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‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Westworld’ Win Golden Reel Sound Editing Awards

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

Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” claimed top honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) 64th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. The film won in both the FX/Foley and Dialogue/Adr categories. “La La Land” won in the musical field.

Awards also went to “Warcraft: The Beginning” and “Moana,” among others.

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La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards

On the television side, “Westworld” won prizes in both the short form and long form categories. “Penny Dreadful,” “The Night Of” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” were also recognized.

Guillermo del Toro received the organization’s Filmmaker Award, while sound editor Harry Cohen (“Kill Bill,” “Blood Diamond,” “Lone Survivor”) accepted a career achievement honor.

Hacksaw Ridge” and “La La Land” are Oscar-nominated for best sound editing this year along with “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Sully. »


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‘La La Land,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Westworld’ Win Make-Up and Hair Styling Awards

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

Nocturnal Animals,” “La La Land,” “Suicide Squad,” “Hail, Caesar!” and “Star Trek Beyond” all earned trophies from the Make-Up and Hair Stylings Guild at the org’s fourth annual awards ceremony.

Westworld,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” won in the television categories.

Ryan Murphy (“Feud,” “American Crime Story,” “American Horror Story”) received the guild’s Distinguished Artisan Award, while makeup artist Leonard Engelman and hairstylist Barbara Lorenz picked up lifetime achievement honors.

The ceremony was held at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live. Comedian Loni Love hosted for the second year in a row.

This year’s Oscar nominees for makeup and hairstyling are “A Man Called Ove,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” Last year’s Emmy winners in makeup categories were “American Horror Story: Hotel,” “Game of Thrones” and “Key & Peele.”

Full list of winners below. »


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'Lego Batman' Tops Presidents' Day Weekend, 'Great Wall' Leads Newcomers

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The Lego Batman Movie topped the weekend box office for a second week in a row, holding off a trio of newcomers led by Universal's The Great Wall. Fellow new releases, Fist Fight and particularly Fox's A Cure for Wellness, fizzled in their respective debuts as the start of 2017's Presidents' Day weekend saw the top twelve come in 47% behind last year. While that was mostly to be expected, it's a rather significant dip as 2017 is currently pacing 10.4% behind 2016's yearly grosses. With an estimated $34.2 million, WB's The Lego Batman Movie finished #1 by a considerable margin, dropping 35.4% and raising its domestic cume to $98.7 million after ten days in release. The film should top $43 million for the four-day weekend, pushing it over $100 million by end of day Monday. Internationally, Lego Batman is up to $72 million after bringing in an estimated $21.5 million from 62 markets this weekend elevating its worldwide total over $170 million. »


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‘La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards

18 February 2017 10:16 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

La La Land” and “Game of Thrones” walked away with top film and television honors at the 53rd Cinema Audio Society Awards Saturday night.

Finding Dory” won the theatrical animated prize, while “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” took the documentary award. Other television winners included “Modern Family” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

The Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau received the organization’s Filmmaker Award. Previous recipients include Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Bill Condon, Rob Marshall and Jonathan Demme.

La La Land” is nominated for the sound mixing Oscar this year, along with “Arrival,” Cas nominee “Hacksaw Ridge,” Cas nominee “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”

Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” won sound mixing Emmys last year.

Full list of Cas Awards winners below.

Motion Picture – Live Action

La La Land

Production Mixer: Steven Morrow, Cas »


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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Tops $3.2M, ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ Opens at $1M – Specialty Box Office

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This holiday weekend’s Specialty box office is mostly quiet with debuts while key Oscar nominees are keeping their zest. At over $3.2M, Magnolia Pictures' documentary nominee I Am Not Your Negro, in its third weekend of release, has pulled ahead in cumulative gross of all but a few 2016 non-fiction releases. Pantelion/Lionsgate's Spanish and English romantic-comedy Everybody Loves Somebody bowed with a 3-day take of $1M in 333 theaters, by far the most for a new specialty… »


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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Wants to Make an X-23 Spinoff

17 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hugh Jackman‘s Logan is the undisputed star of Logan (you know, as indicated by the title), but its resident scene-stealer is definitely Laura, a.k.a. X-23. As played by 11-year-old Dafne Keen, she’s a force of nature who’s more than capable of holding her own against veteran X-Men like Wolverine and Professor X. I’ve got a strong feeling she’ll […]

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‘The Batman’: Negotiations Break Down Between Studio and Director Matt Reeves

17 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In another setback for the superhero tentpole, talks have broken down between Warner Bros. and director Matt Reeves about becoming the director of “The Batman,” Variety has confirmed.

A studio source indicates that negotiations have stopped, but adds that talks could resume down the road. WB is still intent on making the film, the source insisted, whatever means necessary.

The news comes after star Ben Affleck stepped down as director in order to focus on playing the Caped Crusader.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement on Jan. 30. “Performing this role demands focus, passion, and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in »


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‘Shazam’: Superhero Movie Eyes ‘Lights Out’ Director

17 February 2017 2:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lights Out” director David F. Sandberg is in talks to direct New Line’s “Shazam” superhero movie.

Lights Out,” based on Sandberg’s short film, was a breakout success last summer for New Line with the horror film grossing nearly $150 million on a $5 million budget. Several months before the release of “Lights Out,” New Line hired the Swedish filmmaker to direct “Annabelle 2,” which will be out in August.

Shazam first appeared in 1939 as Captain Marvel in comic books published by Fawcett Comics as a creation of artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker. He is the alter ego of teenage Billy Batson, who becomes the superhero when he says the word “Shazam!” — an acronym for the gods of the ancient world with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.

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‘Last Jedi’ Title Translations Reveal There Are Multiple Jedi

17 February 2017 2:37 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The international titles for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” appear to confirm that said “Jedi” are in fact plural. The official Star Wars twitter accounts of France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Italy, and more revealed the titles in their respective languages — all of them calling out multiple Jedi. Because of this development, we now know that the title is supposed to mean more than one Jedi, as in, Luke and Rey… and maybe even more of masters of the Force.

Not A Drill I Repeat This Is. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Richard Schickel, Influential Time Magazine Film Critic, Dies at 84

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Richard Schickel, the longtime film critic for Time magazine who also wrote 37 books, mostly on film, and directed a number of documentaries on film subjects, died on Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from a series of strokes, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 84.

“He was one of the fathers of American film criticism,” his daughter, writer Erika Schickel, told the Times. “He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on the page and in life.”

He wrote and/or directed more than 30 documentaries, mostly for television.

Schickel shared a 1977 Emmy nomination for the documentary “Life Goes to the Movies” and received two nominations in 1987 for the documentary “Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente,” which he directed.

Schickel wrote film reviews for Life magazine from 1965 until the magazine folded in »


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Kevin Smith Will Still Release ‘Clerks 3’ and ‘Mallrats 2’ in Some Form

18 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Just over a week ago, we learned from Kevin Smith that he was working on a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back that would take aim at Hollywood’s nostalgia obsession by getting nostalgic himself with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. While that was good news for his most loyal fans, it also came […]

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Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Tops as Matt Damon’s ‘Great Wall,’ ‘Cure for Wellness’ Flop

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Two mysterious billionaires, one of the toy variety, the other with a penchant for sex games, triumphed at the box office over a trio of new film releases during a muted Presidents Day Weekend.

Once again, “The Lego Batman Movie” loomed large at the multiplexes, picking up $42.5 million to take first place on the charts for the second consecutive weekend. The Warner Bros. release has now earned $107.1 million stateside. It focuses on a one-percenter who dons a bat costume in order to rescue Gotham City from the Joker.

Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker,” a look at the bedroom habits of a titan of industry, came in second, picking up $24 million at 3,714 sites. The erotic drama has helped bring Bdsm into the mainstream, while earning roughly $92 million. That’s a solid result, although it trails its predecessor, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which had made $131 million at a similar point in its run. »


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WGA Awards 2017: Top Prizes Go to ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Arrival’

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Awards season finally and truly comes to an end next weekend with the Oscars, but we’ve got a few final prizes to get out before then. Over this past weekend, the Writers Guild of America handed out their 2017 awards. Big winners in the film categories included Moonlight and Arrival, while The Americans and Atlanta led the TV […]

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Aki Kaurismaki Says ‘The Other Side Of Hope’ Might Be His Last Movie, But Also Teases His Next Film

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Here’s a pro-tip for directors: don’t announce your retirement or even a plan to chill on filmmaking because you will never hear the end of it. Just ask Steven Soderbergh who took a break from features to focus on television and other projects, or Quentin Tarantino, whose declaration he’ll be done after his tenth film will follow him around forever. Now comes Aki Kaurismaki, the Finnish arthouse filmmaker whose latest, “The Other Side Of Hope,” just premiered in Berlin, and he says he’s probably finished while also making plans for this next movie.

Continue reading Aki Kaurismaki Says ‘The Other Side Of Hope’ Might Be His Last Movie, But Also Teases His Next Film at The Playlist. »

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A Quiet Passion trailer: Cynthia Nixon in Terence Davies' biopic of poet Emily Dickinson

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

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon plays the great 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson in the new film from British director Terence Davies, of Sunset Song and House of Mirth renown. Dickinson, who lived almost all her life in Amherst, Massachusetts, only published a handful of poems herself; she only became known as a major writer after her death in 1886, when her sister found hundreds of her poems.

A Quiet Passion is released on 7 April in the UK.

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Stanley Tucci’s Sprightly, Winning ‘Final Portrait’ With Geoffrey Rush & Armie Hammer [Berlin Review]

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If ever there was a film summed up by its opening shot, “Final Portrait,” the gentle two-hander from mostly-actor-occasional-director Stanley Tucci (“Big Night“) is it. In an art gallery, underneath a white wall emblazoned with his dynamic, carelessly elegant signature slouches, famous Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), a rumpled, untidy assemblage of a man, stares morosely at the floor.

Continue reading Stanley Tucci’s Sprightly, Winning ‘Final Portrait’ With Geoffrey Rush & Armie Hammer [Berlin Review] at The Playlist. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Cool Stuff: ‘Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary Black Series Action Figures Go Old School

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

In case you didn’t realize it, this year will mark the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. Surely the excitement will be much higher towards the end of the year when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters, but there’s a lot of time between then and now. Fans need something to hold them over, and […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $250k for Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation

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Wes Anderson has scored a major win for the cause of film preservation, raising more than a quarter of a million dollars for Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation. In December, Anderson released a video that announced his latest project, the stop-motion animation film “Isle of Dogs,” and also invited people to donate money to a campaign hosted by Crowdrise, the crowdfunding company co-founded by Anderson’s friend and frequent collaborator, Edward Norton. The campaign ended last week.

Read More: Wes Anderson Directs New Christmas Short Film With Adrien Brody — Watch

Among the prizes offered to donors were a trip for two to London for two nights to meet the director, get a tour of the “Isle of Dogs” sets and production and even record the voice of a dog in the film. “Barking, howling and whimpering may be required,” the campaign specified. Other prizes included signed Criterion Collection DVDs »


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Hungarian slaughterhouse love story wins top prize at Berlin film festival

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On Body and Soul took the Golden Bear, beating odds-on favourite The Other Side of Hope, which came away with best director for Aki Kaurismaki

Hungary’s On Body and Soul, a tender love story set in a slaughterhouse, won the Golden Bear top prize Saturday at the Berlin film festival, Europe’s first major cinema showcase of the year.

The drama by Ildiko Enyedi, one of four female film-makers in competition, features graphic scenes in an abattoir set against the budding romance of two people who share a recurring dream.

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- Staff and agencies

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‘Wonder Woman’ Villain Will Be Played By David Thewlis

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David Thewlis was officially announced as part of the Wonder Woman cast back in November, but since then we’ve heard barely a peep about what he’ll actually be doing in the movie. He hasn’t even appeared in any of the promotional material yet — watching the trailers and TV spots, you’d probably have no idea he […]

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- Angie Han

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