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Long Before Day-Lewis, Oscar-Nominated Actor Played Lincoln: TCM 'Stars' Series Continues

Raymond Massey ca. 1940. Raymond Massey movies: From Lincoln to Boris Karloff Though hardly remembered today, the Toronto-born Raymond Massey was a top supporting player – and sometime lead – in both British and American movies from the early '30s all the way to the early '60s. During that period, Massey was featured in nearly 50 films. Turner Classic Movies generally selects the same old MGM / Rko / Warner Bros. stars for its annual “Summer Under the Stars” series. For that reason, it's great to see someone like Raymond Massey – who was with Warners in the '40s – be the focus of a whole day: Sat., Aug. 8, '15. (See TCM's Raymond Massey movie schedule further below.) Admittedly, despite his prestige – his stage credits included the title role in the short-lived 1931 Broadway production of Hamlet – the quality of Massey's performances varied wildly. Sometimes he could be quite effective; most of the time, however, he was an unabashed scenery chewer,
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“Haht” of Gold: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actors from Massachusetts

It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.

As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry.
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June Squibb and Supporting Actress Oscar Winners of a Certain Age

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

Of the acting races, Supporting Actress seems to be the only acting category that’s really up in the air. Much of the conversation has surrounded Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o, who both have won precursors, but June Squibb has also been nominated for each of this awards. With much of the talk of a split between the two, could Squibb step in and nab her first Oscar?

If Squibb were to win, she would be the oldest Supporting Actress winner, besting the previous oldest (Peggy Ashcroft) by nearly 7 years come Oscar night. No Supporting Actress Oscar winner has ever gotten the statue in their 80s, so Squibb would have her work cut out for her. However, it’s not nearly as bleak as those first two stats would have you believe. There have been several winners that fit the mold of Squibb (older,
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Potential Tony Contenders Include Weaver, Hanks, Midler, Rudd

Tony Award 2013 nominations: Broadway-Hollywood connections include Sigourney Weaver, Tom Hanks, Paul Rudd, Bette Midler (photo: Sigourney Weaver in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike) The 2013 Tony Award nominations will be announced tomorrow, April 30. Among this year’s potential Tony nominees are a number of film-related performers, ranging from Academy Award nominees and winners such as Sigourney Weaver, Tom Hanks, and Jessica Chastain to The AvengersScarlett Johansson, Our Idiot Brother and Dinner for SchmucksPaul Rudd, and Tom Cruise’s ex-wife Katie Holmes. Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) may be up for a Best Actor in a Play Tony Award for Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. Ephron, who died last year, directed Hanks in two of his biggest box-office hits: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998), both co-starring Meg Ryan. Another potential Best Actor nominee is David Hyde Pierce (Nixon, Down with Love) for
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Valentine's Day: let's hear it for Hollywood's odd couples

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine – romcoms used to be anything but bland

With this year's Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, Hollywood is attempting to get down and dirty with real people and real problems. But Us films are notoriously bad at this. I Give It a Year is a British comedy about falling out of love – not a romcom, more of a romp-incomp. But whatever happened to the simple idea of the innocently zany finding love?

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Being abnormal used to be normal. In movies such as The Apartment (1960), it was redemptive. Cc Baxter (Jack Lemmon) and Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) are outsiders who've missed the boat, careerwise and hopewise. She's wasting her time on a married man, while Baxter is caught in a sexual vortex established by his superiors, who have clandestine trysts in his apartment while "Buddy Boy" gets
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Blu-ray Review: Universal Launches Four More 100th Anniversary Titles

Chicago – Universal’s landmark line of Blu-ray releases under the banner of the company’s 100th anniversary continues with four more of the studio’s most beloved films — “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein,” “Airport,” “Harvey,” and “Sixteen Candles.” It’s clearly an eclectic bunch and a wonderful sampler platter of what this line of releases have offered Blu-ray owners. Jimmy Stewart, Burt Lancaster, Bela Lugosi, and Molly Ringwald — it’s a star-studded quartet that is sure to have at least one release that appeals to the Blu-ray collector in your family.

In alphabetical order (star rating takes into account transfer & special features along with the film itself):

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Synopsis:

Comedy meets horror when Bud Abbott and Lou Costello encounter Universal’s classic monsters in the frightfully funny Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The world of baggage handlers Chick Young
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Harvey (Universal's 100th Anniversary Blu-ray) - Blu-ray Review

.Well I.ll be swizzled.. I cry fowl. or hare. I asked my invisible friend named Mortimer, a fifteen foot 3.75 inch giraffe, if Harvey was the real deal and he said it was bollocks. The movie still fills me with joy no matter what Mortimer says and Stewart shows that you don.t have to be sane to have a positive outlook. Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) is a genial and friendly man who has one best friend in the whole world. His sister Veta (Josephine Hull) and her daughter Myrtle May (Victoria Horne) are rushing him out of the house so that they can have a tea party. They don.t want him to come home and call
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Interview: Matt, the "75 Supporting Actresses" Genius, Tells All!

I'm calling it right now: The "75 Best Supporting Actresses" YouTube video, where a whippersnapper named Matt imitates all 75 winners of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a few minutes, is and will be the best video of 2012 (excepting those wonderful Verbal Vogueing and Weeklings clips, of course). It's a hilarious exhibition of talent, creativity and raw gay nerve. And it validates everyone's obsession with award shows too. Now every Best Supporting Actress from Hattie McDaniel to Jennifer Connelly is immortalized in one flavorful, quirky mix. It's not just entertaining; it's important. Let's bow down.

I caught up with the creator himself, an enigmatic YouTube star who goes by the Twitter handle @Diariesofdoom and prefers to go by just his first name, to talk about his marvelous video. We also spoke about the best Oscar moments, the worst Oscar winners, and the awardees who helped spread his gem on YouTube.
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Ok, Let's Talk About the Amazing "75 Best Supporting Actresses" Reenactment Video

I've waited a few days to collect my thoughts and weigh in on the most important YouTube video since Corgis Enjoy A Treadmill, so here goes: A fast-yapping vlogger who goes by the name The Doomsday Diaries (and the Twitter handle @Diariesofdoom) zeroed in on The Academy Awards' Best Supporting Actress category -- the greatest Oscar category, by the way -- and toasted it by reenacting scenes/moments from all 75 winning performances since 1936.

Let me be clear: This is a staggering feat. This guy has democratized everyone from Eva Marie Saint and Lila Kedrova to Gale Sondergaard and Helen Hayes in the clippiest, hippest way possible. It's explosive. It's gigantic. It's a pink diamond. And so much of it is amazingly good. It's like a version of "The Snatch Game"from RuPaul's Drag Race, except with dignified actresses up for satire and not, say, Snooki.

I thought we'd have a little debate.
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[Now Streaming] ‘Thor,’ ‘Hobo With a Shotgun,’ ‘The Beaver,’ and ‘Last Night’ Alternatives

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch.

This week Mel Gibson tries to win back the love of moviegoers by returning to theaters, where he and his hand puppet will do battle with a vagrant whose armed to the teeth, a Viking whose wielding a mighty hammer, and a wavering pair of lovers. If you want to fill your weekend with superheroes, imaginary friends, cheating partners and exploitation action stars, we’ve got you covered!



Thor

Marvel continues their Avengers franchise with this fish-out-of-water adventure that posits the Viking warrior in modern-day America. Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings co-star.

Superman: The Movie (1978) Arguably the first superhero movie of note, this Richard Donner-directed adventure pits the Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) against the nefarious Lex Luther (Gene Hackman). Margot Kidder
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Melissa Leo, By The Numbers

My conversations with industry insiders and Academy members lead me to believe that Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) remains the favorite to win the best supporting actress Academy Award, despite — or perhaps even because of — the recent brouhaha over her “Consider” advertisements. In terms of statistical analysis, though, one can find cause for both confidence and concern about her Oscar prospects…

Cause for Concern: The BAFTA-ampas Disconnect

British voters are believed to make up a sizable portion of the Academy, and BAFTA Award winners — which were announced after the Oscars prior to 2000, and have been announced before them since then — usually correspond with Oscar winners. Therefore, it is certainly noteworthy that BAFTA didn’t like Leo’s performance enough to even nominate her for its best supporting actress award, but did like the one given by Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit“), her primary rival at the Oscars, enough to nominate her in its best actress category.
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Old Ass Movies: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Every Sunday, Film School Rejects presents a movie that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. This week, Old Ass Movies presents the story of two women who kill old men for charity, their nephew who wants to get married without being sent to prison, his brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and his other brother who looks like Boris Karloff and has killed plenty of people himself. Insanity might run in the family, but it’s also the story of the bodies buried in the basement and the one still hanging around the living room. Yes. It’s a comedy. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Directed by: Frank Capra Starring: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair Arsenic and Old Lace proves one thing about classic era Hollywood: that a mainstream studio wasn’t always afraid to go a little off-kilter. There
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HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project – Week 18

The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films, as ranked by the users of the biggest movie Internet site on the web. It is based upon the ratings provided by the users of The Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the Internet.

It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case, we, is myself and Barry) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list! We’ve frozen the list as of 1st January this year. It’s not as simple as it sounds, as we’ll be watching them in one year, 125 each.

This is our eighteenth update, a rundown of my next five movies watched for the project. Again another week of great
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Steven Spielberg to Direct Harvey Remake

There has been a lot of speculation over the past year about what Steven Spielberg's next film might be after the upcoming The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (which is apparently now in post-production). He has been attached to a number of projects including a sci-fi film written by Jonathan Nolan called Interstellar [1], a movie based on The Trial of the Chicago 7, Will Smith's Oldboy remake [2], and an Abraham Lincoln biopic. More recently, it looked like he was about to kickstart a franchise based on the Matt Helm spy novels [3] from the 1960s, but he ended up just taking a producer role. Now, this week, Spielberg's next directorial gig has finally been confirmed: a remake of the 1950 James Stewart film Harvey about a man whose best friend is an imaginary six-foot tall rabbit. Say what? I'm sure this announcement has caught a lot of people off guard,
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Spielberg Chasing an Invisible Rabbit

Steven Spielberg's next directing gig will not be Lincoln as many, myself included, had been hoping. Per Variety, instead Spielberg will helm a film based on the 1944 Mary Chase Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey about a man and his unusual friend, a six and one-half foot tall invisible rabbit. Harvey went on to become a motion picture in 1950 starring Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull and is considered a classic today. No actors have been attached to Harvey and whoever is chosen to fill the shoes of Jimmy Stewart will be scrutinized to no end. Will Ferrell and Tom Hanks come to mind as possibilities, but any names tossed about at this point are purely speculative. Spielberg's reasoning for not choosing Lincoln at this time had to due with where the film is in the development process. Harvey's script has already been completed by author Jonathan Tropper - his first
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Steven Spielberg Pulls "Harvey" As Next Film

Heavyweight filmmaker Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct a DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox project, "Harvey," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase.

The story revolves around a man who befriends an imaginary six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall rabbit named Harvey.

Spielberg, whose long list of credits includes the multi-award winning films "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan," wants to start production early next year. He is expected to cast top stars for the film.

"Harvey" ran on Broadway from 1944 until 1949, one of the longest running plays in history. It was also adapted into a film in 1950, starring James Stewart. The movie earned Stewart a Best Actor Oscar nod and gave co-star Josephine Hull a Best Supporting Actress Oscar win.
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Steven Spielberg Loves Rabbits

Steven Spielberg has signed up for his next project (once he’s through with The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn of course), and the project involves an imaginary white Rabbit who’s 6 foot 3 inches tall!

Spielberg will be lensing a fresh adaptation of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Harvey” for 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks. The play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944, and was originally turned into the 1950 Universal film that starred Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull.

It is the story of an amiable eccentric, Elwood P. Dowd, and his friendship with a six and one-half foot tall invisible rabbit, and how it affects every member of his family and community.

“I am very happy to be working again with my friend Tom Rothman who shepherded us through `Minority Report,’ and with Elizabeth and Carla, who I’m looking forward to collaborating with,” Spielberg said. “DreamWorks
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Steven Spielberg to Remake "Harvey"

Steven Spielberg's next film will be a remake of the 1950 classic "Harvey" starring James Stewart as a mild-mannered man who happens to have an invisible friend in the form of a 6-foot rabbit.

The original won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Josephine Hull. Stewart was nominated for Best Actor but lost to Jose Ferrer in "Cyrano De Bergerac."

The Spielberg film will focus more on the Mary Chase 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning play than an all-out remake of the 1950 movie. It will be a co-production between 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks.

The director will be working from the screenplay by bestselling novelist Jonathan Tropper ("How to Talk to a Widower," "Everything Changes"). This will be the author's first script.

"Harvey" is a perfect film for Spielberg to do. It's about the incredible power of the imagination, and why it's better to be nice than smart. Both themes evident in the director's oeuvre.
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Spielberg Remaking 'Harvey' for 20th Century Fox

Mike Fleming at Variety reports Steven Spielberg has finally found his next feature film as DreamWorks and its new production deal with Reliance and Disney is ready to roll with Harvey, an adaptation of the Mary Chase Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Jonathan Tropper adapted the screenplay. On top of being a play, the story of mild-mannered Elwood P. Dowd and his friendship with Harvey, a six and one-half foot tall invisible rabbit and how it affects those around him was also turned into a film in 1950 starring James Stewart that earned Stewart an Oscar nomination and Josephine Hull took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The trailer for that one is included and if you haven't seen it yet, head over to Netflix and add it to your queue, it's a great little feature. "I am very happy to be working again with my friend Tom Rothman who shepherded us through Minority Report,
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Steven Spielberg set to direct 'Harvey'

There's been a lot of talks recently about what project Steven Spielberg would direct next, but now we've got an answer to that question: "Harvey" for 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks.

The film will be an adaptation of Mary Chase's 1944 play, which centered on the adventures of an eccentric man and his unusual friendship with an invisible rabbit.

Jonathan Tropper wrote the screenplay, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Pre-prod. is apparently starting right now, with filming kicking off early next year.

This is not the first time "Harvey" found its way to the big screen, as Henry Koster directed an adaptation starring James Stewart and Josephine Hull in 1950 (see picture above).
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