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Variety Critics Weigh in on the Year in Film

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Were you thrilled or disappointed in the films this year? In an effort to sum up the themes of the last 12 months of cinema, we posed three questions to a panel of Variety critics and pundits.

1. How do you rate the 2016 slate against those of previous years?

2. What was the biggest scandal or most-talked-about issue of the year?

3. What aspect of film this year made you stand up and cheer?

Not surprising, there was wild variation among their answers. There were highs (“Moonlight”) and lows (the Nate Parker fiasco). Also not surprising: Politics were a big part of the conversation. Here’s how our panel weighed in.

Andrew Barker

Senior features writer

1. On the whole, 2016 had more than its share of disappointments: unusually soul-crushing sequels, middling attempted Oscar-bait, and some head-scratching misfires from typically reliable directors.

But any year in which moviegoers are treated to a genuine masterpiece from artists »

- Andrew Barker, Jenelle Riley, Geoff Berkshire, Peter Debruge, Owen Gleiberman and Tim Gray

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A Movie Marathon for Sports Films Lovers

19 February 2017 5:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Some of the quintessential movies of all time are sports themed, and they are memorable for a good reason. Many of these films include suspense, excitement, and a good moral lesson to tug on the heartstrings. Below you will find a good place to start your next sports movie marathon, a list of some iconic sports films:

RushThe first movie in our marathon is about the sport of Formula One Racing. Rush stars Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth, and Olivia Wilde and tells the story of a 1970’s racing rivalry in Germany. Bonus point for this movie because it is based on a true story.

Million Dollar Baby – Starring Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman, this popular movie is about a persevering woman who wants to be trained to be a professional boxer and the life changing results for both her and her trainer.

Silver Linings Playbook – This 2012 movie stars Bradley Cooper, »

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Yes, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Really Will Win Director and Picture Oscars — Here’s Why

17 February 2017 2:17 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Late in the Oscar season, at the moment when voters actually fill in their ballots (the deadline is February 21 at 5 pm), it all comes down to what movies they have actually seen. What did they love the most, and is freshest in their minds? Which film aligns with the zeitgeist, delivering the message that 6,000 voters want to send?

The five directing nominations tend to line up with the strongest Best Picture contenders, although snubbed director nominee Ben Affleck did win Best Picture win for “Argo.” However, that underdog story became a narrative in itself that drove “Argo” to the win.

This year, the narratives include the aftermath of#OscarsSoWhite and the election of Donald J. Trump. Which will stick?

Here’s how the Best Director and Best Picture races are shaking out.

La La Land” is the magical, romantic, modern-yet-retro musical about artistic passion created by wunderkind Damien Chazelle and his gifted collaborators, »

- Anne Thompson

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Yes, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Really Will Win Director and Picture Oscars — Here’s Why

17 February 2017 2:17 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Late in the Oscar season, at the moment when voters actually fill in their ballots (the deadline is February 21 at 5 pm), it all comes down to what movies they have actually seen. What did they love the most, and is freshest in their minds? Which film aligns with the zeitgeist, delivering the message that 6,000 voters want to send?

The five directing nominations tend to line up with the strongest Best Picture contenders, although snubbed director nominee Ben Affleck did win Best Picture win for “Argo.” However, that underdog story became a narrative in itself that drove “Argo” to the win.

This year, the narratives include the aftermath of#OscarsSoWhite and the election of Donald J. Trump. Which will stick?

Here’s how the Best Director and Best Picture races are shaking out.

La La Land” is the magical, romantic, modern-yet-retro musical about artistic passion created by wunderkind Damien Chazelle and his gifted collaborators, »

- Anne Thompson

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Viola Davis

15 February 2017 9:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Viola Davis is arguably one of the most brilliant actors of our generation. Davis has taken Hollywood by storm, making history with many of her works. Since the new year, she has broken records as a black actress with Oscar nominations and Screen Actors Guild Award wins. She is well known for a number of her roles including the seemingly unbeatable lawyer, Annalise Keating, from How to Get Away with Murder or the southern housekeeper, Aibileen Clark, challenging social norms in The Help. With each project she takes on, she seems to receive more praise and recognition.

Appearing alongside Denzel Washington, Davis takes part in the new film release, Fences. You can see Viola Davis in her history-making role of Rose Maxson when the film hits cinemas February 10th. Rose and Troy Maxon (Denzel Washington) live in Pittsburgh in the 1950s when tensions build between the family as they reflect on their past and future. »

- Paul Heath

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Katee Sackhoff Returns to Space in Sci-Fi Thriller Origin Unknown

3 February 2017 8:39 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It was revealed today that Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick, Oculus, Don't Knock Twice) will play the lead role of Mackenzie 'Mack' Wilson in the sci-fi thriller Origin Unknown, and that Content Media has come on board to handle worldwide sales. UK-based Coffee & Cigarettes who act as executive producers on the film brokered the deal with Content Media to represent the film. Here's what Eduardo Panizzo of Coffee & Cigarettes had to say in his statement about the new deal.

"We are delighted to be working with Content Media on this project, they have an exceptional track record and a proven history of success in the Sci-Fi genre."

Origin Unknown is being directed by Hasraf 'HaZ' Dullul (Project Kronos, Sync) an award nominated visual effects artist (Hellboy II, The Dark Knight) who recently signed on to direct the much-anticipated Robin Hood reboot, Robin Hood 2058, produced by Atlas Entertainment (Suicide Squad, »

- MovieWeb

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New Mars Sci-Fi Thriller Origin Unknown to Star Katee Sackhoff

2 February 2017 1:02 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Katee Sackhoff is no stranger to space. She’s faced otherworldly horrors before in Battlestar Galactica and Riddick, and now she’s setting her sights on Mars in the new sci-fi thriller Origin Unknown.

Press Release: February 2, 2017 – It was revealed today that Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick, Oculus, Don’t Knnock Twice) will play the lead role of Mackenzie ‘Mack’ Wilson in the sci-fi thriller Origin Unknown, and that Content Media has come on board to handle worldwide sales.

UK-based Coffee & Cigarettes who act as executive producers on the film brokered the deal with Content Media to represent the film.

Eduardo Panizzo of Coffee & Cigarettes said, “We are delighted to be working with Content Media on this project, they have an exceptional track record and a proven history of success in the Sci-Fi genre.”

Content’s Jamie Carmichael said, “We love the elevated Sci-Fi space, and Origin Unknown has all »

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Oscars 2017: Denzel Washington on Track to Make History With Third Win

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

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in ‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Denzel Washington has already earned a spot in the history books with a seventh Oscar nomination and stands a solid shot at taking home an unprecedented third trophy across acting categories — both records for black thespians. Recent events suggest the 62-year-old stands a real chance at giving an acceptance speech come February 26 so, as this national treasure is set to win big — let’s take a look at the other non-white actors and actresses who are close behind.

Over the years Washington’s nominations have included best supporting actor for 1987’s Cry Freedom, best actor for 1992’s Malcolm X, best actor for 1999’s The Hurricane, and best actor for 2012’s Flight in addition to wins including best supporting actor for 1989’s Glory and best actor for 2001’s Training Day. On top of that, the multihyphenate snagged two nominations this year, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Warren Leight, Paul Haggis Medical Series Nabs Pilot Order at NBC

27 January 2017 4:01 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has given a pilot order to a medical drama from former “Law & Order: Svu” showrunner Warren Leight, Variety has learned.

Formerly titled “Salvation,” the untitled hourlong drama pilot will be executive produced Paul Haggis, and directed by Charles McDougall.

The drama is explained as a “real-time extreme event” medical series that follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital that becomes the borough’s last viable trauma center after a catastrophic hurricane wreaks havoc on the city. On a holiday weekend with few doctors on call, the medical staff will be pushed to make the most difficult life-and-death choices as they work to save their patients and themselves.

Sony Television is producing the pilot, marking the first major outing for Leight under his deal with the studio. In March 2015, the writer/producer/playwright inked a multi-year pact to develop new projects with Sony TV. He departed “Svu” after the 2015-2016 television season.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Real-Time Hurricane Drama From Svu Alum Gets Pilot Order at NBC

27 January 2017 4:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Tick-tick-tick… NBC is taking 24‘s real-time gimmick and setting it in the eye of a hurricane.

The Peacock Network has ordered a pilot for an untitled medical drama (formerly known as Salvation) from former Law & Order: Svu showrunner Warren Leight and Oscar-winning writer Paul Haggis, TVLine has learned. In it, the doctors and nurses at an understaffed Brooklyn hospital have to cope with being the only trauma center open when a devastating hurricane hits during a holiday weekend. And it will all play out in real-time, in what NBC is calling an “extreme event” series.

RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on »

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30 Days Until Oscar

27 January 2017 11:10 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

30 is...

...the running time of Wallace & Gromit's Oscar winning shorts A Close Shave (1995) and The Wrong Trousers (1993)

...the number of features directed by Steven Spielberg from Sugarland Express (1974) to The Bfg (2016)

...the age of Bette Davis and Hilary Swank when they won their second Best Actress Oscars for Jezebel (1938) and Million Dollar Baby (2004) respectively

...the year of Best Picture winner All Quiet on the Western Front

... and the age at which you get all dressed up to be "terminated" in Logan's Run (1976). For the good of society!

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Oscars 2017: Will #OscarsSoWhite End By Seeing Record Number of Non-White Wins in Acting Categories?

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

Denzel Washington and Halle Berry at the 2002 Oscars (Courtesy: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

After two years of criticism it seems as though the #OscarsSoWhite controversy could become a thing the past should all the stars align. That’s because there’s a big chance actors and actresses of color could win in three out of the four acting categories — with others scoring nominations. Not only is this a change from recent events, but it could potentially be the biggest breakthrough for minorities in the history of the Oscars.

The folks looking — and predicted by many critics — to score wins at the 2017 ceremony are two-time winner Denzel Washington (Fences) for best actor, former nominee Viola Davis (Fences) for best supporting actress, and Oscar newcomer Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for best supporting actor. Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter lists these three talents as frontrunners in their »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Annette Bening's Oscar Nominated Roles

12 January 2017 7:14 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Annette Bening's Oscar Nominated RolesAnnette Bening's Oscar Nominated RolesAdriana Floridia1/12/2017 10:14:00 Am

Annette Bening is one of our greatest working actors, and the Academy has surely recognized that. She's been nominated for four Oscars, three for Best Actress in a Leading Role and one for her supporting work in 1990's The Grifters. Despite these accolades, she has yet to take home the gold.

This year, she is again an Oscar front-runner for her performance in Mike Mills' 20th Century Women. Another semi-autobiographical film from the director (his 2011 feature Beginners was based on his real experiences with his father, and Christopher Plummer won the Oscar for his portrayal), this time Mills is paying tribute to his mom. Annette is filling big shoes, playing a character inspired by the director's mother, and Mills' has even said that Annette in a sense is like his mom now, as he has »

- Adriana Floridia

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East vs. West at the Oscars: Will a Coastal Contender Prevail Again?

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

The East Coast and West Coast have been playing tug of war over the top Oscar the past dozen years, and this year the regional divide is especially pronounced.

La La Land” and “Manchester by the Sea,” two of the awards season’s earliest and enduring favorites, represent each other’s coastal opposite: Kenneth Lonergan’s prototypically New England “Manchester by the Sea” is as wintry and repressed as Damien Chazelle’s retro Los Angeles musical is sun-drenched and yearning. It’s impossible to imagine either movie set elsewhere: the chill is palpable from the moment Casey Affleck’s handyman starts shoveling snow at the outset of “Manchester by the Sea.” “La La Land,” by contrast, opens with a gridlock-defying dance routine on a freeway, establishing Emma Stone’s Mia as a wannabe actress driving a Prius, the eco-friendly car popular with the city’s creative class.

Both movies hope »

- Diane Garrett

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Oscars 2017: Does ‘Moonlight’ Scoring National Society of Film Critics Top Prize Mean Best Picture Win Is Next?

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

Moonlight’ (Courtesy: David Bornfriend/A24)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

At this point it seems as though the best picture Oscar race has narrowed down to two films: awards magnet La La Land and underdog Moonlight. Both picked up major trophies at the Golden Globes — though La La Land totally dominated the night — and it’s almost as if we’re gearing up for an epic showdown. With the National Society of Film Critics honoring Moonlight as their best picture, does that indicate that the Academy will follow suit?

Moonlight — written and directed by Barry Jenkins — tells the tale of self-discovery for a gay black man, from childhood to adulthood, who grew up on the rough streets of Miami. The main character is played at three stages of life — by Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes — and also features the likes of Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, and Janelle Monáe. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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‘Cars 3’ Reveals First Look at New Heroes and Villains

5 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The first Cars 3 trailer that arrived a little while back was almost hilariously cryptic, showcasing a dark and dreary scene where series star Lightning McQueen wrecks on the racetrack. Children cried. Grown adults made wisecracks about whether or not this will be the anthropomorphized car version of Million Dollar Baby. I’ll say this much: it […]

The post ‘Cars 3’ Reveals First Look at New Heroes and Villains appeared first on /Film. »

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