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‘Saturday Night Live’: Adam Driver Filmed a Surprise Cameo for Unaired ‘Shape of Water’ Sketch

‘Saturday Night Live’: Adam Driver Filmed a Surprise Cameo for Unaired ‘Shape of Water’ Sketch
The Amazonian creature from “The Shape of Water” had a difficult decade after he and Sally Hawkins sought their happily-ever-after in a Baltimore canal — at least according to the collective imagination of the “Saturday Night Live” writing staff. A cut-for-time taped sketch from this weekend’s John Mulaney-hosted episode follows the downward career trajectory of amphibious actor Fish Man (Kyle Mooney), star of Guillermo del Toro’s recent Best Picture Oscar winner. The character was actually played by six-time del Toro collaborator Doug Jones, who answered to the onset nickname “Charlie Tuna.”

“Fish Dreams” opens in agent (Beck Bennett)’s office, where Fish Man passes up a part in Martin Scorsese’s ocean-set “Goodfellas” remake (“Fishfellas”), eager to stock his just-leased gallery space with his original photographs. At Fish Man’s art opening, his pal and fellow gilled actor, Roger (Mulaney) gets his permission to pursue the role instead.
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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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Atlanta Now Casting: Body Doubles Needed for Warner Bros. Feature ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

The next chapter in Warner Bros.’ cinematic MonsterVerse is looking for a few body doubles for a shoot in Atlanta, Georgia. The upcoming feature film “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history, will star Sally Hawkins, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, and Kyle Chandler. Three actors, aged 18–50, with specific physical requirements, are sought for body doubles of principal actors in the film. The first role is available for a Caucasian male actor with brown hair, 5’10”–6’, and an exact clothing size. A Black female actor with short black hair, a height of 5’7”–5’9”, and a weight of 120–140 pounds is wanted for the second body double. Finally, an Asian female actor with dark brown or black hair in a pixie cut, a height of 5’3”–5’5”, and a weight of 100–120 pounds is needed for the third double. The scenes
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5 More Actresses Who Could Replace Carrie Fisher as Leia in Star Wars 9

5 More Actresses Who Could Replace Carrie Fisher as Leia in Star Wars 9
The Last Jedi landed like a meteor this past December. And it went on to become the most profitable movie of 2017, earning $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. The Rian Johnson directed space opera offered staggering reveals that have divided an entire fanbase of devotees. Some absolutely love it. Even more seem to hate it. But a strange thing has happened for its home video debut. A new petition was launched. And suddenly some fans decided they needed to see General Leia's arc finished. Now, they are calling for Meryl Streep to come in and finish the role.

If Carrie Fisher were to get recast, this seems like the pure fantasy choice. Meryl Streep is the greatest actress of the last forty years. She doesn't look anything like Carrie Fisher and is taller at 5'6". But think of the buzz her casting would generate. Streep has never done science fiction.
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Sally Hawkins to Produce Thriller 'Cordelia'

Sally Hawkins to Produce Thriller 'Cordelia'
Sally Hawkins is to executive produce the U.K. bombing drama Cordelia from writer-director Adrian Shergold and Pow Films, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Hawkins has backed the psychological thriller since its inception. The film sees Antonia Campbell-Hughes as Cordelia, a young actress who is on the London subway system on July 7, 2005, when terrorists attack the carriage she is traveling in. Cordelia, which also stars Michael Gambon, Johnny Flynn and Catherine McCormack, picks up the young woman's story 12 years after the terrorist attack when she is attempting to get on with her life in a rundown section of...
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Sally Hawkins Executive Producing Psychological Thriller ‘Cordelia’ (Exclusive)

Sally Hawkins Executive Producing Psychological Thriller ‘Cordelia’ (Exclusive)
Sally Hawkins, the Oscar-nominated star of “The Shape of Water,” will take her first executive producer role, on “Cordelia,” a psychological thriller about a young woman who is haunted by past events and who starts to unravel when left alone in her apartment.

Antonia Campbell-Hughes (“Lead Balloon”) stars as Cordelia. She co-wrote the screenplay for the movie with Adrian Shergold (“Funny Cow”), who directs.

Veteran British actor Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), Catherine McCormack (“28 Weeks Later”), and actor and musician Johnny Flynn (“Genius”) round out the cast. Georgina Lowe (“Mr Turner”) will exec produce alongside Golden Globe-winning Hawkins.

The titular Cordelia lives with her twin sister, Caroline, and Caroline’s new boyfriend, Matt, in a basement flat in one of the less salubrious parts of London. She is trying to cope with them, a stalker, and neighbors including a mysterious cellist and an eccentric old man, Mr. Moses (Gambon).

More than a decade earlier,
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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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Top 2018 Oscar-Nominated Movies You Have to See This Weekend

The Academy Awards have found their permanent homes, at least for 2018, and if you haven’t seen those movies, you have to stop what you’re doing and start watching those. All the nominated movies are stunning, focusing on the hot topics of the year: social justice (or the lack of it), the struggles of the teenage life and war.

Below are some of the nominated movies you have to see this weekend.

The Shape of Water

If you like the fantasy world pictured by Guillermo del Toro in almost all his movies, then The Shape of Water is one of those movies for which you want to find some time to watch; you can find a good essay writing service online and forget about your week-end school projects. The tale of a secret research facility janitor that falls in love with a fantasy-world creature is more than what it seems at a first glance.
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44th Annual Saturn Awards Nominations Include It, Get Out, The Shape Of Water, Channel Zero, The Walking Dead, Twin Peaks

Representing everything from the haunted town of Derry to the place both "wonderful and strange" that is Twin Peaks, the 44th Saturn Award Nominations have officially been announced.

The winners for the 44th annual Saturn Award nominations will be selected in June. In the meantime, we have the full list of nominations below (including seven nominations for AMC's The Walking Dead, nine nods for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, and a leading 14 nominations for Black Panther), and you can learn more about the nominations and how to become a voting member at a special rate to support your favorite films and TV series on Saturn Awards' official website.

Press Release: Los Angeles – March 15, 2018 – Marvel’s “Black Panther” not only took the world by storm, but earned an impressive 14 nominations, including Best Comic-to-Film, Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman), Best Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), Best Supporting Actor (Michael B. Jordan
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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Rule Saturn Awards Nominations

Disney dominated the Saturn Awards nominations on Thursday morning.

Marvel’s “Black Panther” nabbed a leading 14 noms, followed by Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with 13.

The winners of the 44th annual awards show will be announced by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films in June.

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” each earned nine nominations. Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and James Mangold’s “Logan” scored six nods apiece. Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” received five and Matt Reeves’ “War for the Planet of the Apes” took four.
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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Rule Saturn Awards Nominations

‘Black Panther,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Rule Saturn Awards Nominations
Disney dominated the Saturn Awards nominations on Thursday morning.

Marvel’s “Black Panther” nabbed a leading 14 noms, followed by Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with 13.

The winners of the 44th annual awards show will be announced by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films in June.

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” each earned nine nominations. Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and James Mangold’s “Logan” scored six nods apiece. Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” received five and Matt Reeves’ “War for the Planet of the Apes” took four.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” led the TV fields with seven nominations, while its spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead,” nabbed three. CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” received five. HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” FX’s “American Horror Story: Cult,” CW’s “Riverdale,” and Showtime’s “Twin Peaks: the
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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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“Maudie” and “Alias Grace” Win Big at 2018 Canadian Screen Awards

Alias Grace”: Sabrina Lantos/Netflix

Women dominated Sunday night’s Canadian Screen Awards. Not only did female-led projects “Maudie,” “Alias Grace,” “Anne With an E,” and “Baroness von Sketch Show” sweep the major categories, women won the trophies for best director and best original and adapted screenplays, per the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

“Maudie,” Aisling Walsh’s biopic about folk artist Maud Lewis, took home best motion picture, best director (Walsh), best actress (Sally Hawkins) best original screenplay (Sherry White), and best costume design (Trysha Bakker), among other awards.

“Alias Grace,” the Netflix/CBC miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel about real-life convicted murderess Grace Marks, won best limited series and best lead actress in a limited series (Sarah Gadon). Atwood herself was honored with a special award, the Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute.

Anne With an E,” another Netflix/CBC literary adaptation, also fared very well.
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Guillermo del Toro Reveals Meaning Of Shape of Water’s Lead Characters

Guillermo del Toro has revealed the full meaning behind the characters in his Oscar-winning The Shape of Water in an exclusive video from the upcoming Blu-ray release.

With The Shape of Water, del Toro was able to tell an old-fashioned monster story in a new and different way. The film follows the mute Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), who works at a research facility in Baltimore that has just received a groundbreaking new discovery: the Amphibian Man (Doug Jones), a water-dwelling man-fish creature from a river in South America.
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The 2018 Oscars! A Fantastic Show Of Diversity

Despite the reports of this year’s Academy Awards broadcast showing lower than normal ratings, we have to say that overall it was a fairly solid telecast. This year more than ever people were streaming the awards show, as so many have turned to “cord-cutting” and according to digital marketing agency Adtaxi there has been significant change in the way audiences view and engage with award shows.

There were so many fantastic films, actors, actresses, directors and crew nominated this year, that we can’t even begin to imagine what it was like for the members of the Academy to cast those deciding votes on who would win and who would lose.

Each year Age of the Nerd completes our annual list of picks and it was definitely a tight race, as in many of the categories it was truly anyone’s game. We were thrilled to see that this
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‘SNL’: Kate McKinnon Channels Frances McDormand on ‘Family Feud: Oscar Edition’ to Joke About Inclusion Riders — Watch

‘SNL’: Kate McKinnon Channels Frances McDormand on ‘Family Feud: Oscar Edition’ to Joke About Inclusion Riders — Watch
The Oscars have come and gone, but “Saturday Night Live” being a week behind means we were treated to one last round of jokes about the awards ceremony last night. Kenan Thompson resumed his “Family Feud” hosting duties once again for a special Oscar Edition, which pitted the winners — Frances McDormand (Kate McKinnon), Guillermo del Toro (Beck Bennett), Allison Janney (Heidi Gardner), and Jordan Peele (Chris Redd) — against the losers: Common (Sterling K. Brown), Sally Hawkins (Melissa Villaseñor), Willem Dafoe (Alex Moffat) and Timothée Chalamet (Pete Davidson).

McKinnon channeled the “Three Billboards” star’s righteous indignation over the last few months, beginning with a joke hinging on her call for inclusion riders: “For all you ladies out there, I have two words that are going to change our industry: burlap dress,” she said. Hers wasn’t the only worthy impression, however, with Redd making a pointed joke about Peele moving
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘The Shape of Water,’ Jean-Luc Godard, Yuletide Terror, and More

Our latest deep-dive into recent books on cinema is heavy on 2017 follow-ups. But there’s also a unique look at late Godard, a romp through holiday horror, and a visually inventive stroll through 101 memorable movies. Let’s march on, starting with every cinephile’s buddy, Guillermo del Toro.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water: Creating a Fairy Tale for Troubled Times by Gina McIntyre (Insight Editions)

Guillermo del Toro’s fairy tale romance The Shape of Water was heralded by some as one of 2017’s finest (I’m in that camp) or as 2017’s The Artist (boo). Wherever one stands in this debate, its aesthetic beauty is undeniable. In other words, Shape is more than deserving of the Insight Editions treatment. The book is a gorgeous concoction, filled with del Toro’s endearing sketches, effects tests, film stills, and, best of all, accompanying text that is smart and
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‘The Shape of Water’ is a fantasy film, so it’s Not the first sci-fi movie to win Best Picture Oscar, according to our readers

‘The Shape of Water’ is a fantasy film, so it’s Not the first sci-fi movie to win Best Picture Oscar, according to our readers
Given how close the Oscar race for Best Picture was in 2018, it got somewhat lost in the conversation how rare it is for a genre movie to win. “The Shape of Water” took the top prize despite featuring an unconventional romance between a woman (Sally Hawkins) and a mysterious fish creature (Doug Jones). But which genre is it exactly? The film defies easy categorization, but most of the readers we polled said it’s a fantasy film, not sci-fi. Either way it’s an almost unheard-of achievement. Scroll down for our complete poll results at the bottom of this post.

Only 16% of respondents think “The Shape of Water” is strictly sci-fi. That would make it the first science-fiction film ever to win the top Oscar after years of overlooked classics like “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” (1982) and “Gravity” (2013). Far more of our readers (48%) think the film is a fantasy,
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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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