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Oscars flashback: Denzel Washington beams in front of his mother winning Best Supporting Actor for ‘Glory’ [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Denzel Washington beams in front of his mother winning Best Supporting Actor for ‘Glory’ [Watch]
In the late 1980s after six successful years on “St. Elsewhere,” Denzel Washington was making a successful segue into the movies. Just as that show was about to end for NBC, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as a South African activist in the 1987 film “Cry Freedom.” He lost the award that evening to Sean Connery (“The Untouchables”), but it would be just two years later that he would take home the gold for his performance as Private Silas Tripp in “Glory.”

See Oscar Best Supporting Actor Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

Watch his acceptance speech above from the 1990 Academy Awards ceremony as the 36-year-old actor beams in front of his mother and wife after presenter Geena Davis announces his name. He also thanks the men of the 54th from the American Civil War. In the film, Washington played an emancipated former slave
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'Grass': Film Review | Berlin 2018

'Grass': Film Review | Berlin 2018
Nameless couples in a timeless coffee shop vent their emotions in Grass, the latest installment in the whimsical oeuvre of writer-director Hong Sangsoo. There’s something in his characters and their boozy, neurotic, often humorous discussions about love and death that irresistibly recall a Korean version of Woody Allen; the same modern light touch in search of psychological depth and big themes is evident even in a slight film like the one-location, 66-minute Grass. The choice to shoot in unspectacular black and white and in uninterrupted long takes (par for Hong’s course) brands it as mainly for the fan club, whose...
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Chinese Private Equity Firm Acquires Control Of Woody Allen Backer Imagina

Chinese Private Equity Firm Acquires Control Of Woody Allen Backer Imagina
Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital has acquired a majority stake in Spanish media group Imagina Media Audiovisual, the firm that has backed a number of Woody Allen movies including Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Blue Jasmine. The Chinese firm has bought 53.5% of the company, buying stakes previously owned by Mexico's Televisa, Torreal and Mediavideo. The deal, which gives Imagina an enterprise value of €1.9B (Us$2.4B), will still see ad giant Wpp own 22.5% as…
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Donald Trump Reportedly Had 9-Month Affair with Playboy Model While Married to Melania

Donald Trump Reportedly Had 9-Month Affair with Playboy Model While Married to Melania
An explosive new report in The New Yorker claims that Donald Trump had a consensual sexual relationship with former Playboy Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal while married to wife Melania.

The piece — titled “Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity” — comes from journalist Ronan Farrow, who helped expose the alleged sexual misconduct allegations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. (Farrow is also the son of actress Mia Farrow and estranged from father Woody Allen.)

In it, Farrow details the alleged elaborate coverup system the former Celebrity Apprentice host set up to hide and protect his extramarital affairs before his presidency,
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Time's finally up for Hollywood's Lolita complex

Male directors have endlessly projected their sexual fantasies in films starring child actors having relationships with older men. Does #MeToo mark a watershed for the creeps?

The pairing of the older man and younger woman, in movies as in life, enjoys relative respectability. Somehow, daddy figures are more acceptable than old-enough-to-be-your-mother lovers, France’s current president notwithstanding. The latter is usually played for the grotesque – Sunset Boulevard, The Graduate – while the double standard of ageing allows older men to exude a sex appeal not offered to their female counterparts. But how young and how old? And will the leniency afforded such pairings survive the scrutiny of the #MeToo movement?

It is no longer possible to rationalise as consensual certain egregious pairings, or to accept with equanimity the sexualisation of underage performers. We have begun to take a second look at the smarmy overtones of movies such as Woody Allen’s
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Best Original Screenplay Oscar nail-biter: Not so fast ‘Get Out,’ there’s still ‘Three Billboards’

Since 2010 the Writers Guild of America has correctly predicted the winners of both screenplay races at the Oscars twice. The first time being in 2012 with Woody Allen winning Original Screenplay for “Midnight in Paris” along with Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash winning Adapted Screenplay for “The Descendants.” The second time was in 2016 with Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer winning Original Screenplay for “Spotlight” as well as Adam McKay & Charles Randolph winning Adapted Screenplay for “The Big Short.” So what does that mean for this year’s WGA winners, Jordan Peele for “Get Out” and James Ivory for “Call Me By Your Name”?

SEEEditors clash predicting Best Original Screenplay: Will Oscar go to ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Three Billboards’ … ?

Call Me By Your Name” is essentially a lock for Best Adapted Screenplay according to our combined Oscar predictions. And “Get Out,” which just won the WGA for Original Screenplay, appears to
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5 Favorite Latino Couples on What Makes Their Relationships Work

5 Favorite Latino Couples on What Makes Their Relationships Work
These five Latino celebrity couples are #relationship goals: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Luis Fonsi and wife Agueda Lopez, Maluma and girlfriend Natalia Barulich, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, and Prince Royce and girlfriend Emeraude Toubia. Here are some of the sweetest and most revealing thoughts they’ve shared about one another.

1. The Power Couple: J.Lo and A-Rod took their stardom to the next level when they became J-Rod a year ago. “We are very much twins,” Rodriguez told Vanity Fair last year. “We’re both Leos; we’re both from New York; we’re both Latino and about 20 other things.
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Why We Don’t Hear from Seth Green Anymore

Despite being just out of his 30s, Seth Green has been a familiar face to anyone with even a passing in film and television. He started his career in show business as a child Seth Green in the ‘80s, working on popular TV shows such as The Facts of Life and Tales from the Darkside, even clocking in an appearance in the Woody Allen film Radio Days. He truly broke through to our screen in the ‘90s, however, as a series regular on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a winning turn as Scott Evil, the moody layabout son of Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers films. Maybe his most enduring role to date has been providing the voice of Chris Griffin, the, uh, intellectually challenged son in the monstrously successful Family Guy cartoon. Despite seemingly meeting with nothing but success, when it comes to recent screen time, Seth Green news
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Sally Hawkins: celebrating her 12 best film roles

Helen Wood Feb 16, 2018

Sally Hawkins has rightly earned an Oscar nomination for The Shape Of Water. Here are 12 of her other roles that are worth checking out.

If you loved her turn as Elisa in Guillermo del Toro’s latest tour de force The Shape Of Water, that's currently playing in UK cinemas, then good news: there are lots and lots of movie performances from her that are well, well worth seeking out.

Here's our pick of a dozen other excellent Sally Hawkins films that you might want to check out, once you've seen The Shape Of Water....

All Or Nothing (2002)

Mike Leigh’s brilliant but bleak study of three families adrift in a south London housing estate is pretty tough going, I’ll admit. Watching washed-up taxi driver Phil (Timothy Spall) spiral into crisis, scrounging money from his children to top up his takings – because he’s too depressed
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‘Chicago’ or ‘The Pianist’: That 2002 Best Picture Oscar battle wouldn’t be fought today

‘Chicago’ or ‘The Pianist’: That 2002 Best Picture Oscar battle wouldn’t be fought today
Fifteen years ago this month, the Best Picture race at the Oscars pitted Rob Marshall’s razzle-dazzle musical “Chicago” against Roman Polanski’s wrenching Holocaust drama “The Pianist”: a bipolar set of Academy Awards contenders that caused many critics and filmmakers to get both their knickers and their boxers in a twist.

Yes, “The Pianist” may have been the more important work, but was it so important that movie folks could forgive Polanski for the 1977 rape of a 13-year-old child that caused him to become a permanent fugitive from American justice?

Sympathetic Patrick Goldstein, writing in the influential Los Angeles Times, compared Polanski’s case to that of “Les Miserable’s” Jean Valjean, “an ex-con trying to turn his life around who is being obsessively tracked and hunted down by the Parisian police inspector Javert.” Well, of course, drugging and raping a pubescent girl for your perverse pleasure is
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Oscars 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ could win for its screenplay like 11 of the last 12 Best Picture winners

Oscars 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ could win for its screenplay like 11 of the last 12 Best Picture winners
Since the Oscar nominations were announced, I’ve wondered why more people aren’t predicting “The Shape of Water” to win Best Original Screenplay? After all, it’s the favorite to win Best Picture and Best Director (Guillermo del Toro) with first-place odds of 10/11 and 1/10, respectively. So why is it way behind in the writing category with fourth-place odds of 22/1?

Considering that only one film since 2006 has won Best Picture but lost for its writing — the nearly dialogue-free “The Artist” (2011) — shouldn’t more people be penciling in del Toro and co-writer Vanessa Taylor in this category?

Among the 21 Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, only Jack Mathews (Gold Derby) is currently predicting “The Shape of Water” to prevail for its script. The rest are split between “Lady Bird” (Greta Gerwig), which ranks first with 8/5 odds; Golden Globe winner “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Martin McDonagh), which has
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Dylan Farrow Responds to New York Times Article Doubting Her Woody Allen Story: ‘I’ve Consistently Stated the Truth’

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Following a New York Times article casting doubt on her allegations against Woody Allen, Dylan Farrow has defended her account in a series of tweets. The piece, Bret Stephens’ “The Smearing of Woody Allen,” says that the evidence against Allen is not as strong as it is against Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, making it dangerous to automatically assume his guilt; Farrow’s response argues that “to presume I invented this story & convinced myself of it is no less insulting than calling me a liar.”

In his article, Stephens writes that “an in-depth, contemporaneous and independent investigation into the allegations, conducted over several months by the Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1992 and 1993, noted that there were ‘important inconsistencies in Dylan’s statements,’ and that ‘her descriptions of the details surrounding the alleged events were unusual and were inconsistent.’ It concluded categorically: ‘It is our expert opinion that Dylan was not sexually abused by Mr.
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Dylan Farrow Fights Back Against Suggestion She Invented Woody Allen Child Abuse Allegations

  • ET Canada
Dylan Farrow is standing by what she believes is right and will fight her detractors tooth and nail. Woody Allen’s daughter defended her accusations of child abuse against the famed director after New York Times columnist Bret Stephens suggested she invented the story. Related: Dylan Farrow Calls Out Justin Timberlake For Supporting Woody Allen “Child molestation is
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Peak TV Treasure: Showtime's Smilf

Peak TV Treasure: Showtime's Smilf
Are you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.

Smilf

Network | Showtime

Created By | Frankie Shaw (based on her Sundance Jury Award-winning short film of the same name)

Number Of Episodes | 8

Episode Length | 30 mins.

Premise | This semi-autobiographical series — created by, starring and executive-produced by Shaw — follows Bridgette Bird, a young, working-class mother attempting to navigate life in South Boston.
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Amazon Studios’ Bold New Leader Faces a Film Division With an Identity Crisis

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Amazon Studios’ hire of NBC Entertainment veteran Jennifer Salke as its new president should bode well for its TV production, which needs a seasoned hand to develop its own must-see TV. However, while she has no background in film development or production, Amazon’s film division will also need her leadership to focus its own strategy.

Read More:Amazon Officially Names NBC’s Jennifer Salke To Head Up Its Studio, Overseeing Both TV and Film

Amazon Studios’ chief operating officer Albert Cheng, who served as its interim head following Roy Price’s resignation last fall, will report to Salke, as will Jason Ropell, VP and worldwide head of motion pictures for Amazon Studios and Prime Video. This resolves one matter up front: After Price’s exit, Ropell refused to report to Cheng and reported directly to Seattle-based Amazon senior VP Jeff Blackburn. With new leadership in place, however, the deep-pocked production
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Joshua Reviews Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits [Theatrical Review]

Usually, when a director with the art house credibility of an Alex Ross Perry teams up with a cast including names like Jason Schwartzman, Chloe Sevigny and Emily Browning, the anticipation for the resulting motion picture comes with months and months of anticipation. Hell, in the case of Perry’s new, star-studded drama Golden Exits, the director even gets Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz a.k.a. Ad-Rock, just to entice the hip hop heads.

However, as it arrives in theaters this week, little discussion surrounds this film, and sure that may be due to middling reviews out of a festival run last year, but as the wave of support gets louder and louder, one can only hope that this truly superlative film finds an audience. Because not only is it a very early contender for one of 2018’s best films, but it may be its beloved director’s masterpiece.

Golden Exits
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Call Me By Your Name’s Timothee Chalamet to star as Henry V in Netflix’s The King

Deadline is reporting that Oscar nominee Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) is set to take on the role of Britain’s Henry V in The King, a new drama which is being directed by David Michod (Animal Kingdom, War Machine) for Netflix.

Written by Michod and Joel Edgerton, The King sees Chalamet’s Henry coronated after his brother is killed in battle. A reluctant ruler, Henry finds himself wearing the crown as England nears war with France and the British Empire is teetering. The King is being produced by Michod, Edgerton and Plan B’s Brad Bitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

Chalamet enjoyed a stellar 2017, appearing in Call Me By Your Name (for which he is nominated for Best Actor at the 90th Academy Awards), Lady Bird and Hostiles. He has two projects incoming this year in Beautiful Boy, where he stars opposite Steve Carell, and A Rainy Day in New York,
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Selena Gomez Joins Cast of Upcoming Doctor Dolittle Movie

Selena Gomez Joins Cast of Upcoming Doctor Dolittle Movie
Selena Gomez has been hard at work, and not just with her music career. The former Disney star is set to appear in Woody Allen’s upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York, the third installment of the animated film Hotel Transylvania and now has a new big-screen project under way. Gomez has joined the cast of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, which is slated to release in 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The “Bad Liar” singer joins Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and a voice cast that includes Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Tom Holland, Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes.
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'Golden Exits' Review: Brooklynites-Behaving-Badly Indie Boasts Stars, Chops

'Golden Exits' Review: Brooklynites-Behaving-Badly Indie Boasts Stars, Chops
"People never make films about ordinary people who never do anything."

"They're out there..."

That first meta-statement comes from Naomi (Emily Browning), an Australian twentysomething with a work visa, a temp gig as an archivist's assistant and the sort of youthful bloom that attracts both wanted and unwanted attention. The reply is from Nick (ex-Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz), her married fortysomething employer who's currently doling out the latter; he finishes the sentence with "... and I could take you to one some time," which suggests that underneath his nice-guy facade, something potentially toxic this way lies.
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In France, Woody Allen Still Gets Respect, but #MeToo Hits Cultural Barriers

In France, Woody Allen Still Gets Respect, but #MeToo Hits Cultural Barriers
At the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, French actor and opening ceremony emcee Laurent Lafitte sparked an uproar with a rape joke linking Woody Allen, who was there to present “Cafe Society,” and Roman Polanski.

“It’s very nice that you’ve been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you’re not being convicted of rape in the U.S.,” Lafitte said, to murmurs of surprise in the audience. Afterward, the comment drew swift rebukes from Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who said he rushed to make sure Allen wasn’t offended, and “Cafe Society” star Blake Lively, who said any joke “about rape, homophobia or Hitler is not a joke.”

Two years and one radical cultural shift later, Allen has found himself caught up in the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements in the U.S. over longtime allegations that he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. In France, however, a country
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