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‘Hamilton’ Rises Up, Wins Big at 2018 Olivier Awards

Celebrating the best of British theater April 8 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the 2018 Laurence Olivier Awards gave top honors to the West End production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” which earned seven statues including best new musical. Giles Terera and Michael Jibson, playing the roles of Aaron Burr and King George III, respectively, were among the musical’s big winners. Read: Inside the Choreographic Storytelling of ‘Hamilton’ Hosted by the hilarious Catherine Tate and presented with Mastercard, this year’s Olivier Awards ceremony included performances and presentations from the likes of Chita Rivera, Cuba Gooding Jr., Patti LuPone, Michael Sheen, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The results cast a wide net among recipients, which included best new play champion “The Ferryman,” Jez Butterworth’s thriller led by best director winner Sam Mendes; Conor McPherson’s “Girl From The North Country,” which earned recognition for its stars Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim
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‘American Horror Story’: Which was the scariest season of ‘Ahs’? [Poll]

‘American Horror Story’: Which was the scariest season of ‘Ahs’? [Poll]
We just got word that season 8 of “American Horror Story” is in production and should debut on FX this fall. All we know about this eighth edition of this franchise is that it is set in the future and will star Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Emmy winner Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. The latter two have been with the show since it kicked off in 2011 while Bates appeared in seasons three through six.

Other commitments kept Bates from appearing in season seven, “American Horror Story: Cult,” which aired last fall and focused on the 2016 election. That is the one that TV academy voters will be considering this summer. The first six seasons of “Ahs” reaped 81 Emmy nominations and 15 wins, including one for Bates (“Coven”).

While awards are nice, the real measure of success for the series is the number of goosebumps it raised. After reading our recaps of the seven
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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Last Year’s Winner: Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: Since 1992, at least one actor from an HBO film has been nominated in this category — films, not limited series.

Fun Fact: Benedict Cumberbatch is one nomination away from tying Laurence Olivier for the second-most nominations in the history of this category. Olivier, however, won four out of his six nominations, whereas the best Cumberbatch could hope for is half that.

Can Darren Criss follow in the footsteps of Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding Jr. in “American Crime Story”? Can Benedict Cumberbatch get back in the race without “Sherlock”? Can Kyle MacLachlan earn his first Emmy nomination since “Twin Peaks” first went off the air in 1992?

There are a lot of questions surrounding the category for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie, but one thing already seems certain: HBO has at least one nomination locked up.
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Robin Williams (‘Good Will Hunting’) voted top Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1990s for profound performance [Poll Results]

Robin Williams (‘Good Will Hunting’) voted top Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1990s for profound performance [Poll Results]
Robin Williams has been voted your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s for his profound performance as psychologist Sean Maguire in “Good Will Hunting.” The late actor handily won Gold Derby’s recent poll asking you to vote for your top Supporting Actor of the decade.

Williams won with an impressive 38% of the vote, with Joe Pesci (“Goodfellas”) coming in second at 23%. The only other performances to gain double-digit percentage points were Kevin Spacey (“The Usual Suspects”) with 11% and Martin Landau (“Ed Wood”) at 10%. Gene Hackman (“Unforgiven”) rounded out the top five with 6% of the vote. From there we had Cuba Gooding Jr. (“Jerry Maguire”) at 5%, Tommy Lee Jones (“The Fugitive”) at 4%, Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) at 2% and James Coburn (“Affliction”) at 1%. Jack Palance (“City Slickers”) was the only actor to not earn a single percentage point.

SEESam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’) would be sixth Best
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Can Denzel Washington (‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’) get Oscar redemption after a controversial loss like he did with ‘Training Day’?

Can Denzel Washington (‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’) get Oscar redemption after a controversial loss like he did with ‘Training Day’?
Can anyone beat Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour“) for Best Actor at the Oscars? At this point it might take a miracle for anyone to upset the SAG, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Critics Choice winner. But if anyone can do it, it might not be who you’re thinking. After losing last year for “Fences” (2016) Denzel Washington could get retribution the same way he did 16 years ago when he cashed in an Oscar Iou for “Training Day” (2001). Can he beat the odds to snag his third trophy for playing a legal savant in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”?

Washington won his first Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for “Glory” (1989). Twelve years later he became the first black performer since Sidney Poitier (“Lilies of the Field” in 1963) to win in the lead category, thanks to his role as a corrupt detective in Antoine Fuqua‘s police drama (incidentally, that was on the same
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Says Everyone At The Oscars Feels Like A Winner Until They Lose

  • ET Canada
Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. described the emotional atmosphere at the Acadamy Awards. The 50-year-old star joined Imelda Staunton and will.i.am. on “The Graham Norton” show this week to talk about Hollywood’s annual love letter to itself. Related: Katie Holmes And Cuba Gooding Jr. Play Divine Creators “Jack Nicholson told me… ‘Cuby, when you’re nominated you
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The Top Five Cuba Gooding Jr. Crying Scenes in Movies

Cuba Gooding Jr. is kind of a crier. That’s not to say that he’s a crybaby but he cries in a lot of his movies. Those he doesn’t cry in don’t tend to get noticed at all, but they allow him to keep his dignity onscreen. In his younger years he did a lot of crying on film and it seemed to get him a lot of attention by showing that he could be sensitive and caring as well as vulnerable. Women somehow loved that as it made him the good guy in the eyes of a lot of them.

The Top Five Cuba Gooding Jr. Crying Scenes in Movies
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How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?

How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?
With their wins at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) continue their march toward becoming the first foursome to sweep the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, SAG, BAFTA and Oscar. Their SAG victories are the most important ones of the three groups so far, as the SAGs have a fantastic correlation with the Oscars; SAG has only missed five times in Best Actor, six times in Best Actress, nine times in Best Supporting Actor and seven times in Best Supporting Actress. But despite so much overlap between the individual races, SAG does not go 4-for-4 with Oscar in one season as often as you might think.

Over its 23-year history, SAG has only had a direct match in all four Oscar acting races six times, most recently three years ago. SAG typically goes 3-for-4 with Oscar,
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Cuba Gooding Jr. to O.J. Simpson: You Can't Hide Dirt In 2017

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[[tmz:video id="0_mgsss3x9"]] O.J. Simpson is learning real quick ... it's Way harder to hide your dirty laundry in 2017 -- so says Cuba Gooding Jr.  Case in point ... we broke the story ... O.J. was banned for life from a Vegas casino this week -- and Cuba says with everyone on the planet carrying a camera phone and having access to social media ... things like that don't go under the radar anymore.  Cuba's referring to the sexual misconduct and
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‘American Gangster’ and the Two Sides of Ridley Scott

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

There are at least two Ridley Scotts working in Hollywood. Ridley Scott, auteur — the man who revolutionized science fiction and horror cinema at the same time with Alien, who single-handedly resurrected the swords-and-sandals epic with Gladiator, who
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Stars To Attend Mptf's Reel Stories, Real Lives Event

Mptf (Motion Picture & Television Fund) announced today the renowned Hollywood actors and writers set to participate in the sixth annual “Reel Stories, Real Lives” event, a unique evening of powerful readings which will tell the stories of industry members and their families who have benefitted from Mptf’s services in recent years.

Matthew Broderick, Josh Hartnett, Chrissy Metz, Jessica Rothe, and Will Fetters will be the storytellers, and the evening will be hosted by actor/writer Kumail Nanjiani. This year’s show will also include a special piece featuring Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos in recognition of his dedication to Mptf. The event will take place on Thursday, November 2 in Los Angeles. Ford Motor Company will be the Presenting Sponsor with additional support from City National Bank and Delta Air Lines.

The event will also mark the official launch of Mptf’s “We All Play Our Part” campaign
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American Gangster heading to the small screen courtesy of Narcos co-creator

According to Screen Daily, Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato is developing a prequel series to the Ridley Scott movie American Gangster entitled The Godfather of Harlem, which will take place five years before the film and see Forest Whitaker taking on the role of mob boss Ellsworth ‘Bumpy’ Johnson.

“It stars Forest Whitaker, he will play our lead character,” said Brancato. “It’s essentially the prequel to the movie American Gangster. It’s Harlem, the 1960s, a gangster named Bumpy Johnson was very close friends with Malcom X, so the show is about the collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement. It’s an opportunity to examine some of the things that are going on racially right now, but through the prism of the past.”

Brancato, who left Narcos after its first season for the short-lived Of Kings and Prophets, went on to state that he has written the script,
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American Gangster prequel series in the works starring Forest Whitaker

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I doubt that many would count American Gangster as a top-tier Ridley Scott film, but it certainly isn't a bad piece of work, however, with a cast comprised of Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ted Levine, Carla Gugino, Idris Elba, and John Hawkes, among others, it really should have been so much better. It's been ten years... Read More...
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Coming to America 2 Gets Snatched Director Jonathan Levine

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Coming to America 2 Gets Snatched Director Jonathan Levine
Paramount is moving forward with the long-gestating sequel Coming to America 2, setting a new director and writer. Jonathan Levine (Snatched) has come aboard to direct this Coming to America sequel, working from a script by Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Barbershop: The Next Cut). The project was first rumored earlier this year, but was eventually confirmed, and now it seems the studio is moving forward on this sequel.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on this sequel, which comes five months after original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield were brought on by Paramount to write the script. It isn't clear if Kenya Barris will be working from their draft, or if he will be doing a page-one rewrite and starting from scratch. Paramount hasn't set a release date or a production schedule yet, but with a new director and writer aboard, that may happen sooner rather than later.
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Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black to Star in Netflix’s ‘Last Laugh’

Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black to Star in Netflix’s ‘Last Laugh’
Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Lewis Black, Andie MacDowell, Kate Micucci, and Chris Parnell have boarded the Netflix original comedy “The Last Laugh.”

Written and directed by Greg Pritikin, the Netflix original project is produced by Rob Paris of Paris Film Inc. Shooting began Monday in New Orleans.

The story centers on a talent manager and widower reuniting with a former client, who gave up a promising career as a stand-up comedian and instead settled down to have a family. Once on tour at classic stand-up venues across the U.S., the comedian gets a last taste of the life he could have had with a rollercoaster ride of two men rekindling friendships, careers, and ideas of the past. Chase will play the manager and Dreyfuss will portray the comedian.

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“It’s not surprising a script as poignant and funny as this attracted such award-winning talent,” said
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Television Academy Mixes Up RuPaul With Rickey Minor in Tweet

Television Academy Mixes Up RuPaul With Rickey Minor in Tweet
Updated: In a quickly-deleted tweet, the Television Academy misidentified RuPaul, mixing up the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Emmy-winning host with Emmy-winning musical director Rickey Minor.

While live-tweeting photos from the red carpet ahead of the Emmy Awards, the TV Academy’s Twitter account posted a photo of Minor with the caption, “Shante, you stay, @RuPaul! @RuPaulsDragRace is nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program!” The tweet was removed and replaced with a photo of RuPaul and the same caption.

Many Twitter uses noticed the mistake and have commented on the TV Academy’s correct RuPaul tweet. However, the Academy has yet to tweet a response. Variety has reached out to the Television Academy for comment, in addition to reps for RuPaul.

In a statement to Variety, Minor said, “We might look similar with our bald heads but I could never pass for Ms. Emmy. RuPaul killed that scene with Stephen Colbert. I was laughing my face off. Besides
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Here to Serve: Star-Studded Artists For Peace And Justice Gala Raises $1.1 Million

An impressive 1.1 million dollars was raised at the annual Artists for Peace and Justice (Apj) Festival Gala, presented by Bovet 1822, held at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Ago).

Morgan Spurlock, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ben Stiller, Jackson Browne, Natasha Koifman, Paul Haggis, Yannick Bisson and Suzanne Boyd

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Co-chaired by Natasha Koifman and Suzanne Boyd, the event was co-hosted by an influential team, including Apj Founder, Paul Haggis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ben Stiller, Shantelle and Yannick Bisson, George Stroumboulopoulos and Audrey Raffy, daughter of Bovet 1822 owner Pascal Raffy. The event kicked off with a surprise for guests in attendance, when Apj CEO David Belle and Haggis called on notable attendees to join them in the spirit of social justice and activism to help serve the meal. All the co-hosts jumped up from their seats and proceeded to serve the guests.

Later that evening, Haggis and Belle with Bovet
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The Totally Understandable Reason Lady Gaga Had a Meltdown on the Set of American Horror Story

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Image Source: Netflix The world might be obsessed with the recently premiered American Horror Story: Cult, but in Gaga: Five Foot Two, the superstar's upcoming Netflix documentary, we're thrown back to American Horror Story: Roanoke when we see Gaga filming her scenes as the enigmatic Scáthach on the sixth season of the series. I was at the Toronto International Film Festival this week to see the premiere of the documentary, and not only is it a must see for Gaga fans, but it's also a must see for Ahs fans. RelatedWhy Lady Gaga's Documentary Is Called Five Foot Two The scene on the set of American Horror Story is very brief, but like all of Gaga's documentary, there's no filter, and Gaga actually loses it after filming a scene. At the time she was shooting her part, she was also in the midst of recording Joanne and planning for
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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Tackles Pro Football Films

Chicago – It’s the opening Sunday of the NFL, and what better time to celebrate the films that celebrate the sport that celebrate the ballers. Film history has a steroid-free stack of pro football films in all categories. Patrick McDonald, Jon Lennon Espino and Spike Walters of HollywoodChicago.com take on three prime examples.

Da Boyz! James Caan and Billy Dee Williams Bear Down in ‘Brian’s Song’

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The earliest known footage of a football game was a 1903 match-up between powerhouses Princeton and Yale, filmed by Thomas Edison. The earliest narrative films dealt with the college game, from Harold Lloyd’s “The Freshman” (1925) to the Marx Brothers in “Horse Feathers” (1932). An early example of a pro football movie is “The Cowboy Quarterback” (1939), which involves a scout for the “Chicago Packers” (gee, even in olden days screenwriters were lazy as shit).

The backfield in motion and HollywoodChicago.
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Crashes Spa Party Loaded With Hot Chicks

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Cuba Gooding Jr. can crash a party as easily as he can fire one up, and he did both in the grotto of an NYC spa crawling with hot chicks. Cuba was hangin' alone in the coed section of the Great Jones Spa Wednesday where a bunch of gals happened to be celebrating a birthday. He was partially disguised in goggles and a towel on his head, but that didn't stop the ladies from chatting him up.
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