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25 Years of "Moonstruck": What's Its Greatest Scene?

20 December 2012 1:25 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Moonstruck is a movie that I'm just glad exists. Look at all it did for us: 1) it provided the most fun rom-com charisma of the late '80s (take That, When Harry Met Sally); 2) it gave Cher a role that suited her signature brassiness and her vulnerability; 3) It made Nicolas Cage sexy; 4) It made Olympia Dukakis bankable; 5) it gave us an insane Cher Oscar moment that I'll discuss momentarily.

But first, let's discuss the movie. It's been 25 years since John Patrick Shanley's brilliant comic script dazzled us, and believe it or not I have a hard time picking out a favorite moment, even if Cher's "Snap out of it!" has as hefty a cultural presence as "I Got You Babe."

Since I have a fondness for Best Supporting Actresses, I'll pick this classic Olympia Dukakis moment where she declares, "Your life is going down the toilet" with the »

- virtel

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"The Good Wife" Wish List: Changes We Want for the Rest of the Season

10 December 2012 11:17 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Season four of The Good Wife has given us the characters we love and a roster of eye-popping guest-stars, but it seems like they're all peeking out from behind dubious storylines and only occasionally interesting cases. Since there was no new episode this week, I suggest we write letters of contempt to Phil Keoghan for his two-hour roadblock and then think about what more we want from Alicia's fourth season. We know Nick Sevarese's nonsense is over, but what else is on our Good Wife wish list? Here are seven things I want.

1. I want Kalinda to be enigmatic again.

Kalinda Sharma is The Good Wife's resident superhero. She's an unending medley of perfect retorts, knowing glances, and investigative gusto. This season we've suffered as Kalinda trudged through a storyline with horrible husband Nick Sevarese that, I think, was designed to make her look both vulnerable and dangerously sexy. »

- virtel

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"The Good Wife" Recap: Horndog at Florrick Manor

3 December 2012 5:45 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Well, we have one reason to celebrate: The Good Wife dropkicked Nick Saverese back to Snarl Mountain, or whatever faraway "bad-ass" isle he calls home. For a show that succeeds time and again at introducing new characters and convincing us to care about them (or root against them, as the case may be), Nick was just a weirdly lame cipher dressed like Rob Thomas in the "Bent" video. Maybe Vertical Horizon on a good day. Nothing more. I can't help him, he's bent.

Otherwise, the episode dealt with one pseudo-interesting murder case, Eli's latest dance with indignity, and Alicia's awesomely mom-like horror at the discovery of a Google search about condoms on her computer. Gaaaasp. Not the children! Those creepy little sex monsters. We knew it all along! They are shady and intercourse-loving. Here are my favorite perks of the episode, one that I wouldn't chalk up either to "greatest »

- virtel

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First Look Images: Mr. Morgan’s Last Love with Michael Caine

19 October 2012 2:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Having starred in one of the year’s biggest and best films, The Dark Knight Rises, Michael Caine has two very promising films in which he’ll be returning to the big screen next year: the comedy/drama, Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, and the heist/thriller, Now You See Me.

Written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck (Helen, Mostly Martha), the first images of Caine and his co-stars in Mr. Morgan’s Last Love have made their way online.

“Mr. Morgan’S Last Love is the bittersweet tale of a lonely American widower in Paris who learns to love life again after a chance encounter with a beautiful and impulsive young woman. They both spend a short but precious time together – a time that touches their hearts and changes their lives.

From the day Pauline (Clémence Poesy) lends him a helping hand on the bus, the suicidal, stubborn Matthew Morgan »

- Kenji Lloyd

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DVD Playhouse--August 2012

1 August 2012 1:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Allen Gardner

A Separation (Sony) This drama from Iran won the 2011 Best Foreign Film Oscar, telling the story of a couple who file for a legal separation, with the wife pushing for a divorce. He won’t leave his Alzheimer’s-afflicted father behind, while she is wanting to take their young daughter with her to the United States. After a series of misunderstandings, threats and legal actions, the couple find that there is more than just their marriage that’s on the line. Hyper-realistic to a fault, reminiscent of the neo-realist films that came out of post-ww II Europe, but also repressive and redundant in the extreme, with the characters seeming to throw the same temper tantrum for two hours straight while the story, meanwhile, seems stalled. Wildly overpraised film is a real litmus test, with viewers seeming to be staunch defenders or equally impassioned detractors. It did win an Oscar, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Tues Top Ten: Me Blogger, You Janes.

10 July 2012 12:33 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Today is the anniversary of the first day of Lady Jane Grey's infamous reign as the Queen of England. "Infamous why?" you ask. On account of its length, see. Her days as Queen numbered only nine.

They made a movie of the short event in 1985 (Lady Jane) which is all but forgotten today. Maybe it shouldn't be since it starred baby faced rising stars Cary Elwes and the now resurgent Helena Bonham Carter. Hbc quickly became the go-to actress of choice for directors who wanted a porcelain dress up doll for their costume pictures. And by directors I mean the great James Ivory.

So herewith a top ten top nine list in Lady Jane's and Helena's honor...

Top Nine Best "Janes"

With apologies to four time Oscar nominee Jane Alexander, Susan Sarandon's delightful Jane Spofford, Jane Lynch (before Glee), Fun with Dick and Jane, and Demi Moore's G.I. Jane, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Barbra Streisand 2012: Movie Director Project

21 June 2012 3:08 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Barbra Streisand 2012 news: Streisand is reportedly going to direct her first film in 17 years. Skinny and Cat, about the romance between writer Erskine Caldwell (Tobacco Road, God’s Little Acre) and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, should commence filming in January 2013 with director Barbra Streisand guiding Oscar winners Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Cate Blanchett (The Aviator). The source for this information is showbiz411.com, which adds that Linda Yellen wrote the Skinny and Cat screenplay and will also produce the independently financed film. Barbra Streisand: ‘controversial’ director Barbra Streisand’s last film as a director was The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), a (in my view quite enjoyable) romantic comedy-melodrama that was widely panned at the time. Streisand co-starred with Jeff Bridges, but veteran Lauren Bacall was the one who stole the notices and received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her efforts. [Lauren Bacall Best Supporting Actress loss.] Prior to The Mirror Has Two Faces, »

- Andre Soares

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The Nineties.

15 April 2012 8:02 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Good evening America. It has recently come to my attention that I enjoy the nein•a•dees. I came upon this realization on Saturday whilst watching Titanic (1997) starring Billy Zane, The Unsinkable Annie Wilkes... and Suzy Amis. After removing my misty used 3D glasses sponsored by The Lion King, I gazed wistfully at photos of blk dnm's "leather jacket 8" modelled by Juliette Lewis and Chloe Sevigny. In two dimensions. 

Later indulging in buttery spaetzle, courtesy of Hallo Berlin and nein-a-dees university mates, we considered trapeze lessons and discussed the puzzling career of Mira Sorvino before spotting Primal Fear's Edward Norton in the 10th row at "The Lady From Dubuque" starring four time Oscar nominee Jane Alexander. She twirled her angelic shawl with all the grace befitting an Albee abstraction. Or Stevie Nicks at a Fleetwood Mac reunion tour.

The Titanic Centennial weekend festivities were sponsored by Three Olives vodka, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Win Dream House on Blu-ray

5 April 2012 3:26 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Dream House on DVD and Blu-ray 16th April, Warner Home Video have given us three copies of the movie to give away on Blu-ray.

What if the mystery you were trying to solve, was your own? Piece together this haunting puzzle and pre-order the psychological thriller Dream House on 24 February, as it is released onto Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download on 16 April, by Warner Home Video.

A perfect family. A terrifying secret. Daniel Craig (Cowboys & Aliens, Quantum of Solace), Naomi Watts (The Ring,J. Edgar) and Oscar® winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, The Lovely Bones) star in the suspenseful Dream House (the set where Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz fell in love and later married), where a family unknowingly moves into a home where grisly murders were committed…only to uncover even darker mysteries within its walls.

Dream House is the chilling tale of Will Atenton (Craig), a high-profile, »

- Competitons

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Ring’ Remake Initially Frightens Before Going in Circles

3 April 2012 6:54 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – I have a certain begrudging affection for Gore Verbinski’s 2002 remake of Hideo Nakata’s 1998 thriller, “Ringu,” despite the fact that I know in my heart of hearts that it doesn’t really work. Verbinski’s film falters precisely when it should be at its scariest, and yet it still has enough memorably eerie moments to inspire at least a couple sleepless nights.

It kicked off a series of increasingly inept American remakes of Asian horror films, quickly turning their once frightening motifs into self-satirizing clichés. Many Hollywood filmmakers fail to conjure the sense of brooding unease that allows surrealistic imagery to work its spell. Inexplicable puddles of water, pale-faced victims and a vengeful apparition in a white robe are all expected tropes of the genre, and they were all put to exceedingly powerful use in “Ringu.” It’s the apparition’s face hidden behind a thick mat of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Meryl Streep Has Lost the Oscar 14 Times

1 April 2012 11:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Colin Firth, Meryl Streep Colin Firth tells Meryl Streep he should have been cast as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, for he's British and Streep is not. Streep responds by telling him she can play any nationality, including Italian. As proof, she incarnates Anna Magnani in Bellissima. Well, something like that went on backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony. (Photo: Bryan Crowe / ©A.M.P.A.S.) Meryl Streep's Best Actress Oscar for The Iron Lady was her third. Streep's previous two Oscars were as Best Supporting Actress for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), featuring Dustin Hoffman, Jane Alexander, and Justin Henry; and as Best Actress for Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice (1982), with Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol. Only three other performers have won three Academy Awards: Walter Brennan as Best Supporting Actor for Howard Hawks and William Wyler's Come and Get It »

- Andre Soares

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Meryl Streep Hugs Naked Bald Man with Sword

8 March 2012 3:05 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Meryl Streep Oscar winner Meryl Streep became a three-time Academy Award winner after getting this year's Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. In the above photo, Streep poses backstage with a naked man holding a strategically placed sword during the 84th Oscar ceremony held February 26. (Photo: Richard D. Salyer / © A.M.P.A.S.) Streep's previous two Oscars were as Best Supporting Actress for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), featuring Dustin Hoffman, Jane Alexander, and Justin Henry; and as Best Actress for Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice (1982), with Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol. Her Best Actress competitors this time around were Viola Davis for The Help, Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe) for Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, Rooney Mara (in Noomi Rapace's original role) for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake, »

- Anna Robinson

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Meryl Streep Oscar Photo: Dressed to Win

7 March 2012 1:45 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dressed to Win: Best Actress Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar winner Meryl Streep — whose dress and earring match her statuette — poses backstage at the 84th Academy Awards on February 26, 2012. Streep won for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's biopic The Iron Lady. That was Streep's 17th Oscar nomination and her third win. (Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.) Meryl Streep's Oscar 2012 competitors were SAG Award winner Viola Davis for Tate Taylor's The Help, Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe) for Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, Rooney Mara for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Glenn Close for Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs. Streep's previous Oscar nominations were: as Best Supporting Actress for Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (1978), with Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken; and as Best Actress for Karel Reisz's The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), with »

- Anna Robinson

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Meryl Streep, Husband Don Gummer; Streep/Oscar 2012 Speech

5 March 2012 12:11 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Meryl Streep, husband Don Gummer: Oscar 2012 Meryl Streep and husband Don Gummer at the Governors Ball after 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Streep won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. (Photo: © A.M.P.A.S.) While picking up her Oscar — her third — Streep said the following onstage (courtesy of AMPAS): "Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you. When they called my name I’d had this feeling I could hear half of America going 'oh no…oh c’mon…why…her…again?' But whatever. "First I’m going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me. »

- Anna Robinson

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Jane Alexander Tackles Edward Albee's 'The Lady From Dubuque'

1 March 2012 7:09 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Imagine playing an amorphous figure who may or may not represent impending doom. Not that the title character, Elizabeth, is delineated as such in Edward Albee's "The Lady From Dubuque," now running Off-Broadway at the Pershing Square Signature Center. But she's clearly on another plane, says the patrician Jane Alexander, who's tackling the part in the intense drama centering on Jo, a dying woman (Laila Robins), and her tormented relationships with her spouse and their friends. After a raucous evening, mysterious strangers Elizabeth and Oscar (Peter Francis James) arrive, seemingly out of nowhere, to soothe Jo. "Edward says you cannot play a character as a metaphor," Alexander says. "Edward won't define her, not even in private. So I play it as I feel it, as a flesh-and-blood woman, who's there as a comforter. That's what Jo needs. Edward says reality is defined by what we need."Often playing aristocratic women, »

- help@backstage.com (Simi Horwitz)

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Meryl Streep Donation/Viola Davis Cause

1 March 2012 1:30 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Meryl Streep Meryl Streep ended up beating Viola Davis at the 2012 Academy Awards this past Sunday. In the above photo, Streep is seen on her way to picking up her third Oscar statuette. In the background, Sandra Bullock can be seen applauding enthusiastically, while George Clooney admires Streep's dress and Owen Wilson holds his trousers up. (Photo: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.) Two days after her Oscar victory, it was announced that Streep had donated $10,000 on behalf of Viola Davis to a charter school in the Rhode Island town of Central Falls, Davis' hometown. The school is reportedly attempting to raise money to buy the building where it's located or move to another site. Some have taken to the Internet to complain that Streep's donation represents a minuscule percentage of her earnings. Never mind the fact that Streep has donated (much more?) money to other causes as well — but that those go unreported. »

- D. Zhea

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Meryl Streep Wins Oscar, Makes Donation

29 February 2012 11:57 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Meryl Streep Meryl Streep defeated Viola Davis at the 2012 Academy Awards this past Sunday. In the above photo, Streep is seen on her way to picking up her third Oscar statuette. In the background, Sandra Bullock can be seen applauding enthusiastically, while George Clooney admires Streep's dress and Owen Wilson holds his trousers up. (Photo: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.) Two days after her Oscar victory, it was announced that Streep had donated $10,000 on behalf of Davis to a charter school in the Rhode Island town of Central Falls, Davis' hometown. The school is reportedly attempting to raise money to buy the building where it's located or move to another site. Some have taken to the Internet to complain that Streep's donation represents a minuscule percentage of her earnings. Never mind the possibility that Streep has donated (much more?) money to other causes as well — but that those go unreported. »

- D. Zhea

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Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep Joined Together

28 February 2012 11:26 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep Octavia Spencer — quite literally — joins Meryl Streep at 2012 post-Oscar ceremony Governors Ball held at Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 26. Spencer was the Best Supporting Actress winner for her performance in Tate Taylor's socially conscious comedy-drama The Help. Streep was the Best Actress winner for her performance as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. (Photo: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.) Octavia Spencer was a first-time nominee. Her Best Supporting Actress competition consisted of fellow first-time nominees Jessica Chastain for The Help, Bérénice Bejo for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, and Melissa McCarthy for Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, in addition to two-time nominee Janet McTeer for Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs. McTeer had been previously shortlisted in the Best Actress category for Gavin O'Connor's Tumbleweeds (1999). Meryl Streep's competitors in the Best Actress »

- D. Zhea

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Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep Hold Hands

28 February 2012 3:41 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep Tom Cruise poses with Meryl Streep during the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony at Hollywood and Highland Center on Sunday, February 26. Cruise, looking very much like his old Top Gun and Cocktail self, was the evening's Best Picture presenter. Streep was the Best Actress Oscar winner for playing Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. Also worth noting, Cruise and Streep co-starred in Robert Redford's political drama Lions for Lambs in 2006. (Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.) Tom Cruise presented the Best Picture Oscar to Michel Hazanavicius' black-and-white near-silent comedy-drama The Artist. Cruise's movie Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol was a major late-year box-office hit and received quite enthusiastic reviews, but failed to be shortlisted in any Oscar category. Cruise's next film is Adam Shankman's Rock of Ages, featuring an extensive cast that includes Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Best Supporting Actress »

- D. Zhea

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Daily Briefing. Denis, Guerín, Straub @ Exit Art; New Cinema Lucida

28 February 2012 11:39 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Every year since 2000, the Jeonju International Film Festival has commissioned three short works for its Jeonju Digital Project and, about a month ago now, the festival announced it'd selected Raya Martin, Vimukthi Jayasundara and Ying Liang for this year's edition (you may remember the three directors' video messages). The 2011 films are still making the rounds, and in fact, when they screen tomorrow at Exit Art, two of them — Claire Denis's To the Devil and José Luis Guerín's Memories of a Morning, both 45 minutes — will be seeing their NYC premieres. The third is Jean-Marie Straub's An Heir (22 mins, image above). If you're planning on being there, you'll want to read Robert Koehler's dispatch from Locarno last summer, touching briefly on the Denis and Guerín films but really digging into the Straub.

Reading. "With the main focus on African and Asian cinema and documentary film, Camera Lucida no 7 also »

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