Part 2: Spotlight On More Oscar Nominations For The 88th Annual Academy Awards

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“Mad Max Fury Road” gets some love in the Editing category, and so does “The Hateful Eight.”

The Oscar nominated categories are the following: Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Production Design, and Best Supporting Actress.

Best Sound Editing: “Mad Max Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” “Sicario,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Best Sound Mixing: “Bridge of Spies,” “Mad Max Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Best Production Design: “Bridge of Spies,” “The Danish Girl,” “Mad Max Fury Road,” “The Martian,” and “The Revenant.”

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh for “The Hateful Eight”; Rooney Mara for “Carol”; Rachel McAdams for “Spotlight”; Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl,” and Kate Winslet for “Steve Jobs.”
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ICYMI: These Are The Oscar Nominees Released This Week, Part 1

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A dystopian thriller, “comedies,” and the Golden Boy might finally get his Oscar.

The Academy – the 88th annual Oscars – released the nominees this week, and Leonardo DiCaprio is back once more. This is Part 1 of some of the nominees. The categories include Best Short Film: Live Action, Best Film Editing, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Best Short Film: Live Action: “Ave Maria,” “Day One,” “Everything Will Be Okay,” “Shok,” and “Stutterer.”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Embrace from The Serpent,” Colombia; “Mustang” France; “Son of Saul,” Hungary; “Theeb,” Jordan; and “A War,” Denmark.

Best Film Editing: “The Big Short,” “Mad Max Fury Road”, “The Revenant,” “Spotlight,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Best Actor in a Leading Role: DiCaprio for “The Revenant”; Matt Damon for “The Martian”; Michael Fassbender for ” Steve Jobs “; and Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl.”

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The Legends And Those Behind The Legends Have Passed Away

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Music, Theater, and Movie Magic have all been immortalized with these artists.

These brave people have passed away this week: David Bowie, who was the architect of music and art; then The Magic Man Alan Rickman from the “Harry Potter” films, and his movie and theater legacy, to now the producer Rene Dion, who gave the world the French Canadian sensation Celine Dion.

Bowie was more than just a singer, songwriter, Actor, father, and artist, he had an eternal fascination with space. He was intrigued by it so much that he wrote songs about it, one in particular the song “Space Oddity.” One thing is certain, wherever he roams now like he stated about his journey it has been nothing but boring.

Thanks for the music, and films (“The Man Who Fell To Earth,” “The Prestige,” and “The Labyrinth,” just to name a few, and for daring to be different.

Rickman was discovered by American audiences in his 40’s, but he had already built his career through British stage and TV. In the US, Rickman was known as Bruce Willis’ villain in the first “Die Hard” – back in 1988 – and then he was the inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s Professor Snape. Rowling stated in an interview that when she envisioned Snape it was to be played by Rickman. Rickman, as you know became the anti-hero for everyone all over the world in the “Harry Potter” films.

Rene Dion, Celine Dion’s husband and producer, arguably helped to catapult her career. While Celine did do it on her own, she had help, support, love, loyalty, and a rock in her husband of many years. The two were almost inseparable since his diagnosis. They will continue to love each other.

We will miss them all.

Part 2: Golden Globe Nominees At A Glance

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Modern day and period films rule the Golden Globes.

The 73rd annual #GoldenGlobes will be held this weekend, 01/10/2016, at 8pm on #NBC. Here is Part 2 of a spotlight on some of the nominees.

The following are for Best Actor in a Drama, Best Picture: Musical or Comedy, and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama respectively.

Best Actor: #BryanCranston in #Trumbo; #LeonardoDicaprio in #TheRevenant; #MichaelFassbender for #SteveJobs; #EddieRedmayne for #TheDanishGirl; and #WillSmith in #Concussion.

Best Picture: Musical or Comedy: #TheBigShort, #Joy, #TheMartian, #Spy, and #Trainwreck.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: #JaneFonda for #Youth; #JenniferJasonLeigh for #TheHatefulEight; #HellenMirren for “Trumbo”; #AliciaVikander for #ExMachina; and #KateWinslet in ” Steve Jobs.”

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Golden Globe Nominees At A Glance

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Modern day and period films rule the Golden Globes.

The 73rd annual #GoldenGlobes will be held this weekend, 01/10/2016, at 8pm on #NBC. Here is Part 1 of a spotlight on some of the nominees.

The following movies have been nominated for Best Picture, and Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama respectively.

Best Picture: #Room, #TheRevenant, #Carol, #MadMaxFuryRoad, and #Spotlight.

Best Actress: #AliciaVikander for #TheDanishGirl; #CateBlanchett for #Carol; #BrieLarson for “Room”; #RooneyMara for “Carol”; and #SAOIRSERONAN for #Brooklyn.

Best Supporting Actor: #PaulDano for #LoveAndMercy; #IdrisElba in #BeastsofNoNation; #MarkRyylance for #BridgeOfSpies; #MichaelShannon for #99Homes; and #SlyvesterStallone for #Creed.

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Hollywood Loves Women Drivers: ‘The Lady in the Van,’ ‘The Lady in the car with Glasses and a Gun’

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Dame Maggie Smith and Freya Mavor have a lot in common this holiday season, especially when it comes to using vehicles.

We all know the sexist statement that “women drivers are terrible at driving.” Well, Smith and Mavor are upending that old wives tale and driving away with it. Okay enough with the car metaphors.

Smith is starring in this holiday season’s new film “The Lady in the Van,” while Mavor is bringing drama and action in her film “The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun.”

Smith’s “Lady in the Van” centers around a man who forms an unexpected bond with a homeless woman – played by Smith – who is living in her car/van that is parked in his driveway. It looks like it has a lot of heart, comedy, fun, and of course Smith.

Meanwhile, Mavor in “The Lady the Car”…and other items, is based on a 1970s film with the same name. In this French modern version, Mavor borrows a car – and unbeknownst to her – there is a dead body in the trunk. The dead body is where everything, along with Mavor’s character and her world starts to unravel.

Enjoy the ride.

11/20/2015 Is The Best For Women In Film & TV, Also We Lost The WW

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November 20, 2015, is shaping up to be the best for women. Can someone say “Girl Power,” better yet “Women Power.”

After a near five year hiatus from the music spotlight – a surgery and raising a child – the crossover artist Adele will be dropping her newest album titled “25.” Her single “Hello” has remained No. 1 on iTunes for one month since it debuted on Oct. 20. Adele’s single proves her sustainability, but the album itself might be bigger than ever.

In addition to the power house of Adele, the last film installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, “Mocking Jay Part 2” is expected to be a box office juggernaut. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Haroldson, and Josh Hutcherson, just to name a few. Lawrence’s Katniss and the resistance will try to get at President Snow – played by Donald Sutherland – one last time. Who will win? Read the three books on which the film trilogy is based on in order to find out, or just watch the saga end on the big screen.

Also on the big screen, there is a murder mystery, and an unrequited and forbidden love story. “Secrets in their Eyes” stars Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as all three try to catch a killer who has been released due to lack of evidence. The twist is that Roberts’ character is an FBI agent whose daughter was murdered by the aforementioned killer.

“Secrets in their Eyes” is based off the Oscar winning Foreign Language Film “Los secretos en los ojos.” It was hailed as exceptional, this American version might be as good.

The forbidden love story titled “Carol” stars Care Blanchette, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson. In the 1950s, Blanchette, as Carol, is stuck in a loveless marriage until she meets Mara’s Therese who stirs feelings of friendship, and even love. This film has sapphic/same-sex themes.

Meanwhile on the small screen, as in TV, the Marvel/Netflix companion TV series “Jessica Jones” lands with one full season. A few months ago “Daredevil” premiered on the streaming giant with mixed but satisfying reviews. Jones will be played by Krysten Ritter. Ritter starred in “Breaking Bad,” among others. One reviewer has called this “Jessica Jones” superhero as a new kind of hero.

On another streaming giant, “The Man in the High Castle” will also debut on Amazon Prime. The series looks gritty, bold, and it will challenge everyone’s mindset. “The Man in the High Castle,” which is based off a book of the same name, tells the story of “What If the world lost WWI and WWII to the Nazis?” And as a result, what kind of world would we all live in? It stars Rufus Sewell and DJ Qualls among others.

Remember Nov. 20, 2015.