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Review: Imitation of Life—Robert Zemeckis' "Welcome to Marwen"

Don't you agree that there is something squalid in defending the likes of Robert Zemeckis? You know the guy won the Best Director Oscar, right? Indeed, one need only glance at virtually any woke online discussion of Back to the Future (1985) or Forrest Gump (1994) to see the reflexive disgust of a whole subset of aging cinephiles—from which I do not exempt myself—in action. Sift through his filmography. On one side, there’s the string of good-natured childhood touchstones that bring with them the baggage of a geeky cinephilic adolescence. On the other, the desert in which one painful commercial failure after another lie like bones in the blistering sun. These days, each new Zemeckis release is greeted with an embarrassed, if qualified shrug of the shoulders.Isn’t it banal, too, to have to admit that you find all the good movies of the year, well, listless, without merit?
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20/20 Hindsight: The Best Movies of 1994

To many moviegoers, and especially to those of my generation, 1994 is a hallmark year in the annals of cinema. It is, after all, the year of Pulp Fiction, of Forrest Gump and of The Shawshank Redemption. It’s the year when the last two entries in the acclaimed Three Colors trilogy came out, or Wong-Kar Wai’s breakout Chungking Express. It’s when the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise got good again, and when Kevin Smith stepped into the limelight. It represents a seminal moment in film of great new talent and polish studio products, of elevated genre fare and of all-time

20/20 Hindsight: The Best Movies of 1994
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ Aquaman Swims Pass $1 Billion Mark At Worldwide Box Office

James Wan’s unstoppable and fun DC Super Hero adventure Aquaman has the #1 position in the world four weeks in a row internationally and the top spot for three weeks in North America – and has now passed the $1 billion mark around the globe. Warner Bros. Pictures’ film crossed that mark in just over one month since it reigned supreme in its first market, China. The announcement was made by Ron Sanders, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

What makes it so great – the epic score from Rupert Gregson-Williams. Check it out Here.

“We’re thrilled audiences around the world have embraced ‘Aquaman’ in such a big, big way,” said Sanders. “Jason, the filmmakers and the team at DC have delivered a film that people love, and we are so appreciative of their support.”

Wan stated, “Firstly, Massive Love and Thank You to the
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Bradley Cooper (‘A Star is Born’) could win Oscars as actor, director and producer, but are we underestimating him as a writer?

Bradley Cooper (‘A Star is Born’) could win Oscars as actor, director and producer, but are we underestimating him as a writer?
So far the awards season has been a real nail-biter, but Bradley Cooper is holding on to the lead in our predictions for both Best Picture and Best Actor for “A Star is Born.” And he’s second only to Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma“) in our forecasts for Best Director. But we’ve admittedly given him less attention for his writing. If “A Star is Born” really is the film to beat for Best Picture, could we be underestimating Cooper for Best Adapted Screenplay?

Cooper co-wrote this version of the oft-remade “A Star is Born” with Eric Roth and Will Fetters. They’re nominated for Critics’ Choice, Writers Guild and BAFTA Awards for their script, and they currently rank third in our Oscar forecasts with 9/2 odds. One of the Expert journalists we’ve polled, Gold Derby’s own Jack Mathews, is even forecasting their victory. But the current front-runner for Best
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‘Project Blue Book’: Robert Zemeckis UFO Drama Takes Flight On History

‘Project Blue Book’: Robert Zemeckis UFO Drama Takes Flight On History
Oscar-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has long been fascinated by the fusion of historical fact with inventive fiction — I Wanna Hold Your Hand, 1941, Back to the Future and, of course, Forrest Gump are a few of his past projects that memorably embroidered fictional characters over historical events.

“That’s one of the things that really grabs me is starting with history and extrapolating events from that history,” Zemeckis said. “It makes things interesting to me when it’s all melted together. And that is why I fell in love with the pitch for Project: Blue Book from the very start.”

That pitch led Zemeckis to his executive producer role for the new UFO-themed drama Project: Blue Book, which premieres tonight on History with a story device that puts the shadowy series in the middle-ground that lies somewhere between In Search Of
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Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Green Book,’ ‘Roma’

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Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Green Book,’ ‘Roma’
Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” has landed a Writers Guild of America nomination for original screenplay, along with Adam McKay’s “Vice,” Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” and Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Currie’s “Green Book.”

Adapted screenplay noms went to Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole’s “Black Panther,” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicole Holofcener and Josh Whitty’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth, and Will Fetters’ “A Star Is Born,” and Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”

The winners will be announced on Feb. 17 in joint ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

WGA members voted on 63 eligible original screenplays and 60 adapted scripts. The scripts for “The Favourite,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Isle of Dogs,
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UK box office preview: 'The Favourite' sets Yorgos Lanthimos record ahead of first weekend

The historical comedy opened on New Year’s Day.

Twentieth Century Fox’s historical comedy The Favourite is set for its first weekend in cinemas, having already set a new UK record for director Yorgos Lanthimos in taking £1.8m since its launch on New Year’s Day (Tuesday Jan 1).

Its early cume, which includes £336,655 from four days of previews prior to Tuesday, outranks Lanthimos’ previous highest amount for 2015’s The Lobster. That film opened to £229,946 and finished on £1.5m, and went on to secure a best original screenplay nomination at the 2017 Oscars.

The Favourite was also the number two title
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Movie Review – Welcome to Marwen (2018)

Welcome to Marwen, 2018.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Starring Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, Eiza González, Gwendoline Christie, Leslie Zemeckis, Siobhan Williams and Neil Jackson.


A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

Welcome to Marwen isn’t merely content to be the worst film of director Robert Zemeckis’ career, it’s also one of the most bafflingly ill-advised projects from any respected auteur in recent times. And remember, Shane Black released The Predator just a few months ago.

Inspired by the hit 2010 documentary Marwencol, Zemeckis’ film takes a CliffsNotes approach to the life and times of Mark Hogancamp (Carell), a man who was near-beaten to death by five men after drunkenly telling them he was a cross-dresser. With brain damage eroding most of his pre-attack memories, Mark copes with the trauma by
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Here's a Video That Points Out Six Movies With Hidden CGI Effects

These days CGI effects are used in almost every movie that is made, especially the big budget superhero movies. But, sometimes there is CGI used that you would have never noticed or even known were digital effects unless they were pointed out to you in videos like this.

This video from Vulture points out six movies that have hidden CGI effects. For some reason they decided to include Henry Cavill’s CGI mustache removal in Justice League which was not hidden at all! That shitty effects work stuck out like a sore thumb.

Some of the other movies that it talks about are David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Les Miserables, Brokeback Mountain, Iron Man 3, and Forrest Gump, which also had a lot of CGI effects that you notice. Personally, I think this video should have and could have included much better examples of hidden special effects. But, maybe you
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Robert Zemeckis says Roger Rabbit sequel has a wonderful script, but it’s not on Disney’s radar

While doing the press rounds for the Steve Carell fantasy drama Welcome to Marwen, Robert Zemeckis has addressed the current state of a sequel to 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

During an interview with Yahoo Movies, the Back to the Future and Forrest Gump director was asked whether the impending 30th anniversary of the ground-breaking film might prompt Disney to dust off plans for a long overdue sequel. He responded with the following, rather depressing answer:

“I don’t think so. I don’t know where it fits in in their universe. There’s no princess in it, so I don’t know where that would be. There’s a wonderful script sitting at Disney that is really good, but I don’t think it’s on their radar.”

See Also: Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen tanks, will lose over $50 million

So there you have it. Any hopes for the
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Exclusive: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann and Robert Zemeckis on Welcome to Marwen

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The new year kicks off with a bang, as Robert Zemeckis returns with Welcome to Marwen, a unique and creative piece of cinema that celebrates the individual. We had the immense pleasure of sitting down with the director himself – of course renowned for the likes of Back to the Future and Forrest Gump – while also chatting to the film’s two leading stars, Steve Carell and Leslie Mann.

The two cast members touch on what it was like to work with Zemeckis, and all three share their thoughts on working on a film that celebrates our quirks and differences, and doesn’t judge. Carell also talks about the joy in acting and understanding the world around him, while they all tell us about their own personal collections of toys they’ve never quite been able to throw away. Naturally, Zemeckis has quite the collection. The director finishes by talking about
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Welcome to Marwen Ties Action Point for Worst Box Office Opening of 2018

Welcome to Marwen Ties Action Point for Worst Box Office Opening of 2018
Robert Zemeckis' latest movie is officially one of the biggest bombs of 2019. Welcome to Marwen, the ambitious real-life story that stars Steve Carell arrived in theaters with a thud over the weekend, debuting to just $2.4 million. Considering the movie's $39 million production budget, which doesn't account for marketing or distribution costs, it's going to cost Universal Pictures a big chunk of change.

According to a new report, several insiders at rival studios expect that Welcome to Marwen will lose around $50 million. The movie, which is based on the documentary Marwencol and centers on Mark Hogancamp, a man faced a brutal assault and aided his own recovery by creating a miniature WWII-era village filled with action figures, opened on nearly 2,000 screens. The $2.4 million opening ties it for the worst opening for a wide-release in 2018, alongside Johnny Knoxville's Action Point. However, that movie only had a $19 million budget and a smaller marketing push.
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“Zero Is Shah Rukh’s Career’s Best” – A Subhash K Jha Review


Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma

Directed by Aanand L Rai

When this achingly irreverent ode to misfits was over, I thought, how wonderful that Zero is dedicated to Sridevi. No more befitting homage could be paid to an entertainer who brought us smiles all through her career.

Bauua Singh of Meerut is like that only. He is a dwarf, and let’s not soften the blow by beating around the bush about his shortcoming. The brilliantly askew screenplay by Himanshu Sharma certainly doesn’t shy away from addressing disabilities. This is a film that calls a spade a spade and then shovels us a welter of speckled wisdom that I last saw in Forrest Gump. Zero is like a box of assorted chocolates. You never know what the feeling would be in the next one.

Indeed Tom Hanks from Forrest Gump would have chuckled approvingly at
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Why Steve Carell Wanted to Star in Welcome to Marwen

Don Kaye Dec 20, 2018

Welcome to Marwen star Steve Carell on working with Robert Zemeckis, plus Vice, The Office and more.

Not only is Steve Carell genuinely nice, thoughtful and soft-spoken in real life, but he possesses a vast amount of acting talent that has been on full display in his recent work. Known for his comedic stints on The Daily Show, films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Anchorman and, of course, the now legendary series The Office, Carell’s body of work over the last few years has included a range of complex and fascinating roles, mostly as figures from real life: his Golden Globe-winning portrayal of John du Pont in Foxcatcher (2014), investment banker Steve Eisman/Mark Baum in The Big Short (2015), tennis star Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes (2017) and, earlier this fall, journalist David Sheff in Beautiful Boy.

He’s now appearing in two films opening within
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‘A Star Is Born’ Writer Eric Roth on 4 Am Writing Sessions With Bradley Cooper, Private Lady Gaga Concerts

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‘A Star Is Born’ Writer Eric Roth on 4 Am Writing Sessions With Bradley Cooper, Private Lady Gaga Concerts
Late night writing sessions, time constraints and a private Lady Gaga concert — so was Eric Roth’s experience co-writing the screenplay for awards contender “A Star Is Born.”

From the moment he started writing the screenplay for Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut alongside Cooper and Will Fetters, Roth said he knew they had something. And when they started shooting a few scenes and when Cooper showed him the movie — in which the director also starred as country singer Jackson Maine — he realized it was a special film.

“I got involved around Christmas time last year,” Roth told TheWrap. “I thought long and hard because I had never done a remake and the movies were obviously famous, and I didn’t want to be the person who would wreck it. It was a great challenge, but I thought, if we could accomplish this, it could be something unique — and it was well worth the challenge.
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‘Big’ stuff: How Penny Marshall saved Tom Hanks from a career slump … not just once but twice!

‘Big’ stuff: How Penny Marshall saved Tom Hanks from a career slump … not just once but twice!
As I thought about the loss of Penny Marshall earlier this week, something occurred to me. Ron Howard might have given fellow sitcom star Tom Hanks – the “Bosom Buddies” star who also did guest spots on “Happy Days” — his first meaty film role as a leading man in 1984’s “Splash,” in which he charmingly romances Daryl Hannah’s mermaid. But it was Marshall, along with brother Garry, who saw more dramatic potential in the actor who started off doing Shakespeare on stage.

Post-“Splash,” Hanks would be recruited to host “Saturday Night Live,” his first of nine stints and a sign he had arrived. But his follow-up movies such as “Bachelor Party,” “The Man With One Red Shoe,” “Volunteers” and “The Money Pit” were the kind of generic comedies that depended on slapstick and rowdy humor to milk laughs.

Then brother Garry paired Hanks with the legendary Jackie Gleason as
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Film Review: ‘Welcome to Marwen’

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Film Review: ‘Welcome to Marwen’
It’s not hard to see why Robert Zemeckis, a director who has often been drawn to finding the “human” side of technological flimflam, would want to turn the eccentric and touching 2010 documentary “Marwencol” into a dramatic feature. Like the documentary, Zemeckis’ “Welcome to Marwen” tells the story of Mark Hogancamp, a resident of Kingston, New York, who in 2000, outside a bar, was beaten by five louts to within an inch of his life. After spending nine days in a coma, he woke up, but his body was broken and he’d lost nearly all his memory. His friends, his failed marriage, his vast collection of ladies’ high-heeled shoes: He had no recall of any of it.

He took refuge from the trauma by designing and building a miniature World War II village, which he populated with uniformed dolls, many based on the people around him. The Belgian village of Marwencol,
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‘Welcome to Marwen’ Film Review: Robert Zemeckis Shrinks a True Story’s Impact to Doll Size

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‘Welcome to Marwen’ Film Review: Robert Zemeckis Shrinks a True Story’s Impact to Doll Size
Welcome to Marwen” is, in a word, indescribable. But not in a good way.

Robert Zemeckis, who directed “Forrest Gump,” one of the most iconic underdog movies of all time, returns with another male protagonist with a remarkable story. But this time the filmmaker doesn’t quite seem to connect with his subject, which makes for an even greater disconnect with the audience.

Gaining empathy for a protagonist such as the one in “Marwen” shouldn’t really be an issue, though. This is, after all, the real-life story of Mark Hogancamp (played by Steve Carell), who was beaten so terribly by five men outside a bar in 2000 that it left him without most of his memory of the event and everything before then — horrific details that were previously revisited in the acclaimed 2010 documentary, “Marwencol.”

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They attacked him
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Oscar Music Shortlists Arrive, Pitting Thom Yorke Against Gaga and Dolly, With Double Shots for ‘Mary Poppins’ Tunes

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Oscar Music Shortlists Arrive, Pitting Thom Yorke Against Gaga and Dolly, With Double Shots for ‘Mary Poppins’ Tunes
The Academy music branch returned to the “shortlist” concept for the first time in nearly 40 years, and for the most part, it seems to have worked. The 15 scores and 15 songs chosen by the composers, songwriters and music editors — from which the final five in each category will be selected — in large part align with the choices of most observers and pundits.

The preliminary songs list allows for an eclectic assortment of singer-songwriters from the pop, rock, country, R&B and hip-hop worlds, including Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Dolly Parton and Troye Sivan — all of whom were already nominated for a Golden Globe this month — along with Thom Yorke, Sade, Gillian Welch and the Coup.

In the score category, all five Golden Globe nominees were cited among the top 15: Ludwig Goransson for “Black Panther,” Marco Beltrami for “A Quiet Place,” two-time Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat for “Isle of Dogs,” Marc Shaiman
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Guild of Music Supervisors Awards to Honor Joel Sill; King Princess to Perform (Exclusive)

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The Guild of Music Supervisors has announced that Joel Sill will receive the organization’s Legacy Award for his contribution to music in film. Sill’s body of work includes “Forrest Gump,” “The Goonies,” “Blade Runner,” “The Color Purple” and “My Cousin Vinny.” He will be joined by Spotify’s Rise artist, King Princess, who will be performing as this year’s Spotlight Artist.

The 9th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards will be held on Feb. 13 at the theater at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The event will celebrate the highest achievements in music supervision, recognizing exemplary work in 18 categories across movies, television, games, advertising, and trailers.

“Time and time again, Joel has been a key player in the creation of iconic songs that capture a film’s spirit and drive award-winning and platinum-selling soundtrack albums,” said Thomas Golubić, president of the Guild of Music Supervisors. “From ‘Easy Rider’ to ‘Flashdance,
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