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‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘Beale Street’ land Indie Spirit Awards nominations

LOS ANGELES: Coming-of-age movie “Eighth Grade” and family drama “If Beale Street Could Talk” scored best feature nominations on Friday for the Independent Spirit Awards, the annual honours given to Hollywood’s lower-budget movies. “We the Animals,” a film about three biracial brothers, led all movies with five nods, including one for best first feature from director Jeremiah Zagar. “Eighth Grade” was in the running for the top prize alongside “First Reformed,” “Beale Street,” “Leave No Trace” and “You Were Never…

‘Beautiful Boy’ tackles family’s battle with drug addiction

A family battling with drug addiction is the focus of new Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet drama “Beautiful Boy” with the duo portraying a father and son struggling with the problem for years. Known for comedies like “Anchorman” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” as well as the darker “Foxcatcher”, Carell plays real-life American writer David Sheff in the movie, which is based on the memoirs of Sheff and his son Nic. The tough and at times tear-jerking film sees Carell’s character struggle to come to terms with the…

Academy shelves plans for ‘popular’ Oscar award

LOS ANGELES: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it was shelving plans for a "popular film" Oscar award that had been ridiculed by critics as a desperate bid to boost viewership and honor moneymaking movies. "There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members," Dawn Hudson, the CEO of the Academy, said in a statement. "We have made changes to the Oscars over the years -- including this year -- and we…

Hollywood actor Vincent Cassel ties knot with model

BIDART: Hollywood actor Vincent Cassel, 51, married 21-year-old model Tina Kunakey in a low-key ceremony in his native France on Friday. The actor, who appeared in "Black Swan" and two of the "Ocean's" series of heist films, shot to fame in the mid-1990s as the troubled young man from the Parisian suburbs in the critically acclaimed "La Haine". Cassel, wearing dark sunglasses, a cream jacket and open-necked pink shirt, tied the knot with Kunakey in front of around 100 guests in Bidart, a small coastal village near…

After ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘Searching’ breaks more new ground

The Asians in new movie Searching are neither rich nor crazy, but the contemporary thriller is in some ways as ground-breaking as the big romantic comedy currently making waves in Hollywood. Searching, opening in US movie theaters on Friday a week after the debut of Crazy Rich Asians, is the tale of a father’s attempts to track down his well-behaved teen daughter after she goes missing. Not only does the independent movie star Korean-American actor John Cho, and an Asian-American family, but the entire film is told through…

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ touted as Hollywood watershed

Rich, dashing man sweeps sweet young girl off her feet. It´s the fantasy to launch a thousand love stories, but Hollywood´s latest rom-com oozes more than sentimental escapism. "Crazy Rich Asians," a two-hour celebration of fabulous wealth, stunning clothes and idealised love, complete with heroine who has to out-fox her beau´s imperious mother and vicious ex-girlfriend, is a faithful adaptation of the international bestseller by Singapore-American author Kevin Kwan. More importantly it´s the first Hollywood movie in a…

Hollywood buckles up as these five huge movies release on the same day

December 21st  is shaping up to be the most competitive date of the year at the box office with five major movies are set to be released. Almost all the films are squarely in the same category of “family-friendly but not just for kids,” and all five are special-effects-stuffed fantasies. The date is attractive to studios since it’s the Friday before the holidays. In addition, Dec. 21 is the last tentpole date studios can get a big movie out during the fiscal year to boost their balance sheets. The Five films set to…

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie spar over child support, house loan

LOS ANGELES:  Brad Pitt on Wednesday rebutted claims that he had failed to support his children and accused his estranged wife Angelina Jolie of trying to manipulate the media in their long drawn-out divorce. In the latest round of bitter accusations between the Hollywood power couple once known as Brangelina, Pitt’s attorneys said the actor had paid over $1.3 million in bills for Jolie and their six children since their 2016 separation. In documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the attorneys also said Pitt had…

Oscars to create new award for popular movies

LOS ANGELES: The organizers of the Oscars said on Wednesday they would create a new award category for popular movies and limited the annual, televised ceremony to three hours. The sweeping changes, to be introduced for the February 2019 ceremony in Hollywood, will also include handing out some of the 24 Academy Awards during commercial breaks in the televised broadcast. “We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. The board of governors took…