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12 items from 2014


“Hey, Glad You Won But…”: Top 10 Nominees Deprived of Oscar Gold in Favor of Another Contender

19 July 2014 5:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.

Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the  golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.

Let us look at the top ten instances where it »

- Frank Ochieng

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You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color

4 July 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

An Oscar-winning actress is an exceptional artist no matter what shade, race or ethnicity she represents. For the sake of this written piece we will concentrate on those actresses of color whose achievement in cinema (and ultimate success of capturing the golden statuette) has made them revered commodities in the motion picture industry.

For some of these minority Oscar-winning actresses being spotlighted they have either excelled at their craft early in their careers or may have enjoyed limited success in the aftermath of their glory. Whatever the case it remains certain that these feminine recipients of Academy Award distinction left a legacy on the big screen in a capacity that cannot be taken away or dismissed.

The You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color are (in alphabetical order according to film titles):

1.) Mercedes Ruehl  as Anne Napolitano from The Fisher King (1991)

Won the Academy Award for »

- Frank Ochieng

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How Lifetime's ‘Trip to Bountiful’ Came Together Despite Cicely Tyson's Doubts

18 June 2014 2:18 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This story originally appeared in EmmyWrap: Movies/Miniseries. When Cicely Tyson learned that “The Trip to Bountiful,” the Horton Foote play that earned her a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award, would be heading to Lifetime television, she was immediately skeptical. “I was terrified when I heard that they were about to do that, and I didn't see how it was possible,” Tyson told TheWrap. Foote's work began life as a television play in 1953; it went to Broadway the following year, and then was adapted for a 1985 big-screen version that won Geraldine Page the Oscar for Best Actress. »

- Jethro Nededog

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Impressive Contenders From Various Networks Crowd Emmy Slate

12 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Once again, HBO has the 800-pound gorilla in this year’s Emmy TV movie race. That’s little surprise, since the pay cabler has long dominated that category, averaging 60% of the nominees in the past decade.

But the news this year is that HBO and its “Normal Heart” are not the only game in town.

Certainly “Heart” is a clear front-runner. It boasts all the elements that Emmy voters like: an important subject matter (government ignoring the AIDS crisis in the 1980s), a great backstory (writer Larry Kramer waited 30 years for this project to happen), an A-list cast (Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer) — and, as a bonus, it’s extremely well done. On its premiere night, it drew 1.4 million viewers.

But even though the movies and miniseries are now split, it still does have some competition, to be sure.

Lifetime, for one, has a bevy of contenders. »

- Tim Gray

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Lone Star Cinema: The Trip to Bountiful

13 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful illustrates that you can't go home again. Since it was first performed in 1953, the play remains a favorite for stage performance. Indeed, a recent Broadway revival starred a cast of Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. and was even made into a TV movie for Lifetime earlier this year.

But for many years, Foote resisted the idea of bringing his play to the silver screen. Director Peter Masterson was able to convince the Texan writer. Esteemed actress Geraldine Page (Sweet Bird of Youth, Hondo) went on to win an Oscar for her lead role of Carrie Watts in the resulting 1985 movie.

Mrs. Watts, a 60-year-old widow, lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Houston with her son Ludie (John Heard, Home Alone, My Fellow Americans) and daughter-in-law Jessie Mae (Carlin Glynn, Sixteen Candles, Three Days of the Condor). She fondly remembers days »

- Elizabeth Stoddard

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AFI Award Winner and One of Australia's Top Actresses Has Died: Wendy Hughes

8 March 2014 5:59 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Australian actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61 (photo: Wendy Hughes in ‘Newsfront’) Australian film, television, and stage actress Wendy Hughes, best known internationally for the big-screen dramas My Brilliant Career and Careful, He Might Hear You, died of cancer early today, March 8, 2014, in Sydney. Hughes (born on July 29, 1952, in Melbourne) was 61. Wendy Hughes’ film career kicked off in the mid-’70s, with Tim Burstall’s psychological drama ‘Jock’ Petersen / Petersen (1974), in which she plays the wife of a college professor who becomes romantically involved with a married student (Jack Thompson). "I spent a lot of the time naked and doing sex scenes," Hughes would later recall about her work in ‘Jock’ Petersen, "because in the seventies you all had to do that." In 1979, Hughes landed a key supporting role in the international arthouse hit My Brilliant Career, Gillian Armstrong’s late 19th-century-set tale of an independent-minded young woman (a Katharine Hepburn »

- Andre Soares

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TV Review: ‘The Trip to Bountiful’

6 March 2014 7:05 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Having not seen “The Trip to Bountiful” since Geraldine Page won an Oscar for it in the 1980s, a first thought is how oddly similar to “Nebraska” it is — as well as how unusual it feels in this day and age to see a project built around an octogenarian protagonist. Still, when the star is Cicely Tyson, networks occasionally make exceptions, and the allure of seeing this version of the stage revival with a predominantly African-American cast is too good to resist, particularly after Lifetime employed the same formula to fine effect on “Steel Magnolias.”

Though the Horton Foote’s original “Bountiful” was written initially for TV, the main problem with the play-turned-movie, for 21st-century TV purposes, is how little actually happens. And while the screen offers an opportunity to open things up a bit, that doesn’t alter the languid pacing or melancholy tone, hinging on an old woman »

- Brian Lowry

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Woody Allen Wednesdays - Interiors and Manhattan Murder Mystery

5 March 2014 1:36 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Interiors and Manhattan Murder Mystery...

Simon Columb on Interiors...

Woody Allen’s first foray into drama is a delicate musing on family, divorce and depression. Daughters Joey (Hurt), Renata (Keaton) and Flyn (Griffith) are coping with the divorce of their parents, Arthur (E.G. Marshall) and Eve (Geraldine Page). Interior-designer Eve desperately hopes Arthur will return to her – but we, and the daughters, suspect this won’t happen. Wild-child Flyn is a TV actress and her sister’s boyfriend obsesses over her. Joey’s high-strung and intense attitude cloaks her fears. Renata, though honest with her mother, »

- Gary Collinson

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Gail Gerber, ‘60s Elvis And Beach Movie Starlet, Dead At Age 76

3 March 2014 6:24 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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Gail Gerber passed away on March 2, 2014 due to complications from lung cancer. Gerber was born on October 4, 1937 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and began studying ballet at age seven. Extremely talented, at fifteen she became the youngest member of Les Grandes Ballets Canadiennes in Montreal. Quitting the ballet troupe in the late 1950s and abandoning a husband who was a jazz musician, she moved to Toronto to work as an actress. She appeared on stage and in many live CBC television dramas. As part of the act of legendary vaudeville entertainers Smith and Dale (who were the basis for The Sunshine Boys), she appeared on The Wayne and Schuster Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. Moving to Hollywood in 1963, the talented blonde with a flair for comedy quickly snagged the lead role in the play Under the Yum Yum Tree »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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86th Academy Awards: Streep Shatters Nominations Record

16 January 2014 3:56 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John WellsAugust: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen FrearsPhilomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »

- Steve Montgomery

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Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

6 January 2014 6:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress and producer Carmen Zapata, one of the most respected Hispanic-Americans in the performing arts, died Sunday night in Van Nuys, Calif., from complications of heart failure. She was 86.

Zapata was perhaps best known to wider audiences for her roles in the film “Sister Act” and its sequel, both starring Whoopi Goldberg, and for her recurring role as Mrs. Castillo on the soap “Santa Barbara,” but she was also a champion of bilingualism, co-founding in 1973 the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a theater company dedicated to bringing the Hispanic experience and culture to the Southern California community through bilingual stage productions. And on PBS, she played the town mayor in “Villa Alegre,” a bilingual series that ran for nine seasons beginning in 1973.

The actress started on the stage, making her 1946 Broadway debut in the chorus of “Oklahoma.” She also appeared on the Rialto in 1956 in drama “The Innkeepers,” starring Geraldine Page, »

- Variety Staff

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Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

6 January 2014 6:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress and producer Carmen Zapata, one of the most respected Hispanic-Americans in the performing arts, died Sunday night in Van Nuys, Calif., from complications of heart failure. She was 86.

Zapata was perhaps best known to wider audiences for her roles in the film “Sister Act” and its sequel, both starring Whoopi Goldberg, and for her recurring role as Mrs. Castillo on the soap “Santa Barbara,” but she was also a champion of bilingualism, co-founding in 1973 the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a theater company dedicated to bringing the Hispanic experience and culture to the Southern California community through bilingual stage productions. And on PBS, she played the town mayor in “Villa Alegre,” a bilingual series that ran for nine seasons beginning in 1973.

The actress started on the stage, making her 1946 Broadway debut in the chorus of “Oklahoma.” She also appeared on the Rialto in 1956 in drama “The Innkeepers,” starring Geraldine Page, »

- Variety Staff

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