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‘Gotti’ Star John Travolta Needs Serious Help: Career Watch

Career Watch is a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there.

Thanks to strong recognition overseas, at 64 John Travolta still carries the clout that gets movies made. But this is not always a good thing: Travolta’s passion project, “Gotti,” debuted in Cannes but opened to $1.7 million amid derisive reviews (Tomatometer: 0%).

Bottom Line: After strutting out of Broadway and television into ’70s movie stardom, the Irish-Italian Travolta languished in the ’80s until Quentin Tarantino gave him his 1994 comeback as hitman Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction.” That movie returned Travolta’s swagger and while he hasn’t topped it, Travolta has surfed many career dips and swells without completely alienating his aging fan base. But “Gotti” may be the tipping point.

Read More: ‘Gotti’ Review: John Travolta, Pitbull, and E from ‘Entourage’ Team Up for an Incoherent Mob Biopic — Cannes 2018

Career Peaks: Born in Englewood,
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‘Gotti’ Star John Travolta Needs Serious Help: Career Watch

Career Watch is a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there.

Thanks to strong recognition overseas, at 64 John Travolta still carries the clout that gets movies made. But this is not always a good thing: Travolta’s passion project, “Gotti,” debuted in Cannes but opened to $1.7 million amid derisive reviews (Tomatometer: 0%).

Bottom Line: After strutting out of Broadway and television into ’70s movie stardom, the Irish-Italian Travolta languished in the ’80s until Quentin Tarantino gave him his 1994 comeback as hitman Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction.” That movie returned Travolta’s swagger and while he hasn’t topped it, Travolta has surfed many career dips and swells without completely alienating his aging fan base. But “Gotti” may be the tipping point.

Read More: ‘Gotti’ Review: John Travolta, Pitbull, and E from ‘Entourage’ Team Up for an Incoherent Mob Biopic — Cannes 2018

Career Peaks: Born in Englewood,
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Film Review: ‘Little Pink House’

Film Review: ‘Little Pink House’
As the thorny matter of eminent domain — the power of the government to seize private property for debatably public use — continues to flare up in American headlines, Courtney Moorehead Balaker’s “Little Pink House” arrives on screens as an earnest, adamant statement of opposition. Revisiting the Supreme Court’s famously contentious decision in the 2005 case of Kelo vs. City of New London, which ruled against a Connecticut homeowner standing her ground in the face of redevelopment by the Pfizer Corporation, Balaker’s heartfelt film holds attention as a straightforward account of a complicated case, and benefits from the intelligent, careworn presence of Catherine Keener as its human anchor amid all the procedural to-and-fro. If the story’s political and personal nuances have been a bit flattened in Balaker’s script, keeping proceedings in a movie-of-the-week register, this “Little Pink House” nonetheless retains what property developers would call good bones.

As it stands,
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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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How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?

How often do the four SAG champs go on to win Oscars?
With their wins at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) continue their march toward becoming the first foursome to sweep the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, SAG, BAFTA and Oscar. Their SAG victories are the most important ones of the three groups so far, as the SAGs have a fantastic correlation with the Oscars; SAG has only missed five times in Best Actor, six times in Best Actress, nine times in Best Supporting Actor and seven times in Best Supporting Actress. But despite so much overlap between the individual races, SAG does not go 4-for-4 with Oscar in one season as often as you might think.

Over its 23-year history, SAG has only had a direct match in all four Oscar acting races six times, most recently three years ago. SAG typically goes 3-for-4 with Oscar,
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Watch John Travolta as Mob Boss John Gotti in the First 'Gotti' Trailer

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John Travolta hasn't portrayed a lof of real people. Back in the '90s, he kind of played Bill Clinton in Primary Colors and had the role of non-famous actual lawyer Jan Schlichtmann in A Civil Action. Then last year he embodied the part of famous O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro on television and earned an Emmy nomination for the performance. Now he's about to grace the big screen in another true story as notorious mobster John Gotti Sr.  The first trailer has arrived for the biopic, titled Gotti, care of Good Morning America. Travolta fits the part of the titular Gambino family boss well, through the decades. We've seen a lot of this sort of real-life mafia movie, from Goodfellas to Black Mass, and we've seen Travolta...

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Watch John Travolta as Mob Boss John Gotti in the First 'Gotti' Trailer

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John Travolta hasn't portrayed a lof of real people. Back in the '90s, he kind of played Bill Clinton in Primary Colors and had the role of non-famous actual lawyer Jan Schlichtmann in A Civil Action. Then last year he embodied the part of famous O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro on television and earned an Emmy nomination for the performance. Now he's about to grace the big screen in another true story as notorious mobster John Gotti Sr.  The first trailer...

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Mom of Florida Teen Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other Boy’s Family

Legal battles between the families of two Florida teens missing at sea, who disappeared nearly two years ago, continue with a wrongful death lawsuit announced Friday at the Palm Beach County Courthouse.

“This lawsuit is about truth, accountability and justice,” attorney Guy Rubin wrote in a prepared statement delivered on behalf of Pamela Cohen, mother of Perry Cohen, who vanished into the waters off Jupiter Inlet with friend Austin Stephanos during a fishing excursion on July 24, 2015. Monday marks two years since the 14-year-old boys’ disappearance and presumed deaths that made headlines worldwide.

The suit also names co-plaintiff John Eric Romano,
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'Little Pink House': Film Review | Santa Barbara 2017

'Little Pink House': Film Review | Santa Barbara 2017
Following in the tradition of issue-oriented films like Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action, the world premiere of Little Pink House at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unmistakable timeliness. This story of little people against Big Pharma certainly resonates today. The presence of two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener and an excellent supporting cast should help to give the movie more visibility. It has some structural problems, but with canny marketing, it could find a distributor and even a sympathetic audience.

The film is based on the true story of a Connecticut woman, Susette Kelo (Keener), who fought an...
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‘Goliath’ Review: Billy Bob Thornton Goes H.A.M. on Big Business in Amazon’s Addictive Court Drama

‘Goliath’ Review: Billy Bob Thornton Goes H.A.M. on Big Business in Amazon’s Addictive Court Drama
The first two hours of “Goliath,” the new Amazon drama from David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro, should remind viewers of their favorite courtroom dramas.

A Few Good Men” certainly springs to mind, as does “The Verdict,” “A Civil Action” and “The Rainmaker.” Various other tales of little-guy lawyers taking on impossible odds will undoubtedly pop up, depending on personal favorites, but that’s not necessarily a compliment. It’s also not a detriment. Depending on your leniency toward genre tropes, “Goliath” will either be your guilty favorite, or you’ll feel not guilty at all.

Read More: David E. Kelley Has Given Up on the Broadcast Networks, Partly Because His Last Show ‘Wasn’t Very Good’

Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton) is a drunk, down-on-his-luck lawyer scraping together plea deals wherever he can find one. Permanently living in a hotel a few blocks from the beach, McBride wakes himself
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George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23

George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement.
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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History

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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe?
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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.

Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...

Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians

Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with
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21 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 1990s

The 1990s: a time when Sleepwalkers, Burt Reynolds, No Escape, Chevy Chase and F/X/2 could top the Us box office...

By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.

In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.

Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a
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87th Academy Award Winners: Birdman Tops Boyhood

Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan
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2015 Oscar Previews: Part 2

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Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

The Best Actor Nominees

Steve Carell - as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

Age: 52

Previously Best Known For:

The Office

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

None

Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.

Bradley Cooper - as Chris Kyle in American Sniper

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

The Hangover

Silver Linings Playbook

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook

Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.

Benedict Cumberbatch - as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game
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Oscar Track Records for Previously-Nominated Acting Vets

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The 87th Academy Awards acting race is almost evenly divided between veterans and first-time nominees.

Nine of the 20 nominees in the four acting categories are newcomers — four lead actors (Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch), two lead actresses (Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones), two supporting actresses (Patricia Arquette and Emma Stone) and one supporting actor (J.K. Simmons).

As for the 11 veterans, the number of Oscar nominations between them ranges from 19 to one. Four of them have previously taken Oscars home.

Meryl Streep received her 19th nomination this year for her supporting role as The Witch in Disney’s Into the Woods, the film adaptation of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s musical. She holds the record for most acting nominations ever received and is one of six actors to have won three or more Oscars. Streep was first nominated in 1979 for her
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Robert Duvall, Alejandro González Iñárritu to Be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs, CA (December 19, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(Psiff) will present Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall with the Icon Award and Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro G. Iñárritu with the Director of the Year Award for Birdman at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.

.Robert Duvall gives an outstanding and amazingly realistic performance as Judge Joseph Palmer in The Judge,. said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .This is sure to be remembered in his long listof iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfather films, Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies,
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Predicting The Screen Actors Guild Film Nominees

With the Screen Actors Guild nominees just around the corner, I thought it’d be fun to try and guess what we’d be seeing in the five film categories. Obviously we have a lot that seem like 100%-certain locks, but, as usual, there are spots that are a toss-up between several potential nominees, making this a fascinating guessing game based on the awards we’ve seen thus far and what picks seem to have a lot of buzz behind them. So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the first category.

Best Supporting Actress

Right now, I would only venture to say that two nominees appear to be a certainty, those being Patricia Arquette for Boyhood and Emma Stone for Birdman, a commonality that we’re going to be seeing a few times in these categories. Both of them have already been nominated multiple times, and in many cases won,
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Look Who’s Still Talking – The Strange Hollywood History Of John Travolta

John Travolta is as fascinating and complex a member of the Hollywood fraternity as you could wish for. Iconic performer, experienced pilot, vocal Scientologist and mangler of pronunciation of Idina Menzel.

He has managed to appear in not just some of the best known, but also some of the best-full-stop films of the past forty years – Saturday Night Fever, Carrie, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/Off, The Thin Red Line, Hairspray and the upcoming Gummy Bear The Movie – whatever one might think of the consistency of his output (and there have been some horrendous misfires), it is hard to imagine too many actors playing Danny Zuko, Vincent Vega, Castor Troy, Sean Archer, Chili Palmer and Edna Turnblad with equal conviction.

After the temporary resuscitation of Look Who’s Talking turned out to be a false dawn, Tarantino did Travolta a favour of inestimable proportions by casting him in Pulp Fiction,
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