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Caitlyn Jenner plugs transgender film ‘Tangerine’ for Oscars, plus more movie news


Kitana "Kiki" Rodriguez in the transgender drama "Tangerine." Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures / Augusta Quirk

WHO Caitlyn Jenner

THE MOVIE “Tangerine”

THE DEAL The former Olympian appealed to Oscar voters to nominate the transgender drama “Tangerine” at a Jan. 4 screening, according to the Los Angeles Times. Shot on three iPhones with a $100,000 budget, the film stars Mya Taylor and Kitana “Kiki” Rodriguez as sex workers in Los Angeles and has become a launchpad for a groundbreaking Oscar campaign for the two transgender actresses. “These characters have always been on the sideline of TV shows and films and the butt of jokes and the victims,” Jenner told the audience. “But in this movie, they’re front and center.”

WHO Bryan Cranston

THE DEAL The acclaimed actor, who plays blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the biopic “Trumbo,” says he wants to change the name of the Black List, an annual compilation of Hollywood’s top unproduced screenplays, according to The current Black List — as opposed to the one that barred alleged Communists from working in the film industry during the 1940s and ’50s — was started in 2004 by development executive Franklin Leonard and has included such eventual best picture Oscar winners as “Argo” and “The King’s Speech.” Cranston told, “If people think of the blacklist as a good thing, they forget the real meaning of the word.”

THE MOVIE “Spotlight”

THE DEAL Tom McCarthy’s drama about the Boston Globe reporters who exposed sexual abuse within the Catholic Church was named AARP’s best movie of 2015. Though AARP’s annual list of Best Movies for Grownups isn’t known as an Oscar predictor, it’s the latest sign that “Spotlight” — which stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams and has won top awards from more than a dozen critics’ groups — is emerging as a major awards-season contender. Other AARP favorites included the sci-fi film “The Martian,” the age-gap comedy “The Intern” and, somewhat surprisingly, the gangsta-rap biopic “Straight Outta Compton.”

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