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Glenn Close scores Oscar buzz for ‘The Wife’ at private Hamptons screening

Glenn Close scores Oscar buzz for ‘The Wife’ at private Hamptons screening
“It’s the best thing she’s ever done,” insists one Oscar voter after viewing Glenn Close’s performance in “The Wife” at a private screening recently cohosted by Martha Stewart in East Hampton, New York. “She’s got my vote.”

The screening generated significant academy buzz for the overdue star on the eve of the movie’s national release by Sony Pictures Classics on Aug. 17.

“Glenn Close perfectly expressed the whole spectrum” of emotions in her role as a woman who has ghostwritten for her famous literary husband and stayed in the shadows, according to best-selling author and fashion journalist Kate Betts. “Emotions from absolute devotion to absolute betrayal.”

The Wife” is based upon a novel written 15 years ago by Meg Wolitzer, who was on hand for the screening. “The things that I was grappling with back in 2003 are eerily relevant to what men and women are going through today,
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Richard Alan Greenberg Dies: Title Designer On ‘Alien’, ‘Superman’, ‘Matrix’ & Many More Was 71

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Richard Alan Greenberg Dies: Title Designer On ‘Alien’, ‘Superman’, ‘Matrix’ & Many More Was 71
Richard Alan Greenberg, an Oscar-nominated title designer and motion-graphics pioneer, died June 16 in New York City. He was 71.

Greenberg scored his Oscar nom for Best Visual Effects on the 1987 Anrold Schwarzenegger thriller Predator. Among his many other notable opening-sequence credits are Superman, Alien, Dirty Dancing, Zelig, The Untouchables, The World According to Garp, Altered States, Independence Day, Seven, The Matrix and the Lethal Weapon series.

After teaching at the University of Illinois and the Institute of Design in his native Chicago, Greenberg produced the short film Stop, which was shot at the Democratic National Convention that summer in the Windy City. It took the top prize at at the New York Film Festival Student Competition, which led to a job working for Pablo Ferro, who’d done the title design for such classics as Dr. Strangelove and Bullitt.

Greenberg launched R/Greenberg Associates in 1977 with his brother Robert. The company
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Richard Greenberg, Title Designer of ‘Superman’ and ‘The Matrix,’ Dies at 71

Richard Greenberg, Title Designer of ‘Superman’ and ‘The Matrix,’ Dies at 71
Oscar-nominated title designer Richard Greenberg, who lent his artistry to classic films and franchises like “Superman,” “Alien,” and “The Matrix” died of appendicitis on June 16 his New York home. He was 71.

Greenberg received multiple award nominations for his creative work throughout his career, including a visual effects Oscar-nomination in 1988 for “Predator” and a visual effects BAFTA nomination for 1983’s “Zelig.” As a title designer, he contributed his talent to an array of films from the 1980s to 2010, including “Superman,” “Alien,” “The World According to Garp,” “Altered States,” “Dirty Dancing,” “The Untouchables,” the “Lethal Weapon” series, “Dracula,” “Independence Day,” “Seven,” and “The Matrix.”

Half of a sibling duo, Greenberg began designing titles with his brother Robert, with whom he founded R/Greenberg Associates, according to a report from Art of the Title. Greenberg handled the artistic side of their startup business, while his brother managed the business. It wasn’t until the
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Richard Greenberg, Title Designer of ‘Superman’ and ‘The Matrix,’ Dies at 71

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Richard Greenberg, Title Designer of ‘Superman’ and ‘The Matrix,’ Dies at 71
Oscar-nominated title designer Richard Greenberg, who lent his artistry to classic films and franchises like “Superman,” “Alien,” and “The Matrix” died of appendicitis on June 16 his New York home. He was 71.

Greenberg received multiple award nominations for his creative work throughout his career, including a visual effects Oscar-nomination in 1988 for “Predator” and a visual effects BAFTA nomination for 1983’s “Zelig.” As a title designer, he contributed his talent to an array of films from the 1980s to 2010, including “Superman,” “Alien,” “The World According to Garp,” “Altered States,” “Dirty Dancing,” “The Untouchables,” the “Lethal Weapon” series, “Dracula,” “Independence Day,” “Seven,” and “The Matrix.”

Half of a sibling duo, Greenberg began designing titles with his brother Robert, with whom he founded R/Greenberg Associates, according to a report from Art of the Title. Greenberg handled the artistic side of their startup business, while his brother managed the business. It wasn’t until the
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Richard Alan Greenberg, Main Title Designer on 'Superman' and 'Alien' and Oscar Nominee for 'Predator,' Dies at 71

Richard Alan Greenberg, Main Title Designer on 'Superman' and 'Alien' and Oscar Nominee for 'Predator,' Dies at 71
Richard Alan Greenberg, the Oscar-nominated effects artist who took main titles for movies to another level with his designs for such films as SupermanAlien and The World According to Garp, has died. He was 71.

Greenberg died Saturday in New York City after a bout with appendicitis, his family announced.

Greenberg's Oscar nomination was for best visual effects (shared with Stan Winston, Joel Hynek and his brother, Robert Greenberg) for John McTiernan's Predator (1987). He also collaborated with the director on another Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer, Last Action Hero (1993).

In 1977, the Chicago native and his brother ...
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Trailer Watch: Glenn Close Is Fed Up with Being Defined as “The Wife”

The Wife

“Don’t paint me as the victim. I’m much more interesting than that,” says Glenn Close in a new trailer for “The Wife.” An adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel of the same name, the drama sees the six-time Oscar nominee playing Joan Castleman, a woman best known as the wife of an incredibly successful writer. Joan has dedicated decades of her life to nurturing her husband’s (Jonathan Pryce, “Game of Thrones”) career, but on the eve of his receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, she decides that she’s had enough of his egotism and infidelities.

Joan’s “coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career,” the film’s official synopsis hints.

The trailer shows glimpses into Joan and her husband’s complicated history. Joan herself was a talented writer in her college days — and her future husband was her professor.
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Glenn Close (‘The Wife’) voted most overdue for an Oscar in 2019 after 6 losses [Poll Results]

Glenn Close (‘The Wife’) voted most overdue for an Oscar in 2019 after 6 losses [Poll Results]
Glenn Close is your choice for the most overdue for an Oscar and it isn’t even … close. Gold Derby’s poll asking you to vote for the person who needs an Oscar the most among frequent nominees was a runaway for six-time nominee Close, even though she technically hasn’t racked up the most nominations. Will her upcoming role in “The Wife” put an end to her Oscar losing streak?

SEEReflecting on Meryl Streep’s record 21 Oscar nominations and celebrating her 3 wins (to date)

Close won our poll with 35% of the vote, while a pair of five-time nominees, Amy Adams and writer-director Christopher Nolan, rallied with 19% and 15%, respectively. Next was Annette Bening (four noms) at 9% and writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (eight noms) at 8%.

Further down we had 6% for Michelle Williams (four noms), 5% for composer Thomas Newman (14 noms) and 2% for sound mixer Greg P. Russell (16 noms). Tying for last on
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Who is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]

Who is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]
The past few years have seen various frequent Oscar losers finally winning their award, from Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) to Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”‘) to sound mixer Kevin O’Connell (“Hacksaw Ridge”) to cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”). With another Oscar season come and gone, the great campaign to get other overdue artists their Oscar begins now. From actresses like Glenn Close and Amy Adams to technical masters like composer Thomas Newman and songwriter Diane Warren, there is always someone out there who many people believe is deserving of the elusive Oscar after multiple losses.

A great number of these overdue Oscar nominees have projects coming out in 2018 that could net them their first win. Here are 10 artists that could finally get lucky at next year’s Oscars.

SEEBest Picture winners sweeping the Oscars may officially be over

Annette Bening – 4 nominations

Bening’s Oscar nominated performances have been as diverse as her career,
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A fantastic leap – trans cinema's breakthrough moment

Trans actors are at last being offered leading roles, completing their journey from the 60s underground to Oscar contention with A Fantastic Woman, starring Daniela Vega

A Fantastic Woman, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s best foreign language Oscar nominee, is not the first film about a trans woman to be in contention for an Academy Award. Some argue that playing a trans character is a sure-fire way to contend for a statuette – look at the nominations for John Lithgow for The World According to Garp (1982); Jaye Davidson for The Crying Game (1992); Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry (1999); Felicity Huffman for Transamerica (2005); Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl (2015). What is new is that Lelio’s lead actor, Chilean actor/singer Daniela Vega, is herself trans, and was briefly in the running to become the first trans person to be nominated for best actor.
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Glenn Close Emotionally Declares If Christopher Reeve Was Alive, Robin Williams 'Would Be Too'

Glenn Close Emotionally Declares If Christopher Reeve Was Alive, Robin Williams 'Would Be Too'
Glenn Close says that Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams' friendship was so strong that she believes if the Superman star was still alive, he could have saved Williams. 

The 70-year-old actress got emotional while delivering a touching speech at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's annual "A Magical Evening" Gala in New York City on Thursday, where she reflected on the late actors and her friendship with them both. 

"My first connection to Christopher Reeve was through Robin Williams, when we were shooting The World According to Garp. It was the summer of 1982, when we were filming on Fishers Island," Close began. "On Friday evenings, Chris would literally swoop in, piloting his own plane, scoop Robin up, and away they would fly for the weekend. On Sunday, late afternoon, Chris would swoop back in and deliver Robin back -- I have to say a little worse for wear."

"Those were the heady days for them both," she continued
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Glenn Close-Starrer “The Wife” Acquired by Sony Classics

The Wife”: Embankment Films

Glenn Close’s latest project has found a home weeks after bowing at the Toronto International Film Festival. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Classics snagged all North American rights to “The Wife,” an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel of the same name.

The drama sees the six-time Oscar nominee playing Joan Castleman, a woman best known as the wife of an incredibly successful author (Jonathan Pryce, “Taboo”). Joan has dedicated years of her life to nurturing her husband’s genius, but a moment of revelation causes her to reconsider their relationship and her future. Jane Anderson (“Olive Kitteridge,” “Mad Men”) penned the script.

Directed by Bjorn Runge (“Daybreak”), the pic’s producers include Silver Reel’s Claudia Bluemhuber, Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Film’s Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, and Jo Bamford and Piers Tempest for Tempo Productions.

The Wife” received strong reviews at Tiff, with many critics offering effusive praise for Close’s performance.

Regarding the lack of roles written for older women, the Emmy and Golden Globe winner has observed, “It’s kind of ironic, because we’re at the peak of our power. We really are.”

Close’s many credits include “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Damages,” “Albert Nobbs,” “The Shield,” “Fatal Attraction,” and “The World According to Garp.”

Glenn Close-Starrer “The Wife” Acquired by Sony Classics was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Glenn Close to Receive Golden Icon Award at Zurich Film Festival

Glenn Close in “The Great Gilly Hopkins

It’s time for Glenn Close to add another award to her mantle. The six-time Oscar nominee has taken home multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards, and now she’s set to receive the Golden Icon Award at the upcoming Zurich Film Festival (Zff), Variety reports. The “Damages” alumna will also present her latest feature at the fest, “The Wife.”

Close’s career spans over four decades and includes films such as “The World According to Garp,” “The Big Chill,” and “Fatal Attraction.” “The Girl With All The Gifts” and “Albert Nobbs” are among her more recent features. Her stage credits include “Sunset Boulevard” and “The Real Thing.”

“From her commanding portrayal of Patty Hewes in ‘Damages’ to the glorious Marquise de Merteuil in Stephen Frears’ ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ via Alex Forrest and Cruella De Vil, Glenn Close has brought her extraordinary presence to countless memorable roles over a truly formidable career,” said Zff co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri in a statement.

An adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel of the same name, “The Wife” sees Close playing Joan Castleman, a woman best known as the wife of an incredibly successful writer. Joan has dedicated years of her life to nurturing her husband’s (Jonathan Pryce, “Game of Thrones”) career, but a moment of revelation causes Joan to reconsider their relationship and her future. “The Wife” will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Close recently signed on to topline “Sea Oak,” a half-hour Amazon pilot about a woman who comes back from the dead.

Zff runs from September 28-October 8.

Glenn Close to Receive Golden Icon Award at Zurich Film Festival was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Glenn Close to Be Honored at Zurich Film Festival, Present ‘The Wife’

Glenn Close to Be Honored at Zurich Film Festival, Present ‘The Wife’
Glenn Close will receive the Golden Icon Award at the Zurich Film Festival. The six-time Academy Award nominee will also present her latest film at the Festival, “The Wife.”

“From her commanding portrayal of Patty Hewes in “Damages” to the glorious Marquise de Merteuil in Stephen Frears’ “Dangerous Liaisons” via Alex Forrest and Cruella De Vil, Glenn Close has brought her extraordinary presence to countless memorable roles over a truly formidable career,” said Zff co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri in a statement.

Close has recently finished filming Julian Fellow’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Crooked House” and her other recent work includes sci-fi thriller “What Happened to Monday,” “The Girl With All the Gifts” and the comedy “Bastards.” She has also been in “Sunset Boulevard” on Broadway.

She made her feature film debut in “The World According to Garp,” before receiving Oscar-nomination for “The Big Chill,” “The “Natural,” “Fatal Attraction,
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Chilly Scenes of Winter

Joan Micklin Silver applies sensitive direction to Ann Beattie’s novel about a lonely guy trying to win back his girlfriend, and going about it in all the wrong ways. John Heard is excellent as Charles, who can’t understand why Laura (Mary Beth Hurt) has gone back to her husband and child. The whole thing plays out during a snowy winter in Salt Lake City… which is not the place to expect unrealistic romantic dreams to come true.

Chilly Scenes of Winter

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Starring: John Heard, Mary Beth Hurt, Peter Riegert, Kenneth McMillan, Gloria Grahame, Nora Heflin, Jerry Hardin, Tarah Nutter, Mark Metcalf, Allen Joseph, Frances Bay, Griffin Dunne, Anne Beattie.

Cinematography: Bobby Byrne

Film Editor: Cynthia Scheider

Original Music: Ken Lauber

From the novel by Ann Beattie

Produced by Griffin Dunne,
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Affleck Collects Comics, Shoots People in The Accountant, Jan. 10

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Burbank, CA – He’s not your average accountant. Discover his secrets when The Accountant arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray DVD and Digital HD. Oscar® winner Ben Affleck (Argo,) stars in the title role of “The Accountant,” from director Gavin O’Connor (Miracle, Pride and Glory, Warrior).

The Accountant also stars Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Into the Woods), Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, the Spider-Man films), Jon Bernthal (Daredevil, The Punsiher), Jean Smart (TV’s Fargo, 24), and Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Star Trek: Into Darkness), with Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, The Hangover films) and two-time Oscar nominee John Lithgow (Interstellar, Terms of Endearment, The World According to Garp).

O’Connor directed the film from a screenplay by Bill Dubuque (The Judge). The film was produced by Mark Williams and Lynette Howell Taylor, with O’Connor, Jamie Patricof and Marty Ewing serving as executive producers.

The Accountant will
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Gender-Fluid Actor Kelly Mantle Makes Oscar History

Gender-Fluid Actor Kelly Mantle Makes Oscar History
Opening Friday in limited release for an Oscar-qualifying run is “Confessions of a Womanizer,” directed by Miguel Ali. The small indie film is the longest of shots for Academy consideration, but that’s not stopping it from making history.

In submitting eligibility materials to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the film’s producers sought both supporting actor and supporting actress consideration for gender-fluid actor Kelly Mantle. The Academy granted the request, setting a historic precedent.

Gender-fluid and trans characters have been represented by Oscar-nominated actors such as John Lithgow (“The World According to Garp”), Hillary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”). There is one instance, meanwhile, of an Oscar nomination for a gender-swapping role: Linda Hunt in fact won the supporting actress prize for playing a male dwarf in 1982’s “The Year of Living Dangerously.”

But Mantle, known for appearing as a
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The Accountant Comes Home to Blu-Ray in January

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The Ben Affleck starring action-flick, The Accountant, is coming to blu-ray early next year, as announced by Warner Bros. along with a few special features. Come inside to check out all the details!

If you missed The Accountant when it was in theaters (or simply want to check it out again), you'll get your chance on January 10, 2017.

He’s not your average accountant. Discover his secrets when “The Accountant” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray DVD and Digital HD. Oscar® winner Ben Affleck (“Argo,”) stars in the title role of “The Accountant,” from director Gavin O’Connor (“Miracle,” “Pride and Glory,” “Warrior”).

The Accountant” also stars Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air,” “Into the Woods”), Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash,” the “Spider-Man” films), Jon Bernthal (“Fury,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Jean Smart (TV’s “Fargo,” “24”), and Cynthia Addai-Robinson (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”), with Jeffrey Tambor (TV’s “Transparent,
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Random Roles: John Lithgow on playing Winston Churchill and passing on Cheers

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: If there’s one sure way to confirm John Lithgow’s success as an actor, it’s that he’s managed to maintain a high-profile career for the better part of four decades. Granted, he didn’t really hit household-name status until the early ’80s, but after films like The World According To Garp, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Footloose, The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, and Harry And The Hendersons, his reputation as a character actor was permanently secured. Since then, Lithgow has also found success on the small screen, earning both laughs (3rd Rock From The Sun) and screams (Dexter), and his latest turn is toward the dramatic, playing Winston Churchill in
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Film Review: ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins’

Film Review: ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins’
Gilly Hopkins is 12 years old. Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse is not (she’s four years older), but in many ways, that’s ultimately to the advantage of director Stephen Herek’s respectful adaptation of the 1979 National Book Award-winning kid-lit classic “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” in which a kid who’s been passed from foster home to foster home reluctantly warms to the evangelical old “hippo” (Kathy Bates) who smothers her with unconditional love.

By casting an actress a bit older than Gilly was on the page, Herek factors in the way naturally aspirational younger moviegoers tend to prefer identifying with characters a bit older than themselves (the way no 17-year-old would be caught dead reading Seventeen magazine, which targets kids in the 12-16 range). So, on one hand, Nélisse is the right choice to help to capture audiences who might benefit most from the movie’s message — in a phrase,
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The Accountant Images Oddly More Revealing Than Trailer

The Accountant is one of the most anticipated upcoming movies, but it isn’t revealing a lot of details, even in the trailer. The film has finally released a large set of images, and while it isn’t really the norm, you can get quite a bit more detail from them, including a look at a lot more characters and the situations Affleck’s character finds himself in.

We’ve got the basic idea that Christian (Ben Affleck) is a math genius who has some criminal clients and that he takes on a legitimate client to help an accountant (Anna Kendrick) who has found something funny in the books of a legitimate company. We also know that things go wildly wrong because Christian starts shooting people and goes a little “Bond.”

But, now we get some insight into how the story maneuvers, and the other characters. For example, Christian in
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