Dressing Broadway: Costume Designer Ann Roth Talks Denzel, ‘Carousel’, Tall Women And Finding Soul In Patches

Look closely at Carousel’s dancing millworkers and you might see the patches. Maybe you’ll wonder whether the pipe-dreaming barflies of The Iceman Cometh scrub the collars of their threadbare shirts with lye if given the chance, or would they jus…

Look closely at Carousel's dancing millworkers and you might see the patches. Maybe you’ll wonder whether the pipe-dreaming barflies of The Iceman Cometh scrub the collars of their threadbare shirts with lye if given the chance, or would they just leave the filthy duds rumpled where they land? Ann Roth ponders such things – and decides. Nominated for three 2018 Tony Awards for the costumes of Carousel, The Iceman Cometh and Three Tall Women, Roth has a remarkable career…

‘The Commuter,’ ‘The Post’ Bow in Top 5 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

The musical “The Greatest Showman,” from 20th Century Fox, and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” from Walt Disney Studios, repeated as the No. 1 and No. 2 titles, respectively, on the national home video sales charts the week ended April 21. Two newcomers to…

The musical “The Greatest Showman,” from 20th Century Fox, and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” from Walt Disney Studios, repeated as the No. 1 and No. 2 titles, respectively, on the national home video sales charts the week ended April 21. Two newcomers took the next two spots on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert […]

National Board Of Review Sets Date And Host For 2019 Film Awards Gala

Next Oscar season already has one noteworthy date on the books. The National Board of Review has reserved January 8, 2019, for its annual film awards gala in New York.
As it has for more than a decade, the event will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street. Willie Geist, host of NBC’s Sunday Today and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, will return for a fifth straight year as host. NBR President Annie Schulhof said Geist’s “continual support of the NBR as well as his passion for…

Next Oscar season already has one noteworthy date on the books. The National Board of Review has reserved January 8, 2019, for its annual film awards gala in New York. As it has for more than a decade, the event will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street. Willie Geist, host of NBC’s Sunday Today and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, will return for a fifth straight year as host. NBR President Annie Schulhof said Geist’s “continual support of the NBR as well as his passion for…

‘Ready Player One’: Steven Spielberg Is the King of Blockbusters, and He Needs a Hit

“Ready Player One” revives dozens of famous ’80s brands in the VR action movie, but the biggest one belongs to the director himself.

It’s hard to believe that Steven Spielberg, 71, needs a hit. In 45 years as a feature director, he’s made 31 features with a total domestic gross of over $5 billion (all numbers adjusted to 2018 ticket prices). Among those, 20 films grossed over $100 million, and only two appear to have lost money: “Empire of the Sun” (1987) and “The BFG” (2016). However, at a reported cost of $175 million, “Ready Player One” is his most expensive film in a decade. And it comes at a time where, if only by Spielberg standards, his track record has fallen into something of an ebb.

Across his career, Spielberg’s movies seemed to gross $100 million almost as a matter of course. In the ’70s, there was “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and “1941;” the ’80s had “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “The Color Purple,” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade;” the ’90s brought “Hook,” “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” and “Saving Private Ryan;” and the ’00s were  “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence,” “Minority Report,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Terminal,” “War of the Worlds,” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

“Ready Player One” will be his seventh film in a decade that has seen only one Spielberg title cross $100 million: In 2012, “Lincoln” made $208 million adjusted. Six years later, that sounds impressive for a presidential biopic. However, it ranks only #17 among his 31 films; “E.T” and “Jaws” each grossed more than $1 billion domestic adjusted, and the last two “Indiana Jones” installments each grossed over $400 million domestic adjusted.

But the most recent, “Crystal Skull,” was a decade ago. That makes his return to the adventure/fantasy an interesting choice, especially at a time where comic-book movies are the genre’s go-to subsection. It suggests a desire to reestablish his credentials as a director capable of making the biggest hits.

Of his last four films, three dealt with crucial moments in American history. The other, “The BFG,” was his most expensive and proved to be a failed attempt to replicate the family appeal of “E.T.” and “Hook.” “Lincoln” was the most successful of the trio. “Bridge of Spies” and “The Post” each cost $50 million or less, pre-marketing; they grossed over $75 million domestic and about $165 million worldwide. That should put both in the black, albeit barely.

Still, that’s not a disaster — especially since he was making movies outside his action-movie sweet spot. Still, in a business where one is only as good as his last hit, taking on a big-budget project and seeing it succeed will make it easier for Spielberg to continue to make the films he’d like. (Of note: His production company left Disney after “Bridge of Spies” to go to 20th Century Fox … which is now being folded into Disney.)

“The Post”

“Ready Player One” opens Thursday to get a head start on the holiday weekend. It’s likely to reach $30 million for the opening weekend, with a four-day estimate around $40 million. While those numbers aren’t stunning, they would represent Spielberg’s best opening in a decade.

Advance reviews for “Ready Player One” place it close to “The BFG” and “The Adventures of Tintin.” (Metacritic currently ranks it at 63, lower than both of those films.) It’s based on Ernest Cline’s best-selling 2011 novel, and uses state-of-the-art FX to showcase ’80s iconography ranging from “Back to the Future” to Spielberg’s own “Gremlins.” But to succeed, it needs a big share of the “Black Panther” audience. It’s a standalone film based on relatively unfamilar IP; even with a smart cast led by Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke, it isn’t an automatic sell.

Ultimately, the biggest brand showcased by “Ready Player One” is Spielberg’s own. If “Ready Player One” exceeds advance estimates, he’ll be seen as a hero, again; the industry desperately needs its studio releases to meet our blockbuster expectations.

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Steven Spielberg Says Netflix Movies Shouldn’t Win Oscars, Warns TV “Poses Clear And Present Danger To Filmgoers”

Even while promoting his futuristic, high-tech new movie, Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg is revealing his traditionalist streak., questioning the level playing field between theatrical features and films launched on Netflix and other streaming services.
During his five-decade directing career, as innovations from DVD commentary tracks to digital cameras and projectors have arisen, the filmmaker has often questioned the need to veer from the classical approach. There…

Even while promoting his futuristic, high-tech new movie, Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg is revealing his traditionalist streak., questioning the level playing field between theatrical features and films launched on Netflix and other streaming services. During his five-decade directing career, as innovations from DVD commentary tracks to digital cameras and projectors have arisen, the filmmaker has often questioned the need to veer from the classical approach. There…

Oscars: The Complete List of Winners and Nominees (Updating Live)

There are relatively few surprises so far on tonight’s Oscar telecast, as expected frontrunners Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) won in the supporting acting categories.

The nominees for Best Picture tonight are “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Check out all of Sunday’s nominees below. TheWrap is updating this list with the actual 2018 Academy Awards winners in real-time. (Winners will be bolded with an asterisk.)

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Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

Makeup and Hairstyling
“Darkest Hour” *WINNER

“Victoria and Abdul”
“Wonder”

Costume Design
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour”
“Phantom Thread” *WINNER
“The Shape of Water”
“Victoria and Abdul”

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Best Documentary Feature
“Faces Places”
“Icarus” *WINNER
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
“Strong Island”

Sound Editing
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049
“Dunkirk” *WINNER
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Achievement in Sound Mixing
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049” *WINNER
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

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Production Design
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water” *WINNER

Foreign Language
“A Fantastic Woman,” Chile *WINNER
“The Insult,” Lebanon
“Loveless,” Russia
“On Body and Soul,” Hungary
“The Square,” Sweden

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” *WINNER
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

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Best Animated Short Film
“Dear Basketball”
*WINNER
“Garden Party”
“Negative Space”
“Lou”
“Revolting Rhymes”

Best Animated Feature Film
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Coco” *WINNER
“Ferdinand”
“Loving, Vincent”

Achievement in Visual Effects
“Blade Runner 2049” *WINNER

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
“Kong: Skull Island”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”

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Film Editing
“Baby Driver”
“Dunkirk” *WINNER
“I, Tonya”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Edith + Eddie”
“Heroin(e)”
“Knife Skills”
“Traffic Stop”
“Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405” *WINNER

Best Live Action Short
“The Eleven O’Clock”
“My Nephew Emmett”
“The Silent Child” *WINNER
“Watu Wote: All of Us”
“Dekalb Elementary”

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Best Adaptated Screenplay
“Call Me by Your Name”
*WINNER
“The Disaster Artist”
“Logan”
“Molly’s Game”
“Mudbound”

Best Original Screenplay
“The Big Sick”
“Get Out” *WINNER
“Lady Bird”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Cinematography
“Blade Runner 2049” *WINNER

“Darkest Hour”
“Mudbound”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”

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Original Score
“Dunkirk”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Original Song
“Mighty River,” “Mudbound”
“Mystery of Love,” “Call Me by Your Name”
“Remember Me,” “Coco”
“Stand Up for Something,” “Marshall”
“This Is Me,” “The Greatest Showman”

Best Director
“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

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Best Actor
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Best Actress
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Best Picture
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

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There are relatively few surprises so far on tonight’s Oscar telecast, as expected frontrunners Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) won in the supporting acting categories.

The nominees for Best Picture tonight are “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Check out all of Sunday’s nominees below. TheWrap is updating this list with the actual 2018 Academy Awards winners in real-time. (Winners will be bolded with an asterisk.)

Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

Makeup and Hairstyling
“Darkest Hour” *WINNER

“Victoria and Abdul”
“Wonder”

Costume Design
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour”
“Phantom Thread” *WINNER
“The Shape of Water”
“Victoria and Abdul”

Best Documentary Feature
“Faces Places”
“Icarus” *WINNER
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
“Strong Island”

Sound Editing
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049
“Dunkirk” *WINNER
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Achievement in Sound Mixing
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049” *WINNER
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Production Design
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water” *WINNER

Foreign Language
“A Fantastic Woman,” Chile *WINNER
“The Insult,” Lebanon
“Loveless,” Russia
“On Body and Soul,” Hungary
“The Square,” Sweden

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” *WINNER
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Best Animated Short Film
“Dear Basketball”
*WINNER
“Garden Party”
“Negative Space”
“Lou”
“Revolting Rhymes”

Best Animated Feature Film
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Coco” *WINNER
“Ferdinand”
“Loving, Vincent”

Achievement in Visual Effects
“Blade Runner 2049” *WINNER

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
“Kong: Skull Island”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”

Film Editing
“Baby Driver”
“Dunkirk” *WINNER
“I, Tonya”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Edith + Eddie”
“Heroin(e)”
“Knife Skills”
“Traffic Stop”
“Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405” *WINNER

Best Live Action Short
“The Eleven O’Clock”
“My Nephew Emmett”
“The Silent Child” *WINNER
“Watu Wote: All of Us”
“Dekalb Elementary”

Best Adaptated Screenplay
“Call Me by Your Name”
*WINNER
“The Disaster Artist”
“Logan”
“Molly’s Game”
“Mudbound”

Best Original Screenplay
“The Big Sick”
“Get Out” *WINNER
“Lady Bird”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Cinematography
“Blade Runner 2049” *WINNER

“Darkest Hour”
“Mudbound”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”

Original Score
“Dunkirk”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Original Song
“Mighty River,” “Mudbound”
“Mystery of Love,” “Call Me by Your Name”
“Remember Me,” “Coco”
“Stand Up for Something,” “Marshall”
“This Is Me,” “The Greatest Showman”

Best Director
“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Best Actor
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Best Actress
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Best Picture
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

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