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The Oscars Drop Another Bombshell

The 2019 Academy Awards are very quickly turning into a hot mess. From announcing a new Popular Films category to quickly putting the brakes on it, to Kevin Hart being announced as the host and him stepping down a very short time later and leaving the show without a host, to their latest announcement that only two of the five nominated songs for Best Song may be performed during the show, the 2019 Oscars might just be a night most people want to forget.

Variety broke the news yesterday that the Oscars live telecast was considering only allowing two of the nominated songs to be performed on live TV on February 24.  If you are curious as to what songs they were considering, you only have to look at the two that made the biggest splash on the charts. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” from Black Panther and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from A Star Is Born are the two that  Academy execs and show producers have chosen to be performed.

The other three nominees this year are “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns by Emily Blunt, “I’ll Fight” from RBG by Jennifer Hudsonand “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson. Of course their exclusion have  already started rumbling of dissatisfaction from music executives.  

At this time no official word has been given, so the Academy does have time to change their mind. They have also commented that a final decision has not yet been reached. Keep in mind that this would not be the first time cutting some of the songs from being performed on TV has happened. In fact only 6 of the last 10 Oscars have featured performances of all nominated songs. 

It’s widely believed that cutting the songs is part of the Academy’s way of shortening the show to three hours maximum. Another rumoured way the Academy is planning on shortening the show, is to cut out several Oscars from airing during the telecast, such as Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. They would instead be given out during commercial breaks, and only announced quickly on live TV. 

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Jason Momoa To Join Dune Reboot

Dune is shaping up to be the next big franchise, and now the huge all-star cast is set to be getting even bigger.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa is in final negotiations to join the Denis Villeneuve led science-fiction film. The hulking actor will portray Duncan Idaho, a swordmaster in the house of Atreides. The cast already includes Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya. It seems like everyday another big name is added the cast, which raises expectations even further.

Dune is the first novel in a series of novels by Frank Herbert. Originally published in 1965, the book is set in the distant future, and follows the story of Paul Atreides. His family controls the planet Arrakis, which is home to a valuable resource, and after his family is betrayed by other noble families who want the resources for their own, Atreides leads a rebellions to reclaim what is his. If the film is successful, there are five other Herbert novels that could be adapted as well. 

Momoa is currently filming the Apple sci-fi series See, and can still be seen in the big screen in Aquaman and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. 

Photo: Eva Rinaldi fron Wikipedia

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Katy Perry Releases New Single / Video “365” With Zedd

With Valentine’s Day 2019 well on its way, Katy Perry and Zedd have released a new single and video called 365 that begs the question, can AI learn to love?

In the video Perry plays a Stepford-style robot who falls in love with a human male played by Zedd. The announcement says  “The video tells the poignant story of an android Katy Perry, who yearns to be human, as she attempts to make a genuine connection with Zedd.”  Perry herself tweeted out this morning “Does it know the difference between LOVE and OBSESSION?” as she tried to hype the video online.

Perry and Zedd wrote the song together, with Zedd producing. Perry was also responsible for conceptualizing the video directed by Warren Fu. Zedd said that the idea for the collaboration started to take shape last summer while they were on tour together in Australia. Perry on the other hand said she was “happy to collaborate” with Zedd as well. 

365 is the first single by both artists this year, and Perry’s first since the release of her 2017 album Witness. Zedd has worked recently with Shawn Mendes, Elley Duhé, and Maren Morris and Grey.

 

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Martin Scorsese And Leonardo DiCaprio’s Serial Killer Project Moves To Hulu

It’s been close to a decade that Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have been working to get an adaptation of Erik Larson’s “Devil in the White City” to the big screen, and now it looks as if the project will be developed as a project for TV instead of the big screen. Hulu announced yesterday that they’ve teamed up with Scorsese and DiCaprio (who will now executive produce) to make it finally happen.

The Devil in the White City tells two stories, one being the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, and the other of serial killer H.H. Holmes and his “Murder Castle” where he seduced, tortured and mutilated young women. The two stories are interlinked by their location and time lines, and present a chilling side of American history. DiCaprio originally bought the rights to the 2003 book back in 2010, and in 2015 he signed on to play Holmes, while bringing on Scorsese to direct. The film never seemed to move beyond that though, and has stayed in development hell since then. 

Hulu’s announcement didn’t say where DiCaprio would still be starring in the series, or if Scorsese was still intending to direct the project, but at least their names are still attached to the project.

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