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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: The Best Movie Year Ever, Orson Welles, Sam Peckinpah & More

Winter and spring 2019 have seen a number of gorgeous art and making of books, along with some indispensable looks at Hollywood icons. Plus, we finally have the definitive look at the films of 1999, and what made that year so stellar–and so influential.

Best. Movie. Year. Ever. How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen by Brian Raftery (Simon & Schuster)

This year has seen countless looks at the cinema 1999, and with good reason. It seems almost impossible to imagine a 12-month span that saw the release of such varied gems as The Matrix, Election, Being John Malkovich, Office Space, Fight Club, Magnolia, Boys Don’t Cry, The Limey, Rushmore, and The Virgin Suicides—not to mention Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. All of the aforementioned films are documented in Brian Raftery’s expertly crafted Best. Movie. Year. Ever. And, of course, he also includes Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in May

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Hulu has released its list of all the new content coming May 1 as well as everything that will leave the streaming service at the end of the month.

Highlights include Hulu Originals like “Into The Dark: All That We Destroy,” the show’s eighth episode coming May 3. Hulu describes the show as “A geneticist who fears that her son may be becoming a serial killer creates a group of clones in an attempt to cure him of his psychopathic tendencies by allowing him to relive the murder of his first victim.”

George Clooney’s “Catch-22,” which is on the Joseph Heller novel of the same name arrives mid-month. Per Hulu: “‘Catch-22'” is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian, a Us Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him.” The show stars Kyle Chandler,
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‘Penny Dreadful’ Spinoff Adds ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Alum Kerry Bishé

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Spinoff Adds ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Alum Kerry Bishé
Showtime has added “Halt and Catch Fire” alum Kerry Bishé to the growing cast for its “Penny Dreadful” sequel “City of Angels,” a Showtime spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday.

Bishé joins a cast that includes Daniel Zovatto, Nathan Lane, Natalie Dormer, Adriana Barraza, Jessica Garza, Rory Kinnear and Johnathan Nieves.

Bishé will play Sister Molly, a charismatic radio evangelist. A beautiful singer and gifted orator, Molly captivates her many faithful followers even as she grapples with the complex demands of her life.

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Alum Natalie Dormer Joins Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful: City of Angels'

City of Angels” is described by Showtime as a “spiritual descendant” of the original series. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Zovatto) is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles — from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore,
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Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch And Andrew Scott To Reunite For Wwi Drama

Sam Mendes is working on his first feature since 2015’s Spectre, and it looks like the acclaimed director has used his industry clout to hire a whole host of some of the biggest British actors around. The film is 1917, which will center on a single day in the First World War.

George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) will star as two young British soldiers serving in the conflict, but the supporting cast will feature the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden and Mark Strong. Sherlock fans will be happy to hear that Andrew Scott is also on board, meaning TV’s Holmes and Moriarty will reunite for the movie. Likewise, Kingsman lovers will be pleased with Galahad (Firth) and Merlin (Strong) teaming up again.

Shooting will start on 1917 in just a few days on April 1st, with filming taking place on location in England and Scotland.
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DreamWorks announces start of production on Sam Mendes’ 1917

DreamWorks Pictures has announced that principal photography on Oscar-winner Sam Mendes’ next film 1917 is set to get underway on April 1st (seriously).

The film sees George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) taking on the roles of two young British soldiers during a single day at the height of World War I.

Joining MacKay and Chapman in the cast of the film are Mark Strong (Shazam!), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Richard Madden (Bodyguard), Daniel Mays (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Adrian Scarborough (Christopher Robin), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Avengers: Infinity War).

1917 marks a reunion for Mendes with DreamWorks, where he’s previously made American Beauty, Road to Perdition and Revolutionary Road.

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Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth & More Join Sam Mendes’ Latest Film ‘1917’

When you’re an accomplished, Oscar-winning filmmaker like Sam Mendes, you better believe the floodgates will open with actors wanting to work with you. The filmmaker, who is probably best known for “American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition,” and his two ‘Bond’ films, is preparing production on his upcoming new film “1917,” and unsurprisingly, he’s put together one hell of a cast and crew.

Continue reading Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth & More Join Sam Mendes’ Latest Film ‘1917’ at The Playlist.
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth Join Sam Mendes World War I Drama ‘1917’

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth Join Sam Mendes World War I Drama ‘1917’
Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, and Richard Madden have joined Sam Mendes’ World War I drama “1917.”

DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures announced Thursday that “1917” will start shooting on April 1 on location in England and Scotland. Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan and Claire Duburcq have also been cast.

The film follows two young British soldiers, previously announced as being played by George MacKay (“Captain Fantastic”) and Dean-Charles Cahapman (“Game of Thrones”), on a single day at the height of World War I.

Universal had announced late last year that it had given a limited release date of Dec. 25 to “1917” and then go wide two weeks later on Jan. 10, 2020. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners is producing “1917” through its DreamWorks Pictures brand.

Mendes wrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and will direct and produce the film. Pippa Harris, Mendes’ partner at Neal Street Productions, will also produce
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Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden Join Sam Mendes’ Drama ‘1917’

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Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden Join Sam Mendes’ Drama ‘1917’
Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden and Mark Strong are joining the cast of Sam Mendes’ drama “1917,” which will begin production on April 1.

Andrew Scott, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan and Claire Duburcq also join a cast that already includes George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman. Mendes is both writing (alongside Krysty Wilson-Cairns) and directing “1917.”

The film follows two young British soldiers on a single day at the height of World War I.

Also Read: Sam Mendes' Wwi Epic '1917' Set for Holiday 2019 Release

Mendes also produces the film with Pippa Harris (his partner at Neal Street Productions) and Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall. Michael Lerman is co-producing. The project will shoot in England and Scotland.

Neal Street Productions is producing for DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures. The film is set for release on December 25. Mendes made his first feature, “American Beauty,” under the DreamWorks label.

Read original story Colin Firth,
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Sam Mendes’ ‘1917’ Nears Production: Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch & More Join Cast

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DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures announced today that Sam Mendes’ 1917 will start shooting on April 1 on location in England and Scotland.

The film follows two young British soldiers (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay; Game of ThronesDean-Charles Chapman) on a single day at the height of World War I.

Joining the two are Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Mendes, who will direct and wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful) produces the film with Pippa Harris—his partner at Neal Street Productions—along with Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall. Co-producing is Michael Lerman.

Also announced today is the pic’s creative team: cinematographer Roger Deakins; production designer Dennis Gassner; costume designer Jacqueline Durran; editor Lee Smith; and composer Thomas Newman, who has created the scores for six previous Mendes films, including Skyfall, Road to Perdition and American Beauty.

The film is being produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures, and will be released by Universal in U.S./Canada on Dec. 25. Universal and Amblin Partners will distribute the film internationally, with eOne distributing on behalf of Amblin in the U.K.

1917 reps a reunion for Mendes and DreamWorks Pictures. His feature directorial debut, the Best Picture Oscar-winning American Beauty, was first made under Dw as well as two other films: Road to Perdition and Revolutionary Road.
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Revisiting the Cinematic Landscape of 1999

Tom Jolliffe travels back in time 20 years to 1999 to look over the cinematic landscape…

The millennium suddenly draws in. The century is in its final year. Cinema has a pre-occupation with apocalypse and disorder, chaos, among other things. It’s 1999. 20 years ago now. That’s pretty frightening, but regardless, hold my hand, lets go have a look back over the years cinematic output.

Ending a century should be done in style. There are two films in particular that had a long standing impact on pop-culture and cult fandom from the year, which still maintain a strong following. First, 1999 is the year of The Matrix. It kind of grew slowly, really capturing the sub-cultures of society, and garnering a legion of geeky fans who fell in love with anything from the sci-fi references, the clothing, the Hong Kong inspired martial arts action, the ground-breaking effects and the philosophical and literary references within the film.
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A Fun New Photo of Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood Has Been Released

We have a fun new photo from the upcoming film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood today in celebration of Fred Rogers’ birthday this week.

The photo is of Oscar-winning actor, and America’s sweetheart, Tom Hanks doing the iconic shoe change that Mr. Rogers would do every time he came in the door while singing the theme song to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The movie also stars Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Chris Cooper (American Beauty), Susan Kelechi Watson (This is Us), and many more.

In the story, “a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.” You can read the piece Junod wrote here.

The movie is being directed by Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) from a script written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

I love Mr.
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The Top 25 Best Original Screenplay Winners To Date

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen. Continuing on with a recurring weekly series I’m doing…we’re talking the top 25 Oscar winners in just about every single one of the Academy Award categories. Aside from the shorts and something like Best Sound Mixing like I mentioned previously, I’ll be hitting them all over the coming weeks and months, including of course the big eight categories. For today, I’m going to knock off the first of those big ones, the ever interesting Best Original Screenplay category. Depending on the category in question, I may wind up discussing the individual winners I’m citing specifically or just giving more of a broad overview of the winners, but for now, I’ll still keeping it simple early on. Like I said last week though, in all honesty, you all mostly just want to see the list anyway, so I have no
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Actors Who Haven’t Won an Oscar

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Actors Who Haven’t Won an Oscar
After Olivia Colman upset the heavily favored Glenn Close to win the best actress Oscar on Sunday, Close became the new record-holder among actresses for most Oscar nominations without a win.

Colman gave a gracious acceptance speech, admitting she wished the veteran actress took home the big prize: “Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be.”

Close now has seven nominations and no wins for “The Wife,” “Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The World According to Garp,” “The Big Chill,” and “The Natural.”

Close had been tied with the late Thelma Ritter and the late Deborah Kerr for most nominations without a win, with six. On Sunday, Amy Adams joined Ritter and Kerr for having six nominations without a win following her loss for “Vice.” She was previously nominated for “Junebug,” “Doubt,” “The Fighter,” “The Master,” and “American Hustle.
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Win Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios presents “Captain Marvel,” an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that introduces the McU’s first stand-alone, female-franchise title character—Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel.

Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” sidesteps the traditional originstory template, with Carol Danvers already possessing her superhero powers. Leaving her earthly life behind, she joins an intergalactic elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by their enigmatic commander, Yon-Rogg. But after Danvers has trained and worked with the Starforce team, and become a valued member, she finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. While on Earth she quickly lands on the radar of Nick Fury, and they must work together against a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls—the notorious Marvel bad guys made even more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities—and their leader, Talos, who is
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Lgbt Oscar winners: ‘Green Book,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘The Favourite’ make history as 3 of 4 acting awards go to queer roles

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Lgbt Oscar winners: ‘Green Book,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘The Favourite’ make history as 3 of 4 acting awards go to queer roles
The 2019 Oscars turned out to be better than ever for Lgbt movies. Eight total awards went to movies with queer themes, which is more than ever before. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite” and “Green Book” all prevailed, joining the list of Lgbt Oscar winners throughout history. That includes one acting award apiece — three out of four acting Oscars for queer roles is unprecedented. Scroll through our gallery above of 27 champs from “Cabaret” to “Moonlight” and more.

SEE2019 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 91st Academy Awards

Best Picture winner “Green Book” admittedly falls into a grey area in terms of Lgbt representation. The film is set in the Jim Crow South and focuses more on race than on gender or sexuality. It only references the homosexuality of classical pianist Don Shirley in a few scenes, and the film’s depiction of that character has been the subject of much debate,
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Actually perfect in every way: Mahershala Ali is the 7th actor with a 2-for-2 Oscar record

Actually perfect in every way: Mahershala Ali is the 7th actor with a 2-for-2 Oscar record
Mahershala Ali‘s second Oscar triumph Sunday night, for Best Supporting Actor in “Green Book,” puts him some exclusive company: He is the seventh performer to maintain a perfect 2-for-2 record.

Only six other actors have never lost an Oscar from multiple nominations:

1. Luise Rainer: Best Actress for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) and “The Good Earth” (1937)

2. Vivien Leigh: Best Actress for “Gone with the Wind” (1939) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951)

3. Helen Hayes: Best Actress for “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” (1932) and Best Supporting Actress for “Airport” (1970)

4. Kevin Spacey: Best Supporting Actor for “The Usual Suspects” (1995) and Best Actor for “American Beauty” (1999)

5. Hilary Swank: Best Actress for “Boys Don’t Cry” (1999) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

6. Christoph Waltz: Best Supporting Actor for “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) and “Django Unchained” (2012)

Since he won his first Best Supporting Actor Oscar two years ago for “Moonlight,” Ali has the second shortest gap between wins of this group,
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When Will the Oscars Get It Right?

Olly Krizan on the Oscars…

While we’re warming our winter woes with the glitz and glamour of awards season, The Academy are having yet another nightmare of a year. This time around they’ve decided to get ahead of the game by airing these issues before the ceremony has even taken place. From what I can tell this years show looks to be worse than the torrid drudgery of the Baftas (and that is saying a lot). So without further ado let’s have a look at the comedy of errors (and crucially bad calls) the Oscars have made over the years.

Firstly, they’ve lost their host for this year’s ceremony and decided not to replace him. This leaves us with a three hour journey on a captainless ship of filthy rich celebrities crying over who gets a new gold bloke for their bookcase. There will be
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Oscar deja lose: Amy Adams would be 5th performer to be defeated by the same person twice

Oscar deja lose: Amy Adams would be 5th performer to be defeated by the same person twice
History repeats itself, and it could happen again in the Best Supporting Actress race. Thirteen years ago, Rachel Weisz (“The Constant Gardener”) won the category over Amy Adams (“Junebug”), and the two are currently in a rematch for “The Favourite” and “Vice,” respectively. If Weisz prevails again, Adams would have the dubious honor of being the fifth actor to lose to the same person twice.

The first four people were:

1. Irene Dunne lost Best Actress for “Theodora Goes Wild” (1936) and “The Awful Truth” (1937) to Luise Rainer for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) and “The Good Earth” (1937)

2. Charles Boyer lost Best Actor for “Conquest” (1937) and “Algiers” (1938) to Spencer Tracy for “Captains Courageous” (1937) and “Boys Town” (1938)

3. Basil Rathbone lost Best Supporting Actor for “Romeo and Juliet” (1936) and “If I Were King” (1938) to Walter Brennan for “Come and Get It” (1936) and “Kentucky” (1938)

4. Annette Bening lost Best Actress for “American Beauty” (1999) and “Being Julia” (2004) to Hilary Swank
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It won’t be perfect this year, but how often have the SAG Awards and Oscar winners matched?

It won’t be perfect this year, but how often have the SAG Awards and Oscar winners matched?
After the same four people became the first quartet to run the table with all the major acting awards last year en route to Oscar gold, it’s refreshing to know that we definitely won’t get that sheep mentality rubber-stamping this year.

The Golden Globe Best Actor champs Christian Bale (“Vice”) and Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) have already split the Critics’ Choice (Bale) and Screen Actors Guild Awards (Malek). Globe and Critics’ Choice supporting actress winner Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) was snubbed at SAG and BAFTA. And SAG gave its supporting actress statuette to an Oscar snubbee, Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place”), for the second time in four years, guaranteeing that the four SAG Awards winners — Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) being the others — won’t all go on to win the corresponding Oscar.

The SAG Awards has a good track record with the academy.
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20/20 Hindsight: The Best Movies of 1999

As the 90’s came to a close, we got some of the best movies of the decade which, in many ways, were emblematic of the kinds of features we’d come to expect from Hollywood and beyond. The rise of J-Horror, the retroactively disgusting presence of Kevin Spacey, the promising (but ultimately impotent) rise of Kevin Smith and the continued success of Pixar all served to cap off the century, producing the whole decade in miniature for us to watch and reflect on. 10. American Beauty It’s easy to forget – and oh-so-very unfortunate in hindsight – just what a big

20/20 Hindsight: The Best Movies of 1999
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