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‘Funny Story’ Trailer: Lesbian Comedy Follows Dad and Daughter Love Triangle

‘Funny Story’ Trailer: Lesbian Comedy Follows Dad and Daughter Love Triangle
What happens when an aging heartthrob accidentally sleeps with his daughter’s new girlfriend the day before officially meeting her? That’s the premise of “Funny Story,” a new comedy from Maker Studios co-founder Michael Gallagher. It sounds like a bit of a problematic premise, but also a potentially hilarious one. An exclusive new trailer shows that “Funny Story” could offer a fresh take on the love triangle rom-com, with an added queer twist.

The official synopsis reads: “Walter Campbell (Matthew Glave) is an aging heartthrob struggling to keep up appearances— especially with his estranged adult daughter, Nic (Jana Winternitz). In an attempt to reconnect with his family, he invites himself to crash her vacation in Big Sur. Offering a ride to her friend Kim (Emily Bett Rickards), the two bond in unexpected ways that are sure to ruin the lives of everyone in their path.”

Glave is perhaps best
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Oscars 2020: Best Director Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Director Predictions
It’s still early days, as we head into Cannes, which mainly delivers contenders for the newly dubbed Best International Feature Film. That said, the Academy’s director’s branch, packed with overseas voters, tends to be the most receptive to non-American auteurs. Never underestimate Quentin Tarantino, who’s back after a decade in Cannes Competition with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.

As always, the fall film festival circuit will yield the most Oscar fodder. This year, finally, offers more than a few strong women contenders for directing nods, including returning “Lady Bird” nominee Greta Gerwig. Netflix has a strong set of offerings, including Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” one of several 2019 VFX-packed movies featuring the de-aging of its principals. The other that could factor in the directing race is Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man,” starring Will Smith.

Breaking out at
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Oscars 2020: Best Director Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Director Predictions
It’s still early days, as we head into Cannes, which mainly delivers contenders for the newly dubbed Best International Feature Film. That said, the Academy’s director’s branch, packed with overseas voters, tends to be the most receptive to non-American auteurs. Never underestimate Quentin Tarantino, who’s back after a decade in Cannes Competition with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.

As always, the fall film festival circuit will yield the most Oscar fodder. This year, finally, offers more than a few strong women contenders for directing nods, including returning “Lady Bird” nominee Greta Gerwig. Netflix has a strong set of offerings, including Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” one of several 2019 VFX-packed movies featuring the de-aging of its principals. The other that could factor in the directing race is Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man,” starring Will Smith.

Breaking out at
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Nick Hornby on ‘Fever Pitch’ Adaptations and His New Sundance TV Project

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Nick Hornby on ‘Fever Pitch’ Adaptations and His New Sundance TV Project
In 1997, Tony Blair was the U.K. prime minister, and Oasis, Blur, Pulp, the Spice Girls, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, “Trainspotting” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral” were among the cultural touchstones of what was dubbed “Cool Britannia.” And bestselling writer Nick Hornby was making his first movie, an adaptation of his hit novel “Fever Pitch” — and earning his first mention in Variety. Hornby has since gone on the write yet more popular books — “About a Boy,” “Juliet, Naked” and “Funny Girl” are a few — and more movies, including “Wild,” “An Education” and “Brooklyn.” He’s now downsizing with Sundance TV’s “State of the Union” — ten, 10-minute episodes directed by Stephen Frears and starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd as a couple working on their marriage. Each episode takes place in a pub 10 minutes before the characters are due to meet their marriage counselor, and delivers laughs and
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Warner Bros. Exec Désirée Finnegan Named Screen Ireland Chief

  • Variety
Désirée Finnegan will be the new chief executive of Screen Ireland, replacing the outgoing James Hickey. Finnegan, who hails from Dublin, joins from Warner Bros. Pictures where she was Svp, theatrical marketing and publicity, and guided strategy for campaigns across the Emea region.

In a 15-year stint at the Hollywood studio she worked on campaigns for “Dunkirk,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy and the “Harry Potter” franchise among others. Prior to Warner Bros., Finnegan was in New York, working with Enterprise Ireland, supporting the development and growth of Irish enterprise in the U.S.

“I am delighted to be returning home to take up the post of chief executive of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and for the opportunity to continue building on the critical and commercial success of the Irish film, television and animation industry,” Finnegan said. “My passion for supporting great storytellers and those with creative vision has played an
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Former Warner Bros Pictures Exec Désirée Finnegan To Replace James Hickey As CEO Of Screen Ireland

Screen Ireland, the funding body behind films including Room, Brooklyn and The Lobster, has appointed former Warner Bros exec Désirée Finnegan as its new Chief Executive. This follows the departure of James Hickey.

Finnegan was most recently Senior Vice President, Theatrical Marketing & Publicity Emea at Warner Bros. Pictures, where she worked on campaigns for films including Dunkirk, Ready Player One, The Lego Movie, The Dark Knight Trilogy and the Harry Potter franchise

Screen Ireland currently has capital funding of over €16M and the Irish government has committed to spending €200M over the ten year period to 2027. Finnegan is expected to take up the role in August 2019 with Hickey remaining in position until this time.

Screen Ireland Chair Dr. Annie Doona said, “Désirée brings a wealth and depth of experience to the role of Chief Executive at Screen Ireland. She is an experienced leader who brings huge energy to her work
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Saoirse Ronan movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘Atonement’

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Saoirse Ronan movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘Atonement’
Saoirse Ronan will turn 25 on April 12, 2019. It is quite the accomplishment that she has achieved three Oscar nominations at such a young age. Only Jennifer Lawrence has been able to match that number in her early twenties. Ronan was first nominated as a child actress at the age of 13 as Best Supporting Actress for the film “Atonement.” She has recently received two Best Actress nominations for “Brooklyn” and “Lady Bird” although she has yet to take home a trophy.

SEESaoirse Ronan Interview: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’

Ronan’s parents were both actors and she was actually born in The Bronx, New York while her father was studying acting there and working odd jobs. Her parents would return to their native Ireland when Saoirse was three. Her father would continue acting amassing a number of films and television performances on his resume. Ronan began acting herself at the age of 9 on
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Saoirse Ronan movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Saoirse Ronan movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Saoirse Ronan will turn 25 on April 12, 2019. It is quite the accomplishment that she has achieved three Oscar nominations at such a young age. Only Jennifer Lawrence has been able to match that number in her early twenties. Ronan was first nominated as a child actress at the age of 13 as Best Supporting Actress for the film “Atonement.” She has recently received two Best Actress nominations for “Brooklyn” and “Lady Bird” although she has yet to take home a trophy.

Ronan’s parents were both actors and she was actually born in The Bronx, New York while her father was studying acting there and working odd jobs. Her parents would return to their native Ireland when Saoirse was three. Her father would continue acting amassing a number of films and television performances on his resume. Ronan began acting herself at the age of 9 on a few different Irish television programs. After
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‘The Goldfinch’ Adaptation First Look Promises Faithful Treatment of Donna Tartt’s Beloved Novel

It’s not that Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2014 novel “The Goldfinch” is unfilmable, but it’s more a question of, well, who would want to? Tartt’s time- and place-spanning epic ostensibly follows one spectacularly ill-fated boy (or is he?) across a tragic childhood and into an adulthood marked by love, loss, and a little bit of classic art theft. It’s wonderful on the page, but it’s also meaty, dense, twisty, and complicated. In short, tough stuff for a 120-minute runtime.

And yet “Brooklyn” and “Boy A” filmmaker John Crowley took on the task of turning it into a feature film, another complex adaptation for a director who excels at them. Bolstered by a script from Peter Straughan and featuring a stacked cast that includes Ansel Elgort as lead Theo, Oakes Fegley as the younger version of him, Sarah Paulson, Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard, Luke Wilson, Aneurin Barnard,
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Jeremy Thomas Relocates Rpc & HanWay Films From Iconic Soho Building To West London Venue Steeped In Music History

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Jeremy Thomas Relocates Rpc & HanWay Films From Iconic Soho Building To West London Venue Steeped In Music History
Exclusive: Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) is relocating his revered Recorded Picture Company and HanWay Films labels from Soho to a new west London home.

The Hanway Street office has served as the HQ for Rpc and HanWay for more than 25 years, during which time Thomas has produced movies including Crash, Sexy Beast, The Dreamers and Dogman and HanWay has sold films such as Match Point, Shame, Brooklyn, Carol and Colette.

Staff will relocate next week from the iconic building to a new home in Basing Street, Notting Hill (pictured above), right next to the former Island Records recording studios which played host to a who’s who of music industry greats from Bob Marley to Queen, The Rolling Stones to The Eagles and Paul McCartney to Madonna. Queen recorded songs there including We Are The Champions and part of Bohemian Rhapsody. The studios were built in a former church,
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Renewed for Season 7 at NBC

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Renewed for Season 7 at NBC
Let’s hear it for the Nine-Nine!

Less than two months after moving into its new precinct, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has been renewed for another season at NBC, set to air during the 2019-20 slate. This upcoming installment will be the seventh season for the Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher-led series overall and the former Fox sitcom’s second year on its new network.

“It’s been one of our great joys as a network to give ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ a second life,” Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, co-presidents of scripted programming, NBC Entertainment, said. “Cheers to Dan Goor, Mike Schur, Luke Del Tredici and David Miner, and our amazing cast and crew who each week turn New York’s finest into New York’s funniest.”

As TheWrap reported earlier today, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is attracting 1 million more viewers per episode on its new channel than the old.

Also Read: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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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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2019 Oscars predictions by experts: All 8 Best Picture nominees will win at 91st Academy Awards

Thirty-three film journalists who cover Hollywood year-round are experts at predicting the Oscars. They have finalized their predictions for the 91st Academy Awards, which take place on February 24. According to our official racetrack odds, all eight Best Picture nominees will take home at least one Oscar. One of these contenders is expected to claim four awards, two will win a pair of awards and five will take home a single Oscar. No nominee will leave the Dolby theater empty-handed.

Ten-time nominee “Roma” will win four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Best Cinematography and and Best Foreign Language Film. It will be the first film in a language other than English to win the top prize in the 91-year history of the Oscars.

Two of the other Best Picture contenders are tipped to take home two Oscars each. Eight-time contender “Vice” will win Best Film Editing and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
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Which of the Adapted Screenplay nominees has the best chance to win according to recent Oscar history?

Which of the Adapted Screenplay nominees has the best chance to win according to recent Oscar history?
A screenplay could be adapted from many different forms of existing works — everything from a novel or a memoir to a newspaper article. The academy’s ruling also means that remakes/sequels/prequels etc, which all may feature made-up characters and stories, are classed as adapted, too as they are taken from their original films.

Let’s take a look back at the last five Oscars and examine the source material of the 25 Adapted Screenplay nominees to find out which type has proven to be the most winning. That could help us figure out who is ahead in this competitive race on Sunday.

2018:

Winner: “Call Me By Your Name” – Novel

The Disaster Artist” – Non-fiction book

Logan” – Comic-book/graphic novel

“Molly’s Game” – Memoir

Mudbound” – Novel

2017:

Winner: “Moonlight” – Play

Arrival” – Short story

Fences” – Play

“Hidden Figures” – Non-fiction book

“Lion” – Memoir

2016:

Winner: “The Big Short” – Non-fiction book

Brooklyn” – Novel
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Experts predict all the Best Picture nominees will win at the Oscars for first time since 2015

Experts predict all the Best Picture nominees will win at the Oscars for first time since 2015
In the first nine years of the expanded Best Picture race at the Oscars, there has only been one ceremony that saw the entire roster of contenders each winning at least one Academy Award. That was in 2015 when “Birdman” was the big winner among the eight nominees, with four awards. Our experts think that this will happen again this year, with “Roma” also taking home four Oscars including Best Picture.

As per our official racetrack odds, these journalists who cover Hollywood year-round are predicting that three other Best Picture nominee will win a pair of awards and four will take home a single Oscar.

Roma,” which is tied for first place among the Best Picture contenders with 10 bids, is predicted to win these four races: Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film.

The co-leader for the most nominations, “The Favourite,” is tipped to take home just Original Screenplay.
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Audience for Best Picture Nominees Most Diverse in Years, Report Shows

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Theatergoers for Academy Awards best picture-nominated films have become younger and more diverse over the past four years, a report released exclusively to Variety showed.

Movio, a Vista Group company which specializes in cinema marketing data analytics, said the changes in demographic shifts correspond to the best picture lineup becoming more diverse since the 2015 Oscars, when the #OscarsSoWhite controversy arose after all 20 of the acting nominations went to Caucasians.

“Our results indicate that the audience attending films nominated for best picture for the 2019 Oscars represents the youngest and most racially diverse best picture audience over the past several years,” the report said. “Much of this is due to the inclusion of and box office success of ‘Black Panther’ in the nominations.”

The other best picture nominees are “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born,” and “Vice.” The 91st Academy Awards will take place on Sunday.
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2019 Writers Guild Awards: WGA is limited as guidepost to predicting Oscars

2019 Writers Guild Awards: WGA is limited as guidepost to predicting Oscars
Don’t look for “The Favourite” to win at the WGA Awards on Sunday (Feb. 17). Only scripts written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners are allowed to vie for these awards, which ruled out this Oscar frontrunner for Best Original Screenplay. That limited eligibility means that these rewards are not the most reliable barometer of the eventual Oscar nominees and winners. Indeed, in the past 10 years only 65 of the WGA nominees have numbered among the 100 screenplays that reaped Academy Awards bids.

The original screenplay WGA nominees are: “Eighth Grade,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma” and “Vice.” The Oscar frontrunner, “The Favourite,” was ineligible with the WGA. The guild picks “Eighth Grade” and “A Quiet Place” didn’t make the grade with the writers branch of the academy, which rounded out the race with “First Reformed.” Without having to face off against “The Favourite” at the WGA,
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2019 Oscars predictions by experts: 7 of the 8 Best Picture nominees will win at the 91st Academy Awards

2019 Oscars predictions by experts: 7 of the 8 Best Picture nominees will win at the 91st Academy Awards
Twenty-eight film journalists who cover Hollywood year-round are experts at predicting the Oscars. As the guild awards wrap up, they are finalizing their predictions for the 91st Academy Awards, which take place on February 24. According to our official racetrack odds, seven of the eight Best Picture nominees will take home at least one Oscar. One of these contenders is expected to claim four awards, another will win three, two more will win a pair of awards and three will take home a single Oscar. The other — seven-time nominee “Black Panther” — will leave the Dolby theater empty-handed.

Roma,” which is tied for first place among the nominees with 10 bids, is predicted to win four of those races: Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film.

Its co-leader for the most nominations, “The Favourite,” is tipped to take home three: Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
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Sundance 2019 Hot Titles: Will Buyers Respond To Bounty Of Promising Films With Strong Inclusion Elements?

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Sundance 2019 Hot Titles: Will Buyers Respond To Bounty Of Promising Films With Strong Inclusion Elements?
The 2019 Sundance Film Festival brings more questions than usual.

Sellers believe they have brought the goods, but with few new buyers on the horizon, several more wavering, questions of whether Netflix and Amazon will be aggressive as they make their own content, and the influx of streaming services another year or two away, will there be enough of an appetite to fuel the all-nighter auctions that have made this festival exciting and exhausting?

Will Bruce Springsteen come to Park City for the premiere of Blinded By The Light, the coming of age of a Muslim teen directed by Bend it Like Beckham’s Gurinder Chada, with 16 Springsteen songs providing the narrative backbeat? And for that matter, what about Wu-Tang Clan for the debut of the four episodes of the limited series Of Mics and Men, about that storied band’s history, or the David Crosby docu Remember My Name that premieres in competition this weekend?
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Sundance Hot Titles List: 13 Buzzy Films That Have Buyers Talking

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Sundance Hot Titles List: 13 Buzzy Films That Have Buyers Talking
There’s a good reason that much of Hollywood braves the thin mountain air each year to make the trek to the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s not to check out the nearby ski slopes. The annual launch of the indie film gathering brings with it the possibility of discovering the next big thing in moviemaking. Sundance has played a critical role in the careers of such A-list talent as Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, David O. Russell, and Quentin Tarantino, and has hosted the premieres of such classics as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” and “Manchester by the Sea.”

The prospect of finding the rare indie movie that can break out of the arthouse has inspired a lot of all-night bidding wars over the years. Sometimes those frenzied negotiations and massive deals pay off, as was the case with “Brooklyn” or “Fruitvale Station.” In other instances, studios end
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