2021 Oscars Honest Trailer

Even though the coronavirus pandemic kept movie theaters closed for most of 2020, nothing can stop Hollywood from rewarding itself with the 93rd Academy Awards. Initially, it seemed as if the line-up of potential nominees would be on the weaker side. But even though awards season arrived a little later than we’re used to, that didn’t stop the heavy hitters from getting limited time in theaters and quicker releases on VOD and streaming, and it hasn’t stopped the 2021 Oscars Honest Trailer from making jokes at the expense of all the Best Picture nominees. Read More »

Mank and Screenwriters

In Mank, there’s a scene where screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, played by Gary Oldman, awakens disoriented in a California mansion. He soon wanders out back to a film set, where he encounters two studio bigwigs. One of them is Louis B. Mayer, the co-founder of MGM. The other is Irving G. Thalberg, a producer who has his own Academy Award named after him. Thalberg has to explain to Mayer who “Mank” is, even though he co-wrote one of their movies (just as he co-wrote, or depending on who you ask, wrote Citizen Kane, often considered the greatest movie ever made).

In snappy dialogue, a quick picture unfolds of Mank and his place in the Hollywood ecosystem. He’s a hired gun who’s used to receiving notes from execs in “the oversight tent.” This is a businessman’s backyard where “movies are a team sport” and where studios “use writers by the truckload,” sometimes all at once, sometimes in relays. The astute viewer knows what Mank knows: that it’s usually a sign of trouble when you see a movie with a revolving door of screenwriters.

At this year’s Oscars, due to air on Sunday, Mank leads the pack with 10 nominations. Citizen Kane had nine yet it only won Best Original Screenplay—an ironic footnote, given that the film helped set the prototype for the auteur, or director-as-author. Like so many other crew members who labor behind the scenes to bring film narratives to life, screenwriters may not inspire the same brand-name loyalty as directors. However, their scripts are where the storytelling begins; and as Mank shows, it’s a process where words matter as much as moving pictures.

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2021 asc awards

Awards season is nearly over. The ASC Awards marks the last guild or society to hand out their prizes before the 93rd Academy Awards holds is ceremony next week, and the American Society of Cinematographers threw in a bit of a last-minute curveball. David Fincher’s Mank took the top prize at the 2021 ASC Awards, besting awards season favorite Nomadland, which has been handily taking the top honor at nearly every awards season ceremony over the past few months. Does it mean much? Probably not. But good for Mank.

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How Animals Are Trained for Movies

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how 10 different animals are trained for movies like The Witch, Night at the Museum, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and more. Plus, take a look at the seamless visual effects done on David Fincher‘s Oscar-nominated drama Mank. And finally, see how Watchmen and The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan handles some spice in a new edition of Hot Ones. Read More »

VFX Artists React to Mortal Kombat

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, the gang from Corridor Crew react to the visual effects in the new Mortal Kombat movie trailer, Species, and RoboCop. Plus, check out The Hollywood Reporter’s actors roundtable with Sacha Baron Cohen, John David Washington, Steven Yeun, and more. And finally, take a look back at the Disneyland attraction Adventure Thru Inner Space, featuring a rather infamous corporate sponsor. Read More »

2021 Critics Choice Awards Winners

Continuing the march through an odd awards season, the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards were held over the weekend, honoring the best in film and television. In a hybrid virtual ceremony hosted by Taye Diggs, the nominees appeared remotely from across the world, just like the recent Golden Globes. Also echoing the recent awards show, Nomadland and The Crown took some of the biggest prizes of the night, including respective wins for Best Picture and Best Drama Series.

Get the full list of 2021 Critics Choice Awards winners below. Read More »

mank featurette

Netflix takes you behind the black-and-white curtain of David Fincher’s ode to Classic Hollywood with a newly released Mank featurette, dropped online just as awards season is beginning to ramp up. While Mank was effectively shut out of the Golden Globes Sunday night, winning none of its six nominations, Netflix hasn’t lost heart for the Oscar chances of the black-and-white drama. Watch the Mank featurette below.

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Mank color photos

Netflix finds itself in an interesting position as this year’s odd Oscar season gets underway. Mank, director David Fincher‘s luxurious Old Hollywood period piece, was once considered a frontrunner in several categories, but as we get further and further from its release, it seems Netflix may be worried that voters might forget about the film in favor of whatever hot new thing they’ve seen more recently. So what is there to do?

Well, here’s one way to keep the film in peoples’ minds. The streaming service’s film-centric Twitter account has shared several behind the scenes Mank color photos, providing a stark juxtaposition with the classic black-and-white cinematography of the film itself. And hey, it worked: we’re talking about Mank again. Check out the photos below, which showcase stars Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried on the set “for the first time in glorious color.” Read More »

Chris Evangelista’s Top 10 Movies of 2020

Top 10 Movies of 2020 Chris Evangelista

It’s been a very, very weird year. And the movie landscape was severely hampered by a pandemic that closed down most movie theaters and had studios shuffling release dates to and fro. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t great movies that found their way to screens big and small. Amidst all the chaos and confusion, wonderful movies arrived and – if they were lucky – found their audience. With the year now in the rearview, here are my top 10 movies of 2020, and here’s to 2021 – dear god, let it be better for everyone.

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barack obama's favorite movies and shows of 2020

It’s the time of year that year-end lists are released, and critics name the best movies and TV series of the year. But that doesn’t mean everyone else can’t join in to share their favorite films and shows of 2020, including former U.S. presidents. During his time in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama revealed himself to be a big old pop culture nerd, regularly sharing his best-of lists to the delight of Film Twitter and cinephiles everywhere. And even four years out of office, that tradition hasn’t changed. Obama once again shared his list of best films and shows of the year, and once again showed himself to be a man of taste.

See Barack Obama’s favorite movies and shows of 2020 below.

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