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Yes, Dame Judi Dench Has Totally Played Queen Victoria Before

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Image Source: Focus Features If Dame Judi Dench's latest role seems a bit familiar, there's good reason. Dench stars in the new movie Victoria and Abdul, which is based on a true story about the unlikely bond between England's Queen Victoria and an Indian servant who became one of her closest advisers. But Dench already had some practice with this particular monarch: she also played Queen Victoria in the 1997 film Mrs. Brown, for which she snagged both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win. Judi Dench in Mrs. Brown. Image Source: Everett Collection Judi Dench with costar Ali Fazal in Victoria and Abdul. Image Source: Everett Collection While the film itself has been subject to some mixed reviews, there's been almost unanimous praise for Dench's stunning performance in the starring role. And if she garners an Oscar nomination, she'll join an exclusive club: only six other actors
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Oscars 2017: How Will ‘La La Land’ Perform in Relation to Previous Best Picture-Winning Musicals?

La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

La La Land has officially earned a spot in the history books by tying the record for the most Oscar nominations ever — but just how many of those 14 chances will it see a win? This critical darling is widely considered to take home best picture come February 26, which would make it just the 11th musical to do so, so let’s examine how it stands in the other categories by doing a deep dive into the track records of the 10 musicals that took home top honors before it.

These legendary musicals that were all able to garner Hollywood’s top award include: 1929’s The Broadway Melody, 1936’s The Great Ziegfeld, 1944’s Going My Way, 1951’s An American in Paris, 1958’s Gigi, 1961’s West Side Story, 1964’s My Fair Lady, 1965’s The Sound of Music, 1968’s Oliver!, and 2002’s Chicago. Now,
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Oscars: How Often Do Musicals Result in Best Actor and Best Actress Nominations and Wins?

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Not only is La La Land breaking records as the most-nominated musical in Oscar history but that haul of 14 nominations for its lead pair, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Musicals don’t often get that much love from the Academy Awards and getting recognition in both the best actor and best actress categories is even rarer. Let’s take a look back at the history of this happening and see how Stone and Gosling’s nominations — and potential wins — are important.

Taking a look at this year’s nominations, Stone is favored to win more than Gosling is for their work in the Damien Chazelle-directed musical. Gosling is up against Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), and Denzel Washington (Fences) — with the latter expected to reign supreme.
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The Keys of the Kingdom

The Keys of the Kingdom

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Twilight Time

1944 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 137 min. / Street Date December 13, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Rose Stradner, Roddy McDowall, Edmund Gwenn, Cedric Hardwicke, Peggy Ann Garner, Jane Ball, James Gleason, Anne Revere

Cinematography: Arthur Miller

Art Direction: James Basevi, William Darling

Film Editor: James B. Clark

Original Music: Alfred Newman

Written by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Nunnally Johnson from a novel by A.J. Cronin

Produced by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Directed by John M. Stahl

The Twilight Time label has access to much of the Fox library, and draws from the vault what’s been fully restored and what’s not already claimed elsewhere. Accompanying their UA- sourced disc of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s The Barefoot Contessa is a 1944 Fox release from the writer-director-producer, a big studio production directed in this case by John M. Stahl. The Keys of the Kingdom
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Faith, Hope, & Clarity: Hollywood Again Shows Respect in Films for Spiritual Ideas

Faith, Hope, & Clarity: Hollywood Again Shows Respect in Films for Spiritual Ideas
Like a prodigal son, Hollywood is again returning to religion.

Since the 1980s, Hollywood has been criticized (with justification) for depicting any religious believer as mindless, evil or both. Filmmakers this year treat them with respect.

Silence” and “Hacksaw Ridge” daringly center around devout Christians. Religious beliefs have a positive effect on the lead characters in other 2016 films, including “Fences,” “Hidden Figures,” “Jackie,” “Mr. Church,” even “The Conjuring 2.”

Studios have their own belief system, and it’s based on recent hits. Hollywood loves stories about an individual whose principles are challenged, but usually the protagonist is a superhero, cop or animated creature.

Silence” depicts the culture clash of Western Christians with Japanese. The long legacy of the “white savior” is turned upside down, and the film raises issues of faith, doubt, personal integrity, and the fine line between belief and stubborn pride. To its credit, “Silence” raises questions that audience members must answer.
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John Ostrander: Suicide Squad Redux

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Oh, you lucky kids.

As I pointed out last week in this column, there is a plethora of John Ostrander related material out there this month for you to buy. You’d think it was Christmas or something.

In the previous column occupying this space, I talked about the first volume of my Heroes For Hire series put out by Marvel. This week we’ll look at Volume 5 of Suicide Squad from DC that is coming out December 27. This one is titled Apokolips Now and the major story arc in the volume takes the Squad to the home of the nastier set of New Gods, Apokolips.

Lots of stuff happens in this volume. Three members of the team die, some walk away, some long running subplots are put to rest – including the revelation that Barbara Gordon is Oracle. By the end the volume, the Squad’s existence has been exposed
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Brazil (1944)

Good neighbor policy? Wartime exigencies inspired an intra-hemisphere cultural exchange, with the movies seizing on the new popularity of Latin music. Republic’s contribution gives us the great songs of Ady Barroso and a full soundtrack of his compositions — in a featherweight musical romance, of course.

Brazil

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Olive Films

1944 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 91 min. / Street Date December 6, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring Tito Guízar, Virginia Bruce, Edward Everett Horton, Robert Livingston, Veloz and Yolanda, Fortunio Bonanova, Richard Lane, Frank Puglia, Aurora Miranda, Billy Daniel, Dan Seymour, Roy Rogers.

Cinematography Jack A. Marta

Film Editor Fred Allen

Songs Ary Barroso, Hoagy Carmichael

Written by Frank Gill Jr., Laura Kerr, Richard English

Produced by Robert North

Directed by Joseph Santley

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The wartime ‘Good Neighbor Policy’ was a P.R. blitz intended to steer South America toward the U.S. and away from the Axis.
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Sifting Through Election Years for Oscar Clues

With voters heading to the polls in two weeks to bring a merciful end to the presidential election, perhaps taking stock of the history of the Oscars as viewed through the lens of other election years will help offer insight into this year’s race.

The Oscars were first held in 1929 to boost the industry in the wake of an election in which Herbert Hoover claimed the presidency at the end of a booming economic period. The Academy celebrated William A. Wellman’s “Wings” at that ceremony, an extravagant production that was the epitome of everything possible on the big screen at the time.

The subsequent Depression years brought character studies to the fore. “Grand Hotel,” “The Great Ziegfeld” and “Rebecca” won as Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to the highest office for 16 years. But in 1944, with the country embroiled in World War II, it was “Going My Way” — a
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Why ‘La La Land’ Winning Best Picture at the Oscars Would Be Monumental

La La Land’ (Courtesy of Venice Film Festival)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Musicals have always had their place in Hollywood, but they aren’t exactly hyped these days. One film, La La Land, could change that this year and — based on what critics are predicting — is poised to at least be nominated for, but potentially win, best picture at the Oscars.

Should the film — directed and written by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone — take home the top honors at the 89th Academy Awards on February 26, 2016, it would be joining an elite group of works as just the 11th musical to win the coveted category.

The list of musicals to have won best picture at the Oscars include: 1929’s The Broadway Melody in 1930, 1936’s The Great Ziegfeld in 1937, 1944’s Going My Way in 1945, 1951’s An American in Paris in 1952, 1958’s Gigi in 1959, 1961’s West Side Story
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Best Picture and Better Picture: Movies That Should Have Won the Oscar but Didn’t

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The best picture doesn’t always win Best Picture. Sometimes the best film of the year gets robbed. Cinelinx looks at the movies which should have won Best Picture but didn’t.

Whenever the Best Picture winner is announced at the Oscars, sometimes we say, “Yeah, that deserved to win,” but then again, sometimes we say, “Huh? Are they kidding me?!” There are a lot of backstage politics and extenuating factors in Hollywood that can determine which film wins the big trophy. The worthiest film doesn’t always take the statue home. Going back over the 88-year history of the Academy Awards, we look at which films didn’t really deserve to win and the ones which rightfully should have won.

The Best Pictures and the Better Pictures:

1927-8: The Winner-Wings

What should have won: Sunrise (Sunrise was given a special award for Artistic Quality of Production, but it
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‘The Big Short’ Wins PGA Awards’ Best Picture, Could be One of Few Comedies to Win Best Picture Oscar

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

On Saturday evening the PGA Awards presented The Big Short with its top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck award for best picture. Unlike the previous awards shows this season, such as the Golden Globes or Critics’ Choice Awards, the PGA’s are the first awards this season presented by people who actually make movies. They also have one of the best track records of predicting Oscar success, with 19 of the last 26 Zanuck award winners going on to win the best picture Oscar.

What this all means is that The Big Short has positioned itself as the slight lead dog in a close race for best picture. While a PGA award is a big step in the right direction for the film, it does still have the overwhelming disadvantage of being a comedy competing for best picture. Historically, comedic-skewing films have not performed well with the Academy,
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Sylvester Stallone ('Creed') is sixth performer nominated twice at Oscars for same role (Photo Gallery)

Sylvester Stallone ('Creed') is sixth performer nominated twice at Oscars for same role (Photo Gallery)
Will Sylvester Stallone win an Oscar for playing the iconic character of boxer Rocky Balboa in "Creed," nearly four decades after first contending for "Rocky" (1976)? He's now the sixth performer to reap multiple Oscar bids for the same role in different films, though Stallone now holds the record of the most years (39) between noms. Scroll through our gallery by clicking here or the photo above. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions If Stallone were to win -- as most of our expert journalists, in-house staff editors and contest entrants like you predict will happen with leading 4/7 odds -- he would join Bing Crosby and Paul Newman who both prevailed on one of their two nominations for the same role. Crosby won for playing Chuck O'Malley in "Going My Way" (1944), but was then bested two years later by Ray Milland ("The Lost Weekend") when he returned as O.
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Oscar Nominations: Surprising Factoids About 2016’s Contenders

Oscar Nominations: Surprising Factoids About 2016’s Contenders
Several records were set in nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, with plenty of oddities and eyebrow-raisers as well.

The top two vote-getting films, “The Revenant” (with 12 nominations) and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (with 10), both starred Tom Hardy, who scored his first nom for the former.

With today’s best actress nom for “Joy,” 25-year-old Jennifer Lawrence is now the youngest actor ever — male or female — to earn four Oscar nods.

Mad Max” opened in May, the only best-pic contender that didn’t bow domestically in the fourth quarter. Three launched in October (“The Martian,” “Bridge of Spies” and “Room”), two in November (“Brooklyn,” “Spotlight”) and two others in December (“The Big Short,” “The Revenant”). Of the eight best-pic hopefuls, “Revenant” is the only one that hadn’t debuted at a film festival.

With its five nominations, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” now has 30 nominations for the franchise, tying it with “Lord of the Rings.
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Does Writing the Screenplay to Your Film Help Best Director Chances?

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

With a number of big Golden Globe wins last night, including best director and best dramatic picture for The Revenant, director Alejandro G. Inarritu finds himself once more in the thick of the Oscar hunt. The Mexican-born filmmaker won big last year with three Oscars for his avant garde drama Birdman, which scored him the best original screenplay, best director, and best picture awards.

This year, with the western revenge thriller The Revenant, Inarritu has once more directed a film that he wrote himself, this time adapting the screenplay from the novel by Michael Punke with co-writer Mark L. Smith.

Inarritu is not the only writer/director with films in the race this year, however, as a number of other contenders boast a director who also penned the film’s script. The original screenplay hopefuls include Spotlight (directed and written by Tom McCarthy with co-writer
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Oscars: The Importance of Tapping Into the Zeitgeist, From ‘Casablanca’ to ‘The Martian’

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

An Oscar movie is a movie that appeals to the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and as we approach the 88th Oscars and try to figure out which 2015 film will most resonate with them, it’s helpful to look back at the past 87 years and see what they’ve gone for in the past. The most common type of best picture winner is one that, directly or indirectly, speaks to the zeitgeist — the spirit of the age, the issues people care about in the moment, the things that seem “important” now. (This explains, for those who have been wondering, why comedies never have fared very well at the Oscars.)

There are, of course, exceptions to this and nearly every rule. For instance, to the eternal disgust of Darryl F. Zanuck, Paramount’s lightweight musical dramedy Going My Way was
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Sylvester Stallone Could Join Exclusive Oscar Company With ‘Creed’ Nomination

Sylvester Stallone Could Join Exclusive Oscar Company With ‘Creed’ Nomination
With a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor (and despite a miss with SAG-aftra), Sylvester Stallone could still be on track to pick up an Oscar nomination for “Creed.” It’s a very competitive category, so nothing is a sure bet, but if it does come to pass, he’ll join a very, very select group of actors who have been nominated twice for playing the same character.

The first instance was Bing Crosby’s portrait of Father Chuck O’Malley in the best picture-winning “Going My Way” in 1944 and a year later in “The Bells of St. Mary’s.” Both were lead actor nominations, and he won for the former.

Sixteen years later, Paul Newman landed a best actor nom for his portrayal of “Fast” Eddie Felson in “The Hustler.” But it would be 25 years before he’d play the part once again in Martin Scorsese’s 1986 sequel “The Color of Money,
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Oscar Has a Long and Honorable History of ‘Category Fraud’

Oscar Has a Long and Honorable History of ‘Category Fraud’
I worry about overpopulation. I worry about anyone who texts while driving. However, I do not worry whether studios are campaigning actors as lead or supporting.

“Category fraud” is a harsh term to describe the fact that Oscar strategists are pushing some actors into unexpected categories, in hopes that it works to their advantage. There’s no reason to worry, though, because voters will be the ultimate arbiters, deciding how they want to define a work.

Equally important, the history of awards is filled with blurred lines, and over the years, most people have stopped questioning it.

Fox campaigned Sigourney Weaver as supporting actress for the 1979 film “Alien.” Naomi Watts was pushed supporting for “Mulholland Drive.” Marlon Brando won an Oscar as lead actor for “The Godfather,” even though his onscreen time was a fraction of Al Pacino’s, who was a supporting nominee.

In 1964’s “Dr. Strangelove,” Peter Sellers played three roles,
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‘Creed’: Can Stallone Make History?

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

Creed, the latest film in the Rocky franchise, opens today bolstered by a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is anchored by strong performances from 28-year-old Michael B. Jordan, who stars as boxer Adonis Johnson, the son of late boxer and former Rocky Balboa rival, Apollo Creed, and Sylvester Stallone, who returns for the seventh time to the role that earned him the only two Oscar nominations in his career and made him a star nearly 40 years ago.

39 years ago, in 1976, Stallone premiered the first film in the pugilistic franchise and it paid off in big dividends for the then-30-year-old actor. In addition to a best actor nomination that year, Stallone also earned a nomination for best original screenplay, becoming only the third person in history to earn nominations for both starring in and writing the same film. If that wasn’t enough, the
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 8-cd Box Set Available October 16

Making all of your nightmares come true … Varèse Sarabande will be releasing A Nightmare On Elm Street 8-cd box set (limited 2000 units) on October 16, 2015.

This deluxe package contains all 8 soundtracks from the original series, over 8 hours of music including almost 3 hours of bonus tracks. New artwork has been commissioned for the set (by artist Shawn Conn, http://atomicdeadguy.com/), and configuring the sleeves together forms a larger piece of art. Before you have any nightmares, please don’t worry … the original Matthew Joseph Peak creations are included in the packaging.

The set comes complete with the trademark knitted Freddy sweater encasing the outer box.

The world was introduced to Wes Craven’s Freddy Krueger (portrayed by Robert Englund) in 1984 with A Nightmare On Elm Street. Krueger was a former child killer seeking revenge against the parents who burned him by haunting the dreams of their teenage children and killing them in their dreams.
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Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

“It isn’t here, you must have dreamed you put it there. Are you suggesting that this is a knife I hold in my hand? Have you gone mad, my husband?”

Gaslight plays at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117) September 19th at 10:30am as part of their Classic Film Series

Greetings again from the darkness! Husbands were surely disliked in the 1940’s, at least by writers of movies! There is no shortage of films depicting the villainous husband targeting the unsuspecting and defenseless wife. A couple years prior to Gaslight we had Suspcion, and a couple years after, we had Notorious. The latter also features Ingrid Bergman who won her first Oscar for Gaslight, one of the more atmospheric of the psychological thrillers.

Gaslight is based on the Patrick Hamilton play Angel Street, which will be performed live, on stage at St. Louis’ own Rep Theater
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