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‘Dunkirk’ has an uphill Oscar battle: It’d be the first Best Picture winner without acting or writing nominations in 85 years

‘Dunkirk’ has an uphill Oscar battle: It’d be the first Best Picture winner without acting or writing nominations in 85 years
The story of this year’s Oscar race is rules. Which long-standing rule awards pundits rely on to make predictions will be broken? All of the top five Best Picture contenders in our predictions have something missing — “The Shape of Water” doesn’t have the SAG ensemble nomination, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” doesn’t have a director nomination, “Lady Bird” and “Get Out” don’t have editing or any craft nominations, and “Dunkirk”? “Dunkirk” would have to break one of the longest stats. Christopher Nolan’s epic doesn’t have any acting or writing nominations and only two films have won Best Picture without either of them: “Wings” (1927/28) and “Grand Hotel” (1932).

That’s right, it hasn’t happened in 85 years. Even then, you can attribute the first two instances to the early days of the Oscars, when categories, rules and voting patterns were in flux. “Wings,” of course, was
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2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?

2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?
The Shape of Water” numbers three acting bids among its leading 13 Academy Awards nominations for lead Sally Hawkins and supporting players Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. According to our exclusive Oscar odds none of them is predicted to win on March 4. Should that scenario play out, does that mean that their film won’t win Best Picture?

Not so fast.

While 53 of the 89 Best Picture champs to date include an Oscar-winning performance, 36 of them (40%) did not win any acting awards. And among those three dozen winners are four of the eight films — “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Argo” (2012), “Birdman” (2015) and “Spotlight” (2016) — decided by preferential ballot under the newly expanded slate of Best Picture nominees.

Surprisingly, an even dozen of the Best Picture winners did not even reap any acting nominations. That is welcome news for “Arrival,” which does not number an acting bid among its eight nominations. However, four of those films
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Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?

Oscars 2018: Will Best Picture and Best Director line up for the first time since ‘Birdman’?
It used to be pretty much an Academy Awards norm that the film that won Best Picture also took home the Oscar for Best Director. In recent years that has changed, largely due to the preferential ballot that has been implemented for Best Picture voting. These two categories have split in four of the past five years, with “Birdman” (2014) and its director Alejandro G. Inarritu being the last time they lined up. Currently “The Shape of Water” is in first place to win both categories on Gold Derby’s Oscar charts, so might things get back on track this year?

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

A year ago Damien Chazelle won Best Director for “La La Land” while “Moonlight” took Best Picture, becoming the fourth time this decade that the Oscar split occurred. In 2015 Inarritu won Best Director for “The Revenent” (his second
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Sales deal for animation 'The Legend Of King Solomon'

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Exclusive: Sc Films boards first Israeli-Hungarian co-production.

London-based sales outfit Sc Films International, has acquired international rights to The Legend Of King Solomon, a family animation adaptation of the Biblical story, which it will launch at Toronto.

The completed project is the first feature collaboration between Israel and Hungary since a co-production treaty was signed in January 2016.

Eden Productions of Israel and Cinemon Entertainment of Hungary produce together.

In the English-language movie with Israeli voice cast, a young teenage Solomon must save the kingdom of Jersualem from the evil devil Asmodeus.

After he is banished into the Arabian desert, Solomon teams up with the beautiful Princess Naama of Petra as they seek to put an end to Asmodeus’ tyrannical thirst for power.

Albert Hanan Kaminiski, director of the Pettson and Findus trilogy, directs and co-writes with Gyula Böszörményi.

Composer is Ady Cohen, musical director on 2007 hit Enchanted, while art director is Michael Faust, an artist
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Watch Jackie Chan Dance In Our Exclusive Clip From ‘Kung Fu Yoga’

To coincide with the upcoming release of Kung Fu Yoga, the brand new action adventure starring Jackie Chan, we have an exclusive clip to share.

It’s Raiders Of The Lost Ark Jackie Chan-style, with a dash of Bollywood, as the unstoppable film legend hunts for treasure in this flat-out fun, all-action, globe-trotting comedy caper.

World-renowned archaeology professor Jack and his team are on a grand quest to locate a lost ancient Indian treasure, when they are ambushed by a team of mercenaries and left for dead. Using his vast knowledge of history and kung fu, Jack leads his team on a race around the world to beat the mercenaries to the treasure, and to save an ancient culture.

The film features superb fight scenes, motorcycle chases, ice caves, hidden treasures and a Bollywood-style set piece finale.

Kung Fu Yoga is family friendly fun, a mix of Bollywood exoticism and action comedy antics,
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‘Selfish,’ ‘Mom,’ ‘Hedgehog’ to Bow at Annecy’s Mifa TV Pitches

‘Selfish,’ ‘Mom,’ ‘Hedgehog’ to Bow at Annecy’s Mifa TV Pitches
Annecy, France — “Mom Hurries Home,” “Selfish” and “The Tales of the Hedgehog” feature among eight projects at an Annecy Mifa TV Pitches session which looks to have grown in importance and quality over recent years.

This year, 136 projects were submitted for a maximum of eight slots, said Mifa projects head Geraldine Baché, adding that among all the Mifa Pitches’ categories, the TV Special & Series has grown the most in these last few years.

“Due to the quantity of projects we receive, I can honestly confirm that quality has also much improved,” Bache added, saying that Mifa received projects from all over the world with a personal identity and a strong personality. “Most are innovative but definitely try to match market demand, which is quiet new in fact!”

Fielding different demands from broadcasters, Mifa has consciously created a session, taking place June 15, with a notable diversity in projects’ geographical origin, genre and primary target.
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Top 10 Movies Filmed in Thailand

Over the years there have been a great number of movies that have been filmed in Thailand, some of those films were supposed to be filmed there whilst others were filmed there as a stand in for places such as Cambodia and Vietnam.

One of the main benefits of using Thailand is that the production costs can be kept very low if the movie requires things such as glorious beaches, jungles or even elephants! Plus, with an army of experienced film crew members residing in Thailand production staffing costs can also be kept low too by hiring local yet skilled personnel.

There are of course plenty of benefits for Thailand as a whole when any major films are filmed there, as it helps the tourist industry no end, with many people wishing to visit many of the places a film was filmed at.

With that in mind we are now
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Sc Films launches family animation 'Around The World In 80 Days'

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Exclusive: The Reef 2 team band for adaptation of Jules Verne novel.

London-based sales outfit Sc Films International, which specialises in family animation, has begun production on its latest project, Around The World In 80 Days, and will launch the title in the market at Cannes.

The animated feature is a loose adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel, which has been adapted for the big screen on numerous occasions, including notably in 1956 starring David Niven, and in 2004 starring Jackie Chan.

The latest version will be a 3D underwater adventure based on the characters from Sc Films’ previous productions The Reef: Shark Bait and The Reef 2: High Tide [pictured].

In the new film, a young fish sets off on an adventure guided by a wise old turtle. Along the way, he must learn to trust his instincts and his newly formed friendships to navigate his way through the chills of the Atlantic, the ships of
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Oscars 2017: Can ‘Arrival’ Pull Out a Best Picture Win With No Acting Nominations?

Amy Adams in ‘Arrival’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

With the dust settling after the big reveal of the nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards, there’s one film with a very uncertain future: Arrival. Yes, the film was nominated for best picture as well as garnered attention in a slew of other categories, but it was noticeably overlooked in one major area. We are, of course, talking about Amy Adams not being nominated for best actress. How does not having any acting nominations had an effect on a film’s chances at winning best picture in Oscar history?

Heading into the big show, Arrival has eight shots at taking home a trophy. Here are the categories the Denis Villeneuve-directed flick is nominated for: best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best film editing, best production design, best sound mixing, and best sound editing. What we
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Showbiz History: Irene Dunne's Near-Record, Brittany Murphy's Untimely Death, Scream's Release

Today in showbiz history if you need something to celebrate with the world ending* and all...

*too dramatic? That's what it feels like lately, is all... 

1812 "Grimm's Fairy Tales" is published. They never stop influencing popular culture thereafter. 

1880 Broadway gets the nickname "The Great White Way" when it's first lit up by electricity

1892 Phileas Fog completes his trip 'round the globe in the novel Around the World in Eighty Days (later adapted to the screen)

1898 Irene Dunne, one of the greatest actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age was born on this day in Kentucky. She went on to five leading actress nominations (my favorite is The Awful Truth, 1937) without ever winning.

Why That's A Big Deal In Oscar History Is Revealed After The Jump...
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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch in January 2017, Including ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ and ‘Boogie Nights’

7 Films New to Netflix to Watch in January 2017, Including ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ and ‘Boogie Nights’
Next month, Netflix offers up a giant selection of films — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar winners and indie favorites — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch as soon as they’re available on the streaming service, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic binge. Enjoy.

1. “Boogie Nights” (available January 1)

Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds star in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 comedy about a young man who gets into the California porn industry in the late 1970’s and ‘80s. The film was nominated for three Oscars: Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay.

2. “Braveheart” (available January 1)

Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Director, the Mel Gibson-starring drama follows William Wallace’s revolt against King Edward I of England after his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her.
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Van Williams, Star of The Green Hornet, Dies at 82: Report

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Van Williams, Star of The Green Hornet, Dies at 82: Report
Van Williams, star of the 1960s action sci-fi series The Green Hornet, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 82.

Born Van Zandt Jarvis Williams on Feb. 27, 1934 in Forth Worth, Texas, the actor passed away Nov. 29 of kidney failure in Scottsdale, Arizona where he lived with his wife of 57 years, Vicki Flaxman Richards.

Williams grew up on a ranch outside Fort Worth and later studied animal husbandry and business at Texas Christian University. When he and his father wrangled over ranch policy, Van lit out for the wide open spaces of Hawaii in 1956. It was there, while working as
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan To Fight Chinese Creatures In a Russian Horror Movie

Considering it seems like every single action star from the '80s and '90s eventually wound up battling in a movie together, it's a bit surprising that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan only barely crossed over in the PG-rated, family adventure comedy Around the World in 80 Days. But now they're getting a second chance together, and in a totally unexpected way. Variety reports they're both joining Rutger Hauer in Viy-2, a sequel to a Russian horror/fantasy movie that's set in China but stars British actor Jason Flemyng. Film production in 2016 is unpredictable, to say the least. We don't yet know how the former Governor of California and the man who has broken seemingly every bone in his body fit together in the movie, but...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan Team for Fantasy Adventure Viy-2

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan Team for Fantasy Adventure Viy-2
The Russian fantasy sequel Viy-2 has added some box office firepower with the addition of two huge international stars. Arnold Schwarzengger and Jackie Chan have been confirmed to join the cast, which also includes Rutger Hauer and Jason Flemyng, the latter of which starred in the original Viy. The first film was never released theatrically in the United States, but it did get a DVD release last summer, under the title Forbidden Empire.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan's casting was confirmed by producer Alexey Petrukhin. The supporting cast also includes Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Christopher Fairbank (Guardians of the Galaxy). Variety reports that production has already wrapped in China, with post-production currently under way.

The original Viy is set in the early 18th Century, following cartographer Jonathan Green (Jason Flemyng) undertakes a scientific voyage from Europe to the East.
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The Academy Announces 2016 Governors Awards Recipients

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 30) to present Honorary Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 8th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 12, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “The Board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”

After making his motion picture debut at the age of eight, Chan brought his childhood training with the Peking Opera to a distinctive international career. He starred in – and sometimes wrote,
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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman

Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman
Every year, industry folks lobby the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their candidates for honorary Oscar winners at the annual Governors Awards. And sometimes they get their way. Over the years Mike Kaplan, a publicists branch Academy member, has successfully lobbied for Lillian Gish, Robert Altman and John Ford’s favorite actress Maureen O’Hara, who happily collected her gold man the year before she died.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors voted Tuesday night on the 2016 (un-televised) Governors Awards, which often including the coveted producer’s award, the Thalberg, and the Hersholt humanitarian award. You know what they’re looking for: someone who is still respected — if not revered. Francis Ford Coppola, John Calley and Dino DeLaurentiis have collected the Thalberg in recent years; Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie have accepted the Hersholt.
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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman

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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman
Every year, industry folks lobby the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their candidates for honorary Oscar winners at the annual Governors Awards. And sometimes they get their way. Over the years Mike Kaplan, a publicists branch Academy member, has successfully lobbied for Lillian Gish, Robert Altman and John Ford’s favorite actress Maureen O’Hara, who happily collected her gold man the year before she died.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors voted Tuesday night on the 2016 (un-televised) Governors Awards, which often including the coveted producer’s award, the Thalberg, and the Hersholt humanitarian award. You know what they’re looking for: someone who is still respected — if not revered. Francis Ford Coppola, John Calley and Dino DeLaurentiis have collected the Thalberg in recent years; Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie have accepted the Hersholt.
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Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, Frederick Wiseman to Receive Governors Awards

Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, Frederick Wiseman to Receive Governors Awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors will present Honorary Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “The board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”

The Oscars will be presented at the Academy’s eighth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 12, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

The selection of Hong Kong’s Chan and the U.K.-born Coates puts an international flavor on the selections. The film industry is often accused of ageism, but the Governors Awards tends to recognize individuals with lengthy careers,
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What happened to 1990's 10 most promising movie executives?

Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016

Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?

In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.

Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...

Lance Young

Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures

Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and
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Dramatic Publishing Company Acquires Rights to Evil Dead The Musical

Dramatic Publishing Company has announced its exclusive representation of the North American professional and amateur stage performance rights to Evil Dead The Musical. Now in its fifth smash year in Las Vegas, the 'killer musical' joins the Dramatic Publishing catalog alongside other great plays and musicals such as A Christmas Story The Musical, To Kill A Mockingbird, Twelve Angry Men, All American, Around The World In 80 Days, Straight, and1984.
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