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Toronto Posts $2.5B in Film, TV Production Activity in 2021

Thanks to local U.S. series shoots for See, Star Trek Discovery, Titans and Reacher and new soundstages opening their doors, Toronto posted a record $2.5 billion in production activity in 2021, it was announced on Friday. That production volume from 1468 projects — comprising budgets for $1.37 billion in major film and TV series, $409 […]

How Canada Made Such a Strong Showing in the 2022 Oscar Race

Guillermo del Toro reached the pinnacle of Hollywood success by shooting Oscar winners and contenders like The Shape of Water and Nightmare Alley in Ontario. So after years of working with Canadian creatives, the horror maestro’s growing web of Toronto collaborators are set to join him at the Academy Awards on March 27 — and […]

Guillermo del Toro Says ‘Nightmare Alley’ Is “Not the Type of Movie That Is Getting Made That Much Anymore”

“No problem seemed to be big enough, but we got pretty much all of them,” filmmaker Guillermo del Toro chuckles while recalling the myriad and considerable uphill battles he faced every step of the way as co-writer, producer and director of Searchlight’s Nightmare Alley, his masterful tribute to — and tweaking of — the film […]

Does the Academy Favor Male-Driven Stories for Its Top Prize?

The 2021 Oscar ceremony was an anomaly across the board, from the somber tone to the intimate setting to the detrimental choice of naming best actor as the final award of the evening. But the strangest sight of all was witnessing a spate of women gather on the dais to accept the best picture trophy. […]

Oscars: Cinematographers Behind ‘Dune,’ ‘The Power of the Dog’ and More Reveal Their Process, Creating Films That “Draw People In”

The DPs ‘Nightmare Alley,’ ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ and ‘West Side Story’ also detail the approaches to their Oscar-nominated work.

‘Dune,’ ‘Nightmare Alley,’ ‘West Side Story’ Receive Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards

Dune, West Side Story and Nightmare Alley won one award apiece during the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 69th annual Golden Reel Awards, which were presented virtually Sunday. The sound editing team for Dune (Legendary/Warner Bros.), won the award for effects/Foley; West Side Story (Searchlight), for music; and Nightmare Alley (Searchlight), for dialogue/ADR. Dune and West […]

How Detailed Costume Design Makes the Case for Returning to the Big Screen

Cruella’s Show-Stealing Fashion Statements We called them ‘photo bombs,’ ” two-time Oscar winner Jenny Beavan says with a laugh. Vengeance-seeking Estella (Emma Stone), via her couturier alter ego Cruella, creates theatrical, near-animated ensembles to publicly undermine — and upstage — her fashion-establishment boss, the Baroness (Emma Thompson). Like works of moving art, Cruella’s disguises lure […]

‘Dune,’ ‘West Side Story’ Top Advanced Imaging Society’s Lumiere Awards

Warner Bros.’s Dune and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story were big winners at the Advanced Imaging Society’s Lumiere Awards, which were handed out Friday afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Director Denis Villeneuve was on hand to accept the trophy as Dune was named best live action feature, while the sci-fi epic also earned the […]

Predicting This Year’s Oscar Nominations Using Just Math

As we pass the two-year mark of the pandemic, we are also well underway in the second Hollywood awards season impacted by COVID-19. Already, we’ve seen postponements for the Grammys, the Critics Choice Awards, and the Producers Guild Awards, among others. And as a domino effect from last year’s Oscar delay, this year will be […]

Box Office: ‘Spider-Man’ Wins Slow Weekend Amid Omicron Surge

Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home topped the domestic box office chart in its seventh weekend as moviegoing continued to lag amid a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant. No Way Home grossed an estimated $11 million for the Jan. 28-30 weekend to finish Sunday with a domestic cume of $735 […]

Box Office: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ Finds New Life in Black and White

Guillermo del Toro is nothing if not determined. When his new film, Nightmare Alley, opened nationwide over the Dec. 17-19 weekend to a forgettable $2.8 million from 2,145 theaters, the Oscar-winning filmmaker didn’t flee and instead reverse-engineered the movie’s release, this time with a black-and-white version. On Jan. 28, Nightmare Alley will once again be […]

MPSE Golden Reel Awards Nominations Announced

The Motion Picture Sound Editors has revealed the nominations for its 69th annual Golden Reel Awards in categories spanning feature film, television, animation, computer entertainment and student productions. The awards will be presented March 13 during a virtual event due to COVID-19. Dune, The Matrix Resurrections, Nightmare Alley and A Quiet Place Part II lead […]