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The 50 Oldest Living Oscar Nominees

23 October 2010 12:31 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Happy birthday to Best Actress winner Joan Fontaine (Suspicion, 1941), also known as the second Mrs. DeWinter. She turns 93 years young today. What on earth was she thinking about when she won the Oscar. This photo to your left fascinates me on account of "who knows?" It seems so much more candid than many Oscar night photos.

I keep the following "still with us!" list, not from any morbid curiousity but from a genuine happiness that some legendary screen stars are still walking the earth even though most of them aren't walking the screens these days. This year has been rough with the losses so maybe I'm going to stop keep this list. My heart was in the right place!  We want the following to know that their past accomplishments are acknowledged by new generations.

The Oldest Living Oscar Nominees

All of them were born before the movies even had sound! »


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Damon Says Soderbergh’s Liberace Biopic To Shoot 2011, Bourne Still Possible

6 July 2010 7:48 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Remember Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic? The long-gestating project concerning the famous American entertainer (huge through the 1950s-1970s) who fought with his alleged homosexuality his entire life, starring Michael Douglas? Matt Damon told the Las Vegas Sun (appropriate, considering that’s where Liberace revived/sustained his career more than once) [via The Playlist] there’s still a future for the controversial film:

“Yeah, it’s going to happen. We’re going to do it next summer…[Steven Soderbergh] is directing it. Michael Douglas is going to play Lee [Liberace].”

And on the script:

“It’s a terrific script…Richard Lagravenese has written a really great script and, you know, hopefully it will be a really great movie. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be.”

Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven, The Karate Kid) is producing the film, which will shot next year after Contagion, also co-starring Damon (and Soderbergh’s first foray into 3D), is finished with. »

- Dan Mecca

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Gloria Stuart Centennial (And The 25 Oldest Living Oscar Nominees!)

5 July 2010 4:42 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

One hundred years ago on this very day 30s actress Gloria Stuart was born in Santa Monica. Happy birthday Gloria! Stuart made her name on James Whale's pictures like The Old Dark House (fun movie) and The Invisible Man before her screen career petered out in the 1940s. Then, über famously, James Cameron resurrected her to play the 100 year old survivor of Titanic. And the best part... she's still with us today!

Were you confused like Britney Spears when she tossed the Heart of the Ocean back into it in Titanic? Do you think Kate Winslet hopes to grow up to look just like her? "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."

-Woody AllenSince Gloria is not the oldest living Oscar nominee, it's list time. Who's still with us? (If I forgot anyone, do let me know in the comments. »


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To Judy on Her 55th Birthday

23 April 2010 12:38 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn from Stale Popcorn here again to discuss one of the best actresses in the world and to help celebrate her birthday. Does she not amaze?

Today is Judy Davis' birthday. You may have forgotten just how good Judy Davis can be when she really wants to be - and not fluffing about on screen in stuff like The Break-Up, but I understand the need to let go once in a while - and that, by all rights, she should be an Oscar winner, not just an Emmy/BAFTA/AFI/Golden Globe winner. She seems to have moved primarily to television since even directors like Woody Allen have ditched her for younger, hotter property. But that doesn't mean we (well, I) don't still love her!

One could say that Judy Davis has had - oh yes, I am going there - a "brilliant career". Who can forget her temperamental "Sally" in Allen's Husbands & Wives, »

- Glenn

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The Best Career Revivals of TV and Film - Part 1

16 January 2010 7:34 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Lots of actors make a movie or attempt to headline a television show, fail, and then vanish into obscurity. Maybe they resign themselves to character roles or bit parts, or they say "I'm going to concentrate on my family." It's noble, but time and time again we've seen these types burst back onto the public radar courtesy of a breakthrough role in a television series or film. Below is the first part of a list of the ones we think are the best and have since had the longest lasting impact. Feel free to suggest additions.

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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle - Neil Patrick Harris

Granted, that poster was actually for the second Harold & Kumar movie, but the fact remains: that brief cameo in the stoner flick Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle gave Neil Patrick Harris an unprecedented bounce-back. After his child-star role in Doogie Howser, M.D. »

- Lex Walker

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