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Oscar Best Picture Nominees Get the Honest Trailer Treatment

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

The ever-clever Honest Trailers produced by Screen Junkies just wouldn’t be the same without an Oscar installment. In the newest edition, Hollywood gets roasted for its selection of nine best picture nominees. “They’ve got to stop releasing all these movies at the same time,” the voiceover mocks. With less than a week to go before Hollywood’s biggest night, the industry could probably use a couple lighthearted jokes.

The video runs through all the nominees, beginning with “Arrival” and moving onto “Lion” (“If you say you’ve seen this, you’re probably lyin’.”) “Hell or High Water” gets the same treatment. Paired with clips of “True Grit,” the trailer promises viewers a chance to hear “that one grizzled cowboy voice Jeff Bridges does.”

“For a film that’s so entertaining, straightforward, and unpretentious, it has no chance of actually winning best picture,” says the voiceover. Touche, Screen Junkies. »


- Dani Levy

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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Release Dates Confirmed: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

19 hours ago | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Today Disney and Lucasfilm made it official: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from director Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity JonesDiego LunaBen MendelsohnDonnie YenMads MikkelsenAlan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker will make its Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD debut on April 4th, 2017.

You'll be able to watch Star Wars: Rogue One two weeks prior on March 24th when the first standalone Star Wars film is released exclusively on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. All high definition versions will be presented in 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.

Star Wars: Rogue One was a beast at the box office this past holiday season, earning over one billion at the global box office and proving the Star Wars franchise could stand on its own two feet without the core Skywalker mythology involved.

Bonus features are notably missing any of the deleted and re-shot footage from the third act. »


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Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Heads to Netflix From Paramount

21 February 2017 7:49 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Martin Scorsese's The Irishman has made the move to Netflix.

The streamer has picked up the rights to the long-gestating gangster movie, which was originally set up at Paramount, sources confirm.

The Irishman will see the director reunite with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

Steve Zaillian adapted The Irishman from Charles Brandt‘s book I Heard You Paint Houses, which chronicles the exploits of Frank Sheeran, a high-ranking Teamsters official with ties to the Bufalino crime family. Shortly before his death in 2003, Sheeran confessed that he killed fellow Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa, whose body has never been found. He also claimed that it was Hoffa who wanted John F. Kennedy killed.

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- Mia Galuppo

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Rachel Bloom, Adam Pally Lead Lionsgate Comedy ‘Most Likely To Murder'

22 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Rachel Bloom and Adam Pally are set to lead Most Likely to Murder, a mystery comedy acquired by Lionsgate, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The stars of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Making History, respectively, will also produce the film with Petra Ahmann. Dan Gregor will direct from a script he co-wrote with Doug Mand, his writing partner on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Mand, who will also appear in the film, is an executive producer with Gregor.

Lionsgate acquired the title through Lionsgate Digital Studio, which aims to produce low-budget features and episodic series. Production is scheduled to begin next month in New York.

Described »


- Ashley Lee

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Disney, Imax Extend Slate Deal Through 2019, Including ‘Star Wars’ Films

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

Imax and Disney have renewed their longstanding slate deal through 2019, and disclosed that director Rian Johnson shot key sequences of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” using Imax’s extremely high-resolution cameras.

“The Last Jedi” opens Dec. 15. The deal also covers the untitled Han Solo anthology film, which opens May 25, 2018, and “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

Additionally, the deal extends to Lucasfilm’s untitled Indiana Jones film,  Marvel’s “Black Panther,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel,” Avengers: Infinity War” and the untitled Avengers sequel; “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” and “Mulan”; Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4”; and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel.

The companies noted that they have previously announced that “Avengers: Infinity War” and the untitled Avengers sequel will be shot in their entirety by the Russo Brothers with Imax cameras.

“The Walt Disney Studios strives to bring great stories from visionary filmmakers »


- Dave McNary

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'X-Men' Stuntman Trevor Habberstad Dies at 27 After Cancer Battle

20 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Trevor Habberstad, a stuntman and stunt coordinator who worked on X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 27.

X-Men director Bryan Singer remembered Habberstad as a dedicated professional.

"Trevor was a #stuntcoordinator in his own right and would have gone on to become one of the greats. His skill, commitment to safety and work ethic was second to none. In my 20-year career, I have never lost a friend/colleague this way. He and his entire family are among the kindest people I have ever met. My heart goes out to them. His passing is »


- Aaron Couch

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Japanese Auteur Seijun Suzuki Dies at 93

21 February 2017 11:41 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Japanese director Seijun Suzuki died Feb. 13 at a Tokyo hospital after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which affects the lungs. He was 93. 

His death was announced by Nikkatsu, the studio that famously fired him in 1967 after 12 years and 40 films, for what is now seen as his masterpiece, Branded to Kill. The film was made in black and white as a punishment for his work on Tokyo Drifter — now also considered a classic — the year before. Both films were intended by Nikkatsu to be straightforward, B-movie yakuza gangster flicks, but Suzuki’s experimental style, »


- Gavin J. Blair

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Patriots Day review – gripping account of the Boston marathon bombings

11 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The narrative pulse of this tense thriller about real-life events is strong enough to override Mark Wahlberg’s irritating heroics as a fictional cop

It is easy to imagine an alternative universe in which there is an exciting film entitled Bowling Green, directed by Michael Bay. Ralph Fiennes gets to play a chuckling terrorist who detonates the gigantic bomb in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2011, and then Peter Sarsgaard and Meryl Streep play the liberal media nabobs who conspire with the Obama White House to cover it up, getting amnesia pills in the water supply, pulping newspapers, changing websites. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Baldwin and Scott Baio play three Us Navy Seals whose wives were killed in the Bowling Green massacre; they accept a top secret terminate-with-extreme-prejudice mission – ’copter out to Kreplachistan where Fiennes is holed up in the Swedish embassy, having spent the host country’s entire Un aid budget on »

- Peter Bradshaw

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Prologue: Watch the Five-Minute Short Film Starring James Franco and the Full Cast

18 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Alien: Covenant,” one of the summer’s most anticipated blockbusters, has revealed a tantalizing sneak peek of the cast via a five-minute prologue, which shows a jovial spaceship crew shooting the shit before the inevitable mayhem we all know and love from the “Alien” franchise.

Titled “Prologue: Last Supper,” the crew is all coupled up and enjoying some last-minute debauchery before they head off to parts unknown. Even though the scene is loose enough to justify leaving it out of the theatrical cut, it’s a great showcase for the easygoing energy between cast members, including charming performances from a sleepy James Franco, a drunken Danny McBride, android bro Michael Fassbender, and Ripley archetype Katherine Waterston.

Read More: ‘Alien: Covenant’ First Footage: Fox Debuts Terrifying, Visceral New Look at Ridley Scott’s Sequel

While things are jovial, there is a nice sense of dread as the crew gets ready for cryosleep, »


- William Earl

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China’s Recon Buys 51% Of Millennium Films For $100M

22 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

In a deal that was mooted earlier this month, China’s Recon Holding has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Millennium Films. Tony Xia's Beijing-based Recon, part of the Recon Group which also owns the Aston Villa Football Club, is taking a 51% share for $100M in the company that’s known for such franchises as The Expendables and Rambo. Recon retains the opportunity to acquire the remaining 49% in the future. Under the terms of the deal — yet another… »


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Predicting The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards Winners Because Why Not?

25 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards are upon us and beyond the anticipation of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosting the 32nd annual indie film shindig, there is actual suspense over who will take home the top prizes.

Over the past decade or so, the casual chic Spirits have featured many of the nominated films battling for the glamorous Academy Awards, the next day. This year there is some obvious duplication with “Moonlight,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Hell or High Water” all earning key nods, but there is a lot more variation in the nominees than many would have expected.

Continue reading Predicting The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards Winners Because Why Not? at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Das Boot' sequel finds director

36 minutes ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The $28.5m TV series is being developed by Sky Germany with other partners.

The forthcoming sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s classic submarine drama Das Boot has found its director.

Andreas Prochaska (The Dark Valley) has boarded the project, which will be an eight x 60’ television series and is scheduled to begin production in mid-2017.

The $28.5m production is being made by Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Germany and Sonar Entertainment.

Set in the immediate aftermath of the original Das Boot (and the novel on which it was based), the series will expand on the concept of the original, depicting not just the German U-boat perspective but also encompassing the experiences of the French Resistance and Allied forces on land and at sea.

The programme will be first broadcast in 2018 in Sky territories Germany, Austria, Italy, UK and Ireland.

Lead writers are Tony Saint (The Interceptor) and Johannes W. Betz (The Tunnel).

Oliver Vogel and Moritz Polter are executive producing »


- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Footage Breakdown: Let’s Meet the Crew of the Covenant

40 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you were watching Legion this evening (and you really should be watching Legion!), you were offered a brief preview of looks like an extended clip from Alien: Covenant. The full scene has arrived online and it introduces us to the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which is venturing deep into space on a mission […]

The post ‘Alien: Covenant’ Footage Breakdown: Let’s Meet the Crew of the Covenant appeared first on /Film. »


- Jacob Hall

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Meet the Team Behind Zucchini, the Blue-Haired, Swiss Boy That’s Stolen Hollywood’s Heart

41 minutes ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

If comforting hugs could be delivered in visual form, My Life as a Zucchini would be the warmest of them all. Kindhearted but not sugarcoated, Claude Barras’ first animated feature has quickly become a global phenomenon, winning many international awards and now an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. It’s most delightful victory, however, is in dealing with hardship and tragedy with honest tactfulness wrapped in colorful design. Social realism filtered through the magical physicality of stop-motion is the recipe at the root of this touching adaptation of French scribe Gilles Paris’s novel, for which Girlhood director Céline Sciamma […] »

- Carlos Aguilar

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Fresh Off Netflix Deal For ‘The Irishman,’ Martin Scorsese Says Watching Movies On TV “Is Not The Best Way”

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While Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence” is easily his most powerful exploration yet of the devout having their faith tested, the filmmaker, who once considered going becoming priest, has long prayed at the altar of cinema. There are few advocates for the medium as eloquent or knowledgeable as Scorsese, and even as a Netflix deal is inked for his upcoming “The Irishman,” his soul will not be bought so quickly or converted to the temple of convenient streaming at home.

Continue reading Fresh Off Netflix Deal For ‘The Irishman,’ Martin Scorsese Says Watching Movies On TV “Is Not The Best Way” at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Rock and a Hard Place’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Helps Give Convicts a Second Chance

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest movie stars in the world right now, and he’s all about using his fame to help other people. One of his new endeavors allowed him to not only help convicts who need a second chance at life, but also make a new film to show people that some […]

The post ‘Rock and a Hard Place’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Helps Give Convicts a Second Chance appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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Drew Goddard Joins ‘Deadpool 2’ Writing Team, Joe Carnahan Penning ‘X-Force’

1 hour ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Still without a release date, it seems Ryan Reynolds wants “Deadpool 2” to be the best it can be, and if the rumors are to be believed, he’s flexing all the creative muscle he has on the sequel to realize his vision. Last fall, “Deadpool” director Tim Miller exited the picture, with “John Wick” co-helmer stepping in to replace him.

Continue reading Drew Goddard Joins ‘Deadpool 2’ Writing Team, Joe Carnahan Penning ‘X-Force’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Oscars Best Picture Nominees Get Dazzling Alternative Posters Inspired By Andy Warhol And Other Pop Artists

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To mark the 30th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s death, the designers over at Shutterstock have released an eye-catching array of re-imagined posters for the nine films nominated for Best Picture by the Academy, as part of their annual Oscar Pop! poster series.

Read More: David Lynch Turns ‘La La Land’ Into a Twisted Drama in Mashup Video — Watch

Using only images taken from Shutterstock, each poster is inspired by a different pop artist, and riffs on motifs from the films’ original posters. This colorful eye candy is sure to get you in the mood for Sunday night. Check out the posters, with commentary from the designers below:

“Moonlight” (Artist Inspiration: Peter Blake)

“The film is split into three chapters in Chiron’s life, so I incorporated Peter Blake’s use of grids, as well as simplified imagery, to represent the forces that shaped his life.” — Kate Crotty.

Manchester by the Sea »


- Jude Dry

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Votd: See Even More of Wes Anderson’s Visual Influences & References

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Late last summer, we featured a video that took a look at some of the visual influences and references of filmmaker Wes Anderson. The director of The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and more has a unique visual style that is unmistakable. But just like most great filmmakers, he steals […]

The post Votd: See Even More of Wes Anderson’s Visual Influences & References appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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La La Land’s inevitable Oscars win is a disaster for Hollywood – and for us

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

This year’s other best picture nominees have heart, soul and humanity. Damien Chazelle’s tawdry, dispiriting confection has none – it’s the tale of two narcissists who sacrifice love for self-interest

Rarely have the Oscars seen such a dead cert. If you fancy La La Land for best picture, the most attractive odds you will get are 9:2 on. The film is also nominated in another 13 categories, tying with Titanic and All About Eve for most ever nods. It has already snagged a record-breaking seven Golden Globes, and five Baftas.

Critics have been equally charmed. In Britain, the coveted five stars have been bestowed not just by the Sun, the Mirror and Metro, but also by the Guardian, the Times and the Telegraph. Audiences have followed suit. The film has taken more than 10 times its $30m (£24m) budget at the box office.

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- David Cox

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