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Matt’s Top 10 Films of 2019

This year I saw 125 new releases in 2019. I’ve seen people saying that this was a great year for movies, and in a way, that’s true. The films that made my Top 10 this year are films I can easily see myself revisiting in the years to come. But I also think this was a year where a lot of movies were fine and forgettable. There wasn’t anything particularly bad about films like The Lego Movie 2, Dark Waters, Frozen II, and others, but they’ve already largely slipped away from my memory. There was so …
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HFPA President Responds to Golden Globes’ Female Director Shut-Out: ‘We Vote by Film’

HFPA President Responds to Golden Globes’ Female Director Shut-Out: ‘We Vote by Film’
Despite gains in the number of films and TV shows helmed by women, female directors were completely shut out of the Golden Globes once again this year.

The snub was immediately called out on social media, with filmmakers like “Honey Boy” director Alma Har’el tweeting, “do not look for justice in the awards system.” However, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria defended the move by saying the organization votes based on film, not gender.

“What happened is that we don’t vote by gender. We vote by film and accomplishment,” Soria told Variety’s Marc Malkin at the Globes announcement Monday morning.

In addition to Har’el, some of the major snubs included Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”) and Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”).

Instead, the HFPA nominated Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”), Sam Mendes (“1917”), Todd Phillips
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‘Rick and Morty’ Episode Breakdown Is Here to Save You from Over-Thinkin’ It

The first batch of new episodes for Season 4 of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty are just about wrapped up; Episode 5 airs this coming Sunday with five more episodes to arrive in short order. But if you have questions about the latest episode, "Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty", you're in luck! The creative team behind the scenes is here with a new video to explain why they chose to chase the dragon (trend), the meaning behind the talking cat, and more. Co-creator Dan Harmon appears with director Anthony Chun and episode writer Jeff Loveness
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Golden Globes TV nominations throw up plenty of surprises

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Golden Globes TV nominations throw up plenty of surprises
Just one nomination for ‘Game Of Thrones’ and none for ‘Veep’.

Strong showings by HBO/Sky’s Chernobyl and Netflix’s The Crown, with four nominations each, and promising awards season starts for Apple TV+’s The Morning Show, and Netflix’s Unbelievable and The Politician stood out in the television categories of this year’s Golden Globe nominations.

Meanwhile Netflix’s When They See Us, HBO’s Veep and HBO’s Watchmen were shut out of the Globes running, while HBO’s Game Of Thrones scored just one nomination from its blockbuster final season - for actor Kit Harington.
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‘Birds of Prey’ is ‘Pulp Fiction’ Meets ‘Rashomon’ With an Unreliable Narrator, Says Director Cathy Yan [Set Visit]

Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming Birds of Prey is an ensemble piece with Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn serving as the center of attention. But it’s important to remember that Harley is a little deranged, and since this movie is being told from her perspective, it’s probably not wise to take everything you see as the gospel truth. […]

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‘In The Mood For Love’ Dp Christopher Doyle Explains Why He’ll Never Work With Michael Mann, James Cameron & Others Like Them

When many film fans think of the biggest cinematographers around, names like Roger Deakins, Robert Richardson, Rachel Morrison, and Emmanuel Lubezski get thrown around quite often. But perhaps one of the best that fails to get the immediate name recognition is Christopher Doyle, the long-time collaborator of the master filmmaker Wong Kar-wai. And in a new interview with The Film Stage, the cinematographer gives his philosophy on film and why you won’t dare catch him working with some of the biggest directors in Hollywood.

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New Efa chairman speaks out on Roman Polanksi, sexual harassment in the film industry

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Mike Downey has taken over from Agnieszka Holland.

UK-Irish producer Mike Downey, the new chairman of the European Film Academy (Efa), took an immediate stand against sexual harassment in the film industry in his first public speech at the European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday (December 7).

“The European Film Academy deplores violence against women in all its forms,” said Downey, who has succeeded Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland as chairman.

He addressed the controversy surrounding Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy which was nominated for four awards including best film and best director. The film fell out of
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Margot Robbie’s ‘Birds of Prey’ Idea Started with Huntress

Margot Robbie has spent the last few years establishing herself as quite the power player. The actress broke out in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and has steadily climbed her way to the top ever since, but she's not just an Oscar-nominated actress -- Robbie wasted no time setting herself up behind the scenes as a producer with her banner Lucky Chap. And it was her dang idea that got Warner Bros. upcoming Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn started in the first place. Earlier this year, I visited the set …
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Golden Globe Awards Reactions: Charlize Theron, Daniel Craig, Taylor Swift & More

Nominations for the 2020 Golden Globes have been revealed and that means a lot of happy actors, producers and writers who get to party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 5. Here’s a rundown of their reactions as they come in.

“Beyond thrilled – for the show of course, but in particular for our new cast. We all knew how hard it would be to follow the previous gang – but they have done that and more.

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‘Birds of Prey’ Producers Explain Why You Won’t See Batgirl in the Film

Harley Quinn is finally getting the girl gang she deserves on the big screen, but in a move that surprised comic fans, it's not the Gotham City Sirens she'll be teaming up with in her upcoming movie, it's the Birds of Prey. Warner Bros. upcoming Suicide Squad semi-spinoff Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn sees Margot Robbie return as the iconic villain-turned-antihero, and this time she'll be teaming up with Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell's Black Canary, Rosie Perez's Renee Montoya, and Ella …
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‘Birds of Prey’ Director Says the Film “Exists in a Parallel Timeline”

As the title suggests, Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn sees Margot Robbie's take on the iconic comic book character finally break free of the Joker on the big screen, teaming up with Huntress, Canary, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain to take on the new big bad in town -- Black Mask. Considering the last time we saw Harley in 2016's Suicide Squad, she was very much still hooked on her Puddin' Mister Jay, you might be wondering how the timeline shakes down between …
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Bruno Dumont’s ‘Joan of Arc’ Wins Louis Delluc Prize From French Critics

Bruno Dumont’s ‘Joan of Arc’ Wins Louis Delluc Prize From French Critics
Bruno Dumont’s “Joan of Arc (“Jeanne”), a semi-musical period drama that world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won a special mention in the Un Certain Regard section, has received the Louis Delluc prize from French Critics.

The jury of the Louis Delluc prize is headed by Gilles Jacob, the former president of the Cannes Film Festival.

Dumont’s film follows the journey of the young Joan (Lise Leplat Prudhomme), who believes that God has chosen her and leads the king of France’s army in the 15th century as both France and England fight for the French throne. When she is captured, the church sends her for trial on charges of heresy.

Joan of Arc,” which is a follow-up to Dumont’s 2017 film “Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc,” beat out Alain Cavalier’s “Living and Knowing You’re Alive,” Francois Ozon’s “By the Grace of God,
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‘Birds of Prey’ Director Cathy Yan on Her Cinematic Influences and Building an All-Female Superhero Team [Set Visit Interview]

‘Birds of Prey’ Director Cathy Yan on Her Cinematic Influences and Building an All-Female Superhero Team [Set Visit Interview]
Many people have not seen the 2018 film Dead Pigs, but Warner Bros. and Margo Robbie did. And that’s all that matters. With Birds of Prey, director Cathy Yan is getting her chance to show the world what she’s made of. In March, I visited the set at […]

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The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2019

The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2019
If the best films of 2019 have anything in common, it’s that they each feel somehow emblematic of the decade that they closed. Following on the heels of “Silence” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese delivered another morally ambiguous period epic about the weight of our sins. Less than three years after looking for “The Lost City of Z,” James Gray shot the moon with “Ad Astra,” his greatest movie about the search for a mythic place to make us whole.

After establishing her extraordinary talents with the likes of “Tomboy” and “Girlhood,” “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” auteur Céline Sciamma rocked Cannes with her most shattering tale of love and loss and self-discovery, and capped off a remarkable decade of gay screen romances in the process. Bong Joon Ho, never capitalism’s biggest cheerleader, weaponized his usual proclivities in a way that saw him become a genre unto himself.
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Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’: Atlanta Newspaper Demands Disclaimer on Depiction of Female Reporter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is asking Warner Bros. and the makers of “Richard Jewell” to release a statement acknowledging it took dramatic license when it portrayed journalist Kathy Scruggs as trading sex for tips.

The Clint Eastwood film looks at the media circus that broke out around Jewell, a security guard who came under suspicion for orchestrating the Centennial Olympic Park bombing before being exonerated. Scruggs, an employee at the paper, broke the story that Jewell was under investigation by the FBI. The film shows Scruggs, portrayed by Olivia Wilde, sleeping with an FBI agent (Jon Hamm) to get the story. Scruggs died in 2001 at the age of 42. The paper has maintained that there is no evidence that Scruggs slept with anyone involved in the Jewell investigation.

“We hereby demand that you immediately issue a statement publicly acknowledging that some events were imagined for dramatic purposes and artistic license and dramatization
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Todd Phillips Breaks Into Best Director Race, Reacts to Four ‘Joker’ Golden Globe Noms

Todd Phillips Breaks Into Best Director Race, Reacts to Four ‘Joker’ Golden Globe Noms
Nearly every awards prognosticator predicted Joaquin Phoenix would land a Golden Globe nomination this morning for “Joker.” After all, Phoenix has been an Oscar favorite for Best Actor since “Joker” debuted at the Venice Film Festival in August. But the Golden Globes’ love for “Joker” hardly stopped at Phoenix. In addition to Phoenix’s Best Actor nomination, “Joker” has also landed bids for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Score. Phillips’ Best Director nomination is the biggest shock considering he beat out presumed Oscar frontrunners like Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”).

“When I first pitched this movie to Warner Bros., I never thought about nominations or grosses,” Phillips told Variety while reacting to the big nomination morning of “Joker.” “I was just thinking how we would push this through to achieve a finished product. As for why audiences were drawn to the film, it was a combination of things: obviously Joaquin and his performance,
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‘Honey Boy’ Director Alma Har’el Blasts Golden Globes For No Female Director Nominees

Every year, there’s always some controversy surrounding the major awards ceremonies in the film industry. A few years ago, headlines were made because of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, highlighting the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards. This year, it appears that the representation issue has struck once again, this time with the Golden Globes and its fairly shocking lack of female filmmakers.

Earlier this morning, it was revealed that the Golden Globe nominations for Best Director didn’t include a single female filmmaker.

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Golden Globes Nominate 14 Movie Actors From Variety’s Actors on Actors

Golden Globes Nominate 14 Movie Actors From Variety’s Actors on Actors
“Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” Variety‘s biannual awards season offering, pairs actors who have delivered the best performances of the year for candid conversations about their craft.

This year, 14 actors who participated in Variety‘s movies issue received a Golden Globe nomination on Monday morning.

That list includes Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), Renee Zellweger (“Judy”), Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”), Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”), Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”), Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”), Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”), Awkwafina (“The Farewell”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”), Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”), Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) and Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”).

All of these actors were featured in Variety’s Actors on Actors movie issue, which appeared on newsstands and online in November. In addition to being part of the print publication, the conversations are also filmed. On YouTube, the Actors
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Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees Include ‘1917,’ ‘Joker,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ Parasite,’ ‘The Irishman’

Art Directors Guild Awards Nominees Include ‘1917,’ ‘Joker,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ Parasite,’ ‘The Irishman’
Disney led the pack with eight production design nominations for the 24th annual Art Directors Guild Awards. These included Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” for fantasy, and animation entries “Frozen II,” “Toy Story 4,” and “The Lion King”.

All of the Oscar contenders were well represented, including Bong Joon Ho’s Lafca Best Picture winner, “Parasite,” and period standouts “1917,” Sam Mendes’ innovative, single-shot, World War I thriller, “Joker,” Todd Phillips’ blockbuster origin story, which channeled gritty ’70s New York as Gotham City; Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which gave a 50-year facelift to Hollywood Blvd.; and Martin Scorsese’s sprawling mob epic, “The Irishman,” which crammed 117 locations for 309 scenes.

Contemporary nominees included Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” Chad Stahelski’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” and Jordan Peele’s “Us.” The other
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‘6 Underground’ Trailer: Michael Bay’s Netflix Movie Has Parkour, Explosions, and Ryan Reynolds

‘6 Underground’ Trailer: Michael Bay’s Netflix Movie Has Parkour, Explosions, and Ryan Reynolds
Gratuitous slow motion. Explosions. Beautiful people framed in sun-kissed shots. Lots and lots of helicopters. Yes, a new Michael Bay movie trailer has arrived. Netflix has just released a new trailer for 6 Underground, the new action film starring Ryan Reynolds that debuts on the streaming service later this week. Let’s put it this way: I […]

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