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Will New Oscar Voters Be Bold Enough to Embrace Popular Films?

Will New Oscar Voters Be Bold Enough to Embrace Popular Films?
Everyone is curious about how Oscar voting will be affected by the Academy’s new members, with 1,700 individuals (or 23%) invited in the past three years.

For me, there’s only one important issue: Do they like popular movies?

Careful, this is a trick question, because “popular” is hard to define, especially when it comes to Oscar.

This year, worldwide box office was led by “Beauty and the Beast,” which earned $1.2 billion. The global top 20 also includes awards possibilities like “Logan,” “Dunkirk” and “Wonder Woman.” There are other 2017 films that make you feel better at the end than you did at the start, including “The Big Sick,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Downsizing,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out.”

But what are their Oscar chances? In the past 15 years, Oscar voters have leaned toward dark material.

For most of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 90 years, popular films got regular Oscar attention. Among the many
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Denis Villeneuve Preps First Love ‘Dune’ as ‘Bond 25’ Beckons

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Denis Villeneuve Preps First Love ‘Dune’ as ‘Bond 25’ Beckons
Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve confirms that he has been approached to helm “Bond 25.” But the French Canadian’s first priority is making his passion project “Dune.” The Legendary Pictures adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi classic is currently being scripted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”).

Yet Villeneuve remains linked to “Bond 25,” whose shortlist of directors also includes Yann Demange (“71”) and David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water”). “I cannot comment on [making it], but I would say about Bond that it’s a character I grew up with,” he said.

His first childhood memory of 007 was watching Roger Moore’s “The Man with the Golden Gun.” “What I remember but didn’t understand was there was this discussion about [Sean] Connery not being Bond anymore,” said Villeneuve.

He singled out “Goldfinger,” “Thunderball,” “The Spy Who Loved Me,” and “Casino Royale” as Bond faves. “If ever I had the privilege to do a Bond movie,
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Meryl Streep And Tom Hanks Headline New Trailer In Steven Spielberg’s Oscar Hopeful The Post

Meryl Streep, Director Steven Spielberg, and Tom Hanks on the set of The Post. Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise.

Opening during awards season on December 22 is the much anticipated The Post from 20th Century Fox.

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.

The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. Streep has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards, winning three Oscars (The Iron Lady,
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Tom Hanks Helped Pull Off Fan's Surprise Wedding Proposal

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Tom Hanks Helped Pull Off Fan's Surprise Wedding Proposal
What could make a marriage proposal to the person you want to be with for the rest of your life even better? How about having Tom Hanks help out with it? Tom Hanks is unquestionably one of the most beloved actors working in Hollywood today. The man has worked in the business for decades and, for the most part, has avoided negative press. Instead, we get a lot of stuff like this, which is awesome. Over the weekend, Hanks decided to help a lucky fan propose to his girlfriend during the Texas Book Festival.

Over the weekend, Tom Hanks appeared at the Texas Book Festival in Austin to promote his new book, Uncommon Type: Some Stories. During the Q&A portion of his appearance at the event, Hanks paused the event to help out a fan named Ryan McFarling. Hanks revealed that McFarling had a question for his now fiance,
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Tom Hanks Takes Break From Promoting Book To Help Pull Off Wedding Proposal

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Tom Hanks continues to build on his reputation as one of Hollywood’s friendliest actors. The “Forrest Gump” star was promoting his new book, Uncommon Type: Some Stories, at the Texas Book Festival in Austin on Saturday. During a Q&A for the book, the actor and author switched gears. Related: Tom Hanks To The Rescue After Bloody Onstage Mishap […]
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Actor and Humanitarian Gary Sinise Selected as 2018 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal

Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, who is most famously known for his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the landmark film Forrest Gump, was announced today as the 2018 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal.

Sinise will ride in the 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Making A Difference” and participate in the pre-game celebration of the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Both are held on January 1, 2018.

Tournament of Roses President, Lance Tibbet, made the announcement at Tournament House in Pasadena. In his remarks, Tibbet referred to Sinise as someone making a difference in his community through his work with veterans.

“The 2018 theme, ‘Making A Difference,’ is a way to honor and celebrate all of the people in our communities, who quietly and without desire for reward or recognition, act in selfless, generous and kind ways to aid or benefit others. Gary Sinise
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Forrest Gump Impersonator Has Been Spotted Running Across California

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Forrest Gump Impersonator Has Been Spotted Running Across California
Many residents in Riverside, California have been asking the same question over the last few weeks: "Is that Forrest Gump?" And the answer is yes. Forrest Gump has been running across the Southern California city for the last week or so, and sightings of the man dressed in an apparent Halloween costume are taking social media by storm. Complete with a fake beard, red Bubba Gump hat, yellow shirt, red shorts, and the trademark running shoes, "Forrest" has been spotted over 10 times since October 19th.

The man dressed as Forrest Gump has been running around neighborhoods and stopping to take pictures with residents, spreading happiness to just about everybody that he runs into. The costume is pretty close to the same outfit worn by Tom Hanks in the 1994 Academy Award winning movie Forrest Gump. Tom Hanks' character spends part of the movie running across the country towards the end of the classic movie.
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‘House of Cards’ Spinoffs in the Works at Netflix

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Hot on the heels of the news that the in-production sixth season of House of Cards will be its last comes word that Netflix may not be done with the Cards-verse just yet. Variety reports that Netflix and producer Media Rights Capital are in “the very early stages” of developing multiple ideas for a House of Cards spinoff series, one of which revolves around Michael Kelly’s Doug Stamper. Eric Roth, who served as an executive producer on the first four seasons of House of Cards and penned films like Forrest Gump and The Curious Case of Benjamin …
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Netflix Developing ‘House Of Cards’ Spinoffs

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It hasn’t long for Netflix to react to the allegations of sexual misconduct and assault that have levelled at Kevin Spacey. While it was reportedly in the works since the summer, the streaming service announced yesterday that the sixth season of hit “House Of Cards” will be its last. Now, news is emerging that the brand might find new life, but without Spacey’s involvement.

Much like HBO is doing with “Game Of Thrones,” Netflix is developing a handful of spinoffs for “House Of Cards.” At the top of the list is a potential series revolving around Frank Underwood’s ruthless aide Doug Stamper, played by Michael Kelly, with Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “The Insider,” “Munich“) penning the script.

Continue reading Netflix Developing ‘House Of Cards’ Spinoffs at The Playlist.
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22 Iconic Tom Hanks Roles You Can Re-Create on Halloween Night

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Over the years, Tom Hanks has portrayed some pretty memorable characters, from a teen in a grown man's body to a castaway on a deserted island. With iconic roles like Forrest Gump and Woody, it seems like the actor's résumé is just bursting with incredible costume ideas. So if you're looking for inspiration this Halloween, we definitely suggest channeling one of his many personas. We've rounded up the best of the best here to help you have an incredible Oct. 31. RelatedPop Culture Halloween Costumes From A to Z500 Pop Culture Halloween Costume Ideas
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'SNL' Promo Touts Tom Hanks in "Role He Was Born to Play" for David S. Pumpkins Special

When the animated David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special airs on Saturday, Tom Hanks will be reprising the "role he was born to play," at least according to a new promo for the show.

The special is based on the popular "Haunted Elevator" sketch from the Oct. 22, 2016, episode of Saturday Night Live. The skit featured Hanks as mystery man David S. Pumpkins on an elevator wearing a pumpkin suit and surrounded by two skeleton dancers played by Mikey Day and Bobby Moynihan.

"You loved him as Forrest Gump, and he helped save Private Ryan. Now, see Tom Hanks, one...
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Preview: Week Two Films at 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

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Chicago – The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival is winding down, with the closing night film set for Thursday, October 26th, 2017 (“The Shape of Water”). But there are still many films to go until the end, and Jon Lennon Espino and Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com preview some choices for week two.

Each review is designated by (Je) Jon Espino and (Pm) Patrick McDonald. For a Pdf connection to the complete schedule, click here.

Blade Of The Immortal (Japan)

’Blade of the Immortal,’ Directed by Takashi Miike

Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival

Prolific director Takashi Miike has made 100 films, mostly in the last 20 years. His 100th feature, “Blade of the Immortal”, shows him in great form by delivering the same, entertaining, pulpy, over-the-top action we have come to expect from Miike. This film is less like his remake of “13 Assassins” and more like his previous film “Yakuza Apocalypse”. The sheer ridiculousness of this film,
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The Walking Dead: Rick vs Negan - who's the better leader?

Jamie Andrew Oct 19, 2017

With The Walking Dead returning, we appraise the respective leadership skills of Mr Rick Grimes and smiling villain Negan. Spoilers...

Warning: contains seasons 1-7 spoilers.

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As we prepare for an imminent return to the post-apocalyptic, pre-war, pro-tiger world of The Walking Dead, this feels like the perfect time to evaluate the leadership skills (or lack of them) of the show’s main protagonist and antagonist: watery-eyed psycho-sheriff Rick Grimes, and the bonce-bashing batsman y'all like to call Negan, but whose real name is probably Graham or something. Are these two guys effective leaders? Worthy leaders? Great leaders? And, more to the point, should either of them have survived this long into the zombie apocalypse?

Let's start with Rick: Rick is a great leader.
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Tom Hanks Calls Harvey Weinstein an "Ass" in Scathing Statement

Tom Hanks Calls Harvey Weinstein an
From George Clooney to Meryl Streep, several celebrities have spoken out against Harvey Weinstein. In a new interview with The New York Times, Tom Hanks did the same. Hanks said he "never worked with Harvey." But when columnist Maureen Dowd asked the Forrest Gump actor why Hollywood spent decades protecting the producer despite knowing of his allegations, Hank responded with the following: "Well, that's a really good question and isn't it part and parcel to all of society somehow, that people in power get away with this?" he responded. "Look, I don't want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went down there." The Oscar-winning actor also didn't seem...
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‘That Thing You Do!’ Twenty-One Years Later: The Gay Subplot That Never Made it Into Theaters

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‘That Thing You Do!’ Twenty-One Years Later: The Gay Subplot That Never Made it Into Theaters
They just don’t make ’em like they used to. When “That Thing You Do!” waltzed into our hearts twenty-one years ago today, it heralded the arrival of Tom Hanks — screenwriter and director. A commercial and critical success, “That Thing You Do!” is the kind of low-budget runaway hit that major Hollywood studios just don’t make anymore. An addictively fun tale of one adorable boy band’s rise to fame, decorated with stylish 1960s period panache, the movie starred Hanks as the band’s kind-hearted manager, Mr. White. What many people don’t know, however, is that Mr. White originally had a hunky boyfriend (hilariously played by former NFL player Howie Long).

In a deleted scene included in the director’s cut, Mr. White finds lead singer Guy (“La La Land” star Tom Everett Scott) stumbling drunkenly out of the convertible of an alluring waitress (played by Hanks’ wife,
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Ryan Gosling Breaks Bad All Over The Place

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Ryan Gosling Breaks Bad All Over The Place
No, Ryan Gosling doesn’t have a meth detour in this episode of “Saturday Night Live,” but in terms of coming back strong, you could probably do a better job than get someone who can’t make it through a sketch without breaking. Yes, this is one of those episodes. Specifically, a first-day-of-school type episode where — all of a sudden — the class hottie decides he’s going to be the class clown. He’s not particularly good at the transition, but you want him to like you, so you laugh at his jokes. As he also laughs at his jokes. It’s not like they’re offensive or anything, they’re just… Well, you’ve read better jokes on a popsicle stick. And some of his jokes are just misremembered jokes from those same popsicle sticks.

This is all still just the first day of school.

Simply put: The “Saturday Night Live
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Ryan Gosling Breaks Bad All Over The Place

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Ryan Gosling Breaks Bad All Over The Place
No, Ryan Gosling doesn’t have a meth detour in this episode of “Saturday Night Live,” but in terms of coming back strong, you could probably do a better job than get someone who can’t make it through a sketch without breaking. Yes, this is one of those episodes. Specifically, a first-day-of-school type episode where — all of a sudden — the class hottie decides he’s going to be the class clown. He’s not particularly good at the transition, but you want him to like you, so you laugh at his jokes. As he also laughs at his jokes. It’s not like they’re offensive or anything, they’re just… Well, you’ve read better jokes on a popsicle stick. And some of his jokes are just misremembered jokes from those same popsicle sticks.

This is all still just the first day of school.

Simply put: The “Saturday Night Live
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 43 Opens With Alec Baldwin's Triumphant, Scathing Return as Donald Trump

'Saturday Night Live' Season 43 Opens With Alec Baldwin's Triumphant, Scathing Return as Donald Trump
Alec Baldwin isn’t done lampooning President Donald Trump.

Saturday Night Live came out swinging once again with a politically charged cold open that saw Baldwin return to the guest star role that earned him a lot of love last season as the show tried to catch up on all the Trump news they missed between seasons.

The sketch kicked things off with Trump making a call to Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he revealed that he didn't know Puerto Rico was a state, and then explained that "Fema takes a few days unless you pay for Fema Prime."

The sketch also reunited Baldwin with Kate McKinnon – only this time the Emmy-winning cast member didn't break out her acclaimed impression of Hillary Clinton, but instead brought out her brilliant Jeff Sessions impression.

Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump Bids 'SNL' Farewell With Some Help From Scarlett Johansson and the Trump
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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

Blind
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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

Blind
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