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U.S. State Department Deletes Tweet Congratulating Iranian Director After ‘Salesman’ Oscar Win

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On Monday, the U.S. State Department tweeted, and then deleted, a congratulatory message to director Asghar Farhadi, whose film The Salesman won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language film at the 89th Academy Awards. The message was shared by the State Department’s official Persian-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, congratulating the Iranian people and Farhadi for his win at Sunday's ceremony. According to reports, the tweet was posted at 1 A.M. Et, but later… »


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Jaime King To Stir It Up In ‘How To Cook Your Daughter’

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Exclusive: Hart of Dixie alum Jaime King is set to topline How to Cook Your Daughter, a film adaptation based on a memoir by Jessica Hendra and Blake Morrison. Jennifer Clary is attached to direct, with production scheduled to begin in November. The novel follows Hendra's experience growing up as the daughter of a National Lampoon editor. While a disillusioned generation of Americans reveled in the smart, sometimes brilliant and always raucous humor of the Lampoon… »


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PricewaterhouseCoopers Chairman Says Best Picture Gaffe Was “A Human Error”

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PricewaterhouseCoopers took the blame last night for the unforgettable moment when La La Land was mistakenly named Best Picture instead of Moonlight. Now, the accounting firm that oversees the voting, adds that the gaffe was "a humor error." While La La Land producer Marc Platt was giving his acceptance speech, PricewaterhouseCoopers Brian Cullinan and Martha L. Ruiz, who were in charge of the envelopes and had a duplicate set of the 24 winners in their briefcases, took… »


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Sakina Jaffrey Cast In Fox’s ‘Red Sparrow’; Bill Marchant Joins Sci-Fi Indie ‘Volition’

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Sakina Jaffrey, a series regular on NBC’s new drama Timeless, is in final talks to join the cast of Fox's Red Sparrow, the Francis Lawrence-directed spy thriller that stars Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons. Based on Jason Matthews' novel, the feature follows Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova (Lawrence), who is drafted against her will to become a Sparrow, a trained seductress. Jaffrey will play Trish Forsythe, station… »


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Donald Trump Takes Credit For Oscars Best Picture Snafu

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The Oscars should have been less focused on bashing him and more time sweating the details, President Donald Trump said today about the Academy Awards’ Best Picture announcement snafu Sunday night. "I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn't get the act together at the end," Trump told Breitbart News. "It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn't feel like a very glamorous evening. I've been to the Oscars. There was… »


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Bill Paxton Tribute: The Man Behind The Actor

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I knew Bill Paxton for a couple of decades. I can’t remember at what party we were at (this was back in 1990 or 1991; it was before his indie success One False Move), but we hit it off. We were both Catholic, both grew up in small towns and ended up out here. We both felt like fish out of water in Hollywood. Anyway, that’s how our friendship started. Years later, we would start talking about John F. Kennedy. My earliest memory had to do with John F. Kennedy’s funeral… »


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Comedy Dynamics Books ‘Chee And T’; Kino Lorber Nabs Two Venice Film Fest Pics

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Comedy Dynamics, an independent stand-up comedy production and distribution company, has acquired the rights to its first feature film, buddy comedy pic Chee and T from director Tanuj Chopra. The feature, which won the La Film Festival's Special Jury Prize for Comedy, is about the only two guys in Silicon Valley, Chee (Sunkrish Bala) and T (Dominic Rains), who are a pair of underachieving debt collectors who are tasked with a seemingly small job: get their Uncle's nephew… »


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This Is Not A Joke: ‘La La Land’ Producer Jordan Horowitz Talks Oscars’ “Surreal Moment” On ‘Gma’

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You might have heard about a little oopsie at the end of last night’s Oscarcast. Good Morning America certainly did, and it had La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz on via phone this morning to talk about it. He’s the guy who announced Moonlight’s belated Best Picture triumph to the world with already-infamous words, “This is not a joke.” “It was a surreal moment for sure,” Horowitz told George Stephanopoulos in his first public remarks about the wild finish to the 89th Osc… »


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Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out Of Retirement For New Feature

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Japanese animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to work on a new feature for his Studio Ghibli banner, according to his longtime producer Toshio Suzuki. Suzuki revealed the news at a pre-Oscars event Friday in Los Angeles for the Academy Award-nominated The Red Turtle. During the event, Suzuki said Miyazaki was working on a feature project and had given him storyboards for it late last year. "Right now in Tokyo, he's putting all his effort into… »


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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Jumps To $33.4M Opening – Monday Am Box Office Update

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6th Update, Monday Am: While most of the town likely has a hangover from last night’s Oscar snafu, Universal/Blumhouse’s Get Out is even higher in early Monday reporting. The Jordan Peele-directed horror movie now seeing a $33.4 million debut according to rival estimates. Note that rivals and Universal have generally been in sync in their forecasts on this one throughout the weekend. Many figured a $7M Sunday, but Get Out looks to be posting $9.8M, off 22% from Saturday. G… »


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Steve Harvey To Warren Beatty: “Call Me”

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Until last night’s epic Oscar gaffe involving presenters Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, the Best Picture Oscar winner and a certain wrong envelope, the last awards-show emcee to preside over a mix-up approaching this magnitude was Steve Harvey. Remember it was Harvey who in December inadvertently announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant during that live show in Las Vegas. Harvey didn’t miss a beat this morning, effectively passing the torch to… »


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Oscars: Global Media Reacts To Best Picture Blunder

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International media outlets were awash with the Best Picture Oscar snafu throughout the day on Monday as the rest of the world woke up to what was possibly the most surreal moment in Academy Award history. UK paper The Guardian led its Culture page with the headline "Oscars 2017 Moonlight Wins Best Picture … Two Minutes After La La Land" and subhead "Cockup casts shadow over victory for Barry Jenkins' acclaimed drama as movie musical is mistakenly named winner by Faye… »


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Oscars: Best Picture Envelope Disaster Can’t Take Away Triumph Of Best Academy Awards Show In Many A Moon(light)

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Somehow the confused, perplexing and chaotic ending of the 89th annual Academy Awards seems a fitting coda to an Oscar show in the Donald Trump era. I have covered a lot of Oscar shows in my time, but never have I seen one go down like this one did Sunday night, when La La Land was announced for Best Picture, and speeches were made … only to have it taken away. Due to a mistake in handing the correct envelope to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, Moonlight was… »


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Iran & France Praise Asghar Farhadi’s Foreign Language Oscar Win (& Boycott)

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Representatives of the Iranian government have lauded the team behind Asghar Farhadi’s Best Foreign Language Oscar winner, The Salesman. The country’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, took to Twitter on Monday to say he was proud of the cast and crew for their Oscar and “stance against Muslim ban.” Culture Minister Reza Salehi Amiri praised the now double Oscar winner Farhadi for standing against “narrow-minded and racist policies of novice American politicians,&#8221… »


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Rose Garnett Named BBC Films Chief

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Film4 Head of Creative Rose Garnett has been made director of BBC Films. She'll take over the reins for the influential role from acting head of film Joe Oppenheimer, the longtime BBC exec who was widely tipped to be the front-runner for the position. Former head of film Christine Langan stepped down last year. "Rose will be an exciting new ambassador for BBC Films," said Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore. "She has an impressive track record in the UK film industry… »


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Another Oscars Gaffe: Image Of Living Australian Producer Mistakenly Used During In Memoriam Segment

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The Best Picture blunder wasn't the only gaffe at the Academy Awards ceremony last night: During the show's In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman mistakenly was used to represent Janet Patterson, four-time Oscar nominee for costume design, who died in October. During the montage, Australian producer Jan Chapman's image was used to represent Patterson. Chapman, who is alive and well, has worked on projects such as Bright Star and The Piano, both from… »


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Viola Davis & Mahershala Ali’s Oscar Wins Prove Successful Film & TV Careers Can Co-Exist

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On Thursday night, Viola Davis was live-tweeting the season finale of her ABC drama series How To Get Away With Murder. On Sunday night, she won an Oscar for her role in Fences. In addition to Davis, Ruth Negga, a lead actress Oscar nominee for Loving, is the female lead of the AMC drama series Preacher. And Mahershala Ali, supporting Oscar winner for Moonlight, was segueing from this three-and-a-half season stint on Netflix’s House of Cards to a season-long arc on the… »


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Oscar’s Best Picture Screwup: The Real Story, As Pricewaterhouse Takes Blame

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Update with PricewaterhouseCoopers statement: The Best Picture gaffe that marred tonight’s Oscar broadcast was caused by a doppelganger Best Actress envelope mistaken for the night’s final prize, which caused the unprecedented screw-up that temporarily bestowed the top trophy to La La Land instead of rightful winner Moonlight. Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers confirmed just now that the fault was theirs: We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren… »


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‘Moonlight’ Wins Best Picture Oscar … In A Do-Over – Deadline’s Live Blog

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Update with complete winners: In what might be one of the most bizarre endings to any awards show in Hollywood history, Moonlight was crowned with the Best Picture Oscar. But it took a while, as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway actually pronounced the favorite La La Land the winner, with the resulting confusion creating chaos both on the stage and in the crowd as it became clear something had gone horribly wrong. Up until then, what the Oscar producers producers h… »


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And The Winner For Grandest Oscar Party Invite…

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Update: Byron Allen’s post-Oscar bash raised more than $1 million for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, his Entertainment Studios reported tonight. Now that’s a clear winner. Previous, Sunday, 4:37 Pm: Most Oscar party invites come as emails. An exception is tonight’s gala viewing party and post-Oscar concert that Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios is hosting at the Montage Beverly Hills. Encased in a giant box was a folded 17 x 22” gold-embossed oversized invitation… »


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