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Two-thirds of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ fans we polled say ‘No!’ to Sean Spicer, but how many plan to boycott? [Poll Results]

Two-thirds of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ fans we polled say ‘No!’ to Sean Spicer, but how many plan to boycott? [Poll Results]
Dancing with the Stars” has been getting dragged online — even by its own host — for its decision to cast former White House press secretary Sean Spicer in season 28. For several months in 2017 it was his job to back up Donald Trump‘s litany of falsehoods and disinformation. Most of the readers we polled aren’t happy about it either, but are they planning to watch anyway, or will they boycott the show in response. Scroll down to see our complete poll results.

Almost two-thirds of our poll respondents (64%) said they’re not happy about Spicer being selected as a contestant on the show. Of those, 28% say they’ll tune into the show anyway. But 36% declare that they refuse to watch it. Another 19% of readers told us that they don’t mind Spicer’s invitation to the ballroom one way or the other. That leaves only 17% who are actually enthusiastic about his participation.
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Jessie Buckley’s one-two punch of ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘Wild Rose’ could make her an Emmy And Oscar breakout

Jessie Buckley’s one-two punch of ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘Wild Rose’ could make her an Emmy And Oscar breakout
Irish actress Jessie Buckley isn’t a household name, but she could be well on her way. She recently appeared in “Chernobyl” as Lyudmilla Ignatenko, who suffers tragic losses as the result of the notorious nuclear disaster. And her indie film “Wild Rose” opened June 21, a few days before the close of Emmy nominations voting on June 24. Could the film boost her to an Emmy bid for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress? And might she then be an Oscar contender for Best Actress?

Buckley’s “Chernobyl” co-star Emily Watson is a likely Emmy nominee according to the combined predictions of Gold Derby users, and she’s helped by the fact that she’s a well known, Oscar-nominated veteran. She plays a crusading nuclear physicist in the HBO limited series, while Buckley’s role shows us the human cost of the event on average Soviet citizens. She’s a layperson’s
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Paul Walter Hauser to Play Title Character in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’

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Paul Walter Hauser to Play Title Character in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’
I, Tonya” and “Late Night” star Paul Walter Hauser has signed on to star as the title character alongside Sam Rockwell in Clint Eastwood’s next film, “Richard Jewell,” sources tell Variety.

The drama is based on Marie Brenner’s article in Vanity Fair chronicling the story of Jewell, a real-life security guard whose world was turned upside down after law enforcement leaked to an overzealous reporter that Jewell was a possible suspect for the pipe-bombing at Centennial Park during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

From that moment on, Jewell went from the hero who first discovered the suspicious abandoned backpack and saved hundreds of lives to one of the most hated men in America.

As law enforcement asserted Jewell planted the bomb himself and then “found” it to earn praise, the city reopened the park and attempted to calm a terrified public while the real lone wolf perpetrator remained at large.
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Emma Thompson In Early Talks For Disney’s ‘Cruella’

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Emma Thompson In Early Talks For Disney’s ‘Cruella’
Late Night star and Oscar winner Emma Thompson is in early talks to join Emma Stone in Disney’s live action 101 Dalmatians spinoff Cruella.

Thompson’s role is under wraps, as well as the pic’s specific storyline when it comes to the puppy bandit and furrier Cruella de Vil who’ll be played by Stone in the movie. I, Tonya‘s Craig Gillespie is directing with Marc Platt, Kristin Burr and Andrew Gunn producing.

Tony McNamara wrote the most recent version of the screenplay with Dana Fox on an earlier draft.

Cruella opens Dec. 23, 2020.

Variety first had the news on Thompson’s talks.

In Thompson’s upcoming comedy Late Night she plays an aging late night talk show host who becomes reinvigorated by a young female writer played by Mindy Kaling. Kaling wrote the screenplay and Nisha Ganatra directs. Amazon acquired Late Night at Sundance for a splashy $13M
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Happy Mother’s Day: 18 greatest Oscar-winning mom performances, ranked worst to best

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Happy Mother’s Day: 18 greatest Oscar-winning mom performances, ranked worst to best
Happy Mother’s Day! What better way to spend time with your mom than a fantastic movie with an Oscar-winning performance. Tour our photo gallery above of the 18 greatest of these films, ranked worst to best. All of them feature winning roles by actresses who play mothers that were pivotal to the plot.

Though there are thousands of these types of films, these performances show a wide array of what it means to be a mother. There’s the courageous mother, the inspirational mom, the loving mother and even the monstrous mother. Lead and supporting actresses include Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Frances McDormand, Brie Larson, Allison Janney, Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Joan Crawford and more.

SEEOscar Best Supporting Actress Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

18. The Fighter (2010)

On her second Oscar nomination, Melissa Leo took home the Best Supporting Actress prize for her portrayal of the real-life Alice Eklund-Ward,
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The Under-$50 Million Movie Is Endangered. Three Distributors are Fighting to Save It.

The Under-$50 Million Movie Is Endangered. Three Distributors are Fighting to Save It.
As studios double down on franchises, sequels, comic books, and events that pull audiences into bigger-better-brighter cinemas, movies that cost less than $50 million look like an endangered species. Studios already find it tough to justify risky, original dramas — like F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which cost $28 million and grossed $206 million worldwide. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley nurtured that movie, and fought to make it. But not every movie has such a passionate champion.

“Tons of projects never even get to the greenlight meeting,” said one senior studio executive. “We can’t make the P&L work. The physical business [DVD sales] is declining at a rate of 10-11 percent. The digital business is not growing enough to offset physical declines. And the growth of the international box office doesn’t translate to ancillaries.”

That’s when a producer who can’t get a studio movie made — like “Bird Box,
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The Under-$50 Million Movie Is Endangered. Three Distributors are Fighting to Save It.

The Under-$50 Million Movie Is Endangered. Three Distributors are Fighting to Save It.
As studios double down on franchises, sequels, comic books, and events that pull audiences into bigger-better-brighter cinemas, movies that cost less than $50 million look like an endangered species. Studios already find it tough to justify risky, original dramas — like F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which cost $28 million and grossed $206 million worldwide. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley nurtured that movie, and fought to make it. But not every movie has such a passionate champion.

“Tons of projects never even get to the greenlight meeting,” said one senior studio executive. “We can’t make the P&L work. The physical business [DVD sales] is declining at a rate of 10-11 percent. The digital business is not growing enough to offset physical declines. And the growth of the international box office doesn’t translate to ancillaries.”

That’s when a producer who can’t get a studio movie made — like “Bird Box,
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How easy is it to win an Oscar if your film isn’t a Best Picture nominee?

How easy is it to win an Oscar if your film isn’t a Best Picture nominee?
In 2009 the Academy Awards expanded the Best Picture race in the hopes of giving more popular films a chance at being nominated. In the years since, it has produced hit and miss results when it comes to this goal. However, we have seen an uptick in the number of winners of other categories at the Oscars now being from films that number among the Best Picture nominees.

Between 2009 and 2017, 81 films received a Best Picture nomination. Collectively they racked up an impressive 157 nominations of which they’ve won 138 or 88%. Below is a breakdown of the number of times the winner of a category was also a Best Picture contender and the impact that could have on this year’s Oscars.

Best Director: 9 for 9

Only Bennet Miller (“Foxcatcher,” 2014) has received a Best Director bid without his film being nominated. This rules out a win by Pawel Pawlikowski for “Cold War.”

Best Actor:
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Emma Stone Is "Cruella"

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Disney's live-action "Cruella" feature film, starring Emma Stone ("Birdman") as the villain from "101 Dalmations" (1961), will be directed by Craig Gillespie, prepping for a Summer 2019 production start in London, UK:

"...'Estella', aka 'Cruella De Vil' (Stone) lives on the streets of 1980's London with other hoodlums, where we learn the real origins behind her visceral hatred of black-spotted 'Dalmatian' dogs..."

Glenn Close ("Fatal Attraction") played Cruella in Disney's live-action "101 Dalmatians (1996)...

...and "102 Dalmatians" (2000).

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Cruella De Vil'...
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After an unprecedented sweep by all 4 acting Oscar champs, only Mahershala Ali can be perfect this year

After an unprecedented sweep by all 4 acting Oscar champs, only Mahershala Ali can be perfect this year
Last year, the same four people won every televised acting precursor en route to Oscar gold for the first time, which made for a very yawn-worthy two-month trot, regardless of how deserving anyone might’ve been. Luckily, we won’t have that relentless rubber-stamping this year, as there’s only one person who can earn a perfect sweep: Mahershala Ali.

The “Green Book” star has taken home Best Supporting Actor honors at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards and is the runaway favorite to win his second Oscar. Ali wasn’t even this dominant during his first Oscar rodeo two years ago for “Moonlight,” losing the Globe to Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”) — who wasn’t Oscar-nominated — and the BAFTA to Dev Patel (“Lion”), and only scoring the Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards.

The other three acting frontrunners this year have suffered a loss or snub somewhere.
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2019 Critics’ Choice Awards: Will they preview the Oscars again?

The Critics’ Choice Awards are renowned as one of the best barometers for predicting the Oscars. Over their 23-year history these prizes bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (Bfca) have previewed 14 Best Picture Oscar winners as well as 18 Best Director, 16 Best Actor, 13 Best Actress, 13 Supporting Actor and 16 Supporting Actress champs.

Last year, this group of journos foresaw the outcome in all of those Academy Awards races. The Critic’s Choice winners were revealed on Jan. 11, which was one day before Oscar nominations voting closes. “The Shape of Water” took the top prize here and Guillermo del Toro had a chance to practice the acceptance speech he would give at the Oscars. Likewise for the four acting winners: Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney.

See 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards: Full winners list in the 25 film and 17 TV categories

In 2017, the Critics’ Choice Awards were handed out on Dec.
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’: Could Margot Robbie’s surprise SAG nomination open the awards floodgates for historical film?

‘Mary Queen of Scots’: Could Margot Robbie’s surprise SAG nomination open the awards floodgates for historical film?
Margot Robbie (“Mary Queen of Scots”) was among the more surprising nominations last week for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which was a big surge for her film after it had underperformed at other awards season events. Pundits had pegged Robbie and co-star Saoirse Ronan — both Oscar nominees for Best Actress just last year — as major contenders early on this season, but then another film about British royals, “The Favourite,” stole some of its thunder with critics and prognosticators. Is “Mary” once again in it to win it?

SEEwhat actresses have been nominated for playing royalty

Ahead of the film’s theatrical release on December 7, the 18th Whistler Film Festival opened with the Canadian premiere of “Mary,” which Director of Programming Paul Gratton introduced as a “feminist-revisionist” take and an “acting exercise above all.” True to its title, the film centers on Ronan as Mary Stuart, who navigates the politics
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2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards Full Film Nominations: ‘A Star Is Born’ Leads With Four

Awards season continues today with the announcement of the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. While the reveal of these nominees has been proceeded by several critics group winners and the Golden Globe nominations, the SAG Awards are seen as a major precursor to the Oscars, as its voting body has the most overlap with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The nominees are selected by a random group of 2,500 SAG members, many of whom belong to the Academy.

Since numerous SAG members are also Academy members, the SAG Awards are notable for often matching nominations for the Oscars. Fifteen SAG nominees in 2018 went on to be nominated for acting Oscars, and SAG winners Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”), Allison Janney, and Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) all went on to win Academy Awards.

Last year’s SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By a Cast in a Motion Picture went to “Three Billboards,
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Critics’ Choice Awards: Will they preview the Oscars again?

The Critics’ Choice Awards bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (Bfca) are renowned as one of the best barometers for predicting the Oscars. Over their 23-year history these kudos have previewed 14 Best Picture Oscar winners as well as 18 Best Director, 16 Best Actor, 13 Best Actress, 13 Supporting Actor and 16 Supporting Actress champs.

Last year, this group of journos foresaw the outcome in all of these Academy Awards races. The Critic’s Choice winners were revealed on Jan. 11, which was one day before Oscar nominations voting closes. “The Shape of Water” took the top prize here and Guillermo del Toro had a chance to practice the acceptance speech he would give at the Oscars. Likewise for the four acting winners: Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney.

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In 2017, the Critics’ Choice Awards were handed out on Dec.
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Margot Robbie Didn’t Consult Roman Polanski for Her Portrayal of Sharon Tate

Margot Robbie Didn’t Consult Roman Polanski for Her Portrayal of Sharon Tate
Margot Robbie next stars as Queen Elizabeth I in historical period drama “Mary, Queen of Scots,” in theaters this month, but many fans are already looking to what the Oscar-nominated actress has planned for 2019: A starring role as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The actress previously told IndieWire working with Tarantino was high on her list of dream collaborations since the start of her career, and she recently explained to Net-a-Porter the filmmaker has exceeded her expectations on set.

“Everyone asks me: ‘How is it? How is he on set?’” Robbie said. “I’ve been on sets for pretty much the last 10 years and I still walk on and think, ‘This is soooooooo coooool! Look at that! That’s amazing! Oh my gosh!’ I’m like a kid in a candy shop and then Tarantino walks on and he’s got the same,
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ would be 2nd consecutive film to sweep Best Actress and Supporting Actor Oscars

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ would be 2nd consecutive film to sweep Best Actress and Supporting Actor Oscars
Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant are two of the most acclaimed actors of this award season thanks to their performances in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Critics are loving McCarthy’s raw, understated portrayal of literary forger Lee Israel and Grant as her wry, scene-stealing friend and accomplice, Jack Hock, to the point that they are both serious contenders to earn matching Oscar nominations. Should they go on to win their categories, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” would repeat the success of last year’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

See‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ reviews: Melissa McCarthy writes herself into a corner in a ‘career-best performance’

Fox Searchlight is certainly hoping to pull off repeat victories in both categories after Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell did so for “Three Billboards.” The Actress-Supporting Actor winning combo has only been accomplished by five
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2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
I know what you’re thinking. Is this a real prediction? Or is it just fantasy? Before you assume that I’m caught in a landslide (with no escape from reality), please open your eyes and look up to the skies and see … Here are five reasons why Rami Malek can win the Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

1. He plays a real person And is physically transformed onscreen.

It’s awardsology 101. The combination of portraying an actual individual plus altering one’s outward appearance is the easiest way to ensnare the academy’s attention. In the past twenty years alone, a plethora of people have won lead statuettes for doing exactly just that.

Look at Hilary Swank in “Boys Don’t Cry,” Adrien Brody in “The Pianist,” Nicole Kidman in “The Hours,” Charlize Theron in “Monster,” Jamie Foxx in “Ray,” Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote,” Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line,
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FilmNation Sets ‘Thelma’ Remake For ‘I, Tonya’s Craig Gillespie To Direct

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FilmNation Sets ‘Thelma’ Remake For ‘I, Tonya’s Craig Gillespie To Direct
Exclusive: FilmNation Entertainment has optioned rights to the English language remake of the 2017 Norwegian thriller Thelma, for I, Tonya and Lars and the Real Girl director Craig Gillespie to helm. Project is in the early stages, but they have just hired Christy Hall to write the script.

Pic will be financed and produced by FilmNation. The original was directed by Joachim Trier and follows a college student as she starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at university. A religious girl who tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who’s in love with her, she soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of dangerous, suppressed psychokinetic powers.

International sales will be handled by FilmNation and domestic rights will be handled by UTA Independent Film Group.

Gillespie is represented by UTA and Management 360; Hall is CAA and Lbi.

Here is the trailer from the original
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Allison Janney To Play Attorney Susan Estrich In Annapurna’s Movie About The Roger Ailes Fox News Harassment Scandal

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Allison Janney To Play Attorney Susan Estrich In Annapurna’s Movie About The Roger Ailes Fox News Harassment Scandal
Exclusive: Oscar-winner Allison Janney will play trailblazing feminist lawyer Susan Estrich in Annapurna’s untitled Charles Randolph project about the women who took on Fox News kingpin Roger Ailes and the toxic male culture at the network.

Author and liberal commentator Estrich, who was the first female President of the Harvard Law Review and the first woman to manage a presidential campaign, surprised many by representing Ailes even after a slew of sexual harassment allegations surfaced against him.

I, Tonya star Janney bolsters an A-List cast which already includes Charlize Theron (as Megyn Kelly), Nicole Kidman (as Gretchen Carlson), Margot Robbie (as a Fox News associate producer) and John Lithgow (as Ailes). Oscar-winner Randolph’s (The Big Short) script has been known as Fair And Balanced but the producers have yet to settle on a title. Jay Roach (Trumbo) directs.

Additional characters expected to be portrayed in the ensemble piece include Bill Shine,
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TIFF 2018 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases

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TIFF 2018 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases
The marquee titles at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival will use the platform to launch their fall theatrical releases and generate buzz for their Oscar campaigns, but there are a number of high-profile films that are also looking for distribution. While the market aspect of Tiff isn’t often the biggest news coming out of Toronto, there is a history of impactful acquisitions with films like “The Hurt Locker,” “Jackie,” “I, Tonya,” and “The Wrestler” having sold at previous TIFFs.

This year’s lineup of films up-for-sale certainly has the potential to make similar noise with Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” Mia Hansen-Love’s “Maya,” Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux,” Errol Morris’s “American Dharma,” and the Telluride hit “Biggest Little Farm” being among the most enticing offerings.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 – 16 in Toronto, Canada. Stay up to date
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