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Songs From Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas, Sufjan Stevens Among 70 That Qualify For 2018 Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed 70 songs that qualify for the Best Original Song Oscar this afternoon. Films with more than one submission include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Cars 3,” “Elizabeth Blue” and “Pulimurugan.” It’s worth noting that “The Greatest Showman,” a musical featuring original songs from last year’s winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, only submitted one song, “This Is Me.”

Dierks Bentley enters the Best Song fire with ‘Only The Brave

The full list of qualifying songs is as follows:

“U.N.I (You And I)” from “And the Winner Isn’t”

Love And Lies” from “Band Aid

“If I Dare” from “Battle of the Sexes

“Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast

“How Does A Moment Last Forever” from “Beauty and the Beast

Now Or Never” from “Bloodline: Now or Never”

“She” from “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song
Remember Me” from Disney/Pixar’s animated musical “Coco” is the likeliest winner of the Best Original Song Oscar to come along in a while (it’s written by “Let It Go” songwriters Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez). With this category, the Academy music branch tends to lean into musicals and major pop stars singing songs over the closing credits. This year, 70 songs are eligible for the Oscars.

Also on the musical front, Alan Menken, Howard Ashman & Tim Rice wrote the song “Evermore” for “Beauty and the Beast,” performed by Josh Groban, while “La La Land” lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Justin Paul wrote “This is Me” for “The Greatest Showman.”

Among established musicians, this year Sufjan Stevens wrote and sings “The Mystery of Love” for “Call My By Your Name,” while Elvis Costello sings haunting “You Shouldn’t Look at Me That Way” on the soundtrack for “Film
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Taylor Swift, Elvis Costello and Mary J Blige to Compete in Oscars Song Race

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Taylor Swift, Elvis Costello and Mary J Blige to Compete in Oscars Song Race
A roster of big names and legends will be competing in the Oscars race for Best Original Song, with the field including Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige, Elvis Costello, Questlove, Nick Jonas, Mariah Carey and the category’s reigning champs, “La La Land” lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Swift is represented by “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” from “Fifty Shades Darker”; Blige by “Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” in which she also stars; Costello by “You Shouldn’t Look at Me That Way” from “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”; Questlove by “It Ain’t Fair” from “Detroit
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Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies, From ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical

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Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies, From ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical
Christmas movies suggest family-friendly, heartwarming tales, designed for peak holiday family moviegoing. And then there’s the other kind — the late-breaking, high-profile, A-list titles designed to hit the box office and Oscar voters’ consciousness. Some of these launched at prestige fall film festivals (“Downsizing,” “Molly’s Game,” “Hostiles,” “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”); others are bonafide awards contenders (Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”); and some, like Hugh Jackman vanity musical “The Greatest Showman,” will soon skid into either bad reviews or audience reaction, or both.

Herewith, a ranking of the Christmas movies in order of their likely Oscar prospects.

The Post” (Fox, December 22)

Metascore: 82.

Strengths: Steven Spielberg’s riveting paean to newspaper journalism and freedom of the press couldn’t be more timely. Early reviews are strong for this true story about The Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers,
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The Bully from A Christmas Story Still Makes Money off the Movie — and Gives It All to His Mom

The Bully from A Christmas Story Still Makes Money off the Movie — and Gives It All to His Mom
Zack Ward was just 13 when he filmed the Christmas classic A Christmas Story. And 34 years later, he’s still making money off of it — money he puts aside for his mom.

The actor, 47, played bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 film, about a young boy named Ralphie and his quest to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun is the perfect Christmas gift. And while the royalty checks are still coming, they’re not nearly as much as fans would expect.

“You’re going to be so disappointed,” Ward said in an interview with
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Win ‘The Greatest Showman’ Movie Merchandise

To celebrate the upcoming release of 20th Century Fox’s The Greatest Showman we have three awesome movie merchandise packs to give away.

The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The Greatest Showman is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs and lyrics by Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) and starring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Zac Efron, Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.

To be in with a chance of wining one of the three movie merchandise packs, all you have
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TVLine Items: Jackman's Christmas Song, Live Lip Sync Battle and More

TVLine Items: Jackman's Christmas Song, Live Lip Sync Battle and More
What’s almost as good as an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle? A Hugh Jackman song-and-dance break in Fox’s A Christmas Story Live.

The X-Men actor, who’s currently starring in the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman, will perform “Come Alive” from the movie during a commercial break in Fox’s live musical, which airs Sunday at 8/7c.

Per our sister site Variety, he’ll be joined by Greatest Showman castmates Zac Efron (High School Musical), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover) and Keala Settle (The Big C), as well as 150 dancers. Benj Pasek and
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Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Will Air First Live TV Ad For A Movie

It’s beginning to look a lot like A Christmas Story Live! will air what Fox says is the first live TV commercial for a feature film — and in fact, it will. The network said today that the spot for The Greatest Showman will run during Sunday’s live production of the Broadway musical. Fox also said that its three-hour show will open with “Count on Christmas,” a new original song written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and to be performed by Bebe Rexha. The Dear Evan Hansen…
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New 'The Greatest Showman' Featurettes Take Us Behind-the-Scenes

"We're always attracted to a story that's aspirational." 20th Century Fox has debuted a series of behind-the-scenes featurettes for The Greatest Showman, the exciting new musical hitting theaters this holiday season. It tells the story of showman P.T. Barnum, the original creator of the vaudeville show known as the circus. Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, with original songs from the Oscar-winning lyricists of La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. The huge ensemble cast also includes Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Sparks, and Zendaya. These featurette videos include a look at the original planning and production, filming, and the process of actually creating and delivering a big screen musical. Even if you're not that excited for The Greatest Showman, it's still cool to get a look at how they made this. Here's the behind-the-scenes videos for Michael Gracey's The Greatest Showman, from Fox's YouTube: You can
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Greatest Showman In St. Louis

The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Greatest Showman” is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) and starring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson.

The Greatest Showman Opens In Theaters Nationwide December 20, 2017

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Video: Hugh Jackman and Keala Settle Share Songs and Stories from The Greatest Showman

The company of The Greatest Showman met the press this week and stars Hugh Jackman and Keala Settle were on hand to promote their new film. Hugh Jackman discussed the making of the film with members of the press while Keala belted out her showstopping solo, This Is Me, accompanied by Justin Paul. Check out video of the event below.
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GRAMMYs 2018 Nominations: Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Lorde and More -- See the Complete List

GRAMMYs 2018 Nominations: Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Lorde and More -- See the Complete List
The nominees are in for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and music's biggest night will feature some of your favorite artists ...though some were snubbed.

Singer-songwriter Andra Day announced the four major categories -- Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Album Of The Year -- on Tuesday's CBS This Morning.

As far as snubs go, Ed Sheeran was only nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for his track, "Shape of You," to the shock of many of his fans. Lady Gaga and Kesha also received minimal nominations, despite the popularity of their albums.

However, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar earned quite a few Grammy nods, as well as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" song that features Justin Bieber.
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First Look! See Noah Galvin Step Into Character in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen

First Look! See Noah Galvin Step Into Character in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen fans theater fans: Today is going to be a good day and here’s why! People’s got the exclusive first look at Noah Galvin in the hit musical.

The 23-year-old Real O’Neals alum is making his Broadway debut as the title character in the Tony-winning show on Tuesday, for a run that will continue through mid-January 2018.

He’s the first actor to take over the role from original star Ben Platt, who departed the production on Sunday. Taylor Trensch, currently playing Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly! opposite Bette Midler, will play the part from there.
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Here’s Another New Trailer For ‘The Greatest Showman’

We had a new look at the upcoming The Greatest Showman, which stars Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, just last week, but now 20th Century Fox has provided us with another.

The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Related: La La Land review

The Greatest Showman is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) and starring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman.

Jackman is joined by Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson. Directed by Michael Gracey Starring Hugh Jackman,
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‘The Greatest Showman’ Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul On The Revitalization Of The Original Hollywood Musical

‘The Greatest Showman’ Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul On The Revitalization Of The Original Hollywood Musical
Upon cursory examination of the films taken on by Broadway songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a theme emerges. Oscar winners last year for La La Land, whose P.T. Barnum pic The Greatest Showman bows later this year, the pair are suckers for larger-than-life stories of show business trials and triumphs, who have played an integral role in reviving the original Hollywood musical. While the films are both enamored with the glow of showbiz, The Greatest Showman is also a…
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New trailer for the Greatest Showman Brings the Magic

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Wolverine has gone to the circus! And not just any circus, the greatest show on earth, where he can be, The Greatest Showman.

20th Century Fox has released the second trailer for The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, and featuring original songs by the Academy Award Winning lyricists of La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. Step inside the magical world of P.T. Barnum and experience the birth of show business!

In Jackman’s first outing since pulling back the claws for good, Jackman gets back to his Les Misérables days by playing P.T. Barnum, in an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation, Ringling Bros Circus.

The Greatest Showman hits theaters on December 20, 2017 and is directed by Michael Gracey.

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Ana Gasteyer Reveals There’s a New Hanukkah Song in ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ (Exclusive)

Ana Gasteyer Reveals There’s a New Hanukkah Song in ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ (Exclusive)
Hanukkah will be part of A Christmas Story Live!, Fox’s upcoming live musical event.

“They’ve written a really fun Hanukkah number. The music is fantastic,” Ana Gasteyer told Et at the Double Standards concert in New York City on Sunday benefiting women's rights, health and empowerment. “Even though A Christmas Story is clearly a Christmas story -- it’s fun to have a Hanukkah song join the ranks of the Christmas songs in the musical. I think everybody felt like it can really be a holiday experience.”

The Saturday Night Live alum will play Mrs. Schwartz in the production, inspired by the 1983 holiday classic feature film A Christmas Story and Ben Pasek and Justin Paul’s 2012 Broadway adaptation. It follows the exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker, who spends most of his time dodging a bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift: a "red Ryder air rifle." Gasteyer appears alongside her former SNL co-star, Maya Rudolph ([link
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Awards Buzz: Hugh Jackman Stars in 'Greatest Showman' Trailer; Could He Be Nominated?

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Hugh Jackman already stars in one of the best movies of the year, the X-Men spin-off Logan, and he gives a fine performance there. But the Oscars don't tend to recognize superhero movies. The Academy does have a history of loving big musicals, however. Therefore, The Greatest Showman might be Jackman's better chance of earning his latest nomination.  He stars as circus pioneer P.T. Barmum in the song-and-dance-filled biopic, opposite Michelle Williams as first wife Charity and Zac Efron as a fictional collaborator. Not only is the genre a positive for the Academy's notice, but the original songs are by the Oscar-winning La La Land duo Justin Paul and Benj Pasek. Watch the second trailer to see Jackman and hear the...

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Hugh Jackman And Zac Efron Dance Their Way Through The Greatest Showman Trailer

It’s no secret that La La Land reignited Hollywood’s hunger for a modern musical, and that’s despite the fact that Damien Chazelle’s dreamy love story was piped at the post by Moonlight in spectacular fashion during February’s Oscar ceremony.

Perhaps more than anything else, La La Land stands as concrete proof that a modern-day musical is not only economically feasible, but also has the chance to become a critical and commercial hit – in the right hands, of course – and one director stepping up to the plate later this year is Michael Gracey.

His movie? The Greatest Showman, an original drama which looks to chronicle the remarkable rags-to-riches story of P.T. Barnum, who is often credited as the founding father of show business. Trading mutants for musicals is Logan actor Hugh Jackman, who calls upon his Les Misérables experience in today’s brand new trailer for the pic.
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Hugh Jackman in Magnificent Full Trailer for 'The Greatest Showman'

"Does it bother you that everything you're selling is fake?" 20th Century Fox has released the new full-length trailer for The Greatest Showman, the exciting new musical telling the story of showman P.T. Barnum, the original creator of the vaudeville show known as the circus. Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, in this rather extravagant but mesmerizing musical, with original songs from the Oscar-winning lyricists of La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (this is a big marketing point). The huge ensemble cast also includes Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Sparks, and Zendaya. Okay I have to honestly say, this looks magnificent, I really can't wait to see this. Maybe there's a chance it could be another outstanding year-end movie sliding in the last few days of 2017. No really, it looks great. Have fun. Here's the full theatrical trailer for Michael Gracey's The Greatest Showman, direct from
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