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Oscar Profile #183: Geraldine Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald IIBorn November 24, 1913 in Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of a prominent lawyer and his wife, Geraldine Fitzgerald had a multi-faceted career as an Oscar nominated actress; Tony nominated director and cabaret star. Her father’s law firm, D&T Fitzgerald, is mentioned in James Joyce’s classic novel “Ulysses”. Joyce was a close friend and client.

On the London stage and in British films in the 1930s, her most notable film was 1937’s The Mill on the Floss. She married Edward Lindsay-Hogg, a British aristocrat who wanted to be a songwriter in 1936 and moved with him to New York in 1938 to further his ambitions. Having worked with Orson Welles on the London stage, she joined his Mercury Theatre. Her son, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, was the result of an affair with Welles, a longstanding rumor not confirmed until after her death.

Discovered by producer Hal Wallis and given a Warner Bros. contract, Fitzgerald’s first Hollywood film was Wuthering Heights on loan-out to Samuel Goldwyn for which she received her first and only Oscar nomination.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 24 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Apr. 25-27, 2014)

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Film Preview: Gone Girl (2014)

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Release Date:

October 3, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?"

Poster: B

Review: A serene poster that highlights the potential dumping ground of the wife in the story, but hints at the troubling events in the story.

Trailer: B

Review: So many compelling elements on display in the trailer, its relatively conventional construction almost gets in the way. Here you have a group of amazing talents telling what looks like it might be a fascinating story and much more in David Fincher's wheelhouse than The Social Network was.

Oscar Prospects:

David Fincher struggled with the Academy until he broke through with The Social Network. This mystery thriller shouldn't be too hard for the Academy to take and could end up with quite a few nominations or possibly none all things depending.

Revisions:

(April 20, 2014) Original

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Game: 2014 Spring Season Box Office Week 17

For a full list of rules, click here: 2013 Oscar Season Box Office Predictions Game Rules.

Submit Your Predictions for This Week

  1. Top Ten Films at the U.S. Box Office of the week in order from most money to least.
  2. Individual monetary predictions for each film.
  3. Final box office tally for all new wide releases.
  4. # of Weeks each new wide release will spend at #1.
  5. # of Weeks each new wide release will spend in the top 10.

This Week's New Wide Releases

Brick Mansions (2,400 screens)
The Other Woman (3,000 screens)
The Quiet Ones (2,000 screens)

Box Office Prediction Increments

  1. $50 million or higher - $5 million increments
  2. $25 million to $49 million - $1 million increments
  3. $5 million to $24.5 million - $500,000 increments
  4. $4.9 million or lower - $100,000 increments

Last Week's Results

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 25-27, 2014

Another weekend of lackluster releases won't result in another week at the top for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. One of these three titles will end up on top and my gut leans towards The Other Woman.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: The Other Woman might be fun, but I'm not really excited about anything this week.
Peter J. Patrick: Not a good week for new movies. Enjoy the outdoor spring weather instead.
Tripp Burton: Yet again, nothing is really piquing my interest, but there is probably plenty to satisfy a lot of moviegoers.

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2014 Summer Season Preview: May

There are no two bigger months at theaters. While the Summer may provide box office swing, both box office and Oscars dominate the final two months of the year with November likely the biggest of them all. This year, a number of top notch films will compete for audience dollars and critics' appreciation going into the final weeks of pre-Oscar wrangling. This November features one of the most impressive line-ups Oscar has seen in some time, with many of them strong contenders for one or multiple nominations.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 23 (2014)

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Trailer Watch: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Updated (2014)

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#5-#11)

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for link to the trailer, more posters (if available) and other commentary not featured here.

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5 Favorites #178: 5 Favorite Leading Women, Part II

Every week, we'll pose a new "five favorites" question. You just list your five favorites that fit in that category (preferably in preference order) and you're welcome to discuss and debate the selections and see just how much you do or do not have in common with others. If you want to take a look back at our past articles to comment or enjoy, here is a post set aside to track all of our articles (updated infrequently).

We move forward in time to look at your favorite leading women of the 1940's and 1950's.

What are your 5 Favorite leading women of the 1940's and 1950's?

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The DVD Report #357

PhilomenaBased on Martin Sixsmith’s The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Stephen Frears’ Philomena takes the emphasis off the child and puts it squarely on his mother. Writer-producer and co-star, Steve Coogan, not Frears, is clearly the auteur on this one. He and his co-writer, Jeff Pope, collapse about 80% of the book into a few moments in which Anthony Lee/Michael Hess’s life partner (Peter Hermann) shows Coogan (as Sixsmith) and Judi Dench (as Philomena) home movies summoning up the man’s life. The often brilliant Frears (Prick Up Your Ears; Dangerous Liaisons; The Grifters; The Queen) is just a director for hire on this one, given the reins by the egomaniacal Coogan because he says in interviews he didn’t want to tell Dench what to do.

Most of the film is filled with scenes of Coogan and Dench bonding, Coogan putting Sixsmith into situations to build up his part. He treats the title character with a kind of benign condescension, turning her into something of a simpleton while trying to make her into everyone’s “granny”. The woman, a retired nurse living in the south of England, couldn’t possibly be as naïve as the character Coogan presents. Dench’s instinctive acting belies most of the silly dialogue which even includes a bizarre reference to Jayne Mansfield’s losing her head in her fatal car crash, especially odd since featured player Herrmann is married to Mansfield daughter, and survivor of that crash, Mariska Hargitay.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 22 (2014)

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Transcendence”

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Film Preview: Jersey Boys (2014)

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Release Date:

June 20, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons."

Poster: B-

Review: A simple poster design that hides a complex story. That could be an interpretation, but more likely, it's showing a quartet of street guys becoming successes (hence the streetlight acts as a stage spotlight.

Trailer: B+

Review: An unraveling narrative about the success and frailties of success experienced by the legendary quartet The Four Seasons and their lead singer Frankie Valli. The trailer gives the audience almost exactly what it needs to know what kind of movie they are in for.

Oscar Prospects:

Clint Eastwood is a director of some repute and every film he makes is an Oscar contender. This biopic musical should be more in line with Academy tastes than his last film, so I could see it garnering a handful of nominations.

Revisions:

(April 20, 2014) Original

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 18-20, 2014

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

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