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Jennifer Lawrence confirms Burial Rights with Luca Guadagnino

The Hunger Games

Story by Jack Foley

JENNIFER Lawrence has reportedly been confirmed for a film adaptation of the Australian author Hannah Kent’s award-winning 2013 novel, Burial Rites.

Based on the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland in 1830, the movie will be produced by Lawrence (among others) and directed by Italian Luca Guadagnino, whose latest film Call Me By Your Name has been nominated for three Golden Globe awards.

A farm worker, Magnúsdóttir was sentenced to death for her part in the murder of two men.

However, due to the structure of the Icelandic legal system, she was forced to spend her final days at an isolated farmhouse with a family of upstanding citizens watching over her.

Kent’s novel re-imagines the story of these final months.

Kent herself expressed enthusiasm for the casting choice on social media, saying on Twitter that Lawrence was “a tremendous talent”.

The story of Magnúsdóttir has previously been made into a film for Icelandic audiences, in the form of 1995’s Agnes, which starred Icelandic actors Maria Ellingsen and Baltasar Kormákur.

Annihilation (Natalie Portman) - Official trailer


NOTHING can prepare you for what’s inside..

From the director of Ex Machina comes Annihilation.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac.

The book describes a team of four women (a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor) who set out into an area known as Area X.

The area is abandoned and cut off from the rest of civilization.1 They are the 12th expedition. The other expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma.

Annihilation was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later).

Annihilation is released in UK cinemas on February 23, 2018.

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The 15:17 To Paris (Clint Eastwood) - Trailer

The 15:17 to Paris

From Clint Eastwood comes The 15:17 to Paris, which tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a high-speed railway ride.

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris – an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans travelling through Europe.

The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack.

Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and US Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film.

Starring alongside them are Jenna Fischer (Hall Pass, TV’s The Office); Judy Greer (War for the Planet of the Apes); Ray Corasani (TV’s upcoming The Long Road Home); PJ Byrne (The Wolf of Wall Street); Tony Hale (TV’s Veep); and Thomas Lennon (Transformers: Age of Extinction).

Paul-Mikél Williams plays the younger Anthony, Bryce Gheisar plays the younger Alek, and William Jennings plays the younger Spencer.

Eastwood (Sully, American Sniper) directs from a screenplay by Dorothy Blyskal, based on the book by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern.

The 15:17 To Paris is released in UK cinemas on February 9, 2018.

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SAG Awards 2018: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Big Little Lies lead nominees

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Story by Jack Foley

THREE Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri leads the nominees for the Screen Actors Guild awards.

Martin McDonagh’s dark revenge drama stars Frances McDormand as a mother who takes desperate measures to bring her daughter’s killer to justice. The film received a total of four nominations, with nods for McDormand (best female actor), Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell (supporting actor) and best ensemble.

Also performing well was Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed coming-of-age story Lady Bird, which picked up three nominations, for Saoirse Ronan (best female actor), Laurie Metcalf (female supporting actor) and best ensemble.

Other films to receive multiple nominations included I, Tonya, The Big Sick, Mudbound, The Shape of Water and Get Out.

Among the British contenders vying for success are Gary Oldman, who was nominated as best actor for his turn as Churchill in Second World War drama Darkest Hour, as well as Sally Hawkins, who received a best actress nomination for her appearance as a mute cleaner in the fantasy drama The Shape of Water.

Daniel Kaluuya was also shortlisted for indie horror hit Get Out, while Judi Dench is shortlisted for her performance as Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul.

The SAG Awards are historically viewed as one of the key indicators of which films will triumph at the Oscars.

With this in mind, there were notable snubs for two films expected to feature heavily in the Oscars conversation.

Neither Steven Spielberg’s The Post or Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread picked up a single nomination, despite boasting high-profile leads in Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Daniel Day-Lewis – who is rumoured to be making his final acting appearance before retirement.

Also absent was Ridley Scott’s All The Money in the World, the John Paul Getty biopic, and Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman, both of which received surprise nods at the “Golden Globe nominations”: earlier this week.

In the TV section, HBO’s Big Little Lies picked up four nominations, including picks for Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon in the best female actor in a TV movie or mini-series.

Netflix’s Stranger Things and wrestling comedy GLOW also received four nominations each.

While Game of Thrones picked up an ensemble nod, as well as an individual nod for Peter Dinklage.

The winners of the Screen Actors Guild awards will be announced on January 21, 2018.

The list of nominees


Best male actor
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
James Franco –The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J Israel, Esq.

Best female actor
Judi Dench – Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Best male supporting actor
Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best female supporting actor
Mary J Blige – Mudbound
Hong Chau – Downsizing
Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Best ensemble performance
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best stunt ensemble
Baby Driver
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman


Best male actor in a TV movie or mini-series
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Jeff Daniels – Godless
Robert De Niro – The Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush – Genius
Alexander Skarsgård – Big Little Lies

Best female actor in a TV movie or mini-series
Laura Dern – Big Little Lies
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange – Feud: Bette & Joan
Susan Sarandon – Feud: Bette & Joan
Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies

Best male actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Sterling K Brown – This Is Us
Peter Dinklage –Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Best female actor in a drama series
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Claire Foy – The Crown
Laura Linney – Ozark
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best male actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Aziz Ansari – Master of None
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sean Hayes –Will & Grace
William H Macy – Shameless
Marc Maron – GLOW

Best female actor in a comedy series
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
Alison Brie – GLOW
Jane Fonda – Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Best ensemble performance in a drama series
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best ensemble performance in a comedy series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Orange is the New Black

Best stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
The Walking Dead

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

HAVING restored balance to the cinematic force that is Star Wars at its best with JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens two years ago, Rian Johnson now looks to take things further with the eighth episode in the saga, The Last Jedi.

The result is a film played out on the grandest of scales, that confidently encapsulates the best Star Wars traits while also expanding its horizons. The Last Jedi is fresher and more forward thinking than Abrams’ predecessor, opening up intriguing new possibilities and bringing in interesting new characters. It’s very much a changing of the guard.

And it should therefore be applauded for its willingness to take risks, even if not every single one pays off.

Johnson, as he has previously shown when handling episodes of Breaking Bad, knows how to enter into a franchise and honour its legacy, while creating something distinct in his own right.

Hence, The Last Jedi has plenty of surprises up its sleeve, whether stylistically in its surprising [and frequent] use of humour, or in terms of some of the plot ‘twists’ it delivers. It still retains the darkness inherent in franchise standard-bearer The Empire Strikes Back, but it doesn’t exist to go through the same motions.

Johnson, a self-confessed childhood fan, knows what is expected of a Star Wars entry and deploys the iconography well. There are nods to past creations and sequences, as well as one or two surprise cameos.

But he is also acutely aware of the need to keep things fresh, to usher in a generation of new heroes and villains capable of carrying Disney and Lucasfilm’s vision forward for future generations of cinema-goers. And he frequently does so with aplomb.

The film picks up in the immediate aftermath of The Force Awakens as the Resistance, led by General Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) and fellow heroes Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega), are relentlessly pursued by First Order Star Destroyers intent on ending their rebellion once and for all.

It’s eventually left to Finn and newcomer Rose Tico (a fellow soldier played by Kelly Marie Tran) to embark on their own mission aimed at thwarting this.

Rey (Daisy Ridley), meanwhile, has found Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on a remote island and persuaded him, albeit reluctantly, to train her in the ways of The Force – a task that unsettles him once he begins to realise the true extent of her powers.

And then there’s Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), still coming to terms with his own destiny, who comes to view Rey as an unlikely ally who could tip the balance of power in his favour, if he can prove his worth to Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis).

With so many characters and so much plot to squeeze in, it’s perhaps unsurprising that The Last Jedi is officially the longest film in Star Wars history so far (clocking in at just over two and a half hours). But Johnson, who also penned the screenplay, works hard to ensure that the film maintains a breathless energy, if not always managing to do justice to every single character.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Where he does, though, the actors and the emotional investment benefit. Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, now a man struggling with his own legend and the toll it has taken on him and those around him, is brilliantly realised, providing Hamill with his best work to date.

While the continued struggles of both Ridley’s Rey and Driver’s Ren are nicely realised, giving both stars plenty to work with as they gain a deeper appreciation of their [possibly linked] fate. One of the criticisms, however, does extend to the Kylo Ren character, who has still yet to attain the Darth Vader-style status that his initial appearance seemed to suggest. But that’s more down to the writing than Driver’s portrayal of him.

Of the supporting cast, newcomers such as Tran, Benicio Del Toro (as a thief) and Laura Dern (as a Resistance general) impress, while returning characters such as Isaac’s ‘trigger happy’ pilot Poe and Serkis’s villain Snoke (delivered via more performance capture) also get plenty of moments to savour.

The late Fisher, too, has plenty to do and the film honours her legacy nicely.

In terms of spectacle, The Last Jedi demands to be seen (and heard) on the biggest screen possible. Johnson injects the film with a wow factor befitting its status as a cinematic giant.

The battles are big, long and always spectacular, whether being conducted atop a planet surface awash with whites and reds, or in the midst of outer space where one explosion, quite literally, illuminates the screen without so much as a hint of sound. It’s one of several bravura moments.

As if to underline the confidence that the film has in its own ambition, Johnson is also keen to widen the universe, taking us to planets never previously visited and showing us characters and creatures that have never before been tasted. One planet, in particular, offers up a den of gambling and other illicit activities that is alive with invention and possibility.

Indeed, with so much going for it, The Last Jedi comes mighty close to being the best Star Wars entry yet. But – and it’s a relatively small one – there are moments when it stumbles.

I felt the film could have benefitted from a more cynical streak, befitting The Empire Strikes Back, instead of the sometimes cheesy optimism it deploys throughout (in the face of a lot of darkness). While some of the revelations it teases (a la Empire) ultimately fail to pay off as big as you’d expect.

But in the main, Johnson has delivered the goods: a film that isn’t afraid to be ambitious, that delights and dazzles in equal measure, while providing a worthwhile emotional investment. It is a crowd-pleaser that will be wholeheartedly embraced by fans.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 152mins
UK Release Date: December 14, 2017

Lady Macbeth and God's Own Country triumph at British independent film awards

Lady Macbeth

Story by Jack Foley

GOD’S Own Country, Francis Lee’s drama about a gay relationship between a Yorkshire farmer and a Romanian migrant worker, was crowned best independent film at the British independent film awards.

The film, based on its director’s own upbringing, beat competition from Armando Iannucci’s political satire The Death of Stalin and revenge drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, to take home the award for best British independent film,

And it also picked up trophies for leading man Josh O’Connor, as best actor, and for Lee, who was awarded best debut screenplay for his script.

Dark period drama Lady Macbeth (pictured) was the evening’s other big winner, picking up three awards to add to the already announced best cinematography and best costume design.

Leading lady Florence Pugh was crowned best actress for her role as a 19th Century woman who takes desperate measures to escape a loveless marriage, while the film’s screenwriter Alice Birch took home best screenplay and Naomi Ackie received most promising newcomer.

Elsewhere, Rungano Nyoni became the first person since Anton Corbijn in 2007 to win both best director and best debut director for her drama I Am Not a Witch, whose producer Emily Morgan also received best breakthrough producer.

Patricia Clarkson won best supporting actor for her appearance in Sally Potter’s drawing-room comedy The Party.

And Simon Russell Beale received best supporting actor for his turn in The Death of Stalin, which had previously won technical awards for best production design, best make-up and hair design and best casting.

Kristin Scott Thomas presented Gary Oldman with the Variety award, which recognised the global impact made by the actor in representing the British film industry.

The special jury prize was awarded to Femi Oguns of the Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group, for his work in tackling the absence of BAME talent on screen.

And veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave received the Richard Harris award, which recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

Redgrave was presented the award by her daughter Joely Richardson.

The main winners at a glance…

Best British independent film
God’s Own Country

Best international independent film
Get Out

Best director
Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not a Witch

Best actor
Josh O’Connor, God’s Own Country

Best actress
Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth

Best screenplay
Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth

Best supporting actress
Patricia Clarkson, The Party

Best supporting actor
Simon Russell Beale, The Death of Stalin

Debut screenplay
Francis Lee, God’s Own Country

Douglas Hickok award for best debut director
Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not a Witch

Best documentary
Almost Heaven, directed by Carol Salter

Breakthrough producer
Emily Morgan, I Am Not a Witch

Best British short film
Fish Story

Most promising newcomer
Naomi Ackie, Lady Macbeth

The discovery award
In Another Life

Best cinematography
Ari Wegner, Lady Macbeth

Best casting
Sarah Crowe, The Death of Stalin

Best costume design
Holly Waddington, Lady Macbeth

Best editing
Jon Gregory, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best effects
Nick Allder, Ben White, The Ritual

Best music
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best make-up and hair design
Nicole Stafford, The Death of Stalin

Best production design
Cristina Casali, The Death of Stalin

Best sound
Anna Bertmark, God’s Own Country

Variety award
Gary Oldman

Richard Harris Award
Vanessa Redgrave

Special Jury Award
Femi Oguns

Golden Globes 2018: The nominations in full

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Compiled by Jack Foley

THE full list of nominees for the 2018 Golden Globes are as follows. The winners will be announced on January 7, 2018.

Best film – drama
Call Me by Your Name
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best film – musical or comedy
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best film – animated
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Best film – foreign language
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
The Square

Best performance by an actress in a film – drama
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Meryl Streep, The Post
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best performance by an actor in a film – drama
Timothée 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 performance by an actress in a film – 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 in a film – 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 in a supporting role in a film
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 actor in a supporting role in a film
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie 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 director – film
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 screenplay – film
The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Molly’s Game

Best original score – film
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Post
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water

Best song – film
Home – Ferdinand
Mighty River –Mudbound
Remember Me – Coco
The Star – The Star
This Is Me –The Greatest Showman


Best TV series – drama
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This is Us

Best TV series – musical or comedy
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Master of None
Will & Grace

Best limited series or TV film
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Sinner
Top of the Lake: China Girl

Best performance by an actress in a limited series or TV film
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Best performance by an actor in a limited series or TV film
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best performance by an actor in a TV series – drama
Sterling K Brown, This is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Jason Bateman, Ozark

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – musical or comedy
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, Glow
Issa Rae, Insecure
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – musical or comedy
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will and Grace

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or TV film
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or TV film
Alfred Molina, Feud
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Christian Slater, Mr Robot

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Golden Globes 2018: The Shape of Water and Big Little Lies lead nominations

The Shape of Water

Story by Jack Foley

GUILLERMO Del Toro’s The Shape of Water leads the nominations for the film awards at this year’s Golden Globes, with seven nods.

The fantasy, which stars British actor Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaner at a governmental research facility who falls in love with a captured sea creature, secured nominations for both director Del Toro and leading lady Hawkins in the drama category, for best director and best actress respectively.

Co-stars Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer have received supporting actor and actress nominations.

The film has also received best screenplay and score nominations, as well as best picture in the drama category.

However, it is likely to face stern competition from fellow nominees The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which landed six nominations apiece.

70s-set drama The Post stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep and is directed by Steven Spielberg. It follows a couple of Washington Post staffers who clash over whether to publish classified documents about the war in Vietnam.

Both Hanks and Streep have received nods for best actor and actress, while Spielberg is nominated for best director.

Revenge drama Three Billboards, which stars Frances McDormand as a mother who tries to track down the person who raped and murdered her daughter by taking out three billboards in order to try to shame the town sheriff into action, also performed strongly.

As well as a best picture (drama) nod, the film also picked up five other nominations, including a best actress (drama) inclusion for McDormand, a best supporting actor nod for Sam Rockwell and a best director nomination for McDonagh.

Among the British hopefuls in with a big chance of success, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk picked up three nominations, including best picture (drama) and a best director nod for Nolan.

While Gary Oldman received a best actor (drama) nod for his performance as Winston Churchill in another Second World War-themed drama, Darkest Hour.

Daniel Day Lewis was the recipient of a best actor (drama) nomination for his turn in Phantom Thread, which is said to be his final appearance before retirement from acting.

And there were best actress (musical or comedy) nods for Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul) and Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker).

Appearing in the same category is Irish actor Saoirse Ronan, who received a nomination for her performance in Lady Bird.

Daniel Kaluuya received a best actor (musical or comedy) nod for his appearance in indie horror hit Get Out.


In the TV section of the awards, HBO’s murder mystery Big Little Lies, which has just announced a second season, leads the way with six nominations, including nods for stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who face off in the best actress in a limited series category.

There were also multiple nominations for Feud: Bette and Joan, which chronicles the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The acclaimed drama begins airing on BBC2 on Saturday nights.

Aziz Ansari’s comedy Master of None, dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale and Jessica Biel-starring thriller The Sinner also received several nods each.

Click here for the full list of nominees

Coco remains on top in US for third straight weekend


Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY-Pixar’s Coco has remained on top of the US box office for a third straight weekend with $18.3 million.

It meant the film joined The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Fast & Furious 8 and Split as the only four titles of 2017 to remain on top of the US box office for three weekends in a row.

Coco, which is set around Mexico’s Day of the Dead, now boasts a 19-day total of $135.5 million, meaning that it has performed similarly to Disney’s animated Moana, which opened at the same time last year.

The weekend’s only major new release was Just Getting Started, an action comedy starring Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones, which struggled to gain much interest at all from audiences.

The film wound up in 10th place with a paltry $3.2 million from 2,146 locations.

Back at the top end of the chart, superhero ensemble Justice League finished with $9.6 million, taking its US tally to $212.1 million in 24 days.

The DC title is now the 10th biggest movie of 2017 – but also the lowest performer among the five DC Extended Universe movies.

Wonder Woman had hit $318 million in the US alone at the 24-day point in June.

However, globally, Justice League has gone past $600 million worldwide with an international total of $401 million. Its performance pushed Warner Bros. past the $5 billion mark worldwide for 2017.

Family drama Wonder, starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, finished in third place with $8.5 million. In doing so, it became the 27th movie of the year to cross the $100 million mark – and one of the least costly among that group, given its $20 million budget.

James Franco’s comedy-drama The Disaster Artist took in a solid $6.4 million, thereby edging the sixth weekend of Disney-Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, which rounded out the US top five with $6.3 million. Thor‘s US total now stands above $300 million.

If box office was relatively subdued for this weekend in the US, then next week things are seriously expected to pick up as the studios roll out their tentpole titles for the festive period. Leading the way, of course, is Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is currently tracking for a monster, and potentially record-breaking, debut of over $200 million.

Ready Player One - Official trailer

Ready Player One

Warner Bros. UK is delighted to share the official first trailer revealed on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at San Diego Comic Con for Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated science fiction action adventure, Ready Player One, based on the bestseller from Ernest Cline.

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance).

When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.

When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Joining Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mud), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Bates Motel), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, Bloodline) and T.J. Miller (Deadpool, Silicon Valley), with Simon Pegg (the Star Trek movies, the Mission: Impossible movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk) round out the cast.

Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, Ready Player One was produced by Spielberg, Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman as executive producers.

The film is slated for release worldwide beginning March 30, 2018.

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