Top honors went to THE SHAPE OF WATER at the 90th Annual Academy Awards. 

In addition to the comedy infused into the show by host Jimmy Kimmel, many shared their views on equality.  Frances McDormand, who won Best Actress for her role in THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is pushing Hollywood for 50% diversity in both cast and crews.

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And a winner on…and now off the court

Sports Great Kobe Bryant says scoring the win for best animated short film for DEAR BASKETBALL was better than taking the NBA championship.

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Gary Oldman took home the Best Actor trophy and the London native says winning for his role as Winston Churchill in DARKEST HOUR is an extraordinary honor.

Other big winners of the night in the Best Supporting category include Alison Janney for her role in I, TANYA and Sam Rockwell for his part in THREE BILLBOARDS.

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Actress Emma Thompson, developing a period horror thriller for HBO. 

Titled HARROW’S ALLEY, the film is set during the black plague in the 17th century and follows an English town as it deteriorates from the outbreak.  According to Deadline, the original script for the movie has been around since the 1960s, but never made it to the screen because of its dark subject matter and big-budget requirements.

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DVD Tuesday – The God of Thunder is back to stop an all-powerful sorceress named Hela after he’s imprisoned on the other side of the universe. 

Out today on BluRay and DVD, Chris Hemsworth returns in the Marvel action sequel THOR: RAGNAROK.

Also out today – and nominated for five Oscars, a high school senior tries to plan her next steps as she butts heads with her hard-working mother.  Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf costar in the film LADY BIRD.

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They’re an elderly couple, looking to escape the suffocating care of their doctors and grown children. 

So Ella and John hop in an R-V for a road trip from Boston to Key West, sharing moments of exhilaration and anguish as they recapture their passion for one another.  Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland costar in the drama THE LEISURE SEEKER. 

THE LEISURE SEEKER opened in limited release on Friday.

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The freshman series has been quite the hit for ABC and now the network has prescribed a second season for ‘The Good Doctor.’

The medical drama stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy….a young surgeon who has autism and savant syndrome. The program, HAS  consistently POSTED  strong ratings AND     is reportedly ABC’s most watched first year show in 13 years.

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He’s a decent, albeit naïve and bankrupt businessman at a pharmaceutical company.

But Harold’s life is really turned upside down when his crooked colleagues send him to Mexico to help maintain a pending merger.  David Oyelowo stars in Gringo.

Co-starring Joel Edgerton and Charlize Theron,  Gringo opened nationwide Friday.

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The show aired for 15 seasons on Fox…and dominated the ratings for much of its run.

Now American Idol is returning.   This time, on ABC and the panel of judges is brand new. They include pop superstar Katy Perry, country singer Luke Bryan and music icon Lionel Richie who says he’s been thinking quite a bit…about the contestants.

American Idol premieres Sunday on ABC,

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It’s a SciFi fantasy about a young girl played by Storm Reid who must travel the universe in search of her missing father.

Joining her in her space odyssey…three spririts portrayed by Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon.

A Wrinkle in Time opened Nationwide on Friday.

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