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“Haht” of Gold: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actors from Massachusetts

11 July 2014 1:03 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.

As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »

- Frank Ochieng

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The Nostalgia Files: ‘Joe Versus the Volcano’ (1990)

25 May 2014 11:52 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Joe Versus the Volcano

Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley

USA, 1990

Once upon a time, Tom Hanks was a comedic actor. From the early 1980s until about the early 1990s, Hanks made a name for himself as a goofy, fun-loving everyman. This streak continued until about 1993 when he won his first Academy Award playing an AIDS victim in the very laugh-free Philadelphia. This film marked the beginning of “serious Hanks” and the lovably dopey actor from the 1980s seemed to have evolved. One of the actor’s last full-on comedic roles was in the highly underrated romantic adventure Joe Versus the Volcano, a film critics weren’t too fond of during its 1990 release; however, it did strike it big as a cult favorite.

Joe Banks (Hanks) is a depressed hypochondriac who works at a dreary factory office in Staten Island. He couldn’t be more miserable and he works »

- Randall Unger

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Nicolas Cage Is Ready To Pay The Ghost

15 May 2014 5:19 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There are two types of Nicolas Cage movies that exist in this crazy world we live in: first there are what I like to call "Nicolas Cage" movies and then there are "Nic Cage" movies. Nicholas Cage movies, like Moonstruck and Leaving Las Vegas, tend to be more serious/lighthearted romps that actually showcase the man's chops as an actor. Nic Cage movies, on the other hand, are absolutely batshit pieces of cinematic insanity. These films range from guilty pleasures (Face/Off) to mildly entertaining grab bags (Ghost Rider), all the way down to the absolute dregs of the Cage Canon (The Wicker Man). Well, it looks like the fates are giving us a little bit more of a challenge in guessing which category his next film will fall into, as he's signed on for a film that bears the title, Pay The Ghost. Variety ran the scoop pertaining to »

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Angelina Jolie: The Top 25 (Best Supporting Actress)

31 March 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Continuing one with a new weekly series I’m doing…we’re in the midst of talking the top 25 Oscar winners in just about every single one of the Academy Award categories. Aside from the shorts and something a bit harder to rank like Best Sound Mixing as I mentioned previously, I’ll be hitting them all over the coming weeks and months, including of course the big eight categories. Today I’ll be knocking off another of those big ones, the ever compelling and debatable Best Supporting Actress category. As always, depending on the category in question, I may wind up discussing the individual winners I’m citing specifically or just give more of a broad overview of the winners, but I’m keeping it simple early on for now. Like I’ve said each week though, in all honesty, you all mostly just want to see the list anyway, »

- Joey Magidson

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Hollywood Hillbillies Oscars: The Best in Tough, Mema-esque Nominated Roles

28 February 2014 12:14 PM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The 2014 Academy Awards are right around the corner, and we couldn't help but notice that there's not one, but two women nominated for playing our favorite kind of Oscar–nominated role: the brash, tough-talking older matriarch, a role we affectionately call "the Mema," after Michael "The Angry Ginger" Kittrell's grandmother from Reelz's reality series Hollywood Hillbillies. Of course, a "Mema" isn't nominated every year, but with Jane Squibb from Nebraska and Meryl Streep from August: Osage County both being nominated in a "Mema" role, we thought we'd share some of our favorites "Mema" nominations in advance of this weekend's telecast.

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Hollywood Hillbillies | Helen Mirren | Jessica Tandy | Maggie Smith | Meryl Streep | Olympia Dukakis | Shelley Winters | June Squibb | Anne Ramsey | Driving Miss Daisy | The Queen | The Poseidon Adventure | Travels With My Aunt | Moonstruck | The Iron Lady »

- Ryan Gowland

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The 10 Most Fabulous Best Supporting Actress Oscar Wins

28 February 2014 8:15 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m whipped into a cackling fugue state about the Oscars. I’m in love with the damn Oscars. In fact, I’m suspicious of people who don’t love the Oscars. And here we are with my favorite Oscar countdown to date: the 10 most fabulous Best Supporting Actress-winning performances. Keep in mind this isn’t the same thing as the 10 best Best Supporting Actress performances. I wrote that list years ago and declared Sandy Dennis, Patty Duke, Cloris Leachman, Meryl Streep, and Kim Hunter the supreme supporting ladies. My feelings have not changed. But it’s time to honor the fabulous performances, the supporting actresses who bring whizzbang, panache, sexual superiority, and fun to an occasionally dour category. Here are the 10 most fab winners of my favorite Oscar.

10. Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor

Is Prizzi’s Honor essential viewing? No. But Anjelica Huston’s thick, »

- Louis Virtel

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Tony Awards preview: What plays could contend?

10 February 2014 10:13 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

While this year's Best Musical race at the Tony Awards is well-defined, that for Best Play is far more fluid. The majority of the contenders in this category are opening in the weeks before the April 24 cut-off date for eligibility. Nominations will be announced on April 28 with the 67th edition of these top theater honors taking place on June 8. Best Play “All the Way” “Casa Valentina” “Mothers and Sons” “Outside Mullingar” “The Realistic Joneses” “The Velocity of Autumn” Attention will have to be paid to three Tony winners who are bringing new plays to Broadway: Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley "Moonstruck," 1987) picked up both the Tony and Pulitzer for his first Broadway play "Doubt" in 2005. He returns with the romantic comedy "Outside Mullingar" which stars Brian F. O'Byrne, who reaped a Tony bid for "D »

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'And the Oscar Goes to ...': Academy Awards history with George Clooney, Tom Hanks

1 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Everybody knows Oscar, but they may not know his whole story.

That background is explored when Turner Classic Movies launches its annual "31 Days of Oscar" festival - consisting of films that either have won or been nominated for Academy Awards - with a new documentary titled "And the Oscar Goes to ..." Saturday, Feb. 1. Rare footage is a highlight of the program, including clips from some of the earliest ceremonies to honor a year's achievements in cinema.

Expectedly since the program is on TCM, and also since he's a longtime documenter of Hollywood whose book "85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards" was published recently, main channel host Robert Osborne is among the interviewees.

"There's footage in this that people haven't seen for years, so it's going to be great fun for them, I think," Osborne, who was the official greeter of celebrities on the Oscar red carpet for several years, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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TV Review: ‘And the Oscar Goes to…’

31 January 2014 12:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Turner Classic Movies provides so much enjoyment for film buffs one almost hates to identify its occasional shortcomings. But the channel’s feature-length documentary to kick off its annual “31 Days of Oscar” showcase, “And the Oscar Goes to…,” is one of those productions that tries so hard to incorporate everything as to wind up being about nothing. With so many rich angles to explore and a wealth of footage and interviews, directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman settle for an assemblage of moments and recollections that don’t add up to much more than a calorie-free stroll down memory lane.

There are a half-dozen different mini-sections within the 95-minute doc, each of which — fleshed out and pumped up — could almost have provided its own solo topic: Great (or terrible) Oscar acceptance speeches and moments, including backstage comments; hosting the Oscars; Oscar-related controversies and politics, such as Marlon Brando declining his award, »

- Brian Lowry

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TV Review: ‘And the Oscar Goes to…’

31 January 2014 12:06 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Turner Classic Movies provides so much enjoyment for film buffs one almost hates to identify its occasional shortcomings. But the channel’s feature-length documentary to kick off its annual “31 Days of Oscar” showcase, “And the Oscar Goes to…,” is one of those productions that tries so hard to incorporate everything as to wind up being about nothing. With so many rich angles to explore and a wealth of footage and interviews, directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman settle for an assemblage of moments and recollections that don’t add up to much more than a calorie-free stroll down memory lane.

There are a half-dozen different mini-sections within the 95-minute doc, each of which — fleshed out and pumped up — could almost have provided its own solo topic: Great (or terrible) Oscar acceptance speeches and moments, including backstage comments; hosting the Oscars; Oscar-related controversies and politics, such as Marlon Brando declining his award, »

- Brian Lowry

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This Week on Stage: Debra Messing's Broadway debut and Christopher Plummer in L.A.

25 January 2014 5:00 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Two-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper announced this week (in an EW exclusive) that he’ll be returning to Broadway this fall to star in a revival of The Elephant Man opposite Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. (Yes, it sounds like a stretch for People’s former Sexiest Man Alive — especially since Bernard Pomerance’s play does not require any prosthetics for the title role.) The David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, which made EW’s Top 10 list last year, will return to the Public Theater in March for an open-ended run. And there were a handful of notable openings on both coasts, »

- Thom Geier

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‘Outside Mullingar’ Theater Review: John Patrick Shanley Returns to ‘Moonstruck’ Turf Via Ireland

23 January 2014 7:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The late, great screenwriter Jay Presson Allen (“Cabaret”) once described the premise for all those Doris Day romantic comedies. She called it the Df, as in Delayed F***. With “Outside Mullingar,” which opened Thursday at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater, John Patrick Shanley gives us the Dk, as in Delayed Kiss. Shanley, an Oscar winner for his 1987 hit “Moonstruck,” is back in romantic comedy land with his new play, and if the boisterous laughter coming from the Friedman is any indication, he has struck gold again. Substitute the streets of Brooklyn with the farmland of Ireland, as well as much. »

- Robert Hofler

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Theater Review: Outside Mullingar Is a Shamrock Shake

23 January 2014 7:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

John Patrick Shanley, despite that name, has devoted much of his career to dramatizing the lives of Italian-Americans, most notably in his screenplay for Moonstruck. The Irish, he told the Times, “I never wanted to write about.” It wasn’t until a 1993 visit to the farm on which his father was raised that he began to think about his own people as subjects, and even then it took twenty years. But to judge from the evidence of the charming but phony play that eventually resulted — Outside Mullingar, at the Manhattan Theater Club — he never actually made it to Ireland. He seems to have gotten only as far as the Irish Rep on 22nd Street. Or the Atlantic on 20th. Or any of the other theaters in New York that keep the tradition of Irish literature, and sometimes blarney, alive on their stages.This isn’t entirely a bad thing; Outside »

- Jesse Green

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Outside Mullingar: Theater Review

23 January 2014 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York – Hitting a sweet spot that recalls his Oscar-winning screenplay for Moonstruck, John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar is a charmer of a play about a hesitant romance stalled by petty grievances and misunderstandings. Unapologetic sentimentality without too much treacle isn’t easy to do, but the playwright pulls it off with confidence. In his first work set in Ireland, he lovingly tends the roots and tills the soil of his ancestry, spinning a tale suffused with melancholy humor and a deep yearning for heart, home, land, faith and a sense of belonging. It also provides wonderful roles for

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- David Rooney

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 40-31

19 January 2014 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Welcome back to the Definitive List, where for the inaugural top 50, we’re counting down the best romantic comedies. The majority of numbers 50 through 41 weren’t so traditional. A secret-admirer movie, a period piece, a “These two don’t make sense together” movie, and a French fantasy among them, but we still managed to squeak in a Wes Anderson movie and a surrealist masterpiece. It doesn’t get any more traditional from here, as numbers 40 through 31 jumps around just as much, from sub-genre to sub-genre. Regardless, these films have made their mark on the industry and still hold a place in the pantheon of the rom-com hall of fame.

#40. Groundhog Day (1993)

Bill Murray was nominated for an Oscar after his dramatic turn in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. He has shown great promise in Wes Anderson’s films. But his best performance to date came in this Harold Ramis »

- Joshua Gaul

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86th Academy Awards: Streep Shatters Nominations Record

16 January 2014 3:56 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John WellsAugust: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen FrearsPhilomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »

- Steve Montgomery

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TCM Unveils Lineup for 31 Days Of Oscar, Including New Documentary “And the Oscar Goes To…”

14 January 2014 7:41 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

When Turner Classic Movies (TCM) kicks off 31 Days of Oscar®, the network’s annual celebration of the Academy Awards® in February, it will be embarking on one of the most ambitious and comprehensive editions of the month-long festival yet.

Each night’s primetime lineup from Feb. 1 through March 3 will be devoted to showcasing all the movies nominated in a particular category in a given year. Meanwhile, daytime programming will focus on specific categories, with winners and nominees from multiple years.

TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar is one of several events celebrating the network’s 20th year as a leading authority in classic film. Making the 2014 edition of 31 Days of Oscar even more spectacular will be the world premiere of And the Oscar® Goes To…, a brand-new documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards, slated to premiere Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. (Et/Pt). CNN Films will encore the documentary onThursday, »

- Michelle McCue

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Celebrate Nicolas Cage's Birthday With His Funniest Memes

7 January 2014 3:05 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Nicolas Cage is 50 years old today, and we're celebrating the milestone not by looking back at his high-profile movie roles, but by laughing at all of the hilarious memes have that been created about him over the past few years. The Oscar-winning actor, who gained fame with films like Moonstruck, Leaving Las Vegas, and Face/Off, has become a prime target for the Internet thanks to his menacing stare and occasional overacting. Cage addressed the multitude of memes about him in an interview with The Guardian in 2013, saying, "The Internet has developed this thing about me. And I'm not even a computer guy, you know?" Nevertheless, in honor of his big day, we're taking a look at the funniest memes, parodies, and impressions of him, starting with one of Andy Samberg's "Get in the Cage" skits from Saturday Night Live. Nicolas Cage Interviews Bradley Cooper "How am I not in that movie? »

- Brittney Stephens

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