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John Waters Strikes A Blow For The Not-Normal – And For The Union: WGA Awards

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Writers Guild Awards, Show, The Edison Ballroom, New York, USA - 19 Feb 2017

Producer-director David Simon paid homage at the WGA Awards tonight to John Waters, his fellow proud son of Baltimore who received the Career Achievement In Writing Award from the Writers Guild of America. Calling Waters at heart and essentially a writer, Simon said that "he is the great modern master of self-effacement and self-parody. The late-1970s was so long ago that we forget where we were on the continuum of [free expression],” he added, recalling Waters hounding… Read

WGA Awards: ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Arrival’ Win Top Film Prizes; FX’s ‘Atlanta’ & ‘The Americans’ Lead TV – Complete Winners List

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Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins and Arrival’s Eric Heisserer were the big film winners tonight at the 69th annual WGA Awards tonight, which were handed out at dual ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. On the TV side, FX swept the top categories with Atlanta — from writers Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson and Paul Simms — winning for Comedy Series and New Series, The Americans for Drama Series and The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for Long Form… Read

Oliver Stone’s Critique Of America: It’s Not Just Donald Trump, “But A System” – WGA Awards

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Writers Guild Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Feb 2017

In presenting Oliver Stone with the WGA West’s Laurel Award tonight, Salvador actor James Woods said, “Oliver had the temerity to ask me once, ‘Do you think I should just retire?’ I said, ‘Are you f*cking kidding me? Trump just got elected. You can go forever now.’" Rather than verbally punch the current Commander in Chief, which was the vogue of tonight’s WGA Awards ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles, Stone’s message in his acceptance speech was not unlike the one he… Read

WGA Awards Ceremony Rips Donald Trump So Much, He (Sort Of) Makes An Appearance

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Writers Guild Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Feb 2017

Trump dumping was in full force tonight at the dual WGA Awards ceremonies. At previous awards shows this season – from the Golden Globes to the DGAs – winners, honorees and presenters made impassioned speeches against the current administration’s offensive policies and, at times in their protests, even refused to mention President Donald Trump by name. But tonight was a full-fledged roast of the Commander in Chief. L.A. host Patton Oswalt obviously set the table this… Read

Oliver Stone Blasts NBC News Story That Russia Might Return Snowden To The U.S. – WGA Awards

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Eight days ago NBC broke the news that U.S. Intelligence had discovered Russian plans to turn over Edward Snowden as a “gift” to President Donald Trump and to “curry favor” with the Commander in Chief. When Oliver Stone was asked about that story at the WGA Awards today, the Snowden filmmaker and tonight’s Laurel Award honoree exclaimed, "That ridiculous story?! Let's not indulge in fake news. It's bullshit. And this anti-Russia thing is bullshit." Snowden promptly… 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

Mark Duplass Urges Oscar Win For Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’

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Mark Duplass has a message for Academy members as Oscar voting winds down: “Think what it would mean if Moonlight won Best Picture.” Actor/director Duplass (Blue Jay, Togetherness) tweeted plea along with the poster for the Barry Jenkins-directed drama, urging Academy members to vote for Moonlight because "it's the best film this year." Dear @TheAcademy Voters. Think about what it would mean if @moonlightmov won Best Picture. Then vote for it bc it's the best film… Read

CAS Awards: ‘La La Land’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Among Winners – Full List

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The 53rd annual Cinema Audio Society Awards honoring outstanding achievement in sound mixing have wrapped, with La La Land taking home the top live action motion picture trophy, beating out other nominees Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sully. Pixar’s Finding Dory was the big winner in the animated film category. And for the first time this year, CAS honored outstanding sound mixing for a motion picture documentary. The Music of Strangers: Y… 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

Berlin Film Fest: Hungarian ‘On Body And Soul’ Wins Golden Bear – Complete Winners List

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UPDATE 11.58AM PT: Hungarian drama On Body and Soul has picked up the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 67th Berlin Film Festival. The love story, which is set in a slaughterhouse in Budapest, is written and directed by Ildiko Enyedi. It follows two damaged souls who develop a spiritual kinship with one another. Berlin Jury President Paul Verhoeven said that the entire jury “fell in love with this movie,” which is largely about fears, inhibitions and opening up to… 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