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Oscars: Academy Unveils Slew Of Shortlists

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Oscars: Academy Unveils Slew Of Shortlists
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken the very unusual step of releasing Oscars shortlists in nine categories at once. Here are the lists

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores listed in alphabetical order by film title are:

Annihilation

Avengers: Infinity War

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Crazy Rich Asians
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‘Green Book’ Star Mahershala Ali Apologizes to His Character’s Family After They Call Film ‘Symphony of Lies’

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‘Green Book’ Star Mahershala Ali Apologizes to His Character’s Family After They Call Film ‘Symphony of Lies’
Green Book” may have won over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with five Golden Globe nominations, but the family of Mahershala Ali’s character, Dr. Don Shirley, is not happy with the film at all — to the point where the Oscar winner called them to apologize.

In an interview with Shadow & Act, Edwin Shirley III, nephew of the late jazz legend, called watching “Green Book” a “jarring” experience, while Don’s brother, Dr. Maurice Shirley, called it a “symphony of lies.” They said that no one in Shirley’s family was consulted during development of the film, which tells the story of a growing friendship between Shirley and his hired escort, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga.

A friendship that the Shirleys say didn’t exist.

“You asked what kind of relationship he had with Tony?
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Francis Lee To Direct Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In Lesbian Lovers Drama ‘Ammonite’

Francis Lee To Direct Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In Lesbian Lovers Drama ‘Ammonite’
Director Francis Lee’s gay drama love story “God’s Own Country” was easily one of the Best Films of 2017 You Didn’t See and so damn good it also made our list proper Best Films Of 2017 list. Lee’s incredible film, intimate, sparse and unsentimental, created a terrific, unvarnished look at masculine love, something of a nice anecdote to the won’t-show-dongs conservative take of “Call Me By Your Name,” released in the same year.

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Netflix Isn’t Killing Movie Theaters, Study Shows

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Netflix Isn’t Killing Movie Theaters, Study Shows
Netflix isn’t killing movie theaters. At least, that’s the take-away from a new study conducted by EY’s Quantitative Economics and Statistics group, which finds that people who go to movies in theaters more frequently also consume more streaming content. That flies in the face of the “conventional wisdom” of box office sages, who grimly ascribe flatlining theatrical attendance to the growing popularity of digital entertainment companies.

If the study’s findings are accurate, it would appear that the two forms of entertainment consumption are more complementary than cannibalistic. The study found, for instance, that respondents who visited a movie theater nine times or more in the last 12 months consumed more streaming content than consumers who visited a movie theater only once or twice over the past year. Those who saw nine or more movies at the cinema averaged 11 hours of weekly streaming compared to the seven hours
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‘Holmes and Watson’ Clip: Selfies Do More Harm Than Good

‘Holmes and Watson’ Clip: Selfies Do More Harm Than Good
Even the greatest detective of all time struggles a bit with a selfie. The latest clip from the upcoming comedy Holmes & Watson shows the titular mystery-solving duo (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly) requesting a picture with Queen Victoria (Pam Ferris), and possibly inventing the selfie long before the word entered today’s lexicon. But as the […]

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‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Trailer: Cate Blanchett Goes Missing In Richard Linklater’s Latest

Maria Semple’s novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” has spent a year on The New York Times Bestseller List, the NPR Bestseller list, and now is moving on to the big screen. Due out next March, the film is already getting some major buzz due to the big names attached.

As seen in the new trailer, the story of ‘Bernadette’ follows a twisting, complex path through the lives of one family after the odd disappearance of architect, wife, and mother.

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‘Where’d You Go Bernadette’ Trailer: Richard Linklater Adapts a Bestseller

Annapurna Pictures has released the first trailer for the new film Where’d You Go Bernadette, which is based on the bestselling novel of the same name written by Maria Semple. It also happens to be the brand new film from Boyhood and Before Midnight filmmaker Richard Linklater. The story revolves around a Seattle woman named Bernadette, played by Cate Blanchett, who seemingly has it all until she one day disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces and try to figure out where she might have gone. I’ll be very clear: I will see anything Richard Linklater …
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Aquaman sinks Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at UK box office

DC’s marine superhero tops the chart ahead of the animated Spidey caper but Mortal Engines runs out of steam at No 5

Warner Bros proclaimed Aquaman “king of the box office as well as the seven seas”, as its oceanic superhero ended the two-week reign of Ralph Breaks the Internet at the top of the UK box office, taking £5.23m, including previews.
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‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ First Trailer: Cate Blanchett Goes Missing in Richard Linklater Mystery

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ First Trailer: Cate Blanchett Goes Missing in Richard Linklater Mystery
After the modest results of his 2017 drama “Last Flag Flying,” Richard Linklater is set to return in a big way next year with none other than Cate Blanchett. The two have teamed up for an adaptation of Maria Semple’s 2012 novel “Where’d You, Bernadette.” Both Linklater and Blanchett have been attached to the film since November 2015, which makes next year’s release from Annapurna Pictures a long time coming for the mystery comedy.

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” stars Blanchett as an agoraphobic architect who goes missing, leaving her 15-year-old daughter with no choice but to journey out and investigate her disappearance. Emma Nelson is starring as the daughter, Bee, while the supporting cast also includes Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, James Urbaniak, and Troian Bellisario. Linklater punched up the script, originally written by “The Spectacular Now” and “The Disaster Artist” Oscar nominees Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter.
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Cate Blanchett’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Drops First Trailer

Cate Blanchett’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Drops First Trailer
Cate Blanchett goes missing in the first trailer for Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

Based on Maria Semple’s 2012 novel, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” follows the agoraphobic architect Bernadette Fox (Blanchett), who disappears just before a family trip to Antarctica.

“Something unexpected has come up,” Blanchett’s character says on the phone. “It has much more explanation coming, but I have this one shot.”

Her daughter, Bee Branch (Emma Nelson), narrates the story as she investigates her mother’s absence, sharing her findings through a series of documents that includes emails, memos, and transcripts.

Linklater, best known for “Boyhood,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Before Sunrise,” also penned the film’s screenplay alongside Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna and Nina Jacobson’s Color Force acquired the movie rights in 2013.

The star-studded cast also includes Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Billy Crudup,
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Cool Stuff: Matt Ferguson’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Prints Will Fulfill Your Destiny

It’s been just over a year since Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters, and there are still plenty of fans who can’t stop arguing about it. But for those of you who have fallen in love with the second installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, artist Matt Ferguson has delivered a perfect set […]

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‘The Favourite’ Leads London Critics’ Circle Nominations

‘The Favourite’ Leads London Critics’ Circle Nominations
Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark historical comedy “The Favourite” lived up to its title with the London Film Critics’ Circle on Tuesday, nabbing 10 awards nominations from the group – twice as many as its nearest rivals.

Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here,” Rupert Everett’s “The Happy Prince” and Pawel Pawlikowski’s European Film Awards sweeper “Cold War” followed with five apiece. All will compete for the group’s Film of the Year award, alongside Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace” and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters.” Two women, Ramsay and Granik, were named in the Director of the Year lineup, joining Cuarón, Pawlikowski and Lanthimos.

At the lunchtime nomination event held at London’s May Fair Hotel, the group also announced the recipient of its annual Dilys Powell Award for
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Berlin: Picture Tree Intl. Rolls Out Pre-Sales on B.O. Hit ‘100 Things’ (Exclusive)

Madrid — In the long run-up to February’s Berlin Festival, Picture Tree Intl. has rolled out multiple pre-sales on “100 Things,” which Warner Bros. Pictures bowed in Germany on Dec. 6 to a robust first eight-day €2.7 million ($3.07 million).

“100 Things” will receive a market screening at the Berlinale’s European Film Market.

The third feature from Florian David Fitz as a writer-director and actor, whose 2016 “The Most Beautiful Day” earned in Germany, “100 Things” was released in its original German language day-and-date with Germany in Belgium (Kino Scala) and Luxembourg (Utopia).

Of major territories, Picture Tree Intl. has also closed Cis and the Baltic States with Volgafilm, which has scheduled a theatrical release in Russia in the first quarter of next year, and with China’s Red Apollo Group, which aims to release “100 Things” in Chinese theaters third-quarter 2019.

Inspired by the Finnish documentary “My Stuff,” “100 Things” has also closed former Yugoslavia (2i Film D.
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Stolen thunder: Keira Knightley's Colette champions overlooked female writers

Films such as Colette and The Wife are eager to tell the stories of female authors whose husbands took credit for their work – and it’s a battle that still isn’t won

There is a Punch cartoon that depicts a business meeting in which the lone woman at the table is sharing an idea. Her boss responds: “That’s an excellent suggestion, Mrs Triggs. Perhaps one of the men here would like to make it.”

Watching Colette, this joke kept popping into my head. Starring Keira Knightley, the film tells the story of French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette in the years following her marriage to “Willy,” a literary celebrity 15 years her senior. When Willy’s Claudine novels take Paris by storm, he indulges in toasts and parties, gathering up young women to dance the can-can on restaurant tables. The only issue is that the books are, in fact, written by Colette.
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Berlin Panorama first wave includes Joanna Hogg, Jonah Hill projects

22 films in the Panorama programme so far, with nine directorial debuts.

The first 22 titles from the 2019 Berlin Film Festival (Feb 7-17) Panorama programme have been revealed.

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The European premiere of UK director Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, starring Tilda Swinton, her daughter Honor Swinton-Byrne and Tom Burke, and the world premiere of Seamus Murphy’s Pj Harvey documentary A Dog Called Money are among the titles confirmed today.

The line-up also includes the directing debuts of actors Jonah Hill (Mid90s) and Alexander Gorchilin (Acid), and Rob Garver’s documentary What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael,
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The Morning Watch: Bryan Cranston Stars in ‘Santa Fight’, Meet Hollywood Stuntwomen & More

The Morning Watch: Bryan Cranston Stars in ‘Santa Fight’, Meet Hollywood Stuntwomen & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, Bryan Cranston stars in the dueling Santa Claus […]

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First look at Sebastian Stan, Denise Gough in romantic drama 'Monday'

First look at Sebastian Stan, Denise Gough in romantic drama 'Monday'
Film comes from the director of Suntan.

Argyris Papadimitropoulos’s romantic drama Monday, starring Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough, has wrapped production in Greece.

Stan and Gough play two Americans living in Athens who enjoy a whirlwind romantic weekend one summer.

Monday is produced by Christos V. Konstantakopoulos’s Athens-based Faliro House Production, with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of the Us’ Automatik and UK producer Damian Jones of DJ Films. Automatik’s Fred Berger is exec producing and Faliro House provided finance.

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales and the producers have retained Us rights.

Monday is Papadimitropoulos’s fourth feature. His
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Locarno Film Festival announces new selection committee

New artistic director Lili Hinstin leads the committee.

Locarno Film Festival has announced its new selection committee, after the festival’s executive board ratified the line-up put forward by artistic director Lili Hinstin.

The incoming committee will assist Hinstin in setting up the programme for the 72nd edition of the festival.

Members assisting with the features selection include Mathilde Henrot from France, a programmer with Sarajevo Film Festival and the co-founder of website Festival Scope Pro.

Also included are Nicholas Elliott, New York correspondent for Cahiers du Cinéma and member of the programming committee for the Flaherty Film Seminar.

The
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Jonah Hill’s ‘mid90s,’ Pauline Kael Documentary to Screen in Berlin’s Panorama Section

Jonah Hill’s ‘mid90s,’ Pauline Kael Documentary to Screen in Berlin’s Panorama Section
Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, “mid90s,” about a 13-year-old skateboarder’s coming of age, and a documentary on influential film critic Pauline Kael are among the works that will screen in the Panorama section of the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.

Films starring Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell and titles from countries including Israel, Brazil and Japan were also announced in the first batch of 22 Panorama selections unveiled by the Berlinale on Tuesday. Nine of the films are debut works, and 14 will have their world premiere in the German capital. The section is curated by Paz Lázaro and co-curator and program manager Michael Stütz.

“mid90s” follows teenage Stevie as he joins up with four skateboarding punks who take him under their wing. Variety described Hill’s debut film as “a slice of street life made up of skittery moments that achieve a bone-deep reality. And because you believe what you’re seeing,
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‘Your Name’ Director Makoto Shinkai Readies ‘Weathering’

Three years after the animation “Your Name” began its long triumphant reign over the Japanese and international box office, its director Makoto Shinkai has announced his next animated feature. Titled “Weathering With You,” the film will arrive in theaters in Japan on July 19 of next year, with Toho distributing.

Set in a world where the weather is out of whack, the film tells the story of a boy who runs away from home to Tokyo where he meets a psychically super-powered girl who has the ability to make the skies blue. Newcomers Kotaro Daigo and Nana Mori will voice the male and female leads, respectively.

In a statement Shinkai said that he decided on weather as a theme since it is something “we ourselves worry about. Even though the sky is so distant.”

Shinkai’s fantasy romance “Your Name” was released in 2016. It earned a global total of $358 million, a record for a Japanese film.
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