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Bill Murray to Receive Rome Film Fest Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Murray to Receive Rome Film Fest Lifetime Achievement Award
Bill Murray is set to receive the 2019 Rome Film Fest's lifetime achievement award. Wes Anderson will present the Academy Award-nominated actor and comedian with the honor, as well as host a "Close Encounter" festival discussion with Murray.

Murray has appeared in every Anderson film since the director's sophomore feature Rushmore (1998), creating memorable roles in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Isle of Dogs (2018). He even cut Anderson an (uncashed) check for $25,000 when production ...
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‘In Bruges’ Is Getting A Blu-Ray Re-Release, Complete WIth New Bonus Features

We’ve just learned that dark hitman movie with a heart, In Bruges, is to receive a new Limited-Edition Blu-ray release, complete with brand new special features courtesy of Second Sight.

From award-winning director Martin McDonagh (Three Bill Boards Outside Ebbing Missouri), the film was originally released in 2008 and has gone on to earn cult status. It sees Brendan Gleeson (Cold Mountain) and Colin Farrell (The Lobster) in career-defining, critically acclaimed performances, as a pair of hired heavies sent to lie low in the Belgian city after a botched hit.

Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) stars as their boss and the line-up also features Elizabeth Berrington (Good Omens), Clémence Poésy (The Tunnel) and Eric Godon (The Missing).

Following a job that’s gone very badly wrong, two hitmen Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Gleeson) are sent to Bruges by their boss Harry (Fiennes) and told to hide out and await instructions.
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Nancy Meyers Says Obsessing Over Her Movie Kitchens Is Sexist

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Nancy Meyers Says Obsessing Over Her Movie Kitchens Is Sexist
Would the luxurious kitchens and interior design of Nancy Meyers’ movies be mentioned as often in articles and reviews if she were a male director? Meyers says no.

In conversation with Mindy Kaling at the PGA’s Produced By conference on Saturday, the top-grossing filmmaker was asked how she feels about the attention paid to material objects in her women-centered films — in particular the lavish kitchens in titles like “Something’s Gotta Give” and “It’s Complicated.”

“I don’t love when a journalist or critic will pick up on that aspect, because they’re missing why it works. It’s never done to male directors who make gorgeous movies, or where the leads live in a gorgeous house,” Meyers said.

“But I’m not going to change it,” Meyers said, landing applause on the Burbank studio lot at Warner Bros., where the conversation took place.

Kaling agreed with the sentiment,
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Mindy Kaling’s ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’ Avoids Comparisons To “Perfect” Original – Produced By

Mindy Kaling’s ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’ Avoids Comparisons To “Perfect” Original – Produced By
Mindy Kaling wrote Hulu’s miniseries adaptation of Four Weddings and A Funeral, premiering on the streaming service this summer. Kaling was in a Conversation With Nancy Meyers at the Produced By Conference, and Meyers asked Kaling about her adaptation.

Kaling may be the biggest fan of the movie directed by Mike Newell and written by Richard Curtis. It was her admiration for the film that made her create an entirely different adaptation.

“I was approached [by MGM] about doing an adaptation, a miniseries adaptation of his movie, which I think Richard Curtis’s movie is a perfect comedy with the best cast,” Kaling said. “At first I thought, ‘Why would I ever do it?’ I was thinking about it and I thought, well, you know, if I was going to do this, because I love the world, I love the world of the movie that makes you fall in love with London,
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New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Trailer Summons the Jangly Man

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New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Trailer Summons the Jangly Man
The latest Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer has arrived and it gives us our best look yet at the upcoming horror movie. CBS Films unleashed the new look at the movie and it teases the arrival of the Jangly Man, along with several other familiar faces from the original source material, which is sure to make a lot of fans very happy. The movie is directed by Andre Ovredal and is co-written by Daniel and Kevin Hageman along with Guillermo del Toro, who is also on board as producer.

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer shows us the origins of the spooky book from the insides of a haunted house. Then, we're shown what happens when its power is unleashed. When a group of kids stumbles upon the book, the stories start to come to life and kids in the small town of Mill Valley start to disappear.
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Phoenix Fan Fusion Special Guest Highlights

We are only one week away from Phoenix Fan Fusion, formerly known as Phoenix Comic Con, and the guests and schedules are really coming together to make it an awesome year! There are pages and pages of special guests listed on the Phoenix Fan Fusion website, but I have highlighted my favorite guests below that I’ll be hoping to see!

First off, we’ve got Paul Reubens, that’s right, Pee-wee Herman himself will be in attendance. The guy who has played Pee-wee for over the last 30 years, as well as voiced major characters like Max in Flight of the Navigator, and Rx-24 in the old Star Tours ride at Disney parks has been in so many things we never even knew besides the things we love him for. I’m partial to Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, but he was also in all the other Pee-wee projects, as well as Batman Returns,
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Hideo Kojima to Talk ‘Death Stranding’ at Tribeca Film Festival

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Hideo Kojima to Talk ‘Death Stranding’ at Tribeca Film Festival
Game designer Hideo Kojima is talking about his latest project, the action title “Death Stranding,” at the Tribeca Film Festival next month, the event’s organizers announced on Tuesday.

Kojima is joined by “The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus, who appears in the game. The pair will discuss pushing the boundaries of the video game medium and how their relationship has evolved while working on the project together. The Game Awards executive producer Geoff Keighley is moderating the talk. It takes place on Thursday, Apr. 25 at 6 p.m. Et at the Bmcc Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Kojima Productions revealed “Death Stranding” during E3 2016. While the studio hasn’t released many details about the game, we do know it features a cast of high-profile actors. Besides Reedus, Lindsay Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”), Mads Mikkelsen, and Léa Seydoux are appearing as characters. Director Guillermo del Toro and prolific voice actor Troy Baker have roles as well.
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‘Documentary Now!’: The Incredible Cate Blanchett Episode That Had to Be Made in Four Days

‘Documentary Now!’: The Incredible Cate Blanchett Episode That Had to Be Made in Four Days
There are few TV shows with as much obsessive attention to detail as “Documentary Now!” That’s probably why it came as no surprise to series co-creators Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas that one shot of Cate Blanchett riding a mini tricycle in a massive Hungarian courtyard ended up taking a big chunk of an entire day.

“There was one moment in it where she’s riding on a tricycle in the square. And that’s on screen for like five seconds. And that probably cost us about five hours to get that shot. When you’re shooting for four days total, that was an expensive shot to get. But it’s worth it because they’re just going to take place as her somewhere,” Buono told IndieWire.

It’s the kind of creative choice that “Documentary Now!” has the freedom to make, given its bizarre mission statement. Over 17 episodes to date,
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The Grand Budapest Hotel with Destination Dewsbury director Jack Spring – The Pick of the Flicks Podcast #25

On The Pick of the Flicks Podcast, a different guest drops in every week to chat about their favourite film. This week, the director of new British comedy Destination Dewsbury comes by to chat about Wes Anderson’s farce The Grand Budapest Hotel

On the latest episode of The Pick of the Flicks Podcast, our guest is movie director Jack Spring. His new British comedy Destination Dewsbury is out this week and he got on the phone to chat about that project, as well as his favourite film – Wes Anderson’s madcap comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, which stars Ralph Fiennes.

See Also: Listen to last week’s episode with film critic Charlotte Harrison, chatting about The Princess Bride

If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher and leave us a comment, rating and review!

Destination Dewsbury is released in select Showcase Cinemas from the 1st March.
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Eight is enough again: Every Best Picture nominee won an Oscar for the 2nd time in the expanded era

Eight is enough again: Every Best Picture nominee won an Oscar for the 2nd time in the expanded era
Eight, in fact, is enough. For the second time since the academy expanded the Best Picture lineup, every single Best Picture nominee took home an Oscar on Sunday, four years after it first occurred. Incidentally, both years had eight Best Picture nominees.

Bohemian Rhapsody” topped the night with four wins, losing just Best Picture; it won Best Actor for Rami Malek, both sound categories and Best Film Editing.

Three films nabbed three awards. “Green Book” scored the top prize to go with its earlier wins for Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Original Screenplay. “Black Panther” won Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design — the latter two marking the black winners in the categories, with Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler, respectively. “Roma,” which was favored to win Best Picture, nabbed Best Director and Best Cinematography for Alfonso Cuaron and Best Foreign Language Film, giving
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Who’s the most overdue after the 2019 Oscars: Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams …? [Poll]

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Who’s the most overdue after the 2019 Oscars: Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams …? [Poll]
We thought Glenn Close would finally win an Oscar on her lucky seventh try for her role as an underappreciated spouse in “The Wife,” but her surprise loss to Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) means that Close is now zero-for-seven. That extends her record as the most nominated living actress without a single victory. But she’s not alone. Other Oscar also-rans this year have racked up multiple nominations without any victories. So who really is the most overdue after the 2019 prizes were handed out? Consider them below, and then vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.

SEE2019 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 91st Academy Awards

Diane Warren (10 nominations) — Warren’s loss this year for Best Original Song came with a couple of doses of cruel irony. There was the fact that she lost to Lady Gaga (“Shallow” from “A Star is Born”), whom
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2019 Oscar exclusive interviews: 8 chats with animated, documentary, foreign film nominees for ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Spider-Man’ and more [Watch]

2019 Oscar exclusive interviews: 8 chats with animated, documentary, foreign film nominees for ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Spider-Man’ and more [Watch]
Gold Derby has conducted exclusive video interviews with 10 Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Foreign Language Film. How will they do when the winners are announced on Sunday, February 24? Follow the links below to be taken to their full interviews.

Brad Bird: After winning this category at the Oscars for “The Incredibles” (2004) and “Ratatouille” (2007) Bird has returned to the race with this sequel to his animated superhero classic. The film also earned Best Animated Feature nominations at the Golden Globe, BAFTA, PGA and Critics’ Choice Awards. Bird also received Oscar noms for writing the original “Incredibles” and “Ratatouille,” though not for “Incredibles 2.” (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

See Oscars 2019 exclusive interviews: 8 chats with acting nominees Glenn Close, Richard E. Grant, Regina King, and more [Watch]

Jimmy Chin: Chin earned his first Oscar nomination for this documentary about a death-defying mountain climb.
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Ear-splitting Oscar race: What’s going to win Best Original Score?

Ear-splitting Oscar race: What’s going to win Best Original Score?
The winner of Best Original Score at the Oscars has typically been an easy category to predict. That certainly isn’t the case this year, as none of the nominated scores have won a major precursor prize. Justin Hurwitz took home the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award for his haunting score to “First Man,” but he was shockingly snubbed at the Oscars. BAFTA’s version of this category is called Best Original Music, blending dramatic scores and soundtracks, and the music-heavy “A Star Is Born” won there. Of course, since “A Star Is Born” does not have a proper score, it is not nominated at the Oscars, either. Those that did make the cut for Best Original Score are “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Isle of Dogs” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Of those scores, “Black Panther” did at least win a Grammy but due to a drastically different eligibility window,
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Oscar history split between ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Favourite’ for Best Costume Design

Oscar history split between ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Favourite’ for Best Costume Design
In a recent article, I discussed the last 10 winners of Best Production Design at the Oscars and compared elements of their winning work to this year’s nominees. Well, it’s now time to turn our attention to the other design category – costumes. Let’s take a look back at the last decade of winners of Best Costume Design to help predict who will that category this year.

2017 – “Phantom Thread” – 50s London

2016 – “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – fantasy, 1920s New York

2015 – “Mad Max: Fury Road” – action, apocalyptic society

2014 – “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – 30s Europe, fictional country

2013 – “The Great Gatsby” – 1920s New York

2012 – “Anna Karenina” – 1870s Russia

2011 – “The Artist” – 1920s Hollywood

2010 – “Alice in Wonderland” – Victorian England, fantasy world

2009 – “The Young Victoria” – Victorian England

2008 – “The Duchess” – 18th Century England

England has proven to be a popular place with academy voters with four of the last 10 winners taking place across the pond.
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Does Oscar history favor ‘The Favourite’ for Best Production Design?

Does Oscar history favor ‘The Favourite’ for Best Production Design?
When it comes to predicting this year’s winner of the Oscar for Best Production Design, we would do well to consider the past winners of this prize to get a sense of the style that Academy Awards tend to embrace. Are besties Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton really the favorite for their film of the same name, albeit with that “u” for the British spelling? Or is “Black Panther” the one to beat? Let’s take a look at the last 10 winners of this award at the Oscars.

2017 – “The Shape of Water” – Sci-fi fantasy, set in the 50’s

2016 – “La La Land” – Musical, Modern-day La

2015 – “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Action, Apocalyptic wasteland

2014 – “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Comedy, fictional hotel/country in the 1930s

2013 – “The Great Gatsby” – Drama, 1920s

2012 – “Lincoln” – Period drama – 1860’s

2011 – “Hugo” – Paris, 1930s

2010 – “Alice in Wonderland” – fantasy, fictional world

2009 – “Avatar” – sci-fi fantasy, fictional world

2008 – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Drama spanning 1910s,
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2019 Oscar exclusive interviews: 6 chats with music nominees including Terence Blanchard, Mark Ronson, Diane Warren, and more [Watch]

Gold Derby has conducted exclusive video interviews with six of this year’s Oscar-nominated composers and songwriters. Will they receive the coveted Gold Derby bump when the winners are revealed on Sunday, February 24? Follow the links below to be taken to their full interviews.

See Watch 3 Gold Derby pundits argue over predictions: Thelma Adams, Paul Sheehan, and Tom O’Neil

Terence Blanchard (“BlacKkKlansman”): Spike Lee‘s frequent collaborator earned his first Oscar nomination in Best Original Score for this true life drama about a black police officer (John David Washington) infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. The film has already brought Blanchard a Grammy win and a BAFTA nomination. He previously competed at the Golden Globes for Lee’s “25th Hour” (2002). (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

Nicholas Britell (“If Beale Street Could Talk”): Britell earned his second Oscar nomination in Best Original
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14 Unexpected Family Films From Major Directors

Mark Harrison Feb 20, 2019

Revisiting the family-friendly films of Martin Scorsese, Robert Rodriguez and others who usually make more grown-up fare…

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

This feature contains mild spoilers for all the family films discussed, so if you haven’t seen one then proceed with caution.

Some family-friendly films come from the least expected sources. From Steven Spielberg to Robert Zemeckis, there are a fair few filmmakers whose output spans from grown-up films to G and PG-rated movies, but in the main, directors tend to become attached to films for similar demographics to their previous work.

This could be due to several big family-friendly properties, from franchises to adaptations of beloved stories, grouping in the four-quadrant center of the movie market. For instance, Transformers might have been a departure for the director who brought us the Bad Boys movies, except that all of Michael Bay's
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Which guild points the way to the Best Picture winner at the Oscars?

Predicting this year’s Best Picture winner at the Oscars is made even harder than usual because none of the eight nominees has won a top prize from more than one of the four major guilds.

Roma” helmer Alfonso Cuaron won at the Directors Guild of America Awards.

Green Book” was named Best Picture of the year at the Producers Guild of America Awards.

Black Panther” claimed both Best Ensemble and Best Stunt Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

And the Writers Guild of America Awards went with two films that don’t number among the Best Picture contenders. “Can You Ever Forgive Me” won Best Adapted Screenplay while “Eighth Grade” prevailed in the Original Screenplay race.

See All 8 Best Picture Oscar nominees won at least one guild award but were snubbed by the WGA Awards

Since the Best Picture category expanded in 2010, there has been only one year
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2019 Writers Guild Awards: WGA is limited as guidepost to predicting Oscars

2019 Writers Guild Awards: WGA is limited as guidepost to predicting Oscars
Don’t look for “The Favourite” to win at the WGA Awards on Sunday (Feb. 17). Only scripts written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners are allowed to vie for these awards, which ruled out this Oscar frontrunner for Best Original Screenplay. That limited eligibility means that these rewards are not the most reliable barometer of the eventual Oscar nominees and winners. Indeed, in the past 10 years only 65 of the WGA nominees have numbered among the 100 screenplays that reaped Academy Awards bids.

The original screenplay WGA nominees are: “Eighth Grade,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma” and “Vice.” The Oscar frontrunner, “The Favourite,” was ineligible with the WGA. The guild picks “Eighth Grade” and “A Quiet Place” didn’t make the grade with the writers branch of the academy, which rounded out the race with “First Reformed.” Without having to face off against “The Favourite” at the WGA,
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Complete Guide to This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Scores

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Complete Guide to This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Scores
Unlike the song category, it’s impossible to predict the winner from this year’s quintet of original-score nominees. It’s almost anyone’s game.

Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson spent a month in Africa recording unusual drums, flutes and vocals, then adding them to a massive London orchestra and choir to create a unique soundscape for the fictional land of Wakanda in “Black Panther” — the first Marvel movie to land a score nomination.

Terence Blanchard, like Göransson, is a first-time nominee for “BlacKkKlansman” — amazingly, as he has been Spike Lee’s house composer since 1991, doing acclaimed work on films like “Malcolm X” and “Inside Man.” He’s also the first African-American composer to be nominated in this category since Herbie Hancock won 32 years ago for “Round Midnight.”

Nicholas Britell, previously nominated for 2016’s “Moonlight,” reunited with director Barry Jenkins for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” from James Baldwin’s story of racial injustice.
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