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Producers Guild Awards 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ Seizes Oscar Momentum

Producers Guild Awards 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ Seizes Oscar Momentum
“The Shape of Water” is rapidly becoming the Best Picture Oscar favorite after winning the 29th PGA Awards Saturday night, with producers Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale taking home the top Darryl F. Zanuck prize. That’s two in a row for del Toro’s adult fairy tale of love and inclusion after topping the Critics Choice Awards, with momentum heading into Tuesday’s Oscar nominations.

Del Toro, though, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Director, was unable to attend. He was in Mexico with his ailing father. “The Shape of Water” co-star Richard Jenkins read a note on del Toro’s behalf, dedicating the award to both his parents.

For the first time, thanks to a tie, the PGA had a record 11 nominees, with “The Shape of Water” beating Golden Globe winner, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (both from Fox Searchlight). But “Three Billboards” is the
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Producers Boost ‘Shape of Water’ Ahead of SAG Awards, Oscar Nominations

Producers Boost ‘Shape of Water’ Ahead of SAG Awards, Oscar Nominations
The Producers Guild of America is the first industry organization of the season to speak up on the year’s best work. The group’s choice: Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

Now what?

For a period of time, the PGA prize was seen as a solid Oscar harbinger. Given that it is the only other organization to use the preferential balloting system employed by the Academy to determine the best picture Oscar nominations and winner, it’s instructive. You can observe how the lineup performs, etc.

But there’s the rub. The PGA lineup never fully matches the Oscar best picture slate, and those variables — films like “Deadpool,” “Ex Machina” and “Straight Outta Compton” in recent years — are certain to have an impact on the math. The last two PGA winners, “The Big Short” and “La La Land,” failed to translate their victories into Oscar gold.

So, again, now what?
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‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Producers Guild Award, Stays Hot in Oscar Race

‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Producers Guild Award, Stays Hot in Oscar Race
Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” has been named the best-produced film of 2017 by the Producers Guild of America, an honor that has typically been one of the most reliable indicators that a film is on track to win the Oscar for Best Picture. In the television categories, “The Handmaid’s Tale” won for drama, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” for comedy and “Black Mirror” for longform TV. Pixar’s “Coco,” to the surprise of no one, won the award for animated feature, while “Jane” won the documentary award. Other awards went to “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” “The Voice” and “Leah...
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Producers Guild Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List, from “The Shape of Water” to “Coco” and “Jane”

Producers Guild Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List, from “The Shape of Water” to “Coco” and “Jane”
The Producers Guild Awards anointed “The Shape of Water” as its Best Picture, the same result as last week’s Critics’ Choice Awards. Guillermo del Toro’s “fairy tale for troubled times” was previously the most-nominated Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards feature, giving Fox Searchlight reason to feel hopeful in ahead of January 23 Oscar nominations.

However, tonight’s event at the Beverly Hills Hilton was more somber and subdued. “Shape of Water” co-star Richard Jenkins read a letter from del Toro: “Life has a way of keeping you in check. So as you sit there tonight, I stand by the side of my father’s bed, in my hometown in Mexico.”

Milestone Award and Visionary Award honorees Donna Langley (Universal Pictures Chairman) and Oscar-winning director Ava DuVernay (“13th,” “A Wrinkle in Time”) respectively used their stage time to remember Allison Shearmur, producer of films like “The Hunger Games” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,
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2018 PGA Awards report: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins Best Picture against tough field of 11 contenders

2018 PGA Awards report: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins Best Picture against tough field of 11 contenders
The 2018 Producers Guild Awards were handed out on Saturday night, January 20. These awards celebrate the best producing achievements in film and television, and the big-screen winners often give us an idea of who will take top honors at the Oscars. Scroll down for our live updating report on the night’s winners and what it means for the awards season to come. Check out the complete list of winners in all 12 categories here.

The very first Best Picture winner at the PGA Awards was “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990. That film went on to win the top Oscar, and in total 19 out of the PGA’s 28 previous picks have gone on to claim Best Picture honors at the Academy Awards (68%). And in the last 10 years the correlation has been even stronger, with the two groups agreeing eight times (80%). However, the last two years have been anomalies. In 2016 “The Big Short” won
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‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Feature

‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Feature
Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama “The Shape of Water” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as top feature film for del Toro and J. Miles Dale.

A pair of first-season series — “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — and “Black Mirror” took the top TV awards in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Shape of Water” topped “The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” “Molly’s Game,” “The Post,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Wonder Woman.”

Del Toro was not in attendance due to his having gone to Mexico to be with his sick father and “The Shape of Water” star Richard Jenkins read a statement from del Toro: “I would like to ask of you all to allow me then to dedicate a little moment and the honors of this night to both my father and my
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2018 PGA Awards winners: Full list of Producers Guild winners in all 12 categories for film and TV

The 2018 Producers Guild Awards were presented on Saturday night, January 20. These are the 29th annual kudos celebrating the best producers in film and television. Historically they have been known as an especially strong predictor of the Oscars, with 19 out of the 28 previous PGA winners going on to claim Best Picture from the motion picture academy, which is a 68% rate of agreement between the two industry organizations. Scroll down for the complete list of winners in all 12 categories.

The Producers Guild has had an even stronger track record forecasting the Oscars in recent years. Eight of the last 10 PGA champs have matched the Oscar choice (80%), and since 2010 both the motion picture academy and the PGA have used a preferential ballot to determine the winners. That unique voting method prioritizes consensus choices over passionate picks. That makes the PGA Awards the first industry event where we get to see what Hollywood can
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2018 PGA Awards: All the nominees in the 3 film and 9 TV categories for Producers Guild of America prizes

The Producers Guild of America hands out its awards on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. That is the night before the Screen Actors Guild does the same. Unlike, the latter, which will air on TNT and TBS, the PGA ceremony is not televised. However, it is an equally important stop on the road to the Oscars.

The PGA Awards has an enviable track record at presaging the eventual Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards. The guild and the academy have agreed on 19 of the most recent 28 Best Picture champs. Last year, all nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture numbered among the 10 PGA contenders; only “Deadpool” was snubbed by the academy. The PGA prize went to “La La Land” while the Oscar was (eventually) won by “Moonlight.”

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Nominees for the 29th annual edition of the PGA awards in the three film
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Pixar Producer Darla K. Anderson to Be Honored by Advanced Imaging Society

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Award-winning producer Darla K. Anderson will soon add another honor to her résumé. The Pixar Animation Studios producer will receive the Harold Lloyd Award for Filmmaking at next month’s Lumiere Awards, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. The ceremony, hosted by the Advanced Imaging Society, celebrates “creative and technical achievement in motion pictures and TV, as well as virtual and augmented reality.”

Anderson has been at Pixar since 1993. She’s produced films such as “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 3,” and most recently, the Día de los Muertos-inspired “Coco.”

“Darla K. Anderson has dedicated her career to creating technically and artistically stunning movies for audiences worldwide,” commented Suzanne Lloyd, chair of Harold Lloyd Entertainment. “Like my grandfather, who moved global audiences with heart and humor, Darla has also shown a steadfast commitment to powerful storytelling, as ‘Coco’ so clearly demonstrates.”

Marvel’s Victoria Alonso is among the past Harold Lloyd Award recipients.
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Exclusive: Lee Unkrich & Darla K. Anderson on Pixar’s ‘Coco’ & Its 6 Year Journey To The Screen

Perhaps now more than ever, a film celebrating cultures and traditions from around the world is essential, to hopefully have an impact on parents and children alike.

Step forward Disney-Pixar’s Coco, which takes place amidst the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) – as we follow a young boy who dreams of being a famous musician. Though with all living members of his family putting a halt to his fantasy, instead he seeks inspiration from the deceased, as he steps foot in the Land of the Dead, taking him on a profound and extraordinary journey.

To celebrate the film’s release, we spoke to director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, and the latter commented on the film’s poignant message.

Related: Coco review

“This film represents a beautiful country and a beautiful tradition, and in a very positive light. We’re happy to
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It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar

It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar
The two VFX Oscar frontrunners, “Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” are in a war of their own for the 16th Ves Awards (to be held at the Beverly Hilton on February 13th). Each grabbed seven nominations, edging out “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”and upstart “Kong: Skull Island” (with five and four nominations, respectively). All four were nominated for the top prize along with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Among the snubs were “The Shape of Water,” “Okja,” “Alien: Covenant,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which all made the Academy’s VFX bake-off shortlist.

However, making the cut in the Ves supporting category were “Dunkirk,” “Darkest Hour,” “Downsizing,” “Mother,” and “Only the Brave.”

For animation, Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” nabbed five nominations, while Pixar’s frontrunning “Coco” collected four. They will compete for Outstanding Animated Feature
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'Game Of Thrones', 'Blade Runner 2049', 'War For The Planet Of The Apes' lead Ves effects nominees

'Game Of Thrones', 'Blade Runner 2049', 'War For The Planet Of The Apes' lead Ves effects nominees
Despicable Me 3 is lead animation feature contender.

Blade Runner 2049 and War For The Planet Of The Apes earned seven feature nominations apiece from the Visual Effects Society (Ves) on Tuesday (January 16), while Game Of Thrones picked up the most individual nods as the leading TV contender on 11.

Nominees for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature for the 16th annual Ves Awards are Blade Runner 2049, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and War For The Planet Of The Apes.

Game Of Thrones takes its place on the list of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode for the episode Beyond The Wall, alongside Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Orientation Part 1; Legion: Chapter 1; Star Trek Discovery: The Vulcan Hello; and Stranger Things 2: The Gate.

Despicable Me 3 leads the animation feature contest with five nods and will vie for the Outstanding Visual Effects
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Ves Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Are Top Film Contenders

Ves Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Are Top Film Contenders
Announcing the nominees for their 16th annual Ves Awards, the Visual Effects Society brought welcome news for Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” and Matt Reeves’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” each up for seven statuettes. “Despicable Me 3” is the most-nominated animated film of the year (5), while the most-honored title overall is “Game of Thrones” (11).

The 21-year-old organization consists of 3,400-plus members in 35 nations. Each year, it recognizes visual effects innovators in film, animation, television, commercials, and video games.

In 2017, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” remake claimed five Ves trophies, more than any other feature (nominations leader “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was shutout). It’s director-producer, Jon Favreau, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Weta Digital director and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri will accept the Georges Méliès Award, named for the late French illusionist and filmmaker. Letteri is also a nominee
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Korea Box Office: ‘1987: When the Day Comes’ Deposes ‘Gods’

Historical drama “1987: When the Day Comes” climbed to top spot at the South Korean box office, beating the 3-week winner, “Along with the Gods.” The Jang Joon-hwan film earned $8.22 million from 1.03 million admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $43.9 million after three weekends.

Incurring a week-on-week drop of 43%, fantasy “Along with the Gods” earned $5.88 million to extend its total to $97.2 million after four weekends on release. The two films together accounted for 57% of the total weekend box office.

Disney’s “Coco” debuted in third. Opening on Thursday, the animated feature earned $6.59 million over first four days. That is the best Korean opening score among all Pixar animations. Another Thursday opening, “Downsizing” landed in fifth. Locally distributed by Lotte Entertainment, the Paramount title earned $986,000 between Thursday and Sunday.

Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” slipped to fourth. It earned $2.58 million between Friday and Sunday, for a total of $11.6 million after two weekends.

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Disney•Pixar’s Coco Crosses Over Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD on Feb. 13th and on 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray on Feb. 27th

DisneyPixar’s “Coco” —the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician’s extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors—won a 2018 Golden Globe AwardÒ for Best Animated Motion Picture, topped the domestic box office Thanksgiving holiday weekend, became the highest grossing film of all time in Mexico, broke records in China and earned widespread praise, receiving 96 percent from critics and 97 percent from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Now this vibrant tale filled with love and laughter arrives home Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and on Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 27.

Through fresh and fascinating bonus material, adventurers of all ages will tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico; explore the essential role of music in “Coco;” and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film’s message.
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Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Blu-ray, 4K Uhd and Digital Release Date and Details

Disney has formally announced the home video release dates for Pixar's latest blockbuster hit and tearjerker, Coco.

The Digital HD (including 4K) and Movies Anywhere versions of Coco will arrive first on February 13th, or roughly a month from the time of this announcement. A couple weeks later you will be able to pick up a copy of Coco on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on February 27th.

Coco is directed by Pixar veteran Lee Unkrich and has amassed over $592 million at the global box office to date. For comparison, last fall's Disney animated feature Moana earned $643 million worldwide.

Disney doesn't skimp on bonus features when it comes to their animated hits and Coco is no exception. Here's a rundown of what you can find on all high definition versions.

Deleted Scenes with Introductions - Director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina talk about the deleted scenes
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Coco Arrives on Blu-Ray/4K Next Month With Oodles of Bonus Features

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Pixar's latest animated release, Coco, is coming home to blu-ray and 4K next month and they've announced the wealth of bonus features that will be coming with it. Come inside to learn more!

The most recent Disney/Pixar film is (according to our reviewer Matt) one of it's absolute best. Combining heart, story, and incredibly animation, Coco manages to hit all the right notes. Soon, you'll be able to enjoy it once again whenever you like. Disney announced today the film will arrive on digital February 13th, with the 4K Ultra HD and blu-ray arriving a couple weeks later on February 27, 2018. Best of all, it's coming with a ridiculous amount of special features to check out:

Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” —the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician’s extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors—won a 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Motion Picture, topped the
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“The Shape of Water” wins big at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards

Last night, the critics portion of the precursor season came to a head with the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the winners here get a nice little boost as Academy Award voting is currently wrapping up. Remember, critics aren’t members of the Academy, so there’s limited impact to be found for Oscar, but televised victories are never a bad thing. Wins here are fuel for nominations, and little more. Still, forward momentum is useful and appreciated, to say the least. For a few movies, it was a great evening, with one Guillermo del Toro helmed picture doing particularly well. The Bfca went wild (comparatively) for The Shape of Water, which led the field with four wins, to go along with entering the night as the overall nominations leader. Other multi winners were Coco, Darkest Hour, Get Out, I, Tonya, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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Paramount Selects David Sameth as President of Worldwide Marketing

Paramount Selects David Sameth as President of Worldwide Marketing
Paramount Pictures has named veteran marketing executive David Sameth as president of worldwide marketing.

He’s taking over marketing duties from Megan Colligan, who left in November as head of worldwide marketing and distribution at Paramount Pictures.

Sameth, who currently serves as executive vice president and head of theatrical marketing for Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, will report to Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. Sameth will be responsible for the design, development, and implementation of all marketing and advertising strategies for Paramount Pictures’ global theatrical releases.

“David is an incredibly talented, visionary marketer who has created some of the most iconic and successful campaigns in our industry’s recent history,” Gianopulos said. “He has experience launching an array of films from big franchises to small, specialized endeavors, and everything in between. His insights, experience and reputation make him a very welcome addition to our team.”

Sameth will begin his new role at Paramount on Feb
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Sufjan Stevens, ‘Greatest Showman,’ ‘Girls’ Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees

Sufjan Stevens, ‘Greatest Showman,’ ‘Girls’ Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees
The Guild of Music Supervisors revealed nominees for its eighth annual awards recognizing 17 categories in the sector which places and integrates music into film, TV and other visual mediums. The event is scheduled for Feb. 8 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The awards recognize outstanding music supervision in film, television, trailers, TV promos, advertising and video games.

Said Thomas Golubić: president of the Guild, in announcing the nominations: “From music-intensive tent-pole sequels and technically complicated musicals to elegantly navigated character dramas, the Guild has highlighted the best music supervision in film this past year. Our television nominees represent some of the most exciting music supervision work in this groundbreaking year of the art form. We are incredibly proud of the stellar creative achievements of music supervisors in this rich year of music in media.”

See the complete list of nominations at GMSAwards.com or select categories below.

Best Music Supervision
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