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Oscars TV review: Entertaining to the end

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

Justin Chang: Best picture-lead actress split highlights lag over female-centric films

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

Moonlight wins in unprecedented upset during a night of many firsts

LOS ANGELES -- In one of the most surprising upsets and shocking moments in Oscar history, the poetic coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" took home the top prize for best picture at the 89th Academy Awards, beating out the heavily favored "La La Land," which was actually announced as the winner.

The win for "Moonlight" came in a chaotic and ...Read more

Made-in-Miami masterpiece 'Moonlight' wins Best Picture — after a huge Oscar mix-up

"Moonlight," the made-in-Miami drama about a gay young man growing up in Liberty City, pulled a stunning upset over the heavily favored "La La Land" at the 89th Academy Awards, winning Best Picture -- moments after presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had already announced "La La Land" had won the prize.

The cast and crew of the song-and-...Read more

Kenneth Turan: Academy offers a whodunit of epic proportions

LOS ANGELES -- Not since a Chicago newspaper headlined "Dewey Defeats Truman" has there been a massive public screw-up on the order of what happened at the Oscars on Sunday night. But it's an ill wind that blows nobody some good, and the huge embarrassment for Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and the academy may turn out to be a good thing for the ...Read more

'Moonlight', not 'La La Land', takes top Oscar

After the worst mix-up in Oscar history, "Moonlight" won the Academy Award for best picture at the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles -- minutes after presenter Warren Beatty mistakenly announced the award for heavily favored "La La Land."

"Even in my dreams this cannot be true, so the hell with dreams" said "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins, ...Read more

Oscar TV: Kimmel keeps it simple, not too stupid

Sometimes the best thing an Oscar host can do is to keep it simple. And not too stupid.

ABC's Jimmy Kimmel hit both those marks Sunday night at the 89th Academy Awards, which didn't need the furious funny that Chris Rock brought last year to deal with the awkwardness of #OscarsSoWhite, because these Oscars weren't.

Kimmel, not even attempting ...Read more

A retro rewind and glamorous gowns for the ages at the Oscars

LOS ANGELES -- The red carpet style at the 89th Academy Awards was a total retro rewind Sunday that even the boldest of the bunch (Janelle Monae, we're talking to you and your Elie Saab Haute Couture gown) wouldn't have looked out of place at the 19th Academy Awards, thanks to many throwback silhouette gowns, rich velvet fabrics, details ...Read more

Mothers, ACLU ribbons and 'Hidden Fences' all make the red carpet memorable

LOS ANGELES -- Before the Academy Awards were handed out Sunday, the red carpet reflected everything from politics to diversity to who makes the perfect awards show date:

4:15 p.m.: Academy Award attendees on Sunday made activism a must-have red-carpet accessory.

Blue ribbons affixed to formal attire worn by model Karlie Kloss, original song ...Read more

Trump supporters rally against 'Hollywood elites' ahead of the Oscars

LOS ANGELES -- A small group of President Donald Trump supporters rallied Sunday in Hollywood in advance of the Academy Awards.

The group held its demonstration outside the Metro station near the corner of Hollywood and Vine, not far from the Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars ceremony was to be held.

About a dozen protesters carried signs, Trump...Read more

'Get Out' tops box office with huge $30.5 million in ticket sales

LOS ANGELES -- Boosted by strong reviews and a genre-bending story, Jordan Peele's socially conscious horror movie, "Get Out," got a big, neighborly welcome at the box office over the weekend.

The movie from the comedian-turned-director obliterated industry expectations with a studio-estimated $30.5 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and ...Read more

Judge Joseph Wapner, who presided over 'The People's Court,' dies at 97

LOS ANGELES -- He was a retired Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who became an unlikely American TV icon, a white-haired jurist who was dubbed the "Solomon of Small Claims."

Judge Joseph A. Wapner, who presided over "The People's Court" for 12 years in the 1980s and '90s, has died, a family member told The Associated Press. Wapner was 97...Read more

Actor Bill Paxton, 61, dies after complications from surgery

Bill Paxton, 61, who had big roles in movies like "Apollo 13," "Titanic," "A Simple Plan," "Weird Science," "Twister" and "True Lies," and in the TV serioes "Big Love," has died at 61.

Paxton died from complications from surgery, according to a statement from a representative of Paxton's family.

Paxton's career that began in B-movies, ...Read more

Bill Paxton was an actor's actor

It's game over, man."

When you improvise on of the most famous lines in one of the most famous films in history, it tends to haunt you.

The role of Pvt. William Hudson in James Cameron's "Aliens" came relatively early in Bill Paxton's long and varied career, but the youthful meltdown Hudson has midway through the 1986 film -- "game over" ...Read more

'Moonlight' shines brightly at Spirit Awards

LOS ANGELES--As she took the Spirit Awards stage to present an acting ensemble prize to "Moonlight," "Scandal" star Kerry Washington was struck by a moment of spontaneous emotion.

"Oh dear lord, I love this movie," she said.

She wasn't alone.

Barry Jenkins' tale of a young gay boy coming of age won six awards, including the top prizes of ...Read more

Is the death of movies for grown-ups greatly exaggerated? This year's best picture Oscar race says yes

LOS ANGELES--On Sunday night, nine mostly midbudget films with grown-up themes -- loss, war, discrimination, artistic struggle -- will compete for best picture at the 89th Academy Awards. That may sound like business as usual for an awards show that traditionally favors critically acclaimed dramas, but this isn't: Nearly all of them have ...Read more

Oscars red carpet: 'The gravy train is over' for TV stations and networks

LOS ANGELES -- A spot on the Oscars' red carpet now comes with a price.

For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is charging a license fee to TV stations and networks that broadcast live shows with interviews of movie stars on the red carpet before Sunday's 89th Academy Awards telecast.

The Beverly Hills nonprofit ...Read more

Column: Why 'La La Land' is more deserving than Oscar-winning 'Artist'

Five years ago, a movie came out of nowhere to reclaim a moribund genre, and to celebrate the glamour and charismatic power of LA's show business fantasies and realities.

This was an industry movie, patting itself on the back, heartily. And since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voting membership has a track record of supporting ...Read more

Why the 'La La Land' vs. 'Moonlight' Oscar showdown is a good thing

Most years, watching the Oscars is about rooting for your favorite movie and feeling vindicated when it wins, or sulking and thinking bad thoughts about out-of-touch Academy voters when it loses.

Not this year, though. This year, my allegiance is torn.

Part of me hopes "La La Land" wins all of the 14 Oscars for which it's nominated (tying the ...Read more

Aaron Kaufman revs up his post-'Fast N Loud' future

When the news came out just before Christmas that "Fast N' Loud" mechanic Aaron Kaufman would be bidding farewell to his co-star Richard Rawlings, it was a shock to some fans of Discovery's car-restoration series. After all, the Dallas-based reality TV show has been a huge success since its debut in 2012 and helped turn their Gas Monkey Garage ...Read more