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Kylo Ren Voted Seventh Greatest Movie Villain Of All-Time

The modern Star Wars movies have been incredibly divisive so far, with a huge number of fans loving them but a sizeable portion of viewers also reacting negatively to some of the storytelling decisions that’ve been made. One such element that has split opinion is Kylo Ren, the new trilogy’s chief antagonist.

Some love Adam Driver’s character for his volatile nature while others feel he’s just a cheap imitation of Darth Vader. It turns out that enough people think highly of him though for Ren to be ranked as the seventh greatest movie villain of all-time. The surprising bit of information comes courtesy of a poll run by Empire Magazine. The Force user formally known as Ben Solo beat out several iconic movie villains to get his coveted high placement, including the Xenomorph from Alien, Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men) and Harry Potter‘s Lord Voldemort,
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‘Shape of Water’ And ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Take Top Honors At 2018 PGA Awards

‘Shape of Water’ And ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Take Top Honors At 2018 PGA Awards
The 2018 PGA Awards were handed out Saturday night in Los Angeles and the two big winners were “The Shape of Water” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Guillermo del Toro‘s period fantasy took the theatrical prize, giving it a key guild win which is considered historically necessary to win the Oscar for Best Picture. The past two years the winner of this honor did not end up winning the Academy Award (“La La Land,” “The Big Short”), but it won the previous eight years beginning with “No Country For Old Men” in 2008.

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‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Feature

‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Feature
Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama “The Shape of Water” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as top feature film for del Toro and J. Miles Dale.

A pair of first-season series — “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — and “Black Mirror” took the top TV awards in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Shape of Water” topped “The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” “Molly’s Game,” “The Post,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Wonder Woman.”

Del Toro was not in attendance due to his having gone to Mexico to be with his sick father and “The Shape of Water” star Richard Jenkins read a statement from del Toro: “I would like to ask of you all to allow me then to dedicate a little moment and the honors of this night to both my father and my
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SAG & PGA Awards: If you win both awards, does that guarantee you Best Picture at the Oscars?

SAG & PGA Awards: If you win both awards, does that guarantee you Best Picture at the Oscars?
In what has been one of the most confusing awards derbies in recent memory, we’re on the eve of what could be a make-or-break weekend in the Oscar race for Best Picture. The Producers Guild Awards will be handed out on Saturday night, January 20, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards follow on Sunday, January 21. Neither award has a perfect track record anticipating the Oscars, but your odds go way up if you win both awards.

The PGA Awards have been around since 1990, and 19 out of their 28 previous winners have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars (68%). The SAG Awards first gave out a prize for the best ensemble cast in 1996, and 11 out of 22 of their winners have won at the Oscars (50%). But there have been 10 years when the two awards groups agreed on the winner, and eight of those ended up taking the Oscar (80%). The match-ups are
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Is Bride Of Frankenstein Back On The Slab?

Thanks to The Avengers and the success that has followed it, the film industry as a whole is seemingly experiencing what we’ll term “Shared Universe Fever,” a condition that is rivaling the Disco Fever that plagued a nation in the 1970’s, and the Hulkamania that followed in the ’80s.

Truth be told, it actually kind of makes sense in Universal’s case, especially when the studio has a license to some of the most iconic monsters around. Really, they’ve been at this for so long that the lore they’ve established for werewolves, vampires and the like has actually overtaken folklore of centuries past, and is somehow now regarded as being canonical among the public at large.

Unfortunately, though, the studio really put the cart before the horse with this whole Dark Universe concept, hoping that their recent reboot of The Mummy would find the same success that
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It Looks Like Universal's Bride Of Frankenstein is Going Back Into Development

After Tom Cruise's The Mummy bombed, Universal Pictures had to rethink their whole "Dark Universe" plan. The next film that was supposed to be developed in this Universal Monster cinematic universe was Bride of Frankenstein, but the last we heard, the studio shut down the production and removed it from their release schedule.

The reason for the project being shut down was so that director Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) and the creative team could rework the script and get the project in a place that everyone is happy with. At the time, Universal said:

"After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein. None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together. Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again,
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Coco: the Pixar film that defies Donald Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric

This latest animation finally ends cinema’s run of lazy south-of-the-border stereotypes

Related: Coco review – Pixar's vibrant, melancholic adventure is a refreshing return to form

In the movies, Mexico is a place where bad things happen. From the car bomb in Touch of Evil to the drug gangs with their scary dogs in No Country for Old Men, it’s where outlaws go to lie low and bozos go to party with impunity. It’s the place of Donald Trump’s “bad hombres” nightmares.

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‘Darkest Hour’: Recreating the Sounds of Churchill’s War-Torn London

‘Darkest Hour’: Recreating the Sounds of Churchill’s War-Torn London
The challenge of sonically recreating the world of London in 1940 for Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” not only involved historical accuracy but subjective license. After all, the psychological warfare utilized by Gary Oldman’s Winston Churchill to mobilize a reluctant Parliament against Hitler was crafted as a thrilling procedural.

“The first thing was to set the scene in 1940 sonically,” said sound editor Craig Berkey (nominated for the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men”). “The reality ranged from such obvious things as what a car or a phone sounded like, or the fact that church bells were not allowed to ring back then, only Big Ben. Or what the sounds of paper waving or foot stomping was like in Parliament.”

“The other part was to reflect what’s going on with Gary and his performance throughout the film,” added Berkey. “This part of the soundscape had to do with atmospherics,
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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Get Out,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ Among Film Nominees

Producers Guild Awards: ‘Get Out,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ Among Film Nominees
“The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” “Molly’s Game,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Wonder Woman” have been nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top movie award.

Awards contenders “The Beguiled,” “The Florida Project,” “Logan,” “Mudbound,” “Phantom Thread,” and “The Disaster Artist” were overlooked by voters for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award. The winner will be announced on Jan. 20 at the guild’s 29th annual awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Due to a tie in voting among the 8,200 PGA members, there are 11 nominees for the Zanuck award for the first time.

“The Shape of Water” has emerged as a front-runner during the current awards season with a leading seven nominations at Sunday’s Golden Globes, followed by “The Post” and “Three Billboards” with six each. “Three Billboards
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How Taylor Sheridan’s Films Define The Neo-Western

Joel and Ethan Coen’s “No Country For Old Men” paved the way for the contemporary neo-western, and filmmaker Taylor Sheridan has forged on, offering three films that push open the boundaries of the genre. The stories in “Sicario” and “Hell Or High Water” show a singularity in the definition of morality that is explored, but also create an identifiable experience through characters and story.

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Ridley Scott Thinks ‘The Counselor’ Should’ve Been A ‘F*cking Huge’ Hit, Blames Fox For Terrible Marketing

Ridley Scott Thinks ‘The Counselor’ Should’ve Been A ‘F*cking Huge’ Hit, Blames Fox For Terrible Marketing
Ridley Scott is having quite the outspoken month as he makes the press rounds promoting his latest drama, “All The Money in the World.” The director has already admitted that “Blade Runner 2049” bombed at the domestic box office because it was “too long” (he thinks at least 30 minutes should’ve been cut), and now Scott is getting brutally honest about another one of his big 21st century misfires: “The Counselor.”

Read More:Ridley Scott Knows Why ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Bombed at the Box Office: ‘It’s Slow. Long. Too Long’

The 2013 crime thriller had all the makings of a major hit. Not only was Scott behind the camera, but the film was written by “No Country For Old Men” author Cormac McCarthy and featured a star-studded ensemble that included Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Cameron Diaz. For this reason, Scott told the Toronto Sun that “The Counselor
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‘Hostiles’ Film Review: Christian Bale Drives a Great American Western

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‘Hostiles’ Film Review: Christian Bale Drives a Great American Western
The Western keeps reinventing itself. Each generation finds its own way of adapting the genre to reflect our country’s social evolution and gradual enlightenment through a mechanism that is uniquely and wholly American. From John Ford to Sam Peckinpah, Robert Altman to Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner to Quentin Tarantino. From the Coen brothers’ “No Country for Old Men” to Iñárritu’s “The Revenant,” the genre lends itself to and bends itself into a continual rumination on redefining the Great American Hero. Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles” might well become this generation’s definitive Western for the way it embraces the genre’s traditions while coming.
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Has Film Declined In The 21st Century?

Tom Jolliffe on whether standards in film have dropped this century…

I’ve made passing reference to it before, but the tail end of the year always brings time for reflection, and I’ve often bemoaned the decline in important cinema being made in recent years. This is the stuff of miserable old git conversations in the pub. I’ve had a few with a couple of mates. We’re all hovering around the mid-30’s mark, so we’re not that old yet but we’ve constructed a faultless conclusion (beer led conclusions following much calculating are always faultless of course)…Film died somewhere in the late 90’s (Died is a little strong I admit). Likewise we’ve discussed exactly the same regarding music (I will say whatever groaning apathy I begin to find about modern film is nothing compared to the music industry now).

I’ve nailed the point of decline (for music,
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HDNet Movies Announces 32-Day Oscar Marathon

HDNet Movies Announces 32-Day Oscar Marathon
HDNet Movies will present its second annual “And the Oscar Goes to… Presented by Richard Roeper” starting Feb. 1. The 32-day event presents 75 Oscar-winning films, airing 24 hours a day.

Hosted by the Sun Times film critic, the series runs through March 4, the evening of the 90th Academy Awards. Roeper will be introduce each film and share his thoughts on their cinematic impact.

The lineup spans multiple eras and genres. Highlights include “Birdman,” “Braveheart,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Fighter,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Black Swan.” A complete list of films and dates will be announced at a later time.

“It is a true honor to have Richard Roeper back on board for the second consecutive year, sharing his invaluable insights and impressive knowledge as he guides viewers on this comprehensive journey covering some of the most influential films of all time,” Rachael Weaver, general manager of Hdnet Movies, said.

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All Saints, The Inspirational True Story Now Available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD

John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) stars in All Saints, the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock, debuting on digital, Blu-ray and DVD December 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Affirm Films. Ordered to shut down a tiny church, Spurlock (Corbett), with a group of refugees from Southeast Asia, band together to risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all. All Saints also stars Cara Buono (“Stranger Things”), Myles Moore (Hot Summer Nights), Nelson Lee (“Hawaii 5-0”), Barry Corbin (No Country for Old Men), David Keith (An Officer and a Gentleman), Christian comedian Chonda Pierce and Gregory Alan Williams (Hidden Figures).

The DVD of All Saints comes with four behind-the-scenes featurettes. “Act of Faith” delves into how the church and farming community banded together to overcome the unseen. In “All Saints: The Cast & Community,” fans meet the cast, crew and the
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Channing Tatum's Gambit Delays Shooting Until March 2018

Channing Tatum's Gambit Delays Shooting Until March 2018
The long-awaited Gambit movie has hit a slight snag. Channing Tatum has been trying to get this movie off the ground for a long time and, lately, the production has been picking up steam. Recently, it was reported that the movie was set to begin filming in February. However, it's now said that Gambit has bumped back filming slightly, with the production now set to begin March 2018.

So, what does this mean? Odds are, things just had to get shuffled around a bit for less-than-serious reasons. If Gambit begins filming in March, that still leaves Channing Tatum and the production team plenty of time to get the movie finished in order to make the February 14, 2019, release date. So there's no need to move around your 2019 Valentine's Day plans just yet. The production is still set to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, with stage work expected to be conducted at Big Easy Studios.
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Scott Rudin Dragged Into Plagiarism Battle Over Film He's Not Making

A 79-page complaint was filed on Wednesday in California federal court. The subject of this lawsuit is Emma Cline's best-selling novel, The Girls, as well as the supposed movie version that is forthcoming. The plaintiffs are represented by the prominent law firm of Boies Schiller Flexner, and with talk of spyware and hacking, it's hardly the typical kind of lawsuit alleging plagiarism. 

One problem: Scott Rudin Productions is a co-defendant in the case. The lawsuit asserts on information and belief that the production company (whose past hits include No Country for Old Men, The Truman Show and The Social Network) is currently...
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Only The Brave: Josh Brolin’s Most Iconic Roles

For someone who thought himself to be bad at acting, Josh Brolin has undoubtedly come a very long way. The actor, who once declared to have cried at the premiere of his second movie as he thought he was “so bad that I either have to stop this and do something else, or learn what I’m doing”, can put his mind at ease: more than thirty movies and thirty-two years in the industry down the road, the American actor has in fact proven not only to himself, but to the rest of the world that he is deserving of his place among Hollywood’s best. With only a few days to go before Only The Brave is released in UK cinemas, we take a look at some of Josh Brolin’s most iconic roles.

The Goonies

Josh Brolin’s first role and big break into the movie industry came in 1985 with The Goonies,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Glass Castle Blu-ray Starring Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson

Based on the best-selling memoir written by Jeannette Walls, Oscar winner Brie Larson (2015, Best Actress, Room) and Oscar Nominee Woody Harrelson (2009, Best Supporting Actor, The Messenger) star in The Glass Castle, arriving on Digital HD October 24 and Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD and On Demand November 7 from Lionsgate. Hailed as “one of the must-see movies of 2017” (Vanity Fair), The Glass Castle chronicles the adventures of a young girl growing up in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads. From the producer of The Shack and The Blind Side, the film also stars Oscar® Nominee Naomi Watts (2012, Best Actress, The Impossible) and Golden Globe® Nominee Max Greenfield (2013, Best Supporting Actor – Television, “New Girl”).

Now you can own The Glass Castle on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 4 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring Woody Harrelson ? (mine
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The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today

The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today
The gravitational pull that exists between great directors and great cinematographers is natural. Many of the best pairings throughout film history have been project based, with the director or producer picking a cinematographer to achieve a specific look for a particular film. There’s a difference between providing a talented cinematographer with the perfect platform to apply their skills and a director-cinematographer collaboration that elevates the work of both artists, regardless of material.

This list is less about identifying the best looking films of the era – although many are here – and more about celebrating collaborations that have allowed many of the best filmmakers working today to fully express themselves on the big screen.

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, Dp: Robert Elswit

The first time Paul Thomas Anderson did not work with Elswitt – “The Master,” shot by Mihai Mălaimare Jr. – the results were (thankfully) great, but it’s fascinating that the director
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