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Oscars Best-Picture Flub Explained: Read PWC’s Full Statement
The Oscars’ accounting firm, PWC, has just released a statement taking the blame for the error that led to “La La Land” being incorrectly named the Best Picture. The producers of “La La Land” had to hand over the Best Picture Oscar to the team behind “Moonlight” (pictured) — the film that truly won Best Picture. Warren Beatty, who incorrectly announced “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner with his “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star, Faye Dunaway, explained after “Moonlight” was named as the real winner that they had been given an envelope containing the name of “La La Land” star Emma Stone, »
- Tim Molloy
Oscars: Watch Warren Beatty’s Explain Insane Best Picture Flub (Video)
Warren Beatty had some explaining to do Sunday after he and co-presenter Faye Dunaway made perhaps the biggest flub in awards show history, erroneously naming “La La Land” the Oscar’s Best Picture instead of the real winner, “Moonlight.” This one will fuel conspiracy theories for years. But Beatty suggested it was a simple, albeit huge mistake: It seemed that they had been handed an envelope containing the name of Best Actress winner Emma Stone. “I want to tell you what happened,” he said. “I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, ‘La La Land.’ That’s why I took such a long. »
- Tim Molloy
Bill Paxton, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Big Love’ Star, Dies at 61
A representative for his family released a statement asking for privacy and saying, “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”
With a Texas twang and grizzled visage, Paxton often found himself playing military men and cowboys. He was closely associated with James Cameron, playing a punk leader in “The Terminator,” as well as an ill-fated technician in “Aliens,” a venal car dealer in “True Lies” and a treasure hunter in “Titanic.”
Paxton earned an Emmy nomination for the 2012 mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys,” and was starring as a morally ambiguous detective in the CBS series “Training Day” at the time of his death.
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- Brent Lang and Pat Saperstein
Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo
Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast.
In addition to the best picture gaffe, during the show’s In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman was mistakenly used.
Oscars 2017: ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub Strikes Again
“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered. Janet was a great beauty and »
- Lawrence Yee and Patrick Frater
Joseph Wapner, ‘People’s Court’ Judge, Dies at 97 (Report)
Judge Joseph Wapner, retired L.A. County Superior Court Judge and the first judge to preside over “The People’s Court,” died Sunday at age 97, TMZ reports. Wapner served on the bench in Los Angeles for twenty years before signing on to serve as the first host of “The People’s Court” in 1981. Over his twelve years on the show, he helped turn the syndicated daytime show into a cultural phenomenon, which led to the creation of other court shows like “Judge Judy” and helped established reality TV as a lucrative genre. “The People’s Court” still airs today, with Judge. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Scores Monster $30.5 Million Opening
“Get Out,” a trenchant horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut. The low-budget film was the weekend’s top-grossing domestic release, earning $30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele atop Hollywood’s A-list. The film, which centers on a black man who discovers that his girlfriend’s liberal, lily-white hometown is guarding a sinister secret, marks a departure for Peele, best-known for his work on the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” It proves he can handle scares, as well as laughs, supplying sly social commentary in both genres.
“Get Out” also extends Blumhouse Productions’ hot hand. The film company scored earlier this year with “Split,” a thriller about a man with a personality disorder that racked up $130.8 million stateside on a $9 million budget. Universal distributed, marketed, and partnered on both movies.
“It’s entertaining, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s subversive, »
- Brent Lang
With ‘Moonlight’ Win, Dede Gardner Becomes First Female Producer With 2 Best Picture Oscars
“Moonlight” didn’t only win Best Picture in an unprecedented manner, it also shattered glass ceilings as well. When Warren Beatty admitted to having read the wrong Best Picture winner as “La La Land” when it was really “Moonlight,” he gave Plan B producer Dede Gardner her second Best Picture statue, which makes her the first female producer to have that many. On Sunday night, it was clear something was amiss when Beatty, presenting with “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star Faye Dunaway, took a long pause after looking at the card inside the envelope that was supposed to contain the name of the. »
- Linda Ge
Hollywood Mourns Bill Paxton's Death
Bill Paxton, an Emmy-nominated actor whose four-decade career included roles in films Aliens, Twister and Titanic as well as TV shows Big Love and Hatsfields & McCoys has died due to complications from surgery. He was 61.
Paxton's family released a statement saying, "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, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."
- THR Staff
Steve Harvey to Warren Beatty After Epic Oscars Flub: ‘Call Me’
Steve Harvey took to Twitter on Monday to joke about “La La Land” mistakenly being awarded the Best Picture Oscar when “Moonlight” was the actual winner, which echoed a similar mistake Harvey made at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. Good morning everybody! Went to sleep early last night. So… what I miss? #Oscars — Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) February 27, 2017 “This is very unfortunate what happened. Personally I blame Steve Harvey for this,” said host Jimmy Kimmel, with a very quick ad-lib as the Oscars drama was unfolding late Sunday night. Also Read: Oscars: Stars' Reactions to 'Moonlight' Best Picture Win Are The Best »
- Brian Flood
Tomi Lahren Hands Out Snowflake Awards to Meryl Streep, Michael Moore (Video)
The Blaze’s Tomi Lahren and Doc Thompson mocked the Academy Awards with the liberal-bashing “Snowflake Awards” on Sunday night, honoring Michael Moore and Meryl Streep, among other Hollywood elite. “Snowflake” is a derogatory term that conservatives use to describe liberals that has gained popularity since Donald Trump won the presidential election, sparking liberal outrage. Moore picked up the award for “the best hypocrite,” but he was unable to accept the award in person because “sadly, it is Spam night at all nine of his homes,” so a custodian accepted the award in his absence. Also Read: Tomi Lahren Explains »
- Brian Flood
Japan Box Office: ‘La La Land’ Dances to Weekend Win
Tokyo — With its release perfectly timed to benefit from its six Oscars, “La La Land” danced to the top of the Japanese box office in its first weekend. Released by Gaga and Pony Canyon on Feb. 24, the film earned $3.7 million on 290,000 admissions for the Feb. 25-26 weekend.
With the Academy Awards ceremony widely seen in Japan, and Damien Chazelle’s previous “Whiplash” an indie hit in this long-time jazz Mecca, the opening numbers bode well for a finish near the $25 million mark.
Debuting at number four was the Vin Diesel thriller “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” Bowing on Feb. 24, the film made $1.3 million in its opening frame with Toho Pictures distributing. The 2002 predecessor “xXx” recorded $15 million in Japan, but the follow-up is forecast to finish nearer to $10 million.
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- Mark Schilling
Amazon Picks Up ‘Fortitude’ for Season 2, Adds Dennis Quaid to Cast
Amazon has picked up where now-defunct Pivot left off: The streaming service has picked up Arctic noir drama “Fortitude” for a 10-episode second season.
Season 2 on Amazon will feature an ensemble cast, including originals like Richard Dormer, Sofie Gråbøl, and Luke Treadaway, and newcomers Dennis Quaid, Parminder Nagra, Michelle Fairley, Robert Sheehan, and Ken Stott. The 10 episodes will premiere on Prime Video in the U.S. later this year.
“Fortitude,” which originally aired in the U.S. on Participant Media’s Pivot cable channel, follows Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Dormer) of Fortitude, a small isolated community with a captive population in an environment that is undergoing change and upheaval due to parasite and pathogen activity. After shooting the woman he loved, Dan becomes consumed with guilt, disappears into the wilderness and was presumed dead. A new body is discovered on the other side of town and Eric must step up and lead this horrific investigation. As »
- Oriana Schwindt
After Best Picture Flub, Chaos and Joyful Confusion at the Governors Ball
The crowd pouring out of the Dolby Theatre after the Academy Awards on Sunday night was practically roaring with shock and confusion after the aborted win for “La La Land” and the corrected win for “Moonlight” in the final moments of the show. No one had ever seen anything like it at the Oscars. Jaws were visibly agape. ABC spokesman Kevin Brockman could be seen tearing through the theater to figure out what just happened on his network’s telecast. For once, people were not checking their phones, they were looking at each other to register just how crazy what just. »
- Sharon Waxman
Rose Garnett Named Head of BBC Films
She will have responsibility for the development of a large and eclectic slate of feature films. "She will lead a team who will work closely with writers and filmmakers to nurture, develop and manage the very best creative talent in the industry," the BBC said.
Garnett joins the BBC from Film4 where she has been head of creative since 2015. She managed a slate of projects from a wide range of talent, from first-time filmmakers to established »
- Georg Szalai
Rose Garnett Named as BBC Films Chief
Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: “Rose will be an exciting new ambassador for BBC Films. She has an impressive track record in the U.K. film industry and brings bundles of experience and passion to the role. I believe she will lead BBC Films into a bright future with work that will push the boundaries; she has a reputation for taking risks and developing new talent, and is known for working with some of the most distinctive voices.”
Garnett has been Film4’s head of creative since 2015. She has managed an extensive slate of projects from a wide range of talent, from first-time filmmakers to established directors. Garnett joined Film4 as head of development in 2013.
She has developed and executive produced an array of U. »
- Leo Barraclough
Korea Box Office: ‘Split’ Debuts on Top at Weekend
Opening on Wednesday, Upi’s thriller “Split” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The M Night Shyamalan movie scored $6.94 million from 967,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday.
Korean trio “New Trial,” “Fabricated City,” and “A Single Rider” took second, third and fourth places, respectively.
With a week-on-week drop of 42%, Opus Pictures’ “Trial” earned $3.27 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $13.3 million after two weekends. Cj’s “City” earned $1.4 million for a total of $16.9 million after three weekends.
Opening on Wednesday, Warner Bros. International Production, “Rider” earned $1.78 million over its opening five days. Starring Lee Byung-hun and Kong Hyo-jin, “Rider” sees a fund manager becoming suspicious of his wife’s adultery.
Cj-distributed DreamWorks title “Trolls” remained in fifth, earning $908,000 for a cumulative $3.05 million after two weekends.
Opening on Wednesday, “John Wick: Chapter Two” landed in sixth with $1.28 million over five days. That exceeds the total score of the series’ first instalment. »
- Sonia Kil
Oscars In Memoriam Video Mentions Australian Costume Designer, but Uses Photo of Friend Who's Alive
As some in the Australian film industry were celebrating two Oscar wins for Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, others were lamenting another Oscar snafu. In the annual In Memoriam segment, a photo of veteran Australian film producer Jan Chapman was mistakenly used instead of that of her late friend and colleague Janet Patterson.
The intensely private Patterson died in Sydney in October.
Australian industry folks tweeted about the mistake during the Oscar ceremony.
- Pip Bulbeck
Oscars: Iranian Foreign Minister Lauds 'Salesman' Cast and Crew for Foreign-Language Win, Anti-Trump Stance
Iran's foreign minister on Twitter lauded the best foreign-language film Oscar win for Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman and the creative team's public stance about the Trump administration's travel ban.
"Proud of cast & crew of ‘The Salesman’ for Oscar & stance against #MuslimBan," Javad Zarif tweeted. "Iranians have represented culture & civilization for millennia."
Iran’s government-owned English-language network Press TV on its website covered the news of the Oscar win. Its news story used the headline “Asghar Farhadi Wins Another Oscar for Iran.” The filmmaker had also won the foreign-language Oscar in 2012 for A Separation.
Farhadi did not attend the ceremony, in a public »
- Georg Szalai
Iran Cheers ‘The Salesman’s’ Oscar, But Politics Risks Diminishing Asghar Farhadi’s Art
Rome – Iran rejoiced Monday at news of “The Salesman’s” Oscar victory for best foreign language film, but political reverberations risk undermining the artistic accomplishment of director Asghar Farhadi’s film.
Farhadi did not attend the ceremony in protest against President Trump’s travel ban, despite the suspension of the executive order by U.S. courts.
“Proud of cast & crew of ‘The Salesman’ for Oscar & stance against #MuslimBan. Iranians have represented culture & civilization for millennia,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted.
Iran’s government-owned Press TV cheered news of the Oscar with the headline “Asghar Farhadi wins another Oscar for Iran” on its website. Although the Academy Award for best foreign language film is customarily accepted by the winning film’s director, it is considered a prize for the submitting country as a whole.
In a prepared statement read out by Iranian American engineer Anousheh Ansari (pictured, right), who accepted »
- Nick Vivarelli
Another Oscar Screw-Up: ‘In Memoriam’ Segment Showed Still-Living Producer Jan Chapman
If you thought the “Moonlight”/”La La Land” envelope fiasco was the Oscars’ only glaring mistake, think again. The “In Memoriam” segment of Sunday’s show included a tribute to costume designer and four-time nominee Janet Patterson — but ran a photo of the very-much-still-alive Australian producer Jan Chapman by mistake. The two women worked together on Jane Campion’s 1994 film “The Piano,” for which they both received Oscar nominations, and Chapman’s image does appear in some photo databases under Patterson’s name. Also Read: Oscars: Stars' Reactions to 'Moonlight' Best Picture Win Are The Best (Photos) But Chapman is very much alive, »
- Thom Geier
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