best moments of the 2020 oscars

Like every year, Sunday’s 2020 Oscars ceremony was a night of overwhelming highs and abysmal lows. But Parasite is now a four-time Oscar winner, so things are (mostly) right in the world. Because of that, we’ll only be counting down the highs of this year’s host-less Oscars ceremony, which ran the gamut of emotions from confusing, to chaotic, to cathartic. Here are our highlights of the 92nd Academy Awards.

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Antebellum trailer

How’s this for a surprise? Seemingly out of nowhere, here comes the trailer for Antebellum, a new Lionsgate horror film starring Janelle Monáe. We knew that Monáe was set to star in a Lionsgate movie for directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, but beyond that, most of the film was shrouded in secrecy. Until today, when a trailer dropped revealing that the film is called Antebellum, and that it’s a horror movie. And it looks intriguing. Watch the Antebellum trailer below.

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homecoming season 2 janelle monae

Julia Roberts left Amazon’s Homecoming after season 1, which meant the series needed a new lead. And now it’s found one in Janelle Monáe. The singer and actress will play a woman with memory loss – which is also the fate that befell Roberts’s character in season 1. The paranoia-tinged Amazon series is inspired by the podcast of the same name, but you can expect season 2 to stray from the source material considerably.

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lady and the tramp remake song

When you hear the title Lady and the Tramp, two things likely come to mind. One is the famous scene where the two dogs share some back-alley spaghetti. The other is “The Siamese Cat Song.” While dogs eating pasta is still perfectly acceptable (in small doses – don’t let your dogs get overweight!), the “Siamese Cat Song” has not aged so well. In fact, it’s quite problematic, to say the least.

Disney is about to unleash a new live-action Lady and the Tramp remake for Disney+, and if you were wondering if the “Siamese Cat Song” would make it into the new film, we now have the answer. Janelle Monae is “reinventing” the song, which means it’ll probably be completely different, and far less offensive.

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uglydolls review

When UglyDolls opened with a scene of faceless dolls being manufactured on an assembly line, I wondered if it was being too on the nose. But subtlety, or irony, are not words that exist in the vocabulary of the STX Entertainment CG-animated movie, which produces as many empty platitudes and hollow proverbs about self-love as there are versions of UglyDolls.

Directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet), UglyDolls is a movie designed for maximum outreach and replayability. In the ongoing content vs. cinema debate, UglyDolls falls squarely in the “content” arena: Its musical sequences presented like bright pop music videos, its characters made cute and non-threatening, its sweet self-empowering messages packaged up in tidy little bows. But the great tragedy of this shiny product is that the plush toyline upon which its based was a truly inspired creation made by two friends, David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, who simply wanted to share their colorful characters with the world. Instead, their toyline has produced an empty piece of corporate media.

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Welcome to Marwen Trailer new

What are we to make of Robert Zemeckis‘ Welcome to Marwen? The film is based on a rather tragic, depressing true story, but every trailer so far has made Marwen look like a wacky, over-the-top comedy. Steve Carell plays a man who finds solace creating dolls after surviving a brutal attack. Also, the dolls come to life with creepy uncanny valley faces, and dance around. Folks, I just don’t know. Watch the latest Welcome to Marwen trailer below, and see for yourself.

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uglydolls trailer

If we could have dancing Trolls and fighting LEGOs, why not singing UglyDolls? The line of plush dolls branded as weird, creepy-cute toys had no indication of any musical ability when they exploded in popularity in the mid-2000s, but here we are. But if you’re going to make UglyDolls into a musical, why not go all in, as STX did with the uber-talented voice cast including Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Janelle Monae, and Nick Jonas. See the UglyDolls trailer below.

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Lady and the Tramp Remake Cast - Janelle Monae

The cast of Disney’s live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp already has Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux on board to voice the titular dogs in the tale of canine romance from two different side of the tracks. But over the past few months, the cast has filled out with even more impressive talent, and one more name has just signed on in a key supporting role.

Janelle Monáe, who co-starred in Hidden Figures and had a supporting role in the Best Picture winner Moonlight, will voice a dog named Peg. If you don’t remember that character from the original movie, we’ve got everything you need to know below. Read More »

Birds of Prey Cast

Warner Bros. is on the lookout for their Birds of Prey cast, and they’re considering several exciting actresses for parts. A new report indicates Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Justina Machado and more have all tested for parts. Janelle Monae has also been mentioned, although it remains unclear if she tested for a part or not. More on the potential Birds of Prey cast below.

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Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams Trailer

Philip K. Dick is one of the most influential science fiction writers in the history of the medium. His strange, philosophical writings inspired films like Blade RunnerMinority ReportTotal Recall and more. Now a new Amazon series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, will adapt the writer’s work into a Black Mirror-like anthology featuring a highly impressive cast. A new trailer for the series just premiered at NYCC, and it hints at a creepy, exciting new show full of promise. Watch the Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams NYCC trailer below.

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