The Florida Project Trailer

A24 continues to take the risks that other studios are afraid to do. Great reward comes with great risk. Last year they took home the Oscar for Moonlight.

The Florida Project is a film that tells the story of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), a precocious 6-year-old girl who lives with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a community of extended-stay motel guests in pastel-streaked Orlando. It’s a hard life seen through the eyes of youthful adventure, a tightrope walk, really. And in a world where no one can say with any confidence what an Oscar movie really is anymore, it certainly has a chance.

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Academy Announces New President

From Panarmenia.net….Cinematographer John Bailey is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Associated Press reports.

The organization’s board of governors elected Bailey to a one-year term late Tuesday, August 8. He succeeds Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who has held the post since 2013. Boone Isaacs became a very visible representative of the organization during her tenure, with the #OscarsSoWhite scandal and this year’s best-picture flub. She said earlier this year that she would not seek re-election.

Bailey’s film credits include “American Gigolo,” "The Big Chill,” "Groundhog Day” and “As Good as It Gets.” He has been a film academy governor representing the cinematography branch for 14 years.

The film academy president traditionally appears on the Academy Awards telecast. Next year’s ceremony is the 90th.

Suburbicon Gets A Trailer

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Directed by George Clooney, Suburbicon is an upcoming crime horror-thriller film written by Joel and Ethan Coen, Clooney and Grant Heslov. The film stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, and Oscar Isaac.

Paramount is positioning Suburbicon for an Oscar run. It has been selected to be screened in the main competition section at the Venice International Film Festival. It is also scheduled to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The trailer released today gives us a better idea of the plot of Suburbicon. Thinly described on IMDB as a home invasion rattles a quiet family town.  

42nd Toronto International Film Festival Announces Line-up

TIFF announced their line-up for this years film festival. Toronto, Telluride and Venice are important stops before breaking into Oscar contention. Some good films will be going to Toronto this year. Including the premiere of the Winston Churchill film Darkest Hour. A movie that could give Gary Oldman an Oscar nomination. Battle of the Sexes with Emma Stone and Steve Carrell also made the list. Along with Darron Aronofsky's Mother and George Clooney's Suburbicon,

A few hits from Sundance are also making it to Toronto. Including Call me by Your Name and Mudbound. Rumor had it that Netflix acquiring Mudbound ruined its Oscar chances, but it looks like they are pushing forward with an awards campaign.

Here is the full list of films playing Toronto: (links will take you to more info on the film)

A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, Chile

A Season in France | Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France

Battle of the Sexes | Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, USA

BPM (Beats Per Minute) | Robin Campillo, France

Breathe | Andy Serkis, United Kingdom

Call Me By Your Name | Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France

Catch the Wind | Gaël Morel, France

C'est la vie! | Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, France

Darkest Hour | Joe Wright, United Kingdom

Disobedience | Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom

Downsizing | Alexander Payne, USA

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool | Paul McGuigan, United

Kingdom

First They Killed My Father | Angelina Jolie, Cambodia

Hostiles | Scott Cooper, USA

I, Tonya | Craig Gillespie, USA

Kings | Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium

Lady Bird | Greta Gerwig, USA

Long Time Running | Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier,

Canada

Mary Shelley | Haifaa Al Mansour, Ireland/United

Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA

mother! | Darren Aronofsky, USA

Mudbound | Dee Rees, USA

Novitiate | Maggie Betts, USA

Omerta | Hansal Mehta, India

Plonger | Mélanie Laurent, France

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women | Angela Robinson,

USA

Sheikh Jackson | Amr Salama, Egypt

Stronger | David Gordon Green, USA

Submergence | Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain

Suburbicon | George Clooney, USA

The Brawler | Anurag Kashyap, India

The Breadwinner | Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg

The Catcher Was A Spy | Ben Lewin, USA

The Children Act | Richard Eyre, United Kingdom

The Current War | Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA

The Guardians | Xavier Beauvois, France

The Hungry | Bornila Chatterjee, India

The Mountain Between Us | Hany Abu-Assad, USA

The Price of Success | Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France

The Rider | Chloé Zhao, USA

The Shape of Water | Guillermo del Toro, USA

The Square | Ruben Östlund, Sweden

The Wife | Björn Runge, United Kingdom/Sweden

Thelma | Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | Martin

McDonagh, USA

Untitled Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Film | Neil Burger, USA

Victoria and Abdul | Stephen Frears, United Kingdom

Woman Walks Ahead | Susanna White, USA

The Toronto Film Festival will run September 7-17.

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Oscar Winner Martin Landau Dies at 89


Martin Landau passed away on Sunday at 89. Landau won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. His credits also include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mission Impossible and North by Northwest. 
Landau was nominated for an Oscar 3 separate times. First for Best Supporting Actor in Tucker: The Man and His Dream in 1989. He was nominated again and won Best Supporting Actor the following year for Crimes and Misdemeanors.  He also took home the Supporting Actor Oscar in 1995 for Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.

Landau appeared in numerous TV shows including Mission: Impossible. 

Stronger Gets a Trailer


The first trailer for Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by David Gordon Green was released today.  

A victim of the Boston Marathon (Jeff Bauman) bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma. We all remember the picture of Bauman being wheeled to safety with his leg blown off and another man holding the artery closed. 

Stronger is scheduled to be released on September 22nd.