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Oscar Winner John Legend Talks Blacks In Prison, Police Brutality On CNN

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While accepting his Oscar alongside rapper Common for their song “Glory” (from Selma), multiple Grammy-winning musician John Legend caused a stir when he called out America’s current high rate of incarceration for black men. “The struggle for justice is right now,” he said, comparing the rate of imprisonment to pre-Civil Rights Era segregation. Since then, he’s emerged as a serious advocate for prison reform and racial justice, founding Free America, an initiative to… Read

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Oscars: Academy Announces Show Dates For Next Three Years, Dates For 2015-16 Season

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Mark those calendars — unless you haven’t bought them yet. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC just announced the dates for the 88th, 89th and 90th Academy Awards. The Oscars will air live on ABC on February 28, 2016, February 26, 2017, and March 4, 2018, respectively. AMPAS also announced key dates for the coming 2015-16 Oscar season, to wit: November 14: The Governors Awards December 30: Nominations voting opens 8 a.m. PT January 8: Nominations… Read

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‘Furious 7′ Proves Time Has Come For Oscar Stunts Category, But Will It Ever Happen?

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Vin Diesel has been quoted in the last few days saying Furious 7 will win the Oscar for Best Picture — or at least that it should. That won’t ever happen, even if it weren’t the sixth sequel to an action movie about street racing. But when I reviewed the movie that is already tearing up the box office, I said what it does deserve is to get the Academy to again focus on creating a new category for stunt coordination in films. This movie, and its predecessors, are just a… Read

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Oscars: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Not Returning In 2016; Academy Starts New Producer Search

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EXCLUSIVE: It’s official. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscar show for the past three years, will not be returning for round four and the Academy is now beginning a search for a new producer(s). Although Zadan had hinted about this in a cryptic tweet shortly after this year’s show, reps for the Academy and the producers maintained that nothing had been decided. Now it has. The Academy’s Board Of Governors met Tuesday night for the first time since Oscar… Read

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As Academy Board Meets, Are The Oscars Ready For Radical Change? Don’t Bet On It

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The Board Of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will have its first meeting tonight since this year’s Oscar show, the lowest-rated since 2009, and the agenda for these post-show meetings usually revolves around a review of the Oscarcast in order to get feedback on what worked and what didn’t. However, this may also be the most publicized (not by the Academy) governors meeting in a long time — if you go by breathless media reports that the Academy… Read

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Next Year’s Oscar Race Is Already On: Will Redmayne & Inarritu Return For Round 2?

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With the 2014 Oscar race fading further into memory, I say it’s never too early to look ahead to what’s in store for the nascent 2015 contest. It should start coming into the beginnings of focus when Cannes starts in May, or maybe even at CinemaCon in late April (though that National Association of Theatre Owners confab usually highlights more obviously commercial stuff, not necessarily Oscar bait). It’s interesting to note that by this time last year, three of the eight… Read

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Christopher Plummer Praises Lady Gaga, ‘Sound Of Music’ And Cements New Hollywood Honor

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EXCLUSIVE: After winning his first Oscar three years ago at age 82 for Beginners, another major Hollywood honor is coming Christopher Plummer’s way when he gets a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on March 27th in an event sponsored as part of the TCM Classic Movie Festival. The network is announcing details of the event today. When I talked to Plummer last week on the phone from sunny Florida — where he was escaping the harsh weather at his… Read

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‘Birdman,’ Other Oscar Winners Cash In Mildly At Specialty Box Office

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Oscar victories typically translate into a box-office windfall for winners, none more so this year than  Birdman. After grabbing Best Picture and three other Oscars, Birdman took flight in its 20th weekend in theatrical release with a big expansion. Other winners – including Still Alice, The Theory Of Everything and Whiplash – also added runs and revenue well into their theatrical releases. And with awards season now blessedly in the past, the weekend also had a number of… Read

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Oscar’s Halo At The Box Office: ‘Birdman’, ‘Still Alice’ & More Shine

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Oscar winners BirdmanWhiplash and Theory of Everything are available on VOD and DVD, but you wouldn’t think that looking at their fantastic box office results this weekend. And that wasn’t all. Still Alice, The Imitation Game, American Sniper and even foreign language film nominees Leviathan and Wild Tales were basking in the afterglow of last Sunday’s Academy Awards. Fox Searchlight’s Birdman led with one of the highest weekend-to-weekend percent jumps of 125% (behind R… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders Event Congratulates Its Oscar Winners And Nominees!

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With the 2014 awards season now finally history, Deadline rewinds to near the beginning with our highly successful fourth annual The Contenders Presented By Deadline on November 1st, when each studio/distributor rolled out their most promising prospects for an audience of Academy voters and key guild members. Serving as a preview of the season, the all-day sold-out event consisted of special presentations, film clips and onstage interviews with awards hopefuls in order to… Read

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Final Oscar Ratings: Demo Stays Lowest Since 2008, Viewership Worst Since 2009

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FINAL UPDATE, 11:57 AM: Like the show itself, the ratings for the Oscars feel like they will never end. Now, two days after Hollywood's biggest night we have the final, final numbers for the 87th Academy Awards. While it is still the lowest performance among adults 18-49 since 2008 and the lowest viewership since 2009, the spread has tightened a touch. In final ratings, the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted Oscars on Sunday went up a bit to get an 11.0/26 rating in the key demo… Read