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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
‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Neil Fingleton Dies: UK’s Tallest Man Was 36
English actor and basketball player Neil Fingleton has died. Named Britain's tallest man in 2007, Fingleton turned professional actor with roles in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and in 2013's 47 Ronin. In what is his best-known turn, he played Mag the Mighty in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. A rep for the actor could not confirm how Fingleton died, although multiple reports say he suffered heart failure on Saturday. He was 36. A statement posted to the Tall Persons Club group… »
TV Review: Oscars Celebrate Cinema Through the Messy Power of Live Television
Just when you think the Oscars might be boring — a post-midnight twist makes them worth staying up for.
After one of the more pleasant if predictable runs of show in recent Oscars history, a complete best picture upset stunned at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards, as “La La Land” — in the process of receiving the final and most prestigious Oscar of the night onstage — was interrupted by the revelation that the award in fact had been given to breakout “Moonlight.”
It’s an incredible story of “Moonlight,” a film that slowly caught the attention of a mainstream audience through the awards circuit and now has entered a hallowed canon of films. It’s less of one for the producers “La La Land” — which, while still winners of six other Oscars, were forced to make way for another film in the middle of their own acceptance speeches.
But that final-seconds revelation, and »
- Sonia Saraiya
Oscars TV Review: Stellar Show Spoiled By Best Picture Fiasco
An unprecedented Best Picture mistake tonight took the shine off one of the best Oscars in recent years. The 89th Academy Awards initially handed the big win to La La Land when Moonlight was the actual victor. “This is very unfortunate what happened,” said host Jimmy Kimmel after the fiasco from a packed stage at the Dolby Theatre to a shocked crowd in front of him and millions watching on TV. “Personally I blame Steve Harvey for this,” he added to tight laughs in a… »
Oscars 2017: The 21 Best, Worst and Most Uncomfortable Moments
Denzel Washington officiating a wedding. Seth Rogen breaking into an impromptu Hamilton performance. Oh, and La La Land incorrectly being named Best Picture. Those were just a few of the truly bizarre things that took place at the 89th Annual Academy Awards.
VideosOscars 2017 Stunner: La La Land Mistakenly Named Best Picture; Moonlight Actual Winner
Late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel managed to do a decent job as Oscars host — which, if you haven’t repressed all memories of James Franco and Anne Hathaway’s 2011 hosting stint, you’ll know is no small feat. Sure, we could’ve done without his tired banter with frenemy Matt Damon, »
Oscars 2017 Stunner: La La Land Mistakenly Named Best Picture; Moonlight Actual Winner
In a stunning and unprecedented gaffe, La La Land was incorrectly named Best Picture by co-presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway at Sunday’s 89th annual Academy Awards instead of the actual winner, Moonlight.
— Good Morning America (@Gma) February 27, 2017
The glitch was discovered shortly after Team La La Land had taken to the stage to accept the trophy, prompting one of the movie’s producers, Jordan Horowitz, to walk to the microphone and declare Moonlight the true victor. »
The 89th Academy Awards Show Review: Jimmy Kimmel Slays on a Shocking, Joyous Oscar Night — Save Two Big Bombs
Moment of truth: The Oscars will always feel long. It’s a three-plus hour awards show built around handing out trophies and listening to speeches. It’s going to drag at times, and the 89th Academy Awards ran way over time. Knowing that this is expected — that the show tends to drag no matter what the host does — only makes Jimmy Kimmel and the producers’ decision to open the show as they did all the more ballsy.
From the moment Justin Timberlake broke into his extremely catchy nominated song, we, indeed, could not fight the feeling. And that feeling was utter exuberance.
And while it kept the feeling flush for a while, the uncontrollable building blocks of the Oscars eventually brought things back down to earth. The speeches weren’t all that surprising, save for a few, and the winners weren’t particularly shocking in the major categories — except »
- Ben Travers
Oscars: La La Land 'Wins' Best Picture
Update: Not So fast — Moonlight was the winner!
The Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone song-and-dance drama was incorrectly named best picture of the year Sunday at the 89th annual Academy Awards. Moonlight was the actual winner. (Click here for the full story.)
La La Land entered the ceremony with a leading 14 nominations, »
Oscars 2017: Emma Stone Wins Best Actress for La La Land
A musical dreamer, a civil rights icon, a fashionable First Lady, a vengeful businesswoman and a talentless “singer” faced off Sunday for one of the Oscars‘ most coveted honors.
Five of Hollywood’s finest actresses — Emma Stone (La La Land), Ruth Negga (Loving), Natalie Portman (Jackie), Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) — were nominated for Best Actress at the 89th Academy Awards. But only one would hear her name announced by presenter Leonardo DiCaprio, and that actress turned out to be… Stone!
Emma Stone gives emotional #Oscars »
10 Times Snoop Dogg Went All in With his Outfits
You see this picture up top? For some reason it made the front page of Reddit. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never seen it before and think it’s far and away one of the best pictures of Snoop Dogg that I’ve ever seen. However, in the close to 30 years that Snoop Dogg has been gracing us with his presence both in public and in the projects he performs in, just a little cowboy hat and a gold chain is hardly his best work from an aesthetic perspective. Over the years Snoop has adaptive his image to well, nothing. The
10 Times Snoop Dogg Went All in With his Outfits »
- Nat Berman
Oscars 2017: Casey Affleck Wins Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea
In the slow-burn drama about grief and forgiveness, Affleck plays a man who looks after his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
John Legend Brings La La Land to the Oscars — Watch and Grade His Medley
Videos Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi Skips Awards in Protest of President Trump’s Travel Ban — Watch Full Statement
During Sunday’s Oscars, Legend performed “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars” — originally sung by Stone and Gosling, respectively — the numbers from La La Land nominated for Best Original Song:
watch @johnlegend charm the #Oscars with a song from #Lalaland pic.twitter.com/5NntBU3grY
— The Daily Dot (@dailydot) February 27, 2017
Though it would have been nice to see Stone and Gosling perform their tracks live, »
Kimmel Tweets To Donald Trump During Oscars
“Were more than two hours into the show, and Donald Trump has not tweeted at us once. I’m starting to get worried about him,” Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel tells the Dolby audience and viewers at home. Hold on a second,” he adds as he types into his smartphone. Hey @realDonaldTrump u up? — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017 He adds: “#Merylsayshi”… »
Denzel Washington ‘Marries’ a Couple at the Oscars
Well, thanks to Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel and his “Star Tours” sketch, one couple was ‘married’ by Denzel Washington and kissed in front of a star-studded Dolby Theatre (not to mention the millions watching at home).
The bit, orchestrated by Kimmel, involved a group of unsuspecting Hollywood tourists who were let into the Dolby during the Oscars. Kimmel brought the group to the front of the theater with Gary and his fiancee Vicky leading the pack.
“I now pronounce you husband and wife,” Washington said as he was awkwardly sandwiched between the couple. “Kiss the bride,” Washington then said before handing his mic back to Kimmel with a ‘my work here is done’ look on his face.
Kimmel was quick to authenticate the wedding. “He’s Denzel, so it’s legal,” the »
- Will Thorne
Beastie Boys “So What’cha Want” Gets a Muppet Mashup
To be honest I’m still having a very hard time getting over the fact that Bill Paxton died today. I didn’t know the man but I just kind of felt like I did, you know? He was one of those actors that’s been with us for such a long time and it’s like he was right there with you in every movie he appeared in. The second I finished writing about his death I decided to go on Facebook to get my mind off of it. What did I find? I found this mashup video of The Beastie Boys hit
Beastie Boys “So What’cha Want” Gets a Muppet Mashup »
- Nat Berman
Jimmy Kimmel Taunts Donald Trump In Political Oscars Opening Monologue – Watch
Updated with video: Jimmy Kimmel wasted no time getting political as he opened this year’s Academy Awards. “This broadcast Is being watched live by millions of Americans and around the world in more than 225 countries that now hate us. And I think that is an amazing thing,” the Oscars host gushed after Justin Timberlake’s opening performance number. “Maybe this is not a popular thing to say, but I want to say thank you to Donald Trump,” Kimmel continued, giving viewers a… »
Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi Skips Awards in Protest of President Trump's Travel Ban — Watch Full Statement
One of the biggest moments at the 89th Academy Awards came courtesy of someone who wasn’t even there.
The Salesman‘s writer-director Asghar Farhadi (pictured above at the 2014 Oscars) won the award for Best Foreign Language Film, but chose not to attend the event in protest of President Donald Trump’s recent travel ban against several nations, including Farhadi’s home country of Iran.
VideosNew York Times Ad Vows to Fight Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ With Truth
Instead, the following statement was read on his behalf:
It’s a »
‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Two Characters Arrive at a Moral Crossroads in ‘Hostiles and Calamities’
Whose Episode Is It?
If you were worried that “The Walking Dead” was getting a bit too absurd in the back half of Season 7, then worry no more, since we’re back at the main Savior compound this week to check in on Eugene and Dwight. Each man is assessing his place in the Savior hierarchy, as Dwight must reckon with Daryl and Sherry’s escape and what that means for him, while Eugene finds that life with the Saviors might not be as bad as he feared. It’s strong parallel storytelling, making “Hostiles and Calamities” another solid entry in this half-season. It’s a grim episode, but it’s grimness with purpose.
A Shred of Humanity
We’ll start with Dwight, who discovers that Daryl has escaped and what’s worse, he had help from Dwight’s ex-wife, »
- Jeff Stone
The Walking Dead Recap: In a Pickle
If Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead had revealed that things had gone badly for Eugene at the Sanctuary, nobody would have been surprised, right? But was anyone not shocked when it appeared that, instead, he himself had gone bad? Is this the beginning of the “treachery from people we trust” that we were forewarned was coming? Would Abraham’s Bff really betray Alexandria for access to video games and a jar of gherkins? Or is he merely snowing Negan & Co.? Read on, then we’ll discuss in the comments section.
‘The Walking Dead’ Star on Eugene’s Negan Moment (Spoilers)
Read no further if you haven’t seen Sunday’s “The Walking Dead.” Spoilers ahead…
“I’m Negan.” Those words, spoken by Eugene (Josh McDermitt) even before Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) had finished asking him the question “Who are you?” may have come as a bit of a shock to viewers who had grown to respect the character. Too, the seeming defection of Eugene might wind up being a blow to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his efforts to raise an army to defeat Negan and his Saviors once and for all. McDermitt called up Variety to explain Eugene selling out.
Eugene has seen what Negan does — Negan killed his friends. Why is he so eager to assimilate?
When he was making that bullet for Rosita, he was trying to slow that process: “Someone’s gonna get hurt and just because you’re the one willing to die doesn’t mean you’re the one that happens to »
- Oriana Schwindt
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