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Meryl Streep Hilariously Fails at Naming All 20 of the Films That Earned Her Oscar Nominations

Meryl Streep Hilariously Fails at Naming All 20 of the Films That Earned Her Oscar Nominations
Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, but can she list all 20 of the films she earned nods for?

Jimmy Kimmel challenged the three-time Oscar winner, 68, to name all of the movies she was nominated for in 60 seconds during Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and the results were hilarious.

“If you’re able to name them, I will give you this bonus Oscar,” the late-night host, who is hosting this year’s awards show, told Streep.

The Post star kicked off the game on a strong start, naming The French Lieutenant’s Woman,
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Greta Gerwig & Spike Jonze Discuss The Relatable Nature Of ‘Lady Bird’

Greta Gerwig and Spike Jonze sat down recently following a screening of Gerwig’s directorial debut film “Lady Bird” to talk about the film, the road to getting it made and what themes in her own life helped to inspire the film. Jonze, former music video director turned filmmaker has received widespread acclaim for his films including “Her“, “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation.” Jonze and Gerwig discussed what makes “Lady Bird” relatable to teenagers and adults alike as well as what it took to get this film to the big screen.

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Spike Jonze Nearly Directed ‘Ace Ventura 2’ But Jim Carrey Vetoed Him

Jim Carrey and Spike Jonze seem like such a perfect fit together that it’s amazing that it’s taken this long for them to work together. Carrey’s the comic genius with a serious side that verges on the provocative at times, Jonze is the acclaimed, inventive auteur who enjoys pranks as much as he enjoys making awards-friendly movies, and clearly they share a facility for Charlie Kaufman, with Carrey having starred in “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind,” and Jonze directing “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation.

But so far, their first and only collaboration comes with the new documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring A Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention Of Tony Clifton,” produced by Jonze and directed by “American Movie” helmer Chris Smith, which examines the making of “Man On The Moon,” and Carrey’s relationship with his subject of that film, comic genius Andy Kaufman
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The Autopsy Of Jane Doe set report

Ryan Lambie Mar 28, 2017

Creepy sets, gore, a sweary Emile Hirsch and lots of gallows humour. We visited the set of indie horror, The Autopsy Of Jane Doe...

Nb: The following contains some saucy language and discussions that some may consider Not Safe For Work.

Half an hour out east on the Hammersmith & City Line, across a busy dual carriage way, just down from a branch of Tesco’s and tucked away in an old warehouse, about 200 people are making a horror film.

The warehouse interior is now, thanks to the ingenuity of production designer Matt Gant and a few dozen set builders, a basement mortuary in Virginia. There are long corridors. Low lighting that picks out the Victorian wallpaper but leaves corners shrouded in deep shadow. A junk-strewn room houses a man-sized furnace, something the production designer jokingly refers to as “the pizza oven”, but is actually a place where
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Nicolas Cage may star as Ronald Reagan in upcoming biopic

Nicolas Cage may look to redeem his recent career misfires by starring as Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, in an upcoming biopic centered around the revered conservative figure. Page Six reported the news, claiming that Cage has been offered the role and is in the process of deciding whether or not taking it will have any effect on his career in left-leaning Hollywood. The actor’s publicist, Stephen Huvane, said, “It’s way too early in the development process.”

Despite some controversy over the course of his presidency, Reagan will be shown in a favorable light in the movie, which marks a great contrast from the canceled Will Ferrell-Adam McKay Reagan project that would have made light of his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Over recent years, Cage has proven that being prolific isn’t always a good thing, as time and time again
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Synecdoche, New York: celebrating a surreal film about ordinary life

Ryan Lambie Oct 27, 2016

Made by Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York is a difficult yet wonderful film about the strangeness of existence. We look back...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Synecdoche, New York.

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Caden Cotard wakes up with aching limbs to the sound of the television blaring, his four-year-old daughter yelling from the bathroom and his wife clinking around in the kitchen. Caden's house feels small and cluttered, as though the walls are bearing down on him. The light is cold and rancid.

Based on this opening sequence, Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York feels like a movie grounded in a particularly unvarnished kind of reality. The interiors aren't the brightly-lit open spaces we're used to seeing in Hollywood productions.
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Director Curtis Hanson Dies at Age 71

One of the most celebrated film makers of the last four decades has died. Here’s how the New York Times reported it….

Curtis Hanson, the film director whose adaptation of the James Ellroy noir novel “L.A. Confidential” won him an Academy Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.

The death was confirmed by Officer Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. She said that officers had been called to the house shortly before 5 p.m., and that Mr. Hanson had died of natural causes.

Julie Mann, his business manager, said Mr. Hanson had been struggling for some time with a form of dementia.

Let’s take a look at his long career. His first screen credit is for helping to adapt H.P. Lovecraft’s short story in the 1970 American International Pictures’ The Dunwich Horror starring Sandra Dee and Dean Stockwell.
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Read an Excerpt From Robert McKee’s ‘Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen’

Robert McKee literally wrote the book on screenwriting — or one of them, at least — and though many scribes find his how-to guide more stifling than inspiring, there’s little denying his influence. (Charlie Kaufman even parodied him in “Adaptation.”) McKee’s new book “Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen” is out today, and Indiewire has been provided with an excerpt from his follow-up to “Story.” Read it below.

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“We talk.

Talk, more than any other trait, expresses our humanity. We whisper to lovers, curse enemies, argue with plumbers, praise the dog, swear on our mother’s grave. Human relationships are in essence long, long talks into, around, through, and out of the entanglements that stress or bless our days. Face‐to‐face talk between family and friends may go on for decades, while self‐to‐self talk never
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8 powerfully effective voice-overs in modern movies




Sometimes funny, often poignant, narration can be hugely effective when deployed successfully. Ryan picks a few great examples...

“God help you if you use voice-over in your work my friends! God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can use narration to explain the thoughts of a character.”

So says screenwriting coach Robert McKee in Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman’s 2002 film, Adaptation. Well, not the real screenwriting coach Robert Mckee, but the one played in superbly aggressive style by actor Brian Cox, who stomps about on stage at a writing seminar like an angry bull. Brilliantly, McKee’s condemnation of voice-overs interrupts the interior thoughts, as narrated by Nicolas Cage’s fictionalised version of Charlie Kaufman - a terminally anxious screenwriter with an Everest-sized case of writer’s block.

It’s an example of the quirky, hall-of-mirrors kind of humour that courses through Adaptation,
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Interview: Charlie Kaufman is Animated About ‘Anomalisa’

Chicago – Charlie Kaufman is one of the most inventive and creative minds in film – he has written “Being John Malkovich,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Adaptation.” He recently teamed up with an animation director, Duke Johnson, to produce an unusual and contemporary stop-motion film, “Anomalisa.”

The use of stop motion in “Anamolisa” is much more poignant and philosophical than any other of these types of animated films before it. There is a customer service expert named Michael Stone (voice of David Thewlis), who experiences his life as mind-numbing sameness. Every man and woman sounds exactly the same (voice of Tom Noonan), until he meets a nebbish convention attendee named Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The film is a meditation on how life, at times, can be a mystery that needs to somehow be unlocked. The world can spin the same on a daily basis, yet there are those nuggets of consequence that exist,
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Charlie Kaufman's Stop-Motion Anomalisa Gets Its First Trailer

I've been looking forward to Anomalisa ever since I heard about the movie's Kickstarter campaign a few years ago. The stop-motion movie is co-directed by Charlie Kaufman (the writer of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Duke Johnson (who directed the Community episode "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas"), and aside from Mad Max: Fury Road — a film that couldn't be more different than this one — I can't remember the last time critics have gushed about a movie like this. It played the festival circuit earlier this year, and Paramount is releasing it in select theaters starting December 30th, which will allow it to qualify for the Oscars and compete against Inside Out in the Best Animated Feature category. (That should be very interesting.)

Check out the trailer below, and see what all the fuss is about:

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10 Feature Films You Need to See at the 38th Denver Film Festival

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This year's Denver Film Festival has a diverse lineup of killer films both small and large. To select just ten meant I had to strain out promising titles like Lucifer, shot on tondoscope and directed by the provocative Gus Van Den Berghe, or special presentations like Mia Madre by Italian director Nanni Morreti. You should see those and all the films on this list, and more -- the roster's dense. You can view the 38th Denver Film Festival schedule in its entirety here. The Festival will run from November 4th to the 15th.

Mustang - Following a village scolded scandal, 5 Turkish sisters face intense constraints in their conservative home. This imprisonment takes hold at the start of their sexual development, exacerbating the stunt, and catalyzing a rebellion into motion.

Saturday, November 14th, 9:15 @ United Artists Pavillion

Sunday, November 15th, 12pm @ United Artists Pavillion

Stinking Heaven- Filmed with the gnarly
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Goosebumps review – Jack Black's a hoot as horror writer Rl Stine

The Goosebumps author turns up as a creepy weirdo in this spine-tingling romp full of villains from his bestselling novels

Creators have been mixing it up with their characters for a while. You can see it in Fellini’s 8½, Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry, or, heck, the Warner Bros cartoon Duck Amuck. Then there are the times when it’s not an author character showing up, but the actual author, such as Stephen King in The Dark Tower or Kurt Vonnegut in Breakfast of Champions. Somewhere in between is Charlie Kaufman writing the character Charlie Kaufman for Nicolas Cage to play in Adaptation.

Now this mind-scrambling list needs to find a place for Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander’s character Rl Stine – based on the actual creator of the popular Goosebumps novels – who encounters many Goosebumps villains in the new movie called Goosebumps.

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Drew Goddard interview: The Martian, Daredevil, World War Z

From Buffy to his latest film, Ridley Scott’s The Martian, we chat to screenwriter Drew Goddard about his work to date...

This piece contains a spoiler for World War Z.

If you’re a fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Marvel’s Daredevil or the superb comedy horror, Cabin In The Woods, you’ll almost certainly have heard of Drew Goddard. Beginning as a staff writer on Buffy and Angel before gradually building his way to directing Cabin In The Woods (which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon), Goddard is now one of Hollywood’s most sought-after writers and filmmakers.

His latest project to reach the screen is The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir’s best-selling novel and now director Ridley Scott’s new movie. A visually captivating account of an astronaut’s survival after an incident leaves him stranded alone on Mars, it features a superb central performance from Matt Damon,
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Early Buzz: Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa is “Simply Brilliant Or Brilliantly Simple”

Early Buzz: Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa is “Simply Brilliant Or Brilliantly Simple”
You probably know Charlie Kaufman from his screenplay contributions to Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry’s filmography, which includes Being John Malkovich, Adaptation. and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Or you might even have even seen his 2008 directorial debut Synecdoche New York, which we’ve analyzed on the podcast and in a series of videos. Kaufman’s newest […]

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Video: Ecstasy, Agony, and Beauty in the films of Spike Jonze

There’s something incredible special about the movies of Spike Jonze.

I don’t know if it is how he shoots them, the intimate stories, or the eclectic characters but they all seem so fresh when you watch them. As if there is nothing else like them.

Vimeo user Hello Wizard felt the same and documented the joy, pain, and utter gorgeousness of the films of Spike Jonze in a more than 5-minute video that highlights the great moments in his films: Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Where the Wild Things Are, and Her.

Now, the hard part comes: Waiting for the next Jonze film and trying not to rewatch them all after seeing this video.

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Christina Applegate Plays Meryl Streep in Funny or Die Lifetime Spoof (Video)

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Christina Applegate Plays Meryl Streep in Funny or Die Lifetime Spoof (Video)
Christina Applegate is ready to show the world the real Meryl Streep in the Lifetime original movie, “Meryl.” At least that is the premise of the new Funny or Die video featuring Applegate. She plays the multiple-Oscar winner in the behind-the-scenes story of some of her most famous roles, like “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Adaptation. “We also learn the secret to Streep’s ability to cry on command. However, the narrator admits that finding salacious details of Streep’s life proved challenging. “Honestly, we kind of struggled to find dirt on Meryl,” he says. “So we made things up.
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Amy Poehler: How an SNL Mistake Led to a Powerful Friendship

Amy Poehler: How an SNL Mistake Led to a Powerful Friendship
Amy Poehler learned the hard way that it's easy to make a bad first impression when your job is making fun of people.

The former Saturday Night Live star emphasized her "shame" over inadvertently mocking Anastasia and Alba Somoza, twins born with cerebral palsy, in an SNL skit from 2008.

Delivering a speech at Wednesday's Somoza Palooza, which honored the Somoza sisters and their family, Poehler admitted that the gaffe occurred when, "Without me quite knowing the correct context of what I was doing and saying, I ended up making a joke about a project that was based on her life
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Watch how Spike Jonze movies create the atmosphere of a fairytale

Are you curious about how director Spike Jonze frames his films? How his moments can become both filled with reality and fantasy? It seems like the director has a knack for keeping the audience balanced between both realms.

In a new video essay, Jacob Swinney shows what makes Jonze’s four feature films (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Where the Wild Things Are, and Her) so special and how they create the belief of fantasy within a very real world. The essay focuses on Jonze’s use of lens flares, floating camera movement, centered framing, and wide-angle close-ups, and how they help the create this atmosphere that make his film seem both real and fantastical.

It also takes the time to look at some of the shots that made each of these films unique and how he has started to shift his atmosphere from the more realistic aesthetic of Being John Malkovich
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2015 Oscar Previews: Part 2

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Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

The Best Actor Nominees

Steve Carell - as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

Age: 52

Previously Best Known For:

The Office

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:


Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.

Bradley Cooper - as Chris Kyle in American Sniper

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

The Hangover

Silver Linings Playbook

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook

Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.

Benedict Cumberbatch - as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game
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