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PGA Awards: '1917' Named Outstanding Motion Picture

PGA Awards: '1917' Named Outstanding Motion Picture
Universal's 1917 won one of the top prizes — outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures — at the 31st annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night.

Awards were presented in categories spanning film and television. Regarding the latter, the evening's winners were mostly in line with those who triumphed at this year's Emmy Awards, such as Leaving Neverland, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and RuPaul's Drag Race.

Apollo 11 took home best documentary, though the Todd Douglas Miller-directed flick isn't even nominated at next month's Oscars. Other film awardees included fellow Nasa project Apollo: ...
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'Parasite' and 'Jojo Rabbit' win Ace Eddie Awards

'Parasite' and 'Jojo Rabbit' win Ace Eddie Awards
by Murtada Elfadl

Bong Joon Ho and Song Kang Ho celebrate their film's win

Parasite (edited by Jinmo Yang) and Jojo Rabbit (edited by Tom Eagles) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy) respectively at the 70th Annual Ace Eddie Awards last night in La. This is a huge win for Parasite at the start of the guild awards. Though there’s no direct relation between this award and the best picture Oscar - the last film to win both is Argo (2012) - it still shows broad support...
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'1917' boosts Oscar prospects with Producers Guild of America triumph

Awards are reliable bellwether of best picture Oscar triumph.

1917 boosted its best picture Oscar prospects on Saturday (January 18) after it won the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) top film award at the 31st annual PGA Awards at Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

By claiming the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, the First World War thriller capped a fine two weeks that has brought 10 Oscar nominations, two Golden Globes, and a DGA nod for Globe winner Sam Mendes, who was knighted in the 2020 New Year Honours list.

The PGA awards are regarded as a
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‘1917’ Wins the PGA Award; Is the Oscar for Best Picture Next?

The Producers Guild Association awards were tonight, and Oscar prognosticators were tuned to what the guild would choose as Best Picture. Since the PGA and the Oscars have expanded the Best Picture category, there have only been two times when the PGA winner didn't line up with the Oscars: La La Land (the Oscar went to Moonlight) and The Big Short (the Oscar went to Spotlight). Tonight's ceremony was seen as a way to get a clearer picture on the Oscar race with films like Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 1917, and Parasite all jockeying for …
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‘The Cave’ director Feras Fayyad reapplies for Us entry visa

‘The Cave’ director Feras Fayyad reapplies for Us entry visa
Oscar-nominated Syrian director released after detainment by Copenhagen immigration authorities.

Feras Fayyad, the Syrian filmmaker who lives in exile in Denmark, is reapplying for a Us entry visa to support his Oscar-nominated film The Cave after recently undergoing what his producer described as “quite the ordeal.”

Fayyad, who earned an Oscar nomination for Last Men In Aleppo in 2018, missed the TCA television critics tour in Los Angeles last week. He is currently in Copenhagen with his producer after an unpleasant encounter with immigration authorities that occurred when he was returning from a visit to Turkey.

On Friday (January 17) Sigrid Dyekjær,
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2020 PGA Awards: ‘Succession’ Takes Top TV Prize in Long March Toward Emmys

2020 PGA Awards: ‘Succession’ Takes Top TV Prize in Long March Toward Emmys
As the film industry’s long, excruciating march to the Academy Awards toils on, TV continues to surf painlessly in its wake.

On Saturday, Hollywood’s producers took center stage, with the Producers Guild of America Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium. While the ceremony celebrates both film and television, its reputation as a significant indicator in the Oscar Best Picture race often means that TV takes a backseat to its big screen brethren.

All the same, the celebration featured seven TV categories, in addition to honoring several luminaries of the medium, among them Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and “Grace and Frankie” creator Marta Kauffman.

Many of the evening’s awards served as an echo of the Emmy awards, with the producing teams for HBO’s limited series “Chernobyl” and Amazon Prime’s comedy series “Fleabag” repeating their series accolades from September.

But the big news of the evening came from the drama series category,
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‘1917,’ ‘Succession,’ ‘Fleabag’ Top 2020 PGA Awards

Hollywood – The PGA Awards were handed out in a star-filled ceremony that featured legendary presenters and a surprise opening performance (Idina Menzel belting “Into the Unknown”) resulted in a somewhat surprising film winner, Sam Mendes’ “1917.”

This win puts the Universal Pictures release potentially in prime position to win Best Picture at the Oscars on Feb.

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‘1917,’ ‘Succession’ Among Top PGA Award Winners

‘1917,’ ‘Succession’ Among Top PGA Award Winners
1917” continued its string of major awards season wins on Saturday night, earning the Producers Guild of America award for best picture. Coupled with its win for best picture, drama at the Golden Globes, the WWI movie is officially the front runner for Oscar’s top prize.

“It’s a film that is a tribute to all those who stood to protect the values that we all hold dear, and fought in the First World War and many other conflicts,” producer Pippa Harris said while accepting the award. “In these times of division and conflict all over the world, it’s just a reminder to never take for granted the peace that we all inherited.”

In his acceptance speech, director and co-writer Sam Mendes spoke of honoring his grandfather’s experience in WWI, and sang the praises of his crew and cast. Noting it was his first time ever at the PGA Awards,
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2020 PGA Awards: ‘1917’ Takes Home the Top Prize

2020 PGA Awards: ‘1917’ Takes Home the Top Prize
Sam Mendes’ World War I drama “1917” got a boost in its bid to win the Best Picture Oscar when it took home the top prize at the 31st annual Producers Guild Awards Saturday night. The winner of the PGA Awards’ top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, has historically been a strong indicator of which film will go on to win the Best Picture Oscar. Since 1989, the PGA winner has matched up with the top Oscar 21 out of 30 times.

Last year, Peter Farrelly’s controversial racial drama “Green Book” took the top PGA trophy before going on to win the Best Picture Oscar. This year “1917” bested the other eight films competing for the top Oscar at the PGAs, as well as a tenth film, Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” — which settled for an Original Screenplay Oscar slot.

The victory comes after surprise
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Oscars 2020: Best Production Design Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Production Design Predictions
It’s a strong season for period production design Oscar contenders, with Sam Mendes’ bold, continuous-shot, Word War I thriller, “1917,” as the frontrunner. It required production designer Dennis Gassner and the art department to make the intricate sets in precise accordance with the choreography of Roger Deakins’ tour de force camera work.

Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” masterfully explores class divide in Korea, boasting the season’s most elaborate production design work by designer Lee Ha Jun. The exquisite mansion serves as a central character; and the home’s vertical design expresses space and division, highlighted by wood, glass, and spare furniture.

Another standout is Barbara Ling’s work on Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” She provides a 50-year facelift to Hollywood Blvd. and Westwood Village for Tarantino’s 1969 love letter to Tinseltown, and recreated the creepy Spahn Ranch in the San Fernando Valley for the Manson Family lair.
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Oscars 2020: Best Animated Short Film Predictions

A record 92 animated shorts qualified for Oscar consideration this season, and it’s an eclectic group of nominees and family and friendship. There are three stop-motion works, and two that are 2D (“Hair Love” and “Kitbull”). Three are directed by women — “Daughter’s” Daria Kashcheeva, “Kitbull’s” Rosana Sullivan, and “Sister’s” Siqi Song” — and “Hair Love” is directed by Black filmmaker Matthew Cherry.

Cherry’s “Hair Love,” the favorite, concerns a single Black father trying to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. It was financed through Kickstarter, animated by Six Point Harness, and distributed by Sony Pictures Animation.

“Kitbull” (from Pixar’s experimental SparkShorts program), from story artist Sullivan (“Toy Story 4”), is a quirky short about the unlikely friendship between a kitten that lives in garbage cans and a pitbull in San Francisco’s Mission District.

With “Sister,” Song explores her upbringing under China’s
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Netflix Praised by ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Marriage Story’ Filmmakers at Producers Guild Panel

Streaming giant Netflix received strong support from filmmakers behind “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story” at the Producers Guild of America’s nominees panel on Saturday at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Jane Rosenthal, one of “The Irishman” producers, said Netflix embraced the vision that she and Martin Scorsese had for the $170 million film. The time-jumping epic received a limited theatrical release prior to its Nov. 29 streaming release.

“Netflix has been extraordinary,” Rosenthal said. “Our business is changing. We still want to see movies in theaters. I think more people will wind up seeing a DeNiro-Scorsese movie than their other movies combined. As a filmmaker and producer, our goal is to get people to see our movies. It really has been an extraordinary experience.”

Noah Baumbach, director-producer of “Marriage Story,” was effusive in his praise of Netflix for re-opening New York City’s Paris Theater — one of the oldest
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A Third ‘National Treasure’ Movie Is In The Works At Disney

Remember that article from, oh, two hours ago? The one that talked about Sony working on “Bad Boys 4” with screenwriter Chris Bremner? Well, if you happened to skim the original Hollywood Reporter quickly, you might have gotten all the major ‘Bad Boys‘-related points and missed one key piece of information. You see, Sony’s isn’t the only high-profile sequel Bremner has on his plate.

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David O. Russell Eyes Margot Robbie, Angelina Jolie For Upcoming Feature

Is there such a thing as filmmaker fatigue? After a string of features that led to consecutive Oscar nominations for Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Lining Playbook,” “American Hustle,” and “Joy” – it seems that Hollywood just needed a break from David O. Russell. After dabbling with an Amazon television series and another Mark Wahlberg film, the filmmaker seems ready to return to the spotlight with a big movie and a star-studded cast.

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‘Disturbing the Peace’ Review: Guy Pearce Marshals This Ruthless, Pointless Western

When you look at the filmography of actor Guy Pearce, you see classics like “L.A. Confidential” and “Memento” beside box office and critical duds like “Factory Girl” and “Seeking Justice.” Active since before 1990, Pearce has worked with great directors, impressive co-actors, and played a plethora of roles. Continually, he veers back in the direction of films surrounding law enforcement and the spheres that circle this section of the world.

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Disney is Trying to Stop Some Etsy Shops From Selling Baby Yoda Items

Disney is Trying to Stop Some Etsy Shops From Selling Baby Yoda Items
In a fast-paced world in which trends emerge and disappear within the blink of an eye, Disney’s decision to not produce Baby Yoda merchandise ahead of The Mandalorian‘s release was something of a gamble for the studio. Sure, they preserved a surprise reveal at the end of the first episode. But they also created an […]

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‘The Matrix 4’: The Merovingian May Return to the Franchise

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‘The Matrix 4’: The Merovingian May Return to the Franchise
The Matrix” franchise will continue with a fourth film that’s currently in development, with Lana Wachowski set to write and direct, and Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively.

The project has been kept mostly under wraps, as plot details are currently unknown. In addition to Reeves and Moss, actors already confirmed to be joining the cast include Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe), as well as newcomers Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Toby Onwumere, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who is rumored to be playing young Morpheus.

Lambert Wilson might soon be added to the list, according to a recent report by French outlet Allocine (via The Playlist), that says Wilson, who played The Merovingian in “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” is currently in negotiations to return to for the upcoming fourth film. Pproduction on the film may conflict with his schedule, so
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‘The Sonata’ Review: Almost Good Enough To Summon The Devil

A man waltzes down the stairs of his estate in the middle of the night. His hands are as cold as the stones that layer the walls, and his candle can’t warm him, let alone light up the room. He continues walking nonetheless. Through cobwebs and empty rooms, the mysterious figure makes his way past the chilling kitchen into the cold of the night. What is he doing up at such an ungodly hour? Lighting himself on fire as it turns out.

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Gabriel Harel Discusses Dystopic Parable ‘The Night of the Plastic Bags’

With his first short film, the animated “Yùl and the Snake,” Gabriel Harel won Europe’s Cartoon d’Or for the continent’s best animated short film, given at the 2016 Cartoon Forum in Toulouse. Now, Harel’s awaited sophomore effort, the animated “The Night of the Plastic Bags,” competes at UniFrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, and is available on a swathe of VOD platforms around the world. The short world-premiered at last year’s Cannes Festival, in Directors’ Fortnight.

Trained at Valence’s celebrated La Poudrière animation school in France, Harel delivers in his second short a dark story – with the rhythm of an ecological thriller – about 39-year-old Agathe, who is obsessed with having a child in a world conquered by plastic bags. As in “Yùl,” Harel has chosen to shoot in B&w with select objects — the devilish bags— in pop-out colors. “The Night” is produced by French Kazak Productions, behind Manele Labidi’s “Arab Blues,
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‘Us’: Jordan Peele Reveals What the Tethered Have Been Up to

The Us curiosity train continues! Last week we held a Collider Fyc screening at The Dome at the ArcLight Hollywood of Us with a post-screening Q&a with Jordan Peele. We’re going to share the full chat with you shortly, but right now we wanted to put the spotlight on one specific comment Peele made during the conversation. We’ve already shared Peele’s thoughts on what might happen to the Tethered after the events of the movie and how he thinks mathematics and/or fate can be applied to the rules of the world, but now …
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