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Golden Globes Nominations: ‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Score Big

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Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the big winners as nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards were unveiled in the wee hours on Monday morning.

“Three Billboards,” a revenge drama, “The Post,” a dramatic re-telling of the Pentagon Papers saga, and “The Shape of Water,” an offbeat story about the romance between a mute cleaning lady and a fish-like creature, earned best film and director nods, in addition to picking up nominations for the performances of several of its actors. “The Shape of Water” nabbed a leading seven nominations, while “Three Billboards” and “The Post” picked up six apiece. The other best drama nominees were Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Luca Guadagnino’s lyrical romance “Call Me by Your Name.”

Unlike other awards shows, the Globes separates its film honors into best drama and best »


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Female Directors Shut Out of Golden Globes Nominations

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Despite a best picture, comedy or musical nomination for “Lady Bird” and widespread acclaim for its first-time director, Greta Gerwig, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. stuck with an all-male group for the 2018 best director nominations.

In a year in which Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” also received universal praise — and in the case of “Wonder Woman,” massive box office as well, the slight was seen as significant.

Gerwig, who has acted in numerous films, had never directed a feature before “Lady Bird.” She did, however, score a screenplay nom for her original “Lady Bird” script. The Globes combine both adapted and original screenplays into one category.

The push to hire and recognize female directors has intensified in the wake of the Academy’s efforts to improve diversity and the massive sexual harassment scandals that are gripping Hollywood.

Instead, the HFPA nominated Guillermo del Toro, whose “The Shape of Water” had the most noms overall »


- Pat Saperstein

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‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards

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God’s Own Country” was the big winner at the British Indepdendent Film Awards on Sunday, winning best British independent film, best actor for Josh O’Connor, and best debut screenwiter for Francis Lee, who also directed the England-set gay romance.

Lady Macbeth” was another multiple prize-winner, taking home the awards for best screenplay for Alice Birch, best actress for Florence Pugh, and most promising newcomer for Naomie Ackie. Armando Iannucci’s “Death of Stalin” picked up four awards, which were handed out Sunday evening at a starry awards ceremony in London.

The British independent movie industry turned out in force, although the snow that had blanketed parts of Britain overnight kept double award-winner Rungano Nyoni from attending and had Lee telling the crowd he needed digging out of his home in Yorkshire, northern England, to make the bash.

Host Mark Gatiss opened proceedings by announcing “it’s been another dreadful year for planet Earth,” adding that “January »


- Stewart Clarke

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Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations

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Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” the French foreign-language Oscar candidate, is leading nominations at the Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

“Bpm,” a sprawling and intense drama following French AIDS activists in 1980s Paris, will compete in six categories, including best film, director, actor (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), male newcomer (Arnaud Valois), script (Campillo and Philippe Mangeot) and score (Arnaud Rebotini). Since winning Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, “Bpm” has nabbed several prizes overseas, notably the New York, Los Angeles and Washington critics’ awards for best foreign-language film, as well as prizes at Chicago and San Sebastian film festivals.

Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s contemporary dramedy “C’est La Vie” each garnered four Lumieres nominations, while Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” and Alain Gomis’s “Felicité,” winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear, will each compete »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees

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Perhaps the most surprising double-nomination for this year’s Golden Globes: the twin nods given to Mary J. Blige for best supporting actress and best song — for the film “Mudbound” and its song “Mighty River.” With those, Blige becomes the first performer to be simultaneously nominated in song and acting since John C. Reilly got dual nods for “Walk Hard” 10 years ago. Barbra Streisand, Bjork, Beyonce and Dolly Parton are the other female singer/actors who have scored nominations in both categories in the past, while Reilly and Neil Diamond are the male dual nominees. Only Streisand has won both (for the 1976 film “A Star Is Born”).

Few other surprises popped up in the Globes’ music categories. Other best song contenders include “Remember Me” from “Coco” and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” both of which are frequently cited as among the frontrunners in the Oscars’ best song contest.

Two songs sung »


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Golden Globes: ‘All the Money in the World’ Lands Three Nominations After Whirlwind Reshoots

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Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. really want you to know they saw “All the Money in the World” before you did.

We kid. Kind of…

The international journalists group nominated Ridley Scott’s embattled film for a whopping three prizes Monday morning. Those included a best director nom for Scott himself, who rallied his team back together for 10 days of reshoots following star Kevin Spacey’s abrupt fall from grace amid sexual assault and harassment allegations.

As Variety exclusively reported, the Sony film was screened in a rough for for the group a week ago, just four days after production wrapped for a second time with actor Christopher Plummer replacing Spacey as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. Plummer was also nominated, for supporting actor, while Michelle Williams picked up a lead actress, drama, nomination.

All the Money in the World” will be the last Oscar hopeful to screen for domestic press this year when it »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Diane Kruger Says She Walked Out of Audition Over Director’s Disrespect

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Diane Kruger, whose new film “In the Fade” comes out Dec. 27, talked about her worst-ever auditioning experience during an interview with rising “Downsizing” actress Hong Chau for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” series.

“Do you have to audition very much anymore?” Chau asked Kruger. “I feel like you don’t.”

“Sometimes, for things that I really want or that somebody doesn’t see me in, you want to audition. But I remember so many terrible stories about auditioning,” Kruger responded. She went on to recall a story about a director “who shall go unnamed” that she once auditioned for. She said she had to learn around 15 pages of dialogue for a film.

“It was a really long monologue with difficult lines,” Kruger continued. “The audition was in this hotel and there are like 10 people in the room. I start the monologue and his cell phone starts ringing in the middle of it. It rings twice »


- Taryn Nobil

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Golden Globes: ‘Get Out’ Lands Best Picture Nomination Amid Comedy Dispute

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When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. agreed to uphold Universal’s placement of Jordan Peele’s horror satire “Get Out” in the comedy category at the Golden Globes, it registered as an affront for many. “Their [sic] is nothing funny about racism,” one of the film’s stars, Lil Rel Howard tweeted. “The real question is, what are you laughing at? … Are you disregarding what’s real about this project,” Peele posed to an Indiewire reporter, before later clarifying that he was aware of the decision-making process.

Media got a solid week or so out of the talking point. There was a sense of perceived demotion in some quarters — along with a distinct whiff of comedy being seen as “lesser than” — while in others, a broader definition of comedy was called for and defended. Still others saw it as a big studio gaming the system, as Fox was accused of doing with “The Martian” two years ago, though »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Golden Globes Nominations: 21 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

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On Monday morning, the Golden Globes reinforced the notion that Hollywood is still a boy’s club. The organization, made up of about 90 foreign journalists, seemed to go out on a limb not to nominate a single woman for best director. Not Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”). Not Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”). Not Dee Rees (“Mudbound”).

Although 2017 has been called the year of the woman, the Globes managed to overlook two of the biggest female-led hits of the year: “Beauty and the Beast,” the most successful movie of 2017 so far, was snubbed in the musical/comedy category, and “Wonder Woman” was shut out for any awards. Other surprises: Jordan Peele didn’t get a nomination for writing or directing “Get Out,” although his movie did receive two nominations (for best picture and actor).

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” a love story between a lonely woman and a monster, led all movies with seven nominations. »


- Ramin Setoodeh and Debra Birnbaum

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Oscar Fortunes Appear to Rise and Fall, but It’s Just the Golden Globes

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Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards are in as the 2017-2018 film awards season adds yet another notch to its belt. There were snubs, there were surprises, but nothing about Monday morning’s announcement would appear to have significantly altered the course of the circuit. Then again, nothing ever really does; these are just the opinions of a few dozen international journalists who happen to have their own highly rated, liquored-up, televised awards ceremony. Let’s dive in and take a look at what all of it actually means …

Star power

The HFPA has long been noted for its love affair with the stars. This year the group found ways to ensure that people like Angelina Jolie (“First They Killed My Father”), Steve Carell (“Battle of the Sexes”), Tom Hanks (“The Post”), Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”), Hugh Jackman (“The Greatest Showman”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), and even Mariah Carey and Nick Jonas (songs »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Golden Globes Nominations: First-Timers Break Through

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Every awards group has their trademark quirks, and the HFPA loves nothing more than anointing the wunderkinds. And this year didn’t disappoint: On the TV side, voters embraced Showtime’s “Smilf” and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; in film, breakouts included Margot RobbieDaniel Kaluuya, and Timothée Chalamet.

Several others across film and TV were also rewarded for their work with their first-ever Golden Globes nominations.

Movies:

Out of both actress categories, there was one sole new nominee: Margot Robbie landed her first nod in the musical or comedy field for her heralded turn as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya.” She’s up against previous winners Judi Dench (“Victoria & Abdul”), Helen Mirren (“The Leisure Seeker”) and Emma Stone (“Battle of the Sexes”) and previous nominee Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird.”) The actress in a drama category is all previous Globe winners: Jessica Chastain (“Molly’s Game”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), [link »


- Debra Birnbaum and Jenelle Riley

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Golden Globes Music Nominees Include Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

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The two music categories in the Golden Globe nominations announced Monday morning include songs by Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Nick Jonas, Miguel with Natalie Lafourcade and Keala Settle and scores by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood as well as frequent nominees Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. The full music nominations appear below and the full Golden Globs nominations can be seen here.

Hugh Jackman also scored a best actor in a musical or comedy nod for his singing and dancing work as circus impresario P.T. Barnum in “The Greatest Showman.”

Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the big winners as nominations for the 75th installment of the annual awards.

“Three Billboards,” a revenge drama, “The Post,” a dramatic re-telling of the Pentagon Papers saga, and “The Shape of Water,” a sci-fi romance, »


- Jem Aswad

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Golden Globes Leaderboard: ‘Shape of Water,’ Fox Searchlight Top List of Nominees

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Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” led nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards. “The Shape of Water’s” seven noms, coupled with the six nods for “Three Billboards,” put Fox Searchlight Pictures on the film distributor leaderboard with 15 nominations. Twentieth Century Fox was close behind with 12, thanks to “The Post” and “The Greatest Showman.”

On the TV side, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” picked up six nominations, while FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” followed with four. Meanwhile, “Fargo,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “This Is Us” all landed three mentions. HBO leads the TV network scoreboard with 12 nominations with help from “Big Little Lies” and “Game of Thrones.” Netflix was runner-up with nine.

Here’s the full list of 2018 Golden Globe nominations.

Movie Distributor

Fox Searchlight Pictures 15

Twentieth Century Fox 12

A24 7

Sony Pictures Classics 6

Sony Pictures Releasing 6

Focus Features 4

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Japan Box Office: ‘Kamen Rider’ Roars to Top Spot

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“Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Final: Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider,” roared to the top of the Japanese box office in its first weekend on release. The film is the latest feature entry in the long-running Toei action series featuring motorcycle heroes.

For the Dec. 9-10 frame, it grossed $3.2 million on 303,000 admissions. This is nearly 33% better than the opening of the previous “Kamen Rider Heisei Generations” film, which finished with  $8.3 million following its December 2016 bow. The new film is expected to end its first run with $13.2 million.

Opening at number two was Takashi Yamazaki’s “Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura.” Based on Ryohei Saigan’s best-selling comic, this fantasy drama about a mystery writer and his wife who solve crime cases earned $2.6 million from 401 screens, with Toho distributing. The film is also aiming for the JPY1.5 billion ($13 million) milestone.

The top Hollywood film was, “Murder on the Orient Express” in third. Opening on Dec. »


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NYPD Investigating Explosion in Times Square Station, Suspect in Custody

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Midtown Manhattan went into crisis mode early Monday following an explosion in a Times Square transit station.

Police said an explosive device went off around 7:20 a.m. Et inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. Police identified the suspect as Akayed Ullah, 27, of Brooklyn. Authorities emphasized during a news conference that they believe he acted alone.

The device was described as an explosive device attached to his body with velcro and other fasteners. The device went off as the suspect was carrying it into the subway tunnel passage area of the transit hub, according to broadcast reports.

Ullah suffered burns and other injuries as a result of the explosion. At least three other people suffered minor injuries in the chaos that ensued.

The incident snarled transit and traffic in Midtown as police shuttered streets in the busy area, including the Westside Highway. Subways were diverted to avoid the Times Square 42nd Street »

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Golden Globe Nominations: Complete List

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Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on Monday morning on NBC’s “Today” show live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” led noms on the movie front. On the TV side, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” picked up six nominations, while FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” followed with four. Meanwhile, “Fargo,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “This Is Us” all landed three nods.

Presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone were joined by Golden Globe ambassador Simone Garcia Johnson, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna, and Dick Clark Productions executive vice president of television Barry Adelman in revealing the nominees.

Seth Meyers will emcee the 2018 ceremony from the same location on Jan. 7. The Golden Globes will air live at 5 p.m. Pt/8 p. »


- Rebecca Rubin

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‘Mihara,’ ‘Savage,’ ‘Without a Head’ Named as Macau Project Winners

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Director Jacqueline Castel and producer Pier Harrison’s psychological horror film “Mihara” won the Ivanhoe Pictures award at the Iffam project market. The U.S.-Japan production will follow an American teenage girl, traumatised by her mother’s ambiguous death, who is drawn to a mysterious Japanese volcano.

Castel is currently in pre-production on her first narrative feature, a Tokyo-set erotic thriller co-written with Sasha Grey (“The Girlfriend Experience”), and in production on feature documentary “Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth.”

Director Liam O’Donnell and producer Matthew Chausse’s U.S.-France-Indonesia sci-fi action project “The Last Savage” won the Hairun Pictures award. The film will follow a boy who is raised by tigers. When hunters kill his adopted family, he is forced to fight in a deadly new arena.

The producer and director previously collaborated on O’Donnell’s debut feature “Beyond Skyline” which is currently on release. Chausse has producing credits including “The English Teacher” and “The Countess »


- Patrick Frater

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How to Watch the Golden Globe Nominations Live

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Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be revealed on Monday morning, and those unable to tune in to the broadcast on NBC can watch online via live stream.

Presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone will be announcing the nominees from the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 5:15 a.m. Pt/8:15 a.m. Et. The announcement will be live-streamed on Facebook and on the Golden Globes website. They will be joined by Golden Globe ambassador Simone Garcia Johnson, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna, and executive vice president of television at Dick Clark Productions Barry Adelman.

Voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes honors achievements in film and television, both domestic and foreign.

“Dunkirk,” “The Post,” and “Call Me by Your Name” are among top candidates for best picture — drama, as are “The Big Sick,” “Lady Bird,” “Disaster Artist,” and “I, Tonya »


- Rebecca Rubin

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Saudi Arabia Lifts 35-Year-Old Cinema Ban

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A 35-year-old ban on cinemas in Saudi Arabia has been overturned as the socially conservative kingdom’s efforts to liberalize gain pace, with commercial movie theaters expected to open as soon as next March. A resolution allowing the Culture Ministry to license commercial cinemas has been passed, and the licensing process started for new theaters.

Cinemas were banned in the 1980s as they were considered a threat to religious and cultural identity. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (pictured) has been driving a program of social and economic reforms under the Vision 2030 banner, and rescinding the cinema ban is part of that drive. Saudi authorities were bullish on the long-term prospects for the cinema business in in the kingdom and said they anticipated 300 movie theaters opening, and there being 2,000 screens by 2030.

Culture Minister Awwad Alawwad said the process of licensing cinemas was already underway, describing it as a “watershed moment” in terms of Saudi Arabia’s cultural sector »


- Stewart Clarke

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Korea Box Office: ‘Swindlers’ Wins Third Weekend

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Two Korean titles, “The Swindlers” and “Forgotten” remained on top of the South Korean box office. “Swindlers” earned $3.18 million from 418,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $26.7 million after three weekends. The Showbox release accounted for 24% of the total weekend box office. Megabox’s “Forgotten” earned $2.34 million for a two-weekend total of $7.82 million.

Animated features, “Pororo, Dinosaur Island Adventure” and “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” debuted on Thursday (Dec. 7) and took third and fourth, respectively. Distributed by Next Entertainment World (New), local animation “Pororo” earned $2.28 million over four days. Japanese animation “Mary,” distributed by Cgv Arthouse, earned $2.22 million between Thursday and Sunday. Another Thursday opener, “American Assassin” landed in sixth. The action drama earned $1.12 million over first four days.

With a week-on-week drop of 57%, “Murder on the Orient Express” slipped to fifth place from the previous week’s third. It earned $1.1 million between Friday and Sunday to extend its total to $5.47 million after two weekends »


- Sonia Kil

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