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The Oscar correlative part of the Film Bitch Awards are almost done. Racing to the finish line here. In the updates you'll see the nominees for Best Screenplays and Animated Feature as well as Visual categories like Visual Effects and Makeup.
You never know where a great movie will come from. Who knew that a circular short story by Ted Chiang, an possibly unfilmable novel like "Oh...," or a novella like "Lady Susan" could make great movies like Arrival, Elle, and Love & Friendship? (Okay okay, everyone knows that Jane Austen stories can make great movies. But isn't it insane that Love & Friendship isn't locked up for an Oscar nomination? What was everyone thinking this year?) They're all up for the Film Bitch Award for Adapted Screenplay. The nominees are...
As for the Makeup and Hair ballot, I'll state straightaway that I'll never understand what Oscar's makeup branch wants from their movies (besides old age prosthetics. »
- NATHANIEL R
100 Streets, 2016.
Directed by John O’Hanlon
Set against the streets of Chelsea, three separate stories of people facing personal crises overlap: a former rugby star whose marriage is crumbling before his eyes, a cab driver whose life is devastated by an accident and a young man trying to escape a life of crime on a local estate.
For a while last year, it seemed that Idris Elba could do no wrong – The Jungle Book, Star Trek Beyond – and his involvement in 100 Streets as both producer and actor predictably boosted expectations. Except that this was a film made back in 2014 which only made it into cinemas last autumn. Now out on DVD, the reasons why it received a lukewarm welcome in UK cinemas are all too apparent.
The streets of the title are in Chelsea where »
- Freda Cooper
Amber Tamblyn is getting ready to welcome her baby daughter, but that didn't stop the mom-to-be from joining the hundreds of thousands of activists for two Women's Marches on Saturday.
The 33-year-old actress, who is expecting her first child with her husband, comedian David Cross, rocked a bright pink Planned Parenthood beanie to the massive protest rallies, where she reunited with two of her former Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants co-stars!
Photos: Celebs Attend Women's Marches Across America
Tamblyn and Ferrera posed together for a smiling snapshot commemorating the historic occasion. "Sister for life," Tamblyn wrote in the caption. "For real. Forever. #womensmarch."
Watch: 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Castmates Reunite With Most Adorable Pic Ever!
While in D.C., Tamblyn also caught up with her friend, comedian [link=nm »
This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
Park City — Hollywood is renowned for creating wormholes, matrices and parallel universes. In this mountain town turned cultural capital Friday, the out-of-towners are conjuring an alternative reality worthy of the industry’s biggest tentpoles.
It might be called “Trump Aversion Syndrome,” and it features thousands of outsiders determined, at least for the better part of one day, to shut out all news emanating from that locale alongside the Potomac River.
At least for those willing to talk about it at the Sundance Film Festival, Donald Trump is a regrettable, even loathsome, figure. Many are not sure his election was legitimate, due to allegations of Russian intervention and FBI dealings.
Many seemed loathe even to speak the Trump name.
“I’m not going to watch it. I don’t think a lot of people are going to watch it,” said one top Hollywood producer said before a meeting Friday morning. He added, »
- James Rainey
Many stars who initially shared their surprise at now-President Trump’s election in November, were back on social media with reactions.
Wrote actress Olivia Wilde, “Stop telling me to ‘get over it’. Get Under it. He works for Us. The democratic process is constant. Stay informed, stay engaged, speak up.”
Stop telling me to "get over it". Get Under it. He works for Us. The democratic process is constant. Stay informed, stay engaged, »
- Lindsay Kimble
Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO Brad Grey, Shanghai Film Group Chairman Ren Zhonglun, and Huahua Media Chairman Wang Kefei made the joint announcement Thursday. The trio met in Shanghai in November to finalize terms of the deal.
The three entities said they will work closely together in a spirit of cooperation and will actively seek opportunities for co-productions. Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media will open and jointly maintain an office on the Paramount lot starting later this year.
“Shanghai Film Group’s long and successful history as a prolific studio, coupled with Huahua’s strong track-record in the Chinese market and its growing reach globally, make this a natural and powerful move for Paramount,” said Grey. “We look forward to working with these two highly-respected entertainment industry leaders, »
- Dave McNary
The cast and creators of the film shared their plans for the upcoming weekend. Betty Buckley has a busy schedule of benefits and protests that will culminate in joining the Women’s March in Washington D.C. Anya Taylor-Joy plans to march with Chelsea Handler at Sundance, while Shyamalan and his wife Bhavna Vaswani said they will probably opt to go see a movie.
And as for James McAvoy? The star said that he’s “not really publicly political,” and added, “By the way, I’m not American, so it’s your f—in’ problem.”
“Split” stars McAvoy as a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder who kidnaps three girls who gradually meet his distinctive identities. Shyamalan talked about how his idea »
- Seth Kelley
The Chinese players have struck a slate financing pact with the studio that is potentially worth $1bn.
Paramount executives said on Wednesday Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media will finance a combined 25% of the studio’s films over the next three years, with an option to extend to a fourth.
Titles include this week’s release xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage (pictured) and Ghost In The Shell.
The move follows a change of direction at the Viacom-owned studio as CEO Bob Bakish steers the studio away from a sale.
The cash injection will allow studio chairman and CEO Brad Grey to build a larger annual slate of films and help Paramount films penetrate the Chinese market.
Huahua has partnered before with Paramount on the likes of Transformers: The Age Of Extinction and Star Trek Beyond.
Shanghai Film Group put money into Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group made the investment into the action-thriller through a joint venture. They did not disclose the size of the investment, which also calls for the Huahua/Sfg venture to assist as China marketing partners for the film.
Diesel reprises his character in the movie as government operative Xander Cage from the 2002 movie “XXX.” The film, which opens Friday in the United States, also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Kris Wu, and Nina Dobrev.
Vin Diesel Says Paramount Wants Another ‘xXx’ Movie
Huahua Media and Paramount have worked together on “Star Trek Beyond,” which generated $66 million in Chinese box office since its September release. Huahua was also one of Paramount’s China marketing partners »
- Dave McNary
Last year, fans celebrated the Space Jam 20th Anniversary, with the movie returning to the big screen for a limited time, as news started to spread about a potential sequel with current NBA superstar LeBron James. It's a whole new year now, though, and it seems like a perfect time for an Honest Trailer, to tear this divisive movie to shreds. This four-minute video tackles everything wrong with the animated movie, including Michael Jordan's lack of acting skills, the massive plot holes in the story, and much more.
This week's video is part of Screen Junkies' "Fan Appreciation Month," where they'll create Honest Trailers for the movies fans voted for, with Space Jam the third selection in the special series. The video's narrator, Jon Bailey, jokingly calls Space Jam the "Citizen Kane of live-action animated hybrid basketball films," which "blew the minds of every kid who saw it." Unfortunately, »
This morning, “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham premiered a new video entitled “100 Years,” an animated short film that honors Planned Parenthood and chronicles the history of women’s health care since the early 20th century. Co-directed by Dunham and Kirsten Lepore, as well as written by Alex Ronan, the film examines the history of Planned Parenthood, from Margaret Sanger’s birth control activism to abortion-related legislation like “Roe v. Wade” and the Hyde Amendment. It features narrators like Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, America Ferrera, Mindy Kaling, Hari Nef, Andrew Rannells, Cecile Richards, Gina Rodriguez, Amy Schumer, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, Sasheer Zamata and Dunham herself. Watch it below.
“We’ve been working on the film for over a year in an attempt to shed light on Planned Parenthood’s remarkable history and ongoing »
- Vikram Murthi
The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominations for the 15th annual Ves Awards, with Disney and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leading the feature film field with seven nominations, followed by Doctor Strange and Kubo and the Two Strings with six apiece. On the small screen, HBO’s Game of Thrones racked up eleven nominations, including eight for the penultimate episode of season six, ‘Battle of the Bastards’.
The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world have come together to create truly remarkable imagery in a variety of media,” said Mike Chambers, Visual Effects Society Chair (via Variety). “We are seeing best in field work that elevates the art of storytelling and engages the audience in new and innovative ways. The Ves Awards is the only venue that showcases and honors these outstanding artists across a wide range of disciplines, and we »
- Gary Collinson
Ever since the tragic death of Carrie Fisher last month, fans have been left wondering how Disney and Lucasfilm will proceed with the Star Wars franchise. We know that the actress had finished shooting all of her scenes for Episode VIII, but given that she was set to have a pretty large role in Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode IX, the studios now have to go back to the drawing board and re-configure the story a bit – or at least, we imagine that’s what they’re doing.
Right now, there seems to be two main options available to the filmmakers. The first would be to write her character, General Leia Organa, out of the story in a respectful manner. How easy this would be to do is unclear, since we don’t know how exactly she’ll factor into Episode VIII, but it’s certainly an option. The »
- Josh Wilding
FX has announced the premiere dates for “Feud: Bette and Joan,” the new limited series from Ryan Murphy,” the penultimate season of Emmy-nominated spy drama “The Americans,” and the eighth season of comedy series “Archer,” which is now moving to FXX.
Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series, “Feud: Bette and Joan,” will debut on Sunday, March 5. The first installment of the limited series recounts the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during their collaboration on the Oscar-nominated movie “What Ever Happened to Bette Jane?” as well as after the cameras stopped rolling. Each installment of the anthology will focus on a different epic battle.
The cast also includes Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman, and Alison Wright, as well as guest stars Dominic Burgess, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Kiernan Shipka.
- Debra Birnbaum
Earlier today, it was announced that Marvel and 20th Century Fox have a new “family drama” in the works that will be set in the X-Men universe. The show’s title remains under wraps, but we do know that it will focus on the ordinary human parents of a couple of mutant children, who take their kids on the run from a hostile government. That wasn’t really a whole lot to go on, but thanks to showrunner/writer Matt Nix, we now have quite a bit more.
Speaking with reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Nix first pointed out that this new show won’t have anything to do with FX’s Legion, which, while also X-Men-related, exists in a “very different world.” However, he did confirm that Fox’s series will be a part of the wider X-Men movie universe… generally speaking.
If you look at the movies, »
- Mark Cassidy
With few new releases in the first week of the new year, the top five disc sellers are unchanged from the previous week.
Sony Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven” enjoyed a third week at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, for the week ended Jan. 8.
The highest-ranking newcomer was Lionsgate’s “Blair Witch,” the belated third installment in the “found footage” horror franchise that began with 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project.” The film, with a domestic gross of $20.8 million, debuted at No. 7 on the overall disc sales chart, behind Paramount’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which again finished the week at No. 6.
On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Zoe Saldana is the latest actress to join the surprisingly stacked voice cast of Hasbro and Lionsgate’s My Little Pony: The Movie, an animated musical based on the television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Variety, the outlet that broke the news, didn’t offer up any details as to which character she’ll be playing.
The Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek Beyond actress will be joining a cast that brings together a diverse group of actors, including Sia, Liev Schreiber, Emily Blunt, Taye Diggs, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, Michael Pena and Tara Strong.
The film follows Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity, otherwise known as the “Mane Six,” as they set out on a quest to save their town of Ponyville from a threat, all while making new friends and overcoming challenges.
A new logo for the movie has also hit the web… »
- Justin Cook
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” earned high marks from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild, garnering three nominations for their annual awards honoring achievements in film, television, commercials, and theater. It’s not on the Oscar shortlist of seven , however.
Eligible for Hair and Makeup Oscars are Guild nominees “Deadpool,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” Not Oscar shortlisted, however, are Guild nominees “La La Land,” “Loving,” and “Nocturnal Animals,” which garnered two nominations apiece. Also ineligible for the Oscar are nominees “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Silence,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” and “Doctor Strange.”
On the television side, “Saturday Night Live” led with four nominations, followed by “Westworld,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Penny Dreadful” with three each. “Transparent,” “Stranger Things,” and “Empire” each received two.
The Guild will »
- Jude Dry
11 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them earned three nominations, leading the feature competition of the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS) Awards, Feb. 19 at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has already released its shortlist for the makeup and hair styling category. That list includes aforementioned Hail, Caesar! and Suicide Squad; Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins and Star Trek Beyond, which earned one MUAHS nomination apiece; and The Dressmaker and »
- Carolyn Giardina
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