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Oscars 2018: Which 20 previous winners should present to this year’s 20 acting nominees?

Oscars 2018: Which 20 previous winners should present to this year’s 20 acting nominees?
One of the highlights of the 2009 Academy Awards ceremony was the surprise addition of 20 Oscar winners presenting to that year’s acting nominees. It started with five Best Supporting Actress champs (Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Anjelica Huston, Eva Marie Saint, Tilda Swinton) who gave out the award to Penelope Cruz, welcoming her to their club. While all of those presenting that evening had indeed won the category before, each one often had no connection at all to the person they were introducing.

The following year new producers followed a similar format of five people presenting to a new crop of five for the lead categories only. While all of them had working relationships with the nominees (like Michelle Pfeiffer for Jeff Bridges and Stanley Tucci for Meryl Streep), most of them were not Oscar winners.

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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018

Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018
Emmy winners Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”) and Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) head up the new Hulu original series “The Looming Tower,” which chronicles the rise of Osama Bin-Laden. Also featured in this docudrama about the inter-agency rivalry between the CIA and FBI in the first part of this century are Golden Globe nominees Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. The first of the 10 episodes starts streaming on Hulu on Feb. 28.

Before then, Hulu viewers will get a chance to see another acclaimed docudrama, the film “Detroit” by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). She reteamed with screenwriter Mark Boal, who also picked up an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” for this acclaimed film. “Detroit” documents the riots that beset the motor city in the summer of 1967 after the police raid an unlicensed bar on July 23 and arrest the 82 patrons and staff. Over the course of just five days, 43 people died
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in February 2018

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon will bring content for fans of the holiday and those who have had enough of love.

Uma Thurman’s action-packed thrillers “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” and “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” can be added to Netflix queues starting in February. Other films coming to the streaming service are “Men in Black,” “Meet the Fockers,” and “Ella Enchanted.” Bravo’s “Imposters” and Netflix’s “Queer Eye” reboot will also be added.

A few classic movies are joining Hulu in next month, including Harrison Ford’s “Sabrina” and “Mystic Pizza,” starring Julia Roberts. For the kids, “Agent Cody Banks,” and “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds” will be added. Fans of “One Tree Hill” can watch all nine seasons of the teen series.

Amazon Prime will roll out new seasons for some of its original series in February, with the “The Tick: Season 1B” and the
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In Praise of Sam Rockwell

Tom Jolliffe looks at the career of the vastly underrated Sam Rockwell

So after doing a piece on the fantastic Frances McDormand, sticking with the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri connection, it seemed apt to do a piece on an actor who has always slipped just below the radar. Sam Rockwell is always great and he’s had his share of roles in critically acclaimed films. Not that Oscar recognition is the foremost watermark on an actors CV, but the fact that even a nomination at this point in his career has eluded him is more than a little harsh.

He’s had a prolific career with some great films (and not so great). Even in some of the less stellar efforts always feature a solid turn from Rockwell. Similarly, he’s had significant parts, maybe fourth/fifth billed in a film. It’s hard to get an Oscar nomination
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Charlie Kaufman to Adapt and Direct Netflix Original Film ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’

Charlie Kaufman to Adapt and Direct Netflix Original Film ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’
Charlie Kaufman is readying his first script for Netflix. The Oscar-winning “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” screenwriter will adapt “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” the 2016 bestselling novel from first-time Canadian author Iain Reid, who is slated to co-produce. Kaufman will direct the Netflix original film, reteaming with his “Eternal Sunshine,” “Human Nature,” and “Synedoche, New York” producer, Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman.

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“Charlie is a singular talent with a formidable artistic vision,” said Scott Stuber, head of original films at Netflix, which had a huge hit last month with “Bright.” “He has the rare ability to tell unique stories in a universal way. ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ is a chilling thriller and we can’t wait to share Charlie’s adaptation with audiences everywhere.”

The narrator, an unnamed woman, alerts readers that she’s suicidal while en route to meet
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Charlie Kaufman to Adapt ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix

Charlie Kaufman to Adapt ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix
Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman is set to write and direct a film adaptation of Iain Reid’s internationally best selling novel “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” for Netflix.

Named an NPR Best Book of the Year in 2016, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” examines the fragility of the psyche and the limitations of solitude. On a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm, Jake’s girlfriend is thinking of ending things. When Jake makes an unexpected detour, leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror ensues. Reid’s debut novel has been published in 17 territories and received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist.

“Charlie is a singular talent with a formidable artistic vision,” said Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group. “He has the rare ability to tell unique stories in a universal way. I’m Thinking
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Charlie Kaufman Set to Adapt ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix

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Charlie Kaufman Set to Adapt ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix
Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and “Anomalisa”) is set to write and direct a film adaptation of Iain Reid’s internationally best-selling novel “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” for Netflix, the company announced on Thursday. Kaufman previously adapted Susan Orlean’s “The Orchid Thief” (which became “Adaptation”) and the Chuck Barris memoir “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” Named an NPR Best Book of the Year in 2016, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” examines the fragility of the psyche and the limitations of solitude. On a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm, Jake’s girlfriend...
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Charlie Kaufman to adapt 'I’m Thinking Of Ending Things' for Netflix

Likely Story to produce thriller.

Netflix film group chief Scott Stuber has proffered another sample of the original feature stable he is assembling, signing Charlie Kaufman to write and direct Iain Reid’s bestseller I’m Thinking Of Ending Things.

The novel was named an NPR Best Book of the Year in 2016 and examines the fragility of the psyche and the limitations of solitude.

On a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm, Jake’s girlfriend is thinking of ending things. When Jake makes an unexpected detour, leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror ensues.

The project will reunite Kaufman with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind). Both men will produce with Stefanie Azpiazu, while Reid will serve as co-producer.

“Charlie is a singular talent with a formidable artistic vision,” Stuber said. “He has the rare ability to tell unique stories in a universal
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Suburbicon – Review

Strap yourself in for another trek in the cinema “way-back” machine at your local multiplex. And for once it’s not a “biopic” or a story “inspired by true events” like Marshall or Breathe. Yes, it’s pure fiction but it is set firmly in the real world. The movies have often viewed the 1950’s through the “rose-tinted” lens of nostalgia, as if yearning for that simpler, more innocent time. TVeven joined in with its long running hit “Happy Days” (that 70’s show now has its own nostalgic glow, as seen in the recent Kingsmen: The Golden Circle). Sure, they were indeed happy days…if you were part of the right social class, religion or race. . That’s the view of this new film, no surprise since it sprang from the minds of Joel and Ethan, the Coen brothers. But they’re not behind the camera on this project (supposedly
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Playback: Sam Rockwell on ‘Three Billboards’ and Tackling George W. Bush

Playback: Sam Rockwell on ‘Three Billboards’ and Tackling George W. Bush
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Sam Rockwell has been on the brink of serious awards attention for a while now. He came close to Oscar recognition with his tour-de-force performance in Duncan Jones’ “Moon,” but his work as a racist Missouri law enforcement officer in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is perhaps his best work to date, carved with complexity and grace. It might finally be hi ticket to the dance.

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Rockwell has worked from a McDonagh script three times now, having previously starred in the director’s “Seven Psychopaths” and his play “A Behanding in Spokane.” He relishes the collaboration, particularly for McDonagh’s capabilities on the page.

“[The characters are] very detailed and defined,” Rockwell says. “The
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‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Overplays His Hand With Grotesque ’50s Noir

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‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Overplays His Hand With Grotesque ’50s Noir
Like those talented pop singers who keep making valiant stabs at being actors — and vice versa — George Clooney can’t seem to stay away from the director’s chair. His filmmaking career started promisingly enough with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (helped greatly by its Charlie Kaufman screenplay), but since then it’s been a parade of adequacies (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Ides of March”), mediocrity (“Leatherheads”) and downright catastrophe (“The Monuments Men”). Clooney’s directorial legacy won’t get any help from “Suburbicon,” a garish and overblown crime melodrama that combines clumsy noir with lame jabs at 1950s suburban conformity.
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Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney to Receive Hollywood Supporting Actor and Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards at “Hollywood Film Awards”

Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney to Receive Hollywood Supporting Actor and Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards” dick clark productions announced today that previous “Hollywood Film Awards” recipient, Sam Rockwell, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Emmy Award-winning actress, Allison Janney, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award” for her turn as Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.” The 2017 “Hollywood Film Awards,” known as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden for the third consecutive year and will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The ceremony, which honors the most acclaimed films and actors while previewing highly anticipated films and talent for the upcoming year, also acknowledges artists in the categories of Cinematography,
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Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney and More Speak Out Against Harvey Weinstein's 'Indefensible' Actions

Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney and More Speak Out Against Harvey Weinstein's 'Indefensible' Actions
Hollywood A-listers are breaking their silence in the wake of the allegations of sexual harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

After Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, and other actresses released statements, Jennifer Lawrence and George Clooney are also speaking out.

“I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior,” Lawrence told Et in a statement. “I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.”

The 27-year-old actress -- who won an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, which was distributed by The Weinstein Company -- went on to express her support for those accusing Weinstein of inappropriate behavior, saying, “My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”

Clooney also slammed
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George Clooney Worked With Harvey Weinstein For 20 Years And Condemns His ‘Indefensible’ Behavior

George Clooney Worked With Harvey Weinstein For 20 Years And Condemns His ‘Indefensible’ Behavior
George Clooney knows Harvey Weinstein better than most. The two men’s careers have been intertwined for decades and, as Clooney will even admit, Weinstein is largely responsible for his success in the industry, giving him an acting breakthrough with “From Dusk Till Dawn” in 1996 and a directorial breakthrough with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” in 2002. But not even Clooney will be coming to Weinstein’s defense in light of The New York Times article which revealed decades worth of sexual harassment accusations and coverups.

Read More:Jennifer Lawrence Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Inexcusable’ Acts, Praises Accusers For Their ‘Bravery’

“It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with,” Clooney said to The Daily Beast in an extensive interview in which he reacts to the Weinstein scandal. “I’ve known Harvey for 20 years…We’ve had dinners, we’ve been on location together, we’ve had arguments.
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George Clooney Says Harvey Weinstein Scandal Is ‘Disturbing on a Whole Lot of Levels’

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George Clooney Says Harvey Weinstein Scandal Is ‘Disturbing on a Whole Lot of Levels’
George Clooney has spoken out against Harvey Weinstein, the man behind his breakout movie role in the 1996 comedy-thriller “From Dusk Til Dawn.” “It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with,” Clooney told The Daily Beast on Monday about the accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment against the former Miramax and Weinstein Co. boss. “Harvey’s admitted to it, and it’s indefensible. I’ve known Harvey for 20 years. He gave me my first big break as an actor in films on ‘From Dusk Till Dawn,’ he gave me my first big break as a director with ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,
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George Clooney Reacts to Harvey Weinstein Allegations: "It's Indefensible"

George Clooney Reacts to Harvey Weinstein Allegations:
George Clooney is the latest A-list star speaking out about Harvey Weinstein. Just a few days after the New York Times first went public with their investigation that featured several women coming forward and claiming sexual misconduct against the Hollywood producer, George is sharing his perspective.  "It's indefensible. That's the only word you can start with," he said in an interview with The Daily Beast. "Harvey's admitted to it, and it's indefensible. I've known Harvey for twenty years." George continued, "He gave me my first big break as an actor in films on From Dusk till Dawn, he gave me my first big break as a director with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind....
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George Clooney George Clooney Recipient Of 46th AFI Life Achievement Award

The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that actor, director, writer and producer George Clooney will be the recipient of the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Clooney at a Gala Tribute on June 7, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its sixth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Audi and Vizio return as Official Sponsors of the event.

George Clooney is America’s leading man,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Director, producer, writer and actor — a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him
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George Clooney to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

George Clooney to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award
George Clooney will be the 46th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

The award, announced on Thursday, will be presented to Clooney on June 7 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast subsequently by Turner Broadcasting on TNT, followed by encore presentations on Turner Classic Movies.

George Clooney is America’s leading man,” said Howard Stringer, chairman of the American Film Institute Board of Trustees. “Director, producer, writer, and actor — a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him with its 46th Life Achievement Award.”

Clooney has won a best actor Academy Award for his role in “Syriana” and a best picture Oscar as a producer on “Argo.” He’s also received best actor Oscar nominations for “Michael Clayton,” “Up in the Air,” and “The Descendants”; directing and screenplay nods for “Good Night, and
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Frances McDormand Delivers but Sam Rockwell Is the Story in ‘Three Billboards’

Frances McDormand Delivers but Sam Rockwell Is the Story in ‘Three Billboards’
In terms of the awards season, all eyes will surely be on Frances McDormand in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival Monday. But while the actress delivers a more nuanced turn than the fire-breathing character you might expect from the film’s trailer, it’s Sam Rockwell who really punches through the ensemble with a dramatic arc and a reminder that the journeyman actor can be one of the best tools in a director’s arsenal.

Rockwell stars as hateful Missouri law officer Jason Dixon, clearly a few bricks shy of a load, a simpleton who is the product of his limited environment. But he’s by no means a caricature. Jason has deep admiration and love for Woody Harrelson’s noble Sheriff Bill Willoughby, under fire from McDormand’s scorned Mildred Hayes, who seeks justice for her raped and murdered daughter. He
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‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Overplays His Hand With Grotesque ’50s Noir

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‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Overplays His Hand With Grotesque ’50s Noir
Like those talented pop singers who keep making valiant stabs at being actors — and vice versa — George Clooney can’t seem to stay away from the director’s chair. His filmmaking career started promisingly enough with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (helped greatly by its Charlie Kaufman screenplay), but since then it’s been a parade of adequacies (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Ides of March”), mediocrity (“Leatherheads”) and downright catastrophe (“The Monuments Men”). Clooney’s directorial legacy won’t get any help from “Suburbicon,” a garish and overblown crime melodrama that combines clumsy noir with lame jabs at 1950s suburban conformity.
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