Don’t despair Ethan Hawke, the Oscars keep the faith

Don’t despair Ethan Hawke, the Oscars keep the faith
Ethan Hawke is this awards’ season critical darling earning several best actor nods from critic’s groups including the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and New York Film Critics Circle for his powerful performance as a troubled clergyman haunted with his past and the future in Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed.”

Hawke, who also won the Gotham Awards honor for best actor, is also nominated for a Critics Choice and a Film Independent Spirit Award but was snubbed in the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

But Hawke, who has received four previously Oscar nominations including for supporting actor for 2014’s “Boyhood,” shouldn’t give up the faith about a fifth nomination. Over the years, the academy has embraced actors and actresses who played members of the clergy with six wins and upwards of two dozen nominations.

Predict the Oscar nominations now; change them until January 22

Both Spencer Tracy
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Will Lady Gaga & Sam Elliott become lucky 7th Best Actress/Best Supporting Actor winners from the same film?

Will Lady Gaga & Sam Elliott become lucky 7th Best Actress/Best Supporting Actor winners from the same film?
Last year, Frances McDormand won her second Best Actress Oscar for her searing performance as grieving mother Mildred Hayes in Martin McDonagh‘s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.” Sam Rockwell won for his featured turn as the racist police officer Jason Dixon who is won over by her fervor.

They were the sixth such pairing of leading actress and supporting actor to take home Academy Awards. Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott could well become the seventh to do so. Lady Gaga sits atop our Best Actress chart for her work as Ally Campana, a would-be singer who is discovered by Jackson Maine, a troubled talent. The screen vet Elliott plays Jackson’s older brother Bobby and is firmly in the top five contenders in the Best Supporting Actor race.

Since the supporting acting categories were introduced at the 9th Academy Awards, only half a dozen years have seen the same
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‘A Star is Born’ will make Oscar history if it wins 3 acting awards and Best Picture

‘A Star is Born’ will make Oscar history if it wins 3 acting awards and Best Picture
A Star is Born” is predicted to win three of the four acting awards and Best Picture at the Oscars. We expect that leads Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper as well as supporting player Sam Elliott will all take home Academy Awards. The casts of only two other films in the 90-year history of the Oscars have pulled off such a feat — “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) and “Network” (1976) — and neither of those films claimed the top prize.

A Streetcar Named Desire” won a second Best Actress Oscar for Vivien Leigh (she’d picked up her first in 1939 for “Gone With the Wind”) and the supporting acting awards for Kim Hunter and Karl Malden. However Marlon Brando, who was recreating his breakout stage role of Stanley Kowalski, lost the Best Actor race to Humphrey Bogart (“The African Queen”). And the film fell to the frothy MGM musical “An American in Paris.
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ would be 2nd consecutive film to sweep Best Actress and Supporting Actor Oscars

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ would be 2nd consecutive film to sweep Best Actress and Supporting Actor Oscars
Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant are two of the most acclaimed actors of this award season thanks to their performances in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Critics are loving McCarthy’s raw, understated portrayal of literary forger Lee Israel and Grant as her wry, scene-stealing friend and accomplice, Jack Hock, to the point that they are both serious contenders to earn matching Oscar nominations. Should they go on to win their categories, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” would repeat the success of last year’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

See‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ reviews: Melissa McCarthy writes herself into a corner in a ‘career-best performance’

Fox Searchlight is certainly hoping to pull off repeat victories in both categories after Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell did so for “Three Billboards.” The Actress-Supporting Actor winning combo has only been accomplished by five
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Michael Douglas on ‘The Kominsky Method,’ Nervous Laughter and His Walk of Fame Star

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When we meet at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Michael Douglas has just battled afternoon traffic from Pasadena, where he was doing an errand while in town to present at the Emmys and do promotional press for “The Kominsky Method,” the Netflix comedy created by Chuck Lorre that bows Nov. 16 and in which Douglas stars.

“I hate traffic,” says Douglas, who lives with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their teenage daughter, Carys, in Bedford, N.Y., about an hour outside the city (son Dylan is a freshman at Brown U. in Providence: “He’s taking British colonial history in India — it’s him and six seniors.”). “The beauty there, I love it,” says Douglas of their leafy suburban hamlet in Westchester County, far away from the sprawling network of asphalt highways comprising Los Angeles.

Douglas, in a pale yellow button-down and baggy khaki pants, takes a seat at the Montage
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Vivien Leigh movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

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Vivien Leigh movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’
Vivien Leigh would’ve celebrated her 105th birthday on November 5, 2018. The two-time Oscar inner made only a handful of films before her untimely death in 1967 at the age of 53. Yet several of those titles remain classics. In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 10 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in British India, Leigh appeared in a number of roles on both the stage and screen in England, including a production of “Hamlet” opposite her husband, Laurence Olivier.

She came to international attention after landing the coveted role of Scarlet O’Hara in David O. Selznick’s massive adaptation of Margaret Mitchell‘s bestseller “Gone with the Wind” (1939). Leigh was far from the first choice to embody the headstrong Southern belle who pines after a married man (Leslie Howard) while wedding another (Clark Gable) against the backdrop of the Civil War. Yet the
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Vivien Leigh movies: 10 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Vivien Leigh movies: 10 greatest films ranked worst to best
Vivien Leigh would’ve celebrated her 105th birthday on November 5, 2018. The two-time Oscar inner made only a handful of films before her untimely death in 1967 at the age of 53. Yet several of those titles remain classics. In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 10 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in British India, Leigh appeared in a number of roles on both the stage and screen in England, including a production of “Hamlet” opposite her husband, Laurence Olivier.

She came to international attention after landing the coveted role of Scarlet O’Hara in David O. Selznick’s massive adaptation of Margaret Mitchell‘s bestseller “Gone with the Wind” (1939). Leigh was far from the first choice to embody the headstrong Southern belle who pines after a married man (Leslie Howard) while wedding another (Clark Gable) against the backdrop of the Civil War. Yet the
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James Karen, Poltergeist and Return of the Living Dead Actor, Dies at 94

James Karen, Poltergeist and Return of the Living Dead Actor, Dies at 94
Prolific actor James Karen has passed away, He was 94-years old. Karen, who is probably best-known for his work in Poltergeist, Return of the Living Dead, Invaders from Mars, China Syndrome, and Wall Street, to name a few, has 204 acting credits on IMDb. The actor used to say that nobody knew his name, but everybody knew his face because he "did so much damn work." He may be known to many as "that guy," but Karen left a huge mark on the entertainment world in his lengthy career.

James Karen was born Jacob Karnofsky in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and was the son of Russian-born Jewish immigrants. After a stint in the United States Air Force during World War II, U.S. Congressman Daniel J. Flood convinced Karen to get into acting, which resulted in him studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York. Karen was first recognized for
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James Karen Dies: ‘Poltergeist’ Actor Was 94

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James Karen Dies: ‘Poltergeist’ Actor Was 94
James Karen, who is best known for his roles in Poltergeist and The Return of the Living Dead, died October 23 at his home in Los Angeles. His wife Alba confirmed the news. He was 94.

Born in Wikes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Russian immigrant parents, Karen served in the Air Force during World War II and then went on to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. in addition to his popular roles in film, he appeared on television and the stage. He got his break when he was the understudy for Karl Malden in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He also appeared in productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Cactus Flower.

From there, he appeared on As the World Turns as well as All My Children and Eight is Enough. He starred in the 1979 miniseries Blind Ambition and then made appearances
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Can ‘A Star Is Born’ become the third film to win three acting Oscars?

Can ‘A Star Is Born’ become the third film to win three acting Oscars?
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga could be the first duo from the same film to win Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars in 21 years, but there’s an even more elite group “A Star Is Born” could join. If they and their co-star, Best Supporting Actor contender Sam Elliott, prevail, “A Star Is Born” would only be the third film to win three acting Oscars.

The remake would join “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) and “Network” (1976) in going 3-for-4. The former won Best Actress for Vivien Leigh and supporting statuettes for Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, while leading man Marlon Brando fell to Humphrey Bogart (“The African Queen”). “Network” won a posthumous Best Actor trophy for Peter Finch, Best Actress for Faye Dunaway and Best Supporting Actress for Beatrice Straight. The film also received a second Best Actor nomination for William Holden and a Best Supporting Actor bid for Ned Beatty,
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Oscar Flashback: The 11 films that won one of the Big Five, including ‘Sunset Boulevard,’ ‘Chinatown’

Oscar Flashback: The 11 films that won one of the Big Five, including ‘Sunset Boulevard,’ ‘Chinatown’
This article marks Part 2 of the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories, including the following 11 films that scored a single prize among the top races.

More than eight decades prior to Bradley Cooper’s take on the timeless tale, the first “A Star Is Born” (1937), headlined by Fredric March and Janet Gaynor, became the third motion picture, following “Cimarron” (1931) and “It Happened One Night” (1934), to earn nominations in the Big Five Oscar categories.

At the 10th Academy Awards ceremony, however, neither March nor Gaynor emerged triumphant, losing in their
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Elia Kazan movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ ‘On the Waterfront’

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Elia Kazan movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ ‘On the Waterfront’
Elia Kazan would have celebrated his 109th birthday on September 7, 2018. Years after his death in 2003, the two-time Oscar-winning director remains both an influential and controversial figure, respected and reviled in equal measure. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Kazan started his career as a stage actor, soon transitioning into directing. He mounted several landmark productions, including the original run of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Throughout his career he received three Tony awards for Best Director of a Play: “All My Sons” in 1947, “Death of a Salesman” in 1949, and “J.B.” in 1959.

He transitioned into filmmaking with “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (1945). Two years later, he won his first Oscar for Best Director for “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947), which also took home Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm). A taboo-shattering drama about antisemitism, the film established
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Elia Kazan movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Elia Kazan movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Elia Kazan would have celebrated his 109th birthday on September 7, 2018. Years after his death in 2003, the two-time Oscar-winning director remains both an influential and controversial figure, respected and reviled in equal measure. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Kazan started his career as a stage actor, soon transitioning into directing. He mounted several landmark productions, including the original run of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Throughout his career he received three Tony awards for Best Director of a Play: “All My Sons” in 1947, “Death of a Salesman” in 1949, and “J.B.” in 1959.

He transitioned into filmmaking with “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (1945). Two years later, he won his first Oscar for Best Director for “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947), which also took home Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm). A taboo-shattering drama about antisemitism, the film established
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‘Shades of Blue’ Finale: Ray Liotta Took the Part Because His Character Is Bisexual, Really Doesn’t Want Series to End

‘Shades of Blue’ Finale: Ray Liotta Took the Part Because His Character Is Bisexual, Really Doesn’t Want Series to End
When Ray Liotta was in “Goodfellas,” he wasn’t thinking about doing TV. After all, in the ’90s, television wasn’t something an film actor aspired to make.

“I was in movies [and] when I started, if you were doing a television show or commercials or something, you were at the end of the line,” Liotta said in an interview with IndieWire at the 2018 Atx TV Festival. “The films were drying up and these people starting going into [TV]. Karl Malden — an unbelievable actor who was in ‘On the Waterfront’ — he’s doing ‘Streets of San Francisco,’ but it was toward the end of his career.”

“As I’m learning [now], as [actors] get older and older, the less they want to travel, and television shows are mostly in one place,” Liotta said. “But no — [it also meant] your career was over.”

Then came the golden age of television, and with it, a role Liotta considers one
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The Cat O’ Nine Tails

Dario Argento’s second murder whodunnit is less stylized but almost as enjoyable as his first, Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Reporter James Franciscus and blind ex-detective Karl Malden investigate killings at a fancy genetics institute, but everyone they interview turns up dead. Catherine Spaak is among the suspects in a crime spree with nine clues but no easy solution. Turin locations, a glossy widescreen image and Argento’s polished direction are the draw, along with some fine music cues by Ennio Morricone — who in 1971 scored 24 separate features!

The Cat O’ Nine Tails

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Arrow Video USA

1971 / Color / 1:78 anamorphic 16:9 (Techniscope)/ 112m. / Il Gatto a nove code / Street Date August 14, 2018 / Available from Arrow Video / 34.95

Starring: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi, Horst Frank, Rada Rassimov, Aldo Reggiani.

Cinematography: Erico Menczer

Film Editor: Franco Fraticelli

Production Designer: Carlo Leva

Original Music: Ennio Morricone

Written by Dario Argento,
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Giveaway – Win Birdman of Alcatraz on Dual Format

Eureka Entertainment is releasing Birdman of Alcatraz, John Frankenheimer’s moving and compelling biopic starring Burt Lancaster and Karl Malden, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a definitive Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 6th August 2018, and we have three copies to give away.

With an all-star cast that includes Karl Malden (A Streetcar Named Desire), Thelma Ritter (Pickup on South Street), Telly Savalas (The Dirty Dozen) and Edmond O’Brien (The Barefoot Contessa), The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present John Frankenheimer’s Birdman of Alcatraz for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK.

Often acknowledged as one of the best prison films ever made, Birdman of Alcatraz was director John Frankenheimer’s first huge success and received rave reviews for its performances, cinematography and Frankenheimer’s directing.

Burt Lancaster stars as the notorious prisoner, Robert Stroud, sentenced to a life of solitary
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Could Miguel Ferrer earn a posthumous Emmy nomination for ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’?

Could Miguel Ferrer earn a posthumous Emmy nomination for ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’?
Could Miguel Ferrer become a posthumous Emmy nominee for “Twin Peaks: The Return”? The veteran character actor died of throat cancer in January 2017 after he shot the Showtime revival, in which he reprised his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield. The TV academy often rewards stars who have died with nominations for their final performances, so could Ferrer compete for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor? Despite a long list of TV credits including “The Stand” (1994), “Crossing Jordan” (2001-2007), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2012-2017) and many more, he never earned an Emmy nomination during his lifetime.

Ferrer first appeared in the original “Twin Peaks” in a recurring role as an abrasive and sarcastic FBI forensics specialist assisting Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in his murder investigation in the title town. And he also appeared in the 1992 prequel film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.” The 18-episode limited run in 2017 found him
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If You Miss “Unsolved Mysteries” Here are Five Shows Worth Watching

It’s easy to believe that a lot of people can remember settling in for a new episode of Unsolved Mysteries featuring Robert Stack as the host. The show ran from 1987 to 2002 after being billed as a series of specials that were hosted by Raymond Burr, Karl Malden, and Stack. It wasn’t until 1988 that it became a fully-fledged TV series though, with Stack as the only host. It ran for nine seasons on NBC until the show moved to CBS for the 10th season. They tried to add Virginia Madsen as a co-host but that went nowhere quickly

If You Miss “Unsolved Mysteries” Here are Five Shows Worth Watching
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Ruby Gentry

Prepare to let your jaw drop: Jennifer Jones and Charlton Heston’s sleazy bucolic ‘romance’ comes off as two-way sex harassment, with suggestive one-liners that make us cringe. Are there other pictures like this? Is this where dolts came to believe that women wanted to be treated like stupid squeeze toys? The great King Vidor directed, with no sign of intentional satire — the bizarre, eventually violent Southern-set melodrama is a one-of-a-kind grotesque spectacle.

Ruby Gentry

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Kl Studio Classics

1952 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 82 min. / Street Date April 24, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 24.96

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl Malden, Tom Tully, James Anderson, Josephine Hutchinson, Phyllis Avery, Barney Phillips.

Cinematography: Russell Harlan

Film Editor: Terry Morse

Original Music: Heinz Roemheld

Written by Silvia Richards from a story by Arthur Fitz-Richard

Produced by Joseph Bernhard, King Vidor

Directed by King Vidor

I have two basic thoughts on 1952’s Ruby Gentry. First,
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Review: "Ruby Gentry" (1952) Starring Jennifer Jones And Charlton Heston; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Kino Lorber has released director King Vidor's sultry swamp-based drama "Ruby Gentry" on Blu-ray. The film is the kind of steamy, swamp-based drama that could best be described as "God's Little Acre" by way of Tennessee Williams. The 1952 production would seem to derive from some paperback novel but, in fact, was written directly for the screen. Jennifer Jones plays the titular character, a sultry young woman who had the misfortune of being born on the wrong side of the tracks in the otherwise posh little community of Braddock, North Carolina. Ruby's "career" is working the hard scrabble life of a deckhand on her father's fishing vessel. She's a seasoned hunter and can wield a rifle with precision, necessary ingredients if you grow up on the edge of a swamp. At home, she has to contend with the sexism of low expectations by her blue collar parents
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