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TrustNordisk Closes Deals on ‘The Other Lamb’ (Exclusive)

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TrustNordisk Closes Deals on ‘The Other Lamb’ (Exclusive)
TrustNordisk has close several territory deals on “The Other Lamb,” Malgorzata Szumowska’s English-language debut, which competed at last year’s San Sebastian and played at Toronto.

Tackling patriarchy in a bold way, the Irish psychological drama revolves around a cult, called the Flock, and is told through the eyes of 15-year-old Selah, played by British up-and-comer Raffey Cassidy.

The Other Lamb” was acquired for Latin America (California Filmes/Global Media Distribution), Ukraine and Russia, (Capella Films), Albania, Slovenia and other Eastern European territories (Cinemania Groupicon), Estonia (Estin Film), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe), Poland (Kino Swiat), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Lithuania (Scanorama / Kino Aljausas), Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg (September Film Rights), Hungary (Vertigo Media) and Romania (Zeradia Storytelling). UTA previously sold the film to IFC. Mubi has rights for the U.K. and Ireland.

Written by the award-winning Australian screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen, “The Other Lamb” follows the journey of
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J.K. Simmons Boards Dark Comedy Heist Pic ‘My Only Sunshine’, John Cusack In Talks – Efm

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J.K. Simmons Boards Dark Comedy Heist Pic ‘My Only Sunshine’, John Cusack In Talks – Efm
Whiplash Oscar winner J.K. Simmons is attached to star in director Mark Palansky’s dark comedy/heist thriller My Only Sunshine from Circle of Confusion and Patriot Pictures. John Cusack is also in talks to join.

In the film, written by J.T. Petty and K. Reed Petty, Cusack plays one half of a passionately dysfunctional couple, who orchestrate a bank robbery as an unconventional act of bloodthirsty marriage counseling. Trying to make peace with the shocking mystery of their relationship throughout a violent hostage situation, is a cop hostage negotiator (Simmons), who previously investigated a past related murder.

Circle of Confusion‘s Matt Smith and Lawrence Mattis, and Michael Mendelsohn from Patriot Pictures are producing. Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital Management, LLC is fully financing the project. J.T. Petty, Natalie Perrotta, and Jim Steele will be executive producing. Xyz Films and Patriot are handling global sales now at Berlin.
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J.K. Simmons movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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J.K. Simmons movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy 65th birthday to Jonathan Kimble Simmons, aka J.K. Simmons! The Academy Award-winning actor first came to fame as a song-and-dance man on Broadway, then segued to a celebrated career in television and finally began an illustrious film career that has endured for 25 years.

Simmons was a long-time theater actor — he had a memorable turn on the 1992 Tony broadcast in a striped purple suit raising his jazz hands in a number from “Guys and Dolls” — until he made his way to television and stunned audiences as white supremacist inmate Vern Schillinger in the HBO series “Oz.” Hollywood then came calling, making a big splash in the “Spider-Man” films and capping it off by winning the Oscar, the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award for his chilling performance as a music teacher in “Whiplash.”

Though busy filming his Starz series “Counterpoint,” Simmons will return to the screen next summer
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Efm Preview & Hot Pics List: Film Biz Mulls Talent Drain And Next ‘Parasite’ In Berlin As Coronavirus Shadow Looms

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Efm Preview & Hot Pics List: Film Biz Mulls Talent Drain And Next ‘Parasite’ In Berlin As Coronavirus Shadow Looms
Following another streamer-dominated Sundance where deal-making soared beyond $120M, the onus at the European Film Market in Berlin is expected to shift back to a more traditional scene of single territory theatrical acquisitions, largely by European buyers. Scroll down for our list of hot market debuts.

The Efm, which officially gets underway tomorrow, doesn’t often boast the same riches as Cannes in terms of scaled, glamour projects, but this year’s selection of pre-sale titles reveals certain trends about the market.

Talent has been painfully hard to come by. The usual scramble for bankable names has been even more pronounced this year and a handful of the larger sellers have yet to announce new projects or are still in holding patterns regarding talent. In theory, the Efm’s later start date was meant to help packagers. But the distraction of awards season and the flood of talent to TV
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The Best Oscar Winners Of The Decade

The Best Oscar Winners Of The Decade
With not just the 92nd Academy Awards in the rearview mirror, but a whole decade’s worth of cinema, I wanted to do something fun today. As we move on to a whole new year/decade, why not rank the decade’s Oscar winners? We’ll be starting back up soon with the series looking at the best winners all time in each category, so consider this a bit of a preview! Look at today’s post as a sort of snapshot of what the Academy’s decade was like, as we move forward to a whole new one… First up, the various below the line categories: Best Animated Feature 1. Toy Story 3 2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 3. Inside Out 4. Coco 5. Frozen 6. Toy Story 4 7. Zootopia 8. Big Hero 6 9. Rango 10. Brave Best Production Design 1. Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood 2. Mad Max: Fury Road 3. Black Panther 4. La La Land 5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
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Filmmakers of Color Struggle Despite Sundance Success: "A White Guy Would Always Land the Job"

Filmmakers of Color Struggle Despite Sundance Success:
This year’s Sundance Film Festival saw a record number of diverse filmmakers across four competition categories, some of whom won top awards, but Hollywood’s history with indie directors of color shows they’ll likely face an uphill battle for mainstream success.

In 2014, two young filmmakers garnered buzz at Sundance, thanks to award-winning first features. One was Damien Chazelle, who stormed the fest with his tense drama Whiplash, which won the audience and jury awards; the other was Justin Simien, whose searing satire Dear White People nabbed the special jury award for breakthrough talent. Their post-Sundance trajectories are emblematic of ...
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Universal Leans into ‘The Hunt’ Controversy, Will Release ‘Most Talked About Movie of the Year’

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Universal Leans into ‘The Hunt’ Controversy, Will Release ‘Most Talked About Movie of the Year’
Days after 32 people were killed in mass shootings in Ohio and Texas last August, banners for “The Hunt” were dismantled on the Universal lot as conservative media and President Donald Trump took aim at the film. It was bad timing for the satiric thriller, centered around a group of liberal elites who hunt conservatives for sport, which was set to be released the following month. It appeared the studio had pulled the movie.

But now, months later and a comfortable distance away from those tragedies, Universal is leaning into the controversy: The studio announced Tuesday “The Hunt” will be get a wide release on March 13 and unveiled a trailer and poster referring to the hoopla: “the most talked about movie of the year is one that no one’s actually seen.”

The most talked about movie of the year is one nobody’s seen yet. #TheHuntMovie opens in theaters Friday the 13th of March.
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Renee Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern and Brad Pitt complete second acting sweep with Oscar wins

Renee Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern and Brad Pitt complete second acting sweep with Oscar wins
Break out the brooms because Renee Zellweger (“Judy”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”), Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) and Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) just completed the second acting sweep ever. The four claimed Oscars on Sunday — lead for Zellweger and Phoenix, supporting for Dern and Pitt — to go with their statuettes from the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards this season.

The first quartet to go 20/20 at all the televised awards was Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) two years ago. Until then, no foursome had done a full sweep since BAFTA became an Oscar precursor in the 2000-01 season, with the previous closest being the class of 2014: Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) went 19/20, thanks to Michael Keaton
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4 reasons why Brad Pitt (‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’) just won the Oscar

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4 reasons why Brad Pitt (‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’) just won the Oscar
Surprising absolutely no one, Brad Pitt just won the 2020 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. After all, to quote a memorable scene from Quentin Tarantino‘s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the concept of Pitt winning was “as real as a donut.” Throughout this truncated awards season the 56-year-old actor claimed precursor prizes at every televised awards show: Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and BAFTAs for his role as stuntman Cliff Booth. During his Oscar speech Pitt got political by mentioning the Senate hearings that cleared President Trump of wrongdoing, and then told stories of his childhood. “Once upon a time in Hollywood, ain’t that the truth,” he stated emotionally. Below, see four reasons why Pitt just won his first Oscar for acting.

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1. It was time.

Before tonight, Pitt already had an Oscar on
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Will the BAFTAs’ love of car racing movies in editing lead us off track again for the Oscars?

Will the BAFTAs’ love of car racing movies in editing lead us off track again for the Oscars?
The BAFTAs’ Best Film Editing award has clued us in on some close Oscar races before, like with “Whiplash” (2014) and “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016), both of which went on to win the editing Oscar. They’ve mismatched four times in the 2010s, most recently last year when BAFTA went for “Vice” and Oscar crowned “Bohemian Rhapsody” and that meet-cute of a thousand cuts. The other three times? They all involved car racing movies, just like this year.

Like everyone in Europe, BAFTA adores car films (there’s a reason “Ford v Ferrari” is known as “Le Mans ’66” across the pond) and their exciting, fast, well-edited racing scenes. BAFTA gave its editing prize to “Senna” (2011) and “Rush” (2013), two films that combined for a total of zero Oscar nominations. The academy anointed “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011) and “Gravity” (2013) instead. “Baby Driver” (2017) zoomed past the competition to claim BAFTA and was nominated for the editing Oscar,
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Sundance: 10 Acclaimed Festival Movies That Have Been Forgotten By Time

Founded by the Sundance Kid himself, Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival (part of the Sundance Institute) is a platform for independent films and their storytellers to be nationally recognized for their contribution to cinema.

Every year since 1978, these independent films are screened from January 23rd until February 2nd, and if they're lucky enough, a few of them get picked up by distributors to be released into theaters across the nation. Many times, successful films like The Usual Suspects, Reservoir Dogs, or Whiplash will go on to grab Oscar gold at the Academy Awards.

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But too often great pieces of cinematic art get released, are given recognition during the festival, and then fail to be shared with a wider audience. Or, even worse, they completely bomb at the box office and are dismissed for their creative achievements. To celebrate Sundance
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TVLine Items: Evil Star's Horror Gig, Goliath Adds Oscar Winner and More

TVLine Items: Evil Star's Horror Gig, Goliath Adds Oscar Winner and More
Mike Colter just can’t get enough scares: The Evil star will appear in an episode of Hulu’s upcoming horror anthology Monsterland, our sister site Deadline reports.

The series — based on short stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s collection North American Lake Monsters — follows broken people driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, revealing the thin line between man and monster. It will feature mermaids, fallen angels and other strange beasts.

More from TVLinePerformer of the Week: Marlo KellyMight Evil's David and Kristen Cross a Sacred Line? Mike Colter Illuminates 'Tricky Thing' of the Pair's
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‘Goliath’: J.K. Simmons & Bruce Dern Join Final Season Of Amazon Drama Series

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‘Goliath’: J.K. Simmons & Bruce Dern Join Final Season Of Amazon Drama Series
J.K. Simmons and Bruce Dern are set as series regulars opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the upcoming fourth and final season of Amazon’s hit legal drama Goliath.

Created by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro, Goliath season 4 sees Billy McBride (Thornton) taking on a case that tackles a timely global crisis impacting an entire generation. Goliath also stars Nina Arianda (Stan & Ollie) as Patty Solis-Papagian, Tania Raymonde (Cliffs of Freedom) as Brittany Gold, Diana Hopper (Bit) as Denise McBride and Julie Brister (Review) as Marva Jefferson.

Simmons plays George Zax, head of a family-owned and operated pharmaceutical company, one of the nation’s biggest. Dern will portray Frank Zax, George’s brother and the scientific genius and ostracized black sheep of the Zax family.

Lawrence Trilling serves as showrunner and executive producer of the series which hails from Amazon Studios. Nina Arianda, Tania Raymonde, Diana Hopper, Ana de la Reguera
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2020 Sundance Winners Announced; ‘Minari’ Takes U.S. Dramatic and Audience Award

This past weekend, the 2020 Sundance Film Festival announced this year's winners. While winning Sundance used to have some kind of impact, in recent years, the win hasn't amounted to much with the Grand Jury Prize going to movies like I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. However, in 2020, Sundance chose some fine movies for its awards. The A24 drama Minari had a very good night, taking home both the Grand Jury Prize …
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‘Palm Springs’ and ‘Zola’: The Yin and Yang of a Still-Vital Sundance (Column)

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The Sundance Film Festival is fighting a battle that’s been building for several years, and what it’s fighting for can be summed up in one word: relevance. What makes a Sundance movie relevant? In a sense, the old criteria still hold. It’s some combination of box-office performance, awards cachet, and that buzzy, you-know-it-when-you-see-it thing of penetrating to the heart of what we used to call the conversation.

But the way all that stuff now works has undergone a tectonic shift beneath the ground Sundance sits on. If I said that the glory days of Sundance were once defined by films like “Reservoir Dogs” or “Crumb” or “Welcome to the Dollhouse” or “Winter’s Bone” or “Whiplash,” you’d probably say, “Sure, those are all great movies!” But what made them relevant? With the sole exception of “Whiplash,” none of those films reached $7 million at the box office (most
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Is Leaving Netflix In February

Here’s a curse I have fallen foul of several times.

Netflix doesn’t have licenses to stream non-Netflix-produced content in perpetuity, which I’ve no doubt you’re aware of. What I’m here to let you know though is that one such license has almost expired.

Cult horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is set to leave the Us service on February 21st, which is less than a month away. As such, any Netflix users who’ve been eyeing the film up will do well to check-in sooner rather than later. Sooner than February 21st, at least. Otherwise, you might have to, I don’t know, buy a DVD. Oh, the humanity.

I mentioned that I’d fallen foul of license expiration before, and it’s true, as this oaf managed to miss both Whiplash and La La Land, two good films (so I’m told) that
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4 reasons why Brad Pitt winning the Oscar for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is as real as a donut

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4 reasons why Brad Pitt winning the Oscar for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is as real as a donut
When filling out your office pool’s 2020 Oscar ballot, there’s one category you’re virtually guaranteed to get right: Brad Pitt for Best Supporting Actor. To quote a memorable scene from Quentin Tarantino‘s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the concept of Pitt winning is “as real as a donut.” So far this awards season the 56-year-old actor has already claimed major precursor prizes at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards for his role as stuntman Cliff Booth, with BAFTA just around the corner. Below, see four reasons why I predict Pitt will soon win his first Oscar for acting.

SEEOscar nominations by film: ‘Joker’ leads with 11 bids, but what’s it missing? See our breakdown

1. It’s time.

Pitt already has an Oscar on his mantel for producing “12 Years a Slave” (2013) with his production company Plan B. But he has yet to win an
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Oscar favorites Renee Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern and Brad Pitt poised to pull off the second acting sweep ever

Oscar favorites Renee Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern and Brad Pitt poised to pull off the second acting sweep ever
Two years ago, Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) made history as the first slate of acting winners to have claimed all five major televised awards: the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA and Oscar. And it’s very much looking like they’ll have some company in three weeks with lead frontrunners Renee Zellweger (“Judy”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”), and supporting favorites Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) and Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”).

After three consecutive Sundays of awards — the Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards — Zellweger, Phoenix, Dern and Pitt are three-fifths through their potential sweep, with only the BAFTAs and Oscars remaining, and there is no reason to think any one of them would be upset at either. All four are predicted to win their respective categories at both ceremonies.
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New Trailer for ‘The Rhythm Section’ Sees Blake Lively on the Warpath

Turns out that The Rhythm Section isn't a sequel to Whiplash. Who knew? What it is however is an action/drama/mystery flick based on Mark Burnell's novel by the same name, which Burnell also scripted for director Reed Morano (The Handmaid's Tale). The first trailer teased the revenge flick last fall, but now a new cut is here in advance of the film's theatrical release in just a couple of weeks. Check it out below to see why it's on our list of anticipated films directed by women. Starring Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling …
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2020 Ace Eddie Awards preview: Which Oscar nominee for Best Film Editing will win here first?

2020 Ace Eddie Awards preview: Which Oscar nominee for Best Film Editing will win here first?
The American Cinema Editors guild, which hands out its awards on January 17, has a good track record as a preview of the Oscar winner for Best Picture (17 out of the last 29) and a great one for forecasting who will win the Film Editing Oscar (22 of the last 29). Not surprisingly, it is also fairly prescient when it comes to predicting the five Film Editing Oscar slots; all of this year’s Academy Awards nominees contend for this cutting prize.

In 1992, the Eddies went from three to five nominees (matching that of the Oscars) and in 2000 it split the award in two, with five nominees for each of drama and comedy/musical. Over the past 27 years, 120 of the 135 Oscar nominees for Film Editing had first reaped a Golden Eddie bid; that makes for an accuracy rate of 89%.

The film editors divide their awards for editing between dramas and comedies/musicals. Oscar nominees “Ford v Ferrari,
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