Bong Joon Ho would love to make a musical

Bong Joon Ho would love his next movie to be a musical.The 50-year-old South Korean director won critical acclaim and a host of awards for his black comedy thriller Parasite, but now he’s keen to tackle a different kind of project. “I would love to mak…

Bong Joon Ho would love his next movie to be a musical.

The 50-year-old South Korean director won critical acclaim and a host of awards for his black comedy thriller Parasite, but now he’s keen to tackle a different kind of project.

“I would love to make a musical,” Bong told Empire magazine, noting that his take on the genre would be unique. “Characters would begin singing, then think, ‘Oh my God, f**k this, this is too cheesy,’ and stop suddenly.

“There are amazing musical films, like Singin’ in the Rain. But when I watch them, I feel very embarrassed and start blushing. So it would have to be… different.”

Bong stunned Hollywood when the critically-acclaimed Parasite won Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Film, and Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars last month.

The filmmaker may well live up to his promise of making a “different” musical, as he’s well-known for telling unusual stories on the big screen. His Academy Award-winning film followed members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy one by infiltrating their household, while his 2017 movie Okja told the story of a young girl who raises a genetically modified giant pig.

And Bong’s timing could be perfect, as the musical genre is currently making a comeback in Hollywood, with Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s cinematic adaptation of his musical In the Heights both in the works.

Little Women director Greta Gerwig is also developing an original musical that focuses on tap dancing.

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Bong Joon Ho receives heartfelt letter from Martin Scorsese

Parasite director Bong Joon Ho was touched to receive a message of support from Martin Scorsese following his historic Oscars victory.The filmmaker took home four top awards at the prestigious Hollywood ceremony earlier this month, with the thriller ma…

Parasite director Bong Joon Ho was touched to receive a message of support from Martin Scorsese following his historic Oscars victory.

The filmmaker took home four top awards at the prestigious Hollywood ceremony earlier this month, with the thriller making history by becoming the first non-English language movie to claim the Best Picture prize, in addition to wins for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

During a press conference back home in his native South Korea, the director revealed that Scorsese, one of his screen heroes, had sent him a letter of encouragement after his big wins.

“This morning I got a letter from Martin Scorsese,” Bong shared. “I can’t tell you what the letter said because it’s something personal. But towards the end, he wrote, ‘You’ve done well. Now rest. But don’t rest for too long.'”

The 50-year-old added: “He continued by saying how he and other directors were waiting for my next movie.”

The sweet exchange emerges after Bong heaped praise on Scorsese while accepting the Oscar for Best Director, with the iconic filmmaker also nominated in the category for his work on The Irishman.

“When I was young and starting in cinema, there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart which is, ‘The most personal is the most creative,'” Bong recalled. “That quote was from our great Martin Scorsese.”

He also praised fellow Best Director nominee Quentin Tarantino for championing his work for many years.

The Okja helmer also told reporters during Oscars weekend that he was thrilled that awards season was almost over as it meant he could finally go home, after spending months promoting the movie in the U.S. and the U.K.

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Parasite enjoys record-breaking box office boost after Oscars success

Bong Joon Ho’s thriller Parasite is enjoying a record-breaking boost at the box office after its surprise success at the Oscars.The South Korean movie scooped the ceremony’s top honours at the star-studded bash earlier this month, with the film winning…

Bong Joon Ho’s thriller Parasite is enjoying a record-breaking boost at the box office after its surprise success at the Oscars.

The South Korean movie scooped the ceremony’s top honours at the star-studded bash earlier this month, with the film winning Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film, before making history by becoming the first non-English language movie to win Best Picture, beating off stiff competition from the likes of 1917, The Irishman, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Last weekend, Parasite raked in more than $5.5 million (£4.2 million) in the U.S. – a whopping 234 per cent increase in ticket sales – the biggest post-Oscars boost for a Best Picture winner in more than 10 years.

Since the Academy Awards on 9 February, the South Korean thriller has made more than $8.8 million (£6.8 million) at the U.S. box office.

It also added another $12.7 million (£9.8 million) to its worldwide total, with Parasite’s total worldwide cinema takings standing at a huge $204 million (£157 million).

The movie has been available on home entertainment services in the U.S. since January, yet the film’s distributor Neon has expanded Parasite to more than 2,000 cinemas in North America since its Oscars success. In the U.K., Parasite’s distributor Curzon Artificial Eye expanded the film from 136 cinemas to more than 400 following the awards show.

Last year’s Best Picture winner Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, experienced a 121 per cent increase in revenue the weekend after its victory and was the biggest post-Oscar boost at the time.

Moonlight, The Artist, Slumdog Millionaire, and Million Dollar Baby have also seen lifts in ticket sales following their Best Picture victory at the Academy Awards.

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Jane Fonda leads stars re-wearing dresses to 2020 Oscars

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Pa…

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.

The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Parasite director Bong Joon Ho and producer Kwak Sin-ae during the ceremony held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

However, fans were quick to point out that Jane had first sported the dress at the 67th International Cannes Film Festival in 2014, with the move in keeping with her promise not to purchase any new clothes as part of her protests against climate change.

In addition, the Grace and Frankie star swapped her signature blonde hairstyle for a shorter, silver crop and topped off her ensemble with Pomellato jewellery, explaining in a post on Instagram that she opted for items from the brand because the designers “only use responsible, ethically harvested gold and sustainable diamonds”.

But Jane wasn’t the only celebrity to recycle a look for the Oscars. Elizabeth Banks opted to give a pre-loved gown another outing and attended the Vanity Fair after-party wearing a scarlet Badgley Mischka dress.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the bash, Elizabeth revealed she had first worn the ensemble at the magazine’s party back in 2004.

“I’m upcycling this dress – I wore this dress for the first time to Vanity Fair in 2004,” she explained. “And, we very rarely get a dress gifted to us. Badgley Mischka made this dress for me. Back then, I was in Seabiscuit, which was a big Oscar nominee, and they gave it to me, and I recently moved and found it in the back of the closet. And it still fits! So, I’m wearing it on the carpet tonight. Very excited to be wearing a dress, recycling a dress from 16 years ago.”

Elsewhere, Booksmart actress Kaitlyn Dever wore a red Louis Vuitton dress made from “completely sustainable” fabrics, while Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Margot Robbie looked stunning in a vintage midnight blue gown from Chanel.

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Hollywood stars celebrate Parasite’s historic Best Picture win at 2020 Oscars

Celebrities including Ava DuVernay, Sandra Oh, and Priyanka Chopra took to social media on Sunday night to celebrate Parasite becoming the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean thriller was the under…

Celebrities including Ava DuVernay, Sandra Oh, and Priyanka Chopra took to social media on Sunday night to celebrate Parasite becoming the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean thriller was the underdog going into the ceremony and wasn’t expected to win much more than the Best International Feature Film category, but ended up sweeping the event with four wins, also including Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and the night’s coveted Best Picture prize, which had been widely expected to go to 1917.

Social media users and celebrities alike were thrilled with the surprising and historic wins, with director DuVernay tweeting, “MASSIVE! HISTORIC! LANDMARK! PARASITE! The world is big and it is beautiful and films from everywhere deserve to be on that stage winning @TheAcademy’s highest honour. This is wonderful and right. #Oscars.”

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu wrote, “Parasite Parasite Parasite Parasite!!!! Oh my gawwwdddd Parasite did it (sic)!!!! Director Bong did it!! The whole insanely talented cast did it!! South Korea did it. History made. Heading out to celebrate all night!!!” while Killing Eve star Oh posted, “Congratulations @ParasiteMovie So so proud to be Korean.”

Indian actress Chopra added, “Wow! It’s so emotional to see an international film like Parasite, in Korean with English subtitles, not only receive such a warm embrace from audiences around the world, but also this kind of recognition from one of the most prestigious film academy’s (sic) in the world… Congratulations to the entire film for shattering the glass ceiling and making history as the first non-English film to win Best Picture.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also offered up his congratulations on social media, thanking Joon Ho for giving “pride and courage” to the country’s people.

Earlier in the night, as the filmmaker accepted the Best Director prize, he told the audience, “After winning Best International Feature, I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax. Thank you so much… I never thought I would win.”

He let other members of the Parasite team speak following the Best Picture win but told reporters backstage that the film’s Oscars haul was “really f**king crazy”.

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Parasite snags Best Picture at 2020 Oscars

Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday as it became the first non-English language film to be crowned Best Picture.The South Korean thriller landed the top prize on Hollywood’s big night, taking a total of four honours, including Be…

Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday as it became the first non-English language film to be crowned Best Picture.

The South Korean thriller landed the top prize on Hollywood’s big night, taking a total of four honours, including Best Director for Bong Joon Ho. It was also named Best International Feature, and Best Original Screenplay, an accolade Bong shared with Han Jin Won.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger completed their awards season hauls by taking home the Leading Actor and Leading Actress prizes for their respective performances in Joker and Judy Garland biopic Judy, while Brad Pitt and Laura Dern claimed the supporting prizes for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Marriage Story.

Meanwhile, Sam Mendes’ war movie 1917 grabbed a trio of technical awards, famed songwriting duo Elton John and Bernie Taupin snagged the Best Original Song gong for Rocketman’s (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, and the Original Score title went to Hildur Gudnadottir for her work on Joker, making her the first woman in 23 years to win the category.

The 92nd Academy Awards was staged without a host for the second consecutive year, and opened with a colourful song-and-dance spectacular from Janelle Monae, while Eminem made a surprise appearance to perform his 2003 Best Original Song winner Lose Yourself, 18 years after missing the ceremony.

Idina Menzel, Elton John, Randy Newman, Chrissy Metz, and Cynthia Erivo also graced the Dolby Theater stage to deliver their Best Original Song nods, while Billie Eilish and her musician brother Finneas helped to remember those lost over the past year by delivering a cover of The Beatles’ Yesterday during the In Memoriam segment, which saluted late stars like Kobe Bryant, Rip Torn, Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Star Wars icon Peter Mayhew, Doris Day, Diahann Carroll, Peter Fonda, John Witherspoon, John Singleton, and Kirk Douglas, who died on Wednesday.

The winners of the 2020 Oscars are:

Best Picture:

Parasite

Best Director:

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Leading Actress:

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Leading Actor:

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Supporting Actress:

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Supporting Actor:

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adapted Screenplay:

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Original Screenplay:

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

International Feature:

Parasite

Documentary Feature:

American Factory

Animated Feature:

Toy Story 4

Cinematography:

1917 – Roger Deakins

Film Editing:

Ford v Ferrari, Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland

Production Design:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh

Costume Design:

Little Women, Jacqueline Durran

Makeup and Hairstyling:

Bombshell, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker

Original Score:

Joker – Hildur Gudnadottir

Original Song:

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman, by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Sound Editing:

Ford v Ferrari, Donald Sylvester

Sound Mixing:

1917, Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects:

1917, Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy

Animated Short:

Hair Love

Documentary short:

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Live Action Short:

The Neighbor’s Window

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Parasite and Jojo Rabbit triumph at Writers Guild of America Awards

Parasite and Jojo Rabbit took home top honours at the Writers Guild of America Awards on Saturday.Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won were presented with the prize for Best Original Screenplay at the 72nd annual ceremony for Parasite, making it the first non-…

Parasite and Jojo Rabbit took home top honours at the Writers Guild of America Awards on Saturday.

Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won were presented with the prize for Best Original Screenplay at the 72nd annual ceremony for Parasite, making it the first non-English language feature to win a WGA award in history.

“I’d like to share this award with all the nominees tonight and especially it’s such a huge honour to receive this award from (presenter) Kevin Bacon,” the director said during his speech.

Meanwhile, Taika Waititi received the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Jojo Rabbit from the organisation, which handed out its annual awards at simultaneous shows in Los Angeles and New York.

The film awards, which are traditionally held at the end of the bash, were the first two categories of the night and were announced at the New York ceremony, so that nominees could leave early and head to London for Sunday’s BAFTA Awards, during which Waititi and Joon Ho repeated their screenplay wins.

Over in the WGA TV categories, Succession won the award for Best Drama Series, Barry took home the Comedy Series prize, and Watchmen won for a New Series.

Chernobyl also triumphed, nabbing the Original Long-Form award, while Fosse/Verdon won for a Long-Form Adaptation.

The main list of winners is as follows:

Original Screenplay – Parasite, Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

Adapted Screenplay – Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi

Documentary Screenplay – The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Alex Gibney

Drama Series – Succession

Comedy Series – Barry

New Series – Watchmen

Original Long Form – Chernobyl

Adapted Long Form – Fosse/Verdon

Original Short Form New Media – Special

Animation – Thanksgiving of Horror (The Simpsons)

Episodic Drama – Tern Haven (Succession)

Episodic Comedy – Pilot (Dead to Me)

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Rebel Wilson jokes about failure of Cats during 2020 BAFTAs

Rebel Wilson poked fun at the failure of her movie Cats as she presented an award at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday. The Pitch Perfect actress played Jennyanydots alongside the likes of Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Huds…

Rebel Wilson poked fun at the failure of her movie Cats as she presented an award at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The Pitch Perfect actress played Jennyanydots alongside the likes of Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, which was savaged by critics and flopped at the box office following its release in December.

And as Wilson took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to present the award for Best Director while wearing a Prabal Gurung wrap dress that was half black and half glittery red, she made a joke at the film’s expense.

“Tonight is all about sustainability, so I made this dress from sewing my two old dresses together. The red is from that one time I didn’t win Miss Australia, and the black is from a funeral I just went to for the feature film Cats,” she said to laughter from the star-studded audience. “Cats. Strangely not nominated for any awards. I’m not sure if everyone here is across the controversy but this year there has been a distinct lack of nominations for felines. Yep, even in this Best Director ‘cat’-egory, no felines have been nominated. It’s really shocking.”

In her hilarious speech, one of the standout moments of the evening, Wilson reeled off the names of the Best Director nominees – Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Quentin Tarantino, and Bong Joon Ho – and joked about the fact that they are all men.

“I look at the exceptional, daring talent nominated in this category and I don’t think I could do what they do,” the Australian star quipped. “Honestly, I just don’t have the balls.”

Mendes received the prize for 1917, which dominated the evening with seven wins, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.

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Parasite lands top prize at London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Parasite was named Film of the Year at the 40th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Thursday night.The South Korean thriller landed the Film of the Year honour, while Bong Joon Ho was named Director of the Year.The filmmaker took to the stage …

Parasite was named Film of the Year at the 40th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Thursday night.

The South Korean thriller landed the Film of the Year honour, while Bong Joon Ho was named Director of the Year.

The filmmaker took to the stage at London’s May Fair Hotel and thanked his cast and crew for their work on the movie, calling his wins a “huge honour”.

His film is also up for four awards at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, two weeks after Parasite became the first foreign-language movie to win Best Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Parasite will also compete for six Oscars, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best International Feature Film, and Best Original Screenplay.

The other double winners at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards were Marriage Story, which won Screenwriter of the Year for director Noah Baumbach and Supporting Actress of the Year for Laura Dern, and The Souvenir, which was named British/Irish Film of the Year. Its star Honor Swinton Byrne, the daughter of Tilda Swinton, won Young British/Irish Performer of the Year.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger continued their successful awards season streak by winning the leading actor and actress prizes for Joker and Judy, respectively, although there was a surprise in the Best Supporting Actor category, with Joe Pesci winning for The Irishman over current Oscars favourite Brad Pitt for his work on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The full list of London Critics’ Circle Film Awards winners is:

Film of the Year – Parasite

Actress of the Year – Renee Zellweger, Judy

Actor of the Year – Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Supporting Actress of the Year – Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Supporting Actor of the Year – Joe Pesci, The Irishman

British/Irish Film of the Year – The Souvenir

British/Irish Actress of the Year – Florence Pugh, Fighting with My Family/Midsommar/Little Women

British/Irish Actor of the Year – Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse/High Life/The King

Young British/Irish Performer of the Year – Honor Swinton Byrne, The Souvenir

Director of the Year – Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Screenwriter of the Year – Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Foreign Language Film of the Year – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Documentary of the Year – For Sama

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker – Mark Jenkin, Bait

British/Irish Short Film of the Year – The Devil’s Harmony

Technical Achievement Award – Barbara Ling (production design), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film – Sally Potter and Sandy Powell

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Sam Mendes scores top prize at Directors Guild of America Awards

Sam Mendes cemented his status as Oscars frontrunner by taking home the top prize at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards on Saturday for his war epic 1917.The filmmaker’s latest movie beat Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, Quentin Tarantino’s Once …

Sam Mendes cemented his status as Oscars frontrunner by taking home the top prize at the 2020 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards on Saturday for his war epic 1917.

The filmmaker’s latest movie beat Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman to win the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award.

His victory comes hot off his success at the Producers Guild Awards (PGA) last weekend, meaning he has now secured his status as the one to beat for the Best Director prize at the Academy Awards on 9 February. The last six winners of the main DGA prize have gone on to win the Oscar.

Accepting the DGA honour, Mendes thanked his late grandfather, whose wartime stories inspired the film, and dedicated his win to his young daughter Phoebe.

“My grandfather inspired this film, and he made me when I was 12 sign a contract promising I would write a novel by the age of 18,” he said. “Obviously, I’m not a freak, so I didn’t do that, but I did do this.”

According to Deadline, Mendes told reporters backstage the win meant a lot to him.

“It’s voted for by people who know exactly what I do and that makes a huge difference. For me the whole event was moving,” the 54-year-old commented.

Other DGA winners included Alma Har’el, who won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director award for Honey Boy, and Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, who were also honoured for their Netflix documentary movie, American Factory.

In the TV categories, Bill Hader took home the Comedy Series prize for Barry, Johan Renck was recognised for Chernobyl in the TV Movie/Limited Series category, and Nicole Kassell won for her episode of Watchmen in Dramatic Series.

Mendes previously won the DGA honour in 1999 for American Beauty.

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