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The Force was strong at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London last weekend as Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 offered three days of galactic action, epic reveals, high-end purchases and queues. Lots of queues. So many queues…

We were lucky enough to attend the flagship Lucasfilm extravaganza first-hand and reap the benefits of all the Star Wars goodness on offer which overall provided an extremely reassuring outlook on the future of the globally-adored franchise across all primary platforms.

Star Wars Celebration

FRIDAY 15th JULY

The biggest and most eagerly-anticipated panel of the opening day was of course for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but before the cast and crew of the latest movie appeared on the Celebration Stage, fans were treated to an hour with Luke Skywalker himself – Mr. Mark Hamill.

This writer sadly did not make it into the Hamill panel, but the words were positive, with may commenting on the legendary actor’s oddball humour as well as extended monologue of his animated villain The Joker who will next be seen in the most famous fable of the character’s lifetime – Batman: The Killing Joke.

The Rogue One panel was quite frankly incredible. One of the very best press and/or public events I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing. Game of Thrones actress and Captain Phasma from Star Wars: The Force Awakens Gwendoline Christie led the discussion which featured director Gareth Edwards, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, a wealth of producers and the entirety of the cast including the likes of Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera), Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Erso), Diego Luna (Captain Cassian Andor), Donnie Yen (Chirrup Îmwe) and Ben Mendelsohn who arrived on stage in full Director Orson Krennic attire.

The expansive audience were treated to a detailed Sizzle Reel (video above) showcasing a number of the filmmaking processes, detailing the authentic and muscular directorial decisions to really make this feel like an on-the-ground military movie, as well as seeing Jones’ face illuminate so brightly when she is presented with her Black Series action figure – the very first from the range and a must purchase on Force Friday later this year.

The panel wrapped with a brand-new trailer for the movie which is due for public release at the end of this week. Trust me when I say it is an absolutely masterclass of cinematic advertisement and ends on the most goosebump-enducing moment in recent memory. You are going to adore it.

The day concluded with a huge screening of A New Hope on the Celebration Stage. The Force Awakens played in the same time slot on the following day.

Star Wars Rebels Season 3

SATURDAY 16th JULY

Things kicked up a gear on Saturday – particularly in the organisation departments which were, well, pretty poor on Friday. Everyone had found their bearings (both custom and staff) and the entire day flowed far smoother and sweeter because of it.

A variety of panels were in operation across the three core stages – Celebration Stage, Galaxy Stage and Behind the Scenes Stage – but the two biggest showcases were prepped for the leading arena.

First up was the Creatures, Droids and Aliens of The Force Awakens panel which saw Wicket the Ewok himself Warwick Davis host an array of artists, designers, animatronic engineers and more in an insightful retelling of how a wealth of the fascinating characters from J.J. Abrams’ movie came to fruition, and the processes of getting them onto screen.

It was a sheer pleasure to hear than Abrams wanted to feature as many practical effects as possible in the film, and only rely on CGI as a tool if no other form of design or technology were possible. This philosophy has too transpired to Edwards’ film and Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII which is apparently inspired by “old war movies”.

In this panel, we also got to meet “Space Monkey” (he currently is without a real name) from Rogue One who featured in the Sizzle Reel screened at the panel. This guy is pure Star Wars. The perfect creature who has some resemblance to Chewbacca so perhaps he is of Wookie origin. Who knows at this point, but he is very cool indeed.

As the afternoon arrived, so did the very best reveal of the day; in fact, it was one of the biggest highlights of the entirety of the weekend: the Star Wars Rebels Season 3 panel. For those of you who know this author personally, you’ll know I’m a massive Rebels fan, so this was eagerly-awaited anyway, but what we received was just majestic.

Executive Producer Dave Filoni (complete with trademark hat), and voice actors Tiya Sirdar (Sabine) and Sam Witwer (Darth Maul) were in attendance and sat down with Warwick Davis to chat about the future of the Disney XD series. Guests were treated to a number of awesome clips, as well as the brand-new trailer which left me slack-jawed. The sheer scale and visual design of Rebels continues to impress, and fans of the Star Wars EU are finally getting the villain they have longed for: Grand Admiral Thrawn. Yes, he is officially canon and will star in the show voiced by Lars Mikkelsen, as well as receive a brand-new self-titled novel by his creator Timothy Zahn.

The panel concluded with a special screening of the premiere episode of Rebels Season 3 “Step Into Shadows” which is a two-parter running lasting about 45 minutes. Thrawn features in the first episode, as well as brand new character situated firmly between the Light Side and the Dark Side, and he is voiced by none other than Tom Baker – the definitive Doctor Who for the masses.

It is safe to say that this episode is mind-blowingly great, and anyone in attendance who viewed and hasn’t previously watched the show will certainly be catching up with the first two seasons. The developments of Ezra are simply riveting, and to see his conflicted progression as a Jedi but with a teenage mindset hell-bent of seeking power could lead him down some dark, complex avenues. Rebels Season 3 doesn’t hit screens until late September, but trust me, the wait is worth it.

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SUNDAY 17th JULY

By now the early mornings, late nights and aches from waiting in lines are starting to take their toll, but there was still plenty to enjoy on the final day of Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016. Seriously though, my calves were killing. They felt like lead…

Princess, sorry, General Leia Oragna herself, Carrie Fisher, lead a discussion panel in the morning complete with her loyal dogs and even a reenactment of her scenes with Wicket from Return of the Jedi.

Unfortunately, one did not make it to this particular panel, nor the Closing Ceremony because of the convoluted wristband process which pretty much requires you to be in line from 6am to guarantee access to the panel later that day. Queuing and collecting a band at that time is tiring, but then waiting a further four hours before you can even step inside the convention is even more so. By Sunday, I needed a fraction more kip.

The Closing Ceremony and Future Filmmakers panel featured a variety of talent involved with the progression of Star Wars including Rian Johnson, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller who are helming the Han Solo spin-off project with Hail, Caesar! star Alden Ehrenreich. John Boyega (Finn), Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher (plus dogs…) and Kathleen Kennedy also attended the roundup amongst others which provided a compelling and thoughtful think piece on what’s to come for the Star Wars cinematic universe.

One particular panel this writer did attend on the day however was the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens hour which invited a series of Lucas Arts, TT Games and LEGO employees to the stage to discuss the transition of Abrams’ smash-hit feature film to the video game platform.

The panel documented the forthcoming DLC expansion packs for the game which includes a Legacy add-on complete with Boba Fett, Django Fett and more, as well as new levels featuring the new and increasingly popular Freemaker Adventures. There was also news from the EA Games group that those with Star Wars Battlefront can look forward to a Rogue One DLC in late November/early December to coincide with the December 16th theatrical release.

I personally used the final day as a last excuse to visit the many stands and stalls providing a wealth of amazing Star Wars merchandise, as well as taking a second trip around the glorious Rogue One props and costume exhibit which was open across the entire weekend. Safe to say that on this day, and all days really, much money was spent and many photos were snapped.

Overall Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 was an incredible experience, and one of the most enjoyable events this writer has had the pleasure of attending for some time. The opening day was a little tainted by the sheer mania of it all and the lack of staff seeming to know what was going on and the protocols for particular requests, but all of these issues were ironed out with precision by the following morning. Suffice to say, Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 – which will primarily be promoting Episode VIII – is definitely on the cards. I better start looking for flights and accommodation…

My personal Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 videos including a Weekend Vlog and Merchandise Haul are available to view on my YouTube channel The Midas Touch. Click here to subscribe.

Film fanatic and UFC obsessive. Avid NFL fan and Chelsea supporter. Maintains a BA (Hons) degree in Film Studies attained from the University of Brighton. Adorer of Michael Haneke, Woody Allen, Pixar Animation Studios, James Bond 007, American Indies & French New Wave.

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Our weekly updated UK streaming listings for September 2018

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Between the increasing number of streaming platforms in our lives, there’s far too much great entertainment being released day after day for any sane person to keep track of. 

There’s streaming giant Netflix, the curated offerings of MUBI, all the latest releases on NOW TV, and online video emporium Amazon Prime. There’s something for everyone, on demand, just waiting to be selected. What a time to be alive!

But that doesn’t help when you’re looking for something to wile away the evening with, so let us lighten the load and make your viewing choice that little bit easier with our weekly updated round-up of everything being added to your favourite platform.

Saturday, September 1st

  • After the Sunset
  • Appaloosa
  • Birth
  • Cellular
  • Final Destination 3
  • Harold & Kumar Escape
  • Highwaymen
  • The Last Mimzy
  • Lost in Translation
  • The Man
  • Mr. Woodstock
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Pride and Glory
  • Rendition
  • Semi-Pro
  • Shoot Em Up
  • Silk

Sunday, September 2nd

  • The Green Inferno
  • The Way Back

Monday, September 3rd

  • Molly’s Game
  • Mr. Mercedes: Season 2 (new episode)

Thursday, September 6th

  • Pistorius

Monday, September 10th

  • Mr. Mercedes: Season 2 (new episode)

Friday, September 14th

  • Forever: Season 1

Monday, September 17th

  • Mr. Mercedes: Season 2 (new episode)
  • The Post
  • Suicide Squad

Wednesday, September 19th

  • The Commuter

Saturday, September 22nd

  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Get Smart
  • The Lake House
  • Lolita
  • Mortal Kombat
  • North by Northwest
  • Payback
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Soylent Green
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • The Towering Inferno

Sunday, September 23rd

  • Early Man

Monday, September 24th

  • Caddyshack
  • Dangerous Liaisons
  • Enter the Dragon
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Lethal Weapon 2 
  • Lethal Weapon 3
  • Police Academy 2
  • The Secret Garden
  • Unforgiven
  • Yes Man

 

Wednesday, September 5th

  • Boro in the Box

Thursday, September 6th

  • Living Still Life

Friday, September 7th

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Saturday, September 8th

  • The Pleasure of Being Robbed

Sunday, September 9th

  • Tiny Furniture

Monday, September 10th

  • Went the Day Well?

Tuesday, September 11th

  • Champagne Charlie

Wednesday, September 12th

  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Thursday, September 13th

  • Disorder

Friday, September 14th

  • The Wild Boys

Tuesday, September 18th

  • Eros Plus Massacre

Wednesday, September 19th

  • Street Life

Thursday, September 20th

  • Tonsler Park

Sunday, September 23rd

  • The Things of Life

Tuesday, September 24th

  • Ghost Town

Tuesday, September 25th

  • Timber Gang

Thursday, September 27th

  • The Island of St. Matthews

Friday, September 28th

  • Love on a Pillow

Saturday, September 29th

  • The Inertia Variations

 

 

Saturday, September 1st

  • The Bletchley Circle: Season 1 
  • The Bletchley Circle: Season 2
  • Born to Be Blue
  • Gangs of New York
  • Gone
  • Killing Gunther
  • La Catedral del Mar
  • Legally Blondes
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • Marvel’s Iron Man
  • Marvel’s Iron Man 2
  • Marvel’s Iron Man 3
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Monkey Twins
  • Moonstruck
  • The Mummy
  • The Mummy Returns
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  • The Purge: Election Year
  • RoboCop 2
  • Saw VI
  • Sisters

Sunday, September 2nd

  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)

Monday, September 3rd

  • The Debt Collector
  • Power: Season 5 (new episode)
  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities: Season 1 (new episode)

Tuesday, September 4th

  • Better Call Saul: Season 4 (new episode)

Wednesday, September 5th

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey

Thursday, September 6th

  • I Kill Giants
  • Inferno
  • Suits: Season 8 (new episode)

Tuesday, August 7th

  • Atypical: Season 2
  • Cable Girls: Season 3
  • City of Joy
  • Marvel’s Iron Fist: Season 2
  • The Most Assassinated Woman in the World
  • Next Gen
  • Shooter: Season 3 (new episode)
  • Sierra Burgess is a Loser
  • Stretch Armstrong & The Flex Fighters: Season 2

Saturday, September 8th

  • American Horror Story: Cult (new episode)

Sunday, September 9th

  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)
  • Wynonna Earp: Season 2

Monday, September 10th

  • Power: Season 5 (new episode)
  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities: Season 1 (new episode)

Tuesday, September 11th

  • Better Call Saul: Season 4 (new episode)
  • Daniel Sloss: Live Shows
  • Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
  • The Resistance Banker
  • The Square

Wednesday, September 12th

  • Burn After Reading
  • Call the Midwife: Season 6
  • Jane
  • On My Skin
  • Rex

Thursday, September 13th

  • Life Happens
  • Nowhere Boys: Two Moons Rising
  • Suits: Season 8 (new episode)

Friday, September 14th

  • American Vandal: Season 2
  • The Angel
  • Bleach
  • Boca Juniors Confidential
  • BoJack Horseman: Season 5
  • Car Masters: Rust to Riches
  • The Dragon Prince
  • Ingobernable: Season 2
  • The Land of Steady Habits
  • Last Hope
  • Shooter: Season 3 (new episode)
  • Super Monsters Monster Party: Songs

Saturday, September 15th

  • American Horror Story: Cult (new episode)
  • Cabins in the Wild, with Dick Strawbridge: Season 1
  • The Hangover
  • How to Live Mortgage Free, with Sarah Beeny: Season 1
  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)
  • Queens vs. Kings: Season 1
  • Three Wives, One Husband: Season 1

Sunday, September 16th

  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)

Monday, September 17th

  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities: Season 1 (new episode)

Tuesday, September 18th

  • Better Call Saul: Season 4 (new episode)
  • D.L. Hughley: Contrarian

Wednesday, September 19th

  • Julieta

Thursday, September 20th

  • American Honey
  • Suits: Season 8 (new episode)

Friday, September 21st

  • Battlefish
  • Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan
  • The Good Cop: Season 1
  • Hilda
  • Maniac
  • Nappily Ever After
  • Norsemen: Season 2
  • Quincy
  • Rafinha Bastos: Ultimate

Saturday, September 22nd

  • American Horror Story: Cult (new episode)
  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)

Sunday, September 23rd

  • Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (new episode)

Monday, September 24th

  • Dead Man Walking
  • Doctor Strange
  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities: Season 1 (new episode)

Tuesday, September 25th

  • Better Call Saul: Season 4 (new episode)
  • Queen of Katwe

Wednesday, September 26th

  • Top Dog
  • Wonder

Thursday, September 27th

  • The Anomaly
  • Fred: The Movie
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil

Friday, September 28th

  • The 3rd Eye
  • Chef’s Table: Season 5
  • Forest of Piano
  • The Good Place
  • Hold the Dark
  • Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 2
  • Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane
  • Lost Song
  • Made in Mexico: Season 1
  • Reboot: The Guardian Code: Season 2
  • Skylanders Academy: Season 3
  • Somewhere Between
  • Two Catalonias

Saturday, September 29th

  • American Horror Story: Cult (new episode)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Hannibal: Season 3

Sunday, September 30th

  • Pixels
  • Seven Psychopaths

 

 

Saturday, September 1st

  • Braven

Sunday, September 2nd

  • The Little Hours

Monday, September 3rd

  • Guardians of the Tomb

Tuesday, September 4th

  • Chronically Metropolitan

Wednesday, September 5th

  • The Mimic

Thursday, September 6th

  • Singularity

Tuesday, August 7th

  • Final Score

Saturday, September 8th

  • The Disaster Artist

Sunday, September 9th

  • The Ballad of Lefty Brown

Monday, September 10th

  • Psych: The Movie

Tuesday, September 11th

  • Never Steady, Never Still

Wednesday, September 12th

  • Hatred

Thursday, September 13th

  • My Friend Dahmer

Friday, September 14th

  • Murder on the Orient Express

Saturday, September 15th

  • Oddsockeaters

Sunday, September 16th

  • The Forgiven

Monday, September 17th

  • Devil’s Gate

Tuesday, September 18th

  • Affairs of State

Wednesday, September 19th

  • Wings of Eagles

Friday, September 21st

  • All the Money in the World

Sunday, September 30th

  • Battle of the Sexes

That’s it for this week, but don’t forget to check back each week for a fresh round of new releases for the UK on streaming platforms Amazon Prime, MUBI, NOW TV, and Netflix.

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Find The List Of Nominations Here

BEST PICTURE:  THE SHAPE OF WATER

BEST ACTRESS: FRANCES MCDORMAND (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI)

BEST ACTOR: GARY OLDMAN (DARKEST HOUR)

BEST DIRECTOR: GUILLERMO DEL TORO (THE SHAPE OF WATER)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: THE SHAPE OF WATER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: BLADE RUNNER 2049

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: GET OUT

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT: THE SILENT CHILD

BEST EDITING: DUNKIRK

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: BLADE RUNNER 2049

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: COCO

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: DEAR BASKETBALL

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: ALLISON JANNEY (I, TONYA)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: A FANTASTIC WOMAN

0216: The performance of ‘Remember Me’ from ‘Coco’ was… interesting

PRODUCTION DESIGN: THE SHAPE OF WATER

0200: Jimmy asking Spielberg for pot…

SOUND EDITING: DUNKIRK

SOUND MIXING: DUNKIRK

DOCUMENTARY: ICARUS

0136: Best Documentary up next, presented by Best Director nominee Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern

COSTUME DESIGN: PHANTOM THREAD

HAIR AND MAKE-UP: DARKEST HOUR

0125: Next Up is Gal Gadot and Arnie Hammer for Hair and Make Up

0122: Sam Rockwell sets a time of 1minute29seconds for that Jet Ski

0115: First award of the night is for Best Supporting Actor…

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: SAM ROCKWELL (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI)

0112: Jimmy encouraging the winners to make the night’s shortest speech and offering them a Jet-Ski as a prize

0110: ‘The longest Meryl Streep went without a nomination was from 1992 to 1995 and that was only because she was in prison’

0108: ‘We don’t make films like ‘Call Me By Your Name’ to make money, we make them to upset Mike Pence’

0100: And we’re off! Are you ready for the 90th Academy Awards?

 

2040(GMT): We’ll be live tweeting @MovieMarker from the red carpet at midnight (GMT) along with coverage of the ceremony itself from 1am (GMT)

Number of Nominations

The Shape of Water: 13

Dunkirk: 8

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: 7

Blade Runner 2049: 5

Lady Bird: 5

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

Adapted Screenplay

Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Meryl Streep’s nomination is her 21st overall and her 17th in this category

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq

Best Original Screenplay

The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Original Song

Remember Me (from Coco)
Mystery of Love (from Call Me By Your Name)
This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman)
Mighty River (from Mudbound)
Stand Up For Something (from Marshall)

Best Documentary Short

Edith & Eddie
Heaven is a Traffic Jam
Heroin(e)
Knifeskills
Traffic Stop

1342: Christopher Plummer there, who of course didn’t even know he was going to be in All The Money In The World only a couple of months ago (reshot Kevin Spacey’s character’s scenes)

Best Documentary Feature

Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Leslie Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water
Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Insult  (Lebanon)
Loveless  (Russia)
The Square (Sweden)

1339: Mudbound’s Cinematography nomination marks the first ever female nominee in that category for Rachel Morrison

Best Animated Short Film

Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Film Editing

Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Makeup and Hairstyling

Darkest Hour
Victoria and Abdul
Wonder

Best Production Design

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria and Abdul

Best Live-Action Short

Dekalb Elementary
The 11 O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
All Of Us

Original Score

Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sound Mixing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Editing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria and Abdul

Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

1326: There’s Gal Gadot, drinking tea…

1323: While we wait, check out this great photo of grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn behind the scenes in 1956

1322: We are underway, though timings are probably going to be off as they always are with these things…

1321: Roger Deakins could get his 14th nomination for Blade Runner 2049, so far 13 and 0 wins! Is there anyone more overdue a win?

1317: Gary Oldman is tipped to pick up his first Leading Actor win for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in ‘The Darkest Hour’

1313: Just under ten minutes until the nominations begin, let us know what you’re rooting for over on twitter @MovieMarker

1307: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri is another film expected to receive a number of nominations, with an Actress In A Leading Role nod expected for Frances McDormand and potentially Best Director and Supporting Actor noms for Martin McDonagh and Sam Rockwell respectively.

1305: The Shape Of Water is fancied by many to lead the nominations, it could yet equal the record of 14 nominations set by Titanic, All About Eve and La La Land – Read our five-star review of Guillermo Del Toro’s latest.

1300 (GMT) Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis will host the nomination ceremony, along with special guests Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Rosario Dawson, Priyanka Chopra, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson, and Michelle Yeoh, from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.

The nominations will begin with the categories cinematography, costume design, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, original score, production design, animated short film, live action short film, sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects.

The nominees will then be announced for actor in a leading role, actor in a supporting role, actress in a leading role, actress in a supporting role, animated feature film, directing, documentary feature, documentary short subject, foreign language film, original song, best picture, adapted screenplay, and original screenplay. This second half of the presentation will be aired live on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

 

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SP Releasing has acquired the US rights to the forthcoming drama-thriller feature film MADTOWN, starring Emmy™-nominated Milo Ventimiglia (NBC’s “This Is Us”). The film will release in theaters and on-demand on January 5, through SP Releasing’s output deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Milo Ventimiglia in MADTOWN

Written and directed by Charles C. Moore, MADTOWN, which made official selection at the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival, follows a troubled young man, Briggs (Ventimiglia), who flashes back to the demons of his past when his sister is released from her twenty-year prison sentence for the murder of their parents. Briggs must confront his estranged sister and deal with the past, while fighting to protect his future and the new life he has rebuilt for himself.

Official Trailer: https://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/madtown/

“It is a privilege to partner with the entire SP Releasing team,” said Moore, “Their commitment to the film, and Milo’s breathtaking performance, has been evident from the get-go. The collaboration with SP Releasing provides the film an incredible opportunity to be shared with wide audiences across multiple platforms, and for this we are most grateful.”

The film also stars Rachel Melvin (Dumb and Dumber To, Sleepy Hollow), John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise, White Oleander), Bonita Friedericy (Chuck, Paranormal Activity 3), and Amanda Aday (Carnivàle, Shangri-La Suite, Pledge This!).

The film will release through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in limited theatres and on-demand January 5, with DVD release following in February 2018. The deal for the film was negotiated by Tiffany Boyle and Katherine Imp at Ramo Law.

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