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The National Board of Review has named Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ the best film of 2017



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The National Board of Review announced their 2017 honorees this evening with Steven Spielberg’s journalism drama The Post winning several top honors including Best Film of the Year, Best Actor of the Year for Tom Hanks, and Best Actress of the Year for Meryl Streep. Greta Gerwig, whose directorial debut Lady Bird is one of the best-reviewed films of the year, was named Best Director of the Year.

The Post is a beautifully crafted film that deeply resonates at this moment in time,” said National Board of Review president Annie Schulhof in a statement. “We are so thrilled to award it our best film as well as to honor the wonderfully talented Greta Gerwig as our Best Director.

Other 2017 award recipients include Best Supporting Actor for Willem Dafoe for his performance in The Florida Project, Best Supporting Actress for Laurie Metcalf for her performance in Lady Bird, and Breakthrough Performance for Timothée Chalamet for his performance in Call Me By Your Name.

You can see the complete list of 2017 National Board of Review winners below.

Best Film: The Post

Best Director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Best Actor:  Tom Hanks, The Post

Best Actress: Meryl Streep,  The Post

Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Best Adapted Screenplay: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist

Best Animated Feature: Coco

Breakthrough Performance: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Best Directorial Debut: Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Foreign Language Film: Foxtrot

Best Documentary: Jane

Best Ensemble: Get Out

Spotlight Award: Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins, and Gal Gadot

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: First They Killed My Father

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992

Top Films

Baby Driver
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread

Top 5 Foreign Language Films

A Fantastic Woman
Summer 1993
The Square

Top 5 Documentaries

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Brimstone & Glory
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Faces Places
Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis

Top 10 Independent Films

Beatriz at Dinner
Brigsby Bear
A Ghost Story
Lady Macbeth
Logan Lucky
Loving Vincent
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
Patti Cake$
Wind River

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ to dominate worldwide box office with massive $425 million-plus opening



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As moviegoers continue to flock to cineplexes to be among the first to witness the next chapter in the Skywalker-saga, weekend estimates for Star Wars: The Last Jedi are growing to record-breaking numbers.

On Thursday evening, the film, written and directed by Rian Johnson, scored $45 million from early previews, earning the second-best preview number ever behind its predecessor, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned $57 million when it debuted around this time in 2015.

This weekend, The Last Jedi opens in 4,232 theaters across North America and is expected to earn more than $200 million at the domestic box office by the end of the day on Sunday. As for the worldwide box office, the new Star Wars film should finish somewhere in the $425 million range, making it the fifth-biggest global debut ever.

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Last Jedi boasts an impressive 93% on the Tomatometer and an average critic rating of 8.2 out of 10. According to comScore’s PostTrack audience survey, 68% of audience members rated the film as “excellent,” while 21% said it was “very good.”

The Last Jedi picks up just after the events of The Force Awakens and follows Rey, Finn, and Poe as they join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

The film features an all-star cast that includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio Del Toro.

You can read Silver Screen Beat’s review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi here.

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Paramount Players taps ‘Good Time’ directors Josh and Benny Safdie for ’48 Hours’ remake



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Hot on the heels of the success of their Robert Pattinson-led crime-thriller Good Time earlier this year, directors Josh and Benny Safdie have been tapped to write and direct a remake of the buddy-cop film 48 Hours for Paramount Players.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein, who co-wrote Good Time together, will be on scripting duties, along with comedian Jerrod Carmichael, while Chernin Entertainment will produce with Oscar Boyson and Sebastian Bear-McClard under their Elara Pictures banner.

The original 48 Hours was directed by Walter Hill and starred Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy as a grizzled detective and fast-talking hustler who form an unlikely partnership to track down two vicious cop-killers before they strike again.

The Safdie brothers, who were recently nominated for Best Directors at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, are also in development on A24’s thriller Uncut Gems, an original story set in the New York City Diamond District starring Jonah Hill as the film’s main character.

A release date for either film has not been announced.

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Meet the protector of Wakanda in this action-packed new TV spot for ‘Black Panther’



Black Panther

With just two more months to go until Ryan Coogler’s long-awaited Black Panther finally hits the big screen, Marvel Studios has unleashed a new TV spot featuring plenty of action-packed new footage from the upcoming superhero film starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Andy Serkis.

Set just after the events of last year’s Captain America: Civil WarBlack Panther follows T’Challa as he returns home to Wakanda to succeed to the throne and taking his rightful place as king after the death of his father. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

Black Panther, which Coogler co-wrote alongside Joe Robert Cole, also stars Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker. The film will open in theaters on February 16, 2018. You can check out the newly released TV spot in the embedded tweet below.

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