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123 days until Oscar... we've got Bette Davis eyes

by Nathaniel R

It's time for your morning dose of highly unneccessary Oscar-mad trivia.

Did you know that Bette Davis, Oscar's third favorite actress of all time (after Hepburn & Streep), had exactly 123 screen credits to her name?! Her debut film The Bad Sister (1931) was released a week before her 23rd birthday and her 123rd and final project, Wicked Stepmother (1989), was released eight months before her death of breast cancer at 81. That's 58 years of big-eyed, inimitably voiced, ferocious performances.  

Two Bette-inspired questions for the day...
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Disney Villains Honored With USPS Forever Stamps

Disney Villains Honored With USPS Forever Stamps
They admit that in the past they've been a nasty...and the U.S. Postal Service has given them a stamp of approval. Disney villains Ursula the sea witch from The Little Mermaid, Evil Queen from Snow White, Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother, Pinocchio's Honest John, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Captain Hook, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, Scar from The Lion King and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast live on in the form of Usps Forever Stamps. The new additions, which celebrate the "the rich legacy of the Walt Disney Studio's Ink & Paint Department," were revealed Friday and are now available to purchase. The news was announced as Disney's D23 Expo fan...
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Gifted review

Marc Webb goes from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to Gifted, starring Chris Evans. Here's our review...

When the moment comes for Chris Evans to put down Captain America's shield, we'll be sorry to see the back of one of the best big screen superhero portrayals ever. But Marvel's loss will be cinema's gain, going by the interesting projects he's chosen between his more red, white and blue escapades. In Gifted, he's put whatever blockbuster clout he may have behind a project that deserves it, and the result is one of the year's nicest surprises.

Evans plays Frank Adler, a boat mechanic who lives in Florida with his seven-year-old niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) and a one-eyed rescue cat called Fred. Mary is a child prodigy who immediately captures the attention of her first-grade teacher Bonnie (Jenny Slate) with her advanced grasp of maths.

When she asks if Frank has ever
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Exclusive: Director Steve Mitchell Talks King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen

One of our favorite filmmakers round these parts is Larry Cohen. The director of such classic movies as It’s Alive, Q – The Winged Serpent, A Return to Salem’s Lot and Wicked Stepmother will be the main focus of the… Continue Reading →

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Sicilian Ghost Story’

In “Sicilian Ghost Story,” co-directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s superb follow-up to 2013’s Critics’ Week prizewinner “Salvo,” the duo evocatively interweave the richness of fairy tales with the obscenity of Mafia control. Based on the 1993 kidnapping of 12-year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo, held by the Mafia for 779 days in the hopes of silencing his informant father, the film invents a classmate with a crush who refuses to sweep Giuseppe’s disappearance under the rug. Her bond with the kidnapped boy, manifested through fairy tale symbols — a forest, a cave, animals, a lake — seamlessly dovetails with reality, drawing to the surface the anguish of a lost life together with the disgraceful fact that we as a society allow ourselves not to be haunted by acts of inhumanity. “Ghost Story” deserves a conspicuous place on international art-house screens.

Comparisons will be made with a host of other films using Brothers Grimm tropes,
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From VHS to VOD #2

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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iTunes Hidden Gems #1

Like a lot of folks, my movie watching is heading more towards a digital future rather than a physical one – and that’s despite my love of Blu-ray and all the cult movies the format has brought us thanks to the likes of Olive Films, Kino Lorber/Scorpion Releasing, Scream Factory, Vinegar Syndrome et al.

Whilst many will decry abandoning discs for digital files there are some bonuses, especially for genre fans here in the UK. The advent of iTunes has brought with it, in a lot of cases, a dropping of the borders. Movies are hitting Apple’s stores that haven’t seen the light of day since the VHS era – there’s even some films available digitally that have never previously been made available to rent or buy on these shores. Ever.

With that in mind, I’ve been trawling iTunes to find some hidden gems, the real
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The Ladies of The View Are Killing It in Their Disney Villain Costumes

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The Ladies of The View Are Killing It in Their Disney Villain Costumes
The View took a spooky turn on Thursday when all of the hosts dressed up for Halloween! Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symoné, Paula Faris, and Michelle Collins all killed it as Disney villains, channeling the likes of Cruella de Vil, Ursula the Sea Witch, the Wicked Stepmother, and the Wicked Queen - in both of her forms! Halloween is already off to a great start this year, with tons of celebrities (and a few notable heartthrobs) stepping out in their most wicked costumes. Keep scrolling for a closer look at The View's addition to the mix, then check out all the pop culture costumes you'll be seeing everywhere this year.
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Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 7 Finale: Apollo Nida Checks In From Prison -- And Rants About Estranged Wife Phaedra Parks

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 7 Finale: Apollo Nida Checks In From Prison -- And Rants About Estranged Wife Phaedra Parks
It’s curtain call! Season 7 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta is drawing to a close, and so is the drama…for now. In the April 19 episode, NeNe Leakes begins her role as Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother on Broadway as Kenya Moore dives head-on into a new passion project — her pilot, Life Twirls On. The other girls may not be on stage or in front of the camera, but they still manage to deal with their very own plot twists. Re-Joyce! Todd Tucker and Kandi Burruss’ marriage is [...]
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Cate Blanchett: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

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Cate Blanchett breaths rarefied acting air as one of the most well-respected, most-decorated and just plain best performers of this or maybe any generation. Unlike a lot of her peers, too, she’s managed to build up that reputation by picking and choosing what jobs she takes on. There’s barely any total duffers in her back catalogue. She has discerning tastes.

Which means that, on the whole, when you watch a Cate Blanchett film you’re pretty much guaranteed both a brilliant, multi-layered and believable performance, but also a decent movie to match. A film that’s deserving of her mad acting skills. Plus she’s in How to Train Your Dragon 2, which was a nice surprise.

This weekend sees the release of Disney’s live action remake of Cinderella, from Shakespearean actor/Thor director Kenneth Branagh and starring Blanchett as Lady Tremaine – better known as Cindy’s Wicked Stepmother.
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Let's Finish Casting Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast'

We have a Beauty (that would be Emma Watson). We have a Beast (that’d be Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens). We also have Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

Can we all agree that whoever is casting Disney’s upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is absolutely Nailing it? We don’t want to step on any toes, but we have a few suggestions for the rest of the cast:

Jean Dujardin as Lumiere

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Dujardin was born to play the charming French candelabra. We literally cannot think of anyone who is more perfect for this part. And it’d be a good return to U.S. cinema, after mostly French films following his Oscar win for The Artist.

Gary Oldman as Cogsworth

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A couple of actors immediately came to mind Cogsworth -- Nathan Lane has the
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Everything you want to know about the costumes of 'Cinderella'

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Everything you want to know about the costumes of 'Cinderella'
No one provided Sandy Powell with a set of rules when she took on the job of designing the costumes for Walt Disney Studios' live action version of "Cinderella." No one told the three-time Oscar winner that Cinderella's dress had to be blue. No one said the film's showstopper needed to resemble the iconic ball gown depicted in Disney's animated classic. In fact, even after watching the 55-year-old film Powell specifically intended to make it another color. "I knew I didn't want to do pink. I just didn't want to do a big pink dress," Powell says. "I then went through every other color and then I thought well it could be white, but, no it can't be that because we have a wedding scene to do later and that really should really be the light colored dress. After that I kind of got a bit stuck on thinking green would be wrong,
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Stars of Disney's Cinderella Have a Ball at Their Enchanting Premiere

Stars of Disney's Cinderella Have a Ball at Their Enchanting Premiere
You know Lily James from Downton Abbey and Richard Madden from Game of Thrones, but the release of Disney's Cinderella on March 13 is bound to make them even more familiar. On Sunday, the stars gave us a picture-perfect preview of what we can expect as their careers soar to new heights, stunning on the red carpet together at the movie's premiere in La. No one was more excited than the leading lady herself, who chatted with Popsugar about the moment she felt like Cinderella. Lily simply could not stop smiling, laughing, dropping her jaw with joy, and spinning around to show off her princess-worthy gown. And then there was Richard, who looked like a modern-day Prince Charming with his sexy scruff and fitted suit. As he told us, though, his dancing in the movie didn't come as naturally. To top it all off, both stars scored face time with Cate Blanchett,
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The Stars of 'Cinderella' Reveal What Their Magic Wish Would Be

The Stars of 'Cinderella' Reveal What Their Magic Wish Would Be
Cinderella is one of the most beloved tales in Disney's long history, and now, with the live-action adaptation of the classic story hitting screens, a whole new generation will get to enjoy the enchantment and wonder of this timeless princess tale.

One of the most spectacular and fantastical elements in the film is Cinderella's wish-granting fairy godmother -- played by Helena Bonham Carter -- and when all the stars turned out for the film's world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, they knew exactly to wish for if they had their own fairy godmother.

Video: The Glass Slipper Is Broken in New Cinderella Trailer

"I would ask for my family to be well, and healthy and happy for the rest of their lives," said star Richard Madden, who plays Prince Charming. "And an Aston Martin as well, maybe."

Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer had a similar idea of how to really make good use of a wish
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Into The Woods review

It's taken decades for Into The Woods to get to the big screen. It might just have needed a few more years.

Musicals can be tough to adapt from the stage to film, but you'd think that Rob Marshall, who brought the genre into the 21st century with 2002's Oscar-winning Chicago, would be a safe pair of hands. Unfortunately, that's maybe too true of Into The Woods, a project that has flummoxed filmmakers for a good couple of decades.

The much anticipated film is based on Stephen Sondheim's play, mashing up a bunch of different fairytales to more subversive effect. In a magical kingdom by a great forest, a baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) are desperate to have a child together. Alas, the baker is cursed with childlessness by the Witch who lives next door (Meryl Streep) over a quarrel with his deadbeat dad, (Simon Russell Beale.
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Disney's 'Cinderella' Preview Explores a Fairytale Legacy

Disney's 'Cinderella' Preview Explores a Fairytale Legacy
Following the Countdown to Midnight TV spot released yesterday, Walt Disney Pictures has debuted a brand new featurette for their upcoming live-action adaptation of Cinderella. Director Kenneth Branagh reveals that he was intrigued about making a live-action version of the original Disney animated classic, and what fans might expect from the movie in the 21st Century. We also hear from cast members Cate Blanchett (Wicked Stepmother) and Lily James (Cinderella), who reveal that the animated classic "is such a big act to follow," while Richard Madden (The Prince) adds that he loves the relationship between the Prince and Cinderella, and Helena Bonham Carter (The Fairy Godmother) adds that fans will feel like they're watching this classic story for the first time.

The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella
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Disney's "Cinderella" Gets A Sneak Peek

Celebrating the new year and the clock striking midnight, Walt Disney Studios has released a new sneak peek at their upcoming, live-action re-imagining of "Cinderella". Kenneth Branagh helms the film which stars Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as the Wicked Stepmother, Lily James as Cinderella and Richard Madden as The Prince. The film is slated to open in March.
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11 things you should know about 'Into the Woods'

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11 things you should know about 'Into the Woods'
The long awaited big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's "Into the Woods" finally hits theaters on Christmas Day, and judging by the reviews so far, the consensus is it ain't half bad. Of course, the fact that the film made AFI's top 10 of 2014 list, earned a Golden Globe nod for Best Film - Musical or Comedy (granted, a given) and has also earned a slew of best supporting actress nominations for Meryl Streep (not a given) should have been a big hint. Still, it's slightly surprising considering director Rob Marshall's woeful track record since his feature debut, "Chicago," won the Best Picture Oscar almost 12 years ago. Whether it can crack this year's Best Picture race remains to be seen (it would need to be a pretty massive hit to get the Academy's attention), but it will receive a significant number of nominations on Jan. 15. Inspired
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Betrayals and blindsides lead Natalie Anderson to 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' victory

Betrayals and blindsides lead Natalie Anderson to 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' victory
After 39 days in San Juan del Sur, Natalie Anderson was finally crowned the sole "Survivor" of Season 29 Wednesday night. But she had to get her hands dirty in the process. In the two-hour finale, Natalie used her hidden Immunity idol to save Jaclyn Schultz, thereby ensuring that her Bff Baylor Wilson got the boot instead. Then, Natalie helped convince Jaclyn that Keith Nale was the biggest threat with the jury, so the Louisiana firefighter was sent packing. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Natalie, Jaclyn and Missy Payne were the Final 3, with Natalie earning five jury votes, Jaclyn receiving two and Missy nabbing only her daughter's vote. The final jury proceedings mostly went off without a hitch, except for one moment when Reed Kelly called Missy the "Wicked Stepmother" and attacked her gameplay. That outburst resulted in cheers from the live
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Betrayals and blindsides lead Natalie Anderson to 'Survivor' victory

Betrayals and blindsides lead Natalie Anderson to 'Survivor' victory
After 39 days in San Juan del Sur, Natalie Anderson was finally crowned the sole "Survivor" of Season 29 Wednesday night. But she had to get her hands dirty in the process. In the two-hour finale, Natalie used her hidden Immunity idol to save Jaclyn Schultz, thereby ensuring that her Bff Baylor Wilson got the boot instead. Then, Natalie helped convince Jaclyn that Keith Nale was the biggest threat with the jury, so the Louisiana firefighter was sent packing. -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Natalie, Jaclyn and Missy Payne were the Final 3, with Natalie earning five jury votes, Jaclyn receiving two and Missy nabbing only her daughter's vote. The final jury proceedings mostly went off without a hitch, except for one moment when Reed Kelly called Missy the "Wicked Stepmother" and attacked her gameplay. That outburst resulted in cheers from the live
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