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Friday, July 20, 2018

Vote for the best drama movies of 2018; Currently Bette Midler’s “Freak Show” is #5 out of 60

Mister D: So far only about 500 people have voted on this list and Freak Show is starting out in great shape. Let’s keep her in the spotlight. Make sure to go to Ranker and sign up. It’s easy. Then head on over and Click Here to vote. Freak Show Poster Ranker Vote for the best drama movies of 2018… July 14, 2018

Vote for the best drama movies of 2018.

Whether they’re about historical events or fictional stories of romance, tension, and love, the best drama movies of 2018 left viewers inspired and emotional. What were the best drama movies this year? Help decide below. Featuring romantic dramas, coming-of-age movies, biopics, and comedy-dramas, this list of good 2018 shows includes 12 StrongChappaquiddickLean on Pete, and Permission. Good drama films usually feature compelling characters and intriguing storylines, avoiding melodrama in favor of more realistic plot lines and complicated protagonists. Which drama movies of 2018 fit such a description? Vote on this list of 2018 drama movies. Give an up vote to the best drama movies of 2018 and down vote anything you feel is overrated or downright bad.

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12 Strong Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña12 Strong (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is a 2018 American war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. Following the September 11 attacks, Task…more

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Forever My Girl Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey Forever My Girl is a 2018 romantic drama film directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf. After being gone for a decade, a country star (Alex Roe) returns home to the love (Jessica Rothe) he left behind.

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Thoroughbreds Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their …more

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Final Portrait Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy Final Portrait is a 2017 British-American drama film directed by Stanley Tucci. In Paris 1964, famed painter Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) asks James Lord (Armie Hammer), the American…more

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Freak Show Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler Freak Show is a 2018 American drama film directed by Trudie Styler, based on the novel by James St. James. Despite attending an ultra-conservative high school, Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) decides…more

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The Strange Ones Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus Strange Ones is a 2017 American drama film directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein. Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American …more

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Nostalgia Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn Nostalgia is a 2018 American drama film directed by Mark Pellington. A group of people is connected through a loss.

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The 15:17 to Paris Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone The 15:17 to Paris is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the 2015 Thalys train attack. Three Americans (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek …more

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First Reformed Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer First Reformed is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. Grieving over the death of his son, an ex-military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) is further challenged when a young …more

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Leave No Trace Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober Leave No Trace is a 2018 American film directed by Debra Granik, based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. A father (Ben Foster) and his 13-year-old daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) are living …more

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Every Day Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, Debby Ryan Every Day is a 2018 American romantic-drama directed by Michael Sucsy, based on the novel by David Levithan. 16-year-old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) falls in love with a spirit named A, a traveling…more

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Disobedience Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola Disobedience is a 2017 British-Irish-American drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio, based on the novel by Noami Alderman. A woman (Rachel Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish home …more

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Eighth Grade Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.

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The Rider Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near-fatal head injury, a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) undertakes a search for a new identity and what it …more

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Breath Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Samson CoulterBreath is a 2018 drama film directed by Simon Baker, based on the novel by Tim Winton. Two teenage boys form an unlikely connection with an older surfer (Simon Baker).

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, based on the memoir by John Callahan. After nearly losing his life in a car accident, a slacker…more

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Shock and Awe Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden Shock, and Awe is a 2017 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner. Journalists investigate the assertions by the Bush Administration concerning Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of weapons of …more

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A Fantastic Woman Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco A Fantastic Woman is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. Marina (Daniela Vega), a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her …more

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Lean on Pete Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel Lean on Pete is a 2017 British drama film directed by Andrew Haigh, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. A teenager (Charlie Plummer) gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends…more

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

God, This Is So Frustating & I Can’t Understand In The Morning LOL – The Triple Crown of Acting. That’s when a performer manages the Emmy, Oscar, and Tony for acting. To date only 24* actors have accomplished this

The Film Experience List-Mania: Glenda Jackson & Lots of Triple-Crown Acting Trivia Tuesday, June 12, 20 By Nathaniel R. Bette Midler, Barbra Hershey, Beaches, Lounges Since I’m on record as being annoyed that all anyone cares about is the EGOT it’s time to celebrate our preferred obsession: The Triple Crown of Acting. That’s when a performer manages the Emmy, Oscar, and Tony for acting. To date only 24* actors have accomplished this, with Glenda Jackson being the most recent recipient as of this past Sunday night at the Tony Awards. Triple Crowns have become much more commonplace in the 21st century since actors move much more fluidly through the three mediums than they did in before the turn of the century. TV has totally lost its stigma for movie stars and Broadway is more welcome to very short runs freeing major stars up to continue with their movie and TV careers without as much scheduling trauma. A TRUCKLOAD OF TRIVIA AFTER THE JUMP… ALL THE TRIPLE CROWNERS Note: We use film years for Oscar so don’t try to correct us on dates — Emmy and Tony don’t run on January to December calendar so the dates coincide with the ceremony! Jack Albertson (Tony: 65, Oscar: 68, Emmy: 75) Anne Bancroft (Tony: 58, Oscar: 62, Emmy: 99) Ingrid Bergman (Oscar: 44, Tony: 47, Emmy: 60) Ingrid is the youngest to complete the triple -she did it by 45 years of age. Shirley Booth (Tony: 49, Oscar: 52, Emmy: 62) Ellen Burstyn (Oscar: 74, Tony: 77, Emmy: 09) Viola Davis (Tony: 01, Emmy: 15, Oscar: 16) Melvyn Douglas (Tony: 60, Oscar: 63, Emmy: 68) Did you know that this Hud star was Illeanna Douglas’s grandfather? I certainly didn’t. Helen Hayes (Oscar: 31, Tony 47, Emmy: 53) IMDb does not state what her Emmy was for so who knows if she’s a special case or not. We recently discussed her second Oscar win in Airport. Jeremy Irons (Tony: 84, Oscar: 90, Emmy: 97) Glenda Jackson (Oscar: 70, Emmy: 72, Tony: 18) The oldest triple crowner and also the one who took by far the longest to complete it –it took her almost half a century! Jessica Lange (Oscar: 82, Emmy: 09, Tony: 16) Frances McDormand (Oscar: 96, Tony: 11, Emmy: 15) Helen Mirren (Emmy: 96, Oscar: 06, Tony: 15) And yes she won all three for playing Queens named Elizabeth! Though she has multiple Emmys so she’s won for other roles, too. Thomas Mitchell (Oscar: 39, Tony: 53, Emmy: 53) Rita Moreno (Oscar: 61, Tony: 75, Emmy: 77) The second youngest to the Triple. She was 46 when she completed it with the Emmy for The Muppet Show. She was also the first person of color to complete the triple. Al Pacino (Tony: 69, Oscar: 92, Emmy: 04) Christopher Plummer (Tony: 74, Emmy: 77, Oscar: 11) Vanessa Redgrave (Oscar: 77, Emmy: 81, Tony: 03) Jason Robards (Tony: 59, Oscar: 76, Emmy: 88) Geoffrey Rush (Oscar: 96, Emmy: 05, Tony: 09) Paul Scofield (Tony: 62, Oscar: 66, Emmy: 69) The youngest male to Triple. He was 47 when he completed it with the Emmy for Male of the Species Maggie Smith (Oscar: 69, Tony: 90, Emmy: 03) Maureen Stapleton (Tony: 51, Emmy: 68, Oscar: 81) Jessica Tandy (Tony: 78, Emmy: 88, Oscar: 89) Weird Statistic The Emmy, which seems like the easiest to win since they have so many categories, is actually won last by the majority of Triple Crowners! How about that? WHO DO YOU THINK WILL JOIN THE LIST NEXT? Only missing the Oscar which is obviously the hardest to win!: (number of Oscar nominations acting only in parentheses) Jane Alexander (4), Mary Alice (0), Christine Baranski (0), Ellen Barkin (0), Stockard Channing (1), Kristin Chenowith (0), Glenn Close (6), Bryan Cranston (1), Tyne Daly (0), Blythe Danner (0), Dick Van Dyke (0), Laurence Fishburne (1), Neil Patrick Harris (0), Rosemary Harris (1), George Hearn (0), Judd Hirsch (1), Hal Holbrook (1), Cherry Jones (0), Shirley Knight (2), Swoosie Kurtz (0), Anthony LaPaglia (0), John Larroquette (0), Ron Leibman (0), John Lithgow (2), Laurie Metcalf (1), Debra Monk (0), Michael Moriarty (0), Bebe Neuwirth (0), Cynthia Nixon (0), Mary-Louise Parker (0), Mandy Patinkin (0), David Hyde Pierce (0), Amanda Plummer (0), Diana Rigg (0), Tony Shalhoub (0), Cicely Tyson (1), and Jeffrey Wright (0) Only missing the Tony: (number of Tony nominations in parentheses. If they haven’t done any theater in New York in the last 25 years they have an x after the parentheses… the people with an x will never triple crown because they never do Broadway or stopped doing it after becoming famous or retired from acting or whatnot) Patricia Arquette (0)x, Kathy Bates (1)x, Halle Berry (0)x, Michael Douglas (0)x, Faye Dunaway (0)x, Sally Field (1), Jane Fonda (2), Louis Gossett Jr (0), Anne Hathaway (0), Dustin Hoffman (1), Anthony Hopkins (0)x, Helen Hunt (0), Holly Hunter (0), Allison Janney (2), Tommy Lee Jones (0)x, Nicole Kidman (0), Cloris Leachman (0)x, Melissa Leo (0), Julianne Moore (0), Gwyneth Paltrow (0)x, Eva Marie Saint (0)x, Meryl Streep (1), Dame Emma Thompson (0)x, Dianne Wiest (0), Kate Winslet (0)x, and Joanne Woodward (0)x Only missing the Emmy: (number of Emmy acting only nominations in parentheses) Dame Judi Dench (3), Joel Grey (1), Marcia Gay Harden (2), Kevin Kline (2), Eddie Redmayne (0), Mercedes Ruehl (0), Mark Rylance (1), Kevin Spacey (6), Denzel Washington (0), and Catherine Zeta-Jones (0) NOTE: Anne Hathaway (35) and Eddie Redmayne (36) will break the “youngest to a triple crown” record if they manage to win their last of the big three prizes in the next nine years. DEPRESSING THREE MEDIUM STATS Annette Bening and Sigourney Weaver are the only living female performers with nominations in all three fields of acting without ever winning ANY of them. ARGH! On the male side of the equation the same is true of Mark Ruffalo and Ed Harris. Shaking my damn head! (Kathleen Turner and Jude Law are almost in a similar boat having delivered stellar work in all three mediums with only 1 measly Oscar nomination and 2 Tony nominations to show for it in Turner’s case, and 2 measly Oscar nominations and 2 Tony nominations in Jude’s case. It still horrifies us that Turner didn’t get at least an Emmy nomination for her indelible work on Friends as Chandler’s dad.) Naturally those are some of our very favorite actors. The ‘business we call show‘ loves to torture us! Sarah Paulson, Patricia Clarkson, Mare Winningham, The Lovely Laura Linney, Marisa Tomei, Martha Plimpton and Joan Allen — a seismic group of women as far as talent goes — all work all three mediums regularly but only have the Emmy or the Oscar of the three key prizes. TONY-WIN ONLY THOUGH THEY DO NOTABLE TV/FILM WORK Multiple Tonys and Other Showbiz Nominations Matthew Broderick (2 Tonys, 1 Emmy nomination), Brian Dennehy (2 Tonys and 6 Emmy nominations), Judith Ivey (2 Tonys and 1 Emmy nomination), Nathan Lane (3 Tonys, 6 Emmy nominations), Frank Langella (4 Tonys, 1 Oscar nomination, 1 Emmy nomination), Angela Lansbury (5 Tonys, 3 Oscar nominations and 1 Honorary Oscar, 18 Emmy nominations), Judith Light (2 Tonys, 3 Emmy nominations), Patti LuPone (2 Tonys and 1 Emmy nomination), and Bernadette Peters (2 Tonys and 2 Emmy nominations) Single Tonys and Other Showbiz Nominations Joan Allen (Tony + 3 Oscar nominations, 2 Emmy nominations), Blair Brown (1 Tony and 5 Emmy nominations), Diahann Carroll (Tony + 4 Emmy nominations and 1 Oscar nomination), Stephen Dillane (Tony + 1 Emmy nomination), Andrew Garfield (Tony + 1 Oscar nomination) John Benjamin Hickey (Tony + 1 Emmy nomination) Sir Ian Holm (Tony + 1 Oscar nomination, 2 Emmy nominations), Jane Krakowski (Tony + 5 Emmy nominations), Sir Ian McKellen (Tony + 2 Oscar nominations, 5 Emmy nominations), Janet McTeer (Tony + 2 Oscar nominations, 1 Emmy nomination), Brían F O’Byrne (Tony + 1 Emmy nomination), Denis O’Hare (Tony+ and 3 Emmy nominations), Sophie Okonedo (Tony + 1 Oscar nomination), Phylicia Rashad (Tony + 3 Emmy nominations), Liev Schreiber (Tony + 6 Emmy nominations), and B.D. Wong (Tony + 1 Emmy nomination). When is Sutton Foster going to be Emmy nominated? She’s already deserved nominations for two separate series: Bunheads and Younger.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

The most popular models of Mature age

The Mice Times Of Asia The most popular models of Mature age July 7, 2017 =&0=& We are all used to seeing young girls on the runways, on the covers of glossy magazines and in advertising campaigns for different brands. This is not surprising, but sometimes a sensation can produce only a someone unexpected. For example, a model who is over 50! Take a look at women who even in adulthood amazingly beautiful and sought after in the fashion industry. 1. Tilda Swinton ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? Tilda was 53 years old when she became the advertising face of cosmetic company NARS. As his messengers of the brand always chooses the owners of unconventional beauty. 2. Lauren Hutton ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? Actress and supermodel in ‘ 73 starred in advertising underwear Calvin Klein. 3. Christie Brinkley ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? Back in the 70s, pictures of her were printed in Sport’s Illustrated, and in the 63 year modeling career, Christy has started to gain momentum. See also:  Soulful portraits of the classics of Soviet photography. Photo 4. Susan Sarandon ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? The famous actress has been the face of L’oreal Paris at 69 years old. 5. Bette Midler ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? Actress and singer starred in the spring advertising campaign of the brand Marc Jacobs in 2016. So it may look like a woman in 70 years! 6. Vanessa Redgrave ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? The winner of the award “Oscar” in 79 years, starred in the advertising campaign of Gucci. 7. Joan Didion ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? French fashion house Céline has offered cooperation to the writer when she was 80 years old. 8. Sissy Spacek ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? 66-year-old actress and singer, winner of the award “Oscar”, became the face of the autumn collection by Marc Jacobs in 2016. Her colleagues on the shooting was Susan Sarandon, Missy Elliott and Courtney Love. See also:  How was created the first Soviet “disaster” film. Photo 9. Helen Mirren ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? In 2016, the French brand L’oreal Paris signed a contract with the 69-year-old actress. Helen became the Ambassador of the French brand in the UK 10. Jane Fonda ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? The actress is the face of the Age Perfect line from L’oreal Paris. Fund 79 years, but her fit and youthful appearance will be envied by many. 11. Courtney Love ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? In 2016, the singer starred in the autumn advertising campaign of the brand Marc Jacobs. A celebrity and at 52 years old ready to rock! 12. Joni Mitchell ????? ?????????????? ?????? ??????? ????????. ???? Winner of 8 Grammy awards, became the face of the campaign Saint Laurent Music Project in 2015, at that time, she was 71 years old. Together with her starred Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson and Chuck berry.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Join the Parade! See Glitzy Pics from the Broadway Opening of Hello, Dolly!, Starring Bette Midler

Broadway.com Join the Parade! See Glitzy Pics from the Broadway Opening of Hello, Dolly!, Starring Bette Midler HOT SHOT by Broadway.com Staff • Apr 21, 2017 2017-04-22_2-26-52   Hello, Dolly! opened at the Shubert Theatre on April 20, and even Times Square gussied up for the occasion. The crowd went wild for Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel and the rest of the cast. The opening night fête took place at the gorgeous New York Public Library; the stars in attendance included Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Joel Grey, Anna Wintour, Andy Cohen and many more. Take a look at these hot shots from the superbly starry evening, and be sure to catch the revival at the Shubert Theatre! 90069-9 Andrew Rannells 2017-04-22_2-29-22  
 
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Mazal to my broadway baby, the Sarah Brown to my Sky Masterson, on her triumphant opening in @HelloDollyBway. I adore you, @BeanieFeldstein.

And what was she feeling earlier that evening, what was going through her mind, as the audience stood, cheered and stomped their feet as she took her triumphant curtain call?



 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Beaches Lifetime Review: What really baffles is that these rather solid actors turn in two of the worst performances I’ve seen in ages

Flavorwire Lifetime’s ‘Beaches’ is One More Remake Better Left Alone It must be cold there in the shadow of the 1988 classic. Film | By Lara Zarum | January 19, 2017 beachesremakeidinzamenzel Say what you want about Beaches, but that movie is nothing if not juicy, an overripe peach oozing with the drama of a decades-long friendship between two very different women. This is, after all, the movie that gave us Bette Midler’s soaring rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings.” So it’s doubly disappointing that Lifetime’s remake of the beloved 1988 weepy, which stars Idina Menzel and Nia Long and airs on Saturday, is so dry. Like Fox’s recent reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lifetime’s Beaches turns out to be nostalgia-baiting waste of talent and resources, a freeze-dried remake that’ll leave you wistful for the fresh taste of the original. Beaches begins with a glimmer of hope: A shot of best friends Cecelia “C.C.” Bloom (Menzel) and Hillary Whitney (Long) wearing opulent straw hats and drinking wine while gazing at the ocean from the porch of a beachfront house. Surely this film will provide at least an evening’s worth of entertainment for a gaggle of your favorite drinking buddies. But the movie stumbles from the word go, from the pair’s initial meeting in Atlantic City as 11-year-old girls to that final trip to the beach house, when the spunky girls have grown into complicated women — one of whom is on the verge of death. (I told you this shit was juicy.) Or at least that’s how it went down in the original Beaches, which relied heavily on the charms of its stars, Barbara Hershey and Bette Midler (not to discount its director, Garry Marshall). Hershey played Hillary, the less colorful half of the duo, who is born into a WASP-y family and dutifully becomes a lawyer when she grows up. Midler was the original C.C. (The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik played the younger version), a carrot-topped, Broadway-bound narcissist. They’re cat and dog, yin-and-yang, oil and water, and yet they’re best friends 4 lyfe, sustaining their relationship through letters that conveniently act as exposition throughout the movie. The letter motif is just one way the remake replicates the original Beaches wholesale while simultaneously diluting what made the 1988 movie such a lasting hit. Very little of significance is changed here, and the biggest difference — the casting of a black woman in the role of Hillary — barely registers. While the Lifetime movie shifts the main action from New York City to L.A., it filches the set design of C.C.’s scrappy Manhattan apartment, complete with its cut-out window decorated with Christmas lights, and certain scenes are lifted word for word. Others are added or removed, which results in a disjointed film that keeps randomly picking up and then dropping emotional and plot arcs. But worst of all is the total lack of chemistry between Menzel and Long, who don’t so much come off as best friends than as two women forced to work on a Lifetime movie of which they’re slightly embarrassed and anxious to be done with. What really baffles is that these rather solid actors turn in two of the worst performances I’ve seen in ages. Despite the “opposites attract” message at the center of the film, both actors do such bland, robotic work that the characters are barely distinguishable. Long in particular is stiff as a board; she does a lot of inane giggling, and her voiceover narration is so wooden you can practically see her reading the words off a script. The problem goes back to C.C. and Hillary’s initial meeting, which the Lifetime version truncates. In the original, those scenes of the two young girls meeting in Atlantic City — sneaking away from their parents and hiding under the boardwalk, and posing for pictures in a photo booth on the pier — neatly establish the unlikely friendship between these two, and they make a convincing case that despite the brevity of their first meeting, their relationship will last well into adulthood. You believe these two women will lean on each other throughout their lives, that they’ll give each other what they lack in themselves — a modicum of reason, in C.C.’s case, and in Hillary’s, a pop of vividness. But Lifetime’s Beaches substitutes an assumed familiarity with the original movie for actual character development, and it’s totally devoid of any sense of place or time. Until someone mentions the locale, I didn’t even realize the movie was set in L.A. There’s practically no attempt made to adjust the actors’ appearances to account for the roughly two decades of their lives the movie encompasses, and even less effort to depict the earlier scenes as taking place in the past. From start to finish, Lifetime’s Beaches proceeds as if everything is as it always was, from C.C. and Hillary’s friendship to their hairstyles. The film lumbers forward like a nostalgia zombie mindlessly ticking off boxes — as if the concept of this remake were more important than the thing itself. And maybe it is.   Beaches airs Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Say It Ain’t So!: Check Out 11 Great Actors Who Surprisingly Haven’t Won Oscars

Closer Weekly FEB 23, 2016 5:11PM BY JULIA BIRKINBINE Say It Ain’t So!: Check Out 11 Great Actors Who Surprisingly Haven’t Won Oscars Leonardo DiCaprio For many actors and actresses, winning the coveted Academy Award is a major Hollywood milestone. But for these 11 stars — including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Amy Adams, Bette Midler and more! — winning an Oscar is unfortunately a career checkmark they’re still working on, despite having been nominated several times! Johnny Depp The Dark Shadows actor, 52, has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role on three different occasions for his performances in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, though he has not yet won the honor. Johnny Depp

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Friday, October 16, 2015

BetteBack December 25, 1991: Santa’s list lor Hollywood’s naughty and nice

Pacific Stars And Stripes December 25, 1991 421107_214607918635669_214468311982963_409107_562342629_n HOLLYWOOD — Movie and TV stars, naughty and nice, have high hopes Santa will stop by this Christmas with a sack full of goodies. Because stars can afford to fill their garages with Rolls-Royces, their swimming pools with vintage champagne, their closets with mink and their safe deposit vaults with Tiffany trifles, it isn’t easy for jolly old Saint Nick to come up with gifts. But in the spirit of the season, here are a few suggestions for celebrities who have everything: Nick Nolte — An Oscar for “The Prince of Tides.” Madonna — Humility lessons from Oliver Stone. Arnold Schwarzenegger — Elocution instruction from Bob Hoskins. Warren Beatty — A trip to the altar. Annette Bening — A stroll with Warren. Pee-wee Herman — Lifetime subscription to Playboy. Kevin Costner — Lead in “Robin Hood Meets Lee Harvey Oswald.” Tom Hanks — A sequel to “Big.1 Bette Midler — A weekend with Geraldo. Roseanne Barr — A fling with Michael J. Fox. Geraldo Rivera — Two years adrift at sea with Phil Donahue. Candy Bergen — Presidency of NOW. Martin Short — Contract with the Boston Celtics. Eddie Murphy — Humility lessons from Madonna Tom Selleck — Vocal coaching from Bea Arthur. Carol Burnett — A Nielsen rating. Elizabeth Taylor — A return to movies. Cher — A matching posterior tattoo. Steven Spielberg — Moviegoers get “Hooked.” Bruce Willis — Nude cover on Gentleman’s Quarterly. Demi Moore — Framed, autographed copy of the cover. Sean Penn — “Whatever Happened To . . .” update. Oprah Winfrey — See Geraldo Rivera. “Cheers” — Prohibition. Robin Williams — Hair restorer for shaved chest in “Hook.” Oliver Stone — Moroccan-bound copy of The Warren Report. Sylvester Stallone — Both roles in “Rocky Meets Rambo.” Brian De Palma — A bonfire for his “Vanities.” Glenn Close — An Oscar nomination for “Meeting Venus.” Daniel Day Lewis — Sequel titled “My Right Foot.” Dustin Hoffman — A right “Hook Michael Jackson — Music video titled “Black or Red (faced).” Patrick Swayze — “Ghost II.” Sinead O’Connor — Telly Savalas’ barber. Michael J. Fox — See Martin Short. Danny DeVito — See Michael J. Fox & Martin Short. Peter Coyote — The lead in “Dances with Coyotes.” Jody Foster — The lead in “Dances with Lambs.” — An Oscar nomination. Delta Burke — A return to the tube. “Doogie Howser” — A malpractice suit. Burt Lancaster — Good health. Julia Roberts — Fan letter from Kiefer Sutherland. Kiefer Sutherland — Tinkerbell portrait suitable for framing. Rob Lowe — See Sean Penn. Kenny Rogers — Another “Gambler” sequel. Macaulay Culkin — A date with Joan Collins. Woody Allen — A movie without Mia Farrow. Goldie Hawn — A hit. Any kind of hit
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

BetteBack October 27, 1991: Women directors soar, leading ladies shrink

Cedar Rapids Gazette October 27, 1991 maxresdefault There’s a lot of talk about the rising profile of women directors this season, with Jodie Foster’s “ Little Man Tate,” Mary Agnes Donoghue’s “ Paradise” and Martha Coolidge’s “ Rambling Rose” in theaters now, and BarbraStreisand’s “ The Prince of Tides” due out in December. But what about leading roles for women? The outlook isn’t particularly plentiful from the more than 75 movies due to open before the end of the year. Only two female roles between now and Dec. 31 command automatic attention: • The New York psychiatrist in “ The Prince of Tides” played by Streisand. • And the USO entertainer played by Bette Midler in “ For the Boys,” a dramatic movie with songs in which Midler sings, dances and jokes. Some possible contenders: • Annette Bening has abovethe-title billing in “ Bugsy,” opposite Warren Beatty, but even her closest associates say they haven’t yet seen the film, which is due in late December. • This year’s women’s ensemble film is “Fried Green Tomatoes,” due out just in time for Oscar consideration. But two of 2 its stars are recent best actress • Oscar winners: 1990’s Kathy • Bates and 1989’s Jessica Tandy. • Nicole Kidman has virtually * the only woman’s role in Touchstone Pictures’ “ Billy Bathgate,” starring Dustin Hoffman. • The oft-nominated Glenn Close in “ Meeting Venus” and Isabelle Huppert in the French- produced “ Madame Bovary.” Plus it will be difficult to overlook the splashy roles played by^ Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in “ Thelma & Louise.” And, of course, there’s Foster’s performance in the current “ Little Man Tate,” but that competes * with her “ Silence of the Lambs” • role earlier this vear.
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