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How the Oscars affected the weekend box office numbers

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Moviegoers want sure bets. Tickets are expensive, theaters can be a hassle, and time is precious. So while some eager types may turn out in droves after a film is nominated for an Academy Award, nine Best Picture nominees can prove a daunting to-do list, and some might want to wait for the slate to be whittled down. That seemed to be the case this weekend, at least, when Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave more than doubled its theater count and boasted a 116 percent increase in earnings.

There are a lot of factors that make analysis tricky in this case. Still, the numbers paint an interesting picture on their own. A certain amount of increased awareness post-Oscars can be assumed, after all. Also, many of the winners have been available on DVD and VOD for some time, implying that there is a solid theatrical draw for prestige award-winners. Let’s take a look at the weekend’s results. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Academy explains cutting Batkid segment

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Miles Scott, a 5-year-old with Leukemia, made headlines last November after “saving” San Francisco-turned-Gotham City as Batman’s sidekick Batkid. It was all part of one of the most elaborate Make-A-Wish events ever.

Batkid has once again made headlines after it was revealed that a “superhero” segment featuring the young boy and Spider-Man‘s Andrew Garfield was cut during last Sunday’s Oscar telecast.

There was much speculation as to why the portion didn’t make the air. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued the following statement on Thursday:

“Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production. Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted, and he drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles Scott (Batkid) and his family.”

Oscars 2014: '12 Years a Slave' plans theatrical expansion following Best Picture win

Haven’t caught Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave in theaters yet? You may be in luck.

Steve McQueen’s riveting drama has been in theaters for 20 weeks, but after Sunday’s big win, Fox Searchlight is planning to push it out to over 1,000 theaters this weekend.

It’s an unconventional move — especially considering the fact that the film will be available on DVD starting Tuesday — but there could be a market still hoping for the theatrical experience now that the Academy has anointed the film the best of the year (in addition to its wins for Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay). READ FULL STORY

Oscar analysis: '12 Years a Slave' breaks Academy's trend of playing it safe

Shoulda trusted the coin.

About two weeks ago, sitting in the office of EW assistant managing editor Sean Smith, we were discussing EW’s official Oscar predictions and mulling the reaction I was getting from many voters: Gravity was taking the lead in the tightest Best Picture race in years, and those who favored 12 Years a Slave seemed soft in their support.

For months, ever since the historical drama premiered at the Toronto film festival, it was at the top of my predictions list — a crushing, emotionally resonant film that addressed how we perceive and treat those who appear to be different from ourselves. But it was also an uncompromising film, full of brutality that was often difficult to watch, and we all know the Academy Awards have compromised a lot in the past.

So I switched our pick toward Gravity, which was garnering a groundswell of support in other categories, and seemed to be the popular, more accessible favorite. The graphics people were alerted to make a last-minute adjustment, and I stayed with that through the final round of guessing. It was close enough to give me a stomachache. (Believe it or not, the predictions truly are made based on our best assessment of voters. There’s no advocacy or favoritism. The cold, hard pragmatism of wanting to be right guides those choices.)

The call was made: Gravity it would be, by a hair. But then I flipped a quarter, and Sean called it: Tails, it would be 12 Years a Slave.

Again — shoulda trusted the coin. READ FULL STORY

'Frozen': Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana perform 'Love is an Open Door' -- VIDEO

Frozen won two Oscars on Sunday night, including the big one for Best Animated Film. The hit song “Let It Go” also picked up the statue for Best Original Song after Idina Menzel sang it beautifully for the Dolby Theatre’s audience. Her vocal co-star Kristen Bell co-presented the Academy’s sci-tech awards with Michael B. Jordan — but if you wanted to hear and see her sing, there’s still an opportunity.

On Feb. 9, most of the film’s cast gathered for a “live cabaret” through Frozen‘s hit soundtrack. Some of the event’s best bits still haven’t been seen publicly — but thanks to Disney Movies Anywhere, the Mouse’s new cloud-based digital movie service, there’s now video of Bell and Santino Fontana, who played the devious Hans, bantering back and forth as they perform “Love is an Open Door.”

Click below for a clip: READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014 backstage: What the winners didn't say on TV

Sunday night’s Oscar winners had plenty to say onstage (Best Actor champ Matthew McConaughey even snuck in an “Alright, alright, alright”), but there’s always more to express after winning the biggest award in film. That’s where the backstage press room comes in, and EW was there to collect all the best moments and bons mots you didn’t see on TV.

For some, holding a golden statuette put them in a playful mood, including Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club), who passed his new hardware around the press room so everyone could share in his victory, and Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), who joked that she was being auctioned off to the highest bidder in the room (“Only 86? I’m worth a little bit more than that!”). Others were reflective, including Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave): “What I’ve learned from myself is I don’t have to be anybody else. Myself is good enough.”

Read on for more from behind the scenes: READ FULL STORY

Independent Spirit Awards 2014: The winners list

The Independent Spirit Awards were handed out on the beach in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday, and 12 Years a Slave emerged the big winner, taking home five awards, including the top prize of Best Feature.

Dallas Buyers Club dominated the acting categories, with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both winning, while Cate Blanchett continued her apparent path to the Best Actress Oscar, collecting yet another prize for Blue Jasmine.

Read below for all the winners, and watch the show at 10 p.m ET on IFC: READ FULL STORY

Oscars to stream online for the first time

TV isn’t the only place you’ll be able to watch the Oscars come Sunday: In a first-time move, ABC will stream the entire Oscars pre-show and awards show on their app, Watch ABC. Those with compatible TV subscriptions, like Comcast and AT&T U-Verse, will have access to the streaming services both online and on their phones or tablets. In addition to being able to watch the event live the whole night — from the pre-show to Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscars live show — viewers will also be able to re-watch everything Oscars on the Watch ABC app until March 5.

EXPLAINER: How the Oscar 'in memoriam' segment is decided

The film industry was devastated by two recent deaths that have led to a movement to alter this Sunday’s “in memoriam” segment of the Oscar telecast: One was the natural causes passing of comedy filmmaker Harold Ramis, 69, and the other was the accidental death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, who was struck by a train in Georgia while working on a biopic of rock musician Gregg Allman.

Ramis, the star of Ghostbusters and Stripes, and director of Vacation, Caddyshack, and Groundhog Day, died on Monday at his home in Chicago, while Jones, whose credits include Midnight Rambler (the film that led to her death) and the TV series The Vampire Diaries, was killed last Thursday while filming on a bridge that authorities said was supposed to be off-limits to the production. Due to the questions surrounding her death, her name has become a rallying cry for behind-the-scenes workers calling for more scrutiny of on-set safety.

It has also led to a movement. Many are signing petitions and making telephone calls asking the producers of the Oscars to include her in the telecast’s tribute. But … that effort misunderstands how that part of the show is created. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Going the extra mile with the makeup of 'The Lone Ranger'

The Lone Ranger is a film of epic scope. Everything is larger than life. The characters, the set pieces, the costumes, and the makeup are all created to amaze. Spectacle is the point of a summer blockbuster, after all, but it can also be a film’s worst enemy. After its poor showing at the box office, the $215 million film is now best known as one of 2013’s biggest disasters. That stigma is a hard one to shake, and can often poison the perception of both the film as a whole and the individual accomplishments of the production.

Nobody knows this better than makeup head Joel Harlow, who is up for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar, competing against the seemingly more DIY teams of Dallas Buyers Club and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. To look at the budget and then see how the film looks, it’s easy to assume that Harlow had it easy. “I hear people talking about how they were strapped for money and manpower and I get that, and to look at a movie like this you’d think, ‘Oh, they had every resource in the world,'” Harlow told EW. “We didn’t. For this movie, as big as it is, our core group was five people. We built all the prosthetics ourselves. We were sculpting when we weren’t filming. On the weekends, between shots, between setups, we’d go back to the trailers and sculpt.” READ FULL STORY

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