Tag Archives: 1917

How the ‘1917’ Special Effects Makeup Team Created Realistic Dead Bodies

Prior to working on “1917,” special effects artist Tristan Versluis had designed no more than five or six corpses. But Sam Mendes, director of the WWI drama, which has garnered 10 Oscar nominations, needed Versluis, who picked up one of those noms in the hair and makeup category, to create 30 corpses and dead horses, […]

The Best Picture Race: Favorable Facts and Fences to Climb

When the dust settled on the morning of Oscar nominations, the biggest surprise might have been that there were no real surprises in the best picture race. All nine films were also PGA-nominated — the only one left off the Oscar list was Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out.” Each nominated film has much in its favor, […]

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Lawrence Sher and Barbara Ling Share Filmmaking Secrets at Variety Artisans Awards

Variety hosted its sixth annual Artisans Awards on Jan. 20 at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, where eleven artists were honored for their contributions to the best in film this year — including “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” production designer Barbara Ling, “The Irishman” costume designers Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson and “Frozen […]

Why ‘1917’ Is the Last Film That Should Be Winning the Oscar (Column)

There’s a feeling I always get at the end of a long Oscar night when the movie that won isn’t a terrible choice, but it’s the safe, blah, MOR predictable choice, the one that conforms to the dullest conventional wisdom about the kinds of movies Oscar voters prefer, because in the core of their being […]

‘Bad Boys for Life’ Triumphs on MLK Weekend With $73 Million Launch

“Bad Boys for Life” has given a jolt to the North American box office, blasting past forecasts with a $73.4 million opening over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The third iteration of the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence action comedy franchise will finish the Friday-Monday as Sony Pictures’ biggest R-rated opening ever and the industry’s […]

‘1917,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and ‘Parasite’ Lead Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing

“1917” continued its award-winning streak on Sunday night when it took home the feature motion picture – dialogue award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in sound editing. Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” won for feature motion picture – music underscore. The Golden Reel Awards presented prizes in 23 categories encompassing feature films, […]

Box Office: ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Towers Over ‘Dolittle,’ ‘1917’

Universal’s “Dolittle” and “1917” found out what “Bad Boys” will do when they come for you at the box office. Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life,” the third entry in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-led series, beat expectations and towered over the competition during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. “Bad Boys for Life” earned […]

Box Office: ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Scores Big With $66 Million Launch

“Bad Boys for Life” is showing plenty of power at the North American box office with an impressive  launch of around $66 million at 3,740 venues over the four-day holiday weekend. Sony’s sequel to 1995’s “Bad Boys” and 2003’s “Bad Boys II” far exceeded the studio’s pre-release forecasts of a $38 million weekend. The film, […]

Box Office: ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Soaring to $70 Million Opening

“Bad Boys for Life” is tracking for a solid launch with as much as $70 million at 3,740 venues in North America over the four-day holiday weekend, early estimates showed Friday. The figure was nearly double pre-release forecasts. Some sources cautioned that the final number could be closer to $60 million but “Bad Boys for […]

How the Oscar Date Change Will Affect the Outcome

This year, there are 8,469 eligible Oscar voters, a jump of 35% from four years ago. The membership increase may affect the outcome, but without seeing a numerical breakdown of branches, gender and geographic location of voters, we will never know for sure. There is another important factor affecting the results: The changing calendar. This […]

‘Dolittle’ Headed for Box Office Flop as ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Opens Solidly

Robert Downey Jr.’s “Dolittle” is headed for a box office flop. Universal’s fantasy-adventure grossed $925,000 from Thursday night previews from 3,050 North American theaters, with showings beginning at 5 p.m. The film, projected for a four-day opening of $22 million to $25 million, carries a $180 million-plus price tag. “Bad Boys for Life,” meanwhile, launched […]

How to Watch This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Films

The 2020 Oscar nominations have been announced, and if you are looking to catch up on the most this season’s most talked-about films — such as “Joker” and “Parasite” — before the awards show, we’ve gathered up the best ways to watch or stream all the original films, documentaries, and animated shorts competing this season. […]

‘Dolittle’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Dolittle.” Ads placed for the fantasy-adventure film had an estimated media value of $8.22 million through Sunday for 1,092 national ad airings on 40 networks. […]

Oscars Nominate Films Audiences Have Actually Seen

When it came to recognizing this year’s achievements in filmmaking, the Academy Awards nominated movies the public has actually seen. Five out of the nine best picture contenders have already surpassed $100 million at the global box office: “Joker,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Little Women” and “Parasite.” A sixth, Sam […]

‘Joker’ Tops Oscar Nominations, But Female Directors, Actors of Color Virtually Ignored

“Joker,” an R-rated blockbuster, led the list of Oscar nominations, becoming the rare comic book film to be a hit with awards voters. The best picture contender earned a leading 11 nominations, but the story of the morning will be the lack of diversity among the leading nominees and the exclusion of female filmmakers. “Joker” […]

How to Watch the 2020 Oscar Nominations Live Online

Now that the Golden Globes ceremony has come and gone, film fans can look forward to the Oscars as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the nominations for the 92nd annual awards show on Monday. This year’s selections will be revealed via global livestream from the Oscars’ official websites Oscars.com and Oscars.org, […]

‘1917’ Wins Global Box Office Battle as ‘Little Women’ Surpasses $100 Million

Sam Mendes’ “1917” triumphed at the global box office, generating a solid $56.42 million over the weekend. The war drama ignited to $21.17 million overseas, where Universal and Amblin Entertainment are splitting distribution. In the U.S., “1917” claimed victory with $36.5 million, enough to dethrone the reigning champ, Disney’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” […]

Box Office: ‘1917’ Defeats ‘Star Wars’ With $36.5 Million Weekend

Sam Mendes’ “1917” marched to box office victory, earning a solid $36.5 million from 3,434 theaters in its first weekend of wide release. Universal and DreamWorks’ World War I drama also defeated Disney’s “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker,” the final chapter in the sequel trilogy that has ruled box office charts since debuting in late […]

Box Office: ‘1917’ Explodes for $37 Million Weekend, Topping ‘Star Wars’ 

Universal and DreamWorks’ “1917” is marching quickly following its Golden Globe victories, scoring $36.5 million at the U.S. box office in its first weekend playing nationwide. Sam Mendes’ World War I drama, which took home best picture and best director at Sunday’s Globes, had previously nabbed $2.7 million in limited release after opening on Christmas […]