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Potential Age Records Could Be Set at the 87th Academy Awards

23 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

No age records were set at the 86th Academy Awards earlier this year, but three actors joined the top 10 oldest nominees for lead actor (Bruce Dern, 77), lead actress (Judi Dench, 79) and supporting actress (June Squibb, 84). Dern and Squibb both became the second oldest in their nominated categories and Dench became fourth. Depending on what occurs at the upcoming awards ceremony, some new age records could be made Feb. 22.

Clint Eastwood, 84, has held the record for oldest director to win an Oscar since 2004 when he won at the age of 74. If he is nominated for American Sniper, he will break the record for oldest director to be nominated, surpassing the current record holder, John Huston, who was nominated at the age of 79.

If Damien Chazelle, the writer-director of Whiplash, is nominated for best director, he would become the seventh-youngest director nominee. If he wins, he would »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Performer of the Week: Katey Sagal

6 December 2014 10:49 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Performer | Katey Sagal

The Show | Sons of Anarchy

The Episode | “Red Rose

The Airdate | December 2, 2014

The Performance | It takes a certain kind of performer to make us feel sorry for the bad guy. But to make us feel sorry for Gemma Teller, in particular, it takes a performance that’s unflinchingly emotional, pure and genuine.

Lucky for Sons of Anarchy viewers, that’s exactly the kind of performance Katey Sagal turned in this week, during her final act as Samcro’s stoic matriarch.

Gemma started the episode the way she always does: with her walls up. When she encountered »

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Recap: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Red Rose'

2 December 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Waiting to sit down for that 80-minute movie event that was the penultimate “Sons of Anarchy” episode? Better eat up those pies, set down the gavels and smell the roses because you probably don’t want to be spoiled by the review that follows.  Tuesday’s “Red Rose” was everything this season has been building to and more, yet true to the overall tone it took us a damned long time to get there. Although the set ups that went down in the first 50 minutes or so will inevitably lead to next week’s wrap-up, none of the real action took place until the last half hour. To be honest, I can’t decide if that slow burn made those final minutes more climactic or not, but either way those are the cards we’ve been dealt so let’s see how they were played — shall we? With the actual »

- Amber Dowling

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Sons of Anarchy's Katey Sagal Breaks Down Emotional, 'Perfect' Gemma/Jax Scenes: 'Charlie and I Were Bawling'

2 December 2014 8:50 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Warning: The following interview contains major spoilers for Sons of Anarchy‘s penultimate episode. If you have yet to watch, don’t click any further.

Much like the Sons of Anarchy fans who have spent Season 7 rooting for Gemma Teller’s demise, Katey Sagal assumed her character’s life would likely end before the series was through.

“I wasn’t surprised. I was just glad I made it to Episode 12,” Sagal admits with a laugh.

In an emotionally charged scene near the end of Tuesday’s episode, Jax finally tracked down his Mia mom and offed her via a gunshot »

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Sons of Anarchy, Ep. 7.12, “Red Rose” is a bloody and powerful penultimate episode

2 December 2014 8:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sons of Anarchy, Season 7, Episode 12, “Red Rose

Directed by Paris Barclay

Written by Kurt Sutter and Charles Murray

Airs Tuesdays at 10pm (Et) on FX

Red Rose” is a powerfully emotional episode built on the backs of three central deaths, most of which could be expected to occur before Sons of Anarchy takes its final bow, but weren’t assured to happen in tonight’s episode until the last twenty minutes or so. With so many central characters reminiscing about mistakes made and their pasts, there are more than enough people to choose from when guessing who says their final goodbyes, making the actual moments that much more powerful when they arrive. That doesn’t mean each passing comes as a surprise, though. A building mix of tension, regret, and resigned acceptance is present in all three instances, which lends a gravity and legitimacy to these killings that has been absent for this entire season, »

- Whitney McIntosh

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Childhood Film Fascinations That Became All-Time Favorites

28 November 2014 7:44 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In celebration of Sound on Sight’s 7th anniversary, writers were asked to come up with articles that present their childhood favorites in the realm of films, TV shows, books or games.

I chose films and anyone who has any familiarity with my writing knows I am virtually incapable of writing an article about a single film so I’m going to focus on a number of movies I saw in my youth.

Growing up in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, I was fortunate enough to have my own room and my own TV set.

My family didn’t go out to the cinema very often so my introduction to movies was primarily through television.

The household cable television was limited to the family room and the parental restrictions that went with that so a far as movie watching went, it was mostly just me in my room where there were no »

- Terek Puckett

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Sliff 2014 Review – Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey

20 November 2014 4:28 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey screens 6:00pm Sunday, November 23rd at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here

Review by Kathy Kaiser

Director Scott Teems brings to a life a documentary that will touch you in a profound and intensely gratifying way, as he takes you deep into the life of American Author Samuel Clemens – a.k.a. Mark Twain – but through the eyes and 60 year career of American icon and prolific actor, Hal Holbrook. Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey  tells the tale of Hal Holbrook’s life and legacy playing the legendary author Mark Twain – as told by fellow actors, mentors, even Twain historians, who share how Holbrook’s constant and unwavering presence in theaters on Broadway and all across our nation, in 20 foreign countries, in front of five President’s – even performing behind the iron curtain, »

- Movie Geeks

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Watergate Editor at the Movies: From 'President's' to Supporting Role in 'Born Yesterday'

6 November 2014 6:11 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ben Bradlee movies: From 'All the President's Men' to 'Born Yesterday' (photo: Jason Robards as 'The Washington Post' executive editor Ben Bradlee in 'All the President's Men') Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee aka Benjamin C. Bradlee, best known for his key role in the Watergate scandal that destroyed the Richard Nixon presidency, and who was later played by Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Jason Robards in Alan J. Pakula's film version of All the President's Men, died of "natural causes" last October 21, 2014, at his home in Washington, D.C. Bradlee, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, was 93. The Washington Post of the 21st century may look increasingly like a more pedantic version of the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid New York Post, but things weren't always like that. Back in the days when the American media — at least some of the time — actually bothered reporting news »

- Andre Soares

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'All the President's Men' (1976) - Best Movies #7

6 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

There's no shortage of starting points from which to tackle 1976's All the President's Men, a timeless journalistic procedural that, if watched today, says as much about journalism over 40 years ago as much as it does about journalism today. "I think if Watergate happened today we wouldn't even know about it," said James Carville in Discovery Channel's 2013 retrospective "All the President's Men Revisited". Whether you believe that's the case or not, the idea of Watergate is now more of a punchline than anything else, "-gate" now becoming a suffix used by 24-hour media services to punch up the latest scandal, used for hashtag memes rather than any measure of actual reporting. Now I'm not as cynical when it comes to today's journalism as Carville, but I'm not necessarily too far behind. The idea of true investigative journalism has been placed on the back-burner. The public needs information right now »

- Brad Brevet

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Dick Smith, Legendary Makeup Artist, Dead At Age 92

31 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »


Dick Smith, widely regarded as one of the all-time great Hollywood makeup artists, has passed away at age 92. Among his crowning achievements: designing the makeup for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather", Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" , an ancient Dustin Hoffman in "Little Big Man" and F. Murray Abraham as the aging Salieri in "Amadeus".  Smith also designed the makeup for young Hal Holbrook in his landmark 1967 TV special "Mark Twain Tonight". Smith was still being accorded honors as recently as this year. Smith's other films include "The Godfather Part II", "Marathon Man" and "The Deer Hunter". For more click here »

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Dick Smith Dead: ‘Godfather of Makeup’ Dies at 92

31 July 2014 7:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dick Smith, known as the “Godfather of Makeup,” has died at age 92. Smith’s protege, Rick Baker, tweeted of the legend’s passing on Thursday morning.

The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same.

Rick Baker (@TheRickBaker) July 31, 2014

The legendary makeup artist was renowned for his realistic transformations in films like “The Godfather” and “Amadeus” — aging Marlon Brando into Don Corleone and F. Murray Abraham into a wizened Antonio Salieri — garnering an Academy Award for his work in the latter alongside Paul LeBlanc. In 2012, Smith was given an honorary Governor’s Academy Award for his contribution to the field, which was presented by Baker. Earlier this year, Smith received the Makeup Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards. He also won a Primetime Emmy in 1967 for his work on Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight! »

- Variety Staff

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – July 21st 2014

21 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This week annoyed by a loudmouth blogger of some repute, who declared anime for paedophiles and insulted more or less the whole of Japanese culture, I decided to watch Netflix original anime Knights of Sidonia. His comments have widely been circulated and condemned by many people and he’s just made himself look a fool, and all this just because Gus Van Sant might be directing a Death Note movie. I recognise that anime is not for everyone but still, by dismissing all of it you are missing out on an awful lot of classic work and influential stuff.

Knights of Sidonia has been billed as a Netflix original but it’s quite hard to imagine that they would have been involved in the production of something like this, it’s pretty far out there even for anime and its more likely that Netflix have done what they did with »

- Chris Holt

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Director Bobs Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron Talk Planes: Fire And Rescue, Creating Fire, Future Plans for the Franchise, and More

19 July 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

When world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) is sidelined by a career-ending injury, he finds himself searching for his next chapter in life in Disney’s Planes:  Fire & Rescue.  Directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard and produced by Ferrell Barron, the animated adventure-comedy centers on a crew of elite firefighting aircraft whose mission is to protect historic Piston Peak National Park.  The family friendly film about second chances features thrilling firefighting action scenes and an impressive voice cast that includes Curtis Armstrong, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi. At the film’s recent press day, Gannaway and Barron talked about how they wanted to elevate the storytelling from the first film and tell a deeper story with the main character, the extensive research they did to ensure the authenticity of the story and to portray aerial firefighting accurately, »

- Sheila Roberts

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Planes : Fire & Rescue – The Review

18 July 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Wow, talk about your quick sequel turn-around. This weekend sees two follow-ups to surprise box office hits from 2013. For thriller fans there’s The Purge: Anarchy (check out Mike Haffner’s review!) and for the kiddies it’s the return of that low flyer, Dusty Crophopper in Planes: Fire & Rescue. And once again, the ads tell us it’s set in the world of Cars (as with last year’s flick, this is not from the Pixar gang, it’s officially from DisneyToon Studios with much of the work produced by Prana Studios of India). It’s clear from this new film that the makers will not need to piggyback on the earlier Pixar hit again. With this one, Dusty and his pals can stake a claim on their own series, because like the new Apes film still in theatres, this is a much improved, superior sequel.

The opening »

- Jim Batts

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Julie Bowen Talks Planes: Fire & Rescue, Getting Involved with the Sequel, Working inside the Recording Booth, and Her Most Bizarre Fan Encounter

18 July 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Julie Bowen gives voice to Dipper, the friendly, spirited air tanker in Disney’s new animated adventure-comedy, Planes:  Fire & Rescue, directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard.  Dipper is a full-figured gal skilled at skimming lakes, scooping up thousands of gallons of water and dousing angry fires.  She’s also an avid air-racing fan with a major crush on the world-famous Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook).  When she learns he’s joining the fire and rescue squad at Piston Peak, she’s head-over-wheels with excitement.  Opening July 18th, the film also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi. At a recent roundtable interview, Bowen spoke about her character, when she first became involved, how she’s gotten huge cool points from her kids for being in the movie, why she didn’t practice the voice around the house, »

- Sheila Roberts

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‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Review

18 July 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

In the Planes sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue, we catch up with crop duster-turned global racing champion plane Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook), who’s now one of the more famous (if not the most famous) aeronautical racers in the world. However, all that high-velocity action has taken its toll on Dusty’s gears – and when it turns out that his damaged gearbox is a model that has long been out of production, Dusty finds himself facing the possibility that he may never race again.

A new career opportunity for Dusty presents itself when it turns out that, in order to pass safety regulation standards, Propwash Junction Airport is in need of a second firefighting vehicle, to assist the elderly fire and rescue truck Mayday (Hal Holbrook). First, though, Dusty needs ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Dane Cook Talks Planes: Fire & Rescue, Reprising His Role, Being Part of the Disney Family, Telling a Deeper Story, and the Theme of Second Chances

17 July 2014 6:06 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Dane Cook returns as the voice of Dusty Crophopper, the crop duster turned world-famous air racer, in Planes:  Fire and Rescue.  After a successful racing season, Dusty comes home to his friends in Propwash Junction, but life takes an unexpected turn when a fateful training run leads to a new career with the elite Aerial Fire Fighters at Piston Peak Air Attack Base.  Opening July 18th, the animated adventure-comedy directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi. At the film’s recent press day, Cook talked about reprising the role, what it means to be a part of the Disney family, how he wanted to tell a deeper story with Dusty this time around, why the theme of second chances resonated with him, the parallels in »

- Sheila Roberts

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‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Premiere Pays ‘Loving Tribute’ to Firefighters, Says Dane Cook

16 July 2014 6:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” touched down on Hollywood Boulevard outside the El Capitan Theatre on July 15 for the animated film’s premiere, with Dane Cook returning to voice high-flying Dusty, the crop duster.

“It’s a loving tribute to firefighters and the men and women who do this day in and day out,” Cook said before joining the rest of the film’s cast, which includes “Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Fred Willard, Erik Estrada, Stacy Keach, Wes Studi and Brad Garrett to present a $25,000 grant to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Country singer Brad Paisley, who is featured in the film, presented the grant with Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ chief creative officer John Lasseter, who praised firefighters for being the individuals on the scene when everyone else has left.

Rescue vehicles lined the street outside the theater as guests, including Paisley »

- Marc Graser

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Planes: Fire & Rescue Movie Review

16 July 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Planes: Fire & Rescue Director: Bobs Gannaway Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Wes Studi, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina King, Jerry Stiller and Hal Holbrook Endearingly reuniting and working with your long-term friends to not only entertain families in your community, but also teach them the importance of banding together in times of need, is an important message to send to children who are first being exposed to crucial life lessons. Not only did the cast of last year’s hit animated comedy, ‘Planes,’ endearingly reunite for the film’s new sequel, ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue,’ to provide more family-friendly jokes for young children, but the  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Latest 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' Clip Shows Off Its 'CHoPs'

10 July 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A new clip from Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue has surfaced with a special appearance by CHiPs star, Erik Estrada. In the clip we get a 70s TV retro vibe, complete with the original theme song from CHiPs, which includes our all-star helicopters making a run for a burning building to rescue a damsel in distress. Watch the latest Planes: Fire & Rescue clip below!

In Planes: Fire & Rescue, when world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

Planes: Fire & Rescue comes to theaters July 18th, »

- MovieWeb

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