National Board of Review awards preview: Don’t count on it for 2019 Oscar predictions

Be warned: the National Board of Review, which announces its winners on Tuesday Nov. 27, has a spotty record at crystal-balling the Academy Awards. Last year, the Nbr didn’t even include the eventual Best Picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” in the Top 10

The Nbr went all in on Steven Spielberg‘s docudrama “The Post,” which won Best Picture and the lead acting awards for Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Greta Gerwig won the Best Director prize for her solo helming effort, “Lady Bird,” which also featured a winning supporting turn by Laurie Metcalf.

Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) won Best Supporting Actor; writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson won for his original screenplay for “Phantom Thread”; Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber won the adapted screenplay award for “The Disaster Artist”; the cast of “Get Out” claimed the Best Ensemble prize; and Timothee Chalamet and Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan) — but
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Lady Gaga Will Never Be the Same After ‘A Star Is Born’

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Lady Gaga Will Never Be the Same After ‘A Star Is Born’
Lady Gaga can’t shake her character from “A Star Is Born.” And she doesn’t want to. “I feel Ally inside of me,” Gaga says of the rising musical icon she plays in the film. “I wonder how long she’ll stay. Or if she’ll be in there forever.”

This symbiotic relationship is evident at her Variety photo shoot at her home in Malibu, a week before she had to evacuate due to the Woolsey Fire. Gaga isn’t sure what she’ll wear at first. Inspiration strikes after she slips on a taupe men’s collared shirt. It is the same shirt, she reveals, worn in several key scenes by her co-star Bradley Cooper as the singing heartthrob Jackson Maine in “A Star Is Born.” Later in the film, Ally inherits the garment. Like her character, Gaga keeps the memento in her closet, but she never dreamed
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Lady Gaga would be the 14th woman to win the Best Original Song Oscar

Lady Gaga would be the 14th woman to win the Best Original Song Oscar
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) is in a heated Best Actress Oscar race with Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), but even if she comes up short there, chances are she’ll still leave Oscar night a winner. Gaga is considered a near lock to prevail in Best Original Song with “Shallow,” which would make her just the 14th woman to win the category.

Best Original Song was first introduced at the 7th Academy Awards, honoring the films of 1934, but like nearly all of the non-gendered categories, it’s been dominated by men. Dorothy Fields was the first woman to win the category for co-writing “The Way You Look Tonight” from “Swing Time” (1936) with Jerome Kern, but it would be another 32 years before a second woman triumphed; Marilyn Bergman won for penning “The Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968) with Michel Legrand and her husband Alan Bergman.
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Will Lady Gaga (‘A Star is Born’) be only the 4th woman this century to win two Oscars in one night?

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Will Lady Gaga (‘A Star is Born’) be only the 4th woman this century to win two Oscars in one night?
It’s not uncommon for men to win multiple Oscars in the same year given how over-represented they are in directing, producing, sound and various other artistic fields. Women don’t get nearly as many opportunities to wear multiple hats, so it’s predictably a lot rarer for them to accomplish that feat. In fact, it has only happened to three women in the 21st century thus far. But Lady Gaga could be the fourth.

According to our predictions as of this writing, Lady Gaga is the front-runner to win Best Actress for playing an up-and-coming pop singer in “A Star is Born.” She also co-wrote multiple songs on the soundtrack, and while our predictions center is not yet open for Best Original Song, there’s a good chance she’ll be a top contender there too. And if she does win both she’ll join an exclusive club.

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Viggo Mortensen Filmed an Iconic ‘Lord of the Rings’ Scene Surrounded by Old Bombs, and Peter Jackson Feared for His Life

Aragorn rallying soldiers from Gondor at the foot of the Black Gate of Mordor is one of the most iconic scenes in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” but it turns out filming the moment wasn’t a walk in the park for Peter Jackson. Ian Nathan’s upcoming book, “Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-Earth,” includes never-before-known tidbits from the making of Jackson’s epic trilogy, one of which explains how Viggo Mortensen filmed the Black Gate scene surrounded by unexploded bombs (via Entertainment Weekly).

Jackson filmed Aragon’s speech at the Black Gate in a section of the Rangipo Desert once used by the New Zealand military, and the land was covered in unexploded artillery shells as a result. Prior to the film shoot, the New Zealand army designated a safe area away from the bombs where Jackson could
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African-American Film Critics Assn. at 15: Confronting a Critical Media Juncture

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Along with virtually every other facet of the entertainment industry, the overwhelmingly monochrome makeup of film criticism has come under increasing scrutiny over the last few years, with a recent USC study finding that white authors wrote 82% of the reviews for last year’s 100 top-grossing films. But while that discussion has only recently penetrated the larger conversation in a significant way, it’s hardly been news to the people directly affected, and one group in particular has been at the forefront of the issue for the last decade and a half.

The African-American Film Critics Assn. was founded 15 years ago by Gil L. Robertson IV and Shawn Edwards, who met on the film junket circuit in New York, and started discussing ways to advocate for greater representation in criticism. Since then, the group has grown to approximately 60 members spread across the U.S., as well as the U.K., Jamaica and South Africa.
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Will Oscars’ Popular Film Category Generate Ratings or Just Controversy?

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Last week’s announcement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instituting a new Oscars category for “outstanding achievement in popular film” was met with a swift backlash and mockery on social media.

“Seriously, this ‘best pop movie’ category is the worst idea the Academy has had since they asked me to sing with Snow White,” tweeted actor Rob Lowe, whose embarrassing appearance alongside the first Disney princess at the 1989 ceremony was launched into infamy. Other naysayers ranged from former Oscars producer Craig Zadan to ex-Focus Features honcho James Schamus.

But at least one major star appreciated the gesture. “Maybe if they’d had the category before, we’d have won a couple of them,” Mark Wahlberg told Variety. “We’ve had some really commercially successful films that we think certainly warranted that kind of notoriety.” Some of Wahlberg’s recent hits include “Ted,” “Lone Survivor” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,
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Disney Unveils First Look at Live-Action ‘Mulan’

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Disney shared the first image of its live-action “Mulan” starring Liu Yifei.

Production, which began Monday, will take place in China and New Zealand. Niki Caro is directing the remake of Disney’s classic animated feature, which follows the titular character as she disguises herself as a man in order to spare her elderly father from having to join the military.

Jet Li will play the emperor of China, Gong Li will portray a powerful witch, and Donnie Yen will be Mulan’s mentor, Commander Tung. Yoson An will play Chen Honghui, a confident and ambitious recruit who becomes Mulan’s ally and eventual love interest. The cast also includes Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, and Chum Ehelepola.

Chris Bender, Jason Reed, and Jake Weiner are producing the movie. Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King“), Bill
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First Look At Disney’s Mulan – In Theaters March 27, 2020.

Mulan (Yifei Liu) Photo: Stephen Tilley © 2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Production on Disney’s “Mulan,” a live-action adaptation of the studio’s 1998 animated feature, has begun.

The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China and will open in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020.

Liu Yifei was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. Joining her in the film are: Donnie Yen (“Star Wars: Rogue One”); Jason Scott Lee; Yoson An (“The Meg”); Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Pitch Perfect”); Ron Yuan (“Marco Polo”); Tzi Ma (“Arrival”); Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Cheng Pei-Pei; Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li and Jet Li.

Mulan” is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet.
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Mulan Comes to Life in First Official Image as Filming Starts on Live-Aciton Film

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Cameras have started rolling on Disney's upcoming live-action adapation of Mulan and they've released our first look at the titular heroine. Come inside to take a gander!

It's crazy to think it's been 20 years since the animated Mulan film hit the big screen. Two decades later and filming on a live-action version of the story is now underway. To mark the event, Disney has released the first official image of Liu Yifei as the heroine herself, and she looks great:

Liu Yifei was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. Joining her in the film are: Donnie Yen (“Star Wars: Rogue One”); Jason Scott Lee; Yoson An (“The Meg”); Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Pitch Perfect”); Ron Yuan (“Marco Polo”); Tzi Ma (“Arrival”); Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Cheng Pei-Pei; Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li and Jet Li.

Mulan” is the epic adventure of a
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36 Movies That Have Grossed $1 Billion Worldwide (Photos)

36 Movies That Have Grossed $1 Billion Worldwide (Photos)
Films That Topped $1 Billion (Photos)

The coveted billion-dollar club continues to grow with films like “Jurassic World,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and more surpassing $1 billion at the box office.

In the so-called club are older films, too, like “Avatar” and “Titanic” — both directed by James Cameron — along with 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” 2011’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” and 2003’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Other films to join the ranks of features that have topped $1 billion globally are Marvel movies, distributed by Disney: “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “Iron Man 3.”

Both “Dark Knight” films directed by Christopher Nolan broke a billion.

Avatar” — $2.79B

Titanic” — $2.19B

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — $2.07B

Jurassic World” — $1.67B

Finding Dory” — $1.00B

The Dark Knight” — $1.00B

“Marvel’s The Avengers” — $1.52B

Furious 7” — $1.52 billion

After five weekends at the box office,
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Best Films Adapted From Books

Wonderstruck reveals a tender and nostalgic study of childhood and the unwavering power of imagination. It is based on the best-selling novel by Brian Selznick and tells the story of Ben and Rose – children from two different eras, who secretly wish their lives were different. To celebrate Wonderstruck releasing on Digital Download, DVD and Blu-ray on 30th July, we have looked at other films that have been successfully adapted from best-selling books.

Here are our Top 10 stand-out adaptations (listed in no particular order):

Harry Potter

Written by J. K. Rowling, the immensely popular “Harry Potter” fantasy series won multiple awards and sold more than 500 million copies – making it the bestselling book series in history. The seven books provided the basis for a film series, with eight “Harry Potter” films released between 2001 and 2011.

The Lord Of The Rings

Written by J.R.R. Tolkien, his best-selling trilogy was adapted into three films:
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Oscars 2019: Walt Disney Studios hoping to make magic with ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘Black Panther’

Last year, Walt Disney Studios reaped a pair of Oscar bids for the the smash hit live-action version of one of its most lauded cartoons, the 1991 Best Picture nominee “Beauty and the Beast.” This year, it has both the long-awaited sequel to “Mary Poppins” and the most successful entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther.”

In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Emily Blunt takes on the role that won Julie Andrews an Oscar more than half a century ago. In this follow-up, Poppins’ original charges, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer), are now grown up. Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), live in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. Dick Van Dyke, who was both chimney sweep Bert and bank president Mr. Dawes Sr. in the original film, returns to play Dawes, Jr. in this version with Oscar winner Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) in
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“There’s The Shark!!” Movie Fans Hilarious Reactions To The Meg Trailer

“Two things I like in life. A shark. And Statham!” Humans are deathly afraid of sharks, but we keep coming back for more everytime a new film is released about them.

Check out the “whoa” reactions, gasps and nervous laughs, as movie fans watch the trailer for The Meg, in theaters August 10. This is going to be so much fun!

The best quote is from the guy who says, “that’s why I don’t swim.” We can’t wait for this movie!

Jason Statham and Li Bingbing star in the science fiction action thriller The Meg, directed by Jon Turteltaub.

In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert
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How Many of the Top-Grossing Movies of All Time Have You Seen?

How Many of the Top-Grossing Movies of All Time Have You Seen?
Though a film's success isn't based solely on how much money it pulls in, box-office numbers are still crucial to determining what type of movies make it to the big screen. It's no surprise that family-friendly blockbusters, hero flicks, and animated movies bring in the most dough, but some of the films that cracked the list of the 50 highest-grossing movies of all time just may surprise you. Take a look for yourself!

Avatar (2009): $2.7 billion Titanic (1997): $2.1 billion Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): $2 billion Jurassic World (2015): $1.6 billion Avengers: Infinity War (2018) $1.6 billion Marvel's The Avengers (2012): $1.5 billion Furious 7 (2015): $1.5 billion Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): $1.4 billion Black Panther (2018): $1.3 billion Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 (2011): $1.3 billion Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): $1.3 billion Frozen (2013): $1.2 billion Beauty and the Beast (2017): $1.2 billion The Fate of the Furious (2017): $1.2 billion Iron Man 3 (2013): $1.2 billion
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How Many of the Top-Grossing Movies of All Time Have You Seen?

Though a film's success isn't based solely on how much money it pulls in, box-office numbers are still crucial to determining what type of movies make it to the big screen. It's no surprise that family-friendly blockbusters, hero flicks, and animated movies bring in the most dough, but some of the films that cracked the list of the 50 highest-grossing movies of all time just may surprise you. Take a look for yourself!

Avatar (2009): $2.7 billion Titanic (1997): $2.1 billion Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): $2 billion Jurassic World (2015): $1.6 billion Avengers: Infinity War (2018) $1.6 billion Marvel's The Avengers (2012): $1.5 billion Furious 7 (2015): $1.5 billion Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): $1.4 billion Black Panther (2018): $1.3 billion Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 (2011): $1.3 billion Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): $1.3 billion Frozen (2013): $1.2 billion Beauty and the Beast (2017): $1.2 billion The Fate of the Furious (2017): $1.2 billion Iron Man 3 (2013): $1.2 billion
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Watch Massive Shark Mayhem in the Official Trailer for The Meg, Starring Jason Statham

"Pleased to eat you." With movies such as The Shallows and 47 Meters Down, we've been experiencing a shark-aissance in recent years, and Warner Bros. is looking to bring the water-based subgenre to a whole new level with the first official trailer for The Meg (based on Steve Alten's 1997 novel), complete with enough one-liners to hold fans over until the movie's August 10th release:

Press Release: "Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The Message”) star in the science fiction action thriller “The Meg,” directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”).

In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside.
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New Image from Massive Shark Movie The Meg

Even Amity Mayor Larry Vaughn would close the beach if he saw this shark.

With a new trailer for the massive shark movie The Meg (based on Steve Alten's 1997 book) expected to arrive soon, EW unveiled a new image from the film (see below) that shows the prehistoric size of the Megalodon shark, which makes beachgoers look like minnows in comparison.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub (Last Vegas, National Treasure) and featuring a cast that includes Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Cliff Curtis, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose, The Meg is scheduled to swim into theaters on August 10th from Warner Bros.

Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates, check out the previous press release and new image below, and in case you missed it, read our Q&A with Meg author Steve Alten (back when Eli Roth was set to helm the film adaptation). Also, be sure to head
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Best Picture winners sweeping the Oscars may officially be over

Best Picture winners sweeping the Oscars may officially be over
The Shape of Water” won a leading four Oscars this year: Best Picture, Best Director for Guillermo del Toro, Best Original Score and Best Production Design. While any film would be grateful to earn four Oscars, especially the top prize, this total is low compared to many other Best Picture winners throughout history, particularly technical achievements such as this one. Does this mean the era of Best Picture winners sweeping the ceremony has come to an end?

SEEMichael B. Jordan to add an inclusion rider to his contracts after Frances McDormand’s fiery Oscars speech

Oscar history shows that 49 Best Picture winners have collected at least five trophies throughout the night. Yet, the only Bp winner to do so this decade is “The Artist” in 2011, which won five awards, but even in that case it tied the night with “Hugo” also winning five. The sweet spot for most of the
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‘The Shape of Water’ is a fantasy film, so it’s Not the first sci-fi movie to win Best Picture Oscar, according to our readers

‘The Shape of Water’ is a fantasy film, so it’s Not the first sci-fi movie to win Best Picture Oscar, according to our readers
Given how close the Oscar race for Best Picture was in 2018, it got somewhat lost in the conversation how rare it is for a genre movie to win. “The Shape of Water” took the top prize despite featuring an unconventional romance between a woman (Sally Hawkins) and a mysterious fish creature (Doug Jones). But which genre is it exactly? The film defies easy categorization, but most of the readers we polled said it’s a fantasy film, not sci-fi. Either way it’s an almost unheard-of achievement. Scroll down for our complete poll results at the bottom of this post.

Only 16% of respondents think “The Shape of Water” is strictly sci-fi. That would make it the first science-fiction film ever to win the top Oscar after years of overlooked classics like “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” (1982) and “Gravity” (2013). Far more of our readers (48%) think the film is a fantasy,
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