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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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'American Idol Exit Poll' panelists' rankings (so far): The great, the good and the goose eggs

"American Idol" Season 10 is now currently in Week 7 of the Top 13 finalist rounds. So while the fresh crop of Idol hopefuls are still competing for the title and enduring  absolutely no criticism and critiques from the judges for their performances, we are doing our best here at the "American Idol Exit Poll" to determine who viewers will kick to the curb each week.

Zap2it rounded up the country's top "Idol" experts, pundits and journos from around the media sphere to predict each week's doomed contender. The predictions are posted live every week post performances by Thursday morning at "The American Idol Exit Poll." So how are the panelists faring so far?

But first lets recap for our readers what the panelists are vying for: A $100,000 modeling contract with Cover Girl Cosmetics, a cover spread in Italian Vogue Magazine and... I'm an idiot and couldn't resist. Oh Tyra.

In all seriousness,
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Zap2it's Oscar predictions: 'King's Speech,' 'Social Network' and who will and should win

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As you may have heard, the Academy Awards are on Sunday (Feb. 27). We're looking forward to seeing how hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway do, what people will be wearing and all the usual Oscar-night trappings.

We're also curious to see how our pundit skills shape up. "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" are the top picks for best picture, according to most awards watchers, but there are a raft of strong contenders from other films in the acting, writing and directing categories.

As for who should win? We've got opinions on that too. Read on for our picks for who will be taking home the little gold guy, and who really deserves to be. The Oscars air live at 8:30 p.m. Et/5:30 Pt Sunday on ABC.

Best actress

Will win: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan." Though we wouldn't be (entirely) upset if Annette Bening did indeed throw
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What Zap2it is thankful for in 2010

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It's been a bountiful year in pop culture, and as Thanksgiving approaches, we at Zap2it wanted to take a few moments to acknowledge a few things that we're grateful for this holiday season.

To list just a few things:

For Will Smith and Jada Pinkett's hella talented adorable kids

Willow wins for our favorite viral song of the year, and Jaden for the movie that we liked in spite of our snooty '80s memories.  -- Hanh Nguyen, Zap2it

That 'Cougar Town' has made it Ok to be an alcoholic -- Tierney Bricker, Zap2it

For Courteney Cox and Eva Longoria joining the Singles Club

Lets face it, for recently single individuals (like myself), it makes the holiday season just a tad bit more bearable being in uber-fabulous company such as Hollywood's most eligible bachelorette -- Jennifer Aniston, and now these two incomparable women. (How
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Katie Cassidy, Steven R. McQueen: Zap2it's underrated stars who deserve their own shows

Every show has its unsung heroes. You know the ones: tertiary characters or recurring stars who steal every scene they're in but get decidedly less attention than those higher up on the call sheet.

This fall, actors like Melissa McCarthy, Julie Benz, and Will Arnett are getting the mainstream recognition they deserve. The Zap2it staff rounded up our favorite supporting cast members who deserve to have their faces on those bus stop posters and billboards next year.

Carina Adly MacKenzie:

I'll admit it... I hated Arielle Kebbel on "Gilmore Girls." She was so boring, and as Dean's oh-so-needy eighteen-year-old wife, she just got in the way of... well, everything. Dean and Rory 4-eva! Ahem. Since spectacularly dumping Dean while all of Stars Hollow watched from Luke's Diner, Kebbel has gone from meek and mousy to totally magnetic.

She's recently been making the vampire rounds, with a memorable role on
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Wtf? Weekly: Bieber blemishes, flight attendant freakout, 'Pretty Little' perms

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Fights, male enhancement pills, teen murder mysteries and -- most importantly -- twins! It was another Wtf-tastic week in the world of celebrity news, and we have the battle scars to prove it.

Leaf through our handy little guide to all that was wrong and confusing about the past seven days, but first could you look at our un-botoxed forehead and tell us we're still pretty?

--Joseph Anthony Kapsch and Mikey O'Connell, Zap2it

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Emerson Drive’s Brad Mates Welcomes Son Tyler Robert

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Let the sleepless nights begin — Emerson Drive frontman Brad Mates is a new dad!

The country singer and his wife Jana welcomed son Tyler Robert at 7:04 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, The Boot confirms.

Weighing 7 lbs., 13 oz., baby boy is the first for the couple, who will celebrate their second anniversary in October.

Announcing the pregnancy last month, Mates admitted he was having trouble grasping the idea of fatherhood.

“[Becoming a father] is a little surreal right now,” he said. “I still don’t believe that we’re going to be parents soon.”

– Anya Leon
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Emerson Drive’s Brad Mates Expecting First Child – a Boy!

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Emerson Drive’s Brad Mates is gearing up to sing a different tune: lullabies!

The country crooner and his wife Jana are expecting their first child — a boy to be named Tyler — he revealed during an interview with Cmt.

With their April due date fast approaching, Brad is still getting used to the idea of fatherhood. “[Becoming a father] is a little surreal right now,” he admits. “I still don’t believe that we’re going to be parents soon.”

Even the “new toys, clothes, bottles, [and] diapers” stacked around the house have yet to make an impression on Brad, who
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'The History Boys,' 'Ruined' Top Chicago's Jeff Awards

Chicago—A full house greeted the 41st annual Joseph Jefferson Awards Oct. 19 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. The awards for excellence in Chicago-area Equity theater brought few surprises, but the expected winners were wildly popular in an evening dedicated to December's 50th anniversary of The Second City.Veteran diva E. Faye Butler took the Jeff Award for principal actress-musical for "Caroline, or Change" (Court Theatre) which also won production-musical, director-musical (Charles Newell) and music direction (Doug Peck). Principal actor-musical went to veteran Joseph Anthony Foronda as The Engineer in "Miss Saigon" (Drury Lane Oakbrook) which also won sound design. The Jeffs for musical supporting actress and actor went to first-time winners Summer Smart and Max Quinlan as the lovers in "The Light in the Piazza" (Marriott Theatre).Saidah Arrika Ekulora won principal actress-play for the world premiere of "Ruined" (Goodman Theatre), which also won production-play,
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