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‘La La Land’ director Damien Chazelle wins big at the 69th DGA Awards

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With the 89th Oscars just around the corner, the winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards were handed out during the 69th annual DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills last night with La La Land director Damien Chazelle taking home the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for his jazz-infused musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. “I’m a movie-maker because I’m a movie lover, first and foremost,” he told an audience of more than 1,200 guests while accepting his award. “Movies are powerful because they speak to everyone. They speak to all countries, all cultures.”

Since its inception, the DGA winner has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Director on all but seven occasions, giving Chazelle a strong lead against Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins and Machester by the Sea‘s Kenneth Lonergan who are also up for an Academy Award this year.

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

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2016

Garth Davis – Lion

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Miguel Sapochnik – Game of Thrones, “The Battle of the Bastards”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries

Steven Zaillian – The Night Of, “The Beach”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Becky Martin – Veep, “Inauguration”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports (Regularly Scheduled Programming)

Don Roy King – Saturday Night Live, “Host: Dave Chappelle”

Variety/Talk/News/Sports (Specials)

Glenn Weiss – The 70th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

J. Rupert Thompson – American Grit, “The Finale – Over the Falls”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs

Tina Mabry – An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

Derek Cianfrance

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Ezra Edelman – O.J.: Made in America

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Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Lana Wachowski are returning for a fourth ‘Matrix’ movie

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In a truly shocking development, Variety is reporting that the Matrix 4 is officially in the works (!) with Lana Wachowski returning to the director’s chair and Keanu Reeves and Carie-Anne Moss reprising their respective roles as Neo and Trinity.

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”

Production on the film is scheduled to begin as early as the beginning of next year with Wachowski helming from a script she co-wrote the script along with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell, so it shouldn’t be too long of a wait before we can finally get this thing in front of our eyeballs.

“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said.

We’ve been hearing rumblings about a potential reboot of the Matrix franchise for a while now, so the fact that Warner Bros. seems to have abandoned that idea altogether in favor of moving forward with a true sequel with Wachowski, Reeves, and Moss all set to return is pretty damn exciting.

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Daniel Craig’s final ‘James Bond’ movie finally has an official title and it’s called ‘No Time to Die’

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No Time to Die Title Treatment
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Contrary to popular belief, Bond 25 does in fact have an actual title, as producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced today that Cary Joji Fukunaga’s forthcoming James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig has been officially titled No Time to Die.

In addition to the title reveal, however, it looks like we’ve also gotten what appears to be a new synopsis, which reads: “In No Time To Die, Bond (Craig) has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”

As previously announced, No Time to Die features one hell of a supporting cast that includes the likes of recent Oscar-winner Rami Malek (who is a fan of his mom and chamomile tea, in case you didn’t know) as well as Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, Rory Kinnear, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, Jeffrey Wright, and Ralph Fiennes.

No Time to Die, which will mark Craig’s fifth and final outing as the iconic British agent, will be released globally on April 3, 2020 and in the US a week later on April 8. You can check out the newly released title treatment for the film below.

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The first trailer for Scott Cooper’s mysterious new horror movie ‘Antlers’ is genuinely creepy as hell

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One movie coming out in the foreseeable future that hasn’t been on my radar whatsoever was Scott Cooper’s Antlers, which mostly has to do with the fact that I didn’t even know this movie was a thing that existed. However, the new teaser trailer Fox Searchlight dropped for it today has changed all of that for me.

Based on the short story The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca, Antlers follows a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, as they discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) “is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.”

Scott Cooper in the director’s chair? Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons in the two lead roles? Guillermo del Toro as one of the producers? I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure Antlers has just skyrocketed to the top of my most anticipated list for next year.

Granted I still have no idea what the hell this thing is really about, but the mysteriousness is exactly what makes a movie like Antlers so damn enticing and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Cooper has in store for us with this one when it hits theaters in 2020.

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