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Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations

Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations
The film academy’s best fit is “The Shape of Water.” Guillermo del Toro’s whimsical period romance about a custodial worker and fish-man hybrid who fall in love stacked 13 Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, more than any other film this year. Those nods included Best Picture, Best Director for Del Toro, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, and Best Supporting actor and actress for Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer, respectively. It also landed a healthy mix of below-the-line categories like Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Sound Mixing. Also Read: Oscars Nominate First Female Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison for 'Mudbound' Trailing behind was Christopher...
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Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs

Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs
While a number of Oscar hopefuls are cheering after their names were read during Tuesday morning's nominations announcement, other individuals and films considered to be contenders found themselves out in the cold.

Wonder Woman was completely shut out by the Academy, even in the technical categories, despite being one of the highest-grossing films of the year and receiving acclaim from a number of critics groups and awards organizations. Also shut out despite receiving early-season awards attention and Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Critics' Choice nominations was Battle of the Sexes, about the historic tennis match between Billie Jean King and...
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Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director

Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director
Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman ever nominated for a best director Oscar on Tuesday morning.

The Lady Bird helmer was the only woman nominated in the otherwise all-male field made up of Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Jordan Peele (Get Out).

Gerwig's nomination comes after she landed a Directors Guild nomination and a best director nomination from the Critics' Choice Awards for her feature directorial debut. The National Board of Review and National Society of Film Critics also named her best director for her work on the film.

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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105

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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105
Actress Connie Sawyer passed away at age 105 over the weekend, multiple outlets report. She was the oldest working member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy.

Among Sawyer’s many roles are as James Franco’s godmother in “Pineapple Express” and as a member of one of the couples interviewed in the documentary portion of “When Harry Met Sally…

She died peacefully in Woodland Hills, California, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House, a community for retired entertainers. A representative for Sawyer did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie

John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie
John Cena is in talks to star in Paramount’s “Duke Nukem” movie, a big-screen version of the long-running video game franchise.

The project is set up at Paramount-based Platinum Dunes, which is operated by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller. No director or writer is attached yet.

Duke Nukem first appeared in the 1991 eponymous video game, developed by Apogee Software, as a muscular cigar-chomping man who always wears Ray-Bans and sports a flat-top haircut as he fights aliens to save planet Earth by using enormous physical strength and his expertise in firearms. He’s appeared in 19 video games as the title character, most recently in “Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour.”

Platinum Dunes franchises include “The Purge,” “Ouija,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” It’s a producer on John Krasinski’s horror movie “A Quiet Place,” opening April 6.

Cena made his name as a WWE star before starting another career as a movie actor more than
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'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development

'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development
The Mighty Ducks may take the ice again as a television series about Disney's underdog Minnesota hockey team is currently in development.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that while the live-action series is still a long way from firing knucklepucks, screenwriter Steven Brill – who penned 1992's The Mighty Ducks and the sequels D2 and D3 – and producer Jordan Kerner have concocted a new story about the ragtag youth hockey team.

As there is not yet a script for the project, it's unclear if Emilio Estevez's Gordon Bombay or any
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‘What We Do In The Shadows’ TV Series Reboot From Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi Gets FX Pilot Order, Sets Cast

‘What We Do In The Shadows’ TV Series Reboot From Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi Gets FX Pilot Order, Sets Cast
A reboot of What We Do In The Shadows is in the works for the small screen. FX has given a pilot order to a half-hour comedy based on the 2014 mockumentary horror film co-written, co-directed and starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Clement is attached as writer and executive producer on TV adaptation and Waititi will direct and executive produce. Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillen are set to star in the FX pilot, executive produced by…
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Motley Crue Biopic 'The Dirt' Finds Its Vince Neil, Mick Mars (Exclusive)

Motley Crue Biopic 'The Dirt' Finds Its Vince Neil, Mick Mars (Exclusive)
As the long-gestating Motley Crue biopic The Dirt heads towards a February production start, the film is in the home sweet home stretch of firming up the leads who will play the iconic rock-and-roll hair band.

Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon and The Punisher actor Daniel Webber are in negotiations to star as guitarist Mick Mars and frontman Vince Neil.

If the deals go through, the actors will join Douglas Booth, who is on board as Nikki Sixx, and Machine Gun Kelly, who is due to play drummer Tommy Lee, in the movie that is based on the bestselling...
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'Incredibles 2' Reveals New Cast, Character Details

'Incredibles 2' Reveals New Cast, Character Details
Incredibles 2 has a recruited a few more stars.

Disney started the week by sharing a cast list that includes a few more names, as well as character details for previously announced stars.

Among the newcomers is Better Call Saul's Jonathan Banks as Rick Dicker. He's a government leader who helps the Parr family keep their superhero identities secret as head of the Super Relocation Program. Unfortunately for the superteam, the family is left to their own devices when the division is closed.

Meanwhile, Sophia Bush will play Voyd, a young Elastigirl fan who aspires to be a superhero and has...
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Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee

Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee
After 90 long years, another glass ceiling has finally been broken at the Motion Picture Academy.

“Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history Tuesday by becoming the first female director of photography to receive an Oscar nomination. The recognition comes on the heels of a similar milestone with the American Society of Cinematographers, which nominated Morrison’s “Mudbound” work earlier this month.

“I’m glad that people are recognizing the craft of it and not making decisions based on tokenism; Rachel’s work is on the screen,” “Mudbound” director Dee Rees said on a recent episode of Variety‘s “Playback” podcast. “Go to Sandi Sissel, go to Ellen Kuras, go to Rachel Morrison — women have been making interesting images for a long time.”

Morrison won the New York Film Critics Circle’s cinematography prize in December. She was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award along with recognition from the Chicago and North Carolina film critics organizations.

“Mudbound” was also
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Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact

Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact
Starz is taking a big step in its plan to expand internationally, striking a deal with Bell Media to launch the first Starz-branded service in Canada.

Bell Media’s The Movie Network Encore is to be rebranded next year, likely with Starz in the moniker although Bell Media did not get specific. The channel will also be made available as a standalone app for streaming.

As part of the deal, Starz parent Lionsgate has also set a theatrical pay TV output deal with Bell Media covering future releases. Lionsgate’s existing movie output pact in Canada is with Entertainment One.

“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz president-ceo Chris Albrecht. “Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth
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CNN Pulls a ‘Moonlight,’ Lists ‘Greatest Showman,’ ‘Disaster Artist’ Among Best Picture Noms

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CNN Pulls a ‘Moonlight,’ Lists ‘Greatest Showman,’ ‘Disaster Artist’ Among Best Picture Noms
There are bound to be plenty of “Moonlight” jokes during this year’s Oscar telecast, after the film was momentarily, and incorrectly, snubbed as Best Picture due to an envelope mishap last year. We just didn’t think the debacle would rear its ugly head as early as Tuesday, when the nominations were announced. Or that it would be at the hands of CNN. Soon after the list of contenders for the 90th Academy Awards was revealed, “Entertainment Tonight” host Nischelle Turner appeared on the network to discuss 2018’s snubs and surprises. However, her list of nominees was, for lack of a better term, “fake...
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Conan Has Haitians Roast Trump: ‘Every Time You Leave Your Country, You Make America Great Again’ (Video)

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Conan O’Brien took his show to Port-au-Prince, Haiti this week to defy Donald Trump’s “shithole countries” remark, and the locals have plenty to say about it. “President Trump insulted Haiti, so I thought it was only fair to give Haitians a chance to return the favor,” O’Brien said in a tease for the special, which airs on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. on TBS. “Mr. Trump, please come visit Haiti,” one man said in the video. “Because every time you leave your country, you make America great again.” Also Read: Neil deGrasse Tyson Lands Heavy Blow in Debate Over Trump's Weight...
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Watch out, Gary Oldman! After ‘Phantom Thread’ Oscar windfall, Daniel Day-Lewis is your biggest threat for Best Actor

Watch out, Gary Oldman! After ‘Phantom Thread’ Oscar windfall, Daniel Day-Lewis is your biggest threat for Best Actor
Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) was probably starting to think he was safe, sweeping Best Actor prizes at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, and SAG Awards against that whippersnapper Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”). It turns out Oldman faces another threat, who should have the front-runner quaking in his boots: Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”). Day-Lewis has already won three Oscars out of five past nominations, and his film just picked up a slew of surprise nominations. Is this race closer than we thought? Check out the complete list of Oscar nominations here.

Despite his youth, 22-year-old Chalamet seemed like a strong Best Actor contender earlier this season when “Call Me by Your Name” was surging as a Best Picture hopeful. But that film started under-performing in the nominations at various events like the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and BAFTAs. It ended up with a respectable four Oscar nominations,
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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Lands FX’s Top Limited Series Premiere Since ‘Legion’

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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Lands FX’s Top Limited Series Premiere Since ‘Legion’
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” posted FX’s top limited series premiere in the key 18-49 demographic since “Legion.” The latest installment of the anthology show drew 1.5 million viewers in that age range and 5.5 million overall. Both Nielsen numbers include three days worth of delayed viewing. Also Read: Why 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' Plays Out in Reverse Chronological Order “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX. More to come…
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‘The Boss Baby’ Gets Oscar Nod, Twitter Nods No: ‘What Have You People Done?’

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Every year, Oscar nominations come with the requisite “Snubs and Surprises” hot takes, but one nomination this year in particular has the internet scratching its head. Dreamworks’ “The Boss Baby” is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, along with “Coco,” “The Breadwinner,” “Ferdinand” and “Loving, Vincent.” The movie led by the voice performance of Alec Baldwin as a savvy corporate-minded baby, was also nominated for a Golden Globe, but still, people on Twitter are confused by its recognition by the Academy. Most are upset that it beat out the “Lego Batman Movie” for a nod. One user noted that the “Lego...
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Oscar Nominations Are in, but Who Are the Frontrunners?

Oscar Nominations Are in, but Who Are the Frontrunners?
The Oscar nominations are in, which means all the various awards campaigns are now switching gears, trying to find the best angle in bringing home the gold. What can we expect going forward? Bearing in mind we still have more than a month before final ballots are due, here are some thoughts on the major categories.

Best Picture: “The Shape of Water

As already outlined, “The Shape of Water” is the clear best picture frontrunner at the moment with 13 nominations signaling support throughout the branches. But contenders like “Get Out” and “Lady Bird” could pick up steam on the preferential ballot, which aims at establishing a consensus; they are two of the most popular films of the year.

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water

The Directors Guild of America will firm this up on Feb. 3, but at the moment, it looks like clear sailing for Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice winner del Toro. But
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‘Get Out’ Scores Four Oscar Nominations, Including Three for Jordan Peele

‘Get Out’ Scores Four Oscar Nominations, Including Three for Jordan Peele
Get Out” solidified its status as an awards season powerhouse with four Oscar nominations Tuesday — all in high-profile categories, with Jordan Peele snagging a trio of nods.

Universal’s low-cost horror-comedy received nominations for best picture for producers Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., and Peele; best actor for Daniel Kaluuya; and best director and original screenplay for Peele.

Get Out,” in which Kaluuya’s black photographer character reluctantly agrees to meet the family of his white girlfriend, was a box office sensation with $254 million in worldwide grosses. It also earned the praise of critics, with a 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Of the nine films nominated for best picture, “Get Out” had by far the earliest release date of Feb. 24 — underlining its status as a movie that’s thoroughly penetrated the culture.

It’s the first feature directing gig for Peele, who made the movie for $4.5 million. With the nods on Tuesday morning,
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Oscar Nominations 2018 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Phantom Thread’ Rises, James Franco Falls, and More

Oscar Nominations 2018 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Phantom Thread’ Rises, James Franco Falls, and More
We all expected Guillermo del Toro’s Producers Guild Awards and Critics Choice winner “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight) to lead the field; with 13 nominations, it nabbed support across the Academy. However, this is an unpredictable year and Academy voters leaned into inclusion, turned away from James Franco, and delivered some surprise Oscar nominations.

The love for “The Shape of Water” included the dominant Actors branch, which nominated Sally Hawkins and Oscar perennial Octavia Spencer (her third nomination ties with Viola Davis for most for a black actress). Despite its lack of a SAG ensemble nod, this charming fairy-tale romance between an Amphibian Man and a mute cleaning woman should dominate the Oscars March 4 with a Best Picture win.

Searchlight had a good day, as “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” considered a Best Picture frontrunner after its SAG Ensemble win, scored seven nominations including Picture, Oscar-winning Actress Frances McDormand (“Fargo”), and unusually,
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Oscars: Listen to 'Awards Chatter' Podcast Episodes With 19 Nominees

Oscars: Listen to 'Awards Chatter' Podcast Episodes With 19 Nominees
One of the great joys of my job at The Hollywood Reporter is getting to host our "Awards Chatter" podcast, for which I conduct in-depth interviews with awards hopefuls. Nineteen of our guests were recognized with Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, and you can find their names — and links to listen to their episodes — below. You also can click here to subscribe — for free — to the podcast, providing you with access to all of our past episodes and alerts about future ones.

Nominees...

Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), best supporting actress and best original song...
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