One of Oscar’s most memorable moments came at the close of the evening, as La La Land was mistakenly announced by Faye Dunaway as Best Picture. That honor eventually went to Moonlight, and thankfully the La La Land crew were ever so gracious in processing this huge mistake.
Although PricewaterhouseCoopers claimed that presenters Warren Beatty and Dunaway were given the wrong category envelope, Stone added that she had been holding her Best Actress in a Leading Role card the entire time! Nevertheless, this blunder should not deter from the fact that La La Land and Moonlight were big winners at last night’s Oscars.
“I f**king love Moonlight,” said Stone. “God I love Moonlight so much! I’m so excited for Moonlight. Of course, it was an amazing thing to hear La La Land (be announced). We all would have loved to have won Best Picture but we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it’s one of the best films of all time.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Emma Stone humorously talk about a “creepy” little moment she had with her Oscar:
Created and executive produced by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the ABC miniseries When We Rise chronicles the true stories of the LGBT men and women who fought for social justice during the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Black pitched the project to ABC four years ago and also spent a year of research on his ambitious project. Rachel Griffiths, Mary-Louise Parker, Guy Pearce, and Michael Kenneth Williams are among the featured actors in the ensemble.
“I think one of the many reasons that a new generation ought to see When We Rise is to understand, one, for inspiration that they have forefathers and foremothers who have been fighting for them for some time,” said Black, who hopes that his show will inspire a new generation of activists and social justice pioneers. “For some young people, they need to know that because they’re living in areas where they don’t find a lot of acceptance.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Dustin Lance Black talk about the selflessness behind the inspiring people whose stories are chronicled in When We Rise:
Director/writer Jordan Peele has a hit on his hands, as the horror feature Get Out was the #1 film in the U.S. with a $30.52 million debut. Coming in a distant second was The Lego Batman Movie with $19 million, followed by a $9 million weekend from John Wick: Chapter Two. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Get Out – Considering it was made for just $4.5 million, this film will be a huge earner for Universal. $30.52 million
2. The Lego Batman Movie – Another strong showing with $19 million. To date, the flick has made over $220 million worldwide.
3. John Wick: Chapter Two – The sequel has already surpassed the original’s box office showing with a $126 million worldwide take. It makes $9 million domestically this weekend.
4. The Great Wall – Matt Damon fighting monsters in China wasn’t a made idea, since it’s already made over $265 internationally. Stateside, it takes in $8.71 million.
5. Fifty Shades Darker – $7.7 million
6. Fist Fight – Ice Cube/Charlie Day comedy is a box office disappointment with just $6.3 million in its second weekend.
7. Hidden Figures – $5.7 million
8. La La Land – $4.6 million
9. Split – Director M. Night’s Shyamalan’s biggest hit in hears makes $4.1 million, and it’s amassed over $221 million worldwide!
Tim McGraw stars as 'Willie' in THE SHACK. Photo Credit: Jake Giles Netter
Based on William P. Young’s bestselling novel, The Shack centers on Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington), a family man who’s grieving over his young daughter’s murder. Attempting to understand this senseless tragedy, Mack receives a mysterious letter in his mailbox inviting him to “the shack,” the place where his daughter’s dress was discovered. As he attempts to uncover the mystery behind the message, Mack undergoes a painstaking yet spiritual journey that forever alters his path.
Co-star Tim McGraw, who plays Mack’s supportive neighbor Willie in the narrative, initially was made aware of the story from wife Faith Hill, who had the book on her nightstand. When McGraw received the screenplay adaptation, he was “flooded with tears” while reading the story.
“I grew up going to church every Sunday and singing in church and all of those things” says McGraw. “But, to me, (The Shack has) a big, universal theme of forgiveness, love and hope.Those themes really resonated with me and I thought this story laid it out beautifully. No matter what your belief system is, you can see this film and you can understand this journey and get a perspective on what that journey means to people.”
Mainly known for his acclaimed music career, McGraw talked about how his lifelong love for acting began. Click on the media bar below to hear McGraw elaborate on his early movie work, which includes his role in Friday Night Lights.
The Shack, co-starring Octavia Spencer, opens Friday, March 3.
It would be absolutely impossible to top the 2003 Christmas classic Bad Santa, and maybe that’s why Bad Santa 2 received a lukewarm response when it hit theaters. That being said, watching bumbling crook Willie Soke (Thornton) team up with his consistently angry sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox) for another preposterous caper is definitely worth watching. Brett Kelly, just eight when he played the sandwich loving, golden curled Thurman Murman in the original, returns show Willie that there’s more to life than being on the wrong side of the law.
Kathy Bates joins in on the fun as Sunny, Willie’s horrible mom who teams with her son to rob a Chicago charity that’s organized by a Diane (Christina Hendricks), a woman who may actually have designs on Willie. Mark Waters, whose movies include Mean Girls and Vampire Academy, does a solid enough job with the story. Although the movie doesn’t reach the comedic heights of the original, it’s still an entertaining experience. Fans who want to continue with the adventures of Willie, Marcus, and Thurman will probably love this movie even more.
Special features on the Blu-ray include several featurettes on the making of the movie, an alternate opening, and an alternate ending. The deleted scenes include a funny Santa sequence between Willie and a girl with a special Christmas wish, a failed dinner date with Marcus, and a humorous confrontation between Marcus and Sunny (if you’ve ever wanted to see Kathy Bates in a biker outfit – now’s your chance!).