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Survey: Trump & Clinton supporters watch the Oscars very differently

ABC/Jeff Lipsky(LOS ANGELES) — During his daily press briefing Monday, President Trump’s spokesperson Sean Spicer was asked if POTUS would be watching Sunday night’s Oscars, and what we could expect from his Twitter feed if any “Meryl Streep moments” took place during the telecast.

The reference, obviously, was to the multiple Oscar winner’s screed against the president during her Golden Globes acceptance speech — one which is expected to be emulated by many stars, who have made no secret of their opposition to President Trump’s policies.

As such, it’s promising to be a very political Oscars, and in a new survey — “Trump vs. Clinton and the Politics of Oscar Viewers” — The National Research Group discovered what viewers think about that comes down to what side of the political aisle you’re standing on.

The organization polled 800 average moviegoing Americans, half whom were Hillary Clinton voters, and the other half of whom pulled the lever for Donald Trump.

Some key findings, published in The Hollywood Reporter, include:

  • 66% of Trump voters turn off awards shows when speeches get political, compared to just 16% of Hillary supporters.
  • In general, 68% of Trump voters say they “dislike” political speeches at the Oscars while only 23% of Clinton voters feel the same.
  • 44% of Trump viewers declared award show speeches to be “too political” in the current climate, while 35% in the opposite camp thought those same speeches were “touching.”
  • 43% of Hillary supporters want Trump’s demeanor to be addressed, while 61% of the self-described Trump voters don’t want any hot button topics, including education policies, gun rights, or Black Lives Matter to be addressed while stars collect their mantle bling.

The survey wasn’t totally political. It also revealed that 2/3 of Americans polled don’t know Jimmy Kimmel is hosting, and that some 60 percent of Americans can’t name one Best Picture nominee.

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Bindi Irwin posts tribute to late “Crocodile Hunter” father Steve on his birthday

FilmMagic/Gabriel Olsen(LOS ANGELES) — Steve the “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin would have been 55 today. The late TV show personality and wildlife champion died in 2006 when he was stabbed in the chest by a stingray, in a freak underwater accident while Irwin was shooting a documentary.

He was 44 at the time and his daughter Bindi was just 8.

The now 18-year-old took to Instagram to post a tribute to her beloved dad, writing, “Always in our hearts.” The caption is coupled with a photo of her smiling father spending time with a crested bird.

Bindi has followed in her father’s footsteps, working at the Australia Zoo in her home country. She also won Dancing With the Stars in season 21, paying tribute to her father on numerous times during the show.

Last year, she also posted another tribute to her dad on the 10th anniversary of his passing.

“You’ll be my hero for my entire existence. I love you more than words can describe,” she wrote.

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Tom Hiddleston reveals Loki’s reaction to Dr. Strange in “Thor: Ragnarok”

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(LOS ANGELES) — Tom Hiddleston, about to be seen next month in Kong: Skull Island, will also be in theaters later in the year as Loki, opposite Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok. Also in the cast: Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. So what does the trickster god think of the Sorcerer Supreme?

“I think he probably dismisses Strange,” Hiddleston tells IGN about Loki. “Yes, his sorcery is very impressive, but Loki has been doing that for centuries, so who cares?”

However, Hela, the powerful character played by Cate Blanchett in the movie, “is a different beast,” Hiddleston says. She’s “full of surprises, and actually might have been someone with whom at one time he could have gotten along, but the circumstances have changed.”

In fact, it’s Hela that brings Loki and his adoptive brother Thor back together, after Loki betrayed him at the close of Thor: The Dark World.

“[She] brings destruction in her wake … on a scale of terror that they haven’t ever, ever seen before,” says Hiddleston. “So they fall back on their brotherhood, fractured though it is, to see what they can do to stop her.”

In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on a faraway planet, desperate to stop Hela from wreaking havoc on his world. But The God of Thunder, stripped of his powerful hammer, must first survive a gladiatorial battle with someone close to him: The Hulk.

Thor: Ragnarok opens November 3, 2017. It’s from Marvel Studios which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Jimmy Kimmel wishes he had a time machine to ruin past Oscar shows

ABC/Jeff Lipsky(LOS ANGELES) — Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who will be hosting the 89th Academy Awards this year, shared how he is preparing for the show in an interview that aired today on Good Morning America.

Kimmel, who has hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live for 14 years, is a veteran awards show host. He has hosted the American Music Awards five times, the Emmy Awards twice, and the ESPYs once.

This is the first time, however, that he will host the Oscars. “It’s funny because you’d think it would be the same. You walk on stage. You tell some jokes. You try to stay loose and lively throughout the broadcast. You try to stay involved,” the comedian said. “But people keep reminding you that it’s the Oscars and that there are three times as many people watching, and that it’s the most important awards show.”

Kimmel admitted that he is even studying past Oscar hosts for tips. “I know it sounds like I’m being nice but I thought everyone did at least a good job, and some of them did great jobs hosting the Oscars,” Kimmel said. “And that actually makes it worse for me because what I would’ve loved is if the last 14 Oscar hosts had bombed miserably. That’s my dream, get in a time machine and go back and ruin the Oscars for all those hosts,” Kimmel joked.

Kimmel revealed that he was being paid $15,000 to host the Oscars, but added that “between, like, the tuxedo, and the dress for my daughter, and tuxedo for my son, and my parents, and the limos, and all that stuff, there’s no doubt I lose money on this deal.”

“This is a very bad investment,” Kimmel said jokingly, adding, “We don’t do this for the money. We do this for the love of giving awards to strangers,” he said. “We do this because we love to present baubles to millionaires.”

Kimmel said that his wife, Molly, will be helping him write his jokes and will also be backstage working with him throughout the night.

He added that he originally wanted to give Meryl Streep a “real pony” to celebrate her 20th nomination, but his wife ended up vetoing that idea.

“At first, she thought, ‘Oh, yeah, I could, I could probably hold a pony on a leash for three hours,'” Kimmel said. “And then I think she came to her senses and decided that was not a good idea.”

Kimmel also said that he was not looking forward to seeing his “arch enemy.”

“Unfortunately, we will see Matt Damon,” Kimmel said. “I have to look at his face in the audience. Odds are I’m gonna say something. He’s my arch enemy, really. I mean, if the Joker and the Batman were face to face, there would be some kind of a standoff and I would imagine that that will be the same for this,” Kimmel said of Damon, who has been nominated as a producer of Manchester by the Sea.

“I don’t want the film to lose,” Kimmel added. “I want him to lose.”

Kimmel and Damon have actually been good friends for years, appearing in skits together on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” where they go to couples therapy or pull pranks on each other.

Kimmel added that he hopes the audience enjoys the awards show and that he will watch the show after.

“After the Oscars, I’m going to go home and I’m going watch the broadcast,” Kimmel joked. “And I’m going see who was clapping and who was laughing. And more importantly, who was not. And I vow to destroy those people, for the rest of my days … I will not relent until they are out of show business.”

The 89th Academy Awards will air on Sunday on ABC.

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Ladies kick butt: Female film protagonists hit an all-time high in 2016

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; Lucasfilm, 2016(LOS ANGELES) — Amid complaints from actresses like Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence over pay inequality between them and their male co-stars, there’s now a bright spot for women in Hollywood — we’re seeing more women as protagonists in big-screen productions.

Recent hit films films like Arrival, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Moana, Hidden Figures, Bad Moms, and The Girl on the Train are proving that female characters can also equal big box office bucks.

Variety cites a new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University that finds women accounted for 29 percent of protagonists in the 100 highest-grossing films of 2016 — a seven-percent rise from 2015 and what Variety calls a “recent historical high.”

Females also hit historical highs in ensemble casts, making up 37 percent of major characters in the most popular films — a three-percentage point jump from the previous year, according to the study. Female protagonists were most likely to appear in comedies, dramas, horror films, animated features and science fiction films. They were least likely to show up in action films.

Even so, the percentage of female characters in speaking roles remained virtually the same, and males still dominate the big screen by a two-to-one margin. The trend also didn’t help female filmmakers, who comprised just seven percent of all directors working on the 250 highest-grossing domestic releases in 2016. That’s actually down slightly from the levels achieved in 2015 and in 1998.

Likewise, the numbers didn’t translate into more racial diversity, with roles for black and Asian female characters up just slightly, and Latina character dipping in 2016.

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‘Moonlight’s’ Naomi Harris reveals her Oscar date will be her mother

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Moonlight goes into Sunday’s Oscars tied for the second-highest number of nominations, with eight — including one for Naomie Harris. The British actress is up for best supporting actress for her portrayal of the main character Chiron’s mother, but she’ll be walking the red carpet with her own mom.

“She has always been my champion,” Harris tells ABC News. “She has always believed in me more than I’ve ever believed in myself. She’s always said that I could do, have, and be anything that I want to be. And that is an incredibly powerful message to give a child.”

Harris will have some stiff competition in her category, including Viola Davis, the favorite to win for Fences. Though it may be cliché, Harris says she feels like she’s already won.

“Just to be included, you know to be included amongst these extraordinary talented individuals, and so many of them that I’ve admired for decades and looked up and seen their work and there I am standing alongside them,” she says.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air Sunday night on ABC.

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Denzel Washington and Damien Chazelle’s Oscar journeys were paved with doubt

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Oscar Sunday is just a few days away, and a couple of favorites to walk home with statuettes are Fences director and star Denzel Washington and La La Land director Damien Chazelle. While directing any feature film is a challenge, Chazelle tells ABC News he faced a six-year battle just trying to get La La Land made, a struggle that even had him second-guessing himself.

“I had just been hearing the word ‘no.’ No, no one wants to see that, no one would ever go pay for that, why do you want to make this, this is a waste of time,'” Best Director nominee Chazelle recalls. “So I think those phrases were still circling through my mind even when the movie was done.”

However, the movie’s 14 Oscar nods proved what Chazelle had suspected all along: “Actually I think musicals are more universal than we think…But they’ve gotten on, like there’s a reputation, or preconception about musicals that I wanted to try and shoot down with this movie.”

Fences is a Best Picture contender, but Washington — a two-time Oscar-winning for acting — tells ABC that he wasn’t sure about making the movie until he did the play, explaining, “We had the most nominations, I think, in the history of the Tony Awards for a play, obviously great success, Viola [Davis] won, I won, best revival all that. So I knew OK, it works. Now, can I work as its director is the question.”

To that end, Washington says he was helped by the talented directors with whom he’s worked in the past. “I’ve learned from Jonathan Demme and Norman Jewison, Richard Attenborough, Ridley Scott,” Washington says. “I’ve learned taken and stolen from everybody. The greatest directors.”

The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air Sunday, February 26 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Jimmy Kimmel considers retiring from late-night TV: “I want to go out on my own terms”

ABC/Jeff Lipsky(LOS ANGELES) — Right now, Jimmy Kimmel is focused on hosting the Academy Awards on Sunday night, but he also has his sights on 2019, when his late-nigh TV hosting contract is up. That might spell the end of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, according to the host.

Speaking to Variety, the comedian says he’s considered retiring from his show when his contract is finished, adding, “I want to go out on my own terms. If we ever feel like we’re repeating ourselves, I think it’s a good indication that it’s time.”

Variety notes that the landscape has changed in the 14 years he’s spent on late-night TV, with growing competition from Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert making it a dog-eat-dog world during the late-night hours.

But if Kimmel does retire, what would he do with his time? “I like to draw. I like to make sculptures,” he tells Variety. “I’d like to write a book at some point. Doing the show every day doesn’t leave time for that.”

As for whether or not he’d host the Oscars again, he notes, “I’m just going to focus on the one and see how it goes. It’s funny, because part of the reason I was asked to do this is because the Emmys went well. If I do really well, I’m just going to have to do it again.”

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George Clooney says he’s “excited” and “nervous” about expecting twins

David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Netflix(PARIS) — George Clooney is opening up about becoming a first-time dad.

Speaking to the French publication Paris Match, the 55-year-old actor says expecting twins with wife Amal Clooney is both exciting and nerve-wracking.

“How could I not be anxious when facing this huge responsibility? Having a baby… And actually two!” he says. “We are very happy, very excited, but also a bit nervous. It’s normal.”

He also comments on reports about the gender of the twins, saying they’re actually keeping that a surprise.

“There are rumors that we are going to have a boy and a girl; I don’t know where this is coming from,” he says. “We don’t know yet and we don’t want to know.”

Clooney also appeared on the French TV program Recontres de Cinema, where he called impending fatherhood “an adventure” that he’s embracing “with arms wide open.”

He says after he informed his friends — who all have grown children — that Amal was expecting twins, they teased him a bit.

“[It] got really quiet, and they all just started making baby crying noises,” he says. “And the whole table just busted up laughing.”

George is receiving an honorary award at the Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, on February 24.

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Everything we know so far about the untitled Han Solo film

Courtesy Disney/LucasfilmToday, Star Wars shared the first official cast shot from as-of-yet-untitled Han Solo movie, set for release in 2018.

The picture features Alden Ehrenreich, who will play Solo; Donald Glover, set to play a young Lando Calrissian; Woody Harrelson as Garris Shrike; and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Emilia Clarke and others are also in the shot, but their roles in the film are not yet clear.

Not present is Westworld actress Thandie Newton, who has also been cast, but her role remains under wraps as well.

“The movie will explore the duo’s [Han and Chewbacca] adventures before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian,” an official release for the film states.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from The Lego Movie fame are directing the standalone film. It follows in the footsteps of the first Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One, which was released this past December.

The untitled Han Solo film is set to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.

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