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Woody Allen Gets U.S. Release Rights to ‘Rainy Day In New York’ Back From Amazon — Report

Woody Allen Gets U.S. Release Rights to ‘Rainy Day In New York’ Back From Amazon — Report
Woody Allen has obtained U.S. distribution rights to “A Rainy Day in New York” from Amazon Studios, Variety reports. The studio produced the movie as part of its multi-project deal with the “Annie Hall” and “Midnight in Paris” Oscar winner and had plans to release it in theaters in late 2018 or 2019. The title was shelved indefinitely after Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, brought her allegations of child molestation against the director back into the national spotlight in January 2018 as the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements were entering the mainstream.

A Rainy Day in New York” stars Elle Fanning and Timothee Chalamet as a young couple who take a trip to New York City that threatens to tear their relationship apart. Fanning’s character runs off to interview a famous movie director, while Chalamet finds himself alone and stumbling onto the set of a student film. The supporting cast includes Jude Law,
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Christopher Walken movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Deer Hunter,’ ‘Catch Me If You Can’

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Christopher Walken movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Deer Hunter,’ ‘Catch Me If You Can’
Christopher Walken will celebrate his 76th birthday on March 31, 2019. The actor, who was born in Astoria, Queens, has been acting for roughly 60 years, having started out as a child performer on various television shows. He would attend one year of college at Hofstra University but then would drop out when he was cast in his first off-Broadway show. Considering Walken’s serious career as an actor, it is probably surprising to learn that this first show was a frothy musical comedy which also launched the career of another young performer named Liza Minnelli.

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Walken would then go on to a quite prolific stage career appearing on and off-Broadway in all sorts of productions in everything from Shakespeare to Chekov. Eventually he would begin working in film and began to reappear on television. A scene stealing role in 1977’s
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Christopher Walken movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Christopher Walken movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Christopher Walken will celebrate his 76th birthday on March 31, 2019. The actor, who was born in Astoria, Queens, has been acting for roughly 60 years, having started out as a child performer on various television shows. He would attend one year of college at Hofstra University but then would drop out when he was cast in his first off-Broadway show. Considering Walken’s serious career as an actor, it is probably surprising to learn that this first show was a frothy musical comedy which also launched the career of another young performer named Liza Minnelli.

Walken would then go on to a quite prolific stage career appearing on and off-Broadway in all sorts of productions in everything from Shakespeare to Chekov. Eventually he would begin working in film and began to reappear on television. A scene stealing role in 1977’s Best Picture Oscar winner “Annie Hall” would then lead him to
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Oscars flashback 35 years ago to Shirley MacLaine finally winning on her 5th try: ‘I deserve this!’ [Watch]

Oscars flashback 35 years ago to Shirley MacLaine finally winning on her 5th try: ‘I deserve this!’ [Watch]
“I’ve wondered for 26 years what this would feel like. Thank you for ending the suspense.” Shirley MacLaine made that declaration 35 years ago upon finally winning her well-deserved Academy Award for 1983’s “Terms of Endearment” (watch the video above with Rock Hudson and Liza Minnelli presenting). She finished up with a saucy admission of, “I deserve this!” And now, all these years later, not one but two actresses can relate to the anticipation captured in that acceptance speech.

There is much ado about Glenn Close’s seventh acting nomination this month, but Amy Adams is also attempting a victory on her sixth bid, placing her only one notch behind Close. Will this finally be the triumphant year for either close as Best Actress for “The Wife” or Adams in Best Supporting Actress for “Vice”? Why does it sometimes take Oscar voters so long to recognize some of its most talented members?
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On cloud 9: Alfonso Cuaron expected to be 9th director to win 2 BAFTA Awards

On cloud 9: Alfonso Cuaron expected to be 9th director to win 2 BAFTA Awards
After becoming the 13th person to win two Directors Guild of America Awards, Alfonso Cuaron is poised to join an even more exclusive group: two-time Best Director BAFTA winners.

The “Roma” director is our odds-on favorite to take home the prize at Sunday’s ceremony, with 31/10 odds over Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) and Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”). He previously won for his direction of “Gravity” (2013), for which he also won the Oscar.

Only eight people have double Best Director BAFTA Awards, the most wins in the category. The most recent to join this club was Joel Coen, who took home his second statuette for “No Country for Old Men” (2007) to go with his win for “Fargo” (1996).

See DGA Awards: Complete winners list in all 11 categories

None of the eight two-time champs have gone on to win the Oscar for both films.
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Can ‘Roma’ overcome editing snub to win Best Picture at Oscars?

Can ‘Roma’ overcome editing snub to win Best Picture at Oscars?
One of the most reliable predictors of the Best Picture winner at the Oscars has been the Best Film Editing category. Only 10 films have taken home the big prize without at least contending for cutting since that category was introduced at the seventh Academy Awards in 1934.

Of this year’s eight Best Picture nominees, “Black Panther,” “Roma” and “A Star is Born” did not make the cut for Best Film Editing at the Oscars. In the hunt for that award are five of their Best Picture rivals: “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book” and “Vice.”

The most recent film to defy this stat was “Birdman” three years ago; it did contend at the film editors guild awards for its seemingly seamless scenes. While “Black Panther” was snubbed by the guild, both “Roma” and “A Star is Born” number among the five nominees for best edited drama at the Ace Eddie Awards alongside “BlacKkKlansman,
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If ‘The Favourite’ or ‘Roma’ wins Best Picture Oscar, it will mean historic back-to-back wins for female-centered movies

If ‘The Favourite’ or ‘Roma’ wins Best Picture Oscar, it will mean historic back-to-back wins for female-centered movies
It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in front of and behind the camera in Hollywood, so while there have been a number of Oscar winners for Best Picture featuring female leads, it’s much rarer to find films that are told from a strictly female point of view without a male co-lead. And it’s unheard of for two such movies to win consecutively. But “The Shape of Water” (2017) was one such female-driven winner — unless you count the mute fish man as an equal co-lead, which I don’t. And now this year’s two most nominated films, “Roma” and “The Favourite,” are well positioned for a win with nary a male lead in sight.

It’s actually shocking how rare it is to find a Best Picture winner that isn’t at least partially about a man or group of men. There were “All About Eve” (1950) and
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Does sneaking ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ into the drama categories at the Globes boost their Oscar chances? History says yes

One of the oddities of this year’s Golden Globes nominees? That Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Warner’s “A Star Is Born” requested to compete in the drama categories and not as a musical or comedy selection.

After all, the 1976 version of the much-told showbiz saga starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson was labeled as a musical and went on to grab Globes for both leads as well as the film itself. But those prizes did not translate into Oscar attention, with only the movie’s signature song, “Evergreen,” earning a statuette.

However, their winning dramatic counterparts that year – Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway in “Network” — would not only make the Oscar ballot cut, but would go on to win Academy Awards as well. Same thing happened to the year’s drama champ, “Rocky,” which won the Best Picture Oscar.

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Woody Allen movies: Top 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Annie Hall,’ ‘Blue Jasmine,’ ‘Manhattan’

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Woody Allen movies: Top 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Annie Hall,’ ‘Blue Jasmine,’ ‘Manhattan’
Woody Allen celebrates his 83rd birthday on December 1, 2018. The four-time Academy Award winner has proved incredibly prolific in his decades-long career, writing, directing, and oftentimes starring in nearly a film a year for almost 50 years. But how many of those are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

After years as a joke writer and standup comic, Allen transitioned into filmmaking penning such screenplays as “What’s New Pussycat?” (1965) and starring in such titles as “Casino Royale” (1967). His first credit as a director was the comedically overdubbed Japanese spy thriller “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” (1966).

SEEOscar Best Picture Gallery: History of Every Academy Award-Winning Movie

The Woody Allen as we know him emerged in 1969 with the farcical mockumentary “Take the Money and Run” (1969), made when he was 34 years old. The success of that film led to
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Woody Allen movies: Top 25 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Woody Allen movies: Top 25 greatest films ranked worst to best
Woody Allen celebrates his 83rd birthday on December 1, 2018. The four-time Academy Award winner has proved incredibly prolific in his decades-long career, writing, directing, and oftentimes starring in nearly a film a year for almost 50 years. But how many of those are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

After years as a joke writer and standup comic, Allen transitioned into filmmaking penning such screenplays as “What’s New Pussycat?” (1965) and starring in such titles as “Casino Royale” (1967). His first credit as a director was the comedically overdubbed Japanese spy thriller “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” (1966).

The Woody Allen as we know him emerged in 1969 with the farcical mockumentary “Take the Money and Run” (1969), made when he was 34 years old. The success of that film led to a string of critically acclaimed absurdist comedies, including “Bananas” (1971) and
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Dave Grohl Knows Who Should Play Him in a Foo Fighters Movie, and It's Perfect

Dave Grohl Knows Who Should Play Him in a Foo Fighters Movie, and It's Perfect
Biopics about famous bands and musicians always seem to be a hit at the box office. Considering the band's popularity, it's possible we'll one day see a Foo Fighters movie on the big screen. As of now, there are not any plans to make a film about the band in the works. Still, it's a fun topic of discussion for fans of Foo Fighters, leaving them to speculate who could play the role of David Grohl in such a film. Humorously, Grohl himself recently weighed in on the subject in a radio interview, suggesting he wants a classic horror movie actress to take on the part. Without a beat, Grohl said that he'd personally cast Shelley Duvall to play himself.

"I'm going for Shelley Duvall. Like, look at Shelley Duvall from The Shining. She's like,'Get away from me! Get away from me!'. Like, that's me. That's totally me.
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Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’) would be third actor to direct himself to an Oscar

Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’) would be third actor to direct himself to an Oscar
Bradley Cooper is currently at the top of Gold Derby’s charts to win the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as alcoholic singer Jackson Maine “A Star Is Born.” Should he take the award home he would become only the third performer in Oscar history to have also directed the performance for which he prevailed. The only other two actors who accomplished this were Laurence Olivier for “Hamlet” in 1948 and Roberto Benigni for “Life is Beautiful” in 1998.

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Reviews for Cooper’s performance and his direction have been strong and the film has performed well at the box office so he is well placed to be a strong Oscar contender. He is also overdue for a win after losing three consecutive bids from 2012-2014 for “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle” and “American Sniper” respectively.
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Oscar Flashback: The four films that won four of the Big Five, including ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘American Beauty’

Oscar Flashback: The four films that won four of the Big Five, including ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘American Beauty’
This article marks Part 5 of the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories, including the following four films that scored a quartet of trophies among the top races.

At the 12th Academy Awards ceremony, this was no stopping Victor Fleming’s blockbuster epic “Gone with the Wind” (1939). With a total of 13 nominations, the most of any film that year, it was the overwhelming favorite for Oscar glory and indeed, on the big night, the picture took home eight prizes, including Best Picture. Fleming, in his lone career Oscar bid, prevailed in Best Director,
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Can Bradley Cooper (‘A Star is Born’) become latest actor to receive Oscar nomination for directing?

Can Bradley Cooper (‘A Star is Born’) become latest actor to receive Oscar nomination for directing?
As the latest remake of “A Star is Born” continues to do well at the box office and with critics (it currently sits at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes), Bradley Cooper is on track to earn four Oscar nominations for the film. He’s not only the frontrunner to win Best Actor for his role as alcoholic singer Jackson Maine, but he’s also likely to be nominated for writing, producing and directing “A Star Is Born.”

Can Cooper become the latest actor to win an Oscar for Best Director, joining the likes of Woody Allen for “Annie Hall” (1977), Robert Redford for “Ordinary People” (1980), Warren Beatty for “Reds” (1981), Kevin Costner for “Dances with Wolves” (1990), Mel Gibson for “Braveheart” (1995), Ron Howard for “A Beautiful Mind” (2001) and Clint Eastwood for “Unforgiven” (1992) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)?

See 5 reasons why I knew Lady Gaga would soar in ‘A Star Is Born’

While history bodes well for
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‘A Star Is Born’ and Lady Gaga could end 14-year Oscar drought of Best Picture and Actress matching wins

‘A Star Is Born’ and Lady Gaga could end 14-year Oscar drought of Best Picture and Actress matching wins
Will the third time be the charm? For the past two years, we were thisclose to having the Best Picture and Best Actress Oscars go to the same film for the first time since “Million Dollar Baby” (2004). Emma Stone took home Best Actress for “La La Land” (2016) and we all know what happened after that. Frances McDormand cruised to her second Best Actress statuette for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017), but her divisive film, which was predicted to win (oops), fell to “The Shape of Water.” And now “A Star Is Born” and Lady Gaga are the odds-on favorites to prevail, which would only be the 12th time ever that Best Picture and Best Actress lined up.

It might be hard to believe, but Picture-Actress matchups were more common in the early days of the Oscars than Picture-Actor; there were four Picture-Actress overlaps to one for Actor before the latter started dominating.
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Sigourney Weaver movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Aliens,’ ‘Avatar,’ ‘Working Girl’

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Sigourney Weaver movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Aliens,’ ‘Avatar,’ ‘Working Girl’
Sigourney Weaver celebrates her 69th birthday on October 8, 2018. The three-time Oscar nominee has proven herself a capable leading lady in a variety of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, comedy, horror, and drama. In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Weaver made her film debut with a walk-on role as Woody Allen‘s girlfriend in “Annie Hall” (1977). Her breakthrough came just two years later for Ridley Scott‘s landmark sci-fi thriller “Alien” (1979). As Ripley, the lone survivor aboard a spacecraft besieged by a snarling, ferocious extra-terrestrial, Weaver broke down barriers for female action stars and helped launch a franchise that led to three sequels: James Cameron‘s “Aliens” (1986), David Fincher‘s “Alien 3” (1992), and Jean-Pierre Jeunet‘s “Alien: Resurrection” (1997).

Aliens” brought Weaver her first Oscar nomination as Best Actress, a rarity for the genre. Not to be typecast, she
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Sigourney Weaver movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Sigourney Weaver movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Sigourney Weaver celebrates her 69th birthday on October 8, 2018. The three-time Oscar nominee has proven herself a capable leading lady in a variety of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, comedy, horror, and drama. In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Weaver made her film debut with a walk-on role as Woody Allen‘s girlfriend in “Annie Hall” (1977). Her breakthrough came just two years later for Ridley Scott‘s landmark sci-fi thriller “Alien” (1979). As Ripley, the lone survivor aboard a spacecraft besieged by a snarling, ferocious extra-terrestrial, Weaver broke down barriers for female action stars and helped launch a franchise that led to three sequels: James Cameron‘s “Aliens” (1986), David Fincher‘s “Alien 3” (1992), and Jean-Pierre Jeunet‘s “Alien: Resurrection” (1997).

Aliens” brought Weaver her first Oscar nomination as Best Actress, a rarity for the genre. Not to be typecast, she
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Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’) would be 9th person to get Best Director and Actor Oscar nominations for the same film

Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’) would be 9th person to get Best Director and Actor Oscar nominations for the same film
Bradley Cooper has probably been on cloud nine since his directorial debut “A Star Is Born” opened to gushing raves at the Venice Film Festival. “Nine” is also his magic number when it comes to the Oscars: If he gets Best Director and Best Actor nominations, as he’s expected to do, he’ll be the ninth person to be nominated for both for the same film. And if he somehow wins both, he’d be the first to do so.

The first eight men to receive these double nominations, with two having been nominated twice, are:

1. Orson Welles, “Citizen Kane” (1941)

2. Sir Laurence Olivier, “Hamlet” (1948)

3. Woody Allen, “Annie Hall” (1977)

4. Warren Beatty, “Heaven Can Wait” (1978)

5. Warren Beatty, “Reds” (1981)

6. Kenneth Branagh, “Henry V” (1989)

7. Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves” (1990)

8. Clint Eastwood, “Unforgiven” (1992)

9. Roberto Benigni, “Life Is Beautiful” (1998)

10. Clint Eastwood, “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

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Penelope Cruz movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Volver,’ ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona,’ ‘Nine’

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Penelope Cruz movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Volver,’ ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona,’ ‘Nine’
As with most film stars nowadays Penelope Cruz has recently crossed over from movies to television with her performance as Donatella Versace in the limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” Cruz received her first Emmy nomination for the show as Best Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress.

Cruz has received three Oscar nominations throughout her career. Her first nomination was for Best Actress for the film “Volver” in 2006. She subsequently received two Best Supporting Actress nominations for “Vicky Christina Barcelona” in 2008 and “Nine” in 2009. She won the Oscar for “Vicky Christina Barcelona” making her one of seven actors to win an Oscar for a Woody Allen film.

Cruz first rose to fame in her native Spain. Her performances in many films there and especially in the work of Pedro Almodóvar allowed her to start appearing in American films. She initially struggled a bit to bring the same power in her
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Penelope Cruz movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Penelope Cruz movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
As with most film stars nowadays Penelope Cruz has recently crossed over from movies to television with her performance as Donatella Versace in the limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Cruz received her first Emmy nomination for the show as Best Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress.

Cruz has received three Oscar nominations throughout her career. Her first nomination was for Best Actress for the film “Volver” in 2006. She subsequently received two Best Supporting Actress nominations for “Vicky Christina Barcelona” in 2008 and “Nine” in 2009. She won the Oscar for “Vicky Christina Barcelona” making her one of seven actors to win an Oscar for a Woody Allen film.

Cruz first rose to fame in her native Spain. Her performances in many films there and especially in the work of Pedro Almodóvar allowed her to start appearing in American films. She initially struggled a bit to bring the same
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