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Niagara Falls native Mark Bridges didn't just capture his second Academy Award for costume design at Sunday's Oscar ceremony in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. He won the Kawasaki jet ski offered by late night host Jimmy Kimmel, master of ceremonies, in game show-fashion to whoever kept their speech the shortest. The idea became a running gag throughout the night; eve…

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Let's talk numbers. Big numbers. More than $400 million to be specific. That was the prominent answer to the question "How many dollars did 'Black Panther' collect from American box offices in its first two weekends?" If it seems a staggering number, that's because it is. Nor is that all about the opening weekend of "Black Panther." It not only drew huge numbers of payi…

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So, OK, asked Chris, addressing the elephant in the room. “Is Hollywood racist?” Considering that the stench of peanuts was everywhere, what choice did he have after all? Well, he explained, not “Burning Cross Racist.” Or “Fetch Me a Lemonade” racist. As he once explained to President Obama, it’s like this in Hollywood: “They just don’t hire black people. And they’re th…

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It turns out that one of the best things that could have happened to the Oscar this year was the de facto blackout of black faces among the nominees. What resulted from all that much-decried sea of white was one of the most socially conscious Oscarthons in years. At the very least, it gave the evening its finest moment as John Legend and Common sang “Glory” from “Selma” a…

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Befitting its name, the superhero-showbiz saga “Birdman” flew high in the 87th annual Academy Awards, winning Oscars for both best picture and best director Sunday night in Hollywood. “It’s great to be here, who am I kidding? This is great fun,” said “Birdman” star Michael Keaton, standing next to director Alejandro Iñárritu, who summoned him to the microphone. It was on…

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BEST PICTURE “Birdman” Although none of its actors took home awards, the film and its director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu were the night’s big winners. Nominees • “American Sniper” • “Boyhood” • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” • “The Imitation Game” • “Selma” • “The Theory of Everything” • “Whiplash” ----------------------- BEST ACTOR Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Eve…

You might not be planning a jaunt to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, but that does not mean you can’t join in on the fun. Outside of your own abode, I mean. The Shea’s Performing Arts Center Spotlight Committee presents its 21st annual Red Carpet Movie Awards Viewing Party at the Protocol Restaurant (6766 Transit Road, Williamsville)…

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Snubs. You want snubs? We’ve got ‘em. If, as the saying goes, show business is high school with money, surely the Academy Award Oscar nominations Thursday morning gave us a good look at the adolescent joy of ostracizing others. They were even more bursting with snubs than anticipated. We’re not even talking about the major category freeze-out for the likes of “Unbroken,” …

“American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Selma,” “The Imitation Game,” “Whiplash” and “The Theory of Everything” received nods for best picture as the 87th Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning. The academy could have nominated up to 10 films in that category but chose to nominate only eight. Best actor nominations went to…

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A fledgling film distributor announced Monday that it will sneak a little indie film you’ve never heard of into theaters before the end of the year – and suddenly the show biz world was abuzz. Why? Because an under-the-wire release date is a traditional indicator that producers see a film as having awards potential. And it appears that Cinelou Releasing is be…