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Recent releases from India, Thailand and Europe have struck gold in the Middle Kingdom. North America remains the world’s largest box-office territory, but for foreign-language films produced outside of Hollywood, China can already offer vastly more market potential for the right lucky title. The highest-earning foreign-language release in North America last year was Bollywood epic
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Heavy political projects knock crowd-pleasers out of the nominations, including Brett Morgen’s acclaimed doc, which also represents a “missed chance to celebrate a symbol of female resistance.” Oscar’s snubbing of Jane, Brett Morgen’s documentary on Jane Goodall, confounded awards prognosticators, most of whom not only had the National Geographic film down as a lock for
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Courtesy of Marvel/Disney While a more recent example, Guardians also has Academy Awards history, as the 2014 original was nominated for a VFX Oscar. This time, Rocket and his fur become even more realistic, and instead of Groot, audiences fell in love with emotive Baby Groot, just a few inches tall. “Baby Groot was heavily influenced by Groot from the first Guardians film, in both performance and
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The Oscar-nominated actor calls writer-director Martin McDonagh “a bit of a genius,” adding of their film: “It is sort of strange how timely the movie is.” The third time turned out to be the charm for Rockwell, who received his first Oscar nomination for his work on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, his third project
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Focusing on how the Oscar-nominated movie trivializes racist police brutality misses its bigger message, writes the NBA legend and THR cultural critic. [This story contains spoilers for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.] Despite four Golden Globe wins and seven Oscar nominations, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri asks a lot of its audience. It wants us
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Midbudget titles that would’ve been theatrical fare in years past (like ‘Cloverfield Paradox’ and ‘Extinction’) are going direct to streaming as studios minimize risk. Facing an uncertain box-office climate, executives at major studios are more frequently asking: “Should we try our luck in theaters or sell this thing to Netflix?” In the case of recent midbudget
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Martin McDonagh’s Midwestern drama is up for a best Brit award at Sunday’s ceremony. At the 2017 BAFTA Awards, the outstanding British film honor went to Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, a gritty human tale about a carpenter from the north of England and his near-excruciating struggle to navigate the U.K.’s bureaucratic benefits system after having a
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Courtesy of Disney/Pixar In Pixar’s Coco, Mama Imelda is the matriarch of young Miguel’s family in Mexico. As such, “she had to be a character that you could believably see the rest of the family cowering at her feet,” says director Lee Unkrich. “We needed somebody with a real sense of gravitas so you would buy that
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Rich Polk/Getty Images for Disney The veteran composer received his 51st nomination (the most by any living person) for the score to Rian Johnson’s space epic. Williams, 85, has won the Oscar five times — for Fiddler on the Roof, Jaws, Star Wars: A New Hope, E.T. and Schindler’s List. He has worked on every Star Wars movie (two years ago he was
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