'Lady Macbeth' tops 2017 BIFA nominations with 15 nods
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‘Lady Macbeth’ leads the 2017 British Independent Film Awards nominations with 15 nods



Awards season is officially in full-swing and, with that, comes the nominations for the 2017 British Independent Film Awards, which were announced in London on Wednesday morning. Lady Macbeth topped the list of nominees with 15 nominations including nods for Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie, and Cosmo Jarvis for their respective performances, while also making it into five of the technical categories including Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Casting.

“This year’s nominations showcase the range and quality of British independent filmmaking,” BIFA said in a statement. “It’s a diverse and varied list, in terms of the teams making the films and also the kinds of stories being told. It is especially encouraging to see so much exciting work from so many new filmmakers; this points to a very bright future for British cinema and we’re proud to be at the heart of it, celebrating these exceptional films.”

Other 2017 BIFA nominees include Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Florida Project, Get Out, The Square, The Death of Stalin, and God’s Own Country. You can check out the complete list of nominations below and be sure to check back here next month when the winners are announced on December 10.

Best British Independent Film
The Death Of Stalin
God’s Own Country
I Am Not A Witch
Lady Macbeth
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best International Independent Film
The Florida Project
Get Out
I Am Not Your Negro
The Square

Best Director
Armando Iannucci, The Death Of Stalin
Francis Lee, God’s Own Country
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not A Witch
William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth

Best Screenplay
Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth
Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, The Death Of Stalin
Francis Lee, God’s Own Country
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not A Witch

Best Actress
Emily Beecham, Daphne
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margaret Mulubwa, I Am Not A Witch
Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth
Ruth Wilson, Dark River

Best Actor
Jamie Bell, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
Paddy Considine, Journeyman
Johnny Harris, Jawbone
Josh O’Connor, God’s Own Country
Alec Secareanu, God’s Own Country

Best Supporting Actress
Naomi Ackie, Lady Macbeth
Patricia Clarkson, The Party
Kelly MacDonald, Goodbye Christopher Robin
Andrea Riseborough, The Death Of Stalin
Julie Walters, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Best Supporting Actor
Simon Russell Beale, The Death Of Stalin
Steve Buscemi, The Death Of Stalin
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ian Hart, God’s Own Country
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London Edition
Naomi Ackie, Lady Macbeth
Harry Gilby, Just Charlie
Cosmo Jarvis, Lady Macbeth
Harry Michell, Chubby Funny
Lily Newmark, Pin Cushion

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
Deborah Haywood, Pin Cushion
Francis Lee, God’s Own Country
Thomas Napper, Jawbone
Rungani Nyoni, I Am Not A Witch
William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth

Debut Screenwriter
Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth
Gaby Chiappe, Their Finest
Johnny Harris, Jawbone
Francis Lee, God’s Own Country
Rungani Nyoni, I Am Not A Witch

Breakthrough Producer
Gavin Humphries, Pin Cushion
Emily Morgan, I Am Not A Witch
Brendan Mullin, Katy Jackson, Bad Day For The Cut
Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, Lady Macbeth
Jack Tarling, Manon Ardisson, God’s Own Country

The Discovery Award
Even When I Fall
In Another Life
Isolani R
My Pure Land

Best Documentary
Almost Heaven
Half Way
Kingdom Of Us
Uncle Howard

Best British Short Film
Fish Story
The Entertainer
Wren Boys

Best Cinematography
Ben Davis, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
David Gallego, I Am Not A Witch
Tat Radcliffe, Jawbone
Thomas Riedelsheimer, Leaning Into the Wind
Ari Wegner, Lady Macbeth

Best Casting
Shaheen Baig, Lady Macbeth
Shaheen Baig, Layla Merrick-Wolf, God’s Own Country
Sarah Crowe, The Death Of Stalin
Sarah Halley Finn, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Debbie McWilliams, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Best Costume Design
Dinah Collin, My Cousin Rachel
Suzie Harman, The Death Of Stalin
Sandy Powell, How To Talk To Girls At Parties
Holly Rebecca, I Am Not A Witch
Holly Waddington, Lady Macbeth

Best Editing Johnny Burke, Williams
David Charap, Jawbone
Jon Gregory, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Peter Lambert, The Death Of Stalin
Joe Martin, Us And Them

Best Effects Nick Allder, Ben White, The Ritual
Luke Dodd, Journeyman
Effects team, The Death Of Stalin
Dan Martin, Double Date
Chris Reynolds, Their Finest

Best Make Up & Hair Design Julene Paton, I Am Not A Witch
Jan Sewell, Breathe
Nadia Stacey, Journeyman
Nicole Stafford, The Death Of Stalin
Sian Wilson, Lady Macbeth

Best Music
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Fred Frith, Leaning Into The Wind
Matt Kelly, I Am Not a Witch
Paul Weller, Jawbone
Christopher Willis, The Death Of Stalin

Best Production Design
Jacqueline Abrahams, Lady Macbeth
Cristina Casali, The Death Of Stalin
James Merifield, Final Portrait
Nathan Parker, I Am Not A Witch
Eve Stewart, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Best Sound
Anna Bertmark, God’s Own Country
Maiken Hansen, I Am Not A Witch
Andy Shelley, Steve Griffiths, Jawbone
Joakim Sundström, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Sound team, Breathe


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Spider-Man: Far From Home IMAX poster

I really, really hate to keep bringing this up, but the Spider-Man: Far From Home posters are fucking atrocious. Every single one of them. Actually, maybe these ones weren’t all that bad. However, I would say that the vast majority of the one-sheets Sony has put out for this otherwise good-looking movie so far have been straight up hideous.

What’s even more baffling than the fact that someone is actually getting paid to design these things that look like they were created using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 is that they somehow keep managing to get progressively worse and worse.

Case in point, take a look at this new poster Sony put out the other day to promote Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s release in IMAX:

I mean, they can’t be serious with this shit, right? What exactly is going on down there at the bottom with Samuel L. Jackson and Jake Gyllenhaal? Why does it look like they were copied and pasted in from some very poorly lit still images? And did they really need to throw in that gigantic blue rectangle around Spider-Man that completely throws off the whole red color scheme of the entire poster? I just have so many damn questions.

At this rate, I don’t know if I can take another bad Spider-Man: Far From Home poster. Please just make it stop.

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Bradley Cooper

Fresh off his breakup with Irina Shayk that definitely didn’t have anything to do with Lady Gaga, Variety is reporting that Bradley Cooper is in talks to take on the leading role in Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of Nightmare Alley.

While the talks are still early and nothing has been set in stone quite yet, Cooper is looking to play Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, a young and ambitious con man who joins forces with a female psychiatrist for a mentalist act only to realize that she’s even more corrupt than he is.

Indeed, this is the same role that Leonardo DiCaprio was attached to play just a couple of months ago, but the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor reportedly “ended up passing on the project after a deal could not be reached.”

Say what you will about Cooper, but there’s no denying that the guy is most definitely at the top of his game right now despite not having much luck this past awards season and I think a collaboration between him and Del Toro will make for one hell of an exciting project.

No word yet on when we can expect to see Nightmare Alley hit theaters, but production on the film is expected to get underway this fall, so a 2020 release date seems more than likely at this point assuming no delays get in the way of things.

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Folks, I’m happy to report that Christmas came early this year and, honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better gift than this: a remake of the genre classic Black Christmas is coming our way via Blumhouse on December 13, 2019.

The latest remake of the Bob Clark classic is being directed Sophia Takal from a script she co-wrote along with April Wolfe and follows a group of sorority girls who are, one by one, being killed off by an unknown stalker at Hawthorne College.

However, as the film’s official logline so greatly puts it, “the killer is about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t willing to become hapless victims as they mount a fight to the finish.”

Green Room star Imogen Poots will lead the film’s cast, which also includes the likes of Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O’Grady, Lily Donoghue, and Caleb Eberhardt. Jason Blum, the producer behind Jordan Peele’s Get Out and David Gordon Green’s Halloween, also serves as a producer here along with Ben Cosgrove and Adam Hendricks.

Notably, this will be one of the first Blumhouse features to be directed by a woman (the studio is also developing a remake of The Craft with Zoe Lister-Jones set to write and direct) and it’s also the second time Black Christmas is being remade.

As you may remember, Glen Morgan’s 2006 remake (which took on the abbreviated title of Black X-Mas) starred Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and was a complete and utter mess thanks to creative geniuses Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who had more than one issue with Morgan’s script.

Given everyone involved here, though, it seems to safe say that Blumhouse’s take on Black Christmas is going to be fucking great and I can’t wait to see it hit theaters on its very appropriate Friday the 13th release date later this year.

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