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Watch the First Teaser for Will Smith’s Fantasy Cop Thriller ‘Bright’

Will Smith is back in blue. Netflix released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming original film “Bright” during the Oscars on Sunday. Smith plays an LAPD cop who teams up with the very first Orc officer (Joel Edgerton) to protect a powerful wand that everyone is after. Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, and Kenneth… Read more »

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‘Moonlight’ Director: Best Picture Snafu Made Winning ‘More Complicated’

The best picture snafu that closed out Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast was still reverberating on Monday’s network morning news programs. “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins told “CBS This Morning” that the mix-up that resulted in “Moonlight” being named the winner a few minutes after “La La Land” was mistakenly announced only added to the surreal quality… Read more »

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Japan Box Office: ‘La La Land’ Dances to Weekend Win

TOKYO — With its release perfectly timed to benefit from its six Oscars, “La La Land” danced to the top of the Japanese box office in its first weekend. Released by Gaga and Pony Canyon on Feb. 24, the film earned $3.7 million on 290,000 admissions for the Feb. 25-26 weekend. With the Academy Awards… Read more »

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Rose Garnett Named as New Chief of BBC Films

Rose Garnett has been appointed director of BBC Films, the movie production arm of the British public broadcaster. Garnett moves to BBC Films from Film4, where she has been head of creative since 2015. Since joining Film4 as head of development in 2013, she has managed an extensive slate of projects from a wide range… Read more »

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Korea Box Office: ‘Split’ Debuts on Top at Weekend

Opening on Wednesday, UPI’s thriller “Split” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The M Night Shyamalan movie scored $6.94 million from 967,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday. Korean trio “New Trial,” “Fabricated City,” and “A Single Rider” took second, third and fourth places, respectively. With a week-on-week drop of 42%, Opus Pictures’… Read more »

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Iran Cheers ‘The Salesman’s’ Oscar, But Politics Risks Diminishing Asghar Farhadi’s Art

ROME – Iran rejoiced Monday at news of “The Salesman’s” Oscar victory for best foreign language film, but political reverberations risk undermining the artistic accomplishment of director Asghar Farhadi’s film. Farhadi did not attend the ceremony in protest against President Trump’s travel ban, despite the suspension of the executive order by U.S. courts. “Proud of cast… Read more »

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PricewaterhouseCoopers ‘Sincerely Apologizes’ for Oscar Mix-Up, Plans to Investigate

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the official accountant of the Academy Awards, issued a statement on the embarrassing flub on Sunday night’s Oscars, in which Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read “La La Land” as best picture instead of the actual winner, “Moonlight.” “We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for… Read more »

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Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo

Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast. In addition to the best picture gaffe, during the show’s In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman was mistakenly used. Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer and four-time Oscar nominee (“The Piano,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Oscar and Lucinda” and… Read more »

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