Category Archives: Movies

Academy Award winner Rita Moreno

Actress Rita Moreno won an Oscar in 1961 for Best Supporting Actress in West Side Story, also known for her role in Singin’ In The Rain. She’s also won Emmy, Grammy, and Tony awards, making her one of very few two have received all four major awards. This year she won the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award as well. Moreno stops by Movie Addict Headquarters to talk about her career.

Moreno talks about the experience of watching Singin’ In The Rain on a big screen with an audience, saying that “unlike many other films that come back, people sit there and yell and applaud after certain numbers… that’s not something that one associates with film.”

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The Oscars and awards season

The hosts of Movie Geeks United talk their predictions for this year’s Oscars.

They discuss the awards in general, specifically whether “great films” actually win Oscars, saying that “Argo wasn’t a great film; The Artist wasn’t a great film… The Hurt Locker wasn’t a great film; it was a significant film… the last film that won an Oscar that was a great film was the Coen brothers’ No Country For Old Men.” They also point out Goodfellas losing to Dances With Wolves, as well as the danger of “awards fatigue” setting in before the Oscar.

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The best movies of 2014

Betty Jo Tucker and her cohosts count down their top ten movies of 2013. The Book Thief, 12 Years a Slave, Captain Philips, Lone Survivor, Blackfish, Rush, Mandela, Philomena, American Hustle, and 42 are all selected as favorites. Of Saving Mr. Banks, they say that it was “greatly entertaining, pleasant, funny… it reminded me of my good old days when Walt Disney was around” and a “clean film… there weren’t any explosions in it… it was just a pleasing family movie.” Gravity is called “the most captivating film of the year.

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Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Nyong’o made her film debut in 2013 with her role in 12 Years A Slave, but she’s already being honored with a Golden Globe nomination, with a fair amount of OScar speculation as well. Nyong’o stops by FilmGordon Radio to talk about landing the role.

Nyong’o, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, “auditioned three times in three different states” for the role. She calls the experience of working on the film “an education that I didn’t even know I needed “so glad that I got to take this time period so personally… I’m forever changed by this experience.”

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Luther’s Idris Elba

Idris Elba has had a big 2013 with major roles in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Pacific Rim. He’s capping the year off with Golden Globe nominations for both his title role in Mandela and his work on the BBC’s crime drama Luther. Elba is also known for his work on The WireSnowbizNow talks to Elba about his year.

Elba talks about his focus in the performance, saying that “the most important thing… was the presence of the man, which is a hard thing to capture and a very important component to capture,” and says that, because he doesn’t bear a physical resemblance to Mandela, he “really wanted to pay attention to the nuances about him, most importantly his voice.”

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U2′s Bono and The Edge

The 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom has been garnering a fair amount of awards buzz, and U2′s song “Ordinary Love,” written specifically for the film, has not gone unnoticed either. They’ve been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Song. SnowbizNow talks to vocalist Bono and guitarist The Edge.

Bono says that “when you’re writing music for a film you’re trying to connect to the emotions of the scene.” Of the particular scene that he wrote for, he says that “it could be quite a triumphant moment because he’s finally become president… we didn’t want to write a triumph; we wanted to bring it back to the relationship” between Mandela and wife Winnie.

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ScreenPicks reviews Golden Globe-nominated 12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave is nominated for seven Golden Globe awards, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. ScreenPicks reviews the film. The hosts call the movie “quite moving.” They note that, though it is difficult to watch with its “prolonged scenes of whippings and beatings and all sorts of torture that the slaves had to go through,” the scenes “will certainly stay with anybody who sees the movie” because of “the spirit of all these people who had to endure it. They also call the film “amazing,” although acknowledging that some may avoid it for fear of “leaving with this really heavy feeling in their chest.”

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Alan Cumming of The Good Wife and Any Day Now

Actor Alan Cumming is known for his role on CBS’s legal drama The Good Wife, on which he plays campaign strategist Eli Gold. He’s also known for his roles in Eyes Wide Shut and X-Men 2, as well as his roles onstage in HamletCabaret, and The Threepenny OperaSnowbixNow talks to Cumming about his movie Any Day Now. Cumming says that what drew him to the movie, which follows the custody struggle of two gay men over an adopted child, was “the sense of injustice… the utter lack of fairness and lack of goodness.”

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