oscars 2018 speeches

The 90th Academy Awards showed a Hollywood at an impasse.

With the industry in the midst of a sexual and political upheaval, Tinseltown’s most glitzy awards ceremony found itself grappling with its message. The result: an overlong, messy Academy Awards ceremony that swung between self-congratulatory nods to the Time’s Up movement and cheery apolitical, made-to-go-viral stunts.

But a few 2018 Oscars speeches salvaged the show. Fiery remarks and inspirational anecdotes helped galvanize the ceremony and make the four hour-plus TV event worth watching.

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Easter eggs are in nearly every movie these days — heck there’s a whole film coming out that’s one giant Easter egg — so you can’t blame a director for dropping in a reference to his most beloved movie.

Moon was the breakout directorial debut for Duncan Jones, winning him the attention of Hollywood and the ardor of sci-fi fans who quickly labelled the 2009 movie as a modern classic. Now, after dabbling in blockbuster studio filmmaking with Warcraft and Source Code, Jones has been given almost complete creative freedom by Netflix to pursue his longtime passion project, Mute. And some of that creative freedom goes to making a fun nod to his most beloved film.

Warning: This post contains minor spoilers for Moon and Mute.

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The Early Man - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the nearly hour-long Actor’s Roundtable discussion from The Hollywood Reporter. Plus, spend some time learning about the stop-motion puppets from Aardman Animation in their new film The Early Man, and take a closer look at the anatomy of makeover movies like She’s All That. Read More »

three billboards backlash

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has all the makings of an Oscar frontrunner. The festival favorite boasts a riveting turn from lead Frances McDormand, a deliciously sharp screenplay from director Martin McDonagh, and a tour-de-force performance from Sam Rockwell as a self-loathing corrupt cop. It received near-universal praise at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. At key awards ceremonies, Three Billboards swept — winning the Golden Globe for Best Drama, the SAG Award for Best Ensemble, the TIFF People’s Choice Awards, and landing a spot in the AFI top 10 of 2017.

Most importantly, it was timely. Three Billboards is a story about a bereaved mother Mildred Hayes who shakes up a small Midwestern town with her bitter attacks against the beloved Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) for his department’s inability to find the culprit behind her daughter’s rape and murder. The film hit the festival circuit right at the crest of #MeToo movement, an industry-wide reckoning of the systemic abuse and harassment of women at the hands of Hollywood’s most powerful men. It seemed fitting, then, that the Oscar frontrunner would be about righteous female vengeance, led by a middle-aged actress whose furious performance threatened to sear through the screen.

And yet, Three Billboards finds itself facing its own reckoning, with a backlash as fierce as Mildred’s single-minded quest for justice.

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‘Mute’ Release Date Officially Announced

Netflix Mute Release Date

At last, Duncan Jones‘ highly-anticipated Netflix movie Mute has a release date: February 23, 2018. Last week, Jones teased the release date as “next month,” and today, the Moon and Warcraft filmmaker finally made it official. More on the Mute release date below.

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Sam Rockwell Hosted Saturday Night Live

The first Saturday Night Live of 2018 featured Golden Globe winner Sam Rockwell making his hosting debut. Considering how disappointing the Christmas episode with Kevin Hart ended up being towards the end of 2017, the pressure was on for the writers and cast of the late night sketch series to come back with a vengeance.

Thankfully, the Sam Rockwell hosted Saturday Night Live was an absolute delight, even if it came with a handful of missteps throughout the night, including one hilarious f-bomb that made it onto live television. So without further ado, let’s run through the best and worst sketches of the night. Read More »

Jessica Chastain - Saturday Night Live January 2018 Hosts

This weekend brings the first new Saturday Night Live of 2018 with Golden Globe winner Sam Rockwell making his hosting debut. The show must have known he would be raking in awards for his turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, because they booked him before he even started taking home trophies. Either that or they just realized that Sam Rockwell has needed to host for awhile.

Anyway, Sam Rockwell isn’t the only talent coming to Studio 8H to host one of the first episodes of 2018. NBC has announced that Molly’s Game star Jessica Chastain will be making her hosting debut, and a certain fan favorite cast member will be returning to host again.

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three billboards outside ebbing missouri trailer

It’s been five years since the last Martin McDonagh film and if the trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is any indication, his next movie is worth the wait. The acclaimed Irish playwright turned filmmaker, whose work has always been a profanity-laced bitter cocktail of tragedy and comedy, has turned his lens toward Middle America for a story of small town folks making a series of increasingly poor decisions. Things escalate quickly in McDonagh’s stories and this movie looks hysterical and sad and unnerving. In other words, it looks like a Martin McDonagh movie.

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This Is How ‘Moon’ and ‘Mute’ Are Connected

mute composer

Yesterday, we were pleased to report Duncan Jones will finally start shooting Mute next week. The director was hoping to make the Berlin-set sci-fi movie his directorial debut, but he spent years struggling to get it financed. During those years, though, he met Sam Rockwell, who read Mute when Jones was aiming to make it his first movie. The director wanted the actor to play the villain, but Rockwell was interested in another role. They couldn’t agree on which part he was right for, but that meeting ultimately led to Moon, which will be referenced in Mute.

When the director tweeted yesterday that the two films are related, some people were left wondering how, but for the past few years, Jones has been discussing a Mute and Moon connection, and a part of it is the Sam Rockwell. Below, learn more about that cameo and the potential Moon-iverse.

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f is for family

If you’re a fan of comedian Bill Burr, then you most likely watched his Netflix animated seriesF is For Family. Back in December, the comedy series debuted on the streaming service and was received positively by critics and Burr’s fan base. Fans of the series should be pleased to learn F is For Family is returning for a second season.

Below, learn more about F is For Family season two.

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