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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects
A bunch of sequels and a remake are vying for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, many of them from Disney, including Bill Condon’s live-action remake of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Three Fox films offer stunning VFX: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which advances its visual effects technology over the last Matt Reeves installment featuring Weta Digital’s astonishing array of digital apes led by performance capture master Andy Serkis as Caesar, could win Weta’s Joe Letteri (“Avatar,” “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) his fifth Oscar. Another visually sumptuous sequel is Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” And Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is also impressive.

Two Warner Bros. blockbusters, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Patty Jenkins’ World War I superhero origin myth “Wonder Woman,
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Marvel announces start of production on Black Panther, Andy Serkis to return to McU

Marvel Studios officially revealed today that production on Black Panther, the upcoming 18th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has begun. While this information has been known for the past couple of days through set photos and tweets, the studio’s press release also provides plenty of previously unrevealed tidbits about the project, including a full cast list and a plot description.

Chadwick Boseman’s titular superhero/T’Challa will be joined in the cast by Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Lupita Nyong’o (The Jungle Book), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Martin Freeman (Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Angela Bassett (London Has Fallen), Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Andy Serkis (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Letitia Wright (Glasgow Girls), Winston Duke (Modern Family), Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War), Sterling K. Brown (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot) and John Kani (Nothing but the Truth).

While nearly all of the
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Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther Begins Production – Stars Chadwick Boseman

Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” upcoming “All Eyez on Me”), Martin Freeman (“Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”), Daniel Kaluuya (upcoming “Get Out,” “Sicario”), with Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “London Has Fallen”), with Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker (“Rogue One: AStar Wars Story,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), and Andy Serkis (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”).

Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn,” “Glasgow Girls”), Winston Duke (“Person of Interest, “Modern Family”), Florence Kasumba (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Emerald City”), Sterling K. Brown (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and John Kani (“Captain America: Civil War,
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Marvel Studios' Black Panther Has Started Production

I recently saw that Mondo is planning to release a vinyl version of the score for Ryan Coogler's Creed, which got me thinking about how utterly fantastic that movie is. I was excited to see what Coogler might do with a sequel (which still might happen), but I'm even more pumped to see what he does with Black Panther, the upcoming film from Marvel Studios. The company just sent out a press release stating that production is underway, and reading the cast list for this thing has me grinning bigger and bigger with every name. This cast is so stacked, it's ridiculous. (I'm not sure if I even knew that Forest Whitaker was in this movie, but I know now.) Read the full press release below, which includes what I believe is the first official synopsis of the film:

Burbank, Calif. (January 26, 2017)—Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Black Panther,
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Black Panther Official Synopsis and Full Cast Announced

Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War, Get on Up), Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, upcoming All Eyez on Me), Martin Freeman (Hobbit trilogy, Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (upcoming Get Out, Sicario), with Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, London Has Fallen), with Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lee Daniels' The Butler), and Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (Urban Hymn, Glasgow Girls), Winston Duke (Person of Interest, Modern Family), Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War, Emerald City), Sterling K. Brown (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and John Kani (Captain America: Civil War,
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Check Out This Sneak Peek Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Hitting theaters May 5, 2017 is Marvel StudiosGuardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.

On Wednesday, director James Gunn debuted the first poster from the new adventure on his Facebook page.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff
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'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Begins Shooting, Main Cast Announced

'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Begins Shooting, Main Cast Announced
Marvel Studios has begun principal photography in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither). The studio has also released the first official photo, which you can see below, and confirmed new cast members as well.

The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre, Guardians of the Galaxy) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Guardians of the Galaxy, Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (Joy, American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy,
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Officially Starts Filming, Shares First Cast Image

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Marvel Studios and James Gunn have officially announced the start of principal photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Tiny Groot even came along for the first cast image!

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista return to portray Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax, along with Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel lending their voices to Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, and Karen Gillan also return as Yondu, Kraglin, and Nebula.

New faces to join the cast include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), Chris Sullivan (The Knick) and Kurt Russell are all officially onboard. Their characters have yet to be revealed, but I really hope Russell plays a bad guy, with a very long mustache perhaps.

Check out the announcement from Gunn himself on Twitter and read the long and tedious press release from Marvel below if you want.

Principal Photography Begins
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First Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Teaser Image; Kurt Russell Confirmed as Production Begins

Pump up your Guardians of the Galaxy Mix Tape Vol. 1 soundtrack and celebrate because Marvel announced that director James Gunn has officially started production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

They've also released the fun teaser image that you can see above and announced the full cast of the film, which includes newcomers Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), Chris Sullivan (The Drop), Pom Klementieff who will most likely be playing Mantis, and Kurt Russell, who is rumored to be playing Star-Lord's dad! Marvel issued a press release this morning, and it included the following logline:

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

It doesn't give us much, but it's something to get us excited! I can't wait for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! The
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Filming Begins On James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

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Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Officially Starts Production With Kurt Russell!

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The Guardians of the Galaxy are officially back in action, as today brings word that James Gunn has started production on Vol. 2 reuniting the original cast with some newcomers as well.  Come inside to check out the full press release!  

Aside from the plethora of upcoming Star Wars films, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has to be one of my most anticipated films on the horizon.  The first film serves as a wonderful science fiction adventure, with endearing characters, and I can't wait to see what happens to them next.  Along with the production announcement, comes a new cast list, announcing new actors including Kurt Russell!  

Previously Russell had been rumored to be up for the part of Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) mysterious father...While the announcement doesn't reveal which part he's playing, it looks like those rumors may prove to be true.  Anywho, check out the full release
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Ves Awards: ‘Star Wars’, ‘The Martian’ & ‘The Walk’ Among Nominees

Nominees for the 14th Annual Ves Awards just landed, with films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian, and Mad Max: Fury Road getting love from the Visual Effects Society. The winners in 23 film and TV categories will be unveiled February 2 at the Beverly Hilton. Here are the nominess: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature Furious 7 Mike Wassel Karen Murphy Martin Hill Kevin McIlwain Dan Sudick San Andreas Colin Strause Randall Starr Bryan…
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"Bridge of Spies," "Carol" Lead BAFTA Nominations! Where's "Mad Max?" What About "Star Wars?"

Leave it to the Brits! The BAFTA nominations were announced and they gave us a slightly different look at the awards season! For instance, Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight," the leading Oscar contender in the U.S. just received 3 noms including Best Film, Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo and Original Screenplay. No Director nomination for McCarthy.

Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies," a handsomely-produced period piece led the pack along with Todd Haynes' "Carol," another handsomely-produced period piece. Both films garnered nine nominations each including Best Picture. "Bridge of Spies" and "Carol" will duke it out with "Spotlight," Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "The Revenant" (eight nominations), and Adam McKay's "The Big Short" (five nominations) for the Best Picture trophy.

So where's "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" you ask? They're relegated to the technical categories. Apparently, sequels, no matter how great they are, can't compete with originals.
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Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films Get Respect At BAFTAs, Golden Globes

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films Get Respect At BAFTAs, Golden Globes
Oh how the tables have turned! While Sci-Fi and Fantasy films normally do well at the box offices while garnering critical acclaim amongst fans, they’re usually snubbed during awards season. However, things seem to be slightly changing with the list of nominees at two recent award shows. There are few hidden gems that almost seem as if they snuck-in with the rest of the bunch.

Over at the BAFTA Awards, Ex MacHina has received numerous award nominations in the following categories: Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander), Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer (Alex Garland), Original Screenplay (Alex Garland), and Special Visual Effects (Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst).

The Martian has also received numerous award nominations: Best Actor (Matt Damon), Director (Ridley Scott), Editing (Pietro Scalia), Production Design (Arthur Max, Celia Bobak), Sound (Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor), and Special Effects (Chris Lawrence,
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BAFTA Awards Announces 2016 Nominees

As awards show season shifts into high gear, the BAFTA Awards just released the list of hopefuls ahead of the February 14th ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House.

Leading the way with nine nominations each are “Bridge of Spies” and “Carol,” while “The Revenant” scored eight chances for glory.

Mad Max: Fury Road” has seven nods followed by “Brooklyn” and “The Martian” with six each. Meanwhile, Alicia Vikander was nominated for Best Actress along with Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Dame Maggie Smith and Saoirse Ronan.

And the 2016 BAFTA Awards Nominees are…

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Dame Maggie Smith, The Lady In The Van

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Brie Larson, Room

Best Film

Carol

Bridge Of Spies

The Revenant

The Big Short

Spotlight

Supporting Actor

Benicio del Toro,
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Carol, Bridge Of Spies Lead 2016 BAFTA Nominations

On Friday the nominations for the Ee British Academy Film Awards in 2016 were revealed. The BAFTAs will be announced on Sunday, February 14 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD, with the ceremony being rebroadcast on BBC America.

Bridge of Spies and Carol each receive nine nominations. The Revenant is nominated in eight categories. Mad Max: Fury Road has seven nominations. Brooklyn and The Martian are each nominated six times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina receive five nominations. Star Wars: The Force Awakens receives four nominations.

Bridge of Spies is nominated in the following categories: Best Film, Director for Steven Spielberg, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Sound. Mark Rylance is nominated for Supporting Actor.

Carol is nominated for Best Film, Director for Todd Haynes,
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'Carol,' 'Bridge of Spies' Lead 2016 BAFTA Nominations

After getting snubbed in the Producers Guild award nominations earlier this week, "Carol" has risen from the ashes to lead all movies, along with "Bridge of Spies," in BAFTA award nominations.

"Carol" and "Bridge of Spies" netted nine nods apiece, including Best Film. They are joined in that category by "The Big Short," "The Revenant," and "Spotlight."

Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon continued to cement their roles as Oscar frontrunners with nominations in the lead actor category.

In an interesting turn for awards season watchers, Alicia Vikander was nominated as lead actress for "The Danish Girl." She also received mention in the supporting category for "Ex Machina." Here is the full list of nominations:

Best Film

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Revenant

Spotlight

Outstanding British Film

45 Years

Amy

Brooklyn

The Danish Girl

Ex Machina

The Lobster

Director

Todd Haynes - Carol

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu - The Revenant
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‘Carol’ and ‘Bridge of Spies’ Lead 2016 BAFTA Nominations

Nominations for the 69th annual British Academy Film Awards arrived early this morning and in welcome news, the proceedings were topped by Todd HaynesCarol and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies (both of which made our top 50 of the year), with 9 nominations each. Not far behind was The Revenant, which was nominated in eight categories. while Mad Max: Fury Road has seven nominations.

Following that, Brooklyn and The Martian are each nominated six times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina received five nominations with Alicia Vikander picking up two acting nominations. A little film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens also managed to rack up four nominations.

Check out the full list below ahead of a ceremony on February 14th.

2015 Nominations

(presented in 2016)

Best Film

The Big Short Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt

Bridge Of Spies Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg

Carol Elizabeth Karlsen,
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Nominations For The 2016 BAFTA Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has just announced there nominations and there’s quite a lot to process, so let’s start from the top. Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama Bridge of Spies and Todd Haynes’ gorgeous relationship drama Carol have tied for the lead with nine nominations apiece, with both films receiving nominations for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay (in their respective categories). Not far behind is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s revenge epic The Revenant with eight nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Editing.

What may come as a surprise to some is that Adam McKay’s comedy-drama about the 2008 financial crisis did rather well. It may have only received five nominations, but they were all major nods: Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), and Best Editing. Meanwhile, the film that has
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The Ee British Academy Film Awards nominations in full

This morning at BAFTA HQ in London’s Piccadilly, Stephen Fry and Gugu Mbatha-Raw announced the nominations for the Ee British Academy Film Awards for the best of 2015.

Carol and Bridge Of Spies led the nominations with nine each, closely followed by The Revenant with eight. Brooklyn and The Martian are each nominated six times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina receive five nominations. Star Wars: The Force Awakens receives four nominations.

We’ve already heard that Taron Egerton, John Boyega, Dakota Johnson, Bel Powey and Brie Larson will be up for the public vote in the prestigious Rising Star category, but the entire list of nominees in all categories were read out at the brief event at BAFTA HQ this morning.

The Ee British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 14 February 2016 and will be held for the tenth year running at the Royal Opera House,
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