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Andie MacDowell On First Nude Scene, Why 60 Is Better Than 30 & How A Legendary Critic Saved Her Career

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Andie MacDowell On First Nude Scene, Why 60 Is Better Than 30 & How A Legendary Critic Saved Her Career
For an actor whose own voice was removed and later dubbed by another star in her debut film 35 years ago, things have managed to turn out all right for Andie MacDowell. And now, just as the South Carolina native is about to hit a milestone birthday in three weeks she has one of her most intense and complex performances ready for its close up when the new indie drama Love After Love opens Friday in New York followed by a national rollout including La on April 6.

Playing a woman struggling with grief over the death of her husband and embarking on a new life , MacDowell is probably about as raw and revealing as she has ever been in a screen career that includes a number of high profile films including Sex, Lies And Videotape, Groundhog Day, Four Weddings And A Funeral, Short Cuts, Unstrung Heroes, Magic Mike Xxl and numerous others.
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5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute

5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute
When Diane Keaton accepted the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award from Woody Allen in Hollywood Thursday night, it was the end of one of the more memorable AFI tributes. And as one actress after another explained why Keaton was such a significant role model — from Oscar-winners Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon (Keaton-directed TV movie “Wildflower”) and Meryl Streep (“Marvin’s Room”) to Rachel McAdams (“The Family Stone”) and comedienne Lisa Kudrow (“Hanging Up”) — it struck me that all actresses should pay attention to why Keaton is so admired and emulated.

Here are some wise lessons to be learned from the star of “Play It Again Sam,” “The First Wives Club,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Shoot the Moon,” and HBO’s “The Young Pope.”

1. Stay single.

Keaton launched her Hollywood career with the day-long wedding scene in “The Godfather,” at the end of which she and fellow theater outsider Al Pacino proceeded to get royally drunk.
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5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute

5 Lessons For Actresses from Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute
When Diane Keaton accepted the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award from Woody Allen in Hollywood Thursday night, it was the end of one of the more memorable AFI tributes. And as one actress after another explained why Keaton was such a significant role model — from Oscar-winners Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon (Keaton-directed TV movie “Wildflower”) and Meryl Streep (“Marvin’s Room”) to Rachel McAdams (“The Family Stone”) and comedienne Lisa Kudrow (“Hanging Up”) — it struck me that all actresses should pay attention to why Keaton is so admired and emulated.

Here are some wise lessons to be learned from the star of “Play It Again Sam,” “The First Wives Club,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Shoot the Moon,” and HBO’s “The Young Pope.”

1. Stay single.

Keaton launched her Hollywood career with the day-long wedding scene in “The Godfather,” at the end of which she and fellow theater outsider Al Pacino proceeded to get royally drunk.
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Tech Support: Can Alexandre Desplat land three Oscar nominations for original score?

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Tech Support: Can Alexandre Desplat land three Oscar nominations for original score?
The Academy Award for Best Original Score is one of the categories I find most interesting and most frustrating. First, the good: I love the awarding of film music, which can immeasurably improve the experience of a film and can become iconic in its own right. There is also much about the music branch that I love, particularly its international flavor, both in terms of the composers cited and the types of music rewarded. Moreover, while the category tends to favor Best Picture nominees and epic movies, it is not excessively exclusionary in this respect. But that love of epics can sometimes lead to simply rewarding "most music." More importantly, this branch is infamously insular. Unless a composer is aboard a major Best Picture contender or has otherwise composed a simply iconic score, it is unusual to earn a first nomination. And even those features are not always enough for first-timers.
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Always An Oscar Bridesmaid…Till This Year?

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

The New Year is almost upon us and several Oscar contenders are hoping that with the new year comes new Oscar fortunes. Being overdue is a concept many trot out during the awards season, so I decided to take a look at some of the people in the race with multiple nominations that could possibly be shedding the Oscar bridesmaid label.

David O. Russell

Nominations: 3, Best Director (The Fighter in 2011 and Silver Linings Playbook in 2012) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Silver Linings Playbook in 2012)

Closest Call: Best Director for Silver Linings Playbook in 2012

Analysis: This is the flimsiest one on the list by virtue of his overdue status only being two years old. However, he has gotten 3 nominations for during that stretch and it’s only a matter of time before he wins one. To be honest, it was quite surprising he didn’t pick up
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The 12 Creepiest Uncles In Movie History

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In the new thriller "Stoker" (in theaters Friday), a girl (Mia Wasikowska) whose recently lost her father suspects the motives of the uncle she never knew she had. Matthew Goode plays the enigmatic "Uncle Charlie," surely a nod to the main character in Alfred Hitchcock's film "Shadow of a Doubt," in which a small-town girl discovers her beloved uncle is really a serial killer. We doubt that's this Charlie's secret but it's often true in films that you simply cannot trust your uncle. Take Hamlet's wicked uncle, Claudius, whose dastardly plan has inspired more than one cinematic villain's plot to seize power. Of course, Shakespeare also drew from real life, since murderous uncles and young heirs unfortunately go hand in hand. And then there are those uncles who get away with a different kind of murder, whether it's neglect or outright abuse. Here are 12 of the creepiest, no-good movie uncles we could find.
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Will Oscar voters fall for 'Skyfall'?

Will Oscar voters fall for 'Skyfall'?
With takings of $88 million, "Skyfall" had the biggest opening weekend for a James Bond movie ever. Audiences love it, giving the thriller a Cinemascore of "A," and film critics rate it high, too (81 score from Metacritic and a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes). -Insertgroups:8- Next up: what will Oscar voters think? How many nominations and wins can "Skyfall" reap? One guaranteed bid: the title tune will definitely make the list for Best Song considering Adele's recent romp at the Grammys. Music composer Thomas Newman will probably score his 11th career bid, but he's overdue to win after defeats for "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), "Little Women" (1994), "Unstrung Heroes" (1995), "American Beauty" (1999), "Road to Perdition" (2002), "Finding Nemo" (2003), "Lemony Snicket" (2004), "The Good German" (2006), and two for "Wall-e" (2008). Yet all e...
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"Woody Allen: A Documentary" + Diane Keaton's "Then Again"

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I'd rather have opened with the spider scene from Annie Hall, but there doesn't seem to be an embeddable version of decent quality. At any rate, it's probably a little unfair to both Woody Allen and Diane Keaton to lump PBS's Woody Allen: A Documentary (airing in two parts tonight and tomorrow) and Keaton's new memoir, Then Again, into the same roundup. After all, of the 46 films he's made and the 50-odd films she's appeared in, Keaton has only been in seven Woody Allen movies (eight, if you count Play It Again, Sam [1972], which he wrote but which Herbert Ross directed). Diane Keaton is, of course, a director in her own right, too (her oeuvre includes an episode of Twin Peaks!), as well as a photographer, artist and designer. And Woody Allen is, well, Woody Allen. Draw a Venn diagram of their careers, and there's just a whole lot
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Then Again: A Memoir by Diane Keaton – review

Diane Keaton's autobiography is an endearing ramble that reveals more about her close relationship with her mother than it does about her films

You would not expect a memoir by Diane Keaton to be a conventional "as told to" or ghosted showbusiness autobiography, and indeed she recognises her own eccentricity in a 1969 letter to her mother written after failing an audition for a Broadway comedy. "Too tall and too 'kooky' – a nice way of saying strange," she reports, using a newly fashionable term to describe the ditzy likes of Goldie Hawn, Liza Minnelli and herself. Her rambling, endearing book is not short of glamorous names, nor does it scorn ambition and fame. But she shares the stage with her family and most particularly with her mother, Dorothy Hall, as co-star. On the final page she calls the book "our memoir – your words with my words". In 1968 when she got
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Maury Chaykin obituary

Actor who was at his best in shadowy roles

The actor Maury Chaykin, who has died aged 61 after a heart-valve infection, was an American and a Canadian citizen, and his career reflected his dual nationality. In the Us, he was a familiar face, if not a recognisable name, playing small but telling roles in major films. His breakthrough came in Dances With Wolves (1990), playing Major Fambrough, who sends Kevin Costner on his frontier assignment and then kills himself. Chaykin's only leading role was in the cable TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001), as the titular detective who refuses to leave his house, delegating that to his assistant (Timothy Hutton).

In Canada, Chaykin was something of a national treasure. He won a Genie award for best actor for his performance as a Brian Wilson-like burned-out rock star in Whale Music (1994), gave remarkable performances in three films directed by Atom Egoyan
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