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Oscars: Judi Dench a No-Show Despite ‘Philomena’ Nomination

2 March 2014 3:31 PM, PST

The 2014 Oscars will have its share of movie-industry luminaries on hand, but Judi Dench apparently won’t be one of them. The actress, up for a Best Actress award for her role in “Philomena” this year, is not expected to be on hand for the ceremony on Sunday, People reports. See photos: Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals Dench, 79, was expected to be in India on Sunday night, working in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2,” and was reportedly not feeling up to making the trip. The actress was also not on hand for this year’s Golden Globes. Also read: Oscars Winners Predicted According to. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Oscars: ’12 Years a Slave’ Wins the Big One; Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey Take Top Acting Honors

2 March 2014 3:22 PM, PST

“12 Years a Slave” battled through one of the tightest races in Oscar history to win Best Picture on Sunday night at the 86th annual Academy Awards, capping an extraordinary year for black filmmakers and movies in general. “American Hustle” was shut out and “Gravity” rolled through the technical categories with seven wins — as well as director and editor honors for Alfonso Cuaron — leading many to believe that the space adventure was on its way to ultimate victory. But Will Smith took the stage, opened the envelope and called out “12 Years,” causing a whoop to go up at the »


- Josh Dickey

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Oscars: The Complete Winners List

2 March 2014 1:18 PM, PST

The Oscars have all been handed out, and now it’s time for the winners and nominees to party. The top award of the night went to “12 Years a Slave,” though “Gravity” also cleaned up on Sunday, winning seven awards — the most of any film. “American Hustle” was completely shut out on the night. TheWrap updated the complete winners list in real-time during the show. Here are the 24 winners for the 86th Academy Awards: Best motion picture of the year “American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers “Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Frozen’ Crosses the $1 Billion Mark at Worldwide Box Office

2 March 2014 11:13 AM, PST

Disney’s “Frozen,” an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, will cross the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office Sunday. “Frozen” has earned an estimated $388.7 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally, led by Korea with $76.2 million and the U.K. with $63.5 million. Also read: Liam Neeson’s ‘Non-Stop’ Powers Past ‘Son of God’ at Box Office The highest-grossing non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally,  “Frozen” is the Walt Disney Studios’ seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” Disney’s second. »


- Todd Cunningham

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Oscar Sunday: Finally, We Get Some Answers

2 March 2014 9:56 AM, PST

At long last, Oscar Sunday has arrived. And if you want to drive yourself crazy while waiting for the 86th Academy Awards to begin, consider this: There are strong, sensible, convincing reasons why all three of the main Best Picture contenders – “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” – are going to lose. “Gravity,” for instance, didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for writing. Only one film in the last 47 years, “Titanic,” has won Best Picture without a writing nod. So “Gravity” can’t really win. But if “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron wins the Best Director award, as virtually everyone thinks. »


- Steve Pond

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Liam Neeson’s ‘Non-Stop’ Powers Past ‘Son of God’ at Box Office

2 March 2014 8:59 AM, PST

Liam Neeson’s airplane thriller “Non-Stop” soared to a $30 million opening weekend at the box office, holding off a strong challenge from the Biblical saga “Son of God” which rode a wave of grassroots Christian support to a $27 million debut. Both movies over-performed to end the three-week run at No. 1 of “The Lego Movie,” which crossed the $200 million mark at the domestic box office and finished third with $21 million. Also read: ‘Son of God’: Jewish Leader Hopes Bible Film Will Be ‘Antidote’ to ‘Passion of the Christ’ Neeson’s PG-13-rated thriller came in $5 million over analysts’ projections and the. »


- Josh Dickey

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Razzie Awards: Will Smith Replaces Adam Sandler as the Guy They Love to Hate

1 March 2014 11:10 PM, PST

In what apparently qualifies as good news for Adam Sandler, the comic actor is no longer the favored target at the Razzie Awards. The 34th annual “celebration” of the worst in cinema took place on Saturday night, in its traditional slot the night before the Oscars, with Sandler and his film “Grown Ups 2” being completely shut out despite going into the show with a field-leading eight nominations. Instead of loving to hate Sandler, Razzie voters loved to hate Will Smith’s “After Earth” and the misbegotten anthology film “Movie 43,” each of which “won” a trio of “awards” designed to single. »


- Steve Pond

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Inside the Spirit Awards: 13 Things You Won’t See on TV

1 March 2014 10:55 PM, PST

TheWrap had elite access at Saturday afternoon’s Independent Spirit Awards. The Party Report was seated front and center with Stella Artois, who presented the Spirits’ “The Truer than Fiction” award. The awards base camp was so close to the stage it had up-close views of Hollywood’s A-list, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The location even had one seat-neighbor too nervous to look at her phone in fear that host Patton Oswalt would be permanently pissed if he caught her in head-down mode during his opening monologue. Also read: Spirit Awards: ’12 Years a Slave’ Dominates (Complete List of Winners) Here’s the. »


- Mikey Glazer

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‘SNL: Weekend Update’ Anchor Colin Jost’s Debut Includes Piers Morgan, Paula Deen Jokes (Video)

1 March 2014 10:11 PM, PST

SNL” head writer Colin Jost made his “Weekend Update” debut on Saturday, alongside Jim Parsons who also made his “Saturday Night Live” guest-hosting debut. Following new, sleek opening graphics for the fake news segment, co-anchor Cecily Strong welcomed Jost to “Update.” Jost was all smiles, saying, ”I’m so grateful and excited to be here tonight, this is really a dream come true for me, so thank you guys.” The video of his first appearance is embedded below. Jost’s “Update” career officially kicked off with: ”North Korea on Thursday launched four short range missiles into the east sea, as retaliation against a wave that. »


- Tony Maglio

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Lionsgate Pays $7 Million for Kristen Stewart-Jesse Eisenberg Comedy

1 March 2014 7:14 PM, PST

Lionsgate has paid $7 million for the U.S. distribution rights to “American Ultra,” a comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart that will enter production in April, according to two individuals with knowledge of the deal. Lionsgate bought the rights on the strength of the script, written by Max Landis, and CAA’s overall package, which includes the two stars, “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh and a handful of producers. Eisenberg will play an unwitting stoner who becomes the subject of a government operation while Stewart will play his girlfriend. Stewart has been very busy in the independent space since she. »


- Lucas Shaw

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Visual Effects Oscar Protest Plans Are Underway for Sunday

1 March 2014 6:25 PM, PST

Visual effects artists and film and television workers are planning to demonstrate at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday against production tax subsidies they argue are devastating their industry and drawing work out of California. More than 350 people have said they plan to attend on a Facebook page for the event and one of its organizers, visual effects artist Dave Rand, said he is confident that the protest will match or surpass the 500 people who rallied at a similar demonstration last year. Demonstrators will gather from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pt at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine. »


- Brent Lang

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Oscars Winners Predicted According to Twitter Buzz (Exclusive Infographic)

1 March 2014 2:48 PM, PST

If Twitter buzz was the sole indicator of Oscar night winners, then “12 Years of Slave” will be taking home Best Picture on Sunday, according to a new survey conducted exclusively for TheWrap. Also gracing the stage with acceptance speech in hand would be Alfonso Cuaron as Best Director; “Dallas Buyers Club” would win both the Lead and Supporting Actor Academy Awards, and Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence would take the Lead Actress and Supporting Actress Academy Awards for “Blue Jasmine” and “American Hustle,” respectively. Ahead of this weekend’s ceremony, global communications agency Way To Blue examined tweets referencing the nominees in the. »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Captain Phillips’ Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Is Broke

1 March 2014 1:56 PM, PST

Barkhad Abdi is in the running for Oscar gold Sunday, but actual wealth eludes him. Abdi has been widely praised for his role in “Captain Phillips” as the desperate pirate Muse, and even ad-libbed the film’s signature line: “I’m the captain now.” But a New Yorker story reveals that he is now struggling to support himself. “When Abdi is in Los Angeles to promote the film, he subsists on a per diem, good at the Beverly Hilton, where the studio likes to put him up. The town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes are loaners, »


- Joseph Kapsch

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#Icymi on TheWrap: 10 of the Week’s Top Showbiz Stories

1 March 2014 1:52 PM, PST

Oscar Predictions: ‘Gravity’ Will Be the Biggest Winner, But Will It Win the Big One? The tightest race in years comes down to “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” — and it’s not easy to figure out who has the edge Here are 10 things to look out for on Sunday night, besides the winners. Oscar Nominees Ranked by Box Office Clout: The Highest and Lowest Grossing Contenders Which honored actors and actresses have shown the most clout at the multiplexes might surprise you Mark Burnett on ‘Son of God’ Box Office: ‘A Billion People Will See it’ But neither he nor. »


- Greg Gilman

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Spirit Awards: ’12 Years a Slave’ Dominates (Complete Winners List)

1 March 2014 1:26 PM, PST

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” dominated the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon, taking home five awards including Best Feature, Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best  Supporting Female for Lupita Nyong’o, Best Screenplay for John Ridley and Best Cinematography for Sean Bobbitt. The only other film to win more than one award was “Dallas Buyers Club,” which won for lead actor Matthew McConaughey and supporting actor Jared Leto. “12 Years a Slave” is locked in a tight battle with “Gravity” and “American Hustle” for the top Oscar, but neither of those films were eligible for at the Spirit Awards, »


- Steve Pond

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Gets Limo Ride From Jimmy Kimmel, Will Attend the Oscars

1 March 2014 12:51 PM, PST

Already the most entertaining politician in North America, Rob Ford is apparently going full-on Hollywood. The Toronto mayor, who was seen smoking crack in video that emerged last May and has since rampaged his way through city council members and media appearances, told the Toronto Sun that he was flying to Los Angeles to attend the Oscars on Sunday. Watch video: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Falls Off the Wagon With a Jamaican Accent in Disturbing New Footage “It’s going to be fun,” the soft-spoken mayor, who was stripped of most of his powers by the Toronto city council in November, »


- Jordan Zakarin

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Seth Meyers Has Best ‘Late Night’ Week in 7 Years – Except for Fallon’s Goodbye

1 March 2014 12:18 PM, PST

Seth Meyers averaged 2.7 million viewers in his debut week, giving him the second-best “Late Night” ratings in seven years. He was only topped by Jimmy Fallon’s farewell week, according to Nielsen data released Saturday. Fallon also remains on a roll: His average of 5.5 million viewers for the past week was the biggest “Tonight” audience in four years, except for Jay Leno’s final week and Fallon’s first. Also read: Jimmy Fallon and Cameron Diaz Do 3-Legged Pants Dance (Video) For its second week — and first without an Olympic lead-in — “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” earned a strong »


- Tim Molloy

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Watch the Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet Arrivals (Live Stream)

1 March 2014 11:24 AM, PST

The Independent Spirit Awards nominees are arriving at the ceremony in Santa Monica — and so far there’s not a bird in sight. Host Patton Oswalt said weeks ago that he planned to give out live birds at the ceremony — before telling TheWrap that he was absolutely not serious. So far, he’s been as good as his word. Also read: Patton Oswalt on a Spirit Awards Joke Gone Awry: ‘We’re Not Doing the Birds Thing’ It’s been a lively batch of arrivals so far — we’ve seen comedian Marc Maron, who is handing out an award with Aubrey Plaza — answer. »


- Tim Molloy

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Heroin-Shooting Oscar Statue Near Red Carpet Calls Out ‘Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret’

1 March 2014 10:27 AM, PST

A Los Angeles artist known as Plastic Jesus erected an 8-foot-tall Oscar statuette shooting up heroin to call attention to what he says is widespread but hidden hard drug use in Hollywood. His timing couldn’t have been more grimly perfect: Besides arriving just before the Oscars, the statue coincided with an autopsy report that Philip Seymour Hoffman died of heroin and other drugs. Also read: Philip Seymour Hoffman Autopsy: Actor Died of Mixed Drug Intoxication Plastic Jesus, who does not give his real name because of the illegality of street art, erected the statue Friday on Hollywood and Labrea, »


- Tim Molloy

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Hear Daft Punk and Pharrell’s Latest, ‘Gust of Wind’ (Audio)

1 March 2014 9:46 AM, PST

While you’re pondering whether Pharrell Williams will win his first Oscar for “Happy,” why not occupy yourself with his latest collaboration with Daft Punk? Is it as good as “Get Lucky”? Nope. But what is? Their new song, “Gust of Wind,” is from Williams’ upcoming album “Girl.” It still has a heavy Chic influence, though it isn’t as overt as on the Nile Rogers-graced, Grammy-baiting “Get Lucky.” Also read: Pharrell Williams 24-Hour Music Video for ‘Happy’ Will Bring Joy, Insanity What’s the new song about? The easy, Seo-friendly joke would be to type, “Pharrell’s hat.” Woops, »


- Tim Molloy

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