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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: How Rian Johnson and the VFX Team Created the Porgs, Snoke, and More

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: How Rian Johnson and the VFX Team Created the Porgs, Snoke, and More
For his first time out with the “Star Wars” universe, Rian Johnson populated “The Last Jedi” with a slew of new and old friends and foes, including several creature standouts: the adorable Porgs, the elegant Vulptices, the majestic Falthiers, the sinister Snoke, and the return of Master Yoda.

Read More:‘The Last Jedi’ Opens to $220 Million, No Matter What Disappointed Fanboys Say

“To the extent that I deal with visual effects, since I don’t have the technical know how, it’s on the design side,” Johnson said. “And I like simplicity of design. You don’t ever want the audience using unnecessary brain power figuring out what they’re looking at. So many of our conversations about the design stuff weren’t about making it look cool, they’re always going to make it look cool [at Industrial Light & Magic]. It was about knowing what we’re looking at.”

The Porgs

While scouting
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Score

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Score
As usual, several of Hollywood’s top composers offer multiple contenders for Best Original Score, among them usual suspects Hans Zimmer and Michael Giacchino. Zimmer’s experimental score for action spectacular “Dunkirk” was inspired by Christopher Nolan’s pocket watch, and an improvised piano riff was the spine for Denis Villeneuve’s dystopian epic “Blade Runner 2049.”

That score was composed in collaboration with his credited protege Benjamin Wallfisch, who also worked on “Dunkirk” along with Lorne Balfe, but only two could be submitted to the Academy, so Zimmer filed alone. Wallfisch also composed “It.”

Read More:Oscar 2017: It’s Hans Zimmer’s ‘Dunkirk’ vs. ‘Blade Runner 2049’ for Best Original Score

The creative collaboration between Zimmer and Wallfisch on “Blade Runner 2049” was co-equal (following the departure of Jóhann Jóhannsson because of “creative differences” with Villeneuve). After Zimmer created a haunting theme (which became “The Mesa”), the composers then
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The Best TV Lines of 2017: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ and More of the Year’s Most Memorable Quotes

As best of the year lists roll out across the internet, TV critics and fans are reflecting on everything they loved about the year in television. From their favorite shows to their favorite performances and even the most shocking moments, nearly every aspect of the small screen is admired — typically, in list form.

But while plenty of lists double up across various websites through a multitude of voices, one list is built collectively and shared immediately: the best TV lines of 2017.

Spearheaded each year by Variety TV Critic Mo Ryan, the annual tradition of honoring the best quotes of the year began early Monday afternoon with the hashtag #BestTVLines2017 and Ryan’s first selection:

“Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.” @GameofThrones #BestTVLines2017

Join the annual tradition! Tweet your #BestTVLines2017! @sepinwall, your turn.

— Mo Ryan (@moryan) December 18, 2017

The quote — “Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.
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James Mangold Bashes Film Writer After Negative ‘Logan’ Tweet: ‘You Seem Pompous to Me’

James Mangold Bashes Film Writer After Negative ‘Logan’ Tweet: ‘You Seem Pompous to Me’
James Mangold is not hiding his distaste for Hollywood Elsewhere founder and writer Jeff Wells. The “Logan” director lashed out against Wells on Twitter after the film writer made a jab at Mangold’s latest Wolverine film by calling it “too violent.”

Read More:‘Logan’: 10 Ways Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Convinced Fox to Make A Bold and Bloody Superhero Movie

Mangold replied to Wells by saying he could’ve predicted his negative reaction. Wells tried to amend his comment by linking to his article “Logan.” Wells’ piece isn’t exactly positive, although it does praise Dafne Keen’s breakout performance.

“Really? Jesus, Jeff. I’m gonna have to assume you have aspergers or otherwise I just can’t keep up the good will,” Mangold replied. “Aw, fuck it. Shove your self promoting links to your crooked prognostications up your pompous ass. And find a new hairstyle, that pomp is getting Trumpy.
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Ridley Scott Did Not Tell Kevin Spacey He Was Being Replaced from ‘All the Money in The World’

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Ridley Scott Did Not Tell Kevin Spacey He Was Being Replaced from ‘All the Money in The World’
Kevin Spacey likely learned that his performance would be omitted from “All The Money in The World” via the Internet, just like everyone else. The film’s director, Ridley Scott, told The New York Times that he did not inform the two-time Oscar winner of his recasting because the actor never called once he had been publicly accused of sexual harassment and worse. Allegations have been made against Spacey by more than 30 accusers, including 16 male staff members from the Old Vic, where Spacey served as artistic director for 11 years.

“A phone call would have been nice,” said Scott, already a Best Director Golden Globe nominee for the film. “At first I was disappointed. Then I was mad.”

The Times article also established the timeline of events that led to the $10 million decision to replace Spacey while still bringing the feature to theaters by Christmas (the original release date was December
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Exclusive: Michael Giacchino on ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Coco’, ‘Incredibles 2’ and More

When it comes to film composers, Michael Giacchino is a household name. With one Oscar under his belt (Up), a multitude of iconic themes in the heads of audiences (Star Trek, The Incredibles, Lost), and a wonderfully diverse filmography that swings from the bombast of Rogue One to the playfulness of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Giacchino is undoubtedly one of the most exciting composers working today. And while Giacchino’s oeuvre spans two decades, he may have turned in one of his best scores ever with this summer’s War for the Planet of the Apes. Infusing the unsettling instrumentation of …
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Disney’s Buy: What Happens to 21st Century Fox’s Leadership, Fox Searchlight, and ‘X-Men’?

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Now that Disney is purchasing 21st Century Fox, here’s what we know: $52.4 billion will change hands, the six-studio system will now be five, and Disney will have a serious arsenal for the 2019 launch of its over-the-top streaming services. Presuming that Disney convinces the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice that the union won’t violate existing antitrust laws, here’s a look at some of the merger’s biggest questions.

What Becomes of Fox’s Leadership?

The Disney/Fox merger comes on the same day that Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits multiplexes. Who from the Fox motion picture side will go to Disney (vice-chairman Emma Watts?) and who will be free to look for a new job (Fox chairman Stacey Snider?). Disney is happy with studio steward Alan Horn and his team.

With Snider’s ex-Universal president Scott Stuber running movies at Netflix,
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‘Alien: Covenant’ Star Michael Fassbender Delivered Two of the Year’s Best Performances in the Same Movie

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Star Michael Fassbender Delivered Two of the Year’s Best Performances in the Same Movie
It’s easy to understand why Michael Fassbender hasn’t been floated as a potential Best Actor nominee for his work in “Alien: Covenant.” For one thing, the Oscars seldom acknowledge the fact that great acting can sometimes be found in massive summer tentpoles, even ones that underwhelm at the box office. For another, it would prove difficult to honor Fassbender’s work without splitting the vote or committing some kind of category fraud, as the guy plays two different roles in the film, improbably delivering both of the most brilliant performances in any blockbuster since “The Dark Knight.”

Also, it’s worth remembering that — in the long and illustrious history of the Academy Awards — no one has ever won for playing two androids who make out with each other on a remote alien planet during the middle of a slow-motion genocide. You can google that to confirm.

But while
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Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2017: ‘Lady Bird’ Wins Big, but ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Has Strong Showing as Well

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Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2017: ‘Lady Bird’ Wins Big, but ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Has Strong Showing as Well
Lady Bird” won big at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards last night, taking home Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf), and Most Promising Filmmaker (Greta Gerwig) from the Windy City. “Call Me by Your Name” had a strong showing as well, picking up prizes for Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet, who also won Most Promising Performer) and Best Supporting Screenplay.

Christopher Dunkirk was named Best Director for his work on “Dunkirk,” with Willem Dafoe of “The Florida Project” winning yet another Best Supporting Actor laurel and Jordan Peele being honored with Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out.” Full list of winners below.

Read More:2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Both Best Picture and Best Actor

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name

Dunkirk

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Guillermo Del Toro
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Why 'Coco' Composer's Score Had to Be "Born Out of the Story"

Why 'Coco' Composer's Score Had to Be
Coco composer Michael Giacchino, 50, was a priority. That meant not only getting the right music for the score but also for the sounds of the environment. "Music is being played in the streets," says the longtime Pixar collaborator on films including Inside Out, Ratatouille and Up, for which he won an Oscar. "We wanted that to feel legit."

Getting there meant a lot of research and attention to detail. "I was very lucky to work with [songwriters] Germaine Franco and Camilo Lara, both of...
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The Gifted Fall Finale Recap: Triple Threat — Plus: Which Hero Died?

The Gifted Fall Finale Recap: Triple Threat — Plus: Which Hero Died?
In The Gifted‘s fall finale, the stage was set for a major mutant rescue, until a triple threat of sorts arrived on the scene to make mayhem.

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With Clarice, Dreamer, Andy and Lauren nabbed by Sentinel Services — possibly to be converted into Hounds — Lorna lobbies to launch another attack, but Caitlin and Reed balk. As a compromise, Marcos in the meantime sends people to scout out Sentinel Services and Trask.

The telepath Esme then “eavesdrops” on Reed and Caitlin before discreetly suggesting that this “human problem needs a human solution,
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Sci-Fi Score Awards Contenders Recruit Veteran Composers for Vastly Different Films

Sci-Fi Score Awards Contenders Recruit Veteran Composers for Vastly Different Films
You could say 2017’s standout sci-fi and fantasy scores cover space, shape and size as these four veteran composers tackle each film’s themes from vastly different conceptual origins.

Blade Runner 2049

Music by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer

Vangelis’ music for the 1982 original is so iconic, says co-composer Wallfisch, that the challenge was “how can we take that sonic language and emotional impact, but completely reinvent it?”

Curiously, the star of the 2017-by-way-of-2049 score is (like the Vangelis original) a Yamaha Cs-80 synth, which Zimmer bought back in 1970s London and was still in (mostly) working order. “It has a life of its own and every time you play a note, it’s a slightly different pitch,” Wallfisch says with a laugh.

Much of the score, however, was created with contemporary synths, often with sounds inspired by other ‘80s electronic instruments; and some live players and vocalists. “Textures and colors evolve very slowly to match the pace
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’13 Reasons Why’ Snags a Surprise Golden Globes Nomination Amidst Controversy for Its Treatment of Suicide

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the first season of “13 Reasons Why.”]

The teen drama “13 Reasons Why” sparked plenty of controversy when Netflix released it in March, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association saw fit to give it a nod on Monday. It’s a show that’s all but been forgotten and didn’t really show up on many critical prediction lists. Although the series overall didn’t get recognition, its star Katherine Langford snagged the nomination in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category.

“Words cannot express my sheer excitement and gratitude for being nominated by the HFPA this morning for portraying ‘Hannah Baker,’ a young woman whom I have come to truly love and understand,” Langford said in a statement. “Hannah’s story resonated with so many people, and I feel truly grateful to Netflix, Paramount TV, Brian Yorkey, Tom McCarthy, Selena Gomez, and all of our tremendous producers…and to our incredibly talented cast – who are also my dear friends,
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Golden Globes: ‘All the Money in the World’ Lands Three Nominations After Whirlwind Reshoots

Golden Globes: ‘All the Money in the World’ Lands Three Nominations After Whirlwind Reshoots
Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. really want you to know they saw “All the Money in the World” before you did.

We kid. Kind of…

The international journalists group nominated Ridley Scott’s embattled film for a whopping three prizes Monday morning. Those included a best director nom for Scott himself, who rallied his team back together for 10 days of reshoots following star Kevin Spacey’s abrupt fall from grace amid sexual assault and harassment allegations.

As Variety exclusively reported, the Sony film was screened in a rough for for the group a week ago, just four days after production wrapped for a second time with actor Christopher Plummer replacing Spacey as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. Plummer was also nominated, for supporting actor, while Michelle Williams picked up a lead actress, drama, nomination.

All the Money in the World” will be the last Oscar hopeful to screen for domestic press this year when it
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Golden Globes Slammed For Shutting Out Women and Minorities in Best Director Race

Golden Globes Slammed For Shutting Out Women and Minorities in Best Director Race
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is facing backlash over this year’s Golden Globe nominations for Best Director. The five filmmakers who earned a nomination this year are all men: Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), Ridley Scott (“All the Money in the World”), and Steven Spielberg (“The Post”).

Considering what a strong year it was for women and minority directors like Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, Dee Rees, and Patty Jenkins, it’s especially unfortunate how male-dominated the race is this year. Del Toro is the only minority nominated in what many people agree should’ve been a banner year for an inclusive Best Director race.

Read More:‘All The Money in the World’: Christopher Plummer Earns Golden Globe Nomination After Replacing Kevin Spacey

Many pundits expected at least Gerwig or Peele to earn a Best Director nomination at the Globes.
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Golden Globes Nominations: 21 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Golden Globes Nominations: 21 Biggest Snubs and Surprises
On Monday morning, the Golden Globes reinforced the notion that Hollywood is still a boy’s club. The organization, made up of about 90 foreign journalists, seemed to go out on a limb not to nominate a single woman for best director. Not Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”). Not Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”). Not Dee Rees (“Mudbound”).

Although 2017 has been called the year of the woman, the Globes managed to overlook two of the biggest female-led hits of the year: “Beauty and the Beast,” the most successful movie of 2017 so far, was snubbed in the musical/comedy category, and “Wonder Woman” was shut out for any awards. Other surprises: Jordan Peele didn’t get a nomination for writing or directing “Get Out,” although his movie did receive two nominations (for best picture and actor).

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” a love story between a lonely woman and a monster, led all movies with seven nominations.
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Golden Globes Nominations: First-Timers Break Through

Golden Globes Nominations: First-Timers Break Through
Every awards group has their trademark quirks, and the HFPA loves nothing more than anointing the wunderkinds. And this year didn’t disappoint: On the TV side, voters embraced Showtime’s “Smilf” and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; in film, breakouts included Margot Robbie, Daniel Kaluuya, and Timothée Chalamet.

Several others across film and TV were also rewarded for their work with their first-ever Golden Globes nominations.

Movies:

Out of both actress categories, there was one sole new nominee: Margot Robbie landed her first nod in the musical or comedy field for her heralded turn as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya.” She’s up against previous winners Judi Dench (“Victoria & Abdul”), Helen Mirren (“The Leisure Seeker”) and Emma Stone (“Battle of the Sexes”) and previous nominee Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird.”) The actress in a drama category is all previous Globe winners: Jessica Chastain (“Molly’s Game”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), [link
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‘All The Money in the World’: Christopher Plummer Earns Golden Globe Nomination After Replacing Kevin Spacey

‘All The Money in the World’: Christopher Plummer Earns Golden Globe Nomination After Replacing Kevin Spacey
Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” has been one of the biggest question marks this awards season given that the director had to remove Kevin Spacey from the film following numerous accusations of sexual harassment and abuse. Christopher Plummer stepped in to reshoot all of Spacey’s scene in just over a week in November, and now the film has entered the awards race in a big way with three major Golden Globe nominations: Best Supporting Actor for Plummer, Best Actress (Drama) for Michelle Williams, and Best Director for Scott.

Read More:Golden Globes 2018 Film Nominees Led by ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘The Post’

Plummer, who had previously circled the role of J. Paul Getty years ago when “All the Money in the World” was first in development, was announced as Spacey’s replacement on November 8. Co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams agreed to return to set
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Golden Globe Nominations: Complete List

Golden Globe Nominations: Complete List
Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on Monday morning on NBC’s “Today” show live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” led noms on the movie front. On the TV side, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” picked up six nominations, while FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” followed with four. Meanwhile, “Fargo,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “This Is Us” all landed three nods.

Presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone were joined by Golden Globe ambassador Simone Garcia Johnson, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna, and Dick Clark Productions executive vice president of television Barry Adelman in revealing the nominees.

Seth Meyers will emcee the 2018 ceremony from the same location on Jan. 7. The Golden Globes will air live at 5 p.m. Pt/8 p.
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Golden Globes 2018 Film Nominees Led by ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘The Post’

Golden Globes 2018 Film Nominees Led by ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘The Post’
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association rolled out a very early red carpet at the Beverly Hills Hotel (which officially kicked off at 5:15Am Pt), with presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone on hand to announce the full list of nominations for this year’s 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” was the big winner, pulling in seven nominations, ranging from Best Motion Picture – Drama to Best Screenplay and Best Director, plus three acting nominations.

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” grabbed six nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay, and Best Director, in addition to acting nominations for Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” also earned six nods (including Best Motion Picture – Drama and acting nods for stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell),

Read More:Golden Globes 2018 Film Predictions: IndieWire’s Anne Thompson Makes Bold
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