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

18 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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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Academy Rescinds Sound Mixing Oscar Nomination for Violation of Campaign Regulations

16 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy announced on Saturday, the day before Oscar Sunday, that Greg P. Russell’s sound mixing nomination for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” has been revoked for “violation of Academy campaign regulations.” Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth remain sound mixing nominees for the film.

“The decision was prompted by the discovery that Russell had called his fellow members of the Sound Branch during the nominations phase to make them aware of his work on the film, in direct violation of a campaign regulation that prohibits telephone lobbying,” the release said.


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“The Board of Governors’ decision to rescind Mr. Russell’s nomination was made after careful consideration,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “The Academy takes very seriously the Oscars voting process and anything – no matter how well-intentioned – that may undermine the integrity of that process. »

- Seth Kelley

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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Dominates Friday With $10.8 Million

25 February 2017 7:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” continued its strong box office opening run on Friday, earning $10.8 million at 2,781 locations. Its weekend total is now estimated at $28.5 million, and it should easily win the weekend.

The same, however, can not be said for Lionsgate Premiere’s “Rock Dog” and Open Road’s “Collide.” The former made $888,000 on Friday from 2,077 theaters, bringing its weekend estimate to $3.5 million, while the latter made $538,000 from 2,045 locations and is eyeing a $1.5 million opening weekend.


Playback: Jordan Peele on ‘Get Out’ and Art’s Role Under a Trump Regime

Get Out,” from Universal and Blumhouse, is the feature directorial debut for Peele, who is best known for the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” The horror-thriller, about an interracial couple who visit the girlfriend’s white parents at their mysterious and threatening estate, stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford. Like several of Blumhouse’s »

- Seth Kelley

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2017 Independent Spirit Awards: The Best Things Jeff Nichols, Kirsten Johnson, Matt Ross and More Told Us From the Blue Carpet

16 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the annual cluster of late-season awards shows, the Film Independent Spirit Awards always ends up as a unique gathering. With a clear view of the water from the beach in Santa Monica, there’s definitely a more relaxed air, even as the general awards festivities near their fever pitch.

With that in mind, the Independent Spirits arrivals, on an infamous blue carpet, become a more jaunty affair. More of a big late-morning chat than a twilight press blitz, it gives the filmmakers and performers a chance to share some light-hearted thoughts that other pre-show traditions might not afford.

Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List — Updating Live

So, here, as per annual tradition, here are our favorite dispatches from “the blue carpet,” the best things said to IndieWire before this year’s Indie Spirits.

Ira Sachs, director of “Little Men

“There’s a sense of affirmation that the struggle was received appreciatively. »

- Steve Greene

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Natalie Portman Will Not Attend Oscars, Spirit Awards Due to Pregnancy

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Natalie Portman will miss the 2017 Oscars on Sunday and the Spirit Awards the day prior because of her pregnancy, according to a statement acquired by Variety.

“Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards,” Portman wrote. “I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends.”

Portman is nominated for best female lead at the Spirit Awards for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie.” The film is also up for best feature and editing. The same role, which has earned the actress rave reviews, also earned Portman a nomination for best actress at the Oscars. “Jackie” is also nominated for score and costume design.

Jackie” is Portman’s third Oscar nomination. She won the best actress award in »

- Seth Kelley

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Razzie Awards: 'Batman v Superman,' 'Hillary's America' Top Winners

25 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dominated the 37th annual satirical awards show. The two films combined to "win" in every category except for worst supporting actress, which went to Kristen Wiig for her botoxed fashionista character in Zoolander No. 2.

Director Dinesh D'Souza's anti-Hillary Clinton film took home four Razzies, including worst picture, beating out Batman v Superman, Gods of Egypt, Bad Grandpa, Zoolander No. 2 and Independence Day: Resurgence. D'Souza also earned himself personal honors for worst director and worst actor - D'Souza played himself in the film. D'Souza was a good sport about his "win", »

- Kimberly Nordyke ,Patrick Shanley

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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Scores Monster $30.5 Million Opening

30 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 onto the Hollywood 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, who is 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 both movies.

Get Out” benefited from being embraced by reviewers, earning a rare 100% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, »

- Brent Lang

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

36 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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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Oscars: All-day guide to TV coverage

46 minutes ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Oscars don’t start until 5:30 p.m. Pt/8:30 p.m. Et but that doesn’t mean you have to wait till then to start enjoying Hollywood’s biggest day of the year. Still stuck on what to predict will win at this year’s Academy Awards? Be sure to join us on the home page beginning at 3:00 p.m. […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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See John Mulaney, Nick Kroll Rip on Trump, Mel Gibson in Spirit Awards Monologue

1 hour ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Oh, Hello comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll opened the 32nd Spirit Awards with a monologue that poked fun at Mel Gibson, Donald Trump and Steve Bannon.

"We like to think of these awards as the ones without Mel Gibson," Kroll said of the Oscar-nominated Hacksaw Ridge director. "People wondered: how long would it take Hollywood to forgive someone for anti-Semitic, racist hate speech?' The answer: Eight years!"

Mulaney added, "So look out for the 2024 Oscars, when the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Mr. Steve Bannon."

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How to Watch the 2017 Oscars Red Carpet Live Online

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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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Oscars: What time does the show start, who will win, who hosts?

5 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The 89th annual Academy Awards air live nationwide on Sunday, February 26 from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood beginning at 8:30 p.m. Et/5:30 p.m. Pt on ABC. The ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel (“Jimmy Kimmel Live”). Sign up to get Gold Derby’s free newsletter with experts’ latest predictions and breaking news Be sure to follow us on Twitter @goldderby for all […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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Animation Maestro Hayao Miyazaki Back at Work on Feature (Reports)

10 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Japanese media has reported a comment by veteran Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki that studio maestro Hayao Miyazaki is working on a new feature.

Suzuki spoke at an event in Los Angeles on Friday for the Michael Dudok de Wit Oscar-nominated animation “The Red Turtle,” on which Ghibli was a production partner. Suzuki said that Miyazaki is “hard at work” on the film, plunging in without a written script.

The 76-year-old Miyazaki officially announced his retirement in September of 2014, but when the studio became involved in the production of “The Red Turtle,” Suzuki noted, “He didn’t like it that someone else was making a film at Ghibli.” He started working on a proposal for a new feature that he presented to Suzuki last July. The film may be a longer version of “Boro the Caterpillar,” a CGI animated short that Miyazaki was making for screenings at the Ghibli museum in Tokyo, »

- Mark Schilling

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

13 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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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Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Dominates En Route to the Oscars

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Four of the last five Film Independent Spirit Award winners for best feature have gone on to secure the best picture Oscar. But that wasn’t always the status quo. Rather, it’s indicative of the Academy Awards’ slow evolution into something resembling the Spirits.

The last best feature Spirit winner to sit out the Oscars’ top race was “The Wrestler” in 2008, which was notably the last time the Academy’s best picture field was limited to five nominees. Since that shift, every Spirit champ has also been Oscar-nominated for best picture (some fudged in thanks to softly governed budgetary limitations).

Why? You have to go back to that very critical Academy decision eight years ago, expanding the best picture field first to 10 nominees, then to anywhere from five to 10 depending on how Byzantine math unfolds. It was a move meant to open the door to popular films, but instead »

- Kristopher Tapley

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

13 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“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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‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake: Maren Ade Praises Jack Nicholson, Says She Will ‘Definitely Not Be Involved’

14 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After winning a Spirit Award for best international film, “Toni Erdmann” director Maren Ade stepped into the backstage press tent where the media was interested in asking her one question in particular: What does she think of the news that her film is set to be remade with Jack Nicholson touted to play a central role?

“It’s a bit funny because I always had the feeling that it was a movie that could be remade,” she said. “When we were shooting it was one of my favorite jokes to say, ‘It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect, it will be done better in the remake,'” Ade said.


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When asked if she would be a part of the remake, Ade dismissed rumors that she would be involved.

“That was a wrong announcement maybe, or it was misunderstood, I will definitely not be involved, »

- Will Thorne

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Isabelle Who…ppert? A Beginner’s Guide to the Oscar-Nominated ‘Elle’ Actress

14 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Isabelle who…?” It’s a question I’ve gotten more times than I’d care to count this Oscar season, as audiences discover the fearless star of Paul Verhoeven’s subversive French thriller “Elle” — who just added an Independent Spirit Award to the collection of accolades the role has earned. Still, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, if you count yourself among the cinephiles who are only now learning Mme Huppert’s name (pronounced “Hoo-pair”).

Just yesterday, the French film academy honored Huppert with her second César award — but even her compatriots are late to the party. She’s been nominated 16 times, but France takes the provocative — and extremely prolific — actress for granted. After all, she’s never not acting, whether it’s on stage (from “Medea” to “The Maids”) or screen (at a rate of two or three movies a year). When French audiences see “Elle,” in which »

- Peter Debruge

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

14 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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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