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Bill Paxton, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Big Love’ Star, Dies at 61

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Bill Paxton, the versatile actor who appeared in films including “Aliens” and “Titanic” and played a polygamist on HBO’s “Big Love,” has died from complications following heart surgery. He was 61.

A representative for his family released a statement asking for privacy and saying, “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”

With a Texas twang and grizzled visage, Paxton often found himself playing military men and cowboys. He was closely associated with James Cameron, playing a punk leader in “The Terminator,” as well as an ill-fated technician in “Aliens,” a venal car dealer in “True Lies” and a treasure hunter in “Titanic.”

Paxton earned an Emmy nomination for the 2012 mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys,” and was starring as a morally ambiguous detective in the CBS series “Training Day” at the time of his death.


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‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Neil Fingleton Dies: UK’s Tallest Man Was 36

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English actor and basketball player Neil Fingleton has died. Named Britain's tallest man in 2007, Fingleton turned professional actor with roles in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and in 2013's 47 Ronin. In what is his best-known turn, he played Mag the Mighty in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. A rep for the actor could not confirm how Fingleton died, although multiple reports say he suffered heart failure on Saturday. He was 36. A statement posted to the Tall Persons Club group… »

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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Scores Monster $30.5 Million Opening

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Get Out,” a trenchant horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut. The low-budget film was the weekend’s top-grossing domestic release, earning $30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele atop Hollywood’s A-list. The film, which centers on a black man who discovers that his girlfriend’s liberal, lily-white hometown is guarding a sinister secret, marks a departure for Peele, best-known for his work on the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” It proves he can handle scares, as well as laughs, supplying sly social commentary in both genres.

Get Out” also extends Blumhouse Productions’ hot hand. The film company scored earlier this year with “Split,” a thriller about a man with a personality disorder that racked up $130.8 million stateside on a $9 million budget. Universal distributed, marketed, and partnered on both movies.

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- Brent Lang

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Oscars 2017 live: Beatty and Dunaway announce wrong best picture winner for La La Land – Moonlight wins

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From the announcement cock-up to Jimmy Kimmel’s Trump trolling and Gary from Chicago – follow the latest Academy Awards news, with updates, analysis of the awards, announcements and the best films, actors and actresses

Oscar winners 2017: the full list

Oscars red carpet 2017 – in pictures

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Well, it’s been a strange one. For a while it seemed like the night was devoid of genuine surprises (which itself is not a surprise given the Academy’s history of predictable tastes) but right at the end, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway surprised us all by getting the best picture winner wrong.

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If you’re just joining us then here’s our on the ground rundown of the highs and lows of the evening:

Related: Moonlight wins Oscar for best picture … two minutes after La La Land

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- Benjamin Lee, Hannah Marriott and Ellie Violet Bramley

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Oscars Blows It, Gives Best Picture To Wrong Film; Chaos On Stage As ‘Moonlight’ Wins

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Update with more details: A24’s Moonlight won the Best Picture Oscar tonight after an epic mix-up on the stage in which presenter Faye Dunaway, onstage with Warren Beatty, read the wrong winner. She originally announced that Lionsgate’s La La Land won, to walk away with its seventh win of the night from its record-tying 14 nominations, and La La Land‘s producers even gave acceptance speeches before the mistake was discovered, and chaos ensued for the last and most marquee… »

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Oscar Winners: Emma Stone, Mahershala Ali & More Take Home The Golden Statue – Photo Gallery

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The 89th annual Academy Awards were filled with a slew of first-time winners, including Viola Davis (Fences) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) in the Best Supporting categories and Emma Stone (La La Land) and Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) in the Best Actor/Actress group. La La Land‘s Damien Chazelle, 32, became the youngest Best Director winner ever by a few months. Kenneth Lonergan, Justin Hurwitz, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney also snagged their… »

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Moonlight wins Oscar for best picture … two minutes after La La Land

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Cock-up casts shadow over victory for Barry Jenkins’s acclaimed drama as movie musical is mistakenly named winner by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty

Moonlight has won the best picture Oscar in a chaotic awards ceremony climax which mistakenly awarded the top honour to La La Land, a fiasco which stunned Hollywood and viewers around the world.

Faye Dunaway named La La Land as the year’s best picture at the end of Sunday night’s ABC broadcast only to be corrected a few minutes later as the musical’s makers celebrated on stage, a tableaux likely to be immortalised in Hollywood annals.

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- Rory Carroll in Los Angeles

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

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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.

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- Anne Thompson

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Oscars 2017: All The Acceptance Speech Highlights & Best Picture Blunder

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The film world is still recovering from Best Picture blunder unlike anything the Oscars has seen, but let’s not let overshadow the rest of the night.

The evening was not short on inspiration speeches, one of the most powerful coming from someone who wasn’t even there: Asghar Farhadi. The Iranian filmmaker won Best Foreign Film for “The Salesman,” and engineer and first female space tourist Anousheh Ansari, accepting the Oscar from his behalf, read from a prepared statement from the director who spoke about against Trump’s “inhumane law” regarding the Muslim ban.

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For ‘Manchester By The Sea’ Oscar Winner Kenneth Lonergan, Creative Control Is A Vital Point In WGA Contract Talks

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“I don’t think anyone should strike now”. That was Kenneth Lonergan’s response tonight in the Oscar press room when asked about the looming threat of another Writers Guild Association strike as the labor union sits down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to hammer out a new film/TV contract on March 13. While the guild has specified several needs including larger earnings for TV writers in the face of shortened series, heightened residuals for… »

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TV Review: Oscars Celebrate Cinema Through the Messy Power of Live Television

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Just when you think the Oscars might be boring — a post-midnight twist makes them worth staying up for.

After one of the more pleasant if predictable runs of show in recent Oscars history, a complete best picture upset stunned at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards, as “La La Land” — in the process of receiving the final and most prestigious Oscar of the night onstage — was interrupted by the revelation that the award in fact had been given to breakout “Moonlight.”

It’s an incredible story of “Moonlight,” a film that slowly caught the attention of a mainstream audience through the awards circuit and now has entered a hallowed canon of films. It’s less of one for the producers “La La Land” — which, while still winners of six other Oscars, were forced to make way for another film in the middle of their own acceptance speeches.


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- Sonia Saraiya

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Best Oscar Quotes: ‘This Is Not a Joke … ‘Moonlight’ Has Won Best Picture’ and More

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It’s hard to beat Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway’s “La La Land” best picture mix-up, but there were some other quotes from the Oscars telecast that deserve to be mentioned.

In case you missed them, here are ten of the best quotes from the 2017 Academy Awards.

“Moonlight, you guys won best picture. This is not a joke, come up here. ‘Moonlight’ has won best picture.” — “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz after he and the rest of the “La La Land” team took the Dolby Theater stage to accept best picture. Unfortunately, the announcement was incorrect, as someone had given Beatty the wrong envelope.

“Maybe this is not a popular thing to say, but I want to say thank you to Donald Trump, I mean, remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It’s gone. Thanks to him! It has been an amazing year »

- Dani Levy

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Lionsgate Roaring About Eight Oscar Night, But Not Best Pic Screwup

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It will be up to the Academy to explain the inexplicable ending of a terrific Oscarcast, because Lionsgate isn’t talking. Its film La La Land was awarded Best Picture, only to have it taken away and given to Moonlight. A spokesman was taking the high road: “We’re incredibly proud of our eight winners tonight — six wins for La La Land and two wins for Hacksaw Ridge. And we congratulate Moonlight, a terrific film, on their win.”  Despite the haul of golden trophies, there… »

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Hollywood’s Mood Swing, From ‘La La Land’ To ‘Moonlight,’ Brings A New Kind Of Upset

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It was a different kind of upset at the Oscars on Sunday night, and not just because Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway gave the best picture award to the wrong movie. The producers of La La Land literally had the Oscar in hand. The producers of Moonlight pried it away. Awards night theater doesn't get better than that. More fascinating, though, are the invisible impulses that put Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, about a poor gay black man's survival and self-discovery, in front of… »

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Oscar Mean Tweets: Emma Stone, Jeff Bridges, Samuel L. Jackson & Others Taste The Pain

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Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 89th annual Academy Awards tonight, so naturally he was going to do one of the most popular bits from his ABC late-night show: Enter “Mean Tweets: Oscar Edition.” Watch it above. Meanwhile, here’s a sampling — read by the stars who were mentioned: “Oh look at me I'm Ryan Gosling. I have perfect bone structure and kind eyes. Go f*ck yourself, Ryan Gosling.” “Samuel L. Jackson has resting fart face.”  Responded Jackson, “Yes I do.” “Emma Stone looks… »

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Emma Stone on Stunning Oscar Mistake: ‘I Was Holding My Best Actress Card’

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When Emma Stone came backstage at the 89th Academy Awards to discuss her Oscar-winning turn in “La La Land,” she knew what was on everyone’s minds: the best picture snafu.

After widening her eyes with a deadpan stare, she cracked “You guys see that?”

And then she got the direct question. What did she think of the moment it was announced “La La Land” actually didn’t win best picture? “I f—ing love ‘Moonlight!’ God, I love ‘Moonlight’ so much! I’m so excited for ‘Moonlight.’ It was an amazing thing to hear ‘La La Land’ [named best picture] and of course we wanted to win. But we’re all so excited for ‘Moonlight.’ I think it’s one of the best films of all time, so I was pretty beside myself.

“I also was holding my best actress in a leading role card [from the envelope] that entire time,” she noted, and paused, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Is This the Craziest Oscar Moment in Our Lifetimes?

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The answer to that question proposed in the headline is yes, we did just witness the craziest Oscar moment in our lifetimes. It goes beyond that, though. The question we should really be asking is “Is this the craziest Oscar moment of all time?” And the answer to that question is also…yes. The final moments […]

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La La Land mistakenly named best picture – video

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Moonlight has won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset that saw Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty reading out the wrong winner. Shock and chaos spread through the Dolby Theatre when producers of La La Land were stopped in the middle of their acceptance speeches to be informed that Moonlight was the correct winner.

Moonlight wins Oscar for best picture ... two minutes after La La Land

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Biggest Oscar Snubs and Surprises: ‘Moonlight’ Takes Top Prize, Denzel Misses Out

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The Oscars gave us the biggest shock ever, not only with “La La Land” being unseated but with the show announcing the wrong best picture winner. While everyone will be talking about it for years, there were some other surprises on Hollywood’s big night.

Surprise: Best Picture, “Moonlight

What more can be said about the most shocking moment ever on the Academy Awards show? “Moonlight” won best picture, besting frontrunner “La La Land,” but the wrong title was announced. But in the classiest moment of the night, “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz said he would be “proud to hand this to my friends from ‘Moonlight.'”

Snub: Denzel Washington, “Fences

Many tabbed Washington to win his third Academy Award for starring in the adaptation of August Wilson’s masterpiece, particularly after his SAG Awards win. But in the end, the best actor prize went to BAFTA and Golden »

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Emma Stone Wins Her First Oscar for ‘La La Land’

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Emma Stone reached for the stars and grasped them on Sunday night.

She won the best actress Oscar for her performance as aspiring actress/dreamer Mia in the musical “La La Land.”

Stone had widely been considered the frontrunner after winning awards from the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy, and at the Golden Globes. Her journey with the film in fact began with a prize, at the Venice Film Festival last August where “La La Land” first unspooled.


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Stone recognized the “extraordinary” women in this category — Isabelle HuppertRuth NeggaNatalie Portman, and Meryl Streep — saying that “it has been the greatest honor to stand alongside you.”

She also thanked her family members and colleagues.

“A moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity,” she said before thanking writer-director Damien Chazelle for the “special, »

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