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Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
Whale_Rider
Every year, the Oscar nominations seem all sewn up. There are so many predictors – winners of critics’ awards, Golden Globe nominees and winners, BAFTA nominees and the SAG nominees. Yet somehow, almost every year, a nominee slips in out of nowhere, and pundits shake their heads asking, “Where did that come from?”

This year’s Oscar nominees will be announced next week, Jan. 25. We won’t speculate yet, but there are bound to be some surprise nominees, even to the pundits.

Let’s take a look back at the last 10 years and look at what was particularly surprising among the major Oscar nomin...
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Slideshow: Native American Actors

August 7th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Adam Beach
There are several well-known celebrities that are proud to call themselves part Native American. Click through our slideshow of stars who trace their roots to American soil. A few may surprise you:

Benjamin Bratt

Stars in A&E's "The Cleaner"

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Adam Beach

Starred in "Comanche Moon," "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" and "Flags of our Fathers"

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Lou Diamond Phillips

Known for his role in "La Bamba"

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Angie Harmo...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters L Through Z

May 29th, 2008 10:45am EDT
Danny Trejo
Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy." Part Two: Letters L-Z. If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here.

Stubborn General or Muslim, Harry Lennix

Lennix played Lock, the unbelieving general in Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. He appeared in short bursts in TV shows such as Diagnosis Murder and ER before a longer stay on Commander in Chief. He played a Moor in Titus and a Muslim in 24. He is currently s...
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Capcom Confirms 'Street Fighter' Movie Cast

March 19th, 2008 4:57pm EDT
Kristin Kreuk
SAN MATEO, Calif -- March 19, 2008 -- Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, is proud to confirm the main cast for its live-action Street Fighter movie based on the hugely popular video game series.

The story revolves around fan-favorite Chun-Li, who will be portrayed by actress Kristin Kreuk (of Smallville fame). Michael Clarke Duncan, Neal McDonough, and Taboo of Black Eyed Peas are also on board to round out this all-star cast. The film will be made in conjunction with Hyde Park Films, and will be distributed by 20th Century Fox for a scheduled 2009 worl...
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Quintessential Dinosaur Hunter 'Turok' Debuts On DVD Feb. 5

January 18th, 2008 10:08am EST
Turok: Son Of Stone
A great warrior in a lost land is about to find his destiny when Turok: Son Of Stone charges onto DVD for the first time February 5th from Genius Products and Classic Media.

Presented by The Weinstein Company, this Gold Key Production draws on the original 1950s comic book series, as well as influences ranging from Frank Miller to Akira Kurosawa, to create a dark, intense, epic reimagining of Turok®'s origin story. For the generation of fans who grew up on Turok video games as well as new devotees of the legendary franchise, this film is a chance to peer into the heart of the hero - a...
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The Largest Act of Treason in American History Becomes the Gripping, Tautly Woven Thriller 'Breach'

May 13th, 2007 8:00am EDT
Breach
An untested FBI employee attempts to trap the deadliest double agent in U.S. history in the intense thriller Breach, coming to DVD and HD DVD & DVD Combo format on June 12 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Based on a true story, Breach boasts a powerhouse performance from Oscar® winner Chris Cooper (Bourne Identity, Syriana) as Robert Hanssen, the most notorious traitor in FBI history, convicted of selling American secrets to Moscow over a 15-year period. Ryan Phillippe (Flags of Our Fathers) costars as Eric O'Neill, the ambitious young FBI operative assigned to help capture Hansse...
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And The Oscar Goes To - Full List of Oscar Winners!

February 26th, 2007 9:01am EST
The Departed
Dame Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker were crowned queen and king of the Oscars last night. The stars of The Queen and The Last King of Scotland won Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Martin Scorsese won Best Director for The Departed - his first win out of six nominations in the category and 31 years since his first nomination. Full List of Winners Below!

As she accepted her award, Helen, struggling to hold the statuette, said: "I've got my purse in one hand, my earring in the other. Thank you, Academy. You know, my sister told me that all kids love to get gold stars, and...
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New Movies on DVD, Feb. 6

February 6th, 2007 8:00am EST
Flags of Our Fathers
Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the non-fiction book Flags of Our Fathers concerns the lives of the men in the famous picture of soldiers raising the American flag over Iwo Jima during that historic WWII battle. Battle scenes are intercut with footage of three of the soldiers. Also on DVD: Superman mystery Hollywoodland, horror flick The Grudge 2, memoir-inspired Running With Scissors, and family tale Flicka.
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AARP Announces Winners of the Sixth Annual 'Movies for Grownups Awards'

January 25th, 2007 10:12am EST
The Last King of Scotland
AARP The Magazine just announced the winners of its sixth annual "Movies for Grown-ups Awards." From Best Movie to Breakaway Accomplishment to Best Actor and Actress, the awards honor a range of cinematic accomplishments in 13 categories, all of which are featured in the March/April issue, available February 1.

Top honors went to The Last King of Scotland -- an unblinking look at the rise and brutal reign of Uganda strongman Idi Amin -- which was named this year's Best Movie for Grownups.

"It's great that Hollywood is finally realizing that actresses 50 and over can be as compelli...
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And The Nominees For The 79th Oscars Are...

January 23rd, 2007 10:30am EST
Babel
Academy awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak theatre at Hollywood & highland center, and televised live by the ABC television network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to The Oscars.” Babel is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

Nominations By Category - 79th Awards

Best Motion Picture Of The Year

Babel

The Departed

Letters From Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Leonardo Dicaprio -...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Ugly Betty' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big at Golden Globe Awards

January 16th, 2007 8:24am EST
Dreamgirls
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced the winners of the 64th Golden Globe awards. Babel took home the award for best drama, while Dreamgirls won best comedy/musical. The night's big TV winners were Grey's Anatomy (best drama series) and Ugly Betty (best musical or comedy series). See full list of winners:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- S...
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Catholic Group Names 'Painted Veil,' 'Happyness' Among Top Films of 2006

January 8th, 2007 11:42am EST
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Painted Veil and The Pursuit of Happyness are among the top 10 movies of 2006 according to the U.S. Bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting. Happy Feet and The Nativity Story are among the top family films of the year.

The annual lists were compiled by Harry Forbes and David DiCerto, who review movies for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office for Film and Broadcasting. Forbes, director of the office, emphasized the "rich palette of films -- both domestic and foreign" available in 2006.

"There was a surfeit of superior films in 2006, with solid moral underpi...
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AFI Names 2006 'Moments of Significance'

December 27th, 2006 2:46pm EST
Flags of our Fathers
The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the second portion of the AFI AWARDS 2006 deliberation process -- the year's AFI Moments of Significance. These eight noteworthy events were determined to have had an impact on the world of the moving image during the calendar year 2006.

Each year, AFI AWARDS adds another volume to the history of American film and television by documenting the collective opinion of the moving image communities, archiving the year's significant moments and honoring the talent and collaborative teams who have created the year's outstanding accomplishments...
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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Announced The Nominations For The 64th Golden Globe Awards

December 14th, 2006 11:15am EST
Babel
Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson and Matthew Perry joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk to announce the Nominations for “The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards” on Thursday morning, December 14, 2006 at The Beverly Hilton. Babel leads with 7 nods. Complete list of movie nominations below.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- Sherrybaby...
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Opening October 20: Flags of Our Fathers

October 17th, 2006 12:38pm EDT
Flags of Our Fathers
Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood adapts co-authors James Bradley and Ron Powers' book -Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima for this tale about a man who discovers that his father was one of the six men who raised the American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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Clint Eastwood Composed Score To "Flags Of Our Fathers;" Soundtrack Out Oct. 17

October 5th, 2006 11:38am EDT
Clint Eastwood
Milan Records releases music from the motion picture "Flags of our Fathers," featuring an original score composed by Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood, previously Golden Globe nominated as a composer for his work on "Million Dollar Baby." Along with his score, his son Kyle Eastwood also provides re-recordings of classic music from the period. The Milan soundtrack features nostalgic standards arranged by Kyle including works by Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and John Philip Sousa, as well as original recordings by Dinah Shore and Artie Shaw and His Gramercy Five. Milan releases the soun...
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Fall 2006 Movie Preview: Action Flicks

August 15th, 2006 12:03pm EDT
Dead or Alive makes it to the big screen
The best-selling video game Dead or Alive has an interesting feature: you can stop the female characters’ breasts from bouncing if they are too distracting. On Sept. 8, legendary Hong Kong action director and choreographer Corey Yuen brings DOA: Dead or Alive to the big screen in a martial arts extravaganza. The female cast includes Devon Aoki, Sarah Carter, Jaime Pressly, and Holly Valance.

Gridiron Gang (Sept. 15) is an inspirational story about teenagers at a juvenile detention center who gain confidence by playing football. This real-life story has Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and X...
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