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            ‘David Copperfield,’ ‘For Sama,’ Renee Zellweger Win at British Independent Film Awards

            ‘David Copperfield,’ ‘For Sama,’ Renee Zellweger Win at British Independent Film Awards
            The Personal History of David Copperfield” won five awards Sunday at the British Independent Film Awards while Renee Zellweger walked away with the best actress prize for her star turn as Judy Garland in “Judy.” David Livingstone of “Judy” producer Calamity Films accepted it on her behalf.

            Feature documentary “For Sama” scooped four awards, including the night’s biggest honor, best British independent film. An intimate portrait of a young mother’s experience of the Syrian civil war, it also won best director for the duo of Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts and for best documentary. It had already taken best editing in the previously announced craft awards.

            The Personal History of David Copperfield” had also already scored three wins in the craft categories. It added two more awards on Sunday night: best supporting actor for Hugh Laurie, who plays Mr. Dick in Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic novel,
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            ‘For Sama,’ Renee Zellweger Win Big at British Independent Film Awards

            • The Wrap
            ‘For Sama,’ Renee Zellweger Win Big at British Independent Film Awards
            Syrian documentary “For Sama” was the big winner at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday, taking home four awards for its sobering portrayal of how the ongoing war in Syria affects the women who live there.

            For Sama,” directed by Aleppo resident Waad al-Kateab with Edward Watts, follows al-Kateab through five years of her life as she gets married and gives birth to her daughter, Sama, all while the city crumbles around her. The film won BIFAs for Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Documentary, and Best Film Editing, adding to an awards list that includes The Golden Eye for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the SXSW Film Festival.

            Other winners include Best Actress Oscar contender Renee Zellweger, who won a BIFA for her performance as Judy Garland in the biopic “Judy.”
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            Box Office: 'Frozen 2' Tops Black Friday With $34M; 'Knives Out' Strong No. 2

            Box Office: 'Frozen 2' Tops Black Friday With $34M; 'Knives Out' Strong No. 2
            Walt Disney Animation's Frozen 2 topped the Black Friday box office with $34 million as it heads for a record Thanksgiving holiday gross of $128 million or more.

            The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, released in 2013, is the current crown-holder with a Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving tally of ($109.9 million). Second up is the first Frozen, which earned $93.7 million for the five days in 2013 (unlike the sequel, Frozen didn't open nationwide until the Wednesday before the holiday).

            Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Frozen 2 has shattered a slew of records around the globe since opening last weekend, including crossing ...
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            ‘Scales’ Saudi Feminist Film Named Best Picture in Singapore

            ‘Scales’ Saudi Feminist Film Named Best Picture in Singapore
            Scales” (aka “Sayidat Al Bahr”), directed by Saudi Arabian first-time filmmaker, Shahad Ameen, was named as the best film in the Asian feature competition at the 30th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival.

            The tale of a young girl who defies her village’s harsh and chauvinistic traditions to prove her worth, collected the festival’s Silver Screen Award on Saturday at a ceremony held in the National Museum of Singapore.

            The blue carpet event welcomed local figures Boo Junfeng, Royston Tan, and Tan Pin Pin, as well as film industry officials Joachim Ng, and Howie Lau. Chinese acting star Yao Chen and Japanese director Miike Takashi were also present to pick up special awards. Yao spiced up proceedings, with a throw-away comment: “recently I have been able to play several characters who found the strength to go after the love and sex that they wanted.”

            Anthony Chen, whose
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            Hollywood blockbuster boom fuels record UK cinema advertising

            The Avengers, Frozen 2, Star Wars and Toy Story 4 prompt all-time high in advertising at the movies

            A Hollywood blockbuster bonanza including the final instalments of the Avengers and Star Wars sagas, and Frozen 2 are fuelling an all-time record year for UK cinema advertising.

            Seven films have taken more than $1bn at the global box office so far this year – Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4, Aladdin and Joker – resulting in an advertising bonanza as brands look to cash in on movie fans packing out cinemas.
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            ‘Watchmen’ is Ready to Blow Your Mind With “An Almost Religious Awe”

            • Slash Film
            ‘Watchmen’ is Ready to Blow Your Mind With “An Almost Religious Awe”
            I think we can make it official: Watchmen is the year’s best show. I don’t even know how you could argue against it at this point. Week after week, the show has delivered on nearly every level while scattering puzzle pieces. And with this latest episode, “An Almost Religious Awe”, we finally see those pieces start […]

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            ‘Watchmen’ Review: Episode 7 Unveils a Master Plan and Cuts Together One Big Surprise — Spoilers

            ‘Watchmen’ Review: Episode 7 Unveils a Master Plan and Cuts Together One Big Surprise — Spoilers
            [Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Watchmen” Episode 7, “An Almost Religious Awe.”]

            An inevitable comedown after last week’s masterpiece, “Watchmen” Episode 7 tries to swap groundbreaking storytelling for long-craven explanations, going so far as to unveil its biggest twist yet. Yes, some folks foresaw that Dr. Manhattan isn’t actually on Mars, and instead has been hiding on Earth under the guise of Cal Abar (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) — but did they know that Angela was receiving recovery treatment from an elephant? Did they know the origin story of Sister Night? Did they know Bian (Jolie Hoang-Rappaport) isn’t the daughter of Lady Trieu (Hong Chau), but her mother? Did they know Jane Crawford (Frances Fisher) was part of the “insidious conspiracy” meant to turn Senator Keene (James Wolk) into Dr. Manhattan 2.0?

            “An Almost Religious Awe” drops juicy tidbit after juicy tidbit and tries to ground its many reveals in Angela’s tragic backstory. At times, the
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            ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Gets Back to Racing in “The Voxx Vortex 5000”

            ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Gets Back to Racing in “The Voxx Vortex 5000”
            “The Voxx Vortex 5000” is a rather breezy episode in the second season of Star Wars Resistance. Bored by the absence of racing aboard the Colossus, the lead Ace, Hype Fazon (Donald Faison), proposes that the Colossus pay a visit to a floating space-station casino owned by a hutt known as Vranki the Blue (John […]

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            ‘Dublin Murders’ Twist: While Pursuing Demons, it’s Double, Double Toil and Trouble

            ‘Dublin Murders’ Twist: While Pursuing Demons, it’s Double, Double Toil and Trouble
            [Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for Episodes 1-4 of “Dublin Murders” on Starz.]

            And then, suddenly, everyone is living a lie.

            At the end of this evening’s episode of “Dublin Murders” Det. Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene) returns to undercover work in the form of Lexie, her doppelg?nger murder victim who was using the name of one of Cassie’s previous undercover identities.

            Yes, this sounds totally batshit. But “Dublin Murders” is an adaptation of the first two novels in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series — “In the Woods” and “The Likeness” — and, like the books, it’s not just a typical cop procedural. It’s a look at how childhood trauma resonates and warps experiences, perceptions and constructs of reality.

            It’s an explosive moment that sets up the back half of the series, marking the official transition away from “In the Woods” into the storyline of “The Likeness,” as Det. Rob Reilly (Killian Scott) and Cassie
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            Belgian Director Bas Devos on Shooting ‘Ghost Tropic’ at Speed

            Belgian Director Bas Devos on Shooting ‘Ghost Tropic’ at Speed
            Premiering one film at Berlin and another at Cannes all in one year would already be quite the feather-in-the-cap for any rising young filmmaker, but “Hellhole” and “Ghost Tropic” director Bas Devos took it one step further by making the latter project in the period between the two festivals.

            “It was a peculiar year to say the least,” says Devos with a laugh. “When I was in Berlin this year [to promote “Hellhole”], I was somewhat distracted because I knew that once I got back home I would almost immediately start shooting the next one.”

            Working at breakneck pace, the Belgian director shot the dreamlike “Ghost Tropic,” which follows a working-class woman’s nightlong odyssey across Brussels, over the course of 15 nights in early March, and then rushed to have the final edit ready to premiere in Directors’ Fortnight some two months later. “Within less than a year we went from literally nothing to a film premiering,
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            British Independent Film Awards 2019 Winners: ‘For Sama,’ Renée Zellweger, ‘Parasite’ Score

            • Indiewire
            The British Independent Film Awards, which took place in London on Sunday, offer early insight into the indie movies that awards voters want to support as we head into the thick of the Academy Awards race. See the full list of this year’s winners below.

            The Syrian war portrait “For Sama,” from filmmakers Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, won Best British Independent Film, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Director. That film also took home Best Editing in London, and stateside is up for the PGA Award for Outstanding Documentary.

            Renée Zellweger won Best Actress for her performance as Judy Garland in “Judy,” and remains at the top of the contenders for the Best Actress Oscar. Josh O’Connor won Best Actor for the relationship drama “Only You.” The British actor now seen in Netflix’s “The Crown” broke out with 2017’s gay romance “God’s Own Country,” which also won him a Bifa,
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            ‘For Sama’ wins top prize at 2019 BIFAs

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            ‘For Sama’ wins top prize at 2019 BIFAs
            The Personal History Of David Copperfield’ finished with five awards, the highest of the night, from 11 nominations.

            For Sama and The Personal History Of David Copperfield were the big winners at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

            The ceremony was hosted by actress and comedian Aisling Bea and held at London’s Old Billingsgate tonight (Dec 1).

            Syrian civil war documentary For Sama scooped the night’s top prize, best British independent film, as well as best director for Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, best documentary, and best editing at the previously announced craft awards last month.

            The Personal History Of David Copperfield
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            ‘Babyteeth’ Director Shannon Murphy on ‘The Strays,’ ‘Killing Eve’

            ‘Babyteeth’ Director Shannon Murphy on ‘The Strays,’ ‘Killing Eve’
            Babyteeth” director Shannon Murphy has just been confirmed as the director of the television adaptation of the novel “The Strays” – a psycho-sexual drama, set against the hedonistic art world of 1930s Sydney, and 1970s London during the rise of the feminist movement. Murphy has also just finished shooting episodes 5 and 6 of season 3 of “Killing Eve.” “Babyteeth” is competing for the Etoile d’Or at Marrakech Film Festival, and Murphy spoke in a round-table interview about “The Strays,” “Killing Eve,” and the dominant influences that have shaped her approach to filmmaking, including her childhood in Hong Kong.

            What attracted you to “The Strays”?

            It’s still in a very early stage, and they’re still writing, so I’ll be involved in that. We also have to confirm whether I’ll be helming all episodes. I loved the idea of a story that is an Australian and a U.K. coproduction
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            Sgiff: India’s Anurag Kashyap Reveals ‘Project 10’ (Exclusive)

            Sgiff: India’s Anurag Kashyap Reveals ‘Project 10’ (Exclusive)
            Prolific Indian auteur Anurag Kashyap (“Gangs Of Wasseypur”) is working on a raft of projects across formats. Kashyap was head of the jury for the Asian feature film competition at the Singapore International Film Festival this year.

            Set in the U.K. and India, is a film currently identified as “Project 10,” that Kashyap describes as a “young love story” meant for theatrical release, starring several newcomers. Kashyap shot the U.K. leg of the film this summer. Good Bad Films, the company Kashyap recently co-founded with Dhruv Jagasia and Akshay Thakkar, will produce. The cast of “Project 10” includes Alaia F, who is due to make her debut with Nitin Kakkar’s “Jawani Janeman”, another U.K.-set project, co-starring Saif Ali Khan (“Sacred Games”).

            The filmmaker’s ongoing relationship with Netflix will continue with the feature film “Choked,” currently in post. “It is again a love story set against some
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            Dakota Johnson Accuses Ellen DeGeneres of Skipping Her Birthday Party in Awkward Interview

            Dakota Johnson Accuses Ellen DeGeneres of Skipping Her Birthday Party in Awkward Interview
            Ellen DeGeneres had one of her most awkward interviews in recent memory Wednesday with Dakota Johnson, with a clip of the pair’s exchange about Johnson’s birthday party going viral online.

            The interview began with what was perhaps supposed to be harmless chat: DeGeneres wished Johnson a happy belated birthday and asked her when specifically it was. Right away, Johnson’s demeanor seemed to stiffen.

            “It was October 4,” she replied, with a tight smile.

            “How was the party? I wasn’t invited,” DeGeneres said.

            The “Peanut Butter Falcon” actress paused.

            “Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen, you were invited,” she said. “No, last time I was on the show, last year, you gave me a bunch of s— about not inviting you, but I didn’t even know you wanted to be invited.”

            “Well, who wouldn’t want to be invited to a party?” DeGeneres responded.

            “But
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            Sergei Loznitsa Deconstructs the Cult of Stalin With Unearthed Material

            Sergei Loznitsa Deconstructs the Cult of Stalin With Unearthed Material
            Sergei Loznitsa’s multi-faceted filmmaking approach, these days focused on documentary, blend archival material and sometimes re-enactments with actors, resulting in unique insights and subtle visual commentary on the Soviet and ex-Soviet sphere. His latest nonfiction film, “State Funeral,” constructed from once-banned footage of the epic events surrounding Joseph Stalin’s death and funeral in 1953, is screening at Marrakech Film Festival following its debut in Venice.

            In researching the project, the Ukrainian filmmaker and former mathematician employed his trademark precision and methodology in mining through 35 hours of material at the Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive in Krasnogorsk.

            “I constructed the film based on the actual order of the events during the period from March 6 till March 9,” says Loznitsa. “We begin with the scene when the coffin with Stalin’s body is placed in the Pillar Hall of the House of the Unions and end with the moment when
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            Holiday Cheer! ‘Frozen 2’ Is Massive and ‘Knives Out’ Breaks Through

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            Holiday Cheer! ‘Frozen 2’ Is Massive and ‘Knives Out’ Breaks Through
            Gambles paid off. That’s the takeaway from this long Thanksgiving weekend, which ends at the start of the final month in a tricky box-office year. While this period didn’t break any records, it still leaves room for real optimism.

            “Frozen 2” provided about 45% of the ticket sales, but “Knives Out” stunned with $41.7 million and “Queen & Slim” defied conventional ideas about holiday release calendars. Meanwhile, “Ford v Ferrari” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” both older-audience, wide-release dramas, kept their weekend drops to levels that should sustain them into the further holidays ahead.

            At around $180 million, it’s not close to last year’s $216 million total. In raw numbers, this could be the fewest tickets sold in the last five Thanksgivings. That places the full year’s total at $10.2 billion, about 6% down from last year.

            The holiday fell a week later than 2018. That means this year’s tally easily beats the same period,
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            Robert De Niro Defends Anna Paquin’s Few Lines in ‘The Irishman’

            Robert De Niro Defends Anna Paquin’s Few Lines in ‘The Irishman’
            While subject predominantly to heaping praise, Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” has faced one criticism: that the most prominent female character in the movie, portrayed by Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin, speaks just six words in 10 minutes of screentime.

            Paquin plays Peggy Sheeran, the daughter of Robert De Niro’s Frank Sheeran. Throughout her life, she suspects her father — a hit-man for the Philadelphia mob — of being a morally corrupt person, particularly after he attacks a man, who evidently shoved Peggy in a grocery store, right in front of her. Despite her presence in the film, however, she rarely speaks, mostly staring at Frank in silence.

            As a result, some have questioned why a talented actress would be so underutilized. De Niro, however, has defended Scorsese and screenwriter Steven Zaillian’s choice to minimize her words.

            “She was very powerful and that’s what it was,” De Niro told USA Today.
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            Larry David Returns With ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 10 Teaser

            In-between playing Bernie Sanders on “Saturday Night Live,” Larry David was still working on his irreverent comedy, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Two years after the ninth season ended, HBO has finally revealed the first teaser for season 10.

            Read More: Netflix Lands Worldwide Rights To ‘Seinfeld,’ In Hopes The ’90s Classic Can Replace ‘The Office’ & ‘Friends’

            For the uninitiated, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is an improvised comedy with plots outlined by Larry David, with largely-improvised dialogues, which follows an over-the-top version of David in a tongue-in-cheek depiction of his life.

            Continue reading Larry David Returns With ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 10 Teaser at The Playlist.
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            Martin Scorsese Does Not Recommend Watching ‘The Irishman’ on a Phone: ‘A Big iPad, Maybe’

            Martin Scorsese Does Not Recommend Watching ‘The Irishman’ on a Phone: ‘A Big iPad, Maybe’
            Martin Scorsese’s three-and-a-half-hour long mob epic “The Irishman” became available on Netflix — and therefore its app — Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean the director wants viewers to watch the film on their phones.

            “I would suggest — if you ever want to see one of my pictures, or most films — please, please don’t look at it on a phone, please. An iPad, a big iPad, maybe,” Scorsese told critic Peter Travers on his YouTube show, Popcorn With Peter Travers.

            Scorsese attests that despite its lengthy runtime, the film is capable of pulling in — and sustaining — people’s attention.

            “I’m not saying because, ‘Oh, I made it,'” he said. “It was an interesting narrative structure, and it got me involved each time. In a funny way, I think I made it to cover all the bases in terms of how you could watch this picture. Ideally, I’d
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