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Tiff Delivers an Oscar bound-surprise with "Green Book"

by Nathaniel R

Go figure. The winner of Tiff's "Grolsch's People's Choice Award" is a film that literally none of my Tiff airbnb troupe saw during our 10 day stretch in Ontario. Green Book by Peter Farrelly took Tiff's most coveted prize. (the runners up were Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk and Alfonso Cuarón's Roma). So we'll have to add it to the Best Picture chart when we update this week (we're looking at probably Wednesday night for across the board updates to reflect all the festival madness).

In the entire 40 year history of this prize, stretching From Girlfriends (1978) through Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), 16 of the winners went on to Best Picture nods at the Oscars. The 40 winners also include 7 future Best Picture winners, 6 future Best Foreign Language Film winners, and 2 future Best Documentary Feature winners. The Oscar correlation is getting stronger all the time,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 27)

1976: Ryan's Hope's Frank realized his campaign was over.

1992: All My Children's Nick returned.

1996: Another World's Fax was ready to kill again.

2010: As the World Turns' Henry and Barbara married."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1968: On The Doctors, Dr. Nick Bellini (Gerald Gordon) and Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) talked about marrying. Both spoke of the changing times-Nick the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy; Althea the 1967 death of her son, Buddy Davis. Meanwhile, Steve (David O'Brien) and Karen (Laryssa Lauret) also headed towards marriage, if not a romantic one.

Thanks to
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Podcast: Crazy Rich Asians and Glenn Close for Best Actress

Nathaniel R and Murtada Elfadl welcome Nick Davis back to the podcast this week for lots of Crazy Rich Asians talk.

Index (58 minutes)

00:01 Introductions. Randomness.

02:10 Nick has read the book that The Wife is based on!

05:01 Crazy Rich Asians talk. Lots and lots on with Spoilers (sorry). We love the ensemble including Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr, Pierre Png, Gemma Chan, and more...

36:34 Older films we've been watching: Travels with My Aunt (1972) Your Name (2016), and Luchino Visconti's The Damned (1969)

42:00 Recent releases: I Feel Pretty, Madeline's Madeline, The Darkest Minds

50:45 Steve James new docuseries "America to Me"

54:00 Glenn Close for Best Actress!

Referenced in this discussion

• Nathaniel's year old review of The Wife from Tiff

• Murtada's Desiree Akhavan interview

Justin Chang's Crazy Rich Asians review

• Kelley Dong's Crazy Rich Asians review

• The 1972 Best Actress list

You can listen to the podcast here at
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 18)

1986: A gang member terrorized Another World's Victoria.

1986: Guiding Light's Alan revealed himself to be alive.

1986: As the World Turns' Chris Hughes passed away.

1997: Days of our Lives' Kristen brought Roman to Marlena."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1934: Actress Darlene Conley was born. Best known for her many years as Sally Sprectra on The Bold and the Beautiful, she also played evil Rose
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Links: Nutcracker and the Two Directors, Schrader on Selfishness

Gr8ter Days Terence Stamp makes rare Us appearance to talk about this career and push his new memoir. The great actor is about to turn 80...

Tfe ...so he's still too young for this 100 Oldest Living Oscar Nominees list.

THR Movie attendance has been steadily rising in Russia but the UK and France remain the top European movie markets

/Film Hmmm, The upcoming Disney spectacle Nutcracker and the Four Realms will now have two directors credited after reshoots. Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) will be credited after the original director Lasse Hallström

Vulture Director Susan Seidelman on her 80s NYC classics Smithereens and Desperately Seeking Susan 

Mnpp Luca Guadagnino has shown Suspiria to Quentin Tarantino who loved it

Moviemaker Paul Schrader on our selfish legacy and environmental disaster (Do Not Read If You Haven't Yet Seen First Reformed)

Playbill if you're in NYC in the second half of
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Smackdown '94 Finale: "Pulp Fiction" and "Bullets Over Broadway"

The Smackdown In Three Parts

• Written Blurbs & Reader Votes

• Podcast Pt 1: Tom & Viv and The Madness of King George

...and now the finale!

Finale (40 Minutes)

The group discusses Jennifer Tilly's outrageous comic triumph in Bullets Over Broadway and why the Broadway musical adaptation didn't work. We also revisit the cultural impact of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Uma's place in its success. Other films briefly discussed: Three Colors: Red and Natural Born Killers. Nathaniel thanks this month's terrific panel: Erik Anderson, Nick Davis, Itamar Moses, and Alfred Soto!

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you?
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Smackdown '94 Companion: "Mrs King" and vague 'Women's Troubles'

Nathaniel R welcomes Erik Anderson, Nick Davis,  Itamar Moses, and Alfred Soto to talk 1994 movies

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of 1994 has just gone up and the panelists have gathered for a deeper conversation. 

Podcast (42 minutes)

In part one we discuss people we wish had been nominated in the category. We also discuss the comic tone of The Madness of King George, and there are split opinions on Helen Mirren's work and whether she's elevating or bringing down the movie. Surprisingly though she won the Smackdown Dianne Wiest's classic performance in Bullets Over Broadway isn't quite as loved as it once was. The panel also discusses Miramax style filmmaking of the 90s and the troubles with the 'approved' nature of literary biopics like Tom & Viv

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments,
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Smackdown '94: Uma, Dianne, Jennifer, Helen, and Rosemary

Presenting Oscar's Chosen Supporting Actresses of the Films of 1994.

The Nominees: The Academy wrapped up their love affair with a previous winner (Dianne Wiest) while starting a new one with a future winner (Helen Mirren). Two fresh-faced delights and an esteemed veteran (Rosemary Harris) were along for the ride.

In a rare turn of events the shortlist leaned far away from tears and dove headfirst into stylized fun or outright belly laughs (Rosemary Harris was the only player in a traditional drama). A quick list of the roles sounds like a joke set-up or at least a wild party: A fertile queen, a pompous diva, a wealthy society matriarch, and not but one but two trouble-maker gangster molls who moonlight in acting. 

This Month's Panelists   

Here to talk about these five nominated turns are, in alpha order: Erik Anderson (Awards Pundit), Nick Davis (Professor),  Itamar Moses (Tony-winning Playwright), Alfred Soto
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Podcast: Disobedience and Tully

An intimate convo this week as Nathaniel R and Nick Davis discuss recent flicks. This was recorded right before Nathaniel's birthday but we are late uploading it. Here it is now for your enjoyment. Lots of Tully and Disobedience talk (among other films) all without spoilers if you haven't yet caught those early release gems!

Index (40 minutes)

00:01 Silliness about Nathaniel's Birthday

03:30 Favorites of 2018 thus far including Diablo Cody & Charlize Theron's brilliance in Tully

10:25 A long anedcote-filled conversation about Sebastian Lelio's Disobedience starring Rachel Weisz. It's quite discussable from a number of angles

25:00 On Chesil Beach, Deadpool 2 and Ready Player One

30:15 Let the Sunshine In, and Grace Jones, Bloodlight and Bami

34:45 More randomness including Book Club and the exquisite beauty of Michelle Pfeiffer in Wolf

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments,
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Podcast: Nick's Oscar Adventure!

For the season finale of the podcast Nathaniel R and Katey Rich grill Nick Davis about his First Time Attending The Oscars!

Hear how the room responded to the Coco, Shape of Water, and Get Out wins. Name dropping galore ahead: Justin Paul, Aaron Sorkin, Sandy Martin, Lakeith Stanfield, Roger Deakins, Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, etc 

Index (43 minutes)

00:01 Intro: snack boxes, commercial breaks

02:30 Gags, speeches, celebrity sightings

11:00 Wins and spreading the wealth

18:00 Song performances, mistaken identity

21:00 Laura Dern and Timothée Chalamet

24:30 Time's Up and "inclusion riders"

30:00 Los Angeles and Nick's Faye photoshoot

35:30 Moving on from these movies

42:00 Byeeeee 

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 
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Podcast: Pre Oscar Grab-All

The gang gets back together as Oscar approaches. Nathaniel R, Nick Davis, Katey Rich, and Joe Reid discuss what they've been watching as they prep for Oscar night. How many movies do You still have left to see? (Or are you not a completist?)

Index (41 minutes)

00:01 What we still haven't seen

02:30 Loving Vincent & Animated Feature

08:40 Andrey Zvyagintsev's Loveless, Russia's nominee

12:00 Short Film categories

15:00 A Fantastic Woman & Foreign Film

20:00 Acting Categories

23:00 Lady Bird, actressy movies, messy trivia

29:30 Preferential ballot theories

33:00 Director/Pic splits and The Shape of Water

37:00 Who will present Best Picture?

38:30 Red Alert: Nick Is Going To The Oscars !!!

40:30 The End

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 
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Podcast: Black Panther (plus underseen gems)

With Nathaniel now ensconced in new digs, the podcast can resume. Up first a mini-podcast on Ryan Coogler and Marvel's Black Panther blockbuster with Nick Davis and Katey Rich. It's paired with a "deleted scene" from the last podcast as Nick, special guest Teo Bugbee and Nathaniel discuss favorites that were never really in the awards conversation but we hope people will find on streaming including super-hero adjacent Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 
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Lost Podcast / Last Jedi

Surprise! The following podcast was lost after a recent move but has been recovered. This podcast was recorded over the Christmas break but the SAG part at least is hyper relevant to this weekend with the Screen Actors Guild Awards hitting tomorrow. 

Nathaniel welcomes a particularly grouchy Nick Davis and new guest Teo Bugbee who had just pulled an all nighter to see Star Wars The Last Jedi. We discuss what the hell Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro are doing in it before moving on to SAG's "Outstanding Ensemble" nominees (and other ensemble films we like, too). 

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 
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Links

Village Voice Bilge Elbiri on a film review that changed his live (J Hoberman's 1992 piece on Orson Welles' Othello) - lovely personal piece

Nick Davis Chicago film festival jury picks and his own precise takes on the movies screened including high profile gems like Call Me By Your Name, and several foreign film Oscar submissions

Esquire Bryan Cranston must be seeking to sabotage his Oscar hopes this year with this admission that he's rooting for Trump to succeed

Huffington Post talks to Melissa Leo about Novitiate and becoming a gay icon with those "Consider..." ads

Another Mag amazing photos of the well decorated sets of Call Me By Your Name

EW Moulin Rouge!'s stage musical adaptation sets its debut for next summer in Boston. Which means we're probably looking at a Broadway transfer and contention for the June 2019 Tonys.

Sbs an amazing interview with Katya and Trixie whose new
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Tiff & Nyff & Middleburg Wrap-Ups

Another autumn whizzes by and with it a look back on the festivals we've covered. Here's everything we reviewed from Tiff and Nyff and Middleburg this year in case you missed it. Reviews from Jason Adams, Manuel Betancourt, Nick Davis, Sean Donovan, Murtada Elfaldl, John Guerin, Chris Feil, and Nathaniel R

Tiff 2017

the films

The Breadwinner • Darkest Hour

Death of Stalin • Disaster • Downsizing •

Euphoria • Film Stars Dont Die in Liverpool •

First They Killed My Father •

The Florida Project • Happy End • I, Tonya •

The Killing of a Sacred Deer • Kings •

Lady Bird • Lodgers • Mademoiselle Paradis

Mary Shelley • mother! •

Never Steady Never Still • On Body and Soul •

The Racer and the Jailbird • Revenge •

The Seen and Unseen • The Shape of Water

Sheikh Jackson • Thelma •

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri •

Tigre • Western • The Wife • Zama

parties, events, randomness

greatest party photo ever • "I'm Armie" •

Helena Bonham-Carter • mother! moods •

portraits from the fest • Podcast
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Podcast: Festival Goodies Opening Very Soon

Nathaniel, Nick, Joe and Chris (who all attended Tiff together) discuss highlights from this past month of festivals, some of which are just opening in theaters.

Index (42 minutes)

00:01 Florida Project, Professor Marston...

07:00 Mudbound, First They Killed... and Bpm

14:50 Under the radar beauties like Disappearance and A Fantastic Woman (and the joy of festivalling with Nick Davis)

27:00 Hoping to see again: Lady Bird, On Body and Soul, Three Billboards

34:00 We Just saw: Mr Gay Syria, Spoor, and Wonderstruck

41:00 Byeeee

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 

Related Reading

Three Billboards (Chris's review)

Downsizing (Nathaniel's first impression)

First They Killed My Father (Joe's review)
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Nick's Foreign Film Take, Pt 1: Sheikh Jackson, First They Killed My Father...

by Nick Davis

There’s niche-marketing, and then there’s micro-targeting, and then there’s saying to your friend Nathaniel, “I hope you’ll still keep an eye out for Shahrbanoo Sadat’s Wolf and Sheep, even though Afghanistan didn’t select it as their Oscar submission.” We really do live in a weird bubble, but that is why one is grateful for The Film Experience, where folks are all the same kind of different as you. And as we all know, this site has been a longtime devotee of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in all stages of curation and competition. So, seizing the opportunity of a sympathetic audience, and amidst a season where many of the 84 movies put forward by their home countries as Academy Award contenders are floating around at festivals—big and small, rural and urban, American and elsewhere—I thought I’d weigh in
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Pgymy Marmoset Mom, World's Smallest Monkey, Gives Birth to Cutest Twins Ever (See Photos!)

“Marmoset there’ll be days like this, there’ll be days like this my marmoset (marmoset, marmoset)!”

Audrey and Gumi, pygmy marmoset parents living at the Chester Zoo in the U.K., have two very good — albeit two very tiny — reasons to celebrate.

The zoo announced on Aug. 28 that mama Audrey gave birth to a pair of itty-bitty twins on July 25. Pygmy marmosets are the world’s smallest monkeys as is, so just try to imagine how teensy-weensy their babies must be!

Well, they’re so little that it’s only now, a month later, that the babies have grown
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Beefcake and Linksnacks

Today's Must Read

"Male Stars Are Too Buff Now," a great funny true read from E Alex Jung about Zac Efron in Baywatch and other visually alarming superhuman specimens. 

Linkage

Daily Actor Corey Hawkins on the Juilliard audition he almost failed

Charlene's (Mostly) Classic Movies a "Medicine in the Movies" Blogathon - articles on Contagion, Night Nurse, Reversal of Fortune, The Fountain, and many more

Cartoon Brew Nigeria hopes to train 'an army of animation professionals' with the market for thoe films exploding

The Guardian Guy Lodge's latest DVD column on Toni Erdmann, The Salesman and more

Variety more 'sequels we don't need!' news. Boss Baby is getting one for 2021. Sigh. I actually thought that movie was unexpectedly good but most movies don't actually need sequels. Stop trying to make movies into big TV shows with multiple episodes! TV is great but Movies are not TV!

I Wouldn't Normally Link This But.
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New King Arthur trailer lands: Discover the Legend

New King Arthur trailer: Warner Brothers have debuted a very brief new look at the forthcoming re-invention of the classic story from Guy Ritchie.

The new King Arthur trailer has debuted online. The 45-second promo for the film, which has a the full title King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, finally comes to cinemas this coming May.

Charlie Hunnam leads the cast of the film, which also includes Jude Law, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen and Eric Bana. Guy Ritchie directs from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Ritchie and frequent collaborator Lionel Wigram.

I am here now because of you – you created me.”

The film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.

When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is,
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