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5 Ways 2018 Oscar Nominees Are Making History

5 Ways 2018 Oscar Nominees Are Making History
In a year that has seen Hollywood plagued by controversy and scrutinized for both its hypocrisy and its attempts at progress, Tuesday's Oscar nominations came as a hopeful signifier of changes to come.

The nominations, which were announced live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills early Tuesday, revealed some serious milestones for the industry. Below, five ways that this year's nominations are making Hollywood history.

1. Greta Gerwig is the first woman to be nominated for the Best Director category in eight years, and the fifth overall. The Lady
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Ryan Reynolds Takes on Clue Remake, Signs Big Deal with Fox

20th Century Fox's long-gestating Clue remake is finally moving forward, with the studio bringing on Ryan Reynolds to produce and develop the adaptation, which is being crafted as a star vehicle for the actor/producer. The studio is also in talks with Deadpool and Deadpool 2 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write the screenplay. No director is attached at this time, but this marks the first time in well over a year that this project has had some movement. And it will be the first movie in a huge new deal that Ryan Reynolds just signed with Fox, which should carry him over to the mouse house in the impending Disney era.

The actor has signed a three-year first look deal with the studio to develop new projects through his Maximum Effort production company, and this Clue project will be the first movie under this deal. This is
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Mpse Golden Reel nominations: ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Shape of Water’ have 3 each

Mpse Golden Reel nominations: ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Shape of Water’ have 3 each
All five of our predicted Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing number among the contenders for the Golden Reel Awards bestowed by the Motion Picture Sound Editors. Oscar frontrunner “Dunkirk” reaped three bids across the seven film categories as did three of its Oscar rivals: “Baby Driver,” “Blade Runner 2049” and “The Shape of Water.” The fifth Oscar hopeful — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — reaped one bid.

The 65th annual edition of these awards will take place on Feb. 18 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Sound wiz John P. Fasal will be feted for his lifetime of achievement and Kathryn Bigelow is to receive the Filmmaker Award.

Last year, “Arrival” was shut out of its three races at the Mpse awards but got its revenge on “Hacksaw Ridge,” which had won two of those three awards, at the Oscars. One of those wins for the WWII drama was
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How Disney Buying Fox Could Affect the Avatar Sequels

As part of their multi-billion dollar deal to buy various assets from 21st Century Fox, the Walt Disney Company became the proud owners of some much-coveted intellectual properties. Most of the column inches dedicated to the acquisition have focused on how the purchase would finally allow Disney to bring the X-Men and Deadpool titles under the umbrella of Marvel Studios, and the obvious issues of dealing with a potential media monopoly in the current entertainment and cultural landscape. What hasn’t garnered as many discussions has been the fate of the Avatar franchise.
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Oscars flashback: ‘The Hurt Locker’ wins Best Picture after Golden Globes shutout

Oscars flashback: ‘The Hurt Locker’ wins Best Picture after Golden Globes shutout
At this year’s Golden Globes, four films failed to translate any of their nominations into wins. “The Post” had six bids but was blanked while “Call Me By Your Name” and “Dunkirk” each lost three races and ”Get Out” was bested in two. Do these cross-the-board shutouts by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. hurt their hopes with the academy? After all, each of these four films is predicted to score multiple Oscar nominations, including bids for Best Picture.

The producers of these pictures need to remember what happened in 2010, the first year that the academy expanded the Best Picture race from five to 10 nominees. “The Hurt Locker,” which had lost all three of its Globe races, won six Oscars including the top prize. It also took home Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

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10 Things About The Terminator You Never Knew

10 Things About The Terminator You Never Knew
The Terminator. It's one of the greatest sci-fi thrillers ever made. It launched several sequels, a television series, and several spinoffs in all types of media, gave us one of Arnold's most famous catchphrases and made James Cameron one of Hollywood's most bankable directors, years before Titanic or Avatar. But he road to production wasn't exactly a smooth one, and there's quite a lot of history behind the project. Today we look at 10 things you don't know about The Terminator.

At first, The Terminator was all a dream.

James Cameron had exactly one feature film credit to his name when he came up with the idea for The Terminator: Piranha II: The Spawning. While sick with fever, Cameron had a dream about a skeletal metal death machine emerging from a fire, as though it had been covered in human flesh. A cybernetic organism, one might say...

Hollywood counted out James Cameron.
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Spawn Creator Hints At Potential Release Window, Uncut Version

After years spent languishing on the fringes of development, Spawn has exploded into life.

Indeed, casting is now officially underway on Todd McFarlane’s R-rated reboot, which has set up shop at Blumhouse Productions – fitting, really, given it’s been described as a “low-budget” superhero movie with all the horror trappings one would expect from a Blumhouse project.

Story-wise, it’ll mine inspiration from Jaws in that Albert Francis “Al” Simmons will be used sparingly in order to build tension organically, while there’s also been mention of a “big police component” that will, in time, underpin McFarlane’s Spawn movie. And during an exhaustive interview with ComicBook.com, the decorated scribe spoke more about how he envisions Albert Simmons’ next big-screen outing, along with the chances of an uncut version.

I haven’t [thought that far ahead] but I’ll give you my reaction. Those are a lot of movies where they shoot
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James Cameron on ‘Avatar’ Sequels: “We Can’t Afford for It Not to Work”

The ‘Avatar‘ sequels are still a few years away, but James Cameron is currently out and about promoting his new series ‘AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction‘. In the upcoming 6-part miniseries, Cameron explores the roots of science fiction and it’s impact on popular culture as a whole. With science fiction classics like the first two ‘Terminator‘ movies, and technological breakthroughs with films like ‘Titanic‘ and the original ‘Avatar‘, Cameron has certainly contributed his share of said impact on the sci-fi genre as a whole.

Naturally, the conversation shifted to the ‘Avatar’ sequels, which the director has been hard at work on for the last few years. Throughout the film’s tremendously long pre-production period, details have slowly begun to emerge. But now that the film is finally in production, Cameron seems to be revealing more and more about the project. Speaking at the TCA press tour this week,
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James Cameron on ‘Avatar’ Sequels: “We Can’t Afford for It Not to Work”

At the TCA press tour in Pasadena this week, James Cameron spoke to journalists about his new project, AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. In the upcoming six-part TV series, the director will be exploring the roots of science fiction by interviewing folks like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, Will Smith, and more (all in all, around 100 creatives). But when talking about science fiction, both where it started and also where it's leading us, one has to bring up Cameron's Avatar. Though many originally thought that Fox has greenlit all …
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Primeval Scary First Look At The Meg Starring Jason Statham

Director Steven Spielberg’s penultimate shark film Jaws spawned Deep Blue Sea, The Shallows and Open Water, just to name a few. Mankind has been chum in the cinema water for these sharp toothed beasties for decades.

Now comes the latest terror The Meg. In their recent 2018 preview, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a chilling first image from the film starring Jason Statham. Expect a first trailer to hit soon.

Statham plays Jonas Taylor in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Gravity Pictures’ action adventure. It is slated for release on August 10, 2018.

Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The Message”) star in the science fiction action thriller, directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”).

In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct,
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James Cameron Talks Lessons from ‘Avatar’ and the Young Cast of ‘Avatar 2’ [TCA 2018]

James Cameron Talks Lessons from ‘Avatar’ and the Young Cast of ‘Avatar 2’ [TCA 2018]
Director James Cameron appeared on a Television Critics Association panel this weekend for his upcoming AMC docuseries James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. Inevitably, the panel ended with a question about the new Avatar sequels. As always, Cameron’s response was an interesting one, and he also discussed the young new cast members who will make […]

The post James Cameron Talks Lessons from ‘Avatar’ and the Young Cast of ‘Avatar 2’ [TCA 2018] appeared first on /Film.
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James Cameron Rips Trump’s America, Fox News: ‘I Kinda Don’t Give a S— Anymore’

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James Cameron Rips Trump’s America, Fox News: ‘I Kinda Don’t Give a S— Anymore’
“Terminator” director James Cameron saw this future coming — that doesn’t mean he likes it. The man behind “Titanic” and “Avatar” trashed Trump’s America and the Tweeter-in-Chief’s favorite cable news channel Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Citing old sci-fi works like George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” Cameron warned we didn’t need an “overt totalitarian state” to reach some of the darker plot points from those mid-1900’s novels. “If you look at where we are, people are talking about a post-truth age… and fake news and all that stuff — these stories are as timely...
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James Cameron Calls Eliza Dushku ‘Brave’ for Revealing ‘Heartbreaking’ Assault

James Cameron Calls Eliza Dushku ‘Brave’ for Revealing ‘Heartbreaking’ Assault
Director James Cameron has commended actress Eliza Dushku for speaking out about enduring a sexual assault during the filming of his 1994 movie “True Lies.”

Dushku on Saturday disclosed via Facebook that she was assaulted at the age of 12 while working on the film. Dushku named stunt coordinator Joel Kramer as her alleged assailant. Kramer has denied Dushku’s allegation.

“Eliza is very brave for speaking up,” Cameron said Saturday during his appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour to promote his AMC series “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction.” “I think all the women are that are speaking up and calling for a reckoning now (are brave).”

Cameron called it “heartbreaking that it happened to her” on his film.

Cameron said he was unaware of the incident involving Dushku at the time, and he noted that he has not worked with the man he called “the other party” since “True Lies.” “Had I known
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James Cameron on Eliza Dushku’s ‘True Lies’ Assault: ‘Had I Known About It, There Would Have Been No Mercy’

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James Cameron on Eliza Dushku’s ‘True Lies’ Assault: ‘Had I Known About It, There Would Have Been No Mercy’
James Cameron, legendary director of “The Terminator” and “Avatar,” praised the bravery of Eliza Dushku in coming forward to speak out regarding the molestation she experienced on the set of his 1994 film “True Lies.”

“Eliza is very brave for speaking up,” he said at the Television Critics Association press tour Saturday, also noting that she is one of many women speaking out about past abuse. “I think this has been endemic throughout human systems — it’s just heartbreaking that it happened to her.”

Read More:Eliza Dushku Accuses ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Stunt Coordinator of Sexual Assault When She Was 12

Cameron was speaking in response to Eliza Dushku’s account of being sexually assaulted by stunt coordinator Joel Kramer while shooting “True Lies.” Dushku described being “groomed” by Kramer at the age of 12, before being taken to a hotel room and molested by him.

Dushku published her Facebook statement Friday night, followed
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‘Jumanji’ Ruling Mlk Weekend Box Office Over ‘The Post,’ ‘Paddington 2,’ ‘Proud Mary’

‘Jumanji’ Ruling Mlk Weekend Box Office Over ‘The Post,’ ‘Paddington 2,’ ‘Proud Mary’
Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is outdistancing a quartet of challengers and should win the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with about $28 million at the North American box office, early estimates showed Friday.

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” appears to be leading the rest of the pack with around $21 million for the four days, according to Friday’s first forecasts, followed by the openings of “Paddington 2” with $18 million and Taraji P. Henson’s “Proud Mary” battling “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” for fourth place with about $16 million each. Liam Neeson’s “The Commuter” was arriving with about $12 million, fighting for sixth with the fourth weekend of Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman” and the second weekend of “Insidious: The Last Key.”

Should “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” make it to $30 million this weekend, it would be only the 11th title to exceed that mark during the Mlk weekend, according to [link
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Thoughts and Opinions on Nintendo’s ‘Mini’ Direct Announcements

Sam Thorne on Nintendo’s ‘Mini’ Direct announcements…

Nintendo have certainly upped their marketing & PR game in recent months (and years), playing up to several rumours since the turn of the new year regarding a Nintendo Direct in January. As you probably know, the Nintendo Switch is selling like hot cakes, but it does need to keep up the momentum for 2018, even after showing their hand with promises of Metroid Prime 4, Bayonetta 3 and a currently untitled mainline Pokemon game. After several cryptic tweets yesterday, such as this one;

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— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 10, 2018

It became apparent that the big N weren’t just teasing us, they in fact dropped a brief 15-minute Nintendo ‘mini’ Direct today with some new 1st party and 3rd party announcements. However, there’s a clear reason why Nintendo didn’t want to casually announce the direct, instead of just dropping it today,
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Win Passes To The St. Louis Screening Of Hostiles Starring Christian Bale

Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way. Hostiles is directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) and produced by John Lesher (Black Mass, Birdman, Fury) and Ken Kao (The Nice Guys, Knight of Cups). The film stars: Christian Bale (The Big Short, American Hustle, The Dark Knight) Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher), Wes Studi (Avatar, Heat, Geronimo), Adam Beach (Suicide Squad,
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Warner Bros. Shake-Up: Toby Emmerich Named Film Chairman, Sue Kroll Out

Warner Bros. Shake-Up: Toby Emmerich Named Film Chairman, Sue Kroll Out
Warner Bros. is shaking up its film studio.

As part of a major reorganization, Toby Emmerich is being promoted to chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, while Sue Kroll, the president of worldwide marketing and distribution, is relinquishing her role for a three-year producer deal on the Burbank lot. Kroll has been with the studio for decades and has deep relationships with filmmakers and stars such as Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, and Tom Cruise. She will become a producer on the lot.

As part of the shake-up, Blair Rich will head global theatrical and home entertainment marketing. Rich has been courted by several studios in recent months, and is highly valued internally. She was one of the masterminds behind the marketing campaign for last fall’s blockbuster “It.” In addition, Ron Sanders will serve as president, worldwide distribution at the studio, assuming responsibility for global theatrical distribution while retaining his role as president of the home entertainment
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Harry Potter, and the trouble with 3D

Simon Brew Jan 17, 2018

Warner Bros, the Harry Potter films, and the assorted struggles with 3D...

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, a movie I caught up with again over the weekend. The sixth in the boxset of eight, I’d not seen it since its release, and I’ve gradually been rewatching the Potter films on the Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray format. So far, Half-Blood Prince is the one that benefits the most from the 4K upgrade. The sombre palette particularly takes advantage of the extra resolution afforded.

The film, though, was also the second in the series to be released partially in 3D, after the ending of Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix had enjoyed/suffered a post-production overhaul of its finale with certain screenings. With Avatar still just around the corner, Warner Bros was experimenting with 3D more than fully
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Batman: The Animated Series – Why Couldn’t Talia and Batman Find Love?

Welcome to Adventure(s) Time’s thirty-eighth installment, an examination of classic animated series and their tie-in comics. These week, we’re looking back on two stories that begin with the premise that Ra’s al Ghul is dead, with Batman and Talia paired on an adventure. (Thanks to reader Gravity Falls Poland for this suggestion. If you have any cartoon/comics pairings you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments.)

Debuting on May 9, 1994, “Avatar” is the sixty-ninth episode of Batman: The Animated Series. Introduced with a stunning title card evoking historical art from ancient Egypt, until you catch the stylized Batman emblems, Carlos Rodriguez’s score draws the audience in with pomp worthy of an old Hollywood epic. Writer Michael Reaves and director Kevin Altieri keep this theme alive throughout “Avatar,” pairing Batman and Talia on a journey across the globe.
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