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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ trailer: Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda fly a kite [Watch]

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ trailer: Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda fly a kite [Watch]
If you were wondering why Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda were presenting together on the 2018 Oscars, it is because they co-star in the upcoming Disney film “Mary Popplns Returns.” The first trailer for this red-hot Christmas release aired on ABC (which is owned by Disney) during the Academy Awards. Take a look at Blunt, as the titular no-nonsense nanny, as she sails through the air to land at the feet of Miranda who plays her pal, the streetlighter Jack.

Blunt is taking on the role that won Julie Andrews an Oscar more than half a century ago. In this follow-up, Poppins’ original charges, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer), are now grown up. Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), live in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. In this teaser, we see Mary and Jack help the family rediscover joy and wonder.

“Mary Poppins” was
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Tilda Swinton Joins Doha’s Qumra Masters Lineup

Tilda Swinton Joins Doha’s Qumra Masters Lineup
Oscar-winning British actress Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton,” “We Need to Talk about Kevin”) has joined the lineup of star talent who will act as mentors for the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Masters program. The fourth edition of Qumra Masters, an industry forum that focuses on first- and second-time filmmakers, will be held March 9-14.

Swinton joins British costume designer Sandy Powell, Oscar winner for “Shakespeare in Love,” “The Aviator” and “The Young Victoria,” American director Bennett Miller, Oscar nominated for “Capote” and “Foxcatcher,” Russian director-writer Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oscar nominated for “Leviathan” and “Loveless,” Cannes Palme d’Or winning Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”), and the only documentary director to win the Berlinale Golden Bear, Italian director Gianfranco Rosi (“Fire at Sea”) as mentors with Qumra Masters.

The mentors, through mentoring sessions, one-on-one meetings and masterclasses, nurture the talent attached to 34 projects from 25 countries that are in development or postproduction
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U.S. director Bennett Miller, British Costume Designer Sandy Powell Set For Qumra

U.S. director Bennett Miller, British Costume Designer Sandy Powell Set For Qumra
U.S. director Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”) and Oscar-winning British costume designer Sandy Powell (“The Aviator”) have been recruited by the Doha Film Institute to give master classes and mentoring sessions during the Doha Film Institute’s annual Qumra event which has also announced participating projects for the event that blends creative workshop and festival elements.

Miller and Powell will be joining join Andrey Zvyagintsev, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Gianfranco Rosi as 2018 Qumra Masters.

The 34 selected projects on display during Qumra — which will run in Doha March 9 to 14 — comprise titles likely to surface later this year on the festival circuit, such as “Weldi,” about a Tunisian father coming to terms with his son joining Isis, directed by Tunisia’s Mohamed Ben Attia, whose first feature “Hedi” made a splash at the 2016 Berlinale; “Late to Die Young” by Chile’s Dominga Sotomayor (“Thursday Till Sunday,” “Mar”) ; and “The Load,” which is set during the 1999 Nato bombing of Serbia and is
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Sandy Powell and Bennett Miller named as masters at Doha's Qumra event

Sandy Powell and Bennett Miller named as masters at Doha's Qumra event
They join Zvyagintsev, Weerasethakul and Rosi for event, which runs March 9-14.

Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and Us director Bennett Miller have been named as the final two masters at the Doha Film Institute’s talent and project event Qumra, running March 9-14.

Organisers the Doha Film Institute also unveiled details of the 34 projects from 25 countries – in various stages of production - that have been selected to attend the event.

They include Weldi, the upcoming feature by Tunisian director Mohamed Ben Attia, whose picture Hedi won best first feature at the Berlinale in 2016, as well as Palestinian-British director Basil Khalil’s A Gaza Weekend, his feature debut feature after Oscar-nominated short Ave Maria.

Powell and Miller join previously announced masters Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, Thai filmmaker Apitchatpong Weerasethakul and Italian documentarian Gianfranco Rosi who will mentor participants attending the bespoke meeting aimed at first and second time filmmakers.

The five masters will attend the event unfolding in and
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2018 American Society of Cinematographers Awards winners: Roger Deakins (‘Blade Runner 2049’) wins 4th Asc prize on way to Oscars

The 32nd annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards took place on Feb. 17 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland and were emceed by Turner Classic MoviesBen Mankiewicz. Over the years, the Asc has predicted 128 of the 160 Oscar nominees (80%), including all five of this year’s contenders: Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”), Bruno Delbonnel (“Darkest Hour”), Dan Laustsen (“The Shape of Water”), Rachel Morrison (“Mudbound”) and Hoyte van Hoytema (“Dunkirk”). But it has only previewed 13 of the last 31 winners of the Oscar for Best Cinematography; that is a a success rate of just 41%.

Deakins, who is the Oscar frontrunner for Best Cinematography, won for the fourth time from 15 bids with the Asc. His previous wins were for “The Shawkshank Redemption” (1994), “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (2001) and “Skyfall” (2012). He has yet to translate any of those victories into an Oscar, where he is 0 for 13.

Morrison made history as the
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Oscars 2018: ‘Phantom Thread’ would be the most contemporary film in 23 years to win Best Costume Design

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Oscars 2018: ‘Phantom Thread’ would be the most contemporary film in 23 years to win Best Costume Design
Phantom Thread” leads our Oscar predictions to win Best Costume Design with odds of 2/9. That’s not exactly a surprise since the film is all about a fashion designer (played by Daniel Day-Lewis), which puts a strong emphasis on the film’s wardrobe. And the films threads are designed by Mark Bridges, who previously won this category for “The Artist” (2011). But it would be unusual in one respect: period movies that win Best Costume Design tend to be set further in the past than “Phantom Thread,” which takes place in the 1950s. In fact, this would be the most contemporary film to win that Oscar since “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (1994).

Admittedly, a few winners from the last 23 years are hard to quantify. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003) prevailed, but it takes place in a fantasy world removed from our real-world timeline.
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Is Getting Way More Expensive: Budget Now Estimated Over $140 Million

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Is Getting Way More Expensive: Budget Now Estimated Over $140 Million
Martin Scorsese is spending a ton of money for his new gangster movie, “The Irishman.” Multiple sources confirm to Deadline that the budget has skyrocketed past the $140 million mark as principal photography nears its end and the movie’s lengthy post-production process is set to begin.

Part of the reason the movie’s budget continues to climb is because of the de-aging process Scorsese is using to make star Robert De Niro appear decades younger during certain portions of the film. “The Irishman” tells the true story of mobster Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who carried out more than 25 hits and was allegedly involved in the death of mob boss Jimmy Hoffa. The film is framed around an older Sheeran looking back on his life, and De Niro plays all iterations of the character.

Scorsese will be working with VFX company Industrial Light & Magic (Ilm) during post-production. The company is
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Willem Dafoe to Receive Honorary Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival

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Willem Dafoe to Receive Honorary Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival
The Berlin International Film Festival will present Willem Dafoe with an Honorary Golden Bear in recognition of the actor’s life work, the festival announced Tuesday. Following the presentation on Feb. 20, the festival will screen Daniel Nettheim’s 2001 film “The Hunter” starring the actor. Dafoe has over 100 film credits to his name, including “The Loveless,” “Roadhouse 66,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Platoon,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “Cry-Baby,” “Mississippi Burning,” “American Psycho,” “Spider-Man,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Aviator,” “Inside Man,” “Mr. Bean’s Holiday,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “John Wick” and most recently “Murder on...
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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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Leonardo DiCaprio's Leonardo da Vinci Film Will Be Written By James Bond Scribe John Logan

Last year it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio would be playing Leonardo Da Vinci in a biopic that chronicles the life of the artist, scientist, and inventor. We've now learned that the project is moving forward with screenwriter John Logan, who wrote the last two James Bond films.

The script that Logan writes will be based on Walter Isaacson biography was based on thousands of pages from da Vinci’s notebooks. Here's a description of that book:

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa.
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Movie News: Octavia Spencer Reuniting with 'The Help' Director for Horror Thriller; Watch First 'Game Night' Trailer

Ma: Octavia Spencer will star in Ma. She will be reuniting with director Tate Taylor on the film, which reportedly mixes horror with psychological thrills; the two previously worked together on The Help (above). Juliette Lewis and Luke Evans will costar; Jason Blum (Get Out) will produce. [Variety]   Leonardo Da Vinci: Back in August 2017, we heard that Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant, above) will star in and produce a movie about the legendary painter and scientist Leonardo da Vinci, based on Walter Isaacson's biography. Now comes word that John Logan has been hired to write the screenplay. Among his numerous credits, Logan earned an Academy Award nomination for writing The Aviator, starring DiCaprio, who was also nominated for an Oscar...

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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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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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‘Skyfall’ & ‘Gladiator’ Writer Set For DiCaprio’s Leonardo da Vinci Film

John Logan, the writing genius behind Skyfall and Ridley Scott’s Gladiator has been lined up to pen the screenplay for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Leonardo da Vinci movie. Paramount Pictures is behind the project, which will have its screenplay adapted from Walter Isaacson’s biography “Leonardo da Vinci.” DiCaprio will produce as well as lead the cast as the artist.

Variety, who broke the news, says that the book, published by Simon & Schuster in October, was based on thousands of pages from da Vinci’s notebooks.

DiCaprio will next be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s untitled movie with the Charles Manson murders providing the backdrop for the story. That movie will shoot later this year for a release in the summer of 2019.

Logan has also scripted the likes of Hugo, TV series Genius, Alien: Covenant and the DiCaprio-led Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator.

The post <em>‘Skyfall’</em> & <em>‘Gladiator’</em> Writer Set
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Da Vinci Biopic Hires James Bond Screenwriter

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Da Vinci Biopic Hires James Bond Screenwriter
Paramount has hired high-profile writer John Logan to adapt Walter Isaacson’s biography “Leonardo da Vinci,” with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the painter/scientist.

DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are producing through their Appian Way banner. Paramount won movie rights in August following a multi-studio bidding battle.

Logan’s screen credits include “Alien: Covenant,” “Genius,” the two most recent James Bond movies “Spectre” and “Skyfall,” and a trio of scripts that received Academy Award nominations — “Gladiator,” “The Aviator,” and “Hugo.” It’s Logan’s second collaboration with DiCaprio, more than a decade after he scripted the Howard Hughes biopic “The Aviator.”

DiCaprio is starring next in the untitled Quentin Tarantino movie about the Manson Family. The actor has a strong connection to the da Vinci project: he got his first name from the famous painter, as his pregnant mother was looking at a da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when the future star kicked for the first
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Culture Dump #23: 4 Actors who won Oscars for Roles that Weren’t their Best

2018’s Oscar nominations arrived earlier this week, offering a hopeful change of pace to shake up what most of us have come to expect from Academy voters. While an Oscar statuette is considered the highest praise an actor can receive, they’re not always awarded for the best performance on a star’s resume. Let’s take a look…

Gary Oldman

Let’s not bury the lead here – 2018 is shaping up to be Gary Oldman’s year, with the screen-vet and twice Academy nominated star looking likely to take home an Oscar for his immersive turn as UK Prime Minister and friendliest person you’re ever (not) likely to see on the tube, Winston Churchill. If he does win big, it’ll be no big surprise. Oldman’s made going to the cinema worthwhile for the better part of twenty-five years and while his take on Churchill is impressive, it
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Congratulations, Lesley Manville: You just became the 17th Oscar nominee without bids from any of Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Golden Globes

Congratulations, Lesley Manville: You just became the 17th Oscar nominee without bids from any of Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Golden Globes
Let’s hope that Lesley Manville was watching the Academy Awards nominations announcement. She defied our odds and was cited for her scene stealing supporting turn in “Phantom Thread.” In so doing, she became the 17th performer to reap an Oscar bid with first contending at either the Golden Globes Or the Critics’ Choice Or the SAG Awards.

Below, we enumerate the lucky few who came out of left field to be nominated at the Oscars without first having been in the running at at least one of these awards. However, for all of these the nominations had to be reward enough.

And be sure to compare this roster of those who defied the odds and reaped surprise Oscar bids without contending at any of these awards with those 21 performers who were snubbed by the academy despite nominations at the Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Golden Globes. The newest of
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Denis Villeneuve (‘Blade Runner 2049’) and Luca Guadagnino (‘Call Me by Your Name’): Does BAFTA nom – DGA snub = Oscar nomination?

Denis Villeneuve (‘Blade Runner 2049’) and Luca Guadagnino (‘Call Me by Your Name’): Does BAFTA nom – DGA snub = Oscar nomination?
Filmmakers Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner 2049”) and Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me by Your Name”) were snubbed by the Directors Guild Awards, but both scored BAFTA bids. Since the British academy moved up its awards to precede the Oscars starting in 2000, five of its nominees for Best Director have made it in at the Academy Awards despite being left off the DGA roster. Can Villeneuve and Guadagnino do the same?

Back in 2000, Stephen Daldry was on the hunt for an Oscar for “Billy Elliot.” Things started out badly when he was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and the DGA. That year three directors contended at the Golden Globes, DGA Awards, and BAFTAs on their way to Oscar nominations: Ang Lee for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Ridley Scott for “Gladiator” and Steven Soderbergh for both “Erin Brockovich” and “Traffic.” With the fifth slot still up for grabs, English filmmaker Daldry scored
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Cate Blanchett to Serve as Jury President at Cannes 2018

Blanchett in “Truth”

Cate Blanchett is set to serve on one of the world’s most glamorous juries. Cannes Film Festival has announced that the two-time Oscar winner is their 2018 Jury President.

“I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere, and in Competition, but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbors,” she said.

Blanchett famously took film execs to task when she accepted an Oscar — her second — for “Blue Jasmine” back in 2014. She criticized those in the industry “who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences.” She declared, “They are not [niche experiences]. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.”

Last year Cannes juror Jessica Chastain addressed the depictions of women she saw at the fest.
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Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury

Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury
Australian stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett will serve as President of the Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes (Tuesday May 8 through Saturday, May 19). She’s the tenth woman to be jury president, following Olivia de Havilland (1965), Sophia Loren (1966), Michele Morgan (1971), Ingrid Bergman (1973), Jeanne Moreau (1975 and 1995), Francoise Sagan (1979), Isabelle Adjani (1997), Liv Ullmann (2001), Isabelle Huppert (1999), and Jane Campion (2014), the only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or.

Blanchett follows President Pedro Almodóvar, whose jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Ruben Östlund’s eventual shortlisted Swedish Oscar entry “The Square.”

“This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story,” said Blanchett, “that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Blanchett has long switched between independents and studio features. She starred in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by Peter Jackson, David Fincher’s “Benjamin Button,” “Babel” by Alejandro González Iñárritu,
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