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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s: Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s: Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino … ? [Poll]
The Best Actor Oscar winners of the 1990s include some of the most legendary actors in film history, like Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks and Jack Nicholson. We’ve also seen actors springboard off their victories to have fruitful careers in film, like Geoffrey Rush and Nicolas Cage. Now, two decades later, which do you consider the greatest Best Actor winner of the 1990s?

Refamiliarize yourself with the winners and be sure to vote in our poll below. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Actor.)

Jeremy Irons, “Reversal of Fortune” (1990) — The ’90s began with Jeremy Irons being awarded for “Reverse of Fortune,” in which the actor plays Claus von Bulow, a man charged with attempted murder after his wife goes into diabetic shock. Despite a long career in film this remains Irons’ only nomination and win, though he has won two Emmys for voiceover work and another for his performance in 2005’s “Elizabeth I.
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10 Things About The Shawshank Redemption You Never Knew

10 Things About The Shawshank Redemption You Never Knew
The Shawshank Redemption. It's one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made, forever linked to the already impressive filmographies of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Here we look at 10 things you never knew about The Shawshank Redemption.

It's not a biopic.

Ok, of course this is something you already knew about The Shawshank Redemption but as the movie was gearing up for production, this was actually very unclear. Frank Darabont had to shorten the movie's name from King's original title, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, after agents kept pitching actresses for the lead.

Stephen King licensed the story for a dollar.

Since 1976, the prolific author has offered the Dollar Baby deal. The Master of Horror will let aspiring filmmakers adapt his short stories for a single U.S. dollar. Contrary to how some have interpreted this, King still retains the rights to the stories. It's more of a license for noncommercial use.
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Pete’s 2017 Media Diary

This is the fourth year publishing the list of television, movies, and books that I read throughout the year. It’s always interesting to look back on the content you have consumed with your viewing and reading habits laid out in front of you. It can be pretty scary for those not ready to truly look inside their own mind. For me, my biggest takeaway is always… “I need to read more books”. Looking through my 2017 media diary it’s hard to deny the fact I read zero books. I did however watch plenty of great television, and a few great movies. (Here’s to changing that in 2018).

2017 was the year in which my excitement for new television far exceeded my excitement for new movies. I continued my trend from 2016 where I felt I watched more television than movies. Television had a far larger impact on me, and sure there
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'Molly's Game': How Aaron Sorkin Bet the Farm on Poker-Queen Biopic – and Won

'Molly's Game': How Aaron Sorkin Bet the Farm on Poker-Queen Biopic – and Won
There are two things you should know about Aaron Sorkin.

One is that the man likes to talk. A lot. This will not surprise anyone who's seen the 1992 screen version of his play A Few Good Men, starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Or has watched a TV show he's had a hand in developing, like the one about an all-sports cable channel (Sports Night) or the one about an all-news cable channel (The Newsroom) or the Emmy-winning one about an all-drama idealistic White House (The West Wing). Or remembers the sharp,
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Movie Review – Molly’s Game (2017)

Molly’s Game, 2017.

Directed by Aaron Sorkin.

Starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, Jeremy Strong and Graham Greene.

Synopsis:

Molly Bloom comes from a high-achieving family and becomes an Olympic skier but, when her luck runs out on the piste, she has to find another way of earning money and becomes involved in the world of high stakes poker – private games involving movie stars, musicians and anybody with plenty of cash to flash. She starts running them herself, makes a lot of money at it – until she also becomes a target for the mob. And the FBI. Based on a true story.

Hands up anybody who thought Aaron Sorkin had already directed a film. A career that’s encompassed A Few Good Men, TV’s The West Wing and screenplays for The Social Network, Moneyball and Steve Jobs all mean he’s been around
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Idris Elba on Being Aaron Sorkin’s Surrogate and the Career Highlight of ‘Molly’s Game’

Whether he’s in the projects of Baltimore, the fantastical worlds of Asgard, or, when it comes to his latest role, in an office with Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba always brings a fierce, commanding presence to his characters. In playing Charlie Jaffey–a fictitious character Aaron Sorkin created in Molly’s Game–Elba charts new territory as this lawyer is defined by his virtues, acting both as a sounding board for Molly Bloom’s troubles and a guiding light in helping her climb out of a legal hole. To top it off, Elba is also given one of the most impressive scenes of his career, a sentiment he agreed with during our conversation.

With Aaron Sorkin’s writing, scenes can be more intense than an action setpiece. What was it like to see that come to life on set?

Yeah, Sorkin is so particular that you are overly aware that
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Molly's Game director Aaron Sorkin talks being in the director's chair for the first time

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Molly's Game director Aaron Sorkin talks being in the director's chair for the first timeMolly's Game director Aaron Sorkin talks being in the director's chair for the first timeMarni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine12/20/2017 10:39:00 Am

Aaron Sorkin’s first day as a director didn’t go exactly as he’d hoped.

The date was November 9th, 2016, and the celebrated writer of A Few Good Men, The Social Network and Steve Jobs was in Toronto to shoot his directorial debut, Molly’s Game. The film tells the story of Molly Bloom, a competitive skier who, after being sidelined by a back injury, started running a high-stakes poker game that attracted celebrity players, including Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck. Bloom ran into trouble with the FBI, however, after allowing players with Russian mob connections into another game she’d organized.

If that date — November 9th, 2016 — rings a bell,
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Molly's Game director Aaron Sorkin on bringing a wild true story to the big screen

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Molly's Game director Aaron Sorkin on bringing a wild true story to the big screenMolly's Game director Aaron Sorkin on bringing a wild true story to the big screenMarni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine12/20/2017 10:39:00 Am

Aaron Sorkin’s first day as a director didn’t go exactly as he’d hoped.

The date was November 9th, 2016, and the celebrated writer of A Few Good Men, The Social Network and Steve Jobs was in Toronto to shoot his directorial debut, Molly’s Game. The film tells the story of Molly Bloom, a competitive skier who, after being sidelined by a back injury, started running a high-stakes poker game that attracted celebrity players, including Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck. Bloom ran into trouble with the FBI, however, after allowing players with Russian mob connections into another game she’d organized.

If that date — November 9th, 2016 — rings a bell,
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Donald Trump Is ‘Mentally Unfit’ to Be U.S. President, Rob Reiner Says

Donald Trump Is ‘Mentally Unfit’ to Be U.S. President, Rob Reiner Says
President Donald Trump is “mentally unfit” to be U.S. leader, Rob Reiner told Variety at the Dubai Intl. Film Festival, but the director fears the American press is failing to hold the Trump administration accountable for its actions. Reiner, who is best known for “A Few Good Men,” “When Harry Met Sally…” and “The Princess Bride,” was at the festival to promote his latest movie, “Shock and Awe.”

“Donald Trump is the single-most unqualified human-being to ever assume the Presidency of the United States. He is mentally unfit. Not only does he not understand how government works, he has no interest in trying to find out how it works,” Reiner said, when asked to compare Trump with President Lyndon Johnson, who was the subject of Reiner’s recently released biopic “Lbj.”

Reiner added: “Lbj – except for the Vietnam War, which is a terrible stain on his legacy – was probably the most effective and successful President as far
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Aaron Sorkin ('Molly's Game')

"For me, growing up, writing was just a chore to be gotten through for a school assignment," says Aaron Sorkin — the writer of A Few Good Men, Malice, The American President, Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball, The Newsroom, Steve Jobs and 2017's Molly's Game, an adaptation of the memoir of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic-level skier who ran bicoastal poker games that landed her in the sights of the FBI and the Russian mob — as we sit down in his dimly lit and...
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Aaron Sorkin ('Molly's Game')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Aaron Sorkin ('Molly's Game')
"For me, growing up, writing was just a chore to be gotten through for a school assignment," says Aaron Sorkin — the writer of A Few Good Men, Malice, The American President, Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball, The Newsroom, Steve Jobs and 2017's Molly's Game, an adaptation of the memoir of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic-level skier who ran bicoastal poker games that landed her in the sights of the FBI and the Russian mob — as we sit down in his dimly lit and...
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Oscar Fortunes Appear to Rise and Fall, but It’s Just the Golden Globes

Oscar Fortunes Appear to Rise and Fall, but It’s Just the Golden Globes
Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards are in as the 2017-2018 film awards season adds yet another notch to its belt. There were snubs, there were surprises, but nothing about Monday morning’s announcement would appear to have significantly altered the course of the circuit. Then again, nothing ever really does; these are just the opinions of a few dozen international journalists who happen to have their own highly rated, liquored-up, televised awards ceremony. Let’s dive in and take a look at what all of it actually means …

Star power

The HFPA has long been noted for its love affair with the stars. This year the group found ways to ensure that people like Angelina Jolie (“First They Killed My Father”), Steve Carell (“Battle of the Sexes”), Tom Hanks (“The Post”), Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”), Hugh Jackman (“The Greatest Showman”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), and even Mariah Carey and Nick Jonas (songs
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Playback: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Molly’s Game’ and the Draw of Courtroom Dramas

Playback: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Molly’s Game’ and the Draw of Courtroom Dramas
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

As one of Hollywood’s preeminent writers, Aaron Sorkin has left his mark on the stage (“A Few Good Men”), big screen (“The Social Network”) and small screen (“The West Wing”) throughout his career. But with “Molly’s Game,” he tried his hand at directing for the first time. The result is a distinctively Sorkin experience, the unbridled vision of an artist finally deigning to take the wheel.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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In high-stakes “poker princess” Molly Bloom’s story, Sorkin saw an opportunity to present a unique movie heroine, one who exemplifies the characteristics of romanticism and idealism that have often driven his work.

“I was expecting to meet someone, frankly, I wasn’t going to respect very much
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‘Molly’s Game’ Director Aaron Sorkin on How Harvey Weinstein Made Film ‘Surprisingly Relevant’

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‘Molly’s Game’ Director Aaron Sorkin on How Harvey Weinstein Made Film ‘Surprisingly Relevant’
A version of this story first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. Aaron Sorkin has been writing plays since 1984, films since 1992 and television since 1998 — but despite his success with the films “A Few Good Men,” “The American President,” “The Social Network” and “Steve Jobs” and the TV series “Sports Night,” “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom,” he had never directed a film until this year’s “Molly’s Game.” The film stars Jessica Chastain as the real-life Olympic skier who ran afoul of the law after running a series of high-stakes, star-studded poker games in Los.
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Alec Baldwin Talk Show Eyed at ABC

Alec Baldwin Talk Show Eyed at ABC
Get ready to hear lots of Alec Baldwin talking. (And not in that Donald Trump voice.)

The Emmy-winning actor is nearing a deal to host a talk show for ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The untitled show would be based on Baldwin’s Wnyc radio show and podcast “Here’s the Thing With Alec Baldwin,” where he interviews celebrities and newsmakers like Barbra Streisand and Bernie Sanders.

VideosSNL‘s Trump Visited by Michael Flynn, Taunted by Hillary — ‘Lock Him Up!’

The deal for the ABC talk show isn’t officially done yet, but production is slated to get underway next week.
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Kevin Pollak To Direct Indie Comedy ‘Swag’

Kevin Pollak To Direct Indie Comedy ‘Swag’
Exclusive: Kevin Pollak, known for his roles in films like A Few Good Men and Martin Scorsese’s Casino, has signed on to helm Swag (Students Without Any Game), an indie comedy film written by Rickey Castleberry and Zimran Jacob. The pic, loosly based on Castleberry’s life, follows four college sophomore social misfits who find their names on an infamous student losers list curated by the popular sorority girls. The only way off the list is with the tutelage of the Van…
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Aaron Sorkin Was Pushed to Write a ‘Steamy’ Sexy Scene for Nicole Kidman in ‘Malice’ and Refused

Aaron Sorkin Was Pushed to Write a ‘Steamy’ Sexy Scene for Nicole Kidman in ‘Malice’ and Refused
Aaron Sorkin is currently making the press rounds in promotion of his directorial debut “Molly’s Game,” and he recently shared an eye-opening story with USA Today about one of his earliest gigs as the screenwriter of “Malice.” Sorkin had just come off the success of “A Few Good Men” when he re-teamed with Columbia Pictures to write the Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman-starring thriller, which was being directed by Harold Becker (“The Boost,” “Sea of Love”).

According to Sorkin, Becker specifically requested him to write a “steamy” sex scene for Nicole Kidman. “Early on in my career, I wrote a movie that I’m not very proud of at all, it just turned into a mess,” Sorkin said, “Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman were in it. The director, very close to the start of photography, decided that we were missing a sex scene between Alec and Nicole.”

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Film Review: ‘Lbj’ is Important American History Brought to Light

Chicago – The circumstances surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination on November 22nd, 1963, put a man into the presidential spotlight who never thought he would get there… Lyndon Baines Johnson. The story of that strange time and the man who “would be king” is told in ‘Lbj.’

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Woody Harrelson portrays the title character in a surprising piece of casting, but he delivers Johnson so humanely and historically that by the end he is most appropriate for the role. Director Rob Reiner – working from a script by Joey Hartstone – structures the film through the filter of his fascination for Washington, D.C. shown in “A Few Good Men”… that justice can prevail if the right person is there at the right time. In his era, Johnson was rightly vilified in his escalation of the Vietnam War, but in other areas of legislation (the Civil Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, the anti-poverty Great
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