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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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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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2018 Oscars predictions slugfest: We make those difficult categories like the shorts easy to predict [Watch]

2018 Oscars predictions slugfest: We make those difficult categories like the shorts easy to predict [Watch]
“Call Me by Your Name,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Molly’s Game” and “Mudbound” are widely expected to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, but what gets the fifth slot is one of the biggest Oscar mysteries this year — and a point of contention in the latest Gold Derby Oscar nominations predictions slugfest (watch above) with contributors Riley Chow, Jeffrey Kare, Zach Laws and Tony Ruiz, covering eight categories:

00:00 — Best Adapted Screenplay

06:10 — Best Original Screenplay

13:50 — Best Animated Feature

21:40 — Best Foreign Language Film

27:55 — Best Documentary Feature

32:30 — Best Animated Short

34:50 — Best Live Action Short

38:20 — Best Documentary Short

SEEour video slugfest on the below-the-line categories.

The logical choice is “Logan” because it was nominated with the above four films by the Writers Guild of America, but Laws explains, “No superhero movie has ever contended in this category before — not even ‘The Dark Knight,’ which got more
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Oscars: Predicting the Nominees With the Help of a Little Math

With Oscar nominations due to be unveiled Jan. 23, there are lots of predictions floating around.

"She's definitely getting a nomination." "He's a real long shot to hear his name called."

We hear these things all the time, but to really know precisely how definite or long-shot a nomination is, it's helpful to use math. Every year, I calculate the probabilities that each possible nominee will be selected by the Oscars in advance of the nominations announcement.

The method is straightforward: I ask my computer to determine how well various guild awards and critic groups...
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‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Third Murder’ set for China Theatrical Releases

‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Third Murder’ set for China Theatrical Releases
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” and “The Third Murder” are set for limited release in mainland Chinese theaters.

Both films are part of the slowly expanding lineup of foreign titles to be handled through the Nationwide Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas. The organization’s objective is to increase the diversity of what plays in Chinese theaters and to educate Chinese audiences.

The Naac was formed in late 2016 as a public-private partnership involving exhibitors and distributors, as well as China’s National Film Archive. Since launch it has expanded to now include some 600 screens under management nationwide.

“Three Billboards” is exactly the kind of prestige and festival-winning titles that the Naac originally set out to pick up. With four Golden Globes under its belt and a strong shot at picking up further Oscar heat, it will release on March 2, but given the film’s expletive-ridden dialog cuts by the censors seem a certainty. No date has
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Sundance Film Review: ‘What They Had’

Sundance Film Review: ‘What They Had’
Though its causes remain shrouded in mystery, Alzheimer’s Disease is unmistakably on the rise, and will become an ever-growing public issue as senior populations and longevity itself each continue to expand. We’re still at an early stage in terms of its dramatization, however — apart from “Away From Her” and “Still Alice,” there haven’t been that many notable screen depictions of Alzheimer’s, or of progressive dementia in general.

Actor-playwright Elizabeth Chomko’s debut feature “What They Had” is a particularly welcome addition to that so-far slim canon, since it finds ways to bring considerable humor to a grim subject, without trivializing it. This satisfying drama provides excellent roles for a fine cast, particularly Michael Shannon, Hilary Swank and Robert Forster. Highlighting the awards-worthiness of those turns will probably beat the best path to commercial success, particularly in theatrical release.

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‘Peaky Blinders’ Producer Options Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘When We Were Orphans’

Caryn Mandabach Productions will work on a TV adaptation of celebrated author Kazuo Ishiguro’s China and U.K.-set psychological thriller “When We Were Orphans” after picking up the small screen adaptation rights.

The “Peaky Blinders” producer struck the deal with ICM Partners, which reps Ishiguro, and “The Remains of the Day” author will exec produce the TV project. “TV has now become such an exciting way to tell stories – so much is possible – and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about the company that gave us ‘Peaky Blinders’ developing my London/Shanghai ‘detective novel,’” he said.

The story follows detective Christopher Banks as he unravels a mystery surrounding the disappearance of his parents during his childhood in Shanghai.

Caryn Mandabach and Jamie Glazebrook will exec produce for the Caryn Mandabach Productions. Glazebrook said: “Each one of Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpieces contains a world so vivid that one feels one has lived inside
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BBC Ups Stake in ‘The End of the F***ing World’ Producer Clerkenwell (Exclusive)

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British pubcaster, has increased its share in drama producer Clerkenwell Films and now owns 48% of the company that makes E4 and Netflix series “The End of the F***ing World.”

Clerkenwell also counts supernatural drama “Misfits,” which was on E4 and picked up by Netflix, and cop series “Rebus” among its credits. Its series “Lovesick” started on Channel 4 in the U.K. before Netflix acquired it and then greenlit subsequent seasons as Netflix originals.

Based on the Charles Forsman graphic novels, “The End of the F***ing World” launched on Netflix in January, as did Season 3 of “Lovesick.”

Murray Ferguson, who founded the production company in 1998, said it made strategic sense to forge closer relations with BBC Worldwide with the international opportunities on offer for drama programming.

“After working closely with Helen and the BBC Worldwide team for many years, we have found them to be astute, supportive and commercially
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MyFrenchFilmFestival: Morgane Polanski on ‘The Stroke,’ Obsession, Creating an Ocd World

MyFrenchFilmFestival: Morgane Polanski on ‘The Stroke,’ Obsession, Creating an Ocd World
Paris — A world premiere, Morgane Polanski’s “The Stroke,” starring fellow “Vikings” co-star Edvin Endre, bowed Friday on MyFrenchFilmFestival, the UniFrance global online showcase of French films. Polanski’s follow-up to “The Understudy,” her debut short film as a director, “The Stroke” also suggests a budding auteur.

Both films focus on obsessions. In Polanski’s debut, an unhinged understudy (Imogen Sage, a co-scribe with Polanski), who, un-admired and unseen – just as Salomé sees herself in Wilde’s play, for which she understudies – extracts a bloody revenge on the actress playing Salomé.

Co-written with business partner Serena Jennings, “The Stroke” has a way gone Obsessive-compulsive disorder (Ocd) sufferer, whose life of utter order and hygiene is disturbed when the neighbors’ black cat suddenly appears and sits – completely unsymmetrically! – outside his window.

In both, visuals are vital and bold, a blood-red curtain, costume, coat and wine presaging the (off-screen) denouement of “The Understudy,” decor embodying
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