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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Westworld’ Among Costume Designers Guild Winners

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Westworld’ Among Costume Designers Guild Winners
Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” walked away with top honors at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Tuesday night, the final industry guild show before the Oscars on Feb. 24.

The Favourite” and “Black Panther” are up for the Oscar this year, along with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Mary Queen of Scots.”

In the television categories, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” took the contemporary award, while Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and HBO’s “Westworld” won for period and sci-fi/fantasy, respectively. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” took the reality-competition prize.

The Wife” star Glenn Close received the organization’s Spotlight Award, while Ryan Murphy received the Distinguished Collaborator Award. “Black Panther” costume designer Ruth E. Carter received lifetime achievement recognition.

See below for the full list of winners.

Excellence in Contemporary Film

Crazy Rich Asians” (Mary E. Vogt
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Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield in Talks to Star in Film About Black Panther Party Leader

Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield in Talks to Star in Film About Black Panther Party Leader
Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are in negotiations to star in the historical drama “Jesus Was My Homeboy” about Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton.

The project is set up at Warner Bros. with “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler producing along with Charles King through his Marco production company. Executive producers are Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, and Macros’ Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks.

Shaka King will direct and produce from a script he wrote with Will Berson, which will focus on the death of Hampton, who was killed in 1969 while sleeping in his apartment during a raid conducted by a state tactical unit in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His death was ruled as a justifiable homicide by the inquest. A civil lawsuit resulted in a settlement of $1.85 million in 1982.

If the deals are made, Kaluuya will portray Hampton. Stanfield, who starred in “Sorry to Bother You,
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Nicky Whelan Cast in ‘Trauma Center’ Opposite Bruce Willis

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Nicky Whelan Cast in ‘Trauma Center’ Opposite Bruce Willis
Actress Nicky Whelan has been cast to star opposite Bruce Willis in the upcoming action movie “Trauma Center.”

Whelan, whose past credits include the Farrelly brothers’ “Hall Pass,” “The Wedding Ringer,” “Knight of Cups” and “Left Behind,” will play Madison opposite Willis’ Lt. Wakes in the film.

Trauma Center” was written by Paul da Silva and is being produced by MoviePass’ Randall Emmett, George Furla and Lydia Hull.

The production begins principal photography this month in Miami.

The title represents part of a three-picture deal Willis recently signed with MoviePass Films — representing a longtime working relationship the actor has with Emmett and Furla, with whom he’s made more than 10 films, including 2011’s “Catch .44.”

Matt Eskandari is directing.

Whelan is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Innovative Artists.

Read original story Nicky Whelan
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Emma Thompson Exits Skydance Animation Movie ‘Luck’ Over John Lasseter Hire

Emma Thompson Exits Skydance Animation Movie ‘Luck’ Over John Lasseter Hire
Emma Thompson has dropped out of the voice cast of Skydance Animation’s upcoming film “Luck,” a spokesperson for the actress told Variety.

The beloved British star did some recording for the project, but dropped out in January, following John Lasseter’s hire to the top animation job at David Ellison’s studio, an insider close to the film added.

Skydance Animation had no comment. Thompson had no comment beyond confirming her departure from the movie.

Lasseter’s hire made waves at the beginning of the year, as the former Disney-Pixar kingpin left his animation studio in a cloud of misconduct accusations before spending a year away from the business entirely.

At the time, Skydance CEO Ellison sent a lengthy internal memo to staff saying he’d conducted an independent investigation into the Lasseter accusations and was confident of his innocence. The studio also held a series of town hall meetings,
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More Uninspired Oscars Presenters & About Whoopi As A Secret Host…

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed the presenters for the eight Best Picture nominees this morning and, frankly, it’s a bit underwhelming. Oscars producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss had publicly noted they wanted to bring in “movie lovers” from outside the industry to introduce a nominee that meant something special to them. That has turned out to be partially the case.

Read More: Oscar Voting Is Over And 9 Things We Can Look Forward To

The eleven presenters include Chef José Andrés, Dana Carvey, Queen Latifah, Congressman John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Mike Myers, Trevor Noah, Amandla Stenberg, Barbra Streisand and Serena Williams.

Continue reading More Uninspired Oscars Presenters & About Whoopi As A Secret Host… at The Playlist.
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Paramount Chief Jim Gianopulos Unveils Diversity Initiative

Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos has announced that all studio productions will be required to complete a plan to enhance diversity.

Wednesday’s reveal follows Paramount’s commitment to participating in Time’s Up and Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s 4% Challenge. The name is derived from women having directed only 4% of the country’s top grossing movies over the past decade. The initiative is part of the TimesUpx2 campaign to double the number of women in leadership positions.

“We recognize that we are on a journey, and we haven’t yet reached our destination,” Gianopulos said. “To continue to build on our commitment, as part of the development and green light process, our productions will be required to complete a plan designed to enhance access and opportunities for groups historically underrepresented in the media industry. Special attention will be paid to our storylines, our talent in front of and behind the camera,
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Oscar Analysts Are Sincere — but Often Totally Wrong

With Oscars arriving Feb. 24, we can expect multiple “who will win/who should win” columns. There will also be a flurry of post-show analyses about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and why members voted the way they did. Since AMPAS never releases polls or voting tallies, these pundits will never be contradicted by facts.

All of these pieces are earnest, harmless and sometimes fun, but they usually overlook the complexity of Academy voters — and human nature.

There are four key areas to expect:

1. Journalists and bloggers seem to think that there are correct and incorrect votes. The “will win/should win” is just one variation of this. On Jan. 22, the staid New Yorker sighed about “The Dismaying 2019 Oscar Nominations — and Who Should Have Made the List.” In the L.A. Times, it was “Heartbreaks, and a Few That Voters Got Right.” One international reviewer presented his choice of Oscar winners,
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Two Threads Run Through All Four ‘Poison Ivy’ Films, and One Isn’t What You Think

Two Threads Run Through All Four ‘Poison Ivy’ Films, and One Isn’t What You Think
(Welcome to Dtv Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. In this edition, things get dirty with inappropriately seductive women, idiotically horndog men, and venomous plants in name only.) I didn’t intentionally make the title of this week’s column sound like a math problem, but if it’s […]

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Michael B Jordan thriller 'The Silver Bear' signs writer-director Gerard McMurray

Michael B Jordan thriller 'The Silver Bear' signs writer-director Gerard McMurray
McMurray shot The First Purge and worked with Jordan on Fruitvale Station.

The First Purge director Gerard McMurray has signed on to write and direct The Silver Bear, the Lionsgate action thriller with Black Panther’s Michael B Jordan as star and producer.

The two filmmakers previously worked together on 2013 Sundance prize-winner Fruitvale Station, with Jordan starring and McMurray serving as a producer. McMurray also directed 2017 Netflix drama Burning Sands and is one of the directors on the forthcoming Jordan Peele-produced Twilight Zone reboot series for CBS All Access.

To be produced by Lionsgate with Nickel City Pictures and Jordan’s Outlier Society,
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BFI Flare announces full 2019 programme, including 'Jt Leroy', 'Tell It To The Bees'

This year is the 33rd edition of the event.

The BFI Flare: London Lgbtq+ Film Festival (March 21 – 31) has unveiled the full programme for its 33rd edition, including over 50 features.

Titles will include the European premiere of Justin Kelly’s Jt Leroy starring Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, which will close the event. The film, adapted from Savannah Knoop’s memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt LeRoy, premiered at Toronto last year.

The Flare centrepiece screening will be the UK premiere of Tomer Heymann’s documentary Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life, a portrait of one of the world’s most successful gay porn stars.
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‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Favourite’ Win Big at Costume Designers Guild Awards

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The 21st Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton went to “Black Panther” (sci-fi/fantasy), “The Favourite” (period), and “Crazy Rich Asians” (contemporary).

This sets up the competitive Oscar race on Sunday between Ruth Carter’s regal Wakanda work in the Marvel movie and three-time Oscar winner Sandy Powell’s subversive black-and-white wardrobe in Yorgos Lanthimos’ wicked dark comedy “The Favourite.”

Read More: Oscars 2019: Best Costume Design Predictions

TV awards included “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” (period), “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (contemporary), and “Westworld: (sci-fi/fantasy).

Oscar frontrunner Glenn Close (“The Wife”) was honored with the Spotlight Award, Carter was awarded the Career Achievement Award, producer Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story”) was given the Distinguished Collaborator Award, and Betty Pecha Madden (Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker”) received the Distinguished Service Award.

The following are the full list of winners:
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in March

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in March
This spring, you won’t need a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, because Mary Poppins Returns will be coming into your house to give you the best care possible. The musical sequel starring Emily Blunt will arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital in March. Find out when you can […]

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On Eve of Oscars, Variety’s Film Experts Answer Three Pressing Questions

We continue to live in a divided world, with the current political landscape in the United States a seemingly endless hotbed of tumult and acrimony. Issues of racism, bigotry, diversity and gender equality drive the creative players as well, with Oscar-nominated films parlaying said themes into compelling, thought-provoking cinema. To analyze 2018 in big-screen entertainment, Variety called on its top editors and critics to answer three probing questions about this past year in film:

1. How do you rate the 2018 slate against those of previous years?

2. What was the biggest scandal or most talked-about issue of the year?

3. What aspect of film this year made you stand up and cheer?

Peter Debruge

Chief Film Critic

1. Comic-book fans will almost certainly look back on 2018 as some kind of golden age. When fully half of the year’s 16 top-grossing films featured “incredibles” of some form or another, I suspect we may have reached spandex overload — or saturation point,
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Karl Lagerfeld Remembered at Costume Designers Guild Awards

Karl Lagerfeld Remembered at Costume Designers Guild Awards
The death of fashion and costume designer Karl Lagerfeld cast somewhat of a shadow over the usually jubilant Costume Designers Guild Awards — the only award show where clothes literally steal the spotlight away from actors — which was held at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday night. Here it was obvious that Lagerfeld’s impact on Hollywood went far beyond an uncredited cameo in “Zoolander.”

Glenn Close, who was being honored with the spotlight award, recalled her one and only encounter with Lagerfeld. “I’m not deep into the world of fashion, but I did meet him personally on the set of ‘101 Dalmatians’ and we had this incredible photo shoot,” Close said. “He was wonderful — I got along really well with him. And the thing that I find so impressive is that he designed himself, you know? This person with the high collars and the dark glasses and the gloves. It’s like: Wow,
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‘Captain Marvel’ First Reactions: ‘The McU Feels More Complete’

‘Captain Marvel’ First Reactions: ‘The McU Feels More Complete’
Captain Marvel” is soaring following advanced press screenings on Tuesday.

Reactions from early showings have hit Twitter, and audiences are keen on Marvel’s first female-led standalone movie.

Critics are praising Brie Larson’s performance as Carol Danvers, the nostalgic ’90s setting, and the cosmic sci-fi elements. Goose, Danvers’ cat, is also getting a lot of attention from audiences. According to Kayti Burt from Den of Geek, “Cat people will love this movie.” Burt added that “the McU feels more complete now.”

Read some of the first reactions below:

Some initial #CaptainMarvel reactions:

1. Cat people will love this movie.

2. Several truly magnificent music moments for this 90s kid.

3. Carol's hero moment was very cathartic/true to the female experience, imho.

4. The McU feels more complete now that Carol is in it.

— Kayti Burt (@kaytiburt) February 20, 2019

#captainmarvel had space battles, car chases, an amazing 90s soundtrack and an Adorable ! A surprisingly fun script,
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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Flying to $40 Million-Plus Debut

Universal and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will soar to the top of the domestic box office when it debuts this weekend in over 4,000 North American theaters.

The studio anticipates an opening around $40 million, which would fall just short of the debut of its predecessors, 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon” ($43.7 million) and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” ($49.4 million). Independent tracking services, however, estimate the movie could earn as much as $50 million in its first three days of release. As the lone newcomer to the marquee, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will easily claim victory in North America.

Overseas, the animated adventure is already off to a mighty start, earning $175 million since beginning its international rollout in January. It launches in nine additional foreign markets this weekend, followed by China on March 1.

The final entry in the “Dragon” trilogy follows Hiccup (Jay Baruchel
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Anonymous Oscar Ballot: Publicist Gives ‘Roma’ 7, ‘Vice’ 3, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ 2

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With Oscar balloting at an end, we’re continuing our second annual series of interviews with Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued this year.

I take the Oscars seriously as they are a primary marketing and informative tool for the movies. The show has to be re-examined and re-imagined. Too much to go into here. The changes proposed were never thought through properly. There should be an all-members meeting at least once a year lasting a day. This is a very creative membership. The Academy is too bureaucratic and self-absorbed.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Christian Bale in “Vice

Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe in “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rami Malek in “Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book

Rami Malek was totally compelling. He transformed into Freddie Mercury, holding a mediocre movie together.
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The Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now

It can be tough to keep an account of everything running on a multitude of platforms these days: from traditional broadcast and cable to premium networks to a multitude of streaming options, knowing where to find the best TV and movies can be a nearly impossible task. But we are here to help! For those who are already subscribed to Hulu (or who are thinking about it), we've compiled a list of our favorite series available, from new classics to old favorites, and everything in between. We'll also be updating the list as the library changes, or new …
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Michael B. Jordan Taps ‘The First Purge’ Director for Action Thriller ‘The Silver Bear’

If you saw The First Purge or the Netflix movie Burning Sands, you'd know that director Gerard McMurray has some chops. Those were both fairly low-budget movies, so can you imagine what the up-and-coming filmmaker could do with a bigger budget? Well, you won't have to imagine for long, as Lionsgate has tapped McMurray to write and direct its Michael B. Jordan-led action-thriller The Silver Bear, the studio announced Wednesday. McMurray goes way back with Jordan, having produced Ryan Coogler's acclaimed 2013 drama Fruitvale Station. This time around, instead of playing a …
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10 Animated Movies That Should Have Been Nominated for Best Picture

10 Animated Movies That Should Have Been Nominated for Best Picture
Poor Spider-Man got snubbed. Where is the 2018 Academy Award for Best Picture nod for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Sometimes a Best Animated Feature Film nomination by the Academy Awards isn’t enough. Spider-Man: Into the Verse broke technological ground, unraveled many multidimensional themes, set a precedence for the quality of superhero films, successfully borrowed the […]

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