Oscars: A Fantastic Woman makes Foreign Language shortlist

A Fantastic Woman, starring actress Daniela Vega, was among nine films that advanced to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the Oscars.  The nine films were narrowed down from 92 submissions. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director Lebanon, “The Insult,”…

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24th SAG Awards: Nominations announced for Screen Actors Guild

The nominees for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2017, as well as the honorees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.  The SAG Awards actor nominations were announced by a very enthusiastic pairing of Niecy Nash and Olivia Munn. The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild…

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Women Film Critics Circle announces 2017 Nominations

The Women Film Critics Circle announced the nominations for the best movies of 2017 by and about women, and outstanding achievements by women, who get to be rarely honored historically, in the industry.  The WFCC is comprised of women film critics and scholars who came together in 2004 to form the first women critics’ organization in the United States, in the belief that women’s perspectives and voices in film criticism need to be recognized fully.  A presentation…

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23rd Critics’ Choice Awards: Nominations Announced

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced  the nominees for the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards this morning. The winners will be revealed live at the Critics’ Choice Awards gala on Thursday, January 11, 2018.  The ceremony will be broadcast live on the CW from 8-10 PM ET. FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE 23rd ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS  BEST PICTURE The Big Sick Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk…

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National Board of Review names 2017 Award Winners

Yesterday, the National Board of Review announced the winners of their 2017 awards for film. “The Post is a beautifully crafted film that deeply resonates at this moment in time. We are so thrilled to award it our best film as well as to honor the wonderfully talented Greta Gerwig as our Best Director.” National Board of Review President Annie Schulhof said in a statement. Willie Geist will host the National Board of Review Awards Gala…

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Chicago Film Festival: Joe Swanberg’s Closing Keynote Session

Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg sat one-one-one with Anthony Kaufman of the Chicago International Film Festival as Industry Days headed towards a close. Swanberg had stepped in to replace Marc Evans, the President of the Motion Picture Group at Paramount Pictures., after it was announced that Evans would be stepping down by the end of the year. On producing a series for Netflix, Swanberg said that he missed the test screenings that came with releasing new films.  Those…

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The Breakfast Club heads to Criterion

The Breakfast Club is one of several films heading to the Criterion Collection with a Blu-ray release in January 2018. The John Hughes film, which turned 32 years old this year, will see a lot of bonus features in addition to a 4K restoration according to Criterion: 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS‑HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray Audio commentary from 2015 featuring actors…

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Chicago Film Festival: Chasing the Blues Q&A

Cast and crew were on hand for an entertaining Q&A session following the world premiere of Chasing the Blues at the Chicago International Film Festival. On hand for the Q&A session were director/co-writer Scott Smith, co-writer Kevin Guilfoile, actors Jon Lovitz and Grant Rosenmeyer, producer J.J. Ingram, associate producer Aria DeBenny, and executive producer John Fromstein.  The session was moderated by Anthony Kaufman. Rosenmeyer said that the first time he traveled to Chicago was to…

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Special Presentations headline the Chicago International Film Festival

A number of special presentations headline the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, which runs at AMC River East 21 this year from October 12-26, 2017. This year’s special presentations include: The Ballad of Lefty Brown Blow-Up Borg/McEnroe Breathe Call Me By Your Name Goodbye Christopher Robin I, Tonya Lady Bird Last Flag Flying Marshall Mudbound The Shape of Water The Square Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Touch of Evil Wormwood I, Tonya and The Ballad…

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Spielberg: HBO Documentary celebrates Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg’s life and career is celebrated in Spielberg, a new documentary from HBO. From award-winning director Susan Lacy, Spielberg’s life is documented in 2.5 hours and that amount of time alone isn’t enough to cover everything in Spielberg’s career.  Many films are allotted to just a glimpse in a montage that covers Spielberg’s filmmaking career and even then, there are a number of Spielberg films that manage to get left out. “I avoided therapy…

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