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Blade Runner 2049

After 35 years Philip K. Dick’s brainstorm returns in a film sequel worthy of the original; Denis Villeneuve does right by the concept, but the show will be tough sledding for Add-plagued modern viewers. Ryan Gosling follows in Harrison Ford’s replicant footsteps, surrounded by an impressive group of supporting actors. It’s long, it’s moody, it’s not for babies — but it is rewarding.

Blade Runner 2049

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2017 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 164 min. / available through the WBshop / Street Date January 16, 2018 / 35.99

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Carla Juri, Jared Leto, David Dastmalchian, Sylvia Hoeks, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Young, Hiam Abbass, Edward James Olmos, Dave Bautista.

Cinematography: Roger A. Deakins

Film Editor: Joe Walker

Original Music: Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer

Written by Michael Green, Hampton Fancher, from his story, based on characters from Philip K. Dick

Produced by Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, Bud Yorkin
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Gary Oldman's Darkest Hour gives V for victory at UK box office

Oldman’s Oscar-tipped portrayal of Winston Churchill’s wartime tribulations storms to the top as Three Billboards nabs third place

When it comes to the annual awards-season movie glut, in which Oscar-bait dramas are launched every week from the start of the year until the middle of February, most would agree that the second weekend of January is the plum release date. That’s traditionally the Friday after the Golden Globes ceremony and the Bafta film awards nominations, so it’s a great date if you expect to perform well with those awards-giving bodies, while also giving your film plenty of play up to the Baftas and Oscars ceremonies. It was the date nabbed by La La Land last year, by The Revenant in 2016 and 12 Years a Slave in 2014.

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‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat

‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat
This year, it looks like the five DGA feature film director nominees could match up with the top five Best Picture Oscar nominees. Assuming that’s true, which movie is running ahead? Let’s break down their followings.

Dunkirk” is a $100-million spectacular World War II epic with appeal to men from action filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) who is eager to finally earn his first directing Oscar nomination.

Guilds: PGA, DGA, Ace, Asc, and Adg.

Read More:2018 Producers Guild of America Awards Nominations: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ and More

Harmful meme: Why hasn’t it gotten more awards attention so far, like SAG? It’s landed nominations from the Globes, BAFTAs, and Critics Choice, but so far no wins. It lacks dialogue (so did “The Revenant”) and meaty characters. It’s radical that way, which is a good thing (it scored $505 million worldwide) and a bad
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‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat

‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat
This year, it looks like the five DGA feature film director nominees could match up with the top five Best Picture Oscar nominees. Assuming that’s true, which movie is running ahead? Let’s break down their followings.

Dunkirk” is a $100-million spectacular World War II epic with appeal to men from action filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) who is eager to finally earn his first directing Oscar nomination.

Guilds: PGA, DGA, Ace, Asc, and Adg.

Read More:2018 Producers Guild of America Awards Nominations: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ and More

Harmful meme: Why hasn’t it gotten more awards attention so far, like SAG? It’s landed nominations from the Globes, BAFTAs, and Critics Choice, but so far no wins. It lacks dialogue (so did “The Revenant”) and meaty characters. It’s radical that way, which is a good thing (it scored $505 million worldwide) and a bad
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Oscars 2018 Comes Down to What Male Voters Are Thinking in the Year of #TimesUp

There is no monolithic pool of Oscar voters. There are more of them than there used to be, 7,258 to be exact — with about 1,500 younger, more diverse and international Academy members added over the past two years following #OscarSoWhite.

But this year, as balloting ended Friday and PriceWaterhouseCooper tabulates the votes ahead of the January 23 Oscar nominations, what exactly are we expecting?

Read More:James Franco Accused of Sexually Exploitative Behavior by Five Women in Los Angeles Times Report

As usual, the critics groups, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Guild nominations leave a trail of clues to where the race is heading. Upcoming PGA (January 20) and SAG (January 21) winners will add more clarity to the Best Picture race.

As always, the zeitgeist is the emotional factor that leaves statistics in the dust. “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” and “12 Years a Slave” weren’t big-budget Best Picture shoo-ins. Just enough individual Academy members wanted those
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Oscars 2018 Comes Down to What Male Voters Are Thinking in the Year of #TimesUp

There is no monolithic pool of Oscar voters. There are more of them than there used to be, 7,258 to be exact — with about 1,500 younger, more diverse and international Academy members added over the past two years following #OscarSoWhite.

But this year, as balloting ended Friday and PriceWaterhouseCooper tabulates the votes ahead of the January 23 Oscar nominations, what exactly are we expecting?

Read More:James Franco Accused of Sexually Exploitative Behavior by Five Women in Los Angeles Times Report

As usual, the critics groups, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Guild nominations leave a trail of clues to where the race is heading. Upcoming PGA (January 20) and SAG (January 21) winners will add more clarity to the Best Picture race.

As always, the zeitgeist is the emotional factor that leaves statistics in the dust. “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” and “12 Years a Slave” weren’t big-budget Best Picture shoo-ins. Just enough individual Academy members wanted those
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Which films could lead the Academy Award nominations this year?

Voting for the Oscars has ended. The ballots are in. Now, we wait. In the meantime, why not ponder some possibilities? Today, we’re going to be looking at movies that could end up the overall nomination leader once the Academy makes their announcement. It’s an interesting thing to ponder, as one title really seems the far and away favorite to at least get double digit nominations, while a lot of other flicks could score big wins, but will do so with fewer nominations. For example, both Get Out and Lady Bird are legitimate contenders for Best Picture, won’t be able to break a half dozen nods on nomination morning. Below you’ll see a handful of films that could do so, with one in particular looking at noms approaching or even exceeding a dozen. Go figure. Here now are the five films that could potentially lead with
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Legally Blonde, Mrs. Doubtfire, and more movies to cheer you up on Blue Monday

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Legally Blonde, Mrs. Doubtfire, and more movies to cheer you up on Blue MondayLegally Blonde, Mrs. Doubtfire, and more movies to cheer you up on Blue MondayAdriana Floridia1/15/2018 9:08:00 Am

Monday January 15th has been deemed Blue Monday.

Blue Monday is what experts would call “the most depressing day of the year”, and it makes sense. It’s freezing cold outside, it’s mid-January when the excitement of the holidays has officially faded, and it’s a Monday.

We’ve narrowed down a list of the best films you may want to check out to make your Blue Monday even more cheerful. These films are all available either in the Cineplex Store or are now playing at a Cineplex theatre near you.

Here are our movie picks that will be sure to brighten your Blue Monday:

Paddington 2

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Indulge in some British whimsy with the sequel to Paddington Bear.
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Former chairman of Lionsgate's China partner arrested for corruption

Former chairman of Lionsgate's China partner arrested for corruption
Long Qiuyun waas an exec producer on La La Land.

Long Qiuyun, the former chairman of Chinese state-owned broadcaster Hunan TV, which has a slate financing deal with Lionsgate, has been arrested on suspicion of corruption, according to local press reports.

Source: Hunan TV

Rumours have been circulating that Long is being investigated since October 2017 when he abruptly resigned from the company, citing work-related problems. Local press reports say he is suspected of accepting bribes.

Changsha-based Hunan TV has a $375m slate financing deal with Lionsgate, signed in 2015, although there is no suggestion the agreement is also being scrutinised by Chinese authorities. The deal also covers distribution of some Lionsgate films through Hunan subsidiary Tik Films.

During his time as CEO of the company, Long spearheaded its listing on the Shenzhen stock exchange in 1999, helped transform the company into a commercial enterprise and was also instrumental in closing the deal with Lionsgate. He is credited
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Chadwick Boseman & Barry Jenkins team for 70s thriller

David Crow Jan 15, 2018

Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman and Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight, team for Expatriate, a plane hijacking thriller.

What a difference a year can make. Just 12 months ago, Oscar nominated director Barry Jenkins and producer Marc Platt had their named entwined due to an awards season competition between Jenkins’ Moonlight (which won Best Picture) and Platt’s La La Land production (which did see a Best Director win for Damian Chazelle). Now in 2018, Jenkins and Platt are teaming up for the immediately intriguing Expatriate, a 1970s-set thriller put together by Chadwick Boseman, the star of Marvel’s Black Panther.

Expatriate will work from a screenplay by Logan Coles and Boseman himself. The film will cover what appears to be a fictional plane hijacking during a time period in which hostage-taking was on the rise given political turmoil (the famous Twa 847 hijacking would come a decade later in
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‘John Wick’ TV Spinoff Coming to Starz; Keanu Reeves Expected to Guest

Starz is developing “The Continental,” a TV spinoff of the “John Wick” films focused on the hotel that serves as a safehouse for assassins. “John Wick” star Keanu Reeves is expected to appear, eventually. “You can expect to see him at some point,” Starz President of original programming Carmi Zlotnik said. “The Continental,” from writer and executive producer Chris Collins, includes Reeves as an executive producer, Starz execs said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday. Also Read: 'John Wick 2,' 'La La Land' Power Lionsgate to Strong Q1 Earnings “This series is truly unlike anything else on TV,” said Starz CEO Chris...
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Barry Jenkins, Chadwick Boseman Team for Thriller 'Expatriate'

Barry Jenkins, Chadwick Boseman Team for Thriller 'Expatriate'
Barry Jenkins and Chadwick Boseman are teaming for international thriller Expatriate.

Jenkins will direct the Black Panther star in the Universal feature is set in the 1970s and centers on a plane hijacking. Boseman penned the feature with his writing partner Logan Coles.

La La Land producer Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce for their Uni-based Marc Platt Productions banner, while Mark Johnson (Downsizing) will produce via his Gran Via Productions, along with Mark Ceryak. Coles will serve as an executive producer.

Chloe Yellin will oversee Expatriate for the studio, with Ryan Christians overseeing for Marc Platt Productions.

Jenkins, who last year won...
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‘La La Land’ Producer & Chinese Media Exec Qiuyun Long Arrested For Bribery

‘La La Land’ Producer & Chinese Media Exec Qiuyun Long Arrested For Bribery
La La Land producer and former Chairman of Chinese media group Hunan TV Qiuyun Long has been arrested on suspicion of corruption. Qiuyun, who was responsible for striking a major slate financing deal with Lionsgate in 2015, was reportedly jailed for accepting bribes. He stepped down from Hunan in October 2017 and local media outlet Caixin reported that he had been taken into custody by Hunan Province authorities on Thursday. Following the $375M Lionsgate deal, Long has…
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Chinese Executive Behind $375M Lionsgate Slate Deal Arrested for Corruption

The former chairman of Chinese television and film powerhouse Hunan TV has been arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes.

Long Qiuyun, 55, had held the top role at Hunan TV since 1995, and he was instrumental in the $375 million slate-financing deal the company signed with Lionsgate in 2015. Thanks to that agreement, which was executed through Hunan movie subsidiary Tik Films, Long is credited as a producer on at least a dozen Lionsgate releases, including multiple Oscar winner La La Land and last year's Power Rangers.

Long abruptly resigned from his role at Hunan TV in October 2017, sparking...
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Chinese Executive Behind $375M Lionsgate Slate Deal Arrested for Corruption

The former chairman of Chinese television and film powerhouse Hunan TV has been arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes.

Long Qiuyun, 55, had held the top role at Hunan TV since 1995, and he was instrumental in the $375 million slate-financing deal the company signed with Lionsgate in 2015. Thanks to that agreement, which was executed through Hunan movie subsidiary Tik Films, Long is credited as a producer on at least a dozen Lionsgate releases, including multiple Oscar winner La La Land and last year's Power Rangers.

Long abruptly resigned from his role at Hunan TV in October 2017, sparking...
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Here’s What the Critics’ Choice Awards Winners Mean for the Oscar Race

Critics’ Choice Awards voters were less keen on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” than the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The film drama winners at the CCAs mostly matched those at the Golden Globes four nights prior, with the exception of Best Picture and Best Screenplay. While the 90-member HFPA gave both honors to Martin McDonagh’s drama about a grieving mother opposing her town’s police department , the 300 national Bfca critics voted “The Shape of Water” Best Picture, recognizing “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out” for respective adapted and original screenplays.

Read More:Critics’ Choice Awards 2018 Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates With Best Picture and Best Director Prizes

Additional favorites have emerged in the acting races: Frances McDormand for Best Actress (“Three Billboards”), Gary Oldman for Best Actor (“Darkest Hour), Allison Janney for Best Supporting Actress (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards.” The CCAs have
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Critics’ Choice Awards 2018 Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates With Best Picture and Best Director Prizes

Critics’ Choice Awards 2018 Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates With Best Picture and Best Director Prizes
Following the Golden Globes earlier this month, the 2017-18 awards season continues with the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The ceremony honored the best in film and television from 2017. Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” led all films with 14 nominations this year, including Best Picture and Best Director. “Feud: Betty and Joan” leds the television categories with six nominations, but HBO’s highly competitive “Big Little Lies” is a close second with five.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions

The Critics’ Choice Award honored director Damien Chazelle and actors Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali, and Viola Davis with prizes last year. All of them went on to earn Oscars. The Best Picture award went to “La La Land.”

Check out all of the nominations for the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards below. Winners will appear in bold.

Film Award Winners

Best Picture

The Big Sick

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk
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Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning Tapped as SAG Awards Presenters

Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning Tapped as SAG Awards Presenters
Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning, Lupita Nyong’o, and Kelly Marie Tran have been selected as presenters at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, fulfilling the show’s plan for an all-female slate of presenters.

As previously announced, Kristen Bell will serve as the show’s first-ever host. The ceremony will air live on TNT and TBS on Jan. 21 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Stone scored an individual SAG Award and Oscar for “La La Land” and was part of the ensembles that won SAG Awards for “Birdman” and “The Help.”

Berry won SAG awards for the television movie “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and for her lead performance in “Monster’s Ball,” for which she also won an Oscar.

Fanning became the youngest-ever individual SAG Award nominee for her supporting role “I Am Sam” when she was 7. She introduced the SAG Awards’ tribute to child actors in 2002 and presented the SAG life achievement award to
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Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning and Lupita Nyong'o to Present at 2018 SAG Awards

Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning and Lupita Nyong'o to Present at 2018 SAG Awards
The first star-studded list of presenters has been announced for the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone and Kelly Marie Tran will take to the stage on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles, People can exclusively reveal.

Berry, 51, has won twice at the SAG Awards, for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999 and Monster’s Ball in 2001.

Fanning, 23, became the youngest-ever individual SAG Award nominee for her supporting role I Am Sam at the age of 7. She introduced the SAG Awards’ tribute to child actors in 2002 and presented the SAG Life Achievement Award to Shirley Temple Black in 2006.

Nyong’o,
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DGA Feature Film Nominations Revealed

DGA Feature Film Nominations Revealed
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonaugh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) for its top feature film award.

The DGA also nominated Peele on Thursday for its first-time director award along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”).

It was the fourth DGA nomination for Nolan, who had previously been nominated for “Inception,” “Memento” and “The Dark Knight.”

Gerwig is the eighth woman to have received a DGA feature film nomination, joining Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Randa Haines (“Children of a Lesser God”), Barbra Streisand (“The Prince of Tides”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Kathryn Bigelow, who’s been nominated twice. Bigelow won the award for 2009’s “The Hurt Locker” and was nominated for “Zero Dark Thirty
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