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See John Oliver Praise Florida Students for Gun Control Efforts

In the aftermath of another school shooting, John Oliver applauded the courageous students of Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for stepping into the forefront of the gun control debate.”These [school shooting] events are so familiar, you now automatically know how each side will play out: ‘Thoughts and prayers,’ ‘Fuck your thoughts and prayers,’ ‘It’s a mental health problem,’ ‘Yeah, but it’s also a gun problem’ and then someone says ‘Now’s not the time to talk about gun control,’ and everyone moves on until it inevitably happens again,” Oliver said on Last Week Tonight.

Will ‘Get Out’’s free President’s Day screenings — one day before voting begins — boost its Oscar chances?

Monday, Feb. 19 is not only President’s Day, but “Get Out” Free Screening Day. In honor of the one-year anniversary of the film’s release, Feb. 24, 2017, the four-time Oscar nominee will return to 55 select AMC theaters across the country for free 7 p.m. screenings Monday. That’s five hours before Oscar voting begins and this savvy move by Universal could help “Get Out” cross the finish line at the Oscars.

Prolific African Filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo Dies at 64

Burkina Faso’s Idrissa Ouedraogo, a towering figure of African cinema, died at the age of 64 on Sunday, according to a statement from the national filmmakers guild.
A prolific director over the course of his celebrated career, Ouedraogo was best known for “Tilai,” a powerful drama about family honor that won the Cannes Jury Prize in 1990.

Three Billboards triumphs as Time’s Up dominates the 2018 Baftas

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the bleak, bitter, blistering comedy about injustice in small-town America, took the major honours at the 2018 Bafta film awards on Sunday night.
It was a starry, glamorous ceremony, at which the sexual-harassment shame of the film industry and the the subsequent Time’s Up movement were ever present.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins Michael Fassbender in the ‘Kung Fury’ Movie

If you missed it, that bananas 2015 viral video Kung Fury is getting a feature film adaptation, starring none other than Oscar-nominated actor Michael Fassbender. That’s real, I didn’t make that up. And now, Kung Fury has signed on exactly the kind of actor you want to see in a 1980s nostalgia-fest, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The consummate 80s action star has signed on to join Fassbender and David Hasselhoff (who returns from a cameo in the short).

Oscars: Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Mahershala Ali Among First Group of Presenters

Chadwick Boseman, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Emma Stone and Daniela Vega will also introduce awards.Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced Friday that Greta Gerwig, Chadwick Boseman, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Emma Stone (who also presented last year), Laura Dern, Daniela Vega and Jennifer Garner will also join in announcing the winners.

‘Black Panther’ Claws to Record $25.2 Million at Thursday Box Office

“Black Panther” is off to a flying start at the box office, earning $25.2 million from Thursday previews. That blows by the record for the biggest pre-summer preview ever, which was held by “The Hunger Games” with $19.7 million in March 2012. It’s also the second-highest preview total for a Marvel film, sitting only behind the $27.6 million made by “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in summer 2015.

Oscar Parties 2018: The Top Invites, Events and Nominee Gatherings

This preview focuses on private, invite-only events aimed at a professional industry audience of stakeholders in the Academy Awards.
As soon as Oscar voting closes on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. PST, the Academy’s prohibition on “non-screening events” ends. Party season begins again. Here’s a first look at the top gatherings of nominees and creative ensembles before and after Jimmy Kimmel hosts the big show on Sunday, March 4.Logline: Whisky tastings, toasts, and a woman’s road to Oscar.

‘Big Little Lies’: Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz Confirmed for Season 2 Return

HBO continues to ink new deals for season two of Big Little Lies.
Season one stars Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz have officially signed new deals to return to the award-winning drama series. They will reprise their roles as Jane Chapman, Renata Klein and Bonnie Carlson, respectively.

Sony Recruits ‘Captain Marvel’, ‘Chaos Walking’ Writers for Their Silver Sable & Black Cat Movie

Sony is building out their catalogue of non-MCU dependent titles, and after Tom Hardy‘s Venom takes the first step, Black Cat and Silver Sable are the next Marvel heroes set to headline their own movie. The studio has tapped screenwriters Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet to pen the most recent draft of the script for Silver & Black; the standalone movie centered on Marvel Comics’ war criminal-hunting mercenary, Silver Sable, and the Robin Hood-style burglar for the people, Black Cat.