Will Spike Lee (‘BlacKkKlansman’) be the latest to win a competitive Oscar after receiving an honorary one?

Will Spike Lee (‘BlacKkKlansman’) be the latest to win a competitive Oscar after receiving an honorary one?
It was just three years ago that Spike Lee collected an Honorary Oscar, which is often the academy’s way of rewarding an overdue veteran who hasn’t picked up a competitive prize. But the iconoclastic filmmaker seems poised to return to the awards race in a big way with the hard-hitting “BlacKkKlansman,” which has already earned him nominations from the Directors Guild, the Producers Guild, the Writers Guild and much more. Should Lee win Oscars for writing, directing or producing — or all three — he’d join an elite group of people who have taken home the gold in a competitive race after receiving a career-achievement award.

The last person to do this was Ennio Morricone, the legendary Italian composer who lost five Oscars for Best Original Score — “Days of Heaven” (1978), “The Mission” (1986), “The Untouchables” (1987), “Bugsy” (1991), and “Malena” (2000) — before being handed an honorary statuette in 2007. Several years later, however, he
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Oscars: DGA Nominees Firm Up This Year’s Best Picture Race

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Oscars: DGA Nominees Firm Up This Year’s Best Picture Race
The Directors Guild of America is largely considered the top Oscar season barometer. Only twice has a film won the Academy Award for best picture without a nomination from this group: Laurence Olivier’s “Hamlet” in 1948 and Bruce Beresford’s “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1989.

So with those statistics in tow, and with this year’s DGA nominees finally revealed, you’d be safe to assume the current best picture race has boiled down to five films: “BlacKkKlansman,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born,” and “Vice.” But only one of them, it should be noted, has a perfect record with nominations from every industry guild/group that has announce so far, and that’s Golden Globe casualty “A Star Is Born.”

A year after Greta Gerwig became just the ninth woman to receive a DGA nod, things went back to the status quo on that front this year. There were contenders,
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #55. Ghost Town Anthology (Repertoire des villes disparues) – Denis Côté

Ghost Town Anthology (Repertoire des villes disparues)

For his eleventh feature film, French-Canadian auteur Denis Côté adapts the first novel by Laurence Olivier Repertoire de villes disparues as Ghost Town Anthology. Starring Robert Naylor (of Wim Wenders’ 2015 film Everything Will Be Fine) alongside a supporting cast of Josée Deschênes, Jean-Michel Anctil, Larissa Corriveau, Diane Lavallée and Rémi Goulet, the project was produced by Ziad Touma of Couzin films and was part of the Frontieres Buyers Showcase in Cannes 2018. Locarno provided Côté with his first major platform, where he won an award for 2005’s Drifting States, returning in 2007 with Our Private Lives and winning Best Director for 2008’s All That She Wants and another Best Director win for 2010’s Curling.…
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Kenneth Branagh (‘All Is True’) on ‘trying to make a connection’ to the iconic William Shakespeare [Exclusive Video Interview]

Kenneth Branagh (‘All Is True’) on ‘trying to make a connection’ to the iconic William Shakespeare [Exclusive Video Interview]
Sir Kenneth Branagh has been fascinated by William Shakespeare since he was very young. In fact, he hitchhiked to his fabled home in Stratford-upon-Avon when he was in high school. In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), he reveals, “When I was 16, it was a journey I didn’t even realize I was starting on was trying to make a connection between the man and this great icon… I was walking around in a place of the man we know to be William Shakespeare lived and seeing the work he produced in that theater. Little did I know I was going to spend the rest of my life trying to get closer to him.”

SEEBrush up your Shakespeare with the trailer for ‘All Is True,’ with Kenneth Branagh as a late-life Bard

While Branagh has appeared in many films and plays based on the works of Shakespeare, he
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Barry Jenkins on the Biblical Language of ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ Jean-Luc Godard, and ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Bringing James Baldwin to the big screen is no easy task, but two years after the success of Moonlight, Barry Jenkins does so vividly with If Beale Street Could Talk, a Harlem-set love story following the tribulations and passion between Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James). “Barry Jenkins has created a film both tender and tough, with a time, a place, and a story to lose oneself in,” Christopher Schobert said in his review. “Sublime in its depiction of an emotional connection and subtle in its layers of systematic oppression, Beale Street is a major work from a filmmaker whose gifts are clearly boundless.”

We spoke with Jenkins about the process of adapting Baldwin’s novel into a film. He admits it was impossible to unpack every bit of meaning from the novel, but where ideas couldn’t translate to images, he worked with composer Nicholas Britell to create musical vehicles for those ideas.
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Berlin announces first competition titles by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-12-13 13:28:40

The Berlin Film Festival has announced the first nine films in its Competition line-up for 2019.

The latest from Denis Côté, François Ozon and Fatih Akin will play at the festival's 69th edition, which runs from February 7 to 17.

Ozon's drama By The Grace Of God (Grâce à dieu), focuses on a real-life Catholic priest sex abuse scandal from the Eighties, while Akin, who won the festival's Golden Bear for Head-On, brings another true-life crime tale, The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh). Côté's Ghost Town Anthology (Répertoire Des Villes Disparues), inspired by Répertoire Des Villes Disparues by Laurence Olivier, tells of trouble brewing in a small town after a deadly car accident.

Also joining the line-up are Marie Kreutzer's The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füßen), Angela Schanelec's I Was Home But and...
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The Shining, Rebecca, and Jurassic Park Selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress

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Founded 30 years ago, the National Film Registry has annually added 25 movies to its archives for preservation based on their "cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage," and this year's selections are no exception. The 25 new additions to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress were revealed today, including a trio of movies (all of them book adaptations) that should warm the hearts of horror and suspense fans: Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, and Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca.

Read on for an excerpt from the Library of Congress' official press release, and visit their website for full details on their 2018 selections.

From the Press Release: "Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural,
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Lin-Manuel Miranda on ‘Inheriting This Incredible Legacy’ With ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda on ‘Inheriting This Incredible Legacy’ With ‘Mary Poppins Returns’
As with anyone who gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s journey is the result of hard work and inspiration, along with influences and confluences that shaped and continue to shape his life and career.

The writer, composer, lyricist and star of the mega-smash “Hamilton: An American Musical” will be honored Nov. 30 with his own star and has several upcoming projects with roots or connections to his past, beginning in December with Disney’s release of “Mary Poppins Returns.” In the film he plays Jack, a lamplighter and former apprentice of Bert (Dick Van Dyke) from the 1964 “Mary Poppins.”

As far back as he can remember, the original was a staple his parents’ the video collection. “I don’t recall the first time I saw it,” he says. “Because it just lived in our house like furniture, with the other Disney movies.”

Having imagined since
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Tallinn Film Festival: Day Two by Anton Bitel

Lorik Photo: Courtesy of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Lorik

Named after Laurence Olivier by his performer parents and nicknamed Lorik, monstrous egoist Laurence (co-writer/producer Michel Poghosyan) was born to the stage, and as a middle-aged actor, lives and breathes theatre, losing himself utterly in his roles to the frustration of the friends and family whom he constantly pushes away. As Lorik prepares a dramatic version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - the same play that his parents had, decades earlier, been due to première when they were killed in a car accident, leaving him a child orphan - an emerging rightist political party has the theatre shut down for renovation into its headquarters. After being pushed downstairs, Lorik has his own adventures in the Wonderland of Armenia's capital Yerevan, magically switching between the bodies of others - a neighbour, his aunt's cleaner, an ailing girl and the Party's
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Giveaway – Win Khartoum starring Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier

Eureka Entertainment to release Khartoum, a spectacular and rousing historical epic starring Charlton Heston and Sir Laurence Olivier, as part of the Eureka Classics range in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 3 December 2018, and we have three copies to give away! Read on for details of how to enter…

The kind of lavish, rousing historical adventure spectacle that doesn’t seem to exist anymore, Khartoum is a majestic, star-studded, BAFTA and Oscar-nominated epic that finds director Basil Dearden (Victim) delivering a feast for the eyes, as well as a pointed study of English colonialism, religious fanaticism, and the nature of heroism and sacrifice.

In 1880s Sudan, thousands of British-led Egyptian troops are massacred by the forces of Arab fanatic Muhammad Ahmad (Sir Laurence Olivier), who believes he is the Mahdi, and nothing less than Mohammed’s chosen warrior in battling against Anglo-Egyptian rule. Legendary Major General Charles George Gordon
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From the Godfather to Shakespeare’s mad king – Al Pacino takes on Lear

Veteran aspires to acting kudos in British-made film adaptation

For years it has been whispered in artistic circles. Now it’s official. Al Pacino will play King Lear on the big screen, heading the cast of a major film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy that starts shooting next year.

Pacino made his name playing gangsters and cops in films such as The Godfather, Scarface and Serpico. With King Lear he is following in the footsteps of Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles, and taking on one of the world’s most coveted acting roles.
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Ben Wheatley, Armie Hammer and Lily James heading to Manderley for Rebecca

Netflix and Working Title Films are teaming acclaimed British filmmaker Ben Wheatley with his Free Fire star Armie Hammer and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again actress Lily James for an adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier classic Rebecca, with Jane Goldman (The Woman in Black) penning the script.

The film will see James taking on the role of the second Mrs. de Winter, a naive young woman who marries the wealthy widower Maxim de Winter (Hammer) after a brief courtship and moves to his Manderley estate in Cornwall. However, she soon finds herself in the shadow of the first Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca, who passed away a year earlier under mysterious circumstances, and also has to contend with Mrs. Danvers, a sinister housekeeper who refuses to accept her as the new mistress of Manderley.

Rebecca was previously adapted for the screen in 1940 with Alfred Hitchcock directing Laurence Olivier as Max,
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Writer of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ Dies at 87
William Goldman, who won Oscars for his original screenplay for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and his adaptation of “All the President’s Men,” died on Friday in his Manhattan home, according to the the Washington Post. He was 87.

His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death.

“Butch Cassidy,” a revisionist Western that helped popularize the buddy movie, announced Goldman as a screenwriter able to balance big laughs with a sense of adventure, while “All the President’s Men” cemented his status as a deft writer of suspense. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman’s range and versatility.

In a 2015 interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.

“You cross your fingers and never stop,” he said. “Praying is also good.”

Goldman, who frequently transferred his novels,
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Armie Hammer and Lily James to Star in Ben Wheatley’s ‘Rebecca’ Remake

One can’t go a calendar year without at least a few dozen films being labeled Hitchcockian. While some films, like Disturbia and Stoker, are more blatant in their inspiration than others, it’s no surprise the influence of the Master of Suspense is being felt in all corners of the industry. After having been developed for many years, previously in the hands of the likes of Steven Knight and Nikolaj Arcel, now a remake of Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca is officially moving forward.

Pulling from Daphne DuMaurier’s novel as its source, Ben Wheatley will reteam with his Free Fire star Armie Hammer for the film with Lily James also joining. The original Best Picture winner starred Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, and Judith Anderson, and followed new bride who is haunted by the memory of the former wife of her rich, new husband.

Scripted by Jane Goldman, the film
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Lily James and Armie Hammer cast in Ben Wheatley’s ‘Rebecca’

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‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’ star Lily James and ‘Call Me By Your Name’ actor Armie Hammer have been cast in the adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel ‘Rebecca’.

Ben Wheatley takes the helm on the project which is a collaboration between Netflix and Working Title Films.

James will play the second Mrs. de Winter, a young woman who has married a rich, handsome, cold and fascinating widower Max De Winter only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died under mysterious circumstances several years earlier.

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The Gothic novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier was a best-seller between 1938 and 1965. The novel is a passionate, psychological and complex story which follows orphaned Rebecca as she works as a lady’s companion and learns her place.
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‘Rebecca’ Remake: Ben Wheatley Directs, Armie Hammer & Lily James To Star

British filmmaker Ben Wheatley, known for darkly comedic genre fare like “Free Fire” and “High Rise,” is about to remake an Alfred Hitchcock classic. The director, who most debuted the scaled-back family dramedy “Happy New Year, Colin Burstead” at the BFI London Film Festival has signed on to helm a remake of Hitchcock’s gothic romance and psychological thriller “Rebecca.” Lily James and Armie Hammer will star in roles originally played by Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier.

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‘Rebecca’ Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer Goes to Netflix

Netflix and Working Title confirm that British director Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic romantic thriller.

Lily James (Working Title’s “Baby Driver” and “Darkest Hour”) stars as a young married woman (played by Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic) who arrives at Manderley, the bleak English coast estate of her new husband Maxim DeWinter (“On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer takes on the Laurence Olivier role). There she battles the shadow of his dead first wife Rebecca, as well as her imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

More details to come. James most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while Hammer is coming off the acclaimed “Call Me by Your Name” and a role in the upcoming Rbg biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”

This is not Working Title’s
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‘Rebecca’ Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer Goes to Netflix

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Netflix and Working Title confirm that British director Ben Wheatley has signed on to direct “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic romantic thriller.

Lily James (Working Title’s “Baby Driver” and “Darkest Hour”) stars as a young married woman (played by Joan Fontaine in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic) who arrives at Manderley, the bleak English coast estate of her new husband Maxim DeWinter (“On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer takes on the Laurence Olivier role). There she battles the shadow of his dead first wife Rebecca, as well as her imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

More details to come. James most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while Hammer is coming off the acclaimed “Call Me by Your Name” and a role in the upcoming Rbg biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”

This is not Working Title’s
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Armie Hammer, Lily James to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Rebecca’ for Netflix

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Armie Hammer, Lily James to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Rebecca’ for Netflix
Lily James and Armie Hammer are set to star in British director Ben Wheatley’s “Rebecca,” a new gothic romantic thriller for Netflix.

The film is an adaptation of English author Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 classic of the same name. Jane Goldman will write the screenplay.

“Rebecca” tells the story of a newly-married young woman who, on arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his dead first wife, the mysterious titular character, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

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Du Maurier’s work has been adapted for the big screen several times, most-notably when Alfred Hitchcock won the 1940 Best Picture Oscar for his version, which starred Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

James starred earlier this year in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,
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Lily James, Armie Hammer to Star in Ben Wheatley’s ‘Rebecca’ Remake

British filmmaker Ben Wheatley (High-Rise) is set to direct a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's classic 1938 novel Rebecca that will star Lily James and Armie Hammer, Collider has learned. Netflix is teaming with powerhouse production company Working Title on the project, and while the streaming service is avoiding the dreaded "r" word, as in "remake," Rebecca is based on the same story as Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 film of the same name starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Jane Goldman wrote the script this time around, and it follows a newly-married young woman who visits …
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