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What a miserable lot of beautiful, self-absorbed, emotionally stunted people we meet in Terrence Malick’s Song to Song. And what sweet relief we feel when the last bit of ponderous narration comes to a close, and the last gorgeous but numbingly repetitive shot fades to black.
NEW YORK: The R-rated “X-Men” spinoff “Logan” slashed into the weekend box office, opening with a massive $85.3 million in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday, while best-picture winner “Moonlight” got a significant, if far from superhero-sized, Oscar bump.
If Octavia Spencer is God, then Lord, take me to church. A folksy Spencer serving up homemade baked goods is the vision of the divine in The Shack, Stuart Hazeldine’s nondenominational, magical realist, faith-based drama, an adaptation of the bestselling novel by William P. Young.
If you go see Fifty Shades Darker, the steamy sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, take note of the distinguished-looking auctioneer during the masquerade ball scene. He’s played by Akron native Michael Meneer.
Yes, the Great Mistake of Oscars 2017 made history in all the wrong kinds of ways. But a day later, advocacy groups and others overjoyed by the Cinderella win of Moonlight were saying, let’s forget the snafu and move on — because Moonlight made history in all the right kinds of ways.
LOS ANGELES: The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most stunning mistake ever to befall the esteemed awards show when the best picture Oscar was presented to the wrong movie. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, holding an incorrect envelope, wrongly presented the top prize to “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight.”
BEIRUT: A young volunteer in the Syrian search-and-rescue group featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary said Monday he hopes the award will help stop “massacres” in his country, and described a U.S. decision to block him from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars as “America’s loss.”
LOS ANGELES: Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as Apollo 13 and Titanic while also cherishing his work in One False Move and other low-budget movies and in the HBO series Big Love, has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61.
LOS ANGELES: Great reviews and buzz propelled comedian Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, the micro-budget thriller “Get Out,” to a chart-topping opening weekend with $30.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday.
The opening scene of Get Out, a satirical horror-thriller perfectly tailored to our post-postracial moment, is so cleverly composed and effortlessly subversive that writer-director Jordan Peele never quite manages to top it. Filmed in a single take with an elegantly swiveling camera, it shows a young black man (Lakeith Stanfield) walking through an affluent neighborhood at night, trying not to freak out when he realizes he’s being followed.
The 89th Academy Awards are Sunday night and we are breaking down the major categories. Let us know who and what you think should take home the top prizes. Today, a look at Best Picture and Best Director.
PHILADELPHIA: In a major break for Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian’s multitude of other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago.
We’re counting down to Oscar’s big night on Sunday and wondering which performers and which film will walk away with the most hardware. La La Land? Moonlight? Let us know who and what you think should win. Today, a look at:
Hello, movie mavens. Time to get pumped for the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Will La La Land run away with all of the big awards? Can Moonlight and Hidden Figures rise to the top? Will Denzel crush Casey? Join me each day this week as I break down the major categories. Let me know who you think should win the gold statues.
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