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Friday, February 01, 2019

Hollywood TIDBITS by: Seymour Flix

Academy Awards Get Worse By The Year

Who will be singing at the Oscars?
It's no secret that CMG is a big critic of the Oscars - prior posts abound regarding the ridiculous nature of the Awards from the political use of the podium to the very type of Awards bestowed.
That said, this year did not disappoint. Finding it impossible to even get a noted celeb to host the show this year's show is destined to be another flop.

For example, last week the studios representing three of the nominated Best Original Song were told that they had no time for them to perform their 'tunes' during the Oscarcast. Then..... this week they were told they would be included. So, as it stands now all five songs will be performed but (here's the catch) in a 'truncated 90 second form'. It this nuts!

It was not clear which, if any, of the performers associated with the nominated songs had accepted the Academy's offer to perform, be it Emily Blunt, Lady Gaga, Kindred Lamar and SZA, or Willie Watson.

Sources tell CMG that all of the nominees had united and told the Academy it was an "all perform or none perform" deal. It should be noted that the Academy tried to substitute the nominated songs with an opening of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by member of Queen. This was resoundly rejected by Queen and will not be happening.

The five Best Original Songs nominated are:
- "I'll Fight" - 'RBG' - by Kate Hudson
- "The Place Where Lost Things Go" - 'Mary Poppins Returns'  by Emily Blunt
- "Shallow" - 'A Star Is Born' by Lady Gaga
- "All The Stars" - 'Black Panther' by Kindred Lamar and SZA
- "When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings" - "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by Willie Watson 

Speaking of the Oscars, the CinemaCon gets the Cold-shoulder as well?
Losing Its Grip?

Sony Pictures will be spurning CinemaCon this year and Fox hasn't decided if it will attend the annual gathering of studios and movie exhibitors.

A representative of Sony confirmed that the studio decided against attending the fest. Sony did not elaborate on why it is opting out. Normally, all of the major studios give an hour-long presentation of their upcoming roster of films with footage and high-profile actors hyping the movies.

Fox, which is being acquired by Disney, has not yet decided whether to made a separate presentation of have it folded into Disney's presentation.

CinemaCon is operated by the National Association of Theatre Owners. Could this be the beginning of the end for the fest? With Netflix, Amazon and other non-Hollywood players now being part of the movie-scene and not being part of the cinema exhibition who knows?

Brits Are Happy, as Film and TV Production in UK passes $4 Billion Mark

Topping 3.1 billion pounds in 2018 the spending on high-end TV was up 4% and was the highest since tax breaks were introduced for big-budget productions in 2013.

England remains a production hot-spot, with multiple new studio projects in the works. Three of 2018s top five grossers at the British boxoffice were filmed in the U.K. - "Avengers: Infinity War", "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again", and "Bohemian Rhapsody".

For 2019, the now Bond film will go into production as will TV biggie "Game of Thrones", and there is talk of Netflix setting up a U.K.-based production hub in Pinewood.

So, it appears that the U.K. will remain one of the most in-demand places in the world to create movie and TV content.

Just saying,

Seymour Flix
Movie critic  & Raconteur

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