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The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter Award Special 1 40B December 2019

The all-new Hollywood Reporter offers unprecedented access to the people, studios, networks and agencies that create the magic in Hollywood. Published weekly, the oversized format includes exceptional photography and rich features.

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48 Issues


4 min.
wealth-gap wars dominate the road to oscar

In Hustlers, a gang of down-on-their-luck strippers, led by the luminous Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), con Wall Street fat cats out of their ill-gotten gains. In Todd Phillips’ Joker, the alienated, disturbed Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), stripped of his job, dignity and mental health support, turns violently against the callous elite, embodied by billionaire Thomas Wayne. Rian Johnson’s Knives Out uses the tools of the Agatha Christie murder mystery to explore a tale of American entitlement, contrasting the dysfunctional wealthy Thrombeys — one of whom murdered the family patriarch — with its decidedly less-well-off staff. And in Parasite, from South Korean director Bong Joon Ho, the destitute, basement-dwelling Kims strive to climb the social ladder by leeching off the fabulously monied Park clan. Welcome to this year’s Oscar season, where, as in…

2 min.
star-studded songs about music icons, lions and sporks

ORIGINAL SONG 5B, “A Human Touch” Playing over the end credits of a powerful doc about America’s first AIDS ward where doctors and nurses dared to touch the sick and dying, this tune was co-written by the legendary folk-rock singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, who has been making the rounds to support it. The Black Godfather, “Letter to My Godfather” Six years after landing an Oscar nom for “Happy,” master singer/songwriter Pharrell Williams is back, promoting and performing a musical tribute to Clarence Avant, the trailblazing music biz maven who’s the subject of this Netflix doc. Frozen 2, “Into the Unknown” Husband-wife duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won Oscars in 2014 for Frozen’s “Let It Go” (he became an EGOT and has since become a double EGOT), are back with another catchy tune, once again sung…

2 min.
a divorce tale told through two homes

Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story centers on a couple (Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson) who go through an ugly bicoastal divorce. Driver’s Charlie is a New York theater director who wants to keep the family in New York. Johansson’s Nicole is an actress who is offered a starring role on a TV series, so she moves to Los Angeles — bringing their young son, Henry (Azhy Robertson), with her. When Charlie flies out to L.A. to see his wife and child, he’s served with divorce papers. The Netflix feature, which opened theatrically Nov. 6 ahead of its Dec. 6 streaming debut, starts off centered on the couple’s once happy life in a New York apartment near Prospect Park in Brooklyn. A typical prewar New York space, their cozy home has hardwood floors…

2 min.
yes, i did say that!

“I did not want to be looking into Beyoncé’s eyes while doing this.”DONALD GLOVER The Lion King star, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, on why he and his co-star chose not to record their duets for the film together.“He was asking his son, ‘What should I name him?’ and the kid’s like, ‘Forkface!’ ”TONY HALE The voice of Forky in Toy Story 4, on The Tonight Show, on director Josh Cooley’s son’s original suggestion for his character’s name.“Kristen is basically a lullaby machine.”ROBERT LOPEZ The double EGOT-winning Frozen 2 songwriter, in the L.A. Times, about his wife and writing partner, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, with whom he wrote seven original songs, including the lullaby “All Is Found.”“I just met Sarah Paulson at the premiere, which I’m about to actually post on Instagram.”CHLOE BENNET…

22 min.
‘it’s all imagination coming to life’

Given the realm in which they operate, it stands to reason that animators would have their own unique take on reality. The real world, to the five multihyphenates on THR’s Animation Roundtable, is merely a starting point for a creative process that allows for virtually anything the imagination can conjure. It’s what allows Olaf the snowman to talk (not to mention sing) in Frozen 2, the sequel to Disney’s 2013 blockbuster directed by Jennifer Lee, 48 (with Chris Buck). It’s how a spork comes to life in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4, the latest installment of the beloved franchise, directed by Josh Cooley, 40. Netflix’s Christmas title Klaus — the streamer’s first original animated feature, produced by Jinko Gotoh, 62 — may be based in a real climate (the Arctic), but…

1 min.
animated shorts

ACID RAIN A teenage girl runs away from her eastern European village and makes a new friend under a bridge. THE CURSE OF THE MONKEY BIRD In the vein of Golden Age theatrical cartoons, this Warner Bros. short follows Porky Pig and Daffy Duck as they track down the rare Monkey Bird. FLOAT A father discovers his son can float and questions whether to run or hide when the extraordinary ability becomes public in this SparkShort. HAIR LOVE Matthew Cherry’s seven-minute short chronicles an African American father’s attempt to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. LA NORIA The Spanish short depicts a young boy who loves drawing and building Ferris wheels, but he meets odd creatures that upend his world. PURL Purl, a bubbly pink ball of yarn, faces the harsh reality of her new job as she struggles…