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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster Will Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry

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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster Will Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry
Exclusive: Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of Woman at War, the spirited and eccentric eco-thriller that Iceland has officially submitted for the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

Foster will reinterpret the role of Halla (played in the original film by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a genial middle-aged music teacher hiding a secret life as an outlaw environmental activist with a grudge against the local aluminum industry that is despoiling the pristine Highlands of Iceland. Halla is escalating her one-woman campaign of sabotage when an unexpected letter arrives with news: her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine.

It’s nature vs. nurture, so to speak, as the unlikely eco-avenger finds herself questioning her political convictions and destiny even as government agents hunt for her and an orphaned child awaits to fulfill Halla’s dream of motherhood.
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Scores from ‘Green Book,’ ‘Solo,’ Others Disqualified from Oscar Race (Exclusive)

Scores from ‘Green Book,’ ‘Solo,’ Others Disqualified from Oscar Race (Exclusive)
First-round voting is underway for Oscar’s Original Song and Original Score categories, but Academy music-branch voters are discovering that four talked-about scores are missing from the eligibility list.

Music for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Green Book,” “Mandy” and “The Other Side of the Wind” has been disqualified for various reasons, Variety has learned.

More than 150 scores are in the running, although only the approximately 300 music-branch members have access to the list when they log onto the Academy website to cast their ballots. This year, unlike previous years, the Academy chose not to release the complete rundowns of qualified scores and songs.

Solo: A Star Wars Story,” composed by John Powell with themes by John Williams, was nixed by the board as having been entered too late for the competition (deadline was Nov. 15).

“Mandy,” the Nicolas Cage revenge thriller that featured the late Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s final score,
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'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online
Roma was named best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Online.

The vote took place Sunday, the same day that the L.A. Film Critics Association also voted Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white, semiautobiographical film as best picture of 2018.

In addition, Cuaron was tapped as best director and best cinematographer for his work on the film.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant were named best actress and best supporting actor, respectively, while Ethan Hawke was voted best actor for First Reformed and Regina King took the supporting actor prize for If Beale Street ...
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
The Queens have it again. Focus Features opened Mary Queen of Scots in four New York and L.A. locations Friday to a robust start, taking in over $200K for a weekend, topping $50,045 per-heater average, placing it as the 11th highest PTA of the year as of Sunday morning.

Specialty moviegoers are clearly satiating their zest for period films centering on monarchs from the British Isles. Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite had the year’s highest opening weekend PTA at $105K. Now in its third weekend, the feature, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, as well as Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as her aristocratic suitors, expanded over the weekend, grossing $1.43M in 91 theaters, averaging $15,714.

Though Mary Queen of Scots reigned among limited-release openers, Neon’s Vox Lux by Brady Corbet and Peter HedgesBen Is Back, released via Ld Entertainment, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, had solid showings. Vox Lux,
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‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Trailer: Mothra, Rodan & King Ghidorah Prepare for Battle

Did you know that, as of 2018, Godzilla has starred in over 30 movies? Can you imagine binge-watching over 30 Godzilla movies in a row? Major props to anyone who’s actually sat down and watched all those movies. You are officially a hero.

To be fair, it feels like Hollywood is forcing audiences to watch the same movie over and over again at times. Viewers expecting “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” to subvert the rudimentary monster movie formula and bestow audiences with an entirely fresh interpretation will more than likely find themselves sorely disappointed.

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New ‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Promo Defends the Hell Out of Nickelback

New ‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Promo Defends the Hell Out of Nickelback
This is how you remind audiences that a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 is coming to theaters this week in the form of Once Upon a Deadpool. We’ve already seen a good amount of the back and forth between Deadpool and Fred Savage, reprising his childhood role from The Princess Bride, but a new promo […]

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Travis Knight on Getting the Call to Direct ‘Bumblebee’: ‘Did You Guys Get The Right Number?’

Travis Knight on Getting the Call to Direct ‘Bumblebee’: ‘Did You Guys Get The Right Number?’
Bumblebee” director Travis Knight admits he couldn’t really believe it when Paramount Studios and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura called him two years ago to ask him to direct the Transformers movie.

“My initial question was, ‘Did you guys get the right number?'” Knight joked at Sunday’s premiere of “Bumblebee” at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. “You’ve seen the kind of movies I make right? You know I make weird little artisanal indie films with my bare hands. I play with dolls for a living.”

It wasn’t long before he came around to the idea. “I grew up with the Transformers,” he said, recalling watching the cartoons, reading the comic books, and playing with Transformers toys. “I had a little Bumblebee action figure. Me and him would go on little adventures in my parents’ basement.”

Also walking the red carpet that night were star Hailee Steinfeld
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Karyn Kusama: Watching ‘Jennifer’s Body’ Only Get Marketed to Teen Boys Was Painful

Karyn Kusama: Watching ‘Jennifer’s Body’ Only Get Marketed to Teen Boys Was Painful
With the Christmas release of her well-reviewed crime drama “Destroyer” right around the corner, director Karyn Kusama spent some time with Buzzfeed looking back at one of her most misunderstood releases: “Jennifer’s Body.” The horror film, written by “Juno” Oscar winner Diablo Cody and starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried, was a critical and box office misfire when it opened in September 2009. Nine years later, Kusama and Body told Buzzfeed part of the issue with the release was the divide between their intentions with the film and 20th Century Fox’s marketing campaign.

“I wrote it for girls,” Cody said. “If a guy wrote a movie with the line ‘hell is a teenage girl,’ I would reject that. But I’m allowed to say it because I was one. I think the fact that we were a female creative team gave us permission to make observations about some of
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The Favourite leads awards race with 14 Critics' Choice nominations

Yorgos Lanthimos comedy edges Vice and A Star Is Born, while Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace did well in the TV section

Period comedy The Favourite has solidified its position as an early leader in the awards race after securing 14 nominations in the Critics’ Choice awards. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, The Favourite is up for best picture, best comedy, best director and best original screenplay, as well as receiving comprehensive nods for its cast: best actress and best comedy actress for Colman, best supporting actress for Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, and best ensemble.

The Critics’ Choice awards, given by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, are considered an accurate barometer of Oscar tastes: The Shape of Water took four awards here last year, when 17 out of 19 common categories had the same winner. It comes after last week’s somewhat
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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer Turns Mothra, Rodan, and More Into Epic Spectacle — Watch

Studio fare in 2019 might be dominated by Disney blockbusters like “The Lion King,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Star Wars: Episode IX,” but don’t underestimate the appeal of cinema’s most beloved monster. Godzilla is returning to the big screen in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” directed by Michael Dougherty. The movie is the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ acclaimed 2014 “Godzilla,” which grossed over $520 million worldwide.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters” follows the efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters. The film finds Godzilla facing off against such iconic beasts as Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

The blockbuster hopeful features a star-studded cast, including Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins,
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New ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer Teases Giant Monster Pandemonium

Warner Bros. has debuted a new trailer teasing the return of Monarch and their god-sized monsters in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The sequel to the 2014 American franchise relaunch comes from Trick 'r Treat and Krampus filmmaker Michael Dougherty and stars Stranger Things breakout Millie Bobby Brown alongside Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler in another city-stomping monster epic. This time the King of the Monsters isjoined by some of his fellow iconic Kaiju including the hangar jet sized insectoid Mothra, the three-headed beast King Ghidorah, and the titanic Pteranodon Rodan. The followup will see the return …
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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer: The Kaiju Smackdown You’ve Been Waiting For

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer: The Kaiju Smackdown You’ve Been Waiting For
Godzilla is back, and he’s bringing all his monstrous friends in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Krampus director Michael Dougherty helms this second outing of the rebooted Godzilla franchise, which finds a scientist coming up with a bold idea to help restore order to the world: unleashing monsters! This continues to look like a vast improvement over the previous Godzilla […]

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The ‘Doctor Who’ Season Finale is a ‘Battle’ to Maintain the Show’s Momentum

The ‘Doctor Who’ Season Finale is a ‘Battle’ to Maintain the Show’s Momentum
There’s a line from Peter Capaldi’s run as the Doctor that I keep going back to during this inspiring, but uneven, 11th season of Doctor Who: “Well to be fair, they cut out all the jokes!” This episode, and to an extent this season, could have done with a couple of laughs. While Jodie Whittaker has […]

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Los Angeles Film Critics Name ‘Roma’ Best Picture; Get Bold with Other Picks

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association made its picks for the best of the best in 2018 yesterday, and they brought a welcome shakeup to the critics group awards. At this time of year, you usually start to see a trend with critics groups where they all start to choose the same winners in certain categories. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that—the best is the best—but when awards season gets packed with anointed winners before Oscar nominations have even been announced, critics groups can sometimes push outside contenders into the forefront with bold picks. That’s what …
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Watch: Emmet Throws a Holiday Party for Apocalypseburg in a ‘Lego Movie’ Short Film

Warner Bros. has released a fun teaser for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part by debuting a Lego Movie short film, “Emmet’s Holiday Party”. Following the Duplo invasion at the end of the first film, Bricksburg is now Apocalypseburg, but that hasn’t dimmed Emmet’s holiday spirit. He’s determined to throw a party and have a Christmas tree you can see from space, which may not be the wisest idea when fighting off invaders from space. It’s a cute little short, and a fun way to get people even more excited for The Lego Movie
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RealD signs pact with Wanda for 100 RealD Ultimate Screens

Most will be in Wanda’s premium cinemas.

China’s Wanda Cinema Line has reached an agreement with RealD to install 100 RealD Ultimate Screens in its theatres across China over the next two years.

Launched in 2016, RealD’s Ultimate Screen is a state-of-the-art screen technology featuring superior brightness, sharper refined images and ghosting-free 3D, among other features. The technology, which is widely used in premium and large format auditoriums, won the 2016 Hpa Awards for Engineering Excellence.

The screen is installed in 108 cinema locations in 41 cities worldwide. Most of the 100 new screens that Wanda will install will be in its premium cinemas.
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A New ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Anime is Coming to Netflix in 2020

While the rest of Hollywood is scrambling to adapt as many anime into live-action movies as possible, Netflix is starting to go the opposite route. Sure, they have to answer for that Death Note adaptation and possibly the upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series, but the streaming giant is getting some points with a new Ghost in the Shell anime […]

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Peter Jackson to Restore His Early Movies Including ‘Braindead’ and ‘Heavenly Creatures’

Peter Jackson became a superstar with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but he built a devoted cult following thanks to his first four movies: Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, Braindead (aka Dead Alive), and Heavenly Creatures. However, none of these movies have ever been released on Blu-ray or HD, and it makes sense when you consider the low-budget cost of Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, and Braindead (Heavenly Creatures is more of an indie arthouse film and it’s always looked pretty good by comparison despite only carrying a $5 million budget). But now that Jackson has …
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New ‘Godzilla 2’ Poster Is Massive; An Absolute Unit

Ahead of a new trailer debut, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment have released a new Godzilla 2 poster for the upcoming sequel. Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty takes the helm of the follow-up, which features Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins as the only returning characters from Gareth Edwards’ first Godzilla movie. This time around, the action focuses on the arrival of various other monsters aside from Godzilla, which include Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. None of those monsters are seen on this new poster, which instead puts the focus squarely on Godzilla himself and his …
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Cinematographer’s Craft Drives Tragicomic Story in Czech Film ‘The Painted Bird’

Cinematographer’s Craft Drives Tragicomic Story in Czech Film ‘The Painted Bird’
Czech indie producer director Vaclav Marhoul says he knew from the moment he got his hands on Jerzy Kosinski’s Holocaust novel “The Painted Bird” that he had to adapt it for the screen.

Finding the book at all in Central Europe was not easy even a decade ago, when Marhoul took up the challenge of creating the mythic, war-torn land of the tragi-comic story by the author of “Being There”; it had long been banned during the communist era and copies were still rare, Marhoul says.

He credits below-the-line colleagues in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic for much of the feat. To conjure the book’s dark and haunting world, the director brought in cinematographer Vladimir Smutny and production designer Jan Vlasak, two of the nation’s top creatives in their fields.

The Painted Bird” spins a netherworld of Slavic wartime horrors intermixed, Marhoul says, with just the right measure of hope.
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