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This Year’s Best Picture Nominees Have the Lowest Grosses in Six Years

This Year’s Best Picture Nominees Have the Lowest Grosses in Six Years
When it comes to box office grosses, the Oscars are no popularity contest.

This year’s crop of best picture nominees have received critical plaudits and trunkloads of awards. But that has not, for the most part, translated into massive ticket sales. Only “Get Out” and “Dunkirk” have topped $100 million at the domestic box office and could comfortably be labeled blockbusters. As it stands, this is the lowest-grossing crop of best picture contenders since 2011, a fact that should be sending shivers up the spine of ABC executives as they brace for the March 4 telecast.

“The Oscars are rewarding more and more niche films,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “There’s not a lot to talk about in terms of social media buzz or pop culture significance.”

To be fair, most of these films were never designed to be commercial juggernauts. Seven of the nine nominees — a group that includes “The Shape of Water
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Mary J. Blige Reveals Her Favorite Movie Theme Song of All Time

Mary J. Blige Reveals Her Favorite Movie Theme Song of All Time
Mary J. Blige is not just a famous singer — she’s now also a two-time Oscar nominee!

The multi-talented entertainer, 47, sat down with People for a dazzling photo shoot and video in which she answered a few of our burning questions.

First up, Blige pays tribute to two of the greatest voices to ever sing a movie theme song when she picks the Celine Dion and the late Whitney Houston as her favorites.

“It’s actually two of them, and it’s probably everybody’s favorite movie theme song, it’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ from The Bodyguard and Titanic,
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Ridley Scott Tells Aspiring Filmmakers They Have ‘No Excuses’

Ridley Scott Tells Aspiring Filmmakers They Have ‘No Excuses’
Acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott told young filmmakers Monday night that they had “no excuses” not to be able to go out and make a movie. Speaking at a special BAFTA: A Life in Pictures event celebrating his career, Scott said the availability of modern technologies, such as digital cameras and computer editing programs, meant many barriers to making a film had fallen and that if aspiring filmmakers really wanted to follow in his footsteps they should “go out and make a movie this weekend or stop moaning.”

But he said aspiring filmmakers needed to be prepared to work hard or they should try something else. “There are a lot of them now,” said Scott. “I think they think it’s going to be all fun and parties. When I do a movie I’m shooting by 8:45 a.m. You have to or you’ll never catch up.”

The event came a day after Scott was awarded
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2018 BAFTA Awards winners: Oscar preview again?

2018 BAFTA Awards winners: Oscar preview again?
On Sunday (Feb. 18), the British Academy of Film and Television Academy revealed the winners of the 71st annual edition of its movie awards. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner, taking home five of the top awards: Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh) and Best British Film.

The Shape of Water” won three BAFTAs from its leading 12 bids: Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro), Best Production Design and Best Score. The other multiple winners were “Darkest Hour,” which took both Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and Best Makeup and Hair and “Blade Runner 2049,” which claimed Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

The BAFTAs took place just two days before final voting for the Oscars begins. How many of the BAFTA champs will repeat at the Academy Awards? The British academy moved its awards forward in 2000 so that they were handed out before the Oscars.
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BAFTA Awards: 6 British nominees who beat eventual Oscar winners

BAFTA Awards: 6 British nominees who beat eventual Oscar winners
Since the the BAFTAs moved ahead of the Oscars in 2000, it has become a fairly reliable barometer of who will win in the four acting races at the Academy Awards. However, there have been six occasions when it has gone with home-grown talent over the eventual Oscar winners. And there have been eight other times when British nominees have won without facing the eventual Academy Awards champs.

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘The Shape of Water’ dominates with 12 nominations, ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘Three Billboards’ at 9

Best Actor

2000: Jamie Bell for “Billy Elliot” over Russell Crowe for “Gladiator”; Bell was snubbed by Oscars.

2002: Daniel Day-Lewis for “Gangs of New York” over Adrien Brody for “The Pianist.”

2009: Colin Firth for A Single Man” over Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart.”

In 2013, Chiwetel Ejiofor won the BAFTA for “12 Years a Slave,” 2013; Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) was not nominated at BAFTA.
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'God's Own Country' star Josh O’Connor joins 'Hope Gap' (exclusive)

'God's Own Country' star Josh O’Connor joins 'Hope Gap' (exclusive)
Annette Bening, Bill Nighy co-star in William Nicholson’s family drama.

God’s Own Country star Josh O’Connor has joined Annette Bening and Bill Nighy in the cast of Hope Gap.

William Nicholson, the Oscar-nominated writer of Breathe, Everest, Gladiator, Shadowlands, writes and directs the family drama, which is currently in pre-production and will shoot in summer 2018. It is his second feature as a director after 1997’s Firelight with Sophie Marceau.

O’Connor, nominated for a Bafta and winner of a Bifa for his breakout role in God’s Own Country, will play Jamie, the son of married couple Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy). When Jamie comes to visit for the weekend at their seaside home, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace. Hope Gap tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, anger and resolution.

David M Thompson (Woman In Gold) of Origin Pictures produces. Protagonist is handling
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Aardman ‘Early Man’ Animators Used 273 Puppets (and 3,000 Mouths) to Bring Their Caveman Soccer Tale to Life

Aardman ‘Early Man’ Animators Used 273 Puppets (and 3,000 Mouths) to Bring Their Caveman Soccer Tale to Life
For Nick Park, it always begins with a drawing. On “Chicken Run” (2000), it was a chicken digging its way out of a coop with a shovel, which became a riff on “The Great Escape,” and on his latest, “Early Man,” it was cavemen kicking what would eventually become a soccer ball.

Thus began Aardman’s first prehistoric underdog sports movie in stop-motion, and Park’s first feature since the Oscar-winning “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2005). Only this time, he decided to direct solo without partner Peter Lord or animator Steve Box.

Cavemen are well covered now with ‘The Croods’ [which began at Aardman before DreamWorks took it over] and ‘The Flintstones,’ but I was looking for a quirky Aardman angle, and soccer became the hook,” said Park, who pitched “Early Man” as “Gladiator” meets “Dodgeball.”

“This could have legs: a group of idiotic, lovable cavemen who only know how to fight and use weapons,
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Hans Zimmer on Composing the Score for Dunkirk

Before you read any further, head over to YouTube or Spotify and take a listen to some of the scores composed by Hans Zimmer. Seek out the sounds he has created in his partnership with director, Christopher Nolan and listen to the atmospheric, trailblazing sounds he creates. His scores captivate. Whether it’s Ridley Scott’s Gladiator

The post Hans Zimmer on Composing the Score for Dunkirk appeared first on Awards Daily.
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Visual Effects Oscar Nominees on Their Top Digital Secrets

Visual Effects Oscar Nominees on Their Top Digital Secrets
This year’s visual-effects category displays so much expertise that each nominated film had at least one Oscar winner or nominee on its team.

John Nelson, who won for “Gladiator” and led the group behind “Blade Runner 2049,” says, “I was lucky that everybody wanted to work on this movie.”

Nelson adds, “It’s hard to live up to a classic, and in science fiction, visual effects rules are important because they define jeopardy. Jeopardy needs to be real or audiences won’t care.”

The movie depicts one possible future, Nelson notes, adding: “There were no traffic jams in the sky.”

There were, however, 17 distinctive environments that extended Roger Deakins’ cinematography by mixing models, miniatures and CG extensions. Nelson even used Google Earth to initially “fly through” locales that were later photographed.

His team also delivered tour-de-force compositing, merging two different actors to create an eerie third person — including creating a CG doppleganger of one of the
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‘Vs #1′ Review (Image Comics)

Written by Ivan Brandon | Art by Esad Ribic | Published by Image Comics

Vs is a good example of how great art and a good premise can only take you so far. Opening up we see these striking images of the vastness of space immediately causing the stage of this story to feel large. As the story progresses it becomes more and more apparent that vastness is missing many key components causing this first issue to feel hollow and wasted.

The story centers on Lieutenant Flynn who leads a squadron in a futurist version of the Gladiator arena. It is like what if all those Call of Duty multiplayer match-ups became real. Similar to the days of the Gladiator these men and women battle to the death for the apparent amusement of others. Victors are treated as celebrities of the highest order. What is unclear though is the true purpose behind
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Why Joaquin Phoenix is the Perfect Joker for Standalone Film

Though Joaquin Phoenix has a long history of avoiding films with a superhero genre, he apparently has made the exception to this upcoming DC Extended Universe standalone movie. As of this writing, nothing has been inked, but insiders say it is almost a certainty. The reason may be very simple. At 42, Phoenix wants to be connected to yet another one-of-a-kind movie that will showcase his villainous talents. Of his previous efforts, Gladiator is the best known. (There was zero possibility of a Gladiator 2 and we are all the better for it.) According to IndieWire, “The Joker movie is

Why Joaquin Phoenix is the Perfect Joker for Standalone Film
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Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?

Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?
It used to be pretty much an Academy Awards norm that the film that won Best Picture also took home the Oscar for Best Director. In recent years that has changed, largely due to the preferential ballot that has been implemented for Best Picture voting. These two categories have split in four of the past five years, with “Birdman” (2014) and its director Alejandro G. Inarritu being the last time they lined up. Currently “The Shape of Water” is in first place to win both categories on Gold Derby’s Oscar charts, so might things get back on track this year?

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

A year ago Damien Chazelle won Best Director for “La La Land” while “Moonlight” took Best Picture, becoming the fourth time this decade that the Oscar split occurred. In 2015 Inarritu won Best Director for “The Revenent” (his second
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Joaquin Phoenix In Talks to Play The Joker in An Origin Film by Todd Phillips

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It appears that Jared Leto's Joker is getting some competition in one of the most talented actors of our generation, Joaquin Phoenix, in a new origin story by the director of The Hangover franchise!

1 studio. 2 Jokers.

That's currently what's on the table at Warner Bros. as Variety has confirmed that Todd Phillips, known best for his Hangover franchise, has named Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix as his top pick to play the Joker in his Untitled Origin Film.  While Warner Bros. hasn't engaged in any negotiations with the actor, Phillips has told Variety that Phoenix has bought in to the idea.  As of now, WB has yet to respond to Variety's report.  

If Phoenix does indeed join the Dceu, he'll be the 5th actor to channel the Clown Prince of Crime on the big screen.  According to rumors, that honor could have gone to Leonardo DiCaprio, but the deal didn't get done.
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"Conan The Barbarian"

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According to reports, "Colony" co-creator Ryan Condal and "Game of Thrones" director Miguel Sapochnik, will produce a new live-action "Conan The Barbarian" TV series, that will take author Robert E. Howard's 'Hyborian' age 'Cimmerian', back to his "...literary origins..."

"...driven out of his tribal homelands, 'Conan' wanders the mysterious and treacherous world of civilization...

"...where he searches for purpose...

"...in a place that rejects him as a mindless savage..."

The character was created by writer Howard in 1932 for a series of fantasy stories published in "Weird Tales" magazine.

Illustrator Frank Frazetta's iconic interpretation of Conan started with a series of  1960's Lancer pocketbooks...

...redefining the genre and influencing succeeding generations of artists.

The last Conan TV series was "Conan  The Adventurer" (1997) starring actor Ralf Moeller ("Gladiator").

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Conan The Adventurer"...
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John Logan to script Leonardo DiCaprio’s da Vinci biopic

Back in August it was reported that Paramount Pictures had snapped up the rights to Walter Isaacson’s book Leonardo da Vinci as a star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, and now comes word from Deadline that the project has secured a writer.

The site is reporting that Paramount has tapped John Logan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Gladiator and another DiCaprio film, The Aviator. Logan’s other credits include the Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, as well as The Last Samurai, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Hugo, Alien: Covenant and the TV series Penny Dreadful.

Leonardo da Vinci is being produced by DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way, with DiCaprio portraying the role of the celebrated artist and scientist. It’s a fitting role for the Oscar-winner, with his pregnant mother deciding to give him the name Leonardo as she was looking at a da Vinci painting
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How often do the PGA and DGA Awards go to the same film?

How often do the PGA and DGA Awards go to the same film?
After taking the Producers Guild Award two weeks ago, “The Shape of Water” will attempt to add the Directors Guild Award to its haul for Guillermo del Toro on Saturday. Del Toro is the odds-on favorite, according to our predictions, following his Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice wins. The PGA and DGA are powerful precursors — the PGA champ has gone one to win the Best Picture Oscar 19 out of the previous 28 times and the DGA has only mismatched with the Oscars seven times in its 69-year history — but how often has one film won both on the Oscar trail? And what does that mean for Oscar?

Since the PGA Awards’ inception 28 years ago, PGA and DGA have matched 21 times (this includes the PGA tie between “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” the latter of which won DGA). Of these 21, 14 of them have gone on to win both Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.
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Variety Artisan Awards to Honor Rachel Morrison, Alexandre Desplat and More at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Variety Artisan Awards to Honor Rachel Morrison, Alexandre Desplat and More at Santa Barbara Film Festival
Variety and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival have revealed the recipients of the fourth annual Variety Artisans Awards.

The Variety Artisans Awards are given to those essential to the filmmaking process who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields. A special tribute evening moderated by Tim Gray, Variety‘s awards editor and senior vice president, will take place on Feb. 5 at the Lobero Theatre.

This year’s award recipients, who are all Oscar nominees, include:

Paul D. Austerberry for the production design in Fox Searchlight’s “The Shape of Water,” directed by Guillermo del Toro. This marks Austerberry’s first Academy Award nomination. Austerberry won the Critics’ Choice Award and received a BAFTA nom for his work on the film.

Mark Bridges for costume design in Focus Features’ period drama “Phantom Thread,” written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Bridges has been nominated for Academy Awards and previously
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Leonardo DiCaprio's Da Vinci Biopic Finds Screenwriter

Leonardo DiCaprio's Da Vinci Biopic Finds Screenwriter
John Logan has been tapped to adapt Walter Isaacson's biography about Leonardo da Vinci.

Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way optioned Isaacson's latest biography, following another of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that was turned into writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs movie adaptation. DiCaprio is set to star as the famed Renaissance artist and scientist.

Logan, who wrote two recent James Bond screenplays, Spectre and Skyfall, also has movie credits like Any Given Sunday, Gladiator and The Aviator, the Howard Hughes biopic that also starred DiCaprio.

Logan also created the Penny Dreadful TV series. DiCaprio, who hasn't been seen...
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Scandal Promo: You're Fired, Olivia Pope!

Olivia Pope is out!

On Scandal Season 7 Episode 11, Mellie finally plucks up the courage to fire Olivia from the White House

If you watch Scandal online, you will know fine well that Olivia deserves a jail cell as opposed to the pink slip. 

Being fired will make Olivia put things in perspective, but that's not to say she's going to get anywhere. 

"Army of One" is an appropriate title for an hour that will find Olivia ostracized from everyone who was once close to her. 

But that's not to say she's going to be left in peace to gather her thoughts. 

The official teaser for the episode shows a gun-toting Quinn returning from the dead to rub salt in the wound. 

With Olivia being played by both Quinn and her father, and absolutely no power, will she be able to talk Quinn into keeping her alive?

That will be one
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Hans Zimmer Thought Pirates of the Caribbean Was a Bad Idea

Hans Zimmer wasn’t on board with scoring Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl until he saw the first batch of footage. Zimmer is an iconic film composer who’s scored major productions such as The Lion King and Gladiator. And he followed up his success with those movies by composing the theme song and soundtrack for Gore Verbinski’s Pirates of the Caribbean film in 2003, which helped launch Disney’s most commercially successful live-action franchise outside Marvel and Star Wars.
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