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Oscars Set Unveiled As More Telecast Details Come To Light

The 91st Academy Awards are less than a week away and after some of the most contentious pushbacks in Oscar history, more details of the now likely 3 hours plus telecast are coming to light. Not only will all the categories be handed out on the live telecast, but all five songs nominated for Best Original Song will be performed (you forgot about that controversy already didn’t you?). There’s still no host which is fine by producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss because they have a plan.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘A Quiet Place’ Take Top Sound Editing Honors at the Mpse Golden Reel Awards

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘A Quiet Place’ Take Top Sound Editing Honors at the Mpse Golden Reel Awards
Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Quiet Place” split the top sound editing prizes Sunday at the 66th annual Mpse Golden Reel Awards. “Bohemian Rhapsody” took Dialogue/Adr and Musical honors while the innovative “A Quiet Place” scored for Effects/Foley at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.

This sets up a competitive Oscar race down to the wire next Sunday between the two frontrunners. But there’s also a good chance that the popular Freddie Mercury biopic will sweep both categories as a result of its Cas sound mixing victory on Saturday.

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Meanwhile, “Roma” took the foreign trophy for its nuanced soundscape, “Free Solo” and Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old” tied in the documentary category, and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” snagged animation and music score honors.

TV winners included “Westworld” (“The Riddle of the Sphinx”), “Altered Carbon” (“Out of the Past”), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
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WGA Awards Bear Little Relevance to Oscars, Which Will Have Fewer Dick Jokes

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WGA Awards Bear Little Relevance to Oscars, Which Will Have Fewer Dick Jokes
The Writers Guild Awards, East and West, always deliver strong pro-union and leftist political sentiments, not to mention a raft of colorful F bombs and dick jokes. Give writers a place to sound off, and likely they will, especially if there’s alcohol flowing. This show, as WGA West’s killer host Chelsea Peretti noted, “has all the glitz and glamor of the Oscars without the pressure of public interest.” Tomorrow, she noted, “most of you will be writing about losing awards.”

Indeed. Like other guild shows this year, the Writers Guild winners did not shed much light on the upcoming Oscarcast. The winner of Original Screenplay — beating Oscar nominees “Roma,” “Vice,” and “Green Book” — was a scribe not nominated for an Academy Award. Youthful Bo Burnham (“Eighth Grade”) at the DGA had already beat “A Star Is Born” writer-director Bradley Cooper for First-Time Director. “To the other nominees in
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‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ Surprise At 2019 WGA Awards

In simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles, the Writers Guild of America handed out the winners for the 2019 WGA Awards. Many of the winners were expected but in the film categories, the top winners were major surprises.

Bo Burnham’s script for “Eighth Grade,” which did not earn an Oscar nomination, beat major competition from “Roma” and “Green Book” in the Original Screenplay category.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: The Solid ‘Omega’ Introduces This Season’s Big Bad

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: The Solid ‘Omega’ Introduces This Season’s Big Bad
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead” Season 9 Episode 10, “Omega.”]

This Week On “The Walking Dead

The slow drip of information about the Whisperers continues in “Omega,” as Samantha Morton is rather convolutedly introduced as this season’s heavy, Alpha. It’s a solid episode, but the real question is which “Fantastic Beasts” cast member will join “The Walking Dead” next? Fingers crossed for Colin Farrell.

Man Is The True Monster

It was proposed in last week’s review that Lydia was putting on an act and she was much tougher than she let on. “Omega” wastes no time in revealing this to be true, as she gently presses Henry for information on the other settlements while filling him in on her tragic backstory. She and her parents were stuck in a group emergency shelter shortly after the zombie outbreak. Her father, Frank, was abusive and cynical, while her mother would go to any lengths to protect them,
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‘True Detective’ Director on What That Season-Spanning Tie-In Means for the Season 3 Finale

‘True Detective’ Director on What That Season-Spanning Tie-In Means for the Season 3 Finale
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “True Detective” Season 3, Episode 7, “The Final Country.”]

Daniel Sackheim joined the third season of “True Detective” pretty late — “I did not have a lot [of time],” he told IndieWire — but he knew about the case’s ties to Season 1 from the get-go.

“Nic [Pizzolatto] actually had all of these seven scripts written when I came onto the show,” Sackheim said. “It was always in the cards, so to speak.”

Episode 7, “The Final Country,” unveiled a secret connection between the Purcell case in Season 3 and the case investigated by Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) in Season 1. While Wayne (Mahershala Ali) is being interviewed by Elisa (Sarah Gadon), the docuseries reporter tells him about a theory that blames a pedophile ring for the death of William Purcell and kidnapping of Julie — the same pedophile ring associated with a serial killer felled by Cohle and Hart three years earlier.

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‘True Detective’ Review: Episode 7 Comes Full Circle with a Stunning, Franchise-Shaking Twist

‘True Detective’ Review: Episode 7 Comes Full Circle with a Stunning, Franchise-Shaking Twist
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “True Detective” Season 3, Episode 7, “The Final Country.”]

Let’s get one thing straight: The revelation that the Purcell case in Season 3 is likely connected to the Fontenot case in Season 1 is the least important piece of the evidence presented in Episode 7. It doesn’t really matter to Wayne (Mahershala Ali) if the pedophile ring that bribed Lucy Purcell (Mamie Gummer) into giving her kids to the Hoyt foundation is part of the larger criminal ring that includes the Tuttle church — once investigated by the original true detectives, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson). Wayne still needs to chase down his own leads and recapture his lost memories to solve his own case; tying it to another case isn’t all that important to his ultimate goal: hold the guilty men accountable.

But it’s a huge factor for “True Detective” overall. For one, it justifies why so
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Writers Guild Awards 2019 Winners: ‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?,’ ‘Barry,’ and ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Win Big

Writers Guild Awards 2019 Winners: ‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?,’ ‘Barry,’ and ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Win Big
With just one week to go before the Oscars inundate Hollywood with the final event of this year’s awards season, one last guild had some awards of its own to give out. It’s safe to say that no one does it quite like the Writers Guild, which traditionally holds not one, but two awards ceremonies, with both New York and Los Angeles playing home to evening events that unfold simultaneously. On Sunday evening, the NYC crowd hit the Edison Ballroom for a Roy Wood, Jr.-hosted show, while the Angeleno arm was back at the Beverly Hilton, hosted by Chelsea Peretti.

Despite missing out on an Oscar nod, it was Bo Burnham’s feature directorial debut, “Eighth Grade,” which walked away with the win for Best Original Screenplay, while Best Adapted Screenplay honors went to “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty.

The
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‘Love Death + Robots’ Trailer: Tim Miller and David Fincher’s Bizarre Animated Anthology

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‘Love Death + Robots’ Trailer: Tim Miller and David Fincher’s Bizarre Animated Anthology
Tim Miller and David Fincher might not seem like the most likely of collaborators, but the “Deadpool” and “Gone Girl” directors have teamed up to present “Love Death + Robots” for Netflix. The animated anthology has the potential to be one of the streaming giant’s strangest offerings this year, as “sentient dairy products, werewolf soldiers, robots gone wild, garbage monsters, cyborg bounty hunters, alien spiders and blood-thirsty demons from hell” are all on the docket in the 18-part series. Watch a new trailer below.

Here’s the full synopsis: “The full roster of stories will cover a variety of adult topics including racism, government, war, free will, and human nature. The anthology collection spans the science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy genres and each short has a unique animation style: from traditional 2D to photo-real 3D CGI. The creators were assembled for a global calling for best in class animators
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Sounds Stellar At 2019 Cas Awards

The Cinema Audio Society handed out its 2019 Cas Awards on Saturday night and provided some keen insight on how the Sound Mixing Oscar race might play out. “Bohemian Rhapsody” took the top prize over major competition from “A Star is Born” and “First Man.” Whether AMPAS members feel the same way about the Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic in this category remains to be seen.

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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Death Rumors Were Exaggerated, but 2019 Box-Office Struggle is Real

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In what could be the final release from 20th Century Fox before it becomes subsumed by Disney, “Alita: Battle Angel” was clearly the No. 1 film this weekend. It performed better than expected, with $41.7 million anticipated for the four-day weekend.

“Alita” bested the second weekend of “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” and two films that opened Wednesday, “Isn’t It Romantic” and “Happy Death Day 2U.” Along with “What Men Want,” also in its second week, they also represent the state of business at the moment — and the industry has much bigger concerns than which categories are shown live at next Sunday’s Oscars.

This will be a rock-bottom Presidents’ Day Weekend, with ticket sales down at least a third; in comparison to some years, it’s only half. One of those years was 2018, when “Black Panther” led to 31 million tickets sold. That was an extreme case, but the
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‘Vice,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Look Pretty At Make-Up and Hairstyling Guild Awards

The Make-Up and Hairstyling Guild handed out their 2019 Awards on Saturday night and two of the three Academy Award nominees, “Vice” and “Mary Queen of Scots,” both had good nights. “Vice” took home Best Period and/or Character Makeup and Best Special Effects Makeup in a Film. “Mary Queen of Scots” took the Best Period and/or Character Hairstyling while “Crazy Rich Asians” won the honor for Contemporary Hairstyling.

The other Oscar nominee, “Border,” did not make the guild cut likely because it was a foreign language film.

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‘SNL’ Mocks Lady Gaga’s ‘100 People in a Room’ Speech on ‘Celebrity Family Feud’

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‘SNL’ Mocks Lady Gaga’s ‘100 People in a Room’ Speech on ‘Celebrity Family Feud’
If you’ve been paying too much attention to awards season, you already know about Lady Gaga’s “100 people in a room” speech. A staple of her appearances over the last several months, it’s meant as an expression of gratitude to her “A Star Is Born” director/co-star: There can be 100 people in the room and 99 don’t believe in you. You just need one to believe in you, and that was Bradley Cooper.”

Gaga’s habit of repeating the line was mocked by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg during their Golden Globes monologue, and made its way onto “Saturday Night Live” last night.

As part of a “Family Feud” skit pitting this year’s Academy Awards nominees against each other, Gaga (Melissa Villaseñor) finds herself repeating her familiar bit. “It is such an honor to be on the ‘Feud,'” she says after being introduced. “If 99 people are surveyed,
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Gaspar Noé Loved ‘Roma’ and ‘First Reformed’ but Won’t Watch the Oscars

Gaspar Noé Loved ‘Roma’ and ‘First Reformed’ but Won’t Watch the Oscars
Gaspar Noé shot his riveting dance-party-gone-wrong thriller “Climax” in just 15 days, but the year he’s spent on the road promoting it has made it hard for him to keep up with other people’s movies. As the Argentine finally returned to his home in Paris, however, he has had the chance to catch up on a few Oscar contenders — but won’t be tuning into the ceremony.

“I really don’t care about the Oscars,” Noé said in a Skype interview over the weekend. “I would never watch the Oscar ceremony. If I cared about who was winning the Oscar, it was when I was a kid when they were giving awards to ‘Midnight Cowboy’ or ‘The Godfather.’”

When “Climax” premiered at Cannes last May, Noé expressed a minority opinion about one future Oscar contender, saying in an interview that he had walked out of “Black Panther.”

Nevertheless, in his most recent interview,
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‘Fighting With My Family’ Breaks Out of Sundance at Specialty Box Office

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‘Fighting With My Family’ Breaks Out of Sundance at Specialty Box Office
As Oscar contenders transition to home viewing platforms, their box-office presence is on the wane. Next up on the specialized calendar: Sundance releases. Producer Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson’s wrestling biofilm “Fighting With My Family” (MGM) has scored the best limited opening gross so far this year.

Lower but also impressive is the Colombian Oscar submission “Birds of Passage” (The Orchard), which scored decent initial two city numbers. Continuing with Focus’ “Everybody Knows,” which expanded decently in its second week, foreign-language films are on the rebound.

Opening

Fighting With My Family (MGM) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Sundance 2019

$131,625 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $32,906

The first hit out of Sundance delivered the best limited opening grosses since “If Beale Street Could Talk” two months ago. This retelling of the rise of WWE female superstar Paige features producer Johnson as himself. Despite its mid-American appeal, it opened as a platform run at
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In Another Blow to Physical Media, Samsung Is Done Making Blu-ray Players

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In bad news for proponents of physical media, Samsung has announced that it is exiting the Blu-ray market. The company said it “will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the Us market” in a statement shared with CNET. Its newest model was released in 2017, and plans to produce a new high-end 4K player this year were scrapped. The move follows a similar decision by Oppo, which announced its own exit from the market last April.

In addition to the fact that streaming movies and TV shows has become the norm over the last several years, Blu-ray hasn’t managed to fully replace DVD as the go-to form of physical media in the way that DVD did to VHS — even after besting the short-lived HD DVD in a format war 11 years ago. Any number of high-profile and/or well received movies have yet to be released on Blu-ray as a result,
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Exploring The Essence Of Faith In The Films Of M. Night Shyamalan

We’ve all heard the jokes about the aliens in “Signs” and their inexplicably shortsighted decision to invade and wander naked through a planet that’s 71% covered in a liquid that can kill them from mere physical contact. But coming from a director who consistently asks us to regard his stories with a childlike acceptance of the impossible, such causes for incredulity are practically part and parcel with the underlying message.

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French Priest Tries to Block François Ozon’s ‘By the Grace of God’ From Being Released

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French Priest Tries to Block François Ozon’s ‘By the Grace of God’ From Being Released
“By the Grace of God” was greeted warmly at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, but François Ozon’s film based on a Catholic sex scandal has had a more complicated reception in France. Priest Bernard Preynat, who has been accused of molesting more than 80 boys and denies all allegations against him, is attempting to block the film from receiving a theatrical release in France until after his trial later this year.

“When you try to break the silence, there is always resistance,” Ozon told Agence France-Presse of the situation.

“I don’t think this is happening by accident, because it is a film which is trying to break an omerta, and which deals with the silence,” he said. Even so, Ozon has tried to be “as even-handed and objective as possible. It is not a film of goodies and baddies, it is
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‘Alita’ Battles Its Way To A Surprise Victory, But The Road To Profit Is A Long One [Box Office]

There’s promising news for “Alita: Battle Angel,” directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron. The 20th Century Fox sci-fi blockbuster, rumored to cost around $200 million+ (official number is $170M), made $36.516 for the weekend, and around $42 million for the entire Thursday-to-Monday frame of its President’s Day long weekend release. This news is heartening news for Cameron, Rodriguez, and Fox. ‘Alita,’ which received mixed reviews—which admittedly grew better closer to release—was expected to be a huge financial flop.

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Alec Baldwin Declares a National Emergency on ‘SNL’: ‘Wall Works’

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Alec Baldwin Declares a National Emergency on ‘SNL’: ‘Wall Works’
One day after Donald Trump admitted he “didn’t need to do this” moments after declaring a national emergency, Alec Baldwin returned to “Saturday Night Live” and did likewise. The actor once again led the show’s cold open, mocking Trump’s meandering Rose Garden address: “We need wall, okay? We have a tremendous amount of drugs flowing into this country from the southern border — or the ‘brown line,’ as many have asked me not to call it,” he said

“That’s why we need wall: because wall works. Wall makes safe. You don’t have to be smart to understand that; in fact, it’s even easier if you’re not,” Baldwin as Trump continued. “So you all see why I gotta fake this national emergency, right? I have to because I want to.”

“I’m going to sign these papers for the emergency then I’ll immediately be sued,
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