Music of the part: Could all 4 Oscars go to actors playing musicians?

Music of the part: Could all 4 Oscars go to actors playing musicians?
It’s not uncommon to win an Oscar for playing a musical performer, real or fictional. From James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942), to Sissy Spacek in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980), to Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls” (2006), just to name a few, it often pays dividends to star in a musical showbiz story. But this is a unique year where every Oscar could go to an actor playing a musician.

First there’s “A Star is Born.” Real-life recording artist Lady Gaga stars as a fictional up-and-coming recording artist in the musical remake. Her co-star Bradley Cooper — who also directed, produced and co-wrote the film — plays a veteran country singer whose career is on the skids. According to the latest forecasts of thousands of Gold Derby users, they’re the front-runners to win Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively.

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But even if Cooper loses Best Actor,
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Oscar Cinematography Survey: Here’s the Cameras and Lenses Used To Shoot 35 Awards Contenders

IndieWire reached out to the cinematographers whose films are in awards contention and among the most critically acclaimed films of the year to find out which cameras and lenses they used and, more importantly, why these were the right tools to create the visual language of their films

(Films are alphabetical order by title.)

Annihilation

Format and Camera: Sony F65 at 4K, for the shimmer we switched to Red weapon 6K.

Lens: We started with Primo anamorphic, then for the shimmer we switched to the G-Series anamorphic.

Rob Hardy: I wanted a subtle shift in the look of the film as Lena’s character (Natalie Portman) moves through the story and things get progressively more and more hallucinogenic. So by switching out camera and lens systems we introduced a much more heightened look. Additionally, we generated the color shimmer effect in camera by creating a shimmer library — this was
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‘Vox Lux’ Director Brady Corbet Compares Natalie Portman’s Character to Kanye West

‘Vox Lux’ Director Brady Corbet Compares Natalie Portman’s Character to Kanye West
Natalie Portman’s pop-star persona in “Vox Lux” has already earned comparisons to Lady Gaga for her eye-catching aesthetic, but the film’s writer-director has a different performer in mind: “If anything, I feel like the character’s closest to Kanye West,” Brady Corbet told Vulture at the film’s AFI Fest screening. Portman agrees: “Oh! That’s a good example!” she said. “That’s funny that he said that! I wasn’t thinking Kanye but now that he said it I totally could see it.”

“I love his work,” Corbet said. “I’m sort of fascinated by his persona. I don’t know what to take seriously or not, to be honest, so I don’t ever find anything he says to be particularly offensive…hopefully he likes it.”

“The idea was that the character would be sort of an amalgamation of many, many, many, different real-life personages,” the filmmaker added.
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Natalie Portman (‘Vox Lux’) on her new role: ‘This innocent child grows up into this monster’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Natalie Portman (‘Vox Lux’) on her new role: ‘This innocent child grows up into this monster’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
The interview below contains Spoilers for the film “Vox Lux.”

The new movie “Vox Lux” from actor-turned-director Brady Corbett begins with a bang and yet something quite familiar in modern day America: a school shooting. The manner in which the opening segment of the film unfolds is still very startling and sets everything in motion for the main character of Celeste. She is a teenager (played by Raffey Cassidy) who survives the classroom murders, writes and performs a song about it for the memorial and becomes a worldwide pop star over the first hour of the movie. It then jumps forward many years to reveal a far more jaded, world-weary, belligerent version of Celeste (now played by Natalie Portman).

In our recent interview with Portman (watch the exclusive video above), she discusses “Vox Lux” and playing the grow-up Celeste following Cassidy’s performance. She says, “We really didn’t coordinate
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Natalie Portman on Filming 'Vox Lux' Amid "All-Too-Frequent" Reports of Mass Shootings

Natalie Portman on Filming 'Vox Lux' Amid
Around the time Natalie Portman filmed Vox Lux, reports surfaced of an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Days before the film's screening at the American Film Institute Festival, 13 people died in a similar massacre at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. Director Brady Corbet's music drama centers on an American pop star who survives a school shooting as a young girl.

"Unfortunately, it’s every week, now in America, so it’s not hard to predict — it was topical while we were shooting," Portman told The Hollywood Reporter on the AFI ...
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IndieWire Honors: Watch Natalie Portman, Alfonso Cuarón, Amandla Stenberg, and More Accept Their Awards

IndieWire Honors was a night of speeches — some serious, some lighthearted, all worth a listen. Take Cary Joji Fukunaga, for instance, who closed with a “Boogie Nights” reference: “I want to quote the great independent-film philosopher Dirk Diggler: ‘I’m gonna keep trying if you guys keep trying.’”

Bill Hader also kept things light, joking that he had “just had his first beer in 10 years; I fell off the wagon. Thank you, IndieWire. It’s a long, dark journey for me now.”

Amandla Stenberg, meanwhile, was just grateful to be discussing something serious. “It’s so refreshing to be able to talk to a group of people who are interested in having a really in-depth, enriching conversation about film and don’t want to ask me about who my celebrity crush is,” she said.

Charlize Theron was similarly grateful, especially for the chance to work with Diablo Cody again: “She
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IndieWire Honors Video: Natalie Portman on the Similar Attention Given to Celebrities and ‘Violent Perpetrators’

IndieWire Honors Video: Natalie Portman on the Similar Attention Given to Celebrities and ‘Violent Perpetrators’
On November 1, the 2018 IndieWire Honors ceremony celebrated eight filmmakers and actors for their achievement in creative independence. We’re showcasing their work with new interviews conducted right before they accepted their awards at the event.

There’s a reason Natalie Portman has taken on bolder and bolder characters in recent years “I just feel like I’m so lucky to have this job, and the best way to use it is kind of like getting to live out these wild dreams like being a pop star or an astronaut,” the “Vox Lux” star said during an interview at last week’s IndieWire Honors event. “At the end of the day it’s pretty silly, so you’ve gotta go for it and enjoy it.”

The Oscar winner’s latest role is one of her most daring. Brady Corbet’s ambitious pop-star drama stars Portman as Celeste, a mononymous singer whose
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How You can watch 20 Oscar contenders Now on your own TV: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Incredibles 2’ and more

How You can watch 20 Oscar contenders Now on your own TV: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Incredibles 2’ and more
While many major 2019 Oscar contenders are only screening in your local theater (or not even released yet), you can watch at least 20 films in your own home right now on TV. Top nominees like “Black Panther,” “Incredibles 2,” “A Quiet Place” and more are now playing on PPV, premium channels and streaming services. Let’s take a look at this wide assortment immediately available on your television and iPhone.

Pay-per-view and DVD:

Avengers: Infinity War” directed by Anthony and Joe Russo; starring Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin

BlacKkKlansman” directed by Spike Lee; starring John David Washington, Adam Driver

“Christopher Robin” directed by Marc Forster; starring Ewan McGregor

Eighth Grade” directed by Bo Burnham; starring Elsie Fisher

First Reformed” directed by Paul Schrader; starring Ethan Hawke

Incredibles 2” directed by Brad Bird; starring Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson

Isle of Dogs” directed by Wes Anderson; starring Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray

“Mamma
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Mira Sorvino on #MeToo’s Impact and Her New Show ‘StartUp’

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Mira Sorvino on #MeToo’s Impact and Her New Show ‘StartUp’
Over the past year, Mira Sorvino, an important part of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, has opened up about her abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. Sorvino, an Oscar winner for her role in 1995’s “Mighty Aphrodite,” spoke about the strides those movements have made, what still needs to be done and her recent work on Sony Crackle’s “StartUp.”

What’s the intrigue at the heart of “StartUp”?

The story is really about tech and how it can be used in the world as a weapon in a strange way. Originally, this show is about the internet and the creation of this dark web which is supposed to be agnostic and everyone can have complete anonymity in it and protection from government and privacy, but actually then it ends up being something that can foment terrorist activity, a lot of illegal activity: drugs and arm sales.
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Best Supporting Actress Oscar slugfest: ‘Regina King, you’re not fooling me again!’ And what about Natalie Portman? [Watch]

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Best Supporting Actress Oscar slugfest: ‘Regina King, you’re not fooling me again!’ And what about Natalie Portman? [Watch]
Regina King, you’re not fooling me again!” Gold Derby’s Chris Beachum announces during our Best Supporting Actress Oscar slugfest, referring to how she beat the odds three times to prevail at the Emmys. Marcus James Dixon and Joyce Eng also have King in their #1 positions for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” but is she really a lock to win her first-ever Academy Award? Watch our Oscar battle above.

SEERegina King (‘Beale Street’ & ‘Seven Seconds’) could join elite club of actors to win 2 Golden Globes in 1 night

“This is a very, very exciting race. We don’t really know what’s going to happen yet,” Dixon begins. As for King’s impactful presence in the film, he argues, “When she’s not on screen in ‘Beale Street,’ I’m like, bring back Regina. Where is Regina? I want more Regina King. Now I think people are on this pattern of,
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‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle': Watch the New Trailer for Andy Serkis’ ‘Jungle Book’ Adaptation (Video)

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Ahead of the film’s Dec. 7 global launch, Netflix has released the new trailer for “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle,” and you can watch it right now above.

Directed by Andy Serkis, the combination live-action/CGI retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” will get a limited theatrical release in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and London on Nov. 29 with a wider release in the U.S. and UK to follow. Originally set for release in 2016 by Warner Bros. with the title “Jungle Book: Origins,” Netflix picked up global rights in July.

At CinemaCon in April, Serkis promised a darker, bloodier tale that will delve deeper into the conflict of man vs. nature that lies at the heart of the famous tale.

Also Read: Netflix Announces New Anime Projects Based on 'Pacific Rim,' 'Altered Carbon'

“Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” stars Rohan Chand in the title role,
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The Women’s March And Time’s Up Help Send A Record Number Of Women To Congress

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The Women’s March And Time’s Up Help Send A Record Number Of Women To Congress
Hundreds of thousands of people crowded downtown Los Angeles streets on a sunny January morning to hear Hollywood stars like Constance Wu, Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria and Viola Davis issue a call to action: resist Trump.

Movements like the Women’s March and Time’s Up energized the electorate and helped send a record number of women to Congress in the midterm election. Ninety-five women have won their House races as of Wednesday, up from the current 84.

The midterm election saw a number milestones, from the first Muslim women elected to Congress, Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, to voters in Massachusetts sending the first woman of color to Congress, Ayanna Pressley. Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American women elected to Congress.

Several prominent women also were defeated, including Sen. Claire McCaskill, who lost to Josh Hawley in Missouri, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp,
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Oscar Hopefuls Drink in Napa Valley Film Festival Events

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Oscar Hopefuls Drink in Napa Valley Film Festival Events
The eighth annual Napa Valley Film Festival, which takes place Nov. 7-11, continues to have a lot going for it. Beyond top-notch meals and wine from 50 chefs and 75 wineries, the festival has 10 screening venues for 100 new independent films starring the likes of Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe and Helena Bonham Carter.

“It’s the party of the year,” says Brenda Lhormer, the festival’s co-founder/director, of the nearly week-long event that will be held at various Napa Valley landmarks including the Cameo Cinema, Charles Krug Winery, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, Jam Cellars Ballroom at the Margrit Mondavi Theater, Lincoln Theater, Native Sons, Uptown Theater, the Archer Hotel Napa, Las Alcobas Napa Valley and the Drive-In at the Napa County Fairgrounds.

“It’s really fun,” she says. “It’s a wonderful mix of great films and food and wine and culinary offerings.”

The festival will open with Jason Reitman’s
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Spotlight: Natalie Portman's Charity Work

Portman helped launch Finca's Village Banking Campaign to mobilize the people and resources needed to bring financial services to one million of the world’s lowest-income families through 100,000 Village Banks annually by 2010.

Charities & foundations supported

Natalie Portman has supported the following charities:

826 NationalAfghanistan Relief OrganizationArtists for Peace and JusticeDeclare YourselfElizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS FoundationEveryone MattersFINCAFood Bank For New York CityJamie Oliver Food FoundationLegacy of Hope FoundationListen CampaignLive 8Milo Gladstein FoundationPETAScreen Actors Guild FoundationShoe4AfricaSmall Steps ProjectThe Lunchbox FundTony Blair Faith Foundation Read more about Natalie Portman's charity work and events. Related articles Clothes Off Our Back Holding Emmy AuctionNatalie Portman Promotes Loans To WomenNatalie Portman Films Documentary On Rwanda's GorillasNatalie Portman teams with iTunes to help FINCALunchbox Auction Will Help Feed Hungry Children

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The Honorees at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival

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This year, Variety will honor its 10 Actors to Watch with the Newport Beach Film Festival at a brunch taking place on Nov. 11 at the Resort at Pelican Hill. Nbff will also present honors to several artists, including the Icon Award to Robert Forster (now on screens in “What They Had”) and Artist of Distinction Awards to Topher Grace (“BlacKkKlansman”), Colman Domingo and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“All About Nina”).

Variety has been bestowing 10 Actors to Watch honors since 1998. Past honorees include many future Oscar winners and nominees, such as Mahershala Ali, Timothée Chalamet, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Brie Larson and Lupita Nyong’o.

Icon Award

Robert Forster

Being honored with an Icon Award is great, but Forster has a lot left in the tank. “I don’t know what an icon is,” Forster says. “And I don’t feel like one, and I certainly don’t feel like I’m 77, either!
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Best of ’88: How Sir-Mix-a-Lot’s ‘Posse on Broadway’ Put Seattle on Rap’s Map

Best of ’88: How Sir-Mix-a-Lot’s ‘Posse on Broadway’ Put Seattle on Rap’s Map
30 years later, 1988 still stands as rap’s greatest year. The lyrical molotovs of ‘Nation of Millions’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton, the post-modern (and pre-lawsuit) free-for-all of sampling, the national spotlight of a new show called ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ and much more. To celebrate 30 years, Rolling Stone’s Best of ’88 explores the 10 greatest songs from those explosive 12 months. See our previous entries on Rob Base and D.J. E-z Rock, Epmd and Run-d.M.C.

The first nationally embraced volley of Seattle rap, Anthony “Sir Mix-a-Lot” Ray created a hyper-localized classic
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Watch Charlize Theron, Ryan Coogler, Alfonso Cuarón, and More Beg You To Vote — IndieWire Honors

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Watch Charlize Theron, Ryan Coogler, Alfonso Cuarón, and More Beg You To Vote — IndieWire Honors
On November 1, the 2018 IndieWire Honors ceremony celebrated eight filmmakers and actors for their achievement in creative independence. We’re showcasing their work with new interviews conducted right before they accepted their awards at the event.

Today is November 6, and the midterm election you’ve been hearing so much about is finally upon us. Politicians and family members have endlessly stressed the importance of making your voice heard at the ballot box, but have you seen Bill Hader say you’d be a moron not to vote? Or watched Charlize Theron say you can “actually bitch about shit” if you pull that lever?

Now, thanks to the powers of the internet — as well as IndieWire Honors, which took place last week in Los Angeles — you can. Hader, Theron, Natalie Portman, Ryan Coogler, Alfonso Cuarón, Amandla Stenberg, and Constance Wu all recorded brief messages emphasizing the importance of voting. Watch them all below.
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Natalie Portman Enters Doc Awards Picture With ‘Eating Animals,’ Disturbing Look at Factory Farming

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Natalie Portman Enters Doc Awards Picture With ‘Eating Animals,’ Disturbing Look at Factory Farming
Natalie Portman is vying for awards this Oscar season with films that range from the fictional to the disturbingly real.

Critics are praising her performance as a music icon in Vox Lux, out next month, but her other awards contender comes from the realm of nonfiction, the bracing documentary Eating Animals. She produced and narrated the film that explores the ethical and environmental dimensions of raising animals for slaughter on an industrial scale.

“It’s about the world of factory farming and what has happened to our system of creating food, because it’s been put into this capitalist, corporate kind of frame,” Portman explains. “I think it’s really upsetting when you see the impact on human health, from so many different aspects—the environmental aspect…to the consumption of the product.”

The film directed by Christopher Quinn is now available on iTunes, after a theatrical release over the summer.
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Olivia Munn Set To Host Star-Studded ‘Telethon For America’, Additional Guests Revealed – Update

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Olivia Munn Set To Host Star-Studded ‘Telethon For America’, Additional Guests Revealed – Update
Updated with more details: Olivia Munn will step into the hosting role for the first-ever Telethon For America, part of Michelle Obama’s non-partisan, non-profit campaign “When We All Vote.” The telethon will stream online on Election Eve…which is tonight!

More stars have been added to the already robust roster of tonight’s comedy-themed event. Pharrell Williams, Sean Hayes, Debra Messing, Charlize Theron, Scott Rogowsky, Ben Bailey, Constance Wu, Natalie Portman, Backstreet Boys, Nikki Glazer, Tom Green, Felipe Esparza, Ashley Benson, Jim Jeffries, Roy Wood Jr, and others will appear on the special which will encourage people to get out the vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

The event will stream live on Comedy Central, WatchMojo, Bet Facebook Live, GLAAD YouTube, and Funny or Die from 9-11 Pm Et/6-8 Pm Pt.

Previously: Launched by Michelle Obama’s non-partisan, non-profit
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Next 3 Music-themed Movies: 'Vox Lux,' 'Mary Poppins Returns,' 'Rocketman'

Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, lead singer of famed rock band Queen, in Bohemian Rhapsody (above), which opened over the weekend to great interest from audiences. The musical biopic earned an estimated $50 million in the U.S., per Box Office Mojo, and has now grossed more than $141 million worldwide. Naturally, our thoughts turn to what's next in the world of music-themed biographical portraits, and we don't have to wait long. Here's a look at three upcoming movies that will aim to rock you and/or your family. 'Vox Lux' Natalie Portman stars as a fictional pop star named Celeste in Vox Lux, supported by her manager (Jude Law), her publicist (Jennifer Ehle) and millions of adoring fans. In the trailer, we see her volatile personality, which draws...
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