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Film Academy Investigating President John Bailey For Sexual Harassment

John Bailey

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey is reportedly under investigation for sexual harassment, a bombshell revelation that comes just 15 days after the 90th Oscars ceremony. The Academy received three harassment claims earlier this week and opened an investigation immediately, sources close to the situation told Variety, which first broke the news of the probe today. AMPAS did not respond to multiple requests for comment, but has just released… Read


Film Academy’s Annual Report For Fiscal 2016-2017 Shows Cost Down, Revenue Up For Jimmy Kimmel’s (Long-Ago) First Oscar Show

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has finally posted on its website the annual report for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 —  that is, eight months ago, when the first Jimmy Kimmel Oscar show was still a fresh memory, never mind Jimmy Kimmel 2, seen earlier this month. For the record, Kimmel’s first show, though ratings were soft, turns out to have been more economical than the prior year’s Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock: Awards-related expense for fiscal… Read


Matt Damon And Ben Affleck To Add Inclusion Riders On Pearl Street Projects

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have agreed that inclusion riders will be a part of all their future Pearl Street production deals. The announcement was made via Twitter by actor/producer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni at the South by Southwest Film Festival and follows the path set by actress Frances McDormand, who urged the Academy Awards audience to include the clause in future contract requests.The inclusion clause aims to promote diversity in casting and crew memberships. Actor… Read


Bart & Fleming: Oscar Ratings & ‘Red Sparrow’ Sunk By Hollywood’s Liberal Trump Bashers?

Jennifer Lawrence Jimmy Kimmel

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: Why were the Oscar ratings down 19% to the smallest viewership level of all time? I found it a most satisfying show. Jimmy Kimmel and producers Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd did a fine job all the way to the finish line this time, owning last year’s gaffe and ensuring it didn… Read


Frances McDormand’s Oscar Stolen & Recovered; Suspect, Who Posted Video On Facebook, Is Charged

UPDATED with suspect charged: Terry Bryant, who attempted to steal Oscar Best Actress winner Frances McDormand’s statuette Sunday night during the Governors Ball afterparty, was charged today with one felony count of grand theft of property exceeding $950. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow morning. Bryant faces a maximum sentence of three years in county jail if convicted, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said today. The case remains under… Read


E!’s Oscar Red Carpet Ratings Tumble, And ‘The Walking Dead’ Slows Too

Ryan Seacrest Oscars Red Carpet

E! Live From The Red Carpet on Sunday ahead of the 90th Oscars drew 1.33 million viewers, a drop-off of 34% compared with last year. Its 0.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic was down almost half from the year-ago’s 0.7. The special, which had drawn extra attention ahead of Sunday with misconduct claims resurfacing against co-host Ryan Seacrest, aired live from 2-5 PM PT from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It’s difficult to attribute the dip to Seacrest alone. The… Read


Donald Trump Gloats Over Oscar Ratings, Jimmy Kimmel Gloats Right Back – Update

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has the whole Oscar-ratings thing figured out: No stars, low ratings. And Jimmy Kimmel has offered an appropriate show of gratitude. “Thanks, lowest rated President in HISTORY,” Kimmel responded to Trump’s earlier tweet. Along with tweets about DACA, North Korea and a parsing of the difference between chaos and energy, Trump couldn’t resist taking a swipe at those Hollywood elites by gloating about the ratings for Sunday night’s 90th Academy Awards… Read


Oscars Aftermath: Behind The Scenes At The Show & Parties On An Emotional Night To Remember

“We are going to build that wall with Oscars,” five-time winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu joked when I ran into him at the Governors Ball after Sunday night’s Academy Awards. I pointed out that, with Guillermo del Toro’s big win, Mexican directors have won four of the past five Best Director Oscars. Del Toro, Iñárritu and Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron, best friends and longtime collaborators and colleagues all, are affectionately known as the “three amigos.” With The Shape of Water… Read


Guillermo Del Toro, The Morning After His Oscar Victory, Comes “Full Circle” In A Blaze Of Emotion – Interview

EXCLUSIVE: Twelve hours after he became a double Oscar winner for The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro steps off an elevator at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills looking a little exhausted, but no less overjoyed than he did when I last left him, about six hours earlier, at Fox’s post-Oscar party. There, he was a rock star, with friends and well-wishers cheering loudly when he stepped through the doors. Now, the company he keeps is a pair of golden statuettes, for Best… Read


Keala Settle’s Powerhouse ‘This Is Me’ Leads Oscar-Nominated Best Song Performances – Watch Them All

Keala Settle stopped the show at the Oscars on Sunday with her rendition of “This Is Me,” the signature tune from Fox’s The Greatest Showman. Watch her impassioned performance below, along with those of three other Academy Award nominees for Best Song, including trophy winnerRemember Me” from Coco.  Backed by a host of singers, the actress who played the Bearded Lady in the Hugh Jackman film belted out the anthemic song about acceptance and self-worth. Broadway actress… Read


Oscars In Memoriam: Annual Omission List Includes Adam West, Tobe Hooper

Adam West Tobe Hooper

As per usual the Oscars ceremony last night at the Dolby Theatre included an In Memoriam segment put together by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and as usual some weren’t happy about a few names that failed to make the cut. This year, a total of 51 names and photos were flashed across the screen as Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder sung a cover of Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top” while playing solo guitar. But among the notables left off: actor Adam West… Read


‘Coco’ Oscar-Winning Songwriter Robert Lopez Is The First Ever To Notch A Double EGOT

Not only did Robert Lopez walk away with his second original song Oscar last night for the Coco ditty “Remember Me” he co-composed with wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, but the Brooklyn-based songwriter became the first person ever to earn a double EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards). In his first go-round, Lopez was the youngest individual at 39 to notch an EGOT, and the fastest to win all four over a decade’s time. Breaking down Lopez’s wins: He won his first Oscar… Read