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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the mid-to-late 1980s, including ‘Take My Breath Away,’ ‘Let the River Run’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the mid-to-late 1980s, including ‘Take My Breath Away,’ ‘Let the River Run’
This article marks Part 18 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1985 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“The Power of Love” from “Back to the Future

“Surprise, Surprise” from “A Chorus Line

“Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)” from “The Color Purple

“Say You, Say Me” from “White Nights

Separate Lives” from “White Nights

Won: “Say You, Say Me” from “White Nights

Should’ve won: “Separate Lives” from “White Nights

If 1984 is a merely frustrating year of Best Original Song at the Oscars – given the lack of “Purple Rain” love and Stevie Wonder having defeated four marvelous songs with a decidedly inferior track – 1985 is a flat-out aggravating affair, a year featuring not one or two but five ho-hom pieces,
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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1980s, including ‘Fame,’ ‘Flashdance…What a Feeling’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1980s, including ‘Fame,’ ‘Flashdance…What a Feeling’
This article marks Part 16 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1980 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“People Alone” from “The Competition

“Fame” from “Fame”

“Out Here on My Own” from “Fame”

“On the Road Again” from “Honeysuckle Rose

9 to 5” from “9 to 5

Won: “Fame” from “Fame”

Should’ve won: “9 to 5” from “9 to 5”

1980 marks a refreshingly sensational year for Best Original Song at the Oscars – and that’s even in spite of voters not recognizing the memorable likes of Blondie‘s “Call Me” (from “American Gigolo”); Kenny Loggins‘ “I’m Alright” (from “Caddyshack”); Olivia Newton-John‘s “Magic” (from “Xanadu”); and Neil Diamond‘s “America” (from “The Jazz Singer”).

What voters did offer
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Breaking Down the Branches of Diana Ross's Fabulous Family Tree

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Breaking Down the Branches of Diana Ross's Fabulous Family Tree
Diana Ross is one of the industry greats, with an illustrious music and film career that spans six decades. To most of the world, she's an icon. But to her big, growing family, she's a loving mom and devoted grandmother who loses her fanny pack at Marshall's like anyone else.

We got a glimpse of Diana's huge brood at the American Music Awards in 2017, where three generations stepped out to support her lifetime achievement award, and again at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade a year later. The outings fueled interest in Diana's family life - how many kids does she have? Who has she been married to? You may even be wondering how legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and legendary Autobiography singer Ashlee Simpson factor in. Don't worry, we've got you. Read on for a handy guide to the Ross family tree.

Related: It's Clear That Diana Ross's Family
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Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson to Star in ‘Echo Boomers’

  • Variety
Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson to Star in ‘Echo Boomers’
Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson, and Alex Pettyfer are starring in the burglary drama “Echo Boomers.”

Based on a true story, the film centers around a group of disillusioned twentysomethings, who break into and steal from the homes of the rich.

Seth Savoy will be making his directorial debut on the movie and helm from his own script. Byron Wetzel, Sean Kaplan, Mike Ware, Jeff Waxman, and James Langer are attached to produce.

Fortitude International holds the foreign rights and is launching sales this week at the American Film Market. CAA Media Finance will represent the domestic rights. Production is scheduled to begin in January.

Robinson, who starred in “Love, Simon” and “Everything, Everything,” will next be seen in the thriller “Strange but True.” Shannon starred in “The Shape of Water,” and received Academy Award nominations for his roles in “Revolutionary Road” and “Nocturnal Animals.” He’s toplined all
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‘The I-Land’ Starring Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez & Alex Pettyfer Among 3 Sci-Fi Series Ordered By Netflix

  • Deadline
Netflix is expanding its sci-fi/genre portfolio with three new series orders, to Neil Labute’s The I-Land, starring Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez and Alex Pettyfer; October Faction, based on the Idw comics by Steve Niles, and Warrior Nun, inspired by the Manga novels.

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of October Faction, from creator/executive producer Damian Kindler, High Park Entertainment in association with Idw Entertainment; seven episodes of The I-Land, from Nomadic Pictures Entertainment, with Bosworth also producing; and 10 episodes of Warrior Nun, from creator/executive producer Simon Barry.

They join the recently picked up new sci-fi series The Order, Wu Assassins, Locke & Key, V Wars, and Another Life as Netflix is making in big push in the genre arena as is rival Amazon.

The I-Land marks Magic Mike star Pettyfer’s TV series debut. Bosworth previously did stints on The Art of More, Young Americans and BBC’s SS-bg.
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George Michael voted top male choice for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction [Poll Results]

George Michael voted top male choice for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction [Poll Results]
Late singer George Michael is the top choice in our recent poll about which male artist most deserves induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2019. The former member of Wham! received 24% of the vote, followed by a tie between Phil Collins and Sting, both with 14%. Those two men are already Hall of Fame members through their bands Genesis and The Police, respectively, but not for their impressive solo careers.

Nominating ballots will be in their hands of actual Hall of Fame committee members in a few weeks. Some male artists who had been consistently snubbed have finally made the cut in recent years. That list includes Neil Diamond (2011), Donovan (2012), Peter Gabriel (2014), Randy Newman (2013), Lou Reed (2015), Steve Miller (2016), Cat Stevens (2014), and Bill Withers (2015). No solo male artists were selected for 2018, however.

Here are the descriptions and vote totals for each of the dozen men in our poll. See
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame poll: Which severely snubbed male artist deserves induction in 2019?

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame poll: Which severely snubbed male artist deserves induction in 2019?
Cher just won our recent poll about which female artist deserves induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next. And now on to the men! We’ve got 12 deserving male artists in our new poll below and are asking that you vote who voters should select for the 2019 ceremony. Nominating ballots will be in their hands in a few weeks.

Voters have done a nice job in recent years making up for past snubs. Just some of the men who have waited a while but finally received induction have been Neil Diamond (2011), Donovan (2012), Peter Gabriel (2014), Randy Newman (2013), Lou Reed (2015), Steve Miller (2016), Cat Stevens (2014), and Bill Withers (2015). No solo male artists were selected for 2018, however.

But there are still some severely snubbed male artists who deserve strong consideration for induction next year. Vote in our new poll below to tell us which solo man most deserves to be inducted
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Career Breakthroughs: Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. But his meteoric rise to stardom was more like Mission: Impossible than The Color of Money.

Over the past 30 years, Tom Cruise has remained one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Today he is best known as an edgy action movie star, but he made a career out of intense dramatic performances as well. Movies such as the Mission: Impossible franchise, Top Gun, Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Edge of Tomorrow, and the Jack Reacher films highlight his action movie resume. His best loved dramatic roles were featured in films such as Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Rain Man, Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut, The Last Samurai, and Jerry Maguire. Cruise has been nominated for three Oscars, two for Best Actor in a leading role, and one for Best Actor in a supporting role.
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All 43 Tom Cruise Movies Ranked, From So-So to Phenomenal (Photos)

All 43 Tom Cruise Movies Ranked, From So-So to Phenomenal (Photos)
Tom Cruise has been a consistently bankable and likeable A-lister for over three decades now. That doesn’t happen by accident. “Tom Cruise Movies” are films only possible with Cruise’s level of charisma, energy and youthful enthusiasm, and Most of Cruise’s movies are “Tom Cruise Movies.” And if anyone can jumpstart “The Mummy” franchise again, it’s Cruise. Here’s every film he’s starred in, ranked.

41. “Cocktail

Cruise’s Type-a, adrenaline-fueled drive serves him very well in movies where the stakes are high. But “Cocktail” is just “Top Gun” behind a bar. The work-hard play-hard clichés at work here threatened to make Cruise the role model for handsome, affable, lame guys you swipe past on dating apps. Cruise smartly moved on from roles like this.

40. “Endless Love

Tom Cruise has a tiny part in this Brooke Shields melodrama when he was just a squeaky-voiced teen, his first ever on-screen role.
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Boundaries movie review: family lies

MaryAnn’s quick take… Mildly wacky road-trip shenanigans meet mildly uncomfortable family dramedy. The saving grace? The cast is a joy to spend time with. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Laura (Vera Farmiga: The Commuter) has vowed never to see or talk to her unreliable, former–drug dealer father, Jack (Christopher Plummer: All the Money in the World), ever again, not least because of the bad influence he would be on her teenaged son, Henry (Lewis MacDougall: A Monster Calls). But now Jack has been kicked out his nursing home for bad behavior, and she has to drive him across three states to deposit him with her sister, JoJo (Kristen Schaal: Captain Underpants
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Podtalk: Director Shana Feste & Actor Lewis MacDougall Establish Their ‘Boundaries’

Chicago – Combining an intimate, personal story with a superstar cast, writer/director Shana Feste realized a semi-autobiographical journey in her new film “Boundaries.” The cast includes Oscar winners Christopher Plummer and Vera Farmiga, as well as Lewis MacDougall (“A Monster Calls”), Kristen Schaal, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Lloyd And Peter Fonda in a road trip picture that reunites ne’er do well Dad Jack (Plummer) with his desperate-to-connect-with-him daughter Laura (Farmiga).

Lewis MacDougall, Vera Farmiga & Christopher Plummer of ‘Boundaries

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Dad is a marijuana dealer, and uses the journey to distribute the last of his supply. That means stopping by old friends Stanley (Lloyd) and Joey (Fonda) on their way to meet up with Laura’s sister JoJo (Schaal). Along for the ride is Laura’s son Henry, portrayed by Lewis MacDougall, who seeks to find his soul through his art. With a side stop at Laura
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ Outpaces ‘RBG’ as ‘The King’ Opens Strong

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ Outpaces ‘RBG’ as ‘The King’ Opens Strong
Yet another strong documentary tops new releases this weekend: Elvis Presley biodoc “The King” (Oscilloscope) from veteran documentarian Eugene Jarecki shows future interest. That said, it won’t register the massive numbers for “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Focus) and the continued success of “RBG” (Magnolia), two documentaries on iconic contemporary personalities that are both building continued response from audiences.

Other openings include a decent result for the Brazilian “Araby” in one theater. “Boundaries” (Sony Pictures Classics) fared less well despite some star presence in its initial two city openings.

Opening

The King (Oscilloscope) – Metacritic: 73; Festivals include: Cannes 2017, Sundance 2018

$29,050 in 2 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $14,525

The first theatrical feature since 2012 from acclaimed documentary director Eugene Jarecki opened to respectable results in two Manhattan theaters. A shorter version of last year’s Sundance premiere “Promised Land,” “The King” uses a cross-country trip in Elvis Presley’s Rolls Royce to
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‘Boundaries’ Film Review: Vera Farmiga-Christopher Plummer Road Trip Has Its Limits

‘Boundaries’ Film Review: Vera Farmiga-Christopher Plummer Road Trip Has Its Limits
“Boundaries” opens with the kind of percolatingly funny character peek that gives you hope for the journey ahead. Writer-director Shana Feste, her camera trained on Vera Farmiga’s face during a therapy session focused on her character Laura, allows you to watch an open-hearted, well-meaning woman trying to assert herself, yet all too easily revealing just how uphill this particular challenge is.

The cracks in the armor come in Farmiga’s amusing little bursts of defensiveness, until the last disappointment: a professional voice offscreen gently pointing out how the rescue dog in Laura’s bag violates the limits previously set for her excessive adopting. It ends the scene with that sweet spot for any comedy that strives at all to feel human: frailty, goodness, and humiliation in equal measure.

Laura’s biggest self-help concern, as she struggles with relationships and raising a bullied misfit of a teenager, is processing how
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Contest: Win Alien Predators on Blu-ray

Years after his bicycle racing days as a Cutter in Breaking Away, Dennis Christopher faced off against a transformative virus from beyond the stars in Alien Predators, and with the mid-’80s horror sci-fi film now on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, we've been provided with three high-def copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers!

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June 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Pacific Rim Uprising, Unsane, Night Of The Lepus

There may not be a ton of genre-related home media releases coming out this week, but the films that are coming to Blu-ray are an impressive bunch all the same. Universal has both Unsane and Pacific Rim Uprising on tap in a variety of formats, including 4K Ultra HD, and Scream Factory has a double dose of classic terror coming your way this Tuesday with Night of the Lepus and Alien Predators. And rounding out this week’s Blu-ray and DVD offerings is the indie thriller The Hollow Child, which comes home courtesy of Lionsgate.

Alien Predators

When Nasa’s Skylab fell to Earth the threat was over ... but five years later the horror is just beginning.

Three American teens on a European holiday are about to experience their worst nightmare. They are about to be trapped in a quaint Spanish town infested with a parasitic alien virus that drives
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Russ Regan, Music Executive Who Signed Elton John and Neil Diamond, Dies at 89

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Russ Regan, a music industry veteran who worked with Elton John, Neil Diamond, Olivia Newton John and Smokey Robinson, died at his home in Palm Springs on Sunday, May 27. He was 89.

Among his accolades: Regan is the rare executive to have seen No. 1 hits in four successive decades. And equally impactful: Regan brought “That’s Life,” to Frank Sinatra, which would turn into a 1966 smash.

Born Harold Rustigan, Regan held positions at Motown, Uni Records (Strawberry Alarm Clock’s “Incense and Peppermints”), 20th Century Records and Polygram Records during a career that spanned the 1960s to 1990s.

His start in music was at Motown where he was part of the record promotion team and worked songs like “Please Mr. Postman,” by The Marvelettes, as well as classics by the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye,

Credits at Uni also included a hit by Hugh
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Trailer Watch: Vera Farmiga Reunites with Her Dad in Shana Feste’s “Boundaries”

“Boundaries”

A trailer has dropped for “Boundaries,” Shana Feste’s portrait of a complicated relationship between a daughter and father. Laura (Vera Farmiga) doesn’t see her dad (Christopher Plummer) as a faultless hero or an irredeemable villain — but he’s leaning towards the latter, which is why she’s trying to keep him out of her life.

The spot kicks off with Laura proudly telling her therapist about ignoring her estranged father’s call. But Laura’s struggle to maintain boundaries isn’t limited to her interactions with her dad — her therapist notices that she’s hiding a kitten in her purse. She’s already adopted far too many cats and dogs, but she can’t say no.

It’s only a matter of time before Laura answers her father’s call. He’s been kicked out of his nursing home for dealing pot and needs a place to stay.
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Turkey Experiences Its Own Wave of Peak TV

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It seems the only way to try to stop the spread of Turkish TV dramas around the world is to pull them off the airwaves. But even that is not likely to work.

The country’s TV sector continues to expand its global footprint with annual exports now exceeding $350 million, according to the Turkish government, and ambitions to cross the $1 billion mark over the next five years.

The latest major territory magnetized by Turkish skeins is Spain, where female empowerment megahit “Fatmagul” has rapidly become a blockbuster after launching in January. It is paving the way for possible penetration on a scale similar to that in Latin America, where shows from Turkey have ousted local telenovelas from the top slots.

The often female-centric series known in Turkey as “dizi” are also making new inroads in Eastern Europe, Asia and South Africa.

But Turkish dramas hit a snag in the Middle East,
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Lionel Richie's Net Worth Is Quite Impressive — Find out How He Made His Money!

Since the early 1980s, Lionel Richie has been a superstar. The singer has been a huge face in the music industry, which has earned him a very impressive net worth. So, how much money does the 68-year-old have? Scroll down to find out! What is Lionel Richie's net worth? A lot! According to Celebrity Net Worth, the American Idol judge has a whopping $200 million to his name. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) How does Lionel Richie make his money? It can be assumed that Lionel has made a lot of his money through his music success. Lionel was part of the band The Commodores and has also had a successful solo career. He's sold 100 million records worldwide and has produced a countless amount of albums. Lionel is most-known for hits including "All Night Long," "Dancing on the Ceiling," "Say You, Say Me," "Endless Love," and more. Lionel also had 13 top 10 hits throughout the mid-'80s.
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14 Movies From Female Filmmakers to See At SXSW, From ‘Fast Color’ to ‘Sadie’

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Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

While Hollywood continues to struggle towards parity in the director’s chair, the film festival world is playing major catch-up. At this year’s SXSW Film Festival, the push towards parity is becoming more of a reality than ever before, as 33% of all feature films at the fest are directed by women, while the shorts section boasts 59% female directorship across its slate. It’s a stark difference to the studio side of the industry.

The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s latest study, “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair? Gender, Race & Age of Directors across 1,000 films from 2007-2017,” found that, of the 109 film directors associated with the 100 top movies of 2017, 92.7 percent were male; 7.3 percent were female. Days later, the San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film followed with the “Celluloid Ceiling” study,
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