“Miss Americana”: Trailer for Taylor Swift Netflix Documentary Released

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“It’s been a long time coming,” Taylor Swift posted on Twitter, along with the official trailer for her upcoming Netflix documentary film, “Miss Americana”.

The streaming service describes Miss Americana as a revealing documentary, wherein Swift “embraces her role as a songwriter and performer — and as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.”

The trailer shows plenty of private footage of the superstar, talking about her life as an artist in the public eye, clips from her tours and red carpets, and a brief glimpse of her backstage hugging boyfriend actor Joe Alwyn.

“I became the person everyone wanted me to be,” Swift says in the trailer. “I had to deconstruct an entire belief system, toss it out and reject it.”

Directed by Emmy-winning director Lana Wilson, “Miss Americana” is set to debut today, Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival.

It is currently set for release on Netflix and select theaters on January 31.

Mondo and Death Waltz Recording Company Get “Freaked” With The Release of the Soundtrack on Vinyl

The vinyl release marks the first time the soundtrack for the cult film will be available in any format.

Death Waltz Recording Company brings both the score and the songs featured in Alex Winter and Tom Stern’s FREAKED. Available for the first time in any format, this 2XLP set features all new artwork from David Daniels. Inventor of Strata-Cut clay animation, Daniels did the original, mind-melting opening credit sequence for the film.

Disc One features songs from the movie from the likes of Butthole Surfers, Blind Idiot God, Henry Rollins, Axiom Funk, Iggy Pop, and more. Disc Two features Kevin Kiner’s original score, which so good that it could easily rival any number of Amblin’s films from the 1980s. Kiner’s music is incredibly nuanced, yet playful and bombastic (in a good way). It is a revelation to listen to the score independent of the film.

“FREAKED is a film that absolutely more people should know, a mix of The Three Stores and extreme body horror. It’s truly gonzo, funny as all hell, has an incredible cast, absolutely killer practical FX, and a soundtrack that features everyone from Henry Rollins to George Clinton along with Kevin Kiner’s beautiful orchestral score! We are thrilled to be releasing FREAKED for the first time on vinyl, three years in the making and worth every minute spent on it. If you haven’t seen FREAKED head to Amazon Prime right now where it is available and revel in this true Hollywood oddity,” said Spencer Hickman, Mondo & Death Waltz Recording Company Head of Music. FREAKED – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP is available for sale now at MondoTees.com

“Parasite” Wins Screen Actors Guild Awards, Makes History

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Still from “Parasite”
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Bong Joon-ho’s comedy thriller “Parasite” made history on Sunday night, becoming the first foreign language film to win Screen Actor Guild Awards’ Best Ensemble.

The film’s cast Song Kang-ho, Park So-dam, Choi Woo-shik, Lee Jung-eun and Lee Sun-kyun took the stage to accept the award. “Although the title is Parasite, I think the story is about coexistence and how we can all live together.” Song said via translator Sharon Choi. “But to be honored with the best ensemble award, it occurs to me maybe we haven’t created such a bad movie.”

Parasite’s surprise win puts the film in serious contention for Best Picture at next month’s Academy Awards, where the film is nominated for six categories including Best Director for Joon-ho. Earlier this month, the film won best foreign language film at the 2020 Golden Globes.

In the acting categories, “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix won best actor, Renee Zellweger won best actress for “Judy,” Brad Pitt took supporting actor for “Once Upon a Hollywood”, and Laura Dern took home supporting actress for “Marriage Story.”

The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were broadcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
“Parasite” (winner)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” (winner)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Renée Zellweger, “Judy” (winner)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (winner)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story” (winner)
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Billie Eilish To Perform New James Bond Theme

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Billie Eilish, 18, becomes youngest person to record a Bond theme. The singer and songwriter is recording the title track for No Time To Die, which she has written and produced with her brother Finneas O’Connell. Eilish recently just turned 18 in December.

“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock,” Eilish said in a statement.

Needless to say, expectations are pretty high. Recent James Bond themes have won an Academy Award for Best Original Song: Adele’s “Skyfall”, the theme song of the James Bond film of the same name, as well as Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall, from Spectre.

No Time to Die is the twenty-fifth installment in the James Bond film franchise, and is expected to be Daniel Craig’s last appearance as Bond.

The film is set for release on April 10 in the United States.

‘Joker’ Nabs 11 Oscar Nominations

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Nominations for the 92nd Oscars were announced on Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with Todd Phillips’ R-rated superhero smash “Joker” leading the list with 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and Best Director for Phillips.

Three other films scored 10 apiece: Martin Scorsese’s mob drama “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Sam Mendes’ war drama “1917”, all of which in contention for Best Picture.

Among the studios, streaming giant Netflix received 24 noms, the most this year, while Sony Pictures Releasing with 20 noms, followed by Disney with 16. Warner Bros and Fox Searchlight received 12 each.

Actress Issa Rae and John Cho announced the nominations on Monday morning. The Academy Awards is set to air Sunday, Feb. 9, on ABC, live from the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland.

Here is the full list of 2020 Oscar nominations:

Best Picture:

“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Parasite”

Lead Actor:

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

Lead Actress:

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

Director:

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”
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2020 BAFTA Awards: ‘Joker,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘The Irishman’ Lead Noms

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Just as Oscar nominations voting is wrapping up, nominations for the 2020 BAFTAs or British Academy Film Awards has been announced today, Tuesday.

Joker received the most nominations with 11. Not far behind were Martin Scorsese’s epic crime film The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s comedy-drama Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with 10 each. Sam Mendes’ epic war 1917 received nine.

All four films, along with Taika Waititi’s comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit, and Bong Joon-ho’s black comedy drama thriller Parasite, will be competing for BAFTA’S Best Film category.

Joaquin Phoenix, who played the title character in “Joker” and who recently won a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama on Sunday is nominated for lead actor, along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver, Taron Egerton and Jonathan Pryce.

The 73rd BAFTA Film Awards, which recognise the very best in film of the past year, is set to held on Sunday, Feb. 2 at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. The awards will be broadcast on the BBC, with talk show host Graham Norton hosting.

See the full list of nominees below:

Best Film
“1917”
“The Irishman”
“Joker”
“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”
“Parasite”

Outstanding British Film
“1917”
“Bait”
“For Sama”
“Rocketman”
“Sorry We Missed You”
“The Two Popes”

Best Director
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)

Leading Actress
Jessie Buckley (“Wild Rose”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)

Leading Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)
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Golden Globe Winners 2020: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Fleabag Won Big

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Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes reigns supreme at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, setting the stage for the 2020 Oscar race.

Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which follows an actor and his stunt double as they navigate the changing film industry, took Best Picture in a Comedy or Musical, while Sam Mendes’ late year arrival to the awards season “1917” took Best Picture in a Drama. Mendes and Tarantino also won Best Director and Best Screenplay respectively.

For the lead acting categories, Joaquin Phoenix took Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for Joker, while Reneé Zellweger won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Judy.

Its also a surprising night for Netflix. Heading into Sundaty’s show, Netflix had 34 total nomination in film and television categories, but in the end won just two: one for Best Supporting Actress, Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”), and another for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series, Olivia Colman (The Crown).

Overall the TV categories were pretty spread out, with two wins each for Chernobyl, Fleabag and Succession.

Here is the full list of winners.

Movies

Best Motion Picture, Drama
“1917”

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

Best Director, Motion Picture
Sam Mendes, “1917”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Renée Zellweger, “Judy”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Awkwafina, “The Farewell”
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ASC Awards Announces Nominees

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The American Society of Cinematographers has revealed its nominees for the 34th annual ASC Awards.

Among the nominees include cinematographer Lawrence Sher, who received his first nominations for Warner Bros’ “Joker”.

Also in contention are Rodrigo Prieto for The Irishman, the epic crime film from veteran director Martin Scorsese, as well as Phedon Papamichael for the James Mangold directed sports action drama Ford v Ferrari. This is Prieto and Papamichael’s third time as nominees.

Robert Richardson received nomination for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” This is Richardson’s 11th nomination.

Four time winner Roger Deakins received his 16th nomination for the Sam Mendes directed epic war film “1917”. Deakins previously won for “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Skyfall,” and “Blade Runner 2049”

Last November, nominees for TV and documentary categories were announced, with FX’s “Legion” leading the list with two noms for TV, while “Honeyland,” “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” and “Obscuro Barroco” in the documentary category.

ASC awards is set to take place on Jan. 25 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, where winners for all categories will be announced.

Intense First Trailer For ‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel Released

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It was just two years ago when John Krasinski completely transformed his career; when his modestly-budgeted horror directorial debut, “A Quiet Place” became a massive commercial and critical hit.

Now he’s back behind the camera for the highly-anticipated sequel, “A Quiet Place Part II.” On New Year’s Day, Paramount Pictures released the film’s stunning first full-length trailer.

The trailer shows us a few flash backs of how it all started, showing Emily Blunt’s character Evelyn, driving her kids amidst the street chaos and glimpses of monsters on the loose.

The family runs away, searches for a safe haven as well as the father Lee (John Krasinski), who didn’t appear in the trailer. We know now that they survived that ordeal based on what transpired on the first film.

The trailer then picks up shortly after the events of the original. We see the The Abbotts leaving their home as their farm burns. They journey by foot into an unknown ghost town, baby in tow. Later we see another survivor, Cillian Murphy’s character, who seem determined to cut contact with other humans.

“The people that are left are not the kind of people worth saving,” Murphy’s character warned Evelyn, suggesting there might be more to the terrifying monsters than what we have seen so far. There is also Djimon Hounsou, but details of his character is unclear.

It remains to be seen how much of the film takes place in the past. But its an intense and slick trailer, and looks to be a much bigger undertaking for Krasinski. This certainly looks like another winner for the actor-director, who is also working for his own script.

Paramount Pictures is set to release “A Quiet Place: Part II” on March 20, 2020.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis, for those who can’t resist:

“Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.”

“Parasite” Black and White Version To Be Released

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Still from “Parasite”
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“Parasite”, one of the awards seasons major contenders, is set to be released in a black and white version at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Film Stage reports.

Winner of Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or, director Bong Joon-ho’s comedy thriller film has so far grossed $127 million worldwide, including more than $20 million in the US, an impressive haul for a foreign-language film.

Attention to the film has intensified over the last few weeks as film the award seasons come into full swing. Up next is this weekend’s 77th Golden Globe Awards, where it is nominated for three awards including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Foreign Language
Film.

The decision to convert the film in black and white follows previously acclaimed films that received the same treatment. In early 2016, it director George Miller announced the release of the black and white version of his acclaimed action epic “Mad Max: Fury Road”. A year later, James Mangold did the same with “Logan Noir,” the black-and-white version of Logan, the final installment in the Wolverine trilogy.

Bong himself released a black-and-white version of his acclaimed drama drama “Mother” at the Mar Del Plata International Film Festival.

There’s no word yet on whether the version will be available on the film’s Blu-Ray release, which is set on January 28th.

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