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April Wraps

29 April 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

April was a little odd for your host here offscreen and onscreen... well, April was a bit of a dead month wasn't it? We're giving it a gentle shove out the door this morning though there's a full day of it left tomorrow. But we still found cinematic pleasure where we could, whether that was covering the Tribeca Film Festival or making those Foolish annual first Oscar predictions. 

A dozen highlights of April... 

Betty Buckley Interview - on Split and her new CD. She's not a nostalgist

Corporate Afterthoughts in Toni Erdmann - all those oddly "decorated" spaces

Fast and Furious Rankings - Ranking the similarly titled movies

A Star is Born - yet another version. Thoughts on the first image of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

Jonathan Demme's Favorite Actors - an appreciation and farewell 

Cannes Lineup / Jury - excited to experience the world's most glamorous fest in May? »


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Happy 75th to Four-Time Oscar Nominee Marsha Mason

3 April 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Eric Blume

Marsha Mason speaking at an event in 2015Today marks the 75th birthday of Marsha Mason, one of Hollywood’s leading ladies from the 1970s.  Celebrating her is easy because she brought a lot of light and joy to screens for a decade and a half with her toothy vibrance and warm energy.

It’s strange to think that contemporary young movie audiences don’t even know Mason, since she scored four Oscar nominations for Best Actress over nine years!  Her first nomination came in 1973 for Mark Rydell’s Cinderella Liberty, where she plays a prostitute with an 11-year-old mixed race son.  Her rapport with co-star James Caan and the young actor who plays her son has a scrappy grace to it, and it’s a winning performance. 

Mason’s other three Oscar nominations came from roles written or tailored expressly for her by her then-husband, Neil Simon. »

- Eric Blume

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