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Thursday
May 12 2016

Remember When...

Leonardo DiCaprio was a little elfin thing?

Friday
Apr 22 2016

"Time 100"is Oscar-Obsessed

Magazines may be a dying business but the few mega magazines that remain all have annual traditions to entice buys.And so it is with the "Time 100" an annual list of "Most Influential"though as with any such list it's highly subjective.

Here is a list of the movie & television people who made it this year in one of their five sections (the only section that does not include at least one actor is "Leaders")

PioneersAziz Ansari and Gina Rodriguez

TitansDwayne Johnson,Wang Jianlin,and Kathleen Kennedy

Taraji is the modern-day Bette Davis,touching audiences with her honesty and intensity.When you are on set with Taraji,she listens,but she also questions.She challenges everyone to go the extra step to get it right.She has a deep understanding of the human condition,and she displays it with her eyes—the pain,the happiness,the love,the laughter.She probably would have been a great silent actor,but then the world wouldn't have had Cookie.

BeforeEmpire,she was underappreciated by white America and Hollywood,while African Americans heralded her as our Meryl Streep.I'm so proud that Cookie has moved her into the zeitgeist.What Taraji has done with the role made the world finally appreciate who she is—quite simply,a tour de force on and off the screen.
-Lee Daniels on Taraji P Henson

I offered Mark Rylance a significant supporting role in 1987 in my filmEmpire of the Sun—and he turned it down.A play had caught his fancy,and anyway,I sensed he was suspicious about film acting.Who could blame him?For actors who have given their lives to theater,making movies must be like lurching in the backseat of a car while the driver keeps working the brake.When Mark does a play,nobody says,"Cut,"only "Curtain"after a few uninterrupted hours.Legions of young thespians look to Mark as their muse and inspiration.FromBoeing-BoeingtoJerusalemtoTwelfth Night,the impact he's had on classical and contemporary theater is the stuff of legend.A winner of three Tony Awards,two Olivier Awards and now an Oscar,Mark glimpses these honors with gratitude and humility,but his heart belongs to a good story.His soul is pure.He just loves to act.
-Steven Spielberg on Mark Rylance

ArtistsGael García Bernal,Taraji P Henson,Melissa McCarthy,Ryan Coogler,Idris Elba,Oscar Isaac,Julia Louis-Dreyfus,Mark Rylance,Charlize Theron,and Priyanka Chopra

IconsThey went fullRevenanthere honoringbothLeonardo DiCaprio &Alejandro González Iñárritu

What's the takeaway?
It always amuses us when people call the Oscars "irrelevant"亚博主页since the very fact that people get so up in arms about them every year is quite the indication that they remain the most relevant of movie institutions (even if movies themselves aren't as central to pop culture as they once were).They matter to people.Even the act of rising up against The Academy is underlining their stature as the house of the definitive golden idol of Hollywood.Time's movie lists are extremely unsubtle about sticking it to the Academy yet again over #OscarsSoWhite.亚博主页Note that they ignored all but three Oscar nominees (the three big male winners) while honoring both Ryan Coogler & Idris Elba.Not that Coogler and Elba aren't worth honoring as they did have great years!But if they weren't trying to shame the Academy yet again they might well have considered Cheryl Boone Isaacs for this list since she's in the media so much of late and has been trying so hard to make a difference on the issue of diversity in Tinseltown.On the other hand,even as Time slaps Oscar's hand,they're embracing its other status quo #OscarsSoMale (in a manly back-patting kind of way) since they included亚博主页all threeof the Academy's most high-profile male winners (Rylance,DiCaprio,andIñárritu) and neither of the big female winners.

Do you think of all these people as influential?Whose part do you suppose Spielberg wanted Rylance to play in Empire of the Sun?

Monday
Mar 14 2016

Beauty vs Beast: Irish Gangs Be Slashin'

Jason fromMNPPhere with this week's "Beauty vs Beast"-- I don't know if its my walk to work in Lower Manhattan every day or what but you'd be surprised (really,because literally nobody says this) at how often Martin Scorsese's 2002 filmGangs of New Yorkcomes to my mind.I mean clearly the nieghborhoods look a little bit different but whenever I look off towards the river I think to myself,"Self,a boat could totally shoot a cannon at you right now."So thanks for that,Gangs of New York.One more New York stress I don't need!

Anyway this morning we're thinking green thanks to the approaching St.Patrick's Day holiday,and I figured it was time to turn that anxiety into action -- it's the angry Irish laddy versus the Original New York Nativist Nightmare (pre-dating Donald Trump by a couple centuries)...

PREVIOUSLYIt was a real battle of man against machine withlast week'sEx Machinaedition,but in the end our lady of the whirring silver midsection Ava slinked away with just about 53% if your vote.Saidcatbaskets:

"Team anti-rape avenger every time.(As opposed to team rapist creator).We shall not get lost in Isaac's dreamy pecs."

Thursday
Mar 03 2016

What next for our Oscar winners?

From Anne Hathaway inBride Wars,Charlize Theron inAeon Flux,Jamie Foxx inStealth,to Eddie Redmayne inJupiter Ascending,Oscar winners always ride the momentum of their award glory to the next prestige film.

So what's next for our Oscar winners?

Leo finally won so he can crawl back into the bear (supermodel) cave (mansion) and never work again right?Unlikely,although he has absolutely nothing on his slate at the moment except for staring at his Oscar muttering "the way of the future...the way of the future....".I would genuinely love to see Leo in a movie where he plays a unlucky in love animal services employee who keeps stealing Kathryn Heigl's dog so he can give it back to her and appear the hero,that gets 36% on Rotten Tomatoes.Lighten UP Leo!There are rumours of another Scorcese collaboration about a serial killer.Just the light material we're looking for.

Brie,Alicia,and Markafter the jump...

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Wednesday
Mar 02 2016

Beauty Break: Greatest Photos from Hollywood's High Holy Night

We'll promise to wrap the coverage on the 88th Academy Awards tomorrow but there's still a few things to discuss.Consider this is a catch all place for beauties we didn't otherwise write entire posts on.There's much to parse,celebrate or just plain gawk at in this collection of photos starring Todd Haynes,Tom Hardy,Cate Blanchett,Alicia Vikander,and moreafter the jump...

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Sunday
Feb 28 2016

Take a Number: Here's the Order of Tonight's Statue Delivery

This was tweeted out byJake Hamiltontoday.I assume it's accurate since it looks like the official program.

The hardest category to predict this year is,I mantain,Costume Design.I'd call it the only truly five-wide race.And it's fourth so some real suspense right off the bat.We'll also know very early whether a Kate & Leo reunion is coming sinceSupporting Actressis third...though I fully expect Alicia Vikander to take that one.[Final Predictions ICYMI]

You'll also notice that they're not doing the short films all at once this year but (perhaps) pairing them with kindred spirit categories (animated short with animated feature,doc short with documentary,and live action short with foreign film...which makes sense since it's often a hodgepodge of foreign shorts that are nominated).

Are you feeling excited yet or merely panicked whilst preparing for your festivities?

P.S.Please enjoy this great Leonardo DiCaprio goodie from The Flippist.


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