April 17, 2014

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The Academy Award acceptance speech

Movies have the benefit of perfectly polished scripts, crafted and edited by the world’s greatest wordsmiths. But what happens when the moviemakers walk onstage to accept the highest prize in their profession, filled with surprise and emotion but lacking a script?
The Academy Award acceptance speech. While others have done analyses of individual years of Oscars, this is a bit more comprehensive, including every word uttered during the last 20 years of acceptance speeches. In total, there have been over 73,000 spoken, including 7,000 unique words, throughout the 468 speeches available on the Academy’s website. Here are the top 100 words, with the size proportional to the number of uses:

The top ten words are unsurprising: and (spoken 3,679 times over the last 20 years), to (2,923), the (2,502), you (2,807), thank (2,044), I (1,904), my (1,525), of (1,343), for (1,220), a (1,200).
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Will the Academy snub Joaquin Phoenix?

When the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Actor are announced next month, it will mark the end to a hard fought battle, and this is a fact, one of the boldest and most creative performances of the last twenty years could very well be on the outside looking in.
The snub of Joaquin Phoenix by the Screen Actors Guild for his galvanizing performance in The Master was truly startling because one would hope actors would recognize the risk he took in that piece of acting, the boldness of the execution of what he attempted, and the genius in making it work. Phoenix walked a fine line between great acting and great overacting, never stepping into the latter, always managing to remain solid.
His comments about the Oscars a short while ago have not endeared him to those who do the nominating, and I wonder if more than a few actors and artists are still feeling stung over his leaving acting to become a rapper and then making a documentary supposedly about that very thing. Well, the joke was on us.
Actors take their work very seriously, they take their craft as seriously as the Pope practices religion. Phoenix actually gave a very good performance in that documentary for his friend Casey Affleck, portraying an angry Phoenix walking away from acting and into the music industry where he is not embraced at once. We got to see a variation of the real Phoenix, a sometimes strange actor who is often beyond explanation, yet undeniably gifted.
His performance for Paul Thomas Anderson as Freddie Quell in The Master was extraordinary, mesmerizing to watch, a masterpiece of physicality and deep emotion that was exciting in its boldness and courage.
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Kudos for Quentin Tarantino at the MOMA

HollywoodNews.com: It’s Oscar season soon, so it’s time for tributes and special awards that will highlight directors of Oscar buzzed films. Now we’re told that the Museum of Modern Art’s fifth annual Film Benefit, to be held on December 3rd at 6:30 PM, will honor writer / director Quentin Tarantino.
This will be just two weeks before Tarantino unveils “Django Unchained,” with an all star cast and a controversial screenplay. The movie looks amazing from clips, with Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now a release from MoMA says that “[Tarantino] renowned for the Academy Award-winning films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Inglourious Basterds (2009), and earlier hit films Reservoir Dogs (1992), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), and Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004), among others. Tarantino’s latest film, “Django Unchained”, will be released by The Weinstein Company on December 25th.
The Film Benefit held at The Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St) will be highlighted by a special presentation recognizing Tarantino’s acclaimed directorial work, followed by a gala dinner. The Film Benefit raises funds to ensure that great works of cinema continue to join the collection of The Museum of Modern Art”
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Exclusive: Harvey Weinstein on “The Intouchables,” “The Artist” and Quentin Tarantino’s plans for Comic-Con

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Harvey Weinstein knows a good movie the minute he sees it. His instincts for backing the right film projects has made his name – and The Weinstein Company – synonymous with the Oscar race.
Last year, Weinstein’s support for Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” helped that black-and-white, silent film climb the Academy Award mountain and walk away with five coveted trophies including Best Picture, Director and Actor (for Jean Dujardin). This year, Weinstein’s backing a number of prestigious titles with Oscar dreams, including the latest films from Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”), Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”), David O. Russell (“The Silver Linings Playbook”).
Weinstein called us, though, to talk about “The Intouchables,” an extremely popular French film that The Weinstein Company is bringing to the States. We discussed the film’s emotional impact, the evolving plans to potentially remake the film, and we ended by discussing the company’s plans to present “Django Unchained” at Comic-Con next week.
Below is our exclusive conversation with Harvey Weinstein – AUDIO
AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein on “The Intouchables,” “The Artist” and Quentin Tarantino’s plans for Comic-Con
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“Blade Runner” Screenwriter Hampton Fancher in Talks to Pen Sequel Idea for Director Ridley Scott

HollywoodNews.com: Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.
The three-time Oscar-nominated Scott and his “Blade Runner” collaborator Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, from which “Blade Runner” was adapted. Circumstances, however, took Scott into other directions and the project never advanced.
Fancher, although a writer of fiction, was known primarily as an actor at the time Scott enlisted him to adapt the Dick novel for the screen. Fancher followed his ?Blade Runner? success with the screenplays, ?The Mighty Quinn? (1989) and “The Minus Man” (1999). He has continued to write fiction throughout his career.
Scott also will produce with Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
State Kosove and Johnson: “It is a perfect opportunity to reunite Ridley with Hampton on this new project, one in fact inspired by their own personal collaboration, a classic of cinema if there ever was one.”
Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and directed by Scott following [...]

Sean Penn: Hot Celebrity Photo Gallery

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Week” is Sean Penn.

This year, the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at their World Summit will recognize a high-profile personality making an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace. Sean Penn is that person. Sean is an actor, founder and CEO of J/P Haitian Relief Organization, and will be presented with the 2012 Peace Summit Award during the summit for his work to rebuild and aid the victims of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as well as his ongoing advocacy for peace and human rights protection worldwide.
Penn has been active in supporting several political and social causes. On June 10, 2005, Penn made a visit to Iran. Acting as a journalist on an assignment for the San Francisco Chronicle, he attended a Friday prayer at Tehran University.
On January 7, 2006, Penn was a special guest at the Progressive Democrats of America, where he was joined by author and media critic Norman Solomon, Democratic congressional candidate Charles Brown, and activist Cindy Sheehan. The “Out of Iraq Forum”, which took place in Sacramento, California, was organized to promote the anti-war movement calling for an end to the War in Iraq.
In August 2008, Penn made an appearance at one of Ralph Nader’s “Open the Debates” Super Rallies. He protested the political exclusion of Nader and other third parties.
In October 2008, Penn traveled to Cuba, where he met with and interviewed President Raúl Castro.
Criticism of President Bush
Penn at an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C., January 27, 2007
On October 18, 2002, Penn placed a US$56,000 advertisement in the Washington Post asking then President George W. Bush to end a cycle of violence. It was written as an open letter and referred to the planned attack on Iraq and the War on Terror. In the letter, Penn also criticized the Bush administration for its “deconstruction of civil liberties” and its “simplistic and inflammatory view of good and evil.” Penn visited Iraq briefly in December 2002.
This advertisement was cited as a primary reason for the development of his relationship with Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez. In one of his televised speeches, Chávez used and read aloud an open letter Penn wrote to Bush. The letter condemned the Iraq War, called for Bush to be impeached, and also called Bush, Vice President [...]

Take George Clooney Home!

HollywoodNews.com: Experience the Heartbreak and Humor When the Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Winner Comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD March 13
From director Alexander Payne creator of the Oscar® winning Sideways comes one of the Best Pictures of the year, THE DESCENDANTS, featuring a stunning cast including Best Actor nominee George Clooney (Ides of March) and Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) in her Golden Globe nominated and Independent Spirit Award winning role. Take home this wonderfully warm and witty film and go behind the scenes of THE DESCENDANTS with all-new exclusive content on Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack and DVD March 13 from Fox Searchlight and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Based on the best-selling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and set in Hawaii, THE DESCENDANTS is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
Nominated for five Academy Awards® and winner for Best Adapted Screenplay, THE DESCENDANTS is a must-have on Blu-ray and DVD. The release is packed with must-see deleted scenes, behind the scenes extras and exclusive featurettes to bring you even further into the story.
THE DESCENDANTS Blu-ray Features:
· Deleted Scenes with introductions by the director
· Everybody Loves George
· Working with Alexander
· The Real Descendants
· Hawaiian Style
· Casting
· Working with Water
· Music Videos
o “Will I Ever See You Again”
o Postcards from Paradise
o “Honolulu’s Whisper
· Waiting for the Light
· The World Parade – Hawaii (Silent Film)
· A Conversation with George Clooney and Alexander Payne
· [...]

The Help Should Win the Oscar for Best Picture

HollywoodNews.com: It is almost that time again; time to see what people are wearing as well as who says what in their acceptance speeches. Also, this year it’s the return of Billy Crystal as host. Yes, it’s Oscar time and while the world won’t know until this Sunday who actually wins these awards, here are who Americans think should win some of the top honors.
This year, one in five Americans (21%) believes that The Help should win the Academy Award for best picture while one in ten (9%) say the Oscar should go to War Horse. Next on the list is Moneyball (7%) followed by The Artist (6%), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (5%) and The Descendants (5%). Small percentages believe the Oscar should go to Hugo (3%), Midnight in Paris (3%) and The Tree of Life (2%). One-third of Americans (34%) are not sure who the best picture Oscar should go to this year and 6% say it should go to none of the nominated films.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,239 adults surveyed online between February 13 and 15, 2012 by Harris Interactive.
There is a bit of a gender difference for best picture. For women, it is clear as three in ten (29%) say The Help should win best picture. Men are a little more divided as 13% say The Help but 12% say Moneyball.
Best Actor and Actress
When it comes to the best actor statue, almost one quarter of Americans (23%) say George Clooney should win for The Descendants followed by 16% who say Brad Pitt should win for his role in Moneyball. One in ten (10%) believe the Oscar should go to Gary Oldman for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, followed by 7% who say Jean Dujardin should win for his role in The Artist and 1% who believe the award should go to Dimian Bichr for A Better Life. Just over one-third of Americans (35%), however, say they are not sure who should win the best actor Oscar and 7% believe none of the nominated actors should win.
For best actress, there are two actresses at the top as 23% of Americans believe Viola Davis should win for her role in The Help while 22% think the award should go to Meryl Streep for her portrayal of The Iron Lady. One in ten believe Rooney Mara should win [...]

Jodie Foster: Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Jodie Foster. She just premiered her new movie “The Beaver” in Cannes.

Alicia Christian “Jodie” Foster (born November 19, 1962) is an American actress, film director, producer as well as being a former child actress.
Foster began acting in commercials at three years of age, and her first significant role came in the 1976 film Taxi Driver as the preteen prostitute Iris for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Also that year, she starred in the cult film The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1989 for playing a rape survivor in The Accused. In 1991, she starred in The Silence of the Lambs as Clarice Starling, a gifted FBI trainee, assisting in a hunt for a serial killer. This performance received international acclaim and her second Academy Award for Best Actress. She received her fourth Academy Award nomination for playing a hermit in Nell (1994). Other popular films include Maverick (1994), Contact (1997), Panic Room (2002), Flightplan (2005), Inside Man (2006), The Brave One (2007), and Nim’s Island (2008).
Foster’s films have spanned a wide variety of genres, from family films to horror. In addition to her two Academy Awards she has won two BAFTA Awards for three films, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a People’s Choice Award, and has received two Emmy nominations.
Foster made nearly 50 film and television appearances before she attended college. She began her career at age three as a Coppertone Girl in a television commercial and debuted as a television actress in a 1968 episode of Mayberry R.F.D. She was managed by her mother. In 1969, she appeared in an episode of Gunsmoke, where she was credited as “Jody Foster”. She is also credited as “Jodi Foster” for her 1970 Daniel Boone role and credited as “Jodie Foster” for her 1970 Adam-12 role. Although not a regular on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, she appeared from time to time as Eddie’s friend Joey Kelly. She made her film debut in the 1970 TV movie Menace on the Mountain and was featured as Tallulah in Bugsy Malone in 1976. As a child, Foster made a number of Disney movies, including Napoleon and Samantha (1972) and One [...]

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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