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Mary Kay Place (‘Diane’) could finally catch up with her ‘Big Chill’ pals this awards season with an Oscar bid

Mary Kay Place (‘Diane’) could finally catch up with her ‘Big Chill’ pals this awards season with an Oscar bid
They say good things come to those who wait. We might be able to slot actress Mary Kay Place in that description, thanks to some surprising awards season attention from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for her heartfelt performance in “Diane” as a deeply caring retired widow who can’t forgive herself for her past choices no matter how many casseroles she takes to those less fortunate than her.

The wintry working-class drama, a throwback to a time when cinema celebrated relatable yet flawed characters, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival — where it won three honors including Best Narrative Feature. Distributed by IFC, it opened without much fanfare in late March while managing to achieve a 93% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes. “Diane” is currently available for viewing on Hulu.

Perhaps most surprising for those who can recall Place’s breakout Emmy-winning role as country singer Loretta Haggers in Norman Lear
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Howard Shore (‘The Song of Names’ composer): This film ‘brought me a little closer to my father’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Howard Shore (‘The Song of Names’ composer): This film ‘brought me a little closer to my father’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
The Song of Names” “offers a really great palette for music,” says composer Howard Shore. “It covers 50 years,” including the periods before, during and after WWII. And the story involves “a virtuoso violinist, so the music score onscreen and the score itself were very appealing to work on.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Shore above.

Directed by Francois Girard, the Sony Pictures Classic release centers on a man (Tim Roth) haunted by the disappearance of his best friend (Clive Owen), a violin prodigy, before a 1951 concert that would’ve launched his promising music career. When he discovers his friend might still be alive, he searches the globe to find him.

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Before Shore ever saw the footage for the film he delved into his own research, “filling my mind and intellect up with the period and the music that we chose for the onscreen performances.
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IFC Midnight Nabs Thriller ‘Disappearance at Clifton Hill’ (Exclusive)

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IFC Midnight has picked up U.S. rights to “Disappearance at Clifton Hill,” Variety has learned.

The Canadian neo-noir premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it went by the title “Clifton Hill.” It follows Abby (Tuppence Middleton), a young woman who returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls after her mother dies, only become obsessed with a fragmented memory of an abduction she believes she was witness to as a child. As she begins to dig deeper into the possible kidnapping, she also reunites with her estranged younger sister, Laure (Hannah Gross), and they attempt to settle their mother’s estate and sell the family motel. But Abby’s fixation on the past leads her down a rabbit hole of conspiracy that threatens to overwhelm everything. IFC Midnight will release the film on Feb. 28, 2020.

Albert Shin (“In Her Place”) directed the picture. Along with Middleton (“Downton
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Viggo Mortensen movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Eastern Promises,’ ‘Green Book’

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Viggo Mortensen movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Eastern Promises,’ ‘Green Book’
Viggo Mortensen celebrates his 61st birthday on October 20, 2019. The three-time Oscar nominated performer has been very picky with his projects, appearing only in a handful of movies in a 30-plus year career. But how many of his titles hold up as classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

SEEWhat ‘Green Book’ star Viggo Mortensen reveals about his delayed directing debut: ‘I’m just going to do it’

Born in 1958 in New York City, Mortensen made his big screen debut with a brief performance as an Amish farmer in “Witness” (1985). Supporting roles in “Carlito’s Way” (1993), “Crimson Tide” (1995), “G.I. Jane” (1997) and many others quickly followed. He achieved stardom in middle age playing the warrior Aragorn in Peter Jackson‘s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, released in 2001, 2002 and 2003. His first Oscar bid as Best Actor came shortly
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Viggo Mortensen movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Viggo Mortensen movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best
Viggo Mortensen celebrates his 61st birthday on October 20, 2019. The three-time Oscar nominated performer has been very picky with his projects, appearing only in a handful of movies in a 30-plus year career. But how many of his titles hold up as classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1958 in New York City, Mortensen made his big screen debut with a brief performance as an Amish farmer in “Witness” (1985). Supporting roles in “Carlito’s Way” (1993), “Crimson Tide” (1995), “G.I. Jane” (1997) and many others quickly followed. He achieved stardom in middle age playing the warrior Aragorn in Peter Jackson‘s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, released in 2001, 2002 and 2003. His first Oscar bid as Best Actor came shortly thereafter for David Cronenberg‘s thriller “Eastern Promises” (2007), followed by nominations for “Captain Fantastic” (2016) and the Best Picture-winning “Green Book
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Frightfest 2019: ‘I’ll Take Your Dead’ Review

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Stars: Aidan Devine, Ava Preston, Jess Salgueiro, Ari Millen, Brandon McKnight, Michael Reventar, Moe Jeudy-Lamour | Written by Jayme Laforest, Chad Archibald | Directed by Chad Archibald

Directed and written by Chad Archibald (Bite) and co-written by Jayme Laforest, I’ll Take Your Dead see’s us follow a guy named William who disposes of dead bodies on his farm, bodies that were victims of gang related murder in the city. When a woman’s body is dropped off by one of these seedy looking gang-bangers for William to get rid of, he soon realises that the woman isn’t actually dead, and decides to help her and keep her against her will, until he can fathom what his next step should be. The situation gets worse for William when the attempted murderers of the woman find out that she’s still alive, and try to put her out for good.

Conceptually
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Greatest 20 living actresses never nominated for an Oscar, including Scarlett Johansson, Emily Blunt

Greatest 20 living actresses never nominated for an Oscar, including Scarlett Johansson, Emily Blunt
With the debut of teaser trailers for “Marriage Story” from Noah Baumbach, actress Scarlett Johansson is once again in the conversation for a possible Oscar nomination. She will also have the anticipated film “Jojo Rabbit” later this awards season. If she gets a bid, it would surprisingly be her first ever in a career filled with contenders such as “Lost in Translation” and “Girl with a Pearl Earring” plus her blockbusters including “The Avengers” franchise.

Just a few months ago, Emily Blunt won her first SAG Award in 2019 but also still can’t gain attention from Oscar voters. She took home the trophy in the supporting category for “A Quiet Place” but also had a bid as a lead actress for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

SEEEmily Blunt Interview: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and ‘A Quiet Place

They are both featured in a photo gallery above that no lady would want — the 20 greatest
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Top 20 Greatest Living Actresses Never Nominated for an Oscar

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Top 20 Greatest Living Actresses Never Nominated for an Oscar
With the debut of teaser trailers for “Marriage Story” from Noah Baumbach, actress Scarlett Johansson is once again in the conversation for a possible Oscar nomination. She will also have the anticipated film “Jojo Rabbit” later this awards season. If she gets a bid, it would surprisingly be her first ever in a career filled with contenders such as “Lost in Translation” and “Girl with a Pearl Earring” plus her blockbusters including “The Avengers” franchise.

Just a few months ago, Emily Blunt won her first SAG Award in 2019 but also still can’t gain attention from Oscar voters. She took home the trophy in the supporting category for “A Quiet Place” but also had a bid as a lead actress for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

They are both featured in a photo gallery above that no lady would want — the 20 greatest living actresses who have never been nominated for an Academy Award.
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I’LL Take Your Dead Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on June 4th from Scream Factory

In his four-star review, Patrick Bromley called Chad Archibald's I'll Take Your Dead "a gem of a genre mash-up that’s well worth tracking down," and if you missed it in theaters, you can soon add it to your home media collection, as Scream Factory will release the horror movie on Blu-ray and DVD beginning June 4th.

From the Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA – The new horror thriller I’ll Take Your Dead will be available to haunt your shelves come June 4, when Scream Factory releases it on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Directed by Chad Archibald, and starring Aidan Devine, Ava Preston, Jess Salgueiro, and Ari Millen, the home entertainment release of I’ll Take Your Dead includes a behind-the-scenes featurette that takes a look at the production of the film along with cast and crew interviews, as well as a script-to-screen comparison piece, deleted scenes, and trailers.

I'll Take Your Dead follows William,
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William Hurt movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’

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William Hurt movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’
William Hurt celebrates his 69th birthday on March 20, 2019. The Oscar-winning actor has starred in a variety of movies over the last four decades, but how many of those titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

SEEOscar Best Actor Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

Born in 1950, Hurt made his movie debut with a starring role in Ken Russell‘s psychedelic thriller “Altered States” (1980), quickly followed by Lawrence Kasdan‘s classic neo-noir “Body Heat” (1981). He won the Oscar as Best Actor just four years later for Hector Babenco‘s “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1985), playing a transgender inmate at a South American prison who forms a bond with his cellmate (Raul Julia), a political prisoner. The role brought him additional prizes at BAFTA and the Cannes Film Festival.

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William Hurt movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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William Hurt movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
William Hurt celebrates his 69th birthday on March 20, 2019. The Oscar-winning actor has starred in a variety of movies over the last four decades, but how many of those titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1950, Hurt made his movie debut with a starring role in Ken Russell‘s psychedelic thriller “Altered States” (1980), quickly followed by Lawrence Kasdan‘s classic neo-noir “Body Heat” (1981). He won the Oscar as Best Actor just four years later for Hector Babenco‘s “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1985), playing a transgender inmate at a South American prison who forms a bond with his cellmate (Raul Julia), a political prisoner. The role brought him additional prizes at BAFTA and the Cannes Film Festival.

Hurt followed up his Oscar victory with two more consecutive Best Actor bids: first for Randa Haines
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Will The Fly Remake Still Happen After Disney / Fox Deal Is Done?

As I think we all known by this point in time, soon Disney will be buying up Twentieth Century Fox and all of its properties here in the near future. While there is no word on just which of Fox's intellectual properties Disney plans to keep moving forward, today we have word (a rumor) that Disney plans to bring George Langelaan's classic 1957 short story The Fly back to the big screen. You might remember that there is already another remake of The Fly in the works from Sleight filmmaker J.D. Dillard who co-wrote "a cool script" with his Sleight writing partner Alex Theurer. We're hearing that this is still the film Disney is interested in developing.

And this news (rumor) makes a whole lot of sense to this guy, considering The Fly is not only one of the best sci-fi horror tales out there, but it has proven
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Who’s the most overdue after the 2019 Oscars: Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams …? [Poll]

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Who’s the most overdue after the 2019 Oscars: Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams …? [Poll]
We thought Glenn Close would finally win an Oscar on her lucky seventh try for her role as an underappreciated spouse in “The Wife,” but her surprise loss to Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) means that Close is now zero-for-seven. That extends her record as the most nominated living actress without a single victory. But she’s not alone. Other Oscar also-rans this year have racked up multiple nominations without any victories. So who really is the most overdue after the 2019 prizes were handed out? Consider them below, and then vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.

SEE2019 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 91st Academy Awards

Diane Warren (10 nominations) — Warren’s loss this year for Best Original Song came with a couple of doses of cruel irony. There was the fact that she lost to Lady Gaga (“Shallow” from “A Star is Born”), whom
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Top 20 greatest living actresses never Oscar nominated: Emily Blunt, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson and more

Top 20 greatest living actresses never Oscar nominated: Emily Blunt, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson and more
Emily Blunt just won her first SAG Award in 2019 but still can’t gain attention from Oscar voters. She took home the trophy in the supporting category for “A Quiet Place” but also had a bid as a lead actress for “Mary Poppins Returns.” She is featured in a photo gallery above that no lady would want — the 20 greatest living actresses who have never been nominated for an Academy Award.

SEEEmily Blunt Interview: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and ‘A Quiet Place

Friends” star Jennifer Aniston looked like a lock to receive her first Academy Award nomination for the 2014 movie “Cake,” following citations at the Golden Globes, SAG, and Broadcast Film Critics. Yet on Oscar morning, the Emmy-winner was left out. Aniston’s “Friends” costar and fellow Emmy-victor Lisa Kudrow found herself in a similar situation when she received an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for “The Opposite of Sex” yet came up short at the Oscars.
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Congratulations, Marina de Tavira (‘Roma’): You just became the 18th Oscar nominee without bids from any of Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Golden Globes

Congratulations, Marina de Tavira (‘Roma’): You just became the 18th Oscar nominee without bids from any of Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Golden Globes
Let’s hope that Marina de Tavira was watching the Academy Awards nominations announcement. She defied our odds and was cited for her scene-stealing supporting turn in “Roma.” In so doing, she became the 18th performer to reap an Oscar bid with first contending at either the Golden Globes Or the Critics’ Choice Or the SAG Awards.

Below, we enumerate the lucky few who came out of left field to make history at the Oscars by being nominated without first having been in the running at at least one of these awards. However, for all of these that had to be reward enough as none won.

Be sure to compare this roster of those who defied the odds and reaped surprise Oscar bids without contending at any of these awards with those 23 performers who were snubbed by the academy despite nominations at the Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Golden Globes.
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Blu-ray Review – The Cooler (2003)

The Cooler, 2003.

Directed by Wayne Kramer.

Starring William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin, Paul Sorvino, M.C. Gainey, Ron Livingston, Shawn Hatosy, and Arthur J. Nascarella.

Synopsis:

An unlucky casino ‘cooler’ working to pay off a debt to his brutal boss falls in love with a waitress but his boss won’t let him be happy.

The ‘cooler’ of this 2003 movie is not a drinking implement to stand at for a gossip in the office, nor is it another name for a nightclub bouncer but a term used for somebody considered unlucky who is employed by casinos to play at tables where somebody is winning big in order to jinx said player’s winning streak. Quite how one would quantify skills and experience needed for such a position is a mystery but in The Cooler Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy – Fargo) certainly seems suited to the position.

Lootz is one
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Viggo Mortensen to Receive American Riviera Award From Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Viggo Mortensen to Receive American Riviera Award From Santa Barbara Film Festival
Green Book” star Viggo Mortensen will receive the American Riviera Award at the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sbiff organizers announced on Monday.

In the film, Mortensen stars as Anthony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, a real-life bouncer from a New York City nightclub who in 1962 served as the driver and road manager for black pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) in a concert tour of the Deep South.

The film was directed by Peter Farrelly and has won 14 audience awards at film festivals around the world since its premiere in Toronto in September.

Also Read: 'Green Book' Film Review: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali Take a Perilous Road Trip Through the Deep South

Mortensen’s previous roles include Oscar-nominated performances in “Captain Fantastic” and “Eastern Promises,” as well as “Witness,” “A History of Violence,” “A Dangerous Method” and the three “Lord of the Rings” movies, in which he starred as Aragorn.
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99¢: Boogie Nights, First Reformed, Heathers, A History of Violence

Heads up on these great deals for four truly awesome movies on iTunes. iTunes deals expire quickly so if you've always wanted to see or revisit any of these they're only 99¢ this week.

• First Reformed - The nomination leader at the Gotham Awards and we still think Ethan Hawke could nab a Best Actor Oscar nomination for it.

Boogie Nights - The film that made Paul Thomas Anderson famous, and delivered Julianne Moore 'the foxiest bitch in the whole world' her first Oscar nomination (which she should've won).

A History of Violence - David Cronenberg's masterful adaptation of a graphic novel nabbed two Oscar nominations for its screenplay and for William Hurt's late film curtain chewing but it started the season with lots more Oscar buzz. It should have been up for everything, especially the big four: Picture, Director, Actor, Actress. It did really well at our own
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David Cronenberg Says He May Retire From Film Directing

David Cronenberg made his career off his work in films like Scanners, The Fly, and A History Of Violence, but now it’s looking like he may be done with films for good. The director recently indicated to EW he may be done making films and instead devote the rest of his career to writing novels or doing a television series on streaming:

I’ve written one novel (2014’s Consumed) and I really quite enjoyed that. I think that there are things you can do in the novel that you cannot do on a movie. I just came back from the Venice film festival, and I was on a panel with Spike Lee and some others, talking about the future of cinema. There was a lot of discussion about Netflix, and streaming series, and so on, and I was saying that I thought that was the future of cinema, and
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David Cronenberg Mulls Retirement But Says Doing A TV Series Is “An Interesting Idea”

When you think of the greatest living directors, it’s hard not to include David Cronenberg on that list. The 75-year-old filmmaker is probably best known for “Scanners,” “The Fly,” “Videodrome,” and “A History of Violence,” but his full filmography is one of the more eclectic out there. While he’s never been the most prolific director out there, fans have grown accustomed to waiting for a new Cronenberg project.

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