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Pixar’s Unique Process Helped ‘Soul’ Screenwriters Interact Daily

Pixar’s Unique Process Helped ‘Soul’ Screenwriters Interact Daily
Moviegoers think they understand the life of a screenwriter. Thanks to “Sunset Boulevard,” “In a Lonely Place,” “Barton Fink,” “The Player,” “The Muse,” “Seven Psychopaths,” “Adaptation,” “Trumbo,” “Mank” and others, the image is clear: Scripters are friendless, cynical people hunched over a solitary keyboard, plagued by self-doubt and studio interference.

Of course Pixar is the exception to every rule. The three writers of “Soul” — Pete Docter, Mike Jones and Kemp Powers — talk with enthusiasm about the studio’s unique process of daily brainstorming, which is interactive, intense and nonstop.

Not every writer could handle this, but when it works, the result is gangbusters. “Soul” has won multiple honors and looks likely to get more when Oscar nominations are announced March 15.

Docter says it takes four or five years to create an animated film; Pixar doesn’t wait for a script draft before starting the work. “We do a lot of
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24 stars snubbed at Oscars despite contending at Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice Awards

24 stars snubbed at Oscars despite contending at Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice Awards
This year 14 performers reaped bids at all three key precursor prizes — the SAG, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice awards. Such recognition certainly warrants getting up early on Oscar nominations mornings. But as Jennifer Lopez learned in 2020 reaping nominations for that awards triple crown for her featured role in “Hustlers” didn’t make her a sure thing in the Academy Awards derby.

She became the most recent of the 24 performers to stumble at the last hurdle and suffer Oscars snubs since the Critics’ Choice Awards introduced nominations in 2001. In 2019 Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”) got added to the roster of those saddled with this dubious achievement.

Chalamet should take comfort from the case of Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally won an Oscar in 2016 for “The Revenant” after four losses. There were two instances when he didn’t even reap an Oscar nomination despite having done well in the run-up awards.
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SAG Awards Nominations 2021: Fearless Film Predictions

SAG Awards Nominations 2021: Fearless Film Predictions
Forget the highbrow critics groups. They’re influential, but the Screen Actors Guild Awards are more reflective of where Academy actors are heading. SAG and the Oscars don’t always line up, some of which is a matter of timing: Late-breaking movies often aren’t seen by enough of the SAG nominating committee. SAG voters tend to be more mainstream and younger than the Academy’s dominant actors branch, not to mention larger in number: Each year, SAG selects a new nominating committee of 2,500 members, about double the Academy voters.

Last year, eventual Best Picture contenders “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” scored four nominations each, including Cast in a Motion Picture and Stunt Ensemble, while Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” was shut out. Remember the Bryan Cranston shocker for “Trumbo”? That SAG nominee wound up with an Oscar nomination. The SAG actors love Jay Roach; last
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SAG Awards Nominations 2021: Fearless Film Predictions

SAG Awards Nominations 2021: Fearless Film Predictions
Forget the highbrow critics groups. They’re influential, but the Screen Actors Guild Awards are more reflective of where Academy actors are heading. SAG and the Oscars don’t always line up, some of which is a matter of timing: Late-breaking movies often aren’t seen by enough of the SAG nominating committee. SAG voters tend to be more mainstream and younger than the Academy’s dominant actors branch, not to mention larger in number: Each year, SAG selects a new nominating committee of 2,500 members, about double the Academy voters.

Last year, eventual Best Picture contenders “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” scored four nominations each, including Cast in a Motion Picture and Stunt Ensemble, while Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” was shut out. Remember the Bryan Cranston shocker for “Trumbo”? That SAG nominee wound up with an Oscar nomination. The SAG actors love Jay Roach; last
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Chadwick Boseman is on the cusp of making SAG Awards history with his final pair of films

Chadwick Boseman is on the cusp of making SAG Awards history with his final pair of films
Just like Beyonce and Jay-Z, four is the magic number for the Screen Actors Guild Awards this year. Nominations will be announced on Feb. 4 and the ceremony will be held on April 4 (which is also Bey and Jay’s wedding anniversary). And if our odds turn out to be correct, Chadwick Boseman will go into the record books as the first person to earn four nominations for film in a single year.

Boseman is in contention for the final two films of his too-short career, “Da 5 Bloods,” which came out two months before his death in August from colon cancer, and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which was released in December. He’s in first place in the lead actor odds for “Ma Rainey” and in third place in supporting for “Da 5 Bloods.” “Ma Rainey” and “Da 5 Bloods” are both expected to score ensemble nominations — the former is
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Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in Let Him Go Available on Blu-ray and DVD February 2nd

Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in Let Him Go Available on Blu-ray and DVD February 2nd
Witness how far one family will go to rescue one of their own in the riveting and emotionally charged action-drama Let Him Go, available to own for the first time on Digital on January 19, 2021 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on February 2, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on the novel of the same name by New York Times acclaimed author Larry Watson, the intense thriller reunites Academy Award nominee Diane Lane and Academy Award winner Kevin Costner as a husband and wife who set out to save their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family. Hailed as “original and suspenseful”, the visually stunning, Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh film is set in the 1960’s American West and explores the bonds of family, the power of love and the necessity of sacrifice. Featuring never-before-seen bonus content with the film’s cast and crew, Let Him Go on Blu-ray,
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RSVP now for January 25: Film production designers for ‘Mank,’ ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ ‘News of the World,’ ‘One Night in Miami,’ join Gold Derby’s Meet the Btl Experts series

RSVP now for January 25: Film production designers for ‘Mank,’ ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ ‘News of the World,’ ‘One Night in Miami,’ join Gold Derby’s Meet the Btl Experts series
Four acclaimed film production designers will reveal details behind their projects when they join Gold Derby’s special “Meet the Btl Experts” Q&a event with key 2021 guild and Oscar contenders this month. Each person will participate in two video discussions to be published on Monday, January 25, at 5:00 p.m. Pt; 8:00 p.m. Et. We’ll have a one-on-one with our senior editor Joyce Eng and a group chat with Joyce and all of them together.

RSVP today to this specific event by clicking here to book your reservation. Or click here to RSVP for our entire ongoing panel series. We’ll send you a reminder a few minutes before the start of the show.

This “Meet the Btl Experts” panel welcomes the following 2021 guild and Oscar contenders:

Mank” (Netflix): Jan Pascale

Pascale was an Oscar nominee for “Good Night, and Good Luck” and an Emmy winner for “Boston Public.
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‘The Great’ hoping to become Hulu’s first-ever Golden Globe winner for Best Comedy Series

‘The Great’ hoping to become Hulu’s first-ever Golden Globe winner for Best Comedy Series
One of the best TV shows of 2020 was Hulu’s “The Great,” a period series that tells the semi-true story of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) and Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult). Equal parts laugh-out-loud comedy and riveting drama, “The Great” was recognized at the Emmys in Best Comedy Directing and Best Comedy Writing; it lost both to “Schitt’s Creek” as part of an unprecedented sweep. However, the regal show has a great shot at awards redemption at the upcoming Golden Globes, according to Gold Derby odds. And if it ends up winning the top prize of Best Comedy Series, it’d be a first for Hulu.

The streaming network so far has one series win under its belt: Best Drama Series for “The Handmaid’s Tale” in 2017. Over on the comedy side, “Casual” is the only show to earn a nomination for Best Comedy Series, but that was way back in
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Riz Ahmed (‘Sound of Metal’) will drum up an Oscar nomination, according to Gold Derby’s latest odds

Riz Ahmed (‘Sound of Metal’) will drum up an Oscar nomination, according to Gold Derby’s latest odds
Over the past few weeks, Riz Ahmed (“The Sound of Metal”) has been rising so fast in the Oscar Best Actor race that it now looks like he’ll land a nomination, according to the latest odds at Gold Derby. He’s now ranked in fourth place among our Experts and in fifth place among all Gold Derby users. He just bumped Kingsley Ben-Adir (“One Night in Miami”) down to sixth place in a race reserved for five men. One month ago, Ahmed was ranked way down in ninth, but has since also climbed above Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Tom Hanks (“News of the World”) and Steven Yeun (“Minari”).

Ahmed is also ranked in fifth place in our SAG Awards picks and is ranked sixth at the Golden Globes.

Ahmed has been receiving some of the best reviews of his career for his performance in “Sound of Metal,
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Michael Stuhlbarg Joins Hulu Opioid Crisis Drama ‘Dopesick’

Michael Stuhlbarg Joins Hulu Opioid Crisis Drama ‘Dopesick’
Michael Stuhlbarg has signed on for a series regular role in the upcoming Hulu drama series “Dopesick.”

The eight-episode series looks into the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, taking viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA, and to the opulence of “one percenter” Big Pharma Manhattan. The limited series is based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name by Beth Macy.

Stuhlbarg will play Richard Sackler, the son of Purdue Pharma founder Raymond Sackler and nephew of famed medical advertising guru Arthur Sackler, Richard oversaw the development and marketing of OxyContin.

He joins previously announced cast members Michael Keaton , Peter Sarsgaard, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Rosario Dawson, John Hoogenakker, Philippa Soo, Jake McDorman, Ray McKinnon, and Cleopatra Coleman.

This marks the second major role Stuhlbarg has played in a Hulu limited series. He previously starred in “The Looming Tower
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How Does ‘Mank’ Compare To Other Tall Tales Of Hollywood Screenwriting? [Be Reel Podcast]

How Does ‘Mank’ Compare To Other Tall Tales Of Hollywood Screenwriting? [Be Reel Podcast]
When it comes to films about screenwriters, the challenge seems to be creating a movie that is not only itself an entertaining, self-contained experience but also one that illuminates the creative process that led to other notable work.

This week on Be Reel, we look primarily at the new David Fincher film, “Mank” (2020) about Herman J. Mankiewicz and the origins of “Citizen Kane.” Then, rounding out our category is Charlie Kaufman fictionalizing his writer’s block in “Adaptation” (2002) and Dalton Trumbo‘s quest against the Hollywood Blacklist “Trumbo” (2015).

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Mank – Review

Mank – Review
Class is now in session for Film History 101. And this will be on the final. Hopefully, that didn’t inspire too many nervous flashbacks, though I always looked forward to the few cinema courses I could take. Now the intro is spot on because this new film is mainly about another film that did make history, for lots of reasons. It truly stood out despite being produced during the second greatest year of Hollywood’s Golden Age (just two years after the prolific 1939). Yes, like 2012’s Hitchcock it is a biography of a very creative artist, but it focuses on one seminal work (Psycho for that earlier film). Oh, and instead of a director we now shine a much-deserved spotlight on the lowly, neglected writer, much like 2015’s Trumbo. Well perhaps in this case not too neglected since he shared in the classic film’s only Oscar win. That iconic masterpiece is Citizen Kane,
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Showbiz History: Milk baths, hit singles, and Montalban's centennial

Showbiz History: Milk baths, hit singles, and Montalban's centennial
7 random things that happened on this day (Nov 25th) in showbiz history... 

1932 Claudette Colbert infamously bathes in milk in Cecil B DeMille's The Sign of the Cross, new in theaters.

1947 The Hollywood Blacklist begins, denying employment to those with perceived Communist ties or sympathies. This period has haunted self-reflecting Hollywood since as witnessed in Trumbo, The Way We Were, Guilty by Suspicion, Good Night and Good Luck, and numerous other movies...
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‘Mank’ Film Review: David Fincher Sumptuously Spins the ‘Citizen Kane’ Origin Story

‘Mank’ Film Review: David Fincher Sumptuously Spins the ‘Citizen Kane’ Origin Story
“You cannot capture a man’s entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave the impression of one.” That’s a valuable piece of screenwriting advice offered up by legendary movie writer Herman J. Mankiewicz in “Mank,” but it’s also the film lowering the bar for itself – impressions of people and incidents are all that this immaculately produced and beautifully acted film ultimately has to offer.

In telling the story of the creation of the original screenplay for what would become “Citizen Kane,” one of the true masterpieces of American cinema, director David Fincher (working from a screenplay by his late father Jack Fincher) frames the film as the story of a career-dead, alcoholic Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) drumming out one final script partially to fulfill a contract with Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre but mainly to settle an old grudge against former benefactor William Randolph Hearst.
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4 reasons why Elle Fanning (‘The Great’) deserves first-ever Golden Globe nomination

4 reasons why Elle Fanning (‘The Great’) deserves first-ever Golden Globe nomination
If you ask me, Hulu’s “The Great” was one of the rare bright spots of 2020, and it’s all thanks to Elle Fanning‘s career-best performance as Catherine the Great. Equal parts laugh-out-loud comedy and riveting drama, the period series was recognized at the Emmys in two major categories: Best Comedy Directing and Best Comedy Writing. It lost both to “Schitt’s Creek” as part of its unprecedented sweep. With awards conversations now focusing on the upcoming Golden Globes, I’ve laid out four reasons below why Fanning deserves her first-ever nomination for “The Great.”

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1. Genre-bending performance

As Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia, Fanning shows off her range by playing one of the most unconventional characters of the year. Whether she’s weeping in a corner, laughing at her dimwitted husband Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult), or plotting to
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Helen Mirren movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Helen Mirren movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
It’s not uncommon for a prominent British actor to be labeled British acting royalty. All types, from Laurence Olivier to Maggie Smith, have worn the label but nobody perhaps has literally worn that title recently to the extent as Helen Mirren. She has had a long varied career and has earned her place as one of the holders of acting’s triple crowns by playing a variety of British monarchs.

Her Oscar came for playing the British Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” which dealt with her reaction to the unexpected death of Princess Diana. She would revisit the role nine years later for a Tony on Broadway in the play “The Audience,” which dealt with Elizabeth’s relationships with the various prime ministers who have served under her. It was a different Queen, Elizabeth I, that would bring Mirren one of her four Emmys, when she starred in
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Huzzah! 4 reasons why Elle Fanning (‘The Great’) will beat the odds and score an Emmy nomination

Huzzah! 4 reasons why Elle Fanning (‘The Great’) will beat the odds and score an Emmy nomination
If you take a peek at the predictions of Gold Derby’s Top 24 Users for Best Comedy Actress, you’ll see that Elle Fanning is thisclose to receiving an Emmy nomination for Hulu’s period dramedy “The Great.” This category has 86 ballot submissions, which means there will be six nominees (see how voting works), and Fanning comes in behind seven other leading ladies: Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”), Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”), Linda Cardellini (“Dead to Me”), Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”), Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and Merritt Wever (“Run”). But I think we’re all underestimating Fanning’s Emmy chances. Below, see my Top 4 reasons why she’ll beat the odds and score a nomination on July 28.

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1. Genre-bending performance

Emmy voters just can’t get enough of these types of roles that straddle the line between comedy and drama.
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The Best New Movies That Netflix Added This Week

The Best New Movies That Netflix Added This Week
Each year, the world is consuming content at a faster pace. However, ever since the coronavirus pandemic locked people inside everywhere, that pace was accelerated even further. For streaming services like Netflix, the global health crisis has shown itself to be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, competition from the studio circuit was virtually annihilated overnight. On the other, matching the unprecedented demand from viewers has proven nearly impossible. Even so, here are some great new movies that the streamer has decided to add this week.

If you enjoyed Ryan Murphy’s new historical drama set in the post-war Hollywood Hills, you might wanna put Jay Roach’s 2015 Trumbo on your watch list. This story, which is also set during the Cold War, follows a screenwriter struggling to keep his foot in the door of the industry after the Gop brands him a Soviet sympathizer. If
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Netflix Added 2 New Movies And 1 New TV Show Today

Netflix Added 2 New Movies And 1 New TV Show Today
As the weekend begins to wind down, and everyone gets ready to face yet another work week, Netflix has brought us a few new titles to dig into today, including two new movies and one new TV show.

Admittedly, it’s a pretty underwhelming drop, but not every day can be a home run and the very fact that the streaming giant continues to update its library daily is certainly welcome. Especially in these difficult times, where we’re all trying to keep ourselves entertained and free of boredom. Which new Netflix movies like The Wrong Missy (check out the trailer above) are certainly helping with.

But without further ado, take a look at the list below to see what arrived on the streaming site today:

El límite infinito Soul Surfer (2011) Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Volume 6 – Episode 1)

Like we said above, it’s not the most exciting content drop
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Netflix Adding Over 20 New Movies And TV Shows This Week

Netflix Adding Over 20 New Movies And TV Shows This Week
As the lockdown continues, Netflix provides a reliable source of entertainment, including many titles you might not have considered before. While it’s probably unavoidable that you’ll still spend a lot of time browsing through the platform’s library, Netflix’s weekly collection of new content at least gives us some pointers on what to watch next. To this end, here are some of the highlights of what’s coming to Netflix this week.

On the movie side, the Bryan Cranston-starring biopic Trumbo is available from Tuesday, May 19th. The Jay Roach-directed drama looks at the life of the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and his struggles against the communist witch-hunt in Hollywood during the 1950s. Cranston picked up a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for his role in the 2015 film, which also features turns from Helen Mirren and Diane Lane.

Also out this week is The Lovebirds,
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