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Oscars: Is There a Correlation Between Ceremony Runtime and TV Ratings?

23 hours ago | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

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By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The time has arrived: the 89th Academy Awards will occur tomorrow, February 26, and we’ll finally know which films and which stars will take home those coveted statues. This is one of the most talked-about events on TV each year but, while everyone is excited for the spectacle and excitement of it all, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t garner critics. Before you go complaining about the show, let’s educate you on some statistics.

With Jimmy Kimmel hosting the show on ABC — at 8 p.m. Et and 5 p.m. Pt, of course — we know we’re all in for quite the entertaining three-plus hours of glitz and glamour. It’s almost certain that La La Land will dominate the awards and it’s almost a given that a ton of people will utter Donald Trump’s name in some way. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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17-Year-Old Diana Award Recipient on Fights Against Bullying After Suicide Attempt: ‘I’m Doing It for My Entire Community’

17 February 2017 7:06 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Seventeen-year-old Mackenzie Murphy knows first-hand the devastation bullying can cause. Growing up in Airdrie, Canada, the teen was bullied both online and in person.

In December 2012, the severe bullying she experienced culminated in an attempt to take her own life.

“That dark point brought me to such a motivating place,” she tells People of her suicide attempt.

“I remember sitting on my hospital bed and my mom called me and told me that one of my friends was getting bullied for defending me. So I said, ‘Enough is enough, I’m no longer fighting this battle for just myself — I »

- Erin Hill

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14-Time Oscar Nominee Thomas Newman on Scoring Space Drama ‘Passengers’

14 February 2017 1:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This is not a typo: Thomas Newman has earned 14 Oscar nominations without a win. The composer behind such iconic scores as “The Shawhsank Redemption” and “American Beauty,” son of legendary composer Alfred Newman, finds himself back in the race with director Morten Tyldum’s sci-fi romance “Passengers.” Though he’s tackled countless genres, Newman spoke to Variety about the unique challenges of composing the sound of outer space.

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How did you come to be involved with “Passengers?”

For me, it was space. I’ve done space a little bit with “Wall-e,” but I’d never really done a space movie and the idea of floating through space interested me.

How do you go about creating the sound of the future?

Probably anywhere that gives you an idea. You just want to have an idea and if it’s a success, you ask where else it can go. It’s a »

- Jenelle Riley

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Berlin: Cameron Monaghan, Peyton List to Star in 'Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet' (Exclusive)

11 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Shameless star Cameron Monaghan and Bunk'd actress Peyton List will star in Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet, a coming-of-age tale based on a popular Ya novel.

The film, described as Perks of Being a Wallflower meets American Beauty, is an adaptation of Joanne Proulx's novel about Luke (Monaghan), who foresees the death of his new best friend Stan, the most popular guy in school. When the premonition becomes reality, Luke is ostracized and labeled a freak, while at the same time he's falling for Stan’s girl Faith (List) and dealing with more premonitions.

Robin Hays, an award-winning commercial director, will make her »

- Rebecca Ford

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20th Century Women review – tiresomely smug coming-of-age yarn

9 February 2017 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Annette Bening gives a fine central performance but this kooky comedy suffers badly from unfocused direction and an unmistakable air of self-indulgence

With tender, personal movies such as Thumbsucker (2005) and Beginners (2010), director Mike Mills has tested taboos and shed light on family, identity and masculinity. His quirkily intimate work has always needed a certain level of indulgence and in the past I’ve been happy to give it. But 20th Century Women tests this tolerance to breaking point. Annette Bening is well cast, and gives a well judged performance, a variation on her uptight and self-questioning mom from American Beauty. However, the film is exasperatingly supercilious and smug – unfocused, self-consciously cute, nostalgic and empathetic, but never properly funny. It feels like someone else’s long therapy session.

The setting is Santa Monica, 1979, and Dorothea (Bening) is a fiftysomething single mother with bold progressive instincts. She is bringing up her teenage »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Netflix Update #2: The Oa, Girlboss, 13 Reasons and more!

9 February 2017 5:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome to the the Netflix Update – our news round-up where we bring you the highlights in the world of Netflix’s original programming, exclusives and more! This edition brings news on The Oa Part II, Orange is the New Black: Season 5, Girlboss, Casting JonBenet, and 13 Reasons Why.

The Oa Part II

Something always survives. Coming: The Oa Part II.

Prairie Johnson, a missing blind girl, returns to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie won’t talk about her seven missing years with anyone except four teenage boys whom she tells her story to in order to recruit them for a mission.

Orange is the New Black: Season 5

Launching exclusively on Netflix 9th June 2017, Orange is the New Black is the outrageous and critically-acclaimed series from Emmy Award-winner Jenji Kohan about a diverse group »

- Phil Wheat

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Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

6 February 2017 1:47 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »

- Jordan Raup

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American Crime Story: Annette Bening Joins FX Anthology for Katrina Season

6 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

She’s put in time with The American President, and now Annette Bening is turning her attention to state-level government.

The Oscar-nominated actress has joined the Hurricane Katrina-focused Season 2 of FX’s American Crime Story, TVLine has learned. She will play Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who led the state during and after the devastating 2005 storm.

RelatedLady Gaga Isn’t American Crime Story‘s Donatella Versace, Ryan Murphy Says

Bening recently was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in 20th Century Women; other notable films include American BeautyThe Kids Are AlrightBugsy and The Grifters. Early in her career, »

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Annette Bening to Star in FX’s Next ‘American Crime Story’ Installment, ‘Katrina’

6 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Annette Bening has signed on to star in “Katrina: American Crime Story,” the next installment in Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series.

Bening will play Kathleen Blanco, who was Governor of Louisiana during and after Hurricane Katrina, in the limited-run series from Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

Read More: ‘American Crime Story,’ ‘Atlanta’ Delays: Why FX Hits Sometimes Go On Long Hiatuses

FX announced last month that “Katrina,” which is the follow-up to “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” won’t be ready until 2018. That’s to allow producers more time to craft the story; but the delay was also attributed to Hurricane season-related insurance issues.

Production on the series’ third installment, about the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, will actually take place before “Katrina.” That will allow FX to air both editions within six months of each other in 2018, and perhaps put the »

- Michael Schneider

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Annette Bening to Star in FX’s Next ‘American Crime Story’ Installment, ‘Katrina’

6 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Annette Bening has signed on to star in “Katrina: American Crime Story,” the next installment in Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series.

Bening will play Kathleen Blanco, who was Governor of Louisiana during and after Hurricane Katrina, in the limited-run series from Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

Read More: ‘American Crime Story,’ ‘Atlanta’ Delays: Why FX Hits Sometimes Go On Long Hiatuses

FX announced last month that “Katrina,” which is the follow-up to “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” won’t be ready until 2018. That’s to allow producers more time to craft the story; but the delay was also attributed to Hurricane season-related insurance issues.

Production on the series’ third installment, about the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, will actually take place before “Katrina.” That will allow FX to air both editions within six months of each other in 2018, and perhaps put the »

- Michael Schneider

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Film Quality Is Subjective: A Film Is Good Because We Say It Is

5 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Graeme Robertson on why film quality is subjective…

It’s a wonderful job being a film critic. Being able to watch films and write about them all hours of the day and night, discussing them with your fellow critics and generally have a merry old time talking about how wonderful it is to be a film critic.

Although when we disagree on something that’s when the fights start, with critics climbing into the steel cages ready to defend the honour of the films that they proclaim to be the best against the wretched scum who think otherwise.

Or something a bit less dramatic than that, like a polite discussion or a particularly stern talk over a pint or two.

Recently my Flickering colleague Samuel Brace penned an article (which you should all read by the way) in which he argued that with regards to films, “Quality is very much objective. »

- Graeme Robertson

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Leslie Mann and John Cho to Host Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards

3 February 2017 1:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Cho and Leslie Mann will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire. Together, they will present 18 awards to 34 individuals and five organizations.

“We’re so excited to have John and Leslie join us as hosts for this year’s Scientific and Technical Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “It’s one of our favorite and most talked about events each Oscar season, and John and Leslie’s humor and refreshing take on the honorees will be a perfect addition to a night where we celebrate our colleagues’ groundbreaking scientific and technical achievements.”

Mann recently starred in “How to Be Single” and can currently be seen in Taylor Hackford’s “The Comedian” alongside Robert De Niro. Her other credits include “The Other Woman,” “This Is 40,” and “Knocked Up,” as well as the animated features “Rio 2” and the Oscar-nominated “ParaNorman. »

- Dani Levy

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Santa Clarita Diet Season 1 Review

29 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ten episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Dark comedy doesn’t come easily. It requires a deft touch, an uncompromising vision, an unflinching disregard for general wide audience appeal. That doesn’t come naturally to Hollywood. Likewise, edgy suburban satires are just as difficult to perfect. The seedy underbelly of American outskirts is ground well-trenched and, well, over-spoiled. Few rise to the standards bestowed by Blue Velvet or The Virgin Suicides, to name a couple, and even fewer find a premise unexplored, or worth exploring, in that confined environment. That’s why it was safe to dismiss Netflix’s residential horror-comedy Santa Clarita Diet at first. After all, what could it bring to the table?

Created by Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted), Santa Clarita Diet follows Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila Hammond (Barrymore), two high school sweethearts-turned-mundane suburbanite realtors struggling to keep their profits high while raising their sarcastic teenage »

- Will Ashton

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NYC Weekend Watch: ’70s Universal, ‘New York, New York,’ ‘The Killing’ & More

27 January 2017 7:18 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Forman, Spielberg, Hitchcock, and more play as part of “Universal in the ’70s.”

Ronin screens on Friday; King Kong shows this Saturday.

Museum of the Moving Image

Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and New York, New York will screen as part of the ongoing Scorsese retrospective.

The Tilda Swinton-led Teknolust screens this Sunday.

IFC »

- Nick Newman

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7 Dysfunctional Film Families in Screen Actors Guild Awards History

26 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Everyone loves a good family drama, or dramedy, or dark comedy — or whatever your personal genre-demarcation preference may be — and they’re usually awards-show catnip. Whether it’s a more whimsically dysfunctional family like the Hoovers in Little Miss Sunshine or a decidedly sardonic group like the Burnhams in American Beauty, your nuclear unit probably seems normal in comparison. Check out seven of the more unhinged family-centric Screen Actors Guild Awards darlings.

American Beauty, 1999

Well, dad’s midlife crisis entails smoking pot, lusting after his daughter’s teenage friend, and quitting his job to a buy a sweet hot rod »

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Betty And Kevin Peep On Archie In New Riverdale Clip

26 January 2017 10:52 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Knowing that the much anticipated series premiere of Riverdale is mere hours away from hitting airwaves, it comes an no surprise that yet another full clip has hit the web. Interestingly enough, it’s slightly different from the darker, moodier tone given by most promo material offered to date.

In it, we’re granted a bit of levity that shows the spirit of classic Archie comic books remains in this series. As Betty Cooper and Kevin Keller discuss the former’s upcoming date with Archie Andrews, speak of the devil, the ginger-haired young man is changing his clothes in the window directly next door, as if on cue. Being highly reminiscent of scenes from films such as Scream and American Beauty, one has to wonder how someone wouldn’t notice others peeping a stone’s throw away.

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James Bond Director Sam Mendes Marries Classical Musician

24 January 2017 3:46 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sam Mendes, who directed the last two James Bond movies and won an Oscar for American Beauty, has wed again.

The former husband of actress Kate Winslet married classical trumpeter Alison Balsom, 38, quietly over the weekend, a rep for Mendes tells People.

They reportedly had a civil ceremony at a register office and then had a formal blessing in front of friends in an English country church, St. Michael and All Angels, in Great Tew, Oxfordshire.

Mendes, 51, who helmed the movies Spectre and Skyfall starring Daniel Craig, was married to Winslet for seven years before they split in 2010. They have a son, »

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Screenwriting 101: finding the right Script Editor

22 January 2017 5:43 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Scott McConnell.

Based in Melbourne and La, story consultant and producer Scott McConnell has read for companies including Nu Image, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Hallmark, New World Television, Sundance Institute, and Concorde-New Horizons.

A member of the Producers Guild of America, McConnell has produced shows for Nat Geo, Animal Planet/Discovery, TruTV, Spike and Fox. His credits include 'Live Life and Win!' and the reality series 'Hollywood Boot Camp'..

In this guest column, he offers tips for writers on choosing the right script editor to help develop their project.

Writers need editors. But there are editors and there are editors. Finding an excellent screenplay editor versus finding an average one can be a frustrating and expensive process. The following suggestions raise some issues to be aware of when hiring an expert to help you improve your story. (The tips require that you research any experts you are »

- Scott McConnell

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Netflix’s Casting JonBenet to get European premiere at Berlin

20 January 2017 10:06 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Netflix has announced that its forthcoming Casting JonBenet is set to receive its European premiere at next month’s Berlin Film Festival.

The documentary will be released on the streaming platform this coming April.

Casting JonBenet is a sly and stylized exploration of the world’s most sensational child-murder case, the still unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey. After years of media speculation and public fascination, audiences are presented with a documentary hybrid examining the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet. Over 15 months, the filmmakers traveled to the Ramseys’ Colorado hometown to elicit responses, reflections and even performances from the local community. In doing so, Casting JonBenet examines how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behavior of successive generations of parents and children.

Here’s a new clip for the forthcoming original, which debuted earlier this week.

The post Netflix’s Casting »

- Paul Heath

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Annette Bening on Identifying With Virginia Woolf, "Insecurity and Fear" That Never Goes Away (Q&A)

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

The Grifters to 1999's American Beauty to 2010's The Kids Are All Right to her latest, Mike Mills' 20th Century Women. In recognition of her work, Bening, 58, will receive the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the Artios Awards, presented by the Casting Society of America — and emceed by Joel McHale — on Jan. 19 at the Beverly »

- Stephen Galloway

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