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Is ‘Little Women’ Making A Best Picture Comeback? [Contender Countdown]

The opening day reviews have been rapturous and the early box office strong. From an awards perspective, that’s exactly what Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” needed. In fact, its Oscar hopes may hinge on it.The Sony Pictures release kicked off its campaign with strong initial screenings at the end of October. Many, including this pundit, thought […]

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‘Little Women’ Ending Explained: How Greta Gerwig’s Changes Improve on the Book

Spoilers for Greta Gerwig’s Little Women follow below, including changes from the book. Writer/director Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women is a masterful example of changing the book for the better. Alcott’s novel was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, with the first volume following […]

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‘Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker’ Running B.O. To Beat ‘Last Jedi’ This Weekend — Thursday Am Update

Another big day for Disney’s Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker with a Dec. 26 estimated gross of $30.7M, -4% from Christmas Day. Industry sources are forecasting that through the ninth-quel’s first ten days by Sunday, the J.J. Abrams directed movie will hit $380.9M, pacing 3% ahead of Last Jedi at the same point in time. […]

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UK box office preview: can ‘Little Women’ hold its own against strong holdovers?

Disney opens ‘Spies In Disguise’ as ‘Star Wars’, ‘Cats’ roll on.This weekend sees the latest version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic 19th-century novel Little Women hit UK cinemas through Sony, looking to capitalise on the seasonal setting of the story.Adapted and directed by Greta Gerwig, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen and […]

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Listen: Greta Gerwig ‘Was Hell Bent on’ Directing ‘Little Women’

There was no chance that Greta Gerwig was not going to direct “Little Women.”She was originally hired to write the screenplay, but then insisted on directing, too. “I told them no one else could direct it; I must direct it,” Gerwig recalls on Thursday’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast. “They […]

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Gregory Ellwood’s Top 10 Of 2019: ‘Parasite,’ ‘I Lost My Body,’ ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

If my top 75 films of the decade list demonstrated anything it’s that I’m a sucker for cinema that sticks with you. That’s what made 2019 individually a hard year to pull a top 10 for. It’s not that there weren’t good films, it’s that as well made as many of them were, they didn’t […]

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Steven Spielberg Advised Greta Gerwig To Shoot ‘Little Women’ On Film

While everyone is fighting over “Rise of Skywalker” and “Cats,” Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-hopeful adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” is out there screaming at you because you are choosing to see weird and/or bad movies instead of good ones. While most if not all filmmakers ask someone for advice when making a film, Gerwig […]

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The 10 Decisions That Turned ‘Little Women’ Into a Modern Movie Classic

It seems obvious now, after the 2018 success of auto-fiction “Lady Bird” — which earned five Oscar nominations, including the fifth nod for a woman for Best Director — that Greta Gerwig was the perfect match to write and direct Sony’s latest movie adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 19th century classic “Little Women.” But back […]

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Crowded Field Marks Below the Line Kudos Races

With less than eight weeks to go before the Academy Awards, it’s a scramble to the finish line for the artisans who create the looks, sounds and visual effects of this year’s awards contenders.This year, these craftspeople used visual-effects technology in surprising ways. VFX artists turned back time for Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and […]

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