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Contender Countdown: Anybody And Everybody Is In It For Best Picture

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Please realize this is not an exaggeration. Yes, there are always a ton of contenders vying for a Best Picture nomination after the trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto unofficially kick off awards season. Yes, many of those players often fall to the wayside. It’s how the Best Picture race works. But you can pretty much figure out at least five to six of the nominees by now (eh most of the time). That’s not the case in 2017.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Director Oscars Predictions

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This is a very fluid field with likely only Nolan and del Toro the only locks for a nomination at this point. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water

Luca Guadagnino,”Call Me By Your Name

Richard Linklater, “Last Flag Flying

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Steven Spielberg, “The Post

Joe Wright, “The Darkest Hour

Almost there

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson

Kathryn Bigelow, “Detroit

Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, “Battle of the Sexes

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird

Patty Jenkins, “Wonder Woman

Angelina Jolie, “First They Killed My Father”

Yorgis Lanthimos, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Dee Rees, “Mudbound

Ridley Scott, “All The Money In The World

Michael Showalter, “The Big Sick

Denis Villeneuve, “Blade Runner 2049

Longshots

Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel

Darren Aronofsky, “Mother!”

Noah Baumbach, “The »

- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Original Screenplay Oscars Predictions

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Who said original ideas are dead in Hollywood? This year the Original Screenplay race is at least 10 times more competitive than the Adapted Screenplay category. In fact, it’s so competitive that who makes this five may be a major indicator of your eventual Best Picture winner. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Guillermo del toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjani, “The Big Sick

Liz Hannah, Josh Springer, “The Post

Anthony McCarten, “The Darkest Hour

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River

Almost there

Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel

Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project”

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Simon Beaufoy, “Battle of the Sexes

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk

David Scarpa, “All the Money in the World

Edgar Wright, “Baby Driver

Longshots

Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon, “The Greatest Showman

Mark Boah, “Detroit”

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- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars Predictions

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How weak is this year’s Adapted Screenplay category? If you can get the rights to something, write your screenplay, shoot, edit and release by the end of December…you’ve got a shot. [Posted Sept. 19]

Frontrunners

Armando Ianucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows, “The Death of Stalin

James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name

Richard Linklater, “Last Flag Flying

James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green, “Logan

Scott Neustadter, Michael H.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Bodied’: Joseph Kahn Crafts A Visually Dynamic Rap Battle [Tiff Midnight Madness Winner]

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Movies about rap battles are a rare breed. Of course, there’s the blisteringly ill rhymes in 2002’s Eminem-led drama “8 Mile,” and, more recently, this summer’s Sundance sensation “Patti Cake$,” featured a white New Jersey teenager dreaming of rap-stardom. But Hollywood has mostly stayed away from this incredibly popular urban underground activity where rappers battle in improv-filled, braggadocio-laden, lyric spouting contests.

Director Joseph Kahn — the filmmaker behind “Detention” and dozens of iconic music videos for artists, most notably Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood”– acts like he doesn’t care about what might be his audiences lack of knowledge of the topic.  

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- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer: Alicia Vikander Becomes Lara Croft

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After a fifteen-year break, next spring the adventures of Lara Croft will once again grace the silver screen. The “Tomb Raider” reboot will have something of a Nordic flavor, bringing together the talents of Norwegian director Roar Ulthaug (“The Wave”) and Swedish star Alicia Vikander (“Ex-Machina,” “The Danish Girl”).

While the young Oscar winner may seem a curious choice for the role, having established herself mainly in dramas and independent films that never suggested the rough and tumble physicality of Lara Croft, Vikander recently explained to EW that she’s portraying Lara at the start of her adventures.

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- Joe Blessing

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‘A Fish Out of Water’: Kuo-An’s Feature Length Debut Slips By With Visual Flair [Tiff Review]

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Taiwanese music video and commercial director Lai Kuo-An has established quite the extensive career collaborating with the best Taiwanese cinema has to offer. Now, for the first time in his career, Lai Kuo-An grabs the reins as a full-feature length director with “A Fish Out of Water,” a project so confoundedly ambiguous, frustration overwhelms the film’s intrinsic poignancy and its breathtaking touch of sentimentality.

A festering memory torments the mind of Yi-An, a young boy who insists his parents help him find his…well, past parents, who allegedly resided alongside a small fishing village by the sea.

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- Kyle Kohner

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Get Ready For ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ With High-Res Images Of Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Poe, More

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It looks like we’re still a few weeks away from the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and the marketing campaign will pause a moment before it truly takes off. Today, Walt Disney and Lucasfilm announced the global brands that will be part of the massive number of tie-in products associated with the film. But for the rest of us, they’ve finally dropped a batch of high-res images from the sequel, all in one place, and without various website watermarks or grainy web resolutions.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Matt Damon Is A ‘Charlatan’

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You’re not going to be able to turn around over the next few months without running into Matt Damon. The actor leads both George Clooney‘s noirish romp “Suburbicon,” and Alexander Payne‘s ambitious “Downsizing.” And if you think the actor is returning to punching in the throat as Jason Bourne, guess again, though he is going for the groin….

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘mother!’ Divides, But There’s So Much To Discuss! [Adjust Your Tracking Podcast]

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On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I dig into the career thus far of Darren Aronofsky, the filmmaker behind last weekend’s “mother!“, a fascinating film that’s swiftly divided audiences and critics even after a less-than-stellar box office haul. It’s undeniably mind-boggling to consider a studio exec reading the script and greenlighting the film, but that’s what happened and now we’ve got the glory or pain (depending on your feelings of the finished result) of “mother!” to relish in and discuss.

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- Erik McClanahan

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HBO Renews ‘The Deuce’ For Season 2

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After Martin Scorsese‘s very expensive “Vinyl” failed to connect with the critics and audiences, HBO swiftly — after flirting with a possibly retooled second season — canceled the series. Which made it all the more surprising when they went ahead and pursued “The Deuce,” another show set in the ’70s, but instead of tackling the music industry, the show takes on the seamy underbelly of the world of pornography.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Cook-Off!’ Trailer: Long Shelved Melissa McCarthy Comedy Finally Sees The Light Of Day

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Well, here’s a pretty your random movie curiosity of the day. Before she was the breakout movie star of “Bridesmaids,” and was probably best known for her role as  Sookie St. James on “Gilmore Girls,” Melissa McCarthy starred in “Cook-Off!” The film debuted in 2007 at Us Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Co to what must have been zero buzz, because the picture has been sitting on the shelf for a decade.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Denis Villeneuve Doesn’t Want ‘Blade Runner 2049’ To Be “Too Marvel”

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We’re just under three weeks away from the release of “Blade Runner 2049,” the film remains under a heavy shroud of secrecy. Warner Bros. has kept the highly anticipated and very mysterious sequel off the festival circuit, where many thought it might show up. Everyone involved wants to keep the surprises fresh for as long as possible, which makes it understandable why Wired‘s profile on the movie doesn’t reveal any huge details.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Wonder Wheel’: New Images & Official Synopsis Revealed For Woody Allen’s Latest

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Woody Allen can only keep the curtain on his upcoming “Wonder Wheel” on the picture for so long, and with a splashy New York Film Festival premiere looming, along with an awards season release date, we’ve just got out best look yet outside of a trailer (which we presume is coming soon).

So far, all we’ve known about the picture is that it stars Kate WinsletJustin Timberlake, Juno Temple and James Belushi, in a 1950s set story, and will feature larger-than-life characters, lovers, infidelity, and gangsters.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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James Cameron Bringing ‘True Lies’ To TV

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The Ridley Scott-ing of James Cameron‘s careers continues to push forward, with no end in sight. With the filmmaker already working on his multiple sequels to “Avatar,” and getting ready to reboot the “Terminator” series, now he’s plucking another title from this catalog and bringing to TV. Guess you gotta pay for those pea protein factories somehow.

The director’s Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV are teaming up to develop a TV series based on Cameron’s 1994 blockbuster “True Lies.” The film, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis and hasn’t aged well at all, tells the story of an ordinary married man, who’s actually a spy for  a secret government agency, with his wife all the while believing he’s just boring computer salesman.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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3-Hour ‘Superman: The Movie’ Extended Cut Getting Official Release

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When it comes to DC Comics movies, the words “extended cut” don’t especially bring much excitement, at least lately. Zack Snyder padded out “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” with thirty more minutes, which didn’t do much to change opinions on the film, except to the most devoted fans. Meanwhile, the ten minutes or so tossed onto “Suicide Squad” also didn’t make much impact.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4: A Minor Step Backward, But A Killer Finale [Review]

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I’d be lying if I said that “BoJack Horseman” season four wasn’t a step down from previous seasons. I’d also be lying if I said that it didn’t have the best ending of any ‘BoJack’ season yet.

The season’s primary storyline surrounds the introduction of a new character: the maybe-BoJack’s-daughter, Hollyhock, voiced by the supernaturally endearing Aparna Nancherla. She shows up one day, claiming that BoJack (Will Arnett) is her father, amid a search for her biological mother.

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- Eli Fine

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‘Thirst Street’ Clip: Lindsay Burdge Gets Obsessed [Exclusive]

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One of our favorite films of the year so far is “Thirst Street,” an indie about obsession, delusion and romance. Starring indie actor Lindsay Burdge (“A Teacher”), the film is arch and dreamy, and features a deliciously sly narration by Academy Award-winner Anjelica Huston. Our review described it as “a wry and disturbed look at lust and longing… delightfully twisted.”

Read More: Lindsay Burdge Sparkles In The Delicious Psycho Sexual Thriller ‘Thirst Street’ [Tribeca Review]

Directed by Nathan Silver the filmmaker told us in a quick email interview he wanted to write a lead part for Burdge who had a role in his previous film, “Actor Martinez.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Robert Pattinson Talks “F**king Dark” Project With Antonio Campos

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Coming off what are arguably two of the best performances of his career in James Gray‘s “The Lost City Of Z” and the Safdies‘ “Good Time,” Robert Pattinson isn’t changing course. The actor is continuing to chase challenging roles with auteur directors, and his next sounds like it’s going to be another barn burner.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Pattinson was teaming up on an unnamed project with Antonio Campos, the filmmaker behind “Christine,” “Simon Killer,” and “Afterschool.” Now, Esquire has revealed the title of the film is “The Devil All The Time,” and it sounds like the actor is diving into a pretty steamy role.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Darren Aronofsky Explains Biblical & Environmental Messages In ‘mother!’

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It would seem that the conversation around “mother!” is bigger than the number of people who actually saw the box office flop. Indeed, everyone has their own interpretation about what Darren Aronofsky‘s movie means. Is it an environmental allegory? A Bible story? A tale about the ego of male creatives? A cautionary saga about home renovations? Well, the director himself shares some clues about the film without laying it all out for you.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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