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Jennifer Lopez & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Among Those Invited To Join The Academy

June 29th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 276 new members to join this year, including Jennifer Lopez, Jason Bateman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Jason Schwartzman, Milla Jovovich and Lucy Liu.

If they accept, they will be allowed to vote for the winners of the 2014 Oscars and beyond.

Chris Tucker, Danny Trejo, Emily Mortimer, Paula Patton and Jack Huston have also been invited to join the Academy.

Academy President Hawk Koch explained, "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today. Their talent and creativity have captured th...
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Brittany's Blog: Things 'The Newsroom' Taught Me

August 5th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
The Newsroom
This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...and this week I want to discuss a little show called The Newsroom, and all the things I've learned from it. Not only is it one of the best shows you're not watching, it's a series that - love it or hate it - has almost become bigger than the show itself. There's enough to talk about that..well, it unintentionally took over this entire blog. So, in no particular order, here are seven things that I've taken away from The Newsroom.

1. The TV Main Title Sequence Is Not Dead

The television main title sequence seems to be on its way to bei...
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Reading 'The Newsroom': 'I'll Try To Fix You'

July 15th, 2012 11:00pm EDT
The Newsroom
The fourth episode of The Newsroom takes on a story that captivated the nation, while everyone's love lives get needlessly meddled in, and Don finally stops being a jerk. While the show struggles with its subplots, there's no denying that it knows how to do the news, even if it's news from two years ago.

The Top Story

While The Newsroom has been grounded in real-life personalities and events from the start, "I'll Try To Fix You" is the first episode where it tackles head-on a real news story that we also all know well: the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. While the BP oil s...
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Reading 'The Newsroom': 'The 112th Congress'

July 8th, 2012 11:00pm EDT
The Newsroom
In the third episode of HBO's The Newsroom, Will picks a fight with the Tea Party, Charlie gets called to the principal's office, and Aaron Sorkin revisits the second episode of Sports Night. It's messy and more than a little familiar, but it's still an impressive addition to the summer TV landscape.

The Top Story

"The 112th Congress" opens with something that should be very familiar to fans of Sorkin's previous show about a TV show: an on-air apology. Will opens News Night with an editorial comment about how sorry he is for the program's past mistakes and flaws. "I'm a leader in an ind...
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Aaron Sorkin Strikes Again With 'The Newsroom'

June 24th, 2012 10:00am EDT
The Newsroom
The Newsroom is pure Aaron Sorkin. The fingerprints of his creative vision are obvious and numerous throughout HBO's newest original series. And damned if that isn't a sight to behold.

Sorkin has a unique and very specific voice, one that television has missed. This isn't to detract from his successes with Moneyball and The Social Network, or at the beginning of his career with The American President and A Few Good Men. But Sorkin on the small screen is something different. Sports Night, The West Wing and even the lesser-regarded Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip gave us the chance to savor ...
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Blu-ray 3D Review: 'Hugo' - Martin Scorsese's Homage To 'Cinemagician' Georges Méliès Proves 3D Isn't Just For Action Films

February 28th, 2012 9:37pm EST
Hugo Blu-ray 3D
When one thinks of Martin Scorsese rarely does the word 'family' cross their mind (unless they're thinking of Goodfellas, that is); and neither does the term 3D. So when the prolific director decided to bring Brian Selznick's 2007 children's book The Invention Of Hugo Cabret to life on the big screen - and in 3D - he was entering new territory.

The end result, Hugo, is nothing short of amazing. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning five: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Five reasons to see it the way it was meant to be...
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Interview: 'Our Idiot Brother' Director Jesse Peretz On Paul Rudd, Emotional Truths And What He Loves Doing Most

December 5th, 2011 11:30am EST
Our Idiot Brother
When one thinks of actor Paul Rudd these days, comedy definitely comes to mind. But in the new Rudd outing "Our Idiot Brother" (out now on DVD/Blu-ray from The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment), thanks to Director Jesse Peretz there is also a definite dramatic sweetness that adds a unique touch to the surprisingly endearing film. The movie tells the story of joyful idealist Ned (played by Rudd) who ends up newly involved in the lives of his three very different but equally uptight sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emil Mortimer. Add to that a supportin...
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Two Jews' Review 'Hugo' Only One Feels Scorsese's 3D Fantasy Will Capture Your Heart (Video)

November 24th, 2011 11:00am EST
Hugo
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: When you hear the name, Martin Scorsese several things may pop into your mind... New York City, Italian Gangsters, Films about Italian Gangsters... Casino, Heat and Goodfellas, just to name a few.

Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure you would never associate this extraordinary filmmaker with a children's fantasy film, shot in 3D and set in Paris in the 1930's. However, with Scorsese's newest film 'Hugo' that's about to change.

'Hugo', directed by Martin Scorsese, is based on the illustrated bestselling novel, The Invention of Hug...
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Check Out 'Our Idiot Brother' On DVD & Blu-ray Nov. 29

November 24th, 2011 7:00am EST
Our Idiot Brother
Scruffy idealist Ned (Paul Rudd) wreaks havoc on the lives of his mother (Shirley Knight) and three sisters, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), and Liz (Emily Mortimer), while overstaying his welcome in each of their homes and voicing his opinions when they aren't wanted in "Our Idiot Brother."

Organic farmer Ned always looks for the best in everyone, but his unfailing honesty continually lands him in hot water. Arrested for selling drugs to a uniformed police officer, Ned gets the boot from his girlfriend, and mourns losing custody of his beloved dog, Willie Nels...
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Paul Rudd: 'A Male A** Shot Is The Cheapest & Best Laugh Ever'

September 15th, 2011 9:53am EDT
Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd finds male nudity in movies hilarious - except when it's his bare bottom on show.

He explained, "I'm a big fan of movie nudity. A male ass shot is the cheapest and best laugh ever. But it's mortifying to do. When I showed my butt in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, all I could think was, 'This is going to be up on all those big screens.' I was very self-conscious about doing it."

Rudd most recently starred in "Our Idiot Brother" about scruffy idealist Ned who wreaks havoc on the lives of his mother and three sisters, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), and Liz (Emily Mo...
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Two Jews' Review 'Our Idiot Brother' And Only One Gets The Joke (Video)

August 25th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
'Our Idiot Brother'
'Two Jews On Film' By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: Paul Rudd is Ned Rochlin, an organic farmer, who sees the good in everyone. So when a policeman comes up to him at a local Farmers Market and begs Ned to sell him some weed, he's only too happy to oblige. After all, Ned felt sorry for the cop, who said he was suffering from job-related stress. Now what does Ned get for this act of compassion? He gets busted and sent to prison, of course. After all, this is a comedy...

After a few months in jail, Ned is released for good behavior. When Ned returns home to his farm, where he lived with hi...
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Zooey Deschanel Looks Like A Clown At 'Our Idiot Brother' Premiere

August 17th, 2011 8:16am EDT
Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel is usually cute as a button, but we do not approve of her look at the "Our Idiot Brother" premiere in Los Angeles yesterday.

The actress wore a black and white dress with a huge ruffled collar paired with heavy eye make-up. Do you think she looks ready for the circus?

In the film, scruffy idealist Ned (Paul Rudd) wreaks havoc on the lives of his mother (Shirley Knight) and three sisters, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), Natalie (Deschanel), and Liz (Emily Mortimer), while overstaying his welcome in each of their homes and voicing his opinions when they aren't wanted.
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"Cars 2" a Cynical Clunker

June 26th, 2011 11:19am EDT
Cars 2
For the last five years, Pixar has been on quite a roll, churning out one reliably solid animated film every summer. The last four have won Oscars for Best Animated Feature, and the last three (WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3) are, in my mind, stone cold classics. This winning streak and reputation for quality are what make Pixar's latest, "Cars 2," not just disappointing, but puzzling.

The hero of the first "Cars" film, a race car voiced by Owen Wilson, returns to Radiator Springs to spend some time with his best friend Mater, aka Larry the Cable Guy. If there's any time left over, he might ...
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Review: 'Cars 2' 'Two Jews On Film' Celebrate Their 100th And Drive In Opposite Directions (Video)

June 23rd, 2011 10:12am EDT
Cars 2
By Joan Alperin Schwartz: 'Cars 2' is the new 3D wonder from director John Lasseter. John and his crew at Pixar have once again proven why they are the best at what they do.

To really enjoy this film, you have to put aside any ideas that cars can't talk, can't have friends and girlfriends, can't experience human emotions and can't be killer spies. (Something the other half of Two Jews On Film, John my husband, wasn't able to do).

Anyway, the story goes like this...Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is the snazzy, red, highly acclaimed racing car. After winning four Pisto...
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Emily Mortimer Cried Over Her U.S. Citizenship

February 2nd, 2011 12:56pm EST
Emily Mortimer
British actress Emily Mortimer cried when she officially became a U.S. citizen - because she was so relieved to complete America's tough immigration process.

The Harry Brown star moved Stateside a decade ago when she married American actor Alessandro Nivola, who is the father of her two children.

Mortimer was granted American status from immigration officials last year after she was grilled about the American constitution and had to undergo a series of mandatory health tests.

And she was so sick of the constant stream of questions and paperwork, she wept with relief when she finally got ...
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Our Favorite Character Actors

February 1st, 2011 11:00am EST
Anthony Anderson
Have you ever been watching a movie when an actor you have seen countless of times appears on screen but you just can’t think of who they are or where you have seen them? As frustrating and distracting as that is, that’s the beauty of IMDB, the instant gratification of knowing their name and entire film resume. That’s also the beauty of this article, we’re going to give you our favorite character actors and tell you where you have seen them and why they are the best.

Anthony Anderson - This guy will be in any TV show, any movie, any commercial, anytime. And he's good at it too- he can be...
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Check Out 'Shutter Island' On DVD & Blu-ray June 8

June 5th, 2010 7:45am EDT
Shutter Island
Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio team up as a pair of U.S. Marshals who travel to a secluded island off the coast of Massachusetts to search for an escaped mental patient, uncovering a web of deception along the way as they battle the forces of nature and a prison riot in the Martin Scorsese-helmed period picture "Shutter Island."

Ben Kingsley co-stars as the head of the institution where the patient resided, while Michelle Williams portrays Leonardo DiCaprio's deceased wife, whose memory haunts him during the investigation. Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clar...
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Emily Mortimer's Raw Chicken Scare

February 21st, 2010 2:00pm EST
Emily Mortimer
Emily Mortimer was terrified she'd jeopardised her pregnancy after dining on raw chicken in Japan - to impress her colleagues.

The British actress and her husband Alessandro Nivola welcomed daughter May last month - but Mortimer feared she'd harmed the baby during her pregnancy after a particularly traumatic evening in a Japanese restaurant.

Mortimer was so desperate to impress her Leonie co-star Shido Nakamura and the film's director and producer, she gulped down what was put in front of her.

She recalls, "I was trying so hard to be charming and have them think I was cool, and ...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Shutter Island,' 'The Ghost Writer,'

February 15th, 2010 3:50pm EST
TRAILER TALK: THIS WEEK IN MOVIES 2/14/10
Last week I caught Steve Buscemi's dark comedy "St. John of Las Vegas" which was slightly disappointing. While the right brand of humor was there; twisted laughs and awkward moments that inspire chuckles

, I felt that the film did not have much to say.

The overarching story seemed to be building up to some kind of life altering self-realization or dramatic event taking place in Las Vegas for Buscemi's character John Alighieri. This moment never really came, and as a result the entire film seemed very anti-climactic.

Buscemi and Romany Malco make a hilarious team, as Malco's chara...
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Movies To Watch In Early 2010

December 17th, 2009 10:00am EST
Shutter Island
2009 is starting to wrap up with a few big blockbusters left for the Christmas season, but now it is time to look forward into 2010 to see what's coming up. The early months of a year may usually be quiet for movie goers, but there are some great new films releasing in January, February, and March. Take a look at the films you'll be wanting to buy tickets for in early 2010!

January (in order of release date)

"Daybreakers," rated R, is being released January 8th and stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill. This movie is taking advantage of the current vampire popularity, but thi...
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2008 Tribeca Film Festival Spotlight: Redbelt

May 1st, 2008 4:12pm EDT
Redbelt
A few months ago, a rock 'em, sock 'em film called "Never Back Down" was released and broke the mold of fighter movies by becoming the first in a probable long line of box office productions featuring the fighting style of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Now comes "Redbelt",

a film that prides itself more on the characters internal conflicts more so than the external ones.

How the heck to do you make a fighting movie in which the fighting itself is secondary? By using a complicated plot, of course. We have Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a MMA instructor who teaches his stude...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 1

December 1st, 2007 3:00am EST
Bette Midler
Happy Birthday to British actress Emily Mortimer (1971), actor Jeremy Northam (1961), jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (1951; d. 1987), Irish singer Gilbert O'Sullivan (1946), comedic/dramatic actress Bette Midler (1945), The Doors drummer John Densmore (1944), comedian Richard Pryor (1940; d. 2005), golfer Lee Trevino (1939), singer Lou Rawls (1935), comedian/director Woody Allen (1935), and stage actress Mary Martin (1913; d. 1990).
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'30 Rock: Season 1' Available On DVD September 4

August 5th, 2007 9:00am EDT
30 Rock
Universal City, July 25, 2007 – The workplace happenings of a popular live comedy show reach new levels of hilarity when 30 Rock: Season 1 comes to DVD on September 4 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Nominated for ten 2007 Primetime Emmy® Awards including best actor, best actress, best comedy writing and best comedy series, 30 Rock is created and executive produced by Tina Fey, who previously won an Emmy® for her writing on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Fey headlines an irreverent cast that includes Alec Baldwin (The Good Shepherd, The Departed) in a role that earned him a lead actor...
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See The City Of Light Through A Series Of Vignettes In 'Paris Je T'Aime,' Featuring Natalie Portman

May 2nd, 2007 2:30pm EDT
Natalie Portman
In Paris, Je T'aime, celebrated directors from around the world, including the Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, Gurinder Chadha, Wes Craven, Walter Salles, Alexander Payne and Olivier Assayas, have come together to portray Paris in a way never before imagined.

Made by a team of contributors as cosmopolitan as the city itself, this portrait of the city is as diverse as its creators' backgrounds and nationalities. With each director telling the story of an unusual encounter in one of the city's neighborhoods, the vignettes go beyond the 'postcard' view of Paris to portray aspects of the ci...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 1

December 1st, 2006 3:00am EST
Bette Midler
Happy Birthday to British actress Emily Mortimer (1971), actor Jeremy Northam (1961), jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (1951; d. 1987), Irish singer Gilbert O'Sullivan (1946), comedic/dramatic actress Bette Midler (1945), The Doors drummer John Densmore (1944), comedian Richard Pryor (1940), golfer Lee Trevino (1939), singer Lou Rawls (1935), comedian/director Woody Allen (1935), and stage actress Mary Martin (1913; d. 1990).
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'Match Point' Opens in Limited Release Today, Dec. 28

December 28th, 2005 8:00am EST
Scarlett Johansson stars in Match Point
Opening in select theaters is Match Point, in which a clandestine love affair sends one man's charmed life into a tailspin in this comedy drama written and directed by Woody Allen, his first film set and filmed in Great Britain.

Chris Wilson (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) is a tennis player who was just good enough to make his way onto the professional circuit, but not good enough to be a consistent winner. Looking for a more stable career, Chris is hired on as a resident professional at an exclusive tennis club by Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode), who is as impressed by his charm and good looks as...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 1

December 1st, 2005 3:00am EST
Woody Allen
Happy Birthday to Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson (1977), British actress Emily Mortimer (1971), actor Jeremy Northam (1961), jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (1951; d. 1987), Irish singer Gilbert O'Sullivan (1946), comedic/dramatic actress Bette Midler (1945), The Doors drummer John Densmore (1944), comedian Richard Pryor (1940), golfer Lee Trevino (1939), singer Lou Rawls (1935), comedian/director Woody Allen (1935), and stage actress Mary Martin (1913; d. 1990).
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