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Oscars flashback: Meryl Streep exclaims ‘Holy mackerel’ winning her 1st Oscar for ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Meryl Streep exclaims ‘Holy mackerel’ winning her 1st Oscar for ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ [Watch]
Believe it or not, long before a record-shattering 21 Oscar nominations, there was a time when Meryl Streep was not the queen of the movies. After finishing at Yale Drama School in the 1970s, Streep found steady work on stage and television before her breakout role in 1978’s Best Picture Oscar winner, “The Deer Hunter.” That film brought Streep her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress (and first loss) for her performance as Linda, the fiancee of a troubled Vietnam vet (Christopher Walken in an Oscar-winning performance).

The following year she starred in three major films: as the love interest of Alan Alda in “The Seduction of Joe Tynan;” as Woody Allen’s lesbian ex-wife in “Manhattan;” and as the troubled Joanna Kramer opposite Dustin Hoffman in “Kramer vs Kramer.” It was that latter role that brought her a first-ever win at the Academy Awards. The first words exclaimed by Streep were “Holy mackerel!
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CinemaCon to Include Sexual Harassment Hotline, Tougher Code of Conduct

CinemaCon will include a code of conduct expressly barring harassment and discrimination at the four-day conference for theater owners.

It is the first time that the exhibition industry event has outlined such policies and is an illustration of the cultural shift taking place in the movie business in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. The annual gathering draws A-list stars and studio executives to Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace. They come to Sin City to pitch their upcoming film slates and sell theater owners on an upcoming batch of summer blockbusters that will include “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “Ocean’s 8,” and “Avengers Infinity War.”

“It’s Las Vegas,” said Patrick Corcoran, a spokesman for the National Association of Theatre Owners, the trade group that puts on the showcase. “There’s lots of bars and lots of people, and we want to make sure that even as everybody is there enjoying themselves, there are policies
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15 permissions battles fought by TV shows

Louisa Mellor Feb 22, 2018

Real-world products and locations don’t always welcome association with TV shows. Here are 15 times shows struggled with permissions...

Forget the saying – not all advertising is good advertising. Companies will do almost as much to avoid the wrong use of their brand as they will to get plaster said brand all over our screens.

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Take Tupperware. Instead of thanking Antonio Bandaras for featuring its product in his 1999 directorial debut Crazy In Alabama, they forbade him use of the name. All because they didn’t want it thought that Tupperware was as useful for preserving decapitated human heads as lunchtime leftovers. “We had to call them plastic food containers,” remembers Bandaras.

Here are 15 times TV shows struggled to get permission to use their first-choice brand or location, and how they worked around it…

1. For realism, Seinfeld mostly used actual brand-names rather than generic equivalents and largely,
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John Oliver Wonders ‘Is Anything About Trump Funny Anymore?’ (Video)

John Oliver Wonders ‘Is Anything About Trump Funny Anymore?’ (Video)
John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” returned for its Season 5 premiere on Sunday, where the main topic was — you guessed it — Donald Trump. Specifically, the “Daily Show” alum focused on the President’s total (continued) lack of diplomacy when the HBO late-night series was on hiatus. You know, like that “shithole” countries comment. “Is anything about Trump funny anymore?” Oliver wondered after rolling a montage of mockery from foreign lands. “Somehow, the world’s most objectively laughable human has become a comedy graveyard where laughter goes to die.” Also Read: John Oliver on Why He Confronted Dustin Hoffman About Sexual Assault Allegations At...
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Gabriel Byrne On ‘Violent Bully’ Harvey Weinstein, Thinks #MeToo Hasn’t Gone Far Enough

Gabriel Byrne had a lot to say about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry during a Friday night interview with Ireland’s “Late Late Show”, taking the opposite viewpoint as fellow Irish actor Liam Neeson. Neeson, appearing on the same talk show a few weeks back, took heat for defending Dustin Hoffman over charges of sexual
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Keira Knightley Drama 'Colette', 'Papillon' Remake Get 2018 Release Dates

Keira Knightley Drama 'Colette', 'Papillon' Remake Get 2018 Release Dates
Bleecker Street has filled out its 2018 calender.

The indie distribution company has set the dates for titles that include the Papillon remake, Keira Knightley period piece Colette and drama Leave No Trace.

Bleecker Street has moved the nationwide release date for Jon Hamm political thriller Beirut up two days, from April 13 to April 11, and has pushed up the limited release of On Chesil Beach nearly a month, to May 18.

Papillon — the Rami Malek-Charlie Hunnam remake of the Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman two-hander — will open nationwide on Aug. 24, nearly a year after its Tiff debut. The Slender Man...
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Criterion in May 2018: Midnight Cowboy, Moonrise, Mishima and More

In the immortal words of Harry Nilsson, "everybody's talkin'" about Midnight Cowboy, the first X-rated movie to win an Academy Award. In fact, the film won three Oscars -- Best Picture, Best Director (John Schlesinger), and best adapted script (Waldo Salt). Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman were nominated, but lost out to John Wayne.  The film's rating was later revised to R, but it remains a potent portrait of America in the late 60s admidst a collision of naive optimism and hopeless cynicism. (My first impression of the film was, admittedly, permanently imprinted on my brain from a Mad Magazine parody.) And now it's coming to the Criterion Collection.  Midnight Cowboy is one of seven -- count 'em, seven! -- films due to arrive from...

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‘Midnight Cowboy,’ ‘Graduation,’ ‘Au hasard Balthazar,’ and More to Join the Criterion Collection

‘Midnight Cowboy,’ ‘Graduation,’ ‘Au hasard Balthazar,’ and More to Join the Criterion Collection
May is going to be a good month for fans of the Romanian New Wave, as Cristian Mungiu’s two most recent films are both joining the Criterion Collection. “Graduation” and “Beyond the Hills” will be released alongside new additions “Midnight Cowboy,” “The Other Side of Hope,” and “Moonrise”; “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” and “Au hasard Balthazar,” which have already been released on DVD, are getting Blu-ray upgrades.

“Au hasard Balthazar”

“A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, director Robert Bresson’s ‘Au hasard Balthazar’ follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations outside of his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of humankind. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly.
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Sue Barton, Publicity Executive for Columbia and Robert Altman, Dies at 79

Former Columbia Pictures publicity executive Sue Barton died Jan. 5 in Monterey, Calif. of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 79.

Born in Butte, Montana, Barton was a top model in the 1960s. She moved to London in the 1970s, joining Carolyn Pfeiffer Lt. as a public relations associate, where she worked with clients including Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Seymour, Ian McShane and directors Norman Jewison and Robert Altman.

She returned to Los Angeles to handle publicity for Altman, who cast her fittingly as a publicist named Sue Barton in “Nashville.”

During her tenure at Columbia Pictures, she oversaw campaigns for films including “Tootsie” and “Gandhi.” She moved to Universal and MGM as a marketing executive before returning to Columbia Pictures/Sony as Sr. VP of Marketing, East Coast in the early 1990s.

She was married to screenwriter-agent-producer Richard Gregson and to the late actor Billy Kirkland.

She worked with Tippi Hedren at the Shambala Preserve for many
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Universal Marketing Department Shake Up as Inappropriate Conduct Allegations Hit

There has been a major shakeup at Universal’s marketing department in the wake of allegations of inappropriate conduct involving two of its top executives. Following an investigation, Seth Byers, Evp of creative strategy and research, has been fired and Josh Goldstine, president of marketing, has been placed on administrative leave. It is unclear if Goldstine will return to his post.

In a memo to staff on Thursday, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Jeff Shell and chairman of Universal Pictures Donna Langley said the allegations they received against the men were “credible and indicative of an unacceptable climate.” Neither Shell nor Langley detailed what the allegations against Byers and Goldstine entailed, however.

The charges surface at an inflection point for the movie industry and are indicative of an emerging “zero tolerance” policy at major studios when it comes to abusive conduct. The shift has been a longtime coming, but the changes have been dramatic and far-reaching. In October
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Oscar Race 2018: Animated Features Capture the Zeitgeist and Female Empowerment

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When the Academy opened up voting for animated features to the membership at large and implementing preferential balloting, the balance of power shifted from indies to the big studios the first time in four years. This resulted in the final five nods for Pixar frontrunner “Coco,” GKids’ politically powerful “The Breadwinner,” the hand-painted “Loving Vincent,” and two surprising mainstream studio entries: “The Boss Baby” from DreamWorks and Blue Sky’s “Ferdinand.”

Indeed, one could argue that without the new rule changes and a Disney release last year, there likely would’ve been four indies joining “Coco.” Still, there were several positive takeaways: All five movies captured the zeitgeist in one way or another, and this marked the first time that two female directors were nominated in the same year: Nora Twomey for “The Breadwinner” and Dorota Kobiela for “Loving Vincent.” They joined previous nominees Marjane Satrap (“Persepolis”), Jennifer Yuh Nelson
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2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?

2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?
The Shape of Water” numbers three acting bids among its leading 13 Academy Awards nominations for lead Sally Hawkins and supporting players Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. According to our exclusive Oscar odds none of them is predicted to win on March 4. Should that scenario play out, does that mean that their film won’t win Best Picture?

Not so fast.

While 53 of the 89 Best Picture champs to date include an Oscar-winning performance, 36 of them (40%) did not win any acting awards. And among those three dozen winners are four of the eight films — “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Argo” (2012), “Birdman” (2015) and “Spotlight” (2016) — decided by preferential ballot under the newly expanded slate of Best Picture nominees.

Surprisingly, an even dozen of the Best Picture winners did not even reap any acting nominations. That is welcome news for “Arrival,” which does not number an acting bid among its eight nominations. However, four of those films
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John Oliver on Why He Confronted Dustin Hoffman About Sexual Assault Allegations

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John Oliver on Why He Confronted Dustin Hoffman About Sexual Assault Allegations
John Oliver has explained his decision to publicly confront Dustin Hoffman about the sexual misconduct allegations against him, saying he was stunned the actor even showed his face. “I was surprised that he showed up in the first place,” Oliver said at a press event to promote the upcoming return of “Last Week Tonight,” according to the Daily Beast. Oliver broached the subject of the allegations against Hoffman during a live panel he was moderating in celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Wag the Dog.” “This is something we’re going to have to talk about because … it’s hanging in the...
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John Oliver Still Can’t Believe Dustin Hoffman Wasn’t Expecting To Be Grilled Over Harassment Allegations

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John Oliver Still Can’t Believe Dustin Hoffman Wasn’t Expecting To Be Grilled Over Harassment Allegations
John Oliver is still surprised that Dustin Hoffman didn’t know what was coming. Oliver interviewed Hoffman as part of a panel in December celebrating the 20th anniversary of Barry Levinson’s “Wag the Dog,” and the HBO host thought the topic of the movie itself made the question relevant.

“It just felt it would have been weird not to bring it up because it was ‘Wag the Dog,'” Oliver told reporters on Monday at a press event to help kick off Season 5 of his late night series “Last Week Tonight.” “It’s a great story about burying sexual harassment and the power that comes with that. Yeah. So.”

Hoffman has been accused of sexual harassment by television producer and writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis (“Reign,” “Genius”) and Anna Graham Hunter, who alleges Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate comments to her when she was a 17-year-old intern on the
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John Oliver Vows At&T’s Buy of Time Warner Won’t Change ‘Last Week Tonight’

Much in the media industry will change if the U.S. government approves At&T’s pending $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc., but John Oliver insists his HBO series, “Last Week Tonight,” won’t be one of them.

“I do not anticipate the ground underneath us shifting,” Oliver told reporters at a press event Monday. “If it does, that’s going to be a problem. We’ll go down screaming.”

Oliver’s weekly HBO series, which returns for a new cycle this Sunday, has gained renown for its in-depth treatment of serious subjects – although it is ostensibly a comedy program. Among the topics Oliver and his team have explored in recent months are net neutrality; the Equifax security breach; corporate consolidation; and the effect the growing power that Sinclair Broadcast Group has on local news. It’s fair to assume that At&T could have an interest in or an opinion on several of those subjects.

Oliver has also
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John Oliver On ‘Last Week Tonight’s’ 5th Season, His Dustin Hoffman Dust-Up And Whether He Is A Journalist

John Oliver, during his fifth annual press breakfast before a new season of Last Week Tonight, addressed his confrontation with Dustin Hoffman at a panel event last fall and insisted that despite probing moments like that and on the show, he doesn’t consider himself a journalist. “I really respect journalism. I wouldn’t say I’m a basketball player because I like basketball — I can’t dunk,” he said. “Similarly, I’m not a journalist. We have people working on our show who…
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Months of Meryl: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Hi, we’re John and Matt and, icymi, we are watching every single live-action film starring Streep. Previously Julia, The Deer Hunter, Manhattan and The Seduction of Joe Tynan

#5 — Joanna Kramer, a mother and divorcée embroiled in a messy custody battle.

It’s 1980. Kramer vs. Kramer is a critical and commercial smash (the top-grossing film released in 1979). The dawn of a new era approaches and one actress is anointed as its icon...

“The face is beautiful but anguished, haunted by sorrow, despair, determination and love. Can one face express all these warring emotions, with a grave dignity that adds a deeper beauty to the physical structure? Meryl's face can and does in the extraordinary first image of "Kramer vs. Kramer". This first shot of a superbly crafted film prints indelibly upon the eyes and consciousness of the audience the face of a young actress who, at 30, may become the strongest performer of her generation,
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Roman Polanski and great artists’ flawed genius | Letters

W Stephen Gilbert writes that what unites most of the men currently accused of sexually ‘inappropriate behaviour’ is their work in progressive and socio-politically challenging films; while Jan Potworowski says that historical context may help us understand, but not excuse, Polanski’s behaviour

Hadley Freeman writes powerfully about Roman Polanski and the fluctuating attitudes to his admitted abuse of an underage girl 40 years ago (G2, 30 January). She alludes also to Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen who, along with directors such as Bryan Singer, Oliver Stone and Lars Von Trier and actors including Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor and Dustin Hoffman, have been accused of, in the current phrase, “inappropriate behaviour”.

It concerns me that what seems to unite all these men is that they have done significant work in progressive and socio-politically challenging films. Were Will Hays of Hollywood’s repressive Hays Code alive today, he would have been delighted that
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Meryl Streep in ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’: A look back at her first Oscar win and the competition

Meryl Streep in ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’: A look back at her first Oscar win and the competition
This article marks Part 2 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1978, Meryl Streep, already renowned for her work on the New York stage, grabbed the attention of moviegoers across the country with her Oscar-nominated turn in the Best Picture champ “The Deer Hunter.” That year, however, would seem minor in comparison to what was on the horizon in 1979.

Streep was about to work with three of the decade’s hottest directors – Woody Allen, at his most in-demand after “Annie Hall” (1977) and “Interiors” (1978); Robert Benton, whose “The Late Show” (1977) was a big hit; and Jerry Schatzberg, who won critical acclaim with “The Panic in Needle Park” (1971) and “Scarecrow” (1973).

The resulting trio of Allen’s “Manhattan,” Benton’s “Kramer vs.
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‘The West Wing’ Cast Denounced Donald Trump with an ‘All The President’s Men’ Live Reading

‘The West Wing’ Cast Denounced Donald Trump with an ‘All The President’s Men’ Live Reading
This weekend, former “West Wing” stars Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina, and Ed Begley Jr. took part in a live reading of William Goldman’s Oscar-winning “All the President’s Men” screenplay at Los Angeles City Hall. The January 27 performance commenced in the marble-columned Council Chamber, where audience members in wooden pews faced the 20-person cast, who temporarily occupied legislators’ desks and high-backed leather chairs.

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Stephen Sachs, the co-founder and co-artistic director of Los Angeles’ Fountain Theatre, created the free event and served as the show’s director. “News journalists and artists are the enemy of dishonest leaders, because we are the truth tellers,” he said. “I am so proud of our city. What other major city in the country would hand over City Hall to its artists?”

“All the President’s Men” (1976) was adapted from
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