A dark side to humanity

I found this from Ned’s Journal quite insightful… Please read.

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Ever wondered why it is that no matter how many times you respond to alter calls and vow to never again in your entire life commit evil, yet you just can’t resist the excitement you derive from seeing other people (especially the ones you don’t particularly like) fail?

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Whether it’s belly laughing at fail videos, delighting at a friend or enemy’s failure right after disregarding your advice (however honest or mendacious it might have been), or savoring those moments when a rival loses a competition, every one of us in one way or another, enjoys other’s misfortunes – to some extent.

However, what we might have failed to acknowledge is that as a trait possessed by every human being, hardwired into our thinking pattern, has been identified long ago, and is thus known as schadenfreude”.

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“Wait, what! how do you even pronounce that?”

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Opening this weekend: 27/04/2018

This weekend, the Avengers assemble again and join forces with the Galaxy’s heroes, make new allies to save the universe and battle against the dreadful Mad Titan, Thanos and his minions.

  1. AVENGERS:INFINITY WAR

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Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director:   The Russo Brothers

Runtime:  2h 29min

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt.

  1. DISOBEDIENCE

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Genre(s): Drama, Romance

Director:  Sebastián Lelio

Runtime: 1h 54min

Rating: R

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, Cara Horgan, Nicholas Woodeson,

 

  1. BACKSTABBING FOR BEGINNERS

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Genre(s): Drama, History, Thriller

Director: Per Fly

Runtime: 1h 48min

Rating: R

Cast: Theo James, Ben Kingsley, Jacqueline Bisset, David Dencik, Belçim Bilgin, Rachel Wilson, Rossif Sutherland.

 

  1. KINGS

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Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Romance

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Runtime: 1h 32min

Rating: R

Cast: Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson

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Things You need to know before going to see Avengers: Infinity War in Cinema

After having a MCU Marathon – more than 40 hours’ worth of MCU movies leading to the Infinity War release. Here’s a recap of notable things to remember and what you can expect to see from the past 18 movies.

Avengers: Infinity war will hit theatres Friday 27th April, 2018 and Fans are excited to see their favourite MCU superheroes and watch the culmination of 10 years of MARVEL-TASTIC filmmaking and watching as well.

Since MCU’s first movie release in 2008 – Iron Man, so much has happened to all our favourite characters. So here’s what you need to know before hitting the cinema this weekend for the much anticipated Avengers: Infinity War.

THANOS

Over the last 10 years, MCU has been building up the ultimate bad ass villain, Thanos – the Mad Titan. Apparently Thanos has been playing puppeteer (pulling the strings from behind-the-scenes) all this while, having Loki, Ronan the accuser, Gamora and Nebula (to name a few we’ve seen so far) do his bidding all along.

What does Thanos want?? Ultimate power and rule?? We can’t be sure but we do know that his main objective is to collect the six infinity stones, unite them in his Infinity Gauntlet and, with the unprecedented amount of power they all provide together, probably take over the universe.

The Infinity Stones

There are six infinity stones for each slot on the infinity gauntlet and this is what they do;

  1. The Space Stone aka The Tesseract (Blue)

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We get our first look at an infinity stone during the post-credit scenes in Thor (2011), when S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury hands Erik Selvig the Tesseract – which we now know is the Space Stone – and asks him to study it.

We find out more about the Tesseract and its power, which can alter the fabric of space, as well as how it fell into the hands of The Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

Current whereabouts: We last saw the Tesseract briefly in Thor: Ragnarok (2017). It is insinuated that it was stolen from Asgard’s vault by Loki.

  1. The Mind Stone aka Loki’s Sceptre aka Vision headstone (Yellow)

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In Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Thanos sent god of mischief Loki to Earth, and was entrusted with the Mind Stone in the form of his sceptre, allowing him to control the minds of others.

The Avengers recovered the sceptre, and Tony Stark’s experimentation on the infinity stone with assistance from Dr. Bruce Banner led to the birth of Ultron, which led to the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

Current whereabouts: The Mind Stone now sits on the forehead of Vision, who is an Avenger with the mind of Tony Stark’s Artificial Intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S., encased in a synthetic vibranium body.

  1. Reality Stone aka the Aether (Red)

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The Reality Stone Also known as the Aether, was first seen in Thor: The Dark World (2013) – which allowed it to warp reality, when it took over Jane Foster and almost killed her.

Current whereabouts: Asgardians Lady Sif and Volstagg took the Reality Stone to Knowhere and handed it to the Collector for safekeeping after it was extracted from Jane.

  1. The Power Stone (Purple)

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Star Lord aka Peter Quail stole the Orb that contained the Power Stone that has immense destructive power which led to a galaxy wide hunt in the introduction of the Guardians in the Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

Current whereabouts: The stone was eventually handed over to the Nova Corps on Xandar for protection, which is where it was last seen.

  1. The Time Stone aka the Eye of Agamotto (Green) 

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The Time Stone was first seen in Doctor Strange (2016), stored inside the Eye of Agamotto, which came into Doctor Stephen Strange’s possession, and was used to alter time to defeat Cosmic Conquerer and Destroyer of Worlds – Dormammu.

Current whereabouts: We last saw it in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) still hanging around Strange’s neck in his cameo appearance, while helping Thor and Loki find Odin.

  1. The Soul Stone (Orange)

Finally, we have the Soul Stone. It hasn’t made an appearance yet in any previous Marvel movie.

Current wherabouts: Although, Speculations and fan theories points the Soul stone in the direction of Wakanda, The home land of the Black Panther (2018) and the Comics tell us that it can collect and trap souls within itself.

7. The Infinity Gauntlet (Gold)

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The Infinity gauntlet first appeared in Thor (2011) and seen again in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017).

To control the powers of the Infinity Stones, one must wield the Infinity Gauntlet. True to its name, it is a literal glove with slots on the knuckles and the back of the hand to place the stones in them.

Current whereabouts: A fake gauntlet was kept in Odin’s vault on Asgard. A left-hand gauntlet – which is the real deal — is shown in the end credits of Avengers: Age of Ultron, where Thanos puts it on while muttering to no one in particular: “Fine. I’ll do it myself.”

Avengers Assemble

It all began when Nick Fury approached Tony Stark with the “Avengers Initiative” in Iron Man 2 (2010), which was the first step in the lead-up to the eventual awesome team-up of the Avengers.

The events of Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) was the first time we watched our heroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and The Black Widow work together to collectively defeat the Chitauri invasion in New York – (The Battle of New York)

The next big assemble happened in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), as our team of superheroes worked together again to defeat Tony Stark’s accidental creation – Ultron.  Two new additions were introduced to the Avengers team – Vision and Scarlet Witch.

Although a Captain America movie; Captain America: Civil War (2016), also starred our full group of heroes, and was centred on whether the U.N should supervise and have control over the Avengers. Captain America was staunchly against this, because he was working to save his friend and wanted criminal Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier.  Tony Stark, still reeling from the guilt of creating Ultron and the destruction of Sokovia, believed that the Avengers needed government supervision – The Sokovia Accords.

Hence the Team Captain America Versus Team Tony Stark showdown in Civil wars that had Captain America, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and new recruit, Antman on one side and Iron Man, War Machine, Black Widow and the newly introduced Spider-Man and Black Panther on the other.

Civil War ended with Captain America escaping to Wakanda with an injured Bucky in tow, and the rest of #TeamCaptainAmerica caught and in detention and isolation by the government.

Avengers: The next big Assemble – Our Superheroes: When and where we last saw each of them

Iron Man

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Presumably still a little sore about the events of Civil War, Tony Stark was last seen offering helpful advice to his protégé Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He’ll have to swallow that giant ego and make nice with Cap and his pals when Thanos shows up to say hi.

Steve Rogers

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Steve Rogers left his shield and Captain America identity behind at the end of Civil War. (El Segundo police still on the lookout for his wallet.) In addition, he’s been on the run since breaking out a few Avengers allies out maximum security ocean jail.

Thor

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The Mightiest Avenger cut his hair and grew a funny bone in Ragnarok, to the chagrin of purists. After an escape from Gladiator Trash Planet and reluctantly letting go of his home world in the form of spectacular CG explosions, Thor and the surviving Asgardians are travelling to Earth when they are intercepted by Thanos’s larger spaceship.

Black Panther

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T’Challa successfully defended the throne in his first starring movie earlier this year, though there’s little time to celebrate. Not only does he have a diaspora to unite, but Wakanda is soon to be a popular destination for all cosmic despots named Thanos, especially when on the prowl for more Infinity Stones.

Doctor Strange

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After his mindbending debut movie, all we saw of Stephen Strange last year was a brief appearance in Thor: Ragnarok. He pointed the way for Thor and Loki to find their father in Norway.

Spider-Man

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After an electric introduction in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker returned to Queens to fight crime on a smaller scale, helping to take down the Vulture in hopes of becoming a full-fledged Avenger. As the threat of Thanos appears over New York City, Spidey whips into action in a spiffy new suit.

Hulk

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The green machine spent the two years after Age of Ultron as a gladiator on far-off Sakaar. He, along with Thor and Valkyrie, bounce and impel the destruction of Asgard. He’s on the same vessel as the Asgardians when they encounter the enormous spaceship at the end of Thor: Ragnarok.

Black Widow

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Natasha was swept into the events of Captain America: Civil War, siding with Tony Stark as pro-registration. She has a minor and reluctant change of heart when she allows Cap and Bucky Barnes to flee. Afterwards, she disappears.

War Machine

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James Rhodes was crippled by Vision and thanks to that sweet Avengers health plan, has been fitted with bionic leggings and undergoing physical therapy.

Falcon

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Falcon was last seen imprisoned and then freed by Captain America at the end of Civil War.

Scarlet Witch

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Scarlet fought on the side of anti-registration in Captain America: Civil War, which means she was part of the crew that was broken out of prison at the end of the movie.

Vision

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Vision has an Infinity Stone inconspicuously located in the middle of his forehead, which will make him a prime Thanos target. He was last seen in Captain America: Civil War, when he accidentally knocks the War Machine suit out of commission and partially paralyzes Rhodes.

Star-Lord

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In GotG Vol. 2, Star-Lord discovered that his father was a powerful Celestial with genocidal tendencies, so he’s got a decent grasp on why Gamora and Nebula are devoted to taking Thanos down. It’s just not clear if his ego can compete with Tony Stark’s.

Gamora

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After she joined up with Star-Lord and the gang, Gamora still had to work out her sibling rivalry with Nebula, which ended about as well as it could. She’ll be a vital part of the fight against Thanos — her adoptive father — since she’s got all the intel on him.

Nebula

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Thanos’ other daughter is even less well-adjusted than Gamora. Her body’s broken and half artificial from all the abuse she’s taken over the years, so it’s no surprise when she leaves on a solo mission to take her daddy down.

Rocket & Groot

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These two bounty hunter BFFs basically masterminded the Guardians’ escape from prison, and Groot even sacrificed himself for the team. Unfortunately, this also means Rocket gets to babysit a reborn, teenage Groot when the Guardians face Thanos.

Drax

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Drax also has an axe — or a couple of huge daggers — to grind with Thanos, who ordered the murders of his wife and daughter. He looks to be the second big, topless green guy charging into battle in Infinity War.

Shuri

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Shuri splits her time between running the outreach building in Oakland after Black Panther opens one on the spot where his uncle was killed, and making science magic in Wakanda.

Okoye

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Leader of the Dora Milaje unit within the Wakandan military, she and her cohorts were able to suppress an insurrection and keep T’challa on the throne. She’ll still be in Wakanda by the time Infinity War starts.

Loki


We ask this every other MCU movie, but is Loki a good guy now? He certainly seems to have turned a new leaf again at the end of Thor: Ragnarok but we know he will always have something up his sleeves.

Bucky aka. The Winter Soldier aka White Wolf

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His brainwashed days all but behind him, Bucky Barnes has been dubbed the White Wolf as he undergoes rehabilitation in Wakanda.

Wong

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Wong has spent time rebuilding the Hong Kong Sanctum (one of three that shields the Earth from cosmic forces) after being destroyed by a rogue sorcerer. With that done, he jumps between the other Sanctums, including the New York location that Doctor Strange presides over.

Mantis

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The Guardians picked up Mantis when they faced off against Ego, who was kind of like a surrogate father to her in the way that he wasn’t for Peter Quill. She’s a little naive, but she’s got empathic abilities, and those antennae are just adorable.

What to expect from Avengers: Infinity War

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The premise of the movie is centred on the Avengers coming together with the goal of stopping Thanos from collecting all the infinity stones.

from the trailer, we can expect some awesome team-ups, spectacular fight scenes, and the best character pairing that will result in hilarious exchanges.

We’re going to see our favourite Guardians of the Galaxy. Let’s not forget that Gamora and Nebula are the adopted daughters of Thanos, and they both have a bone to pick with daddy dearest.

The Guardians of the Galaxy team – Star-Lord/Peter Quill played by Chris Pratt (left), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Drax (Dave Bautista). Photo: Marvel Studios 2018

From the trailer, we see Thor together with the Guardians of the Galaxy team. Although it is unclear how this came to be, as we last saw Thor and the Asgardians earth bound, it has been suggested that Thanos’ fleet intercepted the Asgardians on their way to earth. Perhaps he was rescued by the Guardians? We’ll find out April 27.

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It is still not known what happened to the Asgardians and Loki in the Asgardian’s ship attack, but the God of Mischief will definitely be making an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War.

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Meanwhile Back on Earth, Iron Man/Tony Stark is with Bruce Banner/Hulk, and they’ve met Doctor Strange and Wong.

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We can also see Peter Parker/Spider-Man on a school bus with his spidey senses tingling in the form of raised arm hairs. Then he’s getting suited up to join the team.

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Wakanda: The Battle Ground

Our heroes will definitely be heading to the vibranium-filled lands under the rule of kind T’Chaka/Black Panther.

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We already know Shuri is the brains behind almost all of Wakanda’s scientific innovations and advancements, and her first encounters with the brilliant mind of Bruce Banner is one to look out for.

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We also see Falcon and the Hulk buster in the middle of a big battle on Wakanda, so there’s that fight scene to look forward to.

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Will Thanos succeed in uniting all the infinity stones?

Will our heroes defeat him?

And, the biggest question of all: how many of our favourite Avengers will perish in their battle to save the universe?

With 10 years worth of MCU movies in the lead-up to Avengers: Infinity War, the release is bound to have us gripping the edges of our seats.

 

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Movie Review: Arrival (2016)

Genre(s): Sci-Fi,  Drama,  Mystery, Thriller.

Rating: PG-13

Directed by: Dennis Villeneuve

Running time: 116mins

Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma.

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Arrival was a risky movie to act out and portray but that didn’t stop the cast from doing a great job.  Dennis Villeneuve comes up with this brilliant idea to portray humans’ first contact with aliens, which won’t be the first film to do so. The good thing about the movie was it’s contemplative texture and giving viewers what to think about. You are drawn into the grief,  the ideology of hope and the ability for humans to progress as a species. Director Dennis Villeneuve had some interesting ideas, the movies gathered into a sporadically incoherent one before picking up and going up into the skies and daring you to keep up. It asks questions and on this other end of the screen, you are embroiled in this warp of time as you try to put all the pieces in place. 

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Most Anticipated Movies for 2018

2017 was an amazing year in film, bringing to theatres worldwide exciting movies;  2018 promises to be an even bigger year in film, with an slate of amazing and exciting movies ranging from high profile superhero movies, several sequels and book adaptations; some of which we have waited a long time for and can’t wait to see. From already released trailers and soundtracks accredited to these movies. In no particular order, Here are my most anticipated movies for 2018:

  • Black Panther

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Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director: Ryan Coogler
Writers: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Rating: PG-13 (for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture)

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, Angela Basset, Forest Whitaker, Letita Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, John Kani, Florence Kasumba.

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after his introduction to us in “Civil Wars” and the event of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Release date: February 16, 2018.

 

  • Avengers: Infinity War

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Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, FantasyDirectors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen Mcfeely
Rating: NRFour years after the events of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″, the Avengers have been torn apart following the events of “Captain America: Civil War”. When Thanos arrives on Earth to collect the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will allow him to bend reality to his will, The Avengers must join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy and their Super Hero allies and be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Karen Gillan, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Benedict Wong, Danai Gurira, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Josh Brolin, Sebastian Stan, Pom Klementieff, Tessa Thompson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Tom Hiddleston, Benicio Del Toro, Linda Cardellini, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Sean Gunn, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angela Bassett, Terry Notary, Letitia Wright, Isabella Amara, Tiffany Espensen, Winston Duke.

Release date: May 4, 2018.

  • Ready Player One

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Genre(s): Action, Adeventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Zak Penn, Ernest Cline
Rating: PG-13

Based on the novel by Ernie Cline; The movie is set in the year 2044, when the world has been gripped by an energy crisis from the depletion of fossil fuels and the consequences of global warming, causing widespread social problems and economic stagnation. To escape the decline their world is facing, people turn to the OASIS,[a] a virtual reality simulator accessible by players using visors and haptic technology such as gloves. Ready Player One centres on a young outcast named Wade Watts. When the game’s billionaire founder dies, he offers players his fortunes as the prize in the virtual treasure hunt. Watts gets in on the action, but soon finds himself facing off against corporate foes who will go to any lengths to get the money – in both the real world and in ‘The Oasis’.

Release Date: March 29, 2018.

  • Deadpool 2

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Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Comedy and Sci-Fi
Director: David Leitch
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Rating: NR
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Zazie Beetz, Eddie Marsan, Karan Soni, Jack Kesy, Stefan Kapicic, Leslie Uggams.
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover —Twentieth Century Fox

Release date: May 18, 2018.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Genre(s): Action, Adeventure, Adaptation, Sci-Fi
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Chris Mckenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Paul Rudd
Rating: NR
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Peña, David Dastmalchian, T.I., Laurence Fishburne, Judy Greer, Walton Goggins, Randall Park, Hannah John-Kamen.

Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang tries to balance his home life as a father with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, when Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym present him with a new mission to bring to light secrets from their past, requiring him to team up with van Dyne as the new Wasp.

Release date: July 6, 2018.

 

  • Aquaman

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Genre(s): Action, Adeventure, Sci-Fi
Director: James Wan
Writers: Will Beall
Rating: NR
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman.

Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world. Following the events of “Justice League”, Arthur Curry, the reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, is caught between surface dwellers and his own people who are ready to lash out and invade the surface.

Release date: December 21, 2018.

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Genre(s): Action, Adeventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Writers: Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly
Rating: NR
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Bd Wong, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Toby Jones, James Cromwell.

Four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nubar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again.

Release date: June 22, 2018.

  • Annihilation

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Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-F, Thriller
Director: Alex Garland
Writers: Alex Garland, Jeff VanderMeer
Rating: R
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina, Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac

A group of soldiers enters an environmental disaster zone and only one soldier (Oscar Isaac) comes back out alive, though he is grievously injured. In an attempt to save his life, his wife Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist, volunteers for another expedition into the zone to figure out what happened to him.

Release date: February 23, 2018.

 

  • A Wrinkle in Time

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Genre(s): Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Director: Ava DuVernay
Writers: Jennifer Lee, Madeleine L’Engle
Rating: PG
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Michael Peña, Mindy Kaling, Meg Murry, Zach Galifianakis, Bellamy Young, Rowan Blanchard, Levi Miller, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel MacPherson, Alexia Rae Castillo, André Holland, Akemi Look.

Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit in. As the daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), but she has yet to realize it for herself. Making matters even worse is the baffling disappearance of Mr. Murry (Chris Pine), which torments Meg and has left her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) heartbroken. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) to three celestial guides-Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling)-who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they set off on their formidable quest. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are soon transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must look deep within herself and embrace her flaws to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness closing in on them.

Release March 9, 2018.

 

  • Venom

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Genre(s): Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writers: Jeff Pinkner, Kelly Marcel, Scott Rosenberg
Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed
Rating: NR

Marketing has not begun for the long-awaited Venom movie. Venom poses one of the most interesting questions for Marvel-based movies. Will it or won’t it connect to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man and how will the first “adjunct” movie to the main Marvel Cinematic Unviverse actually fit in? How is Venom really Venom if he’s never had Peter Parker and his spidey powers as a host or is that coming later? An all-star cast, director, and property still make for a wonderful mix as a standalone origin story for the Venom symbiote. –

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Release date: October 5, 2018.

  • Tomb Raider

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Genre(s): Action, Adventure
Director: Roar Uthaug
Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons
Rating: PG-13
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Nick Frost, Antonio Aakeel.

A reboot of the popular video game franchise, “Tomb Raider” sees Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer determined to forge her own path as she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. embarking on an adventure to solve her father’s death, Lara Croft has to push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

Release date: March 16, 2018.

  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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Genre(s): Action, Adeventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Simon Kinberg
Writer: Simon Kinberg
Rating: NR
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Tye Sheridan, Jessica Chastain, Olivia Munn, James Mcavoy, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Jonigkeit, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Alexandra Shipp, Daniel Cudmore.

In 1992, nearly a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, the X-Men are national heroes going on increasingly risky missions. When a solar flare hits them during a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey loses control of her abilities and unleashes the Phoenix. Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
The franchise attempts to re-do the Dark Phoenix saga from Marvel Comics, aliens and all as X-Men: Dark Phoenix takes the series into space for the first time.

Release date: November 2, 2018.

  • Ocean’s 8

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Genre(s): Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: Gary Ross
Writers: Olivia Milch, Gary Ross
Rating: NR
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Dakota Fanning, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Olivia Munn, Adriana Lima, James Corden, Katie Holmes, Matt Damon, Richard Armitage, Kylie Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Kim Kardashian West, Nea Dune, Kendall Jenner, Carl Reiner

Set in the same universe as the Ocean’s 11 franchise that ran from 2001-07, Ocean’s 8 brings together an all-star cast of leading ladies, and we suspect, some great cameos too!. Criminal mastermind Debbie Ocean and seven other female thieves try to pull off the heist of the century at New York’s annual Met Gala. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million.

Release Date: June 8, 2018.

  • Mission Impossible: Fallout

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Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Thriller
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Writers: Christopher McQuarrie
Rating: NR
Cast: Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris.

When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begin to question his loyalty and his motives. Hunt finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.

Release date: July 27, 2018.

  • New Mutants

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Genre(s): Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director: Josh Boone
Writer: Josh Boone
Rating: NR
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Maisie Williams, Alice Braga, Happy Anderson, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Thomas Kee.
Easily one of my anticipated movies for this year with all the mystery and horror feel to it, The New Mutant release date has been pushed back to February 22, 2019.
“Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.”

Formerly April 13, 2018; New release date: February 22, 2019.

  • Solo: A Star Wars story

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Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director: Ron Howard (Previously, Phil Lord And Chris Miller)
Writers: Jon Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan
Rating: NR
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, Warwick Davis, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Clint Howard

Described as a space western, “Solo” is centered on a young Han Solo and his adventures with his Wookiee partner Chewbacca, including their encounter with Lando Calrissian.

Release Date: May 25, 2018.

 

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Opening this Weekend: 16/02/2018

In cinemas this weekend, Long live the King of Wakanda!! Join Dug and his friend Hognob as they fight to save tribe and their home.

  • Black Panther

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Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Director: Ryan Coogler

Runtime: 135mins

Rating: PG-13 (for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture)

CAST: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, Angela Basset, Forest Whitaker, Letita Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, John Kani, Florence Kasumba.

After his introduction to us in “Civil Wars” and the event of “Captain America: Civil War,” T’Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
  • Early Man

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Genre(s): Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Director: Nick Park

Rating: PG

Runtime: 89mins

Cast:  Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall

Set in prehistoric times, A tribe of primitive hunters are displaced from their homes by emissaries from a distant empire that has mastered bronze-making. “Early Man” tells the story of Dug (voice of Eddie Redmayne), along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth who plans to take over their land and transform it into a giant mine – the Bronze City.

 

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Official Trailer #1

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Marvel has released the first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp today after months of teasing set photos and pictures of the new costumes. Director Peyton Reed teased the first trailer on Twitter last night.

This is the first in-depth look we’ve seen of the Ant-Man sequel since it was first announced in October 2015. Set as a sequel to the 2015’s Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp once again sees Paul Rudd suit up as the shrinking superhero Ant-Man, this time joined by Evangeline Lilly, who’ll be joining in on the action as Wasp (in case you didn’t quite get that from the title). Also returning is Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, the inventor of the shrinking technology that gives both Ant-Man and the Wasp their powers. Michael Peña will also return as Ant-Man’s scene-stealing star Luis.

The trailer shows us a look into what the plot of the new movie will be, which revolves round rescuing the original Wasp from the Quantum Realm which was teased in the 2015 Ant-Man  movie.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to hit theatres July 6th, 2018.

2018 Oscar Nominations: Complete List

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The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards was announced this afternoon, in a live broadcast from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy’s Beverley Hills headquarters. The announcement just rounded up and this year list of frontrunners are diverse.

The Academy Awards are considered the most prestigious in Hollywood and the awards are handed out in 24 categories, most of which contain five nominees. The two exceptions are the Best Picture category, which can have between five and 10 nominees, and has nine nominees this year, and Makeup and Hairstyling category, which has three nominees.

Fantasy romance The Shape of Water has been nominated in 13 categories leading with 13 Oscar nods coming just shy of tying the record of 14 nominations shared by “All About Eve,” ‘‘Titanic” and “La La Land.” while  Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour appears in seven categories.

Here is the full list of nominees;

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

Directing

  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
  • Guillermo del Toro, Shape of Water

Actor in a Leading Role

  • 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.

Actress in a Leading Role

  • 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

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  • Allison Janney, I, Tonya
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • 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

Adapted Screenplay

  • James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Logan
  • Molly’s Game
  • Mudbound

Original Screenplay

  • The Big Sick
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Animated Feature Film

  • The Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner
  • Coco
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent

Foreign Language Film

  • A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
  • The Insult (Lebanon)
  • Loveless (Russia)
  • Body and Soul (Hungary)
  • The Square (Sweden)

Documentary Feature

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
  • Faces/Places
  • Icarus
  • Last Men in Aleppo
  • Strong Island

Cinematography

  • Blade Runner: 2049
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Mudbound
  • The Shape of Water

Film Editing

  • Baby Driver
  • Dunkirk
  • I, Tonya
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Production Design

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Blade Runner: 2049
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water

Costume Design

  • Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast
  • Jacqueline Durran, Darkest Hour
  • Phantom Thread
  • LThe Shape of Water
  • Victoria & Abdul

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Darkest Hour
  • Victoria & Abdul
  • Wonder

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

Sound Editing

  • Baby Driver
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Mixing

  • Baby Driver
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Visual Effects

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

Animated Short Film

  • Dear Basketball
  • Garden Party
  • Lou
  • Negative Space
  • Revolting Rhymes

Live Action Short Film

  • DeKalb Elementary
  • The Eleven O’Clock
  • My Nephew Emmett
  • The Silent Child
  • Watu WoteAll of Us

Documentary Short Subject

  • Edith and Eddie
  • Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  • Heroin(e)
  • Knife Skills
  • Traffic Stop

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The winners will be announced on March 4 in an award ceremony at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, hosted by American comedian and TV host Jimmy Kimmel.

 

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2018 SAG AWARDS: THE WINNERS

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The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was held yesterday Sunday 21st January in Los Angeles and it was hosted by Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Bad Moms). Hollywood’s new red carpet wardrobe, which turned to a sea of black at the Golden Globes as part of the “Time’s Up” protest movement, was back in colour on the SAG Awards. As the show progressed, it didn’t disappoint with the Winners in each category. The SAG Awards have no best picture category, but rather ensemble awards that recognize a film or TV show’s entire cast. One of the evening’s highlights was the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Morgan Freemnan. 

Winners are indicated below by an asterisk and the word WINNER.
Motion Picture Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” *WINNER
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri”*WINNER
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson,”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”*WINNER
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”*WINNER
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture
“The Big Sick”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Mudbound”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“Baby Driver”
“Dunkirk”
“Logan”
“Wonder Woman”*WINNER
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
Television Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”*WINNER
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”*WINNER
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”*WINNER
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”*WINNER
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”*WINNER
Marc Maron, “GLOW”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”*WINNER
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”*WINNER
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“Black-ish”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“GLOW”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Veep”*WINNER
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
“Game of Thrones”*WINNER
“GLOW”
“Homeland”
“Stranger Things”
“The Walking Dead”
Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award: Morgan Freeman
The SAG Awards are a reliable predictor of the winner for the best actor and actress Academy Awards and this year’s show comes two days before Oscar nominations will be announced on 23rd January, 2018.
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