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Female Directors Shut Out of Golden Globes Nominations

Female Directors Shut Out of Golden Globes Nominations
Despite a best picture, comedy or musical nomination for “Lady Bird” and widespread acclaim for its first-time director, Greta Gerwig, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. stuck with an all-male group for the 2018 best director nominations.

In a year in which Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” also received universal praise — and in the case of “Wonder Woman,” massive box office as well, the slight was seen as significant.

Gerwig, who has acted in numerous films, had never directed a feature before “Lady Bird.” She did, however, score a screenplay nom for her original “Lady Bird” script. The Globes combine both adapted and original screenplays into one category.

The push to hire and recognize female directors has intensified in the wake of the Academy’s efforts to improve diversity and the massive sexual harassment scandals that are gripping Hollywood.

Instead, the HFPA nominated Guillermo del Toro, whose “The Shape of Water” had the most noms overall
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Golden Globes 2018: The Complete List of Nominees

Golden Globes 2018: The Complete List of Nominees
The 2018 Golden Globes nominees are in. Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone announced the names and titles early Monday from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The actual January awards show also takes place at the hotel.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Laura Dern, “Big Little LiesAnn Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Chrissy Metz, “This is UsMichelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of LiesShailene Woodley,
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'Coco' Threepeats, 'Disaster Artist' Soars and WB Tops $2 Billion

'Coco' Threepeats, 'Disaster Artist' Soars and WB Tops $2 Billion
Disney and Pixar's Coco topped the weekend box office for the third week in a row. In fact, the only shake-up in the weekend top five compared to the last two weeks is to see A24's The Disaster Artist landing in fourth position as it expanded into 840 theaters this weekend following its strong limited bow last week. As for the weekend's only new wide release, Broad Green's release of Just Getting Started struggled to finish over $3 million, barely eking into the top ten. With an estimated $18.6 million, Disney and Pixar's Coco topped the weekend box office as its domestic gross climbs to $135.5 million domestically. While the film's opening weekend was closer to that of 2000's Tangled, it has since started playing closer to Disney's Moana, which also topped the weekend box office for three straight weeks last year following its Thanksgiving debut prior to ceding the #1 spot to Rogue One.
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'BPM (Beats Per Minute),' 'Barbara' Top France's Lumiere Award Nominations

'BPM (Beats Per Minute),' 'Barbara' Top France's Lumiere Award Nominations
Robin Campillo’s AIDS activist drama BPM (Beats Per Minute) leads the pack with six nominations for this year’s Lumiere Awards, with nods in the best film, best director and best acting categories, among others.

The film is France’s entry in the Oscar best foreign-language film category and took home the Grand Prize in Cannes earlier this year.

Mathieu Almaric’s Barbara, which was given a special award for artistry in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes, and the comedy C’est la Vie, from Intouchables directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, each scored four nominations.

The three will compete in the...
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'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle

'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle
The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named The Florida Project as its best picture of 2017.

The Sean Baker-directed film about a mother and daughter living in a motel on the outskirts of Disney World was also recognized in the category of best supporting actor, with Willem Dafoe winning that award.

The Shape of Water earned two honors: best director (Guillermo del Toro) and best production design (Paul D. Austerberry).

Other noteworthy winners include: War for the Planet of the Apes' Andy Serkis for best actor; I, Tonya's Margot Robbie for best actress; Lady Bird's Laurie Metcalf for best...
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'The Florida Project,' 'Mudbound' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

'The Florida Project,' 'Mudbound' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online
The Florida Project and Mudbound tied for best picture of 2017 in a vote Sunday by the New York Film Critics Online.

Dee Rees also was voted best director for Mudbound, while Willem Dafoe was named best supporting actor for The Florida Project.

In other awards, Darkest Hour's Gary Oldman and I, Tonya's Margot Robbie won for best actor and actress, respectively. Robbie's co-star Allison Janney was named best supporting actress.

Meanwhile, Jordan Peele won for best screenplay and best debut director for Get Out, and Timothée Chalamet was named breakthrough performer for Call Me by Your Name.

A...
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‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards

‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards
God’s Own Country” was the big winner at the British Indepdendent Film Awards on Sunday, winning best British independent film, best actor for Josh O’Connor, and best debut screenwiter for Francis Lee, who also directed the England-set gay romance.

Lady Macbeth” was another multiple prize-winner, taking home the awards for best screenplay for Alice Birch, best actress for Florence Pugh, and most promising newcomer for Naomie Ackie. Armando Iannucci’s “Death of Stalin” picked up four awards, which were handed out Sunday evening at a starry awards ceremony in London.

The British independent movie industry turned out in force, although the snow that had blanketed parts of Britain overnight kept double award-winner Rungano Nyoni from attending and had Lee telling the crowd he needed digging out of his home in Yorkshire, northern England, to make the bash.

Host Mark Gatiss opened proceedings by announcing “it’s been another dreadful year for planet Earth,” adding that “January
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'Shape of Water' Is Wonder and Nostalgia Done Right

'Shape of Water' Is Wonder and Nostalgia Done Right
Wonder is no stranger to the work of Guillermo del Toro. Even at their most phantasmagorical, their most horrific, wonder is infused in his films, as if from behind the camera del Toro cannot help marveling at the supernatural creations wrought before him by his FX crew: Whether eldritch, bizarre, grotesque, kooky, or oftentimes plain old monstrous, the beasts inhabiting del Toro’s imagined worlds never cease to raise his awe while inviting our own.

So take The Shape of Water, his latest film (now expanding after opening in New York last weekend), as a capstone statement on his entire career:...
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'Phantom Thread' Named Best Film by Boston Society of Film Critics

'Phantom Thread' Named Best Film by Boston Society of Film Critics
The Boston Society of Film Critics on Sunday named Phantom Thread as its best picture of 2017.

The group also recognized the film, which Daniel Day-Lewis has said will be his last project before retiring from acting, in two other categories: best director (Paul Thomas Anderson) and best original score (Jonny Greenwood).

The Boston critics bestowed two awards each on the well-reviewed films Lady Bird and Get Out. The former, a coming-of-age movie starring Saoirse Ronan, was recognized in the categories of best supporting actress (Laurie Metcalf) and best screenplay (writer-director Greta Gerwig), while the latter, a racially themed horror...
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Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Cinemas

Cinemas are expected to return to Saudi Arabia for the first time in 35 years.

The Kingdom — undergoing seismic changes under new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — made the announcement Monday.

"As the industry regulator, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom," Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad said in a statement. "We expect the first cinemas to open in March 2018.”

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, many insiders working in Saudi Arabia indicated that this move had been widely expected, with investors already having built cinemas...
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Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy

Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy
Rising star Indian actor Rajkummar Rao has signed an untitled film alongside actress Shraddha Kapoor (“Haseena Parkar”), by director duo Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru (“A Gentleman”).

Principal photography will commence by the end of January 2018. Dinesh Vijan is producing for Maddock Films (“Hindi Medium”). Rao describes the film as an “out-of-the-box, raucous horror-comedy.”

Rao, who will receive one of the Variety Asian Actors to Watch award at Iffam later this week, is enjoying the best year of his career.

He is the star of political satire “Newton,” which was released in India in late September on the day it was announced that it would be India’s entry in Oscar’s foreign language category. It not only racked up the box office numbers, but also won Rao best actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Survival drama “Trapped” released in March and alongside enormous critical acclaim, performed well at the box office.

Romantic comedy
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Over 15 Easter Eggs We Spotted in the New ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer

When a feature film adaptation of Ready Player One was in the works, author Ernest Cline was candid about his doubts the movie would ever happen. Not only can development be a fickle beast, but the book is so packed with IP from various rights holders that including just a fraction of the references from the book would cost a boatload. As it turns out, Warner Bros. landed possibly the only director who could both navigate the various licensing issues and cut great deals: Steven Spielberg. While the film takes place in the future and revolves around the virtual reality …
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‘Darkest Hour’ Dp Bruno Delbonnel on Working with Joe Wright & Shooting Gary Oldman as Churchill

Certainly one of the most distinct and talented cinematographers working today is Bruno Delbonnel. Most first sparked to the French cinematographer’s work on the 2001 film Amélie, and he subsequently lent his talents to films like A Very Long Engagement, Across the Universe, and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, Big Eyes, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. And when the Coen Brothers found themselves in need of a new cinematographer due to Roger Deakins’ absence, they enlisted Delbonnel to shoot the gorgeous Inside Llewyn Davis (and he’s also shooting their upcoming anthology series). Most recently, …
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Golden Globe Movies Analysis: Wide-Open Oscar Season Just Got A Lot Wider

Golden Globe Movies Analysis: Wide-Open Oscar Season Just Got A Lot Wider
Here is what this morning’s nominations tell us about momentum this awards season and Oscar chances: Fox Searchlight’s The Shape of Water, after a very slow start with critics groups, is the real deal gaining a leading seven nominations at the Globes in every single category in which it had a chance. This comes on top of its leading 14 nominations in last week's Critics' Choice Awards. It is definitely a strong contender to keep up the heat at this point. Similarly…
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Golden Globes 2018 Film Surprises and Snubs: ‘Greatest Showman’ Lands 3, but ‘The Big Sick’ is Shut Out

Golden Globes 2018 Film Surprises and Snubs: ‘Greatest Showman’ Lands 3, but ‘The Big Sick’ is Shut Out
Fox Searchlight had a lovely Golden Globes nominations morning, notching 15 nominations as Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” continued its Critics Choice surge with seven nominations, followed by Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with six. The other expected drama nominations were Fox’s Steven Spielberg journalism valentine “The Post” (six), Sony Pictures Classics gay love story “Call Me By Your Name” (three), and Warner Bros.Christopher Nolan war movie “Dunkirk” (three).

Finally, Working Title/Focus Features’ other World War II drama, “Darkest Hour,” seems to be strictly a Gary Oldman Drama Actor play, while Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” landed nods for Daniel Day-Lewis and Johnny Greenwood for Score. Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (A24) posted strong results on the Comedy side (four).

The typically idiosyncratic — and senior — Hollywood Foreign Press honored many old friends Monday morning as it did not fail, as usual,
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Netflix Reveals the Most Binge-Watched Shows of 2017: ‘American Vandal,’ ’13 Reasons Why,’ and More

Netflix Reveals the Most Binge-Watched Shows of 2017: ‘American Vandal,’ ’13 Reasons Why,’ and More
Netflix is notorious for keeping all streaming data hidden from public knowledge, but the company has broken its silence by revealing which shows were the most binged in 2017. Netflix looked at the average daily viewing hours per user from November 2016 to November 2017 to come up with its official “Shows We Devoured” list, which is surprisingly topped by the acclaimed true crime spoof “American Vandal.”

Read More:Why Netflix and Amazon Algorithms Are Destroying the Movies

Series viewed more than two hours per day were considered “devoured,” while those viewed less than two hours a day were categorized as “savored.” The Emmy-winning drama series “The Crown” topped the “Shows We Savored” list, which also included numerous comedy titles such as “Big Mouth,” “Neo Yokio,” “Disjointed,” “Dear White People,” and Glow.” The most-binged list included popular foreign titles like the Brazilian series “3%” and the Mexican political drama “Ingobernable.”

The full lists are below,
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Spike Lee Says Nate Parker Was The Victim Of “A Dope-Fiend Double-Cross”

One detail that has been somewhat overlooked in Armie Hammer’s comments about the double standard in treatment between Casey Affleck and Nate Parker during last year’s awards season (for which he subsequent apologized to Affleck) is his revelation that the details about “The Birth Of A Nation” director’s 1999 rape trial (in which he was acquitted) was leaked to the trades by a rival producer.

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Golden Globes: Geoffrey Rush Reacts To Nominations Following Allegations

Golden Globes: Geoffrey Rush Reacts To Nominations Following Allegations
Geoffrey Rush reacted to his Golden Globe nomination for Nat Geo’s Genius, saying that he believed in the “complexity of humankind”. His nomination comes after allegations of “inappropriate behavior” emerged during an Australian play. Rush was nominated in the Best Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for his performance as Albert Einstein in Nat Geo's Genius. The first season of the anthology series, which is…
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‘Ready Player One’ Author Ernest Cline Confirms He’s Writing a Sequel to the Novel

Right now, my excitement for Ready Player One is brushing up against the weakness of the source material. Ernest Cline’s novel has a great structure and a solid concept—a guy enters a virtual reality space where he goes on a quest to discover three keys that will give him ownership of the entire virtual reality—but it’s so drenched in nostalgia that it struggles to breathe. There are multiple points where you just stop reading, roll your eyes, and say out loud to no one in particular, “Yes, I too like 80s pop culture.” Nevertheless, the book …
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Marvel’s Kevin Feige’s Advice To Hollywood: “Don’t Worry About The Universe. Worry About The Movie.”

Next year will mark the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hollywood has tried to hard to mimic the comic book studio’s interconnected franchise building, but none have succeeded in matching them. Universal is already bailing out of Dark Universe following the disastrous “The Mummy” this summer. The disappointing results of “Justice League” are seeing Warner Bros. and DC Films shake up their executive team.

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