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By Todd Garbarini
William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973), based upon the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, is one of the greatest and most powerful American motion pictures ever made. With an impressive cast that includes Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb, Jack MacGowran and newcomer Linda Blair, The Exorcist had its origins in a 1949 case involving the purported demonic possession of a young Evangelical Lutheran boy in Cottage City, MD who is still alive to this day, is retired from Nasa, and claims to have no memory of the events that he experienced. Mr. Blatty, who read about the events at the time, thought about the story for years until he wrote the book circa 1969, some 20 years later, in the house of his ex-wife in Encino, CA.
Coming on the heels of my all-time favorite film, 1971’s Oscar-winning The French Connection, Mr. »
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Two events in November had all the hopefuls stepping up their Oscar game: the Academy's 2013 Governors Awards and the 2014 Independent Spirit Award nominations. Both helped put this year's Oscar race into sharper focus.
The Governors Awards are the honorary Oscars for career achievement and humanitarianism, which were presented during the main Academy Awards ceremony up until five years ago. Since then, the Academy has handed out these trophies in November instead, in an untelevised ceremony, so awards-hopeful schmoozing can go on away from the prying eyes of the press. (Although Deadline's Pete Hammond took notes on who schmoozed with whom.) On November 16, as honorary Oscars were handed out to the likes of Steve Martin (a frequent Oscar host who, amazingly, has never been nominated in competition »
- Gary Susman
Ron Masak is best known for playing Cabot Cove's trusty Sheriff Mort Metzger -- opposite Angela Lansbury -- in the late '80s early '90s murder mystery show "Murder, She Wrote." Guess what he looks like now! Read more »
- TMZ Staff
In Case You Missed Them... here are a dozen highlights from the month that was as we round the corner into the last leg of 2013 and sprint towards Oscar nominations.
My imaginary Actress Roundtable for THR. They need to mix it up a little for freshness. I've added Léa, Sandra and Margo.
Emma Thompson's Shoes... Nathaniel meets the actress over cocktails
Hollywood Actress Roundtable Oprah gushes over Lupita. Octavia and Amy listen. Julia and Emma steal the spotlight
Naomi Watts' Rough Year Paging Lacuna, Inc
She's Finally Got It Angela Lansbury & Honorary Oscars
International Transgendered Day an Oscar Trivia List
Critics Choice Young Actor/Actress Ballots who should be on them?
Animated Features 2003 the 10th anniversary of a key Oscar shortlist
The Best Man Holiday opens big
Frozen = Wicked is this the closest we're getting to the stage musical onscreen?
- NATHANIEL R
Angela Lansbury isn’t one to rest on her laurels. Fresh off an honorary Oscar for decades of memorable performances in such films as “Gaslight” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” the 88-year old Lansbury is returning to the stage in a West End revival of “Blithe Spirit.” She will play doddering clairvoyant Madame Arcati, the same role that won her a Tony in 2009. It marks Lansbury’s first time on the London stage in nearly 40 years, her last stint crossing the boards in the city coming with a performance as Gertrude in the National Theatre’s 1975 production of “Hamlet.” Also read: Angelina Jolie, »
- Brent Lang
Welcome back Starchild – er, we mean Elliott Gilbert! After two long weeks, Adam Lambert's new character finally re-emerged on Glee (barely), in what might be one of the series' strangest and most disjointed episodes ever.
Airing on Thanksgiving, it definitely delivered a heaping helping of colorful filler – from singing puppets to Sue Sylvester turning fem. Perhaps the cast and crew just wanted to be silly in light of all that's unfolded this year, but it made for odd holiday TV viewing.
'Glee' and 16 More Shows That Lasted »
If you’re an unmitigated, unapologetic theater geek like me, stepping into a Broadway theater isn’t merely a rite of passage, but a fully immersive religious experience. Having had much experience working inside many of the 40 spaces between 41st Street and 65th Street in Manhattan, you often get asked the question, “How old is this theater?” Now, thanks to the remarkable, painstakingly comprehensive new website Spotlight on Broadway, you can geek out as well by not only answering them, but explaining the entire architectural and production history of each and every one of the 40 theaters that currently occupy the Great White Way. »
- Jason Clark
Pixar Times on The Blue Umbrella failing to make the Academy Animated Short finalists
Huffington Post wants a return policy on Dallas Buyers Club's AIDS history
Awards Circuit notices some campaign trickery chez TWC. Fruitvale Station's lead actor is now supporting? and it's screenplay is Adapted. Whaaaa?
Man at Arms crafting Mjölnir, Thor's Hammer
THR on the success of black cinema this year. I'm alarmed at some of these clickbait (racebait?) headlines lately on this topic but i love sentences like "The Butler's success in crossing over is attributed to Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, mainstream stars who relentlessly promoted the film"... relentlessly sounds so threatening given the context/headline. Lol!
Av Club kicks off a series of "firsties" with Guillermo del Toro. I'm not crazy about his films (I know this is an »
- NATHANIEL R
Tim here. All of the online chatter around the honorary Oscars handed out over the weekend has focused, not unreasonably, on the actors who received awards: Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Angelina Jolie. After all, they're famous, and in at least one case wildly iconic and beloved. But going unnoticed in the widespread Lansbury love-in (which, to be entirely clear, I support enthusiastically) is the fourth award recipient on Sunday, Italian costume designer Piero Tosi.
Making this lapse even worse than simple snobbery against below-the-line talent, Tosi has as many Oscar nominations as the other three individuals put together: five total, to Lansbury's three, Jolie's two, and Martin's zero (not even a writing nod!). Since that would apparently make him the most conspicuously overlooked among the honorees, I think it's only respectful and right to give the man his due: and what better way than »
- Tim Brayton
The eyes may have been on Angelina Jolie as she accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Ball in Hollywood Saturday night, but her mind was on her mother as she held back tears during a touching speech.
The thesp is known for her humanitarian work, being the co-founder of the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative and a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and mentioned her late mother after the award was presented to her by George Lucas.
“She wasn’t really the best critic since she never had anything unkind to say, but she did give me love and confidence,” she said of her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who died in 2007 of ovarian cancer. “And above all, she was very clear that nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others.”
“I didn’t know what that meant for a long time, »
- Alex Stedman
I know, I know, I link to Mark Harris a lot in these roundups. But he's always a pleasure to read, and rarely more on-point than in his impassioned piece about last weekend's Governors' Awards -- the separation of which from the Oscar telecast is an issue that still gets his goat, particularly in a year when the speeches of Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin would all have made good television for a relatively mainstream audience. "Of all the ways of nodding to the past, it is grotesque that the only one that has survived on the main telecast is the in memoriam roll call," he writes. »
- Guy Lodge
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. This might be the hardest Top Three poll yet, at least for me. While not an unconditionally devoted fan, mainly not so in recent years, I really love Steve Martin. Enough that I had someone read from the screenplay for The Jerk at my wedding. Okay, so that's going to obviously be my number one. But what's next? Martin, who received an honorary Oscar over the weekend at the Governors Awards (other winners were Angela Lansbury and costume designer Piero Tosi, while Angelina Jolie was given this year's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award), has starred in so many classic comedies and also done a decent bit of dramatic work, so it's really difficult to choose...
- Christopher Campbell
The Governors Award ceremony this past Saturday was a surprisingly moving night. Hosted by the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Governors Awards honored Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury with Honorary Awards and Angelina Jolie with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The recipients were obviously touched by the ceremony as each choked up during their very moving acceptance speeches. Watch all three speeches below: Steve Martin Receives and Honorary Award Angela Lansbury Receives an Honorary Award Angelina Jolie with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award »
- James Hiler
Angelina Jolie accepted a special honor on Saturday, when she became the youngest person to ever receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' fifth annual Governors Awards in La. The Oscar statuette was presented to acknowledge Angelina's achievements in activism, including her work for the United Nations and her film projects related to humanitarian issues: A Mighty Heart and In the Land of Blood and Honey. On the red carpet, she was joined by Brad Pitt, who wore Saint Laurent, along with their son Maddox, and she gave a sweet shout-out to her family during her acceptance speech. "My family, my love, your love and support make everything possible," she said. "Mad, and your brothers and sisters, there is no greater honor than being your mom." Last year's winner was Oprah Winfrey, and other past recipients include Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Angelina Jolie was awarded an honorary Oscar for her humanitarian work at the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 5th Annual Governors Awards in Hollywood over the weekend.
The 38-year-old actress, who wore a shimmering, embellished black Atelier Versace gown, arrived at the annual event with partner Brad Pitt and their eldest son, 12-year-old Maddox.
Upon accepting her Academy Award, Jolie received a standing ovation from fellow guests and paid tribute to Pitt, her children and her late mother Marcheline Bertrand.
The Oscar-winning star, who was recognised for her role as special envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency, held back tears as she said to Pitt during her speech: "My love, your support and guidance makes everything I do possible.
"Mad, you and your brothers and sisters are my happiness."
Jolie added: "(My mother) was very clear that nothing would mean anything if I didn't live a life of use to others. »
There aren’t many events as prestigious, or as glittery, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards. For fans like my wife and me it’s like being a kid in Candyland, as everyone who attends is relaxed and approachable. To be able to make small talk with honorees Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin is a rare treat. The room is also peppered with likely contenders for this year’s Oscars, from directors like David O. Russell and Spike Jonze to such actors as Chiwitel Ejiofor and Michael B. Jordan. I happened to have my camera in hand when cartoon voice queen June Foray met Angela Lansbury for the first time. Talk about careers! June recently won her first Emmy...
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- Leonard Maltin
- Ryan Adams
News Simon Brew 18 Nov 2013 - 06:34
Back when the first Iron Man came out, and when the whole Marvel experiment was seen as a very, very big gamble, the role of James 'Rhodey' Rhodes was played by Terrence Howard. But Howard didn't return for Iron Man 2 onwards, with the role being taken on by Don Cheadle instead.
Howard has discussed what happened before, but while on the promotional circuit for his new film, The Best Man Holiday, he's pointing the finger a little bit firmer. Admitting that the comment is going to get him into trouble, Howard said that "the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out".
He's not naming names, »
Saturday's Governors Awards marked a special night for Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, and Angela Lansbury, and all three honorees moved the crowd with thoughtful, memorable acceptance speeches. Each year, the Governors Awards honor those with outstanding achievements in film, and this year, the honorary Oscar recipients brought their signature charm to the stage. While Angelina gave a sweet shout out to Brad Pitt and their family, Steve had the audience cracking up before taking an emotional turn, holding back tears as he spoke of his wife's support. Angela, too, captured the group's attention, mentioning some of her best memories with Hollywood icons like Ingrid Bergman and Frank Sinatra. The private event brought out some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew McConaughey, and Brad, who joined Angelina and their son Maddox on the red carpet. Watch all three speeches below: Angelina Jolie Angelina became the »
- Laura Marie Meyers
At the 2013 Academy Governors Award ceremony on Saturday (Nov. 16), many of the biggest names in Hollywood were in Los Angeles to see Steve Martin, Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and costume designer Piero Tosi receive honorary Oscars for their work.
Check out photos of some of the 500 guests here.
Jolie -- a previous Academy Award winner for "Girl, Interrupted" -- received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her public service around the world. The other three received the honorary Oscars for their careers in the film industry. Although Lansbury and Tosi have both been nominated (and Martin has hosted the telecast), none of these three have received Academy Awards during their careers.
Steve Martin actually said he "thought maybe they needed a favor or wanted me to introduce somebody" when he got the call informing him of the honorary award.
Although not broadcast on television, clips from the private event may »
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