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‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identities of the Leopard, the Thingamajig

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‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identities of the Leopard, the Thingamajig
Spoiler Warning: Do not continue reading unless you’ve watched Wednesday, Dec. 11’s episode of “The Masked Singer.”

With the final round allowing just three contestants to participate, two singers were kicked off “The Masked Singer” in Wednesday night’s semi-finals.

The Thingamajig and the Leopard were both sent home, revealed to be NBA player Victor Oladipo and Grammy award-winning musician Seal.

To the shock of all present, Ken Jeong was the only one to correctly guess Oladipo. Nicole Scherzinger went with Markelle Fultz, while Jenny McCarthy selected Paul George for final guesses. Robin Thicke stuck with his original guess of Montell Jordan.

After speaking about having a tough year and alluding to having a knee brace and a kinesiology degree, the Thingamajig sang “Winter Wonderland” by Bing Crosby. Following the Thingamajig’s clue gift of an Indiana Jones-style hat and whip, Jeong went on one of his trademark
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Ace Editing Awards Nominees Heading for the Oscars Include ‘The Irishman,’ Joker,’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

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Ace Editing Awards Nominees Heading for the Oscars Include ‘The Irishman,’ Joker,’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
The influential Ace Eddie Awards nominees for editing include the prestige dramas “Ford v Ferrari, ” “The Irishman,” “Joker,” “Marriage Story,” and “Parasite,” Left out was Sam Mendes’ late-breaking bold, single-cut “1917” from Oscar-winner Lee Smith (“Dunkirk”), which does not bode well for an Academy Award nomination. Best Picture contender “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” made the cut as a comedy nominee along with “Dolemite Is My Name,” “The Farewell,” “Jojo Rabbit,” and “Knives Out.”

This makes for a competitive Oscar race, with three-time Academy Award-winner Thelma Schoonmaker as the frontrunner for “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s deeply personal, character-driven, non-linear ode to mob life, complicated by Ilm’s experimental VFX de-aging of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino’s complex love letter to Tinseltown, should earn a nomination for Fred Raskin; Todd Phillips’ bending of reality and fantasy around
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2020 Ace Eddie Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘The Irishman’ among 10 contenders

The American Cinema Editors nominations for the Eddie Awards announced on Wednesday (December 11) include our Oscar frontrunner for Best Film Editing, “The Irishman,” along with three of the other four films we’re predicting to reap bids in that race: “Ford v Ferrari,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite.” While the WWI epic “1917,” which is made to look like one continuous shot, was snubbed by the guild we expect it to be the fifth Academy Awards contender.

The Ace Eddie Awards divide their prizes for editing between dramas and comedies/musicals. “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman” and “Parasite” contend here in the drama race, which is rounded out by “Joker” and “Marriage Story.” Facing off against “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” on the comedy side are “Dolemite is My Name,” “The Farewell,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “Knives Out.”

In 1992, the Eddies went from three to five nominees
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‘Joker,’ ‘Irishman,’ ‘Parasite’ Receive Ace Eddie Awards Nominations

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‘Joker,’ ‘Irishman,’ ‘Parasite’ Receive Ace Eddie Awards Nominations
The American Cinema Editors has nominated “Ford v Ferrari,” “Joker,” “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story” and “Parasite” for its Ace Eddie top feature film drama award.

Dolemite Is My Name,” “The Farewell,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Knives Out” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” received nominations in the feature comedy category. Nominated animated films include “Frozen 2,” “I Lost My Body” and “Toy Story 4.”

For the first time in Ace’s 70-year history, three foreign language films are among the nominees — “The Farewell,” which is partly in Mandarin, French animated film “I Lost My Body” and Korean-language “Parasite.”

On the television side, the spy thriller “Killing Eve” scored Ace nominations for Dan Crinnion for the “Desperate Times” episode and the “Smell Ya Later” episode for Al Morrow.

Winners will be revealed during Ace’s annual black-tie awards ceremony on Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be presided over by Ace president Stephen Rivkin.
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Eddie Awards Nominations: ‘Parasite’ & ‘The Farewell’ Among Three Foreign-Language Pics Vying For Editors’ 70th Awards

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Eddie Awards Nominations: ‘Parasite’ & ‘The Farewell’ Among Three Foreign-Language Pics Vying For Editors’ 70th Awards
American Cinema Editors has spliced together its nominations for the 70th annual Ace Eddie Awards, which recognize outstanding editing in 11 categories of film, television and documentaries. The honorary society will dole out its hardware during the January 17 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.

Final balloting opens December 16 and closes January 6. Check out the list below.

For the first time, three foreign-language films are among the Eddie Awards nominees — The Farewell, I Lost My Body and Parasite — despite there not being a specific category for films predominantly in a foreign language.

Last year’s big winner on the feature side was Bohemian Rhapsody, which went on to score the Oscar for John Ottman.

Here are the nominees for the 70th annual Ace Eddie Awards:

Best Edited Feature Film (Drama)

Ford v Ferrari

Michael McCusker, Ace & Andrew Buckland

The Irishman

Thelma Schoonmaker, Ace

Joker

Jeff Groth

Marriage Story

Jennifer Lame, Ace

Parasite

Jinmo Yang
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American Cinema Editors Nominate ‘Parasite,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Knives Out’ for Top Awards

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Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Joker,” “Marriage Story” and “Parasite” have been nominated in the dramatic-film category at the American Cinema Editors’ Ace Eddie Awards, which honor the best in film editing.

In the comedy category, the nominees were “Dolemite Is My Name,” “The Farewell,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Knives Out” and “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.”

The most notable omission was “1917,” which contains dozens of cuts but was designed to look as if it was filmed in one continuous, unbroken shot.

Also Read: Golden Globes 2020: The Complete List of Nominees

In recent years, more than 90 percent of the Oscar nominees in the Best Film Editing category have first been recognized by the American Cinema Editors. The majority of Oscar nominees have come from the Ace Eddie dramatic category – though for the last two years, the Academy has taken three nominees from the Ace Eddies’ comedy category and only two from the drama category.
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Three foreign-language films among Ace Us editing nominees for first time

Three foreign-language films among Ace Us editing nominees for first time
Awards ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on January 17, 2020.

Parasite, The Farewell and I Lost My Body have earned nominations from the America Cinema Editors (Ace), marking the first time three foreign-language films have garnered nods in the group’s 70-year history.

Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean dark comedy Parasite is nominated in the best edited feature film (drama) category, while Us-Chinese The Farewell is in best edited feature film (comedy), and France’s I Lost My Body is in best edited animated feature film.

The Ace awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on January 17, 2020. Final ballots
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With a New Self-Titled Album, the Who Have Made Classic Rock Comfort Food

The first Who album in 13 years opens with a perfectly cynical Pete Townshend lyric: “I don’t care/I know you’re gonna hate this song.” But it’s kind of hard to hate something that feels so familiar. Roger Daltrey sings the lyric and the ones that follow, claiming the song isn’t “new” or “diverse,” with the same anger and conviction as the Who’s earliest music, recorded more than half a century ago, and the melody is almost identical to the opening “I don’t mind” of
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‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identity of the Butterfly

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‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identity of the Butterfly
Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve watched Dec. 4’s episode of “The Masked Singer,” “Clash of the Masks.”

With seven masked singers left, Wednesday night’s episode of “The Masked Singer,” titled “Clash of the Masks,” revealed that the celebrity behind the Butterfly was Michelle Williams.

After four contestants split into duos, the Fox with the Butterfly and the Thingamajig with the Tree, the audience voted for who would remain safe in each pair. The remaining two contestants participated in a face-off challenge. The Butterfly and the Thingamajig sang “Believer” by Imagine Dragons and “Caught Up” by Usher, respectively. But the audience ultimately voted the Butterfly off.

Joel McHale returned to join panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thick and Nicole Scherzinger.

McCarthy, Scherzinger, and Thick correctly thought the Butterfly was Williams, while Jeong thought she was the Spice Girls’ Mel B. McHale guessed Victoria Beckham.

Williams
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Pharrell Williams Wrote a Song About a Music Legend He’d Never Even Met for ‘The Black Godfather’

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Pharrell Williams Wrote a Song About a Music Legend He’d Never Even Met for ‘The Black Godfather’
A version of this story about Pharrell Williams and “The Black Godfather” first appeared in The Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Music-business executive Clarence Avant may have helped launch or sustain the careers of a long list of luminaries, including Quincy Jones, Bill Withers and athletes like Muhammad Ali and Hank Aaron, but his reach only extended to Pharrell Williams secondhand.

“I know a lot of people that he was responsible for bringing into the industry, people who have directly affected my life and given me entrée into the industry,” said Williams, who co-wrote and performed the song “Letter to My Godfather” for the documentary about Avant, “The Black Godfather.”

“But I didn’t meet him until later. I had always just heard his name — all these people that he opened doors for talked about his immense power, his business acumen and the energy he brought to a room.
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Martin Scorsese VFX Vs. Ang Lee VFX: Here’s Why ‘The Irishman’ Wins

Martin Scorsese VFX Vs. Ang Lee VFX: Here’s Why ‘The Irishman’ Wins
Filmmakers have chased eye-popping visuals since George Melies’ 1902 “A Trip to the Moon.” Of course, all the visual stylings that helped propel the first sci-fi film to worldwide success now look antique; without the film’s groundbreaking approaches to storytelling, it would be a minor footnote rather than the cultural touchstone that also served as a key plot point in Martin Scorsese’s 2011 “Hugo.”

Scorsese took Melies’ lesson to heart with “The Irishman,” but it’s one that still eluded Ang Lee with “Gemini Man.” The innovative filmmaker, like others before him, was so hellbent on dragging moviegoers into seeing cinema the way he does, that he forgot to give them a compelling story.

When Scorsese agreed to make “The Irishman,” he did so only after a 2015 VFX test comparing Robert De Niro in “Goodfellas” to the then-72-year-old actor’s recreation of some scenes, with Pablo Helman’s Ilm de-aging effects added.
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Zev Braun, Producer of Vietnam CBS Drama 'Tour of Duty,' Dies at 90

Zev Braun, who produced the Vietnam-set CBS drama Tour of Duty and an Oscar-nominated documentary about German screen legend Marlene Dietrich, died Oct. 17 in Los Angeles, his family announced. He was 90.

Braun also produced such features as The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976), starring Jodie Foster, and The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980), starring Peter Sellers; telefilms including 1979's Freedom Road, starring Muhammad Ali and Kris Kristofferson, 1994's Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills and 2014's The Gabby Douglas Story; and such series as Murphy's Law and Bagdad Cafe.

Tour of Duty, which ...
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Zev Braun Dies: ‘Tour Of Duty’ Vietnam Drama Producer Was 90

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Zev Braun, a TV and film producer whose credits include the acclaimed CBS Vietnam War series Tour of Duty (1987-1990), died peacefully in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, just two days shy of his 91st birthday.

Braun got his start in show business with his debut of the film Goldstein, which he produced with his cousin Philip Kaufman; the film screened at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival, and shared the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique with Bertolucci’s Before the Revolution.

Productions or co-productions in the 1970s included The Pedestrian; the horror film The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, starring Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen; Angela, starring Sophia Loren and John Huston; Freedom Road, starring Muhammad Ali and Kris Kristofferson; and The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, starring Peter Sellers and Helen Mirren.

In the ’80s, Braun’s credits include TV and features such as Stillwatch, starring Lynda Carter
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China Cancels Theatrical Release of Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

China Cancels Theatrical Release of Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
A week before its planned arrival, China has decided not to release Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in theaters.

The director’s ode to late-Sixties Hollywood would have marked the first time a non-edited Tarantino film received a widespread release in China, where Tarantino’s violent films don’t make it past the country’s strict censors. Additionally, Variety reports that Tarantino was steadfast in his refusal to edit the film in an effort to placate Chinese censors.

While no explanation has been given for halting
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Quentin Tarantino Refuses to Recut ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ for China Release

Quentin Tarantino Refuses to Recut ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ for China Release
Quentin Tarantino’s theatrical cut of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is the only cut he wants in theaters around the world. Variety has confirmed the director will not be recutting his ninth feature film in order to allow it to have a release in Chinese theaters. News broke earlier today China was blocking the October 25 theatrical release of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” for unspecified reasons. China was set to be the last international market in which “Hollywood” would debut, and it could have pushed the movie’s worldwide box office haul close to or above the $400 million mark.

While China has not given a specific reason for pulling the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” release, it has been widely speculated the movie was pulled either because of its graphic violence or because of a reported complaint filed by Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon to China’s National Film Administration.
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Quentin Tarantino reportedly refuses to recut 'Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood' after China halts release

Quentin Tarantino reportedly refuses to recut 'Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood' after China halts release
Film had been scheduled for release on October 25.

Quentin Tarantino has reportedly refused to recut Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood after Chinese authorities postponed the release of what would have been his first film to screen in the territory.

The filmmaker’s ninth solo feature had been scheduled for release on October 25. Sources in Hollywood suggested violent content may have been a factor, however trade reports also touted the idea that Shannon Lee, daughter to the late Bruce Lee, may have intervened.

The reports say Lee and her family were unhappy with the depiction of the martial arts legend in Once Upon A Time
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China postpones release of 'Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood'

China postpones release of 'Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood'
Film had been scheduled for release on October 25.

Quentin Tarantino’s first release in China has been put on hold as it emerged Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood has been postponed indefinitely for reasons that were unclear at time of writing.

The film had been scheduled for release on October 25. Sources in Hollywood suggested violent content may have been a factor, however trade reports also touted the idea that Shannon Lee, daughter to the late Bruce Lee, may have intervened.

The reports say Lee and her family were unhappy with the depiction of the martial arts legend in Once Upon A Time
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‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’ Blocked in China Due to Complaint Over Bruce Lee Scene

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China has blocked the release of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” after a complaint was made by Bruce Lee’s daughter to China’s National Film Administration, asking that changes be made to how the martial arts star is depicted in the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

THR is additionally reporting that Tarantino has no intention of recutting scenes from the film to appease Chinese regulators. A representative for Tarantino had no comment.

Though no official announcement has been made about the film’s release, multiple sources told THR that the film was put on hold indefinitely. THR added that Bona Film Group, the Chinese financier on the movie, is working closely with Tarantino to make cuts to the film in an attempt to salvage the release.

Sony had no comment. Bona Film Group did not immediately respond to TheWrap for comment. Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter,
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China Blocks ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Release One Week Before Debut

China has put the upcoming theatrical release of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” on hold indefinitely. The movie was set to open in China on October 25 and the release was being eyed to bring the box office for Tarantino’s latest directorial effort close to or above the $400 million mark worldwide (the current total stands at $366 million). Bona Film Group, which was an equity investor on the film, was set to distribute the film in China.

While no official reason for the movie’s theatrical release hold has been given, an exhibitor source tells Variety the movie’s debut has been “temporarily put on hold” after Shannon Lee filed a complaint to China’s National Film Administration over the movie’s depiction of her father, acting and martial arts legend Bruce Lee. The source told Variety, “As long as Quentin can make some cuts, it will be released as planned.
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Ken Burns, Library of Congress to Present Documentary Award to ‘Flannery’

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Ken Burns, Library of Congress to Present Documentary Award to ‘Flannery’
Documentarian Ken Burns is partnering with the Library of Congress and two philanthropic organizations to present a new award to “Flannery,” a documentary about Flannery O’Connor.

Filmmaker Elizabeth Coffman and Jesuit priest Mark Bosco will be presented the first Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film on Oct. 17 at the library. The award includes a $200,000 grant to finish the film.

“‘Flannery’ is an extraordinary documentary that allows us to follow the creative process of one of our country’s greatest writers,” Burns said. “It also provides us a glimpse into her life, including her Catholic faith, her unusual sensitivity to race as a Southern white woman, and her daily struggles with illness and the prospect and reality of an early mortality. The story is

beautifully told and captures the power of her southern birth and life. We’re hopeful that a new generation of readers will re-discover
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