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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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We regret to inform you that Neill Blomkamp is no longer directing the ‘Robocop’ sequel

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In a very, very disappointing turn of events, Neill Blomkamp took to Twitter late last night to break the news that he is no longer directing the eagerly awaited sequel to Robocop, which he first signed on to direct for MGM last year.

Blomkamp wrote that he is “off Robocop” due to the fact that he’s “shooting [a] new horror/thriller and MGM can’t wait” and needs cameras to start rolling on Robocop sooner rather than later. “Excited to watch it in theaters with other fans,” he added.

While we can only imagine what a Blomkamp-directed Robocop movie would’ve looked like at this point, I guess there are a couple of silver linings in this rather unfortunate development, depending on how you look at it.

On one hand, it’s good to know that the Robocop sequel, which is said to be based on a script from original Robocop writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, isn’t off the table altogether and is still going to get made — let’s just keep our fingers crossed MGM finds a suitable replacement that can fill Blomkamp’s shoes.

And on the other hand, I’m really looking forward to seeing what this mysterious horror/thriller Blomkamp is working on right now turns out to be. To the best of my knowledge, this project was previously unheard of before and I’m hoping we’ll get some more details on it in the very near future.

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Please let Henry Golding show off all of his charm and handsomeness in the ‘Snake Eyes’ movie

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Well, here’s something I certainly have mixed feelings about: THR is reporting that Crazy Rich Asians heartthrob Henry Golding is in negotiations to star in Paramount’s G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes, which will aim to tell the story of the mysterious sword-wielding ninja commando.

The movie, which was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and is being directed by Robert Schwentke, will reportedly “center on Snake Eyes seeking revenge for his father’s death by joining [the] ninja clan, in the process finding acceptance.”

Let me be clear: my reservations with this project have absolutely positively nothing to do with Henry Golding, who is charming and handsome as hell, but the rather the fact that he’ll be playing a character who usually just wears a mask that covers his entire and doesn’t really have a whole lot to say.

My hope is that Spiliotopoulos’ script doesn’t stick too close to the source material and will allow Golding to have the opportunity to showcase all of those incredible qualities he has about himself, otherwise it seems like this project will be wasting such an immense talent. (I also just want an excuse to look at and be charmed by Henry Golding for two hours.)

Another thing I’m a little concerned about here is Schwentke’s involvement. The dude is more than capable of making a decent movie (e.g. The Captain, Red), but he always seems to fumble these big-budget studio projects (e.g. that godforsaken Divergent: Allegiant movie), but I suppose I’ll remain cautiously optimistic about this one for the time being — only because of Golding’s involvement, though.

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The US trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winner ‘Parasite’ is finally here to infect your mind

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Ever since it premiered at Cannes back in May, I’ve been hearing nothing but the highest of praise for Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winner Parasite, which Neon debuted the official US trailer for this morning, and boy oh boy does this thing look like one hell of a rollercoaster ride of a film.

Described as a “pitch-black modern fairytale,” Parasite tells the story of the Park and Kim families, who, despite their differences in class, end up crossing paths and forming a symbiotic relationship between themselves.

However, their relationship slowly begins to unravel “when a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort” and “a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.”

The less you know about Parasite, the better, so if you’re sensitive to spoilers, you may want to avoid this particular trailer and check out the Korean one instead, which does a pretty good job of staying fairly ambiguous and doesn’t give away nearly as much as the US trailer does.

Parasite reunites Bong with actor Song Kang-ho, who stars in the film alongside Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin, and Lee Jung-eun. The film is set to hit US theaters on October 11, so mark your calendars accordingly, Bonghive.

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