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Oscars Security 2017: The Donald Trump Factor


EXCLUSIVE: Only about 10 days ago, Hollywood Boulevard and the Red Line were shut down due a suspicious suitcase that was placed on an electric rail in the subway below the Hollywood & Highland complex. The police response was immediate, and the busy tourist area was evacuated before the all-clear came about three hours later after the LA County Sheriff’s bomb squad investigated. That happened as security operations were readying for the 89th Academy Awards, which takes… Read


[PHOTOS] 2017 Oscar Nominees Part 2: Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Justin Timberlake & More

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Looking at AwardsLine’s second gallery featuring an eclectic mix of this year’s Academy Award nominees, you’ll see more first-timers than veterans, reflecting the Academy’s enthusiasm for welcoming fresh faces and new voices to their crop of elite, proven talent. Among the talents featured in our first gallery were Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Elle‘s Isabelle Huppert and La La Land helmer Damien Chazelle. On display in Awardsline’s second gallery are Lion star Dev… Read


From ‘Inception’ To M.C. Escher, ‘Doctor Strange’ VFX Supervisors Lay Out Their Visual Inspirations

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Oscar nominated for their labors on Marvel’s Doctor Strange, visual effects supervisors Stephane Ceretti and Richard Bluff are emblematic of the magic their craft can bring to big screen endeavors. Injecting magic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring film, the pair had an important part to play in the future of the studio, creating the looks for several mystical dimensions that may appear in future Marvel movies. A previous Oscar… Read


[PHOTOS] 2017 Oscar Nominees Part 1: Casey Affleck, Denzel Washington, Pharrell Williams, Damien Chazelle & More

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It’s been another busy Academy season, comprised of enough worthy performances and films to stage several soirées at the Dolby Theatre. AwardsLine has been covering the Oscars race throughout the season as it evolves. The categories represented in the gallery above range from Best Actor and Supporting Actor to Best Director, Best Documentary Feature and Best Picture. Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Denzel Washington (Fences), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)… Read


‘Hail, Caesar!’ Production Designer Jess Gonchor On His Appetite For An Old Hollywood Moviemaking Approach

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Working with the Coen Brothers over the course of six films, production designer Jess Gonchor has received Oscar nominations for two of these collaborations— 2010’s True Grit and last year’s Old Hollywood caper comedy Hail, CaesarA meticulously designed throwback to the Hollywood of yore, the noir-tinged film is an ambitious endeavor, emulating sets from various cinema classics, including Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, sword-and-sandal stapes and the canon of Esther… Read


‘Hacksaw Ridge’ & Its 15-Year Climb To Hollywood: Oscar-Nominated Producer David Permut Looks Back

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“I didn’t believe it.” That was producer David Permut’s initial response upon hearing about Desmond T. Doss, the World War II medic who saved over 75 men in the battle at Okinawa without ever picking up a gun. “A medic on the front lines of World War II? I knew the combat medics needed to be trained in riflery,” says Permut, who with Hacksaw Ridge counts his first Oscar nomination in his 35-plus years as a producer. “When I found out it was true, I was astounded by… Read


Encore: Taylor Sheridan & David Mackenzie On Raising ‘Hell Or High Water’: “It’s About Fatherhood At The End Of The Day”

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Editor’s Note: This story originally ran on Dec. 23. Hell or High Water currently counts four Oscar nominations including best picture and an original screenplay nod for Taylor SheridanAfter drug war noir Sicario made enormous waves at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival into last year's awards season, you could feel that Taylor Sheridan, a Sons of Anarchy actor-turned-scribe, was bound to repeat his success all over again with this year’s CBS Films/Lionsgate movie Hell or Hig… Read


Oscar Week 2017 Parties & Events: The List

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VANITY FAIR OSCAR PARTY 2012 - Red Carpet Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 26 Feb 2012

UPDATED, Friday PM:  This list will be updated and re-posted on a regular basis with more events yet to be announced. Please send any event or party details to Mostly all of the events are by invite-only except for the Oscar Week panels; tickets sold for those at Tuesday, February 21 Final Oscar Ballots Are Due  5:30PM: 19th Annual Costume Designer Guild Awards Location: Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills Details… Read


‘Lion’ Composers Dustin O’Halloran And Hauschka On The Trial And Error Involved When Two Composers Are In The Picture

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It’s been an interesting season for Lion composers Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka. Receiving their first Oscar nominations for their work on Garth Davis’ directorial debut, the pair are the only composers who have kept pace with La La Land’s Justin Hurwitz, with nominations at four elite award shows—the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, and the Oscars. Though O’Halloran and Hauschka are longtime friends, dating back to an initial encounter in Northern… Read


Showtime! Major Oscar Road Closures Hit Hollywood


Call it the calm before the storm, but you have just 48 hours before the security net around the 89th Academy Awards truly kicks in, with road closures shutting down portions of Hollywood Boulevard and more around the Dolby Theatre. As the map above displays, by the day of the Oscars on February 26, a sprawling enforced perimeter will be full effect. In fact, the day of Hollywood's biggest night will see the situation go from gridlock to unparalleled lockdown, especially a… Read


Encore: ‘Moonlight’ Star Mahershala Ali On Responsibility To The Material And Encouraging Steps Forward In Hollywood

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Editors Note: This story originally ran on November 18.  By any measure, Mahershala Ali is having a banner year. As Remy Danton on House of Cards, Ali went toe-to-toe with the likes of Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. But he moved on in a big way this year, delivering a menacing turn as Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes on Netflix’s Luke Cage, before jumping into the press circuit for Oscar contenders Moonlight and Hidden Figures. Speaking to Deadline, Ali touches on the process… Read


Tarell Alvin McCraney On ‘Moonlight’s Message: “I Think People Were Hungry For That”

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'Lorraine' TV show, London, UK - 15 Feb 2017

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The movie 'Moonlight' starring Naomie Harris is up for 8 awards at next week's Oscars. This morning Lorraine meets the man behind the incredibly powerful story. 
After a very tough childhood including dealing with a drug dependent parent, Tarell Alvin McCraney wrote a screenplay using his younger years as inspiration. He put it to one side and carried on with his career and then sometime later it was shown to Barry Jenkins (director) and the rest is history. Tarbell joins Lorraine to tell his story.

Not many of us get the chance to re-visit moments from our past—let alone have them play out for the world to see—but for Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight was that vehicle. Based on his play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, the film follows a young boy's arduous journey of self-discovery while growing up in Miami’s low-income housing projects with a drug-stricken mother. McCraney, who wrote the script during a turbulent period in his young adult life, is up for an Oscar… Read