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‘Vice’ could put Christian Bale in nice company as 7th man to sweep both acting Oscars

‘Vice’ could put Christian Bale in nice company as 7th man to sweep both acting Oscars
Now that the “Vice” trailer is out, Christian Bale — unrecognizable as Dick Cheney in the Adam McKay film — is gaining ground in our Best Actor predictions, rising to 4/1 odds to sit behind predicted champ Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”). If the Oscar winner goes the all the way, he’d not only pick up his second statuette, but he’d become the seventh man to win in lead and supporting.

Bale, who won Best Supporting Actor for “The Fighter” (2010), would join a list that includes:

1. Jack Lemmon, Best Supporting Actor for “Mister Roberts” (1955) and Best Actor for “Save the Tiger” (1973)

2. Robert De Niro, Best Supporting Actor for “The Godfather Part II” (1974) and Best Actor for “Raging Bull” (1980)

3. Jack Nicholson, Best Actor for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “As Good as It Gets (1997), and Best Supporting Actor for “Terms of Endearment” (1983)

4. Gene Hackman, Best Actor for “The French Connection
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Former ‘Top Chef’ Contestant Says She Has a Year to Live

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Former “Top Chef” contestant and chef Fatima Ali says she has a year to live.

Ali writes in an essay for Bon Appétit that cancer she and her doctors thought had gone is back, in her hip and femur bone, and her oncologist recently told her she has a year left. She was diagnosed with Erwings Sarcoma not long after competing on the 15th season of the Bravo cook-off series.

“It’s funny, isn’t it? When we think we have all the time in the world to live, we forget to indulge in the experiences of living,” the 29-year-old wrote in the essay, titled “I’m a Chef With Terminal Cancer. This Is What I’m Doing with the Time I Have Left.” Some of the things she says she is doing with her remaining time is eating at the best restaurants in the world, making amends with those she loves,
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Film Review: ‘Richard Says Goodbye’

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Film Review: ‘Richard Says Goodbye’
It’s not as if there’s ever a particularly good time for rose-tinted character studies of morally dubious men, but even with that caveat in place, “Richard Says Goodbye” hasn’t exactly picked its moment. At a time when unresolved abuse allegations against Johnny Depp have placed his star image in flux, watching him play a college lecturer whose terminal cancer diagnosis sends him into a tailspin of social, sexual and professional misbehavior is an unavoidably discomfiting experience, however much gonzo gusto he brings to the part. Given more favorable circumstances, however, Wayne Roberts’ second feature would still be an unpalatable proposition, with its iffy sexual politics and a comic tone caught awkwardly between nihilistic irony and dewy-eyed sentiment. Saban Films and DirecTV have already secured U.S. rights to the film, which had it world premiere at the Zurich Film Festival; despite some theatrical play, “Richard” will primarily
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Kevin Feige, Lucy Fisher Join Produced By: New York Lineup

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Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige and PGA President Lucy Fisher have been added to the line-up for the for the 5th edition of Produced By: New York, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced Wednesday.

In addition, “Crazy Rich Asians” producer John Penotti, “If Beale Street Could Talk” producer Adele Romanski and editor Joi McMillon, “Three Identical Strangers” producer Becky Read and director Tim Wardle will join the previously announced session series “Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations.”

Feige most recently participated at PGA’s annual Produced By conference in Los Angeles last June.

Produced By: New York 2018 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at One Time Warner Center in New York.

Also Read: Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige to Receive BAFTA's Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award

Previously announced panelists include: “The Favourite” director and producer Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Tony McNamara; “A Quiet Place” director, writer, and executive producer
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Produced By: New York: PGA Sets Kevin Feige, Lucy Fisher & More As Speakers

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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) set their lineup of speakers as well as additional programming for the 5th edition of Produced By: New York. The event will be held on Saturday, November 10 at One Time Warner Center in New York.

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and film producer and PGA co-president Lucy Fisher have been added to the growing list of speakers. Joining them are Joi McMillon, John Penotti, Becky Read, Adele Romanski, and Tim Wardle, who will be joining the previously announced session series “Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations.”

This year’s program will also include a new session, “Late-Night Laughs,” which, as the title suggests, will delve into the world of New York late-night TV. The session will feature a discussion with executive producers and showrunners from established and upcoming shows about the unique challenges of producing the funny on different platforms. Chris Licht will moderate the discussion, which to date includes: Jen Flanz, Mike Shoemaker and Prashanth Venkataramanujam.

“Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations” is a popular feature of Produced By: New York and spotlights a producer from each film taking the stage with a key collaborator to discuss how their partnerships provided defining elements of their memorable films, setting them on course for the awards season. New additions to the session include: Black Panther producer Kevin Feige; Crazy Rich Asians producer John Penotti; If Beale Street Could Talk” producer Adele Romanski and editor Joi McMillon; and Three Identical Strangers producer Becky Read and director Tim Wardle.

They join a roster of previously announced panelists The Favourite director and producer Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Tony McNamara; A Quiet Place director, writer, and executive producer John Krasinski and producer Andrew Form; Rbg producers and directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West; Widows director, writer, and producer Steve McQueen and producer Iain Canning; and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? director and producer Morgan Neville and producer Caryn Capotosto. Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and Mimi Valdés (Hidden Figures) will lead the discussions.
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2018 Broadway fall season preview of plays: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

A new Broadway season is gearing up, and there are currently nine productions of plays set to open this fall. Could we be seeing any of them contend at next year’s Tony Awards? Below, we recap the plot of each play as well as the awards history of its author, cast and creative types and the opening and (where applicable) closing dates.

“Bernhardt/Hamlet” (opens September 25; closes November 18)

In this world premiere play by two-time Emmy nominee Theresa Rebeck, international stage actress, Sarah Bernhardt, sets out to tackle her most ambitious role yet: Hamlet.

The production presented by Roundabout Theatre Company stars Tony winner Janet McTeer, Tony nominee Dylan Baker, two-time Drama Desk nominee Jason Butler Harner, Ito Aghayere, Matthew Saldivar, Drama Desk nominee Nick Westrate, Tony Carlin, and is directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel.

“The Nap” (opens September 27; closes November 11)

In the Broadway premiere of this new play by Richard Bean,
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John Krasinski, Steve McQueen Set For Produced By: New York Sessions

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John Krasinski, Steve McQueen Set For Produced By: New York Sessions
John Krasinski, Steve McQueen and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? director and producer Morgan Neville are among the directors, writers and producers taking part in “masterclass” presentations at the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By: New York 2018 even in November, the PGA announced today.

The daylong event is set for Saturday, November 10 at One Time Warner Center in New York.

The fifth edition of the annual Produced By: New York will include the return of the “Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations” series, this year encompassing 12 productions and featuring a producer from each film taking the stage with a key collaborator – director, writer, actor, cinematographer, production designer, editor or composer – to “discuss how their partnerships provided defining elements of their memorable films, setting them on course for the awards season.”

This year’s line-up, with producers Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and Mimi Valdés (Hidden Figures) leading the discussions, will
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Cary Joji Fukunaga Can Bring the Human Factor Back to James Bond

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In case you hadn’t noticed, the filmmakers chosen in recent years to direct James Bond films represent a serious break with the past. The new way all started when the series’ overseers — who tend to weigh these decisions as if they were matters of state — chose Marc Forster, the acclaimed director of “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland,” to direct “Quantum of Solace.” The trend continued when Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of “American Beauty,” was chosen to make “Skyfall,” and Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of “Slumdog Millionaire,” was chosen to helm Bond 25 (even though he left before he began).

Now, with the choice of Cary Joji Fukunaga, the trend continues. Fukunaga has no Oscars under his belt, but he is, by any standard, an audacious and celebrated filmmaker. His first feature, “Sin Nombre,” took the best director prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. He followed that
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Annette Bening movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Grifters,’ ‘The American President’

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Annette Bening movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Grifters,’ ‘The American President’
What does an abundantly talented woman have to do to get an Oscar around here? Annette Bening is 0-4 when it comes to winning an Academy Award in the acting categories. If it were up to her fans, there would a law in place that would put an end to this insanity. She might not always choose well when it comes to picking projects – if you haven’t seen 2000’s “What Planet Are You From?,” consider yourself lucky. Of course, it was probably criminal that her performance in 2016’s “20th Century Women” didn’t make more of an impact.

This week, Bening pops up as part of a large ensemble cast in “Life Itself,” a romantic comedy written and directed by Dan Fogelman (TV’s “This Is Us”). And because it seems every actor these days is obligated to be part of at least one superhero franchise, Warren Beatty’s
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Annette Bening movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Annette Bening movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
What does an abundantly talented woman have to do to get an Oscar around here? Annette Bening is 0-4 when it comes to winning an Academy Award in the acting categories. If it were up to her fans, there would a law in place that would put an end to this insanity. She might not always choose well when it comes to picking projects – if you haven’t seen 2000’s “What Planet Are You From?,” consider yourself lucky. Of course, it was probably criminal that her performance in 2016’s “20th Century Women” didn’t make more of an impact.

This week, Bening pops up as part of a large ensemble cast in “Life Itself,” a romantic comedy written and directed by Dan Fogelman (TV’s “This Is Us”). And because it seems every actor these days is obligated to be part of at least one superhero franchise, Warren Beatty’s
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Robert Redford would make Oscar history with win for ‘The Old Man and the Gun’

Robert Redford would make Oscar history with win for ‘The Old Man and the Gun’
Robert Redford has recently announced that his appearance in the upcoming film “The Old Man and the Gun” will mark his retirement from acting. Since then, this Hollywood icon has been rising up the ranks on our Oscars prediction chart for Best Actor. Should he take home the Academy Award next February, Redford would, at age 82, become the oldest-ever winner of that race.

His new movie is based on the true story of an elderly ex-con who robs a number of banks and becomes a folk hero. The role makes a fitting bookend to a career that was launched into the stratosphere by “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” fifty years ago. This new film by David Lowery boasts an exceptional supporting cast including Oscar winners Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck and Keith Carradine as well as Emmy champ Elisabeth Moss and screen veteran Danny Glover.

Redford lost his only bid
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‘Green Book’ Gets Oscar Boost from Winning Tiff Audience Award: Here’s Why

‘Green Book’ Gets Oscar Boost from Winning Tiff Audience Award: Here’s Why
On Sunday, Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” won the Toronto International Film Festival’s coveted People’s Choice Award, pushing it ahead in the Oscar race. The ’60s true story about jazz musician Don Shirley (“Moonlight” Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali) and the Bronx bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) who protected him on a concert tour of the deep South played well to critics and audiences. In taking the prize, it beat runners-up “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to “Moonlight”), as well as Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white Spanish-language “Roma.”

Expected winner “A Star is Born,” which inspired multiple standing ovations, didn’t place, amid questions about the festival’s new online voting methods, as reports spread that people were voting for “A Star Is Born” via multiple emails. If so, it didn’t work. Artistic Director Cameron Bailey explained in an email:

We analyze the voting data to make sure the votes are legitimate.
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‘Green Book’ Gets Oscar Boost from Winning Tiff Audience Award: Here’s Why

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‘Green Book’ Gets Oscar Boost from Winning Tiff Audience Award: Here’s Why
On Sunday, Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” won the Toronto International Film Festival’s coveted People’s Choice Award, pushing it ahead in the Oscar race. The ’60s true story about jazz musician Don Shirley (“Moonlight” Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali) and the Bronx bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) who protected him on a concert tour of the deep South played well to critics and audiences. In taking the prize, it beat runners-up “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to “Moonlight”), as well as Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white Spanish-language “Roma.”

Expected winner “A Star is Born,” which inspired multiple standing ovations, didn’t place, amid questions about the festival’s new online voting methods, as reports spread that people were voting for “A Star Is Born” via multiple emails. If so, it didn’t work. Artistic Director Cameron Bailey explained in an email:

We analyze the voting data to make sure the votes are legitimate.
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Toronto (TIFF) 2018 Winners

Toronto (TIFF) 2018 Winners
Toronto Film Festival’s audience prize went to Peter Farrelly’s Green Book directed to Peter Farrelly. This puts it in prime Oscar territory — five TIFF audience award winners have won Oscars for best picture, including Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech, American Beauty and Chariots of Fire. This is why TIFF is such a prime territory for acquisitions executives.

Peter Debruge wrote in his review of Green Book for Variety: “Featuring a pair of terrific performances by Viggo Mortensen as a goombah with a heart of gold and Mahershala Ali as multilingual composer-musician Don Shirley, the story may be unique, yet it goes pretty much exactly the way you might expect, with one huge twist: The credits read “Directed by Peter Farrelly” — which means this feel-good tour through American bigotry was made by one-half of the sibling duo responsible for ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and ‘There
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43rd Toronto Int’l Film Festival Rewards ‘Green Book,’ Generating Awards Buzz

Canada’s Entertainment District just hosted hundreds of movie screenings at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival, which wrapped Sept. 16. As always, the festival culminated with the announcement of the Grolsch People’s Choice Award, an audience-voted honor that has previously proven to be a promising predictor of future Academy Awards. The 2018 audience award went to Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book,” which made its world premiere at Tiff and will be released in theaters by Universal Pictures Nov. 21. Based on a true story, the heartwarming dramedy stars Mahershala Ali as an African-American classical pianist, and Viggo Mortensen as the Italian-American bouncer hired to drive him while on tour; they navigate the segregated South in the 1960s with the help of the titular guide, which lists the few hotels and restaurants that safely serve African-Americans. The first runner-up for
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Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’ wins Tiff’s People’s Choice Award – can it win the Best Picture Oscar, too?

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Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’ wins  Tiff’s People’s Choice Award – can it win the Best Picture Oscar, too?
The people have spoken – at least those common folk who attended the just-wrapped 43rd Toronto International Film Festival and voted for the esteemed People’s Choice Award. While there was speculation that Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” might win, it instead went to “Green Book,” which received a rousing standing ovation at its premiere at North America’s biggest film gathering.

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The real-life story set against the backdrop of racial unrest in the ‘60s looks at the friendship between an Italian-American bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) and a Jamaican-American jazz musician as they drive around the country. The big surprise is that it is the solo directing debut of Peter Farrelly, who teamed up with brother Bobby to make such raucously raunchy comedies as “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary.” It has been described as akin to such crowd-pleasers
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2018 Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award: ‘Green Book’ wins on way to Oscars

2018 Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award: ‘Green Book’ wins on way to Oscars
Peter Farrelly‘s heartwarming comedy-drama “Green Book” won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday (Sept. 17). Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) plays classical pianist Don Shirley and Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen is his tough-talking driver Tony Lip, who accompanies him on a tour of the segregated south of the 1960s. This crowdpleaser will be released by Universal on Nov. 21 just as awards season kicks into high gear.

While higher profile pictures played at bigger theaters multiple times, the festival ensures there is fairness in the process by giving this award to the film that inspires the biggest percentage of its total audience to vote online. Second place went to Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” while Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” was third.

This win for “Green Book” certainly raises its Oscar hopes. Of the previous 40 Tiff champs, 16 reaped Best Picture bids at the
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‘Green Book’ Takes Toronto Film Festival’s 2018 People’s Choice Award

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‘Green Book’ Takes Toronto Film Festival’s 2018 People’s Choice Award
Toronto Film Festival’s audience prize positions Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” in prime Oscar territory — five audience award winners have gone on to capture best picture, including “Slumdog Millionaire,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech,” “American Beauty” and “Chariots of Fire.” In 2016, the prize went to “La La Land,” while last year’s award went to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Both were nominated for best picture.

Peter Debruge wrote in his review of “Green Book” for Variety: “Featuring a pair of terrific performances by Viggo Mortensen as a goombah with a heart of gold and Mahershala Ali as multilingual composer-musician Don Shirley, the story may be unique, yet it goes pretty much exactly the way you might expect, with one huge twist: The credits read “Directed by Peter Farrelly” — which means this feel-good tour through American bigotry was made by one-half of the sibling duo responsible
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‘Green Book’ Wins Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award

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‘Green Book’ Wins Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award
Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” has won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff announced at an awards ceremony on Sunday.

The film, which tells the true story of an Italian-American nightclub bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) who serves as the chauffeur for a black pianist on a tour through the Deep South in the early 1960s, opened at the festival on Tuesday and was an instant hit with audiences and critics, although Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” had been considered the likely winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Runners-up for the award were Barry Jenkins’ lyrical James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Alfonso Cuaron’s moving memory piece “Roma.”

Also Read: 'Green Book' Film Review: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali Take a Perilous Road Trip Through the Deep South

In the past, Toronto audience members voted by
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‘Green Book’ Wins 2018 Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award – Oscar Harbinger?

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‘Green Book’ Wins 2018 Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award – Oscar Harbinger?
Peter Farrelly’s Green Book is the winner of this year’s sometimes Oscar-predictive Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Last year’s winner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri went on to be nominated for Best Picture and won two acting awards, but the ultimate Oscar winner for Best Picture, The Shape Of Water did not even make Tiff’s list of the top three audience favorites.

This year’s first runner up is Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk which Annapurna will release on November 30 and was warmly received at its Tiff World Premiere last Sunday. Second runner up is Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma which Netflix will debut in December and which recently won the Golden Lion top prize at Venice and is expected to be a major awards player this season.

The trophy is considered a bellwether of sorts for the awards
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