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Bong Joon Ho Interpreter Sharon Choi Relives Historic ‘Parasite’ Awards Season in Her Own Words (Exclusive)

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Bong Joon Ho Interpreter Sharon Choi Relives Historic ‘Parasite’ Awards Season in Her Own Words (Exclusive)
From her first appearance at Bong Joon Ho’s side in Cannes, where he accepted the Palme d’Or for his sensational “Parasite,” interpreter Sharon Choi has been an unwitting award season Mvp. Clad in minimal black and permanently clutching a notebook, the retreating student filmmaker has imparted Bong’s messages of gratitude on the most coveted stages of Hollywood. After declining hundreds of interview requests, Choi shares exclusively with Variety the 10-month ride that began with a phone call last April, and ended two weeks ago at the Dolby Theater with a Best Picture trophy.

For the first time in a while, there’s nothing but silence. My eyes are still puffy from the tearful goodbyes that punctuated a historic night, one that ended with six Oscar trophies but surprisingly no karaoke. That night was already far gone for sleep, so I mindlessly went to the beach hoping to
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‘Minari’ Director Shares the ‘Poetic’ Meaning Behind Immigrant Tale’s Title (Video)

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Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” is a personal story of tradition and family set in 1980s Arkansas about a Korean American family moving to a rural region. But it gets its title from a vegetable or plant very common in Korean culture.

When Chung and the whole cast of “Minari” visited TheWrap Studio at Sundance — where the movie won both the top prize from the U.S. jury and the audience award — he accidentally called it a “weed,” but his co-stars were quick to correct him.

“I will not dishonor this vegetable,” Chung told TheWrap. “The interesting thing about it is that it’s a plant that will grow very strongly in its second season after it has died and come back. So there’s an element of that in the film, so it grows very expansively without doing much to it. It’s a poetic plant in a way for me.
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Critics Survey: Sundance 2020’s Best Movies According to 187 Film Journalists

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Critics Survey: Sundance 2020’s Best Movies According to 187 Film Journalists
This year’s Sundance buzz was difficult to parse, with a range of movies pleasing various contingencies at the festival, but one breakout pleased critics and jurors alike. Director Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari,” the 1980s-set tale of a Korean-American family struggling with their new life in rural Arkansas, topped IndieWire’s annual critics poll just days after the movie won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize.

A record 187 accredited critics and journalists participated in the survey, with results showcasing many of the most acclaimed titles at the festival. Kirsten Johnson’s “Dick Johnson Is Dead” won Best Documentary with 25.8% of all participants casting a vote for it, while “Minari” dominated Best Film with 31.2%. The runner-up in the Best Film category, the Carey Mulligan drama “Promising Young Woman,” topped the Best First Feature category with 17% of the vote.

Minari” was the consensus choice at this year’s Sundance for many audiences.
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Minari and Boys State Lead 2020 Sundance Film Festival Winners

With the first Sundance Film Festival of the new decade wrapping up today, the award winners have been announced. Leading the pack is Minari, which picked up U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, and Boys State, which was awarded U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary. It was also announced that Tabitha Jackson will be the new director of the festival, following John Cooper’s departure.

Check out the full winner list below, along with links to our reviews where available, and return for our wrap-up. See our complete coverage here.

2020 Sundance Film Festival Feature Film Awards

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to: Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, for Boys State / U.S.A. — In an unusual experiment, a thousand 17-year-old boys from Texas join together to build a representative government from the ground up.

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented to: Lee Isaac Chung,
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Sundance Review: Minari is a Heartfelt Portrait of Assimilation

There is no shortage of films that depict the pains of assimilation and the pursuit of the American Dream for a more promising future. It’s been customary for these stories to tell of journeys from another country to a metropolis somewhere across the land of the free. When it comes to the family of Minari, however, they’ve already been living the United States for some time, carving out a life for themselves on the West Coast. Yet Jacob (Steven Yeun) has dreams beyond separating chickens into male and female bins as a cog in industrialized farming and so he moves his Korean-American family to the rural outskirts of Arkansas where he and his wife Monica (Yeri Han) continue the same job, all while attempting to build a more fruitful living with their own farm featuring Korean produce. All the joys and struggles of this journey are captured with a keen,
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Deadline Studio at Sundance 2020 – Day 4 – Steven Yeun, Dee Rees, Kyle Maclachlan & More

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Deadline Studio at Sundance 2020 – Day 4 –  Steven Yeun, Dee Rees, Kyle Maclachlan & More
Deadline’s studio at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival kicked off Day 4 at Hotel Park City by hosting fest-goers such as Steven Yeun of Minari, director Dee Rees of The Last Thing He Wanted, Kyle Maclachlan of Tesla and many more. Click on the photo above to launch the gallery.

Stay tuned for more photo galleries and video interviews from the Deadline Studio at Sundance 2020.

The Deadline Studio is presented by Hyundai. Special thanks to sponsor Soia & Kyo, and partners West Elm & Calii Love.

Launch Gallery: Deadline Studio at Sundance 2020 – Day 4 – Steven Yeun, Dee Rees, Kyle Maclachlan & More
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‘Minari’ Film Review: Koreans Replant Themselves in 1980s Arkansas in Charming, Disarming Family Drama

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Cowboy boots on American grass worn by the child of Korean immigrants make for a loving cross-cultural statement in Lee Isaac Chung’s disarmingly heartwarming and unassumingly poetic “Minari.” Similar to last year’s “The Farewell,” this gentle miracle of a movie is centered on distinct impressions ripe with universality.

Greener pastures entice the Yi family to move from California to rural Arkansas during Ronald Reagan’s 1980s. Father Jacob (Steven Yeun) and mother Monica (Han Yeri) earn an honest living by chicken sexing (separating poultry by gender), but he aspires to build something of his own, to farm his land and grow Korean vegetables on the best American dirt. She misses city life and is displeased with their humble trailer home. Compromise ensues for the sake of their U.S-born kids.

Chung’s slice of life drama is on par with Hirokazu Kore-eda’s intimate portrayals of family life
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‘Minari’ Review: Steven Yeun Stars in Lee Isaac Chung’s Immensely Moving Immigrant Story

Told with the rugged tenderness of a Flannery O’Connor novel but aptly named for a resilient Korean herb that can grow wherever it’s planted, Lee Isaac Chung’s semi-autobiographical ; it’s the story of a family assimilating into a country, but also the story of a man assimilating into his family.

Jacob Yi (Steven Yeun) and his wife Monica (“Sea Fog” star Yeri Han) emigrated from Korea together in the early ’70s, but — after nearly a decade of scraping by as chicken sexers in California — they arrive at the Arkansas trailer home he bought for their family in separate cars. Monica drives the kids: A stoic pre-teen girl named Anne (the natural and grounded Noel Cho), and a precocious seven-year-old boy named David. Jacob drives the truck, which is full of its own precious cargo.

As he pulls up to the five-acre plot of disheveled Ozark farmland, stridently unaware
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‘Minari’: Steven Yeun Holds On In This Exquisite Family Drama [Sundance Review]

Park City – Minari is an herb. It is cultivated in different Asian countries under different names but in Korea, it is known as Minari. It grows well anywhere water is close by and cultivates more impressively in its second season. And that is an apt metaphor for Lee Isaac Chung’s exquisite new drama, “Minari,” that debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday evening.

Read More: Benh Zeitlin crafts another wondrous world with “Wendy” [Sundance Review]

The film is set in the 1980s with Jacob (Steven Yeun) guiding an anxious family to their new home, a 50-acre plot of land in Arkansas.

Continue reading ‘Minari’: Steven Yeun Holds On In This Exquisite Family Drama [Sundance Review] at The Playlist.
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Sundance 2020: The Most Diverse Lineup in History Shows Effort to Reach Underrepresented Communities

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Sundance 2020: The Most Diverse Lineup in History Shows Effort to Reach Underrepresented Communities
The diversity in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival lineup supports the organization’s mission to become increasingly inclusive. In the U.S. Dramatic Competition, 56% of the directors are people of color, a record. By comparison, during the 2017 and 2018 festivals, just 24% of U.S. Dramatic features had a director of color. Among the 66 films and 90 directors in all the competition categories this year, 44% of projects were directed by / 40% of directors are people of color, also an all-time high for the festival.

The outcome reflects the festival’s ongoing efforts to expand its reach as part of its programming process.

“Diversity has been a core component of Sundance’s mission since our inception,” said Kim Yutani, the festival’s Director of Programming. “We’re continually expanding our alliances and partnerships to ensure that we’re engaging communities where they are, and offering support that makes sense, and we’re continually evolving the Institute’s work.
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IndieWire Announces the Return of the IndieWire Studio at Sundance 2020

IndieWire is proud to announce the return of the IndieWire Studio, presented by Dropbox, at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Located on Main Street in the heart of Park City, the studio will serve as a hub for dozens of video interviews with some of festival’s most prominent actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, composers, and documentary subjects.

The IndieWire Studio at Sundance, presented by Dropbox, will be open from Friday, January 24 to Monday, January 27. Talent scheduled to take part in interviews include Tessa Thompson (“Sylvie’s Love”), Lin-Manuel Miranda, Toni Collette (“Dream Horse”), Zazie Beetz (“Nine Days”), Hillary Clinton (“Hillary”), Justin Simien (“Bad Hair”), Rachel Brosnahan (“Ironbark”), Rebecca Hall (“Night House”), Eliza Hittman (“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”), Steve Buscemi (“Miracle Workers”), Alec Baldwin, Aubrey Plaza (“Black Bear”), Carrie Brownstein (“The Nowhere Inn”), Evan Rachel Wood and Miranda July (“Kajillionaire”), Sienna Miller (“Wander Darkly”), Viggo Mortensen (“Falling”), Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham
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Dave Chappelle To Perform Two South Carolina Shows In Support Of Andrew Yang’s Campaign

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Dave Chappelle To Perform Two South Carolina Shows In Support Of Andrew Yang’s Campaign
Dave Chappelle will headline two shows for Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign on Jan. 29 and 30 in South Carolina, and he officially endorsed the candidate on Tuesday.

“I’m Yang Gang!” Chappelle said.

Yang made the announcement of Chappelle’s concerts at a town hall in Ames, Iowa on Tuesday.

“I am super indebted to Dave,” Yang said. “I can’t wait to help make this case to the country, that we can do better for ourselves and our kids than we are doing right now.”

In a statement released later by the campaign, Yang said that he and Chappelle “share similar concerns about the future and hopes for what it could be. We are also parents who see the world that we are leaving to our kids and believe they deserve better.”

Other showbiz figures who are backing Yang include Donald Glover, who joined the campaign last month as a creative consultant.
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‘The Twilight Zone’ taps Billy Porter, Morena Baccarin, Tony Hale and more for Season 2

‘The Twilight Zone’ taps Billy Porter, Morena Baccarin, Tony Hale and more for Season 2
Billy Porter, Christopher Meloni, Jenna Elfman, Morena Baccarin, Tony Hale and Joel McHale are among the stars who will appear in the second season of “The Twilight Zone,” CBS All Access announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

Other actors include Colman Domingo, Ethan Embry, Tavi Gevinson, Abbie Hern, Gillian Jacobs, Jimmi Simpson, Daniel Sunjata and Sophia Macy, the daughter of William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, with more to come. Each will be in one episode of the upcoming 10-episode installment. Additionally, executive producer Jordan Peele, who also narrates the anthology series, will write one episode, titled “Downtime.”

See Why ‘Twilight Zone’ production designer Michael Wylie ‘didn’t want to touch it with a 10-foot pole’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

The Season 1 cast featured Adam Scott, Sanaa Lathan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Steven Yeun, John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Zazie Beetz, Taissa Farmiga, Rhea Seehorn and Kumail Nanjiani, who received a
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2020 National Society of Film Critics Awards: ‘Parasite’ wins Best Picture, Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’) takes Best Director

2020 National Society of Film Critics Awards: ‘Parasite’ wins Best Picture, Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’) takes Best Director
The National Society of Film Critics (Nsfc) will be the latest voting group to chime in with their list of winners today. Keep checking back for a full list of winners, updating live.

See Over 100 interviews with 2020 Oscar contenders

For almost half a century, the National Society, which was founded in 1966, rarely previewed the Oscar winner for Best Picture, doing so only five times in 49 years. Then in 2016, it foreshadowed the two Oscar wins for “Spotlight”: Best Picture and Best Screenplay. In 2017, it went all in for “Moonlight” over Oscar rival “La La Land” naming it Best Picture, and awarding prizes to director Barry Jenkins, supporting actor (Mahershala Ali ) and lenser James Laxton. The next year, it was enamored with “Lady Bird,” which won four awards including Best Picture. Rookie solo helmer Greta Gerwig won both the directing and screenplay prizes while Laurie Metcalf claimed Supporting Actress.

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How Brad Pitt Scored the 2020 Producers Guild Achievement Award

How Brad Pitt Scored the 2020 Producers Guild Achievement Award
Brad Pitt is everywhere these days, from revealing interviews in the New York Times Magazine to Oscar parties to support “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” But he’s also a top producer, a partner with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner in Plan B. The respected trio will accept the coveted David O. Selznick Achievement Award — recognizing an outstanding body of work in motion pictures — at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

Plan B is behind a raft of distinctive film and television projects; Pitt, Kleiner and Gardner place a premium on developing emerging talent and ignoring commercial concerns. This unconventional strategy has yielded Best Picture winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Moonlight,” and Oscar-winners “If Beale Street Could Talk,” starring Regina King, and “The Big Short,” as well as Oscar-nominated “Vice,” “Selma” and “The Tree of Life.” Other films include Pitt-starrers
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How Brad Pitt Scored the 2020 Producers Guild Achievement Award

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How Brad Pitt Scored the 2020 Producers Guild Achievement Award
Brad Pitt is everywhere these days, from revealing interviews in the New York Times Magazine to Oscar parties to support “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” But he’s also a top producer, a partner with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner in Plan B. The respected trio will accept the coveted David O. Selznick Achievement Award — recognizing an outstanding body of work in motion pictures — at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

Plan B is behind a raft of distinctive film and television projects; Pitt, Kleiner and Gardner place a premium on developing emerging talent and ignoring commercial concerns. This unconventional strategy has yielded Best Picture winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Moonlight,” and Oscar-winners “If Beale Street Could Talk,” starring Regina King, and “The Big Short,” as well as Oscar-nominated “Vice,” “Selma” and “The Tree of Life.” Other films include Pitt-starrers
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Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner to Receive PGA’s 2020 David O Selznick Achievement Award

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Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will receive the 2020 David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the 31st annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 18, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced Thursday.

The Selznick award recognizes producers for their work in the motion picture realm. Past recipients include Steven Spielberg, Barbara Broccoli, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and last year’s recipient, Kevin Feige.

“For nearly two decades, Plan B has been at the forefront of bringing unique and compelling stories that inspire, motivate and connect to diverse audiences,” Producers Guild of America Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said in a statement. “Their devotion to tackling some of America’s most timely topics with a fresh perspective and distinct voice in their storytelling is vital to raising the bar of the art and craft of filmmaking.”

Also Read: 'Bombshell' to Receive
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The 15 Best Film Performances By Actors in 2019

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The 15 Best Film Performances By Actors in 2019
There was a moment in film history when male actors adhered to the traditional expectations of stardom: Masculine swagger, overconfidence, chiseled good lucks that dare not reveal a sensitive side. Based on this year’s greatest performances, that time is gone for good. Many of the best male lead performances of the year revealed fragile, insecure characters grappling with the changing world around them, even if many of them came from movie stars.

This time last year, there were a lot of famous actors in the spotlight. The world was swooning over Bradley Cooper’s tragic rock star Jackson Maine in “A Star Is Born” while Rami Malek overcame the controversies of “Bohemian Rhapsody” to become an Oscar frontrunner. At the same time, cinephiles celebrated one of Ethan Hawke’s greatest performances in “First Reformed” and Steven Yeun’s progression into a major acting talent with Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning.
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LA Film Critics Association Announces 2019 Winners (Updating List)

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LA Film Critics Association Announces 2019 Winners (Updating List)
The voting for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s (Lafca) best films and performances of 2019 is now underway in La. The awards are being announced via the critics group’s Twitter account. The group is headed by Claudia Puig as president, and includes more than 60 Los Angeles critics. The vote follows the New York Film Critics Circle announcement earlier this week, which crowned “The Irishman” as the year’s best movie. These awards are an opportunity for critics to throw their weight behind unsung gems. Stay tuned for the updating list of winners below.

Last year’s Lafca winners included “Roma” as Best Picture, Debra Granik for Best Director for “Leave No Trace,” Ethan Hawke with Best Actor for “First Reformed,” Olivia Colman for Best Actress for “The Favourite,” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” for Best Screenplay for Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty. The La critics may zig where others zag,
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Final Space: Season Three; Animated Series Creator Teases Renewal

Final Space looks to be coming back for a third season. The man behind the series, Olan Rogers, teased a renewal for the series was complete by posting several hints on Twitter. He also spoke about his plans for a third season on Reddit.

Final Space now airs on after a season on . During season two, viewers heard the voices of Jane Lynch, Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny, David Tennant, Tika Sumpter, Steven Yeun, Conan O’Brien, Ron Funches, Ashly Burch, Keith David, Alan Tudyk, Christopher Judge, and Claudia Black.

Rogers could not contain his excitement about the return of the series on social media. He also revealed that work had begun on episodes for the new season. Check out his posts from Twitter below.

Writing B3GINS....

— Olan Rogers (@OlanRogers) November 20, 2019
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