After leading the way with 13 nominations, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water took home 4 statues at the 90th annual Academy Awards.
While a lot of the awards that were handed out Sunday evening were fairly easy to predict (usually it was down to a couple of choices at most as to who would win), the Best Picture Oscar could have gone a lot of ways. In the end however The Shape of Water took home the award. The film also took home the Best Director statue for Guillermo del Toro, as well as Original Score and Production Design. Before accepting the statue for Best Picture del Toro jokingly checked the envelope first to make sure his film had indeed won, in reference to last year’s error that had La La Land announced as the winner when it was really Moonlight. During his acceptance speech del Toro said “I was a kid enamored with movies, growing up in Mexico. I thought this could never happen – it happens. I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of a parable, of using genre and fantasy to tell the stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is a door. Kick it open and come in.”
Another of the possible choices for Best Picture, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, helped star Frances McDormand take home her second Best Actress Oscar, while her co-star Sam Rockwell took home the Best Supporting Actor statue. As expected, Gary Oldman finally won a Best Actor trophy for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. The character actor had only ever been nominated once before for an Oscar, even though he’s played some of the most memorable characters over the span of thirty-plus years. Allison Janney took home the final acting trophy, Best Supporting Actress, for her role in I, Tonya. During her speech she even thanked the parrot that was seen sitting on her shoulder throughout the film.
Some other notable awards included Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk which won three awards (sound editing, sound mixing, and film editing), James Ivory becoming the oldest Oscar winner ever at 90 by winning Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, cinematographer Roger Deakins finally winning an Oscar for Best Cinematography after 14 nominations, and Jordan Peele’s history making win for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. Peele became the first ever black screenwriter to win that particular Oscar.
Overall the 2018 was much calmer than the previous year’s event, but in doing so it was much more predictable. And even though the night started 20 minutes earlier than usual, the event still didn’t end until past midnight. They really do need to find a way to shorten the event, or audiences will continue to tune out.
Indiana Jones 5 Will Start Production In 2019
Even though Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Ready Player One, isn’t set to hit theatres until next week, people have already started talking about the Oscar winning director’s upcoming films; including the fifth film of the long running Indiana Jones franchise.
While making an appearance at the Rakuten Empire Awards in London this weekend, Spielberg not only praised the Time’s Up movement, but he also started discussing the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 film during his acceptance speech for the Legend of Our Lifetime award. “It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK,” he said. “The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here.”
Originally the fifth movie was due out in 2019, but that was switched to July 10, 2020 last April by Disney. What we know is that Harrison Ford will once again star in the film, but Shia LaBeouf, who was one of the stars of the fourth installment The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, won’t be in it at all. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will once again produce the film, and David Koepp is currently writing the script. Other than that the film, including the plot and co-stars, is a complete mystery.
Before getting to the unnamed Indiana Jones sequel however, Spielberg is filming West Side Story and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara first.
Fifth Harmony Set To Go On Hiatus
We’ve been hearing for month now that the remaining four members of Fifth Harmony were going to take some time apart so they could launch their solo careers, and now it appears as if it is happening.
The pop group announced this morning through Twitter that the remaining members, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, and Dinah Jane , were going to go on hiatus as a group. The note begins with “Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realized just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever. We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!”
Before going on to thank their fans, and stating that they would fulfill their scheduled obligations throughout the year, the group said that “After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors. We are all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths and perspectives that we can bring back to our Fifth Harmony family.”
It was just a little over a year ago when Camila Cabello departed the group for a solo career. Cabello had what could be considered the hit of the summer with her single “Havana” off her self titled album. Whether the other four members of the group will have the same sort of success is yet to be seen.
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Tomb Raider, And Other Top Movie Remakes
This weekend Tomb Raider opens, which is a remake of the 2001 and 2003 films starring Angelina Jolie. Of course those films themselves were based on a popular video game series that has seen its story line change and evolve ever since it first appeared in 1996. As you are more than likely aware, remakes are a common thing in Hollywood, and they don’t always work. They are always being compared to the original, and in a lot of cases the original is better. Here are some of the top remakes though that stand out for being better than the original.
Ocean’s Eleven: Sure the 1960 original had Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., but the 2001 version had George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Plus, the remake was more stylish. The basic story of robbing casinos is still the same, and of course the character name of Danny Ocean, but other than that the two films are pretty different from one another.
Scarface: Admit it, you didn’t know Scarface was a remake. When you hear the movie title you automatically think of the quote”Say hello to my little friend,” and think of Al Pacino playing a greedy Cuban who takes over a drug cartel. The original though was released in 1932, and while it is critically acclaimed, it doesn’t have the punch of the remake.
Casino Royale: This one should almost not count, since the original Casino Royale was played as a spoof of the James Bond series. While the movie was sort of based on the novel by Ian Fleming, which happened to be the first James Bond novel, it really goes off the rails quickly. The 2006 remake however is considered to be one of the best James Bond movies of all times.
True Grit: John Wayne may have won an Oscar for the 1969 original film, but it looks dated and lacks, well grit. In 2010 a lot of people wondered why they would remake a film that a lot of people loved, but after receiving 10 Oscar nominations those doubts disappeared.
The Maltese Falcon: As long as their have been movies, Hollywood has been remaking them. Even this 1941 classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor was a remake. The original came out ten years earlier, and although it was still a good film, it was missing Humphrey Bogart who quite simply was born to play the role of private detective Sam Spade.
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