Neil Patrick Harris helps explore the history of the awe-inspiring Magic Castle in ‘M For Magic’ documentary

Neil Patrick Harris was enchanted by Los Angeles’ famed Magic Castle before he ever set a foot inside.

The actor — and longtime magic enthusiast — was a teenager living in small-town New Mexico when he learned of the sprawling private club sitting atop a hill in Hollywood where generations of magicians perform.

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Neil Patrick Harris shares his experiences at the Magic Castle in "M For Magic."(M For Magic)

“My father, who was an attorney at the time — his secretary had gone to Los Angeles, and she regaled me with stories of this magical place where walls open up when you say magic words," Harris told the Daily News last week. “I was just completely hooked. As soon as I got to Los Angeles, I tried to find out how I could go.”

The castle is now the subject of a new documentary, “M For Magic,” that explores the colorful history of the club created by Milt, Bill and Irene Larsen in the early 1960s that opened its doors to countless magicians and celebrities over the years.

Harris, a former president of the club’s board of directors, wasn’t yet 21 — the age required to visit the Magic Castle — when he moved to L.A., so he joined a group for junior magicians that allowed him to attend monthly meetings.

"Once I turned 21, I was there a lot more often,” Harris, 46, said.

The “How I Met Your Mother” star served as an executive producer on the documentary, which shows how multiple generations of the Larsen family turned the towering castle into the international mecca for magic.

“It’s really pulling back the curtain behind something that has been kept intentionally quiet for a long time," Harris said of the film. "You get to see the showrooms. You get to learn about the histories behind it. Lots of great classic footage from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s of magicians performing. It is an interesting thing because it’s a private club, so you can’t just go knock at the door and go in.”

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The Magic Castle in 2005.(Barry King/WireImage)

Harris, Jason Alexander, Dick Van Dyke, Colin Farrell, Yeardley Smith and Laurence Fishburne are among the celebrities who share their experiences at the venue in “M For Magic.”

Also featured in the film are Bill and Irene’s daughter, Erika Larsen, and granddaughter, Liberty Larsen, who continue to keep the legacy of the Magic Castle alive.

“M For Magic" was originally scheduled to premiere in March at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas; the event was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. The Magic Castle itself has closed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The documentary’s director, Alexis Manya Spraic, says “M For Magic” has received considerable interest from potential buyers since.

“My hope is that it can come out around the time that the castle looks toward reopening and really helps, not just as a rallying cry for that community, but I think because it is a larger-than-life story that is really entertaining and engaging ... as we learn to live with COVID or we get to move on past it, how do we preserve a world that supports niche communities, independent businesses, family businesses?” Spraic said.

Several of Harris’ TV characters have practiced magic, including Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother." The actor is currently writing the fourth book in his “The Magic Misfits” series.

His love of magic started at a young age.

“I was looking for a hobby, a way to pass the time, that was rewarding in multiple ways,” Harris recalls. “Not as single-minded as collecting comics or collecting stamps, where you acquire and then just keep. I wanted to acquire a skill that I could keep, and also present. In magic, you find that.”

He considers the Magic Castle the “preeminent location” in its field due to its multiple showrooms and bars, full restaurant and immense library.

Although the club is reserved for its members and guests, Harris says there are ways for people who show great interest in magic to get in.

“I highly recommend the NPH Old Fashioned," Harris said with a laugh. “Have a drink in my honor. I can’t wait to have another.”

 

Source: https://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/ny-neil-patrick-harris-magic-castle-m-for-magic-documentary-20200518-6tt5nvregnh4vofs6xnf4kimhe-story.html

GRAVITAS PICKS UP SUNDANCE DRAMA ‘BLUSH’ STARRING WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY

EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has secured the North American distribution rights to Blush, the drama written and directed by Debra Eisenstadt. Formally titled Imaginary Order, the pic, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, will get a day-and-date release on April 10.

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Bridesmaids and The Goldbergs standout Wendi McLendon-Covey stars as Cathy, an obsessive-compulsive, middle-aged woman, struggling to maintain control and significance amid fears her husband is having an affair and her thirteen-year-old daughter is becoming estranged. Cathy retreats to her sister’s home where she cat-sits, compulsively cleans and spies on a neighboring family. One by one these neighbors lure Cathy into their lives, inspire her rebellion and threaten to unravel everything, from her precarious marriage to her daughter’s innocence to her own wavering sanity.

Eisenstadt produced the pic with Cosmos Kiindarius, Timur Bekbosunov, and Peter Wong for ACE Pictures. Tony Piantedosi, VP of acquisitions at Gravitas, negotiated the deal with ICM Partners and Cinetic.

 

Source: https://deadline.com/2020/01/gravitas-ventures-acquires-sundance-blush-wendi-mclendon-covey-1202831687/

 

COLOR OUT OF SPACE LANDS ON BLU-RAY NEXT MONTH

HARDWARE and DUST DEVIL director Richard Stanley's adaptation of author H.P. Lovecraft's COLOR OUT OF SPACE (pre-order HERE) starring Nicolas Cage will be hitting 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD  via RLJE Films next month. No special features are listed, but that said, you can go ahead and check out the killer Blu-ray cover art below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think!

 

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COLOR OUT OF SPACE is based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft and begins

"After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farmstead, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.

The film is directed by Richard Stanley from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scarlett Amaris (The Theatre Bizarre). COLOR OUT OF SPACE stars Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Elliot Knight, with Q'orianka Kilcher, and Tommy Chong. It was financed by Ace Pictures and produced by SpectreVision. Producers include Daniel Noah, Lisa Whalen, Elijah Wood, and Josh C. Waller. Executive producers are Johnny Chang, Peter Wong, Timur Bekbosunov, Emma Lee, Stacy Jorgensen, Elisa Lleras, and Michael M. McGuire.

It hits theaters on January 24, 2020, and then 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD  via RLJE Films on February 25, 2020. 

 

Source: https://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/color-out-of-space-lands-on-blu-ray-next-month

NICOLAS CAGE SCI-FI HORROR 'COLOR OUT OF SPACE' OPENS, 'THE LAST FULL MEASURE' AND 'PANGA' DEBUT – SPECIALTY B.O. PREVIEW

UPDATED: Nicolas Cage is certainly building on his resume of genre-driven films with the new sci-fi horror pic Color Out of Space, which opens in limited release January 24. The film marks the first feature from celebrated cult filmmaker Richard Stanley since Hardware.


Based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft, the film follows Nathan Gardner (Cage) and his family after a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm. As things unravel, the family finds themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.

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Nicolas Cage in 'Color Out of Space'. Photo Credit RLJE Films


The film, which Stanley co-wrote with Scarlett Amaris also stars Joely Richardson (The Patriot, Nip/Tuck), Madeleine Arthur (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Family), Brendan Meyer (The OA, The Guest), Julian Hilliard (The Haunting of Hill House, The Conjuring 3), Elliot Knight (American Gothic, Once Upon a Time), Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World, Dora and the Lost City of Gold) and Tommy Chong (Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie).


The U.S. rights to the film were acquired by RLJE Films ahead of its Midnight Madness premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September. Based on the trailer (which you can watch below), the film is very much in the same vein of Mandy a fever dream of a thriller that also starred Cage. Like Mandy, the film is produced by Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision and XYZ films. Mandy banked a worldwide gross of $1,335,484.

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Poster film Color Out Of Space.


Color Out of Space is produced by SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen and Elijah Wood. Executive producers are Timur Bekbosunov, Johnny Chang, Emma Lee and Peter Wong for ACE Pictures, which is also financing. Stacy Jorgensen serves as executive producer for SpectreVision.

Modern-day B-movie has already garnered a cult audience and has been gaining traction since its world premiere at TIFF with an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is set to open in 75 theaters with an additional 150 one-night-only eventized screenings at Regal, Drafthouse, AMC, Landmark and various independent chains.
 

COLOR OUT OF SPACE: ON THE SET OF RICHARD STANLEY'S WILD COMEBACK FILM WITH NICOLAS CAGE

In a remote farmhouse about an hour’s drive outside Sintra, Portugal, EW is watching Richard Stanley direct a fight scene between Nicolas Cage, who is wearing ghoulish makeup, and his costar Elliot Knight. That the filmmaker is on the set of his new horror movie, Color Out of Space — or frankly, any film set at all — is something of a miracle. Why? Because Stanley, 53, hasn’t directed a feature film since he was fired from the 1996 flop The Island of Dr. Moreau, which swiftly derailed the South African’s once-promising career.

Over the years, Stanley repeatedly attempted to get various projects off the ground (including a black comedy, Vacation, starring Bruce Campbell), but to no avail; he was so certain Color Out of Space would prove another false dawn that producer Josh C. Waller was forced to personally pick up the director from his house in the French Pyrenees and transport him to set. “Josh had to put [me] on a vehicle at 5 in the morning and drive me south,” Stanley tells EW. “At which point it became apparent that, yeah, it was actually happening.”

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Photo credit: GUSTAVO GALHARDO FIGUEIREDO/RLJE FILMS

Based on a short story by horror author H.P. Lovecraft, Color Out of Space tracks the Gardner family, headed by Cage’s Nathan, as they start to terrifyingly transform, both mentally and physically, after a meteorite lands in their garden. The material seems perfect for Stanley, whose first (and only) two movies — 1990’s killer robot tale Hardware and 1992’s supernatural serial killer saga Dust Devil — were both visually striking. “I almost worked with him on Dust Devil,” Cage, 55, tells EW. “When I found out he was going to do it, I thought, ‘He’s exactly the right person.’”

Stanley’s comeback took root in David Gregory’s 2014 documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, which detailed how the director’s dream project became a nightmare when, having put together a cast including Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, he was sacked after just three weather-hampered days of shooting — and, according to Stanley, an argument with Kilmer. (Kilmer was unavailable for comment.) The doc depicts Stanley as an eccentric who, for example, secretly returned to the Moreau set dressed as one of the movie’s half-man, half-animal beasts and worked as an extra. But it also was a reminder that he had once been regarded as a major up-and-coming talent. “Lost Soul definitely changed things,” Stanley says.

In September 2015, Spectre­Vision — a horror-oriented inde­pen­dent film company founded by Waller, producer Daniel Noah, and actor Elijah Wood — announced it would produce a Stanley-directed Color Out of Space. That turned out to be easier to declare than achieve. In May 2016, Noah revealed on the horror podcast Shock Waves that Stanley’s reputation was scaring off financiers. “The first thing to overcome is just the fears that people have in the business about him,” Noah said. “[I tell people] ‘You’ve got to meet the guy. He’s saner than we are.’”

SpectreVision eventually secured the budget from the Malaysia-based ACE Pictures and, together with Stanley, assembled a cast that also includes Madeleine Arthur, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, stoner icon Tommy Chong, and Nip/Tuck actress Joely Richardson.

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Photo credit: RLJE FILMS

“I had no idea what to expect,” Richardson says. “I mean, Richard’s story is so incredible. I watched the documentary before I came out and I was like, really, do I know what I’m doing? And it’s been the complete opposite. Richard’s very engaging, very intelligent. He had a very, very specific vision. A couple of times I’ve wanted to go in another direction, and he’d be like, ‘No, I want it this way,’ which is reassuring, because you know that the captain of the ship has exactly his idea of what he wanted it to be. I like him very much. No one’s been difficult. It is ironic. The job that you think is going to be a breeze turns into [a problem], and the one that looks like it has all these potential pitfalls, it’s a total walk in the park!”

Cage is also full of praise for the filmmaker.

“I didn’t find him rusty at all,” the Leaving Las Vegas Oscar winner says. “Richard was totally on point, and I felt like he was more than enthusiastic to be back on set as director, and I think he enjoyed that role, and I think he handled it in a perfect way. He’s my favorite sort of director in that he doesn’t fix things that aren’t broken. He lets the scenes find themselves, and he goes with them, and he’s very supportive.”

Stanley himself reveals that he felt most nervous about the shoot’s third day. “Because I made it as far as day 3 on The Island of Dr. Moreau,” he says with a chuckle. “So I thought, ‘If I make it past day 3, it’ll be okay.’”

Stanley and SpectreVision have plans to make two more Lovecraft adaptations, including a version of his story The Dunwich Horror. The director also says that Dave and James Franco have shown interest in turning the Moreau fiasco into a TV show: The director describes it as “a televisual follow-up to The Disaster Artist — with actors playing myself and Mr. Brando — to run, insanely, as a series. I just hope that whoever they get to play me has nice abs.”

Color Out of Space hits theaters Jan. 24. Special event screenings will be held Jan. 22, where audiences can get a sneak peek at the movie along with exclusive additional content after the credits. More information can be found on the film’s website.

Exclusively see the film’s new poster above.

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Photo credit: RLJE FILMS

 

Source: https://ew.com/movies/2019/12/17/color-out-of-space-richard-stanley-nicolas-cage-interview/

'DANIEL ISN'T REAL': PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER STARS IN NEW UK TRAILER FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER (EXCLUSIVE)

After earning rave reviews on the festival circuit, Arrow Films will release the chilling imaginary friend horror Daniel Isn’t Real into UK cinemas on 7 February, 2020, and we’ve got the first look at the film’s new UK trailer.

Watch it here.

Featuring the next generation of acting talent from two iconic Hollywood families, it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tim Robbins/Susan Sarandon’s sons –Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miles Robbins as well as Sasha Lane (Hellboy, American Honey).


The film debuted at SXSW earlier this year where it was warmly received by critics. The Hollywood Reporter called it “a genuinely provocative shocker”, while horror specialists Bloody Disgusting described it as “a near-perfect combination of body horror, cosmic horror and psychological horror that gets under your skin while also finding its way into your heart.”

Daniel Isn’t Real is based on the novel In This Way I Was Saved by Brian DeLeeuw with the screenplay by Brian DeLeeuw and Adam Egypt Mortimer and produced by Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen, Elijah Wood with Spectrevision and ACE Pictures.

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Daniel Isn't Real UK quad. (Arrow Films)

 

It follows troubled Luke (Miles Robbins) who suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, “Daniel” (Patrick Schwarzenegger) helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him into a desperate fight for his own soul.

Director Adam Egypt Mortimer said: “Over the seven years Brian and I worked on adapting his novel, different themes emerged — particularly through the seductive character of Daniel. His nihilistic point of view made me want to make the sort of movie that would wake people up to the danger of reality and thrill them with the scary idea that people are all one impulsive decision away from violence or true evil.

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Miles Robbins and Patrick Schwarzenegger in Daniel Isn't Real (Arrow Films)

 

Within all the technique, colours, stunt, and psychotronic moments, the best part of the movie is the emotional reality between the characters. Daniel Isn’t Real is my heart put on film. And I can't wait to have a public conversation about it with you all!”

Daniel Isn’t Real is released in UK cinemas 7 February, 2020.

 

Source: https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/patrick-schwarzenegger-admits-he-scared-of-his-father-when-he-transformed-for-famous-role-095800275.html

Sundance Film Festival screens Malaysian production firm’s fantasy drama ‘Come Away’

PETALING JAYA, Jan 28 — Malaysian production company ACE Pictures is beaming with pride after its latest film Come Away was selected from more than 15,100 submissions for screening at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Come Away was among 118 feature-length films shortlisted for screening at Sundance, the biggest independent film festival in the United States which takes place every year in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The film, which stars A-listers Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo, and Michael Caine, is the third Hollywood film financed by ACE Pictures to make it to the prestigious festival, after Clemency and Imaginary Order.

Directed by Brenda Chapman, who helmed Pixar’s Oscar-winning Brave, Come Away draws inspiration from the classic children’s tales Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

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ACE Pictures’ president Peter Wong, ‘Come Away’ director Brenda Chapman, and ACE Pictures vice president of business affairs Emma Lee at the premiere for ‘Come Away’ at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. — Picture courtesy of ACE Pictures

 

The fantasy drama tells the story of three siblings who spend their days fighting imaginary pirates and hunting for treasure in their idyllic country home.

The family is then left to contend with a monumental change when eldest brother David is sent off to boarding school by their aunt and an unexpected tragedy occurs.

ACE Pictures’ chief executive officer Johnny Chang said they hope to make a name for themselves in the international film arena, adding that Come Away’s Sundance achievement is just the beginning.

“It is definitely recognition for the team’s determination to bring to life appealing stories and present them to a global audience.

“It has always been our passion and goal to venture into the international film arena and learn from the world’s largest and best movie industry and to produce stories that stand out in a crowded film market,” Chang said in a press release.

Come Away is the latest of eight films to be funded and produced by Kuala Lumpur-based ACE Pictures, which is part of the diversified investment conglomerate ACE Holdings Berhad.

 

Source: https://www.malaymail.com/news/showbiz/2020/01/28/sundance-film-festival-screens-malaysian-production-firms-fantasy-drama-com/1832156

 

COLOR OUT OF SPACE WINS BIG AT 24TH ANNUAL H. P. LOVECRAFT FILM FESTIVAL, PLUS ALL 2019 AWARD WINNERS!

Congratulations to all the 2019 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival Award Winners! With over 45 short and feature films, we had more films than ever eligible for awards. Choosing the winning films was extremely difficult, and all the filmmakers whose films were accepted this year should be extremely proud.

Categories and winning films are:

Best Feature: Color Out of Space by Richard Stanley

Best Short Film: "Red Moon" by Thomas Chrétien

Best Adaptation: "The Last Incantation" by Woodruff Laputka

Best Screenplay: "Flypaper" by Brian Hauser

Audience Choice: Color Out of Space by Richard Stanley

*Lovecraft Under the Gun: "Secluse" by team Monsieur Soeur

**Pickman's Apprentice: "Romantic Shoggoth" sculpture by Monstark

Spiritus Nostrae: presented to Vincent Price

 

*Lovecraft Under the Gun is a 72 hour film competition. Teams have 3 days to make a short film from scratch, using a line of dialogue and a prop that are revealed when they register. The audience chooses the winner based on technical merit, creativity, and how well they used the prop and line of dialogue.

**Pickman's Apprentice is a live art competition. This year's challenge was to create an original sculpture in 2 hours based on a Lovecraftian monster and mood. The finished works are sold by silent auction. The proceeds are being donated to relief efforts after the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.

 

Source: https://hplfilmfestival.com/hplfilmfestival-portland-or#top

 

Color Out of Space is fully funded by ACE Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of ACE Holdings Berhad.
 

ABOUT ACE HOLDINGS BERHAD

ACE Holdings Berhad is an investment holdings company and the ultimate parent to the entities in the ACE Group of Companies. Since 1992, ACE Holdings has built a reputation for pioneering innovative business models, opening up new markets and categories, and pursuing mutually beneficial collaborations with renowned multinational corporations. This is made possible by its vastly talented and experienced team, who are dedicated towards evaluating and carrying out investment strategies founded on five market sustainability pillars – high-growth enterprises, high-yielding capital market instruments, well-defined strategies, sophisticated financial modelling tools, and market innovations.

Oscars 2020: Best Actress Predictions (Alfre Woodard, Clemency)

With the film festivals under way, the 2020 Oscars, which will hit the calendar earlier than usual, are coming into focus. Nominations are announced January 13, with the earliest-ever Oscar show on February 9. This year’s returning Oscar hopefuls include Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”), Renée Zellweger (“Cold Mountain”) and Charlize Theron (“Monster”).

Newcomers include Sundance breakout Awkwafina, star of Lulu Wang’s true-story family dramedy “The Farewell” (July 12) which A24 acquired for $6 million for the world (outside China). Shot in English and Mandarin and showcasing the acting chops of the “Crazy Rich Asians” star, “The Farewell” (Metascore: 87) is a strong summer performer for a foreign-language indie (American movies are not eligible for the International Feature Film Oscar). Visibility will be key to this movie’s Oscar chances.

Neon acquired another Sundance breakout (Metascore: 75), writer-director Chinonye Chukwu’s prison drama “Clemency” (December 27), starring Alfre Woodard as a prison warden under duress. Hard-hitting social-action dramas have a long history with the Academy: think Oscar-winner “Dead Man Walking,” which earned a Best Actor nomination for Sean Penn and a Best Actress win for Susan Sarandon. Woodard hasn’t been nominated since her breakout role in “Cross Creek” in 1983. “Clemency” won the U.S. Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize before opening New Directors/New Films at MoMA.

Last year, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” was such a critical and box-office zeitgeist hit that it yielded four 2018 Oscar nominations, including Best Actor Daniel Kaluuya and an Original Screenplay win for Peele. This year, Blumhouse’s follow-up horror release “Us” (March 22, Universal) delivered comparable reviews and box office. But the genre movie was also met with high expectations. Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) is likeliest to return to the Oscar fray for her layered dual performance.

Scoring at the fall festivals is “The Hollow Crown” director Rupert Goold’s “Judy” (September 27, Roadside/LD Entertainment), which marks the return of Oscar-winning “Bridget Jones” star Renée Zellweger (“Cold Mountain”) as she takes on chanteuse Judy Garland. The film, written by Tom Edge (“The Crown”), covers the singer’s final 1968 concerts in London. The film is rolling forward from a strong Telluride launch followed by audience accolades at TIFF. So far so good. The distributor, with the right stuff, has delivered such Oscar-contenders as “Biutiful,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Albert Nobbs.”

Ready to make a splash is multi-talented British singer-actress Cynthia Erivo (“Widows”) who stars in the title role of abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons’ biographical drama, “Harriet,” another Focus Features fall release which earned strong reviews for Erivo at TIFF.

Netflix is playing multiple fall festivals to great acclaim for “Marriage Story,” a relationship drama from New York writer-director Noah Baumbach, which boasts two juicy lead performances from once-nominated Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”) and never-nominated Scarlett Johansson as a couple going through a fractious divorce. Marvel star Johannson (Black Widow, “Avengers: Endgame”) is overdue for some Oscar cred; Netflix is giving this film the full awards treatment.

Bill Condon returns with late-life romance “The Good Liar” (New Line, November 15), about a con artist (Ian McKellen) who courts a wealthy widow (Helen Mirren). Both stars are Oscar bait; the question is how the movie is received by critics and audiences. It could be this year’s “Widows,” a film that leans into genre-thriller territory.

Landing a prime-time release slot is Melina Matsoukas’ “Queen & Slim” (November 27, Universal), written by James Frey and Lena Waithe and starring TV star Jodie Turner-Smith (“Nightflyers”) as a young woman whose first date with a handsome young man (Daniel Kaluuya) turns unexpectedly violent when a cop pulls over their car. The story heads into “Sugarland Express” territory as they go on the run. Universal, which backed “Get Out,” “Us,” and “Straight Outta Compton,” will look for a breakout hit before they assess awards potential.

Hitting the year-end holiday season is Baumbach’s partner Greta Gerwig’s follow-up to Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird,” the writer-director’s adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott children’s classic “Little Women” (December 25, Sony). Gerwig reunites with “Lady Bird” stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet as Jo and Laurie. Ronan could score her fourth Oscar nomination.

Also heading into the holidays, Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes docudrama “Bombshell” (December 20, Lionsgate) boasts an embarrassment of riches for the actresses playing the women who took on the toxic male culture of Fox News. The main adversary for the Fox News czar (John Lithgow) is Megyn Kelly, played by chameleon Charlize Theron, who could earn her third nomination.

Universal is pushing hard for “Les Miserables” director Tom Hooper’s latest VFX-packed musical extravaganza, “Cats” (December 20). Front and center is Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”), who could notch her second nod as Grizabella.

As ever, contenders are listed in alphabetical order; no film will be deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it.

Frontrunners:
Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Alfre Woodard (“Clemency”)
Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)

Contenders:
Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Jennifer Hudson (“Cats”)
Helen Mirren (“The Good Liar”)
Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Jodie Turner-Smith (“Queen & Slim”)

 

Source: https://www.indiewire.com/feature/oscars-2020-best-actress-predictions-1202127786/

 

Clemency was fully funded by ACE Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of ACE Holdings Berhad.

 

ABOUT ACE HOLDINGS BERHAD

ACE Holdings Berhad is an investment holdings company and the ultimate parent to the entities in the ACE Group of Companies. Since 1992, ACE Holdings has built a reputation for pioneering innovative business models, opening up new markets and categories, and pursuing mutually beneficial collaborations with renowned multinational corporations. This is made possible by its vastly talented and experienced team, who are dedicated towards evaluating and carrying out investment strategies founded on five market sustainability pillars – high-growth enterprises, high-yielding capital market instruments, well-defined strategies, sophisticated financial modelling tools, and market innovations.

Miles Robbins of Daniel Isn't Real won best actor at Sitges

Official Announcement from Sitges Film Festival 2019:

 

PALMARÈS SITGES 52

Secció Oficial Fantàstic a competició

Millor pel·lícula / Mejor película / Best Feature Length Film
El hoyo, de Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Millor direcció / Mejor dirección / Best Direction (sponsored by XAL)
Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles (Bacurau)

Millor interpretació masculina / Mejor interpretación masculina / Best Actor (sponsored by Jeep Turiauto)
Miles Robbins (Daniel Isn’t Real)

Millor interpretació femenina / Mejor interpretación femenina / Best Actress (sponsored by Mistinguett Sparkling)
Imogen Poots (Vivarium)

Millor guió / Mejor guion / Best Screenplay (sponsored by Caixabank & La Caixa)
Mirrah Foulkes (Judy & Punch)

Millors efectes especials / Mejores efectos especiales / Best Special Effects (sponsored by Deluxe)
Iñaki Madariaga (El hoyo)

Millor fotografia / Mejor fotografía / Best Photography (sponsored by Moritz)
Manu Dacosse (Adoration)

Millor música / Mejor música / Best Music
Dan Levy (J’ai perdu mon corps)

Premi especial del jurat / Premio especial del jurado / Special Jury Prize
Adoration, de Fabrice du Welz

Gran Premi del públic a la millor pel·lícula / Gran Premio del público a la mejor película / Audience Award Best Motion Picture (sponsored by La Vanguardia)
El hoyo, de Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Millor curtmetratge de gènere fantàstic / Mejor cortometraje de género Fantástico / Best Fantastic Genre Short Film (sponsored by Fotogramas)
Polterde Álvaro Vicario

Menció als nens d'Adoration / Mención a los niños de Adoration /Mention to the kids of Adoration
Thomas Gioria & Fantine Harduin

Menció a la pel·lícula Achoura / Mención a la película Achoura / Mention to the Film Achoura
Achoura, de Talal Selhami

 

Source: https://sitgesfilmfestival.com/eng/festival/palmares

 

Daniel Isn't Real is fully funded by ACE Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of ACE Holdings Berhad.

 

ABOUT ACE HOLDINGS BERHAD

ACE Holdings Berhad is an investment holdings company and the ultimate parent to the entities in the ACE Group of Companies. Since 1992, ACE Holdings has built a reputation for pioneering innovative business models, opening up new markets and categories, and pursuing mutually beneficial collaborations with renowned multinational corporations. This is made possible by its vastly talented and experienced team, who are dedicated towards evaluating and carrying out investment strategies founded on five market sustainability pillars – high-growth enterprises, high-yielding capital market instruments, well-defined strategies, sophisticated financial modelling tools, and market innovations.