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    Oscars 2019: Best Documentary Feature

    The Producers Guild Award nominees (with the ones I've seen, or have a screener for, in bold): The Dawn Wall Free Solo Hal Into the Okavango RBG Three Identical Strangers Won't You Be My Neighbor? The list includes all three of the documentaries that grossed over $10 million this year (i.e. RBG, Three Identical Strangers and Won't You Be My Neighbor?), and Free Solo might be the fourth such film soon, which would make this the first year ever that *four* documentaries grossed over $10 million; and what's even more remarkable is that -- unlike the two previous years when three documentaries grossed over $10 million -- not one of this year's $10-million-club members is a nature documentary, a music/concert movie, or a Moore/D'Souza political screed. (And we had *all* of those this year!) The winner will be announced January 19.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Documentary Feature

    The 166 contenders: Above and Beyond: NASA’S Journey to Tomorrow Active Measures Amazing Grace American Chaos Andy Irons: Kissed by God Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco Avicii: True Stories Bali: Beats of Paradise Bathtubs over Broadway Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché Believer Better Angels Bill Coors: The Will to Live Bisbee ’17 The Bleeding Edge Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine Call Her Ganda Charm City Chef Flynn The China Hustle Christian Audigier The Vif The Cleaners Communion Crime + Punishment Dark Money Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders The Dawn Wall The Distant Barking of Dogs Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes Drug$ Eating Animals Eldorado Fahrenheit 11/9 Fail State Family in Transition Far from the Tree Filmworker The First Patient Foreign Land 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie Free Solo Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable Generation Wealth Ghost Hunting Ghosthunter The Gilligan Manifesto The Gospel According to André Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami Graves without a Name The Great Buster: A Celebration Hal Hale County This Morning, This Evening Half the Picture The Heart of Nuba Hillbilly The Homeless Chorus Speaks Hondros Howard In Search of Greatness In the Land of Pomegranates Inventing Tomorrow Invisible Hands Itzhak Jane Fonda in Five Acts John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection The Judge Kangaroo: A Love Hate Story Killer Bees The King King in the Wilderness Kusama – Infinity The Last Race Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy Letter from Masanjia Licu, a Romanian Story Living in the Future’s Past Liyana Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story Love, Cecil Love, Gilda Love Is Tolerance – Tolerance Is Love – Make Tolerance Great Again! Making The Five Heartbeats Maria by Callas Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. McQueen Minding the Gap Monrovia, Indiana The Most Unknown New Moon 93Queen Nossa Chape Of Fathers and Sons Of Love & Law On Her Shoulders Opera about Poland The Opera House The Oslo Diaries The Other Side of Everything The Panama Papers Path of Blood People’s Republic of Desire Philosopher King – Lee Teng-hui’s Dialogue Pick of the Litter Piripkura Police Killing Pope Francis – A Man of His Word The Price of Everything The Price of Free Qiu (Inmates) Quincy RBG The Rachel Divide The Raft Recovery Boys Restoring Tomorrow Reversing Roe The Road Movie Robin Williams: Come inside My Mind Ruben Blades Is Not My Name Samouni Road Saving Brinton Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland Science Fair Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood Searching for Ingmar Bergman Seeing Allred The Sentence Shirkers Shot in the Dark The Silence of Others Sisters of the Wilderness A Son of Man Songwriter Stan Studio 54 Summer in the Forest Tea with the Dames That Summer That Way Madness Lies… They Fight They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead This Is Congo This Is Home: A Refugee Story Three Identical Strangers To Be Continued Transformer Travel Ban The Trial Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace Trust Machine Under the Wire United Skates Unknown Distance Up Down and Sideways The Waldheim Waltz We Could Be Heroes Weed the People What Haunts Us What Lies Upstream Whitney Wonderful Losers: A Different World Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Yellow Is Forbidden Yellowing A 15-movie shortlist will be revealed on December 17. The final 5 nominees will be announced January 22.
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    Gran Torino (2008)

    Clint Eastwood said he had pretty much quit acting ... and Warner didn't release ANY details when they quietly announced that Eastwood would be acting again in this film ... so while this is only a rumour for now, it's a fun one, and, given the recent returns of Indiana Jones and John McClane and John Rambo, has a certain plausibility ... The five films released as part of the franchise to date are: Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983) and The Dead Pool (1988). - - - Gran Torino a Dirty Harry Sequel? IESB just received an e-mail from a reader who claims to know a little something about the recently announced Clint Eastwood film, Gran Torino. According to him, Gran Torino will secretly mark the return of "Dirty" Harry Callahan in a sixth film in the franchise . . . IESB.net, March 19
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    Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

    The teaser trailer. We don't seem to have any prior existing threads on this film, but I've mentioned it at my blog a few times. It concerns a boy who discovers that his father is the Greek god Poseidon, played here by Kevin McKidd (star of Rome, etc.). As for the other mythical figures, Sean Bean is playing Zeus, Pierce Brosnan is playing Chiron, Steve Coogan is playing Hades, Rosario Dawson is playing his wife Persephone, Uma Thurman is playing Medusa, and Melina Kanakerides is playing Athena.
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    Boy Erased

    Joel Edgerton To Direct, Lucas Hedges To Star In Gay Deprogram Drama ‘Boy Erased’ EXCLUSIVE: Multiple distributors are bidding for Boy Erased, a provocative drama Joel Edgerton has scripted and will direct based on the memoir by Garrard Conley. Edgerton will star with Manchester By The Sea‘s Lucas Hedges, and Edgerton is courting Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman for supporting roles, I’m told. . . . Edgerton, who wrote and produced the 2015 sleeper hit The Gift, has adapted the 2016 Garrard memoir of his harrowing time attending Love in Action, an entity that attempts to deprogram LGBT people. The son of a Baptist pastor in a conservative small Arkansas town, Conley was outed to his parents at age 19. Conley was faced with attending a church-supported conversion therapy program that purports to “cure” homosexuality. The alternative was to risk losing his family, friends and his religion. He entered the program, but instead of emerging from the brutal Twelve-Step Program as heterosexual, he left with the strength to embrace his true identity. The drama covers the difficulty of coming of age as a gay person in a conservative community, and the struggles that can occur when one tries to suppress that sexual identity. Hedges, who broke out in the Oscar-nominated Manchester By The Sea, will play the protagonist, and Edgerton will play the man who runs the therapy program. Edgerton, Crowe and Kidman have long talked about doing a film together, and he wants them to play Conley’s parents. . . . Deadline.com, June 8
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    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald

    Links to our threads on the first and third films. Links to our threads on the film versions of Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Goblet of Fire (2005), Order of the Phoenix (2007), Half-Blood Prince (2008), Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011); and links to our threads on the book versions of Half-Blood Prince (2005), Deathly Hallows (2007) and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008). Coming in 2018.
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    Links to our Disney-live-action-films-based-on-animated-films threads on Enchanted (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010), Maleficent (2014), Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), Alice through the Looking Glass (2016), Pete's Dragon (2016), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Aladdin (in development), The Chronicles of Prydain (in development), Cruella (in development), Enchanted 2 (in development), The Jungle Book 2 (in development), Genies (in development), The Lion King (in development), The Little Mermaid (in development), Maleficent 2 (in development), Mulan (in development), Night on Bald Mountain (in development), Peter Pan (in development), Pinocchio (in development), Prince Charming (in development), Snow White (in development), The Sword in the Stone (in development), Tink (in development) and Winnie the Pooh (in development). We don't seem to have any threads on 101 Dalmatians (1996) or 102 Dalmatians (2000). Has Disney made any *other* live-action films based on their cartoons? - - - Live-Action 'Dumbo' in the Works From 'Transformers' Writer (Exclusive) Disney is developing a live-action take on its 1941 animated classic, Dumbo, and has Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger penning the script. Justin Springer, who worked on Tron: Legacy as well as Oblivion, is producing as will Kruger. At 64 minutes Dumbo is one of Disney’s shortest features but remains one of its most emotionally satisfying ones as it tells of a baby circus elephant who is made fun for his large ears. When his mother steps in to protect him and is locked up for it, he ends up on the road with a mouse as his companion. The mouse instills into Dumbo the idea that with the help of a magic feather, he can fly. The movie produced several classic songs, notably "When I See an Elephant Fly"; "Baby Mine," which was nominated for a best song Oscar; and "Pink Elephants on Parade" were among the other numbers that were set to animated sequences. The new take involves the adaptation of original movie adding a unique family story that parallels Dumbo's story. Also, the studio believes that the current state of CG technology, live-action movies featuring a soaring pachyderm (or any animal for that matter) are a viability. . . . Hollywood Reporter, July 8
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    Eating Animals

    Just to clarify, I am not saying that we need to go out of our way to *imitate* nature. But I also don't see any philosophical basis for saying it is morally incumbent on us to *deny* our nature -- unless we believe that our nature is corrupted somehow, which in turn would entail some sort of belief in an ideal nature (and whose ideal would that be?). This was one of the more interesting discussions to come out of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, which followed the biblical tradition that no meat-eating was permitted prior to the Flood (but the film ignored the biblical tradition that meat-eating *was* permitted *after* the Flood). Aronofsky posited that God wanted to save the animals (but not necessarily the humans) because the animals "still live as they did in the Garden." But that, in turn, would suggest that the animals themselves only developed carnivorous diets at some point after the Flood. It would suggest that somehow spiders and lions and whatnot were *not* eating other animals (so what *did* they live on?) in the world that existed before the Flood. (And what about the *plants* that eat animals to survive, like the Venus fly-trap?) It would suggest, in other words, that the world today is even *more* corrupt than the world of Noah's day, at least on the terms of Aronofsky's film. So I'm okay with the idea that our consciences should be troubled to some degree by our treatment of animals. Clearly at least some of the biblical writers were troubled by such things at least some of the time. But, just as clearly, we can see from passages like the Psalm that I quoted in my previous post (a Psalm that is recited at every Orthodox vespers service) that at least some of the biblical writers saw carnivorous activity as part of the, um, "circle of life" that God intended as part of his well-ordered universe. (And of course, as a Christian, I accept the gospel tradition that Jesus killed and ate fish as two of the signs to his disciples that he had come back to life. Which raises other fun questions, like whether the post-Resurrection body -- which is supposed to be incorruptible and incapable of death -- would have a digestive system that would eventually entail the elimination of waste products stemming from the fish that Jesus ate. But now I'm *really* digressing...)
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    Toy Story 4

    From the press release: “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Cooley. “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.” So, question: Do sporks (and forks, and spoons, etc.) already have sentient interactions with the toys in this world that we just haven't seen before, or do they only attain their ability to interact with toys once they *become* toys?
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    Toy Story 4

    Links to our threads on Toy Story 1 + 2 (1995-1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010). - - - Exclusive: Tim Allen Signed On for 'Toy Story 4' Tim Allen is ready to go to infinity and beyond again -- the question is, are Disney, Pixar and the rest of the gang? Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear, is under contract to reprise his role as the heroic spaceman in Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 4," TheWrap has learned from individuals familiar with the "Home Improvement" actor's contract. Allen's commitment to a fourth film doesn't necessarily mean that Pixar has plans to put another feature-length sequel into production. And it's certainly possible that Allen and others signed on for multiple films some time ago. But the existence of Allen's contract does indicate that Disney and Pixar brass are thinking about the possibility of extending the franchise. . . . TheWrap.com, July 14
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    Link to the thread on Spider-Man 3 (2007). - - - Sony may bite on Spidey spinoff With Heath Ledger's villainous Joker drawing attention and boxoffice dollars, Sony is moving forward with "Venom," a potential "Spider-Man" spinoff based on a bad guy. The studio is developing the project, based on the gooey nemesis who appeared in "Spider-Man 3" and is hoping the character could serve as an antidote to the aging "Spider-Man" franchise in the way that Fox has used Wolverine to add longevity to its "X-Men" franchise. Hollywood Reporter, July 31
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    Eating Animals

    "The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God." -- Psalm 104:21. Haven't seen the film yet, but I've always been a bit puzzled by the notion that those who believe in evolution (and I do!) would have a problem with *any* animal species (including ours) eating other animals. Carnivorous activity is kind of what we are *made* for, whether by God or natural selection or some combination thereof (and by "we" I mean not just humans, but other carnivorous or omnivorous animals, as well); indeed, ironically, it was eating meat that gave our ancestors the big brains that made us sentient enough to start pondering the moral implications of eating meat! All that being said, I am certainly more comfortable eating animals that are further away from us on the evolutionary family tree, like fish, than I would be eating, say, my fellow primates. And I do think the environmental considerations and cruelty concerns merit thinking about.
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    I wouldn't say it's as good or as well-made as the typical MCU flick, but it's certainly funnier than most -- though how intentionally so, I couldn't say. (With regard to your points of comparison, NBooth, I enjoyed Ant-Man and the Wasp quite a bit -- partly because it was one of the more family-friendly MCU films, and I saw it with my kids -- but I found Infinity War something of a slog.)
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    Post Counts

    I can't recall what rationale, if any, was ever offered for that.
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    Missing Link

    Links to our threads on previous Laika productions Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).
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    Dr Seuss' The Grinch (2018)

    Links to our threads on previous Dr. Seuss adaptations The Cat in the Hat (2003), Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and The Lorax (2012). We don't seem to have a thread on either of the previous adaptations of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. - - - 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' Remake in the Works at Universal Universal and its Illumination Entertainment division are developing a 3D animated version of the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Peter Candeland is set to direct, with Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri producing. Audrey Geisel, widow of Dr. Seuss author Theodor Geisel, will executive produce. Grinch, written in 1957, famously was adapted in 1966 into a half-hour TV animated special that continues to air during the holiday season. Universal made a live-action film version in 2000 starring Jim Carrey. Despite offending Seuss purists, it grossed $260 million domestically. That movie set in motion a relationship between Universal and the Geisel estate, which collaborated on a 2003 live-action The Cat in the Hat film starring Mike Myers ($101 million domestic). Meledandri also has a history with Seuss adaptations. He executive produced Fox's 2008 animated version of Horton Hears a Who!, which led to him making 2012's The Lorax under his Illumination banner at Universal. Candeland is an up-and-coming director of commercials and music videos with no major film credits. He is repped by Verve. . . . Hollywood Reporter, February 7
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    Dr Seuss' The Grinch (2018)

    I do wonder if the new film's improvements on the source material would have stood out to me so much if they hadn't been even *better* improvements on the previous movie version. The Jim Carrey film played up the idea that the Whos were Bad People who deserved an "in your face" moment from the Grinch even at the moment of his so-called redemption. But the new film, thankfully, emphasizes that the Whos (and the Who with the biggest Christmas display, in particular) are enthusiastically *welcoming* of the Grinch even when he refuses to accept their enthusiasm.
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    Suggest a Film to be Featured

    FWIW, in the past the 'Featured Film Discussion' threads, which last for only a month or so, have been separate from the regular threads, which can sometimes span several years.
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    Links to our threads on recent Illumination productions Despicable Me (2010) and Hop (2011). A friend of mine gave my kids a few Uglydolls (or, for the search engine, Ugly Dolls) for Christmas (or was it their birthdays?) a few years ago. My daughter has since drawn pictures of one or two of them. So suffice it to say we're fans. - - - Chris Meledandri's Illumination To Turn Uglydoll Into Animated Film EXCLUSIVE: Illumination Entertainment chief Chris Meledandri has acquired rights to turn the Uglydoll franchise into an animated feature film. Universal Pictures and Illumination will develop the film based on the global line of Uglydoll characters launched by husband-wife artist team David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. Meet the Fockers scribe Larry Stuckey will write the script, inspired by the dolls and stories created by Horvath and Kim. Meledandri will produce, and Horvath and Kim will be executive producers through their Pretty Ugly LLC banner. The plan is to start with the feature and then branch into a wider range of media opportunities. . . . Mike Fleming, Deadline.com, May 26
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    Notably: *Not* produced by Illumination in the end.
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    Shrek 5

    Links to our threads on Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010). as well as the Shrek Broadway musical. Jeffrey Katzenberg is dropping hints.
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    Shrek 5

    Despite what the headline says, it ain't a "reboot" if it's actually a sequel. (I know it's fashionable these days to refer to revivals of TV shows like Roseanne and Frasier as "reboots", but come on. They're not exactly re-casting the characters or erasing existing continuity. Even the JJ Abrams Star Trek "reboot" keeps continuity with the earlier films and TV shows via the character of Spock Prime and the various nods to Star Trek: Enterprise.) - - - ‘Shrek,’ ‘Puss in Boots’ Getting Rebooted (EXCLUSIVE) “Shrek” and “Puss in Boots” are getting rebooted and Chris Meledandri, the man behind “Despicable Me,” is overseeing their revival. Universal Pictures has tasked Meledandri with finding some fresh story lines to reintroduce the lovable ogre and the sword-wielding feline to new generations of moviegoers. One thing the animation guru doesn’t want to mess with is with the vocal performances. Part of the popularity of “Shrek” is attributable to a voice cast that included Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas, and in a lengthy profile in Variety, Meledandri says he would like to get the band back together. “When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome, and while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations,” explains Meledandri. “The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply yet another film in a series of sequels.” The move comes after the studio’s parent company, Comcast, bought DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind “Shrek,” in 2016 for $3.8 billion. Initially, there had been speculation that Meledandri, whose Illumination Entertainment is co-owned by Universal, would be asked to oversee DreamWorks Entertainment. However, Meledandri says he came to feel that he couldn’t manage the two companies and still maintain the same level of quality in the films he makes. . . . Variety, November 6
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    The Secret Life of Pets 2

    Links to our threads on other Illumination Entertainment films Despicable Me (2010), Hop (2011), Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012), Despicable Me 2 (2013), Minions (2015), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), Despicable Me 3 (2017), Dr Seuss' The Grinch (2018), Curious George (in development), Dr Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (in development) and the Dr Seuss biopic (in development). We don't seem to have any threads on Sing (2016), Minions 2 (2020) or Sing 2 (2020). In the lead vocal role, Louis CK has been replaced by Patton Oswalt.
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    Dr Seuss' The Grinch (2018)

    kenmorefield wrote: : . . . he had a Wiley E. Coyote moment. Don't get me wrong, I have some affection for the Coyote. (He is the source of the Supergenius tag in my profile) but he's not the Grinch. Fascinating, in light of the fact that Chuck Jones created Wile E. Coyote and went on to direct the TV version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
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    Widows (2018)

    : Based on the 1983 British miniseries about a caper gone wrong, the story follows four armed robbers who get killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the job. Huh. I wasn't as blown away by the movie as I wanted to be -- I admired some of the craft, but also found myself thinking people who want a straightforward genre pic would come away disappointed -- but I'm curious to see this miniseries now.