10 items from 2014
Finding Nemo encompasses a tremendous amount of positive imagery that makes up Disney and Pixar’s populous appeal. From learning how to trust family and friends, to overcoming biggest fears and obstacles, Finding Nemo understands how to tap into the audience’s heartstrings and neatly ties in a meaningful message for the viewer to take home. Yet with every good side, there is a dark presence that even Disney can’t back away from. Like many Disney films, from Bambi to Frozen, Finding Nemo deals with a story whose basis stems from a broken household struggling with a great deal of separation. Why does Disney cling onto threads of such despair and heartache? Perhaps it’s a factor many can relate to. Or perhaps it’s a working formula that sweetens the arc of a happy ending. Either way, separation is a tapped fountain of which Hollywood has dipped into time after time again. »
- Christopher Clemente
As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.
40. Spirited Away (2001)
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.
- Joshua Gaul
Maria von Trapp dead at 99: ‘The Sound of Music’ character played by Heather Menzies was last surviving member of the singing von Trapp family (photo: The singing von Trapp family) Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member of the singing von Trapp family portrayed in The Sound of Music, died in her sleep at her Vermont home on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Baron Georg von Trapp’s second-eldest daughter, Maria Franziska (born in Zell am See, Salzburg, Austria, in 1914) was 99. Heather Menzies played Baron von Trapp’s second-eldest daughter, renamed Louisa von Trapp, in 20th Century Fox’s 1965 blockbuster directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Andrews as singing nun-to-be Maria Kutschera (later Baroness Maria von Trapp) and Christopher Plummer as the Baron. (See Heather Menzies, Charmian Carr, Kym Karath, and Angela Cartwright at 2008 event.) Financially ruined during the Great Depression, Baron von Trapp and his family began performing as a »
- Andre Soares
The Oscars are uncomfortably close. We’re less than three weeks away from the big moment where Judi Dench will (hopefully) cackle menacingly as her Notes on a Scandal costar Cate Blanchett picks up a second statue. “You’re a vampire!” Cate will holler from the stage. And I’ll jump into the TV.
The point is it’s time to think about actresses in a big way. Today’s topic: the 10 greatest losing Best Actress nominees of the past 10 years. Forget “winning performances” like Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side or Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line. These are the runners-up whose work also deserved formal, fabulous recognition. (Keep in mind I’m not necessarily saying these actresses should’ve won, but I will tell you who they were up against.)
Natalie Portman’s win »
- Louis Virtel
The 5-year-old daughter of murdered Venezuelan soap star Monica Spear still doesn't know her parents are dead -- and TMZ has learned the girl's family has hired psychologists to prepare her for the traumatizing news.As we reported, Spear and her ex-husband Henry Thomas Berry were shot and killed this week by highway robbers near the town of Puerto Cabello after their car broke down. Their 5-year-old daughter was present, but somehow survived the attack »
- TMZ Staff
Caracas, Jan 8: Former Venezuelan beauty queen and actress Mónica Spear was murdered during an attempted highway robbery here in presence of her five-year-old daughter. She was 29.
The incident took place Monday, after Spear's car broke down in the Puerto Cabello-Valencia highway here. Delinquents shot and killed her and her ex-husband, Henry Thomas Berry. The former couple's daughter Maya was shot in the leg, but she survived, reports eonline.com.
The family had met with a small accident that stranded their rented Toyota Corolla, police said. Armed men approached the car and the family locked themselves. »
- Lohit Reddy
Miss Venezuela 2004 and actress Mónica Spear was murdered during an attempted highway robbery while on vacation in Venezuela.
On Monday (Jan. 6), the TV star's car broke down in the Puerto Cabello-Valencia highway in Caracas, Venezuela, and highway robbers shot and killed Spear, 29, and her ex-husband, Henry Thomas Berry, 49, TMZ reports. The former couple's daughter, Maya, 5, was shot in the leg, but she survived the attack and is in the hospital.
According to police, the family got into a small accident that stranded their car and armed men approached the vehicle while they were waiting for a tow truck. Spear, Berry, and Maya locked themselves inside the car, and that's when the assailants opened fire.
Spear, who lived in Miami, won the title of Miss Venezuela in 2004 and participated in Miss Universe 2005 in Thailand. She starred in Venezuelan soap operas before breaking into the U.S. market by starring in Telemundo's »
Venezuelan beauty queen and actress Mónica Spear was murdered during an attempted highway robbery on Monday, Jan. 6, E! News confirms. After the TV star's car broke down in the Puerto Cabello-Valencia highway in Caracas, Venezuela, delinquents shot and killed Spear, 29, and her ex-husband, Henry Thomas Berry, 49. The former couple's daughter, Maya, 5, was shot in the leg; she survived. The trio got into a small accident that stranded their rented gray Toyota Corolla, police said. Armed men approached the vehicle and the family locked themselves inside. The assailants then opened fire. Spear, who lived in Miami, had been documenting their trip via Instagram prior to being murdered. Venezuela had »
A Venezuelan soap star and her ex-husband were shot to death by a roving band of highway robbers -- but amazingly ... police say the couple's young daughter survived the attack.Monica Spear -- Miss Venezuela 2004 -- and Henry Thomas Berry were shot and killed after their car broke down near the town of Puerto Cabello in Venezuela.Police say the family was waiting for a tow truck when the bandits showed up. Spear and Berry »
- TMZ Staff
Tragic news out of Venezuela: Telenovela star and former beauty queen Monica Spear was shot and killed during a highway robbery on the Valencia-Puerto Cabella highway, police said Tuesday, Jan. 7. She was 29 years old. Spear was on vacation with her ex-husband, Henry Thomas Berry, in Caracas, Venezuela, when they got into a minor accident that stranded their gray Toyota Corolla on Monday, officials told NBC News. Armed men approached the car and opened fire after the couple locked themselves inside with their 5-year-old daughter. Both Spear [...] »
10 items from 2014
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