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Ed Harris movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Ed Harris movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
In Ed Harris‘s over-40-year career he has surprisingly never won an Oscar or an Emmy, despite four nominations from the motion picture academy and two from the TV academy. Emmy voters can start to make up for that this year as the second season of HBO’s “Westworld” airs in the spring and summer of 2018. In honor of his return to the small screen, let’s take a look back at some of his best big-screen performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Harris’s 15 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Harris received his first Oscar nomination in 1995 after almost two decades in front of the camera: Best Supporting Actor for “Apollo 13.” He subsequently competed for “The Truman Show” (Best Supporting Actor in 1998), “Pollock” (Best Actor in 2000), and “The Hours” (Best Supporting Actor in 2002). He didn’t win any of those, and he hasn’t been nominated since,
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Darren Aronofsky on ‘Mother!’ Meaning, How Evangelicals Sabotaged ‘Noah’

Darren Aronofsky on ‘Mother!’ Meaning, How Evangelicals Sabotaged ‘Noah’
So what was “Mother!” really about? In a keynote address at SXSW on Saturday morning, director Darren Aronofsky offered his take on his recent drama starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem that divided audiences.

“I wanted to make a film about Mother Earth and how we treat Mother Earth,” Aronofsky said about Lawrence’s character, a pregnant woman who endures a series of traumas while living in a quiet farmhouse with her poet husband. “The way I see we treat Mother Earth is incredibly disrespectful. We pillage her, we rape her, we call her dirt.” He noted how the British don’t use that word.

“That’s why Jennifer played the character the way she did,” Aronofksy said. “There’s a lot of emotion.”

As for Bardem’s character, Afronosky confirmed that he was meant to represent God. “I looked at the Bible and how the Old Testament God is painted,
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2018 Razzie Awards predictions: Complete odds in all 9 categories ‘honoring’ the worst films and performances of the year

2018 Razzie Awards predictions: Complete odds in all 9 categories ‘honoring’ the worst films and performances of the year
Who will win at the Razzie Awards on Saturday, March 3? As of this writing more than 1,100 Gold Derby users have entered their predictions in all nine categories for these anti-Oscars. Now in their 38th year, these are the only kudos in Hollywood where you hope your name won’t be called since they “honor” the worst films of the year. Scroll down for our complete predictions listed in order of their racetrack odds, with the projected winners highlighted in gold.

Among the users making their forecasts at Gold Derby include Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, the Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby, the Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Razzie winners and the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions. And while some years are easy to forecast with notorious films
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2018 Razzie Awards by the numbers: Every film, every nomination

2018 Razzie Awards by the numbers: Every film, every nomination
Two sequels, “Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Fifty Shades Darker,” lead the nominations for the 38th annual Razzie Awards with nine and eight bids respectively, followed by “The Mummy” with seven. These kudos, honoring the worst of moviemaking, will be handed out by the Golden Raspberry Foundation on March 3 (one day before the Oscars) in a virtual ceremony.

The Razzies front-runner for Worst Picture is “The Emoji Movie,” which would be the first animated film to “win” that award. We are predicting that Tom Cruise (“The Mummy”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Mother!”) will be cited for their bad acting in starring roles while Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger will be similarly singled out for their ham-fisted performances in featured turns in “The Mummy” and “Fifty Shades Darker.”

See the full list of 2018 contenders below and then watch those rascals at the Razzies make merry with all these potential “winners” on their YouTube channel here.
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2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ wins on way to Oscars

2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ wins on way to Oscars
War for the Planets of the Apes”, which is predicted to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, defeated its four rivals — “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — at the Ves Awards on Feb. 13. All five were in the running for the Visual Effects Society equivalent of the Best Picture race: Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture.

“War of the Planet of the Apes” and “Blade Runner 2049” each reaped a leading seven bids at the 16th annual edition of these awards. The final film in the “Planet of the Apes” reboot won the most awards here (4), including that top prize while the long-awaited “Blade Runner” sequel took two.

“War of the Planet of the Apes” also prevailed for Best Character in a Photoreal Feature, Compositing and Effects Simulation.

In the 15-year history of the Ves Awards,
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Penultimate Predictions a week out from the Oscar nominations

Seven days from now, we’ll know who and what the Academy Award nominees are. My final set of predictions will drop on Monday, but for now, I wanted to tinker just a little bit first. For what it’s worth, over the coming weekend, the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild will be giving out their awards, so while that can’t impact nominations, it’s still noteworthy. They’re arguably the two biggest precursors, and gems of the guild season, so there’s a chance that I might tinker with final predictions next week if something crazy goes on there. That’s a problem for future me though. As you’ll see below, not a whole lot has changed. Ballots are in though, so what’s done is done. I’m working my few Oscar voter sources to see if anything has gotten more love than expected.
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Oscar Voters: Don’t Forget ‘Mother,’ Ridley Scott and 2017’s Other Unsung Heroes

Oscar Voters: Don’t Forget ‘Mother,’ Ridley Scott and 2017’s Other Unsung Heroes
Lord knows, we don’t need another awards show. But the year in film has seen some extraordinary work and though the usual “for your consideration” conversations are valid, they seem insufficient in some cases.

There is a long list of people who are worthy of Oscar consideration, so don’t forget these people when filling out your Oscar ballots, which are due Jan. 12. But let’s also give them special recognition, a round of applause for doing work that was above and beyond.

Wind River

Writer-director Taylor Sheridan and his “Wind River” team deserve awards attention for delivering an entertaining and relevant film. Beyond that, they deserve a salute for wresting control of the movie away from the original distributor, the Weinstein Co. As soon as the story broke on Oct. 5 about that industry bully-rapist, Sheridan and Acacia Entertainment renegotiated everything and made sure that no profits will go to TWC, but instead
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‘Black Mirror,’ Lady Gaga, ‘Shape Of Water’ Among 2018 Art Director’s Guild Awards Nominees

The Art Directors Guild announced the nominations for the 2018 awards and even with three different film categories there were some notable omissions. Potential Oscar nominees “Call Me By Your Name,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Greatest Showman” and “Mother!” were all snubbed while surprise contenders “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Logan” (in the Contemporary Film category, no less) made the cut.

“Shape of Water,” “Dunkirk” among likely 2018 Production Design Oscar Nominees

Among the television nominees “The Handmaid’s Tale” earned two nominations, Netflix earned four out of the five One-Hour Fantasy or Period Series nominations and, remarkably, the Golden Globes telecast was recognized while the Academy Awards was not.

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Darren Aronofsky Was ‘Traumatized’ by ‘mother!’ and Just Wants to Watch ‘Rick and Morty’ Now

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Darren Aronofsky Was ‘Traumatized’ by ‘mother!’ and Just Wants to Watch ‘Rick and Morty’ Now
It isn’t easy making the most divisive movie of the year. Just ask Darren Aronofsky, whose “mother!” has polarized critics and audiences alike since premiering in Venice a few months ago — and left the writer/director “traumatized” by the whole experience. During an appearance on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast, Aronofsky revealed that he doesn’t “want to do anything right now” other than catch up on TV.
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Darren Aronofsky Reflects on Audience Reactions to ‘mother!’: ‘Laughing and Crying Are the Same Thing’

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Darren Aronofsky Reflects on Audience Reactions to ‘mother!’: ‘Laughing and Crying Are the Same Thing’
mother!” has proven to be the most polarizing movie in recent memory, with most who’ve seen Darren Aronofsky’s latest film either loving or hating it. The writer/director himself appears to have taken this divisiveness in stride, as evidenced by a visit he paid to to the American Film Institute. Aronofsky attended the AFI Conservatory himself, making his conversation a homecoming of sorts.

In response to a question about whether viewers are meant to laugh at the film, Aronofsky said that the Italians didn’t laugh in Venice (where “mother!” premiered) but “the British laughed nonstop.” He then goes on to call his film a comedy of manners in its own way, explaining that people simply react to things differently: “Laughing and crying are the same thing,
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Paramount Responds to Mother! Backlash: ‘Everyone Celebrates Netflix When They Tell a Story No One Wants to Tell’

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Paramount Responds to Mother! Backlash: ‘Everyone Celebrates Netflix When They Tell a Story No One Wants to Tell’
In the words of the prophet Beyoncé, Paramount Pictures ain’t sorry. If Mother!’s mania wasn’t for you, then … maybe there’s a sleepy showing of Tulip Fever you could slip into? The studio is standing behind Darren Aronofsky’s controversial film and its “F” CinemaScore rating. (To be fair, The Emoji Movie has a “B” rating, so maybe take this with a grain of salt.) Paramount’s worldwide president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan released a statement addressing the critics and audiences who were disgusted that the studio would release such a gruesome movie.
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Darren Aronofsky Was Working On A Kids Movie Before ‘mother!’

Darren Aronofsky Was Working On A Kids Movie Before ‘mother!’
For the few moviegoers who braved “mother!,” they’re likely spending the day still unpacking Darren Aronofsky‘s madhouse thriller. No matter what side of the fence you’re sitting on with regards to the film, there’s no doubt that it’s packed with ideas, and unafraid to provoke. However, what might surprise you is that before the writer/director turned his creative attention to a movie about the Biblical creation, toxic masculinity, and god knows what else, he was working on something far tamer.

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Box Office: ‘Mother!’ Crumbles With $7.5 Million, ‘It’ Repeats No. 1

Box Office: ‘Mother!’ Crumbles With $7.5 Million, ‘It’ Repeats No. 1
It” continues to post terrifyingly huge numbers, while “Mother!” opens with a thud.

“It,” from Warner Bros. and New Line, expects to finish its second weekend with $60 million from 4,103 locations. That would make its domestic gross so far $218.7 million — a record for the highest earning September release ever. The old record-holder was 1986’s “Crocodile Dundee” with $174.8 million. Broken down by day this weekend, “It” earned $19.4 million on Friday and $26.2 million on Saturday. Sunday’s take is estimated to be about $14.5 million. 389 Imax screens are expected to account for just over $3 million of the film’s take in North America this weekend.

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Overseas, “It” is pulling in an additional $60.3 million in 56 markets. That raises its international total to $152.6 million and the worldwide tally to $371.3 million.

Based on Stephen King’s novel, “It” opened last weekend with an enormous domestic pull of $123.4 million. The R-rated title, reportedly
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‘mother!’ Gets an F CinemaScore, Which Could Mean Trouble at the Box Office

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‘mother!’ Gets an F CinemaScore, Which Could Mean Trouble at the Box Office
mother!” has accomplished a rare feat: the dreaded “F” CinemaScore. Darren Aronofsky’s new thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem has earned largely positive reviews from critics, but its failing grade suggests that multiplex audiences might not take to its oddity as well — especially given that the film is in nearly 2,400 theaters.

Based in Las Vegas, CinemaScore surveys audiences every weekend to gauge their reactions to new movies and see what effect that might have on box-office returns; ballots have six questions. Other movies to earn the rare distinction are Steven Soderbergh’s “Solaris” remake, Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly,” William Friedkin’s “Bug,” and “I Know Who Killed Me” — so not exactly crowd-pleasers.

Still, it might not be so bad.
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Box Office: ‘It’ Stays Strong as ‘Mother!’ Struggles

Box Office: ‘It’ Stays Strong as ‘Mother!’ Struggles
Horror blockbuster “It” is showing plenty of staying power at the domestic box office, with an estimated $59 million at 4,103 sites in its second weekend.

“It” is dwarfing a pair of newcomers — action-thriller “American Assassin” is heading for a distant second with an opening weekend around $15.5 million at 3,154 locations. The success of “It” was horrifying news for Jennifer Lawrence starrer “Mother!,” which is underperforming forecasts and should take in about $8 million at 2,368 venues.

“It” took in an impressive $19.2 million on Friday while “American Assassin” grossed $5.8 million and “Mother!” grossed $3.1 million. If “It” makes it to $60 million, it will become the 21st movie to top that figure in its second weekend. “Guardians of the Galaxy” posted the top second weekend of 2017 with $65.3 million followed by “Wonder Woman” at $58.5 million.

“It” will become the eighth-highest grosser of 2017 on Saturday, surpassing “Dunkirk” at $184 million, and wind up on Sunday with a sensational 10-day total of at least $215 million.

Based
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‘Mother!’ Cinematographer Used Color, Focus to Create Scary Mood

‘Mother!’ Cinematographer Used Color, Focus to Create Scary Mood
Viewers of “Mother!” may feel unsettled as they watch the movie unfold. In fact, their discomfort may remind them of other films created by the director-cinematographer team of Darren Aronofsky and Matthew Libatique, including “Requiem for a Dream” (2000) and “Black Swan” (2010).

Their sixth feature, set for release by Paramount on Sept. 15, stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple living a private life until unexpected visitors (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive, changing everything in a very disturbing way.

“Most of our conversation leading up to production was about camera language,” says Libatique. As they did for “Swan” and “Pi” (1998), Aronofsky and Libatique filmed on Super 16mm and stylistically restricted compositions to close-ups, over-the-shoulder and point-of-view shots to intimately connect the audience to the narrative. Handheld cameras were used, and framing was informed by each character’s needs.

These strict aesthetics were applied during a three-month rehearsal in Brooklyn, where
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‘mother!’: Inside the Secretive Marketing Designed to Hide Darren Aronofsky’s Controversial Film

‘mother!’: Inside the Secretive Marketing Designed to Hide Darren Aronofsky’s Controversial Film
When Darren Aronofsky introduced “mother!” to a crowd of insiders at the Metrograph in New York, he took pains to explain the movie’s allegory before it started. A week later, after the movie had screened for audiences in Venice and Toronto, he still wasn’t sure if that had been the right decision. “mother!” has been shrouded in secrecy for the better part of the year, with its eerie premise suggesting a visceral horror movie in the vein of “Rosemary’s Baby,” when the truth is something far harder to describe.

Fortunately, nothing Aronofsky could say will actually spoil the experience of watching “mother!”, a bracing visceral experience about a married couple (Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence) and the unexpected visitors who arrive at their remote country home. The movie is an abstract psychological thriller with the most intangible twists since his 1999 debut “Pi,” with virtually every moment designed
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Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Lawrence Talk ‘mother!’ Which Divides Venice

Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Lawrence Talk ‘mother!’ Which Divides Venice
Venice, Italy — Darren Aronofsky on Tuesday surprised the Venice Film Festival press corps who reacted with a mix of cheers and boos to his bold horror tale “mother!” which is centred on a creepy submissive, and explosive, dynamic between Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the title character, and her poet husband called Him, played by Javier Bardem.

The film certainly marks a novelty for the edgy U.S. director who is a Lido aficionado. His “The Wrestler” won the 2008 Golden Lion, “Black Swan” also premiered in Venice, as did “The Fountain.” And Aronofsky headed the festival’s main jury in 2011.

“It was a a strange experience: most of my films take many many years to come to life — ‘Black Swan’ was 10 years, ‘Noah’ was 20 years — and this film happened in five days,” he said.

“It came out of living on this planet and sort of seeing what’s happening around us and not being able to do anything
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Michelle Pfeiffer Harasses Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Mother!’ Clip (Watch)

Michelle Pfeiffer Harasses Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Mother!’ Clip (Watch)
Paramount Pictures has released a new clip from Darren Aronofsky’s enigmatic horror film “Mother!

In it, Michelle Pfeiffer’s creepy character badgers Jennifer Lawrence about motherhood.

“Why don’t you want to have kids?” Pfeiffer asks. “I know what it’s like when you’re just starting out and you think you have all the time in the world. You’re not going to be so young forever. Have kids. Then you’ll be creating something together.”

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Lawrence says nothing but Pfeiffer then asserts, “Oh, you do want them.”

The cryptic film was announced in October of last year and Aronofsky released an alarming teaser poster on Mother’s Day featuring a colorfully illustrated Lawrence holding her heart in her hands.

A previously released teaser revealed little about the plot of the film, besides hinting that Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple
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Jennifer Lawrence Says She Hyperventilated, Dislocated a Rib While Filming ‘Mother!’

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Jennifer Lawrence Says She Hyperventilated, Dislocated a Rib While Filming ‘Mother!’
While the trailer for “Mother!”, which debuted earlier this week,” left a mark on us, filming the Darren Aronofsky movie also left a mark on lead actress Jennifer Lawrence. In an interview with Vogue, the Oscar winner said that filming got so intense on the thriller that she hyperventilated and dislocated a rib. “I ended up getting on oxygen,” she said. “I have oxygen tubes in my nostrils, and Darren’s like, ‘It was out of focus; we’ve got to do it again.’ And I was just like, ‘Go f— yourself.'”
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