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Rita Wilson Recalls Getting Discovered When She Was 14, Being Mentored by Nora Ephron

Rita Wilson was honored earlier today with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20210 Installation Gala. I caught up with a the “Sleepless in Seattle” star, 64, yesterday to talk about her start in the business, being mentored by Nora Ephron and battling Covid with husband Tom Hanks during the early […]

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Streaming: the best films for lockdown Valentine’s Day

Separated by oceans, time, propriety – or prison – long-distance lovers are a cinematic staple, and perfect viewing for virtual valentines everywhereFor some, Valentine’s Day is one red-letter occasion that won’t be significantly spoiled by a global pandemic and attendant lockdown: skipping the impossible-to-book dinner date and settling for a cosy couple’s night in isn’t […]

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Heart Biopic in the Works at Amazon, Says Band Vocalist Ann Wilson

A biopic about Seattle-based classic rock band Heart is being produced for Amazon, vocalist Ann Wilson revealed to SiriusXM’s “Volume West” host Lyndsey Parker.According to Wilson, Carrie Brownstein, guitarist of punk band Sleater-Kinney and star of IFC’s comedy series “Portlandia,” will write and direct the film. Lynda Obst, most known for her work on “Flashdance,” […]

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‘Cherish the Day’: Ava DuVernay and Cicely Tyson Push for More Black Love Stories, Release New Trailer

Ava DuVernay wanted a change of pace. Her last television series, Netflix’s acclaimed “When They See Us,” was widely celebrated and made her a significant name in prestige television, but DuVernay channeled her creative energy into more uplifting subject matter in the new year. That desire led to “Cherish the Day,” her upcoming romantic drama […]

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Why Hasn’t Tom Hanks Been Oscar Nominated Since 2001? History — and Cary Grant — Hold the Answer

Tom Hanks isn’t an unsung hero: At 63, he’s been a beloved, well-paid movie star since the ’80s, and has received five Oscar nominations and two wins. That said, he hasn’t been nominated in nearly two decades; although he’s been lauded for awards-worthy performances in “Captain Phillips” and “Sully,” the last nomination was for “Cast […]

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Locarno Laureled Meg Ryan Prepares ’The Obsolescents’ (Exclusive)

Locarno, Switzerland — Focusing very much on her new career as a director and producer, Meg Ryan is preparing “The Obsolescents,” a half-hour comedy. Developed from an original idea by Ryan, and turning on middle-age, the series is being written by Andrew Gottlieb (“Z Rock”). Ryan, who has sold the idea to NBC, will produce, […]

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