Congratulations to all the winners at the 89th Academy Awards! La La Land was the most-honored of the night, as expected, with six wins. But there were definitely some surprises. Like La La Land not winning even more. And the shocker that it was wrongly announced as Best Picture. Instead it was Moonlight that won the top award.
There were also many records broken. Damien Chazelle is now the youngest winner of the Best Directing Oscar, at age 32. O.J.: Made in America became the longest movie to win an Oscar at 467 minutes. Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar. Soundman Kevin O'Connell finally won with his 21st nomination.
But how about that Moonlight ending?
And here are all the winners:
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According to reports, veteran character actor Bill Paxton has passed away at the age of 61 due to complications from a surgery.
In a statement from his family to TMZ, they say: "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery." The family accurately describes his "illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and flimmaker." The family adds, "Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."
The Texas-born Paxton always brought a sort of Americana ruggedness to the roles he played. From memborable turns as Hudson in Aliens, to Dane in Navy Seals, to Morgan Earp in Tombstone, to... Read More
The Important News
DC Extended Universe: Matt Reeves will direct The Batman. Chris McKay will direct a Nightwing movie. David F. Sandberg might direct Shazam. David Thewlis is playing the villain Ares in Wonder Woman.
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Rob Zombie will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
X-Men: Deadpool 2 and X-Force got hot new writers in Drew Goddard and Joe Carnahan. James Mangold is sure Logan's X-23 will return in more movies.
Star Wars: The Han Solo Star Wars Story has begun production.
Disney Remakes: Donald Glover and James Earl Jones will star in the live-action The Lion King. Angelina Jolie might do a Maleficent sequel.
Alien/Predator: Alfie Allen... Read More
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:
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It's starting to feel like Spring outside, almost a month early, so today we've got a couple international trailers to get you excited about two of the hottest movies of the next season.
First up we've got a movie out next month about team building. And we mean literal building, as in giant robot formation.
Based on the cheesy old TV show Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, this looks to be a major improvement in terms of production quality. The latest trailer comes from Japan, where much of the content of the original series originated, and it will be interesting to hear how this version does over there. It doesn't seem like it's being sold any different in this spot than it has been in America. Even the jokey tone is... Read More
Directing is hard. Talking about it in such simple terms almost doesn't do justice to the difficulty of the job. The amount of things you need to keep track of and pay attention to is staggering. Every single department on set, from sound to costumes to cinematography, is looking to you for a final answer. Now imagine not only having to spin all of those plates behind the camera, but then step in front of it to act as well.
That's why even when actors transition to directing, they often avoid also casting themselves as the lead actor. Denzel Washington, however, decided he was up to that challenge with his directorial debut, Fences. So where did the confidence to pull it off come from?
As Washington says in the behind-the-scenes clip below, the reason he knew he could... Read More
For a lot of people who are all across the spectrum of comic book fandom — from the barely initiated to the hardcore — Batman's most natural state of existence is as a part of the "Dynamic Duo" consisting of he and Robin, the Boy Wonder. As the original kid sidekick superhero, Robin would play a hugely important part in comics history by providing a more relatable hero for young comics readers to attach to, while also charting a path for future sidekicks like Toro, Bucky, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, and a plethora of others that have followed in the decades since the Boy Wonder's first appearance in 1940.
Still, now there are a generation of Batman fans who know that the Dark Knight has actually had a few different partners that have... Read More
Flarsky: Charlize Theron (The Huntsman: Winter's War, above left) and Seth Rogen (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, above right) will star in Flarsky. Jonathan Levine will direct; he previously worked with Rogen on 50/50 and The Night Before; writer Dan Sterling previously penned Rogen's The Interview. Rogen will play an out-of-work journalist who decides to pursue his childhood crush (Theron). The biggest obstacle? She is now "powerful and unattainable." [THR]
Five Against a Bullet: Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor, above right with Don Cheadle) will direct the action thriller Five Against a Bullet. Jackie Chan will star as one of five bodyguards hired by a Latin American dictator for protection during a potentially dangerous election. Joe Carnahan (Stretch... Read More
Musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie (above) is obviously no stranger to the performing arts, but as far as acting is concerned, he's probably best known for voicing roles in movies directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super, Guardians of the Galaxy). That tradition will continue with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, according to Zombie (via ScreenRant).
With @jamesgunn at Disney recording a voice for Guardians of the Galaxy 2! #robzombie #jamesgunn #guardiansofthegalaxy2 #godblesstinytim
A post shared by RobZombieofficial (@robzombieofficial) on Feb 22, 2017 at 6:12pm PST
Gunn later shared the same photo on social media and added his own caption (via AV Club):
"There are two things you can be sure of in my... Read More