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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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Oh god, the cast of Mel Gibson’s very unnecessary remake of ‘The Wild Bunch’ is actually pretty good

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As if I wasn’t already Mad Online™ enough today, Deadline has broken the news that Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx, and Peter Dinklage are all in talks to join the cast of Mel Gibson’s remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 Western classic The Wild Bunch.

Gibson is co-writing the movie along with Bryan Bagby, who has not had a credit on any film since 2000’s L.I.N.X. (whatever the fuck that is), in addition to executive producing. It’s his first directing effort since 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge.

Now, don’t get me wrong—Fassbender, Foxx, and Dinklage are all incredible actors in their own right. The problem here, though, isn’t them. It’s the fact that I don’t think a movie like The Wild Bunch needs to be remade in any capacity whatsoever, especially not by the likes of Mel Gibson.

As we’ve pointed out on this site several times before and will continue to do so every time Gibson’s name comes up, the dude has a troubling history that includes domestic abuse, homophobia, and racist and anti-Semitic tirades. If you need to be reminded of all of the terrible shit he’s said over the years, check out this list compiled by Gawker.

The fact that Gibson is able to just disappear from the spotlight for a few years, come back, and suddenly be able to find all of the work that he’s finding is absolutely astonishing. Warner Bros. really couldn’t get another, less problematic director to helm this project? Like, literally anybody other than Mel Gibson?

Anyway, no word yet on when The Wild Bunch is set to be released, but production on the projection is expected to get underway this fall, so it seems likely we’ll be seeing this thing by sometime next year at the earliest.

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Nicolas Cage is going to star in a ‘hardcore cop thriller’ written by the dude who wrote ‘Green Book’

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You all remember Nick Vallelonga, the Oscar-winning Green Book screenwriter and producer who deleted his Twitter account last year after old tweets of his resurfaced in which he pushed Donald Trump’s debunked claim that Muslims could be seen cheering in New Jersey on 9/11, right?

Well, in a bit of rather unfortunate news, IndieWire is reporting that Vallelonga is partnering with none other than Nicolas Cage on his next project, 10 Double Zero, which is described as a “hardcore cop thriller that mixes the grittiness of old school Michael Mann with the cutting-edge style of Sicario.” Yeah, let that sink in for a minute.

Per the film’s official synopsis: “Set in the stifling heat of Louisiana, two police officers take on a personal vendetta to hunt down cop killers, but as they get closer to solving the crime, they find themselves targets of a conspiracy in the ranks of the police force as the investigation leads right back to them.”

Heh, a conspiracy, you say? Vallelonga seems to know a thing or two about those.

Anyway, on a serious note, is this the punishment the world gets for sleeping on the hypnotic masterpiece that was Mandy last year, which features what is arguably the best performance we’ve ever seen from Nicolas Cage? Is this what we get for giving a dude who pushes racist bullshit on social media a bunch of Oscars earlier this year?

I mean, come on. Anything other than this shit.

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Watch the first six minutes of Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut ‘Booksmart’ in all of its uncut glory

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Ahead of the special early access screenings happening tonight, Annapurna Pictures has released the first six minutes of Olivia Wilde’s raucous delight Booksmart, which premiered to rave reviews at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year and still has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Told from a wildly original, fresh and modern perspective,” Booksmart follows two academic prodigies (Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein) who, on the eve of their high school graduation, realize that they should have spent less time studying and more time having fun like some of their peers.

So, in an effort to make up for everything that they missed out on in high school, the girls decide to cram four years worth of fun into one single, batshit crazy night that is filled with partying, sex, and lots and lots of booze. Oh, and they might even commit a crime or two along the way, because why not?

Look, I’m not going to rave too much here because I want you to have the pleasure of discovering this wonderful gem of a film for yourself, but all I’m going to say is that the cast, which also includes the likes of Lisa Kudrow, Jason Sudeikis, and Will Forte is absolutely incredible, and the script is so sharp and witty and flawlessly directed by Olivia Wilde and it’s still so hard for me to believe that this is only her debut. If Booksmart doesn’t manage to nab a spot somewhere on my year-end list, I’ll be shocked.

Check out the first six minutes of Booksmart below in all of its uncut glory and be sure to grab a ticket to one of tonight’s early access screenings, because this movie is one that you certainly don’t want to miss. Take my word for it.

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