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Black List 2018 Includes Scripts About Snapchat Founder, Matt Drudge and Williams Sisters’ Dad

Black List 2018 Includes Scripts About Snapchat Founder, Matt Drudge and Williams Sisters’ Dad
Snapchat drama “Frat Boy Genius” leads the 2018 version of the Black List — an annual ranking of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.

“Frat Boy Genius” centers on a disgruntled employee of Snapchat, who chronicles the rise of her former Stanford classmate — and “preeminent douchebag” and current boss Evan Spiegel.

The list, unveiled on Monday, was compiled by Franklin Leonard’s Black List organization from the suggestions of over 300 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to 10 favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2018 and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year. Scripts had to receive at least seven mentions to be included on the Black List.

Writer Elissa Karasik is a Mexican-Jewish writer and native Angeleno with a BA in English from Stanford University. At Stanford, she was head writer of the school’s annual musical comedy, “Gaieties.” She
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Terry Gilliam’s Long-Delayed ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Acquired by Screen Media

Terry Gilliam’s Long-Delayed ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Acquired by Screen Media
U.S. audiences will finally get the chance to see Terry Gilliam’s long-delayed film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” a passion project that has taken the director nearly two decades to get to the screen.

Screen Media acquired the North American rights to “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” and, barring yet another unforeseen mishap, it is planning a March 2019 theatrical release in partnership with Fathom Events, the company announced Monday.

The film stars Jonathan Pryce as the title character alongside Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko and Jordi Mollà. Driver plays a frustrated filmmaker and disillusioned advertising executive who becomes pulled into a world of time-jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler (Pryce) who believes he is Don Quixote mistakes Toby for his trusted squire Sancho Panza. Pulled further into the cobbler’s world, Toby gradually becomes unable to tell his dreams from reality.

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Francis Lee To Direct Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In Lesbian Lovers Drama ‘Ammonite’

Francis Lee To Direct Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In Lesbian Lovers Drama ‘Ammonite’
Director Francis Lee’s gay drama love story “God’s Own Country” was easily one of the Best Films of 2017 You Didn’t See and so damn good it also made our list proper Best Films Of 2017 list. Lee’s incredible film, intimate, sparse and unsentimental, created a terrific, unvarnished look at masculine love, something of a nice anecdote to the won’t-show-dongs conservative take of “Call Me By Your Name,” released in the same year.

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‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards

‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards
Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” has been named the best European film of 2018 at the European Film Awards, which were handed out on Saturday in Seville, Spain.

The decade-spanning drama, which was inspired by the stormy relationship between Pawlikowski’s parents, also won awards for its director, screenplay, lead actress (Joanna Kulig) and editor.

Marcello Fonte won the best-actor award for “Dogman,” which also took awards for its costume design and hair and makeup.

Also Read: 'Cold War' Film Review: Romance in Postwar Europe Is Ravishing and Haunted

Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” was named the best European comedy, while “Bergman – A Year in a Life” won for documentary, and “Another Day of Life” won for animated film.

Four of the Best European Film Award nominees — “Border,” “Cold War,” “Dogman” and “Girl” — are the foreign-language Oscar entries from Sweden, Poland, Italy and Belgium, respectively. The fifth,
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‘Free Solo,’ ‘Rbg’ & ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Top The Oscar Documentary Feature Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlist for the 2019 Documentary Feature Oscar and other related categories, and fans in the documentary branches should be relatively pleased. 15 films made it to the shortlist round including most of the favored and critically-acclaimed movies: Focus Features‘ Mr.Rogers film, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” the highest-grossing docu of 2018 so far, National Geographic‘s “Free Solo,” Magnolia‘s Ruth Bader Ginsberg portrait “Rbg,” “Minding the Gap,” “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” “Three Identical Strangers” and more.

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Favorite Moments from the Films of Jacques Tourneur

"Jacques Tourneur, Fearmaker" runs from December 14 – January 3, 2019 at New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center.A man twists and contorts himself to fire his tommy gun from the front seat of a prop plane, strafing an escaping yacht in Jacques Tourneur’s Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939). The action scenes of the first (of only two) of MGM’s detective programmers starring Walter Pidgeon as a blasé, blowhard private dick go a long way to set thrilling standards of danger and energy in a prescient pre-war mystery of aviation espionage and sabotage. The opening scene in the desert of a foiled aircraft hijacking is already that Christopher Nolan-style of concept, grandeur and stark visuals, but the boat-gunning climax, created through great, swooning back projection and Carter’s nearly absurd violent technique, lends great character to an otherwise unpromising crime series.A gang leader huddled among anonymous criminals on a prison boat as “the Rock,
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Tops First Oscar Original Score And Original Song Shortlists

For the first time since 1979, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced shortlists for both the Original Song and Original Score categories. To no one’s real surprise, selections from “Mary Poppins Returns,” “A Star Is Born” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” made some noise on their respective lists, with ‘Poppins’ making both. Some interesting surprises included a score shortlist nod for “Avengers: Infinity War” by Alan Silvestri, the music to the sci-fi mind-bender “Annihilation” by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury and the score to “The Death of Stalin.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Vice’ Lead Oscar Best Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlist

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Vice’ Lead Oscar Best Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlist
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Christian Bale as Dick Cheney (“Vice”) lead the shortlist contenders for this season’s Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar.

Joining them are Tilda Swinton’s wild transformation in “Suspiria,” the fantastical look of Swedish foreign-language entry “Border,” the authenticity of “Mary Queen of Scots,” and Laurel & Hardy’s recreation in “Stan & Ollie.” While “Black Panther” made the cut, notably, Best Picture contenders “A Star Is Born” and “The Favourite” were both shut out.

However, the race has come down to a battle of the biopics between Mercury and Cheney. Hair and makeup head Jan Sewell transformed Malek into the flamboyant Queen singer/songwriter, making use of a prosthetic nose, eye makeup, an assortment of wigs, and, most crucially, a set of prosthetic teeth to approximate his famous overbite.

Meanwhile, three-time Oscar-winning makeup designer Greg Cannom used every tool at his disposal to
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‘Vice’ & ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Easily Make MakeUp & Hairstyling Oscar Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlist for the 2019 Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar and, as expected, this competitive year provided some upsets. The work of “Vice,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Mary Queen of Scots” made the cut, but “The Favourite,” “Destroyer,” and the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, all considered viable contenders, were notably snubbed.

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Pixar and DreamWorks Lead Oscar Shortlist for Animated Short

Pixar’s “Bao” and DreamWorks’ “Bilby” and “Bird Karma” lead the Academy’s shortlist of 10 for Best Animated Short.

They were joined by “Age of Sail,” from Oscar winner John Kahrs (“Paperman”) via his Vr Google Spotlight short about being adrift at sea; National Board of Canada’s “Animal Behaviour” (directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine) about hilarious animal issues; Cartoon Saloon’s “Late Afternoon” (directed by Louise Bagnall), which explores dementia; “Lost & Found” (directed by Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe) about recovering a special friendship; “One Small Step” (directed by Disney alums Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas) about qualifying for the space program; “Pépé le Morse” (directed by Lucrèce Andreae) about a family’s sojourn of mourning; and “Weekends” (directed by Pixar story artist Trevor Jimenez) based on his difficult childhood being shuttled between parents in Toronto.

However, the frontrunner remains “Bao,” from Chinese-Canadian story artist Domee Shi,
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From ‘Manifest’ to ‘God Friended Me:’ The Challenges of Trying to Be the New ‘Lost’

From ‘Manifest’ to ‘God Friended Me:’ The Challenges of Trying to Be the New ‘Lost’
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the first half of “Manifest,” “God Friended Me,” and “A Million Little Things” Season 1.]

Eight years later, the “Lost” legacy is alive and well. J.J. Abrams, Carlton Cuse, and Damon Lindelof proved it was possible to extend the enigma of Oceanic Flight 815 across six seasons, and this fall brought three shows that accepted the challenge for their own overarching mysteries: NBC’s “Manifest,” ABC’s “A Million Little Things,” and CBS’ “God Friended Me.”

The shows aren’t “Lost” copycats — each is vastly different in premise and approach — but they harbor the shared hope of providing the kind of addictive storytelling that turned “Lost” into a cultural touchstone and a ratings monster.

Lost” provides a rough template: The story of survival after a plane crashed on an island gave way to an intriguing character study as each person’s backstory was revealed. Then the show introduced outside threats and unexplained phenomena. Some answers were forthcoming,
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Makes The Visual Effects Oscar Shortlist

First, there were twenty. Now there are just 10. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the films whose Visual Effects will be judged in the annual “bakeoff” to determine the five Oscar nominees. Each film will present a video highlighting their VFX work in front of their Academy peers on January, Xx, 2019.

As expected, “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Ready Player One” and “First Man” moved on to the next round.

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CBS Corp. Denies Les Moonves His $120 Million Severance Package

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CBS Corp. Denies Les Moonves His $120 Million Severance Package
Now that the CBS Board of Directors has officially denied Leslie Moonves any severance payment, will he sue? That’s the question being mulled internally at CBS Corp., following Monday’s announcement that the board’s investigation of Moonves and the “cultural issues at CBS” had been completed.

As part of the findings, as reported by Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton, the board announced that there were, indeed, grounds to terminate Moonves for cause, “including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company’s investigation.”

Moonves was forced to step down in September after multiple press reports chronicled allegations of sexual assault and misconduct by the executive over the years, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. As more instances were revealed, it became extremely unlikely that the CBS board of
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Oscars 2019 Documentary Feature Shortlist: Winners and Losers, From ‘Free Solo’ to ‘Amazing Grace’

Oscars 2019 Documentary Feature Shortlist: Winners and Losers, From ‘Free Solo’ to ‘Amazing Grace’
Last year, the Academy documentary branch had to grapple with a record 170 documentary feature submissions for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. This year, it wasn’t not so bad: only 166 were entered. The short list of 15 was announced December 17, along with eight others for the first time on a single date this year.

All year, branch members have been getting lists of secure online screeners available to watch on the Academy website, increasing in volume. It’s a burden to watch them all, so the ones with the most attention move to the top of the much-watch list. The early advantage went to early box office hits that were made available in the summer such as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Focus Features), “Rbg” (CNN/Magnolia), and “Three Identical Strangers” (CNN/Neon), as well as September openers including critically hailed “Dark Money” (PBS), “Crime + Punishment (“Hulu”), and another
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‘Roma’ & ‘Cold War’ Lead Foreign Language Film Oscar Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlist for the 2019 Foreign Language Film Oscar today and, as expected, Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” easily made the list. The Netflix and Amazon Studios releases join seven other films that will be screened next month and pared down to the five nominees announced along with all the Oscar nods on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Read More: Yalitza Aparcio Overcame Her Fear Of Water To Triumph In ‘Roma’ [Interview]

Six of the nine films were determined by voters in Los Angeles and overseas who were required to watch at least eleven of this year’s submissions.

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Oscars 2019: 10 Live-Action Shorts Make Cut For Shortlist

Joining the rest of their short list brethren, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled its list of live-action shorts contenders for the upcoming 2019 Oscars, choosing ten films from 140 qualifying films. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The nominations in all two dozen competitive categories will be announced on January 22.

This year’s batch includes a compelling variety, including the Cannes entry “Caroline,” the workplace comedy “Chuchotage,” and the slice-of-life coming-of-age story “Fauve.”

Last year’s winner, Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton’s “The Silent Child,” took a somewhat untraditional route to glory, debuting at the Rhode Island International Film Festival before going on to win the Academy Award.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Caroline”

“Chuchotage”

“Detainment”

“Fauve”

“Icare”

“Marguerite”

“May Day”

“Mother”

“Skin”

“Wale”

The Oscars will air live on the
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‘First Man’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Lead Oscar Visual Effects Shortlist

‘First Man’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Lead Oscar Visual Effects Shortlist
Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” and Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” topped the VFX Oscar shortlist. They will compete in the January 5 bakeoff with Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Christopher Robin,” “Ready Player One,” Marvel Best Picture contender “Black Panther,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,”“Mary Poppins Returns,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and “Welcome to Marwen.”

Failing to make the cut, however, were animated upstarts “Incredibles 2” and “Isle of Dogs,” DC’s “Aquaman,” “Bumblebee,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,””Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” “Mortal Engines,” “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,”“Paddington 2,” and “A Quiet Place.”

This season has become a showdown between “First Man” and “Infinity War” — reshaping in-camera VFX for Nasa’s trip to the moon versus Marvel’s brilliant CG Thanos. And a win for “Infinity War” would mark Marvel Studio’s first Oscar.

Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday,
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Oscars 2019: Best Original Score Shortlist Led by ‘First Man’ and ‘Beale Street’

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 scores that are still in contention for an Oscar this year. The shortlist finds a number of heavily tipped favorites competing against a handful of blockbusters, smaller films, and scores by returning winners like Alexandre Desplat, who took home trophy last year for “The Shape of Water” and returns to the mix with “Isle of Dogs.” Nicholas Brittell earned two spots here, for his scores for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Vice.”

Most of the glaring absences come from the indie side of things, as brilliant scores from the likes of Jonny Greenwood (“You Were Never Really Here”), Anna Meredith (“Eighth Grade”), and Colin Stetson (“Hereditary”) were largely overlooked in favor of films with larger profiles and higher budgets.

The following scores have made the shortlist for Best Original Score:

“Annihilation”

Avengers: Infinity War

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Oscars 2019 Foreign-Language Feature Shortlist: Winners and Losers

Oscars 2019 Foreign-Language Feature Shortlist: Winners and Losers
For the 2019 Oscars, 87 countries submitted eligible entries, down from 92 last year. The shortlist of nine came from the foreign-language committee: six from the general committee drawn from participating voters from all Academy branches, and three from the executive committee appointed by this year’s new foreign-language czars, screenwriter Larry Karaszewski and Participant’s Diane Weyermann.

On the shortlist are Cannes Best Director Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow-up to Oscar-winner “Ida,” the bittersweet period romance “Cold War” (Amazon Studios), starring incandescent breakout Joanna Kulig and two poverty-row melodramas, Hirozaku Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” — which won Cannes’ Palme d’Or and a Magnolia deal — and Lebanese Nadine Labaki’s heart-tugging crowdpleaser “Capernaum” (Sony Pictures Classics), which scored the Jury Prize in Cannes.

Kazakhstan’s “Ayka” won an acting award for Samal Yesyamova, and returning to possible contention is Colombia’s drug-cartel adventure “Birds of Passage” (The Orchard), from co-directors (and ex-spouses) Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra,
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Oscars 2019: 10 Documentary Shorts Round Out Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled its short list of documentary shorts contenders for the upcoming 2019 Oscars, plucking ten films from 104 qualifying films. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The nominations in all two dozen competitive categories will be announced on January 22.

This year’s batch includes a motley crew of contenders, including Marshall Curry’s unsettling “A Night at the Garden,” the intriguingly titled Sundance debut “My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes,” the feminist revolution title “Period. End of Sentence.,” and the sports drama “Zion.”

Last year’s winner, Frank Stiefel’s “Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” broke through after earning a nomination for Best Short from the Ida Awards, winning won both audience and jury awards at both the Full Frame Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival. “Zion” recently won Best Short at the Ida Awards,
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