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Oscars 2018: Academy Shortlist Names Contenders for Visual Effects, Including ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and ‘Dunkirk’

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards. The list includes some expected heavy hitters, including “Dunkirk,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” alongside some pleasant surprises, like “Okja” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

Notably missing are titles like “Wonder Woman,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” all of which appeared on the list of 20 films in contention for the award, released earlier this month.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

Alien: Covenant

Blade Runner 2049

“Dunkirk”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

“Okja”

The Shape of Water

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

War for the Planet of the Apes »


- Kate Erbland

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Claes Bang ‘Hated That Monkey’ in Ruben Östlund’s ‘The Square’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

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Given the many outrageous scenes in “The Square,” Ruben Östlund’s irreverent art world satire, Elizabeth Moss’ character owning a pet chimpanzee hardly even registered as out of the ordinary. For Claes Bang, however, it was a scene he won’t be forgetting anytime soon. “Shooting with that monkey was terrible. That’s a wild animal. In a flat. In Berlin. On a rainy day in October,” the actor told IndieWire during an interview for our Spotlight Awards series. Although there were handlers on set waiting in every corner of the room in case anything went wrong, that hardly served to reassure the actor. “I was terrified of that monkey. I hated that monkey.”

Bang plays a museum director named Christian, whose powerful position in the Stockholm art world has made him entitled and careless with women. “He’s challenged, which makes him do the odd thing here or there, »


- Jude Dry

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James Mangold Bashes Film Writer After Negative ‘Logan’ Tweet: ‘You Seem Pompous to Me’

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James Mangold is not hiding his distaste for Hollywood Elsewhere founder and writer Jeff Wells. The “Logan” director lashed out against Wells on Twitter after the film writer made a jab at Mangold’s latest Wolverine film by calling it “too violent.”

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Mangold replied to Wells by saying he could’ve predicted his negative reaction. Wells tried to amend his comment by linking to his article “Logan.” Wells’ piece isn’t exactly positive, although it does praise Dafne Keen’s breakout performance.

“Really? Jesus, Jeff. I’m gonna have to assume you have aspergers or otherwise I just can’t keep up the good will,” Mangold replied. “Aw, fuck it. Shove your self promoting links to your crooked prognostications up your pompous ass. And find a new hairstyle, that pomp is getting Trumpy. »


- Zack Sharf

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The Best Twists, Shocking Moments, and Outrageous Scenes of 2017 TV, Ranked

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The best spoilers, twists, and surprises are different experiences on television than any other medium. Some are payoffs years in the making. Others rely on deft serialized storytelling to deliver maximum impact. Still more count on the intimate relationship between viewers and characters.

And yet some twists barely need any time at all. On the list below, there are moments fans have been waiting for since the first episode, as well as scenes pulled directly from the first episode. Some surprises are good for just the one episode in which they’re unveiled. You never know when something big is going to happen on TV, nor do you know how that twist might affect the future.

Read More:The Top 10 TV Shows of 2017

Twists are a big risk so they should be respected accordingly. Because they can irreparably ruin a show or make it come alive, it takes skill and foresight »


- Ben Travers, Hanh Nguyen, Steve Greene and Liz Shannon Miller

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Amber Tamblyn, Asia Argento, and More React to Rose McGowan’s Criticism of Golden Globes Protestors’ ‘Hypocrisy’

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Some of Hollywood’s most outspoken women are responding to actress and filmmaker Rose McGowan’s recent denunciation of Golden Globe nominees who reportedly plan on wearing black at next month’s ceremony to demonstrate against industry-wide sexual misconduct. On December 17, Amber Tamblyn published a four-tweet thread reacting to McGowan’s initial claim that Meryl Streep and others would show “hypocrisy” with their “silent protest.”

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Tamblyn has written two New York Times op-eds addressing the alleged inappropriate behavior of powerful men in Hollywood; McGowan publicly stated on October 12 that she was raped by Harvey Weinstein and has been a long-time supporter of abused and harassed women in the industry. »


- Jenna Marotta

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Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Documentary in the Works at BBC

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The BBC has announced production of a feature-length documentary on Harvey Weinstein and the cascade of sexual assault allegations against the producer, Deadline reports. The movie, which bears the working title “Weinstein,” will feature interviews with many of the actresses who told their horror stories on the record, and will attempt to bring new information to light in the developing scandal. Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault or harassment by more than 80 women since The New York Times published its original story on October 5. The Weinstein story opened the floodgates of sexual assault allegations across the entertainment industry, inspiring accusers to speak out in what has now been dubbed the #MeToo movement.

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Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox will produce the 90-minute film for the BBC, with »


- Jude Dry

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Minnie Driver Wants Men Everywhere To Know ‘They Can’t Tell Women About Their Abuse’

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Minnie Driver slammed Matt Damon last week on Twitter after the actor told Peter Travers of Rolling Stone that it would be unfair to compare accused harassers like Al Franken to Harvey Weinstein because their allegations “don’t belong in the same category.” Driver called Damon’s remarks “bollocks,” and she has elaborated on her feelings in a powerful new interview with The Guardian.

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“I felt I desperately needed to say something,” Driver said about tweeting out against Damon, who she dated and starred opposite in “Good Will Hunting.” “I’ve realized that most men, good men, the men that I love, there is a cut-off in their ability to understand. They simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level.”

“I honestly think that until we get on the same page, »


- Zack Sharf

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Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies, From ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical

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Christmas movies suggest family-friendly, heartwarming tales, designed for peak holiday family moviegoing. And then there’s the other kind  — the late-breaking, high-profile, A-list titles designed to hit the box office and Oscar voters’ consciousness. Some of these launched at prestige fall film festivals (“Downsizing,” “Molly’s Game,” “Hostiles,” “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”); others are bonafide awards contenders (Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”); and some, like Hugh Jackman vanity musical “The Greatest Showman,” will soon skid into either bad reviews or audience reaction, or both.

Herewith, a ranking of the Christmas movies in order of their likely Oscar prospects.

The Post” (Fox, December 22)

Metascore: 82. 

Strengths: Steven Spielberg’s riveting paean to newspaper journalism and freedom of the press couldn’t be more timely. Early reviews are strong for this true story about The Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers, »


- Anne Thompson

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Beautiful Struggle: Trump, Retirement, and Death Made ‘Phantom Thread’ One of the Hardest Films of His Career

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It’s safe to say “Phantom Thread” was one of the most difficult production experiences of Paul Thomas Anderson’s career. He started shooting his ‘50s period drama on the day of the presidential inauguration; during the shoot, leading man Daniel Day-Lewis decided to the retire; and on the last day, Anderson learned that his longtime friend and mentor Jonathan Demme had died.

“The world was a very, very different place than it was when we started writing this story,” Anderson said, in a conversation from his room at the Crosby Hotel in New York. Recalling the start of the production, his voice became so soft it sounded as though it could break at any moment. “It didn’t make it easy to look at your country on fire, and you’re telling the story of a self-consumed egomaniac,” he said. “But that was the situation we were in.”

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- Eric Kohn

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Mark Hamill Destroys Ted Cruz on Twitter: ‘Maybe You’re Distracted From Watching Porn At the Office Again’

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi” isn’t the only reason Mark Hamill is making headlines right now. The actor behind Luke Skywalker got into a brief and heated argument with Ted Cruz on Twitter over the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality, and it ended with Hamill making the ultimate diss.

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The actor originally tweeted in favor of net neutrality, to which Cruz responded, “Luke, I know Hollywood can be confusing, but it was Vader who supported [government] power over everything said & done on the Internet. That’s why giant corps (Google, Facebook, Netflix) supported the FCC power grab of net neutrality. Reject the dark side: Free the net!”

“Thanks for smarm-spaining it to me, Ted Cruz. I know politics can be confusing, but you’d have more »


- Zack Sharf

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Berlin Film Festival 2018: Gus Van Sant and Benoît Jacquot Join Early Competition Lineup

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The Berlin Film Festival has announced the first group of films slated to compete for the Golden Bear, the festival’s top prize, including new titles from Gus Van Sant and Benoît Jacquot. Heading to Berlinale after its Sundance premiere is Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot,” a biopic about quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill and Rooney Mara. Jacquot, best known for 2012’s “Farewell, My Queen,” will premiere his remake of the the 1962 Jeanne Moreau vehicle “Eva,” starring Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel. The previously announced opening night film is Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” which will also play in competition.

Read More:Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ to Open 2018 Berlin Film Festival

Two Berlinale Special Galas have also been unveiled: Isabel Coixet’s “The Bookshop” and Lars Kraume’s “Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer.” The 2018 Berlin International Film »


- Jude Dry

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‘Mortal Engines’ First Trailer: Peter Jackson Introduces You to a Steampunk Dystopian Future

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Moviegoers who saw “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” this weekend got to see the first official look at the upcoming “Mortal Engines” adaptation,” and now Universal Pictures has made the first trailer available online for the world to see. The film is an adaptation of the Philip Reeve’s novel of the same name and is produced by Peter Jackson, who also co-wrote the film with his “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” team Fran Walsh and Philippa Boynes.

Mortal Engines” is set a steampunk dystopian future where the last of the major cities exist on humungous mobile vehicles that eat up the smaller towns and use them for precious resources. Robert SheehanHera HilmarHugo Weaving, and Stephen Lang star.

The film is directed by Christian Rivers, who has had a longstanding relationship with Jackson as both his visual effects supervisor and his storyboard artist on “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, »


- Zack Sharf

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Disney Defends ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Against Fan Backlash: ‘It’s Got People Talking’

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One of the biggest headlines to emerge in the wake of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opening in theaters has been the polarizing fan response to the Rian Johnson-directed sequel. Despite an “A” CinemaScore, “The Last Jedi” has riled certain fans on Reddit and social media, and many people have noticed the 56% Rotten Tomatoes user grade after over 100,000 ratings. For whatever reason, the mystery of “The Last Jedi” backlash continues to grow, so much so that Disney has felt compelled to defend it.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: An ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade

Rian Johnson, the cast, and the Lucasfilm team have delivered an experience that is totally ‘Star Wars’ yet at the same time fresh, unexpected and new,” Disney president of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis told Deadline in response to the backlash. “That makes this a ‘Star Wars’ film »


- Zack Sharf

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Joseph Kahn Shares Epic ‘Justice League Dark’ Concept Art, Starring Dan Stevens and Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Justice League” was not the superhero tentpole Warner Bros. was hoping for when it decided to bring the most iconic DC superheroes together on the big screen. With just around $220 million at the box office, the movie will end up as the lowest domestic grosser in the Dceu thus far. What “Justice League’s” disappointment means for the future of DC and Warner Bros. remains unclear, but one project that will probably continue to elude the big screen is “Justice League Dark.”

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The alternative superhero team features magical and supernatural heroes likes Constantine and Zatanna, and a film version of the popular comics storyline has been in development for years. Directors such as Doug Liman and Guillermo del Toro have been attached to the project at various points of development, and currently Gerard Johnstone »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Star Wars, Episode IX’: 8 Huge Questions J.J. Abrams’ Film Will Have to Answer After the Events of ‘The Last Jedi’

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As the latest chapter in the ever-expanding “Star Wars” universe, Rian Johnson’s blockbuster hit “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” flipped the script on more than a few favored fan theories, pushing the newest trilogy even further into fresh territory and unanswered questions. When “The Force Awakens” director J. J. Abrams returns to direct the latest film in the series, he’ll be expected to contend with some major shifts to characters and storylines.

What’s next for “Star Wars”? At this point, just about anything.

Read More:The 5 Biggest Spoilers in ‘The Last Jedi’ and What they Mean for the Future of ‘Star Wars

Still, there are a number of loose threads – perhaps the appropriate amount considering the trilogy style of these films – that Abrams will have to tie up during the course of his still-untitled “Episode IX.” From the fate of beloved characters to lingering mysteries and everything in between, »


- Kate Erbland

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‘mother!’ Sweepstakes: Enter to Win a Copy of 2017’s Most Audacious Film

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As 2017 comes to a close, Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” remains one of the year’s most talked about films. While Aronofsky remained tight-lipped about the film’s plot prior to release, the film’s star, Jennifer Lawrence, admitted that she went to a dark place for the film and had hyperventilated so much during filming that she dislocated a rib. Upon release, it became easy to see why, as “mother!” pulls no punches, and remains one of 2017’s most shocking and daring pieces of cinema.

On December 19, “mother!” is coming to 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs, which includes over 35 minutes of bonus content, which highlight the film’s incredible special effects makeup and feature Aronofsky and cast discussing the film’s production and its shocking finale.

Read More:‘mother!’ Review: Darren Aronofsky’s Audacious and Rich Cinematic Allegory Is His Most Daring Film Yet

To celebrate »


- Jamie Righetti

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Terry Crews Accuses Wme of Hacking His Computer and Spying on Family Amid Sexual Assault Case

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Terry Crews is accusing talent agency William Morris Endeavor (Wme) of hacking into his computer and spying on his family following a sexual assault allegation the actor made against Wme’s former Motion Picture Department head Adam Venit. Crews took to Twitter to claim that he believes his family is being “tracked” and “possibly bugged” by the talent agency.

Read More:Terry Crews Suing Agent Adam Venit For Sexual Assault

“Someone hacked into the computer my son and I built together,” Crews said. “I have to shut it down and replace the hard drive. Lapd task force detectives let me know these people don’t play fair. There are a lot of secrets to protect, and they will do anything to keep them. The town is compromised. But me, and my team, are not.”

Crews also mentioned that Wme allegedly asked Russell Simmons to pressure him into dropping his case against Wme. »


- Zack Sharf

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