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‘Into the Badlands’: First Look Photos From Season 2 Feature Daniel Wu and Nick Frost Ready for Action

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This coming March AMC will release Season 2 of “Into the Badlands.” Ahead of its return, the network shared the first look photos from the martical arts drama, which feature Danny Wu, Nick Frost, Emily Beecham and Sarah Bolger as Jade.

The five images are from the first couple of episodes, which sees both Sunny (Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight) separated and imprisoned in unlikely places. 

The ten-episode second seasons will pick up with M.K. struggling to control his powers, while Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family. Aside from action and adventure, the upcoming episodes will include new alliances being struck, friendships betrayed and per the show’s synopsis, “by season’s end, Sunny and M.K.’s lives will be forever altered with devastating consequences.”

Read More: Why the Creators of ‘Into the Badlands’ Dodged Cliches and Responded to »


- Liz Calvario

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‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’: Netflix Announces Season 2 With Teaser Video

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Luke Cage” fans rejoice because a second season of the Netflix and Marvel series is on the way. The streaming service made the announcement with a special 18-second teaser, which you can check out below.

The superhero series stars Mike Colter as the title character, a superhuman, unkillable fugitive, who is trying to rebuild his life after a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin. The show also co-stars Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Rosario Dawson and Theo Rossi.

Read More: ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Luke Cage’ Breakout Mahershala Ali on the Power of Diverse Roles

The first season premiered on Netflix this past September and received positive reviews from critics. IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller gave the series an A-, writing in her review that it “hums with confidence from beginning to end, owning everything from its cornier jokes to its biggest action sequences to its boldest racial statements. »


- Liz Calvario

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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: ‘Moana’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Show Legs

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The post-Thanksgiving weekend is one of a handful every year that offer no new wide studio release. Last year Universal took a successful shot with the off-beat Christmas-themed “Krampus.” Its $16 million opening weekend pushed Top Ten grosses ahead by a small margin from this year’s total.

The strength of two strong holdovers — Disney’s “Moana” and Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — almost brought the numbers to par. They also pushed the totals above three similar bleak weekends (Super Bowl, post-Labor Day and Halloween) often shunned for top films.

The only new semi-wide release was Blumhouse Productions’ “Incarnate,” directed by Brad Peyton (“San Quentin”), who took advantage of the freedoms of a low budget to make a horror film. The net returns — against a low budget, digital advertising and later earnings — make the just-over $2 million total look pretty good.

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1. Moana (Disney) Week »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Final Space’: Watch a Preview for TBS’ Unusual Animated Space Saga from Conan O’Brien

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TBS has revealed a first peek for “Final Space,” its new animated TBS series from Conan O’Brien’s production company and creator Olan Rogers. Watch below.

Produced by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco and New Form, “Final Space” is a “serialized intergalactic space saga about an astronaut named Gary and his adorable, planet-destroying friend, Mooncake,” per TBS’ synopsis. The show will chronicle their adventures as they go on a quest to unlock the mystery of “Final Space,” the place where the entire universe ends.

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Rogers and creative partner David Sacks will write the episodes, executive-producing them along with O’Brien, David Kissinger, Larry Sullivan and Jeff Ross of Conaco and Kathleen Grace, Melissa Schneider and Matt Hoklotubbe of New Form.

Rogers first created a seven-minute pilot for “Final Space” as part of New Form’s Incubator 3 Series, »


- Liz Calvario

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Billy Chapin Dies at 72: Child Actor Starred in ‘The Night of the Hunter’

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Billy Chapin, best known for his role in the 1955 film “The Night of the Hunter,” died Friday after battling a long illness. He was 72.

The news of his death was announced on Saturday afternoon by his sister Lauren Chapin on Facebook.

“It is with a saddened heart that I say goodbye to my precious brother Billy Chapin, wonderful star of movies, television and radio,” wrote Lauren. “He passed away last night after a long illness but now is in the arms of his Savior. Billy was a wonderful brother to both Michael and me…He will be greatly missed.”

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Born on Dec. 28, 1943, in Los Angeles, Chapin first appeared in uncredited roles in films like “Casanova Brown” and “The Cockeyed Miracle.” He then made his Broadway debut in “Three Wishes for Jamie.”

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- Liz Calvario

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La Film Critics Association Name the Best Films and Performances of 2016 (Updating Live)

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Moonlight” and “La La Land” are among the early winners as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association unveils its picks for the best films and performances of 2016. A handful of films have already received critical acclaim and praise by audiences, getting an added boost as awards season gets into full swing.

The Lafca is meeting right now and will announce their honorees throughout the day, from Best Film to acting categories and more.

This year Shirley MacLaine is the recipient of the Career Achievement award. The prize will be given at the annual awards dinner to be held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City. Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video prize goes to “The Illinois Parables” from writer-director Deborah Stratman.

Read More: New York Film Critics Circle Names ‘La La Land’ Best Film Of 2016, ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Manchester By the Sea’ Earn Three Awards

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- Liz Calvario

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Jackie’ Hits High, ‘Manchester By the Sea’ Continues Strong

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This early December weekend usually launches a few prime awards hopefuls. Fox Searchlight often claims the date for such Oscar contenders as “Wild.”  This year they present Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s first English-language movie “Jackie,” starring Oscar contender Natalie Portman as JFK’s grieving widow Jacqueline Kennedy in the week after her husband’s death.

The fall festival hit scored well, placing it in position to join four other recent breakout specialized films led by “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions), “Loving” and “Nocturnal Animals” (Focus Features) and ongoing “Moonlight” (A24), all grossing over $600,000 this weekend and placing just a little below the Top Ten.

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Jackie” (Fox Searchlight) – Metacritic: 79; Festivals include: Venice, Toronto, New York, AFI 2016

$275,000 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $55,000

Pablo Larraín’s second of three 2016 releases (along with “The Club” and upcoming “Neruda”) performed strongly in its initial New York/Los Angeles dates. Its »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston Star in ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketch That Takes On Women in Film – Watch

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Saturday Night Live” took on the state of gender equality in film this weekend, via a sketch featuring host Emma Stone, surprise guest star Jennifer Aniston and series regular Leslie Jones.

The gag parodied industry panels, and was even set at the Paley Center for Media (although Paley is better known for TV, rather than film, events). Stone, Aniston and Jones played themselves in a sketch where they took part in a panel called “Big Parts, Small Actresses: The State of Gender Equality in Film.”

The kicker: Kate McKinnon appeared as her character Dabette Goldry, taking the women back to her days as an actress and revealing inappropriate tidbits about her past.

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Emma Stone Keeps Us From Fighting on Christmas

The first question that was asked was, “What is still holding women back?” Emma replied by saying “I think there are all these tiny little things, »


- Liz Calvario

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Los Angeles Film Critics honor Moonlight with 4 top awards

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The La Film Critics Association handed out their prizes on Sunday. Moonlight won Best Picture and Best Director for Barry Jenkins. The film also saw Mahershala Ali win for Best »


- Jazz Tangcay

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American Honey sweeps 2016 British Independent Film Awards with 4 top honors

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The British Independent Awards will be commencing any minute and we’ll be updating the winners as they’re announced.  There may be a live stream on the Bifa Facebook page. »


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AwardsDaily’s 17th Annual Predict the Golden Globe Nominations Contest Open for Business

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Do your worst, Oscarwatchers. Actually, do your best. Readers from The Aviator days will remember that line.  A note: Winners of the NY Film Critics contest I got your emails »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Emma Stone Keeps Us From Fighting on Christmas

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Last Episode’S Review: Can We Move Past The Election Yet?

Last night’s “Saturday Night Live” was a solid middle-of-the-road episode, one you wouldn’t mind falling asleep to on Netflix next year. But we don’t need that from “SNL.” We need more. 7 weeks away from the inauguration of President-elect Trump, we need strong, incisive political commentary. It’s essential. We need “SNL” to stand up and say something, and not just in a cold open. (The Leonard Cohen one from a few weeks ago was divisive, but at least it took a stance.) Trump himself has made it abundantly clear that he’s watching, so what is “SNL” waiting for?

Host: Emma Stone

Emma Stone was reliably great. She’s charming, she’s talented, and she’s a trained stage actress, which makes her “SNL” performances particularly good. Stone is seemingly impossible to dislike, which makes her »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

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This year’s Best Director battle boasts frontrunners who emerged from the year’s film festivals.

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Breaking out at Sundance was Kenneth Lonergan’s intense four-hankie family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” which is not only a frontrunner for original screenplay and actor (winning the New York Film Critics Circle for both), but director. Lonergan’s portrait of a New England family dealing with death and loss masterfully reveals information in the present and via flashbacks over a disciplined two hours and 15 minutes. Lonergan’s ensemble cast led by Casey Affleck is superb.

Jeff Nichols is in the mix for his measured and refined direction of interracial marriage drama “Loving,” which critics agreed was the one surefire awards contender to emerge from Cannes this year. He brings a grounded urgency to a storyline that could have been rendered as emotion-baiting melodrama. Nichols started the year strong »


- Anne Thompson

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

23 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s Best Director battle boasts frontrunners who emerged from the year’s film festivals.

Read More: 2017 Oscar Predictions

Breaking out at Sundance was Kenneth Lonergan’s intense four-hankie family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” which is not only a frontrunner for original screenplay and actor (winning the New York Film Critics Circle for both), but director. Lonergan’s portrait of a New England family dealing with death and loss masterfully reveals information in the present and via flashbacks over a disciplined two hours and 15 minutes. Lonergan’s ensemble cast led by Casey Affleck is superb.

Jeff Nichols is in the mix for his measured and refined direction of interracial marriage drama “Loving,” which critics agreed was the one surefire awards contender to emerge from Cannes this year. He brings a grounded urgency to a storyline that could have been rendered as emotion-baiting melodrama. Nichols started the year strong »


- Anne Thompson

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