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Milos Forman Appreciation: A Civilized Filmmaker Who Loved Rebels

Milos Forman Appreciation: A Civilized Filmmaker Who Loved Rebels
Milos Forman, who died last week at 86, directed only 12 dramatic features, a startlingly compact résumé when you consider that his career spanned 60 years and more than a few filmmaking epochs, from the Czech New Wave of the ’60s to the New Hollywood ’70s to the post-indie ’90s. Yet almost every one of those movies looms large. That’s because Forman — auteur, actor, professor, expatriate, bon vivant — chose each new project with majestic commitment and care. His two most famous films, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “Amadeus” (1984), both dominated the Academy Awards, lending Forman a cachet that helped to sustain his career. Yet even after the triumph of “Amadeus,” he didn’t direct another movie for five years. His films, at a glance, are strikingly eclectic, but what unites them is an overwhelming sly proclivity: Forman, coming out of Czechoslovakia just as it was being crushed by Soviet Communism,
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Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ Dies at 86

Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ Dies at 86
Czech-born director Milos Forman, who won best directing Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus,” has died. He was 86.

Forman died Friday in the U.S. after a brief illness, his wife, Martina, told the Czech news agency Ctk. She said that “his departure was calm, and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends.”

Having made just one American film at the time, the ironic comedy “Taking Off” (1971), which won critical acclaim but failed to connect with audiences, Forman seemed an unlikely choice to direct the adaptation of Ken Kesey’s countercultural novel “Cuckoo’s Nest.”
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Michelle Pfeiffer movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fabulous Baker Boys,’ ‘Batman Returns’

Michelle Pfeiffer movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fabulous Baker Boys,’ ‘Batman Returns’
Michelle Pfeiffer’s new film “Where is Kyra” has been getting strong reviews for the actress and marks the first time in many years that she has had a leading role in an awards caliber feature film. Pfeiffer plays an unemployed woman desperately trying to survive while she cares for her sick mother.

Pfeiffer has had a nearly 40-year career on screen and has managed to overcome being known at first just for her looks. While her beauty was prominently on display in many of her first roles she quickly became more than just a pretty face and plunged herself into deeper and more complex roles. Pfeiffer’s first professional acting job was on a TV series version of the film “Animal House” called “Delta House.” Her character on the TV show was referred to simply as “The Bombshell.” This debut hardly signaled the arrival of an actress good enough
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Michelle Pfeiffer movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Michelle Pfeiffer movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Michelle Pfeiffer’s new film “Where is Kyra” has been getting strong reviews for the actress and marks the first time in many years that she has had a leading role in an awards caliber feature film. Pfeiffer plays an unemployed woman desperately trying to survive while she cares for her sick mother.

Pfeiffer has had a nearly 40-year career on screen and has managed to overcome being known at first just for her looks. While her beauty was prominently on display in many of her first roles she quickly became more than just a pretty face and plunged herself into deeper and more complex roles. Pfeiffer’s first professional acting job was on a TV series version of the film “Animal House” called “Delta House.” Her character on the TV show was referred to simply as “The Bombshell.” This debut hardly signaled the arrival of an actress good enough
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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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'Where Is Kyra?' Review: Michelle Pfeiffer Gives the Performance of Her Career

'Where Is Kyra?' Review: Michelle Pfeiffer Gives the Performance of Her Career
Do you remember the first time Michelle Pfeiffer showed up on your radar? Was it courtesy of one of her gangster molls, available in both coke-snorting (Scarface) and gum-snapping (Married to the Mob) varieties? Or was it via her costume dramas, playing passive heartbreakers (The Age of Innocence) and the aggressively heartbroken (Dangerous Liaisons)? Taking zero amounts of shit in Dangerous Minds? Slinking across a piano in The Fabulous Baker Boys? Licking faces in Batman Returns, the movie that inspired a thousand Halloween costumes and prepubescent fetishists? Pfeiffer has played
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25 Movies You Won't Believe Turn 30 This Year

With the dawn of 2018, a slew of a great movies are turning 30 years old. Take a look back at 1988, when Tom Cruise was king (Cocktail, Rain Man), Bill Murray was Scrooge(d), and Bruce Willis was bringing some Christmas cheer and some ass-kicking to Nakatomi Plaza. Or perhaps you were discovering Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, and Annabeth Gish in Mystic Pizza, or having some Dangerous Liaisons with Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer. However your cinematic tastes run, we've got a little something here for everyone. And try not to let our list make you feel old (though it probably will).
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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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John Malkovich: ‘I am a constant source of embarrassment to myself’

The actor on childishness, night-time wandering and information overload

Born in Illinois, John Malkovich, 64, joined Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and won an Obie for True West in 1983. The following year he appeared with Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway revival of Death Of A Salesman in 1984 and won an Emmy after it was made into a TV film. He has received Oscar nominations for Places In The Heart and In The Line Of Fire, and also starred in Dangerous Liaisons and Being John Malkovich. His latest film, The Wilde Wedding, is out on DVD and digital. He has two children with the film director Nicoletta Peyran; they have homes in Massachusetts and France.
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Meryl Streep in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’: A look back at her 20th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’: A look back at her 20th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 20 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Award, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 2015, more than a decade since their collaboration on “The Manchurian Candidate,” Meryl Streep and filmmaker Jonathan Demme reunited on what would prove the director’s final motion picture. “Ricki and the Flash”, written by another Oscar winner (Diablo Cody), cast Streep as a wannabe-rock star who abandoned her family to chase her dreams. She later returns home, hoping to reconcile, to a chilly reception.

While “Ricki and the Flash” has its passionate proponents, the film was greeted that August to a lukewarm critical reception and modest box office – Streep’s lowest-grossing live action feature in nearly a decade. Even more
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Selma Blair: 'I'll lose everything, I'll go to court'

Selma Blair kept asking herself why she didn’t just hit James Toback and run out of the room. A leading voice in exposing Hollywood talks single parenthood, stray dogs and how speaking out helped her

Halfway through our interview, Selma Blair’s one-eyed dog Buster climbs on to the restaurant table at the Chateau Marmont in La and happily devours an entire plate of leafy greens. Strangers are staring. I’m staring. “Are you disgusted that I’m letting my dog do this?” Selma asks, her face serious, her tone as drily hilarious as it has been for the past hour, even when discussing the state of Hollywood for women and her fears that she’ll never work again. In fact, I’m just amazed that, here in Hollywood, even rescue mutts with part of their face missing seem to enjoy rocket salad with a blue cheese dressing. “I
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Selma Blair: 'I'll lose everything, I'll go to court'

Selma Blair kept asking herself why she didn’t just hit James Toback and run out of the room. A leading voice in exposing Hollywood talks single parenthood, stray dogs and how speaking out helped her

Halfway through our interview, Selma Blair’s one-eyed dog Buster climbs on to the restaurant table at the Chateau Marmont in La and happily devours an entire plate of leafy greens. Strangers are staring. I’m staring. “Are you disgusted that I’m letting my dog do this?” Selma asks, her face serious, her tone as drily hilarious as it has been for the past hour, even when discussing the state of Hollywood for women and her fears that she’ll never work again. In fact, I’m just amazed that, here in Hollywood, even rescue mutts with part of their face missing seem to enjoy rocket salad with a blue cheese dressing. “I
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ITV Boards Christopher Hampton’s Six-Part Drama ‘The Singapore Grip’

ITV has ordered six-part drama “The Singapore Grip,” which Oscar-winning screenwriter and playwright Christopher Hampton (“Atonement,” “Dangerous Liaisons”) has adapted from J.G. Farrell’s novel.

An epic story set during World War II, “The Singapore Grip” centers on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion. The series follows rubber merchant Walter Blackett, his wife, Sylvia, ruthless daughter Joan and spoiled son Monty as they live a life of luxury, seemingly untouched by the troubles in Europe. Things begin to unravel when Blackett’s business partner’s health deteriorates, leading Blackett to arrange the marriage of his daughter with his partner’s son, Matthew Webb, in order to ensure the future of their firm.

“As a great admirer and, eventually, a friend of J.G. Farrell, I was delighted to be invited to adapt ‘The Singapore Grip,’ a panoramic account of the disastrous loss of Singapore to the Japanese invaders in 1942,” Hampton
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Meryl Streep in ‘A Cry in the Dark’: A look back at her eighth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘A Cry in the Dark’: A look back at her eighth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 8 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

When Meryl Streep first collaborated with filmmaker Fred Schepisi, reaction to their work was decidedly muted. “Plenty” (1985) came and went from theaters in no time, spending all of one week in the box office top 10. In 1987, both Streep and Schepisi had better luck, the former contending at the Academy Award for her turn in “Ironweed” and the latter directing the popular Steve Martin comedy “Roxanne.”

In 1988, Streep and Schepisi gave collaboration another shot. While “A Cry in the Dark,” adapted from John Bryson‘s book “Evil Angels” (1985), was hardly a crowd-pleaser, the picture and Streep’s performance garnered abundant critical acclaim. The film would mark
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Indie Sales boards Emmanuel Mouret’s costume drama ‘Mademoiselle de Joncquières’ (exclusive)

Indie Sales boards Emmanuel Mouret’s costume drama ‘Mademoiselle de Joncquières’ (exclusive)
Plus first image of project starring Edouard Baer, Cécile de France and Alice Isaaz released.

Source: Indie Sales

Mademoiselle De Joncquières

Paris-based Indie Sales has boarded French director Emmanuel Mouret’s upcoming 18th century, love triangle costume drama Mademoiselle de Joncquières, starring Edouard Baer, Cécile de France and Alice Isaaz.

The sales company, which will kick-off sales on the film at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris this week (Jan 18-22), has released an exclusive first image of Baer and Isaaz in the costume drama.

The film is inspired by a tale in French Enlightenment writer and philosopher Didier Diderot’s classic picaresque work Jacques The Fatalist exploring ideas of fate and free will.

Baer plays the libertine figure of the Marquis des Arcis opposite de France in the role of Madame de la Pommeraye, an attractive, reclusive widow he seduces.

When their relationship comes to a messy end the spurned Madame de la Pommeraye
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John Malkovich joins Voltage’s 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile'

John Malkovich joins Voltage’s 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile'
Voltage fully finances; introduced thriller to Cannes buyers last summer.

John Malkovich has joined Zac Efron on the cast of Voltage’s Ted Bundy thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile ahead of a January 18 production start.

Joe Berlinger will direct the true-crime thriller from a screenplay by Michael Werwie that won the Nicholl Fellowship first prize and was featured on the Black List.

Ara Keshishian and Voltage chief Nicolas Chartier are producing for the company, alongside Michael Costigan for Cota Entertainment, and Michael Simkin for Efron’s Ninjas Runnin Wild Productions. Voltage introduced the project in Cannes last summer and fully finances, with Jonathan Deckter and Ninjas Runnin Wild’s Jason Barrett on board as executive producers.

Malkovich will play Judge Edward Cowart, the Florida judge who presided over the 1979 trial of serial killer Ted Bundy. The televised trial was a media sensation and ultimately led to Bundy’s death, but not before
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10 Die Hard Facts You Never Knew

10 Die Hard Facts You Never Knew
Yippee Ki-Yay, Christmas movie fans! Die Hard might just be the greatest action film ever made. It's endlessly quotable, made a huge movie star out of Bruce Willis, features one of the penultimate performances from the late Alan Rickman, and launched not only a franchise, but a slew of imitators, as well. Welcome to the party, pal! Here we look at 10 things you never knew about Die Hard.

Frank Sinatra could have been John McClane.

Ol' Blue Eyes had first dibs on the role that made Bruce Willis an action star. Die Hard is based on the 1979 crime novel Nothing Lasts Forever, which was a sequel to the 1966 book The Detective. The famous crooner turned actor starred in the 1968 film adaptation of The Detective and was therefore offered the chance to reprise the role of John McClane in the follow-up. Of course, Sinatra was already 73 by then, and said no.
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Video: Rebecca Strips Down for Her Sexiest Song Yet

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Video: Rebecca Strips Down for Her Sexiest Song Yet
When Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom says that Friday’s episode (The CW, 8/7c) features “the sexiest song we’ve ever done”… well, that’s saying a lot. (Sexier than “The Sexy Getting Ready Song”? “We Tapped That Ass”? “Heavy Boobs”???)

In her ongoing effort to annihilate Josh Chan, Rebecca turns to the worst person she knows: her amoral boss, Nathaniel. “Strip Away My Conscience” — which you can watch in full above — is a jazzy, Bob Fosse-style number, with Rebecca doing a striptease for Nathaniel, flanked by scantily clad backup dancers, and tempting him to teach her how to be bad like him.
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Michelle Pfeiffer’s ‘Mommy Lens’ Woke Her Up to Consumer Safety Issues

Michelle Pfeiffer’s ‘Mommy Lens’ Woke Her Up to Consumer Safety Issues
Michelle Pfeiffer didn’t think much about whether or not the cosmetics she used or the food she ate was safe until she became a mother.

“Like a lot of women I was clueless about a lot of these issues until I had children and started looking at the world through their eyes,” the Oscar-nominated star of “Dangerous Liaisons” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys” tells Variety. “I started thinking more about what I bought. I really benefited health-wise from looking at the world through my new mommy lens.”

But even as Pfeiffer realized she needed to know more about toxic chemicals and questionable consumer products, she struggled to find a resource to keep her informed. That’s where Environmental Working Group came in. From shoddy sunscreen to contaminated tap water, the nonprofit research and advocacy group educates consumers and citizens about public safety issues.

“The environment is not remote or separate from us,” says
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