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Penn Is Latest Hollywood Celeb to Take Home French Academy's Honor

17 hours ago | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young -- i.e., media friendly -- Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on February 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the »

- Steve Montgomery

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The fantasist: The comic art of Woody Allen

24 January 2015 12:49 PM, PST | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »

- Graham Daseler

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The 7 Lines That Defined the American Horror Story: Freak Show Finale

22 January 2015 4:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Barkers rev up your engines. The Freak Show is over, and the incessant quote canonizing can begin. As another season of American Horror Story closed on Wednesday, the freak fetishist became the freak. (If that meant we got to see Finn Wittrock in his skivvies, then so be it.) But Dandy Mott's downfall was just the beginning of the curiosities delivered by Elsa Mars and her band of outsiders. Picking up short after Dandy (Wittrock) began his tyrannical rule of the side show, the anthology show's season finale was a veritable a parade of zingers and bon mots worthy of creator Ryan Murphy, »

- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard

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American Horror Story: Freak Show Finale Recap: Is That All There Is?

21 January 2015 9:02 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

As “Curtain Call” brought American Horror Story: Freak Show to a close, Dandy at last made his stage “debut,” and Elsa arrived in the one place in the world that might actually be weirder than her own Cabinet of Curiosities: Hollywood.

Here’s how it all fell apart and came together.

The Beginning Of The End | As the finale kicked off, Dandy was pitching a fit over the fact that, just like Penny predicted, audiences weren’t lining up to see a “rich Nancy sing show tunes.” And, in no time, he’d become so intolerable that he’d been decked by Amazon Eve, »

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Redford on TCM: Dismal 'Gatsby,' Oscar winner 'Africa'

20 January 2015 7:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'The Great Gatsby': Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby Released by Paramount Pictures, the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby had prestige oozing from just about every cinematic pore. The film was based on what some consider the greatest American novel ever written. Francis Ford Coppola, whose directing credits included the blockbuster The Godfather, and who, that same year, was responsible for both The Godfather Part II and The Conversation, penned the adaptation. Multiple Tony winner David Merrick (Becket, »

- Andre Soares

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Redford on TCM: Dismal 'Gatsby,' Oscar winner 'Africa'

20 January 2015 5:59 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Way We Were' tonight on Turner Classic Movies Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, and Jack Clayton's film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. (See TCM's Robert Redford film schedule below. See also: "On TCM: Robert Redford Movies.") 'Out of Africa' Out of Africa (1985) is an unusual Robert Redford star vehicle in that the film's actual lead isn't Redford, but Meryl Streep -- at the time seen as sort of a Bette Davis-Alec Guinness mix: like Davis, Streep received a whole bunch of Academy Award nominations within the span of a few years: from 1978-1985, she was shortlisted for no less than six movies.* Like Guinness, Streep could transform »

- Andre Soares

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Bradley, Benedict, Eddie, Michael and Steve. Or...

20 January 2015 9:57 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Best Actor chart is revised for your perusal with our usual game of 'how'd they get nominated' -- especially relevant in this stacked category (sniffle goodbye Timothy Jake Fiennes-Oyelowo) -- and the readers poll of who you think is actually best.

So check that out and vote, would you?

Though I've already expressed my disappointment in the Acdemy's shortlist given the wide variety of strong performances they didn't love enough, one thing that is satisfying about it is how many first timers we have. Indeed, had they not nominated Bradley Cooper and chosen, say, Oyelowo or Spall we could have had an all virgin Best Actor lineup.

Trivia Break: there's been a lot of talk about Cooper's 3 consecutive nominations (2012-2014 for Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and American Sniper). If you're curious, no, it's not an acting record. The all time consecutive record holders for men are Marlon Brando »

- NATHANIEL R

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'Empire' team spills on diversity, Cookie's inspiration and getting Terrence Howard

17 January 2015 5:32 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's already been a good day for Fox's "Empire." The freshman smash -- the second week rose from the first, which pretty much never happens -- was renewed for a second season on Saturday (January 17) morning, which doesn't usually happen after two airings.  But now, the "Empire" ensemble, plus producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Ilene Chaiken and Francie Calfo are ready to meet with the Television Critics Association press tour. Click through and follow along. 5:33 p.m. Pacific. The first question is for Lee Daniels' Lee Daniels. "It's hard. That show is my life. 'Empire' is my life. And it's mixed with happiness and sadness, as with 'Precious,' as with 'The Butler,' as with my other films," he says. "It's life, but with a little bit of camp so that we can laugh," Daniels says. 5:34 p.m. "It was time," Daniels says for »

- Daniel Fienberg

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From Meryl Streep to Alexandre Desplat: Oscar Oddities and Factoids

15 January 2015 11:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 87th Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, and with it came a number of oddities, including triple nominees, first-timers and the inevitable extension of the reign of Meryl Streep. Below is a list of factoids from this year’s Academy Award nominations:

-Meryl Streep extended her Oscar record with a 19th nomination, this time for “Into the Woods.” The actors with the runner-up number of noms are Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who have 12 each.

-With “American Sniper,” Bradley Cooper becomes the 22nd actor to earn three consecutive nominations. The last two were Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger. Bette Davis and Greer Garson hold the record, with five consecutives.

-Of the 20 actors in the four acting categories, nine are first-timers: Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Michael Keaton, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons and Emma Stone.

-In the foreign language race, Estonia (“Tangerines”) and Mauritania »

- Tim Gray

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The 10 Worst Oscar Acting Snubs of the Last 10 Years

15 January 2015 10:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While it's not exactly the kind of consolation prize the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes, David Oyelowo, Rene Russo, Josh Brolin and Jessica Chastain wanted this morning, they have now entered into a different kind of Oscar history: The long-standing tradition of undeserved acting snubs. It is a club that is just as prestigious -- if not more so -- than the one made up nominees themselves, even if it comes without any sort of official celebration. Read More: The 10 Biggest Surprises of the 2015 Oscar Nominations Consider the company: Bette Davis for "Of Human Bondage" or Dennis Hopper for "Blue Velvet" or Judy Garland for "The Wizard of Oz" or Jimmy Stewart for "Vertigo." Or the following ten folks, who make up our obviously subjective list of the 10 worst acting Oscar snubs of the past 10 years. And we definitely encourage thoughtful use of the comments to offer your own picks for tragic Oscar misses. »

- Peter Knegt

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Gena Rowlands: “I Never Wanted to Be Anything But an Actress” (Q&A)

12 January 2015 6:06 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Gena Rowlands will be honored tonight by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which will present her with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its awards dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles. The actress, now 84, made 10 films with her late husband, actor/director John Cassavetes — including two films for which she received best actress Oscar nominations, A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Gloria (1980). She most recently starred in last month’s indie dramedy Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, and had her handprints and footprints cemented in front of the Tcl Chinese Theatre on Dec. 5. She spoke with THR about her love for Bette Davis, how she first met her husband, and her first impressions of Woman Under the Influence.

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- Anjelica Oswald

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The Definitive Best Picture Losers

1 January 2015 12:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. Apollo 13 (1995)

Lost to: Braveheart

In 1995, director Ron Howard brought a true life story of hope in the face of peril and started sweeping up awards. He won the Directors Guild Award. He won the Producers Guild Award. He won the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award. He lost the Golden Globe Drama to “Sense and Sensibility,” though he was nominated. Nothing could beat “Apollo 13.” Oscar night came and the Academy decided to hand the award to Mel Gibson’s historical epic about William Wallace, whose only precursor award was a surprise directing win at the Golden Globes. I’m not saying “Apollo 13″ is a greater film than “Braveheart.” It’s just proof that even the mighty may fall if a charismatic actor/director is at the helm.

29. L.A. Confidential (1997)

Lost to: Titanic

Curtis Hanson’s neo noir wasn’t the only quality loser from 1997 (“Good Will Hunting, »

- Joshua Gaul

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