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With ‘Moonlight’ Win, Dede Gardner Becomes First Female Producer With 2 Best Picture Oscars

18 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Moonlight” didn’t only win Best Picture in an unprecedented manner, it also shattered glass ceilings as well. When Warren Beatty admitted to having read the wrong Best Picture winner as “La La Land” when it was really “Moonlight,” he gave Plan B producer Dede Gardner her second Best Picture statue, which makes her the first female producer to have that many. On Sunday night, it was clear something was amiss when Beatty, presenting with “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star Faye Dunaway, took a long pause after looking at the card inside the envelope that was supposed to contain the name of the. »

- Linda Ge

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Will ‘Moonlight’s Indie Spirit Awards Love Extend to Oscar Sunday?

25 February 2017 5:24 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When the Film Independent Spirit Awards started off with a standing ovation for the Best Editing Award for “Moonlight” (Joi McMillion and Nat Sanders), the course of the Santa Monica awards show was set.

In fact Barry Jenkins’ Miami triptych went on to win a record six Indie Spirit awards, including the Robert Altman ensemble award. The warmth in the tent was palpable, as the crowd kept leaping to their feet as “Moonlight” won Screenplay, Director, Cinematography, Editing and Feature.

Oscar contender Mahershala Ali was included in the Ensemble Award, and wasn’t competing for Supporting Actor, which went to Ben Foster for “Hell or High Water.”

“A lot of people pushed away that script” for fear of “hurting their careers” said screenwriter Tarrell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the play on which “Moonlight” was based. For his part Jenkins thanked his friend and producer Adele Romanski for making him get »

- Anne Thompson

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Yes, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Really Will Win Director and Picture Oscars — Here’s Why

17 February 2017 2:17 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Late in the Oscar season, at the moment when voters actually fill in their ballots (the deadline is February 21 at 5 pm), it all comes down to what movies they have actually seen. What did they love the most, and is freshest in their minds? Which film aligns with the zeitgeist, delivering the message that 6,000 voters want to send?

The five directing nominations tend to line up with the strongest Best Picture contenders, although snubbed director nominee Ben Affleck did win Best Picture win for “Argo.” However, that underdog story became a narrative in itself that drove “Argo” to the win.

This year, the narratives include the aftermath of#OscarsSoWhite and the election of Donald J. Trump. Which will stick?

Here’s how the Best Director and Best Picture races are shaking out.

La La Land” is the magical, romantic, modern-yet-retro musical about artistic passion created by wunderkind Damien Chazelle and his gifted collaborators, »

- Anne Thompson

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Yes, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Really Will Win Director and Picture Oscars — Here’s Why

17 February 2017 2:17 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Late in the Oscar season, at the moment when voters actually fill in their ballots (the deadline is February 21 at 5 pm), it all comes down to what movies they have actually seen. What did they love the most, and is freshest in their minds? Which film aligns with the zeitgeist, delivering the message that 6,000 voters want to send?

The five directing nominations tend to line up with the strongest Best Picture contenders, although snubbed director nominee Ben Affleck did win Best Picture win for “Argo.” However, that underdog story became a narrative in itself that drove “Argo” to the win.

This year, the narratives include the aftermath of#OscarsSoWhite and the election of Donald J. Trump. Which will stick?

Here’s how the Best Director and Best Picture races are shaking out.

La La Land” is the magical, romantic, modern-yet-retro musical about artistic passion created by wunderkind Damien Chazelle and his gifted collaborators, »

- Anne Thompson

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Brad Grey in Talks to Leave as Paramount Pictures Chairman

17 February 2017 1:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey is in talks with his bosses at Viacom to step aside and take on a new role with the company, a long-rumored shift that would come after five years of dismal results at the film studio, two sources confirmed Friday.

Grey’s possible departure comes after not only a long series of box office flops, far outnumbering hits, but also upheaval in the top executive ranks. Though a replacement has not yet been chosen, several sources said that it is possible the job will go, at least on a temporary basis, to Amy Powell, Paramount’s president of television and digital entertainment.

The talks between Grey and Viacom’s leadership, including CEO Bob Bakish, were continuing into the afternoon Friday and might not be resolved until Monday or Tuesday, according to one of the sources.

Grey, a former talent manager, has had a largely tumultuous run. »

- Brent Lang and James Rainey

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Butterfly memories, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

15 February 2017 1:10 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

BAFTA wins for Dev Patel and Luke Davies - Lion at The Paris Theatre Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Luke Davies, the screenwriter of Lion (based on Saroo Brierley's memoir A Long Way Home) was a BAFTA Adapted Screenplay nominee along with Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals) Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures); Eric Heisserer (Arrival); and Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge). On Sunday night, it was announced that he and Dev Patel (Best Supporting Actor) for his portrayal of Saroo Brierley were honoured with BAFTAs.

During our conversation, Luke Davies gave me some insight on Sue Brierley and Nicole Kidman, Burt Lancaster in John Frankenheimer's The Train, Anton Corbijn, looking forward to Gianfranco Rosi's Boatman, his work on Felix Van Groeningen's upcoming Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carell for Jeremy Kleiner of Brad Pitt's Plan B, and what he learned at the World Premiere of Lion in New York. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Oscars: 'Moonlight' Producer Talks Casting Mahershala Ali, Challenges of a Shoestring Budget

13 February 2017 7:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Moonlight, an adaptation of Tarell Alvin McCraney's unproduced play about an African-American gay man coming of age in Miami, she and the other producers, Plan B's Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, faced the challenge of bringing the emotional tale to life and making it feel universal — all on a shoestring budget. Romanski spoke to THR about her first encounter »

- Rebecca Ford

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Charlie Hunnam Charts A Perilous Journey In The First Clip From ‘The Lost City Of Z’ [Watch]

10 February 2017 3:03 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After some struggles to get his passion projects off the ground, James Gray had a solid 2016, and this year is looking even brighter. Amazon Studios stepped in to finance “The Lost City Of Z” last year, and now it looks like longtime ally Brad Pitt (his Plan B company produced ‘Z’) may star in Gray’s upcoming sci-fi film, “Ad Astra.” And while Gray is looking ahead, there’s still the aforementioned “Lost City Of Z.” An epic tale into the jungles of the Bolivian jungle, ‘Z’ debuted at the New York Film Festival to much critical acclaim last year and Amazon will release the film later this year.

Continue reading Charlie Hunnam Charts A Perilous Journey In The First Clip From ‘The Lost City Of Z’ [Watch] at The Playlist. »

- Edward Davis

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Korea’s Star Directors Are Poised for Their Big 2017 Releases

8 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After a strong year for Korean cinema during which diverse genre movies and returning works from top directors enjoyed popularity, 2017 is likely to see another set of blockbusters from big names.

One of South Korea’s best-known international filmmaker, Bong Joon-ho (“Snowpiercer”), is expected to be the first to make a return. Shot in Seoul, New York, and Vancouver, Bong’s latest, “Okja,” is an international production with an investment of $50 million from Netflix. Brad Pitt’s Plan B is involved as a co-producer. With Korean Ahn Seo-hyun in the lead, the picture also stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins and Paul Dano.

In “Okja,” a Korean girl risks everything to prevent a multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, a beast called Okja.

The pic will premiere on Netflix in the first half of 2017 and will receive a limited day-and-date theatrical release in the U.S. A theatrical »

- Sonia Kil

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Brad Pitt Orbits James Gray’s Sci-Fi Epic ‘Ad Astra’ as New Details Arrive

8 February 2017 10:43 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With the release of his adventure epic The Lost City of Z imminent, we were surprised to learn that director James Gray would be quickly jumping into another epic so soon, this time of the sci-fi variety. Last month we got the news that a May shoot was being planned for his mysterious project Ad Astra and now he may have found his star.

Now that World War Z 2 is delayed (although David Fincher is somehow reportedly still interested in making it), Brad Pitt is lining up his options for his next project and at the top of the pile of Gray’s next film, according to Deadline. Of course, Pitt has history with Gray, having executive produced The Lost City of Z (a film he once circled to lead) as well as, many years ago, was attached to star in The Gray Man. As for this next project »

- Leonard Pearce

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Has ‘Wwz 2’ Delay Created Opening For Brad Pitt On James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’?

8 February 2017 10:18 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Now that Paramount has pulled the World War Z sequel off the release calendar, the question around town is: What will Brad Pitt star in next? We hear the front-runner is Ad Astra, the futuristic sci-fi epic that James Gray co-wrote and will direct. Sources said work is being done to keep the budget manageable but that the project is on the verge of landing at New Regency — where Pitt’s Plan B has its deal — and could be in production by summer. Pitt produced… »

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Why Can’t Paramount Find a Live Director for Brad Pitt’s Zombie Movie ‘World War Z 2’?

7 February 2017 5:54 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” sequel has bigger problems than flesh-eating monsters — an empty director’s chair that the movie star and Paramount Pictures cannot seem to fill thanks to a script that has gone through three-plus years of rewrites, TheWrap has learned. The project, greenlit in 2013 and dated toward the end of 2015 for release this summer, has stalled because the latest iterations of the screenplay have been deemed unsatisfactory to Pitt and potential director David Fincher, an individual close to the project told TheWrap. What the studio does have is a still-attached Pitt, his company Plan B as »

- Matt Donnelly

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Sundance Breakout Timothee Chalamet in Talks to Join Steve Carell’s ‘Beautiful Boy’

6 February 2017 4:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Timothee Chalamet, who starred in “Call Me By Your Name,” is in talks to come on board opposite Steve Carell in the drug addiction story “Beautiful Boy.”

Amazon Studios is financing and distributing and Brad Pitt’s Plan B is producing. The story is based on David Sheff’s 2008 book “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” which described his son Nic’s methamphetamine addiction and its impact on his family.

Variety reported in 2015 that Felix van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”) was attached to direct the project. Cameron Crowe was originally on board to direct but the director subsequently left the project to direct “Aloha.”

Van Groeningen directed the 2012 Belgian title  “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Carell will next be seen in the upcoming “Battle of the Sexes” as Bobby Riggs opposite Emma Stone as Billy Jean King. »

- Dave McNary

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Lost City of Z Trailer Has Charlie Hunnam in Search of the Unknown

2 February 2017 7:26 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Amazon Studios has released a new full-length trailer for their upcoming adaptation The Lost City of Z, which boasts a stellar cast including Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller and even the new Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland. This project has been in the works for several years now, with Brad Pitt once in talks to star and Benedict Cumberbatch also circling the project before they both dropped out. Brad Pitt does remain on board as an executive producer, through his Plan B Films company.

Based on author David Grann's nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages, »

- MovieWeb

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‘The Lost City of Z’ Trailer: Charlie Hunnam Treks Into the Amazon in James Gray’s Adventure — Watch

2 February 2017 9:55 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Months after its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, where it was chosen as closing-night film, James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z” is finally set to be released in theaters. That’s good news for anyone who correctly observed that Gray’s “The Immigrant” is among the best films of the decade despite barely being released itself. Watch the “Lost City of Z” trailer below.

Read More: ‘The Lost City Of Z’ Is A Beautifully Old-Fashioned Adventure — Nyff Review

Based on the true story recounted in David Grann’s best-selling book of the same name (subtitle: “A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon”), “Z” stars Charlie Hunnam as British explorer Percy Fawcett. Said adventurer traveled into the Amazon in the early 20th century, discovering evidence of an ancient civilization; at his peril, he also become obsessed with learning more about it.

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- Michael Nordine

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Sundance Breakout Timothee Chalamet Joining Steve Carell in 'Beautiful Boy' (Exclusive)

1 February 2017 3:59 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fresh off the heels of critical acclaim for his latest film Call Me by Your Name at the Sundance Film Festival, rising star Timothee Chalamet is in negotiations to star opposite Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy.

Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) is attached to direct the project, which is based on the memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff.

The story reflects on methamphetamine addiction and recovery through the eyes of a father whose son suffers from the disease. Amazon Studios will finance and distribute the pic, with Plan B producing.

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- Rebecca Ford

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Wild Speculation: Affleck Out As The Batman? Armie Hammer In?!

31 January 2017 9:11 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Funny how the news of Ben Affleck's departure from the director's chair for The Batman has already become quite well-trod territory, despite the story only breaking last night. So I will spare you a recap of what's gone on. You can check out The Affleck Dossier for that. Instead, let's talk about what else may be in the cards for The Batman.

While Affleck was very adamant that he was going to stay on as the producer and star of The Batman, we mustn't forget that he was equally adamant that he was directing the movie when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live mere weeks ago. So this has people wondering the next big question:

Will Affleck Drop Out Of Playing Batman As Well?!?

Something you've got to understand is that whispers of his departure as director of The Batman have been going around for quite some time. Several »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Iffr: 'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins reacts to Oscar nods

27 January 2017 7:18 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The director spoke to Screen ahead of delivering a masterclass at International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Barry Jenkins isn’t yet a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences (AMPAS.) Nonetheless, earlier this week, his film Moonlight scooped eight Oscar nominations.

Speaking at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jenkins has given his reaction to the film’s extraordinary awards performance and has shared his perspective on the diversity row (and the lack of black representation) in last year’s Oscars.

“We were already in post at that point and I watched it (the 2016 Oscars) as a spectator. I thought it was very interesting. The film industry that I work in is not homogenous. I think what all that commentary was about was an attempt to have all these governing bodies, all these awarding bodies, reflect the industry we work in, the world we actually live in,” Jenkins told ScreenDaily of the heated debate last year. “As a result »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins reacts to Oscar nods

27 January 2017 7:18 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The director spoke to Screen ahead of delivering a masterclass at International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Barry Jenkins isn’t yet a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences (AMPAS.) Nonetheless, earlier this week, his film Moonlight scooped eight Oscar nominations.

Speaking at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jenkins has given his reaction to the film’s extraordinary awards performance and has shared his perspective on the diversity row (and the lack of black representation) in last year’s Oscars.

“We were already in post at that point and I watched it (the 2016 Oscars) as a spectator. I thought it was very interesting. The film industry that I work in is not homogenous. I think what all that commentary was about was an attempt to have all these governing bodies, all these awarding bodies, reflect the industry we work in, the world we actually live in,” Jenkins told ScreenDaily of the heated debate last year. “As a result »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Gotham season 3 episode 13 review: Smile Like You Mean It

23 January 2017 6:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kayti Burt Jan 24, 2017

After a patchy start to 2017, Gotham is back on top form with the return of an old foe in the latest season 3 episode...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.13 Smile Like You Mean It

Tonight's episode of Gotham reminded me how enjoyable this show can be when its respective storylines stick to what they're good at. Smile Like You Mean It saw a disturbingly stellar return of Jerome, while also effectively balancing some smaller, plot-progressing "B" stories. It did this by letting each storyline do what it was best at and ending with one hell of a cliffhanger...

The Gordon/Gcpd plotline is at its best when it is disturbing, funny, and violent, but doesn't try any social commentary or romance and doesn't try to convince us »

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