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Meryl Streep Refused To Play Grotesque Witch Roles After Turning 40

12/13/2011 10:37am EST
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep feared her career was over when she turned 40 because she was convinced directors had no use for women past "childbearing age."

The icon won critical acclaim early in her career with starring roles in "Out of Africa," "Sophie's Choice," and "A Cry in the Dark" but Streep confesses she entered the 1990s concerned that film projects would be few and far between.

She tells the new issue of Vogue magazine, "I remember turning to my husband and saying, 'Well, what should we do? Because it's over.'"

Streep's fears were momentarily realized when she received three consecutive scrip...

Watch Classic Scenes & See the Full List of Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ever

2/27/2011 8:50pm EST
The Artist
2011 (84th) The Artist (Watch scenes)
2010 (83rd) The King's Speech (Watch scenes from this film!)
2009 (82nd) The Hurt Locker (Watch scenes from The Hurt Locker)
2008 (81st) Slumdog Millionaire
2007 (80th) No Country for Old Men (Watch classic scenes from No Country for Old Men)
2006 (79th) The Departed (Watch classic scenes from The Departed)
2005 (78th) Crash

2004 (77th) Million Dollar Baby (Watch classic scenes from this film!)

2003 (76th) The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (Watch more scenes from it!)

2002 (75th) Chicago
2001 (74th) A Beau...

James Bond Composer John Barry Dies

1/31/2011 8:49am EST
John Barry
Oscar-winning composer John Barry, the man behind many of the iconic James Bond theme tunes, has passed away at the age of 77. The British musician suffered a fatal heart attack on Sunday.

His fellow Bond composer, David Arnold, took to to write, "It was with a heavy heart that I tell you John Barry passed away this morning. "I am profoundly saddened by the news but profoundly thankful for everything he did for music and for me personally."

Starting his career working on music for BBC programs, Barry moved on to arrange orchestral accompaniments for EMI and was approached ...

Literary Characters=Oscar Love

3/19/2009 10:28am EDT
The Edge Of Love
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a long history of awarding actors who portray real people. For example: Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles (Ray), Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (Monster), Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena (Boys Don't Cry), Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin (The Last King Of Scotland), Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen), and most recently Sean Penn as Harvey Milk (Milk).

Lesser recognized is the Academy's favor for actors who play literary figures or exist in their spheres. It's quite possible the stars of the recently released The Edge of Love, the st...

12 Upcoming Films To See Before Oscar Night

11/12/2008 9:52am EST
Revolutionary Road
This year's Oscar race isn't very deep with talent, and at this point there are probably only eight films with a legitimate shot at getting a nod for Best Picture. But those that have a chance at a nomination also have a great chance of winning.

One such film, "The Dark Knight", has already hit screens, but the rest of this group will premiere in the coming weeks as studios scramble to get their prestige pictures on the big screen before the year-end deadline.

Every year, film fans are tormented by the true snobs who catch all these possible nominees before the big awards show att...

Turner Classic Movies Salutes the Oscars

12/14/2005 2:06pm EST
Gone With The Wind
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has the ultimate line-up in February for a month-long tribute to movies nominated for Academy Awards. This year, TCM's annual salute to the movies nominated for or awarded Hollywood's most prestigious prize borrows its theme from the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." For "360 Degrees of Oscar," the cast of each movie aired during the festival is linked to the movie immediately broadcast after it through a common movie star.

Hosted by Robert Osborne, the festival kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6 a.m. with Mogambo, featuring Ava Gardner, who then stars ...

Sydney Pollack To Be Honored With Prestigious Award

12/12/2005 2:30pm EST
Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack will receive the 2006 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Board of Governors Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made significant and enduring contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking. He will be feted during the 20th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony on February 26, 2006, at the Century Plaza Hotel.

Pollack's films have earned 46 Oscar nominations. He received Oscars for both directing and producing Out of Africa, and other nominations for directing Tootsie and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Pollack also earned ...