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Your guide to the 2019 Oscars: Here’s everything you need to know before tonight’s show



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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out their annual awards during the 91st Oscars ceremony tonight and we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know before the biggest show in Hollywood, including where to watch, who is nominated, who will be presenting, who will be performing, and more.

Where can I watch the Oscars?

The 91st Oscars will take place tonight at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and will air live on the ABC Television Network starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. You can also stream the live broadcast online on and the ABC app by logging in with your TV provider account.

Who will be hosting the Oscars?

The 91st Oscars will be the first Oscars to go without a host since 1989. Kevin Hart, who was originally slated to host, stepped down from the role after his past homophobic tweets, which he initially refused to apologize for, resurfaced on social media, creating a wave of controversy and backlash.

Who is nominated for an Oscar?

Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born, and Vice are among the eight nominees for Best Picture, while Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski, Yorgos Lanthimos, Alfonso Cuarón, and Adam McKay are up for Best Director.

Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Willem Dafoe, Rami Malek, and Viggo Mortensen are nominated in the Best Actor category, and Mahershala Ali, Adam Driver, Sam Elliott, Richard E. Grant, and Sam Rockwell are all nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

For Best Actress, Glenn Close is nominated along with Lady Gaga, Yalitz Aparicio, Olivia Colman, and Melissa McCarthy, while Regina King, Amy Adams, Marina de Tavira, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz are all nominated together in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Who will be presenting the awards?

Chris Evans, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Jason Momoa, Sarah Paulson, Paul Rudd, Laura Dern, John Mulaney, Michael Keaton, Helen Mirren, KiKi Layne, Tessa Thompson, Tina Fey, Brie Larson, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Elsie Fisher, Michelle Yeoh, Brian Tyree Henry, and Charlize Theron are among those who will be presenting tonight.

Who will be performing at the Oscars?

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will perform “Shallow” from A Star Is Born; Jennifer Hudson will perform “I’ll Fight” from RBG; Bette Midler will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns; Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will perform “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; and Queen and Adam Lambert, who have not yet announced what they will be performing.


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Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt set sail on an Amazonian adventure in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ trailer



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Disney has released the first trailer for Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt‘s Jungle Cruise, which finds the beloved Disneyland ride of the same name brought to life in the vein of such films as Indiana Jones and The African Queen.

The film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, follows a charismatic riverboat captain (Johnson) and a determined explorer on a research mission (Blunt) as they set sail on an adventure-filled expedition through the Amazon-jungle in hopes of finding a tree that is believed to possess healing powers.

“We were just so moved, so honored to be in a movie like this because we both grew up just madly in love with Indiana Jones and obsessed with those kinds of movies,” Blunt said at the D23 Expo in August. “To be part of something like this, with this same spirit, makes my heart race.”

Added Johnson, “We wanted to make a movie that was big, that was epic, that had romance, big comedy, big action. But most important; it’s got me.”

In addition to Johnson and Blunt, the film’s ensemble cast also includes Jack Whitehall, Edgar Ramirez, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.

John Davis, John Fox, Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, and Beau Flynn produced the film, with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer.

Jungle Cruise will sail into theaters on July 24, 2020.

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Disney-Pixar’s ‘Onward’ trailer finds Tom Holland, Chris Pratt summoning their dead father’s legs




Disney and Pixar have released a new trailer for Onward, the upcoming animated feature starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic out there.

And by magic, we’re talking like actual, literal magic. Set in a suburban fantasy world, Onward follows Ian and Barley as they try to summon their dead father back to life. Having never encountered magic before, though, the spell doesn’t completely work and only summons half their father — the bottom half, that is.

So, with their dad’s legs in tow, the boys set out on a road trip to try to find out how to bring the rest of him back to life, encountering all sorts of creatures, magical spells, and mysterious lands along the way.

The film, which was directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, features a star-studded voice cast that also includes the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Ian and Barely’s mom, Laurel Lightfoot, and Octavia Spencer as the voice of the Manticore.

Onward will hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

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Phoenix: See Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in ‘The Current War’ early and for free



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101 Studios will release The Current War, the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world, on October 25 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in the Phoenix area can click on this link right now to claim their free passes — good for you and one guest — to an advance screening of The Current War happening at Harkins Scottsdale 101 on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Keep in mind that these free passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to claim yours as soon as possible before they run out. Below is the official trailer for The Current War as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfayden, and Nicholas Hoult

Opens: Friday, October 25

Rating: PG-13 for some disturbing/violent images, and thematic elements

Synopsis: Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules.

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