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Boss Baby Oscar Nomination Ignites a Firestorm Across Twitter

Boss Baby Oscar Nomination Ignites a Firestorm Across Twitter
There's always one Oscar nomination in the bunch that truly baffles and mystifies the movie masses. And this year it's definitely The Boss Baby. Released last spring, the movie was a hit with family audiences, opening number 1 at the box office to the tune of $50.1 million dollars, and it has since gone onto earn $175 million domestically while taking in a worldwide gross of $498.9 million, ensuring that a sequel is on the way. That said, the movie is certified rotten on Rotten Tomatoes with 52% and the audience rating the movie felt exactly the same way about it, queasy to their stomachs. Sure it made money, but dang, a lot of people hate The Boss Baby.

The movie stars the voice of Alec Baldwin as a baby genius, though he's basically doing his Trump impression. The story follows the older brother of this fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby, who embarks on a mission to
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Oscars tragically snub ‘Coco’ for Best Picture nomination: Why do they hate animated films so much?

Oscars tragically snub ‘Coco’ for Best Picture nomination: Why do they hate animated films so much?
The Oscars have been around for a whopping 90 years now, and in that time only three animated films have been nominated for Best Picture: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Up” (2009) and “Toy Story 3” (2010). That means such beloved movies as “The Lion King” (1994), “The Iron Giant” (1999) and “Spirited Away” (2001) were all snubbed for the coveted Best Picture prize. Now that the 2018 Oscar nominations have been announced, we can add another unfortunate soul to that list: Disney-Pixar’s “Coco.” Why do the Oscars hate animated films so much?

Okay, “hate” might be a strong word. But “obvious distaste” is certainly appropriate. Animated movies are rarely considered by Oscar voters to be worthy of the title of Best Picture, despite these films being huge money-makers for Hollywood. In fact, based on 2017 domestic box office tallies, “Despicable Me 3,” “Coco,” “The Lego Batman Movie,” “The Boss Baby” and “Cars 3” all numbered
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Mpse Golden Reel nominations: ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Shape of Water’ have 3 each

Mpse Golden Reel nominations: ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Shape of Water’ have 3 each
All five of our predicted Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing number among the contenders for the Golden Reel Awards bestowed by the Motion Picture Sound Editors. Oscar frontrunner “Dunkirk” reaped three bids across the seven film categories as did three of its Oscar rivals: “Baby Driver,” “Blade Runner 2049” and “The Shape of Water.” The fifth Oscar hopeful — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — reaped one bid.

The 65th annual edition of these awards will take place on Feb. 18 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Sound wiz John P. Fasal will be feted for his lifetime of achievement and Kathryn Bigelow is to receive the Filmmaker Award.

Last year, “Arrival” was shut out of its three races at the Mpse awards but got its revenge on “Hacksaw Ridge,” which had won two of those three awards, at the Oscars. One of those wins for the WWII drama was
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Four Oscar Contenders Lead Golden Reel Sound Editing Nominations

Four Oscar Contenders Lead Golden Reel Sound Editing Nominations
“Baby Driver,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Dunkirk,” and “The Shape of Water” each received three Mpse sound editing nominations (Dialogue/Adr, Effects/Foley, and Music Score) in the race for the 65th Golden Reel Awards (held February 18th at the Westin Bonaventure).

Right behind with two nominations were “War for the Planet of the Apes” (Dialogue /Adr, Effects/Foley) and Pixar’s “Coco” (Animation, Musical).

Receiving single nominations were “Darkest Hour” (Dialogue /Adr), “Detroit” (Dialogue/Adr), “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (Music Score), “Logan” (Effects/Foley), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Effects/Foley), “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri (Dialogue/Adr), “The Lost City of Z” (Music Score), “Thor: Ragnarok” (Effects/Foley), “Transformers: The Last Knight” (Music Score), “Wonder Woman” (Music Score).

Other Musical nominations went to Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Greatest Showman.” Competing with “Coco” in animation were Pixar’s “Cars 3,” Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3,
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'Coco' storms UK box office on £5.1m debut

Disney Pixar feature in strong debut.

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Coco

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week 1 Coco (Disney) £3.34m £5.2m 1 2 Darkest Hour (Universal) £3.27m £10.16m 2 3 The Post £2.15m £2.15m 1 4 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £2.1m £16.83m 4 5 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Sony) £1.8m £32.4m 5

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A competitive weekend at the UK box office saw Disney Pixar’s latest animation Coco land in first place. The film started its run with a Fri-Sun total of £3.34m, adding to £1.88m in previews for a non-final official debut of £5.2m.

That’s a middle-of-the-pack opening for a Pixar release, landing it between Brave, which opened to £5.27m in 2012, and the original Toy Story, which debuted with £4.59m in 1996. Those films ended on £22.16m and £22.49m respectively, so that’s a reasonable benchmark for Coco to aim for.

In terms of more recent Pixar releases, Coco is ahead of
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'Coco' storms UK box office with £5.1m debut

Disney Pixar feature makes strong opening.

Source: Disney

Coco

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week 1 Coco (Disney) £3.34m £5.2m 1 2 Darkest Hour (Universal) £3.27m £10.16m 2 3 The Post £2.15m £2.15m 1 4 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £2.1m £16.83m 4 5 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Sony) £1.8m £32.4m 5

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.39

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A competitive weekend at the UK box office saw Disney Pixar’s latest animation Coco land in first place. The film started its run with a Fri-Sun total of £3.34m, adding to £1.88m in previews for a non-final official debut of £5.2m.

That’s a middle-of-the-pack opening for a Pixar release, landing it between Brave, which opened to £5.27m in 2012, and the original Toy Story, which debuted with £4.59m in 1996. Those films ended on £22.16m and £22.49m respectively, so that’s a reasonable benchmark for Coco to aim for.

In terms of more recent Pixar releases, Coco is ahead of
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Weekend Box Office: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Conquers Over New Releases Again

Despite a moderate amount of competition from 12 Strong and Den of Thieves, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will once again land at the top of the box office this weekend according to numerous estimates. Jake Kasdan's adventure-comedy has now not only been at number one for three frames - four, if you count the four-day total for New Year's Day - it's also overtaken Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, and Despicable Me 3 to become the seventh highest-grossing movie of 2017. [caption id="attachment_669844" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Bros./caption] To be completely …
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‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Feature

‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Feature
Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama “The Shape of Water” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as top feature film for del Toro and J. Miles Dale.

A pair of first-season series — “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — and “Black Mirror” took the top TV awards in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Shape of Water” topped “The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” “Molly’s Game,” “The Post,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Wonder Woman.”

Del Toro was not in attendance due to his having gone to Mexico to be with his sick father and “The Shape of Water” star Richard Jenkins read a statement from del Toro: “I would like to ask of you all to allow me then to dedicate a little moment and the honors of this night to both my father and my
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2018 PGA Awards winners: Full list of Producers Guild winners in all 12 categories for film and TV

The 2018 Producers Guild Awards were presented on Saturday night, January 20. These are the 29th annual kudos celebrating the best producers in film and television. Historically they have been known as an especially strong predictor of the Oscars, with 19 out of the 28 previous PGA winners going on to claim Best Picture from the motion picture academy, which is a 68% rate of agreement between the two industry organizations. Scroll down for the complete list of winners in all 12 categories.

The Producers Guild has had an even stronger track record forecasting the Oscars in recent years. Eight of the last 10 PGA champs have matched the Oscar choice (80%), and since 2010 both the motion picture academy and the PGA have used a preferential ballot to determine the winners. That unique voting method prioritizes consensus choices over passionate picks. That makes the PGA Awards the first industry event where we get to see what Hollywood can
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2018 PGA Awards: All the nominees in the 3 film and 9 TV categories for Producers Guild of America prizes

The Producers Guild of America hands out its awards on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. That is the night before the Screen Actors Guild does the same. Unlike, the latter, which will air on TNT and TBS, the PGA ceremony is not televised. However, it is an equally 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 19 of the most recent 28 Best Picture champs. Last year, all nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture numbered among the 10 PGA contenders; only “Deadpool” was snubbed by the academy. The PGA prize went to “La La Land” while the Oscar was (eventually) won by “Moonlight.”

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Nominees for the 29th annual edition of the PGA awards in the three film
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2018 Producers Guild Awards: Complete odds in 8 film & TV categories include ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ …

The Producers Guild Awards have been one of the most closely watched races in the run-up to Oscars because they have presaged the academy’s choice for Best Picture eight times in the last 10 years. However, the two times they disagreed were the last two years in a row, despite the fact that the PGA uses the same preferential ballot that decides the Oscars. Are they still a reliable bellwether? Scroll down for our complete predictions in eight categories for film as well as TV. The nominees are ranked in order of their racetrack odds, with the projected winners highlighted in gold.

There are 11 nominees for Best Picture at this event, and chances are good most of the eventual Oscar nominees for Best Picture — if not all of them — are on the PGA’s list. We’re currently predicting a victory for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” but this is
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Donna Langley on Universal Success and the ‘Fate of the Movie Gods’

Donna Langley on Universal Success and the ‘Fate of the Movie Gods’
Universal keeps outdoing itself under Donna Langley’s watch.

Last year was its most profitable yet, boasting tentpole successes including “Despicable Me 3” and “The Fate of the Furious,” as well as such breakout hits as “Get Out” and “Girls Trip.” Its first quarter was its best ever, setting the momentum for the rest of 2017. All told, the studio crossed $5 billion worldwide at the box office, its second time ever, during a year in which box office was down industry wide.

Fittingly enough the Producers Guild of America will honor Langley, Universal’s chair since 2013, with its Milestone Award at its Jan. 20 ceremony.

“Donna Langley is essentially the epitome of a 21st century studio executive,” Producers Guild awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said when announcing the honor, the PGA’s highest accolade. “Not only has she built Universal into a powerhouse through her stewardship of tentpole event films, she’s built
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It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar

It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar
The two VFX Oscar frontrunners, “Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” are in a war of their own for the 16th Ves Awards (to be held at the Beverly Hilton on February 13th). Each grabbed seven nominations, edging out “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”and upstart “Kong: Skull Island” (with five and four nominations, respectively). All four were nominated for the top prize along with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Among the snubs were “The Shape of Water,” “Okja,” “Alien: Covenant,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which all made the Academy’s VFX bake-off shortlist.

However, making the cut in the Ves supporting category were “Dunkirk,” “Darkest Hour,” “Downsizing,” “Mother,” and “Only the Brave.”

For animation, Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” nabbed five nominations, while Pixar’s frontrunning “Coco” collected four. They will compete for Outstanding Animated Feature
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Top Visual Effects Society Nominations

The Visual Effects Society has announced its nominations for the 16th Annual Ves Awards, and Blade Runner 2049 and War for the Planet of the Apes unsurprisingly came out on top. The two films scored seven nominations each, Despicable Me 3 for some reason topped the animated feature nominees with five, and Game of Thrones leads the TV field with 11 nominations overall. The nominees for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature are Blade Runner 2049, War for the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi while …
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‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Lead Visual Effects Nominations

‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Lead Visual Effects Nominations
Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” led all films in nominations for the Visual Effects Society’s 16th Annual Ves Awards, with “Game of Thrones” topping all TV programs and landing the most nominations overall. “Blade Runner” and “Planet of the Apes” each scored seven nominations, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars Best Visual Effects category. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” were also nominated in that category. “Game of Thrones” received 11 nominations. “Despicable Me 3”...
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'Game Of Thrones', 'Blade Runner 2049', 'War For The Planet Of The Apes' lead Ves effects nominees

'Game Of Thrones', 'Blade Runner 2049', 'War For The Planet Of The Apes' lead Ves effects nominees
Despicable Me 3 is lead animation feature contender.

Blade Runner 2049 and War For The Planet Of The Apes earned seven feature nominations apiece from the Visual Effects Society (Ves) on Tuesday (January 16), while Game Of Thrones picked up the most individual nods as the leading TV contender on 11.

Nominees for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature for the 16th annual Ves Awards are Blade Runner 2049, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and War For The Planet Of The Apes.

Game Of Thrones takes its place on the list of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode for the episode Beyond The Wall, alongside Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Orientation Part 1; Legion: Chapter 1; Star Trek Discovery: The Vulcan Hello; and Stranger Things 2: The Gate.

Despicable Me 3 leads the animation feature contest with five nods and will vie for the Outstanding Visual Effects
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations
Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” led the nominations for the Visual Effects Society on Tuesday with seven apiece. “Despicable Me 3” topped animated contenders, while “Game of Thrones” was the overall nominations leader with 11.

The nominees in the group’s top film category of outstanding visual effects in a photoreal feature were “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

All five films competed in the motion picture Academy’s visual effects bake-off on Jan. 6. The other movies in contention are “Alien: Covenant,” “Dunkirk,” “Okja,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” Of those, only “Dunkirk” received a Ves nomination, for supporting visual effects.

The top television nominees were “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Game of Thrones,” “Legion,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” and “Stranger Things.”

Last year’s
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations
Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” led the nominations for the Visual Effects Society on Tuesday with seven apiece. “Despicable Me 3” topped animated contenders, while “Game of Thrones” was the overall nominations leader with 11.

The nominees in the group’s top film category of outstanding visual effects in a photoreal feature were “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

All five films competed in the motion picture Academy’s visual effects bake-off on Jan. 6. The other movies in contention are “Alien: Covenant,” “Dunkirk,” “Okja,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” Of those, only “Dunkirk” received a Ves nomination, for supporting visual effects.

The top television nominees were “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Game of Thrones,” “Legion,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” and “Stranger Things.”

Last year’s
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Ves Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Are Top Film Contenders

Ves Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Are Top Film Contenders
Announcing the nominees for their 16th annual Ves Awards, the Visual Effects Society brought welcome news for Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” and Matt Reeves’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” each up for seven statuettes. “Despicable Me 3” is the most-nominated animated film of the year (5), while the most-honored title overall is “Game of Thrones” (11).

The 21-year-old organization consists of 3,400-plus members in 35 nations. Each year, it recognizes visual effects innovators in film, animation, television, commercials, and video games.

In 2017, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” remake claimed five Ves trophies, more than any other feature (nominations leader “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was shutout). It’s director-producer, Jon Favreau, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Weta Digital director and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri will accept the Georges Méliès Award, named for the late French illusionist and filmmaker. Letteri is also a nominee
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‘Our Time Will Come’ Wins Hong Kong Critics Prize

‘Our Time Will Come’ Wins Hong Kong Critics Prize
Ann Hui’s “Our Time Will Come” was named as the best local film of 2017 by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. The film charts the resistance efforts of indigenous Leftist guerrillas during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong between 1941 and 1944.

The critics association announced that Sylvia Chang is to receive the prize as best director, for “Love Education.” The film premiered as the closing night movie at the Busan film festival.

God of War,” a war epic directed by Gordon Chan, was named the winner in two categories. It won for best screenplay and for best actor (Japan’s Yasuaki Kurata). Stephy Tang won the best actress award for “The Empty Hands,” a martial arts drama.

Our Time Will Come” was produced with the backing of mainland Chinese firm Bona Film Group and was considered sufficiently politically correct to be selected as the opening title for the Shanghai International Film Festival in June last year. However
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