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Coming Soon: Smackdown 1970 and Smackdown 1994

The next two regular Smackdowns were among the most requested years last time I shared the remaining years that haven't been done (among the years where it's still possible to find all five films -sigh). In both cases there are only 4 movies you need to watch to play along. I'm still on the hunt for panelists but in the meantime get to watching for the first time (or rewatching!)

Helen Hayes in "Airport"

May 6th "Supporting Actress Smackdown 1970"

Panelists: Tba; Nominees:

Karen Black, Five Easy Pieces Lee Grant, The Landlord Helen Hays, Airport Sally Kellerman, Mash Maureen Stapleton, Airport

Balloting is currently open and closes May 1st. Send your ballot to me with "1970" as subject line and a heart rating for each contender of 1 (awful) to 5 (perfection). Please only vote on the performances you've seen since the results are weighted accordingly so as not to punish the underseen or overvalue the widely seen.
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Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner of 1980s: Jessica Lange, Olympia Dukakis, Dianne Wiest … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner of 1980s: Jessica Lange, Olympia Dukakis, Dianne Wiest … ? [Poll]
The Best Supporting Actress Oscar winners of the 1980s include both well-known leading ladies and beloved veteran actresses. The decade saw stars like Jessica Lange, Geena Davis and Anjelica Huston earn their Oscars, joining Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Linda Hunt, Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, who have all had solid careers since their wins. The decade also has two winning actresses that have since died, Maureen Stapleton and Peggy Ashcroft, though their performances will not be forgotten.

Who is your favorite Best Supporting Actress winner of the 1980s? Look back on each and vote in our poll below.

Mary Steenburgen, “Melvin and Howard” (1980) — The decade started off with Steenburgen winning her Oscar for “Melvin and Howard,” about Melvin Dummar (Paul Le Mat), who claimed to be the heir of Howard Hughes‘ fortune. Steenburgen plays Lynda, Melvin’s wife who takes up stripping and is frustrated by Melvin’s behavior. This
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Marion Ross on Her Hard Road to 'Happy Days' — "Nothing Can Stop Me" (Exclusive)

Despite a 65-year career in show business, Happy Days star Marion Ross didn't want to write her memoir. "I have prided myself on living such a nice, careful life," she exclusively tells Closer Weekly. "It's not very dramatic." But when her son, Jim Meskimen, urged her, she began recalling lots of stories, like the time she made Cary Grant cry on the set of 1959's Operation Petticoat. "One morning Cary sat down beside me," she says. "I said, 'I don't think I should go down in the submarine because I am going to have a baby. I'm two months pregnant!' He started to cry and it was a wonderful moment between Cary and me. At that point, he never had a child [but always wanted one]. Years later, he had Jennifer." Marion on Happy Days. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Most people know Marion, 89, from her 10 years playing Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days. Now
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Kristen Stewart to Play ‘Breathless’ Star and French New Wave Icon Jean Seberg in ‘Against All Enemies’

Kristen Stewart to Play ‘Breathless’ Star and French New Wave Icon Jean Seberg in ‘Against All Enemies’
Kristen Stewart has been cast as legendary actress Jean Seberg in the upcoming thriller “Against All Enemies.” The movie is being directed by “Una” breakout Benedict Andrews and is set to co-star Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, and Colm Meaney. “Edge of Tomorrow 2” scribes Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse wrote the screenplay.

Against All Enemies” is inspired by the true story of Seberg, who was targeted by the illegal FBI surveillance program Cointelpro in the late 1960s for supporting the Black Panther Party. Seberg is famous for playing the female lead in Jean-Luc Godard’s French New Wave classic “Breathless.” The actress also starred in “Bonjour Tristesse,” “Saint Joan,” and “Airport.”

The casting is the latest high profile gig for Stewart. The actress appeared opposite Chloë Sevigny in the Sundance premiere “Lizzie,” which will open in theaters this summer courtesy of Saban Films and Roadside Attractions, and will
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70s Rewind: Scorpio, Cynical Spies Like Us

Cynical times prompt cynical films. The early 1970s were a cynical time for many people. The bloom and possibilities of the 1960s were rapidly fading. In 1972, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon easily won re-election, even as the Watergate investigation was getting underway. On the entertainment front, the so-called "New Hollywood" was hitting its stride. In his late 50s, Burt Lancaster was certainly a star from a previous generation. Because I saw Airport (1970) during its theatrical engagement, Lancaster's performance as airport manager Mel Bakersfield established his cool, calm, forceful persona in my mind. Later I caught up with many of his earlier films, yet what strikes me on closer examination of his career is how risky it became during the 1970s. After Airport, he...

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When co-stars collide at Oscars: Does one win or do they split the vote? Sam Rockwell, pay attention!

When co-stars collide at Oscars: Does one win or do they split the vote? Sam Rockwell, pay attention!
It’s the dream of most actors and actresses to receive an Oscar nomination and, if they’re lucky, to win. But what happens when you’re up against a co-star from the same movie? Does one triumph or do they split the vote? Click through our photo gallery above of all the times this has happened throughout Academy Awards history.

Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson both scored Best Supporting Actor nominations for their work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” It has been 26 years since Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley were both nominated for “Bugsy” (1991). Unfortunately for the duo they split their support and Jack Palance won for “City Slickers,” ironically a former victim of vote-splitting against his “Shane” co-star Brandon De Wilde (they lost to Frank Sinatra, “From Here to Eternity”).

See 2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ pulls into tie with ‘The Shape of Water’ as voting ends Feb.
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John Gavin, Actor in ‘Psycho’ and ‘Spartacus,’ Dies at 86

John Gavin, Actor in ‘Psycho’ and ‘Spartacus,’ Dies at 86
John Gavin, who reached the pinnacle of his acting career with roles in Douglas Sirk’s “Imitation of Life,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and the epic “Spartacus,” later serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild in the early ’70s and as U.S. ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 86.

The actor was signed to a contract and almost played James Bond in the film “Diamonds Are Forever.”

Gavin was SAG president from 1971-73 and was President Reagan’s first ambassador to Mexico from 1981-86.

His two films with German-born director Douglas Sirk in the late 1950s, “A Time to Love and a Time to Die” and “Imitation of Life,” greatly raised his profile in Hollywood and around the country.

Shot in black-and-white CinemaScope, and adapted from the novel by “All Quiet on the Western Front” author Erich Maria Remarque, “A Time to Love and a Time to Die” (1958) was the first
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John Gavin, Actor in ‘Psycho’ and ‘Spartacus,’ Dies at 86

John Gavin, Actor in ‘Psycho’ and ‘Spartacus,’ Dies at 86
John Gavin, who reached the pinnacle of his acting career with roles in Douglas Sirk’s “Imitation of Life,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and the epic “Spartacus,” later serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild in the early ’70s and as U.S. ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 86.

The actor was signed to a contract and almost played James Bond in the film “Diamonds Are Forever.”

Gavin was SAG president from 1971-73 and as President Reagan’s first ambassador to Mexico from 1981-86.

Gavin made two films with German-born director Douglas Sirk in the late 1950s, “A Time to Love and a Time to Die” and “Imitation of Life,” that greatly raised his profile in Hollywood and around the country.

Shot in black-and-white CinemaScope, and adapted from the novel by “All Quiet on the Western Front” author Erich Maria Remarque, “A Time to Love and a Time to Die” (1958) was
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Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance

Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance
'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback featuring daring Albert Finney tour de force As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood. Jacqueline Bisset is expected to be in attendance. Huston was 77, and suffering from emphysema for several years, when he returned to Mexico – the setting of both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Night of the Iguana – to direct 28-year-old newcomer Guy Gallo's adaptation of English poet and novelist Malcolm Lowry's 1947 semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano, which until then had reportedly defied the screenwriting abilities of numerous professionals. Appropriately set on the Day of the Dead – 1938 – in the fictitious Mexican town of Quauhnahuac (the fact that it sounds like Cuernavaca
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Southwest Airlines Passenger Arrested After Fistfight on Plane

Southwest Airlines Passenger Arrested After Fistfight on Plane
One person was arrested after a brawl captured on cell phone video broke out aboard a Southwest Airlines plane in Burbank that had arrived from Dallas, a spokesman from the Burbank police confirms to People.

In an email to People, Sgt. Derek Green tells People that a fistfight broke out between two men as the plane, en route to Oakland after a short layover in Burbank, taxied to the gate.

“Everyone was de-planing then all heck broke loose,” passenger Michael Krause told CBS.

The footage, which was posted to Twitter on Sunday, showed two men fighting as a female passenger
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36 Hours

Long before movies routinely created ‘worlds’ with their own twisted fantasy logic, only a few paranoid thrillers, usually odd genre items, tried out twisted stories of deceptive ‘hidden realities.’ Like an extended Twilight Zone entry, this lively James Garner war pic morphs into a bizarre conspiracy worthy of Philip K. Dick. If only it weren’t so “L-a-o” — Literal And Obvious.

36 Hours

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1965 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date April 11, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor, Werner Peters, John Banner, Russell Thorson, Alan Napier, Oscar Beregi, Ed Gilbert, Sig Ruman, Celia Lovsky, Karl Held, James Doohan.

Cinematography Philip H. Lathrop

Art Direction Edward Carfagno, George W. Davis

Film Editor Adrienne Fazan

Original Music Dimitri Tiomkin

Written by George Seaton, Carl K. Hittleman, Luis H. Vance from a story by Roald Dahl

Produced by William Perlberg

Directed by George Seaton

Released
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Bill Swearingen, Charter Member of the Society of Camera Operators, Dies at 79

Bill Swearingen, a veteran camera operator who worked on movies including Airport and Grease and shows like Peyton Place and The Waltons, has died. He was 79.

Swearingen died Feb. 15 at a hospital in Fresno, Calif., his wife, Terri, told The Hollywood Reporter. He suffered a major stroke in 2011.

Swearingen was a charter member of the Society of Camera Operators, founded in 1978 with the aim of being recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was elected the Soc's first sergeant at arms and remained in the position for years.

A native of Hollywood,...
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Bill Swearingen, Charter Member of the Society of Camera Operators, Dies at 79

Bill Swearingen, a veteran camera operator who worked on movies including Airport and Grease and shows like Peyton Place and The Waltons, has died. He was 79.

Swearingen died Feb. 15 at a hospital in Fresno, Calif., his wife, Terri, told The Hollywood Reporter. He suffered a major stroke in 2011.

Swearingen was a charter member of the Society of Camera Operators, founded in 1978 with the aim of being recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was elected the Soc's first sergeant at arms and remained in the position for years.

A native of Hollywood,...
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Hotel

As the manager of a sprawling New Orleans hotel, Rod Taylor has his hands full in this all-star soap opera from 1967. Written by Airport scribe Arthur Hailey, Hotel follows a similar boilerplate as the trials and tribulations of our beleaguered cast come to a head under claustrophobic conditions. Karl Malden and Kevin McCarthy play two of Taylor’s more unscrupulous guests while Hollywood stalwart Richard Quine (Bell, Book and Candle) handles the directing chores.
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Actress Barbara Hale, Emmy-winner For "Perry Mason", Dead At Age 94

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Actress Barbara Hale has passed away at age 94. She started as a glamour girl in feature films and commercials before landing the role of Perry Mason's secretary Della Street in the long-running TV series that lasted from 1957-1966. Starring opposite Raymond Burr as Mason, Hale won an Emmy for her performance in 1959 and Della Street became her signature role. In 1985 she and Burr reunited for a Perry Mason TV movie. The show received very high ratings and the two would continue to reprise their roles periodically in other new TV movies about the famed attorney. Hale, the mother of actor William Katt, had many feature films to her credit including the 1970 blockbuster "Airport" in which she played the jilted wife of gigalo pilot Dean Martin.

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Barbara Hale, Emmy-Winning Costar of Perry Mason, Dead at 94

Barbara Hale, Emmy-Winning Costar of Perry Mason, Dead at 94
Barbara Hale, who costarred alongside Raymond Burr for nearly four decades on TV’s Perry Mason, has died at the age of 94.

Hale passed away Thursday, according to a Facebook post from her son, actor William Katt. In 1957, she began playing secretary Della Street on the CBS legal drama Perry Mason, assisting Burr’s defense attorney with his weekly cases.

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She appeared in all nine seasons, winning an Emmy in 1959 for best supporting actress in a drama and getting nominated for another in
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Barbara Hale, ‘Perry Mason’ Actress, Dies at 94

Barbara Hale, ‘Perry Mason’ Actress, Dies at 94
Barbara Hale, who played secretary Della Street in the “Perry Mason” television series and movies, died Thursday. She was 94.

According to a Facebook post by her son William Katt, Hale passed away at her home on Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Lost my beautiful wonderful mom Barbara Hale yesterday afternoon,” Katt, star of the television series “The Greatest American Hero,” wrote Friday. “She left peacefully at her home in Sherman Oaks Ca surrounded by close family and dear friends. We’ve all been so lucky to have her for so long. She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with. A wonderful actress and smart business woman she was most of all a treasure as a friend and mother! We’re all a little lost without her but we have extraordinary stories and memories to take with us for the rest of our lives.

Hale played Street, assistant to Raymond Burr’s titular lawyer, in
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Star Sightings: Kristen Stewart, Jon Hamm, Mary J. Blige and More Take Over Sundance -- See the Pics!

Happy Birthday, Mary J. Blige!

The "No More Drama" singer celebrated her 46th birthday with close friends and family at a private residence in Deer Valley, Utah, on Jan. 20. Guests included Aisha Tyler, DJ Nice, Jason Mitchell, and her sister, Latonya Blige. The party was catered by The Hudson restaurant, which provided tasty bites like quinoa bowls, skirt steak and street corn. Those in attendance sipped on D'usse mixed cocktails and feasted on a delicious cake emblazoned with "Happy Birthday Queen."

Photos: Star Sightings at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Michael Kovac

Earlier in the day, Jon Hamm was spotted in Park City, Utah, promoting his latest film, Marjorie Prime. The 45-year-old actor took time off his busy schedule to stop by the Variety Studio at Sundance to get acquainted with the new Google Home, a voice-activated speaker designed to play any song in the world. Hamm's tune of choice was "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin.

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In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2016

In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2016
While Hollywood is still mourning the recent deaths of screen icon Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, there were many other notable big screen stars who passed away in 2016.

Alan Rickman, one of the most prolific actors of the last two decades, died of pancreatic cancer at age 69 on January 14. Rickman made his big screen debut in 1998’s “Die Hard,” playing the villain Hans Gruber opposite Bruce Willis. From that film on he took on varied roles, from the noble Colonel Brandon in the period piece “Sense and Sensibility” to the faux-alien Dr. Lazarus in the sci-fi comedy “Galaxy Quest.” But most will know him as the antihero Severus Snape from the “Harry Potter” movies. Emma Thompson, who starred with Rickman in five films, called him “the finest of actors and directors.” (Read his obituary here.)

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In the French Style

It's a genuine forgotten gem: American student Jean Seberg's five-year adventure in Paris is mostly a period of romantic frustration. Irwin Shaw and Robert Parrish's look at the problems of an independent woman is remarkably insightful; the chronically miscast and underused Ms. Seberg is luminous. In the French Style Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1963 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 105 min. / Ship Date April 12, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jean Seberg, Stanley Baker, Phillippe Forquet, Addison Powell, Jack Hedley, Maurice Teynac, Claudine Auger, James Leo Herlihy, Ann Lewis, Barbara Sommers. Cinematography Michel Kelber Original Music Joseph Kosma Written by Irwin Shaw from his short stories Produced by Irwin Shaw, Robert Parrish Directed by Robert Parrish

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Talk about elusive movies: on must keep an eye on the TCM logs to catch many of the films of director Robert Parrish. I had to wait for the advent of
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