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Sundance 2018 Box Office Recap: Winners and Losers

  • Indiewire
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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Trailer for A24’s Latest High Life is the Definition of Cosmic Terror

A24, the studio behind Hereditary, The Witch, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer has something new up their sleeves; High Life: A blend of horror, sci-fi, and drama that looks like the definition of existential terror. Give the trailer a spin at the top of the article followed by the synopsis below. Synopsis: Monte […] The post Trailer for A24’s Latest High Life is the Definition of Cosmic Terror appeared first on Dread Central.
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Toni Collette to Join Anna Kendrick in Sci-Fi Thriller Stowaway

Toni Collette just joined the cast of the sci-fi thriller Stowaway. She will star as the ship’s commander opposite the previously cast Anna Kendrick, who will play a medical researcher. Here is the synopsis according to Variety:

The story revolves around a mission headed to Mars, where an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Collette) and the ship’s biologist.

The movie is being directed by Joe Penna and written by Penna and Ryan Morrison, who also wrote a film called Arctic that premiered at Cannes Film Festival last year. Stowaway sounds like a solid story, and Collette and Kendrick are heavy hitters that I like and trust for solid performances. Collette has been seen previously
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High Life Trailer: Robert Pattinson Is a Single Dad in Space

High Life Trailer: Robert Pattinson Is a Single Dad in Space
A24 has unveiled the first trailer for High Life. Robert Pattinson may have started out his career as the dude from Twilight, but he's since gone on to become a truly terrific actor in his own right who is constantly making interesting choices that seem to be motivated creatively, as opposed to for financial gain. In this case, he's taking part in a sci-fi/thriller that sees him raising a daughter all alone in space in a less than ideal and very tense situation.

We start off with some footage of Robert Pattinson raising his baby daughter in what looks like a rather normal day to day fatherly scenario, save for the fact that he's doing so in space. It's mostly atmospheric, with strange and alluring shots of unwitting astronauts aboard this vessel, seemingly at odds with one another. As things progress, the tension rises and something is clearly not as it should be.
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Oscar Experts’ top 7 Best Actress surprises to watch for: Toni Collette, Nicole Kidman, Carey Mulligan …

Oscar Experts’ top 7 Best Actress surprises to watch for: Toni Collette, Nicole Kidman, Carey Mulligan …
Oscar voting closed on Monday, January 14, so there’s no more changing minds. Que será, será. Whatever will be, will be. But the future is ours to see, dammit! For instance, the 31 Expert journalists we’ve polled have settled on the five likeliest nominees for Best Actress: front-runner Glenn Close (“The Wife”) followed by Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born“), Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) and Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”).

But is that lineup set in stone? As of this writing there are seven other women who are predicted to earn a bid by at least one Expert each. There are always surprises somewhere on the Oscar ballot, so keep an eye on these dark horse contenders.

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Toni Colette cast in sci-fi thriller Stowaway

Hereditary actress, Toni Collette has been cast in Joe Penna’s sci-fi thriller Stowaway joining Anna Kendrick.

Collette will play a commander in the film, while Kendrick plays a medical researcher.

The story revolves around a mission headed to Mars, where an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Collette) and the ship’s biologist.

Also in the news – ‘Paddington’ helmer Paul King drops out of Disney’s ‘Pinocchio

Directed by Penna, who makes his second feature film debut, the film has a script from Ryan Morrison and Penna. Penna and Morrison worked together on ‘Arctic’ which premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and will see a general release in February.

Morrison will also serve as executive producer.
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New short film fund designed as a stepping stone to features, TV series

Melbourne and Brisbane-based Continuance Pictures has launched a short film fund offering up to $10,000 per project for emerging filmmakers whose shorts would serve as concepts for feature films or TV series.

The aim is to create shorts that will screen at A-list film festivals and provide proof-of-concept for bigger productions.

Co-founded by Tristan Barr and David Gim, the production company hopes the Continue Short Film Initiative will result in more than 50 shorts over five years.

Barr says: “As a filmmaker there is nothing worse than receiving a rejection letter and not understanding why. Through this process the team at Continuance Pictures are attempting to provide feedback to applicants to build working relationships and ongoing opportunities for the future.”

Umbrella Entertainment, which is discussing several projects with Continuance, supports the initiative. Head of acquisitions Ari Harrison tells If: “We believe it’s a great idea. There are so many first-time directors
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Toni Colette Joins Anna Kendrick In Sci-Fi Thriller Stowaway

Xyz Films and CAA Media Finance announce Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette has joined Anna Kendrick in the cast of the sci-fi thriller Stowaway, which marks the second feature film from Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison, the duo behind the Cannes Official Selection Arctic.

Stowaway will be directed by Joe Penna and co-written by Penna & Ryan Morrison. Morrison will also serve as executive producer. Xyz Films will produce alongside augenschein Filmproduktion and Rise Pictures, with Rise Visual Effects Studios providing VFX. Xyz and CAA Media Finance are arranging financing for the film and handling worldwide sales at the coming Efm in Berlin.

On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Collette) and the ship’s biologist.
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Toni Collette Joins Anna Kendrick in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Stowaway’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Toni Collette Joins Anna Kendrick in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Stowaway’ (Exclusive)
Toni Collette will star opposite Anna Kendrick in the sci-fi thriller “Stowaway.”

The movie marks the second feature from Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison, the duo behind “Arctic,” a survival film that premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. “Stowaway” will be directed by Penna, who will co-write the script with Morrison.

The story revolves around a mission headed to Mars, where an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Collette) and the ship’s biologist.

Morrison will also serve as executive producer. Xyz Films will produce alongside Augenschein Filmproduktion and Rise Pictures. Rise Visual Effects Studios will provide VFX. Xyz and CAA Media Finance are arranging financing for the film and handling worldwide sales at the coming Efm in Berlin.
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A Quiet Place Wins Critics’ Choice Award For Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

A Quiet Place ended 2018 as one of the year’s biggest success stories in genre cinema, and the plaudits for John Krasinski’s horror smash just keep coming, with the film receiving the award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie at last night’s 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the survivors live in silence for fear of attracting the attention of sound-sensitive monsters, A Quiet Place beat out Annihilation, Halloween, Hereditary and Suspiria for the prize on an evening that also saw Roma take home Best Picture, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse win Best Animated Feature, Mission: Impossible – Fallout win Best Action Movie and Crazy Rich Asians nab Best Comedy.

A Quiet Place is the seventh film to win the award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie, which was first given out to Looper by the Broadcast Film Critics Association in 2012, and was last earned by 2017’s Get Out.
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Interview: Toni Colette on horror, grief, and her prismatic performances

by Nathaniel R

Toni Collette gives one of the year's great performances staring into the abyss of her own life in "Hereditary"Toni Collette doesn't like horror movies. We relate but there are exceptions: horror films starring Toni Collette are events. Her resistance to the genre,  she refers to both of her biggest horror hits as "classic dramas", may be the strange key to why she's so superb in them, grounding them in emotional truths while simultaneously having the kind of stylistic range as an actor that can lift right off with them into otherworldly places. 

We recently sat down after an encore screening and lively Q&A of Hereditary. Her sole Oscar nomination came early in her career as the grieving mother of little Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999) and in a way, twenty years later, she's bookended that great early success with another very different grieving mother.
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Lady Gaga! Christian Bale! See the Full Critics' Choice Awards 2019 Winners List

The critics have spoken.

See who took home trophies for this year’s best TV shows and movies at the 2019 Critics Choice Awards, broadcast Sunday night on the CW, below.

Film

Best Picture

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

The Favourite

First Man

Green Book

If Beale Street Could Talk

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

Best Director

Damien Chazelle – First Man

Bradley CooperA Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite

Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay – Vice

Best Actor

Christian Bale – Vice

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe – At Eternity
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‘Roma,’ ‘The Americans’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Win Top Critics’ Choice Honors

  • Variety
‘Roma,’ ‘The Americans’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Win Top Critics’ Choice Honors
Roma” won best picture and director for Alfonso Cuarón at the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards Sunday night. The film also won best cinematography and best foreign film. FX’s “The Americans” and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” took top TV honors.

For films, “Vice” star Christian Bale won lead actor, while Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) and Glenn Close (“The Wife”) tied in lead actress. Lady Gaga also won the best song prize, for “Shallow.” Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) and Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) won in the supporting categories.

Screenplay awards went to Paul Schrader (“First Reformed”) and Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), while “Eighth Grade” star Elsie Fisher won the young actor/actress award.

In the comedy categories, “Crazy Rich Asians” took top honors, with Bale and Olivia Colman (“The Favorite”) claiming acting prizes.
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Critics’ Choice Awards 2019 Winners: ‘Roma’ Takes Best Picture, Director

Critics’ Choice Awards 2019 Winners: ‘Roma’ Takes Best Picture, Director
Roma” was the big winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards, winning Best Picture, Foreign-Language Film, Director, and Cinematography (both for Alfonso Cuarón). Other honorees include Christian Bale, who was named Best Actor for his performance as Dick Cheney in “Vice,” and Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) and Glenn Close (“The Wife”), who tied for Best Actress.

Hosted by Taye Diggs and presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja), this year’s ceremony finds “The Favourite” living up to its name by leading all films with 14 nominations. Yorgos Lanthimos’ period piece is followed by fellow Best Picture nominees “Black Panther” (12 nods), “First Man” (10), and “Vice” (9).

The broadcast is airing live on the CW, and IndieWire will be updating the list of winners throughout the show.

Best Picture

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

The Favourite

First Man

Green Book

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

Mary Poppins Returns
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Live Stream the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards: How to Watch the Awards Show

The awards shows will continue until morale improves. Next up in the season that never truly ends are the Critics’ Choice Awards, which air on The CW tonight at 7:00 p.m. Est. Taye Diggs is hosting the ceremony, which takes place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and is presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. “The Favourite” leads all films with 14 nominations, followed by fellow Best Picture nominee “Black Panther.” So how to watch the ceremony if you don’t have cable?

It may be a little tricky. You can use an over-the-air antenna on the off chance that you have one (and The CW’s website has information on how to find your local channel), or you can use YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV, or DirecTV Now. If none of those work for you, worry not: IndieWire will be
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Tonight is the Critics Choice Awards!

Another weekend, another awards gala being broadcast for all of our enjoyment! Just in case you forgot, we have one today to enjoy. This time around, it’s the Broadcast Film Critics Association and their Critics Choice Awards. Getting to see who and what the Bfca favors should be a treat. If nothing else, it’ll be an interesting show, that’s for sure… As a reminder, here are the Critics Choice nominees for the film categories: Best Picture “Black Panther” “BlacKkKlansman” “The Favourite” “First Man” “Green Book” “If Beale Street Could Talk” “Mary Poppins Returns” “Roma” “A Star Is Born” “Vice” Best Actor Christian Bale – “ViceBradley Cooper – “A Star Is BornWillem Dafoe – “At Eternity’s Gate” Ryan Gosling – “First ManEthan Hawke – “First ReformedRami Malek – “Bohemian RhapsodyViggo Mortensen – “Green Book” Best Actress Yalitza Aparicio – “RomaEmily Blunt – “Mary Poppins ReturnsGlenn Close – “The WifeToni Collette
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Alfonso Cuarón to Lafca: ‘Thanks to Your Help We Can Break Down Walls’

  • Variety
Inclusion was the big winner at the L.A. Film Critics Association Awards, which was held Saturday night at the InterContinental in Century City.

“This year’s winners are the most diverse in Lafca’s 43-year history,” announced its president, Claudia Puig, adding that 14 out of their 18 awards were won by women and people of color. Ironically, however, the organization itself is comprised of “mostly old white men,” one member admitted to Variety. But Lafca is doing its part to change that for the future of film criticism: The first honoree of the night was a formerly homeless student from Los Angeles City College — and a current Wme intern — who called out the obvious “gender disparity” in the industry.

Unlike, say, at the Golden Globes where no female directors were even nominated, Lafca gave best director honors to self-described “social-realist filmmaker” Debra Granik, who helmed the independent movie “Leave No Trace.
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Critics’ Choice Awards film predictions 2019: Complete racetrack odds in 19 categories

Critics’ Choice Awards film predictions 2019: Complete racetrack odds in 19 categories
The Favourite” leads the way with 14 nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards, but how many trophies will the Broadcast Film Critics Association actually award it? We’ll find out Sunday, Jan. 13 at the 24th annual ceremony, hosted by Taye Diggs and airing at 7/6c on The CW. Scroll down to see Gold Derby’s racetrack odds in 19 of the 25 film categories we’re predicting, with projected winners highlighted in gold.

Our odds are calculated by combining the predictions of more than 1,600 Gold Derby users who have entered their picks here in our predictions center. That includes Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, Gold Derby’s Editors who cover awards year-round, our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Critics’ Choice Awards, and everyday users like you.

See Critics’ Choice Awards film nominations: See the full list of nominees

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Trailer for “Velvet Buzzsaw” Suggests Some High Class Horror

Netflix had quite a 2018. Fueled largely in part by the zeitgeist-y Bird Box and the wild awards season success of Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, the streaming giant is as big as ever. With Roma, they’re poised to finally break into the Best Picture lineup at the Oscars too. Now, here in 2019, there’s an expectation that Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Irishman will be another Academy Award juggernaut. What else could they surprise with, though? Playing this month at the Sundance Film Festival, Velvet Buzzsaw offers an option. A Trailer dropped yesterday morning that makes it something not to be missed. You’ll be able to see it at the end of the piece, but first…some discussion! The film is a satirical thriller, which is already fairly unique. The official Netflix synopsis is as follows: “Velvet Buzzsaw is a satirical thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles,
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Looking Back at the 5 Most Iconic Horror Films of 1999

Twenty years on, E.J. Moreno looks at the five most iconic horror films of 1999…

The horror genre twenty years ago is a much different beast than it is now. Not regarding quality, as there are good and bad films in any year, but the way the studios handle the genre and how viewers digest the movies. Two of the films featured in this article are in the top grossing films of 1999, where not a single horror film made it into the top ten highest grossing of 2018. Even with numbers like that, horror was in a rough spot with audiences; this is post-Scream where slashers are over, and the genre is barely pumping out original pieces. Now you have arthouse horrors like Suspiria or Hereditary, a new Blumhouse film or three, and the next James Wan ghost film. There’s something fresh for everyone, but sadly 1999 didn’t have a vast selection of offerings.
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