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    Happy Birthday to...

    ...Jessica Lange (born on April 20, 1949), the American actress who needs only a Grammy Award to become the 16th person to win all four entertainment awards. Time cover for October 25, 1976 She has been nominated six times for Academy Awards. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins in bold): Frances Farmer in "Frances" (1982). Best Actress. Julie Nichols in "Tootsie" (1982). Best Supporting Actress. Jewell Ivy in "Country" (1984). Best Actress. Patsy Cline in "Sweet Dreams" (1985). Best Actress. Ann Talbot in "Music Box" (1989). Best Actress. Carly Marshall in "Blue Sky" (1994). Best Actress. Lange made her screen debut as a Fay Wray-like character in a much-hyped 1976 remake of "King Kong." "I had no idea how big the movie was, or that coming out of it I wouldn’t be taken seriously," Lange told AARP The Magazine in 2017. "I went back to taking acting classes for a few years. When you’re young, you don’t see the connections, how one thing leads to the other." Lange appeared as The Angel of Death in Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz," a 1979 drama (with musical numbers) starring Roy Scheider as a choreographer/director loosely based on Fosse himself. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four (art direction/set decoration, costume design, film editing and original score). It also tied Japanese director Akira Kurasawa's "Kagemusha" for the prestigious Palme d'Or (or Golden Palm) at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. Fosse died of a heart attack on Sept. 23, 1987 at the age of 60. Her first major dramatic role was opposite Jack Nicholson in the 1981 remake of "The Postman Always Rings Twice." It was directed by Nicholson's frequent collaborator, Bob Rafelson. Lange is one of 11 people who have received two Academy Award nominations during the same year. She earned a Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance opposite Dustin Hoffman in the 1982 comedy "Tootsie." She also received a 1982 Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of the troubled actress Frances Farmer (1913-1970) in the biopic "Frances." At the 55th annual Academy Awards ceremony held on April 11, 1983, Lange won the Best Supporting Actress award for "Tootsie." But the Best Actress Oscar went to Meryl Streep for her performance in the drama "Sophie's Choice." The 1984 drama "Country" reteamed Lange with her "Frances" co-star Sam Shepard -- who also was her significant other in real life. They played an Iowa couple who struggled to keep their farm and family together. The film was one of three farm-oriented dramas that year. The others: "Places in the Heart" (starring Sally Field) and "The River" (which was headlined by Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek). Lange received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, but the award went to Field. Lange was nominated for her third Best Actress Oscar in four years for her portrayal in "Sweet Dreams" of the great country music star Patsy Cline (1932-1963). Directed by the Czech-born British filmmaker Karel Reisz, the biopic also starred Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon and John Goodman. For the film's musical performances, Lange lip synced to Cline's recordings. The 1989 drama "The Music Box" starred Lange as a Chicago attorney determined to keep her Hungarian immigrant father (Armin Mueller-Stahl) from being tried and deported as a Nazi war criminal. For her performance in the picture -- which was directed by the Greek-born filmmaker Costa-Gavras -- Lange received her fourth Best Actress nomination. In Martin Scorsese's 1991 remake of the 1962 thriller "Cape Fear," Robert De Niro starred as Max Cady -- a man released from prison after serving a 14-year term for rape. He blamed his conviction on his attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte). As a result, Cady began methodically stalking and terrorizing Bowden and his wife and daughter (Lange, Juliette Lewis). But he was always careful to stay within the bounds of the law. Oscar nominations went to De Niro (Best Actor) and Lewis (Best Supporting Actress). Set during the Cold War era, the 1994 drama "Blue Sky" starred Lange as the manic-depressive matriarch of a military family assigned to a U.S. Army base in Alabama. Meanwhile, her husband (played by Tommy Lee Jones) became concerned about the negative impact of above-the-ground nuclear testing. The film -- which was not released until four years after its production -- was the last picture directed by Tony Richardson (1928-1991). On March 27, 1995, Lange became only the second person to win a Best Actress Oscar after winning one for Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep did it first and Cate Blanchett later duplicated the feat).
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    Happy Birthday to...

    ...Valentina Cortese (born on January 1, 1923), the Academy Award-nominated Italian actress who made several films in Hollywood. She recently wrote a memoir, "Quanti sono i Domani Passati" ("The Many Days that Have Gone By"). She has been been nominated once for an Academy Award: Séverine in "La nuit américaine" ("Day for Night," 1974). Best Supporting Actress. A native of Milan, Cortese began her film career in Italian pictures in the 1940s. She became a star in the two-part 1948 Italian version of Les Misérables, directed by Riccardo Freda. She appeared as Fantine in Part 1 and Cosette (pictured below with Aldo Nicodemi as Marius and Gino Cervi as Jean Valjean) in Part 2. The second part also featured an uncredited appearance by a young Marcello Mastroianni. Cortese co-starred with the American actor Richard Conte in Jules Dassin's film noir tale "Thieves' Highway" (1949). Conte played a World War II vet who set out to avenge his truck driver father, ruined by a powerful San Francisco produce dealer (Lee J. Cobb). Cortese played a streetwalker who helped the vet achieve a measure of revenge. Also in 1949, Cortese co-starred with Spencer Tracy and James Stewart in the World War II drama "Malaya." Directed by Richard Thorpe, the film was the story of an American effort to extract rubber from territory occupied by the Japanese. In Robert Wise's 1951 film noir effort "The House on Telegraph Hill," Cortese co-starred with William Lundigan and Richard Basehart. She and Basehart married that same year. The marriage lasted until 1960. Their son John Anthony "Jackie" Basehart became an actor in Italian films. He died in 2015 at the age of 63, In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954) Cortese played Eleanora Torlato-Favrini, the widowed sister of the dashing Italian count (Rossano Brazzi) who marries the Spanish film star Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner). Humphrey Bogart starred as the filmmaker Harry Dawes, who discovered Vargas and groomed her into stardom. Edmond O'Brien won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as a publicist. Cortese (pictured below at the rear right) was one of the stars of the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's 1955 drama "Le Amiche" (or "The Girlfriends"). The film, set in Turin, Italy, focused on the relationship of a group of young upper class women. Also starring were Yvonne Furneaux, Eleonora Rossi Drago and Anna Maria Pancani. In Federico Fellini's first feature-length color film -- the phantasmagoric "Juliet of the Spirits" (1965) -- Cortese co-starred with the director's wife Giulietta Masina (pictured below right), who played the troubled title character. Titled "Giulietta degli Spiriti" in Italian, Masina played a neglected housewife who suspected that her husband (Mario Pisu) was having an affair. As a result, she began to have experiences that may have been dreams -- or reality. Cortese played a friend named Valentina. Cortese earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in French director François Truffaut's acclaimed 1973 comedy/drama "La Nuit américaine" (or "Day for Night"). The film, which also starred Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Léaud, was an inside look at the making of a motion picture in southern France. Cortese played a fading actress with a fondness for alcohol and a tendency to forget her lines and scene blocking. The picture won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film on April 2, 1974. Cortese's nomination was for the following year. At the 47th Academy Awards, held on April 8, 1975, the Best Supporting Actress Oscar went to Ingrid Bergman for her performance in "Murder on the Orient Express." It was her third gold statuette. During her acceptance speech, the Swedish actress struck an apologetic tone as she praised Cortese's performance in "Day for Night." Cortese appeared as The Queen of the Moon in Terry Gilliam's 1988 fantasy "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen." The film starred John Neville as the fictional title character, an 18th-century German nobleman known for telling tall tales. Robin Williams played The King of the Moon.
  3. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Jonathan Allen‏Verified account@jonallendc The victory for Trump isn’t in the Mueller report, the belief of the attorney general that the president can’t be prosecuted for anything or in the repetition of the “no collusion” message. It’s in the fact that his rival party is dividing itself over whether to impeach him.
  4. The death of the actress Nancy Gates was announced this week. She died at her Los Angeles-area home on March 24, 2019 at the age of 93. She appeared in two noteworthy films with Frank Sinatra. In "Suddenly" (1954), she played a widow whose California home was taken over by conspirators (including Sinatra's character) planning to assassinate the U.S. president during his nearby fishing vacation. The movie, which also starred Sterling Hayden and James Gleason, took its title from the name of the California town. In Vincente Minnelli's 1958 drama "Some Came Running" -- based on the 1957 novel by James Jones -- Sinatra played a World War II veteran whose return to his Indiana hometown after 16 years caused a bit of an impact locally. Arthur Kennedy (a Best Supporting Actor nominee for the film) co-starred as Sinatra's brother, a successful jeweler. Gates (pictured below with Kennedy) played the jeweler's secretary, who had a longtime crush on her boss. The film also starred Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine (a Best Actress Oscar nominee) and Martha Hyer (nominated for Best Supporting Actress). Gates, a Dallas-area native whose career began at RKO at the age of 15, also appeared with Rod Taylor in the 1956 sci-fi tale "World Without End." She co-starred with Randolph Scott in the 1960 Western "Comanche Station." Among her other film credits: "The Magnificent Ambersons" (in an uncredited role) "The Great Gildersleeve" (1942), "Hitler's Children" (1943), "The Spanish Main" (1945), "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952, uncredited), "The Member of the Wedding" (1952, which starred Ethel Waters, Julie Harris and Brandon de Wilde) and "Torch Song" (1953, headlined by Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding and Gig Young). She also appeared in numerous television series before her retirement in 1969 to devote more time to her family.
  5. jakeem

    Awards season 2018-2019

    Hollywood Reporter‏Verified account @THR There were several surprising high-profile omissions from the 2019 #Cannes lineup http://thr.cm/JVzSd8
  6. The 2018-2019 awards season kicks off in earnest this month with a series of presentations and announcements the week after Thanksgiving. Here is a schedule of upcoming events: NOVEMBER 2018 Sunday, November 11 -- People's Choice Awards (televised on the E! Channel). Sunday, November 18 -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 10th annual Governors Awards ceremony. Tuesday, November 20 -- Producers Guild of America nominations for documentary films. Monday, November 26 -- 2018 IFP Gotham Awards Tuesday, November 27 -- National Board of Review picks. Wednesday, November 28 -- Satellite Awards nominations. Thursday, November 29 -- New York Film Critics Circle winners announced. DECEMBER 2018 Sunday, December 2 -- British Independent Film Awards winners announced. Monday, December 3 -- Annie Awards nominations (for excellence in animated films) announced. Tuesday, December 4 -- American Film Institute Top 10. Wednesday, December 5 -- Grammy Awards nominations. Thursday, December 6 -- Golden Globe Awards nominations. Thursday, December 6 -- Writers Guild of America nominations (television). Sunday, December 9 --The Los Angeles Film Critics Association winners announced. Monday, December 10 -- Critics' Choice Awards nominations announced. Wednesday, December 12 – Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations announced. Monday, December 17 -- Oscars shortlists announced for nine categories (Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Live-Action Short, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score and Best Original Song). JANUARY 2019 Thursday, January 3 -- BAFTA EE Rising Star nominations revealed. Friday, January 4 -- Producers Guild of America announces nominees for excellence in feature films, television and other categories. Friday, January 4 -- American Film Institute Awards luncheon. Saturday, January 5 -- National Society of Film Critics picks. Sunday, January 6 – Golden Globe Awards (NBC). Monday, January 7 -- Writers Guild of America nominations (films and documentary screenplays). Monday, January 7 -- American Cinema Editors ACE Eddie Awards nominations announced. Monday, January 7 --Art Directors Guild nominations announced. Monday, January 7 -- New York Film Critics Circle Awards dinner. Monday, January 7 -- American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) nominations. Monday, January 7 -- Directors Guild of America's TV and documentary feature nominations. Tuesday, January 8 -- Directors Guild of America film nominations. Tuesday, January 8 -- Cinema Audio Society (CAS) nominations. Tuesday, January 8 -- National Board of Review event. Wednesday, January 9 -- BAFTA Award nominations announced. Thursday, January 10 -- Cinema Eye Honors (awards for excellence in nonfiction or documentary filmmaking). Thursday, January 10 -- Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild nominations. Thursday, January 10 -- Costume Designers Guild nominations. Saturday, January 12 -- The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards dinner (animator Hayao Miyazuki honored). Sunday, January 13 -- Critics' Choice Awards (The CW). Tuesday, January 15 -- USC Scripter Awards finalists announced (for writing excellence in films and television). Tuesday, January 15 -- Visual Effects Society (VES) nominations. Saturday, January 19 -- Producers Guild of America Awards. Sunday, January 20 -- London Film Critics Circle Awards. Monday, January 21 – Golden Raspberry "Razzie" Award nominations revealed. Tuesday, January 22 – Academy Award nominations announced. Sunday, January 27 – Screen Actors Guild Awards (TBS/TNT). FEBRUARY 2019 Friday, February 1 -- American Cinema Editors ACE Eddie Awards. Saturday, February 2 -- Directors Guild Awards. Saturday, February 2 -- Annie Awards. Monday, February 4 -- Academy Awards nominees luncheon. Saturday, February 9 -- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Sci-Tech Awards Saturday, February 9 -- USC Scripter Awards winners announced. Sunday, February 10 -- Grammy Awards (CBS) Sunday, February 10 --BAFTA Awards (BBC America, tape delayed). Saturday, February 16 -- Cinema Audio Society Awards. Sunday, February 17 -- Writers Guild of America Awards. Tuesday, February 19 -- Costume Designers Guild Awards. Tuesday, February 19 -- Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday, February 23 – Razzie Awards revealed. Saturday, February 23 – Film Independent Spirit Awards (IFC) Sunday, February 24 – 91st annual Academy Awards (ABC).
  7. jakeem

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    POLITICO‏Verified account@politico Rep. Matt Gaetz has hired an ex-White House speechwriter who was forced out last year amid scrutiny over his ties to white nationalists https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/19/matt-gaetz-aide-white-nationalists-1283314
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Seth Abramson‏Verified account@SethAbramson *WHERE WE ARE* 20 ongoing federal and state investigations 14 referred Mueller prosecutions 2+ ongoing counterintelligence investigations 1 pending impeachable felony charge in NYC 1 pending impeachable felony before Congress 100+ Congressional subpoenas coming
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    Awards season 2018-2019

    Variety‏Verified account@Variety Cannes: 2019 Lineup Includes Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Four Films by Women https://variety.com/2019/film/festivals/cannes-announces-2019-lineup-terrence-malick-pedro-almodovar-1203192293/
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Brian Fung‏Verified account@b_fung Brian Fung Retweeted Donald J. Trump HBO responds to Trump's GoT-themed tweet: “Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes.”
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    The Hill‏Verified accou@thehill HBO fires back at Trump after he uses "Game of Thrones" meme http://hill.cm/h5EPrR6
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    George Conway‏ @gtconway3d George Conway Retweeted Daniel Dale this is like the castle of aaargh in monty python scene 21
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Daniel Dale‏Verified account@ddale8 It has now been two hours and eleven minutes since the president started but did not finish this sentence. He has since gone to his golf club.
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    Awards season 2018-2019

    Bob Strauss‏ @bscritic While not #FerzanOzpetek's best study of repressed-until-it-definitely-isn't desire, #NaplesinVeils is still a gorgeous and dreamy, Italian psychosexual noir. Amazing views of a modern city with a deep, haunted past.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    POLITICO‏Verified account@politico Over and over, Trump pressed underlings to pass messages to those who might damage him and to exert influence over investigations, often without success https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/19/trump-stymie-russia-investigation-1282652
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    POLITICO‏Verified accoun@politico Opinion: As a former federal prosecutor, when I look at Mueller’s work, I don’t see a murky set of facts. I see a case meticulously laid out by a prosecutor who knew he was not allowed to bring it. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/04/19/barr-obstruction-mueller-trump-226664
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    The Daily Beast‏Verified account @thedailybeast Chrissy Teigen goes off on Fox News' Laura Ingraham over bizarre Time 100 rant, calls her a "white supremacist" https://www.thedailybeast.com/chrissy-teigen-goes-off-on-fox-news-laura-ingraham-over-time-100-rant-calls-her-a-white-supremacist?via=twitter_page
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Michael Cohen‏ @speechboy71 Michael Cohen Retweeted Michael Grunwald It's so completely bizarre that Democrats have convinced themselves that running against a corrupt, law-breaking president is somehow bad politics.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Maggie Haberman‏Verified accoun@maggieNYT Point that has been made to me by several former admin officials who were witnesses to Mueller - they spoke freely and candidly because the White House decided to cooperate and not assert executive privilege. Now, they're facing Trump's wrath for a position the WH put them in
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Helen Kennedy‏Verified acco@HelenKennedy Helen Kennedy Retweeted Julia E. Ainsley The victory dance has been postponed, ladies and gentlemen.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Julia E. Ainsley‏Verified account@JuliaEAinsley Trump did not stop and take questions before departing from the South Lawn today. This after he said he might have a press conference today.
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    Awards season 2018-2019

    Bob Strauss‏ @bscritic The Satanic Temple is framed as a freedom of speech and religion group in the documentary #HailSatan? They're also shown as some pretty clever political anarchists, fundamentally funny if not fundamentalist devil worshipers. Worth seeing.
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    Awards season 2018-2019

    Bob Strauss‏ @bscritic #BeNatural, an impressively well put-together documentary about early French film director Alice Guy-Blache, makes the case for her being one of both Europe and the U.S.'s 1st auteurs. Fascinating, great-looking footage, lotsa Hollywood heavyweights commenting, hope it's all true
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    Awards season 2018-2019

    Bob Strauss‏ @bscritic Misanthropic Type A is humanized when she babysits her sullen tween niece? #LauraSteinel's #Family sounds unpromisingly formulaic, but a marvelously mean spirit, #TaylorSchilling leading a crack comic cast & loads of Juggalos make this a brash, outstanding indie comedy.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    CNN‏Verified acco @CNN The US does not believe North Korea successfully launched a fully operational new weapon after Pyongyang claimed it had conducted a "new tactical guided weapons firing test," according to a US official directly familiar with the latest assessment https://cnn.it/2ZoDWmv

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