Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time: From 'Psycho' to Edith Scob

Scariest Horror Movies: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature demonstrate that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges. Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made.) Below is the list of […]



Scariest Movies Ever Made

Scariest Movies: Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' with Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles. Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the […]



Oscar: 134 Documentary Features Submitted

One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the […]



'Interstellar' Movie Review: Whole Less Than Sum of Ravishing Parts

'Interstellar' movie with Anne Hathaway. 'Interstellar' movie review: 'Ravishing, but overextended mind-bender' There are many intriguing questions raised in director Christopher Nolan's ravishing, overextended mind-bender Interstellar. One of the first: has a theoretical physicist ever received an executive producer credit on a nine-figure, studio movie? Probably not, but if 74-year […]



Ivor Novello: British Stage Legend & Hitchcock Star in 'Autumn Crocus'

Ivor Novello: 'Autumn Crocus' movie adaptation with Fay Compton. Ivor Novello last movie: 'Autumn Crocus' Can a naive, plain-looking, spinster school teacher ever find real love in faraway places? This was a question asked by Shirley Booth in Arthur Laurents' 1952 stage play The Time of the Cuckoo; Katharine Hepburn […]



Gotham Awards' Winners: Julianne Moore and Michael Keaton, Edward Snowden

Gotham Awards' Best Documentary 'Citizenfour' revolves around a controversial topic: Edward Snowden. Gotham Awards winners: Hollywood stars Julianne Moore, Michael Keaton - plus whistleblower and political refugee Edward Snowden The Gotham Awards, the more modest, New York City-based version of the Los Angeles-based Spirit Awards, announced its 2014 winners at […]



Best Documentary Short Oscar Contenders: Death and Illness Are Key Themes

Best Documentary Short Film Oscar contender 'White Earth.' Best Documentary Short Films Oscar 2015: Illness and death are top subjects Eight films – most of them featuring illness and/or death as their focus – remain in the running for the 2015 Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, the Academy of Motion […]



Misty Upham Found Dead: 'Frozen River,' 'August: Osage County' Actress

Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis. 'Frozen River' actress Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb Actress Misty Upham, gone missing since Oct. 6, '14, was found dead on Thursday, Oct. 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. […]



Marie Dubois: New Wave Actress Featured in Record-Breaking French Blockbuster Has Died

Marie Dubois in the mammoth blockbuster 'La Grande Vadrouille.' Marie Dubois, actress in French New Wave films, dead at 77 Actress Marie Dubois, a popular French New Wave personality of the '60s and the leading lady in one of France's biggest box office hits in history, died on Oct. 15 […]



Neil Patrick Harris Oscar Host

Neil Patrick Harris. Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, a.k.a. the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, Oct. 15, '14. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time […]



'Emmanuelle' Movies Producer Dies: Sex and Technology 'Visionary'

'Emmanuelle' 1974, with Sylvia Kristel: French blockbuster distributed domestically by Alain Siritzky's Parafrance Films. 'Emmanuelle' movies producer Alain Siritzky dead at 72 Emmanuelle franchise producer Alain Siritzky died after what has been described as “a short illness” on Saturday, Oct. 11, '14, at a Paris hospital. The (reportedly) New York […]



Box Office Mojo Mysteriously Disappears and Reappears

Box Office Mojo is back online following mysterious disappearance. Box Office Mojo is back – and how tons of information online can vanish when you least expect it By now, everyone who cares about movie box office information is aware that the website Box Office Mojo, the Web's premier source […]



'Whiplash' Movie Review: The Devil in J.K. Simmons

'Whiplash' with J.K. Simmons. 'Whiplash' movie review: 'Emotionally explosive film' Damien Chazelle, writer and director of Whiplash, his 2014 Sundance Film Festival-winning second feature, is himself a musical prodigy of sorts. He attended the sort of prestigious musical conservatory his protagonist – played by the acerbic, ascending star Miles Teller […]



Best British Movies of All Time?

Best British movies of all time: Michael Caine in 'Get Carter.' Best British Movies of All Time? Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster, was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by […]



Christopher Reeve 'Superman' Movies and Surprise Oscar Ceremony Speech

Christopher Reeve in 'Superman' 1978: First superhero blockbuster. Christopher Reeve: 'Superman' and his movies Christopher Reeve, Superman in four movies from 1978 to 1987, died ten years ago today, Oct. 10, '14. In 1995, while taking part in a cross-country horse race in Culpeper, Virginia, Reeve was thrown off his […]



'A Night at the Cinema in 1914': Charles Chaplin, Pearl White and The Great War

Charles Chaplin in 'A Film Johnnie' (1914). 'A Night at the Cinema in 1914': From The Great War to Charles Chaplin and Pearl White Imagine, if you will, that you can go back one hundred years in time, when people were enjoying a new and pervasive art form: motion pictures. […]



Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Record Submissions and Highly Political Movies

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contender 'Three Windows and a Hanging': First Kosovo entry. Record 83 movies submitted for 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made public the list of submissions for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. According […]



'Gone Girl': David Fincher Biggest Debut?

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'Sherlock Holmes' Movie Found

Sherlock Holmes with William Gillette. 'Sherlock Holmes' movie found at Cinémathèque Française Sherlock Holmes, a long-thought-lost 1916 feature starring stage performer and playwright William Gillette in the title role, has been discovered in the vaults of the Cinémathèque Française. Directed by the all-but-forgotten Arthur Berthelet for the Chicago-based Essanay production […]



'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Trailer: Exciting or Predictably Bombastic?

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' poster featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' trailer The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer – or more specifically, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer – has been around for a little while. So this is one of those […]



'The Way He Looks' Movie: Gay Teen Love Story Submitted for Oscars

The Way He Looks movie: Ghilherme Lobo and Fábio Audi. 'The Way He Looks' movie: Gay teen love story is Brazil's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission In mid-September 2014, The Way He Looks / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho was selected as Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign […]



John Malkovich Photos: How to Look Like a Model Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein

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Audrey Long Dies: Film Noir Actress, Leslie Charteris Widow

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Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List,' Equal Rights Amendment Supporter

Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. 1960s. Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon's 'enemies list' (See previous post: “Polly Bergen Movies: 'First American Woman President.'”) As discussed in the previous post, despite its deceptively progressive premise – the United States' first woman president as a palpable reality – Kisses for My […]



Polly Bergen Movies: 'First American Woman President,' 'Cape Fear' Rape Victim

Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. 1960s. Polly Bergen movies: 'First woman U.S. president' dead at 84 Emmy Award-winning actress Polly Bergen – whose movie and television roles ranged from the first woman U.S. president in the 1964 comedy Kisses for My President to Felicity Huffman's mother in Desperate Housewives – […]



Jack Huston in 'Ben-Hur' Remake?

Jack Huston. Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur “remake,” to be jointly […]



'No Good Deed' Movie Box Office Goes Unpunished Despite Rotten Reviews

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Honorary Award: Marlene Dietrich & Rita Hayworth Among Women 'Snubbed' by Academy

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Honorary Oscar: Doris Day, Other Film Women Inexplicably 'Snubbed'

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Honorary Oscars Bypass Women: Angela Lansbury, Greta Garbo Among Rare Female Winners

Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Angelina Jolie at the 2013 Governors Awards. Sept. 4, '14, Introduction: This three-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Oscars and the dearth of female recipients was originally posted in Feb. 2007 and updated […]



Honorary Oscars: Hayao Miyazaki Among Recipients

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'Doctor Who' Actor Bill Kerr Dead at 92

Bill Kerr and Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who. 'Doctor Who' actor Bill Kerr, also featured in Peter Weir's 'Gallipoli' and 'The Year of Living Dangerously,' dead at 92 Australian actor Bill Kerr, best known internationally for a guest spot in the 1960s TV series Doctor Who, and for his supporting […]



'Love Is Strange' Movie Review: 'Beautiful' Gay Romantic Drama

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Claudette Colbert Movies

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Lauren Bacall: Hollywood & Broadway Star Dies

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Robin Williams Dead at 63: Possible Suicide

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Sneeze Face, Cheese Mites and Techno Charles Chaplin: 'Amazing Tales'

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Gender Roles and Social Hypocrisy: THE GIRL IN TAILS

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MIDNIGHT MADNESS Movie Lacks 'Midnight' and 'Madness'

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'Song of the Fishermen': First Chinese Movie to Win International Award

'Song of the Fishermen': First Chinese movie to win international award depicts social inequalities in China during the Great Depression The story of Cai Chusheng's 1934 drama Song of the Fishermen / Yu Guang Qu, screened at the 2014 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, begins in a small coastal village […]



Cult Movie Classic 'Pretty Poison' Director Noel Black Dead

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'Camp X-Ray' Trailer: Kristen Stewart in War Zone

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'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Actress Marilyn Burns Found Dead

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Jane Fonda: From 'Vietnam Traitor' to AFI Award and Best Actress Oscars

Jane Fonda: From 'Vietnam Traitor' to AFI Award and Screen Legend status (image: Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda in 'This Is Where I Leave You') (See previous post: “Jane Fonda Movies: Anti-Establishment Heroine.”) Turner Classic Movies will also be showing the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring Jane Fonda, […]



Jane Fonda Movies: Anti-Establishment Heroine

Jane Fonda movies on TCM: 'The China Syndrome,' 'Klute,' and Jean-Luc Godard drama 'Tout Va Bien' among highlights (image: Jane Fonda in 'Klute') Turner Classic Movies' 2014 “Summer Under the Stars” kicked off earlier today, August 1, with a day-long series of Jane Fonda movies. Still reviled by American right-wingers […]



'The Huntsman': Frank Darabont In, Kristen Stewart & Snow White Stupidly Out

Chris Hemsworth in 'Snow White and the Huntsman.' 'The Huntsman' release date announced as 'Snow White and the Huntsman 2' drops Snow White a.k.a. Kristen Stewart Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has a new title, as the “sequel” to Rupert Sanders' 2012 fantasy adventure Snow White and the […]



Drew Barrymore Half-Sister Jessica Barrymore Found Dead

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James Garner Movies

James Garner movies on TCM: 'Grand Prix,' 'Victor Victoria' among highlights (image: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of “natural causes” at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, […]



'Boyhood' Movie Review: Richard Linklater 'Conceptually Brilliant New Film'

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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review: Michael Bay Least Aggravating 'Transformers' Movie

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'Jersey Boys' Movie Review: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' Boring Story

'Jersey Boy's movie review: Great music fails to save Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the 2005 Broadway musical (image: John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in 'Jersey Boys') Clint Eastwood's semi-historically accurate biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, is based on the […]



Oldest Person in Movies?

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'Dracula' 1931 Actress Carla Laemmle Dead at 104

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'Edge of Tomorrow' Review: Tom Cruise Makes Sci-Fi Movie 'Exceptionally Entertaining'

'Edge of Tomorrow' review: Tom Cruise, the Last Movie Star, makes latest alien invasion movie 'exceptionally entertaining' (image: Tom Cruise in 'Edge of Tomorrow') Hiroshi Sakurazaka's popular illustrated novel All You Need Is Kill was originally published in 2004, and has seen a number of adaptations and republications, including serialization […]



Joan Lorring: One of Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee Dead at 88

Joan Lorring in 'Three Strangers' Joan Lorring dead at 88: 'The Corn Is Green' performer was one of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other […]



'X-Men: Days of Future Past' (2014) Review: What Other Superhero Movies Lack

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'Batman v Superman' Movie: Batsuit (Ben Affleck), Batmobile Revealed

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'Maps to the Stars' Trailer & 4 Clips: Robert Pattinson Gets Intimate with Julianne Moore

Robert Pattinson in 'Maps to the Stars.' 'Maps to the Star's trailer and clips: Julianne Moore goes ballistic after losing a role, Robert Pattinson learns that Mia Wasikowska's parents are brother and sister The Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars, the second David Cronenberg-Robert Pattinson collaboration to be screened in […]



'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Trailer (New): Humans Are Deadly

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Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards 2015 Dates

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Russian Movie Star Tatiana Samoilova Dies: 'The Russian Audrey Hepburn'

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Bob Hoskins Dead: Best Movies 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' 'Mona Lisa'

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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Review: Green Goblin Wasted in 'Mediocre' Sequel

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Announced: Max von Sydow??

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Robert Pattinson and 'Mission: Blacklist' Part Ways

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'The Other Woman' 2014: Cameron Diaz Panned Comedy Tops

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D.W. Griffith Movies at Biograph: The Birth of a Cinema at the American Cinematheque

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Oscar: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Return Again

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'Godzilla' 1954, Mickey Rooney and Giant Ants: Eclectic Library of Congress Movies

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Oscar Dates and Early Predictions: Another Meryl Streep?

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THE ROVER Trailer HD: Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and Total Anarchy

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'Gone with the Wind' Actress Mary Anderson Dead at 96

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Mickey Rooney Dead: Longest Movie Career Ever?

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'Nymphomaniac Vol. II' Review: More Provocative and Philosophical Than Vol. I

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'Captain America: Winter Soldier' Box Office: Weekend to Pass $100 Million Domestic?

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Review: 'Second Best' Marvel Movie

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Screwball Comedy Movies, Rare Screening of Epoch-Making Box Office Disaster

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NYMPHOMANIAC Movie Review: Lars von Trier an 'Actual Genius'

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'Rome Open City' Movie Restored: BFI Presents One of Most Influential Films

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Australian Actress Wendy Hughes Dead at 61: AFI Award Winner

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Review: Ralph Fiennes Most Memorable Wes Anderson Character

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Oscar 2014 winners and nominees (image: Oscar winners Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto chat at the 2014 Oscar ceremony) Best Picture: American Hustle, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon; Captain Phillips, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca; Dallas Buyers Club, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter; Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, […]



Ellen Selfie, Oscar Show Are Big Hits

Oscar 2014 TV ratings: 10-year high in overall viewership in U.S. (image: Twitter hit 'Ellen selfie Oscars,' featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Oscar 2014 company) Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose “Oscars selfie” became a record-breaking Twitter hit, and featuring the likes […]



Jared Leto Best Supporting Actor Oscar Speech: Ukraine & AIDS Victims Remembered

Jared Leto Best Supporting Actor Oscar 2014 speech (image: Jared Leto, Bono, and producer Guy Oseary at the 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon) As expected, first-time Academy Award nominee Jared Leto was the 2014 Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for his performance as an AIDS-stricken male-to-female transgender person in Jean-Marc Vallée's […]



Oscar 2014 Presenters: From Jennifer Lawrence to Hitchcock Heroine

Oscar 2014 presenters range from Alfred Hitchcock heroine to '12 Years a Slave' producer (image: Oscar 2014 presenter Jennifer Lawrence) Expect at least a couple of standing ovations at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland […]



Maria von Trapp 'The Sound of Music' Nun Dead at 99: Was Last Surviving Singing von Trapp Family Member

The singing von Trapp family Maria von Trapp dead at 99: 'The Sound of Music' character played by Heather Menzies was last surviving member of the singing von Trapp family Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member of the singing von Trapp family portrayed in The Sound of Music, died […]



Philip Seymour Hoffman, Shirley Temple Honored with Library of Congress Screenings

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Shirley Temple, and Oscar movies: Library of Congress' March 2014 screenings (image: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in 'Capote') Tributes to the recently deceased Shirley Temple and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and several Academy Award-nominated and -winning films are among the March 2014 screenings at the Library […]



'RoboCop' 2014: Full-Fledged Domestic Box Office Bomb

Joel Kinnaman in 'RoboCop' 2014 'RoboCop' 2014 movie: Full-fledged flop at domestic box office Directed by José Padilha, and starring Joel Kinnaman and Abbie Cornish, Sony Picture's $100 million-budgeted RoboCop 2014 remake opened with disappointing numbers on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Things improved a bit over the weekend, but there's no […]



'RoboCop' 2014 Review: Interesting Ideas Superficially Addressed

'Robocop' 2014 review: 'More interesting ideas than it can properly address' You'll have to excuse older moviegoers if they feel an almost weekly tinge of nostalgia with the latest announcement that their favorite film from the '80s is being treated to a big-money remake. And yet, while you'd think 40-somethings […]



Shirley Temple (Black) Death: Child Star & Republican Ambassador

Shirley Temple in the late '40s Shirley Temple dead at 85: Was one of the biggest domestic box office draws of the '30s Shirley Temple, one of the biggest box office draws of the 1930s in the United States, died Monday night, February 10, 2014, at her home in Woodside, […]



'Ryan's Daughter' Actor Christopher Jones Who Turned Down 'Pulp Fiction' Dead

'Ryan's Daughter' actor Christopher Jones dead at 72: Quit acting following nervous breakdown after Sharon Tate murder, in later years turned down Quentin Tarantino movie offer Christopher Jones, who had a key role in David Lean's 1970 romantic epic Ryan's Daughter, died of complications from gallbladder cancer last Friday, January […]



Zac Efron 'That Awkward Moment' Weekend Box Office to Surpass Movie Budget?

Zac Efron movies: 'That Awkward Moment' box office disappoints on Super Bowl weekend - though grosses may surpass budget Zac Efron can be seen this weekend, January 31-Feb. 2, 2014, in That Awkward Moment, a romantic comedy directed by Tom Gormican, and co-starring Miles Teller (the star of Sundance 2014 […]



Maximilian Schell Dies: Won Best Actor Oscar, Directed Marlene Dietrich Documentary

Maximilian Schell dead at 83: Best Actor Oscar winner for 'Judgment at Nuremberg' (image: Maximilian Schell ca. 1960) Actor and filmmaker Maximilian Schell, best known for his Oscar-winning performance as the defense attorney in Stanley Kramer's 1961 political drama Judgment at Nuremberg died at a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, on […]



'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Poster: Scarlett Johansson Hot

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' poster (image: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in one of the character posters for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier') Scarlett Johansson has created quite a bit of a stir in recent days. Yesterday, January 30, 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier posters came out, revealing […]



'Alone Yet Not Alone': Best Song Oscar Nomination Revoked

'Alone Yet Not Alone' Best Song Oscar 2014 nomination revoked: Nod for obscure song from equally obscure Christian movie had left many scratching their heads (image: Kelly Greyson in 'Alone Yet Not Alone') Last night, January 28, 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors voted […]



'Still Alice' Movie: Julianne Moore & Kristen Stewart in Alzheimer's Drama

Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore: 'Still Alice' set photo Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice' March 17, '14, update: In the picture above, Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore can be seen on the set of Still Alice, currently filming in New York City. This particular image and others […]



'Grace of Monaco': Nicole Kidman Grace Kelly Movie Lacks U.S. Release, Opens Cannes

'Grace of Monaco' U.S. March release canceled as biopic starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly to open 2014 Cannes Film Festival (image: Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in 'Grace of Monaco') Directed by Olivier Dahan, and starring Nicole Kidman as Oscar-winning Hollywood actress-turned-European princess Grace Kelly, Grace of Monaco was […]



'I, Frankenstein': Aaron Eckhart Reboot Dismal Box Office Bomb

'I, Frankenstein' box office: Frankenstein reboot is second domestic box office bomb of 2014 (image: buffed up, shirtless Aaron Eckhart in 'I, Frankenstein') Made for a reported $65 million (not including marketing and distribution expenses), the Lionsgate-distributed I, Frankenstein is surely not about to become a movie franchise. Directed by […]



Alfonso Cuarón: First Mexican DGA Award Winner in Feature Film Category

Alfonso Cuarón wins 2014 DGA Award for 'Gravity' (image: Directors Guild of America Award winner Alfonso Cuarón and last year's DGA Award winner Ben Affleck) As expected, Alfonso Cuarón won the 2014 Directors Guild of America Award for the blockbuster Gravity at a January 25, 2014, ceremony held at Los […]