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‘Ready Player One’ would be first Steven Spielberg film since ‘Jurassic Park’ to score Best Visual Effects Oscar

‘Ready Player One’ would be first Steven Spielberg film since ‘Jurassic Park’ to score Best Visual Effects Oscar
Starting with “Close Encounter of the Third Kind” (1977), nine films directed by Steven Spielberg have earned Oscar nominations in Best Visual Effects. This year, with the CGI extravaganza “Ready Player One,” a 10th Spielberg picture is poised to contend in this category.

The film, based on Ernest Cline‘s eponymous novel, finds earth on the verge of collapse in the year 2045. Providing the human race a distraction is Oasis, a virtual reality universe created by the oddball James Halliday (Mark Rylance). Prior to his death, Halliday devised a three-part contest which, if won, will provide the lucky champion with Halliday’s fortune and exclusive control over Oasis. Among those competing for this glory is young wannabe-hero Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan). After Wade emerges the first conqueror of part one of the contest, he collaborates with friends on the dizzying journey to winning the remaining two parts.

Of the film’s visual effects,
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Oscars 2018: Will ‘Black Panther’ help Rachel Morrison win Best Cinematography for ‘Mudbound’?

Oscars 2018: Will ‘Black Panther’ help Rachel Morrison win Best Cinematography for ‘Mudbound’?
Rachel Morrison cracked the glass ceiling as the first woman nominated for Best Cinematography at the Oscars for “Mudbound.” For her follow-up project, Morrison was the director of photography for none other than “Black Panther,” which just broke through a ceiling of its own, smashing box office records in its opening weekend with a whopping $241 million. Could Morrison benefit from being attached to the most popular movie on the planet just as Oscar voting got underway on February 20?

In below-the-line categories at the Oscars only the films are listed on the ballot, not the individual artists’ or technicians’ names, so under normal circumstances voters might not even consider who the cinematographer is when deciding Best Cinematography. But that did not stop Morrison from receiving a lion’s share of goodwill and press for her groundbreaking achievement — even more than some of the acting nominees. At the Oscar nominees luncheon on
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Oscars 2018: Will ‘Blade Runner 2049’ resume the marriage between Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects?

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Oscars 2018: Will ‘Blade Runner 2049’ resume the marriage between Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects?
You wouldn’t necessarily consider the Oscar races for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects to be connected. Indeed, they’re markedly different fields and rarely went to the same film; for a while “Titanic” (1997) and “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) were the only two that claimed both. But recently there was an unusual five-year streak when the two categories went hand-in-hand. “Blade Runner 2049” could be the latest film to achieve that one-two punch.

The marriage between Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects started with “Avatar” (2009) and then continued with “Inception” (2010), “Hugo” (2011), “Life of Pi” (2012) and “Gravity” (2013). Then they split again for the next three years. “Birdman” won Cinematography for 2014, while “Interstellar” claimed Visual Effects. Then “The Revenant” took Cinematography for 2015, while “Ex Machina” pulled off an upset for Visual Effects. And “La La Land” was awarded Cinematography for 2016, while “The Jungle Book” won Visual Effects.
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The ‘Mystery’ of Oscars: Does ‘Call Me by Your Name’ songwriter Sufjan Stevens have a Best Picture advantage?

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The ‘Mystery’ of Oscars: Does ‘Call Me by Your Name’ songwriter Sufjan Stevens have a Best Picture advantage?
The current Oscar front-runner for Best Song is “Remember Me” from the Pixar animated film “Coco.” It gets leading odds of 4/9 based on the combined predictions of thousands of users who have made their picks thus far at Gold Derby. However, might we be underestimating Sufjan Stevens‘s “The Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name”? It ranks third with 16/1 odds despite being the only nominated song from a Best Picture contender. In addition to “Remember Me” it’s up against “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” “Mighty River” from “Mudbound” and “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall.” But does a Best Picture nomination usually give songwriters an edge?

In the last 30 years there have been 15 times when there was at least one Best Picture nominee in the race for Best Song. Of those 15 instances, a Best Picture nominee won 8 times:

1988: “Let the River Run” from
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BAFTA Awards Rubber Stamps Some Oscar Frontrunners, Upsets Others

Years ago, the British Academy’s BAFTA Awards made for an interesting foil to the stateside Oscars, but the ceremony has evolved into more of a bellwether event.

For a time, the London pageant was held after the Oscars. But at the turn of the millennium, it finally found permanent fixture amid the other precursor pit stops that lead to Hollywood’s big night. Procedurally, the Brits used to delegate nomination duties in most categories to the entire membership, while the individual branches would determine the winners. But in 2012, the organization made vast changes to protocol, shifting to a system that mirrored the American Academy’s (i.e. the inverse, whereby branches decide nominees and the full membership decides the winners).

The result has been an annual show that can provide the most holistic set of clues into the Oscar outcome. In the film editing category, for instance, BAFTA has presaged wins for “Whiplash” and “Hacksaw Ridge” when
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Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring is Getting an Epic Vinyl Release

The soundtrack for Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is probably one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. I think I listen to that soundtrack more than any other movie soundtrack. It's either that or the soundtrack to Braveheart.

If you are into collecting vinyl, you may be happy to learn that composer Howard Shore's soundtrack for Fellowship of the Ring is getting a vinyl release for the first time ever from Rhino Records. It looks like a pretty epic set.

Amazon says that this is the “Complete Recordings” of the film and it also includes music that wasn't included in the film or in any of the previous soundtrack releases. That's pretty awesome! That right there is a reason for fans to pick this up. I've included a complete track listing below:

The Fellowship of the Ring Vinyl Soundtrack Track List

Disc: 1A

1. Prologue:
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Oscars 2018: Every nominee in all 24 categories including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird’ [Photos]

Oscars 2018: Every nominee in all 24 categories including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird’ [Photos]
When nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards were announced on Jan. 23, Guillermo del Toro‘s fantastical romance “The Shape of Water” led the way with a lucky 13 bids. Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” reaped eight nominations while Martin McDonagh‘s character study “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” got seven. All three number Best Picture bids among their nominations and both del Toro and Nolan contend for Best Director. (Tour through our photo gallery above to see the nominees in all 24 competitive categories.)

The other six Best Picture nominees in order of their total nomination count are: six-time contenders “Darkest Hour” and “Phantom Thread”; five-time nominee “Lady Bird”; four-time hopefuls “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out”; and two-timer “The Post.”

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“The Shape of Water” is the 10th film to earn 13 Oscar nominations, following “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “From Here to Eternity
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‘The Shape of Water’: When it comes to Oscar nominations, 13 may be a luckier number than 14

‘The Shape of Water’: When it comes to Oscar nominations, 13 may be a luckier number than 14
We had predicted a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations for Guillermo Del Toro‘s romantic fairy tale “The Shape of Water,” but that poor underprivileged film only received 13, so instead of being the biggest Oscar contender of all time it now has to settle for being one of the top 10 of all time. The one category it missed was Best Visual Effects, but when all is said and done Del Toro and company might end up thanking voters for leaving them out. When it comes to winning Best Picture, you may actually be better off with 13.

There used to be two films tied with the record 14 nominations: “All About Eve” (1950) and “Titanic” (1997). Both won Best Picture for a perfect success rate of 100%. But that changed last year when “La La Land” (2016) was nominated for 14 and was overwhelmingly favored to win the top prize, but lost to “Moonlight” in one of Oscar’s biggest upsets.
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How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?

How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?
With their wins at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) continue their march toward becoming the first foursome to sweep the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, SAG, BAFTA and Oscar. Their SAG victories are the most important ones of the three groups so far, as the SAGs have a fantastic correlation with the Oscars; SAG has only missed five times in Best Actor, six times in Best Actress, nine times in Best Supporting Actor and seven times in Best Supporting Actress. But despite so much overlap between the individual races, SAG does not go 4-for-4 with Oscar in one season as often as you might think.

Over its 23-year history, SAG has only had a direct match in all four Oscar acting races six times, most recently three years ago. SAG typically goes 3-for-4 with Oscar,
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Look for 'The Last Jedi' to Become 2017's Highest Grossing Release Over New Year's Frame

Look for 'The Last Jedi' to Become 2017's Highest Grossing Release Over New Year's Frame
The last two times New Year's Day fell on a Monday were 2000 and, most recently, 2006. Both instances saw films in the top ten show significant growth over the weekend prior. Similarly, if we were to look at the years 2001, 2007 and 2012, where New Year's Day fell on Tuesday, we again see strong performances though 2001 shows The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring dipping in its second weekend and 2012 shows The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey dropping in its third. Similar to this year's holiday leader, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, both of those films still topped the weekend box office, all of which aided in our attempt to make sense out of what to expect over this final weekend in 2017. For starters, look for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to once again finish #1 for a third weekend in a row. While the latest installment in the franchise saw a
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Lord of the Rings: Sir Ian McKellen Hints at Reprising Gandalf for Amazon Series

Lord of the Rings: Sir Ian McKellen Hints at Reprising Gandalf for Amazon Series
Amazon shall not pass… on bringing Sir Ian McKellen to its Lord of the Rings series.

McKellen, who portrayed wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, recently hinted that he’d like to reprise the role for Amazon’s forthcoming adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels.

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In a radio interview with McKellen, British host Graham Norton asked the actor if he finds it “annoying that there’s going to be another Gandalf in town,” prompting McKellen to ask, “What do you mean, ‘another Gandalf’?”

Upon being
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Mortal Engines Trailer: Peter Jackson Presents an Epic New Saga

Mortal Engines Trailer: Peter Jackson Presents an Epic New Saga
A thousand years in the making! Today we have the first trailer for the epic new saga Mortal Engines, which comes from the team behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Peter Jackson is the mastermind behind this apocalyptic view of the future. And the first footage is jaw-dropping.

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London, finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure
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Sir Ian McKellen Wants To Play Gandalf in Amazon's Lord Of The Rings Series!

There are a lot of thoughts that raced through my mind when I learned that Amazon Studios was going to produce a series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Peter Jackson did such a perfect job telling that story with his epic film trilogy. The casting was also perfect!

Now there's one actor from the original cast that is interested in coming back to reprise his role in the series and that actor is Ian McKellen! He is completely open to the idea of playing Gandalf again if someone actually asks him.

The actor recently appeared on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show over the weekend and was asked if it would annoy him to have another actor take on the role of Gandalf and McKellen amusingly replied:

“What do you mean, another Gandalf?”

He then went on to say:

“I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked.
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Ian McKellen Wants To Play Gandalf In The Lord Of The Rings TV Series

Amazon’s quest to resurrect The Lord of the Rings will begin with a multi-season TV show that’s slowly starting to take shape.

Rooted in Middle-earth, the pitch itself is said to be similar to Game of Thrones both in terms of scale and scope, and will apparently explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Both Netflix and HBO had been approached by the Tolkien estate in the past, but it was ultimately Amazon who put out close to $250 million for LotR‘s global rights, which is said to include the possibility of an additional spinoff. Again, this has the potential to become a Game of Thrones-level franchise for Amazon Studios.

Headed up by the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos, not many details were disclosed at the time of the original announcement, but that hasn’t stopped industry insiders from labeling the record-setting deal as “insane,
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Ian McKellen suggests he’s open to Gandalf role in Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV series

As Sir Ian McKellen prepares to tackle a new iconic role in the West End version of The Exorcist, the legendary performer has told Graham Norton’s Radio 2 show that he’s reluctant to let one of his greatest roles go to another actor.

With the news that Amazon are to create their own middle-earth TV series that will take place before the movie trilogy, Norton asked McKellen how he’d feel knowing that another actor was take on the role that earned him an Academy Award nomination for The Fellowship of the Ring.

The presenter begun by saying “Amazon are doing a TV series of Lord of the Rings, now isn’t that annoying? That there’s going to be another Gandalf in town?”

McKellen came back with “What do you mean, another Gandalf?”, which caused Norton to ask if that meant he would be taking part in the big-budget TV series.
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HBO Passed on The Lord Of The Rings Series and Here's Why

Last month the big news hit that Amazon Studios snatched up the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and they are developing a series around it. It was explained:

Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a potential additional spin-off series.

HBO was one of many networks that considered getting in on the action, but they ultimately passed on the opportunity to involve themselves in the bidding war. Why? Because they already have a big-budget fantasy franchise with Game of Thrones!

CEO Richard Plepler recently talked about their decision to pass on The Lord of the Rings property, saying:

“I’d rather own our IP [intellectual property] 100%… and I’d rather have the ability to work with a product that is inextricably linked to our brand.”

That totally makes sense! Game of Thrones
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HBO Passed On The Lord Of The Rings TV Show, And Here’s Why

Amazon’s quest to resurrect The Lord of the Rings will begin with a multi-season TV series.

Rooted in Middle-earth, the pitch itself is said to be similar to Game of Thrones in terms of scale and scope, and will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Several networks had been approached by the Tolkien estate earlier in the year, but it was ultimately Amazon that shelled out close to $250 million for LotR‘s global rights, which is said to include the possibility of an additional spinoff. Like we alluded to before, this has the potential to become a Game of Thrones-level franchise for Amazon Studios.

Headed up by the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos, no details were disclosed at the time of writing, but that hasn’t stopped industry insiders from labeling the record-setting deal as “insane,” as that alleged $250 million price tag
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Should the Lord Of The Rings TV series include Tom Bombadil?

Juliette Harrisson Nov 24, 2017

Room for Tom Bombadil could easily be found in Amazon's Lord Of The Rings prequel TV series. Could this be his on-screen chance?

In a letter to the writer and poet Naomi Mitchison, who had been proof-reading The Lord Of The Rings for him, J. R. R. Tolkien described Tom Bombadil as an "enigma", "intentionally" so, and admitted that the character was "not an important person to the narrative" but added that he would not have left him in "if he did not have some kind of function". Bombadil represents, Tolkien suggested, "a natural pacifist view", a character who has access to immense power but chooses not to wield it, but rather to observe and not to participate in the wars around him. He had a symbolic importance to the overall story (not allegorical – a point both Tolkien and his friend C. S. Lewis were quite firm on,
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What stories and characters could be part of Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings TV series?

Amazon have recently acquired global TV rights to The Lord of the Rings and they have agreed to create a multi-season series and possibly some spin-off ones as well. In a rights deal said to be worth $250 million, the online retailer and increasingly powerful TV show creator has struck a deal that will see them work with Tolkien Estate and Trust; HarperCollins; and New Line Cinema to bring stories set before The Fellowship of the Ring to the small screen. However, it’s not yet clear what that might involve in terms of the characters or even the epoch being featured. When...read more
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Lord Of The Rings Actor Says J.R.R. Tolkien Would Not Approve Of TV Series

Now that we know Jrr Tolkien's seminal Lord of the Rings fantasy series, is getting its own Amazon series that will take place before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, we have been getting mixed reactions all over the internet. Now one of the stars of the original Peter Jackson trilogy is sharing his opinion. John Rhys-Davies recently revealed his thoughts on the project, going as far as saying Tolkien must be "spinning in his grave" at the thought of the project. While talking to Den of Geek, he said:

"Well, you know they have the money to do it. Why we quite need Lord Of The Rings as a TV series baffles me slightly. I mean, poor Tolkien must be spinning in his grave."

A lot of Tolkien fans see this series as a financial opportunity instead of a creative one. Rhys-Davies feels the same way about it.
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