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Cuba Gooding Jr. Recalls His ’10 Years in the Wilderness’ — and Turning Down ‘Ray’ and ‘The Last King of Scotland’

Cuba Gooding Jr. Recalls His ’10 Years in the Wilderness’ — and Turning Down ‘Ray’ and ‘The Last King of Scotland’
Few actors have had a career trajectory quite like that of Cuba Gooding, Jr. Twenty years after winning an Oscar for his role in “Jerry Maguire,” the actor has mounted a comeback of sorts after what he describes as “10 years in the wilderness” marked by forgettable straight-to-dvd projects. Now he’s done a far-reaching interview with the Guardian to discuss how he always wanted to be an actor “who does all the parts” — and how that may have harmed his career as much as it helped it.

After admitting that he’s starred in “some real clunkers,” Gooding, Jr. is asked whether he made them for the money. “Not for me,” he says. “For me, it was always about protecting the sanctity of that golden statue… Because I felt I needed to show people that I can do more, I can do better.”

That mindset dates back to his breakthrough
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Jordan Peele Just Became the First Black Writer to Win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar

.@JordanPeele wins Best Original Screenplay and thanks fans of #GetOut: "I love you for shouting out at the theater, for shouting out at the screen. Let's keep going" https://t.co/ZF8wllV3ux #Oscars pic.twitter.com/RIbAqdFqA4 - Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 5, 2018 Jordan Peele had already made history just for being the first black nominee in all three of the Oscars' biggest categories in the same year - best picture, best director, and best original screenplay. Now, he can say he's made history for winning. The Get Out director took home the latter award on Sunday night, making him the first black writer to win in the category. "I thought it was impossible, that it would never work, that I could never make this movie," he said during his elated speech. "This is to all the people who let me raise my voice and let me make this movie . . . My wife,
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Oscars: Jordan Peele Becomes First African-American Winner for Best Original Screenplay

Oscars: Jordan Peele Becomes First African-American Winner for Best Original Screenplay
Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his film “Get Out,” making him the first black screenwriter to ever win the award. Peele is just the fourth black screenwriter nominated for Best Original Screenplay, following Suzanne de Passe for “Lady Sings the Blues,” Spike Lee for “Do the Right Thing” and John Singleton for “Boyz n the Hood.” “I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie,” Peele said upon accepting his Oscar. Also Read: 'Get Out' Director Jordan Peele on Why He Changed That Ending To clarify, Peele is...
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10 Forrest Gump Facts You Never Knew

10 Forrest Gump Facts You Never Knew
Run Forrest, Run! Whether or not life is really like a box of chocolates, Forrest Gump is still one of the most quotable movies ever and an iconic role still associated with the great Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for it. In fact, Forrest Gump was nominated for more than a dozen Academy Awards and won six of them, including Best Picture. Here we look at 10 things you never knew about Forrest Gump.

Tom Hanks wasn't the first choice.

It's hard to imagine anyone but Tom Hanks in the title role of Forrest Gump, the lovably simple character who managed to find his way into all sorts of crucial historical moments, an idea realized through revolutionary technology. But producers had some other guys in mind first. The actors said to have passed on Forrest Gump include John Travolta and SNL veterans Chevy Chase and Bill Murray.

Dave Chappelle said no to Bubba.
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True Crime’s TV Takeover: Critics Pick the Genre’s Most Killer Moments

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday or Wednesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is your favorite moment from a true crime series? This is the whole true crime genre that includes docuseries, scripted reenactments (a la “American Crime Story”), and even spoofs (“American Vandal,” “Trial & Error”).

Soraya Nadia McDonald (@SorayaMcDonald), The Undefeated

I’m not sure if I can pinpoint one particular favorite moment from “American Vandal,” but I do so appreciate its dedication to sending up contemporary conventions of true crime, especially the way it pokes at the method of storytelling that “Serial” and “This American Life” rely on so heavily. I’m especially tickled by the voiceover narration, the spot-on rhythm of the delivery.
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Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) or Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would be 21st under-40 Best Director Oscar winner

Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) or Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would be 21st under-40 Best Director Oscar winner
Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) celebrated his 39th birthday on Feb. 21 and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) is 34 years old. Neither will beat Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”) as the youngest Best Director Oscar winner (32 years, 38 days), though Gerwig would be the fourth youngest. But if either Peele or Gerwig upsets frontrunner Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), he or she would be the 21st winner under the age of 40.

While Gerwig, who would be 34 years and 212 days old at the ceremony, would slide into the fourth youngest slot, Peele would be the 18th youngest, edging out “The Awful Truth” (1937) director Leo McCarey (39 years, 158 days), “The Lost Weekend” (1945) helmer Billy Wilder (39 years, 258 days) and “Mr. Deed Goes to Town” (1936) champ Frank Capra (39 years, 290 days). All 20 under-40 champs were in their 30s at the time of their victories.

See 2018 Oscars: Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) could fly into the record books as fourth
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Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar's Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years

Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar's Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years
In late January, Jordan Peele became just the fourth African-American filmmaker in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards to be nominated for best director. The 39-year-old behind Get Out follows John Singleton, who in 1992 was the category's youngest-ever nominee at 24 when he was recognized for directing Boyz N the Hood, along with Lee Daniels, now 58 (Precious, 2009), and Barry Jenkins, 38 (Moonlight, 2016). If this elite group were expanded to include all black directors, it would add only Britain's Steve McQueen, who earned his nomination in 2014 for helming 12 Years a Slave. None of these prior...
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Ryan Coogler Shares Five Films That ‘Had a Profound Impact’ on His Life, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘Fish Tank’

Ryan Coogler Shares Five Films That ‘Had a Profound Impact’ on His Life, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘Fish Tank’
It’s hard to believe “Black Panther” is only the third film Ryan Coogler has ever directed. The 31-year-old wunderkind is on the brink of becoming a bona fide A-lister, as “Black Panther” is poised to break box office records the world over. It wasn’t too long ago, however that Coogler was in film school at USC, making his first shorts and watching Andrea Arnold films.

After an early screening of “Black Panther” this week, Coogler took to the stage at Bam’s Harvey Theater in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. As Coogler answered audience questions, he admitted he was slightly distracted by the sight of his “hero” Spike Lee, who was sitting in the front row. (Lee has lived and worked in Fort Greene for decades.)

When the question of his favorite films came up, Coogler was able to gush further about his hero. Unable to pick just one,
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‘Black Panther’ Cast, Oscar Nominees Share the Influential Black Films That Inspired Them (Watch)

In honor of Black History month, Variety asked actors, directors and composers of Hollywood what seminal black films inspired them as artists.

Black Panther” star Lupita Nyong’o chose Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg’s “The Color Purple.”

“It was one of the first films I watched where a woman had my complexion and my hair texture,” says Nyong’o. “That was deeply, deeply moving and influential.” Not only was Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple” empowering for Nyong’o but it also helped encourage her to follow her dreams into acting, “Possibilities are born when you see yourself reflected.”

Oscar-nominated director and writer for “Get OutJordan Peele named the 1989 film “Glory,” starring Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. “All the performances were great it in,” says Peele. “But that was one where it felt like the black performers—even though they were the supporting characters in that movie and [were] looked at as supporting characters in the
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Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) would make history as first black writer to win Best Original Screenplay

Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) would make history as first black writer to win Best Original Screenplay
A year ago Jordan Peele was best known for the sketch comedy series “Key and Peele,” but after the show ended he stepped behind the camera, writing, directing and producing the horror comedy “Get Out.” Now Peele has the chance to make history as the first black writer to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Suzanne de Passe and Lonne Elder made history as the first black writers ever nominated for Oscars. De Passe was up for Best Original Screenplay for “Lady Sings the Blues” (1972), shared with Chris Clark and Terence McCloy. That same year Elder was nominated in Best Adapted Screenplay for “Sounder.” But neither won.

Seventeen years later Spike Lee was the second black writer up for Original Screenplay, for his classic “Do the Right Thing” (1989). Two years after that John Singleton reaped a bid for “Boyz n the Hood” (1991).

Black writers would go 18 years without receiving
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Wesley Snipes Reveals Scrapped Plans for 1990s Black Panther Movie

Wesley Snipes Reveals Scrapped Plans for 1990s Black Panther Movie
Wesley Snipes tried to make a Black Panther movie in the 90s and he's revealed the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of this superhero adventure that never came to be. Marvel's Black Panther has a ton of buzz going for it following the world premiere, and the character is set to be one of the company's biggest heroes following the release of the Ryan Coogler directed take on the world of Wakanda. However, Snipes, who would eventually star in the Blade movies, Marvel's first actual hits at the box office, tried to make a movie based on T'Challa more than 20 years ago.

Making the movie was a struggle, as Wesley Snipes tells it. At the time, it was hard to justify making a superhero movie about a character most people had never heard of. This was long before the McU and ages before Disney would purchase Marvel and make it one
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5 Ways 2018 Oscar Nominees Are Making History

5 Ways 2018 Oscar Nominees Are Making History
In a year that has seen Hollywood plagued by controversy and scrutinized for both its hypocrisy and its attempts at progress, Tuesday's Oscar nominations came as a hopeful signifier of changes to come.

The nominations, which were announced live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills early Tuesday, revealed some serious milestones for the industry. Below, five ways that this year's nominations are making Hollywood history.

1. Greta Gerwig is the first woman to be nominated for the Best Director category in eight years, and the fifth overall. The Lady
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Why Best Director Is the Most Important Oscar Category This Year

The 2018 Academy Award nominees have been revealed, and we've already discovered which category is the one to watch at this year's Oscars: best director. While there are some very interesting nominees, including Meryl Streep's 21st nomination for her role in The Post, it's the best director category that has the most potential to make real waves in Hollywood. Here's the rundown: Guillermo del Toro is up for The Shape of Water, which has 13 total nominations this year. Christopher Nolan is up for his work on Dunkirk, while Paul Thomas Anderson was nominated for Phantom Thread. The two biggest names however, at least when it comes to the history books, are Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird and Jordan Peele for Get Out. Gerwig is only one of five women to ever be up for best director, and equally as surprising is the fact that Peele is only the fifth black
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Oscars 2018: Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele Make History With Best Director Nominations

Oscars 2018: Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele Make History With Best Director Nominations
Where the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards have failed, the Oscars have succeeded. Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele have both been nominated for Best Director at the 90th Academy Awards. The two will face off against Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”), and Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”). The latter has won the award at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards this year.

Gerwig’s nomination makes her only the fifth woman to be nominated for Best Director in the Academy Awards’ 90-year history, following Lina Wertmüller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppla (“Lost in Translation”), and Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). Bigelow remains the sole female winner in the category as of now.

Read More:2018 Oscar Nominations List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates, ‘Phantom Thread’ Surprises for Best Picture

Peele, meanwhile, joins John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”), Lee Daniels (“Precious”), Steve McQueen
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Every Black Director Nominated for an Oscar, From John Singleton to Jordan Peele (Photos)

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Every Black Director Nominated for an Oscar, From John Singleton to Jordan Peele (Photos)
Get Out” filmmaker Jordan Peele became only the fifth black director to receive an Oscar nomination for his work in the Academy’s history. John Singleton, “Boyz N the Hood” (1991) • Two years after Spike Lee was passed over for a nomination for “Do the Right Thing,” John Singleton became the first African American to earn a Best Director nomination for his star-studded drama set in South Central L.A. That year, Jonathan Demme won the award for “The Silence of the Lambs.” Lee Daniels, “Precious” (2009) • Eighteen years passed before a second African American filmmaker was recognized: Lee Daniels, for...
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Taraji P. Henson to Star in and Produce Drama About Emmett Till’s Murder

Henson in “Proud Mary”

Taraji P. Henson is set to revisit a gruesome chapter in U.S. history. She’s signed on to star in and produce a drama about Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old who was tortured and lynched in Mississippi in 1955. The two white men who killed him were acquitted by an all-white jury.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Henson will play Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Modbley. She insisted that her son’s public funeral include an open casket to show how his body had been mutilated.

Henson is developing the film via her production company, Tbh Productions. When she announced the drama, the “Hidden Figures” actress said she’s been “passionate about the project since Trayvon Martin was murdered.” John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood,” “2 Fast 2 Furious”) is directing.

While Henson received an Oscar nod in 2009 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” she revealed
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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Crazy Story about The Guy Who Murdered Ricky in “Boyz in the Hood”

Remember the guy that leaned out the window in Boyz N the Hood and used a shotgun to almost blow Ricky in half? He didn’t have a lot of screen time on the film but he did happen to take things too far when all was said and done. Of course what happened to him makes his own crimes seem pretty tame. Anyway, he was arrested and charged with a double homicide in 2005 and sentenced to life in prison. You would think that this would be where his story would end but then of course you would be wrong

Crazy Story about The Guy Who Murdered Ricky in “Boyz in the Hood”
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Journalist Accuses Jesse Jackson and John Singleton of Unwanted Touching: ‘I Tried to Ignore It’

Journalist Accuses Jesse Jackson and John Singleton of Unwanted Touching: ‘I Tried to Ignore It’
A New York-based journalist is speaking out about a pair of incidents in which legendary politician Jesse Jackson and famed director John Singleton allegedly touched her without consent or made sexual comments.

Danielle Young, a writer and producer with The Root, opened up about the encounters in a personal essay on the website, titled, “Don’t Let the Smile Fool You. I’m Cringing on the Inside”. Young wrote that she met Jackson while working for an unidentified media company, noting that he met with staffers for photos after giving a speech in a company conference room.

“I walked toward Jackson,
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Ed Westwick Accused of Rape By Actress Kristina Cohen

Ed Westwick Accused of Rape By Actress Kristina Cohen
Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick has been accused of rape by actress Kristina Cohen, who detailed the alleged encounter in a Facebook post published November 6. Cohen says the sexual assault occurred three years ago at Westwick’s apartment after they first met. The actress was dating a producer who happened to be one of Westwick’s friends.

Cohen says things became uncomfortable after Westwick suggested “we should all fuck.” Cohen explains that she asked her producer boyfriend to leave after Westwick’s sexual remark, but he did not want to make things awkward by heading out early. The producer reportedly told Cohen they would stay for another 20 minutes. The actress proceeded to take a nap in Westwick’s guest room, which is where the alleged rape occurred.

“I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me,
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