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Based about 9 miles southwest of central London, Twickenham Studios was built on the site of an old ice-skating rink that was acquired in 1912 by Dr. Ralph Jupp. One of the U.K.’s oldest surviving studios, the site opened in 1913. The studio’s first release, The House of Temperley, was released the same year and major stars including Ivor Novello, Dorothy Gish, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith and Herbert Tree worked at Twickenham during the silent era.
Jupp was forced to sell the studio in 1920 due to financial and health problems. After the new owners went out of business in 1922 the studio was leased to various companies until Julius Hagen and Leslie Hiscott took over in 1928.
During the 1930s the studio produced a raft of “quota quickies,” low-budget features created to fill the quota requirement established by the Cinematograph Films Act of 1927. Such features were notoriously low quality but provided valuable training opportunities, »
- Robert Mitchell
This whole streaming conversation started when I found myself explaining apartheid to my 15-year-old (how he missed this aspect of modern history is another matter) and went looking to get "Cry Freedom" so we could watch it together. I wanted to watch it that day, a Sunday, which turned out to be the mission from hell. I don't use iTunes, could not find it on Netflix and when I finally found it on Amazon it was for the DVD not for streaming, and that would take several days to arrive. (I »
- Sharon Waxman
Ain’t nobody smoother than Denzel Washington! The 58-year-old actor and two-time Academy Award winner is making his umpteenth (we counted!) trip to the Oscars this weekend, where he’s nominated for Best Actor for his harrowing work in Flight. What better time, we thought, to take a look at Denzel’s dapper duds over the years?
Denzel made his first trip to the Academy Awards waaaaaaay back in 1988, when he scored a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in Cry Freedom. He walked away empty-handed that night, but managed to score himself an Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1990 for his unforgettable role in Glory. His nod this year for Flight marks his fourth nomination as Best Actor, an award he took home back in 2002 for Training Day. As Denzel’s character in that film would likely say, King Kong ain’t got nuthin’ on »
- Mark Graham
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For: “Phil” from The Hangover
Previous Oscar Nominations: None
Interesting Fact: Was a medalist on the Men's Heavyweight Crew team at Georgetown University.
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Previously Best Known For:
“Bill Cutting” from Gangs of New York
“Daniel Plainview” from There Will Be Blood
Previous Oscar Nominations: 4
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for There Will Be Blood (2007)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for Gangs of New York (2002)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for In The Name of The Father (1993)
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for My Left Foot (1989)
Interesting Fact: He first became interested in acting when he learned to replicate the accent and mannerisms of people in his neighborhood to avoid standing out to bullies.
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Denzel Washington gives a towering performance in his least sympathetic role to date – as an alcoholic airline pilot
Robert Zemeckis, a protege of Steven Spielberg, is a gifted writer-director who has turned his hand to almost anything from Beatlemania to animation, and has pursued certain themes over the course of some 30 years without achieving the status of auteur. One recurrent subject has been ordinary people suddenly transported into challenging circumstances, most famously the teenager taken back in time in the Back to the Future trilogy. During this past decade, he has been preoccupied with legendary tales retold using motion-capture animation – The Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol. Perhaps reacting to this, he has embraced a realistic contemporary story, part thriller, part moral drama.
- Philip French
Denzel Washington rolls into London on a chill January morning and the snow-storm that follows can barely compete. He has a cup of coffee at his elbow and a frosted window at his back. He's talking up a blizzard, he's talking to keep warm; spouting off in great, rousing, charming gusts. "You're not even having to ask me any questions," he marvels happily. "I'm just talking." Afterwards it will strike me that this is exactly how he likes it.
If one judges an actor by how adeptly they immerse themselves in the roles that they play, then Washington is the industry's sasquatch; the performer who would not be caught. Over the past »
- Xan Brooks
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