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'La La Land,' diversity and the return of Mel Gibson: The highlights of the 2017 Oscar nominations

LOS ANGELES -- The effervescent, brightly colored romantic musical "La La Land" – a love letter to the city of Los Angeles and the movies themselves – sang and danced its way to a whopping 14 Academy Award nominations on Tuesday morning, tying the all-time record held by "Titanic" and "All About Eve."

But Oscar voters also spread their love...Read more

Michael Shannon came out of being 'down in the dumps' to score 'Nocturnal Animals” only nomination

The versatile Michael Shannon capped a year that saw him appear in 10 films -- including "Midnight Special," "Elvis & Nixon," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Loving" -- with an Oscar nomination for his performance as a cynical detective in Tom Ford's thriller "Nocturnal Animals."

He got the news in a hotel lobby in Newcastle, a city ...Read more

Meet Allison Schroeder, the NASA-loving writer of 'Hidden Figures' who was just nominated for an Oscar

Allison Schroeder was on the playground in 1986, chasing a friend around the slide, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded. As a first-grader, she was confused by the blast visible from her neighborhood, just 30 minutes south of the launch pad in Cape Canaveral. So she looked toward her teacher, who'd begun to cry. That's when she realized ...Read more

Viola Davis makes history as first African-American actress to score three Oscar nominations

"Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you, Denzel, for being at the helm!"

That's Viola Davis' rather humble reaction to her Oscar nomination this morning for supporting actress for her performance in "Fences."

But she deserves more than the standard congratulations. Davis is now ...Read more

#OscarsSoWhite's April Reign: Films are more black this year, 'not more diverse'

Following last year's industry-shaking #OscarsSoWhite campaign, the 2017 slate of Oscar nominations is surely more diverse with the likes of Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington and Barry Jenkins all taking home nominations. But according to April Reign, former attorney, managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com and the hashtag's creator, the fight for...Read more

Column: Jazz in 'La La Land' nearly redeems Damien Chazelle's 'Whiplash' excesses

Hollywood never seems to tire of taking on jazz.

Its filmmakers mock, distort, demean, misconstrue and, on rare occasions, capture the allure of a most elusive music.

For jazz thrives best not on the screen, where it's frozen in two dimensions for all time, but in an intimate club, where musicians invent it on the spot for listeners who can ...Read more

None of the best picture nominees has grossed more than $100 million

All too often, the Oscars come around and you'll overhear someone at coffee or in a restaurant or in a waiting room saying, "I've barely heard of any of these movies; does anyone actually see them?"

For only the second time in the last 10 years, none of the best picture nominees -- at the time of nomination -- has grossed more than $100 million...Read more

What's next for Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel? A good cry in the shower

Dev Patel, who was nominated for an Academy Award for actor in a supporting role for his part in "Lion," has big plans for celebrating his nomination news: a shower. Here's a conversation with him, conducted via phone just after nominations were announced Tuesday:

Q: Are you freaking out?

A: That is the understatement of the century. It kind ...Read more

Academy Awards 2017: Complete list of nominations

LOS ANGELES -- The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were revealed Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

"La La Land" did what 800-pound gorillas are supposed to do: dominate the Oscar nominations tally, pulling down 14, including actor, actress, director and picture. Ava Duvernay's "13th" joins "O.J.: Made in America" among best documentary ...Read more

'La La Land' ties 'All About Eve' and 'Titanic' for most Oscar nominations

LOS ANGELES -- One is a tale of backstabbing betrayal and a blueprint for withering repartee.

Another documented the grandeur and sad fate of the most notorious shipwreck in history.

And the third is a musical love letter to Los Angeles, full of whimsical song and dance.

The storylines couldn't be more disparate, but "La La Land," 1950's "All...Read more

Movie review: McConaughey glitters in 'Gold'

It's been said that Matthew McConaughey is a character actor trapped in a leading man's body. After his rom-com hunk period in the 2000s, he had his "McConnaissance," delving deeply into character work in "Bernie," "Magic Mike" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," on TV in "True Detective," and in "Dallas Buyers Club," for which he won an Oscar. His ...Read more

Oscars analysis: Can 'La La Land,' with its record-tying 14 nominations, go the distance?

LOS ANGELES -- "La La Land" passed its first audition Tuesday -- and then some, earning a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations.

Now, the question is: Can it go on and land the role it has seemed destined to win since debuting at film festivals this fall? Can it take the Oscar for best picture?

For those not wanting next month's ceremony spoiled, ...Read more

Lionsgate's gamble on 'La La Land' pays off: The box-office hit is an Oscar favorite

LOS ANGELES -- When executives at Lionsgate first entertained the idea of making a film about star-crossed lovers who sing and dance their way across Los Angeles, they had good reasons to hesitate.

The musical genre had been littered with flops including "Across the Universe," "Rent" and "Rock of Ages." Even more worrisome, "La La Land" was an ...Read more

Viewers guide to Hulu's 'The Path'

LOS ANGELES -- The second season of the Hulu streaming series "The Path" will be available for viewing Wednesday. The production follows a family struggling with relationships, faith and power while at the center of a controversial cult movement known and Meyerism.

Jessica Goldberg, "The Path" executive producer, is excited to have a second ...Read more

'SNL' writer suspended indefinitely for tweet mocking Barron Trump

NEW YORK -- Katie Rich, a "Saturday Night Live" writer who mocked Barron Trump, the youngest child of President Donald Trump, in a tweet during Friday's inaugural festivities, has been suspended from the late-night comedy show.

Rich was suspended immediately after the tweet, and will be suspended indefinitely, according to a source familiar ...Read more

Wayne Brady injured at 'Hamilton' matinee

CHICAGO -- The actor Wayne Brady, who plays Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of "Hamilton," sustained a minor leg injury Saturday during a matinee performance of the show in downtown Chicago and had to leave the stage during the first few minutes of the first act.

He was replaced by an understudy for the remainder of the performance.

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Calls for firing of 'SNL' writer after Barron Trump tweet

A tweet by a "Saturday Night Live" writer last week about Barron Trump, the 10-year-old son of President Donald Trump -- a tweet since deleted -- has drawn calls for the writer to lose her job.

On Friday, after the inauguration, Katie Rich, a Chicago native and Second City alum, tweeted that "Barron will be this country's first home-school ...Read more

Tidal announces partnership with Sprint

Jay Z's artist-owned streaming service, Tidal, and Sprint announced a new partnership on Monday that will give the company's 45 million customers unlimited access to Tidal, including exclusive content.

In the deal, the telecommunications company acquired a 33 percent stake in Tidal; Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will join Tidal's board of directors...Read more

Sprint acquires stake in Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sprint Corp. announced Monday that it has acquired a 33 percent stake in Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal.

The partnership will give Sprint's 45 million retail customers unlimited access to content made by artists on Tidal.

Jay Z and the artist-owners will continue to run the streaming service. Marcelo Claure, Sprint's...Read more

'Roe' puts women center stage

WASHINGTON -- In a timely and frank play about the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, Henry Wade, the district attorney of Dallas County, makes one very brief appearance.

Because the play is about the contentious relationship between Norma McCorvey, known as Jane Roe, and her attorney Sarah Weddington as they struggle through ...Read more