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Sundance 2017 Reality Check: How the Big Deals Did at the Box Office

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Sundance 2017 Reality Check: How the Big Deals Did at the Box Office
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival provided one of the strongest markets on record. The box-office results, however, tell another story. While big buy “The Big Sick” was a big hit, second only to “Lady Bird” in the specialty marketplace, many smaller Sundance films remained just that: small, often earning less than their acquisition costs.

For some movies, small is a victory. Kogonada’s “Columbus,” which screened in the 2017 Next section, received the Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship grant to fund its inaugural self-distribution partnership. “Columbus” grossed more than $1 million — more than Fox Searchlight’s “Patti Cake$” ($9.5 million buy, less than $1 million domestic), and more than one might expect for a meditative romance set among the architecture of Columbus, Ind.

Three Sundance 2107 films — “Get Out” (Universal), “The Big Sick” (Amazon/Lionsgate) and “Wind River” (Weinstein) grossed over $250 million combined in domestic theaters. However, only “The Big Sick” came to Sundance without a distributor.
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Here’s What the Directors Guild Award Nominations Mean for the Oscar Race

Echoing much recent Oscar buzz, the 2018 DGA nominations went to the five lead contenders for Best Picture: Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Peele was also nominated for the first-time directing award, along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”), whose movie is picking up guild nods and is a strong contender for the Adapted screenplay Oscar. (It was a good day for Fox Searchlight, which released “Three Billboards,” The Shape of Water” and “Patti Cake$”).

Read More: Directors Guild of America 2018 Film Nominations: Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Make the Cut

It’s Nolan’s fourth DGA nomination (if he gets an Oscar directing nod, it will be his first); Mexican Del Toro beat out British McDonagh,
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Here’s What the Directors Guild Award Nominations Mean for the Oscar Race

Echoing much recent Oscar buzz, the 2018 DGA nominations went to the five lead contenders for Best Picture: Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Peele was also nominated for the first-time directing award, along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”), whose movie is picking up guild nods and is a strong contender for the Adapted screenplay Oscar. (It was a good day for Fox Searchlight, which released “Three Billboards,” The Shape of Water” and “Patti Cake$”).

Read More: Directors Guild of America 2018 Film Nominations: Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Make the Cut

It’s Nolan’s fourth DGA nomination (if he gets an Oscar directing nod, it will be his first); Mexican Del Toro beat out British McDonagh,
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Sufjan Stevens, ‘Greatest Showman,’ ‘Girls’ Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees

Sufjan Stevens, ‘Greatest Showman,’ ‘Girls’ Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees
The Guild of Music Supervisors revealed nominees for its eighth annual awards recognizing 17 categories in the sector which places and integrates music into film, TV and other visual mediums. The event is scheduled for Feb. 8 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The awards recognize outstanding music supervision in film, television, trailers, TV promos, advertising and video games.

Said Thomas Golubić: president of the Guild, in announcing the nominations: “From music-intensive tent-pole sequels and technically complicated musicals to elegantly navigated character dramas, the Guild has highlighted the best music supervision in film this past year. Our television nominees represent some of the most exciting music supervision work in this groundbreaking year of the art form. We are incredibly proud of the stellar creative achievements of music supervisors in this rich year of music in media.”

See the complete list of nominations at GMSAwards.com or select categories below.

Best Music Supervision
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Sufjan Stevens, ‘Greatest Showman,’ ‘Girls’ Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees

Sufjan Stevens, ‘Greatest Showman,’ ‘Girls’ Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees
The Guild of Music Supervisors revealed nominees for its eighth annual awards recognizing 17 categories in the sector which places and integrates music into film, TV and other visual mediums. The event is scheduled for Feb. 8 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The awards recognize outstanding music supervision in film, television, trailers, TV promos, advertising and video games.

Said Thomas Golubić: president of the Guild, in announcing the nominations: “From music-intensive tent-pole sequels and technically complicated musicals to elegantly navigated character dramas, the Guild has highlighted the best music supervision in film this past year. Our television nominees represent some of the most exciting music supervision work in this groundbreaking year of the art form. We are incredibly proud of the stellar creative achievements of music supervisors in this rich year of music in media.”

See the complete list of nominations at GMSAwards.com or select categories below.

Best Music Supervision
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Directors Guild of America 2018 Film Nominations: Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Make the Cut

Directors Guild of America 2018 Film Nominations: Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Make the Cut
The Directors Guild of America has announced its nominees for the 70th Annual DGA Awards in the feature film categories, including both feature film and first-film feature film. Heavy hitters like Guillermo del Toro (his first DGA nod) and Christopher Nolan (his fourth) made the cut, along with awards season favorites like Greta Gerwig for her “Lady Bird” and Jordan Peele for his “Get Out,” who pulled in nominations in both categories. Other first-timers of note include Aaron Sorkin and Taylor Sheridan, who both made the jump to directing with their newest features, along with “Lady Macbeth” helmer William Oldroyd and “Patti Cake$” director Geremy Jasper.

Notable missing names include Steven Spielberg for his “The Post,” Denis Villeneuve for his “Blade Runner 2049,” and Ridley Scott for his “All the Money in the World,” all of whom have received best director nods during the season from various guilds and voting bodies.
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Oscars 2018: Listen to 53 Original Songs Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

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Oscars 2018: Listen to 53 Original Songs Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award
The Academy Awards shortlist for Best Original Song contains 70 different tunes, which a pedant might say isn’t very short at all. Frontrunners have emerged, like “Remember Me” from the “Coco” soundtrack and Sufjan Stevens’ two contributions to “Call Me by Your Name,” but there’s a variety that may not be reflected when the five nominees are announced January 23. Until then, avail yourself of this playlist.

Read More:Oscars 2018: Listen to Selections from 141 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

Read More:Oscars 2018: How the ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Phantom Thread’ Original Scores Dodged Disqualification

And here’s the not-that-shortlist:

“U.N.I (You And I)” from “And the Winner Isn’t”

“Love And Lies” from “Band Aid

“If I Dare” from “Battle of the Sexes”

“Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast

“How Does A Moment Last Forever” from “Beauty and the Beast

“Now Or Never” from “Bloodline: Now or Never
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Machine Gun Kelly Joins Sandra Bullock in Thriller ‘Bird Box’

Machine Gun Kelly Joins Sandra Bullock in Thriller ‘Bird Box’
Colson Baker — aka Machine Gun Kelly — has joined the ensemble of the Netflix thriller “Bird Box,” starring Sandra Bullock.

Patti Cake$” breakout Danielle Macdonald, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Sarah Paulson, “Alita: Battle Angel” star Rosa Salazar, and Lil Rel Howery are also on board.

Susanne Bier is directing “Bird Box” from a script by “Arrival” writer Eric Heisserer.

The film follows a woman and a pair of children who are blindfolded then forced to walk through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river. Baker will play Felix in the pic.
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AFM: Emma Roberts, Danielle Macdonald Topline ‘Paradise Hills’ (Exclusive)

AFM: Emma Roberts, Danielle Macdonald Topline ‘Paradise Hills’ (Exclusive)
Emma Roberts and Danielle Macdonald (“Patti Cake$”) will star in “Paradise Hills,” which is being brought onto the American Film Market by Good Universe.

Teaming U.S. and Spanish talent, “Paradise Hills” is produced by Spain’s Nostromo Pictures.

The English-language “Paradise Hills” also marks the feature debut of Spain’s Alice Waddington, whose short, “Disco Inferno,” won best director at Austin’s Fantastic Fest.

Written by cult Spanish fantasy sci-fi auteur Nacho Vigalondo (“Colossal”) and Brian DeLeeuw (“Curvature”), Waddington’s feature is set in the not-too-distant future where Uma (Roberts) wakes up one morning in Paradise Hills, a high-class treatment facility on an isolated tropical island where well-off families send their daughters to become perfect versions of themselves.

Buzz on the film, presented as a project at the Austin Fantastic Fest Market, is that it will be visually striking — hardly surprising given Waddington’s “Disco Inferno,” a black and white, stylized tribute
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Sandra Bullock’s ‘Bird Box’ Rounds Out Starry Cast (Exclusive)

Sandra Bullock’s ‘Bird Box’ Rounds Out Starry Cast (Exclusive)
Patti Cake$” breakout Danielle Macdonald, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Sarah Paulson, and Lil Rel Howery have round out the ensemble cast of Netflix’s “Bird Box” starring Sandra Bullock.

John Malkovich is also on board.

Susanne Bier is directing “Bird Box” from a script by “Arrival” writer Eric Heisserer.

The story follows a woman and a pair of children who are blindfolded, and make their way through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river. Dylan Clark is producing with Chris Morgan and Clayton Townsend. The film was developed by Scott Stuber at Universal, before he moved to Netflix to head its feature film division.

It is unknown which character each actor will be playing.

This is MacDonald’s first major role since her critically acclaimed performance in Sundance pic “Patti Cake$.” She is repped by CAA.

Best known for his role in “Moonlight,” Rhodes can be seen next in Fox’s reboot of “Predator.” Paulson can currently
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‘Patti Cake$’ Star Danielle Macdonald Lands Lead Role in ‘White Girl Problems’

‘Patti Cake$’ Star Danielle Macdonald Lands Lead Role in ‘White Girl Problems’
Patti Cake$” star Danielle Macdonald will take the lead on Lionsgate’s “White Girl Problems.”

Lauren Palmigiano came on board a year ago to direct “White Girl Problems” with Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman producing the movie project. It’s the feature directorial debut for Palmigiano, formerly the head writer and executive producer at “Funny or Die” and the creative mind behind dozens of the site’s videos and creative content.

Banks and Handelman are producing through their Brownstone Productions banner. Alison Small is the executive overseeing the project for Brownstone.

Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles adapted the bestselling book by Babe Walker, published in 2012 about a young woman with a massive social network who lands in rehab after spending $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys — then decides to write her memoir about the hurdles she’s had to overcome such as hating her horse and her job.

Fox Searchlight acquired rights to “Patti Cake$” in January at
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'Patti Cake$' to Open New Directors/New Films in NYC

'Patti Cake$' to Open New Directors/New Films in NYC
Patti Cake$ is ready for the Big Apple.

Fresh off its world premiere at Sundance, the Fox Searchlight suburban rapper comedy will open the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films festival, which funs March 15-26 in New York City.

The film stars Danielle Macdonald as an aspiring rapper from New Jersey named Patricia “Killa P” Dombrowski, and marks the feature directing debut of Geremy Jasper, the music video director who also wrote the screenplay.

Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent,...
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Sundance: Suburban Rapper Comedy 'Patti Cake$' Sparks $10M Bidding War

Sundance: Suburban Rapper Comedy 'Patti Cake$' Sparks $10M Bidding War
Suburban rapper comedy Patti Cake$ is the latest film to spark a heated bidding war at Sundance. Sources say the film, fronted by newcomer Danielle Macdonald, has crossed the $10 million mark following its world premiere at the festival on Monday afternoon.

Fox Searchlight, Annapurna Pictures, The Orchard and Neon are among those distributors who are in hot pursuit of the hip-hop inspired film.

Macdonald plays an aspiring rapper from New Jersey named Patricia “Killa P” Dombrowski in the film, which marks the feature directing debut of Geremy Jasper, who also wrote the screenplay.

Jasper is known for his edgy...
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Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2017 Competition, Next Lineups

Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2017 Competition, Next Lineups
These may be turbulent times for the country, but as sure as the sun rises tomorrow, the 33rd edition of the Sundance Film Festival brings tales of dysfunctional families, college hazing, and soldiers coping with Gulf War trauma, as well as new work from such independent film stalwarts as Parker Posey, Michael Cera, and Elizabeth Olsen.

And yet, if such offerings sound familiar, think again, as Sundance director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth insist that the 2017 lineup for the festival’s four juried categories — American and World narrative, and documentary competitions — as well as Next, includes a wealth of new voices, one-of-a-kind portraits of never-before-seen characters, and fresh spins on mainstream genres.

This year, the most intense segment of the selection process occurred at the very moment Americans were focused on the election. “While that was going on in the outside world, we were watching films showing the other side — an intimate, more personal side of people’s lives,” Cooper told Variety. “In the end, it gives me great encouragement and optimism, even with everything happening out there. The work we’re seeing this year adds so much dimension. It’s really the human side. Giving the whole story of who we are is really important to the world.”

The festival’s U.S. dramatic competition comprises 16 films, eight of them debut features, including Matt Spicer’s social-media stalker comedy “Ingrid Goes West,” in which Aubrey Plaza’s character is obsessed with the aforementioned Olsen
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