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GLAAD Media Awards: The Complete List of Nominees

GLAAD Media Awards: The Complete List of Nominees
As the nominations for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced today, Battle of the Sexes, Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. and The Shape of Water all scored nominations for Outstanding Film in Wide Release.

Claiming noms for Outstanding Film-Limited Release were BPM, A Fantastic Woman, God's Own Country, Thelma and The Wound.

In all, 125 nominees were announced in 21 English-language categories and another 16 in four Spanish-language categories.

Actress Trace Lysette (Transparent) and actor Wilson Cruz (Star Trek: Discovery) announced the nominees live on GLAAD's Facebook page from Park City,...
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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night

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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night
Director Tamara Jenkins has always been interested in the family dynamic. The indie classic “Slums of Beverly Hills” was about failed upward mobility in the late 1970s. “The Savages” was about disinterested siblings who need to solve the problem of an ailing father.

After a ten-year break, Jenkins returned to open the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night with “Private Life,” about a reproductively-challenged couple who need to start a family before they eviscerate the two-person unit they’ve already got.

Kathryn Hahn plays Rachel, a 41-year-old novelist who...
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Dp Noah Greenberg on Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart-Starring Lizzie Borden Drama Lizzie

The 1892 murder of Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother has inspired numerous books, TV movies and even stage musicals but few feature films. That changes with the arrival of Lizzie from director Craig William Macneill. His film pairs two of the leading actresses of American independent cinema: Chloë Sevigny as Borden and Kristen Stewart as Bridget, her live-in maid and kindred spirit. Lizzie debuts in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Prior to its premiere, Filmmaker spoke with cinematographer Noah Greenberg (Most Beautiful Island) about the film’s naturalistic (and claustrophobic) visual palette. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being […]
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‘The Guilty’: Single Location, Real-Time Thriller Crackles With Tension [Sundance Review]

This debut from Gustav Möller begins with an extreme close-up on a headset, as we hear frantic audio being received by emergency dispatcher Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren). “The Guilty” soon zooms out, but it never goes very far. The tense Danish thriller is set exclusively in two adjoining rooms of the dispatch station; all the action happens off screen, over the phone in real time, as Asger desperately tries to help the woman on the other end.

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‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ Is Must-Watch TV That Will Make You Forget All About Porgs

‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ Is Must-Watch TV That Will Make You Forget All About Porgs
While “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was divisive for its storytelling, most everyone could agree that porgs are adorable. The fictional sea birds (or are they rodents?) from a galaxy far, far away captured the audience’s imagination, as did the other fascinating fauna created for that universe. Hell, even those fish nuns inspired devotion in unexpected quarters.

But let’s not forget that the “Star Wars” bestiary has always been inspired by real-life creatures, and there are clear puffin influences in the porg design. In fact, “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” reminds us that the creatures we find in our natural world are so ingeniously designed that they simply blow porgs out of the water — so to speak.

Blue Planet II” boasts fish that are transgender; that live on land; that use tools. And that’s just the beginning of the fascinating stories found in the docu-series. Make no mistake that these are stories,
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“My Own Feeling of Unease in Living with and on the Internet”: Director Bo Burnham | Eighth Grade

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? Chaos was pretty much the name of the game for our film. Our film concerns two very specific and incredibly chaotic times: eighth grade and right now — and we wanted to portray those times honestly. Not to interpret what was happening and provide answers, but to capture what’s happening and pursue the feeling of not […]
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‘Paterno’ Trailer: Al Pacino Doesn’t Want to Say What He Knew or When He Knew It in HBO Drama — Watch

HBO has released the trailer for “Paterno,” its upcoming movie about — wait for it — Joe Paterno. Al Pacino plays the disgraced coach, who became the winningest college-football coach in history prior to his involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Watch below.

Read More:Al Pacino on HBO’s Joe Paterno Movie: ‘The Question Isn’t Just What He Knew, It’s What He Did About It’

“The question isn’t just what he knew, it’s what he did about it,” Pacino said last week at the Television Critics Association. “I think he knew there were complaints. He knew there were rumors. […] I don’t think he was very fond of Sandusky, for whatever reasons — I think there were other reasons.”

“He did act upon it,” Pacino added. “He did say he thought someone should look into this. [But] a guy like Paterno — he’s like an emperor, he’s like a king.
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‘The Other Side of the Wind’: Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Rian Johnson Attend First Screening

‘The Other Side of the Wind’: Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Rian Johnson Attend First Screening
“The Other Side of the Wind,” Orson Welles’ final unfinished film, is finally approaching completion. According to Welles fan site Wellesnet, a cut of the film screened for a select group of Hollywood elite Tuesday in Santa Monica, 42 years after principal photography finished. An attendee at the screening described it as more than a rough cut, but not a final product. Filmmakers in attendance at the screening included Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Peter Bogdanovich, and Rian Johnson.

Read More:‘The Other Side of the Wind’: All-Star Team of Oscar Winners Set to Complete Orson Welles’ Final Movie

Last year, Netflix announced it was acquiring the movie and funding its completion, which has been overseen by producers Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza. Bogdanovich, who was charged by Welles with finishing the film in the event of his death, is an executive producer. They enlisted Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski
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‘Crime + Punishment’: An Upsetting & Enraging Portrait Of The NYPD [Sundance Review]

We’re not short on events and bulletins worth getting pissed over in 2018, but let’s not use that as an excuse to exclude further events and bulletins from pissing us off, too. Take documentary filmmaker Stephen Maing’s latest feature, “Crime + Punishment,” an up-close and confrontational exposé of bureaucratic corruption in the New York City Police Department; you probably don’t need reminding of America’s problem with law enforcement overstepping the bounds of their authority, but Maing reminds you anyways because frankly, you can never have too many reminders that police in the U.S.

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‘Time Share’ Paints A Darkly Comedic, Complex Portrait Of A Family Vacation Gone Awry [Sundance Review]

Almost five years since the 2012 release “Halley,” Sebastian Hoffman returns to the director’s chair for an equally chilling yet comedic project “Tiempo Compartido” (“Time Share”), the lone Mexican production appearing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“Tiempo Compartido” follows the absurd events surrounding Pedro (Luis Gerardo Méndez) and his family who just want to enjoy their “paradise” getaway in a tropical villa at Everfields International Resorts.

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‘Paterno’ Trailer: Al Pacino Faces The Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Barry Levinson and HBO have cultivated a great working relationship in the past few years, with the channel releasing his two films, the Al Pacino starring “You Don’t Know Jack” in 2010 and, most recently, his acclaimed Robert De Niro film “The Wizard of Lies” last year. He returns to the channel with “Paterno,” re-teaming with Pacino to explore Penn State’s football coach Joe Paterno’s role in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

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Denis Villeneuve Says ‘Dune’ Will Be “Star Wars For Adults”

During the press run for “Blade Runner 2049,” Denis Villeneuve was inevitably asked about whether or not he’d be interesting in taking on another beloved sci-fi franchise — “Star Wars.” And he had a pretty interesting answer.

“It’s something that, again it’s like, I would be intrigued,” Villeneuve said. “I don’t know, it’s very difficult. What is dangerous with ‘Star Wars‘ right now is its become its own vocabulary.

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’12 Strong’ Review: Chris Hemsworth Trades His Hammer for a Horse in an Uphill Battle That’s Still Being Fought

’12 Strong’ Review: Chris Hemsworth Trades His Hammer for a Horse in an Uphill Battle That’s Still Being Fought
Who is Chris Hemsworth when he isn’t Thor? Not an action star, as the excellent but financially disastrous “Blackhat” can attest; not a prestige-picture anchor either, as evidenced by the “Moby Dick” quasi-adaptation “In the Heart of the Sea.” The god of thunder comes closer to answering that question by trading in his hammer for a horse in “12 Strong,” which positions its star as a rather different kind of hero: an American soldier.

Read More:’12 Strong’ Trailer: Michael Shannon and Chris Hemsworth Go to War Against the Taliban

Set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and styling itself as a portrayal of the first victory in the War on Terror — a bittersweet milestone to celebrate, given that said war hasn’t ended and we certainly haven’t won it — Nicolai Fuglsig’s film (full title: “12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers”) injects some rah-rah patriotism into
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‘The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson Shows Everybody How The Force Works

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Writer and director Rian Johnson certainly knew that when we signed up for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” he’d be putting a big fanboy target on his back. But the filmmaker likely wasn’t prepared for the binary, love/hate conversation that has emerged around the movie. There doesn’t seem to be any kind of middle ground when it comes to the latest chapter in the saga, with some very vocal fans feeling utterly betrayed by ‘The Last Jedi.’

Through it all, Johnson has been exceedingly patient.

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Darren Criss on Not Whitewashing Half-Filipino Andrew Cunanan In ‘Versace’ — Turn It On Podcast

Darren Criss on Not Whitewashing Half-Filipino Andrew Cunanan In ‘Versace’ — Turn It On Podcast
Darren Criss calls it “serendipity” that he already was in Ryan Murphy’s orbit when the producer focused in on telling the tale of serial killer Andrew Cunanan for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the latest edition of “American Crime Story.” Cunanan was half-Filipino, just as Criss is, which gave the actor a rare opportunity to play his ethnicity.

“I believe there are a lot of great half-Filipino actors out there that could have done this a lot of justice, [but] when Ryan talked about doing this three years ago, before we actually got the ball rolling last year, I would joke with him saying, ‘Hey man, I would love to do this, but if you don’t want me to do it with you, I defy you to find another guy who looks kind of like him, who’s in the same age range, who’s in your Rolodex of actors.
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Sundance 2018 Critic’s Notebook, Day 1: Our New President, Three Identical Strangers

Two things shape my Sundance coverage this year — one purely personal, the other macro. The personal was recently reading Christian Metz’s Film Language, the kind of text normally consumed in undergrad cinema studies (not my major) but belatedly a worthwhile book all the same; I wanted some new tools to think about movies, and this fit the bill. The opening essays are recognizably Barthes-ian contemplations of i.e. what makes the moving image more plausible than a still image and the middle gets mired in a lot of precise definitions of paradigmatic vs. syntagmatic, but the finale is a surprisingly fiery, […]
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“Chaos Was Our Mantra”: Director Daryl Wein | White Rabbit

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? Chaos was our mantra for White Rabbit. We decided early on we wanted to embrace the unknown. To literally and figuratively go down a rabbit hole. This meant, that even though we knew the basis for our story, which was an exploration of Asian American identity, Lgbtq issues and female gender dynamics, anything was possible. Invention […]
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‘Pity’ Swings Too Dark In Its Satiric Portrait Of Sorrow [Sundance Review]

“Pity,” the second feature from Greek filmmaker Babis Makridis, begins and ends with the sight and sounds of a weeping man, and in between is divided into chapters through aggressive use of intertitles. Their ubiquity recalls the rhythm of a silent film, with every action articulated in plain sight for viewer comprehension; the first appearance of an intertitle suggests poetry as a means of introduction, but with every appearance thereafter we realize that Makridis is simply plucking thoughts from his protagonist’s head and placing them on-screen to spare the audience the chore of mind reading.

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‘Blindspotting’ Is A Visceral Showcase For Carlos López Estrada and Daveed Diggs [Sundance Review]

Park City – Balancing dramatic and broadly comedic elements in a movie can be fraught with pitfalls for a filmmaker. Especially when the subject matter tackles racism, police brutality and an oppressive judicial system. In many ways that’s what makes Carlos López Estrada‘s direction of “Blindspotting,” which debuted Thursday night at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, so uniquely impressive.

Set in contemporary Oakland, California, “Blindspotting” was written by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs (Broadway’s “Hamilton”) who also star in the film as Miles and Collin respectively.

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Jessica Chastain Shows Jimmy Fallon What It’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood — Watch

Jessica Chastain Shows Jimmy Fallon What It’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood — Watch
Jessica Chastain has never been shy about advocating for better roles for women in Hollywood, she never misses an opportunity to express her dismay with the status quo, but she tried something a little different last night. In an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Chastain roped Fallon into the cause by letting him do what men do best: Play dumb. Fallon is the perfect male stand-in for average Joes everywhere, and his particular brand of boy-next-door naiveté works well in this context.

Read More:Jessica Chastain Takes Aim at the Patriarchy in ‘Molly’s Game’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

“I’m really excited to be part of the movement for better female representation, because female roles have been so under-written, especially compared to male roles,” said Chastain, introducing the sketch. In it, Chastain and Fallon read from sample movie scripts, except Chastain reads the man and Fallon reads the woman.
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