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  1. Justice League

    Links to our threads on other DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Aquaman (2018) and Wonder Woman 2 (2019), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Shazam!, Black Adam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens and Justice League Dark movies and the not-yet-dated Superman, Batman and Justice League sequels. Link to our thread on the documentary Miller's Justice League Mortal (in development). Links to our threads on The Lego Movie (2014), The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and The Lego Movie 2 (2018), which feature Lego versions of Superman and Batman (and other DC heroes). Link to our thread on Superman Vs Batman, which was announced in 2002 but never made. - - - Justice prevails for Warner Bros. Batman may meet up with Superman on the bigscreen after all -- along with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and all the rest of DC Comics' biggest names. Warner Bros., with its major appetite for fresh franchises, is looking to make a feature based on super team the Justice League of America, hiring writing duo Kiernan and Michele Mulroney to pen the script. Variety, February 23
  2. Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy

    Anodos wrote: : Yes, and Sauron is hardly the protagonist of Lord of the Rings. True, but he *is* the *antagonist*, and none of the other stories set in Middle-Earth are named after him (to my knowledge).
  3. I could have sworn I watched 20th Century Women during the mad rush to see as many films as possible before *last* year's awards. (And I remember liking it, too.)
  4. Justice League

    Continuity question: Cyborg, when explaining his origin, says the Mother Box sat on a shelf and didn't do anything until after Superman died. But... I could have sworn that Bruce Wayne was watching Lex Luthor's video footage of Cyborg and the Mother Box in Batman v Superman, *before* Superman died.
  5. The Breadwinner

    Links to our threads on The Secret of Kells (2009) and Song of the Sea (2014). - - - Nora Twomey Will Direct Cartoon Saloon’s Next Film ‘The Breadwinner’ Cartoon Saloon’s next animated feature will be The Breadwinner, based on the bestelling novel by Deborah Ellis. The announcement was made by the studio’s co-founder Paul Young at last weekend’s Irish VFX & Animation Summit. Breadwinner follows 11-year-old Parvana, who disguises herself as a boy in Taliban-era Afghanistan so that she can provide for her family. Nora Twomey, who co-directed The Secret of Kells and is a partner in Cartoon Saloon, will make her solo feature directorial debut. Author Ellis adapted the book with Anita Doron (The End of Silence). The family film, which will be co-produced with Toronto, Canada-based Aircraft Pictures, is budgeted at $10 million, with the backing of the Irish Film Board, Telefilm Canada, and private investors from the United States and the Middle East. Non-profits including the Belinda Stronach Foundation and Regina Spirit Fund will also contribute to the budget. . . . Cartoon Brew, December 1
  6. A better film about...

    Gifted is a better version of Captain Fantastic. Both films feature a guy trying to raise a precociously smart child (or children) after the mother has committed suicide, and both films feature the guy struggling to retain custody of the child(ren) when the mother's parent(s) get involved. But Captain Fantastic is steeped in anti-religious bigotry and Gifted, most definitely, is not.
  7. First Reformed

    Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried to Star in Drama 'First Reformed' Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried will star in Paul Schrader's next film, First Reformed. The Arclight Films and Killer Films project follows an ex-military chaplain (Hawke) who is tortured by the loss of a son he encouraged to enlist in the armed forces. He is further challenged after befriending a young parishioner (Seyfried), and her radical environmentalist husband. He soon discovers hidden secrets of his church's complicity with unscrupulous corporations. . . . "First Reformed is a script I've been moving toward for almost fifty years. Ethan Hawke’s image appeared to me while I was writing and he responded days after reading the script,” said Schrader. “Now we are delighted to be able to add Amanda Seyfried. These are unique performers with a special charisma.” . . . The Hollywood Reporter, September 9
  8. Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy

    Anodos wrote: : People who care about different aspects of existence, and aren't simply defined by their relationship to a political power-struggle. Um, well, the franchise *is* called Star *Wars*...
  9. The Star (was: The Lamb)

    Six new clips from the film, one "secular" and five "religious". There have been some other clips and featurettes and things since the last post in this thread, too.
  10. The Star (was: The Lamb)

    Sony Pictures Animation Developing Faith-Based Movie About Nativity Story (Exclusive) Sony Pictures Animation is developing “The Lamb,” an animated movie inspired by the Nativity story that DeVon Franklin will produce under his newly-minted company Franklin Entertainment. Based on an original pitch by Tom Sheridan, the film will feature both laughs and heart, as well as an all-animal cast. Sony Animation intends to produce an inspiring, respectful and entertaining take on the famous Nativity story while remaining accessible to a broad audiences. . . . DreamWorks Animation tried its hand at a Biblical animated movie in 1998 with “The Prince of Egypt,” which grossed $218 million worldwide. So far, that has been the only faith-based film from a major animation studio, though it should be noted that ”Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie” grossed $25 million in the U.S. on a reported production budget of $14 million. . . . TheWrap.com, September 2
  11. Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy

    NBooth wrote: : Counterpoint: the Red Riding trilogy. Still haven't seen that.
  12. Oscars 2018: Best Animated Feature

    The qualifying films (with the ones I've seen in bold): “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” “The Boss Baby” “The Breadwinner” “Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie” “Cars 3” “Cinderella the Cat” “Coco” “Despicable Me 3” “The Emoji Movie” “Ethel & Ernest” “Ferdinand” “The Girl without Hands” “In This Corner of the World” “The Lego Batman Movie” “The Lego Ninjago Movie” “Loving Vincent” “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” “Moomins and the Winter Wonderland” “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea” “Napping Princess” “A Silent Voice” “Smurfs: The Lost Village” “The Star” “Sword Art Online: The Movie - Ordinal Scale” “Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming” This year marks the first time that the nominees in this category will be chosen by the *entire* Academy, rather than the animation branch. This means the category will probably be deeply compromised this year, because when it comes to animation, the average Academy member is a moron who is only interested in stuff that grosses hundreds of millions of dollars -- if it's popular, it must be good, right? and if they haven't seen it for themselves already, then it probably wasn't worth seeing to begin with, right? To put this another way: in previous years, I would have thought that Loving Vincent was a lock for a nomination in this category. This year, however, I'm not so sure.
  13. Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy

    Links to the threads on Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, Episode VII, Episode VIII, Episode IX and the 2004 and 2006 editions of Episodes IV-VI on DVD and the 2011 edition of Episodes I-VI on Blu-Ray, as well as The Clone Wars, Rebels and the various rumoured other TV series (plus one quasi-duplicate thread on the comedy series) and spin-off movies (like Rogue One, Solo and the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie). See also the threads on 'Star Wars Debate Redux' (which began as a place to bash Episode II; Jul 2003 - Aug 2015), 'Sci fi = spiritual? Star Wars, X2, etc.' (Apr 2004), 'Best Star Wars Movie?' (with poll; Apr 2004 - Jan 2014), 'Top 100 Discussion: The Star Wars original trilogy?' (May 2004), 'Is Star Wars Blasphemous?' (Jun 2005 - Feb 2010), 'Star Wars in 20 minutes' (Aug 2006) and 'Star Wars: Uncut' (Apr 2010). - - - NBooth wrote: : If Johnson wants to hear my ideas for a noir flick set on Coruscant during the Clone Wars, he can feel free to reach out to me. Does noir really lend itself to trilogies, though? Noir is existential, fatalistic, cyclical (many noir films begin at the end and then jump back to the beginning, and because the ending is already set in stone, we know that the fates of these characters are sealed; there is no escaping what will happen to them, etc.). Trilogies, on the other hand, tend to have linear arcs that point towards some sort of resolution. (Though I guess the prequel trilogy didn't, because -- as with noir -- the fates of the key characters were set in stone before the trilogy even began.)
  14. Star Trek: Discovery

    paeng wrote: : The show is supposed to take place a decade before TOS but introduces technology that is barely mentioned in any of the TV shows and movies that depict future events in the timeline. Always a peril to watch out for when the show takes place before the original series but is produced 50+ years after the original series -- at a time when real-world technology has already outstripped some of the "futuristic" technology in the original series. (And just to complicate matters even *more*, this prequel series takes place roughly one century after *another* prequel series that was produced roughly 15 years ago... so the franchise has already done the how-futuristic-should-the-prequel-be? dance. And that's not even counting the JJ Abrams films, which were also prequels of a sort, though they mostly took place on a different timeline. (Then again, the bridge technology on the USS Kelvin certainly looked more advanced than what the USS Enterprise had a few decades later... and the Kelvin was built in the same timeline that DIS and TOS and TNG etc. all take place in.) )
  15. The Lord of the Rings - Amazon TV Series in the works?

    NBooth wrote: : But given the ubiquity of the movies (there's still media being produced based on the films' aesthetic!), Well, the last Hobbit prequel came out only three years ago! (And the extended edition more recently than that!) The big-screen version of the franchise is still very, very current, on that level. : OTOH, reviving or reworking a movie barely a decade after its release is nothing new. I recall that The Third Man ran as a TV series exactly ten years after the iconic Orson Welles film. So this isn't unprecedented. That was a *very* different era, though, in terms of how TV was perceived relative to film. (There was apparently a Casablanca TV series in 1955, too, just eleven years after the film won an Oscar for Best Picture.)
  16. The Mummy (2017)

    Well that didn't last very long. - - - Universal's "Monsterverse" in Peril as Top Producers Exit (Exclusive) Universal's cinematic Dark Universe is in danger of being mummified. Just five months after Universal released a much-discussed cast photo promising a slew of movies starring the likes of Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem — all drawn on characters like the Invisible Man, Wolf Man and Frankenstein in its stable of classic horror films — none of the projects appears to have a pulse. Writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who were hired as the monster universe architects, have departed the franchise, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. . . . The Hollywood Reporter, November 8
  17. The Mummy (2017)

    Link to our thread on The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). Links to our threads on other "Dark Universe" movies The Bride of Frankenstein (in development) and The Creature from the Black Lagoon (in development). - - - Universal Unwrapping 'The Mummy' Franchise Universal has decided to unwrap its billion-grossing Mummy franchise. Prometheus co-writer John Spaihts has been hired to write the screenplay for a feature reboot, and Sean Daniel, who produced the franchise's first three pictures, will return to produce the new iteration. . . . Hollywood Reporter, April 4
  18. Black Adam

    Adam Sztykiel In Talks To Adapt New Line’s DC Film ‘Black Adam’ Undateable creator Adam Sztykiel is in negotiations to pen the screenplay for the New Line Cinema and DC Comics film Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson as the antihero. Black Adam, who was introduced in 1945, serves as the main archnemesis to Shazam, a teenager who can transform himself into an adult superhero. The studio originally planned for the Black Adam character to be a part of the Shazam! standalone film, which recently cast Zachary Levi in the titular role. . . . Deadline.com, October 31
  19. Black Adam

    Links to our threads on other DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018) and Wonder Woman 2 (2019), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Shazam!, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens and Justice League Dark movies and the not-yet-dated Superman, Batman and Justice League sequels. The bad guy from Shazam! is getting his own movie. Dwayne Johnson is still attached to the role. (He's been attached to the role since before the DC shared universe became a thing, I think.)
  20. Oscars 2018: Best Animated Short

    The 63 films in contention: The Absence of Eddy Table – Rune Spaans (Norway) Among the Black Waves – Anna Budanova (Russia) Ben and Big – Rowan Grey Sutherland (USA) Bullet Time – Frodo Kuipers (Netherlands) Call of Cuteness – Brenda Lien (Germany) Coin Operated – Nicholas Arioli (USA) Confino – Nico Bonomolo (Italy) Cop Dog – Bill Plympton (USA) Cradle – Devon Manney (USA) A Dad – Robert Cambrinus (Austria) Darrel – Marc Briones, Alan Carabantes (Spain) Dear Basketball – Glen Keane (USA) E-delivery – Young Gul Cho (USA) Ein Aus Weg – Simon Steinhorst, Hannah Lotte Stragholz (Germany) Eternal Hunting Grounds – Elin Grimstad (Norway/Estonia) Everything – David OReilly (USA) Flutter – Vladimir Todorov (Bulgaria/USA) Follow Your Heart – Rob O’Neill (USA) Fox and The Whale – Robin Joseph (Canada) Garden Party – Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Theophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Na (France) Goose in High Heels – John Dilworth (USA) Green Light – Seongmin Kim (South Korea) Hedgehog’s Home – Eva Cvijanović (Canada/Croatia) Here’s the Plan – Fernanda Frick (Chile) Hold Me (Ca Caw Ca Caw) – Renee Zhan (USA) Hugo Bumfeldt – Éva Katinka Bognár (Hungary) I Am Little Red – Mary Mazzio, Gabriel Osorio, Alec Sokolow (USA) I Like Girls – Diane Obomsawin (Canada) In A Heartbeat – Beth David, Esteban Bravo (USA) In a Nutshell – Fabio Friedli (Switzerland) An Island – Rory Byrne (Ireland) La Casa de Colores (The House of Colors) – Nicolás P. Villarreal (Argentina) Life Smartphone – Chenglin Xie (China) Lost Property Office – Daniel Agdag (Australia) Lou – Dave Mullins (USA) Love – Réka Bucsi (Hungary/France) A Love Story – Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara (UK) Min Börda (The Burden) – Niki Lindroth Von Bahr (Sweden) Mr. Madila – Rory Waudby-Tolley (UK) My Heart Attack by Sheldon Cohen (Canada) Negative Space – Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter (France) Nighthawk – Špela Čadež (Slovenia/Croatia) Nothing Happens – Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot (Denmark/France) Once A Hero – Xia Li (USA/China) Panic Attack! – Eileen O’Meara (USA) Puppy – Genndy Tartakovsky (USA) Pussy – Renata Gasiorowska (Poland) Radio City Maniapolis – Georgia Patterson (USA) Revolting Rhymes – Jan Lachauer, Jakob Schuh (Germany/UK) Song of a Toad – Kariem Saleh (Germany) Spring Jam – Ned Wenlock (New Zealand) Strange Case – Zbigniew Czapla (Poland) The Talk: True Stories About the Birds and the Bees – Alain Delannoy (Canada) The Tesla World Light – Matthew Rankin (Canada) Threads – Torill Kove (Canada/Norway) Ugly – Nikita Diakur (Germany) Valley of White Birds – Cloud Yang (China) Wednesday with Goddard – Nicolas Ménard (UK) Weeds by Kevin Hudson USA) We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Joanna Harrison, Robin Shaw (UK) Whatever the Weather – Remo Scherrer (Switzerland) Wicked Girl – Ayce Kartal (France) World of Tomorrow, Episode 2: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts – Don Hertzfeldt (USA) Ten films will make the shortlist in December. The final five nominees will be announced January 23.
  21. Oscars 2018: Best Documentary Feature

    The 170 films in contention, the only ones of which I have seen so far are Kedi and Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, both of which I loved: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” “Aida’s Secrets” “Al Di Qua” “All the Rage” “All These Sleepless Nights” “AlphaGo” “The American Media and the Second Assassination of President John F. Kennedy” “And the Winner Isn’t” “Angels Within” “Architects of Denial” “Arthur Miller: Writer” “Atomic Homefront” “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography” “Bang! The Bert Berns Story” “Bending the Arc” “Big Sonia” “Bill Nye: Science Guy” “Birthright: A War Story” “Bobbi Jene” “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” “Born in China” “Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story” “Boston” “Brimstone & Glory” “Bronx Gothic” “Burden” “California Typewriter” “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story” “Casting JonBenet” “Chasing Coral” “Chasing Trane” “Chavela” “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” “City of Ghosts” “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” “Cries from Syria” “Cruel & Unusual” “Cuba and the Cameraman” “Dawson City: Frozen Time” “Dealt” “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” “Destination Unknown” “Dina” “Dolores” “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” “A Dying King: The Shah of Iran” “Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)” “Earth: One Amazing Day” “11/8/16” “Elian” “Embargo” “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars” “Escapes” “Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray” “Ex Libris - The New York Public Library” “Extraordinary Ordinary People” “Faces Places” “The Farthest” “The Final Year” “Finding Oscar” “500 Years” “Food Evolution” “For Ahkeem” “The Force” “The Freedom to Marry” “From the Ashes” “Gaga: Five Foot Two” “A German Life” “Get Me Roger Stone” “Gilbert” “God Knows Where I Am” “Good Fortune” “A Gray State” “Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All” “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story” “Hearing Is Believing” “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS” “Human Flow” “I Am Another You” “I Am Evidence” “I Am Jane Doe” “I Called Him Morgan” “Icarus” “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast” “The Incomparable Rose Hartman” “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” “Intent to Destroy” “Jane” “Jeremiah Tower The Last Magnificent” “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton” “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” “Karl Marx City” “Kedi” “Keep Quiet” “Kiki” “LA 92” “The Last Dalai Lama?” “The Last Laugh” “Last Men in Aleppo” “Legion of Brothers” “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982 - 1992” “Let’s Play Two” “Letters from Baghdad” “Long Strange Trip” “Look & See” “Machines” “Man in Red Bandana” “Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance” “Motherland” “Mully” “My Scientology Movie” “Naples ’44” “Neary’s - The Dream at the End of the Rainbow” “Night School” “No Greater Love” “No Stone Unturned” “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” “Nowhere to Hide” “Obit” “Oklahoma City” “One of Us” “The Paris Opera” “The Pathological Optimist” “Prosperity” “The Pulitzer at 100” “Quest” “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman” “The Rape of Recy Taylor” “The Reagan Show” “Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” “Risk” “A River Below” “Rocky Ros Muc” “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” “Santoalla” “School Life” “Score: A Film Music Documentary” “Served Like a Girl” “The Settlers” “78/52” “Shadowman” “Shot! The Psycho Spiritual Mantra of Rock” “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory” “The Skyjacker’s Tale” “Sled Dogs” “Soufra” “Spettacolo” “Step” “Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex-Trafficking” “Strong Island” “Surviving Peace” “Swim Team” “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” “Take My Nose... Please!” “They Call Us Monsters” “32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide” “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” “Tickling Giants” “Trophy” “Twenty Two” “Unrest” “Vince Giordano - There’s a Future in the Past” “Voyeur” “Wait for Your Laugh” “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” “Water & Power: A California Heist” “Whitney. “Can I Be Me”” “Whose Streets?” “The Work” A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. The final five nominees will be announced January 23.
  22. Oscars 2018: Best Foreign Language Film

    The 92 films in contention (of which I have seen only one, i.e. The Square, though I know that at least one more, i.e. First They Killed My Father, is on Netflix): Afghanistan, “A Letter to the President,” Roya Sadat, director; Albania, “Daybreak,” Gentian Koçi, director; Algeria, “Road to Istanbul,” Rachid Bouchareb, director; Argentina, “Zama,” Lucrecia Martel, director; Armenia, “Yeva,” Anahit Abad, director; Australia, “The Space Between,” Ruth Borgobello, director; Austria, “Happy End,” Michael Haneke, director; Azerbaijan, “Pomegranate Orchard,” Ilgar Najaf, director; Bangladesh, “The Cage,” Akram Khan, director; Belgium, “Racer and the Jailbird,” Michaël R. Roskam, director; Bolivia, “Dark Skull,” Kiro Russo, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Men Don’t Cry,” Alen Drljević, director; Brazil, “Bingo - The King of the Mornings,” Daniel Rezende, director; Bulgaria, “Glory,” Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva, directors; Cambodia, “First They Killed My Father,” Angelina Jolie, director; Canada, “Hochelaga, Land of Souls,” François Girard, director; Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director; China, “Wolf Warrior 2,” Wu Jing, director; Colombia, “Guilty Men,” Iván D. Gaona, director; Costa Rica, “The Sound of Things,” Ariel Escalante, director; Croatia, “Quit Staring at My Plate,” Hana Jušić, director; Czech Republic, “Ice Mother,” Bohdan Sláma, director; Denmark, “You Disappear,” Peter Schønau Fog, director; Dominican Republic, “Woodpeckers,” Jose Maria Cabral, director; Ecuador, “Alba,” Ana Cristina Barragán, director; Egypt, “Sheikh Jackson,” Amr Salama, director; Estonia, “November,” Rainer Sarnet, director; Finland, “Tom of Finland,” Dome Karukoski, director; France, “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” Robin Campillo, director; Georgia, “Scary Mother,” Ana Urushadze, director; Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director; Greece, “Amerika Square,” Yannis Sakaridis, director; Haiti, “Ayiti Mon Amour,” Guetty Felin, director; Honduras, “Morazán,” Hispano Durón, director; Hong Kong, “Mad World,” Wong Chun, director; Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director; Iceland, “Under the Tree,” Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, director; India, “Newton,” Amit V Masurkar, director; Indonesia, “Turah,” Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo, director; Iran, “Breath,” Narges Abyar, director; Iraq, “Reseba - The Dark Wind,” Hussein Hassan, director; Ireland, “Song of Granite,” Pat Collins, director; Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director; Italy, “A Ciambra,” Jonas Carpignano, director; Japan, “Her Love Boils Bathwater,” Ryota Nakano, director; Kazakhstan, “The Road to Mother,” Akhan Satayev, director; Kenya, “Kati Kati,” Mbithi Masya, director; Kosovo, “Unwanted,” Edon Rizvanolli, director; Kyrgyzstan, “Centaur,” Aktan Arym Kubat, director; Lao People’s Democratic Republic, “Dearest Sister,” Mattie Do, director; Latvia, “The Chronicles of Melanie,” Viestur Kairish, director; Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director; Lithuania, “Frost,” Sharunas Bartas, director; Luxembourg, “Barrage,” Laura Schroeder, director; Mexico, “Tempestad,” Tatiana Huezo, director; Mongolia, “The Children of Genghis,” Zolbayar Dorj, director; Morocco, “Razzia,” Nabil Ayouch, director; Mozambique, “The Train of Salt and Sugar,” Licinio Azevedo, director; Nepal, “White Sun,” Deepak Rauniyar, director; Netherlands, “Layla M.,” Mijke de Jong, director; New Zealand, “One Thousand Ropes,” Tusi Tamasese, director; Norway, “Thelma,” Joachim Trier, director; Pakistan, “Saawan,” Farhan Alam, director; Palestine, “Wajib,” Annemarie Jacir, director; Panama, “Beyond Brotherhood,” Arianne Benedetti, director; Paraguay, “Los Buscadores,” Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori, directors; Peru, “Rosa Chumbe,” Jonatan Relayze, director; Philippines, “Birdshot,” Mikhail Red, director; Poland, “Spoor,” Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik, directors; Portugal, “Saint George,” Marco Martins, director; Romania, “Fixeur,” Adrian Sitaru, director; Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director; Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director; Serbia, “Requiem for Mrs. J.,” Bojan Vuletic, director; Singapore, “Pop Aye,” Kirsten Tan, director; Slovakia, “The Line,” Peter Bebjak, director; Slovenia, “The Miner,” Hanna A. W. Slak, director; South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director; South Korea, “A Taxi Driver,” Jang Hoon, director; Spain, “Summer 1993,” Carla Simón, director; Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director; Switzerland, “The Divine Order,” Petra Volpe, director; Syria, “Little Gandhi,” Sam Kadi, director; Taiwan, “Small Talk,” Hui-Chen Huang, director; Thailand, “By the Time It Gets Dark,” Anocha Suwichakornpong, director; Tunisia, “The Last of Us,” Ala Eddine Slim, director; Turkey, “Ayla: The Daughter of War,” Can Ulkay, director; Ukraine, “Black Level,” Valentyn Vasyanovych, director; United Kingdom, “My Pure Land,” Sarmad Masud, director; Uruguay, “Another Story of the World,” Guillermo Casanova, director; Venezuela, “El Inca,” Ignacio Castillo Cottin, director; Vietnam, “Father and Son,” Luong Dinh Dung, director. The nominees will be announced January 23, though I think the Academy usually issues a shortlist before that.
  23. The Lord of the Rings - Amazon TV Series in the works?

    Links to our threads on the theatrical versions of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Aug-Sep 2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Sep 2003 - Dec 2012) and the trilogy as a whole (Dec 2003 - present). Links to our threads on the extended editions of The Fellowship of the Ring (Aug 2003 - Jan 2012), The Two Towers (Nov-Dec 2003), The Return of the King (Mar 2004 - Dec 2015) and the trilogy as a whole (Feb 2005 - Jun 2006), plus our threads-with-polls on which extended editions are our favorites (Dec 2004) and which extended editions we would rank first (Dec 2004 - Apr 2015). Link to our thread on the "limited edition" DVDs (Jun-Nov 2006). Links to our threads on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Jul 2004 - present), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (May 2011 - Dec 2014) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Jul 2012 - Aug 2015). Links to our more thematic threads on 'Religious imagery in LotR page to screen' (Aug 2003), 'GANDALF THE GrAY' (Oct 2003 - Oct 2009), 'God in Lord of the Rings type books' (Nov 2003 - Apr 2004), 'anyone got a LOTR electronic press kit / lots of photos?' (Dec 2003), 'McKellen: No Source of Morality in Hobbiton?' (Dec 2003), 'Re-reading LOTR in light of the films, Who do you see in your mind?' (Nov 2005), 'Favorite lines: LOTR & Narnia books, nominate yours! (Nov-Dec 2005). Links to our threads on spin-offs and spoofs like 'Howard Shore conducts LOTR symphony!' (Jul 2004) and 'Lord of the Rings by George Lucas' (Oct 2006). Links to our 'Literature' threads on 'Lord of the Rings: Real Tales' (Aug 2003) and 'The Hobbit - Illustrated by Maurice Sendak' (Mar 2011). Links to our threads on such technically unrelated projects as the animated versions of The Hobbit (1966) and The Lord of the Rings (1978), the documentary Ringers: Lord Of The Fans (2005) and the stage production The Lord of the Rings: The Musical (2006-2007). Links to our threads on the in-development biopics Middle Earth, Tolkien and Tolkien & Lewis.
  24. House of Cards

    'House of Cards' employees allege sexual harassment, assault by Kevin Spacey Kevin Spacey made the set of Netflix's "House of Cards" into a "toxic" work environment through a pattern of sexual harassment, eight people who currently work on the show or worked on it in the past tell CNN. One former employee told CNN that Spacey sexually assaulted him. The former production assistant, whose account has never previously been disclosed, told CNN that Spacey sexually assaulted him during one of the show's early seasons. All eight people, each of whom spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity for fear of professional repercussions for speaking out, described Spacey's behavior as "predatory," saying it included nonconsensual touching and crude comments and targeted production staffers who were typically young and male. . . . CNN, November 2
  25. House of Cards

    Season 6 started shooting just two weeks ago, but Netflix has pulled the plug on the show following that season, in light of the recent sexual-assault allegations against Kevin Spacey -- including, but possibly not limited to, Star Trek: Discovery co-star Anthony Rapp's on-the-record allegation that Spacey came on to him, Rapp, when he was only 14. (The fact that Spacey's badly-received "apology", which came across to many like a cynical self-serving ploy worthy of Francis Underwood -- himself a bisexual predator of sorts -- probably didn't help the show's chances of survival.)