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Golden Globes most shocking film snubs: Ryan Gosling lost in space, Viola Davis robbed, Sam Elliott out of tune

Golden Globes most shocking film snubs: Ryan Gosling lost in space, Viola Davis robbed, Sam Elliott out of tune
The Golden Globe nominations were announced on Thursday morning, December 6, and just as interesting as the films and performances that were nominated are some of the top contenders that didn’t make the cut. Scroll down for some of the most noteworthy omissions, and check out the complete list of nominations here.

Among the biggest disappointments was the significant under-performance of the Neil Armstrong biographical drama “First Man.” It earned noms for Best Supporting Actress (Claire Foy) and Best Score (Justin Hurwitz), but Ryan Gosling was lost in space for his leading performance, Damien Chazelle was left out for his directing, and the movie was absent from Best Film Drama.

SEEGolden Globes 2019: Full list of nominations

However, “First Man” did better than “Widows,” which was entirely shut out. The film was helmed by Steve McQueen (director of Golden Globe winner “12 Years a Slave”) and stars Viola Davis (Golden
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Common Joins Charlie Day’s Hollywood Satire ‘El Tonto’

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Common Joins Charlie Day’s Hollywood Satire ‘El Tonto’
Exclusive: Count Oscar winner Common in for Charlie Day’s independent Hollywood satire El Tonto. Common’s role is being kept under wraps, and that’s because it’s a pivotal one.

In El Tonto, Day does double duty, directing his first feature and playing a mute simpleton who upon stepping off the bus for the first time in Los Angeles is thrust into stardom, only to ultimately lose it all. Filming wraps this week.

Common joins a huge ensemble cast that includes Day, Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Ken Jeong, Edie Falco, Ray Liotta, Jillian Bell, Travis Fimmel, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Glenn Howerton, Katherine McNamara, Dean Norris, Edy Ganem and John Malkovich.

Armory FilmsChristopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros are producing alongside Wrigley PicturesJohn Rickard and Page Fifty-Four Pictures’ Alex Saks. Armory Films is solely financing the feature we hear.
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2019 Oscars: Is this the most open Best Animated Feature race in years?

The Best Animated Feature race at the upcoming Oscars could very well be the most competitive in years. Disney and Pixar films have dominated this category since 2012, and while they have two films slated this time around, they may run into problems when it comes to winning. That’s because both “Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” are sequels, and sequels haven’t had much success in winning Best Animated Feature since the category’s inception in 2001. If Oscar voters have hangups about rewarding a sequel in this category, this could open up the race in a way we haven’t seen in a while.

SEEBrad Bird (‘Incredibles 2’ director) on the storyline he had to scrap and why these Pixar films are so ‘personal’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

In the 17 years of Best Animated Feature’s existence, only one sequel has taken the prize: 2010’s “Toy Story 3.” It should be noted that even in this case,
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A.I. Drama ‘Next’ From Manny Coto, John Requa & Glenn Ficarra In Works At Fox

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Fox has given a script commitment with penalty to neXt, an A.I. thriller drama from 24: Legacy co-creator/executive producer Manny Coto, This Is Us directors/executive producers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra and 20th Century Fox TV.

Written by Coto, neXt is described as a propulsive, fact-based thriller grounded in the latest A.I. research. It features a brilliant but paranoid former tech CEO who joins a Homeland Cybersecurity Agent and her team to stop a terrifying A.I. outbreak that threatens us all.

Coto executive produces alongside Requa, Ficarra and Charlie Gogolak of Zaftig Films for 20th TV where Zaftig is under a deal.

Coto is a 24 veteran who served as an executive producer on the original Fox series, the followup limited series Live Another Day and reboot series Legacy, which he also co-created. Coto has extensive sci-fi background; he created Odyssey 5 and also worked on Star Trek: Enterprise
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Jonny Lee Miller & Common To Star In Ursula K. Le Guin Adaptation ‘Nine Lives’

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Jonny Lee Miller & Common To Star In Ursula K. Le Guin Adaptation ‘Nine Lives’
Exclusive: Elementary and Trainspotting star Jonny Lee Miller and Oscar and Grammy-winner Common (The Hate U Give) have been set to star in Nine Lives, the movie adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s sci-fi novelette of the same name.

Set on a moon-base for off-world drilling, the darkly comedic story follows two jaded workers whose excitement at the prospect of incoming human company is dashed when they are instead sent ten clones. Shoot is being lined up for next summer.

Screenplay comes from debut writer-director Siri Rodnes and Tom Basden, who was BAFTA nominated for Fresh Meat. Rodnes will also direct. Producers are Gavin Humphries of Quark Films, who was recently Bifa-nominated for Pin Cushion; and former Sony International producer Josephine Rose (Slaughterhouse Rulez) of Bandit Country, whose upcoming slate also includes fantasy-horror A Spriggan with John Boyega as executive producer. Nine Lives has been selected as part of
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'The Grinch' pips 'Bohemian Rhapsody' to number one UK box office spot

Animated Dr. Seuss title took £5m over the weekend.

Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (Nov 9-11) Gross Week 1 The Grinch (Universal) £5m £5m 1 2 Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £4.5m £29m 3 3 Widows (20th Century Fox) £1.6m £2.4m 1 4 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £1.2m £25.4m 6 5. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (Disney) £1.1m £3.4m 2

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.29.

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3D family animation The Grinch has dislodged Bohemian Rhapsody from the number one slot at the top of the UK box office, taking £5m from its first three days.

Playing in 561 sites, the film scored a decent average of
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Best Animated Feature predictions: ‘Isle of Dogs’ hoping to steal Oscar bone from ‘Incredibles 2’

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In the 17 years that the Best Animated Feature category has existed at the Academy Awards, Pixar films have claimed the Oscar nine times. Will Pixar’s latest animated movie “Incredibles 2” become their 10th champion, or might Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs” steal its Oscar bone?

According to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds, which are derived from the predictions made by expert journalists, staff editors and users like you, “Incredibles 2” has a heroic lead to win Best Animated Feature with 16/5 odds. “Isle of Dogs” sits in second place with 37/10 odds, followed by “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (5/1 odds), “Mirai” (11/2 odds), “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (8/1 odds), “Smallfoot” (28/1 odds) and “Early Man” (35/1 odds).

SEEWill Brad Bird fly as the first animated feature director to win an Oscar three times with ‘Incredibles 2’?

Isle of Dogs” focuses on a group of canines who’ve been banished to Trash Island after
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CBS Buys Small Town Comedy About Twentysomethings From Jared Stern

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CBS has put in development Townies, a multi-camera comedy executive produced by Green Eggs and Ham writer/executive producer Jared Stern.

Penned/co-executive produced by young writer Katie Greenway (Bella and the Bulldogs), Townies follows an eclectic group of friends in their twenties who are happily living large in their small Wisconsin hometown.

Stern executive produces via his A Stern Talking To Productions for Warner Bros. TV where Stern is under an overall deal.

Stern serves as executive producer/showrunner of the Netflix/Warner Bros. Animation series Green Eggs and Ham, which he adapted from Dr. Seuss’ classic. He has been a writer and regular adviser on several Warner Bros. film projects as a member of its Warner Animation Group “think tank,” which launched back in 2013. Among the projects Stern has worked on through that pact are The Lego Batman Movie and Smallfoot.

Wreck-It-Ralph scribe Stern recently wrote and directed
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China Box Office: ‘Nutcracker’ Wins With $12 Million Opening

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China Box Office: ‘Nutcracker’ Wins With $12 Million Opening
Lasse Hallstrom’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” topped the Chinese box office with a far from festive $12 million opening score. It was one of six new titles to enter the top ten, which was worth a collective $40.8 million.

The romantic fantasy, presented by Disney in most international markets, topped the Chinese charts on all three days between Friday and Sunday. It played some 80,000 screening sessions per day on each occasion., according to data from Ent Group.

Independently-produced U.S. action-disaster picture, “Hurricane Heist” took second place with $7.03 million, playing over 40,000 screening sessions per day. Its director, Rob Cohen is a familiar figure in the Middle Kingdom and previously directed “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” in China in 2008.

Third place was taken by British comedy drama “A Street Cat Named Bob,” directed by Roger Spottiswoode. After opening sixth on Friday, it saw its earnings grow on Saturday and Sunday,
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'Bohemian Rhapsody' Rocks the Box Office with $50 Million Debut

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Rocks the Box Office with $50 Million Debut
For the first time since early February the top three films at the weekend box office were all new releases and leading the way was Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody with a $50 million, chart-topping performance, well above expectations. Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms finished at the lower end of industry estimates in second place, followed Paramount's release of Nobody's Fool. That said, the weekend isn't all about new releases as the holdovers had a solid weekend of their own, with A Star is Born, Venom and Smallfoot all dipping less than 27% in what amounts to their fifth and sixth weekends respectively, helping aid a continually healthy 2018 box office performance overall. At the top of the charts, Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody endured word of a troubled production as the film that was eight years in the making topped the domestic box office with a $50 million debut from 4,000 locations. On top of that,
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Bohemian Rhapsody Is This Weekend's Box Office Champion with $50M Debut

Bohemian Rhapsody Is This Weekend's Box Office Champion with $50M Debut
Bohemian Rhapsody took number one at this weekend's box office, having earned $50 million domestically. The Queen biopic, which stars Rami Malek as iconic front man Freddie Mercury, took in an extra $91.7 million overseas, bringing the grand total to $141.7 million globally. While the film has been making a killing at the box office, the biopic has been getting mixed reviews, with many criticizing the portrayal of Mercury on the big screen as unrealistic to how he was in real-life. However, Queen is one of the biggest bands in the world, which makes for an unsurprising debut at number one.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms also made its debut this weekend with a disappointing $20 million, which earned the number two spot. $20 million is still pretty strong, but doesn't really make a blip on the radar when compared to the $120 million that it cost to produce the movie. The Disney movie made $58.5 million globally this weekend.
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Some Familiar Faces Miss Oscar Race as Toons Face Off

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As the year winds down, it’s clear that 2018 was an atypical time for animated features vying for Oscars and other awards. Not all big-name studios fielded contenders: Pixar/Disney had the billion-dollar baby “Incredibles 2,” while Disney Animation’s holiday entry — “Ralph Breaks the Internet” — is poised to repeat the box office and critical success of its 2012 Oscar nominee “Wreck-It Ralph.” Sony cruised to strong B.O. with “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” and in December, Columbia/Sony will launch “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.” But familiar competitors, including DreamWorks Animation, Laika and Blue Sky Studios sat the game out.

Universal’s Illumination Entertainment had no Minions scurrying around, though it will unveil a 3D-animated take on Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic with “The Grinch.” Warner Animation Group built on the studio’s storied animation rep with the musical-comedy “Smallfoot” — a man-meets-bigfoot tale. Finally, Fox Searchlight is showcasing Wes Anderson’s
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Exhibitors at Dubai Forum Show No Signs of Pulling Back From Saudi Arabia

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Hollywood may be reassessing its ties to Saudi Arabia following the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. But at a big international film industry conference underway in the Middle East, there are no signs anyone else is thinking about pulling back from what continues to be considered a global top 10 movie market in the making.

More than 500 film industry delegates from 45 countries are gathered at Dubai’s Grand Hyatt Hotel for the first edition of the Mena Cinema Forum, where “a lot of the discussions were about Saudi Arabia,” said the event’s director, Leila Masinaei. But Masinaei noted that, while some people did address the Khashoggi scandal, “everyone is trying to keep politics and business separate.”

Khashoggi’s disappearance inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 prompted a number of foreign media moguls, including several U.S. executives, to pull out of last week’s Saudi government-backed investment conference in Riyadh.
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‘Halloween’ Treats Itself To No. 1; ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is Queen Of UK; ‘Venom’ Tops $500M Ww – International Box Office

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‘Halloween’ Treats Itself To No. 1; ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is Queen Of UK; ‘Venom’ Tops $500M Ww – International Box Office
Update, writethru: There’s lots of varied action at the international box office this weekend, with milestones — and near-milestones — aplenty. Coming in again at No.1 domestically and worldwide, Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween takes the top spot in its second offshore frame. It scared up $25.6M for a $45.6M overseas cume and $172.3M global. There were 39 markets added abroad, including a handful of majors with No. 1s notably in Germany, Spain, Brazil and Italy. The overall drop from opening last weekend was 47%, with some good holds in key markets, including the top spot again in Mexico.

While the Halloween franchise has typically been more of a domestic property, and slasher films can have a tougher time in traditional offshore horror markets, Universal’s Evp of International Distribution, Niels Swinkels, is bullish on the overseas play. Internationally, the IP’s heritage is only applicable in part of the world and Jamie Lee Curtis
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‘Halloween’ Slays Overseas, ‘Venom’ Crosses $500 Million Globally

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‘Halloween’ Slays Overseas, ‘Venom’ Crosses $500 Million Globally
Halloween” continues to cash in on the spooky holiday spirit, leading the international box office with $25 million from 62 territories overseas.

Universal and Blumhouse’s R-rated thriller also made a killing in North America where it came in at No. 1 with $32 million. Director David Gordon Green’s film — starring Jamie Lee Curtis as iconic avenging baby sitter Laurie Strode — has now generated $172 million globally, an especially impressive feat given its $10 million production budget.

Halloween” did particularly well this weekend in Germany, picking up $3.3 million when it opened in 518 locations. It launched in France with $2.3 million, Australia with $2 million, and Spain with $1.4 million.

In second place, Shane Black’s “The Predator” summoned $20.7 million thanks to its debut in China. The sci-fi thriller launched in North America in September and has now made $149 million worldwide.

Among holdovers, Warner Bros.’ musical drama “A Star Is Born” continues to post strong numbers abroad, adding another $17.6 million in 75 territories.
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Halloween Continues Killing It at the Box Office with Another Big $32M Win

Halloween took the number one spot at this weekend's box office for the second week in a row with $32 million. Since making its debut last weekend, the Blumhouse production has earned $126.6 million in North America alone, and $172.2 million worldwide. The latest in the Halloween franchise is now the second highest grossing R-rated horror film to be released since last year's big screen adaptation of Stephen King's It. As for the highest grossing R-rated horror films of all time, the movie currently sits at an impressive number 6, just two weeks into its theatrical run.

Taking the second spot at this weekend's box office is Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born, earning $14.1 million. The remake has made over $253.3 million globally since premiering four weeks ago and is getting some big Academy Awards buzz. Coming in at number three again this weekend is Sony's Venom, which was able to take
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'Halloween' looms large over reigning champ 'Venom' at international box office

'Halloween' looms large over reigning champ 'Venom' at international box office
Freddie Mercury drama Bohemian Rhapsody launches in first market the UK.

Venom crossed the $300m threshold via Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri) this week and currently stands at $302.5m – but can it hold off Universal Pictures International’s (Upi) big push for Halloween?

A fourth successive weekend at number one for Sony/Marvel Entertainment’s comic-book adaptation might be a stretch too far even for Tom Hardy’s outrageously elastic anti-hero, given that Venom’s box office is dropping by around 50% each weekend, which puts it in the $16m-20m range in the upcoming Friday-Sunday corridor. On $478m worldwide, Venom
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'Incredibles 2', 'Ruben Brandt, Collector' among 25 animation features vying for Oscars

'Incredibles 2', 'Ruben Brandt, Collector' among 25 animation features vying for Oscars
Several films have not yet had required Los Angeles qualifying run.

Incredibles 2, Tito And The Birds, and Ruben Brandt, Collector are among 25 animation feature submissions announced by the Academy on Wednesday (24) for consideration in the run-up to the 91st Academy Awards.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: Ana y Bruno, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Early Man, Fireworks, Have A Nice Day, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and Incredibles 2.

The list continues with: Isle Of Dogs, The Laws Of The Universe – Part I, Liz And The Blue Bird, Lu Over The Wall, Mfkz, Maquia: When, The Promised Flower Blooms,
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China Box Office: Slowdown Continues as ‘Gutenberg’ Takes Third Weekend Win

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Chinese cinemas were largely empty again over the weekend, allowing Hong Kong crime thriller “Project Gutenberg” to enjoy its third frame as the top-scoring film.

The cumulative total of the top 10 films amounted to just $41.2 million, according to data from Ent Group. That is the second lowest weekend this year.

The slump has followed new regulations that limit distributors’ ability to buy their own tickets to give the appearance of success, and that cap the fees charged by online ticketing companies. Both measures may have the effect of removing distortions and reveal data that presents a truer picture of theatrical demand.

The latest six-week slump may also reflect problems on the supply side. A growing number of commentators have identified a flow of weak films that have little novelty or particular appeal. Box office got a temporary boost at the Mid-Autumn Festival, but the score was more than 20% down on
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Here Are All the Movie and TV Projects LeBron James is Working On Right Now

Here Are All the Movie and TV Projects LeBron James is Working On Right Now
Even before he sets foot on the court in an NBA game this season, LeBron James has had quite a year. Continuing a steady stream of film and TV projects through his SpringHill Entertainment and longtime manager Maverick Carter, the basketball megastar has amassed an impressive list of development partnerships across the media landscape.

On the TV side alone, James has struck series deals with every broadcast network, many prestige cable outlets, and a streaming service to boot. Aside from the biggest title on his film docket, the long-awaited “Space Jam 2,” James has lent his stamp to a number of features that exist outside the basketball world.

And these aren’t solely ideas for the future, working their way toward a possible pickup. Since last fall, he’s helped produce all of the following films and programs:

high school football documentary “86 Blocks” for Fox Sports civil rights documentary “Rise
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