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‘Elle’ Star Isabelle Huppert Wins Best Actress, Xavier Dolan Wins Best Director at France’s Cesar Awards

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Paris — Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert won best actress at the 42nd Cesar Awards, the country’s top film prize.

Out of 16th Cesar nominations, Huppert had only won once for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie.”

Huppert has been on a laureled path since “Elle” competed at Cannes: she notably won the Golden Globe award. Set in France and produced by Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt, “Elle” has been described as a powerful rape-revenge thriller laced with dark humor. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Cannes.

The biggest surprise of the night was Xavier Dolan winning best director and editing with “It’s Only The End of the World” which also earned Gaspard Ulliel the best actor prize. Dolan is currently shooting “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” in Prague.

Dolan won over Paul Verhoeven (“Elle”), Houda Benyamina (“Divines”), François Ozon (“Frantz »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Claire Danes, Jim Parsons to Star in Transgender Family Drama ‘A Kid Like Jake’ (Exclusive)

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Jim Parsons and Claire Danes are attached to star as a married couple in the family drama “A Kid Like Jake,” based on a celebrated Lincoln Center play, Variety has learned.

According to a plot description, the project is about a couple trying to raise a 4-year-old-son who prefers to dress up as a princess instead of G.I. Joe. The story is especially timely given widespread concerns about the rights of transgender youth in the United States. On Wednesday, President Trump rolled back protections for transgender students to use public-school bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity.

“A Kid Like Jake” will be adapted by Silas Howard (known for the TV series “Transparent”), one of only a few transgender directors in Hollywood.

Daniel Pearle wrote the screenplay, based on his 2013 stage play, about the Brooklyn couple, trying to find the »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ Scores Massive $33 Million Opening Day in China

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Sony’s “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” has opened with a stellar $33 million on its first day in China, including preview showings.

Sony said it’s the third best opening day for a Hollywood film in China, following Universal’s “Furious 7” at $68 million and Universal’s “Warcraft” at $46 million.

“Resident Evil: Final Chapter” marks the sixth and final installment in the franchise adaptation of Capcom’s video game series.

Milla Jovovich — who has been in all six movies — portrays the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Iain Glen, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, South Korean actor Lee Joon-Gi and Fraser James also star with Paul W.S. Anderson returning to direct.

The release in China was handled by Constantin Film partner Leomus Pictures. “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter »

- Dave McNary

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Why Emma Thompson Won’t Be in the ‘Love Actually’ Reunion Short Film

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Love Actually” director Richard Curtis announced in February that he reunited with the cast for a special short film, produced for the British charity Comic Relief. Although the project brought back almost the entire star-studded, Emma Thompson was not present.

Thompson explained, while doing press for “Beauty and the Beast” that it was “too soon” since the death of her counterpart in the film, Alan Rickman. For that reason, Curtis was unable to write her a part.

Rickman played Thompson’s adulterous husband, Harry, in the 2003 film. The rest of the ensemble cast includes Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Keira Knightley.


Love Actually’ Cast, Director Reunite for Charity Short Film

Thompson told the Press Association that Curtis reached out to her while planning the 10-minute reunion film, which will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on March 24 for Red Nose Day.

“Richard wrote to me and said, »

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Razzie Awards: 'Batman v Superman', 'Hillary's America' Top Winners

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Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dominated the 37th annual satirical awards show. The two films combined to "win" in every category except for worst supporting actress, which went to Kristen Wiig for her botoxed fashionista character in Zoolander No. 2.

Director Dinesh D'Souza's anti-Hillary Clinton film took home four Razzies, including worst picture, beating out Batman v Superman, Gods of Egypt, Bad Grandpa, Zoolander No. 2 and Independence Day: Resurgence. D'Souza also earned himself personal honors for worst director and worst actor - D'Souza played himself in the film. D'Souza was a good sport about his "win", »

- Kimberly Nordyke ,Patrick Shanley

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‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ Grosses Massive $70M In Two Days, $33M First Day In China

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Updated, Saturday, 10:20 Am: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will likely be anything but as the Screen Gems/Constantin Film production has now racked up a phenomenal $70M in just two days in China. This comes after a first day gross of $33M which ended up as the third-highest of all time for a Hollywood film. To get some perspective, xXx: Return of Xander Cage took in $61.3M — in three days. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s had a $31M opening weekend. More to come tomorrow… »

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Patrick Stewart Says ‘Logan’ Will Be His Last X-Men Movie

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Could one of the best X-Men movies ever also mark the exit of two the franchise’s most enduring stars? It’s starting to look that way. While he’s gone back and forth on the subject for a while, Hugh Jackman recently asserted that “Logan” will mark his final time playing Wolverine. And now his co-star, Patrick Stewart, is also saying that that film will mark his last adventure in the mutant series of movies.

Continue reading Patrick Stewart Says ‘Logan’ Will Be His Last X-Men Movie at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Doctor Who’ Trailer Shows New Companion Bill in Action

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The upcoming season of “Doctor Who” will be Peter Capaldi’s swan song, but fans are equally excited to get to know the 12th Doctor’s new companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie. A new trailer has been released that showcases Bill’s enthusiasm about adventures with the Doctor, even if it could kill her. Fans will also be excited to see Nardole (Matt Lucas) back in action, completing the time-travelling trio.

Read More: ‘Doctor Who’: David Tennant Thinks Olivia Colman Could Be the Next Doctor

Mackie spoke to The Guardian after getting the role about bringing a unique energy to Bill.

“I turned up in T-shirt, jeans and some yellow boots and I felt out of my depth,” she said. “It was the Soho Hotel – so posh! [But] I knew I could bring her to life. She’s funny and geeky and vulnerable. There’s a goofiness to her and a big heart. »

- William Earl

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This Week In Trailers: Burning Sands, Phoenix Forgotten, Here Alone, Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]

The post This Week In Trailers: Burning Sands, Phoenix Forgotten, Here Alone, Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo appeared first on /Film. »

- Christopher Stipp

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You be the judge: how to watch the Oscar hopefuls

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We trawl the streaming services for this year’s Oscar-nominated films – and two female actors neglected by the Academy

It’s the Academy Awards on 26 February, and while the Oscars’ extreme bias towards late prestige releases means you still have to head to the cinema to do most of your pre-ceremony catch-up, a handful of nominees can be accessed from your couch. I’ve already enthused about scrappy underdog best picture nominee Hell or High Water, which is available on the usual on-demand channels; ditto Captain Fantastic and Florence Foster Jenkins. Netflix can hook you up with Yorgos Lanthimos’s wicked dating satire The Lobster, a pleasingly against-the-grain screenplay nominee, and Ava DuVernay’s stirring, Bafta-winning civil rights doc 13th. Head to Curzon Home Cinema, meanwhile, to check out Tanna, a rapturously shot Vanuatuan tribal romance that is very much the dark horse in the foreign-language race, and for a mere £2.20, Gianfranco Rosi’s sparse, »

- Guy Lodge

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Foreign-Language Oscar Nominees Release Joint Statement Denouncing U.S. “Climate Of Fanaticism,” Asghar Farhadi Sending Representatives To Ceremony

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The tone has been set, and you can bet Donald Trump‘s circle of enablers are going to do everything they can to keep him away from the TV this weekend. A politically charged Oscar ceremony is highly expected, and George Clooney shot the first arrow at the White House from the César Awards last night. Now, the directors of the Best Foreign Language are taking a moment the day before the ceremony to make their voice heard.

Continue reading Foreign-Language Oscar Nominees Release Joint Statement Denouncing U.S. “Climate Of Fanaticism,” Asghar Farhadi Sending Representatives To Ceremony at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Razzie Awards 2017 Winners List: ‘Hillary’s America,’ ‘Batman v Superman’ Dominate

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Even the Razzies got political at the 2017 awards, recognizing the “worst in film.”

The Golden Raspberry Awards, nicknamed the “Razzies” crowned “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” the worst picture of the year on Saturday, the day before the Academy Awards. The critically drubbed political documentary, which earned a staggering 4% on Rotten Tomatoes, also swept the worst actor, worst actress and worst director categories.

As to not be entirely overlooked, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” also took home four awards for worst supporting actor, screenplay, screen combo and, finally, worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel.


The Worst Films of 2016

The only category not won by either of the two films was Kristen Wiig’s prize for worst supporting actress in “Zoolander 2.”

Revel in the full list of 2017 nominees below with the winners denoted in bold:

Worst Picture

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice »

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George Clooney Slams Donald Trump in Clever César Awards Acceptance Speech — Watch

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George Clooney has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, and while receiving a Honorary César at the Feb. 24 César Awards he delivered a loud and clear (and often hilarious) takedown of American politics. Aided by the witty “translations” of his friend Jean Dujardin, Clooney was able to satirize in a way that definitely spoke to the room.

Read More: George Clooney: Donald Trump and Steve Bannon Are the Real Hollywood Elites

One pointed example: Clooney said, “Over the course of my career, I’ve had the great fortune of working with some incredible filmmakers who have protected me and inspired me and taught me what an honor it is to work in film.” Meanwhile, Dujardin’s translation was, “Donald Trump is a danger for the world, and I will do everything to oppose the fear and hate that has settled in.”

Clooney was being honored for his “dazzling talent as an actor, »

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Patrick Stewart Is Retiring from X-Men Movies Because ‘Logan’ Is So Damn Good

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The early buzz on Logan is not only is it the best solo outing for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (by leaps and bounds), but it’s one of the best X-Men movies ever made. Hugh Jackman was so dedicated to make this the Wolverine movie fans have wanted for years, he knew this had to be […]

The post Patrick Stewart Is Retiring from X-Men Movies Because ‘Logan’ Is So Damn Good appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Razzie Awards: ‘Batman v Superman’ & ‘Hillary’s America’ Doc Tie With 4 Prizes Each

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Film Twitter haaaates the Razzies, the awards organization that lauds or rather lambasts the worst movies of the year — in their subjective opinion of course. But in a year when the world’s worst documentarian, partisan hack and ex-con Dinesh D’Souza — a loathsome troll who spent eight months in jail on a felony charge for for making illegal contributions to a 2012 United States Senate campaign — gets fully roasted, hey, bring on the Razzies.

Continue reading Razzie Awards: ‘Batman v Superman’ & ‘Hillary’s America’ Doc Tie With 4 Prizes Each at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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’The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino on Lenny’s Fate and Hopeful Plans for a Second Season

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the first season of “The Young Pope.”]

The finale of “The Young Pope’s” first (but hopefully not final) season was a true test of faith for some fans, leaving them with more questions than they had going into the episode.

Lenny Belardo (Jude Law), aka Pope Pius Xiii, finally showed his face to address his flock with the global message to “smile,” but after spying what looked like his elderly parents in the crowd, he collapsed. It is unclear if this event presages his imminent death or if he’ll merely be sidelined while recovering. We’re not even sure if the show will continue another season or if/how Lenny’s future would play out in it. Seeking enlightenment, IndieWire turned to the show’s creator Paolo Sorrentino, who agreed to answer our burning questions.

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’ Review: Finale Upends Expectations by Delivering What Everyone’s Been Waiting to See

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- Hanh Nguyen

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Oscar Nominated Filmmakers Take Us Inside Their Artistic Process

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IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast is an exploration of how good movies get made through in depth conversations with filmmakers about their artistic process.  This fall and winter we were fortunate to host guests whose films are favorited to take home Academy Awards this weekend.  As we get ready for the Oscars, here’s a look back at some of what we learned from the writers, directors and editors behind this year’s best films.

The Filmmaker Toolkit podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and Google Play Music.

Arrival” Screenwriter Eric Heisserer

Ted Chiang’s “The Story of Your Life” is a much beloved sci-fi short story, but no one thought it was natural fit for the big screen.  Well, everybody besides Eric Heisserer, who was emotionally devastated the first time he read Chiang’s 32 page story. He wanted to find a way to capture that feeling in a movie, »

- Chris O'Falt

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Razzies: Hillary's America and Batman v Superman tie in worst-film awards

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Dinesh D’Souza attack on Democrat named worst film of 2016Dc Comics blockbuster is worst ‘remake, rip-off or sequel’

A documentary attack on Hillary Clinton has tied with the DC Comics blockbuster Batman v Superman for the hotly uncontested title of worst film of the year. The two movies won four Razzie awards apiece, it was announced on Saturday.

Related: Oscars 2017: And your bill for the evening is … $44m

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‘Get Out’ Star Daniel Kaluuya Joins Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ Alongside Viola Davis

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Get Out” is taking the box office by storm this weekend, and the film’s breakout star Daniel Kaluuya has just signed on to another high-profile project. Kaluuya is joining Steve McQueen’s heist drama “Widows,” alongside a starry cast including Viola DavisMichelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, and Elizabeth Debicki, Deadline reports.

Read More: ‘Get Out’ Review: Jordan Peele’s Directorial Debut Is A Horror Movie Unafraid To Call Out Racist Bullshit — Sundance 2017

The film is based on of the 1983 British miniseries about a robbery gone wrong, in which the four thieves end up dead. It’s then up to their widows to finish the robbery. McQueen wrote the film adaptation alongside “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn.

Kaluuya is currently shooting Marvel’s “Black Panther,” while Davis’ “How to Get Away With Murder” just wrapped its third season. “Widows” will be Steve McQueen’s first feature since “12 Years a Slave. »

- William Earl

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2017 Oscar Academy Awards: Who Will Win and Should Win — Critics Survey

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One big takeaway from our annual survey of critics and journalists voting on who will win and should win at the Academy Awards: “La La Land” is widely considered to dominate the ceremony, but people really like “Moonlight” more. Barry Jenkins’ decade-spanning drama won the “Should Win” category in our survey over “La La Land” in nearly every major category, including Best Picture and Best Director, although the same group of 119 voters also largely agreed that “La La Land” would win in both categories. They were also divided on Best Actress, where most voters believed that Emma Stone would win for “La La Land” even as a majority voted to Isabelle Huppert in “Elle.”

Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Who Will Win and Who Should Win — Critics Survey

Other categories featuring sharp division included the Foreign Language Film Category, where most people suggested that “The Salesman” would win, even as »

- Eric Kohn

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