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The Top 25 Best Picture Winners To Date

Alas. All good things must come to an end at some point. Yes folks, this is the final installment of the second go-around of this series of mine, and as such, it’s (hopefully) a bit of a doozy…the Best Picture field. Without a doubt, this is the big one, so it’s the one where the list will be the most important and I hope interesting to look at as well. Hopefully you’ve all been looking forward to it as well. Obviously, I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic and teasing, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard one more time. All you have to do is just be patient
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Cinematographer Robert Richardson Is Shooting Andy Serkis’ ‘Venom 2’

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Cinematographer Robert Richardson Is Shooting Andy Serkis’ ‘Venom 2’
Cinematographer Robert Richardson, best known for his Oscar-winning work with Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone, has signed on to shoot “Venom 2,” marking the first time he’ll photograph a superhero movie. He most recently filmed “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” directed by frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino.

Sony announced earlier this month that it had hired motion-capture master Andy Serkis to direct the follow-up to the critically panned box office smash “Venom.” The films’ eponymous character was first introduced as one of Spider-Man’s enemies. Tom Hardy is reprising his lead role as journalist Eddie Brock, whose body becomes host to an alien parasite that endows him with superhuman abilities.

Richardson’s agent, Devin Mann of Iconic Talent, confirmed to IndieWire the veteran cinematographer had signed on to “Venom 2.” Richardson and Serkis previously worked together on Serkis’ directorial debut, the 2017 biographical drama “Breathe.”

Richardson’s work spans nearly
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U.S. Management & Production Firm Zero Gravity Opens UK Office, Taps ‘Sense8’ Exec Producer To Lead Division

  • Deadline
La management and production firm Zero Gravity has opened a UK office, appointing Brit producer Leon Clarance to head operations.

The company, whose credits include Ben Affleck starrer The Accountant and hit Netflix series Ozark, previously partnered with Clarance on Andrew Scott thriller A Dark Place (known in UK as Steel Country).

Clarance recently produced Jason Sudeikis-starring movie Kodachrome and was an executive producer on Netflix series Sense8. His remit at Zero Gravity will be to attract acting, writing, directing and below-the-line talent to the company with a view to producing and financing material which has international appeal whilst building a team from scratch.

Clarance, A Dark Place director Simon Fellows and Zero Gravity partner Mark Williams are currently in pre-production on The Department, a sci-fi-thriller created by Fellows and co-written by Luke Garrett which examines current themes of civil liberties and state intervention. Zero Gravity and Clarance have
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Bruce Springsteen’s Six Greatest Movie Songs

  • Variety
Bruce Springsteen’s Six Greatest Movie Songs
Bruce Springsteen’s music has always been cinematic, which is one reason why so many of his songs strike a chord at the movies.

Friday is the premiere of the film, “Blinded By The Light,” which tells the story of a British-Pakistani teenager and his journey after discovering the Boss’ music. Based on the book, “Greetings From Bury Park,” by Sarfraz Manzoor, the film makes excellent use of Springsteen classics like “Jungleland” and “The Promised Land.”

But no matter where they’re used, Springsteen’s songs enliven film scenes. And the man himself does as much in “High Fidelity” — a fantasy sequence from the 2000 film in which he gives advice to John Cusack’s character as he strums his Fender and tells him to “move on down the road.”

Which is what we’re going to do, after serving up these six great examples of Springsteen music used well in films.
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'City on a Hill' Star Sarah Shahi Hopes For a Rachel and DeCourcy Romance in Season Two

Showtime's Boston drama City on a Hill, from executive producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, is closing out its first season this Sunday (Aug. 18), and star Sarah Shahi is already looking ahead for her character Rachel Benham, as the series has been renewed for a second season.

Sharing her hopes for season two, Shahi told The Hollywood Reporter In Studio, "I hope Rachel has a juicy storyline. I wouldn't mind if she and DeCourcy (Aldis Hodge) had a little thing. That'd be spicy. There'd be some drama there."

In the series, set in early 1990s Boston,...
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Us management and production outfit Zero Gravity sets up London office, makes key hire

Company hires Sense8 producer to lead UK office.

Zero Gravity Management, the Los Angeles based management and production company that has credits including Netflix series Ozark, has opened a London office and has hired UK producer Leon Clarance to head up its UK operation.

Alongside its production activities, Zero Gravity has a roster of clients including screenwriters, directors and actors. They include Katherine Heigl, Dolph Lundgren, and Michael Jai White.

Clarance, whose credits include Netflix series Sense8 and 2017 feature Kodachrome, will be tasked with developing film and TV projects, targeting both theatrical and streaming audiences, and also bringing talent into the company’s management stable.
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Richard Linklater Recalls His Movies, From ‘Woodshock’ When Ecstasy Was Legal to the ‘Slacker’ Madonna Pap Smear

Richard Linklater Recalls His Movies, From ‘Woodshock’ When Ecstasy Was Legal to the ‘Slacker’ Madonna Pap Smear
Austin-based auteur Richard Linklater’s new film “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” opens this weekend. In tribute to the Academy Award nominee’s vast and varied career of more than 20 films, with a handful in pre-production, Vanity Fair has put together a video interview retrospective with Linklater, starting with his 1985 grassroots short “Woodshock.”

Linklater told Vanity Fair he started playing with film in junior high, with his rough-around-the-edges, first foray into filmmaking, “Woodshock,” marking a step-up from Super 8 into 16mm. “It’s a short, in and around a blissed-out, drug-fueled music festival in Austin in the summer of ’85. No one involved remembered probably being filmed,” he said. “Ecstasy was actually legal then, interestingly!”

Linklater’s breakout came in 1991 with the Sundance premiere of “Slacker,” where the film was nominated for the festival’s Grand Jury Prize. This proto-mumblecore, indie dramedy told in a documentary style takes us through a
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The Babysitter 2 Is Happening at Netflix with McG Returning to Direct

Netflix is doubling down on their teen-driven slasher flicks, as The Babysitter 2 is happening. Much like any other major studio, Netflix has produced its fair share of horror movies. They're often cheaper to produce than other types of eye-catching content and, when they hit, they can do big business. Or, in this case, a whole lot of people decide to stream the service's latest horror offering, as opposed to old episodes of The Office. In any event, enough people streamed 2017's The Babysitter to justify a sequel.

According to a new report, director McG is returning to helm the sequel. Exact details, in terms of where they intend to take the story, are virtually non-existent for the time being. Casting is currently underway, with production expected to kick off in October, if all goes well. Behind the scenes, the script is being penned by Dan Lagana, who served as an
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Ben Affleck movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Argo,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Hollywoodland’

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Ben Affleck movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Argo,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Hollywoodland’
Ben Affleck celebrates his 47th birthday on August 15, 2019. Though he’s best known as an actor, the two-time Oscar winner has excelled in a variety of fields, including writing, directing and producing. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1972, Affleck first gained notice as a hot young actor with supporting performances in movies such as “School Ties” (1992), “Dazed and Confused” (1993) and “Mallrats” (1995). He shot to stardom when he and his lifelong friend, Matt Damon, decided to write a couple of plum roles for themselves in the inspirational drama “Good Will Hunting” (1997). The box office smash bring the duo an Oscar and Golden Globe for screenwriting, launching both of their onscreen careers.

SEEMatt Damon movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Having firmly established himself as a leading man,
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Normal Is Good: Inside Ben Affleck's Whirlwind Year Devoted to Family, Work and Recovery

Normal Is Good: Inside Ben Affleck's Whirlwind Year Devoted to Family, Work and Recovery
It's been almost a year since an intervention staged by Jennifer Garner prompted Ben Affleck to return to rehab for the third time in his life. The actor and Oscar-winning filmmaker spent 40 days in residential treatment for alcoholism, after which he continued with outpatient care. He acknowledged in a statement last October that battling any addiction was "a lifelong and difficult struggle," and treatment, per se, is never really over. "Ben was not resistant" to the intervention "and knew he needed help," a source told E! News at the time. "He was grateful that Jen was there for him again and did not fight it." "It is a full-time commitment,"...
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Ben Affleck movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Ben Affleck movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Ben Affleck celebrates his 47th birthday on August 15, 2019. Though he’s best known as an actor, the two-time Oscar winner has excelled in a variety of fields, including writing, directing and producing. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1972, Affleck first gained notice as a hot young actor with supporting performances in movies such as “School Ties” (1992), “Dazed and Confused” (1993) and “Mallrats” (1995). He shot to stardom when he and his lifelong friend, Matt Damon, decided to write a couple of plum roles for themselves in the inspirational drama “Good Will Hunting” (1997). The box office smash bring the duo an Oscar and Golden Globe for screenwriting, launching both of their onscreen careers.

Having firmly established himself as a leading man, Affleck decided to try his luck behind the
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What can we expect from the upcoming Batman movie

Batman has been ruling the industry since the '50s and many personalities have essayed the iconic character in the Batman franchise, from Adam West to Ben Affleck every actor has surely given their justice to the Dark Knight.

Now, the latest onboard is none other than the Twilight actor Robert Pattinson who will be playing the iconic character and now we see him slowly turning from a vampire (in Twilight) to the Dark Knight.?

So what can we expect from the upcoming Batman movie and who all will be seen in it?

Speaking on Batman, if you remember we had a movie named Suicide Squad in which we see a mega assembly of all DC villains in one roof. The movie showed a rather positive side of each character barring a few characters like Joker and Harley Quinn.?

Speaking on the upcoming movie we might be able to see
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5 Hollywood Stars Who Are Also Poker Players

Imagine sitting around the poker table and suddenly finding yourself playing against Batman…well, not actual Batman…I’m talking about the actor that plays him, Ben Affleck. This is less uncommon than you might think. Given poker’s popularity amongst Hollywood starlets, players often find themselves staring at stars of the silver screen over the felt. But which Hollywood actors are also poker players, taking down opposition at high profile events like the World Series of Poker (Wsop)? Here’s a rundown of five Hollywood stars you should keep an eye out for next time you’re in Las Vegas.

1 – Ben Affleck

Not content with winning big at the Oscars and the Golden Globes, Ben Affleck, star of Dazed and Confused and Good Will Hunting, reportedly likes nothing more than a game of poker. His biggest poker win to date (as far as we know) came at the 2004 California State Poker Championship,
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Henry Cavill Reportedly Being Eyed To Play U.S. Agent In The McU

It’s been two years since we last saw Henry Cavill don Superman’s cape for the Dceu, and while we currently wait to see what exactly Warner Bros. has in store for the future of the Man of Steel franchise, it’s starting to sound more and more likely that the actor is hoping to head to the McU faster than a speeding bullet.

According to a new rumor from Cosmic Book News – so, as always, take this with a grain of salt – Kevin Feige and co. are interested in bringing the classic comic book character U.S. Agent to the big screen, and they want Cavill for the role. Originally created as a surrogate Captain America, it sounds like it’s the right time to adapt the villain-turned-hero considering Steve Rogers’ retirement post-Avengers: Endgame. While U.S. Agent was first introduced as a “patriotic” extremist, he sounds
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James Gunn Won’t Say If The Suicide Squad’s A Reboot Or Sequel

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is still very much an unknown quantity. There’s been so much controversy swirling around the project that no one has paid much attention to the fact that few, if any, specifics have been released, aside from casting.

One of the biggest questions surrounding the film is whether it’s a sequel, following up on David Ayer’s commercially successful yet critically disappointing Suicide Squad, or a reboot, something which DC and Warner Bros. don’t seem to have an issue doing, as Batman is being rebooted by director Matt Reeves with a new actor in line, as Ben Affleck officially left the role earlier this year.

Adding more confusion to the situation is Gunn himself, who’s decided to be intentionally coy about the state of the movie. When asked directly on social media if The Suicide Squad is either a sequel or a reboot,
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Fox Feels the Pressure From Disney as Film Flops Mount

  • Variety
This report card isn’t going on anyone’s fridge.

Twentieth Century Fox received its first-quarter grades from the Walt Disney Co. last week, and in a public rebuke, the studio’s new corporate parent made it plain that it viewed the first few months as an ominous sign of trouble ahead.

In a sharp reprimand that left staffers at Fox reeling and worried about their already fragile job security, Disney chief executive Bob Iger declared on the company’s Aug. 6 quarterly earnings call that “the Fox studio performance … was well below where it had been and well below where we hoped it would be when we made the acquisition.” Iger’s tone was measured, but his message was clear: Shape up.

“I’ve never seen a public hanging like that,” remarks one prominent Hollywood producer.

Iger was giving voice to simmering frustrations on the part of many Disney insiders.
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Will Batman Return in The Suicide Squad? James Gunn Has an Answer

Will Batman be showing up in The Suicide Squad? It's a reasonable question, given that the character was featured in the first movie. We haven't seen the Dark Knight on the big screen since Justice League in 2017 back when Ben Affleck was still donning the cape and cowl. Affleck has since moved on, which makes the question all the more intriguing. Now, director James Gunn has provided a definitive answer.

Warning: Some might consider this to be venturing into spoiler territory, so read on at your own risk. Quite a few people were taking to social media to inquire about Batman's status in The Suicide Squad, which James Gunn wrote the screenplay for, in addition to his duties as director. Recently, in one of his Instagram stories, Gunn made it pretty clear that we shouldn't expect any appearances from the famed Gotham City hero in his latest. Here's what Gunn had to say about it.
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5 Things Batfleck Got Right (& 5 It Got Wrong)

When Ben Affleck stepped down as Batman earlier this year, fans had mixed feelings about it. Some fans considered him to be the best Batman in movie history, while others considered certain parts of his take to be a disservice to the character.

Related: 5 Reasons Ben Affleck Had to Quit Batman (& 5 Reasons He Should’ve Stayed In Dceu)

Affleck wasn’t to blame for everything that was wrong with so-called “Batfleck,” since a lot of it came from Warner Bros. interference and Zack Snyder’s alterations to the source material. The debate over whether or not Affleck was a good or bad Batman will rage forever, because he was both. Here are 5 Things Batfleck Got Right (And 5 It Got Wrong).
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Remembering Robin Williams: A Life and Career in Pictures (Photos)

Remembering Robin Williams: A Life and Career in Pictures (Photos)
Robin Williams made his big screen debut in little-seen 1977 comedy “Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?”

Williams made several appearances doing sketches on 1977’s “The Richard Pryor Show

Quirky comedy series “Mork and Mindy” premiered in 1978 and put Williams on the map.

Christopher Reeve presented Williams with a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer for “Mork and Mindy” in 1979.

Robin Williams was received his first Oscar nomination for his role in 1987’s “Good Morning, Vietnam.”

O Captain! My captain! Robin Williams captivated a young audience by playing an unorthodox professor in 1989’s “Dead Poets Society.”

“Mrs Doubtfire” was released in 1993 and remains one of Williams’ most iconic roles.

“There you are, Peter.” Robin Williams played a grown up Peter Pan returning to Neverland in 1991’s “Hook.”

Williams memorably voiced the Genie in Disney’s animated classic “Aladdin,” which came out in 1992.

Williams went dark and twisted
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‘The Sneider Cut’ Ep. 3: ‘Eternals’ Casting, MoviePass Scandal, Taika Waititi’s New Film

On the latest episode of The Sneider Cut, your esteemed host Jeff Sneider examines Marvel's latest Eternals castings, the new Taika Waititi film, the Disney+ reboot of Home Alone, the MoviePass scandal, and Lord & Miller's new overall deal at Universal. Jeff also explains why Warner Bros. may have moved Ben Affleck's addiction drama The Way Back to 2020, and makes a plea for Hollywood to cast Jason Patric more often. He also praises Amazon for its Sundance acquisitions, and discusses a pair of FX series -- Impeachment: American Crime Story, and the Zodiac-themed docuseries The Most …
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