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Film Ink Lady Bird was forced to make cuts and dub dialogue to get an M rating in Australia (essentially our PG13). That Playgirl magazine scene really upset the board that much? Ugh. I guess puritanism isn't only for Americans.
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• Playbill watch highlights from a reunion concert of Thoroughly Modern Millie starring Sutton Foster and Gavin Creel -when is someone going to give Sutton a movie musical. She's great on camera (see Bunheads and Younger) and a bonafide Broadway star.
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W Mag Jordan Peele directs Janelle Monae in a Hitchcock inspired photoshoot
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Playbill Santino Fontana (Crazy Ex Girlfriend!) taking over for Gavin Creel in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway. Apparently Gavin Creel is having back surgery? Ouch.

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Keala Settle and Pasek & Paul are all still out there campaigning for The Greatest Showman's Original Song. Pasek & Paul were just interviewed by Variety and Settle just performed "This Is Me" this time on Ellen. I love this song even though you hate it. Sorry not sorry.

That said, I still haven't decided if it's going to win Pasek & Paul a consecutive Oscar (they won last year for "City of Stars") or if Oscar voters will be more partial to honoring Mary J Blige (given the Mudbound fanbase and her double nomination) or if Coco will mean more to voters than just the mandatory check mark for Best Animated Feature.

Thoughts? Sing your Original Song prediction in the comments.

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I always thing Sutton Foster could be Diane Lane's younger sister. Every time I see the spots for YOUNGER on TV, I swear it's Diane!

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

Umm that's a Playgirl magazine Lady Bird buys, not a Playboy. Significant difference

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterken s

The Lady Bird cuts don't really bother me. It's a really funny sight gag, but they could cut that and a couple f-bombs and it would easily have been a PG-13. I wonder if it would have caught on with teen audiences a bit more had it been PG-13. Would Juno have been as big had it been R?
Then again $46 million and counting is still incredible for Lady Bird. So proud.

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterchasm301

I have no idea what will win best song, and that's exciting. I have two tiers in the category: I like the songs from CMBYN, Mudbound, and Coco. I like the songs from The Greatest Showman and Marshall a little less.

I realize I'm the odd one out here, but I don't really like the Shonda Rhimes or Ryan Murphy TV shows I've seen. Every time I try one, I come out wishing I hadn't. Their shows are like chemotherapy: They're trying to do something good, but often it comes out worse than expected/intended.

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCash

Original song is really difficult this year. "Remember Me" is such a rich song, used so perfectly in multiple different ways in "Coco"... but man, "This is Me" was the movie sequence of the year for me. And I haven't yet heard "Stand Up For Something" or "Mighty River", which I'm sure are also fantastic. Can the 4 losers retroactively compete with "Writing's on the Wall"?

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGuestguestguest

The big news on that Ryan Coogler/Michael B. Jordan film is that it's going to be written by one of America's best writers, Ta-Nehisi Coates! His name seals my ticket opening weekend!

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Suzanne: Coates and Coogler probably met during Black Panther's production or pre-production at some point and Coates showed him this big, important, script idea he was working on. Y'know, because Coates has been writing the Black Panther comics lately. Still, awesome.

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Oh, so it's OK to show a guy reading Playboy but not OK for a girl looking at Playgirl? BOO!!!!!!

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Yessss, in Australia we have the same hypocritical conservatives like you guys do. Take a look at our deputy prime minister for more

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterC

Thanks for highlighting that Australia censorship Nathaniel. I hate the fact that I didn't see Gerwig's full vision.

Just a small clarification: whilst it was the Australian Classification board that made a rating decision (and, yes, they ARE puritanical), it was ultimately Universal Australia's decision to make the cuts (all in the name of perceived profit). So they are the ones who should shoulder the blame.

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTravis C

I love the score for " The Greatest Showman" which you can make a modern sounding period musical which clicks with a large audience- but I would love for the song from "Call Me By Your Name to Win"

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

I don't like This is Me and indifferent about showman

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCravings

I wish they would get a move on with the next Bond film. They have a release date announced, though, so hopefully that is focusing their minds.

I like "This Is Me" but would like 'Mystery of Love" to win.

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

I'd like a three-way tie for "This Is Me" "Mystery of Love" and "Remember Me". But I do think "This Is Me" has this in the bag. It's the big, inspirational number that seems to have hit the zeitgest (soundtrack topping Billboard, song charting high, song also used for the Olympics) especially with its "underdogs sticking it to the man" message which is SUPER timely.

Do we need BOND 25? Can someone work on that sequel to SPY instead? I need that film a lot more than I need a 25th Bond film.

February 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

I'm not overly fussed by the LADY BIRD thing. I hope more young audiences get the chance to see because they took out one curse word and a sight gag.

I reckon "This is Me" win the song Oscar. It'll be the one everyone knows. Unless they're really just don't like it and vote for the songs from Coco or Mudbound even though nobody could hum them to save a life (as good as they are...)

February 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

I wouldn't mind if Coco loses best original song (if it does, please let it be for Mystery of Love) if only Natalia Lafourcade performs at the oscars. I hoped she could present an oscar but at least they have Daniela Vega in their list.

February 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJorge

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