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‘Eighth Grade’ Might Head the Class of First Features

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‘Eighth Grade’ Might Head the Class of First Features
From the stripped-down authenticity of Jonah Hill’s “Mid90s,” to the fed-up outcry of Carlos López Estrada’s “Blindspotting,” to the prestige Oscar-bait trappings of Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” 2018’s class of debut filmmaking talent built impressively on the promise of cinema’s future. Directors such as Ari Aster (“Hereditary”), Aneesh Chaganty (“Searching”), Josie Rourke (“Mary Queen of Scots”) and Boots Riley (“Sorry to Bother You”), to name a few, also stepped up with singular offerings, forming a chorus of new voices with something to say.

Following in the wake of newcomer talents like Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) in recent years, critical appreciation seems to have rallied around one name in particular: “Eighth Grade” writer-director Bo Burnham, who received a Directors Guild nomination for best first-time feature this week along with Cooper, Estrada, Riley and “A Private War” helmer Matthew Heineman.
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The Best Films and Performances of 2018

Wow. We’ve gotten here, arguably against all odds. Just over 350 movies later (a record breaking number for yours truly), my year is complete. It’s now time to put a nice little bow on the cinematic gift that was 2018, ladies and gentlemen! As just mentioned, it was the year where I saw more films than ever before. If I’m being honest, a lot of that had to due with the deluge of content on Netflix, original film wise, but that’s another story. I also just always try to see more than the year before, so a stupidly large number like this was probably unavoidable. Interestingly, while this was the year where I gave the least amount of four star perfect reviews (only three in total), I’d still consider it an overall fairly solid year for cinema. It’s just a quirk of the rating system, as
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Diverse Lineup of Actors Jostle for Awards Attention

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Diverse Lineup of Actors Jostle for Awards Attention
It’s been less than four years since #OscarsSoWhite became a hot topic at the Academy Awards after 2015 films like “Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” failed to land major nominations for people of color. In the time since, the Academy has made conscious efforts to diversify the voting body; the governing body voted unanimously to double female and minority members by 2020. And risk-averse Hollywood seems to finally be learning that telling stories where the characters represent the real world can pay off — take the success this year of “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Black Panther” and “BlacKkKlansman,” just to name a few.

This year saw many wonderful performances by actors of color in all categories. The always amazing Viola Davis led a quartet of tough ladies in “Widows,” while newcomer KiKi Layne was a marvelous discovery as an unwed pregnant girl in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” “Roma’s” Yalitza Aparico is
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China Box Office: ‘Totoro’ Surprises as ‘Aquaman’ Defies Newcomers

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China Box Office: ‘Totoro’ Surprises as ‘Aquaman’ Defies Newcomers
Aquaman” comfortably dominated the Chinese box office for the second weekend. Although it dropped 47% in its second week, the latest Warner Bros.DC Comics title again accounted for the majority of all cinema business nationwide.

The watery superhero movie earned $53.9 million, according to data from exhibition and distribution consultancy Artisan Gateway. It played on 25,000 screens, or nearly half of those available in China. That included 559 Imax screens, delivering $5 million and lifting the film’s Imax China cumulative to $18.4 million. After 10 days on release, its cumulative total has swelled to $189 million.

Japanese animated feature “My Neighbor Totoro” was the weekend surprise. Released for the first time in China, about 30 years after its bow in Japan, the Hayao Miyazaki-directed, Studio Ghibli-produced crowd-pleaser earned $13 million in three days. It is assumed that the film was widely pirated in the three prior decades.

It comfortably beat Indian fact-based drama “Padman,” about a
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John Cho Sees the Future of Film in ‘Searching’ and Its Colorblind Casting

John Cho Sees the Future of Film in ‘Searching’ and Its Colorblind Casting
The technological demands of Aneesh Chaganty’s feature directorial debut “Searching” were profound. A computer-screen thriller that unfolds on various displays, zinging from laptop to laptop and back again, Chaganty’s film required a canny handle on technology and the way it looks and moves, but it also needed an actor able to root the family-centric film in emotion and humanity.

That came from the inspired casting of the always-reliable John Cho as David Kim, a recent widower who must use all his smarts (and a ton of literal screen time) to find his missing teenage daughter Margot. The “Star Trek” and “Columbus” actor delivered, turning in a nuanced performance in a film that could have been dominated by on-screen wizardry.

While a film like “Searching” could impress by virtue of craftsmanship and technology that makes it feel so contemporary and true-to-life — this is the rare internet-centric film that utilizes existing apps and websites,
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Honored at Unforgettable Awards: ‘One Movie Every 25 Years is Just Not F—ing Enough’

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Honored at Unforgettable Awards: ‘One Movie Every 25 Years is Just Not F—ing Enough’
Fresh on the heels of its Golden Globe nomination, “Crazy Rich Asians” was the talk of the evening at Kore Asian Media’s 17th annual Unforgettable Awards.

Saturday’s event, which celebrates Asian-American trailblazers and their achievements in the entertainment industry, honored a host of Asian actors, directors and influencers, including “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, who took home the evening’s Director Award and Vanguard Award alongside author Kevin Kwan and several of the film’s cast members.

“I am proud to say the state of our union is strong and getting stronger because this movement is making waves…and it’s not someone else doing it; it’s us.” Chu said during his acceptance speech at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “Our community is power, and we are powerful. We don’t need affirmation every again, and I didn’t do that. Our movie didn’t do that.
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‘Aquaman’ Dives Into China With $94M; Best-Ever WB, DC & December Bow – International Box Office

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Sunday Update, writethru…: The tide was with Warner Bros/DC’s Aquaman this weekend in China where the James Wan-directed pic splashed out on a huge $93.6M (Rmb 644.8M) opening. This is the biggest Middle Kingdom launch frame ever for WB, surpassing Ready Player One by 66%, and the best ever for the month of December. As we noted on Saturday, it is also the top bow for a DC title in the market, coming in 92% above Justice League, 78% over Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and exceeding the lifetime of Wonder Woman in just three days.

Playing on 33,000 3D screens, Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry/Aquaman had the 4th biggest opening weekend for a superhero movie in China, behind Venom which bared its fangs last month and whose stellar run has been extended. That Sony film crossed $850M worldwide this session and now has $268M in China.

The
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot Adds John Cho, Allison Tolman and Jacob Tremblay

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot Adds John Cho, Allison Tolman and Jacob Tremblay
John Cho, Allison Tolman and Jacob Tremblay are about to enter Jordan Peele’s “The Twilight Zone.”

The three actors have been cast on the upcoming CBS All Access reboot, starring in the episode “The Wunderkind,” CBS announced Monday. Jacob Tremblay’s younger sister, Erica Tremblay, will also appear.

Cho, Tolman and the Tremblays are the latest cast members to sign up for the series, joining Sanaa Lathan, Adam Scott and Kumail Nanjiani. Peele is executive producing and narrating, stepping into the role that Rod Serling made famous. You can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like here.

Also Read: 'Twilight Zone': Kumail Nanjiani Latest to Join Jordan Peele's Reboot for CBS All Access

The new series, which is eyeing a 2019 debut, will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg serve
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Making a Case for ‘First Reformed’ at the Oscars

The worst part about living in the middle of an Illinois corn field is that I miss out on a lot of the key perks afforded to other film critics. I couldn’t see Searching (2018) until weeks after it came out and I still haven’t seen the new Suspiria (2018) yet. The sad fact of the matter when it comes to likely awards contenders is that I have to wait for an expanded wide release that may never actually come my way or catch up with an inordinate number of releases when they hit streaming services months after the fact.

Making a Case for ‘First Reformed’ at the Oscars
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New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, ‘Mile 22’, ‘Candyman’, ‘Searching’, ‘Lizzie’

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New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, ‘Mile 22’, ‘Candyman’, ‘Searching’, ‘Lizzie’
(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.) This week’s Blu-ray round-up has the wildly entertaining Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the shockingly bad Mile 22, the horror classic Candyman, the thrilling computer […]

The post New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, ‘Mile 22’, ‘Candyman’, ‘Searching’, ‘Lizzie’ appeared first on /Film.
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The 10 Best Undistributed Movies of 2018

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The 10 Best Undistributed Movies of 2018
Every year, some faction of the film industry declares that the sky is falling, while another one shoots for the stratosphere. In 2018, Moviepass floundered and FilmStruck went kaput, but distributors continued to snatch up new titles on the festival circuit with some measure of success. From hot Sundance buys like “Sorry to Bother You” and “Searching” to late-in-the-year slate additions like “Vox Lux,” plenty of visionary storytelling that began the year without clear release plans found welcoming homes. Nevertheless, the sheer volume of new movies premiering at festivals throughout the year guarantees that plenty of highlights either slip through the cracks or scare off risk-adverse distributors.

To qualify for this list, a movie must have premiered within the calendar year, but not have secured any form of North American distribution, no matter how much it deserves otherwise. Memo to distributors: It’s not too late.

10. “Evelyn”

Oscar-winning director Orland von
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November 27th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Zombie 4K Restoration, The Critters Collection, Searching

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As we get ready to close out the month of November, that means we have one last batch of horror and sci-fi home media releases on the docket before we get into December. Scream Factory is keeping busy with not only their killer box set of The Critters Collection, but they’re also showing Munchie and Munchies some love this week as well. Blue Underground is doing the dark lord’s work with their brand new Blu-ray for Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (even giving fans three cover art versions to choose from), and as far as recent films go, both Searching and The Little Stranger come home on Tuesday, too.

Other notable releases for November 27th include Screams of the Night, Cold Ground, Brutality, Last American Horror Show, and At First Light.

The Critters Collection

They’re back and ready to devour your Blu-ray player! The terrifying and tiny menaces
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Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and ‘Searching’ Get December China Releases

Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and ‘Searching’ Get December China Releases
Sony is making more inroads into the Chinese movie market, with upcoming December releases for one of its most highly anticipated superhero movies and for its sleeper summer hit. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Searching both earned Sony China releases in December, with the latter indie hit gaining another Asian market after successfully premiering in star John Cho‘s […]

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‘Searching’: John Cho-Starring Sundance Hit Included a Wild Alien Invasion Subplot

‘Searching’: John Cho-Starring Sundance Hit Included a Wild Alien Invasion Subplot
There’s so much going on in Aneesh Chaganty’s Sundance hit “Searching,” it stands to reason that even eagle-eyed viewers might miss some story elements of a movie occurring entirely on a computer screen. Like other “screen-based movies” (think “Unfriended” or “Profile”), “Searching” is packed with information that zooms past at a breakneck speed, and it’s up to the filmmakers to subtly push viewers to focus on the most essential items.

For the John Cho-starring film, those essential items follow the film’s central story, which sees Cho’s character David furiously attempting to locate his missing teenage daughter, aided by emails, social media channels, and live news reports. There’s plenty to unpack, but Chaganty’s film works extremely well, telling a compelling story in an inventive framework. But it seems that said framework is even more clever than initially believed, because inside all of the key information,
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Sarah Paulson teams with Searching director for thriller Run

American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson has signed on for the lead in Run, a thriller in the works at Lionsgate, which reteams Searching director Aneesh Chaganty with producers Sev Ohanian and Natalie Qasabian.

The film, which has been co-written by Chaganty and Ohanian, will see Paulson playing a mother who has raised her teenage daughter in complete isolation. However, the young girl’s life begins to unravel as she discovers her mother’s sinister secret.

Chaganty scored critical acclaimed – and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance – with his directorial debut Searching, which starred John Cho as a father trying to find his missing teenage daughter.

The Emmy Award-winning Paulson can currently be seen in American Horror Story: Apocalypse, and has several feature film projects on her upcoming slate including M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, Susanne Bier’s Bird Box, and John Crowley’s Goldfinch.

The post
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Sarah Paulson to Star in Thriller ‘Run’ at Lionsgate

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Sarah Paulson to Star in Thriller ‘Run’ at Lionsgate
Sarah Paulson is sprinting toward her next project, Lionsgate’s upcoming thriller “Run,” the studio announced on Thursday.

The “American Horror Story” actress will star in the film as a mother raising a teenage girl in total isolation. As the girl’s life begins to unravel, she discovers her mother’s sinister secret.

The film is the next project from the team behind John Cho’s mystery and thriller that premiered at Sundance, “Searching.” Aneesh Chaganty will direct “Run,” while Natalie Qasabian and Sev Ohanian are producing from a script by Chaganty and Ohanian.

Also Read: 'American Horror Story': Is This Sarah Paulson's New 'Apocalypse' Character? (Video)

Production is set to begin on “Run” on Oct. 31.

Paulson has been especially busy of late. She’ll next be seen in Susanne Bier’s “Bird Box,” which will be released on Dec. 21 by Netflix, as well as the sequel to M.
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Sarah Paulson To Star In Lionsgate Thriller ‘Run’, Directed By ‘Searching’ Helmer Aneesh Chaganty

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Sarah Paulson To Star In Lionsgate Thriller ‘Run’, Directed By ‘Searching’ Helmer Aneesh Chaganty
Emmy winner Sarah Paulson (American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson) has been tapped as the lead in the Lionsgate thriller, Run, which will reunite the team behind the Sundance award-winning film, Searching, with its helmer Aneesh Chaganty attached to direct, while Searching producers Natalie Qasabian and Sev Ohanian will produce the film.

Slated to go before cameras this month. Chaganty and Ohanian penned the script, which follows a teenaged girl, raised in total isolation by her mother (Paulson), whose life begins to unravel as she discovers her mother’s sinister secret.

Searching, Chaganty’s debut directorial feature, was released in August via Sony and was met with favorable reviews. The pic, which was portrayed entirely through phone and computer screens, has since raked in $65 million at the worldwide box office.

Paulson, who was recently seen on the big screen in Warner BrosOceans 8, next stars in
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Exclusive: Sarah Paulson to Star in Thriller ‘Run’ from ‘Searching’ Filmmakers

Exclusive: Sarah Paulson to Star in Thriller ‘Run’ from ‘Searching’ Filmmakers
Emmy winner Sarah Paulson is set to star in the Lionsgate thriller Run, which hails from the creative team behind the acclaimed indie movie Searching, Collider has exclusively learned. The story follows a teenage girl -- raised in total isolation by her mother (Paulson) -- whose life begins to unravel as she discovers her mother is hiding a sinister secret. Paulson is a strong fit for the role, having shown a dark side of herself as an actress on various seasons of American Horror Story, and I can't wait to see which up-and-coming actress lands the plum part of …
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Utkarsh Ambudkar, ‘Rufio’ Actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda Flip Stereotypes on Debut LP

Utkarsh Ambudkar, ‘Rufio’ Actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda Flip Stereotypes on Debut LP
Utkarsh Ambudkar remembers his exact reaction to seeing Dante Basco play Rufio in Hook. “Badass,” said the young actor-rapper, known for his roles in The Mindy Project and Pitch Perfect. Soon, he’ll be known for his role in the live-action remake of Mulan, which he’s currently training for and filming in New Zealand.

“I never related to Peter Pan,” Ambudkar continues with a jokingly indignant tone. But the fictional character of Rufio – the leader of the Lost Boys – struck a personal note for Ambudkar, who is Indian American.
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Interview with Chin Han: More Talented Asians need to get an opportunity in Hollywood.

Due to the recent huge success of Asians in Hollywood, through productions such as “Crazy Rich Asians”, “Searching”, and Netflix series “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, it is no surprise that the room for Asian actors and actresses is getting bigger and bigger.

With more than 20 years of experience in stage, film and TV, Chin Han is one of the most active actors, and he has been expanding his career further in Hollywood. The veteran actor became an Academy member in 2018, the first Singaporean actor to do so.

His career is getting wider and bigger, starting from Singaporean Cinema, and breaking into Hollywood a decade ago. His roles get more significant as time passes, from “The Dark Night” to “Ghost in the Shell” to the Netflix series “Marco Polo”, and the recently released blockbuster “Skyscraper. ” However, the 48-year-old veteran still looks for another challenge in his acting career.
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