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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 (Updating Live)

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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 Commits Suicide Inside La’s Magic Castle Club

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The body of magician Daryl Easton was found inside Hollywood’s magic-themed club, The Magic Castle, on Friday night. Asked if the cause of death was suicide, an Lapd spokesperson told TheWrap, “Yes, it appears so.” A Hollywood police spokesperson told TheWrap that employees at the exclusive, members only magic club discovered the body of the 61-year-old around 7:30 Friday night. Easton, who was known for his card tricks, was found wearing only his underwear, with a bag over his head. According to the spokesperson, it appeared as if Easton had hung himself. The Academy of Magic Arts Mourns the Passing of Daryl. »

- Brian Flood

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Oscar Parties: Ava DuVernay, Meryl Streep Rouse Female Oscar Nominees (Photos)

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Considering all of her talents and stature, Meryl Streep seems like a stranger to the VIP section of hot Hollywood nightclubs. Yet on Friday night, hours before another trip to the Oscars, America’s acting deity and fresh liberal lion of Hollywood glided into Nightingale Plaza. That’s the same La Cienega haunt previously favored by Leonardo DiCaprio in the early 2000s and Sylvester Stallone a decade earlier. Also Read: Every Oscar-Nominated Movie You Can Watch at Home Right Now (Photos) The reigning Best Actress (Brie Larson) with potential Best Supporting Actress winner Viola Davis at Women In Film. (Getty Images »


- Mikey Glazer

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Syrian-Born ‘The White Helmets’ Cinematographer Not Allowed to Enter Country for Oscars

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The Syrian-born cinematographer of the Oscar-nominated “The White Helmets” won’t be able to attend Sunday’s awards after being barred him from entering the country, according to the Associated Press. “The White Helmets” is nominated for Best Documentary Short, but 21-year-old cinematographer Khaled Khateeb can’t travel to Los Angeles, according to internal Trump administration correspondence, obtained by the AP, stating the Department of Homeland Security won’t allow him in the country. Khateeb was scheduled to arrive Saturday in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight departing from Istanbul, according to the AP, but U.S. officials have »


- Brian Flood

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Razzies: Dinesh D’Souza’s Anti-Hillary Doc Beats ‘Batman v Superman’ for Worst Picture

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After getting roundly roasted by critics and most comic book fans so badly that it led to Ben Affleck’s disappointed face becoming an internet meme, it would seem that “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” would be a lock to win Worst Picture at the Razzies this year, right? Not in Trump’s America. Instead, the sarcastic awards ceremony that “honors” the worst films of the year gave its top prize to Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.” The film, which was released just after the Republican National Convention last year, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Girl with All the Gifts’ Review: Glenn Close and a Headstrong Zombie Kid Face the End of the World

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Like the vampire phenomenon before it, the zombie wave rose and crested, crashed and ebbed. The film industry took to it with dollar signs in its eyes and did what any proper horde of undead would do: they consumed all but the bones and gristle before leaving the genre to television’s ongoing custody. And into this post-opportunistic landscape wanders “Girl with All the Gifts.” Based on M.R. Carey’s novel, “Girl” marries well-worn Ya tropes to brain-eating gore, and the result is, happily and occasionally quite grimly, more than the sum of those parts. In this case, the possibility of salvation. »


- Dave White

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Bernie Sanders Mocks Trump After Tweet About Hollywood’s Anti-Trump Rally

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Sen. Bernie Sanders only needed four words to bash President Donald Trump on Saturday in response to a tweet by the president claiming that a rally of Trump supporters would be “the biggest of them all.” Sanders, a Democrat who launched an unsuccessful bid for the White House last year, replied, “They did. It wasn’t,” and included a photo of the Mall in Washington, D.C., from last month’s presidential inauguration. Trump’s White House memorably took offense in its opening days after news media and official government agencies reported that the crowd size at inaugural events wasn »


- Brian Flood

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