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Idrissa Ouedraogo Dies: Noted Director Of African Film Was 64

Director Idrissa Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso, a giant of African cinema, died Sunday. He was 64, according to his country’s national filmmakers guild. The cause of death was not revealed. The prolific Ouedraogo was best known for Tilai, a powerful drama about family honor that won the Cannes Jury Prize in 1990. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said in a statement that his country "has lost a filmmaker of immense talent," noting that the director "truly contributed to… Read


BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ Stuns ‘Shape Of Water’ But Does This Mean Oscar Is Next? – Hammond Analysis

Pundits will probably look at today’s Outstanding Film BAFTA victory by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri over its (at least nominally) more favored Fox Searchlight stablemate The Shape Of Water as perhaps a game-changing moment in this year’s still unsettled Best Picture Oscar race. Certainly it gives the Martin McDonagh film new momentum, especially after his snub by the Academy’s directors branch. (And that may not matter much since the BAFTA directorial win… Read


History Is Already Written: Film Comedies Came Back In 2018

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One of the hardest things about covering Hollywood for New York editors is trying to convince them that most of the next year's stories have already happened. Films are made on a long lead time of, say, 18 months, give or take. So most of the touchy decisions, political fights, minor victories, major failures and meaningful trends are already history by the time a picture is ready for its close-up with the opinion-makers back East. (At the New York Times, I was once… Read


Greenwich Entertainment Acquires Lorna Tucker Docu ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’

Outside of the fashion world, Vivienne Westwood isn’t necessarily a household name, but after Lorna Tucker’s documentary Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is released, it very well might be. Greenwich Entertainment announced that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the first documentary that puts the spotlight on the British fashion design icon. Westwood premiered earlier this year at Sundance and follows the titular designer’s life, her fashion, her personality… Read


BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ Wins Best Film, Tops Night With Five Nods – The Complete Winners List

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UPDATED with complete list of winners, more details: Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri walked away with the Best Film prize and a leading five wins overall at the BAFTA Awards tonight at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The annual EE British Academy Film Awards were a Searchlight affair, with Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water taking three awards including Best Director for del Toro. The strong showing makes both films strong candidates for the… Read


Armando Iannucci Still “Hopeful” Of ‘The Death Of Stalin’ Getting Russian Release

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Armando Iannucci is "hopeful" that his political satire The Death of Stalin will still be shown in Russia and said that the move to pull it from theaters by the government has made it more "infamous" in the country. Last month, the comedy, which depicts the chaos of the regime after Stalin's death in 1953 and 30 years of iron-fisted rule and is an adaptation of Fabien-Nury's graphic novel, was pulled after it was criticized by Russian authorities. The film was due to be… Read


‘The Party’ Has Lively Bow; ‘Detective Chinatown 2’ Wins Chinese New Year Race: Specialty Box Office

UPDATED at 11:15AM PT with more numbers and analysis. Roadside Attractions opened Sally Potter's black-and-white dramedy The Party in three locations Friday, taking in $36,344 and recording the second-highest per theater average of the weekend. The feature topped a sizable number of limited-release newcomers this weekend, including three titles rolled out in time for Friday's Chinese New Year. Warner Bros.' Detective Chinatown 2 is tracking to be the best of the trio… Read


Winter Olympics: NBC Adds Adam Rippon, But Struggles With Broadcast Gaffes

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Men’s figure skater Adam Rippon, the openly gay bronze medalist who has kept up one of the highest profiles at the Winter Olympics, will be a correspondent for NBC for the remainder of the games. Rippon will be featured on television, digital platforms and social media, according to NBC spokesman Greg Hughes, who spoke to USA Today about the move.  The outspoken Rippon first made news when he criticized Vice President Mike Pence in mid-January. Pence fired back… Read

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‘Black Panther’ Continues To Make B.O. History: $195M+ Opening Beats ‘Ultron’ & 4-Day Eyeing $225M+: Sunday Final

Sunday 8:05AM: Disney is reporting Sunday estimates of $192M over three days for Black Panther and $218M over four. However, Black Panther domination is far from over. Industry estimates believe it’s significantly higher at $195.3M three-day for Marvel’s Black Panther and a $225.7M four-day, and that’s because hourlies are flying off the grid, with some analysts’ four-day projections at $230M. Saturday raked in $65.9M, according to Disney, and their report this morning… Read


Gemma Arterton Says “There Is So Much More To Do” In #MeToo Campaign – BAFTA Awards

The stars have started arriving at the BAFTA Film Awards with many A-list actors bringing activists along with them, including Gemma Arterton, who walked down the red carpet with two of the women who inspired Made In Dagenham. Arterton brought Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis, who staged a three week walk-out from Ford's Dagenham plant in 1968 to campaign for equal pay. The Their Finest star said it was a "complete honor" to meet the women, who have "done all women… Read


Nazif Mujić Dies: Bosnian Actor & Berlin Award Winner

Nazif Mujić, the Bosnian actor who won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, has died. Mujić won the award for his performance in Danis Tanović's docu-drama An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, which played in competition at the festival. His death was confirmed by Mujić's cousin and member of the Council of National Minorities of FBiH Mehmed Mujić. It's not clear how he died. Mujić, who re-enacted an an episode from his own life as scrap… Read


Olympics Ratings Fall To 2018 Low On 2nd Saturday; Steady With Sochi 2014

At the halfway point of the XXIII Winter Olympics, things are certainly feeling a little chilly for both Team USA and NBC. As last night's primetime coverage displayed even with the surprise silver in the short-track speedskating that John-Henry Krueger scored, both the medal count for America's athletes and the ratings for the broadcaster are struggling to gain traction in the PyeongChang games. Currently, Team USA is in sixth place with 10 overall medals, just behind… Read