The Five Best Shirley Maclaine Movies of Her Career

Shirley MacLaine has never quite been the classic or extraordinary beauty that a lot of other women have in their lives, but she’s more than made up for it with the kind of talent and acting ability that allows her to be counted as one of the greatest actresses alive. Her resume reads as a type of legendary tale that details just how she came from being unknown to being on the lips of just about everyone in Hollywood at one point. She’s among the epic actors that have come and left their mark on the big screen and is

The Five Best Shirley Maclaine Movies of Her Career
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Toni Colette cast in sci-fi thriller Stowaway

Hereditary actress, Toni Collette has been cast in Joe Penna’s sci-fi thriller Stowaway joining Anna Kendrick.

Collette will play a commander in the film, while Kendrick plays a medical researcher.

The story revolves around a mission headed to Mars, where an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Collette) and the ship’s biologist.

Also in the news – ‘Paddington’ helmer Paul King drops out of Disney’s ‘Pinocchio

Directed by Penna, who makes his second feature film debut, the film has a script from Ryan Morrison and Penna. Penna and Morrison worked together on ‘Arctic’ which premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and will see a general release in February.

Morrison will also serve as executive producer.
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John Cena Stars In PSA For Brave Beginnings And Exhibitors’ Campaign To Aid Premature Babies

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John Cena Stars In PSA For Brave Beginnings And Exhibitors’ Campaign To Aid Premature Babies
Exclusive: John Cena, the actor and pro wrestling champion, will be appearing on theater screens all across the country this summer in a 30-second PSA urging movie-goers to support the work of Brave Beginnings, an initiative of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation that’s helped save the lives of thousands of premature babies.

Cena, who’s starred in Bumblebee and Trainwreck, is the latest in a cavalcade of stars – dating back to Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis and James Cagney – who have pitched in to carry on Will Rogers’ work to help sick children. Rogers, the humorist and philanthropist, died in a plane crash in 1935.

“We are thrilled to have John’s support to further our mission so that every neonatal intensive care unit has the proper life-saving equipment imperative to ensuring that premature newborns survive and go on to live healthy lives,” said Kyle Davies, president of domestic
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‘Fosse/Verdon’ Teaser: Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams Lead The Dance In FX Biopic

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The finger snaps, angled poses and glimpses of Weimar decadence come fast and furious in FX’s first teaser for Fosse/Verdon, the upcoming limited series about Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Only one word is uttered: After the dancers have been put through the paces, Fosse, played by Sam Rockwell, orders “Again!”

Verdon is played by Michelle Williams.

Also in the cast: Norbert Leo Butz, Margaret Qualley, Aya Cash, Nate Corddry, Susan Misner, Bianca Marroquin, Kelli Barrett (as Liza Minnelli), Evan Handler, Rick Holmes and Paul Reiser. Ethan Slater, who recently starred as Broadway’s SpongeBob SquarePants, will play Joel Grey, with Byron Jennings as George Abbott and Laura Osnes as Shirley MacLaine.

Exec producing are Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Fields, Miranda, Rockwell, Williams and George Stelzner, with Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions producing. Levenson, who will serve as showrunner, wrote the premiere episode
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Fosse/Verdon Teaser: Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell Own the Stage in First Look at FX Miniseries

FX’s Bob Fosse-Gwen Verdon miniseries is already trying to steal the spotlight. Just as the 2019 Golden Globes began on Sunday, the network dropped Fosse/Vernon‘s first trailer, giving us a tantalizing look at Michelle Williams (as Verdon) and Sam Rockwell (as Fosse) in action.

Premiering in April, the drama chronicles the partnership of Broadway legends Fosse and Verdon. “He was a filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors; she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time,” per a release from FX. “Together, they changed the face of American entertainment — at a perilous cost.
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Watch at Home: Eighth Grade, Bad Times at the El Royale

What's newly available for home viewing? Herewith a very quick survey of new releases and/or great deals. Links go to reviews.

DVD/Blu-Ray

• Bad Reputation a doc for Joan Jett fans

• Bad Times at the El Royale seven strangers, each with "a secret to bury" meet at a hotel. So like Clue + 1 only noirish?

Also new: Axl, Love Gilda, Night School, and White Boy Rick

iTunes 99¢ Deals of Note This Week

• Eighth Grade -Bo Burnham's inspired you-are-there comedy about everyone's favourite existential horror: middle school

• 12 Angry Men - the legendary courtroom drama was nominated for 3 Oscars including Best Picture of 1957 (pssst. it's also available right now on Prime)

• The Apartment -1960's big Oscar winner starring Jack Lemmon & Shirley Maclaine and an over-extended bachelor pad.

Fargo -This freezing cold comic noir is still the best Coen brothers movie, right? Best Actress winner 1996 Frances McDormand.

• Platoon - Oliver Stone
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Will Lady Gaga & Sam Elliott become lucky 7th Best Actress/Best Supporting Actor winners from the same film?

Will Lady Gaga & Sam Elliott become lucky 7th Best Actress/Best Supporting Actor winners from the same film?
Last year, Frances McDormand won her second Best Actress Oscar for her searing performance as grieving mother Mildred Hayes in Martin McDonagh‘s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.” Sam Rockwell won for his featured turn as the racist police officer Jason Dixon who is won over by her fervor.

They were the sixth such pairing of leading actress and supporting actor to take home Academy Awards. Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott could well become the seventh to do so. Lady Gaga sits atop our Best Actress chart for her work as Ally Campana, a would-be singer who is discovered by Jackson Maine, a troubled talent. The screen vet Elliott plays Jackson’s older brother Bobby and is firmly in the top five contenders in the Best Supporting Actor race.

Since the supporting acting categories were introduced at the 9th Academy Awards, only half a dozen years have seen the same
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Shirley MacLaine To Receive Aarp Movies For Grownups Career Achievement Award

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From The Trouble With Harry and Irma La Douce through The Turning Point, Terms of Endearment and PBS’ Downton Abbey, the career of Shirley MacLaine has just won the actress Aarp’s annual Movies For Grownups Career Achievement Award.

Aarp The Magazine made the MacLaine announcement today. The Oscar-winning actress (for 1984’s Terms of Endearment) will receive the award at the organization’s 18th annual Movies For Grownups Awards ceremony on Feb. 4, 2019, in Beverly Hills.

“The award means a lot to me personally because Aarp was there when I began,” said MacLaine. “Many thanks to Aarp for bestowing this award.”

The Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise was established in 2002 to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal “to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind,” and to recognize the artists who make films appealing to older movie-goers.

“We are delighted to give this award to Shirley MacLaine, a remarkable performer and a true original,
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Shirley MacLaine Selected for Aarp Career Achievement Award

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Shirley MacLaine Selected for Aarp Career Achievement Award
Shirley MacLaine has been selected as the recipient of the Aarp’s 2018 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

MacLaine will be honored at the 18th annual Movies for Grownups Awards ceremony on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

MacLaine has credits on more than 50 feature films, won a best actress Academy Award for “Terms of Endearment,” and was nominated for Oscars for “Some Came Running,” “The Apartment,” “Irma la Douce” and “The Turning Point.” She has also won seven Golden Globe awards — including the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement — and written 15 best-selling books.

“The award means a lot to me personally because Aarp was there when I began,” said MacLaine. “Many thanks to Aarp for bestowing this award.”

Previous Movies for Grownups Career Achievement honorees include Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Robert Redford and Robert De Niro.
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Review: Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" (1960); Limited Edition Blu-ray Special Edition From Arrow

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“Before #Metoo There Was…The Apartment”

By Raymond Benson

One wonders if Billy Wilder’s magnificent comedy-drama, The Apartment, could be made today in the age of #MeToo. Probably not, despite its brilliant script, exceptional cast and performances, perfect direction, and its positive message against sexual harassment in the workplace.

Even so, in some circles The Apartment was considered controversial upon its release in 1960. Hollis Alpert in the Saturday Review called it a “dirty fairy tale.” Then again, The Apartment was coming off the heels of the hugely successful and popular Some Like it Hot, which the more-Puritan side of America may have called illicit and tawdry, too. Or perhaps co-writer and director Wilder was simply good at telling grown-up tales for adults within the context of a rapidly-maturing culture that was on the verge of a decade known for its freedom of expression. The 1960s was an explosion in
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Video Essay. "The Apartment"

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"The location is a character in its own right in this movie." How many times have you read a similar statement in a film review? How many times did you hear a screenwriter, actor or director utter words to that effect in a promotional interview? It is a tried and tested way to play up the setting (or set design) of a movie, a clichéd comment that has become a staple of both film writing and promotion.I don't know if the makers of The Apartment (1960) ever used the same line to describe the eponymous dwelling "in the west sixties, just half a block from Central Park."1 If they did, it worked. Because Alexandre Trauner and Edward G. Boyle won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction and Set Decoration in a Black-and-White Movie for their work.In this video essay, the apartment really does get the starring role. Jack Lemmon,
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Double Golden Globes duel: Amy Adams or Regina King could be 5th performer to win twice in one night

Double Golden Globes duel: Amy Adams or Regina King could be 5th performer to win twice in one night
Amy Adams and Regina King will have a double showdown at the Golden Globe Awards. The stars are nominated in two categories, Best Film Supporting Actress and Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actor. If either goes 2-for-2, she’d be the fifth performer to win two Globes in one night.

Adams’ and King’s bids for “Vice” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” on the film side were widely expected; they were 1-2 in our predictions and are in the same positions in our combined Oscar odds. But their duel on the TV side was a little less secure. Adams was in the No. 1 spot all season for her HBO limited series “Sharp Objects,” while King was in the precarious fifth spot for Netflix’s “Seven Seconds.”

However, King is coming off her third Emmy win in four years, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had only nominated her once during that span,
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When Harry Met Sally Reunion! Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal to Open Film Festival with Classic

When Harry Met Sally Reunion! Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal to Open Film Festival with Classic
Harry and Sally are getting back together again!

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, the stars of the classic romantic comedy, will reunite in April 2019 to kick off the 10th annual Turner Classic Movies Festival with a special 30th anniversary screening of When Harry Met Sally.

The film was a surprise hit when it was released in 1989, grossing over $90 million at the box office, securing an Oscar nomination for the late Nora Ephron’s screenplay and making deli sandwiches romantic.

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Crystal, Ryan and director Rob Reiner will be in attendance at the opening night of the festival,
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When Harry Met Sally 30th Anniversary Reunion Will Kick Off TCM Film Festival

When Harry Met Sally 30th Anniversary Reunion Will Kick Off TCM Film Festival
Rob Reiner's 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... is being honored at the annual TCM Classic Film Festival. To celebrate, Reiner will reunite with stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan for a one-off event after a screening on April 11th, 2019. The romantic comedy will be celebrating its 30th anniversary as Turner Classic Movies celebrates its 25th anniversary on the air and its 10th anniversary for the festival itself. The 2019 theme is Follow Your Heart: Love At The Movies.

When Harry Met Sally was met with critical acclaim upon its release in the summer of 1989. The movie was released with a small promotional campaign, and was hoping for word-of-mouth success, which is what happened. Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival had this to say about the special reunion.

"There are romantic comedies - and then there's When Harry Met Sally. The chemistry
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TCM Classic Film Festival Will Have What You’re Having: Opening Night With ‘When Harry Met Sally …’

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TCM Classic Film Festival Will Have What You’re Having: Opening Night With ‘When Harry Met Sally …’
“And I’m gonna be 40!” Meg Ryan says between sobs. “When?” Billy Crystal asks. “Someday.” When Harry Met Sally … is only turning 30 next year, actually, but the king of the modern rom-com will get an opening-night anniversary screening at the 10th annual TCM Classic Film Festival, organizers said today.

Ryan, Crystal and director Rob Reiner will be on hand April 11 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre to kick off fest, which runs through April 14.

“There are romantic comedies – and then there’s When Harry Met Sally…” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and host of the festival. “The chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan makes them part of a legacy that includes the greats of classic movies: Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn; Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell; and Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. And Rob Reiner — utilizing Nora Ephron’s word-perfect screenplay – follows in the rarefied air of the filmmaking
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ would be 2nd consecutive film to sweep Best Actress and Supporting Actor Oscars

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ would be 2nd consecutive film to sweep Best Actress and Supporting Actor Oscars
Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant are two of the most acclaimed actors of this award season thanks to their performances in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Critics are loving McCarthy’s raw, understated portrayal of literary forger Lee Israel and Grant as her wry, scene-stealing friend and accomplice, Jack Hock, to the point that they are both serious contenders to earn matching Oscar nominations. Should they go on to win their categories, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” would repeat the success of last year’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

See‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ reviews: Melissa McCarthy writes herself into a corner in a ‘career-best performance’

Fox Searchlight is certainly hoping to pull off repeat victories in both categories after Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell did so for “Three Billboards.” The Actress-Supporting Actor winning combo has only been accomplished by five
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FX’s "Fosse/Verdon" Sets Main Cast; Norbert Leo Butz, Margaret Qualley Join as Series Regulars

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FX has set the main cast for the eight-episode limited series “Fosse/Verdon,” Variety has learned.

The series is based on the biography “Fosse” written by Sam Wasson and tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams).

Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in the series regular role of Paddy Chayefsky, while Margaret Qually will appear in the series regular role of Ann Reinking.

In addition, the following people have been cast in recurring roles: Aya Cash as Joan Simon, Nate Corddry as Neil Simon, Susan Misner as Joan McCracken, Bianca Marroquin as Chita Rivera, Kelli Barrett as Liza Minnelli, Evan Handler as Hal Prince, Rick Holmes as Fred Weaver, Paul Reiser as Cy Feuer, Ethan Slater as Joel Grey, Byron Jennings as George Abbott, and Laura Osnes as Shirley MacLaine.

Butz is currently starring on Broadway in “My Fair Lady
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‘Fosse/Verdon’ FX Limited Series Rounds Out Cast; Norbert Leo Butz & Margaret Qualley Set As Series Regulars

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FX has rounded out the cast as production begins on Fosse/Verdon (new official title), its high-profile eight-episode limited drama series starring Oscar winner Sam Rockwell and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams in the title roles, from award-winning producers Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, Lin Manuel-Miranda and Joel Fields, FX Television Studios and FX Productions. Production on the series is currently underway in New York City ahead of its spring 2019 premiere on FX.

Joining previously announced Rockwell and Williams as series regulars are Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Bloodline) as Paddy Chayefsky and Margaret Qualley (Novitiate) as Ann Reinking. Additional recurring cast includes Evan Handler (The People v. O.J. Simpson) as Hal Prince; Aya Cash (You’re The Worst) as Joan Simon; Nate Corddry (For All Mankind) as Neil Simon; Susan Misner (Jack Ryan) as Joan McCracken; Bianca Marroquin (Chicago) as Chita Rivera; Kelli Barrett (The Punisher) as Liza Minnelli; Rick Holmes
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FX Fills Out Cast for ‘Fosse/Verdon,’ Adds Margaret Qualley, Norbert Leo Butz as Series Regulars

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FX has rounded out the cast for its upcoming “Fosse/Verdon” limited series, adding Norbert Leo Butz and Margaret Qualley as series regulars.

The two join Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams, who will play the title characters Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Qualley will play theater actress Ann Reinking, while Butz portrays playwright Paddy Chayefsky. The eight-episode limited series is from Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail, with Steven Levenson and “The Americans'” Joel Fields producing.

FX also announced a slew of recurring roles, including “You’re the Worst’s” Aya Cash as Joan Simon, and Nate Corddry as Neil Simon. Kelli Barrett will play Liza Minnelli.

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Filling out the rest of the cast are Bianca Marroquin (Chita Rivera), Evan Handler (Hal Prince), Paul Reiser (Cy Feuer), Susan Misner (Joan McCracken), Ethan Slater
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Marvin Levy: The Road From Tex and Jinx to ‘Close Encounters’

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It’s been more than 40 years since publicist and newly minted Governors Award honoree Marvin Levy began his close association with Steven Spielberg, but their adventures together only constitute one of acts in the Levy saga.

From the time Levy graduated from NYU in 1949, the affable but no-nonsense communications pro has been somewhere near the center of showbiz gravity.

“I was always a fan of the Broadway musicals starting in high school, and by college we were regularly scoring tickets for opening nights and showing up in tuxedos. We’d see epic shows like ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ and ‘Brigadoon,’ and being naughty boys, we’d go to the backstage door dressed in our tuxes and they’d let us in and we’d get word of where to go for the cast parties.”

When asked if a Variety column item from 1954 — “Marvin Levy and Gordon Morris penned the special material
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