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Like it or not, the awards race 2018 is already underway.
Painful as it may sound, the awards marathon is at least a 12-month proposition these days. With Sundance in the rear-view mirror, the talk of potential 2018 Oscar candidates is already underway in industry circles.
Below, Screen runs through 13 films that could be heading to the dance this time next year (the Oscars will be held one week later in 2018, on March 4).
Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Alec Baldwin and Christoph Waltz (all previously nominated) star in awards perennial Alexander Payne’s social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. The Annapurna Pictures production, currently in post-production, is slated for a December 22, 2017, release through Paramount. Payne’s last six films have been Oscar-nominated.
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Anyone who’s seen “Mary Poppins” knows what a bad Cockney accent sounds like. But for the first time, British actors have ranked Dick Van Dyke’s “mockney” as the worst attempt at a U.K. accent in a pool of the highest grossing films’ leads.
Language-learning app Babbel commissioned ex-pat professional actors from both the U.K. and U.S. to vote on a five-point scale on how convincing the accents were for leading parts in blockbusters grossing over $100 million.
For the United States accent, American Actors UK awarded British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor a 4.5/5 for his work as Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave.” Tied for second are the DC superheros; Christian Bale as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman both garnered 4.2/5 scores.
- Dani Levy
Star Wars fans are probably already looking forward to Force Friday again this year, which is essentially a holiday invented by Disney dedicated to getting people to buy new toys. Still, for action figure collectors out there, it is a fun event. This year, they will surely be looking to get their hands on Luke Skywalker toys, but there are definitely those who are equally excited about getting some of the new Rey merchandise. Many who purchase a Rey action figure this year may not think twice about it, but it turns out that toy collectors everywhere owe Daisy Ridley a debt of gratitude because she changed things for the better and probably for good.
A recent report from CNBC took a look at how Rey action figures have totally changed the toy landscape. Prior to The Force Awakens, it was incredibly difficult to find any action figures for female characters, »
Update: It turns out that all of these rumors were, once again, wishful thinking. We’ve added the latest details below. Every now and then there’s a new rumor that the original, unaltered, non-Special Edition cuts of the Star Wars trilogy are on the verge of being re-released to the public. Sometimes the rumor says the […]
The post Original Cuts of ‘Star Wars’ May Finally, Possibly Be Re-Released for the 40th Anniversary [Updated] appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
While we still don't have confirmation yet, it is widely believed that the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer won't debut until Star Wars Celebration, which takes place April 13 through 16 in Orlando, Florida this year. While we still have a few months left to wait, new details have surfaced about this highly-anticipated sequel, which sheds some light on how the First Order responds to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There will be Potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
These new details come from Making Star Wars, whose sources reveal more details about the state of the galaxy, just as The Last Jedi story begins. We know the story starts directly after The Force Awakens ending, where Rey (Daisy Ridley) meets Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and returns his lightsaber on the planet of Ahch-To. According to this source, the loss of the »
This will be a familiar feeling for “Star Wars” fans. Last week, rumors surfaced that the long sought after theatrical cuts of the original trilogy would be re-released, and the buzz was bolstered by the recent revelation that a brand-new 4K restoration of “Star Wars” had been completed. But alas, it’s not the version you want. The rumored re-release of the original theatrical cuts has been debunked. Again.
Home video veterans The Digital Bits have heard from their sources that the newly pristine “Star Wars” is “the most recent revised version” aka the “special edition.” So, Han doesn’t shoot first, and there’s all kinds of extra junk in the movie, and probably that Jabba The Hut scene too.
Continue reading Rumors That The Original Cuts Of ‘Star Wars’ Are Getting Re-Released Debunked, Again at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” topped social media buzz last week as it generated 77,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
The studio released a new clip of Watson singing “Belle” on Feb. 20, and aired a “Be Our Guest” teaser during the Oscars on Feb. 26.
Bill Condon directed the adaptation, which also stars Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe.
Universal’s “Fate of the Furious,” its eighth installment in the Furious franchise, generated 38,000 conversations last week »
- Dave McNary
After an Oscars finale that we'll never forget, here's a rundown of the upcoming projects from some of the nominees and winners in the Oscars' crafts categories -- including those from Moonlight and La La Land.
Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren, who won his first Oscar for La La Land, has a pair of upcoming films: Lasse Hallstrom's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Battle of the Sexes. Passengers' nominated production designer Guy Hendrik Dyas production designed The Nutcracker.
Arrival's nominated cinematographer Bradford Young is lensing the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff movie. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (SIlence) is reteaming with Martin Scorsese on The Irishman while Dp Greig Fraser was back on set with his Lion director, Garth Davis, for upcoming Mary Magdalene.
Editor John Gilbert, who »
- Carolyn Giardina
It may feel like a long way away, but in a sense, Star Wars 8 is just around the corner. There are a ton of reasons to be excited about the movie, but easily the biggest reason is getting to see Luke Skywalker in action, or at the very least actually saying a line or two of dialogue. As if we weren't already excited enough, J.J. Abrams has just further fueled the fired by saying that Mark Hamill's performance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is potentially Oscar-worthy.
The director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was recently in attendance at Oscar Wilde Awards in L.A., which is intended to support the U.S. Ireland Alliance. NY Daily News caught up with J.J. Abrams at the event and even though he isn't directing this time around, the subject of Star Wars: The Last Jedi came up. Here is »
Aside from the odd long lens set photo and a smattering of tantalizing tidbits from the cast and crew, we still know very little about what’s to happen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But today a couple more pieces have been added to the puzzle courtesy of Making Star Wars, who claim to have fresh information on the shape of the galaxy following the explosive climax of J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens.
First off, it seems that the battle at Starkiller Base has made the First Order known throughout the galaxy. Formerly dismissed as the last vestiges of the dying Empire, people now know that Snoke is actively seeking to conquer their planets and reimpose the nightmare of Imperial rule. Most importantly, however, is that everyone understands that the era of peace that begun with the destruction of the second Death Star has now come to an end. »
- David James
Throughout the lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens it was repeatedly noted, and rightfully so, that Disney and director J.J. Abrams made a touching decision to screen the film prior to the general public for terminally ill fans who would possibly unfortunately pass away by the time the monumentally anticipated next entry in the saga would be released to theaters.
This week, Abrams spoke to LAGoss regarding the decision (specifically referencing Daniel Fleetwood) and what it meant to him, saying: “He was one of a number of people who were tragically not going to live to see the release of the movie. It was very important to us that those who were reaching out to us, as much as we could – and we couldn’t get everyone of course – got a chance to see the movie even though it was unfinished. So there were »
- Robert Kojder
If you remember the movie Spaceballs you’ll remember those funny little creatures that said “dink dink dink” all the time. They were based on Jawas from Star Wars. Jawas are meter-tall humanoids completely hidden behind rough, hand-woven robes. Their faces are concealed within the dark folds of a cowl, from which peer their sickly glowing yellow eyes. They comb the deserts of Tatooine in search of discarded scrap and wayward mechanicals. While Cosplay of Jawas has been done before, you’ve ever seen Jawas like this two. Here’s Uncanny Megan and Dallas Nagata White as Jawas who are a little taller
These Two Women Can Even Make Jawas Cosplay Enticing »
- Nat Berman
Rounding up the big news stories from the weekend…
Kurt Russell’S Ego
We’ve seen him in toy form, but now ahead of Tuesday’s brand new trailer, we’ve had our first real look at Kurt Russell as Star-Lord’s father, Ego the Living Planet, as he’ll appear in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He’s a little bit different to how he looks in the comics, given that he’s not a giant planet with a face. They have kept the beard though. Take a look here.
Having already outgrossed its predecessor by pulling in $125 million and counting, it seems pretty certain that we’ll be seeing Keanu Reeves reprising the role of the legendary hitman John Wick to round out the trilogy. Reeves has been talking about what he’d like to see in John Wick »
- Gary Collinson
As the 89th Annual Academy Awards approached, it was already clear that this year's "In Memoriam" segment was going to be one of the most heartbreaking in recent memory. This was only further cemented by the untimely death of veteran actor Bill Paxton one day before the ceremony.
Jennifer Aniston came out to present the tribute to those in the movie industry we lost over last 12 months, and got emotional as she tearfully remembered Paxton, whom she called her "friend" and "cherished member of our Hollywood family."
The last year was a terrible one for Hollywood deaths, and Sara Bareilles’ captured the scope and pain of the industry’s sadness with her Oscars “In Memoriam” performance of Joni Mitchell’s classic “Both Sides Now.” The segment included such luminaries as Prince to Gene Wilder to Anton Yelchin. It ended with Debbie Reynolds, who died in December, and her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who died the day before the “Singin’ in the Rain” star. As Bareilles concluded her stirring, beautifully rendered performance, the “In Memoriam” segment played an excerpt of Fisher in her role in the 2015 “Star Wars” film “The Force Awakens, »
- Tim Molloy
At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Kevin O’Connell just broke the longest streak for Oscar nominations without a win. The 59-year-old New Yorker had been nominated 21 times in total, making 2017 a very good year for him.
Who else among Hollywood’s finest has had to weather a storm of nominations without a win? Well, even just keeping it to over 10 nominations, it’s a healthy list. Let’s take a look.
O’Connell’s win must have been somewhat bittersweet for Russell, who’s directly behind the elder sound mixer in the category of most nominations without wins. »
- Alex Heigl
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Moana's 16-year-old star Auli'i Cravalho joined forces for an inspirational performance of the Oscar-nominated song "How Far I'll Go." Alessia Cara performed the pop single version of the track.
The performance began with Miranda rapping a new prologue to the song over an orchestral mix of acoustic guitar and strings. Miranda unleashed a crisp, layered verse: "She opens her eyes to find her mind is on her island but her eye's on the horizon line." Miranda turned the stage over to Cravalho, who belted the ballad »
Mahershala Ali picked up the first award of the 89th Academy Awards for his work as a sympathetic drug dealer in “Moonlight,” while “O.J.: Made in America” a sprawling look at O.J. Simpson’s football stardom and murder trial nabbed best feature documentary.
In an emotional speech, Ali thanked his acting teachers, director Barry Jenkins, and paid tribute to his newborn daughter. “O.J.: Made in America” director Ezra Edelman used his time at the microphone to pay tribute to Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, the victims of the double homicide for which Simpson was charged. He went on to dedicate his statue to “…the victims of police violence, police brutality, racially motivated violence and criminal justice,”
“La La Land” is widely expected to dominate the annual celebration of the best of the film world. The musical tribute to Los Angeles has been a commercial smash, charming audiences and critics »
- Brent Lang
Tonight is Hollywood's big night, with the 89th Oscars being broadcast live on ABC tonight, starting at 8 Pm Et/5 Pm Pt. We'll be watching the awards being handed out live and updating this full list of winners as the telecast goes on. Jimmy Kimmel hosts this year's Oscar telecast, with La La Land currently the front runner to take home many of the major awards.
Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Monday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 21.
Leading the way for this year's awards »
For those of you are are into following virtually every bit of Star Wars news that comes out the moment that it comes out, you might remember that last June, a special edition of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack was released on vinyl, with a special bonus: holograms that appear to float above, and beneath, the discs. According to Mentalfloss In the two-disc set, each has a B-side that contains music on the outer edge of the disc, and a specially etched center area. In that center area is the nifty hologram. You set the disc playing and
This Vinyl Record Produces a Sick Star Wars Hologram »
- Nat Berman
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