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Timothee Chalamet or may not: Mahershala Ali leads our Oscar odds, but 5 Experts back the ‘Beautiful Boy’

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Timothee Chalamet or may not: Mahershala Ali leads our Oscar odds, but 5 Experts back the ‘Beautiful Boy’
As more critics and audiences have gotten to see “Beautiful Boy” and “Green Book,” our Oscar odds for Best Supporting Actor have taken a turn. “Green Book” star Mahershala Ali moved into the lead, while the former front-runner, “Beautiful’s” Timothee Chalamet, slipped a bit. But it’s far from an open-and-shut case. Voters may be reluctant to give Ali a second Oscar just two years after his victory in the same category for “Moonlight.” And five Experts are still backing Chalamet for the win.

Ali gets leading odds of 37/10 based on the combined forecasts of thousands of Gold Derby users. That includes a majority of the 29 Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets. Ali benefits from the fact that “Green Book” looks like a stronger Best Picture contender based on our current forecasts, and it’s easier for an actor to win while riding a wave of support for a popular film.
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How Focus Features Rediscovered Its Knack for Making Award-Winning Films

Nearly three years ago, in February 2016, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley decided that her studio's specialty division, Focus Features, needed to, well, refocus. Created in 2002, the unit, known for Oscar winners like The Pianist and Brokeback Mountain, had taken a detour into genre movies, giving their artier fare short shrift, with less-than-stellar results. So, explains Langley, "We all made a decision to redouble our efforts in the specialty field and not confuse the Focus brand or the marketplace with trying to do elevated genre films." She urged Focus to concentrate "on director-led films that have strong ...
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2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
I know what you’re thinking. Is this a real prediction? Or is it just fantasy? Before you assume that I’m caught in a landslide (with no escape from reality), please open your eyes and look up to the skies and see … Here are five reasons why Rami Malek can win the Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

1. He plays a real person And is physically transformed onscreen.

It’s awardsology 101. The combination of portraying an actual individual plus altering one’s outward appearance is the easiest way to ensnare the academy’s attention. In the past twenty years alone, a plethora of people have won lead statuettes for doing exactly just that.

Look at Hilary Swank in “Boys Don’t Cry,” Adrien Brody in “The Pianist,” Nicole Kidman in “The Hours,” Charlize Theron in “Monster,” Jamie Foxx in “Ray,” Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote,” Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line,
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Signature Entertainment presents Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody in Chinese WWII movie The Bombing on DVD and Digital HD now

Bruce Willis headlines this pulse-pounding war epic about the courage of China’s citizens during WWII.

Synopsis:

Thrilling airborne dogfights set the sky on fire in an epic untold tale from WWII…

Inspired by the heroic, untold true story of Chongqing, “The Bombing” stars screen legends Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody (The Pianist) in an incredible tale of honour and immense bravery.

This pulse-pounding war epic centres around the courage of China’s citizens during WWII. As U.S. Air Force commander Jack Johnson (Willis) trains the Chinese aviators to battle Japanese fighters, a hot-headed pilot begs to fly a powerful bomber that could stop the attacks. Meanwhile, a team of spies and refugees must carry a game-changing decoder device through the war-torn countryside. “The Bombing” portrays this historic conflict in a thrilling new light.

Signature Entertainment releases The Bombing on DVD & Digital HD now
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5 times Oscars and SAG Awards clashed on Best Actor: Denzel Washington, Adrien Brody, Casey Affleck …

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This year the Screen Actors Guild Awards celebrates its 25th anniversary, so we thought it’d be fun to look back at the past quarter-century to see how many times they disagreed with the Oscars when it came to honoring the year’s Best Actor. As it turns out, there are only a handful of differences as both organizations matched up 19 times out of 24 ceremonies. Scroll down to see the five times that the Oscars clashed with SAG.

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Year: 2000

Oscar winner: Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”)

SAG winner: Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”)

What happened: After winning the SAG Award for a leading performance, Oscar voters then decided to nominate Del Toro as a supporting actor. It’s rare for this kind of quirky category switcheroo to happen between awards shows, with Kate Winslet (“The Reader”) being another recent example.
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Charlie Day’s El Tonto adds Ray Liotta, Adrien Brody, Travis Fimmel, Ken Jeong and more

With filming now underway, Deadline is reporting that Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) has added several new additions to the cast of his directorial debut El Tonto in Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Edy Ganem (Devious Maids).

El Tonto sees Day playing “a mute simpleton who gets off a bus in Los Angeles and by happenstance suddenly rises through the Hollywood scene to become a celebrity, only to then lose it all.”

The new additions join a cast that also includes the previously announced Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Edie Falco (The Sopranos), John Malkovich (The ABC Murders) and Jillian Bell (Rough Night).

The post Charlie Day’s El Tonto adds Ray Liotta, Adrien Brody, Travis Fimmel, Ken Jeong and more appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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‘The Bombing’ Trailer: Bruce Willis & Adrien Brody Lead The Cast Of WWII Epic

“We want you to take this training very seriously,” utters Bruce Willis’ character in The Bombing trailer, which has just graced the Internet. The film will arrive on DVD and Digital on 29th October, and also stars Adrien Brody. It is set World War II and focusses upon five Chinese people who fight their way through Japanese air attacks to protect a military machine.

Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody Star In The Bombing trailer

The Bombing is known as Air Strike in other territories, but the UK market will get the different title when it releases at the end of the month on the home formats. According to some sources, it is the 10th-most expensive non-English-language film by production cost. The film’s Wikipedia page states that it cost a staggering $65 million to make.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Thrilling airborne dogfights set the sky on fire in an epic untold tale from WWII…
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Studiocanal Acquires Library of ‘The Intouchables’ Producer

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Studiocanal has acquired the library of Quad, the Paris-based production company behind Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s French comedy blockbuster “The Intouchables.”

Besides “The Intouchables,” Quad’s library includes other films by Nakache and Toledano, such as “Samba” with Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg and “Nos Jours Heureux,” as well as Alexandre Coffre’s “Eyjafjallajökull” starring Dany Boon. The library acquired by Studiocanal comprises 12 titles in total.

Studiocanal boasts a vast library of more than 5,500 movies covering 100 years of film history. These titles include “Terminator 2,” “Rambo,” “Total Recall,” “Voyage au Bout de l’Enfer,” “Mulholland Drive,” “The Pianist” and “A bout de souffle.”

“We’re very happy about this acquisition which allows us to enrich further Studiocanal’s library, one of the world’s most prestigious, with 5,500 titles from 60 countries,” said Didier Lupfer, Studiocanal’s managing director.

“We also have some of the most successful French films of
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‘J’Accuse’: Roman Polanski’s Next Film Is About a Man Wrongly Accused of a Crime, Leaving Some Suspicious

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‘J’Accuse’: Roman Polanski’s Next Film Is About a Man Wrongly Accused of a Crime, Leaving Some Suspicious
Roman Polanski, who was found guilty of having sex with a minor in 1977 and has been a fugitive of the United States ever since, has set his next project: “J’Accuse,” which tells the story of a man who was falsely accused of a crime he didn’t commit and seeks to exonerate himself more than a decade later. It’s based on the true story of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French-Jewish soldier who was accused of spying for Germany in the 1890s, but initial reactions suggest that some believe the incident has personal resonance for Polanski.

In May of this year, the Oscar-winning filmmaker described the #MeToo movement as an example of “mass hysteria that occurs in society from time to time. Sometimes it’s very dramatic, like the French Revolution or the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre in France, or sometimes it’s less bloody, like 1968 in Poland or McCarthyism in the U.
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Roman Polanski’s Next Film, ‘J’accuse,’ Will Be About a Wrongly Accused Man

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Roman Polanski’s Next Film, ‘J’accuse,’ Will Be About a Wrongly Accused Man
Roman Polanski apparently has something to say about a man being wrongfully convicted of a crime. The infamous director has started production on his next film “J’accuse,” his first project in the #MeToo era.

The film tells the story of the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal in which Jewish French captain Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of treason in 1894, and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil’s island.

Polanski, a French-Polish filmmaker, fled the U.S. in 1977 after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. He was imprisoned for 42 days, after which he was released and put on probation as part of a plea bargain. When Polanski learned the judge planned to revoke the plea deal, the director fled to Paris before the sentencing.

Also Read: Roman Polanski Loses Bid to Have Sexual Assault Case Tossed

Since the accusations and revelations of roughly 30 years of
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Hollywood Talent Drawn East to Big Projects

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Hollywood Talent Drawn East to Big Projects
More Hollywood actors are expected to appear in starring roles in Chinese films as China’s film industry continue to expand, with bigger productions looking to meet international standards and feed the growing appetite for domestic blockbusters.

So far, however, the top Hollywood stars joining the ensemble casts of these blockbusters have almost all been men. Opportunities for Hollywood actresses in China still remain largely unavailable because of the lack of suitable roles and limited genres. Agencies have been pushing for female starring roles, however, and Milla Jovovich has a role in upcoming action-thriller “The Rookies.”

According to Jonah Greenberg, who left his role as head of CAA China in February to launch a Beijing-based development and production company called Salty Pictures, the agency helped Jovovich get the role, originally written as a male. Such a successful gender-switch of a role in a Chinese film to accommodate a Western actress is a first.
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Oscar flashback: Portraying a real-life musician could be key to winning

Oscar flashback: Portraying a real-life musician could be key to winning
Among this year’s leading Oscar contenders for Best Actor is Emmy winner Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) for his star turn as the late Freddie Mercury, the legendary lead vocalist of the rock band Queen, in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Should Malek reap an Oscar bid, he will mark the 12th leading man to date recognized for his portrayal of a real-life musician.

First to achieve this feat was James Cagney, nominated for his lively depiction of Broadway composer and performer George M. Cohan in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942). On Oscar night, Cagney was triumphant, scoring the lone Oscar of his storied career.

Later in the decade, a pair of actors earned recognition for portraying real-life musicians, the first being Cornel Wilde, up for his performance as Polish pianist Frederic Chopin in “A Song to Remember” (1945). The following year, Larry Parks was a nominee for portraying singer and actor Al Jolson in “The Jolson Story
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Fox Searchlight Ups Melissa Holloway, Angela Johnson & Barry Dale Johnson To Svps National Publicity

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Exclusive: Fox Searchlight Pictures Evp of Marketing Michelle Hooper announced today that Melissa Holloway, Angela Johnson and Barry Dale Johnson have each been elevated to the position of Senior Vice President of National Publicity.

The trio previously served as VP of National Publicity.

Over the last ten-plus years, the three have worked alongside Svp of National Publicity and New York office head Diana Loomis under Hooper, managing all domestic publicity functions, and working across the Searchlight slate, and leading PR campaigns for such Oscar winners as The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave and Birdman. Already generating awards season buzz out of the fall film festival troika is The Old Man & The Gun, Can You Ever Forgive Me? and The Favourite.

Hooper stated, “We are thrilled to bring Melissa, Angela and Barry Dale into exciting new functions within the department.” Added Loomis,
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27 Most Shocking Falls From Grace in Movies and TV: From Roseanne Barr to James Gunn (Photos)

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Dozens of powerful men and women have abruptly lost public favor in the past twelve months, from the numerous men toppled by #MeToo movement to comedians who have been shunned for an inappropriate Twitter joke. And that’s only in the last year. Here’s a list of most shocking falls from grace in movie and TV history, from director Roman Polanski to comedian Roseanne Barr to disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Fatty Arbuckle

After becoming one of the most successful stars of the silent film era, Roscoe Conkling “Fatty” Arbuckle abruptly fell from grace when he was put on trial for the rape and murder of actress Virginia Rappe in 1921. Arbuckle was eventually acquitted, but the scandal overshadowed his legacy as a pioneering comedian and actor in Old Hollywood.

Roman Polanski

The French-Polish director has been a fugitive from the U.S. criminal justice system since 1978, when he fled
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Emmanuelle Seigner Tells the Academy ‘You Offend Me’ for Offering Her Membership as It Expels Her Husband, Roman Polanski

Emmanuelle Seigner Tells the Academy ‘You Offend Me’ for Offering Her Membership as It Expels Her Husband, Roman Polanski
French actress Emmanuelle Seigner will not join the Academy’s 2018 class, instead choosing to show solidarity with her husband, Roman Polanski. As a repercussion of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to expel the director on May 1. He pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, and has not set foot in the United States since.

Through his lawyer, Polanski threatened the Academy with a lawsuit while announcing his intention to appeal the ruling. Seigner — twice-nominated for France’s highest film honor, the César Award — co-starred in her husband’s most recent film, “D’après une histoire vraie” (“Based on a True Story”), with Eva Green. The couple has been married for 29 years and shares two children. Polanski’s previous wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by members of Charles Manson’s cult in 1969, a tragedy that will be revisited in
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Emmanuelle Seigner Rejects Academy Membership In Support Of Husband Roman Polanski

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Emmanuelle Seigner Rejects Academy Membership In Support Of Husband Roman Polanski
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences invited 928 entertainment industry professionals to join and while many were celebrating their invitation to the ever-changing Academy which is looking to be more inclusive, there is one invitee that didn’t want to jump on board: Emmanuelle Seigner.

Seigner, who is the wife of disgraced director Roman Polanski, was invited to join the Academy and responded with an incendiary letter that dragged the organization calling the invite an “offensive proposal” in an open letter that was posted in the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly actress did not hold back in the letter saying, “The Academy probably thinks I am enough of a spineless, social climbing actress that I would forget that I have been married for the past 29 years to one of the world’s greatest directors.”

She says that Polanski has been “cast out like
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Roman Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner turns down Academy invite

Roman Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner turns down Academy invite
Actress publicly rejects invitation accusing academy of “hypocrisy”.

French actress Emmanuelle Seigner has publicly rejected an invitation from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Scientists (AMPAS) to become a member of the prestigious institute which expelled her husband Roman Polanski earlier this year in connection with sexual abuse allegations.

In an open letter published in French Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, the actress described AMPAS’s invitation as an “insulting proposal” and accused the institution of “hypocrisy”.

Oscar-winning director Polanski, Seigner’s husband of 29-years, was officially expelled from the Academy in May in connection with charges of
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Roman Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner wife turns down Academy invite

Roman Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner wife turns down Academy invite
Actress publicly rejects invitation accusing academy of “hypocrisy”.

French actress Emmanuelle Seigner has publicly rejected an invitation from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Scientists (AMPAS) to become a member of the prestigious institute which expelled her husband Roman Polanski earlier this year in connection with sexual abuse allegations.

In an open letter published in French Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, the actress described AMPAS’s invitation as an “insulting proposal” and accused the institution of “hypocrisy”.

Oscar-winning director Polanski, Seigner’s husband of 29-years, was officially expelled from the Academy in May in connection with charges of
See full article at ScreenDaily »

No Emmys for young men? Freddie Highmore, Kit Harington and Jonathan Groff fight bias against whippersnappers

No Emmys for young men? Freddie Highmore, Kit Harington and Jonathan Groff fight bias against whippersnappers
What do Freddie Highmore, Kit Harington and Jonathan Groff have in common? They’re all on the Emmy ballot for Best Drama Actor, and they’re all among the top 10 contenders for nominations according to our racetrack odds. One more thing: they’re all under the age of 35, which might be a disadvantage. No man in his 20s and hardly anyone in their early 30s have been nominated for Best Drama Actor in the 21st century. The youngest man nominated since 2000 was Michael C. Hall for “Six Feet Under” in 2002. He was 31.

As we see at the Oscars, where only one man in his 20s has ever won Best Actor, Emmy voters don’t usually recognize whippersnappers. The youngest winner of the 21st century was Rami Malek, who was 35 when he won for “Mr. Robot” in 2016. Besides him only three other winners this century were under 40: James Gandolfini for
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Tau review – Gary Oldman is an evil Alexa in another Netflix sci-fi disaster

The recent Oscar winner lends his voice to a moronic thriller about a woman trapped by artificial intelligence, which sits alongside other genre missteps on the streaming platform

It’s a long and noble Hollywood tradition: an actor scores the coveted Academy Award at long last, and then promptly squanders that industry cachet on the most mortifying work of their entire career. Mere days after picking up a statuette for Boyhood, Patricia Arquette was off solving computer-crimes on CSI: Cyber. Eddie Redmayne took home the gold for The Theory of Everything, and celebrated by bellowing his way through an utterly incomprehensible turn in Jupiter Ascending. A decade and a half out from his win for The Pianist, and Adrien Brody is still doing this.

Related: Science friction: can Netflix figure out its blockbuster problem?
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