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

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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- Brent Lang and Pat Saperstein

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Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Dominates En Route to the Oscars

20 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Four of the last five Film Independent Spirit Award winners for best feature have gone on to secure the best picture Oscar. But that wasn’t always the status quo. Rather, it’s indicative of the Academy Awards’ slow evolution into something resembling the Spirits.

The last best feature Spirit winner to sit out the Oscars’ top race was “The Wrestler” in 2008, which was notably the last time the Academy’s best picture field was limited to five nominees. Since that shift, every Spirit champ has also been Oscar-nominated for best picture (some fudged in thanks to softly governed budgetary limitations).

Why? You have to go back to that very critical Academy decision eight years ago, expanding the best picture field first to 10 nominees, then to anywhere from five to 10 depending on how Byzantine math unfolds. It was a move meant to open the door to popular films, but instead »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Academy Rescinds Sound Mixing Oscar Nomination for Violation of Campaign Regulations

25 February 2017 3:05 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy announced on Saturday, the day before Oscar Sunday, that Greg P. Russell’s sound mixing nomination for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” has been revoked for “violation of Academy campaign regulations.” Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth remain sound mixing nominees for the film.

“The decision was prompted by the discovery that Russell had called his fellow members of the Sound Branch during the nominations phase to make them aware of his work on the film, in direct violation of a campaign regulation that prohibits telephone lobbying,” the release said.


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“The Board of Governors’ decision to rescind Mr. Russell’s nomination was made after careful consideration,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “The Academy takes very seriously the Oscars voting process and anything – no matter how well-intentioned – that may undermine the integrity of that process. »

- Seth Kelley

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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

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

“It’s entertaining, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s subversive, »

- Brent Lang

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2017 Independent Spirit Awards: The Best Things Jeff Nichols, Kirsten Johnson, Matt Ross and More Told Us From the Blue Carpet

23 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the annual cluster of late-season awards shows, the Film Independent Spirit Awards always ends up as a unique gathering. With a clear view of the water from the beach in Santa Monica, there’s definitely a more relaxed air, even as the general awards festivities near their fever pitch.

With that in mind, the Independent Spirits arrivals, on an infamous blue carpet, become a more jaunty affair. More of a big late-morning chat than a twilight press blitz, it gives the filmmakers and performers a chance to share some light-hearted thoughts that other pre-show traditions might not afford.

Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List — Updating Live

So, here, as per annual tradition, here are our favorite dispatches from “the blue carpet,” the best things said to IndieWire before this year’s Indie Spirits.

Ira Sachs, director of “Little Men

“There’s a sense of affirmation that the struggle was received appreciatively. »

- Steve Greene

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New Trailer For ‘Cars 3’ Delivers More Speed & More Horsepower

28 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When Pixar announced they’d be making “Cars 3,” it wasn’t a surprise since they make a kajillion dollars from licensed product sales from the franchise. The easy way to go down the sequel road would be to serve up another brightly colored confection tailor made for kids. But so far, “Cars 3” looks gritty as hell, and that continues in this new spot.

The new movie seems to serve up a rivalry between the new generation and the old school, with Owen Wilson‘s Lightning McQueen looking like he has to battle his way back onto the racetrack.

Continue reading New Trailer For ‘Cars 3’ Delivers More Speed & More Horsepower at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Oscars 2017: our final awards predictions

30 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Academy Awards take place in Hollywood tonight – and you can follow all the action from 11pm GMT on theguardian.com. But first, it’s time for us to put our money where our mouth is

Related: 'And the Oscar will go to' … who shall win the 2017 Academy Awards, and why

Everyone’s key prediction for the 89th Academy Awards is, of course, that Donald Trump will take quite a kicking.

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- Guardian Film

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‘Get Out’ Scares Up Huge Debut [Box Office]

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This weekend, moviegoers helped launch the directorial career of already tremendously talented and successful actor, who delivered a film that’s definitely worth all the praise it has been receiving.

Jordan Peele‘s audacious “Get Out” opened huge, earning $30 million off a slim $4.5 million budget. Horror movies tend to drop off faster than most on their second weekend, and with “Logan” arriving on Friday, that will probably be the case here.

Continue reading ‘Get Out’ Scares Up Huge Debut [Box Office] at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Oscars 2017: Rundown Shows Best Supporting Actor Will Kick Off the Night

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After juggling the order of category presentations last year, the Academy is back to a somewhat more traditional run of show for Sunday night’s telecast.

According to a rundown, the order of presentations for the 89th Academy Awards will be:

Actor in a Supporting Role

Costume Design

Makeup and Hairstyling

Documentary Feature

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

Actress in a Supporting Role

Foreign Language Film

Animated Short Film

Animated Feature Film

Production Design

Visual Effects

Film Editing

Live Action Short Film

Documentary Short Subject


Original Score

Original Song

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay


Actor in a Leading Role

Actress in a Leading Role

Best Picture

This schedule does not include the monologue, musical performances, and In Memoriam segment.

The show will be airing on ABC, but cord-cutters have several options to watch the telecast, including streaming online.

To see the full list of Oscar nominees, click here. Damien Chazelle »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Blame!’: Netflix’s Adaptation of Japanese Manga Cyberpunk Masterpiece Gets a New Trailer and Release Date — Watch

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Manga fans displeased by the changes made to “Ghost in the Shell” for this year’s live-action adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson (whom you may have noticed is not, in fact, Japanese) might have something to root for in “Blame!” Netflix has released the trailer for its take on Tsutomu Nihei’s beloved manga, which we’re assured has long been considered “visually impossible” to adapt. Watch below for a glimpse of how the streaming service fared.

Read More: TV Imports: The Best Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Acquired Series You’re Not Watching

Here’s the synopsis: “‘Blame!’ is set in the distant future where what’s left of the human race resides within the Megastructure, a vast and dangerous labyrinth that has grown wild and out of control. Thrown into this world is the mysterious Killy, a strange individual who is on a quest to bring civilization back from the brink of oblivion. »

- Michael Nordine

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Pete Hammond’s Final Oscar Predictions In Every Category

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Editors note: This story originally was published February 23, 2017. According to La La Land's opening song, "It's just another day of sun" in Los Angeles. And for the 14-time-nominated musical, the Oscars might be "just another award" to win on what we actually hear is going to be just another day of rain. But will Oscar also rain on La La Land’s impressive record this awards season or will it continue its reign? So far it has swept just about every major precursor honor… »

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Film Review: ‘2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Documentary’

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The Academy has a strange idea of “best” when it comes to documentary shorts. Rather than celebrating innovation and artistry in this particular category, the organization’s nonfiction branch nearly always gravitates toward the mini-movies (40 minutes or less) that tackle the Big Issues — which this year include the crisis in Syria, immigration woes in southern Europe, the uneasy question of euthanasia, and, of course, the Holocaust. Should future historians want to gauge where the Academy’s political sentiments lay any given year, they need only analyze this category, which might more accurately be called “most important documentary short.” For film fans catching up with the nominees in cinemas or on-demand at home, the program makes for a downbeat but illuminating 2½-hour marathon.

In what feels like an incredibly polished infomercial for Wqxr’s instrument drive, “Joe’s Violin” combines two Big Issues in one: Joseph Feingold is a charitable Holocaust »

- Peter Debruge

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Meryl Streep lambasts Karl Lagerfeld over Oscars dress 'slander'

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Chanel’s creative director withdraws claim that actor snubbed his dress after another designer offered to pay her to wear their design to awards ceremony

Meryl Streep has castigated the designer Karl Lagerfeld for overshadowing her record 20th Oscar nomination with inaccurate claims about the dress she will wear at the awards ceremony.

Earlier this week Chanel’s creative director accused the actor of rejecting a dress he was working on for her because a different designer was willing to pay her to wear one of their designs.

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- Nicola Slawson

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Oscars 2017: Full list of winners – as they happen

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La La Land leads the pack of nominees followed by Spirit Awards champion Moonlight and Arrival.

The 89th Academy Awards take place at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday with Jimmy Kimmel making his debut as show host.

Heading into the show La La Land is the frontrunner and ties with Titanic and All About Eve for the most nominations earned by a film – 14. The big question is, how many will it convert?

One thing we know for certain: this weekend the musical became Lionsgate’s biggest international and worldwide release of all time behind only the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises. It has grossed $228.1m and $369m, respectively.

Spirit Awards superstar Moonlight starts the evening on eight nods, as does box office hit Arrival.

Close behind on six apiece are Lion, Manchester By The Sea and Hacksaw Ridge.

Screen will be at the event, updating the list of winners the moment they happen.

The full list »

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'Get Out' Earns $30.5 Million on Oscar Weekend

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Blumhouse's Get Out, the Jordan Peele horror/comedy/social commentary, parlayed its glowing critical reception for a stunning $30.5 million Oscar weekend in 2,781 theaters and a very respectable $10,976 per-screen average. The other new films, Lionsgate/Summit's animated flick, Rock Dog, at $3.7 million, fell just outside of the top 10, while the critically-derided inanimate Collide, from Open Road, spun out at $1.53 million in 2,045 theaters for an abysmal $753 per theater.Get Out, a film where an African-American man notices his girlfriend's family estate may be hiding a sinister secret, had a surprise sneak premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, which set the stage for its critical success. The film maintains a rare 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a healthy 8.1 IMDb rating and an A- on CinemaScore. That means the horror film should see an easy falloff next weekend even as the Groundhog Day Ya film, Before I Fall, and the final Hugh Jackman Wolverine film, »

- Keith Simanton <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Will ‘Get Out’ Make Blumhouse the Pixar of Horror Filmmakers?

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Get Out,” the low-budget horror hit that dominated the weekend box office, proves that it pays to be fiscally prudent and creatively risky. The story of a black man who finds himself preyed upon by liberal white suburbanites is a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” for our racially polarized time. It’s a film that uses scares as social commentary.

Writer and director Jordan Peele, previously best known for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” never expected a studio to greenlight his project. At a time of #blacklivesmatter and Trump, that kind of subversion just seemed too hot to handle.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Peele said that when he told producers that he had a cool pitch, he would always add, “The caveat is: No one will make this movie.’” Most studios would greet any non-superhero related proposal these days with a hard pass, »

- Brent Lang

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Meryl Streep Fires Back At Karl Lagerfeld Over Oscar Dress Comments

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Meryl Streep issued a statement to media outlets today after Chanel's designer Karl Lagerfeld claimed the actress backed out of wearing one of his designs to this year's Academy Awards, instead opting for a brand that would pay her. "In reference to Mr. Lagerfeld's 'statement,' there is no 'controversy': Karl Lagerfeld, a prominent designer, defamed me, my stylist, and the illustrious designer whose dress I chose to wear, in an important industry publication," Streep… »

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2017 Razzies Awards Winners: ‘Batman v Superman’ Takes As Many Hits as ‘Hillary’s America’

2 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Razzies used to be a fun way to make fun of bad movies, but more often than not they’ve become a way to turn high profile movies into easy targets, usually after critics have already bashed them to death. Even so, some people still like to see who ends up with these awards, and […]

The post 2017 Razzies Awards Winners: ‘Batman v Superman’ Takes As Many Hits as ‘Hillary’s America’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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How to Watch the 2017 Oscars Online

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After a year of anticipation, the 89th Academy Awards are just a few hours away.

ABC will air the ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pt/8:30 p.m. Et, with Jimmy Kimmel serving as first-time host.

Cord-cutters will be able to watch the Oscars online via live stream, available on ABC Go or the ABC app. The ABC app works on iOS and Android devices, as well as Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV. The live stream, however, is only available to those with a cable provider and login. The telecast is also available via Sling TV and Playstation Vue.


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As previously reported, Sofia Carson and Ben Lyons will be hosting “The Oscars: All Access,” a free live-streaming companion show with red-carpet highlights, backstage footage, and sneak peeks at the main event. »

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