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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ranked

As much as the people who handle the marketing for the Academy Awards would like to present the honor as an artistic one, its not entirely true. Arguably, that’s what their Governors Awards are for, but the true rewards of receiving an Oscar come in the form of funding. It’s essentially a great PR boost and that shouldn’t be looked down on or considered any less important than any honors in artistic accomplishment and technical skill. Martin Scorsese secured money for towering, radical masterworks like The Wolf of Wall Street and Silence because of the Oscar love …
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Top 20 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders and 5 Dark Horses

Top 20 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders and 5 Dark Horses
With 92 countries in the running and not a clear frontrunner, this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race is wide open for surprises, snubs, and possibly a country without previous wins taking the prize. The 9-film shortlist is expected to be announced this week and there are plenty of strong candidates, which means a few of the bigger titles may get shut out — as is the case every year.

Based on my recollections from screenings, conversations, and precursor awards nominations, I’ve put together a list of 20 films that, in my opinion, appear to be the ones most likely to make it to the next phase of the competition. I’ve listed some reasons for these picks, but like with all awards, nothing is certain. I’ve also included five more films that have the merits to sneak in, but that are long shots at this point.

Top 20 Contenders

Argentina

Zama (Dir.
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Hugh Grant: “In My Fantasy World, I’m In A Scorsese Film”; Actor Talks Career At BAFTA Event

Hugh Grant: “In My Fantasy World, I’m In A Scorsese Film”; Actor Talks Career At BAFTA Event
"The films I like best really involve a lot of violence and death, so in my fantasy world, I'm in a Martin Scorsese film,” said Hugh Grant at a Saturday night BAFTA Life In Pictures event when asked about folks with whom he’d like to work. He mused, “I can't really imagine why I haven't been cast in one when you think of the natural menace I bring to the screen.” Yet, the actor who last year came out of semi-retirement to critical praise for his turn opposite Meryl Streep
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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

Criterion lavishes a major upgrade to its older box set celebrating the first major rock concert event, the ‘California Dreamin’ idyll that some say marked the beginning of the Summer of Love. Get ready to hear and see some history-making performances from Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and The Who. Plus two more features and a bundle of ‘extra’ music sets . . . including Tiny Tim.

The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 167

1968 / Color / 1:33 flat / 79 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date December 12, 2017 / 69.95

Cinematography: James Desmond, Barry Feinstein, Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, Roger Murphy, D.A. Pennebaker

Film Editor: Nina Schulman

Original Music: The Animals, The Association, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Byrds, Canned Heat, Country Joe and the Fish, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Al Kooper, Hugh Masekela, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, Otis Redding, The Quicksilver Messenger Service,
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Arclight, Leeding Media Launch Multi-Picture Partnership With 'Safecracker'

International film finance and sales company Arclight Films has entered a multi-picture deal with Leeding Media, a firm specializing in cross-border collaboration between Hollywood and China. The partners are kicking off the relationship with the English-language heist film Safecracker, to be produced by Hong Kong filmmakers Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo.

Billed as an action-thriller, Safecracker centers on an expert criminal who is forced out of retirement when he’s framed for murder and must perform a complicated heist to prove his innocence. It's not yet clear whether Lau and Loo, who co-directed the 2014 Martin Scorsese-exec produced film Revenge Of...
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Why Annihilation going straight to Netflix matters

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

Alex Garland’s next movie, Annihilation, will bypass cinemas altogether in the UK. A few thoughts on why that matters...

Only a few days ago, we placed Annihilation at the top of our most anticipated films of 2018 list. First, because it’s the next film from Alex Garland, the novelist and screenwriter who made a stunning feature debut with 2015’s Ex Machina - a taut, superbly-made sci-fi drama about the increasingly blurry area between human and sentient machine. Second, it’s a studio film that isn’t part of some huge multi-million dollar franchise - rather, it’s based on a Nebula-winning sci-fi novel by Jeff VanderMeer. And finally, just look at the cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac. It has the hallmarks of a smart, potentially great genre film.

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Et Obsessions: ‘The Crown,’ Margot Robbie in ‘I, Tonya’ and More!

Et Obsessions: ‘The Crown,’ Margot Robbie in ‘I, Tonya’ and More!
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and here’s what we’re most excited about this week:

Why We're Obsessed With 'The Crown'

Picture this: A hard-partying heir to the throne gets engaged to someone employed in the arts -- Gasp! How common! -- while a royal baby is expected any day. Real life? Well, yes, thanks to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Baby Cambridge No. 3. But in a perfect case of life imitating art imitating life, all of these are also key subplots of the second season of Netflix’s The Crown. Emmy nominee Claire Foy -- in her final season of the series -- remains outstanding as Queen Elizabeth and is capable of seamlessly shifting her portrayal from a harried mother of four to queen of everyone, including you, you inept ingrate of a prime minister, by squaring her shoulders and steeling her gaze. Joining this season
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‘Get Out’ and ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Lead Sight & Sound’s Best Films of 2017 Poll

The best in 2017 polls and lists continue today with one of the most respected organizations, Sight & Sound. After polling over 180 critics from around the world, Jordan Peele’s Get Out landed in the top spot while close behind, with some controversy, is David Lynch and Mark Frost’s 18-part Showtime series Twin Peaks (which, fittingly, arrives on Blu-ray today).

Although the man who directed every episode has insisted his monumental undertaking is a film from the beginning, we imagine some may not agree with the distinction. Yet, three-plus decades later, many would classify Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 14-part, 931-minute miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz as a film, so perhaps we just need some more distance.

The excellent list also features Call Me by Your Name, Good Time, A Ghost Story, mother!, and Personal Shopper, as well as a handful of stellar 2018 U.S. releases (Zama, Western, You Were Never Really Here) and some 2016 U.
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Kevin Pollak To Direct Indie Comedy ‘Swag’

Kevin Pollak To Direct Indie Comedy ‘Swag’
Exclusive: Kevin Pollak, known for his roles in films like A Few Good Men and Martin Scorsese’s Casino, has signed on to helm Swag (Students Without Any Game), an indie comedy film written by Rickey Castleberry and Zimran Jacob. The pic, loosly based on Castleberry’s life, follows four college sophomore social misfits who find their names on an infamous student losers list curated by the popular sorority girls. The only way off the list is with the tutelage of the Van…
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Christopher Nolan discusses Dceu problems and his Howard Hughes biopic

Christopher Nolan concluded his triumphant Dark Knight trilogy in 2012, but his involvement with Warner Bros. and the Dceu didn’t end there. He wrote the story for Man of Steel alongside David S. Goyer, and was also on board as a producer for that film. Since Christian Bale hung up the mask he has directed Interstellar and Dunkirk for the studio, projects upon which he was allowed carte blanche due to the success of his Batman movies.

This freedom, or lack of it, according to Nolan, appears to be what’s hindered recent Dceu iterations such as Justice League and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Speaking to The British Academy of Film & Television Arts in London, Nolan had the following to say about the time afforded to him on his genre-defining epics:

“That’s a privilege and a luxury that filmmakers aren’t afforded anymore. I think it was
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Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese on the Future of Movies from 1990

When listening to greats like Spielberg, Lucas, and Scorcese from interviews given back in 1990 it really becomes obvious how each of these men have gone on for as long as they have and what type of style they’ve used to create their own success. Back then none of them had a real idea of just what the future might bring or what would happen to film in the future. But somehow they all stuck around and hung in and eventually made something worth watching no matter how they went at it. 27 years ago no one could have predicted

Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese on the Future of Movies from 1990
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New to Streaming: ‘Happy Together,’ ‘Detroit,’ ‘Silence,’ ‘Irma Vep,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Detroit (Kathryn Bigelow)

Late into Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow’s docudrama recounting the racial terrorism that took place at the Algiers hotel during the 1967 Detroit riots, one of the innocent, young black men who’s been tortured for nearly the entirety of the movie is given a chance at escape. The camera follows him in his moment of triumph as the man weaves around corners, back alleys, and under a
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Celebrities promoting gambling

Gambling sphere appeals to people for many reasons: huge cash wins, dynamic games, adrenaline, thrills and much more. The gambling industry does not need to be advertised. However, all online casinos or poker rooms should actively promote themselves, as the competition between gambling operators is very tough.

There is big money in the gambling business, and operators are trying to attract real celebrities, actors and show business stars. Here we will talk about famous people who were engaged in gambling promotion.

Paris Hilton, Verne Troyer and Bgo Casino

In 2015, a major operator of online casinos, Bgo Entertainment, signed a contract with the famous heiress, actress and socialite Paris Hilton. Bgo Entertainment kicks off an effective ad TV campaign, choosing famous actors to promote their products. Paris works with British actor Verne Troyer, who is known for the role of Mini-Mi in the films about Austin Powers.

In addition to TV commercial,
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10 Goodfellas Facts You Never Knew

10 Goodfellas Facts You Never Knew
It's arguably the most famous movie about organized crime of all time, save for the first two movies of the Godfather trilogy. Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, and Joe Pesci starred in Goodfellas, an essential component of the cinematic legacy shared by DeNiro and filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Based on a true story, the crime saga sits alongside The Godfather, Scarface, and Casino as one of the greatest gangster dramas ever made. Here, we look at 10 things you never knew about Goodfellas.

Imagine Gooodfellas starring Tom Cruise and Madonna.

The producers initially wanted Tom Cruise and Madonna in the lead roles of Henry Hill and his wife, Karen. Madonna's ex-husband Sean Penn was also considered for Henry. Hill is the real life gangster whose story inspired the book Wiseguy, which inspired the movie. Hill was kicked out of the FBI's Witness Protection Program. After the release of Goodfellas, he enjoyed the spotlight,
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Now Stream This: A New Martin Scorsese Masterpiece, a Shane Black Christmas Comedy, and a Movie About a Bad President

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Now Stream This: A New Martin Scorsese Masterpiece, a Shane Black Christmas Comedy, and a Movie About a Bad President
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) Happy Holidays, I guess. As we wind down the clock on this garbage year, let us take time to appreciate the few good things in life: movies. Where would we be without […]

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10 Best Gambling and Poker Movies

All movie-makers love to put a little casino action into their films. There’s something so glamorous about the events that unfold around the gaming tables that it’s perfect for livening up even the dullest screenplay. So here’s a look at the top ten movies to tempt us into taking a trip to the casino!

Casino

We had to start our list with Martin Scorsese’s gambling masterpiece. This has everything you need in a casino film with Robert De Niro very impressive as the guy from the mob who takes over a Las Vegas gambling establishment. But it was Sharon Stone’s show-stopping performance as Ginger McKenna that really added that all-important glamour factor.

Ocean’s Eleven

But for suave sophistication it’s hard to beat the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven. With an awesome script that saw a bunch of very stylish guys attempting a heist
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‘I, Tonya’s Margot Robbie Goes For Gold Playing Disgraced Olympic Figure Skater

‘I, Tonya’s Margot Robbie Goes For Gold Playing Disgraced Olympic Figure Skater
It has been a dizzying ascent for Margot Robbie, from the Australian soap opera Neighbours to Hollywood, with roles in the TV series Pan Am and in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. But she truly announces herself as an actress with chops, and a chance to medal this awards season, with I, Tonya. In the Craig Gillespie-directed film, Robbie soars as the scandal-scarred Us Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding. She turns an historically vilified white trash tabloid…
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Willem Dafoe Shows His Softer Side In Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’

Willem Dafoe Shows His Softer Side In Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’
There are many sides to Willem Dafoe. He played genteel British poet T.S. Eliot in the quietly devastating 1994 UK period drama Tom & Viv; a cider-swilling rat in Wes Anderson's 2009 stop-motion animation The Fantastic Mr. Fox; and, early in his Hollywood career, he landed the title role of Jesus in Martin Scorsese's controversial 1988 mini-epic The Last Temptation of Christ. But those aren't the kind of parts that most movie audiences associate with him: it's a likely…
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Best Movies and TV to Stream in December: Sci-Fi Cops, Dave Chappelle and More

Best Movies and TV to Stream in December: Sci-Fi Cops, Dave Chappelle and More
When historians look back at the cosmic coincidences that made up the annus miserablis that was 2017, they will likely skip over the fact Netflix released a movie named Bright and a German horror series titled Dark within mere days of one another. We, however, are happy to celebrate such a glorious irony right here and now. The streaming service is also dropping a pair of stand-up specials from heavyweight talents (and supposedly the new season of Black Mirror, which is scheduled for "late 2017" ... so, um, soon?). Meanwhile Amazon is keeping
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France’s Institut Lumiere, Argentina’s Incaa Study a Lumiere Festival for Buenos Aires (Exclusive)

France’s Institut Lumiere, Argentina’s Incaa Study a Lumiere Festival for Buenos Aires (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires — In what would be a milestone for the restoration of Latin America’s rich film heritage, France’s Institut Lumière and Argentina’s Incaa Institute are studying the launch of a Buenos Aires Lumière Festival.

Thierry Fremaux, Institut Lumière director, confirmed the idea to Variety at Ventana Sur. The first public pronouncements about a mutual interest in launching the event come after Lyon’s Lumière Festival, organized by the Institut Lumière, has proved one of the most successful new film events out. Launched in 2009 by Institut Lumière president Bertrand Tavernier and Fremaux, and attended by Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino (twice) and Martin Scorsese, all recipients of its top honor, the Lumière Prize, the Lumière Festival is passionately supported by France’s film community whose stars, like Tarantino, hail into Lyon to introduce their favorite classics. Their presence helps turn the screening of a movie made maybe 50 years ago into a contemporary, cinema theater-based
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