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The 2017 Actress Roundtable Lineup

Chris here. There may already Gotham noms and film festivals, but Oscar season doesn't really start until The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable - at least in our hearts. This year's lineup includes returning folks Jennifer Lawrence (mother!), Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes), and Jessica Chastain (Molly's Game), while the newbies are Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound - finally arriving on Netflix today!), and Allison Janney (I, Tonya).

The reliance on returning guests is still irksome, and that is particularly felt this year with a smaller lineup. The ongoing reckoning with sexual predators in the industry looms large over the conversation, but we also get the usual soundbites on creative risk, career advice, and dream collaborators. Who who you like to add to this lineup? Or what film would you recast with these ladies? (I'll offer Tiffany Haddish, and a Steel Magnolias where Lawrence plays Ouiser) Tell
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Patricia Richardson Joins Off-Broadway Production of ‘Cruel Intentions: The Musical’ (Exclusive)

Patricia Richardson Joins Off-Broadway Production of ‘Cruel Intentions: The Musical’ (Exclusive)
Patricia Richardson will return to the stage in the Off-Broadway production of Cruel Intentions: The Musical, which is set for a 10-week limited engagement at Le Poisson Rouge starting Nov. 17.

The four-time Emmy nominee and star of Home Improvement and The West Wing will play Mrs. Bunny Caldwell in the musical adaptation of the 1999 cult teen classic, marking her return to the New York stage since starring in the Off-Broadway production of I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan in 2013. ““I’m thrilled to be joining such a fun and clever show and looking forward to returning to my New York theatre roots!” Richardson tells Et. The actress takes over the role originated by Christine Baranski in the film, which also starred Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair.

Created for the stage by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin and the film’s director and writer Roger Kumble, Cruel Intentions: The Musical tells the story of
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Julia Roberts Acts Out 26 of Her Movies in Under 10 Minutes

Julia Roberts Acts Out 26 of Her Movies in Under 10 Minutes
Julia Roberts has a new movie to promote. But since Wonder isn't in theaters until Nov. 17, James Corden wanted to re-promote some of her past projects—26 of them to be exact—on Wednesday's episode of The Late Late Show. Roberts was game to revisit her previous roles—or, to be honest, "as ready as I'm going to get." In under 10 minutes, Corden and Roberts acted out scenes from Notting Hill, Mona Lisa Smile, Larry Crowne, Runaway Bride, Steel Magnolias, Charlie Wilson's War, Mystic Pizza, America's Sweethearts, Eat Pray Love, Closer, Pretty Woman, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Stepmom, Wonder, Mirror Mirror, Flatliners, Hook, Charlotte's Web, Erin Brockovich,...
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Julia Roberts and James Corden Recreate Her Career in 9 Minutes, Have a ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ Sing-Along

Julia Roberts and James Corden Recreate Her Career in 9 Minutes, Have a ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ Sing-Along
Julia Roberts is just a girl, standing in front of James Corden, asking him to act out her movies with her. The 49-year-old Oscar winner recreated some of her top films during a clip, which aired on Wednesday's The Late Late Show.

Starting out with her iconic line from Notting Hill, she went on to act out scenes from Runaway Bride, Steel Magnolias, Charlie Wilson’s War, Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman, Hook, Erin Brockovich, The Pelican Brief, and Sleeping With the Enemy.

When it came time to act out Oceans 11 and 12, Corden stepped out in an interesting outfit.

“What are you doing?” Roberts asked him.

“I’m being George Clooney! I’ve got coffee, tequila, a couple of these,” he said, knocking together some twin baby dolls.

More: Julia Roberts Reflects on 'Selfish' Life as a Young Actress: 'I Was My Priority'

But the best moment came when she acted out her 1997 rom com, My Best Friend’s Wedding
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Can We Handle Cher's Broadway Musical? I Really Don't Think We're Strong Enough, No

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Cher's life is finally getting the stage adaptation it so deserves. Following earlier reports that the iconic multihyphenate would be inspiring a Broadway musical, additional details have finally been released. Titled The Cher Show, the musical will include everything from her childhood to her impressive career. In a press statement, Cher said, "My life as a musical on Broadway. It seems crazy, exciting, and bizarre. But that's probably how my life seems to most people." Cher would be correct in that assumption. RelatedA Pretty Woman Musical Is Happening - Meet the Actors Playing Vivian and Edward! Directing the musical will be Jason Moore, who previously directed Avenue Q and the stage adaptation of Steel Magnolias. Fun fact: the first film Moore ever directed was Pitch Perfect! Though the cast has yet to be determined, the musical is set to premiere first in Chicago on June 12, 2018, before arriving at Broadway's Neil Simon
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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Lifetime Scary Movie Set From Lionsgate

Get ready for a movie marathon of bone-chilling tales and supernatural thrillers when the Lifetime Scary Movie Set arrives on DVD September 12 from Lionsgate. For the first time, four of Lifetime’s best-selling, frightful films are available in one complete collection for a hauntingly great value. The set includes the movies Stephen King’s Big Driver, Manson’s Lost Girls, Hush Little Baby, and Devil’s Diary. The films feature stars such as Olympia Dukakis, Maria Bello, and more. Just in time for Halloween, the Lifetime Scary Movie Set DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

Now you can own the Lifetime Scary Movie Set on DVD. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie based on Stephen King? (mine is Carrie!). It’s so easy! Good Luck!
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Lifetime Scary Movie Set Arrives on DVD September 12th from Lionsgate

Get ready for a movie marathon of bone-chilling tales and supernatural thrillers when the Lifetime Scary Movie Set arrives on DVD September 12 from Lionsgate. For the first time, four of Lifetime’s best-selling, frightful films are available in one complete collection for a hauntingly great value. The set includes the movies Stephen King’s Big Driver, Manson’s Lost Girls, Hush Little Baby, and Devil’s Diary. The films feature stars such as Olympia Dukakis, Maria Bello, and more. Just in time for Halloween, the Lifetime Scary Movie Set DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

A woman left for dead by a serial killer seeks revenge. A real-life Manson girl reveals how her communal sisterhood moved from free love to mass murder. A mother’s newborn baby is possessed by a vengeful spirit. Two high school girls unearth a centuries-old diary and unleash havoc and destruction.
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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Sam Shepard

Chicago – He was a true renaissance man, but his unassuming persona would conceal that lofty designation. Sam Shepard was a playwright, actor, author, screenwriter and director of countless important stage and screen works. Shepard died on July 27th, 2017, of complications due to Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Als). He was 73.

Sam Shepard, American Storyteller

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He was born Samuel Shepard Rogers III in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and graduated high school in California. After a brief stint in college, he started his career in a traveling theater repertory company. After landing in New York City, he dropped the Rogers from his name and began to work Off Broadway. He won six Obie Awards for his stage writing, and began his screen career by penning “Me and My Brother” (1968) and “Zabriskie Point” (1970). His had a love connection with rocker Patti Smith, which led to the collaborative play “Cowboy Mouth” (1971). He
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Golden Globes’ Biggest Red Carpet Rebels

Golden Globes’ Biggest Red Carpet Rebels
The Academy Awards has a long reputation of being the straight-a cheerleader big sister to the Golden Globes’ more rebellious, drama club younger sibling, at least as far as its fashions are concerned. Save for some break-the-mold looks like Bjork’s infamous swan dress (and, lest we forget, its accompanying egg clutch) and Cher’s Bob Mackie headdress, the Oscars are remembered for polished jewels while the Globes are there for stars to make statements.

The go-to example for this argument is still, now over a decade later, “The Practice” star Lara Flynn Boyle’s skimpy petal pink prima ballerina faux paus from the 2003 ceremony. The get-up served its purpose; that is, it changed her narrative for the evening from solely being about her recent breakup with Jack Nicholson, who would win lead actor in a motion picture drama for “About Schmidt” (he told the Associated Press that Boyle’s Swarovski-dazzled tulle skirt and matching Chanel shoes
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This Is the Play That Won Sam Shepard a Pulitzer Prize

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This week, beloved actor and playwright Sam Shepard died of complications from Als at the age of 73. His passing was met with an outpouring of emotion from famous fans who have long been inspired by his work; in addition to starring in classic films like The Right Stuff, Steel Magnolias, Black Hawk Down, and The Notebook, Shepard also penned over 40 plays, as well as a handful of books, short stories, memoirs, and essays. It was one of these projects that won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1979. RelatedRemembering Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange's 30-Year Hollywood Love Story Shepard took home the Pulitzer Prize for drama thanks to his play Buried Child in 1979. It follows a family during the rural economic slowdown of the 1970s and depicts the disillusionment with the American Dream. It launched Shepard into fame as a playwright, and Buried Child's Broadway production in 1996 also garnered five Tony Award nominations.
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Deadpool 2 and mother! top our daily movie news roundup!

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Deadpool 2 and mother! top our daily movie news roundup!Deadpool 2 and mother! top our daily movie news roundup!Amanda Wood7/31/2017 4:24:00 Pm

In today’s movie news: A creepy teaser trailer, some funny Deadpool news, and a sad loss for the industry.

The Tiff-bound Darren Aronofsky thriller mother! finally released its first teaser trailer, and it sure does tease some craziness and mayhem. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a married couple whose lives take a turn when unexpected visitors arrive, mother! is one of our most anticipated films of Tiff, and also just in general. Check out the creepy teaser below and catch mother! in Cineplex theatres September 15th.

Ryan Reynolds is back to his usual Twitter shenanigans, promoting Deadpool 2 with an amusing character poster for Domino, a new face in the series. She’s lying on a rug made out of Deadpool’s suit,
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Sam Shepard dies at 73 by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-07-31 22:15:23

Sam Shepard in Blackthorn Photo: Mongrel Media Sam Shepard: 'I still don't like to look at myself act' Hollywood today paid tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter and actor Sam Shepard, who died on July 27, aged 73.

Shepard, who won the Pulitzer for Buried Child, died from the complications of Motor Neurone Disease at his Kentucky home.

In addition to his career as a playwright - penning more 40 plays - he also forged a career onscreen. He featured in films including Terrence Malik's Days Of Heaven and went on to be nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Philip Kaufaman's biographical drama about test pilot Chuck Yeager, The Right Stuff.

Other film roles included Steel Magnolias, Black Hawk Down and Don't Come Knocking. More recently, he also starred in Blackthorn, Ithaca and Midnight Special. His last film Never Here had it's premiere last month and he
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An Appreciation of Sam Shepard: A Countercultural Playwright Who Became, as an Actor, an Ironic Icon

An Appreciation of Sam Shepard: A Countercultural Playwright Who Became, as an Actor, an Ironic Icon
There’s a grand irony to the life and career of Sam Shepard, who died Thursday at 73, that couldn’t have been lost on him. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, when he was first coming up as a playwright, he was part of a shaggy experimental New York theater scene, a kind of loose downtown collective that emerged from the dead flowers of the counterculture and grew into something else: a hazy ’70s druggie/poet garden of indolent creativity. It was an off-Broadway, off-kilter, semi-off-the-grid scene that sprouted up through the cracks of what had been hippie culture and would soon become punk.

Shepard wrote his plays with a wild-dog discursive freedom that would have been unimaginable before the ’60s, and his fabled romantic affair with a singer-poet named Patti Smith seemed baptized in a kind of bohemian purity. At that point, he’d already begun to flirt with Hollywood, though
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Sam Shepard, Rip: 5 Essential Performances That Illustrate His Genius

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Sam Shepard, Rip: 5 Essential Performances That Illustrate His Genius
Sam Shepard was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose contributions to the theater world spanned decades; by the time he started acting in movies, his career had already taken off. As such, even as he landed an Oscar nomination for “The Right Stuff” and continued to be a regular presence in front of the camera, the multi-talented writer-performer remained primarily associated with the stage. Nevertheless, Shepard remained a major figure in American cinema for 40 years in more ways that one: It’s his tender screenplay that makes Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” such an emotional powerhouse, and he even directed two features, but it’s Shepard’s acting credits speak to his astonishing range — and the way he continued to evolve his skills as the decades wore on. Here are five standouts from a career so rich with talent that we can only begin to explore it with this limited sampling (sorry,
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Playwright, actor Sam Shepard dies aged 73

Playwright, actor Sam Shepard dies aged 73
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor who suffered from Als died at his home.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor Sam Shepard has died from Als. He was 73.

Shepard died on July 27 at his home in Kentucky surrounded by family. “The family requests privacy at this difficult time,” Chris Boneau, the spokesman for the family, said.

Shephard won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play Buried Child and received a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.

His final on-screen appearance came in 2015 on the Netflix drama Bloodline. As an actor his screen credits include Days Of Heaven, Resurrection, Frances, Country, Fool For Love, Crimes Of The Heart, Baby Boom, Steel Magnolias, Bright Angel, Defenseless, Hamlet, The Notebook, Black Hawk Down, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Brothers, Mud, August: Osage County, Cold in July, Midnight Special, In Dubious Battle, and You Were
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Sam Shepard: Celebrities Pay Tribute to Legendary Playwright and Actor

Sam Shepard: Celebrities Pay Tribute to Legendary Playwright and Actor
Sam Shepard's death Thursday spurred an outpouring of old Hollywood memories from some of the industry's biggest stars, including Alyssa Milano, Antonio Banderas and Jason Alexander.

Shepard died at his Kentucky home surrounded by loved ones, his family announced Monday. The celebrated playwright and actor had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, family spokesperson Chris Boneau told ABC News. He was 73.

Rest with the angels, Sam Shepard. My condolences to all that loved him. https://t.co/EmkNymyohG

Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 31, 2017

Oh Man.
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Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright and 'Notebook' Actor, Dead at 73

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright and 'Notebook' Actor, Dead at 73
Accomplished playwright and actor Sam Shepard has died, Et can confirm. He was 73 years old.

Shepard died at his home in Kentucky on July 27 of complications from Als, and was surrounded by his family at the time of his death, Chris Boneau, spokesman for the family, said on Monday. Shepard is survived by his children -- Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard -- and his sisters, Sandy and Roxanne Rogers.

Funeral arrangements remain private, and plans for a public memorial have not yet been determined.

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"The family requests privacy at this difficult time," Boneau said in a statement.

Shepard found incredible success as both a playwright and as an actor. He won a Pulitzer Prize for drama for his 1979 play, Buried Child, and wrote 40 plays over the course of his career. He also wrote the screenplays for Zabriskie Point; Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas; and Robert Altman's Fool for Love, a film
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Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Oscar-Nominated Actor, Dead at 73

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Oscar-Nominated Actor, Dead at 73
Sam Shepard has died.  The Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright passed away on Thursday at his home in Kentucky, the New York Times reported. As a spokesman for the Shepard family confirmed to the newspaper, the star suffered complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. Shepard was 73 years old.  As famous off camera as he was in front of it, the star first earned his stripes in the theater world as an off-off-Broadway playwright and later wrote more than a dozen films, a few of which he also directed.  He made his debut in front of the camera in 1970 and rose to fame as a prominent actor with roles in The Right StuffSteel Magnolias, Days of...
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