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Which of these 12 ‘Avengers’ will be the 1st to win an Oscar? [Poll]

Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” will dominate the box office this weekend and probably for weeks to come. The Disney-branded comic book production company has continued to assemble some of the most highly-regarded actors and actresses in the entertainment industry. Several have already contended at the Academy Awards, but which of the “Avengers” superheroes is the most likely to be the first Oscar winner? Take our poll below which features 12 of the stars.

See‘Avengers: Endgame’ 32 character posters

Of course, the newest hero “Captain Marvel” is played by Brie Larson. She already prevailed at the Oscars for “Room” (2015) on her only career nomination, so she isn’t listed in the poll. Neither are other past champs in the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe of 22 films: Michael Douglas, Anthony Hopkins, William Hurt, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Robert Redford, Tilda Swinton and Marisa Tomei.

SEEThe new ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer tells us absolutely nothing,
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Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton to Star in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s True-Life Drama ‘Good Joe Bell’

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Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton to Star in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s True-Life Drama ‘Good Joe Bell’
Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton will star alongside up-and-coming actor Reid Miller in Reinaldo Marcus Green new film “Good Joe Bell,” written by Academy Award-winning “Brokeback Mountain” scribes Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry.

“Good Joe Bell” tells the true story of Oregonian father Joe Bell (Wahlberg) who sets out on a walk across America with his son, Jadin (Miller).

The film is Green’s follow-up to “Monsters and Men,” his feature film directorial debut that was released last year.

Also Read: Mark Wahlberg's 'Six Billion Dollar Man' Taken Off Release Schedule

Production on the “Good Joe Bell” is set to begin April 15 in Utah.

Producers on the film include: Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold, Riva Marker and Jake Gyllenhaal of Nine Stories, Eva Maria Daniels of Vision Chaos, Cary Fukunaga of Parliament of Owls, Ryan Ahrens of Argent Pictures (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Wahlberg, and Stephen Levinson.

Argent Pictures and Hercules Film Fund
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Nigel Sinclair, Celine Rattray, Thomas Benski among speakers at Winston Baker NYC forum (exclusive)

Nigel Sinclair, Celine Rattray, Thomas Benski among speakers at Winston Baker NYC forum (exclusive)
Birdman Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris among participants.

Nigel Sinclair, Celine Rattray and Thomas Benski are among speakers scheduled to attend the 11th annual Winston Baker TV & Film Finance Forum in New York on April 24 in association with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

The event will cover financial and creative perspectives in entertainment and address growth and innovation strategies for film and television investors, operators and content creators in an evolving marketplace.

Strategy executives from Viacom, Vine Alternative Investments, Alcon Media Group and Guggenheim Securities will speak on the state of the market, M&A strategies,
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Actors Who Haven’t Won an Oscar

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Actors Who Haven’t Won an Oscar
After Olivia Colman upset the heavily favored Glenn Close to win the best actress Oscar on Sunday, Close became the new record-holder among actresses for most Oscar nominations without a win.

Colman gave a gracious acceptance speech, admitting she wished the veteran actress took home the big prize: “Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be.”

Close now has seven nominations and no wins for “The Wife,” “Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The World According to Garp,” “The Big Chill,” and “The Natural.”

Close had been tied with the late Thelma Ritter and the late Deborah Kerr for most nominations without a win, with six. On Sunday, Amy Adams joined Ritter and Kerr for having six nominations without a win following her loss for “Vice.” She was previously nominated for “Junebug,” “Doubt,” “The Fighter,” “The Master,” and “American Hustle.
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Great Acceptance Speeches: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

We asked Team Experience to share their favourite Oscar acceptance speeches as we countdown to Hollywood's High Holy Night. Here's new contributor Eurocheese...

If you were a Julianne Moore fan in the 2000s and the 2010s, you had learned to live with disappointment. After four nominations years, ending on a double nomination for the one-two punch of her performances in Far from Heaven and The Hours (2002), her momentum suddenly stalled. Her Golden Globe nomination for A Single Man (2009) didn’t translate to an Oscar nod, and when Best Picture nominee The Kids Are All Right (2010) began to break out, it was clear co-stars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo would be getting the lion's share of accolades. So why was an actress who had received so much acclaim coming up short?

There was was an inkling that she could still have a shot at major trophies when she received an Emmy
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Ratings: Conners Ends on High Note, FBI Goes Low After Celeb Big Brother

The Conners wrapped its freshman run on Tuesday night with 7.7 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, rising 15 percent and two tenths week-to-week to mark its largest audience since Oct. 30 and its best demo number since Episode 4. TVLine readers gave the finale as well as the season an average grade of “B+.”

Among ABC’s other offerings, The Kids Are All Right (4.9 mil/0.9) was up a tenth, black-ish (3.4 mil/0.8) and The Rookie (3.8 mil/0.7) were both steady, and Splitting Up Together (2.6 mil/0/.7) dipped a tenth.

Elsewhere….

CBS | Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (4.9 mil/1.2) was down 9 percent and two tenths from Monday’s premiere.
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Will Debra Granik (‘Leave No Trace’) become only the 6th woman nominated at Oscars for Best Director?

Will Debra Granik (‘Leave No Trace’) become only the 6th woman nominated at Oscars for Best Director?
Can you believe that only five women have nominated for Best Director at the Oscars? (See who made the cut in our photo gallery above.) Despite a strong slate of female-helmed films, it looks as though the 2018 slate will be another male-dominated one. Yet if anyone can break up the boy’s club, it could be critics darling Debra Granik for “Leave No Trace.”

See Debra Granik Interview: ‘Leave No Trace

Granik scored an Independent Spirit nomination for directing this character study about a Ptsd-afflicted veteran (Ben Foster) living off the grain with his daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) in the woods of Portland, Or. She was, in fact, one of three women cited in that category, alongside Tamara Jenkins (“Private Life”) and Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”).

In addition, Granik won the prestigious Los Angeles Film Critics Association prize for Best Director, which in the last decade has had
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All 13 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Directed by a Woman, From ‘The Piano’ to ‘Lady Bird’ (Photos)

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All 13 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Directed by a Woman, From ‘The Piano’ to ‘Lady Bird’ (Photos)
In the history of the Academy Awards, only five women have gotten a Best Director nomination. But a dozen films with a female director have scored Best Picture nods — particularly since the Academy expanded the lead category to include more than five nominees.

Randa Haines’ “Children of a Lesser God” (1986) • Haines’ drama about a teacher at a school for the deaf earned five nominations, and won one for Marlee Matlin’s breakout lead performance. But Haines herself didn’t get a nod.

Penny Marshall’s “Awakenings” (1990) • The Robert De Niro-Robin Williams medical drama picked up three nods, including for Steven Zaillian’s script — but no love for Marshall.

Barbra Streisand’s “The Prince of Tides” (1991) • The directing snub for Streisand, who also produced and starred in this tear-jerking drama, prompted that year’s Oscar host, Billy Crystal, to quip: “Seven nominations on the shelf, did this film direct itself?
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Why Moviegoing Matters More Than Ever in the Trump Era (Guest Blog)

With the 91st Academy Awards upon us, the time feels right to recognize the crucial role that movies have played in our lives, particularly in troubled times.

The first decade of the Oscars brought both the Great Depression and the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood. This was no coincidence. During that bleak period in America, millions would skip a meal and spend their last dime to sit in the dark and be transported to a saner, safer, happier place.

Movies have served as an escape and a refuge ever since. The best of them can also inspire and motivate us. And we desperately could use some inspiration right now.

As this New Year began, a headline in The New Yorker posed the stark question: “Is Optimism Dead in the Trump Era?” The piece went on to note that a combination of factors is undermining that “clean slate” feeling we usually
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The Golden Globe champs don’t match with the Best Picture Oscar as often as you might think

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association anointed “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” as the two best films of the year at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. The former’s Best Comedy/Musical Film victory was predicted, but the latter’s upset was a stunner, as “Bohemian Rhapsody” was in fifth place in our Best Drama Film odds. So does that mean they’re the two Oscar favorites now? Not so fast.

Since the Globes has two film categories, it has double the chances of presaging the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. And in its 75-year history, one of its drama or comedy/musical champs has gone on to win the Oscar 50 times, which is about two-thirds of the time.

See Top 4 Golden Globes film upsets: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Glenn Close and …

But look closely at recent history and the HFPA’s and the academy’s choices have diverged just as often as they have aligned.
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Julianne Moore movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Still Alice,’ ‘Far From Heaven,’ ‘Boogie Nights’

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Julianne Moore movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Still Alice,’ ‘Far From Heaven,’ ‘Boogie Nights’
Julianne Moore celebrates her 58th birthday on December 3, 2018. The Oscar-winning actress has been a cinematic muse for the likes of Todd Haynes, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Altman, Alfonso Cuaron, David Cronenberg and the Coen Brothers, to name but a few. But how many of her films are classics? In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest roles, ranked worst to best.

Moore became a darling of independent cinema with appearances in such films as “Short Cuts” (1993), “Vanya on 42nd Street” (1994), and “Safe” (1995). It didn’t take long for Oscar voters to notice her talents, and the Academy rewarded her with four nominations in quick succession: Best Actress for “The End of the Affair” (1999) and “Far From Heaven” (2002); Best Supporting Actress for “Boogie Nights” (1997) and “The Hours” (2002). Her two bids in 2002 put her in an elite group of performers to receive lead and supporting citations in the same year.
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Julianne Moore movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Julianne Moore movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Julianne Moore celebrates her 58th birthday on December 3, 2018. The Oscar-winning actress has been a cinematic muse for the likes of Todd Haynes, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Altman, Alfonso Cuaron, David Cronenberg and the Coen Brothers, to name but a few. But how many of her films are classics? In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest roles, ranked worst to best.

Moore became a darling of independent cinema with appearances in such films as “Short Cuts” (1993), “Vanya on 42nd Street” (1994), and “Safe” (1995). It didn’t take long for Oscar voters to notice her talents, and the Academy rewarded her with four nominations in quick succession: Best Actress for “The End of the Affair” (1999) and “Far From Heaven” (2002); Best Supporting Actress for “Boogie Nights” (1997) and “The Hours” (2002). Her two bids in 2002 put her in an elite group of performers to receive lead and supporting citations in the same year.
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Regina Hall (‘Support the Girls’): Why her surprise win from New York critics could lead to Oscar upheaval

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Regina Hall (‘Support the Girls’): Why her surprise win from New York critics could lead to Oscar upheaval
Most of the winners at the 2018 New York Film Critics Circle Awards were already in the conversation for Oscars, but my favorite part of the critics awards roll-out at this time of year is when they wander off the beaten path to champion a movie or performance that has flown under the radar. That’s what they did in Best Actress, where they sidestepped more familiar choices like Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”). Instead, they picked Regina Hall (“Support the Girls”), who may seem like an unlikely Oscar contender, but history is on her side.

Is she really that unlikely, though? She’s a veteran of film and television with credits including “Ally McBeal,” “Girls Trip” and another acclaimed film this year, “The Hate U Give.” And while it’s early yet, she hasn’t missed a beat on the awards circuit. She earned Best Actress
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National Board of Review awards preview: Don’t count on it for 2019 Oscar predictions

Be warned: the National Board of Review, which announces its winners on Tuesday Nov. 27, has a spotty record at crystal-balling the Academy Awards. Last year, the Nbr didn’t even include the eventual Best Picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” in the Top 10

The Nbr went all in on Steven Spielberg‘s docudrama “The Post,” which won Best Picture and the lead acting awards for Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Greta Gerwig won the Best Director prize for her solo helming effort, “Lady Bird,” which also featured a winning supporting turn by Laurie Metcalf.

Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) won Best Supporting Actor; writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson won for his original screenplay for “Phantom Thread”; Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber won the adapted screenplay award for “The Disaster Artist”; the cast of “Get Out” claimed the Best Ensemble prize; and Timothee Chalamet and Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan) — but
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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Zosia Mamet To Recur In Netflix Revival

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In her first major TV role since her co-starring turn as fan-favorite Shoshanna Shapiro on HBO’s Girls, Zosia Mamet has been cast opposite Ellen Page in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, its 10-episode limited series revival.

Based on the books by Armistead Maupin, this next chapter – Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City – follows Mary Ann (Laura Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.

Mamet will recur as Claire Duncan, a driven documentarian who has a burgeoning relationship with Shawna (Page) that catches them both off guard.
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Mark Ruffalo-Led Limited Series ‘I Know This Much Is True’ Scores Production Commitment at HBO

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HBO has given a production commitment to the limited series “I Know This Much Is True” starring Mark Ruffalo.

The six-episode series is based on Wally Lamb’s New York Times bestseller of the same name. It is described as a family saga that follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice, and forgiveness, set against the backdrop of 20th century America. Ruffalo stars as twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey.

Ruffalo will also executive produce in addition to starring. Derek Cianfrance serves as writer and executive producer as well as director, with Lamb also executive producing. Ben Browning and Glen Basner of FilmNation Entertainment, Gregg Fienberg, and Anya Epstein will also executive produce. Lynette Howell Taylor and Jamie Patricof will co-executive produce.

Ruffalo was most recently seen in the blockbuster film “Avengers: Infinity War” in the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk.
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Janelle Monáe Joins Harriet Tubman Biopic

Tony Sokol Oct 2, 2018

Janelle Monáe Joins Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in upcoming biopic Harriet.

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer," said former slave Harriet Tubman, responsible for releasing the shackles of generations of slaves. Focus Features’ upcoming feature biopic Harriet, which will chronicle the life of the heroic abolitionist, added Janelle Monáe to the cast. The film stars Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman.

Harriet is being directed by Kasi Lemmons off a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard. This will be Lemmons’ first directorial feature since Black Nativity in 2013.

Harriet follows Tubman, who was born into slavery, escaped in 1849 and helped free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad before the pre-Civil War period. Tubman served as a spy for the Union Army during the war. She campaigned for women’s suffrage after the Civil War ended.

Monáe joins Tony and Grammy Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr.,
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‘Love, Simon’: The best gay couple in movie history?

‘Love, Simon’: The best gay couple in movie history?
There have been plenty of iconic heterosexual couples in movies: from Jack and Rose in “Titanic” and Baby and Johnny in “Dirty Dancing” all the way back to Ilsa and Rick in “Casablanca” and Rhett and Scarlett in “Gone with the Wind.” And there are also loads of homosexual cou- oh, wait, no, that’s not right.

But at the least the few gay duos that have broken through are genuinely adored couples. And each year, we get a new one, so there’s hope on that front. This year’s addition to the slim list comes from “Love, Simon” with Simon (Nick Robinson) and his e-mail lover Blue.

But where do they rank amongst the other gay couples of film history? Choose your favorite couple in the poll below! And if your personal pick isn’t on the list, let us know in the comments section.

Discuss Join the
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Harriet Tubman Movie Begins Shooting This October

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Focus Features has announced the production start on upcoming historical documentary Harriet. This feature length biopic follows the life of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The movie is directed by Kasi Lemmons with a cast led by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn.

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski announced today that Focus has set production on Harriet. Tubman will be played by Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo (Widows), and the cast includes fellow Tony Award-winner and Grammy Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, multiple Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters.

Awarding winning director Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou) will direct a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard. Debra Martin Chase with Martin Chase Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg with Stay Gold Features and Gregory Allen Howard will produce. They're joined by cinematographer John Toll and costume designer Paul Tazewell. Josh McLaughlin, Focus Features president of production, will oversee the production. The
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Toronto-Bound Producers Get Creative on Way to the Big Screen

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As the Toronto Intl. Film Festival welcomes indie fare aimed at adults and awards voters, but the producers of those films aren’t just competing with each other. Many stars and quality mid-level-budget features are being siphoned off by Netflix in the production stage, not to mention by the siren song of the limited series deal. So how are theatrical films attracting financing? “The financial market is pretty strong right now, and that tends to make it an easier time, particularly for the individual investors who love film,” says Maven Pictures partner Celine Rattray, echoing the comments of several producers with top Toronto titles (Maven’s got “Skin” at the fest). Others note an influx of financiers like 30West, well-backed mini-majors like Annapurna and numerous adult dramas and docs that have passed the $10 million mark at this year’s box office, even as companies such as Global Road Entertainment hit troubled waters.
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