FROM Scott Feinberg
A historic Oscars win, couched in chaos Scott Feinberg from the Hollywood Reporter tells us just what happened last night when Faye Dunaway announced the wrong best picture winner, and no one fixed the situation until two La La Land producers had already given speeches. The fact the Moonlight won best picture is historic in itself, but for the moment, the win feels overshadowed by the biggest flub in Oscars' history.
Hollywood news banter It's a great year for movie-lovers, though the gap between what critics and the Academy likes and what the movie-going masses like has never been wider. Scott Feinberg, awards analyst for the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters for a special awards-season banter. Feinberg walks us through his Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress front-runners at this point in the season.
Hollywood News Banter Scott Feinberg, awards analyst for the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. The troubled media company Viacom is looking to sell a minority stake in Paramount Pictures. There's speculation that a Chinese company like Alibaba or Wanda, or a tech company like Amazon would be the most likely buyers. The Oscars are here -- finally! We can make educated guesses about most likely wins in many of the major categories, but there's still plenty of opportunity for surprise. And in the year where the biggest awards story has been Oscars So White, it feels strangely fitting that black comedian Chris Rock is slated to host. Harvey Weinstein and other studio heads know they're going to get eviscerated in Rock's opening monologue.
Hollywood News Banter Scott Feinberg, awards analyst for the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Following the outcry over the second year in a row of all white Oscar nominees in the acting categories, the Academy announced major changes in their structure and voting regulations. The board said their goal is to double the number of women and diverse members in the Academy by 2020. Several African American filmmakers and actors, including Spike Lee and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have said they will not attend this year’s ceremony.
Shot on iPhones: A 'Modern Family' Episode and 'Tangerine' ABC's Modern Family is staying modern. The show's co-creator Steve Levitan discusses how an upcoming episode was shot entirely on iPhones, iPads and MacBook Pros. Tangerine is a movie shot on iPhones that premiered at Sundance. It stars first-time actress Mya Taylor, who tells us about her journey to Park City.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.