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Which lead actress is most in need of overdue Oscar attention? Saoirse Ronan, Scarlett Johansson or Alfre Woodard? [Poll]

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Which lead actress is most in need of overdue Oscar attention? Saoirse Ronan, Scarlett Johansson or Alfre Woodard? [Poll]
A quintet of leading ladies listed on Gold Derby’s combined odds list of Academy Award predictions all qualify as being overdue for a Oscar statuette. Most have been nominated before while one former vampire lover has never been in the running. Here, in order of their current placement among lead actress contenders on the site, are those who might go on to give a speech at the ceremony on Feb. 9, 2020.

1. Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”: The Irish actress follows in the bookish Civil War-era footsteps of Katharine Hepburn, June Allyson and Winona Ryder — the actresses who most notably played Jo, the headstrong and ambitious March sister — in the 1933, 1949 and 1994 big-screen adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little Women.” Ryder was nominated for Lead Actress and Ronan just might do the same. She has been nominated for a supporting Oscar as a spiteful teen in 2007’s “Atonement” followed by
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‘The Alienist’ Writer John Sayles Developing Televangelism Drama ‘Electric Church’ With Agc Television

‘The Alienist’ Writer John Sayles Developing Televangelism Drama ‘Electric Church’ With Agc Television
Exclusive: The Alienist writer John Sayles is developing a limited series set in the world of televangelism with Agc Television.

Sayles, who has been nominated for a best screenwriting Oscar for Passion Fish and Lone Star, is developing Electric Church with Black Mirror director John Hillcoat on board to direct.

Sayles co-created the project with Marc-Edouard Leon. The drama tells the true story behind the rise of the Christian Right. In the 1980’s, larger-than-life personalities such as Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell ruled the airwaves. They were rich, they were idolized, they epitomized religious excess. The series will explore how their paths collided in an epic saga that would change the face of American politics.

Sayles will exec produce with Hillcoat, Agc Studios founder Stuart Ford, Agc Television President Lourdes Diaz and Agc’s Head of Film Greg Shapiro with Jonathan Pavesi producing.

The deal
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Emmy spotlight: Will ‘The Alienist’ repeat the success of Cary Joji Fukunaga’s last murder mystery ‘True Detective’?

TNT’s “The Alienist” follows the investigation into a series of grisly murders that haunt a team of investigators. In that sense it’s not unlike HBO’s anthology “True Detective.” The first season of that drama won 5 Emmys out of 12 nominations in 2014, including one for Cary Joji Fukunaga‘s direction. Now Fukunaga is an executive producer and writer for “The Alienist,” so will he return to the Emmy race? If so he’ll be migrating to new categories: his season of “True Detective” was entered as a drama at the Emmys, but “The Alienist” is expected to compete as a limited series.

Apart from Fukunaga’s participation and similarities in tone, “The Alienist” is a quite different series, but it might appeal to many of the same television academy members who voted for “True Detective” or other crime series like “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Night Of.” Where season one
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92 Days til Oscar. Some Living Trivia For Ya!

Did you know the earliest Oscar year which boasts 20 acting nominees who are still with us is 1992? It's the 25th anniversary of that year and that's the furthest back in time you can go from which all the acting nominees are still walking this earth. With the very noticeable exception of long retired Gene Hackman (no one has been able to convince him to come back to the movies -- and directors have tried!) most of them are still working, too. The lesson is simple: cherish your favorite actors while they're with us because no one lasts forever... except through their art!

The nominees that year were:

Leading

Actress Leading

Actor Supporting

Actress Supporting

Actor Deneuve

Indochine Downey Jr

Chaplin Davis

Husbands & Wives Davidson

Crying Game McDonnell

Passion Fish Eastwood

Unforgiven Plowright

Enchanted April Hackman

Unforgiven ★ Pfeiffer

Love Field Rea

Crying Game Redgrave

Howards End Nicholson

A Few Good Men
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'Donnie Darko' Returns to Theaters as Arrow Films Debuts 4K Restoration

Seth Metoyer,

MoreHorror.com

Donnie Darko is one of my all time favorite movies and the news from Arror Films has me stoked!

In celebration for its fifteenth anniversary, director Richard Kelly and Arrow Films are releasing a 4k restoration of the film.

The movie will be shown in select theaters beginning March 31st. Check out all the dates and times from the official releases below.

From The Press Release

Arrow Films has announced the March 31st domestic theatrical debut of the 4K restoration of Richard Kelly's cult hit Donnie Darko. Following a wildly successful re-release in the UK for its fifteenth anniversary, the film will return to theaters in cities across the United States. Fifteen years before "Stranger Things" combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Kelly set the template and the benchmark with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems,
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Donnie Darko Is Returning to Theaters with a 4K Restoration

Arrow Films has announced that the 4K restoration of Richard Kelly's cult film Donnie Darko will be making its domestic theatrical debut. This version of this film had a successful rerelease in the UK for its 15th anniversary, and it is now set to be released in the Us on March 31st.

I remember being blown away by this movie when I first saw it in theaters when it was released. I loved it. Unfortunately, Kelly never made anything as good as it again. As a longtime fan of the film, I'm excited about the opportunity of to see it in theaters again.

You can see all of the details about the rerelease below and I also included the trailer:

15 years before Stranger Things combined science-fiction, Spielbergian touches and ’80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Kelly set the template and the benchmark with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems,
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Donnie Darko 4K Restoration Coming to Us Theaters This March from Arrow Films

Arrow Films recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of Donnie Darko with a new 4K restoration, and after taking it on the road in the UK, Arrow Films has now announced a Us theatrical re-release of the cult film:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA - Arrow Films has announced the March 31st domestic theatrical debut of the 4K restoration of Richard Kelly's cult hit Donnie Darko. Following a wildly successful re-release in the UK for its fifteenth anniversary, the film will return to theaters in cities across the United States. Fifteen years before "Stranger Things" combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Kelly set the template and the benchmark with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. The 4K restoration of Donnie Darko will premiere
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Greer Garson, Peter Finch, Zoolander, and more...

1916 Happy Centennial to Best Actor winner Peter Finch (Network), one of only two posthumous acting winners in Oscar history. The other is Heath Ledger. (Curiously they were both Australian)

1924 Marcello Mastroianni (La Dolce Vita, 8½) is born in Italy. Becomes one of the all time great movie stars by his mid 30s. His career spans over 50 years of cinema.

1933 Greer Garson weds Edward Snelson, first of three husbands, though the cohabitation is brief. Ten years later she famously marries her screen son in Mrs Miniver.

1934 ...And God Created Brigitte Bardot in Paris

1945 Mildred Pierce opens. Joan Crawford will win Best Actress for this fabulous noir melodrama

1949 Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis first film together My Friend Irma

1950 American indie icon John Sayles is born in New York. Among his most famous films: Return of the Secaucus 7, Passion Fish, and Lone Star

1951 Franchot Tone marries Barbara Payton, his third wife, a disastrous marriage for both.
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Anniversary Classics Western Weekend, L.A. August 12-14

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By Todd Garbarini

This weekend of August 12 through 14th, the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a series of classic western films that will also feature special guests who are scheduled to come and speak about their work in the films. We strongly suggest checking with the theatre’s schedule to see which other guests are added.

From the press release:

Anniversary Classics Western Weekend

August 12-14 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills

5 Classic Westerns with special guests throughout the weekend

Laemmle’s Anniversary Classics presents our tribute to the sagebrush genre with the Anniversary Classics Western Weekend, a five film round-up ​of some of the most celebrated westerns in movie history. The star-studded lineup features John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Kevin Costner, Montgomery Clift, Natalie Wood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef and others.
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John Sayles to direct Franco Nero in Django Lives

Back in the summer of 2014 it was reported that Franco Nero would reprise the role of Django from the 1966 spaghetti western for Django Lives, and now the project has found itself a writer and director in Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Sayles (Passion Fish, Lone Star).

Django Lives will mark Nero’s third outing as Django after the original movie and the 1987 sequel Django Strikes Again!, and while plot details are being kept under wraps, it had previously been reported that the film would “be set in 1915, with Nero playing the role of an older Django working as a consultant to producers of silent movie westerns who gets involved with racketeers.” Of course, that could change, given that Sayles will now be rewriting.

Via Showbiz411
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John Sayles To Direct Franco Nero In Django Lives!

In possibly the most interesting film news of the day (if not the week), stalwart American indie writer/director John Sayles (Brother From Another Planet, Lone Star, Passion Fish) will be writing and directing Django Lives!, the third installment of the Django series, once again starring Franco Nero. As reported on A.V. Club, the film is set 50 years after the first film, with Django now working as a horse handler and extra on the set of D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation. This seems to tie in with the themes of much of Sayles' indie films dealing with race relations in the Us. Sayles is one of my favourite American directors, creating films such as those above and others like Men With Guns and Go...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1984

The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...

It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.

This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which
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31 Great '90s Movies on Netflix Streaming

You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.

1. "Big Night" (1996) R

A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.

2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R

Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.

3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13

How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!

4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr

The movie
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Alfre Woodard Is the President on State of Affairs—Take a Look Back at Her Best Roles

Alfre Woodard Is the President on State of Affairs—Take a Look Back at Her Best Roles
Alfre Woodard has been voted the President of the United States—at least on television! The Oscar nominee has a new role as President Constance Payton, the nation's first female, African-American president, on NBC's political drama, State of Affairs! As leader of the free world, Payton has a ton of responsibility on her shoulders, but luckily she has the help of her daily briefer, skillful CIA analyst Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl). Btw, this show has some major girl power! Woodard's successful career as an actress spans almost four decades and she has countless brilliant performances under her belt, including parts in 12 Years a Slave, Cross Creek and Passion Fish. Take a look back...
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Busy week as usual. Seven highlights, in case you missed them...

Alfre Woodard - we talked to the great actress about her favorite roles from 12 Years a Slave to Passion Fish

Stage Door catfights - Anne Marie finally made it to the classics in her Katharine Hepburn retrospective. This one is deeply pleasureable

La Confidential - this "Best Shot" edition didn't have the turnout of Eternal Sunshine but it sure was interesting to see this movie again after all these years. Such stellar performances 

Tom vs. Dickie - Jude and Matt were warring again in this Italian edition of "beauty vs. beast" in which both of them are both beauties and beasts. Have you voted yet?

Jai Courtney - the next big thing or the next shrug? 

Women's History Month - profiles of great actresses as real life women 

X-Men Days of Future Past - we yes no maybe so'ed
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John Sayles on the MPAA, the Boss, and 'Go For Sisters' -- Exclusive Video

John Sayles on the MPAA, the Boss, and 'Go For Sisters' -- Exclusive Video
In Go For Sisters, the new movie from legendary independent filmmaker John Sayles, two childhood friends cross paths again at fragile moments in each other’s adult lives. Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) is a recovering drug addict just out of jail; Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) is her new parole officer. But while Bernice should immediately recuse herself from the renewed relationship, she comes to rely on Fontayne — and her underworld contacts — when her son goes missing near the Mexican border. Together, the women recruit a disgraced Lapd detective (Edward James Olmos) who they hope can help them navigate the underbelly of Tijuana and rescue the young man.
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1996

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01

We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...

Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.

Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.

As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...

25. The Cable Guy

We can't sit here and
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Watch: New Trailer for John Sayles' 'Go For Sisters'

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Watch: New Trailer for John Sayles' 'Go For Sisters'
Independent filmmaker John Sayles returns to crime thriller territory with his upcoming film "Go For Sisters."  The film follows estranged friends Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolanda) as they take their rekindled relationship as parole officer to recently-released subject through the shifty Mexican border underworld of trafficking and murder in order to find Bernice's son. The two enlist the help of ex-lapd detective Freddy Suarez in order to navigate through every seedy thread in the great crime tapestry of clues that stands between Bernice and her son. Sayles' latest addition to a steadily expanding filmography from "Lone Star" to "Passion Fish" is depicted through the most recent trailer as a dually emphasized relationship and crime tale of an unlikely reunion spiraling through an even more unlikely turn of events. "Go For Sisters" is set to be released theatrically November 8, 2013 in NY and on November 15 in L.A.  For Eric Kohn's review of the film.
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Exclusive: Edward James Olmos Goes Searching in 'Go for Sisters' Poster

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During the late '70s and early '80s, John Sayles gained fame penning horror films like Piranha, Alligator and The Howling. He gradually transitioned to nonhorror fare with award-nominated films like Lone Star and Passion Fish and he hasn't slowed down a bit. Sayles' latest film Go for Sisters stars Edward James Olmos as a disgraced ex-lapd detective who dives into the underbelly of Tijuana to search for a missing boy. In the process, he encounters a "complex web of human traffickers, smugglers and corrupt cops." The film is getting a gradual theatrical release beginning November 8 in New York and then Los Angeles on November 15. The film will then expand to other markets throughout November and December. Sign up for a Fan Alert so you know when...

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SXSW Dispatch: John Sayles and 'Go For Sisters'

One of the SXSW screenings I eagerly awaited was the new film from indie director John Sayles. Go for Sisters depicts two childhood friends who meet up again as adults: parole officer Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton, The Practice) and parolee/recovering addict Fontayne (Yolonda Ross, Treme). Bernice requests Fontayne's help in finding her ex-marine son Rodney, and former police detective Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos) soon joins their search.

Watching the movie, a few elements reminded me of Sayles' earlier feature Passion Fish (one of my favorite films); both films share the themes of redemption and relationships between women. But Go for Sisters is an original, artfully blending humor and drama as these three journey to Mexico from California. The performances here are what you expect from a Sayles film: powerful and understated. Especially impressive is Ross as Fontayne, who keeps denigrating herself as an unworthy person -- since she served
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