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After an eventful 89th Academy Awards, the stars were ready to put the flubs behind them and celebrate Hollywood's big winners of the night.
Et's insiders were at all the exclusive after-parties on Sunday night, and got a glimpse at how the stars let loose! From Elton John's annual Oscars bash to the star-studded Governors Ball to Vanity Fair's invite-only soiree, check out what went down once the Academy Awards ended and the real partying began:
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89th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball
After the epic Best Picture snafu at the end of the Oscars, presenter Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were ready to let off some steam. At the Hollywood & Highland Center, Beatty was seen still holding an Oscars envelope after he and Dunaway accidentally read off La La Land as Best Picture when Moonlight was actually the winner.
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"We like to think of these awards as the ones without Mel Gibson," Kroll said of the Oscar-nominated Hacksaw Ridge director. "People wondered: how long would it take Hollywood to forgive someone for anti-Semitic, racist hate speech?' The answer: Eight years!"
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Donald Trump loomed large over the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon, but he did so from a distance (and we don’t mean a Florida golf course). The President’s name was spoken only a small handful of times during the show, but his presence — and that of the national mood he’s created — made itself known throughout.
Most of the explicit references could be found during Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s hilarious opening segment, in which the latter used Trump’s language to contextualize the indies nominated: “These films, are to quote the President: ‘Sad!’ exclamation point.” A few minutes later, he followed that up by setting up Kroll for a joke: “Do you know what Donald Trump thinks Barack Obama’s name is?” He asked. “Barry Jenkins,” Kroll deadpanned. The duo also commented on Trump’s recent decision to rescind protections for transgender Americans, wisecracking »
- David Ehrlich
The 32nd Independent Spirit Awards kicked off Saturday with a hilarious monologue from hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney that took on President Donald Trump, Mel Gibson and Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” among other movies and public figures.
Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List — Updating Live
The introduction to the monologue noted that the awards ceremony features “all of the saddest topics and the happy actors who performed them.” Mulaney referred to “Moonlight” as “sad and beautiful,” but also turned the film into a punchline. “Basically the Spirit Awards are a secret handjob on the beach, but enough about ‘Moonlight,'” he said.
Kroll immediately skewered Gibson by saying, “We like to think of these awards as the ones without Mel Gibson. People wondered, how long would it take Hollywood to forgive someone for anti-semitic, racist hate speech. The answer? Eight years.”
Mulaney followed up the joke by saying »
- Graham Winfrey
There were surprise musical guests, food trucks, and a star-studded roster of attendees -- but that's where the similarities with the Hollywood Oscar bashes stopped at the UTA United Voices rally, held Friday in lieu of the agency's usual swank after-party.
Actors, artists, musicians and humanitarians were joined by a crowd of around 1,500 people at the rally in Beverly Hills, to -- as comedian Keegan Michael Key put it -- "support the creative community's growing concern with anti-immigration sentiment in the United States of America and the potential chilling effect on the global exchange of ideas, not to mention freedom of expression."
Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster made a rare public appearance at the rally, admitting that she usually prefers to keep her activism out of the public eye. "As most of you know, I don't do »
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– The 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival (Svff), presented by Zions Bank, has announced its film line-up for the weekend of March 15 – 19. Now in its sixth year, Svff offers five days of 30 feature film screenings, including 5 world premieres and featuring 16 documentaries and 14 narrative features.
The festival will open with the World Premiere documentary “Blood Road” starring Sun Valley local Rebecca Rusch on March 15 and close with the documentary “Big Sonia” on March 19. Additional film highlights include “The Hero,” starring Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter and Nick Offerman, “Custody” with Viola Davis, Hayden Panettiere, Ellen Burstyn and Tony Shalhoub, and “Dina,” winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance. The film slate can also be viewed here.
– Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival »
- Kate Erbland
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Presidents' Day weekend was an interesting one at the box office, and as with most holiday weekends, it was particularly difficult to figure out how things might fare, other than The Lego Batman Movie, which remained at #1 with almost $45 million over the four-day weekend. Fifty Shades Darker followed with $21.3 million, about a 50% drop. Last week, I thought that the Ice Cub comedy Fist Fight would beat The Great Wall, although it seemed like it could be a close race. Nope. Matt Damon’s action epic came in third place with $21.6 million, which is a couple million more than my original prediction, but The Fist Fight fell short of my prediction by almost $10 million, grossing $14.5 million in its first four days. »
- Edward Douglas
If you're wondering about that movie with the funny title – the one nominated for an Academy Award as Best Animated Feature against such biggies as Zootopia and Moana – here it is. My Life as a Zucchini is a French-language stop-motion cartoon, blessed with both a Swiss director (Claude Barras), and an ambition not to do anything the conventional way. As if the story of a nine-year-old orphan named Courgette – that's French for zucchini – who's sent to a group home after the death of his alcoholic mother, could be considered even slightly conventional. »
This little gem of a picture was floating around the internet today and it’s pretty awesome. Ron Swanson is easily one of the best male characters in the history of television sitcoms and this picture just reinforces that fact. P.S. the “You’re not the boss of me” absolutely clinches this picture. I don’t know where Parks and Recreation got the inspiration for Nick Offerman’s character but this guy had to have something to do with it. I refuse to believe otherwise. Anyway, this picture rocks. Also, here are 10 Ron Swanson quotes to get you through the weekend: Save
Will The Real Ron Swanson Please Stand Up? »
- Nat Berman
“My Life as a Zucchini” is set to open in select theaters in the United States later this month, but before heading out to see the Oscar nominee, check out these exclusive behind-the-scene photos that show some of the details that went into making this adorable stop-motion animated film, produced in France.
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Originally titled in French “Ma vie de Courgette,” the Swiss film tells the story of a blue-haired 9-year-old boy who prefers to be called Courgette (French for zucchini) instead of his birth name of Icare. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is taken to a foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first, Zucchini struggles to fit in this strange and even hostile environment, where other kids pick on him. But he quickly makes new friends, eventually learns to »
- Yoselin Acevedo
The Academy’s animation branch regularly shows love for foreign-language films, and the Oscar nomination of “My Life as a Zucchini” is a striking example. Claude Barras’ feature debut about orphaned children is notable for both its bold subject matter and its format: a stop-motion film produced in French. The Swiss-born director even had his film short-listed as Switzerland’s official entry in the foreign-language film category.
“That was rather rare,” says Barras, who’s earned acclaim at Cannes, Annecy, and festivals worldwide. But he doesn’t think he’s an outlier when it comes to foreign-language stop-motion. “There are several centers in France — in Valence, Brittany, and Toulouse — and in Belgium, Norway, and Switzerland.” Barras cites an informal network of stop-motion animators who travel from one center to another to work. “We received proposals from the four corners of Europe, and even from the U.S. and New Zealand. »
- Ellen Wolff
Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Justin Randell Brooke, Kate Kneeland, Patrick Wilson | Written by Robert D. Siegel | Directed by John Lee Hancock
Is there a more American director working in film than John Lee Hancock? He’s covered the Alamo; yanked Republican heartstrings in The Blind Side; and in Saving Mr. Banks he went to Disney World. Now he turns his attention to another great American institution: McDonald’s.
Michael Keaton, employing every tic and smirk at his disposal, plays Ray Kroc, a struggling salesman scouring the Midwest, desperate to offload his milkshake multi-mixers. Disillusioned by bad service and lengthy wait times, he happens upon a highly successful burger joint run by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch). Through years of planning and experience they have perfected a system of fast food before it’s even a thing. »
- Rupert Harvey
The Founder, 2016.
Directed by John Lee Hancock.
Salesman Ray Kroc discovers a burger restaurant in California that has revolutionised serving fast food and decides it has the potential to be something much bigger. The biggest fast food chain in the world.
On the face of it, John Lee Hancock’s The Founder had awards bait written all over it. Backed by The Weinstein Company, it was released at the right time to be considered, it had John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr Banks, The Blind Side) at the helm and, perhaps best of all, Michael Keaton at the top of the cast list. All the ingredients were there – apart, of course, from the regulation two slices of pickle, equal squirts of ketchup and mustard and a standard size McDonald’s burger.
So what happened? Reports »
- Freda Cooper
Author: Jon Lyus
The Founder tells the story of Ray Kroc, the McDonalds brothers and the idea that changed the way we eat forever. Director John Lee Hancock has assembled a fine cast to tell the story of the souring of the American Dream. Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc, and when we spoke to him he had his own views about the Kardashian effect, and the current state of the American Dream. Hancock also had his reasons for wanting to fill his historical drama with genuine human drama, and this is evident in his casting of actors John Carroll Lynch, Nick Offerman and B. J. Novak.
Offerman and Lynch play the McDonalds brothers (Dick and Mac), while Novak is on the other side of the moral line as Harry J. Sonneborn, an adviser to Ray Kroc. James Kleinmann sat down with the actors, and talked about the overarching theme of »
- Jon Lyus
Author: Stefan Pape
Much was made of Matthew McConaughey’s renaissance, affectionately dubbed as The McConaissance’. While sounding like a new line of hamburgers at McDonalds, the role of Ray Kroc in The Founder fell into the lap of another actor enjoying something of a career rejuvenation, as Michael Keaton takes on the part of the man behind a restaurant that feeds 1% of the world’s population. Having been the lead star in both of the last two winners of Best Picture at the Academy Awards (Birdman, Spotlight) – this latest endeavour won’t ensure the actor makes it three in a row, and to be honest, you can see why.
Ray Kroc was a travelling businessman, desperately trying to offload milkshake machines to diners across the States. Out of the blue, one company made an order for six machines, and at first believing it to be an administrative error, for »
- Stefan Pape
The Founder review
Michael Keaton probably deserves more in terms of awards recognition for his work on this new film documenting the early days of fast food giant McDonald’s.
In The Founder, Keaton plays the character of the title Ray Kroc, an Illinois product salesman from middle America who we find attempting to sell milk shake makers to whoever shows the tiniest prospect of purchasing one. One of those business who sure could use one is the Mac and Dick McDonald, owners of a small, independent food restaurant in Southern California in the 1950s. When the two owners show interest in buying at least a few of the new machines, Kroc decides to visit their restaurant in person »
- Paul Heath
Nick Offerman made a name for himself as Ron Swanson for seven seasons on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” And ever since that acclaimed comedy came to an end in 2015, he’s been working nonstop. He had four films bow at Sundance this year — supporting roles in the surreal period comedy “The Little Hours” opposite “Parks” co-star Aubrey Plaza and the Sam Elliott vehicle “The Hero”; the documentary “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” which he produced; and a voice role in the English-language dub of the celebrated French animated film “My Life as a Zucchini.” “Zucchini,” which is up for this year’s animated feature Oscar, opens theatrically from GKids on Feb. 24.
How did you get involved with “My Life as a Zucchini”?
[GKids] did a similar thing a couple of years ago with a great film called “Ernest & Celestine” in which my wife [Megan Mullally] and I voice a couple of supporting characters. »
- Geoff Berkshire
The Og home renovation show, which is currently in its 36th season (it debuted in 1979), takes a decidedly more old school approach to the subject of restoring houses than many of its current competitors — no flashy reveals, no gasping homeowners, and certainly no prank wars.
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It’s a decidedly noble, straightforward and technically accurate approach that would no doubt be appreciated »
- Mackenzie Schmidt
Directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks; The Blind Side), The Founder stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc – a down-at-heel salesman from Illinois who transformed a successful restaurant run by brothers Mac and Dick McDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman) into the McDonalds empire known the world over today. Based on a true story, Hancock’s film follows the trail of how Kroc, impressed by the brothers’ innovative assembly-line approach, maneuvered himself into a position where he was ultimately able – by degrees unwittingly and ultimately callously – to take control of the company, transforming himself in the process from failure to ‘founder’ of an American economic empire.
What was it about the story of Ray Kroc that appealed to you as a filmmaker? »
- Amie Cranswick
In The Founder, John Carroll Lynch stars as Mac McDonald – who, partnered with his brother Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman) – created the first McDonald’s restaurant in California in the 1940s. Based on a true story, the new film from director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), follows the trail of how traveling salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), impressed by the brothers’ innovative assembly-line approach to the kitchen, maneuvered himself into a position where he was ultimately able to take control of the company, transforming himself in the process to the ‘founder’ of an economic empire.
Appearing in over 50 films and television productions, John Carrol Lynch first sprang to prominence in 1996 with the Coen brothers’ critically acclaimed, Fargo. His films include Gothika, Things We Lost in the Fire, Zodiac, Gran Torino, Shutter Island, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. On television, Lynch has starred in such popular series as The Drew Carey Show »
- Paul Heath
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