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BYO Another Long Weekend Presenting Everything Live

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Wherefore The Academy?

A three-hour tour, a three-hour tour. (Academy, left; David Niven) Academy president: John BaileyAcademy CEO: Dawn HudsonTelecast producers: Donna Gigliotti and Glenn WeissABC Entertainment President: Karey BurkeAnd Bob Iger. These are the people who have made the Oscar mess and the people who need to fix it. — Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 12, 2019

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BYO Fresh Clean Linens

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The Gurus o’ Gold Offer More Oscar Sentiment

Check out the installment here.

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BYO Post-Bowl Pre-Oscar

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Farewell, Dick Miller

Farewell, Dick Miller pic.twitter.com/8VdHRuhpdP — Kim Morgan (@SunsetGunShot) January 31, 2019

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BYO Mittens And Socks

Could anything get you out of the house and into a movie theater this week if you’re in the Hell-Freezes-Over part of the country?

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BYO Remembering Michel Legrand

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BYO Oscar Nomination Reactions

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RIP Leonard Klady

Len Klady, a long-long-time veteran reporter and critic on the Hollywood beat, has passed away. He was with us at Movie City News for 18 years. Variety for a long while before that. And elsewhere. He was a rough-edged guy, but his well of passion for film and filmmakers was deep. — David Poland (@DavidPoland)…

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Something’s Coming: Spielberg Finds His Maria

someone: you use autotune😤😤😤😤 me: pic.twitter.com/9sPBkDj2kf — rachel zegler (@rachelzegler) December 14, 2018

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BYOB Open For Business

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BYOGlobes

The Golden Globes feels like those $15-per-ticket Ticketmaster service fees, everyone knows that it’s a kind of illegitimate con but for some reason an entire industry has agreed to let it happen because it works — Tom Gara (@tomgara) January 7, 2019 I love the color of Lady Gaga’s dress. — Miriam Bale (@mimbale) January…

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BYO Oscar Chances: Why On Earth Would The Academy Beg Kevin Hart To Host?

Clues? What on earth could they be thinking? Anyone else think the no host-throw to presenter format could work? "Apologizing and moving on does not make the world a better place for people who are gay or people who are transgender, being an ally does," says CNN's @DonLemon, reacting to the Oscars' openness to Kevin…

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Holiday Moviegoing And Movie Watching BYOB

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BYO Naked Top Ten Lists

Post your top movies you saw in 2018. On first entries: NO TIES, NO COMMENTARY.   UPDATE: Okay… that’s a good start on lists, now start the back-and-forth!

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Thirty-Seven 2018 Screenplay PDFs

All is True. Beautiful Boy BlacKkKlansman. Boy Erased. Can You Ever Forgive Me? Capernaum. Colette. Crazy Rich Asians. Destroyer. Disobedience. Eighth Grade. First Man. First Reformed. The Front Runner. The Happy Prince. If Beale Street Could Talk. Leave No Trace. Mary Poppins Returns. Mary Queen of Scots. Never Look Away. Old Man & The Gun….

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BYO Penny Marshall

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BYOB: Who’s Going To See The Man About The Mule?

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Who Would Make An Ideal Oscar Host (And Why)?

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Brian Tyree Henry, If Beale St Could Talk, Widows, Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse, Atlanta

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Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

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Leave No Trace, Debra Granik

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The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh

 

“I have made few films in a way. I never made action films. I never made science fiction films. I never made, really, very complicated settings, because I had modest ambitions. I knew they would never trust me to have the budget to do something different, so my mind is more focused on things I know. So they were always mental adventures I wanted to approach and share. Working for cinema with no – not only no money, but also no ambition for money. I was happy and proud [to receive the honorary Oscar] because of that, that [the Academy] could understand what kind of work I have done over 60 years. I stayed faithful to the ideal of sharing emotion, impressions, and mostly because I have so much empathy for other people that I approach people who are not really spoken about. I have 65 years of work in my bag, and when I put the bag down, what comes out? It’s really the desire of finding links and relationships with different kinds of people. I never made a film about the bourgeoisie, about rich people. about nobility. My choices have been to show people that are, in a way, more common and see that each of them has something special and interesting, rare and beautiful. It’s my natural way of looking at people. I didn’t fight my instincts. And maybe that has been appreciated in the famous circle of Hollywood.“

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