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Scarlett Johansson Calls Out James Franco At Women’s March: ‘I Want My Pin Back’

Scarlett Johansson was among the speakers at Saturday’s Women’s March in Los Angeles, and the “Lost in Translation” actress delivered a fiery speech to the assembled crowd, estimated at a half-million people, recalling the sexual harassment she’s faced throughout her career. “Suddenly I was 19 again and I began to remember all the men who
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Greta Gerwig Scores DGA Nomination for “Lady Bird”

“Lady Bird”

Critics and audiences loved “Lady Bird,” and it looks like directors did, too. The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced films in the running for their annual awards, and Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age drama is among them. Gerwig is up for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film.

Gerwig is the lone woman up for the honor. According to Variety, she is “is the eighth woman to have received a DGA feature film nomination, joining Lina Wertmuller, Randa Haines, Barbra Streisand, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Valerie Faris, and Kathryn Bigelow, who’s been nominated twice. Bigelow won the award for 2009’s ‘The Hurt Locker.’”

“Lady Bird” chronicles the loving but complicated relationship between a teenager (Saoirse Ronan) and her mother (Laurie Metcalf). The film was named Best Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes and Ronan took home the trophy for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy,
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DGA Feature Film Nominations Revealed

DGA Feature Film Nominations Revealed
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonaugh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) for its top feature film award.

The DGA also nominated Peele on Thursday for its first-time director award along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”).

It was the fourth DGA nomination for Nolan, who had previously been nominated for “Inception,” “Memento” and “The Dark Knight.”

Gerwig is the eighth woman to have received a DGA feature film nomination, joining Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Randa Haines (“Children of a Lesser God”), Barbra Streisand (“The Prince of Tides”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Kathryn Bigelow, who’s been nominated twice. Bigelow won the award for 2009’s “The Hurt Locker” and was nominated for “Zero Dark Thirty
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The Morning Watch: ‘Star Trek’ Battles ‘Star Wars’, ‘Lost in Translation’ Video Essay & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Star Trek’ Battles ‘Star Wars’, ‘Lost in Translation’ Video Essay & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, the crew of the USS Enterprise comes up […]

The post The Morning Watch: ‘Star Trek’ Battles ‘Star Wars’, ‘Lost in Translation’ Video Essay & More appeared first on /Film.
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Spotlight: Scarlett Johansson's Charity Work

Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has been wowing audiences for years with her roles in films such as ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ and ‘Lost in Translation’. Although she oozes glamour, Johansson has much higher priorities than her looks and profile.

She served as an Oxfam Ambassador for eight years, starting in 2007, and created a video journal of her visit to Kenya with the organization. In 2007 she skipped the Oscars in order to tour India and Sri Lanka as part of Oxfam projects. During her 10-day trip she visited an Oxfam-funded school in Uttar Pradesh, got involved in a few healthcare projects and one domestic violence project involving Indian women, and travelled to Sri Lanka to see how the charity was helping in reconstruction projects after the 2004 tsunami.

Johansson also spent time helping Hurricane Katrina victims by dishing out food from USA Harvest to the homeless at the Made Love Cafe in St.
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Sofia Coppola on the Dangerous Femininity of ‘The Beguiled’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

Sofia Coppola on the Dangerous Femininity of ‘The Beguiled’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile
In Sofia Coppola’s lush Southern folktale-turned-thriller “The Beguiled,” danger lurks beneath everything pretty. The grandiose manor house, the romantic porch front, and the lace-lined pillows all hold their own pristine mystery. When a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) is taken in by the girls of Miss Martha’s (Nicole Kidman) boarding school, he puts their Southern gentility to the test by ensnaring each in her own special way. Jealousy and possessiveness take hold, and the Corporal’s presence becomes as menacing as it once was enlivening. The film competed for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Coppola became only the third woman to ever win best director. Hearing her discuss her aesthetic vision in this IndieWire Awards Spotlight interview, it’s not hard to see why.

Read More:Jason Mitchell on the Extreme Empathy of ‘Mudbound’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

“The male-female
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First-Time Director Michael Gracey on Working With Hugh Jackman on ‘The Greatest Showman’

First-Time Director Michael Gracey on Working With Hugh Jackman on ‘The Greatest Showman’
For first-time director Michael Gracey, transitioning from commercials and music videos to feature-length films was “the difference between sprinting and a marathon.” The Aussie got his start working in visual effects but developed a knack for directing after working on music video “Karma” by 1200 Techniques. He combines his talents for musical biopic “The Greatest Showman.”

How did you start in visual effects?

Classically, it’s the child who looks up at their parents who says, “This is how the future is going to be,” and it’s the parents who don’t understand because they’re set in their ways. For me, it was the exact opposite. My dad sat me down at an Ibm At with a black screen and green text and said, “This is going to change the way that all image making is done in the future.” I looked up at him, the classic teenager, and said, “Yeah, Dad, everyone
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Shelter PR Expands With New Film and TV Division, Hires Veteran PR Exec Alicia Ramirez Wyld

Shelter PR is expanding their agency with the launch of its new film and television division, and has also hired former Paramount exec Alicia Ramirez Wyld as exec VP.

Wyld has held senior positions at Focus Features, Warner Bros., and, most recently, Paramount where, for nearly 10 years, she oversaw regional publicity and promotions as well as all experiential marketing, in addition to sports, religious, and family outreach for the company’s films.

“On the heels of our three-year anniversary of opening the doors at Shelter PR, we are excited to take the company to the next level,” said Shelter PR partners Cara and Christine Tripicchio and Marla Farrell. “Alicia is a highly respected, savvy, and smart executive who is known for her innovative ideas and ability to execute campaigns on a global scale. We couldn’t be more thrilled that she is joining our team and look forward to expanding the company with Alicia playing a key role
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Crossing The Frame In Sofia Coppola’s “Lost In Translation”

Within its premise, “Lost in Translation” reveals much about the human condition and connection, how people are brought together and separated. Sofia Coppola’s film goes beyond telling this to the audience, instead framing the main characters in a way that communicates the same sentiments of disconnection and togetherness.

Read More: From ‘Lost In Translation To ‘Eternal Sunshine’ And Beyond, Focus Features Celebrates 15 Years With Supercut

In a video essay by Fabian Broeker, images are juxtaposed and characters are brought together by the presence of a physical line.

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What Does the Note at End of ‘A Ghost Story’ Say? Twitter Has Theories

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What Does the Note at End of ‘A Ghost Story’ Say? Twitter Has Theories
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched a “A Ghost Story”) In terms of ambiguous endings, the conclusion to David Lowery’s art house darling “A Ghost Story” is right up there with Bill Murray whispering unheard words into Scarlett Johansson’s ear in “Lost in Translation.” Casey Affleck’s character, a ghost outfitted with a plain white bed sheet, spends much of the film trying to retrieve a tiny note left in the crack of a wall by his wife (Rooney Mara). When he finally finds it and reads it, he then vanishes. It’s a beautiful,
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Happy Birthday, Anna Faris! Looking Back at Her Funniest Movie Scenes Over the Years

Happy Birthday, Anna Faris! Looking Back at Her Funniest Movie Scenes Over the Years
Happy birthday to one of the funniest ladies in Hollywood...Anna Faris! Today marks the actress' 41st birthday, which means she's been gracing our television and movie screens with her humor, beauty and wit for nearly 20 years now.  As you probably recall, Faris got her big start in the Scary Movie series, playing Cindy Campbell in four of the films from 2000 to 2006. From there, she went on to star in hits like Lost in Translation, Just Friends, House Bunny and The Hot Chick.  In fact, Faris has been the star of some of our favorite one-liners and movie moments. Remember her manhole scene from House Bunny? And the patty cake song in The Hot Chick? Or what about the time she...
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Sofia Coppola’s Most Arresting Shots Are Honored in Gotham Awards Tribute Video — Watch (Exclusive)

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Sofia Coppola’s Most Arresting Shots Are Honored in Gotham Awards Tribute Video — Watch (Exclusive)
2017 has been a banner year for Sofia Coppola, who became just the second woman to win Best Director at Cannes and is being honored at the Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards tonight. “The Beguiled” is her most acclaimed film since “Lost in Translation,” and both works are prominently featured in a tribute video airing at the ceremony. Watch it below.

Read More:Sofia Coppola: How She Survived ‘The Beguiled’ Backlash, Why She Won’t Do TV, and Why Her Dad is ‘Over’ Film

Coppola’s heroines are given pride of place in the early going, with several of them — Kirsten Dunst in “The Virgin Suicides” and Marie Antoinette, Scarlett Johnasson in “Lost in Translation,” Elle Fanning in “Somewhere” — setting the stage. “So much has been said about the girls over the years,” Giovanni Ribisi narrates in “Suicides,” “it didn’t matter in the end how old they had been or that they were girls,
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Lady Bird Is Rotten Tomatoes' Best-Reviewed Movie of All Time

Lady Bird Is Rotten Tomatoes' Best-Reviewed Movie of All Time
Even if Lady Bird comes up short at the Academy Awards (which it likely won't) the movie can now claim the Rotten Tomatoes crown. Few movies have ever earned a 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but Lady Bird is one of those movies, which is very impressive in its own right. But now director Greta Gerwig's movie has officially become the best-reviewed movie in the history of Rotten Tomatoes. That's pretty impressive for a little independent movie like Lady Bird and it bodes well for the movie's chances as this current awards season moves along.

The previous record was held by Pixar's Toy Story 3, which also boasts the coveted 100 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Toy Story 3 has 163 reviews counted that make up its 100 percent rating. Lady Bird, as of this writing, has 170 reviews counted and not a single one of them is negative.
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Sofia Coppola: How She Survived ‘The Beguiled’ Backlash, Why She Won’t Do TV, and Why Her Dad is ‘Over’ Film

Sofia Coppola: How She Survived ‘The Beguiled’ Backlash, Why She Won’t Do TV, and Why Her Dad is ‘Over’ Film
Sofia Coppola has had quite a year. In Cannes, she became the second woman in history to win best director at the Cannes Film Festival for her Civil War drama “The Beguiled,” which received largely positive reactions. The movie landed in theaters under less-exciting conditions: She faced backlash against her decision to remove the sole black character in Don Siegel’s 1971 adaptation. Coppola fired back with a statement in IndieWire explaining her decision. Love it or hate it, “The Beguiled” wound up being quite the conversation-starter in the midst of summer movie season.

Read More:Sofia Coppola Movies Ranked Worst to Best

Needless to say, while the movie’s reputation may have suffered, Coppola remains one of the most prominent American auteurs working today. On Monday, she receives a special directing award at Ifp’s Gotham Awards ceremony in New York, and she’s been making the rounds on the campaign trail for “The Beguiled.
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Crossing Over: How ‘Lost in Translation’ Uses the Frame

By Jacob Oller

The caverns of meaning and negative space can operates similarly. ridging the gaps in our lives can be spatial or metaphysical. When it comes to Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson finding each other in a foreign land, sharing a moment of each other’s lives in Lost in Translation, the images are as important as the […]

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Seven Christopher Nolan films hit 4K Ultra HD this December

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that seven acclaimed films from director Christopher Nolan will be available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD on December 18th in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Dunkirk, The Prestige and Interstellar.

“4K Ultra HD with Hdr is an incredibly exciting new home video format that allows a much closer recreation of viewing the original film print,” said Christopher Nolan. “The deeper colour palette comes closer to matching the analogue colours of film and we’ve restored the original theatrical mixes for this release. If you can’t rewatch these films in the theater, this is the best experience you can have in your own home.”

Batman Begins

Batman Begins” explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned
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Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention

Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention
From Paul Thomas Anderson to Guillermo del Toro to Patty Jenkins, a wide variety of directors across genres are vying for attention this awards season.

Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Phantom Thread

Not a frame of Anderson’s latest has yet been seen by the public, nor is much known about it, but he’s the rare filmmaker whose name alone can stoke anticipation. The fact that this 1950s-set film about the fashion world also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, who plans to retire from acting, only piques interest further.

Darren Aronofsky

Mother!”

Easily the most divisive studio film of 2017, and presumably intentionally so, Aronofsky’s “Mother!” could curry favor among his fellow directors for the sheer boldness of his vision, as he and star Jennifer Lawrence ascend ever-escalating levels of madness.

Sean Baker

The Florida Project

An indie darling du jour thanks to his sleeper “Tangerine,” Baker returned with yet another warm, sly-humored study of
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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women

Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women
Kevin Spacey’s Oscar chances, obliterated. Dustin Hoffman’s, gone. While we don’t yet have the hashtag, March 4, 2018 will be remembered as the year that the issue of sexual harassment took center stage at the Dolby Theatre.

If one of the historical perks of Hollywood stardom was the ability to misbehave without consequences, those days are over. Sony pulled Ridley Scott’s AFI Fest closer “All the Money in the World,” which was primed for an awards campaign around Spacey, now accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and abuse.

While Hoffman presented a Hollywood Film Award Sunday night, it’s unlikely that his crusty New York patriarch will be in the running for “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” after multiple harassment claims — in addition to Meryl Streep’s own account of how he introduced himself by grabbing her breast. (Streep will move into Oscar mode as
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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women

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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women
Kevin Spacey’s Oscar chances, obliterated. Dustin Hoffman’s, gone. While we don’t yet have the hashtag, March 4, 2018 will be remembered as the year that the issue of sexual harassment took center stage at the Dolby Theatre.

If one of the historical perks of Hollywood stardom was the ability to misbehave without consequences, those days are over. Sony pulled Ridley Scott’s AFI Fest closer “All the Money in the World,” which was primed for an awards campaign around Spacey, now accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and abuse.

While Hoffman accepted a Hollywood Film Award Sunday night, it’s unlikely that his crusty New York patriarch will be in the running for “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” after multiple harassment claims — in addition to Meryl Streep’s own account of how he introduced himself by grabbing her breast. (Streep will move into Oscar mode as
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7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’

7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’
When Greta Gerwig’s already-lauded “Lady Bird” hits limited release later this week, the actress-writer-director will join a long line of other female filmmakers who used their directorial debut (this one is Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, just for clarity’s sake) to not only launch their careers, but make a huge mark while doing it. Gerwig’s Saoirse Ronan-starring coming-of-age tale is an instant classic, and one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has enjoyed Gerwig’s charming work as a screenwriter in recent years, bolstered by her ear for dialogue and her love of complicated and complex leading ladies.

While Hollywood still lags when it comes to offering up opportunities to its most talented female filmmakers, many of them have overcome the dismal stats to deliver compelling, interesting, and unique first features. In short, they’re good filmmakers who made good movies,
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