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Icymi we polled all contributors and came up with a list of The Greatest Losing Best Actor Nominees. As ever I must thank Handsome Joe Canada (aka Amir Soltani) for organizing these Team endeavors. If you really wanna dive in (and why wouldn't you?) you should also check out Michael, David and Ja's individual lists here, here, and here.
My own list was topped by Dustin Hoffman's Tootsie who came in at #7 in the finals. It was a joy to be asked to think about that star turn again for the write up, though once I was happily ensconced in reminder clips it was hard to pull away; Tootsie is a longtime resident of the Rewatchable Hall of Fame! A full 70% of my personal choices made the communal top ten, which is the most overlap I've ever had with a Team list. My missing heroes were Paul Newman in »
- NATHANIEL R
No details are available on the story other than it's said to be a film about the making of a film where everything than can go wrong, does.
- Garth Franklin
Once a month, Up in the Air director Jason Reitman hosts the Live Read for Film Independent: he picks a classic Hollywood screenplay, recasts it with modern actors and turns them loose for a one-time-only performance. It's become one of the hottest tickets in Los Angeles – but last night, busy with his upcoming movie Labor Day, Reitman was unable to host his own creation. So he recruited David Wain, the Wet Hot American Summer director, who chose Tootsie as the movie he wanted to revive. (If you've never seen the 1982 comedy, »
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
"The issue has been raised by the imminent cinema release of Casting By, a documentary about the casting process which, in the words of the Hollywood Reporter is a "lament that casting is the only 'single-card' opening credit that isn't recognized by the Academy Awards". The film focusses on the legends of the casting business, including Marion Dougherty (Midnight Cowboy, Batman), Lynn Stalmaster (Deliverance, Tootsie) and Taylor herself, who has worked on 41 Allen-directed films as well as The Exorcist, Taxi Driver and Schindler's List. Allen adds: "I owe a big part of the success of my films to this scrupulous casting process which I must say if left to my own devices would never have happened."
Read the full article here. »
- Gary Collinson
Hey, did you see how Jim Parsons responded when we told him that we think Sheldon – his character on "The Big Bang Theory" – has a booze problem? Or how Jessica Lange laughed off the suggestion that she won her Oscar in the wrong category for "Tootsie"? Those were just two of the hundreds of intimate chats we've had with top winners and nominees of Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Grammy. But where can you find them at Gold Derby? Click here and enter our video gallery. Bookmark that link so you have easy complete access to all of our past chats. Last spring and summer we chatted live with lots of stars who went on to win Emmys, including Laura Linney, Carrie Preston, Bob Newhart, and Jeff Daniels. With Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Oscars quickly approaching, we're hosting even more celebs hoping to strike gold. If you missed any »
Director writes open letter in support of his longtime casting director, who he credits as being instrumental in his films' success
• Readers vote: the 10 best Woody Allen films
Woody Allen has weighed into the debate over whether casting directors should have their own Oscar by writing a letter to industry trade magazine the Hollywood Reporter outlining the contribution his own casting director, Juliet Taylor, has made to his films.
Allen writes: "My history shows that my films are full of wonderful performances by actors and actresses I had never heard of and were not only introduced to me by my casting director ... but, in any number of cases, pushed on me against my own resistance."
He continues: "If it were up to me we would use the same half dozen people in all my pictures, whether they fit or not. »
- Andrew Pulver
Sebastián Lelio's tale of a divorcee in a new relationship perhaps has a wider resonance for Chile's Pinochet generation
Pablo Larraín's No and Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light were movies that offered fascinating glimpses of modern Chile, struggling with its past. Now this film by Sebastián Lelio gives us another perspective: it is Chile's foreign-language Oscar entry. Gloria is a free-spirited divorcee, played with terrific exuberance by Paulina García; she is vivacious and attractive, though with a rather 80s hairstyle and big glasses that make her look weirdly like Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie. She hangs out at singles bars in Santiago, looking for love and sex, and finds herself falling for a silver-fox type called Rodolfo (Sergio Hernández), also divorced, who satisfies Gloria in the bedroom, and takes her bungee-jumping and paintballing in the amusement centre he owns, symbolically called Vertigo Park. Yet the relationship is »
- Peter Bradshaw
By Joey Magidson
If there’s one Oscar category where it’s safe to say there’s already a clear frontrunner at this point, it’s best actress. That race is currently looking mostly like a battle for second place, with Cate Blanchett sitting way out front for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Should she end up holding on, it would make her a two-time Oscar winner. (She won nine years ago for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator.) This, however, would be her first best actress prize.
39 men and women have been honored with more than one acting Oscar. Of them, only 11 have won in both acting categories in which they were eligible — in other words, best actor and best supporting actor for men and best actress and best supporting actress for women. Blanchett would become only be the sixth man or »
- Joey Magidson
With the release of "Lost in Translation" ten years ago, everyone was finally forced to take Bill Murray seriously. Even the Academy finally noticed him and gave him a Best Actor nomination, the only one he's received so far.
By this time, he'd been paring down his craft for 30 years until, with the help of directors like "Translation"'s Sofia Coppola and "Rushmore"'s Wes Anderson, he'd achieved a kind of Zen purity. After that, he could choose to play the smartass clown (as in his early roles) or the serious thespian, or somewhere in between. With no agent and plenty of savings, he could pick and choose projects at whim and do only what he felt like doing. So even his lesser movies seemed like labors of love; after all, there must have been something personally appealing to him in those roles to coax him off the golf course. »
- Gary Susman
Between their frequent arrests, desperate need for attention and outrageously high earnings, celebrities tend to draw a lot of ire from the public. But sometimes it's easy to forget that famous people, just like everyday people, range from vapid and self-absorbed to completely cool, friendly and generous.
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of moments that will hopefully restore your faith in the ability of the rich and famous to be totally awesome.
1. Keanu Reeves Gives Away Loads of His 'Matrix' Money
Keanu Reeves catches a lot of flack for maybe kind of not being the most talented thespian out there ... but when it comes to being a first-rate guy, there's little room for debate. Exhibit A: Keanu Reeves gave an astounding $75 million of his "Matrix" money to the series' special effects and costume design team. According to someone in the know, Keanu "felt that they were the »
- Adam D'Arpino
Last month, a video went viral in which Dustin Hoffman talked about his experience making the 1982 film “Tootsie”. The actor was moved to tears as he recalled preliminary make-up tests, in which he found himself, made up as a woman, “shocked that I wasn’t more attractive”. He claims the experience led to an epiphany in which he realised that he would never approach a woman of such an appearance, based purely on her (lack of) looks. “There are too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know”, he concluded “because I have been brainwashed”. It is a strikingly honest admission, and yet not surprising to anyone who has seen “Tootsie”, one of the most head-on confrontations that mainstream Hollywood has ever made with issues of gender roles. The film was a wild success when released, nominated for ten Oscars and grossing the equivalent of over $400 million in the Us alone, »
- Matthew Hammett Knott
Mickey Rooney was more convincingly Chinese in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” than Teuton thesp Moritz Bleibtreu proves as a sham Sikh in “Vijay and I,” a limp “Mrs. Doubtfire”/”Tootsie” knockoff that serves mainly to illustrate just how tricky it can be to reproduce the feel of a well-oiled Hollywood romantic comedy in the no man’s land of Europudding tax-shelter production. Latest English-language feature by Belgian-based German helmer Sam Garbarski (“Irina Palm”) should post Ok numbers in Germany (where it opens Sept. 5), but seems destined to find its most captive offshore audiences in-flight.
Like the characters played by Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie” and Robin Williams in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” Bleibtreu’s Will Wilder is an actor whose career has become stuck in neutral, a German emigre with classical training reduced to playing a giant green rabbit on a New York City children’s TV program. Adding insult to injury, he »
- Scott Foundas
Jessica Lange is a two-time Oscar winner frequently cast by such notable helmers as Sydney Pollack. But, until she slipped on a habit to play a nun on “American Horror Story” last season, you’d have to rent a Blu-ray to see her work.
After decades of starring in a broad range of projects from the comedy classic “Tootsie” to the dark biopic “Frances” and counting likes of Tommy Lee Jones and Jack Nicholson as her co-stars, Lange’s phone had mostly stopped ringing.
Then a certain show creator remembered her and he promised her a role replete with complication and, yes, even song.
“I’d reached a point where — for a woman my age — the work had just dried up,” Lange says. “But Ryan (Murphy) tempted me with this part and he even teased me with the promise of a range of a emotions for the character and musical numbers, »
- Karen Idelson
Tootsie star has undergone treatment for cancer after disease was diagnosed early
Actor Dustin Hoffman has undergone treatment for cancer, the Oscar-winner's publicist confirmed on Tuesday.
Hoffman's publicist, Jodi Gottlieb, declined to say what kind of cancer or when the Tootsie star was diagnosed.
The news was first reported by People Magazine, where Gottlieb said the cancer had been "detected early and he has been surgically cured."
The 75-year-old actor is set to undergo further preventative treatments to protect against the cancer returning, People reported.
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Two-time Oscar winner Dustin is back and feeling better than ever after successfully undergoing surgery for cancer.
Dustin Hoffman, 75, has been treated for cancer and he is currently in good health, his rep confirms. Read on for more details.
Dustin Hoffman’s Cancer Treatment Successful — He’s ‘Cured,’ Rep Says
Dustin is doing much better after undergoing surgery, Dustin’s rep Jodi Gottlieb told People magazine on Aug. 6.
“It [the cancer] was detected early and he has been surgically cured,” she says. “Dustin is feeling great and is in good health.”
The legendary actor and director is expected to undergo further treatment to prevent a reoccurrence, which is normal procedure after most cancer surgeries.
Jodi declined to share any further information about Dustin’s health, but this is such good news! Dustin, who has been married to Lisa Gottsegen since 1980, is a father of six and grandfather of three, and his family »
I think it’s fair to say that Ishtar is a film with a bit of a reputation. One need look no further than the scathing reviews it’s received over the years to see that. A quick sampling from Rotten Tomatoes tells us that it’s “the model of awful comedies” and that it “live[s] up to the hype of its badness.” Even Roger Ebert himself gave it half a star. So it was with a great amount of trepidation that I approached what many have made out to be one of the worst films of all time, but does it really deserve all the hate it’s been getting since its release? One thing’s for sure, it doesn’t take that many minutes for you to reach that point of decision.
Before getting any further, let’s take a look at the narrative. Lyle Rogers (Warren Beatty »
- Jeff Beck
John Travolta certainly knows the value of a having a casting director in his corner.
If not for the faith a legendary one named Lynn Stalmaster had in his talent, the enduring star might never have won the role of "Sweathog" Vinnie Barbarino in the sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter" ... which set him on a course of fame that exploded soon afterward with the successes of such movies as "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease." Travolta is among those paying tribute to "my beloved Lynn" (as he puts it) and others in the documentary "Casting By," which has its HBO debut Monday, Aug. 5.
"I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Lynn and his so believing in me," Travolta recalls for Zap2it. "At age 18, I was up for the movie 'The Last Detail,' in the part Randy Quaid eventually played. Lynn was just hellbent to get me cast in that, »
The director of Prince Avalanche on everything he watched, read, listened to, and clicked on over a week. Wednesday, July 10Early morning, before I head to the Wilmington, North Carolina, set of the final season of Eastbound & Down: Clicked on: The Dustin Hoffman interview about Tootsie where he teared up talking about being a woman. Worldstarhiphop.com. Sometimes it’s funny stuff, sometimes it’s sad. Sometimes it’s just crackheads fighting. Listened to: 8:30 a.m.: Satellite radio on my way to the set. Ne-Yo was on. Watched: 9 p.m.: “Behind the Scenes” of Back to the Future Part Two. Read: 10 p.m.: The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Thursday, July 11 Clicked on: 1:30 p.m.: Laila Ali boxing clips on YouTube. I just wanted to watch a girl fight somebody. Watched: 8 p.m.: Star Trek (2009). I never watched the old series, but I love both of the new ones. »
- Bilge Ebiri
This week’s costume design links and stories.
The costumes in this 1865 set BBC America show look extraordinary.
‘Janie Bryant’s Hollywood’
The Mad Men costume designer is getting her own weekly TV show, tasking wannabe designers to recreate a classic Hollywood look or celebrity’s signature style.
Given a ‘historically accurate’ makeover. Belle is charming.
Life story interview with the Costume Designer’s Guild.
Trish Summerville at Comic Con, no doubt looking awesome.
Stylish Movies and TV Shows
Entertainment Weekly tell us how they chose their greatest. »
- Chris Laverty
See an antelope leap into a car to avoid pursuit and the Tootsie star explain how he got into character in our online clip rundown
We start this week's video selection with the impala that cheetah'd death by leaping into a tourist car during a safari. As if being on safari wasn't exciting enough, imagine what it would be like to gain an extra passenger – with a ferocious wild animal hot on its tail.
If that video gets your heart racing, you need to watch an amazingly tranquil and beautiful film from Simon Christen. Made over two years, it uses time-lapse photography to capture the fog descending over San Francisco.
We've also got a fascinating interview with Dustin Hoffman, who chokes back the tears when he describes the lengths he went to to play Dorothy Michaels in the film Tootsie. When he asked the makeup team to make him "more »
- Janette Owen
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