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‘Super Troopers 2’ Trailer: An International Incident Erupts in This Long-Awaited Sequel to the Cult Classic — Watch

‘Super Troopers 2’ Trailer: An International Incident Erupts in This Long-Awaited Sequel to the Cult Classic — Watch
In a clear attempt to carry the awards-season success of “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” into 2018, Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for “Super Troopers 2.” The long-awaited sequel comes a full 17 years after the original cult classic, which has long had fans hoping for a follow-up. Watch below.

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Here’s the synopsis: “Everyone’s favorite law enforcement team is back by popular demand with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy classic…Super Troopers. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers- Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva, are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Unconventional police work follows, and the result is…Super Troopers 2.”

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Blueprints: "The Shape of Water"

On the last week before the Oscar nominations are announced, Jorge takes a look at another of the potential screenplay contenders. This week, he explores a fight, in which one person has to speak both sides of dialogue.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a fairytale about the forbidden love between a mute woman and a captive fishman. But as much as the film is about their romance, it is also about the unique friendships and relationships made by those that society has pushed to its margins for being “different”.

Let’s take a look at one of the most memorable scenes in the film, between Sally Hawkins’ hopeful and infatuated Elisa, and her closeted gay neighbor and best friend, Giles, played by Richard Jenkins. It’s a fight where Elisa not only begs him to help her save the creature, but also to be seen and understood.
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Golden Globes Music Sweep Is a Kraft-Engel Production

Golden Globes Music Sweep Is a Kraft-Engel Production
Last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards saw Alexandre Desplat win Best Score (for “The Shape of Water”), and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win Best Song (for “The Greatest Showman”). What do they have in common? All three are represented by Richard Kraft and Laura Engel, whose Kraft-Engel Management is one of Hollywood’s top music agencies. Kraft-Engel’s other clients include Danny Elfman, Moby, John Debney, Mark Isham, Henry Jackman, Alan Menken, Bear McCreary, Marco Beltrami, Christophe Beck and John Powell.

Kraft has been a film-music agent for more than 30 years, Engel for more than 20. They began working together in the 1980s when Engel was Elfman’s manager and Kraft was doing his film deals. Kraft started his own company in 1991; she joined him as an agent in 1996 and together they formed Kraft-Engel Management in 2005. They refer to themselves as “agents who give the attention to our clients as if we were managers.”

Variety caught
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‘Shape of Water’ Poised to Lead Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions in All Categories

‘Shape of Water’ Poised to Lead Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions in All Categories
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will unveil nominations for the 90th annual Oscars. It’s been a season marked, refreshingly, by a lack of frontrunners in most major categories. Combined with an extended phase two this year (thanks to the Winter Olympics), it ought to make for a spirited sprint to the finish line after the races are firmed up next week.

Here are In Contention’s final predictions for nominations in all 24 Oscar categories.

Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name

Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito, Peter SpearsDunkirk

Emma Thomas, Christopher NolanThe Florida Project

Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching TsouGet Out

Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jordan Peele “Lady Bird”

Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott RudinThe Post

Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko KriegerThe Shape of Water

J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro “Three
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Sundance Buyers & Sellers Try To Find Optimism In Changing Market: Hot Sundance Titles

Rarely have buyers and sellers come into the Sundance Film Festival with as many questions about the fast-changing prestige business as this year. As they arrive in Park City today, no one was willing to predict if this would be a festival teeming with deals, or one where all but a few films take weeks to sell. The positives: prestige films from Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to The Shape of Water, Neon/30West’s I, Tonya, A24’s The Disaster Art…
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Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Reunite for New Christmas Comedy

Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Reunite for New Christmas Comedy
More than six years after the Best Picture nominee The Help took the careers of Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer to new heights, the actresses are reuniting for an untitled Christmas comedy. The project was at the center of a huge bidding war that Universal eventually won, over 20th Century Fox and Paramount, with the pitch coming from Jessica Chastain herself and her Freckle Films production president Kelly Carmichael, who both wrote the treatment, with Peter Chiarelli (Crazy Rich Asians) attached to write the script. Both Chastain and Carmichael are set to produce through their Freckle Films banner, alongside Maven Pictures' Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler.

Both Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer will portray two women who are trying to brave the elements and get back home for Christmas, although no further story details were given for this Jessica Chastain Holiday Comedy. Executive VP of production Erik Baiers and
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Oscars 2018: We Predict Nominations in All 24 Categories (Photos)

Oscars 2018: We Predict Nominations in All 24 Categories (Photos)
In one of the most unsettled Oscars seasons in memory, the toughest category to figure out may be Best Picture. But first, we have to figure out what’s going to get nominated — and while five or six films and more than a dozen actors seem secure in their chances of scoring nods, there are plenty of question marks up and down the Oscar ballot. In all likelihood, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” will lead all films in nominations — I have it nabbing 12 nominations, which would put it two shy of the record shared by “All About...
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Oscars Nomination Predictions: Who’ll Have the Shape of Oscar?

Oscars Nomination Predictions: Who’ll Have the Shape of Oscar?
In one of the most unsettled Oscars seasons in memory, the toughest category to figure out may be Best Picture. But first, we have to figure out what’s going to get nominated — and while five or six films and more than a dozen actors seem secure in their chances of scoring nods, there are plenty of question marks up and down the Oscar ballot. In all likelihood, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” will lead all films in nominations — I have it nabbing 12 nominations, which would put it two shy of the record shared by “All About...
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Best Cinematography Oscar: Despite guild snubs, don’t count out Janusz Kaminski (‘The Post’), Edward Lachman (‘Wonderstruck’), Vittorio Storaro (‘Wonder Wheel’), or other favorites

This year, the American Society of Cinematographers nominated Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”), Bruno Delbonnel (“Darkest Hour”), Hoyte Van Hoytema (“Dunkirk”), Rachel Morrison (“Mudbound”), and Dan Laustsen (“The Shape of Water”) for Best Cinematography. While it would be easy to simply predict these five at the Oscars, it’s unwise to count out a number of prior nominees and first time contenders. There are plenty of […]
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SAG Awards Predictions 2018: Who Will Win?

SAG Awards Predictions 2018: Who Will Win?
The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are set to unfold Sunday, Jan. 21. Nominations leaders were “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” on the film side and the trio of “Big Little Lies,” “Glow,” and “Stranger Things” on the television side. How will the industry’s actors react to another year on the big and small screens? Here are our predictions. Tune in Sunday night to see if we nailed it.

Film

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

It’s hard to imagine the guild passing on a legend like Gary Oldman, who disappears into the epic role of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” If an upset is lurking, look to newcomer Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”).

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, basically. The lead actress contest has been the most competitive all year. Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) has the showiest work.
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Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer to Team Up for Holiday Comedy

Spencer and Chastain: Tribute Movies/YouTube

Ever since “The Help,” we have seen Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer reunite at award shows, parties, and across social media. Now, we will see them team up on the silver screen once again. Variety reports that Chastain and Spencer will headline Universal’s upcoming holiday comedy, which follows two women determined to make it home in time for Christmas.

Fox and Paramount vied for the film, to which Chastain has been connected from the beginning. Alongside Kelly Carmichael, she wrote the original treatment and pitch. Though Peter Chiarelli (“The Proposal”) will write the script, Chastain will produce through her company, Freckle Films. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Since its 2016 inception, Chastain’s Freckle Films has been devoting to hiring and developing female-led projects, including an adaptation of Nancy Horan’s “Loving Frank” and an exploration of an all-female anti-poaching unit in South Africa.
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Five Films Separate From Awards Season Pack

Five Films Separate From Awards Season Pack
It’s pretty clear at this moment in the Oscar race that five films tower above the rest and, in keeping with the tradition of the season, those films were firmed up by last week’s Directors Guild nominations: “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Notably, this quintet also leads the rest of the pack in total guild and industry group citations. Up until Tuesday’s Visual Effects Society nominations, “The Shape of Water” in fact had a perfect streak going on that score — named by every group or guild in some form or another — with “Dunkirk” a few steps behind.

Each film, meanwhile, has also weathered its own pushback in the media, providing a playbook for campaign dirty tricks that can easily rear their head when a race is as wide open as this one is.

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” some have contended,
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Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)

Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are reuniting in a new film.

The Help” co-stars will lead a holiday comedy for Universal.

Following a heated bidding war, the studio won the rights to the untitled pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and “Crazy Rich Asians” scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain is attached to produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for the pitch, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

The movie marks a re-team for Chastain and Spencer, who each earned an Oscar nomination for the smash hit “The Help,” with Spencer ultimately taking home the trophy for best supporting actress. Since
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Aarp's Movies for Grownups Awards: 'The Post' Leads Nominees

Aarp's Movies for Grownups Awards: 'The Post' Leads Nominees
Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama The Post led Aarp The Magazine's Movies for Grownups Awards nominations with mentions in five categories, including actress (Meryl Streep), actor (Tom Hanks) directing, best time capsule and reader's choice poll.

However, the Fox movie was left out of the best picture selections, which include Get Out, Lady Bird, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The winners will be honored at a Feb. 5 ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire, hosted by Alan Cumming. The annual event will be broadcasted for the first time, airing Feb. 23 on PBS and...
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Sundance Film Festival: Every Grand Jury Drama Prize Winner in History

Sundance Film Festival: Every Grand Jury Drama Prize Winner in History
IndieWire looks back at all 38 narrative features that have walked away with the festival’s highest honor.

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ & ‘Lady Bird’ Among Nominees For Aarp’s Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp has announced its nominees for the 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards. Get Out, Lady Bird, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will compete in the Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups category. Nominated in the Best Actress category are Annette Bening (Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool), Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul), Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri…
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12 Strong and Den of Thieves top our What to Watch weekend preview

12 Strong and Den of Thieves top our What to Watch weekend preview 12 Strong and Den of Thieves top our What to Watch weekend preview Tanner Zipchen1/17/2018 10:00:00 Am

This weekend in theatres, I'm excited to see 12 Strong and Den of Thieves!

Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Nocturnal Animals) star in 12 Strong, a powerful new war drama based on the best-selling book Horse Soldiers. It is the story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11. The epic action in this should be seen on the big screen!

Starring Gerald Butler, Den of Thieves follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the La County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.
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It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar

It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar
The two VFX Oscar frontrunners, “Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” are in a war of their own for the 16th Ves Awards (to be held at the Beverly Hilton on February 13th). Each grabbed seven nominations, edging out “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”and upstart “Kong: Skull Island” (with five and four nominations, respectively). All four were nominated for the top prize along with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Among the snubs were “The Shape of Water,” “Okja,” “Alien: Covenant,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which all made the Academy’s VFX bake-off shortlist.

However, making the cut in the Ves supporting category were “Dunkirk,” “Darkest Hour,” “Downsizing,” “Mother,” and “Only the Brave.”

For animation, Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” nabbed five nominations, while Pixar’s frontrunning “Coco” collected four. They will compete for Outstanding Animated Feature
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‘Félicité,’ Touré, Vega Win Big at 2018 Palm Springs Film Festival

Marking its 29th year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival closed Jan. 17 after welcoming over 135,000 attendees and screening 180 films from more than 50 countries in the desert oasis town. The Southern California film festival is known as a chance for Academy Award hopefuls to get a little more face time before Oscar nominations are announced and voting begins. The festival kicked off on Jan. 4 with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” from 20th Century Fox (nominated for a bevy of accolades, including six Golden Globe nominations), and held special screenings of Sony Pictures Classics’ “Call Me By Your Name,” and Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.” In addition to reminders of awards season frontrunners, the Palm Springs fest draws many attendees for its offering of international titles, which the event has built its reputation on; many of these are Oscar hopefuls
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Octavia Spencer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg Selected for Sundance Jury Duty

Octavia Spencer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg Selected for Sundance Jury Duty
Octavia Spencer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel Morrison, and Joe Swanberg have been selected for the U.S. dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance Institute announced the jury members on Tuesday and said actor Jason Mantzoukas​ will host the Jan. 27 awards ceremonies in Park City, Utah. The festival takes place from Jan. 18 to Jan. 28.

Spencer stars in “The Shape of Water,” Pinkett Smith starred in and produced “Girls Trip,” and Stuhlbarg stars in “The Post” and “Call Me by Your Name.” Morris shot “Fruitvale Station” and “Mudbound.” Swanberg directed “Drinking Buddies” and “Happy Christmas.”

Members of the U.S. documentary jury include journalists Barbara Chai and Matt Holzman, producer Simon Chinn, Chaz Ebert, and filmmaker Ezra Edelman, who won the Academy Award for “O.J.: Made in America.”

The world cinema dramatic jury includes Hanaa Issa of the Doha Film Institute in Qatar, filmmaker Ruben Östlund, and producer
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