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Kate McKinnon’s Rendition of “Hallelujah” Is What Everyone Needs Right Now

After winning an Emmy just a few months ago for portraying Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (among other characters), Kate McKinnon returned to the stage of Saturday Night Live last night to play her, possibly, one last time. After Clinton’s shocking loss on Tuesday to Donald Trump, McKinnon appeared onstage in full Clinton garb to offer solace to the sadness, ...

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2017 Oscars: 27 Films Submitted for Animated Feature Oscar Race

LOS ANGELES, CA — A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards®. Here’s what the Gold Rush Gang thinks is making it to Oscar nomination morning. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “The Angry Birds Movie” “April and the Extraordinary World” “Bilal” “Finding Dory” “Ice Age: ...

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New Trailer and Poster for Iran’s Oscar Entry ‘The Salesman’

From award-winning writer/director Asghar Farhadi (The Oscar-winning A SEPARATION, THE PAST, ABOUT ELLY, FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY) comes a masterful, intimate and suspenseful new drama, THE SALESMAN, Iran’s official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Winner of the Best Actor (Shahab Hosseini) and Best Screenplay (Farhadi) awards at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the film also screened as a Special Presentation during the ...

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Makeup and Hairstyling Guild to Honor Ryan Murphy with Distinguished Artisan Award

Four-time Emmy-winner Ryan Murphy (American Crime Story, American Horror Story) will receive the Distinguished Artisan Award at the annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706). The announcement was made today by Susan Cabral-Ebert, President of IATSE Local 706. ““We’re excited to bestow our 2017 Distinguished Artisan Award on Ryan Murphy, who constantly raises the bar and ...

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Variety and PBS’s ‘Actors on Actors’ Returns January 3 with Natalie Portman, Octavia Spencer, Nicole Kidman and more

The Emmy-winning Variety/PBS SoCal series Variety Studio: Actors on Actors is set to return for its 5th season on January 3rd, 2017 and the match-ups set look pretty great. Two additional episodes will air on January 4th and January 5th. They will also stream on pbssocal.org, with clips available on Variety.com starting at the end of this month and will air ...

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Fences Screens; Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Soar Up Oscar Charts

The response to this weekend’s first official screening of Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (and directed by Washington), was one of great anticipation. As one of the very few films left to be seen by critics, pundits and/or guild and Academy members, it’s been a source of conversation within the Oscar pundit community since it’s announcement earlier this ...

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Female-led Films Dominate 2016 European Film Awards (EFA) Nominations

The nominations for the 29th European Film Awards were revealed today and female-led films dominated the field, especially the top category, Best European Film, where the nominees are: Elle, I, Daniel Blake, Julieta, Room and Toni Erdman. Toni Erdmann was the most-nominated film of the day with five, also picking up directing, screenplay and acting nominations for Sandra Hüller and ...

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Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd to Produce 2017 Oscars

After the longest period before an announcement in recent history, it was confirmed this morning (after Variety reported negotiations yesterday) that Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd have officially signed on to produce the 89th Academy Awards. De Luca and Todd are co-chairs for the Producers Guild Awards and had earlier said the commitment to the PGA would not give ...

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2017 Golden Globes: Meryl Streep to Receive 2017 Cecil B. deMille Award

Meryl Streep will receive the Cecil B. deMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) at the Golden Globes in January. She is also in contention for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her film Florence Foster Jenkins. She has been Golden Globe-nominated for the last four years in a row and ...

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