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Oscar Host Jimmy Kimmel Reveals His Secret Weapon for the Awards Show

1 hour ago | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the Oscars on Sunday, and even though he keeps telling himself it's no big deal, deep down inside he knows how much responsibility the job carries.

"I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it sometimes," Kimmel admitted on Good Morning America. "My blood pressure is through the roof."

Read: Jimmy Kimmel Says He's Going to Do 'Everything' He Can to Stop Matt Damon From Winning an Oscar This Year

Former hosts Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Chevy Chase, David Letterman, Johnny Carson and Bob Hope have left big shoes for Kimmel to fill.

"What I would've loved is if the last 14 Oscar hosts had bombed miserably," Kimmel joked. "That's my dream -- get in a time machine and go back and ruin the Oscars for all those hosts."

It also doesn't »

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Oscars: Chris Matthews on Why 'Hidden Figures' Was "Maybe the Most Important Movie of the Year" (Guest Column)

11 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

I went to the Oscars once when it was still at the Shrine Auditorium. I always rooted for the writers, the bearded guys. The guys who you knew were only going to get up there once in their whole life and worked 20 years or more to get there. If you’re not in the first three or four rows it’s not quite as glamorous. I mean look, you’re at the Oscars, but you don’t recognize anybody because their backs are to you. 

The two best guys were Bob Hope and Johnny Carson. There were hipper hosts, of course. But those »

- Chris Matthews

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How Oscar Producers ‘Groveled’ with Jimmy Kimmel to Host (And What They Used to Bribe Him!)

13 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Oscar producers Mike de Luca and Jennifer Todd aren’t above the occasional beg or bribe to ensure Hollywood’s biggest night stays that way.

This is the first time producing the Academy Awards for the veteran production execs, and both were determined to find the perfect host to kick off their maiden voyage into live TV.

“We were looking for someone in that Johnny Carson, Bob Hope mold,” De Luca tells People. “A true master of ceremonies, someone who could riff as the evening went on.”

With those qualifications in mind, De Luca says Jimmy Kimmel “fit the bill »

- Mike Miller

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Oscars: How Well Do the Cinema Audio Society Awards Predict the Best Sound Mixing Winner?

21 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

La La Land recently took home the top honors at the Cinema Audio Society Awards — but does that mean the best sound mixing Oscar is in the bag? After all, shouldn’t the folks who know make their career in sound mixing be the best ones to determine which film should ultimately go on to win at the subsequent Academy Awards? You might think so, but here’s a dive into why that’s not necessarily so.

The films nominated alongside Damien Chazelle’s modern musical in the best sound mixing category include Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Upon first look, you might recognize that La La Land doesn’t exactly fit in with these other films, as most of them are in the war genre. Hacksaw Ridge is set during World War II, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Oscars: A History of ‘Star Trek’ Films in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Category

18 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Star Trek Beyond’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Just as the Star Wars films has been a force to be reckoned with in the best visual effects category, the Star Trek films have done the same in the best makeup and hairstyling category. Over the course of Oscar history — or at least since the addition of this award — this sci-fi franchise has amassed four nominations in this category with one of those being a win and one being up in the air this year. Let’s take a look back and see if history can help us predict how Star Trek Beyond will perform.

Before jumping into the Star Trek goodness, let’s get a little background on the best makeup and hairstyling category, shall we? The category, which features multiple stages of nominating, was first present at the 1982 ceremony with a focus on makeup and didn’t »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Oscars 2017: Can ‘La La Land’ Win in the Best Sound Editing Category?

17 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Not only has La La Land made history by tying the record for the most Oscar nominations ever, but it also has the honor of being the first-ever musical nominated in the best sound editing category. With breaking boundaries for the genre, Damien Chazelle’s song-and-dance masterpiece could also become the first musical to actually win the trophy in this little-known category. Let’s do a deep dive and try to figure out how the Academy will react to La La Land in regards to this specific race.

As mentioned above, La La Land is breaking new ground for musicals in the best sound editing category and is up against Arrival, Deepwater Horizon, Hacksaw Ridge, and Sully. That being said, it’s also keeping with the trend of musicals being nominated in the best sound mixing category. While no musical »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Nick Cannon Quit 'Agt' Because NBC Treated Him Differently

15 February 2017 2:26 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Nick Cannon was "shaken to his core" and seriously questioned his value as an entertainer after NBC unleashed its fury on him, and that led him to the decision to quit "America's Got Talent." Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Nick was devastated when he learned the network was on the verge of firing him as host of 'Agt.' He looked at the long history of entertainers -- Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, David Letterman »

- TMZ Staff

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Oscars 2017: Which Country Nominated For Best Foreign Language Film Has the Best Track Record of Winning?

15 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

‘The Salesman’ (Courtesy: Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The one chance for the entire world to get involved with the Academy Awards has always been the best foreign language film category. Since any country can submit a film each year, though, that means the competition is intense. Let’s take a look at the countries that have snagged nominations this year and see how they’ve performed in the past in the hopes of shedding some light on what might happen come February 26.

This year the five nominees for best foreign language film are Land of Mine from Denmark, A Man Called Ove from Sweden, The Salesman from Iran, Tanna from Australia, and Toni Erdmann from Germany. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg lists The Salesman as the frontrunner in this category — obviously due to the film’s merits and also potentially due to its director, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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TV News Roundup: Matt Lintz Joins ‘The Alienist’ as Series Regular, ‘Cloak & Dagger’ Adds to Cast

14 February 2017 5:06 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV News Roundup, TNT’s “The Alienist” has added another series regular, Freeform has added more cast members to “Cloak & Dagger,” plus Oprah’s HBO Film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” gets a premiere date.

Casting

Matt Lintz has landed a series regular role, opposite Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans in TNT’s drama “The Alienist.”

The show is based on the novel of the same name by Caleb Carr. Described as a psychological thriller set in New York City in 1896, when a series of haunting, gruesome murders grips the city, newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper reporter John Moore (Evans) to conduct a secret investigation. Lintz will play the role of Steve, who is employed by Dr. Kreizler as a driver and errand boy. Hardened by a life on the streets after his mother abandoned him at »

- Dani Levy

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‘Crashing’ Review: Positivity Can’t Distinguish Pete Holmes’ Stand-Up Story From What We’ve Already Seen

14 February 2017 6:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Since stand-up comics guested on Johnny Carson, their stories have flooded our TV screens. “Seinfeld” took it to another level by making its main character a comedian and thus incorporating his actual stand-up routines into the show. “Louie” followed a similar basic narrative, but the formula was flipped upside down for cable. Now, television is awash with stand-ups playing a slightly altered version of themselves: Pamela Adlon on “Better Things,” Tig Notaro in “One Mississippi,” Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” Maria Bamford in “Lady Dynamite” — and that’s just a few of the scripted series. There are specials, live shows, competitions series and more, all, in one way or another, chronicling what it’s like to be a stand-up comedian.

So when a new series pops up on TV — much like a new stand-up at a hot club — it really needs to earn its place. “Crashing,” for all its »

- Ben Travers

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‘Crashing’ Review: Positivity Can’t Distinguish Pete Holmes’ Stand-Up Story From What We’ve Already Seen

14 February 2017 6:30 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Since stand-up comics guested on Johnny Carson, their stories have flooded our TV screens. “Seinfeld” took it to another level by making its main character a comedian and thus incorporating his actual stand-up routines into the show. “Louie” followed a similar basic narrative, but the formula was flipped upside down for cable. Now, television is awash with stand-ups playing a slightly altered version of themselves: Pamela Adlon on “Better Things,” Tig Notaro in “One Mississippi,” Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” Maria Bamford in “Lady Dynamite” — and that’s just a few of the scripted series. There are specials, live shows, competitions series and more, all, in one way or another, chronicling what it’s like to be a stand-up comedian.

So when a new series pops up on TV — much like a new stand-up at a hot club — it really needs to earn its place. “Crashing,” for all its »

- Ben Travers

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Oscars 2017: How Will ‘La La Land’ Perform in Relation to Previous Best Picture-Winning Musicals?

14 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

La La Land has officially earned a spot in the history books by tying the record for the most Oscar nominations ever — but just how many of those 14 chances will it see a win? This critical darling is widely considered to take home best picture come February 26, which would make it just the 11th musical to do so, so let’s examine how it stands in the other categories by doing a deep dive into the track records of the 10 musicals that took home top honors before it.

These legendary musicals that were all able to garner Hollywood’s top award include: 1929’s The Broadway Melody, 1936’s The Great Ziegfeld, 1944’s Going My Way, 1951’s An American in Paris, 1958’s Gigi, 1961’s West Side Story, 1964’s My Fair Lady, 1965’s The Sound of Music, 1968’s Oliver!, and 2002’s Chicago. Now, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Princess Leia, Alfred Hitchcock, Going Rogue, and More

13 February 2017 9:31 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The world of film-related books has been dominated by Star Wars for the last two years, and that’s not a bad thing. With insightful authors like Pablo Hidalgo and gorgeous efforts like Star Wars: Galactic Maps, there has never been a better time to be force-crazed. This month is no exception, but you’ll also find new releases about Hitchcock, the Marx Brothers, and even two involving X-Files prequels. Let’s start with a book that took on new relevance just weeks after its release.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)

Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist, a hilarious and touching look at her life as Star Wars icon Princess Leia, was a must-read even before the sudden, shocking passing of its author in December. It is even more poignant now. While the book earned pre-release buzz over its revelation of an on-set affair with Harrison Ford, »

- Christopher Schobert

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Oscars: Jeff Bridges Only Bested By Two People in Terms of Academy Awards Career Length

12 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Jeff Bridges in ‘Hell or High Water’ (Courtesy: CBS Films)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

With yet another opportunity to win this year, Jeff Bridges expands his Academy Awards career to 45 years — with the chance to add to it. This is quite an accomplishment as there are very few actors and actresses with a span of that long between their last or most recent nomination. Let’s take a look at some of these other legends with Oscar stretches almost as long as or even longer than that of Bridges.

This year Bridges is nominated for best supporting actor for Hell or High Water and is up against Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals). Hell or High Water — a Western crime thriller directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan — is also nominated for best picture, best original screenplay, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Oscars 2017: How Does This Year’s Crop of Female Producers Fit in With the Best Picture Category’s History?

11 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

There was always a chance for the best picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards to feature solid representation for female producers and, with the nominations official, the numbers are in. Turns out there are five of the nine films in this year’s top category with women behind it — but how does that stand up to the rest of Oscar history?

As mentioned above, there are five out of the total nine films in the best picture category this year that took some girl power to get made. There’s Hell or High Water (Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn), Hidden Figures (Donna Gigliotti and Jenno Topping), Lion (Angie Fielder), Manchester by the Sea (Kimberly Steward and Lauren Beck), and finally Moonlight (Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner). This leaves out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and La La Land as »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Oscars: How Often Do Musicals Result in Best Actor and Best Actress Nominations and Wins?

6 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Not only is La La Land breaking records as the most-nominated musical in Oscar history but that haul of 14 nominations for its lead pair, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Musicals don’t often get that much love from the Academy Awards and getting recognition in both the best actor and best actress categories is even rarer. Let’s take a look back at the history of this happening and see how Stone and Gosling’s nominations — and potential wins — are important.

Taking a look at this year’s nominations, Stone is favored to win more than Gosling is for their work in the Damien Chazelle-directed musical. Gosling is up against Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), and Denzel Washington (Fences) — with the latter expected to reign supreme. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Inferno 3-D

4 February 2017 12:26 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Inferno

3-D Region B (+A ) Blu-ray

Panamint Cinema (UK)

1953 / Color / 1:33 flat / 83 min. / Street Date August 10, 2014 / Available from Amazon UK  / £19.99

Starring: Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Henry Hull, Carl Betz, Larry Keating, Robert Burton.

Cinematography: Lucien Ballard

Editor: Robert L. Simpson

Original Music: Paul Sawtell

Written by: Francis M. Cockrell, from his story The Waterhole :

Produced by: William Bloom

Directed by Roy (Ward) Baker

 

(Note, 1.18.17: Twilight Time will be releasing a domestic disc of

this title on May 16, licensed for U.S. distribution.)

A fine 20th Fox entry for the 3-D craze of 1953, the adventure thriller Inferno is often labeled a film noir in the desert. Despite the presence of a scheming, murderous wife, the noir quotient here is minimal — it’s just a straight survival tale with a homicidal twist. An odd UK-only release licensed by a small independent company, the Blu-ray 3-D is well encoded »

- Glenn Erickson

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16 of the Worst Films Ever Nominated for an Oscar — Including a Few 2017 Academy Award Nominees

3 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Suicide Squad’ (Courtesy: Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The Academy Awards are meant to celebrate the best that Hollywood has to offer us each year — but sometimes a few less-than-stellar films can slip through the cracks. It doesn’t happen that often in the major categories and, when it does, these duds usually pop up in the categories that fly under the radar. Let’s take a look at the films that meet the criteria of having been panned by critics and somehow landing an Oscar nomination this year and others in the 21st century.

Just to be transparent about the qualifications a film would need to meet to be included in this story, we’re looking at those that were at least nominated for an Oscar — if they won, even better — and that registered as “rotten” on RottenTomatoes.com. “Rotten” films would be »

- Carson Blackwelder

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16 Stellar Films About Immigration For These Turbulent Times

1 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Robert De Niro in ‘The Godfather: Part II’ (Courtesy: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The first few days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been filled with a slew of sweeping policy changes that have garnered plenty of criticism — but the recent changes to America’s immigration policy have topped headlines. With an executive order that has been considered a Muslim ban by many, let’s take a look at some great films about immigration to the United States. There are plenty of them, but here is just a sampling of 16 that you should definitely watch.

A Better Life (2011): This film was directed by Chris Weitz and is a drama about a gardener in East L.A. who struggles to keep his son away from both gangs and immigration agents all while trying to give him opportunities he never had. A Better Life — written by »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Oscars 2017: Denzel Washington on Track to Make History With Third Win

31 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in ‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Denzel Washington has already earned a spot in the history books with a seventh Oscar nomination and stands a solid shot at taking home an unprecedented third trophy across acting categories — both records for black thespians. Recent events suggest the 62-year-old stands a real chance at giving an acceptance speech come February 26 so, as this national treasure is set to win big — let’s take a look at the other non-white actors and actresses who are close behind.

Over the years Washington’s nominations have included best supporting actor for 1987’s Cry Freedom, best actor for 1992’s Malcolm X, best actor for 1999’s The Hurricane, and best actor for 2012’s Flight in addition to wins including best supporting actor for 1989’s Glory and best actor for 2001’s Training Day. On top of that, the multihyphenate snagged two nominations this year, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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