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Bill Paxton, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Big Love’ Star, Dies at 61

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Bill Paxton, the versatile actor who appeared in films including “Aliens” and “Titanic” and played a polygamist on HBO’s “Big Love,” has died from complications following heart surgery. He was 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

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Joseph Wapner, ‘People’s Court’ Judge, Dies at 97 (Report)

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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

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

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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

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Hollywood Mourns Bill Paxton's Death

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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."


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Oscars 2017: 7 Best Jokes From Jimmy Kimmel’s Opening Monologue

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Jimmy Kimmel opened the Oscars telecast on Sunday with a few friendly jabs at his archnemesis Matt Damon and other nominees like “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle. Kimmel said he was going to finally bury the hatchet with Damon, saying, “I’ve known Matt for a long time now. When I first met Matt, I was the fat one.” He also poked fun at Chazelle’s young age, telling the audience, “Tonight is very important for Damien. If he wins tonight he’ll be able to go to any college he wants.” Also Read: Oscars 2017: The Complete List of Winners and Nominees (Updating. »

- Joe Otterson

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China’s Bona Places Order for 30 IMAX Screens

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

Bona Film Group has placed an order for 30 new IMAX screens to be installed in its theaters around China. They will be delivered at the rate of five per year until 2022.

The deal is in addition to Bona’s current five IMAX theaters in operation and construction. “Today’s agreement is a direct result of the tremendous success of our existing IMAX theatres and IMAX film releases,” said Yu Dong, Bona’s founder and chairman.

China is now the biggest market for giant screen group, and its IMAX China subsidiary has its own share listing. The unit last week revealed a drop in profits which it said reflected a weak crop of films and the upfront cost of opening more than 100 new theaters. At the end of 2016 the number of theaters in commercial operation had leaped from 290 to 407. Excluding the latest order from Bona, IMAX last week revealed an order »

- Patrick Frater

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Oscars: Mahershala Ali Wins for ‘Moonlight,’ Jimmy Kimmel Pokes Fun at Trump

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Mahershala Ali picked up the first award of the 89th Academy Awards for his work as a sympathetic drug dealer in “Moonlight.” In an emotional speech, Ali thanked his acting teachers, director Barry Jenkins, and paid tribute to his newborn daughter.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Suicide Squad” picked up awards for costume design and makeup, respectively.

La La Land” is widely expected to dominate the annual celebration of the best of the film world. The musical tribute to Los Angeles has been a commercial smash, charming audiences and critics alike with its big hearted romance and unabashed celebration of artists and dreamers. It comes into the Academy Awards with a leading 14 nominations, tying the record set by “Titanic” and “All About Eve.”

The optimism that underlies “La La Land” stands in stark contrast with the politically charged timbre of the moment. This year’s awards show »

- Brent Lang

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Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Matt Damon for ‘Chinese Ponytail Movie’ in Oscar Opener

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Jimmy Kimmel’s feud with Matt Damon has gone on for many, many years — and the Oscars host didn’t shy away from taking a dig at Damon at the ceremony on Sunday, either. “I’ve known Matt for a long time now,” Kimmel said during his opening monologue. “I’ve known him so long, when I first met Matt I was the fat one. We’ve had problems, he’s a selfish person — those who’s worked with him know this. But he did something unselfish and I want to commend him for it.” He proceeded to explain that »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Watch Justin Timberlake's Dazzling 2017 Oscars Performance

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Justin Timberlake opened the 2017 Academy Awards with a euphoric performance of his Oscar-nominated hit "Can't Stop the Feeling." 

Timberlake, in his best suit and tie, delivered the Trolls single as he sauntered down the aisles of the Dolby Theatre and took the stage, where he was joined by a slew of sharp-dressed dancers. The musician delivered the hit with a few special twists, notably tacking on a delightful cover of Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" at the end. 

"I know you know this, Denzel," Timberlake cracked to Denzel Washington, as »

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Justin Timberlake Opens Oscars With ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ From ‘Trolls’

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Justin Timberlake opened the 89th Academy Awards by putting the good soul in the crowd’s feet with a performance of “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

Audience members, including Timberlake’s wife Jessica Biel, got in on the action, clapping along to the Timberlake hit from the animated film “Trolls.” He also sang a line from Bill Withers’ famous tune “Lovely Day” before introducing Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel.

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“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” from DreamWorks’ “Trolls,” is up for best original song at this year’s ceremony, and is one of five nominated songs that will be performed live during the show. Lin-Manuel Miranda will perform “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” in a duet with Auli’i Cravalho; Sting will perform “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”; and John Legend »

- Sarah Ahern

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15 Times Busy Philipps Was Michelle Williams’ Red Carpet Date (Photos)

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15 Times Busy Philipps Was Michelle WilliamsRed Carpet Date (Photos) The former “Dawson’s Creek” stars tend to stick together at awards shows Oscar nominee Michelle Williams showed up to the 89th Academy Awards with her bestie, former “Dawson’s Creek” co-star, Busy Philipps in  tow. It’s no secret that the two stars frequent red carpet events together. Click through to take a look back at the awards shows where they’ve been spotted over the past 10 years. The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29 The 74th Golden Globe Awards in early 2017 Louis Vuitton’s special screening »

- Meriah Doty

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Oscars 2017 live blog: Let’s dish the best, worst and craziest moments

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Gold Derby editors and contributors can’t stifle what we think of every moment of the 2017 Academy Awards. Here are live musings on the best, worst and craziest moments of this free-wheeling kudofest from Chris Beachum, Sam Eckmann, Charles BrightDavid Buchanan, Marcus Dixon, Zach Laws, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Tom O’Brien, Tony RuizPaul Sheehan, Amanda Spears, and myself. Sign up to get […] »

- Matt Noble

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Oscars 2017: The Complete List of Winners and Nominees (Updating Live)

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The 89th annual Oscars are officially underway, and Mahershala Ali took home the night’s first statuette. Find a list below of every person and each film up for an Academy Award tonight — TheWrap will update this post with winners in real-time. “La La Land” leads the way with a record-tying (“Titanic,” “All About Eve”) 14 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. The Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone movie will battle a deep group for the evening’s top award, including “Arrival,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight. »

- Tony Maglio

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Oscars 2017: Behind the Scenes with Justin Timberlake, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More

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The Academy Awards isn’t all glitz and glam, gold statues and diamond baubles. Ok, it is, but it’s also a whole lot of work. Primping hair and perfecting makeup, getting taped into that plunging neckline to prevent embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions, practicing the long walk in those god-awful high heels, nailing the choreography and, yes, even doing the laundry are all part of a typical Oscar morning in Hollywood. Stars shared how their time was spent as the hours closed in on the curtain raising for the 89th Academy Awards. From Justin Timberlake to Lin-Manuel Miranda to Ellen DeGeneres, »

- Rosemary Rossi

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China Box Office: ‘Resident Evil’ Dominates with $91 Million Ahead of ‘Assassin’s Creed’

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Benefitting from one of the widest releases of all time in China, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” smashed its way to the top of the Chinese weekend box office. Its three-day total was $91.2 million, according to local data provider Ent Group, and $94.3 million according to Sony Pictures Releasing International.

The film opened on Friday with a $30.4 million score that already eclipsed its North American total of $26.5 million. It kept its lead with $35.7 million on Saturday and $25.1 million on Sunday, according to Ent Group. It played some 110,000 screenings on Friday. That was expanded to 120,000 on the following two days.

The Screen Gems/Constantin film was released in China by China Film Corp and Huaxia Distribution for Constantin Film’s local partner Leomus Pictures. “Throughout the whole course, Leomus have demonstrated professional understanding about the market, the audience and the IP, and came up with a very solid marketing & distribution plan that »

- Patrick Frater

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Halle Berry’s Wild Hair at Oscars Divides Twitter: ‘Vintage Whitney’ or ‘Bride of Frankenstein’?

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Halle Berry has captured the Internet’s attention from the Academy Awards red carpet. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on perspective. Berry, still the only black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress, appeared on the red carpet with sporting a big, curly hair-do. Twitter immediately reacted to the choice, apparently either loving the look or hating it. Many immediately likened it to hair looks worn by pop music legend Whitney Houston. There were plenty of people who immediately took to the Internet to talk about how much they loved Berry’s look — which is in. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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Why Isn’t Best Actress Nominee Natalie Portman at the Oscars?

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If Natalie Portman ends up winning the Best Actress Oscar tonight for her turn as Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie,” she won’t be there to pick it up in person. Portman is skipping the 2017 Oscars because she is pregnant. “Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards,” Portman said in a statement released to media late last week. “I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends.” Also Read: Oscars: Guide to Hollywood's Top Viewing Parties (Updating) Portman and her husband, »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Watch ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub Resurface at Oscars 2017 Red Carpet (Video)

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It didn’t take long for fictional Best Picture contender “Hidden Fences” to pop up at the Oscars 2017 red carpet. During a discussion about diversity at this year’s awards ceremony, People Magazine editor and host of ABC’s red carpet pre-show Jess Cagle said, “You’ve got a record number of black actors nominated this year and you’ve also got three incredible documentaries about the African-American experience. Part of that is because of a change in rules in the Academy membership. A change in the membership.” “But also you just happen to have these extraordinary movies like »

- Joe Otterson

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Watch ‘Hamilton’ Cast Serenade Lin-Manuel Miranda on Oscar Red Carpet (Video)

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Oscar nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda got some musical well wishes from the cast of “Hamilton” ahead of the 89th Academy Awards ceremony. Working the red carpet on Sunday, Miranda chatted up E!’s Ryan Seacrest outside Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre — where Miranda will compete for Best Original Song for “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana.” Seacrest had a surprise up his sleeve for Miranda — a recording of some of his fellow “Hamilton” players performing his nominated song. Also Read: Lin-Manuel Miranda Says He Wants to Return to 'Hamilton' in Chicago An emotional Miranda watched the brief performance in one of E! »

- Matt Donnelly

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Stars Show Support for Aclu, Remember Trayvon Martin Ahead of Oscars

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Many have predicted that the 2017 Oscars would be one of the most politically charged ceremonies in Academy Awards history, and the commentary kicked off before a single speech has been made.

As the first few stars stepped out onto the red carpet, it became immediately obvious that several had chosen to adorn their flowing dresses and smart tuxedos with a large blue Aclu ribbon.

Turns out the colorful accessory is part of the “Stand With Aclu” campaign, an initiative which, according to the organization, gives artists a chance “to express their support for the rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution to everyone in the United States.”


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Best supporting actress nominee Ruth Negga, who was one the first to appear on the carpet, drew attention to the aforementioned ribbon which she wore over her red Maison Valentino dress.

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- Will Thorne

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