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Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations

Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations
The film academy’s best fit is “The Shape of Water.” Guillermo del Toro’s whimsical period romance about a custodial worker and fish-man hybrid who fall in love stacked 13 Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, more than any other film this year. Those nods included Best Picture, Best Director for Del Toro, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, and Best Supporting actor and actress for Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer, respectively. It also landed a healthy mix of below-the-line categories like Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Sound Mixing. Also Read: Oscars Nominate First Female Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison for 'Mudbound' Trailing behind was Christopher...
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Huge Deal! Neon Teams With Russo Bros-Led Agbo In $10M+ Deal For ‘Assassination Nation:’ Sundance

Huge Deal! Neon Teams With Russo Bros-Led Agbo In $10M+ Deal For ‘Assassination Nation:’ Sundance
Exclusive Update: Neon indeed landed Assassination Nation, but they have a partner in what is the first 8-figure deal of the Sundance Film Festival. Neon acquired the picture with Agbo for north of $10 million for worldwide rights, and a wide release commitment. Agbo is the new progressive production company launched by Joe and Anthony Russo. 30West arranged the deal on behalf of Neon and Agbo, and Endeavor repped the film in the deal. Will tell you more after the Oscar…
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Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs

Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs
While a number of Oscar hopefuls are cheering after their names were read during Tuesday morning's nominations announcement, other individuals and films considered to be contenders found themselves out in the cold.

Wonder Woman was completely shut out by the Academy, even in the technical categories, despite being one of the highest-grossing films of the year and receiving acclaim from a number of critics groups and awards organizations. Also shut out despite receiving early-season awards attention and Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Critics' Choice nominations was Battle of the Sexes, about the historic tennis match between Billie Jean King and...
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Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director

Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director
Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman ever nominated for a best director Oscar on Tuesday morning.

The Lady Bird helmer was the only woman nominated in the otherwise all-male field made up of Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Jordan Peele (Get Out).

Gerwig's nomination comes after she landed a Directors Guild nomination and a best director nomination from the Critics' Choice Awards for her feature directorial debut. The National Board of Review and National Society of Film Critics also named her best director for her work on the film.

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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105

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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105
Actress Connie Sawyer passed away at age 105 over the weekend, multiple outlets report. She was the oldest working member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy.

Among Sawyer’s many roles are as James Franco’s godmother in “Pineapple Express” and as a member of one of the couples interviewed in the documentary portion of “When Harry Met Sally…

She died peacefully in Woodland Hills, California, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House, a community for retired entertainers. A representative for Sawyer did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie

John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie
John Cena is in talks to star in Paramount’s “Duke Nukem” movie, a big-screen version of the long-running video game franchise.

The project is set up at Paramount-based Platinum Dunes, which is operated by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller. No director or writer is attached yet.

Duke Nukem first appeared in the 1991 eponymous video game, developed by Apogee Software, as a muscular cigar-chomping man who always wears Ray-Bans and sports a flat-top haircut as he fights aliens to save planet Earth by using enormous physical strength and his expertise in firearms. He’s appeared in 19 video games as the title character, most recently in “Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour.”

Platinum Dunes franchises include “The Purge,” “Ouija,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” It’s a producer on John Krasinski’s horror movie “A Quiet Place,” opening April 6.

Cena made his name as a WWE star before starting another career as a movie actor more than
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Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee

Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee
After 90 long years, another glass ceiling has finally been broken at the Motion Picture Academy.

“Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history Tuesday by becoming the first female director of photography to receive an Oscar nomination. The recognition comes on the heels of a similar milestone with the American Society of Cinematographers, which nominated Morrison’s “Mudbound” work earlier this month.

“I’m glad that people are recognizing the craft of it and not making decisions based on tokenism; Rachel’s work is on the screen,” “Mudbound” director Dee Rees said on a recent episode of Variety‘s “Playback” podcast. “Go to Sandi Sissel, go to Ellen Kuras, go to Rachel Morrison — women have been making interesting images for a long time.”

Morrison won the New York Film Critics Circle’s cinematography prize in December. She was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award along with recognition from the Chicago and North Carolina film critics organizations.

“Mudbound” was also
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#MeToo: Steven Soderbergh Says “Diversity Wins In All Of These Situations”

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are far from over, and while there hasn’t been a full blown backlash yet, there are some absurdly worried opinions being tossed around. There are those who think that women being asked not be treated like objects and humiliated will lead to a work environment where dudes can’t just like, be chill and relax, and casually flirt. C’mon, it’s totally harmless! It’s a compliment! (Sarcasm, obviously). Of course, level heads realize that kind of environment is exactly what opens up boundaries being crossed to that the extent these movements are necessary today.

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Sundance 2018: #MeToo and Time’s Up Conversations Dominate, But the Real Work Is Just Beginning

Sundance 2018: #MeToo and Time’s Up Conversations Dominate, But the Real Work Is Just Beginning
Call it a reckoning. Starting with the onslaught of sexual assault and harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood has been rocked by revelations that extend to all corners of the entertainment complex, including the annual Sundance Film Festival. At this year’s event, the growing #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are top of mind. But what’s next?

“These last few months have definitely been seismic, I think we can all agree on that,” Sundance Executive director Keri Putnam said in her opening remarks at Monday’s annual Women at Sundance brunch. “The brave victims who came forward have launched a movement that I think we can all agree has sparked a lot of conversations, a lot of activism, and a lot of contemplation.”

Read More:Oscars 2018: The Impact of #Metoo and Sexual Misconduct Allegations on the Awards Race

Putnam then referred directly to the Weinstein allegations, which “opened
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‘Baskets’ Review: Season 3’s Family Rodeo Is a Worthy Investment in Hilarity and Healing

‘Baskets’ Review: Season 3’s Family Rodeo Is a Worthy Investment in Hilarity and Healing
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the third season of “Baskets,” which feels even more sure-footed in its playful pathos than ever before. For its first act, the Baskets family empire will put on a circus-rodeo, which matriarch Christine (Louie Anderson) purchased, to be run by son Dale (Zach Galifianakis) with his twin Chip (also Galifianakis) as the star clown. The series went to some dark places to reach this point, and putting on the show will be the next step in the evolution of this damaged yet lovably tenacious family.

The first episode back in particular feels like the natural extension of Season 2’s themes, especially with Christine. Her boyfriend Ken (Alex Morris) is still in the picture via FaceTime and as supportive as ever, and her optimism and confidence are at an all-time high. But true to form, there are shadows lurking beneath the laughs that are
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The Academy Likes Paul Thomas Anderson and ‘Phantom Thread’ Even More Than We Realized

The Academy Likes Paul Thomas Anderson and ‘Phantom Thread’ Even More Than We Realized
Oscar nominations are read so quickly that it takes most observers a few beats to fully understand what they’ve just heard: only once you’ve absorbed who’s in, does it hit you who’s out. So it was when Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis announced Paul Thomas Anderson’s bolt-from-the-blue best director nomination for “Phantom Thread.” The gradual realization that he’d made it in ahead of Martin McDonagh — a presumed sure thing for helming Globes and SAG champ “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” — made Anderson’s nod the biggest twist in a morning of many.

As it turned out, Anderson’s exquisitely crafted, psychologically intense period romance was the surprise package of this year’s nominees, scoring six nominations, including one for best picture. Awards pundits had widely predicted its nominations for composer Jonny Greenwood, costume designer Mark Bridges and, of course, Daniel Day-Lewis, for what the three-time best actor winner claims is his
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MoviePass CEO Explains Company’s Plans for Acquisitions, Disses Netflix, and More

Last Friday, the monthly theatrical subscription service MoviePass shook things up by announcing that it’s launched MoviePass Ventures, a subsidiary of the main company that will be teaming with other companies to co-acquire the distribution rights for independent films. And at the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend, the company’s CEO gave everyone a peek into his psyche by […]

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‘Mudbound’s Mary J. Blige Reflects On Pair Of Oscar Nominations & #MeToo Era: “Progress Is Happening”

‘Mudbound’s Mary J. Blige Reflects On Pair Of Oscar Nominations & #MeToo Era: “Progress Is Happening”
“I didn't anticipate any of this,” Mudbound‘s Mary J. Blige told Deadline this morning, regarding her pair of Oscar nominations for the Netflix film. “I just knew I was part of a very powerful, important film, and I was happy to be a part of it.” In Dee Rees’ drama—based on a novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan—the famed singer-songwriter plays Florence Jackson, the matriarch of a poor sharecropping family who sees her son Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) return home after…
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Luca Guadagnino Reveals Setting For ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel

If you thought you were enraptured by the world of “Call My By Your Name,” you’ve got nothing on director Luca Guadagnino. The filmmaker, who saw his universally adored romance score four Oscar nominations this morning, spent much of the awards season talking up sequel possibilities. In fact, he’s tossed out the idea of making as many as five, pointing to Michael Apted’s “Up” series and Francois] Truffaut‘s Antoine Doinel movies as inspirations.

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Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Races Toward $20 Million Opening

Fox’s launch of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is poised to end the three-week box office reign of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with about $20 million at about 3,800 North American locations.

The action thriller has already opened impressively in four markets overseas, starting with South Korea, Australia, and Taiwan taking in $15 million during its first weekend. The movie’s original release date was delayed for nearly a year in order to allow star Dylan O’Brien to recover from injuries sustained during shooting.

O’Brien stars in the dystopian trilogy as Thomas. The 2014 original opened with $32.5 million and grossed $102 million in U.S. receipts, and 2015 follow-up “The Scorch Trials” opened with $30 million and tallied $82 million in domestic box office. Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster also star. Wes Ball directed all three films.

The finale sees a group of escapees attempting to break into the legendary Last City in order to save their friends. Most international
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Best And Worst Of The 2018 Oscar Nominations

The biggest takeaway from this year’s Oscar nominations was a trend that began since the Academy began to diversify and expand its membership even before the #OscarsSoWhite controversy a few years ago. More films with cinephile and diverse subject matter are making the cut. There will always be room for a “Dunkirk,” “Darkest Hour” or “The Post” to get in, but that’s based on their prestige credentials more than anything else.

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‘You Were Never Really Here’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix Is Chilling in This Brutal Thriller [Sundance]

‘You Were Never Really Here’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix Is Chilling in This Brutal Thriller [Sundance]
Revenge thrillers are usually a dime a dozen. A bad guy messes with the wrong guy at the wrong time in the wrong way, and all hell breaks loose. These kind of movies seem to have gotten even more redundant ever since Taken became a hit and revitalized this subgenre of action films, but thankfully there are […]

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“Jane Usually Knew Exactly Where I Was”: Dp Sam Painter on Jane Fonda in Five Acts

The past four months have seen the premieres of two documentaries shot by Sam Painter and directed by Susan Lacy. The creator of American Masters and the winner of 14 Emmy Awards, Lacy released Spielberg on HBO last October. This month she arrives at Sundance to debut Jane Fonda in Five Acts, her doc on the legendary actor, activist and feminist. Below, Painter discusses how he sought to photograph this “amazingly colorful, political, philanthropic and influential life.” Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your […]
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Oscars: National Hispanic Media Coalition Plans Protests Over “Chronic Under-Representation”

The National Hispanic Media Coalition said today that it will hold two demonstrations targeting the Academy Awards to protest "the chronic under-representation of Latinos in on-screen and behind-the-camera roles in motion pictures." None of this year’s acting nominees is Latino, but Mexico-born Guillermo del Toro is nominated for Best Director and Original Screenplay for The Shape of Water, which leads the field with 13 nominations. The Nhmc said that it will hold the…
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Hollywood Scandals Cost Netflix Millions In Delayed Or Canceled Projects

Hollywood is celebrating the today with the Oscar nominations honoring the year in movies, but the industry can’t forget the hard work that still needs to be done. In addition to be being a great twelve months for cinema, 2017 was also defined by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements which saw many prominent figures face allegations of sexual harassment and assault from victims who finally felt empowered to speak out. It lead to dashed careers, canceled projects, and in the case of Netflix, millions of dollars lost.

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