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Logan Logan: Hugh Jackman opens up about the ending (spoilers)

Spoiler warning: This article goes into detail about the ending of Logan.

Over dinner after finishing work on The Wolverine in 2013, Hugh Jackman asked Jerry Seinfeld — they’re friends — about the comedian’s decision to walk away from his sitcom and how Seinfeld knew the time was right to depart. Seinfeld’s advice: leave a little in the tank.

“The moment he said it, I was like, ‘This is it,’” Jackman recalls during an interview. “I’m quite indecisive, but when I get that gut feeling, it’s kind of a relief to me. When I met my wife, I knew. With the kids, I knew. When I was talking to Jerry that day, I was like, ‘Oh, yeah.’”

In that instant, Jackman realized he had one last thing to give Wolverine: an ending.

It was director James Mangold who first proposed the idea that Logan should die at the end of the new film. Jackman was open to it, but not without a serious caveat. After all, Unforgiven, a major inspiration for Logan, ends with Clint Eastwood’s Bill Munny walking away. “I thought, ‘This is a reason to do another movie and a reason to do no more after it,’” Jackman says. “But we really needed to earn it.”

They do. Having already delivered Laura (newcomer Dafne Keen) to the Canadian border, Logan sacrifices himself in a fight against a merciless clone, also played by Jackman, to secure her safe passage to the north. “As soon as I saw the script, I got it,” Jackman says. “Logan is someone who is most scared of intimacy and so wants to be alone and do things for himself. The idea that in the

“As soon as I saw the script, I got it,” Jackman says. “Logan is someone who is most scared of intimacy, and so he wants to be alone and do things for himself. The idea that, in the end, he must give his life to save someone else… I thought that was really powerful.”

As serious as Jackman seems about laying Logan to rest, he does have an escape clause (escape claws?) should he change his mind. The X-Men universe, as recently as Days of Future Past in 2014, established alternate timelines, and Professor Xavier bounced back swimmingly from vaporization in 2006’s Last Stand. Plus, Jackman has previously said he’d love to bring Wolverine into an Avengers movie, à la Spider-Man.

But don’t get too excited about that idea. Jackman insists he’s done. “I know this doesn’t sound right coming from an Australian, but at some point, you’ve got to leave the party,” he says, laughing. “It’s time to go home.”

oscars 2017 1 Academy breaks silence on best picture mix up: We apologize
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: ‘La La Land’ producer Fred Berger (R) speaks at the microphone as production staff and representatives from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Martha L. Ruiz (R) and Brian Cullinan (C), consult behind him regarding a presentation error of the Best Picture award (later awarded to ‘Moonlight’) onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has finally issued a statement on Sunday night’s shocking mix-up in which presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope and incorrectly announced that La La Land was the recipient of the Best Picture prize. The error was corrected minutes later, with the academy handing the award to Moonlight, but only after both producers Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt gave their acceptance speeches.

Here is the Academy’s statement in full:

We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of La La Land and Moonlight whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.

For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony. We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Earlier Monday, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers accepted “full responsibility” for the mistake, noting that one of two accountants on-site at the Academy Awards had erred in handing the wrong envelope to presenters Dunaway and Warren Beatty. The Hollywood legends received the best actress envelope, which had La La Land actress Emma Stone listed as the winner, instead of best picture.

Emma Stone Oscars 2017: Moonlight wins Best Picture but La La Land is announced by mistake

Emma Stone at the 89th Academy Awards

After an erroneous announcement, ‘Moonlight’ was named Oscar-winner for best picture. ‘La La Land’ was announced first.

“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’ drama is about a young African American coming to grips with his sexuality.

At first, Faye Dunaway announced “La La Land” as the winner, after her co-presenter Warren Beatty studied the card at length.

“La La Land,” the candy-colored big-screen romantic musical about two artists striving to fulfill their dreams, won the Oscar for best picture.

Both a salute to Hollywood and a love letter to Los Angeles, “La La Land” came into the Oscars with a record-tying 14 nominations. The film starts with a traffic jam that turns into an improbable song-and-dance sequence and goes on to follow its young stars as they meet amid disappointing professional moments.

In his review of the film , L.A. Times critic Justin Chang said, “The result is, by any reasonable measure, one of the loveliest things you will experience in a theater this year.”

The other nominees were:

“Arrival”

“Fences”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“Lion”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“Moonlight”

oscars 2017 The 2017 Oscar Awards Winners

 Credit Monica Almeida for The New York TimesThe 89th Academy Awards have come to an end, with “La La Land” earning six Oscars including director. “Moonlight” was awarded the best picture Oscar after it was erroneously awarded to “La La Land” in a moment of onstage confusion.

Casey Affleck taking home the lead actor award for “Manchester By the Sea,” while Emma Stone won the lead actress garland for “La La Land.”

The night’s first major award went to “Moonlight’s” Mahershala Ali, who took home the trophy for supporting actor. Viola Davis won the supporting actress Oscar for her work in “Fences.”

Elsewhere, “O.J.: Made in America” was named the winner in the feature documentary category, while Iran’s “The Salesman” won the foreign-language film Oscar. The latter’s director, Asghar Farhadi, declined to attend the ceremony in the wake of the Trump administration’s travel ban.

Best Picture
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actress
WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea 

Best Actor
WINNER: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences 

Best Supporting Actor
WINNER: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Documentary Feature
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life Animated
WINNER: O.J.: Made in America
13th 

Best Director
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Adapted Screenplay
Arrival, Eric Heisserer
Fences, August Wilson
Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Lion, Luke Davis
WINNER: Moonlight, Barry Jenkins with story by Tarell Alvin McCranley

Best Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan
La La Land, Damien Chazelle
The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
WINNER: Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
20th Century Women
, Mike Mills

Best Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
WINNER: The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

Best Original Score
Jackie
WINNER: La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Original Song
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
WINNER: “City of Stars,” La La Land
“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

Best Cinematography
Arrival
WINNER: La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence 

Best Production Design
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
WINNER: La La Land
Passengers 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
WINNER: Suicide Squad

Best Costume Design
Allied
WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land  

Best Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
WINNER: The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Sound Editing
WINNER: Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Sound Mixing
Arrival
WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Best Documentary Short
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
WINNER: The White Helmets

Best Live Action Short
Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
WINNER: Sing
Timecode

Best Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
WINNER: Zootopia

Best Film Editing
Arrival
WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Animated Short
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
WINNER: Piper

 

2017 Oscar The Full 2017 Oscar Presenters List Revealed!

Check out the full, finalized list of 2017 Oscar presenters!

Oscar producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the final slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presenters, including past winners and nominees, are Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Warren Beatty, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Vince Vaughn.

Previously announced Oscar presenters include Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, Halle Berry, John Cho, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Gael García Bernal, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Mark Rylance, Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Stone, Charlize Theron and Alicia Vikander. Additionally, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho, Sting and Justin Timberlake are set to perform.

“No matter who you are or where you live, movies bring us together,” said De Luca and Todd in a previous statement. “Through indelible, fearless performances these extraordinary actors help make it happen. We are thrilled to welcome them to the 89th Oscars stage.”

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Which of the Oscar presenters are you most looking forward to seeing take the stage on Sunday?

razzieawards 2017 Razzie Award Winners Announced

2017 Razzie Award Winners Announced

The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced the “winners” of the 37th Razzie Awards right before the Oscars take place tomorrow night. Do you agree with what the 2017 Razzie Awards are calling the worst of 2016? Sound off below!

WORST PICTURE
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Dirty Grandpa
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
Zoolander No. 2

WORST ACTOR
Ben Affleck / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Gerard Butler / Gods of Egypt & London Has Fallen
Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Robert de Niro / Dirty Grandpa
Dinesh D’Souza [as Himself] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2

WORST ACTRESS
Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Tyler Perry / BOO! A Madea Halloween
Julia Roberts / Mother’s Day
Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Naomi Watts / Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In
Shailene Woodley / Divergent Series: Allegiant

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Julianne Hough / Dirty Grandpa
Kate Hudson / Mother’s Day
Aubrey Plaza / Dirty Grandpa
Jane Seymour / Fifty Shades of Black
Sela Ward / Independence Day: Resurgence
Kristen Wiig / Zoolander No. 2

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Nicolas Cage / Snowden
Johnny Depp / Alice Through the Looking Glass
Will Ferrell / Zoolander No. 2
Jesse Eisenberg / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Jared Leto / Suicide Squad
Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2

WORST SCREEN COMBO
Ben Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Any 2 Egyptian Gods or Mortals / Gods of Egypt
Johnny Depp & His Vomitously Vibrant Costume / Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors / Collateral Beauty
Tyler Perry & That Same Old Worn Out Wig / BOO! A Madea Halloween
Ben Stiller and His BFF (Barely Funny Friend) Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2

WORST DIRECTOR
Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Roland Emmerich / Independence Day: Resurgence
Tyler Perry / BOO! A Madea Halloween
Alex Proyas / Gods of Egypt
Zack Snyder / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dawn of Justice
Fifty Shades of Black
Independence Day: Resurgence
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Zoolander No. 2

WORST SCREENPLAY
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Dirty Grandpa
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
Suicide Squad

RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD

2014 Worst Supporting Actor nominee Mel Gibson, for his Oscar-nominated direction of Hacksaw Ridge

paramount Paramount Seeking Studio Chief, But Who Would Want the Job Now?

Illustration by Tim Bower

Brad Grey’s exit comes amid a $450 million loss, a tug-of-war with Viacom’s CFO and a plan to impose a “steering committee” to greenlight movies, which may hurt the effort to recruit his replacement.

On Jan. 26, a gaggle of Viacom staff gathered for the unveiling of the company’s West Coast headquarters on the corner of Hollywood’s Sunset and Gower. The very corporate CEO Bob Bakish and vice chairman Shari Redstone rubbed shoulders with the very un-corporate Flo Rida and Snoop Dogg, while an advance guy poured tequila down thirsty throats. It was fun for almost everybody — except the executive who stood notably to the side: Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey.

Now the industry knows why. Twelve years after Grey joined the studio, his run is at an end following a year in which Paramount lost almost $450 million thanks to flops including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Zoolander 2. While many industry observers long had predicted Grey’s demise, he outlasted his deputy, Rob Moore, and even his patron, Philippe Dauman.

Grey’s exit follows a behind-the-scenes tug-of-war between him and Viacom CFO Wade Davis, who until recently had been spending “about half of his time” in Los Angeles, Bakish said in December. Any chance Grey, 59, had of bonding with Davis — one of the many non-film executives now making decisions about the 104-year-old studio — quickly soured, sources say, and Davis’ L.A. trips ended at Christmas.

Rumors are swirling about who will replace Grey, with a coffee klatch of familiar faces, including former Fox film chairman Jim Gianopulos, who’s vacationing in Greece while being courted to run Legendary Entertainment. An interim step will be the formation of an operating committee led by president of Paramount TV and digital entertainment Amy Powell, COO Andrew Gumpert, movie division president Marc Evans and marketing/distribution chief Megan Colligan.

Davis, who was hired by Dauman, will be “very involved” with overseeing Paramount, says one source, but will not be part of the operating committee. Instead, he’s said to be angling to become Viacom’s chief operating officer, for which he’s in contention with Scott Mills, its chief administrative officer.

The operating committee at best would be a Band-Aid as Bakish begins the unenviable task of finding Grey’s successor, knowing that greenlight committees tend to increase infighting. (Warner Bros. tried that approach but appears to have scuttled it with the recent promotion of Toby Emmerich.)

It’s unclear who’d want to run Paramount, given the level of scrutiny likely to come from the higher-ups, a situation analogous to Fox, where both James and Lachlan Murdoch are closely involved with the studio. Grey’s replacement won’t just have Bakish to please, but possibly Redstone, too, though she has denied interest in involving herself in studio decision-making.

Bakish’s desire to better integrate Paramount with the other Viacom brands also could limit a new CEO’s freedom. He’s enamored of what he calls Viacom’s “flagship six” — the cable channels BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Spike (being rebranded as Paramount Network, a vague concept so far) — and wants the studio to make one or two co-branded movies with each per year. “These films may easily account for half the slate,” predicts Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible.

Harnessing the labels’ power won’t be easy. “MTV and Nickelodeon are far less relevant than they were at their height,” says one producer who has worked closely with Grey. “Viacom has to both rebrand them and figure out what these brands mean on the movie side.”

The studio’s recent history doesn’t bode well. Paramount has made just one movie from Comedy Central’s longest-running hit, South Park, and that was back in 1999 (South Park — Bigger, Longer and Uncut), and only two features based on Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. And while MTV Films has served as a production label on more than 40 films, those haven’t been based on MTV properties since the Jackass movies of 2002 to 2010.

Building a feature slate from these labels comes as Viacom is trying to steer MTV away from scripted programming, while redefining Spike/Paramount. And yet Bakish has promised four features from Nickelodeon through 2020, starting with the animated Amusement Park, out in 2018.

Within Paramount proper, Transformers remains its biggest franchise; the latest installment is scheduled for a June 23 release. Two years ago, the studio established a writers room to map out a Transformers “cinematic universe,” but it has yet to name a director for a spinoff.

A sixth Mission: Impossible movie is about to go into production, also for summer 2018, but that franchise’s mission proved almost impossible last year when preproduction was suspended while the studio ironed out a pay dispute with Tom Cruise. Lagging behind is Paramount’s long-in-the-tooth Star Trek series. The 13th installment, Star Trek Beyond, released last summer, attracted just $343 million worldwide. Paramount only has seven movies slated for release this year, less than half the norm. They range from the anime-inspired Ghost in the Shell (March 31) to a movie version of Baywatch (May 26) to Alexander Payne’s satire Downsizing (Dec. 22).

If and when the pace of production picks up, it’s unclear who will reap the benefits, following a co-financing deal announced in January, with China’s Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group investing $1 billion in the studio’s slate. Bakish, as of press time, is said to be planning a meeting with those companies in late February, after flying to L.A. to announce Grey’s departure and the interim reporting structure.

Insiders can only hope this will mark the beginning of a genuine turnaround. “I promise you one thing,” Redstone told employees at the headquarters unveiling. “The best is yet to come.”

oscars 1 When are the Oscars? And other burning questions answered!

The Golden Globes are over; the SAG Awards are done; the PGA, DGA, and WGA ceremonies are behind us. We’ve checked off every event on the long list of yearly movie awards shows, except for the very last one — the biggest, the grandest, the loudest, the goldest of Hollywood celebrations. That’s right, film fanatics! It’s finally Oscar time!

The Super Bowl of cinema takes place this weekend, so it’s time to catch the last few nominated films on your list and place those final bets! Want to get in on all the star-studded action but unsure when to tune in and what you’ll be watching? Worry not, Oscarologists! We’ve got all the answers to your burning questions below.

What time are the Oscars?
The 89th annual Academy Awards, which are held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, will take place this Sunday, Feb. 26, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. The telecast will air live nationwide on ABC, with the network’s exclusive red carpet pre-show kicking off an hour and a half earlier, at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. For those of you without access to a TV, you can stream the show (with a cable subscription login) on a computer at ABC.com or on a phone using the ABC app.

Who’s hosting?
ABC called upon one of its own to carry the telecast, tapping Jimmy Kimmel for the job. Kimmel, whose Jimmy Kimmel Live! also airs on the network, has emceed the Emmys twice (in 2012 and 2016), but will make his Oscars debut as the host of this year’s ceremony.

Who’s presenting?
A whole slew of A-listers will take the stage to hand out the coveted statuettes to their colleagues, including all four of last year’s acting award winners. According to Oscar tradition, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance, and Alicia Vikander will each present the same awards they won, but to the opposite gender. Some of the other presenters include Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, Gael García Bernal, Halle Berry, John Cho, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Felicity Jones, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Stone, and Charlize Theron.

Who’s performing?
All five Best Original Song nominees will be performed live at this year’s ceremony (unlike 2016’s), and lucky for the viewers, there are some seriously major names behind the category’s contenders. Lin-Manuel Miranda will perform the Moana track “How Far I’ll Go” along with Auli’i Cravalho, who provided the voice of the title character in the animated film. John Legend will fill in for Best Actress and Actor nominees Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling to perform “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars” from La La Land (in which Legend had a role, but sang a different song). Justin Timberlake will perform his cheerful summer smash “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls, and Sting will take the stage to sing “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story. In addition to the Best Original song nominees, the audience will also hear from Sara Bareilles, who will deliver this year’s In Memoriam tribute performance.

Who’s nominated?
Why, all of the biggest stars and the greatest movies of 2016, of course! Damien Chazelle’s romantic musical La La Land led the nominations, with a record 14 (tying it with 1950’s All About Eve and 1997’s Titanic). Among the old-fashioned flick’s many accolades are nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and two for Best Original Song. Next up, Barry Jenkins’ stirring drama Moonlight and Denis Villeneuve’s emotional sci-fi film Arrival each scored eight nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for both.

The nominees in some of the highest-profile categories are below; check out the full list here.

Best Picture
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Best Director
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Who will win??!
Well, we won’t know until Sunday night! We will be closely following the race in the days leading up to the show as well providing live coverage of Hollywood’s biggest night as it all goes down at the Dolby Theatre.

Patrick Stewart Patrick Stewart says hes retiring from X Men franchise: Im done

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 Patrick Stewart is retiring from the X-Men franchise. The actor says the new superhero film Logan (out March 3) will be the last time he plays the mutant leader, Professor Charles Xavier. Stewart made the announcement at a SiriusXM Town Hall where he appeared alongside Logan director and co-writer James Mangold and Stewart’s costar Hugh Jackman, who reconfirmed that the film will be his last appearance as Wolverine.

“A week ago, Friday night in Berlin, the three of us sat, watching the movie,” said Stewart. “And I was so moved by it, much more moved than I had been the first time of seeing it. Maybe it was the company of these two guys, but the movie ended and — this is an admission — but at one point [Hugh] reached out, and he took my hand in those last few minutes, and I saw him go [mimes wiping a tear from his eye] like this, and then I realized I had just done the same thing. Then, the movie ended… and we were going to be taken up on stage, but not until the credits were over. So, we had some time to sit there and, as I sat there I realized there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more sensitive, emotional, and beautiful way of saying au revoir to Charles Xavier than this movie. So, I told [Hugh] that same evening, ‘I’m done too. It’s all over.’”

Stewart first played Xavier (a.k.a. Professor X) in 2000’s X-Men and reprised the role in 2003’s X-Men 2, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 2013’s Mangold-directed The Wolverine, and 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

oscars best picture 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night

Hey guys, it’s that time again. The time when I help prepare you for the biggest (and most boring) award show in Hollywood, The Oscars. The last few years have given us movies that were really not that amazing but I think 2016 was a good year for the movies. Nominations were announced a few weeks ago. Per usual, there weren’t really any surprises except for maybe Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic and a snub for Amy Adams (who they love) for Arrival. Well, get your movie ticket money and popcorn ready as we go through this list. As I always do, I will leave notes on my thoughts on the movies that I have seen. For the movies that I am yet to see, feel free to check back as I will update as I see them.

1 Arrival 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night
ARRIVAL
2016
Amy Adams as Louise Banks CR: Jan Thijs

Arrival

2 fences 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night

Fences

3 Hacksaw Ridge 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night
HACKSAW RIDGE (2016)
Andrew Garfield as ëDesmond Doss’

Hacksaw Ridge

5 Hidden Figures 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night
HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)
Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae, left), Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer)

Hidden Figures

6 La La Land 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night

La La Land

7 Lion 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night
Dev Patel stars in LION (2016) (CR: Mark Rogers)

Lion

8 Manchester by the Sea 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night

Manchester by the Sea

9 Moonlight 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night

Moonlight

10 Captain Fantastic 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night
Captain Fantastic (2016)
Shree Crooks, Viggo Mortensen (red suit), Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Annalise Basso, George MacKay, Charlie Shotwell

Captain Fantastic

11 Elle 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night
Elle (2016)
Isabelle Huppert as MichÀle

Elle

12 Loving 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night

Loving

13 Jackie 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night
JACKIE (2016) John Hurt, Natalie Portman CR: Bruno Calvo

Jackie

14 Florence Foster Jenkins 25 Movies You Need to See Before Oscar Night
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
2016
Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins

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MAUI is a demigod—half god, half mortal, all awesome. Charismatic and funny, he wields a magical fishhook that allows him to shapeshift into all kinds of animals and pull up islands from the sea. Featuring Dwayne Johnson as the voice of Maui, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Moana 

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ZOOTOPIA (2016)
Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin)

Zootopia

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Donald Glover Donald Glover cast as Simba in Lion King remake alongside James Earl Jones as Mufasa

Donald Glover has been cast as Simba in The Lion King remake in director Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of the beloved Disney cartoon

Donald Glover has been cast as Simba in The Lion King remake.
The 33-year-old actor and rapper – who will also star in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spin-off – has been cast as the protagonist in director Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of the beloved Disney cartoon.
Jon shared a picture of Donald on Twitter and wrote: ‘I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba.’

He also revealed that James Earl Jones – who provided the voice of Simba’s father Mufasa in the original cartoon – will play the king who is murdered by his brother Scar.
He posted a picture of James and wrote: ‘Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa.’
Matthew Broderick voiced main character Simba in the original movie, while Jeremy Irons voiced Simba’s evil uncle Scar.Donald Glover 1 Donald Glover cast as Simba in Lion King remake alongside James Earl Jones as Mufasa

Announcement: Jon shared a picture of Donald on Twitter and wrote: ‘I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba.’

Last year Disney confirmed the original 1994 movie will be given a live-action reboot and Jon – who helmed the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book – admitted he is excited about the project.

In a tweet complete with emojis of a lion and a crown, he wrote: ‘Excited for my next project’

Disney also confirmed songs from the 1994 movie will feature in the new motion picture and admitted the movie is on the ‘fast-track to production’.James Earl Jones Donald Glover cast as Simba in Lion King remake alongside James Earl Jones as MufasaHe also revealed that James Earl Jones – who provided the voice of Simba’s father Mufasa in the original cartoon – will play the king who is murdered by his brother Scar
Classic tunes from the film include Circle of Life, I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, Be Prepared, Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, which were written by Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice.
Can You Feel the Love Tonight played out over the credits and went on to win Best Original Song at the 1995 Academy Awards.
Disney has admitted the reimagining of The Lion King will build on the success of similar movies, Maleficent, Cinderella, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast.the lion king Donald Glover cast as Simba in Lion King remake alongside James Earl Jones as MufasaLast year Disney confirmed the original 1994 movie will be given a live-action reboot and Jon – who helmed the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book – admitted he is excited about the project

2017 oscar predictions final Oscars 2017: Our final predictions in the major categoriesWith a little more than a week to go until Oscar night — and voting for Academy members set to close Tuesday — To provide our best guesses for how things are going to shake out come Feb. 26. Now that most of the guilds (Producers, Directors, and Actors) have voted, we are expecting few surprises on the big night. Fourteen-time nominee La La Land should wind up the big winner, with a lot of love going to the performances from Fences. Read on for our take.lala land best picture Oscars 2017: Our final predictions in the major categories

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Best Picture: La La Land
One could argue that La La Land was crowned the Best Picture winner back in September when Tom Hanks told a crowd at the Telluride Film Festival that the movie was “brand new” and something “that you can’t imagine.” Since then, the $30 million musical has raked in more than $125 million in North American theaters and danced its way into almost every chamber of the Academy’s heart, scoring trophies from the Directors Guild and the Producers Guild. There is some red on the La La Land ledger — it failed to land a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Ensemble, a nominal requirement for best picture winners over the last two decades, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has some issues with it — but that probably won’t stop its waltz to the podium.Damien Chazelle Oscars 2017: Our final predictions in the major categories

DALE ROBINETTE

Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
His visual storytelling prowess, the authentic performances he culled from stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and the ability to cut between soaring musical numbers and grounded emotional moments make Damien Chazelle’s work on La La Land worthy of a Best Director statuette. Though there’s strong work from each nominee, they are unlikely to top the 32-year-old wunderkind, who would become the youngest Best Director winner ever. The only real threat is Barry Jenkins for his rich, restrained Moonlight.denzel washington fences Oscars 2017: Our final predictions in the major categories

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Best Actor: Denzel Washington, Fences
Casey Affleck’s poignant restraint in Manchester by the Sea was easily the performance of the year. But the continued headlines and questions about his past sexual harrassement allegations (which Affleck has denied) may have caught up with the star in 2017. His Oscar chances took a big hit after Denzel Washington won best actor at the SAG Awards last month, and while Affleck rebounded slighty with a win at last weekend’s BAFTA Awards (albeit not against Washington, who failed to earn a nomination for best actor from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts), the Fences star has all the momentum heading into Feb. 26.emma stone la la land Oscars 2017: Our final predictions in the major categories

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Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
It’s been a fine year for women in film. From Ruth Negga’s quiet resolve in Lovingto Natalie Portman’s searing anguish in Jackie, the Best Actress field is packed with complex, nuanced characters. But the real race is between Isabelle Huppert for her dark, morally murky role in Elle and Emma Stone for her bitter­sweet, love-­affirming performance in La La Land. Stone has the edge. There’s been a growing appreciation from the Academy that what she made look easy demanded real talent and precision. Plus, she’s the only actress whose movie is also nominated for Best Picture. And this year, that should matter.moonlight Oscars 2017: Our final predictions in the major categories

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Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Lucas Hedges felt brand new in Manchester By the Sea. Jeff Bridges played a racist old cowboy with aplomb in Hell or High Water. Michael Shannon stole every scene he could in Nocturnal Animals. And Dev Patel was riveting in Lion. But the statue is going to Mahershala Ali. Not only did he infuse Moonlight’s Juan with warmth and humanity, but his presence is felt long after he’s left the screen.viola davis fences Oscars 2017: Our final predictions in the major categories

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Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Viola. Viola. Viola. She might have won in the Best Actress category had she gone for it, but running in this field may ensure her the win. The three-time nominee never makes a false move as the heart of Fences. Her biggest competition comes from Michelle Williams’ equally heartbreaking performance in Manchester by the Sea, whose brief moments on screen ache with long-lived loss.