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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Dream Sequel of the Day: Dante Basco, who plays Rufio in Steven Spielberg's Hook, is trying to make a spinoff prequel for his character via Kickstarter. Watch the campaign video: Fake Movie of the Day: Speaking of movies that won't happen, here's Andrew Garfield and Idina Menzel in a fake movie literally written by kids as featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Movie Character Battle of the Day: See if your favorite Joker, Heath Ledger's from The Dark Knight or Jared Leto's from Suicide Squad, wins in this fan-made mash-up short (via Geek Tyrant): Cosplay of the...
- Christopher Campbell
Late in the Oscar season, at the moment when voters actually fill in their ballots (the deadline is February 21 at 5 pm), it all comes down to what movies they have actually seen. What did they love the most, and is freshest in their minds? Which film aligns with the zeitgeist, delivering the message that 6,000 voters want to send?
The five directing nominations tend to line up with the strongest Best Picture contenders, although snubbed director nominee Ben Affleck did win Best Picture win for “Argo.” However, that underdog story became a narrative in itself that drove “Argo” to the win.
This year, the narratives include the aftermath of#OscarsSoWhite and the election of Donald J. Trump. Which will stick?
Here’s how the Best Director and Best Picture races are shaking out.
- Anne Thompson
The Academy Awards are in just over a week, ladies and gentlemen. My how time flies, right? With the show coming so soon, there can be a rush to finalize predictions and try to hold course until the end. That’s not my way though, as I play around with my picks right until just before the big night. This second to last update is sort of a fail-safe, giving me a chance to still potentially go out on a limb or two before getting down to business. The Oscars will unfold in less than ten days, so if you’re not excited yet, now is the time to start getting excited. This is what we spend all this time preparing for, after all… Below are the penultimate picks for the upcoming ceremony. Next week will be the big one, where I’ll finally come to grips with this whole thing, »
- Joey Magidson
The Oscars are the grand finale of award season, and this year, we have more to look forward to than ever. La La Land is up for an astonishing (and recording-tying) 14 awards, Viola Davis has already broken a record, and unless one of them doesn't show up for their nominated categories, ex-couple Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield will be in the same place at the same time. (It's exciting, Ok?) If you're looking forward to the big show, take a look at all the need-to-know details below! The Nominees The best picture race is incredibly tight, with Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight all in the running. At least one actor from each of those movies is up for an individual nod, including Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Casey Affleck, Denzel Washington, and Viola Davis. There are »
- Maggie Pehanick
The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actor RaceThe 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actor RaceAdriana Floridia2/17/2017 10:44:00 Am
The Best Actor race just got exciting.
For most of the season, it looked like the winner in this category was set. Casey Affleck had been winning nearly every accolade imaginable for his masterful performance in Manchester by the Sea. However, this changed when Denzel Washington won the Screen Actors Guild award for his turn in Fences. Suddenly, we aren't so sure about Affleck winning the Oscar, as the winner of the SAG usually goes on to win the top prize.
While it's unlikely, the other three contenders could pull an upset, and if anyone were going to it may be Ryan Gosling. His co-star in La La Land, Emma Stone, is just about set to win the Oscar for Best Actress, »
- Adriana Floridia
Priyanka Chopra recently made her first appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where she talked about her on-set injury and living in the Us on working Visa during President Donald Trump’s reign. Earlier this week, Stephen Colbert released a hilarious sketch starring Hollywood actor Andrew Garfield and singer Idina Menzel. It is aRead More
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
You’d think that the Oscar race for Best Editing would be very much in play. After all, “Arrival” and “La La Land” took the Ace Awards for drama and comedy, respectively, while “Hacksaw Ridge” won the BAFTA.
Still, with such a strong group of nominees, the craft awards could break unexpectedly. Each editor explores existential crises in different ways and creatively plays with time and space.
Here’s how the race is shaking out.
With the bittersweet love story between Ryan Gosling’s Sebastian and Emma Stone’s Mia, Chazelle constructed a musical bridge between the past and the present — Hollywood as both dreamland and boulevard of broken dreams. It’s filled with flashbacks and fantasy sequences, »
- Bill Desowitz
At this time of year, industry workers talk about a film in terms of Oscars and/or box office. But there are plenty of nominees that have a life apart from those considerations: These are films that actually help people.
Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge” has been working with military veterans, Fox’s “Hidden Figures” has been doing outreach to students, and the Weinstein Co.’s “Lion” is raising funds to benefit impoverished children in India.
After each movie wrapped production, filmmakers began to realize their work might help people. Donna Gigliotti, a producer of “Figures,” says, “These things happened organically. There was no great plan. But I’m so glad it happened.”
- Tim Gray
Very few men could get away with giving their wives one single earring for Valentine's Day, but Ryan Reynolds is one of them.
The 40-year-old actor gifted Blake Lively a stunning single earring in the shape of an arrow by Anita Ko, and she couldn't love it more.
Watch: Blake Lively Has a Galentine's Day With Mom and Sister -- See Her Heart-Shaped Hair!
"This was my Valentine's Day gift, one of them, apparently," she told Elle.com at an event in New York on Monday, showing off the cute bling.
"My husband was so excited about my Valentine's Day gift that he gave it to me early. But I love this because it's also like Valentine's Day, it's an arrow. The cupid got me very bad with him," she gushed. "I have it very, very bad for my husband, so it's a nice representation of that for me, that's why I loved it."
Mel Gibson is back! Whether that delights you or not, the evidence is clear. Over the past few months, we've seen him give a very appealing lead performance in the razor-edged action movie Blood Father, which gained a lot of fans even with a limited release. Then came Hacksaw Ridge (above), a war movie that, yes, featured plenty of tough-minded and explicit violence, but proved to be more about the strong religious beliefs of its lead character, played by Andrew Garfield, than anything else. Critically acclaimed upon release in November, Hacksaw Ridge was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Garfield) and Best Director (Gibson). Obviously, the latter nomination was the most significant for Gibson's career, in that it seemed to indicate...
- Peter Martin
Mel Gibson is back! Whether that delights you or not, the evidence is clear. Over the past few months, we've seen him give a very appealing lead performance in the razor-edged action movie Blood Father, which gained a lot of fans even with a limited release. Then came Hacksaw Ridge (above), a war movie that, yes, featured plenty of tough-minded and explicit violence, but proved to be more about the strong religious beliefs of its lead character, played by Andrew Garfield, than anything else....
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The battle lines are drawn: It's La La Land, a musical fantasy about white lovers in Hollywood, versus Moonlight, a searing drama about black youth surviving on the streets of Miami. That contest is symptomatic of how serious Oscar is – or isn't – about diversity. After two years in which not a single black actor showed up among the acting nominees, this year's crop includes seven actors of color: Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Ruth Negga, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer and Denzel Washington.
"Wow, what a difference a year makes, »
Editors Note: This story originally ran on December 1, 2016. When Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield gather to speak on their WWII film Hacksaw Ridge, each has jetted into La from Europe where they are making other movies. Gibson left the set of The Professor and the Madman, a movie he's starring in with Sean Penn. Garfield was deep into developing the semi-schizophrenic character he was about to start playing in Under the Silver Lake, but it doesn't take much time for them… »
This is what happens when you let a room full of children write the script to a major blockbuster. Acadamy Award-nominee Andrew Garfield and Grammy-winner Idina Menzel star in “Teenage Wars” – a movie written, directed and produced by a bunch of little kids. Inspired by 2017’s family friendly flick “Monster Trucks”, Stephen Colbert teamed […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
On Wednesday, Stephen Colbert pointed out a hilarious fact about that Monster Trucks movie that hit theaters in January: it was written with the help of (or at least inspired by an idea from) a 4-year-old. Naturally, the late-night host decided that he, too, could make a movie with the help of kids. This time, though, he enlisted a whole squad of little ones. The result is a "film" called Teenage War. It stars Idina Menzel and Andrew Garfield (with a few hilarious cameos to boot), and yes, there's a brilliant trailer in the video above. Related:Andrew Garfield Reenacts His Ryan Reynolds Golden Globes Kiss With Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert Is Hosting the 2017 Emmys!Liam Neeson Takes On His Most Intense, Terrifying Role Yet: Santa Claus »
- Ryan Roschke
If great acting is all about slipping on a mask and completely inhabiting a character, it also often brings with it diverse challenges. Some of which entail quickly learning demanding new skills — or even unlearning old ones.
And while most actors are quick to say that they love a challenge, some of the preparation and training they’re asked to do for a specific part can be quite daunting, especially when it involves something as familiar and visceral as music and dance.
Pretty much everyone recognizes a good hoofer or pianist or vocalist when they see or hear them. Which is why Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the stars of Oscar frontrunner “La La Land” — neither of whom are natural dancers, singers, or musicians — had to spend months learning to sing and dance for the musical. In Gosling’s case, he also had to learn to play jazz piano.
- Iain Blair
It was an awesome Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. While Colbert tore apart the Michael Flynn resignation he had himself a wonderful Valentine’s Day episode. Christine Baranski stopped by the show to talk about playing Betsy DeVos. Hans Zimmer brought the house down with his composing magic. The show did an excellent segment on Michael Flynn making his Valentine’s day cards. Also, Andrew Garfield and Idina Menzel did a hilarious parody. However, let’s get back to Michael Flynn. As we all know Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor due to his potential (or should we say actual) ties
- Nat Berman
Like many Americans, some celebrities enjoy the occasional — or not-so-occasional — herbal indulgence.
These stars, from A-list actors to singing sensations, have candidly shared their funniest tales of 420 escapades. Whether you’re stone cold sober or sky high, their confessions are bound to give you a serious case of the giggles:
The “Ex’s & Oh’s” singer bit off a little more Thc than she could chew before the 2017 Grammys. “Note to self, don’t eat a bunch of pot muffins before the Grammys red carpet. #AccidentallyHighAF,” she captioned a glazed-eyed photo of herself being interviewed on the red carpet. »
- Lydia Price
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By: Carson Blackwelder
La La Land has officially earned a spot in the history books by tying the record for the most Oscar nominations ever — but just how many of those 14 chances will it see a win? This critical darling is widely considered to take home best picture come February 26, which would make it just the 11th musical to do so, so let’s examine how it stands in the other categories by doing a deep dive into the track records of the 10 musicals that took home top honors before it.
These legendary musicals that were all able to garner Hollywood’s top award include: 1929’s The Broadway Melody, 1936’s The Great Ziegfeld, 1944’s Going My Way, 1951’s An American in Paris, 1958’s Gigi, 1961’s West Side Story, 1964’s My Fair Lady, 1965’s The Sound of Music, 1968’s Oliver!, and 2002’s Chicago. Now, »
- Carson Blackwelder
It was all hearts and balloons when the gals showed up to an event on Monday night. Blake looked super festive in a SemSem blue mini-dress with red and white hearts all over it, and paired the style with a red sequin Chanel bag and black studded heels.
To top it all off, the 29-year-old actress had her hair done up in the shape of a heart.
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Blake's older sister Robyn, 45, also got into the Galentine's Day spirit, stepping out in a red jumpsuit and red and white heart-shaped heels.
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"Tonight's the night. Grab your best gal," Blake gushed on Instagram. "I love my »
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