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A star is born? Meet the aspiring teacher who could make Oscar history in ‘Roma’

A star is born? Meet the aspiring teacher who could make Oscar history in ‘Roma’
Yalitza Aparicio, 24, was an aspiring pre-school teacher with a degree in education when her sister decided to go to a casting call at a local community center for a movie that was being partly shot in their town of Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, in Mexico.

Turns out, her sister wanted her to audition, instead. “She was very, very happy for me that they cast me. Even though I’m not a talkative person,“ Aparicio said with the help of a translator at last month’s Middleburg Film Festival in Virginia.

The movie turned out to be “Roma,” a Netflix film that could make history as the first Best Picture nominee – and perhaps winner – to be produced by a streaming site. It would also be the only fully subtitled feature to ever win. The story of a middle-class family of six living in Mexico City in the ‘70s and their kind and devoted live-in housekeeper and nanny Cleo,
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Meryl Streep in ‘One True Thing’: A look back at her 11th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘One True Thing’: A look back at her 11th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 11 of the 21-part Gold Derby series 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.

The latter half of the 1990s found Meryl Streep struggling to find a proper follow-up to her sublime, Oscar-nominated turn in “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995).

First, there was “Before and After” (1996), a sleepy collaboration with filmmaker Barbet Schroeder and leading man Liam Neeson. The picture, among Streep’s worst box office performers to date, was out of theaters within a month.

A bit more successful was “Marvin’s Room” (1996), a family drama that at last paired Streep with Diane Keaton, plus Hume Cronyn, Gwen Verdon and Leonardo DiCaprio. The film garnered modest reviews and box office receipts upon opening that December and it was ultimately Keaton,
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Brazil’s Academy Award Nomination Submission for Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Little Secret’

Brazil’s Academy Award Nomination Submission for Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Little Secret’
Written by Kate Lyra, Director, Latc — Latin American Training CenterAmidst the flurry of controversy surrounding its selection, “Little Secret” (“Pequeno Segredo”) screened for the press in Rio de Janeiro.

“Some people are afraid of the ocean,” says Heloisa, (Julia Lemmertz in a perfect pitch performance). “But I feel safer on the water than on dry land.”

Marcos Bernstein’s masterful narrative, directed by David Schurmann, sets the ocean as symbol and metaphor, weaving it through the interlocking stories of three families — and three mothers — forever joined by a secret and a child.

It is the ocean that both separates and connects places as exotic and unlikely as the Amazon and New Zealand, an ocean that protects and sustains us like amniotic fluid.

“Kiwi” (as New Zealanders are endearingly known) Robert Lockett (Errol Shand) has crossed the ocean to find work as a petrochemical engineer in Manaus, capital city of the
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'Little Secret' director on Oscar controversy: "We were attacked as if we were the enemy"

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'Little Secret' director on Oscar controversy:
Brazilian director David Schurmann’s film was selected over Aquarius by one vote, prompting some social media protests.

On the morning after the gala screening of Little Secret at the 18th edition of Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival, the Brazilian director David Schurmann packed his bags to travel to Los Angeles. Schurmann is to meet awards consultant Steven Raphael, who has been hired (via Skype) to help him with his film campaign for the 89th Academy Awards.

Little Secret was chosen last month as the Brazil’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film, after beating its rival, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius, by one vote only (the result was five to four). The choice made by Brazil’s Oscar selection committee further fuelled the controversy around Aquarius and led to protests on social media against Little Secret.

“Although at that time no one had seen our movie yet, we were attacked
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Rio, I Love You Review

Rio, I Love You is the third in the “Cities of Love” series begun with “Paris, Je T’Aime” (“Paris, I Love You”), which bring together famous directors and stars to create a series of little romantic stories around one city. The city getting the love-letter this time is Rio, home of the upcoming Olympics. However, despite its impressive list of directors, there is little to impress in “Rio, I Love You.”

Rio, I Love You boasts a more impressive line up of directors that the last one, “New York, I Love You,” but nonetheless continues the series decline in quality from the first one. Directors include Paolo Sorrentino (“Youth”), Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”), and Sang-Soo Im (“The Housemaid”), among others, but none of them shine in this mixed-up film. Rather than having the stories start and end clearly, as in the first two films, several stories make false
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Watch: First Trailer For 'Rio, I Love You' With Segments Directed By Paolo Sorrentino, Fernando Meirelles, José Padilha, More

The concept is a good one: gather up some top shelf filmmakers and have them create an omnibus of shorts centered around a particular city. Previously we've seen "Paris, je t'Aime" and "New York, I Love You," and as it goes with the format, some segments are always better than others. Now the focus goes to Brazil for "Rio, I Love You," and the first trailer has arrived. Read More: Interview: Paolo Sorrentino Talks 'Youth,' The Happiest Moment Of Filmmaking, Michael Caine, Sun Kill Moon & More  Filmmakers Guillermo ArriagaStephan ElliottIm Sang-sooNadine LabakiFernando MeirellesJosé PadilhaCarlos SaldanhaPaolo SorrentinoJohn Turturro and Andrucha Waddington have each crafted shorts taking place in the lively city, and Emily Mortimer, Rodrigo Santoro, Harvey Keitel, Vincent Cassell, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten and Fernanda Montenegro appear in the...
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Remembering National Society of Film Critics Award-Winning Brazilian Superstar Pêra

Marília Pêra: Actress starred in Brazilian movie classic 'Pixote.' Marília Pêra: Brazilian film, TV and stage star Remembering Brazilian stage, television, and film star Marília Pêra, whose acting and singing career spanned more than five decades. Pêra died of lung cancer on Dec. 5, '15, in Rio de Janeiro. Born Marília Soares Pêra on Jan. 22, 1943, in Rio, she was 72 years old. 'Pixote' prostitute Internationally, Marília Pêra is best known as the loud, vulgar prostitute Sueli, who becomes acquainted with São Paulo street kid Fernando Ramos da Silva in Hector Babenco's well-received social drama Pixote / Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (1981),[1] a fierce indictment of Brazilian society's utter disregard for its disadvantaged members. In one pivotal – and widely talked about scene – she lets the titular character (da Silva, at the time 12 years old)[2] suckle her breast. In another, she pulls down her panties and sits in
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Us Briefs: Bleecker Street dates 'Captain Fantastic'

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Us Briefs: Bleecker Street dates 'Captain Fantastic'
Plus: Screen Media picks up Rio, I Love You; Lionsgate to adapt Magic Tree House children’s books; and more…

Bleecker Street will open Matt Ross’ recent Sundance world premiere starring Viggo Mortensen via theatrical roll-out on July 8. Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat, and Monica Levinson produced the story of an eccentric father to a clan of children in the Pacific Northwest.

Screen Media Films has acquired Us rights from WestEnd Films for the collaborative film Rio, I Love You, the third in the Cities Of Love trilogy featuring Paris Je t’Aime and New York I Love You. Rio, I Love You features ten short stories and their respective transitions of love in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Andrucha Waddington, Paolo Sorrentino, Fernando Meirelles, Stephan Elliott, John Turturro, Guillermo Arriaga, Sang-soo Im, Carlos Saldanha, Jose Padilha, Nadine Labaki, and Vicente Amorim direct a cast that includes Fernanda Montenegro, Emily Mortimer, and Vincent Cassel
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National Society of Film Critics Award-Winning Brazilian Superstar Dead at 72

Marília Pêra: Actress starred in Brazilian movie classic 'Pixote.' Marília Pêra: Brazilian star and National Board of Review Best Actress winner dead at 72 This article is being revised and expanded. Please check back later. Actress Marília Pêra, a top Brazilian stage, television, and film star whose acting and singing career spanned more than five decades, died of lung cancer on Dec. 5, '15, in Rio de Janeiro. Pêra (born on Jan. 22, 1943, in Rio de Janeiro) was 72 years old. 'Pixote' prostitute Internationally, Marília Pêra is best known as the loud, vulgar prostitute who becomes acquainted with São Paulo street kid Fernando Ramos da Silva – who suckles her breast in one pivotal scene – in Hector Babenco's well-regarded social drama Pixote, a fierce indictment of Brazilian society's utter disregard for its disadvantaged citizens. Although Pêra's screen time is relatively brief, she made enough of an impact to be
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Screen Actors Guild Award Predictions: Fassbender, Stewart In?

2015 SAG Awards predictions The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations will be announced on Wed., Dec. 9. The SAG Awards, of course, tend to be a solid prognosticator of the Academy Awards in the acting categories. Solid, but harldy flawless. Generally speaking, SAG Award nominations tend to be more populist and more Hollywood-centered than those of the Actors' Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts. But why would that be? Well, here are two probable reasons for the discrepancies: Screeners' availability at the time of voting. Academy members vote weeks after SAG Award members; as a result, they have more time to catch up with late releases and/or smaller/non-Hollywood movies that receive widespread critical love during awards season. According to Anne Thompson, this year screeners for Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant and David O. Russell's Joy were sent out late to SAG's voting committee, while screeners for
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International Emmy nominees announced

Forty programs from 19 countries have been nominated for 2015 International Emmy Awards. None, alas from Australia.

The awards cover 10 categories and will be announced on November 23 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

Nominees come from Angola, Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, UK and the Us. This year the Academy will present two special awards. Downton Abbey writer/creator Julian Fellowes will receive the 2015 International Emmy® Founders Award.

HBO chairman/CEO Richard Plepler will receive the 2015 International Emmy Directorate Award.

As If reported Matchbox Pictures. Nowhere Boys and Galaxy Pop.s Get Ace are in the running for the 2016 International Emmy Kids Awards for best kids series and kids animation.

The full list of nominees: Arts Programming Buenaventura No Me Dejes Mas (Buenaventura, Don.t Leave Me) Caracol Televisión / Laberinto Cine y Televisión Colombia Illustre & Inconnu: Comment Jacques Jaujard
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Time Machine: Remember K Stewart's 'Dirty Dancing'? Fabricated Lois Lane Rumors?

Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' dancing, with Garrett Hedlund on the right Down memory lane: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' images At the time best known as The Twilight Saga's conflicted human Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was cast as the exuberant Marylou in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road. Salles had been impressed with Stewart's pre-Twilight work in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. Based on LuAnne Henderson, Kerouac's close buddy Neal Cassady's first wife, Marylou is described as a "beautiful little sharp chick." Apparently, one who also likes to move seductively to the sound of music – as can be attested by the Kristen Stewart picture above, which first came out online in early 2011. Besides Stewart, On the Road also features Garrett Hedlund – at the time best known for Tron: Legacy – as Dean Moriarty,
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Gay Teen Tale Is Brazil's Entry for the 87th Academy Awards

'The Way He Looks' movie: Gay teen love story is Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (photo: Fábio Audi and Ghilherme Lobo in 'The Way He Looks') In mid-September, The Way He Looks / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho was selected as Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Written and directed by 32-year-old São Paulo native Daniel Ribeiro, The Way He Looks (the Portuguese-language title literally means "Today I Want to Go Back Alone") won two awards at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival: the International Film Critics' Fipresci Prize for Best Film in the Panorama sidebar and the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender characters. Based on Ribeiro's 2010 short I Don't Want to Go Back Alone / Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho, The Way He Looks tells the story of Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo), a blind 15-year-old struggling to become
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #120. Manoel De Oliveira’s The Church of the Devil

The Church of the Devil

Director: Manoel De Oliveira

Writers: Manoel De Oliveira, Machado De Assis (short stories)

Producers: O Som a a Furia’s Luis Urbano and Sandro Aguilar

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Fernanda Montenegro, Lima Duarte

Portuguese director Manoel De Oliveira is the world’s oldest living filmmaker, and the past several years has seen the filmmaker engaging in an incredible amount of output, his last title being 2012′s Gebo and the Shadow, which has yet to see a Us release. While his past several titles have been set in Portugal or France, he moves to Brazil with this latest, based on short stories of Machado De Assis, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of Brazilian literature. Needless to say, a glance at the vague description provided has us hooked.

Gist: Three connected stories set in Brazil following a visit of devil to earth,
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86th Academy Awards: Streep Shatters Nominations Record

Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John WellsAugust: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen FrearsPhilomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise.
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Beware, Golden Globe winners: This is your Oscar audition

Beware, Golden Globe winners: This is your Oscar audition
Back in 1998, Gwyneth Paltrow didn't seem to have much hope of winning an Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love." She kept getting trounced at the early film-critics' awards by Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth"), Fernanda Montenegro ("Central Station") and Cameron Diaz ("There's Something About Mary"), but she suddenly zoomed ahead of the pack when she prevailed at the Golden Globes and gave the performance of her career at the podium. Paltrow mentioned two family members who were battling cancer and she wept as she thanked her dad "who's had a tough year and to my grandpa, who's having an even tougher year. Hang in there, grandpa!" When Oscar voters saw that, they wanted an encore at their own awardsfest. (Watch below) When Ben Affleck looked so dignified winning Best Director at last year's Globes, all Hollywood rallied behind him and "Argo" ended up nabbing the Oscar for Best Picture. Just three days e.
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Blue Is the Luckiest Color: Lafca Best Actress Tie (Two Years in a Row); Oscar Chances for Adele?

Adèle Exarchopoulos (‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’): Best Actress tie two years in a row at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) (See previous post: "James Franco Tattoos, Gold Teeth: Lafca Winners." Another non-Hollywood Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s selection was Best Actress co-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos, cited for her performance as a young woman who falls in love with blue-haired Léa Seydoux in Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. The lesbian romantic drama also took home the Lafca’s Best Foreign Language Film Award. Blue was also the luckiest color, at least in the Best Actress category: Cate Blanchett was Exarchopoulos’ co-winner, for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a character somewhat similar to A Streetcar Named Desire
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International Emmys Laud ‘Les Revenants’, ‘Moone Boy’, Sean Bean, ‘5 Broken Cameras’

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Les Revenants — an American remake of which is in development at A&E — was named best drama series of 2013 at the International Emmy Awards tonight, while Sean Bean won the best actor trophy for his role as a lit teacher with a cross-dressing alter ego in the British anthology Accused. Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro won best actress for her role in The Sweet Mother. The UK’s Moone Boy, about an Irish boy and his imaginary friend, took best comedy. Former The Daily Show correspondent (and newly named HBO show host) John Oliver hosted this year’s International Emmy ceremony, whose Founders Award went to J.J. Abrams, while the Directorate Award was presented to Rtl Group Co-ceo Anke Schäferkordt. Related: Sean Bean, France’s ‘The Returned’ Among International Emmy Noms Les Revenants, the French TV series based on an obscure 2004 movie that sold only 32,000 tickets in France, was a hit
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AFI Fest 2013 Highlight: Veteran Dern Tribute at Chinese Theatre on Monday

Bruce Dern in ‘Nebraska’: AFI Fest 2013 highlight The Los Angeles-based AFI Fest, which kicked off last Thursday, November 7, 2013, continues until next Thursday. On Monday, November 11, the highlight of AFI Fest 2013 is Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (7:00 p.m. at Tcl Chinese Theatre), likely to earn a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for veteran Bruce Dern, who earlier this year took home the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo: Bruce Dern, Will Forte in Nebraska.) Set in Kentucky (kidding), Nebraska accompanies an elderly man (Dern) and his son (Will Forte) as they travel from Billings, Montana, to Lincoln, Nebraska, so he can collect sweepstakes prize money he believes he has won. In sum, Nebraska is what’s called a Road Movie, in which the Road is a metaphor for Life. Shades of brothers Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise getting to know one another in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man,
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'Mrs. Biggs' Sheridan Smith, director Jj Abrams up for International Emmys

The nominations for the 41st International Emmy Awards have been announced.

19 countries are represented this year, with the ceremony taking place on November 25 in New York City. Mrs. Biggs actress Sheridan Smith is nominated, while famed director Jj Abrams will receive the 'Founders Award'.

Sky sitcom Moone Boy is up for 'Best Comedy' and Sean Bean could win the acting award for Accused.

"Every year, the global television community competes for an Emmy, the most prestigious of all media awards, and we congratulate the 2013 Nominees for their outstanding programmes and performances." said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The full list of 36 nominees in 9 categories are below:

Arts Programming

Hello?! Orchestra

Mbc / San Media

South Korea

Soundtrack

Geronimo Bvba

Belgium

Multiple Views — La Maquina Loca (The Crazy Machine)

TV Unam/El Caiman Films/Alebrije

Mexico

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender

Emp
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