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‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards

‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards
Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” has been named the best European film of 2018 at the European Film Awards, which were handed out on Saturday in Seville, Spain.

The decade-spanning drama, which was inspired by the stormy relationship between Pawlikowski’s parents, also won awards for its director, screenplay, lead actress (Joanna Kulig) and editor.

Marcello Fonte won the best-actor award for “Dogman,” which also took awards for its costume design and hair and makeup.

Also Read: 'Cold War' Film Review: Romance in Postwar Europe Is Ravishing and Haunted

Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” was named the best European comedy, while “Bergman – A Year in a Life” won for documentary, and “Another Day of Life” won for animated film.

Four of the Best European Film Award nominees — “Border,” “Cold War,” “Dogman” and “Girl” — are the foreign-language Oscar entries from Sweden, Poland, Italy and Belgium, respectively. The fifth,
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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77

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Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77
Actor, activist and influentials member of the Japanese American community, Rodney Kageyama, died in his sleep Dec. 9. He was 77.

The SAG member was known for roles in “Karate Kid IV” with Hillary Swank, Ron Howard’s film “Gung Ho” and the spinoff sitcom, and the TV movie “Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes” with Max Von Sydow.

Kageyama was an important activist for the Asian American community. He was a regular emcee in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, and was praised for using his voice to advocate for Asian American representation in the entertainment industry. A member of several social activist groups and community organizations, Kageyama was associated with The Asian American Pacific Artists Association, The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (Cape), East West Players, The Japanese American National Museum, and Nisei Week Japanese Festival.

Before he moved to Los Angeles in 1979, Kageyama began his acting career in San Francisco
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‘Spider-Verse’ Catching $36M, ‘The Mule’ Carrying Near $18M, ‘Mortal Engines’ Fails To Start With $7M+

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‘Spider-Verse’ Catching $36M, ‘The Mule’ Carrying Near $18M, ‘Mortal Engines’ Fails To Start With $7M+
Estimates see Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with a solid weekend start of $36M after a $12.6M Friday at 3,813 theaters, and sources are eager to see how this A+ CinemaScore, 5-Star PostTrak-received film performs on Saturday when matinees kick in.

There’s anticipation that Spider-Verse could very well go higher (just look at its awesome 80% definite recommend in PostTrak exits), and if it doesn’t, then the pic will enjoy a great multiple well past the holiday season. Though Universal/Illumination’s Sing debuted on the Wednesday before Christmas two years ago, its 3-day of $35.2M yielded a 7.6 multiple with a final domestic take of $270.3M.

Says social media monitor RelishMix about the pic’s fantastic word of mouth, “fans are excited for this unique look on the comic book creation with its multiple universe storyline. Others are stoked not only by the unique animation look,
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'Aquaman' Hits $152 Million at International Box Office

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'Aquaman' Hits $152 Million at International Box Office
Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Aquaman” has taken in $152 million overseas in 36 markets, with $135 million of that from China, where it opened on Dec. 7.

The Jason Momoa vehicle has become the highest China grosser in the DC Universe and surpassed the lifetime grosses of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Black Panther” in the Middle Kingdom. Mexico debuted with $1.4 million on Thursday on 3,517 screens while Russia and Brazil each took in $1.3 million.

Indonesia has taken in $2.2 million in two days and the U.K. generated $1.8 million in two days of previews. Taiwan’s two-day total is $1.4 million and the Philippines generated $1.1 million. In the U.S., Amazon Prime is holding advance screenings of “Aquaman” on Dec. 15 amid expectations of a $65 million opening weekend in North America on Dec.
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Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”

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Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”
Hours after the latest lawsuit to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault was made public both the disgraced producer and Jennifer Lawrence have responded to complaint – in very different manners.

“My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein,” the Oscar winner and X-Men alum said in a statement on Friday. Filed on December 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Jane Doe of the six-claim unspecified damages seeking action accuses Weinstein of repeatedly forcing himself upon her. The jury requesting complaint also alleges that in his promises of movie roles for Jane Doe, Weinstein boasted that he had an affair with Lawrence and implied that is why she won the Academy Award.

“I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him,” Lawrence asserted today of the real nature of her interaction with Weinstein. “This is yet another example of the predatory
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‘Cold War’ Dominates 2018 European Film Awards Taking Four Prizes

Pawel Pawlikowski’s celebrated drama “Cold War” may have been snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press, but the Polish filmmaker’s European peers crowned it European Film of the Year and honored it with three other awards. Not bad for a film many also thought should have won the Palme d’Or last May.

Read More: “Cold War” is admirable and beautiful [Review]

An Amazon Studios release in the United States, “Cold War” also saw Pawlikowski taking the European Director and European Screenwriter categories.

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Film Review: ‘Nona’

Film Review: ‘Nona’
Twenty years and 12 features down the line, it’s still hard to peg the directorial sensibility of Michael Polish, with or without the presence of brother Mark as frequent co-writer and actor. His output has been all over the place, from early Lynchian quirkfests to the very middle-of-the-road inspirational dramedy “The Astronaut Farmer,” not to mention mediocre genre exercises, a B&W Parisian romance (“For Lovers Only”). a good movie about Jack Kerouac (“Big Sur”), and one about manure salesmen that’s about as good as that sounds (“The Smell of Success”). It remains a puzzle whether his thematic interests are more laudably diverse than they are simply arbitrary.

Nona” is yet another departure, a primarily Spanish-language feature shot on location in Central America, touching on issues of illegal immigration and human trafficking. The narrative’s picaresque road-trip majority doesn’t properly set up a late turn towards seriousness, draining
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‘Cold War’ Is the Big Winner at the European Film Awards, Picking Up Oscar Momentum

‘Cold War’ Is the Big Winner at the European Film Awards, Picking Up Oscar Momentum
“Cold War” was the big winner at the European Film Awards, picking up the prizes for Best European Film, Actress (Joanna Kulig), Director, and Screenwriter (both Paweł Pawlikowski). Best actor went to Marcello Fonte of “Dogman,” while Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” was named Best European Comedy.

Cold War” also led all films with five nominations, continuing a strong year for the black-and-white drama — Pawlikowski, whose “Ida” won the Foreign-Language Oscar, also took home Best Director laurels from Cannes.

Ali Abbasi’s “Border” and Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro” left the ceremony empty-handed despite picking up four nominations apiece.

The full list of winners:

Best European Film

“Border,” Ali Abbasi

“Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski

“Dogman,” Matteo Garrone

“Girl,” Lukas Dhont

“Happy as Lazzaro,” Alice Rorhwacher

European Comedy

“C’est La Vie,” Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

“Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt

The Death of Stalin,” Armando Iannucci

European Director

Ali Abbasi,
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'Cold War' leads winners at 2018 European Film Awards

'Cold War' leads winners at 2018 European Film Awards
Other winners include ’Dogman’, ’The Death Of Stalin’, and ’Bergman: A Year in a Life’.

Cold War won best film, best director, best actress (Joanna Kulig) and best screenwriter at the 31st European Film Awards (EFAs), held on December 15, 2018 in Seville.

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s film previously won best director at Cannes, and had led the Efa nominations with five nods (it only lost out on best actor to Marcello Fonte for Dogman).

The feature was loosely inspired by Pawlikowski’s own parents. He said on the night, “I’d like to thank my
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Disney Channel Fires ‘Andi Mack’ Actor Arrested for Allegedly Plotting Sex With Minor

Disney Channel has fired Stoney Westmoreland after the “Andi Mack” actor was arrested in Utah for allegedly attempting to arrange sex with a 13-year-old yesterday. Westmoreland had played Ham Mack, the main character’s grandfather, in 38 episodes since the show’s premiere in 2017. Peyton Elizabeth Lee, who stars as the title character on “Andi Mack,” is 14.

According to BuzzFeed news, Westmoreland was using a dating app to speak with someone he believed to be 13 but was actually an undercover police officer. He’s being held on $30,000 bail.

“Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” said a Disney Channel spokesperson in a statement. “Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors, we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work on the series which wraps production on its third season next week.
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Pop Culture Review: ‘Doctor Strange’ Will Be Cumber-Back For a Sequel

Welcome back to The Collider Pop Culture Review, in which Collider’s weekend editor Vinnie Mancuso wakes up only slightly hungover on a Saturday to rate the week’s biggest stories in film and television on a scale from 1 to 10. This week: Doctor Strange is reportedly rising from the ashes to get a sequel, The Mandalorian added some highly interesting new cast members, Godzilla: King of the Monsters still looks 100% dope Af, and a new Titans trailer sees Batman just murdering everyone. 'Doctor Strange' Sequel in Development […
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The 2018 Playlist Holiday Gift Guide

Ok, ok, we know what you’re thinking. It’s December 15, Christmas is only ten days away, Hanukah has already started and goddamn you, how am I supposed to shop for the cinephile in my family when you’re delivering your holiday gift guide so f*cking late? Relax, remember with the Amazons and digital outlets of the world, anything you order by the time you finish reading this article—once you’ve taken copious notes of course—should be at your doorstep in a day or two.

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Let’s Talk about that Post-Credits Gag

Spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. If you stick through the credits in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you’ll get a fun joke involving yet another Spider-Man. This time around, it’s Spider-Man 2099. The character was introduced in the comics in 1992, and he’s voiced in the film by none other than Oscar Isaac. Like other 2099 creations, Spider-Man 2099 has his own weird origin. Per Wikipedia: His secret alter ego is Miguel O'Hara, a brilliant geneticist living in New York in the year 2099 A.D. who is …
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Charlie Brown and New ‘Peanuts’ Specials Are Coming to Apple

Fire up the Vince Guaraldi music: new Peanuts specials and series are headed to Apple. Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all the other giant-headed children will be headed to Apple’s upcoming streaming service. New specials include short-form Stem content, featuring Snoopy in space. According to Deadline, Apple has signed a deal with Dhx Media to […]

The post Charlie Brown and New ‘Peanuts’ Specials Are Coming to Apple appeared first on /Film.
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Vox Lux’: Stream Scott Walker and Sia’s One-of-a-Kind Soundtrack

Vox Lux’: Stream Scott Walker and Sia’s One-of-a-Kind Soundtrack
Vox Lux” isn’t a musical, but it certainly is musical. Brady Corbet’s pop-star drama stars Natalie Portman as a singer who’s been compared to everyone from Lady Gaga to Kanye West, though the actual score comes courtesy of Scott Walker (who also worked on Corbet’s “The Childhood of a Leader”) with original songs by Sia. Like the film itself, their collaboration is a memorable mix of catchy beats and dissonant tones — and can now be streamed on Spotify. Listen below.

The film begins with a Columbine-esque school shooting set in 1999, which Celeste (played by Raffey Cassidy as a child and Portman as an adult) survives despite suffering life-threatening injuries. She writes a song about her experience, launching an unexpected career that makes her a global superstar — so much so, in fact, that terrorists eventually carry out a shooting of their own while donning masks made famous
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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards

Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards
“Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, scooped the prizes for best film, director and screenplay at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards on Saturday.

“Cold War” star Joanna Kulig also won the award for best actress. Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” won for best actor.

Armando Iannucci’s political satire “The Death of Stalin” won for best European comedy. Adapted from the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, “The Death of Stalin” is a comic look at how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the U.S.S.R. into chaos and inspired a mad power grab among his top advisors.

“This is very brave of you. This movie was banned in Russia,” Iannucci said upon picking up his award onstage. The British writer-director added that he loved Europe and made a joke about Brexit.

Lukas Dhont’s “Girl,
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Getting the Job, Learning from The Master and Goodfellas, and Shooting with Cleaner Glass: Cinematographer Sean Porter Talks Green Book

Viggo Mortensen always seemed like the kind of actor who would insist on eating a dozen hot dogs in a scene if his character did the same. Green Book cinematographer Sean Porter confirmed those suspicions. “We shot a hot dog eating contest and Viggo was cramming them in at full speed every take,” laughs Porter. Green Book provided Mortensen (and his digestive system) with ample opportunities to display that kind of commitment to authenticity. In the based-in-fact story, Mortensen plays Tony Vallelonga, a Bronx bouncer with a penchant for gluttony who accepts a job driving a refined piano virtuoso (played […]
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Clip and Featurette Focus on Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep

Mary Poppins Returns is going to sing and dance its way into movie theaters in just a few days, and Disney has unveiled another new clip that shows why Emily Blunt is truly the perfect person to take on this classic role. Oh, and there’s also a featurette about Mary Poppins’ cousin Topsy, who’s played by Meryl […]

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Here’s What’s New to and Leaving Hulu in January 2019

Hulu has revealed what will be comin' and goin' in January 2019, and there is some fantastic news for anyone who isn't caught up on TV's best comedy-drama, Atlanta. Season 2 of Donald Glover's FX series will hit the streaming service on January 1, which marks your chance to finally experience the ultra-surreal madcap mind-trip that is "Teddy Perkins", or the masterful showcase episode for Brian Tyree Henry, "Woods". Also on the TV front, the second season of Seth Rogen and Evan Golberg's original series Future Man arrives on January 11. [caption id="…
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Terry Crews Is Hosting a Live, 24-Hour Christmas Painting Session — Watch

Terry Crews Is Hosting a Live, 24-Hour Christmas Painting Session — Watch
Anyone who misses Bob Ross and loves Terry Crews will be pleased to learn that the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star is holding a live, 24-hour painting session. NBC is airing “A Very Terry Christmas: Cozy 24-Hour Painting Sesh with Terry Crews” on YouTube at this very moment, and although some trickery is involved and the actor isn’t actually taking brush to canvas for a full day, the illusion is convincing enough.

A visit to NBC’s website reveals what we’re watching is in fact a 42-minute video played on a loop. Crews certainly knows what he’s doing, not only as a painter — his color mixing is especially impressive — but as a low-key host. He takes a cue from Ross in saying things like, “Ooh, don’t you just love a blue sky? A pretty, Christmas-y blue sky.”

Over the last year, the actor has become an unexpected part
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