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Anna Nicole Smith Was Considered for Cameron Diaz's Role in Jim Carrey's Comedy The Mask

Anna Nicole Smith Was Considered for Cameron Diaz's Role in Jim Carrey's Comedy The Mask
Anna Nicole Smith was once considered for the role of Jim Carrey’s love interest in The Mask.

The model, who died in 2007 at the age of 39, was considered by the film’s director Chuck Russell to star as Tina, the nightclub singer who catches the eye of Carrey’s Stanley in the 1994 film.

Russell, 61, told Variety that Smith didn’t get far in the casting process as he “would have had to read her for the part to get that far.”

“We met,” he said. “Anna was charming and bubbly, but did not have other qualities needed for the role.
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Rooting For Piper’s New Love Interest, Zelda? Here's Where You’ve Seen the Actress Before

Rooting For Piper’s New Love Interest, Zelda? Here's Where You’ve Seen the Actress Before
It may be the final season of Orange Is the New Black, but there's still time for new characters, like Zelda, played by Alicia Witt. Zelda is Piper's sophisticated, understanding new girlfriend. Witt is new to the Netflix family, but you've definitely seen her on your screen before.

Witt's career began as a child, when she was discovered on the talent show That's Incredible! at the age of 5. At age 8, she made her screen debut in David Lynch's Dune; she would work with Lynch again six years later as a guest star on Twin Peaks - her TV debut. Her major mainstream breakthrough came in 1995, when she began playing the role of Zoey, the daughter of Cybill Shepherd's daughter on the sitcom Cybill. Witt remained in this role until 1998, for the entire run of the series.

Over the next several years, Witt appeared in TV shows such as Ally McBeal and The Sopranos.
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If You Love Hallmark Movies, You Definitely Recognize Orange Is the New Black's Zelda

Warning: some spoilers ahead for Orange Is the New Black!

It may be the final season of Orange Is the New Black, but there's still time for new characters, like Zelda, played by Alicia Witt. Zelda is Piper's sophisticated, understanding new girlfriend. Witt is new to the Netflix family, but you've definitely seen her on your screen before.

Witt's career began as a child, when she was discovered on the talent show That's Incredible! at the age of 5. At age 8, she made her screen debut in David Lynch's Dune; she would work with Lynch again six years later as a guest star on Twin Peaks - her TV debut. Her major mainstream breakthrough came in 1995, when she began playing the role of Zoey, the daughter of Cybill Shepherd's daughter on the sitcom Cybill. Witt remained in this role until 1998, for the entire run of the series.

Over the next several years,
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Cameron Crowe movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Almost Famous,’ ‘Jerry Maguire,’ ‘Say Anything’

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Cameron Crowe movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Almost Famous,’ ‘Jerry Maguire,’ ‘Say Anything’
Cameron Crowe celebrates his 62nd birthday on July 13, 2019. The Oscar-winning writer-director has firmly established himself as one of the most distinctive cinematic voices working today, creating comedic dramas about the inherent goodness of people. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back Crowe’s 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1957 in Palm Springs, California, Crowe got his start as a teenage music journalist for “Rolling Stone,” touring with the Allman Brothers when he was just 16 years old. His love for rock bands landed him lucrative interviews with such hot groups as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles.

SEEJohn Cusack movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

His background in journalism led him to go undercover as a high school student to write a book about the experience of Southern California teenagers that would later become
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Cameron Crowe movies: 10 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Cameron Crowe movies: 10 greatest films ranked worst to best
Cameron Crowe celebrates his 62nd birthday on July 13, 2019. The Oscar-winning writer-director has firmly established himself as one of the most distinctive cinematic voices working today, creating comedic dramas about the inherent goodness of people. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back Crowe’s 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1957 in Palm Springs, California, Crowe got his start as a teenage music journalist for “Rolling Stone,” touring with the Allman Brothers when he was just 16 years old. His love for rock bands landed him lucrative interviews with such hot groups as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles.

His background in journalism led him to go undercover as a high school student to write a book about the experience of Southern California teenagers that would later become the film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), which he also wrote the screenplay for.
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The 15 Best Movie Cameos Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

“Always Be My Baby” is now streaming on Netflix, and some of the excitement around the film has centered on a (very funny) cameo by Keanu Reeves as the very aggressive new boyfriend of Ali Wong’s character.

But cameos are not, of course, a new invention of the streaming age. On the contrary, the cameo is an ancient art that stretches all the way back to the time Kurt Vonnegut wrote a bad essay about his own work in “Back to School,” and possibly even before that!

With that in mind, we asked our panel of critics to name their favorite movie cameos ever. Check out their choices below:

Ken Bakely (@kbake_99), Freelance for Film Pulse



I’ve recently been oddly fascinated by Huey Lewis’s brief cameo in “Back to the Future,
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Penélope Cruz to Receive San Sebastian Donostia Award

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Penélope Cruz to Receive San Sebastian Donostia Award
Barcelona – Soon set to be seen at Cannes’ in Pedro Almodóvar’s competition contender “Pain and Glory.” Penélope Cruz will receive the 2019 Donostia Award for career achievement at the 67th San Sebastian Festival, which runs Sept. 20-28 at the Basque resort city.

The Spanish actress will be honored doubly way, as she will also be the official image on this year’s festival poster.

No other Spanish actress has received the international recognition of Cruz, nor her number of top-echelon prizes and nominations as she has battled to broaden the roles open to Latin actresses.

She demonstrated a range most memorably perhaps winning a best supporting actress Academy Award and Bafta winner for her performance as Maria Elena in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

“Cruz, who officially graduated from sex kitten to powerhouse melodramatic actress in ‘Volver,’ is in full Anna Magnani mode here, storming up and down mountain
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15 Highest-Grossing American Remakes of Foreign Films, From ‘Godzilla’ to ‘The Departed’ (Photos)

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15 Highest-Grossing American Remakes of Foreign Films, From ‘Godzilla’ to ‘The Departed’ (Photos)
Opening this weekend is “The Upside,” an American remake of “The Intouchables,” a film that made so much money in France that it became a cultural event. After earning $166 million in France, the country’s second highest grossing film ever, and over $426 million worldwide, an American remake of the film was inevitable. But surprisingly, box office hits abroad don’t always translate when remade with American actors, and the ones that do rarely resemble their original inspiration. Here are the highest grossing American remakes of foreign films (all domestic box office figures via Box Office Mojo).

Godzilla” (2014) – $200.6 Million

Japan, “Godzilla” (1954)

Godzilla” has had so many remakes and sequels over the years, but Gareth Edwards’ film gets closer to the melancholy of Ishiro Honda’s original monster movie than ever before.

2. “3 Men and a Baby” (1987) – $167.7 Mil

France, “3 Hommes et un couffin” (1985)

Made on a mid-size budget and starring the most ’80s cast of Tom Selleck,
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Thom Yorke Says He Won’t Attend Rock Hall Induction… But Is Chuffed About Oscar Shortlisting for ‘Suspiria’ Song

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When the shortlist for the Oscars’ Best Original Song category was released in December, everything was in its right place, as far as Radiohead fans were concerned. Thom Yorke’s “Suspirium,” the opening and closing theme song for the much-debated horror remake “Suspiria,” made the Academy music branch’s cut for the top 15, rather than getting the hook.

That honor wasn’t a given: Yorke hadn’t done music for a feature film before; there were some previous Oscar winners who got edged out in the category; and the film itself, a new take by director Luca Guadagnino on Dario Argento’s bloody classic, proved polarizing, to say the least. (There’ll be further opportunities to debate it when the movie comes to home video Jan. 29.)

Although it’s nearly conventional by recent Radiohead or Yorke standards, “Suspirium” is definitely the most avant-garde song in the category. Can it make the Academy’s final five,
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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 2000s, including ‘Lose Yourself,’ ‘Into the West’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 2000s, including ‘Lose Yourself,’ ‘Into the West’
This article marks Part 23 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 2000 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“A Love Before Time” from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

“I’ve Seen It All” from “Dancer in the Dark

“My Funny Friend and Me” from “The Emperor’s New Groove”

“A Fool in Love” from “Meet the Parents

“Things Have Changed” from “Wonder Boys

Won: “Things Have Changed” from “Wonder Boys

Should’ve won: “I’ve Seen It All” from “Dancer in the Dark

The dawn of a new millennium could have marked a remarkable turn of the page for the Oscars in Best Original Song, away from the ho-hum adult contemporary that so often dominated the category over the past three decades,
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The Evolution of Tilda Swinton, From ‘Orlando’ to ‘Suspiria’ (Photos)

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The Evolution of Tilda Swinton, From ‘Orlando’ to ‘Suspiria’ (Photos)
Tilda Swinton is basically the David Bowie of film, a multi-faceted, eccentric chameleon who is equally comfortable in experimental, art house cinema, character driven indies and massive blockbusters. It helps that she’s a spitting image of Bowie too. In a 30+ year career between acting, performance art, theatre and more, it’s less that Swinton has gotten increasingly adventurous and more that now even mainstream audiences have come to accept her frequent innovations and daring transformations. She’s pulled her biggest gambit yet in Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria,” opening Oct. 26. Here’s how Swinton has evolved up till now.

Caravaggio (1986)

Tilda Swinton’s first film was the experimental drama “Caravaggio,” kicking off a long, working relationship with director Derek Jarman. It’s a fictionalized look at the life of Michelangelo and also is the film debut of actor Sean Bean.

Orlando (1992)

Swinton landed the lead role in Sally Potter’s Elizabethan-era drama “Orlando,
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Tom Cruise Deserves an Oscar Nomination for ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’

Tom Cruise Deserves an Oscar Nomination for ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’
When a movie opens with a nuclear bomb ripping through a dream sequence, subtlety isn’t the first word that comes to mind. Nor is it suggested by an invincible spy killing Superman in a high-speed helicopter fight, or a prologue that ends with Wolf Blitzer peeling off his own face. However, all of those scenarios seem perfectly plausible for “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” star Tom Cruise, a suicidal Energizer Bunny whose most enduring franchise increasingly feels like a series of unsuccessful snuff films.

Even before he jumped on Oprah’s couch to convey his love for Katie Holmes, this small man was known for his bigness: for yelling lines that most actors might whisper, for a smile so wide and white he could light a whole multiplex with his teeth, and for landing paychecks the size of blockbuster movie budgets. Even his most restrained performances are defined by Cruise’s
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Mark A. Livolsi Dies: ‘Jungle Book’ & Live-Action ‘Lion King’ Editor Was 56

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Mark A. Livolsi Dies: ‘Jungle Book’ & Live-Action ‘Lion King’ Editor Was 56
Mark A. Livolsi, a veteran film editor who worked such films as The Jungle Book, The Devil Wears Prada and Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Lion King, has died. He was 56. Livolsi unexpectedly on September 23 at his Pasadena home. The cause was not revealed.

Nominated for four Ace Eddie Awards, his many film credits also include Wonder, The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks, We Bought a Zoo, Marley & Me, Wedding Crashers, Almost Famous and Vanilla Sky.

Born on April 10, 1962, in New Jersey, he grew up with a love of movies, making films with neighborhood kids using his father’s 8mm camera. After graduating with a film degree from Penn State in 1984, he moved to New York and learned his craft working with some of the industry’s top directors. In 1987, he was a second assistant editor on Arthur Penn’s Dead of Winter and an apprentice editor Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.
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Mark Livolsi, Film Editor of ‘Devil Wears Prada’ and ‘Almost Famous,’ Dies at 56

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Mark Livolsi, Film Editor of ‘Devil Wears Prada’ and ‘Almost Famous,’ Dies at 56
Mark A. Livolsi, a respected film editor who collaborated with filmmakers including Cameron Crowe and Oliver Stone and edited “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Blind Side” died September 23 in Pasadena, Calif. He was 56. The cause of death is not yet known.

Livolsi’s most recent project was editing the upcoming 2019 live-action remake of “The Lion King,” starring Donald Glover. He had also worked with director Jon Favreau on the remake of animated film “The Jungle Book” in 2016.

He worked several times with Crowe, editing “Vanilla Sky,” “We Bought a Zoo” and “Elizabethtown” in addition to cult classic “Almost Famous,” and worked on “Heaven & Earth” and “Wall Street” for Stone.

In addition to “The Devil Wears Prada,” he worked with director David Frankel on “Marley and Me” and “The Big Year.”

Livolsi was born in Mt. Lebanon, New Jersey. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in
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Mark Livolsi, Film Editor on 'The Devil Wears Prada,' 'The Blind Side' and 'The Lion King,' Dies at 56

Mark Livolsi, Film Editor on 'The Devil Wears Prada,' 'The Blind Side' and 'The Lion King,' Dies at 56
Mark Livolsi, the in-demand film editor who worked on features that included Wedding Crashers, The Devil Wears Prada, The Blind Side and the upcoming reimagining of The Lion King, has died. He was 56.

Livolsi died unexpectedly in his Pasadena apartment on Sept. 23, his wife, Maria, told The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of death is not yet known.

Livolsi collaborated with directors Cameron Crowe on Almost Famous (2000), Vanilla Sky (2001), Elizabethtown (2005) and We Bought a Zoo (2011) and with Oliver Stone on Wall Street (1987) and Heaven & Earth (1993).

A four-time Eddie Award nominee, Livolsi edited the remake of The Jungle Book (2016) and The Lion King (2019) for ...
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Comic Book Review – Marvel Two in One: The Thing and the Human Torch #10

Allen Christian reviews Marvel Two in One: The Thing and the Human Torch #10…

If you’ve been following Chip Zdarsky’s brilliant run thus far on Marvel 2-in-One, you’re likely asking the same question as everyone else: “Why wasn’t he given Fantastic Four?” The short answer to that is that Dan Slott really wanted it and Dan Slott has had some very successful runs at Marvel. Not to say that a huge mistake has been made. I’ve enjoyed the first couple issues of Slott’s run and have given both issues glowing reviews here. However, Zdarsky is displaying month after month that he truly understands at least two of the Ff. 2-in-One is the Fantastic Four book that we’ve been missing, at least until Slott’s story begins to define itself a bit more.

Issue #10 continues the ongoing saga of Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm as they trip across the multiverse.
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The Casual Cinecast's Most Anticipated Fall Films!

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The Casual Cinecast counts down each of their Top 5 Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2018! Did yours make the list? 

Before we get into our lists, we talk about "What's On Our Minds?"! Chris watched the John Carpenter classic Big Trouble in Little China for the first time as well as the Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams starring comedy Game Night! Justin revisited Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky which stars Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz and then got real artsy on everyone by watching the non-narrative art film, Koyaanisqatsi! Rounding it off, Mike didn't watch a lot over the last week as he's been busy playing the new Spiderman game for PS4 and he tells us what that's about and that it just might be the best Spiderman story we've ever seen! 

Then we go into each of our Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of Fall 2018! What's on our list?
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Song You Need to Know: Thom Yorke, ‘Suspirium’

If you’re a filmmaker who’s just talked a member of Radiohead into scoring your next movie, go ahead and celebrate. If it’s Jonny Greenwood, you’re in for a major avant-garde monument (There Will Be Blood) and/or a delightful set piece (Phantom Thread). (There’s also a good chance you’re Paul Thomas Anderson. Nice!) If it’s drummer Phil Selway, that’s cool, too. But you’ve really hit the jackpot if it’s Thom Yorke. That means you’re getting actual songs, starring one
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Penelope Cruz movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Volver,’ ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona,’ ‘Nine’

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Penelope Cruz movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Volver,’ ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona,’ ‘Nine’
As with most film stars nowadays Penelope Cruz has recently crossed over from movies to television with her performance as Donatella Versace in the limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” Cruz received her first Emmy nomination for the show as Best Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress.

Cruz has received three Oscar nominations throughout her career. Her first nomination was for Best Actress for the film “Volver” in 2006. She subsequently received two Best Supporting Actress nominations for “Vicky Christina Barcelona” in 2008 and “Nine” in 2009. She won the Oscar for “Vicky Christina Barcelona” making her one of seven actors to win an Oscar for a Woody Allen film.

Cruz first rose to fame in her native Spain. Her performances in many films there and especially in the work of Pedro Almodóvar allowed her to start appearing in American films. She initially struggled a bit to bring the same power in her
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Science Has Proven The More Tom Cruise Runs In a Film The Better It The Movie Does

The more Tom Cruise runs in a movie, the better it does at the box office. That's not a bold or incorrect statement, that's Science with a capital "S." Rotten Tomatoes did the math, and concluded that films where Tom Cruise runs do much better at the box office than ones where he doesn't at all, and it's a hilarious coincidence that you have to see to believe. For example, here's his top ten films and the distance he runs in all of them:

Mission: Impossible III” — 3,212 feet

“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” — 3,066 feet

War of the Worlds” — 1,752 feet

“Minority Report” — 1,562 feet

The Firm” — 1,241 feet

Edge of Tomorrow” — 1,065 feet

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” — 1,051 feet

The Mummy” — 1,022 feet

“Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation” — 1,007 feet

Vanilla Sky” — 832 feet

Need even more evidence? Tom Cruise does zero running in Valkyrie which, regardless of what you think of it, didn't do to well at the box office.
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