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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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Academy Rescinds Sound Mixing Oscar Nomination for Violation of Campaign Regulations

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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before Oscar Sunday, that Greg P. Russell’s sound mixing nomination for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” has been revoked for “violation of Academy campaign regulations.”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. »


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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, »


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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 Preview: Look for Joy in the Shadow of Trump

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This year’s Academy Awards should be about the movies. But they’re not — at least not to the degree the Oscars are usually about film. A shadow hangs over the Dolby Theatre on Oscar Sunday, as surely as it hung over the same venue when it was called the Kodak Theatre 14 years ago, and the U.S. invaded Iraq the week of the Oscars. In its first five weeks in office, the Donald Trump administration has been so hostile to the values that Hollywood (yes, liberal Hollywood) holds dear, and the entertainment industry has become so politicized, that the questions going. »


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Will the Oscars Add Bill Paxton to the In Memoriam Film?

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Bill Paxton, who died on Saturday at the age of 61, will probably be memorialized in some way at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. But it’s a stretch to think that he’ll appear in the show’s In Memoriam segment, which in a typical year would have been completed weeks ago. The Academy, which gives a list of names to include in the segment to the show’s producers, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. But typically, the segment consists of members of the film community who have died during the 12 months that begin on February 1 of the. »


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James Cameron on Bill Paxton: 'Great Actor, and a Creative Dynamo'

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James Cameron, who frequently cast Bill Paxton in the films he directed, has penned a tribute to the late actor following Paxton's death at the age of 61.

In a statement to Vanity Fair, Cameron wrote, "The world is a lesser place for his passing, and I will profoundly miss him."

"I've been reeling from this for the past half hour, trying to wrap my mind and heart around it. Bill leaves such a void. He and I were close friends for 36 years since we met on the set of a Roger Corman ultra-low budget movie. »


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Trump Hits Record Disapproval Rating of Any Newly-Inaugurated President

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Donald Trump’s approval rating has hit a record low, not just for his own presidency, but a record low for any newly inaugurated commander-in-chief, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. While 48 percent disapprove of his performance thus far (compared to 44 percent approval), 32 percent of those polled believe that his first 30 days in office demonstrate that he’s not up to the job of Potus. The president’s personal favorability rating (43 percent positive and 47 percent negative) is stable when compared to previous polls, as are his net positive scores on decisiveness, ability to “get things »


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Bill Paxton’s 10 Most Famous Roles, From ‘Aliens’ to ‘Titanic’ (Photos)

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Bill Paxton, action star and one of James Cameron’s regular collaborators, has passed away at the age of 61. Paxton was one of the big action stars of the ’80s and ’90s and continued to take on gun-toting roles right up to his death. These are the roles he will be most remembered for. “Terminator” (1984) One of Paxton’s earliest appearances was as a spiky-haired punk in “Terminator” who ended up being one of the first on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s kill list. This appearance started a long relationship between Paxton and Cameron that would continue for 13 years. “Commando” (1985) The following year, »


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Hollywood Reacts to Bill Paxton’s Death: ‘Wonderful Man’ With a ‘Huge Heart’

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As Hollywood prepares to honor the best in film at the Academy Awards, they were met this morning with sad news: Bill Paxton, who starred in Oscar-winning films like “Aliens,” “Apollo 13,” and “Titanic,” passed away at age 61. Fans and fellow actors alike took to social media to express their condolences to Paxton’s family and to reminisce on their memories of him. “The Walking Dead” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who co-starred with Paxton on the History Channel mini-series “Texas Rising,” spoke fondly of him. Other celebrities who honored Paxton included Aaron Paul Bill Paxton was simply one of the greatest. »


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Hollywood Reacts to Bill Paxton’s Death: ‘Heaven Just Got a Lot More Fun’

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News of actor Bill Paxton’s surprising death after heart surgery swept the entertainment industry on Oscar morning. The actor, who was 61, appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, including “Big Love,” “Aliens,” “Titanic” and “Twister.”

Gale Anne Hurd, who worked with him on films including “Aliens” and “The Terminator,” said “Heaven just got a lot more fun with you in residence.”

I always knew you were an angel, Bill. Heaven just got a lot more fun with you in residence. Love you always… #Rip #BillPaxton https://t.co/gVV2SskfYg

Gale Anne Hurd (@GunnerGale) February 26, 2017

Arnold Schwarzenegger said “he was best at being Bill.”

Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill – a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family.

Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 26, 2017

My fave thing about Bill Paxton was he saw his wife Louise on a London bus 30 yrs ago & never let her »


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Hollywood Reacts to Bill Paxton’s Death: ‘Heaven Just Got a Lot More Fun’

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News of actor Bill Paxton’s surprising death after heart surgery swept the entertainment industry on Oscar morning. The actor, who was 61, appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, including “Big Love,” “Aliens,” “Titanic” and “Twister.”

Gale Anne Hurd, who worked with him on films including “Aliens” and “The Terminator,” said “Heaven just got a lot more fun with you in residence.”

I always knew you were an angel, Bill. Heaven just got a lot more fun with you in residence. Love you always… #Rip #BillPaxton https://t.co/gVV2SskfYg

Gale Anne Hurd (@GunnerGale) February 26, 2017

Arnold Schwarzenegger said “he was best at being Bill.”

Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill – a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family.

Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 26, 2017

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‘The Americans’ Season 5 New York Premiere: Russia Looms Large Over Soviet Spy Drama

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Several series have taken on a different pallor in light of recent events: “24: Legacy” and its depiction of Muslim terrorists infiltrating the United States have come under fire after the President signed an executive order banning the entry of travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries in late January. Dustin Lance Black‘s Lgbt rights miniseries “When We Rise,” debuting Monday on ABC, feels more timely than even Black anticipated, after President Trump’s cabinet rolled back the Obama administration’s guidelines on allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that match their gender identification.

Yet it’s “The Americans” that might take the prize for biggest surprise when it comes to unintentional timeliness. The Cold War series, at its core about sleeper Kgb agents Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) Jennings and the FBI agent across the street (Noah Emmerich), had felt like a time capsule right until rumors began flying of Russian interference in the »


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Bill Paxton Witnessed JFK's Final Public Speech in Person

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Bill Paxton had an illustrious career of acting, but there was something else unique about him: He saw President John F. Kennedy give his final speech to the public on the day he was assassinated. 

Paxton, known for his numerous roles in blockbusters, like Aliens, Titanic and Twister, died Sunday. He was 61.

Paxton, a Fort Worth, Texas native, begged his father to take him and his brother to see JFK speak on that fateful day in Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963. 

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Apple Will Win Oscar Within Five Years, Analyst Predicts

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And the winner is…Apple!?

That’s the long-term Oscar prediction from Gene Munster, a Wall Street analyst-turned-venture capitalist famous–or maybe infamous–for his great expectations for the tech giant.

Munster not only envisions Apple collecting a statuette or two in not-so-distant future, but massive spending on original content on par with what Amazon and Netflix are already committing.

“We think Apple will win an Oscar in the next five years,” Munster wrote Friday on a research note issued by his company, Loup Ventures. “That’s how long it will take for Apple to scale its original content spend from less than $200 million today to $5-7 billion.”

Munster explains that the rationale for Apple to get into the movie business is the need for exclusive original content to drive user engagement within its broader ecosystem and increase revenues to its business’s Services division, which contains iTunes and Apple Music. »


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Oscars: 'Night Before' Party Raises $5 Million to Benefit Mptf

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The annual "Night Before" party raised a total of $5 million on Saturday night to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

More than $75 million has been raised since the event, the brainchild of DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, was launched 15 years ago. Funds raised during the party — one of Hollywood's glitziest gatherings — are used to support Mptf, which assists elderly members of the Hollywood community.

Leonardo DiCaprio, George and Amal Clooney, Denzel and Pauletta Washington and Emma Stone were among the members of the 2017 host committee members for this year's event, which was held »


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Oscars: Cheat sheet to the 2017 Academy Awards telecast

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The roster of notables who will appear on Sunday’s Oscars is now up to 38, including all four of last year’s acting winners: leads Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) and Brie Larson (“Room”) as well as supporting players Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) and Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”). Jimmy Kimmel hosts this 89th annual edition of the Academy Awards beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pt/8:30 […] »


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Donald Trump Slams New York Times for ‘Truth’ Ad to Air During Oscars (Video)

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President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on the New York Times on Sunday, tweeting about the 30-second TV commercial the paper plans to air during the Academy Awards. “For the first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation,” the president wrote on his personal Twitter feed. “Try reporting accurately & fairly!” The Times has had other TV promotional campaigns but this marks the first time it has placed an ad during the Oscar telecast, which airs on ABC Sunday night. Also Read: Trump Called 'Scared Little B-tch' for Skipping White House Correspondents. »


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Oscars: Showers May Dampen Academy Awards Red Carpet

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Along with accolades for “La La Land” and criticism of President Trump, Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards ceremony has another strong possibility  — it will probably be drizzling outside.Host Jimmy Kimmel will kick off the show at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

The National Weather Service is predicting showers with an 80% chance of precipitation and temperatures in the 50s in the afternoon. The chance of showers will decline to 40% in the evening. But gowns should remain dry — Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Dolby Theatre is tented to protect the walkway where nominees and other notables will be photographed heading into the biggest night of the year for movies.

The exuberant “La La Land,” starring Emma Stone as a struggling actress and Ryan Gosling as a jazz musician, received 14 nominations on Jan. 24, matching “All About Eve” and “Titanic” for the most in Oscar history. Set in an idealized Los Angeles, »


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Oscars rescind nomination #17 for sound mixer Greg P. Russell after campaign violation

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We weren’t predicting that 16-time also-ran Greg P. Russell would finally win an Oscar this year as part of the sound mixing team that worked on “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” And he certainly won’t now with Saturday’s announcement by the academy that his nomination has been revoked. Turns out Russell called up fellow members of […] »


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