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Oscars Best-Picture Flub Explained: Read PWC’s Full Statement

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Oscars’ accounting firm, PWC, has just released a statement taking the blame for the error that led to “La La Land” being incorrectly named the Best Picture. The producers of “La La Land” had to hand over the Best Picture Oscar to the team behind “Moonlight” (pictured) — the film that truly won Best Picture. Warren Beatty, who incorrectly announced “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner with his “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star, Faye Dunaway, explained after “Moonlight” was named as the real winner that they had been given an envelope containing the name of “La La Land” star Emma Stone, »

- Tim Molloy

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Bill Paxton, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Big Love’ Star, Dies at 61

26 February 2017 7:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Paxton, the versatile actor who appeared in films including “Aliens” and “Titanic” and played a polygamist on HBO’s “Big Love,” has died from complications following heart surgery. He was 61.

A representative for his family released a statement asking for privacy and saying, “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”

With a Texas twang and grizzled visage, Paxton often found himself playing military men and cowboys. He was closely associated with James Cameron, playing a punk leader in “The Terminator,” as well as an ill-fated technician in “Aliens,” a venal car dealer in “True Lies” and a treasure hunter in “Titanic.”

Paxton earned an Emmy nomination for the 2012 mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys,” and was starring as a morally ambiguous detective in the CBS series “Training Day” at the time of his death.


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- Brent Lang and Pat Saperstein

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Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo

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Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast.

In addition to the best picture gaffe, during the show’s In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman was mistakenly used.

Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer and four-time Oscar nominee (“The Piano,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Oscar and Lucinda” and “Bright Star”) passed away in October 2015.


Oscars 2017: ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub Strikes Again

Her name and occupation were correct in the montage, but the photo used was of Jan Chapman, a still-living Australian film producer. Check out the erroneous image above.

“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered. Janet was a great beauty and »

- Lawrence Yee and Patrick Frater

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Neil Fingleton Dies: UK’s Tallest Man Was 36

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English actor and basketball player Neil Fingleton has died. Named Britain's tallest man in 2007, Fingleton turned professional actor with roles in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and in 2013's 47 Ronin. In what is his best-known turn, he played Mag the Mighty in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. A rep for the actor could not confirm how Fingleton died, although multiple reports say he suffered heart failure on Saturday. He was 36. A statement posted to the Tall Persons Club group… »

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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Scores Monster $30.5 Million Opening

26 February 2017 7:16 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Get Out,” a trenchant horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut. The low-budget film was the weekend’s top-grossing domestic release, earning $30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele atop Hollywood’s A-list. The film, which centers on a black man who discovers that his girlfriend’s liberal, lily-white hometown is guarding a sinister secret, marks a departure for Peele, best-known for his work on the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” It proves he can handle scares, as well as laughs, supplying sly social commentary in both genres.

Get Out” also extends Blumhouse Productions’ hot hand. The film company scored earlier this year with “Split,” a thriller about a man with a personality disorder that racked up $130.8 million stateside on a $9 million budget. Universal distributed, marketed, and partnered on both movies.

“It’s entertaining, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s subversive, »

- Brent Lang

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Damien Chazelle Becomes Youngest Best Director in Oscar History

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La La Land” director Damien Chazelle on Sunday became the youngest Best Director in Oscar history. The 32-year-old filmmaker breaks a record that’s held for 86 years. While Chazelle is 32 years and 38 days old, the previous holder of the youngest director title was Norman Taurog, who won for “Skippy” way back in 1931 at the age of 32 years, 260 days in 1931.

Chazelle has racked up multiple prizes for his work on the modern-day muscial “La La Land,” including the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the DGA awards. The film also came into »

- Thom Geier

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With ‘Moonlight’ Win, Dede Gardner Becomes First Female Producer With 2 Best Picture Oscars

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Moonlight” didn’t only win Best Picture in an unprecedented manner, it also shattered glass ceilings as well. When Warren Beatty admitted to having read the wrong Best Picture winner as “La La Land” when it was really “Moonlight,” he gave Plan B producer Dede Gardner her second Best Picture statue, which makes her the first female producer to have that many. On Sunday night, it was clear something was amiss when Beatty, presenting with “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star Faye Dunaway, took a long pause after looking at the card inside the envelope that was supposed to contain the name of the. »

- Linda Ge

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‘The Lego Movie 2’ is Apparently a “Big Musical” Filled with “Space Action”

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The deranged beauty of The Lego Movie was that it could be anything it wanted to be, existing in a universe where the only borders were the limits of a child’s imagination. Rather than feel like a commercial, it felt like a tribute to the limitless possibilities of playtime – it was unafraid to jumble genres, […]

The post ‘The Lego Movie 2’ is Apparently a “Big Musical” Filled with “Space Action” appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Oscars: Global Media Reacts To Best Picture Blunder

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International media outlets were awash with the Oscars Best Picture snafu throughout the day on Monday as the rest of the world woke up to what was possibly the most surreal moment in Academy Award history. UK paper The Guardian led its Culture page with the headline "Oscars 2017 Moonlight Wins Best Picture…two minutes after La La Land" and subhead "Cockup casts shadow over victory for Barry Jenkins' acclaimed drama as movie musical is mistakenly named winner by Faye… »

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The Oscars Telecast: A Well-Oiled Machine That Got the Monkey Wrench It Deserved

47 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You’ve got to say this for the jaw-dropping Omg, did that just happen? mistake that provided the climax for the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony: If you’re going to subject 32 million viewers to the most spectacularly embarrassing and inexplicable glitch in the history of televised awards shows, then it helps, in some weird way, if the mistake turns out to be a poetically symbolic glitch. In this case, that’s just how it came off.

La La Land,” the movie that Faye Dunaway announced as the winner (after her co-presenter, Warren Beatty, spent 10 seconds looking up and down at the card in front of him as if it were written in Hungarian), wasn’t merely the evening’s presumed frontrunner. It was the establishment candidate, with a record-tying 14 nominations, the movie that more or less everyone expected to emerge as the night’s big juggernaut of a winner. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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‘Bright’ Trailer: Netflix Surprises With Will Smith Fantasy Crime Movie During Academy Awards

49 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Netflix’s original content line-up is unmatched. The streaming service has been killing it with their original television releases for a few years now, and we are just beginning to see them dip their toes in the original feature film realm. One of the first big films is Suicide Squad director David Ayer‘s crime sci-fi fantasy […]

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- Peter Sciretta

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Bleak Moments: Ronald Bronstein on Frownland

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This interview with Frownland director Ronald Bronstein (a 2007 25 New Face) by fellow 25’er David Lowery was originally published in 2006. It is being reposted this week as Frownland receives a rare NYC screening this coming Sunday at the Alamo Drafthouse — projected by Bronstein himself. Click for tickets. Traveling on the festival circuit and spending days in darkened theaters, one grows accustomed to the ebb and flow of certain trends in independent film. Talkative, shakily digital twentysomething dramedies; sensitive tone poems; documentaries both edgy and lyrical. Then a film like Ronald Bronstein’s Frownland comes out of nowhere and […] »

- David Lowery

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Sony Pictures Classics Exec Says Oscar Buzz For Foreign Film Winner ‘The Salesman’ Is “Fake News”

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Last night, something rare emerged at the Oscars: class. All season long, Film Twitter has engaged in an ugly battle pitting Team “Moonlight” versus Team “La La Land,” a fracas that the makers of either film have never engaged in. Even with the Best Picture mixup, the makers of “Moonlight” and “La La Land” were gracious to each other in both victory and defeat. But it appears that Sony Pictures Classics didn’t get the memo.

Continue reading Sony Pictures Classics Exec Says Oscar Buzz For Foreign Film Winner ‘The Salesman’ Is “Fake News” at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Moonlight’ Director: Best Picture Snafu Made Winning ‘More Complicated’

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The best picture snafu that closed out Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast was still reverberating on Monday’s network morning news programs.

Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins told “CBS This Morning” that the mix-up that resulted in “Moonlight” being named the winner a few minutes after “La La Land” was mistakenly announced only added to the surreal quality of the night for him. “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that his focus after learning the truth was “making sure ‘Moonlight’ got the recognition it deserves.”


Epic Oscars Mistake: Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty Announce Wrong Best Picture Winner

The key players on both films emphasized that they have become friendly while traversing the awards circuit together during the past few months.

“They say truth is stranger than fiction. That was the moment I’ve been living in,” Jenkins said, adding that it still felt “surreal »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Early Oscars Ratings: Audience Dips Slightly as Telecast Goes Long

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The preliminary Oscar ratings are in – and unless someone switched the envelope on us (a very real possibility, apparently), the 2017 Academy Awards was down from last year.

In the nation’s 56 metered markets, the 89th Oscars averaged a 22.4 rating and 36 share  – compared to 23.1/37 last year and 24.6/39 in 2015. According to ABC, the highest-rated markets were New York (31.1 rating), San Diego (30.7 rating), Los Angeles (30.5 rating), Chicago (30.5 rating) and San Francisco (30.3 rating).

Full national ratings won’t be available until later today, due to the live nature of the broadcast. But these early returns are a bit of a disappointment for ABC and host Jimmy Kimmel, who finally took over the telecast as host this year.

Kimmel earned high marks for his inaugural Oscar gig, which came just months after he also received praise for hosting the Emmys. Positive buzz likely helped the show throughout the evening, although its final numbers may be »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ Wins Best Picture…at the All Def Movie Awards

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Over the weekend, the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards and the 89th cademy Awards both honored Moonlight with the top honors for the Best Picture of 2016. It’s amazing that director Barry Jenkins had his movie recognized for being the stellar piece of cinema that it is. But we need to talk about another Best Picture […]

The post ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ Wins Best Picture…at the All Def Movie Awards appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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PwC issues 'sincere apology' for Oscars best picture envelope mistake

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Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in charge of vote counting vows to investigate error that led to La La Land being awarded best film by mistake

• Anatomy of a fiasco: how the announcement cock-up occured

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accountancy firm that has overseen the counting of the Oscars ballots for 83 years, has apologised for the most spectacular blunder in the history of the starry ceremony – when the award for best film was mistakenly presented to La La Land instead of the actual winner Moonlight.

The company promised to investigate the error after Warren Beatty, who was presenting the best picture award with Faye Dunaway, ended up with the wrong envelope. “We sincerely apologise to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for best picture,” a PwC statement said.

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- Maev Kennedy

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Oscar winners 2017: the full list (with Moonlight as best picture)

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

All the winners from the 89th Academy Awards

Moonlight wins best picture – two minutes after La La Land

As the night unfolded

Five surprises

The night in photos

Don’t let envelope-gate overshadow Moonlight’s achievementAnatomy of a fiasco: how La La Land was wrongly announced and other times that’s happened

Winner: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

Dev Patel (Lion)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

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- Guardian film

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Japan Box Office: ‘La La Land’ Dances to Weekend Win

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Tokyo — With its release perfectly timed to benefit from its six Oscars, “La La Land” danced to the top of the Japanese box office in its first weekend. Released by Gaga and Pony Canyon on Feb. 24, the film earned $3.7 million on 290,000 admissions for the Feb. 25-26 weekend.

With the Academy Awards ceremony widely seen in Japan, and Damien Chazelle’s previous “Whiplash” an indie hit in this long-time jazz Mecca, the opening numbers bode well for a finish near the $25 million mark.

Debuting at number four was the Vin Diesel thriller “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” Bowing on Feb. 24, the film made $1.3 million in its opening frame with Toho Pictures distributing. The 2002 predecessor “xXx” recorded $15 million in Japan, but the follow-up is forecast to finish nearer to $10 million.

Related storiesThe Oscars Telecast: A Well-Oiled Machine That Got the Monkey Wrench It Deserved'Moonlight' Director: Best Picture Snafu Made Winning 'More Complicated'Korea »

- Mark Schilling

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Oscars: Best Picture Envelope Disaster Can’t Take Away Triumph Of Best Academy Awards Show In Many A Moon(light)

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Somehow the confused, perplexing and chaotic ending of the 89th annual Academy Awards seems a fitting coda to an Oscar show in the Donald Trump era. I have covered a lot of Oscar shows in my time, but never have I seen one go down like this one did Sunday night, when La La Land was announced for Best Picture, and speeches were made … only to have it taken away. Due to a mistake in handing the correct envelope to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, Moonlight was… »

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