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52 Films Directed By Women To Watch In 2020

Academy snubs be damned, 2019 was a spectacular end to a decade of outstanding films directed by women. Joanna Hogg reinvented visual memoir with “The Souvenir,” Lulu Wang challenged American conceptions of family and death in “The Farewell,” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” adaptation upended one of the most iconic American novels by and about a woman.

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Sbiff: Virtuosos Cynthia Erivo, Taron Egerton, and Aldis Hodge Sing Favorite Karaoke Songs

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Sbiff: Virtuosos Cynthia Erivo, Taron Egerton, and Aldis Hodge Sing Favorite Karaoke Songs
Eight actors were honored for their breakout roles in film with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (Sbiff) Virtuosos Award event held at the historic Arlington Theatre on Saturday night. The annual award is presented to “up-and-coming” actors with noteworthy performances in film.

This year’s award recipients were Awkwafina for her first dramatic leading role in the dramedy “The Farewell”; Taron Egerton as Elton John in the biopic “Rocketman”; Cynthia Erivo, also in a biopic, playing Harriet Tubman in “Harriet”; Beanie Feldstein as the valedictorian of her high school class in the comedy “Booksmart”; Aldis Hodge for his role as a death row inmate in the drama “Clemency”; George MacKay for his performance in the World War I drama “1917”; Florence Pugh for her work in both the coming-of-age period drama “Little Women” as well as the folk horror film “Midsommar”; and Taylor Russell as a shy teenager in
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Box Office Report For January 17-19

Welcome back one and all to the weekly box office report! As is always the case, each and every Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return to their buddy cop franchise with Bad Boys for Life, going up against Robert Downey Jr. and his Dolittle remake, as well as another week of surprise hit 1917. How did they all do? Read on to see how the weekend turned out… Beating expectations, Bad Boys for Life nearly took in $60 million for this opening frame. $59.1 million is a massive haul, setting up an inevitable fourth installment of the buddy cop franchise that Martin Lawrence and Will Smith periodically return to. What’s more, it actually got good reviews, which was no sure thing, given the release date.
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‘Bad Boys For Life’ Takes $39M Offshore Bow; ‘1917’ Races To $139M Global & ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Ups Game Past $700M WW – International Box Office

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‘Bad Boys For Life’ Takes $39M Offshore Bow; ‘1917’ Races To $139M Global & ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Ups Game Past $700M WW – International Box Office
Refresh for latest…: Seventeen years after the release of Bad Boys II, Sony’s Bad Boys For Life dominated domestic, overseas and global turnstiles in its debut, and will cross $100M worldwide when including the domestic four-day weekend. At the international box office, the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence cop flick set a new franchise record launch of $38.6M in the first wave of 39 markets. That’s just half the offshore footprint as such key majors as France, Russia, Brazil, Japan and Italy don’t get in on the action until later this month and into February. The global cume through Sunday is $97.8M. Factoring in estimates for tomorrow’s Mlk holiday, that rises to $106.7M.

Given the length of time that has elapsed between them, the previous film is not the best comp. It did however have about an even split with domestic when all was said and done,
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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Heads to $68 Million 4-Day Opening for Best Mlk Launch Since 2014

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Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life” is estimated for a 4-day opening of $68 million, making it the best Martin Luther King Jr. weekend box office since Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” in 2014. With $37 million grossed overseas, “Bad Boys” will earn more than $100 million worldwide this weekend.

Sony has attempted repeatedly to revive franchises that haven’t had a film in theaters in many years, but for every hit like “Jumanji” they have had busts like last year’s “Men in Black: International” and “Charlie’s Angels.” But “Bad Boys for Life” has given fans the action and chemistry from Will Smith and Martin Lawrence that they crave, as the film has earned an A on CinemaScore and 5/5 on Postrak.

Critics have also been far more positive than they were to the first two “Bad Boys” films, giving it a 76% Rotten Tomatoes score compared to 42% for the original “Bad Boys” and 23% for “Bad Boys II.
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Oscars 2020: Best Costume Design Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Costume Design Predictions
Period costumes this season run the gamut from Hollywood counterculture, to mob fashion, to DC’s legendary comic book villain, to the reinvention of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved characters, to chic fashion statements in war-torn Nazi Germany.

For Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Arianne Phillips created contrasting iconic looks (circa 1969) for Leonardo DiCaprio’s has-been actor, Brad Pitt’s rugged stunt man, and Margot Robbie’s angelic Sharon Tate. It’s turtlenecks and leather for DiCaprio, Hawaiian shirt and denim for Pitt, and yellow hot pants and go-go boots for Robbie, among other vintage looks.

Three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell did less flamboyant work with co-designer Christopher Peterson on Martin Scorsese’s mobster epic, “The Irishman.” They made different looking threads for Robert De Niro’s mob hitman, Frank Sheeran, Al Pacino’s Teamsters leader, Jimmy Hoffa, and Joe Pesci’s crime boss, Russell Bufalino.
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10 Things You Never Knew About The Making Of Little Women (2019)

The newest film adaptation of this classic novel was released late in 2019. Directed by Greta Gerwig, this movie is up for a handful of Academy Awards, including Best Picture. While this cast and crew is one that's pretty hard it ignore, this film was inspiring, stunning, and totally wholesome. For movie-lovers, you might be interested to know everything that went into making this beautiful masterpiece. There are a lot of factors that go into making the final product that hits the big screen, and some of them would never be known to movie-goers. So, here are ten things you didn't know about the making of Little Women.

Related: Oscars 2020: Best Picture Nominees, Ranked (According to IMDb)
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‘1917’ boosts Oscar prospects with Producers Guild of America triumph

Awards are reliable bellwether of best picture Oscar triumph.

1917 boosted its best picture Oscar prospects on Saturday (January 18) after it won the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) top film award at the 31st annual PGA Awards at Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

By claiming the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, the First World War thriller capped a fine two weeks that has brought 10 Oscar nominations, two Golden Globes, and a DGA nod for Globe winner Sam Mendes, who was knighted in the 2020 New Year Honours list.

The PGA awards are regarded as a
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Producers Guild Award Goes To “1917”

Moments ago, the Producers Guild of America finished up their annual awards show, highlighted by the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, their version of Best Picture. The PGA top prize is a reliable indicator of future Oscar success, since eight of the last ten winners here have gone on to take the Academy Award as well. Are we in line to see that happen again? Considering that the Producers Guild opted to reward Sam Mendes’ 1917, and the fact that that film is currently surging, we very well might be seeing just that. Read on for more, as well as the rest of the winners… PGA not only went for 1917 in their top category, but they rebuffed the Academy with their Documentary prize, going with Apollo 11, despite it not being nominated in Best Documentary Feature. In the Animated field, they picked Toy Story 4, arguably keeping it the slight Oscar favorite in Best Animated Feature.
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PGA Awards: ‘1917’ Wins Best Picture; ‘Fleabag’, ‘Succession’ Top TV – The Complete Winners List

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PGA Awards: ‘1917’ Wins Best Picture; ‘Fleabag’, ‘Succession’ Top TV – The Complete Winners List
Updated with full list of winners: The Producers Guild unveiled the year’s best in film and TV producing Saturday at the 31st annual PGA Awards at the Hollywood Palladium, with Universal’s 1917 taking the top film prize. It keeps the momentum going strong for Sam Mendes’ World War I epic, which is produced and financed by Amblin Partners and New Republic, after it picked up the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama earlier this month.

The PGA via its marquee category has picked the Best Picture Oscar 21 times in its 30-year history, including Green Book, another Universal pic, last year, and Fox Searchlight’s The Shape of Water in 2018.

“Thank you very, very much Producers Guild,” Mendes said onstage in his acceptance speech. “This film was inspired by my grandfather, and my hope above all was to honor his experience. I have to pay tribute to the efforts on
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2020 Producers Guild Awards Live Blog: ‘1917,’ ‘Succession, ‘Fleabag’ among big winners

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2020 Producers Guild Awards Live Blog: ‘1917,’ ‘Succession, ‘Fleabag’ among big winners
Since the annual Producers Guild of America Awards don’t air live on TV, Gold Derby has you covered with our informative play-by-play of the ceremony. Follow along with our updating live blog on Saturday, January 18 as we reveal all of the 2020 PGA Awards winners as they happen. We’ll also let you know the superstar presenters for the 3 film races and 10 television categories plus the honorary awards.

Last year’s ceremony previewed the upcoming Academy Awards when the PGA voters named their Best Picture winner “Green Book.” For the 31st annual PGA event at the Hollywood Palladium, will the recipient be “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Knives Out,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “1917,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” or “Parasite”?

SEEProducers Guild Awards 2020: Complete list of PGA winners in all 13 categories

Honorary recipients for this 31st PGA ceremony are:

Stanley Kramer Award — “Bombshell

David O.
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2020 PGA Awards: ‘1917’ Takes Home the Top Prize

2020 PGA Awards: ‘1917’ Takes Home the Top Prize
Sam Mendes’ World War I drama “1917” got a boost in its bid to win the Best Picture Oscar when it took home the top prize at the 31st annual Producers Guild Awards Saturday night. The winner of the PGA Awards’ top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, has historically been a strong indicator of which film will go on to win the Best Picture Oscar. Since 1989, the PGA winner has matched up with the top Oscar 21 out of 30 times.

Last year, Peter Farrelly’s controversial racial drama “Green Book” took the top PGA trophy before going on to win the Best Picture Oscar. This year “1917” bested the other eight films competing for the top Oscar at the PGAs, as well as a tenth film, Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” — which settled for an Original Screenplay Oscar slot.

The victory comes after surprise
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Producers Guild Awards 2020: Complete list of PGA winners in all 13 categories

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Producers Guild Awards 2020: Complete list of PGA winners in all 13 categories
The last two Producers Guild of America Awards told us which movies — “Green Book” (2019) and “The Shape of Water” (2018) — would win the Oscar for Best Picture weeks before the Academy Awards. In fact, 21 of the previous PGA Awards winners have then gone on to claim Best Picture victories.

For the 31st annual ceremony slated for Saturday, January 18 at the Hollywood Palladium, we already know the top choice will be at the very least a major front-runner for this year’s Oscar. The PGA’s 10 nominated films are “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Knives Out,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “1917,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite.” All but “Knives Out” contend at the Oscars for Best Picture.

SEE2020 PGA Awards: All the nominees in the 3 film and 10 TV categories at Producers Guild of America prizes on January 18

We’ll have the actual winners indicated below in gold immediately after they are announced.
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Netflix Praised by ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Marriage Story’ Filmmakers at Producers Guild Panel

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Netflix Praised by ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Marriage Story’ Filmmakers at Producers Guild Panel
Streaming giant Netflix received strong support from filmmakers behind “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story” at the Producers Guild of America’s nominees panel on Saturday at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Jane Rosenthal, one of “The Irishman” producers, said Netflix embraced the vision that she and Martin Scorsese had for the $170 million film. The time-jumping epic received a limited theatrical release prior to its Nov. 29 streaming release.

“Netflix has been extraordinary,” Rosenthal said. “Our business is changing. We still want to see movies in theaters. I think more people will wind up seeing a DeNiro-Scorsese movie than their other movies combined. As a filmmaker and producer, our goal is to get people to see our movies. It really has been an extraordinary experience.”

Noah Baumbach, director-producer of “Marriage Story,” was effusive in his praise of Netflix for re-opening New York City’s Paris Theater — one of the oldest
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Charlize Theron Says Her Kids Think Her Oscar Nomination for Bombshell Is 'a Waste of Time'

Charlize Theron Says Her Kids Think Her Oscar Nomination for Bombshell Is 'a Waste of Time'
Charlize Theron‘s children aren’t too excited about her Oscar nod.

On Monday, the actress learned she was nominated for Best Actress for her role as Megyn Kelly in the Fox News drama Bombshell. And two days later, during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live , Theron revealed that her kids August, 4, and Jackson, 8, weren’t very enthusiastic about the honor — especially because she had recently lost at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.

“It’s been a thrilling couple of weeks,” Theron, 44, said. “I was nominated for a Golden Globe. I was nominated for a Critics’ Choice. … Spoiler alert: I didn’t win.
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Box Office: ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Scores Big With $66 Million Launch

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Box Office: ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Scores Big With $66 Million Launch
Bad Boys for Life” is showing plenty of power at the North American box office with an impressive launch of around $66 million at 3,740 venues over the four-day holiday weekend.

Sony’s sequel to 1995’s “Bad Boys” and 2003’s “Bad Boys II” far exceeded the studio’s pre-release forecasts of a $38 million weekend. The film, which generated an A Cinemascore and a five-star rating on PostTrak, reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as old-school cops taking down the leader of a Miami drug cartel, and carries a $90 million production budget.

Bad Boys for Life” will wind up with the second-highest take for the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend after “American Sniper” at $107.2 million and well ahead of “Ride Along” at $48 million. It’s also well above the $46 million opening for “Bad Boys II.” Sony Pictures is already developing a fourth “Bad Boys” with screenwriter Chris Bremner returning.

Universal’s opening of
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‘Bad Boys’ Rides High Again at Box Office While ‘Dolittle’ Crashes

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In its ongoing attempts to revive dormant franchises, Sony can mark “Bad Boys for Life” as a big success. Industry estimates show that the return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Mike and Marcus has brought moviegoers out to theaters to the tune of a $69 million 4-day opening, second only to “American Sniper” in the history of openings on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

While the previous two “Bad Boys” films, both directed by Michael Bay, were hits with audiences but panned by critics, “Bad Boys for Life” has done well with both. Along with an A on CinemaScore and a 5/5 on Postrak from hardcore fans, critics have given the film 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, praising the direction of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah and the story’s acknowledgement that its two protagonists are no longer the young guns they once were.

Bad Boys”‘ 3-day estimated opening of $60 million
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2020 PGA Awards: All the nominees in the 3 film and 10 TV categories at Producers Guild of America prizes on January 18

2020 PGA Awards: All the nominees in the 3 film and 10 TV categories at Producers Guild of America prizes on January 18
The Producers Guild of America hands out its awards on Saturday, January 20, 2019. While the PGA ceremony is not televised, it is an important stop on the road to the Oscars. The PGA Awards has an enviable track record at presaging the eventual Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards. The guild and the academy have agreed on 21 of the most recent 30 Best Picture champs, including last year’s double winner. “Green Book.”

Since both groups expanded the Best Picture category, the PGA has predicted 79 of the 90 of the Best Picture nominees over the past decade. This year, it foresaw the academy singling out “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “1917,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and “Parasite” for the top Oscar. The PGA race is rounded out by “Knives Out.”

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Oscar Controversies; The Susan Lucci Of Music; Pelosi’s ‘Irishman’ Campaign Boost

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A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.

With Monday’s Oscar nominations in the rear view mirror now, and the nominees lunch just a week away, this shortened season is getting shorter and shorter. In fact it feels like it is moving like a freight train now with one guild show after another crowding for attention including the Ace Eddies tonight, the often-predictive Producers Guild Saturday night, and SAG Awards on Sunday , and believe me it doesn’t slow down from there as we head to the wire. As I mentioned in my coverage of the Oscar nominations this also happens to be as wide open a race as you can possibly get at this point. There are genuinely realistic scenarios for any number of films to prevail, especially with the Academy’s unique voting system when it comes to Best Picture where you must rank your
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Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’) would be the first woman since Emma Thompson to accomplish this Oscars feat

Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’) would be the first woman since Emma Thompson to accomplish this Oscars feat
Greta Gerwig may have been snubbed for Best Director for “Little Women” at the Oscars (see the full list of contenders here), but the academy nevertheless nominated the film six times including Best Picture, and Gerwig is up for Best Adapted Screenplay. If she wins, she would achieve something no female writer has since Emma Thompson.

SEE2020 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

No woman has won Best Adapted Screenplay since Diana Ossana, who co-wrote the script for “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) with Larry McMurtry. But it has been even longer since a woman has won this prize as the solo credited writer of her film — 24 years, to be exact. The last time was Thompson for “Sense and Sensibility” (1995).

The parallels are eerie. Both Thompson and Gerwig were best known as actors before they went behind the camera — though Thompson has only written films, never directed them like Gerwig has.
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