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‘Green Book’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ among the 2018 National Board of Review award winners

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On the heels of last night’s Gotham Awards, the National Board of Review announced today their 2018 award winners, which includes Green Book for Best Film, Bradley Cooper as Best Director for A Star Is Born, Viggo Mortensen as Best Actor for Green Book, and Lady Gaga as Best Actress for A Star Is Born.

“We are proud to honor Green Book as our best film — it is a warm and heartfelt look at a remarkable friendship, brought to the screen at a moment where its story of love, compassion, and shared humanity deeply resonates,” NBR president Annie Schulhof said in a statement.

The NBR awards, which have been handed out each year for the past 109 years, are voted on by a selected group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics, and students.

“We are also thrilled to award Bradley Cooper as our best director — he is an extraordinary talent behind the camera, bringing a fresh and modern perspective, as well as superb craftsmanship and tremendous heart, to the classic story of A Star is Born,” Schulhof added.

Other NBR winners include Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott for A Star Is Born, Best Supporting Actress for Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk, Best Original Screenplay for Paul Schrader for First Reformed, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Barry Jenkins for Beale Street.

The National Board of Review awards gala will be held on Tuesday, January 8 at Cipriani 42nd Street and will be hosted by Willie Geist of NBC. You can check out the complete list of 2018 NBR winners below.

Best film: Green Book
Best director: Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Best actor: Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Best actress: Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Best supporting actor: Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
Best supporting actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best original screenplay: Paul Schrader, First Reformed
Best adapted screenplay: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best animated feature: Incredibles 2
Breakthrough performance: Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
Best directorial debut: Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Best foreign language film: Cold War
Best documentary: RBG
Best ensemble: Crazy Rich Asians
William K. Everson film history award: The Other Side of the Wind and They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
NBR Freedom of Expression award: 22 July
NBR Freedom of Expression award: On Her Shoulders

Top films (in alphabetical order)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Eighth Grade
First Reformed
If Beale Street Could Talk
Mary Poppins Returns
A Quiet Place
Roma
A Star Is Born

Top 5 foreign language films (in alphabetical order)

Burning
Custody
The Guilty
Happy as Lazzaro
Shoplifters

Top 5 documentaries (in alphabetical order)

Crime + Punishment
Free Solo
Minding the Gap
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Top 10 independent films (in alphabetical order)

The Death of Stalin
Lean on Pete
Leave No Trace
Mid90s
The Old Man & the Gun
The Rider
Searching
Sorry to Bother You
We the Animals
You Were Never Really Here

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How the hell do these ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ posters keep managing to get worse?

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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 might be replacing Leonardo DiCaprio in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’

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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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Blumhouse is remaking Bob Clark’s horror classic ‘Black Christmas’ with Imogen Poots set to star

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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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