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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Adapted Screenplay include ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and …

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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Adapted Screenplay include ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and …
Frontrunners are already forming in the Oscar race for Best Adapted Screenplay, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, many were seen by film critics and industry insiders at the recent Toronto, Telluride and Venice Film Festivals. Hopping into the top 10 for the first time is “Toy Story 4” while “Downton Abbey” drops out. We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later.

Here are the current top 10 adapted screenplay picks according to racetrack odds based upon our users’ predictions as of Sept. 17:

1. “The Irishman” (opens Nov. 1): Oscar fave Steve Zaillian, who previously worked with director Martin Scorsese on 2002’s “Gangs of New York,” based his script on Charles Brandt‘s book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” about Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a mob hitman with
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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Supporting Actor include Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks and …

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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Supporting Actor include Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks and …
Frontrunners are already forming in the Oscar race for Best Supporting Actor, according to early predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, many were recently seen by film critics and industry insiders at the Toronto, Telluride and Venice Film Festivals. We’ve confirmed most category placements with studios or campaigners, but some decisions aren’t yet final. Meantime, Gold Derby lists Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) as well as Christian Bale and Matt Damon (“Ford v. Ferrari”) in both lead and supporting categories in our prediction center.

Here are the current top 10 supporting actor picks according to racetrack odds based upon our users’ predictions as of Sept. 17:

1. Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”): Pitt doesn’t have a designated category yet, so he appears both as a lead and supporting candidate on the Gold Derby site.
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The Oscar Race After the Festivals Has Hitler and the Joker, But No Front-Runner

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The Oscar Race After the Festivals Has Hitler and the Joker, But No Front-Runner
The first round of fall festivals has concluded, and here’s where the Oscars race stands:

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Lopez are actual awards contenders.

• A movie about a comic-book character won the jury prize from one of the most prestigious international film festivals.

• A comedy about Nazis featuring a lovably goofy Adolf Hitler won an audience award that is supposed to lead to an automatic Best Picture nomination.

• And there is no Best Picture front-runner, unless you want to count the July release that has gotten flak for making fun of Bruce Lee and incorporating the Manson family into a Hollywood story.

Also Read: Tiff 2019: Every Movie Sold So Far, From 'Dads' to 'True History of the Kelly Gang' (Updating)

Welcome to awards season 2019, where the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals didn’t crystallize this year’s awards forecast, where Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time
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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Director include Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Noah Baumbach, Bong Joon-ho and …

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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Director include Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Noah Baumbach, Bong Joon-ho and …
Frontrunners are already forming for the Oscar Best Director race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, many were seen at the recent Toronto, Telluride and/or Venice film festivals, including “Ford v. Ferrari,” “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “Marriage Story,” “Pain and Glory” and “Jojo Rabbit.” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was released to theaters in late July and its director, Quentin Tarantino has bumped Martin Scorsese from the top spot while Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”) has claimed third place for now.

Here are the current top 10 director picks according to racetrack odds based upon our users’ predictions as of Sept. 17:

1. Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”): With an 85% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes and his biggest opening weekend ever with $40 million-plus, Tarantino’s brand of violent mayhem continues to draw a crowd.
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Tiff Jury of One - Chris Feil

Chris here, giving my own quick rundown of Tiff! Overall, I was able to see 33 films in total, including some under-the-radar thrills and more Midnight Madness films than ever before. As ever, closing out the festival is always quite bittersweet - but I'll have a little pick me up sharing what I loved most (and a few misses). Climb in my fur, and recap Tiff with me...

Best Film: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Director: Marielle HellerA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
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What ‘Bad Education’ Taught Us About the Slow Toronto Film Festival Market

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What ‘Bad Education’ Taught Us About the Slow Toronto Film Festival Market
Bad Education,” a dramedy starring Hugh Jackman as the embezzling superintendent of district of schools in Long Island, N.Y., was set to be this year’s “I, Tonya.” The movie has the same biting tone, shifting between comedy and tragedy. It received strong reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival. And like “I, Tonya,” it even co-stars Allison Janney, this time playing a corrupt school administrator instead of the heartless matriarch to Tonya Harding.

But while “I, Tonya” soared out of Toronto two years ago, landing a fast distribution deal with Neon to the tune of $5 million, “Bad Education” has yet to stick the same landing. The movie debuted at Tiff on Sept. 8 to a jam-packed Sunday screening, running up against showings of high-profile films such as “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” with Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers; “Hustlers,” carried by Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez; and “Jojo Rabbit,
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Same ol’ Oscar category song and dance: Which actor takes the lead wheel and who rides shotgun in supporting?

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Same ol’ Oscar category song and dance: Which actor takes the lead wheel and who rides shotgun in supporting?
When Quentin Tarantino‘s nostalgic hippie-era fable “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” opened in late July, there was much speculation about whether its male stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a fading TV Western star and Brad Pitt as his loyal body double would compete as co-leads when it came to awards categories or whether Pitt would be slotted in the supporting actor category. After all, his character Cliff Booth is basically defines the loyal sidekick archetype — not that there’s anything wrong with that.

For now on Gold Derby, Pitt’s name can be found in both lists in the predictions center. Currently, he is ranked No. 16 among lead actors for “Hollywood.” Complicating matters, however, is that he is also ensconced at No. 25 for his space thriller “Ad Astra.” The best news for Pitt, however, is that he’s sitting pretty atop the supporting actor list. While he has an
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12 Best Movies at Toronto Film Festival 2019

12 Best Movies at Toronto Film Festival 2019
Every person who heads to the Toronto International Film Festival — especially those who hope to take the pulse of the upcoming awards-circuit season — comes with certain expectations. Maybe these notions are industry-driven (the trades and the prognosticators says A and B are the big films to beat for months now!). Maybe they’re personal (I love X and Y, and can’t wait to see their latest work!). Maybe a few things that premiered in Venice or sneak-previewed in Telluride just a week or so prior have already had tastemakers’ tongues wagging,
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The Best Films at the 2019 Toronto, Venice, Telluride, and Locarno Film Festivals

With the Toronto International Film Festival concluding this past weekend and Telluride, Venice, and Locarno in the rearview, the first phase of fall film festivals have concluded. Ahead of the New York Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, AFI Fest, and more, we’ve rounded up our favorite films seen over the past month or so, resulting in a selection of premieres to have on your radar.

Stay tuned over the next months (or years) as we bring updates on films as they make their way to screens. One can also click here for a link to all of our festival coverage, including news, trailers, reviews, and much more. As always, thanks for reading, and let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below. Also, for a more substantial look at what’s coming to theaters this season, check out our fall preview,
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Tom Hanks ('A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Tom Hanks ('A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood')
Everyone knows and loves Tom Hanks. Indeed, his filmography is as packed with familiar films as that of anyone working today — among them, 1988's Big, 1992's A League of Their Own, 1993's Philadelphia and Sleepless in Seattle, 1994's Forrest Gump, 1995's Apollo 13 and Toy Story, 1998's Saving Private Ryan and You've Got Mail, 1999's The Green Mile, 2000's Cast Away, 2002's Road to Perdition, 2011's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 2013's Captain Phillips, 2015's Bridge of Spies, 2016's Sully and 2017's The Post.

Hanks, 63, won back-to-back best actor Oscars for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, and was a finalist in that category for ...
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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Wins Audience Award at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Wins Audience Award at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival
Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” has won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award as the audience’s favorite movie at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff announced on Sunday.

The black comedy deals with a 10-year-old German boy in World War II who idolizes Adolf Hitler but is forced to reconsider his ideals when he discovers that his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their house. The film drew largely positive reviews at Tiff, but offended some who felt that Hitler and Nazis were not a laughing matter.

Jojo” beat Todd Phillips’ “Joker” for the award, as well as less divisive films that included Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes.”

Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” was the first runner-up, while Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” was second runner-up.

Also Read: 'Jojo Rabbit' Film Review: Taika Waititi Insists That
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Too Big for Toronto? Why DiCaprio and Other Superstars Shun Tiff

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Too Big for Toronto? Why DiCaprio and Other Superstars Shun Tiff
The Toronto International Film Festival is the biggest annual showcase of potential Oscar contenders, particularly via its Best Picture-predictive Audience Award. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the biggest stars consider the 10-day event to be essential for an Oscar campaign.

This year was Tom Hanks’ first appearance at Tiff since “Cloud Atlas” in 2012. For Meryl Streep, “The Laundromat” was her first Tiff title since “August: Osage County” in 2013. Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t been there as an actor since 1995, with “Total Eclipse” — almost a quarter century ago (he has appeared to promote some documentaries).

So why doesn’t Tiff get more celebrity love? It appears that what makes Toronto attractive to many films isn’t true for them — particularly when they might be Oscar-bound.

These actors stick to wide-release studio films

A studio with Oscars on its mind wants to create a carefully calibrated release plan, one that keeps
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Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem

Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem
The Toronto International Film Festival’s welcoming audiences and traffic-chasing media can deliver a mighty headwind for movies hoping to gain momentum in the Oscar race. But not everybody gets that push. And the reality does not always match the clickbait headlines.

Yes, festival fave “Hustlers” rode a tsunami of press. After all, Jennifer Lopez is an established global star who knew exactly what to do with her alluring role as a pole-riding stripper. But while all that buzz might pull moviegoers into theaters this weekend, “Hustlers” (which B-movie distributor Stx took over from A-movie producer Annapurna) is far more likely to play for the Hollywood Foreign Press than the more tony Academy voters, who want their Oscar contenders to shine with the patina of art. If the movie is a hit and Lopez’s team finds financial backing for an awards campaign, she could squeak into a Supporting Actress slot.
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Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem

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Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem
The Toronto International Film Festival’s welcoming audiences and traffic-chasing media can deliver a mighty headwind for movies hoping to gain momentum in the Oscar race. But not everybody gets that push. And the reality does not always match the clickbait headlines.

Yes, festival fave “Hustlers” rode a tsunami of press. After all, Jennifer Lopez is an established global star who knew exactly what to do with her alluring role as a pole-riding stripper. But while all that buzz might pull moviegoers into theaters this weekend, “Hustlers” (which B-movie distributor Stx took over from A-movie producer Annapurna) is far more likely to play for the Hollywood Foreign Press than the more tony Academy voters, who want their Oscar contenders to shine with the patina of art. If the movie is a hit and Lopez’s team finds financial backing for an awards campaign, she could squeak into a Supporting Actress slot.
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Critic's Notebook: Lots of Good, But Not Great, at Fall Film Festivals This Year

Critic's Notebook: Lots of Good, But Not Great, at Fall Film Festivals This Year
Two of the most popular films of the fall festivals this year were Joker, which won the top prize at Venice, and Toronto world premiere A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, about the late folksy and philosophical TV personality Fred Rogers. Both are fronted by outstanding performances, from Joaquin Phoenix and Tom Hanks, respectively. But other than that, they're polar opposites; Rogers could have had "L-o-v-e" spelled out on his knuckles, while Joker would certainly sport "H-a-t-e."

Even though it's set around the early 1980s, Joker feels like a film of the moment, which is what's ...
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Tom Hanks Honestly Loved Becoming Mr. Rogers

Is there a single living soul in this world who doesn’t love Mr. Rogers? Apparently not. Tom Hanks is getting amazing reviews for his portrayal of the children’s TV star in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and there’s a lot of buzz around Hollywood about Oscar wanting to be his neighbor (and no, we’re [...]

The post Tom Hanks Honestly Loved Becoming Mr. Rogers appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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Tiff 2019: Winners and Losers of This Year’s Festival, From ‘Joker’ to ‘Jojo Rabbit’

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Tiff 2019: Winners and Losers of This Year’s Festival, From ‘Joker’ to ‘Jojo Rabbit’
The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off with a lot of speculation around its lineup: “Joker,” which won the Golden Lion at Venice shortly before its Tiff premiere, seemed to be the first comic book movie since “Black Panther” with the potential to generate awards season buzz in tandem with its commercial appeal. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” looked like it could score Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination in years for playing Mister Rogers. Taika Waititi’s Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbi” gave the “Thor: Ragnarok” director the opportunity to merge his playful style with subversive material. And then there were the Telluride breakouts, from delicate family drama “Waves” to the manic Adam Sandler performance in “Uncut Gems,” which would get the chance to continue building their popularity with larger audiences.

So how did all that go? In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne
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‘Home Improvement’ Creator Matt Williams Sets Off Broadway Play ‘Fear’; Enrico Colantoni, Obi Abili Cast

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‘Home Improvement’ Creator Matt Williams Sets Off Broadway Play ‘Fear’; Enrico Colantoni, Obi Abili Cast
Exclusive: Enrico Colantoni, the Veronica Mars regular with a role in the upcoming Tom HanksMister Rogers film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, has been cast in the world premiere of Fear, an Off Broadway psychological drama written by Roseanne and Home Improvement creator Matt Williams.

Also starring will be Obi Abili (Billions) and and Alexander Garfin (2015’s The Peanuts Movie).

Fear, directed by Tea Alagić, will begin Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with an opening night of Thursday, Oct. 24. The limited engagement will run through Dec. 8.

The synopsis: Fear follows a little girl’s disappearance as it prompts a tense confrontation among a plumber, college professor and teenage boy. In this psychological drama, three neighbors discover how far they are willing to go to defend the values that define them.

The creative team will include Andrew Boyce, scenic designer; D.M. Wood, lighting designer; Oana Botez, costume designer; Jane Shaw,
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Eric Roberts Toplines ‘My Dinner With Eric Roberts (Julia’s brother)’; Wendy Makkena, Walter Belenky Join ‘Spiked’; ‘Charming the Hearts of Men’ Adds Cast

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Eric Roberts Toplines ‘My Dinner With Eric Roberts (Julia’s brother)’; Wendy Makkena, Walter Belenky Join ‘Spiked’; ‘Charming the Hearts of Men’ Adds Cast
Eric Roberts and Dr. Rico Simonini will topline My Dinner With Eric Roberts (Julia’s brother), a platonic rom-com bromance that will be shooting this month in Los Angeles. Described as along the lines of Louie Malle’s My Dinner With Andre, the film follows Roberts having dinner with his cardiologist and friend, Dr. Rico and evolves into their deep passionate friendship and how their lives are intertwined. The pic was written by Roberts, Simonini, Eliza Roberts and Darryl Marshak. Eliza Roberts and Marshak are directing and producing the project with Sarbori Bhattacharya, Joe Levy, and Sambhu Choifhury serving as executive producers.

Wendy Makkena (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Walter Belenky have been added to the cast of Spiked, and indie drama based on Arizona newspaper publisher Joseph Soldwedel. The film hails from Juan Martinez Vera, who wrote the screenplay and is directing.
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Tom Hanks: What Mr. Rogers Would Tell Children in 2019

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Tom Hanks: What Mr. Rogers Would Tell Children in 2019
Tom Hanks and the team behind “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” dropped by the Variety Studio over the weekend to discuss the new Mr. Rogers film, which premiered to rave reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival.

Hanks was asked what he thought Mr. Rogers would say to children who are living in the age of school shootings and Donald Trump.

Watch his response above.

The Variety Studio at Toronto presented by AT&T
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