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Natalia Almada’s “Everything Else” Acquired by Cinema Tropical

“Everything Else”

Natalia Almada’s narrative debut has secured U.S. distribution. Cinema Tropical snagged the rights to “Everything Else,” a press release announced. After making its world premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival, the award-winning drama went on to screen at fests including Rio de Janeiro, Palm Springs, and Göteborg.

“Everything Else” sees Oscar-nominated actress Adriana Barraza (“Amores Perros,” “Babel”) playing Doña Flor, a 63-year-old bureaucrat who lives in Mexico City. Barraza, whose outstanding acting career includes films with renowned international filmmakers such as Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Sally Potter, Robert Duvall, and Sam Raimi, delivers a bravura performance in her first starring role, in a nuanced and non-stereotypical character for a Latina actress. The pic explores her interior life “as she awakens from her bureaucratic malaise and yearns to become visible again,” according to its official synopsis. “Inspired by Hannah Arendt’s idea that bureaucratic dehumanization is a brutal form of violence,
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Where do the most recent group of Academy Award winners rank all time?

As we begin to fully focus on 2018 releases and eventually what the 2019 awards season will be like, a little more about the most recent Oscars is still required. Mainly, a look at how the winners stack up with previous ones. This time around, I’m tying in all of the major categories together. Yes, all eight of the top prizes will get a rundown today, with the possibility of another piece next week on the technical categories. For now, it’s Picture, Director, the four Acting slots, and both Screenplay categories, which is more than enough to start with. This is going to be fun. Like I mentioned above, before we get to Best Picture, which is clearly the big one, quickly I’d like to run down some of the other categories and how they stack up. That way, it’s more of a broader collection. Obviously, we know
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Guillermo del Toro Holds Masterclass, Opens Theater, Announces Scholarship at Guadalajara

Guillermo del Toro Holds Masterclass, Opens Theater, Announces Scholarship at Guadalajara
Guadalajara — Excitement surrounding Guillermo del Toro’s presence at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival reached fever pitch by the end of last week. The genial four-times Oscar winner did not disappoint.

Del Toro received a rousing standing ovation when he made his first appearance at this year’s 33rd edition of the Guadalajara Film Festival. It had long been planned that the director would come back to his home town to open a theater in his name and give a masterclass. That was before the genial Mexican won best director and best picture at last Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Spots for Saturday’s scheduled masterclass filled immediately when an astounding 30,000 requests for entry were made in the first half hour. In typical selfless fashion, del Toro offered to host another, and when that one filled, he volunteered for a third. All free of charge, and open to the public, including at
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Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro G. Iñárritu on the ‘Emotional Experience’ of Watching Guillermo del Toro Win the Oscar

Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro G. Iñárritu on the ‘Emotional Experience’ of Watching Guillermo del Toro Win the Oscar
Much has been made about the fact Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar win for Best Director marked the fourth Mexican winner in five years. The statistic is all the more celebratory since the Mexican directors who won before del Toro happen to be his very good friends Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity” in 2013) and Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“Birdman” in 2014, “The Revenant” in 2015). The directors are collectively known as The Three Amigos.

In Variety’s new cover story on del Toro’s Oscar win, both Cuarón and Alejandro G. Iñárritu celebrate “The Shape of Water” visionary and welcome him into the Oscars’ winner’s circle. Iñárritu first met del Toro almost 20 years ago when he was working on his first feature, “Amores perros.” Del Toro traveled to Mexico City to help edit the movie. According to Iñárritu, del Toro is still the same big-eyed dreamer he met nearly two decades ago.

“His wisdom has evolved,
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Oscars Aftermath: Behind The Scenes At The Show & Parties On An Emotional Night To Remember

Oscars Aftermath: Behind The Scenes At The Show & Parties On An Emotional Night To Remember
“We are going to build that wall with Oscars,” five-time winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu joked when I ran into him at the Governors Ball after Sunday night’s Academy Awards. I pointed out that, with Guillermo del Toro’s big win, Mexican directors have won four of the past five Best Director Oscars. Del Toro, Iñárritu and Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron, best friends and longtime collaborators and colleagues all, are affectionately known as the “three amigos.” With The Shape of Water…
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Barry Jenkins Honors ‘The Three Amigos’ After Guillermo del Toro Joins Cuarón and Iñárritu As Best Director Oscar Winner

Barry Jenkins Honors ‘The Three Amigos’ After Guillermo del Toro Joins Cuarón and Iñárritu As Best Director Oscar Winner
The Shape of Water” filmmaker Guillermo del Toro won the Oscar for Best Director this year as expected, and his victory was especially notable for being the fourth time a Mexican director has earned the Oscar in this category in the last five years. Del Toro follows in the footsteps of his good friends Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Together, the filmmakers are known in the industry as “The Three Amigos,” and now they’re all officially Oscar winners.

Cuarón was the first of the group to win the Best Director Oscar when he took the trophy for “Gravity” in 2013. Iñárritu followed with back-to-back wins, first for “Birdman” in 2014 and then for “The Revenant” in 2015. Damien Chazelle won the prize in 2016 for “La La Land.”

Del Toro joining his buddies in the Best Director winner’s circle resulted in tons of love from fans on social media. “Moonlight” writer-director
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing
Blade Runner 2049,” “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Dunkirk” were among the film winners at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 65th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. Netflix lorded over the television fields with wins for five series, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” picked up a pair of trophies.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality experience “Carne y Arena” was awarded in the special venue category. The installation, currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2017 and received an Honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the organization’s November Governors Awards ceremony.

There were a pair of ties from the Mpse, in the computer interactive gameplay (“Call of Duty: WWII” and “Star Wars: Battlefront II”) and episodic long form (“Godless” and “Ozark”) categories.

Director Kathryn Bigelow, whose films “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” won Oscars
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing
Blade Runner 2049,” “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Dunkirk” were among the film winners at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 65th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. Netflix lorded over the television fields with wins for five series, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” picked up a pair of trophies.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality experience “Carne y Arena” was awarded in the special venue category. The installation, currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2017 and received an Honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the organization’s November Governors Awards ceremony.

There were a pair of ties from the Mpse, in the computer interactive gameplay (“Call of Duty: WWII” and “Star Wars: Battlefront II”) and episodic long form (“Godless” and “Ozark”) categories.

Director Kathryn Bigelow, whose films “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” won Oscars
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Michael Keaton in talks for biographical drama 'What Is Life Worth'

Michael Keaton in talks for biographical drama 'What Is Life Worth'
Biographical story to be directed by Oscar winner David Frankel.

MadRiver Pictures has announced that Michael Keaton is in talks to star in What Is Life Worth, a biographical drama to be directed by Academy Award-winner David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Band Of Brothers).

Oscar-nominated for his leading role in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman, Keaton would play Ken Feinberg, the D.C. lawyer in charge of the 9/11 fund who fought through years of bureaucracy and cynicism to administer the money.

Keaton, who last year appeared in Spiderman: Homecoming and American Assassin, has recently wrapped production on Tim Burton’s Dumbo ahead of a scheduled 2019 release.

Additional casting for What Is Life Worth is underway, with Oscar-winning producer Michael Sugar (Spotlight, also starring Keaton) set to produce alongside Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen, Max Borenstein and Bard Dorros.

Riverstone is financing, with Imr launching sales in Berlin on a slate that also includes Sandra Bullock film Vigilance and [link
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Michael Keaton in talks for 9/11 legal drama 'What Is Life Worth'

Michael Keaton in talks for 9/11 legal drama 'What Is Life Worth'
Biographical story to be directed by Oscar winner David Frankel.

MadRiver Pictures has announced that Michael Keaton is in talks to star in What Is Life Worth, a biographical drama to be directed by Academy Award-winner David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Band Of Brothers).

Oscar-nominated for his leading role in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman, Keaton would play Ken Feinberg, the D.C. lawyer in charge of the 9/11 fund who fought through years of bureaucracy and cynicism to administer the money.

Keaton, who last year appeared in Spiderman: Homecoming and American Assassin, has recently wrapped production on Tim Burton’s Dumbo ahead of a scheduled 2019 release.

Additional casting for What Is Life Worth is underway, with Oscar-winning producer Michael Sugar (Spotlight, also starring Keaton) set to produce alongside Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen, Max Borenstein and Bard Dorros.

Riverstone is financing, with Imr launching sales in Berlin on a slate that also includes Sandra Bullock film Vigilance and [link
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Tom Hardy Finally Got That Leo Knows All Tattoo After Losing DiCaprio ‘Revenant’ Bet

Tom Hardy Finally Got That Leo Knows All Tattoo After Losing DiCaprio ‘Revenant’ Bet
When Tom Hardy loses a bet, Tom hardy delivers. New photos of the actor confirm that Hardy has finally gotten a tattoo that reads “Leo Knows All.” Leonardo DiCaprio was certain Hardy would be nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “The Revenant” during the 2015-16 awards season, but Hardy didn’t want to hear it. The two actors made a bet, with Hardy having to get the tattoo should he receive a nomination.

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Hardy’s nomination for “The Revenant” was his first career Oscar nomination. The actor played the villainous John Fitzgerald in the Alejandro G. Iñárritu-directed wilderness epic. Hardy was nominated for Best Supporting Actor opposite Mark Rylance (“Bride of Spies”), Christian Bale (“The Big Short”), Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight”), and Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”). Rylance ended up taking home the Oscar.

Hardy is sporting
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Here’s What the Critics’ Choice Awards Winners Mean for the Oscar Race

Critics’ Choice Awards voters were less keen on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” than the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The film drama winners at the CCAs mostly matched those at the Golden Globes four nights prior, with the exception of Best Picture and Best Screenplay. While the 90-member HFPA gave both honors to Martin McDonagh’s drama about a grieving mother opposing her town’s police department , the 300 national Bfca critics voted “The Shape of Water” Best Picture, recognizing “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out” for respective adapted and original screenplays.

Read More:Critics’ Choice Awards 2018 Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates With Best Picture and Best Director Prizes

Additional favorites have emerged in the acting races: Frances McDormand for Best Actress (“Three Billboards”), Gary Oldman for Best Actor (“Darkest Hour), Allison Janney for Best Supporting Actress (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards.” The CCAs have
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Rushes. Jay-z by Duvernay & the Safdies, World Poll, Tweeting "Notting Hill"

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGJay-z's great taste in directors continues with the Safdie brothers, who both lent a deft hand for the "Marcy Me" video, which feels like a thematic addendum to their own film Good Time.Ava Duvernay (Selma) also directed this star-studded epic music video for Jay-z's "Family Feud".Who doesn't love pulp movie maestro Samuel Fuller? In the event of their active retrospective of his work, the Cinémathèque française provides this ecstatic montage of a few of his finest films.Recommended READINGPerhaps you missed Sarah Nicole Prickett's incisive recaps of Twin Peaks: The Return for Artforum? If that's the case, you can catch up here. Prickett has shared her final take on Episode 18 and the series overall, and it was well worth the wait. From Alejandro G. Iñárritu to Jia Zhangke—the January/February
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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Star Trek’: What His Favorite Episodes, The New Writer, and R-Rating Tell Us About the Future Film

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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Star Trek’: What His Favorite Episodes, The New Writer, and R-Rating Tell Us About the Future Film
Ever since the news of Quentin Tarantino boldly going where no Big Kahuna-munching hitman had ever gone before, we’ve been trying to get a grasp on how, exactly, fans might see the iconic director make his mark on the iconic franchise.

Star Trek’s” legacy might not be an obvious match for a director whose next big project will involve the bloody chaos surrounding the Charles Manson murders. But here are all the facts that have been revealed so far about the potential “Trekantino” film in the works, and how they hint at what to expect going forward.

This All Began After a Conversation Between Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams

The initial report framed what happened as this: Tarantino told J.J. Abrams about an idea for a “Trek” movie he had, which led to a writers’ room forming to develop the story as an idea for Tarantino to potentially direct.
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Emmanuel Lubezki’s Cinematic Eye: 20 Shots That Define His Iconic Career

Emmanuel Lubezki’s Cinematic Eye: 20 Shots That Define His Iconic Career
The iconic cinematographer has won three Oscars and worked with icons like Terrence Malick, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro González Iñárritu during the course of his career. Let’s look back at 20 of his very best shots.

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International Newswire: Genre, Sci-Fi, Thrillers Rise in Latin America, and Beyond

In today’s International Newswire, Latin America sees the rise of genre filmmaking, Film4 strengthens its exec team as it enters awards season, and FremantleMedia inks a scripted deal with 87 Films.

Genre filmmaking is becoming a more commercially potent force in Latin America and elsewhere as digital distribution gains strength.

At last week’s Mar del Plata Film Festival, of 12 Argentine movie projects presented at one of its main pitching sessions, over half were horror or thriller movies, including some of its most notable titles, whether Paula Martel’s assassination suspenser “First We Take Anillaco,” Rosendo Ruíz’s neo-noir “Boom Boom,” or Maximiliano Anríquez’s post-apocalypse low-fi sci-fi “The Doggy.”

Genre in its widest sense, embracing horror, thrillers and sci-fi, is the film type of choice for Latin America’s newest generation of filmmakers. Drawn from all over Argentina, the directors and producers behind the projects at Mar del Plata are almost all under 40.

On Tuesday, out of
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'The Shape of Water' Review: Guillermo del Toro's Girl-Meets-Monster Romance Is a Gem

'The Shape of Water' Review: Guillermo del Toro's Girl-Meets-Monster Romance Is a Gem
If you think it's high time that Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro joined fellow Mexican auteurs Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant) in the Oscar winners circle, The Shape of Water just may be the movie to do it. The Academy typically turns up its nose at the fantasy/horror genre that attracts del Toro (see: Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy). Not this time. His latest is a Cold War romance about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) who falls hard for an amphibious creature
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Guillermo del Toro: ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Almost Kept Me from Pitching ‘The Shape of Water’ Star Sally Hawkins

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Guillermo del Toro: ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Almost Kept Me from Pitching ‘The Shape of Water’ Star Sally Hawkins
Guillermo del Toro owes two famous friends and 14 tequila shots for his serendipitous introduction to Sally Hawkins, star of his Golden Lion–winning Oscar contender, “The Shape of Water.” On January 12, 2014, he received a call from from fellow Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, who instructed him, “‘Dude, come over to the Golden Globes party'”; Cuarón had won the evening’s Best Director statuette for “Gravity.” At Vulture Festival this weekend, del Toro recalled his reply: “I’m not going. I’m watching ‘Antiques Roadshow.'”

Read More: ‘The Shape of Water’ Trailer: Sally Hawkins Gives a Wordless Performance in Guillermo del Toro’s Fantastical Romance — Watch

But they were insistent, and sent a car to retrieve him from his home in Angoura Hills, California. “Because I’m fat, my body mass requires enormous amounts of alcohol,” del Toro explained to the audience at The Hollywood Roosevelt, seated next to his six-time collaborator,
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Alejandro G. Inarritu on ‘Carne y Arena’ and the Academy’s Movie Museum

Alejandro G. Inarritu on ‘Carne y Arena’ and the Academy’s Movie Museum
Saturday night Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alejandro G. Inarritu (“Birdman,” “The Revenant”) picked up yet another Oscar at the Academy’s Governors Awards. The recognition came for his virtual reality installation “Carne y Arena,” currently on exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The six-and-a-half-minute experience — a first-hand immersion into a Mexico-u.S. border crossing sequence — proves that Vr “has the potential, like movies, to mutate into a major entertainment and popular art form,” Variety critic Owen Gleiberman wrote from the Cannes Film Festival in May. “It’s a trick, a ride, an adventure, a story, a nightmare, a lived-in diversion, a sensory experience touched with the compassion of art.”

For Inarritu, it was an opportunity to take a trip — quite literally — into the heart of a story. The director spoke to Variety ahead of receiving his special honor.

Congratulations on this special Oscar accolade. They don’t give those out too often.

Yeah, I feel
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Alejandro G. Inarritu’s ‘Carne y Arena’: A Category of Its Own

Alejandro G. Inarritu’s ‘Carne y Arena’: A Category of Its Own
The Motion Picture Academy has been stingy with special Oscar accolades in recent years. The last time the organization went out of its way to recognize something peripheral to its usual slate of kudos was with a special achievement honor for Pixar’s “Toy Story” in 1996.

That changed Nov. 11 at the ninth annual Governors Awards, where director Alejandro G. Iñárritu accepted his fifth Academy Award, for virtual reality installation “Carne y Arena,” hailed by recently elected Academy president John Bailey as “a deeply emotional and physically immersive venture.”

“It’s great that you don’t have to compete,” Iñárritu joked ahead of the ceremony.

The 54-year-old Mexican auteur won three Oscars for “Birdman” in 2016 and another for “The Revenant” the very next year. “Carne y Arena,” a six-and-a-half-minute experience currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is unforgettable, placing participants in the middle of an attempted migrant crossing along the
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