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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards

‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards
If Beale Street Could Talk, You Were Never Really Here, Eighth Grade, First Reformed and Leave No Trace have been nominated as the best independent films of 2018 by the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which announced its nominees on Friday morning in Los Angeles.

To qualify for the Spirit Awards, a film must meet a variety of criteria, including a budget of less than $20 million. It must also contain “significant American content,” a requirement that can be fulfilled by having the film set and shot in the U.S. or by having U.S. citizens or permanent residents in two of the three creative positions of director, writer and producer.
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‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office

‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Launches With $31 Million at International Box Office
Warner Bros.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is showing magic at the international box office, grossing $31 million at 24,350 screens in its first two days.

The tentpole, which added 45 markets on Thursday, is the top movie in all but one of 55 territories. The top markets are France and South Korea, with $3.6 million each in two days.
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

'Fantastic Beasts 2',' Instant Family' & 'Widows' Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame
Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the form of WB's sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The weekend also features the debut of what looks to be a strong opening for Steve McQueen's Widows while the PG-13 comedy Instant Family hopes to begin a long holiday run. Poised to finish atop the box office is Warner Bros.'s release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and there is a chance it could come close to matching the $74 million opening for its predecessor, though WB is remaining conservative with expectations hovering around $65 million. A
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Hugh Grant To Star With Nicole Kidman In HBO Limited Series "The Undoing"

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Hugh Grant To Star With Nicole Kidman In HBO Limited Series
Hugh Grant has been cast opposite Nicole Kidman in "The Undoing," HBO’s high-profile six-episode limited series, written by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier.

An adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s book You Should Have Known, "The Undoing" centers on Grace Sachs (Kidman), who is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She’s a successful therapist, has a devoted husband (Grant) and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
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"Veronica Mars": J.K. Simmons To Recur In Hulu Revival Limited Series

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Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has signed on for a recurring role in Hulu’s revival of "Veronica Mars," from original series creator Rob Thomas. The eight-episode limited series is scheduled to premiere in 2019.

The reboot returns star Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni and Jason Dohring to the series that ran for three seasons on Upn and the CW from 2004-2007. In the revival, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Bell) is drawn into an epic mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

Simmons will play Clyde Prickett, an
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‘The Bone Collector': NBC Developing TV Adaptation of Denzel Washington Film

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NBC is developing a TV adaptation of Denzel Washington’s 1999 film, “The Bone Collector.”

The NBC series is based on both the film and the book series by Jeffery Deaver, and follows Lincoln Rhyme, a retired genius forensic criminologist left paralyzed after an accident on the job. When a harrowing case brings him back to the force, Rhyme partners up with an ambitious young detective, Amelia Sachs, to take down some of the most dangerous criminals in the U.S.

In the film, Amelia was played by Angelina Jolie.

The project is from Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television in association with Keshet Studios

More to come…

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‘Under the Wire’ Film Review: Hard-Hitting Doc Examines the Woman Behind ‘A Private War’

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‘Under the Wire’ Film Review: Hard-Hitting Doc Examines the Woman Behind ‘A Private War’
When does sacrifice become sanctimonious? That’s the question that nags in “Under the Wire,” Christopher Martin’s documentary about fallen Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and her partner, photojournalist Paul Conroy.

Over and over we’re told what a singular person Colvin was, adamant to tell stories about civilian victims in war-ravaged Syria regardless of personal, and arguably foolish, risk. She’d refuse orders to evacuate particularly dangerous areas and would return if she had briefly given in.

And Colvin paid the ultimate price, having been killed in February 2012 in a bombing in the hotbed of Homs that’s rumored to have been a specified attack on the media center in which she worked, a day after delivering an impromptu broadcast on CNN about a child whom she and Conroy watched die. She believed that such a personalized report would move people to act, but her voice was silenced.
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‘The Bone Collector’ TV Series in the Works at NBC

‘The Bone Collector’ TV Series in the Works at NBC
A script for a “The Bone Collector” TV series, based on the book and 1999 movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, has been sold to NBC, it was announced on Friday.

The Bone Collector” follows Lincoln Rhyme, a retired genius forensic criminologist left paralyzed after an accident on the job. When a harrowing case brings him back to the force, Rhyme partners up with an ambitious young detective, Amelia Sachs, to take down some of the most dangerous criminals in the U.S.

VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli will serve as writers and executive producers. Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott,
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What It’s Really Like to Work for Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall

What It’s Really Like to Work for Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
From their starts as lowly showbiz assistants, this year’s Irving G. Thalberg recipients Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall have helped bring an impressive array of films to life. Together and separately, they have worked on movies from “The Last Picture Show” (Marshall) and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (both) to the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX” (Kennedy), with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and George Lucas.

Their films have raked in billions, earning the pair 13 Oscar noms between them.

But what’s it like to work for Kennedy and Marshall, married since 1987? Ask some of their famous collaborators — Ford, Matt Damon, Laura Dern and Lucas included — and a theme emerges.

They say the producers have come to the rescue of their productions almost as often as the heroes in their movies for Amblin Entertainment, founded with Spielberg in 1981, the Kennedy/Marshall Co. a decade later, and mostly
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Spirit Awards Nominations Led by ‘We the Animals’

Spirit Awards Nominations Led by ‘We the Animals’
with “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” and “You Were Never Really Here” taking four each.

The nominees for best feature are “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Leave No Trace,” and “You Were Never Really Here.”

Nominations were announced on Friday morning by “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan and Molly Shannon at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

The awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 23 — the day before the Academy Awards — in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif. The show, now in its 34th year, will air on IFC.

The Spirit Awards are voted on by members of Film Independent and require that movies be produced in the U.S. for less than $20 million. “Get Out” won the best feature film trophy this year. In the prior four years, “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” “Birdman,” and “12 Years a Slave” won both the Spirit Award and the Oscar for best picture.
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Chris Cornell’s Son Portrays His Late Father in ‘When Bad Does Good’ Video

Chris Cornell’s Son Portrays His Late Father in ‘When Bad Does Good’ Video
Chris Cornell‘s son Christopher portrays his father in the touching new video for “When Bad Does Good,” the title track off the just-released career-spanning box set that explores the late singer’s work.

In the visual, directed by music video great Kevin Kerslake, Christopher Cornell plays a paperboy – an occupation his father held in his youth – who bikes around Seattle, where the Soundgarden singer’s legacy is on display. The young Cornell also visits Sub Pop Records and other landmarks associated with his father’s music.

“For me this
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Governors Awards: Cicely Tyson Looks Back on a Groundbreaking Career

Governors Awards: Cicely Tyson Looks Back on a Groundbreaking Career
Cicely Tyson called her friend Arthur Mitchell soon after learning she’d be honored with an Oscar to celebrate her legendary acting career.

A trailblazer like her, the former ballet dancer accompanied her to the Oscars in 1973, when she was nominated for lead actress in “Sounder.” Tyson starred as the matriarch in a sharecropping family struggling to survive during the Great Depression and went on to star in “Roots,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Help” and “The Trip to Bountiful.”

“The Oscars were held on his birthday and he escorted me,” recalls Tyson, 93, “still speechless” about the honorary award she will receive Nov. 18. “Unfortunately, he passed away shortly after I tried to explain to him that I have an Oscar now.”

Tyson, the first black woman to win an honorary Oscar, doesn’t know who will accompany her to the Governors Awards ceremony now.

“There is no way to replace him,
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Nobody Wrote About Hollywood Better Than William Goldman

Nobody Wrote About Hollywood Better Than William Goldman
William Goldman — screenwriter, script doctor, novelist, and journalist, the man who assured us that nobody knows anything and whose memory will always be entwined with the Sundance name — has died at the age of 87. And we miss him already.

Back in the ’60s, the Columbia literature grad was the writer of sexy novels you stole from the grownups and read with a flashlight under the covers. Most cinephiles have on their bookshelf his classic, “Adventures in the Screen Trade,” and its sequel, “Which Lie Did I Tell?” along with the Oscar-winning screenplays for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” and another classic, “The Princess Bride,” which he adapted from his fantasy novel and which many parents still read to their kids.

Goldman created memorable characters that would define the careers of Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Redford (the Sundance Kid lives on as
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Sophie Turner Laing’s Executive Legacy Solidified With Emmy Gold

Sophie Turner Laing’s Executive Legacy Solidified With Emmy Gold
When the intl. Academy hands Sophie Turner Laing its 2018 Directorate Award in November, it will recognize an executive who has worked her way up from the ground floor to become one of the most important figures in global TV.

She has been focused on the potential sale of Endemol Shine, but with 21st Century Fox and Apollo deciding to hold onto their asset, she will double down on the day-to-day business of running one of the world’s largest international content companies — one that counts “MasterChef” and “Black Mirror” among its hit shows.

As with many high-flying U.K.-based executives,
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Here’s What You Need to Know About The Talking Zombie on ‘The Walking Dead’

Here’s What You Need to Know About The Talking Zombie on ‘The Walking Dead’
(Spoilers ahead for the Nov. 11 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

It was not the most incredibly eventful episode of “The Walking Dead” this week, aside from the talking zombie that we’ll get to in a moment. But that was by design — with Rick out of the picture and a multi-year time skip occurring, the show needed a minute to establish the new status quo.

And the writers did exactly that by showing us Alexandria through the eyes of a bunch of new folks — Magna and her friends seeking asylum and the residents discussing whether to grant it.

But the episode also steered the show toward its next big extended plot line via a story thread that seemed oddly out of place at first. That thread involved Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) trying to use the radio to find more survivors, and Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) going
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Song You Need to Know: Clean Bandit feat. Marina and Luis Fonsi, ‘Baby’

Song You Need to Know: Clean Bandit feat. Marina and Luis Fonsi, ‘Baby’
Since her 2010 debut, The Family Jewels, powerhouse Welsh singer Marina Diamandis, who records under the stage name Marina and the Diamonds, has been making smart eclectic pop music often coupled with a Hollywood-glam image that’s been compared to her friend Lana Del Rey. Marina and the Diamonds’ second album Electra Heart, was assisted by A-list pop producers like Benny Blanco and Diplo. But with her third album, Froot, she took full control, writing every lyric herself; the result was her first U.S. top ten album. Now, her music
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Richard Lormand, Film Lover, Publicist and Producer, Dies At 56

Veteran American publicist and producer Richard Lormand, a well-loved fixture on the international festival circuit, where he was instrumental in launching and championing scores of auteurs such as Fatih Akin, Amos Gitai, Lav Diaz and Alice Rohrwacher, has died.

Lormand, who was based in Paris, was 56. The cause of death was complications from cancer. Lormand, a tireless promoter with a genuine passion for film, had been fighting the disease for the past year while working almost nonstop at the Berlin, Locarno, Venice and San Sebastian festivals, among other events, his assistant, Federico Mancini, said in a statement.

Lormand’s FilmPressPlus slate announcements, which generated genuine buzz among many critics and journalists, always opened with an affectionate “Bonjour Film Lovers!” Over the past 25 years, he handled several Palme d’Or, Golden Lion and Golden Bear winners, such as the Taviani Brothers’ “Caesar Must Die,” which took the top prize in Berlin
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Greg Berlanti Adds International Emmy to His Television Accolades

Greg Berlanti Adds International Emmy to His Television Accolades
With 14 series across broadcast, cable and streaming networks, Greg Berlanti is the current record-holder for the busiest small-screen producer in the business. But he shows no signs of slowing down, having re-signed his overall deal with Warner Bros. to develop and produce additional projects.

“What allows me to go from thing to thing more than anything else is when I’m passionate about the stories and the people that I’m bouncing between,” says Berlanti, who is being honored with the Intl. Emmy Founders Award Nov. 19.

The majority of Berlanti’s current slate comes from dramatic adaptations of DC Comics properties,
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The Quiet Defiance of Mahershala Ali

The Quiet Defiance of Mahershala Ali
“I’m just trying to find a balance, man,” says Mahershala Ali, actor, husband, father and star of the new movie Green Book, as he strolls through the parking lot of the Griffith Observatory, high in the hills above L.A. “Trying to be responsible with my choices, do meaningful work. Handling the influx of work opportunities, and how demanding that is to do well. Then the family thing — fighting to make sure their needs are met, your wife and your child. And then make sure I have time for myself!
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