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The Eight Performances Cut From Terrence Malick Movies We’d Most Like to See

13 March 2017 4:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you know what happened to Adrien Brody on “The Thin Red Line,” you know that filming scenes for a Terrence Malick movie doesn’t guarantee actually being in a Terrence Malick movie. Brody, who was originally positioned as the film’s lead, didn’t know until its premiere that his role had been drastically reduced; Christopher Plummer had a similar experience on “The New World.”

In the grand scheme of things, they’re lucky ones: More than a few actors have had their parts excised entirely, including one of the would-be stars of “Song to Song.” With that Austin-set romantic drama opening this week, it seemed like a good time to remind ourselves of what could have been.

Read More: Terrence Malick Makes a Rare Appearance at SXSW 2017 and Digs Deep On His Process

Billy Bob Thornton, “The Thin Red Line

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‘Miss Sloane’ Star Jessica Chastain Proved She Was a Total Chameleon in 2014 – Awards Season Flashback

13 March 2017 1:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Spectrum. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and the latest films On Demand. Today’s pick is “Miss Sloane.”]

It’s hard to believe that Jessica Chastain’s career as an actress took off just five years ago in 2011. That year, she starred in “The Help,” which was both a critical and a commercial success, along with Terence Malick’s unconventional narrative, “The Tree of Life.” Thanks to “The Help,” Chastain not only became a household name, but also, at the same time, her participation in “The Tree of Life” garnered her repute as a serious actress amongst her peers.

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2014 was perhaps Chastain’s biggest year yet. Her projects this year — “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “Miss Julie” — demonstrate her flexibility as a performer, which is a skill that has made it possible for her to successfully work with many different types of directors, whose stylistic preferences in certain cases, may stand in direct opposition to one another.

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- Shipra Gupta

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Octavia Spencer Reprises The Help Role on SNL and Delivers Impressions of Oprah Winfrey and Viola Davis

5 March 2017 9:39 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Hope you didn't watch Saturday Night Live while eating a pre-night snack... Octavia Spencer, who recently starred in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, made her hosting debut on the NBC show, first appearing in the cold open, a Forrest Gump parody in which she reprised her role as Minny Jackson from The Help, which had earned her an Oscar. The character is one of several who sits on a bench in Alabama and chats with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, played by SNL cast member Kate McKinnon.   She asks him if he is "the one Corette Scott King wrote that letter about," to which he replies, "Oh wow, well that was 40 years ago. »

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Octavia Spencer Addresses the ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub During Her “Saturday Night Live” Monologue — Watch

5 March 2017 9:34 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With the way the news cycle works these days, the “Hidden Fences” snafu already seems like it happened much longer than two months ago. If you don’t recall, a brief refresher: During the Golden Globes in January, Jenna Bush Hager and Michael Keaton conflated the names of “Hidden Figures” and “Fences,” two movies featuring predominantly black casts. Octavia Spencer addressed the flubs during her “Saturday Night Live” monologue last night.

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Octavia Spencer Anchors An Episode That Feels Accidentally Good

“It was so wonderful to play a Nasa mathematician, like I do in ‘Hidden Figures,'” the actress said of the role that earned her her second Academy Award nomination (she previously won for “The Help”). “People have been so kind to me about that movie. So many people have been coming up to me saying, ‘I loved Hidden Fences!’ And I say, ‘No, »

- Michael Nordine

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Octavia Spencer Addresses the ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub During Her “Saturday Night Live” Monologue — Watch

5 March 2017 9:34 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With the way the news cycle works these days, the “Hidden Fences” snafu already seems like it happened much longer than two months ago. If you don’t recall, a brief refresher: During the Golden Globes in January, Jenna Bush Hager and Michael Keaton conflated the names of “Hidden Figures” and “Fences,” two movies featuring predominantly black casts. Octavia Spencer addressed the flubs during her “Saturday Night Live” monologue last night.

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Octavia Spencer Anchors An Episode That Feels Accidentally Good

“It was so wonderful to play a Nasa mathematician, like I do in ‘Hidden Figures,'” the actress said of the role that earned her her second Academy Award nomination (she previously won for “The Help”). “People have been so kind to me about that movie. So many people have been coming up to me saying, ‘I loved Hidden Fences!’ And I say, ‘No, »

- Michael Nordine

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Watch Kate McKinnon Turn Jeff Sessions Into Forrest Gump on 'SNL'

5 March 2017 6:04 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Kate McKinnon expanded her menagerie of masterful political impressions by recasting Attorney General Jeff Sessions as Forrest Gump in Saturday Night Live's latest cold open.

Like that 1994 film, the dim-witted "Sessions" sits on a bus stop bench, eating from a box of chocolate and commiserating with strangers about his troubles, which includes lying to Congress about meeting with Russian officials.

"I always say life is like a box of chocolates… Sure are a lot of brown ones in there," "Sessions" says.

"Sessions" then compared that photo of Kellyanne Conway »

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Octavia Spencer on SNL: Trump Sons, Kellyanne Gag Can't Save Woeful Ep

5 March 2017 3:53 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Octavia Spencer couldn’t have asked for worse material for her Saturday Night Live hosting debut.

VideosSNL Cold Open Recreates Forrest Gump With Kate McKinnon’s Jeff Sessions

Save for a terrific, Forrest Gump-inspired cold open, where the Oscar-winning actress ever-so-briefly reprised her role from The Help opposite Kate McKinnon’s Jeff Sessions, Spencer was wasted in a series of uninspired, practically unwatchable sketches. And while it would be nice to say that it was the Hidden Figures star who kept us tuned in for the duration of the show, that honor actually goes to standout featured players Melissa Villaseñor, »

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Kate McKinnon Plays Jeff Sessions as Forrest Gump, Mocks Kellyanne Conway in New 'Saturday Night Live'

5 March 2017 2:47 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Saturday Night Live came back from their two-week break swinging, with a cold open mocking U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Sessions' recently revealed connections to the Russian government.

Kate McKinnon reprised her impression of the 70-year-old veteran politician, dressed as Forrest Gump and sitting on a bus bench with a box of chocolates and talking to random people who sat down next to him.

"I always say life is like a box of chocolates," McKinnon's Sessions said to a waiting bus passenger played by Leslie Jones. "Sure are a lot of brown ones in there!"

Watch: Aziz Ansari Slams 'Casual White Supremacy,' Supports Political Protests in First Post-Inauguration 'SNL'

Sessions, with his Gump-like Alabama drawl, opened up to every new person who sat beside him on all the different issues he's faced in the past week, starting with the recent controversy surrounding Kellyanne Conway, who was criticized for a photo showing her casually sitting »

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Saturday Night Live: Jeff Sessions as Forrest Gump and those Russia connections

4 March 2017 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Kate McKinnon as the attorney general eats through a box of chocolates at a bus stop – and a very special pie served by The Help’s Octavia Spencer

In so many ways Saturday Night Live is a tradition-based show – it very rarely breaks format, mixes live and pre-taped elements, or toys with “meta” comedy.

But this week, the show played with expectations – and people who only watch sketches on YouTube – by inserting Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway into the mid-commercial live-shots, where viewers get a peek at the actors setting up for their next scene.

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Minny Jackson has a special delivery for Jeff Sessions. #SNL pic.twitter.com/cB3ak6U9mm

"Being in the government is so fun." #SNL pic.twitter.com/EW3zNiMO6A

"This is my best good friend Kellyanne." #SNL pic.twitter.com/wPrT3ym4oU

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- Elise Czajkowski

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SNL Cold Open Recreates Forrest Gump With Kate McKinnon's Jeff Sessions

4 March 2017 9:17 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Life isn’t quite like a box of chocolates for Jeff Sessions, but that didn’t stop Saturday Night Live from having the Attorney General double as Forrest Gump in this weekend’s cold open.

RelatedOctavia Spencer on SNL: Trump Sons, Kellyanne Gag Can’t Save Woeful Ep

Kate McKinnon’s Sessions sat at a bus stop, telling various commuters about his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week, which found him forced to address allegations that he, along with several other top advisers to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, were in contact with Russian officials.

“I had a bad week, »

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‘SNL’: Kate McKinnon As Jeff Sessions As Forrest Gump, With ‘Help’ & Mystery Pie From Octavia Spencer

4 March 2017 9:10 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated with video Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon reprised her Jeff Sessions impersonation tonight, complete with a box of Forrest Gump chocolates and a special delivery from host Octavia Spencer’s pie-baking Minny from The Help. Watch the video above. Both the pie and the movie mash-up served as the Baldwin-less cold open to tonight’s SNL, as McKinnon, in full Sessions drag, sat on a park bench a la Forrest Gump, chatting up any number of coming-and-going strangers… »

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‘Custody’ Review: Viola Davis Can’t Save This Wildly Messy Lifetime Movie

4 March 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Custody” is the cliched wedding toast of movies. Actually, it’s the drunken cliched wedding toast of movies, in that it starts by defining the title — “the protective care or guardianship of someone or something,” in case you’re unfamiliar with the lofty legal term — before spiraling wildly off-topic, delving full-on into the lives of the wedding guests and often forgetting why these stories are relevant to the happy couple.

In other words, it’s a mess, and if you’re purely interested in Viola Davis’ involvement, I urge you to skip to the first and only paragraph below staring with “Viola Davis” (or the one ending with “our beloved Vi Vi”).

To continue the wedding analogy, the happy couple at the heart of “Custody” is Sara Diaz (Catalina Sandino Moreno) and her kids. A single mother working at a dry cleaner, Diaz is constantly worried about her kids getting into trouble, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Custody’ Review: Viola Davis Can’t Save This Wildly Messy Lifetime Movie

4 March 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Custody” is the cliched wedding toast of movies. Actually, it’s the drunken cliched wedding toast of movies, in that it starts by defining the title — “the protective care or guardianship of someone or something,” in case you’re unfamiliar with the lofty legal term — before spiraling wildly off-topic, delving full-on into the lives of the wedding guests and often forgetting why these stories are relevant to the happy couple.

In other words, it’s a mess, and if you’re purely interested in Viola Davis’ involvement, I urge you to skip to the first and only paragraph below staring with “Viola Davis” (or the one ending with “our beloved Vi Vi”).

To continue the wedding analogy, the happy couple at the heart of “Custody” is Sara Diaz (Catalina Sandino Moreno) and her kids. A single mother working at a dry cleaner, Diaz is constantly worried about her kids getting into trouble, »

- Ben Travers

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The Shack Review

3 March 2017 9:48 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If you’re a movie critic, you shouldn’t make any preconceptions about a film — not even if the Happy Madison logo appears or a title card saying “A Tyler Perry Film” arises. But when breathy radio personality Delilah comes before the “wonderful” film you’re about to see, singing all its benevolent praises before a single slice of celluloid appears, you have good reason to be skeptical.

Based on the phenomenally bestselling novel, The Shack tells a spiritual story of perseverance against and acceptance towards life’s unspeakable cruelties. It’s told through the perspective of Mack (Sam Worthington), a husband and grieving father, fighting to release months upon years of pain and inner torment through one-on-one interactions with Papa (Octavia Spencer), a.k.a God, Jesus (Avraham Aviv Alush) and Sarayu (Sumire), a.k.a. the Holy Spirit, in the titular shack which once housed unfathomable evil. It’s blatantly religious, »

- Will Ashton

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Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn featured in Suicide Squad concept art

1 March 2017 2:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A couple of days ago we got a look at an early piece of concept art for Suicide Squad featuring the unused character of The Scarecrow [see here], and now we have more of Ed Natividad’s work on the DC supervillain team-up with artwork featuring Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn, including a scene of the Clown Prince of Crime sitting in the Batmobile, and showing up during Task Force X’s climactic showdown with The Enchantress…

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren »

- Gary Collinson

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From Poverty to Oscar Gold, Viola Davis Shares New Details of Her Incredible Journey: ‘I Cannot Believe My Life’

1 March 2017 5:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Viola Davis doesn’t mince words about her childhood. “I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me,” she says. “We had nothing.”

As she celebrates her historic Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in Fences, Davis, 51, reflects on her journey to the pinnacle of Hollywood success in People’s new cover story.  “‘I cannot believe my life,'” she says. “I just can’t. I’m so blessed.” 

The first black woman to ever be nominated for three Academy Awards, Davis has been paving her own way for more than 30 years, »

- Julie Jordan

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Early Suicide Squad concept art reveals The Scarecrow could have featured

27 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fresh from its Oscar success last night, we have a new piece of early concept art from Warner Bros.’ supervillain team-up Suicide Squad, which reveals that another member of Batman’s Rogues Gallery could have found himself as part of the worst heroes ever – Dr. Jonathan Crane, a.k.a. The Scarecrow! Check out artist Ed Natividad’s early design for the character here…

See Also: Mel Gibson Directing Suicide Squad 2? So Crazy It Might Just Work

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they »

- Amie Cranswick

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David Ayer congratulates makeup and hairstyling team for Suicide Squad Oscar win, new behind-the-scenes image of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn

27 February 2017 1:14 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

There are some things one must get used to in the year 2017, and one of them is referring to Suicide Squad as the Oscar-winning film Suicide Squad. The DC Extended Universe blockbuster won an award last night for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, an accomplishment that saw director David Ayer taking to Twitter to offer his congratulations to the team…

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Congratulations to my amazing and talented make-up and hair team on Suicide Squad! #Oscars

David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) February 27, 2017

And following the win Batman-News shared a new behind-the-scenes image showing the makeup team working on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, who appears to be wearing a wedding dress…

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and »

- Robert Kojder

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Just How Many Black Actors Have Won an Oscar? The Number Is Disturbingly Low

26 February 2017 10:15 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Lee Celano The Oscars have been plagued by obvious race issues since they began in 1929, and things seemingly came to a head with the #OscarsSoWhite discussion a couple of years ago; the overwhelming lack of diversity in nominees in both 2015 and 2016 resulted in Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs taking bigger, more noticeable steps to double the number of diverse members in its voting body by 2020. Nevertheless, a black actor (the incomparable Sidney Poitier) wasn't awarded until 1964, and it was only in 2002 that Halle Berry became the first black woman to win a best actress trophy. At this year's ceremony, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won for their supporting roles, adding to a pretty short list. So, just how many black actors have won Oscars over the years? Sixteen. A whopping sixteen distinguished, talented people in 89 years. Scroll through to see who they are and learn about the records they've broken. »

- Brittney Stephens

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Oscars 2017: Emma Stone Wins Best Actress for La La Land

26 February 2017 8:57 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

She made the right impression, now everybody knows her name.

Emma Stone has won her first Academy Award for leading the cast of Damien Chazelle’s modern musical La La Land, emerging victorious after a contentious Oscar race that saw her squaring off against awards mainstay Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), French screen legend Isabelle Huppert (Elle), previous winner Natalie Portman (Jackie) and first-time nominee Ruth Negga (Loving).

Leonardo DiCaprio presented the award to the actress.

Stone breathlessly thanked her peers, saying, “You were all so extraordinary and I look up to you and I admire you.”

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- Joey Nolfi and Alexia Fernandez

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