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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Puts The Mass Incarceration Issue On The Big Screen – Guest Column

If Beale Street Could Talk

Gina Clayton-Johnson is executive director of the Essie Justice Group, which she founded (and named after her great grandmother) in 2014 to harness the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones to end mass incarceration's harm to women and communities. She wrote this piece after seeing Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel that is up for three Oscars on February 24 — for Jenkins’ screenplay, supporting… Read

Berlin Film Festival 2019 Winners: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Takes Golden Bear; Full List Of Winners

Nadav Lapid

UPDATED with full list of winners: The Berlin Film Festival crowned its winners tonight at a ceremony in the Berlinale Palast. Big winners included Synonyms (Synonymes), which took home the festival’s top prize Golden Bear for Best Film and By the Grace of God, which won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. I Was at Home, But won the Best Director accolade, and there was a double hit in the acting categories for the Republic of China's So Long, My Son, which won Best Actor… Read

Bruno Ganz Dies: Swiss Actor In ‘Downfall’ Was 77

Bruno Ganz, whose best-known roles were portraying the extremes of an angel and Adolph Hitler, died in Zurich at age 77 on Friday. His cause of death was colon cancer, according to representatives. His memorable portrayal of German dictator Adolph Hitler in 2004’s Downfall was considered Ganz’s biggest role. But his appearance as an angel in the 1987 Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire also drew accolades. He later reprised that role in the 1993 follow, Faraway, So… Read

Dave Smith Dies: Walt Disney Archives Founder Was 78

Walt Disney Archives founder and Disney Legend Dave Smith died today in Burbank, California at age 78. His four-decade career at The Walt Disney Company was dedicated to preserving Disney's treasures from film, television, theme parks, and beyond. Named a Disney Legend in 2007, Smith shared his wide knowledge of the company's rich history in books and through his popular magazine column, "Ask Dave." "I'm deeply saddened to learn of Dave Smith's passing," said Bob Iger… Read

Christopher Knopf Dies: Former President Of The Writers Guild Of America West Was 91

Christopher Knopf, the former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died on Wednesday at age 91 of congestive heart failure. The Emmy nominated writer also served as president of the International Writers Guild and national chairman of the WGA. He received 10 Writers Guild nominations, winning three. Knopf's credits included "Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime," "Mrs. Sundance,"  "Baby Girl Scott," "Peter and Paul," and the pilot for "The Big Valley." His Emmy… Read

Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Academy Crisis Averted; Spike Lee On 2 Words He Won’t Say; Is This Finally The Year For Oscar Bridesmaids?

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. Despite final balloting being halfway done (Oscar voters, you have until Tuesday at 5 PM PT), and campaigns still in high gear leaving no rock unturned and no opportunity to reach straggling voters untaken, much of the air in the room this week has been sucked up by the latest controversy to make this the most beaten-up Oscar broadcast in recent memory (and that is before it even happens). One source… Read

ASC Boss Thanks Academy In New Open Letter As Hollywood Reacts To Oscars Rethink

UPDATED with ASC open letter: Hollywood celebrated with statements and posts on social media today in the wake of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announcement that all awards presentations would be live on the February 24 Oscars broadcast. That included Kees van Oostrum, the president of the American Society of Cinematographers, the group that launched the first signs of industry protest hosting an open letter from a quickly-growing group of signatories… Read

Oscars Last Call: Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ Analyzed By ‘One Percent Doctrine’ Author Ron Suskind


Ron Suskind has closely covered Dick Cheney and the George W Bush White House as a journalist and author of The One Percent Doctrine and The Price Of Loyalty, and he was the executive producer of the Emmy-winning Oscar-nominated feature documentary Life, Animated. His bold reporting included an inflammatory report that the blueprints for the Iraq invasion were drawn up way before 9/11, something that seems all too obvious when you watch Vice. Suskind acted as consultant fo Read

‘Descendants 3’ Teaser And First Synopsis Out From Disney Channel

Disney Channel is out with the first teaser and synopsis for Descendants 3, providing a 30-second glimpse at the upcoming original movie that continues the popular good versus evil saga. In Descendants 3, the teenage daughters and sons of Disney’s most infamous villains (also known as the villain kids or VKs) — Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (Booboo Stewart) — return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous… Read

Antoine Fuqua Collaborators Sound Off On Working With Director Ahead Of Golden Reel Honor

Antoine Fuqua, the director behind Training Day, The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven and Southpaw among other movie hits, is being recognized Sunday by the Motion Picture Sound Editors, who are giving him their Filmmaker Award at the 66th MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Ahead of the ceremony, sound editors Mandell Winter and David Esparza, both frequent collaborators with Fuqua, reflected on working with the music video director-turned-filmmaker. "Antoine uses sound as an… Read

Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta On The Power Of Women In ‘Roma’ – Guest Column

Roma Dolores Huerta

Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta co-founded with Cesar Chavez the United Farm Workers union where she currently serves as VP (Rosario Dawson played her in the 2014 biopic Cesar Chavez which starred Michael Pena as Chavez). Huerta is also founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which connects community-based organizing to local, state, and national movements. In 2012, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civil… Read

Oscars: Academy To Reverse Decision And Award All Categories On Live Broadcast


EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED with confirmation of Deadline scoop: The Motion Picture Academy has decided to reverse plans to award the four categories during commercial time — Cinematography, Editing, Make-Up and Hairstyling and Live Action Short — and the winners will be awarded during the live telecast. This become the latest in an Oscarcast that has been trying hard to bring the Academy Awards into the 21st century, but bucking up against an organization steeped in… Read