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Oscars 2019: Carol Channing, Stanley Donen, more left out of In Memoriam segment

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President John Bailey acknowledged to viewers before introducing this year’s In Memoriam segment at the Oscars that not everyone could make the cut. Still, some omissions left viewers smarting.

Among the most notable late greats not included was Carol Channing, best known for her work on sitcoms and variety shows but also an accomplished film actress — indeed, an Oscar nominee even, for her 1967 breakout Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Among other performers left off, many on social media noticed the absence of beloved character actor Dick Miller, who appeared in more than 100 films across his career, including Gremlins, The Little Shop of Horrors, and The Terminator; frequent Clint Eastwood collaborator Sondra Locke, who received an Oscar nomination as well for her turn in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, her film debut; and Emmy-nominated favorites Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards, The Wire) and John Mahoney.

Others expressed their dismay that neither independent film titan Mark Urman (Murderball, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) nor On the Town and Singin’ in the Rain director Stanley Donen didn’t make the cut. (In the case of Donen, at least, it was likely a matter of timing: He died on Thursday.)

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World roars to top of box office with biggest debut of the year

It’s an animated weekend at the box office with Universal’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World soaring to the top.

The latest in the animated franchise breathed fire its competition with an estimated opening weekend haul of $55.5 million in ticket sales at 4,259 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday. This marks the biggest debut of 2019 to date and also the highest opening for a How to Train Your Dragon film, beating both the first film’s 2010 opening of $43.7 million and the sequel’s $49.5 million 2014 debut.

After a soft opening last week, MGM’s Fighting With My Family expanded wide to take the fourth spot with an estimated $8 million across 2,711 theaters. The weekend’s other new release, Roadside Attraction’s Run the Race takes tenth place with an estimated total of $2.3 million across only 853 theaters.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World continues the Dreamworks animation franchise for the third and final entry in the trilogy. This conclusion follows young Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his Night Fury dragon Toothless as they seek out the “Hidden World,” a secret dragon utopia home to other Night Furies. The team must find the secret world before hired tyrant Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham) does and uses it for nefarious purposes. Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, and Kristen Wiig also lend their vocal talents to the film. Dean DeBlois continues his directing duties from the first two films.

The movie far exceeded box office expectations — it’s rare for the third film in a franchise to beat its predecessors so heftily. It also released internationally early, bringing its global total to an estimated $274. 9 million. The threequel is likely buoyed by glowing reviews and audience reaction seems favorable with a solid A CinemaScore.

MGM opened Fighting With My Family in only four theaters last weekend before expanding to 2,711 theaters for a wider release. It takes the fourth spot with an estimated $8 million haul, bringing its cumulative two weekend total to $8.2 million.

Former professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson produced this WWE comedy about a reformed gangster/wrestler Ricky Knight (Nick Frost) and his wife Julia (Lena Headey) who make their living performing with their children. Johnson makes an expansive cameo as himself, and the film also stars Jack Lowden, Florence Pugh, and Vince Vaughn. Stephen Merchant (Extras) writes and directs.

This weekend’s other new release, Run the Race, takes the tenth spot with a very solid estimated $2.3 million total across 853 theaters. Produced by former NFL player Tim Tebow, the sports drama follows two brothers, one who plays high school football and one who runs tracks, as they face rising tensions from their different world views. This story of brotherhood features Frances Fisher, Mykelti Williamson, Tanner Stine, Mario Van Peebles, Kristoffer Polaha, and Evan Hofer. Chris Dowling directed the faith-based film.

Holdovers rounded out the top five this weekend with sci-fi epic Alita: Battle Angel taking second place with an estimated $12 million total. That brings the Robert Rodriguez flick to a cumulative total of $60.7 million, which still falls far below its rumored $170 million production budget. It fell by nearly 60 percent in its second weekend, though it does have an A- CinemaScore, which suggests it could continue to limp towards recouping its budget with its cumulative global total an estimated $263.4 million.

In its third weekend, Lego Movie 2: The Second Part continues to stay in the top three, taking in an estimated $10 million for third place. That brings its total over three weekends to $83.6 million, which still falls far below the original 2014 film, which stayed atop the box office for three weekends in a row bringing in a total $188.3 million in that time.

Fifth place goes to Warner Bros. meta romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic, which fell about 47% percent from its opening weekend. The Rebel Wilson led rom-com rounds out the top five with an estimated $7.5 million total, bringing its overall haul to $33.8 million. The film has earned middling reviews and a passable B CinemaScore from audiences.

Overall box office is down 24.8 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore, with cinemas lacking a sizable hit like last year’s record-breaking Black Panther. Though it is Oscars weekend, none of the Best Picture nominees, which were all released over the end of 2018, remain in the box office top ten. Check out the Feb. 22-24 numbers below.

1. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World— $55.5 million
2. Alita: Battle Angel — $12 million
3. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part— $10 million
4. Fighting With My Family— $8 million
5. Isn’t It Romantic— $7.5 million
6. What Men Want— $5.2 million
7. Happy Death Day 2U— $5 million
8. Cold Pursuit— $3.3 million
9. The Upside— $3.2 million
10. Run the Race — $2.3 million

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Alita: Battle Angel tops Presidents’ Day box office with $33 million

Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel may be winning the box office battle, but it’s likely losing the war.

The sci-fi epic is on track to win the weekend with an estimated $27.8 million in ticket sales at 3,790 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday ($33 million through Monday). The film opened on Thursday bringing its total debut to $36.5 million through Sunday. While the cyberpunk film easily takes the box office crown for the weekend, it’s a dismaying opening for a film that reportedly cost around $200 million to make. The weekend falls far below last year’s Presidents’ Day take where the record-breaking Black Panther scored a $242 million domestic opening in its debut.

Lego Movie 2: The Second Part held strong in its second week at the box office, taking second place with an estimated $27 million across 4,303 theaters for the four-day weekend. It continues to lag far behind the 2014 original, which scored an impressive $130 million in its first two weekends. Its $62.7 cumulative total across two weekends falls short of The Lego Movie’s original opening take of $69 million in its first weekend.

Other buzzy new release meta rom-com Isn’t it Romantic took third place with an estimated $16 million across 3,444 theaters for the long weekend.

Produced by sci-fi icon James Cameron, Alita: Battle Angel follows the story of a compassionate doctor (Christoph Waltz) who realizes that the cyborg shell he is nurturing also harbors the heart and soul of a young woman (Rosa Salazar) with a mysterious past. Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley, and Mahershala Ali also star. The film has taken a pounding from critics, which could contribute to its lower overall total.

Isn’t It Romantic sought to capitalize on the Valentine’s Day tie-in, even opening on Wednesday to get couples in for the Thursday holiday, bringing its cumulative debut total to an estimated $20.5 million through Sunday for its third-place opening.

The film is a meta-riff on rom-coms, sending up many tropes of the genre in its story about Natalie (Rebel Wilson), a young architect disenchanted with love who suddenly wakes up to find herself trapped in a romantic comedy. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, the film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, and Priyanka Chopra.

This weekend’s other new release, Universal’s horror sequel Happy Death Day 2U, is poised to take the fifth place spot with an estimated total $11.5 million total across 3,207 theaters for Friday through Monday. This comedic horror film is a follow up to 2017 hit Happy Death Day, returning to heroine Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as she encounters new dangers after her dying over and over again in Groundhog Day fashion in the first film. Laura Clifton, Steve Zissis, and Suraj Sharma also star in the Christopher Landon helmed film. The sequel can’t repeat its former glory, taking in less than half of the original film’s $26 million opening.

Comedy gender-bent remake What Men Want rounds out the top five with its fourth place take of an estimated $12.6 million across 2,912 theaters for the long weekend. It’s down approximately 40 percent from its opening weekend.

Overall box office is down 19.7 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore, a number which sinks increasingly lower due to the lack of a major hit on the scale of last year’s Black Panther. Check out the Feb. 15-17 numbers below.

1. Alita: Battle Angel — $27.8 million
2. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part — $21.2 million
3. Isn’t It Romantic— $14.2 million
4. What Men Want— $10.9 million
5. Happy Death Day 2U— $9.8 million
6. Cold Pursuit — $6 million
7. The Upside— $5.8 million
8. Glass— $3.9 million
9. The Prodigy— $3.2 million
10. Green Book — $2.8 million

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Grammy Awards 2019: Here’s the full list of winners:

61st annual Grammy Awards

Album of the Year: Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves

Record of the Year: “This is America,” Childish Gambino

Song of the Year: “This is America,” Childish Gambino

Best New Artist: Dua Lipa

Best Rap Album: Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B

Best R&B Album: H.E.R., H.E.R.

Best Country Album: Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves

Best Rap Song: “God’s Plan,” Drake

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Shallow,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sweetener, Ariana Grande

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell Williams

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: My Way, Willie Nelson

COUNTRY

Best Country Solo Performance: “Butterflies,” Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Tequila,” Dan & Shay

Best Country Song: “Space Cowboy,” Kacey Musgraves

HIP-HOP/R&B

Best R&B Performance: “Best Part,” H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar

Best Traditional R&B Performance (Tie): “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand,” Leon Bridges and “How Deep Is Your Love,” PJ Morton featuring Yebba

Best R&B Song: “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Everything Is Love, The Carters

Best Rap Performance (Tie): “King’s Dead,” Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake, and “Bubblin,” Anderson Paak

Best Rap/Sung Performance: “This Is America,” Childish Gambino

ROCK

Best Rock Performance: “When Bad Does Good,” Chris Cornell

Best Metal Performance: “Electric Messiah,” High on Fire

Best Rock Song: “Masseduction,” St Vincent,

Best Rock Album: From The Fires, Greta Van Fleet

Best Alternative Music Album: Colors, Beck

AMERICAN ROOTS

Best American Roots Performance: “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile

Best American Roots Song: “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile

Best Americana Album: By The Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile

Best Bluegrass Album: The Travelin’ McCourys, The Travelin’ McCourys

Best Traditional Blues Album: The Blues Is Alive And Well, Buddy Guy

Best Contemporary Blues Album: Please Don’t Be Dead, Fantastic Negrito

Best Folk Album: All Ashore, Punch Brothers

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC

Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Never Alone,” Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “You Say,” Lauren Daigle and Paul Mabury

Best Gospel Album: Hiding Place, Tori Kelly

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Look Up Child, Lauren Daigle

Best Roots Gospel Album: Unexpected, Jason Crabb

JAZZ

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Don’t Fence Me In,” John DaVersa

Best Jazz Vocal Album: The Window, Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Emanon, The Wayner Shorter Quartet

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom, John DaVersa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists

Best Latin Jazz Album: Back to the Sunset, Dafnis Prieto Big Band

CLASSICAL

Best Engineered Album, Classical: Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11, Shawn Murphy and Nick Squire, engineers, Tim Martyn, masteering engineer

Producer Of The Year, Classical: Blanton Alspaugh

Best Orchestral Performance: Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11, Andris Nelsons, conductor

Best Opera Recording: “Bates: The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs”

Best Choral Performance: “McLoskey: Zealot Canticles,” Donald Nally, conductor

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Landfall,” Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Kernis: Violin Concerto,” James Ehnes

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Songs Of Orpheus–Monteverdi, Caccini, D’India & Landi,” Karim Sulayman; Jeanette Sorrell, conductor, Apollo’s Fire, ensembles

Best Classical Compendium: “Fuchs: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’; Poems Of Life; Glacier; Rush,” JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Kernis: Violin Concerto,” James Ehnes, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony

LATIN

Best Latin Pop Album: Sincera, Claudia Brant

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Aztlan, Zoé

Best Regional Mexican Music Album: ¡Mexico Por Siempre!, Luis Miguel

Best Tropical Latin Album: Anniversary, Spanish Harlem Orchestra

DANCE

Best Dance Recording: “Electricity,” Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson

Best Dance/Electronic Album: Woman Worldwide, Justice

Best Regional Roots Music Album: No ‘Ane’i, Kalani Pe’a

Best Comedy Album: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation, Dave Chapelle

Best Musical Theater Album: The Band’s Visit

Best Instrumental Composition: Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil), Terence Blanchard

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Stars and Stripes Forever, John Daversa

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: Spiderman Theme, Randy Waldman

Best Recording Package: Masseduction, Willo Perron, art directors (St. Vincent)

Best Recording Package: The Complete Works Of “Weird Al” Yankovic, Meghan Foley, Annie Stoll & “Weird Al” Yankovic art directors (“Weird Al” Yankovic)

Best Album Notes: Voices Of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented By William Ferris, David Evans, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Historical Album: Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris, William Ferris, April Ledbetter & Steven Lance Ledbetter, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Colors, Beck

Best Remixed Recording: Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix), Mura Masa, Remixer (HAIM)

Best Immersive Audio Album: Eye in the Sky (35th Anniversary Edition), Alan Parsons, surround mix engineer; Dave Donnelly, PJ Olsson, & Alan Parsons, surround mastering engineers; Alan Parsons, surround producer (The Alan Parsons Project

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‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Anne with an E’ lead Canadian Screen Awards nominees

TORONTO — Anne with an E tied Schitt’s Creek with a leading 15 Canadian Screen Award nominations Thursday for a season that focused on inclusivity and diversity — a theme producers say they plan to continue to expand upon.

The CBC show inspired by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel is up for trophies including best drama series and best actress for Amybeth McNulty, who stars as the plucky young Prince Edward Island heroine.

The nominations were for Season 2, which included an LGBTQ storyline and the show’s first black character, a Trinidadian sailor played by Dalmar Abuzeid, who is nominated for best guest performance.

Next season, which starts shooting March 11, will see an Indigenous storyline, executive producer Miranda de Pencier revealed Thursday in an interview.

“There’s no sense in reinventing a classic novel if you’re not going to make it relevant for today’s audience,” said de Pencier, who also directed the film The Grizzlies, which got three nominations Thursday.

“So it was really important for us to find themes that matter for Canadians.”

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television administers the awards, which honour Canadian talent in film, television and digital media.

The other best drama series contenders are City’s Bad Blood, OMNI’s Blood and Water, CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries and History’s Vikings.

Schitt’s Creek’s nominations include best comedy and acting nods for the CBC show’s main stars, who play a riches-to-rags family — Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy.

The best comedy series category is rounded out by Crave’s Letterkenny, CBC’s Mr. D and Workin’ Moms, and OMNI’s Second Jen.

“I think it’s safe to say that Canadian comedy is really having a moment right now and our nominations reflect that,” said academy CEO Beth Janson, referring to the international acclaim raining down on many of the best-comedy nominees lately.

On the film side, the leading contenders are from Quebec: Maxime Giroux’s allegorical drama The Great Darkened Days and Daniel Roby’s disaster thriller Just a Breath Away with eight nominations apiece.

Both are competing in categories including best picture and best director.

Giroux’s film is about a draft dodger from Quebec who takes refuge in the American West.

Just a Breath Away follows a couple trying to save their daughter from a toxic gas cloud in Paris.

Also in the running for best picture are the post-apocalyptic Genesis directed by Freddie Hutton-Mills, the coming-of-age drama A Colony from Genevieve Dulude-De Celles, and Sophie Dupuis’ Montreal crime story Family First.

All of the best-picture nominees are French-language films. Nominees in that category are chosen by a jury of industry workers, the majority of whom hail from the academy’s existing membership of between 4,500 and 5000 people across the country.

The jury chooses the nominees based on artistic excellence.

“There are those who say it’s impossible to judge artistic excellence or that it’s unfair to judge artistic excellence, but we don’t put any rules on how we do that and so every once in a while you’re going to end up with a result that is unique,” said academy chair Martin Katz.

The Canadian Screen Awards, which will air from Toronto on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service on March 31, have a total of 135 categories.

The CBC said its popular show Kim’s Convenience, which won best comedy series at last year’s awards, was not eligible to be nominated this year as its broadcast slot moved from fall to winter.

Other major nominees this year include Season 2 of CTV’s crime drama Cardinal, titled Blackfly Season, which has 14 nods including best limited series or program.

CBC News: The National has 13 nominations, while Global’s end-of-life drama Mary Kills People and CBC’s parenting comedy Workin’ Moms have nine nods each.

This year’s Canadian Screen Awards won’t have a host and will hand out special honours to stars including the Kids in the Hall comedy troupe, who will get the Academy Icon Award.

Meanwhile, comedy great Mary Walsh will receive the Earle Grey Award for her body of work and filmmaker Deepa Mehta will get the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Toronto actor Stephan James — who has skyrocketed to fame with starring roles in the Oscar-nominated film If Beale Street Could Talk and the Amazon Prime Video series Homecoming — will get the inaugural Radius Award, which goes to a Canadian making waves globally.

Overall, women received 50% of the nominations across all writing categories, and dominate nominations in film direction, feature film and web performance categories.

“I think that’s reflective of a conscious investment that a lot of our institutions and broadcasters have made, to invest more in female creators and in women behind the camera,” said Janson.

“So I’m really excited to see that showing fruit in the Canadian Screen Award nominations.”

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Lindsey Buckingham’s vocal cords damaged after emergency heart surgery

Lindsey Buckingham underwent emergency open heart surgery late last week, and though he’s on the mend at home, the operation resulted in vocal cord damage.

The former Fleetwood Mac rocker’s wife, Kristen Buckingham, posted the update on Facebook Friday afternoon, capping off a tumultuous year for the musician that included his ouster from the Grammy-winning band.

“Each day he is stronger than the last,” his wife wrote. “While he and his heart are doing well, the surgery resulted in vocal cord damage. While it is is unclear if this damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not.”

All touring and shows scheduled will be put on pause as Buckingham “gathers the strength to heal completely,” she added.

The 69-year-old guitarist has a family history of heart-related problems that claimed the lives of his father and brother, said his wife, who accompanied the update with a hospital photo of the rocker. She noted that the family shared its story in hopes that it would inspire others to seek preventative care.

“This past year has been a very stressful and difficult year for our family to say the least. But despite all this, our gratitude for life trumps all obstacles we have faced at this moment. We feel so fortunate he’s alive. As does he. He looks forward to recovery and putting this behind him,” she added.

Buckingham’s official departure from Fleetwood Mac came in April when the band announced Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House were joining the lineup. Shortly after that, the band announced a new tour and Buckingham announced his own solo tour.

In October, Buckingham sued Fleetwood Mac and blamed Stevie Nicks for getting him fired.

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The Academy Awards are coming soon!!! Only two weeks now!!!

BAFTA Awards 2019: ‘The Favourite’ Dominates, But ‘Roma’ Wins the Big One

“The Favourite” lived up to its name until the last minute at the EE British Academy Film Awards, which were presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on Sunday in London. But in the homestretch, “Roma” director Alfonso Cuarón won the best director award, and then his black-and-white memory piece was named 2018’s best picture.

“The Favourite” settled for seven wins, by far the most of any film. Yorgos Lanthimos’ twisted period drama won for lead actress Olivia Colman and supporting actress Rachel Weisz, as well as awards in the original screenplay, production design, makeup and hair, costume design and Outstanding British Film categories.

In addition to Best Film and Best Director, “Roma” won in the cinematography and Best Film Not in the English Language categories. The wins capped a wild weekend for Cuarón in which he did a Q&A in London on Friday evening, flew to Los Angeles on Saturday for another Q&A and for the American Society of Cinematographers Awards (where he lost to “Cold War”) and then returned to London for the BAFTAs on Sunday.

In a tightly competitive year at the Oscars, the win for “Roma” adds to an awards résumé that also includes wins at the Critics’ Choice Awards and Directors Guild Awards, keeping the Netflix film in the running as one of the leading Oscar contenders.

Rami Malek was named best actor for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” while Mahershala Ali won the supporting-actor award for “Green Book.” Both men have become prohibitive favorites in the Oscar acting races, while Olivia Colman’s win suggests that she can still challenge Glenn Close in the best-actress race.

The effect of Weisz’s win for supporting actress is harder to gauge, because Regina King, who has won almost every award for which she’s been nominated for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” was not nominated by BAFTA.

“BlacKkKlansman” won for adapted screenplay, giving Spike Lee his first BAFTA award.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was named best animated film, while “Free Solo” was named best documentary.

“Vice” won for editing, “Bohemian Rhapsody” won for sound and “Black Panther” won for visual effects. In the music category, which mixes original scores with songs, “A Star Is Born” won for its songs, with Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and Lukas Nelson being singled out.

“Black Panther” star Letitia Wright won the Rising Star Award, which is voted on by the public, over Barry Keoghan, Cynthia Erivo, Jessie Buckley and Lakeith Stanfield.

“The Favourite” had gone into the show with the most BAFTA nominations, 12, followed by “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born” with seven each.

Director Bryan Singer was originally singled out as one of three “Bohemian Rhapsody” nominees in the Outstanding British Film category, but after voting closed his nomination was suspended following accusations of sexual misconduct. Producer Graham King and writer Anthony McCarten remained the film’s nominees of record, with a BAFTA statement saying that Singer’s nomination would remain suspended “until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved.”

In the 71 years that BAFTA has been handing out awards, its choice for the year’s best film has agreed with the Academy Awards’ Best Picture winner only 26 times. Recently, BAFTA and the Oscars matched six years in a row between 2009 and 2014 – but since then BAFTA winners “Boyhood,” “The Revenant,” “La La Land” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” went on to lose at the Oscars to “Birdman,” “Spotlight,” “Moonlight” and “The Shape of Water,” respectively.

Still, BAFTA remains a fairly accurate Oscar predictor overall: Last year, in the 19 categories that overlap between the Oscars and BAFTA, the BAFTA winner went on to take the Oscar 14 times.

The British Academy Film Awards are taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and are being hosted by actress Joanna Lumley.

Here is the complete list of nominees. Winners will be indicated by *WINNER.

BEST FILM
“BlacKkKlansman”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Roma” *WINNER
“A Star Is Born”

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
“Beast”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite” *WINNER
“McQueen”
“Stan & Ollie”
“You Were Never Really Here”

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
“Apostasy,” Daniel Kokotajlo (Writer/Director)
“Beast,” Michael Pearce (Writer/Director), Lauren Dark (Producer) *WINNER
“A Cambodian Spring,” Chris Kelly (Writer/Director/Producer)
“Pili,” Leanne Welham (Writer/Director), Sophie Harman (Producer)
“Ray & Liz,” Richard Billingham (Writer/Director), Jacqui Davies (Producer)

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
“Capernaum”
“Cold War”
“Dogman”
“Roma” *WINNER
“Shoplifters”

DOCUMENTARY
“Free Solo” *WINNER
“McQueen”
“RBG”
“They Shall Not Grow Old”
“Three Identical Strangers”

ANIMATED FILM
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” *WINNER

DIRECTOR
“BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee
“Cold War,” Paweł Pawlikowski
“The Favourite,” Yorgos Lanthimos
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón *WINNER
“A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Cold War,” Janusz Głowacki, Paweł Pawlikowski
“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara *WINNER
“Green Book,” Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“Vice,” Adam McKay

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott *WINNER
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
“First Man,” Josh Singer
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins
“A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, Eric Roth

LEADING ACTRESS
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” *WINNER
Viola Davis, “Widows”

LEADING ACTOR
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER
Steve Coogan, “Stan & Ollie”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Claire Foy, “First Man”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” *WINNER

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” *WINNER
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”
Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”

ORIGINAL MUSIC
“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell
“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman
“A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson *WINNER

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” Newton Thomas Sigel
“Cold War,” Łukasz Żal
“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
“First Man,” Linus Sandgren
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón *WINNER

EDITING
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“First Man”
“Roma”
“Vice” *WINNER

PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
“The Favourite” *WINNER
“First Man”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Roma”

COSTUME DESIGN
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite” *WINNER
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Mary Queen of Scots”

MAKE UP & HAIR
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite” *WINNER
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Stan & Ollie”
“Vice”

SOUND
“Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER
“First Man”
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
“A Quiet Place”
“A Star Is Born”

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Black Panther” *WINNER
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
“I’m OK”
“Marfa”
“Roughhouse” *WINNER

BRITISH SHORT FILM
“73 Cows” *WINNER
“Bachelor, 38”
“The Blue Door”
“The Field”
“Wale”

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
Barry Keoghan
Cynthia Erivo
Jessie Buckley
Lakeith Stanfield
Letitia Wright *WINNER

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley

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I must piece together some time this week to see THE LEGO MOVIE 2!!

Lego Movie 2 tops the box office with $35 million debut

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is taking a brick to its competition.

The latest in the animated toy-inspired franchise takes the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend with an estimated $35 million in ticket sales at 4,303 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, bringing its North American total to $88.7 million.

For the first time in 2019, new releases make up the box office top three with Paramount’s What Men Want grabbing second place with an estimated $19 million across 2,912 theaters and Lionsgate’s Cold Pursuit rounding out the top three with an estimated $10.8 million across 2,630 theaters. The weekend’s other new release, Orion horror flick The Prodigy, did not fare as well, taking the sixth slot with an estimated $6 million across 2,530 theaters.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is Warner Bros. latest entry in its plasticine franchise, after 2017’s Lego Batman Movie and Lego Ninjago Movie. The film is the first official sequel to the 2014 hit that kickstarted the franchise, The Lego Movie.

With a script from Lego masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller and directed by Mike Mitchell, the film reunites the heroes of Bricksburg as they attempt to save their city from a new threat. It features the voice talents of returning cast members Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Will Arnett, as well as newcomers to the franchise Stephanie Beatriz, Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph, and more.

Despite strong reviews, The Lego Movie 2 fell short of projected expectations which anticipated a weekend haul somewhere between $50-55 million. The sequel didn’t come close to the 2014 opening take of the original film, which took in $69 million its first weekend at the box office. This marks the second worst opening for a film in the franchise, after The Lego Ninjago Movie’s $20.4 million opening in Sept. 2017.

New release What Men Want, a gender-swapped take on Nancy Meyer’s 2000 comedy hit What Women Want, grabs second place with its estimated $19 million total in line with industry expectations. Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), the Paramount comedy stars Taraji P. Henson as a sports agent who is constantly overshadowed by her male counterparts, until an encounter with a psychic suddenly gives her the power to hear what men are thinking. It couldn’t compare to the Mel Gibson-Helen Hunt original, which took $33.6 million in its opening weekend back in 2000.

The weekend’s other major title, Liam Neeson revenge thriller Cold Pursuit, fell far short of expectations with its third place estimated total of $10.8 million. The Lionsgate release reportedly cost $60 million to make, but the film was likely hampered by its release in the midst of major controversy involving star Liam Neeson after he confessed in an interview that he once contemplated a “revenge” attack against a random black person. Neeson apologized for the remarks after the backlash.

Indeed, it marks Neeson’s worst opening for a wide release since he rebranded himself as an action star with the wild success of 2009’s Taken. The film follows a local snowplow operator (Neeson) who becomes consumed by revenge when his son is murdered by a local drug cartel. Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, and William Forsythe also star. Hans Petter Moland directed the film, and it’s an English-language remake of his 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance.

The Prodigy, which was the fourth new title of the weekend, came in sixth with an estimated $6 million total. The film stars Taylor Schilling as a mother who believes her son’s disturbing behavior might be due to something supernatural.

2019 box office winners The Upside and Glass round out the top five for the weekend, with estimated totals of $7.2 million and $6.4 million respectively. It’s a steep decline for Glass of nearly 33 percent, having held on to the top spot at the box office for the previous three weekends running. Meanwhile, STX Films’ The Upside continues to make a strong showing in its fifth week, bringing its cumulative domestic total to $85.8 million, an unexpected victory for a film that once seemed as if it might be lost to the controversy surrounding the Weinstein company.

Overall box office is down 14.5 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Feb. 8-10 numbers below.

1. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part — $35 million
2. What Men Want— $19 million
3. Cold Pursuit— $10.8 million
4. The Upside— $7.2 million
5. Glass— $6.4 million
6. The Prodigy — $6 million
7. Green Book— $3.6 million
8. Aquaman— $3.3 million
9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse— $3 million
10. Miss Bala — $2.7 million

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Fifty-Five Hours? That’s definitely enough for him to make 3, 4-Hour movies. BRING IT ON, I say!!!

Peter Jackson to revamp The Beatles ‘Let It Be’ film from original footage

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, best known for his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, is collaborating with The Beatles to produce a new film from the 55 hours of footage originally filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg for what turned into ‘the intimate bioscopic experience’ that was 1970’s Let It Be motion picture.

The footage was shot in January 1969 as The Beatles prepared for a TV special that never materialised, starting in Twickenham Film Studios and moving to Apple’s London office in Savile Row, climaxing with the legendary performance on the roof of that building — which took place exactly 50 years ago today.

Peter Jackson said, “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about – it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”

I think it’s fair to say that The Beatles have never really been totally happy with either the finished Let It Be album (famously pulled together by Phil Spector, much to McCartney’s annoyance) or the film, which portrays the struggles within an unhappy looking unit, as George Harrison clashes with Paul and John brings Yoko into virtually every session. The film has never been issued officially on DVD and the band approved a revised version of the album, Let It Be Naked, which was issued in 2003.

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, best known for his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, is collaborating with The Beatles to produce a new film from the 55 hours of footage originally filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg for what turned into ‘the intimate bioscopic experience’ that was 1970’s Let It Be motion picture.

The footage was shot in January 1969 as The Beatles prepared for a TV special that never materialised, starting in Twickenham Film Studios and moving to Apple’s London office in Savile Row, climaxing with the legendary performance on the roof of that building — which took place exactly 50 years ago today.

Peter Jackson said, “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about – it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”

I think it’s fair to say that The Beatles have never really been totally happy with either the finished Let It Be album (famously pulled together by Phil Spector, much to McCartney’s annoyance) or the film, which portrays the struggles within an unhappy looking unit, as George Harrison clashes with Paul and John brings Yoko into virtually every session. The film has never been issued officially on DVD and the band approved a revised version of the album, Let It Be Naked, which was issued in 2003.

According to Peter Jackson, “I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth. After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating – it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate. I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage – making the movie will be a sheer joy.”

The footage will be restored by Park Road Post of Wellington, New Zealand using techniques developed for Jackson’s We Shall Not Grow Old WW1 documentary film.

A name for the film – which is being made with the full co-operation of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison – will be announced in due course, along with a release date. With the Abbey Road album widely expected to be reissued this year, 2020 would clearly be a great time release the new movie because it would celebrate 50 years since the original. One would expect some kind of audio/video box set to follow.

Pertinently, Apple have said that a restored version of the original Let It Be movie will also be made available.

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Is the Summer Movie Season here yet?

Glass cuts through competition for third weekend atop the box office

Glass is still slicing through its competitors to hold onto the top spot at the box office.

The M. Night Shyamalan thriller tops the box office for the third week running with an estimated $9.5 million in ticket sales at 3,665 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, bringing its North American total to $88.7 million. Globally, it’s brought in an estimated $199 million. STX Films’ The Upside also holds onto its momentum in its fourth weekend, coming in second with $8.6 million across 3,568 theaters, while the only nationwide new release Miss Bala takes the third place slot with an estimated $6.7 million across 2,203 theaters.

The overall weekend take paints a dismal picture amounting to the worst Super Bowl weekend at the movies since 2000. It’s a rare weekend where every film failed to pass the $10 million mark. Inclimate weather across the United States likely contributed to the steep decline in movie-going.

Featuring actors and characters from Split and Unbreakable, Glass stars Bruce Willis as a security guard with superhuman strength and a sixth sense about bad guys, who tangles with a murderous genius with brittle bones (Samuel L. Jackson) and an ex-zoo employee with multiple personalities (James McAvoy), one of whom is a feral killer known as the Beast. Critics’ reviews have been lukewarm, while audiences gave Glass a mediocre B CinemaScore.

New release Miss Bala actually came in ahead of studio projections of $5 million with its estimated $6.7 million total. Still, the film has a ways to go before it might recoup its $15 million budget. The film marks a major milestone for Hollywood with Sony heralding its 95 percent Latinx cast and crew.

Starring Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) as the title character, the action film follows a young woman drawn into the world of cross-border crime when she seeks revenge on a drug cartel that kidnapped her friend. Ismael Cruz Cordova and Anthony Mackie also star in the production, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight). The movie, which marked Rodriguez’s first major outing as an action star, was hammered by critics. It comes in far below Rodriguez’s other mainstream cinematic turns, including her most recent release as one of several vocal talents in Warner Bros. animated Smallfoot last fall, which opened to $23 million.

Fictional superheroes round out the top five with Aquaman coming in fourth with $4.8 million in its seventh weekend kicking it to a global tally of $1.1 billion. Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continues to weave its web over audiences, taking fifth place with an estimated $4.4 million haul in its eighth weekend.

It’s fairly rare to see a documentary crack the top 10, but Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old grabs the tenth spot this weekend with an estimated $2.4 million total. The film features never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I.

Overall box office is down 15.4 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Feb. 1-3 numbers below.

1. Glass — $9.5 million
2. The Upside — $8.6 million
3. Miss Bala — $6.7 million
4. Aquaman— $4.8 million
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — $4.4 million
6. Green Book — $4.3 million
7. Kid Who Would Be King — $4.2 million
8. A Dog’s Way Home — $3.5 million
9. Escape Room — $2.9 million
10. They Shall Not Grow Old — $2.4 million