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Peter Bart: A Memoir Coming, Irwin Winkler Burnishes His Legend By Bringing Scorsese, De Niro & Pacino To Netflix For ‘The Irishman’

Peter Bart: A Memoir Coming, Irwin Winkler Burnishes His Legend By Bringing Scorsese, De Niro & Pacino To Netflix For ‘The Irishman’
In January 2013, Martin Scorsese assembled the cast of his projected next movie, titled The Irishman, for a read-through of the shooting script. Their names — De Niro, Pacino and Pesci – did not resonate as “Irish.” Moreover, the actors, all in their 70s, would play ages 30 to 80 with the help of newly developed technology. The movie would likely be the most expensive non-superhero movie of the year — that is, if it found financing.

And that, the cast knew, was largely in the hands of producer Irwin Winkler, whose recent adventures in funding pictures had been more suspenseful than the plots of his films. Since Winkler has been defying the odds for some 50 years, it’s no surprise that The Irishman will finally get its release this fall, albeit seven years after the reading. The final cost is rumored to approach $140 million, due to its multiple locations set in different periods – a total
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Jessica Lange movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Frances,’ ‘Blue Sky’

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Jessica Lange movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Frances,’ ‘Blue Sky’
April 20, 2019, marks the 70th birthday of acclaimed actress Jessica Lange. She has had one of the most fascinating careers in Hollywood film history with a somewhat troubled beginning that quickly turned itself around into great triumph. In recent years she has also found success in television and theater winning two Emmys for her work on “American Horror Story” and another for “Grey Gardens” plus a Tony for her work on Broadway in “Long Days Journey into Night.”

Lange’s first film performance was as the star of the much talked about 1976 remake of “King Kong.” The unknown actress was stung by the reaction to the film and despite being awarded the Golden Globe for Best Acting Debut-Female she retreated from films and didn’t do another one for three years.

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She would slowly rebuild her reputation in a series
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Jessica Lange movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Jessica Lange movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
April 20, 2019, marks the 70th birthday of acclaimed actress Jessica Lange. She has had one of the most fascinating careers in Hollywood film history with a somewhat troubled beginning that quickly turned itself around into great triumph. In recent years she has also found success in television and theater winning two Emmys for her work on “American Horror Story” and another for “Grey Gardens” plus a Tony for her work on Broadway in “Long Days Journey into Night.”

Lange’s first film performance was as the star of the much talked about 1976 remake of “King Kong.” The unknown actress was stung by the reaction to the film and despite being awarded the Golden Globe for Best Acting Debut-Female she retreated from films and didn’t do another one for three years.

She would slowly rebuild her reputation in a series of films until she finally struck gold in 1982 with two prominent films,
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‘Her Smell’ Out-Croons ‘Teen Spirit’ But Not By Much In Another Slow Weekend: Specialty Box Office

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‘Her Smell’ Out-Croons ‘Teen Spirit’ But Not By Much In Another Slow Weekend: Specialty Box Office
The cosmos somehow aligned for this to be the weekend in which two headlining actors star as singers in two limited releases that open in the same frame — albeit with quite different stories… In the end, it seems both Gunpowder & Sky’s Her Smell and Bleecker Street’s Teen Spirit mostly split the audiences — or shared them. Her Smell took the edge with the highest per theater average of a crowded weekend. The title grossed $39,058 in the Sunday morning estimate, averaging $13,019 in three locations. Teen Spirit has the second-best PTA. The Bleecker Street release played one more gig than Her Smell. In four theaters, the title starring Elle Fanning grossed $44,361, averaging $11,090.

Only slightly below Teen Spirit in the Sunday estimate is Greenwich Entertainment’s Wild Nights With Emily with Molly Shannon starring as Emily Dickinson. The 2018 SXSW premiere by filmmaker Madeleine Olnek played to $33K in three New York and L.
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Mariah Carey will have one sweet day at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards when she accepts the Icon Award

Billboard announced on Thursday, April 11, that Mariah Carey will receive the Icon Award at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards to honor her career achievements as an artist and chart-topper. She will also take the stage to perform a medley of her hits. The honorary prize was established eight years ago and has previously gone to Neil Diamond (2011), Stevie Wonder (2012), Prince (2013), Jennifer Lopez (2014), Celine Dion (2016), Cher (2017) and Janet Jackson (2018).

But which hits could she perform? She could fill the entire awards telecast just with her number-one hits. She has had 18 songs reach the top of the Hot 100 singles chart, more than any other solo artist and second only to The Beatles (20) among all artists. Those 18 hits kept her at the top for a total of 79 weeks, more than any other artist.

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One of those singles, “One Sweet Day” with Boyz II Men,
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Music Box Films Lands U.S. Rights to Berlin Winner ‘By the Grace of God’ (Exclusive)

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Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. rights to François Ozon’s “By the Grace of God,” a drama about the activist group that pushed French authorities to address a sex-abuse coverup in the Roman Catholic Church.

The film world-premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival and went on to win the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. Music Box Films plans a theatrical rollout this fall followed by a release on home entertainment platforms.

The movie, which was produced by Mandarin Cinema and co-produced and represented in international markets by Playtime, has been performing well at the French box office thanks to solid word of mouth. Distributed by Mars Films, “By the Grace of God” has already sold 850,000 admissions in local theaters since bowing five weeks ago.

“By the Grace of God” is based on an ongoing scandal in France involving Bernard Preynat, a priest who was accused
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Another comeback for Mariah Carey? She proceeds with ‘Caution’ in November

Another comeback for Mariah Carey? She proceeds with ‘Caution’ in November
Can Mariah Carey revitalize her career again? She’s one of the best-selling artists in music history dating back almost 30 years, though with a few rough patches along the way. Now she’s proceeding with “Caution” — that’s the title of her recently announced 15th studio album, which is scheduled for release on November 16.

Carey was an unstoppable force throughout the 1990s with a string of seven multi-platinum albums, including two that achieved diamond certification: “Music Box” (1993) and “Daydream” (1995). But then came “Glitter,” the 2001 album that accompanied her critically panned film of the same name. Though it still went platinum, it was a disappointment relative to her past hits. She ended up with a Razzie Award for the film and was dropped by her label, Virgin Records.

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She redeemed herself in 2005 with “The Emancipation of Mimi,” which returned her to
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Makes Directorial Debut with ‘Bayou Caviar’; ‘Studio 54’ Set To Boogie – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Makes Directorial Debut with ‘Bayou Caviar’; ‘Studio 54’ Set To Boogie – Specialty B.O. Preview
The heavy roster of Specialties heading to theaters in the post-Labor Day period is ebbing a bit this weekend. Cuba Gooding, Jr. makes his debut as writer-director with thriller Bayou Caviar, in which he stars with Famke Janssen and Richard Dreyfuss in a day and date bow this weekend via Gravitas Ventures. Sundance fest debut documentary Studio 54 is the second recent theatrical feature by Matt Tyrnauer, following this summer’s Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. Zeitgeist opens the title about the legendary New York nightclub in, of course, New York, before heading West next week. Vertical Entertainment is opening drama-thriller A Crooked Somebody directed by Trevor White and starring Rich Sommer, while Music Box is spearheading SXSW’s Finnish metal music-comedy, Heavy Trip.

A couple of studios are also giving their movies a limited start, including Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz starrer, Loving Pablo from Universal, while
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Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ On France Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist; Studiocanal Names New CFO – Global Briefs

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France has shortlisted its potential entries for the Foreign Language Oscar race. Stepping away from the traditional fare, Gaspar Noé’s Climax made the cut. The latest from the Irreversible director scooped the Directors’ Fortnight top prize in Cannes after it blew away critics and was acquired by A24. The story features a group of mesmerizing young dancers who fall into madness after drinking a bowl of LSD-laced sangria. On the other end of the spectrum, late filmmaker Claude Lanzmann is represented with Les Quatre Sœurs which features testimonials from four Holocaust survivors which were not included in his epic documentary, Shoah. Also in the mix are well-reviewed Toronto premiere Mademoiselle De Joncquières by Emmanuel Mouret; Emmanuel Finkiel’s Marguerite Duras adaptation Memoir Of Pain which Music Box released in the U.S. in August; and Xavier Legrand’s Jusqu’à La Garde, about a bitter custody battle, which debuted
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Associated Press Withdraws Premature Death Report on Director Costa-Gavras

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The Associated Press on Thursday withdrew a report that Oscar-winning writer-director Costa-Gavras had died at age 85, saying that its story was based on a tweet from “a fake account” it incorrectly attributed to Greece’s culture minister.

“Gavras is alive and spoke on Greek state television Thursday,” the wire service said in its follow-up report.

The Associated Press said it had based its its now-retracted report on what it described as a statement from Greek culture minister Mysini Zorba.

The AP has deleted a tweet about Greek-French film director Costa Gavras. The Greek Culture Ministry says the Tweet on which his 'death' was based came from a fake account.

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 30, 2018

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Born Konstantinos Gavras in Iraia, Greece in 1933, the filmmaker is known for his politically charged films,
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’The Miseducation Of Cameron Post’ Comes Out With Weekend’s Top PTA – Specialty Box Office

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FilmRise’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post bowed to solid numbers in two New York locations over the weekend, grossing $53K. Directed by Desiree Akhavan and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, the Sundance Film Festival dramatic prize-winner averaged $26,500. Well Go USA opened Korean action-fantasy Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days in 48 theaters, taking in $329K for a $6,854 average, while A24 teen drama Never Goin’ Back came up short with a $10,044 launch from two runs. The company’s fellow teen feature, Eighth Grade, however, went over a thousand theaters in its fourth outing, taking in $2.87M in the three-day. Last weekend’s per theater average topper, Scotty And The Secret History of Hollywood from Greenwich Entertainment, opened New York and added locations in L.A. in its second frame, grossing $43,259. Sony Pictures Classics added runs for Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle in its second weekend, grossing $128,598 for an $8K average, while
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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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Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1990s: Jessica Lange, Frances McDormand, Holly Hunter … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1990s: Jessica Lange, Frances McDormand, Holly Hunter … ? [Poll]
The Best Actress Oscar winners of the 1990s have all had long careers of success in Hollywood to varying degrees. From overdue actresses finally getting their first statue like Susan Sarandon to younger talent like Gwyneth Paltrow, the decade is full of diverse performances. Now, two decades later, which do you think holds up as the top Best Actress performance of the ’90s?

Take a look back on each winning performance and make sure to vote in our poll at the bottom. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Actress.)

Kathy Bates, “Misery” (1990) — Kathy Bates in “Misery” is a great example of an actress breaking through in an unconventional way. Playing Annie Wilkes, deranged fan of an author who tortures him mercilessly, Bates became one of few actresses to win for a pure horror movie. She would later earn supporting nominations for “Primary Colors” (1998) and “About Schmidt” (2002).

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