The Nominees for the 75th Annual Golden Globes Are:

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This morning, the entertainment industry woke up to a buzz as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association declared their highest prize for the biggest accomplishments in film and television. The Golden Year for the Golden Globes is upon us as the nominees for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards have been revealed. The nominees for the film categories are:

Best Foreign Language Film:

  • A Fantastic Woman
  • First They Killed My Father
  • In the Fade
  • Loveless
  • The Square

Best Original Song:

  • “Home”-Ferdinand
  • “Mighty River”-Mudbound
  • “Remember Me”-Coco
  • “The Star”-The Star
  • “This is Me”-The Greatest Showman

Best Original Score:

  • Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
  • Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
  • John Williams, The Post
  • Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Best Screenplay:

  • Guillermo Del Toro & Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  • Liz Hannah & Josh Singer, The Post
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game

Best Animated Feature:

  • The Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner
  • Coco
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  • Arnie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
  • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Plummer, All The Money in the World
  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  • Hong Chau, Downsizing
  • Allison Janney, I, Tonya
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Performance by an Actress (Musical or Comedy):

  • Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
  • Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
  • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  • Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Best Performance by an Actor (Musical or Comedy):

  • Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
  • Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
  • James Franco, The Disaster Artist
  • Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Performance by an Actress (Drama):

  • Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
  • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Meryl Streep, The Post
  • Michelle Williams, All The Money in the World

Best Performance by an Actor (Drama):

  • TimothĂ©e Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
  • Tom Hanks, The Post
  • Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
  • Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Director:

  • Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Ridley Scott, All The Money in the World
  • Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Picture (Musical or Comedy):

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Best Picture (Drama):

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You can click here to see the full list of nominees for the Golden Anniversary for the Golden Globes! The festivities kick off on January 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM in Beverley Hills. Seth Meyers will be the Master of Ceremonies and my personal predictions will be up in the next few weeks. We are well on our way into Awards Seasons ladies and gents! 😆

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Rejoice! The Critics Choice Nominations Are Here!

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I completely missed the announcements but what a wonderful treat to learn that they are here for all of us to see! The 23rd Annual Critics Choice Awards are upon us and the Broadcast Film Critics Association has declared who they considered to be the best of the best films of 2017. Let’s take a look at the nominees, shall we?

Best Young Actor/Actress:

  • McKenna Grace, Gifted
  • Dafne Keen, Logan
  • Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, The Florida Project
  • Millicent Simmonds, Wonderstruck
  • Jacob Tremblay, Wonder

Best Acting Ensemble:

  • Dunkirk
  • Lady Bird
  • Mudbound
  • The Post
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Animated Feature:

  • The Breadwinner
  • Coco
  • Despicable Me 3
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Loving Vincent

Best Visual Effects:

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Wonder Woman

Best Score:

  • Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
  • Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
  • Dario Marianelli, Darkest Hour
  • Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer, Blade Runner 2049
  • John Williams, The Post
  • Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Best Song:

  • “Evermore”, Beauty & The Beast
  • “Mystery of Love”, Call Me By Your Name
  • “Remember Me”, Coco
  • “Stand Up for Something”, Marshall
  • “This is Me”, The Greatest Showman

Best Foreign Language Film:

  • BPM
  • A Fantastic Woman
  • First They Killed My Father
  • In the Fade
  • The Square
  • Thelma

Best Costume Design:

  • RenĂ©e April, Blade Runner 2049
  • Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread
  • Jacqueline Durran, Beauty & The Beast
  • Lindy Hemming, Wonder Woman
  • Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water

Best Editing:

  • Michael Kahn & Sarah Broshar, The Post
  • Paul Machliss & Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver
  • Lee Smith, Dunkirk
  • Joe Walker, Blade Runner 2049
  • Sidney Wolinsky, The Shape of Water

Best Production Design:

  • The Shape of Water
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Dunkirk
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Beauty & The Beast
  • Phantom Thread

Best Cinematography:

  • Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
  • Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk
  • Dan Lausten, The Shape of Water
  • Rachel Morrison, Mudbound
  • Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me By Your Name

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Guillermo Del Toro & Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  • Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
  • Liz Hannah & Josh Singer, The Post
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name
  • Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist
  • Dee Rees & Virgil Williams, Mudbound
  • Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game
  • Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad & Stephen Chbosky, Wonder

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  • Hong Chau, Downsizing
  • Tiffany Haddish, Girl’s Trip
  • Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
  • Allison Janney, I, Tonya
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  • Arnie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
  • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Patrick Stewart, Logan
  • Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name

Best Actress:

  • Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
  • 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

Best Actor:

  • TimothĂ©e Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
  • James Franco, The Disaster Artist
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Stronger
  • Tom Hanks, The Post
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
  • Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Director:

  • Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out
  • Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Picture:

  • The Big Sick
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • The Florida Project
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The full list of nominees can be found right here! The 23rd Annual Critics Choice Awards will be televised on The CW Network on January 11, 2018 at 8:00. My personal predictions should be posted before then so stay tuned. So exciting!

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Go to War With The Mad Titan!

Everything we know, thought we knew and will know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Avenger’s Initiative, has led to this! For the longest time, a figure has operated in the shadows of the universe, moving in secret to collect the instruments needed to plunge all of creation into darkness. This figure is ready to emerge from behind the scenes at a critically precise moment. The Mad Titan Thanos arrives on Earth to gather the remains of the Infinity Stones and it will take the full force of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to drive him and his dark ambitions back but can they assemble after the Civil War over the Sokovia Accords tore them apart? The trailer for Avengers: Infinity War teases a collision course of galactic proportions!

A galaxy of stars assemble in the Russo Brother’s epic close to Phase Three of the MCU. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin and so many more to name. The Infinity War begins on May 4, 2018.

In One Year, the Wizarding World Will Witness The Crimes of Grindelwald

Before Lord Voldemort, the world of witchcraft and wizardry was terrorized by a powerful and fearsome wizard named Gellert Grindelwald who met his downfall at the hands of his former friend Albus Dumbledore. In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the feats of Grindelwald were briefly teased as Newt Scamander scoured 1940s New York City scrambling to retrieve his escaped magical creatures and the film ended with the Dark Wizard in the custody of the MACUSA, or so we thought. Details on the new magical follow-up to Fantastic Beasts has finally come to light including the title: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

According to Warner Bros., in the new film Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) has escaped custody and will be seen gathering followers to his nefarious cause. This next film will also see Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) enlisted by Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to try and stop him.

As a fan of the first Fantastic Beasts picture, I’ve been eagerly looking forward to the new adventures of Newt Scamander for some time now, especially since this film will feature a young Professor Dumbledore. I was wondering if this film will explore the dynamic relationship between Jude Law’s Dumbledore and Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald and how magizoologist Newt Scamander finds himself in the middle of the feud between them again.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Allison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Carmen Ejogo, Jude Law, Jessica Williams, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim and Zoë Kravitz. David Yates is returning to direct and the film is written by none other than J.K. Rowling. The magic arrives in theaters on November 16, 2018.

Rian Johnson Signs on for More Star Wars

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We are only a few weeks away from the most anticipated movie of the year. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is set to bow into theaters on December 15, 2017 and writer/director Rian Johnson is at the helm of this picture which is poised to be seen as a game-changer to the entire Star Wars franchise. I’m as excited about this film as anyone else and I can’t wait to see where Johnson is going to take this new chapter of the franchise but now there is even more reason to be excited for Johnson and Star Wars going forward. Just confirmed by Lucasfilm, Rian Johnson will spearhead an entirely new Star Wars trilogy, in addition to other projects.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

This new trilogy will venture outside of the episodic trilogy focused on the Skywalkers and into uncharted territory that has never been explored within the Star Wars canon. Meaning, this new trilogy will explore new worlds and focused on characters never before seen in the galaxy far, far away. Johnson’s longtime friend and collaborator Ram Bergman, will also have a hand in producing this new facet of this epic and iconic franchise.

“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.” 

There is no word on when this new trilogy will get underway but as soon as the details emerge, it will be relayed accordingly. Rian Johnson is about to trek deeper into a larger world.

The Newest Recruit to the DC Extended Universe: Zachary Levi!

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The lineup for the feature films produced by DC Comics after the upcoming Justice League includes Shazam! which happens to be in the early stages of production according to director David F. Sandberg. Shazam! was announced when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced that he would be portraying the character’s archenemy Black Adam, but his character exited the film to pursue his own feature but plans to do battle with the protagonist in a possible future film.

The plot for Shazam!:

Young Billy Batson finds himself gifted with the power of the wizard Shazam to fight against the forces of evil. With the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury, he is the holder of the power of S.H.A.Z.A.M

Today, Sandberg made an announcement of heroic proportions as he finally put to rest as to who would be stepping into the title role and that honor goes to none other than Zachary Levi!

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This is a big move for New Line and Levi, who is known for comedic roles, and starred in NBC’s hit spy-comedy series Chuck from 2007-2012. He also has superhero credentials and can be seen next week in Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok as Fandral, one of Thor’s companions. He also recently appeared in NBC’s Heroes Reborn and the network’s Eva Longoria comedy Telenovela.

I am familiar with Levi and his work in both film and television. I’m not familiar with Chuck but I know him from Heroes Reborn and I recognized him from his role in Thor: The Dark World. Landing this leading role could be a good opportunity for him to assert himself as a leading man. Also, this is a move that seems typical for DC since they have established a track record of unexpected castings ala Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Jared Leto and Jason Momoa; I never expected any of these actors to get the roles they did for this cinematic universe but here we are!

Shazam! aims to strike into theaters on April 5, 2019.

Update: We also have our Billy Batson! Just confirmed via Variety, young actor Asher Angel will be portraying Shazam’s non-superhuman half.

Deathstroke is Strong Enough for His Own Standalone Film!

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When The Batman was announced way back when, Ben Affleck tapped notable fan-favorite anti-hero Deathstroke as the Dark Knight’s antagonist in the picture and Joe Mangionello was cast to go toe-to-toe with Affleck’s Batman. Since Matt Reeves signed on to direct the film, much of the details about The Batman became clouded due to rewrites and leading to speculation that Deathstroke may or may not be the villain of said picture. It has also been speculated that if Reeves elects to go in another direction regarding the villain, Deathstroke may be considered for the villain of another DCEU picture such as Nightwing. Speculation about the fate of the DC Comics mercenary Slade Wilson can now be put to rest due to the announcement that a solo Deathstroke picture is brewing.

An expert in hand-to-hand combat, military tactics, weapons and an intellect among some of the most prolific villains in the DC mythology, is basically an adversary worthy of Batman’s attention, capable of fighting him on his terms and his level.

Gareth Evans, director of The Raid, is currently being courted to direct the film with Mangionello potentially leading the picture.

No deals have been completed with Evans or Manganiello. The actor was previously cast as the villain in Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film, back when Affleck was both starring in and directing The Batman. It is unclear if he will still appear in a solo Batman film, which director Matt Reeves is now helming.

Deathstroke joins a growing collection of prominent villains worthy of their own feature-length films. Suicide Squad already broke ground for the DC villains, another Suicide Squad picture is in the works with Gavin O’Connor directing, Black Adam-the archenemy of Shazam-starring Dwayne Johnson is getting his own film, a feature focused on Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is supposed to happen in the near future; the DC Extended Universe is certainly taking the time to explore both the worlds of heroes and villains. There is no word on when this solo Deathstroke movie will go into production nor a release date.