• Academy president acknowledges 'elephant in the room' at luncheon

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the academy’s annual Oscar nominees luncheon Monday by acknowledging a topic that has touched nearly every event this awards season — the question of diversity. “This year, we all know there’s an elephant in the room,” Boone Isaacs said to more than 150 nominees gathered at the Beverly Hilton, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Sylvester Stallone, Lady Gaga, Rachel McAdams and Alejandro G. Inarritu. “I have asked the elephant to leave.” Boone Isaacs, who has been the public face of some controversial rule changes the academy board of governors passed in January in an effort to make the organiza

  • 15th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards - Arrivals

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    Bette Midler arrives at the 15th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

  • BRIEF: Sci-fi to go under microscope in Texas Tech film series at Alama Drafhouse

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    Is there any real science in science fiction? That’s the question Texas Tech faculty members hope to answer in a new film series, Bad Science Movie Night, hosted at Alamo Drafthouse. Tech experts will open showings of science fiction films with an expert analysis of the movies, including what the films get right and wrong and if there is any truth to the concept. The first showing will be the 1997 Carl Sagan movie, “Contact” at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Tom Maccarone, an associate professor in the Tech department of physics, will talk about the film, which centers around a scientist who finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens who send plans for a mysterious machine.

  • Review: Irreverent 'Deadpool' suffers from juvenile humor

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    "Deadpool" hates its audience, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing is sacred to either this film or this character (played with "I'm so naughty" abandon by Ryan Reynolds), which pokes fun at superhero movie culture, Hollywood itself, Reynolds, director Tim Miller, love and human decency — and that's just in the opening credits. On the page, it sounds like a lot of fun, and it starts out strong with a cheeky, self-awareness. But that wears thin very quickly for the raunchy, irreverent, and very R-rated bad boy property of the Marvel comic book world, which also seems to have matured to only a fifth grade level in its humor, wit, and ideas about subversion. The pervasive, toxic juvenileness suffocates even the mor

  • Disappointing Fox film unit crimps earnings at Rupert Murdoch’s company

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    LOS ANGELES — Despite a boost from Cookie and Lucious, Rupert Murdoch’s empire, 21st Century Fox, failed to hit the fiscal second-quarter revenue notes that Wall Street had hoped to hear. The Fox broadcast network delivered a strong performance for the quarter ended Dec. 31, with higher revenue for its NFL programming and primetime lineup, particularly the hit show, “Empire,” which follows the audacious exploits of the fictional Cookie and Lucious Lyon family dynasty. However, the 20th Century Fox filmed entertainment unit, based in Los Angeles, turned in a disappointing performance. The film studio released the blockbuster “The Martian” with Matt Damon and “The Peanuts Movie,” but those films weren’t

  • Beards, sheep and brotherly hate: All in a day’s work for two ‘Rams’ actors

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    At the Palm Springs International Film Festival last month, the top actor prize went jointly to Sigurour Sigurjonsson and Theodor Juliusson for their performances as estranged brothers in the quirky Icelandic comedy-drama “Rams.” These two veteran Icelandic performers won the award for “the darkly comic urgency and sense of shared past with which they imbued their performances and for the graceful way in which they guided their characters from animosity to interdependence.” Gummi (Sigurjonsson) and Kiddi (Juliusson) are the ultimate grumpy old siblings with long, scraggly beards that would make the “Duck Dynasty” cast jealous. Gummi is sober, businesslike and has a social life. Kiddi is angry and frequently drunk.

  • Beyonce's Super Bowl show bringing both praise and criticism

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    A day after the Super Bowl, people are still parsing over each frame from Beyonce's halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year. The halftime show — seen by an estimated 112 million people — is drawing praise from her fans and consternation from critics. While Beyonce hasn't commented on the specifics of the show, and her rep declined comment, the imagery speaks for itself. Beyonce's dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party, founded 50 years ago by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in the Bay area —

  • Academy luncheon is time for reflection in high stakes year

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The annual Oscar nominees luncheon is generally a time of low-stakes celebration, but this year amid discussions of Oscar diversity and a boycott, as well as dramatic changes to academy membership, the Monday gathering was also one for reflection. Those at the luncheon did their best to keep things focused on the nominees and not the controversy swirling around the industry. Producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill also announced a big change for the show on Feb. 28. Winners will still have a tight 45 seconds for their acceptance speeches, but now, thanks to a scroll of key names that will appear on the screen, the speech doesn't just have to be a list of people.

  • 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon - Portraits

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    Brazilian filmmaker Ale Abreu poses for a portrait at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

  • Notorious impostor faces at least 2 years in prison

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    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area impostor who inspired an award-winning film about being someone else has been ordered to prison for his latest scam. William Street Jr. of Plymouth was sentenced in federal court Monday to three years in prison after pleading guilty in September to identity theft. The sentence is to be served consecutively to the state time he's now doing. Police investigating bad checks caught Street a year ago with a doctor's coat bearing the name of William Stratton. Stratton works for a Maryland defense contractor and is a graduate of West Point but he's not a doctor. The 65-year-old Street has convictions going back decades. He even fooled the Detroit Tigers into a tryout.

  • 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon - Arrivals

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    Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dawn Hudson arrives at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

  • 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon - Inside

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    Ridley Scott, left, and Giannina Facio attend the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

  • Box Office Top 20: 'Kung Fu Panda' roars past the Coens

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing could punt "Kung Fu Panda 3" from the top spot at the box office over Super Bowl weekend, where the 20th Century Fox animated sequel hauled in $21.2 million in its second week of release. A trio of new releases didn't come close to challenging. Joel and Ethan Coen's 1950s Hollywood send-up "Hail, Caesar!" opened unspectacularly with $11.4 million for Universal. The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation "The Choice" debuted with a meager $6.1 million for Lionsgate. And the Sony Screen Gems Jane Austen monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" scared up only $5.3 million. The top 20 movies at U.S.

  • Gerson, scribe of 'Monsters, Inc.,' 'Big Hero 6' dies at 49

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    Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote several Walt Disney animated films including "Monsters, Inc." and "Big Hero 6," has died. He was 49. Gerson's family said in a statement that he died at his Los Angeles home on Saturday after battling brain cancer. Gerson was a frequent contributor for Pixar Animation, co-writing both 2001's "Monsters, Inc." and its 2013 sequel, "Monsters University." Along with Robert L. Baird and Jordan Roberts, Gerson co-wrote Disney's Oscar-winning "Big Hero 6," an animated superhero tale. The New York-born Gerson got his start as a writer for the NBC comedy "Something So Right." Gerson is survived by his wife, Beau Stacom, and two children.

  • Obit-Daniel Gerson

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    This July 12, 2010 photo released by Disney shows Dan Gerson. Gerson, who co-wrote several Walt Disney animated films including “Monsters, Inc.” and “Big Hero 6,” died at his Los Angeles home on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, after battling brain cancer He was 49. Gerson was a frequent contributor for Pixar Animation, co-writing both 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.” and its 2013 sequel, “Monsters University.

  • Daniel Gerson, screenwriter on ‘Big Hero 6’ and ‘Monsters, Inc.,’ dies at 49

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    Daniel Gerson, best known for co-writing Disney’s “Big Hero 6” and Pixar’s two “Monsters” films, died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer. He was 49. Gerson’s family said in an obituary in Monday’s New York Times that the scribe died peacefully. A New York native, Gerson graduated from Cornell before receiving an MFA from New York University film school. After beginning his career as a staff writer on the NBC sitcom “Something So Right,” which ran 1996-98, Gerson soon transitioned to film, co-writing 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.” with Andrew Stanton, as well as 2013’s “Monsters University” with Dan Scanlon and Robert L. Baird.

  • BRIEF: WATCH: Oscars Speed Painting - Matt Damon

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    Getting ready for the Oscars? Check out this speed drawing of Matt Damon from "The Martian," and stop by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for some 2016 Academy Award®-nominated films, January 15-March 13. ——— ©2016 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

  • WATCH: Oscars Speed Painting - Matt Damon

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Getting ready for the Oscars? Check out this speed drawing of Matt Damon from "The Martian," and stop by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for some 2016 Academy Award®-nominated films, January 15-March 13.

  • Film Review Deadpool

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    This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Ryan Reyonlds in a scene from "Deadpool." (Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

  • Film Review How to Be Single

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    This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. shows Dakota Johnson, left, and Rebel Wilson in a scene from, "How to Be Single." (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Inc.




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