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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Westworld’ Among Costume Designers Guild Winners

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Westworld’ Among Costume Designers Guild Winners
Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” walked away with top honors at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Tuesday night, the final industry guild show before the Oscars on Feb. 24.

The Favourite” and “Black Panther” are up for the Oscar this year, along with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Mary Queen of Scots.”

In the television categories, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” took the contemporary award, while Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and HBO’s “Westworld” won for period and sci-fi/fantasy, respectively. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” took the reality-competition prize.

The Wife” star Glenn Close received the organization’s Spotlight Award, while Ryan Murphy received the Distinguished Collaborator Award. “Black Panther” costume designer Ruth E. Carter received lifetime achievement recognition.

See below for the full list of winners.

Excellence in Contemporary Film

Crazy Rich Asians” (Mary E. Vogt
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Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield in Talks to Star in Film About Black Panther Party Leader

Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield in Talks to Star in Film About Black Panther Party Leader
Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are in negotiations to star in the historical drama “Jesus Was My Homeboy” about Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton.

The project is set up at Warner Bros. with “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler producing along with Charles King through his Marco production company. Executive producers are Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, and Macros’ Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks.

Shaka King will direct and produce from a script he wrote with Will Berson, which will focus on the death of Hampton, who was killed in 1969 while sleeping in his apartment during a raid conducted by a state tactical unit in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His death was ruled as a justifiable homicide by the inquest. A civil lawsuit resulted in a settlement of $1.85 million in 1982.

If the deals are made, Kaluuya will portray Hampton. Stanfield, who starred in “Sorry to Bother You,
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Nicky Whelan Cast in ‘Trauma Center’ Opposite Bruce Willis

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Nicky Whelan Cast in ‘Trauma Center’ Opposite Bruce Willis
Actress Nicky Whelan has been cast to star opposite Bruce Willis in the upcoming action movie “Trauma Center.”

Whelan, whose past credits include the Farrelly brothers’ “Hall Pass,” “The Wedding Ringer,” “Knight of Cups” and “Left Behind,” will play Madison opposite Willis’ Lt. Wakes in the film.

Trauma Center” was written by Paul da Silva and is being produced by MoviePass’ Randall Emmett, George Furla and Lydia Hull.

The production begins principal photography this month in Miami.

The title represents part of a three-picture deal Willis recently signed with MoviePass Films — representing a longtime working relationship the actor has with Emmett and Furla, with whom he’s made more than 10 films, including 2011’s “Catch .44.”

Matt Eskandari is directing.

Whelan is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Innovative Artists.

Read original story Nicky Whelan
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Emma Thompson Exits Skydance Animation Movie ‘Luck’ Over John Lasseter Hire

Emma Thompson Exits Skydance Animation Movie ‘Luck’ Over John Lasseter Hire
Emma Thompson has dropped out of the voice cast of Skydance Animation’s upcoming film “Luck,” a spokesperson for the actress told Variety.

The beloved British star did some recording for the project, but dropped out in January, following John Lasseter’s hire to the top animation job at David Ellison’s studio, an insider close to the film added.

Skydance Animation had no comment. Thompson had no comment beyond confirming her departure from the movie.

Lasseter’s hire made waves at the beginning of the year, as the former Disney-Pixar kingpin left his animation studio in a cloud of misconduct accusations before spending a year away from the business entirely.

At the time, Skydance CEO Ellison sent a lengthy internal memo to staff saying he’d conducted an independent investigation into the Lasseter accusations and was confident of his innocence. The studio also held a series of town hall meetings,
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Anonymous Oscar Ballot: Publicist Gives ‘Roma’ 7, ‘Vice’ 3, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ 2

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With Oscar balloting at an end, we’re continuing our second annual series of interviews with Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued this year.

I take the Oscars seriously as they are a primary marketing and informative tool for the movies. The show has to be re-examined and re-imagined. Too much to go into here. The changes proposed were never thought through properly. There should be an all-members meeting at least once a year lasting a day. This is a very creative membership. The Academy is too bureaucratic and self-absorbed.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Christian Bale in “Vice

Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe in “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rami Malek in “Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book

Rami Malek was totally compelling. He transformed into Freddie Mercury, holding a mediocre movie together.
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The Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now

It can be tough to keep an account of everything running on a multitude of platforms these days: from traditional broadcast and cable to premium networks to a multitude of streaming options, knowing where to find the best TV and movies can be a nearly impossible task. But we are here to help! For those who are already subscribed to Hulu (or who are thinking about it), we've compiled a list of our favorite series available, from new classics to old favorites, and everything in between. We'll also be updating the list as the library changes, or new …
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Michael B. Jordan Taps ‘The First Purge’ Director for Action Thriller ‘The Silver Bear’

If you saw The First Purge or the Netflix movie Burning Sands, you'd know that director Gerard McMurray has some chops. Those were both fairly low-budget movies, so can you imagine what the up-and-coming filmmaker could do with a bigger budget? Well, you won't have to imagine for long, as Lionsgate has tapped McMurray to write and direct its Michael B. Jordan-led action-thriller The Silver Bear, the studio announced Wednesday. McMurray goes way back with Jordan, having produced Ryan Coogler's acclaimed 2013 drama Fruitvale Station. This time around, instead of playing a …
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10 Animated Movies That Should Have Been Nominated for Best Picture

10 Animated Movies That Should Have Been Nominated for Best Picture
Poor Spider-Man got snubbed. Where is the 2018 Academy Award for Best Picture nod for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Sometimes a Best Animated Feature Film nomination by the Academy Awards isn’t enough. Spider-Man: Into the Verse broke technological ground, unraveled many multidimensional themes, set a precedence for the quality of superhero films, successfully borrowed the […]

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Stars Like Lena Waithe, Rachel Brosnahan Support Issues Through Fashion

Stars Like Lena Waithe, Rachel Brosnahan Support Issues Through Fashion
On a Sunday morning in November 2017, Oscar-nominated costume designer and stylist Arianne Phillips pulled up to CAA for a meeting to which she’d been invited without receiving any other information.

Reese Witherspoon was there at that meeting, and I know her because we worked together on ‘Walk the Line,’” says Phillips, who’s also worked on “Nocturnal Animals,” “W.E.” and “A Single Man,” as well as with Madonna for more than 20 years. “She told me at that time, it hadn’t been announced, that the actresses were going to wear black in solidarity [to the 2018 Globes], and would I create a pin or something for the men who’d be supporting to wear?”

The black and white Time’s Up pin that Phillips designed became a pervasive red-carpet statement for both men and women, at the Globes and other awards shows throughout the year.

Though the “blackout” organized in protest of sexual
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Is it Time for Oscars to Add a Stunt Category?

Is it Time for Oscars to Add a Stunt Category?
Every movie nominated this year for a best picture Oscar employed a stunt coordinator. Yet not one of these individuals will have the opportunity to receive Academy Award recognition.

The Oscars acknowledge categories ranging across multiple disciplines that support a film’s story and visual dynamics. But the stunt department’s contributions remain unsung. This might be due to misperceptions about what stunt performers actually do these days. Stunt coordinator Melissa R. Stubbs (“Tully”) has been a voting member of the Academy since 2007. When she began her career, stunt actors were viewed as adrenaline junkies with “Kodak courage” — her term for the desire to do the biggest, most dangerous stunt sequences just for the glory of having it captured on film.

In a world of pricey digital effects, stunt departments present themselves differently now. Their mission: to advance the narrative by means of repeatable, safe sequences that are also budget-friendly.
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John Mulaney and Idris Elba to Host ‘SNL’ in March

Two wildly talented individuals will be hosting Saturday Night Live in March. NBC announced that on March 2nd, John Mulaney will return as host for the second time with musical guest Thomas Rhett. Then on March 9th, Idris Elba will take the stage with musical guest Khalid. Mulaney was a longtime writer for SNL who’s probably best known for writing all the Stefon appearances with Bill Hader on Weekend Update. After a short-lived sitcom, he’s now become one of the most popular standup comedians around, and he returned to SNL to host for the first time last …
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Steven Spielberg Refuses to Submit to the Wonderful World of Streaming

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Steven Spielberg Refuses to Submit to the Wonderful World of Streaming
Steven Spielberg is usually a forward thinking guy, especially when it comes to technology. After all, his Jurassic Park helped usher in the modern boom in digital effects. But there’s one bit of tech that the acclaimed filmmaker refuses to get on board with, and that’s streaming video. In the past, Spielberg has declared that the films […]

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Laurene Powell Jobs Invests in Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine

Laurene Powell Jobs Invests in Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine has received funding from Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective and a subsequent investment from Otter Media.

The strategic investments, announced on Wednesday, are designed to support two-year-old Hello Sunshine’s growth in the creation of stories celebrating women and distributed across multiple platforms. The values of the investments were not disclosed.

“We very intentionally chose strategic investors who passionately and unequivocally support our mission of changing the landscape for women by putting them at the center of every narrative we create, elevate, and champion,” said Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden. “We are extremely proud to extend our relationship with Otter Media, who has been a devoted partner since the beginning. We are truly honored to begin working alongside the team at Emerson Collective given their commitment to supporting impactful storytelling.”

Hello Sunshine is a producer on HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere,
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‘Avatar’ Could Have Starred Chris Evans or Channing Tatum

It’s been a decade since “Avatar” bulldozed through box office records, and while the film’s visuals might have stuck with fans over the years, it’s hard to imagine Sam Worthington‘s performance is just as indelible in their memories. But what would the movie have been without its star and with someone, umm, better? Director James Cameron recently revealed that Worthington wasn’t the only choice to play the film’s hero Jake Sully, as /Film shares.

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Brian Tyree Henry to Star in ‘They Cloned Tyrone’ for Macro (Exclusive)

Brian Tyree Henry to Star in ‘They Cloned Tyrone’ for Macro (Exclusive)
Atlanta” star Brian Tyree Henry is in negotiations to star in the thriller “They Cloned Tyrone” for Macro, sources tell Variety.

“Creed 2” scribe Juel Taylor is on board to direct and will co-write the script with Tony Rettenmaier. Macro is producing and financing the project.

Macro won the project in competitive, multi-studio bidding war as a pitch and developed it.

Macro’s Poppy Hanks and Mark R. Wright are exec producing.

The story follows a series of eerie events that thrust an unlikely trio onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in a pulpy mystery caper.

Henry had a strong 2018, starting with his Emmy-nominated performance in Season 2 of FX’s critically acclaimed series “Atlanta” as rapper Paper Boi. On the big screen, he appeared in five films: “Widows,” “White Boy Rick,” “Hotel Artemis,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which recently earned him a NAACP nomination.
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Jason Reitman Says His Version Of ‘Ghostbusters’ Will “Hand The Movie Back To The Fans”

The last thing that Sony wants with the upcoming “Ghostbusters” sequel, slated for summer 2020, is to repeat what happened with Paul Feig’s doomed 2016 reboot. Not saying anything about the quality of the film, as each film fan is entitled to their own opinion (unjustly biased or not), but Sony’s last attempt to bring the “Ghostbusters” franchise back was met with some serious backlash from a vocal group of fans.

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Chris Pine Helped Create His ‘I Am the Night’ Character, Even When He Didn’t Know It

Chris Pine Helped Create His ‘I Am the Night’ Character, Even When He Didn’t Know It
Recalling scenes shot many months prior isn’t always the easiest task, but when you’re trying to do so from the recesses of a labyrinthine restroom within a suspected serial killer’s house, well, it’s a bit harder still. Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins, the star and director of TNT’s limited series “I Am the Night,” are trying to remember one such scene while tucked inside a corner of the Sowden House — a shooting location for the show and former home to suspected Black Dahlia killer, George Hodel.

“It is absolutely written on purpose,” Patty Jenkins said, perched on the edge of a cushy chair that doesn’t really belong in an ornate master bath. Lounging next to her is Chris Pine, who just a few moments ago — while using his excellent Hannibal Lecter impression — joked about the nearby koi pond being part of his preposterous movie star demands.
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Oscars Announce 11 “Unique Talents” to Present Each Best Picture Nominee

The Oscars aren’t done surprising us just yet. The Academy today announced the 11 “unique talents” who will be introducing each Best Picture nominee at the ceremony on Sunday. These are not necessarily people involved in film or the filmmaking process as in years past, which hopefully means we’ll be hearing about some more interesting and/or meaningful connections to the nominated films. The “unique talents” are as follows: Chef José Andrés Dana Carvey Queen Latifah Congressman John Lewis Diego Luna Tom Morello Mike Myers Trevor Noah Amandla Stenberg Barbra Streisand Serena Williams Now the fun begins: …
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The Case for a Stunts and Choreography Oscar

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: it’s time for the Academy to create a Stunts and Choreography award.) It’s Oscar season, which means all the annual traditions and reheated previously-hot takes are in full effect. The Academy as an institution has […]

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Wolfgang Puck Dishes on 25 Years of Governors Ball

The evening of March 24, 2002, was unseasonably cool in Los Angeles.

It was the night of the 74th Academy Awards, and the first to be held at the newly completed Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. As the show’s honorees began arriving at the venue and walking the red carpet, temperatures were dipping as low as 50 degrees. Producers had portable outdoor heaters installed around the entrance to keep the guests warm as they made their way inside.

Those heaters used a lot of electricity. They used so much electricity, in fact, that after the ceremony, in the middle of the Governors Ball dinner, the two kitchens at the Hollywood & Highland ballroom lost power.

Wolfgang Puck is usually an unflappable guy. But even he was nervous. And why wouldn’t he be? The world-famous chef, restaurateur, and official caterer of the Academy’s post-show Governors Ball dinner was in the middle of serving
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