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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey

21 February 2017 10:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?

There can be only one.

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox

This is a toughie. In terms of looks, both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s faces remind me of between forty and fifty of my least-favorite classmates during »

- David Ehrlich

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Oscars: 8 of This Year's (Female) Producer Nominees Sound Off on the Industry's Gender Divide

16 February 2017 6:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Sound of Music with her mother in her hometown of Utica, N.Y. "I was completely exhilarated by the experience and I thought, 'I have a choice,' " says the Oscar-winning producer of Shakespeare in Love, up for her second Academy Award for Hidden Figures this year. "I can either go and become a person that makes movies like this or I could become a nun."

In light of women's slow progress in Hollywood since then, the convent doesn't look so bad. After two years of »

- Alison Brower,Mia Galuppo ,Rebecca Sun

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Oscars: What Should Have Won – Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture over Shakespeare in Love

16 February 2017 2:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Graeme Robertson on why Saving Private Ryan should have won Best Picture at the 71st Academy Awards…

The Oscar ceremony celebrating the best that 1998 had to offer is something an embarrassment looking back.

While many were deserving of the awards they received, such as the legendary James Coburn (one of my favourite actors) finally winning a Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Paul Schrader’s Affliction. Other winners that night are slightly more controversial, with the most controversial and laughable result being the decision to award Best Picture to Shakespeare in Love.

Why in the hell was this film deemed as the best film of 1998, did the members of the Academy not watch the other fucking nominees?

The line up of films that competed against Shakespeare in Love included some of the fiercest competition possible and many are certainly more deserving of the top award than John Madden’s historical romance. »

- Graeme Robertson

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‘The Young Karl Marx’ Review: Raoul Peck’s Communist Biopic Is a Bit Too Bourgeois — Berlinale 2017

12 February 2017 12:31 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s a specter haunting Europe — the specter of mediocre biopics. A straightforward period piece about the life and times of a radical man, Raoul Peck’s “The Young Karl Marx” is well-furnished and fitfully gripping stuff, but it desperately lacks the full-bodied fervor that crackles throughout his Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”

Snagged between the hard-nosed history of “Lumumba” (Peck’s sobering 2000 docudrama about the first prime minister of the Congo) and the jocular gusto of “Shakespeare in Love,” this immaculately furnished film sacrifices too much drama in order to expound upon its characters’ ideals, and sacrifices too much exploration of those ideals in order to accommodate for a healthy degree of drama. “I’m done fighting with needles,” Marx says, “I want a sledgehammer.” Peck opts for a safety net, ensuring that even the most electric moments never feel like they’re risking a challenge to »

- David Ehrlich

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Oscars 2017: How Does This Year’s Crop of Female Producers Fit in With the Best Picture Category’s History?

11 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

There was always a chance for the best picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards to feature solid representation for female producers and, with the nominations official, the numbers are in. Turns out there are five of the nine films in this year’s top category with women behind it — but how does that stand up to the rest of Oscar history?

As mentioned above, there are five out of the total nine films in the best picture category this year that took some girl power to get made. There’s Hell or High Water (Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn), Hidden Figures (Donna Gigliotti and Jenno Topping), Lion (Angie Fielder), Manchester by the Sea (Kimberly Steward and Lauren Beck), and finally Moonlight (Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner). This leaves out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and La La Land as »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Mary Poppins Returns Begins Filming – Stars Emily Blunt And Lin-Manuel Miranda

10 February 2017 9:18 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Production on Mary Poppins Returns, the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins,” has commenced at Shepperton Studios.

The film, which stars Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train,” “Into the Woods”) and Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) and is directed and produced by Oscar nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods,” “Chicago”), is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.

The film also stars: Ben Whishaw (“Spectre”), Emily Mortimer (“Hugo”) and Julie Walters (“Harry Potter” films) with Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”).

In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).

Mary Poppins Returns introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”), Nathanael Saleh (“Game of Thrones”) and newcomer Joel Dawson. »

- Melissa Thompson

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Mary Poppins Returns Cast and Plot Revealed as Filming Begins

10 February 2017 8:19 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The sequel to Disney's 1960s classic, Mary Poppins, is currently underway as filming has officially started.  We already knew Emily Blunt was playing the titular role, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda as a co-star, but the rest of the stacked cast has been revealed with today's announcement.  Come inside to learn more! 

Frankly speaking, it's still a little odd to be writing about a sequel to Mary Poppins.  It's not something I thought would ever happen, but lo and behold...Mary Poppins Returns already started filming.  Today Disney brings the announcement for the start of production, giving us some more insight into the sequel's story as well as the impressive cast they've assembled. 

Mary Poppins Returns” is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in Pl Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, »

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Mary Poppins Returns Begins Shooting, Full Cast Announced

10 February 2017 8:03 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production on Mary Poppins Returns, the all new sequel to Disney's 1964 film Mary Poppins, has commenced at Shepperton Studios. The film, which stars Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train, Into the Woods) and Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana) and is directed and produced by Oscar nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago), is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.

The film also stars Ben Whishaw (Spectre), Emily Mortimer (Hugo) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter films) with Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).

Mary Poppins Returns introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children), Nathanael Saleh (Game of Thrones) and newcomer Joel Dawson. »

- MovieWeb

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New Halloween Movie Slated for October 19th, 2018, David Gordon Green to Direct

9 February 2017 3:53 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

John Carpenter just gave Michael Myers fans a huge reason to mark their calendars by announcing an October 19th, 2018 release date for Blumhouse and Miramax's new Halloween movie, which will be directed by David Gordon Green (Joe, Pineapple Express) from a screenplay he's writing with Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant, Eastbound & Down).

In addition to executive producing the new Halloween film, Carpenter might also help guide the franchise he began back in 1978 by providing the music for the film. Green and McBride will also be executive producing the anticipated project, along with Malek Akkad and Jason Blum. We have the official press release below with full details, including Carpenter's initial announcement of Green and McBride's involvement:

Press Release (via Los Angeles, February 9, 2017 – John Carpenter announced today via his Facebook page ( that David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express »

- Derek Anderson

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Ben Affleck’s Batman: The already troubled history of The Batman

2 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen looks at the already troubled history of Ben Affleck’s The Batman

It was news that concerned fans of the faltering Dceu when it was confirmed that Ben Affleck will no longer direct The Batman, which is still supposed to be released next year. This bad news about The Batman follows rumours that Justice League is a mess, as is Wonder Woman, and The Flash is getting a page-one re-write following the departure of its second director.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. »

- Luke Owen

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Malia Obama Is Pitching Scripts to Execs at Weinstein

1 February 2017 11:04 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Malia Obama already has one hell of an entry level job as the Weinstein Company's newest intern -- she's picking and choosing scripts to pitch to execs ... TMZ has learned. Our Weinstein sources tell us Malia started work Monday and she's ensconced in the production/development department ... reading through scripts and deciding which ones move on to Weinstein brass. We're told Malia's internship will run through the Spring.  Weinstein gets lots of scripts from top screenwriters and unknowns alike, »

- TMZ Staff

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Mark Gill Out as President of Millennium Films

27 January 2017 1:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran Hollywood executive Mark Gill is exiting the presidency of Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films after six years in the post.

Lerner and Trevor Short will continue to operate Millennium, which was launched in 1996 as a subsidiary of Nu Image.

The most successful Millennium titles during Gill’s tenure included “The Expendables 2” and “The Expendables 3,” which combined for $530 million in worldwide grosses, along with Gerard Butler’s “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen” which took in more than $370 million. Gill also attempted to buy the company but was unsuccesful in making a deal.

Gill joined Millennium in 2011 after his company the Film Department closed down. That company’s top performer was “Law Abiding Citizen,” which grossed $133 million at the worldwide box office.

Gill also served as the founding president of Warner Independent Pictures, which was closed down by Warner Bros. in 2008. In that role, he oversaw “March of the Penguins »

- Dave McNary

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Audience Popularity, Strong Box Office Factor Into PGA Nominees

25 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has remained a distinctive voice during the Hollywood awards season — often in favor of including popular mainstream movies that might be overlooked otherwise.

That tendency was clearly in evidence on Jan. 10 when the PGA nominated “Deadpool” for its Darryl F. Zanuck Award along with the expected high-brow contenders — “Arrival,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “Moonlight.”

Prizes will be handed out during the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Along with “Lion,” “Deadpool” was the biggest surprise among the nominees. The Ryan Reynolds action-comedy is by far the top grosser among the PGA nominees with $783 million worldwide on a $60 million budget.

Awards trackers theorize that producers are more likely to be impressed with strong box-office performance in honoring a film that won’t go on to »

- Dave McNary

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Tom Stoppard, Rachel Tunnard honoured by Writers' Guild

25 January 2017 2:28 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Playwright Stoppard wins outstanding contribution award.

Tom Stoppard was presented with the outstanding contribution to writing award at the 2017 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards.

Stoppard accepted the honour from fellow playwright David Edgar at the ceremony on Monday (January 23), held at the Royal College of Physicians.

He said: “For a writer, no award can compare to an award from other writers. The Writers’ Guild is a bright spot in a dark world and I feel very grateful to it.”

Stoppard has written extensively for the stage, TV and film. His plays Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties, and The Real Thing all won Tony Awards.

He also co-wrote Shakespeare In Love (which won him an Oscar) and Brazil.

Presenting him the award, Edgar said: “Like the BBC, he [Stoppard] has educated and entertained. Like no one else, he has challenged, dazzled, and amazed.”

The event’s best first screenplay award went to Rachel Tunnard for Adult Life Skills while »

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Harvey Weinstein Maintains Oscar Streak With ‘Lion’

24 January 2017 10:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As usual, Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company made a solid showing at Tuesday morning’s Oscar announcement with “Lion” taking six nominations.

Lion” received nods for best picture along with supporting actor for Dev Patel, supporting actress for Nicole Kidman, adapted screenplay for Luke Davies, cinematography for Greig Fraser, and score for Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka.

The movie is based on the book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose, telling the story of Brierly’s life from his losing contact with his family in India at the age of five, being adopted by an Australian family, and reuniting with his Indian family more than two decades later.


Oscar Nominations: Complete List

Lion” and Michael Keaton’s “The Founder” were TWC’s only awards contenders this year, but “The Founder” was shut out Tuesday morning. “Lion” debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and »

- Dave McNary

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Pivoting to Win: Oscar Campaigns Keep Eyes on the Prize

24 January 2017 9:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Oscar nominations are in, and now is the time when the various campaigns that have amassed enough support for their films to get to this point pivot their strategies toward a win.

There are two schools of thought at this stage. One is: “Let’s ride the horse that brought us.” We’ve seen this over the years with campaigns that didn’t adjust their messaging or visuals as they charged through phase two, hoping to build on the backing that landed them there. You can probably expect this strategy for “La La Land,” the frontrunner for best picture.

“That film is in the position Donald Trump was in when he said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and it wouldn’t hurt him,” one rival consultant says. “They’re staying exactly the same, with the same visuals that say, ‘Hey, this was the worst year of your life, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Newswire: Malia Obama is heading from the White House to The Weinstein Company

20 January 2017 12:54 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Malia Obama is going from the world of presidential campaigns to Oscar campaigns: The former first daughter is going to be interning for Harvey Weinstein, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Obama, who is taking a gap year before going to Harvard, will start at The Weinstein Company in New York in February, so she’ll have a taste of what it’s like to be working there during awards season. We can only imagine the analogies that will be made: “Well, you know in some ways—not the bad ones—Shakespeare in Love was sort of Trump-like. No one thought it would win against Saving Private Ryan, but it did. Of course, Shakespeare is a perfectly lovely movie and those two words don’t belong anywhere near Trump.”

It’s looking more and more like Obama is gunning for a career in entertainment. She did a stint on the Halle »

- Esther Zuckerman

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‘La La Land’ Has a Shot at Becoming the Most-Nominated Musical in Oscar History

18 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

It’s beginning to look like La La Land is going to sweep the entire awards season all the way through the Oscars — and to make history in the process. The L.A.-set musical that is chock full of Hollywood magic has been dominating every major awards show thus far and is poised to tie the record for garnering the most Oscar nominations — and potentially wins — for a film ever.

At this point La La Land has bested its closest competition — such as Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea — at the biggest award shows. For the Critics’ Choice Awards it led the pack with 12 nominations (ultimately winning eight of them) and for the BAFTAs it overshadowed the others with 11 nominations (with results coming on February 12). La La Land’s biggest achievement thus far, though, is probably becoming the most-awarded »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to (and going from) Hulu in February

17 January 2017 6:04 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

February is the home of Valentine’s Day, which makes it the unofficial month of both love and misery. It doesn’t seem like Hulu’s new content offerings for February were specifically selected with those things in mind, but we can still view them through those lenses. That way, it might help you decide what to watch when you’re suffering from one of those feelings next month.

On February 14, Love Day itself, Hulu will adding the second-half of The Mindy Project season five, with the complete series of Golden Girls coming the day before. Both of those things are pretty love-related, as are February 1’s Shakespeare In Love, February 3’s I Love You Phillip Morris, and even February 11’s Kampai! For The Love Of Sake (we assume). Then there are the less-obvious love-related picks, like the premiere of NBC’s Taken series (he loves ...


- Sam Barsanti

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The Week in Movies – what is going on with Ben Affleck and The Batman? Young Han Solo spin-off casts mentor role & more…

15 January 2017 11:16 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including what is going on with Ben Affleck and The Batman? The Young Han Solo spin-off movie casts its mentor and more…

The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.

Warner Bros vs Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck made his name with a combination of geeky-level indy movies, starring in Chasing Amy and Mallrats for his friend Kevin Smith, and Academy-beloved dramas, the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love.

Matt Damon had hair back then.

Then he starred in a badly-received superhero movie dogged by an interfering studio (Daredevil – 44% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a critically-panned crime film (Gigli – 6%), released around the same time he publicly split with his celebrity fiancée (Jennifer Lopez).

Who saw that coming?

That was 2003, and Affleck’s »

- Oli Davis

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