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La La Land, a favourite to win at the Oscars, has been celebrated as not only a tribute to the great films of classic Hollywood, but as a movie that might inspire audiences to rediscover them. If it does so, great. But anyone who thinks La La Land embodies the spirit of old movies hasn’t seen very many of them. It has style, but little substance. Like Woody Allen’s Café Society, similarly hailed as a love letter to classic film, these movies may look like old Hollywood, but they lack a spine, a nerve centre. They have no backbone.
When I was growing up in the 1980s, American popular culture was pretty much a wasteland of positive female images. There was no one I aspired to resemble, »
- Sarah Churchwell
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In a career that already seen five Oscar nominations and one win for a body of work that includes remarkable performances as Queen Elizabeth, Bob Dylan and Katherine Hepburn, no less, Cate Blanchett somehow topped herself this year.
As the title character in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” Blanchett plays a woman whose wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin) has lost all their money, forcing her to abandon their upper class Manhattan life to live with her working class sister (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco. Even at this point, Jasmine is somewhere past the verge of a nervous breakdown, and Blanchett manages her character’s subsequent further spiraling with a tour-de-force authenticity that blew away audiences and critics alike.
Leading into the Oscars, Blanchett has already won a slew of kudos for “Blue Jasmine,” including a Golden Globe, honors from the New York and Los Angeles critics groups and nominations from SAG, »
- Peter Knegt
By: Carson Blackwelder
With the 89th Academy Awards right around the corner, it seems that the best actress category contains one of the tightest races with Emma Stone going head to head against Isabelle Huppert. While the La La Land ingénue is considered the favorite to take home the trophy, it’s the esteemed legend from Elle who would be the one making history. At 63 years of age — just shy of her 64th birthday — the French thespian would become the category’s third-oldest winner at the Oscars.
Come the night of the ceremony — this Sunday, February 26 — Huppert will be exactly 63 years, 11 months, and 10 days old. When looking at the history of the best actress category, there are only two other women who were older than this hypothetical outcome when they took home their statuettes: Katharine Hepburn and Jessica Tandy. Hepburn won »
- Carson Blackwelder
Top 10 Oscar Winning MomentsTop 10 Oscar Winning MomentsAdriana Floridia2/23/2017 3:45:00 Pm
The most exciting part of the Oscars is obviously the winners.
Everybody there, no matter how confident they are in their chances, wants to win an Oscar. Oftentimes, these talents are calm and collected while they experience what may very well be the best moment of their lives. Other times, they expose the sheer excitement they're feeling.
With the Oscars coming up this weekend, we're taking the chance to throwback to some of the best Oscar winning moments in history. We're hoping this year can deliver some equally iconic moments.
10. Melissa Leo
Won: Best Supporting Actress- The Fighter (2011)
Moment: Rated R for Coarse Language
Won: Best Actor- The Revenant (2016)
Moment: The end of all Internet Memes (He Finally Won)
Won: Best Supporting Actor- Jerry Maguire (1997)
Moment: I Love You
Won: Best Supporting »
- Adriana Floridia
La La Land garnered a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations this year — it’s now neck-and-neck with Titanic and All About Eve for receiving the most Oscar nominations in a given year. Among those nods is a first-ever Best Actress nom for Emma Stone, who’s been racking up rave reviews for her performance in the film.
While we’ve got musicals on the mind, let’s take a look back at some other actresses who’ve received acclaim for their musical turns.
Hathaway’s turn as Fantine was the only non-technical award the 2012 adaptation of the smash musical picked up. »
- Alex Heigl
With the new release of Mildred Pierce, the Criterion Collection appears to be solidifying a trend over the past couple years of providing a showcase for some of the greatest female actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Since late 2014, stars like Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night, The Palm Beach Story), Rita Hayworth (Gilda, Only Angels Have Wings) and Rosalind Russell (His Girl Friday) have made their first appearances in the Collection, in what can be considered career-defining roles. These additions seem to be addressing a notable blind spot for Criterion. As impressive as their reach has been in bringing many of the most iconic women from the past hundred years of world cinema to the forefront, the continuing absence of silver screen legends like Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few, seems like a lingering oversight, a problem yet to be »
- David Blakeslee
When it comes to the Oscars, the numbers say it all. As the biggest night in Hollywood approaches, the industry's most esteemed stars prepare to enter the Dolby Theater on Sunday—some for the first time in their career, others for the umpteenth time. While plenty of history is ready to be made at the 89th Academy Awards, this year's pool of nominees have already set several records. To start, the reigning queen of the silver screen, Meryl Streep, earned her 20th nomination this year for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins. If she wins, the icon will officially tie with Katharine Hepburn's record for the most wins by an actress with four statues. However, Streep already leads »
20 February 2017 8:26 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On Feb. 20, 1952, The African Queen opened at the Capitol Theatre in New York. The sweeping drama was nominated for four Oscars at the 24th Academy Awards, claiming a win for Humphrey Bogart as best actor. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.
As charming as the C.S. Forester novel on which it is based, The African Queen is top flight entertainment, delightful, different, always interesting. It is filled with excitement and adventure and sparked by superlative performances from Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.
Filmed in Africa by S.P. Eagle, the production is a stunning pictorial »
- THR Staff
Legendary filmmaker, activist and human-rights trailblazer Sidney Poitier can now add “nonagenarian” to his list of accomplishments.
The two-time Academy Award winner turned 90 on Monday, and celebrated the milestone with friends and family, including his wife, Joanna Shimkus, whom he married in 1976, as well as six daughters, Beverly, Pamela, Sherri, Gina, Anika and Sydney. He also has eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Poitier, who made a career out of defying expectations, began his life beating the odds. The actor was born two months premature in Miami in 1927 to a pair of poor immigrant farmers from the Bahamas, and the likelihood »
- Mike Miller
By: Carson Blackwelder
With yet another opportunity to win this year, Jeff Bridges expands his Academy Awards career to 45 years — with the chance to add to it. This is quite an accomplishment as there are very few actors and actresses with a span of that long between their last or most recent nomination. Let’s take a look at some of these other legends with Oscar stretches almost as long as or even longer than that of Bridges.
This year Bridges is nominated for best supporting actor for Hell or High Water and is up against Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals). Hell or High Water — a Western crime thriller directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan — is also nominated for best picture, best original screenplay, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Leo McCarey's The Awful Truth (1937) is showing February 13 - March 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the series The Rom Com Variations.Leo McCarey’s 1937 screwball classic The Awful Truth is the epitome of a sub-genre dubbed by philosopher Stanley Cavell the “comedy of remarriage.” In the film, husband and wife Jerry and Lucy Warriner (Cary Grant and Irene Dunne) succumb to their marital suspicions and embark on an easier-said-than-done divorce. He returns home from an unspecified dalliance, complete with fake Florida tan (ever the gentleman, he bronzes so as to save Lucy the embarrassment of getting asked why her husband looks pale after spending time in the sun), but upon his arrival, Lucy herself is nowhere to be found. She must be with her Aunt Patsy, Jerry assures his guests, that is until Aunt Patsy (Cecil Cunningham) shows up sans niece. »
When people talk about memorable Oscar moments, they usually mention the streaker, Sacheen Littlefeather, Sally Field, or Cuba Gooding Jr. But there is another gauge for Academy Awards events: significant moments that helped shape the awards DNA that we see today. Many of these moments occurred off-camera, but their effect is long-lasting.
The first ceremony was held May 16, 1929, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, three months after winners had been announced. Like high-school graduates getting diplomas, winners silently went to the stage, accepted the trophy, then sat down; honorable mentions did the same, receiving certificates. Warner Bros. was given an award for “The Jazz Singer,” the only talkie honored. Accepting the trophy, Zanuck did something radical: He said a few words of praise for the WB team. And thus the acceptance speech was born.
The ceremony was first broadcast March 19, 1953, on NBC. The Variety review the next »
- Tim Gray
By: Carson Blackwelder
Denzel Washington has already earned a spot in the history books with a seventh Oscar nomination and stands a solid shot at taking home an unprecedented third trophy across acting categories — both records for black thespians. Recent events suggest the 62-year-old stands a real chance at giving an acceptance speech come February 26 so, as this national treasure is set to win big — let’s take a look at the other non-white actors and actresses who are close behind.
Over the years Washington’s nominations have included best supporting actor for 1987’s Cry Freedom, best actor for 1992’s Malcolm X, best actor for 1999’s The Hurricane, and best actor for 2012’s Flight in addition to wins including best supporting actor for 1989’s Glory and best actor for 2001’s Training Day. On top of that, the multihyphenate snagged two nominations this year, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Variety reported in March that McCarthy would star in Fox Searchlight adaptation of Lee Israel’s memoir with “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” director Marielle Heller attached to helm from a script by Nicole Holofcener. Shooting began Monday in New York City.
McCarthy will portray Israel, who made her living in the 1970s and ’80s writing profiles of stars such as Katharine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead, cosmetics executive Estee Lauder, and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When she was no longer able to get published because she had fallen out of step with current tastes, »
- Dave McNary
30 January 2017 2:45 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Based on the memoir of the same name by Lee Israel, Can You Ever Forgive Me? follows a best-selling celebrity biographer (McCarthy) who made her living in the 1970s and '80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead, but has since fallen out of touch.
- Mia Galuppo
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
On Feb. 26, Los Angeles will become what La La Land promises: A city of stars. But before the envelopes are opened, we’ve got inside intel on the nominees. Below, read about the nominees for Best Actress, and come back to EW.com throughout the week for spotlights on the other major categories.
Starring In: La La Land
Oscar Past: 1 nomination; 0 wins
Role Call: Mia, an aspiring actress in Los Angeles who manages to stay upbeat in the face of professional rejection
After a decade of starring in successful Hollywood films, »
- Joe McGovern, Devan Coggan and Sara Vilkomerson
Theodore Melfi’s film shocked with a win in the Screen Actors Guild’s top category Sunday night, beating out Oscar heavyweights like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight” and adding a lot more gas to the tank with the 89th Academy Awards just under a month away. “La La Land” was not in the running, perceived more as a two-hander than an ensemble film, but this is quite the feather in the cap of a film that has a lot to say about putting divisions aside and working toward common good.
Boy does that ring loud and clear right now.
Could “Hidden Figures” be an Oscar threat? I think you’ll see a concerted effort to get it there now, 14 daunting »
- Kristopher Tapley
“That’S The Glory Of Love”
By Raymond Benson
“You’ve got to live a little, take a little, and let your poor heart break a little—that’s the story of, that’s the glory of love.”
The popular opening song by Billy Hill and sung by Jacqueline Fontaine, “The Glory of Love,” sets the tone for this classic, delightful motion picture that addressed a social issue at the time that we take for granted today—interracial marriage. Hey, in 1967, this was a hot topic. The Supreme Court had decided the Loving vs. Virginia case, which prohibited states from criminalizing interracial marriage, only six months prior to the film’s release (and that legal battle is dramatized in the film Loving, currently in cinemas). Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was indeed timely, certainly controversial in more conservative areas of the country, and a powerful statement about tolerance and the rights of American citizens. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Dick Van Dyke is mourning the loss of his TV wife Mary Tyler Moore. Shortly after news broke of her death on Wednesday, the actor took to social media to pay tribute to his Dick Van Dyke Show costar. "There are no words," he wrote alongside a video of them performing. "She was The Best! We always said that we changed each other's lives for the better." In addition to his tweet, he also released a heartfelt tribute in The Hollywood Reporter. "She was 23 years old, gorgeous of course, and had a kind of mid-Atlantic accent," he wrote. "She sounded a little bit like Katharine Hepburn. My first question was, 'Can this girl do comedy?' After that I said, 'She's a little young for me.' I got to be on hand and watch her grow into the talent she became. She was just the best." The actor also touched on her comic timing, »
- Kelsie Gibson
Mary Tyler Moore’s big career break came in 1961 when she was cast as Dick Van Dyke’s wife Laura on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Here Van Dyke, now 91, remembers his friend of six decades, who died Wednesday at age 80….
She was 23 years old, gorgeous of course, and had a kind of mid-Atlantic accent. She sounded a little bit like Katharine Hepburn. My first question was, “Can this girl do comedy?” After that I said, “She’s a little young for me.” I got to be on hand and watch her grow into the talent she »
- Dick Van Dyke, as told to Matthew Belloni
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