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“Get Out” leads the Gotham Award nominations

10 hours ago

Just a few short hours ago, the precursor season kicked off this morning for 2017 with the nominations for the 27th annual Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards. Yes, we’ve reached that point in the year. Precursors will begin trickling in, starting to establish early frontrunners. Leading off is the Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards, which will give us an idea of which indies are contenders, as opposed to just pretenders. This won’t be the last word on them, by any stretch, but it is the first word, and that’s something to take note of. Gotham is beginning a run that will ultimately end up at the Academy Awards in March. As you’ll see below, Get Out led the field with four nominations, followed by Call Me By Your Name, Columbus, The Florida Project, and Lady Bird with three apiece. There was also Good Time, I, Tonya, and Mudbound among multiple nominees, »

- Joey Magidson

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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘The Disaster Artist’ to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards

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Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will receive the Hollywood Producer Award for their work on Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Additionally, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will receive the Hollywood Screenwriter Award for their work on The Disaster Artist, based on the real-life story of filmmaker Tommy Wiseau and starring James Franco. Also to be honored at the HFAs, Netflix’s Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees and starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Rob Morgan and Jonathan Banks, is set in the rural American South during World War II. And Disney-Pixar’s Coco, directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt. In addition, Mary J. Blige, Timothee Chalamet and the cast of I, Tonya have also been announced as honorees. »

- HollywoodNews.com

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Hollywood Contenders – Looking at Best Original Screenplay hopefuls

18 October 2017 10:53 AM, PDT

Folks, it’s that time again. No, not the start of fall, though here on the east coast we’ve finally got some chilly weather. Yes, today I’m continuing on down the line with the last of the big eight categories and finishing off with the other writing one…yes, Best Original Screenplay. It’s the final one of the big eight categories today, but not the final installment of this series overall, as I’ll continue on in the weeks to come with a few more, at the very least tackling Best Documentary Feature and perhaps even another category like Best Foreign Language Feature when that sort of race begins to make more sense. In the meantime though, it’s Original Screenplay time here, so let’s get started! Best Adapted Screenplay and the candidates there got their due last week, so this week, you know what that means… »

- Joey Magidson

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Todd Haynes explores the world of children with “Wonderstruck”

17 October 2017 10:56 AM, PDT

When a filmmaker known for adult fare tackles something more geared at kids, there’s always a fascination. As we saw with Martin Scorsese and Hugo, there’s also the chance for something that can be widely embraced. It doesn’t happen all that often though, as it can feel limiting. This week, Todd Haynes goes that route with Wonderstruck, which opens in limited release and also like Hugo is an adaptation of a Brian Selznick book. Ever since it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, there have been fans of Haynes’ work here, which extended to the New York Film Festival recently, where it was the Centerpiece Selection. It doesn’t have the usual Oscar buzz of his movies, but honestly…that remains to be seen. The film is a coming of age tale, in a way. It tells the story of a young boy in the Midwest named »

- Joey Magidson

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Mudbound and Coco to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards

16 October 2017 8:56 AM, PDT

dick clark productions announced today that the Disney•Pixar film Coco, directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Adrian Molina and starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt, will receive the “Hollywood Animation Award,” while Dee Rees directed Netflix film, Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell and more, will receive the prestigious “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award,” at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.” The 2017 “Hollywood Film Awards,”known as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden for the third consecutive year and will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The ceremony, which honors the most acclaimed films and actors while previewing highly anticipated films and talent for the upcoming year, also acknowledges artists in the categories of Cinematography, Visual Effects, Film Composing, Costume Design, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Makeup & Hairstyling. »

- HollywoodNews.com

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“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” pairs Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman once again

16 October 2017 5:47 AM, PDT

There’s a very specific vibe to be found within the films of Yorgos Lanthimos. To call his movies black comedies is to underestimate just how dark things get and how uncomfortable the laughs usually are. Lanthimos made his breakthrough with Dogtooth, before getting a major Academy Award nomination for last year’s The Lobster. This week, The Killing of a Sacred Deer opens after a fairly divisive reception at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It marks the second collaboration between Lanthimos and Colin Farrell, while the second time this year that Farrell has been paired with Nicole Kidman this year, after The Beguiled. Without question, this is the weirdest one yet for them all. This movie is hard to categorize, but perhaps could be called a morbid black comedy. It centers on the Murphy family, led by surgeon Steven (Farrell). He and his wife Anna (Kidman) seem to have a perfect life, »

- Joey Magidson

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