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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Grey's, Once, Lethal Weapon, Supergirl, The Night Shift, NCIS and More

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Grey's, Once, Lethal Weapon, Supergirl, The Night Shift, NCIS and More
Is Arrow‘s Felicity going into business? What drama is Grey’s Anatomy prescribing for Jo? What can Rumbelle fans expect from Once Upon a Time‘s “reset”? Is Criminal Minds‘ Reid a changed man? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

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There has been a lot of hinting and build-up to Arrow‘s Felicity starting up her own company, Smoak Tech. Are there plans for this in Season 6? —Aurora

“That was something we wanted to do last year, and then we got sort of seduced by the Helix storyline,
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Edwards Pt 2: The Pink Panther Sequels and Famous Silent Film Era Step-grandfather Director

'The Pink Panther' with Peter Sellers: Blake Edwards' 1963 comedy hit and its many sequels revolve around one of the most iconic film characters of the 20th century: clueless, thick-accented Inspector Clouseau – in some quarters surely deemed politically incorrect, or 'insensitive,' despite the lack of brown face make-up à la Sellers' clueless Indian guest in Edwards' 'The Party.' 'The Pink Panther' movies [1] There were a total of eight big-screen Pink Panther movies co-written and directed by Blake Edwards, most of them starring Peter Sellers – even after his death in 1980. Edwards was also one of the producers of every (direct) Pink Panther sequel, from A Shot in the Dark to Curse of the Pink Panther. Despite its iconic lead character, the last three movies in the Pink Panther franchise were box office bombs. Two of these, The Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, were co-written by Edwards' son,
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Lubitsch Pt.II: The Magical Touch with MacDonald, Garbo Sorely Missing from Today's Cinema

'The Merry Widow' with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and Minna Gombell under the direction of Ernst Lubitsch. Ernst Lubitsch movies: 'The Merry Widow,' 'Ninotchka' (See previous post: “Ernst Lubitsch Best Films: Passé Subtle 'Touch' in Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking.”) Initially a project for Ramon Novarro – who for quite some time aspired to become an opera singer and who had a pleasant singing voice – The Merry Widow ultimately starred Maurice Chevalier, the hammiest film performer this side of Bob Hope, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler – the list goes on and on. Generally speaking, “hammy” isn't my idea of effective film acting. For that reason, I usually find Chevalier a major handicap to his movies, especially during the early talkie era; he upsets their dramatic (or comedic) balance much like Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese's The Departed or Jerry Lewis in anything (excepting Scorsese's The King of Comedy
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France’s Cesar Awards Nominations Spotlight Women and Ethnic Minorities

France’s Cesar Awards Nominations Spotlight Women and Ethnic Minorities
Paris — While this year’s Academy Awards have been heavily criticized over the lack of diversity in nominees, back in France, a record number of women and ethnic minorities will be competing in major categories at the Cesar Awards.

Making up half of the directors nominated at the Cesar Awards, “Mustang’s” Deniz Gamze Ergüven, “Standing Tall’s” Emmanuelle Bercot and “Mon Roi’s” Maïwenn will compete for best helmer.

Looking back, only one woman, Céline Sciamma (“Girlhood”), competed for a best director Cesar last year. In 2014, there were none; in 2013, there was just Noemie Lvovsky with “Camille Rewinds”; and in 2012 (a stellar year for French movies), Maiwenn and Valerie Donzelli competed with “Polisse” and “Declaration of War,” respectively.

In terms of representing ethnic minorities and including foreign-language movies into its mix, the Cesar Awards have also come a long way. Both “Dheepan” and “Mustang,” nominated for nine Cesar Awards each,
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Cummings' Ten-Year Death Anniversary: From Minor Lloyd Leading Lady to Tony Award Winner (Revised and Expanded)

Constance Cummings: Actress in minor Hollywood movies became major London stage star. Constance Cummings: Actress went from Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra to Noël Coward and Eugene O'Neill Actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned more than six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., died ten years ago on Nov. 23. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, Miriam Hopkins, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at Rko or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood star. In fact, her most acclaimed work, whether in films or – more frequently – on stage, was almost invariably found in British productions. That's most likely why the name Constance Cummings – despite the DVD availability of several of her best-received performances – is all but forgotten.
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Joan Leslie, Star of ‘Sergeant York’ and ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy,’ Dies at 90

Joan Leslie, Star of ‘Sergeant York’ and ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy,’ Dies at 90
Joan Leslie Caldwell, best known by her stage name of Joan Leslie, has died at age 90.

The actress starred in over 30 films — her breakout role came at the age of 15, when she appeared in “High Sierra” with Humphrey Bogart. Some of Leslie’s most notable roles came before the actress was 18; she starred alongside Gary Cooper in “Sergeant York” and celebrated her 17th birthday on the set of “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” in which she played the wife of James Cagney.

Leslie also appeared in films such as “The Sky’s the Limit,” “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “This is the Army,” “Cinderella Jones,” “Hollywood Canteen” and “Repeat Performance.”

Born in Detroit, Michigan on January 26, 1925, Leslie’s career began when her family relocated to Burbank, after Leslie’s older sister Mary was signed to a contract at MGM. Her first role was an uncredited part in George Cukor’s
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A Unique Superstar: 20th Century Icon Garbo on TCM

Greta Garbo movie 'The Kiss.' Greta Garbo movies on TCM Greta Garbo, a rarity among silent era movie stars, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” performer today, Aug. 26, '15. Now, why would Garbo be considered a silent era rarity? Well, certainly not because she easily made the transition to sound, remaining a major star for another decade. Think Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, William Powell, Fay Wray, Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, John Barrymore, Warner Baxter, Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett, etc. And so much for all the stories about actors with foreign accents being unable to maintain their Hollywood stardom following the advent of sound motion pictures. A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer star, Garbo was no major exception to the supposed rule. Mexican Ramon Novarro, another MGM star, also made an easy transition to sound, and so did fellow Mexicans Lupe Velez and Dolores del Rio, in addition to the very British
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Watch: 'Lego Movie' Directors Have a Crazy Secret Movie Hidden Inside 'Annie'

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One of the most memorable parts of Annie is when she gets to go to the movies and experience watching an exciting story unfold right in front of her on the big screen. In the 1982 version of Annie -- which is set in the early '30s -- Annie goes to the theater to watch the classic Camille, starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. In the 2014 update, due in theaters this weekend, Annie found herself at the movies to watch a film called Moonquake Lake. So what in the world is Moonquake Lake? Well, it's a fake movie (unlike the very real Camille) and it stars real-life couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, among others. According to its equally-as-fake credits, it was directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys behind The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street, and based...

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Watch: 'The Lego Movie' Directors' Secret Movie In 'Annie'

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One of the most memorable parts of Annie is when Daddy Warbucks takes her to the movies. In the 1982 version of Annie, which is set in the early '30s, Annie sees the classic Camille starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. In the 2014 update, in theaters this weekend, Annie gets to see a movie called MoonQuake Lake. What in the world is MoonQuake Lake? Well, it's a fake movie (unlike the very real Camille) and it stars real-life couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila...

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Grant Not Gay at All in Gender-Bending Comedy Tonight

Cary Grant films on TCM: Gender-bending 'I Was a Male War Bride' (photo: Cary Grant not gay at all in 'I Was a Male War Bride') More Cary Grant films will be shown tonight, as Turner Classic Movies continues with its Star of the Month presentations. On TCM right now is the World War II action-drama Destination Tokyo (1943), in which Grant finds himself aboard a U.S. submarine, alongside John Garfield, Dane Clark, Robert Hutton, and Tom Tully, among others. The directorial debut of screenwriter Delmer Daves (The Petrified Forest, Love Affair) -- who, in the following decade, would direct a series of classy Westerns, e.g., 3:10 to Yuma, The Hanging Tree -- Destination Tokyo is pure flag-waving propaganda, plodding its way through the dangerous waters of Hollywood war-movie stereotypes and speechifying banalities. The film's key point of interest, in fact, is Grant himself -- not because he's any good,
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Death, Illness, Art and Oil: 87th Academy Awards' Documentary Short Semi-Finalists

Best Documentary Short Films Oscar 2015: Illness and death are top subjects (photo: 'White Earth' by J. Christian Jensen) Eight films — most of them featuring illness and/or death as their focus — remain in the running for the 2015 Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Of those eight semi-finalists, three to five titles will be shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards. (Scroll down to vote in our Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar 2015 poll.) The remaining eight Oscar 2015 contenders are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their directors and, in parentheses, their production companies: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Perry Films) Joanna, directed by Aneta Kopacz (Wajda Studio). Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, directed by Jeff Dupre (Show of Force) The Lion's Mouth Opens, directed by Lucy Walker (Tree Tree Tree) One Child,
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Ten Best Actress Nominees Who Were Nominated for Heartbreaking Films (Spoilers)

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The Fault in Our Stars features Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus “Gus” Waters, two teens who meet at a cancer-survivor support group. Though Hazel is initially skeptical about getting close to Gus and warns him of her worsening condition, Gus still falls for her. As the two fall in love, Gus relapses, and he dies shortly after they return from their romantic trip to Amsterdam. The adaptation of John Green’s novel of the same name was a box-office smash and has earned Woodley some Oscar buzz. Should Woodley receive a nomination for this role, she would join the list of best actress nominees who have been nominated for their roles in heartbreaking films.

Some of the most well-known tragic love stories didn’t score any leading actress nominations, though. For example, Natalie Wood was not nominated for her
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Vampire Diaries, Walking Dead, Bones, Bates, Dixie, Chi Fire, Witches and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Vampire Diaries, Walking Dead, Bones, Bates, Dixie, Chi Fire, Witches and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: I’m still Team Stelena on The Vampire Diaries. Is there any hope? —Allison

Ausiello: Never give up hope, Allison! Elena’s emotions are all over the place in Season 6 and I have it on good authority that her love life is going to be far from dormant. In fact, I hear she’ll be locking lips with a handsome fella in Episode 3 — and his name does not rhyme with Shmamon.

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Board of Governors Bias: Bacall, Garbo Among Rare Female Winners of Academy's Honorary Award

Honorary Oscars have bypassed women: Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall among rare exceptions (photo: 2013 Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Angelina Jolie) September 4, 2014, Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy's other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to
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The Second-Hand Illusion: Notes on Cukor

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The following is an essay featured in the anthology George Cukor - On/Off Hollywood (Capricci, Paris, 2013), for sale at www.capricci.fr.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will be running a complete retrospective on the director, "The Discreet Charm of George Cukor," in New York December 13, 2013 - January 7, 2014. Many thanks to David Phelps, Fernando Ganzo, and Camille Pollas for their generous permission.

The Second-hand Illusion:

Notes on Cukor

Above: The Chapman Report (1962), A Life of Her Own (1950)

“There’s always something about them that you don’t know that you’d like to know. Spencer Tracy had that. In fact, they do all have that – all the big ones have it. You feel very close to them but there is the ultimate thing withheld from you – and you want to find out.” —George Cukor1

“Can you tell what a woman’s like by just looking at her?” —The Chapman Report
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Exclusive: George Cukor Retrospective Trailer for 'Camille' Starring Greta Garbo

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Exclusive: George Cukor Retrospective Trailer for 'Camille' Starring Greta Garbo
George Cukor was one of Hollywood’s most successful and versatile filmmakers: a master of the musical drama, the screwball comedy, the domestic thriller, and the literary adaptation--not to mention a legendary director of actresses, guiding the likes of Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, and Judy Garland to career-defining performances. In collaboration with the Locarno Film Festival, New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting a complete overview--the first in many years in New York--of the director's remarkable career. To drum up anticipation for the series that launches Dec. 13 (go here for the full lineup), Indiewire will be premiering exclusive retrospective trailers over the next few days for a number of the films playing. Today's pick: "Camille," starring Greta Garbo as a doomed 19th-century Parisian courtesan.
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Rewind TV: The Returned; Confessions of an Alien Abductee; The Fall; Dates; Agnetha: Abba and After – review

The French served up exquisite corpses, The Fall raced to a hasty conclusion, and marauding aliens inspired a fit of the giggles

The Returned (C4) | 4oD

Confessions of an Alien Abductee (C4)

The Fall (BBC2) | iPlayer

Dates (C4) | 4oD

Agnetha: Abba and After (BBC1) | iPlayer

New French subtitled thriller The Returned had a novel twist – the body count went into reverse. People who had been dead for years came back to life, returning to a small Alpine town situated next to a vast dam, which seemed to serve as a bleak concrete metaphor for eternity.

Right from the opening sequence, when a pinned dead butterfly fluttered back to life, themes of oblivion and resurrection were everywhere. Camille (Yara Pilartz), who had died when her school coach skidded sickeningly into the dam, returned just as parents were discussing a memorial for her and her lost schoolmates. Camille was touchingly oblivious to how dead she was,
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One of the Most Breathtaking Silent Movies (or Movies, Period) Ever Made: The Best of '21

One of the Most Amazing Silent Movies (or Movies of Any Era, Period) Ever Made Tops the List of Best of Movies Released in 1921 Rex Ingram’s The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Metro Pictures' film version of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez’s epic novel -- from a scenario by the immensely powerful writer-producer June Mathis -- catapulted Mathis’ protégé, the until then little known Rudolph Valentino (photo, left), to worldwide superstardom, as The Four Horsemen became one of the biggest box-office hits of the silent era. Ingram’s wife, the invariably excellent Alice Terry (right, dark-haired in real life; a light-haired in her many movies), played Valentino's love interest. Ninety-two years after its initial launch, the Four Horsemen remains a monumental achievement. Released by MGM, Vincente Minnelli's 1962 remake of this Metro Pictures production featured an all-star cast: Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin (dubbed by Angela Lansbury), Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb,
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Locarno Film Festival to Show Complete George Cukor Retrospective at 2013 Fest

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Locarno Film Festival to Show Complete George Cukor Retrospective at 2013 Fest
My Fair Lady” director George Cukor has been selected as the subject of the Locarno International Film Festival’s 2013 retrospective. In addition, fest organizers have solidified the selection committee for the 66th annual Locarno event, which runs August 7-17 next year. Organized in collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse and the National Film Museum in Turin, the Cukor retrospective will showcase all of the Oscar-winning director’s works over the 11 days of the festival. Among his films are “Camille,” “A Star Is Born,” “Heller in Pink Tights,” “The Blue Bird,” “The Philadelphia Story” and “Adam’s Rib.” Several panel discussions on Cukor’s work will take place, and the festival audience will have the opportunity attend a round-table chaired by Locarno curator Roberto Turigliatto. “For some years now the Festival has undertaken a re-reading of...
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The Secret Life of the American Teenager Review: Love The One You're With

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For an hour spent talking about Jack, the least this show could've done in "Half Over" was show him at some point. Once again, The Secret Life of the American Teenager used an event to promote itself and then short changed the audience.

The promos said "Who will say goodbye?" Spoiler alert that nobody cares about: It was Dylan.

Dylan decided that friends are the most important thing, and that she and her obnoxious little posse would follow Wendy to an all-girls school. I still think it's weird how quickly Ben went from obsessing about Dylan to obsessing about Amy. Were you sad to see Dylan leave? Did you think the previews were a cop out?

Don't get me wrong, I would be upset if Jack left the show. I just hate when a series uses one thing for a promotion and then the episode is mostly about something else.
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