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15 Actors Who Were Rejected For Roles Because They Were “Too Old”

It's not exactly a groundbreaking statement to say that Hollywood has an ageism problem. While now we seem to start making progress in terms of the representation of women on the big screen, more often than not, we're still seeing older actresses shut out and bizarre pairings being made. Who else can remember the surprising pairing of Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux in <em>Spectre</em>, despite the 18 year age gap? What about <em>Up In the Air</em>, where Ana Kendrick and George Clooney have a 25 year age gap?

Hollywood's age gap was famously skewered in a sketch by Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette, and Julia Louis Dreyfus. While the video did go viral, it's clear that the awareness that it's bringing is only a tiny step in creating true gender equality in Hollywood. There are still some great examples of reasonable casting for actresses, with Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Tilda Swinton,
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How the coming-of-age film came of age with Boyhood

Its portrait of a young man is gripping – but the heart of the film is Patricia Arquette’s long-suffering mother

Read the rest of our coming of age films series

My favourite coming-of-age film is not really a coming-of-age film at all. It is not the traditionally scripted, bittersweet lite-sexy dramedy about the teenager who finds out about love and the meaning of friendship over one unforgettable summer.
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Hollywood Reacts to Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict: ‘Justice Delivered’

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Hollywood Reacts to Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict: ‘Justice Delivered’
Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict was met with a collective exhale on Thursday as the once-revered comedian’s long fall from grace culminated in a conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

“Finally some justice for Bill Cosby’s victims. May they find a little #peace today,” director Elizabeth Banks tweeted, using the hashtag “#Guilty” after the verdict came down.

“In a fitting end to Sexual Assault Awareness month, Bill Cosby was found guilty today,” wrote “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi. “Thinking of all the women he traumatized over the past 50 years. As a survivor myself, I know that pain never fully goes away. But I hope that his victims finally feel some semblance of peace.”

Also Read: Bill Cosby Found Guilty in Andrea Constand Sexual Assault Retrial

Cosby was found guilty by a Pennsylvania jury on Thursday. He was accused by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand of molesting her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia.

The trial was Cosby’s second on charges stemming from Constand’s accusations. The previous trial ended in a mistrial last July, when the jury failed to reach a verdict after five days of deliberations. It follows years of accusations of assault against Cosby, culminating in an bold New Yorker cover story featuring the faces and stories of 35 of his accusers.

“What’s next?My defamation case on behalf of Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby, which we’ve been fighting and Winning for 3+ years, goes on,” wrote celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents Dickinson, one of the other accusers who testified against Cosby in his re-trial last week. “Mr. Cosby, I’m looking forward to taking your deposition.”

Also Read: Bill Cosby Scandal Timeline: From First Accusation to Verdict (Photos)

Accountability.

This is the only way things will change. https://t.co/BzCBX0Zdh7

— terrycrews (@terrycrews) April 26, 2018

Finally some justice for Bill Cosby’s victims. May they find a little #peace today. #Guilty

— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) April 26, 2018

The Cosby conviction is a resonant reminder that power and influence come with significant responsibility, and must never, ever be abused in an evolved society. Hopefully this is only the first step forward.

Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) April 26, 2018

Wishing Bill Cosby a long life!

— ????Joshua Malina???? (@JoshMalina) April 26, 2018

Yes!!!! Bill Cosby Convicted of Sexual Assault by Jury https://t.co/HagOF4aEAW

Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) April 26, 2018

In our culture women are speaking out more & more, but the Cosby trial reminds us that male advocacy is still vital. @hannibalburess spoke truth to the disgrace of Cosby’s behavior & that perspective mattered.

Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer) April 26, 2018

So many years have been packed into this week. No more please, brain hurts.

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 26, 2018

With Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict I hope these women find some peace and that all those who have not been able to find justice in other instances with other men have hope that they too will be heard. Zero tolerance of sexual harassment. #TimesUp https://t.co/5MHTsbp2Bz

Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) April 26, 2018

Just because you're rich and powerful doesn't mean another person’s body is automatically available for sex. Consent must be given.#BillCosby

Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 26, 2018

I wonder how long it’s going to take Trump to announce he’s going to pardon Bill Cosby.

Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) April 26, 2018

Justice! Finally! #TimesUp https://t.co/WbOUWvgW2V

Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) April 26, 2018

The state of America is this- Even with dozens of accusers we were all afraid Bill Cosby would walk.

Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) April 26, 2018

Whelp there goes my “Cosby Show” reboot.

Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) April 26, 2018

In a fitting end to Sexual Assault Awareness month, Bill Cosby was found guilty today. Thinking of all the women he traumatized over the past 50 years. As a survivor myself, I know that pain never fully goes away. But I hope that his victims finally feel some semblance of peace.

— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) April 26, 2018

“Filth and flargin’!" https://t.co/UOdSQoMNWZ

Stephen Falk (@stephenfalk) April 26, 2018

Yesterday Golden State Killer was arrested. Today Bill Cosby is found guilty. Tomorrow Gene Simmons will drown or get electrocuted.

Paul Rust (@paulrust) April 26, 2018

I wonder how long it’s going to take Trump to announce he’s going to pardon Bill Cosby.

— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) April 26, 2018

What's next?

My defamation case on behalf of Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby, which we've been fighting and Winning for 3+ years, goes on.

Mr. Cosby, I'm looking forward to taking your deposition.

— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) April 26, 2018

Read original story Hollywood Reacts to Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict: ‘Justice Delivered’ At TheWrap
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Romola Garai to Make Feature Directorial Debut with “Outside”

Garai in “The Hour”

Romola Garai is stepping behind the camera again. Best known for her roles in period dramas such as “Suffragette,” “The Hour,” and “Emma,” the actress is set to make her feature directorial debut with a horror pic, “Outside.” Deadline reports that Carla Juri (“Blade Runner 2049”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), and Alec Secareanu (“God’s Own Country”) have signed on to star.

Slated to go into production this fall, “Outside” follows a young refugee “traumatized by war who is brought to a dilapidated house in order to care for a woman and her dying mother. Falling in love with the younger woman, he begins to suspect she is enslaved to a demon and resolves to fight the creature and rescue the woman he loves … but all is not what it seems.”

Garai penned the script. The project will be introduced to buyers in Cannes, and deals
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Rumorville: Amy Schumer Switches Genres, Emma Thompson is Working on a Musical + More

Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can learn about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room. “Christy MartinAmy Schumer is having a moment with her highly-anticipated comedy “I Feel Pretty” opening this weekend. While Schumer has, up to this point, only had a résumé of comedies, she looks to be exploring new paths for the future—namely, drama. She is looking at an appearance in the planned boxing drama biopic “Christy Martin” about the world champion who had to fight through a man’s world to get the success she deserved and found herself fighting for her life. The project will be written and directed by “Valentine’s Day” writer Katherine Fugate, and it will be her directing debut. Because she has no other feature directing credits,
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Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette in Talks to Star in Cindy Chupack’s “Otherhood”

Bassett in “Black Nativity”: Phil Bray/Fox Searchlight

Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette may be joining forces for Cindy Chupack’s feature directorial debut. The duo are in talks to topline “Otherhood,” a Netflix feature comedy about three mothers and close friends who decide to go to New York and try to patch things up with their estranged sons. Deadline broke the news.

Bassett and Arquette would play two of the three main characters. The third character has yet to be cast.

Chupack has been attached to the project since 2014 when Allison Janney and Susan Sarandon were originally set to star. She and Mark Andrus (“As Good as It Gets”) adapted the script from William Sutcliffe’s book “Whatever Makes You Happy.”

Bassett and Arquette are exec producing. Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment and Women in Film is among “Otherhood’s” producers. Production will kick off in New York in June.
See full article at Women and Hollywood »

Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett in Talks for Netflix Comedy 'Otherhood'

Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett in Talks for Netflix Comedy 'Otherhood'
Patricia Arquette and Angela Bassett are in talks to star in the Netflix comedy Otherhood.

Based on the 2008 book Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe, the movie will follow three suburban moms who show up to the New York City homes of their sons unannounced. 

Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City) will direct from a script she wrote with Mark Andrus.

Jason Michael Berman will produce for Mandalay Pictures with Cathy Shulman for Welle Entertainment. Arquette and Bassett will executive produce. 

Arquette, who is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts, will star in the upcoming Showtime limited series Escape at Dannemora from director Ben Stiller.

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See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett In Negotiations To Star In Netflix’s Feature Comedy ‘Otherhood’

Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett In Negotiations To Star In Netflix’s Feature Comedy ‘Otherhood’
Exclusive: Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette are in negotiations to star in the feature comedy Otherhood which Cindy Chupack is directing for Netflix. The project was adapted by Chupack and Mark Andrus from the William Sutcliffe novel Whatever Makes You Happy. The production is currently looking to cast one other top star in the film which will go for five weeks in New York on June 11. Producing the film will be Jason Michael Berman
See full article at Deadline Movie News »

Disney Confirms Toy Story 4 Release Date

Disney has confirmed that Toy Story 4 will be released in theaters on June 21, 2019! I was actually kind of surprised that Pixar was going to make a fourth Toy Story film because Toy Story 3 wrapped that story up so nicely. I would have been fine never seeing a new Toy Story movie again, but... Pixar and Disney obviously still want to continue to cash in on the franchise. 

The development of the film hasn't been the smoothest as writer Rashida Jones ended up leaving the project due to having "a lack of a creative voice". Then there's John Lasseter who stepped down from his position at Pixar due to sexual harassment claims and we have no idea when or if he'll ever be back.

But, the show must go on! Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and the rest of the voice cast will be back to reprise their roles and
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Toy Story 4 release date confirmed

After undergoing a change in both directors and screenwriters, it seems that Disney-Pixar is now moving full steam ahead with Toy Story 4, with the studio posting the following teaser image to Facebook, as well as confirming that Woody, Buzz and the gang will be back in cinemas on June 21st, 2019.

Toy Story 4 hasn’t had the smoothest of starts; first announced in 2014 with a provisional June 2017 release date, the movie was originally slated to be directed by John Lasseter (Toy Story, Toy Story 2) from a script by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who left the project due to “creative and philosophical differences” with the studio.

Jones denied that the split had anything to do with an unwanted advance from Lasseter, who also handed over directing duties to Pixar veteran Josh Cooley as he took a sabbatical from his role as chief creative officer after acknowledging “missteps” in his behaviour towards women.
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The 25 Best English-Language Movie Scenes of the 21st Century

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The 25 Best English-Language Movie Scenes of the 21st Century
Like the brightest star of an intricate constellation that would be impossible to find without its light, a great scene tends to provide greater meaning to the movie around it. They all shine in a wide variety of different ways, each the result of its own singular circumstance. Some are chatty, while others are silent; some end a story, while others interrupt it for a striptease set to the Backstreet Boys. Most of the ones that stay with us tend to be self-contained passages that boast their own clear shape, but all of them stand out in our minds, these defining moments always guiding our way back to the films that brought them to us in the first place.

From open-hearted musical numbers to a beguiling aside about the Hebrew letters found carved in a man’s teeth, these are the 25 best English-language movie scenes of the 21st century.

25. “Sideways
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2018 Oscars: McDormand, Oldman, Janney and Rockwell are the first group of acting winners to sweep all the major awards

2018 Oscars: McDormand, Oldman, Janney and Rockwell are the first group of acting winners to sweep all the major awards
Break out the brooms because Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) just completed the first acting sweep. With their Oscar triumphs on Sunday, they became the first foursome to win all five major televised awards in the same season: the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, SAG, BAFTA and Oscar.

Since the BAFTA became an Oscar precursor 17 years ago, no quartet of Oscar winners had run the table of all 20 awards until now. While there have been years of one or multiple individual sweepers, one person was always derailed, whether by a snub, an upset or eligibility issues. Three years ago, Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) won 19 of the 20, with Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) crashing the party by beating Redmayne at Critics’ Choice.

See 2018 Oscars: Complete list
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Meryl Streep (‘The Post’) loses at Oscars for 18th time, crushing her own record

Meryl Streep (‘The Post’) loses at Oscars for 18th time, crushing her own record
Over the past four decades Meryl Streep has amassed 21 Oscar nominations, more than any performer in Academy Awards history. She won three of those races, making her a member of the exclusive three-timers club of which there are only two other living members: Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson. However, there’s a unique downside to Queen Meryl’s Oscar reign. After losing Best Actress for “The Post” Sunday night to Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Streep now has 18 Oscar failures on her hands, extending her record as the biggest acting loser of all time.

SEE2018 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 90th Academy Awards [Updating Live]

Streep’s losses straddle 39 years, including 15 as Best Actress and 3 as Best Supporting Actress. Her first loss for “The Deer Hunter” (1978) happened four decades ago, setting the stage for a remarkable Oscar trajectory full of a few ups and many, many downs.
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Will ‘The Shape of Water’ be the ninth Best Picture Oscar champ not to win any of its three-plus acting nominations?

Will ‘The Shape of Water’ be the ninth Best Picture Oscar champ not to win any of its three-plus acting nominations?
The Shape of Water” is one of two Best Picture Oscar nominees with three acting nominations — the other being “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — but star Sally Hawkins and supporting players Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins are not predicted to win any of them. If they indeed go 0-3 on Sunday and “The Shape of Water” takes the top prize, the fantasy drama will join eight other Best Picture champs that did not convert any of its three-plus acting nominations into wins.

“Birdman” (2014) was the most recent Best Picture winner not to carry an acting award from at least three nominations, as Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward Norton fell to Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) and J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), respectively. Arquette and Simmons were the supporting frontrunners all season, but Keaton was locked in a tight Best Actor race with Redmayne until the SAG Awards
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The Independent Spirit Awards have increasingly chosen Oscar acting favorites

The Independent Spirit Awards have increasingly chosen Oscar acting favorites
Three of the Oscar acting frontrunners, Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), are up for Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, and all but Janney are predicted to win in our combined odds. But those who are looking for an upset by Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) in Best Supporting Actress might want to reconsider, because the Independent Spirit Awards have progressively become less independent in choosing their acting winners.

Needless to say, there isn’t a perfect overlap in nominees between the Spirit Awards and the Oscars, and only 23 Spirit winners across all four categories have gone on to win the Oscar the next day. But a majority of those winners have occurred since 2000. Here they are by category:

See 2018 Indie Spirit Awards predictions: Laurie Metcalf (‘Lady Bird’) will hand Allison Janney (‘I, Tonya’) her first televised loss

Best Actor

2005: Philip Seymour Hoffman,
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Oscars: Republicans Warn of More ‘Hollywood Liberals Blabbing About Politics’

The Academy Awards are arriving at a time of upheaval: the #MeToo movement, the #NeverAgain movement, racial discord and, of course, the latest drama coming from the White House.

The question isn’t so much whether politics will be part of the Oscars, it’s how these issues will be presented and how often is too often for them to be raised during the evening. Trump likely will be the focus of Kimmel’s barbs and perhaps a winner’s swipes, but this year the issues hanging over the ceremony are about much more than the president’s persona.

The ingredients are there, in fact, for the most political Oscars in decades, and in no small part because Jimmy Kimmel is returning to host the ceremony. Kimmel said the show will certainly address #MeToo.

“It’ll be a part of the show,” Kimmel told Variety Wednesday. “I can’t give you a percentage,
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Kevin Smith Hospitalized After Suffering a 'Massive' Heart Attack: 'I'm Still Above Ground!'

Kevin Smith Hospitalized After Suffering a 'Massive' Heart Attack: 'I'm Still Above Ground!'
Kevin Smith is on the mend after suffering a “massive heart attack.”

The Clerks director, 47, shared a selfie from his hospital bed after the health scare to update fans on his recovery. He was scheduled to perform two shows in Glendale, California, on Sunday night, which were being filmed for a stand-up special. However, Smith canceled the evening’s second show to get checked out — which proved to be a life-saving decision.

“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my Lad artery (aka
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Meryl Streep movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best include ‘The Post,’ ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ ‘Adaptation’

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Meryl Streep movies: 25 greatest films ranked from worst to best include ‘The Post,’ ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ ‘Adaptation’
Is Meryl Streep the greatest film actor of all time? That might just be the case judging from her record 21 Oscar nominations. Then again, with three wins she trails Katharine Hepburn, who still holds the record with four acting victories, so Streep still has a big brass ring to reach for if she wants to be the undisputed queen of screen actors. She earned her latest bid this year for her leading role as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham in Steven Spielberg‘s “The Post.” Where does her latest entry rank in her filmography? Even though it seems like she’s nominated for just about every performance she gives it’s not just those Oscar-anointed roles that count among her strongest achievements. Tour through our photo gallery above of Streep’s 25 greatest performances ranked from worst to best.

See Meryl Streep joins ‘Big Little Lies’ season 2 – will she win her fourth Emmy?
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Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’: A look back at her 19th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’: A look back at her 19th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 19 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

After scoring her 18th Oscar nomination with “August: Osage County” (2013), Meryl Streep lined up a trio of promising projects for the following year. That 19th nomination would, no doubt, be lurking around the corner.

First, there was “The Giver,” the long-awaited film adaptation of Lois Lowry‘s best-selling dystopian young adult novel. The project paired Streep with, for the first time, two Hollywood heavyweights – Oscar winner Jeff Bridges and Australian director Philip Noyce. A late summer release, “The Giver” mustered decent box office receipts but was resoundingly trashed by critics.

Garnering warm reviews but a chilly box office reception was Streep’s second 2014 release,
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2018 BAFTA Awards winners: Oscar preview again?

2018 BAFTA Awards winners: Oscar preview again?
On Sunday (Feb. 18), the British Academy of Film and Television Academy revealed the winners of the 71st annual edition of its movie awards. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner, taking home five of the top awards: Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh) and Best British Film.

The Shape of Water” won three BAFTAs from its leading 12 bids: Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro), Best Production Design and Best Score. The other multiple winners were “Darkest Hour,” which took both Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and Best Makeup and Hair and “Blade Runner 2049,” which claimed Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

The BAFTAs took place just two days before final voting for the Oscars begins. How many of the BAFTA champs will repeat at the Academy Awards? The British academy moved its awards forward in 2000 so that they were handed out before the Oscars.
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