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Rian Johnson reveals the final shot of Knives Out was a “happy accident”

Director Rian Johnson has revealed the final shot in his Oscar-nominated murder mystery/whodunnit Knives Out was a bit of a “happy accident” during filming. In a recent interview on the Empire podcast, Johnson broke down the final sequence of the film and how he wanted to seal the film with a scene featuring a shot of […]

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2020 Gold Derby Film Awards nominations: ‘Parasite’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ lead with 11

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2020 Gold Derby Film Awards nominations: ‘Parasite’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ lead with 11
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite” are the top movies at the 2020 Gold Derby Film Awards with 11 nominations apiece including Best Picture. But who else made the cut? Watch our nominations announcement above, and scroll down for our complete list of contenders in 22 categories. You can vote for the winners right now here in our predictions center. You have until Midnight Eastern Time on February 1 to cast your votes. Feel free to jump right in because you can keep editing your votes as often as you like. No votes are final until polls close on February 1.

These nominations were decided by more than 2,700 registered Gold Derby users who voted for their favorites on a preferential ballot (you can register here if you’re not signed up already). The winners will now be determined by our users using a simple plurality vote. You’ll no longer rank your favorites
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Bradley Cooper Oscar nominations: All 8 bids from ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ to ‘Joker’

Bradley Cooper Oscar nominations: All 8 bids from ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ to ‘Joker’
Just a decade ago, who could’ve predicted the guy known primarily for “The Hangover” and “Kitchen Confidential” would become an eight-time Oscar nominee? (Click through our photo gallery above to see his complete Oscar history.) Bradley Cooper had one of the strongest careers in Hollywood during the 2010s, first nominated in 2012 for his starring role in “Silver Linings Playbook” and now nominated for his eighth Oscar for producing Best Picture nominee “Joker.” While all those nominations are wonderful, the fact remains that Cooper still has yet to win the little gold man. “Joker” might just be his path to Oscar glory.

See 2020 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories [Updating Live]

Cooper racked up three acting nominations in a row from 2012-14, in Best Actor for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Best Supporting Actor for “American Hustle” and Best Actor for “American Sniper.” That last nomination also came with
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The Final Shot of ‘Knives Out’ Was a “Happy Accident,” Reveals Rian Johnson

The smash hit Knives Out has been hailed as a masterfully constructed murder mystery/whodunit, and even scored a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination, but one of the most iconic shots in the film was actually a bit of a fortuitous accident. Writer/director Rian Johnson meticulously constructed Knives Out from start to finish to be a thrilling, rewatchable joy ride. He was so specific in the building of the film’s narrative that he knew he wanted to break the tension of the film’s opening shot—which is a dramatic showcase of Harlan Thrombey’s mansion—with a …
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Taking A Look Back On Year In Advance Predictions As Awards Season Heads Into The Final Stretch

Once again friends, here’s an opportunity for me to embarrass myself. Back at the start of last March, I posted my year in advance predictions for this Oscar season. As is always the case, these picks are never even close to accurate. One year, I managed to get about half of the ultimate Best Picture field, and that was pretty incredible. Two years ago, I got three of the Picture nominees correct. Last time out, it was only two (though one of my predictions was just a year early). This year…well, you’ll see what happened. Interestingly though, I mostly avoided being too far off in a number of categories once again. So, while it’s not a particularly great showing, it certainly could have been worse. Proof that if nothing else that I’m at least halfway decent at my job, right? What you’ll see below
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Oscars tragedy: ‘The Two Popes’ was likely 10th place for Best Picture nom, say 48% of readers [Poll Results]

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Oscars tragedy: ‘The Two Popes’ was likely 10th place for Best Picture nom, say 48% of readers [Poll Results]
Did “The Two Popes” just miss out on a Best Picture Oscar nomination? That’s what a leading 48% of readers believe who voted in our our recent poll. You see, Academy Awards voters are allowed to nominate 10 movies for Best Picture, but this year they decided only to recognize nine: “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “1917,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite.” Had they nominated the maximum, our readers think “The Two Popes” would have nabbed that 10th slot. Talk about a true Oscars tragedy!

See 2020 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

In 2011 the academy changed the number of Best Picture nominees to be a sliding scale between five and 10, but since then only eight or nine have been recognized each year. Per the Oscars rule book, in order to be nominated a movie must earn 5% of first-place rankings.
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Box-Office Weekend: Bad Boys for Life on Top

This weekend saw a new film take control of the weekend box office as Bad Boys for Life and Dolittle both debuted this weekend in the first and second positions of the countdown, respectively. The Will Smith and Martin Lawrence sequel brought in $59.2 million, easily besting second-place finisher Dolittle which managed a $22.5 million weekend debut.

Right on Dolittle’s heels was last week’s top film, 1917, which took in $22.1 million and now boasts a four-week total of $76.8 million. Meanwhile, Jumanji: The Next Level dropped to fourth place with a $9.6 million over the weekend, which now gives the film a six-week total of $270.5 million. Falling all the way to fifth place from second last week was Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker as it added $8.4 million to give it a five-week total of $492.0 million.

Just Mercy gave away only one spot as it finished in sixth place this weekend
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‘Defending Jacob’ Producers Say Reading The Book Won’t Spoil The Thrill – TCA

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‘Defending Jacob’ Producers Say Reading The Book Won’t Spoil The Thrill – TCA
Non-Spoiler Alert: The creative team behind the AppleTV+ thriller series Defending Jacob say that reading William Landay’s 2012 novel of the same name on which the series is based — or even just Googling the plot — will not spoil the enjoyment of the series.

Of course, writer and executive producer Mark Bomback would prefer that TV watchers not go to Google before sitting down to watch the 8-episode series. However, he said “the truth is, I don’t want to spoil anything myself, other than to say that (reading a plot summary) would not tell you the ultimate plot of the series. You’d get sort of a version of events that would skew somewhat differently by the time you were done.”

Bomback appeared on today’s panel with Director/Ep Morton Tyldum, Ep and star Chris Evans via satellite from Boston, and cast members Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell, who
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‘Defending Jacob’: Chris Evans’ Apple TV+ Crime Drama Gets Emmy-Qualifying Premiere Date

‘Defending Jacob’: Chris Evans’ Apple TV+ Crime Drama Gets Emmy-Qualifying Premiere Date
With the Emmy eligibility period ending on May 31, 2020, expect a cavalcade of prestige TV to debut this spring. At the 2020 TCA Winter Press Tour on Sunday in Pasadena, CA, Apple TV+ threw a contender in the ring for limited drama series by announcing the first three episodes of its starry crime show “Defending Jacob” will premiere on April 24.

Starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, and Pablo Schreiber, “Defending Jacob” is based on the 2012 bestselling crime novel by William Landay. Evans and Dockery play the parents of a 14-year-old boy (Martell) who is accused of murdering a classmate in a small Massachusetts town.

First optioned for a movie in 2012, showrunner Mark Bomback opted to turn the story into a limited series after seeing how the genre has developed into a outlet for incisive storytelling in the era of Peak TV. “Twenty or 30 years ago, this would have been a movie in a multiplex,
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Chris Evans’ Apple TV+ Crime Thriller ‘Defending Jacob’ Gets First Images & Premiere Date

Chris Evans takes on his first headlining TV role with Defending Jacob, the new crime drama from Apple TV+ that finds Evans taking on the role of an Assistant District Attorney whose life goes off the rails when his son (played by Knives Out co-star Jaeden Martell) becomes a key suspect in one of his murder trials. The streaming network debuted the first-look images and premiere date info for the upcoming series during their panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California. Defending Jacob will debut exclusively on Apple TV+ on Friday, April 24, …
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Chris Evans Thriller Defending Jacob Sets April Premiere Date at Apple TV+

Apple TV+’s new Chris Evans-led thriller Defending Jacob will debut this spring with a three-episode premiere, the company announced Sunday. The streaming service will drop the series’ first offerings on Friday, April 24, and new episodes will follow weekly thereafter.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay, the character-driven thriller will be a limited-series that unfolds around a shocking crime in a small Massachusetts town. It follows an assistant district attorney (Evans) who “finds himself torn between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son,” according to the streamer’s official description.
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Box Office Report For January 17-19

Welcome back one and all to the weekly box office report! As is always the case, each and every Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return to their buddy cop franchise with Bad Boys for Life, going up against Robert Downey Jr. and his Dolittle remake, as well as another week of surprise hit 1917. How did they all do? Read on to see how the weekend turned out… Beating expectations, Bad Boys for Life nearly took in $60 million for this opening frame. $59.1 million is a massive haul, setting up an inevitable fourth installment of the buddy cop franchise that Martin Lawrence and Will Smith periodically return to. What’s more, it actually got good reviews, which was no sure thing, given the release date.
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'Bad Boys for Life' Brings the Heat, Delivering $68 Million MLK Debut

'Bad Boys for Life' Brings the Heat, Delivering $68 Million MLK Debut
The Martin Luther King holiday is bringing more box office heat than originally expected as Sony's Bad Boys for Life delivered the second largest Mlk four-day performance ever as well as the studio's largest R-rated opening ever. Added to that, even Universal's Dolittle outperformed expectations, though the $175 million production still has a long way to go.

Debuting with an estimated $68.1 million, Sony's Bad Boys for Life exploded into theaters, delivering the second largest Martin Luther King weekend gross ever, topping 2014's Ride Along, which opened with $48.6 million. The film's $59.17 million three-day performance is also the second largest January three-day debut, just behind 2015's American Sniper ($89.26m) as well as the studio's largest R-rated opening ever, topping the $57 million opening for 22 Jump Street back in 2014.

While the records are great, some of the best news the film could receive began with the solid critical response followed by a welcome audience reaction,
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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Heads to $68 Million 4-Day Opening for Best Mlk Launch Since 2014

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Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life” is estimated for a 4-day opening of $68 million, making it the best Martin Luther King Jr. weekend box office since Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” in 2014. With $37 million grossed overseas, “Bad Boys” will earn more than $100 million worldwide this weekend.

Sony has attempted repeatedly to revive franchises that haven’t had a film in theaters in many years, but for every hit like “Jumanji” they have had busts like last year’s “Men in Black: International” and “Charlie’s Angels.” But “Bad Boys for Life” has given fans the action and chemistry from Will Smith and Martin Lawrence that they crave, as the film has earned an A on CinemaScore and 5/5 on Postrak.

Critics have also been far more positive than they were to the first two “Bad Boys” films, giving it a 76% Rotten Tomatoes score compared to 42% for the original “Bad Boys” and 23% for “Bad Boys II.
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Producers Guild Award Goes To “1917”

Moments ago, the Producers Guild of America finished up their annual awards show, highlighted by the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, their version of Best Picture. The PGA top prize is a reliable indicator of future Oscar success, since eight of the last ten winners here have gone on to take the Academy Award as well. Are we in line to see that happen again? Considering that the Producers Guild opted to reward Sam Mendes’ 1917, and the fact that that film is currently surging, we very well might be seeing just that. Read on for more, as well as the rest of the winners… PGA not only went for 1917 in their top category, but they rebuffed the Academy with their Documentary prize, going with Apollo 11, despite it not being nominated in Best Documentary Feature. In the Animated field, they picked Toy Story 4, arguably keeping it the slight Oscar favorite in Best Animated Feature.
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PGA Awards: ‘1917’ Wins Best Picture; ‘Fleabag’, ‘Succession’ Top TV – The Complete Winners List

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PGA Awards: ‘1917’ Wins Best Picture; ‘Fleabag’, ‘Succession’ Top TV – The Complete Winners List
Updated with full list of winners: The Producers Guild unveiled the year’s best in film and TV producing Saturday at the 31st annual PGA Awards at the Hollywood Palladium, with Universal’s 1917 taking the top film prize. It keeps the momentum going strong for Sam Mendes’ World War I epic, which is produced and financed by Amblin Partners and New Republic, after it picked up the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama earlier this month.

The PGA via its marquee category has picked the Best Picture Oscar 21 times in its 30-year history, including Green Book, another Universal pic, last year, and Fox Searchlight’s The Shape of Water in 2018.

“Thank you very, very much Producers Guild,” Mendes said onstage in his acceptance speech. “This film was inspired by my grandfather, and my hope above all was to honor his experience. I have to pay tribute to the efforts on
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2020 Producers Guild Awards Live Blog: ‘1917,’ ‘Succession, ‘Fleabag’ among big winners

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2020 Producers Guild Awards Live Blog: ‘1917,’ ‘Succession, ‘Fleabag’ among big winners
Since the annual Producers Guild of America Awards don’t air live on TV, Gold Derby has you covered with our informative play-by-play of the ceremony. Follow along with our updating live blog on Saturday, January 18 as we reveal all of the 2020 PGA Awards winners as they happen. We’ll also let you know the superstar presenters for the 3 film races and 10 television categories plus the honorary awards.

Last year’s ceremony previewed the upcoming Academy Awards when the PGA voters named their Best Picture winner “Green Book.” For the 31st annual PGA event at the Hollywood Palladium, will the recipient be “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Knives Out,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “1917,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” or “Parasite”?

SEEProducers Guild Awards 2020: Complete list of PGA winners in all 13 categories

Honorary recipients for this 31st PGA ceremony are:

Stanley Kramer Award — “Bombshell

David O.
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2020 PGA Awards: ‘1917’ Takes Home the Top Prize

2020 PGA Awards: ‘1917’ Takes Home the Top Prize
Sam Mendes’ World War I drama “1917” got a boost in its bid to win the Best Picture Oscar when it took home the top prize at the 31st annual Producers Guild Awards Saturday night. The winner of the PGA Awards’ top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, has historically been a strong indicator of which film will go on to win the Best Picture Oscar. Since 1989, the PGA winner has matched up with the top Oscar 21 out of 30 times.

Last year, Peter Farrelly’s controversial racial drama “Green Book” took the top PGA trophy before going on to win the Best Picture Oscar. This year “1917” bested the other eight films competing for the top Oscar at the PGAs, as well as a tenth film, Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” — which settled for an Original Screenplay Oscar slot.

The victory comes after surprise
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Producers Guild Awards 2020: Complete list of PGA winners in all 13 categories

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Producers Guild Awards 2020: Complete list of PGA winners in all 13 categories
The last two Producers Guild of America Awards told us which movies — “Green Book” (2019) and “The Shape of Water” (2018) — would win the Oscar for Best Picture weeks before the Academy Awards. In fact, 21 of the previous PGA Awards winners have then gone on to claim Best Picture victories.

For the 31st annual ceremony slated for Saturday, January 18 at the Hollywood Palladium, we already know the top choice will be at the very least a major front-runner for this year’s Oscar. The PGA’s 10 nominated films are “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Knives Out,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “1917,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite.” All but “Knives Out” contend at the Oscars for Best Picture.

SEE2020 PGA Awards: All the nominees in the 3 film and 10 TV categories at Producers Guild of America prizes on January 18

We’ll have the actual winners indicated below in gold immediately after they are announced.
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Netflix Praised by ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Marriage Story’ Filmmakers at Producers Guild Panel

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Netflix Praised by ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Marriage Story’ Filmmakers at Producers Guild Panel
Streaming giant Netflix received strong support from filmmakers behind “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story” at the Producers Guild of America’s nominees panel on Saturday at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Jane Rosenthal, one of “The Irishman” producers, said Netflix embraced the vision that she and Martin Scorsese had for the $170 million film. The time-jumping epic received a limited theatrical release prior to its Nov. 29 streaming release.

“Netflix has been extraordinary,” Rosenthal said. “Our business is changing. We still want to see movies in theaters. I think more people will wind up seeing a DeNiro-Scorsese movie than their other movies combined. As a filmmaker and producer, our goal is to get people to see our movies. It really has been an extraordinary experience.”

Noah Baumbach, director-producer of “Marriage Story,” was effusive in his praise of Netflix for re-opening New York City’s Paris Theater — one of the oldest
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