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Interview: ‘Destroyer’ screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi

From left; Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi at the premiere of Destroyer at AFI Fest, November 13, 2018 Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi have hit the spectrum in their Hollywood screenwriting career, ranging from the smallest of indies like The Invitation to huge blockbusters like Clash of the Titans and Ride Along. Like many of their screenplays, the process took …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST ACTRESS (October)

Best Actress continues to the year’s most stacked and competitive categories and that’s a good thing. It also means that some major names, including previous Oscar winners, will likely have to make room for newcomers and seemingly solid contenders might find themselves struggling for a nomination. I’m keeping Glenn Close (The Wife) at #1 for another month. With her overdue …

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Nicole Kidman seeks revenge and redemption in thrilling trailer for Karyn Kusama’s ‘Destroyer’

Photo: Annapurna Pictures The trailer for Destroyer, featuring one of Nicole Kidman’s most transformative performances, is here.  Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work …

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‘Black Panther,’ Deadpool 2,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ top Hollywood Music in Media Nominations

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, which recognizes music in film, TV, video games, commercials, and even trailers, announced their nominations today. Among the nominated films getting the most recognition were Black Panther and Deadpool 2 with four mentions each, A Star Is Born and Mary Poppins Returns with three. The ceremony will feature presentations, performances, and an as-of-yet unnamed special achievement …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: ADAPTED and ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (October)

The Mule (Warner Bros) The top 4 of If Beale Street Could Talk, BlacKkKlansman, Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Boy Erased hold tight this month as Widows creeps back up and A Star Is Born finds a closer spot in the top 10.  Beautiful Boy falls out of the top 5 for the first time, despite the film’s strong …

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Frontrunner Friday – Annapurna in flux; category changes

After last week’s drops of trailers for Vice and The Mule, this week’s Frontrunner Friday brings us a few changes that may or may not affect the status of a handful of films and performances. The big news is that Annapurna suffered a big loss with the stepping down (firing?) of its president Chelsea Barnard this week as the fledgling …

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