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Holly Hunter movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘The Piano’ …

Holly Hunter movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘The Piano’ …
Holly Hunter missed out on a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Oscars for “The Big Sick” despite reaping SAG, Critics Choice, and Indie Spirit bids, but she’ll have a chance to pick up an Emmy later this year in the Best Drama Actress category for “Here and Now.” Created by Alan Ball (“American Beauty,” “Six Feet Under,” “True Blood”), the HBO series focuses on a multi-racial family whose bond is tested when one of their children begins seeing things which the rest cannot. Hunter plays Audrey Bayer, a therapist and the family matriarch. In honor of her recent small-screen achievement, let’s take a look back at some of the actress’s best big-screen performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Hunter’s 12 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Despite her recent snub, Hunter has been popular at the Oscars. She won Best Actress for “The Piano
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Meryl Streep in ‘One True Thing’: A look back at her 11th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘One True Thing’: A look back at her 11th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 11 of the 21-part Gold Derby series Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

The latter half of the 1990s found Meryl Streep struggling to find a proper follow-up to her sublime, Oscar-nominated turn in “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995).

First, there was “Before and After” (1996), a sleepy collaboration with filmmaker Barbet Schroeder and leading man Liam Neeson. The picture, among Streep’s worst box office performers to date, was out of theaters within a month.

A bit more successful was “Marvin’s Room” (1996), a family drama that at last paired Streep with Diane Keaton, plus Hume Cronyn, Gwen Verdon and Leonardo DiCaprio. The film garnered modest reviews and box office receipts upon opening that December and it was ultimately Keaton,
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Craig Sager Jr. Says It Was Hard Being Craig's Son ... Book Brought Us Closer (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_gl1dubdk"]] Some real talk from Craig Sager Jr. Being the son of a legendary NBA reporter could be "pretty frustrating growing up" ... but CS2 says he finally got the relationship he wanted thanks to one final project before his dad passed away. Craig opened up about his father to TMZ Sports ... telling us how the decision to co-author a book about the sideline reporter's battle with cancer brought them closer together than ever before. It's an
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Kevin Hart Talks Social Media, Plans for Production Company Hartbeat

Kevin Hart Talks Social Media, Plans for Production Company Hartbeat
Dave Becky has been Kevin Hart’s manager since the late ’90s. “From the beginning,” as Becky says. “He sent me a VHS tape of his homemade comedy club set, and that sold me, even though he had no credits at all.” Together, the two run the production company Hartbeat, which was formed five years ago. Becky, whose clients include comedy stars Amy Poehler and Louis C.K., says what makes Hart different is that “he’s extremely entrepreneurial and business-minded, he loves business, and he really embraces social media, which many don’t.”

Hart, who has 95 million followers across major platforms, says social media “is extremely important, as I can engage with my fans on a regular basis. With a click of a button, I can talk with you and see what you like, what you don’t, and really engage.”

As he talks more about the power of social media,
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Viola Davis Shares Personal Stories of Sexual Assault During Powerful Speech at Rape Foundation Event

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Viola Davis Shares Personal Stories of Sexual Assault During Powerful Speech at Rape Foundation Event
Viola Davis' own experiences with sexual assault led her to become an advocate for the Rape Foundation, the actress explained in a powerful speech Sunday. Davis, 51, opened up about her experience with the group while being honored at the Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch in Beverly Hills. "Myself, my mother, my sisters, my friend Rebecca, my friend from childhood, we all have one thing in common: We are all survivors of sexual assault in some way, shape or form," said the How to Get Away with Murder star."Listen, when I was young, there were so many men in the
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Viola Davis Shares Personal Stories of Sexual Assault During Powerful Speech at Rape Foundation Event

Viola Davis Shares Personal Stories of Sexual Assault During Powerful Speech at Rape Foundation Event
Viola Davis' own experiences with sexual assault led her to become an advocate for the Rape Foundation, the actress explained in a powerful speech Sunday.

Davis, 51, opened up about her experience with the group while being honored at the Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch in Beverly Hills.

"Myself, my mother, my sisters, my friend Rebecca, my friend from childhood, we all have one thing in common: We are all survivors of sexual assault in some way, shape or form," said the How to Get Away with Murder star.

"Listen, when I was young, there were so many men in the
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‘Fisher King’ Writer Richard Lagravenese to Be Honored by Writers Guild

‘Fisher King’ Writer Richard Lagravenese to Be Honored by Writers Guild
The Writers Guild of America East has selected Richard Lagravenese as the recipient of its Ian Mclellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.

The honor will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13.

Richard Lagravenese has been a WGA member since 1986 and written 17 films. He received an Academy Award nomination for original screenplay in 1992 for “The Fisher King.”

His writing credits include “The Ref,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “Unbroken.” He also directed many of his own screenplays, including “Living Out Loud,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Last Five Years” and “Freedom Writers,” which won the Humanitas Prize.

He co-produced and co-directed with Ted Demme the Emmy-nominated film documentary “A Decade Under the Influence,” adapted Scott Thorson’s memoir about his relationship with Liberace for HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” and wrote and
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Queen Latifah on ‘Bessie,’ Her Past and What She’ll Conquer Next

Queen Latifah on ‘Bessie,’ Her Past and What She’ll Conquer Next
Queen Latifah has never shied away from a battle.

She was 16 years old when she told Michael Kenneth Williams that she wanted to be a rapper. She jokes that the actor didn’t believe her, but Williams says that had more to do with his lack of faith in the industry than in his belief in Latifah.

“Female rappers were relatively taboo, so I was like, ‘Ok, that’s cool. Be all you can be!’ ” Williams recalls with a laugh. “But in my wildest imagination, I didn’t think she would really become what she is today, simply because I’d never seen it before. Who makes it out of the ’hood and does that? But she proved me wrong.”

These days, the 45-year-old rapper-turned-actress-turned-mogul sits at the helm of a $100 million business, Flavor Unit Entertainment (named for the group of emcees she belonged to at the start of her
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The Last Five Years' Richard Lagravanese Films a Musical for Purists

"It's important to think. It's what separates us from lentils." --Richard Lagravanese, The Fisher King

He did it the hard way, like David battling Goliath this past Valentine's Day. Yes, Richard Lagravanese's latest effort, The Last Five Years, a romantic musical of sorts with next to no spoken dialogue, opened against the whip-wielding Fifty Shades of Grey, a syrupy soft core melodrama with perhaps too much dialogue.

The battle's result so far, at least as of this past Monday: $137,945 versus a worldwide take of $485,791,785. Well, at least David got the better reviews.

Yes, Richard Lagravanese, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of such acclaimed titles as The Fisher King, Behind the Candelabra, The Bridges of Madison County, and Unbroken, which he co-wrote with the Coen Brothers, and the intermittent director of such fare as Living Out Loud and Freedom Writers, is a survivor of numerous Hollywood battles, many won, some lost. Beloved, for example,
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2014 Hollywood Film Awards Announces Host – Queen Latifah

The Hollywood Film Awards to be Broadcast Live from the Hollywood Palladium, Friday, Nov. 14 on CBS The “Hollywood Film Awards” today announced that multi-talented Academy and Emmy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Grammy Award-winning musician and talk show host Queen Latifah, will host the inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards, live from the Hollywood Palladium Friday, November 14, 2014 (8:00-10:00 Pm, live Et/delayed Pt) on the CBS Television Network. The “Hollywood Film Awards” have recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 17 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. They are considered the official launch of the awards season. “I’m honored to be a part of such a legendary award show,” stated Latifah. “The Hollywood Film Awards have been a staple in the awards season for years, and I’m excited to be the first host to bring them to television!” “Queen Latifah is the real deal.
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We Can't Wait #11: The Last 5 Years

[Editor's Note: We Can't Wait is a Team Experience series, in which we highlight our top 14 most anticipated films of 2014. Here's Jose Solis on The Last 5 Years.]

The Last 5 Years

A musical based on Jason Robert Brown's Off Broadway sensation about a crumbling young marriage which is told forward and backward in time simultaneously

Talent

Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick and stage star Jeremy Jordan (Newsies and Bonnie and Clyde on Broadway, Smash on TV)

Why We Can't Wait

When Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years debuted in 2001, the composer probably never expected his intimate musical (based on his relationship with ex-wife Theresa O'Neill) to become the theater sensation it would turn out to be. Although it was never Cats or Phantom-like in its success (the show has never actually been done on Broadway) the Chicago production and its subsequent Off-Broadway staging turned stars Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott into the doomed-lovers-of-choice of myriad theater geeks who still show up audition after audition carrying the music and lyrics to "Goodbye Until Tomorrow".

Brown's musical,
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The Year Was 1998

Ja from Mnpp here - I know it's 2003 Month here at The Film Experience but Vulture has been doing a 15 year anniversary retrospective of all things 1998 this week, which has me reminiscing about that year too. I was in college working at the local art-house cinema - that'd be the lovely Little Theatre in Rochester New York, which everyone should visit if you ever happen to find yourselves in that neck of the woods. I loved working there - I was studying film at school and living film at work. I saw everything released during that period of time, and got to mingle with the Rochester rich and famous - I handed Phillip Seymour Hoffman a napkin once! This was when Happiness was out so, you know, it really meant something.

Anyway I was looking through the list of movies released in the Fall of 1998 and was wowed by a
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Margherita Missoni & Husband Welcome A Baby Boy — Congrats

The fashion heiress and her racer husband welcomed a little boy named Otto Hermann Amos on Sept. 7 in Sumirgao, Italy. Congrats to the happy couple!

Margherita Missoni and her race car driver husband Eugenio Amos welcomed their first child together, a little boy named Otto! Their son is named after Ottavio Missoni, Margherita’s grandfather and the iconic fashion brand’s founder, who died earlier in 2013.

Margherita Missoni’s Baby Born — Fashion Heiress & Husband Welcome Baby Boy

Otto was reportedly ten days overdue, so his anxious parents-to-be documented their stressful wait via their Twitter and Instagram pages! The couple posted a pic of Margherita’s swelling belly on Sept. 1 with the caption:

Trying to persuade #ottohermann to come out #waitingforotto.

It wasn’t until almost a week later that their little boy made his fashionably late appearance! Of course, when Otto was born, he had to be celebrated in true
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LatinoBuzz: Cuban Music Doc: Arsenio Rodriguez

One of Cuban’s greatest musicians, Arsenio Rodriguez, known as The Marvelous Blind Man (El Ciego Maravilloso) is now the subject of a documentary by renown doc filmmaker Rolando Almirante (Havana, 1967), filmmaker, producer and professor. With more than 20 documentaries under his belt, in Havana he recently premiered the documentary La Leyenda de Arsenio (The Arsenio Legend), with the record label Egrem as executive producer.

Born in Cuba on August 31, 1911, Ignacio Arsenio Travieso Scull died in Los Angeles December 31, 1970 and is buried in New York City where just until recently a grave marker was installed of this icon of Cuban music, funded by a group of fans and musicians.

Blinded as a young boy by a mule or horse’s kick, Arsenio became a famous musician and band leader in the island and was known as El Ciego Maravilloso (The Marvelous Blind Man). His music was revolutionary in the 1930s, 40s and 50s for its use of Afro-Cuban rhythm with the melodic lead by the “tres”, a three-course, six-string string instrument that he played masterfully.

Rolando discusses his own motivation to make this film with On Cuba, an online magazine in English about….what else? Cuba of course.

Arsenio Rodriguez singing his most famous song, La vida es un sueno (Life is A Dream):

As a child, I would hear the elderly members of my family talk about him. Years later, when I made my first music documentary, Jazz de Cuba, I included him consciously in my imagination after I heard a delicious anecdote from the celebrated musician Chucho Valdés, when he referred somewhat ironically to certain journalists who held him responsible, instead of Arsenio, for composing “El guayo de Catalina.”

Ignacio Arsenio Travieso Scull, better known as Arsenio Rodrí-guez, was born in Güira de Macurijes, a little town in Matanzas province, on Aug. 30, 1911.

He was known as the “The Wonderful Blind Man” (“El Ciego Maravilloso”) because of his uncommon talent for playing the tres, and he has gone down in history as one of the most relevant Cuban musicians of all time. Not just because of the dozens of songs that he wrote in the bolero, guaracha and son genres, but also because he structurally innovated the so-called conjunto, or ensemble, by adding the tumbadora, or conga drum. After Arsenio, nobody has been able to do it differently.

Many exponents of this genre view him as the “Father of Salsa.” I think that is not just because of his tireless zeal for innovation, but also the legacy of songs that have brought international fame to a number of bands, such as La Sonora Ponceña and the Fania All Stars.

Another good friend who is now getting up there in his years told me that when Arsenio played at La Tropical, that sanctuary of Cuban dance music, people preferred to watch, and dance later to his recorded music. The reason was that, despite his blindness, Arsenio very skillfully led his band and play the tres at the same time, making for an incredible show that over the years ended up carving out his legend.

A number of stories have sprung up about his blindness. Some say it happened when he was a child and was kicked by a horse; others say it was a rare genetic condition that runs in his family, causing some of his relatives to have retinitis pigmentosa.

As the years passed, creative fate led me to do a project in which Cuban musicians would pay tribute to Arsenio Rodríguez; during this process, we would film a documentary, organize a concert, and, at the same time, the whole production would be inspired by an album designed by producer, composer and critic Tony Pinelli, who had the original idea for the whole project.

In researching Arsenio’s life, I ran into his only daughter, Regla María Travieso. She still lives in Havana, in one of its outlying neighborhoods, surrounded by her saints and her memories. Something began to flower in her home, and it wasn’t just faded photos, including of the silent cemetery in New York where the musician was laid to rest. Songs, complete texts, and a whole string of anecdotes both funny and sad helped give shape to the life of a man whose days ended in Los Angeles, on Dec. 30, 1970.

In the late 1940s, Arsenio went to New York in an attempt to find a cure for his blindness. However, the diagnosis of the famous Dr. Castro-Viejo caused him to stop and meditate on the irreversible nature of his condition. Out of that experience came the lyrics of one of the most beautiful songs in Cuban music: “La vida es un sueño” (“Life is a dream).”

Forty years later, we were able to take Regla María to Arsenio’s grave, as part of the experience of making the film. I thought that at that moment, Regla’s spirit would give her father a Christian burial. A dozen Puerto Rican and Cuban musicians surrounded her, all holding hands and singing one of Arsenio’s songs. Perhaps it was an unmistakable sign of the musical ties between our islands, and between them and the Americas.

Last weekend Arsenio’s legend was in the Southland in the outdoor sculpture at the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA).

Umberto Capiro, an L.A. based architect and aficionado of Cuban music and dance wrote in Living Out Loud, Los Angeles about it:

The audience was treated to two sublime sets featuring the music of the iconic Afro-Cuban composer, musician and band leader Arsenio Rodriguez.

MoLAA was filled to capacity to hear an All-Star orchestra “The Arsenio Rodriguez Project” made up of musicians from New York and Los Angeles. The line up included the legendary Afro-Cuban trumpet player Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros who played in Arsenio’s band, Tres Master-Nelson Gonzalez (Grupo Folklórico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino), Jose Mangual Jr. (Spanish Harlem Orchestra) who were accompanied by local master José Caridad Perico Hernández with Iris Cepeda on vocals and local musicians Jorge Pérez, Alberto Salas, Alberto Tamayo, Santiago Santioste and Luis Alberto Ortega.

One of Arsenio Rodriguez’s chief innovations was his interpretation of the “son montuno” Cuban music genre which took center stage at the evening’s concert.

… an avalanche of sound… buried the nearby dance floor and those seated behind for two packed sets. Since Arsenio Rodriguez was a tres player, it is no coincidence that this Cuban instrument was highlighted in several numbers with the virtuosity of Nelson Gonzalez on “Sueltala” & “Mami me gustó”. Other songs included in the sets were “Fuego en el 23″ and the iconic bolero “La Vida es un Sueño”. Several celebrities were spotted enjoying the evening, including Buena Vista’s Ry Cooder and actor Jimmy Smits.

The Arsenio Rodriguez Project is the brainchild of Guido Herrera, an Angelino via Peru who has been a Latin music promoter and DJ at the Kxlu 89.9Fm show “Alma Del Barrio” for many years. We must thank Guido for this magical evening of Cuban music under the stars in Long Beach, California.
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April Showers... Poor Truman

april showers & a tuesday top ten in one!

Do you ever think of The Truman Show (1998)? I really and truly loved it in 1998 naming it 'The Best Film of the Year!' to anyone who would listen. (This was in my pre Film Experience days of course... though it's hard to remember such a time). 

My Top Ten Of 1998 - Unranked

Bulworth (Warren Beatty) Celebration / Festen (Thomas Vinterberg) Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon) High Art (Lisa Cholodenko) The Idiots (Lars von Trier) Living Out Loud (Richard Lagravenese) The Opposite of Sex (Don Roos) The Thin Red Line (Terence Malick) The Truman Show (Peter Weir) Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes

...with Central Station and Shakespeare in Love just outside the top ten though I'm always considering reinstating them. They were both once on the actual list (The Idiots and the Malick I saw a little later). I haven't seen any of them
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Beautiful Creatures TV Spot Promises Love And Magic

To call Beautiful Creatures the next Twilight or a possible successor to The Hunger Games is to belittle and possibly discredit a fantastically successful novel series by best-selling author Kami Garcia. While its true that Hollywood hopes that the screen adaptation of Garcia.s words hit the same audience targets as the translations of Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins. words, it.s clear in Beautiful Creatures promotional spots that the movie is reaching for something higher, and painting a picture that.s slightly larger in scope. At least, that.s what we hope. A new TV spot has arrived online for , introducing the main characters and hinting at the mythology. We have it for you right here: Richard Lagravenese (Living Out Loud, P.S. I Love You) has had a stronger track record writing screenplays . he penned The Fisher King, The Bridges of Madison County and The Ref -- than ...
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Wild Things Director John McNaughton Returns With The Harvest

John McNaughton, the helmer behind the controversial cult classic 1986 horror film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and the infamous 2001 thriller Wild Things, has signed on to direct his next movie, breaking his eleven year sabbatical from cinema.

Variety says that beginning production in New York imminently is The Harvest, a psychological horror thriller made for under $10 million that finds Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton among its cast.

Written by Stephen Lancelloti, the movie follows a married couple (Shannon & Morton) with medical backgrounds and a sick son (Charlie Tahan) who lives secluded in a controlled environment until a young girl (Natasha Calis) moves in next door and gives him hope of a better life. As the teens grow closer, the tight-knit world his over-protective mother has created begins to unravel.

Leslie Lykes and Meadow Williams also have supporting roles. Steven A. Jones, Kim Jose, David Robinson and Williams herself are producing.

Henry Director Comes Home to Horror for The Harvest

It's been a really long time since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer director John McNaughton made a horror film. Hell, it's been over a decade since he's made any kind of film for that matter. Thankfully both of those facts are about to change.

Variety reports that after an 11-year absence from the big screen, McNaughton is set to return for psychological horror thriller The Harvest, for which Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton have come aboard to star alongside Natasha Calis.

Living Out Loud Prods. is financing The Harvest for under $10 million, while Elephant Eye Films will handle international sales. In addition to Calis (The Possession), the flick co-stars Charlie Tahan (Frankenweenie), Leslie Lyles and Meadow Williams.

Written by Stephen Lancellotti, The Harvest stars Morton and Shannon as a married couple with medical backgrounds and a sick son (Tahan) who lives secluded in a controlled environment until a young
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Anna Kendrick Sings Again in Adaptation of 'Last Five Years' Musical

After making her mark in 2007's indie Rocket Science, Anna Kendrick has often played the same sort of fast-talking Type-a personality on screen. She earned an Oscar nomination doing a similar routine in Up in the Air, but she also proved she has impressive musical skills in this month's buzzed-about comedy Pitch Perfect. Now Moviehole reports that one of Kendrick's upcoming projects will allow her to put her pipes on display again, as she'll star in a film adaptation of the stage musical The Last Five Years, a love story told backward and forward at the same time through the perspectives of the two people involved. More below. Filmmaker Richard Lagravenese (finishing up Beautiful Creatures, of Living Out Loud, P.S. I Love You and Freedom Writers previously) is writing and directing the film, which is based on Jason Robert Brown's play about the struggles of a relationship. It sounds
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First Full Trailer for WB's 'Beautiful Creatures' Supernatural Romance

"We make our own lives." Warner Bros has debuted a trailer for Beautiful Creatures, an adaptation of the young adult series of novels by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, directed by Richard Lagravenese. Getting ready to (attempt to) follow in Twilight's footsteps, this supernatural drama centers on a local teenage boy, played by Alden Ehrenreich, and the mysterious new girl in town named Lena Duchannes, played by Alice Englert, who uncover dark secrets about their families. Is she a witch or what?! You'll have to watch and see. Other than that, Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons seem outstanding, the rest is up to you. Here's the first trailer for Richard Lagravenese's Beautiful Creatures adaptation, in high def on Apple: Based on the first novel in the five-book Caster Chronicles series, Beautiful Creatures is written & directed by Richard Lagravenese (Living Out Loud, Freedom Writers, P.S. I Love You). Alden Ehrenreich plays Ethan,
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