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Paul Schrader Wants to Follow ‘First Reformed’ With a Western Starring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe

Paul Schrader Wants to Follow ‘First Reformed’ With a Western Starring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe
Paul Schrader has never gone away, but his career is encountering a sudden upswing thanks to his acclaimed 2018 film First Reformed. So what’s next for Schrader? According to the man himself, he wants to make a Western called Nine Men from Now, and he hopes Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe will star. Those details alone are […]

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Caleb Landry Jones Joins Ralph Fiennes in ‘The Forgiven’ (Exclusive)

Caleb Landry Jones Joins Ralph Fiennes in ‘The Forgiven’ (Exclusive)
Caleb Landry Jones will co-star with Ralph Fiennes, Rebecca Hall, and Mark Strong in “The Forgiven.”

John Michael McDonagh is directing the film, which is an adaptation of the novel by Lawrence Osborne. It deals with the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of an English couple, their friends and local Moroccans who all converge on a luxurious desert villa during a decadent weekend-long party.

Production is slated to commence early this year in Morocco. Elizabeth Eves will produce alongside McDonagh through their production company, House of Un-American Activities. CAA, which arranged financing, is representing the Us rights. Meanwhile, Imr International is handling the foreign rights.

Jones also recently signed on to join Tom Hanks in Amblin’s sci-fi film “Bios.” He will portray a robot in the movie that follows the last man on Earth. His upcoming credits also include Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die,
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2019 Best Original Score Oscars Predictions

First Man,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Mary Poppins Returns” are safe predictions for Best Original Score. Two-time winner and nine-time nominee Alexandre Desplat might have won last year for “The Shape of Water,” but he’s the closest there is to a John Williams on the shortlist this time around so we still think he makes it for “Isle of Dogs.” The last slot could go to “Black Panther,” “A Quiet Place” or “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Instead, we think Terence Blanchard will finally earn an Oscar nod for his “BlacKkKlansman” score.

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2019 Best Original Song Oscars Predictions

This is one of the tougher Best Original Song fields to guage in some time. “Shallow” is obviously in and then, in theory, so is “All the Stars” from “Black Panther.” The rest is debatable. We doubt the branch will snub a track from “Mary Poppins Returns” or a gorgeous ballad from Dolly parton. That leaves an almost wide-open battle for the fith slot and, in that case, it’s always safe to go with a Diane Warren track, in this case “I’ll Fight” from “Rbg.” [Posted Jan.

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2019 Visual Effects Oscars Predictions

The Ves Awards snub for “Black Panther” is troubling, but we still think it makes the cut for the Visual Effects Oscar. “First Man,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” are locks. [Posted Jan. 15, 2019]

Likely Frontrunners

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

First Man

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Players

Ant-Man and the Wasp

“Christopher Robin”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Mary Poppins Returns

Welcome to Marwen

More predictions:

Best Picture

Best Director

Actress

Actor

Supporting Actress

Supporting Actor

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Foreign Language Film

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Jason Reitman Will Write and Direct New ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel

Jason Reitman Will Write and Direct New ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel
After laying dormant for a few decades, the world of “Ghostbusters” is looking at its second major entry in a five-year span. To help bring the latest installment to life, a new sequel in the franchise is turning to a familiar name. Variety reports that Jason Reitman is planning to direct another “Ghostbusters” film that could arrive in theaters as soon as next summer.

Reitman would be the third director to take the reins of a live-action “Ghostbusters” film, following his father Ivan, who direct the first two, and Paul Feig, who oversaw the 2016 gender-swapped reboot. This new Reitman project would not be a continuation of the Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy-led storyline, but the 1984 original.

The younger Reitman would also serve as a co-writer on this latest film, along with Gil Kenan, who previously brought a story of the supernatural to life with the Oscar-nominated animated feature “Monster House.
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‘Ghostbusters’ Lives: Jason Reitman To Direct New Film Set In The Original Universe

Despite being slimed at the box office by both critics and moviegoers in 2016 with the all-female “Ghostbusters,” Columbia Pictures and producer Ivan Reitman—who directed the first two installments of the original films— will not let ghost busting franchise go. Who you gonna call this time? Well, director Paul Feig, behind the 2016 version, is certainly is not coming back and Reitman senior instead, has enlisted his son, Oscar nominee Jason Reitman, the writer/director behind “Juno,” “Young Adult” and “Up In The Air,” to helm the picture.

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Wicked West: Close-Up on Neïl Beloufa’s "Occidental"

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Neïl Beloufa's Occidental (2017) is showing January 10 – February 8, 2019 exclusively on Mubi.In the age of globalization, French-Algerian visual artist Neïl Beloufa addresses the slippery slope of human interaction, empathy, and prejudice, cloaked in kitsch 1970s hotel environment. Shot entirely at his own studio south of Paris, Occidental is his second feature film, yet Beloufa’s career is prolific with mixed media installations and docu-fiction short films. By setting the time and tone of the film fifty years in the past, the artist makes a clear commentary on the contemporary state of exception, exemplified by protests, suspicions, homophobia, and racism—all of it glazed in vivid reds, greens, and pink, soaked in a moody score. Occidental is both a critical nod, and a tribute to an imagined, capitalized, pseudo-tolerant, Wicked West. The film is centered around the Parisian hotel Occidental,
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Alfonso Cuarón Rejected Multiple Studio Requests to Add a Rescue at the End of ‘Gravity’

Alfonso Cuarón Rejected Multiple Studio Requests to Add a Rescue at the End of ‘Gravity’
Alfonso Cuarón is a celebrated auteur whose career has spanned international releases and major Hollywood productions, but no matter what industry he’s working in he doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but his own. Case in point: “Gravity.” As shared by Guillermo del Toro on social media, Cuarón refused to take notes from Warner Bros. about the ending to his 2013 space drama, turning down multiple suggestions in favor of what he knew was the appropriate conclusion.

Gravity” concludes with Sandra Bullock’s character, Dr. Ryan Stone, returning to Earth and crash landing in a lake. Dr. Ryan sheds her spacesuit and swims to the surface, struggling at first to pick herself up on her feet but ultimately finding the strength to stand tall. Cuarón films the character standing on the shore from the ground up, making Dr. Ryan appear like a conquering giant in order to fully express her resilience and strength.
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James McAvoy Remains Uncertain How Successfully ‘X-Men’ Can Be Folded Into McU

James McAvoy Remains Uncertain How Successfully ‘X-Men’ Can Be Folded Into McU
James McAvoy and Samuel L. Jackson are joining forces in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” this month, but the upcoming Disney-Fox merger means we could be seeing two of their most popular film characters on the big screen again in the not so distant future. Jackson’s Nick Fury is a flagship character in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will finally be able to feature “X-Men” characters once the merger takes place. McAvoy is the big screen’s current Professor Charles Xavier, having played the character in three Fox-backed films, plus the upcoming “Dark Phoenix.”

When asked by Yahoo Entertainment about the X-Men joining the McU, McAvoy expressed some concern over how successfully the Disney team will be able to achieve the goal. “I don’t know if the X-Men could go into the Marvel universe, I’m not sure,” McAvoy said.

“Maybe they could? But I
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Fighting ‘Fyre’ With ‘Fyre Fraud’: Filmmakers Behind Rival Fyre Festival Docs Exchange Unkind Comments

Who would have thought that so much drama would surround Netflix releasing a good documentary about the clusterfuck known as the Fyre Festival? But here we are, with the streaming service poised to release the documentary “Fyre” on Friday, and with some surprise competition from rival Hulu, who pulled a Netflix-esque move of its own and released a competing doc (“Fyre Fraud”) a week earlier.

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‘Leave No Trace,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Sharp Objects’ Earn 2019 USC Scripter Nods

The 31st USC Scripter Awards nominees were announced by the USC Libraries this morning and they made the race for Oscar’s Adapted Screenplay even more intriguing than previously thought.

Read More: Debra Granik on finding that right ending for “Leave No Trace” [Podcast]

The USC Scripter Award is given to both the original author and the screenwriter of the adapted work. This year’s film nominees include “Black Panther,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “The Death of Stalin,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Leave No Trace.” That differentiates from the WGA Awards who honored “BlacKkKlansman” and “A Star is Born” over “Leave No Trace” and “Death of Stalin.” The BAFTA Awards nominations lined up with the WGA except that instead of nominating “Black Panther” the Brits recognized “First Man.” So, with the USC honors announced there are still eight films in the mix for five Oscar slots.

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Oscars 2019: All 15 Best Original Score Contenders Ranked from Worst to Best

In December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the 15 film scores that would be moving forward in the 2019 Oscar race. The shortlist runs the gamut from mega-blockbusters like “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” to prestige holiday season releases like “First Man” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and mixes some of Hollywood’s most revered composers with major talents who are just starting to assert themselves in the movie world. On the morning of January 22, five of the 15 remaining suites will be nominated for Best Original Score, but some of the shortlisted efforts — it goes without saying — are more worthy of the honor than others.

Now that Oscar voting is open and the battle lines are being drawn, here are all 15 shortlisted scores ranked from worst to best.

15. “Avengers: Infinity War” (Alan Silvestri)

Alan Silvestri deserves real credit for sewing palpable signs of life into one
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Sofia Coppola Teams With Bill Murray & Rashida Jones For First Film In The A24/Apple Partnership

Film fans had to wait four long years, between the releases of “The Bling Ring” and “The Beguiled,” for more Sofia Coppola goodness. But it appears it won’t take her that long to come back with her latest film, and she’s bringing one of her favorite collaborators along for the journey.

According to The Wrap, Coppola has agreed to write and direct her next film “On the Rocks” for A24 and Apple.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Dominates Ves Awards Nods As ‘Black Panther’ Snubbed

The Visual Effects Society announced the nominations for the 2019 Ves Awards and “Avengers: Infinity War” and Netflix’s “Lost in Space” each landed six nods. The organization surprised by completely snubbing Oscar shortlisted contenders “Back Panther”and “Mary Poppins: Returns.” They also became the first guild honor that did not recognize “A Star is Born” in some capacity.

Read More: “Avengers: Infinity War” visual effects team revisits the film’s iconic dust effect

The Ves Awards will be handed out on Feb.

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James McAvoy Questions The X-Men’s Place In The McU As ‘Beale Street’s’ KiKi Layne Campaigns For Storm Role In Reboot

2019 is a bit of an odd year if you’re an “X-Men” film fan. Normally, you’d be excited to know that this year brings not one, but two X-films to theaters with “Dark Phoenix” and “The New Mutants.” But, alas, it’s bittersweet because Fox is scheduled to become officially acquired by Disney in the next couple of months, which essentially means these final two films are lame ducks.

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USC Scripter Awards Nominations Often Tip Adapted Screenplay Oscar Race

The USC Libraries has revealed the finalists for the 31st-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honors the year’s best film and television adaptations, as well as the works on which they are based. This group of academics, industry professionals and critics (for which I vote) is often predictive of the Adapted Screenplay Oscar race.

Last year’s Scripter winners were “Call Me by Your Name” screenwriter James Ivory (who won the Oscar), and author André Aciman; past winners include “Moonlight,” “The Big Short” and “The Imitation Game,” which all won Oscars. In fact the past eight Scripter Award winners have gone on to win Oscars.

The finalist writers for film adaptation (listed in alphabetical order by film title):

Screenwriters Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole for “Black Panther,” based on the character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Screenwriters Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty and author Lee Israel
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Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray Reunite: ‘Lost In Translation’ Duo Team Up for ‘On the Rocks’ — First Details

Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray Reunite: ‘Lost In Translation’ Duo Team Up for ‘On the Rocks’ — First Details
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray are officially reuniting on a new project entitled “On the Rocks.” The movie is the latest effort from the duo behind “Lost in Translation,” which earned Murray an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and won Sofia Coppola the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. The two last worked together on Murray’s 2017 Netflix special “A Very Murray Christmas,” which Coppola directed. “On the Rocks” is the first project announced under A24 and Apple’s new partnership.

“On the Rocks” will star Murray opposite Rashida Jones in the story of a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York. Coppola will direct the movie on location in New York City. Production begins this spring. Coppola is producing the film with Youree Henley. “On the Rocks” is Coppola’s second A24 movie following her 2013 satirical crime film “The Bling Ring.”

A24 announced
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Showrunners Assure Fans A Real Trailer For Season 8 With Real Footage Will Be Released

We are officially 89 days away from April 14 and the premiere of the final season of HBO’s mega-hit “Game of Thrones.” And even though we are officially less than three months from seeing the beginning of the end, fans have yet to see any considerable amount of footage from the upcoming six episodes. The teasers that have been released have been just that – teasers.

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Contest: Celebrate ‘Halloween’ In January & Win A Copy Of The 2018 Horror Reboot On Blu-Ray

This time of year, we’re inundated with awards season discussions. But sometimes, we need to pause all this Oscar talk to remind folks of a 2018 hit that got great reviews and excited moviegoers but isn’t probably going to land any gold trophies next month – “Halloween.” Yes, October is long gone and we’re deep into the cold days of winter, but no matter when you watch David Gordon Green’s reboot-quel, you’re in for a treat.

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