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Annette Bening movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Grifters,’ ‘The American President’

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Annette Bening movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Grifters,’ ‘The American President’
What does an abundantly talented woman have to do to get an Oscar around here? Annette Bening is 0-4 when it comes to winning an Academy Award in the acting categories. If it were up to her fans, there would a law in place that would put an end to this insanity. She might not always choose well when it comes to picking projects – if you haven’t seen 2000’s “What Planet Are You From?,” consider yourself lucky. Of course, it was probably criminal that her performance in 2016’s “20th Century Women” didn’t make more of an impact.

This week, Bening pops up as part of a large ensemble cast in “Life Itself,” a romantic comedy written and directed by Dan Fogelman (TV’s “This Is Us”). And because it seems every actor these days is obligated to be part of at least one superhero franchise, Warren Beatty’s
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Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, Married 26 Years, Have Date Night at Life Itself Premiere

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Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, Married 26 Years, Have Date Night at Life Itself Premiere
Even Hollywood legends make time for romance.

Warren Beatty supported Annette Bening on Thursday night at the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, Life Itself. The couple, who fell in love shooting 1991’s Bugsy and tied the knot in 1992, walked into the ArcLight Cinerama Dome arm in arm.

“He’s 21 years older than I am and we’ve always been at different stages of life,” Benning, 60, told the U.K.’s Times. “He’s got a lot of experience. But we’re very different in many ways. The crucial thing is that while we want many of the same things in life,
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Barry Levinson movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Rain Man,’ ‘Diner,’ ‘The Natural’

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Barry Levinson movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Rain Man,’ ‘Diner,’ ‘The Natural’
Barry Levinson just received his 10th and 11th Emmy nominations for producing and directing the HBO drama “Paterno” which was the true story of how the Penn State football coach handled child abuse allegations against one of his employees. Levinson has picked up Emmy nominations for producing, writing and directing in the past, winning four times in his career.

Levinson began his career as a comedy writer on various variety shows in the 1970s ultimately landing a steady job writing for 72 episodes of “The Carol Burnett Show.” When that show ended he began writing screenplays and had a remarkably successful run co-writing two Mel Brooks movies — “Silent Movie” and “High Anxiety” — as well as two acclaimed dramas “Inside Moves” and “and Justice for All.” He would receive his first Oscar nomination for the screenplay of “And Justice for All.”

That success led Levinson to a feature film directing career. His semi-autobiographical film “Diner,
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Barry Levinson movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Barry Levinson movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best
Barry Levinson just received his 10th and 11th Emmy nominations for producing and directing the HBO drama “Paterno” which was the true story of how the Penn State football coach handled child abuse allegations against one of his employees. Levinson has picked up Emmy nominations for producing, writing and directing in the past, winning four times in his career.

Levinson began his career as a comedy writer on various variety shows in the 1970s ultimately landing a steady job writing for 72 episodes of “The Carol Burnett Show.” When that show ended he began writing screenplays and had a remarkably successful run co-writing two Mel Brooks movies — “Silent Movie” and “High Anxiety” — as well as two acclaimed dramas “Inside Moves” and “and Justice for All.” He would receive his first Oscar nomination for the screenplay of “And Justice for All.”

That success led Levinson to a feature film directing career. His semi-autobiographical film “Diner,
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Ben Kingsley to Star in Epix Drama Series ‘Our Lady, Ltd’

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Sir Ben Kingsley is set to star in a drama series that has been given the greenlight at Epix, Variety has learned.

The series–currently titled “Our Lady, Ltd”–is described as a modern noir drama that follows James, a young grifter, as he attempts to prey upon Pastor Byron Brown (Kingsley), who turns out to be far more dangerous than he suspects. Epix has ordered a 10-episode first season, with shooting set to begin this fall in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a 2019 launch.

The series is expected to commence principal photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico this fall with an eye towards a 2019 premiere on Epix. Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris serve as executive producers and showrunners, with Conrad also directing six episodes. Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will also executive produce. The series will be produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.
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Barry Levinson: The Oscar-Winning Director Who Decades Ago Saw TV’s Peak Potential and Trump-like Danger

Barry Levinson: The Oscar-Winning Director Who Decades Ago Saw TV’s Peak Potential and Trump-like Danger
This weekend, Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) will be honored with the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic. Levinson’s feature filmmaking career has been long and varied, having started with writing for Mel Brooks before directing movies that ranged from the personal (“Diner”) to Robin Williams comedies to Oscar-nominated dramas to prescient political satires and Al Pacino-starring biopics (“Paterno” “You Don’t Know Jack”).

Hollywood no longer makes the type of mid-budget, theatrically released feature films Levinson became known for, but he doesn’t share many of his contemporaries’ dismay about the industry’s significant shift toward TV and streaming. A decade before “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” helped usher in the current “Peak TV” wave, Levinson and his Baltimore Pictures was responsible for introducing then-reporter David Simon to TV with “Homicide: Life on the Street
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to honour 'Rain Man' director Barry Levinson

Levinson will accept the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.

Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Kviff) will honour Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson as part of its 53rd edition this summer.

Levinson, who won the Academy Award for best director for Rain Man in 1989, will accept the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.

He is also known for films such as his directorial debut Diner, Good Morning, Vietnam with Robin Williams and 10-time Oscar-nominated Bugsy.

Rain Man and Levinson’s 1998 political satire Wag The Dog will both screen at the festival, with introductions from the director.
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Barry Levinson to Be Feted at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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Barry Levinson to Be Feted at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Writer-director-producer Barry Levinson, who will screen his HBO-produced account of the Penn State sex-abuse scandal “Paterno” at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, will be honored with the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema, the organization announced Wednesday.

At the fest, which launches its 53rd edition in the Czech Republic’s historic spa town June 29, Levinson will also introduce his Oscar-winning 1988 Dustin Hoffman-starrer “Rain Man” and 1998’s “Wag the Dog.” The impact of Levinson’s screenwriting, including 1970s TV hits and breakout courtroom drama “…And Justice for All,” will be celebrated along with his directorial work, which launched with 1982’s “Diner” and carried on with “The Natural,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Avalon” and “Bugsy.”

Karlovy Vary said that Levinson’s producing work, backing directors from Mike Newell (“Donnie Brasco”) to Neil Labute (“Possession”), has made his influence on cinema comparable with that of William Friedkin, Jerry Schatzberg,
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Director James Toback Will Not Be Charged for Sex Crimes in Los Angeles, Says D.A.'s Office

Director James Toback Will Not Be Charged for Sex Crimes in Los Angeles, Says D.A.'s Office
James Toback is no longer under investigation for sex crimes in Los Angeles.

The director, 73, will not be prosecuted for the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed.

The D.A.’s Hollywood sex crimes task force investigated five allegations against Toback, but found that they all fell outside the statute of limitations, according to several charge evaluation worksheets provided to People by the D.A.’s office. No other investigations are currently open against Toback in Los Angeles at this time.

One accuser told police that after she and Toback agreed
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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas … ? [Poll]
The Best Actor Oscar winners of the 1980s are some of Hollywood’s most beloved acting legends. We saw icons of yesteryear finally winning their first Oscar, like Henry Fonda and Paul Newman, in addition to actors who have endured through decades of film, like Robert De Niro, Ben Kingsley, Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman and Daniel Day-Lewis. The decade also saw newer stars like F. Murray Abraham and William Hurt step into the spotlight and launch lasting careers of their own.

Who is your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1980s? Look back on each performance and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Robert De Niro, “Raging Bull” (1980) — The ’80s started off with one of the most memorable performances in movie history — De Niro as troubled boxer Jake Lamotta in “Raging Bull.” De Niro won Best Supporting Actor five years earlier for “The Godfather Part
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Who’s your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of 1980s: Oliver Stone x 2, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of 1980s: Oliver Stone x 2, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford … ? [Poll]
The 1980s at the Oscars were full of matches between Best Picture and Best Director. Of the 10 Best Director winners, eight of their films won Best Picture, including Robert Redford, Richard Attenborough, James L. Brooks, Milos Forman, Sydney Pollack, Oliver Stone, Bernardo Bertolucci and Barry Levinson. The only instances of a Picture/Director split were in 1981 when Warren Beatty won for “Reds” and 1989 when Stone won his second directing Oscar for “Born on the Fourth of July.”

So who is your favorite Best Director winner of the ’80s? Look back on each of their wins and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Robert Redford, “Ordinary People” (1980) — Redford’s directorial debut proved he had the chops, winning for the harrowing domestic drama “Ordinary People.” Redford’s other Oscar nominations were for “The Sting” (1973) in Best Actor and both Best Picture and Best Director for “Quiz Show” (1994).

SEEDirector Ava DuVernay
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Sam Rockwell Wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 2018 Academy Awards

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Sam Rockwell Wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 2018 Academy Awards
It takes a strong man to play a supporting role, and the Oscars honored “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star Sam Rockwell for that role during the 2018 ceremony, winning over fellow nominees Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”), Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”), and Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”).

Rockwell’s speech praised his parents’ love of movies and thanked “anyone who’s ever looked at a billboard.” He was the frontrunner coming into Sunday’s awards, as he was a force for his portrayal of an, um, “complicated” small town police officer, whose personality flaws include deeply embedded racism. The “Charlie’s Angels” breakout star had previously won nearly every trophy for which he was nominated this Oscar season, including the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG Award.

At the Oscars, Rockwell faced off against “Three Billboards” star Woody Harrelson
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I switched to ‘Get Out’ for Best Picture in my Oscar predictions: Here’s why

I switched to ‘Get Out’ for Best Picture in my Oscar predictions: Here’s why
Call me crazy, but I’m predicting “Get Out” to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Yes, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, and the SAG Award for its ensemble cast, which are often solid bellwethers of Oscar. And yes, “The Shape of Water” has the most nominations and triumphed at the Producers Guild, Directors Guild, and Critics Choice Awards, which are even more reliable Oscar tea leaves. But “Get Out” captured the zeitgeist to such a degree that we’re still talking about it a full year after it was released.

Based on stats alone, I should probably be predicting “Three Billboards”; with all the major hardware it has picked up it might be a shoo-in — on a straight plurality vote where only your top choice matters. But Best Picture at the Oscars is decided by a preferential ballot, where voters rank the nominees
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When co-stars collide at Oscars: Does one win or do they split the vote? Sam Rockwell, pay attention!

When co-stars collide at Oscars: Does one win or do they split the vote? Sam Rockwell, pay attention!
It’s the dream of most actors and actresses to receive an Oscar nomination and, if they’re lucky, to win. But what happens when you’re up against a co-star from the same movie? Does one triumph or do they split the vote? Click through our photo gallery above of all the times this has happened throughout Academy Awards history.

Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson both scored Best Supporting Actor nominations for their work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” It has been 26 years since Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley were both nominated for “Bugsy” (1991). Unfortunately for the duo they split their support and Jack Palance won for “City Slickers,” ironically a former victim of vote-splitting against his “Shane” co-star Brandon De Wilde (they lost to Frank Sinatra, “From Here to Eternity”).

See 2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ pulls into tie with ‘The Shape of Water’ as voting ends Feb.
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Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’) would be sixth Best Supporting Actor Oscar champ to beat a co-star

Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’) would be sixth Best Supporting Actor Oscar champ to beat a co-star
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” ended a 26-year drought in Best Supporting Actor, producing two nominees, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, from the same film for the first time since “Bugsy” (1991) stars Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley lost to Jack Palance (“City Slickers”). By all appearances, it’s smooth sailing for Rockwell for the win, which would be the sixth time a Best Supporting Actor winner defeated a co-star in 18 dual duels.

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) stars Harry Carey and Claude Rains were the first co-stars to be nominated against each other in Best Supporting Actor, but they lost to Thomas Mitchell for “Stagecoach.” It would be another 32 years — with seven pairs of double nominees in between — before a Best Supporting Actor champ, Ben Johnson, beat a co-star, Jeff Bridges, for 1971’s “The Last Picture Show.”

Three years later, Robert De Niro prevailed over fellow “The Godfather Part II
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2018 Oscars acting nominations slugfest: Did the #MeToo movement stop James Franco (‘The Disaster Artist’) for Best Actor? [Watch]

2018 Oscars acting nominations slugfest: Did the #MeToo movement stop James Franco (‘The Disaster Artist’) for Best Actor? [Watch]
Although he expects to get some feces hurled at him, Gold Derby contributor Charles Bright expresses his dissatisfaction at James Franco‘s Best Actor Oscar snub for “The Disaster Artist” in our recent webcam slugfest (watch the video above). “That performance is so central to everything that is so wonderful about that movie,” he states. Long thought to be a frontrunner after winning the Golden Globe as Best Comedy/Musical Actor, Franco found himself left out in the cold when the Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday. Did allegations of sexual misconduct, dropped days before voting ended, stop his campaign dead in its tracks? Bright joins contributors Riley Chow, Kevin Jacobson, and Zach Laws to hash that out along with all the other surprises in the four acting categories.

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

I believe that “it was always a six-person race” for Best Actor.
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2018 Oscars trivia: 15 Fascinating facts, figures and milestones

2018 Oscars trivia: 15 Fascinating facts, figures and milestones
With his farewell film, three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis could break the record for most wins by an actor while Meryl Streep, who just extended her nominations record with bid #21, could match the achievement of four-time winner Katharine Hepburn.

Below, we offer up 13 more facts, stats, and figures regarding this year’s Academy Awards nominees announced on Jan. 23. Winners of the 24 competitive races at the Oscars will be revealed on March 4 during a live telecast on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

Lucky 13?

The Shape of Water” is the tenth film in Oscar history to earn 13 nominations. The current record of 14 nominations is held by three films, “All about Eve” (1951), “Titanic” (1998) and “La La Land” (2017)

Best Actor mainstay

With his sixth Best Actor Oscar nomination, Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”) is now tied with Richard Burton for recognition in the category.
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Oscars Nominations 2018: Final Predictions for Crafts and Animation Show Fierce Competition

With PGA and Critics Choice wins, “The Shape of Water” is peaking just before Tuesday’s Oscar nominations. And, thanks to its surreal, period trappings, Guillermo del Toro’s inclusive love story will dominate the craft nominations, with as many as eight to be had, which would tie “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Following close behind will be Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” But the biggest crafts story will be if Asc nominee Rachel Morrison also becomes the first female cinematography nominee for Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” And it will be noteworthy if the production and costume designing team of Sarah Greenwood and Jacqueline Durran score double nominations for their work on “Beauty and the Beast” and “Darkest Hour.”

Cinematography

Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”)

Bruno Delbonnel (“Darkest Hour”)

Dan Laustsen (“The Shape of Water”)

Rachel Morrison (“Mudbound”)

Hoyte van Hoytema (“Dunkirk”)

The Academy should correspond
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Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer

Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer
Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) is a shoo-in for a nomination for Best Actress next week, but she could end up making Oscars history in another category as well as was recently reported by one of our Experts, Sasha Stone (Awards Daily). Robbie is also a producer of the film, so if “I, Tonya” also receives a Best Picture nomination she would be the first actress to receive acting and producing nominations for the same film. After a year that saw actresses Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) all win Emmys as both actors and producers of TV programs, it would be fitting for Robbie’s passion project to go the distance with a pair of historic Oscar nominations.

It has been an incredible year for female stories, both real and fictional. The “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements have shined
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Does Woody Harrelson spell trouble for Willem Dafoe?

by Nathaniel R

A police chief and a hotel manager, both overwhelmed and sympathetic and arguably the moral center of their movies.

It's been a long time since we had a double-nomination situation in Best Supporting Actor. The last time it happened was 26 years ago when Ben Kingsley and Harvey Keitel were nominated together for Bugsy (1991) - a curious event since Keitel was so much stronger in another Oscar nominated classic from that year. Given the rise of Woody Harrelson with that Screen Actor's Guild nomination and the overall assumed strength of Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri in the Best Picture race, it could well happen again. His co-star Sam Rockwell, already felt locked and loaded for the same movie in a (somewhat) larger part. 

But does this spell trouble for Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project? Consensus was beginning to form that Dafoe, who became famous in the mid
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