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SAG Awards: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘This Is Us’ Take Top Prizes

SAG Awards: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘This Is Us’ Take Top Prizes
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big film winner at the SAG Awards Sunday with trophies for best ensemble cast, best actress for Frances McDormand for portraying a grieving mother and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.

Gary Oldman, meanwhile, won the best actor in a film award for his performance as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” “I am so deeply honored and proud to win this magnificent award,” a clearly moved Oldman said.

Oldman said back stage that he was savoring the recognition, adding, “My feeling is enjoy the moment. It will be someone else standing up here next year.”

Oldman won the trophy over Timothee Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name,” James Franco for “The Disaster Artist,” Daniel Kaluuya for “Get Out,” and Denzel Washington for “Roman Israel Esq.” Franco, who was recently accused by five women of sexually exploitative behavior, attended the ceremonies.

“Three Billboads” won the ensemble cast trophy over “The Big Sick
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'12 Strong' & 'Den of Thieves' Outperform Expectations as 'Jumanji' Threepeats at #1

'12 Strong' & 'Den of Thieves' Outperform Expectations as 'Jumanji' Threepeats at #1
The weekend's new releases all outperformed expectations with both 12 Strong and Den of Thieves placing in the top three. However, neither was able to topple Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which topped the weekend box office for the third straight weekend and in the process passed Skyfall to become Sony's fifth-highest grossing film ever. Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle delivered a chart-topping $20 million as the film's domestic cume climbs over $315 million. The film's international cume added another $32.6 million this weekend as its worldwide total now stands at $767.8 million, moving it into the top 80 all-time. In second place Warner Bros.'s release of 12 Strong narrowly edged out its new release competition finishing ahead of the $15 million the studio anticipated heading into the weekend, grossing an estimated $16.5 million. The film received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which was made up of 55% males vs. 45% females and of that audience,
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Veep: Final Season Delayed Until 2019 Following Julia Louis-Dreyfus Cancer Treatment

Veep: Final Season Delayed Until 2019 Following Julia Louis-Dreyfus Cancer Treatment
Selina Meyer’s reelection campaign won’t get underway until next year.

According to Veep‘s Matt Walsh, the Emmy-winning comedy’s seventh and final season is expected to begin production in August, once star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has had enough time to recuperate after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. As such, the series’ swan song is not expected to premiere before 2019.

“We’ll start filming in August and it will air in 2019,” Walsh told EW.com. “We’ve seen [Julia], she’s done some table reads [and] she’s doing well.”

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PGA Awards: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Wins Outstanding Producer; ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Tops In TV – Full Winners List

PGA Awards: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Wins Outstanding Producer; ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Tops In TV – Full Winners List
Updated with final results: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water solidified its status as an Oscar Best Picture frontrunner in a season where there are several, taking home the top honor at the 29th annual PGA Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton. On the TV side, a pair of streaming series rookies — Amazon’s comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hulu’s drama The Handmaid’s Tale — came away with marquee honors. Del Toro, who won the Best Director Golden Globe already…
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Allison Janney Wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Allison Janney Wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
It was a big night for Allison Janney Sunday, as she took home the trophy for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in I, Tonya.

In her acceptance speech, Janney praised her I, Tonya cast members, particularly Margot Robbie.

“ so fearless and brave and such a rockstar,” Janney said. “She paved the way for all of us to make courageous choices in these roles that we got to play.”

Janney has been a dominant force this awards season, winning the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in
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2018 SAG Awards film report: ‘Wonder Woman’ stunt ensemble wins the first award of the night [Updating Live]

2018 SAG Awards film report: ‘Wonder Woman’ stunt ensemble wins the first award of the night [Updating Live]
The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented on Sunday night, January 21, during a ceremony hosted by Kristen Bell and simulcast on TNT and TBS. This 24th annual event honored the best achievements in film and television acting as decided by more than 100,000 members of the unified SAG-AFTRA union representing performers, radio and TV personalities, and other media professionals. But what do they mean for the Oscars, whose nominations are announced just two days later on January 23? Scroll down for our live updating report of all the film results as their announced.

Because the SAG Awards specifically honor performances and not other aspects of production, they’re not necessarily a reliable barometer for the Best Picture Oscar. Only 11 of the previous 22 ensemble casts that won SAG Awards correspond to the motion picture academy’s top prize (50%). However, this award has foretold a few big Oscar surprises. It was the
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‘Blindspotting’ Bidding War: Neon, The Orchard, CBS Films Chase Racial Drama

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‘Blindspotting’ Bidding War: Neon, The Orchard, CBS Films Chase Racial Drama
Three distributors – Neon, The Orchard and CBS Films – are aggressively courting the buzzy, race-themed Sundance drama “Blindspotting,” multiple individuals told TheWrap. MoviePass, the moviegoing subscription service that announced plans to acquire films at the festival, is also seeking a co-release with whoever ends up buying the film, one individual close to the negotiations said. Carlos Lopez Estrada directed the buddy story starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of two friends in Oakland, facing probation, police violence and the pressure of hipster tech gentrification. The film opened the festival on Thursday...
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‘Jumanji’ Leads International Box Office, Hits $768 Million Worldwide

‘Jumanji’ Leads International Box Office, Hits $768 Million Worldwide
Solidifying its status as a worldwide hit, Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has won the international box office for the fourth consecutive weekend with $32.6 million at 14,800 screens in 93 markets.

The action-comedy has hit $450 million internationally to go along with its $317 million domestic total. The global total has reached $767.8 million, making “Jumanji” 80th on the all-time worldwide list.

China delivered the top take for “Jumanji” with $7.7 million in its second weekend for a total of $65.8 million in that crucial market after two weeks — far better than Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with only $40.6 million in three weeks. The U.K. is the second largest with $43.7 million, followed by Australia with $31.9 million.

A pair of international titles took the next two slots with “Secret Superstar,” the latest film vehicle for Indian superstar Aamir Khan, opening with $25.6 million in China. The film — a coming of age story about a teenage girl who wants to be a
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Sundance: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Debra Granik's 'Leave No Trace' (Exclusive)

Sundance: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Debra Granik's 'Leave No Trace' (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Debra Granik's Leave No Trace.

The film is a haunting father-daughter story featuring Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, presented by Bron Creative and Topic Studios.

Based on Peter Rock's novel My Abandonment, the film revolves around a teenage girl (Harcourt McKenzie) and her father (Foster) who have lived undetected for years in Forest Park, a vast woods on the edge of Portland, Oregon. A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from the park and into the charge of a social service agency. They try to adapt...
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Puppy Movie ‘Pick of the Litter’ Sells to IFC’s Sundance Selects

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Puppy Movie ‘Pick of the Litter’ Sells to IFC’s Sundance Selects
IFC FilmsSundance Selects label has acquired North American rights to Slamdance’s resident adorable film “Pick of the Litter.” The documentary was directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, and follows a litter of puppies from birth as they train to become seeing eye dogs for the blind. “Everyone at IFC Films/Sundance Selects understands how dogs can change one’s life and this film epitomizes this,” Arianna Bocco, the unit’s head of acquisitions and production, said in a statement. “We are so excited to introduce these amazing animals to audiences.” Also Read: 'Tyrel': Race, Class and Bad Manners Collide in Showcase for Jason Mitchell Nachman’s...
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Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Reteam ‘Tully’ Is Sundance Secret Screening

Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Reteam ‘Tully’ Is Sundance Secret Screening
Exclusive: This year’s secret screening is director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody's Tully, a comedy which is their second collaboration with Charlize Theron after 2011’s Young Adult. The Focus Features release opens on April 20. In Tully, Theron plays Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to accept the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and…
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Forest Whitaker Says ‘Black Panther’ Is ‘Something That Hasn’t Been Seen Before’ (Exclusive)

Forest Whitaker Says ‘Black Panther’ Is ‘Something That Hasn’t Been Seen Before’ (Exclusive)
Black Panther” hits theaters next month, but the comic movie is already one of the most anticipated films of the year, breaking pre-sales records as Marvel’s fastest-selling movie in the first 24 hours.

Forest Whitaker, who stars in the film as Zuri, says “Black Panther” is resonating early with moviegoers because the film is bringing something new to theaters, especially in the superhero drama genre.

“It’s a unique piece. It’s a multicultural piece. I think people are waiting to find something new,” Whitaker said on Sunday at the Variety Studio at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was on hand for his film “Burden,” which premieres Sunday in Park City, Utah.

“This superhero from Africa who is in this society and trying to fix the world is something that hasn’t been seen before,” Whitaker added. “I think Ryan [Coogler] is a great director so there’s always going to be some social conscious inside of it. … And
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Jason Blum’s Advice To Burgeoning Producers At Sundance: ‘Don’t Worry About Your Movie Getting A Theatrical Release’

Jason Blum’s Advice To Burgeoning Producers At Sundance: ‘Don’t Worry About Your Movie Getting A Theatrical Release’
What a year it’s been for producer and Blumhouse boss Jason Blum. A year ago during Sundance, he had the top grossing title at the weekend box office, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split which with $40M marked the fifth best ever opening for January. And Blum also sneaked the world premiere of Get Out here at Sundance, which off $4.5M production cost reaped close to $255M and stands on the precipice of potential Oscar noms this Tuesday. This morning Blum was the keynote speaker at…
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Behind the Scenes at Sundance: a Star-Filled Women's Rally, Fun Sightings and More

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Behind the Scenes at Sundance: a Star-Filled Women's Rally, Fun Sightings and More
Another year, another fun-filled 10 days are happening at the Sundance Film Festival in snowy Park City, Utah — and People is there to capture all the behind-the-scenes action.

Celebrities like Dakota Fanning, Jane Fonda, Nicholas Cage and more are braving the frigid weather and flocking to the small town this weekend to interact with their biggest fans and hit up some of the festival’s hottest parties.

Thursday, Jan. 18

2:35 p.m.: Blythe Danner arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is greeted by a swarm of photographers and fans asking for autographs. “Why do I deserve all this attention?
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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Happy Prince’

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Happy Prince’
Reunited in Rouen after a pained separation, Oscar Wilde and his young lover Alfred “Bosie” Douglas adjourn to the privacy of a small, dim, chintzily decorated hotel room. Clothes come off, the lights go out… and just like that, “The Happy Prince” hits us with a cutaway to a train going through a tunnel. Cribbed shamelessly from Hitchcock, it’s the kind of lightly saucy visual gag you might expect in a film directed by waggish thesp Rupert Everett, but its daintiness strikes a false note in a biopic otherwise dedicated to the honest passions and anguish of a man best known for his archness. It’s neither the first nor the last well-meaning misstep in Everett’s ornate writing-directing debut, which chronicles Wilde’s destitute final years in France as a tangle of memory streams, boozy vignettes and flashbacks within flashbacks, but sometimes loses sight of the man behind the aesthete.

A big-screen
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'The Happy Prince': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'The Happy Prince': Film Review | Sundance 2018
There's no doubting the affinity of Rupert Everett for Oscar Wilde. He has played the famed writer's alter ego in film adaptations of The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband, and starred as the man himself in London and on tour in a 2012 revival of the biographical drama The Judas Kiss, which persuaded many critics to reconsider the 1998 David Hare play. Making his debut feature as writer-director, Everett returns to the role in what could almost be an expansion of that stage work, creating a richly inhabited characterization that counters louche irreverence with glimpses of melancholy...
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‘Skate Kitchen’ Film Review: Female Skateboarders Find Freedom on Four Wheels

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‘Skate Kitchen’ Film Review: Female Skateboarders Find Freedom on Four Wheels
At the end of Bruce Beresford’s 1981 coming-of-age film “Puberty Blues,” two teenage girls who had been relegated to surfer-groupie status grab their own boards and defiantly charge into the waves. More than 30 years later, young women are still fighting for their corner of extreme sports, and “Skate Kitchen” celebrates female skateboarders who demand their right to grind and pop and kickflip whether the boys like it or not. The narrative debut of documentarian Crystal Moselle (“The Wolfpack”), “Skate Kitchen” celebrates the liberation and the sisterhood that comes with skateboarding, with a mostly refreshing take on how teen girls...
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2018 SAG Awards and PGA Awards: Who’s up (‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Shape of Water’) & who’s down (‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Get Out’) in Oscar race?

2018 SAG Awards and PGA Awards: Who’s up (‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Shape of Water’) & who’s down (‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Get Out’) in Oscar race?
It was a busy weekend with the Producers Guild Awards presented on January 20 and the Screen Actors Guild Awards handed out on January 21. Both of those prizes have guided the way in the past when predicting the Oscars, and when they’ve agreed with each other they’re even more reliable when forecasting the academy’s Best Picture. Of course, those prizes didn’t correspond this year. So who’s up and who’s down after PGA and SAG weekend?

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The Shape of Water” — It grabbed a crucial victory for Best Picture at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night, which was especially important because its ensemble cast wasn’t even nominated at the SAG Awards. Eight of the last 10 PGA winners have gone on to win the top Oscar. Of course, those two exceptions to the rule were the last two in a row. Two years ago “The Big Short
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Skate Kitchen’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Skate Kitchen’
The last time Crystal Moselle brought a film to Sundance, she won the 2015 festival’s jury prize for her stranger-than-fiction documentary study of seven cinema-obsessed, shut-in Manhattan siblings, “The Wolfpack.” Back in Park City with her first narrative feature, Moselle has uncovered yet another inimitable group of real-life New York youngsters, this one a posse of female skateboarders who haunt Lower East Side parks under the name Skate Kitchen. And though she’s given each skater a character to play and a fictional arc to play out, Moselle seems just as eager to let these young women be themselves as she was with “The Wolfpack’s” Angulo brothers. “Skate Kitchen” has plenty to say about the lengths to which young women must go to clear out a little breathing room in testosterone-heavy spaces, but it is first and foremost an irresistible hangout movie, offering a thoroughly millennial, vérité spin on ’80s skater classics like “Thrashin’.” Given the proper
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'Skate Kitchen': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Skate Kitchen': Film Review | Sundance 2018
Crystal Moselle, who attracted unexpected attention by introducing an insular group of Lower East Side youths in her 2015 Sundance doc The Wolfpack, invites viewers into another with Skate Kitchen, her fiction debut. Cruising through downtown New York City and beyond with a handful of girl skateboarders, she focuses on one quiet youth who seems to have found Eden, only to be cast out of it. The atmospheric outing will attract many admirers on the fest circuit, even if it doesn't cause the minor sensation the previous film did.

Bridging the gap between doc and feature, Moselle has built the...
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