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17 Movies That Blew Us Away in 2018

As award season starts to heat up and the nominations come rolling in, we found ourselves wondering which films we personally found to be the best of the best this year. Which characters left us in tears? What scenes inspired us? Which films made us want to stand up and cheer? From box office hits like A Star Is Born and Incredibles 2 to underrated faves like Support the Girls and Leave No Trace, find out which films we were thankful for this year ahead.

Related: 18 Female Characters Who Got Us Through 2018
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Jingle Punks at 10: How the Production Music Platform’s Player Works

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Jingle Punks at 10: How the Production Music Platform’s Player Works
Though its primary function is creative, Jingle Punks is built on a foundation of technology and administration. The patented Jingle Player that lets customers search for music using pop culture terms is both intuitive and efficient. Typing in “Reservoir Dogs” or “Starbucks” generates suggestions. Queries are monitored “so if there isn’t an exact match, we’ll suggest something else or a music supervisor will be alerted to create something,” Jingle Punks co-founder and managing partner Dan Demole says. Most searched phrases for 2018? “Hip-hop,” “upbeat piano” and “epic summer,” followed by the ever-popular “quirky comedy” and “fun adventure.” Recent additions that came after stumping the system: Cirque du Soleil, “A Star Is Born,” opportunistic, royal visit and infotainment.

In addition to traditional licensing models for its library of more than 500,000 cues, Jingle Punks offers something called Jingle 360. Customers who commit to a certain quantity of original music get a white
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27 Albums That Got Us Through This Upside-Down Year

Despite the year's challenges, we were blessed with some excellent music. From surprise collaborations like Everything Is Love by The Carters and the soundtrack for A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, to stellar debuts with multiple bops like Camila Cabello's self-titled solo album, 2018 was abundant with the right jams to remind us that we're still standing - and we're going to be okay. As Ariana Grande sang on this year's Sweetener, we've just got to "keep breathin'." Keep reading to see some of Popsugar editors' favorite albums of 2018, in no particular order.

Related: What Is the Sexiest Music Video of 2018? Cast Your Vote Now!
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Oscars 2019: Best Editing Predictions

Oscars 2019: Best Editing Predictions
This award season the best editing navigated complex mood swings in capturing love and pain in such Oscar contenders as “Roma,” “A Star Is Born,” “The Favourite,” “First Man,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Green Book,” and “Widows.”

Several movies started off strong with the bold opening, including the mopping of water in the credit scene in “Roma,” the perilous X-15 flight in “First Man,” and the juxtaposition of Viola Davis in bed with Liam Neeson with the botched heist in “Widows.”

Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white childhood remembrance of things past, establishes a rhythm as well as a cleansing metaphor about life and memory with the flow of water in the opening. Cuarón, who served as editor with co-editor Adam Gough, created a dance with his pacing, making the viewer a voyeur in a family drama filled with daily adventures that ebb and flow in intensity.

The director meticulously
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Emily Blunt flies into top 5 Best Actress Oscar predictions after double SAG Awards nominations

Emily Blunt flies into top 5 Best Actress Oscar predictions after double SAG Awards nominations
Hot off of her two Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, Emily Blunt has entered our top five Best Actress Oscar predictions. The “Mary Poppins Returns” star is now in fifth place in our combined odds, moving up one spot.

Blunt knocked out Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”), whose Oscar hopes took a hit within the last week after she failed to get Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations. Blunt, on the other hand, hit at both precursors for “Mary Poppins Returns” and bagged a supporting SAG Awards bid for “A Quiet Place.” (She has risen one spot to eighth place in our Best Supporting Actress Oscar predictions.)

While none of our 31 Experts are forecasting a Best Actress win for Blunt (yet), 10 of them see a nomination in her future. Five our our 10 Editors also have her down to be shortlisted for the first time in her career. Look for things to change
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Avengers: Infinity War Was Not The Most Googled Film Of The Year

Avengers: Infinity War may have been the highest-grossing film of the year worldwide by a pretty solid margin, but in terms of Google searches, the Russo Brothers’ latest has fallen behind several of its superhero peers.

Google has just released a set of lists showing the most trending subjects of 2018, and in the ranking of most-searched movies, Infinity War sits at fourth place. Ahead of it in third is Sony’s surprisingly popular Venom, while Deadpool 2 just misses out on the top spot. The number one position, meanwhile, goes to Infinity War‘s McU predecessor Black Panther. The rest of the Top 10, going from 5 to 10, is rounded out by Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Incredibles 2, The Nun, A Quiet Place, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

There are probably all kinds of theories you could offer on why Infinity War isn’t as high as you might have expected,
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Win Fandango Tickets To See The Mule Starring Clint Eastwood

From Warner Bros. Pictures, Imperative Entertainment and Bron Creative comes Clint Eastwood’s newest feature film, the drama The Mule.

In addition to directing, the veteran actor will step in front of the lens again, alongside fellow stars Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest and Andy Garcia, as well as Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, Ignacio Serricchio and Loren Dean, Eugene Cordero.

Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also
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SAG Awards Prove ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Has Oscar Momentum, But It’s Not the Only Surprise

Among the many awards season updates throughout the end of the year, the SAG awards carry more authority than most of the others leading up to them. Unlike the various critics awards and the Golden Globes, many SAG voters are also Academy members, which means that the nominations actually provide some clear indications of which Oscar contenders have real momentum.

While “A Star Is Born” continues its popularity streak, the 2019 SAG nominees have plenty of intriguing surprises in them — including significant support for “BlacKkKlansman.” But it’s not the only major title worth digging into from these results. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson talk through this year’s SAG nominations and what they mean for the weeks ahead.

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, A Star Is Born, and More Lead the 2019 SAG Award Nominations

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, A Star Is Born, and More Lead the 2019 SAG Award Nominations
Nominations for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were released on Dec. 12, and the internet is already buzzing about who's up for a trophy. The awards honor acting in both TV and movies, which makes the show especially exciting. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Ozark, The Americans, Glow, and more picked up nods on the TV front, while Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born led film nominations with four nods, including best actor and best actress. See the full list ahead!

Related: Announcing the 2019 Golden Globe Nominations!

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role

Christian Bale, Vice

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Glenn Close, The Wife

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy,
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‘The Mustang’ First Trailer: Matthias Schoenaerts Breaks Wild Horses in Sundance Drama

‘The Mustang’ First Trailer: Matthias Schoenaerts Breaks Wild Horses in Sundance Drama
The era of the modern horse film gallops on, with no signs of slowing down. With Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider” recently named Film Comment’s top movie of the year and Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete” landing on more than a few critics’ end-of-year lists, it seems the special bond between a man and his horse continues to captivate indie filmmakers.

The newest entry into this growing canon is “The Mustang,” a sensitive drama from executive producer Robert Redford that will premiere at next year’s Sundance Film Festival before a spring release from Focus Features.

Read More: Denis Villeneuve Adores ‘A Star Is Born’: ‘It Marks the Birth of a Great Director’

The official synopsis reads: “Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an ‘outdoor maintenance’ program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation.
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Oscars’ Best Picture Category Needs Fixing – Here’s an Easy Way to Do It

A version of this story first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscars magazine.

Will this be a thin year in the Best Picture race? In some ways, it looks as if it might. We know the usual suspects– “Roma” and “A Star Is Born,” “Green Book” and “First Man” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Black Panther” and “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Favourite” and a few others — but there’s precious little on that list that doesn’t have some kind of vulnerability, and even less off that list that seems positioned to grab a spot.

And yet I keep thinking of a different kind of Oscars race, one in which Pawel Pawlikowski’s luminous “Cold War” has a real chance, along with the Coen brothers’ brilliantly dark and wickedly funny “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” and Paul Greengrass’ harrowing but triumphant “22 July,” and Jason Reitman’s
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Why Do People Love the Troubled Rockstar in ‘A Star is Born’ but Hate the Troubled Rockstar in ‘Vox Lux’?

Why Do People Love the Troubled Rockstar in ‘A Star is Born’ but Hate the Troubled Rockstar in ‘Vox Lux’?
(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why have people embraced the troubled musician in A Star is Born, but not the troubled musician in Vox Lux?) The story goes like this: A world-famous musician who can’t get out from under their […]

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Denis Villeneuve Adores ‘A Star Is Born’: ‘It Marks the Birth of a Great Director’

Denis Villeneuve Adores ‘A Star Is Born’: ‘It Marks the Birth of a Great Director’
Denis Villeneuve might have taken the year off from releasing his own movies, but the filmmaker was actively watching films in 2018 and, like nearly everyone else around the world, he fell madly in love with Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born.” As part of Variety’s Directors on Directors series, Villeneuve wrote a love letter to the film, which has recently picked up major nominations from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“The North American premiere of ‘A Star Is Born’ was like nothing I’d seen before,” Villeneuve writes. “It wasn’t a normal screening. It was a rock concert. Several times during the movie, the audience cheered and erupted into loud applause. They were, or course, responding to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s electrifying performances. But something else was at work.”

Villeneuve continued, “You can’t cheat when you sing. You are either
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Nominations for the 25th SAG Awards announced

The nominations for the 25th annual SAG Awards have been announced by the Screen Actors Guild.

On the feature film front, Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born pulled in four nominations in Best Actor (Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott) and Best Ensemble, while BlacKkKlansman and The Favourite received three nominations apiece.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ozark lead the way on the small screen with four nominations each, while Barry, Glow, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Kominsky Method all received three.

Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

Christian Bale, “Vice

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book

John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns

Glenn Close, “The Wife

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite

Lady Gaga,
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11 Best Movies of 2018, From ‘Paddington 2’ to ‘Eighth Grade’ (Photos)

How good a movie year was 2018? Netflix got snubbed from the Cannes Film Festival and still managed to give the world “Roma,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Happy as Lazzaro” and a reconstruction of Orson Welles’ final film (plus two captivating documentaries about its production and restoration). The ubiquitous superhero genre gave us instant classics like “Black Panther” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse,” and even embraced its sillier side with “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies,” “Aquaman” and “Deadpool 2.” This was a year so great that it gave us not one but two juicy lead roles for John C. Reilly.

Paring the year’s highlights down to 25, let alone 10, was no easy feat, but here goes:

#11-25 (alphabetically): “1985,” “Annihilation,” “A Bread Factory,” “Burning,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, “The Favourite,” “First Reformed,” “Lizzie,” “Private Life,” “Shoplifters,” “Skate Kitchen,” “Stan & Ollie,” “A Star Is Born,” “Tully,” “Zama
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Megan Mullally will host the 2019 SAG Awards — watch her adorable announcement with Nick Offerman

Megan Mullally will host the 2019 SAG Awards — watch her adorable announcement with Nick Offerman
Megan Mullally will host the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards next month, SAG-AFTRA announced Wednesday.

“We are delighted to have the talented, warm and funny Megan Mullally to host the SAG Awards Silver Anniversary,” executive producer Kathy Connell said in a statement. “This is a very special year, and we are all looking forward to a memorable show.”

Added Mullally: “As a frustrated casting director and full-on fangirl of great actors everywhere, I’m over the moon to be a part of the SAG Awards 25th Anniversary.”

See SAG Awards nominations: Check out the full list of nominees

This will be just the second year that the SAG Awards will have a host, following Kristen Bell, who presided over the 24th annual ceremony this past January.

Fingers crossed for some bits with Mullally’s “Will & Grace” castmates and her husband Nick Offerman. Her proud hubby even
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Fact Checks: How Much Is Real Life? How Much Is Fantasy?

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Fact Checks: How Much Is Real Life? How Much Is Fantasy?
This story about “Bohemian Rhapsody” first appeared in Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

There’s no disputing that Rami Malek is terrific as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” or that the movie itself is highly entertaining. But does it misrepresent the real story of Mercury and Queen? We put that question to screenwriter Anthony McCarten, no stranger to films based on true stories.

How much input did the surviving members of Queen, particularly Brian May and Roger Taylor, have into the script?

Anthony McCarten I met them and recorded interviews over several days, and they were very respectful. I made the case that a film is a painting, not a photograph, and that as long as you’re faithful to the truth of what it felt like, shaping and conflation can be necessary. They’re sophisticated men, and they went on the journey with us.

I found the movie quite enjoyable,
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After making SAG history, ‘Black Panther’ continues to roar through awards season

After making SAG history, ‘Black Panther’ continues to roar through awards season
Black Panther,” 2018’s highest-grossing film so far with a worldwide gross of $1.3 billion, stealthily continues to leave a trail of paw prints over the awards season landscape while making history for its genre along the way. Its latest prey? The Screen Actors Guild Awards, which gave the pop-culture sensation its first-ever film ensemble nomination for a comic-book adventure. It took a spot that other more typical contenders as “Green Book,” “Vice,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Widows,” ”The Favourite” and “If Beale Street Can Talk” were denied.

Rarely does a movie win an Oscar for Best Picture without this SAG counterpart. At the very least, however, “Black Panther” might be one step close to being the first superhero drama to compete in the most coveted Academy Award category, one that “The Dark Knight,” the acclaimed 2008 Batman blockbuster, was denied. The uproar over its omission led the Oscar overseers to eventually allow between
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‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in More than 25 Years

‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in More than 25 Years
At 88 years old, Clint Eastwood might be the hardest-working man in Hollywood. And now, with his second directorial outing of 2018 — and his best film since at least “Letters from Iwo Jima” in 2006, and perhaps 1993’s “A Perfect World” before that — he’s finally explained why.

Inspired by a Sam Dolnick article in the New York Times Magazine called “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule,” “The Mule” is a far cry from the red state fantasy that some people feared from a Maga-era vehicle by an auteur who’s publicly endorsed the Republican Party in the somewhat recent past (two presidential elections and a zillion news cycles ago). On the contrary, Eastwood’s latest thriller is a tender, conflicted, and sometimes very funny meditation on what America conditions people to want for themselves — on how natural it can be to forget who you are in a country where work is an identity unto itself.
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2019 SAG Awards film nominations forum reactions: Regina King’s snub is ‘shock of the day,’ and where the hell did ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ come from?

2019 SAG Awards film nominations forum reactions: Regina King’s snub is ‘shock of the day,’ and where the hell did ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ come from?
Wednesday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were full of shockers — namely that Regina King, the Best Supporting Actress Oscar frontrunner for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” was Mia. And our forum posters are not happy about it. They’re also equally baffled by “Bohemian Rhapsody”‘s surprising nomination in ensemble over one of the presumptive nominees, “The Favourite.” (See the full list of nominees here).

Check out a sample of forum reactions below. Chime in here.

Ensemble:

ospencer: “tbh, I am even more shock by Bohemian Rhapsody in Ensemble what?? Is it getting into best picture now?”

Bicth: “this out of nowhere bohemian rhapsody is really worrying me, cuz you know they’re only gonna love that film even more at the baftas”

Cinephile: “the favourite missing sag ensemble was shocking to say the least. I can’t believe bohemian rhapsody took its place what a joke”

Lone Pirate:
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