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Kim Kardashian's Cryptic Instagram Post Sends Internet Into a Frenzy Over Possible Baby Name

Kim Kardashian's Cryptic Instagram Post Sends Internet Into a Frenzy Over Possible Baby Name
Kim Kardashian West has yet to announce her newborn daughter’s name.

But when the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star, 37, shared a cryptic photo of a Louis Vuitton monogram on Wednesday, she had fans guessing that she and husband Kanye West, 40, new daughter’s name was inspired by the fashion house.

Popular guesses included “Elle V West,” “Lv West” and “Louis West.”

The stylish couple are big fans of Louis Vuitton as just prior to their baby girl arrived via surrogate on Monday, the Kkw Beauty mogul shared photos of trash cans decorated with the Louis Vuitton logo.
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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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Enjoy the Silence of Sally Hawkins, ‘The Shape of Water’s’ Princess Without Voice

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Enjoy the Silence of Sally Hawkins, ‘The Shape of Water’s’ Princess Without Voice
“We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!”

That line from “Sunset Boulevard” is often quoted even now, some 70 years after it was first released, but it’s rarely been more apropos than when considering Sally Hawkins’ performance in “The Shape of Water.” She plays a mute janitor in Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical romance, and though her co-stars recite some lyrical dialogue (co-written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor), Hawkins doesn’t — nor does she need to. As the film’s “princess without voice,” she emotes, gestures, and dances her way to the most moving performance of 2017.

Like most actors and actresses whose success seems to have come overnight, Hawkins’ didn’t. She’s likely to be nominated for her second Oscar later this month — her first, for her work opposite Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine,” was long overdue — but the 41-year-old has been paying her dues for more than two decades.
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“The Shape of Water” wins big at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards

Last night, the critics portion of the precursor season came to a head with the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the winners here get a nice little boost as Academy Award voting is currently wrapping up. Remember, critics aren’t members of the Academy, so there’s limited impact to be found for Oscar, but televised victories are never a bad thing. Wins here are fuel for nominations, and little more. Still, forward momentum is useful and appreciated, to say the least. For a few movies, it was a great evening, with one Guillermo del Toro helmed picture doing particularly well. The Bfca went wild (comparatively) for The Shape of Water, which led the field with four wins, to go along with entering the night as the overall nominations leader. Other multi winners were Coco, Darkest Hour, Get Out, I, Tonya, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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Jake Gyllenhaal Shares the Story of How He Met Heath Ledger

Jake Gyllenhaal Shares the Story of How He Met Heath Ledger
Before Brokeback Mountain there was Moulin Rouge!, and Jake Gyllenhaal has the latter to thank for his friendship with Heath Ledger. The movie star is GQ Australia's February 2018 cover star, in it discussing the origins of his close bond with the late actor and his role in Stronger—the emotional true story of a man who lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing. Turns out Gyllenhaal and Ledger bonded over a "mutual frustration" most aspiring actors share when the role of a lifetime goes to someone else. In the case of 2001's Moulin Rouge!, that someone else was Ewan McGregor. As the 37-year-old...
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Updated Academy Award predictions as voting is going on

In just a few days, ballots for the 90th Academy Award will be due, which means that now is literally the most crucial point in the season. If a screener is going to be watched, it’s going to be watched today. The voters I’m in contact with still have things to see, so you best believe that last minute viewings are occurring. For certain titles that might end up missing when nominations are announced, it could be in part due to not enough Academy members giving it a shot. Time will tell there, but for now, we’re trying to figure out what Oscar is about to do. Below you can see an up to date look at the race. Focusing in on Best Picture for this preview, there are essentially 11 films in the running for however many slots the Academy ends up having this year. How that
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Dear Academy: Don’t Overlook These Great Performances

Dear Academy: Don’t Overlook These Great Performances
Members of the motion picture Academy now have ballots in hand. Presumably many of them are reading these very words. So it feels like something of a duty to whisper a few suggestions, particularly as the awards season can so quickly be reduced to the same handful of names and titles.

First and foremost, there are a few contenders that seemed strong coming into the season, but have somehow been all but forgotten. Take Jake Gyllenhaal in “Stronger.” Here is one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films (93% on Rotten Tomatoes), dealing in a well-worn, Oscar-friendly genre (a biopic centered on a disabled person who beats the odds), featuring another great turn from an actor who has delivered a number of awards-caliber performances lately that have gone unrecognized by the Academy (“Prisoners,” “Nightcrawler,” “End of Watch”). What’s it going to take to put his name on the ballot?

Then there’s
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Sean Baker on Perfecting the Artful Issue Film in ‘The Florida Project’ — Awards Season Spotlight Profile

Sean Baker on Perfecting the Artful Issue Film in ‘The Florida Project’ — Awards Season Spotlight Profile
Sean Baker may be a new name to Oscar voters, but IndieWire readers have long been aware of his unique approach to filmmaking. “The Florida Project” has introduced Baker to a wider audience, many of whom were blown away by his latest film’s raw emotion and unparalleled naturalism. Ardent admirers would be wise to revisit Baker’s earlier works, such as “Take Out” (2004), “Prince of Broadway” (2008), and of course, the highly acclaimed “Tangerine” (2015). “The Florida Project” is the culmination of many of the skills Baker honed in his earlier work; he has perfected the quality issue film, exploring social themes with insightful and nuanced filmmaking without sacrificing artistry.

Read More:‘The Florida Project’: How Sean Baker and His Collaborators Used Instagram, Target, and Motels to Find its Cast

“The issue of the film, which is the hidden homeless, was something I was unfamiliar with. I didn’t even
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53 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2018, From ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to ‘Tully’ and Everything In Between

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53 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2018, From ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to ‘Tully’ and Everything In Between
A new year, a new crop of movies to enjoy. Of the coming attractions for 2018, there is (predictably) a wide variety of superhero offerings and tentpole hopefuls (though a generous number of them do happen to be helmed by some of our favorite filmmakers, springing from truly indie roots), along with the return of some unexpected sequels, directors who have been out of the game too long, brand new talents making their first play for glory, and somehow only one Steve McQueen film about a criminal band of widows (too much to ask for two?). Here are 53 we can’t wait to see.

Of note, this list only includes films that already have set 2018 release dates (or are anticipated and expected to open during the year), so it does not include plenty of stellar projects poised to make their debut at festivals or are otherwise in need of distribution. We
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The Best Films and Performances of 2017

307 movies later (an above average lot for me), my year is complete. It’s now time to put a nice little bow on 2017, ladies and gentlemen! New Year’s Eve is only two short days away, but before that party commences, today will be a festivity of sorts. Yes, it’s time to reveal my picks for the year’s best films and performances. From early year releases that held on all the way to a few late breaking players, my lists have a whole range of titles found within. The year has been another volatile one, both in terms of world events and also when it comes to cinema. 2016 was the year where things kind of got nuts politically and with celebrity deaths, and 2017 continued that troubling trend, but it was also the year wear some truly incredible movies came out. Plenty of people will continue to focus on the former (rightly so,
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Updated Academy Award predictions to close out the year

Before the we turn the page from 2017 to 2018, of course there needs to be a new set of Oscar predictions, right? These are the final days of the year (look for a best of 2017 post tomorrow), with every film in contention having been screened for critics and voting bodies, if not in wide release for audiences. That lets the box office begin to become a small factor. Not a huge one, mind you, as otherwise Beauty and the Beast or Star Wars: The Last Jedi would be Best Picture frontrunners. However, it lets you see how Lady Bird has connected with audiences, for example. It all just goes into the mix when doing analysis. As you’ll see below, not much has changed, as this is the calm period in the season. Precursors will start up again in earnest soon, but until then, we’re in a bit of a holding pattern.
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Variety Critics Name the 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

Variety Critics Name the 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018
Variety polled its international team of critics, asking which films they were most looking forward to in the coming year. The results are diverse, ranging from likely blockbusters to potential Palme d’Or winners, although you won’t find a single comic-book movie on this list.

Annihilation” (Feb. 23)

Alex Garland follows his hit debut “Ex Machina” with a brainy horror movie about an all-female team of explorers who venture into a deadly environmental disaster zone. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s award-winning trilogy, the nature thriller stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and an iridescent mist that gives the air the sinister shimmer of an oil slick. — Amy Nicholson

Black Klansman

For many, the pinnacle of Spike Lee’s career to date remains 1992’s epic biopic “Malcolm X.” A quarter-century later, he returns to fact-based drama with the incredible story of Ron Stallworth (played by Denzel’s son John David Washington), an African-American police
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Updated Academy Award predictions before Christmas

It’s almost Christmas, which means, among other things, we’re almost out of movies for the year. Personally, I’ve seen all of the Oscar contenders by now, and in the coming days, audiences will be able to catch up. The Academy and its membership are doing the same, as the voting body begins to lock in on what the true contenders will be. Over the holiday, voters and their families will be watching screeners, and if you don’t think that has an impact on the race, you’re fooling yourself. These are actually crucial days now if you’re a film hoping to get nominated. As such, the waiting is now the hardest part. Below is a look at how things stand currently. We had a few long lists come out to help clear races up a bit, notably in the Best Original Score, Best Original Song,
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The Hollywood News Writers’ Top Movies Of 2017

It’s always difficult putting together these end of year lists. The main reason we don’t usually post a best in show at the end of the year is because it’s rather difficult to know where to draw the lines of terms of what should and shouldn’t be included.

We’re lucky enough to attend some of the big film festivals around the world every year, and some films we see don’t necessarily release in the same calendar year as we see them. It would be easy to simply say that our best of 2017 is made up of motion pictures released during the year January 1st to December 31st, but which release schedule do we use? I will give you an example. The most sensible system to abide by would be the UK calendar, but that would mean films like La La Land and Manchester By The Sea
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44 Pictures of Jake That Will Have You Saying "Gyllenhaal-alujah!"

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44 Pictures of Jake That Will Have You Saying
Jake Gyllenhaal has been in the spotlight for over 20 years, and since his debut in 1991's City Slickers, he's grown into major leading-man material. His breadth of work in films like Donnie Darko, Love & Other Drugs, Brokeback Mountain, and the new biopic Stronger prove Jake's ability to go from sweet to sexy to slightly scary in no time. We've rounded up the photos of him that show off his many (handsome) facets. RelatedThese Jake Gyllenhaal Shirtless Photos Will Give You Life
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger on Blu-ray

Based on the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (2005, Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain) and Primetime Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (2016, Outstanding Actress in a TV Series – Drama, “Orphan Black”) star in Stronger, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand today (December 19) from Lionsgate. Hailed as “one of the best films of the year” (National Review) and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, Stronger is a deeply personal account of the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Also starring Oscar® nominee Miranda Richardson (1994, Best Actress, Tom & Viv) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), the film chronicles the heroic story of Jeff Bauman, the man who became a symbol of hope and determination for a wounded city.

Now you can own Stronger on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 4 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave
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Awards Spotlight: IndieWire Celebrates the Year’s Best Films With the Women of ‘Lady Bird,’ James Franco, and More

Awards Spotlight: IndieWire Celebrates the Year’s Best Films With the Women of ‘Lady Bird,’ James Franco, and More
Today, we launch Indiewire’s annual IndieWire Awards Season Spotlight series, presented by Xfinity. We’ve recognized many of the great films produced in 2017 across two dozen candid video interviews. The IndieWire team talked to a fantastic range of talent, including Golden Globes and SAG nominees Gary Oldman and Saorise Ronan, Gotham Awards winners James Franco and Timothee Chalamet, and Globes-nominated filmmakers Angelina Jolie and Guillermo Del Toro. Over the next month, we’ll unveil them all.

Read More:Sofia Coppola on the Dangerous Femininity of ‘The Beguiled’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

In addition to our sponsors at Xfinity, major thanks to our production team who include Adrien Fulle and Holly Dillon from the Variety Content Studio, IndieWire Awards editor Anne Thompson, and Nikki Ganz and Jackson Stahl from Nik & Jax Productions.

Read More:Jason Mitchell on the Extreme Empathy of ‘Mudbound’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

The full
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Seth Rogen to play Walter Cronkite in Newsflash

Deadline is reporting that Seth Rogen has signed on to play legendary American newsman Walter Cronkite in Newsflash, the next project for director David Gordon Green (Stronger), which has been scripted by Ben Jacoby (The First Omen).

According to the site, the movie takes place on November 22nd, 1963, the day of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and revolves around CBS newsman Cronkite, his producer Don Hewitt, their boss Jim Aubrey, and Dan Rather, a young reporter who happened to be in Texas at the time of the assassination. The story will play out in real time as Cronkite and his team attempt to filter all the unverified information and swirling rumors and find the truth that was conveyed to American public on the fateful day.

Although Rogen and Green are the only names attached to the project at present, the report goes on to state that the filmmakers
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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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Stronger Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 19th

Based on the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (2005, Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain) and Primetime Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (2016, Outstanding Actress in a TV Series – Drama, “Orphan Black”) star in Stronger, arriving on Digital December 5 and Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand December 19 from Lionsgate. Hailed as “one of the best films of the year” (National Review) and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, Stronger is a deeply personal account of the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Also starring Oscar® nominee Miranda Richardson (1994, Best Actress, Tom & Viv) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), the film chronicles the heroic story of Jeff Bauman, the man who became a symbol of hope and determination for a wounded city.

Inspired by the true story, Stronger stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, a working-class Bostonian who was at the 2013 marathon when
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