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Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses

Oscars: ‘Black Panther’ Leads Best Picture Nominees to Near-Record Box Office Grosses
This year’s Academy Award nominees proved the Oscars don’t need a popular film category to recognize movies with huge box office grosses. The 2019 crop of best picture hopefuls have generated an impressive $1.26 billion so far in North America alone.

That bounty is led by “Black Panther,” which earned a sensational $700 million at the domestic box office. “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” both contributed in a big way with $202 million and $205 million, respectively in the States. “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” and “Vice” have combined for another $153 million. There is one glaring omission from this year’s best picture hopefuls — Netflix hasn’t reported any theatrical grosses for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.”

Even so, the current tally for the eight best picture nominees dwarfs the total from last year’s nine contenders, which carried the ignominious distinction as having the lowest grosses in six years. This year
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Ja Rule Is Furious About Dual Fyre Fest Docs & Says He Was “Hustled, Scammed, Bamboozled” As Well

Last week, Hulu and Netflix got into a bit of a tussle over which company had the best documentary about the dumpster fire music event known as the Fyre Festival. Netflix touted it’s “Fyre” as the leading documentary about the subject, with its acclaimed director and access. Hulu, on the other hand, countered with saying “Fyre Fraud” is a deeper dissection about the impact of the disastrous festival.

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Playing a British Monarch Is a Step on the Road to Oscar Glory – Again

Playing a British Monarch Is a Step on the Road to Oscar Glory – Again
“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” Shakespeare wrote of Britain’s care-burdened monarchs. Try telling that to the Academy.

Once again, playing British royalty has proved to be a tried-and-true route to Oscar glory, with Olivia Colman as the latest actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for portraying an occupant of the British throne. Colman plays the 18th-century Queen Anne, the last of the ruling Stuarts, in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.” The film has lived up to its name throughout the awards season and now has 10 Oscar nods to its credit, tying Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.”

If Colman takes home the statuette on Feb. 24, she would become the third actor in the last dozen years alone to win an Oscar for playing a British king or queen. Colin Firth was named best actor for his portrayal of George VI in “The King’s Speech,” which also
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‘Documentary Now!’ Season 3 Trailer: New Mock Docs Star Cate Blanchett, Michael Keaton & More

‘Documentary Now!’ Season 3 Trailer: New Mock Docs Star Cate Blanchett, Michael Keaton & More
It’s been over two years since we’ve gotten new episodes of the mockumentary comedy series Documentary Now! Thankfully, our wait for documentary spoofs is nearly over. The third season (or 52nd season) of the series returns in February, and the first trailer for the new slate of episodes has arrived, showing off the incredible line-up […]

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Netflix In Talks To Officially Join MPAA & Become First Non-Traditional Studio To Do So

Netflix is ready to sit at the grown-ups table. The streaming service made some major noise this morning, earning 15 Oscar nominations (including 10 for “Roma”) and is now positioning itself to sit among the top Hollywood studios as a member of the MPAA.

Read More: Oscars 2019: ‘Roma’ & ‘The Favourite’ Lead With 10 Nominations, ‘A Star Is Born’ & ‘Vice’ Closely Behind [Full List]

THR is reporting that Netflix is in “advanced talks” to join the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Oscars 2019: ‘Black Panther’ Scores Six Craft Nominations and a Visual Effects Snub

Marvel’s zeitgeist-grabbing “Black Panther” dominated the Oscar craft races on Tuesday, grabbing six nominations for costume design, production design, score (composer Ludwig Göransson), song (“All the Stars”), sound editing, and sound mixing.

But it was snubbed for visual effects after being talked up as a frontrunner, and cinematographer Rachel Morrison missed out on her second nomination after breaking the glass ceiling for last year’s “Mudbound.” While the VFX branch may have deemed the effects as too supportive, Morrison perhaps fell prey to the confusion surrounding where cinematography ends and VFX begins.

Read More: 2019 Oscar Nominations Full List: ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ Land 10 Noms Each

Wakanda architect Hannah Beachler led the way as the first African-American nominated for production design, helping director Ryan Coogler achieve his vision of unity with her unique version of Afrofuturism. Also recognized as part of that crucial collaboration was costume designer Ruth Carter (snagging her third nomination).

Meanwhile,
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Could’ve Had a Scene With Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Could’ve Had a Scene With Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland
In early December, we wrote about how former Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire was once in consideration to play Peter B. Parker in Sony’s Oscar-nominated animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. That role as an older, out of shape web-slinger eventually went to New Girl actor Jake Johnson, but Maguire wasn’t the only former Spider-Man to be […]

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Samuel L. Jackson’s 13 Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: What is Samuel L. Jackson’s best performance?

Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film), The Wrap, Remezcla, MovieMaker Magazine

Decades of spirited portrayals in canonic films and big-budget extravaganzas turned Samuel L. Jackson into an American cinema staple. His high points are many, with Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, and within the McU for sure, but few have taken on as much historical and philosophical importance as his part in Raoul Peck’s earth-shattering documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.” In this superb collage of African American life, Jackson gives voice to novelist and virtuoso thinker James Baldwin, a defining figure within the civil rights movement who spoke uncompromisingly and with piercing vigor about racism in this country. Jackson’s highly recognizable voice enlivens Baldwin’s writing, but never makes itself
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#OscarsSoMale: People Are Outraged Over Lack Of Female Filmmakers In This Year’s Best Director Category

This year was supposed to be different, right? After opening up the Academy to a huge number of diverse people, this year’s Oscar nominations were going to be the bright, shining example of inclusivity that the awards show has lacked in years past. While there seems to be some diversity among the nominees, there is definitely a strong lack of females in the major filmmaking categories, despite 2018 being a banner year for women directors and writers.

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What Netflix Backlash? The 2019 Oscar Nominations Snubs and Surprises

Among the biggest surprises of the 2019 Oscar race: There’s no such thing as a Netflix backlash. Not only did the most dominant force in Hollywood land 15 Oscar nominations, including “Roma” (10) and three surprise craft nods for the Coen brothers’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” but “Roma” is a historic achievement. It’s the 10th foreign-language nominee that also contends for Best Picture, tying Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) for the most nominations earned by a foreign-language film.

Alfonso Cuarón also became the first filmmaker in Oscar history to land nominations for Picture, Director, and Cinematography. “Roma” is the fifth film to be nominated for Foreign Language Film and Best Picture in the same year. Each of the previous four — “Z” (1969), “Life Is Beautiful” (1998), “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) and “Amour” (2012) — won for Foreign Language Film, but not Best Picture. If “Roma” wins Best Picture, it will be a
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The Collider.com Podcast, Episode 182 – ‘Glass’ and the Films of M. Night Shyamalan

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're talking about the films of director M. Night Shyamalan. We discuss his rise to prominence, where the audience started to turn on him, his cold streak, and his return to success with self-financed movies including his latest picture, Glass, which we discuss in detail. We then finish up with Recently Watched. Listen to the latest episode of The Collider.com Podcast below; click here for the previous episode ("2019 Movie Preview"); and click on the respective links to find us on iTunes and Spotify. And if you have any movie …
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Disney’s First Latina Princess Movie May Be in the Works With Lin-Manuel Miranda

Disney has made bold strides in the past decade, introducing its first African-American princess with The Princess and the Frog and its first Polynesian princess with Moana. Now, could we be on our way to getting our first Latina Disney Princess? Reports suggest that Mary Poppins Returns’ Lin-Manuel Miranda, who had a hand in creating the music behind Moana, is […]

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TV Lifeline: Which Shows Have Been Renewed or Cancelled?

Last Updated: January 22nd Never get too comfy with the fates of your favorite shows -- the game is afoot! Below, you'll find the latest updates on the renewal or cancellation status of over 150 scripted broadcast and cable series for 2018 and beyond. For sanity's sake we are not including reality shows or all scripted shows, but noteworthy ones are here (with new ones being added with each new premiere cycle). Also, we do clear out old cancellations, so if you don't see your show listed there's a good chance it's no longer running. Almost …
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‘Bumblebee’: One Of The Best-Reviewed Films Of 2018 Is Officially Getting A Sequel

With the Oscar nominations announced this morning, there are some people out that that probably noticed one particular snub. And no, it was such a low-key snub that it didn’t even make our list of Oscar Surprises and Snubs. We’re talking one of the best-reviewed films of the year – “Bumblebee.” Yes, we’re kidding. But only slightly. And the good reviews didn’t go unnoticed by Paramount, as they’re officially beginning development on a sequel.

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More Female Directors Were Worthy of a Best Director Nod Than Ever, But Got Shut Out of the Oscars

You can count on one hand the number of female directors who have been nominated for a Best Director Oscar in the award’s 90-year history. You can count on one finger the number of female directors who have won the Best Director prize. But despite their meager showing at awards ceremonies, female directors are thriving […]

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‘Song of Parkland’ Trailer: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Drama Students Try to Heal Their Community

It’s been less than a year since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 17 students and staff died in the attack, leaving both the school community and the entire country unsure of how to move forward. The new HBO documentary “Song of Parkland” shows how the school’s drama department returned to school in the wake of the tragedy to put on a production to help unite the school. In addition to chronicling the efforts of the students to finish the production, the film also follows a number of Stoneman Douglas classmates as they became prominent activists throughout the rest of 2018. In addition to working to finish the last of their rehearsals, the newly released trailer for the film shows the students marching in demonstrations.

Read More: Stephen Colbert on Gun Violence: ‘Now Is the Time for Action to Keep Our Communities Safe’

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At 1990 Oscars, Kim Basinger Called Out the Academy for Snubbing Spike Lee and ‘Do the Right Thing’ — Watch

At 1990 Oscars, Kim Basinger Called Out the Academy for Snubbing Spike Lee and ‘Do the Right Thing’ — Watch
After three decades of making movies, Spike Lee is finally an Oscar-nominated director. He’s also finally a director with a Best Picture nominee. The filmmaker earned these long-overdue first nominations for “BlacKkKlansman,” but the general consensus among cinephiles is that Lee should have scored nominations for Best Director and Best Picture at the 63rd Academy Awards for “Do The Right Thing.” Lee was overlooked for Best Director that year in favor of Oliver Stone (“Born on the Fourth of July”), Woody Allen (“Crimes and Misdemeanors”), Peter Weir (“Dead Poets Society”), Kenneth Branagh (“Henry V”), and Jim Sheridan (“My Left Foot”).

In the wake of Lee’s historic Oscar nomination, a clip from the 1990 Oscars is going viral for featuring actress Kim Basinger calling out the Academy live on air for snubbing “Do The Right Thing.” “Driving Miss Daisy” won Best Picture at the Oscars that year, with the other
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Almost Introduced Australian Spider-Man, Read the Script Page Here

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Almost Introduced Australian Spider-Man, Read the Script Page Here
Last weekend’s release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse unleashed a handful of new superpowered Spider-People who had never been seen on the big screen before. In fact, many of them were characters who fans thought they’d probably never see in a Spider-Man movie, let alone on screen with each other alongside Peter Parker and Miles […]

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‘Black Panther’ Best Picture Nomination Makes History, 10 Years After ‘The Dark Knight’ Snub Caused a Backlash

‘Black Panther’ Best Picture Nomination Makes History, 10 Years After ‘The Dark Knight’ Snub Caused a Backlash
The Dark Knight scooped up eight Academy Award nominations for 2008, including a Best Supporting Actor nod for the late Heath Ledger. But many expected more. There were rumblings that Christopher Nolan’s dark and gritty bat-flick would make history, break the mold, and become the first comic book property nominated for Best Picture. It didn’t happen. […]

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