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Oscars flashback: Iraq invasion in 2003 almost cancelled 75th anniversary Oscars family album reunion of 59 acting winners [Watch]

The 75th anniversary ceremony for the Academy Awards almost didn’t happen as scheduled. When America led an invasion of Iraq that weekend, broadcast network ABC pleaded with producer Gil Cates and Academy president Frank Piersen to move the event back a week. The duo claimed it would be too expensive to make the switch and that the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood would be unavailable.

On March 23, 2003, the ceremony went live on ABC as scheduled, hosted by comedian, actor, and writer Steve Martin, with the Best Picture proclaimed to be “Chicago.” However, several presenters such as Cate Blanchett, Jim Carrey, and Will Smith cancelled their appearances. That day’s events also caused several past winners to bail out on appearing in the Oscars family album slated for late in the show. Similar to a segment five years early for the 70th anniversary show (read more on the link above), the
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Roles Where Actors Portrayed Much Younger Characters

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New Year’s resolutions are a time to work towards a transformation of your body and/or your life. To honor these goals, this month we’re going to look at transformative roles in film. This week we look at some prominent examples of actors playing characters that are much younger than the actors’ actual age.

It’s one thing to mentally prepare to play a character in a movie or a play. It’s another thing to physically transform yourself in order to better identify with the role. Some transformations are only skin deep; extensive makeup or prosthetics may be sufficient to pull of the necessary look. Other transformations are more involved; many actors may take part in weeks, if not months, of preparations for a role. This can include intense training, specialized diets, and exhaustive exercise routines. The end result of an actor going through such a transformation
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Hollywood Is Nearing Its Superhero Saturation Point

Quite recently, actor-director Jodie Foster — when speaking about the Black Mirror episode she helmed — made it a point to express her dislike of superhero films and what their abundance has done to cinema, claiming that they were the cinematic equivalent of theme parks and that they would eventually ruin the viewing habits of the world. She’s not alone in her opinion of superhero films. Several celebrities have expressed their disdain for what the genre has done to cinema, including Emma Thompson, Naomi Watts and Simon Pegg.
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Howards End: Starz Announces April Series Premiere Date for Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) Drama

Are you a Hayley Atwell fan who is still disappointed her that Marvel's Agent Carter and Conviction TV shows were cancelled by ABC? Check her out in the Howards End TV show premiere on Starz, Sunday, April 8, 2018, time Tba. A limited Starz period drama based on the E.M. Forster novel, Howard’s End stars Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Alex Lawther, Tracey Ullman, Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond, Joe Bannister, Jonah Hauer-King, Bessie Carter, Joseph Quinn, and Rosalind Eleazar. In 1992, the story was adapted as a feature film led by Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and Vanessa Redgrave. Read More…
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See Which Costar Hugh Grant Calls 'Not Remotely Sane' - and Which One 'Wanted to Kill Me'

See Which Costar Hugh Grant Calls 'Not Remotely Sane' - and Which One 'Wanted to Kill Me'
When it comes to discussing his former costars, Hugh Grant is not only honest but also hilarious.

The Paddington 2 star, 57, describes Emma Thompson, his Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually costar, as “a genius” but quips that she is “not remotely sane. She’s nuttier and nuttier as the years go.”

Grant says his Florence Foster Jenkins costar, Meryl Streep is also “a genius” — but a little challenged in the eyesight department.

“She doesn’t see very well, but she refuses to wear contact lenses. The result is, if we’re doing a scene, I could have been Denzel Washington,
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32 Times Emma Thompson Made Being Famous Look Really, Really Fun

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32 Times Emma Thompson Made Being Famous Look Really, Really Fun
In a sea of somber red carpets full of stars intent on getting the perfect photographs, Emma Thompson is a breath of fresh air. The Oscar-winning actress and writer never misses an opportunity to ham it up in front of the camera, be it cuddling up to costars, photobombing on the red carpet, or simply grabbing the nearest drink. She even famously brought a pig and a pint along with her when she got her star on the Walk of Fame! Famously outspoken, she is just as likely to make headlines for weighing in on social and political issues as she is for tossing her heels over her shoulder on stage. It's no wonder everyone wants to get up close and personal with this beloved thespian. Just see these photos for proof!
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was originally going to set up a Gaston spinoff

In the wake of the box office success of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which grossed $1.264 billion earlier this year, Disney executive Sean Bailey revealed that while a sequel had been ruled out, the studio would be exploring “possible spinoff and prequel scenarios”.

Well, it seems the original plan was for the live-action movie to set up one such sequel, as revealed by screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos during a conversation with The Wrap:

“The idea was not that he died in the end, but the enchantress would come and he would be cursed as the new beast… [he would] run off into the world as the new beast, whether to be redeemed or come back as a villain.”

According to Spiliotopoulos, Disney made an “eleventh hour” decision to go with the traditional ending, seemingly putting an end to those particular spinoff plans.

See Also: Idris Elba auditioned to play Gaston in Disney
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15 Things You Never Knew About Love Actually

15 Things You Never Knew About Love Actually
When it comes to holiday movies that will rip your heart out, rip it into a thousand pieces, then put it back together and somehow leave you with a restored faith in humanity, Love Actually is one of the best. By now, you’re familiar with lots of trivia from the cult classic — yes, the opening scene in the airport features real people; yes, that is actually Olivia Olson belting “All I Want for Christmas Is You” — so we combed every corner of the Internet to find 15 more things you need to know. Read it, re-watch Love Actually for the thousandth time,
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Ranking All the Relationships in Love Actually

Ranking All the Relationships in Love Actually
Forget hot chocolate and candy canes, our favorite something sweet every holiday season is cozying up by the TV to watch Love Actually. We cry with Emma Thompson, stand up and sing along to that "All You Need Is Love" wedding scene, and we still haven't learned Colin Firth's Portuguese speech at the end, but we're going to figure it out. There are characters to root for, identify with, and loathe (forget Snape and Hans Gruber, this Alan Rickman role is the worst.) It's been 14 years since the now-holiday classic was released, and there are a few love stories that stick with us the most. No one's wondering if that one guy's still hooking up with hot Americans,...
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Don Rosenfeld on Cate Blanchett and Emma Thompson: "They've never been in a movie together. I think they need to be." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Over sea bass at Sette Mezzo on New York's Upper East Side, Don Rosenfeld, founder of Sovereign Films (with Andreas Roald) and the former head of Merchant Ivory Productions, discussed with me his upcoming projects and the twisting history behind filming Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains Of The Day, which included Mike Nichols, Anjelica Huston, Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Susan Sarandon, Harold Pinter, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and James Ivory.

Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins in Remains Of The Day

Rosenfeld, who worked as producer on Howards End, The Remains Of The Day, and Richard Laxton's Effie Gray (starring and written by Emma Thompson), sees her teaming up with Cate Blanchett (who narrated Terrence Malick's fantastic Voyage Of Time: Life's Journey) on a film
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Love Actually Sucks, Actually, and You All Know It

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"Solid gold sh*t!" - Love Actually describing Love Actually I know many of you are probably seething just reading the headline. But the fact is you're here now. Something deep inside of you knows I'm right. Let's get a few things out of the way: I'm a devout Christmas enthusiast. I openly celebrate the reason for the season, I'm known to sport inappropriate Christmas sweaters (at Disneyland, no less), I start my Christmas music listening extravaganza in late October, and I'm a mulled wine fanatic. You need to know that I do have merriment in my heart; I'm not some Grinch who hates the holiday spirit. Furthermore, I am obsessed with British people and will forever feel inadequate for not having an adorably chic English accent. But Love Actually is a flaming turd among sparkly baubles within the holiday film genre. These yuletide films tend to have a specific formula,
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Sally Phillips interview: Ferdinand, Taskmaster, Smack The Pony, Veep

Louisa Mellor Dec 15, 2017

We chatted to actor and writer Sally Phillips about comedy, European accents, special cuddles, writing films and more...

“I’m quite keen to meet a Finnish shaman, have you seen them?” asks Sally Phillips three minutes into an interview that’s supposed to be about her role in new family animation Ferdinand. Scrolling through her phone, she presents me with a photograph of a fearsome looking woman with Pris from Blade Runner eye make-up, wearing an elaborate headdress and holding a tambourine.

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“Look at the expression! Very, very miserable, tambourine, excellent eye make-up” says Phillips, delighted. “I play a character who looks a bit like that in Zapped! and I did something else recently where they painted a black chicken on one eye. I thought, well, it’s slowly, slowly happening, I’m turning into a Finnish Shaman.”

Despite not having visited Finland,
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365Flicks Podcast – Episode 97: Bring Me Zee Umlauts

Here’s the latest episode of the 365Flick podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on Libsyn, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

365Flicks Podcast – Episode 97: Bring Me Zee Umlauts

Kev and Chris are back in the booth after a short impromptu break and they are back to there awesome greatness with a chocka block episode full of Movies, Tv and much much more Entertainment Talk.

We kick off the show with a super long intro and pimpage section which to be fair goes on way to long. We tell everyone that we can now be found on Spotify so its easier for you all to find us. Chris updates us on his short movie which is going well. Then we tell you about our
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Howards End: Starz Releases Series Premiere Date and Trailer for British Drama

There's a beginning to every end. Starz has announced Kenneth Lonergan's Howards End TV show adaptation will debut in April of 2018. The premium cable service has also released a new trailer for the miniseries, which is based on the E.M. Forster 1910 novel of the same name. In UK, the series premiered on BBC One, on November 12, 2017. A Starz period drama, Howard's End stars Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Alex Lawther, Tracey Ullman, Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond, Joe Bannister, Jonah Hauer-King, Bessie Carter, Joseph Quinn, and Rosalind Eleazar. In 1992, the story was adapted as a feature film starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, James Wilby, Samuel West, Jemma Redgrave, and Prunella Scales. Read More…
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Writing a Movie About the Worst Movie Ever Made: A Conversation with ‘The Disaster Artist’ Screenwriters

Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have dealt with heightened emotions through their work in adaptations of Young Adult novels like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, but in Tommy Wiseau of The Disaster Artist they might have found the ultimate symbol of volatility. As played by James Franco in the film, Wiseau is a force of nature who refuses to bend down to things such as budgetary restrictions, other people’s feelings, and even common sense. His mission is to shoot The Room, a film in which he’s put all his energy and hopes. He doesn’t care that his film seems to make no sense, that his actors don’t know what they should be doing, and that the people he’s hired to work with him have no clue as to what he expects from them.

In the screenplay by Neustadter and Weber,
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Disney's Beauty and the Beast Returns to Theaters This December

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Returns to Theaters This December
Fans of Disney's live-action adaptation Beauty and the Beast will be able to view the stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told once again when the film is re-released on December 1 at the AMC Century City in Los Angeles and AMC Empire 25 in New York. The film, which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide at the box office, will screen at the two theaters for an exclusive one-week engagement. Members of AMPAS, BAFTA, Ace, Adg, Asc, Cas, DGA, HFPA, Mpeg, Mpse, PGA, WGA, Cdg and Ves will be admitted with a guest to screenings at both theaters with valid membership card. The film was released domestically on March 16 of this year and quickly became the highest grossing film domestically and internationally, and the biggest live-action movie musical of all time.

In his review of the film, A.O. Scott from The New York Times said the film,
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Tough Mother and Rookies Make Up Supporting Actress Oscar Race

Tough Mother and Rookies Make Up Supporting Actress Oscar Race
Motherhood is a common theme for supporting actresses this year, from Emmy winners Laurie Metcalf and Allison Janney parenting lead actress potentials Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie in “Lady Bird” and “I, Tonya,” respectively. Then there’s Mary J. Blige’s tough matriarch in “Mudbound,” a commanding performance by the singer. Matriarch Catherine Keener is not to be trusted in “Get Out” while Holly Hunter is loving parent to a sick daughter in “The Big Sick.” And there’s a mother of a different kind with Melissa Leo in “Novitiate,” playing a Mother Reverend grappling with change. Other potential nominees include previous winner Octavia Spencer, standing out in the strong ensemble of “The Shape of Water,” previous nominee Kristen Scott Thomas bringing grace to the wife of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” and newcomer Hong Chau, stealing scenes as a political activist in “Downsizing.” Buzz is also high on Lesley Manville, though “[link
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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Kenneth Lonergan Follows ‘Manchester by the Sea’ With a New Take on the Celebrated Novel — Watch

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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Kenneth Lonergan Follows ‘Manchester by the Sea’ With a New Take on the Celebrated Novel — Watch
BBC has released a new trailer for “Howards End,” an upcoming miniseries adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel that was previously made into a Merchant-Ivory film. Kenneth Lonergan wrote this new take on the book, which stars Hayley Atwell. Watch the trailer below.

Read More:‘Howards End’ Photos: Kenneth Lonergan and Hayley Atwell Bring the Classic Novel to Television

Here’s the synopsis, which is appropriately wordy: “Margaret Schlegel (Atwell) is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End.

“Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn) a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar). In the absence of their late parents,
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Hayley Atwell: driven and dangerous new queen of period drama

As Agent Carter she was a muse to superheroes. Directors praise the professional example she sets. Now she is ascending into the period drama stratosphere in the new TV adaptation of Howards End

It was Hayley Atwell who, four years ago, predicted that her 30s and 40s would not be the years when she started worrying about roles drying up, but rather the decades in which she would thrive as an actor. “I’m meant to be an older actor rather than a teen or a 20s starlet,” she said. She is now 35. “I didn’t feel comfortable with the pursuit of that: I wanted to know who I was as a human being first.”

After years working in classy and well-received dramas – she is also well-known to Marvel fans as secret agent Peggy Carter in the Captain America films and the Agent Carter TV spin-off – Atwell is about to gain a broader audience.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Hayley Atwell: driven and dangerous new queen of period drama

As Agent Carter she was a muse to superheroes. Directors praise the professional example she sets. Now she is ascending into the period drama stratosphere in the new TV adaptation of Howards End

It was Hayley Atwell who, four years ago, predicted that her 30s and 40s would not be the years when she started worrying about roles drying up, but rather the decades in which she would thrive as an actor. “I’m meant to be an older actor rather than a teen or a 20s starlet,” she said. She is now 35. “I didn’t feel comfortable with the pursuit of that: I wanted to know who I was as a human being first.”

After years working in classy and well-received dramas – she is also well-known to Marvel fans as secret agent Peggy Carter in the Captain America films and the Agent Carter TV spin-off – Atwell is about to gain a broader audience.
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »
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