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Palm Springs Fest Encourages Awards Season Binge Watching

Palm Springs Fest Encourages Awards Season Binge Watching
Long known for its foreign film riches, the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival has lately adopted a “best of the fests” approach to take advantage of its prime spot on the calendar.

Its annual awards gala gets under way Jan. 2, barely 24 hours after the last Rose Parade float has lumbered down Colorado Boulevard to the west, and a mere three days before Academy Awards nomination voting begins this year. “Lady Bird” star Saoirse Ronan, “Call Me by Your Name” star Timothee Chalamet, “I, Tonya” mom Allison Janney and “Wonder Woman” herself, Gal Gadot, will be saluted at the gala, which draws 2,500 luminaries, stars and their handlers as well as film enthusiasts annually, and underwrites year-long programming for the organization.

Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch will be honored Jan. 3 at a brunch before opening night Jan. 4. The fest concludes Jan. 15, shortly after the nomination voting concludes.

Artistic director Michael Lerman, still finalizing the fest lineup one month out, expects
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Culture Dump #20: 5 Actors who Really want to win an Oscar!

The 90th Academy Awards is just a few months away – and you can tell. The industry has stepped up its game by firing out its best and brightest titles in the hopes of bagging gold – but who’ll come out on top? While Oscar predictions can often be hit and miss, some stars wear their intentions very much on their sleeve when it comes to Academy approval. People like…

Joaquin Phoenix

When actors pick roles the old saying goes: one for them, one for you. Unless you’re Joaquin Phoenix. The Gladiator star seems to have dedicated his entire career to fully immersing himself in characters most likely to land him on the Best Actor shortlist. While he may have only been nominated thrice (Gladiator in 2001, Walk The Line in 2006 and The Master in 2013), you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s happened more, having starred in look-at-me awards fodder Her,
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Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations: ‘Three Billboards’ Dominates, ‘The Post’ Shut Out

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations: ‘Three Billboards’ Dominates, ‘The Post’ Shut Out
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh’s blood-soaked revenge thriller, dominated the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations on Wednesday, picking up a leading four nods. The film was recognized for its ensemble acting, while the performances of stars Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson were all singled out. “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s tender coming-of-age comedy, was close behind with three nods, including nominations for best ensemble, and a best actress and best supporting actress nomination for Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, respectively.

Both of those films have been major forces in this fall’s awards race. However, Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” thought to be a contender, was shut out, with stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks failing to make the cut.

In addition to “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards,” the other films recognized for their ensemble were “The Big Sick,” “Get Out,” and “Mudbound.” “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s monster
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‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Moonlight,’ and ‘The Big Sick’ Top iTunes’ List of the Year’s Highest-Selling Indies

‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Moonlight,’ and ‘The Big Sick’ Top iTunes’ List of the Year’s Highest-Selling Indies
iTunes has released its list of the best-selling independent, documentary, and foreign films of 2017, most of which are unsurprising. “Manchester by the Sea,” “Moonlight,” and “The Big Sick” were watched the most overall, whereas subtitle-inclined users were fans of “Kedi,” “Raw,” and “The Salesman.”

Most of the surprises come on the nonfiction front: “Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the World’s Greatest Secret” takes the top spot, followed by “Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness.” All of them will be featured in a new room called Top Discoveries. Find the full list below.

Read More:‘The Big Sick’ Star Kumail Nanjiani’s New Reason to See ‘Last Jedi’ is a Sweet Story About Director Rian Johnson

Top-Selling Indies

Manchester by the Sea” “Moonlight” “The Big Sick” “Lion” “Gifted” “Wind River” “Jackie” “The Lost City of Z” “Nocturnal Animals” “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

Top-Selling Documentaries in 2017

“Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the
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Catch Up on Films That Leapt from the Black List to the Oscars Stage with a New iTunes Room

Already this week, the 2017 edition of the Black List was released, and two of last year’s selections — “I, Tonya” and “The Post” — became Golden Globe nominees. Completing a trifecta of recent Black List developments, iTunes has curated a page for cinephiles to watch more than 100 films that graduated from the annual list of unproduced gems. Since former development executive Franklin Leonard created the Black List in 2004, more than 325 of its entries have resulted in movies.

Read More:Attention, Female Filmmakers: The Black List and Women In Film Want You For Two Exciting New Labs

Half of the past 20 Best Screenplay Oscars have been presented to writers who first saw their scripts on the list, including Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”), Diablo Cody (“Juno”), and Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”); among the represented Best Picture winners are “Argo,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” and “Spotlight.” These features can all be found in iTunes’ new Black List “room,
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Ccxp Teaser Poster For Venom Officially Unleashed

“We are Venom.”

That’s the official tagline attached to the Ccxp (Comic-Con Experience) teaser poster for Venom, Sony and Ruben Fleischer’s starry spinoff pic that is about to uncover a whole new breed of anti-hero in 2018.

Initially spotted at Brazil’s annual expo early last week, the banner image features a classic rendition of the alien symbiote that first slithered onto the pages of Randy Schueller’s comic in ’88. Now, almost 30 years later, Fleischer and Mad Max star Tom Hardy are about to deliver a hardboiled version of the iconic anti-hero, and we understand filming is already underway across parts of Atlanta and New York.

As a matter of fact, both Hardy and Fleischer have been dropping story clues all this week, after the latter revealed another comic inspiration for Venom‘s narrative arc: Planet of the Symbiotes. First published in ’95, its story will seemingly be fused with that of Lethal Protector,
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‘Storm: A Star Wars Indie’ Trailer: Funny or Die’s Intergalactic Sundance Parody Is Pitch-Perfect

‘Storm: A Star Wars Indie’ Trailer: Funny or Die’s Intergalactic Sundance Parody Is Pitch-Perfect
Disney is expanding the “Star Wars” universe at a quick pace, and Funny Or Die has pitched a bold idea for the next chapter in the space saga. The comedy brand released a spoof trailer for “Storm: A Star Wars Indie” on Dec. 11, and it’s a too-real spin on a low-budget romance, complete with nods to films such as “Blue Valentine” and “Garden State.”

In the trailer, an emotionally floundering Stormtrooper named Ian meets a Rodian named Teedo, and their interspecies romance fills a hole in their lives, but causes drama in a galaxy that doesn’t believe in them. Along the way, they face prevalent indie obstacles such as a parent’s cancer diagnosis and a broken ukulele.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ First Reactions Are Highly Positive: ‘It Will Shatter You — and Then Make You Whole Again’

IndieWire readers will appreciate the trailer’s many easter eggs,
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Veteran Executive Steve Beeks Departing From Lionsgate

Steve Beeks is departing his posts as Lionsgate co-chief operating office and Motion Picture Group co-president at the end of the year.

The 20-year veteran of Lionsgate and its predecessor companies made the announcement Monday. He will transition to a consulting role as he prepares to embark on unspecified entrepreneurial opportunities.

Beeks has headed business and strategic initiatives for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group since being named to the post as co-president in 2012. Erik Feig will remain as president while Brian Goldsmith remains chief operating officer.

During the past five years, Lionsgate’s film slate has grossed nearly $10 billion at the global box office, led by “La La Land,” and the “Hunger Games” franchise. Its most recent title is family drama “Wonder,” which has topped the $100 million mark in less than three weeks.

Beeks also helped orchestrate the recent renewals of theatrical distribution agreements with StudioCanal and CBS Films, and he has overseen the continued growth of [link
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Armie Hammer Apologizes for Comparing Casey Affleck and Nate Parker's Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Armie Hammer Apologizes for Comparing Casey Affleck and Nate Parker's Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Armie Hammer is apologizing for his recent comments criticizing Casey Affleck's 2017 Best Actor Oscar win.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hammer said there was a double standard at play when it comes to how Hollywood deals with its alleged abusers. The Call Me by Your Name star explained what he sees as a disparity in how the Academy treated director Nate Parker -- whose Oscar campaign for 2016's Birth of a Nation went south when a past rape case surfaced -- and Affleck, who was awarded Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea at the 2017 Academy Awards, despite allegations of sexual harassment in his past.

Hammer acknowledges the comparison was "poor" in a statement to People.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to Casey and his family for my recent comments about him in my THR interview," the statement reads. "Without knowing the facts about the civil lawsuits at issue (which I now understand
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The 50 best films of 2017 in the UK: No 10 Manchester by the Sea

As our countdown enters the final stages, Cath Clarke champions a harrowing, beautifully acted film where tragedy has no easy resolution

More of the best culture of 2017

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Hollywood tends to side with Nietzsche on the subject of human suffering. So films end with characters recovering from tragedy, or at the very least achieving some kind of emotional closure, and we all get to go home with the uplifting message that everything in life happens for a reason – even the crappy stuff. But Kenneth Lonergan’s shattering portrait of grief has something different to say. What if some tragedies are impossible to come back from? What happens to the people broken into too many pieces to heal?

So no, Manchester by the Sea doesn’t win the prize for cheeriest film of 2017. But it is definitely in the running for most beautifully acted
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‘I, Tonya’ is a Hit for Neon, While A24 Thrives With ‘The Disaster Artist’ and ‘Lady Bird’

‘I, Tonya’ is a Hit for Neon, While A24 Thrives With ‘The Disaster Artist’ and ‘Lady Bird’
Over the last six weekends, six new specialized releases have opened to a per-theater average of over $60,000. “I, Tonya” is the latest, and comes at a time when seats at prime theaters are at a premium.

Still, it isn’t necessarily a bad weekend to open. Last year, “La La Land” launched to $881,000 in five theaters, a nearly $170,000-per-theater result. But it had far less competition, ecstatic reviews, top stars, and signs of early appeal that propelled it to over $100 million and much more worldwide.

This year has more strong titles; even better, most show early success with wider audiences. “The Disaster Artist” expanded quickly in its second weekend to place #4 overall, while A24 had a second Top 10 hit again with “Lady Bird.” That film, coming off critics’ group wins, is thriving and easily the leader among fall releases so far. In fact, it already is the second-biggest specialized release
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Armie Hammer Apologizes to Casey Affleck for Comparing Him to Birth of a Nation's Nate Parker

Armie Hammer Apologizes to Casey Affleck for Comparing Him to Birth of a Nation's Nate Parker
Armie Hammer is apologizing for using Casey Affleck as an example of an alleged double standard in Hollywood when it comes to sexual misconduct.

The Call Me By Your Name actor, 31, brought up Affleck while giving his take on the controversy surrounding director Nate Parker and how it affected his film Birth of a Nation in an interview with The Hollywood Report.

Hammer, who starred in the movie, said he believed the director got harsher treatment for his sexual misconduct allegations than Affleck, 42, who won a Best Actor Oscar for Manchester By the Sea, despite his own controversies.

In a statement on Friday,
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Armie Hammer Apologizes to Casey Affleck Over ‘Double Standard’ Comment

Armie Hammer Apologizes to Casey Affleck Over ‘Double Standard’ Comment
Armie Hammer has issued an apology to Casey Affleck, after calling out Affleck over what he perceived to be a “double standard” over misconduct in the entertainment industry. Hammer initially made the comment in a Hollywood Reporter story, pointing out that Affleck had been accused of sexually harassing crew members while making the film “I’m Still Here” in 2010, but still managed to take home an Oscar for “Manchester by the Sea” this year, while “Birth of a Nation” director Nate Parker had suffered career repercussions over a prior sexual assault accusation. Also Read: Petition Launched to Boot Casey Affleck From.
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Casey Affleck Discloses $400k Yearly Salary in Divorce Docs

Casey Affleck Discloses $400k Yearly Salary in Divorce Docs
Casey Affleck’s annual income was revealed in new divorce documents.

The Manchester By the Sea Oscar winner rakes in $400,000 a year, according to a filing obtained by People on Thursday.

Affleck has finalized his split from Summer Phoenix. The couple separated in November 2015 after nearly 10 years of marriage and 16 years together. They announced their split publicly last March.

They have two sons, 13-year-old Indiana and nine-year-old Atticus. According to the new filing, Affleck pays Phoenix $4,000 in child support, in addition to paying for the kids’s private school tuition for the next two years.

Related: Inside Ben Affleck’s
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First Venom Movie Poster Revealed

The first poster for Venom has been revealed. The Comic Con Experience in Brazil is currently happening and, though not as well known as San Diego Comic-Con, there's still a lot going on and studios are trying to promote their upcoming releases. Sony is currently filming the Venom movie and used Ccxp as the place to unveil the first poster, and possibly movie logo, for the Spider-Man spin-off.

Fans of the comic book version of Venom, who first appeared in the world of Marvel Comics in 1984, will likely be pretty pleased with this first poster. It features a blood red V, with the titular character's snarling face, sporting his signature, razor-sharp teeth. The larger banner also reveals the tagline, "We are Venom." That likely refers to the fact that Venom is the product of an alien symbiote and the host, who has taken on different identities over the years in the comics.
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‘Howard’s End’ Trailer Reveals Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen in Starz’s Miniseries

My co-workers saved this trailer for me to write up because they knew how on-brand it is for me. Let me count the ways: In Edwardian (check) London (check), two unconventional sisters (check) follow romance (check) and get embroiled in a secret (check) that could undo their happiness. Plus there are horses and beautiful English homes and witty conversations and an amazing cast. I mean who needs to be convinced of this? Howard's End is Kenneth Lonergan's (Manchester by the Sea) adaptation of E.M. Forester's celebrated novel, and stars Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Matthew …
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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Hayley Atwell Searches For Love In Kenneth Lonergan Adaptation

If you’re a serious Anglophile, chances are you’ve already worked your way through all four episodes of “Howards End,” which aired on this fall on BBC One. But if you’re like us, you’re still struggling with a mountain of Things To Watch, and you’re more than happy to have the breathing room and wait for this series to land stateside.

Based on E.M. Forster‘s novel, adapted by Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me,” “Manchester By The Sea“), and directed by BAFTA winner Hettie Macdonald (“White Girl,” “Fortitude“), the story follows two sisters as they search for love and meaning while navigating an ever-changing world.

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Howards End Trailer: Hayley Atwell Unearths a Secret in Starz Miniseries — Plus: Find Out When It'll Premiere

Howards End Trailer: Hayley Atwell Unearths a Secret in Starz Miniseries — Plus: Find Out When It'll Premiere
Even though Agent Carter’s no longer on the case, Hayley Atwell is still getting to the bottom of things.

Take the newly released trailer for Starz’s adaptation of Howards End, E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel about three families in turn-of-the-century England. Marvel’s Agent Carter alum Atwell plays Margaret Schlegel, an intelligent and independent sort who lives with her sister Helen (played by The Catch‘s Philippa Coulthard) and brother Tibby (Black Mirror‘s Alex Lawther) and who — among other intrigues — becomes involved in drama surrounding the widowed Henry Wilcox (Ripper Street‘s Matthew Macfadyen).

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Courtney B. Vance cast alongside Julia Roberts in Ben is Back

Emmy Award winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story) has signed on to star in Ben is Back, the new film from Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Dan In Real Life).

Vance joins the previously announced Julia Roberts (Wonder), Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea) and Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird) in the project, which has just started shooting in New York City.

The film will follow “the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall.”

Vance, who will soon be seen in the TV movie Civil
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Courtney B. Vance Joins Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges in ‘Ben Is Back’

Courtney B. Vance Joins Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges in ‘Ben Is Back’
Courtney B. Vance has joined Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, and Kathryn Newton in the film “Ben Is Back,” which begins shooting Tuesday in New York.

Roberts and Hedges are starring as mother and son in the family drama, to be directed by Hedges’ real-life father, Peter Hedges.

Lucas Hedges, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in “Manchester by the Sea,” will portray a charming yet troubled man who returns home to his unsuspecting family on Christmas Eve. His wary mother welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns that he is still very much in harm’s way.

Color Force and Black Bear Pictures are producing alongside the elder Hedges, with 30West and Black Bear fully financing the project. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for the movie, will represent U.S. rights.

Vance will play the husband to Roberts’ character and stepfather to Lucas Hedges’ character. His philosophy
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