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'Three Billboards' leads the pack at politically edged BAFTA awards
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'Three Billboards' leads the pack at politically edged BAFTA awards

Dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest winner at the BAFTA Film Awards, held in London on Sunday, an event which saw the campaign for womens rights in the entertainment industry take center stage. Three Billboards won five awards, including best film, best actress for its lead performer Frances McDormand and a supporting actor award for Sam Rockwell. Writer-direct...


Oscars chief says Hollywood abuses being 'jack-hammered into oblivion'

The president of the group that hands out the annual Oscars declared on Monday that some of the worst abuses in the movie industry were finally being jack-hammered into oblivion. John Bailey, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told more than 200 Oscar nominees that the Academy was working hard toward a greater diversity. The Oscars, the highest honors in the movie ...


Meryl Streep wants to trademark her own name
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Meryl Streep wants to trademark her own name

Meryl Streep, the most celebrated actress of her generation, has filed an application to trademark her name. The application was filed with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Jan. 22, records show. It requests that the name Meryl Streep be trademarked for entertainment services, movie appearances, speaking engagements and autographs. Streep, 68, last week extended her record to 21 Academy A...


'Shape of Water', 'Three Billboards' lead best picture race after Oscar nominations

Fox Searchlights fantastical romance The Shape of Water and its dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri emerged as front runners for the Oscar best picture prize on Tuesday after capturing nominations in all of the major categories. The Shape of Water earned a leading 13 nominations, including nods for best picture, screenplay, director Guillermo del Toro and actors Sally Hawkins,...


'Three Billboards' wins big as Golden Globes power through sex scandal
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'Three Billboards' wins big as Golden Globes power through sex scandal

Dark drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner with four Golden Globes awards on Sunday on a night marked by scathing jokes about sexual harassment and passionate odes to those breaking their silence. Mother-daughter comedy Lady Bird was named best comedy film and the indie A24 movies star Saoirse Ronan won for comedy actress. Gary Oldman was named best drama movie a...


Oscars org adopts code of conduct after Weinstein expulsion
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Oscars org adopts code of conduct after Weinstein expulsion

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science announced Wednesday that it has adopted its first code of conduct for its 8,427 members. Film academy chief executive Dawn Hudson introduced the new rules to members in an email. In October, the academy broke with tradition and made Harvey Weinstein just the second person ever expelled from the Oscars governing body. The new code of conduct sti...


Biomolecular scientist Professor Alan Mackay-Sim honoured as Australian of the Year.
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Biomolecular scientist Professor Alan Mackay-Sim honoured as Australian of the Year.

Biomolecular scientist Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, whose research helped restore mobility in a quadriplegic man, has been named this years Australian of the Year. Vicki Jellie (Australias Local Hero), Sister Anne Gardiner AM (Senior Australian of the Year) and Paul Vasileff (Young Australian of Year) were also honoured at a ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday night. Professor Mackay-Sim used his a...


Resurrected rape allegations derail an Oscar favorite
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Resurrected rape allegations derail an Oscar favorite

As Nate Parkers The Birth of a Nation continues to be enveloped in a rape case from 1999, Fox Searchlight - the art-house studio that plunked down a Sundance Film Festival record of $17.5 million for the distribution rights to the Nat Turner slave rebellion drama - might be questioning its sizable investment. The fortunes of The Birth of a Nation, to be released October 7, are very much in flux...


Caravan actor Thinle falls from horse, passes away
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Caravan actor Thinle falls from horse, passes away

Popular Nepali actor Thinle Lhondup has passed away in Dolpa district, his home residence, on Sunday. He was a popular film actor and a social activist. According to a local Ram Krishna Regmi, Thinle fell down along with a horse that he was travelling on at Chepka in Foksundo VDC while on way to his house in remote Saldang from district headquarters Dunai this morning. The donkeys arriving f...


Critics of Oscars show say diversity talk was too narrow

As Felix Sanchez watched the Academy Awards ceremony, he kept wondering when all the talk of diversity from host Chris Rock and others would itself become more diverse. I was shocked that Latinos and Asians and Native Americans were not a part of this conversation, says Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, based in Washington, D.C. They have this...


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