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DGA Award Winners List – Live

7 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Directors Guild of America is honoring its best tonight at the 68th annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles. Jane Lynch is host for the awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. We’ll be updating the winners’ list live, so refresh here for the latest. Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials Andreas Nilsson (Biscuit Filmworks) Emily's Oz, Comcast – Goodby, Silverstein & Partners NY Time Upon A Once, General Electric – Bbdo Dad Song, Old Spice – Wieden +… »


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Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Pummels ‘The Choice,’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Animated Jack Black romp “Kung Fu Panda 3” is ruling the box office for a second straight weekend, steamrolling new releases “Hail, Caesar!,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Choice” on its way to a three-day haul of $22 million.

Unspooling in 3,987 locations, DreamWorks Animation’s “Panda” should finish the weekend with a total domestic gross of up to $70 million. It generated $5.3 million in Friday receipts. The original “Kung Fu Panda” took in a U.S. total of $215 million when it hit theaters in 2008, and its sequel tallied $165 million in 2011. This chapter of Po the Panda’s story, rated PG and distributed by Fox, also stars Kate Hudson and Bryan Cranston.

Behind “Panda” is the latest from the Coen brothers, “Hail, Caesar!,” which took in $4.3 million Friday from 2,232 locations. The Universal release should finish the weekend with up to $12 million for its opening frame. George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson »


- Marianne Zumberge

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'Star Wars: Force Awakens' First Ever to Cross $900 Million Domestically

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With an estimated $1.76 million yesterday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the only film to cross $900 million domestically and it has achieved that milestone in only fifty days. In addition to this watershed moment, by the end of today, Saturday, February 6, Star Wars is expected to become only the third film in history to cross the $2 billion mark worldwide and it will have done so in only 53 days. Considering how quickly Force Awakens has achieved these accomplishments, putting them into any kind of comparable context is nearly impossible. It took Star Wars only 20 days to beat the previous all-time domestic record of $760.5 million held by Avatar. It took Avatar not only 318 days to achieve that number, but two separate releases. As for the worldwide number, Star Wars and Avatar are the only two films to actually cross $2 billion worldwide upon their initial release while it took Titanic two separate releases to cross $2 billion. »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Inside Out’ Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards (Complete List)

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

Pixar’s “Inside Out” cleaned up at the 43rd Annual Annie Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles, claiming the top prize of best animated feature, best director for Pete Docter and best voice acting for Phyllis Smith, among others. The Oscar-nominated film won 10 awards overall, sweeping almost all the animated-feature categories. The only category in which it was beaten was Animated Effects in an Animated Production, which went to its fellow Pixar film “The Good Dinosaur.” The 10 Annies tied the record shared by a number of films, including Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Kung. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in ‘Conquest’ for Paramount

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

Paramount Pictures scored a deal for “Conquest,” a new film that would reunite Leonardo DiCaprio with “The Revenant” co-writer Mark L. Smith, TheWrap has learned. Details on the plot and genre of “Conquest” are not yet known. But the screenplay is by Smith, who co-wrote the actor’s Oscar contender “The Revenant” with director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. John Davis is attached to produce the new project through his Davis Entertainment Company. DiCaprio’s Appian Way production shingle is not believed to be involved. Also Read: 'Spotlight,' Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson Top Critics' Choice Award Winners Paramount has been in the DiCaprio business of late, »


- Itay Hod

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How Star Wars Cost The Hunger Games Millions Of Dollars, According To The Studio

17 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There’s no business quite like showbusiness. Hollywood is a fickle town, and despite investing millions of dollars in a popular product; sometimes things don’t work out the way a studio plans them to. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 hit theaters this November and performed far below the expectations of Lionsgate. They seem to have a theory as to why the film underperformed, and it has to do with a combination of current, tragic events, and a galaxy far, far away.   As reported by Deadline, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Rob Friedman recently spoke out regarding the somewhat underwhelming performance of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. In the report he explains that the film underperformed by $100 million primarily due to the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris in November, as well as the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There’s some degree of »


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‘Batman v Superman’ To Get Day-And-Date China Release

51 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros.’ superhero duel “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is to be released in China on Mar 25.

The news emerged on a Chinese social media account for the film. It was subsequently confirmed to Variety by sources close to Warner.

The date of the China outing means that the picture can get a near simultaneous day-and-date release with North America and many other major territories.

That in turn minimizes the erosive effects of piracy in the world’s second largest theatrical marketplace, and maximizes the effect of the global publicity and marketing campaigns.

Chinese regulators have often appeared to want to throttle or limit the box office performance of Hollywood movies, in order to ensure that Chinese productions have a majority market share – but that is not always the case.

China was the last country in the world to open “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opening on January 9, three »


- Patrick Frater

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DGA Awards: Inarritu’s Big Win Gives Momentum To ‘Revenant’ But Keeps Best Picture Race In The Undecided Column

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As he was leaving the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza ballroom tonight Steve Golin , producer of dueling nominees Spotlight  and The Revenant said of the latter’s DGA victory for director Alejandro G. Inarritu , ” Well now I guess it is getting really interesting”.  That’s an understatement as both his movies continue to stay alive in this most unpredictable Oscar season.  With the DGA win added to its Golden Globe Drama victory The Revenant leaves no doubt it is a major Best… »


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10 film plot holes that need some explaining...

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It turns out Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack Dawson didn’t have to die in the Atlantic after all. We list some other films that take suspension of disbelief a plot point too far

Jack! Come back! Rose can just budge over a bit! Yes, the third highest-grossing film of all time – the watery 1997 romance Titanic – was built on a big weepie lie. Kate Winslet admitted this week that in the climactic scene, her co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, could have fitted on that raft after all, meaning his character Jack Dawson shivered to death in the Atlantic unnecessarily. Swizz. So in a spirit of cinematic truth-telling, here are 10 more movie plot holes we’d like closure on please…

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- Michael Hogan

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Top British actors and directors defend BBC against cuts – video

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stars including Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and director Danny Boyle defend the BBC against potential government cuts on its scope and funding. The stars were recruited for The Great BBC Campaign by independent producers Charlie Parsons and Waheed Alli, a Labour peer. The celebrities agreed to lobby for the corporation because, they all say, because it inspired them

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Trumbo review – when Hollywood saw red

2 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo in a biting drama about the 1940s screenwriter blacklisted for his allegiance to the left

The collision of American entertainment and anti-communism in the 1940s and 50s has inspired a dizzying array of movies, both fictional and factual. Time and again, Hollywood has returned to a subject that offers a heady cocktail of drama, politics and nostalgic showbusiness intrigue; from Irwin Winkler’s Guilty By Suspicion (1991), which cast Robert De Niro as a film-maker torn between losing work and naming names, to George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), which revisited TV journalist Edward R Murrow’s on-air battles with McCarthy, via Frank Darabont’s whimsical The Majestic (2001), in which Jim Carrey’s amnesiac screenwriter winds up restoring a small-town cinema after being hounded out of Tinseltown as an anti-war “red”.

Top of the pile, however, is Martin Ritt’s 1976 gem The Front, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Deadpool review – Ryan Reynolds' pansexual superhero is needy, neurotic and very entertaining

2 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Reynolds deploys likable Clooneyesque goof in this shriekingly self-aware and very violent super-antihero Marvel vehicle

The meta the better. This seems to be the mission statement for this horribly violent, shriekingly self-aware and macabre Marvel super-antihero movie. It’s the funniest Ryan Reynolds film since Van Wilder: Party Liaison, and incidentally finally confirms the hall-of-fame status for Richard Curtis’s “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy…” line from Notting Hill.

Deadpool is dripping in irony, zinging and stinging with pop-culture gags; it begins by spoofing the generic lineup in the credits, giving nobody’s name, just archetypes – “British villain”, etc. Maybe this will evolve for Deadpool 2 with everything simply replaced with the phrase “I know, right?” (It’s a bit like the Cracked.com YouTube spoof trailer for an indie film called Movie Title.) Deadpool gets away with it by barrelling the references past us in an aspartame rush. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Pixar's 'Inside Out' Seizes Oscar Momentum After Topping Annie Awards

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The 43rd Annie Awards Saturday night at UCLA's Royce Hall was a love fest for Pixar's "Inside Out," which grabbed 10 awards, including Best Animated Feature, and is primed for the Oscar. "The Good Dinosaur," which dominated the Ves Awards on Tuesday, took the Animated Effects prize for a Pixar sweep. In addition, GKids' "Boy and the World," the first Brazilian Oscar nominee (from director Alê Abreu and Filme de Papel), won the inauguaral indie prize, and Don Hertzfeldt's "World of Tomorrow," the Oscar frontrunner, took Best Animated Short. For live-action, "The Revenant" bear claimed another character animation honor for Ilm, and Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (Sokovia Destruction) took the Animated Effects award. Both "Boy and the World" and "World of Tomorrow" are brilliant hand-drawn works: "Boy" unfolds like a sumptuous tapestry for a small stick figure of a boy, who experiences an »


- Bill Desowitz

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Dad’s Army review – the wit goes awol

3 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Canny casting and fine performances are undermined by a script that falls short of Croft and Perry’s vintage TV sitcom

Neither as pleasurable as it should have been nor as painful as it could have been, this big-screen reboot of the much-loved TV sitcom takes a particularly well-chosen cast and somehow manages to give them both too much and too little to do, losing the interpersonal dynamics of the small-screen series in the process.

The “action” is set in the run-up to the Normandy landings, with Walmington-on-Sea infiltrated by a Nazi spy and Catherine Zeta-Jones setting the Home Guard’s hearts and minds aflutter in a nod to the classic “Mum’s Army” episode from 1970. Will the fighting tigers (as they were once set to be called) identify the traitor in time to avert disaster?

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- Mark Kermode Observer film critic

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Point Break review – an empty rehash

3 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Even Ray Winstone can’t save this adrenaline-fuelled but shallow remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 classic

“Have you ever fired your gun up in the air and gone, ‘Aaaaaaaargh!?”’ Nick Frost asks Simon Pegg in Hot Fuzz, referencing an iconic Keanu Reeves moment from Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 crime-and-surfing classic Point Break. Inevitably, Pegg gets to do just that, replaying the scene to oddly touching comic effect. Now, Luke Bracey gets to do it too, in this adrenaline-fuelled but empty rehash that flies close enough to Bigelow’s movie to remind you how much you’d much rather be watching the original.

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- Mark Kermode Observer film critic

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Taking Stock review – sunny fare, ropey plot

3 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kelly Brook plays a shop assistant turned outlaw in a breezy London tale that doesn’t do justice to writer/director Maeve Murphy’s talents

Ever envisaged Kelly Brook as a latterday Bonnie Parker? Me neither. But talented writer/director Maeve Murphy has other ideas, casting Kelly as disgruntled shop employee Kate who decides to rob her place of work when redundancy looms. It’s fluffy, sunny fare, shot in breezy London locales that go some way towards disguising the ropey plot and televisual contrivance.

Personally, I much preferred Murphy’s short film, Sushi, the tasty appetiser to this altogether more bland main course.

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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Janis: Little Girl Blue – a force of nature

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Poignant archive footage shows Janis Joplin as both timid and triumphant in this engrossing documentary

There’s a disturbingly poignant interlude in this vibrant examination of the singer’s short life, when Janis Joplin returns to her home town of Port Arthur, Texas, to attend a 10-year high-school class reunion. Having suffered many hurts in her youth as a bullied outsider, the now hugely successful star seems set for a triumphant homecoming. Yet filmed interviews find her awkward and uncertain, still prey to the uncertainties of failing to fit in.

It’s a theme that runs throughout Amy J Berg’s empathetic documentary; the dichotomy of a woman who gave the male rock’n’roll establishment a punchy run for their money (she could drink, sing and party most of them under the table) but who still retained the “little girl” fears flagged up in the title.

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- Mark Kermode Observer film critic

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Rams review – hilarious and heartbreaking

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Feuding brothers, chilly vistas and sickly sheep provide the perfect premise for this darkly comedic Icelandic saga

In a secluded Icelandic valley, estranged brothers Gummi and Kiddi are warring neighbours, competing with each other for the best ram prize that has become a symbol of their family feud. But when the spectre of the fatal scrapie disease threatens their remote farms, both brothers are faced with the prospect of a cull. Can these long-term enemies find common purpose when their ancestral stock and way of life are threatened?

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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Goosebumps review – a diverting monster mash

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Jack Black plays children’s horror writer Rl Stine in a scrappy yarn that brings a horde of his creepiest ghouls together

Plans for a film based on Rl Stine’s bestselling spooky kids’ books date back to 1998 (a Canadian TV series ran from 1995) when Tim Burton was set to produce a big-screen adaptation. Nearly two decades later we finally have this FX-heavy Poltergeist-y romp. Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski take “story” credit on a yarn that casts Jack Black as Stine, and finds the multiple demons of his various bestsellers coming to life when new neighbour Zach (Dylan Minnette) unwittingly raids his personal library.

It’s a cute device, enabling Night of the Living Dummy’s titular creep, Slappy, to join the diminutive ghouls from Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes, The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena and a host of other plants and zombies in an attack on sleepy Madison, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Oscar leader Iñarritu in DGA win

3 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Mexican has become the firm favourite to win the Oscar later this month after walking away with the Directors Guild Of America’s top prize for the second time in two years on Saturday.

Iñarritu won for The Revenant, beating a tough field of nominees that included Ridley Scott for The Martian, Adam McKay for The Big Short, Tom McCarthy for Spotlight, and George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road.

All are in the running for the Academy Award on February 28 except Scott, whose place is taken by Lenny Abrahamson for Room.

The DGA’s top honour is a highly reliable predictor of Academy Awards success. In the last 10 years the winner has gone on to claim the Oscar every year except in 2013, when DGA winner and Argo director Ben Affleck fell at the last hurdle to Ang Lee for Life Of Pi.

Iñarritu earned the DGA and the Oscar last year for Birdman.

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