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The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lady Bird’

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The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lady Bird’
You’ll often hear directors say that each movie is really three movies: The one on the page, the one you shoot, and the one you end up with in the final cut. That gives you three chances to get it right or mess it up even more, but nothing beats a solid foundation and well-crafted blueprint. At least with a great screenplay, you know it will be a lot harder to mess up the other two phases.

Any consideration of the best movies of the past 18 years takes on new context when considered exclusively in terms of their screenplays. There are some obvious masters of the form, such as Charlie Kaufman and Kenneth Lonergan, not to mention the clockwork-like precision of the Pixar story factory, which is why they all have two films on this list. Many of the films here were robbed of Oscar nominations, including from David Fincher
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'Rampage' storms to top of UK box office

'Rampage' storms to top of UK box office
Action film starring Dwayne Johnson dethrones Peter Rabbit with £3.1m debut.

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RankFilm / DistributorWeekend Gross (Fri-Sun)Running TotalWeek 1 Rampage (Warner Bros) £3.1m £4.1m 1 2 Peter Rabbit (Sony) £2m £38.1m 5 3 A Quiet Place (Paramount) £1.9m £6.4m 2 4 Ready Player One (Warner Bros) £1.2m £14.5m 3 5 Truth Or Dare (Universal) £922,664 £922,664 1 Warner Bros

Rampage, the latest Dwayne Johnson star vehicle, stormed to the top of the UK box office this weekend with a three-day debut of £3.1m from 559 sites, an average of £5,617. The video-game adaptation has grossed £4.1m, including previews on Wednesday and Thursday.

That figure is roughly equitable
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‘The Incredibles 2’ Trailer: A Superheroic Summer Is Coming

Pixar has a perhaps, spotty track record when it comes to sequels. With the exceptions being “Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3,” the heartwarming movie-magic found in “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and even “Cars” was disappointingly misplaced in their sequels (prequel for ‘Monsters’). With “The Incredibles 2” right around the corner, the question is begging to be asked: will it nail the themes and tone that the first one showcased so well, or will it just be another addition to the heavily saturated superhero-movie lexicon?
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10 Disney Connections In Coco You Should Have Noticed

Pixar is known to make heart-wrenching films filled with meaning, laughs, and characters we’ll never forget. In their recent success “Coco,” they did all that and more! “Coco” has multiple references to Disney films that you probably missed, so we’re here to show you the light. The most shocking of the connections, that we’re certain you missed, is the link with “Frozen.” Also, where did the main image of the film come from, was it really the monster child from “Toy Story”, Sid? How is “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters Inc.” and even “Wall-e” acknowledged in the Oscar-winning animated film? Ever heard of “Luxo Jr.” and his iconic ball?
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10 Disney Movie Connections You Should Have Noticed

If you’ve ever seen our videos before, you know that we love Disney and are the biggest Disney fans. And because we love it, we found plenty of movie connections you probably never noticed. From “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc,” “The Incredibles,” and “Up,” to every other Disney movie ever made. Some share similar object, some share unexpected cameos even though the character’s movie didn’t even come out yet, and others share a voice that managed to appear in every single Disney movie ever! His name is John Ratzenberger and we’re totally serious. He’s Disney’s good luck charm and he appears in every single movie there is! Don’t believe us? See for yourself! Check out the 10 Disney movie connections you should have noticed!
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‘I Can Only Imagine’ Directors Join Spielberg, Zemeckis, and More as Filmmakers With Two A+ CinemaScores

Hollywood is still bonkers for metrics — there’s Rotten Tomatoes to freshen up, IMDb stars to earn, Metacritic rankings to top, and the audience-friendly classic CinemaScore, which provides a handy letter grade at the end of opening weekend for each big-screen release. It’s designed to be as easily digested as an elementary school report card, but CinemaScores don’t measure quality. By their own admission, they measure “movie appeal,” and high grades often reflect canny marketing or audiences already primed to enjoy a certain film.

This weekend, moviegoers rated two new openers, the gay teen romance “Love, Simon” and the faith-based drama “I Can Only Imagine,” the highest CinemaScore possible: a sterling A+. And while it’s telling that this weekend spawned such high marks for such very different films, it also speaks to what happens when Hollywood churns out the films that certain audiences are so eager to see.
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'Tomb Raider' snatches international box office crown from 'Black Panther'

China delivers $41.1m over first three days; Peter Rabbit scores $9.5m UK debut.

Tomb Raider defeated Black Panther at the international box office at the weekend as the Warner Bros and MGM action adventure vaulted to the top of the global and international charts. Meanwhile Oscar winner The Shape Of Water crossed $100m.

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Audiences responded strongly to Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander in the role of thrill-seeking heiress Lara Croft as the action adventure climbed to an early $102.5m internationally from the first two weekends. This was powered by $41.1m from its first three days in China,
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Longtime Pixar Movie Producer Darla K. Anderson Is Stepping Down

Fresh from success with the Oscar-winning Coco, Pixar producer Darla K. Anderson is stepping away from the animation company after a quarter of a century to pursue new projects and adventures. Pixar is, of course, one of animation’s biggest success stories. After breaking new ground with Toy Story in 1995, Pixar rapidly went from strength to strength, partnering with Disney to release a string of hit movies enjoyed all over the world by both kids and adults including the Cars franchise, Finding Nemo and Wall-e.
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Lee Unkrich (‘Coco’) would be the fourth to win two Best Animated Feature Oscars

Lee Unkrich (‘Coco’) would be the fourth to win two Best Animated Feature Oscars
Coco” is the unanimous pick in our combined odds to take home the Best Animated Feature Oscar and a win would put its writer-director Lee Unkrich in a very small group: two-time winners in the category.

Unkrich would join Andrew Stanton (2003’s “Finding Nemo,” 2008’s “Wall-e”), Brad Bird (2004’s “The Incredibles,” 2007’s “Ratatouille”) and Pete Docter (2009’s “Up,” 2015’s “Inside Out”) as the only two-time champs since Best Animated Feature was added to the Oscar docket 16 years ago. Incredibly (no pun intended), all won for Pixar films, just as Unkrich would. With his first win having come seven years ago for “Toy Story 3,” Unkrich, who shares his nomination with producer Darla K. Anderson, would also have the longest span between victories of the four. All but Docter would have perfect two-for-two records; Docter’s “Monsters, Inc.” (2001) lost to “Shrek” the first year of the award.

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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast: Willem Dafoe Unpacks His Oscar-Nominated ‘The Florida Project’ Role

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! Few actors’ résumés offer as much variety as Willem Dafoe, an on-screen presence who seems unclassifiable. It’s not enough to dub him “chameleonic” or “versatile”; watching performances of such depth and credibility hint at something deeper, targeting the heart more than the brain. Nailing down what makes Dafoe great may prove futile, as his “In the Envelope” podcast interview suggests. Does his secret lie in choosing both mainstream blockbusters (“Spider-Man,” “Finding Nemo”) and off-the-beaten-path indie classics (“The Boondock Saints,” “Antichrist”)? Is it the practical theater training from his days of co-founding the Wooster Group? All we know is his three supporting actor Academy Award nominations are a triptych of superbly dynamic acting: 1986’s “Platoon,” 2000’s “Shadow of a Vampire,
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‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars

‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars
The jury’s still out on whether being a Best Picture nominee gives you an advantage in Best Original Song, but surely being a Best Animated Feature nominee is a huge plus, right? Technically yes, but it’s definitely not a sure thing to win both. “Coco” sits atop our latest predictions in both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Remember Me,” and if the Disney/Pixar film indeed goes two-for-two, it would only be the third time that the two categories went to the same film.

That might sound startling because so many catchy movie anthems have hailed from animated films, specifically Disney films. But the Best Animated Feature category was only added in 2001, right after Disney ruled Best Original Song in the ‘90s — five of the decade’s song winners were from animated Disney films; a sixth, “When You Believe,” was from DreamWorks’ “The Prince of Egypt
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Best Animated Feature Oscar predictions: Could political impact of ‘The Breadwinner’ help it take down ‘Coco’?

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According to the Oscar predictions of our experts from major media outlets, Pixar’s “Coco” is practically unbeatable in the race for Best Animated Feature. However, an Oscar upset could be looming from Gkids’s “The Breadwinner.” Directed by Nora Twomey and produced by Angelina Jolie, the politically charged animated film centers on a girl (voiced by Saara Chaudry) whose father is imprisoned by the Taliban. In order to provide for the rest of her family, she dresses as a boy so that she can make money while also conforming to the Taliban’s oppressive religious laws.

SEE2018 Annie Awards winners: Complete list led by ‘Coco’ and ‘The Breadwinner

In our recent webchat with Twomey, she remarked that she wants people “to see hope” in “The Breadwinner.” Amazingly, Twomey is only the second solo female director to ever be nominated for Best Animated Feature. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda 2
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Oscar Animated Shorts Long on Artistry

Oscar Animated Shorts Long on Artistry
Oscar’s animated shorts category typically showcases both studio and indie projects created with a variety of techniques. This year’s nominees reflect that diversity — to the point where they may present apples vs. oranges choices for Academy voters.

Dear Basketball

Directed by Glen Keane

“Dear Basketball” has arguably brought more attention to the Academy’s animated shorts category this year by virtue of its stellar pedigree alone. Written and narrated by basketball superstar Kobe Bryant as his farewell to the game, the 2D-animated film was directed by the legendary Disney animator Glen Keane, and boasts an orchestral score by the multi-Oscar-winning composer John Williams. While Keane has created unforgettable characters for “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast,” this represents the first Oscar nomination for him personally. “Dear Basketball” is also the first time Williams has scored a short film in his long career — and he took a break from scoring “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to do
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Incredibles 2 Special Look Arriving This Week During the Olympics

Disney-Pixar revealed The Incredibles 2 will get a new trailer or TV spot during the first full week of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. In recent years, the Disney-owned animation house Pixar has made efforts to put out both original concept films and sequels to movies from its largely beloved catalogue. After a break in 2014 and two original features in 2015 (Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur), 2016 saw Pixar release Finding Dory, a sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo. But, Pixar returned in 2017 with the threequel Cars 3 and the original film Coco. Next, the animation studio is gearing up to launch another sequel, the highly anticipated Incredibles 2.
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Willem Dafoe to Receive Honorary Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival

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Willem Dafoe to Receive Honorary Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival
The Berlin International Film Festival will present Willem Dafoe with an Honorary Golden Bear in recognition of the actor’s life work, the festival announced Tuesday. Following the presentation on Feb. 20, the festival will screen Daniel Nettheim’s 2001 film “The Hunter” starring the actor. Dafoe has over 100 film credits to his name, including “The Loveless,” “Roadhouse 66,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Platoon,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “Cry-Baby,” “Mississippi Burning,” “American Psycho,” “Spider-Man,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Aviator,” “Inside Man,” “Mr. Bean’s Holiday,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “John Wick” and most recently “Murder on...
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Pixar, Coco and the importance of memories

Mark Harrison Feb 8, 2018

We take a detailed look at Pixar's Coco, and at how Pixar's movies deal with memory...

This feature contains major spoilers for Coco, and spoilery discussion of several other Disney and Pixar films, with spoilers for Frozen, Big Hero 6, Up and Zootropolis.

All films are about memory in one way or another. The way we engage with and absorb media is always going to depend on what we've learned and retained about the world during our lives, whether it reflects our own experiences or other things we've consumed. But we can't think of another studio that engages with memory as a concept as Pixar does in their feature films.

From forgetful characters to the literal objectification of memories as a plot device, memory is a key tenet of many of Pixar's 19 features to date, even in films where it's not at the forefront. Bob Parr
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Paramount Fires Amusement Park Movie Director for Alleged Misconduct

Update: We have been contacted by an attorney who claims to represent Dylan Brown. That attorney provided the following statement, "Mr. Brown disputes these allegations. They are defamatory, and he is considering his legal options." The rest of the story is presented as reported yesterday.

More news from inside Hollywood as director Dylan Brown gets fired for alleged 'inappropriate and unwanted conduct'. Brown was working on the animated feature film Amusement Park, which was slated for release in 2019. It isn't quite clear if this will delay the release date, or how Paramount intends to move forward.

Multiple women have come out against Dylan Brown for a variety of reasons, and this doesn't appear to be an isolated incident. The word 'sexual misconduct' was not used in the initial report. About Brown's firing, Paramount issued this statement.

"We are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace that is free of harassment or inappropriate conduct,
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Paramount Fires ‘Amusement Park’ Director Over ‘Inappropriate and Unwanted Conduct’

Paramount Pictures on Tuesday fired Dylan Brown, director of the upcoming animated feature “Amusement Park,” after an investigation into complaints of “inappropriate and unwanted conduct.”

Brown, an animator who has worked on such pictures like “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo,” was making his directorial debut in the Paramount feature. The voice cast includes Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis and Jeffrey Tambor (who has been accused of sexual harassment).

“We are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace that is free of harassment or inappropriate conduct,” a Paramount spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday. “We received allegations of inappropriate and unwanted conduct by Dylan Brown in the workplace and we conducted a thorough investigation, and he is no longer employed by the company.”

The film is mostly finished, and there will not be a search for a new director. The picture is still slated for release in March 15, 2019.

Paramount did not provide specifics on the
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10 Animated Movie Sidekicks That Are Too Cute To Handle

The heroes in our favorite animated movies usually take center stage, but sometimes their loveable sidekicks end up taking the spotlight. From being loyal and true, to being hysterical and incredibly adorable, sidekicks make the movie. After all, what is a hero without their best friend and sidekick?

Today we will be discussing some of the cutest animated sidekicks to date.

One of the cutest definitely has to be Russell from the movie Up. he is the complete opposite to Carl’s grouchiness and serves as a reminder to us all that keeping your inner child in tact is important.

Finding Nemo gave us Dory, the most loyal of them all. Although she can be totally forgetful, her loyalty and positivity never waivers. Monsters Inc. gave us the too cute to handle toddler named Boo. With her baby babbling and giant eyes, she and Sully had us crying by the end.
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