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.
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,
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
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”
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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