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Netflix's Great Idea: A Baby-sitters Club Series

Say hello to your friends! Again! Netflix is making a new Baby-Sitters Club series. If you live under a rock, the Baby-Sitters Club is a series of books for young readers about a group of entrepreneurial tweens who start their own baby-sitting agency. See, it all started when Kristy Thomas’s single mother needed a baby-sitter for Kristy’s younger brother, David Michael. Kristy couldn’t do it, and as she watched her mother make call after call after call to find someone who was available, she had her Great Idea: What if you could call one number and reach several baby-sitters at once?

There aren’t a lot of details, but we do know that the series will follow the “friendship and babysitting adventures of five best friends,” so presumably it will be the Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn iteration of the club, and it will “reflect modern-day issues,
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Actors Who Haven’t Won an Oscar

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Actors Who Haven’t Won an Oscar
After Olivia Colman upset the heavily favored Glenn Close to win the best actress Oscar on Sunday, Close became the new record-holder among actresses for most Oscar nominations without a win.

Colman gave a gracious acceptance speech, admitting she wished the veteran actress took home the big prize: “Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be.”

Close now has seven nominations and no wins for “The Wife,” “Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The World According to Garp,” “The Big Chill,” and “The Natural.”

Close had been tied with the late Thelma Ritter and the late Deborah Kerr for most nominations without a win, with six. On Sunday, Amy Adams joined Ritter and Kerr for having six nominations without a win following her loss for “Vice.” She was previously nominated for “Junebug,” “Doubt,” “The Fighter,” “The Master,” and “American Hustle.
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Six days til Oscar. Six pieces of number 6 related trivia

Six is the number of the day so here are six different stats involving that number for distraction & fun.

1. BlacKkKlansman is the only movie this year with exactly six nominations. The other movies this decade with with exactly that number of nominations: Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, Manchester by the Sea, Lion*, Hacksaw Ridge, Bridge of Spies, SpotlightCarol*, Boyhood, American Sniper, Captain Philllips*, Nebraska*, Dallas Buyers Club, War Horse*, Moneyball*, and 127 Hours*. I was hoping to discover that one of those titles had Exactly the same category nominations as BlacKkKlansman but none did. Titles with an asterisk lost all their nominations but the bulk of the six-time nominees won at least 1 Oscar which is good news for Spike Lee's Adapted Screenplay bid for BlacKkKlansman, the category its most likely to win in this coming Sunday.

2. Carol is the only six-time nominee in the past decade not to score a Best Picture nomination.
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Jonah Hill No Longer Wants To Be A “Comedy Bro”; Is Directing A New Vampire Weekend Video

You may know Jonah Hill from the world of Judd Apatow films and “Superbad,” but if you haven’t paid attention, the comedian is already a two-time Oscar nominee for prestige directors Martin Scorsese and Bennet Miller. Hill wants to be taken seriously and has been reframing his career for quite some time now working with auteurs recently like Cary Fukunaga (“Maniac“), Gus Van Sant, Harmony Korine (“The Beach Bum“) and the Coen Brothers (“Hail, Caesar!

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The Collider.com Podcast, Episode 184 – ‘The Lego Movie 2’ and ‘High Flying Bird’

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're talking about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and High Flying Bird. With The Lego Movie 2, we discuss how it compares to the first movie, the falling fortunes of the Lego franchise, why the sequel wasn't a hit at the box office, what happens to the franchise going forward, and more. Then we switch over to High Flying Bird, talk about how the film also functions as a metaphor for disrupting filmmaking, the great performances, how it compares to Soderbergh's planned adaptation of Moneyball, and more. We …
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‘High Flying Bird’ Review: Soderbergh’s Cerebral Look at the Business of Basketball

In 2009, days before production was about to begin, production on Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of Moneyball was put on hold. Soderbergh wanted to put elements like interviews with real-life players into the movies, and that made Sony skittish, so they fired him and replaced him with Bennett Miller with Aaron Sorkin working on the screenplay. High Flying Bird feels like it could be the movie Soderbergh wanted to make with Moneyball—an intense, cerebral, hard-hitting look at the business of sport interspersed with interviews from real athletes from that sport. The setting is now basketball instead of …
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High Flying Bird review – Soderbergh scales new heights on Netflix

A sharp and layered drama about basketball, filmed on a smartphone, is another slam dunk for both the film-maker and the platform

In June 2009 – days before shooting started – director Steven Soderbergh was fired from his film. He had meddled too much with the script. The studio wanted him gone.

Moneyball, a back-office drama about the Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane’s quest to revolutionise baseball analytics, was eventually shepherded – by a substitute director, Bennett Miller – to six Oscar nominations. It was a Hollywood success story. But for Soderbergh it was more evidence that Hollywood was failing: another film made in competition with its studio.
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Angelina Jolie, Taylor Sheridan Team for Thriller 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'

Angelina Jolie, Taylor Sheridan Team for Thriller 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'
Angelina Jolie is teaming up with Hell or High Water scribe Taylor Sheridan for an original thriller titled Those Who Wish Me Dead.

Jolie would star while Sheridan, who wrote the script, will direct, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Bron Studios, which was involved in recent movies such as The Mule, Assassination Nation and A Simple Favor, is producing. Also producing are Steven Zaillian (Moneyball, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Garrett Basch via their Film Rites banner.

The project adapts a book by Michael Koryta, but sources say the feature will veer away from certain points. The novel told of a teen in ...
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‘High Flying Bird’ Film Review: Steven Soderbergh Shoots and Scores With NBA Drama

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‘High Flying Bird’ Film Review: Steven Soderbergh Shoots and Scores With NBA Drama
Don’t be thrown by the fact that the basketball movie “High Flying Bird” — from the Oscar-winning team of director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) — doesn’t really feature any basketball. That’s partly because it takes place during an NBA lockout, when play is replaced by negotiating, and the settings are sleek offices, not arenas.

But there is tons of game in this fleet, fast-paced modern sports story, which entertainingly substitutes lived-in wisdom for expert dribbling, skillful gambits for clever passing, and witty dialogue for points-racking shots. It turns the maneuvers of a desperate agent played by Andre Holland (“Moonlight”) into an exhilarating think piece about players as commodities and about the tantalizing possibilities for a game that’s meant so much for its predominantly black athletes, and for African American culture overall, but is still mostly run by a wealthy, white class resistant to change or to sharing power.
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André Holland Is a Baller Agent in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘High Flying Bird’ Trailer (Video)

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André Holland Is a Baller Agent in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘High Flying Bird’ Trailer (Video)
Steven Soderbergh’s latest film looks like it has the attitude of Dwayne Johnson’s HBO show “Ballers” and the polish of the Brad Pitt film “Moneyball.”

In “High Flying Bird,” Soderbergh directs André Holland and a stellar cast in a drama about a sports agent during a pro basketball lockout. Tarell Alvin McCraney, who won an Oscar for his work on “Moonlight,” wrote the screenplay for the film that also stars Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke. And from the way Holland talks, you can sense the style and creativity that Soderbergh was drawn to with this story.

“You think these fools, these rich white dudes gonna let the sexiest sport fall by the wayside,” Holland’s agent character says to one of his star clients. “Football is fun, but it don’t sell sneakers. To move merch and to inspire rap lyrics,
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‘High Flying Bird’ Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s First Netflix Movie Takes on Pro Basketball

Netflix has released the High Flying Bird trailer. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), the film takes place during a pro basketball lockout and has a sports agent (André Holland) trying to pull off a daring plan to wrest control away from the league and invest it into the players. While some people are looking for the standard beats of a sports movie, as I’ve grown older, I’ve liked these behind-the-scenes stories like Moneyball and Draft Day where the business of sports is used for drama. Although this trailer makes the …
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2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘A Star is Born’ plus ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘First Man’ …

2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘A Star is Born’ plus ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘First Man’ …
The Cinema Audio Society Awards nominees for Best Sound Mixing are: “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “First Man,” “A Quiet Place” and “A Star is Born.” Historically, only about two-thirds of the Csa nominees go on to contend at the Oscars. However, we are predicting that all five of this year’s guild nominees will go on to reap Oscar bids for Best Sound Mixing. “A Star is Born” is our overwhelming frontrunner to win both awards.

Predict Oscar nominations now; change them till January 22

This year’s Cas nominees for sound mixing in an animated feature are: “The Grinch,” “The Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” And the documentary feature contenders are: “Fahrenheit 11/9,” “Free Solo,” “Quincy” and two films directed by Morgan Neville, “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

On the TV front, the
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Brad Pitt movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Twelve Monkeys,’ ‘Fight Club’

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Brad Pitt movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Twelve Monkeys,’ ‘Fight Club’
Brad Pitt celebrates his 55th birthday on December 18, 2018. The actor his had a quarter-century career beginning mostly as a sex symbol and then on to acclaimed actor and film producer, amassing six Oscar nominations for both acting and producing. He won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Twelve Monkeys” but it was as a producer that he earned two of Hollywood’s major awards: he won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” and an Emmy for “The Normal Heart.”

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Pitt dropped out the University of Missouri two weeks before he was set to graduate. He had long been obsessed with movies and skipped out on his college final exams in order to move to Los Angeles to try his hand at acting. Not long after his arrival Pitt began earning small roles on television and in film,
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Brad Pitt movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Brad Pitt movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Brad Pitt celebrates his 55th birthday on December 18, 2018. The actor his had a quarter-century career beginning mostly as a sex symbol and then on to acclaimed actor and film producer, amassing six Oscar nominations for both acting and producing. He won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Twelve Monkeys” but it was as a producer that he earned two of Hollywood’s major awards: he won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” and an Emmy for “The Normal Heart.”

Pitt dropped out the University of Missouri two weeks before he was set to graduate. He had long been obsessed with movies and skipped out on his college final exams in order to move to Los Angeles to try his hand at acting. Not long after his arrival Pitt began earning small roles on television and in film, including a four-episode run on the series “Dallas,
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Aaron Sorkin Talks ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’: Atticus, Trump And The New Voice That Stirred A Lawsuit – Deadline Q&A

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Aaron Sorkin Talks ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’: Atticus, Trump And The New Voice That Stirred A Lawsuit – Deadline Q&A
Several years ago, producer Scott Rudin contacted Aaron Sorkin with an idea that was either bold or insane: A new To Kill A Mockingbird. For the stage. Harper Lee’s beloved 1960 book became a just-as-beloved (maybe more so) 1962 movie that left what could easily be assumed to be an indelible, irreplaceable imprint on our cultural memory.

As Sorkin tells Deadline in this interview, he feared a new take on Mockingbird could only be less. Less than the book. Less than the movie. Less than Gregory Peck, whose portrayal of Atticus Finch is nothing short of iconic.

What changed his mind? The short answer: Scott Rudin, and maybe Donald Trump. The long answer: Let Sorkin explain.

Despite the allegations set forth in a now-settled lawsuit filed by the estate of Harper Lee, Sorkin’s Mockingbird stays close – in plot – to the Mockingbird everyone knows. In small-town Alabama during the Great Depression,
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Jonah Hill Sticks Up for Lady Gaga After People Mock ‘100 People in a Room’ Quote

Jonah Hill Sticks Up for Lady Gaga After People Mock ‘100 People in a Room’ Quote
Jonah Hill knows what it’s like to endure the long road of an awards season press tour (see his Oscar season runs with “Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”), so consider him empathetic when it comes to Lady Gaga and her much scrutinized “A Star Is Born” journey. Gaga caught flack on the internet for repeatedly dropping a variation of the same “100 people in the room” line while promoting the film at festivals and during press interviews.

Gaga’s quote, “There can be one hundred people in the room and 99 don’t believe in you and you just need one to believe in you, and that was [Bradley Cooper],” became fodder for memes and compilation videos throughout the fall. While some people laughed at Gaga, others criticized her and wondered if her repetitive approach to interviews might ding her in the awards race for Best Actress. Hill doesn
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Mychael Danna on getting ‘thrown into the deep end’ when he scored ‘On the Basis of Sex’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Mychael Danna on getting ‘thrown into the deep end’ when he scored ‘On the Basis of Sex’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Mychael Danna got “thrown into the deep end” when he agreed to score Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis of Sex.” Leder had already shot the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic and temped it with Danna’s scores from “Moneyball” (2011) and “Capote” (2005) when she reached out to Danna, who immediately came onboard.

“I absolutely loved it and found it super inspiring from the moment I saw it,” Danna said at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts: Composers panel, moderated by this author (watch the exclusive video above). “Often I like to start at the beginning of a film and work my way all the way through. I like the orchestra to play it that way to, so people discover the theme and it kind of unfolds naturally and I like to write it that way.”

But he didn’t get to do it this time because Leder was stuck on a pivotal moment in the drama,
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National Board of Review awards preview: Don’t count on it for 2019 Oscar predictions

Be warned: the National Board of Review, which announces its winners on Tuesday Nov. 27, has a spotty record at crystal-balling the Academy Awards. Last year, the Nbr didn’t even include the eventual Best Picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” in the Top 10

The Nbr went all in on Steven Spielberg‘s docudrama “The Post,” which won Best Picture and the lead acting awards for Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Greta Gerwig won the Best Director prize for her solo helming effort, “Lady Bird,” which also featured a winning supporting turn by Laurie Metcalf.

Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) won Best Supporting Actor; writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson won for his original screenplay for “Phantom Thread”; Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber won the adapted screenplay award for “The Disaster Artist”; the cast of “Get Out” claimed the Best Ensemble prize; and Timothee Chalamet and Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan) — but
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Join Us: Special panel with composers of ‘First Man,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ ‘Vice’

Join Us: Special panel with composers of ‘First Man,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ ‘Vice’
Four of the top composers in the world are joining Gold Derby for a special Q&A panel on November 27. Join us at the Landmark Theater on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles for the event at 7:00 p.m. Pt. It’s free to anyone who wants to attend, but top priority in getting one of the limited seats is to be a guild member or Oscar voter.

Click the following link to register: https://meettheexpertscomposers.splashthat.com

Our senior editor Joyce Eng will moderate the Q&A with the following contenders for 2019 awards consideration:

Nicholas Britell represents Annapurna for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Vice”

Britell was nominated at the Oscars at the 2017 ceremony for “Moonlight.” Other films have included “The Big Short,” “Free State of Jones” and “Battle of the Sexes.”

Mychael Danna represents Focus for “On the Basis of Sex

Danna is an Oscar winner from
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‘SNL’ promo: Pete Davidson pokes fun at breakup with Ariana Grande by proposing to Maggie Rogers [Watch]

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‘SNL’ promo: Pete Davidson pokes fun at breakup with Ariana Grande by proposing to Maggie Rogers [Watch]
After making headlines for their summertime romance, “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson and pop sensation Ariana Grande called off their engagement last month. The ex-couple has mostly kept quiet about the details, but Davidson is proving that he has no tears left to cry by poking fun at his breakup in the latest “SNL” promo (watch above). In the preview trailer, Davidson is standing next to host Jonah Hill and musical guest Maggie Rogers when he proclaims, “Hey Maggie, I’m Pete. You want to get married?” When she says no, he stares directly into the camera and sighs, “Oh for three.”

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Davidson and Grande first met in March 2016 when she hosted “SNL,” but at the time he was dating Cazzie David and she was with Mac Miller. More than two years later,
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