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2019 Spirit Awards Predictions: ‘Eighth Grade,’ Regina King, Toni Collette

2019 Spirit Awards Predictions: ‘Eighth Grade,’ Regina King, Toni Collette
For the first time in almost a decade, the Film Independent Spirit Awards are charting their own course. You won’t see a lot of potential Oscar winners on the stage of this year’s ceremony. Outside of a few acting and screenwriting nominees, there is very little overlap this time around and, frankly, it’s a welcome sight. It also means predicting the winners just got a wee bit harder.

Normally, you can predict most of the Spirit Award winners by going with the most commercially successful movie or performance in said films.

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Stanley Donen, Who Reinvented the Movie Musical and So Much More, Dies at 94

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Stanley Donen, Who Reinvented the Movie Musical and So Much More, Dies at 94
“Our love will last till the stars turn cold.” That line from “Singin’ in the Rain” perfectly sums up the sensibility of its director, Stanley Donen: absolute sincerity wedded to knowing irony. When Gene Kelly’s Don Lockwood says that to Debbie Reynolds’ Kathy Seldon, he’s actually quoting a line from the cornball movie he’s just made with Jean Hagen for which he has contempt: “The Duelling Cavalier.” But what Lockwood comes to recognize is that, polished just right, hokum can be made to sparkle — and can convey genuine feeling. Is “Our love will last till the stars turn cold” silly? Sure. But it’s beautiful too, and who wants to be so cynical as not to recognize that?

Donen, who died February 23 at age 94 after a nearly 70-year career across film and theater, recognized what so few do today: that two seemingly contradictory things can be true at the same time.
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Friday Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Blasts Off With $17 Million

Friday Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Blasts Off With $17 Million
This winter has been a slow, semi-depressing one at the box office—Glass has been our big hit because it cost about $15 and a ham sandwich to make—so leave it to a bunch of dragons to finally add a bit of fire. DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World got off to a $17.4 million start on Friday night, trending above expectations for a possible $60+ million debut weekend. This would mark not only the highest opening of a How to Train Your Dragon movie, but also the best bow of a 2019 movie …
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Razzie Awards: ‘Holmes & Watson’ Is Worst Picture, Donald Trump Worst Actor

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Razzie Awards: ‘Holmes & Watson’ Is Worst Picture, Donald Trump Worst Actor
The “winners” of the 39th annual Razzies have been announced, and “Holmes & Watson” has the dubious honor of being named Worst Picture. Director Etan Cohen was also singled out for his work on the critically panned comedy, as was Worst Supporting Actor winner John C. Reilly; co-star Will Ferrell escaped the same fate, as Donald Trump (as himself in “Death of a Nation” and “Fahrenheit 11/9”) is the year’s Worst Actor.

Melissa McCarthy, who earned a Worst Actress prize for her work in “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party,” has the chance to follow up that laurel with an Oscar tomorrow night for her performance in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Read the full list of winners
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Ryan Murphy's L.A. 'Love Letter' "Hollywood" Greenlit at Netflix

Ryan Murphy's L.A. 'Love Letter'
Ryan Murphy says he’s creating “a love letter to Tinseltown” with "Hollywood," his newest project to garner a green light at Netflix.

The production, which got a straight-to-series commitment at the streaming video service, comes from Murphy and Ian Brennan, with whom he collaborated on Glee and Scream Queens. The pair also work together on the upcoming Ben Platt-led comedy The Politician, also for Netflix.

Netflix and Murphy jointly announced the series order Friday via social media.

Ryan Murphy is bringing “Hollywood” to Netflix. Co-created with Ian Brennan, Murphy describes the new series as "a love letter to
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Yorgos Lanthimos to Direct and Adapt Crime Novel ‘Pop. 1280’

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Yorgos Lanthimos to Direct and Adapt Crime Novel ‘Pop. 1280’
Yorgos Lanthimos, the Oscar-nominated director of “The Favourite,” will next write and direct “Pop. 1280,” an adaptation of a 1964 crime novel by Jim Thompson, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Lanthimos will develop the film at Imperative Entertainment, which will produce with Element Pictures in association with Discovery Productions.

Thompson’s novel is about a sheriff in a town with a population of 1280 people who presents himself as a simplistic, harmless fool, but in actuality is a manipulative psychopath and serial killer who preys on the worst impulses of the small town folk.

Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures are producing along with Lanthimos, Ryan Friedkin on behalf of Imperative Entertainment and John Alan Simon of Discovery Productions. Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment
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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Takes Off With $3 Million

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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Takes Off With $3 Million
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” flew to $3 million at about 3,200 North American location on Thursday night.

The figure doubled the preview gross for “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” which pulled in $1.5 million two weeks ago on Feb. 8.

Universal has predicted an opening weekend for “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” in the $40 million range at 4,259 sites — somewhat shy of its predecessors, 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” which made $43.7 million for Paramount, and 2014’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which earned $49.4 million for Fox. The third entry in the franchise is the first DreamWorks Animation title being released by Universal since it acquired the animation studio in 2016 for $3.8 billion.

Other tracking services have estimated that “The Hidden World” could pull in as much as $50 million in its first three days of release. The animated adventure has already earned $181 million since beginning its international rollout in January.
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John Krasinski To Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’, Emily Blunt Returning Too

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John Krasinski To Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’, Emily Blunt Returning Too
Exclusive: Sources says John Krasinski is back to direct Quiet Place 2. He was already on board to write the sequel.

Production we hear begins in July on the Brad Fuller and Andrew Form produced film.

We also hear that Emily Blunt’s deal for the sequel is closed as well. She recently won a Screen Actors Guild best supporting actress award for her turn in the film. Today on Instagram Krasinski announced the sequel’s release date: May 15, 2020.

The $17M production made its world premiere at SXSW a year ago, where it promptly sent electricity into the audience. The pic was expected to open around $30M, and over-performed its domestic tracking with a $50.2M opening, and final stateside of $188M, $340M Ww. With Paramount struggling before Jim Gianopulos’ arrival to the studio, A Quiet Place came as a wonderful renaissance for them. Gianopulos announced the sequel to the alien thriller last spring at CinemaCon.
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Comedian Brody Stevens Dies at 48

Comedian Brody Stevens Dies at 48
Brody Stevens, a well-known comic in the Los Angeles comedy community, died on Friday at the age of 48, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter

According to Fox News, the cause of death was an apparent suicide. 

Stevens was known for his positive and high-energy sets, and warm-up acts for shows around the city, including Chelsea Lately and Chris Hardwick's @midnight. As an actor, he appeared in The Hangover, Due Date and Nick Kroll's Kroll Show. He also toplined a Comedy Central series in 2013 called Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! 

Fellow comedians tweeted their love ...
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"Batwoman" Pilot Adds Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane

The CW’s “Batwoman” pilot has cast Elizabeth Anweis, Variety has learned.

Anweis will play Catherine Hamilton-Kane, the stepmother of Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman. Catherine made her fortune as a savvy, bullheaded defense contractor, and all those billions position Catherine as one of Gotham’s most powerful residents. For Catherine, it’s a matter of the bottom line: Batwoman is bad for business.

Ruby Rose is set to star as the titular lesbian DC superhero, who was first introduced in the latest DC series crossover on CW. Anweis will star with Rose along with previously announced cast members
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Clark Gable's Grandson, "Cheaters" Host Clark James Gable, Dies at 30

Clark Gable's Grandson,
Clark Gable‘s grandson, Clark James Gable, was found dead on Friday morning. He was 30.

The actor, who was also known as Clark Gable III, was found unresponsive, according to his sister Kayley Gable on Facebook.

“My brother was found unresponsive this morning by his fiancé and didn’t wake up,” she wrote. “I Love You Clarkie I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you my heart is broken and shattered Rip.”

His mother, Tracy Yarro Scheff, also confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, “It’s is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark.
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Last Two NYC Buildings Named ‘Trump Place’ Vote to Remove President’s Name

All six New York buildings that held the name of “Trump Place” have decided to remove the President’s name—the final two buildings voted to take down the signs this week.

In a vote of the Manhattan’s Upper West Side condo board at 220 Riverside Blvd., that included 83 percent of the building owners, “74.7 percent voted to remove the signage, and 25.3 percent voted not to remove the signage,” according to an email obtained by the Washington Post.

Earlier in the week, the condo board at 120 Riverside announced they were doing the same.
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Steven Spielberg Remembers ‘Friend and Early Mentor’ Stanley Donen

Steven Spielberg Remembers ‘Friend and Early Mentor’ Stanley Donen
As news of the death of prolific director Stanley Donen spread Saturday, the industry was quick to remember the helmer of so many classic musicals.

Donen directed such hits as “Singin’ in the Rain,” co-directed with and starring Gene Kelly; “Funny Face” with Audrey Hepburn; and “Charade,” with Hepburn and Cary Grant.

“Stanley Donen was a friend and an early mentor,” wrote Steven Spielberg in a statement. “His generosity in giving over so many of his weekends in the late 60’s to film students like me to learn about telling stories and placing lenses and directing actors is a time I will never forget. He co-directed what some consider the greatest Hollywood musical of all time ‘Singing In the Rain’ but when he left his partnership with Gene Kelly to go it alone he made his most compelling movies in multiple genres. ‘Charade,’ ‘Bedazzled’ and ‘Two For the Road’ were my favorites.
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Adam Levine’s Nipples at Super Bowl Prompt Complaints to FCC

Adam Levine’s Nipples at Super Bowl Prompt Complaints to FCC
Fifteen years after Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl halftime show, Adam Levine took off his shirt to reveal his own nipples during the Maroon 5’s halftime gig.

While Levine’s strip show didn’t result in a nationwide uproar like the original Nipplegate, more than 50 viewers filed complaints to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the musician’s nipples, according to The Hollywood Reporter, who obtained documentation on Friday.

“I want him banned, just like they did Janet,” one consumer from Boise, Idaho wrote to the FCC; in fact,
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How to Watch the 2019 Spirit Awards Online

How to Watch the 2019 Spirit Awards Online
The Spirit Awards are taking over television Saturday from Santa Monica, Calif., but viewers don’t need a TV to tune in.

Hosted by “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza, this year’s Spirit Awards are set to air on IFC at 2 p.m. Pt and again on Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. Et. However, indie lovers can also stream the ceremony on the IFC livestream website with a cable login as well as on the Film Independent Facebook Watch page, which will broadcast live interviews and arrival highlights from the Spirit Awards blue carpet alongside exclusive behind-the-scenes access and winners throughout the day.

Additionally, viewers will be able to watch the opening monologue, acceptance speeches, interviews, and other highlights on the Film Independent YouTube channel.

The coming-of-age drama “We the Animals” is leading this year’s nominations with five nods followed closely by “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” and “You Were Never Really Here,
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How to Stream the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards Live Online

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After a long and shockingly wide open campaign, Hollywood’s awards’ season is finally drawing to a close this weekend with the Independent Spirit Awards and the Oscars. The Spirit Awards, a celebration of many of the year’s best independent films, is taking place on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. Et/ 2 p.m. Pt live from Santa Monica, Calif.

The ceremony will be carried live by the cable channel IFC, and the online streaming option for the Independent Spirit Awards comes in two flavors.

The first is the one you come to expect for pretty much everything: the online stream available on IFC’s official site here, as well as the IFC app for mobile devices and streaming boxes for your TV. This stream requires you to log in with an applicable TV provider.

Also Read: Spirit Awards: For a Change, They're Not Trying to Be
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Oscars, After Repeated Tumbles, Take the Stage in Hollywood

Oscars, After Repeated Tumbles, Take the Stage in Hollywood
At least the weather will be sunny for Sunday afternoon’s Oscars ceremony following one of the stormiest — and strangest — awards seasons in memory.

Expectations have been turned upside down in key categories amid a historic lack of consensus among guild and critics groups. The 91st Academy Awards will be the first in three decades without a host. The show is produced by Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss, with Weiss also serving as director.

The show begins at 5 p.m. Pst Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with Oscars presented in 24 categories. ABC will televise the ceremony in the U.S., where producers are hopeful that the broadcast won’t see the same kind of decline as last year’s 16% plunge to 26.5 million, the lowest U.S. viewership in Oscar history.

Though there was rain — and snow – in Los Angeles earlier this week, the Oscars ceremony should unfold in
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‘Singin’ In The Rain’ Director Stanley Donen Dead at 94

‘Singin’ In The Rain’ Director Stanley Donen Dead at 94
Stanley Donen, director of acclaimed movie musicals like Singin’ In The Rain and On the Town, has died at the age of 94.

One of Donen’s sons confirmed the director’s death to Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips. “Confirmed by one of his sons this morning: Director Stanley Donen has died at 94 … A huge, often neglected talent,” Phillips tweeted Saturday morning. Cause of death has not been revealed.

Donen is best known as the creative force behind some of the greatest movie musicals of the Fifties, including 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain,
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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Speeding to Series-Best Debut With $58 Million

Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Speeding to Series-Best Debut With $58 Million
Universal’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is far and away the box office champ for Academy Awards weekend with an estimated debut of $58 million from 4,259 North American locations.

Three holdovers and an expansion will make up the other top four spots, with the sophomore frame of sci-fier “Alita: Battle Angel” on its way to second and the third frame of “Lego Movie 2” headed for No. 3.

Meanwhile, Universal Artists Releasing’s expansion of WWE comedy “Fighting With My Family” will vie with “Isn’t It Romantic’s” second weekend for No. 5, with each estimated to earn around $7 million.

“How to Train Your Dragon 3” sees the return of Jay Baruchel as Hiccup and America Ferrera as Astrid. Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, F. Murray Abraham and Kristen Wiig also voice characters in the three-quel. Dean DeBlois returned to write and direct the pic, which has
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Condescends to Kid Activists Touting Green New Deal

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Condescends to Kid Activists Touting Green New Deal
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-ca) met with a group of child climate activists from the Sunrise Movement in her regional senate office on Friday. The children were there to hand Feinstein a letter they had written urging her to support the Green New Deal, an aggressive climate change bill spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-ny) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-or).

But instead of engaging respectfully with the kids, Feinstein took a defensive and condescending attitude, telling them that it is there is “no way to pay for” the proposed actions in the Green New Deal.
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