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Today, in an effort to combine the past and the present, I wanted to take a look at how the winners in the big eight categories of this most recent Academy Awards ceremony compare to the all time best. To try and figure this out, I’m actually going with the lists of the top 25 in each category that I put out last year. It’s an interesting exercise, since it’s impossible to know which will and which won’t stand the test of time, but there’s a few educated guesses that can be made. For my money, a few of the performances will certainly be remembered for years to come. I don’t think it’s impossible for you to have forgotten already, but here are the big eight winners: Best Picture went to Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, Best Director went to Alejandro González Iñárritu »
- Joey Magidson
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's list is a selection of the best must see classics on Mod.] "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975)There are few performances in film history as definitive as Jack Nicholson's searing turn as Randle Patrick McMurphy in Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Adapted from Ken Kesey's novel of the same name, the film centers on Nicholson's free-spirited, small-time convict who fakes being crazy so he can get transferred from the state penitentiary to what he thinks will be a more comfortable state mental hospital. Unfortunately for McMurphy and his fellow patients, the mental hospital is run by Nurse Ratched, a tyrannical authority figure played with hellish fury by Louise Fletcher. In the hands of both performers, "Cuckoo's Nest" makes for powerhouse drama. "Midnight »
- Zack Sharf
Could Jack Nicholson quit on the Lakers completely ... and become a Clippers fan?! That's what Clippers prodigy Austin Rivers is hoping for ... especially with Jack telling TMZ Sports this week that he's not as obsessed with the Lake Show as he used to be. Rivers -- the son of Clippers president/coach Doc Rivers -- was out in L.A. and told us, "I'm trying to get him over on our side man!" Here's the »
- TMZ Staff
The Oscars have been a whirlwind for Meryl Streep over the past four decades. With three previous acting wins under her belt, Streep is a member of that exclusive three-timers club of which there are only two other living members: Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson. However, there's a unique downside that few ever consider. With her Best Supporting Actress loss for "Into the Woods" Sunday to Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood"), Streep has now racked up a staggering 16 defeats, extending her record as the biggest loser of all time amongst performers. Hmm, the moniker of Oscar's Biggest Loser doesn't sound quite as glamorous, does it? -Break- Oscar nominations records: Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall, ... For non-performers, the industry vet with the most losses on his hands is composer John Williams. Thanks to his defeat last year for scoring "The Book Thief," Williams now has 4...' »
Martin Scorsese is one of the most iconic directors of all time. He created such groundbreaking films like Taxi Driver and Gangs of New York. Yet it took him eight Oscar nominations, five Best Director nominations alone, until he finally received the Best Director Academy Award in 2006 for the film The Departed. Let's look back at the film that finally landed Scorese the gold.
Scorsese is one of those directors that has been creating for generations. He's the known for creating and depicting the worst antiheroes that you can't help but like and can't stop watching. You follow them on their twisted journeys and sometimes untimely demises, all while that same Rolling Stone song (“Gimme Shelter”) plays in the background. Your parents loved him, you love him, and I'm sure your children will or already do love him. There's always one particular movie of his that you discover that makes »
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Lookin' for some insane courtside seats to the Lakers game? Jack Nicholson tells TMZ Sports he's willing to sell you his for face value ... since he's not as motivated to go the Staples Center as he used to be. It's actually pretty sad ... Nicholson -- who's been a staple at the Lakers games for decades -- was leaving Madeo in Beverly Hills when he told us he's just not as into the Lake Show as he used to be. »
- TMZ Staff
Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, Cesar Romero and even Cameron Monaghan, in some short degree with his portrayal of Jerome on Gotham, have all left an indelible mark on the legacy of Batman's most iconic villain The Joker. So it's no wonder that Jared Leto, who will next portray the Clown Prince on the big screen in Suicide Squad, sees the role as a 'big challenge'. That's almost an understatement, and he has a legion of fans watching his every move.
Speaking with Billboard, the actor finally opens up about taking on the monumental character as DC and Warner Bros. dive deep into their cinematic universe. Let's just hope he's not taking it too seriously. When describing The Joker, Jared Leto views the villain as a carefully constructed piece of art. He explains:
"The opportunity to take on this nearly Shakespearean character - that's what graphic novels and comic books are becoming, »
The 87th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!
We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 25 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.
1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.
3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »
- Jonny Black
Next August, Jared Leto is set to join Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger in playing the iconic villain role of The Joker in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. In an interview with Billboard, the 30 Seconds to Mars star and Oscar winner talked about gaining weight in preparation for the role.
“Do you mind if I eat a little?” Leto asked during the interview before diving into his vegan tacos. “I’m trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours and I’m terrible at eating a lot.”
Hardly the fattiest of foods on the market, but what attracted Leto to the role in the first place?
“The opportunity to take on this nearly Shakespearean character – that’s what graphic novels and comic books are becoming, right?” Leto says. “[He’s] this beautiful disaster of a character. What a big challenge.”
- Luke Owen
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Time for another addition of Plizzanet Earth with Snoop Dogg, who stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to muse on -- what else? An enormous cold-blood seal humping an innocent penguin. It goes without saying that his profound thoughts are not to be missed. Also, why hasn't Animal Planet picked up this show yet?
Kelly Ripa also stopped by "Kimmel," and Jimmy shared a super old-school clip of her chatting about how men and women should alternate paying for dinner. Sigh, a progressive feminist even when rocking an 80s perm and a turtleneck, guys. Also, please prepare yourself for the best dance moves you've ever seen.
Time for a game »
- Mehera Bonner
2016 is going to be quite a year for Jared Leto as he follows in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger by taking on the role of The Joker in Fury director David Ayer's Suicide Squad. How is he preparing to play the iconic Batman villain? When Billboard caught up with him, it was by getting bigger! "I'm trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours -- and I'm terrible at eating a lot," he told the site. As for what appealed to him about the project (especially when it comes with so much pressure), he added: "The opportunity to take on this nearly Shakespearean character -- that's what graphic novels and comic books are becoming, right? [He's] this beautiful disaster of a character -- what a big challenge." That's certainly an interesting way to look at the villain. The »
June Fairchild, an actress whose show business story was as strange - and often, as tragic - as any in Hollywood, has died at 68. Fairchild passed away Tuesday at a convalescent home in Los Angeles from liver cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. While not a household name, Fairchild rose quickly in Hollywood early in her career, earning numerous small parts and sharing the screen with the likes of Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges in 1974's Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, directed by Jack Nicholson. (See one of the movie's scenes here - Fairchild plays Gloria.) She was also known for a »
- Tim Nudd, @nudd
We weren't kidding back in December when we wrote about how this year's Best Actor pool may have been the greatest ever. Two months later, and we seemingly have the tightest race in this category in at least 12 years. And let's put an emphasis on "seemingly." From a pundit, industry and Oscar fan perspective, it appears as though three of the five nominees have a legitimate shot to celebrate on Oscar Sunday. First up is "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne. The 33-year-old Brit has already won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and, as expected, the BAFTA Award in this category for his incredible portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the popular biopic. Redmayne's main competition for most of awards season has been "Birdman's" Michael Keaton. The veteran actor was the apple of critics groups' eyes, earning honors from the National Board of Review and, by our count, »
- Gregory Ellwood
By Anjelica Oswald
At Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, Julianne Moore could join the ranks of 10 actors and actresses who have had five or more acting nominations before their first win.
Moore earned her fifth nomination for her portrayal of a professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova‘s 2007 novel of the same name. She was first nominated in 1998 for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights.
In Academy history, five actors and actresses have won their first Oscar on their fifth nomination.
Gregory Peck, who was first nominated in 1946 for The Keys of the Kingdom, didn’t win until 1962 for To Kill a Mockingbird. Five years later, Peck was awarded The Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
- Anjelica Oswald
Gotham Season 1, Episode 16: ‘The Blind Fortune Teller’
Written by Bruno Heller
Directed by Jeremy Hunt
Airs Mondays at 8pm Et on Fox
The season returns in stride with this week’s episode that is full of Batman mythology nods, with fun character moments that build momentum for the season’s subplots that are showing lots of promising development. At the center of the episode is the relationship of Gordon and Leslie, which is budding in interesting ways and is well integrated with the case of the week. The case of the week addresses two iconic Batman characters in one fell swoop, a bold attempt for the series that could’ve easily been a misstep. However, it is done efficiently enough that it will hold interest in the long run, as there are more stories that they could mine with the characters introduced here.
Fish’s plot is developing very quickly, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
NBC aired the three and a half hour 40th Anniversary special for their beloved late night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live last night, and it was surely an affair to remember, with memorable appearances by comedians who got their start on the show, such as Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake kicked off the show with a memorable cold open, which is just one of many video highlights you can watch below, in case you missed the special or just want to relive it all over again.
Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special was watched by 23.1 million viewers last night, making it the network's most-watched primetime program in over 10 years, excluding post-Super Bowl programs. The ratings were the highest since the 2004 series finale of ER, which was watched by 23.9 million viewers. Also, excluding the Super Bowl and major awards ceremonies, »
Want to take a guess on which event had the biggest turnout of superstars that cross the worlds of movies, music, TV and sports? The Golden Globes? Not this past show. The Grammys? Maybe, but really just from the music biz. Next Sunday's Academy Awards? We've seen the presenters so far and we're not sure it even matches the Globes. No, the entertainment capital of the world on Sunday was "Saturday Night Live's" 40th anniversary celebration. Obviously, many of the returning cast members of "SNL" are huge stars in their own right. Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Billy Crystal and the one and only Eddie Murphy were all on hand. Frequent hosts such as Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman also stopped by (and quite possibly stole a little bit of »
- Gregory Ellwood
Told ya this was going to be a historic night. #SNL40 https://t.co/mgTPOMKtnV— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16, 2015 Betty White continued to live out our fantasies when she locked lips with Bradley Cooper during the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special on Sunday night. The pair appeared as guests in the show's "Californians" sketch, featuring Cooper as a pool boy named Greg ... or Craig. White, meanwhile, played Aunt Lana, who ran into Greg/Craig when her hot air balloon was sabotaged. While stars like Taylor Swift and Kerry Washington also popped up during the sketch, Cooper and White's »
- Maria Mercedes Lara, @maria_mercedes
The Fox series Gotham has been bringing Bat-fans many of their favorite iconic bad guys in embryonic forms. Many fans have been waiting for a certain grinning maniac to show up. Despite the fact that writer/producer Bruno Heller has said we’ll be waiting a bit longer for it”, the ‘next time’ trailer for the upcoming 16th episode “The Blind Fortune Teller”, teases that the dark knight’s arch enemy may be popping up sooner than expected.
Gotham is not only about the exploits of young Jim Gordon and very young Bruce Wayne; it’s also about the oddities who will one day become iconic Batman foes. The premise of the series is about how the troubled city of Gotham alters and infects his citizens, usually bringing out the worst in people, but sometimes inspiring uncommon heroism, as in the case of Gordon.
The TV universe of Fox’s »
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