Bridging the gap by Anne-Katrin Titze

Paul Auster on who was originally cast in the role Willem Dafoe plays in Lulu On The Bridge: "I had wanted Salman Rushdie to play the part."

Paul Auster's journey with putting together the production of his solo directorial début Lulu On The Bridge, was a challenging one for him and his producers Peter Newman and Greg Johnson. The film stars Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino and Willem Dafoe with Gina Gershon, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Edson, Don Byron, Victor Argo, Kevin Corrigan, Sophie Auster, Lou Reed and David Byrne.

At Eternity's Gate with Louise Kugelberg, Jean-Claude Carrière, Julian Schnabel, Willem Dafoe, Oscar Isaac, and Rupert Friend at the 56th New York Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In the second instalment of my conversation with Paul Auster on his film career, we discuss the pitfalls that had to be overcome, the reaction to casting Salman Rushdie, Golden Globe nominee
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The 16 Best Film Performances by Actresses in 2018

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The 16 Best Film Performances by Actresses in 2018
In a year in which one of the best, buzziest, and most lauded films is a three-hander starring some of Hollywood’s best actresses, it’s only fitting that a list of best performances by women be deep. From indie stalwarts to rising stars, fresh faces to some of Hollywood’s most reliable performers, 2018 has played home to a wealth of films ruled by women, and compiling a list of the best of the bunch proved to be easy (so many choices) and difficult (so many choices).

As with the year’s best film performances by men, the best of the bunch hailed from a variety of films and genres. For every massive blockbuster like “Crazy Rich Asians,” there’s an indie dark horse like “Hereditary,” and that each kind of film could include work worthy of inclusion on any best-of list speaks to the strength of this year’s picks.
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Golden Globes: ‘Cold War’ Gets Cold Shoulder In Foreign Language Race

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Golden Globes: ‘Cold War’ Gets Cold Shoulder In Foreign Language Race
Today’s Golden Globes nominations for the Best Foreign Language Film include some of the leading favorites with potential to be in the mix for the similar category at the Oscars like Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away. But there is one glaring omission. Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white Polish drama Cold War did not make the cut despite plaudits from Cannes and critics bodies.

There’s been a lot of heat on Cold War which was the Best Director laureate in Cannes and has frontrunner status at the upcoming European Film Awards. Star Joanna Kulig is currently spending several weeks in La to talk up the film (and croon), and the 1950s-set romantic drama from Amazon has also scored a Best Foreign Language Film win from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle.

Pawlikowski
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Tom O’Neil’s 100% accurate Golden Globes predictions (Can’t be wrong! Don’t argue with me!)

When the Golden Globe nominations are unveiled at 5 a.m. Pt Thursday morning, here’s what you can expect to see on the film list based upon my brazen snooping around the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and my own kudos expertise. Check out how my picks compare to those of 23 other experts making predictions at Gold Derby – also our Top 24 Users (best predictions last year), Top 24 All Stars (best predictions over the past few years) and all Users. Here are Gold Derby’s latest racetrack odds based upon a combination of all predictions.

Disagree? Make your own predictions here and see if you can best us!

Updated: 4 p.m. Pt — I’ve revised some of my predictions posted below earlier today based upon more input from various sources.

Best Drama Picture

A Star is Born

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

First Man

“Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody
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Golden Globes Nomination Predictions 2019: All the Contenders in Top Categories (Photos)

Golden Globes nominations often contain a handful of head-scratchers and curiosities, but this is already a more curious year than most at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Two films that could easily have qualified as musicals, “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” elected to go into the drama category instead. One that could have been a drama, “Green Book,” entered as a comedy. And one that will be a major contender in many categories, “Roma,” is ineligible for the best drama category because it’s not in English.

Such is the landscape going into this year’s Golden Globes nominations. In trying to figure out which way the members of the HFPA are leaning, it helps to understand that even though the group only has around 90 voters, there are many factions within it: Some are focused on television, some are indie fans, some gravitate toward big stars who can
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Golden Globes Nomination Predictions: What Stars Will Be Born This Year?

Golden Globes nominations often contain a handful of head-scratchers and curiosities, but this is already a more curious year than most at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Two films that could easily have qualified as musicals, “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” elected to go into the drama category instead. One that could have been a drama, “Green Book,” entered as a comedy. And one that will be a major contender in many categories, “Roma,” is ineligible for the best drama category because it’s not in English.

Such is the landscape going into this year’s Golden Globes nominations. In trying to figure out which way the members of the HFPA are leaning, it helps to understand that even though the group only has around 90 voters, there are many factions within it: Some are focused on television, some are indie fans, some gravitate toward big stars who can
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The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2018, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich

The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2018, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich
The movies of 2018 were almost as wild and volatile as everything else in 2018, and so it’s unsurprising that my list of the year’s best films should careen from futility (“Hereditary”) to empowerment (“Widows”), from untamed rage (“Burning”) to desperate love (“Shoplifters”), and from optimism (“Let the Sunshine In”) to despair (“First Reformed”). These are eclectic and unstable times — times when everything seems to exist on a harsh binary between one way of life or another, and your mood is only as positive as the latest news — and so while placing “Mission—Impossible: Fallout” next to “If Beale Street Could Talk” might have once seemed provocative, now it just makes a certain kind of sense.

Once again, I’ve distilled each of my 25 favorite films of the year into a single memorable moment. And, as always, I’ve also edited those moments into a giant supercut that looks back
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Notes On The Season: Oscar Race’s Crazy Weekend; ‘Mary’s’ Two Queen Contenders; Indie Spirits Go Really Indie

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Notes On The Season: Oscar Race’s Crazy Weekend; ‘Mary’s’ Two Queen Contenders; Indie Spirits Go Really Indie
A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit

“This is absolutely the single worst weekend of the year,” one exasperated publicist told me last night after the AFI Fest closing-night screening of Mary Queen of Scots. What she said was an understatement as the Academy’s annual Governors Awards has become a full-weekend magnet for Oscar campaigning. This year promises to be the most hectic I have ever seen.

As fast as studios have been cancelling red carpets this week due to the fires, it seems they have been adding endless events for the weekend. As most businesses start to wind down in anticipation of Thanksgiving next week, the opposite is true of the business of Oscar, which is taking advantage of having so many “contenders” in town for Sunday’s Gov Awards (a hotbed of campaigning itself since it has a viper’s nest of voters attending
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‘Cold War’s’ Joanna Kulig Should Be A Best Actress Oscar Contender

There are still two major films left to see for 2018, but you can be guaranteed that Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” is going to be very close to the top of my year-end top 10 list. Inspired by his own parents’ volatile love affair, the Polish filmmaker has crafted an epic love story that begins at the dawn of that nation’s communist era and features a star-making turn by Joanna Kulig.

The 36-year-old actress and singer has appeared on screen before with small roles in Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning “Ida” and, of all things, “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” but her performance as Zula is, for lack of a better description, a revelation.

Continue reading ‘Cold War’s’ Joanna Kulig Should Be A Best Actress Oscar Contender at The Playlist.
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AFI Fest: 8 Acting Contenders from 2018 Indies Compare Experiences

Eight performers who did standout work in 2018 independent films participated Sunday in the fifth annual AFI Fest Indie Contenders Panel, presented by The Hollywood Reporter: Willem Dafoe (lead actor, At Eternity's Gate), Richard E. Grant (supporting actor, Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Kathryn Hahn (lead actress, Private Life), Felicity Jones (lead actress, On the Basis of Sex), Joanna Kulig (lead actress, Cold War), Thomasin McKenzie (supporting actress, Leave No Trace), Rosamund Pike (lead actress, A Private War) and John C. Reilly (lead actor, Stan & Ollie and The Sisters Brothers).

As you can see in the video atop this post, the five actresses and three actors spoke ...
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Oscars 2018: With AFI Fest Closing This Week Which Movies Out Of The Fall Festivals Still Have Academy Mojo?

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Oscars 2018: With AFI Fest Closing This Week Which Movies Out Of The Fall Festivals Still Have Academy Mojo?
AFI Fest closes this week, marking the end of the Fall Festival season that began with a bang with the August/September triple-feature that is Venice, Telluride and Toronto, at which the vast majority of major Oscar hopefuls were unveiled. Which is not to say there weren’t a few films from the first eight months of the year still in the mix; like the box office and critical smashes Black Panther and A Quiet Place, or at Cannes, where Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman looked built to last. But let’s face it: the fall is when studios and distributors strut the stuff they hope will go all the way to the Dolby Theatre on February 24th. And while there are a handful of films waiting to be seen—Mary Poppins Returns, Vice and The Mule chief among them—the AFI world premieres of Mary Queen of Scots (this Thursday
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Oscars: Trio at the Top in the Lead Actress Race

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Oscars: Trio at the Top in the Lead Actress Race
At this point in the Oscar race, all of the serious contenders for lead actress have been seen. So how is this year’s field stacking up?

Three performances feel like shoo-ins for nominations: Olivia Colman’s mad Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” a controversial category placement decision for a role some argue is supporting (though the film really features triple leads); Lady Gaga’s portrayal of a working-class diamond-in-the-rough in “A Star Is Born,” which could be one of two bids in the picture for the recording superstar, including original song recognition; and Melissa McCarthy’s best work yet as author/cat lady Lee Israel in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” which should make her a return contender after her first nomination seven years ago for “Bridesmaids.”

The battle for the gold likely lurks among that trio, but it will be interesting to see how the final two slots
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Reframing Our Borders: How Three Major New Films Allow Us to See the Migrant Crisis More Clearly

Reframing Our Borders: How Three Major New Films Allow Us to See the Migrant Crisis More Clearly
The following essay was produced as part of the 2018 Nyff Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 56th edition of the New York Film Festival.

Migration is one of the political flashpoints that vexes the Western world. Several films at this year’s New York Film Festival similarly grappled with humans (among other species) moving across continents, crossing borders, and occupying liminal spaces. Films like “Cold War,” “Transit,” and “Border” explore the forces that compel people to migrate, articulate migrants’ experiences with alienation, and depict their efforts to transcend human-made boundaries.

Christian Petzold’s “Transit” draws on a well-trod migrant narrative, the refugee’s escape, to render a startlingly current portrait of the hell that refugees endure. “Transit” updates Anna Segher’s World War II-era escape novel to (what appears to be) contemporary France, where a a concentration camp survivor named Georg (Franz Rogowski
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2018 European Film Awards nominations: Red-hot ‘Cold War’ leads on way to Oscars

2018 European Film Awards nominations: Red-hot ‘Cold War’ leads on way to Oscars
Nominations for the European Film Academy Award were announced on Saturday (Nov. 10) at the Seville film festival in Spain. Four of the entries in this year’s Oscar race for Foreign-Language Film — Sweden’s “Border,” Poland’s “Cold War,” Italy’s “Dogman” and Belgium’s “Girl” — are up for Best Picture. The fifth nominee is “Happy as Lazzaro” from Germany (which submitted “Never Look Away” at the Oscars).

Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” leads with five nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Tomasz Kot), Actress (Joanna Kulig) and Screenplay. “Dogman” and “Border” have four nominations apiece as does “Happy as Lazzaro.”

Winners of the 31st edition of these awards will be decided by the 3,000 plus members of the academy, drawn from all parts of Europe. The ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 15 in Seville.

Last year Ruben Ostlund‘s satire “The Square” swept the EFAs with six wins including both Best Picture and Best Comedy.
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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Leads European Film Awards Nominations

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Leads European Film Awards Nominations
This year’s European Film Awards will be dominated by movies that won prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, with Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,” Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro,” Lukas Dhont’s “Girl” and Ali Abbasi’s “Border” all in the running for best picture.

A 1950s-set love story shot in black and white, “Cold War” world premiered in competition at Cannes, along with the crime thriller “Dogman” and magic parable “Happy as Lazzaro.” “Cold War” won the award for best director, “Dogman” for best actor and “Happy as Lazzaro” for screenplay.

Girl,” a drama about a transgender teen who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, world premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and won four awards, including the Golden Camera for best first film. “Border” also opened in Un Certain Regard and won the top prize. It follows a customs officer with an extraordinary sense of smell,
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'Cold War' Leads European Film Award Nominations

'Cold War' Leads European Film Award Nominations
Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War, a love story set against the political upheaval of a divided Europe, leads the nominations for this year's European Film Awards (Efa) with 5 nominations, including for best film, best director and best acting noms for leads Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot.

The black-and-white drama premiered in Cannes, where it won Pawlikowski the best director honor. Cold War is Poland's contender for the 2019 Oscar in the best foreign-language film category. The director's last film, Ida, won the Oscar in 2015.

Competing with Cold War for the title of best European film of 2018 are ...
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European Film Awards Nominations: ‘Cold War’ Leads, Followed by ‘Dogman,’ ‘Border,’ and ‘Happy as Lazzaro’

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European Film Awards Nominations: ‘Cold War’ Leads, Followed by ‘Dogman,’ ‘Border,’ and ‘Happy as Lazzaro’
Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” leads the pack in this year’s European Film Awards, picking up five nominations after winning Best Director laurels earlier this year at Cannes. The black-and-white romance is followed closely by Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro,” and Ali Abassi’s “Border,” all of which also picked up awards on the Croisette and now find themselves with four nods apiece.

This year’s ceremony takes place on December 15 in Seville, Spain. Here’s the full list of nominations:

European Film 2018

Border, dir: Ali Abbasi

Cold War, dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Dogman, dir: Matteo Garrone

Girl dir: Lukas Dhont

Happy As Lazzaro, dir: Alice Rohrwacher

European Documentary 2018

A Woman Captured, dir: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Bergman – A Year In A Life, dir: Jane Magnusson

Of Fathers And Sons, dir: Talal Derki

The Distant Barking Of Dogs, dir: Simon Lering Wilmont

The Silence Of Others, dirs:
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'Cold War', 'Border', 'Dogman' lead 2018 European Film Award nominations

'Cold War', 'Border', 'Dogman' lead 2018 European Film Award nominations
The nominations for the 2018 Efa awards were revealed at the Seville European Film Festival.

After winning best birector at Cannes Film Festival, Pawel Pawlikowski’s melodrama about love and modern European history leads the European Film Awards (Efa) nominations with five nods including for European film, director, actress (for Joanna Kulig), actor (for Tomasz Kot) and screenwriter (for Pawlikowski).

Cold War was followed closely by Dogman, Border and Happy As Lazzaro with four Efa nominations each. The latter three joined Cold War in being nominated for European film, director and screenwriter.

Like Pawlikowski, Rohrwacher was nominated on her own for Lazzaro’s screenplay,
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European Film Awards Nominations: ‘Cold War’, ‘Dogman’, ‘Border’ Lead – Full List

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European Film Awards Nominations: ‘Cold War’, ‘Dogman’, ‘Border’ Lead – Full List
Nominations are in for the 31st European Film Awards with previous winner Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War leading the pack. The romance drama won the Best Director prize in Cannes and Pawlikowski is up here for the same nod. Cold War, Poland’s Oscar hopeful this year, is also mentioned in the Best Film, Screenwriting, Actress and Actor categories.

Joining Cold War in the main race are a series of Oscar entries for the Best Foreign Language Film statue. They include Sweden’s wild Border from Ali Abbasi, Italy’s Dogman from Matteo Garrone and Belgium’s Girl by Lukas Dhont. The latter won the Camera d’Or in Cannes for best first film, and also scored the Best Performance nod in the Un Certain Regard section for lead Victor Polster who received a nomination today from the European Film Academy. Netflix acquired Girl for North and Latin America out of the festival.
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Joanna Kulig (‘Cold War’) on embodying the ‘destructive personality’ of a singer in a tumultuous love affair [Exclusive Video Interview]

Joanna Kulig (‘Cold War’) on embodying the ‘destructive personality’ of a singer in a tumultuous love affair [Exclusive Video Interview]
Joanna Kulig knew from reading director Pawel Pawlikowski‘s script that the role of Zula offered her an “opportunity” to show off a wide range. “I dance, I sing and I act,” she explains about portraying a woman with a “destructive personality” from the age of 18 to 33. She describes the character as a “wounded bird,” a woman who is “sensitive, and at the same time wild.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Kulig above.

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Set during the Cold War in 1950s Europe, this Amazon Studios release centers on a tempestuous romance between a middle-aged conductor (Tomasz Kot) and a young soloist (Kulig), who are temperamentally and politically mismatched. Their affair spans 15 years and traverses Poland, Germany, Yugoslavia, and France. The film is the official Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, a prize that was previously won by Pawlikowski’s last film,
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