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Robert De Niro has been nominated six times for Academy Awards

26 December 2012 10:33 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Our friend and great actor, Robert De Niro, will probably be nominated for the 7th time and may win his 3 Oscar. We hope that the Academy includes Robert De Niro in the “Best Supporting Actor” category for his great performance in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Robert De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma’s “The Wedding Party” in 1969. By 1974 he had won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performance in “Bang the Drum Slowly” and from the National Society of Film Critics for Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets.” In 1974 De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather, Part II.” In 1980 he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.” De Niro »

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The 10 Oscars Contenders Who Will Benefit Most From Awards Season Exposure

20 December 2012 10:18 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Joey Magidson

Film Contributor


Short of a Razzie nomination, pretty much any kind of awards publicity is good for the career of an actor or actress. It’s one thing to do strong work that gets praised in reviews, but to start showing up on the awards circuit is another matter entirely.

Besides potentially leading to an Oscar nomination, exposure of this sort also helps contenders in either changing previous perceptions about their work or opening up new opportunities that would never have presented themselves otherwise.

I’ve compiled a list of 10 people who are in the 2012 conversation for Oscar nominations and will no doubt see their careers flourish going forward. There are other actors and actresses who fit this criteria, but these 10 are about to get the biggest bumps.

10. Kelly ReillyFlight

Besides a handful of small parts in mostly forgettable films, Kelly Reilly has so far been »

- Joey Magidson

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‘The Guilt Trip’ an amiable road-trip film, but not laugh-out-loud funny

18 December 2012 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Guilt Trip

Directed by Anne Fletcher

Written by Dan Fogelman

USA, 2012

At the holidays, family members are bound to reunite, catching up and swapping presents after a year away from each other. And you’re likely to wind up at the movies, too. Though you’ll have your pick of many genres at the multiplex, sometimes the safe route is best to avoid an unnecessary family squabble. Often, family comedies are grindingly unfunny, or condescending and infantile. So it may be heartening to learn that The Guilt Trip, a movie whose concept is so high it’s stratospheric, is a pleasant, amiable experience at the movies, thanks to low-key performances from Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen.

Rogen plays Andy Brewster, an organic chemist struggling to convince various big-name companies to invest in his invention, a completely non-toxic and non-poisonous cleaning product he’s dubbed Scieoclean. (Say it like “Science” first. »

- Josh Spiegel

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Josh Hutcherson Finds Paradise Lost

18 December 2012 7:11 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Josh Hutcherson clearly doesn't watch Entourage. The young actor could be sniffing from the poisoned chalice that is Pablo Escobar, going where Vincent Chase wished he hadn't and signing up for Paradise Lost, a production that will see Benicio Del Toro playing the notorious drug baron.Admittedly, the Entourage version, 'Medellin', was a misguided (and, yes, entirely fictional) attempt to mythologise the cocainiac Columbian with a bloated arthouse treatment. By contrast, Paradise Lost will offer a more oblique intro to the man. If cast, Hutcherson will play a young Irish surfer who discovers that his girlfriend's uncle is - gulp - an internationally notorious drugs trafficker. It's Meet The Parents with Ak-47s. Instead of Billy Walsh, this take on Escobar will offer a directorial debut to Andrea di Stefano. You can see him playing Life Of Pi's priest from this week. Principle photography on Paradise Lost should kick off in Panama in March, »

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Up All Night Review: Happily Ava After

13 December 2012 11:37 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

We traveled back to 2004 this week on Up All Night.

"The Wedding" took us back to the beginning, where Reagan and Chris went from Vegas to verklempt as they opted for a wedding in front of their family and friends. 

I couldn't decide whether to clap for or call out Chris's Meet the Parents reference as he complimented Blythe Danner during his rehearsal dinner speech. The associated scenes did not offer leave much room for indecision, though, as I thoroughly enjoyed all the issues the two betrothed to be faced with their parents, from "living in sin" to the bride not being the only one to show off her legs at the ceremony, which was featured in this week's best Up All Night quotes. 

Scott and Connie's pregnancy took a backseat to Ava and Walter's big news and justly so. I loved that we got to see what the two »

- (Chris O'Hara)

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Guardians rises to top of UK box office

11 December 2012 7:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

DreamWorks Animation's fantasy caper causes sun to set on Twilight, ahead of The Hobbit's expected journey to first place

The winner

For most movies, a successful opening weekend is vital for hanging on to play dates and show times. With Christmas flicks, it's more of a steady jog than a sprint, and cinema bookers understand that playability will be strong right through to 24 December, and particularly solid after schools break up for the holiday. DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians hardly turned heads when it landed in third place last week, behind Skyfall and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

Now it's top of the heap, thanks to a slender decline of just 19%. Three-day takings of £1.60m push the 10-day tally to £4.06m. Fellow festive offering Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! fell an almost identical amount (20%) and has totalled £4.38m after 17 days. It now remains to be seen how »

- Charles Gant

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'The Christmas Heart': Patricia Heaton's teams up with her brother for Hallmark's latest

2 December 2012 10:00 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

There's no middle ground to Patricia Heaton's newest television effort: She's very happy to be a producer.

As she continues starring in ABC's Wednesday sitcom "The Middle," now in its fourth season, the two-time Emmy winner for "Everybody Loves Raymond" also is behind a project that's a family matter in several ways. Debuting Sunday, Dec. 2, the Hallmark Channel movie "The Christmas Heart" was written by Heaton's brother Michael, a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer -- as was their late father, Chuck, a noted sportswriter.

"I think Michael's passion for his other writing comes from his being able do these kinds of stories," Heaton tells Zap2it. "As a journalist, you pretty much report facts, so to be able to spin this wonderful tale out of your imagination is sort of a nice outlet. We've had this story around for a long time; I talked about it in a meeting with Hallmark, »


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The Oscars need a Silver Lining

23 November 2012 1:21 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The organisers of the Academy Awards are po-faced about comedy, so a dose of screwball humanism is just what they need

"Imagine there's no heaven," sang John Lennon. "It's easy if you try."

Ok, let's.

Imagine a world with no Marx Brothers films, no Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire. A world in which Cary Grant was never born and Preston Sturges is just a rumor. Dutifully, the populace trudge beneath skies the color of porridge towards box-like movie theatres, where they consume their weekly dollop of gloom, as served up in with movies like A Life of Emile Zola, Marty and Crash.

In this alternative universe, movie-going is a bit like going to the dentist, only without the laughing gas. Films that stand any chance of raising a smile have been expunged from the records, although you will occasionally hear talk among those old enough to remember of something called Some Like It Hot, »

- Tom Shone

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ABC Buys Sibling Comedy From ‘Little Fockers’ Writer And Television 360

20 November 2012 3:53 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: In his first foray into television, Little Fockers co-writer Larry Stuckey has sold a single-camera project to ABC through Television 360, the television production arm of Management 360. The untitled comedy is inspired by Stuckey’s relationship with his brother. It centers on Gary Stuckey, for whom sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning when his charismatic, athletic “little brother” opens a restaurant in their hometown and his golden boy lifestyle starts to impact Gary’s wife and kids. ABC Studios is producing, with Stuckey and TV 360 executive producing. This is Television 360′s fifth sale in this broadcast development season, joining comedies Wendy & Peter at Fox and untitled Ellen Rapoport project at NBC, and dramas Expectations at the CW and I Am Victor at NBC. Expectations and Wendy & Peter are executive produced by Reese Witherspoon. Additionally, TV 360, which operates independently with no studio deal, has several cable shows in development, »


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‘Parental Guidance’ Trailer: Billy Crystal Does Not Approve of Your Parenting Techniques

19 November 2012 4:00 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Well, hmm. At the very least (like, bare minimum here), Andy Fickman‘s Parental Guidance looks inoffensive. The family film stars Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as a set of grandparents finally getting their big shot with their three grandkiddos, thanks to their daughter (played by Marisa Tomei) and her urgent need to have someone (possibly anyone) look after them for a few days. Suddenly, the “old school” parents must take care of some new wave munchkins who’ve been raised in a sugar-free environment that’s big on feelings and such. Hijinks, misunderstandings, and apparently some sort of overdose on sheet cake ensue. It all seems relatively harmless (and certainly less embarrassing than something like Robert DeNiro’s fall from respectability at the hands of his own family series, the nosedive-y endeavor that is the Meet the Parents franchise), and Parental Guidance will likely be a solid choice come the holidays – at least, when »

- Kate Erbland

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Parental Guidance Trailer: Grandpa Billy Crystal Versus The Brats

19 November 2012 3:37 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Now that the Meet the Parents franchise has played itself out (courtesy of the abysmal Little Fockers) Hollywood has to turn to another .edgy. family-geared comedy for the holiday season. Meet Bette Midler and Billy Crystal as Diane and Artie in Andy Fickman.s Parental Guidance, a feature pitting sensitive new-school parenting techniques against the suck-it-up-and-deal methods used by our grandparents. Hilarity ensues. A second trailer has been posted to MSN Movies. He have it for you below: First, the good: Crystal and Midler will likely be a fantastic team. She.s got razor-sharp comedic timing (always has), and he.s best when teamed with a brilliant set-up artist, from Robert De Niro to Robin Williams. Watching the two of them school a bunch of bratty kids for two hours might make Parental Guidance tolerable. The rest of it looks so tame, though. Multiple jokes about Crystal being vandalized by »

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New Castle Season 5,Episode 8 Intense Spoilers & Clips Hit The Net

13 November 2012 2:06 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New Castle season 5,episode 8 intense spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night,ABC revealed the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Castle" episode 8 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "After Hours," and it looks mighty intense as Castle and Beckett get ambushed while trying to retrieve a witness,Backett reveals her doubts in their relationship, and more. In the new "After Hours" episode, in the aftermath of a disastrous "Meet the Parents" dinner, a bickering Castle and Beckett will be sent to retrieve the only witness to a murder,but they will get ambushed,and forced to take the witness on the run. Stranded in the middle of the night in a bad part of town, with no phone, badge or gun, Castle and Beckett are going to have to find a way to protect the witness from a team of mobsters who want him silenced. »

- Andre

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Contest: Win The Campaign on Blu-ray!

13 November 2012 8:17 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. recently released the hit comedy The Campaign on Blu-ray and DVD, bringing comedy superstars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis together for the first time. The story follows Congressional incumbent Cam Brady (Will Ferrell), who finds a surprising political rival in first-time candidate Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) in his North Carolina district. We're giving copies of the Blu-ray away to fans, so continue reading for details on how you can add The Campaign to your collection today! It's easier than voting, but there may still be fraud involved. Unlike the other candidates out there, we promise you nothing!

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The Campaign Blu-ray

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Win A Pass To The Advance Screening Of Silver Linings Playbook In St. Louis

10 November 2012 6:06 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Life doesn.t always go according to plan.Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat.s parents want is for him to get back on his feet – and to share their family.s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and »

- Movie Geeks

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Sliff 2012 Day 3 – The Hole with Joe Dante, A Fierce Green Fire and More

9 November 2012 9:47 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Day three of the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival promises more great films and an appearance at the Hi-Pointe by director Joe Dante. And there are still 8 days to go!

Sliff’s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il

The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.

Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Saturday, November 10th

Director Jennifer Lynch

A Fall From Grace Program is at 11:00 am at the Tivoli Theatre – A Free Event Sliff guest Jennifer Lynch (Chained.) has plans to shoot her next film, A Fall from Grace, in St. Louis. Post-Dispatch film critic Joe Williams leads a »

- Tom Stockman

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10 Actors That Became Great Directors

7 November 2012 1:03 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

For actors, the move into directing is an alluring one, giving them the opportunity to bring their own ideas to life and, using their appeal, broadcast them to a wide audience. Only a select few, however, garner as much acclaim for their efforts behind the camera as they do for their actions in front of it. This list looks at ten such individuals.

It should be noted that there are a number of individuals who started their careers as directors before eventually become renowned for their acting roles as well. Such people, however, including greats such as Woody Allen, John Huston and Sydney Pollack, are omitted from this list, which focuses on those who made the reverse transformation.


10. Ben Stiller

Born into an acting family, Ben Stiller harboured early aspirations for directing as well as following in the comedic footsteps of his father Jerry, with early credits in his career including 1996′s The Cable Guy. »

- Alex Antliff

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: The Campaign (2012)

4 November 2012 6:57 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Just in time for Election Day (or close enough), comes the new comedy from Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis that gets to the very heart of what makes American politics such a mess, “The Campaign”. It’s the comedy that puts the pain in campaign. (Just go with it.) Directed by Jay Roach (the man who gave us the “Meet the Parents” and “Austin Powers” franchises), “The Campaign” now arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack courtesy of Warner Home Video. When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, he soon becomes a real contender. »

- Nix

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6 Reasons Why 2001 Was the Strangest, Ballsiest, Most Subversive Year for Film Comedies in Recent Memory

30 October 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

When cinema history is written, what gets highlighted most often are the films that made an indelible mark: films that were beloved by critics, represented a particular cultural moment, or become a popular phenomenon. The films that aren’t often written about are the outliers: films that don’t make much sense in their context, didn’t function as an index of a larger cultural moment or trend, or didn’t make for significant hits or misses. However, with hindsight, those strange films that don’t belong, films orphaned without a definite place in history that can be made sense of, can eventually reveal themselves to be the most interesting, be they good or bad. 2001 was a strange year for comedy. In the latter part of that year, it seemed we needed a laugh more than ever, but no single film really filled that void. Unlike Meet the Parents in 2000 or My Big Fat Greek Wedding in »

- Landon Palmer

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Contest: Win The Campaign on Blu-ray and DVD

30 October 2012 7:02 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The Campaign starring funnymen Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis is just now available on Blu-ray and DVD, perfectly timed to coincide with the Presidential Election. While the real election is all business, The Campaign pokes fun at the back-stabbling and competitive spirit that goes into choosing an elected official.

Thanks to Warner Home Video, we are awarding three lucky readers the Blu-ray and DVD combo pack version of The Campaign. For a chance to win one, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter. Good luck.

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to »

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Hello I Must Be Going – The Review

18 October 2012 9:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

1994′s Heavenly Creatures turned out to be the little flick that launched some big careers (along with helping turn New Zealand into a movie making mecca), This docudrama pushed director Peter Jackson out into the big studios and all the way to Middle Earth (with several Academy Awards along the way). Another Creatures alum to go home with gold in a few years was Kate Winslet (with a stop on that doomed boat trip that became the second biggest box office hit of all time). And what about poor, young murderess Pauline? I’m speaking of the talented actress that shared the screen with Ms. W. Well, Melanie Lynskey has racked up a lot of screen time ( big and small screen ) since then. Many may know her as Charlie Harper’s stalker-ex in the TV sitcom smash “Two and a Half Men”. She’s also had some great supporting roles »

- Jim Batts

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