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Scores from ‘Green Book,’ ‘Solo,’ Others Disqualified from Oscar Race (Exclusive)

Scores from ‘Green Book,’ ‘Solo,’ Others Disqualified from Oscar Race (Exclusive)
First-round voting is underway for Oscar’s Original Song and Original Score categories, but Academy music-branch voters are discovering that four talked-about scores are missing from the eligibility list.

Music for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Green Book,” “Mandy” and “The Other Side of the Wind” has been disqualified for various reasons, Variety has learned.

More than 150 scores are in the running, although only the approximately 300 music-branch members have access to the list when they log onto the Academy website to cast their ballots. This year, unlike previous years, the Academy chose not to release the complete rundowns of qualified scores and songs.

Solo: A Star Wars Story,” composed by John Powell with themes by John Williams, was nixed by the board as having been entered too late for the competition (deadline was Nov. 15).

“Mandy,” the Nicolas Cage revenge thriller that featured the late Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s final score,
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'Ralph' Reigns Over Slow Weekend at the Box Office While 'Aquaman' Dominates in China Debut

'Ralph' Reigns Over Slow Weekend at the Box Office While 'Aquaman' Dominates in China Debut
The domestic weekend was, for the most part, as light as was expected. While it wasn't the lowest grossing weekend of the year so far, it was the second lowest with the top twelve delivering a combined $77.8 million. This is all in advance of what should be a profitable holiday season to come and we got a hint as to just how profitable it could be with the launch of WB's Aquaman in China this weekend where the film delivered a massive $93.6 million, becoming the #1 film globally from one market alone. Beginning with the domestic box office, while it looked like it might be neck-and-neck between Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet and Universal and Illumination's The Grinch at the top of the box office following Friday's estimates, Ralph carried the weekend as expected, though The Grinch wasn't far behind. Ralph brought in an estimated $16.1 million for the weekend,
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'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

'Roma' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online
Roma was named best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Online.

The vote took place Sunday, the same day that the L.A. Film Critics Association also voted Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white, semiautobiographical film as best picture of 2018.

In addition, Cuaron was tapped as best director and best cinematographer for his work on the film.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant were named best actress and best supporting actor, respectively, while Ethan Hawke was voted best actor for First Reformed and Regina King took the supporting actor prize for If Beale Street ...
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
The Queens have it again. Focus Features opened Mary Queen of Scots in four New York and L.A. locations Friday to a robust start, taking in over $200K for a weekend, topping $50,045 per-heater average, placing it as the 11th highest PTA of the year as of Sunday morning.

Specialty moviegoers are clearly satiating their zest for period films centering on monarchs from the British Isles. Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite had the year’s highest opening weekend PTA at $105K. Now in its third weekend, the feature, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, as well as Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as her aristocratic suitors, expanded over the weekend, grossing $1.43M in 91 theaters, averaging $15,714.

Though Mary Queen of Scots reigned among limited-release openers, Neon’s Vox Lux by Brady Corbet and Peter HedgesBen Is Back, released via Ld Entertainment, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, had solid showings. Vox Lux,
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Ventana Sur: Picture Tree Intl. Closes France, Japan. Mexico on “Ever After” (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — — Germany’s Picture Tree Intl, has clinched an impressive clutch of early major territory pre-sales – taking in France, Japan and Mexico – on Carolina Hellsgård’s “Ever After,” a feminist zombie road-movie thriller also acquired for the U.S. in a deal revealed on the cusp of Ventana Sur.

In the newest announcements, E-Cinéma has taken France and New Select rights to Japan; Starcastle has closed Mexico and Mockingbird Vietnam.

The distributor in Germany is Farbfilm, with Zdf/Arte pro-busing the film as its broadcasters. The German festival premiere will be held at the Max Ophüls in Saarbrücken in January.

In a notable sales roll on the title, the new deal announcement comes just days after Elizabeth Shelton’s Juno Films confirmed on Friday that that the boutique U.S. distribution company had also clinched U.S. on “Ever After.”

The sales were negotiated by YuanYuan, Picture Tree Intl.
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Michael Smiley, Annes Elwy wrap UK thriller 'The Toll'

Michael Smiley, Annes Elwy wrap UK thriller 'The Toll'
Iwan Rheon also stars in feature from Western Edge Pictures.

Ryan Andrew Hooper’s feature debut The Toll, starring Michael Smiley and Annes Elwy, has wrapped after shooting on location in Wales.

Produced by Vaughan Sivell and Mark Hopkins for Western Edge Pictures through the Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme, the thriller features Smiley as a man working solo shifts in the quietest toll booth in Wales, hiding from a criminal past where nobody would ever look. Elwy plays a traffic cop who heads to the booth at exactly the wrong time. It is written by Matt Redd.

Smiley’s
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China box office: 'Aquaman' brings 36% week-on-week surge

It is tracking to become DC’s record title in the territory.

Led by the strong performance of Aquaman, the Chinese box office surged 36% week-on-week betwenn Dec 3-9, bringing it closer to achieving the new annual milestone of RMB60bn ($8.7bn) by year-end.

Warner Bros’ Aquaman stormed the Chinese box office with $92.3m from its three-day opening weekend, accounting for almost 70% of the week’s total ticket sales. Its opening debut has out-grossed the lifetime total of both 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017’s Wonder Woman. It is tracking to overtake 2017’s Justice League and smash a
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Korea Box Office: ‘Default’ Wins Again, ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Mortal Engines’ Fail to Excite

Korean-made financial drama, “Default” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second consecutive weekend. The Cj Entertainment release earned $4.95 million from 631,200 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $19.9 million after two weekends on release. “Bohemian Rhapsody” also remained in second. The Fox release earned $4.79 million to extend its total $54.5 million from 7.08 million admissions after six weekends.

Opening on Wednesday (Dec. 5), Korean thriller, “Door Lock” debuted in third. The Megabox release earned $6.13 million over five days, including $4.38 million over the weekend. Starring Kong Hyo-jin (“A Single Rider”), the film is the story of a woman who finds signs of a stranger entering her house, where she lives by herself. The top three films accounted for a total of 74% of the total weekend box office.

Disney’s Thursday opener, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” debuted in fourth. It earned $1.72 million in four days. “Mortal Engines” and “Running Man,
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And the 2018 Braddies go to … Peter Bradshaw's films of the year

Guardian Film’s official best of the year list – voted for by a panel of reviewers, writers and editors – is into the final furlong. Meanwhile, here are our chief critic’s personal picks

See our countdown of the 50 best films of 2018

This year’s awards season peaks here with the publication of the “Braddies” – that is, my personal 10-strong best-of lists for films released this calendar year. These are distinct from the paper’s top 50, and come in the categories best film, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and actress, best screenplay, best cinematography and best documentary. There are also two new categories this year: best directorial debut and the special Braddie award for the quirkiest film overlooked by the complacent Msm gatekeeper-establishment that may be a future cult classic..

As ever, I invite readers to peruse this list and comment on omissions etc below.

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Ventana Sur: Meikincine Takes ‘Just Love,’ ‘Super Crazy’(Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — Lucia and Julia Meik’s Buenos Aires boutique sales company Meikincine has acquired international sales rights to two of the more mainstream Argentine propositions at this year’s Ventana Sur: Andy Caballero and Diego Corsini’s “Just Love,” and “Re Loca,” the Argentine remake of Chile’s “Sin Filtro.”

The “Re Loca” deal is for world rights outside Latin America, where Paramount will handle distribution, as previously announced.

Teen comedy-musical “Solo el Amor” (“Just Love”) turns on the across-the-tracks romance between a pop band lead singer-writer Noah and Emma, a young over-achiever female lawyer, who literally bump into each other. Their love gives Noah’s songs an authentic edge they previously lacked. But Noah’s fame, millions of online followers and manipulating manager threaten to wreck their passionate affair. Can “just love” pull them through?

Making its market debut at Ventana Sur on Dec. 12, “Just Love” stars 24-year-old Franco Masini,
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Amanda Bynes, back in Hollywood: what a girl wants?

After her public downfall, the former teen actor is back on Twitter and thinking about making films again. Is the celebrity spotlight the right place to return to?

Remember Amanda Bynes? You might do from such teen comedies as What a Girl Wants, in which she discovers her dad is Colin Firth and comes to England to de-Englishize him. Or She’s the Man, in which she masqueraded as a boy to play soccer and charm Channing Tatum. Or before that, Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show.

Alternatively, you might remember Bynes for her subsequent, very public flame-out, induced by a toxic combination of body-image anxieties, child-star pressures and dangerously easy access to both narcotics and social media. During the 2000s, print and online media alike reported on Bynes’s escapades and misfortunes with relish; many of them read like episodes from a stoner comedy. Like her courtroom appearance for allegedly
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Ivanhoe Pictures Boards Priyanka Chopra’s ‘The Sky is Pink’

Ivanhoe Pictures Boards Priyanka Chopra’s ‘The Sky is Pink’
Crazy Rich Asians” producer Ivanhoe Pictures has come on board Priyanka Chopra’s family drama “The Sky Is Pink.” Ivanhoe will co-invest and co-produce.

Fact-based, “Pink” is written and directed by top director Shonali Bose and is based on the life of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhury. The film is Chopra’s first in India since her U.S. television series “Quantico.”

Production is spearheaded by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Siddharth Roy Kapur’s Roy Kapur Films. Both men are former heads of Disney in India. Chopra, who has recently dominated headlines with her marriage to Nick Jonas, both stars in and co-produces the movie.

The film features youngster Zaira Wasim, in the lead role. Chopra and Farhan Akhtar appear as her parents. Wasim was the lead of “Secret Superstar,” and before that breakout hit “Dangal.” She will this week be honored by Variety as an Asian Up and Coming
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Streaming: the missing films of Roeg and Bertolucci

Tried and failed to explore the online back catalogues of the late Nicolas Roeg and Bernardo Bertolucci recently? You’re not alone…

Just as the death of famous musicians tends to send their albums soaring back up the charts, you’d expect a spike in demand for the work of major film-makers when they pass on. The recent one-two loss of Nicolas Roeg and Bernardo Bertolucci in the space of a weekend presumably sent many a cinephile scrambling to their streaming outlet of choice to pay couch-based tribute.

They may have run into some difficulties, however. As it turns out, even such legendary filmographies as Roeg’s and Bertolucci’s are scattered inconsistently across the streaming universe, with many of even their most high-profile works nowhere to be found. Who would have thought, for example, that Bertolucci’s lavish Forbidden City spectacular The Last Emperor – winner of nine Oscars back
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Jk Simmons: 'I still get emotional – how could the universe be so unfair?'

As Hollywood’s go-to character actor for kindly dads and stoic cops, Simmons was used to being overlooked for the big roles. But since winning an Oscar, he finally gets to play the lead – twice

Jk Simmons knows there was an irony in winning the Oscar for best supporting actor, which he did three years ago for playing the bullying jazz teacher in Whiplash. It was only after 30 years of buttressing other people’s stories – from playing the father of a pregnant teenager in Juno to chomping cigars as Peter Parker’s editor-in-chief in Spider-Man – that the newly coronated character actor got bumped up to a leading role.

Or really, twin lead roles in the case of his byzantine TV thriller Counterpart, where Simmons takes centre stage as Howard Alpha and Howard Prime, a pair of clones forged in the last years of the cold war when East German scientists accidentally created a parallel Earth.
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The 50 best films of 2018 in the UK: No 10 – Hereditary

Increasing the sense of impending horror to almost unbearable intensity, Ari Aster’s terrifying debut caused convulsions – without a jump-scare in sight

See the rest of the UK countdownThe best culture of 2018

This year, first-time director Ari Aster gave us a scary movie which gave us all the delicious pleasures of big-screen fear, along with a killer lead performance. That perennially excellent actor Toni Collette gave us some of the best work of her career as Annie, a contemporary artist and miniaturist. She specialises in intricately wrought dioramas with scenes taken from her own life, all reduced to Lilliputian scale. Clearly, this artistic approach says something about her own control-freakery and dysfunction. Annie’s elderly mother, an unpleasant old woman with whom Annie and her husband did not particularly get on, has just died after a long history of dementia. But then she makes contact from beyond the grave, wanting
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China Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Sinks All Challengers With $94 Million Opening

China Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Sinks All Challengers With $94 Million Opening
The decision to release “Aquaman” in China two weeks prior to its North American outing paid off handsomely. The DC Comics adaptation achieved a massive $94.1 million opening in three days, according to data from Asian entertainment consultancy Artisan Gateway.

The early release meant that the film played against weak opposition – tired Hollywood and Chinese holdovers and a small Chinese picture. That allowed it to achieve an 85% market share. National box office for the weekend was $108 million.

The opening figures represented the biggest weekend ever for a Warner Bros. title in China – the film was released in China through state-owned China Film Group – beating “Ready Player One” by 66%. It was also by far the best score for a DC Comics title, which are sometimes considered too dark for mainstream audience tastes in China, compared with Disney’s Marvel franchise. It beat “Justice League” by 92% and “Batman Vs Superman” by 78% and overtook
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Toronto & San Francisco Critics Also Anoint ‘Roma’ Best Picture

North America’s critics’ groups honors are coming fast and furious and both Toronto and San Francisco announced their winners on Sunday. Like the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, they both named Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” as Best Picture. They two orgs only agreed on a few other honors.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” took the Documentary honor from each group and “First Reformed” earned Screenplay from both organizations (in Original from the San Fran critics and a tie or in general from the Canadians).

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A Land Imagined wins best film at Singapore film festival

A Land Imagined wins best film at Singapore film festival
Win marks first time a Singapore film has taken best film since awards launched in 1991.

Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined was declared best film at the 29th Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff), a historic first win for a Singapore film since the launch of the Silver Screen Awards in 1991.

Beating seven other Asian films such as Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Emir Baigazin’s The River, the Singapore-set drama, which revolves around the disappearance of a Chinese migrant construction worker at a land reclamation site, has been travelling and picking up awards since
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Alfonso Cuarón Details ‘Roma’ Cinematography With ‘Gravity’ Dp Emmanuel Lubezki

Alfonso Cuarón Details ‘Roma’ Cinematography With ‘Gravity’ Dp Emmanuel Lubezki
As part of an overall push to bring Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” to awards season voters, Netflix’s “‘Roma’ Experience'” played host to guild and Academy members Sunday in Hollywood. The all-day event featured panels focused on the film’s crafts and an audio-visual installation akin to the streamer’s FYSee initiative for Emmy contenders, featuring costumes and art department elements as well as a surround-sound immersion into the movie’s soundscape.

The final panel was the day’s hottest ticket: a conversation between Cuarón and his longtime cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Cuarón had in fact designed “Roma” to be shot by Lubezki and put in a lot of early prep work with the three-time Oscar winner. With the financial success of “Gravity,” Cuarón was able to make his next movie precisely the way he wanted to. For him, the most valuable resource when working is time, so he plotted out plenty of it.
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Episode Titles Revealed In New Teaser Trailer

Ahoy! Netflix has released a trailer for Stranger Things season 3, and while it doesn't contain any new footage, the brief teaser did reveal all eight episode titles for the third return trip to Hawkins, Indiana. The new episode titles are: Suzie, Do You Copy? The Mall Rats The Case of the Missing Lifeguard The Sauna Test The Source The Birthday The Bite The Battle of Starcourt As was the case last year, the titles raise a lot more questions than they answer. The only "Suzie" in Stranger Things so far is Susan Hargrove (Jennifer Marshall), mother of Max (…
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