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Three Wins For Three Billboards At London Film Critics Circle Awards

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Martin McDonagh’s latest effort continues to build serious momentum towards the BAFTAS and Oscars.

This past weekend, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’ starring Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson was the big winner at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards, which took place at The May Fair Hotel.

The film scored a hat-trick of wins, winning Best Film, Screenwriter (McDonagh) and Actress (McDormand).

On the night, there were also victories for Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, with Kate Winslet also picking up The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence In Film.

Here’s the full list of winners:

FILM OF THE YEAR: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR: Dunkirk

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR: We Love Moses

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Sally Hawkins (The Shape Of Water/Maudie/Paddington 2)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name)

BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Hugh Grant (Paddington 2)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Sean Baker (The Florida Project)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR: Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR: Dennis Gassner (Production Design On ‘Blade Runner 2049)

YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats)

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: Francis Lee (God’s Own Country)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR: I Am Not Your Negro

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR: Elle

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The Nun Tracking For Impressive $32M+ Opening Weekend

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Warner Bros.’ might have an early Halloween treat on their hands, with their Conjuring-adjacent fright-flick The Nun on track to earn $32 million domestically in its opening weekend, with some outlets even predicting as high as $37 million.

For a low-budget, concept-driven horror, those are good numbers, and will comfortably turn the studio a profit. The Nun, a spinoff from The Conjuring 2, will be set in 1950s Romania and follow a Catholic priest and a novitiate as they investigate the apparent suicide of a nun. Collectively, the Conjuring shared universe has currently generated WB over $1 billion.

Though a $32M-$37M opening would indeed set off some smiles in the studio boardroom, it’s unlikely that The Nun will match the numbers of the same weekend last year, which saw director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King classic It smash box office records and generate $123 million in its opening weekend.

The Nun stars Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Jonny Coyne, Charlotte Hope, Demian Bichir, and Jonas Bloquet. It has been directed by Corin Hardy, and is due for release in UK cinemas on the 7th of September, rated 15.

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The Meg Nets Over $200M Worldwide, Now 3rd-Highest Grossing Shark Film Of All Time

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After just one week at the global box office, Jason Statham-vehicle The Meg has chomped $213.4 million for itself on an estimated budget of $150 million.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), Warner Bros.’ The Meg follows a team of scientists working together to take down a 70-foot prehistoric shark known as the Carcharodon Megalodon – or, The Meg. The picture has now become the third-highest grossing shark film of all time, unadjusted for inflation, behind 2004’s animated family comedy Shark Tale ($367.3M) and Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws ($470.7M).

Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose and Winston Chao all co-star with Statham in the project, which currently has a 4.6 score on Metacritic, and a 6.2 User Review score on IMDb. Warner Bros. are reportedly thrilled at the flick’s overperformance, especially in China where Bingbing is a household name – yet another modern example of Hollywood prioritising the emerging mega-market of the Middle Kingdom and it paying off in droves.

The Meg is in UK cinemas now, rated 12A.

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‘Millie Bobby Brown Voicing A VR Experience For Darren Aronofsky’ Is The Most 2018 Headline You’ll Read Today

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Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown has signed on to narrate the second ‘episode’ in a three-part virtual reality experience entitled Spheres, from creative auteur Darren Aronofsky.

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) lent her voice to the first episode, which was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival. The third episode premiered before the second, at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was narrated by Patti Smith (Song to Song). Aronofsky has produced the series, which is described as a ‘virtual journey’ – because of course it is – and is based on the famous ‘Pale Blue Dot‘ image of Earth, taken by the Voyager 1 probe in 1990. All three episodes were directed by up-and-comer Eliza McNitt (Fistful of Stars).

The series will be shown off for the first time in its entirety at the Venice Film Festival, as part of the event’s virtual reality section, from the 29th of August until the 8th of September. Spheres will be released to the public on the Oculus VR system following the culmination of the VFF.

Millie Bobby Brown can next be seen in Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, due on the 31st May next year.

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