The American Film Institute Announces AFI’s Top 10 Movies of the Year

By AI Creative Media

The American Film Institute has revealed today its top 10 American films and top 10 American TV programs of the year, ahaed of next week’s Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. AFI recognizes “the year’s most culturally and artistically significant films and television programs.” In addition to the 20 honorees, ‘O.J.: Made in America,’ a nearly eight-hour long TV documentary, receives a special award.

Read below for the full list of this year’s honorees.

AFI Movies of the Year
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Silence
Sully
Zootopia

AFI TV Programs of the Year
The Americans
Atlanta
Better Call Saul
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Night Of
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Stranger Things
This is Us
Veep

AFI Special Award
O.J.: Made in America

2017 Grammy Awards: Beyoncé leads nominations

By AI Creative Media

The nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards were announced this morning (Dec. 6), and Beyonce, Adele, Drake lead the way. Beyonce received a total of nine nominations including album of the year. Just behind are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, which scored eight nominations each.

Beyonce is the first artist to be nominated in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year. Beyonce and Adele were the only artists nominated in all three of the top categories of album, song and record of the year.

The top four categories were announced by Meghan Trainor on CBS This Morning. Trainor was last year’s Best New Artist winner.

The Grammy Awards will be hosted by James Corden. The event will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will air live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET.

See the nominees for the general field categories below, then head over to Grammy.com for the complete list.

Record of the Year

“Hello” – Adele
“Formation” – Beyonce
“7 Years” – Lukas Graham
“Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake
“Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots

Album of the Year

“25” – Adele
“Lemonade” – Beyonce
“Purpose” – Justin Bieber
“Views” – Drake
“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” – Sturgill Simpson

Song of the Year

“Formation” – Beyonce
“Hello” – Adele
“I Took a Pill in Ibiza” – Mike Posner
“Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
“7 Years” – Lukas Graham

Best New Artist

Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance the Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

The First Trailer and Poster for the reboot of The Mummy

By AICreative Media

This week, Universal unveiled a poster and a teaser for a full trailer coming out on Sunday. So this is a teaser of a teaser which is becoming more and more commonplace with summer blockbusters lately.

Tom Cruise stars as Nick Morton, and although the nature of his character is still unknown, it appears that Cruise is embroiled in a reawakening of an ancient Egyptian princess. According to the The Mummy’s website movie synopsis: “..an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day.”

But the most intriguing part of the trailer is the appearance of Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyl. You might have heard of Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, a mash of action-adventure/horror films and the studio’s answer to Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe. It appears that Dr. Jekyl’s appearance lays the seeds of this series.

So far, the movie looks like a fun summer blockbuster: full of big stars, spectacular effects, and a scene of Cruise running.

The Mummy premieres on June 9th, so we can expect more trailers in the coming months.

The Mummy

While we’re at it, here’s some more clips of Tom Cruise sprinting:

2016 Critics’ Choice Awards Movie Nominations

By AICreative Media

The Critics’ Choice Awards nominations was recently handed out by The Broadcast Film Critics Association, and “La La Land” landed with 12, the most for this year, while Moonlight and Arrival tied for second place with 10 nods apiece.

Because of the genre-specific nature of the nominations, there are a few actors who managed multiple nominations, including Andrew Garfield (for “Hacksaw Ridge”), Ryan Reynolds (for “Deadpool”), Hailee Steinfeld (for “The Edge of Seventeen”), and Lucas Hedges (for “Manchester by the Sea”).

“This year’s nominees showcase the best that Hollywood has to offer, spanning a wide array of genres, subject matters, time periods, and more,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin.

The awards will be handed out during a ceremony on December 11, which will be broadcast by A&E on from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Below is the snapshot of the nominations, with the full list after the jump:

Best Picture
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Loving”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”
“Sully”

Best Director
Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”)
Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”)
Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)
Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)
David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water”)
Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”)
Denzel Washington (“Fences”)

Best Actor
Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Joel Edgerton (“Loving”)
Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”)
Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”)
Tom Hanks (“Sully”)
Denzel Washington (“Fences”)

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IDC MarketScape Report Positions Canon as a Leader in High-Speed Production Inkjet Market

MELVILLE, N.Y., December 1, 2016 – Offering a comprehensive portfolio of production printing devices, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon has been named a leader in the high-speed inkjet press market, according to the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide High-Speed Inkjet Press 2016 Vendor Assessment (doc #US40331116, September 2016).

The IDC MarketScape report notes that a variety of factors have helped contribute to Canon’s success, including its robust lineup of production inkjet devices and a strong commitment to research and development.

The report details Canon’s ability to provide new solutions to the market based on different considerations for end-users. In 2015, Canon customers printed 69 billion pages in the United States and over 150 billion pages worldwide using Canon inkjet technology alone, cementing the Company’s reputation as a valuable player in this market segment.

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Meet the Next Class of X-Men in GENERATION X!

New Series Launching as Part of ResurrXion

New York, NY—November 30th, 2016 — For the first time in years, the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning throws open its doors once again in GENERATION X #1! Join writer Christina Strain (Runaways, Civil War II: Choosing Sides) and artist Amilcar Pinna (Astonishing X-Men, All-New Ultimates) as they join forces to bring fans the next generation of mutantkind – if the students survive!

Once a shining beacon and safe haven for young mutants everywhere, the next class of X-Men begin their long journey right here at the Xavier Institute. But let’s face it: not all mutants are created equal. Some young mutants aren’t cut out to be the next X-Men. You just hope will survive their first run-in with a Sentinel. But Jubilee isn’t about to sell her class of underdogs short. Under her instruction and mentorship, she hopes to navigate them through growing pains and dangers that would put even the most seasoned X-Men to the test!
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Gotham Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Won Big; Complete Winners List

By AI Creative Media

The film awards season has officially begun, and “Moonlight” appears to be on a glorious path. Directed by Barry Jenkins, the movie won best feature at the 26th annual Gotham Independent Awards on Monday. “Moonlight”, which chronicles the life of a young black man as he struggles in rough neighborhood of Miami, also won best screenplay, best ensemble and the audience awards, a good start to boost the movie’s momentum towards next year’s Academy Awards.

The 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards honors the best independent filmmaking, and were hosted by Keegan-Michael Key on Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

In additiona to the competitive awards, the night also paidtributes to actors Amy Adams and Ethan Hawke, director Oliver Stone and producer Arnon Milchan

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Best Feature
Moonlight

Best Actor
Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert in Elle

Audience Award
Moonlight

Best Documentary
O.J.: Made in America
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Marvel Announces Three New INHUMANS Titles For 2017!

New Comics Launching as Part of RessurXion

New York, NY—November 23rd, 2016 — A new day dawns on the Inhumans this Spring as the super-powered race charges headlong into RessurXion! From the ashes of Inhumans vs. X-Men comes new stories, new creators and unbelievable action. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce three brand-new Inhumans titles – ROYALS #1, BLACK BOLT #1 and SECRET WARRIORS #1 – coming in 2017.

“For anybody who is even slightly curious about the Inhumans, or for anybody who might be looking to check back in with them, these launches are for you,” said editor Wil Moss. “Exciting new directions, crazy talented creative teams, and a different vibe for each of these three books. ROYALS is epic and intimate all at once, opening up all-new corners of the Marvel Universe on a monthly basis. SECRET WARRIORS is gonna be a real crowd-pleaser, a true roller coaster of a story with a cast of all your favorites (plus a few surprise team-members). BLACK BOLT is the line’s secret weapon, an intense exploration of the unknowable King of the Inhumans, with visuals like you’ve never seen – believe me.”

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Kevin Feige: ‘Avengers’, ‘X-Men’ Crossover Is an “Impossibility”

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Spider-Man might have crossed over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War this year, which prompted fan anticipation for possibility of a broader crossovers with X-Men and Fantastic Four sometime in the future like in the Marvel Comics.

Well, don’t get your hopes up. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently put an end to this speculation during a recent interview and makes it pretty clear that such crossover won’t happen anytime soon.

“It’s an impossibility at this juncture. We certainly have enough films to keep us busy for a number of lifetimes,” Feige stated during a recent interview with Variety.

Although film rights for the mutants of X-Men and the characters of Fantastic Four are owned by 20th Century Fox, many people from both Marvel and Fox camps have expressed interest in seeing them come together, such as MCU directors Russo Brothers and Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman.

In the meantime, we can all look forward to Logan, the next X-Men movie directed James Mangold, and Guardians Vol. 2 next year. Logan comes out March 2, followed shortly by Guardians Vol 2 on April 25.

Trailer for Martin Scorsese’s latest film ‘Silence’

By Armando

Between ‘Silence’ and the unexpected success of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, it appears that Andrew Garfield is having a sensational year.

Based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel about a Portuguese Jesuit priest persecuted in 17th century Japan, Silence is Martin Scorsese’s latest epic movie and it looks like another Oscar contender.

Considered “one of the twentieth century’s finest novels”, Endo’s original novel wrestles with themes of religious discrimination in Japan and racism in France. In 1971 the novel was adapted for the screen by Japanese director Masahiro Shinoda, and in 2007, Scorsese announced his intention to direct his own adaption, although its been reported that he really wanted to make ‘Silence’ long before that.

The trailer starts with lead Andrew Garfield’s Father Rodrigues and Adam Driver’s Father Garrpe conversing about a journey to find their mentor Father Ferreira, played by Liam Neeson. But this plan comes with Father Valignano’s (Ciarán Hinds) ominous warming: “The moment you set foot in that country, you step into high danger.” What follows is a collage of intense scenes of violence, religious imagery and executions.

‘Silence’ is primed for awards contention, as it opens in limited release on Dec.23, 2016, just in time for Oscar consideration, followed by expansion in early 2017. See ‘Silence’ trailer below: