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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Green Book’ Takes Best Picture – Complete Winners List

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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Green Book’ Takes Best Picture – Complete Winners List
Green Book walked away with the marquee prize at the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards, which were handed out Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse followed up its Golden Globes win and beat out a tough field to snare the statuette for Animated Feature, and the Mister Rogers pic Won’t You Be My Neighbor? laced up the Documentary Feature prize, also topping a solid field..

On the TV side, the final season of FX’s The Americans won the drama series awards, following up its Globes win two weeks ago. Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel continued its remarkable awards run, up its Emmy and Golden Globes triumph with its second consecutive Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy at the PGAs. Its creator-ep Amy Sherman-Palladino was among tonight’s career award recipients – the Norman Lear Award for Achievement in Television.
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PGA Awards: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Animated Film Prize

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PGA Awards: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Animated Film Prize
Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has won the animated movie award at the Producers Guild Awards.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” topped “The Grinch,” “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The last three PGA winners in animation – “Coco,” “Zootopia,” “Inside Out” – have also won the Oscar.

The fifth season of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” repeated as the winner of the Live Entertainment and Talk category. The second season of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” took the David L. Wolper Award for limited series television.

Fahrenheit 451” won the award for top streamed or televised motion picture. The 10th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” took the award for game and competiton television. “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” won the award for non-fiction television.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the first award at the awards show
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury
Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham King provided insight into some of the events surrounding the Golden Globe-winning film Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast, including director Bryan Singer’s departure from the film partway through production.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, with like 16, 17 days to go and Bryan Singer just had some issues, his mother was very sick, and he’s the kind of guy that he needs to have 100% focus,” King explained at the Skirball Cultural Center. “He just said, I want to hiatus the film, and deal with what he had going on in his life. And the studio wanted to finish the film. And of course, my job is to protect the film at any cost and that’s what I was there to do.”

Fox terminated Singer under the “pay or play” provision of his contract, sources indicated at the time, due to his repeated failures to show up on the set
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Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani Are Starring in a Rom-Com, So Hand Over Your Money Now

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Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani Are Starring in a Rom-Com, So Hand Over Your Money Now
Sometimes you don't even need to hear the full scoop on an upcoming project before you're ready to throw all your money at it. That's exactly how I'm feeling about The Lovebirds, the recently announced romantic comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two comedy stars will play a couple on the brink of a breakup who get caught up in a bizarre murder mystery. They'll have to work together to solve the case and clear their names, while also figuring out if their relationship will survive the night. So, two of the funniest people on TV, up to wacky hijinks while solving a murder? Seriously, just take my money, Paramount!

The Lovebirds reunites Nanjiani with The Big Sick director Michael Showalter and features a script written by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall, and Martin Gero (who are all also involved in NBC's conspiracy thriller Blindspot).
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‘Glass’ Revives Box Office With Top 3 All-Time Mlk Weekend Opening

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‘Glass’ Revives Box Office With Top 3 All-Time Mlk Weekend Opening
Though it isn’t looking like it will have the opening weekend analysts expected, Universal’s “Glass” is still doing its job of reviving the box office as it moves out of the holiday season. M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film made $16 million on Friday, and is currently projected for a 4-day total of $48 million from 3,841 screens on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

While that’s below the $50 million projections set by Universal and well below the $52-65 million projection set by trackers, “Glass” is still on course to post one of the top three highest Mlk weekend openings in box office history. The all-time best opening is the $107.2 million set in 2015 by “American Sniper,” an outlier as that film went on to gross $350 million domestic. No. 2 on the list belongs to Universal’s “Ride Along,” which had a 4-day opening of $48.6 million in 2015.

The other good bit of news is that opening night audiences didn’t quite reject “Glass” as much as some critics predicted. While the film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 35 percent, audiences gave the film a B on CinemaScore. By comparison, Shyamalan’s last film, “Split,” had a 76 percent Rt score and a B+ on CinemaScore. With little competition in the next three weeks, “Glass” will have a chance to leg out into February having already made back its $20 million production budget.

In second place this weekend is Stx’s “The Upside,” which is holding remarkably well and is now poised to join the “Bad Moms” films as one of Stx’s highest grossing films ever. The film added $4.1 million on its second Friday and is expected to drop just 28 percent from its $20.5 million opening with a $14.7 million 3-day/$17.7 4-day weekend total. That would push its domestic cume to $46 million.

In third is WB’s “Aquaman,” which will cross the $300 million domestic mark in its fifth weekend with a 4-day total of $12.3 million. Completing the top five are two Sony films, “A Dog’s Way Home” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” both of which are expected to finish the weekend with a $10-11 million total. “A Dog’s Way Home” is estimated to push its cume to $24.8 million after two weekends, while “Spider-Verse” will see its cume reach $161 million after six weekends.

Outside the top five, Funimation released the shounen anime film “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” on 470 screens, and is projected to make $9.4 million over four days. Meanwhile, Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” will cross $200 million domestic after 12 weekends in theaters, adding $2.7 million this weekend from 1,177 screens.

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Frank Grillo to Star in the Thriller ‘Hell on the Border’

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Frank Grillo to Star in the Thriller ‘Hell on the Border’
Frank Grillo is set to star in the action-thriller “Hell on the Border” with Wes Miller directing.

Miller also penned the script with Curtis Nichouls, Henry Penzi, and Sasha Yelaun producing. Ron Perlman is also on board to co-star.

Plot details are unknown at this time. Production is currently underway in Birmingham, Ala.

Grillo has a slew of projects set to bow in 2019, starting with the thriller “Donnybrook,” which also stars Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley and opened at the Toronto Film Festival. It premieres in theaters on Feb. 15.

He will follow that up with the thriller “Boss Level” opposite Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts, which Grillo produced with his production company War Party.

Grillo’s “Point Blank” premieres later this year on Netflix
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Stefanos Miltsakakis, Muscleman in 5 Van Damme Films, Dies at 59

Stefanos Miltsakakis, Muscleman in 5 Van Damme Films, Dies at 59
Stefanos Miltsakakis, the powerful martial arts muscleman who squared off against Jean-Claude Van Damme in Maximum Risk, The Quest and three other action films, has died. He was 59.

Miltsakakis died in his sleep on Jan. 10 at his home in Santa Monica, his longtime personal manager, Stephen Brown, told The Hollywood Reporter. "He was a mentor to so many of us who was blessed to have known him," Brown said.

As the Russian thug Red Face in Maximum Risk (1996), the hulking Miltsakakis fights Van Damme in a blazing building, in a sauna (where somehow their towels stay on) and finally ...
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‘Green Book’ Wins PGA Award For Best Film & Takes Lead In Oscar Race

The Producers Guild of America held the 30th annual PGA Awards on Saturday night and it allowed the influential guild to finally have their say in the Oscars race. And who did the PGA anoint as the Best Film of the Year? Oh, just “Green Book.”

Since the PGA have gone to 10 nominees in 2010, they have only incorrectly picked the Best Picture winner twice, in 2016 with “The Big Short” and 2017 with “La La Land.” This century the PGA and AMPAS have lined up 12 out of 18 times so far.

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PGA Awards: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Repeats as Comedy Series Winner

PGA Awards: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Repeats as Comedy Series Winner
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has won the first award at the Producers Guild of America’s awards show, underway at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Amazon series topped “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “Glow,” and “The Good Place” in winning the Danny Thomas award. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” won the award last year.

BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice” have been nominated for the Producers Guild’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as the top feature film of 2018. The PGA, which has about 8,200 members, has matched the Oscar for best picture in 20 of its 29 years, including “The Shape of Water” last year.

Nominees for animated films are “The Grinch,” “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

The PGA drama series nominees include the final season of “The Americans,” “Better Call Saul,”
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Andy Gruenberg, Veteran Film Executive, Dies at 68

Veteran film executive Andy Gruenberg, who most recently oversaw theatrical distribution at Netflix, died suddenly on Friday. He was 68.

Gruenberg worked on classic films like “Ghostbusters,” “Karate Kid” and “Silverado” while at Columbia Pictures in the 80s and 90s.

He then moved to MGM where he served as exec VP of distribution. There he watched over releases of “Get Shorty,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” and “Birdcage.”

Later, he worked at First Look Studios and Millenium Films before co-founding Film Arcade along with his longtime friend, Ted Mundorff, President & CEO, Landmark Theatres.

“I loved working with Andy and enjoyed our friendship over many years, said Mundorff. Andy was one of the smartest and most loyal guys in the business.”

Andy is survived by his wife, Linda, three brothers, and his sons, Billy, Jacob and Max.

”Andy’s whole family was in the business. He learned from his father and along with his brothers,
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‘Dynasties’: How Producers Captured This Epic ‘Game of Thrones’ Tale With Fangs

‘Dynasties’: How Producers Captured This Epic ‘Game of Thrones’ Tale With Fangs
“Dynasties” is a new breed of nature documentary. With drama this thrilling and gut-wrenching, it’s not for the faint of heart. More intense than “Planet Earth,” “Dynasties” sticks with one animal family per episode to follow their heartbreaking fates and triumphant fortunes.

“It’s a very different editorial approach,” says longtime nature program narrator Sir David Attenborough. “The thought was we’ll watch them over the next two-and-a-half years and show you exactly what happens. We won’t fiddle around with it; we will show the action as truthful as we can.”

These are cutthroat stories of survival that have the highest of stakes. Yes, these are actual creatures who live and die in the wild, but also each of the animals featured on the BBC-produced series is on the endangered species list. If a real, concerted effort isn’t made to protect them, “Dynasties” could be one
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Unpaid Fyre Festival Caterer Raises Thousands in Donations on GoFundMe

As two Fyre Festival documentaries hit the airwaves, a couple who say their credit was ruined due to the Fyre Festival’s lack of payment for their services have raised $54,381 at time of publication on GoFundMe.

Elvis and Maryann Rolle wrote on their page that they catered “no less than 1000 meals per day” in April of 2017 while organizers stayed in the rooms at their Exuma Point Resort, which includes a bar and grille.

“Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach, and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place. Organizers would also visit my Exuma Point location to enjoy the prepared meals,” the page reads.

Rolle, the Bahamian woman behind the account, was featured in Netflix’s “Fyre,” where she explained that she lost at least $50,000 — likely much more — after continuing to provide meals to guests and
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury
Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham King provided insight into some of the events surrounding the Golden Globe-winning film Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast, including director Bryan Singer’s departure from the film partway through production.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, with like 16, 17 days to go and Bryan Singer just had some issues, his mother was very sick, and he’s the kind of guy that he needs to have 100% focus,” King explained at the Skirball Cultural Center. “He just said, I want to hiatus the film, and deal with what he had going on in his life. And the studio wanted to finish the film. And of course, my job is to protect the film at any cost and that’s what I was there to do.”

Fox terminated Singer under the “pay or play” provision of his contract, sources indicated at the time, due to his repeated
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Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama on ‘Destroyer’, Realistic Violence, & Non-Linear Storytelling

There isn't any magic in the gritty neo-noir drama Destroyer, but director Karyn Kusama certainly manages to make Nicole Kidman disappear. Donning prosthetics and a frayed wig, Kidman plays Lapd detective Erin Bell, a burnt out shell who has to revisit a tragic undercover operation from decades ago in the wake of a new murder. It's one of the best, most effective performances of 2018 that sees Kidman completely vanishing into the role, all hoarse voice, hungover eyes, and battered limping. The film reunites Kusama with The Invitation writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, and also stars …
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‘Standoff At Sparrow Creek’ Is A Confident, Strong Debut & An Early 2019 Genre Movie Gem [Ayt Podcast]

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I officially dig into the 2019 cinematic release calendar with a chat about “Standoff At Sparrow Creek,” a small but well-made one-location thriller that’s packed with a great bunch of character actors chewing up tough-guy dialogue and spitting it out with verve, but not too much overt stylization.

Read More: The 25 Best Films Of 2018

The Playlist review out of Tiff (where the film premiered as part of the popular Midnight Madness section of the fest) found the film to be just okay, slapping it with a C- grade, but we’d beg to differ.

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‘Level 16’ Trailer: You Probably Shouldn’t Attend Dystopian Boarding Schools

Has there ever been a movie about a nice all-girls boarding school? Any time a story is set in one of these institutions, things go terribly wrong. Someone dies, or goes crazy, or there’s some sort of gothic melodrama. Moral of the story: you shouldn’t check into an all-girls boarding school. And you really shouldn’t check into […]

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High-Res ‘Men in Black: International’ Images Show Off a Galaxy’s Worth of Charisma

Sony Pictures has released a batch of high-definition images from the upcoming Men in Black: International—a reboot of the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones-starring trilogy—nearly all of which confirm the number one selling point of the film: Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth rock the everloving heck out of a suit and tie, man. An Academy Award for that tailor immediately. Hemsworth and Thompson star as Agent H and Agent M, respectively, a veteran and a newbie partnered up in the iconic group of galaxy defenders that won't let you remember. Liam Neeson also stars …
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Tony Mendez, Former CIA Officer Depicted in ‘Argo,’ Dies at 78

Tony Mendez, Former CIA Officer Depicted in ‘Argo,’ Dies at 78
Tony Mendez, the former CIA technical operations officer who orchestrated the 1980 rescue of six American diplomats from Iran and who was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the Academy Award winning film “Argo,” has died. He was 78.

Mendez’s book agent, Christy Fletcher, announced the news on Twitter Saturday morning.

“Early this morning, Antonio (Tony) J. Mendez finally succumbed to the Parkinson’s Disease that he had been diagnosed with ten+ years ago,” the statement reads. “He was surrounded with love from his family and will be sorely missed. The last thing he and his wife Jonna Mendez did was get their new book to the publisher and he died feeling he had completd writing the stories that he wanted to be told.”

The message states Mendez will be buried in a private ceremony at the family graveyard in Nevada.

Born on Nov. 15 1940, Mendez began his career as an artist after studying
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‘Brexit’ Writer James Graham on Dominic Cummings’ Story & Making Sense of the Chaos

From director Toby Haynes and screenwriter James Graham, the biographical drama Brexit connects all of the dots to illustrate how Dominic Cummings (Benedict Cumberbatch), the lead strategist of the Vote Leave campaign, launched a micro-targeted social media campaign that played on emotion rather than facts to convince British voters to leave the European Union. The result and the consequences of this referendum campaign are still playing out in Britain today, and will have an effect long into the future. During this 1-on-1 phone …
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New App-Supported ‘Lord of the Rings’ Board Game Takes Us Back to Middle-Earth

New App-Supported ‘Lord of the Rings’ Board Game Takes Us Back to Middle-Earth
The Lord of the Rings fans find themselves in a bit of a dead zone in 2019, years removed from the Peter Jackson-directed movies and with Amazon’s planned television series still far off in the distance. Enter Fantasy Flight Games, a company that’s held the Lotr license for years and is now back with a […]

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