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The old saying goes is that if you want to win an Academy Award then the best way is to undertake playing a disabled part or portraying a famous personality in a biopic. In some cases, actors have accomplished both themes and reached their Oscar-attaining goals (see Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker or Daniel-Day Lewis in My Left Foot for instance).
In Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters we will look at the top movie characters that became Academy Award-winning figures within their films. Interestingly, there have been a couple of performers that were real-life disabled individuals that convincingly embodied their fictional disabled alter egos (see Harold Russell from The Best Days of Our Lives or Marlee Matlin from Children of a Lesser God).
Anyway, this selection of Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters are (in alphabetical order according to film title): »
- Frank Ochieng
The Guanajuato International Film Festival revealed yesterday all the details for its upcoming seventeenth edition, which is going to be celebrated from Friday, July 25 to Sunday, August 3. This is one of Mexico's top festivals and this year's lineup turned out to be both exciting and surprising, especially thanks to the fact that Giff is paying homage to B movie king Roger Corman. Producer of Death Race 2000, Piranha, Forbidden World, and hundreds others; director of such films as Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Little Shop of Horros, and The Pit and the Pendulum; and mentor of several consolidated directors, including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, and Jonathan Demme; Roger Corman is quite simply a living film legend. At age 88, Corman is...
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Tom Hanks won his first Oscar as a gay lawyer who takes his firm to court when he is sacked after his colleagues discover he has Aids. Class act Denzel Washington is the attorney who takes the case against his better judgement while Antonio Banderas goes against his natural macho grain as Hanks' lover. An involving drama from Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme, the film presents its case with grace and dignity - and without resorting to placard-waving histrionics. »
John Travolta as Forrest Gump? Difficult to envision, but it could have happened: Travolta turned down the role before Tom Hanks ended up with it, according to Hln 's list of 18 iconic roles that almost went to different actors. More: Will Smith turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix , and Keanu Reeves got the part. Ralph Macchio , aka the Karate Kid, turned down the role of Marty McFly in Back to the Future , and Michael J. Fox ended up with it. Michelle Pfeiffer was the first choice of director Jonathan Demme to play Clarice Starling in The »
- Evann Gastaldo
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
To clarify the headline above: I liked True Detective and Fargo. They were well-acted, well-shot, well-dialogued. HBO’s mystery melodrama and FX’s Coen remix had different tones and different site-specific atmospheres–moody nihilism vs. screwball nihilism, sunbaked desolation vs. snowcaked void, Southern Swamp Gothic vs. Frozen Norman Rockwell–but if you watched them live when they aired, then you knitted together an 18-episode viewing experience representing a snapshot of Why TV Drama Is Interesting Now. »
- Darren Franich
If you were watching films in the 80s, chances are, you're a fan of Debra Winger. A relative unknown (save for her appearance as Wonder Girl in the "Wonder Woman" TV series), Winger kicked off the decade with a trifecta of hits -- "Urban Cowboy" (1980), "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982) and "Terms of Endearment" (1983) -- that made her a major Hollywood force in the short span of three years. Unfortunately for cinemagoers, that is no longer the case. Fortunately for Winger, that's of her own doing and not because Hollywood stopped fielding her offers. At 40, after a slew of commercial and art house successes, Winger stopped considering parts altogether, favoring a quieter life with her husband (Arliss Howard, who directed her in "Big Bad Love") and three children. She still acts from time to time on projects she's especially passionate about, such as Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married" and HBO's show "In. »
- Nigel M Smith
We've seen Meryl Streep sing in "Ironweed," "Postcards from the Edge," "A Prairie Home Companion," and "Mamma Mia" -- and she'll soon be singing again in "Into the Woods" as well as the new Jonathan Demme movie "Ricki and the Flash" and the Maria Callas-centered film "Master Class" -- but we've definitely overlooked her most amazing vocal performance to date. Check out Meryl singing in Arthur Miller's "Secret Service" in 1977 and marvel at that awesome soprano vocal. I think with enough online support we can force her to release an album of standards, wouldn't you say? Let's get going on that Egot, Karen Silkwood! (Clip via AwardsDaily) »
- Louis Virtel
Kent Jones with Life Itself director Steve James and Chaz Ebert on Roger Ebert at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York premiere: "He wanted cinema culture to be shared with everybody." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Not often can you find J.C. Chandor (director of the upcoming A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo and Alessandro Nivola), Jonathan Demme, Paul Haggis, Terence Winter and Denis Leary sitting in the same cinema and overhear Morgan Spurlock in the lobby saying that Prospect Park in Brooklyn is his favorite place, while Amy Irving looks on.
Before the New York premiere of Life Itself with Martin Scorsese as co-executive producer, I spoke with the director Steve James, Chaz Ebert and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom narrator Bob Balaban, who will be on Broadway this fall in »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Ebert became famous for the long-running “At the Movies” program with Gene Siskel, where the two Chicago-based reviewers popularized their “two thumbs up” style of approach to film criticism as they butted heads over the latest releases. He died last year at the age of 70 after a lengthy struggle with cancer.
The film is based on Ebert’s autobiography of the same name and chronicles his impact on major filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Michael Moore, his alcohol addiction, his love affair with his wife, Chaz Ebert, and the illness that cost him much of his jaw and left him unable to speak or eat solid foods in his final years.
The way he dealt with his illness »
- Brent Lang
She's been nominated for 28 Golden Globes, 18 Oscars (she's won three), three Emmys, five Grammys and a Tony, and today, Meryl Streep celebrates her 65th birthday. Then it's back to work. She'll be playing Maria Callas in an HBO movie based on Terence McNally’s 1995 Tony award-winning play Master Class. The director? Mike Nichols, with whom she's worked on Silkwood (1983), Heartburn (1986), Postcards from the Edge (1990) and Angels in America (2003). Streep will also be playing an "old, fading rock star" in Ricky and the Flash, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jonathan Demme. » - David Hudson »
Meryl Streep is tuning up to play famed opera singer Maria Callas for HBO, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Photos Note Perfect: The 15 Best Portrayals of Musicians in Movies Based on Terrence McNally’s play Master Class, the TV movie will be directed by Streep's frequent collaborator Mike Nichols. The play tackles Callas' days teaching students at New York City's Juilliard School in 1971. HBO declined to comment, but a source close to Streep confirmed that the Oscar-winning actress has boarded the project. Streep is expected to first team with her daughter Mamie Gummer for Jonathan Demme's Ricky and the Flash at Sony, and
- Tatiana Siegel
The pair will play mother and daughter in the Diablo Cody-written film Ricki and the Flash, according to The Wrap.
Streep will play singer Ricki, who lost her family after following her dreams of becoming a star. Gummer is in talks to play Ricki's daughter Julie.
Kevin Kline is also in line to play Ricki's ex-husband Pete.
Streep and Kline previously appeared together in 1982's Sophie's Choice.
Ricki and the Flash
Streep plays a rock and roll-loving woman who chased her dreams at the cost of her family. Kline would play her forgiving ex-husband, Gummer her confrontational daughter who is getting divorced from her cheating husband. [Source: The Wrap]
Reid Scott ("Veep") and Christina Scherer ("The Young And The Restless") have joined the cast of Nancy Meyers' comedy "The Intern" for Warner Bros. Pictures. Scott plays a fast-talking, overly confident businessman. Scherer will play an assistant. »
- Garth Franklin
Meryl Streep is no slouch when it comes to transformative performances, but the latest legend she's set to play will make Anna Wintour look like a pushover. Streep has signed on to star as Maria Callas in an HBO adaptation of "Master Class," an award-winning Broadway play by Terrence McNally that takes place in 1971 at Julliard. In the story, the unforgettable diva is teaching a class while contemplating her astonishing career and dramatic life, which includes a torrid affair with Aristotle Onassis that ends when he leaves her for none other than Jackie O.
"Master Class" will reunite Streep with Mike Nichols, who worked with her on "Angels in America," "Postcards From the Edge," "Heartburn," and "Silkwood." The movie will start filming in January after Streep finishes an entirely different sort of musical performance in Jonathan Demme's "Ricky and the Flash." Streep, who stars as an aging rocker, has »
- Jenni Miller
• Jared Leto, who won an Oscar for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, is in early talks to star in Brilliance for Legendary Pictures. According to Deadline, Leto met with director Julius Onah on Monday. Based on Marcus Sakey’s novel, the film posits a world where a small number of the population are “brilliants,” which basically means they have extraordinary abilities. The film, adapted by David Koepp, focuses on a federal agent — also a brilliant — who must track down a fellow brilliant who wants to use his powers to start a war. Will Smith was previously attached to the role, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Here's today's latest casting news: Kevin Costner is in negotiations to star in Ariel Vroman's Criminal, an interesting genre film with a character who's part ruthless killer and part experimental brain-swapping subject. John Cusack and Adrien Brody have joined Jackie Chan in Daniel Lee's epic Dragon's Blade, which sees the Roman and Chinese civilizations clashing together on screen. Kevin Kline and Mamie Gummer are in negotiations to join Meryl Streep in Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash. Hit the jump for more on each casting story. First up from Variety is word that Costner is in negotiations to star in Criminal. The poorly written report says the crux of the story is as follows: "The story revolves around a ruthless killer who, rather than spending the rest of his life in jail, is used in a scientific experiment, planting the brain of a recently murdered field operative." So, »
- Dave Trumbore
Kevin Kline and Mamie Gummer are in negotiations to star opposite Meryl Streep in Jonathan Demme's “Ricki and the Flash,” multiple individuals familiar with the Sony project have told TheWrap. Sony had no comment. Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”) is directing from a script by fellow Oscar winner Diablo Cody. Marc Platt and Mason Novick are producing the film, which hits theaters on June 26, 2015. It will be the first release from Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions. Streep stars as a rock ‘n’ roll-loving woman who chased her dreams at the cost of her family, but gets a chance to. »
- Jeff Sneider
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Mary Steenburgen is closing a deal to join the gang at Litchfield for season three. You might remember Steenburgen best for her Oscar-winning performance in Jonathan Demme's 1980 film, Melvin and Howard, but if you're anything like us, you remember her for her role in the delightfully weird Powder. It looks like Steenburgen might have gotten a little ahead of herself though, because her Thursday tweet — "Very excited to go to my first wardrobe fitting of Oitnb! Will I be in orange or black?:)" — has been quietly taken down. (Don't worry Mary, we would have been psyched to tell the whole world, too). Meanwhile, in other Oitnb casting news, Dascha Polanco (the preggers Daya), Samira Wiley (she who adores Taystee), and Yael Stone (crazy, sexy, cool) have all been upped to series regulars. Congratulations! »
- E. Alex Jung
Paradise Then: Ayouch’s Drama Imagines the Making of a Terrorist
Examining a fictional decade in the life of a group of young Moroccan men that attempts to explain how they came to engage in a terrorist attack in Casablanca in May of 2003, killing thirty three people, director Nabil Ayouch premiered his Horses of God (a euphemism) at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Now, with director Jonathan Demme’s name attached to champion it, the title receives a limited theatrical release in the United States. Likely to remind many of Hany Abu-Assad’s 2005 film, Paradise Now, Ayouch and screenwriter Jamal Belmahi take pains to adapt a novel from Mahi Binebine to grant an in-depth understanding of what such a process looks like. Told with care and understanding, it’s a believable portrait of the dangerous brainwashing of fundamentalist religion used as a trap for those broken down by harsh realities. »
- Nicholas Bell
Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has joined with BBC Films to greenlight The Lady In The Van, Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his commercial and critical West End hit, based on his own bestselling memoir.
The film tells the true story of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who “temporarily” parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway… and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years. Smith, who will play the singular Miss Shepherd, will be joined by Alex Jennings (The Queen), who will play both Bennett and, with some movie magic, his alter ego, Ab.
The film will be Hytner’s first directorial outing after ending his massively successful decade at the head of the British National Theatre. »
- Michelle McCue
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