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SAG Awards: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘This Is Us’ Take Top Prizes

SAG Awards: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘This Is Us’ Take Top Prizes
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big film winner at the SAG Awards Sunday with trophies for best ensemble cast, best actress for Frances McDormand for portraying a grieving mother and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.

Gary Oldman, meanwhile, won the best actor in a film award for his performance as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” “I am so deeply honored and proud to win this magnificent award,” a clearly moved Oldman said.

Oldman said back stage that he was savoring the recognition, adding, “My feeling is enjoy the moment. It will be someone else standing up here next year.”

Oldman won the trophy over Timothee Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name,” James Franco for “The Disaster Artist,” Daniel Kaluuya for “Get Out,” and Denzel Washington for “Roman Israel Esq.” Franco, who was recently accused by five women of sexually exploitative behavior, attended the ceremonies.

“Three Billboads” won the ensemble cast trophy over “The Big Sick
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2018 SAG Awards film report: ‘Wonder Woman’ stunt ensemble wins the first award of the night [Updating Live]

2018 SAG Awards film report: ‘Wonder Woman’ stunt ensemble wins the first award of the night [Updating Live]
The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented on Sunday night, January 21, during a ceremony hosted by Kristen Bell and simulcast on TNT and TBS. This 24th annual event honored the best achievements in film and television acting as decided by more than 100,000 members of the unified SAG-AFTRA union representing performers, radio and TV personalities, and other media professionals. But what do they mean for the Oscars, whose nominations are announced just two days later on January 23? Scroll down for our live updating report of all the film results as their announced.

Because the SAG Awards specifically honor performances and not other aspects of production, they’re not necessarily a reliable barometer for the Best Picture Oscar. Only 11 of the previous 22 ensemble casts that won SAG Awards correspond to the motion picture academy’s top prize (50%). However, this award has foretold a few big Oscar surprises. It was the
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‘Jumanji’ Leads International Box Office, Hits $768 Million Worldwide

‘Jumanji’ Leads International Box Office, Hits $768 Million Worldwide
Solidifying its status as a worldwide hit, Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has won the international box office for the fourth consecutive weekend with $32.6 million at 14,800 screens in 93 markets.

The action-comedy has hit $450 million internationally to go along with its $317 million domestic total. The global total has reached $767.8 million, making “Jumanji” 80th on the all-time worldwide list.

China delivered the top take for “Jumanji” with $7.7 million in its second weekend for a total of $65.8 million in that crucial market after two weeks — far better than Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with only $40.6 million in three weeks. The U.K. is the second largest with $43.7 million, followed by Australia with $31.9 million.

A pair of international titles took the next two slots with “Secret Superstar,” the latest film vehicle for Indian superstar Aamir Khan, opening with $25.6 million in China. The film — a coming of age story about a teenage girl who wants to be a
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'12 Strong' & 'Den of Thieves' Outperform Expectations as 'Jumanji' Threepeats at #1

'12 Strong' & 'Den of Thieves' Outperform Expectations as 'Jumanji' Threepeats at #1
The weekend's new releases all outperformed expectations with both 12 Strong and Den of Thieves placing in the top three. However, neither was able to topple Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which topped the weekend box office for the third straight weekend and in the process passed Skyfall to become Sony's fifth-highest grossing film ever. Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle delivered a chart-topping $20 million as the film's domestic cume climbs over $315 million. The film's international cume added another $32.6 million this weekend as its worldwide total now stands at $767.8 million, moving it into the top 80 all-time. In second place Warner Bros.'s release of 12 Strong narrowly edged out its new release competition finishing ahead of the $15 million the studio anticipated heading into the weekend, grossing an estimated $16.5 million. The film received an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which was made up of 55% males vs. 45% females and of that audience,
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Sundance: ‘Colette’ Sells to 30West, Bleecker Street

Sundance: ‘Colette’ Sells to 30West, Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street and 30West have partnered to buy “Colette,” a drama about the famous French writer that stars Keira Knightley following the film’s Sundance Film Festival premiere.

The deal is said to be in the mid-seven figures. The companies are said to be eyeing a traditional theatrical release at some point in 2018. It marks the first significant acquisition of this year’s festival — a market that’s been moving at a glacial pace with buyers complaining that the slate is arty and lacking in commercial heft.

“Colette” co-stars Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, and Denise Gough. It was directed by Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice”). The film follow Colette as she emerges as the toast of Belle Epoque society with her sexually charged Claudine novels. At the same time, Colette struggles to be recognized for her work. Her husband, the writer Willy, takes credit for the novels.

In a largely favorable review, Variety’s [link
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PGA Awards: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Wins Outstanding Producer; ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Tops In TV – Full Winners List

PGA Awards: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Wins Outstanding Producer; ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Tops In TV – Full Winners List
Updated with final results: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water solidified its status as an Oscar Best Picture frontrunner in a season where there are several, taking home the top honor at the 29th annual PGA Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton. On the TV side, a pair of streaming series rookies — Amazon’s comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Hulu’s drama The Handmaid’s Tale — came away with marquee honors. Del Toro, who won the Best Director Golden Globe already…
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Allison Janney Wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Allison Janney Wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
It was a big night for Allison Janney Sunday, as she took home the trophy for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in I, Tonya.

In her acceptance speech, Janney praised her I, Tonya cast members, particularly Margot Robbie.

“ so fearless and brave and such a rockstar,” Janney said. “She paved the way for all of us to make courageous choices in these roles that we got to play.”

Janney has been a dominant force this awards season, winning the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in
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Forest Whitaker Says ‘Black Panther’ Is ‘Something That Hasn’t Been Seen Before’ (Exclusive)

Forest Whitaker Says ‘Black Panther’ Is ‘Something That Hasn’t Been Seen Before’ (Exclusive)
Black Panther” hits theaters next month, but the comic movie is already one of the most anticipated films of the year, breaking pre-sales records as Marvel’s fastest-selling movie in the first 24 hours.

Forest Whitaker, who stars in the film as Zuri, says “Black Panther” is resonating early with moviegoers because the film is bringing something new to theaters, especially in the superhero drama genre.

“It’s a unique piece. It’s a multicultural piece. I think people are waiting to find something new,” Whitaker said on Sunday at the Variety Studio at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was on hand for his film “Burden,” which premieres Sunday in Park City, Utah.

“This superhero from Africa who is in this society and trying to fix the world is something that hasn’t been seen before,” Whitaker added. “I think Ryan [Coogler] is a great director so there’s always going to be some social conscious inside of it. … And
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‘Blindspotting’ Bidding War: Neon, The Orchard, CBS Films Chase Racial Drama

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‘Blindspotting’ Bidding War: Neon, The Orchard, CBS Films Chase Racial Drama
Three distributors – Neon, The Orchard and CBS Films – are aggressively courting the buzzy, race-themed Sundance drama “Blindspotting,” multiple individuals told TheWrap. MoviePass, the moviegoing subscription service that announced plans to acquire films at the festival, is also seeking a co-release with whoever ends up buying the film, one individual close to the negotiations said. Carlos Lopez Estrada directed the buddy story starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of two friends in Oakland, facing probation, police violence and the pressure of hipster tech gentrification. The film opened the festival on Thursday...
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Sundance: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Debra Granik's 'Leave No Trace' (Exclusive)

Sundance: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Debra Granik's 'Leave No Trace' (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Debra Granik's Leave No Trace.

The film is a haunting father-daughter story featuring Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, presented by Bron Creative and Topic Studios.

Based on Peter Rock's novel My Abandonment, the film revolves around a teenage girl (Harcourt McKenzie) and her father (Foster) who have lived undetected for years in Forest Park, a vast woods on the edge of Portland, Oregon. A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from the park and into the charge of a social service agency. They try to adapt...
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Jason Blum’s Advice To Burgeoning Producers At Sundance: ‘Don’t Worry About Your Movie Getting A Theatrical Release’

Jason Blum’s Advice To Burgeoning Producers At Sundance: ‘Don’t Worry About Your Movie Getting A Theatrical Release’
What a year it’s been for producer and Blumhouse boss Jason Blum. A year ago during Sundance, he had the top grossing title at the weekend box office, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split which with $40M marked the fifth best ever opening for January. And Blum also sneaked the world premiere of Get Out here at Sundance, which off $4.5M production cost reaped close to $255M and stands on the precipice of potential Oscar noms this Tuesday. This morning Blum was the keynote speaker at…
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Puppy Movie ‘Pick of the Litter’ Sells to IFC’s Sundance Selects

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Puppy Movie ‘Pick of the Litter’ Sells to IFC’s Sundance Selects
IFC FilmsSundance Selects label has acquired North American rights to Slamdance’s resident adorable film “Pick of the Litter.” The documentary was directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, and follows a litter of puppies from birth as they train to become seeing eye dogs for the blind. “Everyone at IFC Films/Sundance Selects understands how dogs can change one’s life and this film epitomizes this,” Arianna Bocco, the unit’s head of acquisitions and production, said in a statement. “We are so excited to introduce these amazing animals to audiences.” Also Read: 'Tyrel': Race, Class and Bad Manners Collide in Showcase for Jason Mitchell Nachman’s...
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Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Reteam ‘Tully’ Is Sundance Secret Screening

Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Reteam ‘Tully’ Is Sundance Secret Screening
Exclusive: This year’s secret screening is director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody's Tully, a comedy which is their second collaboration with Charlize Theron after 2011’s Young Adult. The Focus Features release opens on April 20. In Tully, Theron plays Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to accept the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and…
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Sundance: Lionsgate Nabs U.K. Rights for ‘Colette’ (Exclusive)

Sundance: Lionsgate Nabs U.K. Rights for ‘Colette’ (Exclusive)
Lionsgate has nabbed U.K. rights to “Colette” out of the Sundance Film Festival.

The studio is planning a theatrical release for the historical biopic, which features Keira Knightley in the title role as the legendary French writer. The film follow Colette as she emerges as the toast of Belle Epoque society with her sexually charged Claudine novels. At the same time, Colette struggles to be recognized for her work. Her husband, the writer Willy, takes credit for the best-sellers she churns out, leading to a decisive confrontation.

After premiering to solid reviews on Saturday night, “Colette” locked a domestic distribution pact with 30West and Bleecker Street. The two companies are eyeing a stateside theatrical debut at some point in 2018.

Knightley’s performance as the bisexual novelist is the film’s highlight with some even speculating it could land the two-time Oscar nominee back in the awards hunt.

“Colette” co-stars Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, and Denise Gough
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Spwa Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal: Sundance

Exclusive: In the biggest deal on the ground at Sundance so far, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions paid $5 million for world rights deal to Search, an innovative Aneesh Chaganty-directed thriller that stars John Cho and Debra Messing, and turns the computer screen into a cinematic canvas. The film, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize and premiered yesterday in the Next section at the Ray at 6:30 Pm, focuses on the relationship between a father and his high school…
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Steven Soderbergh, José Padilha films added to Berlin Film Festival line-up

Steven Soderbergh, José Padilha films added to Berlin Film Festival line-up
Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince and Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Unga Astrid picked for Berlinale Special.

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Steven Soderbergh, José Padilha

Five more films have joined the main lieups of the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 15 - 25). A further six films have been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.

Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane will get an out of competition world premiere. It stars Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah and Juno Temple and was reportedly shot on iPhone.

Also premiering out of competition is José Padilha’s true story thriller 7 Days In Entebbe, starring Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan.

New films from Lav Diaz and Alonso Ruizpalacios will play in competition.

23 of the 24 titles in the Competition have already been selected.19 of the 24 films will be competing for the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears.

Two extra Competition and Berlinale Special titles will be announced at the festival’s programme
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Wanda Chief Predicts Comeback In 2018 After 10.8% Revenue Drop In 2017

Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin has presented a look back at a challenging 2017, and a look ahead to what he says will be a plan for the group to gain Rmb 247.9B ($38.7B) in annual revenue in 2018. On Saturday, the embattled Chinese conglomerate reported Wanda Group operating revenue of Rmb 227.37B ($35.5B), down 10.8% from 2016. Largely that was the result of the sale of some $9.4B in hotels and tourism projects which Wang said over the weekend was a main achievement of the…
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Come Sunday review – not enough meat for Chiwetel Ejiofor to save film about born-again Christian pastor

Ejiofor is superb in this biopic of ousted Pentecostalist minister Carlton Pearson, but his moral conversion doesn’t go nearly far enough

Chiwetel Ejiofor is electrifying from the pulpit in this biopic of Pentecostal bishop Carlton Pearson. It’s no wonder that Pearson’s ministry packed them in each week, television cameras in tow. When we first meet him he is a devout born-again Christian, and even if he’s exhausted on a late night flight he’ll save the soul of his seat passenger is she happens to be a lapsed Catholic at wits’ end and hungry for purpose.

Though strict in his beliefs and a protege of the renown huckster Oral Roberts (who once told his congregation that God would strike him dead if he couldn’t raise $8m to bail out a real estate deal) it is clear that Bishop Pearson is a good man. It’s
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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup
Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller “Unsane,” starring Claire Foy and Joshua Leonard, is among five more films added Monday to the competition lineup at next month’s Berlin Film Festival.

Unsane” joins “7 Days in Entebbe” and “Aga” as new additions that, though part of the competition slate, will not actually vie for the Golden and Silver Bears. All will have their world premieres at the Berlinale, as will the two titles added Monday that will compete for prizes: “Ang panahon ng halimaw” (“Season of the Devil”) from the Philippines and “Museo” (“Museum”) from Mexico, starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

All but one of the 24 competition films have now been selected. Nineteen of the 24 will vie for the Golden and Silver Bears.

“Unsane,” which is set for a March 23 release in the U.S. via Fingerprint Releasing and Bleecker Street, stars Foy as a woman who is sent to a mental institution though it is unclear whether her greatest
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‘The Alienist’ Review: TNT’s Semi-True Detective Story Ain’t for the Squeamish — Or Many Others

‘The Alienist’ Review: TNT’s Semi-True Detective Story Ain’t for the Squeamish — Or Many Others
Just when you thought peak TV had an option for every flight of fancy — from ’90s nostalgists to J.K. Simmons super-fans to the one sage shopper with a “Save the Transgender Fish, Save the World” t-shirt — enter “The Alienist,” an adaptation of Caleb Carr’s historical-fiction novel from 1994, that plays on TV like a “Sherlock Holmes” / “True Detective” crossover episode. Did the world need a gritty reboot of 221 B. Baker St. where Holmes is a doctor studying mental illness in wayward youths and Watson is a drunken, philandering illustrator who gets his kicks from kinky sex? No, but “need” isn’t a word that often accompanies modern TV programming. People wanted it (apparently), and after the first two episodes, viewers might still want more.

But they should think twice before continuing. “The Alienist” has its simple appeals, most notably in its sterling production design and salacious nighttime excursions, but they
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