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Oprah Winfrey Is Your 2018 Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner

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It was curious to many that the HFPA’s annual lifetime achievement honor, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, was not announced by the time the 75th Golden Globes nominations were revealed on Monday.  We may never find out why there was a delay, but for NBC it was worth the wait.  Tonight, the HFPA announced the Oprah Winfrey will receive the award during the Globes’ Jan. 7 telecast.

Best and Worst of the 2018 Golden Globes Nominations

In a statement, HFPA president Meher Tatna noted, ” “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to announce Oprah Winfrey as the recipient of the 2018 Cecil B.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Movie Mashup 2017: Look Back At The Year In Film

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“We all float down here,” says the voice of little Georgie from this year’s acclaimed reimagining of Stephen King’s “It” as the camera swims through the underwater world of “The Shape of Water.” It’s clever edit of audio and video that remind us what a year it has been at the movies.

Created by Sleepy Skunk, this mashup leads through many memorable moments, from Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown to  Frances McDormand’s effortlessly barbed line delivery in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” If razzle dazzle is more your speed, there’s plenty of gunfire and racing cars to catch your eye

This movie trailer mashup is a celebration of the images we saw even before our own, full on cinematic experience for these films.

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- Julia Teti

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Jodie Foster & Rosemarie DeWitt Talk ‘Black Mirror’ Episode ‘Arkangel’

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Netflix anthology series “Black Mirror” has challenged audiences to take a new look at the world around them, and the intriguing Jodie Foster directed, season four episode “Arkangel” is no different. Foster and episode star Rosemarie DeWitt appeared as part of the TimesTalks series to discuss the show and much more.

Neither DeWitt or Foster were familiar with”Black Mirror” before signing on to work on the project, but Foster specifically pointed to her affinity for the short story form.

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- Martine Olivier

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Originally Planned For A “Ridiculous Amount Of Sets”

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While Rian Johnson is likely rightly celebrating the outpouring of praise for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,“ let’s not forget what a monumental leap he took. Before landing in a galaxy far, far away the director largely made small, more hand-crafted films like “Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom,” and “Looper.” The latter saw him expand his palette a bit, but even for a sci-fi picture, it was fairly down ‘n dirty.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Snubs And Surprises Of The 2018 SAG Awards Nominees

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The actor’s have had their say in the year-end awards game and as always they both enlighten and muddle the Oscar race. The SAG Awards are certainly an important indicator for how the Academy’s acting branch might vote (as well as The Television Academy’s when it comes to Emmy), but some years more than others. It will be weeks and months until we see where this year’s crop of nominees land.

2018 SAG Awards nominees [Complete List]

For all the shock over Meryl Streep’s snub (more on that later) there were many nominations that simply were not a surprise.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Mad To Be Normal’ Trailer: David Tennant & Elisabeth Moss Trip Out

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This weekend on Netflix, Errol Morris‘ “Wormwood“ will unspool a pretty crazy true story that’s set against the backdrop of the United States’ MKUltra program. The secret operation saw the government, conduct secret experiments involving LSD, among other things. The potential of the drug was still being explored at that time, and across the pond, one doctor was also seeing how it could be used to help his patients.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Clapper’ Trailer: Ed Helms & Amanda Seyfried Fall In Love

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Over a decade ago, Dito Montiel made a well received indie movie, “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,” but ever since has largely been failing upwards. A string of movies have followed, that find him working with decent names (Dwayne Johnson, Shia Labeouf, Kate Mara, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Juliette Binoche) but all them have failed critically or commercially or both (“The Son Of No One,” “Empire State,” “Boulevard,” “Man Down“).

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Salma Hayek Talks Working With “Monster” Harvey Weinstein On ‘Frida’

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The creative battle between Harvey Weinstein and filmmakers behind “Frida” — including director Julie Taymor and uncredited screenwriter Edward Norton — is fairly well known. However, the full extent of the disgraced producer’s behavior has not been known until now. Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and assault was kept under wraps for decades, thanks to a well-oiled settlement machine around him. However, Salma Hayek signed no such paperwork, and she’s adding her voice to the chorus of those sharing their heartbreaking stories about their encounters with Weinstein.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Best Scores & Soundtracks Of 2017

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Even before filmmakers were even able to record and sync sound, movies and music have been tied together. Back then, music was played on a piano or an organ. Now, some of the world’s greatest composers write scores that can stand as works of art separate to the films they accompany, while often doing so much to make those works memorable. Or filmmakers curate killer compilations of songs familiar and new that can lead to some of movies’ most memorable moments (and an overlooked song being revived).

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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HBO Defends Golden Globes Limited Series Nomination For ‘Big Little Lies’

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Controversy! This week, the Golden Globes nominated “Big Little Lies” in the category of Limited Series, and eyebrows were raised. It was only days before that HBO announced the show would be getting a second season, with Andrea Arnold directing. Some accused the network of submitted the show to the Golden Globes as a limited series, knowing full well they were planning more episodes. However, HBO is fighting back.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Memento,’ ‘Superman’ & More

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It’s the time of year when you’ll spending plenty of time on the couch, in loose pants, contemplating more leftovers. ‘Tis the season for binge-watching, but you may not be in the mood to stare dead-eyed at Netflix, and be yearning for some different programming flavors. Well, you might want to bookmark this list.

The National Film Preservation Board has revealed their annual selection of movie that will be added to the National Film Registry.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Alex Garland Shares His “Disappointment” Over Netflix Release Of ‘Annihilation’

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Annihilation” is coming….at least for those of us in the U.S., Canada and China. The new movie from “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland will hit the big screen in those countries, but everyone else, it’s debuting on Netflix seventeen days after it opens. Part of the reason behind the unique deal struck by Paramount and the streaming service is due to a fight between producers over the cut of the movie.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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George Lucas Says ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Was “Beautifully Made”

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Ever since selling Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas has mostly stayed out of the limelight. “Star Wars,” the franchise that was his baby for decades, is now out of his hands, and the filmmaker has largely been selective out the words he’s chosen when talking about the new movies.

“I think the fans are going to love it. It’s very much the kind of movie they’ve been looking for,” Lucas said diplomatically about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” shortly before it opened.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Leads SAG Award Nominees

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The long road to the Oscars is drawing closer to its destination, and it moves a few miles up the map today with the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” led the way, with the film earning four nods, including Best Female Actor (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Male Actor (Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell) and Outstanding Performance By A Cast.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Annihilation’ Trailer: The Laws Of Nature Are Turned Upside Down

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Whenever a movie comes out that is based on a book, it invites (or necessitates) comparison to its source material. That is, did the transfer in medium result in some falling off? In some ways, the person best-equipped to answer that very question is the author of the book, itself. And so, it’s probably pretty damn significant that Jeff VanderMeer, the author of the 2014 novel “Annihilation,” says this about the upcoming movie of the same name: “I can tell you it’s mind-blowing, surreal, extremely beautiful, extremely horrific, and it was so tense that our bodies felt sore and beat-up afterwards.” That sounds like high praise to me.

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- Reese Conner

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‘The 15:17 To Paris’ Trailer: Clint Eastwood Lauds Real Life Heroes

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Clint Eastwood’s thirty eighth feature, “The 15:17 To Paris” is set to enter cinemas in the United States on February 9th, . Based entirely on the disputatiously titled “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes” written by Jeffrey E. Stern, Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, the flick is set to be based on the August 2015 Thalys train attack.

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- Eoghan Lyng

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Alex Pettyfer’s Challenge Of Direction Begins With ‘The Strange Ones’ [Interview]

12 December 2017 4:06 PM, PST

Less than decade ago, at the height of Hollywood’s infatuation with Young Adult fantasy franchises Alex Pettyfer found himself in the spotlight as the “next big thing.”  He was cast in the Michael Bay produced “I Am Number Four” and in CBS Films’ “Beastly” opposite everyone’s favorite Disney star Vanessa Hudgens.  Needless to say, neither movie launched a franchise.  Steven Soderbergh ended up giving him a gift, however, with “Magic Mike,” a commercially friendly indie made for just $7 million that became a massive critical and box office hit earning $113 million in the U.S.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ Renewed For Season 2

12 December 2017 2:17 PM, PST

Marvel‘s new Netflix shows didn’t quite get a lot of love this year. No one liked “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders” was rather wanly received, and even the “The Punisher” didn’t fare so well with critics (though our usually Netflix Marvel show allergic critic dug it). Well, not matter what the critics say, it’s all about data and content, and there’s gonna be more Frank Castle.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Luca Guadagnino Replaces Gary Ross On ‘Burial Rites’ Starring Jennifer Lawrence

12 December 2017 2:01 PM, PST

One point in her career, Jennifer Lawerence was plotting a string of features with “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross. The duo had planned to tackle two adaptations,  John Steinbeck‘s “East Of Eden” and Hannah Kent‘s bestselling “Burial Rites.” Neither project really got off the ground, and both them have gone on to other things.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Film Comment’s Best Movies Of 2017 Includes ‘Good Time,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird’ & More

12 December 2017 1:20 PM, PST

Everyone needs a bit of distraction from staying away from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” spoilers. One way you can do that is by going through our Best Films Of 2017, and once you’ve done that,  you might want to see how it stacks up against the selections from the venerable Film Comment.

The votes from contributors to the terrific movie magazine lean arthouse, but we have (mostly) no fault with their selections.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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