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Monday
Jan 21 2019

Podcast Special: Lots and Lots of Reader Questions Answered

Nathaniel RandMurtada Elfadlanswer your questions this week

On this special edition of the podcast we ONLY answer reader questions.As many as we could get to in an hour.We had soooo much fun doing this one so we hope you enjoy,and thank you for the diversion.

Index (60 minutes)
00:01 Who will win SAG's Supporting Actress + fixing category fraud?
06:50 Original screenplay nominations + buying DVDs
12:00 Characters wardrobe,female directors,and films that define 2018
22:30 "Shallow"+ "If you saw this...than why?"+ replacing Oscar lists
31:35 Nominee presentations + Oscar Hosting
35:45Ben is BackandRomaquestions
41:40 Nomination balloting procedures + Fav scenes of the year
52:00 Mandatory Best Actress diversion
57:00 Changing opinions on previous top 10 lists?

Further Reading / References
Nadine Labaki (Capernaum) interview
Smackdown of 1943
Oscar Charts
Kyle Buchanan on the hostless Oscars article亚博主页

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Special Episode: Reader Questions!

Monday
Jan 14 2019

Nicole Kidman Rules the Box Office

Nicole Kidman has the top two movies in the nation today,with the surprise hitThe Upsideand the endless hitAquaman.She's also gotDestroyerin the top ten platform films of the moment.In short she never stops working and sometimes audiences come out for it.Listen,you could argue that she has nothing to do with the success ofAquamanorThe Upsidebut why would you want to?Come live in ourbetterworld where the public lines up in droves and says "one for the new Nicole Kidman,please!".

More box office commentary after the jump...

Weekend Box Office (Estimates)
(January 11th-13th)

W I D E
800+ screens
PLATFORM / LIMITED
excluding prev.wide
1The Upside$20.3 on 3080 screens *NEW*
1Free Solo$812k on 154 screens (cum.$12.3)Review❤️
2Aquaman$17.3 on 3863 screens (cum.$287.9)Review,Podcast
2Uri: The Surgical Strike$631k on 101 screens *NEW*

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Wednesday
Dec 19 2018

Podcast: Ben is Back,Beale Street,Vice,and those pesky SAG nods

Nathaniel RandMurtada Elfadlwelcome special guest Alfred Soto to talk new films & SAG fallout


Index (61 minutes)
00:01 SAG nomination leftover feelings
05:00 None of us likedViceand the reviews are mixed.We still think it's an awards contender so we discuss the question of latebreakers in each awards season.
11:45 Randomness: Ethan Hawke,Bohemian Rhapsody,and the Florida Film Critics Circle
20:40Ben is Backstarring Lucas Hedges (with sidebars ofBoy ErasedandBeautiful Boy)
33:40If Beale Street Could Talk
45:00 Reader Q: A fine element of a buzzy movie that's not being talked up
49:17 Reader Q: Is Best Actress actually set already?
51:00 Reader Q: If there wasn't Category Fraud this year what would be happening in Supporting Actress?
53:30 Reader Q: Reassign an Oscar win - what's the cascading effect?
59:40 Wrap up

Further Reading / References
Murtada'sIf Beale StreetReview
Nathaniel'sIf Beale StreetQuick Take
Alfred's controversial review ofRoma
Alfred's Florida Film Critics ballot
Best Actress Race

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Beale St,Ben is Back,Vice

Wednesday
Dec 12 2018

This week in unfortunate headlines...

Since we were just talking aboutBen is Back...

Thanks to Jazz (from Awards Daily) for sharing this with us.It's from the Post Journal of Jamestown.Do you think someone got fired?

Tuesday
Dec 11 2018

Review: Ben is Back

by Eric Blume

In writer-director Peter Hedges' new filmBen is Back,Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges perform a heart-rending duet.They're so locked into their characters,with their lived-in emotions so close to the skin,that they make the film soar.

Young Ben (Hedges) returns home for Christmas,77 days clean from sober living from his drug addiction,to the joy and hope of his mom (Roberts),and the skepticism of his family.While the plot is straightforward,Peter Hedges takes the peace out of the domestic setting in the second half of the film,where he has his two main characters on the road facing various elements from Ben's past...

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Tuesday
Nov 27 2018

The Hedges

Lucas Hedges,Susan Bruce,and Peter and Simon Hedges

The Hedges were out in force in NYC last night for a special screening ofBen Is Backstarring Lucas Hedges and written and directed by his dad Peter Hedges (Pieces of April,Dan in Real Life).The movie opens in limited release on December 7th.[More pics of the event at Just Jared]

(Woof at Lucas's older brother.Pity he's not an actor!But heisin the industry: he's an assistant director,recently worked on the great Jewish lesbian dramaDisobedienceand currently working on the newLes Misérablesminiseries)