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Every Oscar Nominee and Winner of Color in Acting Categories Post-2000

30 December 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The Oscars have been a source of contention for the last two years — but that is poised to change this year. At the source of the controversy is a lack of non-white performers among the 20 slots in the best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress categories. Let’s see just how many minorities — of black, Asian, and hispanic descent — have been honored by the Academy since 2000.

#OscarsSoWhite is the term that has been used to describe the phenomenon of having non-white thespians completely shut out of the acting categories at the 2015 and 2016 ceremonies. Nearly all of Hollywood and the press have spoken out about this occurrence, though it looks like the 2017 ceremony could shape up to be one of the most diverse in history. Here is a breakdown of every nominee and winner post-2000:

For the 2000 ceremony, there was one minority for each acting category. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Sonia Saraiya’s 20 Best TV Shows of 2016

9 December 2016 10:03 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

2016 has been the year of the regnant half-hour. We are in the thrall of genre-defying 30-minute episodes, whether they are particularly brilliant broadcast sitcoms or cable and streaming comedies with the heart of independent film and the budget of prestige drama. Some are animated, some are auteur-driven; sometimes these shows boast sitcom joke structure, while others can barely be thought of to be funny at all. But whatever the case, they are all over this list — from premium cable, streaming services, the broadcast networks, and across the pond.

Dramas are a little bit less reliable. Peak television appears to suit nimble shows with a lot of room to adapt; dramas, with their longer runtimes and broader ambitions, are close to floundering. Many of the dramatic hours on my list aren’t even traditional dramas, but anthology series — a format that has stretched our definition of television even as it has proven irresistible to the viewing public.

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- Sonia Saraiya

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Oscars 2017: Will Hailee Steinfeld Make History in the Best Actress Category?

30 November 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Hailee Steinfeld in ‘Edge of Seventeen’ (Courtesy: Stx Entertainment)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Just when you thought the best actress category seemed like a lock, Hailee Steinfeld has just entered the Oscar race with Edge of Seventeen. The young starlet has already broken barriers in the best supporting actress category but now it seems like she may have successfully made the jump to leading lady. Will Steinfeld make history in the best actress category this go ‘round?

Steinfeld received her first (and so far only) Oscar nomination for the role of Mattie Ross in 2010’s True Grit — in which she starred alongside Jeff Bridges. While the Ethan Coen– and Joel Coen-directed film didn’t result in a win (it went to Melissa Leo from The Fighter), Steinfeld earned a spot in the history books as the ninth youngest nominee in Oscar history — thus far, at least — having been 14 years and 45 days old. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for November 2016

4 November 2016 11:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s November – a time for Thanksgiving, feasts, and the presence of relatives. If you have some time off (or are trying to grab some much-needed alone time), here is a list of films opening throughout the coming weeks, separated into categories of wide and limited runs. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week we will have more updates and information, so be sure to keep coming back. You can also check our calendar page, which has releases for the rest of the year. Eat well and keep watching!

Week of November 4 Wide

Trolls

Director: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Gwen Stefani, Icona Pop, James Corden, Jeffrey Tambor, John Cleese, Justin Timberlake, Kunal Nayyar, Quvenzhané Wallis, Ron Funches, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel

Synopsis: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch set off »

- Zipporah Smith

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Does ‘Birth of a Nation’ Stand a Chance in the Best Picture Oscar Race?

10 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

‘The Birth of a Nation’ (Courtesy: Sundance Film Festival)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

With Birth of a Nation’s disappointing box office numbers and a receptive-yet-tiny screening for Academy members, it’s time to start looking at the odds of the Nate Parker film snagging a best picture nomination at Oscars that take place on February 26, 2017.

The cinematic dramatization of the 1831 Nat Turner slave revolt — which Fox Searchlight acquired for a record $17.5 million — has made headlines due to Parker’s past rape charge coupled with an expensive and troubling media tour likely has not helped the situation.

The best prognosticator here is looking back at the Academy’s relationship to films with black actors and actresses at the lead that were lucky enough to get a nomination for best picture. The hope here is to see what chance Birth of a Nation might have in the race.

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- Carson Blackwelder

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Emmy awards 2016: People v Oj and Game of Thrones win big – as it happened

18 September 2016 8:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

HBO show takes top award while Sarah Paulson, Sterling K Brown and Coutney B Vance win for roles on People v Oj and show wins for outstanding limited series

Emmys 2016: full list of winners

Emmys 2016 fashion: the best looks on the red carpetJimmy Kimmel’s best lines as host of the 2016 Emmy AwardsGame of Thrones breaks Emmy record and wins best drama for second yearJeffrey Tambor calls on industry to hire more trans actors in Emmys speechFinally an awards show that didn’t suck: 2016 Emmys broke more than one trend

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We’ve compiled some of Kimmel’s best lines here.

Related: Jimmy Kimmel's best lines as host of the 2016 Emmy Awards

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Lanre Bakare writes our news story on the night from Los Angeles:

Winter might be coming for the residents of Westeros but for the creators of Game of Thrones and HBO it was »

- Benjamin Lee, Alex Needham, Brian Moylan and Amber Jamieson in New York, Dave Schilling and Lanre Bakare in Los Angeles

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New Trolls Trailer Introduced By Anna Kendrick And Justin Timberlake

14 September 2016 8:08 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

You still have a bit of a wait for Trolls, but at least you now get a bit more to look at while you wait. The newest trailer offers up something a little different, as Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake introduce the trailer, generally talk about the film, and let you in on some of the film’s songs.

In case you aren’t familiar, the movie is loaded with stars, and follows a couple of trolls, the happiest and the grumpiest, as they try to figure out a way to save their friends from the dastardly Bergens.

Catch all the info below, and don’t miss the chance to Trollify Yourself! With fun tools you can create and share some hair-raising Trolls characters!

Trollify Yourself Here: www.dreamworks.com/trollify

 

Trolls Trailer 2

 

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, »

- Marc Eastman

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British cameo roles announced for DreamWorks’ Trolls movie

12 September 2016 8:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

DreamWorks have announced that British stars Susanna Reid, Greg James, Abbey Clancy, Connie Glynn and Carrie Hope Fletcher have joined the cast of the animated Trolls movie, where they will lend their voices to five singing, dancing (and overly optimistic!) Trolls.

The new additions join a stellar voice cast that also includes Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz–Plasse, Christine Baranski, Russell Brand, James Corden, Jeffrey Tambor, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Kunal Nayyar, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Cleese and Gwen Stefani.

See Also: Watch the trailer for Trolls here

From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This October, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have Trolls in their stomach. »

- Gary Collinson

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Toronto: Viola Davis Starring in Historical Drama ‘Personal History of Rachel Dupree’

8 September 2016 7:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Viola Davis will star in the historical drama “The Personal History of Rachel Dupree” opposite Mahershala Ali and Quvenzhané Wallis.

Gfm Films, JuVee Productions and SixtyFourSixty made the announcement Thursday on the opening day of the Toronto Film Festival, where the rights are for sale. The film will shoot next year with Gfm Films co-financing and handling worldwide sales.

Claire McCarthy is directing from her own script, based on the novel by Ann Weisgarber. The film will be produced by Davis and Julius Tennon for Juvee Productions and Brian Rosen and Su Armstrong for SixtyFourSixty.

The story is set against the harsh backdrop of early 1900s Badlands, in which Davis finds herself playing an unsettling game of cat and mouse with her war-stricken but ambitious husband, played by Ali on their isolated South Dakota homestead.

Davis said she read the book six years ago while filming “The Help.”

“At its heart, »

- Dave McNary

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Viola Davis Takes Lead In ‘The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree’ – Toronto

8 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Viola Davis was already set to produce period drama The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree, and has now been confirmed to star in the pic. Also attached are House Of Cards Emmy nominee Mahershala Ali and Beasts Of The Southern Wild Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis. Claire McCarthy wrote the screenplay and will direct what’s billed as a unique take on the pursuit of the American Dream. Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Davis originally optioned the rights to Ann… »

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Beyoncé Brings Down the House with Must-See Lemonade Performance at the VMAs

28 August 2016 7:55 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Eleven nominations certainly warrants a performance - and Beyoncé did not disappoint. The pop icon surprised fans, taking the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards stage just hours after her appearance was confirmed. Beyoncé sang hits from her smash visual album Lemonade. The segment kicked off - after an introduction from Serena Williams - with Beyoncé looking angelic in a white feather coat as words scrolled across the screen behind her. She launched into "Pray You Catch Me" as her dancers fell to the ground behind her, one-by-one. Shedding her jacket, Beyoncé transitioned into a lace black leotard, shimmying and twisting to »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Beyoncé Walks the VMAs Red Carpet with Blue Ivy and Her Lemonade Squad

28 August 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Beyoncé pulled off a "flawless" surprise appearance at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards - and with daughter Blue Ivy in tow. The Lemonade singer - who is nominated for 11 VMAs - hit the red carpet in a stunning sequined and feathered mint dress, holding the hand of 4½-year-old Blue, who looked fit to be a princess in a tulle dress. Beyoncé also brought many of the women and girls featured in the visual album, including Quvenzhané Wallis, Chloe and Halle Bailey, Ava Clarke and Winnie Harlow. Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and Michael Brown's mother, Lezley McSpadden, among other mothers »

- Mariah Haas and Lindsay Kimble

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Extended Comic-Con Clip For Trolls Targets Your Happy Place

21 July 2016 1:52 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

DreamWorks’ furry critters run rampant – and belt out a song or two – in today’s all-new clip for Trolls, the upcoming animation directed by the studio’s Shrek dream team, Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn and Gina Shay.

Hailing from San Diego Comic-Con, the extended snippet sheds light on Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake’s pint-sized protagonists, as they squabble under a blanket of stars. Timberlake, who appears to be playing the grouchier Troll of the two, struggles to get some shut-eye, prompting Kendrick’s enthused critter to offer a delicate over of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence.”

They’ll be joined for the movie by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhané Wallis, with John Cleese and Gwen Stefani. And…exhale.

Come November 4, Trolls will test its might against notable »

- Michael Briers

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[Review] Fathers and Daughters

7 July 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The works of director Gabriele Muccino aren’t for everyone. I can’t speak on his Italian films, but the American ones are unavoidably cloying and sentimental in a way that must be accepted or ignored to find resonance. Despite being the one showered with praise, The Pursuit of Happyness didn’t quite do enough for me. I appreciated the story and performances, but felt the artifice. For Seven Pounds, however, I didn’t care. The entire film proved one giant manipulative contrivance yet it unexpectedly hit me with depth and power just the same. So when the opportunity to watch his latest Fathers and Daughters arrived, I was optimistic. It looked ripe for that same emotional catharsis and as such possessed the potential to also crash and burn magnificently.

It’s reality lies somewhere in the middle. Brad Desch‘s script is everything that detractors say it is, but »

- Jared Mobarak

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Fathers and Daughters Movie Review

3 July 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Fathers And DAUGHTERSVertical Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B- Director: Gabriele Muccino Written by: Brad Desch Cast: Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger, Quvenzhané Wallis, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle Rogers, Janet McTeer, Octavia Spencer, Jane Fonda Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/5/16 Opens: July 8, 2016 Gabriele Muccino, whose “Welcome to Happyness” finds a struggling salesman who takes custody of his son, delivers Brad Desch’s script for “Fathers and Daughters” which includes a custody battle as well. This being the case, you might expect a soap opera, and “Fathers and Daughters” does have a soap quality. But it’s a well-acted drama with an outstanding cast and a  [ Read More ]

The post Fathers and Daughters Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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Justin Timberlake Makes Mini Music in New ‘Trolls’ Trailer (Video)

29 June 2016 6:54 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In a new “Trolls” trailer, Justin Timberlake lets his voice do the work with the snappy original song called “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” The film stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Timberlake. Together, this unlikely pair must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known. The Trolls constantly have a song on their lips, and must contend with the Bergens, who are only happy when they have Trolls in their stomach. Also Read: Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Quvenzhané Wallis »

- Joe Otterson

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DreamWorks Unleashes The Trolls In First Full Trailer For Animated Romp

29 June 2016 6:41 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Batten down the hatches; DreamWorks has unleashed its colorful army of Trolls with today’s first, full-length trailer for Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn and Gina Shay’s animated romp.

That’s the creative dream team behind Shrek Forever After, only this time the threesome will be trading fantastical kingdoms and age-old curses for a bona fide ’90s phenomenon. Yes, those pint-sized critters are bound for the big-screen and whether or not you believe Hollywood is once again cashing in on the nostalgia factor, the ensemble cast that DreamWorks has assembled for Trolls is nothing short of stellar.

Assuming the lead roles for this one are Pitch Perfect stalwart Anna Kendrick and musician-cum-actor Justin Timberlake – he penned the hit single “Can’t Stop The Feeling” to conicide with the movie’s release – who will be joined in the voice booth by – deep breath – Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, »

- Michael Briers

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Bet Awards 2016: Full Bet Awards Winners List

26 June 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2016 Bet Awards are officially underway at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, honoring the best in music, television, movies and sports from the past year. Hosted for the second year in a row by “Black-ish” co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the show is giving some of our favorite films, from “Creed” to “Beasts of No Nation,” “Dope” and more, a chance to add some final hardware to their awards cabinets.

In addition to those three movies, the Best Movie category is rounded out by “Concussion” and “Straight Outta Compton.” The acting races pit Kerry Washington against Viola Davis, Michael B. Jordan against Idris Elba, and more. Samuel L. Jackson and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams will both receive special honors, the former with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the latter with the Humanitarian Award. There’s also planned tributes to the late Muhammad Ali and Prince. »

- Zack Sharf

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Bet Awards Winners: Complete List

26 June 2016 4:53 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The 2016 Bet Awards took place on Sunday night, honoring big names in music, film and television.

Beyonce, who kicked off the show with a fiery performance with Kendrick Lamar, was a big winner, winning video of the year for “Formation” as well as the Coca-Cola viewers’ choice award. Her album “Lemonade” was released in April, too late to be eligible for the awards — “Formation,” however, was released earlier in the year.

Bryson Tiller took home some big prizes as well: best male R&B/pop artist and best new artist. He was up for several other awards as well, including video of the year.

The ceremony aired live on Bet from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. See the list of winners below.

(Note — there were several awards that were not announced during the broadcast. This post will be updated when they’re announced.)

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- Variety Staff

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BET Awards Winners: Complete List

26 June 2016 4:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2016 BET Awards took place on Sunday night, honoring big names in music, film and television.

Beyonce, who kicked off the show with a fiery performance with Kendrick Lamar, was a big winner, winning video of the year for “Formation” as well as the Coca-Cola viewers’ choice award. Her album “Lemonade” was released in April, too late to be eligible for the awards — “Formation,” however, was released earlier in the year.

Bryson Tiller took home some big prizes as well: best male R&B/pop artist and best new artist. He was up for several other awards as well, including video of the year.

The ceremony aired live on Bet from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. See the list of winners below.

(Note — there were several awards that were not announced during the broadcast. This post will be updated when they’re announced. »

- Variety Staff

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