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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List

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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List
France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma unveiled its nominations for the César Awards this morning in Paris. The races for the country’s Oscar equivalent are led by Xavier Legrand’s feature debut Jusqu’à La Garde (Custody) and Gilles Lellouche’s Le Grand Bain (Sink Or Swim) with 10 mentions each. They are followed by Jacques Audiard’s English-language western, The Sisters Brothers, and Pierre Salvadori’s En Liberté! (The Trouble With You) with nine a piece. All four are in the Best Picture and Director categories.

There’s a noticeably lighter edge to the nominations this year with Le Grand Bain a sort of Full Monty à la française that sees a group of middle-aged men form a synchronized swimming team. The movie debuted out of competition in Cannes and became the 3rd highest grossing local title of 2018 with over 5M tickets sold.

Also out of Cannes,
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"Sopranos" Prequel Film Finds Young Tony: Michael Gandolfini Is Chip Off Old Block

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Exclusive: The Sopranos creator David Chase has found his Tony Soprano. Michael Gandolfini has been set to play the future New Jersey organized crime family boss in The Many Saints of Newark, the feature prequel to Chase’s groundbreaking TV series The Sopranos that Alan Taylor is directing for New Line.

He is the son of James Gandolfini, who originated the iconic role of Tony Soprano and won multiple Emmys, SAG Awards and a Golden Globe in an anti-hero role that made possible later bad guy turns like Bryan Cranston’s in Breaking Bad and future HBO series including Deadwood, Westworld and Game of Thrones. He died in 2013.

The late actor’s son has been gaining experience and had a breakout turn on the HBO drama series The Deuce. His resemblance to Tony Soprano is uncanny. The filmmakers engaged in an extensive audition process to find the young Tony before Gandolfini won the role.
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What Netflix’s Official MPAA Membership Means – Update

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What Netflix’s Official MPAA Membership Means – Update
Updated with Netflix officially joining: It’s official, Netflix is a member of the MPAA. The Washington, DC-based organization just dropped the following release:

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has added Netflix as a new member of the global trade association that advocates on behalf of the film and television industry.

“On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin. “All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward, in both how we tell stories and how we reach audiences. Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together.”

Netflix joins other leading producers of film and television content that make up the MPAA, including Disney, Paramount,
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Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere

Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere
Is Sundance poised for ICE to crash its Park City party?

When the documentary/narrative hybrid The Infiltrators makes its world premiere Jan. 25 at the Library Center Theatre, at least two self-described Dreamers who are featured in the film plan to be on hand and are taunting Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to meet them there.

“I welcome any retaliation by the Trump Administration,” says Mohammad Abdollahi, an undocumented immigrant from Iran. “We've come to understand that the more out there in the open we are, the safer we are. If I were to get detained by immigration,...
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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates

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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates
Best Picture Oscar nominee Green Book has secured a China release of March 1, a handful of days after the Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood. Alibaba Pictures, which owns a stake in Amblin Partners, is a financier on the film and will be expected to lean on its popular ticketing platform Tao Piao Piao to support the movie.

Green Book scored five Oscar nominations on Tuesday and should it convert some of those to wins, could see a nice bump in the Middle Kingdom — although it is slotting in during a competitive period and is understood to be the subject of a flat sale rather than going in as a quota title. Recent pics with awards halos that have done well in China include The Revenant, La La Land, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and The Shape Of Water. Moonlight did not release in the Middle Kingdom, but that
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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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Watch: Matthew McConaughey Stars in Groovy New ‘The Beach Bum’ Trailer

Watch: Matthew McConaughey Stars in Groovy New ‘The Beach Bum’ Trailer
Matthew McConaughey takes on new levels of drug use in the latest trailer for “The Beach Bum.”

True to the film’s title, the trailer opens on a trashy beach town stage where McConaughey’s character Moondog is waiting to accept some sort of musical award.

“Before I accept whatever award it is they’re giving me today, I want to start off with a little poetic foreplay,” he says to a crowd of waiting beachgoers. “One day I will swallow the world, and when I do I hope you all perish violently.”

A neon montage of drug use and drunken antics is next, highlighting Moondog’s poor decision making alongside the film’s high-profile cast. In between clips of coke lines and weed trees, Moondog plays golf with Jonah Hill, kisses Isla Fisher, and wanders the streets at night with Zac Efron. Also rounding out the cast is the hip-hop sensation himself,
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Rip Jonas Mekas (1922-2019)

I only met Jonas Mekas once, briefly, in the most technical and unimpressive sense of “met”: I was coming out of Anthology Film Archives, emerging from a press screening and grimly proceeding to the nearest Usps branch. He asked why I wasn’t smiling, for which I didn’t have a good or succinct answer, and turned tail. I blew it! He didn’t identify himself and didn’t need to: Mekas’s status as an East Village institution and NYC film legend was imprinted on me long before I moved to the city. Artforum‘s obit puts it succinctly: “His output, which spans seven decades […]
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SAG Awards Unveils Presenters After Accusing Academy of ‘Intimidation’

SAG Awards Unveils Presenters After Accusing Academy of ‘Intimidation’
The SAG Awards has unveiled its first round of presenters, including Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Rami Malek, Chadwick Boseman, Adam Driver, Sam Elliott, and Constance Wu.

Wednesday’s announcement comes two weeks after SAG-AFTRA accused the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of intimidation in trying to limit actors from presenting on awards shows other than the Oscars. The union asserted that AMPAS was using “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” on actors, adding that it is “outrageous” that SAG-aftra members are being pressured to not present at their own union’s awards show.

AMPAS has not responded to the accusation. Veteran publicists have indicated that the union was responding to an ongoing problem for prominent actors.

Other presenters include Angela Bassett, Ken Jeong, Henry Golding, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Ben Mazzello, John David Washington, and Michelle Yeoh.

The SAG Awards will be held on Jan. 27 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium,
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The 10 Most Disturbing Movie Scenes of 2018

We’re nearly a month into the new year, but before we let 2019 rejuvenate our motivations, why not take one last stroll down 2018’s memory lane? More appropriately, the thorn-lined backroad of memory lane where there is no light – only torment and pain. Fun! Let’s face the darkness from 2018’s cinematic slate as a means […]

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Kevin Hart Partnering With Stx on Two Comedies (Exclusive)

Kevin Hart Partnering With Stx on Two Comedies (Exclusive)
Kevin Hart is partnering with STXfilms to produce on a pair of comedy movies through his HartBeat Productions with an eye to star in both projects, Variety has learned exclusively.

The announcement comes on the heels of Hart’s solid box office performance in “The Upside,” in which he co-stars with Bryan Cranston. Stx’s comedic drama, co-produced with Lantern Entertainment, topped expectations by opening in first place at the North American box office and has generated $47 million in its first 11 days of release.

“Stx came in to make ‘The Upside’ the success it is. Their strategy, execution and collaborative approach are perfectly aligned with HartBeat Productions’ values,” said Hart. “It was an easy ‘yes’ when they pitched us two new ideas to produce together.”

The first project is a body switching comedy titled “Black Friday” and based on a story by Doan La. The second is an untitled international
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Nicolas Cage to reunite with 'Mandy' producer on 'Color Out Of Space'

Nicolas Cage to reunite with 'Mandy' producer on 'Color Out Of Space'
Cult South African Richard Stanley returns to direct after 1996 The Island Of Dr. Moreau debacle.

Nicolas Cage has reunited with Mandy producer SpectreVision and Ace Pictures on H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out Of Space to co-star Joely Richardson.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin next month on the story of The Gardner family, who witness a metreorite crash into the front garden of their remote New England farmstead and infect everthing it touches with an otherwordly colour.

Joining Cage and Richardson on the cast are Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard and Q’Orianka Kilcher.

Cult South African director
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Charlie Cox Anonymously Signed The ‘Daredevil’ Petition; Hopes To Return To The McU [Interview]

Recently, we spoke with actor Charlie Cox about his new film “King of Thieves,” which reunites him with his “The Theory of Everything” director James Marsh. He discussed working with the outstanding cast led by Michael Caine, “Mindhunter” screenwriter Joe Penhall‘s subversive script, the privilege of working in prestige television, and, of course, all things “Daredevil.”

Read More: ‘Daredevil’ Actress Says Marvel Was “Surprised” By Cancellation & Says Netflix Is Solely Responsible

For those that have been living under a rock over the last three months, one of Netflix’s most successful and critically acclaimed shows, “Daredevil,” was inexplicably canceled.

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Jonas Mekas, titan of underground filmmaking, dies aged 96

The Lithuanian director escaped the Nazis and moved to New York, where he became a totemic figure for artists including Andy Warhol and John Lennon

The film-maker Jonas Mekas, widely regarded as the godfather of underground cinema, has died aged 96. Born in Lithunia, he fled the Nazis and went on to work with the cream of the New York 1960s avant garde, including Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Mekas’s death was announced on his Facebook page, which said: “Jonas passed away quietly and peacefully early this morning. He was at home with family. He will be greatly missed but his light shines on.”
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Beck, Billie Eilish, Patti Smith, El-p & More To Appear On New ‘Roma’ Soundtrack (Seriously)

Yesterday, “Roma” found itself nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including the coveted Best Picture nomination. However, there’s one Oscar category that didn’t feature “Roma,” and in fact, couldn’t ever feature the film – Best Original Song. You see, unlike “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” or “Black Panther,” Alfonso Cuaron’s film didn’t have a soundtrack at all.

Continue reading Beck, Billie Eilish, Patti Smith, El-p & More To Appear On New ‘Roma’ Soundtrack (Seriously) at The Playlist.
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‘The Punisher’ Season 2: Producers on Show’s Future and Getting Inspiration From ‘The Professional’

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Marvel Television executive vice president Jeph Loeb is all too open about why, of all the comic book adaptations he currently produces for television, showrunner Stephen Lightfoot’s “The Punisher” is one of the most complicated. In the gritty Netflix series, avenging angel Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) has chosen to channel his grief over losing his family into an all-consuming vengeance quest.

“The greatest challenge of the Punisher character is that you have someone who lives in the world of the gray, and you have someone whose immediate answer to many situations is one of real violence,” Loeb said. “He’s very disturbed as a character, he’s very damaged as a character. And so, we happen to think that the take that Steve brings to it and the way that Jon plays the character enables us to see him in a light that you could root for him, I
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Jonas Mekas, Experimental Film Icon, Dies at 96

Jonas Mekas, Experimental Film Icon, Dies at 96
Jonas Mekas, the avant-garde film icon who is widely considered one of the most important figures in experimental film history, has died at 96. Mekas’ passing was confirmed on social media by the Anthology Film Archives. The director co-founded the New York City center for film preservation and exhibition in 1970.

“Dear friends. Jonas passed away quietly and peacefully early this morning,” Anthology Film Archives wrote on Instagram. “He was at home with family. He will be greatly missed but his light shines on.”

Mekas, often referred to as “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema,” got his start curating experimental films in New York City in the 1950s. Along with his brother Adolfas, he co-founded the American film magazine Film Culture in 1954, and by the 1960s he was directing his own features, including “Guns of the Trees” (1962) and “The Brig” (1964). The latter title won the Venice Film Festival’s Grand Prix. Mekas was also a notable cinematographer,
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Disruptor Netflix Joins Big Studios at the Table With MPAA Membership, Analysts Say

Netflix is starting to look a lot like the media institutions it has been disrupting for years.

In one fell swoop on Tuesday, the streaming giant racked up an impressive 15 Academy Award nominations, including a best picture nod for Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white, Spanish-language drama “Roma.” Hours later came official word that the company had joined the Motion Picture Association of America, a trade group that issues content ratings for movies and represents Hollywood’s interests in Washington. It’s the first digital player to do so, potentially paving the way for an Amazon or an Apple to follow suit.

Breaking through the exclusive circles of the Academy and entering into the MPAA fellowship further establishes Netflix as a storied media brand. Is it a sign that a tech player that thrived on being an iconoclast that happily squabbles with legacy industries like the movie theater chains has started to mature into something different?
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‘Broad City’ Season 5 Review: Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer Have Never Been Better

Comedy Central provided three episodes of “Broad City’s” final season for review, and all three are excellent. “Stories,” the Season 5 premiere, should get critics and fans talking about the gifts and pilfers of social media — how, in an episode shot as if on an iPhone and told as if it’s an Instagram story, the dedication to telling stories for others can rob the storyteller of their own experience. “Artsy Fartsy” and “Lost and Found,” which will air almost a month later, dig into personal growth moments for Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana (Ilana Glazer) — moments told in classic “Broad City” structure, but pushing each leading lady to decisions they’ve been avoiding.

“Stories” ranks among the best episodes of the series, and the other two prove Jacobson and Glazer — the creators, writers, directors, producers, and stars — remain at the top of their games. “Broad City” still delivers all
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'Sex Education' breakout Emma Mackey to star in survival thriller 'Summit Fever' (exclusive)

'Sex Education' breakout Emma Mackey to star in survival thriller 'Summit Fever' (exclusive)
Mackey joins project from A Lonely Place To Die director Julian Gilbey.

Emma Mackey, the breakout star of popular Netflix series Sex Education, has officially boarded the cast of UK-France survival thriller Summit Fever.

The actress joins Freddie Thorp (Overdrive) in the film, which is from A Lonely Place To Die director Julian Gilbey.

Set in the French Alps, Summit Fever is the story of a young English mountaineer who is lured to the Alps by his friend to help him conquer the ‘Big Three’ – the Matterhorn, the Eiger, and Mont Blanc, all over one summer.

The film is a
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