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Sundance 2017 Awards: 'Dina' & 'Chasing Coral' Are Big Doc Winners

Sundance Film Festival

The official awards for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at a ceremony in Park City. We've been patiently waiting to see who won the awards at Sundance this year, and now we know - it's a solid mix of winners across the board, and no double Audience Award & Grand Jury winners (as has been the case the past few years). The big Audience Award winners are: Chasing Coral, the documentary about coral bleaching from Jeff Orlowski; and Crown Heights from Matt Ruskin, the feature film telling the true story of an innocent man being locked up for 20 years for a murder he did not commit. The documentary Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower also won an Audience Award. Read on for the full list from 2017.

 Posted January 29 in Awards, Movie News, Sundance 17 | Comments

Veteran Actor John Hurt Passes Away of Pancreatic Cancer at Age 77

John Hurt

English actor Sir John Hurt has passed away at age 77. The sad news was confirmed by his agent, via BBC. Hurt died of pancreatic cancer, after first being diagnosed in 2015. John Hurt appeared in over 120 different films across multiple decades, as well as numerous stage and television roles. He most recently appeared in the films Jackie, The Journey, Hercules and Snowpiercer. Hurt earned two Academy Award nominations years ago, for The Elephant Man in 1980, and Midnight Express in 1978. He won two BAFTA Awards for Acting, and was recognized for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in 2012. He was one of those talented actors who would always give a great performance no matter the role. It's sad to lose another actor.

 Posted January 28 in Movie News, Obituaries | Comments

89th Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2016

Academy Awards Nominations

The complete list of nominees for the 89th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (via oscar.go.com). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning via live broadcast and on their website. They've nominated many outstanding films, and lots of amazing performances from 2016, though there are always others that deserve recognition. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let's get right into it! This year, The Academy selected a total of nine Best Picture nominees, including: La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Lion, Hidden Figures, and Hell or High Water. So without further ado, here is the full list of noms.

 Posted January 24 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

Official: Rian Johnson's Episode VIII is Titled 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Briefly: Lucasfilm has officially announced the new title of the next Star Wars movie - it will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This is the sequel to The Force Awakens, continuing the "Skywalker" storyline and following the characters introduced in that movie: Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren. The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson (of Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper previously) and will open in theaters everywhere starting December 15th, 2017 at the end of this year. No other plot details have been revealed yet, but this is clearly the beginning of their major marketing push over the next 12 months. Fans have been quick to remind everyone that the plural of "jedi" is just "jedi", so this title doesn't mean there's only one. Beyond that, everything is speculation until the first trailer drops - which we hope is sooner than later. Can't wait!

 Posted January 23 in Movie News, Star Wars | Comments

Chazelle, Davis, Jenkins, Lonergan & Villeneuve Land DGA Nominations

DGA Nominations - Denis Villeneuve

As we continue into the awards season in early 2017, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for the outstanding films of 2016. Next up is the Directors Guild of America, one of the heavy weights and usually strong indicators of what's to come. The DGA announced nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2016, and they've chosen a very unique set of nominees this year. The biggest upset seems to be Garth Davis sneaking in a nomination for Lion, but I've seen Lion and it's a great film, though not one of my favorites. I'm very happy to see Dan Trachtenberg of 10 Cloverfield Lane getting a nomination, as well as Damien Chazelle, Denis Villeneuve & Barry Jenkins. Congrats to all! Full list below.

 Posted January 12 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

'La La Land' Leads the 2017 BAFTA Awards Nominations with 11 Total

BAFTA Awards 2017

With the Golden Globes out of the way, and the Oscar noms coming up, it's time for the Brits to reveal their favorites. The nominations for the 70th Annual BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) were announced today. The top film is La La Land, with a grand total of 11 nominations, followed by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals scoring nine nominations each. The BAFTAs have a large set of categories similar to the Oscars, and they always feature some very unique picks among the nominees. This year's Best Film line-up: Arrival, I, Daniel Blake, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. Five great films.

 Posted January 10 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

2017 Golden Globe Awards Winners - 'Moonlight' & 'La La Land' Win

Golden Globes Winners

The winners of the HFPA's 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the precursor to the Academy Awards, have been announced tonight at a ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel, hosted by late night comedian Jimmy Fallon. Hopefully this will be a lively show, as the HFPA can be quite boring. Our list below will be updated with all film-related winners as they're revealed during the live broadcast. The nominees featured a lots of great films from 2016, including Moonlight, La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge and Deadpool, of course, and I'm interested to find out which films/actors the HFPA fell for this time. Let's see who the winners are.

 Posted January 8 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

2017 Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include 'La La Land' & 'Deadpool'

WGA Nominations 2017 - Deadpool

The next set of 2016 awards nominees have been revealed. The WGA Awards nominations were unveiled today, featuring a very interesting set of films. Many of these are my favorite movies of the year anyway - between Damien Chazelle's La La Land, and Eric Heisserer's Arrival, and Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, we're pretty much set. But they also nominated a few other underrated scripts including Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick's Deadpool, Taylor Sheridan's fantastic crime thriller Hell or High Water, as well as Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi's Hidden Figures. As usual with the WGA, I'm impressed by the nominees, as the WGA is less about popularity and truly about quality. Check out the full list of film nominees below.

 Posted January 4 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

Terrence Malick's Next Film 'Song to Song' Set for Release March 2017

Song to Song

Briefly: Sound the alarm! There's a new Terrence Malick film coming out in 2017!! Broad Green Pictures has announced via Indiewire that Malick's new film, titled Song to Song, will open in theaters starting March 17th, 2017 (we've already added it). This is the other project, formerly known as Weightless, that Malick filmed a few years ago back-to-back with Knight of Cups. "In this modern love story set against the Austin, TX music scene, two entangled couples—struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) & BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman)—chase success through a rock 'n' roll landscape of seduction and betrayal." This also features appearances by Patti Smith, Lykke Li, the Black Lips, Iggy Pop, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In theaters soon.

 Posted January 3 in Indies, Movie News, Release Dates | Comments

Rest in Peace - Actor & Writer Carrie Fisher Has Passed Away at Age 60

Carrie Fisher

It's with a heavy heart that we must report this sad news today. Actor and writer and script doctor (and dog lover) Carrie Fisher has died. After suffering a major heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles, she was taken to a hospital but was unable to recover. Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd has confirmed the news to places such as Hollywood Reporter and NY Times, stating that she "passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly." Fisher is most well known/loved for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga, but she has also worked extensively on scripts and did lots of writing later in her life (including many novels/books, most notably her memoir Wishful Drinking). Rest in peace.

 Posted December 27 in Movie News, Obituaries | Comments

From Han Solo to Mulan: The 2018 Release Schedule is Now Available

2018 Release Schedule

We're a week away from kicking off 2017 and that means it's time to launch our 2018 Release Schedule. This brand new release date schedule is now available, filled with currently confirmed release dates for the year 2018. This features quite a few big movies, including Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One which was set for 2017 and pushed back to 2018. This delay also happened with James Cameron's Avatar 2, which was also supposed to arriving in 2017 and is now likely (hopefully?) hitting theaters in late 2018. There's quite a few other interesting projects lined up. 2016 was an intriguing year for movies, with many big Hollywood blockbusters turning out lackluster, but hopefully things are looking up between 2017 and 2018. Read on.

 Posted December 26 in Movie News, Release Dates | Comments

'Manchester by the Sea' Gets the Most 2017 SAG Awards Nominations

Screen Actors Guild Awards - Manchester by the Sea

The nominees for the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced today, putting awards season in full swing before along with the Global Globe nominations earlier this week. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are unique in that it's the actors themselves choose the best performances from amongst their peers. Last year's big winners were Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant and Brie Larson for Room. This year they've selected a very impressive set of notable films - including Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Fences, Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, plus a nice surprise appearance by Captain Fantastic in two categories.

 Posted December 14 in Awards, Movie News | Comments

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