabriel Mariño’s ‘Yesterday Wonder I Was’ at the 15th Morelia Int’l Film Fest

Morelia, Mexico – Gabriel Mariño’s “Yesterday Wonder I Was” (“Ayer Maravilla Fui”) scooped two awards Saturday night at Mexico’s premiere competitive showcase for local cinema, the 15th Morelia International Film Festival. Marino’s black and white existential follow-up to his 2012 debut “A Secret World” won best first or second Mexican feature, which comes with a cash prize of some $16,000 (300,000 pesos) from main fest sponsor Cinepolis and post production services valued at $39,000 (750,000 pesos) from the storied Churubusco Studio.

Thesp Sonia Franco snagged a best actress prize for her moving performance in “Yesterday…” The best actor award went to Pedro Hernandez for his role in “Sinvivir,” Barcelona-born Anais Pareto’s tale of friends forced to live together, discovering what life is in the process.

Marcelo Tobar’s “Polar Bear” (“Oso Polar”), first presented at last year’s pix-in-post program Impulso Morelia and also Mexico’s first iPhone-shot film, won the best Mexican feature award. “Oso Polar” tracks
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Morelia: ‘Tempestad’s’ Tatiana Huezo Adapts ‘Prayers for the Stolen’ for Fiction Debut, ‘Noche de Fuego’ (Exclusive)

Morelia: ‘Tempestad’s’ Tatiana Huezo Adapts ‘Prayers for the Stolen’ for Fiction Debut, ‘Noche de Fuego’ (Exclusive)
Director of “Tempestad,” Mexico’s foreign-language Oscar submission, Tatiana Huezo, already one of Mexico’s most distinguished women filmmakers, will make her fiction feature debut, “Noche de fuego,” adapting Jennifer Clement’s “Prayers for the Stolen.”

One of the most buzzed-up projects at Morelia’s Sundance Lab, “Noche de fuego” is produced by Nicolas Celis and Jim Jarmusch collaborator Jim Stark (“Down By Law”) and is set up at Celis’ Pimienta Films, producer of Huezo’s docu-feature debut “The Tiniest Place” and “Tempestad,” and also a lead-producer on Alfonso Cuarón’s upcoming Spanish-language movie “Roma,” and a co-producer on “Pájaros del verano,” also in post, from Academy Award-nominated Colombian Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent”).

Tempestad” is also nominated for an International Emmy Award and is Mexico’s candidate for next February’s 32nd Spanish Academy Goya Awards, where it has currently made the last-16 longlist for Best Ibero-American Film.

El Salvador-born,
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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Announces Unusual Release Plan

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Announces Unusual Release Plan
Guillermo del Toro’s much-hyped (and already much-loved) fairy tale romance “The Shape of Water” is moving up one week, but only for a single market. The film will now open in limited release in New York City only on Friday, December 1, giving it the rare distinction of splitting up the traditional opening cities — NYC and Los Angeles — in order to open in just one for its first week.

The following week, on the film’s original release date of December 8, it will open in Los Angeles, expanding to further cities in the subsequent weeks. The Sally Hawkins-starrer’s expanded release date has not yet been publicized, but the awards contender will likely enjoy a healthy run throughout the month of December.

Read More:Alfonso Cuarón Says ‘The Shape of Water’ is ‘Amazingly Sublime,’ Teases Why ‘Roma’ is Taking So Long

While it’s unclear why the Golden
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TV Talk: New ‘The Punisher’ Trailer and Release Date

On this episode of Collider TV Talk (October 19th, 2017), Josh Macuga, Perri Nemiroff and Grace Hancock discuss: New The Punisher trailer & release date Nielsen says it will measure audiences for TV episodes that stream via Netflix Mark Ruffalo to play twin brothers in HBO limited series Casey Affleck and Alfonso Cuaron horror series American Horror Story: Cult review - Perri & Grace Mr. Robot Review - Josh Riverdale Review - Josh & Grace Perri interview clip with Crypt TV's Leeanna Vamp Twitter Questions Pick of the Day - If you could pick a candy to write a sitcom about, what candy …
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Casey Affleck teams with Alfonso Cuaron for horror TV drama

According to Deadline, Anonymous Content is shopping around a new TV drama package which has Oscar-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron attached to write and direct, with Academy Award-winning actor Casey Affleck on board to star.

Although details are being kept under wraps, the site reports that the project is a horror, and tracks the origins of a cult. Both Cuaron and Affleck are set to executive produce, and there is said to be interest from multiple cable and streaming outlets.

The as-yet-untitled series would mark the first TV series role for Manchester By the Sea star Affleck, whose upcoming feature film projects include Old Man and the Gun and Light of My Life, the latter of which he also writes and directs. Cuaron meanwhile will release his next film Roma in 2018.
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Alfonso Cuaron and Casey Affleck Team for New Horror Series

It’s always nice to hear of new horror projects heading our way, and this latest one is packing some Oscar gold in its pedigree. Deadline is reporting that a series package featuring filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y… Continue Reading →

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‘Liberation Day’ Review: A Slovenian Rock Band Visits Pyongyang in this Utterly Bizarre Look at Life in North Korea

Only one foreign rock band has ever performed in North Korea. Any guesses? Here’s a hint: Instead of thinking about the musicians who Kim Jong-un would invite to his tetchy hermit kingdom, try thinking about the musicians who might actually take him up on the offer. U2? No. Kid Rock? It’s a toss-up. The Slovenian art band Laibach, who emerged from the ashes of communist Yugoslavia and like to parody fascist regimes by adopting all of their favorite party tricks (sometimes with such a straight face that they’re accused of being Nazis themselves)? Absolutely.

And so, in August 2015, the current members of the Laibach collective flew to Pyongyang International Airport and prepared to play a concert in honor of the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule. Arranged by director Morten Traavik, a Fincher-like force of nature who’d orchestrated a number of trips to Pyongyang in the past,
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Alfonso Cuaron and Casey Affleck Teaming Up for Secretive Horror TV Series

While Alfonso Cuaron’s next film Roma is in the can and on track to hit theaters sometime next year, it appears he’s already prepping his next project and he’s going where many talented, Oscar-winning filmmakers are going as well: to television. Yes indeed, Deadline reports that the Gravity director is teaming up with Casey Affleck for a horror drama series that tracks the origins of a cult. Specific details are entirely under wraps, but Cuaron is writing, directing, and executive producing the untitled TV series while Affleck will star and executive produce. The project is currently …
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Casey Affleck To Star In Alfonso Cuarón’s Horror TV Series

There was probably a better time for this to be announced, and it’s likely the folks behind this project preferred to wait, but it’s representative of how Hollywood — even in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein — is slow to change.

Last year’s Best Actor Oscar winner Casey Affleck — who was involved in two sexual harassment suits that were later settled, and does not have a fan in Brie Larson — is attached to a brewing TV project from Alfonso Cuaron.

Continue reading Casey Affleck To Star In Alfonso Cuarón’s Horror TV Series at The Playlist.
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Alfonso Cuarón and Casey Affleck Coming to Television For Cult Horror Drama

Alfonso Cuarón and Casey Affleck are joining forces for what is bound to be one of the hottest new television series in development. Deadline reports the two Oscar winners are developing an untitled horror television series that will track the origins of a cult. The project is being developed under Anonymous Content, the production company behind “Mr. Robot,” and is being shipped around to pay cable and streaming outlets. Multiple networks are reportedly interested.

Read More:Alfonso Cuarón Says ‘The Shape of Water’ is ‘Amazingly Sublime,’ Teases Why ‘Roma’ is Taking So Long

Cuarón is writing, directing and executive producing the project. He won the Best Director Oscar for “Gravity” and last came to television as the co-creator and executive producer of the short-lived NBC drama series “Believe.” The director is currently in post-production on “Roma,” his first Mexican production since “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” which is set for a
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Alfonso Cuarón and Casey Affleck Coming to Television For Cult Horror Drama

Alfonso Cuarón and Casey Affleck are joining forces for what is bound to be one of the hottest new television series in development. Deadline reports the two Oscar winners are developing an untitled horror television series that will track the origins of a cult. The project is being developed under Anonymous Content, the production company behind “Mr. Robot,” and is being shipped around to pay cable and streaming outlets. Multiple networks are reportedly interested.

Read More:Alfonso Cuarón Says ‘The Shape of Water’ is ‘Amazingly Sublime,’ Teases Why ‘Roma’ is Taking So Long

Cuarón is writing, directing and executive producing the project. He won the Best Director Oscar for “Gravity” and last came to television as the co-creator and executive producer of the short-lived NBC drama series “Believe.” The director is currently in post-production on “Roma,” his first Mexican production since “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” which is set for a
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Casey Affleck To Star In Alfonso Cuarón Horror Drama TV Series

Exclusive: A drama series package featuring two Oscar winners, filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón and actor Casey Affleck, has hit the premium TV space. I hear the Anonymous Content project is being pitched to pay cable and streaming outlets, garnering interest from multiple networks. Details about the projects are being kept under wraps but I hear it is a horror genre series that tracks the origins of a cult. Cuarón is writing, directing and executive producing; Affleck is…
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Guillermo Del Toro on Film Business: "The People With the Money Are Assholes"

Guillermo Del Toro on Film Business:
“I had a f—d up childhood,” fantasy film maestro Guillermo del Toro said to kick off his master class at the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, where he spoke onstage to an enthusiastic crowd that included fellow Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuaron.

Del Toro is one of several directors, including Michael Mann, William Friedkin and Wong Kar-Wai, appearing at Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux’s ninth annual celebration of classic films and filmmakers, which takes place at the Institut Lumiere in Lyon.

Speaking candidly about his influences, inspirations, fears and desires, del Toro gave a raucous 90-minute talk Monday filled with keen observations,...
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Alfonso Cuarón Says ‘The Shape of Water’ is ‘Amazingly Sublime,’ Teases Why ‘Roma’ is Taking So Long

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is just under two months away from hitting theaters, and it’s already making fans out of some of the best directors in the world. Alfonso Cuarón, the Oscar winner behind “Gravity” and “Children of Men,” had nothing but raves for “The Shape of Water” while speaking to Variety at Lyon’s Lumière Film Festival

“It’s such an amazingly sublime, beautiful film,” he said. “Go, run immediately and go see that film. It’s absolutely sublime.”

Read More:‘Roma’ Behind-the-Scenes Exclusive: Alfonso Cuarón Films on Location in Mexico — Watch

The Shape of Water” is set during the Cold War and centers around the unusual romance between a lonely custodial worker (Best Actress contender Sally Hawkins) and an amphibious sea creature (Doug Jones) being tested on in a government facility. The movie won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and
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