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‘A Quiet Place’ scares up tons of money at the box office, but will it make noise at the Oscars like ‘Get Out’?

‘A Quiet Place’ scares up tons of money at the box office, but will it make noise at the Oscars like ‘Get Out’?
It’s still only the spring, but might we already have another year-end awards contender on our hands? “A Quiet Place” opened on April 6 to rave reviews, and it has now topped the box office with $50 million dollars in its opening weekend against a mere $17 million budget. And it bears a few striking similarities to another horror movie that earned plaudits from the academy, “Get Out.”

The stories of the two films don’t have much in common besides sharing the horror genre. “Get Out” was an allegory about racism in America, while “A Quiet Place” is about a family that lives in silence to escape the detection of creatures that hunt by sound. But there are eerie parallels behind the scenes. Both films were similarly acclaimed: “A Quiet Place” scored 82 on MetaCritic and 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, while “Get Out” rated 84 on MetaCritic and 99% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. And
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UK Home Release Details Revealed For Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape Of Water’

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has revealed the home release details for The Shape Of Water in the UK. The breathtakingly beautiful, otherworldly fairytale The Shape Of Water is available on Digital Download 11th June, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD 25th June.

The film triumphed this awards season with Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak), winning Best Director at the Academy Awards®, BAFTAs and the Golden Globes. Also winning Best Motion Picture at the Academy Awards® and Achievement in music written for motion pictures at both the Academy Awards® and BAFTAs.

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The film is set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden, high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and
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‘A Quiet Place’: John Krasinski Wasn’t a Horror Fan, But He’s Resetting His Directing Career With An Ambitious Scary Movie

‘A Quiet Place’: John Krasinski Wasn’t a Horror Fan, But He’s Resetting His Directing Career With An Ambitious Scary Movie
John Krasinski gets it. With his third directorial outing, the high-concept horror film “A Quiet Place,” the actor and filmmaker has gotten about as far away from his previous films – including an ambitious but flawed David Foster Wallace adaptation and a feel-good family dramedy seemingly made to debut at Sundance – as creatively possible.

That wasn’t entirely by design, though, because Krasinski did not enter the genre space as a way of acting out some childhood dream. Krasinski didn’t even like horror movies as a kid, shoring it up to the eight-year-old who still lives inside of him, terrified of seeing anything scary on the big screen.

“I am among the large group of people who would look at my name and by like, ‘What? That guy is going to do a horror movie?’,” Krasinski said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “But what I realized was that I
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Movie News: James Wan to Produce Stephen King's 'The Tommyknockers'; Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez to Team in Heist Film

The Tommyknockers: Filmmaker James Wan (The Conjuring 2, above) will help bring Stephen King's The Tommyknockers to the big screen. Like last fall's smash hit It, The Tommyknockers was first adapted for television; the sci-fi/horror story follows small town residents as they fall under the spell of a mysterious object. It producer Roy Lee will also work on the new project, along with Larry Sanitsky, who served as executive producer on the 1993 TV version. [THR]   Heist Film: Evan Rachel Wood (TV's Westworld; Allure, above), Gina Rodriguez (TV's Jane the Virgin), Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger will star in the next film by filmmaker Miranda July (The Future). Not yet titled, it will revolve around a woman who was raised by con artists; everything...
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Evan Rachel Wood and Gina Rodriguez set for new heist film

Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) are set to star in an as-yet-untitled heist film from director Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know), which also has Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) and Debra Winger (The Ranch) attached.

The film follows a woman called Old Dolio (Wood), whose whose life is turned upside down when her amateur con artists parents (Jenkins and Winger) invite an outsider (Rodriguez) to join their biggest heist yet. The film is being produced by Annapurna Pictures and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, and is set to begin shooting in May.

Wood will next be seen in the second season of Westworld, which premieres on HBO in April [watch the trailer here]. Rodriguez meanwhile recently appeared in the sci-fi feature Annihilation, and earlier this week she signed on to portray Carmen Sandiego in a live-action feature.

Via THR
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New Mantra: "Miranda July Heist Movie"

Chris here. If that headline didn't already give you a moment of chrystalline mental clarity, perhaps the fact that it's not just fantasy will. That's right, the multi-hyphenate artist Miranda July will be returning to cinemas for her yet untitled third feature, this time with a genre bent. Those unfamiliar with the indie darling would do well to research her performance art and writing, but her filmography is as good a start as any of her other works. Her first two idiosyncratic films were 2005's whimsically sad Me and You and Everyone We Know ("... forever.") and 2011's The Future, which was narrated by a stray cat. Both films are touching and deeply original, so don't expect standard heist fare.

But maybe this could be her most mainstream film yet given the enticing cast she's already assembled: Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger, Gina Rodriguez, and Richard Jenkins. Wood will play Old
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Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, and Richard Jenkins to Star in Miranda July’s Heist Film

Female-led heist films are officially a trend. With Ocean’s 8 and Widows coming up later this year, a third heist movie is now in the works from indie filmmaker Miranda July. The project is still untitled, but she’s managed to secure Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) as two of her lead actors, […]

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Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Gina Rodriguez Join Miranda July Heist Movie

Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Gina Rodriguez Join Miranda July Heist Movie
Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins, and Debra Winger will star in Miranda July’s untitled heist movie.

Annapurna and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment are the production companies. “The Beguiled” producer Youree Henley is also on board for the project, in which a woman named Old Dolio has her life turned upside-down when her parents invite an outsider to join their biggest heist yet.

Wood will portray Old Dolio, while Jenkins and Winger have been cast as the parents. Rodriguez is portraying a woman who learns of the family’s secrets.

The project will be July’s third film and the first she will not star in. July wrote, directed, and starred in the 2005 film “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d’Or at Cannes. She also wrote, directed, and starred in 2011’s “The Future.
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Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez To Topline Untitled Heist Feature For Annapurna

Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez To Topline Untitled Heist Feature For Annapurna
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) have been tapped to star in Miranda July’s untitled heist film, along with Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger. Annapurna is once again teaming with Brad Pitt’s Plan B as the project is slated to begin shooting in May. The plot follows Old Dolio, a woman raised by con artists, whose life is interrupted when an outsider is invited to take part in the family’s latest heist. The Beguiled producer Youree Henley
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Miranda July’s Next Movie Is A Heist Film; Cast Revealed

It was only a couple weeks ago that we brought you news that Annapurna and Plan B were bringing audiences the latest from filmmaker Miranda July. At the time, not much was known about the film, other than it being Jully’s first feature film since 2011. Well, now we have a lot more information about the film, including the great cast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Annapurna and Plan B have signed Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins, and Debra Winger to headline the cast for this still untitled film.
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Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez to Star in Miranda July Heist Feature (Exclusive)

Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez to Star in Miranda July Heist Feature (Exclusive)
Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger are set to star in the yet-to-be titled heist feature from indie filmmaker Miranda July.

The project is the latest collaboration from Annapurna and Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment. Youree Henley (The Beguiled, 20th Century Women) will produce the feature, which is slated to begin production in May.

The script centers on a woman named Old Dolio, whose life is turned upside down when her parents — amateur con artists — invite an outsider to join their biggest heist yet. Wood will play Old Dolio, while Jenkins and Winger will...
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Blu-ray Review – The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water, 2017.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer.

Synopsis:

The Shape of Water, fresh off winning Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars, arrives in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital edition that has a modest complement of bonus features that explain how this “fish man out of water” movie came to be.

“Oh no, it’s the fish sex movie!” my 10-year-old son yelled when he heard my wife and I were about to watch The Shape of Water. (No, he didn’t watch it with us.)

Yes, there’s some cross-species “friendliness,” shall we say, but The Shape of Water is about much more than that. Set in 1962, during the height of the Cold War, the film takes place around a top secret government laboratory in Baltimore, where mute Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and her
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The Human Monsters of Guillermo Del Toro

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The Devil's BackboneIt's no insult to say that a horror movie is more poignant than scary, at least not when the director is Guillermo Del Toro. That's the main takeaway from his 2001 cult classic The Devil's Backbone, a ghost story set at a haunted orphanage during the Spanish Civil War, and a film that spends so much more time on the lives of its ensemble than on trying to scare us that it testifies to either the inadequacy or the versatility of the "horror" label. It is the kind of horror that wants us not to be afraid of things that go bump in the night. And of its many moments of tenderness, one of the best goes to its villain: Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), a young man who, having been raised at the orphanage and then kept on as its groundskeeper, storms the place with a plan to relieve it
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical I, Tonya (drama; Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser; rated R) Justice League (superhero action; Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielson, J.K. Simmons; rated PG-13) The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro-directed romance-fantasy-thriller; Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer; rated...
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Electric Entertainment scores international sales on 'Lbj'

Latin America, Scandinavia, Middle East among buyers.

Electric Entertainment has announced more than a dozen international sales at the Efm last month on Rob Reiner’s feature Lbj.

Rights have gone to: Latin America (California Filmes), Benelux (Dutch FilmWorks), Japan (Twin Co), China (Hualu), Middle East (Eagle), Australia (Umbrella Entertainment), France (Marco Polo Productions), Germany (Eurovideo), Greece (Tanweer), Italy (Blue Swan), Scandinavia (Sandrew Metronome), Spain (Festival Films), and Thailand (Turner).

Woody Harrelson plays former Us president Lyndon B. Johnson and Electric Entertainment distributed in the Us following the world premiere in Toronto in 2016.

“We are honoured to have the opportunity
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Michael Shannon Watched ‘The Shape of Water’ Win Best Picture at a Chicago Pub

Michael Shannon Watched ‘The Shape of Water’ Win Best Picture at a Chicago Pub
When “The Shape of Water” was named Best Picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards, Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, and Michael Stuhlbarg followed their director, Guillermo del Toro, onstage (watch below). Absent was their co-star Michael Shannon, who many thought deserved his third chance at Best Supporting Actor for playing the villain in this year’s most-nominated film. But Shannon wasn’t home sulking over his lack of a nod — his art kept him more than a thousand miles from Hollywood.

Oscar night coincided with the final performance of Brett Neveu’s “Traitor” at Chicago’s A Red Orchid Theatre, where the play ran for seven weeks. Shannon directed the production, for the theater company he co-founded in his late teens. Afterward, he went around the corner to The Old Town Ale House, a bar bedecked in portraits of nude politicians and favored by the ensembles of
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Now that Guillermo del Toro Has Won the Oscar, Let Him Do ‘Pinocchio’

Now that Guillermo del Toro Has Won the Oscar, Let Him Do ‘Pinocchio’
“I am so happy,” said Guillermo del Toro as he left the Academy Governors Ball clutching his Oscar, accepting hug after hug. The warmth in the room at Hollywood & Highland was palpable as he won the Oscar for Best Director, the fifth Latin American to do so, and celebrated four Oscar wins for the outsider fairy tale, the first fantasy film to win the Best Picture Oscar since “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” in 2004.

In 2007, Academy recognized the artistry and craftsmanship of the beloved Mexican transplant’s Spanish-language nominee “Pan’s Labyrinth” with six nominations and three wins. This year, voters responded to his English-language masterwork “The Shape of Water” with 13 nominations, leading the field, and four Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Production Design and Score.

It also helps that Fox Searchlight knows how to win Oscars. “Shape” marks their fourth Best Picture, including “Slumdog Millionaire,
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Now that Guillermo del Toro Has Won the Oscar, Let Him Do ‘Pinocchio’

Now that Guillermo del Toro Has Won the Oscar, Let Him Do ‘Pinocchio’
“I am so happy,” said Guillermo del Toro as he left the Academy Governors Ball clutching his Oscar, accepting hug after hug. The warmth in the room at Hollywood & Highland was palpable as he won the Oscar for Best Director, the fifth Latin American to do so, and celebrated four Oscar wins for the outsider fairy tale, the first fantasy film to win the Best Picture Oscar since “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” in 2004.

In 2007, Academy recognized the artistry and craftsmanship of the beloved Mexican transplant’s Spanish-language nominee “Pan’s Labyrinth” with six nominations and three wins. This year, voters responded to his English-language masterwork “The Shape of Water” with 13 nominations, leading the field, and four Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Production Design and Score.

Read More:It’s ‘The Shape of Water’ vs. ‘Get Out’ for Three Top Oscars, and Jordan Peele Will Win
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Stars Come Out For 16th Annual Mptf Night Before Party

A star-studded host committee, Academy Awards nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on March 3rd, 2018 for the 16th annual ‘Night Before’ party to benefit Mptf.

George Clooney, Leslie Bibb, Sam Rockwell, and Jack Black

Credit/Copyright: George Pimentel/Getty Images for Mptf

Funds raised during the legendary evening will be used to support Mptf in providing social services and financial assistance to the entertainment community, as well as it’s renowned retirement community and innovative programs for seniors and those who care for them. The organization impacts thousands of people each year who have committed their lives to a career in entertainment. The annual event raised $5 million last night, totaling just over $80 million in the event’s history.

The 2018 host committee included a lineup of the industry’s most elite talent, including Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black,
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Best Picture Oscar winners ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Braveheart’ have more in common than that SAG ensemble stat

Best Picture Oscar winners ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Braveheart’ have more in common than that SAG ensemble stat
The Shape of Water” defied the SAG ensemble stat Sunday, becoming the first film and second overall since “Braveheart” (1995) to win the Best Picture Oscar without a SAG ensemble nomination. But that’s not the only thing it has in common with the William Wallace epic. “The Shape of Water” is also the first film since “Braveheart” to take Best Picture without acting, writing or editing wins.

All three are important categories that could burnish a Best Picture victory, though less so with editing, where a nomination could suffice alongside wins in the other races. “Shape” had three acting nominations — for Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins — and vied in original screenplay and editing, but it wasn’t favored in any of them and lost them all. It is the ninth Best Picture champ to lose its three-plus acting nominations and the first Best Picture winner since “The Artist
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