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Palm Springs Fest Encourages Awards Season Binge Watching

Palm Springs Fest Encourages Awards Season Binge Watching
Long known for its foreign film riches, the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival has lately adopted a “best of the fests” approach to take advantage of its prime spot on the calendar.

Its annual awards gala gets under way Jan. 2, barely 24 hours after the last Rose Parade float has lumbered down Colorado Boulevard to the west, and a mere three days before Academy Awards nomination voting begins this year. “Lady Bird” star Saoirse Ronan, “Call Me by Your Name” star Timothee Chalamet, “I, Tonya” mom Allison Janney and “Wonder Woman” herself, Gal Gadot, will be saluted at the gala, which draws 2,500 luminaries, stars and their handlers as well as film enthusiasts annually, and underwrites year-long programming for the organization.

Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch will be honored Jan. 3 at a brunch before opening night Jan. 4. The fest concludes Jan. 15, shortly after the nomination voting concludes.

Artistic director Michael Lerman, still finalizing the fest lineup one month out, expects
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A new set of December Oscar predictions

The precursors are almost a daily occurrence now, so why not make new Academy Award predictions a weekly one too? That’s the goal here, as we enter the middle of December. The weather on the east coast is frigid, but the Oscar season is heating up, that’s for sure. The last X factors are revealing themselves (at least for me today, as I go see All the Money in the World and The Greatest Showman right after publishing this), so the guilds and precursors are separating things into contender and pretender categories. It’s almost all done. Yet, there’s still plenty to figure out. Working off of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations, plus the announced short lists for Best Documentary Feature and Best Foreign Language Feature, among others, we have some changes here. Notably, Get Out has shot up in a number of categories,
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Film News Roundup: ‘Get Out’ Named Top Film of 2017 by African American Film Critics Assn.

Film News Roundup: ‘Get Out’ Named Top Film of 2017 by African American Film Critics Assn.
In today’s film news roundup, “Get Out” wins top awards from the African American Film Critics, Fred Rogers gets a stamp, and Lyor Cohen is selected as a keynoter at SXSW.

Awards

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” has won four awards from members of the African American Film Critics Association, taking the trophies for best film, director, actor, and screenplay.

Aafca recognized Frances McDormand as best actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Laurence Fishburne won the supporting actor trophy for “Last Flag Flying” and Tiffany Haddish won supporting actress for “Girls Trip.”

Lakeith Stanfield, who also appears in “Get Out,” won the breakout star award for his lead role in “Crown Heights,” which also won the best independent award.

“The films released in 2017 captured a plethora of lifestyles, experiences and emotions that allowed our members to engage with a different range of storylines from previous years,” said Aafca co-founder and president, Gil Robertson.
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‘Get Out’ Wins Big With African American Film Critics Association

‘Get Out’ Wins Big With African American Film Critics Association
Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” dominated the awards handed out by the African American Film Critics Association, which announced its 2017 winners on Tuesday. Jordan Peele’s socially-conscious thriller was named the best picture of the year, and also won awards for Daniel Kaluuya for best actor and Peele for best director and best screenplay. Other winners included Frances McDormand, best actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Laurence Fishburne and Tiffany Haddish, best supporting actor and actress for “Last Flag Flying” and “Girls Trip,” respectively; “Detroit,” best ensemble; and “Crown Heights,” best independent film. Also Read: Did Tiffany Haddish Just Storm the Best.
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'Get Out' Named Best Film by African American Film Critics Association

The African American Film Critics Association has unveiled its picks for the top films and TV series of the year, bestowing Get Out with the award for best picture of 2017. Jordan Peele's horror-comedy also earned the awards for best directing, screenplay and actor (Daniel Kaluuya).

The world’s largest group of professional Black film critics also gave acting nods to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Frances McDormand, Last Flag Flying's Laurence Fishburne, Girls Trip's Tiffany Haddish and Crown Heights' Lakeith Stanfield. Gook, Coco, Detroit, Step and Mudbound were also among the recognized films. ABC's Black-ish and Own's Queen Sugar were named the top TV...
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'Get Out' Named Best Film by African American Film Critics Association

'Get Out' Named Best Film by African American Film Critics Association
The African American Film Critics Association has unveiled its picks for the top films and TV series of the year, bestowing Get Out with the award for best picture of 2017. Jordan Peele's horror-comedy also earned the awards for best directing, screenplay and actor (Daniel Kaluuya).

The world’s largest group of professional Black film critics also gave acting nods to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Frances McDormand, Last Flag Flying's Laurence Fishburne, Girls Trip's Tiffany Haddish and Crown Heights' Lakeith Stanfield. Gook, Coco, Detroit, Step and Mudbound were also among the recognized films. ABC's Black-ish and OWN's Queen Sugar were named the top TV...
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‘I, Tonya’ is a Hit for Neon, While A24 Thrives With ‘The Disaster Artist’ and ‘Lady Bird’

‘I, Tonya’ is a Hit for Neon, While A24 Thrives With ‘The Disaster Artist’ and ‘Lady Bird’
Over the last six weekends, six new specialized releases have opened to a per-theater average of over $60,000. “I, Tonya” is the latest, and comes at a time when seats at prime theaters are at a premium.

Still, it isn’t necessarily a bad weekend to open. Last year, “La La Land” launched to $881,000 in five theaters, a nearly $170,000-per-theater result. But it had far less competition, ecstatic reviews, top stars, and signs of early appeal that propelled it to over $100 million and much more worldwide.

This year has more strong titles; even better, most show early success with wider audiences. “The Disaster Artist” expanded quickly in its second weekend to place #4 overall, while A24 had a second Top 10 hit again with “Lady Bird.” That film, coming off critics’ group wins, is thriving and easily the leader among fall releases so far. In fact, it already is the second-biggest specialized release
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See Bryan Cranston as Creepy Elf on the Shelf on 'Corden'

See Bryan Cranston as Creepy Elf on the Shelf on 'Corden'
Actor Bryan Cranston plays a miniature Elf on the Shelf keeping James Corden under maddeningly constant surveillance in a new skit on The Late Late Show

Cranston the elf reminds Corden that he relays information to Santa Claus about Corden's behavior. "Whatever you're doing, you ought to think twice, 'cause I'm taking notes if you're naughty or nice." So when Corden tries to steal a cookie from The Late Late Show guests-only spread or lies to a co-worker, Cranston materializes out of thin air to chastise him.

The pressure causes
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A December Oscar predictions update

It’s just about time to kick things into a whole new gear. That’s right, I’m talking about weekly updates to my Academy Award predictions. Considering how we’re in the final month of 2017, it’s apt. These are the last days of the current calendar year, so anything hoping to get Oscar love had better reveal itself soon. Aside from potentially All the Money in the World, The Greatest Showman, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, everything has been seen, embargo or no embargo. This will all change in the next week or so, which is exciting. Crunch time folks! That’s where we’re at now. Below are a completely new set of picks, utilizing some critics groups wins (New York and Los Angeles), the National Board of Review citations, and some thoughts about what the Golden Globes will do next week (final Globe predictions will
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Record Opener ‘Disaster Artist’ and ‘The Shape of Water’ Lead Specialty Box Office Surge

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Record Opener ‘Disaster Artist’ and ‘The Shape of Water’ Lead Specialty Box Office Surge
The hits keep on coming. Both “The Disaster Artist” (A24) and “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight) opened strong, despite the usual strong-fall off in post-Thanksgiving audiences. Last year the month of November saw only one specialized release, “Manchester By the Sea,” pull an opening platform per theater average over $60,000. This year has already seen five.

The Disaster Artist” (in 11 markets) showed the best performance in New York/Los Angeles of any title this year (nearly $120,000 per theater), besting last weekend’s numbers for “Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics). They join other Oscar-bound strong openers including “Lady Bird” (A24) and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight).

This marks unprecedented strength over such a short period, with “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards” already performing well in wider release. At some point exhibitors are going to be challenged to handle so many hits (all will not go wide
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National Board of Review Boosts ‘The Post’ and ‘Get Out,’ While Netflix and Amazon Struggle

National Board of Review Boosts ‘The Post’ and ‘Get Out,’ While Netflix and Amazon Struggle
Every November, two New York awards groups — Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Awards and scholastic cinephile association The National Board of Review — put the spotlight on some lucky winners, boosting their Oscar chances. The ones left off aren’t hurt, necessarily; it only means they need to nab more attention down the pike.

Read More:National Board of Review 2017 Winners: ‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig is Best Director Winners:

Best Film, Actor, and Actress went to Steven Spielberg’s late-breaking true thriller “The Post” (Fox, December 22), which balances a resonant valentine to analog journalism with a moving portrait of an heroic woman publisher who put free speech ahead of business.

Meryl Streep will continue to win accolades for this sensitive portrayal of The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, a socially prominent widow who inherited her husband’s newspaper and learned to navigate the nation’s corridors of power with
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National Board of Review Boosts ‘The Post’ and ‘Get Out,’ While Netflix and Amazon Struggle

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National Board of Review Boosts ‘The Post’ and ‘Get Out,’ While Netflix and Amazon Struggle
Every November, two New York awards groups — Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Awards and scholastic cinephile association The National Board of Review — put the spotlight on some lucky winners, boosting their Oscar chances. The ones left off aren’t hurt, necessarily; it only means they need to nab more attention down the pike.

Read More:National Board of Review 2017 Winners: ‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig is Best Director Winners:

Best Film, Actor, and Actress went to Steven Spielberg’s late-breaking true thriller “The Post” (Fox, December 22), which balances a resonant valentine to analog journalism with a moving portrait of an heroic woman publisher who put free speech ahead of business.

Meryl Streep will continue to win accolades for this sensitive portrayal of The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, a socially prominent widow who inherited her husband’s newspaper and learned to navigate the nation’s corridors of power with
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Last Flag Flying: Sizing Up the Vets

By Spencer Coile 

In recent years, Richard Linklater has perfected the art of meandering. This is not an inherently bad quality to his filmmaking. On the contrary, recent efforts such as Before Midnight and Everybody Wants Some!! work so well because their conversations feel genuine,  real conversations happening to real people. The exchangesfeel improvised, even though they are not. When the dialogue works, Linklater captures all of the nuances of a single conversation: big and small. 

Last Flag Flying, the latest entry into Linklater's filmography, works similarly to many of his past projects. After the death of his son, Larry "Doc" Shepherd (Steve Carell) turns to his Vietnam veteran buddies from years past, Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) to travel with him to bury his son...
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Is Best Opener of 2017; ‘Darkest Hour’ Launches Well

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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Is Best Opener of 2017; ‘Darkest Hour’ Launches Well
Two year-end Oscar contenders, “Call Me by Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics) and “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features), opened well over the Thanksgiving holiday. “Call Me by Your Name” is now the top initial weekend platform grosser of the year, at a level often seen by films that end up as Oscar leaders. While Wednesday opener “Darkest Hour” didn’t perform at the same level, Focus launched the World War drama at a level consistent with its favorable reviews and strong media positioning.

“Bombshell: The Heddy Lamarr Story” (Zeitgeist/Kino Lorber) enjoyed an excellent initial New York single theater showing, as yet another documentary about creative world figure drew unexpected interest.

Read More:‘Call Me by Your Name’ Screenwriter James Ivory Loves the Story Too Much to Think About Sequels

Two robust recent openers, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight) and “Lady Bird” (A24), showed continued strength, pulling crossover interest
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Last Flag Flying – Review

From L to R: Bryan Cranston as “Sal,” Steve Carell as “Doc,” and Laurence Fishburne as “Mueller” in Last Flag Flying. Photo by Wilson Webb. Courtesy of Amazon/Lionsgate ©

Steve Carell gives a sensitive performance as a grieving Vietnam vet father on a road trip to bury his son killed in Iraq, accompanied by his two Vietnam War buddies, played by Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne, in Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying.

Set in 2003, the film combines elements of a road trip buddy movie and a reflection on two wars and soldiers shared experiences. In Vietnam, quiet Larry Shepherd (Steve Carell), who the others call Doc, was a Navy Corps medic while the more boisterous Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) were Marines in the same unit. When Doc’s son, who joined the Marines, is killed in Iraq, the father is left alone in the
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What on earth will be nominated for Adapted Screenplay?

Past Oscar years have often had an imbalance in the screenplay categories, with original being the designated place for edgy (for Oscar at least) critical darlings and adapted screenplay being the place where all the prestige Best Pictures gather to receive their admirer. But old rules are going away, "prestige" has lost meaning, and this year nearly all the critical darlings And consensus Best Picture likelies have been deemed "original" -it's seriously stacked, just look at the updated chart. 

So what gets nominated for Adapted in this vacuum? Here's an alphabetical list of 15 possibilities but beyond Call Me By Your Name none of them seem like safe bets, exactly. So which way does this go? After scratching my head I've made a guess on the chart but I'm eager to hear what you're thinking on that matter.

Beguiled Blade Runner 2049 Call Me By Your Name  The Disaster Artist Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
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A second update to November Oscar predictions

For those of you not going shopping on Black Friday, today is also a noteworthy day in that it’s the final Friday of November. We’re days away from the embargo on The Post lifting (I’ve seen it but can’t say anything yet), while Phantom Thread is about to screen for the first time this weekend. Then, it’ll just be The Greatest Showman and Star Wars: The Last Jedi among unseen question marks this season. As such, now is a great time for new Academy Award predictions. The race is changing and about to change again. Let us take its temperature and see what’s what right now… Below you will see yet another updated set of predictions. It does reflect having seen The Post, so make what you will of that, but it’s without having seen Phantom Thread yet, so just know that. For now,
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‘Last Flag Flying’ Director Richard Linklater Discusses Ensemble Stories, Time, and More [Interview]

‘Last Flag Flying’ Director Richard Linklater Discusses Ensemble Stories, Time, and More [Interview]
Like many of writer-director Richard Linklater‘s films, Last Flag Flying moves with grace. The smooth rhythm of the dialogue, the lived-in settings, and characters you want to spend hours with – these well-known qualities found in Linklater’s body of work are on full-display in his latest drama, based on Darryl Ponicsan‘s novel. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve […]

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Connie Nielsen to reunite with Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine on One Day She’ll Darken

Connie Nielsen has signed on to appear in the upcoming TNT limited event series One Day She’ll Darken, which reunites her with her Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and co-star Chris Pine, Deadline has revealed.

The series will tell the story of “Fauna Hodel who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery.”

Nielsen will play “Corinna Hodel, a fading socialite beauty with a cigarette in a long black holder; an alcoholic who’s seen her family shattered, her fortunes tossed to the winds… Corinna finds herself a keeper of secrets, but none more fearsome than those she keeps from herself.”

Joining Pine and Nielsen in the cast of the series are India Eisley (Underworld Awakening) as
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Giving Movie Thanks (2017 Edition)

I’d imagine every one of us, despite our individual life situations, however privileged or difficult they may be, wouldn’t have too much trouble coming up with a pretty long list of people and circumstances for which to be grateful, during the upcoming week traditionally reserved for the expression of thanks as well as throughout the entirety of the year.

Even in our brave new world, where gratitude and humility and generosity of spirit often seem to be in short supply, at the mercy of greed, abuse of power, disregard for the rule of law, and megalomaniac self-interest cynically masquerading as an aggressive strain of nationalist, populist passion, there are good, everyday reasons to look around and take stock of blessings in one’s immediate surroundings.

And speaking specifically as one who has the privilege and opportunity to occasionally write about matters concerning the movies, and even a (very
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