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Bill Paxton, Star of ‘Titanic’ and ‘Aliens,’ Dies at 61

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Bill Paxton, the popular Texas-born actor who starred in movie hits such as “Aliens,” “Twister” and “Titanic,” died Saturday at age 61, TheWrap has learned. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” according to a representative for the family. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.” “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, »


- Thom Geier

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‘Get Out’ Conquers Oscar Weekend Box Office With $30.5 Million

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Get Out” has exceeded box office expectations in its opening weekend, passing tracker projections of $24 million to reach an estimated $30.5 million from 2,781 screen and take the top spot at the box office. Strong word of mouth, led by the Blumhouse horror film’s 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating and A- CinemaScore, has given “Get Out” more and more steam as the weekend has progressed, though it is expected to see its Sunday totals take a drop due to the Academy Awards airing tonight. “The Lego Batman Movie” finished in a distant second, making an estimated $18.7 million in its »


- Jeremy Fuster

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How to Watch the 2017 Oscars Red Carpet Live Online

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The biggest night in Hollywood is just around the corner — no not the Oscars, the red carpet … because everyone knows that what celebrities will be wearing is a lot more important than the extremely prestigious awards they’ll be receiving. So how can you get in on the red carpet action without actually being there? Well, because it’s 2017 you’ll be able to livestream and judge all your favorite stars’ fashion choices from the comfort of your home. First things first — the Academy Awards will be on Sunday, Feb. 26 and red carpet arrivals will begin promptly at 4 p.m. »

- Rasha Ali

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How To Watch the 2017 Oscars Live Online

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The biggest night in Hollywood is just around the corner and, if like most folks out there, you weren’t invited to this year’s Oscars or have horrible friends that don’t host viewing parties, don’t be sad because we’ve got you covered. First things first — the Academy Awards will be on Sunday, Feb. 26 and will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (8:30 p.m. if you’re on the East Coast). The awards will be held at Dolby Theater off Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles, if you happen to be in the area »

- Rasha Ali

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The Devil Won’t Wear Chanel: Meryl Streep Rips Karl Lagerfeld for ‘Lie’ About Oscar Dress

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Karl Lagerfeld should know better than to mess with Miranda Priestly. Academy Award winner Meryl Streep issued a blistering statement regarding a dust-up with the Chanel designer — in which he accused the “Florence Foster Jenkins” star of allegedly turning down a couture gown because she would not receive a fee to wear it at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony. “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 said through a spokesperson on Saturday night. Also Read: Barbara Boxer on Hollywood Elites: Meryl Streep Didn't Fail, »


- Matt Donnelly

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Inside the Spirit Awards 2017: 13 Things You Didn’t See on TV, From Matt Damon to Jon Hamm

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“Moonlight” was the big winner Saturday at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosting the most casual awards shows on the calendar in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica. Although the show was telecast on IFC, those watching missed some action that only those attending the ceremony were privy to. Lucky for you, TheWrap was there for the fun. Here are some things seen and heard: 1:13p.m. While the pre-show action is outside the tent, the early faces inside are “Hell or High Water” writer Taylor Sheridan, the Fox Searchlight team, IMDb founder Col Needham, »


- Mikey Glazer

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Trump Called ‘Scared Little B-tch’ for Skipping White House Correspondents Dinner

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Donald Trump’s midday tweet Saturday announcing that he will not be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner sent social media into a feeding frenzy, calling the media-bashing Potus everything from an orange chicken to a “scared little b-tch.” In recent years, the so-called “nerd prom” — a star-filled charity benefit for journalism scholarships — has become a showcase and lightning rod for pointed political satire with a rotating line-up of comedian hosts. The event is known for celebs playfully poking fun at the sitting Potus, who has always taken the jokes in stride and then ribbed right back. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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‘Moonlight’ Shines at Spirit Awards, But Could Oscars Be as Bright?

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Spirit Awards voters did their part for “Moonlight.” Will Oscar voters do the same? By giving Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed drama its best feature award, along with five other honors, the Film Independent Spirit Awards once again gave its top prize to the nominee most likely to win the Academy Award for Best Picture at a slightly bigger ceremony that takes place the day after the Spirits. Four times in the last five years, including the last three in a row, that’s exactly what happened: “The Artist” won the Spirit Award and the Oscar on back-to-back days in 2012, and then »


- Steve Pond

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner Is Still On Despite Trump’s Snub

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The annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner will go on as planned on April 29 despite the fact that President Donald Trump has announced that he will not attend. On Saturday, Reuters correspondent and Whca president Jeff Mason responded to Trump via Twitter, saying that the association “takes note” of Trump’s plan to break a 30-year tradition of the sitting president attending the event. But the association still plans to host the event, which raises money for scholarships for young journalists, just as it has every year since 1921. Also Read: Trump Called 'Scared Little B-tch' for Skipping White House Correspondents Dinner Whca. »


- Brian Flood

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Oscar Drama: Academy Yanks ’13 Hours’ Sound Mixer’s Nomination for Rules Violation

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The Academy has rescinded its Oscar nomination for Greg P. Russell, sound mixer on director Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” for a rules violation. AMPAS released a statement on Saturday — just one day before the ceremony — that Russell had violated a rule against lobbying other Academy members in phone calls during the nominations phase. The board of governors, on the recommendation of the Sound Branch’s executive committee, voted on Thursday to revoke his nomination as a result. “The decision was prompted by the discovery that Russell had called his fellow members of the Sound Branch. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Independent Spirit Awards: The Complete Winners List

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The Independent Spirit Awards are underway on the beach in Santa Monica, Ca. “Moonlight” was an early winner in the editing category, as was Ben Foster, who took Best Supporting Actor for “Hell or High Water.” Read the full winners list updating live, indicated as *Winner: Also Read: Indie Spirit Hosts Nick Kroll, John Mulaney Talk Trump, Tuxedos and Tonys Best Feature “American Honey” “Chronic” “Jackie” “Manchester by the Sea” “Moonlight” Best Director Andrea Arnold, “American HoneyBarry Jenkins, “Moonlight” *Winner Pablo Larraín, “JackieJeff Nichols, “LovingKelly Reichardt, “Certain Women” Best First Feature “The Childhood of a Leader” “The »


- Matt Donnelly

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Donald Trump to Snub White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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President Donald Trump will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner but the event will go on without him. Trump tweeted on Saturday, “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017 Also Read: Trump Called 'Scared Little B-tch' for Skipping White House Correspondents Dinner Trump isn’t the first president to miss the event. Richard Nixon skipped the dinner in 1972, Jimmy. »


- Brian Flood

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Univision’s ‘Blood Bath’ Docudrama Faces Backlash for Gory Re-Enactments of Orlando Club Massacre

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Univision will air “Baño de Sangre,” which translates to “Blood Bath,” a special that features gory re-enactments of the mass shooting inside Orlando’s Pulse nightclub despite public outcry to scrap the show. The special re-enacting the massacre that left 49 people dead and many more injured will air today (Saturday, Feb. 25) at 6:55 p.m. Et on the Spanish-language channel despite the condemnation of parents of victims, survivors, the club’s owner and Gladd. Univision pulled ads for the special that featured bloody bodies piled on top of each other, and the club responded via Twitter. @CronicasSabado @Univision your decision to air will only. »


- Brian Flood

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‘Omghi’ Creators Will Miss Instant Gratification of Web Series When Feature Film Drops

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“Omghi” is a digital series that originally premiered at last fall’s Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and is now racking up 500,000 views per episode, but the instant gratification of digital success will make it harder for creators to enjoy projects on other mediums. “It’s amazing to see hundreds of thousands of people responding to your show in real-time,” co-writer and director Julian Wolff told TheWrap. Wolff, who is gearing up to shoot an independent feature film later this year, said the movie that is currently in pre-production will be a challenge because “Omghi” has received such positive feedback… »


- Brian Flood

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13 Oscar Records That Could Be Broken Sunday, From ‘La La Land’ to Denzel

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Anybody who wins an Academy Award is bound to think of it as a historic night, but there’s also some real history that could be made on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre. Here are a baker’s dozen landmarks that could happen at the 89th Oscars show. 1. If Damien Chazelle wins for directing “La La Land,” he’ll become the youngest Best Director winner in Oscar history. On February 26, Chazelle will be 32 years and 38 days old. The current record holder as the youngest Best Director winner ever is Norman Taurog, who won for “Skippy” at the age of »


- Steve Pond

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Stephen Colbert Takes Oscar-Nominated Film Posters Literally (Video)

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Stephen Colbert admits he hasn’t seen all of the Oscar-nominated films — “or possibly any of them” — but no big whoop. He’s able to figure out exactly what each movie is about solely based on their posters… or so he thinks. “And that’s why this is another edition of Late Show Best Picture Poster Recap,” he said Friday night. Scrolling through one Best Pic nom poster after another — from “La La Land” to “Manchester by the Sea” and everything in between — Colbert took a literal look at the not-so literal works of art and came up with his. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Spirit Awards 2017: Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)

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“See what Hollywood’s biggest stars are wearing as they head into the Independent awards show, hosted by Nick Kroll and John MulaneyThe Mindy Project” and “Jackie” actress, Beth GrantThe Witch” director Robert Eggers with Alexandra ShakerThe Get Down” actress, Yolanda RossMorris From America” director Chad HartiganGrimm” star Bitsie Tulloch “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly PeirceTransparent” actress Trace Lysette “Life, Animated” director Roger Ross WilliamsWaste Land” director Lucy WalkerVeep” star Sam Richardson Spirit Awards hosts John Mulaney and Nick Kroll “Carlos” star Edgar RamirezPulp Fiction” actress Rosanna Arquette Shohreh Aghdashloo »


- Rasha Ali

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Top 20 Best HBO Original Series, From ‘Six Feet Under’ to ‘Game of Thrones’ (Photos)

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There’s a reason HBO is so often a major contender at the Emmys each year — it has an amazing knack for creating a home for phenomenal TV shows. The network’s long history of great, groundbreaking TV means that even if you watch a lot of HBO, there’s probably plenty you haven’t seen. These are the very best, most influential shows the HBO has ever produced. If you’re not watching these, you really should be. “Tales from the Crypt” A mix of dark comedy and “Twilight Zone”-esque horror, it’s hard to deny that “Tales from the Crypt »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Asghar Farhadi Recruits Prominent Iranian Americans to Represent Him at Oscars

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Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has recruited two prominent Iranian Americans to represent him at the Academy Awards on Sunday. Farhadi’s “The Salesman” is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, but the filmmaker is boycotting the event because of President Trump’s continued attempt to ban travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering America. Anousheh Ansari, who was the first female space tourist, and Firouz Naderi, a former director of Solar Systems Exploration at Nasa, will represent “The Salesman” on Sunday night, despite having zero ties to the film industry. Also Read: Oscar Nominated Director Asghar Farhadi to Speak »


- Brian Flood

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Magician Found Dead Inside La’s Magic Castle Club

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Updated February 25, 7:00 p.m. Pt: The L.A. County Medical Examiner’s Department reported late Saturday that magician Daryl Easton died of an accidental hanging, not suicide as initially suspected. Magician Daryl Easton was found dead inside Hollywood’s magic-themed club, The Magic Castle, on Friday night. A spokesperson for the Lapd told TheWrap on Saturday morning that the cause of death was believed to be suicide. But following an autopsy, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Department later ruled the death an accidental hanging and not a suicide, according to Reuters. A Hollywood police spokesperson told TheWrap that employees at the exclusive, »

- Brian Flood

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