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‘Bombshell’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Share an Oscar Superpower: They’re Made For the Mainstream

‘Bombshell’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Share an Oscar Superpower: They’re Made For the Mainstream
Fall film festivals play a huge role in launching the year’s best movies into Oscar contention, but here’s the dirty little secret: Films don’t need critics to play well for the Academy. The Tiff People’s Choice Award is so predictive with Academy Best Picture nominees because it represents a broad swatch of ardent cinephiles with mainstream taste. People’s Choice Award-winner “Green Book” in Toronto 2018 followed a long list of eventual Oscar winners, from “Slumdog Millionaire” and “12 Years a Slave” to “The King’s Speech.”

This year’s Tiff audience-winner was Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” a lighthearted but serious fable about a lonely young Nazi enthusiast (Roman Griffin Davis) and his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi), who finds himself fighting for dominance with a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) hidden by his activist mother (Scarlett Johansson). “Jojo Rabbit” may come at a resonant time as
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‘Bombshell’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Share an Oscar Superpower: They’re Made For the Mainstream

‘Bombshell’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Share an Oscar Superpower: They’re Made For the Mainstream
Fall film festivals play a huge role in launching the year’s best movies into Oscar contention, but here’s the dirty little secret: Films don’t need critics to play well for the Academy. The Tiff People’s Choice Award is so predictive with Academy Best Picture nominees because it represents a broad swatch of ardent cinephiles with mainstream taste. People’s Choice Award-winner “Green Book” in Toronto 2018 followed a long list of eventual Oscar winners, from “Slumdog Millionaire” and “12 Years a Slave” to “The King’s Speech.”

This year’s Tiff audience-winner was Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” a lighthearted but serious fable about a lonely young Nazi enthusiast (Roman Griffin Davis) and his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi), who finds himself fighting for dominance with a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) hidden by his activist mother (Scarlett Johansson). “Jojo Rabbit” may come at a resonant time as
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Andrew Scott has to defy some major comedy bias to win the Golden Globes’ TV supporting actor prize

Andrew Scott has to defy some major comedy bias to win the Golden Globes’ TV supporting actor prize
Andrew Scott, aka Hot Priest, was so cruelly snubbed by the Emmys that even Bradley Whitford is still thinking about it. The “Fleabag” star might get some justice at the Golden Globes, where he is not only expected to earn a nomination but a win as well. However, you may want to think twice before picking him to take home the statuette.

Scott would only be the fourth person this century to win the Globes’ catch-all Best TV Supporting Actor award for a comedy series. The other three are Robert Downey Jr., who won for his comeback on “Ally McBeal” in 2001, Jeremy Piven for “Entourage” in 2008 and Chris Colfer for “Glee” in 2011. Yup, it’d be nine years between victories for comedy players should Scott prevail in January. The situation is even more dire on the actress side: Only two winners this century have been for comedies, Kim Cattrall for
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Home Entertainment: ‘The Stand’ Blu-ray Review

Ever since Andy Muschietti’s first It film was released into cinemas, there has been something of a Stephen King renaissance. In the wake of the record-breaking film, we’ve had television series Castle Rock as well as a remake of Pet Sematary, with sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, on its way at the end of the month. It has also given studios the opportunity to delve through the treasure trove of existing Stephen King properties, which means that you can finally buy The Stand on Blu-ray.

The story unfolds as a deadly flu-like virus is accidentally unleashed. The outbreak starts on a military base and would have remained there were it not for one of the soldiers escaping with his wife and child in tow. The family is already infected and they unknowingly set off a chain of events that wipes out around 99% of the population. Those that remain,
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Broadway Box Office Climbs To $35M; ‘Mockingbird’, ‘Moulin’ Set Records As ‘Tina’ Arrives

  • Deadline
With Broadway’s fall wave of new productions mostly still finding their seats last week, several of the more established – recently established, but established – smashes kept doing what they do, selling out and breaking records. To Kill a Mockingbird, Moulin Rouge! and Hadestown raked it in, helping Broadway’s overall box office during the week ending Oct. 13 jumped 17% over the previous week.

In all, box office for Broadway’s 34 productions totaled $35,212,990, a fraction below June’s post-Tony season high, with last week’s attendance up 8% from the previous week to 282,646.

Contributing to the fall’s strongest week yet was To Kill A Mockingbird, the Aaron Sorkin adaption of Harper Lee’s novel, now 49 weeks into its run and posting a best-ever $2,244,415, breaking its own house record at the Shubert Theatre for the ninth time and, with total gross sales surpassing $100M, secure in its spot as the highest grossing American play in Broadway history.
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Jeff Daniels to Play James Comey — with Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump — in CBS Limited Series

Jeff Daniels to Play James Comey — with Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump — in CBS Limited Series
Following his iconic role as Knuckles McGinty in “nicecore” phenomenon “Paddington 2” (and proving he’s a fan of IndieWire), Brendan Gleeson will flex his acting range by portraying one of the worst individuals on the planet. Gleeson has been cast as sitting president Donald Trump in a CBS adaptation of James Comey’s bestselling book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.” Jeff Daniels — hot off an acclaimed turn of his own in Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” — will play the author, attorney, and former FBI director.

Billy Ray, the writer-director behind “Shattered Glass,” “Breach,” and, most recently, the canceled Amazon drama “The Last Tycoon,” will write and direct the four-part limited series. The rest of the cast includes Michael Kelly as Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Jennifer Ehle playing Patrice Comey.

Produced by CBS Studios, it has not yet been decided if
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CAA Signs ‘The Good Place’ Star Manny Jacinto

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CAA Signs ‘The Good Place’ Star Manny Jacinto
Exclusive: The Good Place star Manny Jacinto has signed with CAA.

The news comes as the NBC comedy kicked off its fourth and final season on Thursday night. Jacinto plays the lovable yet not-so-bright Jason Mendoza on The Good Place. He can also be seen in the forthcoming Top Gun: Maverick. Directed by Joe Kosinski, the sequel to the iconic Paramount classic stars Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, Monica Barbaro, Miles Teller and Glen Powell. The film is slated for a June 26, 2020 release.

His recent previous credits include Bad Times at the El Royale, Showtime’s Roadies as well as ABC’s The Good Doctor.

Jacinto continues to be repped by Principals Talent in Canada and managed by Alchemy Entertainment. His attorney is Joel McKuin at McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
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HBO’s Showtime Lakers Pilot Rounds Out Cast With Molly Gordon, Rob Morgan, Spencer Garrett, Kirk Bovill, Delante Desouza

  • Deadline
HBO’s Showtime Lakers Pilot Rounds Out Cast With Molly Gordon, Rob Morgan, Spencer Garrett, Kirk Bovill, Delante Desouza
Molly Gordon (Life of the Party), Rob Morgan (Just Mercy), Spencer Garrett (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Kirk Bovill (Vice) and newcomer Delante Desouza have joined the cast of HBO’s pilot about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers.

Written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla), the untitled Showtime Lakers project is based on Jeff Pearlman’s nonfiction book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.

Executive producer Adam McKay is directing the pilot, which chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties — a team that defined its era both on and off the court.

Gordon will play Linda Zafrani, whose intelligence and savvy have earned her a position in the Forum Office, but the arrival of new ownership—Jerry Buss and his ambitious daughter Jeanie—requires her to navigate a complicated web of personal and professional relationships.
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In Celebration of ‘Ad Astra,’ Nasa Experts Name Their Favorite Outer-Space Movies

  • Indiewire
When they’re not gazing at the cosmos or pondering extraterrestrial intelligence, astronauts watch movies, too. During a recent 20th Century Fox panel on the studio lot promoting the new film “Ad Astra” and Nasa’s involvement in creating its near-future verisimilitude, four Nasa experts talked about their favorite films that take us into the unknown.

To start things off, panel moderator and “Ad Astra” director James Gray said, “I’d like to ask a nerd question if I could. What science-fiction movies inspired you?” In awe of the true-to-science realism of films such as “Gravity” and “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which essentially predicted the iPad, Gray said, regarding the believability of his own movie before a judging audience, “I’m going to face the guillotine.”

Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory research scientist Laura Kerber named Fox’s 2000 animated film “Titan A.E.” as her favorite outer-space screen adventure. “I thought
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Westworld Season 3 will only be eight episodes long

The upcoming third season of the HBO sci-fi series, Westworld, will only consist of eight episodes, compared to the first two seasons which both featured 10 episodes – making it the shortest season yet.

According to a new report by The Wrap, there are currently no details on the length of the episodes regarding if HBO intends to make the episodes longer to make up for the shortage of the season. Additionally, the newest season is set to premiere within the first half of 2020.

In a statement given to The Wrap, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys discussed whether the third season might feature familiar faces except the confirmed returns of the characters who were featured in the Comic-Con trailer. Bloys simply said:

“If you didn’t see them in the trailer, I’m not gonna respond.”

See Also: Westworld season 3 gets six character posters

Are you looking forward to season 3 of Westworld?
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‘Westworld’ Season 3 Will Have Fewer Episodes Than First 2 Seasons (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
‘Westworld’ Season 3 Will Have Fewer Episodes Than First 2 Seasons (Exclusive)
Unfreeze all motor functions, “Westworld” fans, because we have some big news for you: The upcoming third season of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO sci-fi series will consist of eight episodes, TheWrap has learned exclusively from an individual with knowledge of production.

The first two seasons of the Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright-led drama were 10 episodes apiece, so that will make Season 3 — set to premiere in the first half of 2020 — the show’s shortest so far.

However, the person was not able to provide us with details regarding the lengths of the third season’s episodes. So it’s still Tbd if these installments will be supersized to make up for the fact that there are two fewer in Season 3 than you had with the show’s freshman and sophomore years.

Also Read: 'Westworld' Season 3 to Premiere in First Half of 2020, Deal in Place
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Review: Stephen King's "Needful Things" (1993) Starring Max Von Sydow; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

  • CinemaRetro
By Sara Reineke

The Kino Lorber Blu-ray release of Stephen King’s 1993 Needful Things comes in the midst of Hollywood’s current remake fever. With such projects as Carrie (2013), It (2017), Pet Sematary (2019) and the upcoming It: Chapter Two (2019), this author’s works continue to draw movie audiences and infuse the horror genre as they had during the 1980s and 90s. Revisiting this original production of King’s 1991 novel - whereupon the devil comes to visit the small Maine town of Castle Rock - one is reminded why both his novels and films alike are regarded as iconic horror set pieces.

Following along on the heels of previous successes such as Carrie (1973), The Shining (1980), Pet Sematary (1989), and Misery (1990) - and released only a year before the iconic Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Needful Things shares many similarities to King’s other works. Meditating on the theme of human evil, this film puts the
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Martin Scorsese to Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival Prize

Martin Scorsese to Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival Prize
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced that Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese will be honored with the 14th-annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The award will be presented at a gala at The Ritz Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, on Thursday, November 14.

“Martin Scorsese is a brilliant filmmaker. He has made countless unforgettable films and is a true cinematic treasure. I am honored and grateful that he will receive the 14th annual Kirk Douglas Award,” said Kirk Douglas in a statement from the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

The award is well-timed to the launch of Scorsese’s hotly anticipated epic “The Irishman” in theaters and on Netflix this fall. The crime opus — Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, and Bobby Cannavale, among others — will first make its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 27, followed by a
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Martin Scorsese To Receive Sbiff’s 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film

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Martin Scorsese To Receive Sbiff’s 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, whose latest film is the much-anticipated The Irishman, has been selected to receive the 14th annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The honor, which benefits Sbiff’s year-round educational programs, will be presented on Thursday November 14 at a Black Tie dinner at the Ritz Carlton Bacara.

Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film has been awarded to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Mr. Scorsese will be the fourth Director to receive this prestigious honor, joining the ranks of past honorees Hugh Jackman, Dame Judi Dench, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta.

“Martin Scorsese is a brilliant filmmaker. He has made countless unforgettable films and is a true cinematic treasure.
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Martin Scorsese to Receive Santa Barbara Fest’s 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Award

  • Variety
Martin Scorsese to Receive Santa Barbara Fest’s 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Award
Martin Scorsese will receive the 14th annual Kirk Douglas Award for excellence in film Nov. 14 at a black-tie gala dinner, with proceeds benefiting the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival’s free year-round educational programs. The event will take place at the Ritz Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara.

Scorsese’s next film, “The Irishman,” will be released by Netflix in theaters this fall. The movie, with a screenplay by Steven Zaillian from the book by Charles Brandt, stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci and is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Spanning decades, it chronicles the still-unsolved disappearance of famed union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a portrait of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

Scorsese’s roster of films includes “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” “Shutter Island,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Silence.
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Peter Weir movies: All 13 films ranked worst to best, including ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘Witness,’ ‘Dead Poets Society’

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Peter Weir movies: All 13 films ranked worst to best, including ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘Witness,’ ‘Dead Poets Society’
Peter Weir celebrates his 75th birthday on August 21, 2019. With six Oscar nominations under his belt, the Australian-born director has firmly established himself as one of our most respected filmmakers thanks to a number of visually striking, narratively ambitious movies. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 13 of his movies, ranked worst to best.

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Born in 1944, Weir helped usher in the Australian New Wave of cinema with “Picnic at Hanging Rock” (1975), “The Last Wave” (1977), “Gallipoli” (1981) and “The Year of Living Dangerously” (1983). He brought his unique brand of filmmaking to Hollywood with the romantic mystery “Witness” (1985), which brought him his first Oscar nomination for Best Director. He earned a subsequent bid in the category for the inspirational teacher drama “Dead Poets Society” (1989), competing once again for the media
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Peter Weir movies: All 13 films ranked worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Peter Weir movies: All 13 films ranked worst to best
Peter Weir celebrates his 75th birthday on August 21, 2019. With six Oscar nominations under his belt, the Australian-born director has firmly established himself as one of our most respected filmmakers thanks to a number of visually striking, narratively ambitious movies. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 13 of his movies, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1944, Weir helped usher in the Australian New Wave of cinema with “Picnic at Hanging Rock” (1975), “The Last Wave” (1977), “Gallipoli” (1981) and “The Year of Living Dangerously” (1983). He brought his unique brand of filmmaking to Hollywood with the romantic mystery “Witness” (1985), which brought him his first Oscar nomination for Best Director. He earned a subsequent bid in the category for the inspirational teacher drama “Dead Poets Society” (1989), competing once again for the media satire “The Truman Show” (1998) and the swashbuckling epic “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
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‘The Abyss’ Turns 30: Hard-Earned Beauty & Strange Obscurity [Be Reel Podcast]

This week marks the 30th anniversary of James Cameron‘s “The Abyss,” the blockbuster maestro’s 1989 underwater alien epic. The film was famously nightmarish to shoot, including near-death experiences for star Ed Harris and other cast members walking off the abandoned nuclear plant the crew had filled with 7.5 million gallons of water to create Cameron’s oceanic universe. In retrospect, the film, while not the huge financial success of “The Terminator,” “Avatar” or “Titanic,” represented both a climax and the inevitable downturn of practical effects filmmaking while ushering in the digital effects that run rampant in 2019’s tentpoles.

Continue reading ‘The Abyss’ Turns 30: Hard-Earned Beauty & Strange Obscurity [Be Reel Podcast] at The Playlist.
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Jim Carrey Says He Never Felt ‘Passed Over’ for an Oscar for His Performance in The Truman Show

  • PEOPLE.com
Jim Carrey Says He Never Felt ‘Passed Over’ for an Oscar for His Performance in The Truman Show
Jim Carrey has no hard feelings about not getting an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Truman Show.

The Kidding star, 57, spoke to reporters on Friday while promoting his Showtime series at the Television Critics Association.

“I’ve never felt left out or passed over. These are words that other people create around me. I don’t live in that world,” Carrey said of not being nominated for an Oscar.

He continued, “All gifts are welcome. All recognition is appreciated, but none of it is needed. I’m so lucky creatively and personally. That’s not a need that I have.
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Pmk-bnc and Rogers & Cowan, Now Hollywood’s Biggest PR Firm — But Is That Better?

When major PR firms merge, they’re usually consolidating in order to stay on top. It’s a little different for former standalones Pmk-Bnc (which has merged at least four times in 40 years) and Rogers & Cowan: Both are owned by the publicly traded Interpublic Group (2018 revenue: $9.71 billion). Now, they will form a single firm (yet to be named) that will represent more than 500 clients and 30 brands.

So why the change? The combo creates a more impressive client list, and will allow them to trim the expenses and other redundancies that come when two entities merge. It’s the easiest and fastest way to become bigger while meeting the demands of their corporate overlords.

Of course, bigger is not always better. Still, when the new company officially launches January 1, it will dwarf Kelly Bush and Mara Buxbaum’s ID-pr. It will also become one of the top 20 PR firms in the world,
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