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



The Post National Board of Review

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



‘Beautiful Boy’ first look reveals Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet in the upcoming addiction drama



Beautiful Boy

Felix Van Groeningen’s highly anticipated English-language debut Beautiful Boy is still months away from being released and doesn’t even have an official trailer yet, but it’s already being considered a serious contender in the forthcoming awards season and is destined to bring plenty of Oscar-related attention to its two main stars.

Beautiful Boy is based on David Sheff’s best-selling memoir of the same name and chronicles his journey through his son Nic’s addiction to methamphetamine and the tentative steps toward recovery. Steve Carell will be playing David, while Call Me by Your Name breakout Timothée Chalamet is taking on the role of Nic.


In the first look image above, we see Chalamet and Carell’s characters sitting in a diner, in what appears to be a pretty emotional scene. Obviously, this thing is going to be a tough watch given the subject matter of the source material, but we’re ready for it. I mean, how could go you wrong with Carell and Chalamet in the same movie?

Word on the street is that Beautiful Boy will likely skip the Cannes Film Festival in May and will end up hopping on the festival circuit in September once the Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival roll around. The film will open in theaters on October 12.

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Chris Evans says ‘Avengers 4’ will probably be the last time he ever plays Captain America in the MCU



Captain America

The next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following next month’s highly anticipated superhero mashup Avengers: Infinity War could be the end of the road for Captain America who, at this point, has basically become the face of the entire franchise. But it doesn’t look like Chris Evans has interest in renewing his contract with Marvel.

“Last year, he filmed back-to-back the final two Marvel movies for which he is under contract — Avengers: Infinity War due in April, and a sequel planned for next year,” The New York Times reports. “For now, he has no plans to return to the franchise (“You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he said), and expects that planned reshoots in the fall will mark the end of his tenure in the familiar red, white and blue super suit.”


The demise of Steve Rogers raises an important question: who will take over the mantle of Captain America? Assuming Marvel follows the storyline of the comics, it would be safe to say that Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier would be the one to pick up the shield, or perhaps even Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. Marvel could really take the story any way they want to.

The good news is that we don’t have to worry about Steve Rogers kicking the bucket for another year or two. Avengers: Infinity War will see Captain America, along with the rest of the Avengers and their superhero allies, go head to head with the powerful Thanos when it opens in theaters next month on April 27.

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Nicolas Pesce’s reboot of ‘The Grudge’ lands ‘Insidious’ star and horror veteran Lin Shaye



The Grudge

As Nicolas Pesce prepares to move his script for The Grudge reboot out of development and into production, Variety is reporting that Lin Shaye, perhaps best known for her role as the medium Elise in the Insidious franchise, has been tapped to join the cast of the upcoming film, which already has three other stars also on board.

Pesce, who made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed black-and-white horror film The Eyes of My Mother, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, is writing and directing The Grudge reboot, while Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, and John Cho are attached to star.


“We are so excited about this new adaptation,” Sam Raimi, who is producing The Grudge reboot alongside Rob Tapert, said in a statement. “We went back to the original source material to deliver a relentless supernatural thrill ride that explores the horrors of American suburbia.”

While this reboot could just be another example of a typical Hollywood cash grab, the fact that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Ghost House, and Good Universe, who all previously collaborated on the 2016 horror hit Don’t Breathe, are all involved, as well as such a talented director and cast, makes me think otherwise.

That’s all we have for you right now, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted on any further updates about The Grudge reboot as they roll in. The film is expected to begin shooting this May, so something tells me we’ll be hearing more about it in the coming weeks.

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