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Is the New OSCARS Category Outstanding Popular Film a STUPID Idea? – The CineFiles Ep. 84

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Did you hear that The Academy Awards are making big changes to this year’s show? That Emma Stone and Jonah Hill’s Maniac released its first trailer? What about James Gunn being in high demand for major studio movies after being fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3. No? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The CineFiles! A weekly show where we zoom in on the most buzz-worthy news Hollywood and the indie scene has to offer.

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Written by Matt Campbell

The CineFiles Ep. 84

Did you hear that The Academy Awards are making big changes to this year’s show? That Emma Stone and Jonah Hill’s Maniac released its first trailer? What about James Gunn being in high demand for major studio movies after being fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3. No? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The CineFiles! A weekly show where we zoom in on the most buzz-worthy news Hollywood and the indie scene has to offer.

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#3: James Gunn in High Demand After “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” Firing


Disney may have fired James Gunn for a number of crude and disturbing tweets, but a few little birdies in Hollywood have been saying that the director is in high demand for a number of major movie productions. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources claim that a number of big time Hollywood producers are eyeing Gunn to direct their next projects, however contractual obligations seem to prevent Gunn from putting pen to paper. While Gunn has been fired by Disney, he is still under contract with the company, which means that he can’t discuss any other offers or explore new opportunities until Disney either release him, or give him another job, which seems very unlikely. The interest in the director makes sense, as fans and celebrities alike have been jumping to his defense, like the Guardians cast, Selma Blair and Kurt Russell.

#2: Emma Stone and Jonah Hill Star in First “Maniac” Trailer


This is definitely one of Netflix’s biggest releases of the year. True Detective season one director Cary Joji Fukunaga has teamed up with Oscar winner Emma Stone, and Oscar nominee Jonah Hill for what is one of the most anticipated television events of the year; and it finally has a full-length trailer. Maniac, follows Stone and Hill’s Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim, two strangers dealing with emotional and mental turmoil. In a last ditch effort to find happiness, they enroll in a mysterious drug trial run by Justin Theroux’s Dr. Mantleray, which is said to rid them of all their problems. The trailer showcases a very futuristic and colorful lab, where the subjects seem to take on fictional characters that play out a number of different fantasies. While wholly original, the trailer does give off vibes of FX’s Legion and Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The show hits Netflix September 21st.

Before we get to our final entry, here are a couple new releases:

“The Meg” (2018)
“BlacKkKlansman” (2018)

#1: The Oscars Introduce New Category for “Outstanding Popular Film”


If you thought the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were just a bunch of out of touch film scholars, this next bit of news just may change your opinion of them. The Academy made a giant move, announcing that several changes were being made to the award show. The biggest among them, the addition of a new category: “Outstanding Popular Film.” The move is a shocking one from The Academy, who have always prioritized films with artistic merit over ones that simply entertained. But it’s also a move that was needed to boost viewership. The show’s ratings have dipped in recent years, with 2018’s installment being the least watched to date. While some moviegoers think it’s about time the Oscars considered popular, blockbuster films, others feel differently, saying that it’s mindless pandering, that it devalues the prestige of an Oscar and opens the door for more random categories in the future. The other changes include moving up the airdate of the show to February 9, and shortening the runtime from four hours to three.
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