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Author: J. Don Birnam

LOGAN Screeners First Out the Gate as Awards Season Gets an Early Start

Hoping to capitalize on the saying that the early bird gets the worm, and praying against hope that they will beat 89 years of Academy genre bias, Fox has become the first studio to mail out screeners to Academy members in this year’s awards race. The lucky movie is Logan, which after critical and commercial success Fox is hoping can break that glass ceiling against comic book or superhero movies getting much further above the Visual Effects and technical categories at the Oscars. Fox would love nothing more than to get Hugh Jackman in what is a weak Best...

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TIFF Wrap Up Sends Film Industry Into Awards Race

After eleven long days of surprises and premieres, the 42nd edition of TIFF came to a close on Sunday with the announcement of their trademark People’s Choice Award, and, with that, you can sound off the official starting bell of the 2017-2018 awards season race. The Martin McDonough movie, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which we reviewed previously here, took home the top audience prize awarded by popular vote at the festival. Past winners include Best Picture nominees Room, La La Land and The Imitation Game, as well as eventual winners of the Oscar like 12 Years a Slave...

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Claire Foy Will Be the Next Lisbeth Salander In GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

Known mainly for playing Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s The Crown, actress Claire Foy is about to break out into the big screen as she has been cast as the next Lisbeth Salander, to play the iconic goth character in the upcoming Sony film The Girl in the Spider’s Web. The movie, in development for a release in October of 2018, is based on the characters first created by Stieg Larsson and continued by David Lagercrantz after Larsson passed away before he could complete the book series. The original novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has been twice adapted...

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IT Will Get a Director’s Cut For Sure

After the stunning box office success of the horror movie IT over the last few weekends, it should come as no surprise that Pennywise’s reboot will be a source of capital for the studio. The first such project is an extended director’s cut of the film to be released on digital platforms and DVD in the coming months. Speaking to Yahoo yesterday morning, director/producer Andy Muschietti and his sister Barbara, who also produced the film, revealed there would be an extended version, with about an additional 15 minutes of footage. Andy does not yet know what will be in...

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NIGHTWING Director Chris McKay Discusses Vision for Film

Speaking at a press conference for the upcoming film The LEGO Ninjago Movie, director Chris McKay offered some insight into how he envisions the upcoming project Nightwing going down. McKay, who impressed Warner after he delivered a funny and action-packed Lego Batman Movie and was then tapped to bring a live action Nightwing to the big screen, is focused on making it a physical, action packed film with as little CG as possible. Speaking to Collider he said: “It’s gonna be a fucking badass action movie with a lot of heart and emotion. It’s gonna be a crazy, fun...

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