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Box Office Report: ‘Get Out’ is the Real Story This Oscar Weekend

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For the second time this year, a Blumhouse Production tops the Top Ten, as “Get Out” (Universal) scored $30 million this weekend, which is six times its production cost. The tremendous success of “Get Out” on Oscar weekend is significant for two reasons.

Oscar weekend box office often provides an ironic counterpoint to mainstream box office. This year, though, is a little different. For one thing, three of the Best Picture nominees (“Hidden Figures,” “La La Land” and “Lion”) are in the Top Ten, while three other Best Picture nominees are in the Top 20, despite being at the end of long runs.

Read More: Jordan Peele’s Second Act: How the ‘Key & Peele’ Comedy Star Became a Bonafide Horror Director With ‘Get Out

Get Out” comes on a weekend when the Oscars are expected to make amends for the presumed wrongs over the last two years of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. »


- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Purple Moonlight’: Og Ron C and the Chopstars Give ‘Moonlight’ the Chopped-Not-Slopped Treatment — Listen

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Moonlight” is up for eight Academy Awards tonight, including Best Original Score. To mark the occasion, Og Ron C and the Chopstars have given the film’s musical stylings a chopped-and-slopped remix. “Purple Moonlight” takes four pieces from the acclaimed drama’s soundtrack, like Aretha Franklin’s “One Step Ahead” and Goodie Mob’s “Cell Therapy,” and reinvents them. Listen below.

Read More: Will ‘Moonlight’s Indie Spirit Awards Love Extend to Oscar Sunday?

Following three stages in the life of a young black man struggling with his sexuality, “Moonlight” emerged last fall as the most critically beloved movie of 2016. That love has extended to the awards circuit as well, including a host of prizes for writer/director Barry Jenkins and co-star Mahershala Ali, who’s the favorite to win Best Supporting Actor tonight.

Read More: ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Almost Didn’t Become a Filmmaker, But Now He’s »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Blame!’: Netflix’s Adaptation of Japanese Manga Cyberpunk Masterpiece Gets a New Trailer and Release Date — Watch

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Manga fans displeased by the changes made to “Ghost in the Shell” for this year’s live-action adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson (whom you may have noticed is not, in fact, Japanese) might have something to root for in “Blame!” Netflix has released the trailer for its take on Tsutomu Nihei’s beloved manga, which we’re assured has long been considered “visually impossible” to adapt. Watch below for a glimpse of how the streaming service fared.

Read More: TV Imports: The Best Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Acquired Series You’re Not Watching

Here’s the synopsis: “‘Blame!’ is set in the distant future where what’s left of the human race resides within the Megastructure, a vast and dangerous labyrinth that has grown wild and out of control. Thrown into this world is the mysterious Killy, a strange individual who is on a quest to bring civilization back from the brink of oblivion. »


- Michael Nordine

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Will Smith Raps the Oscars (Kind of) — Listen

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Demi Adejuyigbe, a mashup artist from Los Angeles, has recorded a timely project for the Academy Awards. “Will Smith Raps the Oscars” finds the young singer doing his best impression of the actor/musician, with three raps set to the music that plays over the credits of “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Moonlight.” Listen below.

Read More: 2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Score

In “Hacksaw Rap,” for example, Adejuyigbe uses the melody from Rupert Gregson-Williams’  “Praying” and the score from Mel Gibson’s World War II drama as the base of a Smith-inflected rap. “This is the story/Of a man from Virginia/He fought for his country/And for the lives of his fellow soldiers/Up on the Hacksaw Ridge,” goes the song.

Read More: IndieWire’s Final Oscar 2017 Predictions: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Nine of Its 14 Nominations

“Whoo!-light,” meanwhile, remixes “Little’s Theme” from Barry Jenkins’ critical darling: “Saturday night, »


- Michael Nordine

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2017 Oscars Live Stream: How to Watch the Ceremony Online

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We made it! Awards season finally comes to an end tonight with Hollywood’s biggest night. The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, kick off at 8:30pm Et on ABC, and there are a few ways you can watch the show online tonight if you’re unable to get yourself in front of a television.

Read More: IndieWire’s Final Oscar 2017 Predictions: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Nine of Its 14 Nominations

ABC’s live red carpet coverage will be streaming on the “Oscars: All Access” page on Oscars.com beginning at 7pm Et. You can also watch live footage from the red carpet on ABC’s official website and/or the ABC app.

The actual ceremony will only be able to be live-streamed on ABC.com and the ABC app  in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. Both the website and »


- Zack Sharf

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Terrence Malick Directed a Perfume Ad Starring Angelina Jolie, Because of Course He Did — Watch

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If you’ve ever found yourself thinking that Terrence Malick’s lyrical approach to filmmaking would be conducive to, say, a perfume commercial, your time has come. The director has helmed a commercial for Guerlain’s fragrance Mon Guerlain, with Angelina Jolie in the lead. Watch below, with thanks to the Film Stage.

Read More: ‘Song to Song’ Trailer: Terrence Malick’s Latest Looks Like Another Impressionistic Romance — Watch

Set to Andy Quin’s “Awakening,” which was also featured in the trailer for “To the Wonder,” the one-minute spot is exactly what you’d expect of a perfume commercial directed by the man responsible for “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line” and “The Tree of Life.” Balletic movements and cutaways to nature abound; if you include the female voice speaking “Mon Guerlain” at the end, there’s even narration.

Read More: ‘Radegund’: Terrence Malick Returns to World War »


- Michael Nordine

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Bill Paxton’s Final Press Tour: How ‘Training Day’ Paid Homage to His Texas Upbringing and Indisputable Charm

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Bill Paxton’s career spanned film and TV, where his many memorable roles included “Big Love,” “Hatfields & McCoys,” “Texas Rising,” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” But it’s CBS’ adaptation of the film “Training Day,” currently on the air, that will now serve as his small-screen swan song.

Read More: Bill Paxton Dead at 61: Emmy-Winning ‘Big Love’ and ‘Titanic’ Actor Passes Away From Surgical Complications

Training Day” has aired four episodes so far; 13 episodes in total were shot. Production wrapped at the end of 2016; the show wasn’t expected to be renewed, and Paxton’s death makes a second season even less likely. An adaptation of the 2001 film, CBS’ “Training Day” took place 15 years later and starred Paxton as Det. Frank Roarke, a cop who doesn’t always follow protocol. Justin Cornwell was the rookie cop who became his new partner, but was actually undercover to keep an eye on Roarke. »


- Michael Schneider

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Why Justin Timberlake’s YouTube Popularity May Point to Oscar Gold

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Among the many first-time Academy Award nominees this year is Justin Timberlake, who’s up for the Best Original Song prize at tonight’s ceremony. The singer is representing the animated “Trolls” with “Can’t Stop the Feeling!,” which was released last May and went on to become the highest-selling single of 2016. According to some number-crunching at the New York Times, the song’s popularity may very well help it take home a trophy.

Read More: 2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song

Starting with the imperfect metric of YouTube views — imperfect because the website has only existed since 2005 — the Nyt report notes that, since 1990, the song with the highest number of views has won 46% of the time. The calculus gets more nuanced from there, accounting for the fact that songs taken from musicals and animated pictures tend to have statistical advantages as well.

Read More: Oscars 2017: Justin Timberlake, John Legend, »


- Michael Nordine

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Arthouse Audit: ‘My Life As a Zucchini’ Tops New Limited Releases

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The marathon run of specialized awards contenders reaches its climax tonight. Only a handful will get a further boost. It has been a strong season, with business spread out among multiple films.

Meantime, a handful of releases outside the awards world, led by cat documentary “Kedi” (Oscilloscope) and the wider decently performing “A United Kingdom” (Fox Searchlight) will need to make up the gaps ahead.

One final Oscar nominee, the Swiss animated feature “My Life As a Zucchini” (Oscilloscope) had a decent start in a single theater each in New York and Los Angeles. This will see some niche life ahead as arthouses look for needed supplementary releases.

In every previous case of the first release of a Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition winner would be the top story in this report, as was the case for “The Birth of a Nation” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. »


- Tom Brueggemann

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If ‘The Salesman’ Wins the Oscar, These Two Iranian-American Heroes Will Accept the Award

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Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” is considered by many to be the frontrunner for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, but the writer/director won’t be attending tonight’s ceremony. Farhadi — who previously won the prize for “A Separation” — has chosen to boycott the Oscars due to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, which has since suffered several defeats in court. Going in the filmmaker’s stead are two Iranian-Americans: Anousheh Ansari and Firouz Naderi.

Read More: ‘The Salesman’ Director Asghar Farhadi Won’t Attend Oscars, Citing Muslim Ban

Ansari, who moved to the United States in 1984, is a space tourist with the distinction of being the first Iranian in space, the first Muslim in space and the first self-funded female explorer to make her way to the International Space Station; Naderi worked at Nasa for more than three decades, including stints as director of Solar System Exploration and »


- Michael Nordine

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In Troubled Times, the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards Finally Found a Purpose

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The Independent Spirit Awards are largely known as the ceremony that takes place the day before the Oscars, and sometimes it looks a little too similar. At their worst, the Spirits play like a series of rehearsal speeches for Sunday. The 2017 edition was mercifully different — with the budget of “La La Land” exceeding the $20 million cap for Spirits nominees, it was mostly an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments “Moonlight” over and over again. More than a socially relevant portrait of alienation, the movie also permeated the cultural landscape. Judging by the conversations swirling around the tent in Santa Monica, it also represented a tipping point for a community of artists on the verge of fresh inspiration.

No matter who won or how quickly the show moves along, the Spirits serve as an opportunity for a meeting of the minds. For the first time in the months following the election, hundreds of filmmakers, »


- Eric Kohn

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‘The White Helmets’: Members of Syrian Civil Defence Will Not Attend Oscars

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The White Helmets” is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short, but several key members of the team will not be represented at tonight’s ceremony. Yesterday saw the news that Khaled Khateeb, the film’s cinematographer, was denied access to the country, and now the Syria Civil Defence Force itself has announced that it will not be attending either.

Read More: ‘White Helmets’ Cinematographer Will Miss Oscars After Being Barred From Entering the United States

Read the group’s statement below:

“The Syria Civil Defence will not be attending the Oscars in Los Angeles.

Raed Saleh, Head of the Syria Civil Defence  is the holder of Us visa. Raed was planning to attend but can not make it, the intense air strikes across the country mean he must focus on work inside Syria.

“Khaled Khatib, a Syria Civil Defence volunteer and cameraman on the film, was due to attend. »


- Michael Nordine

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Hollywood Remembers Bill Paxton

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Waking up to the news of a celebrity’s death is never a good way to start the day, especially one as talented as Bill Paxton. The actor has died at 61, and his colleagues in Hollywood have already taken to social media to remember the star of “Big Love,” “Aliens” and “Titanic,” among many others. By all accounts, Paxton was especially beloved by his peers.

Read More: Bill Paxton Dead at 61: Emmy-Winning ‘Big Love’ and ‘Titanic’ Actor Passes Away From Surgical Complications

James Cameron, who worked with the actor on several films, has released a statement:

“I’ve been reeling from this for the past half hour, trying to wrap my mind and heart around it. Bill leaves such a void. He and I were close friends for 36 years, since we met on the set of a Roger Corman ultra-low budget movie. He came in to work on set, »


- Michael Nordine

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Bill Paxton Dead at 61: Emmy-Winning ‘Big Love’ and ‘Titanic’ Actor Passes Away From Surgical Complications

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Bill Paxton, the Emmy-winning actor who led HBO’s long-running “Big Love” and starred in multiple blockbusters in the ’80s and ’90s, has passed away. Paxton, 61, died after complications from surgery, a family representative confirmed to People.

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“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the representative said in a statement. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the »


- William Earl

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Oscar Political Moments: A Timeline of the Memorable Sacrifices, Protests, and Speeches Throughout The Telecast’s History

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Filmmakers and stars have often taken a political stance by choosing which projects to make. But when the Academy Awards ceremony began in 1929 to honor the best in film, this created a more public way to demonstrate opinions about the state of the world, the government or a cause.

Read More: Meryl Streep Fires Back at Donald Trump in Blistering Speech: ‘We Have the Right to Live Our Lives’

Not everyone has taken this opportunity though, except for maybe wearing the odd ribbon to support awareness or using their attendance (or lack thereof) to show solidarity. Those blessed by winning a coveted statuette, however, can use their actual acceptance speech as a platform to speak out. Although the awards started being televised in 1953, it took until the 1970s until winners began to really take advantage of having a massive audience for their views. And at times, even the Academy itself got political. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Barry Jenkins Wins Independent Spirit Best Director Award For ‘Moonlight’

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In a small sign that some things are still right in the world, Barry Jenkins took home the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

It was the fifth award of the night for “Moonlight,” which also won for editing, cinematography, screenplay and the Robert Altman Award that recognizes an ensemble cast, director and casting director of a film.

Sporting a sharp Hawaiian button up befitting of the Miami native, Jenkins called out fellow directors Andrea Arnold and Kenneth Lonergan (whom he apparently calls “Uncle Kenny”), for making work that inspires him. Thanking his cast and crew, Jenkins concluded by saying: “This thing it has my name about it, but it’s absolutely about all y’all. Much love.” Also nominated were Pablo Larrain for “Jackie,” Jeff Nichols for “Loving,” and Kelly Reichardt for “Certain Women,” in addition to Arnold.

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- Jude Dry

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Will ‘Moonlight’s Indie Spirit Awards Love Extend to Oscar Sunday?

25 February 2017 5:24 PM, PST

When the Film Independent Spirit Awards started off with a standing ovation for the Best Editing Award for “Moonlight” (Joi McMillion and Nat Sanders), the course of the Santa Monica awards show was set.

In fact Barry Jenkins’ Miami triptych went on to win a record six Indie Spirit awards, including the Robert Altman ensemble award. The warmth in the tent was palpable, as the crowd kept leaping to their feet as “Moonlight” won Screenplay, Director, Cinematography, Editing and Feature.

Oscar contender Mahershala Ali was included in the Ensemble Award, and wasn’t competing for Supporting Actor, which went to Ben Foster for “Hell or High Water.”

“A lot of people pushed away that script” for fear of “hurting their careers” said screenwriter Tarrell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the play on which “Moonlight” was based. For his part Jenkins thanked his friend and producer Adele Romanski for making him get »


- Anne Thompson

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Donald Trump Didn’t Have a Starring Role at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards

25 February 2017 4:54 PM, PST

Donald Trump loomed large over the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon, but  he did so from a distance (and we don’t mean a Florida golf course). The President’s name was spoken only a small handful of times during the show, but his presence — and that of the national mood he’s created — made itself known throughout.

Most of the explicit references could be found during Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s hilarious opening segment, in which the latter used Trump’s language to contextualize the indies nominated: “These films, are to quote the President: ‘Sad!’ exclamation point.” A few minutes later, he followed that up by setting up Kroll for a joke: “Do you know what Donald Trump thinks Barack Obama’s name is?” He asked. “Barry Jenkins,” Kroll deadpanned. The duo also commented on Trump’s recent decision to rescind protections for transgender Americans, wisecracking »


- David Ehrlich

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2017 Independent Spirit Awards: The Best Things Winners Casey Affleck, Isabelle Huppert and More Said Backstage

25 February 2017 4:53 PM, PST

The Film Independent Spirit Awards pride themselves on doing things a little bit different, happily throwing one heck of a party the afternoon before Oscar Sunday (on the beach in Santa Monica, lubricated by a pre-show cocktail “hour” that clocks in closer to three) to honor the best in indie film. This year’s outing was no different, aided by characteristically amusing hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney and featuring a batch of impressive winners.

The nominees list was heavy on the “Moonlight” and “American Honey” nods, and the final awards tally leaned firmly to the “Moonlight” camp (filmmaker Barry Jenkins, quite charmingly, used his Best Director acceptance speech to call out other directors he loved from the category, including “American Honey” filmmaker Andrea Arnold), with the film picking up a stunning six awards.

Each winner happily shuffled backstage to chat with press after their wins, often serving up some of the most notable, »


- Kate Erbland

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2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List

25 February 2017 4:40 PM, PST

The 32nd Independent Spirit Awards took place on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles. Many Oscar contenders — such as “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” — were nominated alongside smaller titles such as “American Honey” and “Chronic,” making for a truly unpredictable show.

Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Who Will Win and Who Should Win — Critics Survey

The full list of nominees is below, with winners in bold.

Best Feature

Moonlight

American Honey

Chronic

Jackie

Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

Barry Jenkins –”Moonlight

Andrea Arnold –”American Honey

Pablo Larraín –”Jackie

Jeff Nichols –”Loving

Kelly Reichardt –”Certain Women

Best Male Lead

Casey Affleck –”Manchester by the Sea” as Lee Chandler

David Harewood –”Free in Deed” as Abe Wilkins

Viggo Mortensen –”Captain Fantastic” as Ben Cash

Jesse Plemons –”Other People” as David Mulcahey

Tim Roth –”Chronic” as David Wilson

Best Female Lead

Isabelle Huppert –”Elle” as Michèle Leblanc

Annette Bening –”20th Century Women” as »


- William Earl

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