19 items from 2014
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
There's already one film on its way based on a story from the Stephen King collection Full Dark, No Stars, and now joining A Good Marriage is Big Driver on Lifetime, which will star Maria Bello, Olympia Dukakis, Joan Jett(!), and Will Harris.
From the Press Release:
From best-selling author and master of suspense Stephen King, comes the Lifetime Original Movie Big Driver, starring Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello (pictured; A History of Violence), Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Sex & Violence, Steel Magnolias), Grammy nominee Joan Jett, and Will Harris (Sky High).
Set to premiere this fall, Big Driver was first published as a novella within King’s critically-acclaimed collection Full Dark, No Stars and tells the story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after the core of her psyche is broken following a brutal crime. The film marks Lifetime’s first collaboration with America’s foremost horror authority and begins production in Halifax, »
- Debi Moore
Tattling about the tats! Just in time for her 42nd album to drop, the long-swirling rumor of Dolly Parton's secret tattoos has once again resurfaced. The theory, as pointed out on Jezebel, is that the 68-year-old legendary country singer is covered in body art, hidden by her long sleeve tops. However, on Tuesday, May 13, Parton clarified the rumor. "People said the other day that the reason you wear sleeves is that you have snake tattoos all over you, and I said, 'No, I don't,'" the Steel Magnolias [...] »
Field was reunited with her Steel Magnolias daughter Julia Roberts on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the first ever Celebrity Curse-Off! The rules are simple: Each contestant has five seconds to say the most obscene thing they can think of. Obviously, most of the answers were censored for TV, but you can definitely tell that Ms. Field’s vocabulary is much more expansive (and vulgar) than you may think. »
- Jake Perlman
Sally Field has one dirty mouth for a former Flying Nun. The actress who also brought Lincoln's Mary Todd and The Amazing Spider-Man's Aunt May to life, proves she's not to be messed with on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, airing Tuesday night. Field, 67, faces off against Julia Roberts in Kimmel's first ever Celebrity Curse Off, and the result was a mess of bleeps. The ladies each have five seconds to one-up each other with a filthy word. America's Sweetheart gave the challenge her best shot, but Field cooly cursed to victory in what Kimmel called "a massacre." "Why am I »
- Michele Corriston
It was an unofficial “Steel Magnolias” reunion on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night. And Sally Field proved that her vocabulary is much dirtier than her former on-screen daughter Julia Roberts. The “Amazing Spider-Man 2” star easily handled the star of HBO's upcoming AIDS drama, “The Normal Heart,” during the ABC late-night show's first-ever celebrity curse-off (above). See video: Jimmy Kimmel Won't Let Matt Damon Buy La Clippers After ‘How Badly It Went When He Bought a Zoo’ (Video) Field let loose a steady string of bleep-worthy expletives, while Roberts struggled to keep up, dropping G-rated words like “butt hole.” However, »
- Greg Gilman
Julia Roberts and Sally Field aren't afraid to get dirty ... with their words!The "Steel Magnolias" costars competed against each other in a "Curse Off" on Monday’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live.""We are honored to have both Sally Field and Julia Roberts on the show tonight, and it's also an opportunity to find out which of these incredibly talented women has the foulest mouth. Cover your ears, America, because it's time for our first-ever Celebrity Curse-Off!" Kimmel said before the challenge began. "The rules are very simple: each of our contestants will have five seconds to come up with a curse. No repeats allowed...whoever can't come up with a word will lose this competition.""Why am I in a curse-off with 'The Flying Nun?'" Roberts joked, recalling Field’s 1960s sitcom. "We'll see who's the Flying Nun!" Sally replied.But, the Nun turned out to be naughty! »
- tooFab Staff
Who knew America's Sweethearts weren't always so sweet? Steel Magnolias co-stars Julia Roberts and Sally Field appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday to promote The Normal Heart and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, respectively. While there, host Jimmy Kimmel convinced the Academy Award winners to embrace their naughty sides for a silly little game. "We are honored to have both Sally Field and Julia Roberts on the show tonight, and it's also an opportunity to find out which of these incredibly talented women has the foulest mouth. Cover your ears, America, because it's time for our first-ever Celebrity Curse-Off!" Kimmel said before the challenge began. "The rules are very simple: each »
When I announced that The Film Experience would be the new home of the long departed series Stinky Lulu's Smackdown last summer I figured you would be thrilled. It's our kind of party. I promised Stinky we'd do at least six smackdowns if we brought it back. With four battles already behind us -- pie throwing 1952, shady and sinister 1968, warm and kooky 1980, and troubled histrionic 2003-- let's wrap it up with four more.
Rather than announce at the end of each month, I figured we'd give you all four lineups in case you'd like more time to catch up over the hot months and cast your votes in the reader polling that accompanies each battle. Those votes count toward the final outcome, so more of you should join in.
These annums were chosen after comment reading, dvd searching, handwringing, and also to rope in prospective panelists (to be announced later »
- NATHANIEL R
Sally field’s come a long way, baby. She began as TV’s “Gidget” (1965-66). So convinced she wasn’t going to get the part, Field attended the audition with her beach bag so she could go swimming afterward. She was Gidget even before she got the role.
Field’s trademark — and her Achilles heel — has always been her likeability. In Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” Field, 67, created the unlikeable Mary Todd Lincoln opposite Daniel Day-Lewis. Field’s “Molly” is a hot mess in a corset, a belle with a brain whose ambition has dragged Abraham Lincoln all the way to the White House.
And, yet, while I was troubled by the reverential stance in Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” I pined for the alternate, nothing-but-loose-corset-stays-and-raw-emotions movie that Field appeared to be starring in, and for which she earned an Oscar nomination.
Field, who is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of »
- Thelma Adams
Happy 80th birthday, Shirley MacLaine!
The legendary, award-winning actress, who was born April 24, 1934 in Richmond, Va, started out as a dancer and got her big break on Broadway. She made her first film with Alfred Hitchcock, became a Rat Pack regular, flirted briefly with politics but has never stopped acting as she enters her 7th decade in Hollywood.
She started off as a lovably kooky ingenue, but is known today for her cantankerous matriarch roles in "Downton Abbey," "Bernie," "Steel Magnolias," "Guarding Tess," and, of course, her Oscar-winning role as Aurora Greenway in "Terms of Endearment."
Her next gig is a singing and dancing role on "Glee," of course. Happy Birthday to one of the most talented, most colorful character actresses of all time.
1. She was named after Shirley Temple.
2. She's been performing since age 3, when she began doing ballet.
3. As a girl, she pretended she was Rita Hayworth, since »
- Sharon Knolle
Oscar 2015: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as Oscar show producers (photo: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron) Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will be back as producers of the 2015 Oscar ceremony, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced yesterday, April 21, 2014. This will mark Zadan and Meron’s third consecutive year as Oscar producers. In the United States, the 87th Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015. Last March 2, the Zadan- and Meron-produced 2014 Oscar telecast brought back Ellen DeGeneres, whose performance as Oscar host drew mixed reviews — some loved the pizza; others hated it. Besides pizza delivery, the Oscar telecast also featured the presence of veterans Kim Novak and Sidney Poitier; musical performances by U2, Pharrell Williams, and Idina Menzel (aka "Adele Nazeem," as per John Travolta); in addition to a tribute to The Wizard of Oz performed by »
- Steve Montgomery
When we saw that the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton, had her very own exclusive game on the Gala Bingo site, we got to thinking about all those great musical and film moments which featured Ms. Parton’s talents! From her ode to the rat race 9 To 5 to her turn as no-nonsense beautician Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Dolly Parton is one of the most recognisable talents in the world. In honour of Dolly’s work, here are a few of our own Guilty Pleasure films – while they may not have the filmmaking sensibilities of a Citizen Kane or be as highly-regarded as an Oscar winner, we’ve always got time for one of these so-wrong-they’re-right movies! Grease It may be one of the most popular musicals of all time, but for some reason we don’t reckon Grease holds up today! Maybe it’s the hairstyles, maybe it’s »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy
Patrick Bateman – American Psycho
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character, he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film. He says he does this so the audience isn't confused
Previously Best Known For:
Freeman Lowell – Silent Running
Asa Watts – The Cowboys
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year’s Actor® recipients will be announced at »
- Michelle McCue
Contributed By: Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson
Well, we’ve just returned from AMPAS with our credentials badge for Wamg to be among the many outlets covering the Academy Awards nominations tomorrow morning.
With the announcement less than 24 hours away, and for the Oscar obsessivas (like us), this has been one of the toughest years to call. Even those of us who compulsively watch the race 365 days a year, all the categories are wide open, with expected surprises and snubs. This is always the best type of Oscar race to watch and we’ll bring you the news of who gets in and who isn’t invited to Hollywood’s biggest party of the year.
Actor, and tall-drink-of-cool-water, Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the 86th Academy Awards nominations on Thursday, January 16.
Boone Isaacs and Hemsworth will unveil the nominations at a 5:38 a. »
- Movie Geeks
While she may now live the majority of her life out of the spotlight, there's no doubt Julia Roberts is still one of the biggest—and most successful—movie stars. With a smile that lights up every room and a clear dedication to her craft, the 46-year-old actress quickly climbed the A-list ladder after bursting on to the big screen and earning her first Golden Globe for Steel Magnolias before later becoming a bona fide star after headlining the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman. Her role as the beautiful prostitute Vivian Ward earned the actress her first Academy Award nomination and officially cemented the brunette beauty's A-list status. Next up came films such as Flatliners, Hook, Dying »
Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence and/or Scarlett Johansson to make Oscar history? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) The 2014 Academy Awards’ Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor races seemed quite fuzzy at first. The picture became clearer following the announcement of the SAG Award nominations: now, there are three or four top contenders in each category; these performers will probably — or rather, in a couple of cases, surely — be shortlisted for this year’s Academy Awards. (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actress: Meryl Streep Possibly to Break Another Record," "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actor: Robert Redford Possible Near-Record," and "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") Yet, there’s quite a bit of room for a couple of upsets. In other words, pay close attention to our list of runners-up for Best Supporting Actress. In fact, even one of the "long shot" actresses might manage to squeeze in; admittedly, »
- Steve Montgomery
Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County") currently ranks third in our Experts' Globes predictions. Hollywood's darling of the moment Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle") is in the lead with 8/11 odds, followed by Oscar-frontrunner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"). But our Experts may be underestimating Roberts considering how much the Globes like big stars, and Roberts in particular. She's a three-time winner out of seven previous nominations; in fact, each of her Globe wins was followed by an Oscar nomination: "Steel Magnolias" (1989), "Pretty Woman" (1990), and "Erin Brockovich" (2000), so if she really is Oscar-bound for "August" that could mean a stroll across the Globes stage first. If Roberts had only been nominated at the Globes, I wouldn't think much of her Oscar chances. We already know the Hollywood Foreign Press loves celebrities like her, but R »
19 items from 2014
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