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Meet Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain In Second Trailer For Birds Of Prey

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(L-r) Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain and Jurnee Smollett-bell as Black Canary in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn),” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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Opening in theaters and IMAX nationwide on February 7, 2020 is the highly anticipated Birds Of Prey.

The first teaser was great, but this second big trailer is terrific – especially when Harley blows up Joker’s lair. Margot Robbie was the best thing about David Ayer’s Suicide Squad so to see Quinn in her true comic book form brings a smile to the face.

Check it out below and watch the newest girl gang cut loose!

“Is that a hyena in the bathtub?” “I named him Bruce after that hunky Wayne guy.
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Olivia Wilde on Her No Film School Fears, Clint Eastwood’s Advice, and a Secret Short

Olivia Wilde on Her No Film School Fears, Clint Eastwood’s Advice, and a Secret Short
In the years leading up to “Booksmart,” filmmaker Olivia Wilde had a strong urge to put all that she had gleaned from her years on set as an actress into use when it finally came time for her to direct. When she was a guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, she admitted that one of the biggest obstacles she faced on her path to making “Booksmart” was her fear over a perceived lack of experience.

“I was so insecure based on my lack of film school training,” said Wilde. “I think that’s what a lot of people say, ‘I would direct, I just don’t know enough about lenses.’ And that’s an excuse, you don’t need an encyclopedic knowledge about the technical aspects of every single element, you need the awareness of what a collaborative experience it is, and the joy is really in hiring those
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The Oscar-Predictive Camerimage Festival Lineup Includes ‘Joker’ and ‘The Irishman’

The Oscar-Predictive Camerimage Festival Lineup Includes ‘Joker’ and ‘The Irishman’
Camerimage, the Polish film festival dedicated to the art of cinematography, has become homecoming week for directors of photography from around the globe. And while Camerimage organizers say they have no interest in the American awards season, cinematographers nominate cinematographers for the Oscars — and the 13 films that compete for the Golden Frog for Best Cinematography have become a predictor of the Academy’s Best Cinematography nominees.

The Camerimage 2019 Main Competition includes: “Ford v Ferrari” (Dp Phedon Papamichael), “The Irishman” (Dp Rodrigo Prieto), “Joker” (Dp Lawrence Sher), “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (Dp Adam Newport-Berra), “Motherless Brooklyn” (Dp Dick Pope), “The Two Popes” (Dp César Charlone), “The Painted Bird” (Dp Vladimír Smutný), “An Officer and a Spy” (Dp Paweł Edelman), “Never Look Away” (Dp Caleb Deschanel), “Mr. Jones” (Dp Tomasz Naumiuk), “Shadow” (Dp Xiaoding Zhao), “Bolden” (Dp Neal Norton), and “Amundsen” (Dp Paal Ulvik Rokseth).

IndieWire has confirmed that
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Birds of Prey Trailer Sneaks Into Theaters with Spider-Man Extended Cut This Weekend

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Warner Bros. has silently released the first trailer for Birds of Prey. The first look at the highly anticipated movie starring Margot Robbie was teased earlier this week when some images leaked online. As of this writing, the only place to see the trailer is in front of the Spider-Man: Far From Home extended cut, which just hit theaters in time for the long holiday weekend with four minutes of additional footage.

According to reports, the Birds of Prey trailer starts looking like a promo for It Chapter Two, but instead of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, it's Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn who appears. Other than that, we get some looks at Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain. Ewan McGregor's Black Mask is also teased in the footage. While it's exciting to hear that some footage has made its debut,
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DC's Birds of Prey Has the Spirit of Tarantino Says Margot Robbie

DC's Birds of Prey Has the Spirit of Tarantino Says Margot Robbie
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)} starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is all set to swoop into a theater near you in February 2020. While out talking about her role as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, Robbie confirmed that Birds of Prey definitely has the spirit of a Tarantino movie.

Margot Robbie reveals this about her upcoming Birds of Prey movie for DC, where she will reprise her role as Harley Quinn.

"I mean, yes. The [Tarantino] spirit's definitely there."

And this makes sense considering that the working title of Birds of Prey was Fox Force Five, which is a reference to Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. I'll allow Margot Robbie to explain.

"In Pulp Fiction, when Uma and John Travolta are having their $5 milkshake, she's explaining the pilot that she - which I think,
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Russian Communist Party Wants to Ban HBO’s ‘Chernobyl,’ Seeks Lawsuit Against Creator

The Russian political party, and successor to the ruling party of the Soviet Union, formally named The Communists of Russia has issued a statement pushing for a television ban on HBO’s acclaimed limited series “Chernobyl” (via The Wrap). The group is urging Roskomnadzor, Russia’s TV regulator, not to air the series because it is an “ideological tool” that’s being used to “demonize” the Soviet government. The five-episode “Chernobyl” made its U.S. debut May 6 and aired its series finale June 3. The Communist party calls the series “disgusting.”

“In the ‘Chernobyl’ series, genuine tragedy became the object of ideological manipulation on the part of HBO,” Communists of Russia party member Sergey Malinkovich said. “The TV series about the dramatic events of April 1986 is an ideological tool designed to defame and demonize the image of the Soviet government and Soviet people.”

The statement continues, “Although the chronology of the
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‘Native Son’ Star Ashton Sanders Was the Most Unpredictable Actor of Matthew Libatique’s Career

‘Native Son’ Star Ashton Sanders Was the Most Unpredictable Actor of Matthew Libatique’s Career
Matthew Libatique’s camera has captured kinetic performances ranging from Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” to Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born.” He’s even followed the unpredictable movements of Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson. However, he said he’s never encountered a performer quite as unique and raw as Ashton Sanders, the star of HBO’s “Native Son.”

“He moves unlike anybody else I’ve ever put a lens to,” said the Oscar-nominated cinematographer. “I would nonchalantly take photographs of him and I would just look at them and say, ‘Nothing’s a right angle, nothing’s straight.’ In the best possible way, he’s just un-level.”

And it’s true: You can’t keep your eyes off Sanders as Bigger Thomas. The lanky “Moonlight” actor’s mesmerizing movements capture both the vulnerability and masculine energy of his afro-punk character in director Rashid Johnson’s modern adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1939 novel.
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Meet the Btl Experts: Cinematographers discuss misconceptions about their jobs, influences, and what they wish they’d known before they got started [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Meet the Btl Experts: Cinematographers discuss misconceptions about their jobs, influences, and what they wish they’d known before they got started [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I think they just think we operate the camera,” divulges “Native Son” cinematographer Matthew Libatique when asked to cite the biggest misconception about his job. “The whole lighting aspect doesn’t really come into play and, when you explain that part to them, it still goes right over their heads.”

Libatique was one of three lensmen interviewed at Gold Derby’s recent Meet the Btl Experts panel in Los Angeles, which was moderated by managing editor Chris Beachum. Watch the full panel discussion above with Libatique, Gary Baum (“Will & Grace”) and Adrian Peng Correia (“Glow”) and see 10-minute interviews with each of the cinematographers by clicking their names below.

See Meet the Experts composers panel: Marco Beltrami, Kris Bowers, Ramin Djawadi, and Brett “Leland” McLaughlin

The group also touched upon the films that inspired them to become cinematographers, with “Will & Grace” Dp Baum citing Billy Wilder‘s “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) as an influence.
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Matthew Libatique (‘Native Son’ cinematographer) on the ‘learning experience’ of working with visual artist Rashid Johnson [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Matthew Libatique (‘Native Son’ cinematographer) on the ‘learning experience’ of working with visual artist Rashid Johnson [Exclusive Video Interview]
Cinematographer Matthew Libatique describes working with “Native Son” director Rashid Johnson as “a learning experience.” The Oscar-nominated cameraman spoke in-depth about the HBO movie at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts Btl panel, moderated by managing editor Chris Beachum. The event took place at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 30. Watch our exclusive video interview with Libatique above.

See ‘Moonlight’ reunion at the Emmys? Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome may both be nominated for Best Actor

A successful visual artist, Johnson made his directorial debut with this film about a young Chicago man (Ashton Sanders) whose life is turned upside down after he takes a job as a chauffeur for a wealthy family. In their initial conversations, Libatique was wondering what the “big idea” would be conceptually. “Finally, he just told me, ‘I want this to make sense to the common person. I want people to understand what’s being told,
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You’re invited to our Q&A: Meet cinematographers of ‘Glow,’ ‘Kidding,’ ‘Native Son,’ ‘Will and Grace’

You are invited to attend our Q&A discussion with four of TV’s top cinematographers who now compete for Emmys. Join us on Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theater at 10850 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free. TV Academy and guild members will get priority seating.

To RSVP, make your reservation here: https://goldderbycinematography2019.splashthat.com/

Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum will moderate the Q&A with the following contenders for 2019 awards consideration:

Gary Baum represents Universal Television for “Will and Grace”

Baum is the reigning Emmy Awards champion for Best Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series. He won for “Will and Grace” in 2018 plus for “Mike and Molly” in 2015. His seven other nominations have been for “Gary Unmarried,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Mike and Molly” (3 others), “The Millers” and “Superior Donuts.”

Adrian Peng Correia represents Netflix for “Glow

Correia has had a
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How ‘Native Son’ Production Team Re-Created Depression-Era Chicago

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When HBO Films bought the world-premiering “Native Son” earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, it felt that the movie, based on Richard Wright’s seminal 1940 novel of the same name, would focus on a subject to which modern audiences could certainly relate: the complicated issue of racism in America. But the filmmakers faced a harder task in telling the story of Bigger Thomas, a poor 20-year-old African American living in Depression-era Chicago — making the 1930s setting relevant to modern audiences.

The drama, which HBO premiered on the small screen April 6, toplines Ashton Sanders as Bigger and marks the directorial debut of visual artist Rashid Johnson, with a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. The talent pool behind the film includes production designer Akin McKenzie and Oscar-nommed cinematographer Matthew Libatique.

When Libatique first signed on to the project, he and Johnson came to the table with the identical
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‘Native Son’ director Rashid Johnson and star Sanaa Lathan: It’s ‘sad’ how little has changed for black men in America [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Native Son’ director Rashid Johnson and star Sanaa Lathan: It’s ‘sad’ how little has changed for black men in America [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It was exciting to have the opportunity to take a story that so many people have read, that was written in 1939, and to think about how it lives in our current state and in our current time,” says “Native Son” director Rashid Johnson about the HBO telefilm that premiered on April 6. It’s a modern update of the novel by Richard Wright, who explored the black experience 80 years ago in ways that are still relevant today. Watch our exclusive video interview with Johnson and co-star Sanaa Lathan above.

Native Son” is the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), a young black man living in Chicago whose world turns upside down after he’s hired as a driver for a wealthy white family. The script was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and her updating the text to the present day was “an opportunity to say what are the things that are the same,
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‘A Star Is Born’ Re-Release to Feature 12 Minutes of Additional Footage

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Warner Bros. has set a one-week release of “A Star Is Born” with almost 12 minutes of additional footage, including extended musical performances, on 1,150 screens in North America.

The film won the Academy Award for best original song for “Shallow” for Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt. The “special encore engagement,” which will begin Friday, will include never-before-seen footage and extended performances of the opener “Black Eyes”; “Alibi”; and Lady Gaga’s Ally in her impromptu a cappella performance of “Shallow.”

Bradley Cooper and Gaga performed “Shallow” during Sunday’s Oscar ceremonies. The additional footage will also include footage of Ally singing “Is That Alright?” to Jackson Maine in the wedding sequence; Jack in his studio singing “Too Far Gone”; and Jack and Ally writing a new song together, entitled “Clover.”

The Academy Award for “Shallow” was the only one that the romance-drama scored on Sunday out of its eight nominations,
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Green Book surprises with Best Picture win at the 91st Academy Awards

The Academy voters delivered a surprise at last night’s 91st Academy Awards as Green Book was named Best Picture, leaving hot favourite Roma to settle for Best Foreign Language Film.

Green Book picked up three Oscars in total, adding Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Best Original Screenplay, while there were also big wins for Rami Malek (Best Actor – Bohemian Rhapsody), Olivia Colman (Best Actress – The Favourite), Regina King (Best Supporting Actress – If Beale Street Could Talk), Alfonso Cuaron (Best Director – Roma), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Best Animated Feature).

Bohemian Rhapsody picked up the most awards on the night with four, followed by Black Panther, Green Book and Roma with three apiece. Check out the full list of winners here…

Best Picture:

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

Best Actor:

Christian Bale, “Vice

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe,
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91st Oscar Winners – Green Book Wins Best Picture; Lady Gaga Wins Best Song For A Star Is Born

Backstage during the live ABC telecast of the 91st Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

The 91st Oscars were awarded at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24. Green Book took home the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Below is the list of winners.

Performance by an actor in a leading role nominees:

Christian Bale in Vice

Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’S Gate

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody – Winner!!

Viggo Mortensen in Green Book

Performance by an actor in a supporting role nominees:

Mahershala Ali in Green Book – Winner!!

Adam Driver in BLACKkKLANSMAN

Sam Elliott in A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell in Vice

Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees:

Yalitza Aparicio in Roma

Glenn Close in The Wife

Olivia Colman in The Favourite – Winner!
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Oscars 2019: Full List Of Winners and Nominees

The 91st annual Academy Awards (Oscars) was a night of incredibly well-deserved wins, first time wins, and shocking wins. See the full list of nominees and winners below.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Winner) Amy Adams in “ViceMarina de Tavira in “RomaEmma Stone in “The FavouriteRachel Weisz in “The Favourite” Best documentary feature “Free SoloElizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill (Winner) “Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim “Minding the GapBing Liu and Diane Quon “Of Fathers and SonsTalal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert “RbgBetsy West and Julie Cohen Achievement in makeup and hairstyling “ViceGreg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney (Winner) “Border” Goran Lundstrom and Pamela Goldammer “Mary Queen of Scots” Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and
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Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Perform Emotion-filled “Shallow” at 2019 Oscars

Lady Gaga (Ally) and Bradley Cooper (Jackson Maine) have now taken to the 91st Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) stage to perform their chart-topping single “Shallow” from the ‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack. The single “Shallow” has been conquering the charts, flooding radio stations across the U.S. and is a high demand fan favorite song. Gaga perform the song in a rock version on the 2019 GRAMMYs awards earlier this month and the rendition was fabulous but nothing compares to when actor Bradley Cooper belts out the lyrics to “Shallow” with Gaga live on a televised awards show just as it was within the ‘A Star Is Born’ movie.

This award show performance of “Shallow” is Gaga and Cooper’s first time performing the song live together with the exception of Gaga’s solo GRAMMYs performance or their joint performance at Gaga’s Enigma residency in Las Vegas, so this Oscars
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Oscars: Alfonso Cuaron Makes History With ‘Roma’ Cinematography Win

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Oscars: Alfonso Cuaron Makes History With ‘Roma’ Cinematography Win
In the first win of the night for Roma, Alfonso Cuaron took the Oscar for Best Cinematography, becoming the first Dp to score an Academy Award for a movie he also directed. Cuaron shot his own film when frequent collaborator Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki wasn’t available and tonight noted, “It’s very well known that Billy Wilder had in his office a sign that said ‘What would Lubitsch have done?’ For me it was ‘What would Chivo have done?’”

Cuaron adds this to wins from BAFTA, the National Society of Film Critics, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and many others along the awards season trail. He is the fourth person ever to be nominated personally for four Oscars for the same film and this was his third overall win after previously scoring a Directing and Editing trophy for Gravity.

Roma, a reflection on Cuaron
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Director Alfonso Cuaron Wins Best Cinematography Oscar for ‘Roma’

Director Alfonso Cuaron Wins Best Cinematography Oscar for ‘Roma’
Alfonso Cuarón won the Best Cinematography Oscar on Sunday night for “Roma,” a film he also wrote and directed. The black and white Netflix film is semi-autobiographical, based on Cuarón’s childhood memories growing up in Mexico City in the 1970s and the life of his family’s indigenous live-in maid played by Yalitza Aparicio.

Cuarón had won two Oscars prior to tonight’s Academy Awards — Best Director and Best Film Editing (shared with Mark Sanger) for his 2013 film “Gravity.” While Cuarón is hardly the first to do double duty as director and cinematographer on a film, he is the first to win the Best Cinematography Oscar for a film he also directed.

The “Roma” director has always worked with his friend and long-time collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki – who has won three Academy Awards, including one for “Gravity” – who helped prep “Roma,” but ultimately had to walk away from shooting the
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Oscars 2019: The Complete Winners List

Oscars 2019: The Complete Winners List
Best Picture

Green Book

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

Best Actor

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Christian Bale – Vice

Bradley CooperA Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate

Viggo MortensenGreen Book

Best Actress

Olivia ColmanThe Favourite

Yalitza Aparicio – Roma

Glenn Close – The Wife

Lady GagaA Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala AliGreen Book

Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman

Sam ElliottA Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
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