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Will ‘Isle of Dogs’ win Wes Anderson that long overdue Oscar?

Will ‘Isle of Dogs’ win Wes Anderson that long overdue Oscar?
The academy owes Wes Anderson. Quite a bit. The idiosyncratic writer/director has been nominated for six Oscars to date but has yet to win. That could change this year as his stop-motion “Isle of Dogs” is a strong contender for Best Animated Feature. As with his past films, it is uniquely his and is recognizable immediately for his signature style.

His first Oscar nomination was back in 2002 for co-writing the original screenplay of “The Royal Tenenbaums” with Owen Wilson; they he lost to Julian Fellowes’ “Gosford Park.” He and “Moonrise Kingdom” co-writer Roman Coppola lost the Best Original Screenplay race in 2013 to Quentin Tarantino and “Django Unchained.”

In between those two losses, he contended for his first animated film, “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which lost the Oscar to the Pixar pic “Up” in 2010.

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In 2015, Anderson reaped three bids for “The Grand Budapest Hotel
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Mahershala Ali (‘Green Book’) could win a 2nd Oscar faster than any actor in 24 years

Mahershala Ali (‘Green Book’) could win a 2nd Oscar faster than any actor in 24 years
Mahershala Ali is comfortably out front to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “Green Book” after his wins at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards. But there remains a big unanswered question about this race: will the academy want to reward him again so soon? It has been just two years since he won for “Moonlight.” That’s not unprecedented, of course, but you have to go back decades to find actors who claimed two Oscars so quickly.

No one has won multiple acting Oscars in two years or less in any category since Tom Hanks went back-to-back in the Best Actor race: “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994) — that’s 24 years ago. You have to go back a lot farther than that to find such a quick repeat specifically in the Best Supporting Actor race. It happened to Jason Robards 41 years ago when he won two in a
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Trick or Treat Studios and Horror Icon Tom Savini Team for Zombie Mask Collection

Trick or Treat Studios and Horror Icon Tom Savini Team for Zombie Mask Collection
Horror icon Tom Savini has joined the Trick or Treat Studios team. The studio recently made the announcement and their first project together is the Zombie Face Mask Collection. This is huge news for horror fans who will more than likely all be pretty excited to get some Halloween masks that were designed with Savini. Plus, the latest zombie mask collection will be available this year, which is even better news for fans who hate to wait for things.

Trick or Treat Studios made the announcement earlier this week that Tom Savini has joined the team. The well-known studio is obviously very happy about their new recruit and we all look forward to seeing what else they come up with after the Zombie Face Mask Collection. The studio released a statement, which you can read below.

"Special effects artist, actor, director, stunt man, teacher, mentor - all these things could
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Battle of the Sams: Will Elliott or Rockwell make the Best Supporting Actor Oscar cut?

Battle of the Sams: Will Elliott or Rockwell make the Best Supporting Actor Oscar cut?
Sam is in? But which one? Now that the four televised precursors have spoken, four spots in the Best Supporting Actor Oscar race appear to be secure: Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”), Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”), Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) all scored Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA nominations. The last spot has been split between two Sams: Elliott (“A Star Is Born”), who made Critics’ Choice and SAG, and Rockwell (“Vice”), who was shortlisted at the Globes and BAFTA. Assuming the other four are in, which Sam will take the final spot in the Oscar lineup?

Elliott has had a rocky Oscar journey for what many felt was a safe nomination after “A Star Is Born” opened to great reviews and became a box office hit. The Globe snub was surprising, but in hindsight, given how “A Star Is Born
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Regina King will cruise to a crucial Best Supporting Actress win at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Regina King will cruise to a crucial Best Supporting Actress win at the Critics’ Choice Awards
Best Supporting Actress is Regina King‘s to lose at the Critics’ Choice Awards. The “If Beale Street Could Talk” star has a commanding 4/1 odds in our predictions to add another trophy to her collection on Sunday.

And what a collection it’s been so far. The season-long frontrunner, King has nearly swept the table on the critics circuit for her quietly powerful performance in the Barry Jenkins film and just won the Golden Globe. Seven Experts, five Editors and 21 of our Top 24 users foresee a Critics’ Choice victory for her.

See Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma,’ Ethan Hawke and Regina King have racked up double digit wins at critics awards

It would be a big coup for King to win this on the heels of her Globe triumph, as she was shockingly snubbed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards and also missed at BAFTA on Wednesday; only two people have ever
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Reimagined Robin Hood Targets Home Video in February

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Santa Monica, CA – The action-packed epic adventure Robin Hood arrives on Digital February 5 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand February 19 from Lionsgate. Directed by BAFTA Award Winner Otto Bathurst, this rich story is brought to life for today’s audiences using stunning special effects, thrilling battle sequences, and mind-blowing fight choreography. Robin Hood stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, and Jamie Dornan.

Returning home from the Crusades, Robin of Loxley (Egerton) finds his country oppressed by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Mendelsohn). With the help of Moorish warrior Little John (Foxx), Robin transforms into the heroic outlaw Robin Hood, taking up arms to fight the sheriff and win the heart of his love, Maid Marian (Hewson).

The Robin Hood special features include an in-depth, never-before-seen, 7-part documentary; multiple outtakes; and deleted scenes,
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Robin Hood 2018 Heads for Blu-ray, 4K UltraHD in February

The action-packed epic adventure Robin Hood arrives on Digital February 5 and on 4K Ultra HD&#8482 Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray&#8482 Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand February 19 from Lionsgate. Directed by BAFTA Award Winner Otto Bathurst, this rich story is brought to life for today's audiences using stunning special effects, thrilling battle sequences, and mind-blowing fight choreography. Robin Hood stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, and Jamie Dornan.

Returning home from the Crusades, Robin of Loxley (Egerton) finds his country oppressed by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Mendelsohn). With the help of Moorish warrior Little John (Foxx), Robin transforms into the heroic outlaw Robin Hood, taking up arms to fight the sheriff and win the heart of his love, Maid Marian (Hewson).

The Robin Hood special features include an in-depth, never-before-seen, 7-part documentary; multiple outtakes; and deleted scenes, all of which
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2019 Producers Guild Awards: Which of the 10 nominees will make the cut for Best Picture at the Oscars?

The PGA Awards has a stellar success rate at previewing the Best Picture line-up at the Oscars. When the academy expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the Academy Awards shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders (though it had 11 last year due to a tie). That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster.

Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years. So how many of this year’s 10 PGA nominees — “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born” and “Vice” — will make the cut with the academy?

Let’s look back at each year’s PGA Awards nominees in this new era of voting for Best Picture to see
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2019 Producers Guild Awards nominations preview: Oscar Best Picture line-up?

What can we expect when the Producers Guild of America announces its nominees for Best Picture on Friday (Jan. 4)? How closely will the guild’s top 10 preview the Academy Awards line-up that will be revealed on Jan. 22?

When the Oscars expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the academy shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders. That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster. Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years.

Last year, the guild went seven for nine: “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The other three guild nominees were “I, Tonya,” “Molly’s Game” and “Wonder Woman” while the Oscars rounded out their
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‘Aquaman’ Leads Year-End Openers as ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Soars

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‘Aquaman’ Leads Year-End Openers as ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Soars
At the end of a strong year with a five percent uptick in attendance, the post-Christmas box office fell off. With no new “Star Wars” installment, year-end grosses were down around $9 million from $195 million last year.

D.C. Comics’ latest offering “Aquaman” (Warner Bros.) is the easy winner this weekend. Its $51 million is nearly double the second-best “Mary Poppins Returns” (Disney), and its holiday-boosted drop of 23 percent put it in position to be the only December release this year to pass $300 million. Both 2017 movies “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” scored over $400 million.

This comparative weakness to last year means that 2019 will start with a shortfall. M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” (Universal) on January 18 could perform well, but February has to compete with 2018’s massive “Black Panther.”

Aquaman” on its second weekend grossed slightly less than “Force Awakens” did on its third. And it barely
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‘Destroyer’ Film Review: Nicole Kidman Is Repulsively Brilliant in Hardcore Action Flick

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‘Destroyer’ Film Review: Nicole Kidman Is Repulsively Brilliant in Hardcore Action Flick
It takes a lot of inner confidence to pull off what Karyn Kusama and Nicole Kidman have done with “Destroyer.” Here is the noir antihero that our current cinema has been longing for. The genre is traditionally an exclusive realm for steely male icons like Clint Eastwood or even Jamie Foxx in “Django Unchained” — but here’s a shatterproof hardcore woman hellbent on making things right once and for all.

When the film begins, Kidman’s Erin Bell is a wrecked woman, someone so repulsive to look at you have to turn away the moment she starts walking toward you. Part of that is the distinctive look the actress has adopted for the role: makeup and wig that makes her look like she’s slept in the desert in a sleeping bag, chewed on charcoal, and not taken a shower for two weeks. Or maybe she’s someone unable to kick a hardcore heroin addiction.
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Jamie Foxx movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ray,’ ‘Collateral,’ ‘Django Unchained’

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Jamie Foxx movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Ray,’ ‘Collateral,’ ‘Django Unchained’
Jamie Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967. He changed his name when he began his career in stand-up comedy and chose “Foxx” to honor one of his comedic idols, Redd Foxx. He picked the first name “Jamie” because he noticed that female comics were usually given earlier times on open mic nights and he thought the androgynous name of Jamie might get him onstage earlier in the evening.

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Foxx’s love of comedy began early. By third grade he was already doing stand up for his elementary school classes. His popularity was such that if the class behaved properly the teacher would reward them by letting young Jamie tell them jokes. He moved to Los Angeles when he grew up and began appearing on the comedy circuit until he was cast on the television sketch show “In Living Color
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Jamie Foxx movies: 10 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Jamie Foxx movies: 10 greatest films ranked worst to best
Jamie Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967. He changed his name when he began his career in stand-up comedy and chose “Foxx” to honor one of his comedic idols, Redd Foxx. He picked the first name “Jamie” because he noticed that female comics were usually given earlier times on open mic nights and he thought the androgynous name of Jamie might get him onstage earlier in the evening.

Foxx’s love of comedy began early. By third grade he was already doing stand up for his elementary school classes. His popularity was such that if the class behaved properly the teacher would reward them by letting young Jamie tell them jokes. He moved to Los Angeles when he grew up and began appearing on the comedy circuit until he was cast on the television sketch show “In Living Color” alongside other newcomers such as David Alan Grier and Jim Carrey.
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Regina King SAG Awards Snub Sparks Cries of ‘Category Fraud’ and ‘Dopey Goons’

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Regina King SAG Awards Snub Sparks Cries of ‘Category Fraud’ and ‘Dopey Goons’
There were some pleasant surprises from Wednesday morning’s SAG Awards nominations. Emily Blunt got nominated twice in the film categories, including for “A Quiet Place” and “Mary Poppins Returns,” and John David Washington broke into the Best Actor field in a mostly white crowd for “BlacKkKlansman.”

But Regina King, a true standout in Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” and thus far a presumed front runner in the Oscar race, was snubbed from the Female Actress in a Supporting Role category, as was the movie at large. And the snub has many critics and fans scratching their heads.

“I believe in Regina King,” actress Carrie Coon tweeted in support of the actress after King was left out of the SAG field.

Also Read: SAG Awards Nominees: The Complete List

“We love you, Ethan Hawke and Regina King,” screenwriter Phyllis Nagy said of King and another notable acting snub
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Asc Awards: Cinematographers Guild Sets Robert Richardson & Jeff Jur For Career Honors

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The American Society of Cinematographers said today that Robert Richardson will receive its Asc Lifetime Achievement Award and Jeff Jur is set for the Career Achievement in Television Award. They will pick up their prizes February 9 during the 33rd Asc Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Asc also noted that it also will marks the guild’s 100 anniversary during the 2019 trophy show.

In a career spanning nearly four decades and counting. Richardson has won three Cinematography Oscars — for Hugo (2012), The Aviator (2005), and JFK (1992) — and been nominated six other times for The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Snow Falling on Cedars, Born on the Fourth of July and Platoon. His most recent film is A Private War, in is in theaters, and his latest of several Quentin Tarantino films, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is slated for release next year.

Jur has a pair of Emmy
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Paul Schrader, Jonah Hill Borrow From Youth in A24’s ‘First Reformed’ and ‘mid90s’ – The Contenders NY

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Paul Schrader, Jonah Hill Borrow From Youth in A24’s ‘First Reformed’ and ‘mid90s’ – The Contenders NY
Religion and skateboarding may provide contrasting spiritual homes to its adherents, but as revealed by veteran director Paul Schrader, writer/director of First Reformed and first-time filmmaker, Jonah Hill, writer/director of mid90s, both found inspiration for their stories rooted in their upbringing. Released through A24, both First Reformed and mid90s are audience favorites that have drawn audiences to theaters this year.

“I’m a product of the Christian school system,” said Schrader Saturday morning. “I wrote a book as a film critic on theological aesthetics and then a few years ago it came to me that it was time to write the script I never wanted to do…”

In First Reformed, Ethan Hawke stars as Reverend Ernst Toller, a middle-aged parish pastor of a small church in upstate New York. The historical place of worship was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, but it is eclipsed by the nearby mega church,
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Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Film Festival Honors ‘Green Book’ With Vanguard Award

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Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Film Festival Honors ‘Green Book’ With Vanguard Award
In today’s film news roundup, “Green Book” gets a festival honor, the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild names lifetime achievement winners, and indies “Tyger Tyger” and “Sons of the Cross” are heading into production.

Honors

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present the drama “Green Book” with the Vanguard Award at its annual film awards gala on Jan. 3.

The Vanguard Award is a group honor for a film’s cast and director in recognition of their collective work on an exceptional film project. Actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as well as director Peter Farrelly are expected to attend.

“Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are an on-camera dream team in the crowd-pleasing film ‘Green Book,’ inspired by a true friendship, about a New York City bouncer hired to drive and protect pianist Dr. Don Shirley on a concert tour in the Deep South,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.
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How independent have the Spirit Awards winners been compared to Oscars? You might be surprised

How independent have the Spirit Awards winners been compared to Oscars? You might be surprised
The Film Independent Spirit Awards began in 1984 as a way to shine a spotlight on smaller art-house movies that often were made on a shoestring budget and came from entities outside the major studios. From its inception as an alternative to the likes of the Academy Awards, titles that were eligible have been required to have a budget cap of $20 million, although exceptions could be made. It is also a more populist organization. While a select group of committee members choose the nominees, anyone who can afford to pay a yearly $95 fee can vote on the final outcomes online.

With Friday morning’s announcement of this year’s slate of Spirit contenders (see the full list of nominees here), it is as good a time as any to investigate just how independent these awards are these days.

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Black Films and the Oscars: Despair Must Not Be the Only Route to Prestige

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Black Films and the Oscars: Despair Must Not Be the Only Route to Prestige
In 2015, April Reign’s viral hashtag campaign #OscarsSoWhite indicted the Academy for its lack of recognition of contributions made by creatives of color. Since then, on-screen representation has become a cause célèbre, with inclusivity initiatives that aim to navigate culture toward more gender and racial equality. However, numbers don’t tell the full story: How much freedom do black creators have when the storytelling expectations remain mired in variations of the black struggle?

This year, there are more Best Picture Oscar contenders centered on black lives than ever, but themes largely center on the complications of race and/or racism in films like “Green Book,” “BlacKkKlansman,” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” And while the concerns of “Black Panther” are more intraracial, it’s a conflict rooted in the notion of a united global black liberation in response to white supremacy. The exception that proves the rule is Steve McQueen
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Join Us: Special panel with cinematographers of ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Never Look Away,’ ‘A Private War,’ ‘A Quiet Place’

Join Us: Special panel with cinematographers of ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Never Look Away,’ ‘A Private War,’ ‘A Quiet Place’
Don’t miss our upcoming special Q&A panel as Gold Derby welcomes four of the top cinematographers in the world on November 29. Join us at the Landmark Theater on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles for the event at 7:00 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://meettheexpertscinematography.splashthat.com

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

Charlotte Bruus Christensen represents Paramount for “A Quiet Place

Christensen is also known for her work on such films as “The Girl on the Train,” “Fences” and “Molly’s Game.”

Caleb Deschanel represents Sony Pictures Classics for “Never Look Away

Deschanel is a five-time Oscar nominee for “The Right Stuff” (1983), “The Natural” (1984), “Fly Away Home
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