LOS ANGELES -- The mood inside the Dolby Theatre was polite but distracted.
"La La Land" was poised to take the best picture Oscar -- after months of major awards, a coronation more than a piece of news. Nominees from the musical seated in the back of the theater swept to the front during a commercial break, poised to join the filmmakers and ...Read more
Neil Fingleton, one of Britain's tallest men and an actor who was best known for playing the giant Mag the Mighty on HBO's "Game of Thrones," has died.
The 7-foot-7 actor died Saturday, according to The Associated Press. He was 36. The cause of death was heart failure, according to British media reports.
The actor was born in Durham in ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is often loath to accept responsibility when things go wrong, but in the case of Sunday's Oscars broadcast, he made an exception.
As he explained it Monday, it was Hollywood's obsession with attacking him that contributed to the botched best picture announcement, calling the embarrassing episode "sad," of ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Even the biggest snafu in Academy Awards history could not snap the ABC telecast out if its recent ratings slump.
Nielsen showed that the 89th Academy Awards was watched by an average of 32.9 million viewers Sunday. The figure is down 4.5 percent from last year when the telecast averaged 34.47 million viewers. It's the third ...Read more
"The Biggest Loser" trainer and fitness guru Bob Harper is recovering from a serious heart attack he suffered about two weeks ago.
Harper was unconscious for two days after he was stricken while working out at a gym in New York City, he told TMZ. A doctor who was working out at the same time did CPR and used a defibrillator on Harper until help...Read more
CHICAGO -- "Gary from Chicago" and his fiancee won't have a single worry about their wedding if local business owners have anything to say about it.
They'll also have free pizza, free tickets to a Bulls game and gifts from Wal-Mart.
Businesses big and small are searching the Twitterverse for the new Oscar darling, who introduced himself as ...Read more
Iranians delighted Monday in the Oscar victory by director Asghar Farhadi, who won his second foreign language film award but boycotted the ceremony in protest of President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
Farhadi, who won for his drama "The Salesman," had an Iranian-American engineer -- Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian-born person to ...Read more
"Moonlight" is the first LGBTQ film to win the Oscar for best picture, a fact that GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis pointed out on social media Sunday night in congratulating the movie on its achievement.
"This sends a strong message to the film industry that it needs to embrace inclusive stories if it wants to remain competitive and relevant,"...Read more
Trout Friends and Other Riff-RaffBill Stokes
Contains a never before published essay, "Trout Flouderers".
In these stories, popular Chicago Tribune outdoor columnist Bill Stokes gives himself over to his true passion, trout fishing. It is an activity, possibly a madness, that moves him, time and again, to stand knee-deep in ...
Monday was a great day to be Steve Harvey -- even if Jimmy Kimmel did blame him Sunday night for the Oscars' huge best picture mistake.
Harvey, who infamously named the wrong winner for Miss Universe 2015 -- it was Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach, not Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez -- surrendered his televised-gaffe throne on Sunday night, and ...Read more
The ratings for ABC's telecast of the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday were nearly even with those of last year's ceremony, according to early data from Nielsen.
In the 56 overnight markets, the Oscars show averaged a 22.4 rating, just below last year's figure of 22.5. Each rating point represents the percentage of households tuned in.
The ...Read more
"Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins"
(Yep Roc )
The title song of Chuck Prophet's new album is about the singer of "I Fought the Law" fame who was found dead under mysterious circumstances in 1966. A taut, anthemic rocker, it sets the tone musically and thematically for an album that deals a lot with death.
"Killing Machine" is a ...Read more
This week's new DVDs range from a popular super hero movie and an Oscar-winning film.
"Doctor Strange"; 4 stars: Egotistical surgeon finds new mystical powers. Benedict Cumberbatch stars. Cumberbatch brings a seriousness to the role that helps bridge the skepticism gap created with any feature film based on a comic book.
His reverent approach ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- When "La La Land" lost the costumes Oscar, it wasn't a big deal. When it didn't take either of the sound categories, that raised an eyebrow or two. Then, after it took its first Oscar for production design, it lost film editing. But that Oscar has gone to only one best picture winner this decade. So it was still going to win, ...Read more
After the Oscars' big best picture mix-up Sunday, Emma Stone said backstage that she was holding her lead actress card when "La La Land" was incorrectly announced as best picture.
So how could Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway have been looking at that very same card, as the actor explained to the audience?
Turns out that for each category, there...Read more
The Oscars proved golden for Lionsgate, the Santa Monica-based mini-major whose "La La Land" took home six Academy Awards on Sunday, the most of any movie this year. But it was indie distributor A24 that stole the show with "Moonlight," which scored three awards including a surprise win for best picture.
The victory for "Moonlight" topped off a...Read more
A year ago, "When We Rise" might have looked like a victory lap, an old-fashioned history of the LGBT-rights movement that, after many an uphill battle, ends with the triumph of marriage equality and hopes for the future.
Now, ABC's airing of the eight-hour mini-series this week could be read as an act of resistance to changes like last ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The 12th Academy Awards made history for a number of reasons.
The ceremony honored the films of 1939, a year considered by many to have produced some of the greatest movies of all time. Among the nominated works:
"The Wizard of Oz"
"Goodbye Mr. Chips"
"Gone with the Wind
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
"Moonlight" won the Academy Award for best picture of 2016, not "La La Land."
It'll be a while before we can drop the second part of that sentence.
What happened Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood contained the strangest plot twist among the rich, famous and addled since the recent election. For years, we all heard the same blase ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Of all the things we expected from the Oscars this year, making us feel better was not one of them.
The last few major awards shows, after all, were not only about handing out trophies but a chance for honorees and presenters to voice their white hot anger toward President Donald Trump's executive travel ban, the Mexican wall and...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- No one who has paid any attention to the Academy Awards over the past 89 years has ever seen anything like "Moonlight's" shocking, exhilarating, stomach-churning come-from-behind Oscar win on Sunday night -- a victory that stunned the Dolby Theatre audience and viewers watching around the world.
In a rare year when everything ...Read more
- Actor Bill Paxton, 61, dies after complications from surgery
- Moonlight wins in unprecedented upset during a night of many firsts
- 'Biggest Loser' trainer Bob Harper hit by heart attack while working out
- The best picture show at the Oscars: the flub, the reactions, the blame
- Kenneth Turan: Academy offers a whodunit of epic proportions