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The Oscars Best Picture Category Gets Some More Tweaks…Now, Nobody Knows How Many Nominees There Will Be

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It seems as if The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences still want to fine-tune the Best Picture category for the Oscars.  Now, they’ve come up with some new rules for the show, including one that doesn’t guarantee any specific number of finalists.

With accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers helping calculations, only films that get at least five perfect of first place votes will be considered nominees for Best Picture.  To give you an idea what this means, the average percentage of first place votes received by the top movie (say THE KING’S SPEECH last year) was 20.5%. As for last year, WINTER’S BONE received less than the necessary five percent, and therefore wouldn’t have been eligible.

Academy executive director Bruce Davis said of the decision,

“A Best Picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit. If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number.”

Up until 2009, there were only five finalists in the Best Picture category.  That number has since been expanded to ten.  Now, it could be anywhere in between.

While I think this is a very smart idea, and it is true that it would show the films nominated are worthy of that nomination, I still feel like they could have done the same thing with five nominees.  (It’s been that way since 1944…why all the craziness and controversy now?)

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT.

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TRAILER: The New ‘Child’s Play’ Movie Looks So Chuckin’ Scary

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The new Child’s Play movie launches Chucky into the 21st century for some technologically advanced terror.

After watching this trailer, you may be packing your bags and heading to Amish country because Child’s Play looks like a technological nightmare brought to life. In the reboot of the classic 1988 film, Buddi Dolls are the toy on every child’s wishlist because their connection to technology allows them to truly become your best friend. These new and improved Buddi Dolls come complete with an app that links the doll to every electronic device in your home…enter updated, terrifying plot twist! When a young boy’s Buddi Doll, Chucky, becomes corrupt, he goes on a killing spree that promises to be even more gory than the film’s original!

Mark Hamill voices the murderous Buddi Doll, Chucky, as the film stars Gabriel Bateman as Andy, Chucky’s 13-year old owner, Aubrey Plaza as Andy’s mom and Brian Tyree Henry as the detective investigating the strange string of murders. The film is set to release on June 21 and you can bet I will be avoiding toy stores for the entire summer.

Check out the frightening trailer below!

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B’WAY BUZZ: Ryan Murphy Announces Netflix Film Adaptation Of ‘The Prom’

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At a charity performance on Tuesday, Ryan Murphy took to the stage to announce his plans to adapt the Broadway musical for Netflix. Theater lovers everywhere were like:

Back in November a new musical hit Broadway and before you knew it everyone wanted to be back in high school. The Prom follows an Indiana teen who simply wants to bring her girlfriend to her high school prom. Once the PTA catches wind of the news, the openly gay teen is banned from going to dance altogether. A gaggle of Broadway performers with questionable intentions decide to head to Indiana to help the teen get to the prom of her dreams. The musical made history when the cast performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and featured the parade’s first same-sex kiss ever. The shows jam packed with talent as it is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and features such stars as Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Angie Schworer, Josh Lamon, Michael Potts and Isabelle McCalla.

On Tuesday, there was a benefit performance at the Longacre Theatre which helped raise money for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLAAD and the Trevor Project. Ryan Murphy hosted the special performance and it was there where he made the big announcement. Murphy obtained the rights to turn The Prom into a Netflix film! It’s no surprise that Murphy has chosen to take on this project as he is a huge advocate for LBGT+ community having created such inclusive projects such as PoseThe Normal Heart, and Glee. The audience – filled with celebs such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close, Jane Krakowski, Ben Platt, Gus Kenworthy, Sandra Bernhard, Laura Dreyfuss, Janet Mock, Matthew Morrison, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells, MJ Rodriguez, and Christian Siriano – went wild when they heard the news. Murphy told the overjoyed crowd:

“I know, it’s exciting. I’m really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump. I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting. I was absolutely blown away by Casey’s work and the incredible cast. I cried at the end from pure joy, which has not happened to me since Patti LuPone was the flower girl at my wedding. I wish this show was around when I was a kid.”

It remains to be seen if any of the Broadway cast will appear in the film but what has been confirmed is the expected release date; September 2020. It’s no coincidence that the release date falls right around the 2020 election as Murphy closed his speech by saying “We want to change hearts, minds and votes.”

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TRAILER: ‘The Addams Family’ Is Back In A New, Creepy, Kooky, Animated Film

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The Addams family returns in all their creepy, kooky, ooky badness!

It’s been 25 years since we’ve seen the freaky family hit the big screen in Addams Family Values and it looks like their return will have been worth the wait. The trailer for MGM’s animated The Addam’s Family is so star studded that I am sure the film will be a hit. Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, and Bette Midler respectively voice Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and Grandmama. The creepy characters seem to have maintained their penchant for the macabre over the years as Gomez and Morticia happily call their new home “hideous” and “horrible.”

The film hits theaters just in time for Halloween, because when else would it? Click below to see the trailer yourself!

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