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Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Wins Top Prize at Toronto Film Festival Awards

Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” has won the coveted People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.The honor positions the film for a potential Oscar run and bolsters its awards chances. That’s good news for Fox Searchlight, which must have been disappointed by the lackluster critical reception for the movie, a dark comedy set […]

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Claims Tiff Audience Award

Director Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” took home the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2019 Audience Award on Sunday, with Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” claiming the runner-up prizes.The Tiff People’s Choice Award has, in recent years, presaged an eventual Best Picture Academy Award nominee — and, in some cases, a winner. Last […]

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BAFTA Backs ‘Roma’ as Oscar Race Enters the Final Stretch

The winner of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ best film prize has gone on to lose the best picture Oscar each of the last four years: “Boyhood” was felled by “Birdman,” “The Revenant” was routed by “Spotlight,” “La La Land” (infamously) lost to “Moonlight,” and last year, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” […]

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‘Green Book’ Takes Toronto Film Festival’s 2018 People’s Choice Award

Toronto Film Festival’s audience prize positions Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” in prime Oscar territory — five audience award winners have gone on to capture best picture, including “Slumdog Millionaire,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech,” “American Beauty” and “Chariots of Fire.” In 2016, the prize went to “La La Land,” while last year’s award […]

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Golden Trailer Awards: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among Nominees

Netflix and Warner Bros. topped the nominations, announced Wednesday, for the Golden Trailer Awards with 61 each.Winners will be announced May 31 at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles with Michelle Buteau (“The Tick”) hosting.Netflix was represented by work on “Stranger Things” Season 2, “The Crown,” “Icarus,” and “Mudbound,” while Warner Bros. […]

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Sam Rockwell Eyes Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ With Scarlett Johansson

Following his Oscar-winning performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Sam Rockwell is in negotiations to reteam with Fox Searchlight and co-star with Scarlett Johansson in the World War II film “Jojo Rabbit,” sources confirm to Variety.The project is Taika Waititi’s follow-up to “Thor: Ragnarok.” The story centers on Jojo, a young boy who longs […]

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Indies Fight to Survive as Marketplace Undergoes Radical Changes

For CinemaCon’s annual gathering of theater owners in Las Vegas, the Motion Picture Assn. of America released a new report showing a 6% drop in theatrical attendance in the U.S. and Canada in 2017, representing a 22-year low.Though the breakout success of “Black Panther” is likely to quiet some worries about superhero fatigue, distributors and […]

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Peter Dinklage’s ‘O’Lucky Day’ Taps ‘Filth’ Director Jon S. Baird (Exclusive)

Jon S. Baird has closed a deal to direct the Legendary Entertainment comedy “O’Lucky Day,” with Peter Dinklage in negotiations to star.While Dinklage’s deal is not done yet, he is on board to produce along with his business partner David Ginsberg through their production company Estuary Films. Andrew Dodge wrote the script.The film follows a […]

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Sean Berney Joins Netflix Acquisitions from Fox Searchlight

Fresh from Fox Searchlight’s exuberant Oscar celebration for Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” (six wins) and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (two wins), Sean Berney is leaving his post as director of acquisitions to join Netflix’s original films division. He will report to acquisitions head Matthew Brodlie, and will be part […]

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