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Every SAG Awards life achievement recipient, including Robert De Niro this weekend

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Every SAG Awards life achievement recipient, including Robert De Niro this weekend
Two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro is the latest veteran performer to receive the Screen Actor’s Guild life achievement award at this weekend’s 2020 ceremony. While not nominated individually, he is also competing for the top film ensemble prize as part of “The Irishman” cast alongside Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano and more.

SEE2020 SAG Awards nominations: Full list of Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees

Starting in 1995, audiences around the world have been able to enjoy this celebration of a beloved thespian’s work, crammed right in the middle of a nail-biting awards telecast. In honor of De Niro’s accomplishment, let’s take a look back at every person to be given this prize since the event was first televised. Our gallery includes Alan Alda, Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Betty White, Shirley Temple and more.

SEEAlan Alda Interview: ‘Marriage Story’

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SAG Life Achievement award: Full gallery of recipients since 1995

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SAG Life Achievement award: Full gallery of recipients since 1995
Robert De Niro is the latest veteran performer to receive the Screen Actor’s Guild life achievement award. Starting in 1995, audiences around the world have been able to enjoy this celebration of a beloved thespian’s work, crammed right in the middle of a nail-biting awards telecast. In honor of De Niro’s accomplishment, let’s take a look back at every person to be given this prize since the event was first televised. Our gallery includes Alan Alda, Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Betty White, Shirley Temple and more.

SAG began handing out a career achievement prize to actors who left their mark on both the big screen and small in 1962. It wasn’t until the inaugural SAG Awards ceremony in 1995 (for the film year 1994) that they began televising the event. The 31 people rewarded prior to that (and not featured in our gallery above) were:

1962: Eddie Cantor
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‘Marriage Story’ could be only the 16th film to sweep the Oscar acting nominations, but does that mean it’ll win?

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‘Marriage Story’ could be only the 16th film to sweep the Oscar acting nominations, but does that mean it’ll win?
Marriage Story” looks like the only Oscar contender this season with a plausible shot at earning nominations in all four acting races, in large part because it’s one of the few films in the conversation with male and female co-leads. Only 15 other movies have accomplished that feat, which would make “Marriage” the 16th. But it’s even more impressive when you consider that it has only happened twice in the last 37 years.

According to the combined predictions of Gold Derby users, “Marriage Story” is a reasonably safe bet for Best Actress (Scarlett Johansson as an actress filing for divorce), Best Actor (Adam Driver as her husband fighting to retain custody of their son) and Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern as Johansson’s lawyer). That leaves Best Supporting Actor, where Alan Alda is a contender for playing Driver’s kindly but out-of-his-depth attorney, but he’s an underdog according to
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Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas in The Bad And The Beautiful Available on Blu-ray From Warner Archives

“Don’t worry. Some of the best movies are made by people working together who hate each other’s guts.”

Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas in The Bad And The Beautiful (1952) is available on Blu-ray from Warner Archives. It can be ordered Here

Appearances are everything in Hollywood. So when conniving moviemaker Jonathan Shields realizes few mourners will show up for the funeral of his equally conniving father, he knows what to do: hire extras. Kirk Douglas gives a magnetic, Oscar®-nominated performance as Shields, who turns talent, charisma and ruthlessness into film success, stomping on careers and creating enemies along the way. Vincente Minnelli directs this winner of five Academy Awards® that’s more than a compelling insider’s look at Tinseltown: It’s an opportunity for buffs to guess which real-life stars and moguls inspired the roles played by Douglas, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Best Supporting Actress Gloria Grahame and more.
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Viacom’s C5 Plots ‘How Green Is My Valley’ Remake & Contemporary Take On ‘Oliver Twist’ As It Doubles Down On Drama

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Viacom’s UK network Channel 5 is plotting an adaptation of classic Welsh novel How Green Is My Valley and a new version of Oliver Twist and as it doubles down on its drama drive.

The broadcaster held a lavish event at London’s Renaissance Hotel in Kings Cross last night to showcase its latest slate and its recent talent drive.

C5’s Director of Programmes Ben Frow also revealed a number of new dramas, building on shows such as Cold Call, which is currently on air, Clink and The Decieved from Catherine The Great producer New Pictures.

How Green Was My Valley is a 1939 novel by Richard Llewellyn. It tells the story of a respectable mining family from South Wales through the eyes of son Huw Morgan. While Huw’s five brothers and father are coalminers, Huw’s academic ability set his apart and allows him to consider a future away from the mines.
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The Bad and the Beautiful

One of Vincente Minnelli’s best is this glamorous ‘Hollywood Looks At Hollywood’ exposé of sin and conniving among the actors, directors and producers that make Quality Entertainment for us unglamorous nobodies. It’s overstated and often grossly overacted but still carries a grandiose charm. Lana Turner gets to play an idealized version of herself. Gloria Grahame generates additional heat, and for her trouble walked away with an Oscar. And composer David Raksin contributes one of his most melodic music scores — the main theme is a winner, right up there with his Laura. CineSavant runs amuck critiquing the way MGM’s movie slams Hollywood creatives, while pretending that the studio bigwigs are infallible Gods.

The Bad and the Beautiful

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1952 / B&w / 1:37 flat Academy / 118 min. / Street Date November 19, 2019 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland,
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Scotty Bowers Dies: Famed Hollywood Hustler Was 96

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Scotty Bowers Dies: Famed Hollywood Hustler Was 96
Scotty Bowers, whose 2012 memoir Full Service gave an insight into the secretive sex lives of high-profile movie stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood, has died at the age of 96.

Bowers, whose Twitter account confirmed his passing, died of natural causes at his home in Laurel Canyon, California, on Sunday (October 13).

Bowers’ colorful life saw him work as a marine and gas station attendant before meeting the Oscar-nominated actor Walter Pidgeon, who paved the way for the young Bowers to become a sexual companion and facilitator to many of the era’s biggest stars. In Full Service, he claimed to have had relationships with the likes of Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Spencer Tracy, Charles Laughton, Cole Porter, and Laurence Olivier.

He also claimed in the rip-roaring book to have slept with female stars including Bette Davis and Lana Turner, and arranged female companionship for Katharine Hepburn, who he said was
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Scotty Bowers, Old Hollywood’s Sexual Matchmaker, Dies at 96

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Scotty Bowers, Old Hollywood’s Sexual Matchmaker, Dies at 96
Scotty Bowers, a “sexual matchmaker” for dozens of stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood who wrote about his colorful — and sometimes unbelivable — life in his memoir “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars,” died at his Laurel Canyon home on Sunday. He was 96.

The story of his experiences was told in the 2017 documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” directed by Matt Trynauer, who confirmed his death.

A former U.S. Marine and gas station attendant, Bowers also worked as a bartender and as a go-fer to friend such as George Cukor. But the most notable part of his life was as a helpful procurer for everyone, he claimed, from Rock Hudson, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Elsa Lanchester to Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Spencer Tracy and Charles Laughton.

The actors and filmmakers, who were often bound by morality clauses in their studio contracts,
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Scotty Bowers, Sex Procurer for Gay Stars in Old Hollywood, Dies at 96

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Scotty Bowers, Sex Procurer for Gay Stars in Old Hollywood, Dies at 96
Scotty Bowers, the legendary Hollywood sex-fixer who was the subject of the 2017 documentary film “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” has died at the age of 96.

“Scotty Bowers July 1, 1923 – October 13, 2019,” read a tweet from Bowers’ official Twitter page posted Monday, followed by a quote from the film: “And remember… it’s as good as it gets right now, baby.”

Bowers first told his story in his 2012 memoir “Full Service,” which detailed his days running a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard in the 1940s, from whence he connected male and female sex workers to gay and bisexual Hollywood types across the industry.

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Whether his clients were hooking up in the station’s bathrooms (or in a convenient on-site trailer), or going back up to their mansions for a “dip in the pool,” Bowers claims to have personally serviced or provided companions for hundreds,
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Greer Garson movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Mrs. Miniver,’ ‘Random Harvest’

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Film history buffs remember her as the winner who gave the longest Oscar acceptance speech. Perhaps she earned that right, as Greer Garson received an astonishing seven Academy Award nominations and starred in six Best Picture nominees – and only appeared in two dozen theatrical films.

English actress Garson was born on September 29, 1904. She led a rather unremarkable life until she started starring in local theatrical productions and making a couple of appearances in the earliest days of television. For the BBC, she starred in a 30-minute excerpt from “Twelfth Night,” which is the first known occurrence of Shakespeare being performed on television. She was discovered by MGM head Louis B. Mayer while he was scouting for talent. One of her first films was in the 1939 classic “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

SEEOscar Best Actress Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award
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Greer Garson movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Film history buffs remember her as the winner who gave the longest Oscar acceptance speech. Perhaps she earned that right, as Greer Garson received an astonishing seven Academy Award nominations and starred in six Best Picture nominees – and only appeared in two dozen theatrical films.

English actress Garson was born on September 29, 1904. She led a rather unremarkable life until she started starring in local theatrical productions and making a couple of appearances in the earliest days of television. For the BBC, she starred in a 30-minute excerpt from “Twelfth Night,” which is the first known occurrence of Shakespeare being performed on television. She was discovered by MGM head Louis B. Mayer while he was scouting for talent. One of her first films was in the 1939 classic “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

The powers-that-be at MGM found their niche for the talented redhead,
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Stacy Keach on Shakespeare, Stardom and His Walk of Fame Honor

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Stacy Keach on Shakespeare, Stardom and His Walk of Fame Honor
Six decades into his career, Stacy Keach is finally receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 78-year-old actor muscled into notoriety playing everyone from Hamlet to Hemingway to Mike Hammer. When the New York Times spotted the then-27-year-old up-and-comer in “Henry IV,” it gushed that his “superb” Falstaff was “so freshly observed that it is almost a new character.”

In the late 1960s, Keach was hailed as America’s Laurence Olivier — right when the country decided it didn’t need one. His agent, the powerhouse Sue Mengers, gave him the truth: “Come out of your ivory tower. Forget the classics. Get to Hollywood.”

He obeyed, and today Keach is best-known for playing heavyweights who tend to kill and be killed on film and TV, where the camera can closely observe his intimidating build, defining harelip and what Elia Kazan called “a sense of violence behind the eyes that’s not housebroken.
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Happy Mother’s Day: 18 greatest Oscar-winning mom performances, ranked worst to best

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Happy Mother’s Day: 18 greatest Oscar-winning mom performances, ranked worst to best
Happy Mother’s Day! What better way to spend time with your mom than a fantastic movie with an Oscar-winning performance. Tour our photo gallery above of the 18 greatest of these films, ranked worst to best. All of them feature winning roles by actresses who play mothers that were pivotal to the plot.

Though there are thousands of these types of films, these performances show a wide array of what it means to be a mother. There’s the courageous mother, the inspirational mom, the loving mother and even the monstrous mother. Lead and supporting actresses include Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Frances McDormand, Brie Larson, Allison Janney, Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Joan Crawford and more.

SEEOscar Best Supporting Actress Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

18. The Fighter (2010)

On her second Oscar nomination, Melissa Leo took home the Best Supporting Actress prize for her portrayal of the real-life Alice Eklund-Ward,
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Matt Tyranuer Discusses Emmy-Contending Doc On Scotty Bowers, “Hollywood’s Most Notorious Gay Hustler”

Matt Tyranuer Discusses Emmy-Contending Doc On Scotty Bowers, “Hollywood’s Most Notorious Gay Hustler”
The story of Scotty Bowers’ sexual adventures in Hollywood could easily fill a 10-volume set. For the time being, people can find his exploits chronicled in a single book, his 2013 memoir Full Service, or the Starz documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, which is now in the running for Emmy consideration.

Together, the memoir and film reveal a side of the movie capital long relegated to the shadows—a cloaked world where closeted stars of the 1940s, 50s and beyond, desperate for sexual release and intimacy, turned to Bowers for services.

“He’s the most notorious gay hustler in the history of Hollywood,” says director Matt Tyrnauer of Bowers, who turns 96 in a couple of months. “The experience of interviewing Scotty on and off over a two-year period was amazing, extraordinary and unique. It gave me a memory map, really, his map of a lost city.”

The key
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Oscar power couple: Christian Bale and Amy Adams make history with their 3rd set of nominations together

Oscar power couple: Christian Bale and Amy Adams make history with their 3rd set of nominations together
Hepburn and Tracy. Loy and Powell. Garson and Pidgeon. They’re all iconic movie duos, and it’s time to add another: Bale and Adams. With three films together, Christian Bale and Amy Adams‘ joint filmography is much smaller than Myrna Loy and William Powell‘s 14, but Bale and Adams have done something none of any of these pairs have: They’ve received Oscar nominations for all three of their movies together so far.

Bale and Adams picked up Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations Tuesday for “Vice.” This follows a Best Supporting Actor win for him and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her for “The Fighter” (2010) and matching lead nominations for “American Hustle” ( 2013).

Before the Bale-Adams hat trick of nominations, no pair of co-stars had been nominated for the same film more than twice. Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon made eight pictures together, but were only jointly
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SAG Life Achievement award: Past 25 years of recipients includes Alan Alda, Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno

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SAG Life Achievement award: Past 25 years of recipients includes Alan Alda, Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno
Alan Alda is the latest veteran performer to receive the Screen Actor’s Guild Life Achievement Award. Starting in 1995, audiences around the world have been able to enjoy this celebration of a beloved thespian’s work, crammed right in the middle of a nail-biting awards telecast. In honor of Alda’s accomplishment, let’s take a look back at every person to be given this prize since the event was first televised. Our gallery includes Morgan Freeman, Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Betty White, Shirley Temple and more.

SEEAlan Alda receiving 2019 Screen Actors Guild life achievement award

SAG began handing out a career achievement prize to actors who left their mark on both the big screen and small in 1962. It wasn’t until the inaugural awards ceremony in 1995 (for the film year 1994) that they began televising the event. The 31 people rewarded prior to that (and not featured in our gallery above
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The key to ‘First Man’s’ best chance of landing an Oscar? That heavenly theremin-heavy score

The key to ‘First Man’s’ best chance of landing an Oscar? That heavenly theremin-heavy score
When “First Man,” about the events surrounding Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the lunar surface in 1969, touched down at film festivals in the fall, critics in attendance were over the moon for its visual effects and technical achievements as well as for the performances of Ryan Gosling as Armstrong and Claire Foy as his wife, Janet.

But Damien Chazelle‘s follow-up to “La La Land” didn’t quite blast off box-office-wise when it opened in theaters on Oct. 12. It came in third with a gross of $16 million in its first weekend, but ended up with a disappointing total of $45 million domestic and $55 million overseas. In comparison, 2016’s “La La Land” took in $151 domestic and $446 million worldwide. The festival frenzy never carried over to the public and its hopes for picture, directing screenplay and acting nominations — save for Foy, who was up for supporting actress at the Golden Globes — fizzled

There are,
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Favorite Moments from the Films of Jacques Tourneur

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"Jacques Tourneur, Fearmaker" runs from December 14 – January 3, 2019 at New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center.A man twists and contorts himself to fire his tommy gun from the front seat of a prop plane, strafing an escaping yacht in Jacques Tourneur’s Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939). The action scenes of the first (of only two) of MGM’s detective programmers starring Walter Pidgeon as a blasé, blowhard private dick go a long way to set thrilling standards of danger and energy in a prescient pre-war mystery of aviation espionage and sabotage. The opening scene in the desert of a foiled aircraft hijacking is already that Christopher Nolan-style of concept, grandeur and stark visuals, but the boat-gunning climax, created through great, swooning back projection and Carter’s nearly absurd violent technique, lends great character to an otherwise unpromising crime series.A gang leader huddled among anonymous criminals on a prison boat as “the Rock,
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Oscar Flashback: The four films that won four of the Big Five, including ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘American Beauty’

Oscar Flashback: The four films that won four of the Big Five, including ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘American Beauty’
This article marks Part 5 of the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories, including the following four films that scored a quartet of trophies among the top races.

At the 12th Academy Awards ceremony, this was no stopping Victor Fleming’s blockbuster epic “Gone with the Wind” (1939). With a total of 13 nominations, the most of any film that year, it was the overwhelming favorite for Oscar glory and indeed, on the big night, the picture took home eight prizes, including Best Picture. Fleming, in his lone career Oscar bid, prevailed in Best Director,
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Fox Searchlight Backs Scotty Bowers Biopic Based on Sexy Tell-All Memoir — Exclusive

Fox Searchlight Backs Scotty Bowers Biopic Based on Sexy Tell-All Memoir — Exclusive
As Matt Tyrnauer’s sexy documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” hits theaters in New York and L.A., returning gregarious 95-year-old Scotty Bowers to the Big Apple for the first time since the ’60s, documentarian Matt Tyrnauer and his producing partner Corey Reeser of Altimeter Films have pacted with Fox Searchlight to produce a biopic about the notorious gay matchmaker’s unique point-of-view on the sex life of Hollywood movie stars. No director or writer are yet attached.

Some would call the ex-Marine a pimp. The tousle-haired author of scandalous 2012 memoir “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars” put gay people together via a Hollywood gas station for rendezvous with celluloid luminaries, from Charles Laughton to Walter Pidgeon. Of course, Bowers wrote his Hollywood tell-all after the marquee names were all dead.

While it isn’t news that director George Cukor
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