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‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Writer-Director Aaron Sorkin on His Production Crew: ‘I Consider These People to be Co-Authors of the Film’

“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” about protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the ensuing trial, features great work by writer-director Aaron Sorkin, who is quick to salute his below-the-line colleagues: “They’re not there to take my instructions; they’re there to top my instructions. I consider these people to be co-authors of the […]

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Florida Film Critics Join ‘First Cow’ Stampede — Film News in Brief

Monday, Dec. 21“First Cow” Declared Best Picture with Florida Film Critics CircleThe Florida Film Critics Circle awarded its top prize to “First Cow,” and the film’s John Magaro also received a nod in the Best Actor category as a runner up.Current Oscar frontrunner and festival darling “Nomadland” also landed two wins, Best Director for Chloe […]

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Five Screenwriters on Their Hopes for Movie Theaters and Warner Bros.’ HBO Max Strategy

When filmmakers gather these days, the conversation tends to turn to how the coronavirus pandemic has decimated movie theaters — as well as to the related topic of Warner Bros.’ bombshell decision to stream its entire 2021 slate on HBO Max the same day they’re to be released theatrically. During a panel among screenwriters for […]

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‘Ambulance’, the Latest From Michael Bay, Adds Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Alongside Jake Gyllenhaal

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is catching a ride on Michael Bay‘s Ambulance. The actor, who recently appeared in The Trial of the Chicago 7 and will next be seen in Candyman, is joining Jake Gyllenhaal in the action-thriller about thieves who steal an ambulance as their getaway vehicle, only to then realize there’s a sick patient […]

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New Movies to Watch This Week: Steve McQueen’s ‘Mangrove,’ ‘Sound of Metal,’ ‘Run,’ ‘Collective’

If last week was a big one for Netflix (what with “Mank” and “Hillbilly Elegy” out in theaters), then this one belongs to Amazon, who have a pair of big projects launching via their Prime Video subscription service. The first is “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen’s anthology “Small Axe,” an epic and altogether […]

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‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ to Campaign All Actors in Supporting Categories for the Oscars

After debuting on Netflix, Aaron Sorkin’s critically acclaimed “The Trial of the Chicago 7” has made one of the key decisions in a successful awards campaign. The film’s robust cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Frank Langella, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong and Michael Keaton, who will all campaign in the supporting […]

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‘Chicago 7’ Cast to Compete for Supporting Actor: Here’s How It Changes the Oscar Race

You can’t accuse Netflix’s awards team of Oscar category fraud. They’re going to push the entire starry ensemble of writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s well-reviewed ’60s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (October 16) for supporting actor, just as “Spotlight” did the year it collected the Best Picture Oscar.The slew of supporting actor candidates in […]

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‘Mank’s Limited Theatrical Release Coming Nearly A Month Before December Netflix Debut

Much has been said already about Netflix‘s theatrical releases. Some feel like events you know about, others under-the-radar things will little-publicized dates (the recent “The Trial Of The Chicago 7“). Obviously, the ongoing pandemic affecting theatrical release plans is an issue, but this year, the streaming giant is seemingly going in a little harder with […]

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Shooting ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ to the Rhythm of Aaron Sorkin’s Layered Script

For cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, going from “Ford v Ferrari” to “The Trial of the Chicago 7” was more than merely shifting gears and genres within the period lane of the late 1960s. Shooting the timely conspiracy trial, showing Vietnam War protesters outside the 1968 Democratic Convention that turned horribly violent, required a new mindset and […]

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