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A Brief History of the Oscar’s Commanders-in-Chief

9 November 2012 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The release of Lincoln could not be better timed. The plan must be to get as much of a boost from the presidential election as possible, yet at the same time avoid being cast as part of the political debate, by opening after November 6th. Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner would rather their film be seen as a portrait of a great American hero above contemporary politics, or at least not see it hijacked by 21st century bickering.  They have every right, even though upon closer inspection it might become clear where they stand. However, let’s leave that for later and move on to some Oscar history. Only four men have earned Best Actor nominations for playing Us Presidents, with Daniel Day-Lewis now certain to be the fifth. (For context, the Academy has over the years nominated nine Kings of England.) The list contains one other Lincoln, one Woodrow Wilson, and »

- Daniel Walber

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Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader Set to Star in Skeleton Twins, Luke Wilson to Co-Star

7 November 2012 4:59 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Saturday Night Live alumni Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Bill Hader (Superbad) are set to reunite in The Skeleton Twins. The indie comedy, produced in part by Jay and Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions, will co-star Luke Wilson (Old School); Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) will direct from a script he co-wrote with BAFTA-nominated screenwriter, Mark Heyman (Black Swan).  The Skeleton Twins will team up the Adventureland duo as two estranged twins who reunite after cheating death and are forced to confront their pasts.  Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Wiig and Hader will star as twins Maggie and Milo; the part of Maggie was previously rumored to be going to Anna Faris.  When the brother and sister independently cheat death on the same day, they decide to get together and are forced to consider how their lives went so wrong.  For Maggie, this causes her to re-evaluate her »

- Dave Trumbore

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Grading The NFL Rookie Quarterbacks: Week Eight

31 October 2012 7:26 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The season is halfway done, and it seems to have flown by. One wonders how the season has been for these five NFL rookie quarterbacks who have lead their team out on to the field under the pressure that comes with playing in the National Football League.

It’s that time again, where we hand out grades to the best and worst performing rookie QBs of the week. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a mid-season report card that I will be putting together some time in the next few days. For now, here’s week eight’s grades:

Russell Wilson, Seattle. Final grade: B

After a poor showing last week, Wilson has bounced back up the charts to be the top graded rookie this week. His Seahawks teams lost a close one to the Lions, but Wilson played well. He completed 25 of his 35 pass attempts for 236 yards. This included two touchdowns and one interception, »

- Dave Gilbert

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Full Service by Scotty Bowers with Lionel Friedberg - review

15 February 2012 3:23 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The juicy, filthy memoir of a Hollywood fixer

In his greatly underrated 2006 biography of Nicole Kidman, the film critic David Thomson explained why he had made the surprising decision not to meet the actress in the course of his research. For the magic of cinema to work, he wrote, "the actress and the spectator must remain strangers". While honest about the hopeless desire he felt for Kidman while watching her films, he had no wish to encounter her in real life. Thomson places himself among those cinema-lovers who "would always protect and preserve desire by ensuring that it is never satisfied".

Such scruples don't seem to trouble Scotty Bowers. For decades, Bowers – now 88 – was the "go-to guy" in Hollywood for "whatever people desired". Bowers was a bisexual gas-pump jockey and later a bartender, a handsome ex-marine who made it his mission to satisfy the desires of the stars as well as his own. »

- Bee Wilson

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