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Australia, Belarus, Singapore join Oscar 2020 international feature race

Australia, Belarus, Singapore join Oscar 2020 international feature race
Which film will follow on from ‘Roma’ in winning the prize?

Submissions for the best international feature film award at the 2020 Academy Awards have started to come in, and Screen is keeping a running list of each film below.

This is the first year the award will be given under the new name of ‘best international feature film’, after a change in April from ‘foreign-language film’.

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The eligibility rules remain the same: an international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the Us with a predominantly non-English dialogue track and can include animated and documentary features.
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Cecil B. DeMille movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Ten Commandments,’ ‘The King of Kings’

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Cecil B. DeMille movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Ten Commandments,’ ‘The King of Kings’
Cecil B. DeMille would’ve celebrated his 138th birthday on August 12, 2019. One of cinema’s earliest pioneers, the Oscar-winning director helmed 70 films throughout the silent and sound era. He made his mark in a number of genres, but was most famous for his spectacularly mounted biblical epics. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest movies, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1881, DeMille made his directorial debut with “The Squaw Man” (1914), a story he remade in 1918 and 1931. He made dozens of silent films, including the ambitious biblical stories “The Ten Commandments” (1923) and “The King of Kings” (1927). He entered into the sound era with ease, earning his first Oscar nomination in Best Picture for the Claudette Colbert-headlined version of “Cleopatra” (1934).

SEECharlton Heston movies: Top 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

After a series of box office smashes, he took home the Best Picture
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Cecil B. DeMille movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Cecil B. DeMille movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best
Cecil B. DeMille would’ve celebrated his 138th birthday on August 12, 2019. One of cinema’s earliest pioneers, the Oscar-winning director helmed 70 films throughout the silent and sound era. He made his mark in a number of genres, but was most famous for his spectacularly mounted biblical epics. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest movies, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1881, DeMille made his directorial debut with “The Squaw Man” (1914), a story he remade in 1918 and 1931. He made dozens of silent films, including the ambitious biblical stories “The Ten Commandments” (1923) and “The King of Kings” (1927). He entered into the sound era with ease, earning his first Oscar nomination in Best Picture for the Claudette Colbert-headlined version of “Cleopatra” (1934).

After a series of box office smashes, he took home the Best Picture prize for his big top melodrama “The Greatest Show on Earth
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'Wonder Woman' Playing "Hedy Lamarr"

"Wonder Woman" actress Gal Gadot will star and co-produce the Showtime limited mini-series "Hedy Lamarr", chronicling Lamarr's film career and WW II -era inventions that led to 'WiFi' and 'Gps':

"...after a brief early film career in Czechoslovakia, including the controversial film 'Ecstasy' (1933)...

"...Lamarr fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, and secretly moved to Paris.

"Traveling to London, she met Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood, where she became a film star from the late 1930's to the 1950's.

"Among Lamarr's best known films are 'Algiers' (1938), 'Boom Town' (1940), 'I Take This Woman' (1940), 'Comrade X' (1940), 'Come Live With Me' (1941), 'H.M. Pulham, Esq.' (1941) and 'Samson and Delilah' (1949).

"At the beginning of World War II, she and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes...

"...which used
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Gal Gadot Set To Star In Hedy Lamarr Limited Series From Sarah Treem For Showtime – TCA

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Gal Gadot Set To Star In Hedy Lamarr Limited Series From Sarah Treem For Showtime – TCA
A year after Deadline first broke the news of the project and Gal Gadot’s involvement, Showtime today announced that deals are done for the Wonder Woman star to headline and executive produce a limited series about film actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, from The Affair co-creator/executive producer Sarah Treem, The Handmaid’s Tale producer Warren Littlefield and Endeavor Content.

“The life of Hedy Lamarr was a truly fascinating one. She stood at the forefront of many issues that challenge women and our society today,” said Showtime’s President of Entertainment Jana Winograde. “In Gal Gadot, we have found the transcendent actress to portray the deeply complex Lamarr. And with the award-winning talents of Sarah Treem and Warren Littlefield, this is going to be a special series.”

Treem is writing the limited series, which will chronicle the life and career of Lamarr, to be played by Gadot.

Austrian-born Lamarr
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Russ Tamblyn’s Career Had Legs After Childhood

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Russ Tamblyn’s Career Had Legs After Childhood
With an acting career that spans work for Cecil B. DeMille and Joseph Losey to Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch, Russ Tamblyn’s creativity and longevity is proof that there’s life after child stardom. In Tamblyn’s case, there’s also been a bounty of juicy film and TV roles long after his legendary legs no longer kicked up movie musicals such as “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “West Side Story.” His decades in film and TV include all genres, from Robert Wise’s suspense classic “The Haunting” to George Pal’s colorful kidfare, such as “Tom Thumb” and “Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” and Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” series. It’s a career he explores in his upcoming memoir, “Dancing on the Edge.”

It was in 1948, eight years before the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. touted his arrival as “Most Promising Newcomer,” that Tamblyn first appeared in
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Jeff Bridges Steers Golden Globes Audience Towards ‘Creating a Healthy Planet For All of Us’

Jeff Bridges Steers Golden Globes Audience Towards ‘Creating a Healthy Planet For All of Us’
There are few Hollywood stars more deserving of a career-spanning achievement award than Jeff Bridges, who has been acting since he was an actual infant — the son of the legendary actor Lloyd Bridges and actress and writer Dorothy Bridges made his uncredited debut in John Cromwell’s “The Company She Keeps” when he was less than two years old — and so his Sunday night coronation as the latest winner of the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award seemed nothing if not incredibly appropriate (and perhaps a little overdue).

Bridges, of course, likes to mix things up, and the star of such varied films as “The Big Lebowski,” “The Last Picture Show,” “Tron,” “Hell or High Water,” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” offered up a charming, wide-ranging acceptance speech after a loving introduction from fellow actor (and “Hell or High Water” co-star) Chris Pine and a career-spanning montage narrated by Sam Elliott.
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Lady Gaga would be 5th woman to win two Oscars in one night

Lady Gaga would be 5th woman to win two Oscars in one night
Of the 63 people who have gone home with at least two Oscars on the same evening, only four of them have been women. Lady Gaga could well become the fifth woman to make history at the Academy Awards with wins for both Best Actress and Best Original Song (“Shallow) for “A Star is Born.”

The first woman to pull off this double act was costume designer Edith Head in 1950. Back then, there were Oscars for both black-and-white and color films and Head claimed both for “All About Eve” and “Samson and Delilah.” That evening stands as the Oscar ceremony with the most multiple winners. Joseph L. Mankiewicz won for writing and directing “All About Eve” while three men — Sam Comer, Hans Dreier and Ray Moyer — prevailed twice for art direction of the black-and-white “Sunset Boulevard” and the color film “Samson and Delilah.”
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Gal Gadot To Star In A Remake Of Agatha Christie's Murder Mystery 'Death On The Nile'

Well, if anyone was concerned that Gal Gadot was going to find herself typecast as the Amazon Princess Wonder Woman, the actress is being extremely proactive in making sure that doesn't happen. First of all, Gal — who is currently shooting Wonder Woman 1984 — is attached to a Showtime TV series about actress Hedy Lemarr (see below), and now comes word that she is going to be starring in a remake of the Agatha Christie murder mystery Death on the Nile. Originally published in 1937, the novel focuses on detective Hercule Poirot who, on a luxury cruise on the Nile River, uncovers a murder, but finds his job complicated by the fact that a number of his suspects end up dead as well. Gal, 33, will be playing a rich heiress named Linnet Ridgeway Doyle and, as such, is the first cast member signed thus far. (Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox) In speaking
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‘The Castle’, ‘Muriel’s Wedding’, ‘Samson and Delilah’ voted top Aussie films of all time in Adelaide Film Fest poll

The Adelaide Film Festival will hold special event screenings of ‘The Castle’, ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ and ‘Samson and Delilah’ after the three films topped its nation-wide vote on the best Australian films of all time.

The post ‘The Castle’, ‘Muriel’s Wedding’, ‘Samson and Delilah’ voted top Aussie films of all time in Adelaide Film Fest poll appeared first on If Magazine.
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Gal Gadot Is "Hedy Lamarr"

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Actress Gal Gadot ("Wonder Woman 1984") will play film star/inventor "Hedy Lamarr" in a new Showtime limited series, chronicling Lamarr's life and career, whose inventions led to 'WiFi' and 'Gps':

"...after a brief early film career in Czechoslovakia, including the controversial film 'Ecstasy' (1933)...

"...Lamarr fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, and secretly moved to Paris.

"Traveling to London, she met Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood, where she became a film star from the late 1930's to the 1950's.

"Among Lamarr's best known films are 'Algiers' (1938), 'Boom Town' (1940), 'I Take This Woman' (1940), 'Comrade X' (1940), 'Come Live With Me' (1941), 'H.M. Pulham, Esq.' (1941) and 'Samson and Delilah' (1949).

"At the beginning of World War II, she and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes...

"...which
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Gal Gadot To Play Actress & Inventor Hedy Lamarr In New Original Series At Showtime

A Gal Gadot Hedy Lamarr TV series is on the cards over at Showtime. A new limited series based around the life of the legendary Hollywood actress and inventor is planned with Gadot set to topline as well as executive produce, so reports Deadline.

Gal Gadot Hedy Lamarr TV series on the way from Showtime

Lammar was recently the subject of a really rather good documentary Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story, which was released through Dogwoof in the UK earlier this year. I believe you can watch it on Netflix in some territories and it really is worth tracking down.

Lamarr is credited with coming up with concepts that led to the invention of Wi-Fi and Gps. She was even inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014. She was also a major player on the Hollywood movie scene from the 1930s to the 1950s after being offered a
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Gal Gadot to Star in Hedy Lamarr Series From ‘The Affair’ Creator at Showtime

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Gal Gadot to Star in Hedy Lamarr Series From ‘The Affair’ Creator at Showtime
Gal Gadot is gearing up to play another wonder woman.

Sources tell Variety that Gadot is attached to star in and executive produce a Showtime series based on the life and career of Hedy Lamarr. Lamarr was born in Austria and went on to become one of the most famous American film stars of her generation, appearing in classics like “Samson and Delilah,” “Boom Town,” and “Come Live With Me.” Lamarr was also a celebrated inventor, credited with creating a frequency-hopping signal during World War II that could help the Allies disrupt radio controlled torpedoes.

The series has not been formally picked up at the premium cabler, but it would be a limited series should the deals become finalized.

Showtime declined to comment.

Sarah Treem, the creator and showrunner on Showtime’s acclaimed drama “The Affair,” would serve as writer and executive producer on the project. Warren Littlefield, executive producer
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Gal Gadot Nearing Deal To Star In Hedy Lamarr Limited Series From Sarah Treem For Showtime

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Gal Gadot Nearing Deal To Star In Hedy Lamarr Limited Series From Sarah Treem For Showtime
Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is close to a deal to headline and executive produce a limited series about film actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, from The Affair co-creator/executive producer Sarah Treem, The Handmaid’s Tale producer Warren Littlefield and Endeavor Content.

Treem is in talks to write the limited series, which will chronicle the life and career of Lamarr, to be played by Gadot.

Israel-born Gadot had been looking to do a project about Lamarr, who has been referred to as a real-life Jewish “Wonder Woman” whose inventions led to WiFi and Gps.

I hear Treem came up with an idea on how to tell Lamarr’s remarkable story that Gadot sparked to. The project was taken to Showtime through Treem’s relationship there. She is the showrunner of The Affair, which is wrapping its fourth season and heading into its fifth and final season. Treem co-created the
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Review: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017; Directed by Alexandra Dean); Kino Lorber Blu-ray

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“Beauty And Brains”

By Raymond Benson

One of the unsung heroines of the 20th Century—her fame as a Hollywood star notwithstanding—is actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr. Few have known about her extraordinary proclivity to invent stuff, and even less are aware that she came up with a patent during World War II for a communications system that was later adopted and is still used today.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, a wonderful documentary on the woman’s life and career, deliberately emphasizes that Lamarr’s scientific knowledge and technical imagination takes precedence over her Hollywood legacy. And while Lamarr appears to have maintained an upbeat attitude throughout the decades, the motion picture reveals that her struggles were many. Lamarr was troubled, misunderstood, and too many times ignored for her efforts beyond being a “pretty face.”

Pretty she was indeed. Lamarr was one of those Hollywood beauties who turned heads and dropped jaws.
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Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century

Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century
Mad Max: Fury Road has been named the best Australian movie of the century. Recently, the Australian website Flicks.com surveyed a total of 51 critics from the country. 26 of whom were men and 25 women, making for a pretty even split and diverse group. It was the largest poll of Australian movie critics in history and, when all of the votes were tallied, director George Miller's dystopian masterpiece came out on top.

The Top five is rounded out by 2010's Animal Kingdom, 2009's Samson and Delilah, 2000's Chopper and 2001's Lantana. Sitting just outside the top five is the modern horror classic The Babadook, which was released in 2014 and gained notoriety for its originality and overall quality. Director Jennifer Kent has been in the running for several high-profile jobs, such as Captain Marvel. The 2001 musical Moulin Rouge, which was a major box office success and stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor,

Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century

Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century
Mad Max: Fury Road has been named the best Australian movie of the century. Recently, the Australian website Flicks.com surveyed a total of 51 critics from the country. 26 of whom were men and 25 women, making for a pretty even split and diverse group. It was the largest poll of Australian movie critics in history and, when all of the votes were tallied, director George Miller's dystopian masterpiece came out on top.

The Top five is rounded out by 2010's Animal Kingdom, 2009's Samson and Delilah, 2000's Chopper and 2001's Lantana. Sitting just outside the top five is the modern horror classic The Babadook, which was released in 2014 and gained notoriety for its originality and overall quality. Director Jennifer Kent has been in the running for several high-profile jobs, such as Captain Marvel. The 2001 musical Moulin Rouge, which was a major box office success and stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor,
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Kanopy: The Free Netflix Alternative Adds 100 Classic Paramount Titles — Exclusive

Educational distributor Kanopy has struck a deal with Paramount Pictures, adding 100 classic films from the studio’s library to the on-demand streaming service. Twenty-five of those titles – including “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Harold and Maude,” “Sunset Boulevard,” and “Saturday Night Fever” — are available to stream now. The other 75 titles will be added in the coming weeks and months. (The full list is at the bottom of this article.)

Kanopy has been a pioneer in the educational market, first in its move away from physical media and toward a streaming app that is available on Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, and iOS and Android devices. Last year, they also expanded beyond universities and institutions and started to aggressively strike deals with public libraries making Kanopy available to a far wider percentage of the population. Now those with a public library card can access the free streaming service in a number of major cities,
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Oprah Winfrey Uses Cecil B. DeMille Award to Spotlight #MeToo Movement: ‘A New Day Is on the Horizon’

Oprah Winfrey Uses Cecil B. DeMille Award to Spotlight #MeToo Movement: ‘A New Day Is on the Horizon’
It seemed preordained. On a night when so many members of the entertainment industry came together to make their dedication to female-centric movements like #TimesUp and #MeToo, one of Hollywood’s most prolific pioneers would be on hand to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her massive contributions to the world. Oprah Winfrey was announced as this year’s recipient of the award back in December, but tonight’s speech couldn’t have been more timely.

The HFPA’s version of a Lifetime Achievement award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given to recipients for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Named after the legendary director of such films as “Cleopatra,” “Samson and Delilah” and “The Ten Commandments,” the award was first given out in 1952 and has been doled out continuously since, save for the 1976 and 2008 ceremonies, where it was not awarded to anyone.

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Movie Poster of the Week: The Illustrated Hedy Lamarr

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Above: Italian personality poster for Hedy Lamarr. Art by Sergio Gargiulo.Once promoted as “Hollywood’s No. 1 Glamour Girl,” Hedy Lamar (1914-2000) was much more than a pretty face, as the new documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story gloriously attests. Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Austria, Lamarr was catapulted to fame as the star of the scandalous 1933 Czech import Ecstasy, in which she appeared nude (and ecstatic). In America she became one of the biggest stars of the 1940s, often called the most beautiful woman in Hollywood, a designation she thought of as a curse. But she was also blessed with a curious and inventive mind. As an amateur inventor she pioneered what is known as “frequency hopping” during World War II to prevent the Nazis jamming Allied torpedoes, a technology which has become the basis of Bluetooth and Wi-fi. With that in mind, it might seem perverse to
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