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Gurus of Gold the latest Best Picture chart along with Globe predictions. I went out on a limb or two for fun because the Globes usually do at least one weird thing with winners.
Variety Guy Lodge on the foreign film finalist list 
Variety on the Peter Cushing visual fx in Rogue One and performers rights to their image after death (I suppose we should talk about this eventually but I am still really weirded out and uncomfortable about it)
Jezebel in case you missed the brouhaha about Tilda Swinton's conversation with Margaret Cho about whitewash casting in Doctor Strange 

Tracking Board Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig to headline a new musical comedy Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals
The Gothamist loves Netflix's mystery series The OA [SPOILERS] from the pair that brought us that eco-terrorist thriller The East (Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij), remember that one? I have only watched two episodes. Not sure that I get it. Feels padded and expository to me. I'll give it one more episode
Guardian talks to Sigourney Weaver, still going strong 37+ years into her big screen stardom
Coming Soon Ewan McGregor behind the scenes on T2 Trainspotting
Variety profiles great new director Garth Davis (Lion, Top of the Lake)
In Contention tries to figure out what the Makeup Oscar people might like in next week's bakeoff
Playbill First look at Philippa Soo in Broadway's adaptation of Amélie
Awards Daily Hidden Figures plays the White House. Headed for a Best Picture nod? 
/Film Josh Boone's initial plans for the movie franchise version of The New Mutants 

THR 25 best performances of the year - usual Oscar buzzing people plus a few interesting off-consensus choices like Kathryn Hahn in Bad Moms
Guardian 50 best comedies of all time - as chosen by comedians. 
Pajiba best lines of the year on TV 
Film School Rejects 50 most beautiful shots in Star Wars universe 

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It's ironic how the Rogue One visual effects team got long-dead Peter Cushing so right but still-living Carrie Fisher so wrong. That CG rendering of her younger self looks like a wax figure come to life.

In a perfect world in which people don't look only to prestige fare for great performances, Kathryn Hahn's name would be all over this year's supporting actress Oscar race. What she does in Bad Moms is nothing short of amazing.

December 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Octavia Spencer is all of us meeting President Obama.

December 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Troy H:

Even funnier, Princess Leia is supposed to be an actual look-alike actress, not CG.

December 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I thought CGI Peter Cushing looked a lot worse, in part because he had more than ten seconds of screentime. They probably could have side stepped the whole problems by having the character's scenes over the phone using those blue hologram things instead of in person. Ethically I don't really mind the whole CGI resurrection thing as long as it actually looks good, which this didn't.

December 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMJS

Tilda brought the receipts.

December 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEz

Nat: I know it's a film site, but if you're going to cast your net as wide as 50 as far as Star Wars shots go? The cartoons should ALSO be eligible. If the cartoons aren't going to be eligible, stop at 20.

December 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

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