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‘Green Book’ Wins at Producers Guild Awards, Picking Up Oscar Momentum

‘Green Book’ Wins at Producers Guild Awards, Picking Up Oscar Momentum
Green Book” has won the top prize at the Producers Guild of America Awards, meaning we have an official Best Picture frontrunner. Often seen as an Oscar bellwether, the PGA Awards’ top winner has matched up with that of the Academy 20 times since the Guild started giving out awards — including last year, when “The Shape of Water” won both.

Avail yourself of the full list below, with winners in bold.

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

Black Panther” (Producer: Kevin Feige)

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody” (Producer: Graham King)

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite

Green Book

A Quiet Place

Roma

A Star Is Born

“Vice”

Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures

The Dawn Wall

“Free Solo”

“Hal”

Into the Okavango” (Producer: Neil Gelinas)

Rbg

“Three Identical Strangers”

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs
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‘Green Book’ Wins PGA Award For Best Film & Takes Lead In Oscar Race

The Producers Guild of America held the 30th annual PGA Awards on Saturday night and it allowed the influential guild to finally have their say in the Oscars race. And who did the PGA anoint as the Best Film of the Year? Oh, just “Green Book.”

Since the PGA have gone to 10 nominees in 2010, they have only incorrectly picked the Best Picture winner twice, in 2016 with “The Big Short” and 2017 with “La La Land.” This century the PGA and AMPAS have lined up 12 out of 18 times so far.

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‘Dynasties’: How Producers Captured This Epic ‘Game of Thrones’ Tale With Fangs

‘Dynasties’: How Producers Captured This Epic ‘Game of Thrones’ Tale With Fangs
“Dynasties” is a new breed of nature documentary. With drama this thrilling and gut-wrenching, it’s not for the faint of heart. More intense than “Planet Earth,” “Dynasties” sticks with one animal family per episode to follow their heartbreaking fates and triumphant fortunes.

“It’s a very different editorial approach,” says longtime nature program narrator Sir David Attenborough. “The thought was we’ll watch them over the next two-and-a-half years and show you exactly what happens. We won’t fiddle around with it; we will show the action as truthful as we can.”

These are cutthroat stories of survival that have the highest of stakes. Yes, these are actual creatures who live and die in the wild, but also each of the animals featured on the BBC-produced series is on the endangered species list. If a real, concerted effort isn’t made to protect them, “Dynasties” could be one
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‘Standoff At Sparrow Creek’ Is A Confident, Strong Debut & An Early 2019 Genre Movie Gem [Ayt Podcast]

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I officially dig into the 2019 cinematic release calendar with a chat about “Standoff At Sparrow Creek,” a small but well-made one-location thriller that’s packed with a great bunch of character actors chewing up tough-guy dialogue and spitting it out with verve, but not too much overt stylization.

Read More: The 25 Best Films Of 2018

The Playlist review out of Tiff (where the film premiered as part of the popular Midnight Madness section of the fest) found the film to be just okay, slapping it with a C- grade, but we’d beg to differ.

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Bill Maher Gets Booed for Booking Ann Coulter on ‘Real Time’

Bill Maher Gets Booed for Booking Ann Coulter on ‘Real Time’
“Real Time” returned last night after a two-month hiatus, and Bill Maher wasted little time courting controversy — this time from his own studio audience. During a panel discussion with former congressman Barney Frank, Maher received boos from the crowd when he announced that Ann Coulter would be on the show next week.

“Yeah, that’s called a newsmaker. A policymaker. You’ll have to suck on that,” he said in response to his audience’s vocal disapproval. Coulter has appeared on “Real Time” on several occasions throughout the years, and the two are friends despite holding diametrically opposed political views.

It wasn’t the first time Coulter was mentioned last night. During his monologue, which focused on the ongoing government shutdown as well as the latest bombshell revelations about Donald Trump and his inner circle, Maher alluded to the fact that Coulter and other Fox News personalities have the president
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Laura Linney Has Fond Memories of ‘Love Actually,’ Even If You Don’t

Laura Linney Has Fond Memories of ‘Love Actually,’ Even If You Don’t
“Love Actually” grows more controversial by the year, with diehard fans considering it a peak rom-com and detractors decrying it as shallow and manipulative. Laura Linney isn’t here to weigh in on the debate — though, considering she was part of the ensemble cast, one imagines she at least likes the film — but she does fondly recall one of her most memorable scenes. “People feel sorry for me, but they shouldn’t. I really believe I got the best kiss in that movie, hands down,” she said about her sequence opposite Rodrigo Santoro on “The Graham Norton Show.”

“It was sweet because be were both very brokenhearted when we made that movie. He had just been dumped, I had just been dumped,” Linney added. “I remember the day we were gonna go shoot the scene, we both sort of slumped to the van. He was like, Laura, ‘My heart is broken.
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‘The Unicorn’ Trailer Draft: Everyone’s Obsessed With Having A Threesome

“You guys used to be fun,” an old friend (Lucy Hale) and intriguing minx says to her old pals. And with that jarring pronouncement, a long-engaged couple is shocked and comes to the realization that they are boring and unadventurous people. So, the new comedy, “The Unicorn” that debuted at the SXSW Film Festival last year tracks a couple as they set out on a quest to spice up their relationship.

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Dario Argento Says ‘Suspiria’ Remake ‘Betrayed the Spirit of the Original’

Dario Argento Says ‘Suspiria’ Remake ‘Betrayed the Spirit of the Original’
If you’ve been wondering how Dario Argento feels about the “Suspiria” remake, wonder no more. The giallo master has shared his thoughts on the film with Radio Rai 1’s Un Giorno da Pecora (per the Film Stage), saying that “it did not excite me, it betrayed the spirit of the original film: There is no fear, there is no music. The film has not satisfied me so much.”

That’s in spite of his thoughts on writer-director Luca Guadagnino, whom Argento considers “a fine person.” Argento called this new take on his film “refined” and added that “Guadagnino makes beautiful tables, beautiful curtains, beautiful dishes, all beautiful…”

Remaking a cult classic like “Suspiria” was always going to be a risky proposition, which Guadagnino acknowledged in an interview at the Venice Film Festival. “For me, making films is a natural act, and I do what I believe I need to do,
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Netflix Expected to Spend as Much as $15 Billion on Content This Year

As you’ve surely noticed by now, Netflix boasts an ever-expanding library of original movies and TV series. “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” and “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” are just some of the conversation starters to premiere on the streaming giant in recent weeks, and they have something in common: They all cost money to acquire and/or produce. So much, in fact, that Netflix spent $12 billion on content in 2018 — and, according to Wall Street analysts (per Variety), could see that number rise as high as $15 billion this year.

“We believe [Netflix] could, if it chose, ramp margins more quickly by limiting growth in its substantial investment in global marketing and production, but it is (wisely) playing the long game,” Ben Swinburne of Morgan Stanley wrote in a note. The company spent $8.9 billion on content in 2017 and, according to Daniel Salmon of Bmo Capital Markets,
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Sundance 2018 Box Office Recap: Winners and Losers

While the independent specialty market is in decline, Sundance’s strong release track record continued last year. Sixteen movies that world premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival grossed over $2 million in domestic box office, the best performance in recent years.

These films (plus three Spotlight selections that premiered at other festivals) didn’t set a record for total performance. The 2017 edition total of $270 million included “Get Out,” which contributed close to $180 million, double the rest of the Sundance field. For 2018, the total for all releases is just under $200 million. That’s 70 percent ahead of 2016 from all premiered films.

2018 Sundance Film Festival – Grosses Of Premiered Films

Film Domestic Distributor Bought Section Gross At Fest? $ millions Hereditary 44.1 A24 No Midnight Searching 26.0 Sony Yes Next Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 22.8 Focus No Documentary Premiere Sorry to Bother You 17.5 Annapurna Yes Us Dramatic Rbg 14.0 Magnolia/CNN Yes Documentary Premiere Eighth Grade 13.5 A24 No
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Is This Why We Can’t Have Nice Things? The December 2018 Box Office Post-Mortem [Podcast]

On this episode of The Playlist Podcast, I’m joined by Playlist Managing Editor Charles Barfield to sift through the rubble of the 2018 Winter Box Office, specifically the day that will live in B.O. infamy: December 21, 2018, a day that will likely be seen as a box office cautionary tale for years to come.

Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2019

The day that four major studios and a mini-major decided to release their films in hopes of holiday glory nearly all of themselves cannibalizing their successes in some way.

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Yorgos Lanthimos Discusses The Irrational Physicality & Ridiculousness Of ‘The Favourite’ In 45 Minute Talk [Video]

Yorgos Lanthimos has been quietly building his filmography for decades. Studying theatre directing in Greece, the filmmaker is having his best year to date with the rapid critical, awards, and box office success of “The Favourite.” Earning near-universal acclaim and now well into the grind of awards season, “The Favourite” feels like a crowning achievement for the filmmaker. The road to “The Favourite” has been just as fascinating; the director has created some of the most interesting pieces of modern cinema with his own idiosyncratic style and collaborations.

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‘All These Small Moments’ Mixes Charm And Subtlety To Form An Impressive Debut [Review]

Theoretically, everyday life should be the least interesting part of the human experience to explore on film. To be fair, fantastic films exist about normal people doing boring stuff, but who honestly wants to spend two hours watching actors pretend to do things that the audience actually does every day? Washing dishes, tableside arguments, and dog walking are not exactly what comes to mind when you think of escapist cinema. However, “All These Small Moments” manages to explore the mundane details of life in a charming manner that leaves a long-lasting impression.

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‘The Punisher’ Season 2 Review: Marvel’s Most Violent Hero Finds More Humanity

‘The Punisher’ Season 2 Review: Marvel’s Most Violent Hero Finds More Humanity
[Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for “The Punisher” Season 2, including the ending.]

One of the most remarkable things about “The Punisher” is the way in which it doesn’t hold in its rage. This is a show that feels fundamentally angry about the world — the criminals working within the system, the systems which oppress good people, the good people who get chewed up through no fault of their own. And it doesn’t hold back, thanks to good ol’ Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), rampaging his way through the world, dealing out his own brand of justice.

The most violent of the “Defenders” universe series, Bernthal’s take on the Punisher was first introduced in “Daredevil” Season 2, but barring a cameo or two his spin-off is easily the most disconnected from the rest of the franchise, one which can easily be enjoyed without catching up on “Iron Fist” or “Luke Cage.” Season 2, after an en media res hyper-violent opener,
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Final Oscar Predictions: Why ‘Roma’ Still Has Momentum — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Final Oscar Predictions: Why ‘Roma’ Still Has Momentum — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
Oscar votes are in and nominations are just around the corner. Campaigns are taking a weeklong break. But what will happen on Tuesday morning? Even educated guesses don’t tell the whole story. Nevertheless, most pundits can agree that “Roma” remains a serious frontrunner in a very competitive year. Even so, “A Star Is Born” and “Green Book” stand to do quite well — but don’t count out “BlacKkKlansman” or “The Favourite.” If you’ve been following the hype, you know that a few popular titles could do quite well…or not so well. And what about the underdogs that deserve to sneak in? No matter what happens, someone’s going to be upset about the outcome. Place your bets now!

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson take one last pass at predicting the nominations while looking ahead to a very different film
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‘Grace and Frankie’ Review: Season 5 Is Fun, Silly, and Running Out of Time

‘Grace and Frankie’ Review: Season 5 Is Fun, Silly, and Running Out of Time
If Rust Cohle walked into Grace and Frankie’s beach house, snapped open a Lone Star, and started talking about time as a flat circle, Jane Fonda’s unflappable hostess would slip a coaster under his tall boy and make herself a martini. Lily Tomlin’s relentlessly positive hippie would probably crack a joke about some old peyote trip that had her seeing in 2-D for weeks.

But they’d know what he’s talking about. These time-tested broads recognize how history repeats itself. They know many of life’s moments come back around in one way or another, and the weight of the past can be crushing. Their only twist on Matthew McConaughey’s tortured musings would be that they want the circle to continue; instead of feeling trapped in a constant loop of pain, they’d look for ways to keep things spinning. Because in Season 5, the best
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Sundance 2019 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far

Sundance 2019 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far
There are few acquisition festivals quite like Sundance, where movies enter as unknowns and leave as Oscar hopefuls with million-dollar deals backing them. 2018 titles that went on to critical and financial success included “Searching,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Eighth Grade,” and “Blindspotting”; though not as high-profile as the likes of “Call Me by Your Name” or “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” such films serve as a reminder of Park City’s importance in shaping the year in movies.

Running from January 24 – February 3 in Park City, Utah, this year’s edition of the festival is sure to produce a number of buzzworthy offerings. Here’s our constantly updated compendium of every Sundance 2019 acquisition.

Title: “The Brink

Buyer: Magnolia Pictures

Section: Documentary Premieres

Alison Klayman and producer Marie Therese Guirgis have pulled off an amazing achievement, going behind the scenes of a historic political and cultural moment and capturing it with both true artistry and import,
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‘Carmen Sandiego’ Review: Exciting New Animated Version Stays Educational in Unexpected Ways

‘Carmen Sandiego’ Review: Exciting New Animated Version Stays Educational in Unexpected Ways
At first glance, Carmen Sandiego doesn’t seem like a character that needs an origin story. For anyone who’s played a version of the computer and video games that helped birth Carmen’s trademark red coat and fedora or ever watched one of the multiple TV shows those games eventually spawned, the iconography and the character went hand in hand.

In most of those versions, Carmen was the character disappearing around the corner before she could be caught. Some found her leaving tiny clues and messages for those trailing in her wake. So it makes sense then that for a new version of the title character with some fresh ambitions of her own, “Carmen Sandiego” would need a little bit of a reintroduction.

The first season of the new Netflix animated series opens up with a two-part story called “Becoming Carmen Sandiego,” which tracks Carmen’s (Gina Rodriguez) narrated
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Jon Bernthal Talks The Future Of ‘The Punisher’ & Says “There’s A Lot More Of Frank To Come, Somewhere Down The Road” [Interview]

Given the slew of recent Marvel Netflix cancellations, there’s certainly some cause for concern regarding the future of the remaining two series (“Jessica Jones” and “The Punisher“). If there’s one show, however, that fights to stay alive, it’s without a doubt “The Punisher,” which is fitting given the nature of the character. With Season 2 set to drop this Friday and garnering mostly a similar reception to the previous season, it’s possible we could see Frank Castle live to fight another day.

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‘Black Monday’ Trailer: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Tackle The Stock Market’s Most Infamous Day In New Showtime Series

You had to know when the names Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are attached to a project, it’s not going to be the most conventional program ever conceived. And as expected, when the producing duo behind films like “Sausage Party” and “This is the End,” as well as the TV series “Preacher,” tackle the most infamous day in Us stock market history, they’re doing it with an entirely unique vibe.

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