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Nov 05 2018

Showbiz: Norma's Win,Gwyneth's Breakthrough,and Sam Rockwell's 50th

10 random things that happened on this day (Nov 5th) in showbiz history...

1930The 3rd annual Academy Awards are held for films released between August 1,1929,and July 31,1930...they hadn't yet settled on the easier full calender year system.The anti-war masterpieceAll Quiet on the Western Fronttook Best Picture and Norma Shearer,米高梅的第一夫人,因前代码经典的丑闻而获得最佳女演员奖The Divorcée(which you really should see).

1935Parker Brothers launches board game classic "Monopoly".Remember when Ridley Scott was going to do a movie version?That was so weird...

一千九百四十Ernest Hemingway & Martha Gellhorn marry.Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman will later dramatize the relationship between the famous novelist and journalist in an Emmy and Globe nominated TV movieHemingway & Gellhorn.

1943Son of Draculastarring Lon Chaney Jr opens in movie theaters

1956The Nat King Cole Show在NBC上首次亮相。Contrary to some reports on the interent,it was not the first variety show hosted by an African-American but it was a trailblazing show given Cole's fame at the time and the fact that the nation was still largely segregated.Guests over the series short run included luminaries like Eartha Kitt,Mahalia Jackson,Johnny Mercer,Betty Hutton,Sammy Davis Jr,Hugh O'Brian,Margaret Whiting,Harry Belafonte (in the clip above ❤️),and Tony Bennett.You can read more about the show here.Strangely it doesn't even have a Wikipedia page!

1971经典舞台音乐剧电影版的开放周末Fiddler on the Roofwhich will go on to 8 Oscar nominations including Best Picture and 3 wins (including the first Oscar win for perennial nominee John Williams for adapting the Broadway show's score).Seems like a perfect time to remake it given its tragically eternal timeliness.The recent stage production here in NYC,directed by Oscar /Tony winner Joel Grey and entirely in Yiddish and Russian,was revelatory.

1982A high and low opening weekend at the movies.The then well loved Australian family filmThe Man From Snowy Rivermakes waves (and received a Globe nod for foreign film despite being in English).Also a little B movie namedPiranha II: The Spawningopens which no one pays any mind to but it proves historic since its debuting director James Cameron becomes one of the most powerful Hollywood forces by the end of the decade.

1993肉和骨头starring then-couple Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid opened 25 years ago today featuring Gwyneth Paltrow in her breakthrough film-stealing role.It was writer/director Steve Kloves's sophomore effort after his astonishing debut withThe Fabulous Baker Boys(1989年)。Sadly he never directed again but spent the Aughts co-writing all the Harry Potter movies.He's only 58 years old so not sure what he's been up to since!

1999Michael Mann's内幕人士opens in movie theaters.It will receive 7 Oscar nominations including Best Picture but be shockingly snubbed in Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer).

2010对于有色女孩opens in movie theaters.The movie stars a whos-who of black actresses at that moment.Best in show was the incredible Kimberly Elise who witnesses an unthinkable tragedy and Macy Gray who is spellbinding in her cameo as an abortionist.

Today's Birthday Suit
Happy 50th birthday to Oscar-winnerSam Rockwell.Everyone loves his adorable penchant for dancing onscreen,在各种类型的电影中,but did you know that it wasn't his first cross-movies habit?In BOTH of his breakthrough back-to-back indies,Box of Moonlight(1996) andLawn Dogs(1997),he dove naked into rivers.The differing quality of the dives is pretty stark side-by-side (stunt double inLawn Dogs?)

Today's Other Birthdays
奥斯卡获奖者: Cinematographer Guy Green (Great Expectations),Vivien Leigh (Gone with the Wind,A Streetcar Named Desire),Tatum O'Neal (Paper Moon),and无与伦比的蒂尔达·斯温顿(Michael Clayton)

奥斯卡提名: Songwriter Bryan Adams (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves),Animator Mike Gabriel (Lorenzo), Composer Jonny Greenwood  (Phantom Thread),Actor Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff)

演员: Sebastian Arcelus,赛斯·吉利亚姆,Jon-Erik Hexum,Famke Jannsen,Han Ji-min,Joel McRea,Sam Page,Robert Patrick,朱迪·雷耶斯,Elke Sommer

Other Showbiz Peeps: Singer Ryan Adams,Comedienne Mo Gaffney,Singer Art Garfunkel,TV Personality Kris Jenner,Paris is Burninghouse mother Pepper LaBeija,Talent agent Bryan Lourd,Film critic Jeffrey Lyons,the original "Annie"Andrea McCardle,Cinematographer Tobias A Schliessler

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我真的认为内幕人士应该获得最佳男主角的双重提名。Pacino was great in it,in a tailor-made role.Pacino should have been nominated for Heat,too - along with an astonishing Robert De Niro.I miss Michael Mann.I love every single movie he's made.

November 5,2018 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Paltrow is marvelous in Flesh & Bone.She reminds me so much of Sissy Spacek in Badlands,which I think is no wonder.(Why did those two never team up/play mother and daughter?Seems like a missed opportunity.)

November 5,2018 | Unregistered CommenterMareko


November 5,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

Somebody needs to introduce Gwyneth to Olivier Assayas.

November 5,2018 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

I think Fiddler on the Roof should also be noted for featuring the first "out"acting nominee,Leonard Frey,just after his starring role in Boys in the Band,and decades ahead of his time.

November 5,2018 | Unregistered Commenterken s.

The Divorcee is a lot of fun and Shearer is great in it.

November 5,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

Nathaniel,你能按等级更新你的评论吗?这决定了我的电影选择。Love you,姐妹。

November 5,2018 | Unregistered CommenterBushwick

The Insider is my favourite Michael Mann movie.It is soooo good!!I remember being very surprised that Christopher Plummer was not nominated for an Oscar

November 5,2018 | Unregistered CommenterManuel


November 5,2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

The Insider seems weirdly under-recognized 19 years later.It's so good.

And Jon-Erik Hexum (sigh and sniffle).

November 5,2018 | Unregistered CommenterScottC

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