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Indie Spirits Host Aubrey Plaza Vows Awards Show ‘Will Not Be Boring’

Indie Spirits Host Aubrey Plaza Vows Awards Show ‘Will Not Be Boring’
Before she hosts the Film Independent Spirits Awards, Aubrey Plaza wants to make one thing clear: She definitely doesn’t have strep throat, despite a recent profile in The New York Times that suggested otherwise.

“Why would they write that I had strep throat? I didn’t want people to know that,” she said in an interview with IndieWire late last week. “No, I don’t care. I’m great. Everything’s great. I feel a lot better.”

Well, there’s one other thing she wants to make clear about the show: “I will not be boring,” she said. “It’s a live show. I have no idea what’s going to happen. I will say that I feel like it is my duty to prove to the world why a host matters, and how great a host can be. And be the hostiest host of all.”

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Stanley Donen, Who Reinvented the Movie Musical and So Much More, Dies at 94

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Stanley Donen, Who Reinvented the Movie Musical and So Much More, Dies at 94
“Our love will last till the stars turn cold.” That line from “Singin’ in the Rain” perfectly sums up the sensibility of its director, Stanley Donen: absolute sincerity wedded to knowing irony. When Gene Kelly’s Don Lockwood says that to Debbie Reynolds’ Kathy Seldon, he’s actually quoting a line from the cornball movie he’s just made with Jean Hagen for which he has contempt: “The Duelling Cavalier.” But what Lockwood comes to recognize is that, polished just right, hokum can be made to sparkle — and can convey genuine feeling. Is “Our love will last till the stars turn cold” silly? Sure. But it’s beautiful too, and who wants to be so cynical as not to recognize that?

Donen, who died February 23 at age 94 after a nearly 70-year career across film and theater, recognized what so few do today: that two seemingly contradictory things can be true at the same time.
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Big Winners and Fun Celebrity Photos - Here Are the Best Moments From the Spirit Awards!

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Big Winners and Fun Celebrity Photos - Here Are the Best Moments From the Spirit Awards!
On Feb. 23, some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities descended on Santa Monica, CA, to celebrate notable independent films at the Spirit Awards. Glenn Close made a fun appearance on the red carpet with her dog, Pip, and other stars such as Regina King and Dakota Johnson flashed bright smiles for the cameras. Legion star Aubrey Plaza hosted the show, and Sterling K. Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Taraji P. Henson, and Amanda Seyfried presented some of the honors. While If Beale Street Could Talk took home the trophy for best feature, Richard E. Grant continued to have a quietly successful award season by snagging best supporting male actor for Can You Ever Forgive Me?. There were quite a few fun moments both on and off stage, so keep scrolling to see the best pictures from the event!

Related: 20 Iconic Award Show Speeches That Will Inspire You
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Michael Bublé Gets Blown Away by This Fan After Asking Her to Sing During His Concert

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Michael Bublé Gets Blown Away by This Fan After Asking Her to Sing During His Concert
On Feb. 20, Michael Bublé held a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but he ended up being the one impressed with someone else's vocals. During the show, he gave an audience member named Erin Bellucci a chance to sing one of her favorite songs: Etta James's "At Last." Before he handed over the microphone, he told the audience, "Don't be terrible judges. Be more Blake [Shelton] than Simon Cowell," he joked, referencing the former American Idol and The Voice judges. But we have a feeling both Shelton and Cowell would have been in awe of Bellucci's impromptu performance.

As soon as she started belting, the crowd broke out in applause while Bublé looked on in amazement. After she finished, Bublé couldn't hold in his excitement, saying, "You're the next American Idol! That was so beautiful. That was incredible - too incredible, if you ask me." Watch Bellucci sing "At Last,

Independent Spirit Awards 2019 Brings Laughs and Parodies Fyre Festival Doc: Best Moments

Anything goes at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards! And did someone say they needed some mineral water? Honoring the best in independent film and firing on cable channel IFC, the annual ceremony, traditionally held a day before the Oscars are broadcast on ABC, offered laughs, sarcasm, glamour and one notable and hilarious parody of the Hollywood's Biggest Night. Legion actress Aubrey Plaza hosted the show from Santa Monica, California. Presenters included Amanda SeyfriedJon HammMolly Shannon and Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard. Winners included actor Richard E. Grant and Bo Burnham, who won Best Screenplay for Eighth Grade. Even Glenn Close's dog made...
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Netflix Created a Rom-Com Version of You, and It's So Sweet, It'll Drive You Crazy

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Warning: mild You spoilers ahead!

Netflix's You is many things: thrilling, chilling, steamy, and terrifying. However, it's not a romantic comedy. But what if you removed all the cyberstalking, real-life stalking, obsession, and, uh, murder? Well, you might get a sweet love story! It just wouldn't be about Joe Goldberg and Guinevere Beck. Joe and Beck - played by Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail, respectively - were the key focus of the show's first season. Joe's dark nature doomed the couple from the start, and I certainly didn't root for them to stay together. Yet, another romantic (less-psychotic) relationship blossomed in the background: Joe's Mooney's bookstore coworker, Ethan (Zach Cherry), was searching for love and found it with Beck's classmate Blythe (Hari Nef).

Netflix went ahead and re-imagined You from the lens of Ethan and Blythe in a fake movie trailer. Thank god their storyline isn't insane,
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Ahead of the Oscars, Here Are All the Awards "Shallow" Has Already Won

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Ahead of the Oscars, Here Are All the Awards
Unless you've been living in a cave with no internet access, you probably already know that A Star Is Born's "Shallow" has pretty much become the breakout song of the season. Not only has it been covered by everyone from Kelly Clarkson to Alicia Keys to Lea Michele and Darren Criss (and inspired a figure skating program!), but it's also nominated for the best original song Oscar and is slated to be performed on the broadcast along with the other nominees. Although nothing is set in stone until the envelope is opened on the Oscars stage, we'd guess the odds of "Shallow" winning are pretty good, given that it's swept through award season and taken home a pretty big haul of awards so far!

At the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival in January, "Shallow" was awarded the prize for best original song; A Star Is Born also took home awards
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These 6 Oscar Nominees Have Already Taken Home the Gold

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We can't wait to see which of this year's talented Oscar nominees go home with a brand-new statuette. Thanks to an eclectic crop of nominated films, the nominees this year are a blend of longtime veterans and fresh faces, making for an incredibly exciting award season. While Hollywood's biggest names and newcomers get ready for the big night, several of the 2019 nominees are already pros at the whole Oscars cycle - because they've been here before. Before you fill out your Oscar ballot this year, take a look at which nominees have already made at least one Oscars acceptance speech in years past!
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Robert Kraft Seen Leaving Hollywood Party Amid Prostitution Scandal

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Robert Kraft Seen Leaving Hollywood Party Amid Prostitution Scandal
As we reported ... Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr announced that the 77-year-old Kraft will be charged with 2 counts of "soliciting another to commit prostitution." Kraft is accused of soliciting a prostitute on at least 2 separate occasions at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Florida roughly a month ago. Investigators say they have videos of the men who paid for sex at the massage parlor -- including Kraft -- and the footage is graphic. A
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Chrissy Teigen Reveals Her Son Miles Hates This One Trendy Food

Chrissy Teigen Reveals Her Son Miles Hates This One Trendy Food
John Legend's twin a.k.a. his son Miles Stephens turned 9-months-old on Saturday and Chrissy Teigen is celebrating it in the cutest way possible. The Cravings cookbook author posted a photo on Instagram of baby Miles alongside a chalkboard that shared some information about him. For instance, he now has two teeth, weighs 15 1/2 pounds and is 28 3/4 inches tall. Additionally, Miles' favorite songs are "Baby Shark" and "B-i-n-g-o." One can only imagine what a John Legend-led lullaby of "Baby Shark" sounds like. Other than his physical aspects, Teigen's little board about her son divulges some of his likes and dislikes. The top three lines say "I love my...
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Ryan Murphy Has Announced a Brand-New Netflix Show, and It's All About . . . Hollywood?

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Ryan Murphy Has Announced a Brand-New Netflix Show, and It's All About . . . Hollywood?
It's been a good year since Ryan Murphy signed his huge Netflix deal, and now we have proof that quite a lot has been going on behind the scenes. In addition to the comedy series The Politician and the terrifying prequel Ratched, The Hollywood Reporter has unveiled yet another show called Hollywood. What's more, we already have a good indicator that the show is going to be great: Murphy is cocreating it with his longtime partner Ian Brennan, with whom he made Glee and Scream Queens.

So what, exactly, will it be about? THR reports that the series will be a "love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown." This could mean it will follow in the glorious, glamorous footsteps of Feud: Bette and Joan, which certainly took us back to a bygone Hollywood era. We'd love more of that sharp comedic bite anyway. As for the other details such as characters,
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Sorry, but It Could Be a While Before Luther Season 5 Is on Netflix

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Sorry, but It Could Be a While Before Luther Season 5 Is on Netflix
After nearly four years without new episodes, Idris Elba's acclaimed drama Luther finally aired a new season. The BBC kicked off 2019 with a quartet of new episodes, which were thrillingly well-received in the UK. Luther's fan base, though, has long since expanded far beyond British borders, especially to American fans who have caught up on the series thanks to its presence on Netflix. So when can we expect to see season five of Luther on the streaming platform?

Although the previous four seasons are already available for streaming on Netflix, there is currently no set date for Luther's fifth season to arrive on the platform. The season finale aired on Jan. 4 on BBC One in the UK, after a four-episode season over the course of four consecutive days. Netflix and the BBC haven't said anything about when they plan to release the fifth season of the crime drama on American Netflix,
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7 Times Christian Bale Completely Transformed For a Movie Role

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7 Times Christian Bale Completely Transformed For a Movie Role
Among Hollywood's A-listers, there are few actors who are as willing to throw themselves physically and mentally into a role as Christian Bale. The Welsh actor is famous for his intense roles and his remarkable ability to shape his body to the demands of any part, whether it's nearly starving himself down to a terrifying weight, bulking up for action scenes, putting on a bit of a belly, or becoming totally unrecognizable. There's apparently no physical challenge too great for Bale, which has resulted in some downright surprising appearances in films over the years.

Ahead, we're looking at some of his most physically demanding roles - and how he got himself into the characters' bodies.
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Jokes About High School Classmates Thinking He Was An 'Undercover Cop'

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, People’s 2016 Sexiest Man Alive, claimed on Friday that his good looks used to confuse his peers.

After Page Six posted a video that shared details of Johnson’s high school life, including that he had attended four high schools in three different states by the time he was 16, Johnson, now 46, retweeted the story on his own Twitter timeline.

“Nice trip down memory lane,” Johnson said of the video on Friday. “And yes, very true story when I moved from Hawaii to Nashville, I was already 6’4 225lbs with a pornstache at 15yrs old — and the students
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Chrissy Teigen Has a Crush on Secret Service Agents, So Naturally She Told the Obamas

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Chrissy Teigen Has a Crush on Secret Service Agents, So Naturally She Told the Obamas
If you had dinner with Barack and Michelle Obama, what would the topic of conversation be? For John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, their recent discussions with the former president and first lady in Oakland, CA, varied, from basketball talk to revealing obscure crushes. During a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, John told Jimmy what went down when Chrissy shared her Secret Service agent fascination with Barack and Michelle.

"She said if she didn't marry me, she would've married a guy in Secret Service," John explained. "She's very into this whole Secret Service . . . the aura around them."

Turns out Michelle has noticed a commonality among the spouses of Secret Service agents. Watch the video above to see what John and Chrissy learned from the former first lady - plus, find out what John predicted about his future when he was only 15 years old.

Related: Chrissy Teigen Still Apologizes
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Are Horror Movies Cursed at the Oscars? 9 Scary Movies That Have Been Nominated

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Horror is one of the most popular film genres, but it's never really been a favorite at the big award shows - especially the Oscars. Throughout nearly a century of Academy Awards ceremonies, only six have included horror films as nominees for best picture. In general, horror movies have mostly been relegated to minor technical categories overall. Even so, a handful of excellent horror movies have managed to break through and snag nominations in some of the most high-profile categories - and a few have even taken home the night's big prizes! Ahead, you can see which iconic horror movies have been honored with the film industry's biggest awards.
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Everything You Need to Know About Oscar-Nominated Roma Actress Marina de Tavira

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Taking place in the early 1970s in Mexico City, Netflix's Roma is a semibiographical take on the life of Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón, following a formative year in the life of a middle-class family and their live-in housekeeper. The film allowed Netflix to score its first-ever Oscar nomination for best picture.

Yalitza Aparicio, who makes her debut in the film as Cleodegaria "Cleo" Gutiérrez, one of the family's maids, also became the first Indigenous woman (and only the second Mexican woman) to get an Oscar nomination for best actress. Another exciting individual honor for the film: a best supporting actress nomination for Marina de Tavira, who plays Sra. Sofía, the secretive mother of four and matriarch of the family.

Related: Best Foreign Film Is a Hot Oscar Category This Year - Here's What to Know

De Tavira's nomination is one of the biggest surprises of this year's Oscar nominations.
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Game of Thrones: Bran Is on a Collision Course With the Night King According to This Theory

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Game of Thrones: Bran Is on a Collision Course With the Night King According to This Theory
Since Game of Thrones began, Bran Stark has been key to setting major events in motion. When Jaime throws him from the tower in season one, he puts Bran on the path to becoming the Three-Eyed Raven, and Bran's injury is the start of the Starks' downfall. It's always been clear that Bran's an important character, but a new fan theory suggests that he's even more important than anyone realized.

One of the big questions going into the final season is who will defeat the Night King and his army? A lot of people are betting on Jon Snow, because he didn't come back from the dead for nothing. But Reddit user juligen makes a compelling argument for why Bran is the one destined to end the Night King's reign. For quite some time now the show's been playing up the idea that Bran and the Night King are connected.
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Let's Appreciate These Snaps of Glenn Close and Her Dog, Pip, Serving Looks at the Spirit Awards

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Let's Appreciate These Snaps of Glenn Close and Her Dog, Pip, Serving Looks at the Spirit Awards
The Independent Spirit Awards are off to a doggone good start, thanks to Glenn Close! On Saturday, the 71-year-old award-winning actress showed up to the event in Santa Monica, CA, with none other than her dog, Pip. The cute Havanese pup - which Glenn has called her "only son" - modeled alongside his mom, who rocked a purple metallic ensemble with a pair of shades.

Glenn received a Spirit nomination for best female lead for her role in The Wife, but we'd argue that she deserves another honor for bringing such an adorable date to the gathering - and for looking so fierce herself. We're just hoping she does the same thing at the Oscars on Sunday! If you find yourself wanting more of Pip, don't worry - he has his own Instagram account.

Related: Glenn Close's 101 Dalmatians Joke Was So Clever, It Made Jimmy Fallon Drop to the Floor
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Aubrey Plaza and More Showcase Chic Styles on 2019 Independent Film Awards Red Carpet

Aubrey Plaza and More Showcase Chic Styles on 2019 Independent Film Awards Red Carpet
There's just one more major carpet to unroll before the 2019 Oscars...get ready for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards! Host Aubrey Plaza, and nominees Regina King and Glenn Close have arrived at the annual ceremony, traditionally held before the Academy Awards, honoring the best in independent film. Plaza looked chic in a black spaghetti strap sheath gown with silver piping. King wore a sleeveless, plunging maroon knee-length dress. Close arrived in a metallic purple pantsuit. The event, sponsored by Fiji Water, airs on IFC on Saturday, a day before the Oscars. Presenters include Amanda SeyfriedTaraji P. HensonSterling K. Brown, Armie...
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