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BAFTAs 2017: ‘La La Land’ wins big with five awards as the road to the Oscars continues

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The winners of the EE British Academy Film Awards were announced on Sunday with La La Land unsurprisingly dominating the awards ceremony with five BAFTAs including Best Film, Best Director for Damien Chazelle, and Emma Stone receiving the award for Best Actress. Linus Sandgren won for Best Cinematography while Justin Hurwitz won for Best Original Music. Given the jazz-infused musical’s impressive sweep at the BAFTAs, La La Land seems to be a lock for many of the categories it was nominated in at the upcoming 89th Oscars.

Casey Affleck won Best Actor for his role in Manchester by the Sea which also earned writer-director Kenneth Lonergan the award for Best Original Screenplay. In the Best Supporting Actor category, Dev Patel was honored for his performance in Lion for which Luke Davis also won Best Adapted Screenplay. Viola Davis unsurprisingly won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, making all four actors first-time BAFTA winners.

In the technical categories, Arrival rightfully won the award for Best Sound while Hacksaw Ridge won for Best Editing, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Best Production Design, Florence Foster Jenkins for Best Make Up and Hair, Jackie for Best Costume Design, and The Jungle Book for Best Special Visual Effects.

You can check out the complete list of winners from the 2017 BAFTAs below.

Best film
“Arrival”
“I, Daniel Blake”
“La La Land” (winner)
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”

Best British film
“American Honey”
“Denial”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“I, Daniel Blake” (winner)
“Notes on Blindness”
“Under the Shadow”

Best debut by a British writer, director or producer
“The Girl With All the Gifts” — Mike Carey (writer), Camille Gatin (producer)
“The Hard Stop” — George Amponsah (writer/director/producer), Dionne Walker (writer/producer)
“Notes on Blindness” — Peter Middleton (writer/director/producer), James Spinney (writer/director), Jo-Jo Ellison (producer)
“The Pass” — John Donnelly (writer), Ben A Williams (director)
“Under the Shadow” – Babak Anvari (writer/director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (producers) (winner)

Best film not in the English language
“Dheepan”
“Julieta”
“Mustang”
“Son of Saul” (winner)
“Toni Erdmann”

Best documentary
“13th” (winner)
“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years”
“The Eagle Huntress”
“Notes on Blindness”
“Weiner”

Best animated film
“Finding Dory”
“Kubo and the Two Strings” (winner)
“Moana”
“Zootropolis”

Best director
Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”)
Ken Loach” (“I, Daniel Blake”)
Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”) (winner)
Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Tom Ford (“Nocturnal Animals”)

Best original screenplay
“Hell or High Water”
“I, Daniel Blake”
“La La Land”
“Manchester by the Sea” (winner)
“Moonlight”

Best adapted screenplay
“Arrival”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hidden Figures”
“Lion” (winner)
“Nocturnal Animals”

Best actor
Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”)
Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) (winner)
Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nocturnal Animals”)
Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”)

Best actress
Amy Adams (“Arrival”)
Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train”)
Emma Stone (“La La Land”) (winner)
Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”)
Natalie Portman (“Jackie”)

Best supporting actor
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”)
Dev Patel (“Lion”) (winner)
Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”)
Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”)
Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”)

Best supporting actress
Hayley Squires (“I, Daniel Blake”)
Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”)
Nicole Kidman (“Lion”)
Viola Davis (“Fences”) (winner)

Best original music
“Arrival”
“Jackie”
“La La Land” (winner)
“Lion”
“Nocturnal Animals”

Best cinematography
“Arrival”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land” (winner)
“Lion”
“Nocturnal Animals”

Best editing
“Arrival”
“Hacksaw Ridge” (winner)
“La La Land”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Nocturnal Animals”

Best production design
“Doctor Strange”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (winner)
“Hail, Caesar!”
“La La Land”
“Nocturnal Animals”

Best costume design
“Allied”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Jackie” (winner)
“La La Land”

Best make up & hair
“Doctor Strange”
“Florence Foster Jenkins” (winner)
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Nocturnal Animals”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Best sound
“Arrival” (winner)
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”

Best special visual effects
“Arrival”
“Doctor Strange”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“The Jungle Book” (winner)
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Best British short animation
“The Alan Dimension”
“A Love Story” (winner)
“Tough”

Best British short film
“Consumed”
“Home” (winner)
“Mouth of Hell”
“The Party”
“Standby”

EE Rising Star award
Anya Taylor-Joy
Laia Costa
Lucas Hedges
Ruth Negga
Tom Holland (winner)

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Max Landis is an abusive piece of shit who deserves to be blacklisted in Hollywood

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In a bombshell exposé published by The Daily Beast this morning, eight women detailed the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that they suffered at the hands of Bright and Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis, which is not particularly surprising given the fact that we’ve heard about this kind of stuff about Landis before—but no one did anything about it.

Before we go any further, a quick warning: the exposé is disturbing, to say the least, and contains graphic descriptions of the aforementioned abuse. Reader discretion is most definitely advised. 

In one part of the story, an ex-girlfriend and former friend of Landis going by the name of Julie (some of the names used in the story are aliases so as to protect the anonymity of the victims) describes how she “didn’t realize that I had been raped consistently and deliberately by this man for two years until today, when I wrote it down.”

Julie, after detailing some of the emotional abuse Landis inflicted upon her, goes on to say, “He choked me until I passed out and did humiliating, degrading things to me that I still can’t manage to write out on paper.”

Another ex-girlfriend, Kerry, wrote about how Landis “choked me and told me he wanted to kill me. And I would wind up reassuring him that he wasn’t a monster when he felt bad about it. Because I felt bad that he was so sick.”

Ani Baker, who also had a romantic relationship with Landis at one point, described a similar event in which Landis snapped, put his hands around her throat, and got very close to her face, saying, “I will fucking kill you. Do you understand what I’m saying? I will fucking kill you.”

These are just a few of the very harrowing accounts Landis’ victims tell in the exposé and help paint a picture that shows who Landis truly is: a violent sexual abuser. You can read the piece by Daily Beast entertainment reporter by Amy Zimmerman in its entirety here. (Again, please keep in mind that the exposé contains graphic descriptions of abuse and you should only read it at your own discretion.)

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Samara Weaving finds herself in a deadly game of hide and seek in the ‘Ready or Not’ trailer

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Ready or Not
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The first trailer for Ready or Not reveals the latest offering from Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, two-thirds of the filmmaking collective Radio Silence, which has brought us wonderfully fucked-up genre works like the Rosemary’s Baby riff Devil’s Due and the 10/31/98 segment from the V/H/S anthology.

Ready or Not appears to be equally (if not more) fucked-up than Radio Silence’s previous efforts and follows a young bride named Grace (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family for some sort of time-honored tradition.

Little does Grace know, though, that this time-honored tradition is about to turn into a lethal game of hide-and-go-seek that, by the looks of the trailer, will have everyone fighting for their survival—not just Grace.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting some very strong Clue and You’re Next vibes from this trailer and everything about it just looks absolutely phenomenal. Plus, there’s something about a bunch of rich white people killing each other for the hell of it that I find particularly interesting. Consider me sold.

Ready or Not also stars Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, and Andie MacDowell, and will hit theaters on August 23 via Fox Searchlight. Let me know your thoughts on the trailer by sounding off in the comments section below.

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The first official image from Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ certainly looks, uh, very beige

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20th Century Fox debuted a first look image from Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of West Side Story this morning and, uh, it certainly looks very beige. Like, there literally appears to be no other color present in this image other than beige.

I mean, you would think that a Spielberg take (or any take, for that matter) on West Side Story would be colorful and vibrant, but this first look image is pretty damn underwhelming and does nothing but make the movie’s entire aesthetic look lifeless and drab as hell.

Also, perhaps I’m suffering from a case of mistaken memory here, but didn’t Fox originally say this was going to be a more modern, present-day version of West Side Story? Because that certainly doesn’t appear to be the case anymore if it ever was.

Criticisms aside, though, I’m still really looking forward to seeing what Spielberg does here, especially given his passion for the source material and long-standing desire to tackle a musical. Plus, it’s great to see him reunite with his Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner and tap a lead as wonderful and charming as Ansel Elgort is (do not fucking @ me, Film Twitter).

Pictured left to right in the first look image above we have Jets members Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler); Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez); and Sharks members Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú).

We still have yet to see the rest of the cast, which includes Ariana DeBose as Anita, Brian d’Arcy James as Officer Krupke, Corey Stoll as Lieutenant Schrank, and Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her role as Anita in Robert Wise’s 1961 adaptation of West Side Story, as Valentina.

West Side Story will hit theaters on December 18, 2020.

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