Oscars: ‘La La Land’ Ties All-Time Record With 14 Nominations
“La La Land,” a musical tribute to Los Angeles, dominated the Oscar nominations on Tuesday, picking up 14 nods to tie the record set by “Titanic” and “All About Eve.” The honey-coated celebration of all things Hollywood was nominated for best picture and best director for 32-year old wunderkind Damien Chazelle. Both of its lead actors, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, were recognized for their work as big city dreamers in love.
“La La Land’s” main competition in the major categories came from “Arrival,” an alien invasion thriller, and “Moonlight,” a low-boil drama looking at a gay man during the crack epidemic in Florida. Both films landed a total of eight Oscar nominations.
Three films were tied for third with six nods apiece: “Hacksaw Ridge,” a bloody World War II drama, “Lion,” a true story about a man who uses Google to find his long-lost family in India, and “Manchester by the Sea, »
- Brent Lang
Fox Orders X-Men Pilot From Bryan Singer, Matt Nix, Marvel TV
The pilot will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
This is the second Marvel TV project to go to a network in the Fox family, with “Legion” — a co-production between Marvel TV and FX Productions — set to debut on FX on Feb. 8. If picked up to series, the new project would be the second X-Men-based show to make it to television. Fox and FX parent 21st Century Fox enjoys exclusive film and television rights to the X-Men characters under a longstanding licensing deal with Marvel.
The Fox project is expected to tie more closely than “Legion” to the »
- Oriana Schwindt and Daniel Holloway
Sundance: Amazon Buys ‘Landline’ Starring Jenny Slate (Exclusive)
The sale continues Amazon’s torrid clip at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where “Landline” debuted to solid reviews last week.
More to come…
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- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Amazon Makes Oscar History as First Streaming Service Best Picture Nominee
With “Manchester by the Sea,” Amazon Studios has made history, becoming the first streaming service to land a best picture Oscar nomination. The awards love justifies the digital giant’s decision to fork over $10 million for the rights to the indie drama. That deal, announced exactly a year ago, was one of the biggest in the history of the Sundance Film Festival.
Oscar voters showered “Manchester by the Sea” with six nominations, including best original screenplay and director nods for Kenneth Lonergan. The film picked up three acting nods — for Casey Affleck’s performance as a grieving janitor, Michelle Williams’ work as his ex-wife, and Lucas Hedges’ turn as his acerbic nephew. Streaming service Netflix previously scored Oscar nominations for documentaries such as “Virunga” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Its documentary “The 13th” was nominated this year.
Even though Amazon buys movies for its digital platform, it has more traditional distribution strategy than Netflix. »
- Brent Lang
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, Mahershala Ali or 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 significant people and… »
The Leftovers' Final Season Gets Premiere Date, Teaser
"The Leftovers'" not-so-sudden departure will get underway in less than three months.
HBO on Tuesday confirmed (via Justin Theroux’s Instagram account) that the acclaimed Damon Lindelof drama will launch its third and final season on Sunday, April 16. The announcement was accompanied by a short teaser that declared, “The End is Near.”
As we previously reported, Season 3 — which was shot on location in Texas and Australia and will consist of eight episodes — will feature returning series regulars Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka and Janel Moloney. Additionally, Season 2’s entire Murphy clan — i. »
Sundance: Fox Searchlight Lands ‘Patti Cake$’ in $10.5 Million Deal
After a heated bidding war, Fox Searchlight has walked away with “Patti Cake$” for $10.5 million.
The indie label beat out several other players, including Amazon Studios, Neon and Lionsgate, for the well-reviewed comedy about a rap star from New Jersey.
More to come. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Not So White After All: Oscar Nominations End Diversity Drought With New Honorees
#Oscarsnotsowhite, right? 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… »
Miley Cyrus and Shia Labeouf Are ‘Teaching Treason,’ Jon Voight Says (Video)
Watch out, Miley Cyrus and Shia LeBeouf; if Jon Voight has his way, you might find yourselves facing treason charges. “Deliverance” actor and conservative cheerleader Voight took the “Eagle Eye” actor and “Can’t Be Tamed” singer to task on Tuesday, accusing them of spreading treasonous sentiment among their fans. “When you see the young people, like Shia Labeouf and Miley Cyrus, and they have a lot of followers, young people are looking at them, what are they teaching? They’re teaching treason,” Voight, who spoke at Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, said. Also Read: Shia Labeouf Launches Four-Year »
- Tim Kenneally
John Cena to Host Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards
In his growing career of non-wrestling-related gigs, John Cena is set to host Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards on March 11. The WWE Superstar, actor, and television host will guide the audience through the event where kids vote on the winners, make or breaking a contender’s chance at the coveted orange blimp.
It’s unclear whether Cena himself will be slimed in typical Nickelodeon tradition, but the biggest stars in attendance are sure to get a taste (though hopefully not literally) of the green goo. The Kids’ Choice Awards are known for stunts and surprises along with celebrating the newest young talent and kids’ favorite pop culture icons.
Though Blake Shelton made waves as the event’s host last year, Cena has been around the award show block himself. Most recently, Cena hosted the 2016 ESPYs as well as the 2016 Teen Choice Awards. Cena is also hosting “American Grit” from the foothills of Mt. Rainier »
- Dani Levy
Poll: What’s the Most Shocking Snub From Oscar Nominations?
Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday and, while some started their days with awards nods, there were also, as always, the inevitable snubs.
There was hope that Oscar might show some comic book love in the form of nominations for “Deadpool,” but the Ryan Reynolds passion project was shut out completely. Speaking of passion projects, Martin Scorsese’s meditation on faith, “Silence,” nabbed only one nomination for best cinematography.
On the acting side, few snubs seemed more glaring than Amy Adams for “Arrival” and Tom Hanks for “Sully.” And “Finding Dory” was overlooked in favor of other Disney favorites, even after its predecessor, “Finding Nemo,” became the first Pixar movie to win best animated feature in 2004.
Which snub shocked you the most? Weigh in below. Did we forget the snub that left you the most surprised? Let us know in the comments.
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- Variety Staff
Hacker Sentenced to Nine Months for Stealing Celebrity Nude Photos
One of three men convicted of hacking the electronic accounts of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, which led to a massive leak of private information and nude photographs, was sentenced to nine months in prison, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Chicago resident Edward Majerczyk pleaded guilty in federal court last year to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. Along with prison time, he was ordered to pay $5,700 in restitution to cover half the bill for counseling services obtained by a victim whose photographs were spread online. »
Jeff Bridges Reveals Inspirations Behind His Gritty ‘Hell or High Water’ Character
When you talk to Jeff Bridges about one of his films, he won’t talk about himself. He’ll talk about everyone else. After scoring his seventh Oscar nomination — fourth in a supporting role — for his work as the crass but dedicated Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton in “Hell Or High Water,” Bridges spoke to TheWrap Tuesday morning about all the people who helped him craft his performance, from his co-star Gil Birmingham to screenwriter Taylor Sheridan all the way to the film’s editor, Jake Roberts. But before all of them, he talked about the real-life Texas Ranger who became the basis. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Sundance Film Review: ‘Golden Exits’
“People never make films about ordinary people who don’t really do anything,” a young woman complains near the beginning of Alex Ross Perry’s “Golden Exits,” a dense, defiantly prickly film about ordinary people who don’t really do anything. Sure to raise a laugh from audiences who know what they’re in for, it’s both the most self-reflexive and self-congratulatory moment in a film that challenges viewers to connect the subtextual dots between its variously dissatisfied quinoa-class Brooklynites — one man’s “ordinary” is another man’s alien, after all — whose conflicts and yearnings don’t build to a tidy thematic destination. Many will accuse Perry of navel-gazing here, but that’s partly the point: “Golden Exits” means to frustrate, even to abrade, in its coolly articulate portrait of cosseted people who want for nothing and vaguely desire everything. An intriguingly motley ensemble, ranging from the Beastie Boys »
- Guy Lodge
‘Madam Secretary’ Writers Re-Working Episodes Following Tim Daly Skiing Accident (Exclusive)
The producers of “Madam Secretary” may need to rewrite part of the show’s current season after star Tim Daly was injured in a skiing accident. The actor broke both of his legs while on vacation in Sundance.
Daly is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday, and the team behind the hit CBS show has been told that the actor is expected to need between six and eight weeks to fully recover. In the interim, the “Madam Secretary” producers and writing staff are weighing a number of options, including either incorporating Daly’s injury into the plot of the program or shooting around him. The actor plays the husband of the Secretary of State (Tea Leoni) and despite his broken legs, he will continue to appear in every episode of the season. One source close to the production said that the show may be far enough along in its shooting schedule that few changes could be needed »
- Brent Lang
'Aquaman' Cast Assembles in First Table Read Photo
Wan shared a photo of himself with stars Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Patrick Wilson (the villain Ocean Master) and Amber Heard (Mera), throwing in a reference to the 1985 coming of age classic The Breakfast Club.
"After school detention with the new Breakfast Club," Wan tweeted.
Momoa's Aquaman is slated to begin production this spring in Australia. The character first appeared in last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will next swim into theaters for Justice League in November. His own solo »
- Aaron Couch
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