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‘Loving Vincent’: How an Unknown Distributor Beat Its Competitors to Find This Runaway Hit

‘Loving Vincent’: How an Unknown Distributor Beat Its Competitors to Find This Runaway Hit
With screens at a premium, the holiday zone is a hostile climate even for the most-established film distributors. To successfully release an animated biopic funded by the Polish Film Institute — with only modest reviews, via virtually unknown distributor Good Deed Entertainment — the odds were, to be generous, unkind.

Loving Vincent” outsmarted all of us. With $20 million worldwide since its September 22 bow, it’s the highest gross in years for a film that’s never seen more than 250 theaters. On Saturday it won a European Film Award, today a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature; an Oscar nomination could follow.

Read More:‘Loving Vincent’ Review: The World’s First Oil-Painted Feature is a Truly Insane Vincent van Gogh Tribute — Telluride

Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, “Loving Vincent” used 125 painters to reimagine much of Van Gogh’s work and to retrace the final days of his life. The artists
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UK box office suffers worst week in years as The Last Jedi looms

Snowy weather and the upcoming release of the new Star Wars film created a perfect storm for the UK top 10, but things were rosier for Jumanji, Paddington 2 and The Disaster Artist

A perfect storm of factors combined to depress UK box office to its worst weekend in recent years. Most significantly, the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this Thursday (14 December) means that distributors gave the 8 December date a wide berth, not wanting to release a major film and then have it knocked off screens six days later. But the snowy weather at the weekend across much of the UK cannot have helped, with families preferring sledging activities to daytime cinema outings, and transport disrupted. Finally, a couple of more commercially promising titles that were available to audiences – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Fox animation Ferdinand – were still at the preview stage, and so the box office
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Test Audiences Didn’t Believe ‘The Disaster Artist’ Is A True Story

The Room” is a truly special film. Written, directed, and starring Tommy Wiseau, its famous for just how spectacularly awful it is. And in a world filled with plenty of bad movies, “The Room” rises above all the rest not just because of the horrible acting, writing, set design, and everything else, but also for the legendary behind-the-scenes antics of Wiseau. These near legendary stories are so strange that it’s hard to believe that any of them are actually true.

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SAG Awards TV Predictions 2018: Why ‘The Deuce’ and ‘Glow’ Could Disrupt the Race

SAG Awards TV Predictions 2018: Why ‘The Deuce’ and ‘Glow’ Could Disrupt the Race
The Golden Globes are traditionally TV’s awards disrupters. With so many new shows nominated, it elevates them long enough to (potentially) make a difference at the Emmys. But the SAG Awards are a more telling barometer of industry enthusiasm.

Actors make up a large chunk of the TV Academy membership — much more so than the 80-odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — which means seeing what they’re rewarding in December can often predict what might be a player when Emmy season begins next spring.

With so many shows launching in April to take advantage of Emmy voting, series that premiere in the fall need Globes and SAG Awards love to keep buzz alive through the winter and into the spring. Shows like “The Deuce,” “Glow,” “Ozark,” “Mindhunter,” “Godless,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “Smilf” are aiming for a little extra attention right now.

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Listen To James Franco Hilariously Answering “The Disaster Artist” Billboard Phone Number

It barely sounds like James Franco answering The Disaster Artist Billboard phone number but it’s him. His attempt to sound like Tommy Wiseau is fair but doesn’t have quite the same pitch and tone. If you hear the two of them speak then you’d know that there is a huge difference between their voices. Yet now that he’s come out with his own film called The Disaster Movie as a lead-in, or homage, or something to The Room, Franco took it upon himself to answer several calls that were phoned in to the number on the billboard. This is perhaps

Listen To James Franco Hilariously Answering “The Disaster Artist” Billboard Phone Number
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75th Golden Globe Nominations – In An Industry Of Snubs It’s Hard To Stand Out

Award season is a world of snub, complaints, and second-guessing, but the recent announcement of The Golden Globe nominations already has people talking, and tweeting. Among the most noteworthy misses, in a year when the nominations are mostly academic, is The Big Sick and Wonder Woman, both of which got no attention at all from The Golden Globe Awards.

Of course, everyone is going to have their favorites, and with several critics groups already announcing their lists/awards, there is always something that has to be left out, but a lot of people have to be surprised by some of the nominations, especially since Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World recently had to change stars, and kicked out indie darling Greta Gerwig from a spot in the Director noms.

Take a look at the full list and let us know what you think.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
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Here Are All the 2018 Golden Globe Nominees!

It's already time to start thinking about award season! Shortly after the Critics' Choice Awards unveiled their list of nominations in early December, the Golden Globes announced which movies and shows would be up for an award this morning. See the nominees below, and find out who wins during the 75th annual ceremony, which will be hosted by Seth Meyers on Sunday, Jan. 7, on NBC. Movies Best Motion Picture, Drama Call Me by Your Name Dunkirk The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy The Disaster Artist Get Out The Greatest Showman I, Tonya Lady Bird Best Animated Film The Boss Baby Breadwinner Coco Ferdinand Loving Vincent Best Foreign Language Film A Fantastic Woman First They Killed My Father In the Fade Loveless The Square Best Actor, Drama Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread Tom Hanks,
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The Golden Globes are absolutely useless in predicting Oscars success

Tom Beasley argues that the Golden Globes do not deserve their position as a major awards ceremony and Oscars precursor…

The film world briefly lit up with awards excitement earlier today with the announcement of the nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes. It was Guillermo del Toro’s warm and wildly enjoyable fantasy romance The Shape of Water that led the field, with seven nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Also featured prominently were Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan’s war thriller Dunkirk and gay romance Call Me By Your Name. It was a less exciting day for those behind The Florida Project, which was shut out in all of the major categories, with the exception of Willem Dafoe for Best Supporting Actor.

The eyebrow-raiser, though, was the appearance of Jordan Peele’s potent horror satire Get Out, which popped up in several of the comedy categories, including
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James Franco dubs bad videogame lines as Tommy Wiseau

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With The Disaster Artist finally released, director/star James Franco is hot on the publicity tour. He stopped by IGN's Up At Noon Live! to redub bad videogame lines as Tommy Wiseau, to pretty hilarious results. I was iffy about Franco when he was first cast - as well as the first trailers - but his impression has grown on me. I wouldn't say it's perfect, but it definitely gets the job done. And while it's... Read More...
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Seth Rogen to Play Walter Cronkite in JFK Assassination Drama ‘Newsflash’

Seth Rogen to Play Walter Cronkite in JFK Assassination Drama ‘Newsflash’
Seth Rogen will play legendary anchor Walter Cronkite in the upcoming film “Newsflash,” centered on CBS’ coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

David Gordon Green is directing the drama from Ben Jacoby’s script. Former Warner Bros. production president Greg Silverman is producing through his Stampede Ventures, along with Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment.

Cronkite, who began working as a radio announcer in 1935, had been named the anchor of CBS’ nightly newscast in 1962. The pic will also feature include Cronkite, newsman Dan Rather, producer Don Hewitt, and CBS network president James Aubrey.

The network broke into its broadcast of “As the World Turns” for Cronkite to announce that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. CBS returned to the soap opera, then interrupted it again with Cronkite’s announcement of Kennedy’s death: “From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official: President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time. 2 o’clock Eastern Standard Time,
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‘Lady Bird’ No Longer Has a Perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes (and Nobody is Happy About It)

‘Lady Bird’ No Longer Has a Perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes (and Nobody is Happy About It)
If Greta Gerwig being shut out of the best director race at the Golden Globes wasn’t already frustrating enough, it’s with great sadness IndieWire reports that “Lady Bird’s” perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes is no more. After remaining at 100% through 196 reviews and setting the record for best-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes, “Lady Bird” has been brought down to 99% thanks to a rotten tomato from film critic Cole Smithey.

Read More:Golden Globes Slammed For Shutting Out Women and Minorities in Best Director Race

Smithey posted the movie’s first bad review on Rotten Tomatoes on December 10, noting “Lady Bird” is “far from a perfect film” and giving it a backhanded compliment by writing, “It’s not the mumblecore disaster you’d expect from Greta Gerwig – one of the mumblecore movement’s prime progenitors.” Smithey runs his own film website, whose tagline refers to Smithey as “the smartest film critic in the world.
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Nick Jonas, Hugh Jackman, Mariah Carey and More Celebs React to 2018 Golden Globe Nominations

Nick Jonas, Hugh Jackman, Mariah Carey and More Celebs React to 2018 Golden Globe Nominations
The 2018 Golden Globe nomination are in — and the stars are starting to celebrate the happy news!

Guillermo del Toro’s Shape of Water leads the nominations with a whopping 7 — including nods in the director, lead actress and supporting actress categories — followed by Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with six each. Lady Bird stood alone in third place with four nominations, including Saoirse Ronan in the lead actress category.

Call Me By Your Name, The Greatest Showman, All the Money in the World, Dunkirk, and I, Tonya all followed with three nominations each. Jordan Peele
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Box Office Report: As 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Looms, a Wiseau Rises

Here's your estimated 5-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Coco - $18.3 million ($135.5 million total) 2. Justice League - $9.5 million ($212.0 million total) 3. Wonder - $8.4 million ($100.3 million total) 4. The Disaster Artist - $6.4 million ($8.0 million total) 5. Thor: Ragnarok - $6.2 million ($301.1 million total) 6. Daddy’s Home 2 - $6.0 million ($91.1 million total) 7. Murder on the Orient Express - $5.1 million ($92.7 million total) 8. Lady Bird - $3.5 million ($21.3 million total) 9. Just Getting Started - $3.1 million ($3.1 million total) 10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - $2.8 million ($18.3 million total) The Big Stories Welcome to week two of Hollywood’s vacation. For kids everywhere their...

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Box Office Weekend: Third Time’s Cool for Coco

For the third week in a row, Disney and Pixar’s Coco held onto the top spot at the box office. Earning an estimated $18.3 million, the animated hit finished with almost twice the box office of second-place finisher Justice League, which itself brought in $9.6 million. In just three weeks, Coco has earned $135.5 million domestically. However, it’s run at the top likely comes to an end this week when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens.

Diminishing box office continues as third-place finisher Wonder, brought in $8.5 million ($4 million less than last week). In only its second week of release, the James Franco-directed indie hit The Disaster Artist made its way into the Top Ten with $6.4 million, which was good enough to best Thor: Ragnarok’s $6.3 million and claim sole possession of fourth place. Though, the God of Thunder probably isn’t too sad as his film has already made $301.2 million during its six-week run.
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Film News: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Tops Chicago Film Critics Association 2017 Best Film Noms

Chicago – The eclectic coming-of-age love story, “Call Me By Your Name” topped the nominations list with eight for the 2017 Chicago Film Critics Association (Cfca) Film Awards, to be announced on Wednesday, December 13th. Director Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of Andre Aciman’s novel garnered nods for Best Picture, Guadagnino for Best Director, and acting noms for Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Timothee Chalamet.

The rest of the field for Best Picture has a variety of genres and themes. Christopher Nolan’s epic “Dunkirk” shares the stage with Greta Gerwig’s intent autobiographical “Lady Bird,” Guillermo Del Toro’s magical “The Shape of Water” and the strange-but-heralded “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The symbolic horror of “Get Out” got first time director Jordan Peele a nomination (joining first timer Greta Gerwig), the late Harry Dean Stanton was recognized for Best Actor in “Lucky,” and Willem Dafoe got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for “The Florida Project.
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Saudi Arabia Legalizes Movie Theaters in Historic Decision

Saudi Arabia Legalizes Movie Theaters in Historic Decision
After nearly four decades of a ban on movie theaters, Saudi Arabia today announced it will permit cinemas in the country again. The National Association of Theatre Owners in the U.S. is celebrating the historic decision, having developed large-scale planning for movie theaters in the Kingdom. The move to let cinemas operate again in the desert country comes less than three months after Prince Mohammed bin Salman issued a royal decree allowing women to drive in the country for the first time ever. Also Read: Do You Need to See 'The Room' Before Watching 'The Disaster Artist?' James Franco,
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Golden Globes: ‘Get Out’ Lands Best Picture Nomination Amid Comedy Dispute

Golden Globes: ‘Get Out’ Lands Best Picture Nomination Amid Comedy Dispute
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. agreed to uphold Universal’s placement of Jordan Peele’s horror satire “Get Out” in the comedy category at the Golden Globes, it registered as an affront for many. “Their [sic] is nothing funny about racism,” one of the film’s stars, Lil Rel Howard tweeted. “The real question is, what are you laughing at? … Are you disregarding what’s real about this project,” Peele posed to an Indiewire reporter, before later clarifying that he was aware of the decision-making process.

Media got a solid week or so out of the talking point. There was a sense of perceived demotion in some quarters — along with a distinct whiff of comedy being seen as “lesser than” — while in others, a broader definition of comedy was called for and defended. Still others saw it as a big studio gaming the system, as Fox was accused of doing with “The Martian” two years ago, though
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Golden Globes: James Franco Plans to Bring 'The Room' Director Tommy Wiseau to the Ceremony

Golden Globes: James Franco Plans to Bring 'The Room' Director Tommy Wiseau to the Ceremony
“We have got the Tommy responses and they are… bizarre,” says James Franco of hearing from The Room writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau.

This morning Franco was nominated for his portrayal of Wiseau in the A24 comedy The Disaster Artist, which also earned a best picture, musical or comedy nomination.

“He sent some texts. He says, ‘Whoah what a day.’ And he said, ‘Can you imagine. What Next?’ And then the final one, which I really don't understand: 'We don't need panic cinema. We might buy cinema in Paris ha ha ha.' I don't know what that means.”

The actor says that Wiseau was inspired to make...
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‘The Disaster Artist’ Writers on the Adaptation Process and Their Favorite Tommy Wiseau Story [Interview]

‘The Disaster Artist’ Writers on the Adaptation Process and Their Favorite Tommy Wiseau Story [Interview]
Writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber burst onto the scene in 2009 with the screenplay for (500) Days of Summer, and since then they’ve made waves with small-scale, intimate love stories like The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars. Most recently, they penned the screenplay for The Disaster Artist, a film adaptation of actor Greg Sestero’s book that details the making […]

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