April 24, 2014

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Hollywood lost a significant voice – Nora Ephron

Hollywoodnews.com: Hollywood lost a significant voice. Screenwriter/director Nora Ephron, a three-time Oscar nominee, lost her battle with leukemia. She was 71.
A prolific writer, Ephron’s first credits stretched back to the 1973 television series “Adam’s Rib.” Ten years after, she struck it big on the silver screen when she collaborated with screenwriter Alice Arlen on Mike Nichols’ “Silkwood,” earning Ephron the first of three Oscar noms.

Though she continued to write, penning such scripts as “Heartburn,” “Julie & Julia” and “When Harry Met Sally.” Ephron transitioned to the director’s chair in 1992 with the Julie Kavner vehicle “This Is My Life.” She’d have arguably her biggest hit the following year with 1993′s “Sleepless in Seattle,” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
“Nora was an era,” Ryan said of her director, in a statement. “We pictured ourselves inside her dreams and they became ours. All wisdom, wit and sparkle lights, what a treat she was, what a blessing. I marvel again and again, what a life… To have created simple happiness in people, to have added to the sum of delight in the world.”
Ephron is survived by her two sons, Jacob and Max Bernstein, and her third husband Nicholas Pileggio.
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Meryl Streep’s third appearance on Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy”

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: With the Academy Award nominations set to be announced tomorrow morning, I’m grateful that the great Meryl Streep is getting a year off from being a nominee.
Yes, she has two Oscars (for ‘Sophie’s Choice’ and ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’) but she has also lost the award a stunning FOURTEEN times including last year. Sorry Sandra Bullock fans, but there is no way Sandra should have won for ‘The Blind Side.’ That award deserved to be Meryl’s for ‘Julie & Julia.’
With no films released in 2010, Meryl is sitting this year out and will next star as Margaret Thatcher in ‘Iron Lady.’
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Stanley Tucci!

By Greg Hernandez
hollywoodnews.com: I am in Palm Springs for a little getaway but will be posting regularly!
A reader suggested Stanley Tucci, currently starring with Cher and Christina Aguilera in Burlesque, for Morning Man. It’s already afternoon but I think it’s an excellent idea!
Not only is he most handsome, he’s a brilliant actor who I loved most opposite Meryl Streep in two very different kinds of movies and roles: The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia.
The actor, who turned 50 this month, made his film debut in 1985′s Prizzi’s Honor and has gone on to appear in such films as The Pelican Brief, Road to Perdition, Kiss of Death, and Big Night.
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Amy Adams may be able to pull off the role of Janis Joplin

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: No sooner did news break that Amy Adams is going to play Janis Joplin in the long-awaited bio-pic of the drug-bedeviled, bisexual 1960s music icon than the outcry began. Music critics and internet chatterers alike are bewailing the choice of Adams as Too Pretty, Not Gritty Enough, Not Gutsy Enough, Not Bluesy Enough, Too Sweet, Too Show Tunesy. Indeed, some of the near-misses for a biopic (Zooey Deschanel, Pink, Melissa Etheridge) do seem more readily adaptable into portraying Joplin than Adams, of “Enchanted,” “Julie & Julia,” “Junebug” and “Doubt” fame.
However, we can’t help but remember, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx had lots’a naysayers before he proved just how great he could be with his tour-de-force performance as Ray Charles in “Ray.”
How about the advance criticism over Joaquin Phoenix daring to play Johnny Cash (and doing his own singing?! What, is he CRAZY?!!). An Oscar nomination for “Walk the Line” ensued.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes? There were complaints that Martin Scorsese should have cast someone more grown-up-looking and manly than Leo for his “The Aviator” – until the actor turned in a performance that merited an Oscar nom.
It doesn’t always work out when stars play stars, of course. James Brolin was critically crucified for his performance as Clark Gable in the film “Gable and Lombard,” for instance, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s portrayal of Audrey Hepburn in 2000’s made-for television movie “The Audrey Hepburn Story” won her a host of back-handed compliments. Hewitt was said by many reviewers to do an adequate job with the role, and even those critics admitted they were surprised and had expected worse.
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Tina Fey, Meryl Streep eye Stanley Tucci’s ‘Mommy & Me’

HollywoodNews.com: Tina Fey is in talks to star with Meryl Streep in Stanley Tucci’s fifth feature as director, “Mommy & Me.”
Currently, per the L.A. Times, there aren’t any writers attached and CAA is currently shopping the project to studios, ideally Sony.
Tucci is also producing the feature along with his partners Steve Buscemi and Wren Arthur through their Olive Productions company.
No word if Tucci will reunite on-camera again with Streep; their previous acting credits include “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Julie & Julia.”
“Mommy & Me” is said to be a comedy-drama that centers on a mother-daughter relationship against the backdrop of Hollywood.
Tucci’s last film as director was 2007’s “Blind Date” starring Patricia Clarkson.
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Jane Lynch recalls how she got cast for ‘Julie & Julia’

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: When director Nora Ephron was looking for an actress to play the sister of Julia Child (Meryl Streep) in her film “Julie & Julia,” she immediately thought of Jane Lynch.
Was it her great comic timing? Her stunning acting resume?
Not really.
Jane recalled how it all went down during a conversation about her career over the weekend at the Outfest Film Festival: “I met Nora Ephron right out here in the lobby (of the DGA Theatre] at the premiere of “A Mighty Wind” and she said, ‘Maybe we’ll get to work together sometime.” Then we were at the same brunch together and she called me about four months later and said, ‘Look, I don’t know many tall actresses and I need one. You’re the tallest one I know. It’s a very small part, would you be willing to do it? You’ll get a free trip to France and I said, ‘I’d love to.’
The trip to Paris didn’t quite pan out: “By the time I got there it went from being in Paris to being in Hoboken because the train station [the setting for her memorable opening scene] in Hoboken was more authentic than any train station in Paris.”
So what was it like for acting goddess Jane Lynch to work with acting legend Meryl Streep?
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The Top 10… Tastiest Movie Scenes

By Scott Feinberg
HollywoodNews.com: With summer barbecues just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to take a walk down memory lane and identify the 10 most memorable movie scenes involving food. It’s impossible to include everything—it especially pained me to leave off “To Catch a Thief” (1955, with Grace Kelly’s leg or breast double-entendre) to “Dumb and Dumber” (1994, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels spicy pepper prank) to “Julie & Julia” (2009, with Meryl Streep’s orgasmic reaction to sole meuniere)—but I think I hit most of the big ones. Let me know your favorite examples in the comments section below!
10. “Sling Blade” (1996)
Iconic scene: Karl (Billy Bob Thornton) famously mumbles, “Mhmm. I like them French fried taters.”

9. “Forrest Gump” (1994)
Iconic scene: Forrest (Tom Hanks) regales strangers with the far-fetched tales of his life, but always comes back to the same aphorism: “Mama always told me life’s like a box o’ chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get.”

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8. “There Will Be Blood” (2007)
Iconic scene: At the end of the movie, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) shouts his twisted logic to Rev. Paul Sunday (Paul Dano): “I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!”

7. “Annie Hall” (1977)
Iconic scene: Chaos reigns as anxious Alvy (Woody Allen) and irrepressible Annie (Diane Keaton) try to boil lobsters but end chasing them around their kitchen instead.

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6. “Blazing Saddles” (1974)
Iconic scene: Cowboys gather around a campfire eating baked beans… and hilarity ensues.

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5. “The Godfather” (1972)
Iconic scene: After performing a hit in his car, Clemenza (Richard S. Castellano) instructs his sidekick: “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

4. “Cool Hand Luke” (1967)
Iconic scene: When Luke (Paul Newman) says he can eat 50 hard-boiled eggs, a fellow prisoner bets him he can’t.

3. “Diner” (1982)
Iconic scene: Boogie (Mickey Rourke, when he was still dashing) bets his buds that he can get his prude date to touch his “pecker.” They want proof, so he tells them to be at the movies that night. He buys popcorn, puts it on his lap, she reaches in, and flips out!

2. “Five Easy Pieces” (1970)
Iconic scene: Robert (Jack Nicholson) tries to order a chicken salad sandwich with a simple substitution, but the waitress stubbornly insists that none are allowed. After he finally presenting his order in a way that doesn’t break the rules, the waitress disbelievingly says, “You want me to hold the chicken, [...]

Tribeca Film Festival: “Murderball” Director’s Feature debut

By Scott Feinberg
On Saturday evening, “Monogamy” (video preview) — the feature debut of Dana Adam Shapiro, who won an Oscar for co-directing the great documentary “Murderball” (2005) — premiered at the Borough of Manhattan Community College as part of the ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival. Ironically, it followed a screening at the same location of a new documentary about New York’s disgraced ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer, but I digress…
The film stars Chris Messina, the oblivious bridegroom-to-be in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008) and neglected husband in “Julie & Julia” (2009), and Rashida Jones, the wife in “I Love You, Man” (2009) and regular on TV’s “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” as a hip, modern, engaged couple who learn some unsettling things about each other as their wedding day nears.
Messina’s Theo and Jones’s Nat live together in Brooklyn. He’s a frustrated artist, barely makes ends meet as a photographer who gets most of his work taking wedding photos for other couples, but eventually creating a side-business called “Gumshoot” in which he is hired by clients to covertly photograph them throughout the day. One, a beautiful young blonde who turns out to be an “exhibitionist,” tempts his wandering eye, which is perhaps more inclined to wander than usual because Nat, of late, is less inclined to meet his animalistic hunger for sex. (Think Marlon Brando in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” only wearing a dog mask left over from Halloween.) For Theo, what begins as an erotic curiosity evolves into a peeping-tom obsession that causes him to neglect his fiancee, even when she is hospitalized with a staph infection. Little things (forgetting to bring her guitar to the hospital) take on bigger meaning (perhaps even overdramatically), and the couple soon find themselves in peril.
In Messina’s highest-profile roles heretofore, he has, quite frankly, specialized in playing nebbishes (who, several friends have independently mentioned to me, chew food like a cow), so I was rather surprised to see him playing a psychologically-complex, sexually-assertive, rough-around-the-edges man (who, I must admit, chews food like a cow) — and quite impressively. In fact, he somewhat reminded me of a young Gene Hackman, who, you may recall, conducted some surveillance of his own in “The French Connection” (1971) and “The Conversation” (1974).
As for Jones (who, incidentally, is the daughter of the musician/record producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton), she definitely possesses the beauty and magnetic quality that stars are [...]

Meryl Streep named an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

BY GREG HERNANDEZ
The movie academy may have passed Meryl Streep over for an Oscar this year but another academy is giving the film legend her proper due.
The star of Sophie’s Choice, Doubt, Julie & Julia, The Devil Wears Prada and a slew of other memorable films has been named an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Poet and Academy President J.D. McClatchy described Streep as being at the peak of her career and called her acting an “extraordinary example of insight, depth and virtuosity.”
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Final Oscar Projections – The Feinberg Feed

In this week’s installment of “The Feinberg Feed,” Scott locks in and explains his final Oscar projections for all six major categories: best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress.
Does he side with “Avatar” or “The Hurt Locker”? Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) or Meryl Streep (“Julie & Julia”)? And all three of the heavy favorites — Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”), Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”), and Mo’Nique (“Precious”) — or an underdog threat like Colin Firth (“A Single Man”), who recently won the BAFTA for best actor?
After months of questions about the race, we’re only days away from getting some hard answers. For all the information that you need to know before the big night, don’t miss “The Feinberg Feed” this week — or any other!

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