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The Oscar nominations have been announced! This will be the 90th Academy Awards, once again hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, and will air live on March 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Here are your first round of nominees...

Best Picture
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME - Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito
THE DARKEST HOUR - Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski
DUNKIRK - Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan
GET OUT - Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD - Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O'Neill
PHANTOM THREAD - JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi
THE POST - Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger
THE SHAPE OF WATER - Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI - Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh

Best Director
Christopher Nolan - DUNKIRK
Jordan Peele - GET OUT
Greta Gerwig - LADY BIRD
Paul Thomas Anderson - PHANTOM THREAD
Guillermo del Toro - THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Actor
Timothee Chalamet - CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Daniel Day-Lewis - PHANTOM THREAD
Daniel Kaluuya - GET OUT
Gary Oldman - THE DARKEST HOUR
Denzel Washington - ROMAN J. ISRAEL

Best Actress
Sally Hawkins - THE SHAPE OF WATER
Frances McDormand - THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Margot Robbie - I, TONYA
Saoirse Ronan - LADY BIRD
Meryl Streep - THE POST

Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe - THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Woody Harrelson - THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Richard Jenkins - THE SHAPE WATER
Christopher Plummer - ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
Sam Rockwell - THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige - MUDBOUND
Allison Janney - I, TONYA
Lesley Manville- PHANTOM THREAD
Laurie Metcalf - LADY BIRD
Octavia Spencer- THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Original Screenplay
THE BIG SICK - Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
GET OUT - Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD - Greta Gerwig
THE SHAPE OF WATER - Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI - Martin McDonagh

Best Adapted Screenplay
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME - James Ivory
THE DISASTER ARTIST - Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
LOGAN - Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold
MOLLY'S GAME - Aaron Sorkin
MUDBOUND - Dee Rees & Virgil Williams

Best Original Score
DUNKIRK - Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD - Johnny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER - Alexandre Desplat
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI - John Williams
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI - Carter Burwell

Best Original Song
Mystery of Love - CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Remember Me - COCO
Stand Up for Something - MARSHALL
Mighty River - MUDBOUND
This is Me - THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

More nominees in tomorrow's issue!

Be Well,
Steve


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Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson's, retires from touring
Neil Diamond announced on Monday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and will immediately retire from touring to get treatment.

"It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years," Diamond said in a statement."My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows."

The legendary singer-songwriter was in the midst of a 50th anniversary tour. Remaining dates in Australia and New Zealand will be canceled.

Diamond said he plans to continue "writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come."

"My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world," Diamond said. "You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been 'so good, so good, so good' thanks to you."

Diamond will turn 77 on Wednesday.

On Jan. 28, January 28th, the Recording Academy will honor Diamond with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Diamond was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

He is also one of the top-selling musicians of all time with more than 125 million records sold and 38 songs reaching Billboard's Adult Contemporary Top 10 list throughout his career.


Ryan Reynolds signs new deal with Fox, 'Clue' film in development
Ryan Reynolds has signed a three-year first-look deal with Fox and is developing a film based on board game Clue with the studio.

Fox is staying attached to Reynolds and his Maximum Effort production company after the actor starred in Deadpool which grossed $783 million worldwide, the studios second highest grossing film behind Avatar, Deadline reported.

Clue, based on the Hasbro board game of the same name that tasks players with solving a murder mystery, is the first film Reynolds is attached to produce under the new deal along with Maximum Effort and Allspark Pictures, the film division of Hasbro.

The film is being developed as a starring vehicle for Reynolds who will be reuniting with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on the project, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

Clue was previously adapted into a film in 1985 that starred Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Lloyd.

Reynolds will next be seen in Deadpool 2 which hits theaters on May 18.


LOOSE LIPS:
"I understand it was never my shame and it was the perpetrator's shamelessness which he put on me - and I've given that shame back to the perpetrator where it belongs."
--Ashley Judd, on the reason behind her decision to speak up about her sexual assault, at an emotional panel at the Sundance Film Festival



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Which member of the cast said that 'It's the perfect time' to end 'Game of Thrones'?


John Cena in talks to star in 'Duke Nukem' film
John Cena is being eyed to star in a film adaptation of the Duke Nukem video series at Paramount.

The WWE Superstar is in negotiations to appear in the project from Platinum Dunes, the production company run by Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, Variety reported.

No director is attached and the studio is searching for a writer to develop the script for what will be a starring vehicle for Cena, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

Duke Nukem, first released in 1991, was a primarily first-person shooter series that followed a cigar smoking, politically incorrect, macho action hero of the same name as he protected Earth from aliens.

Cena has already appeared in Daddy's Home 2 for Paramount and will be seen in the studio's upcoming Transformers spinoff Bumblebee which Bay is producing.


Minnie Mouse honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Minnie Mouse was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, four decades after her male counterpart Mickey Mouse.

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger and recording artist Katy Perry delivered brief remarks about Minnie as her star was unveiled and Leron Gubler, the president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce named Jan. 22 Minnie Mouse Day in Hollywood.

"I'm so grateful and I want to thank all my friends from around the world. And Mickey, I'm so happy you're here to share this wonderful day with me," Minnie said. "This really is the best day ever!"

Minnie debuted alongside Mickey in the 1928 film Steamboat Willie and has since appeared in more than 70 films, according to Iger.

Mickey became the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Steamboat Willie in 1978. He was followed by other Disney characters such as Donald Duck, Tinkerbelle, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White and Kermit the Frog.

Known for her trademark polkadot dress, Minnie's ceremony was held on National Polkadot Day.

Perry, dressed in her own polkadot dress, said Minnie has always served as the highlight of her visits to Disney parks.

"It's always so comforting to see her face," she said. "Seeing Minnie is like returning home. It is a special skill to bring joy to so many and she does it with an effortless bat of a lash."

Animator Rob LaDuca described working on Minnie Mouse cartoons as "love at first drawing."

"Her personality almost draws itself," he said. "Her graceful and feminine nature helps guide her animation. It lends itself to dancer-like posing and acting, and her simplicity allows an ease of connection with the audience in any part she's given."

Iger also commended Minnie for her coupling a strong and fearless personality with her caring nature.

"Minnie can hold her own in any situation," he said. "She's bopped more than one bully on the head and come to Mickey's rescue quite a few times!"


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Which member of the cast said that 'It's the perfect time' to end 'Game of Thrones'?

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage says it's "the perfect time" to end the show.

The 48-year-old actor, who plays Tyrion Lannister on the HBO series, explained in an interview with Variety why it makes sense for the popular drama to end with Season 8.

"It's time," he said. "Storywise, not just for all our lives. It's the perfect time to end it. Sometimes shows stay on a little too long, the jumping-the-shark thing."

Dinklage said it will be "bittersweet" to say goodbye to Tyrion and "move on" from Game of Thrones.

"It's always the sad part of our business, we get pockets of great people for a short amount of time and then you have to move on," he shared. "It's always heartbreaking, especially when you've spent more than a couple months with people."

Game of Thrones, which co-stars Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey, will return for an eighth and final season in 2019. Dinklage will next star in the Reed Morano film I Think We're Alone Now, and recently expressed interest in the Star Wars franchise.

"I just want a part!" he said during an interview with Morano with IMDb.

Game of Thrones started production on Season 8 in October. Dinklage told Variety the cast and crew are "really taking [their] time" with the final season.

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