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A Look At The Leading Contenders In This Year’s Oscar Best Animated Feature Race

A Look At The Leading Contenders In This Year’s Oscar Best Animated Feature Race
In this the 90th Oscar race, 26 features have been approved to duke it out for the Best Animated Feature award. This year, there are several obvious frontrunners. Never count out Pixar, which has Day of the Dead themed Coco and its variety of original songs; Warner Bros. is in the fold with The Lego Batman Movie, a well-received follow-up to the massively popular Lego Movie; and 20th Century Fox has Ferdinand, a tale of a Spanish fighting bull who refuses to fight. Among…
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Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2017: ‘Lady Bird’ Wins Big, but ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Has Strong Showing as Well

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2017: ‘Lady Bird’ Wins Big, but ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Has Strong Showing as Well
Lady Bird” won big at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards last night, taking home Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf), and Most Promising Filmmaker (Greta Gerwig) from the Windy City. “Call Me by Your Name” had a strong showing as well, picking up prizes for Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet, who also won Most Promising Performer) and Best Supporting Screenplay.

Christopher Dunkirk was named Best Director for his work on “Dunkirk,” with Willem Dafoe of “The Florida Project” winning yet another Best Supporting Actor laurel and Jordan Peele being honored with Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out.” Full list of winners below.

Read More:2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Both Best Picture and Best Actor

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name

Dunkirk

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Guillermo Del Toro
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Animation Roundtable: The Risk of Making Toons for All Ages and Why Hiring More Females Is "Crucial"

Animation Roundtable: The Risk of Making Toons for All Ages and Why Hiring More Females Is
The Boss Baby, his lead actor, Alec Baldwin, suddenly developed a fresh cultural currency as Saturday Night Live's Donald Trump. Lee Unkrich, 50, director of Pixar's Coco, worried about how his young actor's voice might change during the five-year production. And Chris McKay, 49, director of Warner Animation's The Lego Batman Movie, "made some people uncomfortable" at the studio when his spoof-filled film opened just before the deadly serious Batman v. Superman. But they all agree that's part of the pleasures...
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From ‘Lego Batman’ to ‘Ferdinand’ to ‘Boss Baby,’ These Actors Inspire the Animators

From ‘Lego Batman’ to ‘Ferdinand’ to ‘Boss Baby,’ These Actors Inspire the Animators
From “the Lego Batman Movie” and “The Boss Baby” to “Ferdinand,” theaters are full of animated films showcasing premiere acting talent. Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, John Cena and Miranda Cosgrove are just a few of the actors who’ve entered the booth this year to give a vocal performance that will inspire animators as they create a character.

Voice-acting gigs were not always seen as plum jobs and voice actors often didn’t receive the same respect accorded other performers. That started to shift in 1992 when Robin Williams gave one of the most memorable voice performances as the Genie in “Aladdin.”

“A lot of people think it’s like an Adr process, like a post process when you’re directing a vocal performance,” says Tom McGrath, the helmer behind “Boss Baby” and the “Madagascar” films. “The main thing is to create a safe place for the actors so they can try things. As a director
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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Director Chris McKay Talks “Punk Rock” Take On The Batman Universe

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Director Chris McKay Talks “Punk Rock” Take On The Batman Universe
With his first theatrically-released feature, director Chris McKay got to enter the studio sandbox and play with one of his all-time favorite characters: Batman. Having worked with Phil Lord and Christopher Lord on The Lego Movie—a mega-hit for Warner Bros. grossing nearly $470 million worldwide—McKay was a natural fit to helm The Lego Batman Movie (the first of two follow-up features, the other being The Lego Ninjago Movie), given his passion for the character, which…
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St. Louis Film Critics Association Announces This Year’s Nominations

The St. Louis Film Critics Association has given The Shape of Water 12 nominations. Other notable nominations include Greta Gerwig for Best Director, Sally Hawkins for Best Actress, and The Disaster Artist for Adapted Screenplay! Here’s the full list:

Best Picture

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

The Post

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo

Best Director

Greta GerwigLady Bird

Jordan PeeleGet Out

Denis VilleneuveBlade Runner 2049

Guillermo del ToroThe Shape of Water

Steven SpielbergThe Post

Best Actor

Daniel Day-LewisPhantom Thread

Daniel KaluuyaGet Out

James FrancoThe Disaster Artist

Tom HanksThe Post

Gary OldmanDarkest Hour

Best Actress

Kristen StewartPersonal Shopper

Saoirse RonanLady Bird

Sally HawkinsThe Shape of Water

Meryl StreepThe Post

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo

Best Supporting Actor

Michael ShannonThe Shape of Water

Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo

Richard Jenkins,
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Film News: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Tops Chicago Film Critics Association’s Nominations for 2017

Chicago – The eclectic coming-of-age love story, “Call Me By Your Name” topped the nominations list with eight for the 2017 Chicago Film Critics Association (Cfca) Film Awards, to be announced on Wednesday, December 13th. Director Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of Andre Aciman’s novel garnered nods for Best Picture, Guadagnino for Best Director, and acting noms for Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Timothee Chalamet.

The rest of the field for Best Picture has a variety of genres and themes. Christopher Nolan’s epic “Dunkirk” shares the stage with Greta Gerwig’s intent autobiographical “Lady Bird,” Guillermo Del Toro’s magical “The Shape of Water” and the strange-but-heralded “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The symbolic horror of “Get Out” got first time director Jordan Peele a nomination (joining first timer Greta Gerwig), the late Harry Dean Stanton was recognized for Best Actor in “Lucky,” and Willem Dafoe got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for “The Florida Project.
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Golden Globes 2018: The 8 Biggest Movie Nomination Surprises and Snubs

Golden Globes 2018: The 8 Biggest Movie Nomination Surprises and Snubs
The Golden Globe nominations are as Golden Globe-y as ever. It is largely impossible to predict who the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will deem worthy of being invited to their annual shindig, and this year proved no exception. While there were enough sure things in the mix (the HFPA loves Meryl Streep) and some omissions we knew were longshots all along (sorry, Wonder Woman), there are a number of surprises and snubs worth discussing.

Surprises

Christopher Plummer for All the Money in the World. And here we said it as a joke. We didn't know anyone had even seen All the Money in the World yet -- since Plummer filmed his parts last month -- but he somehow managed a nomination. (Which means Michael Stuhlbarg was snubbed for Call Me By Your Name.) Really, all the love for All the Money in the World, which also included nominations for Best Actress for Michelle Williams and Best Director
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Golden Globes Nominations: ‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Score Big

Golden Globes Nominations: ‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Score Big
Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the big winners as nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards were unveiled in the wee hours on Monday morning.

“Three Billboards,” a revenge drama, “The Post,” a dramatic re-telling of the Pentagon Papers saga, and “The Shape of Water,” an offbeat story about the romance between a mute cleaning lady and a fish-like creature, earned best film and director nods, in addition to picking up nominations for the performances of several of its actors. “The Shape of Water” nabbed a leading seven nominations, while “Three Billboards” and “The Post” picked up six apiece. The other best drama nominees were Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Luca Guadagnino’s lyrical romance “Call Me by Your Name.”

Unlike other awards shows, the Globes separates its film honors into best drama and best
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Chicago Film Critics Association champion Call Me By Your Name with 2017 award nominations

Critical darlings and awards favorites Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water proved to be heavy hitters within the Chicago Film Critics Association (of which yours truly is a fresh, honorary member). The former received eight nominations while the latter received seven. Meanwhile, in third place was a three-way tie between Lady Bird, Dunkirk, and Phantom Thread, each with six nominations apiece.

There were also some surprises in store, as Raw (an artistically disturbing French cannibal horror feature seemingly forgotten about during this awards season, and disappointingly so as it’s one of the most overlooked and flat-out best films of the year) managed to secure nominations in both Best Foreign Language Film and Most Promising Filmmaker (a conversation Julia Ducournau definitely deserves to be in alongside popular hopefuls Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele). Beloved character actor Harry Dean Stanton (most of you probably remember him as
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Warner Bros. Crosses $2 Billion in Us, $5 Billion Worldwide

Warner Bros. Pictures has crossed the $2 billion mark at the domestic box office and the $5 billion mark at the global box office this year, only the second time in its illustrious history that the Studio has crossed that tremendous milestone. It is also the eighth time in the last nine years that Warner Bros. has earned more than $4 billion in a single year, marking an industry record. The studio was lead by the success of Wonder Woman, the studio's huge Dceu hit. The announcement was made today by Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, who had this to say in a statement.

"We are thrilled to reach this extraordinary benchmark as we come to the end of an amazing, record-setting year. Surpassing five billion dollars in a single year can only happen with an incredible level of hard work across all theatrical divisions, as well as
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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Review: A Robin Williams Relic Is Reborn as a Mildly Amusing Video Game Movie

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Review: A Robin Williams Relic Is Reborn as a Mildly Amusing Video Game Movie
A semi-related sequel to a 1996 kids movie that exactly zero human beings have watched since the death of VHS, the mildly amusing “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is further proof that even the stalest whiff of brand recognition has become preferable to originality. Only part of the blame for that belongs to the studios, but after cannibalizing themselves for much of the last 20 years, Hollywood has clearly eaten their way down to the crumbs.

That’s not to suggest the original “Jumanji” was such an unspeakably terrible thing — Joe Johnston has always known how to serve a fine bowl of popcorn entertainment — but rather to say that no one should ever have to write the words: “The original ‘Jumanji.’” And while it’s nice that this new adventure has virtually nothing to do with the first one, “The Lego Batman Movie” screenwriter Chris McKenna leveraging the franchise’s most basic
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Comics on Film: Reviewing 2017 in Superhero Cinema

Filled with highs and lows, the year 2017 has been a very significant one for comics-based and superhero cinema. We've enjoyed everything from the zany to the darkly serious, from the epic to the intimate, and have seen some of the genre's most arguably consequential releases arrive to add a significant new chapter to these icons' legacies that we'll be able to enjoy for decades to come. Now that the genre has seen its final release of 2017, we thought it would be fun and helpful to reflect on what 2017 has brought us in the realm of cinematic superheroes. So, without further ado, let's take a look!       The Lego Batman Movie Released on February 10   The first superhero movie of the year, The Lego Batman...

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Golden Globe 2017 Predictions: What Films Will Score Nominations?

Golden Globe 2017 Predictions: What Films Will Score Nominations?
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. will reveal nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards on Monday. The 90-ish-member organization of international journalists makes a big splash every year with its boozed-up, televised ceremony that of late has a shot at making a real impact on the Oscar race, given that it airs in the thick of Academy voting. (Meryl Streep no doubt gained a few votes after her rousing anti-Trump remarks on last year’s telecast.)

This year the group is in a position to help cull the list of contenders further, after the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. once again found a way to recognize pretty much everything in contention. That said, bear in mind that this is a tight-knit group of press members whose picks are not necessarily indicative of the tastes of a nearly 8,000-person Academy of film professionals.

Case in point, last year’s big winner: “La La Land” walked away with a
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The Florida Project Named Best Picture by the Detroit Film Critics Society

The Detroit Film Critics Society (of which CinemaNerdz Editor-in-Chief, Mike Tyrkus, is a member) is pleased to announce the Best of 2017 winners in twelve categories. The Detroit Film Critics Society was founded in Spring 2007 and consists of a group of nineteen film critics with a Michigan connection who write or broadcast in the Detroit area as well as other major cities including Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Flint, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and New York City.

Each critic submitted their top five picks in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, and Breakthrough in any category, Best Screenplay, and Best Documentary. Two additional categories were added this year for Best Animated Feature and Best Use of Music making a total of twelve (12) categories.

From these submissions, each entry was given a point value and the top five
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Apple Releases 2017 Charts of Top Movies, TV Shows, Music, Apps

Apple Releases 2017 Charts of Top Movies, TV Shows, Music, Apps
Apple unveiled its charts ranking the most popular movies, TV shows, music, apps, books and podcasts in the U.S. for 2017 — with both new and familiar faces in the world of media and entertainment.

The No. 1 movie of the year on Apple’s iTunes was Disney’s “Moana,” followed by Disney/Lucafilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Warner Bros. “Wonder Woman.”

In TV, perennial favorites HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” were the top three programs. New series charting in 2017 included HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” PBS’s “Victoria” and FX’s “The Americans.”

On Apple Music, Drake had the No. 1 album of the year with “More Life,” while Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” scored the most-downloaded song. Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” has already rocketed to No. 3 on the 2017 top album ranking since its Nov. 10 release
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Warner Bros. has eclipsed $5 billion at the 2017 global box office

Led by Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. has gone past $5 billion at the 2017 worldwide box office, Variety has revealed.

It’s been a big year for Warner Bros. at the box office, featuring some big surprise hits and some more obvious wins. On Tuesday, the studio announced that this is the eighth time in nine years that they have made more than $4 billion in a year.

Contributing to its box office takings are the likes of Wonder Woman ($821 million), It surprising everyone with $694 million, Justice League currently at $570 million, Kong: Skull Island at $566 million, and Dunkirk with an impressive $525 million.

Beyond these titles there were three other WB movies that made more than $250 million in 2017. The Lego Batman Movie, Annabelle: Creation, and Blade Runner 2049 all contributed to the impressive total.

“We are thrilled to reach this extraordinary benchmark as we come to the end of an amazing, record-setting year,” Sue Kroll,
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Warner Bros. Tops $5 Billion at 2017 Worldwide Box Office, Led by ‘Wonder Woman’

Warner Bros. Tops $5 Billion at 2017 Worldwide Box Office, Led by ‘Wonder Woman’
Led by “Wonder Woman,” Warner Bros. has crossed the $5 billion mark at the global box office this year, marking only the second time it has ever crossed the milestone.

The studio made the announcement on Tuesday, noting that it’s also the eighth time in the last nine years that Warner Bros. has earned more than $4 billion in a single year.

The announcement came five days after Disney proclaimed it had topped $5 billion worldwide for the third year in a row.

Warner Bros. noted that it had five titles take in more than $500 million worldwide with “Kong: Skull Island,” “Wonder Woman,” “Dunkirk,” “It,” and “Justice League.” Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” leads the list with $821 million with “It” at $694 million, “Justice League” at $570 million, “Kong: Skull Island” at $566 million, and “Dunkirk” at $525 million.

Warner Bros. has not disclosed the budget on “Justice League” — which launched mid-November and is still doing decent business. Some estimates
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Promo images for The Lego Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures Series 2 revealed

Lego has released a batch of official promotional images for the second series of The Lego Batman Movie minifigures which are set to go on sale January 1st, the wave includes Friends and Family Harley, Friends and Family Alfred, Clock King, Hugo Strange, Mermaid Batman, Swimming Pool Batman (With Dolphin), Tropical Joker, Vacation Robin, Vacation Batgirl, Vacation Alfred, Soccer Mom Batgirl, Killer Moth, Jayna, Zan, Apache Chief, Jor-El, General Zod, Doctor Phosphorus, Black Canary, and Black Vulcan; click on any of the images for hi-res versions, and let us know in the comments below which of these you’re most excited to get your hands on…

See Also: The Lego Batman Movie 2018 sets revealed, including the Bat-Space Shuttle and Justice League Anniversary Party

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure.
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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Team Dug Into Their Hero’s Deepest Fears, from Intimacy to the Joker

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Team Dug Into Their Hero’s Deepest Fears, from Intimacy to the Joker
What’s it going to take for “The Lego Batman Movie” to redeem the franchise with an Oscar nomination after “The Lego Movie” was snubbed in 2015? The movie will need to get more respect for its brick animation style, inside-out take on the Caped Crusader, and self-reflexive wit.

Of course, it didn’t help that the Annie voters left “The Lego Batman Movie” off its list of best animated feature nominations on Monday, but there’s still time to coax the Academy into an Oscar nomination. IndieWire critic David Ehrlich passionately argued his case, but nobody gets more animated about “Lego Batman” than director Chris McKay.

What Lego Does Best

“We look for things that other movies can’t do,” McKay said. “That’s our job in making a Lego movie. What story can you only tell with this medium? And I wanted to do an emotional story about Batman
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