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Todd Phillips' 'Joker' Wins Golden Lion at the 2019 Venice Film Festival

Joker Venice

Send in the clowns. The 76th Venice Film Festival wrapped up this weekend on the Lido, and the awards were handed out. The top prize at Venice is a Golden Lion (in honor of the iconic lion that is the symbol of the city) and it's one of the greatest achievements in cinema, along with the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. This year's big winner is Joker, the dark, gnarly, unlike-anything-before-it audacious comic book movie starring Joaquin Phoenix as the green-haired Gotham City villain. Other winners include an Italian actor named Luca Marinelli, who stars in the title role of Martin Eden, a major film which many critics loved here. And the young actor from the Australian film Babyteeth, named Toby Wallace, even though his co-star Eliza Scanlen didn't win (though she deserved to share this with him). All the winners are amusing and it makes me laugh because they're bold choices. The full list of Venezia 76 winners can be found below.

Cannes 2019 Awards: Bong Joon-ho's Film 'Parasite' Wins Palme D'Or

Bong Joon-ho's Parasite - Cannes 2019

The Korean master takes top prize! Winners of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Cannes, France this weekend. The big winner this year is acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, whose new film Parasite won the Palme out of 21 other films in competition. It's one of my favorite films of the festival (read my review), and pretty much everyone here loved it. There was a big cheer from the crowd when it won! One of my other favorites, Ladj Ly's Les Miserables (read my review) took home the Grand Prix third place prize tied with Brazilian thriller Bacurau, and Céline Sciamma's incredible film Portrait of a Lady on Fire won Best Screenplay - though it should've picked up more than just this, maybe even Palme. All the 2019 winners are listed below.

2019 Cannes Film Festival Selection - Malick, Dolan, Hausner, Sachs

Cannes 2019

Every year, cinephiles wake up early for the announcement from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 72nd Cannes Film Festival taking place this May, they've confirmed a considerably impressive, enticing selection of films made by the finest filmmakers hailing from all over the world. The 2019 line-up includes new films by Xavier Dolan (Matthias & Maxime), Ira Sachs (Frankie set in Portugal), Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life formerly titled Radegund), Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Corneliu Porumboiu (The Whistlers), along with Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, Arnaud Desplechin, and Marco Bellocchio. We already know that Jim Jarmusch's zombie film The Dead Don't Die is opening the fest, and Dexter Fletcher's Elton John biopic Rocketman is premiering here as well. There will likely be a few additions last minute - as these numbers are a bit low. Update: Tarantino is officially IN! He'll be at the festival. See the full list below.

Tim Burton's 'Batman' Movies + Sequels Return to US Theaters in May

Tim Burton's Batman

"Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in where a man dressed up as a bat gets all of my press?! This town needs an enema!" Good news, Batman fans! The original Tim Burton Batman series is returning to theaters this May. Fathom Events has announced a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Burton's Batman, first released in 1989. They'll be showing the four Batman movies from that series in theaters, one night only (each one), if you want to watch them on the big screen again. This compliments the recent 70mm screenings of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, which was to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the creation of the DC character (by artist Bob Kane & writer Bill Finger). Book your tickets.

Iconic Filmmaker & Master Storyteller Agnès Varda Has Passed Away

Agnès Varda

"In my films I always wanted to make people see deeply. I don't want to show things, but to give people the desire to see." Oh no… Not Agnes! Not now, we need you. Her soul, her wit, her positivity, her honesty, her ingenuity. I hope she continues to inspire men and women, young and old, artists and dreamers and storytellers. A legend forever. It is with great sadness we must report that French filmmaker / storyteller / cinephile Agnès Varda has passed away at the age of 90. Varda just premiered her documentary Varda by Agnès at the Berlin Film Festival a few months ago, and was nominated for an Oscar for her wonderful film Faces Places that she made with JR. I am writing this tribute because, although I only came to learn about and discover her recently, I have quickly become a fan. And I hope to encourage others to explore her films.

Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy Playing in IMAX 70mm This Spring

Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight Trilogy

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to bring you this very important message. Warner Bros and IMAX have announced that Christopher Nolan's iconic Batman movie series, known colloquially as The Dark Knight trilogy, will be returning to IMAX theaters in 70mm this spring for a special one-time event. In celebration of the 80th birthday / anniversary of the DC comic book character Batman, first created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939, they're bringing this particular big screen Batman series back to cinemas. But unfortunately it's only playing in five different IMAX theaters around North America. The reason being that these special presentations will include a Q&A with Christopher Nolan, who will be on hand for the first event in LA (which will be taped and replayed). This seems like a do-not-miss opportunity.

2019 Academy Awards Winners - Alfonso Cuarón Wins Best Director

2019 Academy Awards

The 91st Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with no host this year, as they couldn't work it out. There are eight Best Picture nominees, and I'm anxious to finally find out who wins - we expect some surprises and upsets, and hopefully some sweet victories. It has been a very tumultuous awards season, with all kinds problems and controversies. But now it's time to find out who is taking home all the Oscars, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with winners marked once announced live tonight - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
Green Book
Green Book directed by Peter Farrelly
DIRECTOR:
Alfonso Cuarón - Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón
for Roma
ACTOR:
Rami Malek - Best Actor
Rami Malek from Bohemian Rhapsody
ACTRESS:
Olivia Colman - Best Actress
Olivia Colman from
The Favourite

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2019 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

'If Beale Street Could Talk' Wins Best Film at 2019 Indie Spirit Awards

2019 Indie Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indie films which deserve the honor and recognition that they usually don't receive - celebrating their 34th year. The 2019 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony out in Santa Monica. The main winner this year was Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, winning Best Director and Best Film, the two top prizes. The rest of the nominees from 2018 included many of the best films and performances from last year, a much better selection than the Academy Awards or pretty much anything else. These are always a nice counter-balance to the Oscars, especially this year with a great mix of smaller films getting recognized. Read on for the list of Indie Spirit Awards results.

Nadav Lapid's Satire 'Synonyms' Wins Golden Bear at Berlinale 2019

Berlinale 2019 Golden Bear

As another film festival comes to an end, it's time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 69th Berlin Film Festival is finishing up, and the winners were revealed at the Closing Ceremony, including the winner of the coveted Golden Bear for Best Film. That top prize was given to a film called Synonyms, directed by Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid (seen above), regarded by most critics as the best of the fest anyway. It's a French-Israeli dramatic satire set in Paris that's about the difficulties of immigration and integration. Other big winners include François Ozon's By the Grace of God about abusive priests, and the documentary Talking About Trees covering Sudanese cinema. Full list of the winners below.

Sundance 2019 Awards: 'Brittany Runs' Wins Over the Festival Crowd

Sundance Film Festival

The official awards for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival were announced this weekend at a ceremony in Park City, Utah. We've all been curious to see who's taking home awards at Sundance this year, and now we know - it's not many of the films most people have been buzzing about. Like last year. These are unexpected but nonetheless worthy picks from audiences and each jury. The big Audience Award winners are: Brittany Runs a Marathon, about an overweight young woman who pushes herself to train for the NYC Marathon, starring Jillian Bell; Knock Down the House, a documentary about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other underdog politicians; and The Infiltrators, a doc-feature hybrid about children detention centers. Other winners include filmmakers Joanna Hogg, Chinonye Chukwu, and Nanfu Wang. View all the winners below.

91st Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2018

Oscar Nominations

The complete list of nominees for the 91st Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (from Oscars.org). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning via live broadcast. This has been one of the most controversial and frustrating awards seasons in a long time, with so many great films going unrecognized - but these Oscar nominations are surprisingly solid. There's no need to spend any more time introducing, let's get right into it! This year, The Academy selected a total of eight Best Picture nominees, including: Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Roma, and A Star is Born. Rami Malek also got a nod. Without further ado, here's the full list of nominees.

A Few Notes + Quick Updates from FirstShowing Heading into 2019

Hackers Mainframe

Welcome to the future. It's now 2019 - the year that Blade Runner, Running Man, and Akira all take place. FirstShowing.net has been in operation for 13 years now, and we're still going strong. But things are a bit different since we first started as a little movie blog back in 2006. I wanted to write a brief post with some updates about the site, the server, and info on our regular coverage. As you've probably noticed, we are no longer writing about movie news or rumors or casting - mostly just trailers, short films, reviews, film festival coverage, and other important updates from the world of cinema. This is easier for us nowadays and allows us to focus on bringing even more attention to the movies we love and discover throughout the year. We also regularly update the Release Schedule and still keep active on Twitter and Facebook. More details below.

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