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Timothee Chalamet or may not: Mahershala Ali leads our Oscar odds, but 5 Experts back the ‘Beautiful Boy’

Timothee Chalamet or may not: Mahershala Ali leads our Oscar odds, but 5 Experts back the ‘Beautiful Boy’
As more critics and audiences have gotten to see “Beautiful Boy” and “Green Book,” our Oscar odds for Best Supporting Actor have taken a turn. “Green Book” star Mahershala Ali moved into the lead, while the former front-runner, “Beautiful’s” Timothee Chalamet, slipped a bit. But it’s far from an open-and-shut case. Voters may be reluctant to give Ali a second Oscar just two years after his victory in the same category for “Moonlight.” And five Experts are still backing Chalamet for the win.

Ali gets leading odds of 37/10 based on the combined forecasts of thousands of Gold Derby users. That includes a majority of the 29 Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets. Ali benefits from the fact that “Green Book” looks like a stronger Best Picture contender based on our current forecasts, and it’s easier for an actor to win while riding a wave of support for a popular film.
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Kenyan ‘Rafiki’ Director Wanuri Kahiu To Helm ‘Covers’ For Universal, Working Title

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Kenyan ‘Rafiki’ Director Wanuri Kahiu To Helm ‘Covers’ For Universal, Working Title
Exclusive: Wanuri Kahiu, the who made history this year when her Lgbtq movie Rafiki became the first movie from Kenya to be selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, is set to direct Covers, a romance set in the Los Angeles music world, for Working Title and Universal.

She was signed after an international search for the job to direct first-time screenwriter Flora Greeson’s screenplay, which Universal has acquired preemptively. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce and Alexandra Loewy will executive produce. Universal’s Evp Production Erik Baiers will oversee.

Kahiu’s Rafiki was banned earlier this year in Kenya in response to its Lgbtq narrative; based on the short story Jambula Tree by Ugandan writer Monica Arac de Nyeko, the film is a love story between two girls who have to choose between happiness and safety in a country where homosexual activity is against the law.
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Christian Bale gets under the skin of Dick Cheney at the 1st screening of ‘Vice’ and slithers up in the Experts Oscar rankings for Best Actor

Christian Bale gets under the skin of Dick Cheney at the 1st screening of ‘Vice’ and slithers up in the Experts Oscar rankings for Best Actor
Talk about an overnight sensation in the Oscar race. I woke up Sunday to find that Christian Bale, as if taking some cues from the Machiavellian Dick Cheney he plays in “Vice,” has begun to snake his way up the Best Actor list among Gold Derby’s Expert prognosticators.

Bale was bubbling under this season’s multi-hyphenate darling Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born” and his rival in the chub club, Viggo Mortensen, in “Green Book” a week ago, with only Erik Davis (Fandango), Scott Mantz (Collider) and Jack Mathews (Gold Derby) among the the 29 Experts picking him to win. But now Anne Thompson (Indiewire) and Michael Musto (NewNowNext), Thelma Adams (Gold Derby) and, me, Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby), have made the switch.

The reason is no secret. “Vice,” director Adam McKay’s follow-up to his 2015 semi-humorous dissection of last decade’s financial crisis, “The Big Short,” finally screened
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‘Vice’ Screens for Critics; Now, Christian Bale and Amy Adams Will Vie For Awards

‘Vice’ Screens for Critics; Now, Christian Bale and Amy Adams Will Vie For Awards
Finally, Adam McKay’s long-awaited “Vice” screened for the press on Saturday, November 17. It’s one of the last major screenings of the 2019 Oscar candidates, but but sometimes the best are saved for last.

On November 5, 2016, Paramount screened Denzel Washington’s “Fences” at a packed Westwood screening, followed by a short Q&A with the director and cast. Viola Davis went on to win Best Supporting Actress at SAG, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs on the way to her first Oscar. Paramount debuted “The Big Short” November 12, 2015 as closing night of the AFI Fest. It went on to receive five Oscar nominations with McKay and Charles Randolph’s adapted screenplay taking BAFTA, WGA, and the Oscar.

So now we have McKay’s follow-up, and anticipation is high. Financed by Annapurna, the movie is set to hit theaters December 25. And at the packed Westwood screening for guilds and awards press,
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‘Vice’ Screens for Critics; Now, Christian Bale and Amy Adams Will Vie For Awards

‘Vice’ Screens for Critics; Now, Christian Bale and Amy Adams Will Vie For Awards
Finally, Adam McKay’s long-awaited “Vice” screened for the press on Saturday, November 17. It’s one of the last major screenings of the 2019 Oscar candidates, but but sometimes the best are saved for last.

On November 5, 2016, Paramount screened Denzel Washington’s “Fences” at a packed Westwood screening, followed by a short Q&A with the director and cast. Viola Davis went on to win Best Supporting Actress at SAG, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs on the way to her first Oscar. Paramount debuted “The Big Short” November 12, 2015 as closing night of the AFI Fest. It went on to receive five Oscar nominations with McKay and Charles Randolph’s adapted screenplay taking BAFTA, WGA, and the Oscar.

So now we have McKay’s follow-up, and anticipation is high. Financed by Annapurna, the movie is set to hit theaters December 25. And at the packed Westwood screening for guilds and awards press,
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‘Buster Scruggs’ Dp Bruno Delbonnel on Lensing Coen Brothers’ First Digital Film

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‘Buster Scruggs’ Dp Bruno Delbonnel on Lensing Coen Brothers’ First Digital Film
Bruno Delbonnel, celebrated for his painterly work capturing the brooding WWII-era political intrigue “Darkest Hour” for Joe Wright, and for the wonder world he filmed in 2001’s “Amelie,” is known for breaking conventions. He uses the sun as backlight and works to employ deep shadows into the atmosphere of his subjects. Screening “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” competing at EnergaCamerimage, he says the Coen brothers’ first digitally shot film offered a host of lessons – but is no guarantee they will soon depart from their use of film.

You first worked with the Coen brothers in a collection of city stories, “Paris, je t’aime” in 2006 but not again until 2013 on “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Did they seek you out to help them express their unique, dark comic look?

No, it was just like they are shooting in Paris and they asked me to do it. Roger Deakins had mentioned my name.
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Fox Nabs Drama ‘Puller’ Based On David Baldacci’s Book Series From ‘Bones’ Ep, Josh Berman & Gary Oldman

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Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Puller, an hourlong drama based on David Baldacci’s bestselling John Puller book series, from former Bones executive producer Carla Kettner, Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman, Oscar winner Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Douglas Urbanski and Sony Pictures TV, where Berman is under an overall deal.

Written by Kettner, Puller is described as an action-forward procedural thriller about John Puller, an investigator with the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division. Puller, a decorated former Army Ranger, faces the most difficult case of his life when his brother, a convicted traitor, escapes from a maximum security prison. Together with Veronica Knox, an army intel specialist, Puller searches for his fugitive brother. In the book series, John and Veronica solve the most difficult of crimes while John secretly battles to restore his family honor.

Kettner executive produces with Baldacci, along with Berman and his
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‘Rebecca’ Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer Goes to Netflix

Netflix and Working Title confirm that British director Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic romantic thriller.

Lily James (Working Title’s “Baby Driver” and “Darkest Hour”) stars as a young married woman (played by Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic) who arrives at Manderley, the bleak English coast estate of her new husband Maxim DeWinter (“On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer takes on the Laurence Olivier role). There she battles the shadow of his dead first wife Rebecca, as well as her imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

More details to come. James most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while Hammer is coming off the acclaimed “Call Me by Your Name” and a role in the upcoming Rbg biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”

This is not Working Title’s
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‘Rebecca’ Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer Goes to Netflix

Netflix and Working Title confirm that British director Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic romantic thriller.

Lily James (Working Title’s “Baby Driver” and “Darkest Hour”) stars as a young married woman (played by Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic) who arrives at Manderley, the bleak English coast estate of her new husband Maxim DeWinter (“On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer takes on the Laurence Olivier role). There she battles the shadow of his dead first wife Rebecca, as well as her imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

More details to come. James most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while Hammer is coming off the acclaimed “Call Me by Your Name” and a role in the upcoming Rbg biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”

This is not Working Title’s
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Lily James, Armie Hammer To Star In ‘Rebecca’ From Director Ben Wheatley

Lily James, Armie Hammer To Star In ‘Rebecca’ From Director Ben Wheatley
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again star Lily James and Armie Hammer, who stars in the upcoming On the Basis of Sex film, have signed on as leads in Rebecca, a feature adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic, romantic, gothic thriller. British director Ben Wheatley is helming the pic which is set up at Netflix and Working Title.

Kingsman series and X-Men: First Class scribe Jane Goldman penned the screenplay. It follows a newly-married young woman who, on arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan Working Title are producing the pic with Nira Park.

James is getting back in business with Wt after starring in Baby Driver and the Oscar Best Picture-nominated film, Darkest Hour. She’s set
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Lily James, Armie Hammer to Star in Daphne du Maurier Adaptation ‘Rebecca’

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Lily James, Armie Hammer to Star in Daphne du Maurier Adaptation ‘Rebecca’
Lily James and Armie Hammer are set to star in Netflix and Working Title’s “Rebecca,” directed by Ben Wheatley.

Jane Goldman is writing the screenplay, adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel of the same name. The story follows a newly married young woman who, upon arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his deceased first wife, the mysterious Rebecca, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce along with Nira Park. The film is expected to go into production in the spring.

James most recently starred in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and can next be seen in an untitled Danny Boyle pic. Her previous credits include “Baby Driver” alongside Ansel Elgort, “Darkest Hour,” and “Cinderella.”

Hammer will next appear in Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis of Sex,
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Armie Hammer, Lily James to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Rebecca’ for Netflix

Armie Hammer, Lily James to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Rebecca’ for Netflix
Lily James and Armie Hammer are set to star in British director Ben Wheatley’s “Rebecca,” a new gothic romantic thriller for Netflix.

The film is an adaptation of English author Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 classic of the same name. Jane Goldman will write the screenplay.

“Rebecca” tells the story of a newly-married young woman who, on arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his dead first wife, the mysterious titular character, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

Also Read: Armie Hammer to Join Agatha Christie's 'Death on the Nile' Adaptation

Du Maurier’s work has been adapted for the big screen several times, most-notably when Alfred Hitchcock won the 1940 Best Picture Oscar for his version, which starred Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

James starred earlier this year in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,
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2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
I know what you’re thinking. Is this a real prediction? Or is it just fantasy? Before you assume that I’m caught in a landslide (with no escape from reality), please open your eyes and look up to the skies and see … Here are five reasons why Rami Malek can win the Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

1. He plays a real person And is physically transformed onscreen.

It’s awardsology 101. The combination of portraying an actual individual plus altering one’s outward appearance is the easiest way to ensnare the academy’s attention. In the past twenty years alone, a plethora of people have won lead statuettes for doing exactly just that.

Look at Hilary Swank in “Boys Don’t Cry,” Adrien Brody in “The Pianist,” Nicole Kidman in “The Hours,” Charlize Theron in “Monster,” Jamie Foxx in “Ray,” Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote,” Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line,
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The Tragedy of “Bohemian Rhapsody” Isn’t How Freddie Mercury Died, It’s How (It Thinks) He Lived and the Man Behind the Camera

If polls were run to see who the most iconic personality in music is, the results would certainly lean towards Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, the bastion of beautifully flamboyant, unchecked and unmatched opulence. Decades after his untimely passing from AIDS and his presence is one both widely felt and deeply missed. Of course that means a life as flashy, defiant and legendary as his would make for a great movie, as its taken near thirty years for that life to grace the big screen. After watching it, though, who the hell at 20th Century Fox thought any of what passes for history and entertainment in Bohemian Rhapsody was right? And what’s worse is this is what audiences and Queen fans think is masterful and respectful storytelling?!

To say it paints by numbers and connects dots in its exploration of the rise, “fall and redemption” of Queen throughout the 1970s
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Why Queen Chose Rami Malek To Play Freddie Mercury In Bohemian Rhapsody

When it really comes down to it, the main problem with Bohemian Rhapsody is that while the story of Freddie Mercury’s rise and fall is fascinating, the story of Queen as a whole is not. Scribe Anthony McCarten (who also penned British-based biopics like Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything) is never really able to inject much drama into Queen’s rise to glory, which smoothly progresses from college gigs to the top of the charts in a matter of scenes. Mercury’s is the much better story, but again, that’s not really where the focus is.

Moreover, the involvement of guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor as both consultants and producers certainly impacts on the film’s overlaying gentleness, with the script dealing in half-truths rather than providing context to a man who was famously private. Still, you can’t fault them for choosing who
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Chadwick Boseman (‘Black Panther’): After all those biopic snubs, could his first Oscar nom come for a superhero?

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Chadwick Boseman (‘Black Panther’): After all those biopic snubs, could his first Oscar nom come for a superhero?
There is a certain time-honored formula for winning Oscars. Kudos usually come if you transform yourself into a real-life icon — Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill (“Darkest Hour”), Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking (“The Theory of Everything”), and so on. The awards don’t usually come if you transform yourself into a comic-book icon. But Chadwick Boseman has tried the first route with multiple biographical roles, to no avail. Wouldn’t it be deliciously ironic, then, if he managed his first Oscar nom as the king of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Black Panther”?

Boseman played legendary baseball integrator Jackie Robinson in “42” (2013). Then he was legendary musician James Brown in “Get on Up” (2014). After that he graduated from legendary to literally mythic by portraying the Egyptian god Thoth in “Gods of Egypt” (2016). And he came back down to Earth to play America’s first black Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Drums Up $3.9 Million at Thursday Box Office

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Drums Up $3.9 Million at Thursday Box Office
Rami Malek and Fox hit a high note with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” drawing $3.9 million in Thursday night showings as it stays on track for a $40 million box office bow.

For comparison, Warner Bros.’s critical and commercial hit “A Star is Born” earned $3.2 million in early Thursday showings on its way to a $42.9 million opening weekend. “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” hit theaters with $3.4 million in early previews, pulling in $35.0 million in its first weekend for Universal. Independent trackers are looking for “Bohemian Rhapsody” to open to the tune of $35-$40 million.

Bohemian Rhapsody” has been heavily criticized for its series of events and its effectiveness as a biopic for Queen front-man Freddie Mercury.

Also Read: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Film Review: Queen Bio Won't Exactly Rock You

The film has a 59 percent score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and critics have panned the film’s screenplay for leaning on
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Bohemian Rhapsody Review

Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t let Freddie Mercury actually perform until the very end. Before then, there are glimpses of performances that place lead actor Rami Malek center stage, but music’s greatest frontman deserves more than mere glimpses and simple montages that pull the plug on “Killer Queen,” “Fat Bottom Girls,” and “Another One Bites the Dust” far too quickly. I’ll admit that there was a certain pep in my step walking out of Bohemian Rhapsody, but that’s what happens when “Don’t Stop Me Now” plays as the credits rock and roll.

Starting and ending with the triumphant Live Aid concert, Rhapsody is much more the story of Queen than it is of its headliner. Beginning in 1970 with a flamboyant and teeth-riddled Freddie meeting up with the band that his charisma would soon turn into Queen, the film hits the basic checkpoints along a 15-year-long musical highway.
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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’: Why The Coen Brothers Finally Embraced Digital for Their First Netflix Movie

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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’: Why The Coen Brothers Finally Embraced Digital for Their First Netflix Movie
Joel and Ethan Coen finally went digital for their Netflix Western anthology, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” but it was more out of necessity than aesthetics. Still, it’s a stunning, hyper-real achievement for cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel’s second go-round with the Coens (Oscar-nominated “Inside Llewyn Davis”), who convinced them that it was the only cost-effective way to make their movie.

“Because it was for Netflix and there was no theatrical, they wanted to try it,” said Delbonnel, “especially after hearing how fantastic digital was from so many people, including Roger Deakins, who doesn’t want to shoot on film anymore.”

Delbonnel, who shot with the Alexa Studio, invited the Coens to take a sneak peek of “Darkest Hour,” and they admired how he was able to capture light and shadow with digital tools. “But it was hard at the beginning,” he said. “They’re not used to watching dailies
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‘Suspiria’ could bring Tilda Swinton back to Oscars

‘Suspiria’ could bring Tilda Swinton back to Oscars
Luca Guadgnino‘s new film, “Suspiria,” is certainly a singular, unique directorial vision. This retelling of Dario Argento‘s 1977 horror classic tells the story of Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson), an American dancer accepted into an elite German dance company. Turns out the artistic director Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton) is not who she seems.

This dance company is, essentially, a front for a coven of witches. Basically, this is what “American Horror Story: Coven” would have been like if it had been less “Mean Girls” and more “Blair Witch Project.” This isn’t a straight-up horror, however. It’s more a of a psychological drama – one that slowly cranks up the tension through suspenseful dance set piece, weird, erratic imagery, and a terrific performance by the inimitable Swinton.

She takes on three roles: Helena Markos, the ‘mother’ of the coven; Madame Blanc, the artistic director of the dance academy; and the therapist Dr Josef Klemperer.
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