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Oscar Profile #201: Teresa Wright

WrightBorn October 27, 1918, (Muriel} Teresa Wright became interested in acting after seeing Helen Hayes in Broadway’s Victoria Regina in 1936. Following her high school graduation in 1938 she was on Broadway herself as understudy to Martha Scott and Dorothy McGuire in Our Town. She took over the lead when Scott went to Hollywood to make the film version. She then originated the ingénue role in 1939’ Life With Father, the role later played by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1947 film version. It was in that production that Samuel Goldwyn discovered her and signed her to a five year contract.

Wright’s first three film roles – as Bette Davis’ impressionable daughter in William Wyler’s The Little Foxes; Greer Garson’s forthright daughter-in-law in Wyler’s Mrs. Miniver and Mrs. Lou Gehrig in Sam Wood’s The Pride of the Yankees all earned her Oscar nominations capped by a win for Mrs. Miniver. She was the first, and to date only, actress to be so honored. Her three acting nominations in two years was a record she held for 51 years until Emma Thompson tied her with her two 1993 nominations for The Remains of the Day and In the Name of the Father after having won Best Actress of 1992 for Howards End.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 21 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Aug. 22-24, 2014)

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Film Preview: Abuse of Weakness (2014)

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Release Date:

August 15, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A stroke-afflicted filmmaker is manipulated by a notorious con man."

Poster: C / C+

Review: With poster design, creating new style for foreign territories is common practice. Sometimes they are better, sometimes worse. In the case of Abuse of Weakness, the original French design (#2) is a dark, foreboding affair. In the English-language version (#1), the position of the lovers is retained, but shifted onto a white background making it seem more pure than it probably is. I don't mind new designs or even repurposed designs, but this type of cheap copy-pasting is exactly that: cheap.

Trailer: B-

Review: Isabelle Huppert looks terrific as usual, though the film seems a bit formulaic for my tastes. Presenting this as a feeble woman being taken advantage of by a man whom she had taken advantage of is not an original idea. While the trailer tries to spin this particular narrative slightly differently, it isn't entirely successful.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(August 17, 2014) Original

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Game: 2014 Summer Box Office Week 17

For a full list of rules, click here: 2014 Summer 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

If I Stay (2,750 screens)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2,500 screens)
When the Game Stands Tall (2,600 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: Aug. 22-24, 2014

Can Sin City: A Dame to Kill For build on the niche demographic that made the first film enough of a success to warrant a second and turn this into the #1 film of the week or will the football-themed drama When the Game Stands Tall take the top spot. It could also be the romantic drama If I Stay, which if the trailer's any indication, will be beloved by fans of weepies.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: What can I say? I'm a fan of the weepie. Are You Here could be interesting, but The One I Love has more promise, as does To Be Takei while Love Is Strange will appeal to a very narrow group of people.
Peter J. Patrick: Having had an office near De La Salle High School during its record-shattering football wins I'm looking forward to this one for nostalgia reasons.
Tripp Burton: As the summer winds down, we still get some strong genre fare this week.
Thomas LaTourrette: None of these films particularly excites me, so maybe a good weekend to work in the yard or catch up on older films.

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2014 Oscar Season Preview: Introduction

After a surprising number of high quality, entertaining films for the first two quarters of the year, it would seem Oscar season has a lot of expectations to live up to. Much of that will be taken care of by a trio of films that could be among the top box office juggernauts of the year, Interstellar, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. There are others that could be quite good and that's just from a blockbuster perspective.

A lot of the year-end Oscar contenders, which this season tends to represent more than either of the others, don't seem to be as evident this time around, but that could just be because schedules are still being finalized and what's listed here is just the tip of the iceberg. We'll find out more as November and December approach, the two biggest month for Oscar-competing entries.

To introduce you to the upcoming films, there will be two preview articles every month and this introduction every four months. The Season Preview article will focus on one of three seasons Spring Season (January through April), Tentpole Season (May through August) and Oscar Season (September through December). In these introductory articles, I will give you the current release schedule for the specified season, which may change as the release dates get closer.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 20 (2014)

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Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 5

You can read more about this project in the article at this link. Below is our fifth poll, covering Best Actor. As a refresher, here is where we obtain the titles/performances will be included in the polls that will be conducted:
Two-Source Categories:

  • The actual Oscar nominees in the seleted category.
  • The precursor nominees and winners in the selected category.

Best Actor

We're using Survey Monkey for these polls. You get to rank all of the appropriate titles/performances how you see fit, but preferably in order of preference.

Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 5 Poll

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Film Preview: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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Release Date:

December 17, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug's lair; but can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it?"

Poster: A / B

Review: (#1) This first design is as perfect a design as you could get for this franchise. With Smaug's attempted destruction of Laketown being a centerpiece battle of the film, this dramatic, tense design heightens the possibilities. (#2) The second design is a bit more laid back, sets our protagonist up on his calm before the story, but doesn't really excite the way the first design does.

Trailer: B

Review: As much as I love this franchise, the trailers have been less than impressive. While there are elements here that are quite exciting, it is, for the most part, straight forward and generic. I give them props for pulling one of the best songs written for the franchise out of The Return of the King and putting it into the trailer. It is a surprisingly fitting tune with lyrics that are quite perfect for the somber proceedings.

Oscar Prospects:

While the Lord of the Rings films were Oscar juggernauts, the previous two Hobbit films have been nominees, but not nearly as many as its predecessors. The film will still snag nominations, but how many depends on how good the film is. Look at the tech and creative categories primarily with top categories requiring strong support from critics.

Revisions:

(August 17, 2014) Original

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5 Favorites #195: 5 Favorite Child Performers, 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).

Last week, I accidentally included 1940's in the description, but not in the actual questions, so I'm going to just put them back in this one looking at the 1940's and 1950's.

Who are your 5 Favorite child performers of the 1940's and 1950's?

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Eye on Warner Archive: Aug . 12, 2014

Here are some highlights of the recent releases to the Warner Archive Collection. DVD's and Blu-rays are manufactured on demand. They also have a streaming service. Before you visit Warner Archive to check out their selection, check out the selections below an a few of my thoughts.

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The DVD Report #374

ShogunOne of the landmark TV miniseries, James Clavell’s Shogun, first broadcast in 1980, was an event for which mass audiences stayed home much as they had for Roots three years earlier. The nine-hour film in which the Japanese actors speak Japanese without subtitles except when translating for captured English navy Pilot/Major Blackthorne (Richard Chamberlain), is credited with the rise in popularity of Japanese restaurants, particularly sushi houses, in the U.S.

A terrific tale of the brutal realities of love and war set against the backdrop of life in feudal Japan of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, it won three Golden Globes and three Emmys and is regarded as one of the highlights of Chamberlain’s career. The actor, whose big screen accomplishments have been disappointing, was for a time the undisputed king of the miniseries. His greatest roles were in the long-running series Dr. Kildare, this and the Thorn Birds. He is matched here by the legendary Toshiro Mifune (Rashomon, The Seven Samurai) as the title character and the exquisite Yoko Shimada as the love interest. Long available on DVD in both the original broadcast version and a truncated 159 minute cut, the original has been painstakingly upgraded in high definition and improved sound for Blu-ray by CBS Films and Paramount.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 19 (2014)

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Expendables 3″

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Now That You've Seen The Expendables 3...?

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