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Sparkling New Blu-ray Release For ‘The African Queen’ Announced

Eureka Entertainment has revealed that they are to bring a new Blu-ray of The African Queen to stores later this year.

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Here’s the official blurb for the planned release which is set for November.

Three movie giants come together in the cinematic classic The African Queen, combining the masterful direction of John Huston with the fabulous chemistry of Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in their only onscreen pairing. Adapted from a novel by C.S. Forester, this wartime romantic adventure sees the pair forced to travel together down a hazardous East African river after the outbreak of World War I.

Katharine Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, the maiden-lady sister of a prim British missionary (Robert Morley). When invading Germans kill her brother and level the village, Charlie Allnut (Bogart in the

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role which won him his only Oscar), the slovenly, gin-swilling captain of a tramp steamer called the African Queen,
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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Actress include Renee Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and …

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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Actress include Renee Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and …
Frontrunners are already forming in the Oscar race Best Actress race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. Now that the three major fall film festivals — Telluride, Venice and Toronto — have unspooled many of the most anticipated titles, these predictions reflect the flux now that award journalists have passed judgment on early fall contenders. Two major shifts for female leads: Both Julianne Moore (“Gloria”) and Nicole Kidman (The Goldfinch”) have dropped out from the top 10, replaced by Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers” and Helen Mirren in “The Good Liar.” We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. For example, JLo may drop to the supporting race if that improves her chance to win. For now, Gold Derby ranks her in both categories.

Below: the current top 10 Best Actress rankings on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Sept.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Ordinary Love’

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Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s intimate drama “Ordinary Love” loves to show health-conscious husband and wife Tom (Liam Neeson) and Joan (and Lesley Manville) on their evening stroll, a contented retired couple walking the same path alongside a rather un-scenic, busy street. Until five minutes in, when Joan finds a lump in her breast and the pair gradually realize some roads must be walked alone. He belongs in the world of the healthy; she’s increasingly more comfortable among the sick. During chemo, Joan dreams of a train ride where she leaves her husband behind at the station. “We’re both going through this,” Neeson protests. Shouts Manville, “No, we’re not!”

Their lives were already hermetic, especially since they lost their daughter, Debbie. If they ever had friends, they don’t appear to now. In their airless house, any small change is noticeable, like when Joan
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40% say Saoirse Ronan (‘Little Women’) should finally get her overdue Oscar bill paid off [Poll Results]

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40% say Saoirse Ronan (‘Little Women’) should finally get her overdue Oscar bill paid off [Poll Results]
Yes, Saoirse Ronan is just 25-years-old. This Irish-American lass earned her first of three Oscar nominations so far for her supporting role as a spiteful adolescent in 2007’s “Atonement.” That was followed by lead noms for her homesick Emerald Isle transplant in ’50s New York and her high-spirited high-schooler in 2017’s “Lady Bird.”

Can you call her overdue? Why not if her nominations are spread across a decade. Considering that she is playing Jo March in Greta Gerwig‘s version of Louisa May Alcott’s much-filmed “Little Women” — one of American literature’s most iconic female characters, you just know that Ronan has the right amount of spunk to bring her headstrong character to vivid life. We will have to wait until Dec. 25 to see how she stacks up with Katharine Hepburn and June Allyson, who previously played Jo on the big screen.

SEESaoirse Ronan’s 10 greatest films ranked worst
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Endings, Beginnings’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Endings, Beginnings’
There’s nothing tidy about Daphne’s love life — and if there were, she probably wouldn’t make a very compelling character. Daphne, who is played by Shailene Woodley in what is simultaneously her most realistic and least accessible performance yet, recently broke up with her boyfriend, moving back into her sister’s pool house. That split had something to do with a drunken one-night stand. And now, though she’s sworn herself to six months of sobriety and celibacy, Daphne can’t deny her attraction to two totally different guys, Jack (Jamie Dornan) and Frank (Sebastian Stan), who just so happen to be best friends.

This movie — whose title, “Endings, Beginnings,” is cutesily withheld until just before the credits roll — is like the mumblecore version of “The Philadelphia Story,” wherein Katharine Hepburn sleeps with both suitors, discovers she’s pregnant by one of them and winds up “Bringing Up Baby
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress (Updated: September 6)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress (Updated: September 6)
Historically the Best Actress Oscar has usually been awarded to an ingenue while the Best Actor prize is typically taken by a veteran. But these age biases could be changing. While a whopping 32 of the 92 Best Actress champs at the have been in their 20s when they picked up their Oscars, the last two women to win were 60-year-old Frances McDormand and 45-year-old Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”). And Colman’s closest rival was Glenn Close (“The Wife”), who was hoping for her first win at age 71. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Actress.)

Fifteen of the 92 Best Actress winners, including Colman, were in their 40s when they took to the stage while 34 were thirtysomething. Julianne Moore was 54 when she finally won after four losses for “Still Alice” in 2015. The only other Best Actress winner in her 50s was theater veteran Shirley Booth who won for reprising
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Which lead actress is most in need of overdue Oscar attention? Saoirse Ronan, Scarlett Johansson or Alfre Woodard? [Poll]

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Which lead actress is most in need of overdue Oscar attention? Saoirse Ronan, Scarlett Johansson or Alfre Woodard? [Poll]
A quintet of leading ladies listed on Gold Derby’s combined odds list of Academy Award predictions all qualify as being overdue for a Oscar statuette. Most have been nominated before while one former vampire lover has never been in the running. Here, in order of their current placement among lead actress contenders on the site, are those who might go on to give a speech at the ceremony on Feb. 9, 2020.

1. Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”: The Irish actress follows in the bookish Civil War-era footsteps of Katharine Hepburn, June Allyson and Winona Ryder — the actresses who most notably played Jo, the headstrong and ambitious March sister — in the 1933, 1949 and 1994 big-screen adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little Women.” Ryder was nominated for Lead Actress and Ronan just might do the same. She has been nominated for a supporting Oscar as a spiteful teen in 2007’s “Atonement” followed by
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Fred MacMurray movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Double Indemnity,’ ‘The Apartment,’ ‘The Absent-Minded Professor’

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Fred MacMurray movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Double Indemnity,’ ‘The Apartment,’ ‘The Absent-Minded Professor’
He is best remembered as the affable dad on the long-running television series “My Three Sons” and for his good-natured characters in a string in Disney films. But Fred MacMurray had a rich and varied career that spanned over half a century.

Frederick Martin MacMurray was born on August 30, 1908, in Kankakee, Il. His father was a concert violinist, and young Fred initially followed his father steps into the music business. He worked as a saxophonist and vocalist to pay his way through college, eventually moving to Los Angeles and joining the California Collegians vocal ensemble. This led him cross-country to Broadway, where he was discovered by a Paramount scout, who brought him back to L.A. and film stardom.

MacMurray is widely considered one of the most underrated actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood. He held his own against some of the industry’s most talented actresses, including four
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Fred MacMurray movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Fred MacMurray movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
He is best remembered as the affable dad on the long-running television series “My Three Sons” and for his good-natured characters in a string in Disney films. But Fred MacMurray had a rich and varied career that spanned over half a century.

Frederick Martin MacMurray was born on August 30, 1908, in Kankakee, Il. His father was a concert violinist, and young Fred initially followed his father steps into the music business. He worked as a saxophonist and vocalist to pay his way through college, eventually moving to Los Angeles and joining the California Collegians vocal ensemble. This led him cross-country to Broadway, where he was discovered by a Paramount scout, who brought him back to L.A. and film stardom.

MacMurray is widely considered one of the most underrated actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood. He held his own against some of the industry’s most talented actresses, including four
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress (Updated: August 29)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress (Updated: August 29)
While the Best Supporting Actress Oscar is often awarded to an ingenue, it can also be a way to reward a more season performer who has been overlooked by the academy in the past. Indeed, that is just what happened at the 2019 Academy Awards when Regina King took home this Oscar for her scene-stealing performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Supporting Actress.)

While King was clearly a featured player in her picture, two of her rival nominees, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, could easily have submitted themselves in lead for their roles in “The Favourite.” But the studio decided to campaign only their co-star, Olivia Colman, for Best Actress and this proved to be a winning strategy. Stone and Weisz were both Oscar winners already with the former prevailing in lead for “La La Land” in 2017 and the latter
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Oscar Trivia, Weekly: Double Oscar winners... How long does it take?

For today's utterly random weekly Oscar trivia, how about two-time acting winners? For the purposes of this list we're ignoring the rare third wins and focusing on the gaps between the first and second Oscar wins. What is most common for the double-dippers?

Marlon Brando's two wins...

All The Double-winners

+ Gaps Between Oscar Wins 

From Longest To Shortest

01

Helen Hayes (38 years: The Sin of Madelon Claudet to Airport)

02

Katharine Hepburn (34 years: Morning Glory to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)

03 

Frances McDormand (21 years: Fargo to Three Billboards)...
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Legendary Hollywood Diva Faye Dunaway Being Sued for Calling Assistant a ‘Little Homosexual Boy’

Legendary Hollywood Diva Faye Dunaway Being Sued for Calling Assistant a ‘Little Homosexual Boy’
Faye Dunaway is having a rough summer.

Once called the worst person in Hollywood by Bette Davis, the Academy Award winner is once again in hot water amid the unfolding disaster of her busted Broadway bow in “Tea at Five.” Last month, she was fired from the Broadway play because of allegedly bizarre behavior including hurling objects at crew members and slapping her wig-fitting team, throwing salad on the floor, and insisting no one wear white to rehearsal because it’s distracting.

Now, according to Page Six, she’s being sued by one of her handlers who alleges she verbally harassed him by calling him a “little homosexual boy.” The plaintiff, Michael Rocha, was tasked with running Dunaway’s errands, helping her take her meds, managing her schedule, and transporting her to and from rehearsals of the play, which is now being recast and mounted in London. Per Rocha’s court papers,
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Top 10 early-bird lead actress Oscar predictions: Saoirse Ronan (‘Little Women’) soars for now

Top 10 early-bird lead actress Oscar predictions: Saoirse Ronan (‘Little Women’) soars for now
Frontrunners are already forming for the Oscar Best Actress race, according to early predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, enough teaser trailers are out there, ranging from “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “The Irishman” to “Harriet” and “Ford v Ferrari,” to provide some sense of what at least feels like a worthy contender. We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. And once the fall film fests commence, the standings will likely rapidly shift.

Here are the current top 10 lead actress picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Aug. 15:

1. Saoirse Ronan — Filmmaker Greta Gerwig is one smart cookie, reuniting her “Lady Bird” leading lady Ronan as spunky March sister Jo as she pursues her literary ambitions, with the scrumptious Timothee Chalamet as Laurie, who
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First Trailer For Greta Gerwig’s Little Women Stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern And Meryl Streep

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms — is both timeless and timely.

Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

There have been other adaptations of the book. Most famously Little Women (1933) – Directed by George Cukor, stars Katharine Hepburn (Jo), Joan Bennett (Amy), Jean Parker (Beth), and Frances Dee (Meg). Little Women (1949) – Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, stars June Allyson (Jo), Elizabeth Taylor (Amy), Margaret O
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Beautiful Trailer for Little Women Makes the Story New Again

I am a lifelong fan of Louisa May Alcott’s classic autobiographical novel, Little Women. I watched the Katharine Hepburn version as a kid, and loved the 1994 Winona Ryder version, and now we are being treated to a new iteration with a wonderful cast and a director who loves the story as much as any of us big fans.

We reported previously that Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has a deep love for the project, as she previously stated, “This feels like autobiography. When you live through a book, it almost becomes the landscape of your inner life.… It becomes part of you, in a profound way.” I love that and so appreciate that when seeing a film made that follows a story so close to my own heart.

Saoirse Ronan teams back up with Gerwig to star as Jo March, and is joined by Florence Pugh,
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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Debuts First Trailer

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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Debuts First Trailer
The first look at Greta Gerwig’s latest adaptation of “Little Women” is finally here.

Gerwig, who directed 2017’s acclaimed “Lady Bird,” re-teams with Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet for the adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 19th century classic novel about four young women coming of age in Civil War-era U.S.

The film follows the March sisters — Jo (Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth March (Eliza Scanlen) — along with their mother Marmee (Laura Dern), their tough Aunt March (Meryl Streep) and the boy-next-door Laurie (Chalamet). The cast also includes Bob Odenkirk, Chris Cooper and James Norton.

Ronan portrays an aspiring writer who is working on a novel about her life and sisters, who are determined to live their life on their own terms.

“Make it short and spicy,” an editor advises. “And if the main character is a girl, make sure she’s married at the end.
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Oitnb's Kate Mulgrew Says She Turned Down the Broadway-Bound Play Faye Dunaway Was Fired From

Oitnb's Kate Mulgrew Says She Turned Down the Broadway-Bound Play Faye Dunaway Was Fired From
Kate Mulgrew is opening up about reportedly turning down the role of Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five — the same Broadway-bound play Faye Dunaway was fired from.

The Orange Is the New Black actress, 64, had a good reason: she’d already played Hepburn in 2002.

“I played it for a long time. She was still living [then],” Mulgrew told Lola Ogunnaike on PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing. “She died when I was in performance at the Promenade in New York City. It was just the last wave of interest in her life.”

Watch the full episode of Couch Surfing streaming now on PeopleTV.
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Faye Dunaway fired from Broadway-bound play Tea at Five

Oscar winner has been removed from a production of a one-woman show where she played Katharine Hepburn

Faye Dunaway has been fired from a Broadway-bound production of the one-woman play Tea at Five.

The 78-year-old Oscar-winning star of Network was playing Katharine Hepburn in the show, which had recently concluded a three-week run in Boston before it was due to transfer to New York.
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Faye Dunaway Fired from Upcoming Broadway Play Tea at Five: Report

Faye Dunaway Fired from Upcoming Broadway Play Tea at Five: Report
Faye Dunaway was fired from her Broadway-bound play Tea at Five.

The Oscar-winning actress, 78, was fired by the play’s producers Ben Feldman and Scott Beck, according to multiple reports.

A statement by Feldman and Beck obtained by The Hollywood Reporter read, “The producers of Tea at Five announced today that they have terminated their relationship with Faye Dunaway.”

“Plans are in development for the play to have its West End debut early next year with a new actress to play the role of Katharine Hepburn,” the statement continued.

A rep for Dunaway did not immediately respond to People’s request for comment.
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Faye Dunaway Fired From Broadway-Bound ‘Tea At Five’ Solo Play

Faye Dunaway Fired From Broadway-Bound ‘Tea At Five’ Solo Play
Faye Dunaway has been fired from the previously Broadway-bound one-woman play Tea At Five, Deadline has confirmed.

In a statement, producers Ben Feldman and Scott Beck said of their decision: “The producers of ‘Tea at Five’ announced today that they have terminated their relationship with Faye Dunaway. Plans are in development for the play to have its West End debut early next year with a new actress to play the role of Katharine Hepburn.”

The Dunaway project was announced in December — on the very same day the stage version of Network, based on the movie that won Dunaway an Oscar, opened on Broadway — with the actress set to star in the revival of Matthew Lombardo’s Hepburn bio-play.

Dunaway, her reputation for being difficult and temperamental long established, performed the play in a pre-Broadway tryout in Boston from June 22-July 14. A final-week performance was canceled without explanation.

But unnamed
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