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Damah Faith-Based Film Festival Shifts to Tokyo

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Damah Faith-Based Film Festival Shifts to Tokyo
The Damah Film Festival, a competitive festival which specializes in short films focused on spirituality, is relocating to Tokyo. It will run May 10-11 and be based at the Kitazawa Town Hall in city’s Shimokitazawa district.

The festival was launched in Seattle in 2001, relocated to Culver City, California and has been settled in Hiroshima, Japan for the past five years. The Damah Hiroshima event has been rebranded and will continue as the Hiroshima International Film Festival. Damah is a Hebrew word which means metaphor or parable.

“It is a double win for us. The Hiroshima International Film Festival will continue to grow and expand, and Damah will continue in Tokyo,” said Damah’s co-founder and President of the board of Directors, Mark Joseph

Mayumi Fukuhara, who , worked for many years at Tokyo International Film Festival, is set as the festival’s director. Damah will partner with the Tokyo-based Metaventure Corporation,
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What Could Christopher Nolan’s Next Film Be and When Will We Hear About It?

Samuel Brace on Christopher Nolan’s next project…

It’s certainly true that very few directors elicit such strong levels of anticipation as Christopher Nolan. A new Nolan movie is an event, no matter the genre, no matter the subject matter; it doesn’t need to be a sequel, remake, or adaptation of a well-known brand – people are just excited to see a new Christopher Nolan movie – and who can blame them? Thanks to a truly remarkable track record of directing films of the most outstanding quality and a reputation for doing things just a little bit differently, Nolan demands our attention and indeed our speculation.

So at the start of 2019, his legions of fans around the world might just be asking themselves, where is Nolan? What’s his next film going to be and when are we going to hear about it? These are all good questions and questions I myself,
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The DGA Awards and Golden Globes have the same director lineup for the 1st time in 8 years

The DGA Awards and Golden Globes have the same director lineup for the 1st time in 8 years
For the first time in eight years, the Directors Guild of America Awards and the Golden Globes have shortlisted the same five directors as the best of the year. Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Adam McKay (“Vice”) received DGA nominations on Tuesday, two days after Cuaron won the Best Director Globe from the same lineup.

The last time DGA and the Globes went 5-for-5 was for the class of 2010. David Fincher (“The Social Network”) won the Globe over Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”), David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) and Christopher Nolan (“Inception”). But Hooper nabbed the DGA and then the Oscar; the academy only snubbed Nolan in favor of Joel and Ethan Coen (“True Grit”).

See Directors Guild of America Awards nominations: See the full list

The DGA and Globes rarely match perfectly,
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How ‘Captain Marvel’ Was Largely Inspired By ‘RoboCop’

How ‘Captain Marvel’ Was Largely Inspired By ‘RoboCop’
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is packed with references and homages to staples of several different genres, from Three Days of the Condor (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to Inception (Doctor Strange). One would be forgiven for assuming that with all of the characters wandering around the McU in metal suits, the 1987 sci-fi action classic RoboCop […]

The post How ‘Captain Marvel’ Was Largely Inspired By ‘RoboCop’ appeared first on /Film.
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2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘A Star is Born’ plus ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘First Man’ …

2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘A Star is Born’ plus ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘First Man’ …
The Cinema Audio Society Awards nominees for Best Sound Mixing are: “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “First Man,” “A Quiet Place” and “A Star is Born.” Historically, only about two-thirds of the Csa nominees go on to contend at the Oscars. However, we are predicting that all five of this year’s guild nominees will go on to reap Oscar bids for Best Sound Mixing. “A Star is Born” is our overwhelming frontrunner to win both awards.

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This year’s Cas nominees for sound mixing in an animated feature are: “The Grinch,” “The Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” And the documentary feature contenders are: “Fahrenheit 11/9,” “Free Solo,” “Quincy” and two films directed by Morgan Neville, “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

On the TV front, the
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2019 American Society of Cinematographers Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner Alfonso Cuaron (‘Roma’) among Asc contenders

The American Society of Cinematographers nominees announced Tuesday (Jan. 9) include four of our five leading Oscar contenders for Best Cinematography including the frontrunner to win — Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma” — as well as Matthew Libatique for “A Star Is Born,” Robbie Ryan for “The Favourite” and Linus Sandgren for “First Man.” The fifth Asc nominee, who bumped out “If Beale Street Could Talk” cinematographer James Laxton, is Lukasz Zal for the black-and-white “Cold War,” Poland’s entry in the Foreign Language Film race.

Over its 32-year history, the Asc has predicted 128 of the 160 Oscar nominees, including all of last year’s and those in 2017. However, the Asc choice for the best in the business has presaged the eventual winner at the Oscars only 14 times in 32 years.

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Indeed, Roger Deakins won three times with the guild but lost with the Oscars. Fourth time proved
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Will ‘Roma’ break the Oscar curse against black-and-white cinematography? Experts think so

Will ‘Roma’ break the Oscar curse against black-and-white cinematography? Experts think so
Cinematographers love black-and-white movies. You can tell that by how often they’re nominated and win at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards, and by how often the cinematographers branch of the motion picture academy nominates black-and-white films. But when Oscar voters across all branches of the academy pick the winners they usually steer clear of monochromatic films and look for a splash of color. Will this year be an exception? “Roma” has been acclaimed for its black-and-white visuals by director and cinematographer Alfonso Cuaron, and the Expert journalists we’ve polled think it will prevail.

So just how cursed are black-and-white movies? Well, none have won Best Cinematography at the Oscars since “Schindler’s List” (1993) — that was a quarter century ago. You might argue that that’s just how it is since there are simply far more color movies produced these days, so you’re bound to have more color winners.
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2019 Art Directors Guild Awards: Look for the Best Production Design Oscar winner among the nominees

On Jan. 7, the Art Directors Guild announced the nominees for their 23rd annual awards. These kudos have a stellar record at previewing the Academy Awards. Over the first 22 years of these prizes, the eventual Oscar winner for Best Production Design has always numbered among the Adg nominees in the three genre categories.

The current Oscar frontrunner for this award, “The Favourite” reaped a bid from the Adg in the period category as did another of our predicted five nominees, “First Man.” Two more — “Black Panther” and “Mary Poppins Returns” — contend for the Adg fantasy film prize while the fifth, “A Star is Born,” is among those in the running in the guild’s contemporary race.

See 2019 Art Directors Guild Awards nominations include Oscar frontrunners ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Black Panther

Last year’s Oscar winner — “The Shape of Water” — first won Best Period Design from the guild. Among the other contenders
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Ryan Coogler (‘Black Panther’): 23 years of history favors him for a Best Director Oscar nomination

Ryan Coogler (‘Black Panther’): 23 years of history favors him for a Best Director Oscar nomination
As of this writing the combined odds of thousands of Gold Derby users predict nine Oscar nominations for “Black Panther,” so why isn’t Best Director one of them? We might be making a crucial mistake; 23 years of Academy Awards history strongly favors filmmaker Ryan Coogler to earn a bid.

The last film to receive nine or more Oscar nominations without Best Director among them was “Apollo 13,” which had nine bids back in 1995, and even then it was a huge surprise that it missed in the directing race. That film was helmed by Ron Howard, who was nominated at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards and even won the Directors Guild Award, which has historically been a spot-on predictor of Best Director at the Oscars.

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Since then, every single film with at least nine nominations has contended for Best Director,
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Is Mary Poppins Returns actually a sequel to Inception?

Much of the Poppins remake is cartoon, but when so much of cinema is now CGI artifice, the lines between what is real and what is not have become blurry

We all remember how Mary Poppins and friends jumped into a chalk drawing and took a supercalifragilistic trip to cartoon-land in the 1964 Disney movie, singing and dancing with animated characters thanks to special effects. The sequence is lovingly homaged in the new Mary Poppins Returns, except this time things are not so clear. Even outside this animated sequence, much of Mary Poppins Returns is already, technically, animation: the 1930s cityscapes, the skies, the props, the dolphins in the bathtub … How do we know that’s even the real Emily Blunt? Maybe they never came back from cartoon world? Were they in it already? Are we in it now? Is this actually a sequel to Inception?

It is ironic that the
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Will ‘Black Panther’ earn more Oscar nominations than ‘The Dark Knight’?

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Will ‘Black Panther’ earn more Oscar nominations than ‘The Dark Knight’?
It’s looking more and more like “Black Panther” will achieve a historic Oscar breakthrough for superhero movies. According to the combined predictions of thousands of Gold Derby users, it will be nominated for Best Picture. That’s something “The Dark Knight” couldn’t manage to do 10 years ago. But will “Black Panther” beat “Dark Knight” in total nominations? Christopher Nolan‘s 2008 Batman drama earned eight bids and won two.

The Dark Knight” wasn’t nominated for Best Picture despite achieving the rare combo of critical acclaim and box office success. That snub was so controversial that the academy expanded that category to 10 nominees the very next year. But even though it was shunned from the top race, “Dark Knight” was still nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects, and it won Best Supporting Actor and Best Sound Editing.
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New to Streaming: ‘Colette,’ ‘Inception,’ ‘Tyrel,’ ‘The Lobster,’ ‘Lizzie’ & More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Colette (Wash Westmoreland)

Keira Knightley is back in her beloved genre, the period piece, for Colette, and it looks to be one of her strongest roles. The story of the famous French author finds her trying to balance her newfound success, her exploration of her sexuality, and a marriage to her dominating husband Willy (Dominic West). Coming from Still Alice co-director Wash Westmoreland, whose husband and co-director Richard Glatzer passed away in 2015, Colette is now on VOD following a fall theatrical release and acclaim from Sundance.

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

Inception (Christopher Nolan)

Inception is an arthouse movie with blockbuster aspirations. Or perhaps it’s the other way around.
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‘Homecoming’ review: Julia Roberts shines in this mind-bending new Amazon Prime drama

Amazon PrimeSeason 1 tells the story of a facility in Tampa, where Julia is a therapist, that promises to help war veterans overcome Ptsd and adjust to civilian life.Saraswati DatarMovies and television shows that question the world we see around us or question our definitions of reality itself have long been popular in Hollywood. From the pathbreaking Twilight Zone directed by Alfred Hitchcock in the 1950s to more recent movies like Truman Show, Shutter Island, Gone Girl and Inception to the iconic web series Black Mirror, psychological dramas and thrillers have always been a popular genre. In a post 9/11 world, the effects of the ‘war on terror’, started by America by sending its forces into Afghanistan and Iraq, have also become a popular source of stories. Shows like Homeland, Shooter and Bodyguard have highlighted the plight of soldiers returning home and the physical and mental toll a senseless battle have taken on them.
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Composer Hans Zimmer on exploring how we treat women (‘Widows’) and the Lgbtq community (‘Believer’) [Exclusive Video Interview]

Composer Hans Zimmer on exploring how we treat women (‘Widows’) and the Lgbtq community (‘Believer’) [Exclusive Video Interview]
Hans Zimmer has “a strange history” with “Widows.” Early in his career he worked for composer Stanley Myers, including on the 1983 BBC miniseries that would inspire the 2018 film. “I remember thinking at the time this was a revolutionary bit of storytelling,” he recalls. It concerned “the sort of casual brutality women have to endure on a daily basis.” He felt the series could “change the way we treat women,” so when Steve McQueen approached him about scoring this reimagining, he leapt at the opportunity because “things had not gotten better.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

See Steve McQueen (‘Widows’ director) on using a heist movie to explore ‘politics, policing, religion’ and more [Exclusive Video Interview]

This 20th Century Fox release centers on a group of women forced to pull off a heist when their criminal husbands die in a botched robbery. It stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Jackie Weaver and Carrie Coon,
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‘Haunting of Hill House’ Ending: That ‘Inception’-Style Easter Egg You Probably Missed Spells Doom

‘Haunting of Hill House’ Ending: That ‘Inception’-Style Easter Egg You Probably Missed Spells Doom
[Editors’ note: The following post contains spoilers for “The Haunting of Hill House” finale.]

Netflix’s addictive horror series “The Haunting of Hill House” comes to a relatively happy ending given all the terror that occurs to the Crain family throughout the 10-episode season. The finale ends with patriarch Hugh (Timothy Hutton) sacrificing himself so that his adult children — Steve (Michiel Huisman), Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser), Theo (Kate Siegel) and Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) — can escape the eponymous house’s evil red room.

Throughout the series, the red room feeds on the Crain family’s individual fears and desires in order to permanently trap each family member inside the house. The show ends by making it appear the Crain siblings have escaped the house and can now put their horrific experience behind them, but what if that’s not the case at all? The Wrap recently spoke with cast member Oliver Jackson-Cohen about the show’s ending, and he revealed
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Here's The First Trailer Detective Pikachu Starring Ryan Reynolds

Legendary Pictures has released the first trailer for the live-action/CG animated hybrid Pokemon film Detective Pikachu. The movie looks pretty much what I expected it to be. It’s filled with lots of silliness, cheesy charm, and Pokemon. This is the little synopsis that was released with the trailer:

In a world where people collect pocket-size monsters (pokemon) to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent monster who seeks to be a detective.

The cast for the film includes Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) as Pikachu, Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), Ken Watanabe (Inception), Suki Waterhouse (Revenge), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed) and Bill Nighy (Gideon’s Daughter).

The story of Detective Pikachu centers around Smith’s character’s father getting kidnapped. He teams up with Pikachu (Reynolds) to help find him. Newton plays a journalist who helps them on their quest. Ken Watanabe
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Leonardo DiCaprio movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Titanic,’ ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

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Leonardo DiCaprio movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Titanic,’ ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Wolf of Wall Street’
Happy birthday to Leonardo DiCaprio, who is turning 44 on November 11, 2018. DiCaprio, whom we first got to know as a child star on the ABC sitcom “Growing Pains,” grew up to become one of the world’s most popular movie stars and accomplished actors, working with such esteemed directors as Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and particularly, Martin Scorsese, with whom he was worked five times (with two more collaborations in the pipeline).

Beginning with 1993’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” for which he received his first Academy Award nomination at age 19, he has earned six Oscar nominations, including a win for 2015’s “The Revenant.” DiCaprio has also won three Golden Globe Awards from 11 nominations, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award (for “The Revenant”) out of nine nominations.

While we await DiCaprio’s return to the screen in 2019 (after a three-year hiatus) with Quentin Tarantino‘s much-anticipated “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,
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Film Review: ‘Silencio’

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Film Review: ‘Silencio’
It’s become a reigning pulp cliché of our era that practically every dramatic protagonist must have a dead or endangered child motivating them. It’s the fallback device to provide “depth” to a troubled character, or to explain why they might bother saving the world or doing anything else for the greater good. Lorena Villarreal’s “Silencio” takes that lazy writer’s emotional choke-chain to ridiculous extremes, as eventually here it seems there’s almost no central figure who doesn’t have a child’s life to rescue or avenge. This turgid fantasy thriller, boasting scant thrills or imagination, douses a mystic time-travel concept with soap operatic hand-wringing to mawkishly unconvincing effect. The U.S.-Mexican co-production is getting released to some 300 Stateside screens, primarily targeting Hispanic markets.

A prologue depicts a Nasa missile going off-course and crashing in the Zone of Silence, “the Bermuda Triangle of Mexico” which
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Why the Dystopian World of Maniac Is Closer Than You Think

By now, you’ve probably heard some of the buzz surrounding Netflix’s latest miniseries, Maniac. Directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga, the show revolves around the mentally-infirm strangers Owen Milgrim and Annie Landsberg, played by Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. The two take part in a three-day pharmaceutical trial that delves into the depths of the mind. The show explores their memories, imaginations, and fantasies in a series of simulations/hallucinations. At moments, it recalls elements of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Inception—which is a good thing. But for all of the mindbending warped reality sequences, one of the biggest reasons Maniac is so captivating

Why the Dystopian World of Maniac Is Closer Than You Think
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Monica Lewinsky, Amy Adams to present at Australians in Film Awards

Amy Adams (Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.)

Monica Lewinsky, actress/producer Amy Adams, producer, director and writer Simon Kinberg and Ausfilm CEO Debra Richards will hand out the prizes at Australians in Film’s 7th annual awards gala in Los Angeles.

Supporting AiF’s mission to help introduce Australian talent into the international market and to provide educational and career development programs, the awards will be doled out at Paramount Pictures Studio at 6 pm on October 24.

The fundraising event will be hosted by actor, producer, director and writer Josh Lawson, who was nominated for an Academy Award this year along with director Derin Seale for their short film The Eleven O’Clock, which he starred in, wrote and produced.

In her capacity as a social activist and Vanity Fair contributing editor, Lewinsky will present Hannah Gadsby with the Create Nsw Annette Kellerman Award. In her Netflix special Nanette Gadsby explored
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