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Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch

Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch
In this edition of Career Watch we take on Judi Dench, who at 83 is a full-on movie star and could earn her eighth Oscar nomination for the title role in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul.”

Bottom Line: Dame Judi Dench far prefers theater (it offers more control than director-centric moviemaking), but she’s also a marquee draw in TV and movies. She’s always stellar no matter the material (see: “The Chronicles of Reddick”), and she’s a real draw for (older) moviegoers, from two-hander “Notes on a Scandal” opposite Cate Blanchett to Dench’s other franchise, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Career Peaks: Forty years after her stage debut as Ophelia at the Old Vic, Dench broke out in 1997 in “Mrs Brown” as Queen Victoria, earning her first Oscar nomination. (She notoriously claimed that she had Harvey Weinstein’s name “tattooed on my bum, which I hadn’t. I
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‘I, Tonya’: Allison Janney on the Frightening Injury That Turned Her from Iceskating to Acting

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‘I, Tonya’: Allison Janney on the Frightening Injury That Turned Her from Iceskating to Acting
When Allison Janney watched Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan compete in the 1994 Olympics — along with 126 million others — she had no idea that she’d eventually earn her first Oscar buzz for playing Harding’s mother. Most of those viewers tuned in because weeks prior, Harding’s ex-husband and bodyguard arranged for an attacker to club Kerrigan’s knee with a police baton. But for Janney, it was personal: few know that she was once a serious figure skater herself, sidelined from the sport by a freak accident that occurred when her parents hosted a party.

“There was a game where couples had balloons tied around their ankles and you tried to pop the other couples’ balloons,” said Janney, who portrays Lavona Golden in Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.” “I was cheating, and had my balloon tied around my knee, because I had a strapless long dress on. Cheaters never prosper!
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‘Quarry’s War #1′ Review

Written by Max Allan Collins | Art by Szymon Kudranski | Published by Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics

When the Hard Case Crime imprint arrived on the scene, it wasn’t a question of if, but when, they published something by Max Allan Collins. Collins is something of a star in several fields, but is probably best known for writing the graphic novel Road to Perdition, which later became a pretty good film with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Me, I love him for his stint writing Batman, his comic book private eye, Ms Tree, and his work on Dick Tracy. He’s also written for TV shows like CSI, there’s no doubting the man loves his crime fiction. All that being said, I have never read the novels or seen the TV show Quarry on which this is based, so am going into this review blind. Let’s take a look.
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10 Best Gambling and Poker Movies

All movie-makers love to put a little casino action into their films. There’s something so glamorous about the events that unfold around the gaming tables that it’s perfect for livening up even the dullest screenplay. So here’s a look at the top ten movies to tempt us into taking a trip to the casino!


We had to start our list with Martin Scorsese’s gambling masterpiece. This has everything you need in a casino film with Robert De Niro very impressive as the guy from the mob who takes over a Las Vegas gambling establishment. But it was Sharon Stone’s show-stopping performance as Ginger McKenna that really added that all-important glamour factor.

Ocean’s Eleven

But for suave sophistication it’s hard to beat the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven. With an awesome script that saw a bunch of very stylish guys attempting a heist
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George Clooney Returns To TV With ‘Catch-22’

It was just last week that George Clooney was saying that, following some lucrative business deals, he could afford to be choosy about his work. “Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore,” he told The Sunday Times. “Well, yeah, I shouldn’t be the guy that gets the girl. But, look, if somebody’s got Paul Newman in ‘The Verdict,’ I’d jump.

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The Miracle Worker

Anybody that appreciates good theater and good moviemaking will be in awe of Arthur Penn’s marvelous visualization of this tale of a determined woman achieving the impossible — teaching a child that can neither see nor hear. The knock down, drag ’em out scenes between Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke are unique, to say the least.

The Miracle Worker


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1962 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine, Judith Lowry.

Cinematography: Ernesto Caparrós

Film Editor: Aram Avakian

Art Direction: George Jenkins

Original Music: Laurence Rosenthal

Written by William Gibson, from his stage play

Produced by Fred Coe

Directed by Arthur Penn

I can barely believe that Arthur Penn’s obviously superior picture The Miracle Worker wasn’t picked off by Criterion years ago. It’s that good — it ought to
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George Clooney On Stepping Back from Acting: ‘I’m Not the Guy That Gets the Girl Anymore’

George Clooney On Stepping Back from Acting: ‘I’m Not the Guy That Gets the Girl Anymore’
George Clooney hasn’t acted in a film since 2016, and in a interview with The Sunday Times, the 56-year-old actor admitted that it isn’t a priority for him anymore — because he doesn’t need the money.

“Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore,” he said, before adding that at least he “shouldn’t be the guy that gets the girl.”

The father of two continued, “But, look, if somebody’s got Paul Newman in The Verdict, I’d jump. But there aren’t that many like that.
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The Green Slime

Look out! Gamma Gamma Hey! It’s the attack of screaming, arm-waving green goober monsters from a rogue planetoid, here to bring joy to the hearts of bad-movie fans everywhere. Just make sure your partner is agreeably inclined before you make it a date movie — this show has ended many a good relationship, even before the immortal words, “We’ll never make it chief, it’s coming too fast!”

The Green Slime


Warner Archive Collection

1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 90 min. / Gamma sango uchu daisakusen / Street Date October 3, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom, Robert Dunham.

Cinematography: Yoshikazu Yamasawa

Film Editor: Osamu Tanaka

Original Music: Charles Fox, Toshiaki Tsushima

Written by Bill Finger, Ivan Reiner, Tom Rowe, Charles Sinclair

Produced by Walter Manley, Ivan Reiner

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku

It’s a summer evening in 1969. Unable to get into a showing of Butch Cassidy
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Sliff 2017 Interview: Actor Patrick Fabian – Star of Driverx

Driverx screens Sunday, November 5th at 3:15pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Producer Mark Stolaroff will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here.

Skidding into middle age, a stay-at-home dad must drive for an Uber-like ride-share company to help support his working wife and two young daughters. Leonard (Patrick Fabian of “Better Call Saul”), a middle-aged man living in the suburbs, has lost his mojo. It’s been two years since the demise of his record store, and now he’s a stay-at-home dad taking care of two young daughters while wife Dawn (Tanya Clarke) works during the day. With both kids now in elementary school, he’s been interviewing for jobs, but

record companies aren’t looking for a 50-year-old music lover with a knowledge of classic rock and pre-’80s hip-hop.
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Newman's Own Foundation Honors Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole For Their Longtime Support of Veterans

Newman's Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, honored Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole for their commitment to public service and especially their devoted leadership and support of veterans.

An announcement was made at a special reception held in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC and attended by members of Congress, veterans, and organizations supporting veterans.

In honor of the Doles, the Foundation is committing $6.7 million in support of military men and women, veterans, and their families. With this pledge, the total support for veterans from Newman’s Own Foundation and Newman’s Own exceeds $18.5 million since 2010.

“The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as Americans cannot be taken for granted. The men and women of our military, veterans, and their families deserve our enduring gratitude and support,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Executive Chairman of Newman’s Own,
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Happy 50th to "Cool Hand Luke"

Paul Newman's fourth Best Actor nominated star vehicle opened on this day in 1967! In its honor an impromptu list...

Best Screen Lukes

Cool Hand Luke  (Paul Newman) Luke Skywalker (Mark HamillLuke Pasqualino Luke Cage  (Mike Colter) Luke (Ryan Gosling) from The Place Beyond the Pines  Luke Evans Keye Luke Luke (Ot Fagbenie) from "The Handmaid's Tale" Derek Luke Luke Duke (Tom Wopat) from "The Dukes of Hazzard"

(okay, who'd we forget?)
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Paul Newman's Rolex watch sells for record $17.8m

The Rolex Cosmograph Dayton, worn by the Oscar-winning actor each day for 15 years, is most expensive ever auctioned

A rare Rolex watch that was owned by the late movie star Paul Newman has sold for almost $17.8m (£13.5m), making it the most expensive watch ever auctioned.

Newman, who won an Oscar for his performance in the 1986 film The Colour of Money, wore the watch every day for 15 years.

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Paul Newman's Famous Rolex from Joanne Woodward Sells for $17.8 Million, Is the Most Expensive Watch to Sell at Auction

Paul Newman's Famous Rolex from Joanne Woodward Sells for $17.8 Million, Is the Most Expensive Watch to Sell at Auction
Paul Newman is an icon in the world of Rolex watch collectors. For years he wasn’t seen without the signature Rolex Daytona timepiece on his wrist, but in the ’80s he mysteriously stopped wearing it. Ever since the whereabouts of the watch were unknown to the public, until it went up for auction Thursday night in N.Y.C.

The Rolex “Paul Newman” Cosmograph Daytona, which was dubbed after the actor by watch enthusiasts, was sold at Phillips auction house’s “Winning Icons — Legendary Watches of the 20th Century” for a record-breaking $17.8 million.

It’s now the most expensive
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Team on Romance, Sufjan Stevens, Maurice Pialat, and Sequel Potential

Call Me By Your Name came to the 55th New York Film Festival last week and both screenings were met with rapturous applause and standing ovations (a rare occurrence at the fest). Director Luca Guadagnino participated a press conference with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Dennis Lim, and also did a public Q&A at Nyff Live with actors Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Timothée Chalamet at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater.

In the press conference, Guadagnino discussed his collaboration with cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (who also shot his upcoming Suspiria remake), Sufjan Stevens writing two original songs for the film when only one was requested, and avoiding romantic film cliches.

Hammer and Chalamet talked about the non-verbal sensuality of their character’s relationship at Nyff Live. Stuhlbarg discussed his character’s famous conversation with Elio in the film, and Guadagnino lists all the things he hates
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Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg Talk Weirdest Food Cravings, Biggest Disaster in the Kitchen & More

Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg Talk Weirdest Food Cravings, Biggest Disaster in the Kitchen & More
Praise be: The unexpectedly delightful combination of Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg is back.

The hilarious duo is once again hitting the small screen for VH1’s Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, and in honor of the upcoming season 2, they sat down with People Now for a round of Confess Sesh.

First up was the rapper’s weirdest food craving: peanut butter, pickles and potato chips on a sandwich. (For the record, Stewart, 76, thinks that sounds delicious.)

Up next, Stewart revealed what she would do if she were Beyoncé for the day.

“I would dance and sing and dress
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10 Actors to Watch: Barry Keoghan Pulls Double Duty with ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Sacred Deer’

10 Actors to Watch: Barry Keoghan Pulls Double Duty with ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Sacred Deer’
Barry Keoghan is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here.

Keoghan stood out in the strong ensemble of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” as George, the doomed young lad who sails with Mark Rylance’s kind boat captain. If you were taken in by his gentle sweetness in that film, prepare to be jarred by his icy performance as Martin, a teenager who terrorizes Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Muses the 24-year-old: “Everyone seems to hate me or think I’m evil. I guess that means I did my job.”

Keoghan still lives in Dublin, where he and his brother were raised by his grandmother after years in foster care. His big break came in 2013 on the hit Irish series “Love/Hate” — in his first episode, his character gunned down a cat. After seeing Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark comedy “The Lobster,” he
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15 Actors Almost Cast as Superman

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15 Actors Almost Cast as Superman
"It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... Sylvester Stallone?!" Christopher Reeve cast such a long shadow after his incredible portrayal of Superman it took years to get another actor into the cape. (And lookalike actor Brandon Routh's performance in Superman Returns was nothing short of homage.) But before Christopher Reeve, and in many developmental stages along the way, under the guidance of directors like Tim Burton, Brett Ratner, and McG, a handful of major movie stars came close to securing the role of DC's Last Son of Krypton. Here, we're looking at 15 actors who were almost Superman.

Paul Newman

Paul Newman, the late screen legend who starred opposite Robert Redford in the cinematic classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, among other notable roles, turned down Superman not once, not twice, but three different times. He was offered the lead role, as well as the roles of Lex Luthor and Superman's dad,
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Yes, Dame Judi Dench Has Totally Played Queen Victoria Before

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Image Source: Focus Features If Dame Judi Dench's latest role seems a bit familiar, there's good reason. Dench stars in the new movie Victoria and Abdul, which is based on a true story about the unlikely bond between England's Queen Victoria and an Indian servant who became one of her closest advisers. But Dench already had some practice with this particular monarch: she also played Queen Victoria in the 1997 film Mrs. Brown, for which she snagged both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win. Judi Dench in Mrs. Brown. Image Source: Everett Collection Judi Dench with costar Ali Fazal in Victoria and Abdul. Image Source: Everett Collection While the film itself has been subject to some mixed reviews, there's been almost unanimous praise for Dench's stunning performance in the starring role. And if she garners an Oscar nomination, she'll join an exclusive club: only six other actors
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Marilyn Monroe Was Linked to Lots of Men, but These Are the Lucky Few Who Won Her Heart

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Marilyn Monroe Was Linked to Lots of Men, but These Are the Lucky Few Who Won Her Heart
Marilyn Monroe is one of pop culture's most iconic figures, and her glamorous influence has only grown since her death at the age of 36 in August 1962. While Marilyn was alive, she was front-page news, whether she was on the red carpet, filming with Hollywood's hottest male actors, or being linked to industry heavyweights. RelatedThe Details of JFK's "Affair" With Marilyn Monroe Are Way More Chill Than We've Been Told Much has been made about her love life; Marilyn was rumored to have dated lots of famous men (and even a few famous women), but only a handful of people from the extensive list - which includes Paul Newman, Tony Curtis, and then-actor Ronald Reagan - are confirmed to have romanced the star. We've rounded up the five relationships that Marilyn actually had throughout her life.
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Jake Lamotta, Real-Life Raging Bull Boxer, Dies at 95

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Jake Lamotta, Real-Life Raging Bull Boxer, Dies at 95
Jake Lamotta, the boxing champion whose memoir inspired Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull has passed away. Lamotta died in a Miami nursing home due to complications with pneumonia, TMZ reports. Lamotta's wife confirmed the news while another family member said that his condition has deteriorated quite a bit over the fast weeks after he was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. Lamotta's wife said, "I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humor, with eyes that danced."

Lamotta's memoir inspired Martin Scorsese and his 1980 movie, Raging Bull, which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the troubled boxer. The movie is widely considered one of Scorsese's best, as well as one of the best American movies of all time. In 1990, it was named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry,
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