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Home Entertainment: Allied Blu-Ray review

The year is 1942, in French Morocco an American operative parachutes onto the sandy dunes before being picked up and whisked away to his ‘wife’. This is how Allied begins and, just like the rest of the film, isn’t quite what it seems.

Set during World War II, our story tells the journey of intelligence officer Max (Brad Pitt) who encounters a French Resistance fighter, Marianne (Marion Cotillard), when they embark on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Whilst they prepare for the task ahead the pair fall for each other and, upon completion of their deed, return to London and get married. Cut to a year later and the pair are happily married with a child, but Max gets news that his wife might actually be a German double agent. He has seventy-two hours to test her innocence, is she who he thinks she is? And if not, can
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Love Actually Sequel Photos Preview Hugh Grant’s Role

Love Actually Sequel Photos Preview Hugh Grant’s Role
A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com. Producer Emma Freud isn’t standing at our door with a set of romantic cue cards, but she is winning fans’ hearts with a new crop of photos from the set of the upcoming Love Actually sequel.

Freud previewed production on the new 20-minute short, titled Red Nose Day Actually, on Sunday morning, sharing a series of snapshots taken as returning actors Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon filmed their scenes over the weekend.

“And here he is. Our Prime Minister. Again. And still hot,” Freud tweeted, referencing Grant’s character,
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'Fantastic Beasts' Wins First Oscar for 'Harry Potter' Franchise

You're a winner, Harry.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won the award for best costume design at the Oscars, making it the first Academy Award for the Harry Potter franchise.

Colleen Atwood's 1920s looks for the Warner Bros. prequel beat out the nominated costumes of Allied (Joanna Johnston), Florence Foster Jenkins (Consolata Boyle), Jackie (Madeline Fontaine) and La La Land (Mary Zophres). A 12-time nominee, Atwood previously won Oscars for Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha and Alice in Wonderland.

Throughout the years, the eight Harry Potter films nabbed 12 nominations in...
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my picks for tonight’s 89th Academy Awards (the Oscars for 2016’s films)

Update:

Winners are now indicated. I correctly guessed 11 out of the 24 categories, which is slightly better than last year, when I guessed 10 out of 24.

Previous 02.26.17:

I’ve now seen as many of the nominated films as I will be able to before tonight’s ceremony, and here finally are my educated guesses about who will take home each award — projected winners are Xed at the lefthand side. Keep in mind: those Xes don’t represent whom I think should win Oscars but whom I think will win, based on what little I can grasp about how the Academy thinks. I’ve also noted which nominees I think should win. Kindly note that this is not necessarily my take on who did the best performance/writing/FX/whatever of the year, but whom I think is best among the nominees.

I have not noted a “should win” for the feature documentary category,
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Oscars 2017: The Complete Winners List

Oscars 2017: The Complete Winners List
The 89th Annual Academy Awards kicked off Sunday at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center, and as expected, the A-Listers came dressed to impress.

La La Land star Emma Stone wowed in a classy, custom-created Givenchy gown, while Hidden Figures star Taraji P. Henson opted for a blue velvet Alberta Ferretti dress, which featured a thigh-high slit. The men looked just as handsome, with Stone's co-star, Ryan Gosling, sporting a Gucci suit, and Fifty Shades Darker star Jamie Dornan in a cream-colored tuxedo jacket.

And while the red carpet looks were undoubtedly fabulous, all eyes were on the night's big winners. See the full list of everyone who took home a shiny statuette and check back throughout the night for updates!

Best Picture

Moonlight

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Fences

Arrival

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

Hacksaw Ridge

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea *Winner*

Denzel Washington, [link
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Academy Award Winners 2017: Updated List

Academy Award Winners 2017: Updated List
The 89th Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, honoring the best in film from the past year.

All eyes will be on “La La Land,” which tied the all-time record with 14 nominations. It’s widely seen as the frontrunner for best picture, and is in the running for top awards like best actor, actress, and director.

Other top competitors include “Arrival” and “Moonlight,” which nabbed eight nominations each. Three films — “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion,” and “Manchester by the Sea” — follow those up with six noms apiece.

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Jimmy Kimmel hosts the ceremony, which airs live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre. Keep up with an updated winners list below.

Best picture:

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Lead actor:

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,
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Art of Motion Picture Costume Designs Draws Oscar-Nominated Frocks and Suits

Art of Motion Picture Costume Designs Draws Oscar-Nominated Frocks and Suits
Perhaps the only thing more spectacular than the costumes at the opening night of the 25th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition were the attendees, dressed to the nines in elaborate hats and intricate sequined cocktail dresses. The costumes on display at the exhibition, sectioned off into groups representative of the year’s most glamour-filled and best-designed films, mimicked the guests’ glad rags in style and flamboyance, expanding on their luxe extravagance and drama.

Fans of film fashion will be able to check out the exhibit until April 22. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, located in downtown Los Angeles, charges no fee for admission to the three-room show, where guests can wander through 1950s Pittsburgh (à la “Fences”), Underland (“Alice Through the Looking Glass”), all the way to ancient Japan (“Kubo and the Two Strings”). Oscar-nominated costumes from “Allied” (designed by Joanna Johnston), “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Colleen Atwood,
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Costume Designers Guild Awards 2017: The Complete Winner's List!

Costume Designers Guild Awards 2017: The Complete Winner's List!
The 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards kicked off Tuesday at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, honoring the best in film, television and short-form costume design.

Hosted by This Is Us star Mandy Moore, the night was a star-studded fête, with Meryl Steep, who was honored with the prestigious Distinguished Collaborator Award, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Pierce Brosnan and James Corden all in attendance. Additional honorees included Lacoste Spotlight Award recipient Lily Collins, Career Achievement Award recipient Jeffrey Kurland, and Lois DeArmond, who received the Distinguished Service Award. Emmy Award-winning costume designer Ret Turner, who died at age 87 last May, was posthumously inducted into the Guild's Hall of Fame.

And while we certainly enjoyed seeing the aforementioned stars on the red carpet at the soiree, all eyes were on the night's nominated costume designers, who created the beloved looks we saw in Oscar-nominated films like La La Land, Jackie and [link
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Oscars: A Close Look at Costume Designer Colleen Atwood’s Career Thus Far

Colleen Atwood (Rafael Pulido/Courtesy of Citizens of Humanity)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

When it comes to the best costume design category at the Academy Awards there are few who shine brighter than the legendary Colleen Atwood. This talented woman has been nominated 12 times — including this year — and, out of those times, has taken home the trophy three times so far. Let’s take a deep dive into Atwood’s career and see how she stacks against her peers.

As mentioned above, the 68-year-old costume designer has been up for numerous Oscars. Films for which Atwood was just nominated for include: 1994’s Little Women, 1998’s Beloved, 1999’s Sleepy Hollow, 2004’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2009’s Nine, 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, and 2014’s Into the Woods. Films for which Atwood has won, on the other hand, include: 2002’s Chicago,
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Three Fittings: High Glamour and Low Spies in "Allied"

[New Series! Three Fittings will celebrate costume design in the movies. The number is necessary self-restraint for we love the art of costuming too much. We kicked off last week with La La Land icymi.]

Allied begins strongly with a weirdly lulling quiet parachute descent into the Moroccan dessert. Moments later the man from the sky is all wrapped up a stone blue headscarf, his face obscured, presumably to protect it from the sun and sand. This obscures the movie star within which is never a good thing so the scarf loses its functionality almost immediately. It's suddenly an accessory rather than a tool, just another texture and a complimentary color to the fetching earth tone ensemble on a ridiculously handsome man walking toward a car far off in the distance.

Who knew that an empty road in the desert could double as a runway?

Costume designer Joanna Johnston clues you in immediately that you're looking at a movie that's aiming for the glamorous illusion of Old Hollywood...
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La La Land Earns 14 Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards! See the Full List

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards are in and La La Land leads the pack with 14 nominations! I knew La La Land was going to explode at this event, and it's probably going to end up taking home many of the awards is was nominated for. The 14 nominations ties the record with 1997's Titanic and 1950's All About Eve.

Arrival ended up with eight nominations as did Moonlight, while Hacksaw Ridge, Lion, and Manchester by the Sea all got six. Deadpool ended up with zero nominations. I was hoping to see it somewhere on the list, but it looks like all that hype didn't work.

Every film and actor who was nominated for their work deserves to be on this list, so congratulations to them all! There are so many great films and actors to root for, but there can be only one winner in each category.

Jimmy Kimmel
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2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations

2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations
The 89th Academy Awards nominees were revealed on Tuesday morning, and as expected, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's musical movie, La La Land, earned the most nominations.

La La Land earned 14 nominations, making the film tied with Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950) for the most Oscar nods in history.

Previous Oscar-winning and nominated actors -- including Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe -- read off the nominees in the pre-taped Oscars announcement.

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Here's the full list of nominees:

Best Picture:

Moonlight

La La Land

Lion

Manchester By the Sea

Fences

Arrival

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

Hacksaw Ridge

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea

Denzel Washington, Fences

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Vigo Mortenson, Captain Fantastic

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Best Supporting Actor:

Dev Patel, Lion

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design
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Period and fantasy always have an advantage over contemporary in the Oscar costume universe. The Costume Designers branch, more than many others, is often willing to go their own way (remember winner “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert”?) They may not care if “The Dressmaker,” say, or “Allied,” did badly at the box office, or if everyone else seems to love “La La Land.” They just look at the clothes. But if Mary Zophre is up for both “La La Land” and “Hail, Caesar!,” the advantage goes to the Best Picture contender.

Contenders are listed in alphabetical order:

Frontunners

Colleen Atwood (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”)

Consolata Boyle (“Florence Foster Jenkins”)

Madeline Fontaine (“Jackie”)

Joanna Johnston (“Allied”)

Mary Zophres (“La La Land”)

Contenders

Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson (“The Dressmaker”)

Sharen Davis (“Fences”)

Dante Ferretti (“Silence”)

Renee Ehrlich Kalfus (“Hidden Figures”)

Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh (“Love
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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design
Read More: 2017 Oscar Predictions

Period and fantasy always have an advantage over contemporary in the Oscar costume universe. The Costume Designers branch, more than many others, is often willing to go their own way (remember winner “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert”?) They don’t care if “The Dressmaker,” say, or “Allied,” did badly at the box office, or if everyone else seems to love “La La Land.” They just look at the clothes.

Contenders are listed in alphabetical order:

Frontunners

Colleen Atwood (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”)

Consolata Boyle (“Florence Foster Jenkins”)

Madeline Fontaine (“Jackie”)

Joanna Johnston (“Allied”)

Mary Zophres (“La La Land”)

Contenders

Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson (“The Dressmaker”)

Sharen Davis (“Fences”)

Dante Ferretti (“Silence”)

Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh (“Love & Friendship”)

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Oscar Costume Roundup: Dressing for Love and Rebellion in ‘La La Land,’ ‘Jackie,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ and More

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Oscar Costume Roundup: Dressing for Love and Rebellion in ‘La La Land,’ ‘Jackie,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ and More
The past comes alive in bold fashion in the leading Oscar contenders for costume design: “La La Land,” “Jackie,” “Hidden Figures,” “Fences,” and “Allied.” They all encompass love, aspiration, pain, survival, and rebellion.

Dig deeper, and four of the five are period pieces, although Damien Chazelle’s retro musical embraces classical Hollywood; “Jackie” and “Hidden Figures” present unconventional female heroism; and “Hidden Figures” and “Fences” offer compelling African-American dramas.

La La Land

Costume designer Mary Zophres strongly embraced a classic, if timeless, look for Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling). But she shopped affordably, including the sales rack at Sachs, and knew pragmatically that she’d have to make all their clothes for the big dance sequences. The dresses had to offer a flattering cut, the colors that Chazelle wanted and fluid movement in the skirts.

“In my mind, there’s a bit of an arc to Mia,” Zophres told IndieWire.
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Jeff Bayer’s Official Ballot for the 22nd Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

I am a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca), which means I vote for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The winners will be revealed live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on A&E on Sunday, December 11 at 8Pm Et/ 5Pm Pt. T.J. Miller will return as the show’s host.

Here are my official choices. They have been bolded and italicized.

Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Lion

Loving

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Sully

Best Actor

Casey AffleckManchester by the Sea

Joel EdgertonLoving

Andrew GarfieldHacksaw Ridge

Ryan GoslingLa La Land

Tom HanksSully

Denzel WashingtonFences

Best Actress

Amy AdamsArrival

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Isabelle HuppertElle

Ruth NeggaLoving

Natalie PortmanJackie

Emma StoneLa La Land

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala AliMoonlight

Jeff BridgesHell or High Water

Ben Foster
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‘Fantastic Beasts,’ ‘Live By Night,’ ‘Allied’ Among Costume Design Oscar Contenders

‘Fantastic Beasts,’ ‘Live By Night,’ ‘Allied’ Among Costume Design Oscar Contenders
From 17th Century Japan to the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling, this year’s costume design Oscar race is typically wide-ranging, featuring many of the top talents in the field.

Period pieces always stand out, and one of the most vibrant displays this year is Jacqueline West’s work on Ben Affleck’s gangster picture “Live By Night.” Outfitting the somber hues of Depression Era Boston and the brighter casual colors of Tampa, West — a three-time nominee for “Quills,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Revenant” — was given a unique opportunity and ran with it.

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Live By Night” could run into trouble with critics, but thankfully this is a branch that doesn’t adhere to critical approval. That’s good news for films like “Rules Don’t Apply” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” too,
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La La Land leads the nominations for the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards

The Broadcast Film Critics Association have announced the nominations for the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards, with Damien Chazelle’s La La Land leading the field with 12 nominations in total, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Best Actress (Emma Stone).

Moonlight and Arrival both scored ten nominations apiece, and will contest Best Picture with La La Land against Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion, Loving, Manchester by the Sea and Sully.

Here’s the full list of nominations…

Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Lion

Loving

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Sully

Best Director

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Actor

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Joel Edgerton (Loving)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge
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The 2017 Critics Choice Awards nominations are in

The 2017 Critics Choice Awards nominations have come in and, as expected, the stunning La La Land is leading the way with no less than twelve nominations. Also doing well out of the nods are the equally stunning Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea, Lion and even David Mackenzie’s heist drama Hell Or High Water. Loving, Sully, Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge and Denzel Washington’s directorial effort Fences also get a look in in multiple categories.

Winners will be announced at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday December 11. Deadpool’s T.J. Miller will host the show from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

Here are the 2017 Critic Choice Awards nominations in full.

Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Lion

Loving

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Sully

Best Director

Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”)

Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”)

Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)

Kenneth Lonergan
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Critics’ Choice Award 2017 Nominations: La La Land, Arrival, & Moonlight Lead The Pack!

Image via the Critics' Choice Awards

Goodbye, 2016, hello, awards season! Man, what a year it’s been! A year with a lot of highs and a lot of lows. But like clockwork, just prior to the New Years bell ringing, members of various different groups sit down and vote on some of the standouts of the year in terms of film achievement. Just this past Monday, The Annie Awards released their big nominations for the year, and now, the Critics’ Choice Awards have done the same!

Read: Annie Awards 2017: Zootopia And Kubo Top This Year's Nominations!

As expected, coming out of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone vehicle La La Land is at the top of the nominations list with 12 nominations.Tied for second are the amazing sci-fi film Arrival, and the hard-hitting drama film, Moonlight, who each have 10 nominations.

One of the
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