April 16, 2014

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Whitney Houston’s body has been released by the coroner

HollywoodNews.com: Whitney Houston’s body has reportedly been released by the coroner’s office as the autopsy has been completed this weekend.
Houston’s autopsy is done, although toxicology results are still pending. However, the body is no longer needed for those tests, states People.
The investigation is still ongoing, but her family can now move forward with her funeral.
The body has reportedly not been picked up yet as arrangements for the funeral are allegedly still being made.
Houston died this past Saturday at the age of 48.
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Golden Globe Awards: Michelle Williams Photos

HollywoodNews.com: Keeping our fingers crossed for Michelle Williams to win the Golden Globe Awards. Her performances have established her as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors earning her two Academy Award® nominations.
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In 2011, Williams took on the iconic Marilyn Monroe in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. The film was released by The Weinstein Company on November 4, 2011. In addition, she stars opposite Seth Rogan in Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ, which made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
Below video of Michelle Williams receiving her “Hollywood Actress Award” last October, 2011, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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Jean Shafiroff and The Weinstein Company hosted a luncheon with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh

HollywoodNews.com: Jean Shafiroff and The Weinstein Company hosted a luncheon with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh in honor of The Weinstein Company film My Week with Marilyn, Tuesday, January 10th at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, CA. The film stars Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh and documents the brief period filmmaker Colin Clark spent with Marilyn Monroe during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl in England during the late 1950s.

The luncheon was attended and honored by many of the founding members of The Actors Studio and those who shared the screen with Marilyn Monroe in her heyday. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch planned and prepared by Cecconi’s and received exclusive gift bags with exciting items such a Byu-Ti Salon gift certificate and products from Pureology® and Smashbox.
IN ATTENDANCE:
Jean Shafiroff, New York Philanthropist and Socialite
Michelle Williams, Actress
Kenneth Branagh, Actor
Colleen Camp, Actress
Dyan Cannon, Actress
Frances Fisher, Actress
Frank Cascio, Author of My Friend Michael
Harry Hamlin, Actor
James Keach, Actor
Jamie Patricof, Producer
Jane Seymour, Actress
Louise Griffiths, Singer
Martin Landau, Actor
Michael Nouri, Actor
Missy Hargraves, Actress
Natasha Sunshine, Celebrity Hairstylist of Byu-Ti Salon
Paul Farberman, Entertainment Manager
Sean Young, Actress
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Michelle Williams talks transforming into Marilyn Monroe

HollywoodNews.com: Trying to play an icon like Marilyn Monroe isn’t easy, but Michelle Williams took on the challenge and is now explaining how she did it for ‘My Week with Marilyn.’
Williams recently revealed that a major part was getting her body and body movements just right, states People. “I wasn’t watching what I ate, let’s put it that way,” Williams said about getting her body to be like Monroe’s.
Director Simon Curtis admitted that Williams also got Monroe’s signature walk down: “[A]n awful lot is Williams’s understanding of the way Marilyn walked, and the way Williams herself took on the wiggle.”
Do you think she was the best choice for the role?
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Michelle Williams, Tilda Swinton on Oscar-hopeful posters – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The line separating Michelle Williams and Marilyn Monroe continues to blur as more marketing materials hit the Web promoting “My Week With Marilyn.”
Earlier this week, Williams picked up the Hollywood Actress Award at the 15th annual Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills. It’s the first of what should be several trophies for Williams’ transformation into silver screen icon for Simon Curtis’s semi-biopic.
How much does Williams resemble the late Monroe? Feast your eyes on the latest poster:

The resemblance is uncanny. “Marilyn” has shifted back its release date, meaning most now will have to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to see Williams do her thing.
In a perfect world, Williams will find herself competing against Tilda Swinton in this year’s Best Actress Oscar race for her searing work as a shellshocked mother in Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
On the heels of “Kevin” winning the Best Film award at the BFI London Film Festival, Oscilloscope unveiled a chilling new poster that suggests the symbiotic relationship shared by mother (Swinton) and son (Ezra Miller).
“Kevin” will be in select theaters on Dec. 9 for Oscar qualifying, followed by a 2012 release. It’s a must see.

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Michelle Williams at NYC “Marilyn” premiere – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne walked the red carpet Sunday night at the New York Film Festival on behalf of Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn.” And as patrons attended the film’s world premiere and East Coast gala, reviews for the Oscar hopeful started hitting the Internet, with plenty of praise being heaped on Williams for her portrayal of silver screen legend Marilyn Monroe.
“The luminous Michelle Williams gives a layered performance that goes beyond impersonation in My Week With Marilyn. Playing both the damaged, insecure woman and the sensual celebrity construct, as well as the role with which Marilyn Monroe was struggling during a particularly difficult shoot, Williams gets us on intimate terms with one of Hollywood’s most enduring and tragic icons,” writes David Rooney for THR.
“Not that you’re surprised, but Williams is perfection as Ms. Monroe. She nails the nuance and subtlety of the role — which really requires three different personalities: the public Marilyn Monroe, the private Marilyn Monroe and the part in ‘The Princess and the Showgirl,’” Christopher Rosen writes for Moviefone.
“Williams is the least showy aspect of the film, an astonishing fact since so many portrayals of Monroe border on cartoon,” he continues. “You can tell the work she put into this performance: not just with the voice, mannerisms and attitude, but with the eyes. Williams draws you into Monroe’s wounded soul slowly, carefully and deliberately. It’s really too early to discuss Oscar locks and frontrunners — not that we haven’t already — but it seems highly probable that Williams will be on the short-list of Best Actress contenders come next February.”
Others not so impressed made comparisons to “The King’s Speech,” though given the fact that that film won the Oscar for Best Picture last year has me scratching my head wondering how that could be perceived as a negative slight.
Williams, meanwhile, will begin her march toward yet another Oscar nomination by picking up the Hollywood Actress Awards at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, in Beverly Hills.
Until then, here are photos of Williams and Redmayne from last night’s red carpet premiere. “My Week With Marilyn” will be in theatres on Nov. 4.

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“My Week With Marilyn” reactions from New York City – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The press screening for Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn” was held Sunday morning in Manhattan ahead of the film’s Centerpiece screening at the New York Film Festival, and reactions were largely favorable.
Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who will be honored at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the end of the month, lights up the screen as icon Marilyn Monroe, who falls into a whirlwind romance with a young suitor (Eddie Redmayne) while filming “The Prince and the Showgirl” alongside Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh).
“My Week with Marilyn was terrific… like The Artist, it’s a movielovers’ movie for sure. Great performances all around!” Tweeted Ed Douglas of ComingSoon.net.
NYU student Danny King agreed, calling it, “Lovely old-fashioned entertainment. Pre-hyped Oscar talk for Williams and Branagh fully justified. Both wonderful.”
While film journalist Peter Labuza added, “Very similar to ME AND ORSON WELLES, fun, but too much on the nose. Williams/Brannagh are delightful.”
Katie Calautti of SpinoffOnline was a little more reserved, Tweeting, “Elderly people in front of me gushing over My Week with Marilyn = all you need to know about the goal of My Week with Marilyn. #oscarbait”
But David Ehrlich of Movies.com and Box Office Magazine isn’t impressed, calling it “The Blonde’s Speech. A movie made for the Golden Globes. Williams does her best, but it all feels like dress-up.”
We’ll have more reaction as we get closer to tonight’s Centerpiece screening. Keep checking back for “Marilyn” updates. The film will be in theaters on Nov. 4.
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Michelle Williams in full “Marilyn” trailer – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Audiences will get their first look at Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn,” with Oscar nominee Michelle Williams as screen legend Marilyn Monroe, when it screens as the Centerpiece at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 9 in the Alice Tully Hall. Given the fact that the awards hopeful opens wider on Nov. 4, I’m a little surprised we’ve yet to see a full trailer for “Marilyn.”
Well, that ends now.
A clip has been posted on Yahoo Movies. I’m waiting in a proper embed, but for now, you can view it here:
It’s pretty great. A series of fleeting snapshots that set up the celebrity (Williams), the lover (Eddie Redmayne) who connected her to a disappearing reality, and the actor (Kenneth Branagh) put out by both of them. The clip kdoes an excellent job teasing Curtis’s work. Now I’m dying to see it.
Williams already scooped up her first trophy for her work as Monroe. She’ll be honored as the Hollywood Actress Award at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills. Could that be her first step on the long road to Oscar?
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Michelle Williams in more “Marilyn” images – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn” has kept relatively quiet as it prepares for its Oct. 9 world premiere as part of the New York Film Festival. It bypassed the madness of the Venice-Telluride-Toronto fall festival circuit. It has screened to small groups, but has yet to post an official trailer or leak early reviews from “prominent” press.
This morning, a few new shots of Williams as blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe arrived online as part of a puff piece in the Daily Mail. At the very least, the article reveals how Curtis plans on opening his drama, which visits the tumultuous set of Monroe’s “The Prince and the Showgirl,” which she filmed with Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh).
No doubt we’ll hear more about “Marilyn,” and Williams’ performance, as we approach the film’s Oct. 9 debut. The Oscar nominee also learned earlier this week that she’ll receive the Hollywood Actress Award from the Hollywood Film Awards, which will be held later this month. Could Oscar take notice of Ms. Williams for a third time?
Here are the new images of Williams as Marilyn. “My Week with Marilyn” opens everywhere on Nov. 4.

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Michelle Williams talks considering leaving acting

HollywoodNews.com: Michelle Williams’ career may be red hot, but that doesn’t mean it’s something she wants to do everyday.
Williams recently told ‘American Hobo’ magazine that she does occasionally think about leaving acting, states RadarOnline.com.
“I often dream of quitting acting. Walking away and becoming a laundress or a sous chef or maybe writing other people’s love letters for a living,” Williams said about wanting to change her life.
Williams recently wrapped up filming of ‘My Week With Marilyn’ where she will portray Marilyn Monroe.
What other jobs do you think Michelle Williams could take on?
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