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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 PGA Awards: All the nominees in the 3 film and 10 TV categories for Producers Guild of America prizes

2019 PGA Awards: All the nominees in the 3 film and 10 TV categories for Producers Guild of America prizes
The Producers Guild of America hands out its awards on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. That is three days before the academy announces the nominations for the Oscars. While the PGA ceremony is not televised, it is an important stop on the road to the Oscars.

The PGA Awards has an enviable track record at presaging the eventual Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards. The guild and the academy have agreed on 20 of the most recent 29 Best Picture champs, including last year’s double winner. “The Shape of Water.”

Since both groups expanded the Best Picture category, the PGA has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years. Last year the guild went seven for nine in previewing the Oscars line-up: “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The other four guild nominees were “The Big Sick,
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2019 Mpse Golden Reel nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘First Man’ leads with 3 as do ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Roma’

All five of our predicted Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing number among the contenders for the Golden Reel Awards bestowed by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (Mpse). Oscar frontrunner “First Man” reaped three bids across the seven film categories as did two of its closest Oscar rivals — “A Quiet Place” and “Roma” — as well as “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which we have in sixth place. The other two likely Oscar nominees — “Black Panther” and and “A Star Is Born” — each reaped two bids.

The 66th annual edition of these awards will take place on Feb. 17 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Sound wiz Stephen H. Flick will be feted for his lifetime of achievement and Antoine Fuqua is to receive the Filmmaker Award.

Last year, all five of the Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing numbered among the Mpse contenders. Eventual Oscar winner “Dunkirk” lost the category equivalent
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The Shape of ‘Roma’: Will 2 Best Picture Oscar winners in a row be snubbed for SAG’s ensemble prize?

The Shape of ‘Roma’: Will 2 Best Picture Oscar winners in a row be snubbed for SAG’s ensemble prize?
For a whopping 21 years, there was one Oscar statistic to rule them all: In order to win Best Picture you first had to be nominated for the ensemble prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. From “The English Patient” (1996) to “Moonlight” (2016) and everything in between, that rule remained unbroken. Then last year it went out with the bath water when Guillermo del Toro‘s fantasy love story “The Shape of Water” won the Academy Award for Best Picture despite being snubbed in SAG’s cast category. Amazingly, this awards stat could now fall two years in a row thanks to “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron‘s semi-autobiographical film about growing up in Mexico City.

When the SAG Awards announced their five nominated casts earlier this month, Netflix’s foreign language film was left off of the list. Instead the nominees were “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “A Star Is Born.
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2019 Oscars calendar: Producers Guild of America Awards on January 19

The Producers Guild of America holds its annual PGA Awards on January 19, three days before the Academy Awards nominations are revealed. Likewise, the nominees for these precursor prizes were announced on Jan. 4, three days before Oscar nominations voting opened.

Unlike the academy, the guild has stuck with a set roster of 10 nominees for Best Picture since 2009. That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual roster of Oscar contenders: the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years.

Both groups do use the same system of voting to decide their respective Best Picture winner. By opting for a preferential ballot, the PGA has an outstanding track record at previewing the eventual Oscar winner. The guild and the academy have agreed on 20 of the most recent 29 Best Picture champs, including last year’s double dipper “The Shape of Water.
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The Help’s Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer set for Fairy Tale Ending

According to an exclusive report from Deadline, The Help stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer are set to reunite for Fairy Tale Ending, a female ensemble comedy set up at Universal Pictures.

Plot details for the movie are being kept tightly under wraps, but we do know that the project is based on a pitch from screenwriters Jim Hecht (Ice Age: The Meltdown) and Tracy McMillan (Marvel’s Runaways), while Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) is attached to produce through his Fuzzy Door production company.

Howard is coming off the blockbuster sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and can currently be heard lending her voice to Sony’s A Dog’s Way Home. Spencer meanwhile followed her Oscar-nominated turn in The Shape of Water with the Paramount comedy Instant Family.

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The Witches Remake Gets Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch

The Witches Remake Gets Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch
Anne Hathaway has officially boarded The Witches remake. Back to the Future helmer Robert Zemeckis is set to direct the new adaptation of the Roald Dahl book of the same name. Zemeckis first became attached to the project in June of last year and now it appears as though the pieces are actually starting to come together, as they have arguably the most important piece of that puzzle in place.

According to a new report, Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway will play the part of the Grand High Witch in this new take on The Witches. Hathaway's casting had been rumored for some time, but now the deal is done and she is the first major cast member to board the project. Hathaway will follow in the footsteps of Anjelica Huston, who played the role in the 1990 movie, which was directed by Nicole Roag. The creative team still has some key roles to fill,
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Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard to Reunite for Comedy ‘Fairy Tale Ending’

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Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard to Reunite for Comedy ‘Fairy Tale Ending’
Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard will reunite for the ensemble comedy “Fairy Tale Ending.”

Jim Hecht (“Ice Age: The Meltdown) and Tracy McMillan (“Marvel’s Runaways”) are writing the screenplay.

Howard will also produce the Universal movie through her Nine Muses Entertainment alongside Eric Carlson and Susan Carlson. Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins will produce for their production company, Fuzzy Door. Spencer will executive produce alongside Hecht and McMillan.

Howard and Spencer acted together in the 2011 drama “The Help,” for which Spencer won the supporting actress Oscar. Spencer has been nominated in the same category for the past two years for “Hidden Figures” and “The Shape of Water.”

Howard has starred in Universal’s “Jurassic World” franchise and will next be seen in the upcoming Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” portraying John’s mother, Sheila Eileen. Universal executive vice president of production Erik Baiers will oversee “Fairy Tale Endings” on behalf of the studio.
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Anne Hathaway Has Officially Joined Robert Zemeckis' Adaptation of The Witches

A month ago it was rumored that Anne Hathaway was offered the lead role in director Robert Zemeckis’ new feature film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic 1973 book The Witches.

That casting is now official and confirmed by Variety that she will take on the role of Miss Ernst a.k.a. the Grand High Witch, who was previously played by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 classic film. Hathaway is a great choice for this role and I’m glad that she ended up taking it.

The script for the film was co-written by Zemeckis, his partner, Jack Rapke, along with Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water).

The story for The Witches follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. It’s said that Zemeckis’ version will be "more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.
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‘The Help’s Bryce Dallas Howard & Octavia Spencer Reteam For Uni’s ‘Fairy Tale Ending’; Will Produce Alongside Seth MacFarlane

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‘The Help’s Bryce Dallas Howard & Octavia Spencer Reteam For Uni’s ‘Fairy Tale Ending’; Will Produce Alongside Seth MacFarlane
Exclusive: The Help stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will be working together again in Universal’s upcoming female ensemble comedy Fairy Tale Ending.

Universal recently acquired the pitch from Jim Hecht and Tracy McMillan (Marvel’s Runaways and Mad Men), both of whom will be writing the script.

Howard will produce through her Nine Muses Entertainment label alongside Eric Carlson and Susan Carlson who will produce through their Ck&D Media. Seth MacFarlane, who directed the Ted cinematic comedy canon for Uni, will produce with Erica Huggins at their production company, Fuzzy Door. Spencer will also executive produce alongside Hecht and McMillan.

Universal Evp of Production Erik Baiers will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

Howard recently starred in Universal’s $1.3 billion-grossing cornerstone franchise Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom last summer and she can be seen next
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John Williams (‘Star Wars’) could add to his massive Grammy haul if he can beat ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Shape of Water’

John Williams (‘Star Wars’) could add to his massive Grammy haul if he can beat ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Shape of Water’
Composer John Williams has won 24 Grammys over the course of his career for scores ranging from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” to “Schindler’s List,” to “Memoirs of a Geisha.” That places him seventh among the most awarded artists in history. He could climb further up the ranks this year for his work on “Star Wars” scores. Will the 86-year-old legend prevail again?

Williams has been nominated 69 times overall and contends twice this year: Best Visual Media Score (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) and Best Instrumental Composition (“Mine Mission” from “Solo: A Star Wars Story”). Recent history is on his side. He has won 6 times in the last 11 years, and “Star Wars” in particular has been a good luck charm for him. He previously won for composing the original film (1978), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1981) and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2017).

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2019 Oscars Best Director race: Which DGA Awards nominee is most likely to be snubbed by Academy Awards?

2019 Oscars Best Director race: Which DGA Awards nominee is most likely to be snubbed by Academy Awards?
The DGA Awards nominees for Best Director are: Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Adam McKay (“Vice”). How many of these five will reap Oscar nominations on Jan. 22?

Remember, there are usually one or two differences between the slate selected by the 16,000 plus members of the DGA, which includes helmers of TV fares and commercials, and the choices of the 519 members of the directors branch of the academy. Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.

In its first 15 years, there were anywhere from four to 18 DGA nominees. From 1963 – 1965, it went with five before going to 10 for the rest of the decade. Beginning in 1970 it enshrined the number of nominees as five. Since then, there have only been five years when it previewed the exact lineup of Oscar contenders; the most recent of these was in 2009 when
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2019 Best Original Score Oscars Predictions

First Man,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Mary Poppins Returns” are safe predictions for Best Original Score. Two-time winner and nine-time nominee Alexandre Desplat might have won last year for “The Shape of Water,” but he’s the closest there is to a John Williams on the shortlist this time around so we still think he makes it for “Isle of Dogs.” The last slot could go to “Black Panther,” “A Quiet Place” or “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Instead, we think Terence Blanchard will finally earn an Oscar nod for his “BlacKkKlansman” score.

Continue reading 2019 Best Original Score Oscars Predictions at The Playlist.
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January 15th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Halloween (2018), Crimson Peak Limited Edition, Goosebumps 2, Cannibals And Carpet Fitters, Howling III

January 15th is a big day for horror fans looking to beef up their home media collections, because there’s a killer assortment of titles making their debuts on Tuesday. Of course, this week’s big release is David Gordon Green’s Halloween (2018), and Arrow Video is showing some much-deserved love for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak with their limited edition Blu-ray set.

For you cult film fans, Scream Factory is keeping themselves very busy with three different titles: Saturday the 14th, Howling III, and The Plague of the Zombies, and Severin has put together an HD release for Jack the Ripper as well. Also, if you dig on retro VHS artwork, you’ll want to pick up Mill Creek’s special throwback Blu-rays for both Krull and Happy Birthday to Me.

Other releases for January 15th include Goosebumps 2, Cannibals and Carpet Fitters, The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion,
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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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Critics' Choice Awards: 5 Key Takeaways for Oscar-Watchers

Critics' Choice Awards: 5 Key Takeaways for Oscar-Watchers
The 24th Critics' Choice Awards were handed out on Sunday night at a ceremony in Santa Monica. Last year, no awards ceremony's results better "predicted" the eventual Oscar results than those of the Critics' Choice Awards — the two groups overlapped on The Shape of Water for best picture; Guillermo del Toro for best director; Gary Oldman for best actor; Frances McDormand for best actress; Sam Rockwell for best supporting actor; Allison Janney for best supporting actress; Call Me by Your Name and Get Out for best adapted and original screenplay, respectively; Blade Runner 2049 for best cinematography; Phantom Thread for best costume design; Darkest Hour for best makeup and ...
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Guillermo del Toro Shares His Insights into the Masterful Storytelling of ‘Roma’

Spoilers for Roma ahead. It’s always great when a director does a deep dive on the work of a fellow filmmaker. It’s particularly fitting when it’s between friends as is the case between Oscar-winners Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron. Last year del Toro picked up a Best Director Oscar for The Shape of Water and it looks it increasingly likely that his pal Cuaron will win his second Best Director Oscar for Roma. Del Toro took to Twitter to point out some of the more masterful aspects of his friend’s film, and the insights …
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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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