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Wamg Giveaway – Win Last Flag Flying on Blu-ray

The Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh heartfelt comedy, Last Flag Flying, starring Oscar nominees Steve Carell (Best Actor, Foxcatcher, 2014), Bryan Cranston (Best Actor, Trumbo, 2015), and Laurence Fishburne (Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It, 1993) arrives on Digital January 16 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 30 from Lionsgate and Amazon Studios. Based on Darryl Ponicsan’s book of the same name and directed by Oscar nominee Richard Linklater (Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Writing, Boyhood, 2014), Last Flag Flying reunites three Vietnam War veterans 30 years later when one of their sons tragically dies in the Iraq War. Jointly written for the screen by Ponicsan and Linklater and considered “one of the very best films of the year” (Clayton David, AwardsCircuit.com), the warmhearted film about the bonds of brotherhood also stars Oscar® nominee Cicely Tyson (Best Actress, Sounder, 1972) and Yul Vazquez. Featuring new bonus content including never-before-seen deleted scenes,
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Penultimate Predictions a week out from the Oscar nominations

Seven days from now, we’ll know who and what the Academy Award nominees are. My final set of predictions will drop on Monday, but for now, I wanted to tinker just a little bit first. For what it’s worth, over the coming weekend, the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild will be giving out their awards, so while that can’t impact nominations, it’s still noteworthy. They’re arguably the two biggest precursors, and gems of the guild season, so there’s a chance that I might tinker with final predictions next week if something crazy goes on there. That’s a problem for future me though. As you’ll see below, not a whole lot has changed. Ballots are in though, so what’s done is done. I’m working my few Oscar voter sources to see if anything has gotten more love than expected.
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Fyc: Ed Lachman for Best Cinematography and Carter Burwell for Best Score in Wonderstruck

By Salim Garami

What's good? It's quite frankly a hell of a shame how little attention and love Todd Haynes' adaptation of young fiction book Wonderstruck has received during this awards season, after its Cannes premiere elicited high hopes about its Oscar chances. Ignoring the unfortunate lack of marketing or campaigning from Amazon Studios (opting instead to push Last Flag Flying and Wonder Wheel -- a decision which didn't do them much good), Wonderstruck's main crime doesn't seem to be any true flaw in its material but the fact that it's such a quiet and small movie. Even its champions give it muted praise rather than rapturous acclaim...
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Updated Academy Award predictions as voting is going on

In just a few days, ballots for the 90th Academy Award will be due, which means that now is literally the most crucial point in the season. If a screener is going to be watched, it’s going to be watched today. The voters I’m in contact with still have things to see, so you best believe that last minute viewings are occurring. For certain titles that might end up missing when nominations are announced, it could be in part due to not enough Academy members giving it a shot. Time will tell there, but for now, we’re trying to figure out what Oscar is about to do. Below you can see an up to date look at the race. Focusing in on Best Picture for this preview, there are essentially 11 films in the running for however many slots the Academy ends up having this year. How that
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Melinda Gates, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater Added to SXSW Lineup

Melinda Gates, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater Added to SXSW Lineup
South by Southwest Conference and Festivals has added Melinda Gates, Olivier Assayas, Priscilla Presley, Richard Linklater, and “Westworld” showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy to its speakers list.

Gates is a keynote speaker at the event, which takes place March 9-18 in Austin, Texas. Other keynoters already announced include Darren Aronofsky (film keynote), Ta-Nehisi Coates (convergence keynote), Lyor Cohen (music keynote), Barry Jenkins (film keynote), Sadiq Khan (convergence keynote), Esther Perel (interactive keynote), and Whurley (convergence keynote).

“As one of the world’s most successful philanthropists, Melinda Gates brings a focus on empowering women and girls to realize their full potential that is particularly relevant in 2018. Her participation in SXSW highlights the message that creative industry professionals have a duty to give back to the global community,” said Hugh Forrest, chief programming officer.

Presley is appearing as executive producer of the documentary “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” with director Thom Zimny. Assayas is the
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New Poster Lands For Richard Linklater’s ‘Last Flag Flying’

I post this merely to bring your attention to an upcoming movie for late January, Richard Linklater‘s latest Last Flag Flying. I caught the film a couple of months ago at the BFI London Film Festival, and it’s well worth the watch. Before we get onto the film, here’s the latest Last Flag Flying poster for the UK markets we have to share.

Last Flag Flying poster: Richard Linklater directs

Last Flag Flying will open in the UK and Ireland on 26 January 2018, through Curzon Artificial Eye and Amazon Studios. The film received its world premiere as the opening night of New York Film Festival, followed shortly afterward by a European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival which, as I said, is where I caught it.

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with
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Last Flag Flying Arrives on Digital January 16th and on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 30th

The Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh heartfelt comedy, Last Flag Flying, starring Oscar nominees Steve Carell (Best Actor, Foxcatcher, 2014), Bryan Cranston (Best Actor, Trumbo, 2015), and Laurence Fishburne (Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It, 1993) arrives on Digital January 16 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 30 from Lionsgate and Amazon Studios. Based on Darryl Ponicsan’s book of the same name and directed by Oscar nominee Richard Linklater (Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Writing, Boyhood, 2014), Last Flag Flying reunites three Vietnam War veterans 30 years later when one of their sons tragically dies in the Iraq War. Jointly written for the screen by Ponicsan and Linklater and considered “one of the very best films of the year” (Clayton David, AwardsCircuit.com), the warmhearted film about the bonds of brotherhood also stars Oscar® nominee Cicely Tyson (Best Actress, Sounder, 1972) and Yul Vazquez. Featuring new bonus content including never-before-seen deleted scenes,
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The Best Films and Performances of 2017

307 movies later (an above average lot for me), my year is complete. It’s now time to put a nice little bow on 2017, ladies and gentlemen! New Year’s Eve is only two short days away, but before that party commences, today will be a festivity of sorts. Yes, it’s time to reveal my picks for the year’s best films and performances. From early year releases that held on all the way to a few late breaking players, my lists have a whole range of titles found within. The year has been another volatile one, both in terms of world events and also when it comes to cinema. 2016 was the year where things kind of got nuts politically and with celebrity deaths, and 2017 continued that troubling trend, but it was also the year wear some truly incredible movies came out. Plenty of people will continue to focus on the former (rightly so,
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Hackers Leak ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ and More Online, But Still Encourage You to See Them in Theaters

Hackers Leak ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ and More Online, But Still Encourage You to See Them in Theaters
Hacker group Hive-CM8 has obtained DVD screeners of some of this year’s awards contenders and have leaked the films online to torrent websites and more.

The first leak from the group occurred on Christmas Eve when Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” appeared online, accompanied by a note that read: “Merry Christmas and stay tuned.” A few hours later, the likes of “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” and “I, Tonya” leaked online.

Read More:The 10 Most Pirated Television Shows of 2017

Ironically, Hive-CM8 wrote the following message when leaking the movies: “Don’t forget watching a screener is not like the real thing, you should still all go to the cinema and support the Producers,”

“We are especially sharing this for the people who can’t visit the cinema due to illness, or because it is a limited release that doesn’t make it to their country,” the note read.
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‘I, Tonya’, ‘Lady Bird’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Awards Screeners Leak Online

In what has become an anxious holiday ritual for Hollywood, pirated copies of DVD screeners of Oscar-contending films have leaked online. The group calling itself Hive-CM8 announced that it released copies of four films — a “gift” for the Christmas holiday, according to Torrent Freak. On Christmas Eve, it release the drama Last Flag Flying, noting "Merry Christmas and stay tuned." A few hours later, the group distributed pirated copies of I, Tonya, Lady Bird and Call Me B…
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Updated Academy Award predictions to close out the year

Before the we turn the page from 2017 to 2018, of course there needs to be a new set of Oscar predictions, right? These are the final days of the year (look for a best of 2017 post tomorrow), with every film in contention having been screened for critics and voting bodies, if not in wide release for audiences. That lets the box office begin to become a small factor. Not a huge one, mind you, as otherwise Beauty and the Beast or Star Wars: The Last Jedi would be Best Picture frontrunners. However, it lets you see how Lady Bird has connected with audiences, for example. It all just goes into the mix when doing analysis. As you’ll see below, not much has changed, as this is the calm period in the season. Precursors will start up again in earnest soon, but until then, we’re in a bit of a holding pattern.
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Screeners of three Oscar contenders have leaked to piracy networks

Piracy collective Hive-CM8 has leaked copies of three of this year’s Oscar contenders to file-sharing networks, reportedly ripping the movies from awards screener DVDs.

Torrent Freak is reporting that Grega Gerwig’s Lady Bird, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name and Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya all appeared on online pirate sites, ready to be viewed illegally. The group has recently claimed responsibility for leaking Louis C.K.’s I Love You Daddy, as well as Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying.

Apparently Hive-CM8 has said that it will be leaking more awards contenders in the coming weeks, but has guaranteed that it will not release Star Wars: The Last Jedi to piracy networks.

In a year filled with hacking and online leaks, the biggest being the HBO scandal from earlier this year, this report is all the more troubling, for it appears that the risks associated
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‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘I, Tonya’ Screener Copies Leaked to Piracy Networks

‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘I, Tonya’ Screener Copies Leaked to Piracy Networks
Three indie movies vying for Oscar laurels — “Lady Bird,” “Call Me by Your Name,” and “I, Tonya” — popped up on piracy file-sharing networks Tuesday.

The movies were evidently ripped from awards-screener DVDs by Hive-CM8, a well-known piracy collective that purports to have altruistic motives.

“We are especially sharing this for the people who cant [sic] visit the cinema due to illness, or because it is a limited release that doesn’t make it to their country,” the group wrote in the release notes. Variety has not confirmed the authenticity of the pirated copies, which were first reported by piracy-news site TorrentFreak.

The pirates added, “Don’t forget watching a Screener is not like the real thing, you should still all go to the cinema and support the Producers.”

“Lady Bird,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “I, Tonya” are contenders in various 2018 Academy Awards categories after garnering critical huzzahs. Variety chief film critic Owen Gleiberman included all three
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Oscars 2018: Listen to Selections from 141 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

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Oscars 2018: Listen to Selections from 141 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award
141 original scores just made the Oscar shortlist, meaning that we have no real idea which soundtracks will go on to be nominated for the actual Academy Award — “Phantom Thread” composer Jonny Greenwood looks poised to finally be recognized for his work, but might “Baywatch” be a spoiler? We simply don’t know, dear reader. We simply don’t know.

As you await the nominations — which will be announced on Tuesday, January 23 — treat yourself to this selection of tracks from the shortlist.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Score



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Here are the 141 scores vying for an Oscar nod:

Alien: Covenant,” Jed Kurzel, composer

“All I See Is You,” Marc Streitenfeld, composer

“All the Money in the World,” Daniel Pemberton, composer

“Annabelle: Creation,” Benjamin Wallfisch, composer

“Band Aid,” Lucius, composer

“Battle of the Sexes,
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Updated Academy Award predictions before Christmas

It’s almost Christmas, which means, among other things, we’re almost out of movies for the year. Personally, I’ve seen all of the Oscar contenders by now, and in the coming days, audiences will be able to catch up. The Academy and its membership are doing the same, as the voting body begins to lock in on what the true contenders will be. Over the holiday, voters and their families will be watching screeners, and if you don’t think that has an impact on the race, you’re fooling yourself. These are actually crucial days now if you’re a film hoping to get nominated. As such, the waiting is now the hardest part. Below is a look at how things stand currently. We had a few long lists come out to help clear races up a bit, notably in the Best Original Score, Best Original Song,
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Palm Springs Fest Encourages Awards Season Binge Watching

Palm Springs Fest Encourages Awards Season Binge Watching
Long known for its foreign film riches, the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival has lately adopted a “best of the fests” approach to take advantage of its prime spot on the calendar.

Its annual awards gala gets under way Jan. 2, barely 24 hours after the last Rose Parade float has lumbered down Colorado Boulevard to the west, and a mere three days before Academy Awards nomination voting begins this year. “Lady Bird” star Saoirse Ronan, “Call Me by Your Name” star Timothee Chalamet, “I, Tonya” mom Allison Janney and “Wonder Woman” herself, Gal Gadot, will be saluted at the gala, which draws 2,500 luminaries, stars and their handlers as well as film enthusiasts annually, and underwrites year-long programming for the organization.

Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch will be honored Jan. 3 at a brunch before opening night Jan. 4. The fest concludes Jan. 15, shortly after the nomination voting concludes.

Artistic director Michael Lerman, still finalizing the fest lineup one month out, expects
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A new set of December Oscar predictions

The precursors are almost a daily occurrence now, so why not make new Academy Award predictions a weekly one too? That’s the goal here, as we enter the middle of December. The weather on the east coast is frigid, but the Oscar season is heating up, that’s for sure. The last X factors are revealing themselves (at least for me today, as I go see All the Money in the World and The Greatest Showman right after publishing this), so the guilds and precursors are separating things into contender and pretender categories. It’s almost all done. Yet, there’s still plenty to figure out. Working off of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations, plus the announced short lists for Best Documentary Feature and Best Foreign Language Feature, among others, we have some changes here. Notably, Get Out has shot up in a number of categories,
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Film News Roundup: ‘Get Out’ Named Top Film of 2017 by African American Film Critics Assn.

Film News Roundup: ‘Get Out’ Named Top Film of 2017 by African American Film Critics Assn.
In today’s film news roundup, “Get Out” wins top awards from the African American Film Critics, Fred Rogers gets a stamp, and Lyor Cohen is selected as a keynoter at SXSW.

Awards

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” has won four awards from members of the African American Film Critics Association, taking the trophies for best film, director, actor, and screenplay.

Aafca recognized Frances McDormand as best actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Laurence Fishburne won the supporting actor trophy for “Last Flag Flying” and Tiffany Haddish won supporting actress for “Girls Trip.”

Lakeith Stanfield, who also appears in “Get Out,” won the breakout star award for his lead role in “Crown Heights,” which also won the best independent award.

“The films released in 2017 captured a plethora of lifestyles, experiences and emotions that allowed our members to engage with a different range of storylines from previous years,” said Aafca co-founder and president, Gil Robertson.
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‘Get Out’ Wins Big With African American Film Critics Association

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‘Get Out’ Wins Big With African American Film Critics Association
Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” dominated the awards handed out by the African American Film Critics Association, which announced its 2017 winners on Tuesday. Jordan Peele’s socially-conscious thriller was named the best picture of the year, and also won awards for Daniel Kaluuya for best actor and Peele for best director and best screenplay. Other winners included Frances McDormand, best actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Laurence Fishburne and Tiffany Haddish, best supporting actor and actress for “Last Flag Flying” and “Girls Trip,” respectively; “Detroit,” best ensemble; and “Crown Heights,” best independent film. Also Read: Did Tiffany Haddish Just Storm the Best.
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'Get Out' Named Best Film by African American Film Critics Association

The African American Film Critics Association has unveiled its picks for the top films and TV series of the year, bestowing Get Out with the award for best picture of 2017. Jordan Peele's horror-comedy also earned the awards for best directing, screenplay and actor (Daniel Kaluuya).

The world’s largest group of professional Black film critics also gave acting nods to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Frances McDormand, Last Flag Flying's Laurence Fishburne, Girls Trip's Tiffany Haddish and Crown Heights' Lakeith Stanfield. Gook, Coco, Detroit, Step and Mudbound were also among the recognized films. ABC's Black-ish and Own's Queen Sugar were named the top TV...
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