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'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards

'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards
Living up to its name, The Favourite has emerged as the favorite for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. 

Yorgos Lanthimos' Oscar-tipped dark comedy has snared 10 nominations, as announced Tuesday by actors Molly Wright and Lee Shone, including film of the year, director of the year and actress of the year for Olivia Colman. Roma and Cold War, also expected to be among the pack heading to the Academy Awards, were behind with five nods each. 

Elsewhere, the members of the London Critics' Circle offered some love to titles that, despite critical acclaim, have largely been shut out of the ...
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‘Venom’ Co-Creator Says Film Critics Were Too Old to Appreciate Tom Hardy Film

With the year heading into its final two weeks, it’s safe to call “Venom” one of the most divisive movies of 2018. The Sony tentpole, starring Tom Hardy as one of Spider-Man’s most iconic villains, is one of the worst reviewed movies of the year (it has a 29% on Rotten Tomatoes from nearly 300 reviews), and yet that hasn’t stopped it from being a massive popular hit. “Venom” is the fifth highest-grossing film of 2018 at the global box office with a haul of $852 million, and the character’s co-creator Todd McFarlane has an idea about the divide between critics and audiences.

“It was a big roller-coaster ride. Visually, everything was coming at you,” McFarlane recently told Yahoo Entertainment. “I think at times the critics get it wrong in that they forget their age. They come in, and they’re 42 years old, and they come in with their attitude and they’re going,
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Penny Marshall Made the Best Sports Movie Ever With ‘A League of Their Own’

Penny Marshall Made the Best Sports Movie Ever With ‘A League of Their Own’
Batter up, hear that call — the time has come, for one and all, to yell about how “A League of Their Own,” directed by Penny Marshall, is the best sports movie of all time. Penny Marshall’s fourth film, after great movies like “Awakenings” and “Big,” has an ease to its execution that proves reminiscent of the world’s greatest sports heroes — so good it doesn’t seem that hard.

Except, of course, it was hard — Marshall and writers Kim Wilson & Kelly Candaele (story) and Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (screenplay) took on a period piece with a massive ensemble that had to deliver both thrilling baseball sequences as well as the subtle, powerful message about just what women are capable of.

Based on the true story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (with the necessary alterations for the sake of fiction), “League” moves briskly through the introduction of rival
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Bravo To Develop A New Remake Of ‘Queer As Folk’ Produced By Original Series’ Creator

The popular British drama that has already been remade once already, “Queer as Folk,” is getting the remake treatment yet again.

Variety is reporting that Bravo has begun development on a new series based on “Queer as Folk,” with the original series’ creator Russell T. Davies on board to executive produce. For those not familiar with the original series, “Queer as Folk” ran for 10 episodes during 1999 and 2000 and followed the lives of three gay men in the UK, as they represented three separate, and different, points of view on sexuality during that era.

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Here’s the ‘Incredible’ Christian Bale-Steve Carell Musical Number Adam McKay Cut From ‘Vice’

Here’s the ‘Incredible’ Christian Bale-Steve Carell Musical Number Adam McKay Cut From ‘Vice’
Adam McKay’s “Vice” is dividing film critics left and right, but it could have been even more polarizing had the writer-director found a way to incorporate an “incredible” and “breathtaking” musical number scene featuring Steve Carell’s Donald Rumsfeld and Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney. The scene had been rumored about for some time (Carell even mentioned during a recent Uproxx interview), but McKay finally spilled the details of the cut sequence in an interview with Variety.

“I couldn’t get that one to work,” McKay said. “It was kind of when Rumsfeld is teaching Cheney about Washington D.C. and how to get ahead. It’s sort of like ‘neither a borrower nor a lender be,’ he’s kind of giving him that speech. But the speech is about, ‘Who cares about anything? You’ve got to just get ahead of people, making your moves.’ I think there was a line in it,
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Oscars 2019: All 15 Best Original Song Contenders, Ranked from Worst to Best

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the 15 tracks that have been shortlisted for the Best Original Song Oscar this year. And while there were a handful of head-scratching omissions (from heavyweights like Céline Dion’s “Ashes” to soul-stirring dark horses like the title track from “Hearts Beat Loud”), the songs that are still in contention represent one of the strongest fields in recent memory. The remaining tunes represent a wide variety of musical styles, running the gamut from country to hip hop, from a Disney ballad to a smirking parody of Disney ballads, and from superhero epics to “A Star Is Born.”

Here are the 15 tracks that are still in the running for Best Original Song, ranked from worst to best.

15. “I’ll Fight” (Diane Warren)

Movie: “Rgb”

A generic pop anthem that’s only enlivened by Jennifer Hudson’s brilliant vocals, “I’ll Fight” is the kind of bland,
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The 20 Best Film Soundtracks & Scores Of 2018

As the year races to a close, we’re all on the verge of killing each other, at least on Film Twitter. Everyone’s ornery as we sprint to make those deadlines, but before we declare war on one another, remember we still have inspiring and movie music to celebrate and soothe us. In crafting this piece over the years – Best Soundtracks and Scores – we’ve discovered it’s one of the most soothing, one of the best balms of the end of the year.

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Nic Cage Says ‘Face/Off’ Is One Of His “Best Movies” & Describes Himself As A “Shamanic Performance Artist”

It doesn’t matter if Nicolas Cage is talking about his new film “Between Worlds,” his meme-ified action film “Face/Off,” or his love of Prince, whatever comes out of his mouth is gold. An enigmatic, talented, and unusual acting presence on screen, the Academy Award-winning actor is perhaps even more mysterious and thoughtful during interviews, often talking about his craft, inspirations, and film choices.

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2018’s Ten Best Films Directed by Women

The films on this list represent only a small fraction of films from 2018 directed by female identifying filmmakers ranging greatly in production from impressive big budgeted masterpieces, to smaller, spirited low-to-no budget indies. One thing that emerged more than in recent years was that many films on this list implicate the audience in their inquiries and creativity; they reach into the senses to make sense of our unmoored present to provide meaningful connection. These directors remind how human the medium of film is and how our choices as an audience make us just as responsible as the filmmakers, artists, […]
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2018’s Ten Best Films Directed by Women

The films on this list represent only a small fraction of films from 2018 directed by female identifying filmmakers ranging greatly in production from impressive big budgeted masterpieces, to smaller, spirited low-to-no budget indies. One thing that emerged more than in recent years was that many films on this list implicate the audience in their inquiries and creativity; they reach into the senses to make sense of our unmoored present to provide meaningful connection. These directors remind how human the medium of film is and how our choices as an audience make us just as responsible as the filmmakers, artists, […]
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Legendary Actress & Filmmaker Penny Marshall Has Passed Away At Age 75

Golden Globe-nominated actress and famous filmmaker Penny Marshall has passed away at the age of 75, according to reports.

Marshall is probably best known for her work on the iconic ‘70s/’80s sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” The sitcom, a spin-off of the classic “Happy Days,” featured Marshall as one half of the titular comedic duo and would go on to be nominated for six Golden Globes and one Primetime Emmy.

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Penny Marshall, ‘Big’ and ‘A League of Their Own’ Director, Dead at 75

Penny Marshall, ‘Big’ and ‘A League of Their Own’ Director, Dead at 75
Penny Marshall, the actress and director behind “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” has died at age 75. Marshall passed away during the evening of December 17 at her California home, the New York Daily News confirms. The director’s publicist, Michelle Bega, said she passed away peacefully and died “from complications from diabetes.”

Marshall rose to prominence in Hollywood during the 1970s thanks to her leading role as Laverne DeFazio on the ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” The series was the most-watched comedy on U.S. television during its third season and ran for a total of eight seasons and 178 episodes. Marshall was nominated three times for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy.

As a director, Marshall broke barriers in Hollywood with her 1988 fantasy comedy “Big,” starring Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins. The movie made Marshall the first female director to earn over $100 million at the box office.
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‘The Terror’ Adds George Takei, Rest of Main Cast for Season 2

‘The Terror’ Adds George Takei, Rest of Main Cast for Season 2
George Takei has joined the cast of the upcoming Season 2 of “The Terror.” The famed “Star Trek” actor will join the ensemble for the sophomore installment of the acclaimed AMC anthology, which will center on the Japanese-American community during World War II.

In addition to appearing as “Yamato-san, a former fishing captain and community elder,” AMC announced that Takei will be serving as a consultant on the season. Takei has been open about his experiences living in a wartime internment camp as a young boy. A portion of “The Terror” Season 2 will take place in a similar environment.

At the time of the series’ renewal, AMC described that Season 2 will “center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific.” Production on the 10-episode season begins next month in Vancouver.

Along with Takei, Kiki Sukezane,
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9 Actors Who Should Do Television in 2019

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9 Actors Who Should Do Television in 2019
Credit it to Julia Roberts, or Meryl Streep, or John Travolta, but it’s official: The stigma is dead. There is no longer any reason a movie star shouldn’t consider doing a television show. Not only are series producing limited episode orders on shorter schedules, making it easier for stars to fit multiple projects into their lives, but the range of storytelling happening in the episodic world is often far more fascinating than what’s available in a studio system currently obsessed with blockbusters.

So below are 10 actors who should consider exploring the television world in 2019 — a list that was surprisingly hard to compile, because in researching potential options, so many stars already had a show in the works for next year. But if the era of Too Much TV must be fed, it might as well be fed by some interesting on-screen talent.

Dave Bautista

The WWE wrestler proved,
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Akira Kurosawa’s Iconic ‘Rashomon’ To Be Adapted For TV Courtesy Of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment has made a deal with the estate of legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa to adapt the classic film “Rashomon” as a anthology TV series.

According to the studio, the TV series would be a 10-episode thriller, where each of the episodes shows a unique point of view of an incident from another character. Only after watching all 10 episodes, and experiencing the different point of views of all the characters, would viewers be able to piece together the truth of the mystery.

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‘Rashomon’ TV Series In Development at Amblin

In an age of comic book adaptations and ’80s film reboots, maybe the next popular intellectual property wave is 1950s Japanese cinema. So goes the thinking for Amblin Television, which has optioned the rights to the Akira Kurosawa film “Rashomon” to develop it into a season of TV.

While the concept of showing one particular crime through the prism of a number of different perspectives has become less of a novelty in the nearly 70 years since Kurosawa’s legendary film, this new series will look to tell one crime in each of its 10 episodes, told from the point of view of a different character. With all the knowledge from those combined inputs, the audience will be able to gather the information necessary to arrive at the truth of what actually occurred.

Rashomon” was the eleventh film from the iconic filmmaker, co-written by Kurosawa and Shinobu Hashimoto. The pair based their
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‘Room 104’: Mark and Jay Duplass Are Saving Filmmakers By Bringing Them to Television

‘Room 104’: Mark and Jay Duplass Are Saving Filmmakers By Bringing Them to Television
You can take the filmmaker out of indie film, but you can’t take indie filmmaking out of Mark Duplass. The co-creator of “Room 104” has a niche at HBO: He makes the genre-shifting, episodic anthology series cheap and fast. So fast, in fact, the next season is already done.

“Here’s the scoop on Season 3 — we already shot it,” Duplass said in an interview, weeks before the Season 2 finale aired. “We have shot it, we have edited it, and we have delivered it. We did two seasons back-to-back because it was going to be so much cheaper.”

Duplass said that’s why the crew shot 24 episodes in a row; now the first 12 have aired, it’s up to HBO as to when the next set drops. Duplass is already hard at work writing Season 4.

It may not replace outgoing HBO juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” but Duplass is filling the
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Fox Re-Imagines ‘Die Hard’ As A Lovable Christmas Romp In New Holiday Trailer

Christmas is a time for family – bringing everyone together to laugh, share stories, give gifts, and most importantly, watch classic Christmas films. And though it’s been debated for decades, it’s this writer’s humble opinion that “Die Hard” is probably the best Christmas film of all time. Eat it, “It’s a Wonderful Life!” And luckily, Fox agrees with me, and has released a special holiday-themed trailer for the classic film that’s celebrating its 30th Christmas this year.

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Sebastian Stan’s Career Was Transformed By ‘I, Tonya,’ So He Went Looking for More Indies

Nearly a decade into his turn as Marvel’s Bucky Barnes — otherwise known as The Winter Soldier — actor Sebastian Stan is busier than ever, but not with the kind of safe commercial bets that other franchise players might be pursuing. A year after taking on the risky role of former criminal and national laughingstock Jeff Gillooly in Craig Gillespie’s Oscar-winning “I, Tonya,” Stan is still chasing unconventional supporting roles in smaller features.

In Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” he acts opposite Nicole Kidman as an undercover police officer helping Kidman’s no-nonsense detective through a dangerous mission that destroys her life. It’s a tricky role for any actor to hold their own opposite a proven movie star in dark, moody thriller, but Stan said that “I, Tonya” opened him up to embrace that sort of challenge.

Read More: ‘Destroyer’ Review: Nicole Kidman Takes No Prisoners as a Badass Detective
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Believe It Or Not, In A Rare Moment Of Restraint, James Wan Cut A Scene From ‘Aquaman’ For Being Too Weird

If you’re one of the many that ended up watching DC’s latest superhero film in the Amazon Prime special screening day this past weekend, you probably know exactly what the critics mean when they say that “Aquaman” is a lot of movie. Director James Wan seemingly threw everything he could imagine in this new superhero epic, with nothing left on the cutting room floor.

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