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Dear Oscar voters: You better consider Lupita Nyong’o in Best Actress for her Red-hot one-two punch in ‘Us’

Dear Oscar voters: You better consider Lupita Nyong’o in Best Actress for her Red-hot one-two punch in ‘Us’
No need to pull out your scissors just yet – voting for the 92nd Academy Awards is still underway, and the nominations won’t be unveiled until Jan. 13. So, don’t worry, voters can still check off Lupita Nyong’o for giving not one, but two, searing performances in Jordan Peele’s Us.” Nyong’o is already a Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” (2013) and could finally snag her second career nom, this time in Best Actress.

Of her two her characters in “Us,” we first meet Adelaide Wilson, a wife and mother of two, who is scarred by a 1986 incident in Santa Cruz; visiting with her parents, she wandered off into a funhouse, where she encountered a doppelgänger of herself, Red, in the hall of mirrors. In the present, Red then returns to terrorize Adelaide and her family. At the end of the movie,
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Lupita Nyong’o Follows Hollywood’s Tradition of Two Roles in One Film

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Lupita Nyong’o Follows Hollywood’s Tradition of Two Roles in One Film
Peter Sellers played three roles in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 “Dr. Strangelove.” In December of that year, Variety reported that Columbia was mounting an Oscar campaign for lead actor, but was also considering three supporting-actor campaigns, for each of his characters.

Over the decades, Hollywood has delighted in making films showcasing one actor in multiple roles. Five of them resulted in Oscar nominations: Aside from Sellers, there were Charlie Chaplin, “The Great Dictator”; Lee Marvin in “Cat Ballou” (who won the Academy Award); Meryl Streep, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”; and Nicolas Cage, “Adaptation.”

That lofty group could be joined this year by Lupita Nyong’o, who plays both Adelaide and Red in Universal’s Jordan Peele-directed “Us.”

The technology has gotten much more sophisticated, but ultimately it comes down to the actor.

To get into a character, Nyong’o tells Variety, “I always have rituals, and for this it was vital to do that.
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Quentin Tarantino on the Movies and Stars That Inspired ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Quentin Tarantino on the Movies and Stars That Inspired ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
“We can have a real ’60s summer here, setting up for it,” said Quentin Tarantino as he settled in for a nearly three-hour conversation about his July programming at his New Beverly Cinema, a survey of the 1960s films that inspired his forthcoming “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The movie is Tarantino’s love letter to the filmmaking era that made him fall in love with cinema as a kid. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year to considerable acclaim. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” opens in theaters on July 26.

“I did that ’60s kinda thing, but now I wanted to get more into the interior of the Hollywood that this movie is discussing,” Tarantino told Pure Cinema Podcast hosts Elric Kane and Brian Saur. Setting up “Hollywood,” he explains that DiCaprio plays an actor named Rick Dalton,
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Never mind those humans! Let’s give a bow wow for those scene-stealing animals in award contenders [Poll]

Never mind those humans! Let’s give a bow wow for those scene-stealing animals in award contenders [Poll]
Yeah, Lady Gaga is hot stuff in “A Star Is Born.” But what about the performance by Bradley Cooper‘s own fluff-ball labradoodle, Charlie, who does his doggy best as Ally and Jackson’s baby-substitute pooch. And then there is that coven of kitties — three of which are called Tom, Jerry and Romeo — that slink about Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s pad like fur-bearing groupies in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Don’t you adore Rami Malek‘s rock idol all the more for having built a mansion with a bedroom for each cat. And where would Olivia Colman‘s Queen Anne be in “The Favourite” without her 17 white rabbits — one of which is named Hildebrand — who stand in for all the children she sadly bore and lost over the years. And don’t forget Horatio, the fastest web-footed quacker in the city when it comes to duck racing.

SEEUnsung MVPs — most valuable
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Does sneaking ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ into the drama categories at the Globes boost their Oscar chances? History says yes

One of the oddities of this year’s Golden Globes nominees? That Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Warner’s “A Star Is Born” requested to compete in the drama categories and not as a musical or comedy selection.

After all, the 1976 version of the much-told showbiz saga starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson was labeled as a musical and went on to grab Globes for both leads as well as the film itself. But those prizes did not translate into Oscar attention, with only the movie’s signature song, “Evergreen,” earning a statuette.

However, their winning dramatic counterparts that year – Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway in “Network” — would not only make the Oscar ballot cut, but would go on to win Academy Awards as well. Same thing happened to the year’s drama champ, “Rocky,” which won the Best Picture Oscar.

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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the late 1960s, including ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the late 1960s, including ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’
This article marks Part 10 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1965 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“The Ballad of Cat Ballou” from “Cat Ballou

“The Sweetheart Tree” from “The Great Race

“The Shadow of Your Smile” from “The Sandpiper

“I Will Wait for You” from “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

“What’s New, Pussycat” from “What’s New, Pussycat”

Won: “The Shadow of Your Smile” from “The Sandpiper

Should’ve won: “The Ballad of Cat Ballou” from “Cat Ballou

On February 15, 1965, at the mere age of 45, Nat King Cole, unimpeachably one of the all-time great vocalists and jazz pianists, died of lung cancer. Cole tunes were nominated on three occasions at the Oscars – in 1950 (for
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Jane Fonda: One of Hollywood’s Strongest Leading Ladies

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Jane Fonda: One of Hollywood’s Strongest Leading Ladies
It might sound contradictory, but perhaps the greatest testament to Jane Fonda’s six-decade career is how many people are unfamiliar with every facet of it. Not everyone who grew up with Fonda as the face of 1980s workout culture is immediately aware of the ambitious artistic extremes of her screen acting career; younger viewers getting to know her through her breezy, Emmy-nominated work in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” may not all be aware of her serious Hollywood history of political and feminist activism. Fonda’s name means different things to different people, though one hopes her most enduring reputation — and certainly the one netting her a career Golden Lion at Venice last year and now a Lumière Award — will be as one of Hollywood’s strongest, most spikily intelligent leading ladies: gifted at her craft, yes, but an actor who also brought her progressive personal politics to bear in her work,
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Wamg Spotlights Stars of Comedy Book Club

(L-r) Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen in the film, Book Club, by Paramount Pictures. Photo credit: Melinda Sue Gordon © 2018 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

The new comedy Book Club, opening May 18, focuses on something that has long been a favorite of women of all ages – the book club. But this comedy has something extra to offer: four legendary stars with long and storied careers. Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen have garnered enough awards and nominations, including Oscars, and have demonstrated enough star staying-power on the big screen and the small one to qualify as bonafide Hollywood legends. Yet each woman has carved out her own unique path to that title.

They have some things in common, these legendary women. Each is multi-talented, playing both drama and comedy while working with an array of big-name directors and actors. As in any long career, each
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Night Passage — Die Uhr ist abgelaufen

It’s the great Anthony Mann-James Stewart western that Mann didn’t direct: Stewart goes it alone, over-filling a good western idea with ‘cute’ scenes and conservative messages Mann had no use for. But it’s an exciting picture, and one of co-star Audie Murphy’s best — and it’s the first feature in the splendid oversized format known as Technirama.

Night Passage


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1957 / color / 2:35 widescreen / 90 min. / available at / Die Uhr ist abgelaufen /Street Date August 10, 2017 / Eur 17,99

Starring: James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Dianne Foster, Elaine Stewart, Brandon De Wilde, Jay C. Flippen, Herbert Anderson, Robert J. Wilke, Hugh Beaumont, Jack Elam, Olive Carey, Ellen Corby, Chuck Roberson.

Cinematography: William Daniels

Film Editor: Sherman Todd

Original Music: Dimitri Tiomkin

Written by Borden Chase

Produced by Aaron Rosenberg

Directed by James Neilson

Universal-International didn’t spare the production values for their big-screen western Night Passage.
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Exclusive Portraits: Jane Fonda Wows the Crowd in Chicago

Chicago – It was show time for two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda, as she accepted a Career Achievement Award from Cinema/Chicago at the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel, and participated in a tribute night – moderated by Chicago Sun-Times Film Critic Richard Roeper – on Saturday, July 29th, 2017.

Jane Fonda is part of Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Henry Fonda and the sister of Peter Fonda. She studied at Vassar College and was a member of the Actors Studio in New York City, before making her film debut in “Tall Story” (1959). The 1960s were an ingenue era for her, as she appeared in “Sunday in New York” (1963), “Cat Ballou” (1965) and “Barefoot in the Park” (1967). She changed her image to sex symbol with the cult film “Barbarella” (1968), before embarking on a run of great character roles which included her Oscar Best Actress wins for “Klute” (1971) and “Coming Home” (1978). She took 15 years off – from 1990 to
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Film News: Hollywood Icon Jane Fonda to be Honored by Cinema/Chicago on July 29, 2017

Chicago – Two time Oscar winner Jane Fonda will grace the Windy City, as she accepts a Career Achievement Award from Cinema/Chicago, and will participate in a tribute night on Saturday, July 29th, 2017. The event will take place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, and will feature an on-stage conversation with Fonda, moderated by Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times. The evening is sponsored by Sage Private Wealth Group, and includes partners American Airlines, Sound Investment Av, Chloe Wine Collection and Wansas Tequila.

Jane Fonda is part of Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Henry Fonda and the sister of Peter Fonda. She studied at Vassar College and was a member of the Actors Studio in New York City, before making her film debut in “Tall Story” (1959). The 1960s were an ingenue era for her, as she appeared in “Sunday in New York” (1963), “Cat Ballou” (1965) and “Barefoot in the Park” (1967). She
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July 18th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Kong: Skull Island, Resident Evil: Vendetta, The Bat People

For the brand new Blu-ray and DVD offerings coming out on Tuesday, July 18th, we have an eclectic assortment of titles, both new and old. As far as cult classics go, The Bat People, Freeway, Stalker, and Stormy Monday are all making their HD debuts on Blu this week, and if you missed Kong: Skull Island, Free Fire or Buster’s Mal Heart during their theatrical runs, now you’ll have a chance to catch up with these films on their home entertainment releases.

Other notable release for July 18th include Resident Evil: Vendetta, Another Evil, Lake Alice, and The Expanse: Season Two.

The Bat People (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Half Man, Half Bat, All Terror!

From director Jerry Jameson (Airport 77, Raise The Titanic) comes a high-flying horror from the darkest corner of the drive-in: The Bat People!

When Dr. John Beck and his wife Cathy fall into an underground cave,
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Guns! Guns! Guns! John Milius' rootin' tootin' bio of the most famous of the '30s bandits has plenty of good things to its credit, especially its terrific, funny cast, topped by the unlikely star Warren Oates. The battles between Dillinger's team of all-star bank robbers and Ben Johnson's G-Man aren't neglected, as Milius savors every gun recoil and Tommy gun blast. Dillinger Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video U.S. 1973 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date April 26, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Michelle Phillips, Cloris Leachman, Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis, John Ryan, Richard Dreyfuss, Steve Kanaly, John Martino, Roy Jenson, Frank McRae. Cinematography Jules Brenner Special Effects A.D. Flowers, Cliff Wenger Edited by Fred R. Feitshans, Jr. Original Music Barry De Vorzon Produced by Buzz Feitshans Written and Directed by John Milius

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There it was in the dentist's office, an article in either
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King of the Gypsies | Blu-ray Review

A forgotten gem of the late 1970s comes to Blu-ray for the first time, Frank Pierson’s adaptation of the novel King of the Gypsies. Notable for several reasons, namely as the credited debut for actor Eric Roberts and a star studded cast packed to distraction, this is the kind of pulp oddity often whisked off the shelves of the bestseller list for glossy cinematic reinterpretation. This gypsy saga was based on a novel by Peter Maas, better known as the biographer of Serpico, which resulted in the novel inspiring Sidney Lumet’s classic 1973 film starring Al Pacino. Eventually, Maas’ works, often revolving around sensational true crime treatments, would be adapted mainly for television (including the 1991 Valerie Bertinelli Lifetime film, In a Child’s Name), and this sometimes outlandish antique feels like an exaggerated heirloom in the Harold Robbins’ vein (The Carpetbaggers; The Betsy; The Adventurers), a frumpy comparison
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Diane Warren One of Two Songwriters With (at least) Seven Oscar Noms, Zero Wins

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Songwriter Diane Warren earned her seventh Oscar nomination this year for “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights. The song, which will be performed by Rita Ora at the Oscar ceremony, is Warren’s first nomination in 13 years. With a Grammy and a Golden Globe under her belt, she has yet to win an Oscar and is one of two Oscar-nominated songwriters to have at least seven nominations and not a single win. The other songwriter is Mack David.

Warren received her first nomination in 1988 for the song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” which she co-wrote with Albert Hammond, from the movie Mannequin. The song was a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 Hit in 1987.

She next landed four consecutive nominations nine years later starting with 1997’s nomination of “Because You Loved Me” from Up, Close & Personal. Though the song didn’t win an Oscar, it did score a Grammy.
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The Precedent for an Eddie Redmayne or Michael Keaton Oscar Win

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.

Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.

For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and
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From 'Traitor' to Screen Legend: Fonda Still Busy on the Big Screen

Jane Fonda: From ‘Vietnam Traitor’ to AFI Award and Screen Legend status (photo: Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda in ‘This Is Where I Leave You’) (See previous post: “Jane Fonda Movies: Anti-Establishment Heroine.”) Turner Classic Movies will also be showing the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring Jane Fonda, the former “Vietnam Traitor” and Barbarella-style sex kitten who has become a living American screen legend (and healthy-living guru). Believe it or not, Fonda, who still looks disarmingly great, will be turning 77 years old next December 21; she’s actually older than her father Henry Fonda was while playing Katharine Hepburn’s ailing husband in Mark Rydell’s On Golden Pond. (Henry Fonda died at age 77 in August 1982.) Jane Fonda movies in 2014 and 2015 Following a 15-year absence (mostly during the time she was married to media mogul Ted Turner), Jane Fonda resumed her film acting career in 2005, playing Jennifer Lopez
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“I’ll Drink to That…”: Top 10 Alcoholic Movie Characters

Alcoholism in the movies have been played for both dramatic and comical effect. In fact some of the binge drinking done on the big screen have garnered considerable praise and pathos resulting in many performers winning Oscars and Oscar nominations based on this very serious addiction.

The alcoholic in cinema is larger in life because it is a societal reflection of the demons and destruction that affect millions of people globally. Film allows for the liberty to use creative licenses to highlight the physical and psychological pain and false feelings of pleasure to convey the true face of alcoholism and its hold on fictional characterizations that are bound by the poisonous allure of the bottle. However heavy-handed or hearty it may seem in portraying the detached drinker or happy drunk one thing is for certain…the depth and dimensional range of the chronic cinema sipper has never disappointed in giving
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Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro: Do fake noses equal Oscars?

Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro: Do fake noses equal Oscars?
Steve Carell has received critical acclaim for his role as John du Pont in Foxcatcher, which has just premiered at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

The Bennett Miller-directed drama is based on the true story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz, who seeks justice for his fellow champion brother Dave Schultz after he is killed by his paranoid schizophrenic coach du Pont.

Carell's performance has been described as "the definition of a career-redefining performance", and director Miller recently revealed that he was barely recognised after his first test screening due to his fake nose and aged appearance.

Does a fake nose equal critical acclaim and an Academy Award? Not always (Steve Martin in Roxanne was robbed!), but we've found 5 actors and actresses who've worn a prosthetic schnoz and gone on to win an Oscar below:

1. Robert De Niro for Raging Bull

Robert De Niro put on a reported 60lbs and quite sizable,
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Jane Fonda’s 10 Best Movie Looks

You’ll forgive me for not getting to legendary film actress Jane Fonda‘s 76th birthday on Saturday. I needed the entire weekend to calibrate this list of her finest movie looks.

Jane Fonda is not only a double Oscar winner with a marvelously versatile list of roles. She’s one of our most consummately giving celebrity philanthropists, an informed activist for women’s emotional health and gay rights, and a woman who seems to value honesty and conscience above all else. To celebrate her legacy, let’s look back on her ten best movie looks, which range from the innocent (#10) to the boldly self-possessed (#1).

10. Tall Story: Sis-boom-beautiful

Jane’s first film was a simple college comedy about a nervous cheerleader (Jane) and her romance with the school’s hotshot basketball star (Anthony Perkins, lol). In her memoir, she discusses how she found costume fittings almost traumatizing and had
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