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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Promotional Video of the Day: Logan gets a fun promo ahead of its release next week with this video of a hydraulic press attempting to crush Wolverine's claws: Fake Movie of the Day: Late Night's Seth Myers sends up Oscar bait movies with a fake trailer for something literally titled Oscar Bait: Mashup of the Day: Ryan Gosling is replaced by Kermit the Frog in this new version of La La Land mashed with Muppets: Oscars Guide of the Day: Vox explains the voting process of the Academy Awards and why safer choices win in this essential pre-Oscars video (via /Film): Oscars Analsyis of the Day: Video essay master...
- Christopher Campbell
John Legend has been the victim of a Twitter hack, but he took it all in stride.
The 38-year-old singer took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts after realizing what had occurred, writing, “Someone just hacked my account,” and following up with, “My twitter has been hacked. Will handle asap. My hacker is vulgar but kinda hilarious.”
Someone just hacked my account.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 25, 2017
His wife, model Chrissy Teigen, was aware of the hacking as well.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 25, 2017
The Oscar-winning performer’s Twitter bio was changed to something insulting, and his tweets included vulgarities »
- Alexia Fernandez
Leave it to Lin-Manuel Miranda to keep things light.
“City of stars, are you shining just for me?” sings Miranda, 37, from center stage soon after arriving at Oscars rehearsal late Friday afternoon. Of course, those lyrics — from the Oscar-nominated song, “City of Stars,” from La La Land — aren’t from Miranda’s film, Moana, but it’s all in good fun.
At rehearsal, in jeans and a gray hoodie emblazoned with “Rehearsal Is the Best Part,” the boyish Miranda watches from the wings of the Dolby Theatre as Auli’i Cravalho belts out his Oscar-nominated song, “How Far I’ll Go, »
- Elizabeth Leonard
With all the hype surrounding La La Land this year, it seems like musicals are making a big comeback. While the film has certainly gained a lot of praise from critics this award season, most fans would be surprised to know that only 10 musicals have taken home best picture at the Academy Awards. The last winner was way back in 2002! While it's still uncertain whether or not Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's film will join the ranks of winners, you can check out all the feature films that have made movie musical history ahead. Related:13 Movies That Already Have Oscar BuzzFrom Stage to Screen: Recent Films Based on MusicalsThe Egot: Which Stars Are Almost There? »
- Kelsie Gibson
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
The three actors are among the final group of presenters to be announced for the 89th Academy Awards, which will take place Sunday evening in Hollywood.
Rounding out the lineup are Jason Bateman, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Warren Beatty, and Vince Vaughn.
Watch the People & EW Red Carpet Live Oscars pre-show on Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. Et/2 p.m. Pt »
- Oliver Gettell
In the 2017 Oscar race, politics have informed several Oscar categories, most notably Best Foreign Language Film.
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation” and whose second Oscar-nominated film, “The Salesman” (Cohen Media), is playing on more than 65 screens and has passed the $1 million mark, grabbed a lot of press when he canceled his plans to attend the February 26th Oscars ceremony following Trump’s Muslim travel ban for visitors from seven countries, including Iran. (Farhadi’s full statement is here.) He is currently the favorite to win the Oscar.
Read More: Why Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Should Win the Foreign Language Oscar — Consider This
Before and just after the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on February 6, Farhadi communicated with his four fellow foreign directors — Maren Ade of “Toni Erdmann,” Hannes Holm of “A Man Called Ove,” Martin Zandvliet of “Land of Mine” and Bentley Dean and Martin Butler of “Tanna. »
- Anne Thompson
“Hellllo dancers!” said John Legend, from onstage at the Dolby Theatre during an action-packed Oscars rehearsals Friday afternoon.
Waving cheerfully to the assembled dancers from his seat at a Steinway on center stage, the Oscar-winning singer-songwriter gamely launched into the La La Land medley he’ll perform at Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards ceremony.
Dressed casually in all black, Legend powered through pieces of “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars” from the La La Land soundtrack as dancers moved gracefully about the stage. In a dazzling moment of choreography, a couple, affixed to wires, soared overhead, dancing »
- Elizabeth Leonard
After a valiant two-year fight against lung and stomach cancer, entertainment journalist and screenwriter Amy Dawes died at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles Friday morning, according to her husband Billy Vasquez, who was by her side.
Over three decades, Dawes wrote insightfully about movies, television, music, popular culture and the city of Los Angeles. She was the consummate Hollywood insider and contributed frequently to Emmy Magazine and the Director’s Guild Quarterly as well as the Los Angeles Times, IndieWire, L.A. Weekly, Buzz magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone and Santa Fe. After working eight years as a film reporter and senior features editor at Daily Variety, she served as the editor of Creative Screenwriting Magazine. She also held staff positions at The Los Angeles Daily News and the L.A. Herald-Examiner.
Over the years she has »
- Anne Thompson
Ryan Gosling is nominated for an Oscar for La La Land - one he might actually win, we might add - and it would just be tangible proof that he's insanely talented. What's truly painful is the reminder that not only can he sing, dance, play the piano, and act, but he's also extremely good looking. The sexy actor has been our longtime movie crush, and now he's a sexy dad to boot. To reward you for your loyalty to the Canadian smoke show, we've put together some of the hottest pictures of him in existence. Good luck getting through this without internally combusting. Related:Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling's Under-the-Radar Romance, in Pictures »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
With the major popularity surrounding La La Land this award season, the film's director and writer, Damien Chazelle, has stepped into the spotlight in a big way. He has a Critics' Choice Award and a Golden Globe under his belt, and now he's in the running for the best director Oscar. At only 31, Chazelle already has one impressive résumé. If you're wondering who the man behind this year's most romantic musical is, check out some of his most interesting facts here. Related:14 Things You Probably Didn't Know About La La LandEvery Win and Nomination La La Land Has Scored So Far10 Movies to Watch If You're Obsessed With La La Land »
- Kelsie Gibson
The Independent Spirit Awards may not garner the same attention as the Oscars, but they offer a much broader survey of the previous year in film. There are some overlaps in major categories — the lauded trifecta of “Moonlight,” “La La Land” and “Manchester By the Sea” remains in place. However, there are also a number of other 2016 highlights, from “American Honey” to “Swiss Army Man,” that won’t make it to the Academy Awards. That gives us one last chance to cast a wider net. Per tradition, we reached out to our community of critics and journalists from publications around the country to ask them two questions for every category: Who will on Saturday — and who should?
Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations
Among the 119 respondents, the majority felt pretty strongly that “Moonlight” deserved to win best feature, and confident that it would. The majority also supported the possibility of »
- Eric Kohn
Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.
What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.
Watch: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations
1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942
20th Century Fox
Barack Obama and his family were famously big movie buffs, taking advantage of the White House movie theater for a number of screenings of fresh movie releases. Pretty much any new movie release, in fact; that’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, which notes that some of the Obamas’ final choices included La La Land, several other Oscar contenders, and Monster Trucks.
The report doesn’t make it clear which Obama specifically requested the film, which—in case you forgot—is about a monster that is also a truck. Weinstein intern Malia? Sasha? Michelle? Barry O. himself? We might never know. Still, the Obamas’ presidential movie habit isn’t new; Bill Clinton apparently had a similar love, although he got most of his movies on DVD. “George W. Bush, not so much,” said one studio executive who fielded presidential requests.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has only asked for two movies to »
- William Hughes
Sure, most of this year’s Best Picture nominees are rated PG-13 or higher, but that doesn’t mean they’re totally off-limits for kids.
For the seventh year in a row, Chicago mom-of-three Maggie Storino dressed her daughters up and photographed them as the posters for all nine Best Picture nominees, styling them like Emma Stone, Denzel Washington, Andrew Garfield and every featured A-lister in between. The resulting images — documented on Storino’s website Don’t Call Me Oscar — are all winners.
“The girls anticipate Oscar season like it’s a holiday,” Storino told Vanity Fair of daughters Sophia, »
- Kate Hogan
Anyone who isn’t poised to win the Oscar for Best Director is certainly entitled to hate Damien Chazelle, and there’s not an openly fascistic executive order in the world that can stop them. But, as of late, the infuriatingly accomplished “La La Land” mastermind has been making it very difficult to do so. As if it weren’t frustrating enough that his sensational, stimulating new film is a quantum leap forward from the comparatively airless “Whiplash,” Chazelle further endeared himself to many by giving the rare awards show acceptance speech that actually engendered a deeper appreciation for the honoree’s work.
Accepting the Best Picture prize from the New York Film Critics Circle, the mustached wunderkind pandered to the audience with the same crowd-pleasing cinephilia that’s been squeezed into every frame of his box office phenomenon. Instantly grabbing the room’s attention, his remarks began by name-checking legendary American filmmaker Frank Borzage, »
- David Ehrlich
La La Land has already made history, breaking the record for most Golden Globes won by a single film after snagging all seven of the awards it was nominated for. In January, the spectacular film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards, tying with All About Eve and Titanic for the most nominations of all time. With an additional eight accolades on the Critics' Choice winners' list and a total of 16 trophies so far, it seems like the musical is set to make an unprecedented sweep through award season. Let's break down every nomination and win so far. Related:Jimmy Fallon Just Pulled Off the Best Golden Globes Opening in YearsLa La Land Is the Most Romantic Movie of the Year - and Also, of Many YearsEmma Stone and Ryan Gosling Couldn't Stop Grinning When La La Land Took Home the Golden Globes' Highest Honor Oscar Nominations Best picture Best director, Damien Chazelle Best actor, »
- Ryan Roschke
The 89th annual Academy Awards are this Sunday, and to celebrate the end of another long awards season, The A.V. Club has been sitting down every day this week to discuss the major Oscar categories, offering thoughts of who will win and who should. As a dominant presence in La La Land, the presumed Best Picture front-runner, Emma Stone is seen as a lock for the Best Actress. But might the Academy instead go for French icon Isabelle Huppert, one of the most acclaimed actors in the world, up for an Oscar for the first time in her long career? »
- A.A. Dowd, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
After months of prognostication, we’re finally ready to be done with the Oscars! Well…almost ready.
With the 2017 ceremony taking place on Sunday, the time has come for pundits to weigh in with their final guesses in every category. Anne Thompson has offered her picks, including a lot of safe bets and a few uncertainties. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Thompson joins Eric Kohn to discuss those choices, while Kohn argues for a few outside shots in some major categories.
Listen to the full episode above.
Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. »
- Indiewire Staff
Every year, the Oscars bring a rush of enthusiasm about Hollywood's most buzzed-about cinematic masterpieces. This time around, the list of nominees features quite a bit of excitement. In addition to a notably diverse group compared to 2016, Viola Davis also became the first black actress to get three nods, and La La Land earned 14 nominations, thereby tying the record held by Titanic, Ben-Hur, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. As always, there's something else to note about this year's potential winners: 10 of them are vying for their very first Oscar! Keep reading to see all the first-time nominees. Related:People Have Very Mixed Opinions About Whether #OscarsSoWhite Is "Fixed"Meryl Streep Has the Best Reaction to Her Oscar Nomination: A Gif of Her DancingABC Accidentally Listed Amy Adams and Tom Hanks as Oscar Nominees »
- Ryan Roschke
Current Oscar nominees and past winners descended upon the Chateau Marmont for Cadillac Celebrates Oscar Week 2017. Select talent were dropped off in prestige Cadillac CT6 sedans, and quickly made their way up the Marmont’s famous driveway and out of the cold.
Zoe Saldana chatted with reporters before heading into the cocktail party, saying that she and husband Marcus Perego were planning to stay up a little later than usual on Oscar Sunday.
“I’m going to try not to fall asleep,” Saldana half-joked. “Now with a full house of children (including twins Bowie and Cy and newborn Zen), you’re sleepy by 7 p.m. It’s an exciting night. We’ve watched amazing performances and the culmination warrants for us to stay up later.”
- Lawrence Yee
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