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Oscar Makeup and Hair Nominees, Ranked: ‘Darkest Hour’ v. ‘Wonder’ v. ‘Victoria & Abdul’

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Oscar Makeup and Hair Nominees, Ranked: ‘Darkest Hour’ v. ‘Wonder’ v. ‘Victoria & Abdul’
The Oscar 2018 trio of makeup and hair nominees are marked by memorable and effective transformations: Best Actor favorite Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” nine-year-old Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) suffering from a rare facial deformity in “Wonder,” and Judi Dench as withering Queen Victoria restored to joyful grace in “Victoria & Abdul.”

In all three instances, the sculpting and applications provided believable looks that never detracted from superb performances. Oldman and Dench don’t resemble Churchill and Victoria, yet their appearances captured the essence of these historical figures. And while Auggie’s Treacher Collins syndrome appeared less severe than in the best-selling novel by R.J. Palacio, the effects of the deformity were very realistic.

Darkest Hour” remains the heavy favorite, of course, but “Wonder” (released this month on Blu-ray/DVD from Lionsgate) and “Victoria & Abdul” are worthy competitors, and all three are testaments to the power of the human face.
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The New Cult Canon: Punch-Drunk Love

I don't get Adam Sandler. I sometimes find him funny, but I often have trouble seeing the human being behind the mush-mouthed infantilism and blind rage that constitute his screen persona. Sandler specializes in playing petulant man-children who act up until grown-up circumstances set them straight, but the second part of that equation has never felt authentic in any of his movies. Sandler really does seem like one of the 13-year-old boys that have been his bread-and-butter for years: He thrives on lowbrow jokes and violent slapstick, and his characters are pathologically self-centered and nearly incapable of generating compassion for anyone else. When he's finally forced to value his ridiculously hot wife and family in Click, or learn to run the family business in Billy Madison, he wears the vaguely sullen expression of a brat being forced to apologize to his sister, even if he doesn't really mean it. If.
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Gavin Rossdale on Fatherhood: It's Terrifying and Brilliant

He's married to Gwen Stefani and has a solo album out – and baby No. 2 on the way – but none of that is going to Gavin Rossdale's head. "You have to relinquish all self-importance," the British rocker, 42, tells People of life as a dad. "It's not a bad thing. You don't have time to think about yourself. I used to wallow in introspection. I don't have time to be that guy now."And it's not likely he will have extra time soon. The father to Kingston, who recently turned 2, is kicking off a solo career with this month’s release of Wanderlust,
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George Takei to Beam Up Trek Costars for Wedding

Star Trek star George Takei and his partner, Brad Altman, have just set their wedding date – September 14 – and at least two of Takei's former cast-mates plan to attend. "The best man is my colleague from Star Trek, Walter Koenig, who played Chekov, and the matron of honor is (Lt.) Uhura, Nichelle Nichols," Takei tells People. "And Leonard (Nimoy) and his wife Susan are on the (guest) list." Takei was at Equality Maryland's seventh annual Night Out for Equality gala on Sunday night in Bethesda, where he was honored for his advocacy work in support of same-sex marriage. The 71-year old
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Gary Dourdan Pleads Guilty to Possession of Cocaine, Ecstasy

Gary Dourdan, best known for his role on Csi: Crime Scene Investigation, pleaded guilty to counts of cocaine and Ecstasy possession during his arraignment Wednesday in Indio, Calif. Dressed in a navy blue suit, light blue shirt and matching striped tie, Dourdan casually flashed the peace sign as he left court, got into the back of a waiting car and drove away. He was charged with three counts of felony drug possession following his April 28 early-morning arrest in Palm Springs, Calif. The heroin count was dismissed. "As a result of today's proceedings, Gary has been given diversion (a drug treatment program)," his lawyer,
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Adam Sandler Prepares His Daughter for a Sibling

Video courtesy NBC Adam Sandler can find a joke in any situation. Take his wife Jackie's morning sickness for example: "My wife gets it very bad. She vomits a lot," he told Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Wednesday. "And my little daughter is always looking at her and is nervous to see her mom sick like that. So I had I try to relax my daughter, just saying, 'Mommy's not like bad sick. She just has something growing in her that's eventually gonna shoot out her vagina and take half your toys.' "The comedian's explanation calmed his 2-year-old,
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Final 'Saw V' Casting and Official Synopsis!

We scored some pretty juicy Saw V bits from Lionsgate this afternoon starting with the final casting news for the film. We learned that Laura Gordon will play Ashley, Greg Bryk (Screamers 2, Shoot Em Up) will play Malick and Carlo Rota (Boondock Saints) will play Charles in the fourth sequel arriving in theaters October 24. If that wasn't cool enough, here's the Official synopsis for the film: In the fifth installment of the popular Saw franchise, Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends. Click the title for the full cast for the film directed by David Hackl from a screenplay by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton.
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Dionne Warwick: Whitney Houston Will Overcome Everything

With a new album in the works, Whitney Houston is standing strong against allegations from ex-husband Bobby Brown, says Houston's aunt, soul singer Dionne Warrick. "Whitney Houston is back!" Warrick told People before taking the stage to perform some of her own songs at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night Xiv event in Phoenix on Friday night "I'm thrilled that she's in the studio and working on her new album," Warwick, 67, said of her niece. "No doubt she's overcoming everything that has been put in front of her even this week." Last week, Brown, 39, dished on their marriage – making allegations
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Whitney Responds to Bobby Brown's Tell-All Book

Bobby Brown is dishing on his rocky marriage to Whitney Houston in a new tell-all autobiography – but she's not letting his accusations affect her. In this, the latest installment of the couple's long-running marital feud, Brown says of his ex, "I never used cocaine until after I met Whitney." Details from the 39-year-old pop star's book, Bobby Brown: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But, began surfacing Thursday in the New York Post. Before Whitney, Brown writes: "I had experimented with other drugs, but marijuana was my drug of choice." Whitney's rep responded in a statement to People:
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Adam Sandler Breaks Ankle Playing Basketball

Adam Sandler broke his ankle while playing basketball on Saturday, his rep has announced in a statement. The I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry actor, 41, still won the game, according to the spokesperson. The injury will not affect Sandler's current work schedule. His current movie, Bedtime Stories, due for release later this year, remains on schedule, the Associated Press reports. It was not specified whether it was the left or right ankle. – Stephen M. Silverman Like this story? Click on the Yahoo Buzz! button below to Buzz it up!
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Rihanna & Chris Brown: 'Like Brother & Sister!'

Still living down persistent rumors that she and Chris Brown are an item, Rihanna insists, "We are best friends, honestly, like brother and sister." Speaking to MTV News at Saturday's Kids' Choice Awards, the Girls Gone Bad singer and philanthropist, 20, said, "I won't say that we're just friends – me and Chris are really best, best friends. "We both started our careers around the same time. He is one of the only people in the industry ... I trust and hang out with all the time." And just so there's no question, she added, "If he was a boyfriend, I would say that.
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BuddyTV's Comic Relief DVD Giveaway

Comic Relief: The Greatest… And The Latest DVD collection plays host to the best 20 years of Comic Relief and includes uncensored performances from Comic Relief 2006, which helped raise funds for Hurricane Katrina victims and animal rescue operations.

Featuring the greatest and the latest from Billy Crystal, Whoopi, Robin Williams, Lewis Black, Dane Cook, John Candy, Jennifer Coolidge, George Carlin, Mike Epps, Jim Carrey, Susie Essman, Dave Chappelle, D.L. Hughley, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Eugene Levy, Richard Lewis, George Lopez, Jon Lovitz, Bill Maher, Howie Mandel, Dennis Miller, Dudley Moore, Catherine O'Hara, Jeremy Piven, Harold Ramis, Carl Reiner, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Rita Rudner, Bob Saget, Gary Schandling, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Fred Willard, Steven Wright and more!

Take a look at a clip from The Daily Show featuring the comedic talents of both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert that appears on the Comic Relief DVD.
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The Beckhams' Weekend: Date Night & Museum Trip

David and Victoria Beckham looked like newlyweds when they tucked into a table at Los Angeles's Stk with fellow Brit Kate Beckinsale and her husband, Len Wiseman, for a double date Friday night. "Posh was giggling and laughing the whole time," says a fellow diner. "They looked totally normal, not really paying attention to anyone else but just focused on catching up and enjoying each other." Adds another restaurant patron: "David is still really attentive to her. Her had his arm around the back of her chair and would whisper in her ear. She was beaming, the fire is still there,
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Jen Aniston, Courteney Cox Team Up for Kids Cause

Former Friends stars Courteney Cox Arquette and Jennifer Aniston have joined forces for a good cause. Also on board: Aniston's ex, Brad Pitt. All are serving on the honorary advisory board of Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, not to mention Cox's husband David Arquette and fellow couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale – and Orlando Bloom, Kate Beckinsale, Rashida Jones, James Marsden and Eva Longoria Parker. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare and debilitating genetic skin condition that primarily affects children. Cox and Arquette are helping spearhead the awareness- and money-raising effort on behalf of research – with a goal of $1 million in two weeks,
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Britney Spears's Dad to Sell Some of Her Cars

Daddy is taking away the keys to some of Britney Spears's cars – permanently. A court granted the singer's father on Monday the power to "sell or dispose of" an undisclosed number of her seven cars, documents show. Lawyers for Jamie Spears stated that the cost of maintaining the fleet of vehicles was too expensive and that the sale of "a certain of" her cars "will save substantial expense to the conservatorship estate." Among the singer's cars are two white Mercedes (a SL65 and a CLK350), a white Mini Cooper convertible, and a black Audi. Also on Monday, a court
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Heath Ledger's Family Feuds Over His Estate

Heath Ledger's uncles are speaking out against his father Kim's handling of the actor's assets, saying Kim has a bad track record of estate management. Ledger's father so mishandled the management of their grandfather's estate 15 years ago in Australia that Kim was removed as executor, the uncles claim. "It plunged into enormous debt," Mike Ledger, one of Kim's brothers, tells People. Heath died in January at age 28 of an accidental mixture of prescription drugs – leaving behind a daughter, Matilda, by his ex, actress Michelle Williams. His will, written before his relationship with Williams, leaves everything to his parents and sisters.
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Halle Berry Boyfriend's Family 'So Happy' About Baby News

The aunt has spoken – and she's delighted. "I was so happy when I found out," Eugenie Aubry, 36, tells People about the new baby girl born on Sunday to Halle Berry and Eugenie's younger brother, Gabriel Aubry. "It's been a long time since we've had a new baby in the family," said Eugenie. "It's very exciting." While she has yet to meet her brand new niece, the Canadian resident was thrilled to hear that new mom Halle has been practicing her language skills. "I'm a Quebecer, and it's great that she is learning how to speak French," Eugenie says. "I'm glad
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Columbia promotes Belgrad, Tolmach

Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach have both been promoted to president of Columbia Pictures. They have also re-upped the contracts with the studio through 2011.

Belgrad and Tolmach have been in the posts of president of production at the studio since 2003. The position of studio president had been unfilled since 1999 when current studio co-chair Amy Pascal held the post.

The promotion and the new contracts keep stable a team that has been at the helm of one of the most successful and lucrative runs in any studio history. The pair have shepherded Spider-Man franchise, Casino Royale, Superbad, Hitch, The Da Vinci Code, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," Ghost Rider, The Pursuit of Happyness, Click, 50 First Dates, The Grudge and many others. Films under their guidance have grossed about $7.6 billion.

The two will continue to report to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Pascal.

Vandervoort, Cassidy in CW dramas

Vandervoort, Cassidy in CW dramas
Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort has landed the coveted role of Kara/Supergirl on the CW's Smallville, and Katie Cassidy has been added to Smallville's companion series, Supernatural.

Kara/Supergirl (Vandervoort) will have a major presence on Smallville in the coming season. The character will be introduced in the show's seventh-season premiere.

Cassidy's character Ruby also will make first appearance on Supernatural's third season premiere. Ruby is a fellow demon hunter that Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) meet when they begin searching for the masses of demons who escaped from hell in the Season 2 finale.

Vandervoort is repped by Noble Caplan Abrams in Toronto and Anthem Entertainment.

Cassidy, daughter of '70s pop star David Cassidy, has appeared in such features as Click, When a Stranger Calls and Black Christmas. She also has been signed to play Lucy Ewing in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the hit TV series Dallas. On TV, she had a recurring role on 7th Heaven.

Low tide for Universal's 'Almighty' bow

Taking a page from the biblical story of Noah's ark, Universal Pictures launched its PG-rated comedy Evan Almighty during the weekend. But while the film floated atop the North American boxoffice with an estimated $32.1 million, the studio found itself battling a perception that the returns on the pricey movie were less than miraculous.

Paramount Vantage's debut of the true-life thriller A Mighty Heart also appeared to meet resistance. The political thriller, opening in 1,355 theaters, bowed to an estimated $4 million for a 10th-place showing overall.

On the other hand, MGM's release of the Weinstein Co.'s PG-13 horror show 1408 exceeded expectations, seemingly reversing the boxoffice curse that has bedeviled R-rated horror movies in recent months by checking in with a strong second-place showing and an estimated $20.2 million.

For the fourth consecutive weekend, boxoffice returns for the top 10 films were down compared with the same frame a year ago. According to Nielsen EDI, the weekend's top 10 collected $122.6 million, down 2% from last year, when Sony Pictures' comedy Click led the listings with a $40 million opening.

Given Evan's price tag -- the studio has officially pegged it at $175 million -- the movie might have set itself up for a fall. It follows in the wake of Jim Carrey's PG-13 Bruce Almighty, which opened in 2003 to a three-day take of $68 million during the Memorial Day weekend.

But Evan -- from director Tom Shadyac and screenwriter Steve Oedekerk, who both worked on the original -- was designed more as a spinoff than a direct sequel. The new movie follows Steve Carell's character -- a preening newscaster in the first film -- who has been elected to the U.S. Congress and has moved his family to Virginia, where God (again in the form of Morgan Freeman) comes calling with predictions of stormy weather. In a bid for the family audience, Evan stayed within PG territory and, with its biblical overtones, even reached out to heartland Christian audiences.

With the latest tracking studies leading into the weekend suggesting that Evan would arrive in mid-$30 million territory, the movie's $32.1 million came up short. Its ultimate fate will depend on how much of a family audience it can attract during the next few weeks.

Universal reported Sunday that families accounted for 45% of Evan's opening-weekend audience, with parents comprising 24% of the crowd and children under age 13 another 21%. Slightly more than half of the overall audience, 52%, was over 25. The film earned an A-minus rating from cinemaScore.
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