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How Often Is the Best Actress Category a Majority Of Women Age 50 Or Older?

20 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Florence Foster Jenkins’ (Courtesy: Paramount Pictures)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Not only is the best actress race extremely competitive this year, but it could also shape up to be one of the oldest collection of talents in Oscar history. Should the stars align correctly, this could be just the second time there have been three or more actresses in the category who were aged 50 or older. Let’s take a look at the one time before and see how it might be happening again.

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, the current standing of the best actress category has Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Isabelle Huppert (Elle) as frontrunners while Annette Bening (20th Century Women) isn’t too far behind as a major threat. The ages of these women — as of the upcoming Oscar ceremony on February 26 — is as follows: Streep will be 67 years, eight months, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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“XXX:The Return Of Xander Cage Gives You Little Fuel For Thought” – Subhash K Jha Review

14 January 2017 12:20 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

XXX : The Return Of Xander Cage

Starring Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone

Directed by D J Caruso

D.J Caruso,let’s call him DJ for fun, is a man with a mission. Mission ‘Impassable’. Treading a trickly trippy tactile territory where the slow-drip creativity of the writing team rapidly seeps into the film’s aggressive action rendering it ineffectual and finally redundant, XXX is strictly for fans of Vin Diesel.

They get their money’s worth in his introductory sequence where playing the do-gooder in a Spanish town he steals electrical equipment from on top of a transformer, surf-boards his way through the roads at full speed giving high-fives to the passersby in cars and trucks, and reaches in time to plug-in the community television for a football game for the kids. Awwwwwwww!

Life is all about the simple pleasures of life. XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage could well be one of them, »

- Subhash K Jha

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Baftas 2017 analysis: 'La La Land' soars, diversity debate simmers

10 January 2017 5:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Silence and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk among shutouts; #Baftassowhite a non-starter.Baftas 2017Baftas 2017: full list of nominations‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominations

One day after setting a record for most wins at the Golden Globes, La La Land continued its fine awards season by claiming 11 Bafta nominations, the joint-most since The Artist scored 12 nominations five years ago.

As predicted, Damien Chazelle’s throwback musical-romance scored nominations in most leading categories including best film, director, actor, actress, original screenplay and cinematography.

Lionsgate will now make the feel-good musical its widest ever UK release this weekend (603 screens), pushing it out on more screens than its flagship franchise The Hunger Games.

La La Land has been on a high since it wowed audiences at Venice in September and with Ampas voting set to end on Friday it is tightening its grip on »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Willem Dafoe will join the cast of ‘Murder On The Orient Express’

6 January 2017 12:08 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Legendary character actor Willem Dafoe is looking to join the cast of Kenneth Branagh‘s adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express.

The film, based on the Agatha Christie novel, is steaming towards a cinemas with Branagh directing and co-starring.

Murder on the Orient Express is the most famous Hercule Poirot mystery, which has the brilliant detective hunting for a killer aboard one of the world s most luxurious passenger trains.

The film boasts an impressive cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr. and Tom Bateman.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Dafoe will play Mr. Hardman, a passenger on the train who says he sells typewriting ribbons, but may have a deeper tie to the murder victim.

Branagh will play the lead as the detective Poirot. Production has already started in London with an expected time of arrival set »

- Paul Heath

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Willem Dafoe joins the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express

6 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

John Wick and The Grand Budapest Hotel actor Willem Dafoe has become the latest addition to the all-star cast of this year’s Murder on the Orient Express.

The news about the Kenneth Branagh-directed film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic 1934 murder-mystery novel comes from Deadline, who claims that Dafoe will play Gerhard Hardman, an undercover detective.

Dafoe has pulled off the amazing feat of remaining relevant in Hollywood for the past 30 years, starring in an eclectic mix of films and never failing to deliver a memorable performance. Between Platoon, The Boondock Saints, Spider-Man, Finding Dory and much more, he takes risks and is better for constantly moving outside of his comfort zone as an actor.

In the future, he can be seen in Yimou Zhang’s The Great Wall, Adam Wingard’s Death Note and the Dceu’s Justice League and Aquaman.

On top of directing, Branagh will »

- Justin Cook

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Willem Dafoe Will Play An Undercover Sleuth For The Murder On The Orient Express Remake

5 January 2017 2:07 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Add Willem Dafoe’s name to the starry cast assembled for 20th Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express.

Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Dafoe, who will soon be appearing across The Great Wall and next year’s solo Aquaman movie, has landed the role of Gerhard Hardman, a passenger on board the titular vessel who is actually working as an undercover sleuth. That makes him indispensable to one Hercule Poirot, Kenneth Branagh’s lead detective tasked with solving the most puzzling of cases while aboard the titular Orient Express in its journey from Istanbul to Paris.

Based on the cherished 1934 novel by Agatha Christie – first adapted by Sidney Lumet during the ’70s – Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express is an investigation which involves a motley crew of Hollywood talent: Johnny Depp, The Force Awakens breakout Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Michael Pena, »

- Michael Briers

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Willem Dafoe Boards ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake

5 January 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Willem Dafoe has signed on for Fox’s star-studded “Murder on the Orient Express,” joining Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, and “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr.

Dafoe will play undercover detective Gerhard Hardman. Kenneth Branagh will direct and also star as detective Hercule Poirot.

Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood, and Judy Hofflund will produce. Michael Green wrote the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

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Angelina Jolie No Longer Boarding ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Exclusive)

Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, revolves around a murder on board the famous train. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is tasked with solving the case that has numerous suspects among the passengers.

James Prichard and Hilary Strong, both of Agatha Christie Limited, will executive produce.

Variety reported in 2013 that Fox was developing the project as a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie, »

- Dave McNary

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Willem Dafoe Joins Ensemble Cast Of Fox’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’

5 January 2017 1:13 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Willem Dafoe has stepped aboard 20th Century Fox's Murder on the Orient Express. He joins an ensemble cast also includes Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Michael Pena, Leslie Odom and Lucy Boynton. The newly imagined film is, of course, based on the iconic 1934 book by Agatha Christie. Dafoe will play undercover detective Gerhard Hardman in the hotly anticipated film being directed by… »

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Oscars 2017: Michelle Williams in ‘Manchester by the Sea’ — How Rare Is a Nom Or Win For Short Screen Times?

2 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Manchester by the Sea’ (Courtesy: Amazon Studios)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

A fourth chance at an Oscar is right around the corner for Michelle Williams — despite how little screen time the actress racked up in Manchester by the Sea. Should the stars align, Williams will score a best supporting actress nomination at the 2017 ceremony. After you hear just how little of the film featured the 36-year-old, it might shock you — but let us just assure you that this isn’t a new accomplishment.

This site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, lists Williams as a frontrunner in the best supporting actress category this year alongside Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), and Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women). The Montana-born actress has already scored three Oscar nominations: in the best supporting actress category for 2005’s Brokeback Mountain as well as in the best actress category »

- Carson Blackwelder

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