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Chloe Zhao becomes second woman, first woman of colour to win top DGA Award

Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw win documentary prize for The Truffle Hunters; Darius Marder named best first-time feature director for The Sound Of Metal.Nomadland director Chloe Zhao confirmed her status as Oscar frontrunner on Saturday (April 10) as she became only the second woman and the first woman of colour to win the top honour […]

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DGA Awards Victory Pushes ‘Nomadland’ Toward Oscar Wins

There was never any suspicion that Chloé Zhao would not win the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Achievement for Direction of a Theatrical Feature Film for “Nomadland.” The Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and PGA winning film now heads to Sunday’s BAFTA Awards with seven chances to win again, followed by Oscar voting from […]

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Chloé Zhao, Emerald Fennell Make Oscars History as Two Women Nominated for Best Director

It’s about time. For the first time in its nearly hundred-year history, the Oscars have nominated a pair of female filmmakers in its Best Director category, with both Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell earning nominations for their films “Nomadland” and “Promising Young Woman,” respectively. Both filmmakers also received screenplay nominations for their films, and each […]

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Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Gets Its Heart From Two Ex-Journo Screenwriters

Is journalism the best training ground for screenwriting? Two-thirds of the writers of Pixar’s “Soul” have backgrounds as reporters: Mike Jones and Kemp Powers.They wrote “Soul” with director Pete Docter; Powers is also co-director of the film, which debuts Dec. 25 on Disney Plus and seems a likely contender for Oscars and other film awards.Jones […]

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‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘The Dark Knight,’ and ‘Shrek’ Are Among Films Added to National Film Registry by the Library of Congress

Somebody once told us the world was going to roll us, but we didn’t anticipate this. Shrek — alongside such films as A Clockwork Orange, The Dark Knight, and The Hurt Locker — has been deemed a work of “important cultural, artistic, and historic” value by the Library of Congress, which revealed its National Film […]

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Premiere launches TIFF sales on police shooting thriller ‘Blindfire’ (exclusive)

Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) stars in story based on actual events.Premiere Entertainment Group has launched TIFF sales on Brian Geraghty police shooting thriller Blindfire from the producer of Oscar-nominated documentary 13th.Howard Barish of Kandoo films produced the film, based on actual events, about a police officer who kills an African-American suspect in a hostage […]

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The Triumph of ‘Green Book’ Symbolizes an Oscar Race Turned Topsy-Turvy

It’s not unusual — in fact, it’s often the standard drill — to see Oscar night come down to a duel between two best-picture contenders, each of which embodies a dramatically different set of values. At the 1995 awards, “Forrest Gump” vs. “Pulp Fiction” incarnated the tension between mainstream Hollywood and a newly powerful indie-film […]

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‘Triple Frontier’: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac & Pals Try & Take Down A South American Drug Lord

It’s something of a miracle that the trailer for “Triple Frontier” is here, right in front of your eyes today. Originally a Kathryn Bigelow film, meant to be her big follow-up to the Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker,” written by her constant collaborator, journalistic-like screenwriter and producer Mark Boal, “Triple Frontier” was a movie that started […]

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Anthony Mackie Joins Amy Adams, Julianne Moore in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’ (Exclusive)

Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to join Amy Adams and Julianne Moore in Fox 2000’s adaptation of A.J. Finn’s bestseller “Woman in the Window,” sources tell Variety.Joe Wright is directing with Tracy Letts adapting the screenplay. Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, and Brian Tyree Henry are also on board to star. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush […]

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Eiza Gonzalez, Lucy Fry-starring ‘Highway’ acquired by Carnaby (exclusive)

Carnaby International will handle international sales, with CAA and Verve Ventures co-repping North American rights.Highway, the thriller from Lotus Eaters director Alexandra McGuinness, has been picked up for international sales by UK outfit Carnaby International. CAA and Verve Ventures are co-repping rights for North America.Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver) and Lucy Fry (Bright) star with Josh […]

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