Oscar Nominations: ‘La La Land’ Ties Record With 14 Noms; ‘Arrival’ & ‘Moonlight’ Snag 8 Apiece
UPDATE with writethru: After a consistent run through awards season almost from the beginning, Lionsgate’s La La Land swept through nominations this morning for the 89th Oscars. Damien Chazelle’s musical, which went 7-for-7 at the Golden Globes last week, scored an Oscar-record-tying 14 nominations, matching the feat of only two other films: 1950’s All About Eve and James Cameron’s Titanic in 1997.
The pic scored in all major categories, including for writer-director… Read
Not So White After All: Oscar Nominations End Diversity Drought With New Honorees
After a two-year diversity drought in its acting categories, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences showered nominations on six African-American themed films, at least ten black actors and filmmakers, and an Indian adventure, Lion, to boot. The directing nominations had no women; but Barry Jenkins, a young black director scored, for Moonlight—plus Ava DuVernay’s 13th was nominated in the documentary feature category, putting her in… Read
Oscar Snubs: Martin Scorsese, ‘Sully’ & Taraji P. Henson Get No Academy Love
On Day 6 of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced this morning in L.A. and if you are La La Land, Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali or Elle‘s Isabelle Huppert, you'll probably feeling mountain high. However, for others like Silence director Martin Scorsese or Hidden Figures star Taraji P. Henson, their Oscars hopes just got buried.
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Oscars 2017 will be held on February 26 – here are some of the most… Read
Oscar Nominations Live Stream – Watch
Oscars organizer the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is mixing it up for this morning’s nominations for the 89th Oscars, eschewing the traditional press gathering at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater for a global livestreamed broadcast of the noms beginning at 5:18 AM PT and followed buy the marquee categories at 5:30 AM PT. A group of 11 Oscar-winning and -nominated Academy members will be interspersed among the reveals in 24 total categories to share anecdotes… Read
Ewan McGregor Scraps UK Talk Show Visit Over Piers Morgan Women’s March Barbs
Shortly before he was due to appear on ITV's Good Morning Britain today, Ewan McGregor pulled out of the interview, citing comments made about this weekend's Women's March by host Piers Morgan. A supporter of President Donald Trump, Morgan yesterday on the program described some of the women who marched as “rabid feminists" and said he didn't "see the point of the march(es)" which he called "generic" and "vacuous."
On Twitter this morning, McGregor, who is out promoting Tr… Read
Roman Polanski Pulls Out Of César Awards After Outcry From French Women’s Groups
Following an outcry from French women’s groups over the selection of Roman Polanski as President of next month’s César Awards, the filmmaker has pulled out of the post. Polanski’s attorney told Agence France Presse on Tuesday morning that he has renounced the position, but called the polemic “unjustified.” The Académie des Arts et Techniques, which oversees France’s equivalent to the Oscars, has not yet responded to Polanski’s decision.
The movement against Polanski has… Read
‘Rogue One’ Blasts Past $1B At Global Box Office; ‘Moana’ Sails To $500M+
TUESDAY UPDATE with Sunday actuals: Coming off of a record year, Disney hit a pair of major box office milestones this weekend with two of its late-2016 releases. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's rag-tag band of rebels zoomed across the $1B threshold at the global box office on Saturday — and hit the $500M international mark on Sunday — while Moana is riding a $500M+ worldwide wave.
In the case of Rogue One, Saturday was the 39th day of release for the Gareth Edwards-helmed… Read
‘XXX: Return Of Xander Cage’ Muscles Into #1 With $51.5M – International Box Office
TUESDAY UPDATE, WRITETHRU with actuals: Vin Diesel’s resurrection as the eponymous government operative in xXx: Return Of Xander Cage led the international box office this weekend with a better-than-estimated $51.5M start in 53 markets. From Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios, the extreme actioner muscled up No. 1s in 32 markets, and in like-for-like plays is 45% above Kingsman: The Secret Service, 6% over San Andreas and on par with Par’s own G.I. Joe… Read
How Jack Black Transformed Into ‘The Polka King’ – Sundance Studio
He has played an ape’s showman in King Kong, a sweet mortician-turned-murderer in Bernie and now a polka maestro/Ponzi scheme impresario in The Polka King. Larger-than-life characters seem embedded in Jack Black’s DNA, so playing the real-life Polish immigrant Jan Lewan — a Grammy nominee, friend of Pope John Paul II, gift shop owner, ex-con and loving husband — makes perfect sense.
Black received a copy of The Man Who Would Be Polka King, the documentary on which Polka Ki… Read
Netflix Acquires Sundance Closer ‘The Incredible Jessica James’
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Jim Strouse’s modern comedy, The Incredible Jessica James, ahead of its world premiere as the Closing Night film at Sundance.
The pic will be branded as a Netflix original film and launch globally this year to Netflix viewers in 190 countries.
Written and directed by Strouse, the film stars Jessica Williams (The Daily Show) as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She is… Read
Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta On New Doc ‘Dolores’: “It’s Really The Story Of A Movement” — Sundance Studio
One of the buzziest documentaries coming out of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Peter Bratt’s Dolores premiered Friday just in time for the doc’s inspirational subject, civil and labor rights leader Dolores Huerta, to speak at events surrounding the Park City Women’s March. Executive produced by legendary musician Carlos Santana, alongside consulting producer (and Star star) Benjamin Bratt, Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, who bucked 1950s gender conventions… Read
Universal/Blumhouse’s Jordan Peele Horror Film ‘Get Out’ Is Sundance’s Secret Screening
EXCLUSIVE: Universal and Blumhouse are coming off of an excellent weekend with M. Night Shyamalan’s Split taking No. 1 at the box office with $40M, and they’re going to keep the party going with this year’s secret screening at the Sundance Film Festival: the first look at Jordan Peele’s feature directorial debut, Get Out, which will premiere at midnight at the Library Theater. Get Out is a pure horror film from the Emmy-winning creator-star of Comedy Central’s sketch… Read