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Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” Tops 45th Annual Annie Awards Nominations

CocoBoxOfficeTN2Pixar Animation’s 19th film received 13 nominations, while GKIDS and Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner received 10 nominations.

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Toby Huss, Cult Leader In “The Invitation,” Reteams With Karyn Kusama on “Destroyer”

Toby Huss DestroyerThe Los Angeles-set crime thriller stars Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell and Scoot McNairy.

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Kristen Bell Will Be the First SAG Awards Host

KristenBellSAGAwardsThe star of Disney’s Frozen and the Bad Moms movies will break the SAG tradition of not having a host for their annual awards show.

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SEARCH PARTY Review: “Paranoia” / “Obsession”

Season 2, Episodes 5-6 – As the group gets closer to being found out, each friend resorts to desperate measures.

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Disney’s “Coco” Repeats At #1 While Specialty Releases Continue to Soar

CocoBOTNGreta Gerwig’s Lady BIrd and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards both expanded into over 1,000 theaters and grossed roughly $4.5 million in the slower post-Thanksgiving weekend. James Franco’s The Disaster Artist scored an impressive opening in just 19 theaters.

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L.A. Film Critics Association Loves “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Shape of Water”

cmbynshapeofwaterTimothée Chalamet, Willem Dafoe and Laurie Metcalf continue their support from the critics with recognition in their respective acting categories.

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Eleven of the Biggest Surprises from the Sundance Lineup Announcement

DontWorrySundanceNicolas Cage playing a cult leader? A Tony Gilroy political thriller? A new Gus van Sant movie, a timely doc about Gloria Allred and Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde (and possibly Oscar fodder?) could make this a wild and crazy Sundance indeed.

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Weekend Update: “Coco” Winning Its Second Weekend But No Surprise There

CocoBORTN1Wonder is giving Justice League a run for second place with a few other close races with no new wide releases or Top 10 entries.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” Trailer, “Justice League” Rumors, the Oscar Race (Video)

MTMP 11-17We also talk about the downtrodden box office and how it’s being reported these days, as well as the rise of blaxploitation movies, with updates of Shaft, Super Fly and Cleopatra Jones on the horizon.

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“Darkest Hour” Review: Gary Oldman Is At His Absolute Best In Joe Wright’s Rousing and Sincere Drama

Darkest Hour Excerpt“Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything, Bohemian Rhapsody) stays in a biopic groove here, and it’s his approach to the material that makes Darkest Hour interesting. He knows that it’s not just which story you’re telling, but how you tell it,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Is Blaxploitation Rising in Hollywood?

With the rise of high profile projects with black leads, we look to see if this is niche or a mainstream mainstay.

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“Call Me By Your Name” Stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Timothée Chalamet on Their Busy Fall Seasons (Interview)

StuhlbargChalametCMBYNTwo actors, one a respected veteran, the other a newcomer, not only star in Luda Guadagnino’s acclaimed drama, but also in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and more.

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Quentin Tarantino’s 9th Film Gets August 2019 Date on 50th Anniversary of Tate Murders

TarantinoTNTentatively (and ironically) titled Untitled #9 after the Beatles song, the ’69 L.A.-set thriller revolves around Charles Manson and those horrific Tate murders.

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Kerry Washington, Rashida Jones Adapting “Goldie Vance” Graphic Novel for Fox

WashingtonJonesGoldieJonesWritten by Eisner-winning writer Hope Larson and drawn by Brittney Williams, the teen detective series was first published in 2016 and currently has four volumes.

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Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall Explore Infidelity in First “Permission” Trailer (Video)

PermissionTrailerTNThe romantic dramedy from Brian Crano, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, explores love and fidelity between two couples.

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Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali to Star in Peter Farrelly’s Road Trip Drama “Green Book”

Viggo Mortensen Mahershala Ali Green BookMortensen will play Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer who in 1962 was hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), one of the world’s finest jazz pianists, on a concert tour from New York City through the pre-Civil Rights era Deep South.

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“The Shape of Water” Review: Guillermo del Toro’s Dream Project Is Timely, Timeless, and His Most Personal Film to Date

ShapeofWaterTN“It’s beautiful to see a movie where the heroes — Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer — are the people who would be pushed to the edge of the frame in any other movie like this,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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James Mangold Follows Up Hit “Logan” with Children’s Book “Crenshaw”

mangoldcrenshawThe respected filmmaker has many projects on his plate right now, so Katherine Applegate’s award-winning book might not be his first priority.

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“The Disaster Artist” Review: James Franco Finally Pulls It All Together With Moving Comedy That Never Resorts to the Easy Joke

The Disaster Artist“The Franco brothers’ natural ease with one another allows them to try some big, risky things as performers, and it pays off in an intimacy that shorthands the years of friendship between Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Underground” Co-Creator Misha Green Will Write, Produce “Cleopatra Jones” Remake for Warner Bros.

mishagreencleopatrajonesTNThe in-demand TV writer/producer is also currently developing HBO’s Lovecraft along with Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams.

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New York Film Critics Circle Picks Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” As Best Picture

LadyBirdTNThe film’s star, Saoirse Ronan, was also honored as Best Actress, while Sean Baker was honored as Best Director for The Florida Project.

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No New Wide Releases But Many Great Prestige, Awards Candidates Debuting

Coco ExcerptFox Searchlight expands Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards further but otherwise, Disney’s Coco is free and clear to repeat at #1.

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“Godless” Star Adam David Thompson Joins M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” (Exclusive)

ThompsonShyamalan2Besides the Netflix Western, the prolific actor has also appeared on Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle and WGN’s The Outsiders.

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Anton Yelchin’s Last Film “Thoroughbreds” Gets a New Trailer (Video)

thoroughbredWritten and directed by Corey Finley, Yelchin plays a small role as a hustler who gets involved with a murder plot between two teenage girls, played by Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke.

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“Super Fly” Reboot in the Works at Sony With Joel Silver Producing

Super FlyWatchmen scribe Alex Tse has been hired to write the script for this update of the blaxploitation classic, and while no actor has been cast yet, we have a couple ideas.

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Sundance 2018: Kristen Stewart’s Lizzie Borden Movie, Robin Williams Documentary Highlight Festival Lineup

LizzieBWhile there are plenty of new directors (47 first-time directors to be exact, including actors Paul Dano and Idris Elba), there are even more returning filmmakers, such as Sebastian Silva, Desiree Akhavan, Nicolas Pesce and the Zellner brothers.

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Disney’s “Mulan” Finds Its Star in Chinese Actress Liu YiFei

liu yifei Chinese actress Liu YiFei (Crystal Liu) has been cast in the lead role in Disney’s live-action Mulan.

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The First “Avengers: Infinity War” Trailer is Here! (Video)

infinitywartrailerTNOne of three 2018 releases from Marvel Studios is also likely to be their biggest movie yet as it brings together all the characters from previous movies to fight Josh Brolin’s Thanos.

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Bradley Whitford Moves From “The Post” and “Get Out” to Nicole Kidman’s Thriller “Destroyer”

Bradley Whitford DestroyerScoot McNairy and Toby Kebbell have also signed on to join Tatiana Maslany and Sebastian Stan in the next film from The Invitation director Karyn Kusama.

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Alexander Skarsgard, Randall Park Join Growing Cast of Lionsgate Comedy “Flarsky”

skarsgardparkTNWritten by Dan Sterling (The Interview, The Daily Show) and directed by Jonathan Levine, the comedy pairs Seth Rogen with Charlize Theron.

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