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Julianne Moore Could Be 11th Actor With Five or More Acting Noms Before First Oscar Win

18 February 2015 8:10 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

At Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, Julianne Moore could join the ranks of 10 actors and actresses who have had five or more acting nominations before their first win.

Moore earned her fifth nomination for her portrayal of a professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova‘s 2007 novel of the same name. She was first nominated in 1998 for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights.

In Academy history, five actors and actresses have won their first Oscar on their fifth nomination.

Gregory Peck, who was first nominated in 1946 for The Keys of the Kingdom, didn’t win until 1962 for To Kill a Mockingbird. Five years later, Peck was awarded The Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Susan Hayward won her first and only Oscar in 1959 for her leading role in I Want to Live!. She was first nominated in 1948 for Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Aronofsky hails Berlin's "incredible selection"

16 February 2015 9:31 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

“An incredible selection” was the verdict given by jury president Darren Aronofsky about the Berlinale’s 2015 competition line-up.

Speaking at the the closing gala, Aronofsky said: “Hats off to Dieter [Kosslick], the curators have made an incredible selection. It’s been incredibly difficult to decide on the prizes (…) there were so many quality films that it was hard not to award many, many of the films.“

In fact, the International Jury, which included actors Daniel Brühl and Audrey Tautou and the former Golden Bear winner Claudia Llosa from Peru, gave awards to nine of the 19 Competition titles by splitting two of the prizes, and showed the unanimity of its decisions by all being on stage together for the presentation of the awards in the Berlinale Palast.

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi became the second Iranian film in the Berlinale’s 65-year history to win the Golden Bear - after Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation in 2011 - and is Panahi »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi’ Wins Golden Bear at Berlin Film Fest

14 February 2015 10:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — This year’s Berlinale Golden Bear was won by Jafar Panahi’s film “Taxi,” in which the Iranian director posed as a taxi driver and rode through the streets of Teheran, engaging his passengers in running dialogues, capturing the spirit of Iranian society.

It was a particularly emotional moment as jury president Darren Aronofsky and festival director Dieter Kosslick reminded the audience of the empty chair that was left onstage for Panahi when he was a jury member in 2011 and not allowed to attend. Absent yet again this year, he was represented by his family onstage.

His little daughter accepted the award for him and was so choked up with tears of happiness that she could barely speak, saying, “I can’t say anything, I’m so moved.”

At the start of the ceremony, Aronofsky remarked that the jury had a hard time choosing the award-winning films, despite the »

- Andrew Horn

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Geraldine McEwan 1932-2015

1 February 2015 9:39 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

She’s possibly most famous for taking over a beloved character and making it her own with Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, but Geraldine McEwan has enjoyed a long career on stage and screen. She died at the age of 82 on Friday following a stroke in October.Born in Windsor, she got her start acting early, making her debut at the age of 14 at the city’s Theatre Royale. She quickly graduated to London’s West End, and went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 1961. There, she appeared in leading roles in plays such as Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and Twelfth Night and ended up touring he world with various productions.On the West End stage, she originated a leading role in Joe Orton’s Loot and appeared on Broadway in The School For Scandal, The Private Ear And The Public Eye and The Chairs, »

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Geraldine McEwan, BAFTA-Winning Actress, Dies at 82

31 January 2015 4:53 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82. McEwan was known for many roles including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes. Her two children said in a statement that she died Friday after suffering a severe stroke at the end of October. She had been hospitalized extensively since then. See more Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 McEwan worked for many years in theater, television and films, sharing the stage with Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney and other top British stars. She won numerous awards, including

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Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger In Final Negotiations to Star in This Man, This Woman

28 January 2015 2:14 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure) are in final negotiations to star in the romance feature film This Man, This Woman, to be directed by Isabel Coixet whose new film Nobody Wants The Night opens the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortitude International co-founders, Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, and producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Striptease).

Fortitude International is financing the film and will handle foreign sales on the project being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.

De Barros and Barnum serve as executive producers. Lobell is producing the film.

The romance is written by Oscar winner Frederic Raphael (Eyes Wide Shut, Darling, Two For The Road).

CAA is representing domestic rights.

An estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz »

- Michelle McCue

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Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Stanley Donen's Two For The Road

26 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Smart, stylish, insightful and brimming with technical inventiveness, Stanley Donen's Two For The Road is a wonderful examination of the modern marriage whose influence can still be felt in Hollywood cinema today, nearly 50 years after it was originally released.Inspired in part by his own marriage, screenwriter Frederic Raphael (Darling, Eyes Wide Shut) penned Two For The Road at the specific request of director Stanley Donen (Singing In The Rain, Charade), after seeing his earlier efforts in 1964's Nothing But The Best. According to Raphael, he deliberately wrote the script in random order, accentuating its episodic structure, as it revisits the various trips from London to the South of France by the same British couple.Mark Wallace (Albert Finney), a successful architect, and his wife Joanna...

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Rip Screenwriter Guy Gallo, Dead at 59

20 January 2015 12:50 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A playwright, screenwriter, poet and essayist, he was an adjunct professor of Screenwriting at Columbia University's School of the Arts and Barnard College, as well as Nyu's Tisch School of the Arts. Among his former students are James Mangold ("Girl Interrupted," "Walk the Line") and Greg Mottola ("Superbad," "Adventureland"). After receiving his Mfa from the Yale School of Drama in 1982, Gallo met Huston, who was impressed by his adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's novel, and made the film version. Starring Albert Finney and Jacqueline Bisset, it was released in 1984 and was a selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Gallo wrote over a dozen feature screenplays, and had four others produced. Among them was an adaptation, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Part I, which American Playhouse broadcast in 1986; its cast included Lillian Gish and Geraldine Page. Born February 16, 1955 in New Orleans, Louisiana, »

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Angora Sweaters and Scissorhands: Ranking the Films of Tim Burton

13 January 2015 9:05 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Tim Burton is perhaps one of the most unique and exciting filmmakers working today. With a vision inspired by classic horror and a dry wit, his films are often fiercely entertaining and endlessly clever. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t dark spots on his filmography. Like every filmmaker he’s had his missteps but even when the movies don’t quite work Burton manages to create films that are visually stunning and artistic. With the recent release of Big Eyes and a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the works, examining Burton’s work and influence is more important than ever.

17. Planet of the Apes (2001): Even when a Burton film has issues there are usually some redeeming factors (see Darks Shadows’ amazing style) but, oh man, one really has to look hard to find something good in this disaster of a movie. Sure, the makeup »

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The Dresser's Us TV rights picked up by Starz

10 January 2015 3:57 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Dresser's Us TV rights have been picked up by Starz.

Based on Ronald Harwood's classic play, the film marks the first time Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Anthony Hopkins have worked together.

The movie will be set during World War II and is based on Harwood's own experiences as a dresser for the distinguished British actor Sir Donald Wolfit. Hopkins has been cast as Wolfit, while McKellen will play his dresser, Norman.

The BBC co-production is directed by Richard Eyre and executive-produced by Colin Callender, Sonia Friedman, Polly Hilly and Ben Stephenson.

"The Dresser is a timeless and poignant story about the relationship between artists, and to have this classic play brought to life on-screen by such acting giants as Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen is thrilling," said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik (via Entertainment Weekly).

"We are glad to be working in partnership again with the »

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Anthony Hopkins & Ian McKellen Set for Starz Telepic ‘The Dresser’

9 January 2015 4:05 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen will work together for the first time in “The Dresser,” an original movie Starz is co-producing with the BBC. Starz made the announcement at the Television Critics Assn. on Friday in Pasadena.

The television adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s World War II-set play of the same name is inspired by Hartwood’s experience of being a dresser for the British actor and manager Sir Donald Wolfit. Hopkins will play Sir and McKellen will portray his dresser, Norman.

The play was previously adapted into a 1983 feature film directed by Peter Yates and starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay.

“‘The Dresser’ is a timeless and poignant story about the relationship between artists, and to have this classic play brought to life onscreen by such acting giants as Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen is thrilling,” said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik.

Richard Eyre will direct. Exec producing are »

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