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Smackdown 1963: Three from "Tom Jones" and Two Dames

Presenting the Supporting Actresses of '63. Well well, what have we here? This year's statistical uniqueness (the only time one film ever produced three supporting actress nominees) and the character lineup reads juicier than it actually is - your Fab Five are, get this: a saucy wench, a pious auntie, a disgraced lady, a pillpopping royal, and a stubborn nun.

The Nominees 

from left to right: Cilento, Evans, Redman, Rutherford, Skalia

In 1963 Oscar voters went for an all-first-timers nominee list in Supporting Actress. The eldest contenders would soon become Dames (Margaret Rutherford and Edith Evans were both OBEs at the time). Rutherford, the eventual winner, was the only nominee with an extensive film history and she was in the middle of a hot streak with her signature role as Jane Marple which ran across multiple films from through 1961-1965. In fact, Agatha Christie had just dedicated her new book "The
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GKids’ Founder Eric Beckman Champions Independent Voices in Animation

Eric Beckman, founder and head of GKids, looks at animation in a different way than many of his contemporaries. This has made his independent distribution outfit a popular destination for filmmakers who are interested in telling complex stories with a more handmade approach to animation.

“We love what we do at GKids, and much of our passion is born out of the people we choose to work with,” says Beckman, who is receiving the Mifa & Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award at Annecy along with Gebeka Films’ Marc Bonny.

This year, the GKids slate includes “The Breadwinner” and “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children.”

Founded in 2008, GKids rose in stature in 2010 when “The Secret of Kells” received an animated feature Oscar nomination, joining the likes of studio pics “Up,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Coraline” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

“The extraordinary success of ‘Kells’ really helped us, both with profitability and exposure,
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How Sally Field Landed Her First Major Role in ‘Gidget’

How Sally Field Landed Her First Major Role in ‘Gidget’
Before she portrayed “the little girl with big ideas” on the 1960s television series “Gidget,” Sally Field began her acting career auditioning for a role with her mother.

In an interview with Hailee Steinfeld for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” Field discussed her transition from being the child of working-class actors, to becoming a thesp herself. Her experiences were not always picture-perfect and there was a time when her step-father, actor Jock Mahoney’s show — the Western series “Yancy Derringer” — was “ripped out from under” him.

“Certainly the part of acting that I knew was not fun, it was not a glamorous world,” Field said. “It was where you had a life one day and then the next day literally it was all repossessed.”

Field’s mother, actress Margaret Field, performed a scene with her daughter that yielded more interviews and auditions, which eventually landed Sally her first major role.
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11 New Songs Announced For Rock Band 4

Rock Band 4 is getting ever closer to its release in early October, and while a major selling point of the game is full backwards compatibility with song Dlc purchased in earlier iterations, developer Harmonix is still sticking to series tradition and including plenty of songs built into the game from the start.

11 new tracks have been announced today, spanning various artists, genres, and decades. The full list can be seen below:

Aerosmith – “Toys in the Attic” The Cure – “Friday I’m In Love” Dream Theater – “Metropolis – Part 1 “The Miracle And The Sleeper”” Foo Fighters – “The Feast and the Famine” Judas Priest – “Halls Of Valhalla” Live – “All Over You” The Outfield – “Your Love” Ozzy Osbourne – “Miracle Man” Paramore – “Still Into You” St. Vincent – “Birth In Reverse” Van Morrison – “Brown Eyed Girl”

A brief new trailer has been released showcasing some of the new songs, along with a look at the revamped
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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From Community, Scandal and More

TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From Community, Scandal and More
Don’t think, don’t worry, everything’s just fine… because it’s time for an all new TVLine Mixtape!

What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.

Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV tunes. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @RyanSchwartz.

RelatedTVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from Grey’s,
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August: Osage County | Blu-ray Review

Since the hubbub of Oscar season has finally died away and we can look past the strategy of campaigns, August: Osage County arrives on Blu-ray for reexamination. Perhaps distance and time will finally melt those rosy-tinted glasses so many seem to have donned for the experience of the film, as multiple viewings only enhance its creaky strokes of forced melodrama. As with her nomination for 1999’s Music of the Heart, her unnecessary accolades for this appear to be overwhelmingly kiss ass. It’s a mode we’ve seen Ms. Streep in before, that of the highly nuanced harpy with complicated and convoluted depth; only it all feels so incredibly constrained and affected that it’s difficult to believe a single minute of it.

When something sounds too good to be true, it often is, and while John Wells certainly wasn’t the most inspired choice to helm the adaptation of
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August: Osage County | Review

Suffer the Children: Wells’ Adaptation Enjoyable Camp, Hinges on Grandiose Performances

When something sounds too good to be true, it often is, and while John Wells certainly wasn’t the most inspired choice to helm the adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize Winning play August: Osage County, its delirious cast lineup trumps all else. The film belongs to a bygone tradition of cinema adapted from famous stage plays, such as when Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee and Paul Zindel were all names on the tips of everyone’s tongues. While Letts has the potential to be as perversely humorous as any of them, this adaptation only shines in a handful of scenes, gummed up with disingenuous mortar on the way to each to one. Several cast members are in fine form, but most of them have the potential to distract rather than homogenize, and thus, Wells seems to have let
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A Raisin in the (Hollywood) Sun

Dancin' Dan here with the news that made my week: Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun is coming back to Broadway. This news alone might not necessarily be cheer-worthy since it was just revived in 2004 but other than one of the great American plays back on the boards it's the starry cast attached to it that brings the excitement. Denzel Washington will lead the ensemble in the role of Walter Lee Younger which was played by Sidney Poitier on both stage and screen. So Denzel's Training Day Oscar speech continues to be true.

I'll always be chasing you Sidney. I'll always be following in your footsteps. There's nothing I would rather do, sir."

Joining Denzel will be no less than three Oscar or Tony-nominated actresses: Sophie Okonedo (as Walter's wife Ruth, originally played by Ruby Dee), Anika Noni Rose, and Diahann Carroll (as Younger family matriarch Lena,
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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Aerosmith: Rock For The Rising Sun

Blu-ray, Digital & DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013

Price: DVD $14.98, Blu-ray $19.98

Studio: Eagle Rock

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry draw the line in Japan.

Aerosmith: Rock For The Rising Sun , recorded during their 2011 tour of Japan, is the storied American band’s first live video release in nine years, since the release of You Gotta Move in 2004.

In March 2011, Japan was beset by a huge earthquake, a monstrous tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. In the autumn of 2011, despite advice to the contrary, Aerosmith brought their “Back On The Road” tour to Japan, a country with which they’d always had a special relationship.

Rock For The Rising Sun follows the band on that tour, combining full-length live tracks with behind the scenes footage.

As bonus features, the DVD includes extra live tracks, “Lick And A Promise” recorded at the Hiroshima Green Garden Arena and “One Way
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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Flight, Side by Side, Peter Pan: Diamond Edition

It's not a great week for new releases on DVD and Blu-ray... in fact, some might say it's downright terrible, but there are still a few things worth mentioning. The biggest titles hitting stores today include Robert Zemeckis' Flight (which earned Denzel Washington an Oscar nomination), Here Comes the Boom starring Kevin James, and one of 2012's biggest box office bombs, Alex Cross. Fortunately, a few of the smaller releases seem a little more promising, such as A Late Quartet starring Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Deadfall starring Eric Bana, and the Czech animated film Toys in the Attic. Keanu Reeves' digital vs. film documentary Side by Side is also out this week, and for the first time on Blu-ray, we've got Otto Preminger's Laura, a 40th Anniversary edition of Cabaret and Disney's Peter Pan! What will you be buying or renting this week? Check out
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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'Flight,' 'Cabaret'

Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "Flight" What's It About? A seasoned pilot (Denzel Washington) safely lands a plane after a mid-air catastrophe, but troubling details emerge in a further investigation of the event. See It Because: "Flight" makes you never want to fly again -- in the best way possible. Directed by Robert Zemeckis -- his first live-action film in over a decade -- this movie soars with Denzel playing against type, as an alcoholic, drugged-out pilot. Watch an Exclusive Clip from the "Flight" DVD - Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Cabaret" What's It About? The movie that made Liza Minnelli a superstar -- a musical drama about the complicated romance between an American singer and a British academic living in Berlin as the Nazis rise to power -- is finally restored for Blu-ray. See It Because: It's an Oscar-winning classic, but if that's not enough, the
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'Peter Pan', 'Flight', 'House of Cards' and 'Alex Cross' are On DVD and Blu-ray This Week

Peter Pan (Diamond Edition) Disney is releasing their classic animated adaptation of Peter Pan on Blu-ray this week and looking over the complete selection of titles hitting shelves today this really looks to be the best of the lot. Granted, Criterion has The Ballad of Narayama coming out and the next title does interest me, but overall this is just not a week to be buying movies.

 

House of Cards Trilogy: The Original UK Series Along with releasing the new miniseries "House of Cards" on Netflix Instant last Friday, Netflix also has the complete original BBC adaptation streaming online. So why would you spend money to buy the Blu-ray edtion? I really don't know, but it's coming out and I've heard it's great. So if you can find the time, maybe stroll on over to Netflix and add it to your queue as well or if you have deep pockets purchase it.
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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Words, The Cold Light of Day, Bachelorette

The late summer drought seems to be carrying on into September this week as there are just two new movies in wide release and neither look particularly appealing (which is probably just as well because most of Hollywood is in Toronto this weekend for Tiff). The Words stars Bradley Cooper as a famous writer who gets caught plagiarizing another author's work while The Cold Light of Day gives you a look at Henry Cavill in another action-oriented role before he plays Superman next summer. In select theatres we have the Bridesmaids-esque hard-r comedy Bachelorette, the high concept indie sci-fi flick Branded, and [Rec] 3: Genesis, which abandons the found footage style that the horror series has become known for. Also keep an eye out for the Wayne White documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing and the IMAX re-release of Raiders of the Lost Ark. What will you be watching this weekend? The Words
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Out This Week: 7 Reviews of New Indie Releases

Out This Week: 7 Reviews of New Indie Releases
Out This Week is a weekly column intended to provide reviews of nearly every new indie release. Reviews This Week: "Bachelorette" "Beauty is Embarrassing" "Detropia" "For Ellen" "Keep the Lights On" "The Inbetweeners Movie" "Toys in the Attic" --- "Bachelorette" Three high-pitched female specimen of Homo Americanus are asked to be bridesmaids at the wedding of a former classmate they used to poke fun at back in college. The implications: How masochistic of her to invite them, how sadistic of them to go. She is fat though; perhaps she deserves it, doesn’t she? Unsurprisingly, the run-up to the wedding consists of a series of mildly entertaining fuck-ups. The bride's dress gets ripped, soiled and lost propelling the three shell-shocked mademoiselles on an eventfully boring night out. Their nocturnal perambulations are graced by the...
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Opening: Toys In The Attic, a Handmade Euro Delight

Opening theatrically on Friday, September 7, in selected cities across the U.S., Jiří Barta's stop-motion animated film Toys in the Attic is a handmade delight. Barta, who hails from the Czech Republic, is a shy, unassuming man with a vivid imagination. He visited Fantastic Fest with his film in 2010 -- see photos below of him with Karrie League during the Q&A after the screening, along with a close-up of one of the toys -- and now his incredible work can be seen by a wider audience in North America. To be sure, Toys in the Attic will not remind anyone of the Pixar films, beyond the ancient, shared premise of toys coming to life. It is not a thrill ride or a sentimental comedy,...
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10 Films To See In September

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This month marks one of the most exciting times of the year for a film fan, as studios are finally beginning to show off their most promising movies of the year, either in theaters or on the festival circuit. We will be bringing extensive coverage of Tiff later in the month, but with the theatrical offerings (some from the aforementioned festival and many from Sundance), filmgoers have much to look forward to. I opted not to include re-releases of Finding Nemo and Raiders of the Lost Ark in order to highlight others that you can check out below.

Matinees: Girl Model (9/5), Detropia (9/5), Toys in the Attic (9/7), Hello I Must Be Going (9/7), 10 Years (9/14), Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (9/21), 17 Girls (9/21), Head Games (9/21), Dredd (9/21), The Hole (9/28), Starbuck (9/28)

10. The Words (Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal; Sept. 7th)

Synopsis: A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must
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Latest MPAA Ratings: Bulletin No: 2237

I know you can hardly contain your excitement for Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, but the most interest rating for me today was the PG-rating for Sony Pictures's The Swan Princess: Christmas. I'm not sure I've ever seen a PG-rated film head in to the appeals process and I've been doing these articles for a long time. Other than that, what follows are the latest MPAA ratings from Bulletin #2237. #Holdyourbreath Rated R For strong bloody violence, sexual content, language and some drug use. Bigfoot County Rated R For pervasive language and a brief sexual assault. Down The Shore Rated R For language and some drug use. Electrick Children Rated R For language including brief sexual references. Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare Rated PG-13 For some thematic material. Girls Against Boys Rated R For violence, some sexual content/nudity and language. A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles
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Check Out the Trailer for Toys in the Attic

Receiving a limited theatrical release on September 7th, Eurocine and Hannover House's Toys in the Attic has just revealed an official trailer which you can check out beneath the official synopsis: Set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic of a home in Prague, this award-winning stop-motion animated feature has been called .An animation masterpiece. (Anima Basuari), and .a diabolically inventive tale that is four parts 'Toy Story' and one part Tim Burton" (New York International Children.s Film Festival). The setting for the film was inspired by the cultural and political contrast of the Cold War era and its impact on director Jiri Barta and the Czech Republic. The world of the attic is divided into the land of happy toys in the West and the...
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Killer Joe | Review

Friedkin Back with A Vengeance: A delicious, glossy throwback to the daring exploitative themes of the 1970s.

Incest, murderous rednecks, and a bucket of chicken you’re not apt to forget, are all part of the window dressing in Killer Joe, the hilariously dark new film from William Friedkin. Reteaming with Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts after they collaborated on bringing Bug (2006) to the big screen, the pair’s latest offering plays like Lillian Hellman on acid. Set in greater American redneck country (Texas), this ferocious thriller shows blood to be no thicker than water and once again proves that Friedkin is a cinematic master.

Emile Hirsch stars as Chris, a down and out redneck that owes $6,000 in drug and gambling debts. Something of dimwitted loser and without a dime to his name, Chris barges into his father’s (Thomas Hayden Church) trailer house one rainy night with a plot
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Interview: Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton talks new tour, album and 'savoring'

Interview: Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton talks new tour, album and 'savoring'
Aerosmith will get back in the saddle again this summer with a new tour and the band’s first new studio album since 2004’s “Honkin’ on Bobo.” At a press conference held Wednesday at The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton (Brad Whitford is on tour with Experience Hendrix) revealed the new album will come out in a few months. The still-untitled project is co-produced by Jack Douglas, who produced such legendary albums as 1975’s “Toys in the Attic,” and 1976’s “Rocks; Tyler, and Marti Frederiksen. If Douglas is responsible for the band’s...
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