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- The White Helmets cinematographer Khaled Khatib was coming to the Oscars. Syria canceled h...Khatib is a member of the Syria Civil Defense, which Assad’s government has accused of faking footage. This is a developing story. The 40-minute documentary The White Helmets won the Oscar for Documentary Short on February 26, but two of the film’s subjects — one of whom also served as one of its three cinematographers — weren’t at the ceremony in Los Angeles. On Saturday, the Associated Press reported that the United States had refused entry to Syrian cinematographer Khaled Khatib, who was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul the day before the awards. Khatib — who is himself a member of the Syrian Civil Defense, the group profiled in the film — was said to have been denied entry to the US after officials from the Department of Homeland Security said they had discovered “derogatory information” about him. Before leaving… ..... Read More.22 mins ago
- WTF was up with Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Lion King’ bit?Screen capture via Hollywood Reporter Twitter accountOh, the Oscars: where the moments of brilliance (hi, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis) are the diamonds in Jimmy Kimmel’s very, very rough. One of the rougher moments was a tone-deaf bit where the late night host interviewed the impossibly cute Indian child actor Sunny Pawar. In a painfully awkward transition, Kimmel pivoted from Lion, the movie in which Pawar stars, to The Lion King. Then Kimmel puts his grubby white paws on Pawar and lifts him up, like a lion cub, presumably, but like a prop, actually. The optics were cringeworthy: one of the few brown people in the room becoming the visual punchline to a cringeworthy joke about an African lion cub. Interesting how somehow, the equally impossibly-cute Jacob Tremblay was spared this treatment at last year’s Oscars. Yes! #Oscars https://t.co/CeGxw61OZX pic.twitter.com/ZEki2IhZDg — Deadline Hollywood (@Deadline) February 27, 2017… ..... Read More.27 mins ago
- Oscar winners 2017: the complete listThe 2017 Oscars have arrived. The 89th Academy Awards will honor the best movies of the past year and all the people who had a hand in them — from directors, producers, and actors to sound editors, costume designers, and more. Will La La Land cash in on its 14 nominations and set a new record by winning the most Oscars of any film in history? Will Moonlight pull off a big upset in the Best Picture category? Will the Best Actor award go to Denzel Washington or Casey Affleck? Will Best Actress go to Emma Stone? Will Suicide Squad become an Oscar winner by taking the trophy for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, even though it’s a terrible film? The awards will be handed out in 24 categories, most of which have five nominees. The two exceptions are the Best Picture category, which can have between five and 10… ..... Read More.46 mins ago
- “American Bitch” is one of Girls’ most challenging episodes to dateThe merciless two-hander gets at the imbalance between powerful men and the women they hope to impress — or control. Note: Because of the Oscars airing the same night, HBO made this episode available to watch on HBO Go and HBO Now ahead of Girls’ usual airtime of Sundays at 10 pm. Accordingly, this article contains spoilers. “American Bitch” is a snarling challenge of an episode title. It’s no surprise, then, that it belongs to Girls, Lena Dunham’s HBO comedy that often seems like it makes more headlines than it even has viewers. And make no mistake: “American Bitch” — the third episode of Girls’ final season — is absolutely meant to provoke a strong reaction. As with season two’s standout episode “One Man’s Trash,” “American Bitch” is essentially a two-person play that throws Lena Dunham’s Hannah … well, not exactly against an older man of means, but not… ..... Read More.47 mins ago
- Oscars 2017: Watch Iranian winner Asghar Farhadi’s statement protesting Trump’s “inh...The Best Foreign Language Film winner wasn’t at the ceremony for a reason. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi just won his second Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for The Salesman — but as an act of protest against President Trump’s executive order banning people from seven majority-Muslim countries, and nearly all refugees, from entering the United States, he wasn’t at the ceremony to accept the award. As Farhadi told the New York Times in a statement when Trump first signed the order in late January, he decided not to attend even if he could be granted an exception, saying it “now seems that the possibility of this presence is being accompanied by ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even if exceptions were to be made for my trip.” So instead of Farhadi giving a speech, Iranian-American businesswoman Anousheh Ansari — the first Iranian… ..... Read More.1 hour ago
- Oscars 2017: Watch Viola Davis’s acceptance speech about why we must “exalt and exhume...“Exhume those stories — the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. “ Viola Davis won her first Oscar on Sunday, taking home the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her performance as Rose Maxson in Fences. The movie is an adaptation of a play by August Wilson, and in Davis’s speech she honored the playwright’s dedication to bringing out the humanity of life. Wilson died in 2005. “You know, there's one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered — one place, and that's the graveyard,” Davis said. She continued: People ask me all the time, “What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?” And I say, “Exhume those bodies.” Exhume those stories — the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in… ..... Read More.1 hour ago