Trailer Watch: Baby Driver (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poseters (#2-#14)

Baby Driver, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 25, 2017)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each weekend historically. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best shots at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

Transformers: The Last Knight (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

The Beguiled (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actress (Nicole Kidman), Supporting Actor (Colin Farrell), Supporting Actress (Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning), Adapted Screenpla, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #204

We are currently working on the losers bracket.

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 23 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

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Poll: Remaking Best Picture, 2006

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Remaking Best Picture, 2006

In 1997, I began offering up Oscar Hopefuls, a list of contenders for each category at the Oscars. Today, we start a new series of polls that attempts to rebuild various categories based on what films were nominated, which were hopeful for nominations, and which were honored by precursor groups. Our first series will be for Best Picture. From 1997 forward, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five or ten (depending on the year and the rules) to make up the Best Picture slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. We start where we always start: Best Picture.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Picture (select up to 5)?

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Trailer Watch: The Emoji Movie (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#6-#11)

The Emoji Movie, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

Oscar Profile #345: Joseph LaShelle

Born July 9, 1900 in Los Angeles, California, Joseph LaShelle was trained as an electrical engineer, but went to work at Paramount as a lab technician in order earn money for tuition at Stanford University. Promoted to superintendent of the printing room within three years, he decided to forego his college education and stay on at Paramount.

Mentored by cinematographer Charles G. Clarke, he became his assistant cameraman in 1925. He later worked for Arthur C. Miller and followed him to Twentieth Century-Fox where he assisted Miller on How Green Was My Valley and The Song of Bernadette among other films. Shortly thereafter he became a credited cinematographer with 1943’s The Happy Land. With 1944’s Laura he earned his first of nine Oscar nominations and the only one that would result in a win.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 22 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jun. 23-25, 2017)

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What Are You Watching? (Jun. 23-25, 2017)

Cinema Sight Asks: What are you watching? (Jun. 23-25, 2017)

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Film Preview: Flatliners (2017)

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(June 18, 2017) Original

Release Date:

September 29, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Medical students experiment on “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: A rather cheesy tagline accompanying a colorful, symbolic poster design. It’s not great, but it’s at least noticeable.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Having seen the original in the theater 27 years ago, I can’t say that this new trailer gives me much interest in the remake. There are some interesting elements in the trailer, but it’s hopelessly generic overall.

Oscar Prospects:

Surprising as it was, the original Flatliners earned a Best Sound Effects Editing nomination. The sequel will have a much bigger hill to climb and a nomination is incredibly unlikely.

Trailer #1

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2017 Summer Season Preview: July

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

July 7, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Premise: From IMDb: “A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.”
Box Office Prospects: $350 M
Expectations: Excellent. The Original made more than $400 million at the box office. The reboot made a mere $262 million. While the disparity is large, the likelihood of an inbetween result is high. Reboot fatigue may play a part, but with Iron Man in the mix, all bets are off. No film featuring Robert Downey Jr.’s “first” Avenger has made less than $300 million at the box office. The last one to gross less than $400 million was Iron Man 2 7 years ago. However, this isn’t an Iron Man movie and it doesn’t have the vast casts of the Avengers or Civil War films, so a lower final tally wouldn’t be surprising.
Oscar Prospects: Uncertain. For a time, any film starring Iron Man was a guaranteed Oscar nominee. However, that has since changed with the last two efforts underwhelming Oscar voters. Thus, it’s possible the film is ignored. However, if there’s any category it could be a factor in, it’s Best Visual Effects.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jun. 23-25, 2017

There’s no competition for Transformers: The Last Knight. Wonder Woman should have a decent fourth weekend, but not enough to take it into the top spot. Cars 3 had a relatively soft opening, which means its second weekend drop, even if small, is going to drop it below Wonder Woman. So, even if Transformers gets bad reviews, which it will, the $100 million opening of the prior film, in spite of bad reviews, won’t dissuade moviegoers to check it out.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Beguiled
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Beguiled (Oscars); Transformers: The Last Knight (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Alien Arrival
F(l)ag Football
Food Evolution
The Operative
The Ornithologist
Tubelight

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Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman

Rating

Director

Patty Jenkins

Screenplay

Allan Heinberg

Length

2h 21m

Starring

Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content

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This Day in Oscar History: June 21 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

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Film Preview: Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

Page Revisions:

(June 18, 2017) Original

Release Date:

November 10, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Plot unknown. A follow-up to the 2015 comedy ‘Daddy’s Home.”

Poster Rating: –


Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: I never really got into the original film, so this trailer doesn’t instill in me any sense of excitement. However, there are a couple of funny moments suggesting at least a publicity department that knows how to sell a follow-up.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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