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

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
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...

Spike Lee Sparks Film Fight With Tyler Perry

October 26th, 2009 8:57am EDT
Spike Lee
Outspoken movie maker Spike Lee has picked a new film fight with actor/director Tyler Perry after suggesting the Madea Goes To Jail star's hit films are a step backwards for African-Americans.

The Do The Right Thing director accuses Perry of "coonery and buffoonery" in his films - comments the younger filmmaker has taken exception to.

In a taped interview for 60 Minutes, Perry says, "That p**ses me off. It really does - because it's so insulting. It's attitudes like that that make Hollywood think that these people (his characters) do not exist and that's why there's no material spea...

Spike Lee Fears Eastwood Spat Will Cost Him An Oscar

September 14th, 2008 1:00pm EDT
Spike Lee
Spike Lee fears his public spat with Clint Eastwood may have cost him an Oscar nod. The director criticized Eastwood for the lack of African-Americans in his war epics Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima, and he thinks the controversy that followed his remarks may have ruined his Academy Award chances for new movie Miracle at St. Anna.

Lee tells King magazine, "My wife Tonya told me I may have hurt my chances with the Clint Eastwood stuff... They (Oscar voters and Academy bosses) take everything into account with me. They take into account that I like the Knicks or that I'm ...

Disney Forces Spike Lee To End Feud

August 15th, 2008 3:00pm EDT
Spike Lee
Disney bosses have forced Spike Lee to call a truce with Clint Eastwood after their war of words, fearing the bad publicity would cost his new movie Oscar nominations.

Lee hit out at Eastwood for failing to include black characters in his two 2006 Second World War movies Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. The veteran star struck back, telling Lee to "shut his mouth", prompting Lee to take a second swipe, calling Eastwood "an angry old man."

However, Lee has backed down after executives at Disney - the studio backing his new war movie Miracle at St. Anna - stepped in...

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"

More Lou Diamond Phillips Pictures

Angie Harmo...

Spike Lee Vs. Clint Eastwood, Round 3

June 7th, 2008 9:53am EDT
Spike Lee
Outspoken moviemaker Spike Lee has fueled the war of words between himself Clint Eastwood by calling the Hollywood icon "an angry old man." Lee was upset when the Million Dollar Baby star used an interview in a British newspaper to attack the Miracle At St. Anna director over remarks he made about the lack of black actors in Eastwood's 2006 war films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima.

The veteran suggested Lee should "shut his face," adding the younger director should get his facts right before lecturing him about African-American soldiers.

Eastwood told Britain's The...

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...

Spike Lee Blasts Clint Eastwood For Not Casting African Americans

May 21st, 2008 11:59am EDT
Spike Lee
Spike Lee has launched a bitter attack on fellow filmmaker Clint Eastwood for failing to include black soldiers in his films about the Battle of Iwo Jima.

The Malcolm X director insists African-American soldiers should have been included in Eastwood's Flags Of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima since hundreds took part in the 1945 battle for the Japanese island.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival in France, Lee said, "There were many African-Americans who survived that war and who were upset at Clint for not having one (in the films). That was...

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...

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...

Matthew Perry's Native American Comment Upsets Benefit Crowd

October 18th, 2007 9:35am EDT
Matthew Perry
Law & Order creator Dick Wolf refused to shake Matthew Perry's hand at a benefit on Saturday after the actor made an offensive joke about Native Americans.

Perry was hosting The Lili Claire Foundation fundraiser in Los Angeles when he revealed he once attended an event honoring Native Americans, joking organizers weren't able to find a famous Indian host.

Flags of Our Fathers star Adam Beach, a member of the Salteaux Indian tribe, looked visibly upset and when he later shared the stage with his pal Wolf, the TV mogul told the audience, "I don't know where Matt is, but here is yo...

Jared Leto Chose Music Over Movie

August 2nd, 2007 11:44am EDT
Jared Leto
Actor-turned-musician Jared Leto was forced to make an agonizing decision when he was offered a role in a Clint Eastwood film that clashed with his band's world tour.

Leto turned down the part in Flags Of Our Fathers, despite confessing Eastwood is one of his role models.

But the 30 Seconds To Mars rocker stands by his decision: "Clint Eastwood is one of my heroes, but making a choice like that is a good problem to have."

-Jared Leto Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

The Largest Act of Treason in American History Becomes the Gripping, Tautly Woven Thriller 'Breach'

May 13th, 2007 8:00am EDT
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...

Fascinating Facts About The Oscars

February 26th, 2007 10:23am EST
Jack Nicholson
* Jack Nicholson showed his support for Britney Spears at the Oscars last night by shaving off his hair and sporting a new bald look.

* Delta Airlines offered up two free round-trip tickets to anywhere it flies to all winners who kept their acceptance speeches to the allotted 45 seconds at the Academy Awards last night.

* Over 200 million people around the world watched last night's Oscars telecast.

* Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres prepared herself for a repeat of the Academy Awards streaking incident in 1974 by hiring a staff member to disrobe and run across her studio set, we...

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...

Clint Eastwood Receives Cinema For Peace Award

February 13th, 2007 9:20am EST
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was honored with the Cinema For Peace Award in Berlin, Germany, last night. The American director received the film award for his double project Flags Of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima, which narrate the battles between America and Japan during World War II from the perspectives of both parties involved.

German director Wim Wenders praised Eastwood as the "voice of humanity" at the presentation.

Actor Forest Whitaker also received a Cinema For Peace Award at the charity gala; he was honored for his portrayal of African dictator Idi Amin in The Last King Of S...

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.

Ken Watanabe Was Thrilled To Land 'Letters From Iwo Jima' Role

February 5th, 2007 9:06am EST
Ken Watanabe
Japanese star Ken Watanabe was stunned when he was offered the lead role in Clint Eastwood's latest movie because he assumed the main parts in the Hollywood epic would be filled with American actors. When the actor heard Eastwood was looking for actors for Letters From Iwo Jima, he assumed the only part he would get would be a supporting character in the movie.

He recalls, "I thought, 'I'll have to ring my agent to get a role as a Japanese officer or something."

But he was delighted when he found out the film was in fact told entirely from the perspective of the Japanese army in...

Ryan Phillippe: 'I Didn't Destroy My Marriage'

February 4th, 2007 3:30pm EST
Ryan Phillippe
Actor Ryan Phillipe refuses to accept full responsibility for the breakdown of his seven-year marriage to Reese Witherspoon, but admits he's not a "perfect person".

The Flags Of Our Fathers star married the Oscar-winner Witherspoon in 1999 and they have two children together - seven-year-old AVA and three-year-old Deacon - but they split in October amidst rumours Phillippe's partying and flirting destroyed their relationship.

However, Phillipe insists the rumours are untrue, saying, "I'm not a perfect person. (But) I'm not guilty of a lot of things I have been accused of. My pri...

Clint Eastwood To Receive Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award

February 2nd, 2007 10:56am EST
Clint Eastwood
Veteran Hollywood star Clint Eastwood is to receive an humanitarian award from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The actor-turned-director will be the first ever recipient of the Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award, named after the MPAA's chief.

Dan Glickman, MPAA chairman says, "(Eastwood has) for decades exemplified decency and goodness of spirit in his moviemaking."

Referring to 76-year-old Eastwood's recent works, Flags Of Our Fathers and the Oscar-nominated Letters From Iwo Jima, Glickman praised the star for his heartfelt film-making ability.

He says, "...

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...

And The Nominees For The 79th Oscars Are...

January 23rd, 2007 10:30am EST
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


The Departed

Letters From Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Leonardo Dicaprio -...

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

January 16th, 2007 8:24am EST
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:




The Departed

Little Children

The Queen


Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- S...

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...

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...

Hollywood Foreign Press Association Announced The Nominations For The 64th Golden Globe Awards

December 14th, 2006 11:15am EST
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.




The Departed

Little Children

The Queen


Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- Sherrybaby...

LA Film Critics Choose Eastwood's 'Letters From Iwo Jima,' Sacha Baron Cohen of 'Borat'

December 11th, 2006 9:10am EST
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood's World War II drama Letters From Iwo Jima has been named the top movie of 2006 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Eastwood's movie, which is released in the United States on December 20, is the second war film from the actor/director this year, following Flags Of Our Fathers.

The Queen was named runner-up in the Best Picture category, but critics named Helen Mirren Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II and co-star Michael Sheen as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The winners will be presented w...

Eastwood's 'Letters From Iwo Jima' Gets NBR Top Film Award

December 7th, 2006 9:09am EST
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood's Flags Of Our Fathers companion piece is a big winner months before its release - the war film, Letters From Iwo Jima, has claimed the National Board of Review's (NBR) Best Film of 2006 prize. The Eastwood-directed movie beat out already-released films, including "Flags of Our Fathers," to land the top prize - even though it has only been released in Japan to date.

The film, which follows the battle of Iwo Jima in World War Two from a Japanese perspective, goes on limited release in America on December 20 and doesn't reach the rest of the world until February.


'Flags of Our Fathers,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Ugly Betty' & 'Studio 60' Among Many Nominated for Satellite Awards

December 1st, 2006 4:02pm EST
Clint Eastwood's war epic Flags Of Our Fathers, musical Dreamgirls and Babel have emerged as early Oscars favorites after picking up 26 US Satellite Awards nominations between them. The stunning Iwo Jima battle sequences in Eastwood's new film earned the project a string of technical nominations among it's 10-honor haul, while "Dreamgirls" picked up two Original Song nominations and nods for stars Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce Knowles.

"Babel," which stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, earned seven award nominations, but only Rinko Kikuchi is named in the acting categories, securing a B...

'Saw III' Dominates Weekend Box Office

October 30th, 2006 9:13am EST
Horror flick Saw III slashed the competition at the U.S. box office and debuted in the number-one slot taking in $34.3 million over the Halloween weekend for the third straight year. The three-day total compares to an opening of $31.7 million for Saw II last year and $18.3 million for Saw in 2004.

The film easily took over the top spot at the box office, bumping last week's winner, The Prestige, into third place with $9.6 million. The Departed held steady, taking in $9.8 million to place second for the third-straight weekend, raising the film's total take to $91.1 million.


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