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It's been 16 months since “Westworld's” second season ended, and while Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's sophomore effort received more mixed reviews than their freshman debut, no one can deny just how highly-anticipated its upcoming third season is ahead of its March 15 debut. Especially in the wake of a “Game of Thrones” conclusion and with HBO's upcoming series like “Watchmen” and “His Dark Materials,” now is an interesting time for sci-fi/fantasy series on the cable juggernaut.
HBO recently released five images from the third season's upcoming second episode, which will air on March 22. Here's a look at the new photos and the ongoing struggles of several of the eclectic show's standout characters.Popular on IndieWire Photo : HBO Maeve Is Apparently Alive
“Westworld” fans thought Maeve was shot and killed, but the series' last plot twist revealed that she was alive and presumably well in Warworld, a Nazi-themed robot park. There was a dead soldier on the floor of Maeve's room, while another man was seen beaten and tied to a chair, with Maeve's knuckles covered in blood. What happened? The answer will hopefully be revealed in Episode 2.Photo : HBO Maeve and Hector Are Still Close
It appears that Maeve and Hector are still close, despite all the carnage including Maeve's apparent death in the Season 2 finale. How the two carry on, especially after Maeve was shown in the new Nazi-themed robot park in the season's Episode One ending, remains to be seen.Photo : HBO Bernard Is Still on the Run
Bernard is still laying low after the events of Season 2 but reluctantly murdered two co-workers after they recognized from wanted posters in the first Season 3 episode. It appears that Bernard has split personalities that he can switch between with the push of a button, and his final scenes in last week's episode saw him making plans to return to Westworld for unknown reasons.Photo : HBO Death Hasn't Stopped Hector, Either
Hector appears to be joining Maeve in the Nazi Warworld park. Like so many other robot hosts, death hasn't stopped Hector and the character, gun in hand, appears ready to continue fighting in Season 3.Photo : HBO Who Is Serac?
Serac Vincent Cassell is one of “Westworld” Season 3's biggest question marks. The mysterious trillionaire had a brief appearance in the season's official trailer, where he asked Maeve to murder Delores, but little else is known about him. If HBO teasing a new photo of him is any indication, Serac's grand plans could become a bit clearer on Sunday.Photo : HBO Where...
Like every year, Sunday’s 2020 Oscars ceremony was a night of overwhelming highs and abysmal lows. But Parasite is now a four-time Oscar winner, so things are mostly right in the world. Because of that, we’ll only be counting down the highs of this year’s host-less Oscars ceremony, which ran the gamut of emotions from confusing, to chaotic, to cathartic. Here are our highlights of the 92nd Academy Awards.Janelle Monae is Our New May Queen
In a gonzo opening number that would set the wacky tone for last night’s Oscar ceremony, Janelle Monae paid tribute to movies the Academy acknowledged, and the ones they snubbed. Donning a Mr. Rogers sweater to sing a twinkling rendition of his show’s famous theme song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Monae was soon joined by a host of background dancers dressed in costumes from snubbed films, including Us, Midsommar, Dolemite Is My Name, and more.
As she crowned herself the new May Queen while singing her hit song “Come Alive,” Monae made a searing indictment of the Oscars’ diversity problem. “It’s time to come alive because the Oscars is so white!” she shouted, before getting Cynthia Erivo, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brie Larson to awkwardly sing along. It was weird, it was tongue-in-cheek, and it was the kind of wild, chaotic energy that would set the tone for the rest of a strange Oscar ceremony.Attack of the Elsas
The Oscars showed its commitment to its global outreach with a soaring rendition of Frozen 2‘s flagship song “Into the Unknown,” led by star Idina Menzel, who was joined by nine international actresses who had also voiced Elsa. Since the film’s November release, Frozen 2 has been translated into 45 other languages, of which 10 were represented at the Oscars during a multilingual rendition of “Into the Unknown.” All dressed in icy flowing gowns and singing in different keys sorry Denmark, the Elsa’s joined forces to give us the kind of glamorous, shimmering spectacle that we crave from Hollywood’s biggest night.Every Time Bong Joon-Ho Was Onstage
Parasite director Bong Joon-ho has been a gift for us this awards season, entertaining us with his sick burns and his pure joy at celebrating cinema alongside the auteurs he admires. And he continued to delight every time he was onstage — nay, every time he was on the screen during the 2020 Oscars.
From his adorable giggle as he looked fondly at his Oscar statuette when he and co-writer Han Jin Won won Best Original Screenplay, to frequent jokes about how he was going to “drink until next morning,” Bong won the night in every aspect because of his sheer earnestness — which was best exemplified by his acceptance speech for his Best Director...
With most major releases indefinitely delayed, film festivals postponed, and studios dropping their theatrical releases on digital left and right due to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, awards season is going to look very different by the time it rolls around in the fall. And no, it won’t be Bloodshot and Sonic the Hedgehog gunning for best picture, as many online have joked.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is making significant changes to its long-standing rules for the Golden Globes awards eligibility that expands the formats where an eligible film can be first released, including subscription streaming services, subscription cable channels, and broadcast TV. With these changes to the Golden Globes eligibility rules, other awards bodies like the Academy Awards, will likely soon follow.
Deadline reports that the HFPA announced that it would be altering its rules for Golden Globe motion picture eligibility and screenings for this year, which would — for the first time in history — open up the films eligible for the top best picture prizes drama and musical/comedy to those that were first released on streaming services, cable, and broadcast TV. However, producers and studios must still prove they had a “bona fide theatrical release planned to begin in Los Angeles during the period from March 15 to April 30 2020.”
This is a change that would likely have come at some point anyway, with the rise of streaming platforms who have become awards heavy-hitters like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu, but has been expedited by the coronavirus epidemic, which has forced the shuttering of theaters across the country and delayed film releases and productions.
“The HFPA’s reminders list committee will consider application of this suspension of the rules on a case-by-case basis when compiling the annual Golden Globe reminders list in the fall,” the HFPA says. “The HFPA will continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on motion picture and television distribution and exhibition and may extend these suspensions of the Golden Globe award rules and/or may make other temporary variations to those rules as it considers appropriate in the future.”
Exhibition requirements have been temporarily suspended, except for the rule that films must be released seven days prior to midnight on December 31 of the qualifying year. The HFPA has broadened eligible feature film release platforms — previously only pay-per-view services and theaters — to the alternate formats like streaming services, subscription cable channels, and broadcast TV. But this expansion opens up a whole host of questions: what does this mean for the Golden Globe categories dedicated to TV movies that are dominated by HBO? Could a film that premiered at a film festival but picked up by a cable channel now be...