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2019 Directors Guild Awards nominations announced: See the complete list of nominees

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The Directors Guild of America announced today the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, which includes the likes of Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Alfonso Cuaron for Roma, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Peter Farrelly for Green Book, and Adam McKay for Vice.

“To be chosen by one’s peers in a year full of such extraordinary films is the true mark of outstanding directorial achievement,” DGA president Thomas Schlamme said. “In bringing all elements of the filmmaking process together, each of these directors has demonstrated an exceptional command of the medium, creating excellence for the screen. Congratulations to all of the nominees.”

The guild also announced the nominees for the First-Time Feature Film award, including Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade, Carlos Lopez Estrada for Blindspotting, Matthew Heineman for A Private War, Boots Riley for Sorry to Bother You, and, once again, Cooper for A Star Is Born.

The complete list of 2019 Directors Guild of America nominees is as follows:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Mr. Cooper’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann
  • First Assistant Director: Michele “Shelley” Ziegler
  • Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew R. Milan

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Mr. Cuarón’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Ana Hernandez
  • First Assistant Director: Frederic Henocque Albino
  • Second Assistant Director: Patrick Heyerdahl
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Luis Fernando Vásquez, Julián ‘Chico’ Valdés, Arturo Garcia

Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Mr. Farrelly’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Alissa M. Kantrow, John Brister, Franses Simonovich (New York Unit)
  • First Assistant Directors: J.B. Rogers, Alejandro Ramia (New York Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: Paul B. Uddo, Jack McKenna (New York Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Gerson Paz, Jonathan Warren
  • Location Manager: Louis Zuppardi

Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

Mr. Lee’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Marcei A. Brown
  • First Assistant Director: Mike Ellis
  • Second Assistant Director: Tracey Hinds
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Jason Perez, Christina Ann Walker, Anastasia Folorunso
  • Location Manager: Tim Stacker

Adam McKay – Vice

Mr. McKay’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Julie Hartley, Jeff Waxman
  • First Assistant Director: Matt Rebenkoff
  • Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Yarden Levo, Dave Vogel (Washington D.C. Unit)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film

Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade

Mr. Burnham’s Directorial Team:

  • First Assistant Director: Dan Taggatz
  • Second Assistant Director: Vic Coram
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Evelyn Fogleman

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Mr. Cooper’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann
  • First Assistant Director: Michele “Shelley” Ziegler
  • Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew R. Milan

Carlos Lopez Estrada – Blindspotting

Mr. Estrada’s Directorial Team:

  • Assistant Director: La Mar Stewart
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Dominic Martin
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Armin Houshmandi

Matthew Heineman – A Private War

Mr. Heineman’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Louise Killin
  • First Assistant Directors: George Walker, Peter Freeman (Jordan Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: Tom Mulberge (UK Unit), Tom Browne (Jordan Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Tarik Afifi (Jordan Unit)

Boots Riley – Sorry to Bother You

Mr. Riley’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Chris Martin
  • First Assistant Director: Brian Benson
  • Second Assistant Director: Hilton Jamal Day
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Sam Purdy, Nick Alvarez
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Universal has two new projects from M. Night Shyamalan coming our way in 2021 and 2023

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M. Night Shyamalan and Universal Pictures seem to be getting along pretty nicely with each other as the studio announced yesterday that it will be continuing its relationship with the director and has dated his next two films from February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023.

“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” said Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”

Shyamalan added, “There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films. They are the best at finding an audience for new stories with unexpected tones. I believe original films are crucial to the longevity of the theatrical experience.”

While any and all details about these two films — with the exception of the release dates, of course — are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, we can’t help but think Shyamalan will be pulling another Split-type secret sequel stunt and has something pretty exciting in store for us, though that’s just pure speculation on our part.

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Matt Damon and Christian Bale attempt to pull off the impossible in this new ‘Ford v Ferrari’ trailer

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Fresh off its stops at festivals like Telluride and Toronto, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari and it looks like this thing is shaping up to be one of hell a contender this awards season.

Ford v Ferrari tells “the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale),” who, believe it or not, does not seem to have undergone any drastic transformations for his role here.

Together, the duo “battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.”

At press time, Ford v Ferrari boasts an impressive 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 43 reviews, and something tells me that percentage isn’t going to change too much over the next couple of months. I mean, even the “negative” reviews aren’t even that negative!

Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon also star in Ford v Ferrari, which hits theaters on November 15.

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Phoenix: Put on a happy face and come see Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ early and for free

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Warner Bros. will release Joker, Todd Phillips’ take on the iconic DC villain’s origin starring Joaquin Phoenix, on September 6 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in the Phoenix area can click on this link to enter to win passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Joker happening Tuesday, October 1 at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX at 7:00 p.m.

Winners of this contest will be selected and notified on Saturday, September 29 after 12:00 p.m. PT via email, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Joker as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz

Opens: Friday, October 4

Rating: R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material

Synopsis: Director Todd Phillips Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

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