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5 Reasons Why Cate Blanchett Deserved The Oscar For Best Actress

March 4th, 2014 8:00am EST
5 Reasons Why Cate Blanchett Deserved The Oscar For Best Actress
Cate Blanchett is one of the most extraordinary actresses of this generation. Still, with all her beauty and talent, she has a self-deprecating way about herself. For Blanchett, this is part of her appeal as an actress. While her talent and career choices have made her the movie star she is today, she is still not above making a joke of her celebrity. For these reasons and more, Cate Blanchett deserved the Oscar for Best Actress at the 2014 Academy Awards.

1. Cate Blanchett's Performance In "Blue Jasmine" Just Raised The Bar For Every Other Actress Who Comes After Her

While watching Cate ...
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The Biggest Snubs From The 2014 Oscar Nominations

January 16th, 2014 12:03pm EST
Captain Phillips
Not everyone or every movie can be nominated for an Academy Award, but that won't stop us from declared who was snubbed by the Academy this morning when the nominations were announced.

Inside Llewyn Davis: Many of today's snubs felt like it was the Academy saying, "give someone else a chance." After six Oscars and countless nominations, Joel and Ethan Coen were stricken from the record this awards season - other than cinematography and sound mixing nods. The film has an astonishing 94% on Rotten Tomatoes after over 200 critic reviews, but it did not receive one best picture nomination from...
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'American Hustle,' 'Her' And '12 Years A Slave' Top Producers Guild Nominees

January 2nd, 2014 11:38pm EST
American Hustle
American Hustle, Her and 12 Years a Slave are among the top films of 2013, according to the Producers Guild of America, which announced its list of nominees for the 25th annual Producers Guild Awards on Thursday.

The three films, along with Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska were all given a strong Oscar boost as they were announced as the nominees for the 2014 Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.

The films that make the short list of nominees each year usually go on to land several Golden Globe and O...
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Box Office Predictions: 'The Hobbit' Headed For #1

December 13th, 2013 1:30pm EST
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
1) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug- 78M Weekend, 78M Total

The general consensus was that the last Hobbit was not on par with the quality of the first Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first Hobbit opened to 86M, breaking a December record. The second should see a small-ish dip, due in part to the people who didn’t like the first enough to rush out and see the second. Plus, there’s a ton of competition.

2) A Madea Christmas- 24M Weekend, 24M Total

Good God. Tyler Perry and Madea are back for what some critics have called “the worst Tyler Perry movie ever.” (Roger Moore). However, that k...
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SAG Award Nominees Named: '12 Years A Slave' Tops Nods (Full List)

December 11th, 2013 11:14am EST
12 Years a Slave
Some people were surprised by The Butler’s presence here, but I don’t see any surprises from them. Movies like Gravity and Her (which are frontrunners for a Best Picture nomination) aren’t large cast films, and wouldn’t get the Ensemble nomination over The Butler. The big surprise is Dallas Buyers Club, which is a relatively small cast, and did manage an Ensemble nomination. That could go a long way in getting DBC to a Best Picture nomination. Also, Daniel Bruhl is back in the race with a Supporting Actor nomination for Rush.

Kudos to the SAG members for nominating James Gandolfini for E...
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'Gravity' & 'Her' Both Win Best Picture At Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

December 9th, 2013 12:00pm EST
Her
"Gravity" and "Her" tied for Best Picture at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LACFA) annual prizegiving on Sunday. Alfonso Cuaron's space drama and Spike Jonze's unconventional love story were just one of three ties at the event.

Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue Is the Warmest Color") both won Best Actress awards, while James Franco ("Spring Breakers") and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") shared the Best Supporting Actor awards. Leto is considered a frontrunner in the race for an Oscar for his portrayal of a transgender person dealing with AIDs.

Bru...
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Woody Allen Pulls 'Blue Jasmine' From Theaters In India Over Altered Smoking Scenes

October 8th, 2013 12:54pm EDT
Woody Allen
Woody Allen is not happy with a law in India that places mandatory anti-tobacco ads into movie scenes in which the characters smoke cigarettes, so he's pulled his latest film, Blue Jasmine, from theaters in the country.

It's standard for movie theaters in India show anti-smoking ads before every film, in addition to the on-screen messages during smoking scenes, the latter of which upset the director.

"Due to content in the film, it cannot be shown in India in its intended manner," a rep for Allen told Reuters. "Therefore, the film is not scheduled to play there."

The messages are distrac...
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Fashion Fails: Beth Stern, Cate Blanchett, Harry Styles, And More

September 22nd, 2013 1:07pm EDT
Beth Stern
It's Fashion Fail Time! That means we take a break from letting you know how good all of your favorite stars look to show the other side of fashion: the fails!

Howard Stern's wife Beth Ostrosky Stern appeared at an America's Got Talent red carpet. Unfortunately, she forgot to wear a top, so someone helpfully tied their dress shirt around her to cover her up.

Cate Blanchett wore this confusing dress to the UK premiere of Blue Jasmine. That top section is just bizarre. Are her arms stuck in place like that? Can she actually move them away from her sides?

I'm probably getting some h...
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Cate Blanchett Wows In A Shoulder-Baring, Backless Dress At UK 'Blue Jasmine' Premiere

September 18th, 2013 11:00am EDT
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett attended the U.K. premiere of "Blue Jasmine" in London, England, on Tuesday. The fashion-forward actress showed off her unique style in a gown that revealed quite a bit of skin in an elegant way.

The black and bronze embroidered gown hung low on her shoulders and was held up by a simple loop around her neck. Viewed from behind, the dress showed off her toned back.

Her new film centers on an elegant New York socialite who moves into her sister's modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together after everything in her life falls to pieces.

Blanchett wil...
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Box Office Predictions: 'Insidious Chapter 2' Will Take The Weekend

September 13th, 2013 10:45am EDT
Insidious Chapter 2
1) Insidious: Chapter 2- 20.0M Weekend, 20.0M Total

The original opened to 13M, and eventually grossed 54M domestically. The sequel benefits from a painfully dead box office, solid word of mouth, and The Conjuring, which scared up good audiences in July. People may watch Insidious 2 without having seen the original. 20M for the weekend is likely.

2) The Family- 12M Weekend, 12M Total

Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfieffer star in a mob dramedy that is tracking soft, but is opening into an empty marketplace. The marketing push for this has been solid, with Luc Besson and Martin Scorsese on a...
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Box Office Predictions: Riddick Is A Clear Winner

September 6th, 2013 9:40pm EDT
Riddick
1) Riddick- 18M Weekend, 18M Total

Riddick should clearly win the weekend. Vin Diesel is hot off of his Fast sequel this summer, and the Riddick sequel seems to return the franchise to the Pitch Black roots, instead of the nonsense that happened in Chronicles. The Resident Evil franchise has done well in September, and Riddick should mirror that to an extent. Of course, you have the people who hated Chronicles Of Riddick, and may be waiting for their friends to say that this film is worth watching before heading out.

2) The Butler- 10M Weekend, 93M Total

Heading for the 100M mark, The Bu...
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'Butler', One Direction Top Box Office, But Spanish-Language 'Instructions Not Included' Is The Real Winner

September 3rd, 2013 9:49am EDT
Instructions Not Included
Lee Daniels' The Butler held off competition from boy band One Direction's concert movie, One Direction: This Is Us, to top the four day Labor Day weekend box office.

"The Butler" grossed $20 million, edging out director Morgan Spurlock's music documentary, which came in second at $18 million.

"This Is Us" did win the weekend box office, though, pulling in $1 million more than "The Butler" for a $15.8 million take.

Comedy We're the Millers finished third on both charts, taking in nearly $16 million for the holiday weekend, and $12.6 million over the three-day weekend.

But the big surpri...
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Box Office Predictions: What A Slow Weekend Ahead…

August 23rd, 2013 11:05am EDT
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
1) The Butler- 16M Weekend, 45M Weekend

City Of Bones is tracking soft, and The Butler was a crowd pleaser last weekend. It is likely that a small drop will keep The Butler in 1st place again this weekend.

2) The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones- 15M weekend, 20M Total

Soft tracking. I think The Butler and Mortal Instruments will be close, but if this was really a big franchise starter like it has been billed, it should be winning by a landslide.

3) You’re Next- 14M Weekend, 14M Total

A well reviewed horror film yes, but a no-name cast. It could break through this weekend, considering...
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Alec Baldwin Says Cate Blanchett's Performance In 'Blue Jasmine' Is Oscar-Worthy

August 1st, 2013 10:11pm EDT
Cate Blanchett
Alec Baldwin is hoping his Blue Jasmine co-star Cate Blanchett lands an Oscar for her role in the film, because her acting skills mesmerized him.

The 30 Rock star says it was a thrill to act opposite her in Woody Allen's latest film, and he think she deserves to at least land her sixth Oscar nomination for her performance.

"To be on a set with someone like Cate, who is probably one of the five greatest movie actresses of her generation, I watch her put herself through that - it was a very, very emotional and kind of idiosyncratic role - and watch her and Woody collaborate. She would do it...
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'Blue Jasmine' Review: Cate Blanchett Gives Stunning Performance In One Of Woody Allen's Best Films

July 25th, 2013 3:30pm EDT
Blue Jasmine
There are many reasons to see 'Blue Jasmine' written and directed by Woody Allen, but the main one is the stunning, complex, Oscar worthy performance by Miss Cate Blanchett.

She portrays Jasmine, a onetime wealthy New York socialite who has lost her money, her home, her husband, (Alec Baldwin) her son and perhaps...her sanity.

We first see Jasmine sitting on an airplane talking non-stop to her seat mate, an elderly woman, who from the expression on her face wishes she would just shut up.

From Jasmine's monologue, we find out that she's on her way to live with her sister, Ginger (Sally Ha...
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