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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Wins 3 Awards Including Best Picture From African American Film Critics Association

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Wins 3 Awards Including Best Picture From African American Film Critics Association
The African American Film Critics Association named Jordan Peele’s “Us” the best film of the year on Tuesday.

The group, which is the largest collection of black film critics from across the country and around the world, awarded “Us” with three honors in total, including best director for Jordan Peele and best actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall,” Aafca president and co-founder Gil Robertson said in a statement. “With ‘Us,’ he once again upended the horror genre. His centering of a black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where black family units have historically been unseen is extraordinary.

Also Read: The Strange Story Behind 'I Got 5 on It,' the Secret Weapon of Jordan Peele's 'Us'

“He continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to
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Claude Earl Jones, Actor in 'Bride of Re-Animator,' Dies at 86

Claude Earl Jones, Actor in 'Bride of Re-Animator,' Dies at 86
Claude Earl Jones, a character actor who appeared in such films as Bride of Re-Animator and Miracle Mile and on TV shows including Buffalo BillBattlestar Galactica and Little House on the Prairie, has died. He was 86.

Jones died Nov. 25 of complications from dementia at a senior living facility in Claremont, California, his wife of 48 years, Nancy Jones, said.

Jones' first love was the theater, and his favorite gig was portraying lawyer Henry Drummond in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Inherit the Wind. (The role was made famous by Spencer Tracy in Stanley Kramer'...
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George C. Scott movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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George C. Scott movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
George C. Scott would’ve celebrated his 92nd birthday on October 18, 2019. The Oscar-winning actor remained active right up to the very end of his life, making his mark in dozens of movies, television shows and plays before his death in 1999 at 72. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1927, Scott got his start in theater, winning Obie awards for his performances in “Children of Darkness,” “As You Like It” and “Richard III.” He transitioned into movies and television shortly thereafter, snagging his first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for “Anatomy of a Murder” in 1959. He reaped a second bid in the category just two years later for “The Hustler” (1961), although he refused the citation, objecting to the very idea of having actors compete against each other for prizes.
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Fredric March movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Best Years of Our Lives,’ ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’

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Fredric March movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Best Years of Our Lives,’ ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’
One of the almost forgotten greats of Hollywood’s Golden Era, Fredric March was a distinguished actor of both cinema and stage, with a long list of accolades.

Born Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel on August 31, 1897 in Racine, Wi, young March served in the Army as an artillery lieutenant during World War I, and began a career in banking, despite an interest in acting. However, an emergency appendectomy made him reconsider his career choice and he decided to pursue his interest in the theater.

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While appearing in films and on stage in New York in the 1920s, he shortened his first name and adopted a shorter version of his mother’s maiden name of “Marcher” to become “Fredric March.” Hollywood came calling in 1929, and with his good looks and rich voice, he easily segued from silent films to talkies. After his
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Fredric March movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Fredric March movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
One of the almost forgotten greats of Hollywood’s Golden Era, Fredric March was a distinguished actor of both cinema and stage, with a long list of accolades.

Born Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel on August 31, 1897 in Racine, Wi, young March served in the Army as an artillery lieutenant during World War I, and began a career in banking, despite an interest in acting. However, an emergency appendectomy made him reconsider his career choice and he decided to pursue his interest in the theater.

While appearing in films and on stage in New York in the 1920s, he shortened his first name and adopted a shorter version of his mother’s maiden name of “Marcher” to become “Fredric March.” Hollywood came calling in 1929, and with his good looks and rich voice, he easily segued from silent films to talkies. After his five-year contract with Paramount Pictures expired, he became one of
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Spencer Tracy movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best, include ‘Adam’s Rib,’ ‘Inherit the Wind,’ ‘Father of the Bride’

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Spencer Tracy movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best, include ‘Adam’s Rib,’ ‘Inherit the Wind,’ ‘Father of the Bride’
Spencer Tracy would’ve celebrated his 119th birthday on April 5, 2019. The two-time Oscar winner starred in a variety of classics before his death in 1967, including nine films opposite fellow legend Katharine Hepburn. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Tracy pulled off the rare hat-trick of winning back-to-back Best Actor Oscars, first for his performance as a Portuguese sailor in “Captains Courageous” (1937), then for playing a dedicated priest helping wayward youths in “Boys Town” (1938). It’s a feat that would only be repeated once more in this category by Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia” in 1993 and “Forrest Gump” in 1994).

SEEOscar Best Actor Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

Tracy would compete seven more times in the category: “San Francisco” (1936), “Father of the Bride” (1950), “Bad Day at Black Rock” (1955), “The Old Man and the Sea” (1958), “Inherit the Wind” (1960), “Judgment at Nuremberg
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Spencer Tracy movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Spencer Tracy movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best
Spencer Tracy would’ve celebrated his 119th birthday on April 5, 2019. The two-time Oscar winner starred in a variety of classics before his death in 1967, including nine films opposite fellow legend Katharine Hepburn. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Tracy pulled off the rare hat-trick of winning back-to-back Best Actor Oscars, first for his performance as a Portuguese sailor in “Captains Courageous” (1937), then for playing a dedicated priest helping wayward youths in “Boys Town” (1938). It’s a feat that would only be repeated once more in this category by Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia” in 1993 and “Forrest Gump” in 1994).

Tracy would compete seven more times in the category: “San Francisco” (1936), “Father of the Bride” (1950), “Bad Day at Black Rock” (1955), “The Old Man and the Sea” (1958), “Inherit the Wind” (1960), “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961), and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” (1967), which was recognized posthumously.
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Jack Lemmon movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Apartment,’ ‘The Odd Couple,’ ‘Some Like It Hot’

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Jack Lemmon movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Apartment,’ ‘The Odd Couple,’ ‘Some Like It Hot’
Jack Lemmon would’ve celebrated his 94th birthday on February 8, 2019. The two-time Oscar-winner starred in dozens of films, working until his death in 2001 at the age of 76. But how many of those titles are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest movies, ranked worst to best.

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Lemmon won his first Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for “Mister Roberts” (1955). A second Oscar for Best Actor followed for “Save the Tiger” (1973), making him the first person to pull off victories in both categories. He competed six more times for Best Actor throughout his career.

He is perhaps best known for his long collaboration with Walter Matthau, with whom he made 11 films. In films such as “The Fortune Cookie” (1966), “The Odd Couple” (1968), and “Grumpy Old Men” (1993), Lemmon’s fastidiousness played beautifully off of Matthau’s scruffiness.
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Jack Lemmon movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Jack Lemmon movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best
Jack Lemmon would’ve celebrated his 94th birthday on February 8, 2019. The two-time Oscar-winner starred in dozens of films, working until his death in 2001 at the age of 76. But how many of those titles are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest movies, ranked worst to best.

Lemmon won his first Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for “Mister Roberts” (1955). A second Oscar for Best Actor followed for “Save the Tiger” (1973), making him the first person to pull off victories in both categories. He competed six more times for Best Actor throughout his career.

He is perhaps best known for his long collaboration with Walter Matthau, with whom he made 11 films. In films such as “The Fortune Cookie” (1966), “The Odd Couple” (1968), and “Grumpy Old Men” (1993), Lemmon’s fastidiousness played beautifully off of Matthau’s scruffiness.

On the small screen, Lemmon earned Emmys for “‘S Wonderful,
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Jane Fonda Selected for Producers Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award

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Jane Fonda Selected for Producers Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award
Jane Fonda has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Producers Guild of America’s Stanley Kramer Award for her activism and philanthropic work.

The award was established in 2002 and honors a production, producer or other individuals whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. Fonda will be presented the honor at the 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Fonda, who won Academy Awards for “Klute” and “Coming Home,” was cited in the announcement for her “prolific” work in support of many political and social causes. Recent efforts include her nonprofit, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, for which she celebrated her 80th birthday a year ago by raising $1.3 million to lower the teen pregnancy rate and improve the health and well-being of young people in Georgia.

Fonda raised nearly $1 million last year for the Women’s Media Center,
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‘Wildlife’ Director Paul Dano on What He Learned from Working with Paul Thomas Anderson, Ang Lee, and Steve McQueen

‘Wildlife’ Director Paul Dano on What He Learned from Working with Paul Thomas Anderson, Ang Lee, and Steve McQueen
Directing your first feature is always a daunting experience, but it’s hard to imagine that anyone has ever been better prepared for that particular challenge than Paul Dano. Familiar to audiences as one of the most compelling and accomplished actors of his generation, the 34-year-old New York native has spent the last two decades attending the greatest film school on Earth.

Only the Criterion Collection has collaborated with more of modern cinema’s top auteurs: Richard Linklater, Spike Jonze, Ang Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kelly Reichardt, Steve McQueen, Bong Joon-ho, Denis Villeneuve, So Yong Kim, Rian Johnson, etc. He’s the only person on the planet who’s done a stint on “The Sopranos,” worked with Tom Cruise, and starred in an unexpectedly emotional movie about a farting corpse (“Swiss Army Man”).

Read More: ‘Wildlife’ Review: Carey Mulligan Is on Fire in Paul Dano’s Stunningly Beautiful Directorial Debut — Sundance 2018

Needless to say,
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Gene Kelly movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘An American in Paris,’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ ‘Anchors Aweigh’

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Gene Kelly movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘An American in Paris,’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ ‘Anchors Aweigh’
All hail legendary song-and-dance man Gene Kelly on the 106th anniversary of his birth on August 23. In the history of American film, there were unarguably two great male dancers — Fred Astaire and Kelly. Astaire’s style was romantic and sophisticated, with long lines and elegant movement. Kelly’s style was more athletic — a guy’s guy, if you will — with a scrappy style that set him apart from other dancers of his era.

Kelly appeared to be able to do it all. He could dance, sing, and act in his films, ultimately choreographing and directing them as well. In the course of his nearly four decades on film, he starred in such classics as “An American in Paris” and “Anchors Aweigh,” as well as starring and co-directing the great musicals “On the Town” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”

For his work, Kelly earned two Golden Globe nominations — one for Best
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Emmy favorite Beau Bridges (‘Homeland’) poised to earn 17th career nomination

Emmy favorite Beau Bridges (‘Homeland’) poised to earn 17th career nomination
Over his remarkable career on the small screen, Beau Bridges has garnered 16 Emmy Award nominations, including three wins. This year, with his recurring role on “Homeland,” Bridges is well-positioned to add a 17th nomination to his awards resume, this time in Best Guest Drama Actor.

Bridges, portraying Vice President Ralph Warner, appeared in four episodes of the Showtime series this season: “Andante”; “Clarity”; “All In”; and the season finale, “Paean to the People.” Warner, who is on unsteady terms with his boss, the increasingly unpopular President Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel), finds himself lobbied by Senator Sam Paley (Dylan Baker), an opponent of Keane’s, to help invoke the 25th Amendment to remove her from office. Warner indeed relieves a flabbergasted Keane of her duties but their antipathy, and Warner’s alliance with Paley, prove short-lived.

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Of Bridges’ performance in “Clarity,” Brian Tallerico of Vulture wrote,
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Giveaway – Win Inherit the Wind on Dual Format

Eureka Entertainment releases Stanley Kramer’s Inherit the Wind, the powerful and provocative courtroom drama based on the real-life Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925, for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 21st May 2018. We have three copies to give away; read on for details of how to enter…

Described by Steven Spielberg as “one of our great filmmakers, not just for the art and passion he put on screen, but for the impact he has made on the conscience of the world”, the films of producer and director Stanley Kramer frequently confronted social issues considered too controversial for the major studios. In Inherit the Wind he tackled the creationism vs. evolution debate.

When a teacher in a small Tennessee town is brought to trial for teaching Darwinism, attorney Henry Drummond faces off against fundamentalist leader Matthew Harrison Brady in an explosive battle of beliefs.
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Smash Star, Dallas Locals, Broadway and West End Talent Create Tribe for Dallas Theater Center's Hair Cast

The cast is made up of Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company Members Ace Anderson Inherit the Wind, Public Works Dallas The Tempest, A Christmas Carol 2016 as Hud and Tiana Kaye Johnson Hood The Robin Hood Musical Adventure, Electra, A Christmas Carol 2016 as Sheila. In addition, the cast includes Monique Abry as Crissy, Kia Nicole Boyer as Jeanie, Jaime Cepero NBC's Smash as Claude, Ayanna Edwards Dreamgirls as Dionne, Chris Peluso London's Miss Saigon, Broadway's Wicked as Berger and Christopher Llewyn Ramirez Hood The Robin Hood Musical Adventure as Woof. The Tribe is made up of Kevin Curtis, Joey Donoian, Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Kyle Igneczi, Valton Jackson, Quintin Jones Jr., Laura Lites, Taylor Nash, Mayte Natalio and Gabrielle Reyes Bella An American Tall Tale, Dreamgirls.
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Terror in a Texas Town

On paper it’s a western with everything — a major star, decent supporting players, a cult director and sideways references to the blacklisting years. But even with its ya-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it high noon showdown scene, Joseph H. Lewis’s last feature film is still a lower-tier United Artists effort. Sterling Hayden goes up against Sebastian Cabot and Nedrick Young, armed with a, with a . . . aw, you probably know already.

Terror in a Texas Town

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Arrow Academy

1958 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 80 min. / Street Date July 11, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video / 39.95

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Martin, Nedrick Young, Victor Millan, Frank Ferguson, Marilee Earle, Byron Foulger, Glenn Strange.

Cinematography: Ray Rennahan

Original Music: Gerald Fried

Written by Dalton Trumbo, fronted by Ben Perry

Produced by Frank N. Seltzer

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Auteurists in the early 1970s championed directors like Phil Karlson, Budd Boetticher and Anthony Mann. These stylists
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More Gay Stars and Directors and Screenwriters on TCM: From psychos and psychiatrists to surfers and stage mamas

On the day a U.S. appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a Mississippi “religious freedom” law – i.e., giving Christian extremists the right to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, etc. – not to mention the publication of a Republican-backed health care bill targeting the poor, the sick, the elderly, and those with “pre-existing conditions” – which would include HIV-infected people, a large chunk of whom are gay and bisexual men, so the wealthy in the U.S. can get a massive tax cut, Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride or Lgbt Month celebration continues (into tomorrow morning, Thursday & Friday, June 22–23) with the presentation of movies by or featuring an eclectic – though seemingly all male – group: Montgomery Clift, Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter, Dirk Bogarde, John Schlesinger, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Arthur Laurents, and Jerome Robbins. After all, one assumes that, rumors or no, the presence of Mercedes McCambridge in one
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Marjorie Morningstar

The most-read book since Gone with the Wind looked at the coming of age struggle of an ambitious, upwardly mobile Jewish girl in the 1930s. This glossy film version gives Natalie Wood an ‘adult’ role and provides Gene Kelly with the seemingly optimal character of a troubled theatrical artiste. Good intentions aside, the show lacks guidance — and may have harmed Kelly’s acting career.

Marjorie Morningstar

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Kl Studio Classics

1958 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 128 min. / Street Date May 9, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Natalie Wood, Gene Kelly, Claire Trevor, Everett Sloane, Martin Milner, Carolyn Jones, Martin Balsam, Edd Byrnes, George Tobias, Jesse White, Paul Picerni, Ruta Lee, Shelley Fabares, Lana Wood.

Cinematography: Harry Stradling

Film Editor: Folmar Blangsted

Original Music: Max Steiner

Written by Everett Freeman from the novel by Herman Wouk

Produced by Milton Sperling

Directed by Irving Rapper

When doing interviews for West Side Story we found out that
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Everything Texas Actors Need to Do This Week, 5/10-5/17

Happy Mother’s Day! You can show your love for the most important woman in your by taking her to one of these mom-friendly events across Texas. “Inherit” the Tony.The news last week that the Dallas Theater Center would receive the 2017 Tony Award for best regional theater in America comes as no surprise to those who have followed artistic director Kevin Moriarty’s commitment to staging both world premiere and interesting adaptations of classics. You can see his latest foray into such innovation with his new production of the Scopes Trial class, “Inherit the Wind,” which begins previews at the Kalita Humphreys Theater on Tuesday, May 16. (Tickets: starting at $20) Strike a pose.The lively arts are broader than theater, painting, sculpture, and music. Indeed, fashion combines all of these in some manner, as anyone who has ever attended a runway show knows. But you don’t have to go
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Russell Crowe, David Oyelowo to star in Arc Of Justice

David Crow May 9, 2017

Russell Crowe and David Oyelowo are poised to star in Arc of Justice, a film about a trial involving race, murder, and Clarence Darrow.

Clarence Darrow is certainly one of the most famous lawyers in American history. A leading figure in the Aclu’s infancy, Darrow was the defence lawyer during the first 'Trial of the Century' in 1925 regarding the killers Leopold and Loeb, and he famously defended the right to teach evolution against William Jennings Bryan in the Scopes Trial that same year. It hence stands to reason that more films about the legendary figure’s career would eventually make it to the screen beyond the fictionalised account of Scopes in Inherit the Wind (1960).

Thus enter Arc Of Justice, a new budding courtroom drama that explores the turbulent and still vital struggle of race in America during the NAACP’s early days. As according to Variety
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