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Ten years ago right about now Reese & Joaquin took the stage in movie theaters with a full sung duet as June and Johnny Cash. Both were Oscar-nominated for their ringed fire as tempestuous country superstar marrieds with Reese going on to win in a strangely non competitive Best Actress year. His & Hers Oscar nominations for lively onscreen marriages aren't anything new of course but they also aren't dependable since one of the partners is often foregrounded while the other is window dressing or is equally brilliant but just not nominated.
But of the ten double nominees who did it best in the intervening years? (I included the divorced couples just to up the numbers). You decide. To make this more exciting, judge the performances Fused. Who wins your vote then? These are your ten options
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- NATHANIEL R
Don’t worry, Layla: Nashville‘s newest addition isn’t gunning for a chance as Rayna’s next big Highway 65 artist.
Per the site, Riff had Luke Wheeler-equivalent fame a decade ago (successful tours, lots of hits, armies of fans) but gave it all up when he fell in love with Heidi, an aspiring country-music artist herself. Now, he’s more of a farmer and family man. »
The current domestic gross is $161.1 million and international gross will be $38.9 million by the end of Monday.
“Straight Outta Compton” posted the biggest R-rated August opening ever and held the top spot at the domestic box office for three weeks in a row. It’s also the highest-grossing music biopic of all time, topping the record held by “Walk the Line.”
The movie, directed by F. Gary Gray, is also highest-grossing film from a black director.
“Straight Outta Compton” posted its top international take in the U.K. with $12.2 million, followed by Australia with $7.3 million. It has four international territories still to release including Russia on Nov. 12 and Spain on Nov. 13.
- Dave McNary
With the rising buzz about female superheroes, let’s praise the plain old Hollywood heroics of Reese Witherspoon, who’s being honored Oct. 30 by the American Cinematheque. The brainy blonde was ahead of the gender equality curve, founding her own movie company, Pacific Standard, and developing female-driven projects with partner Bruna Papandrea. Given the New Orleans native’s Type-a personality, it’s no surprise that her company’s first two films, “Wild” (in which she starred) and “Gone Girl,” earned three Oscar nominations — with Witherspoon nabbing one for actress.
With these two films, Witherspoon, an avid reader, solidified the bridge between chick lit and chick films that had already been established by Ya super-hits “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games.” And, like the heroines in these post-feminist movies, Witherspoon wasn’t going to go all damsel-in-distress: if there weren’t enough challenging female roles, she would build them herself. »
- Thelma Adams
59 years ago today, Elvis Presley made his second appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” It was the first time he was on the show with the eponymous host present, as Sullivan was recovering from a car accident. Charles Laughton guest hosted that show. On the October 28, 1956 show, Presley performed “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Love Me Tender.” And he played a four minute-long version of his hit “Hound Dog.” (That September, he had performed a one minute and seven seconds version of the song on the show.) At both his first and second appearance on the show, audiences went wild for his gyrating hips. It was at his third and final appearance on the show, in January 1957, that he was famously taped and photographed from the waist up only. Before his first appearance on “Ed Sullivan,” the host had vowed to never allow Presley on the show. Sullivan wouldn’t »
- Emily Rome
This story first appeared in the Oct. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Reese Witherspoon is known for her lovable comedic characters in Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama and her critically acclaimed work in last year's Wild and 2005's Walk the Line, which earned her a best actress Oscar. But it's her work behind the scenes as a producer through her Pacific Standard banner, which she and Bruna Papandrea founded in 2012, that has made her a true industry force. "One of the best parts of our job is we're
- Rebecca Ford
Wondering what you’ll watch when The Hunger Games franchise is over? We’ve got some ideas…
As well as sequels, remakes, and comic book adaptations, there’s one kind of movie you can feel fairly sure is going to keep popping up at a cinema near you: young adult adaptations. Stories about teenagers are still doing big business in the book trade, and thanks to Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, Hollywood is convinced of the genre’s appeal, too.
A couple of new franchises have already been kicked off – there’s still at least another Divergent sequel on the way, and another Maze Runner sequel – but what’s more interesting is the list of Ya novels that have been optioned and may soon be taking over the box office. Now, not all of the adaptations on this list will see the light of day, »
Don Cheadle flails about trying to channel the spirit of late jazz-trumpeting legend Miles Davis in “Miles Ahead,” a biopic that rejects typical genre conventions to the point of chasing itself down lame, tangential paths. A passion project for its star, who also directed, co-wrote and co-produced the feature, this portrait aims for insight by striving to match its own form to that of its subject’s music, whose inspired improvisational tunes repeatedly defined the course of modern jazz. A wild, and wildly uneven, free-form investigation of Davis’ turbulent personal and professional life that’s bolstered by an outsized lead performance, the film — premiering as the closing-night selection of this year’s New York Film Festival — is set to open next year through Sony Classics, though its all-over-the-place style will temper mainstream theatrical interest.
Eschewing the cause-and-effect pop-psychologizing of “Ray” and “Walk the Line” for the more experimental, impressionistic approach »
- Nick Schager
Johnny Cash has been inducted in the Music City Walk of Fame. The country music legend was posthumously honoured and his youngest brother, Tommy Cash, represented the icon - who now has a star on the Music City Walk of Fame - during an induction ceremony yesterday (06.10.15) at Walk of Fame Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Asked what Cash's reaction would be if he were still alive, Tommy, 75, mused: '''Well, I got another plaque.' ''But he deserved it, and he also deserved the Johnny Cash Museum.'' Cash had a string of hits including 'I Walk The Line', 'A Boy Named Sue' and even covered Nine Inch Nails' track 'Hurts' months before he passed away in 2003 aged 71 as a result of complications from diabetes. The singer/songwriter - who was portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in biopic movie 'Folsom Prison Blues' while Reese Witherspoon played his »
Jim Gianopulos, the chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, will receive the Milestone Award at the 2016 Producers Guild Awards, the PGA announced on Tuesday. The Milestone Award is the PGA’s top honor, and in the past has gone to Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ron Meyer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bob Iger and Harvey and Bob Weinstein, among others. Gianopulos has been the chairman of Fox since 2000, overseeing films that include “Avatar,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Life of Pi,” “Minority Report,” “Walk the Line” and the “Planet of the Apes,” “Ice Age” and “X-Men” franchises. Fox’s most recent release was Ridley Scott‘s box-office. »
- Steve Pond
Joaquin Phoenix has been cast as the lead in yet another dark comedy. A meme featuring the three-time Oscar nominee went viral in anticipation of Hurricane Joaquin touching down in the U.S. And though the National Weather Service is now predicting that the hurricane will remain at sea as it heads north from the Bahamas, sparing the East Coast any major damage... That doesn't make the meme any less funny. One even parallels the storm's strength to the actor's physical transformation through the years in five hilarious photos, starting with Phoenix as a teen pining for the girl next door in Inventing the Abbots, increasing in intensity as Johnny Cash in 2005's Walk The Line and ending with the »
Not cool, bro. Joaquin Phoenix may live in sunny L.A., but the Oscar-nominated actor is all the rage on the East Coast these days. Hilarious memes of Phoenix have gone completely viral with the looming forecast of Hurricane Joaquin. One laugh-out-loud meme in particular features several photos of Phoenix's face Photoshopped onto a weather map. The looks vary from his scruffy years on the red carpet to his role as Johnny Cash in the 2005 drama Walk the Line. But there's more. Some tweeters are so peeved about [...] »
Never mind all of that original music in "Straight Outta Compton." At the upcoming Golden Globes, it will not compete alongside other musicals like "Ricki and the Flash." The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has deemed "Straight Outta Compton" to be a drama. -Break- Join the fierce live discussion of "Straight Outta Compton" in our infamous forums For Universal, that's disappointing kudos news considering "Compton" would've faced less hefty competition in the alternative classification — comedy/musical — but that's where things get murky. "Compton" isn't a comedy, of course, but the category definition is widely interpreted by award-watchers as comedy or musical. Many other dramas with music have competed in that race in the past, including "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013) and "Ray" (2004). Heck, "Walk the Line" won in 2005. However, last year &qu »
Never mind all of that original music in "Straight Outta Compton." At the upcoming Golden Globes, it will not compete alongside other musicals like "Ricki and the Flash." The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has deemed "Straight Outta Compton" to be a drama. -Break- Join the fierce live discussion of "Straight Outta Compton" in our infamous forums For Universal, that's disappointing kudos news considering "Compton" would've faced less hefty competition in the alternative classification — comedy/musical — but that's where things get murky. "Compton" isn't a comedy, of course, but the category definition is widely interpreted by award-watchers as comedy or musical. Many other dramas with music have competed for Best Comedy/Musical Picture in the past, including "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013) and "Ray" (2004). Heck, "Walk the Line" won in 2005. How »
Beth Harrington's "The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes and the Course of Country Music" premiered at SXSW 2014 and had its theatrical premiere last night at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon, where Harrington is based. But getting to this moment has been, you might say, a long and winding stream. It took 12 years to make the documentary about the American music dynasty, the Carters and Cashes, and their influence on popular music. The film features interviews with Johnny Cash, Roseanne Cash, George Jones, John Prine and Kris Kristofferson, among many others. In fact, Harrington's interview with Johnny Cash was one of the last before he died in 2003. Along with Greg Snider, the film's editor, Harrington, who was nominated for a Grammy for "Welcome to the Club - The Women of Rockabilly," participated in a Q&A following the screening of the film. Read More: How a »
- Paula Bernstein
Like a sonnet, or a hymn, Hank Williams’ songs are timeless both because of and in spite of their structural limitations, using primary colors to drill down to the primary essences of the most primary human emotions. Unfortunately, Marc Abraham’s Williams biopic “I Saw the Light” fails to mirror its subject, focusing on the footnotes, the asides and the marginalia instead of the singular genius at its center. Despite a thoroughly committed, impressive performance from Tom Hiddleston as Williams (and an even better one from Elizabeth Olsen as his first wife, Audrey), the film tackles the life of one of the 20th century’s most seminal musicians with all the passion of a stenographer, making for a dull, unfocused slog through what should have been an effortlessly cinematic story. Evergreen interest in Williams’ music — and curiosity at how well such an indelibly British actor can channel it — may drive »
- Andrew Barker
The Hank Williams biopic “I Saw The Light” really has three stars: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, and cinematographer Dante Spinotti. Hiddleston’s performance as the hard-living, still-influential country music singer-songwriter is likely to get the most attention, and for good reason. He’s makes an absolutely magnetic Williams, using his wiry frame and wide, thin smile to convey both the fragility of the man and his innate charisma. But Olsen matches Hiddleston as Hank’s ornery, long-suffering first wife, Audrey. Unlike Reese Witherspoon’s ingratiating, Oscar-winning take on June Carter in the Johnny Cash movie “Walk The Line," Olsen’s Audrey has a lot of acid oozing through her, and has no patience for her husband’s boozing and womanizing. Whenever those two are on screen together — nuzzling each other and snarling at each other with a similar intimacy — “I Saw The Light” is something special. Read More: Watch Tom Hiddleston »
- Noel Murray
Country music biopics have fared pretty well at the box office and in the awards race over the years, and on Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hank Williams film “I Saw the Light” attempted to join a hit parade that has included films about Johnny Cash (“Walk the Line”), Loretta Lynn (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”) and Patsy Cline (“Sweet Dreams”). Like most of its predecessors, the film paid more attention to its subject’s tortured life than his creative genius. And like the others, it rose above the standard biopic movies mostly thanks to a towering lead performance. »
- Steve Pond
When Neil Patrick Harris returns to TV next week, he won't be cracking jokes in another sitcom. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (debuting on September 15th on NBC) marks the return — overdue or not — of the variety show, that long-dormant format in which kooky skits, musical guests, and frenzied production numbers are jammed into an hour of family-friendly entertainment. "When you think of the variety shows we all grew upon — Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie — those [programs] all said, 'Sit on the couch, be entertained with a little song, »
"Straight Outta Compton" has reached yet another milestone this week, becoming the highest grossing music bio-pic ever. At currently $136 million and still counting, it beat out the previous No.1 film in that category, "Walk The Line" - the film about Johnny Cash, which grossed nearly $120 million, and held that record for a decade. "Ray," the Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles film, now drops to third, with $75 million. Clearly "Compton" has touched a nerve with black audiences. There were other hip-hop films before it, going back to "Krush Groove" thirty years ago in 1985. But, with the exception of the Eminem film "8 Mile," which made »
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