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Clement von Franckenstein, Actor in 'The American President,' Dies at 74

Clement von Franckenstein, Actor in 'The American President,' Dies at 74
Clement von Franckenstein, the urbane British actor who portrayed the president of France opposite Michael Douglas and Annette Bening in The American President, has died. He was 74.

Von Franckenstein died of hypoxia on Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, filmmaker Gabriel Murray told The Hollywood Reporter. He had been in an induced coma for 10 days.

He also had roles in Lionheart (1990), starring Jean-Claude van Damme; in Death Becomes Her (1992), with Meryl Streep; in The Evening Star (1996), with Shirley MacLaine; and in Hail, Caesar! (2016), with George Clooney.

And he appeared as himself in Henry Jaglom's ...
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Jonah Hill No Longer Wants To Be A “Comedy Bro”; Is Directing A New Vampire Weekend Video

You may know Jonah Hill from the world of Judd Apatow films and “Superbad,” but if you haven’t paid attention, the comedian is already a two-time Oscar nominee for prestige directors Martin Scorsese and Bennet Miller. Hill wants to be taken seriously and has been reframing his career for quite some time now working with auteurs recently like Cary Fukunaga (“Maniac“), Gus Van Sant, Harmony Korine (“The Beach Bum“) and the Coen Brothers (“Hail, Caesar!

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2019 Art Directors Guild Awards preview: Look for Oscar winner among nominees

The 23rd annual Art Directors Guild Awards take place on Saturday (Feb. 2). These kudos have a stellar record at previewing the outcome of the Best Production Design race at the Academy Awards. Over the first 22 years of these prizes, the eventual Oscar winner has always numbered among the Adg nominees in the various genre categories.

The current Oscar frontrunner for this award, “The Favourite,” reaped a bid from the Adg in the period category as did two other nominees, “First Man” and “Roma.” The other two Academy Awards contenders — “Black Panther” and “Mary Poppins Returns” — vie for the Adg fantasy film prize.

See 2019 Art Directors Guild Awards nominations include Oscar frontrunners ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Black Panther

Last year’s Oscar winner — “The Shape of Water” — first won Best Period Design from the guild. Among the other contenders for this guild prize were two other Oscar nominees: “Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk.
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2019 Art Directors Guild Awards: Look for the Best Production Design Oscar winner among the nominees

On Jan. 7, the Art Directors Guild announced the nominees for their 23rd annual awards. These kudos have a stellar record at previewing the Academy Awards. Over the first 22 years of these prizes, the eventual Oscar winner for Best Production Design has always numbered among the Adg nominees in the three genre categories.

The current Oscar frontrunner for this award, “The Favourite” reaped a bid from the Adg in the period category as did another of our predicted five nominees, “First Man.” Two more — “Black Panther” and “Mary Poppins Returns” — contend for the Adg fantasy film prize while the fifth, “A Star is Born,” is among those in the running in the guild’s contemporary race.

See 2019 Art Directors Guild Awards nominations include Oscar frontrunners ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Black Panther

Last year’s Oscar winner — “The Shape of Water” — first won Best Period Design from the guild. Among the other contenders
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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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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ could look good to Oscar voters

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ could look good to Oscar voters
Joel and Ethan Coen have done well with the Western genre at the Oscars. They won Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Motion Picture for “No Country for Old Men” (Javier Bardem also took home Best Supporting Actor), while their “True Grit” remake earned 10 Oscar nominations, including Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay for the Coen brothers again.

They are back in contention with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” an anthology that tells six different tales. Here’s the official synopsis of this Annapurna picture: Follows the story of two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.

Predict the Oscar nominations now; change them until January 22

The first two segments, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” featuring Tim Blake Nelson as the titular character, and “Near Algodones” featuring James Franco,
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Jonah Hill Had a Four-Hour Meeting With Martin Scorsese, Got Advice From Ethan Coen Before Directing ‘Mid90s’

Jonah Hill Had a Four-Hour Meeting With Martin Scorsese, Got Advice From Ethan Coen Before Directing ‘Mid90s’
Jonah Hill has amassed an impressive list of collaborators throughout his years in Hollywood as an actor, from Martin Scorsese to Bennett Miller and Quentin Tarantino, so it’s only fitting he relied on some of them to steer him in the right direction before cameras started rolling on his feature directorial debut, “Mid90s.” The night before Hill kicked off production, for instance, he ran into Ethan Coen at a restaurant (via Vulture) and asked the legendary filmmaker for advice.

Coen, who directed Hill in “Hail, Caesar!,” told the new director: “Just try and enjoy it. I was so stressed out during my first movie, I didn’t enjoy anything. Even try to enjoy the stress. Just enjoy the newness of it.”

Prior to seeking advice from one of the Coen brothers, Hill had an extensive meeting with Martin Scorsese. Hill earned his second Oscar nomination for starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio
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‘Into the Badlands’ Star Emily Beecham Joins ‘Berlin, I Love You’ (Exclusive)

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‘Into the Badlands’ Star Emily Beecham Joins ‘Berlin, I Love You’ (Exclusive)
Emily Beecham has taken a leading role in one of the segments in “Berlin, I Love You,” the anthology feature that will consist of 10 romance-themed stories set in the German capital. She joins a stellar cast in the picture, including Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jim Sturgess.

Beecham is known for playing the Widow in AMC’s hit martial-arts action series “Into the Badlands” and for her starring role in “Daphne.” She landed best actress awards at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Turin Film Festival for that part, as well as Bifa and Empire Award nominations. She was also in the Coen brothers’ movie “Hail, Caesar!

In “Berlin, I Love You,” Beecham appears in a segment called “Me Three,” directed by Stephanie Martin (“Wild Horses”) and Claus Clausen. She plays Hannah, a woman in an abusive relationship, who by chance meets another woman in a colorful Berlin launderette and strikes up a friendship.
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George Clooney in Early Talks to Direct ‘Echo’ at Fox

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George Clooney in Early Talks to Direct ‘Echo’ at Fox
George Clooney is in early talks to direct the sci-fi thriller “Echo” at Fox, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Christopher MacBride is writing the script for the thriller in which a drone specialist is in the midst of a psychological crisis and questions whether his lover is who she says she is.

21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen are producing. 21 Laps’ recent hits include “Arrival,” “Stranger Things” and the upcoming “Darkest Minds.”

Also Read: How George Clooney 'Caused a Lot of Problems' for Roseanne Barr During 'Roseanne's' Heyday

Clooney last directed “Sububicon” and the first episode of the upcoming adaptation of “Catch-22.” He last starred in “Money Monster” and “Hail, Caesar!

MacBride’s recent credits include the TV series “Inside the Box” as well as the short “Sleep Lab” and the feature film “The Conspiracy,” on which he served as director, writer and editor.
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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Choreographer Christopher Gattelli Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Choreographer Christopher Gattelli Signs With CAA (Exclusive)
CAA has signed Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli, Variety has learned.

News of the new representation comes at a pivotal moment for Gattelli. He is a double nominee at this year’s Tony Awards, having been recognized for his work in “SpongeBob SquarePants” and the revival of “My Fair Lady.” Gattelli already has a statue on his mantle — he earned a choreography award in 2012 for “Newsies.”

Other Broadway credits include “War Paint,” “Amazing Grace,” “Casa Valentina,” “Godspell,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” and “Sunday in the Park With George.” He’s previously earned Tony nominations for “The King and I” and “South Pacific.” Off-Broadway, he has choreographed the likes of “Tick Tick Boom,” “Altar Boyz,” and “Bat Boy: The Musical.”

Next up for Gattelli is the new bio-musical “The Cher Show.”

Gattelli has been a presence in the film and television world. He was the resident choreographer
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Film Review: So-So Prequel Says Nothing New About Beloved Characters

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Film Review: So-So Prequel Says Nothing New About Beloved Characters
In the same way that musical movies eventually become sing-alongs, I wouldn’t be surprised if the later theatrical run of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” included “Hey, I Recognize That!” screenings.

Audience members could be handed little hotel-desk bells that they could hit every time the movie lays out some bit of “Star Wars” lore. Han Solo meets Chewbacca for the first time? Ding! Discussion of the Kessel Run, complete with parsecs? Ding! Deep-cut reference to one of the Lando Calrissian novels? Ding ding ding!

Solo” is less a movie than it’s that page in Highlights Magazine that makes you feel good for finding the chair and the bicycle in the hidden picture. As an intergalactic adventure, it’s mostly adequate, with some very successful elements, but if you stripped the “Star Wars” names and places and put it into the world as a free-standing sci-fi-action movie, it
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‘Solo’ Actor Says Phil Lord and Chris Miller ‘Weren’t Prepared’ for ‘Star Wars,’ Alden Ehrenreich ‘Just Not Good Enough’

‘Solo’ Actor Says Phil Lord and Chris Miller ‘Weren’t Prepared’ for ‘Star Wars,’ Alden Ehrenreich ‘Just Not Good Enough’
Solo: A Star Wars Story” will forever be associated with its behind-the-scenes troubles, regardless of how great the final product ends up being when it’s released in theaters this May. Original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were infamously fired in June 2017 after several months of production. Ron Howard quickly stepped in to re-shoot scenes and finish the movie. Rumors have percolated for months about what truly went down behind the scenes, and now a member of the production is trying to separate fact from speculation.

An anonymous actor who was featured prominently enough to be called back for the movie’s reshoots spoke with Vulture about the film’s production troubles and cleared up some of the rumors surrounding the Lucasfilm tentpole. The actor says the key difference between Lord and Miller and Ron Howard was efficiency. The duo typically demanded more than 30 takes for each scene because
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'Split' Looks to Fend Off 'Rings' and 'Space Between Us' Over Super Bowl Weekend

'Split' Looks to Fend Off 'Rings' and 'Space Between Us' Over Super Bowl Weekend
Last year three new films debuted over Super Bowl weekend and only one of the three (Hail, Caesar!) managed to top $10 million. In fact, Super Bowl weekend last year was the fourth worst overall weekend of 2016 as the top twelve managed to only gross a combined $82 million. As for Super Bowl weekend this year, it's only looking mildly better as Universal's Split will tussle with Paramount's Rings in an attempt to threepeat atop the weekend box office. Elsewhere, Stx's The Space Between Us may struggle to debut within the top five while the Weinstein Co. hopes their Oscar-nominated feature Lion finds its way into the top ten as it expands into over 1,400 theaters nationwide. Last weekend saw Universal's Split finish atop the weekend box office for a second week in a row, dropping only 36%, much better than previous horror films with similar openings. This weekend Split will have to contend
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Costume Designers Guild Puts ‘Jackie,’ ‘La La Land’ on Best-Dressed List

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Costume Designers Guild Puts ‘Jackie,’ ‘La La Land’ on Best-Dressed List
Jackie,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “La La Land” and “Hail, Caesar!” are among the 15 films that were nominated by the Costume Designers Guild as the best of 2016, the Cdg announced on Thursday. “Jackie,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Hail, Caesar!” were nominated in the Excellence in Period Film category, along with “The Dressmaker” and “Hidden Figures.” “La La Land” was nominated for Excellence in Contemporary Film, alongside “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” “Captain Fantastic,” “Lion” and “Nocturnal Animals.” And the Excellence in Fantasy Film nominees are “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Doctor Strange,” “Kubo and.
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Scarlett Johansson tops Forbes list of highest grossing actors in 2016

Scarlett Johansson tops Forbes list of highest grossing actors in 2016
Stars of Marvel and DC superhero films dominate list’s top ten with Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr joint second

Scarlett Johansson has been named the top grossing actor of 2016 by Forbes magazine.

The Us actor topped the list after her films brought in $1.2bn (£977m) globally over the past 12 months, with movies such as Captain America: Civil War and Hollywood satire Hail, Caesar!

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'Kung Fu Panda 3' Tops Super Bowl Weekend; 'Hail, Caesar!' Leads Newcomers

'Kung Fu Panda 3' Tops Super Bowl Weekend; 'Hail, Caesar!' Leads Newcomers
Kung Fu Panda 3 topped Super Bowl weekend, finishing #1 for a second weekend in a row while the weekend's three newcomers didn't exactly inspire upon release. The Coens' Hail, Caesar! performed as expected, though that isn't saying much, while The Choice ended up topping Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which couldn't even reach $6 million. Meanwhile, the big winner of the weekend is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which crossed $900 million domestically and became only the third film to ever make over $2 billion worldwide. With an estimated $21 million, Kung Fu Panda 3 took home the #1 position for a second weekend in a row. The 49% drop is a bit steeper than expected, but could also have to do with some hesitation with predicting too high a Sunday gross. Nevertheless, with no serious competition arriving until Zootopia on March 4, this one still has a lot of time to rake in a few dollars.
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Super Bowl Weekend Preview: 'Panda 3' Over 'Hail, Caesar!', 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' & 'The Choice'

Super Bowl Weekend Preview: 'Panda 3' Over 'Hail, Caesar!', 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' & 'The Choice'
It's Super Bowl weekend and some segments of the box office are likely to take a bigger hit than others. Last weekend's #1 film, Kung Fu Panda 3, won't be affected as much thanks to it being a family film, but adult-targeted features will be more susceptible. One such film is the new movie from the Coen brothers, Hail, Caesar!, which is hitting theaters alongside the period horror Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Choice, which looks to become the lowest grossing opener for a film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Overall, the top twelve is looking to finish around $100 million, down $36 million from the same weekend last year, though about $16 million ahead of 2015's Super Bowl weekend. Kung Fu Panda 3 will finish #1 for the second weekend in a row, dropping around 40-44%, bringing in around $23-25 million. Last year, after its $52.1 million opening, Home dropped 48.2% and
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Greta Gerwig-Starring 'Maggie's Plan' Leads 2016 Berlin International Film Festival Panorama Lineup

Greta Gerwig-Starring 'Maggie's Plan' Leads 2016 Berlin International Film Festival Panorama Lineup
Read More: Jeff Nichols' 'Midnight Special' Leads 2016 Berlin International Film Festival Competition Lineup The 2016 Berlin International Film Festival has announced the first wave of films that will play in its Panorama section. The movies join the previously announced Competition titles, as well as the Coen Brothers' star-studded Hail, Caesar, which will open the festival on February 11. Also announced this morning are the films that will screen in the Teddy30 program, which puts a spotlight on some of the most renowned LGBT films from decades past. This year, the Teddy30 program includes titles from Chantal Akerman and Mary Harron. While only a quarter of the films that will play the Panorama section have been revealed, one of the biggest in the section is bound to be Rebecca Miller's Maggie's Plan. The film was one of the most well-received premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival and stars
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The Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' to Open 2016 Berlin International Film Festival

The Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' to Open 2016 Berlin International Film Festival
Joel and Ethan Coen are heading back to the Berlinale. Their upcoming Hollywood-set comedy, Hail, Caesar! has been selected to open the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival. In 1998, the Coen Brothers' "The Big Lebowski" played in the Berlinale Competition program, while their dramatic western "True Grit" opened the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in 2011. "Hail, Caesar!" follows a studio fixer in Hollywood's Golden Age. The star-packed cast includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. The film takes place over a single day, during which Brolin's fixer must deal with Hollywood hiccups like a pregnant leading lady and a movie star, played by Clooney, who gets kidnapped. "It’s wonderful that Joel and Ethan Coen are once again opening the...
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Channing Tatum Goes Blond for Hail Caesar!

Channing Tatum Goes Blond for Hail Caesar!
You probably already put Hail Caesar! on your must-see list (mark February 2016 on those calendars, folks) the moment you saw George Clooney's movie makeover for the film. If you needed one more reason to get excited for the Coen brothers' comedy, another one of People's Sexiest Men Alive, Channing Tatum, revealed an equally showstopping look Friday on the set of the film in Hollywood. Tatum's longer, lighter 'do isn't the first time he's gone blond, (he plays a part-albino, genetically engineered warrior in Jupiter Ascending, due out in February 2015), but this is the first time he's got it styled a la Zack Morris.
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