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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”: October Oscar predictions

20 October 2017 10:55 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Hot on the heels of the precursor season launching yesterday, I have a brand new set of Academy Award predictions to share with you all. There are some definite changes to be seen, with the most noteworthy being that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is really making a play towards the top of a lot of categories. Martin McDonagh’s film is quietly starting to seem like potentially the frontrunner in Best Picture. That’s just the buzz around town right now, buoyed by how amazing the movie actually is. How that’s handled is just one item on the docket today. Questions will soon be answered, and that’s pretty damn exciting folks. Another thing you’ll likely notice is that I’ve moved The Post and Phantom Thread from predictions for now. They’re just outside of the nominated fields, at least until they either screen, confirm a 2017 release date, »

- Joey Magidson

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'Killing of a Sacred Deer' Review: Arthouse Thriller Would Make Kubrick Proud

19 October 2017 9:31 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

You could say that director Yorgos Lanthimos gives The Killing of a Sacred Deer the texture and throat-clutching chill of a modern Greek tragedy. You'd be right, of course – the filmmaker hails from Athens; this is his second film in English – but you'd also be short-changing the depth of field of this artist's ink-black comic vision. As he did in The Lobster, a fierce fable about single people who are given 45 days to fall in love or be transformed into an animal of their choosing, Lanthimos puts the protagonist of the mind-blowing, »

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Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy ‘Made in Italy’

18 October 2017 4:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden join “Made in Italy,” a new distributor named Anerke launches with a focus on films for minorities and women, Jeffrey Tambor gets an award and the Sloan Summit announces its panelists.

Castings

Bill Nighy and “Dunkirk” star Jack Lowden have signed up for the comedy “Made in Italy,” James D’Arcy’s feature directorial debut.

Developed by London based CrossDay Productions, the film is produced by Pippa Cross and Sam Tipper-Hale with co-producer Nicola Serra for Italian production entity Palomar. HanWay’s Gabrielle Stewart and CrossDay’s Janette Day are executive producers.

D’Arcy  previously wrote and directed the  short film “Chicken/Egg,” starring Hayley Atwell and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, which screened at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Made in Italy” is set in Tuscany with Nighy as a bohemian London artist who returns to Italy with his estranged son (played by Lowden) to make a quick »

- Dave McNary

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Movie Ticket Prices Edge Down Slightly to $8.93 for Third Quarter

18 October 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Average movie ticket prices were slightly down during the third quarter to $8.93 — 2 cents below their all-time high during the second quarter — according to the National Association of Theatre Owners.

Wednesday’s release by Nato, the lobbying arm for the exhibition industry, underlines how expensive it’s become to go to the movies. The figure is 3% more than the 2016 national average of $8.65 and almost a 5% increase from $8.51 in Q3 2016.

The price of tickets in the first quarter of 2017 also set a record with an average of $8.84. The rising prices are due to the increased number of films shown in 3D, Imax, and other premium formats — which come with higher costs.

Top films during the third quarter were Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” New Line’s horror blockbuster “It,” and Warner Bros.’ World War II drama “Dunkirk.” “It,” which was released on Sept. 8, grossed record earnings for the month and helped the industry recover from the worst August in more »

- Dave McNary

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Wonder Woman Launches Oscar Campaign

18 October 2017 10:23 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. finally got their Dceu superhero universe back on track with Wonder Woman, which has become not only one of the highest-grossing movies ($412.4 million domestic) of the year, but also one of the most critically-acclaimed (92% on Rotten Tomatoes) as well. There had been a report from late July that claimed Warner Bros. was planning a Wonder Woman Oscar campaign, and now that has been confirmed, with the studio launching an official "for your consideration" website for Wonder Woman, along with three more potential Oscar contenders, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 and Chris McKay's The Lego Batman Movie.

The studio only has three more movies coming out this year, with this weekend's disaster thriller Geostorm, Justice League (November 17) and the comedy Father Figures (December 22), so it seems that Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049 and The Lego Batman Movie represent the studio's best chance »

- MovieWeb

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Billy Nighy, Jack Lowden Step Into ‘Made In Italy’

18 October 2017 8:33 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of ScotsDunkirk) are now attached to James D'Arcy's feature screenplay and directorial debut Made In Italy. The comedy, set in Tuscany, is about a bohemian London artist Robert (Nighy), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Lowden) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. The film is slated to go before the cameras next year in both Tuscany and London. The film was developed by London-based… »

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Women Powered Summer Box Office Successes, New Data Shows

18 October 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Women and millennial men were two key audience segments responsible for the summer’s most successful films, according to a new study released by marketing data analytics firm Movio.

Although the summer season overall was one of the worst in recent history — a 14.6% drop in domestic grosses from last summer — the study focused on the summer films that performed the best, rather than those that flopped. There were, after all, several major successes, including “Wonder Woman,” Christopher Nolan’s smash hit “Dunkirk,” and comedy breakout “Girls Trip.”

The Movio research examined those who go to the movies fewer than four times a year (deemed “infrequent moviegoers”) who typically make up about 14% of a movie’s audience. Many of the summer’s most successful films, it found, pulled in a larger percentage. For example, the audience for “Girls Trip” — which grossed $115 million domestic off a relatively low budget — was 25% infrequent moviegoers.

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- Seth Kelley

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘Dunkirk,’ Stan Brakhage, ‘Valerian,’ and More

18 October 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s time to catch up with some of the most interesting cinema-centric books of the last few months, and it’s a diverse list. There’s some Lego, some Nolan, some Star Wars (of course), and even some vintage Stan Brakhage. That’s range.

Off the Cliff: Making of Thelma & Louise by Becky Aikman (Penguin Press)

The career of Ridley Scott is full of peaks and valleys. One of the peaks was the release of Thelma & Louise in 1991. The cultural impact of this story of two female outlaws cannot be overstated, and Becky Aikman’s account of the making of the film helps explain why. Thelma & Louise involved a unique cast of characters, including stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, as well as a young hunk named Brad Pitt. But the most memorable figures here are Scott, who knew his career needed a change but could not originally see »

- Christopher Schobert

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WB Looking To Push ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Wonder Woman’ & ‘Dunkirk’ For Oscar

18 October 2017 1:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Warner Brothers have updated its web page for your consideration’ web page with titles that it is looking to push for the Oscars. The likes of Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, The Lego Batman Movie and Wonder Woman are all featured on the site, set up to attract voters to pledge them for the multiple awards ceremonies that kick off later this year. More info on the Warner Brothers Oscar campaign below.

Warner Brothers Oscar Campaign Adds Blade Runner 2049

The studio will offer registered Academy members and members of other creative associations to attend screenings through the website, most of which kick off next month (November).

Blade Runner 2049 is the latest addition to the site, Warner Bros. being the studio that distributed the film Stateside (it was handled by Sony Pictures in the UK). The Ryan Gosling-led movie, which teamed him with the original film’s star Harrison Ford, »

- Paul Heath

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Composer Benjamin Wallfisch on the Unique Score, Experimenting, & Vangelis

17 October 2017 7:57 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Composer Benjamin Wallfisch has been a very busy guy lately. Over the past 18 months he’s composed the scores to Hidden Figures, A Cure for Wellness, Annabelle: Creation, It, and Blade Runner 2049, and he worked with Hans Zimmer on some key pieces of the Dunkirk score. Working on just one or two of these films would be challenging enough, but that Wallfisch not only lent his talents to the aforementioned films but crafted unique, memorable scores for each one is mighty impressive. Blade Runner 2049 may have been the most challenging of the bunch, as Wallfisch and Hans … »

- Adam Chitwood

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Film News Roundup: Christopher Nolan to Discuss Film Preservation at Library of Congress

16 October 2017 3:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, Christopher Nolan will hold a public discussion about film preservation with the Librarian of Congress, Grasshopper Film buys Sadaf Foroughi’s “Ava,” and Orion Pictures hires distribution vet Kevin Wilson.

Film Preservation

The Library of Congress is hosting filmmaker Christopher Nolan in a rare public conversation next month with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to discuss film preservation.

“Throughout its history, film has been a powerful force in the human experience,” Nolan said. “Protecting our film heritage goes far beyond the scope of a single institution. Our collective challenge is to safeguard our cinematic legacy for the study and enjoyment of future generations.”

The event will take place on Nov. 2 at the Coolidge Auditorium and include discussion of Nolan’s experiences shooting “Dunkirk” and his other films; the importance of film preservation; the influence of film on history and culture; the concept of physical film as a medium and artifact; the value »

- Dave McNary

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Cate Blanchett Weighs in on Celebrity Style Doppelganger Harry Styles

16 October 2017 9:10 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Cate Blanchett has a very famous style twin!

The 48-year-old actress dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Monday, where the host showed Blanchett pictures of her rocking similar outfits to singer Harry Styles on multiple occasions.

"Who wore it better?" Blanchett joked. "Who's sitting here now? If Harry comes in next week, you can change your mind, but for now [it's me.]"

"This is so random," she also commented on their matching styles.

Exclusive: Harry Styles Looks Dapper at 'Dunkirk' Premiere as Hoda Kotb & Kathie Lee Gifford Fangirl Over Him!

Referring to her own outfit, Blanchett later noted, "He would look great in nude and red."

To which DeGeneres cracked, "He would look great nude."

The Thor: Ragnarok actress also talked about her home life with husband Andrew Upton and their four kids -- Ignatius, Dashiell, Roman and Edith. 

"We've moved to the country, so we got pigs and chickens and dogs and cats," she shared. "Our cat »

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Lumíère Festival: Tilda Swinton – a British Iconoclast

15 October 2017 2:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Many actors profess to be surprised when they win an Academy Award; few look as sincerely stunned as Tilda Swinton did when she was named Best Supporting Actress in the 2007 ceremony, for her expertly frosted turn as a corrupt corporate lawyer in “Michael Clayton.” Her shock, one suspects, had less to do with how favored she was or wasn’t by the bookies than her bewilderment at being in the hunt for Hollywood gold in the first place: Little about the way the iconoclastic British star forges and curates her unusual career has courted the awards and embrace of the mainstream, yet they’ve found her anyway.

The Oscars certainly seemed a world away when the 25-year-old Swinton — who caught the acting bug while studying politics at Cambridge, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company after graduating — began her film career with Derek Jarman, Britain’s pioneering godfather of New Queer Cinema. Playing the artist »

- Guy Lodge

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61st London Film Festival Review – The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

13 October 2017 2:37 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Killing of a Sacred Deer, 2017.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Bob Camp, and Alicia Silverstone.

Synopsis:

A highly successful surgeon takes a teenage boy under his wing. But the boy’s behaviour turns sinister and the surgeon’s life starts to fall apart.

Beware, as they say, Greeks bearing gifts. Or, in this case, Greeks bearing myths. And when that Greek happens to be director Yorgos Lanthimos, you know you’re in for an experience like no other. Dark, stylised and, in the case of his latest, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, surprisingly funny and beautiful.

It is, nonetheless, a modern riff on a Greek tragedy, with affluent surgeon Steven (Colin Farrell) enjoying all the trappings of his success and then having to pay a higher price for them than he could ever have imagined. His beautiful wife (Nicole Kidman), his two children, »

- Freda Cooper

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‘Dunkirk’ Actor Aneurin Barnard Lands Key Role in ‘Goldfinch’ Adaptation (Exclusive)

12 October 2017 12:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aneurin Barnard, who recently broke out in Warner Bros.’ “Dunkirk,” has landed the key role of Boris in the studio’s highly anticipated adaptation of “The Goldfinch.”

Ansel Elgort recently landed the role of Theo. John Crowley is on board to direct.

Warner and RatPac had picked up rights to Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning book back in 2014. RatPac is also an investor on the film as well as a producer. “Goldfinch” tells the story of a young man named Theodore Decker who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries.

Earlier this year, Amazon Studios agreed to co-finance the film, which will go into production at the start of 2018. As part of the pact, Amazon will invest more than a third of the movie’s budget »

- Justin Kroll

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Rumored Akira Director Wants Manga Adaptation, Promises Not to Whitewash

11 October 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After nearly a decade in development, things may be looking up for Warner Bros. long-gestating Akira remake, with a report surfacing last month that director Taika Waititi has entered talks to direct the film. While no deal is set in stone yet, the filmmaker confirmed that there have been discussions for him to direct Akira, while promoting his highly-anticipated Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 3, also offering some hints about how he'd approach the material. For one, the director made it crystal-clear that he has has no intention of "whitewashing" the lead roles, if he does end up at the helm. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview, when asked if he would cast Asian actors in the lead roles.

"Yeah. Actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent. Yeah, »

- MovieWeb

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61st BFI London Film Festival Review – On Chesil Beach (2017)

11 October 2017 10:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

On Chesil Beach, 2017.

Directed by Dominic Cooke.

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Adrian Scarborough, and Bebe Cave.

Synopsis:

Young newlyweds Edward and Florence arrive at their seaside hotel for their honeymoon in the 1960s, full of anticipation as to what married life has in store for them. As they grapple with a lack of intimacy and communication, flashbacks reveal how they met.

There’s something very British about Ian McEwan novels, and whether it’s details of dress, decor, mannerisms or vibe, his stories always sit very comfortably in their assigned period. In On Chesil Beach, this is testament of course not only to McEwan’s writing (he is the author of the screenplay, too), but also to director Dominic Cooke and production designer Suzie Davies. The accuracy is admirable, but there’s also that extra, hard-to-define essence that utterly convinces the viewer of its 1960s rural Oxfordshire setting. »

- Tori Brazier

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Lff 2017: ‘On Chesil Beach’ Review: Dir. Dominic Cooke (2017)

11 October 2017 3:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

On Chesil Beach review: Ian McEwan adapts his own book; a period piece about two newlyweds attempting to consummate their marriage in a hotel on the south coast of Dorset.

On Chesil Beach review by Paul Heath.

On Chesil Beach review

The second of Ian McEwan’s books to hit the big-screen in as many months on the global film festival stage (following The Children Act at Tiff), On Chesil Beach is his self-penned adaptation of the Booker prize shortlisted novel from 2007.

Set in 1962, the film opens to Edward and Florence Ponting, two newlyweds from different backgrounds – Edward (Billy Howle) is a graduate student of history, while Florence (Saoirse Ronan) is from a more affluent upbringing, and is a violinist in a musical string quartet. They have come to Chesil Beach on the south coast of England for their honeymoon, staying in a nearby hotel where we see them enjoying »

- Paul Heath

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Oscar Campaign Includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-Rays

10 October 2017 1:04 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are no Oscar frontrunners at the moment, but if you ask most prognosticators, Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” is already a shoo-in for Best Picture and Best Director nominations. After a terrific summer at the box office, and after being garlanded by glowing reviews from critics, Warner Bros. now has to get some awareness back onto the movie as we head into the cutthroat awards season. And they plan on doing that by offering voters a chance to see the movie in the most pristine presentation possible.

Continue reading Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Oscar Campaign Includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-Rays at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Blade Runner 2049 is light years ahead of the rest at the UK box office

10 October 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Denis Villeneuve’s film heads straight to No 1, making it Ryan Gosling’s second UK hit this year, while Dunkirk is now Christopher Nolan’s biggest film

A Us debut of $33m was judged disappointing, but Blade Runner 2049’s UK result has lived up to expectations, and the territory is the international star performer. Denis Villeneuve’s film begins with £5.21m from 634 cinemas for the weekend, and £6.07m including Thursday. Site average is a robust £8,223, or £9,577 if previews are added in.

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- Charles Gant

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