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Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas To Produce Docuseries On Activist James Hart Stern

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Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas To Produce Docuseries On Activist James Hart Stern
Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas has signed on to produce Hoodwinked: The James Hart Stern Story, an original docuseries that chronicles the life of the African-American activist.

Unrealistic Ideas, the nonscripted production company launched by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Archie Gips, is partnering with producer Paul Sadowski on the docuseries. Wahlberg, Levinson, Gips, and Sadowski will executive produce. Producers plan to shop the project, which is in development, to broadcast and cable networks.

Hoodwinked details the life of the Rev. James Hart Stern, who shrewdly seized control of two of the most powerful, violent and hateful white supremacist groups in the U.S.

“James Stern’s life story is so far-fetched it seems like pure fiction. But it all really happened — twice,” Gips said. Added Sadowski, “This is an incredible, ripped-from-the-headlines saga that will also take a gripping look at bigotry in America.”

The docuseries will cover the life and exploits of Stern,
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Oscars In Memoriam Snubs Include Stanley Donen, Carol Channing, Sondra Locke and Verne Troyer

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Oscars In Memoriam Snubs Include Stanley Donen, Carol Channing, Sondra Locke and Verne Troyer
“Singin’ in the Rain” director Stanley Donen, Sondra Locke, the Oscar-nominated actress and former partner of Clint Eastwood, Verne Troyer, character actor Dick Miller and Golden Globe nominee R. Lee Ermey were omitted during the Oscars’ In Memoriam tribute on Sunday.

Carol Channing, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1967 film “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and died in January, was also omitted during the tribute to showbiz people who died in the past year.

Gustavo Dudamel conducted the Los Angeles Philarmonic to a track from 1978’s “Superman: The Movie.”

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Donen, whose death was announced Saturday at the age of 94, helped reinvent the big-screen musical, with a series of hits that included “On the Town,” 1954’s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” 1957’s “The Pajama Game,” 1958’s “Damn Yankees!” and 1957’s “Funny Face,” with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.
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When Will the Oscars Get It Right?

Olly Krizan on the Oscars…

While we’re warming our winter woes with the glitz and glamour of awards season, The Academy are having yet another nightmare of a year. This time around they’ve decided to get ahead of the game by airing these issues before the ceremony has even taken place. From what I can tell this years show looks to be worse than the torrid drudgery of the Baftas (and that is saying a lot). So without further ado let’s have a look at the comedy of errors (and crucially bad calls) the Oscars have made over the years.

Firstly, they’ve lost their host for this year’s ceremony and decided not to replace him. This leaves us with a three hour journey on a captainless ship of filthy rich celebrities crying over who gets a new gold bloke for their bookcase. There will be
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Watch Willem Dafoe Break Down His Most Iconic Movie Roles

Willem Dafoe is one hell of a talented actor that has starred in some pretty awesome movies. He’s also played some extremely interesting characters in those movies!

While promoting his upcoming film At Eternity’s Gate, Dafoe sat down with GQ for an interview where he talked about playing Vincent Van Gogh. During that interview he also broke down an amazing list of the iconic roles he’s played over the years.

Willem Dafoe down his most iconic characters, including his roles in ‘The Loveless,’ ‘To Live and Die in L.A.,’ ‘Platoon,’ ‘The Last Temptation of Christ,’ ‘Mississippi Burning,’ ‘Wild at Heart,’ ‘The Boondock Saints,’ ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,’ ‘Mr. Bean’s Holiday,’ ‘Antichrist,’ ‘The Florida Project’ and ‘At Eternity’s Gate.’

What would you say your favorite Willem Dafoe movie is?
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‘Green Book’ Feels Golden Glow During Awards Season

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‘Green Book’ Feels Golden Glow During Awards Season
Every awards season is basically the same, but always includes a few unique exceptions. One of those is Universal-Participant’s “Green Book.” The film has won major prizes and yet no film has been more beaten up, online and in the mainstream media.

The bad news: Some awards rivals hold onto the old theory that mudslinging is a valid campaign tactic. The good news: Voters ignore all that noise and vote for what they like, so “Green Book” constantly bounces back. It’s a variation on the old joke that nobody likes this movie except the audience.

Another signs of its popularity: five Oscar nominations in key categories, including best picture, screenplay and editing, plus two nominations for the great actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.

Editor Patrick J. Don Vito says the film is “something special,” which doesn’t mean it was easy. One of the biggest editing challenges
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Gene Hackman movies: 24 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The French Connection,’ ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’

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Gene Hackman movies: 24 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The French Connection,’ ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’
Happy 89th birthday to Gene Hackman on January 30, 2019! One of the most versatile and accomplished character actors on film, he is appreciated by critics and audiences for his clean, no-nonsense style of acting. In his film work, Hackman was famed for the every-man quality to his work with which audiences of all types could identify which he demonstrated in the more than 80 films in which he appeared.

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Throughout his film career which lasted more than half a century, Hackman’s subtle work has been showered with honors. He has won two Academy Awards (for 1971’s “The French Connection” with William Friedkin and 1992’s “Unforgiven” with Clint Eastwood) from five nominations. He has been given an honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, while winning three competitive Globes from eight total nominations and is a Screen Actors Guild Award winner from his two nominations.
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Gene Hackman movies: 24 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Gene Hackman movies: 24 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy 89th birthday to Gene Hackman on January 30, 2019! One of the most versatile and accomplished character actors on film, he is appreciated by critics and audiences for his clean, no-nonsense style of acting. In his film work, Hackman was famed for the every-man quality to his work with which audiences of all types could identify which he demonstrated in the more than 80 films in which he appeared.

Throughout his film career which lasted more than half a century, Hackman’s subtle work has been showered with honors. He has won two Academy Awards (for 1971’s “The French Connection” with William Friedkin and 1992’s “Unforgiven” with Clint Eastwood) from five nominations. He has been given an honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, while winning three competitive Globes from eight total nominations and is a Screen Actors Guild Award winner from his two nominations.

After appearing in 2004’s “Welcome to Mooseport,
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The 100 Greatest Achievements in Cinematography in the 20th Century, According to Asc

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) this year, they’ve polled their members to determine 100 milestone films in the art and craft of cinematography of the 20th century. Topping the list is David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia, shot by Freddie Young. Also in the top ten is Blade Runner (Jordan Cronenweth), The Conformist (Vittorio Storaro), Days of Heaven (Néstor Almendros), and more.

Organized by Steven Fierberg, he said “Asc members wanted to call attention to the most significant achievements of the cinematographer’s art but not refer to one achievement as ‘better’ than another. The selected films represent a range of styles, eras and visual artistry, but most importantly, it commemorates films that are inspirational or influential to Asc members and have exhibited enduring influence on generations of filmmakers.”

See the top 10 below, along with the full list.

1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Freddie Young,
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This Year’s Best Picture Hopefuls Offer Fresh Takes on Eternal Issues

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This Year’s Best Picture Hopefuls Offer Fresh Takes on Eternal Issues
One of the main reasons movies resonate with us is that they make us think: about our own lives, our history or our appreciation for past pieces of art. So many of this year’s awards contenders do one or all of the above, be it a flashy musical that yanks at memories from our childhood like “Mary Poppins Returns” or period dramas like “Green Book” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” that takes on race relations and reminds us that we haven’t evolved as far past the Jim Crow era as we’d like to think. We’ve rounded up a list of films that will most likely bring up these sensations – for better or for worse – with awards season voters.

A Star Is Born

Every generation nose this story

Since its inception, Hollywood’s delicate eco-system has maintained its balance by cheering talent on the rise while
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Willem Dafoe movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Platoon,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘At Eternity’s Gate’

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Willem Dafoe movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Platoon,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘At Eternity’s Gate’
The life of legendary Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh has resulted in a couple of pretty good films, including Vincente Minnelli‘s “Lust for Life” (1956) with Kirk Douglas as well as Robert Altman‘s 1990 biopic with Tim Roth as Van Gogh. Willem Dafoe takes a slightly different tack to van Gogh in painter Julian Schnabel‘s latest film “At Eternity’s Gate,” which is opening this weekend. Dafoe’s take on the artist is complex, as the film is set in the final years of van Gogh’s life in which he creates masterpieces while being hospitalized and finally winding up in an asylum. Oh, and there’s that business about an ear.

Early on in his film career, Dafoe was typed into playing a bad guy, such as his biker gang leaders in Kathryn Bigelow‘s “The Loveless” and Walter Hill‘s “Streets of Fire.” But his performance as kindly Sgt.
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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of 1970s: Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman … ? [Poll]
Some of the most legendary actors in Hollywood history won their Oscars in the 1970s. The Best Actor category of this decade was stacked with some of the biggest stars of the time, many of which have lived on for generations. But which Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1970s is your absolute favorite? Take a trip down memory lane and vote in our poll below.

George C. Scott, “Patton” (1970) — Scott took home the Best Actor prize for “Patton,” which also won Best Picture. In the film he plays the titular George S. Patton, the famous hot-tempered U.S. army general who led troops during World War II. He had previously been nominated for “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959), “The Hustler” (1961), and later for “The Hospital” (1971). Scott notably declined his nomination and win for “Patton.”

SEERobert De Niro (‘Raging Bull’) knocks out all contenders to be your top Best Actor Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Gene Hackman,
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R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey (1944 – 2018)

Golden Globe-nominated American actor R. Lee Ermey – best known for his role as the no-nonsense Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 war movie Full Metal Jacket – has passed away aged 74. The actor’s manager Bill Rogen shared the sad news on Twitter.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

After a career in the United States Marine Corps, Ermey made his feature film debut with a brief role in Apocalypse Now, and also served as a technical advisor to director Francis Ford Coppola. He was later hired as a technical advisor to Kubrick on Full Metal Jacket,
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'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies aged 74

'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies aged 74
Former gunnery sergeant earned Golden Globe nomination for Kubrick’s Vietnam war classic.

R. Lee Ermey, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his iconic portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, has died aged 74.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

His
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R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey. ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Star Dies At 74

Legendary character actor R. Lee Ermey has passed away. He was 74 The actor had a career that spanned .

Ermey’s management confirmed the new on the actor’s official Twitter page late Sunday.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

“It is with great sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (‘The Gunny’) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us,” the tweet says.

Before being an actor, Ermey was a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant,
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R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' Actor, Dead at 74

R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' Actor, Dead at 74
R. Lee Ermey, the gunnery sergeant turned actor who portrayed the scene-stealing drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, died Sunday at the age of 74.

Ermey's longtime manager Bill Rogin confirmed Ermey's death on the actor's Facebook account. "It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us," Rogin wrote.

"It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for," Rogin added. "He
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R Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor, Dies at 74

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R Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor, Dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, a veteran character actor who earned Golden Globe nomination for 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket,” died Sunday, his longtime manager Bill Rogin announced on Twitter. He was 74.

The Marine Corps veteran made his film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” and went on to play authority figures in films like “Mississippi Burning,” “Se7en” and even the “Toy Story” films (where he voiced Sarge, leader of the plastic Army men).

“It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed,” the tweet reads.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

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Born Ronald Lee Ermey in Emporia, Kansas, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 when, after a second arrest for criminal mischief, he was given the choice between jail or the military. He chose the latter.

“Gunny,” as he became to be known, was a drill instructor in the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion in San Diego, where he served in the mid-’60s. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, in 1968, before being sent to Vietnam for 14 months, at which time he was medically discharged because of injuries. In 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant.

While attending the University of Manila in the Philippines, Emery was cast in his first film — Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” playing a First Air Cavalry chopper pilot. Eight years later, he was cast as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” earning a Golden Globe nomination in the process.

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Among his 60 other film roles were “Mississippi Burning,” “Dead Man Walking,” Se7en,” ‘Leaving Las Vegas” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Emery also appeared on the small screen in “Miami Vice,” “House” and “The X-Files,” and his commanding voice can be heard in such animated projects as the “Toy Story” film franchise, “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

He went on to host two series on the History Channel, “Mail Call” and “Lock N’ Load With R. Lee Emery,” and “Gunny Time” on the Outdoor channel.

Emery is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nina, and their four children.

For the record: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported Ermey’s age.

Read original story R Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor, Dies at 74 At TheWrap
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Frances McDormand Wins Oscar for Best Actress for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

Frances McDormand Wins Oscar for Best Actress for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’
Frances McDormand has won the Academy Award for Best Actress, making the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star a two-time winner. Though she faced stiff competition from the likes of Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), and Meryl Streep (“The Post”), McDormand’s powerful performance as a grief-stricken mother in Martin McDonagh’s divisive drama proved undeniable to the Academy.

The revered thespian has dominated awards season these last few months, with her Oscar triumph preceded by similar victories at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and SAG Awards, among many others. She previously won the same prize 21 years ago for her role in “Fargo” and has received Supporting Actress nominations for her work in “North Country,” “Almost Famous,” and “Mississippi Burning.”

Earlier in the evening, McDormand’s “Three Billboards” co-star Sam Rockwell was named Best Supporting Actor; the film received a total of seven nominations,
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Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would be fifth double Best Actress Oscar champ with a 2-0 record

Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would be fifth double Best Actress Oscar champ with a 2-0 record
Not only will Frances McDormand become the 14th person with multiple Best Actress Oscars if she wins for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Sunday, but she’ll join an even more exclusive group that not even Meryl Streep or Katharine Hepburn are part of: Best Actress winners with a perfect record after multiple nominations.

The 1996 champ for “Fargo,” McDormand would be the fifth person with a 2-0 record in Best Actress following Luise Rainer (1936’s “The Great Ziegfeld,” 1937’s “The Good Earth”), Vivien Leigh (1939’s “Gone with the Wind,” 1951’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”), Sally Field (1979’s “Norma Rae,” 1984’s “Places of the Heart”) and Hilary Swank (1999’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby”).

See Hardly a Sophie’s choice: Meryl Streep is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner

However, like Field, McDormand’s overall Oscar record isn’t pristine: She’s lost three supporting bids for
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German Figure Skater Nicole Schott Performs to 'Schindler's List' Score at Winter Olympics

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A German figure skater twirling to the score from "Schindler's List" -- how could she Nazi see the backlash coming? Yup, Nicole Schott performed her long program Thursday in Pyeongchang to the song that instantly reminds people of the Holocaust ... the disdain from Winter Olympics viewers was immediate. As one person so eloquently put it ... "Abort Abort Abort!" The German figure skater is skating to music from Schindler’s List...Abort Abort Abort!I repeat,
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After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?

After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?
The BAFTA Awards gave Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney yet another chance to practice their Oscar acceptance speeches. Each member of this quartet has taken home every one of the major precursors this awards season. They started their winning ways with the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards in mid January followed by the SAG Awards at the end of last month and now the BAFTAs. No group has pulled off such a sweep since the British academy moved ahead of the Oscars in 2000.

Oldman has been the Best Actor favorite all season long for his transformation into Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” The veteran character actor has only contended at the Oscars once before, losing his 2011 Best Actor bid for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” to Jean Dujardin who headlined the Best Picture champ “The Artist.”

McDormand is riveting as a mother struggling to accept her
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