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“Get Out” breakout star Daniel Kaluuya is set to star in Steve McQueen’s heist thriller “Widows,” TheWrap has learned. The New Regency project follows four widows who come together to finish a heist after their husbands are killed while trying to pull it off. Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo also star in the multicultural cast. Also Read: Viola Davis to Star in Steve McQueen Heist 'Widows' “Widows,” based on the 1980s British television mini-series, was penned by McQueen and “Gone Girl” scribe Gillian Flynn. McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award »
- Umberto Gonzalez
McQueen is directing from a script he’s co-writing with “Gone Girl” screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn. Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films, which produced “Lion,” are producing along with McQueen. Film4 is co-financing.
“Widows” is based on the 1983 British mini-series about a caper terribly gone wrong. The story follows four armed robbers who are killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the job.
Canning and Sherman teamed with McQueen on “Shame,” and also produced the best picture Oscar winner “The King’s Speech.” The movie marks McQueen’s first feature since he won the best picture Academy Award for “12 Years a Slave” in 2014.
“Get Out” has been over-performing at the box office »
- Dave McNary
Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, and Michelle Rodriguez are among those on the cast list for the project, which centers on four women who team up to complete a heist. The story, based on the 1980s British TV series, starts out with a group of armed robbers being killed during a robbery. Their widows then decide to finish the job their spouses started. Kaluuya will play the hothead brother of a character played »
- Borys Kit
Hot off the buzz surrounding Jordan Peele’s racial horror movie Get Out, Deadline reports that star Daniel Kaluuya is set to head up the latest film from 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen. Kaluuya—whose past credits include Sicario and Kick-Ass 2—will co-star in Widows, McQueen’s new movie about four women who hope to complete a bank heist originally planned by their four late husbands. Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo are also set to star, while McQueen wrote the script with Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn.
Get Out has gotten strong reviews for its mixture of racial microaggressions and macro horror, and is expected to do well at the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Kaluuya is keeping busy, currently filming on Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther film.
- William Hughes
Exclusive: Daniel Kaluuya, who’s starring in Jordan Peele’s Get Out which is scoring at the box office already since bowing last night in previews, has been set to star in Widows, the Steve McQueen-directed film from New Regency. Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo are already aboard. The plot centers on the aftermath of four armed robbers killed during a failed heist, and their surviving widows join forces and resolve to pull off the raid themselves… »
Everybody expects Viola Davis to win an Oscar for “Fences” on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre, but does she really deserve it? I’m not saying Davis isn’t awards-worthy — after all, she won the Tony Award for playing the same role of Rose, the long-suffering wife of embittered former Negro league ballplayer Troy Maxson, in the 2010 Broadway revival of August Wilson’s powerhouse play. Her performance is raw and fierce, standing toe-to-toe with Denzel Washington’s Troy and serving as the vibrant, beating heart of the film. The problem isn’t with the performance. It’s with the category: Best Supporting Actress. »
- Steve Pond
Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.
What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.
Watch: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations
1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942
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Mahershala Ali is a dad!
The Moonlight star and his wife Amatus Sami-Karim have welcomed their first child, a daughter, he announced on Instagram Friday.
Baby Bari Najma Ali came into the world on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The newborn’s name is pronounced Bar-ee.
Ali, 43, is expected to attend the Academy Awards Sunday, where he is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
The Academy Awards kicks off live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26, with a 7 p.m. Et pre-show and 8:30 p.m. ceremony. See all the Oscar nominees and get your own ballot here!
Ali joked about the potential of his »
- Jen Juneau
Image Source: Getty / Lee Celano With nominees like Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Ruth Negga, and Mahershala Ali rounding out the acting categories, Sunday night's Academy Awards could potentially deliver the most diverse set of winners in years. The Oscars have been plagued by obvious race issues since they began in 1929, and things seemingly came to a head with the #OscarsSoWhite discussion a couple of years ago; the overwhelming lack of diversity in nominees in both 2015 and 2016 resulted in Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs taking bigger, more noticeable steps to double the number of diverse members in its voting body by 2020. Nevertheless, a black actor (the incomparable Sidney Poitier) wasn't awarded until 1964, and it was only in 2002 that Halle Berry became the first black woman to win a best actress trophy. So, just how many black actors have won Oscars over the years? Fourteen. A whopping fourteen distinguished, talented people in 87 years. »
- Brittney Stephens
Every year, the Oscars bring a rush of enthusiasm about Hollywood's most buzzed-about cinematic masterpieces. This time around, the list of nominees features quite a bit of excitement. In addition to a notably diverse group compared to 2016, Viola Davis also became the first black actress to get three nods, and La La Land earned 14 nominations, thereby tying the record held by Titanic, Ben-Hur, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. As always, there's something else to note about this year's potential winners: 10 of them are vying for their very first Oscar! Keep reading to see all the first-time nominees. Related:People Have Very Mixed Opinions About Whether #OscarsSoWhite Is "Fixed"Meryl Streep Has the Best Reaction to Her Oscar Nomination: A Gif of Her DancingABC Accidentally Listed Amy Adams and Tom Hanks as Oscar Nominees »
- Ryan Roschke
The 2017 Academy Awards is gearing up to be quite the night to remember.
This year’s ceremony has already seen its fair share of records and firsts with its impressive list of Oscar nominations — and, believe it or not, more records could be set come Sunday night.
Take a look at the facts and figures of this year’s Oscars, with a little help from WalletHub.
This is the first year that black actors have been nominated in every category. They are Fences’ Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, Loving‘s Ruth Negga, and Moonlight‘s Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali
In particular, »
- Diana Pearl
The 89th Academy Awards take place this Sunday, a day expected to be dominated by awards darling “La La Land,” which has earned a record-tying 14 nominations. The Oscars have a long history of upsets and shocking moments though, so this weekend could have its share of surprises.
Coming on the heels of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, perhaps the most heartening aspect of 2017’s “Oscar numbers” are that they suggest a more promising year for people of color. Black actors were shut out of the acting categories the last two years in a row.
Here are a few of the many compelling statistics about this year’s Oscars, courtesy of personal finance website WalletHub.
What’s a Best Picture Nomination Really Worth? A Look at Return on Investment
- Sarah Ahern
The ballots are in, and the Oscars are but days away. Variety critics Peter Debruge, Owen Gleiberman, and Guy Lodge may not be Academy members, but if they were, here’s how they would have voted in the top eight categories.
Best Picture: “Moonlight.” Nothing against “La La Land,” whose realist take on contemporary romance brings a welcome edge to the fizzy old-fashioned song-and-dance format, but “Moonlight” marks the artistic breakthrough here — and not just because the Oscars (and the industry at large) have been #sowhite for #solong. Barry Jenkins’ superb portrait of a lonely young man seeking connection in Miami focuses audiences’ attention on the sort of character the movies so often marginalize — or overlook entirely — and makes the specificity of his experience feel universal. I ranked “Hell or High Water” one notch higher on my year-end top 10, but that movie is too similar to 2008 winner “No Country for Old Men »
- Peter Debruge, Owen Gleiberman and Guy Lodge
Meryl Streep is setting the record straight on some drama revolving around what she's going to wear at the Oscars on Sunday night.
On Friday, Streep's rep told Et that a story claiming she passed on a custom Chanel dress because she found another designer that would pay her to wear their dress instead is "completely untrue."
"This is a completely untrue story," Streep's rep tells Et. "Ms. Streep would Never wear anything in exchange for payment."
In a new Wwd report, Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld claimed that Streep wanted to wear an embroidered gray silk gown from his recent couture collection on Oscars night, but in the middle of working to customize the dress for her, a member of her team told them, "Don't continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us."[p »
It all comes down to this. Ladies and gentlemen, the Oscars are this weekend. In about 48 hours, we’ll know all of the Academy Award winners and losers. As such, it’s obviously time for final predictions. They’re here for you, along with a bit more than usual, because that’s just how we do things on the Friday before the Academy Awards. Yes, Oscar will have their say soon enough, but first, we attempt one last bit of analysis. Included in my picks is some slight commentary on how the ceremony might go. Take it with a grain of salt, but I do feel pretty good about these predictions. I’ll second guess myself plenty between now and Sunday, but at the moment, I think I’m on to the Academy and how the Oscars might end up going down. Take a deep breath. Relax. Maybe grab a drink? »
- Joey Magidson
How to Get Away With Murder wrapped season three on a high note.
The Viola Davis drama rose two-tenths for its two-hour season finale on Thursday, averaging a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49.
A steady Grey's Anatomy (2.0 adults) helped ABC win the night.
Once again, The Big Bang Theory was the top show of the night with a 2.8 rating. The Great Indoors (1.5 adults), Mom (1.4 adults), Life in Pieces (1.2 adults) and Training Day (0.7 adults) were even across the board for CBS.
NBC had an eventful night with the launch of the Blacklist: Redemption spinoff. Airing »
- Kate Stanhope
The Magic (Red) Carpet As we've seen greatly highlighted in the last few years, there are a lot of politics involved in award season—especially the nominations, even more so the wins. The truth is: Actors need more than just a stellar performance on-screen to take home those golden statues. They also have to campaign for that performance/film for months. Or as Viola Davis joked when she finally won her first Golden Globe last month: "I took all the pictures; I went to the luncheon..." Yes, campaigning means red carpets. And while having a successful red carpet season won't guarantee an actor a win in their category it definitely can help their chances. Because having a memorable moment »
Sunday’s Oscars 2017 are driven by two competing narratives. The question is which one will dominate the night.
We know Damien Chazelle’s retro musical “La La Land” (Lionsgate) will take home a slew of Oscars. But out of its record-tying 14 nominations, will it win five, like the BAFTAs? Seven, like its Golden Globes sweep? Or can it break the record of 11? (Three epic spectacles hold the record for most Oscar wins: “Titanic,” “Ben-Hur,” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”) “West Side Story” holds the record for a musical, with 10 wins.
Check my predictions below: By my “La La Land” tally, it’s nine.
The second story of the night: a dramatic course correction a year after #Oscarsowhite. The Academy actors’ branch nominated a record seven actors of color: familiar faces Octavia Spencer (Fox’s “Hidden Figures”) and Paramount’s “Fences” stars Denzel Washington (his eighth nomination »
- Anne Thompson
The revelation that Laurel's father was behind the murder was very out there, but it exceeded my expectations. There was no inclination before these two episodes her father could have anything to do with it.
We already knew he was a sketchy dude, but now we have confirmation he has a lot of secrets. I can't help but feel awful for Laurel.
Dominic is the murderer, and it seems like Laurel is going to get closer to him. His demeanor and killing tactics reminded me of Frank. Maybe Laurel had a thing for the bad guys and looked at Wes to break the habit.
I gasped when she revealed she had the gun and set off on her sweet merry way to kill Charles. »
- Paul Dailly
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details about the Season 3 finale of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. One mystery ends, another begins: Tonight's two-hour season finale of ABC's How to Get Away With Murder revealed Wes' killer while leaving viewers wondering, well, who is Wes' killer? “Isn’t that what you want, to find out who killed Wes and make them pay?” asked Viola Davis’ Professor Annalise Keating early in tonight’s double episode. She was talking to her… »
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