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Oscars: Best-Picture Snafu Was Top Social Moment of Night (Of Course)

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Social media lit up Sunday night after the major gaffe during the 89th Academy Awards, when “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the winner of best picture — when in fact, “Moonlight” took the trophy. The mix-up was the most-social moment from ABC’s Oscars telecast, topping activity on both Facebook and Twitter worldwide. On Twitter, No…. Read more »

How Matthew Rhys Landed That Candid Role on ‘Girls’

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The screw-up at the end of the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t the only big TV moment that had tongues wagging on Sunday night. HBO’s “Girls” featured a candid — really candid — performance from guest star Matthew Rhys, star of FX’s “The Americans.” The episode, “American Bitch,” featured Rhys as Chuck Palmer, a writer with… Read more »

Watch the First Teaser for Will Smith’s Fantasy Cop Thriller ‘Bright’

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Will Smith is back in blue. Netflix released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming original film “Bright” during the Oscars on Sunday. Smith plays an LAPD cop who teams up with the very first Orc officer (Joel Edgerton) to protect a powerful wand that everyone is after. Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, and Kenneth… Read more »

The Oscars Telecast: A Well-Oiled Machine That Got the Monkey Wrench It Deserved

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You’ve got to say this for the jaw-dropping OMG, did that just happen? mistake that provided the climax for the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony: If you’re going to subject 32 million viewers to the most spectacularly embarrassing and inexplicable glitch in the history of televised awards shows, then it helps, in some weird way,… Read more »

‘Moonlight’ Director: Best Picture Snafu Made Winning ‘More Complicated’

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The best picture snafu that closed out Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast was still reverberating on Monday’s network morning news programs. “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins told “CBS This Morning” that the mix-up that resulted in “Moonlight” being named the winner a few minutes after “La La Land” was mistakenly announced only added to the surreal quality… Read more »

Amazon’s Twitch Will Start Selling Game Downloads From Players’ Live Broadcasts

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More than two years after Twitch was acquired by Amazon, the company is charging onto the ecommerce playing field. Starting this spring, Twitch will let its 17,000 game-broadcasting partners sell games and in-game content directly from their pages on the platform, while they’re live-streaming gameplay. Publishers will earn 70% of the revenue and partnered Twitch… Read more »

Warren Buffett More Than Doubles Apple Stake, Now Owns $17 Billion Worth of Tech Giant’s Stock

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Superstar investor Warren Buffett revealed Monday that he had more than doubled his stake in Apple, to own 2.5% of the tech giant — giving his Berkshire Hathaway company shares in Apple worth around $17 billion. Buffett has previously claimed that he’s not a tech investor, but said in an interview with CNBC that he’s… Read more »

Rose Garnett Named as New Chief of BBC Films

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Rose Garnett has been appointed director of BBC Films, the movie production arm of the British public broadcaster. Garnett moves to BBC Films from Film4, where she has been head of creative since 2015. Since joining Film4 as head of development in 2013, she has managed an extensive slate of projects from a wide range… Read more »

Iran Cheers ‘The Salesman’s’ Oscar, But Politics Risks Diminishing Asghar Farhadi’s Art

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ROME – Iran rejoiced Monday at news of “The Salesman’s” Oscar victory for best foreign language film, but political reverberations risk undermining the artistic accomplishment of director Asghar Farhadi’s film. Farhadi did not attend the ceremony in protest against President Trump’s travel ban, despite the suspension of the executive order by U.S. courts. “Proud of cast… Read more »

PricewaterhouseCoopers ‘Sincerely Apologizes’ for Oscar Mix-Up, Plans to Investigate

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PricewaterhouseCoopers, the official accountant of the Academy Awards, issued a statement on the embarrassing flub on Sunday night’s Oscars, in which Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read “La La Land” as best picture instead of the actual winner, “Moonlight.” “We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for… Read more »