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'The Handmaid's Tale' is making SXSW 100 percent more unsettling

One way to promote a TV show at South by Southwest: opening a pop-up chicken restaurant. Another way: terrifying people to death. Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” went for option No. 2 this weekend in Austin, Texas.

As Statesman Shots co-hosts Omar Gallaga and Tolly Moseley explained in an episode of the podcast Saturday, they came across stoically marching ladies in red on their way to the Los Pollos Hermanos installation promoting AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” They were not the only people startled by the guerilla marketing for the dystopian drama.

>> For complete SXSW coverage, head to Statesman.comMyStatesman.com512tech.com and Austin360.com

All these (presumably) Handmaid's Tale folks are scaring me. #sxsw pic.twitter.com/VkXHYzhsUI— Anthony Balderrama (@anthelonious) March 10, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

A bunch of Handmaid's Tale handmaids are freaking people out at SXSW.https://t.co/6MM5hmB7jl pic.twitter.com/cHaBixOzX5— io9 (@io9) March 11, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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Holy cats - Handmaid's Tale right outside the Austin convention center! #sxsw https://t.co/wjtia7Ilmi— Christopher Lucas (@ChristophrLucas) March 12, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Happy nightmares, SXSW. 

PricewaterhouseCoopers identifies man responsible for Oscars Best Picture mix-up

Nicole Moschella contributed to this report.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm responsible for organizing results and monitoring distribution of awards at the Oscars, has identified the man responsible for a snafu Sunday night in which "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as Best Picture instead of "Moonlight."

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After releasing a statement apologizing to Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty and the casts and crews of "Moonlight” and “La La Land," the company released another apology, acknowledging that an accountant at the firm is to blame for the mistake.

"PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols during last night's Oscars," the statement says. "PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

"Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr. Cullinan or his partner. We are deeply sorry for the disappointment suffered by the cast and crew of 'La La Land' and 'Moonlight.' We sincerely apologize to Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Jimmy Kimmel, ABC and the Academy, none of whom (were) at fault for (Sunday) night's errors.

"We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to each of them for the graciousness they displayed during such a difficult moment. For the past 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC with the integrity of the awards process during the ceremony, and last night we failed the Academy."

pic.twitter.com/uNGSbhgKFt— PwC LLP (@PwC_LLP) February 28, 2017

According to People magazine, Cullinan, who was explicitly told to not use social media during the awards show, tweeted just minutes before accidentally handing Beatty and Dunaway the wrong envelope.

In a now-deleted tweet, Cullinan posted a picture of Emma Stone holding her award backstage after she had accepted the award for Best Actress for her role in "La La Land."

"Brian was asked not to tweet or use social media during the show," an unnamed source told People. "He was fine to tweet before he arrived at the red carpet but once he was under the auspices of the Oscar night job, that was to be his only focus. Tweeting right before the Best Picture category was announced was not something that should have happened."

According to the source, the blunder may have put PwC's relationship with the Academy Awards in jeopardy.

"The Academy has launched a full-scale review of its relationship with PwC, but it is very complicated," the source told the magazine. "Vote-tallying and the Oscar night job is just one part of what PwC does with the Academy. It is too early to say how this will play out, but everyone is of course taking it very very seriously."

Before the start of the Oscars on Sunday, Cullinan told The Huffington Post that a mishap announcing an incorrect winner was "unlikely," and that if there were a mistake, PwC executives "would make sure that the correct person was known very quickly."

"Whether that entails stopping the show, us walking onstage, us signaling to the stage manager -- that’s really a game-time decision, if something like that were to happen," he said.

>> Here's how the Oscars mix-up for Best Picture happened

"La La Land" producers had already begun their acceptance speeches before being notified of the mix-up.

Cullinan has not publicly commented on the incident or posted on his Twitter account since the mistake on Sunday night.

Tim Ryan, a senior partner and U.S. chairman at PwC, told Variety magazine that he has spoken with Cullinan about the incident.

"He feels very, very terrible and horrible. He is very upset about this mistake. And it is also my mistake, our mistake, and we all feel very bad," Ryan said.

According to Cullinan's Twitter bio, he is a Cornell alumnus and a managing partner for PwC's Southwest region. He is based out of Malibu, California. 

Oscars 2017: Academy issues statement on Best Picture mishap 

Donald Trump says Oscar mix-up was caused by media's focus on him

The accounting firm responsible for tallying Oscar votes and keeping up with envelopes containing the winners has apologized for the Best Picture gaffe at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards, but President Donald Trump believes the mix-up was actually about him.

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In an interview with Breitbart, the president said people involved with the awards show were so focused on “attacking him” that attention to detail suffered.

“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump said. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”

Breitbart noted that the “awful mistake came after hours of Trump-bashing by the Hollywood elites, who hammered the president in joke after joke. Now, the president has got the last laugh as he hammers Hollywood for its epic fail.”

>> Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' wins Best Picture after 'La La Land' mistakenly announced

>> Here's how the Oscars mix-up for Best Picture happened

Actor Warren Beatty and his “Bonnie and Clyde” costar Faye Dunaway introduced the final trophy of the night, but they received the wrong envelope. Beatty had a quizzical look on his face and Dunaway announced “La La Land,” apparently having read the title.

“Hello. I want to tell you what happened: I opened the envelope, and it said Emma Stone, ‘La La Land.’ I wasn’t trying to be funny,” Beatty told the audience shortly after the mix-up. “This is ‘Moonlight,’ the best picture.”

In a statement, PricewaterhouseCoopers apologized for the snafu.

“We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for best picture,” the firm said in a statement. “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.”

>> 2017 Oscars: 'Moonlight' Best Picture, complete list of winners

Here's how the Oscars mix-up for Best Picture happened

The audience at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles was visibly confused Sunday night when crew members rushed the stage during "La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz's acceptance speech for Best Picture. 

Before long, Horowitz looked to the crowd and said: "You guys, I'm sorry, no. There's a mistake. 'Moonlight,' you guys won Best Picture."

>> Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' wins Best Picture after 'La La Land' mistakenly announced

"Moonlight" did, in fact, win Best Picture. The card that presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were given was that for Best Actress, which Emma Stone won for her role in "La La Land." 

But many people were confused about what happened and how the snafu had occurred. Stone had already received her award.

"I opened the envelope and it said: Emma Stone, 'La La Land,'" Beatty told the Oscars audience. "That's why I took such a long pause and looked at Faye and at you. I wasn't trying to be funny."

"I also was holding my Best Actress in a Leading Role card that entire time, so whatever story … I don't mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had that card. So I'm not sure what happened," Stone told reporters after the incident

>> 'La La Land's' Emma Stone discusses Oscars award mix-up

#Oscars shocker: Warren Beatty reads the wrong Best Picture winner, 'La La Land' didn't win - 'Moonlight' did. pic.twitter.com/iB6TLxyTn5— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 27, 2017

According to the Los Angeles Times, the accident was a result of a process in which duplicate envelopes are produced for each category winner.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the company responsible for organizing results and monitoring distribution of awards at the Oscars for the last 83 years, creates two copies of each winning envelope "partly as another security measure and also to aid the show's flow," the Times reported.

Crew members wait at each end of the stage with signature briefcases holding the results, which they give to presenters.  

"The remaining, unstuffed envelopes and nominee cards are shipped to a second secret location, just in case some disaster prevents access to the completed sets. After the ceremony, unused cards and envelopes are destroyed by an industrial document-destruction company," according to the Times. 

The year, PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were in charge of the briefcases and handing out the envelopes for each of the 24 categories. The assigned officials hand presenters their category's envelope before the presenters go on stage. According to the Associated Press, the accountants are also supposed to memorize the winners. 

>> PricewaterhouseCoopers identifies man responsible for Oscars Best Picture mix-up

>> 2017 Oscars: 'Moonlight' Best Picture, complete list of winners

Cullinan was stationed on the right side of the stage, where most presenters entered the stage on Sunday night.

The award that was presented prior to the Best Picture award was Best Actress, which Ruiz handed to the previous presenter, Leonardo DiCaprio. Cullinan had the second copy, which he accidentally handed to Beatty and Dunaway.

A zoomed in photo showed Beatty holding the envelope for Best Actress.  

The envelope in Warren Beatty's hands read "ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE" when announcing Best Picture. #Oscars https://t.co/j1KdSvyI98 pic.twitter.com/ciXOLdqaIy— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2017

Beatty told the AP on Tuesday that he wants the Academy to "publicly clarify what happened as soon as possible." 

The Academy Awards apologized on Monday, with the following statement

"We deeply regret the mistakes that were made during the presentation of the Best Picture category during last night’s Oscar ceremony. We apologize to the entire cast and crew of of 'La La Land' and 'Moonlight' whose experience was profoundly altered by this error. We salute the tremendous grace they displayed under the circumstances. To all involved  -- including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers, and our fans watching worldwide  --  we apologize.

"For the last 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC to handle the critical tabulation process, including the accurate delivery of results. PwC has taken full responsibility for the breaches of established protocols that took place during the ceremony. We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."

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PricewaterhouseCoopers apologized early Monday morning and again on Monday night. 

"We sincerely apologize to 'Moonlight,' 'La La Land,' Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for best picture," the company said in a statement. "The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation."

pic.twitter.com/oGJkXytnQ2— PwC LLP (@PwC_LLP) February 27, 2017

The second apology read as follows: 

"PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols during last night's Oscars," the statement said. "PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

"Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting it were not followed through quickly enough by Mr. Cullinan or his partner. We are deeply sorry for the disappointment suffered by the cast and crew of 'La La Land' and 'Moonlight.' We sincerely apologize to Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Jimmy Kimmel, ABC and the Academy, none of whom (were) at fault for (Sunday) night's errors.

"We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to each of them for the graciousness they displayed during such a difficult moment. For the past 83 years, the Academy has entrusted PwC with the integrity of the awards process during the ceremony, and last night we failed the Academy."

pic.twitter.com/uNGSbhgKFt— PwC LLP (@PwC_LLP) February 28, 2017

Was there a hidden political message in Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance?

Lady Gaga’s Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show performance had everything: glitz, drones, killer choreography, star power and possibly, a hidden political message you may have missed.

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>> For complete coverage of Super Bowl 2017, click here    Prior to Sunday’s big game, Gaga said in a press conference that the only statements she planned on making during her halftime show were the ones she has been true to throughout her career.

“I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country as one of love, and compassion, and kindness,” Gaga said. “My performance will uphold those philosophies.”

When the performance rolled around, several news outlets reported the singer stayed clear of politics during the show and social media users applauded her for leaving politics out of it.

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It was Gaga’s decision to include “This Land Is Your Land” after opening with Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.” 

According to the Washington Post, the song was originally considered a “sarcastic protest song” by legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, who grew up during the Great Depression.

Ironically, the song came about in the late 1930s as a retort to Berlin’s “God Bless America,” which played so often on the radio that it irritated Guthrie, because it seemed to ignore the uneven distribution of wealth in America at the time.

According to NPR, Guthrie originally (and sarcastically) called the song "God Blessed America for Me" before renaming it "This Land Is Your Land." 

The original words to the song included this verse:

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me. The sign was painted, said 'Private Property.' But on the backside, it didn't say nothing.  This land was made for you and me.

And this one:

One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple, by the relief office I saw my people. As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering if God blessed America for me.

Here’s the 1944 recording, which includes the former verse:

According to NPR, Guthrie’s daughter, Nora, suspected the latter verse was left out of the original recording because of  the government’s “strong-armed reaction to such divisive art” during the early ‘50s.

But the version of “This Land is Your Land” Americans know so well doesn’t contain any of these verses.

And Gaga didn’t sing either last night.

But it’s possible her decision to sing “This Land is Your Land” carried a political message in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive actions, including a travel ban on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries and a border wall with Mexico.

Super Bowl: 3 reasons why Lady Gaga's halftime performance will make history

Gaga is just one of those artists you can’t NOT care about. 

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She’s always changing, always expressing herself through fashion and performance. And she never hesitates to break the status quo. Because of who she is, who she loves and how she communicates with the world, her life — as the public sees it — has become pure art. 

All of this was made even more obvious through her half-time performance at Super Bowl 51. If you missed it, you missed out, but thanks to the NFL, you can redeem yourself.

WOW. Amazing.@ladygaga's #PepsiHalftime Show!#SB51 https://t.co/z9vCKRBKkC— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017

With nothing bad to say about her 13 minutes at the Super Bowl, the better question is: What did I love the most?

1. Her tummy

No, seriously. She has a pooch. I know, I know. She’s not overweight, or even sloppy. So why am I mentioning her stomach at all? Because we’re living in a day where young girls and grown women compare themselves to the body types of Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner and Beyonce every single day. The “Born This Way” babe showed her imperfect-says-society tummy tonight, and not only did I think it was important, I thought it was empowering.

2. She was winded

Sounds like I’m hating, but trust, I’m not. She BLEW, okay? Like she really sang with all her might — and with little help. She jumped off a roof and danced like a maniac but still managed to fit in an angelic “Hi Mom, Hi Dad” during her flawless and passionate piano solo of “Million Reasons.” She proved she’s a real person. 

3. The crowd of lights

The technology during the show had my eyes glued to the screen. I mean, a third of her lighting was from actual people holding lights and executing choreography with their hands and arms. Her performance was inclusive of so many people, not just her little monsters. She never leaves anyone out. 

This performance will go down as one of the best Super Bowl halftime performances ever. 

Super Bowl 2017 commercials: Live updates on the game's best ads

More than 100 million people will tune in to watch the Super Bowl today.

At least a few of those will be watching the game – for the rest of us, it’s the commercials.

>>For complete coverage of Super Bowl 2017, click here 

Budweiser, Wix, Mercedes and Snickers are among the companies set to unveil their million dollar babies. Make that $5 million babies. That’s how much 30 seconds of time will cost the advertisers for Sunday’s game.

We are going to be keeping up with the commercials Sunday, live as they air. Come back here at 6 p.m. ET and join us.

>>RELATED: Atlanta Journal Constitution Radio and TV blogger Rodney Ho on tonight's commercials 

Live updates

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Super Bowl 2017 commercials: Live updates on the games best ads

More than 100 million people will tune in to watch the Super Bowl today.

At least a few of those will be watching the game – for the rest of us, it’s the commercials.

Budweiser, Wix, Mercedes and Snickers are among the companies set to unveil their million dollar babies. Make that $5 million babies. That’s how much 30 seconds of time will cost the advertisers for Sunday’s game.

We are going to be keeping up with the commercials Sunday, live as they air. Come back here at 6 p.m. ET and join us.

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Super Bowl 2017 commercials: Live updates on the games best ads

More than 100 million people will tune in to watch the Super Bowl today.

At least a few of those will be watching the game – for the rest of us, it’s the commercials.

Budweiser, Wix, Mercedes and Snickers are among the companies set to unveil their million dollar babies. Make that $5 million babies. That’s how much 30 seconds of time will cost the advertisers for Sunday’s game.

We are going to be keeping up with the commercials Sunday, live as they air. Come back here at 6 p.m. ET and join us.

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