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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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‘A Star Is Born’ Faces Its Oscar Season Moment of Truth at the Producers Guild Awards

‘A Star Is Born’ Faces Its Oscar Season Moment of Truth at the Producers Guild Awards
At Saturday night’s Producers Guild Awards, “A Star Is Born” could take a huge step toward becoming the Oscar Best Picture winner that many people thought it would be as soon as it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August.

Or it could go home from the PGA looking like the Oscar also-ran that it has appeared to be at some other recent awards shows.

The Producers Guild is the moment of truth for Bradley Cooper’s hit musical, the night on which it absolutely needs to go home with the big prize.

Also Read: 'A Star Is Born' Film Review: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Reinvigorate a Classic

In a way, that hardly seems fair for “A Star Is Born.” The film, after all, has almost run the table on guild and professional nominations, which are all-important precursors to the Oscars. It is the only
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2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category

2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category
The 2019 Oscar race is all about Best Popular Film. Not only does the Academy not need that new category after all this year, but more big-grossers than ever are vying for spots on the final Oscar ballot to be revealed on January 22. Which might mean more people will tune into an Oscar show, rooting for mainstream movies they actually care about.

But while more popular hits, led by Bradley Cooper’s blockbuster “A Star is Born,” (Warner Bros.) are in contention for multiple categories including Best Picture, bragging rights may still wind up with Netflix’s first bonafide Best Picture candidate, Alfonso Cuarón’s cinephile-dream “Roma,” which commanded a more robust arthouse release than any Netflix film to date, along with a lavish promotional campaign, and has been widely viewed on the global streaming platform.

The Golden Globe and Critics Choice winner and Mexico’s black-and-white foreign-language Oscar entry, “Roma
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2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category

2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category
The 2019 Oscar race is all about Best Popular Film. Not only does the Academy not need that new category after all this year, but more big-grossers than ever are vying for spots on the final Oscar ballot to be revealed on January 22. Which might mean more people will tune into an Oscar show, rooting for mainstream movies they actually care about.

But while more popular hits, led by Bradley Cooper’s blockbuster “A Star is Born,” (Warner Bros.) are in contention for multiple categories including Best Picture, bragging rights may still wind up with Netflix’s first bonafide Best Picture candidate, Alfonso Cuarón’s cinephile-dream “Roma,” which commanded a more robust arthouse release than any Netflix film to date, along with a lavish promotional campaign, and has been widely viewed on the global streaming platform.

The Golden Globe and Critics Choice winner and Mexico’s black-and-white foreign-language Oscar entry, “Roma
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Reveal 2019 Golden Reel Nominations

Now hear this: The Motion Picture Sound Editors guild is out with the nominees for its 66th annual Golden Reel Awards, which honor sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, TV, animation and computer entertainment productions.

Trophies in 23 categories will be doled out during the February 18 ceremony at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

“Sound artists continue to push boundaries for artistry and technical achievement in entertainment sound,” Mpse president Tom McCarthy said. “This year’s nominees represent the best work in sound across films, television, games, documentaries and other media. On behalf of the Motion Picture Sound Editors, I would like to congratulate all the nominees for their outstanding contributions to the art of sound.”

Mpse previously announced a pair of 2019 honors: the Filmmaker Award for Antoine Fuqua and the Mpse Career Achievement Award for two-time Oscar-winning sound man Stephen H.
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PGA Awards predictions: ‘A Star Is Born’ will be reborn with a Best Picture win

PGA Awards predictions: ‘A Star Is Born’ will be reborn with a Best Picture win
Is “A Star Is Born”‘s Best Picture Oscar campaign about to get new life? The romance musical is the odds-on favorite to win Best Picture at Saturday’s Producers Guild of America Awards, which would give it a much-needed boost at one of the most important precursors.

With 13/2 odds, “A Star Is Born” has the backing of six Experts, five Editors and eight of our Top 24 users. But “Roma” (7/1 odds) has been creeping up on it, thanks to the support of two Experts and 10 of our Top 24 users.

A Star Is Born” has been the presumptive frontrunner in an unsettled Best Picture race, but it has yet to claim any big prizes to back up that notion. It lost Best Drama Film at the Golden Globes to “Bohemian Rhapsody” and kind of bombed there in general, winning just one award for Best Original Song. And “Roma” was the critics
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Flashback: Carol Channing Sings With Marty Robbins

From her Tony-winning title role in Broadway’s Hello, Dolly! to one of her signature songs, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” – sung on film by Marilyn Monroe and covered in 1983 by Emmylou HarrisCarol Channing’s effervescent presence on the stage and in film and TV roles was accompanied by an unmistakably unique voice, making her one of the most recognizable entertainers of the past half-century.

Channing, who died Tuesday at her home at age 97, made numerous appearances on both the big and small screens and, apart from
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Critics’ Choice Winners ‘Roma,’ ‘Vice,’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ Advance in Oscar Race

Critics’ Choice Winners ‘Roma,’ ‘Vice,’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ Advance in Oscar Race
Last year at the chilly Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica airport, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro thanked the Broadcast Film Critics as he accepted the Critics’ Choice award for Best Picture for “The Shape of Water.” Other Critics’ Choice winners that have gone on to win the Oscar include “Spotlight,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “The Artist,” “The Hurt Locker,” and “Slumdog Millionaire.” The ones that have not landed Best Picture Oscars came damn close: “The Social Network,” “Boyhood,” and “La La Land.”

The Broadcast Film Critics do better than other critics groups at mirroring Academy voters’ tastes because they are both bigger — more than 330 voters nationwide from radio, online and television — and more mainstream.

Which bodes well for this year’s Best Picture winner, “Roma” (Netflix), which led the field with four wins, including Director, Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film for Alfonso Cuarón, who could follow his “amigos” Del Toro and A.
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Critics’ Choice Winners ‘Roma,’ ‘Vice,’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ Advance in Oscar Race

Critics’ Choice Winners ‘Roma,’ ‘Vice,’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ Advance in Oscar Race
Last year at the chilly Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica airport, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro thanked the Broadcast Film Critics as he accepted the Critics’ Choice award for Best Picture for “The Shape of Water.” Other Critics’ Choice winners that have gone on to win the Oscar include “Spotlight,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “The Artist,” “The Hurt Locker,” and “Slumdog Millionaire.” The ones that have not landed Best Picture Oscars came damn close: “The Social Network,” “Boyhood,” and “La La Land.”

The Broadcast Film Critics do better than other critics groups at mirroring Academy voters’ tastes because they are both bigger — more than 330 voters nationwide from radio, online and television — and more mainstream.

Which bodes well for this year’s Best Picture winner, “Roma” (Netflix), which led the field with four wins, including Director, Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film for Alfonso Cuarón, who could follow his “amigos” Del Toro and A.
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2019 Producers Guild of America Awards: Another Oscar Best Picture preview by PGA?

What can we expect when the Producers Guild of America reveals its Best Picture winner on Jan. 19? Twenty of the first 29 films to claim this top prize from the guild went on to be named Best Picture at the Academy Awards, including last year’s double dipper, “The Shape of Water.”

The PGA Awards champ will be crowned three days before Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 22. The guild nominees for its top prize are: “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born” and “Vice.”

The PGA adopted the same system as the Oscars — the preferential ballot — for the final vote beginning in 2010. The first six winners of this expanded field of 10 contenders went on to repeat at the Oscars.

See 2019 Producers Guild Awards: Which of the 10 nominees will make the cut for Best Picture at the Oscars?
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2019 Critics’ Choice Awards: Will they preview the Oscars again?

The Critics’ Choice Awards are renowned as one of the best barometers for predicting the Oscars. Over their 23-year history these prizes bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (Bfca) have previewed 14 Best Picture Oscar winners as well as 18 Best Director, 16 Best Actor, 13 Best Actress, 13 Supporting Actor and 16 Supporting Actress champs.

Last year, this group of journos foresaw the outcome in all of those Academy Awards races. The Critic’s Choice winners were revealed on Jan. 11, which was one day before Oscar nominations voting closes. “The Shape of Water” took the top prize here and Guillermo del Toro had a chance to practice the acceptance speech he would give at the Oscars. Likewise for the four acting winners: Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney.

See 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards: Full winners list in the 25 film and 17 TV categories

In 2017, the Critics’ Choice Awards were handed out on Dec.
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‘Roma’ poised to become 1st foreign language Best Picture winner at Critics’ Choice Awards

‘Roma’ poised to become 1st foreign language Best Picture winner at Critics’ Choice Awards
“Roma” didn’t win either of the Golden Globes’ top film prizes because it was ineligible as a foreign language film, but it’s looking good to walk away with Best Picture at Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards. Per our predictions, “Roma” has 15/2 odds to become the first foreign language film to win the award in Critics’ Choice history.

It had been a close duel between “Roma” and “A Star Is Born” the past month, but “Roma” surged ahead within the past week after the latter only when 1-for-5 at the Golden Globes. “Roma,” on the other hand, won its expected categories, Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and Best Foreign Language Film.

See Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma,’ Ethan Hawke and Regina King have racked up double-digit wins at critics awards

A critical darling, “Roma” has ruled the critics circuit, nabbing Best Picture honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and
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Battle of the Sams: Will Elliott or Rockwell make the Best Supporting Actor Oscar cut?

Battle of the Sams: Will Elliott or Rockwell make the Best Supporting Actor Oscar cut?
Sam is in? But which one? Now that the four televised precursors have spoken, four spots in the Best Supporting Actor Oscar race appear to be secure: Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”), Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”), Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) all scored Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA nominations. The last spot has been split between two Sams: Elliott (“A Star Is Born”), who made Critics’ Choice and SAG, and Rockwell (“Vice”), who was shortlisted at the Globes and BAFTA. Assuming the other four are in, which Sam will take the final spot in the Oscar lineup?

Elliott has had a rocky Oscar journey for what many felt was a safe nomination after “A Star Is Born” opened to great reviews and became a box office hit. The Globe snub was surprising, but in hindsight, given how “A Star Is Born
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Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman and more join Todd Haynes’ DuPont drama

Deadline is reporting that Anne Hathaway (Ocean’s 8), Tim Robbins (Here and Now), Bill Pullman (The Sinner), Bill Camp (Vice), Victor Garber (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Mare Winningham (The Affair) and William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) are joining Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’ untitled drama about the DuPont pollution scandal.

The film, formerly titled Dry Run, is based upon the New York Times Magazine article ‘The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare’ and sees Ruffalo portraying Robert Bilott, a corporate defense attorney whose environmental suit against the DuPont conglomerate exposed decades of chemical pollution.

Filming on the legal drama is set to get underway this coming week, with Haynes directing from a script by Mario Correa (Let Her Speak) and Matthew Carnahan (Deepwater Horizon). In addition to starring Ruffalo is also producing the movie with Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon of Killer Films, while Spotlight’s Jeff Skoll
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Critics’ Choice film predictions: ‘BlacKkKlansman’ will give Spike Lee his first win in Best Adapted Screenplay

Critics’ Choice film predictions: ‘BlacKkKlansman’ will give Spike Lee his first win in Best Adapted Screenplay
It’ll be no contest for “BlacKkKlansman” in the Best Adapted Screenplay race at the Critics’ Choice Awards. The film has a 9/2 lead in our combined odds to take the prize on Sunday, which would give Spike Lee his first Critics’ Choice Award statuette.

Lee co-wrote “BlacKkKlansman” with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott. The quartet has the support of eight Experts, seven Editors and 19 of our Top 24 users. Since “BlacKkKlansman” was snubbed in the Golden Globes’ single screenplay category, which was won by “Green Book,” this would be the first opportunity for Lee to give a televised speech.

See ‘BlacKkKlansman’ screenwriters Charlie Watchtel and David Rabinowitz on their adaptation for Spike Lee film [Exclusive Video Interview]

In second place is Barry Jenkins for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which is the choice of three of our top users. While Jenkins won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “Moonlight” (2016) with Tarell Alvin McCraney,
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‘First Man’ Is Far More Authentic Than Your Average Biopic, But Most Audiences Don’t Know That

‘First Man’ Is Far More Authentic Than Your Average Biopic, But Most Audiences Don’t Know That
You can check Josh Singer’s homework; in fact, the Oscar-winning screenwriter would love nothing more than that. In an awards season that has exalted fact-based features like “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” that have been dogged by claims of inauthenticity and fact-stretching, Singer’s “First Man” screenplay provides a compelling counterpoint: a rigorously investigated script that was vetted by experts, family members, and friends, and one that still offers a fresh take on the mythos of astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling).

Singer is no stranger to turning true stories into lauded features — while his 2013 debut film, the Julian Assange-centric “The Fifth Estate,” was hardly a smash hit, it opened the door for his follow-up projects. Two years after “The Fifth Estate,” Singer earned his first Oscar for “Spotlight,” which dramatized the true story of the Boston Globe journalists who uncovered the Catholic Church molestation scandal. In 2017, Singer and
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Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, More Join Mark Ruffalo In Todd Haynes-Participant Drama About DuPont Pollution Scandal

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Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, More Join Mark Ruffalo In Todd Haynes-Participant Drama About DuPont Pollution Scandal
Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins will star alongside Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’ untitled drama about the DuPont pollution scandal, we can reveal.

Also joining cast on Participant’s prestige-looking feature are Bill Camp (Vice), Victor Garber (Argo), Mare Winningham (The Affair), William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) and Bill Pullman (Independence Day).

Production will get under way next week in Cincinnati on the film, which is inspired by the true story of corporate defense attorney Robert Bilott, played by Ruffalo, whose environmental suit against DuPont exposed a decades-long history of chemical pollution. Participant also optioned the life rights of Bilott.

Based on Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times Magazine’s article The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare, script comes from Matthew Carnahan and Mario Correa. Ruffalo will produce the film with Killer FilmsPamela Koffler and Christine Vachon. Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King will executive produce,
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Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale Acquired by IFC Films for Us Distribution

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Ever since her first feature film, The Babadook, shook many viewers to their cores in 2014, many film fans have been eagerly awaiting Jennifer Kent's second feature, and that wait is getting ever closer to being over. Ahead of its North American premiere in the Spotlight section of the forthcoming Sundance Film Festival, Kent's The Nightingale has been acquired by IFC Films.

Variety exclusively reported that IFC Films acquired The Nightingale for distribution in the United States. A release date has not yet been revealed, but Variety reports that a "robust rollout" is expected this summer. Kent is no stranger to IFC, as the distributor previously released The Babadook in Us cinemas.

Here's what Kent told Variety about what viewers can expect from her latest film, which stars Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, and Baykali Ganambarr:

“The film is a study on violence and what a violent mind and therefore
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‘A Star is Born’: Will Sam Elliott finally get an Oscar nomination after 50 years in Hollywood?

‘A Star is Born’: Will Sam Elliott finally get an Oscar nomination after 50 years in Hollywood?
Three years ago, I predicted that British actor Mark Rylance would win the supporting actor Oscar for his performance in Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” which he did. People had said I was overlooking the obvious, that Sylvester Stallone’s seventh and best portrayal of Rocky Balboa would win for “Creed.”

When pressed about my choice, all I could say was that I thought Rylance had given the best supporting performance among the nominees, who also included Christian Bale for “The Big Short,” Mark Ruffalo for “Spotlight,”and Tom Hardy for “The Revenant.”

I also said that I thought his role as the Soviet spy Adolph Abel was the very definition of a supporting role; i.e., a character who elevates and underscores – supports – the main character in the development of a plot.

Rylance, whom I’d known little about before, is mesmerizing in his every appearance in the
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2019 Directors Guild of America Awards winner will become Oscar frontrunner

On Tuesday (Jan. 8), the Directors Guild of America announced the nominees for the 71st annual edition of its awards. The five contenders are: Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Adam McKay (“Vice”).

Cuaron won Best Director from both the guild and the academy five years ago for “Gravity.” He was one of the 61 DGA champs to repeat at the Oscars since the guild aligned itself with the academy calendar in 1950.

He looks all but certain to win both awards again this year. Cuaron has been the frontrunner all season long. He won the Golden Globe on Sunday. Of the 20 regional critics groups to weigh in with their picks of the best of the year, he has dominated with a lucky 13 wins. The only other DGA nominee with multiple wins is Lee with three.

While the DGA is aces at forecasting the eventual Oscar winner,
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