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‘Two Popes’ wins Audience Award at Middleburg Film Festival; Could a Best Picture Oscar nomination be next?

‘Two Popes’ wins Audience Award at Middleburg Film Festival; Could a Best Picture Oscar nomination be next?
Fernando Meirelles’s film, “The Two Popes,” has won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the 2019 Middleburg Film Festival. Along with winning the same award at the Hamptons International Film Festival earlier this month, the film is now gaining momentum to be a serious top-tier Oscar contender.

The festival, which just wrapped up its seventh year, is based in suburban Washington, D.C., and all of the past recipients of this honor have factored into the Oscar race in a big way. Five of the last six winners scored Best Picture nominations: “Philomena” (2013), “The Imitation Game” (2014), “Spotlight” (2015), “Lion” (2016) and “Green Book” (2018). Both “Spotlight” and “Green Book” went even further and took home the Best Picture prize. “The Two Popes” is currently in 13th place to win Best Picture with 37/1 odds of winning, according to our combined odds.

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Hollywood Film Awards 2019 to honor Renee Zellweger, Antonio Banderas, Laura Dern, Al Pacino

Hollywood Film Awards 2019 to honor Renee Zellweger, Antonio Banderas, Laura Dern, Al Pacino
Renee Zellweger, Antonio Banderas, Laura Dern and Al Pacino are among the pre-announced winners in top categories for the Hollywood Film Awards, which will unofficially launch the 2019 awards season on Sunday, November 3. Actor and comedian Rob Riggle will host the 23rd annual ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

While all of the awards have been arranged in advance by the studios and their campaigners, it is an important stop by contenders looking for success at the Oscars, Golden Globes and elsewhere. That’s because it is the first opportunity for many of the hopefuls to be on an awards red carpet with representatives from a wide variety of films and also be on stage accepting a trophy.

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Here is a full list of the 2019 winners so far (more will be announced soon):

Actress – Renee
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A Best Actress Oscar win for ‘Judy’ would make Renee Zellweger the 7th member of this elite group

A Best Actress Oscar win for ‘Judy’ would make Renee Zellweger the 7th member of this elite group
Is there another Oscar at the end of the rainbow awards season for Renee Zellweger? According to our odds, yes, as she’s the solid favorite to nab Best Actress for her turn as Judy Garland in “Judy.” If it comes to fruition, Zellweger would be the seventh actress who’ve won both acting categories.

The first six are:

1. Helen Hayes: Best Actress for “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” (1931/32) and Best Supporting Actress for “Airport” (1970)

2. Ingrid Bergman: Best Actress for “Gaslight” (1944) and “Anastasia” (1956), and Best Supporting Actress for “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974)

3. Maggie Smith: Best Actress for “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969) and Best Supporting Actress for “California Suite” (1978)

4. Meryl Streep: Best Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), and Best Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011)

5. Jessica Lange: Best Supporting Actress for “Tootsie” (1982) and Best Actress for “Blue Sky” (1994)

6. Cate Blanchett:
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Middleburg Film Festival Brings Hollywood to Virginia

  • Variety
For the last seven years, audiences have flocked to the Middleburg Film Festival. Running October 17th – 21st, and situated in the wine-country hills of historic Middleburg, Virg., the festival usually highlights some of the year’s buzziest titles, and 2019 is no exception.

“We’re a smaller festival with fewer overall screenings than other events, so we really have to think hard about our selections,” says Mff Executive Director Susan Koch. Mff is also a unique festival in that it’s exclusively run by women. “One of our signature events is our Women in Film luncheon,” she says, “which is a terrific networking event and extremely important as a tool for allowing women to have their voices and opinions heard.”

Programming director Connie White was responsible for whittling down a schedule of 34 films the festival should highlight. Mff’s opening night selection is “Marriage Story,” while the closing night will screen “The Irishman” – both from Netflix,
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Updated Oscar Predictions For Mid October

Over the weekend, a select few were able to be at the very first public screening of Bombshell, reducing the number of unseen Academy Award contenders by one. So, of course, that means predictions must be updated. Below you will see some changes that the entry of Bombshell into the race reflects, as well as just some general movement in a number of categories. The more Academy members start to see these films, the more a sense of what voters might do is emerging. There’s still ample time for movies to make their moves, but the race is certainly on, that’s for sure… Here you all go, cutting to the chase. A brand new set of Oscar predictions: Best Picture 1. The Irishman 2. Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood 3. Marriage Story 4. Parasite 5. Jojo Rabbit 6. Bombshell 7. The Two Popes 8. 1917 9. Ford v. Ferrari 10. The Farewell Next in line: 11. Waves 12. Judy
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Charlize Theron Could Win Second Oscar for Playing Megyn Kelly in ‘Bombshell’

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Charlize Theron Could Win Second Oscar for Playing Megyn Kelly in ‘Bombshell’
Charlize Theron walked on stage before a screening of “Bombshell” at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center on Sunday night and announced to the crowd, “I’m about to s— myself.”

The Oscar winner had good reason to be nervous. The screening of the Jay Roach-directed drama about the fall of Fox News boss Roger Ailes was the first time most members of the press were going to see the movie.

Theron stars as Megyn Kelly, who contemplates going public with allegations that she was sexually harassed by Ailes. Nicole Kidman portrays Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host whose sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes set off that chain of events that eventually led to him being pushed out of Fox by Rupert Murdoch. Rounding out the cast are John Lithgow as Ailes and Margot Robbie, a fictional producer based on several woman who were harassed by Ailes.

It
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Movie Review – Harriet (2019)

Harriet, 2019. Directed by Kasi Lemmons. Starring Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Jennifer Nettles, Joe Alwyn, Tim Guinee, Deborah Ayorinde, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Tory Kittles, Omar J. Dorsey, Zackary Momoh, Mike Marunde, and Claire Bronson. Synopsis: The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one […]

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Harriet (2019) Movie Trailer 2: Abolitionist Harriet Tubman Helps Slaves Find Freedom in Northern America

Harriet Trailer 2 Focus Features has released the second movie trailer for Harriet (2019). The first movie trailer for Harriet can be viewed here. Plot Synopsis Harriet‘s plot synopsis: “Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet [...]

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Women Directors Are Finally Getting Higher-Profile Movies and Storming the Box Office Top 100

Every year for the past 10 years, Dr. Stacy L. Smith and USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has tracked representation in front of and behind the camera, resulting in the publication of a number of essential reports about the state of the industry. In recent years — and despite an uptick in discussion regarding the need for more diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry — Smith’s studies have often found dismal results. Earlier this year, Smith’s signature “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair” report found that of the 112 directors behind the 100 top-grossing movies of 2018, only 3.6 percent were women. Still worse: that percentage was actually down from the year before, when 7.3 percent of the top films were helmed by women.

Now, however, Smith is prepared to offer some good, early news in a new interview with Variety about the changing face of Hollywood’s directing pool. While the year is far from over,
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After Decades of Stagnation, Women Film Directors See Major Gains in Hollywood

  • Variety
In January, Stacy L. Smith — the founder of USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which tracks representation in front of and behind the camera — published a report about female film directors. Her findings could not have been more bleak. Of the 112 directors behind the 100 top-grossing movies of 2018, only 3.6% were women. Even worse, that number was down from the year before, when women represented 7.3% of the top 100. To emphasize the blighted landscape, Smith and her research team put their key finding in bold: “The percentage of female directors has not changed over time.”

Ten months later, based on the year’s releases so far and what’s still to come, Smith is making a wholly different declaration. “It looks for 2019 like at least 12 movies — which is an all-time high — will be directed by women across the top 100 films,” Smith says. That number could go as high as 14, she adds.

“I’m happy
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Philadelphia Film Festival Sets Program Including ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Waves’

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Philadelphia Film Festival Sets Program Including ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Waves’
The Philadelphia Film Festival has announced the program for its 28th edition, kicking off on Oct. 17 with Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan.

Also screening on opening night are “Parasite,” “Cunningham,” “Come As You Are,” “Bikram: Yogi, Guru” and “The Lodge.”

Sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society, the festival wraps on Oct. 25 with Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out,” starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Jamie Lee Curtis. Johnson is scheduled to attend the screening.

The festival will screen 120 feature and short films, including gala presentations for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” along with “Harriet,” “Marriage Story,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Motherless Brooklyn,” “The Two Popes” and “Waves.”

An expanded selection of films made around greater Philadelphia will include Sundance prize-winning “Clemency” as well as Philadelphia Eagles docu “Maybe Next Year.”

“I couldn’t be more excited with the lineup for this year’s Festival,” said the festival’s executive director J. Andrew Greenblatt.
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Contenders Including ‘Parasite,’ ‘Just Mercy’ to Screen at Scad Savannah Film Festival

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Contenders Including ‘Parasite,’ ‘Just Mercy’ to Screen at Scad Savannah Film Festival
The 22nd Scad Savannah Film Festival has set a program packed with potential awards contenders, including screenings of “Parasite,” “Just Mercy,” “The Report,” “Waves,” “The King,” “Harriet” and “Honey Boy.”

The Georgia event kicks off Oct. 26 with opening night film “The Aeronauts,” directed by Tom Harper, and closed Nov. 2 with a gala screening of Mr. Rogers biopic “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” directed by Marielle Heller and starring Tom Hanks.

Sponsored by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the festival is the largest university-run film event in the U.S. and will screen 159 films.

In addition to features in the awards conversation, the festival will screen Docs to Watch including “American Factory,” “The Kingmaker” and “Apollo 11.” The Wonder Women panels will include conversations with female directors, producers, writers and below the line talent.

Executive director Christina Routhier points out that work from more than 50 female filmmakers around
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Cynthia Erivo Cast in ‘Genius: Aretha’

  • Variety
National Geographic has found its Aretha Franklin for its upcoming season of “Genius” about the Queen of Soul: Cynthia Erivo has been cast in the title role.

“Aretha Franklin has been a source of inspiration for me since I was a little girl,” said Erivo. “Her strength, passion and soul are evident in her everlasting legacy, not only as a transcendent artist, but as a humanitarian and civil rights icon. To have the opportunity to bring her legacy to life and show the fullness of her being, her humanity and brilliance, is an honor. What I know and have learned about what my voice, as an artist, can do and the power in it has been highly influenced by Franklin. I feel privileged and excited to be a part of the sharing of her genius.”

The upcoming season, entitled “Genius: Aretha,” will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted
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Cynthia Erivo To Star As Aretha Franklin In Nat Geo’s ‘Genius: Aretha’

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Cynthia Erivo To Star As Aretha Franklin In Nat Geo’s ‘Genius: Aretha’
Nat Geo and Imagine have found their Queen of Soul. Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning artist and actress Cynthia Erivo has been tapped to star as Aretha Franklin in the next installment of Nat Geo’s Emmy-winning global anthology series Genius: Aretha, from Imagine Television and Fox 21 TV Studios.

Billed as the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of Franklin, Genius: Aretha will begin filming in November for a spring 2020 premiere on National Geographic channels in 172 countries and 43 languages.

As previously announced, Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Topdog/Underdog, will be executive producer and showrunner of the series. Music mogul and longtime Franklin collaborator Clive Davis as well as Atlantic Records chairman and CEO Craig Kallman also executive produce.

“Aretha Franklin has been a source of inspiration for me since I was a little girl,” said Erivo. “Her strength, passion and
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‘Genius': Nat Geo Finds Its Aretha Franklin for Next Season of Historical Anthology

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Nat Geo has found its Queen of Soul. Cynthia Erivo will portray Aretha Franklin on the next season of its historical anthology “Genius,” the network announced on Thursday.

Filming will start in November for a spring 2020 premiere.

“Aretha Franklin has been a source of inspiration for me since I was a little girl,” Erivo said. “Her strength, passion and soul are evident in her everlasting legacy, not only as a transcendent artist, but as a humanitarian and civil rights icon. To have the opportunity to bring her legacy to life and show the fullness of her being, her humanity and brilliance, is an honor. What I know and have learned about what my voice, as an artist, can do and the power in it has been highly influenced by Franklin. I feel privileged and excited to be a part of the sharing of her genius.”

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Middleburg Film Festival kicks off its 7th year with ‘Marriage Story’ and wraps up with Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

Middleburg Film Festival kicks off its 7th year with ‘Marriage Story’ and wraps up with Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’
In its seventh year, the four-day Middleburg Film Festival, which takes place in the heart of Virginia’s historic wine and horse country amid gorgeous fall foliage, is bigger than ever as it unspools a record 34 films this year. Running from October 17 to 20, the impeccably curated lineup, overseen by founder Sheila Johnson and executive director Susan Koch, continues to feature some of the year’s Oscar-buzziest films as well as welcome discoveries to be found among the documentaries and foreign films.

The opening-night event will be “Marriage Story,” starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a showbiz couple engaged in a contentious divorce. Its director, Noah Baumbach, will be honored with the festival’s Spotlight Director Award and will participate in a Q&a session afterward. The closer will be Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman,” which just wowed attendees after its premiere at the New York Film Festival.

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Produced By: New York Adds Teams From ‘Little Women’, ‘Marriage Story’, ‘American Factory’, More To Masterclass Lineup

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The PGA on Wednesday unveiled its first batch of speakers for masterclass sessions at Produced By: New York, with producers and creatives set for the likes of awards-season films Little Women, Harriet, American Factory, Marriage Story and more.

The group is added to the slate of the annual conference, to run November 9 at Florence Gould Hall in New York City. Netflix’s Scott Stuber is already set as keynote speaker in conversation with Ron Howard.

The masterclass list includes Amy Pascal and Greta Gerwig from Little Women; Debra Martin Chase, Kasi Lemmons and Cynthia Erivo for Harriet; David Heyman and Noah Baumbach for Marriage Story; James Mangold for Ford v Ferrari; Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar for the documentary American Factory; and Nanfu Wang for One Child Nation.

The NYC-based Produced By conference, presented by the PGA Foundation, is tweaking its structure this year. Along with Stuber’s opening keynote
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Why Kasi Lemmons Decided to Direct the First Biopic About Harriet Tubman

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Why Kasi Lemmons Decided to Direct the First Biopic About Harriet Tubman
Kasi Lemmons’ new film, “Harriet,” depicts Harriet Tubman — the leader of the Underground Railroad and freer of slaves — as all that, but with an extra element. As played by Cynthia Erivo in an action-heavy role, she’s close to a superhero. And Lemmons intended it that way. “That was the mission,” she says. “Adventure and superheroism is inherent in the story — we didn’t want to impose it on the story. This young woman who was very small and very strong and very fast and very, very brave. That’s what we wanted to bring.”

This Harriet, in other words, looks less like the figure known from photographs taken nearer the end of life than like Erivo as the compact physical dynamo of “Widows.” The story moves fleetly, depicting both Tubman’s gift for evasion and the visions that spurred her on. “She’s kind of there and kind of not,
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Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, Cynthia Erivo, Amy Pascal Join Produced By: NY Conference

Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, Cynthia Erivo, Amy Pascal Join Produced By: NY Conference
Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, Cynthia Erivo, Amy Pascal are among the stars set to participate in the 2019 Produced By: New York conference's film production master classes.

Other producers, writers, directors and actors set for the sessions are co-directors and producers of the Barack and Michelle Obama-backed documentary American Factory, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert; Ford v. Ferrari's director-producer James Mangold; Harriet producer Debra Martin Chase and director Kasi Lemmons, who worked on the film with star Erivo; David Heyman; and One Child Nation's director-cinematographer-editor Nanfu Wang and producer Julia Goldman.

Baumbach wrote and directed awards hopeful Marriage Story, with ...
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Will Oscars prefer bio-history to biopics? ‘The Irishman,’ ‘1917,’ ‘The Two Popes’ …

Will Oscars prefer bio-history to biopics? ‘The Irishman,’ ‘1917,’ ‘The Two Popes’ …
Time to get real, folks! Looking at Gold Derby’s ranking of Academy Award Best Picture contenders, it shocks me just how many in the running are based on or inspired by true events both historical and personal.

On top for now is Quentin Tarantino‘s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which dares to toy with the Manson family murders that occurred in 1969. In a close second is Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman,” which spans decades of gang violence as committed and witnessed by a mob hitman (Robert De Niro) who acts as a kind of Forrest Gump of organized crime.

Other movies that fit the description include “1917,” about two heroic soldiers in World War I in a race against time to save lives. “Ford v Ferrari” focuses on a hotshot racer and a car designer who attempt to build a American car that can beat the Italian auto company at its own game.
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