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Bobby Rydell, 1960s Pop Idol and Star of ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Dies at 79

Bobby Rydell, the epitome of the early ’60s “teen idol,” who parlayed that fame into a starring role opposite Ann-Margret in the 1963 film “Bye Bye Birdie,” died today at age 79. The cause of death was pneumonia.His death just days away from his 80th birthday was confirmed by radio legend Jerry Blavat, Rydell’s longtime […]

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‘Coda’ Has Changed Oscar Movies’ Release Strategies Forever

In analyzing how “Coda” achieved its Best Picture win, we must face a discomfiting reality: Beyond Oscar qualification, theatrical play had very little to do with its success.Most years, winning Best Picture includes a careful effort by its distributor to make it hit. Recent winners such as “Parasite” and “Green Book” played theaters during the […]

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Queer Films Could Sweep Awards as ‘The Power of the Dog’ and ‘Flee’ Gain Momentum

While the years following 2016’s “Moonlight” have been surprisingly fruitful for high-quality queer film, one might not know it from glancing at Oscar nominations from years past. Last year, Céline Sciamma’s luminous period romance “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was not even selected as France’s official entry for Best International Feature, despite provoking universal […]

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Oscar-Nominated Short Film ‘A Concerto Is a Conversation’ Bridges Generations in a Tale About Family and Race in America

Oscar-nominated short film “A Concerto Is a Conversation” is the story of love between a grandfather and his grandson woven together through music. It’s also a narrative about race in America.Composer Kris Bowers, the virtuoso behind “Green Book” and “When They See Us,” wears multiple hats for the film, as co-director (with friend Ben Proudfoot), […]

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2021 PGA Awards: ‘Nomadland’ Takes Home the Top Prize

“Nomadland” look home the top film prize at the 2021 Producers Guild Awards Wednesday, bringing it closer to a Best Picture win. The winner of the PGA Awards’ top prize has historically been a strong indicator of which film will will go on to win the Best Picture Oscar. Since 1989, the PGA winner has […]

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Spike Lee Talks ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Awards Snub as Reminiscent of ‘Green Book’ Win

With Oscar nominations dropping on Monday morning, many are wondering if Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed Netflix feature, “Da 5 Bloods” could go home empty-handed. The feature, focused on the lives of four African-American Vietnam vets who return to the country seeking the remains of their fallen commander and a cache of gold, has only secured […]

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Viggo Mortensen Says Universal ‘Retreated for Too Long’ During ‘Green Book’ Backlash

The 2019 Best Picture Oscar winner “Green Book” is back in the conversation as the film’s star Viggo Mortensen starts rolling out his directorial debut “Falling,” where he plays a gay man taking care of his homophobic, ailing father. In “Green Book,” he played the driver of Dr. Don Shirley, the concert pianist played by […]

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Mahershala Ali Was Directly Involved in Hiring Marvel’s First Black Female Writer for ‘Blade’

Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Blade, the Vampire Slayer” has found a writer in Stacy Osei-Kuffour. That’s in huge part thanks to star Mahershala Ali who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, was directly involved in bringing Osei-Kuffour aboard. A 2019 Primetime Emmy nominee for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for “PEN15,” the playwright turned TV writer […]

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Viggo Mortensen Says ‘Green Book’ Criticism Is ‘Based on a Load of Bullsh*t’

Viggo Mortensen has some strong words for critics of the 2019 Best Picture Oscar winner “Green Book.” In a new interview with The Independent, the actor railed against controversy that director Peter Farrelly’s movie played into a white savior narrative. Mortensen is currently promoting his new film “Falling,” in which he plays a gay man […]

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Falling review – Viggo Mortensen casts a clear eye on dementia | Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week

In the Lord of the Rings star’s powerful debut as a director, Lance Henriksen plays a homophobic father compelled to move in with his gay sonViggo Mortensen is a formidable creative presence in the movies: taking on complex work as an actor with directors such as David Cronenberg and Lisandro Alonso, investing the star capital […]

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