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Kenneth Lonergan Thanks Casey Affleck After Winning Original Screenplay Oscar for ‘Manchester By the Sea’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kenneth Lonergan’s original script for “Manchester by Sea,” which he also directed, surprised with an original screenplay Oscar win.

“Thank you Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck,” Lonergan said, continuing to recognize the film’s other stars. “This film is about people trying to take care of each other in the face of terrible adversity.”

The writer-director also thanked his stepfather for taking care of his mother in a way that “should be an example to everyone.”

The screenplay topped Damien Chazelle for “La La Land,” Mike Mills for “20th Century Women,” Taylor Sheridan for “Hell or High Water” and Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippouf for “The Lobster.”

The category has been one of the most difficult to predict. BAFTA gave its screenplay award to “Manchester by the Sea” but the Golden Globes trophy went to “La La Land.” “Moonlight” won the original screenplay award at the WGA but »

- Dave McNary

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Martin Scorsese on Reuniting With De Niro for ‘Irishman,’ the Sinatra Biopic That Got Away

23 February 2017 4:17 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London – “The joy of creating a film has to be in making something, even in the worst circumstances. It’s about the passion,” Martin Scorsese told a packed audience at a special event celebrating the director’s career at London’s BFI Southbank on Wednesday night. “To retain that passion is the key.”

Scorsese spoke about his passion, his work with film preservation and how the industry has changed during his long career. The Oscar-winning director also spoke about his upcoming project “The Irishman,” though he avoided mention of the rumors currently swirling around financing and rights to the film, including the possibility that Netflix could take worldwide rights in an eyebrow-raising deal.

The long-gestating “Irishman” is set to reunite Scorsese with Robert De Niro for a ninth time and would mark his first collaboration with Al Pacino. “Al and I have been trying to get to do a »

- Robert Mitchell

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Playback: Kenneth Lonergan on ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and Writing Himself Into Corners

16 February 2017 9:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.

On today’s show, Jenelle Riley and I discuss last weekend’s BAFTA Awards, which may have offered a few clues about some of the year’s more ambiguous Oscar races. We also preview the next turns in the circuit, including this weekend’s Writers Guild Awards.

Later on (21:03) I’m talking to “Manchester by the Sea” writer-director Kenneth Lonergan. Among other things it’s a deep dive into process with the Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright and screenwriter, who was trained as a writer at Wesleyan University and Nyu. But even having a formal education on technique didn’t instill any rigidity into his craft.

For more, listen to the latest episode of “Playback” below. Check back next week when I’ll be talking to “Get Out” writer-director Jordan Peele, and be sure to subscribe!

Kenneth Lonergan photographed exclusively for the Variety Playback podcast »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Kenneth Lonergan: How the ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Filmmaker Honed His Skills as a Writer-Director

14 February 2017 8:20 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Amazon Studios’ and Roadside Attractions’ “Manchester By The Sea,” directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.]

On the surface, it might seem surprising that one of the most recognized films of this awards season would come from a filmmaker who hadn’t shot a movie in 10 years. For anyone familiar with Kenneth Lonergan’s track record as a screenwriter, director and playwright, however, the accolades that “Manchester by the Sea” has been racking up are very much par for the course.

Long before the film earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Lonergan had established himself in the theater world as an award-winning playwright. He was first recognized in 1982 at the age of 18 by the Young Playwrights Festival, for his play “The Rennings Children,” which centers on a sister who advocates for her brother’s release from a mental hospital.

Many of the themes in Lonergan’s plays are reexamined in his feature films, starting with his debut “You Can Count on Me, »

- Indiewire Staff

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New Photos From CBS Films’ The Sense Of An Ending – Stars Jim Broadbent, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer And Charlotte Rampling

14 February 2017 7:44 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Take a trip down memory lane with new photos from CBS FilmsThe Sense Of An Ending starring Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, and Emily Mortimer, alongside Charlotte Rampling. The new drama, directed by Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox, Netflix’s Our Souls At Night), opens in select theaters March 10.

Read Variety’s review from the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival Here.

Starring Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge!), Harriet Walter (Babel, Atonement, Sense and Sensibility), Michelle Dockery (Babel, Atonement, Sense and Sensibility), Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island, Hugo, Lars and the Real Girl), Billy Howle (The Witness for the Prosecution, Cider with Rosie, Glue), Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Higher Education, Keepers), Freya Mavor (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, Sunshine on Leith, Skins), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Belle) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, »

- Michelle McCue

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The Lego Batman Movie Director Reveals Which Iconic Villains Failed To Make The Cut

13 February 2017 8:36 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

By now, you’ve no doubt seen The Lego Batman Movie, which means you’ll know that the final act is packed full of iconic villains. We’re not talking about the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery, either, because while the likes of the Joker and the Riddler do appear here, it’s actually iconic baddies like Voldemort, Sauron and the Gremlins (seriously) who dominate this part of the film.

It was a bold move by director Chris McKay and one which has split fans right down the middle. While it was undeniably cool seeing the Dark Knight taking on this lot in The Lego Batman Movie, his own foes got the short end of the stick. Ultimately, though, it’s fair to say that their inclusion was definitely good fun for the majority of viewers.

Now, in a recent interview, McKay has confirmed that at one point, he had »

- Josh Wilding

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Nearly Included Daniel Day-Lewis, Moriarty From ‘Sherlock Holmes’ as Villains

13 February 2017 12:18 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warning: This post contains spoilers about “The Lego Batman Movie

Read More: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Review: Bruce Wayne Has Never Been So Much Fun

If you think it’s hard to keep track of all the bad guys that show up in “The Lego Batman Movie,” you should see the original list of villains that the filmmakers wanted to give cameos. In addition to the usual Batman bad guys, like the Riddler, Bane, Two-Face, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, several villains from other popular films make appearances. These include Voldemort from “Harry Potter,” the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz,” Sauron from “The Lord of the Rings.”

The Lego Batman Movie” director Chris McKay recently told EW that he had high hopes that some bizarre bad guys could also work their way into the story, including Daniel Day-Lewis’ Bill “The Butcher” Cutting from “Gangs of New York, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Damien Chazelle and Kenneth Lonergan are Neck and Neck in Original Screenplay Oscar Race — Here’s Why

10 February 2017 9:37 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When the Academy moved Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” to the Adapted Screenplay category, the Oscar race for Original Screenplay became a battle between two writer-directors. While Damien Chzelle’s reboot of the Hollywood musical is a strong contender throughout its 14 nominations, and Oscar voters will tick plenty of “La La Land” boxes on their ballots, it’s still rare for an original musical to land a screenplay win. (Alan Jay Lerner’s “An American in Paris” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” are exceptions.)

That’s why lauded playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan could win this race.

Here’s how Original Screenplay is shaking out:

Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)

The Oscar could go to the comeback writer-director for his tragic New England family drama.

Lonergan initially struggled with “Margaret” star Matt Damon and John Krasinski’s story idea about a man with a tragic history who must face »

- Anne Thompson

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Damien Chazelle and Kenneth Lonergan are Neck and Neck in Original Screenplay Oscar Race — Here’s Why

10 February 2017 9:37 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When the Academy moved Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” to the Adapted Screenplay category, the Oscar race for Original Screenplay became a battle between two writer-directors. While Damien Chzelle’s reboot of the Hollywood musical is a strong contender throughout its 14 nominations, and Oscar voters will tick plenty of “La La Land” boxes on their ballots, it’s still rare for an original musical to land a screenplay win. (Alan Jay Lerner’s “An American in Paris” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” are exceptions.)

That’s why lauded playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan could win this race.

Here’s how Original Screenplay is shaking out:

Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)

The Oscar could go to the comeback writer-director for his tragic New England family drama.

Lonergan initially struggled with “Margaret” star Matt Damon and John Krasinski’s story idea about a man with a tragic history who must face »

- Anne Thompson

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Directing Nominees Confess Biggest Hurdles, On-Set MVPs

7 February 2017 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With five such different cinematic visions represented, what do this year’s Oscar nominees for director have in common?

It depends on whom you ask. Kenneth Lonergan, nominated writer-director of “Manchester by the Sea,” links the final five this way: They each “focus on deep connective tissue on a human level, even though they are all very different stylistically and in subject matter,” he tells Variety.

Mel Gibson, director of “Hacksaw Ridge,” invokes the process itself. “What do we have in common?” he asks. “At some point, somebody asked each of us a thousand questions a day and we had to make snap decisions.”

Each shares a fierce inventiveness, necessitated by the time and budget constraints each faced mounting their creatively ambitious projects.

“These movies couldn’t be more different,” points out “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins. “The movies I like best are the ones where you can feel the curiosity »

- Marshall Fine

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16 Stellar Films About Immigration For These Turbulent Times

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

Robert De Niro in ‘The Godfather: Part II’ (Courtesy: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The first few days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been filled with a slew of sweeping policy changes that have garnered plenty of criticism — but the recent changes to America’s immigration policy have topped headlines. With an executive order that has been considered a Muslim ban by many, let’s take a look at some great films about immigration to the United States. There are plenty of them, but here is just a sampling of 16 that you should definitely watch.

A Better Life (2011): This film was directed by Chris Weitz and is a drama about a gardener in East L.A. who struggles to keep his son away from both gangs and immigration agents all while trying to give him opportunities he never had. A Better Life — written by »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in The Black Hand

31 January 2017 2:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Feb 1, 2017

The Black Hand is set to be the new Leonardo DiCaprio project...

Leonardo Dicapio, who played a street tough in Martin Scorsese’s early New York City crime drama  Gangs Of New York, will again clean up those city streets in the upcoming The Black Hand. DiCaprio will produce and star in an adaptation of the book by Stephan Talty for Paramount.

The Black Hand: The Epic War Between A Brilliant Detective And The Deadliest Secret Society In American History will be published in April. The story is set in New York City in crime wave of the summer of 1903. A group of new immigrant criminals was preying on lower Manhattan and leaving a calling card with the figure of a Black Hand at crime scenes. DiCaprio will play Detective Joseph Petrosino, who was called 'Italian Sherlock Holmes', who took the fight against crime from New York to Sicily. »

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Exclusive: 'Manchester by the Sea' Director Kenneth Lonergan on Mel Gibson and the 'Special' Year of Movies

24 January 2017 3:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

"It's a very happy day for us."

Director Kenneth Lonergan says it with a slight sigh and a chuckle that betrays just how big of an understatement it is. His movie, Manchester by the Sea, racked up six Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, including Casey Affleck for Best Actor, Lucas Hedges for Best Supporting Actor and Michelle Williams for Best Supporting Actress, not to mention Best Picture.

"The fact that I got nominated for Best Director is great," Lonergan, who also wrote the film and earned a Best Original Screenplay nomination for it, told Et by phone. "But then, look at Lucas, getting his first nomination! Or Casey, getting the recognition he's getting for this incredible performance. You start trying to say that one is more special than the other and then you just go down the line until you get to Michelle and come back around and it's just all good."

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Thelma Schoonmaker, Janet Ashikaga To Be Feted by American Cinema Editors

17 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Cinema Editors organization has announced that veteran cutters Janet Ashikaga and Thelma Schoonmaker will be honored with Career Achievement awards at the 67th annual Ace Eddie Awards later this month.

Ashikaga has won four Emmys throughout her career for work on multi-camera series like “Seinfeld” and “Sports Night.” She has been Ace-nominated seven times, for those series as well as “The West Wing” and “My Name is Earl.”

Schoonmaker, meanwhile, has been tied to filmmaker Martin Scorsese for most of her career, winning Oscars for “Raging Bull,” “The Aviator” and “The Departed.” She won Ace awards for those three films as well as “Gangs of New York,” and was nominated by the organization four times besides.

Schoonmaker and Scorsese’s latest collaboration, “Silence,” is currently in theaters.

Janet Ashikaga and Thelma Schoonmaker have helped create some of the most iconic films and television programs in entertainment,” the Ace »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Oscars 2017: All the Evidence That Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Will Be Completely Shut Out

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

Martin Scorsese and Andrew Garfield on the set of ‘Silence’ (Courtesy: Paramount Pictures)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Martin Scorsese has been a force at the Oscars for decades now with nine films earning some sort of recognition by the Academy but his latest showing, Silence, is looking to be completely glanced over. There much evidence pointing to this happening — lack of precursor nominations, opening weekend box office numbers, domestic box office performance thus far, and critical evaluations. Let’s take a deep dive into these aspects and see if there’s any saving grace for Silence this awards season.

At this point, with the Academy currently voting for the Oscar nominations, signs are pointing to Silence getting completely get shut out. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg list the film as a frontrunner in any category — including the categories Scorsese’s films have been nominated in before. Those are best picture, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Suffering on the Outside: Martin Scorsese’s "Silence"

12 January 2017 1:49 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

“About three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani (which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’)”—Matthew 27:46Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), a Jesuit priest ministering in a 17th century Japan hostile to Christians, craves the sound of this voice, pining for a confirmation of his convictions: something—anything—to demonstrate that God, too, has not forsaken him. Accompanied by Garrpe (Adam Driver), a fellow priest, he enters Japan looking for his former mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who according to rumor apostatized at the hands of the Japanese authorities. Because the Japanese closed off their borders to “Christian” nations like England, Portugal and Spain, Garrpe and Rodrigues travel illegally from Macao to Japan, led by an enigmatic drunkard, Kichijiro (Yôsuke Kubozuka). Shortly after their arrival, the priests bear witness to excruciating acts of torture perpetrated against the local Japanese Christians. »

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Kenneth Lonergan and Lucas Hedges talk ‘Manchester By The Sea’

12 January 2017 1:27 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Manchester by the Sea is writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s first film in five years – since the universally critically acclaimed Margaret – and he’s getting used to people asking him why it took him so long.

“It’s a lot of work, and it takes a lot of time to do, and a lot of time to plan. I’m also a playwright, so in the time between Margaret and this film, I wrote three plays and directed two of them. I do other kinds of work as well.”

Manchester by the Sea began when his friend Matt Damon asked Lonergan if he would consider writing the screenplay. They had worked together in 2002 in a West End production of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth.

Matt Damon and John Krasinski came to Lonergan with the core idea of the character of Lee. Lee went through a terrible tragedy, left home, »

- Paul Heath

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Newswire: Liam Neeson’s at the center of Silence in this exclusive featurette

12 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The plot of Martin Scorsese’s Silence—his epic based on Shūsaku Endō’s novel of the same name—hinges around the search for Portuguese missionary Father Ferreira, played by Liam Neeson. With the film set to be released nationwide this weekend, The A.V. Club has an exclusive featurette which delves into the role and Neeson’s work. “He brought an extraordinary dedication,” Scorsese says of the actor, with whom he previously collaborated on Gangs Of New York.

Silence takes place in the 17th Century and follows a pair of Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver), who venture into Japan, where Christianity is outlawed, to look for Ferreira upon having heard that he has renounced his faith. In our review, The A.V. Club wrote that the movie “is slow and solemn in stretches and often remote, but it rewards patience with a transcendent epilogue that departs from »

- Esther Zuckerman

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‘A Patch of Fog’ Exclusive Clip: A Security Guard Blackmails a Famous TV Host Into Friendship

9 January 2017 7:36 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What happens when our closest guarded secrets are exposed by someone with an ulterior agenda? That question is at the heart of the new thriller “A Patch of Fog,” about a sinister security guard (Stephen Graham) who blackmails a famous TV host (Conleth Hill) into friendship after he catches him shoplifting and threatens to expose it to the world. It co-stars Lara Pulver (“Edge of Tomorrow”), Arsher Ali (“Remainder”), Stuart Graham (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) and Ian McElhinney (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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The film is directed by Michael Lennox, who’s best known for his short films. He was nominated for an Oscar for directing the 2014 short “Boogaloo and Graham,” about two boys who raise baby chicks amidst major changes in their family. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and more celebrate big movie anniversaries in 2017!

5 January 2017 1:36 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and more celebrate big movie anniversaries in 2017!Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and more celebrate big movie anniversaries in 2017!Adriana Floridia1/5/2017 4:36:00 Pm

One thing we all look forward to every year is our birthday, and we here at Cineplex like to celebrate the birthdays of movies too!

In 2017, there are tons of memorable films that are hitting milestone ages. While it makes us feel a little old, it also gives us a reason to look back on some of our favourite films and have epic movie marathons (oftentimes, ones where we know all of the lines).

We did some research and compiled a master list of all of the notable films that are celebrating big anniversaries this year. Among the crop are films like Titanic, Blade Runner, The Graduate, and more.

Check out the best movie anniversaries of 2017 below and start planning your movie-themed parties accordingly! »

- Adriana Floridia

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