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Academy Rescinds Oscar Nomination for Violation of Campaign Rules

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Greg P. Russell's best sound mixing Oscar nomination for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi has been rescinded, the Academy announced Saturday

According to the Academy, its board of governors voted on Thursday to remove the nomination for Greg P. Russell, though the film itself remains in contention for Sunday's awards. 

Russell's nomination was rescinded due to "violation of Academy campaign regulations."

The Academy discovered recently that Russell had called members of the Sound Branch to make sure they were aware of his work.

An additional nominee for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi will not be named »


- THR Staff

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Spirit Awards: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney Roast Steve Bannon, Donald Trump in Opening Monologue

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney didn't hold back while hosting the Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon.

The duo opened the indie-lauding awards show, or "Hollywood's biggest afternoon," with punchlines centering on Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Mel Gibson, Shia Labeouf and Casey Affleck.

"We like to think of these awards as the ones without Mel Gibson," said Kroll of the Hacksaw Ridge director. "People wondered: how long would it take Hollywood to forgive someone for anti-semitic, racist hate speech?" Mulaney answered, "Eight years! So look out for the 2024 Oscars, when the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Mr. Steve Bannon."

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- Ashley Lee

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'Lost Cat Corona': Film Review

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Even if you’re a native New Yorker, there’s a good chance that you’ve never been to the Corona section of Queens. But you’ll certainly feel like you’ve been there after watching Anthony Tarsitano’s comedy, which serves as both a love letter to the neighborhood and a nice acting gig for a bunch of familiar faces whose careers have, let’s face it, seen better days. A mild diversion providing some nostalgic pleasures, Lost Cat Corona feels like the sort of project filmed on weekends when the cast was free.

Former Karate Kid Ralph Macchio plays the lead role of Dominic, a »


- Frank Scheck

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Spirit Awards: 'The Witch' Wins Best First Feature

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The Witch won the award for best first feature at the Spirit Awards.

The film beat out fellow nominees Other People, Swiss Army Man, The Childhood of a Leader and The Fits.

"Thanks again," said the shocked director Robert Eggers, who had already accepted the award for best first screenplay earlier in the ceremony.

The Witch is a horror story set in a Puritan New England of nearly 400 years ago, as a family is threatened by witchcraft. Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond and Rodrigo Teixeira produced the film.

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- Ashley Lee

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Rapid Round: Allison Williams on 'Get Out's' "Carefully-Written," "Deliberate," "Provocative" Thrills

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Allison Williams spent several years playing Marnie Michaels on Girls before she ventured into the film world. When she did feel compelled to make the leap, it was after reading Jordan Peele's "carefully written" script for his "provocative" horror film Get Out, in theaters this weekend.

Get Out, which has a 100 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is not just a scary movie but one that also explores modern-day racial tensions. The movie follows Williams' Rose Armitage as she brings her black boyfriend, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), home to meet her seemingly enlightened parents. But in his time at the »


- Hilary Lewis

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Oscars: John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda Make Rehearsals Musical

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Lin-Manuel Miranda owned Friday's Oscar rehearsals. He sang a tune from La La Land, posed like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, invoked a 1990s Billy Crystal Oscar monologue, and reprimanded his dad from the stage for having his cellphone light on.

The creator of Hamilton joined Sting, Justin Timberlake and John Legend for a day of music rehearsals at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre Friday. Miranda is nominated for "How Far I'll Go" from Moana. Timberlake is up for "Can't Stop the Feeling" from Trolls. Sting will sing his nominated song from Jim: The James Foley Story, and Legend will perform »


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'Animals' ('Tiere'): Film Review | Berlin 2017

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A sense-scrambling trip into the Twilight Zone from Polish-born, Swiss-based director Greg Zglinski, Animals was one of the guilty-pleasure fringe delights at this year's Berlin Film Festival. This darkly comic thriller about a married couple's nightmarish alpine retreat pays obvious dues to Hitchcock, Polanski and Lynch, but is too stylish and self-aware to fall into the trap of mere pastiche. As a superior genre exercise, it is assured a healthy festival future, but venturesome distributors may also see the potential in its classy European psycho-horror pedigree.

Even the film's back-story sounds like part of its surreal, macabre plot. Partly inspired »


- Stephen Dalton

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'Drifter': Film Review

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Cannibalistic killers in a post-apocalyptic landscape…are you yawning yet? Such is the unoriginal premise of Chris von Hoffman’s feature debut, which reveals, if nothing else, its director's love and appreciation for genre films. The problem is that his low-budget effort, whose poster might as well be included in the dictionary definition of “derivative,” is nowhere near as good as its endless influences. Viewers would be far better off rewatching a Mad Max or Rob Zombie movie, or any episode of The Walking Dead, than paying hard-earned money to see Drifter.

The bare-bones plot revolves around two outlaw brothers, Dominic (Drew »


- Frank Scheck

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Razzie Awards: 'Batman v Superman,' 'Hillary's America' Top Winners

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Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dominated the 37th annual satirical awards show. The two films combined to "win" in every category except for worst supporting actress, which went to Kristen Wiig for her botoxed fashionista character in Zoolander No. 2.

Director Dinesh D'Souza's anti-Hillary Clinton film took home four Razzies, including worst picture, beating out Batman v Superman, Gods of Egypt, Bad Grandpa, Zoolander No. 2 and Independence Day: Resurgence. D'Souza also earned himself personal honors for worst director and worst actor - D'Souza played himself in the film. D'Souza was a good sport about his "win", »


- Kimberly Nordyke ,Patrick Shanley

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China Box Office: 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' Debuts to Massive $33M

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Sony's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has opened to an enormous $33 million on its first day in China.

The Friday haul, which includes some limited previews, gives The Final Chapter claim to the third-largest Hollywood debut ever in the Middle Kingdom, following only Universal's Furious 7 with $68 million (2015) and Legendary's Warcraft at $46 million (2016).

Beijing-based Leomus Films, Constantine's local marketing partner on the release, tells THR they have upped their full-weekend forecast to just shy of $85 million (520 million Rmb).

The film's first day in China is considerably more than its entire North American run, which »


- Patrick Brzeski

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Spirit Awards: 'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins and Cast Receive Robert Altman Award

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Moonlight was honored with the Robert Altman Award at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.

The honor was given to director-writer Barry Jenkins, casting director Yesi Ramirez and the ensemble cast, including Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders and Patrick Decile.

Jenkins kept his acceptance speech short, allowing Ramirez and the cast members more time at the podium.

"It really is an incredible honor to be on stage with this extraordinary group of actors. The future is pretty bright," Holland said, before thanking writer Tarell Alvin McCraney for sharing »


- Meena Jang

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Syrian Cinematographer of Oscar-Nominated Doc Blocked From Attending Academy Awards

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U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, The White Helmets, that has been nominated for an Academy Award.

According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by the Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khateeb from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars.

Khateeb was scheduled to arrive Saturday in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight departing from Istanbul. But his plans have been upended after U.S. officials reported finding "derogatory information" regarding Khateeb.

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- the Associated Press

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'Get Out' Star Daniel Kaluuya Joins Steve McQueen's 'Widows'

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Daniel Kaluuya, who stars in this weekend’s acclaimed horror movie Get Out, has been cast in Widows, New Regency’s heist thriller being directed by Steve McQueen, THR has confirmed.

Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez are among those on the cast list for the project, which centers on four women who team up to complete a heist. The story, based on the 1980s British TV series of the same name, starts out with a group of armed robbers being killed during a robbery. Their widows then decide to finish the job their spouses started. Kaluuya will play the hothead brother of »


- Borys Kit

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Spirit Awards: 'O.J.: Made in America' Wins Best Documentary

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O.J.: Made in America won best documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards.

It beat out 13th (directed and produced by Ava DuVernay; produced by Spencer Averick and Howard Barish), Cameraperson (directed and produced by Kirsten Johnson; produced by Marilyn Ness), I Am Not Your Negro (directed and produced by Raoul Peck; produced by Remi Grellety and Herbert Peck), Sonita (directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami; produced by Gerd Haag) and Under the Sun (directed by Vitaly Mansky; produced by Natalya Manskaya).

Director-producer Ezra Edelman and producers Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg and Caroline Waterlow took to the stage to accept the award.

"It »


- Meena Jang

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Spirit Awards: Ben Foster Wins Best Supporting Actor for 'Hell or High Water'

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Ben Foster took home the award for best supporting actor at the Independent Spirit Awards for his performance in Hell or High Water.

"Being in this room among you all is a shock. This is why we do what we do," Foster said at the podium upon accepting his award. "We're builders, we build. This is a room full of beautiful architects and poets. This room is a room filled with people who say, 'I feel.'" 

The actor was up against Ralph Fiennes (A Bigger Splash), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Shia Labeouf (American Honey) and Craig Robinson »


- Meena Jang

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'Logan' Premiere: Hugh Jackman Thanks Fans for 17 Years as Wolverine

24 February 2017 5:13 PM, PST

Hugh Jackman was full of gratitude at Friday night’s New York premiere of Logan, the ninth and final time he has played Wolverine in the X-Men franchise.

“This is like a dream,” he told the claw-wearing fans at the Jazz at Lincoln Center screening. “After 17 years, I feel I’ve met every Wolverine and X-Men fan [in the street]. … Honestly, these 17 years would not have been possible without you. I love this character, and I love you guys.”

When introducing the film, director James Mangold thanked Fox for the freedom to execute his vision — “If »


- Ashley Lee

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Spirit Awards: Robert Eggers Wins Best First Screenplay for 'The Witch'

24 February 2017 5:08 PM, PST

Robert Eggers, screenwriter of The Witch, won best first screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.

"Wow, that was a surprise," he said at the podium, before joking, "I want to thank my wife, who had to be around for four years while I was obsessed with witches."

He beat out Chris Kelly (Other People), Adam Mansbach (Barry), Stella Meghie (Jean of the Joneses) and Craig Shilowich (Christine) to take home the award.

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll hosted the 32nd annual Independent Spirit Awards, which took place in Santa Monica Saturday afternoon.

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- Meena Jang

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'X-Men' Producer on Phoenix Saga Rumors and Making Up for 'The Last Stand'

24 February 2017 4:26 PM, PST

The Dark Phoenix Saga is expected to make its way back to the big screen, with longtime X-Men writer-producer Simon Kinberg considered the top contender to step into the director's chair for 20th Century Fox.

Kinberg, who insists reports that he will direct are "premature," told Heat Vision on the carpet for a New York premiere of Logan that he does have a few thoughts on how things could go.

"I'm a huge fan of The Dark Phoenix story, and I felt like there was a lot that we didn't do in X-Men: The Last Stand, which was based on »


- Ashley Lee,Aaron Couch

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Oscars: Foreign-Language Film Nominees Condemn "The Climate of Fanaticism and Nationalism"

24 February 2017 4:01 PM, PST

Speaking as a group, the six directors whose films have been nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar have issued a statement condemning "the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries, in parts of the population and, most unfortunately of all, among leading politicians.”

The group includes Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of The Salesman, who in the wake of President Trump’s executive order attempting to enforce a travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries, said he would boycott Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony in protest.

The collective statement was signed »


- Gregg Kilday

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