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Emma Stone tops list of best paid actresses

LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning Emma Stone capped a perfect 12 months on Wednesday as she knocked Jennifer Lawrence off the top spot on Forbes' 2017 list of the world's highest-paid actresses. Stone, 28, who won best actress for her role as a struggling performer in "La La Land," made $26 million in pre-tax earnings in the year up to June, according to the magazine's annual chart. "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston, 48, also leapfrogged Lawrence, grabbing the runner-up spot with earnings of $25.5 million, boosted by numerous…

‘Logan’ claws way to top of box office

LOS ANGELES: The "X-Men" spinoff "Logan" -- starring Hugh Jackman as the metal-clawed, mutant anti-hero Wolverine -- dominated the box office in its opening weekend with a huge $88.4 million, according to data released Monday. Aimed at a more adult audience, it is the first R-rated outing in the "X-Men" franchise, which began in 2000 and has so far clocked up $4.4 billion in box office revenue. More of a blood-spattered road movie than a traditional superhero film, it follows Wolverine/Logan as he undertakes one final…

Accountants behind Oscars mistake will no longer attend show

LOS ANGELES: The two accountants involved in the embarrassing mix-up at Sunday's Oscars will not be invited back to the show, a spokesperson for the Academy told AFP on Wednesday. Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were the two members of PricewaterhouseCoopers -- the firm responsible for tallying and safeguarding Oscar votes and results --  who were in charge of handing out the winning envelopes to presenters at the ceremony. However a mix-up resulted in Cullinan handing Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway a duplicate of the…

Accountant ‘very upset’ over Oscars best film mixup

LOS ANGELES: A partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers has been identified as the culprit for a mixup in the final moments of the Oscars that saw best picture awarded to the wrong movie. Brian Cullinan handed the wrong envelope to presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, leading them to call the evening's top prize for "La La Land" rather than the real winner, "Moonlight," according to reports citing the firm and other unnamed sources. Cullinan had posted a backstage photo of actress Emma Stone on Twitter just moments…

‘Get Out’ scares off competition to top box office

LOS ANGELES: Jordan Peele's socially conscious horror film "Get Out" scared off the competition to grab the top spot at North American box offices on its debut weekend, industry data showed Monday. Peele's feature directorial debut -- the actor is half of the comedy duo "Kay and Peele" -- follows a young African American (Daniel Kaluuya) who is so nervous about meeting the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams), he fails to realize the menace lurking at their mansion. Generating critical acclaim on top of…

Oscars draw lowest U.S. audience since 2008 with 32.9 million viewers

LOS ANGELES: ABC's Sunday night broadcast of the Academy Awards hosted by comic Jimmy Kimmel drew the smallest audience since 2008 despite a memorable ending that will go down in history. Some 32.9 million U.S. viewers watched the ceremony, a 4 percent drop from the 2016 Oscars which drew 34.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen data released on Monday by ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co. The 2008 Oscars averaged 32 million viewers. The awards ceremony went a few minutes past midnight on the East Coast and ended in…

Oscars ‘La La Land’ flub is not the first in the history of award shows

The Oscar mix-up that saw "La La Land" mistakenly named as Best Picture before "Moonlight" took the award might be the biggest such blunder, but it is by no means the first. Here is a rundown of awards slip-ups: Oscars 2017  Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced Sunday that "La La Land" had won Best Picture, at the climax of the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony. But as the film's crew gave their acceptance speeches, they realised the mistake and announced that "Moonlight" had actually won, prompting Beatty to mumble…

WATCH: This is how the Oscars’ trophy is created!

The Oscar statuette—true to its original 1929 design—is the most recognized trophy in the world. Each January, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards. Interest and anticipation builds to a fevered pitch leading up to the Oscar telecast in February, when hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in filmmaking. In the very same month, new ones are cast by Polich Tallix fine art…

‘La La Land’ mistakenly announced as best picture in stunning Oscars error

NEW YORK: Barry Jenkins's coming of age drama "Moonlight" won the coveted best picture statuette at Sunday's Oscars -- but the evening ended in chaos as "La La Land" was mistakenly handed the award. Hollywood legends Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, stars of 1967 crime classic "Bonnie and Clyde," were meant to give the evening's top prize to Jenkins's film, but she mistakenly called it for Damien Chazelle's musical. Scenes of confusion and embarrassment followed after the "La La Land" crew -- already on stage and…

Escape with ‘La La Land’ or time to get real? Oscars face choice

LOS ANGELES: The red carpet has been rolled out and the champagne is on ice for Hollywood's big night on Sunday, but the biggest question may not be who will win but how much politics will rain on the "La La Land" Oscar parade. The movie industry's premier celebration gets underway torn between escapism and reality. The conflict is reflected in the wide range of best picture Oscar hopefuls and an awards season marked by fiery outbursts from Hollywood A-listers on immigration, civil rights and the rhetoric of U.S. President…