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9 items from 2016


How the Coen Brothers Survived Hollywood and Lived to Make ‘Hail, Caesar!’

3 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Coen brothers are just as quirky as the characters from their movies. Just ask Josh Brolin, who has collaborated three times with the writer-directors, including on the upcoming “Hail, Caesar!” He recalls meeting the brothers on his “No Country for Old Men” audition, and not knowing what to do with the awkward silences. “Joel was intimidating,” Brolin says. “He didn’t say anything.” Months later, he was having dinner with Ethan, and noticed his friend continually glancing at his lap. “I looked down,” Brolin says. “He had been reading a book under the table. I was like, ‘Come on!’ ”

Photographed in New York City by François Dischinger for Variety

In this age of Twitter and Instagram, the directors of such beloved classics as “The Big Lebowski,” “Blood Simple” and “Raising Arizona” are still fairly private — and awkward with press interviews. Although they grew up together making films on their Super 8 cameras in Minnesota, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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12 Classic Movie Musicals

21 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Some of our favorite films are from another era. These 12 movie musicals are more than 50 years old, but their catchy tunes, star performances, and exciting dance sequences make them films for the ages. “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944)This early movie-musical from MGM stars Judy Garland, Lucille Bremer, Margaret O’Brien, and Joan Carroll as four sisters coming of age around the 1904 World’s Fair. The film follows a timeless tale of young love—set against the backdrop of family and a changing world—and features famous songs including “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”  “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” (1949)Bing Crosby brings this 19th Century Mark Twain classic to life, depicting an all-American mechanic who inadvertently time travels to sixth century England. The film was adapted from the hit 1927 Broadway musical, and remains a classic for its far-fetched plot and upbeat romantic numbers. »

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Sylvester Stallone ('Creed') is sixth performer nominated twice at Oscars for same role (Photo Gallery)

19 January 2016 6:12 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Will Sylvester Stallone win an Oscar for playing the iconic character of boxer Rocky Balboa in "Creed," nearly four decades after first contending for "Rocky" (1976)? He's now the sixth performer to reap multiple Oscar bids for the same role in different films, though Stallone now holds the record of the most years (39) between noms. Scroll through our gallery by clicking here or the photo above. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions If Stallone were to win -- as most of our expert journalists, in-house staff editors and contest entrants like you predict will happen with leading 4/7 odds -- he would join Bing Crosby and Paul Newman who both prevailed on one of their two nominations for the same role. Crosby won for playing Chuck O'Malley in "Going My Way" (1944), but was then bested two years later by Ray Milland ("The Lost Weekend") when he returned as O. »

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Oscar Nominations: Surprising Factoids About 2016’s Contenders

14 January 2016 10:51 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Several records were set in nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, with plenty of oddities and eyebrow-raisers as well.

The top two vote-getting films, “The Revenant” (with 12 nominations) and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (with 10), both starred Tom Hardy, who scored his first nom for the former.

With today’s best actress nom for “Joy,” 25-year-old Jennifer Lawrence is now the youngest actor ever — male or female — to earn four Oscar nods.

Mad Max” opened in May, the only best-pic contender that didn’t bow domestically in the fourth quarter. Three launched in October (“The Martian,” “Bridge of Spies” and “Room”), two in November (“Brooklyn,” “Spotlight”) and two others in December (“The Big Short,” “The Revenant”). Of the eight best-pic hopefuls, “Revenant” is the only one that hadn’t debuted at a film festival.

With its five nominations, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” now has 30 nominations for the franchise, tying it with “Lord of the Rings. »

- Tim Gray

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The Story Behind David Bowie's Unlikely Christmas Duet with Bing Crosby

11 January 2016 3:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In the long list of David Bowie's collaborators - Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, Trent Reznor, TV on the Radio - there's one slightly odd standout: Bing Crosby. And the pair's duet on "Little Drummer Boy" for the 1977 TV special Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas has indeed become something of an outlier in Bowie's career, landing as it did in the middle of Bowie's particularly strange - even for him - late '70s run, that found him making stark, groundbreaking albums like Low while sequestered in Berlin. The clip usually pops up around Christmas every year as part of All-Things-Bowie Internet round-ups, »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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The Story Behind David Bowie's Unlikely Christmas Duet with Bing Crosby

11 January 2016 3:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In the long list of David Bowie's collaborators - Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, Trent Reznor, TV on the Radio - there's one slightly odd standout: Bing Crosby. And the pair's duet on "Little Drummer Boy" for the 1977 TV special Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas has indeed become something of an outlier in Bowie's career, landing as it did in the middle of Bowie's particularly strange - even for him - late '70s run, that found him making stark, groundbreaking albums like Low while sequestered in Berlin. The clip usually pops up around Christmas every year as part of All-Things-Bowie Internet round-ups, »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Why movies and TV could never resist a David Bowie song on the soundtrack

11 January 2016 8:26 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On a cross-country flight yesterday evening, I watched "Sleeping with Other People," a really sharp romantic comedy starring Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis. In one scene, Brie, high on Molly while attending a birthday party, leads a group of kids in a dance to David Bowie's "Modern Love." Across the aisle at the time, another of the passengers was watching "The Martian," and had just gotten up to the montage scored to Bowie's "Starman." I took note of the coincidence, but only long enough to note that Bowie's music had appeared on a whole lot of movie and TV soundtracks over the decades, as you might expect from an artist with a career as long, brilliant, and varied as Bowie's. A few hours later, I was on the ground, and the news was out that Bowie was dead of cancer at 69. Unable to sleep, I began combing his IMDb page, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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David Bowie Dies at 69 Years Old After Battling Cancer

10 January 2016 10:51 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news to report this Sunday night. Musical legend David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69. A singer, songwriter and actor, David Bowie was also a producer who helped pioneer the glam rock movement of the 70s and 80s. He also dabbled in art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica. Over the course of his 40 year career, he also appeared in movies such as the 1976 cult classic The Man Who Fell to Earth and Labyrinth in 1986. David Bowie succumbed to a long bout with cancer. The artist's personal social media accounts left this announcement about his passing.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

David Bowie just celebrated his 69th birthday this past Friday, »

- MovieWeb

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David Cross Plots First Stand-Up Comedy Tour in Six Years

5 January 2016 7:56 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Actor and comedian David Cross will embark on his first stand-up comedy tour in six years, starting January 26th at the Observatory North Park in San Diego.

The Arrested Development and Mr. Show star announced his plans on The Daily Show Monday before posting his complete tour itinerary to Facebook on Tuesday. Tickets for the expertly dubbed "Making America Great Again!" tour are available to purchase via the trek's website. A complete list of dates is below.

On Facebook, Cross expressed how excited he was to be hitting the road again, »

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