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Oscars 2018: Will ‘Dunkirk’ be the 17th film to sweep the sound categories?

Oscars 2018: Will ‘Dunkirk’ be the 17th film to sweep the sound categories?
In the audio categories at the Oscars, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, typically the loudest film wins. So there’s one film this year that was almost tailor-made to sweep those prizes: Christopher Nolan’s WWII drama “Dunkirk.” Should the film sweep it would be the second Nolan film to do so and the 17th overall.

The Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing categories have gone through a lot of transformations at the Oscars over the years, at least in how they’re classified. The Oscars first started handing out one award for a film’s audio, Best Sound Recording, in 1929 with “The Big House” taking the inaugural award. Then the category became Best Sound in 1958 with the musical “South Pacific” becoming the first winner under that name. And finally it became Best Sound Mixing in 2003 with “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” taking home the first prize.
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‘Dunkirk’ has an uphill Oscar battle: It’d be the first Best Picture winner without acting or writing nominations in 85 years

‘Dunkirk’ has an uphill Oscar battle: It’d be the first Best Picture winner without acting or writing nominations in 85 years
The story of this year’s Oscar race is rules. Which long-standing rule awards pundits rely on to make predictions will be broken? All of the top five Best Picture contenders in our predictions have something missing — “The Shape of Water” doesn’t have the SAG ensemble nomination, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” doesn’t have a director nomination, “Lady Bird” and “Get Out” don’t have editing or any craft nominations, and “Dunkirk”? “Dunkirk” would have to break one of the longest stats. Christopher Nolan’s epic doesn’t have any acting or writing nominations and only two films have won Best Picture without either of them: “Wings” (1927/28) and “Grand Hotel” (1932).

That’s right, it hasn’t happened in 85 years. Even then, you can attribute the first two instances to the early days of the Oscars, when categories, rules and voting patterns were in flux. “Wings,” of course, was
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Cops Mistook A Crt For An Explosive At A Super Smash Bros Tourney And Blew It Up

A bit of chaos and confusion at this weekend's big Super Smash Bros tourney The Big House 7 resulted in a Crt getting blown to smithereens after fears it was actually an explosive device. Check out a picture of the event going down below, and feel the same sadness that old man feels by continuing to read on below:

As for what happened, no one seems too sure of how things escalated to this point. While not positive, the Redditor who posted about the event seems to have a guess as to why this went down:

So the venue is basically on the border to Canada. I don't know if that's why security is extra but someone left this Crt right outside the venue unattended and I guess someone thought that odd so they called the bomb squad and they blew it up with a controlled explosion and some cool looking gear.
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“The Big House, Pt. 2” finds the Nine-Nine stuck between a rock and a hard place

After a solid season premiere in the form of “The Big House, Pt. 1,” a question arose: Could Brooklyn Nine-Nine maintain that same level of quality in “The Big House, Pt. 2?” Could “Pt. 2.” also balance the darkness of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s prison arc with its typical brand of humor? While also providing a satisfactory…

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CBS Nabs Liz Astrof Multi-Cam Comedy From Kapital Entertainment As Put Pilot

In a competitive situation, CBS has landed The Big House, a multi-camera comedy from former 2 Broke Girls executive producer Liz Astrof, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment (Life In Pieces, American Housewife) and Warner Bros. TV. The project has received a put pilot commitment. Written by Astrof and inspired by real-life experiences, The Big House centers on a newly engaged woman and her son who are settling into life with her fiancé when her ex-con ex-husband gets out…
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Samantha Morton, Billie Piper to star in family drama 'Two For Joy'

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Samantha Morton, Billie Piper to star in family drama 'Two For Joy'
Exclusive: Blonde To Black Pictures to produce UK drama about mental illness and young carers.

Samantha Morton and Billie Piper are attached to star in drama Two For Joy from Sadie Frost’s UK production outfit Blonde To Black Pictures.

The feature, which will chart the challenging relationship between a teenage daughter, her bed-ridden mother (Morton) and her wayward younger brother, will touch on themes of mental illness, young carers and child abuse.

Sadie Frost, Emma Comley and Andrew Green will produce for Blonde To Black Pictures, whose 2015 feature Set The Thames On Fire starred Noel Fielding and Sally Phillips. Also producing are Mat Wakeham and Michael Wiggs.

The film, currently in development, will mark the debut of photographer turned writer-director Tom Beard, who has previously directed music videos for Fka Twigs, Jamie T and Klaxons.

Des Hamilton is casting the drama, which was developed with Creative England and will be funded through an Eis scheme arranged
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4K helps Sydney-based distributor sell more than 65 hours of content

Angkor temples, Cambodia.

Increased interest in 4K documentaries has helped Sydney-based international distributor Flame secure more than 65 hours of sales after Miptv.

Flames 4K documentary Ancient angkor has been bought by Discovery Channel in Canada, while there was also strong interest in Jet Set and the The Luxury Travel Show, according to a company statement.

Flame has also continued its partnership with Prospero Productions, the Western Australian indie who brought the world Outback Truckers, by securing a sale to Discovery Asia of their new series, Railroad Australia..

Canadian series, Restoration Garage, from Pixcom Productions has been picked up by the Australian digital channel 7Mate, while Singapore.s public broadcaster, Mediacorp, has taken two titles hosted by successful New Zealand psychologist/scientist Nigel Latta produced by Razor Films - Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up and Is Sugar the New Fat?

Australia.s Foxtel Lifestyle Food Channel has picked up a third
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'Butterfly Cemetery', 'Growing up' on Mei Ah's six-strong slate

'Butterfly Cemetery', 'Growing up' on Mei Ah's six-strong slate
Hong Kong-based Mei Ah Entertainment Group has announced a slate of six films at Hong Kong Filmart, including a film centred on a half-butterfly woman and China’s answer to Boyhood.

Based on Cai Jun’s popular suspense novel, Butterfly Cemetery 3D is a $12m fantasy thriller about a half-butterfly woman directed by Joe Ma and produced by Manfred Wong.

The effects-heavy film was shot mainly in Budapest and stars Zhang Li and Vivian Dawson.

Wong is the producer of a further two projects, of which the first is an untitled crime thriller by Philip Yung. Inspired by a true story, the film follows a village woman who travels across China to track down the murderer of her husband over 17 years. It is also produced by Julia Chu, who produced Yung’s critically acclaimed Port Of Call.

The second is Yu Zhong’s Growing Up, a coming-of-age drama that follows Wu Zang Suet, the child star
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It’s official, the best Oscar year ever is… – watch Jump Cut #4

This week’s Jump Cut is all about determining the best year ever in cinema.

“But how can you figure that out?!” you shout at whatever device you’re reading this on. “Film is too subjective an art form for you to make overarching statements like that!”

That’s a very good point, but you’re overlooking two things: 1) the Oscar best picture nominations, and 2) film ratings on the Internet Movie Database. Both obviously have degrees of subjectivity, but that’s levelled off somewhat with each institution’s sheer number of voters or raters.

So, to work out what year was the best ever for cinema, we’ve taken all the films nominated for each year’s Best Picture Oscar, and then worked out their average IMDb rating. I’ll just point out that these were the ratings as of the week of the 88th Academy Awards on 22nd February
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How Sound Film Technology Evolved in the Last Century: Interview with Former UCLA Film Preservationist Gitt

Hal Roach looks on as technicians install Vitaphone equipment in his studio screening room, ca. 1928. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) 'A Century of Sound': Q&A with former UCLA Preservation Officer Robert Gitt about the evolution of film sound technology Long before multi-track Dolby stereo and digital sound technology, there were the Kinetophone and the Vitaphone systems – not to mention organ and piano players at movie houses. Much of that is discussed in A Century of Sound, which chronicles the evolution of film sound from the late 19th century to the mid-1970s. A Century of Sound has been split into two parts, with a third installment currently in the planning stages. They are: Vol. 1, “The Beginning, 1876-1932,” which came out on DVD in 2007. Vol. 2, “The Sound of Movies: 1933-1975,” which came out on Blu-ray in 2015. The third installment will bring the presentation into the 21st century.
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Mega-Vision plots Macau 3, Invincible 12

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Mega-Vision plots Macau 3, Invincible 12
Hong Kong-based Mega-Vision Pictures (Mvp) has unwrapped a slate of five new projects at Filmart, including action title The Invincible 12 and a third instalment in the From Vegas To Macau franchise.

The Invincible 12 will mark the 100th movie of Mvp founder and veteran producer-director Wong Jing, whose credits as director include the wildly successful From Vegas To Macau movies.

The second instalment in the franchise recently grossed $160m in mainland China. The third instalment, again to be produced by Andrew Lau, will be released over Chinese New Year 2016.

Mvp’s slate also includes children’s adventure film Girl Of The Big House, starring Francis Ng and Angela Wang (From Vegas To Macau), about a battle of wits between a group of street kids and a gang of robbers.

Meanwhile, action drama Cheat Me If You Can revolves around a small-time conman who goes undercover for the police to help investigate a money laundering case in Macau.

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Justified: Season 5 Blu-ray Release Date and Details

The FX drama Justified starring Timothy Olyphant will continue its home video run with the December 2 release of Justified: Season 5 on Blu-ray and DVD, as was officially announced by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment..

Justified also stars Nick Searcy, Jere Burns, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel and Walton Goggins, and tells the story of a U.S. Marshall utilizes his own unique brand of justice to enforce the law. The sixth and final season is expected to premiere this upcoming January.

For the Blu-ray and DVD release of Justified: Season 5, Sony has packed in a wealth of bonus features, many of which are exclusive to the Blu-ray edition. A complete list of all the bonus features is below:

Special Features Included on Both the Blu-ray & DVD:

Deleted Scenes

Commentaries on Two Episodes: A Murder of Crowes & Restitution

Season of the Crowe: Making Season Five

All-new, Blu-ray Exclusive Featurettes:
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Dom Com: Here's How Jude Law Dominates the Comedy Dom Hemingway

Dom Com: Here's How Jude Law Dominates the Comedy Dom Hemingway
Hey, Jude Law. The two-time Oscar nominee, who recently checked into The Grand Budapest Hotel, now checks out of The Big House as cocky safecracker Dom Hemingway. After serving 12 years in a British prison (and then binging on hookers and blow), the explosive ex-con sets out to collect the money he's owed for not ratting out his boss, Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). But a near-fatal accident ruins Dom's plans, and he flirts with returning to a life of crime—all while trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Evelyn (Emilia Clarke). Funny, raunchy Dom suffers from uneven plotting, but Law's outrageous outlaw still kills. Here's why: 1. A Schwinging Start: In Dom's opening monologue, during which...
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Second Opinion - Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Muppets Most Wanted, 2014.

Directed by James Bobin.

Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz, Tony Bennett and Hugh Bonneville.


While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

In an interview with Little White Lies, Kermit was asked what he loves about the movies. In response he announced, “I love the movies because it’s like dreaming with your eyes open.” Muppets Most Wanted may not be perfect, in fact it’s flaws are more evident than ever but as Kermit so proudly said, everything we watch is rooted in the imagination. Anything goes with The Muppets and in an era of the mundane this is something to be celebrated.

Immediately following the events of their last adventure,
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The Muppets are Muffed in ‘Most Wanted’

Who knows if Jason Segel was pushed out or maybe he freely stepped away from the franchise. Either way his presence is missed in Muppets Most Wanted, not so much because he is needed in front of the camera, but his writing did breathe some charisma, energy, and an admiration for the legacy in The Muppets. The Flight of the Conchords creators, James Bobin (director) and Nicholas Stoller (writer) did return for the latest Muppet tour, but they don’t exhibit the labor of love that Segel had–and it shows.

The concept is decent at the start. Picking up from the last film, the Muppet gang breaks into the first of several musical numbers, “We’re Doing a Sequel,” that may have spoken a bit more truth than it should be so conscious of:

“We’re doing a sequel, we’re back by popular demand… that’s what we do in Hollywood,
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Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Josh Groban set for 'Muppets Most Wanted' soundtrack

Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Josh Groban set for 'Muppets Most Wanted' soundtrack
Following her Thanksgiving special, Lady Gaga reunites with The Muppets on the “Muppets Most Wanted” soundtrack. Lady Gaga, her buddy Tony Bennett, and The Muppets perform the meta tune “We’re Doing A Sequel,” which follows Walter, Statler and Waldorf’s sure-to-be-hilarious “They’ve Ordered a Sequel.” Other singers on the soundtrack include Celine Dion, who performs with fellow diva Miss Piggy, Kermits and the whole Muppet gang for “Something So Right” (we’re guessing it’s not the Paul Simon tune of the same name), Josh Groban and Flight of the Conchords’s Jemaine Clement. Among the chestnuts on the album are Scooter and Pepe the King Prawn (remember the shrimp who felt up Lady Gaga in their atrocious Thanksgiving special?) on “Moves Like Jagger,” and Miss Piggy on “Macarena.” Also on the soundtrack, out March 24, are a number of actors who appear in the movie, including Tina Fey,
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YouTube at Sundance

YouTube’s importance at Sundance grows every year. This year, they held free workshops on how to maximize your use of YouTube. Here is the latest schedule of YouTube on Main Street events and press assets, please visit google site ytsundance2014 or Twitter at #YouTubeSundance.

YouTube offered film fans access to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival both on and offline through several initiatives including:

Youtube On Main Street (596 Main Street, Park City, Ut 84060)

Open January 16-25, 2014 at various times. Warm up at “YouTube on Main Street,” the place for the creative community to convene for must-see panels, happy hours, film receptions, screenings, talks and DJ sets. Free Wi-Fi and drinks are available to badge holders when programs are not in session.

Daily Events at YouTube on Main Street:

“Live @ Sundance” On The Sundance Film Festival Youtube Channel Live daily from January 17-24, 2014 at 11am Mst at Whether you’re in Park City or Phuket, you can check out the best of the fest daily with “Live @ Sundance.” The one-hour talk show will air live daily at 11am Mst January 17-24, 2014 from “YouTube on Mainstreet” on the sff (Sundance Film Festival) YouTube channel. The show will feature guest hosts Shira Lazar,Casey Neistat andJimmy Conrad, filmmaker interviews, the latest news from the festival, exclusive sneak peeks and more.Yoga (Jan. 17-24; 7:30-9am Mst) - Breathe and ease into warrior pose at these daily yoga sessions. Cassey Ho, star of the popular blogilates channel on YouTube, will lead these classes on January 17-21 Free and open to the public.

Individual Events:

How and Why to Use YouTube Panel (Jan. 22; 2-3pm Mst) - Hear from independent filmmaker Casey Neistat about how he successfully uses YouTube to distribute his films and build an audience. Free and open to the public.YouTube on Main Street and Paste Afternoon Showcase (Jan. 22; 3- 6pm Mst) Paste Magazine’s Josh Jackson will introduce performances by Sleeping at Last, Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon, Michael Tolcher, and Carina Round. Press RSVP recommended.YouTube Party (Jan. 22; 9pm-1am Mst) Includes Dj set by Mick By invitation onlyNext and Midnight Cocktails (Jan. 23; 9:30-11pm Mst) By invitation onlyThey Came Together Film Reception (Jan. 24; 6:30-8:30pm Mst) - A reception for the world premiere of the romantic comedy. Includes a live Google+ Hangout with talent from the film including Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. By invitation only.Film Contact: Shelby Kimlick –

Youtube Presents The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Program As the presenting sponsor of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Program, YouTube will help showcase some of the official shorts in competition on the sff (Sundance Film Festival) YouTube channel. For a complete list of this year’s short films, please visit Additionally, Sundance audiences will be exposed to some of the best content on YouTube with select videos from popular YouTube channels to run before short film screenings at the festival.

Youtube Audience Award

On Saturday, January 25, 2014, the YouTube Audience Award will be presented at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony to a short film in competition that garners the most amount of views on YouTube between January 16-24, 2014. Check out the films on the sff (Sundance Film Festival) YouTube channel or click here.

The Sundance Institute selected 15 films eligible for this award from this year’s competition that include:

Allergy to Originality

Directed by Drew Christie

4 min, U S A


A humorous animated 'Op-Doc' explores the rich history of adaptation, plagiarism, and other forms of appropriation in art.

The Big House

Directed by Musa Syeed

5 min, U S A/Yemen


When a young Yemeni boy ventures out of his cramped apartment and finds a key to the empty mansion down the street, he lets himself and his imagination run wild in the big house.


Directed by Magnus Mork

11 min, Norway/United Kingdom


It's late night in a burger bar.


Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp

13 min, U S A


Catherine returns to work after a hiatus.

Chapel Perilous

Directed by Matthew Lessner

13 min, U S A


Levi Gold is paid an unexpected visit by Robin, a door-to-door salesman with nothing to sell. The ensuing encounter forces Levi to confront his true mystical calling, and the nature of reality itself. A metaphysical comedy trip-out with Sun Araw.

Crime The Animated Series (Marcus McGhee)

Directed by Alix Lambert and Sam Chou

4 min, U S A/Canada

Animated documentary

From Bank robbers to cops to victims to observers, Crime: The Animated Series explores how crime affects us all. The series is dark, compelling, heartbreaking, and yes - sometimes funny.

Cruising Electric (1980)

Brumby Boylston

1 min, U S A


The marketing department green-lights a red-light tie-in: 60 lost seconds of modern movie merchandising.


Directed by Toby Halbrooks

10 min, U S A


A young girl watches her father dig a hole in their backyard. Mystified about his purpose, the neighborhood comes to watch.


Directed by Andre Hyland

7 min, U S A


A man's car breaks down and sends him on a quest across town that slowly turns into the most fantastically mundane adventure.

Gregory Go Boom

Directed by Janicza Bravo

17 min, U S A


A paraplegic man leaves home for the first time only to discover that life in the outside world is not the way he had imagined it.

MeTube: August Sings Carmen 'Habanera'

Directed by Daniel Moshel

4 min, Austria


George Bizet`s "Habanera" from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet.

Notes on Blindness

Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney

13 min, United Kingdom


In 1983, writer and theologian John Hull became blind. To help make sense of his loss, he began keeping an audio diary. Encompassing dreams, memories, and his imaginative life, Notes on Blindness immerses the viewer in Hull's experience of blindness.

Passer Passer

Directed by Louis Morton

4 min, U S A


An animated city symphony celebrates the hidden world of background noise.

Rat Pack Rat

Directed by Todd Rohal

19 min, U S A


A Sammy Davis, Jr. impersonator, hired to visit with a loyal Rat Pack fan, finds himself delivering last rights at the boy's bedside.

Tim and Susan Have Matching Handguns

Directed by Joe Callander

2 min, U S A


Love is swapping clips with your spouse
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Watch: Cast Your Vote for One of These 15 Free Sundance Shorts Online Now

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They're short, free, and online: 15 of this year's 66 selected shorts are available for viewing (ranging from one to 19 minutes in length) on YouTube.The winner will receive the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Audience Award. Learn about five that embody this year's trends here. And check out the viewable 15 below. Each view counts as a vote. The winner will be announced January 25th. Allergy to Originality In this animated Op-Doc by Drew Christie, two men discuss whether anything is truly original — especially in movies and books. Burger It's late night in a burger bar in Wales... The Big House When a Yemeni boy finds a key to the empty mansion down the street, he lets himself and (his imagination) run wild in the big house. Catherine Catherine returns to work after a hiatus. Chapel Perilous Robin, a door-to-door salesman with nothing to sell, pays Levi Gold an unexpected visit. The ensuing
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Sunday Shorts: ‘The Big House’, premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Today’s film is the 2013 short The Big House, also known as Al Bayt Al Kabeer. The film, which is in Arabic with English subtitles, stars Yaseen Mansour and Zolikha Kaid, and is written and directed by Musa Syeed. After beginning his career in documentaries, Syeed won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience award at Sundance for his first fiction feature Valley of Saints. He returns to the festival with The Big House, which made its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.


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Berlinale Shorts line-up revealed

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Selection competing for the Golden Bear includes films from 21 countries.

A total of 25 films from 21 countries will compete for the Golden Bear for Best Short Film and the Silver Bear Jury Prize at the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16).

The jury comprises Indonesian director Edwin, who last participated in the Berlinale Competition 2012 with Postcards from the Zoo; Nuno Rodrigues, artistic director of the Vila do Conde short film festival and founder of Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency; and Lebanese curator Christine Tohme.

They will award a Golden and a Silver Bear, the Daad Short Film Prize as well as the Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards.

Berlinale Shorts 2014

Afronauts, Frances Bodomo, USA, 13’ (IP)

Birds, Ulu Braun, Germany, 15’ (Wp)

La Casona (The Big House), Juliette Touin, Cuba, 25’ (IP)

darkroom, Billy Roisz, Austria, 13’ (Wp)

Do serca Twego (To Thy Heart), Ewa Borysewicz, Poland, 10’ (IP)

Im Tekhayekh, Ha’Olam Yekhayekh Elekha (Smile, and the World
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