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Oscars 2018: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would be 14th two-time Best Actress winner

Oscars 2018: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would be 14th two-time Best Actress winner
No acting category at the Oscars has had more repeat winners than Best Actress, with 13 performers claiming two or more statues. Now Frances McDormand is in a strong position to add her name to that list for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” As of this writing McDormand leads our predictions with odds of 2/13 based on the combined forecasts of more than 3,400 users who have entered their picks at Gold Derby. If our predictions prove true, McDormand would join the following repeat champs:

Ingrid Bergman: “Gaslight” (1944) and “Anastasia” (1956)

Bette Davis: “Dangerous” (1935) and “Jezebel” (1938)

Olivia de Havilland: “To Each His Own” (1946) and “The Heiress” (1949)

Sally Field: “Norma Rae” (1979) and “Places in the Heart” (1984)

Jane Fonda: “Klute” (1971) and “Coming Home” (1978)

Jodie Foster: “The Accused” (1988) and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

Katharine Hepburn: “Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter
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Himesh Reshammiya’s Naam Hai Tera also recreated for Hate Story 4

After the success of the recreation of ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’, another Himesh Reshammiya track ‘Naam Hai Tera’ has been recreated for Vishal Pandya’s revenge-thriller, Hate Story IV.

The original song ‘Naam Hai Tera’ is part of Himesh Reshammiya’s highest selling album of all time Aap Kaa Surroor, which released back in 2006. Superstar Deepika Padukone featured in both of the original Naam Hai Tera videos, and it will be interesting for the audience to see Urvashi’s take on the recreated song.

The new version will have Urvashi Rautela grooving to the track and exploring a new form of dance – Waacking, choreographed by Bosco-Ceasar. Speaking about it, the choreographers say, “Waacking emphasises the interpretation of music and it’s rhythm. It is inspired from movie stars such as Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and James Dean.” ‘Waack/Punk’ is a form of dance created in Los Angeles’s
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Review: In ‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ Anastasia’s Pleasure Comes First

Few things seem to make men more uncomfortable than seeing women enjoy themselves. You can see it by the way in which female led films are trashed by critics, the attempts in Congress to take away women’s rights, or the faceless trolls harassing women online, and if you’ve seen any of the Fifty Shades films in a theater, you can hear it: it’s always a man who erupts into a nervous giggle when Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) moans with pleasure while having sex with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). And while Fifty Shades Freed, like its pair of predecessors, has many laughable elements, Anastasia’s reclaiming of her well-deserved pleasure is certainly not one of them.

The final chapter in the trilogy begins with Anastasia and Christian’s wedding, the thumping bass of a pop song leading to quick cuts of aspirational porn, as the camera glides down Ana’s lace gown,
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Meryl Streep’s real-to-reel portrayal of Katharine Graham adds to Oscars record that will never be matched

Meryl  Streep’s real-to-reel portrayal of Katharine Graham adds to Oscars record that will never be matched
Everyone knows that Meryl Streep, a current Best Actress nominee for “The Post,” is the Secretariat of the Oscar nominations race. Her 21 combined lead and supporting actress bids put her nine lengths ahead of runners-up Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson and 11 ahead of legends Bette Davis and Sir Laurence Olivier.

But in a race within a race that has gotten less attention, Streep has an even greater lead: in nominations for roles based on real people. The number is either 10 or 11 depending on whether you agree with the fashion world and me that she plays a thinly-veiled version of Vogue’s Queen of Mean editor Anna Wintour in “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Streep, in fact, has more nominations for playing historical figures than any other major actor has even attempted. Hepburn, the most heralded and honored actress before Streep came along, played only a half-dozen real life characters in her long career,
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‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Feud,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Use Black and White Imagery to Enhance Storytelling

‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Feud,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Use Black and White Imagery to Enhance Storytelling
Even as the modern television landscape is growing increasingly complex and colorful in its storytelling, it’s also becoming more black and white than it’s been in decades — in a quite literal sense.

In recent seasons, cutting-edge series across several genres — including “Black Mirror,” “Master of None,” “Feud: Bette & Joan,” “Twin Peaks,” “The Walking Dead” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” — have gone visually vintage, experimenting with retro monochromatic visuals — sometimes for extended sequences, sometimes for entire episodes, but always for a very intentional effect.

Black Mirror’s” fourth season, Charlie Brooker-penned episode “Metalhead” featured stark post-apocalyptic environments and a steely robotic bloodhound. Director David Slade filmed the entire episode in native black and white to underline the stripped-down, desaturated nature of the society.

“The world has been starved of color — there’s not much hope left in the world — so to have the world be drained of color felt right,” executive producer
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Kate Middleton's Go-To Designers Just Created the Bridal Shoe Line of Your Dreams (Ahem, Meghan!)

It’s the fashion collaboration of Kate Middleton‘s dreams — and it’s coming true!

Two of Kate’s favorite brands, L.K. Bennett (who makes her go-to patent nude pumps) and Jenny Packham (the designer behind several of Kate’s ensembles, including quite a few evening gowns) are teaming up to create a line of bridal shoes that is nothing short of magical.

The timing couldn’t be more serendipitous, with not one, but two royal weddings around the corner.

And they may be a perfect fit for royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle. The collection is inspired by old Hollywood
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Oscars 2018: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer are 14th acting group scoring back-to-back nominations

Oscars 2018: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer are 14th acting group scoring back-to-back nominations
Among this year’s 20 actors to earn Oscar nominations are Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer, up for their turns in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”; “The Post”; and “The Shape of Water,” respectively. Washington, Streep and Spencer mark the trio of actors to this year earn consecutive Oscar nominations, having last year been up for “Fences,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” and “Hidden Figures.” Their achievement marks the 14th occasion in Oscar history in which three or more actors have returned as nominees the following ceremony.

SEEOscars 2018: Nominations in All 24 Categories

In the early days of the Oscars, consecutive acting nominations were commonplace. From 1936 to 1947, there were eight occasions of this nature. Let’s take a look back at those years:

1936 and 1937 (Paul Muni, Spencer Tracy, Luise Rainer, Irene Dunne and Alice Brady)

1939 and 1940 (Laurence Olivier, James Stewart and Bette Davis)

1940 and 1941 (Bette Davis, Joan Fontaine and Walter Brennan)

1941 and 1942 (Gary Cooper,
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Meryl Streep in ‘The Deer Hunter’: A look back at her first Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘The Deer Hunter’: A look back at her first Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 1 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

Prior to 1978, Meryl Streep was best-known for her acclaimed New York stage work. She made five Broadway appearances between 1975 and 1977, including a turn in “A Memory of Two Mondays/27 Wagons Full of Cotton” (1976) that brought Streep her first – and to date, only – Tony Award nomination. Her sole big screen appearance was a small, albeit memorable, turn opposite Jane Fonda in “Julia” (1977).

Streep’s name recognition increased significantly in 1978. First, there was her much-heralded performance in the epic NBC miniseries “Holocaust” that resulted in an Emmy Award. It was her second-ever appearance in a feature film, however – and in a Best Picture Academy Awards winner, no
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SAG-aftra Sides with Olivia de Havilland in FX Feud

While entertainment and digital stakeholders are lining up in support of Ryan Murphy and FX in their legal battle with Olivia de Havilland over her portrayal in Feud: Bette and Joan, SAG-aftra is now stepping up on behalf of the 101-year-old actress.

After the limited series about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford aired in the spring of 2017, de Havilland sued the creator and network. She claims the show inaccurately portrayed her as a gossip in violation of her privacy and publicity rights. FX and Murphy asked the court to dismiss the suit under California's anti-slapp statute, arguing their...
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Denzel Washington (‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’) earns his ninth Oscar nomination on the 30th anniversary of his first

Denzel Washington (‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’) earns his ninth Oscar nomination on the 30th anniversary of his first
Denzel Washington earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor Tuesday morning for his performance as the title legal savant in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” It’s a historic nomination for the veteran actor, and it comes at a meaningful time: it has been exactly 30 years since his very first nomination for “Cry Freedom” (1987).

Washington contended for Best Supporting Actor for that film, in which he played Steve Biko, a real-life South African anti-apartheid activist who was killed at age 30 after being held as a political prisoner. Since then the actor has racked up many more nominations, paving the way for a generation of black performers. That includes his current Oscar rival Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), who wasn’t even born yet when Washington was recognized for “Cry Freedom.”

Washington’s first Oscar victory came just two years later, Best Supporting Actor for “Glory” (1989). He was only the second black actor to claim that award,
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2018 Oscars: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would set third longest gap between Best Actress wins

2018 Oscars: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would set third longest gap between Best Actress wins
After victories at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild Awards, Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) is the odds-on favorite to join a select group of women: performers who’ve won at least two Best Actress Oscars. McDormand would be the 14th to do so and perhaps most impressively, her double would be the third longest timespan between first and second wins.

McDormand won her first Oscar for “Fargo” a whoppin’ 21 years ago — that’s a whole person who can drink! She’d be behind only Meryl Streep (“Sophie’s Choice,” “The Iron Lady”), who waited 29 years, and Katharine Hepburn (“Morning Glory,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”), who holds the record at 34 years.

Most two-time Best Actress winners garner their second statuette within a decade of their first, usually within the first five years in that “honeymoon period” when, to paraphrase one double champ, they like you,
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Full list of winners from the 2018 SAG Awards

Ahead of tomorrow’s Oscar nominations, the Screen Actors Guild announced the winners of the 2018 SAG Awards last night.

Leading the way with four nominations going into the night, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri taking home three awards on the theatrical motion picture side of things in Outstanding Cast, Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand) and Outstanding Supporting Male Actor (Sam Rockwell). Gary Oldman (Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role for Darkest Hour) and Allison Janney (Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role for I, Tonya) were also honoured, while on the TV front This Is Us and Veep named Outstanding Ensemble for Drama and Comedy respectively, and there were also wins for Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Claire Foy, Sterling K. Brown, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and William H. Macy

Check out a full list of the winners below, highlighted in red…

Theatrical Motion Pictures
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2018 Oscars: Will one film sweep both actress awards for the 11th time?

2018 Oscars: Will one film sweep both actress awards for the 11th time?
If our combined Oscar odds are correct, the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories will be dominated by the stars of three films: Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf of “Lady Bird”; Margot Robbie and Allison Janney of “I, Tonya”; and Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer of “The Shape of Water.” And if one pair of co-stars wins, it’d be the 11th time both actress awards went to the same film.

The best chance of this happening is with Ronan and Metcalf. The former sits in second place in lead, behind “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri” star Frances McDormand, with 7/2 odds, while her onscreen mother is the favorite in supporting with 11/5 odds.

But after defeating Metcalf at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice, Janney is watching her stock rise quickly. She stands at 5/2 odds, while her onscreen daughter, Robbie, is in fifth in lead with 8/1 odds.

See Will ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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2018 Oscars: All 5 Best Actress nominees in Best Picture contenders for first time in 40 years?

2018 Oscars:  All 5 Best Actress nominees in Best Picture contenders for first time in 40 years?
Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Meryl Streep (“The Post”) and Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) have long been our predicted Best Actress Oscar nominees. If they all make the cut, along with their films in Best Picture, they’d join a very exclusive club: It’d be first Best Actress slate in 40 years and just the fifth overall where everyone is in a film nominated for Best Picture.

The only other times this has occurred were for the film years 1934, 1939, 1940 and 1977 — but many of them come with caveats. In 1934, there were still only three acting nominees — winner Claudette Colbert (“It Happened One Night”), Grace Moore (“One Night of Love”) and Norma Shearer (“The Barretts of Wimpole Street”) — and 12 Best Picture nominees, before the academy standardized the categories to five each. This was also the infamous year of the write-in
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'Mosaic': Steven Soderbergh's HBO Murder Mystery Is a Whole Other Ballgame

There's a tense moment that sums up Mosaic, Steven Soderbergh's HBO thriller about a murder in a Utah ski-resort town. A character confronts another over a moment from their tangled past, to make sure they've got their story straight for the cops. She smiles warily. "Is this like a 12-step thing?" When he presses her not to talk, she says, "Well, I'm not gonna lie." He shrugs. "Right. I totally get that. And that's cool." They're feeling each other out, comparing notes, neither one quite trusting. Meanwhile, we try
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‘SNL’ Promo: Jessica Chastain & Kate McKinnon Bring The Feud

Joan Crawford and Bette Davis got nothing on Jessica Chastain and Kate McKinnon, at least for this pretty terrific Saturday Night Live promo. In the clip, Chastain, who hosts this week’s episode, doesn’t have much time to enjoy soaking in her new Studio 8H surroundings before a sinister McKinnon arrives. “You’re in my house,” says McKinnon as the two circle each other. “Can’t wait to bring it down,” replies Chastain. “I have a killer Hillary impression,” threatens…
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Mildred Pierce

“How like a serpent’s tooth is a thankless child”. Few of them have been more thankless than Veda (16 year old Ann Blyth), Mildred’s ungrateful daughter in Michael Curtiz’s classic adaptation of James M. Cain’s best selling novel. Cain disliked the movie but thought Crawford was perfect in the role Bette Davis turned down. It was a huge hit and put Crawford back on top with an Oscar win for best actress. The recent mini-series cable remake with Kate Winslet was widely admired.
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The Furniture: Top Hat's Dancing Sets

"The Furniture," by Daniel Walber, is our weekly series on Production Design. You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail.

Only 8 days until Oscar nominations! To mark the occasion, or perhaps to fill the time with something other than anticipation, let’s look back at the 8th Academy Awards. The year was 1935. Bette Davis won a consolation prize, Best Actress for Dangerous after the failure of a write-in campaign for 1934’s Of Human Bondage. John Ford won his first Oscar for The Informer, which beat Mutiny on the Bounty in nearly every category except Best Picture. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the film debut of Olivia de Havilland, won a write-in victory in Best Cinematography.

This was the last year with only three nominees for Best Art Direction. The victory went to The Dark Angel, a drama of romance and World War One. Its biggest competition
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Kid Galahad

This 1937 boxing melodrama was eclipsed by its own 1962 remake starring Elvis Presley and suffered a humiliating title change (The Battling Bellhop) for TV distribution. Regardless, Michael Curtiz’s film, starring Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis, is sufficiently sturdy to go 12 rounds with any comer and exhibited enough moxey to earn a rematch in 1941 as The Wagons Roll At Night, again with Bogart. For a thoroughly researched and fascinating look at Curtiz’ prolific career, look at Alan K. Rode’s comprehensive biography Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, which can be ordered here.
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Film Review: ‘Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game’

Film Review: ‘Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game’
“Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” So Bette Davis famously opined, voicing a sentiment that could easily serve as a subtitle for “Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game.” Written and directed by noted neurologist and award-winning documentarian Howard L. Weiner (“What is Life? The Movie”) as his debut dramatic feature, this low-key and deeply felt indie is unsentimentally blunt while addressing the humiliating debilitations that often define geriatric life. At the same time, however, it scrupulously eschews excessive grimness and shameless heart-tugging, and elicits more than a few laughs in the bargain, while focusing more often on how the title characters deal with last chances and unfinished business.

Of course, the movie comes with the baked-in emotional hook of being a showcase for the final screen appearance of Martin Landau, who passed away last July at age 89. So it’s likely, if not inevitable, that his portrayal of a proud and accomplished man in obvious
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