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Oscar Animated Shorts Nominees, Ranked: Memorable Characters Define Frontrunners Like ‘Dear Basketball’ and ‘Negative Space’

Oscar Animated Shorts Nominees, Ranked: Memorable Characters Define Frontrunners Like ‘Dear Basketball’ and ‘Negative Space’
The animated shorts race is defined by memorable characters: A dance between young and adult Kobe Bryant in “Dear Basketball,” a father and son bonding over ritual packing in “Negative Space,” a collection of lost and found schoolyard objects thwarting a bully in Pixar’s “Lou,” a mysterious wolf recounting the unusual bonding between Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White in “Revolting Rhymes,” and a wacky amphibian takeover of a mansion in “Garden Party.”

Despite the backlash against Bryant for his sexual assault charge back in 2003 and the limited scope of his short, “Dear Basketball” remains the favorite to win the Oscar. That’s due to the irresistible pairing of the former Lakers legend with former Disney legend Glen Keane, who directed the short. However, “Negative Space” could pull an upset for its inventive animation and resonating theme.

Read more about these nominees, ranked in order of their likelihood
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Berlinale 2018: Isabelle Huppert to Lead Anne Fontaine’s New Film, Fest Hosts Gender Equality…

Berlinale 2018: Isabelle Huppert to Lead Anne Fontaine’s New Film, Fest Hosts Gender Equality EventsHuppert in “Amour”: Darius Khondji/Sony Pictures Classics

The 68th Berlinale hasn’t reached its midway point yet but it’s already seen the announcement of Anne Fontaine’s next film and organized events focusing on industry gender discrimination. According to separate reports from Variety, Isabelle Huppert will star in Fontaine’s “Pure as Snow” and directors discussed the gender gap in European cinema during a panel presented by Eurimages. South African filmmakers also launched #ThatsNotOk, a campaign tackling workplace harassment.

“Pure as Snow” is an erotic comedy based on the Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White” fairy tale. Lou de Laâge, the star of Fontaine’s “The Innocents,” will play Claire, who works for her cruel stepmother Maud at her late father’s hotel. “Claire unwittingly sparks uncontrollable jealousy in Maud (Huppert), whose young
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Isabelle Huppert to Lead Next Films from Ira Sachs and Anne Fontaine

After giving a pair of performances among the best in her iconic career with Elle and Things to Come, Isabelle Huppert recently reteamed with Michael Haneke, Hong Sang-soo, Serge Bozon, and more. She’s now once again returning to Berlinale with Benoît Jacquot’s Eva, and while there, two more of the prolific actress’ projects have been announced.

First up, she’ll be leading the drama from Ira Sachs, who recently gave us the wonderful Love is Strange and Little Men. Titled A Family Vacation, it also stars Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier and Andre Wilms, and it marks the director’s first time working outside the United States as he’ll be shooting it this fall in Portugal. Backed by Saïd Ben Saïd, it follows “three generations of a family grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in the historic town of Sintra, Portugal.
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Bill Maher Wants to Know Why the Most Popular Movie of the #MeToo Era Is ‘About a Woman on a Leash’ — Watch

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Bill Maher Wants to Know Why the Most Popular Movie of the #MeToo Era Is ‘About a Woman on a Leash’ — Watch
Bill Maher wants to know why, in the era of #MeToo, the most popular movie in America is “Fifty Shades Freed” — a film he describes as being about “a woman on a leash.” During his New Rules segment last night, the controversial TV host turned his attention to the seeming disparity between the growing calls for gender equality and an end to sexual harassment and the content of successful films like “Call Me by Your Name” and “The Shape of Water.”

“2017 was a great year for women because finally men have been put on notice. Harassment is going to be noted now, so you’re going to have to think of another way to meet women,” Maher said before adding that “all men are playing with five fouls now, as we should, but the movement falters if it thinks we can make pain-free the messy transition from two people not
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Gaumont Reteams with Anne Fontaine for ‘Pure as Snow’ with Isabelle Huppert (Exclusive)

Gaumont Reteams with Anne Fontaine for ‘Pure as Snow’ with Isabelle Huppert (Exclusive)
Gaumont is re-teaming with French director Anne Fontaine on “Pure as Snow” (“Blanche comme neige”), an erotic comedy inspired by the Brothers Grimm’s tale of Snow White starring Isabelle Huppert and Lou de Laâge.

“Pure as Snow” is produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer’s Mandarin Cinema and Philippe Carcassonne’s Cine @, and also stars Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Macaigne, Charles Berling, Jonathan Cohen, Damien Bonnard and Pablo Pauly.

De Laâge stars as Claire, a beautiful young woman who works at her late father’s hotel that is now managed by her evil stepmother Maud (Huppert). Claire unwittingly sparks uncontrollable jealousy in Maud, whose young lover has fallen in love with Claire. Maud decides to get rid of Claire who finds shelter in a farm where she’s allowed to break free from her strict upbringing through encounters with seven “princes.”

“Anne Fontaine modernized this tale and gave it a light-hearted, erotic and refined tone,
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Oscars worst animation snubs for Best Picture: Readers say ‘Lion King,’ ‘Spirited Away,’ ‘Wall-e’ & more were robbed

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Oscars worst animation snubs for Best Picture: Readers say ‘Lion King,’ ‘Spirited Away,’ ‘Wall-e’ & more were robbed
In the entire 90-year history of the Oscars there have only been three animated films nominated for Best Picture: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Up” (2009) and “Toy Story 3” (2010). Those last two only made the cut after the motion picture academy expanded Best Picture to 10 slots; I doubt either would have been nominated with only five contenders in that race. These days animated achievements tend to be relegated to Best Animated Feature, and before that category was created in 2001 they were typically ignored in top categories entirely. So what have been the academy’s worst omissions?

Our forum posters are discussing the animated films they think should have been Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Scroll down to read some of their comments, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know which you think was the most unjustly snubbed for top honors. That might include Pixar’s latest,
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Golden Globes Music Sweep Is a Kraft-Engel Production

Golden Globes Music Sweep Is a Kraft-Engel Production
Last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards saw Alexandre Desplat win Best Score (for “The Shape of Water”), and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win Best Song (for “The Greatest Showman”). What do they have in common? All three are represented by Richard Kraft and Laura Engel, whose Kraft-Engel Management is one of Hollywood’s top music agencies. Kraft-Engel’s other clients include Danny Elfman, Moby, John Debney, Mark Isham, Henry Jackman, Alan Menken, Bear McCreary, Marco Beltrami, Christophe Beck and John Powell.

Kraft has been a film-music agent for more than 30 years, Engel for more than 20. They began working together in the 1980s when Engel was Elfman’s manager and Kraft was doing his film deals. Kraft started his own company in 1991; she joined him as an agent in 1996 and together they formed Kraft-Engel Management in 2005. They refer to themselves as “agents who give the attention to our clients as if we were managers.”

Variety caught
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Catalog From The Beyond: Snow White: A Tale Of Terror (1997)

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By now I’m sure you know the formula for this column. I introduce one of our beloved horror icons as a means to steer you toward one of their lesser-known works. Nothing too complicated, but I’ve found it works. This time around, however, I worry that my usual spiel will bury the lede, as I’ve made a profound discovery in the made-for-tv horror fairy tale Snow White: A Tale of Terror, featuring Sigourney Weaver. This movie, ladies and gentlemen, is the silliest horror movie ever made.

I know what you’re thinking: But Bryan, how could you make such a claim in a world where movies like Sleepaway Camp II, Blood Diner, or any variety of wacky ’80s slasher movies exist? You raise a fair point, good reader, but the difference is that they were actively trying to be silly while Snow White: A Tale of Terror
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International Newswire: Princess Diana Crash Documentary Sells to U.S., U.K., Europe; Reveals Fresh Facts

International Newswire: Princess Diana Crash Documentary Sells to U.S., U.K., Europe; Reveals Fresh Facts
In today’s International Newswire, a documentary revealing new facts about the death of Princess Diana sells to the U.S. and multiple European territories; Sony acquires North American rights to Spanish black comedy “Abracadabra”; and Georgia, Palestine, Ukraine and Venezuela select their Oscar entries.

Banijay Rights has signed deals in the U.S., Europe and South Africa for “Diana’s Death: The Search for the Truth,” the one-hour special that, 20 years on from Princess Diana’s death in Paris, uncovers shocking new information about the accident.

The show was produced by Tony Comiti and directed by Manuel Laigre for M6 in France, where its recent broadcast attracted 3.5 million viewers. It uncovers evidence that the car in which she was in had been “badly damaged in a road crash, [and] was declared a write-off more than two years before the Alma Tunnel tragedy,” according to a statement.

The show has now been picked up by Reelz in the
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International Newswire: Princess Diana Crash Documentary Sells to U.S., U.K., Europe; Reveals Fresh Facts

International Newswire: Princess Diana Crash Documentary Sells to U.S., U.K., Europe; Reveals Fresh Facts
In today’s International Newswire, a documentary revealing new facts about the death of Princess Diana sells to the U.S. and multiple European territories; Sony acquires North American rights to Spanish black comedy “Abracadabra”; and Georgia, Palestine, Ukraine and Venezuela select their Oscar entries.

Banijay Rights has signed deals in the U.S., Europe and South Africa for “Diana’s Death: The Search for the Truth,” the one-hour special that, 20 years on from Princess Diana’s death in Paris, uncovers shocking new information about the accident.

The show was produced by Tony Comiti and directed by Manuel Laigre for M6 in France, where its recent broadcast attracted 3.5 million viewers. It uncovers evidence that the car in which she was in had been “badly damaged in a road crash, [and] was declared a write-off more than two years before the Alma Tunnel tragedy,” according to a statement.

The show has now been picked up by Reelz in the
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New Oscar Chart ~ Foreign Hopefuls including Spain

Last month we shared speculation about what countries Argentina, Chile, Denmark, and The Czech Republic among others might submit to the Oscars this years. And we'll soon have more charts up. Spain narrowed down their finalists to three which is worth noting. The most successful countries in terms of Oscar in the later portions of the alphabet are Spain (19 nominations and 4 wins), Sweden (14 nominations and 3 wins) and Poland (10 nominations and 1 win). If you include the former Soviet Union stats with Russia's stats since 1992, they're approximately tied with Sweden.

Maribel Verdú in "Abracadabra" which is a finalist for Spain

Spain is currently in their longest dry spell of all time in this Oscar category (their last nominee The Sea Inside, which won, was 13 whole years ago). They will select their submission on September 7th but they've narrowed down their choice to the following three pictures: 

1898: Our Last Men in the
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France’s Le Pacte Co-Produces Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ‘El Reino’

France’s Le Pacte Co-Produces Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ‘El Reino’
Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, the upscale Paris-based arthouse film company, has taken a co-production stake in Spaniard Rodrigo Sorogoyen‘s political corruption thriller “El Reino,” probably one of the most talked-about Spanish productions of the upcoming months.

Doing so, Le Pacte, which acquired French distribution rights to Sorogoyen’s previous film, serial killer thriller “May God Save Us,” a best screenplay winner at 2016’s San Sebastian Festival, goes one step further in its commitment to Sorogoyen, already consolidated as a Spanish directors to track.

In “El Reino,” the French outfit joins forces with “May God Save Us” producers Tornasol Films, the Spanish company behind Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” and Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of broadcaster Atresmedia whose credits include Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”

Warner Bros. Pictures España and Latido Films are also re-teaming with Sorogoyen on “El Reino,” after having handled respectively local distribution and international
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'The Chinese Widow' to replace 'Our Time Will Come' as Siff opener

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'The Chinese Widow' to replace 'Our Time Will Come' as Siff opener
No reason has been given for the change in opening film.

Danish director Bille August’s The Chinese Widow will open this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff, June 17-26), replacing Ann Hui’s Our Time Will Come, which was previously announced as the opening film.

However, Our Time Will Come will still play in the Golden Goblet competition at Siff. No reason was given for the change by either the festival or the film’s producer Bona Film Group.

Both films are set in China during the Second World War. Starring Emile Hirsch and Yu Nan, The Chinese Widow tells the story of an American pilot who is shot down and saved by Chinese villagers. It remains unclear if the film has been made under the recently signed Danish-Chinese co-production treaty. August recently served as jury president at the Beijing International Film Festival.

Our Time Will Come, which stars Zhou Xun and Eddie Peng, revolves
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Cannes: Telecinco Cinema Boards Gracia Querejeta’s Basque Country-Set Comedy ‘Crime Wave’ (Exclusive)

In one of Spain’s biggest box office bets for 2018, Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of broadcaster Mediaset España, has boarded Basque Country-set, Maribel Verdú-starrer black comedy “Crime Wave.”

Directed by Gracia Querejeta (“15 Years in One Day”), film is scheduled to roll Oct.-Nov. in flagship locations in the Basque Country’s Bilbao and Biscay province. It is also produced by Bilbao’s Historias del Tío Luis and Santiago Segura’s Bowfinger International Pictures.

In “Crime Wave,” Verdú, whose credits include ”Pan’s Labyrinth,” “And Your Mother Too” and “Snow White,” plays a wealthy divorced housewife living in Bilbao’s Neguri suburb who finds out that her teenager son has killed his father. Trying to protect him against all odds, she will cause a riotous crime wave in the city.

Telecinco Cinema’s Ghislain Barrois and Alvaro Augustín, Bowfinger’s María Luisa Gutiérrez and Historias del Tío Luis
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The Beauty of Jean Cocteau’s ‘La Belle et la Bête’

Forget Disney’s recent reiteration of the classic fairy tale and instead look back at where the tale’s magic began on film, with Jean Cocteau.

The self-titled Belle and her captor-turned-prince Beast have returned to cinema screens around the world. In Disney’s latest live-action reiteration of one of their much-loved animated fairytales, Bill Condon’s live-action Beauty and the Beast has reintroduced contemporary audiences to the pair. With their return has come explorations of Disney’s representations of gayness, the question of modern viewing habits, and record-breaking box office success (the film has broken the March record for best opening with a $175m domestic gross).

This multiplicity of films on the same tale has been seen before, with the reintroduction of Snow White in 2012 arriving in the form of three very different films. 2012 brought the strong and defiant rebel ‘Snow’ in Snow White and the Huntsman, while Mirror Mirror restyled the classic tale. Pablo Berger
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Cannes 2017: who's in the running?

Screen investigates which films from around the world could launch on the Croisette, including on opening night.

With just over a month to go before the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival is unveiled in Paris, Croisette predictions and wish lists are hitting the web thick and fast.

Screen’s network of correspondents and contributors around the world have been putting out feelers to get a sense of what might or might not make it to the Palais du Cinéma or one of the parallel sections.

Just like the Oscars, this year’s festival is likely to unfold amid a politically-charged atmosphere. Beyond Trump and the rise of populism across the globe, France will be digesting the result of its own presidential election on May 7. Against this background, the festival will be feting its 70th edition.

Below, Screen reveals which titles might - and might not - be in the running for a place at the
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Berlinale: Canales’ Film Factory Presents Musical Comedy ‘Holy Camp!’ at the European Film Market (Exclusive)

Berlinale: Canales’ Film Factory Presents Musical Comedy ‘Holy Camp!’ at the European Film Market (Exclusive)
Vicente CanalesFilm Factory Entertainment has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Spain to Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi’s offbeat musical comedy “Holy Camp!,” the film adaptation of hit stage play “La llamada.”

One of the top sales agents in the Spanish-speaking world, Film Factory will be presenting “Holy Camp!” and showing its first teaser promo to international buyers at the upcoming Berlin European Film Market.

Produced by Enrique López Lavigne (“The Impossible,” “A Monster Calls”) and Toni Carrizosa and Kike Maíllo (“Barcelona Summer Night”), “Holy Camp!” production teams Madrid-based outfit Apache Films with Barcelona’s Sábado Películas.

Currently in post-production, the film will be released by DeAPlaneta this year in Spanish cinemas.

Described by Film Factory as “a zany, romp coming-of-age musical comedy that brings to mind Almodovar at his funniest,” the film centers on María and Susana, two rebellious teens who spend their summer in a catholic camp,
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Win Revolting Rhymes on DVD

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To celebrate the release of Revolting Rhymes available now on DVD, we’re giving 2 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the DVD as well as a copy of the novel and audiobook.

Voiced by a stellar British cast including David Walliams (Little Britain, Gangsta Granny), Tamsin Greig (The Green Room, Episodes), Dominic West (The Wire, Pride) and Gemma Chan (Humans), Revolting Rhymes is perfect for half term holiday viewing and a treat for the whole family to enjoy.

First published in 1982 Revolting Rhymes was written by the much-loved author, Roald Dahl and illustrated by the legendary Quentin Blake. Bursting with imagination and delightful storytelling, these adaptations bring the tales to life in an extraordinary way. Will Little Red Riding Hood become a meal for the Big Bad Wolf? Can Snow White out-wit her evil stepmother? Is the house of bricks strong enough to protect the Little Pig?
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Den Of Geek’s Christmas 2016 UK TV and radio picks

Louisa Mellor Dec 12, 2016

We’ve taken a pen to the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules and circled the shows we’re looking forward to. Add yours below!

Amid the cosy repeats, big movies and inescapable cranberry-stuffed cookery shows on TV this month are a few original gems. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s Inside No. 9 festive special The Devil Of Christmas (Tuesday the 27th of December, 10pm, BBC Two) is top of our must-watch list. Hot on its heels is Yonderland’s family friendly Yonder Yuletide (Saturday the 24th of December, 6.30pm, Sky One). Another for families on Sky is the Christmas Day Jasper Fforde adaptation The Last Dragonslayer, while Channel 4 has the non-festive-but-essential-for-fans-of smart-sci-fi Humans series two finale (Sunday the 18th of December, 9pm).

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Not to forget, of course, the Doctor Who Christmas Special, a brand-new series of Sherlock,
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