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2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe

18 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Going into the Oscars, the question was which of two competing narratives would dominate the night.

The end result: a balance between the two, amid a disturbing gaffe as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a “La La Land” card out of a red envelope. There was a mistake.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List

With eight nominations, “Moonlight” looked to be the likeliest film to unseat rival juggernaut “La La Land” for Best Picture and so it did, among three total Oscars.

“There were two cards. I wanted to see the card,” said “Moonlight” writer-director Jenkins backstage in explaining the bizarre mixup which initially saw “La La Land” announced as Best Picture before a correction was issued that it was “Moonlight.” Beatty showed to him. (It said “Moonlight.”) “The folks from ‘La La Land’ were so gracious,” he added.

“There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible, »

- Anne Thompson

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2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe

18 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Going into the Oscars, the question was which of two competing narratives would dominate the night.

The end result: a balance between the two, amid a disturbing gaffe as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a “La La Land” card out of a red envelope. There was a mistake.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List

With eight nominations, “Moonlight” looked to be the likeliest film to unseat rival juggernaut “La La Land” for Best Picture and so it did, among three total Oscars.

“There were two cards. I wanted to see the card,” said “Moonlight” writer-director Jenkins backstage in explaining the bizarre mixup which initially saw “La La Land” announced as Best Picture before a correction was issued that it was “Moonlight.” Beatty showed to him. (It said “Moonlight.”) “The folks from ‘La La Land’ were so gracious,” he added.

“There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible, »

- Anne Thompson

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6 Ways the Oscars Could Make History This Year

25 February 2017 12:09 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 89th Academy Awards are almost here, and with it come several opportunities for history to be made. Some chances may be long shots (how awesome it would be if Bradford Young won Best Cinematography), but others are as close to sure things (Damien Chazelle and Barry Jenkins would both make history as Best Director winners).

Below are six ways this year’s Oscars could make history. The ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs Sunday evening at 8:30pm Et on ABC.

Read More: Final Oscar 2017 Predictions: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Nine of Its 14 Nominations

1. Damien Chazelle Could Become the Youngest Best Director Winner

La La Land” is only Damien Chazelle’s third feature behind the camera, and he seems destined to take home the Oscar for Best Director. At only 32 years old, the filmmaker would become the youngest director in history to win the gold. The current record holder is Norman Rae Taurog, »

- Zack Sharf

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Go All In With A New Video Essay Rundown Of Method Actors

24 February 2017 11:28 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, the Oscars are nearly upon us, but this year, the story of method acting that gobbled up the most attention wasn’t from the likes of Christian Bale or Daniel Day-Lewis or any other respected titan of the full-bore technique. Instead, it was surprisingly unsurprising: Jared Leto. And method he went. The stories from the set of the foul “Suicide Squad” abounded and ranged from normal (Will Smith said he never met Jared Leto, only The Joker) to strange (Leto sent Margot Robbie a live rat) to the sexually harassing (sending cast members used condoms).

Continue reading Go All In With A New Video Essay Rundown Of Method Actors at The Playlist. »

- Gary Garrison

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ is Apparently Brainwashing Us with a ‘Pro-Gay’ Agenda, Critics Say

24 February 2017 10:56 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The world seems to enjoy seeing Lego brought to life cinematically, as the recent successes of “The Lego Movie” and “The Lego Batman Movie” have shown. Yet, as is the case with all things that bring happiness to large groups of people, “The Lego Batman Movie” has managed to attract some controversy, in this case for apparently containing pro-gay propaganda.

Read More:‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Review: Bruce Wayne Has Never Been So Much Fun

As reported by The Mary Sue, one critic in particular, John-Henry Western of the website Voice of the Family, claims that the hit animated movie is riddled with homosexual elements. Western focuses particularly on the longstanding thematic element of Bruce Wayne’s dual identity as defender of Gotham and billionaire playboy, and cites Pj Media’s Michael Hamilton’s review, which argues that because Robin views Batman and Bruce Wayne as separate identities, he views them as his two fathers, »

- Michael Gonzalez

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Newswire: Hugh Jackman would’ve kept playing Wolverine if he’d joined The Avengers

24 February 2017 6:07 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Despite the fact that Hugh Jackman’s been talking about retiring the sideburns for the last two years or so, Wolverine fans—and studio execs—have had a hard time accepting that Logan will be his last appearance in that role. Jackman’s reconciled himself to the fact, though, and is prepared to let someone like Daniel Day-Lewis assume the adamantle. He’s even shot down the possibility of working a side gig with Deadpool. Yes, it really looks like Jackman’s moved on—but that hasn’t stopped interviewers from asking him what circumstances might change his mind.

ScreenRant talked to Jackman about his final bow, and discussed far-out possibilities, like a Wolverine-Avengers team-up. Jackman, who will play P.T. Barnum in the upcoming Greatest Show On Earth, seemed to really dig that idea, telling ScreenRant:

If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly ...

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- Danette Chavez

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Oscars: What Should Have Won – There Will Be Blood for Best Picture over No Country for Old Men

24 February 2017 4:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Graeme Robertson on why There Will Be Blood should have won Best Picture at the 80th Academy Awards…

The Oscars celebrating the best that 2007 had to offer were something of an oddity, in that nearly every film nominated in the main categories dealt with rather dark and complex themes, with the only light in this cavalcade of darkness being teenage pregnancy comedy Juno. Also, it was odd in that unlike most Oscar line-ups most of the films were actually quite good.

While the Coen brothers triumphed in the major categories winning Best Director and Best Picture for their dark neo-noir western thriller No Country for Old Men, and I while do think it’s an excellent film, I’m going to be a contrarian again for the final time in this series and argue that the top prize should have gone to another film.

In my view, the film that »

- Graeme Robertson

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Hugh Jackman rejects possibility of a Wolverine/Deadpool team-up, is ready to see another actor as Logan

23 February 2017 12:07 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the much anticipated arrival of the latest X-Men film, Logan, only a short time away, and with reviews for the Wolverine spin-off being rather impressive, talk about Fox’s two favourite R-rated heroes Wolverine and Deadpool teaming up has once again has ramped up.

It seems like it would be a sure thing for the studio, with the tepid response to X-Men: Apocalypse perhaps keeping events smaller and focusing on arguably the franchises’ two most successful characters is a good idea.

Hugh Jackman however disagrees and is adamant that Logan is his last hurrah as Wolverine.  He spoke about his opposition to the possibility in a Facebook Live interview, answering the team up question as follows:

“No, and Ryan Reynolds is currently sleeping outside my house. [Laughs] Look, if that movie had appeared 10 years ago, probably a different story, but I knew two and a half years ago that this was the last one. »

- Samuel Brace

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Why Denzel Washington Could Make History with a Surprise Third Oscar Win

23 February 2017 9:12 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With a best actor nomination for his tour-de-force performance in Fences, Denzel Washington is on the verge of making history — again. 

Should he win, Washington would have more Oscars under his belt than any other African-American actor. He is already the most nominated, having landed his seventh nod this year for Fences, and is also the only African-American to win multiple acting Oscars.

But with Casey Affleck’s gut-wrenching turn in Manchester By the Sea wracking up best actor nominations and wins throughout awards season, this year’s Oscars will see Washington playing an unfamiliar role: the underdog.

He admitted »

- Mike Miller

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Hugh Jackman Concedes Wolverine/Logan Recasting Is Inevitable

20 February 2017 3:03 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After unsheathing those iconic adamantium claws in eight – soon to be nine – feature films, Hugh Jackman is all set to bring the curtain down on Wolverine’s historic saga with Logan, James Mangold’s R-rated drama that is now teetering on the verge of release.

Pegged for March 3rd, many fans of Jackman’s enraged mutant will consider the release of Logan to be bittersweet, as Wolverine’s greatest adventure also looks set to be his last. The character will have a future beyond 2017, though. Chatting to New York Times, Hugh Jackman conceded that it’s practically inevitable Fox will decide to recast his iconic X-Men character further down the line – and really, he’s okay with that. You know, providing Daniel Day-Lewis doesn’t swoop in, chew scenery, and walk away Oscar in hand.

“The character will go on. Someone else will play it, for sure. [He insisted he was at peace with that] Unless Daniel Day-Lewis »

- Michael Briers

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Newswire: Hugh Jackman’s ready to hand off Logan’s adamantium claws

20 February 2017 8:13 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Wolverine turned out to be the role of a lifetime for Hugh Jackman, who’s been playing the nigh-invincible X-Man since 2000. In that time, he’s put on Logan’s side burns (and muscle) for nine movies, including James Mangold’s Logan, which opens March 3. It’s been a great run for Jackman, who’s traveled to the past, future, and Japan. But, as he’s so often pointed out in the last couple of years, he’s also more than ready to move on. Logan’s really looking like it will be his swan song, which is something he tells The New York Times he’s perfectly okay with—unless the X-Men movies become Oscar contenders all of a sudden.

The character will go on. Someone else will play it, for sure. [He insisted he was at peace with that] Unless Daniel Day-Lewis plays him and wins ...

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- Danette Chavez

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Logan: Hugh Jackman Knows That Wolverine Will Eventually Be Recast

20 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

If the sad, morbid, and dark Logan trailer wasn’t enough to drive the point home, Hugh Jackman’s tenure as everyone’s favorite clawed mutant, Wolverine, is coming to an end. The man has brought joy to millions over the past seventeen years — ever since X-Men first hit theaters in all its leather-clad glory back in 2000. Who would’ve thought he’d stick around for as long as he has, and that his films and performance would actually get better as time went on (2000 was still during an era when sequels usually meant garbage)? 

But unfortunately, while actors age, characters generally do not. As comic books have proven for generations, their superheroes live on for generations and in countless incarnations. While Jackman has been more than serviceable in the Logan role, the fact remains that his recasting is inevitable. Yes, for the time being, 20th Century Fox has proven »

- Joseph Medina

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Jackman Open to More Wolverine Movies, Deadpool Crossover Coming in 3 Years?

15 February 2017 11:41 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While we only learned the actual title a few months ago, we've known for years that Logan will be Hugh Jackman's last performance as Wolverine, a character he has been playing for almost 17 years now, since the first X-Men debuted in the summer of 2000. Lately, though, the actor has hinted that there may be a possibility of returning, perhaps for a Deadpool vs. Wolverine movie that Ryan Reynolds has been clamoring for. With just a few weeks left until Logan hits theaters, Hugh Jackman again leaves the door open for Wolverine's potential return in a new interview. Here's what he had to say below about whether or not this is the final Wolverine movie.

When I had the script, I was like, 'Yes.' And when I was shooting the movie, yes. As I sit here today, yes. God knows how I'll feel in three years. But right now, »

- MovieWeb

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The Lego Batman Movie Director Reveals Which Iconic Villains Failed To Make The Cut

13 February 2017 8:36 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

By now, you’ve no doubt seen The Lego Batman Movie, which means you’ll know that the final act is packed full of iconic villains. We’re not talking about the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery, either, because while the likes of the Joker and the Riddler do appear here, it’s actually iconic baddies like Voldemort, Sauron and the Gremlins (seriously) who dominate this part of the film.

It was a bold move by director Chris McKay and one which has split fans right down the middle. While it was undeniably cool seeing the Dark Knight taking on this lot in The Lego Batman Movie, his own foes got the short end of the stick. Ultimately, though, it’s fair to say that their inclusion was definitely good fun for the majority of viewers.

Now, in a recent interview, McKay has confirmed that at one point, he had »

- Josh Wilding

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Robert Downey Jr. to Star in Richard Linklater Movie Based on Podcast

13 February 2017 6:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Downey Jr. will star in a movie directed by Richard Linklater based on the recent “Man of the People” episode from the “Reply All” podcast from Gimlet Media.

Annapurna Pictures will partner with Susan and Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey production company for the as-yet untitled film based on the true story of Dr. John Brinkley, a charlatan who scams his way to fame using fake medicine, populism, and radio. Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the journal of the Ama, begins a quest to take him down as Brinkley becomes more famous — mainly for transplanting goat testicles into humans. The episode aired Jan. 19.

Team Downey’s Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr. will produce alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Linklater will co-produce through his Detour Filmproduction banner with Gimlet Media’s Pj Vogt, Tim Howard, and Chris Giliberti.

Annapurna is also developing Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go, »

- Pat Saperstein

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Nearly Included Daniel Day-Lewis, Moriarty From ‘Sherlock Holmes’ as Villains

13 February 2017 12:18 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warning: This post contains spoilers about “The Lego Batman Movie

Read More: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Review: Bruce Wayne Has Never Been So Much Fun

If you think it’s hard to keep track of all the bad guys that show up in “The Lego Batman Movie,” you should see the original list of villains that the filmmakers wanted to give cameos. In addition to the usual Batman bad guys, like the Riddler, Bane, Two-Face, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, several villains from other popular films make appearances. These include Voldemort from “Harry Potter,” the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz,” Sauron from “The Lord of the Rings.”

The Lego Batman Movie” director Chris McKay recently told EW that he had high hopes that some bizarre bad guys could also work their way into the story, including Daniel Day-Lewis’ Bill “The Butcher” Cutting from “Gangs of New York, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Daniel Day-Lewis could win record 4th Oscar for new film with Paul Thomas Anderson

8 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Daniel Day-Lewis is returning to our cinemas. Given that his films are few and far between (his last was “Lincoln” in 2012, for which he won his third Best Actor Oscar), this is a big news. What’s even more exciting is that said film will be the next from cinema-auteur and six-time Oscar- nominee Paul Thomas-Anderson. His last movie […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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Official Information on Paul Thomas Anderson's New Untitled Film

2 February 2017 9:18 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The movie news that the film community has been waiting for: Focus Features sent out an official press release giving us an update on the new unititled Paul Thomas Anderson film, which reunites him with Daniel Day-Lewis after the two collaborated on the 2007 masterpiece There Will Be Blood.

Cameras are rolling on Paul Thomas Anderson's eighth picture in the United Kingdom under the working title Phantom Thread, although the press release addresses it as "Untitled." I think Phantom Thread is a title fitting of Paul Thomas Anderson's oeuvre of masterpieces, but we'll see what they land on in the near future. The film is being distributed by Focus Features and Universal Pictures with an anticipated release date in late 2017.

The meat of the press release as follows:

Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which earned Mr. Day-Lewis the Best Actor Academy Award, Mr. Anderson »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Collin Llewellyn)

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Production underway on Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’ latest film

2 February 2017 5:35 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Focus Features has announced that production is underway on Paul Thomas Anderson’s as-yet-untitled new film, which reteams him with his There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis.

The film is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London, and “illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.”

Day-Lewis will be joined in the cast of the film by Lesley Manville (Another Year) and Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man). »

- Gary Collinson

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Newswire: Jonny Greenwood is doing the score for that new Paul Thomas Anderson movie

1 February 2017 7:25 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Consequence Of Sound reports that Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has signed on to write the score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film. Greenwood has worked extensively with Anderson; counting this latest, still-untitled project, he’ll have scored the last four of the director’s eight feature films. (Meanwhile, Anderson has returned the favor, filming several music videos for Radiohead.) The two first worked together on 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which starred Daniel Day-Lewis, who’s also starring in this latest film.

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- William Hughes

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