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7 items from 2008

Paris finds Happiness?

12 November 2008 1:05 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Update - A longtime JoBlo reader writes in with some detail on Paris' role in the film. Don't get your hopes up for an Oscar nomination. Hilton is essentially playing herself in an extended cameo. A mother is telling a daughter about her past and in a bit of revisionist history says she looked like Paris Hilton. So in a flashback scene, Hilton plays a character who is described as looking like Paris Hilton. My Left Foot this isn't. While Paris Hilton's movie career has largely been a »

- Mike Sampson

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My Left Foot Named Most Inspirational Movie Ever

3 November 2008 6:04 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Daniel Day-Lewis' My Left Foot movie has been voted the most inspirational film of all time in a new poll.

Lewis won his first Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of cerebral palsy sufferer and artist/poet Christy Brown.

The 1989 film trumps Denzel Washington's portrayal of runaway slave in Glory in survey.

The top 10 is:

1: My Left Foot

2: Glory

3: The Miracle Worker

4: It's a Wonderful Life

5: Rocky

6: Schindler's List

7: The Best Years of Our Lives

8: Norma Rae

9: Hoosiers

10: The Grapes of Wrath »

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Relativity says aye, 'Claudius'

11 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto -- Relativity Media has picked up the rights to Robert Graves' classic Roman Empire-set novel "I, Claudius." Jim Sheridan will write the screenplay with longtime collaborator Nye Heron and direct as well.

Graves' 1934 novel recounts the internecine plots and counterplots surrounding Claudius, the fourth emperor of Rome who ruled from 41-54 A.D. The stuttering and handicapped Claudius, born into a murderous, imperial family, used his cunning mind and rivals' misjudgment to not only survive but eventually become one of Rome's greatest emperors.

Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh will produce alongside Sheridan. Relativity's production president Tucker Tooley will serve as an executive producer.

The novel was adapted into the 1937 film of the same name, directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Charles Laughton. But it is best known as the basis for the 1976 BBC miniseries, "I, Claudius," that starred Derek Jacobi as the stuttering Claudius, Sian Phillips as the »

- By Borys Kit

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Here Comes the 'Tropic Thunder' Retardgate

21 August 2008 12:05 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Note: The word "retarded" is used in this article, but I want you to know it is not used out of hatred or malice. It is used in conjunction with the argument at hand. I only say this to encourage constructive conversation should you decide to comment on the article and its language. I realize the word "retard" and "retarded" are sensitive words that can arouse emotions just as can the words "nigger" and "spic", which are also used in this article, and once again, not in any attempt to breed hatred but in line with the topic at hand. If you do have a comment after reading the article it is welcomed, but please also try to be sensitive if you decide to use these words as well. According to the New York Times a national boycott of Tropic Thunder is set to begin today as a coalition of »

- Brad Brevet

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IFC News Podcast #80: Physical Disability in Film

9 June 2008 1:15 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

By Matt Singer and Alison Willmore

In "Quid Pro Quo," opening this week, Nick Stahl plays a wheelchair-bound reporter who begins a journalistic investigation into a group of handicap wannabes who long for disabilities of their own. Intriguing look into an unexplored subculture, or recycling of film stereotypes about the disabled? It got us thinking, and so this week on the IFC News podcast we examine how people with physical disabilities have been portrayed in movies, from "Freaks" to "My Left Foot" to "Rory O'Shea Was Here," and discuss whether actors playing disabled characters is the new blackface.

Download now (MP3: 30:26 minutes, 27.8 Mb) Podcast feeds: [Xml] [iTunes]

[Photo: "Quid Pro Quo," Magnolia Pictures, 2008] »

- Alison Willmore

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Day-Lewis Rumored Number One for 'Nine'

16 May 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Out with this year's male Oscar with this year's other male Oscar winner.  According to Variety, Daniel Day-Lewis will potentially take Javier Bardem's recently renounced starring role of Guido Contini in Nine.  The musical feature is to be directed by Rob Marshall (Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago).  After a hectic awards season, Bardem backed out of the Fellini-based project.  But apparently the awards season didn't have the same affect on Day-Lewis, who of course won Best Actor for threatening to drink your milkshake.Nine is an adaptation of the musical of the same name, which is an adaptation of Fellini's 8 1/2.  The feature is being produced by Marc Platt with the screenplay adapted by Michael Tolkin.  British thespian Day-Lewis, whose career has been on its second wind ever since his Oscar-nominated role in 2002's Gangs of New York, is rumored to be playing the role of the famed film director. »

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Day-Lewis Pays Oscar Tribute to Paul Thomas Anderson

23 January 2008 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Daniel Day-Lewis is thrilled with his Oscar nomination for There Will Be Blood, and paid tribute to the movie's director Paul Thomas Anderson. Day-Lewis picked up his fourth Best Actor nomination for his role in the movie - and is hopeful he can add to the statuette he won for his role in 1990 film My Left Foot. But the British star has dedicated the honor to Anderson, who has two nominations, for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay and helped the movie also pick up a nod in the Best Picture category. Day-Lewis says, "You put me shoulder to shoulder with a group of fine actors. I'm proud to be in their company and to have the broader recognition for the film is a lovely thing. I couldn't be happier for Paul Thomas Anderson to whom we owe everything." »

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