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Gaga, Leo, Sly, Brie, Rooney, Matt, others at Oscar luncheon

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The slight calm before the Oscar storm was Monday when nominees were invited to a luncheon Monday in Beverly Hills. It was a chance for odd couplings in photos and the sort of class photo common in elementary schools.

Among the guests:  Lady Gaga and The Weeknd; Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone; Brie Larson and Deniz Gamze Erguven; Rooney Mara and Jacqueline West; a slice of the group with Charlotte Rampling and Josh Singer behind Matthew Heinemann, Matt Damon, Bernhard Heinrich and Cameron Waldbauer; and the group shot where everyone is having a bit of fun by Image Group LA.

 

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Other photos by Richard Harbaugh, Phil McCarten, and Todd Wawrychuk, copyright A.M.P.A.S. 

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DGA, Annie and NAACP winners plus weekend box office

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For the second year in a row, Alejandro G. Inarritu won the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles. He picked up the honor for “The Revenant” this year and, in 2015, for “Birdman.” (Photo of Inarritu by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP.) 
 
Other winners: 
 
First-time feature:  Alex Garland, “Ex Machina.” 
Documentary:  Matthew Heineman, “Cartel Land.” 
TV and mini-series:  Dee Rees for “Bessie.” 
Dramatic series:  David Nutter, “Game of Thrones,” episode “Mother’s Mercy.” 
Comedy series:  Chris Addision, “Veep,” episode “Election Night.” 
Variety/talk/news/sports, regularly scheduled programming:  Dave Diomedi, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” episode No.  325.” 
Variety/talk/news/sports, specials:  Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special.” 
Reality programs:  Adam Vetri, “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, Gods of War.” 
Children’s programs:  Kenny Ortega, Disney Channel’s  “Descendants.” 
Commercials:  Andreas Nilsson of Biscuit Filmworks. 
Lifetime Achievement and Service Award Recipients:  Joe Pytka (who is from Braddock), Mary Rae Thewlis and Thomas McDermott
 
The Annie Awards, honoring the best in animation, also were held Saturday in Los Angeles.
 
“Inside Out” was the big winner of the night, taking 10 prizes including for best animated feature, director Pete Docter, writing (Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley) and voice acting for Phyllis Smith, who played Sadness, Variety reports. 
 
Pixar also picked up an Annie for its second film of 2015, “The Good Dinosaur.” The award for achievement in animated effects in an animated production went to “Dinosaur’s” Jon Reisch and Stephen Marshall, giving Pixar a total of 11 awards for the night. Ale Abreu’s “Boy and the World” took home the first best animated feature — international award. 
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The NAACP Image Awards were Friday night. Here are the movie winners: 
 
Entertainer of the year:  Michael B. Jordan(Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)
Outstanding motion picture:  “Straight Outta Compton.” 
Actor in a motion picture: Michael B. Jordan, “Creed.”
Actress in a motion picture:  Sanaa Lathan, “The Perfect Guy.” 
Supporting actor in a motion picture:  O’Shea Jackson Jr., “Straight Outta Compton.” 
Supporting actress in a motion picture:  Phylicia Rashad, “Creed.” 
Independent motion picture:  “Beasts of No Nation.” 
Documentary:  “The Black Panthers:  Vanguard of the Revolution.”
Writing in a motion picture:  Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, “Creed.” 
Directing in a motion picture:  Ryan Coogler, “Creed.” 
 
At the weekend box office, “Kung Fu Panda 3” held onto the No. 1 spot at the box office, bringing in another $21 million for more than $69 million to date. “Hail, Caesar!” the Coen brothers’ comedy about Old Hollywood, was second. 
 
Here are the numbers from comScore (Rentrak merged with comScore which is why the source looks different):
 
1. “Kung Fu Panda 3” — $21,000,000, for $69,050,957 to date. 
2. “Hail, Caesar!” — $11,439,000.
3. “The Revenant” — $7,100,000, bringing its North American gross to $149,703,403.
4. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — $6,890,000, for $905,961,000 to date. 
5. “The Choice” — $6,085,000.
6. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — $5,200,000.
7. “The Finest Hours” — $4,715,000, or $18,381,000 since release. 
8. “Ride Along 2” — $4,517,760, or $77,204,590.
9. “The Boy” — $4,098,000, or $26,895,684.
10. “Dirty Grandpa” — $4,050,000, or $29,389,753.
 
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” crossed the $900 million mark at the domestic box office, its 50th day of release,” comScore media analyst Paul Dergarabedian reports.
 
“It is the only film in history to reach this milestone.  In addition, this weekend on Saturday (53rd day of release), ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ became only the third film ever to reach the $2 billion mark globally, and the second to do so in its original release.” 
 
On the horizon is a big box office weekend with Fox’s much-anticipated “Deadpool,” Paramount’s “Zoolander 2” and Warner Bros.’ “How to Be Single.”
 

 

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ABC interviews Sly, Brie, Bryan, 'The Martian' duo on Feb. 21

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vert88thchrisrock tmbRobin Roberts will anchor a one-hour special, “Journey to the Oscars,” Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

She will interview Sylvester Stallone about the strength and insight Rocky Balboa gave him and now returns the 69-year-old actor to the Oscar contest thanks to “Creed”; actress Brie Larson, who drew on childhood memories of sharing a cramped studio apartment with her sister and separated mom for “Room”; actor Bryan Cranston who reveals a turning point in his career that propelled him from soap operas and commercials to “Breaking Bad” and, later, “Trumbo”; and Ridley Scott and star Matt Damon about their collaboration on ”The Martian.”

What the network is calling ”My Oscar Journey” will feature nominees talking to the camera about funny, tough or heartwarming moments on their journey to the Academy Awards during the hour-long show. Chris Rock will host the Oscars Feb. 28 on ABC.

 

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13 actresses on Vanity Fair cover

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In its 2016 Hollywood cover photo, Vanity Fair managed to photograph 13 actresses who represent a range of ages and races and even birthplaces. 
 
Interestingly enough, a handful have made movies in Pittsburgh:  Diane Keaton was here for “Love the Coopers” along with “Mrs. Soffel” in the early 1980s; Jane Fonda was the literary agent of Russell Crowe’s character in the yet-to-be-released drama “Fathers & Daughters”; Viola Davis was a second-generation teacher who lost her passion amid a stressful family life in “Won’t Back Down”; Gugu Mbatha-Raw just played the wife of Dr. Bennet Omalu in “Concussion”; and Helen Mirren starred in “The Clearing,” set in Pittsburgh and partially shot here. 
 
Rounding out the baker’s dozen:  Charlotte Rampling, Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong’o, Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence and Alicia Vikander. The story is by James Wolcott, photos by Annie Leibovitz and styling by Jessica Diehl
 

 

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