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By Beckett Mufson
If Quvenzhané Wallis wins at this year's Oscars, she will be the youngest Academy Award winner ever, aside from Shirley Temple, who won a non-competitive award in 1935. If Wallis doesn't win, she will still be among the elite dramatic forces of small children who are good at pretending to be other small children, which is a respectable accomplishment. Each of these starlets earned a permanent place in the day care of cinema history, and are the standard that child actors everywhere are measured against.
Here they are the best of the youngest and the youngest of the best the Academy has ever seen.
Justin Henry is the leader of this prestigious bunch because of his Best Supporting Actor nod for playing Billy Kramer in "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). His childlike honesty and earnestness are the heart and soul of the film, »
- MTV Movies Team
Irish industry bash sees Lincoln director make an appearance, Farrell receive an honour and Warren Beatty slip in amid the hubbub
It's the week when Hollywood toasts the stars and acclaims their incandescence but a pre-Oscars party under cold moonlight can also reveal the melancholy when the glow threatens to fade. Hundreds of writers, actors, producers, technicians and directors gathered at Jj Abrams' studio on Thursday night for one of multiple film industry shindigs on the eve of Sunday's ceremony, to celebrate success and, in some cases, rue the shadows.
Abrams, soon to unveil one blockbuster before plunging into another franchise, radiated energy. "Star Wars? The opportunities for characters and plots are endless but I can't really talk about it yet," he said, posing for a phalanx of cameras. "Really the focus for now is Star Trek."
Star Trek into Darkness opens in May, after which the director-producer will »
- Rory Carroll
By Joey Magidson
As 2012 was wrapping up, I took a look at some of the older members of the industry that were top-tier contenders for citation by the Academy. Today I’m back with the other side of the coin: A list of the top 10 performances by pre-teens that Oscar wound up nominating. Unlike the subjects of that older piece (no pun intended), they didn’t have much experience, but like many of those highlighted in the aforementioned article, they still managed to capture the hearts of many voters.
It’s much harder for younger contenders to get noticed than their older counterparts. Academy members seem to loathe nominating pre-teens unless the work is a real standout and they’re head-over-heels for the film of which the performance is a part. They also prefer to sort of ghettoize younger candidates into the Supporting categories as opposed to the Lead ones, »
- Joey Magidson
Writer-director Richard Lagravenese has adapted the popular young adult series "Beautiful Creatures" into a lush Southern Gothic starring an impressive cast of distinguished actors. The story chronicles how 16-year-old Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) meets the girl of his dreams (literally) on the first day of his junior year. Ethan lives in Gatlin, S.C., a Southern town so small and so stuck in its ways the Civil War is still referred to as the War of Northern Aggression. But beautiful and mysterious Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) is unlike anyone Ethan's ever encountered: she's brilliant, well-traveled, and, also, she's a witch -- or "caster" as her family prefers to be called. Unfortunately for Ethan, Lena's reclusive uncle Macon (Jeremy Irons) doesn't want her dating anyone, much less a mortal who could pose a danger to her claiming day -- her 16th birthday -- when she will be "claimed" for either good or evil. »
- Sandie Chen
I visited the ‘pictures’ religiously in my youth, probably more that I do now, and 1995 would be the year that would that would forever change my perspective on the world of cinema. Like most weeks, a friend and I trooped over to the Warner Bros. cinema in Manors, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on a cold February night to see what was on that we hadn’t yet seen. A strange title was one that had us both intrigued and bemused, was The Shawshank Redemption.
I left that cinema a changed man. I no longer only wanted to see Schwarzenegger on the warpath or Michael Myers stick it to some teen. I found a genuine fondness for intelligent and emotional storytelling. So what if the film was about the love between two men. The Shawshank Redemption moved me like no film had before and I wanted to tell the world…and I did to friends, »
- Craig Hunter
Tags: The Member of the WeddingAnna PaquinAlfre WoodardIMDbBlack History Month
If you ever felt like a misfit, The Member of the Wedding is a story you can identify with. The Carson McCullers novel was adapted into a successful play and then two films, once in 1952 and another in 1997, with Anna Paquin and Alfre Woodard in the staring roles. The queer Southern writer put a little bit of herself into the work, as the story follows 12-year-old tomboy Frankie who wants so badly to fit in somewhere that she wants to leave town on a honeymoon with her older brother who is getting married. The voice of reason, though, is Berenice, the maid and caretaker of Frankie and her younger brother.
The 1997 adaptation starring the bisexual actress Anna Paquin is playing on Starz for Black History Month and it's a great chance to watch the film if you've never seen productions of the work before. »
Savino went on a "Road Trip" from Hell this week on Vegas, thinking he was picking up one prize but collecting quite another.
With the hype of last week's promo filling my thoughts, I was a little disappointed in this episode. Because we knew Rizzo was going to go after Jack, it felt like a long time to get to the main event. And even with Savino's warning, Jack walked into an obvious trap.
That Rizzo ended up dead at the end of the confrontation wasn't a surprise, but it looks as though what happens next will be the twist in this plot. I only hope that Jack and Mia can survive the aftermath. They have way more chemistry than Ralph and Katherine, the only other potential couple on the strip.
Speaking of Katherine, just because Laura disappeared didn't mean she was shutting down her investigation. It just meant she had to consider other options. »
- email@example.com (Christine Orlando)
Our countdown is in the home-stretch, with part 28 out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 30-21.
28) Singing In The Rain (1952) Gene Kelly USA
Numbers 20-11 coming up next.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The actor came into Guardian HQ to answer readers' questions about Beautiful Creatures, mastering accents, Samuel Beckett and being a struggling actor
Jeremy Irons hardly needs an introduction. Star of films as diverse as Damage, Reversal of Fortune, Danny Champion of the World and Die Hard with a Vengeance, he'll be here tomorrow lunchtime to answer your questions ahead of the release of Beautiful Creatures.
Based on a series of bestselling young-adult novels, Beautiful Creatures is a supernatural romance in which Irons plays Macon Ravenwood, uncle of lead character Lena Duchannes, a young witch struggling with the conflicting demands of possessing both occult powers and a boyfriend.
Whether you'd like to ask about Beautiful Creatures, playing twins in Dead Ringers, taking on Bruce Willis, appearing in the Simpsons, his charity work or voicing one of Disney's most despicable villains, leave your questions in the comment thread below.
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Tags: Pretty Little LiarsPretty Little Liars recapsShay MitchellLindsey ShawTroian BellisarioLucy HaleAshley BensonWAPIMDb
Previously on Pretty Little Liars, Spencer accused Hanna's boyfriend of being A, and Emily's girlfriend of being A, and Aria's dad of being A, and her sister's dead husband of being A, and her boyfriend's fake blind half-sister of being A, and the guy who runs the pawn shop where she sold her sister's wedding ring to buy her boyfriend a truck of being A, and the little old lady who weaves beaded friendship bracelets of being A, and Lucas and Noel and Jason and Ezra and Holden and Wesley and Alex and Mike — all of them: A. All the time: A. What she didn't realize is that A is like Bloody Mary, and if you chant "A, A, A" in the mirror on repeat, A appears! In your bed! Naked! What else? Emily gave Paige Ptsd. Meredith »
Both in the present day and a long time ago, when she solved her first "case."
The case of the week “gets her thinking about a situation from her past and gets Abby questioning some things about who she is, why she’s there and what she does,” Glasberg tells EW.
“We’ve done origin stories before, as you know, and it’s always been fun to look back."
The role is played by Brighton Sharpino, who was clearly well cast.
"With Abby specifically, I started to wonder if it might be more interesting to look back - not so much as when she joined »
- email@example.com (Steve Marsi)
In the episode, a case comes in to NCIS that “strikes a chord” with Abby (Pauley Perrette), according to executive producer Gary Glasberg, and it “gets her thinking about a situation from her past and gets her questioning some things about who she is and why she’s there and what she does.”
“We’ve done origin stories before — as you know — and it’s always been fun to look back, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
From a full programme of film and stage adaptations to a new James Bond novel, unpublished works by Rs Thomas and Wg Sebald and a new prize for women writers, 2013 is set to be a real page-turner
10th The Oscar nominations are announced unusually early this year. Keep an eye out for a bumper crop of literary adaptations, including David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, Yann Martel's Life of Pi, the David Nicholls-scripted Great Expectations, as well as Les Miserables, Anna Karenina and The Hobbit.
18th A new stage adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw at the Almeida theatre in London. In the year of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, his musical version will also feature around the country in both concert and stage performances.
24th The finalists for the fifth Man Booker International prize will be announced at the Jaipur festival. »
Last year, Hollywood was flush with international cash and films starring Matthew McConaughey. What will this year hold?
Time travel was popular. Prequels were hot. As were guns-for-hire, vampires and movies set on boats. Which of the year's cinematic trends, people, cultural avatars and epiphenomenon are most likely to set the agenda for 2013?
In X-Men First-Class, Jennifer Lawrence wore the lightly stunned look of someone suffering from an acute case of Newcomer Bends. But then she narrowed her eyes, strung her bow and fired The Hunger Games towards $686m: Lawrence's imperturbability was revealed as the genuine article. The scene in Silver Linings Playbook where she walks into de Niro's lair and has him eating out of her hand in under five minutes may just win her an Oscar at the tender age of 22. If that weren't reason enough for New York magazine to put her at the top »
- Tom Shone
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