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Oscars 2018: Which 20 previous winners should present to this year’s 20 acting nominees?

Oscars 2018: Which 20 previous winners should present to this year’s 20 acting nominees?
One of the highlights of the 2009 Academy Awards ceremony was the surprise addition of 20 Oscar winners presenting to that year’s acting nominees. It started with five Best Supporting Actress champs (Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Anjelica Huston, Eva Marie Saint, Tilda Swinton) who gave out the award to Penelope Cruz, welcoming her to their club. While all of those presenting that evening had indeed won the category before, each one often had no connection at all to the person they were introducing.

The following year new producers followed a similar format of five people presenting to a new crop of five for the lead categories only. While all of them had working relationships with the nominees (like Michelle Pfeiffer for Jeff Bridges and Stanley Tucci for Meryl Streep), most of them were not Oscar winners.

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Allison Janney movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Help’

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Allison Janney movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Help’
Allison Janney had a rocky road to success as an actress and probably had many doubts that she would ever achieve the level of success she has. That’s all behind her now with her seven Emmy wins for acting placing her in second place all-time just one trophy behind Cloris Leachman and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And now with her 2017 film “I Tonya” bringing her the biggest silver screen success of her career, let’s take a look back at her stellar work in movies.

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Janney faced great challenges in her early career and has stated she was told there was no place in the acting world for a six foot tall woman unless the woman was drop dead gorgeous like Sigourney Weaver. In a business that prizes youth it is interesting to note that Janney
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Al Pacino to Play Joe Paterno in HBO Pic About Penn State Scandal

Al Pacino to Play Joe Paterno in HBO Pic About Penn State Scandal
Al Pacino is tackling the Penn State sex abuse scandal head-on.

The Oscar winner is set to play late college football legend Joe Paterno in a currently untitled HBO movie that chronicles the coach’s downfall in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

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The project — directed by Barry Levinson, who teamed with Pacino on the recent HBO pic Wizard of Lies — will delve into how the darkest chapter in Penn State history challenged Paterno’s legacy as the winningest coach in college football history,
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Cannes at 70: The Five Key Years That Changed the Festival Forever

Cannes at 70: The Five Key Years That Changed the Festival Forever
Every Cannes Film Festival is important, but only a handful of the editions have been game-changers. As the festival celebrates its 70th birthday, here are five events that altered the DNA of Cannes, shaping the fest into the global powerhouse that it is today.

The First Festival, 1946

French minister for education and fine arts Jean Zay wanted an international event for France to rival the Venice Film Festival, which had begun in 1932. Several French cities wanted to host; Cannes was selected over Biarritz because it had better hotels. Variety reported in June 1939 that a Cannes festival was planned for September, under the presidency of Louis Lumiere; however, WWII put a freeze on any European festivities.

Cannes finally debuted in September 1946. Variety arranged for coverage, including a special report from Margaret Herrick, the executive secretary of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Herrick marveled at the speed of travel: It
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Oscars 2017: Does Aaron Taylor-Johnson Stand a Chance at Best Supporting Actor After Winning the Golden Globe?

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Courtesy: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

While last night’s Golden Globes unequivocally belonged to La La Land, it started out with one of the biggest shocks of this awards season: Aaron Taylor-Johnson winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Nocturnal Animals. Does this surprise upset mean the British thespian is gearing up for winning Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars?

It’s important to first note that even Taylor-Johnson’s Golden Globes nomination wasn’t expected by most awards season prognosticators and, if someone from Tom Ford’s latest flick were to have a shot at the trophy, their money was placed on co-star Michael Shannon. And when it came to winning most had their money on Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Dev Patel (Lion), or even Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins) — not Taylor-Johnson.
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Chris Rock Will Return to Stand-Up With 2 Comedy Specials For Netflix

Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, is bringing its members two brand new comedy specials from one of the funniest and most influential comedians of all time: the one and only Chris Rock. Marking the multiple Emmy Award-winning comedian’s return to stand-up after an eight-year absence, Rock will tape two all-new specials that will debut on Netflix around the world. The first show will tape in 2017, following a new world tour being planned now.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer said:

"Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent.”

Rock added:

“I'm very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix. I can't wait to get back on stage.
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The Purge: Election Year movie review: soylent green is Donald Trump!

A few hints of stagnation aside, this franchise remains a terrifyingly trenchant dystopia. A brutal vision of an America not far removed from our own. I’m “biast” (pro): love the previous films

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I can’t figure out why the Purge movies haven’t been more successful. Oh, they’ve done fine financially, particularly thanks to their very low budgets. Election Year reportedly cost only $10 million to produce (and that’s many multiples of the budgets of the first two films), which is pocket change in Hollywood, and has grossed more than $100 million worldwide, and it’s only just opening today in the UK, so it will add to that tally. But they don’t seem to have had much cultural impact, which is odd seeing how this franchise continues to be one of
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Van Helsing finds Its vanessa helsing

Van Helsing finds Its vanessa helsing
SyFy’s Van Helsing has found its lead in Kelly Overton. The 13-episode take on the myth of Dracula will star Overton as the granddaughter of legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing who is resurrected five years in the future to find that vampires have taken over the world.

So she starts off dead? Or has she been cryogenically frozen specifically to be preserved until her talents — whatever those may be — are needed? In what five-years-ahead future does this take place? If her grandfather was, say, 35 at the time of Dracula (published in 1897), his child could conceivably be an infant around then and would have its own child perhaps 30 years later, meaning approximately 1930. So going by Overton’s real-life age of 37, and adding in those five years she’s dead (or whatever), this would be 1972?

Lots of questions, but for me, the biggest mystery is why her name is Vanessa Helsing versus Vanessa Van Helsing.
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Chris Rock Will Host the 2016 Oscars

Chris Rock Will Host the 2016 Oscars
Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars for a second time, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today. The 88th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016, on the ABC Television Network. Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars telecast in 2005. Here's what producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin had to say about the new host in a statement.

"Chris Rock is truly the Mvp of the entertainment industry. Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian - he's done it all. He's going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!"

With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock most recently directed the comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo which premiered this month on HBO. In 2014 he wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed feature Top Five, and in 2009 ventured into the documentary world as a writer, producer and star of Good Hair.
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Why Chris Rock is the Right Host for the Oscars (Video)

Why Chris Rock is the Right Host for the Oscars (Video)
Assuming that hot comedienne Amy Schumer isn't ready for primetime, she'd make a damn fine Oscar presenter, and with Chris Rock now confirmed to host the 88th Academy Awards on February 28 (ABC), he'll be able to land her, as he directed her raunchy Live at the Apollo TV special which aired on HBO this week. (Watch Rock's opening monologue from the 2005 Oscars in the clip above.) Triple-threat writer-director-star Rock already hosted the Oscars before, to strong critical reviews, in 2005, but got some blowback from industry insiders. And new show co-producer Reginald Hudlin has collaborated with the comedian, directing the pilot of his shuttered TV series “Everybody Hates Chris.” Last year Rock wrote and directed Paramount's "Top Five," starring himself and Rosario Dawson, and in 2009 wrote and produced the documentary "Good Hair." Besides writing, starring in and producing multiple features ("Nurse Betty," "The Longest Yard"),...
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It’s Official – Chris Rock To Host 88th Academy Awards

Chris Rock / 77th Academy Awards (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

This just in from The Academy:

Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars for a second time, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today. The 88th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016, on the ABC Television Network. Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars telecast in 2005.

Chris Rock is truly the Mvp of the entertainment industry,” said Hill and Hudlin. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It’s great to be back.”

“We share David and Reggie’s excitement in welcoming Chris, whose comedic voice has really defined a generation,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “He is certain to bring his amazing array of talents to this year’s show.
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K5 Picks Up Tribeca Competition Title ‘Meadowland’ (Exclusive)

K5 Picks Up Tribeca Competition Title ‘Meadowland’ (Exclusive)
London — Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 International has taken international rights on “Meadowland,” which world premieres in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival.

K5 also has the rights to three other films world premiering at Tribeca: competition player “The Survivalist,” “Dirty Weekend” and “When I Live My Life Over Again.”

Meadowland” is the directorial debut of cinematographer Reed Morano, who was named one of Variety’s “10 Cinematographers to Watch” in 2011.

The pic centers on the fragmenting relationship between Sarah (Olivia Wilde) and Phil (Luke Wilson) following the disappearance of their son. Wilde’s credits include “Rush” and “Her,” while Wilson appeared in “Middle Men” and “3:10 to Yuma.”

Supporting actors include Kevin Corrigan, John Leguizamo, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple and Merritt Wever.

The film is written by Chris Rossi, and produced by Wilde, Margot Hand, Matt Tauber and Aaron L. Gilbert. The film is a Bron Studios
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Peter Facinelli and Jaimie Alexander Are Engaged!

Peter Facinelli and Jaimie Alexander Are Engaged!
Do you hear that? It's wedding bells for Peter Facinelli and Jaimie Alexander! The duo may have been at the center of engagement rumors last year, but a source tells E! News that Facinelli and Alexander are now (really) engaged! Details on how Facinelli popped the question, along with just how long these two lovebirds have been secretly hiding the exciting news, have yet to be revealed. Facinelli has been smitten with his former Nurse Betty co-star since they began dating back in 2013. The pretty pair recently enjoyed some quality time together in New York City, and shared the adorable Pda pics with fans via social media. Alexander posted a snapshot of the two sneaking a smooch at the top of the Empire...
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StreamFix: 5 Stalker Favorites to Stream Right Now

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StreamFix: 5 Stalker Favorites to Stream Right Now
You're seeing that damn J-Lo movie this weekend, right? I already saw it! Get this: creepier and better than you think! Definitely better than "Obsessed," which was not good or campy enough for human consumption. After you get your fix of the delicious Ryan Guzman, check back online to watch some of these classic stalker titles.   Fatal Attraction (Netflix)  Glenn Close is right: This movie is dated and treats mentally ill people unfairly. Here's where Glenn Close is wrong: It's still a watchable, entertaining movie still because Glenn Close is the best damn actress of the past 40 years. She is a risky artist who somehow got to be a gigantic star, and she did it by choosing projects that almost no one else could tackle. Adore her forever. "Dangerous Liaisons" is also an insane treat. Why did she do "Albert Nobbs" to us? Stalker (Hulu) The world did the right
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Movie Review: Top Five

Prior to Chris Rock’s new film Top Five, my favorite of his scattered (sometimes sadly corny and embarrassing) big screen efforts has been the writer-director’s illuminating documentary Good Hair where he played himself: genial, witty, and inquisitive. Most of his movies underestimate Rock’s range of influences: his stage persona the dominant perception in everyone’s mind. But unless you’re Rodney Dangerfield, seldom does a stage act translate well in features. The wacky inspirations of Louis Ck and Rock’s Pootie Tang were tamed by studio fools; CB4 is just a series of bits. When he does settle his rhythms for a good indie role (2 Days in New York, Nurse Betty), Rock is affable but lacks the confidence shown in concert or a club. Finally perfecting the formula, Top Five is Rock’s triple-hat artist’s statement on fame, culture, relationships, New York City, stand-up, hip hop,
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Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou, Jon Voight To Star In Same Kind Of Different As Me

Paramount Pictures today announced that Academy Award-nominees Greg Kinnear and Djimon Hounsou and Academy Award-winners Renee Zellweger and Jon Voight will star in Same Kind Of Different As Me, based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, author of the bestselling book Heaven Is for Real.

Michael Carney will make his directorial debut from a screenplay he co-wrote with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce through Disruption Entertainment, alongside Darren Moorman, Stephen Johnson and Ron Hall. The executive producers are Chris Bancroft, Hans Graffunder Michael Carney and Foard.

Principal photography began October 27th in Jackson, Mississippi.

Same Kind Of Different As Me is the story of an international art dealer Ron Hall (Kinnear) who must befriend a dangerous homeless man (Hounsou) in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife (Zellweger), a woman whose dreams will
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The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses

Now what would the medical profession be like without the dependable skills of nursing in cinema? Sure, the doctors get their lion’s share of representation in the movies but what about the nurses that serve them? What is so interesting about the portrayal of nurses in film is that they can be characterized beyond the compassionate medical maidens that the public associates them with on a whim. Motion pictures allow for big screen nurses to show some complexity beyond loving bedside manners and juggling bedpans. Cinematic nurses can be caring, comical, crazed, confused or corrupt.

Whatever the complication or consideration of these celluloid servers of health care rest assure that they are a glorified bunch in their devotion to the medical field. Whether flawed or favorable we will take a look at some of the top-notch nurses in film as cited in The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses.
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Matthew Cowles, Actor Married to Christine Baranski, Dies at 69

Matthew Cowles, Actor Married to Christine Baranski, Dies at 69
Matthew Cowles, a distinctive character actor and playwright who was married to actress Christine Baranski, died of congestive heart failure in New York City on May 22. He was 69.

Cowles made a career of playing villains who come to a bad end. He often joked that he “made a living dying.” He will be best remembered for his portrayal of Billy Clyde Tuggle, the pimp who terrorized the town of Pine Valley on ABC’s “All My Children.” His work on the soap opera spanned four decades, as his role recurred throughout the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and again in 2013, when the show was temporarily resurrected. The role garnered Cowles a daytime Emmy nomination.

Other memorable roles for Cowles included Monkey John, whom he portrayed in the TV miniseries “Lonesome Dove” (1989), and a schizophrenic homeless man named Lemonhead in an episode of “Law & Order” (1991). Other film and television credits include “Midnight Cowboy,
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Soap Star Matthew Cowles Dies at 69

Soap Star Matthew Cowles Dies at 69
Matthew Cowles, who was best known for his role as Billy Clyde Tuggle on the soap opera “All My Children,” died May 22 at the age of 69.

His manager, Tsu Tsu Stanton confirmed the news via Twitter:

#Matthew Cowles passed away on 5/22.I had the pleasure of being his manager. He was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone.—

Tsu Tsu Stanton (@TsuTsuUnlimited) May 23, 2014

The Daytime Emmy nominee, who was married to “The Good Wife’s” Christine Baranski and was the son of Broadway producer Chandler Cowles, was also a playwright and stage actor. He appeared on Broadway in revivals of “Sweet Bird of Youth” and “The Time of Your Life” and starred in the Edward Albee play “Malcolm,” which was based on the James Purdy novel. He also appeared in films “Nurse Betty,” “Shutter Island” and “The Juror.” His TV credits also include “Oz” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.
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R.I.P. ‘All My Children’s Matthew Cowles

Actor and playwright Matthew Cowles, best known for creating and playing the villainous Billy Clyde Tuggle on ABC’s All My Children, died May 22. He was 69. Cowles’s long-running stint on the ABC soap ran began in 1977 as he popped in and out of the Pine Valley soap through 1990, when the Tuggle character was presumed dead in a bomb explosion. He came back a final time to reprise the role in 2013. Cowles nabbed two Daytime Emmy Awards for his turn as the notorious thug and also starred on CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful for a season. In features Cowles made his film debut in 1969′s Me, Natalie with Patty Duke and a young Al Pacino. He also acted in The Happy Hooker, Slap Shot, The World According to Garp, The Money Pit, Brenda Starr, The Juror, Nurse Betty, City By The Sea, and Shutter Island. The son of
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