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    Nominations for the worst movies of 2017 are in. 

    The Golden Raspberry Awards, otherwise known as the Razzies, have picked 14 different movies that were just not good last year. The award is voted on by journalists, cinema fans, and other professionals in the movie industry.

    Leading the pack with nine nominations is "Transformers: The Last Knight." It's followed closely by "Fifty Shades Darker" with eight and "The Mummy" with seven. 

    Mark Wahlberg, Javier Bardem, and Anthony Hopkins all have two movies on the list. And Tyler Perry squeezed in a worst actress nomination for his role as Madea in "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween." 

    Here are the worst movies of 2017, according to the Razzie voters. 

    SEE ALSO: The 20 actors who have made the most money at the U.S. box office

    "Transformers: The Last Knight"

    Worst picture

    Worst director (Michael Bay) 

    Worst actor (Mark Wahlberg) 

    Worst supporting actor (Josh Duhamel) 

    Worst supporting actor (Anthony Hopkins)

    Worst supporting actress (Laura Haddock) 

    Worst screen combo (Any combination of two humans, two robots, or two explosions)

    Worst prequel, remake, rip-off, or sequel

    Worst screenplay 



    "Fifty Shades Darker"

    Worst picture

    Worst director (James Foley) 

    Worst actor (Jamie Dornan) 

    Worst actress (Dakota Johnson) 

    Worst supporting actress (Kim Basinger) 

    Worst screen combo (Any combination of two characters, two sex toys, or two sexual positions)

    Worst prequel, remake, rip-off, or sequel

    Worst screenplay



    "The Mummy"

    Worst picture

    Worst director (Alex Kurtzman) 

    Worst actor (Tom Cruise) 

    Worst supporting actor (Russell Crowe) 

    Worst supporting actress (Sofia Boutella) 

    Worst prequel, remake, rip-off, or sequel

    Worst screenplay



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    • Matthew Lewis says he had a crush on Emma Watson while filming the "Harry Potter" movies.
    • He said the on-set tutoring was like a school, where "everyone had crushes on everyone else at some point."
    • He and Watson are now friendly, and Lewis is now engaged.

     

    Like everyone else who was a kid while the "Harry Potter" movies were made, actor Matthew Lewis — who played Neville Longbottom in the series — had a crush on Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger.

    "I probably had a crush on Emma for a couple of years, until I was 13 or 14 — something like that,"Lewis told Seventeen. "I mean nothing ever came of it, anyway. It never went anywhere."

    Lewis said that pretty much every "Harry Potter" actor had a crush on each other at some point. It was like the hormone-filled halls of high school.

    "Effectively for us, it was like being in school. We started tutoring on set and we were on set all the time, so I think that everyone had crushes on everyone else at some point," Lewis said. "There was always Valentine’s Day — everyone would write secret Valentine's cards to different people. I think on the second [film] there was like love notes and love letters flying around."

    matthew lewis angela jones

    Lewis is now engaged to Angela Jones, an employee at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios, Orlando, while Watson recently split with her business manager boyfriend.

    Lewis told Seventeen that his relationship with Watson is now friendly and the two laugh about the crush days.

    "She knows about that. It’s not something we’ve not talked about or anything," he said.

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    Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning Sundance

    Every winter, Hollywood gives up its sunny skies and relocates to snowy Park City, Utah, for the annual Sundance Film Festival.

    It's a highly-anticipated event where guests have access to movie screenings, showcases, and panel discussions — among other perks. This year, the festival includes films starring Armie Hammer, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Jake Gyllenhaal. 

    But this is about entertainment, so of course there's much fun to be had while at work.

    Take a look at what your favorite celebrities have been up to at this year's festival. 

    Considering that he's a California native, Haley Joel Osment doesn't seem bothered by the chilly weather and snow.



    Priyanka Chopra and Octavia Spencer can't keep a straight face while speaking at Sundance.



    This photo of Nick Offerman and a puppy is simply adorable.



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    Jimmy Kimmel Oscars

    • The 2018 Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 23, at 8:22 a.m. EST.
    • "Girls Trip" actress Tiffany Haddish and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" star Andy Serkis will be hosting the nomination announcement.
    • Priyanka Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson, and Michelle Yeoh will also appear.
    • Oscar-watchers, expect the front-runners for this year's awards are "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,""The Shape of Water,""Get Out," and "Lady Bird."
    • The winners will be announced throughout the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. It'll be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, on ABC and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
    • Watch the nomination live stream below.

     

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    Kobe Bryant

    • The nominations for the 90th Oscars were announced on Tuesday and NBA legend Kobe Bryant was among the nominees.
    • Bryant's short film, "Dear Basketball," was nominated for "Best Animated Short Film."
    • The film is an animated version of the letter Bryant wrote to announce his retirement.


    Among the many accolades on Kobe Bryant's resume, he can now add another one — Academy Award nominee.

    The nominations for the 90th Oscars were announced on Tuesday morning and Kobe Bryant's short film, "Dear Basketball," was among the nominees for "Best Animated Short Film."

    The film is an animated version of the letter Bryant wrote for "The Players' Tribune" announcing his retirement from basketball.

    Kobe Bryant

    Here is a trailer for the film. Fans can now watch "Dear Basketball" across many of Verizon's media brands including go90 and Yahoo Sports.

     

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    • Christopher Nolan received an Oscar nomination for directing "Dunkirk."
    • It's his first in the category.
    • Movies like "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" received numerous other nominations in the past.
    • But it's been a challenge for Nolan to receive personal recognition from the Academy.


    Christopher Nolan fans could be satisfied with this year's Oscar nominations. For the first time in his career, he was nominated for best director, for "Dunkirk."

    We're also shocked. Nolan is one of the most technically-skilled directors out there. Every time, he writes and directs an original big-budget feature to critical acclaim and huge box office receipts. He gave the superhero genre some gravity with the "Dark Knight" movies, and introduced beloved sci-fi films like "Interstellar" and "Inception" to the world.

    But for all that, he had only three Oscar nominations. He was nominated for writing "Memento" in 2002, and received writing and best picture nominations for 2010's "Inception.""Dunkirk" is tied with "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" for receiving the most nominations for a Nolan movie, with eight nods. "Inception" is his biggest winner on record, winning four of them at the 2011 ceremony. 

    Dunkirk movie

    But, generally speaking, Nolan has a history of getting shut out by the Academy of Arts and Sciences, which nominates the movies. Outrage mounted when "The Dark Knight" failed to receive a best picture nomination, leading the Academy to expand the category from five to 10 nominees (then, eventually, to somewhere in between depending on the year). And even 2006's "The Prestige," a handsomely-mounted period piece, usually catnip for the Academy, received a measly two nominations. It's been frustrating for fans who want recognition that Nolan is the mastermind behind his own films.

    In a way, it makes sense that this nomination finally happened with "Dunkirk." It's a war movie set during World War II, which the Academy likes. But it's also unique, with its own distinct structure and rhythm. Even if he's making Oscar bait, Nolan knows how to execute his unique vision.

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    • James Franco wasn't nominated for an Oscar this year.
    • People expected him to be in the best actor category for his role in "The Disaster Artist."
    • Franco won the Golden Globe for best actor earlier this month.
    • But that award brought sexual-misconduct allegations against him to light.
    • Some experts believe the Oscars snub is the result of the allegations.


    The 2018 Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning, and James Franco's name was conspicuously absent from the best actor list.

    Franco's performance as Tommy Wiseau in "The Disaster Artist"had critics buzzing all year— but the conversation took a sharp turn after Franco was awarded the Golden Globe for best actor earlier this month.

    Following the Golden Globes, and with the added context of the #MeToo and Time's Up initiatives, several women made public accusations of various forms of sexual misconduct against Franco.

    Now some people believe Franco's Oscars snub may be connected to the allegations made against him.

    james franco

    Voting for the nominations opened January 5— three days before the Golden Globes — and closed January 12. The nominees for best actor this year were Timothee Chalamet ("Call Me By Your Name"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Phantom Thread"), Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out"), Gary Oldman ("Darkest Hour"), and Denzel Washington ("Roman J. Israel, Esq").

    Several entertainment-industry reporters and critics tweeted about Franco and the Academy Awards after the nominations were announced.

    New York magazine's Kyle Buchanan called it a snub.

    The Variety editor Kristopher Tapley said Franco's getting "the boot" was a surprise.

    Tracking Board's editor-in-chief, Jeff Sneider, said "it cost him," most likely referring to the allegations.

    Other reactions varied.

    Franco's representatives didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment. The actor addressed the allegations on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" earlier this month.

    The 39-year-old said the Twitter accusations were "not accurate" but added: "I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn't have a voice for so long. So I don't want to shut them down in any way, and I think it's a good thing and I support it."

    The conversation around Franco hasn't died down. Over the weekend, the actress Scarlett Johansson spoke out against Franco during a Women's March event. Johansson asked a rhetorical question during a speech she gave in Los Angeles.

    "How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?" she said.

    James Franco

    Franco's sister-in-law, the actress Alison Brie, was asked about the allegations on the SAG Awards red carpet on Sunday.

    "I think that above all what we've always said is that it remains vital that anyone that feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward," Brie told E! News. "I obviously support my family, and not everything that's been reported has been accurate, so I think we're waiting to get all the information. But of course now is the time for listening, and that's what we are all trying to do."

    The Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 4, on ABC. For more on the 2018 Academy Awards, follow along with INSIDER's coverage here.

    If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.

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    meryl streep 2012 oscars

    Each year, the biggest names in Hollywood gather to see who will receive an Academy Award for their work in film. It's a ceremony that recognizes the people responsible for creating movies that viewers want to watch and talk about, from actors to screenwriters.

    There are some actors who have received not one, but several awards (like Daniel Day-Lewis, who has three Oscars), and others who have been nominated multiple times for their work (like Meryl Streep, who has more nominations than any other actor).

    In preparation for the 90th Academy Awards, which airs on Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on ABC, here's a look at the actors who have received the most Oscar nominations.

    Amy Daire and Mallory Schlossberg contributed to a previous version of this story.

    SEE ALSO: Here's the complete list of the 2018 Oscar nominations

    Meryl Streep, 21 nominations (3 wins)

    Streep is up for another Oscar at the 2018 Academy Awards for her work in "The Post." She won her previous awards for "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979), "Sophie's Choice" (1982), and most recently, "The Iron Lady" (2011).



    Katharine Hepburn, 12 (4 wins)

    Hepburn won her awards for "Morning Glory" (1933), "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967), "The Lion in Winter" (1968), and "On Golden Pond" (1981)



    Jack Nicholson, 12 nominations (3 wins)

    He won gold for "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), "Terms of Endearment" (1983), and "As Good as It Gets" (1997).



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    • The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning.
    • One nom you may have overlooked was the one for the latest Wolverine movie, "Logan."
    • It received a nomination for best adapted screenplay.
    • That makes "Logan" the first superhero movie to be nominated in that category.


    The latest Wolverine movie just accomplished something no superhero movie had previously been able to do.

    2017's "Logan" landed an Oscar nomination Tuesday morning for best adapted screenplay.

    How big of a deal is that?

    Well, superhero movies usually don't get much love at the big awards shows. If you take a look at past Oscar nominations, superhero movies usually receive them for the more technical awards. "Suicide Squad" won best hairstyling and makeup in 2017, and "Spider-Man 2" won best achievement in visual effects.

    Only 2008's "The Dark Knight" landed a win for best actor in a supporting role, posthumously for Heath Ledger's gripping performance as the Joker.

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    The last time any sort of superhero movie was nominated for its screenplay at the Oscars was Disney/Pixar's 2004 animated feature "The Incredibles." The director Brad Bird received a nod for best original screenplay.

    Before you start preparing for a more superhero-friendly Academy in the future, sit tight. It's worth noting that "Logan" may be the most un-superhero-feeling superhero movie we've seen in a long time, and that may be why it played so well with Academy voters.

    The movie, about an aging Logan (Hugh Jackman) who's caring for a frail Professor X (Patrick Stewart), plays more like a Western than the superhero movies about good versus evil we're used to seeing play out on screen. The script, from the writing team of Scott Frank, Michael Green, and James Mangold, who directed "Logan," takes place in 2029, when X-Men are a rare commodity and the ones left alive are on the run or in hiding.

    Jackman's last turn as Wolverine delivers a gritty, violent film that is an endearing tale equally about family and sacrifice.

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    While it's definitely a step in the right direction for superhero movies, it's unclear whether this will help pave a path for more mainstream superhero movies to start gaining recognition at the Academy Awards.

    The most recent superhero movie with such an effect on the Academy was 2008's "The Dark Knight." While Ledger won for best supporting actor, the film's best picture snub helped leadthe Academy to open up the category to as many as 10 nominees the following year. That was about a decade ago.

    Despite the notable nomination for "Logan," 2017's other standout superhero movie, "Wonder Woman," directed by Patty Jenkins, was shut out from this year's nominations.

    SEE ALSO: The 20 actors who have made the most money at the U.S. box office

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    The 90th annual Academy Awards nominations are in. And movie fans have a little more than two months to watch all of the films vying for awards.

    Fans can catch some of the nominees that are still in theaters, but many are now on streaming services. With the help of GoWatchIt, we've compiled all the places you can stream or buy/rent this year's nominees before the awards are given out. 

    Watch the awards show live Sunday, March 4 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. And for now, here's where you can watch the top movies of the year. 

    "The Shape of Water"

    Nominations: Best picture, lead actress (Sally Hawkins), supporting actor (Richard Jenkins), supporting actress (Octavia Spencer), best director (Guillermo del Toro), original screenplay, cinematography, film editing, sound editing, sound mixing, production design, original score, and costume design 

    Where to stream: N/A

    Where to rent/buy: In theaters; pre-order on iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Video, YouTube, and Google Play 



    "Dunkirk"

    Nominations: Best picture, best director (Christopher Nolan), cinematography, film editing, sound editing, sound mixing, production design, and original score

    Where to stream: N/A 

    Where to rent/buy: iTunes, YouTube, VUDU, Amazon Video, Google Play 



    "Get Out"

    Nominations: Best picture, lead actor (Daniel Kaluuya), director (Jordan Peele), and original screenplay  

    Where to stream: HBOGO and HBONOW

    Where to rent/buy: iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Video, YouTube, Fandango Now, and Google Play 



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    The Oscars rule over the movie industry. But over the years, some stinkers get nominated and some stinkers actually manage to get a win.

    The only really terrible movie up for an Oscar in 2018 is "The Boss Baby," which secured a nomination for best animated feature over "The Lego Batman Movie," which was actually watchable, and quite good.  

    Movie trends come and go, and while the Academy likes to award lesser-known indie darlings, it's also known to award cheesy hits that were specifically made to win Oscars (known as "Oscar bait"). And then there are the bad movies that manage to get wins for less competitive categories, like makeup and costumes.

    In 2008, for example, "Norbit," one of the worst movies of all time, was nominated for best makeup. Though it didn't win, the same can't be said for some other movies that are just as terrible.

    Here are the worst movies that actually won Oscars:

    SEE ALSO: 26 stars who shockingly still don't have Oscars

    1. "Harry and the Hendersons" (1987)

    Won: Best makeup

    A family runs over a Bigfoot-like creature with their car. The family brings it home, thinking it's dead. But it comes back to life, and the family adopts him as a pet. This movie is abysmal and hard to watch, but it somehow managed to get an Oscar for best makeup, even though the makeup — even for 1987 — is bad. Maybe the fact that John Lithgow was in it made the Academy feel as if it had to give it something

     



    2. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000)

    Won: Best makeup.

    Best makeup can go to some really, really, really, really bad movies. The Academy really has to reach sometimes to give an award out in this category. The live-action "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a terrible movie. It's insulting to Dr. Seuss and to Christmas movies. Even kids hate it. And kids who love it will never acknowledge it when they're adults. The makeup on Jim Carrey's Grinch is OK, but did it deserve an award? No, it did not.



    3. "Pearl Harbor" (2001)

    Won: Best sound editing

    Nominations: Best original song, best sound, best effects

    Besides a catchy original song recorded by Faith Hill (which was nominated for best original song), this Michael Bay movie is a disaster and disrespectful to US history. Bay's war film uses Pearl Harbor as a catalyst for a self-indulgent love triangle involving self-indulgent, unlikable characters. It's offensive in many ways, and at over three hours long, it makes "Avatar" feel like a half-hour sitcom. 



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    • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings called film critics "pretty disconnected from the mass appeal" for panning the Will Smith-led, Netflix original movie "Bright" in an earnings call on Monday.
    • "Bright" sits at a critic score of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 86%.
    • Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos cited the film's popularity with audiences as "the measurement of success" for the streaming service. 

     

    If film critics were hoping Netflix would reconsider its approach to films as a result of the drubbing they administered to the Will Smith sci-fi extravaganza “Bright,” think again.

    The streaming service’s top execs professed to not only be unconcerned by the bad reviews, but claimed it as a success that will embolden more bigger-budgeted projects.

    “The critics are pretty disconnected from the mass appeal,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Monday in a pre-taped video presentation the company released after its successful fourth-quarter earnings were reported.

    Netflix brass noted the movie performed very well across the globe in the hundreds of markets where the streaming service was available, though declined per usual to share specific audience metrics.  “Most of the critical reviews you read are English language, just U.S.,” Hastings added.

    Released in December, “Bright” received a low 27% score on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, which aggregates sentiment from hundreds of critics. “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer helmed the movie, which reportedly cost over $90 million to produce–much higher than any movie Netflix has ever produced. A sequel to the film has also been greenlighted.

    Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed plans to release as many as 80 movies, both acquisitions and its own productions, in 2018 that will range from “tentpole”-sized movies like “Bright” to much smaller titles including “I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore,” which was well received at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

    He indicated their satisfaction with “Bright” would usher the way for more expensive movies. “We’ve seen successes at every one of these budget profiles and we’re really excited we could continue to push that out and please more and more people if we’re not constrained to small budget films,” said Sarandos.

    Sarandos also dismissed the notion critical response was a factor in the viability of a release, noting that Rotten Tomatoes’ audience score for “Bright” was quite high (86%).

    “Critics are an important part of the artistic process but are pretty disconnected from the commercial prospects of a film,” he said. “If people are watching this movie and loving it, that’s the measurement of success. And if the critics get behind it or don’t, that’s a select group of social media influencers talking to a specific audience.”

    Netflix has pledged to spend $8 billion on original and licensed content in 2018, though Sarandos declined to specify how much of that was set aside for films.

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    Oscars are supposed to reward quality. But the Academy of Arts and Sciences — which gives out the awards — gets it wrong all the time.

    Remember when "Crash" won best picture in 2005? Or when "Suicide Squad" won an Oscar (for best makeup and hairstyling) just last year? Oscar history is filled with poor choices and outrageous omissions.

    This year is no different, with a handful of baffling nominations. You can root against them at this year's Oscar ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. EST on March 4 on ABC.

    Here are 13 Oscar nominations that should have never happened.

    SEE ALSO: Here's the complete list of the 2018 Oscar nominations

    We should calm down about Christopher Plummer.

    It's astonishing that he replaced Kevin Spacey in "All the Money in the World" in just 10 days, and director Ridley Scott still delivered a finished film by its release date. But the Golden Globe and Oscar nominations are pretty silly. I love Plummer, but Michael Stuhlbarg or Armie Hammer in "Call Me By Your Name" both delivered beautiful work and could have been recognized here.



    "Beauty and the Beast" had the most production design, but not the best.

    Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" adaptation starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens sure looked expensive. The designers for the movie were mostly interested in making the set from the animated movie look as ultra-realist as possible. The result was maximalist and lush, but not very original.

    A better choice might have been "The Florida Project." The movie was made on a microscopic budget and set at a run-down motel outside of Disney World. It's an essential part of the movie's character.



    Margot Robbie's nomination for "I, Tonya" was unnecessary.

    Robbie gave a solid performance as Tonya Harding. But as the movie careens towards its tragic end, it pulls away from her and doesn't give her character any kind of satisfying emotional closure.

    And though Jennifer Lawrence has arguably been over-rewarded by the Academy already with mid-tier work like "Joy,"her acting in "mother!" anchored an outlandish, out-of-control movie. She should be recognized for it.



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    • Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault and harassment allegtions and the movements sparked by them have had a noticeable effect on this year's Oscar landscape.
    • Among other notable misconduct-related developments, James Franco was snubbed for a best actor nomination amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

     

    Harvey Weinstein, the ultimate impresario of the Oscars campaign, has again reshaped the Academy Awards — though in a way that he could hardly have anticipated while at the zenith of his power and influence.

    The allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Weinstein sparked a #MeToo movement that has removed others touched by the taint of misconduct from Oscar contention this year.

    James Franco, whose acclaimed portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, was bypassed for a Best Actor nod — he won at the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards — amid allegations of sexual misconduct and exploitation. Similarly Wiseau, who believed the 2004 cult classic that inspired the film was such a masterpiece that he screened The Room in the window for Oscar consideration, will see his Academy Awards dreams dashed.

    All The Money In The World Sony finalKevin Spacey’s performance as John Paul Getty was erased from All the Money in the World after actor Anthony Rapp accused the Academy Award-winning actor of making sexual advances when he was 14 years old. At the time, Spacey said he was “beyond horrified” by Rapp’s account, though some 14 others subsequently have come forward with allegations.

    Spacey’s eventual replacement in the role, Christopher Plummer, this morning received a nomination for best supporting actor, making director Ridley Scott, the film’s producers and Sony’s risky and expensive decision to reshoot the film a good one.

    Kate Winslet may well have been overlooked for her award-winning performance in Wonder Wheel — perhaps because of its association with director Woody Allen. The Oscar-winning director is facing renewed allegations by daughter Dylan Farrow that he molested her in an attic when she was 7, a charge he has repeatedly denied.

    A growing list of actors, most recently Colin Firth, have expressed regret for working with Allen.

    Critical darling Wind River was similarly snubbed, despite writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s steps to wrest his film from Weinstein’s control. The Weinstein Company had acquired the film last August, but Sheridan and the producers took it back, refusing to allow the profits from a movie — which deals with sexual violence against women on a tribal reservation — to flow to Weinstein.

    Weinstein has repeatedly denied sexual misconduct. He was expelled from the Academy’s membership in October after an emergency meeting.

    SEE ALSO: Here are the 17 biggest Oscar snubs of 2018

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    Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday for the 90th Academy Awards, so you know what that means. It's time to catch up on all of the movies you didn't see last year to make yourself sound like you're in the know around your film-loving friends for the next two months.

    We're not talking about the movies with wide releases that mainstream audiences have seen like "Get Out" and "Coco." Many of the following are flicks that film aficionados sought out when they were playing in a handful of theaters and before they had any Oscar buzz.

    From foreign films and documentaries to limited releases that will be drawing crowds, here are the movies you'll want to watch before the Oscars are awarded on March 4.

    "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"

    What it's about: The documentary follows a Chinese immigrant family who were accused of mortgage fraud and their five-year legal battle to clear their name of wrongdoing.

    What it's nominated for: Best documentary feature

    Where you can see it: Amazon Video, iTunes, VUDU, YouTube, and Google Play.



    "All the Money in the World"

    What it's about: The crime thriller follows the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty's grandson in the 1970s and Getty's refusal to agree with ransom demands.

    After allegations of sexual assault, Kevin Spacey was quickly replaced as one of the film's leads with Christopher Plummer.

    What it's nominated for: Best supporting actor (Christopher Plummer)

    Where you can see it: In theaters; pre-order on Amazon Video



    "The Breadwinner"

    What it's about: An Afghanistan girl disguises herself as a boy to make money for her family after her father is arrested. It's executive produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin and Angelina Jolie.

    What it's nominated for:Best animated feature

    Where you can see it: Pre-order on YouTube and Google Play.



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    • The Netflix documentary "Seeing Allred" gives viewers a look inside the life and career of attorney Gloria Allred.
    • Filmmakers Roberta Grossman, Sophie Sartain, and executive producer Marta Kauffman told Business Insider how they worked in the #MeToo movement just before they had to hand the movie in.


    Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred has spent a good chunk of her four-decade career getting in front of the camera. Her fight for women’s equality has often seen her in the spotlight, holding press conferences with her female clients who, over the years, have alleged sexual assault by some of the biggest names in entertainment, politics, sports, and business.

    But when filmmakers Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain approached Allred about making a documentary about her life and career, the media-savvy attorney wasn’t very interested.

    “We were persistent,” Sartain told Business Insider at the Sundance Film Festival, where the movie is having its world premiere, on how they pulled it off. “After about three years she agreed.”

    During that time, Grossman and Sartain began to build a friendship with Allred’s law partners, who relayed to her that the filmmakers were sincere about doing a legacy piece on her. Grossman and Sartain had also brought on veteran TV producer Marta Kauffman (co-creator of “Friends”) to executive produce.

    Kauffman’s involvement helped land Netflix (the streaming service will release the movie on February 9). The streaming giant agreed to take on the movie after seeing some of the footage the filmmakers had shot in 2014, the most striking of which shows Allred holding press conferences with women alleging Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them after spiking their drinks. This news would become a huge media story around the world.

    Seeing Allred Roberta Grossman Sophie Sartain Gloria Allred Marta Kaufman Michael Loccisano GettyAlong with looking at Allred’s life, “Seeing Allred” also highlights the landmark moments leading up to the current #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Before the bombshell stories emerged about Harvey Weinstein, Allred was representing women willing to go on the record and allege they had been sexually abused by Cosby — and soon after, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    The movie also looks back on Allred's history as a dogged advocate. In the 1970s, Allred, who had begun practicing law, was suddenly on talk shows and rallies being a vocal leader on women's issues like sexual harassment in the workplace and the wage gap. Women had someone they could turn to at a time when few lawyers would take on these issues.

    The emergence of #MeToo

    The challenge for the filmmakers came when the Weinstein allegations surfaced and the #MeToo movement went viral. Or when, as Kauffman put it, “The world changed.”

    “We thought the film was done,” Grossman said.

    “I had a day of panic,” Sartain said, in response to a question of how the filmmakers approached the idea of including the #MeToo movement in the movie.

    “We knew we had to get this moment in as we felt [Allred] in part is responsible for it,” Grossman said. “It just reframed everything.”

    But with a deadline looming and knowing that Allred's constant work meant the film would have to end while she was still in the middle of cases — Allred represents numerous women who have come forward saying Weinstein assaulted them — they couldn’t delve too heavily into #MeToo.

    Then there’s the fact that Allred’s daughter, attorney Lisa Bloom, was an advisor to Weinstein when the story in The New York Times came out (Bloom resigned soon after the story ran), something that is touched on very briefly in the movie.

    “That was all happening right as we were finishing, we didn’t want it to hijack the film,” Grossman said of Bloom's involvement with Weinstein.

    The filmmakers ended up using the post-Weinstein allegations as a way to close out the movie, with Allred simply saying in a voiceover, "The fight has just begun."

    What the movie does drive home is the shift in how Allred is portrayed now in the media. The lawyer, once the butt of jokes by late-night hosts and even portrayed on an episode of “South Park,” is now being championed for her work.

    “Gloria Allred is a metaphor for the entire movement,” Kauffman said of #MeToo and Time’s Up. “People look at her as strident, a loud mouth, you can list the adjectives, but people said the same thing about feminists. I think in the film, by deepening her it deepens the movement, and it lets you see beyond what most people think is a brashness. Also, if she was a man fighting for something she'd be portrayed as an incredible leader.”

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    • Screenwriter Steven Rogers was known in Hollywood as the go-to scribe for romantic movies, both comedies and dramas.
    • He decided to reinvent himself by writing a screenplay on the life of infamous figure skater Tonya Harding. He spent a year tracking down Harding and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly.
    • Though the movie received three Oscar nominations, Rogers was snubbed for best original screenplay. 


    The surprising snub of the unconventional Tonya Harding biopic, "I, Tonya," from the best original screenplay category for this year's Oscar nominations was disappointing for many. But it must have been especially painful for its scribe, Steven Rogers.   

    Having spent decades working as a screenwriter in the studio system — credited on recognizable titles like “Hope Floats,” “Stepmom,” and “Kate & Leopold"— in the era where studios are through making romance movies, Rogers has reinvented himself thanks to the "I, Tonya" script. Getting that Oscar nomination would have been the icing on the cake.

    Rogers was in his twenties when his first-ever screenplay was made, “Hope Floats,” the 1998 romance movie starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr. that has since become a staple on cable TV. That same year his second script hit theaters, “Stepmom,” a tearjerker starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon that also became a classic on paid cable.

    Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya HardingRogers didn’t know it yet, but he was instantly pigeon-holed as the “romance” guy in Hollywood. If a romantic drama or comedy needed to be written, Rogers was the guy. It led to years of his phone ringing off the hook matched by years of barely getting a call back from his agent. As Rogers put it: “I’ve been flavor of the month and I’ve been told I’m cold and they can’t do anything with me,” Rogers told Business Insider when "I, Tonya" opened in theaters in December.

    When Rogers hit a cold spell he would just block everything out and come up with a new script. But after the horrific reviews for the 2015 holiday comedy he penned, “Love the Coopers,” he knew he couldn’t go on much longer working like this.

    “I had to reinvent myself,” he said. “Even if I had wanted to go back to the studio system, the rom-coms and romantic dramas, they were rapidly not making those anymore. I had to go in a different direction.”

    It was around this time when Rogers realized how he could start over after watching the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, “The Price of Gold.” Sitting with his niece, they were glued to the screen watching the story of one of sport’s most infamous people, Tonya Harding. A brilliant figure skater with Olympic hopes, in 1994 she became one of the most known names and faces on the planet when her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, organized (with his dimwitted friends) an attack on Harding’s fellow US figure skater, Nancy Kerrigan. Footage of Kerrigan screaming “Why, why, why?” as she clutched her leg was the main story on the 24-hour news channels and evening news for weeks. And Harding became the target of every news outlet trying to figure out if she was involved in the attack.

    “The perception of truth, memory, family, media, and class, I thought that all would be interesting to write about,” Rogers said looking back on watching “Price of Gold.”

    Rogers looked up Tonya Harding’s website and called the contact number on it. The phone number went to the front desk of a Motel 6. Rogers was hooked.

    Finding Tonya

    Rogers broke every screenwriting rule he knew to write “I, Tonya” (currently playing in theaters). The movie looks at the life of Harding (played by Margot Robbie, who received a best actress Oscar nomination) from the perspectives of the disgraced figure skater, ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan), and Harding’s mother (among others). It’s hilarious and horrific at the same time. Rogers weaves a tale of Harding’s rise in figure skating, her abusive upbringing by her mother (Alison Janney, who received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination), and her abusive relationship and eventual marriage to Gillooly. (Gillooly claims most of the physical assaults Harding says happened didn’t.)

    And that’s the core of Rogers’ story (brought to life by director Craig Gillespie). He lets all his characters have the floor to set the record straight. It’s up to the audience to decide if any of it is true.

    The movie also delves deep into the Kerrigan attack and aftermath. Again, it’s up to you to believe who is telling the truth.

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    The reason why Rogers’ script is such a knockout is because of the work he put in before typing a single word — all done on spec. After realizing Harding was not at the Motel 6, Rogers continued to try and track her down. His search led him to Texas where he thought he had found Harding’s manager. It turned out the person wasn’t, but she was a friend of Harding’s and because the woman was familiar with Rogers’ writing credits she connected him with Harding.

    After a few months of searching, Rogers was finally face-to-face with Harding. The two hit it off and agreed to have Rogers sit with her over two days and interview her about her life. But first Rogers had to get her life rights. It took some time, mostly because Rogers said Harding didn’t want to pay for a lawyer so she got her ex-manager to do the negotiation pro bono.

    Rogers said Harding was open to talk about everything. “She did say to me at one point, ‘Now, do I have any say in this?’” Rogers said. “And I said, ‘No, I’m going to tell everybody’s point of view.’ She was okay with that.”

    With the Harding interviews done he went out to find Jeff Gillooly.

    After getting out of prison in 1995 on a racketeering charge for masterminding the Kerrigan attack, Gillooly tried to move on with this life. He shaved his trademark mustache and changed his last name to Stone. But it wasn’t a total disappearing act because he moved back to his hometown. So Rogers found Gillooly/Stone easier than Harding.

    To Rogers' amazement, he agreed to meet with him.

    “I think it was because his wife liked the movies I wrote, that was my in,” Rogers said.

    Rogers was even more amazed that Stone said he didn’t want any money for the interview. The two sat down for one day and talked about Harding.

    “He didn’t want to profit on it,” Rogers said. “That’s not how he was portrayed in the media. I genuinely liked him.”

    Writing a screenplay that Hollywood studios would never make

    Rogers was convinced the best way to write the screenplay was to tell it from the point of view of both Harding and Gillooly. (He couldn’t find Harding’s mother so Rogers created the character through research and Harding’s recollections. Shawn Eckardt, Harding’s bodyguard who was also involved in the attack on Kerrigan, died in 2007). He wanted to go beyond how the media had portrayed them but also not tell the story as a standard biopic. For a writer who only knew how to write for Hollywood, it was thrilling. He had characters talk to the screen in mid performance. There’s even one point when Harding’s mother criticizes the filmmakers for keeping her out of the story for a long stretch of time.

    “All the characters were very rebellious in their own way, but also very wrong headed, and I wanted the screenplay to mirror that,” Rogers said.

    I Tonya 3  LaVona Golden (Allison Janney) and her pet bird in I, TONYA, courtesy of NEONThat included bringing out the domestic abuse that Harding alleges her mother and Gillooly inflicted on her. “Life's not one thing, why can't you be funny and tragic?” Rogers said. “To me, you can. You don't know if you should laugh, that's what we were going for.”

    For all these reasons, Rogers knew when he was done with the script at the beginning of 2016 he could not send it to the studios. He couldn’t bear seeing all the work he put in get gutted. For the first time ever in his career he went the independent film route and quickly found Brian Unkeless (the “Hunger Games” franchise) as a producing partner. But there were a few caveats before he took it out on the market: there couldn’t be rewrites without his consent, and Allison Janney had to play the role of Harding’s mother.

    “I have always written parts for Allison in all my scripts,” Rogers said. He has known the actress for most of his adult life. “She’s never gotten to play a part that I’ve written for her.”

    Rogers didn’t just get all his requests, but also Margot Robbie. The actress was hot off her breakout role in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and searching for movies that could be star vehicles for her when she came across Rogers’ script. She jumped on board to star as Harding and also be a producer.

    They chose Craig Gillespie (“The Finest Hours”) as the director and Rogers said over the 31-day shoot very little from the script was changed. The movie was bought for around $5 million following its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

    allison janney steven rogers tonya harding margot robbie i tonya vivien killilea gettyBy this time Rogers had become close with both Harding and Gillooly. He invited Harding to see the movie once it was completed. He did not watch it with her.

    “I let her see it on her own,” Rogers said, adding that he’s also setting up a time when Gillooly can also see it. “Tonya emailed me twice to thank me. She said she laughed, she cried, there were things she didn’t like, but she was happy.

    Harding attended the premiere of the movie and also attended the Golden Globes.

    The life of a Hollywood screenwriter is a thankless job. Rogers knows that better than anyone, so, despite the Oscar snub, he's taking in the fun of being on a movie with awards love. But Hollywood has taken notice of Rogers' shift. He says now instead of being offered rom-coms he’s getting scripts about every misunderstood woman from the 1990s.

    “It’s like, ‘I, Lorena’ or ‘I, Monica,’ I mean really?” Rogers said with a laugh, referring to women who, like Harding, also grabbed the media spotlight in the 1990s — Lorena Bobbitt and Monica Lewinsky. “Right now, I’m just enjoying the ride.”

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    • Steve James' latest documentary looks at the only bank to be indicted in connection to the 2008 mortgage crisis.
    • The movie has received an Oscar nomination in the best documentary category, the first ever nomination for James, whose landmark doc "Hoop Dreams" was famously snubbed.


    On Tuesday, Steve James got the call that he gave up on years ago: one of his documentaries is finally Oscar nominated.

    Over a career that has spanned three-plus decades, James has made memorable documentaries like "Stevie,""The Interrupters," and "Life Itself," but he will always be most famous for making 1994's "Hoop Dreams." His debut feature looks at the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys as they aspire to play in the NBA one day. The movie has gone one to be regarded as one of the best non-fiction works ever made. Legendary film critic Roger Ebert once called the movie"the great American documentary." 

    But in one of the most famous snubs in Oscar history, "Hoop Dreams" did not get nominated for a best documentary (though it did get nominated for best editing). 

    Now James finally has his nomination thanks to "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail." 

    In 2012, Abacus Federal Savings Bank was indicted on charges of fraud in relation to hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of mortgages that had been sold to Fannie Mae from 2005 to 2010. It's the only bank to be indicted in connection to the 2008 mortgage crisis, which led to a $700 billion government bailout.

    The case of Abacus, a reliable institution for thousands of Chinese immigrants that is run by Thomas Sung, who's considered the George Bailey of Chinatown, was a shock for many in the community, while for the rest of the country the news seemed to tell a story of a dishonest bank that was finally getting its comeuppance.

    James follows the bank's surprising decision to fight the charges from the New York County District Attorney's Office, which led to a David-versus-Goliath court battle that revealed how thin the case against Abacus really was. James spent the length of the three-month trial following the Sung family as they tried to clear their name (the charges were dismissed in 2015).

    "The point of view of this film is clear from the start — it's kind of clear from the title," James told Business Insider. "We think this was a miscarriage of justice."

    ABACUS PBSJames learned of the case through his producer Mark Mitten, who knew the Sungs. The filmmaker had an initial meeting with Sung and his daughters, Jill and Vera — who are executives at the bank — and Heather, who actually worked at the New York DA's office when the bank was charged (she left shortly after). Then James knew he wanted to tell their story. But he didn't want it to be one-sided, which started the long road to get people from the DA's office to talk on camera.

    "We didn't get them to talk for the film until after the trial, though we tried throughout," said James, who felt it was crucial to have the other perspective in the movie, even if he didn't agree with it. "There are not two equal sides of the story, but that aside, it doesn't relieve us of the responsibility to really articulate the case against the Sungs, because my feeling is by really laying out the case against them you also not just hear the case — you see how weak the case against them was."

    Because James wasn't allowed to film in the courtroom during the trial, he had to come up with another way not just to show what happened inside but also to make it compelling.

    "We actually hired a courtroom artist to go in several days and make some baseline illustrations," James said. "Then we embellished them. There's angles in those sequences that no courtroom artist could ever get."

    Showing over-the-shoulder sketches and detailed reactions of the Sungs matched the compelling testimony. Especially the DA's star witness, former Abacus loan manager Ken Yu (who was fired after bank executives learned he was committing fraud), practically admitting how he pulled off his illegal acts behind the backs of everyone at Abacus while on the stand. Yu became the figure who ultimately unraveled the prosecutors' case.

    Another hurdle was simply telling a story set in the financial world that would keep audiences interested — always a challenge. James recalls a day when he and the crew were shooting in an empty courtroom and an officer with them asked which case they were doing the movie on.

    "I told him Abacus, and after I explained he said, 'Oh, that's a paper trial,'" James recalled. "That was translation for a boring trial. It's not sexy. And that was the challenge. This wasn't one of the big banks being put on trial, but we felt a duty to tell the story and the ridiculousness of the DA's case."

    James was attending the Sundance Film Festival when he got word that "Abacus" was an Oscar nominee. The festival is showing his latest work, "America to Me," a 10-part docuseries looking at race relations at a Chicago high school.

    Here's how James reacted when he was introduced at a screening following the Oscar nominations:

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    • Director Dan Gilroy had only Denzel Washington in mind to star in "Roman J. Israel, Esq." If the actor had declined to be in it, Gilroy wouldn't have made the movie.
    • Gilroy also had an unconventional method of letting Washington be involved in every aspect of making the movie.
    • It has now led to an Oscar nomination for Washington.


    There’s always been an understanding on a Hollywood movie set: the director is king.

    But that thinking gets a little blurred when a superstar actor is in the mix. Whether it is Tom Cruise or Meryl Streep, the director often has their job only because the star "okay’d" it.

    If things go right, director and star work together, tolerate one another, and maybe even enjoy the experience enough to do it all over again on another movie. The latter is almost a definite if the actor receives Oscar acclaim. 

    So expect director Dan Gilroy and star Denzel Washington to work again.

    The actor received a best actor Oscar nominations (his eighth Oscar nomination of his career) on Tuesday for his performance in "Roman J. Israel, Esq." It was a role in which Gilroy let Washington into every facet of the production.  

    roman j israel esq sony final copyThe process began when Gilroy got an idea for a movie about a lawyer who, for most of his career, has been fighting the causes of the underdog. However, when his partner (and the face of the firm) is taken ill and may not recover, the lawyer has to come out of the shadows. And then what he faces makes him question what he’s been fighting for his entire career.

    But instead of pitching the idea to a studio — many of which had been knocking down Gilroy’s door to work with him after his hit directorial debut “Nightcrawler” — Gilroy took a year and a half and wrote the entire script on spec. Then he presented the completed script to the only actor he wanted for the movie: Denzel Washington.

    Convinced only Washington could play the role, Gilroy promised himself that if Washington passed, he would throw the script in a drawer and move on.

    Giving Washington a setting where he could comfortably create

    “I've never written so specifically for an actor that if they passed on it I wouldn't have done it,” Gilroy told Business Insider. “I always had a list of people I would have followed up with. This one I did not. I felt very strongly that the character is somebody who believes deeply in things, he's someone who believes there's something bigger than him, and Denzel is a guy who in real life believes in something bigger than himself. Him welding to that character was a quality I wouldn't be able to find in another actor. I felt very strongly about that.” 

    Gilroy jumped through the usual rings: Getting the script to Washington’s reps, waiting patiently for a response, and shock when he got word several months later that Washington wanted to meet. In that meeting, Gilroy was even more shocked by the outcome.

    “We sat down to have lunch and an hour into it he stuck out his hand and said, ‘Let's do this movie together,’” Gilroy said.

    Now Gilroy had a finished script and one of the greatest living actors packaged for his movie. Sony won the auction to make and release the movie.

    A major reason for this entire journey to make the movie was because Gilroy wanted Washington to be a collaborator with him on “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” And not just in the creation of the title character, but in every facet of production.

    roman j israel esq 2sonyThe two broke down every part of the script and tweaked things to Washington’s suggestions. When the two took a break so Washington could go direct and star in “Fences,” Gilroy said Washington returned with an understanding about the character that had gone beyond his own. This included everything from the character’s look on screen to things he would say in the middle of a take.

    “There's a scene where he goes through a metal detector and before putting his iPod through it Denzel said the line, ‘I lost the bass range on Gil-Scott Heron's ‘Winter in America’ last time I put this in there.’ That was a line Denzel came up with on the spot,” Gilroy said. “So the choice of song — that's a very heavy song — but also apropos to what the guy is doing. He would do stuff like that in many scenes. I'm not looking for him to give that to me. There’s another scene when he’s looking for a job and he starts to cry. That wasn’t in the scene, but what he’s playing becomes real to him.”

    Washington checked his ego at the door

    But the collaboration didn’t end when filming stopped. Gilroy wanted Washington in the edit room with him as well.

    “I couldn't have really conceived before this of letting an actor come into the cutting room. Most actors are not objective,” Gilroy said. “But I knew I wanted him to come in and look at the character and in the process we started asking each other, do we need this scene? Should we trim this? Egos really got checked at the door.”

    Gilroy believes he was so comfortable in welcoming Washington into all the phases of the movie because he’s been married to actress Rene Russo for 25 years. He said watching her prepare and craft parts for years has left him with a comfort with actors that many directors do not have.

    However, another reason was he was only going to make “Roman J. Isreal, Esq." with Washington, why wouldn’t he utilize him to the fullest?

    “There are quite a few directors who would not welcome this process,” Gilroy said. “They would want to tell the actor their vision. I feel for myself, as much as I trust my instincts, you lose a tremendous asset when you're working with a great actor and you're not listening and rethinking or realizing this can be approved upon. I wanted to create a space that Denzel felt comfortable creating in. That was my biggest thing.” 

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    NEW YORK (AP) — From the beaches of France where "Dunkirk" took place to a historic Toronto theater where "Shape of Water" was filmed, fans can visit many of the real-world destinations depicted in this year's Oscar-nominated movies.

    "Call Me By Your Name"

    For the Italy depicted in "Call Me By Your Name," head to the town of Crema, about an hour from Milan in the northern Lombardy region. Actor Michael Stuhlbarg says the setting was "exquisitely beautiful. ... It was a character in the film."

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    "Darkest Hour"

    At London's Churchill War Rooms museum, visitors can see the map room, cabinet room, Winston Churchill's bedroom and other locations depicted in the movie about Churchill's early days as prime minister during wartime. The museum was even visited by the movie's stars, Gary Oldman, who portrayed Churchill, and Lily James, who played his secretary. An exhibit called "Undercover: Life in Churchill's Bunker" shows how typists like James' character sometimes lived and worked there around the clock. The museum on King Charles Street is open daily (admission, $29).

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    "Dunkirk"

    The movie "Dunkirk" was filmed on location in the northern French port city where Allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches in 1940 by a flotilla of more than 800 ships. Guided tours include sites like the beaches, the East Mole breakwater where most evacuations took place and the cemetery where some 800 soldiers are buried. Visitors may also tour the Musee Dunkerque 1940 when it reopens in April following renovations, or have tea on the Princess Elizabeth, a paddle steamer that made four trips as a rescue ship and is now a floating restaurant.

    "I, Tonya"

    Tonya Harding is from Portland, Oregon, but the movie about her ill-fated skating career was shot mostly in Georgia, including at a rink where the public can skate: Duluth Ice Forum.

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    "Lady Bird"

    "Lady Bird" is set in Sacramento, California, hometown of director Greta Gerwig. Most of the interiors were filmed in Los Angeles, but The Sacramento Bee says Gerwig put some of her favorite Sacramento spots in the movie, including the McKinley Park rose garden, Fabulous 40s neighborhood and the river walk near Tower Bridge.

    "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

    Where can you find the oceanic planet Ahch-To from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"? On a remote island off Ireland's west coast, Skellig Michael. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site where an ancient Christian monastic order built stone beehive-shaped huts. Other "Star Wars" scenes were shot in Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal; Loop Head in County Clare; Ballyferriter in County Kerry; and Brow Head near Crookhaven, County Cork. Ireland's tourism agency promotes the destinations at http://www.Ireland.com/starwars.

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    "The Post"

    The movie about The Washington Post's coverage of the Pentagon Papers was mostly filmed outside of Washington. A building in White Plains, New York, stood in for the newspaper building, and Brooklyn, New York, subbed for some shots of Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, according to Destination DC, Washington's tourism agency. You can, of course, see the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, and you can see the exterior of the American Stock Exchange building in New York, though it's no longer in use. You can also stay in the room where the actual Watergate break-in took place, known as Scandal Room 214 at the Watergate Hotel. The movie's final scene depicts the discovery of the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters there, which led to the Watergate scandal.

    "The Shape of Water"

    The old movie theater featured in "The Shape of Water" is in Toronto. Auditorium scenes were filmed at the Elgin, a theater that opened in 1913 at 189 Yonge St. and is today part of a Canadian National Historic Site. Tours offered Thursdays at 5 p.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. ($12 cash, check website for occasional cancellations). The marquee shown in the movie is Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St.

    "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

    Ebbing is a fictional place. The movie was shot in North Carolina, and North Carolina is promoting a three-day itinerary to filming locations in Sylva, Dillsboro, Black Mountain, Asheville and Maggie Valley in the western part of the state.

    Etcetera

    A few other locations for film mavens:
    —"Get Out" was filmed in Fairhope, Alabama.
    —Parts of "Mudbound" were filmed in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
    —"All the Money in the World" was shot partly at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, which stood in as J. Paul Getty's residence, and partly in Italy, with scenes at Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome and in Bracciano, outside Rome. None of the film was shot at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California, but a model of the villa is unveiled by actors in the movie and various objects collected by Getty are on view there.
    —"The Florida Project," about a spunky little girl growing up amid impoverished families at a motel in the shadow of Disney World, probably won't lead too many visitors to stay at the Magic Castle Inn and Suites in Kissimmee, Florida. Rooms are only $39 but TripAdvisor reviews are not good.

    Associated Press Writers Jake Coyle in New York and Elaine Ganley in Paris contributed to this story.

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