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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Picture include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘The Irishman’ and …

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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Picture include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘The Irishman’ and …
Frontrunners are already forming for Oscar’s Best Picture race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. Now that the three major fall film festivals — Telluride, Venice and Toronto — have premiered many of the most anticipated titles, the predictions reflect the state of flux now that critics have passed judgment on early fall contenders. Two major shifts: “JoJo Rabbit” and “The Laudromat” dropped from the top 10, replaced by “Joker” and “Parasite.” We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later.

Here are the current top 10 Best Picture picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Sept. 14:

1. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: Oscar voters love to look into a big-screen mirror and see their chosen profession reflected back at them. Sure, Quentin Tarantino‘s fairy-tale time capsule takes us back to 1969, when the decade of peace,
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Toronto: Download THR's Day 3 Daily

The Hollywood Reporter has released its third and final 2019 Toronto International Film Festival daily issue, which includes a look at the fest trifecta building awards season buzz; Wonderfilm Media picking up rights to a Steve McQueen biopic; and a chat with Edward Norton about his 20-year long journey of bringing a novel to the big screen.

Major Awards Buzz

It’s been 13 award seasons since a film — Martin Scorsese’s The Departed — made it all the way to the best picture Oscar without passing through Venice, Telluride or Toronto, so it’s only reasonable that ...
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Toronto: Awards Buzz Builds Amid Fall Festival Trifecta

Toronto: Awards Buzz Builds Amid Fall Festival Trifecta
It’s been 13 award seasons since a film — Martin Scorsese’s The Departed — made it all the way to the best picture Oscar without passing through Venice, Telluride or Toronto, so it’s only reasonable that prognosticators are monitoring the three film fests.

The 76th edition of Venice ran Aug. 28-Sept. 7, kicking off with Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first feature set outside of Japan, The Truth, a French-language film starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche. But major awards buzz on the Lido was reserved for Todd Phillips' Joker, for which Joaquin Phoenix garnered raves that could propel him to the ...
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Brad Pitt to Step Back From Acting Even More, Despite ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Ad Astra’ Raves

Brad Pitt to Step Back From Acting Even More, Despite ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Ad Astra’ Raves
Brad Pitt does not have plans to retire from acting, but he is gearing up to appear even less frequently than he already does on the big screen. In an interview with The New York Times, the actor calls the current acting landscape “a younger man’s game” and says that he does not have any plans on starring in an abundance of new movies. If anything, Pitt’s time as an actor will become more rare.

“It’ll be fewer and farther in between for me, just because I have other things I want to do now,” Pitt said. “When you feel like you’ve finally got your arms around something, then it’s time to go get your arms around something else.”

The New York Times notes that Pitt has become interested in sculpting and landscaping over the years, plus there’s his role as a prolific Hollywood
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Insights: Netflix Triples Down On Oscar-Season Strategy, And It Matters More Than Ever

After bagging four Oscars last season, at prodigious cost, Netflix will make the Motion Picture Academy a bunch of offers this year that it really hopes members can't refuse. And with big new competitors looming everywhere, the success of those offers matters to Netflix more than ever.

Last year, Netflix's Oscar hopes rested on a Spanish-language period arthouse film, a star-studded horror genre pic, and an anthology of pitch-dark comic Western shorts. This year, its awards candidates are more mainstream, more traditionally Oscar bait, and just more.

Ten films will get special theatrical releases of one to four weeks before debuting on Netflix, up from three such films last year. That will boost media attention both around each theatrical release and any ongoing awards success. It can't come at a better time for Netflix, with Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max and other competitors on the way.

Shift Happens

The big
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Dylan O'Brien Joins Mark Wahlberg in Antoine Fuqua's Adaptation of Infinite

Dylan O’Brien has joined Mark Wahlberg in the cast of Antoine Fuqua’s film Infinite. The two will star alongside Sophie Cookson (Kingsman), Johannes Haukur Johannesson, and Kae Alexander. Variety reports the following synopsis:

Infinite is based on D. Eric Maikranz’s novel The Reincarnationist Papers, which centers on the Cognomina, a secret society of people who possess total recall of their past lives. A troubled young man haunted by memories of two past lives stumbles upon the centuries-old society and decides to join their ranks.

This sounds like it could be an exciting and interesting film. Does it sound like a story you’ll be interested in seeing play out on the screen? Infinite is set to release on August 7, 2020.
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay (Updated: August 30)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay (Updated: August 30)
At the 2019 Academy Awards, “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee shared in the win for Best Adapted Screenplay for bringing Ron Stallworth‘s memoir of the same name to the screen. This award, which dates back to the first Oscars in 1928, has gone to only a dozen adaptations of such books. Five more of those non-fiction books adaptations were also winners in this decade: “The Social Network” (2011), “Argo” (2012), “12 Years a Slave” (2013) and “The Imitation Game” (2014) and “The Big Short” (2015). (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Adapted Screenplay and be sure to check out our predictions for Best Original Screenplay.)

Over the 91-year history of this award, novels have been the primary source material. Works of fiction have been the basis of 47 of the winners of this race over the years. The most recent of these was in 2018 when James Ivory won for his adaptation of André Aciman
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Top 10 early-bird Best Picture picks: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ deemed showbiz catnip for now

Top 10 early-bird Best Picture picks: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ deemed showbiz catnip for now
Frontrunners are already forming for Oscar’s Best Picture race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, enough teaser trailers are out there, ranging from “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “The Irishman” to “Little Women” and “Ford v Ferrari” to provide some sense of what at least feels like a worthy contender. We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. And once the fall film fests commence, the standings will likely rapidly shift.

Here are the current top 10 Best Picture picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Aug. 23:

1. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: Oscar voters love to look into a big-screen mirror and see their chosen profession reflected back at them. Sure, Quentin Tarantino‘s fairy-tale time capsule takes
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Martin Scorsese To Receive Sbiff’s 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film

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Martin Scorsese To Receive Sbiff’s 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, whose latest film is the much-anticipated The Irishman, has been selected to receive the 14th annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The honor, which benefits Sbiff’s year-round educational programs, will be presented on Thursday November 14 at a Black Tie dinner at the Ritz Carlton Bacara.

Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film has been awarded to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Mr. Scorsese will be the fourth Director to receive this prestigious honor, joining the ranks of past honorees Hugh Jackman, Dame Judi Dench, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta.

“Martin Scorsese is a brilliant filmmaker. He has made countless unforgettable films and is a true cinematic treasure.
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Martin Scorsese to Receive Santa Barbara Fest’s 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Award

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Martin Scorsese to Receive Santa Barbara Fest’s 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Award
Martin Scorsese will receive the 14th annual Kirk Douglas Award for excellence in film Nov. 14 at a black-tie gala dinner, with proceeds benefiting the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival’s free year-round educational programs. The event will take place at the Ritz Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara.

Scorsese’s next film, “The Irishman,” will be released by Netflix in theaters this fall. The movie, with a screenplay by Steven Zaillian from the book by Charles Brandt, stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci and is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Spanning decades, it chronicles the still-unsolved disappearance of famed union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a portrait of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

Scorsese’s roster of films includes “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” “Shutter Island,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Silence.
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Martin Scorsese to Receive Kirk Douglas Award From Santa Barbara Film Festival

Martin Scorsese to Receive Kirk Douglas Award From Santa Barbara Film Festival
Martin Scorsese will receive the 14th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sbiff organizers announced on Monday.

The award will be presented on Nov. 14 at the Ritz Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara during a black-tie fundraising dinner benefiting the festival’s year-round programs.

Scorsese is expected to be in the thick of this year’s awards race with “The Irishman,” his upcoming Netflix film starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Earlier this year Netflix also released Scorsese’s documentary-style Bob Dylan film “Rolling Thunder Revue.”

Also Read: Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Trailer: De Niro and Pacino Reunite as Much Younger Mobsters (Video)

Scorsese will become the second full-time director to receive the award, after Quentin Tarantino in 2009. Actor-directors De Niro and Warren Beatty have also won the award, which typically goes to an actor or actress.
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Top 10 early-bird Best Director Oscar picks: Martin Scorsese (‘The Irishman’) is sitting pretty at No. 1 for now

Top 10 early-bird Best Director Oscar picks: Martin Scorsese (‘The Irishman’) is sitting pretty at No. 1 for now
Frontrunners are already forming for the Oscar Best Actor race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, enough teaser trailers are out there, ranging from “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “The Irishman” to “Little Women” and “Ford v Ferrari” to provide some sense of what at least feels like a worthy contender. We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. And once the fall film fests commence, the standings will likely rapidly shift.

Here are the current top 10 Best Director picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Aug. 21:

1. Martin Scorsese: Marty and mobsters are like milk and cookies — most moviegoers just can’t resist. That this is his ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro and their first since 1995’s “Casino” is an event indeed.
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Jack Mathews: An early handicap of the Best Picture Oscar race from someone who knows better (than to try)

Jack Mathews: An early handicap of the Best Picture Oscar race from someone who knows better (than to try)
It is mid-August and Gold Derby expert Oscar panelists are laying the early line on 2020 Oscar winners, no small task given that most films that will actually be in contention in late fall have not been released and, for some, there are no trailers with helpful hints of the writing, directing and acting we can expect.

There is the risk of personal humiliation in such early forecasts. An editor years ago insisted that I predict the next year’s Oscars the day after the current season ended. I picked Hector Babenco’s “At Play in the Field of the Lords“ to win it all. It won nothing. Thanks, boss.

Nevertheless, a challenge has been issued and I now tread where only fools dare to go. (No offense to the fools who have already dared to go.) In arranging such a list, you look at the subject matter, pedigrees and buzz
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Martin Scorsese's Longtime Rerecording Mixer to Be Honored by Cas

Martin Scorsese's Longtime Rerecording Mixer to Be Honored by Cas
Rerecording mixer Tom Fleischman — a longtime collaborator with Martin Scorsese who won an Oscar for Hugo — will receive the Cinema Audio Society's Career Achievement Award at the 56th Cas Awards on Jan. 25 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

In addition to Hugo, Fleischman was Oscar-nominated for Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs, Warren Beatty's Reds and Scorsese's The Aviator and Gangs of New York. His additional credits with Scorsese include Goodfellas, The Departed and upcoming The Irishman.

Born and raised in New York, Fleischman is the son of legendary film editor Dede Allen and television documentary writer/producer/director ...
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Robert De Niro, Blake Griffin, Caitlyn Jenner and Debra Messing Among Alec Baldwin’s Comedy Central Roasters (Video)

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Robert De Niro, Blake Griffin, Caitlyn Jenner and Debra Messing Among Alec Baldwin’s Comedy Central Roasters (Video)
Gird your schweddy balls, Alec Baldwin: Comedy Central has set Robert De Niro, Blake Griffin, Caitlyn Jenner, Joel McHale, Debra Messing, Chris Redd and Jeff Ross as the roasters who will join Roast Master Sean Hayes on the dais for the “Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin.”

The cable network had Baldwin himself reveal the lineup with a video announcement Monday, which you can view above. Actually, based on that footage, it’s possible the “30 Rock” alum has no idea who is roasting him — so this will be interesting.

Per the channel, additional Roasters and talent attending the event will be announced shortly.

Also Read: Sean Hayes Named Roast Master for the 'Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin' (Video)

“Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin” will tape at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 7 and premiere eight days later on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 10/9c.

Past roastees have included Justin Bieber,
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Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater to Star in Ucp Series ‘Dr. Death’

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Universal Content Productions (Ucp) has lined up three major stars for its upcoming “Dr. Death” series.

Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, and Christian Slater will all star in the series, which is based on the Wondery podcast of the same name. Ucp in the process of shopping the series to networks and streaming services.

“Dr. Death” is based on the true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Dornan), a rising star in the Dallas medical community who was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice. But patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries were left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow surgeons and a young Assistant District Attorney set out to stop him.

Baldwin will play neurosurgeon Robert Henderson. described as quiet, deliberative and methodical, Robert believes wholeheartedly both in the system in which he rose through the ranks and that anything worth doing shouldn’t be rushed.
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Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could be latest A-list filmmaker to snag an Emmy for directing

Adam McKay (‘Succession’) could be latest A-list filmmaker to snag an Emmy for directing
While it looks like the Emmy race for Best Drama Directing will come down to a battle royal between three “Game of Thrones” contenders, there’s actually a sizable spoiler lurking in the wings: Adam McKay, who’s nominated for HBO’s new series “Succession.” The TV academy loves to reward A-list movie directors, especially ones who’ve been on a role as of late. So while our odds may say “Thrones” is primed to take its third victory in the category (it previously won in 2015 and 2016), perhaps they shouldn’t celebrate too soon.

After carving out a niche for himself with the absurdist comedies “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004) and “Step Brothers” (2008), McKay won critical acclaim and Oscar glory with the politically charged satires “The Big Short” (2015) and “Vice” (2018). The former brought him a victory for screenwriting and a nomination for directing, while the latter earned him writing,
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Robert De Niro Currently in Talks to Join Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's Adaptation of Killers Of The Flower Moon

It looks like Martin Scorsese may have his dream team in his next movie. After having worked with Robert De Niro on many of his classics like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino, they reunited to make the upcoming film The Irishman after not having worked together in nearly twenty-five years. And they might make it two in a row with Scorsese’s upcoming adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon. Another Scorsese favorite, Leonardo DiCaprio, is already cast in the film, so the two together would make a pretty special film for the director. DiCaprio and De Niro have worked together before in films such as This Boy’s Life and Marvin’s Room, but have never collaborated under Scorsese’s direction.

The film is based on the nonfiction book by David Grann, with a script by Eric Roth. The publisher, Penguin Random House, describes the book as
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Olivia Wilde to Direct Psychological Thriller ‘Don’t Worry, Darling’

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Olivia Wilde to Direct Psychological Thriller ‘Don’t Worry, Darling’
Olivia Wilde will direct and produce the thriller “Don’t Worry, Darling,” with her “Booksmart” partner Katie Silberman and “It” producer Roy Lee and Miri Yoon through Vertigo Entertainment.

The project is being described as “a psychological thriller for the Times Up era”will center on an unhappy 1950s housewife. Silberman is re-writing a script by the sibling writing team of Shane and Carey Van Dyke, centered on a 1950s housewife.

“Don’t Worry, Darling” has not been set up at a studio yet. Wilde recently became attached to direct and produce an untitled holiday comedy project for Universal Pictures with Silberman.

Wilde directed “Booksmart” in her helming debut from a script by Silberman and three other writers. The coming-of-age comedy has grossed $22 million domestically since its May 24 release by United Artists and has a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Wilde is currently in production on Clint Eastwood’s “The Ballad of Richard Jewell.
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‘It’ Producer to Develop Wilderness Horror Movie ‘Sunburnt Country’

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‘It’ Producer to Develop Wilderness Horror Movie ‘Sunburnt Country’
A feature film adaptation of Gabriel Bergmoser’s novel ”Sunburnt Country” is in development from “It” producer Roy Lee alongside Jon Berg and Greg Silverman.

The story centers on a pair of millennial backpackers who go off-roading in the Australian wilderness and stumble upon a reclusive backwater town where they quickly realize that the locals hunt and kill outsiders for sport. They seek help from an elderly rest stop attendant and his granddaughter.

Lee’s credits include both “It” movies, “The Ring,” “The Grudge,” the “Lego” movies, and “The Departed.”

Berg joined Vertigo in 2017 after serving as Warner Bros.’ co-president of production for a year and overseeing the studio’s DC films. Berg’s DC credits include “Justice League,” “Wonder Woman,” “Aquaman,” and the upcoming “Doctor Sleep.”

Silverman is the former president of Warner Bros. Pictures. His Stampede shingle is in production on its first movie, “Pink Skies Ahead,” starring Jessica Barden.
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