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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

19 June 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »

- Andre Soares

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Poorly Cast Hoffman as Polemical Stand-Up Comic and Free Speech Advocate in Timorous Biopic

4 June 2015 6:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic (Oscar Movie Series) Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is only sporadically thought-provoking or emotionally gripping; in fact, Lenny is a major artistic letdown, considering all the talent involved and the fertile material at hand. After all, much more should have come out of a joint effort between director Fosse, fresh off his Academy Award win for Cabaret; playwright-screenwriter Julian Barry, whose stage version of Lenny earned Cliff Gorman a Tony Award; two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy); and cinematographer Bruce Surtees (Play Misty for Me, Blume in Love). Their larger-than-life subject? Lenny Bruce, the stand-up comedian who became one of the »

- Andre Soares

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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Liza Minnelli -- Out of Rehab, Hanging at 'Housewives' Haunt

20 April 2015 7:20 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Liza Minnelli has checked out of a Malibu rehab facility, a little more than a month after checking in for treatment for substance abuse.  The "Cabaret" star was seen out Sunday night at Pump in West Hollywood ... which is owned by "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump. According to our spies, Liza arrived with a guy around 7 Pm and enjoyed dinner. We're told she was laughing, having a good time, and was very cordial with fans. »

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Liza Minnelli Enters Rehab for Substance Abuse

18 March 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Liza Minnelli has been admitted to a treatment facility for substance abuse, People has confirmed. The actress, 69, has already checked into the facility, the name of which is not being disclosed, says Scott Gorenstein, a spokesperson for Minnelli. "Considering she's doing so well, we expect that she'll be released shortly," Gorenstein tells People of the Cabaret star. Minnelli has battled substance abuse over the years and has sought out treatment in the past. In 1984, the actor-singer was treated for addiction to alcohol and prescription drug use after the death of her mother Judy Garland, who overdosed on sleeping pills in »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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'Birdman' cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki joins exclusive club with Oscar win

22 February 2015 7:29 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Oscars Facts: 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Academy Awards

20 February 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The 87th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!

We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 25 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.

1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.

2. At 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest person to win an Academy Award. He received the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in "Beginners" (2010) opposite Ewan McGregor.

3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »

- Jonny Black

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Does American Cinema Editors prize for 'Boyhood' predict Oscar win on Sunday?

19 February 2015 7:35 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

It’s It's an oft-echoed sentiment that movies are made in the cutting room, so the Academy Award for Best Film Editing is a cherished trophy indeed. First, some guild award stats: since 1963, the American Cinema Editors have correctly predicted the eventual Oscar winner 36 times (in years when the award has been split between Dramatic and Musical/Comedy Editing, the specific prize given has been noted): 1963: Harold F. Kress, “How the West Was Won” 1964: Cotton Warburton, “Mary Poppins” 1965: William Reynolds, “The Sound of Music” 1968: Frank P. Keller, “Bullitt” 1970: Hugh S. Fowler, “Patton” 1972: David Bretherton, “Cabaret” 1973: William Reynolds, “The Sting” 1975: Verna Fields, “Jaws” 1976: Richard Halsley and Scott Conrad, “Rocky” 1978: Peter Zinner, “The Deer Hunter” 1979: Alan Heim, “All That Jazz” 1980: Thelma...' »

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L.A. Italia Ff to honour Liza Minnelli

10 February 2015 8:58 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The lead actress Oscar winner for Cabaret will be honoured with the 2015 Jack Valenti – Los Angeles Italia Legend Award at the L.A. Italia Film Festival.

Liza Minnelli will receive the award at the closing night ceremony. Prior recipients include Al Pacino and Angelica Huston.

The honour, named after the flamboyant former MPAA president Jack Valenti, is presented to an outstanding Italian-American who has made substantial contributions to the global film industry.

“We are extremely honoured and delighted to be presenting this year’s Jack Valenti Legend Award to the talented and lovely Liza Minnelli,” said festival founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini and festival honourary chair Mark Canton.

“As in prior years our board aims to recognise highly talented Italian-Americans who have made an impact on the industry and without a doubt, Liza fits the bill.” 

The L.A. Italia film festival runs from February 15-21 in Hollywood and will feature a record 50 films including five world and 14 American »

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Editors Guild Selects 75 Best Edited Films of All Time

4 February 2015 8:26 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »

- Brad Brevet

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What is the best-edited film of all time according to those who do the job?

3 February 2015 8:43 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Jennifer Grey on Her Dad Joel Grey's Coming Out: 'I Feel Very Happy' for Him

30 January 2015 4:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Now that her father Joel Grey has publicly revealed in this week's People that he's a gay man, his daughter, Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller's Day Off actress Jennifer Grey, gives him her full support and love. "I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and/or comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man," says Jennifer, 54. "Mostly because the more people are free to own there true nature, and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are, »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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Jennifer Grey on Her Dad Joel Grey's Coming Out: 'I Feel Very Happy' for Him

30 January 2015 4:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Now that her father Joel Grey has publicly revealed in this week's People that he's a gay man, his daughter, Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller's Day Off actress Jennifer Grey, gives him her full support and love. "I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and/or comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man," says Jennifer, 54. "Mostly because the more people are free to own there true nature, and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are, »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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Joel Grey on Revealing Sexuality: Neil Patrick Harris Is 'One of My Heroes'

29 January 2015 1:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In this week's People, Broadway legend Joel Grey, 82, publicly reveals for the first time that he's a gay man. So, why now? "[Sexuality] doesn't matter any more," Grey, who's had a career spanning over seven decades, tells People. As proof, he points to another gay Broadway and Hollywood star who's been an inspiration to him. "Neil Patrick Harris is a star in every way," Grey says. "And he's a dad. He's the most gifted, charming, talented actor who is himself, and that's it. There are no limits." Harris is "one of my heroes," he adds. "He is just excellent at everything, »

- Liz McNeil, @liz mcneil

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Joel Grey on Revealing Sexuality: Neil Patrick Harris Is 'One of My Heroes'

29 January 2015 1:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In this week's People, Broadway legend Joel Grey, 82, publicly reveals for the first time that he's a gay man. So, why now? "[Sexuality] doesn't matter any more," Grey, who's had a career spanning over seven decades, tells People. As proof, he points to another gay Broadway and Hollywood star who's been an inspiration to him. "Neil Patrick Harris is a star in every way," Grey says. "And he's a dad. He's the most gifted, charming, talented actor who is himself, and that's it. There are no limits." Harris is "one of my heroes," he adds. "He is just excellent at everything, »

- Liz McNeil, @liz mcneil

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Oscar-winning actor Joel Grey comes out as gay

28 January 2015 10:56 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Actor Joel Grey has revealed that he is gay.

The veteran performer, who is the father of actress Jennifer Grey, spoke about his sexuality in an interview with People magazine.

The 82-year-old said that while it was not a secret to his family, the announcement is the first time he has spoken publicly about his sexuality.

"All the people close to me have known for years who I am [but] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was," he said.

Grey added: "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."

Speaking about the struggles of growing up as homosexual, he said he used to hear "the grown-ups talk in the next room, my mother included, talking derisively about 'fairies' and men being dragged off to jail and even worse for being who they were.

"I came to realise, »

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Broadway Star Joel Grey Comes Out: "If You Have to Put a Label on It, I'm a Gay Man"

28 January 2015 9:32 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Broadway star Joel Grey is finally opening up about his sexuality. "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man," the actor, 82, tells People magazine. See more Stars' Best Speeches When Coming Out He says his friends and family know, but the Cabaret star, who was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years and raised two children, including actress Jennifer Grey, hasn't spoken publicly about his sexuality. "All the people close to me have known for years who I am," Grey adds. "[Yet] it took time to

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Hollywood and Broadway Legend Joel Grey Comes Out as Gay Man

28 January 2015 9:17 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hollywood and Broadway star Joel Grey, best known for “Cabaret,” has come out as a gay man.

“I don’t like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man,” Grey told People. “All the people close to me have known for years who I am, [yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.”

See photos: 13 Hollywood Lgbt Stars Who Play Superheroes or Villains

Grey, who won an Oscar for his performance as the Master of Ceremonies alongside Liza Minnelli in “Cabaret,” was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years, »

- Greg Gilman

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Broadway Legend Joel Grey Opens Up About His Sexuality

28 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He reached the heights of stage and screen, was married for 24 years and proudly raised two children. But for decades, Joel Grey kept one aspect of himself decidedly out of the spotlight. Now, at 82, the Cabaret Oscar winner talks for the first time in People's new issue about his sexuality. "I don't like labels," says Grey, "but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man." While it's not a secret to his friends and family, the entertainer's never spoken about it publicly before. "All the people close to me have known for years who I am, »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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Broadway Legend Joel Grey Opens Up About His Sexuality

28 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He reached the heights of stage and screen, was married for 24 years and proudly raised two children. But for decades, Joel Grey kept one aspect of himself decidedly out of the spotlight. Now, at 82, the Cabaret Oscar winner talks for the first time in People's new issue about his sexuality. "I don't like labels," says Grey, "but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man." While it's not a secret to his friends and family, the entertainer's never spoken about it publicly before. "All the people close to me have known for years who I am, »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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