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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture (Updated: August 20)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture (Updated: August 20)
Predicting the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture is never easy. We were sure the top prize at the 2019 Oscars would go to “Roma” but it was “Green Book” that won. In coming up with our 2020 Oscar predictions, we considered a slew of factors, starting with the preferential ballot used to determine the winner. Add in the pedigree of the filmmakers, the critical reception to the films, the box office tally and the track record of the studios. We take all of these into consideration again as we look ahead to the 2020 Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Picture.)

Contenders began to emerge at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Others will be seen for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival in May. However, most of the top tier of Best Picture hopefuls won’t screen until September at four film festivals: Venice,
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Disney Exploring a Sequel to Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Movie

Disney Exploring a Sequel to Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Movie
Disney ain't ever had a friend like money, as the studio eyes a sequel to Guy Ritchie's live-action Aladdin just a few weeks after the remake flew over the billion-dollar mark. This astronomical number easily marks Aladdin as the second highest-grossing live-action remake in Disney's catalog, with Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast taking the top spot and Jon Favreau's The Lion King taking no spots because that's an animated movie. So it's no surprise, really, that a sequel may be on the horizon. Nothing is officially in the …
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Gold Derby launches 2020 Oscars predictions center! Make your 1st picks today in 8 categories

Gold Derby launches 2020 Oscars predictions center! Make your 1st picks today in 8 categories
Were you predicting that “Green Book” would win the 2019 Oscar for Best Picture all the way back to last August? Think of the glory that would bring to you for such an incredibly early yet accurate pick. Then jump into our brand new 2020 Oscars predictions center event today and make your first picks so that initial odds can be set in each category. We are offering eight of the 2020 Academy Awards categories now — Best Picture, Best Director, four for acting and two for screenplay — with the rest to be added over the next few months.

We have been in touch with the studios, distributors and campaigners over recent weeks to find out which movies are tops among their contenders. You’ll find close to 60 films in our event that they are recommending we offer for predictions. Our only two requirements are that each movie listed has a distributor lined up in the U.
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director (Updated August 6)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director (Updated August 6)
One of the big questions about the 2020 Oscars is whether or not there will be a split between the winners of Best Picture and Best Director, as we’ve seen in three of the last four years. Before the academy reintroduced the preferential ballot for Best Picture in 2010, such divides were fairly rare. Now, they are the rule rather than the exception at the Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Director.)

Why is this?

Unlike every other Oscar category, which are decided by a popular vote, the winner of the Best Picture award is determined by a weighted ballot. Voters rank their choices from first to last. If one nominee garners more than 50% of the first place vote, it automatically wins. If, however, no nominee can meet that threshold, the film with the fewest first place votes gets eliminated, with its ballot getting reapportioned to the second place choice.
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Dark Universe Producer Has No Regrets About Universal’s Failed Franchise

Dark Universe Producer Has No Regrets About Universal’s Failed Franchise
With “Hobbs & Shaw,” the latest entry in the “Fast & Furious” franchise opening this weekend, the film’s writer/producer Chris Morgan has been doing the press rounds, and recently weighed in about his glory days as a progenitor of Universal’s busted Dark Universe mega franchise.

The producer of 2017’s box-office bellyflop “The Mummy” — i.e. patient zero of the Dark Universe — Morgan told io9 he has no “regrets or anything like that… it probably was trying to come together too quickly, I would say. And I think everyone got to take a breath and take a step back and take a look at it, and now just focus on maybe doing it a little bit slower.”

The Mummy” starred Tom Cruise, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe, and was directed by Alex Kurtzman, who hasn’t made a film since but has taken the lead on CBS All Access
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Oscar ‘Memory’: It’s been 12 years since Jennifer Hudson (‘Cats’) won for ‘Dreamgirls’ [Watch]

Oscar ‘Memory’: It’s been 12 years since Jennifer Hudson (‘Cats’) won for ‘Dreamgirls’ [Watch]
Twelve years ago — an eternity in cat years — Jennifer Hudson‘s name was called as Best Supporting Actress at the 79th Academy Awards for her performance as Effie White in Bill Condon‘s musical “Dreamgirls” (2006). Cut to the present day and Hudson is once again earning Oscar buzz for taking on the role of Grizabella in yet another Broadway adaptation, “Cats.”

Tom Hooper‘s latest film has already broken the internet for its trailer in which Hudson’s voice belts out the iconic song “Memory” over images of humanoid felines prancing around town. Before we get too far down this rabbit hole of predicting whether Hudson will win her second Oscar for “Cats,” let’s wet our whiskers by revisiting her 2007 speech for “Dreamgirls” (watch above).

SEEThe ‘Cats’ trailer is out of the bag — and the Twitter-verse is losing its collective mind

“I have to just take this moment in.
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‘Catherine the Great’ Trailer: Helen Mirren Is a Ruthless Ruler in HBO Limited Series

‘Catherine the Great’ Trailer: Helen Mirren Is a Ruthless Ruler in HBO Limited Series
Game of Thrones” might be over, but HBO doesn’t seem quite ready to give up its coverage of controversial female leaders who fancy themselves the kind of royals who can break the very chains the monarchy has made possible. In “Catherine the Great,” an upcoming limited series from director Philip Martin and writer Nigel Williams, the chain-breaking potential turns to an actual ruler: Catherine the Great, played by Helen Mirren.

The four-part historical drama follows the Russian monarch as she nears the end of her reign in the late 18th century, with an apparent focus on her romantic relationship with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke). The series also stars Georgina Beedle, Thomas Doherty, Andrew Rothney, Antonia Clarke, and Phil Dunster.

And yet the trailer at least hints at the early stages of Catherine’s remarkable run, one shaped by an auspicious and audacious start — she overthrew her
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The Lion King review – resplendent but pointless

Jon Favreau’s photorealistic copy of the classic 1994 animated feature is a virtual triumph – but why go to the effort?

Disney’s money-spinning mission to recycle its animated back catalogue with “live action” remakes continues apace. In the past few years we’ve had Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Dumbo, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin. Coming up are Niki Caro’s Mulan, Rob Marshall’s The Little Mermaid, and many, many more.

Although consistently profitable, the reason for these reboots’ existence remains questionable. Did Emma Watson make a better Belle than the drawn star of Disney’s 1991 animation just because she’s “real”? With this new (and peculiarly faithful) version of The Lion King, however, the question is not whether a “live action” remake can improve on an animated classic. Rather, it’s what we should call
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Robbie Robertson Documentary ‘Once Were Brothers’ to Open 2019 Toronto Film Festival

Robbie Robertson Documentary ‘Once Were Brothers’ to Open 2019 Toronto Film Festival
The music documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band” will be the opening-night film at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Thursday.

The film will premiere on Thursday, September 5 at Roy Thomson Hall to kick off the annual 11-day showcase for more than 200 films. It will be the first Canadian-made documentary to open the festival, and the first music-related film since Davis Guggenheim’s U2 doc “From the Sky Down” premiered on opening night in 2011.

“Once Were Brothers” was directed by Daniel Roher and was inspired by Robertson’s 2016 memoir “Testimony.” It will focus on the years in which the Canadian-born musician got together with fellow Canadians Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Rick Danko and Arkansas native Levon Helm to form a group that would back Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan and then go on to an acclaimed career as The Band, one of the
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Billy Eichner Wants More LGBT Characters So We Can Stop ‘Arguing About Bert and Ernie’

Billy Eichner Wants More LGBT Characters So We Can Stop ‘Arguing About Bert and Ernie’
Fans of “Billy on the Street” and “Difficult People” already know that Billy Eichner is one of the smartest and funniest men in show business, but his role in “The Lion King” will introduce the comedian to a whole new audience. Eichner voices the meerkat Timon, best friend to constant thorn in his side Pumbaa (Seth Rogen); crooner of such iconic songs as “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Hakuna Matata.” The character was famously originated by openly gay actor Nathan Lane, five years before coming out publicly in The Advocate in 1999. Eichner, who is also gay, recently spoke to Buzzfeed about taking on a role so defined by another actor.

“I’m glad that [director] Jon Favreau kept the tradition of Timon being played by a gay actor, with a certain type of comedic sensibility, alive,” Eichner said.

In the original “Lion King,” many people read antagonist Scar (Jeremy Irons
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All 15 Disney Live-Action Remakes of Animated Classics, Ranked from Worst to Best (Photos)

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Over the last decade, Disney has found itself dipping increasingly into its own well of nostalgic favorites. Specifically, they’ve been taking their beloved animated classics, remaking them in live-action (or mostly live-action), and producing one blockbuster smash after another.

Not all of these live-action Disney remakes are good, and some of the bad ones have unexpectedly interesting ideas. And some of them actually predate the current (and seemingly never-ending) wave. Let’s take a look at all of the live-action remakes of Disney’s animated classics, going all the way back to the 1990s, to explore which films improved on the original and which ones came up short.

15. “The Jungle Book” (1994)

The first live-action Disney remake of an animated Disney classic is, somehow, still the worst. Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy”) directs this frustratingly inert take on Rudyard Kipling’s stories, which strips the animals of their characterizations and highlights
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The Good Liar (2019) Movie Trailer: Ian McKellen seeks to swindle Helen Mirren Out of Her Fortune

The Good Liar Trailer Bill Condon‘s The Good Liar (2019) movie trailer has been released and stars Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Russell Tovey, Mark Lewis Jones, and Jim Carter. Plot Synopsis The Good Liar‘s plot synopsis: “Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online. [...]

Continue reading: The Good Liar (2019) Movie Trailer: Ian McKellen seeks to swindle Helen Mirren Out of Her Fortune
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Helen Mirren Discovers the Perils of Online Dating in the Tense Trailer For The Good Liar

Online dating can be a roller coaster no matter how old you are, which Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellan prove in the tense trailer for Bill Condon's The Good Liar.

The drama, which is based on the critically acclaimed novel by Nicholas Searle, sees Mirren playing wealthy widow Betty, who thinks she's finally found a worthy connection with a charming, handsome older man she met online. Unfortunately, the man in question is career con artist Roy (McKellen), who thinks he's hit the jackpot when he realizes how much Betty is worth. Soon his plans to swindle her out of her fortune are complicated when he develops true feelings for her, and things begin to spin treacherously out of control.

Quantico's Russell Tovey and Downton Abbey actor Jim Carter also star in The Good Liar, which arrives in theaters on Nov. 15.
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Movie Trailers This Week: 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Midway,' 'The Good Liar' and More

Movie Trailers This Week: 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Midway,' 'The Good Liar' and More
Charlie's Angels, Midway, The Good Liar and Queen & Slim all debuted trailer campaigns this week. Kristen Stewart leads the newest installment of Charlie's Angels, directed by Elizabeth Banks. Naomi Scott and Jane Kano also star.

Roland Emmerich's Midway stars Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart and Woody Harrelson. Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen star in Bill Condon's The Good Liar, and Daniel Kaluuya stars with Jodie Turner-Smith in Melina Matsoukas's Queen & Slim, written by Lena Waithe.

Bond 25, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Daniel Graig and Rami Malek, released a short behind-the-scenes video, shot on location in Jamaica....
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Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen star in trailer for ‘The Good Liar’

Warner Bros. has launched the first trailer for the Bill Condon drama ‘The Good Liar’ featuring Sir Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren.

Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Gods and Monsters,” directed and produced the film from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (“Mr. Holmes”), based on the widely acclaimed novel by Nicholas Searle.

Russell Tovey (TV’s Quantico) and Jim Carter (TV’s Downton Abbey) also star alongside McKellen and Mirren.

Also in trailers – Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith are the modern day Bonnie and Clyde in trailer for ‘Queen and Slim’

The film is released in the UK November 8th.

The Good Liar Synopsis

Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle
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Warner Bros Pictures' The Good Liar gets India release date

Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen's The Good Liar will release in India on November 29.

The film will be brought to India by Warner Bros. Pictures, read a statement.

Directed by Bill Condon, the film is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Nicholas Searle. It tells the story of con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen), who meets wealthy widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) on a dating website. The film shows the tension and drama that arise when things turn more intense than just a simple con job.

Condon helmed it from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher.

The Good Liar also stars Russell Tovey and Jim Carter. Greg Yolen also served as producer alongside Condon. The Good Liar was filmed in London and Berlin.
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Poster and trailer for The Good Liar starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen

Warner Bros. has debuted the first poster and trailer for the upcoming drama The Good Liar. Directed by Bill Condon, the film is based on Nicholas Searle’s thriller novel of the same name and stars Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, and Jim Carter; take a look below…

Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

The Good Liar is set for release on November 8th.

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First Trailer For ‘The Good Liar’ With Ian McKellen & Helen Mirren

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The very first trailer for The Good Liar, the upcoming drama led by Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren has just dropped courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. The film comes to cinemas this November and is directed by Bill Condon.

Here’s the official synopsis: Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

Related: Ian McKellen is the voice of the demon in The Exorcist West End production

Also amongst the cast is Russel Tovey and Jim Carter. We have the very first trailer for your viewing please below, as well as the one-sheet poster. The Good Liar opens on 8th November.
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The Good Liar Trailer: Ian McKellen Pulls the Ultimate Con on Hellen Mirren

Warner Bros. has released a brand new trailer for The Good Liar. This is the latest from director Bill Condon, who most recently helmed Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast. He was originally supposed to helm Universal's remake of Bride of Frankenstein. But when the Dark Universe fell apart in a hurry, he instead decided to tackle a more grounded thriller with two excellent leads in the form of Ian McKellen and Hellen Mirren. This looks right up his alley and like the rare kind of non-blockbuster movie in the modern marketplace that could actually prove to be a hit.

The trailer kicks off with a pretty great shot of Ian McKellen rocking a mustache and a million dollar grin. Once that's over with, we get to the heart of the matter, which has him meeting up with Helen Mirren for an online date. They hit it off
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‘The Good Liar’ Trailer: Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen Star in a Con Artist Romance Thriller

‘The Good Liar’ Trailer: Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen Star in a Con Artist Romance Thriller
Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who recently directed the live-action Beauty and the Beast for Disney, is back with a new movie, and this one does something that’s inexplicably never been done before: it pairs Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen on the big screen together for the first time ever. The Good Liar, a twisty […]

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