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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will kick off its 31 Days of Oscar, the network’s annual month-long celebration of the Academy Awards, on February 1 at 8pm with a screening of And the Oscar Goes To…, a documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards, which premiered on the network last year.
Programming each night, starting February 1 and running through March 3, will feature a chronological “History of the Oscars” through Academy Award-nominated films highlighting at least one Best Picture winner.
Additionally, daytime programming will focus on distinguished films of a particular genre, from adventure to comedy, drama to romance, westerns to musicals.
The programming lineup for this year’s 31 Days of Oscar includes Gone With the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942), Ben Hur (1959), Patton (1970), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The King’s Speech (2010) and The Artist (2011). A complete schedule for the month-long Academy Awards tribute is available at 31days.tcm.com. A preview of »
- Melissa Thompson
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star makes her sensual musical debut in a boat cruise challenge on Monday’s episode
In a video from Monday’s episode “It’s Like a Booze Cruise with Knowledge,” Moore pairs her “Gone with the Wind fabulous” catchphrase with intense gyration, floor humping and hair-flipping. Parents’ jaws dropped as they covered their children’s eyes.
- Alicia Banks
Carrie Fisher mocked her mother Debbie Reynolds as she presented her with a Lifetime Achievement prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards last night (25.01.15). The 'Star Wars' actress gave a humorous introduction to her 82-year-old mom and even referenced her infamous feud with Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who had an affair with her first husband, Carrie's father Eddie Fisher. Carrie said: ''She's been more than a mother to me, not much, but definitely more. She is a movie star, recording artist, television actor, nightclub entertainer, Broadway performer and co-founder of the Thalians, a group that has raised more than $30 million for mental health. Well, mental health-related causes, and $4.5 million of that money is allocated just for me... ''This is an extraordinarily kind, gifted, and funny woman who would give you the shirt off her back if Vivien Leigh hadn't once worn it in 'Gone With the Wind'. »
In late 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film Inherent Vice - a psychedelic dive into the La of the past- screened at at a special BAFTA preview with the director on hand to take part in a post-film Q&A.
Ably marshalled by film critic Mark Kermode, the discussion touched on the director's Thomas Pynchon adaptation and his collaborations with Joaquin Phoenix and composer Johnny Greenwood. Perhaps most interesting of all, however, was Anderson talking about his all-time favourite movie.
When asked by Kermode to choose, Anderson replied quickly with "The Treasure of Sierra Madre. There's no competition, it's the best," before hesitating to ponder the merits of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.
"This is the game that's so f**king maddening," he said. "On the drive home you're like, no it's not Treasure of Sierra Madre its North by Northwest, it's Something Wild, it's Repo Men. The lists are so long. »
Gold hardware on the cover means only one thing: It’s that time of year again. In our annual Oscar double issue, Entertainment Weekly plunges into all the prize-fighting and politics with 40 pages of coverage on one of the richest races in years. Inside you’ll find profiles on all the competitors in the major categories—from 19-time nominee Meryl Streep for Into the Woods to the nine first-time entrants, including Birdman’s Michael Keaton. His movie tied The Grand Budapest Hotel with a pack-leading nine nominations, but in our snapshot of how the Best Picture race looks—right now—we see them both, »
- EW staff
This year Denzel Washington is once again America's Favorite Movie Star, according to a Harris Poll (a product of Nielsen) , making it the fifth time he's held the distinction, with previous wins being a 3-year run from 2006-2008, and 1 more victory in 2012, before spending 2013 in the No. 2 spot. Moving up all the way from No. 7 last year, to a second place finish this year, is the only star who has appeared on the list since it first began in 1994 - John Wayne. He may be long gone, but he's still in the hearts of many apparently. Also, the Civil War epic "Gone with the Wind" was voted America's favorite movie, in the same »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Was there anything more uplifting than Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess's (Zooey Deschanel) romantic, sweeping, Gone with the Wind-style kiss in New Girl's second season? Conversely, was there anything more disappointing than their relationship throughout season 3? The answer was a resounding no - not just from audiences, but also from showrunner Liz Meriwether, who decided to split them up in advance of the show's current (and absolutely stellar) fourth season. "I think the whole thing happened a bit faster than anyone wanted," Deschanel, 34, told HitFix. "It kind of was a committee decision, and we didn't even know we »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Jean Arthur films on TCM include three Frank Capra classics Five Jean Arthur films will be shown this evening, Monday, January 5, 2015, on Turner Classic Movies, including three directed by Frank Capra, the man who helped to turn Arthur into a major Hollywood star. They are the following: Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; George Stevens' The More the Merrier; and Frank Borzage's History Is Made at Night. One the most effective performers of the studio era, Jean Arthur -- whose film career began inauspiciously in 1923 -- was Columbia Pictures' biggest female star from the mid-'30s to the mid-'40s, when Rita Hayworth came to prominence and, coincidentally, Arthur's Columbia contract expired. Today, she's best known for her trio of films directed by Frank Capra, Columbia's top director of the 1930s. Jean Arthur-Frank Capra »
- Andre Soares
#10. Chinatown (1974)
Lost to: The Godfather Part II
Well, no one will argue that it should have won, but still. Roman Polanski’s film made a true leading man out of Jack Nicholson. It grabbed eleven nominations, only taking home one. That being said, that one was for Original Screenplay, written by Robert Towne, which may be the greatest even written. Entire courses could be taught on this screenplay alone and Polanski and his actors delivered a perfect translation of it to the screen. Also starring Faye Dunaway and the great John Huston, the story of power and corruption still stands as one of the greatest films of the 1970′s (or any decade for that matter). It’s just a shame it ran into the greatest movie sequel of all time.
#9. Cabaret (1972)
Lost to: The Godfather
Seems weird, doesn’t it? Well, the Liza Minnelli vehicle is on this list for »
- Joshua Gaul
40. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Lost to: Silence of the Lambs 1991 was the first time an animated film ever grabbed a nomination for Best Picture with Disney’s version of “Beauty and the Beast.” The film also picked up nominations for sound, Original Score (for which it won) and three – count ‘em Three – for Best Original Song, the Oscar going to the title song. The film never really had a chance of winning (though this was one rare year where the Academy went exceedingly dark with their winner), but its inclusion was the first step toward a wider range of films getting a chance and the creation of the eventual Best Animated Film category.
39. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Lost to: How Green Was My Valley
1941 would one day become one of the most notorious Oscar upsets, but not because of this film, however brilliant it is (the other film is much higher »
- Joshua Gaul
I normally publish this list on Luise Rainer's birthday but having lost her just as 2014 ended after a year already marked by the loss of several screen giants including Mickey Rooney, Peter O'Toole and Joan Fontaine, we needed some positivity to kick off the new calendar!
Olivia de Havilland, two time best actress. She's still defiantly with us!
This semi-annual list of living Oscar-vets was never intended to be a morbid countdown list as a stray commenter or three has complained. Not at all! It's a way for us to honor people while they're still conscious of our appreciation for their indelible contributions to our favorite artform. Your assignment: pick six players here and during the year, rent a key film from each so that they can receive your telepathic waves of appreciation in 2015! (That's only 1 film every other month. You can do it!)
So our very best wishes »
- NATHANIEL R
11 items from 2015
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