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George Clooney & Jean Dujardin Ding Donald Trump In César Awards Riff

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George Clooney and Jean Dujardin brought a much-appreciated comedic diversion into the three-hour-plus César Awards ceremony this evening in Paris — even while delivering a sometimes serious message. Dujardin presented pal Clooney with an Honorary César at France's equivalent of the Oscars, then helped "translate" his acceptance speech, injecting digs at U.S. President Donald Trump. For example, Clooney said: “Over the course of my career, I've had the great fortune of… Read

Oscar-Nominated Foreign Language Directors Denounce “Climate Of Fanaticism”

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As the Oscars loom on Sunday, the six nominated directors in the Best Foreign Language Film category have collectively released a statement expressing their “emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries.” The filmmakers include Denmark’s Martin Zandvliet, Sweden’s Hannes Holm, Iran’s Asghar Farhadi, Germany’s Maren Ade and Australia’s Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. Together, they say that… Read

Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway Among Final Round Of Oscar Presenters

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway – fifty years after the release of their classic Bonnie & Clyde – are among the final slate of Oscar presenters confirmed today by producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. Also joining the presenter roster: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Vince Vaughn. The latest slate joins a line-up of… Read

César Awards Winners: ‘Elle’ Best Film, Isabelle Huppert Best Actress – Full List

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UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Paul Verhoeven's psychological drama Elle triumphed at the César Awards tonight in Paris, scooping Best Film and Best Actress for Isabelle Huppert. The wins come despite Elle not having made the Foreign Lanuguage Oscar shortlist but as Huppert heads to Los Angeles for tomorrow's Indie Spirit Awards and Sunday's Academy Awards where she is also nominated. Verhoeven spoke only briefly on taking the big prize, reiterating his love for Huppert and turning… Read

Publicists Guild Awards: ‘This Is Us’, ‘Deadpool’ Among Winners


The publicists branch of the International Cinematographers Guild unveiled winners today during its 54th annual Publicists Awards luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. The teams from NBC’s This Is Us and XXX took home Showmanship honors among seven competitive categories. The guild also honored Denzel Washington (Motion Picture Showman of the Year), Ryan Murphy (Television Showman of the Year), DreamWorks New Media chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg (Lifetime Achievement Award) and… Read

Encore: Oscar Producers Mike De Luca & Jennifer Todd Ponder Trump, Hopes & Anxieties Going Into Hollywood’s Big Night


Editors Note: This story originally ran on February 15, 2017. EXCLUSIVE: The long relationship between Academy Awards producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd goes back to his storied tenure as New Line’s wunderkind bad-boy production president, when she produced the first of three Austin Powers films. De Luca is now the Oscar-nominated producer of the Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy, Moneyball and The Social Network. He’s forever shortlisted for every big studio… Read

Emmys: TV Academy Opens Envelope On Two New Categories & Rule Changes

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And the new Emmy categories go to … Outstanding Music Supervision and Outstanding Casting in a Reality Series. The Television Academy said today that it has added those two races for the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards. The org also announced a handful of rule changes for this year’s trophy show. The Music Supervision category will acknowledge the creative contributions made by the music supervisor to the music of any TV program. Casting in a Reality Series recognizes casting… Read

Asghar Farhadi Expected To Speak From Iran During UTA Rally

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EXCLUSIVE: Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of the Oscar-nominated foreign film The Salesman who decided to boycott the Academy Awards ceremony due to President Donald Trump’s initial travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries, is expected to make his first public appearance at the UTA rally this afternoon. Deadline hears that arrangements are being made for the director to either be Skyped in or speak via video from Iran for the rally that will bring… Read

Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolutely Final FINAL Predictions In Every Category

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According to La La Land's opening song, "It's just another day of sun" in Los Angeles. And for the 14-time-nominated musical, the Oscars might be "just another award" to win on what we actually hear is going to be just another day of rain. But will Oscar also rain on La La Land’s impressive record this awards season or will it continue its reign? So far it has swept just about every major precursor honor there is, and in very convincing style. But the Oscar isn't just… Read

Toronto Film Fest Reducing Lineup By 20%; Retires Vanguard, City To City Sections

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The Toronto International Film Festival is taking a bold step to reduce its lineup of films by 20% for the 2017 edition, in what is likely to be welcome news to some attendees who have lamented in recent years the bulging selections and sidebars. TIFF also says it is retiring the Vanguard and City to City sections. "As we build on the success of the Festival’s past four decades, we’re challenged to balance providing a generous choice of movies for over 400,000… Read

‘Hidden Figures’, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ & ’13th’ Among Humanitas Prize Winners


It was a double double win at the Humanitas Prize ceremony today, with Hidden Figures and Hacksaw Ridge taking the top feature film award and Ava DuVernay's 13th and Jim: The James Foley Story sharing top documentary honors. Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation won in the Sundance Feature Film category. (see full winners list below). "I write for my children," Parker told the crowd while accepting his award today at the Four Seasons. "As I write, I always ask myself, ‘What… Read