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Oscars flashback: Iraq invasion in 2003 almost cancelled 75th anniversary Oscars family album reunion of 59 acting winners [Watch]

The 75th anniversary ceremony for the Academy Awards almost didn’t happen as scheduled. When America led an invasion of Iraq that weekend, broadcast network ABC pleaded with producer Gil Cates and Academy president Frank Piersen to move the event back a week. The duo claimed it would be too expensive to make the switch and that the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood would be unavailable.

On March 23, 2003, the ceremony went live on ABC as scheduled, hosted by comedian, actor, and writer Steve Martin, with the Best Picture proclaimed to be “Chicago.” However, several presenters such as Cate Blanchett, Jim Carrey, and Will Smith cancelled their appearances. That day’s events also caused several past winners to bail out on appearing in the Oscars family album slated for late in the show. Similar to a segment five years early for the 70th anniversary show (read more on the link above), the
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25 Stars Who Only Need a Grammy to Egot, From Liza Minnelli to Al Pacino (Photos)

25 Stars Who Only Need a Grammy to Egot, From Liza Minnelli to Al Pacino (Photos)
The Egot — an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony — is the greatest honor in entertainment. These stars are (or were) close to achieving it. Jack Albertson Anne Bancroft Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982)Emmy: Single Performance by an Actress, “Startime” (1960); Actress in Limited Series or Special, “A Woman Called Golda” (1982).Oscar: Actress, “Gaslight” (1944); Actress, “Anastasia” (1956); Supporting Actress, “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974).Tony: Actress (Dramatic), “Joan of Lorraine” (1947). No Grammys to Egot. Shirley Booth Ralph Burns Ellen Burstyn Viola Davis (1965 – ) Emmy: Actress in a Drama Series, “How to Get Away With Murder” (2015).Oscar: Actress, “Fences” (2016). Tony: Featured Actress in a Play,...
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Film Review: ‘Nostalgia’

Film Review: ‘Nostalgia’
Just as a laugh is generally bigger the longer its setup, so tears require even more preparation to be properly jerked — which is to say, we can’t be expected to weep for, or with, fictive folks we’ve hardly met. Yet that’s exactly what “Nostalgia” insists upon: This well-meaning dirge of grief introduces audiences to a succession of characters already on the verge of tears, swiftly pushes them over that brink, then keeps them there for the duration.

An interesting if not particularly dramatic concept, dwelling on the importance of physical keepsakes in our lives, results in a heavy-handed piece that requires histrionic heavy lifting from the likes of Ellen Burstyn, Catherine Keener and Jon Hamm. Their efforts aren’t fully rewarded by this simultaneously pretentious and too-literal-minded endeavor, on which Alex Ross Perry’s uncharacteristic screenplay seems to expend all the sentimentality his previous work avoided. Though lent a degree of executional grace by helmer
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19 Movies From Female Filmmakers to See At Sundance, From ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ to ‘Shirkers’

Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

The numbers are awful. Last week, the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s latest study, “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair? Gender, Race & Age of Directors across 1,000 films from 2007-2017,” found that, of the 109 film directors associated with the 100 top movies of 2017, 92.7 percent were male; 7.3 percent were female. Days later, the San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film followed with the “Celluloid Ceiling” study, finding that women comprised just 18 percent of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. That number remains mostly unchanged over the last two decades.

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the figures are very different. For the 2018 edition of the festival, 37 percent of the 122 feature films premiering are directed by women, a slight uptick from
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‘Flower’ Trailer: Zoey Deutch Is a Teenage Vigilante In Wild and Raunchy Coming-of-Age Tale

‘Flower’ Trailer: Zoey Deutch Is a Teenage Vigilante In Wild and Raunchy Coming-of-Age Tale
When Alex McAuley’s screenplay “Flower” made the Black List of most liked unproduced screenplays back in 2012, its simple logline was eye-popping in its possibilities: “A coming of age story about the unlikely bond that forms between a sexually adventurous teenage girl and her obese, mentally unstable step-brother.” Though it took another five years to be made — thanks to the addition of director and co-screenwriter Max Winkler and his partner, Matt Spicer, who recently broke out with his “Ingrid Goes West” — the final product is a snappy combination of McAuley’s big ideas, Winkler and Spicer’s off-kilter wit, and the full-force charm of star Zoey Deutch.

Read More:‘Flower’ Review: ‘Badlands’ Meets ‘The Bling Ring’ In Strange And Sexy Coming-Of-Age Story That Certifies Zoey Deutch As a Major Star — Tribeca 2017

As 17-year-old Erica Vandross, Deutch is a wild, funny, smart, and unique leading lady, tasked with carrying a coming-of-age tale of a different stripe.
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‘Citizen Rose’ Trailer: Rose McGowan’s E! Docuseries Follows Her Daring Path Towards Outspoken Activism

‘Citizen Rose’ Trailer: Rose McGowan’s E! Docuseries Follows Her Daring Path Towards Outspoken Activism
Few artists and activists have been has outspoken in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the rise of the #MeToo movement than Rose McGowan, who has remained vocal and vigilant in the past few months in stunning ways. Next up for McGowan is a two-pronged attack by way of very personal creation: both her upcoming autobiography “Brave” and her E! docuseries “Citizen Rose” are due for release later this month.

The new series was announced just last week, and it’s already spawned an insightful and intriguing new teaser trailer that promises an inside look at McGowan’s past and the future she’s fighting so hard for.

Read More:Rose McGowan Lines Up Five-Episode E! Documentary Series to ‘Show How We Can Heal Through Art’

Per E!, the series will follow “McGowan as she readies her memoir/manifesto, ‘Brave,’ for release,” promising that “‘Citizen Rose’ is McGowan’s world: the art,
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Jon Hamm & Ellen Burstyn in Trailer for Emotional Drama 'Nostalgia'

"We live our lives and ask - what do we leave behind" Bleecker Street has debuted a trailer for a film titled Nostalgia, which questions our attachment to various possessions and objects that shape our lives. Even though the word "nostalgia" is often discussed in this industry more as something Hollywood is capitalizing on to make more movies based on characters from our youth, this film is all about letting go and moving on from these attachments. Nostalgia is directed by Mark Pellington and is described as a "mosaic of stories" with a cast featuring Ellen Burstyn, Jon Hamm, Catherine Keener, Bruce Dern, John Ortiz, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn, Annalise Basso, and James Le Gros. This actually looks really good, I'm curious about it. Burstyn's voiceover sounds like it's from the Cloud Atlas trailer, and that got my attention. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Mark Pellington's Nostalgia, direct
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‘Golden Exits’ First Trailer: Alex Ross Perry is Back For Another Round of Indie Film Dysfunction

‘Golden Exits’ First Trailer: Alex Ross Perry is Back For Another Round of Indie Film Dysfunction
Alex Ross Perry’s “Golden Exits” made its debut at Sundance nearly one year ago, and now it’s finally gearing up for its theatrical release this February with an official trailer that perfectly sells Perry’s trademark brand of indie film dysfunction.

Read More:‘Golden Exits’ Review: Alex Ross Perry Tries His Hand at Intimacy, With Mixed Results

Perry’s latest features one of his biggest ensemble casts, including Jason Schwartzman, Emily Browning, Chloe Sevigny, Analeigh Tipton, Mary-Louise Parker, and Adam Horovitz. The group play a bunch of Brooklynites whose lives are upended by the arrival of Browning’s disruptive young woman.

Check out the official “Golden Exits” trailer below. The movie opens in theaters February 9.

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Jon Hamm Feels ‘Nostalgia’ in Trailer for Alex Ross Perry-Scripted Drama

February finally brings the long-awaited release of Golden Exits, but it’s not the only Alex Ross Perry film to be hitting theaters next month. The Queen of Earth director also penned the script for Nostalgia, the latest film from director Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies, Arlington Road), and now the first trailer has landed.

Starring Jon Hamm, Catherine Keener, John Ortiz, Nick Offerman, Chris Marquette, James Le Gros with Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn, it tells a series of stories about memories and regret. It certainly looks more sentimental than Perry’s previous work and we’ll find out the first reactions soon as it premieres at Palm Springs International Film Festival this weekend.

See the trailer and poster below.

A mosaic of stories about love and loss, Nostalgia explores our relationships to the objects, artifacts, and memories that shape our lives.

Nostalgia opens on February 16.
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‘Nostalgia’ Trailer: Jon Hamm and Ellen Burstyn Star in Alex Ross Perry-Penned Ensemble Drama — Watch

‘Nostalgia’ Trailer: Jon Hamm and Ellen Burstyn Star in Alex Ross Perry-Penned Ensemble Drama — Watch
In Mark Pellington’s newest drama, penned by indie stalwart Alex Ross Perry, one of life’s enduring — and, frankly, damn unsettling — questions is writ large though the various stories of people dealing with love and loss in different ways: what would you save from a burning building? Ellen Burstyn’s character asks that query overtly in the film’s first trailer, playing a woman who literally had to ask that very question as her home went up in flames.

She’s hardly the only person sorting through the value of objects, as “Nostalgia” weaves together a “mosaic of stories about love and loss” and, per its own intriguingly short synopsis, aims to “explore our relationships to the objects, artifacts, and memories that shape our lives.” Elsewhere, Jon Hamm appears as a man wrestling with the weight of his childhood home and what it actually means to him.

Read More:Why
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Canon Of Film: ‘Requiem For a Dream’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we celebrate the recent release of ‘Mother!‘ on home video by delving into Darren Aronofsky‘s masterpiece, ‘Requiem for a Dream‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Requiem For A Dream (2000)

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Screenplay: Hubert Selby Jr. and Darren Aronofsky based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr.

I saw a stat awhile ago, I don’t remember the exact numbers, but basically it said that most people are incorrect about what will make them happy. Happy. I suspect those are the same people that think happiness is a feeling that they need to achieve, or search for. The more I think about it, I believe more than anything, drug addicts have disillusioned themselves into believing such a feeling of happiness essentially exists. Happiness, pleasure, something along those lines, but whatever it is, the world
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ to Open Palm Springs Film Festival

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ to Open Palm Springs Film Festival
Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” has been selected as the opening night film for the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 4.

The Post,” starring Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham, will receive a limited release from Fox on Dec. 22 and go into wide release on Jan. 12. The National Board of Review has named “The Post” as the best film of 2017 with Hanks and Streep taking the top acting awards.

The Post” centers on the legal battle faced by The Washington Post over publication of the Pentagon Papers, which provided previously undisclosed details over the involvement of the U.S. government in the Vietnam War The cast includes Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.

The festival will close with “The Last Movie Star,” directed by Adam Rifkin, on Jan. 14. Burt Reynolds
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Asa Butterfield Movie ‘The House of Tomorrow’ Lands at Shout! Studios

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Asa Butterfield Movie ‘The House of Tomorrow’ Lands at Shout! Studios
Shout! Studios has acquired North American rights to “The House of Tomorrow,” a coming-of-age feature starring Asa Butterfield (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) and Ellen Burstyn.

The multi-platform distribution company plans to launch the film theatrically on April 20, 2018.

The film, based on the best-selling novel by Peter Bognanni, was written and directed by Peter Livolsi and premiered earlier this year at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

The film follows a 16-year-old (Butterfield) who has spent most of his.
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Louis C.K. Didn’t Understand Consent on ‘Louie,’ and He Doesn’t Understand it Now

Louis C.K. Didn’t Understand Consent on ‘Louie,’ and He Doesn’t Understand it Now
One night, over dinner with friends in 2014, conversation turned to the latest season of “Louie,” Louis C.K.’s popular FX show. C.K. wrote, directed, and produced the show, in addition to playing the titular character, a fictionalized version of himself. As fans, we lamented the possibility that the auteur comedian might have lost his touch. In particular, we agreed that a mid-season arc, in which he pursued a relationship with a Hungarian woman who didn’t speak English, felt messy. Ruminating on why it didn’t sit well, my friend delivered this baffled kicker: “How did no one notice that Louie raped someone last season?”

Allegations of sexual misconduct against C.K. are no longer allegations. In an article by The New York Times published Thursday, five women claimed C.K. had non-consensually masturbated in front of or while on the phone with them. At the time, all of
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International Newswire: ‘Fack ju Göhte 3’ Opens With $18 million in Germany

International Newswire: ‘Fack ju Göhte 3’ Opens With $18 million in Germany
In today’s International Newswire, German comedy “Fack ju Göhte 3” sets fire to the local box-office; French movies dominate the box-office at home with a mix of genres; Germany’s Tiberius acquires Sharon Stone comedy “A Little Something for Your Birthday”; and Finland’s “Little Wing” wins Nordic Council Film Prize, one of Scandinavia’s biggest awards.

Constantin Film’s high-school comedy “Fack ju Göhte 3” opened Oct. 26 in Germany to a stellar box-office revenue of more than €15.4 million ($18 million) – by far the best start of the year.

The third installment in the hugely successful franchise from writer-director Bora Dagtekin follows a cynical ex-con-turned-teacher (played by Elyas M’Barek) as he tries to make sure his rowdy students pass final exams while facing the possible closure of his school due to its catastrophic conditions.

While the film had the biggest October start of all time in Germany and the third best start ever for a German
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Transformers spinoff Bumblebee casts John Ortiz

As production continues on Bumblebee, Deadline has revealed that John Ortiz (Miami Vice, Kong: Skull Island) has become the latest addition to the cast of the Transformers spinoff, signing on for an unspecified role.

The film, which is being directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), features a cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Daddy’s Home 2), Stephen Schneider (Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: Next Class), Abby Quinn (Landline), Rachel Crow (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train) and Grace Dzienny (Zoo).

See Also: Hailee Steinfeld shares set photo from the Transformers Bumblebee spinoff

Meanwhile, in addition to Bumblebee, Ortiz has also been cast alongside Jennifer Garner in the female-led action thriller Peppermint, which sees Garner playing a woman out for revenge
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Film News Roundup: Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray to Star in ‘A Night to Regret’

Film News Roundup: Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray to Star in ‘A Night to Regret’
In today’s film news roundup, Disney Channel star Mollee Gray lands the lead in “A Night to Regret,” Sentient Entertainment signs an output deal with Italia Film, and Bleecker Street dates five movies.

Casting

Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray will star in the upcoming film “A Night to Regret,” opposite Marguerite Moreau, Variety has learned exclusively.

Tom Shell is directing from Christine Conradt’s script. Liz Vacovec is producing and Chris Lancey is the executive producer.

Gray will portray a pre-law college student and aspiring filmmaker who makes a careless choice one night that could cost her her life. When she goes missing, her mother and friends band together to do everything in their power to bring her home.

Gray is best known for her role as Giggles in the Disney Channel original movie “Teen Beach Movie” and its sequel, “Teen Beach 2.” She also starred in Lifetime movie “Double Daddy,” and the indie
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October Horrors 2017 Day 9 – The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist, 1973.

Directed by William Friedkin.

Starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J Cobb, and Jason Miller

Synopsis:

When 12-year-old Regan MacNeil becomes possessed by a demonic entity, two priests are called in to perform an exorcism to hopefully banish the demon and save the young girl before it’s too late.

Earlier this year, horror fans bid farewell to novelist William Peter Blatty who, inspired by a story of a young boy allegedly possessed by a demonic force, published his seminal horror novel The Exorcist in 1971.

Hollywood, back in the day when the studios would give major funding to horror films recruited Blatty to adapt his novel for the big screen giving the director’s chair to Oscar winner William Friedkin of The French Connection fame.

The result of this process would not be merely another standard supernatural scare-fest, but it would be a film that
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Netflix Doc ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’: Did Director David France Steal a Filmmaker’s Research?

Netflix Doc ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’: Did Director David France Steal a Filmmaker’s Research?
Netflix debuted “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” on Oct. 6, but filmmaker Reina Gossett claims that the documentary’s director, David France, appropriated her idea and research for the project.

“David got inspired to make this film from a grant application video that Sasha [Wortzel] and I made and sent to Kalamazoo/Arcus Foundation social justice center while he was visiting,” Gossett wrote in a statement, shared today on Twitter by author and activist Janet Mock. “He told the people who worked there — I shit you not — that he should be the one to do this film.”

She then alleged that to make his film and secure a grant from the Sundance Institute and the Arcus Foundation, France pilfered her contacts as well as her work on advocacy group Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. Additionally, Gossett wrote that France convinced Vimeo to take down a video she’d uploaded of
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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

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