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Oscars: New Rules Unveiled to Govern Handling of Envelopes

Oscars: New Rules Unveiled to Govern Handling of Envelopes
After taking responsibility for the epic best picture flub at the Oscars last year, Tim Ryan of PwC got down to business. He grilled the partners who made the gaffe, then personally reached out to the dozens of people affected by it: The show's producers, presenters and stage managers, as well as the filmmakers behind La La Land and Moonlight.

In the months that followed, PwC met with the academy many times to come up with new protocols and safeguards to prevent such a blunder in the future. Ryan revealed those six new reforms to The Associated Press....
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SAG Awards: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘This Is Us’ Take Top Prizes

SAG Awards: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘This Is Us’ Take Top Prizes
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big film winner at the SAG Awards Sunday with trophies for best ensemble cast, best actress for Frances McDormand for portraying a grieving mother and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.

Gary Oldman, meanwhile, won the best actor in a film award for his performance as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” “I am so deeply honored and proud to win this magnificent award,” a clearly moved Oldman said.

Oldman said back stage that he was savoring the recognition, adding, “My feeling is enjoy the moment. It will be someone else standing up here next year.”

Oldman won the trophy over Timothee Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name,” James Franco for “The Disaster Artist,” Daniel Kaluuya for “Get Out,” and Denzel Washington for “Roman Israel Esq.” Franco, who was recently accused by five women of sexually exploitative behavior, attended the ceremonies.

“Three Billboads” won the ensemble cast trophy over “The Big Sick
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Veep: Final Season Delayed Until 2019 Following Julia Louis-Dreyfus Cancer Treatment

Veep: Final Season Delayed Until 2019 Following Julia Louis-Dreyfus Cancer Treatment
Selina Meyer’s reelection campaign won’t get underway until next year.

According to Veep‘s Matt Walsh, the Emmy-winning comedy’s seventh and final season is expected to begin production in August, once star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has had enough time to recuperate after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. As such, the series’ swan song is not expected to premiere before 2019.

“We’ll start filming in August and it will air in 2019,” Walsh told EW.com. “We’ve seen [Julia], she’s done some table reads [and] she’s doing well.”

Louis-Dreyfus
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SPWA Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal – Sundance

SPWA Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal – Sundance
Exclusive: In the biggest deal on the ground at the Sundance Film Festival so far, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions paid $5 million for world rights to Search, an innovative Aneesh Chaganty-directed thriller that stars John Cho and Debra Messing, and turns the computer screen into a cinematic canvas. The film, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize and premiered yesterday in the Next section at the Ray at 6:30 pm, focuses on the relationship between a father and his…
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Allison Janney Wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Allison Janney Wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
It was a big night for Allison Janney Sunday, as she took home the trophy for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in I, Tonya.

In her acceptance speech, Janney praised her I, Tonya cast members, particularly Margot Robbie.

“ so fearless and brave and such a rockstar,” Janney said. “She paved the way for all of us to make courageous choices in these roles that we got to play.”

Janney has been a dominant force this awards season, winning the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in
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2018 SAG Awards film report: ‘Wonder Woman’ stunt ensemble wins the first award of the night [Updating Live]

2018 SAG Awards film report: ‘Wonder Woman’ stunt ensemble wins the first award of the night [Updating Live]
The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented on Sunday night, January 21, during a ceremony hosted by Kristen Bell and simulcast on TNT and TBS. This 24th annual event honored the best achievements in film and television acting as decided by more than 100,000 members of the unified SAG-AFTRA union representing performers, radio and TV personalities, and other media professionals. But what do they mean for the Oscars, whose nominations are announced just two days later on January 23? Scroll down for our live updating report of all the film results as their announced.

Because the SAG Awards specifically honor performances and not other aspects of production, they’re not necessarily a reliable barometer for the Best Picture Oscar. Only 11 of the previous 22 ensemble casts that won SAG Awards correspond to the motion picture academy’s top prize (50%). However, this award has foretold a few big Oscar surprises. It was the
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‘Blindspotting’ Bidding War: Neon, The Orchard, CBS Films Chase Racial Drama

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‘Blindspotting’ Bidding War: Neon, The Orchard, CBS Films Chase Racial Drama
Three distributors – Neon, The Orchard and CBS Films – are aggressively courting the buzzy, race-themed Sundance drama “Blindspotting,” multiple individuals told TheWrap. MoviePass, the moviegoing subscription service that announced plans to acquire films at the festival, is also seeking a co-release with whoever ends up buying the film, one individual close to the negotiations said. Carlos Lopez Estrada directed the buddy story starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of two friends in Oakland, facing probation, police violence and the pressure of hipster tech gentrification. The film opened the festival on Thursday...
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‘Jumanji’ Leads International Box Office, Hits $768 Million Worldwide

‘Jumanji’ Leads International Box Office, Hits $768 Million Worldwide
Solidifying its status as a worldwide hit, Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has won the international box office for the fourth consecutive weekend with $32.6 million at 14,800 screens in 93 markets.

The action-comedy has hit $450 million internationally to go along with its $317 million domestic total. The global total has reached $767.8 million, making “Jumanji” 80th on the all-time worldwide list.

China delivered the top take for “Jumanji” with $7.7 million in its second weekend for a total of $65.8 million in that crucial market after two weeks — far better than Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with only $40.6 million in three weeks. The U.K. is the second largest with $43.7 million, followed by Australia with $31.9 million.

A pair of international titles took the next two slots with “Secret Superstar,” the latest film vehicle for Indian superstar Aamir Khan, opening with $25.6 million in China. The film — a coming of age story about a teenage girl who wants to be a
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Sundance: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Debra Granik's 'Leave No Trace' (Exclusive)

Sundance: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Debra Granik's 'Leave No Trace' (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Debra Granik's Leave No Trace.

The film is a haunting father-daughter story featuring Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, presented by Bron Creative and Topic Studios.

Based on Peter Rock's novel My Abandonment, the film revolves around a teenage girl (Harcourt McKenzie) and her father (Foster) who have lived undetected for years in Forest Park, a vast woods on the edge of Portland, Oregon. A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from the park and into the charge of a social service agency. They try to adapt...
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Puppy Movie ‘Pick of the Litter’ Sells to IFC’s Sundance Selects

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Puppy Movie ‘Pick of the Litter’ Sells to IFC’s Sundance Selects
IFC FilmsSundance Selects label has acquired North American rights to Slamdance’s resident adorable film “Pick of the Litter.” The documentary was directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, and follows a litter of puppies from birth as they train to become seeing eye dogs for the blind. “Everyone at IFC Films/Sundance Selects understands how dogs can change one’s life and this film epitomizes this,” Arianna Bocco, the unit’s head of acquisitions and production, said in a statement. “We are so excited to introduce these amazing animals to audiences.” Also Read: 'Tyrel': Race, Class and Bad Manners Collide in Showcase for Jason Mitchell Nachman’s...
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Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Reteam ‘Tully’ Is Sundance Secret Screening

Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Reteam ‘Tully’ Is Sundance Secret Screening
Exclusive: This year’s secret screening is director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody's Tully, a comedy which is their second collaboration with Charlize Theron after 2011’s Young Adult. The Focus Features release opens on April 20. In Tully, Theron plays Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to accept the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and…
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‘Search’s Sev Ohanian Wins Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award

‘Search’s Sev Ohanian Wins Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award
Sev Ohanian is having a good Sundance Film Festival. This morning Search, the thriller he co-wrote and produced, landed the biggest money of the festival so far with a $5 million worldwide rights deal from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. And at a Park City ceremony, Ohanian was awarded the Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Award for Narrative Feature Producer. The awards honor bold vision and a commitment to continuing work as a creative producer in the…
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Forest Whitaker Says ‘Black Panther’ Is ‘Something That Hasn’t Been Seen Before’ (Exclusive)

Forest Whitaker Says ‘Black Panther’ Is ‘Something That Hasn’t Been Seen Before’ (Exclusive)
Black Panther” hits theaters next month, but the comic movie is already one of the most anticipated films of the year, breaking pre-sales records as Marvel’s fastest-selling movie in the first 24 hours.

Forest Whitaker, who stars in the film as Zuri, says “Black Panther” is resonating early with moviegoers because the film is bringing something new to theaters, especially in the superhero drama genre.

“It’s a unique piece. It’s a multicultural piece. I think people are waiting to find something new,” Whitaker said on Sunday at the Variety Studio at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was on hand for his film “Burden,” which premieres Sunday in Park City, Utah.

“This superhero from Africa who is in this society and trying to fix the world is something that hasn’t been seen before,” Whitaker added. “I think Ryan [Coogler] is a great director so there’s always going to be some social conscious inside of it. … And
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Jason Blum’s Advice To Burgeoning Producers At Sundance: ‘Don’t Worry About Your Movie Getting A Theatrical Release’

Jason Blum’s Advice To Burgeoning Producers At Sundance: ‘Don’t Worry About Your Movie Getting A Theatrical Release’
What a year it’s been for producer and Blumhouse boss Jason Blum. A year ago during Sundance, he had the top grossing title at the weekend box office, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split which with $40M marked the fifth best ever opening for January. And Blum also sneaked the world premiere of Get Out here at Sundance, which off $4.5M production cost reaped close to $255M and stands on the precipice of potential Oscar noms this Tuesday. This morning Blum was the keynote speaker at…
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Behind the Scenes at Sundance: a Star-Filled Women's Rally, Fun Sightings and More

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Behind the Scenes at Sundance: a Star-Filled Women's Rally, Fun Sightings and More
Another year, another fun-filled 10 days are happening at the Sundance Film Festival in snowy Park City, Utah — and People is there to capture all the behind-the-scenes action.

Celebrities like Dakota Fanning, Jane Fonda, Nicholas Cage and more are braving the frigid weather and flocking to the small town this weekend to interact with their biggest fans and hit up some of the festival’s hottest parties.

Thursday, Jan. 18

2:35 p.m.: Blythe Danner arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is greeted by a swarm of photographers and fans asking for autographs. “Why do I deserve all this attention?
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‘Snowpiercer’ Showrunner Josh Friedman Exits TNT

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Josh Friedman, showrunner of TNT’s upcoming series “Snowpiercer,” is leaving the network, a network spokesperson told TheWrap. Friedman wrote the pilot of the series, which was picked up by TNT just this month, and was also an executive producer on the show. A person close to the network told Variety that “creative differences” caused the split. The series is based on Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 film of the same name, about a ginormous train that circles the frozen wasteland the earth has become and houses what is left of the human race. While the train moves, its inhabitants struggle with the same...
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Crazy for Polka Dots: Minnie Mouse’s Evolving Style

Over the years Minnie Mouse has transformed from sassy flapper girl to sweet style icon.

Known for her bright bows and polka dots, Mickey’s forever gal has inspired major fashion designers to create their own line of Minnie-inspired frocks over the past decade. And she continues to update her look — and gain new outfits — as Disney creates new adventures for her across the media landscape.

“I always tell people that she’s as much an actress as Meryl Streep,” says animator Rob Laduca, executive producer of “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” in its first season on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. “Like any other actress, she’s given a part to play and wears an outfit for that character.”

On “Mickey and the Roadster Races,” for example, Minnie has an everyday outfit of a pink dress with polka dots — a traditional look for the famous toon character — plus a garage outfit and racing duds.

“Like everything
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Sundance 2018: 'Sorry to Bother You,' 'Tyrel' Rip on Race, Toxic Masculinity and Us

Sundance 2018: 'Sorry to Bother You,' 'Tyrel' Rip on Race, Toxic Masculinity and Us
Pick any random song by the Coup – we suggest "Fat Cats, Bigga Fish" from their 1994 album Genocide & Juice, or "My Favorite Mutiny" from 2006's Pick a Bigger Weapon – and you'll get complex anti-corporate screeds and much dropping of Chomsky-esque political science against layered, funky-as-fuck beats. An extended middle finger against the powers that hold people back is this Bay Area hip-hop collective's raison d'etre; not for nothing did they name a song "5 Million Ways to Kill a C.E.O." (We also highly recommend blasting that cut off 2001's incendiary Party Music as well.
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Vice Media to Investigate Former Host Billie Jd Porter’s New Misconduct Accusations

Vice Media is investigating new accusations of sexual misconduct from former British TV Host Billie Jd Porter. “Ms. Porter has raised some of the allegations in her Instagram post with us and we have worked quickly and decisively to investigate them and take appropriate actions where necessary,” a Vice spokesperson told TheWrap. “We have encouraged her to give further details surrounding any allegations, so we can investigate those as well.” In a Sunday Instagram post, Porter said that her supervisor at Vice gave her alcohol and drugs when she was still a minor and asked to perform sexual acts on him. Porter,...
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Minnie Mouse, Iconic Toon, Finally Gets a Star of Her Own

She may be turning 90, but animated film, TV and fashion icon Minnie Mouse is as vital as ever.

She has a starring role on a Disney Channel show, tirelessly greets fans at Disney theme parks around the globe, and has inspired top fashion designers well into her octogenarian years. She is a licensing powerhouse. And on Jan. 22, she will receive her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Fittingly, Minnie’s longtime boyfriend, Mickey Mouse, will accompany her when she receives the honor. Mickey was the first cartoon character to get a star in 1978, when he was 50, and was later joined by other Disney toon characters.

Now it’s time for the winsome Minnie with the big bow and polka dot dress to join Tinker Bell, Snow White, Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck and Mickey on the iconic walk. Minnie was unavailable for comment, but Russi Taylor, who has voiced her for more than 30 years
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