- Oscars Social Reactions Round-up: Twitter Abuzz Over Surprises, Speeches
- Oscars 2018: Which Blockbuster Won Big at the Academy Awards?
- 2018 Oscars Buzziest Moments: Kimmel, Kobe, and Scene-Stealer Tiffany Haddish!
- ‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Watch the New Trailer Now!
- Jimmy Kimmel’s Best Oscar Moments: Trump Administration Targeted
- Oscars 2018: Here Are All the Winners
- ‘Far Cry 5’: Everything We Know About the Story So Far
- Why the ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ White Lion Is So Significant
Posted: 04 Mar 2018 09:31 PM PST
The Oscars brought plenty of drama and history-making moments, and Twitter was there for it.
One of the most unexpected awards went to NBA star Kobe Bryant, who won Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball.
His former teammate Shaquille O’Neal (who had an unsuccessful acting career), tweeted his congrats.
But in the midst of the #metoo movement, Bryant’s win raised eyebrows.
On a more uplifting note, Daniela Vega was the first trans actor to present an award. Her starring film, A Fantastic Woman, won Best Foreign Language film.
Jordan Peele made history as the African American to win Best Original Screenplay.
And his Key & Peele costar Keegan-Michael Key couldn’t contain his joy.
Guillermo del Toro won Best Director for The Shape of Water, where he called out his fellow Mexican-born winning directors.
Frances McDormand had the #timesup #girlpower moment of the night, asking all the female nominees at the Oscars to stand and for the industry to fund their projects. She began her speech by name-dropping Olympian Chloe Kim, a minority woman, daughter of immigrants, and gold medalist.
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Posted: 04 Mar 2018 09:27 PM PST
Oscars 2018 was dominated by a lot of smaller-scale films but the blockbusters were represented as well. From comic book films like Logan to Disney giants like Coco, plenty of box office smashes showed up to the biggest night in the movie business.
But, which one took home the most gold?
And the Winner Is…
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk took home three awards — Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing — and its $525+ million in box office returns certainly qualifies it for blockbuster status. It was also nominated for Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Director, and Best Picture. If it really is an honor just to be nominated, Dunkirk exemplifies that perspective.
Other blockbuster wins for the night include two wins for Disney/Pixar’s Coco — Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song — as well as some well-deserved wins for Blade Runner 2049, which took home a coveted prize for Best Visual Effects and a long time coming Best Cinematography award for Roger Deakins. And one of the big wins of the night came when Jordan Peele won Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. That film’s box office and cultural status are forces to be reckoned with.
Fans might be disappointed to see movies like The Last Jedi, Logan, Baby Driver, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 not take home any Oscars, but they are still blockbuster successes that we’ll be enjoying for years to come.
Which big blockbusters did you want to see win at the Oscars? Were there blockbuster films you think should have been nominated. Let us know by tweeting at us @getfandom!
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Posted: 04 Mar 2018 08:47 PM PST
After last year’s Best Picture gaffe, this year’s Oscars ceremony was fairly predictable, especially when it came to the acting awards. But there were some highlights, including returning host Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue, a moving musical performance by Mary J. Blige, and scene-stealer Tiffany Haddish from Girls Trip.
The ceremony wasn’t as political as last year, but had a theme of empower, equality, and inclusion.
Below are six unexpected moments from the 90th Oscars:
E! Gets an F
E!, the network that hosts the Oscars red carpet show, came under fire when it announced it would be on a 30-second delay. The announcement came days after host Ryan Seacrest became the latest of several high-powered Hollywood men who have been accused of sexual misconduct. A delay would allow the network to cutaway from anyone criticizing him or the pay inequality between male host Jason Kennedy and his former colleague Catt Sadler. (Actress Debra Messing called out the disparity during January’s Golden Globes).
Seacrest took his usual spot on the carpet, but Variety reports some celebrities actively avoided speaking to him. The host also did not mention the #metoo or #timesup movements, leaving the conversation to his female counterparts Giuliana Rancic and Kristin Dos Santos. Thankfully, Dos Santos discussed the movements and also brought up the lack of diversity (particularly Hispanics and Asians) in this year’s nominated class.
Kimmel Targets Trump
Donald Trump was a popular target of host Jimmy Kimmel’s jabs.
"None other than President Trump called Get Out the best first three-quarters of a movie this year," the late night host joked, referring to the Best Picture-nominated film where a black youth becomes the victim of a nefarious plan hatched by a white family.
Trump's vice president also got roasted. "We don't make films like Call Me By Your Name for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence." Pence supported LGBTQ conversion therapy while governor. Call Me By Your Name is a gay coming-of-age tale.
Later in the show, Kimmel took another stab at the administration.
"If the last two years have taught us anything, it's that reality can be depressing," he read. "But tonight's nominated documentaries show us where there is darkness, there is hope. Except at the White House, Hope [Hicks] quit on Wednesday."
Blige Brings Down the House
Mudbound’s Mary J. Blige made history as the first artist to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress AND Best Song in the same year. Sadly, she lost both awards, but had one of the most incredible moments of the show, singing “Mighty River” backed by a choir.
There were many other wonderful musical performances, including Sufjan Stevens’ haunting performance of “Mystery of Love” from Call Me By Your Name, and Common and Andra Day’s rendition of “Stand Up For Something,” dedicated to victims of school shootings and natural disasters.
Kobe Bryant … yes, THAT Kobe Bryant is an Oscar winner. “Basketball players are supposed to shut up and dribble but we do more than that,” the NBA legend said upon picking up his Best Animated Short win for Dear Basketball.
First Kobe, then Jordan. Not Michael Jordan … Jordan Peele! The talented actor/writer/producer won Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. Peele made history as the first person of color (and third in history) to get nods for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. He is the first African American to win for Best Original Screenplay.
Tiffany Hadish is Oscars Telecast Gold
Oscar presenter and Girls Trip breakout star Tiffany Haddish had quite the night! First, she jumped over the rope on the red carpet to meet her idol, Meryl Streep.
Then, she made a SECOND shout-out (after a dress change) to Streep while presenting with Maya Rudolph. “Let’s get this money girl,” Haddish said to Streep!
Oscar producers, take note. There’s already a movement to have Haddish host next year!
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Posted: 04 Mar 2018 05:31 PM PST
Fans got their first look at Mary Poppins Returns — starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda — during the 2018 Academy Awards.
Emily Blunt takes over the titular role from the legendary Julie Andrews. Miranda plays the role of Jack, an apprentice of Bert (Dick Van Dyke) — the chimney sweeper from the 1964 film. The sequel takes place 20 years after the first, in Depression-era London.
Get your first look above.
“In a place we hold dear, a new story begins,” according to the trailer.
In the clip, a blustery storm hits the city. Miranda helps a young child rescue his wayward kite. The rainclouds clear as Blunt’s Poppins descends, umbrella in hand.
The film also stars Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer as the Banks. Newcomers Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, and Nathanael Saleh play their children. Meryl Streep plays Mary’s cousin, and legendary actors Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke also have roles.
Mary Poppins Returns arrives in theaters December 2018.
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Posted: 04 Mar 2018 05:25 PM PST
Jimmy Kimmel repeated as host of the 2018 Oscars, bringing plenty of jokes. His monologue took jabs at President Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, and last year’s EnvelopeGate.
The Oscars host addressed last year’s Best Picture gaffe right off the top.
“This year when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away. Give us a minute,” he said to a roar of laughs. “Last year, the producers asked me to do comedy with the accountants and I said no. So the accountants went ahead and they did comedy on their own.”
Kimmel also addressed the many sexual misconduct cases that have rocked the entertainment industry, notably those involving movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been expelled from the Academy.
“Oscar is the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood,” Kimmel said as he walked over to a statue. “He keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and most importantly, no penis at all. He is literally a statue of limitations.”
“Here’s how clueless Hollywood is about women. We made a movie called What Women Want and it starred Mel Gibson,” he joked.
Weinstein wasn’t Kimmel’s only high-profile target.
“None other than President Trump called Get Out the best first three-quarters of a movie this year,” Kimmel joked, referring to the Best Picture-nominated film where a black youth becomes the victim of a nefarious plan hatched by a white family.
Trump’s vice president also got roasted. “We don’t make films like Call Me By Your Name for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence.” Pence supported LGBTQ conversion therapy while governor. Call Me By Your Name is a gay coming-of-age tale.
Later in the show, Kimmel took another stab at the administration.
“If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that reality can be depressing,” he read. “But tonight’s nominated documentaries show us where there is darkness, there is hope. Except at the White House, Hope [Hicks] quit on Wednesday.”
Jimmy Kimmel’s funniest line made fun of The Shape of Water, which leads this year’s nominations with 13 nods: “Thanks to Guillermo [del Toro], we will always remember this year as the year men screwed up so badly, women started dating fish.”
Another zinger came late in the show while introducing Sandra Bullock. “Our next presenter has been in dozens of big movies, including Speed, Gravity, and Crash,” Kimmel begun. “Which also happen to be the three main reasons never to get in a plane with Harrison Ford.”
He also used the gig to promote the March for Our Lives, protesting gun violence, on March 24. Watch his full monologue before:
What did you think of Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue?
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Posted: 04 Mar 2018 05:19 PM PST
Oscars 2018 has come and gone, and the ceremony didn’t disappoint. Here are all the winners, listed in their category with their peers and highlighted in bold. Be sure not to miss Jimmy Kimmel’s best moments from the star-studded night, and the trailer for Mary Poppins Returns as well!
Call Me by Your Name
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Best Original Song
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
Best Original Score
Blade Runner 2049
Best Original Screenplay
Posted: 04 Mar 2018 02:53 PM PST
Far Cry 5 is the newest game from Ubisoft Montreal, the development team behind the previous numbered Far Cry games and the popular Assassin's Creed series. Far Cry 5 takes the series in a new direction, shifting its focus instead to a domestic setting rather than the exotic locales the franchise has become known for.
The setup of the game is still the same, though: Players are still dropped into an active open world, given free reign to tackle their objectives in any way they see fit. Creative director Dan Hay has outlined his vision for the title as being an “anecdote factory” — somewhere players can generate their own tales and share them with the world, using the game's core narrative as a basis for their own authored adventures.
Far Cry 5 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC worldwide on March 27, 2018, so to tide you over until the game's release. here's everything you need to know about Hope County, Montana, and its evangelist population.
You are a deputy sheriff who is being flown into Hope County, Montana, to arrest Joseph Seed — the enigmatic and charismatic leader of an evangelical cult called Eden's Gate. Seed — known to the inhabitants of Hope County as “the Father” — has managed to establish himself as the leader of the county under the guise of being their saviour. But things aren't as simple as they seem.
Seed has wrestled control of the county via a series of military incursions. He's used aggressive persuasion and violence to “convert” the citizens of Hope County to his cause, using the military sway he has over the populace to prevent them from contacting the outside world and calling for help.
Seed deeply believes that Hope County would be doomed to inevitable collapse without his leadership, without his guiding light, and to that end he's enlisted the aid of his siblings — the Heralds — to keep the region locked down, free from the interference of the outside world.
Seed and his band of Heralds have managed to corner Hope County with their operations: Seed's brother Jacob Seed, an ex-military officer, managed to arm and command much of the Eden's Gate faithful to take over certain sections of the county by force. His other brother, John Seed, a trained and esteemed lawyer, managed to use his legal wiles to acquire land for Eden's Gate through more subversive means. His half-sister Faith Seed pacifies the people directly, spreading a gospel of pacifism, to keep the population sedated.
It's up to you, a stranger in this overrun county, to bring liberation to the people — to save them from this violent and deranged doomsday cult. To be successful, you'll have to forge relationships with those resisting the cult, weaken the grasp of the Heralds and loosen their chokehold on the people of the region, and use the world around you to take back control of this once-peaceful rural county.
Far Cry 5 takes place in Montana. As you travel around this living world, you'll see an American heartland brimming with diverse wildlife, inspirational landscapes, detailed rural vistas, and a unique, self-contained culture. Hope County is comprised of thickets of lush woodland, agricultural townships, and active farmland — all connected by country roads decorated with ever-so-slightly rusted road signs telling you where you need to go next.
Ubisoft's goal for the game world this time was to do away with the radio towers and high points that have defined so many of its past games. Instead, Far Cry 5 intends to deliver information to you via its characters. You'll have to discover new places in the world and establish relationships with the inhabitants before they give you any more information about where to find new missions, new locations, better weapons, or supplies.
The people of Hope County are remarkably independent and have been raised to be self-sufficient and self-reliant. As the world around them began to look increasingly threatening — as house prices started to plummet, terrorist attacks started to become more widespread — the people came to rely only on themselves, which is why the county ended up being so isolationist — and how Eden's Gate managed to seize control.
The animals of Hope County are just as important to the game world as its human inhabitants. Ubisoft has gone to great lengths to ensure its representation of Montana is as ecologically accurate as possible. There are bears, fish, birds, wolves, mountain lions, snakes, badgers, and more besides. Better yet, when you become acquainted enough with the wilderness, you can even start taming these animals, using them to back you up on your mission.
Ubisoft also employed a team of five to realise the in-game brands you'll be exposed to in the world. There are adverts, billboards, artworks, vehicles, and more, all tied into the local businesses, gas stations, and general stores of Hope County. The region you'll be exploring isn't just a setting for the story of Joseph Seed and Eden's Gate — it's as much of a character in itself as anyone you'll meet within it.
The Junior Deputy
You play a sheriff being dropped into the world of Hope County, tasked with arresting religious extremist Joseph Seed. For the first time in a Far Cry title, you can customise your main character and play as either a male or female hero, with your ethnicity also being totally customisable.
Boomer is a loyal canine companion, known as the “Fangs for Hire.” It appears that when Boomer's original owners were murdered by the cultists of Eden's Gate, Boomer ran from the criminals and eventually came under the care of the Junior Deputy of the county. Boomer provides a loyal ally in the fight against the sect.
Boomer can stealthily approach enemies and take them down without being detected, nabbing weapons and items for the player and bringing them back (like a real good boy). Though he can't communicate with you, Boomer will always be by your side.
Nick Rye is a lifelong mechanic and hobbyist pilot from a family of distinguished military airmen who, as he says himself, “flew in the army so he didn't have to.” Learning his airborne skills from his career as an agricultural crop-duster, Rye knows the skyline of Hope County better than anyone — and you can use that to your advantage.
Rye has a child on the way and has a lot at stake in the battle against the Eden's Gate cultists. He wants to reclaim his home from Seed and his flock and intends to help the local resistance so he can build the foundations of a better tomorrow for his family. With his trusty plane Karmina, Rye is a formidable ally to have on the ground or in the air.
Jerome Jeffries is a veteran of the Gulf War who returned from the conflict to become a Catholic pastor, something he committed himself to for 15 years. Jerome has a more personal connection to Joseph Seed than his fellow resistance members: He welcomed Seed into his church before Eden's Gate really started motoring as a cult.
Seed stole Jerome's congregation from him, turning them onto the more extreme philosophy of his doomsday cult. Jerome took this gracefully — understanding times are changing — until Seed locked down the county, interfering with every single local person's life. This drove Jerome to join up with The Resistance, determined to bring Hope County's freedom.
Mary May Fairgrave
Mary May Fairgrave is one of the most important members of The Resistance. She owns The Spread Eagle bar in Hope County and has seen her family torn apart and the life she knew ravaged by Joseph Seed and the Eden's Gate project. Fairgrave is a straight-talking, no-nonsense bartender, and applies that same fire to her work with The Resistance.
Her father was driven to suicide by the actions of Eden's Gate, and now Fairgrave uses her bar as a base of operations for The Resistance. Fairgrave and her homely bar are key allies in your fight to liberate the region.
Grace Armstrong is another ally you'll rely on in the fight to unpick Eden's Gate from Hope County. As a trained sniper, her weapon of choice appears to be an AR-15 rifle with a collapsible buttstock, long-range scope, M-LOK handguard, Magpul PMags, and a compensator, which she uses to snipe targets from mid to long range.
A reserved but nonetheless loyal companion, Grace will be the angel on your shoulder — staying back out of the fight and picking off targets from a safe distance. She's a former US Marine Corporal and is horrified to see what's become of her homeland. To that end, she's willing to do what she can to back up the Junior Deputy in taking down Seed and his clan.
An enterprising business owner and keen estate agent, Adelaide “The Chopper Queen” Drubman has seen her various businesses all negatively impacted by Seed's slow takeover of Hope County. Needless to say, she's annoyed — after all, it's cost her a living and very nearly cost her a home.
Drubman — owner of the local marina — provides helicopter support and will drop in vehicles and bigger guns whenever you need them. Her main motivation in this fight? She just really hates being told what to do.
Hurk Drubman, Jr.
Hurk Drubman is no stranger to the world of Far Cry, having appeared in both Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4. This time, though, he's back on home ground — and he's not impressed with what he sees. The 46-year-old boozehound is keen to throw Seed and his band of evangelists out of his birth county, and he's got a lot of toys to help him do that.
A gun for hire, Hurk's penchant for RPGs is invaluable. He can be called in to blow up vehicles and scrap any machine that gets in your way. His spiritualism doesn’t seem to get in the way of his love for massive, fiery destruction or his unquenchable lust for beer, though. Everyone else might fight for their family, or their business or their religion, but Hurk? Hurk fights for Hurk.
Far Cry 5 arrives on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 27, 2018.
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Posted: 04 Mar 2018 07:00 AM PST
Season 5 of Voltron: Legendary Defender includes a very special easter egg: the white lion. First seen in the ’80s series, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, the white lion returns in the Season 5 episode, “White Lion.” Lotor and Allura encounter it several times on their journey to Oriande to discover the secrets of Altean alchemy. While Lotor explains some of its history, there is much more to consider to truly understand the significance of the white lion.
A Lion Reincarnated
The white lion first appeared in the Defender of the Universe episode, “Secret of the White Lion.” Haggar creates a vision of a white lion for Princess Allura, who believes the lion is her father reincarnated, to follow into her trap. With Allura wanting guidance from her father only to end up deceived, is a heartbreaking tale. Given its history, fans were concerned when the white lion's brief appearance in the Season 5 trailer could spell trouble for Allura once again.
Fortunately, Legendary Defender recreated the white lion into its own unique version, without the heartbreak. The lion does provide guidance, but it also adds a new layer of world-building and character development that the show has become known for.
The Legend Explained
The white lion and its magical realm of Oriande tells us a lot about Voltron. According to Lotor, Oriande is where King Alfor “mastered the secrets that helped him create Voltron.” As we learned in “The Legend Begins,” Alfor created the lions from a trans-reality comet using Altean alchemy. So since Alfor visited Oriande and encountered the white lion before creating Voltron, we can assume that this is where he got the idea to make lions, which is a cool and tangible explanation.
The white lion also gives us insight into two interesting aspects about the Voltron lions themselves. First, Lotor calls the white lion a “guardian.” This is likely why the Voltron lions are the Guardian Spirits of the Sky, Forest, Land, Fire, and Water. It could also imply that the spirit of each robot lion looks similar to the white lion.
Second, when Allura and Lotor each face off against a white lion, they are in a psychic realm similar to the one where Shiro faced Zarkon in “Space Mall.” Considering that these realms respectively match the white and black lions and are distinct locations from each other, it's possible that each of the other Voltron lions has its own psychic realm too.
Another theory to point out here is that many fans thought this white lion was going to be a sixth robot lion. While that didn't happen in Season 5, it could still be a possibility for future seasons. The white lion is a guardian spirit and has its own psychic realm. It bonds with Allura right before she learns the secrets of alchemy. So with her newfound skills and the comet that Lotor still has, will Allura build the White Lion of Voltron?
A Symbol of Worth
The last thing to consider about the white lion is its significance for our characters. Lotor says that the white lion at the beginning of Oriande will let the worthy pass through into the realm. He and Allura can do so since they have the “mark of the chosen.” Allura fulfills her journey in Oriande by offering her life to the white lion to learn the secret of life. It's another moment that proves she is the heart of Voltron and that she is worthy and capable of doing great things.
Meanwhile, when Lotor faces off against his white lion, he yells out “Victory or death!” and then kills it with his sword. This sends him back to the beginning of the temple of Oriande, begging the question: can we actually trust Lotor? Everything he does in Season 5 seems to show that we can, and he appears regretful after killing the lion. Perhaps it was his Galra instincts coming to his defense for his life. But what if he's thrown out because the white lion knows he still has sinister intentions? At this point, it's anyone's call.
The Future of the White Lion
Will we see the white lion again? It's possible. Haggar announces her intentions to go to Oriande at the end of Season 5, so we may see her face it in Season 6. If not, then there's still the possibility that Allura could build a sixth robot lion. Regardless, the white lion's appearance gives us a lion's share of knowledge to pore over, and for that, we are grateful.
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