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'Matilda' Star Mara Wilson Calls Out Disturbing Trend of 'Sexualizing' Child Actors

'Matilda' Star Mara Wilson Calls Out Disturbing Trend of 'Sexualizing' Child Actors
Mara Wilson is imploring people to reevaluate the way they think and talk about child actors.

The former child star -- who came to fame with roles in films like Matilda and Miracle on 34th Street -- recently penned a forceful editorial for Elle.com, in which she got candid about the perverse sexual objectification directed at young performers in Hollywood -- a troubling trend she became familiar with early in her life.

"Even before I was out of middle school, I had been featured on foot fetish websites, photoshopped into child porn, and received all kinds of letters and messages online from grown men," wrote the actress, who is now 30.

"At every premiere and awards show, I would see strange men holding photos of me they’d printed themselves, hoping I would sign, and I would, hoping they were going to sell it somewhere and not keep it," she added.

Wilson -- who made
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'Maltida' Star Mara Wilson Calls Out Disturbing Trend of 'Sexualizing' Child Actors

'Maltida' Star Mara Wilson Calls Out Disturbing Trend of 'Sexualizing' Child Actors
Mara Wilson is imploring people to reevaluate the way they think and talk about child actors.

The former child star -- who came to fame with roles in films like Matilda and Miracle on 34th Street -- recently penned a forceful editorial for Elle.com, in which she got candid about the perverse sexual objectification directed at young performers in Hollywood -- a troubling trend she became familiar with early in her life.

"Even before I was out of middle school, I had been featured on foot fetish websites, photoshopped into child porn, and received all kinds of letters and messages online from grown men," wrote the actress, who is now 30.

"At every premiere and awards show, I would see strange men holding photos of me they’d printed themselves, hoping I would sign, and I would, hoping they were going to sell it somewhere and not keep it," she added.

Wilson -- who made
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Top 21 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies To Watch

As we head into the holiday season, Wamg brings you our list of the Best Non-Traditional Christmas Movies to watch after the Holiday ham, pretty presents, and multiple viewings of White Christmas, Home Alone and Miracle On 34th Street are a thing of Christmas Past.

Our choices are filled snarky mistletoe carnage and crafty comedy – Geek style. Santa Claus is coming to town in these “More Naughty Than Nice”. films.

We’ve made a list and checked it twice with our lineup of not just the 20 Best holiday films but the Top 21 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies. After the success of Krampus, we just had to add it!

We kick off our list with our Honorable Mention –

Jingle All The Way

Christmas; It’s the most magical time of the year. High powered businessman Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is hard at work taking last-minute orders from customers to whom he just can
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Why 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' Is the Ultimate Thanksgiving Movie

Why 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' Is the Ultimate Thanksgiving Movie
Thanksgiving is all about the buildup.

You wait for it, that long weekend that you know will include family, maybe some football, plenty of food, and then leftovers and sales the day after that. Everything looks great in those weeks leading up to the fourth Thursday in November, until it all goes to hell, with that long drive probably filled with holiday traffic and the drunk relatives whose opinions you really don't care to hear about. The anticipation of the holiday is fun. The drama that ensues during it is not.
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Interview: Mara Wilson says she isn’t Matilda, no matter how much you want her to be

Most of us barely remember what it was like to be 5 years old. Mara Wilson has the whole thing on film. The now 29-year-old former child star became famous for her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, and Miracle On 34th Street, all of which she starred in before her 9th birthday. Wilson’s career stuttered as she entered puberty, and Wilson ultimately decided to step away from the business, choosing instead to become a non-profit staffer, playwright, and occasional voice on Welcome To Night Vale. But she never really left childhood stardom behind—thanks in part, presumably, to the tens of thousands of people on the internet who won’t let her—and she’s now written about it in an excellent new book, Where Am I Now?: True Stories Of Girlhood And Accidental Fame. The A.V. Club talked to her about that book, and about how she
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Mrs. Doubtfire's Mara Wilson Reveals How She Quit Hollywood over Painful Scrutiny of Her Looks

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Mrs. Doubtfire's Mara Wilson Reveals How She Quit Hollywood over Painful Scrutiny of Her Looks
Thanks to her charming turns in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, Mara Wilson became one of the most beloved child stars of the '90s - but the actress says the pressures of a "toxic," image-obsessed industry were so heavy she had to retire as a tween. "I've had people tell me, 'The way that you judge yourself, looks-wise, is on this really strange level.' Well, it's because I grew up in Hollywood," Wilson, now 29, tells People. "I had good experiences there, but I always knew there were girls much prettier than I was, and I knew that I was always competing with them.
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Mrs. Doubtfire's Mara Wilson Reveals How She Quit Hollywood over Painful Scrutiny of Her Looks

  • PEOPLE.com
Mrs. Doubtfire's Mara Wilson Reveals How She Quit Hollywood over Painful Scrutiny of Her Looks
Thanks to her charming turns in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, Mara Wilson became one of the most beloved child stars of the '90s - but the actress says the pressures of a "toxic," image-obsessed industry were so heavy she had to retire as a tween. "I've had people tell me, 'The way that you judge yourself, looks-wise, is on this really strange level.' Well, it's because I grew up in Hollywood," Wilson, now 29, tells People. "I had good experiences there, but I always knew there were girls much prettier than I was, and I knew that I was always competing with them.
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Miracle on 34th Street farmhouse on sale for $3.4m

The lavish home from the 1994 remake of the Christmas classic is now on the market in Lake Forest, Illinois

Just in time for Christmas, the dream home from the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street has been put on the market for $3.4m (£2.2m).

The farmhouse, which plays a central part of Mara Wilson’s festive wish, is located in Lake Forest, Illinois. The exact address is 771 Washington Road.

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Rip Maureen O'Hara

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It’s with great sadness that we report that a genuine Irish acting legend, Maureen O’Hara, has passed away at the age of 95. One of the last living actresses of Hollywood’s golden age, O’Hara (real name Maureen Fitzsimmons) is best known for her role as the irascible Mary Kate Danaher alongside John Wayne in director John Ford’s The Quiet Man, a pair she would collaborate with often. During her illustrious career, the actress became known for her fiery nature and equally fiery red hair, and for the pride she had from being from the Emerald Isle, spending her life sharing her heritage and the culture of her home with the rest of the world. Besides The Quiet Man, her other notable credits include Rio Grande, McClintock!, How Green Was My Valley, The Parent Trap, and Miracle on 34th Street. She had garnered many accolades throughout the years,
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Susan's Updated Miracle on 34th Street House Is for Sale: See What the Dream Home and Cast Look Like Now

Susan's Updated Miracle on 34th Street House Is for Sale: See What the Dream Home and Cast Look Like Now
If you need any help figuring out what to ask Santa for this holiday season, consider Susan Walker's yellow dream home. Of course, we're talking about Mara Wilson and her iconic digs from the 1994 Miracle on 34th Street remake.  For a few million big ones, $3.4 million to be exact, Hooked On Houses says the crazy crib can be yours. The Lake Forest, Ill., home has five bedrooms and now features a pool and man cave. Do they have a guest house in which we can reside? A garage? The laundry room, perhaps? We'll take it.  Somebody call up MTV Cribs because this gem deserves its own episode. I mean, come on, we're willing to bet our studio apartment is as...
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Home Alone: the best Christmas movie of all time?

Could 1990 comedy Home Alone be the best Christmas movie of all time? James lays out his argument...

Gremlins is great and Elf is ace. Bad Santa is bitchin' and The Muppets Christmas Carol is sensational, inspirational, celebrational and Muppetational. Die Hard is dead good, Miracle On 34th Street is magic and It's A Wonderful Life is truly, erm, wonderful.

None of them, though, can confidently state that they are the Best Christmas Movie of All Time. Only one film can claim that title, and that film is Home Alone, which is undoubtedly and without question the Best Christmas Movie of All Time. There's legitimate space for a debate as to whether Home Alone 2: Lost In New York deserves the prestigious label but, really, with Home Alone being the original article I think it's only right that we let it stand as number one.

There's a chance that this might be news to you,
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12 Memorable Child Actor Performances in Film

Some film performances are so great, they make you jealous. This may be particularly true when the performance in question comes from an actor who hasn’t even hit puberty yet. You can’t help but think, How did that youngster get such an amazing head start on their career? Below are 12 astonishing performances from the smallest actors on the biggest screens. Sure, you could just call some of them “adorable,” but we adore them for more than just their little dimpled cheeks. These are full-fledged actors with chops to spare. Mara Wilson, “Matilda” It’s hard to tell whether Mara Wilson knows just how cute she is. At age 7, she took on the title role in “Matilda,” the super-powered whiz kid of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel. Although her earlier work in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Miracle on 34th Street” established her as a legitimate actor, “Matilda” is her crowning achievement: whimsical,
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12 teasers of Christmas with Doctor Who's Nick Frost

"I never knew that I'd look so good as Father Christmas!" - Nick Frost, cast as Santa Claus in this year's festive special 'Last Christmas', is clearly having the time of his life on Doctor Who.

When Digital Spy and other press spoke with Frost back in October on his final day of shooting, the actor and comedian imparted 12 festive facts - here's Frost on everything from Steven Moffat's dancing to Richard Attenborough's spectacles...

1. Nick was "a Tom Baker kid" and lives "round the corner" from Peter Davison

"Sometimes I just see him in the street. I see him and I say, 'It's Doctor Who!' under my breath. I think it's one of those roles.... it's like playing the President in something - once you've done it, you're always that, to a certain extent."

2. Nick is proud to be a "nerd" and a fan of
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Funny People, Miracle on 34th Street, Grumpy Old Men and More Thanksgiving Films!

Funny People, Miracle on 34th Street, Grumpy Old Men and More Thanksgiving Films!
If you're looking for a way to relax after the dreaded food coma kicks in, why not watch a movie? Christmas movies usually get all the hype during the holiday season, but Thanksgiving flicks also spread lots of cheer! Miracle on 34th Street, starring Mara Wilson and Dylan McDermott, is a classic family film that will get you into the Christmas spirit nice and early. It is mostly about Santa Claus, but the opening scene features the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City! What's more Thanksgiving than that? In need of a laugh? Watch Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen in Funny People. In one of the funniest scenes, Sandler's character gives a hilarious toast at the Thanksgiving dinner...
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Scenes From The Academy’s 2014 Governors Awards

The 6th Annual Governors Awards took place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Harry Belafonte, Honorary Award recipient Hayao Miyazaki, Honorary Award recipient Jean-Claude Carrière and Honorary Award recipient Maureen O’Hara were honored by their peers during the evening.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

Pictured (left to right): Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Harry Belafonte, Honorary Award recipient Hayao Miyazaki, Honorary Award recipient Jean-Claude Carrière and Honorary Award recipient Maureen O’Hara

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs introduces the 2014 Governors Awards

Carrière,
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What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now

What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now
Big remains one of our favourite Tom Hanks childhood movies (perhaps losing out to Turner and Hooch, boy did that make us blub, we barely held it together) so we're slightly unnerved by reports that a TV series based on the film has been commissioned.

Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are now said to have received a script plus penalty commitment from broadcaster Fox for the half-hour comedy series, which will explore what it means to be both an adult and child in today's world.

The 1988 Oscar-nominated movie, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, sees a boy's simple wish to be big come true as a 13-year-old is transformed into a 30-year-old overnight.

We take a nostalgic look at the cast of the huge hit - including Tom Hanks and John Heard - and what came next below:

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks was robbed when he missed out on
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What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now

What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now
Big remains one of our favourite Tom Hanks childhood movies (perhaps losing out to Turner and Hooch, boy did that make us blub, we barely held it together) so we're slightly unnerved by reports that a TV series based on the film has been commissioned.

Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are now said to have received a script plus penalty commitment from broadcaster Fox for the half-hour comedy series, which will explore what it means to be both an adult and child in today's world.

The 1988 Oscar-nominated movie, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, sees a boy's simple wish to be big come true as a 13-year-old is transformed into a 30-year-old overnight.

We take a nostalgic look at the cast of the huge hit - including Tom Hanks and John Heard - and what came next below:

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks was robbed when he missed out on
See full article at Digital Spy - Movie News »

Remembering Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Sir Richard Attenborough and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in August

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Sir Richard Attenborough (1923-2014) - Actor and Filmmaker. He won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for Gandhi and also directed Chaplin, A Bridge Too FarCry Freedom and A Chorus Line. He'd been an actor first, earning Golden Globes for supporting in Doctor Dolittle and The Sand Pebbles. He also starred in Jurassic Park (see below), Lost World: Jurassic Park, the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street, The Great...

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See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s
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Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki, Maureen O’Hara & Harry Belafonte To Receive 2014 Governors Awards

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte.

All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”

Carrière, who began his career as a novelist, was introduced to screenwriting by French comedian and filmmaker Pierre Étaix, with whom he shared an Oscar for the live action short subject “Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary)” in 1962. He
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