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by klenotka
My colleague´s wallpaper.  I just went around her table and she had Hugh as a wallpaper (the older photo with Hugh in the blue sweather, not sure what the name of the photographer was). So we sat for a coffee in the kitchen :D
by SueFB
This seems like it'd be worth a try, lol.

cherieroedirksen.com/2014/12/17/why-hugh-jackman-has-got-nothing-to-do-with-this/
by nmb
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I was mildly surprised that DoFP was overlooked by the Critics' Choice Awards. I enjoyed Fury and GotG, and I heard that Edge of Tomorrow was unfairly overlooked by audiences, but Captain America ... oh, well. Too bad there isn't an "Action Movie Ensemble" award.

BEST ACTION MOVIE
American Sniper
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow
Fury
Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Tom Cruise – Edge of Tomorrow
Chris Evans – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Brad Pitt – Fury
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
I bet DoFP made lots of money. ha ha   That is what FOX cares about most. FOX is doing more X-Men movies. They must love Hugh Jackman. imho
by SueFB
I was mildly surprised that DoFP was overlooked by the Critics' Choice Awards. I enjoyed Fury and GotG, and I heard that Edge of Tomorrow was unfairly overlooked by audiences, but Captain America ... oh, well. Too bad there isn't an "Action Movie Ensemble" award.

BEST ACTION MOVIE
American Sniper
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow
Fury
Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Tom Cruise – Edge of Tomorrow
Chris Evans – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Brad Pitt – Fury
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
by klenotka
Oh, so Bradley Cooper is serious about his craft...for f* sakes...I swear, I loved him before (even before everybody knew him, I quit watching Alias when he left because he was the one I watched the show for) but this adoration of *one* certain actor every year is just silly and annoying. Last year, it was Matthew McConaghey (or whatever his name is) but I disliked him before so it is not a sudden hate :D I think Hugh would need to change into a giant vegetable with an identity crisis so some people would notice he has done it ALL.
I feel frustrated by the Oscars lately...not for the lack of nominations for Hugh (let´s face it, except Prisoners - which basically buried any Oscar chances for anything big by the September premiere - he didn´t really do anything that could get their attention) but because they keep nominating the same people every year. Meryl Streep WOULD get a nomination for a role of a giant vegetable with an identity crisis....same names, one or two picked movies that get all nominations...there were, I think, only 13 movies in total last year that got nominated for somethng. And I would even dare to say that x-Men: Days of Future Past was a much better movie and had better performances by many actors involved than many of those "Oscar baits" that eventually failed.
I think we just have to wait for those 80 years old Academy members to go away and let the young people take over and bring something fresh.
by SueFB
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I don't see what one thing has to do with the other.

Oscar Best Actor Race: Bradley Cooper May Have Edge After Broadway Triumph
www.showbiz411.com/2014/12/13/oscar-best-actor-race-bradley-cooper-may-have-edge-after-broadway-triumph
It should NOT. But there is the "buzz" factor or I guess a feeling that he's the "actor of the moment". Although that hasn't typically helped in the Best Actor race in the past. There are so many great lead actor performances this year, I really hope he doesn't get nominated. 
by narrows101
I don't see what one thing has to do with the other.

Oscar Best Actor Race: Bradley Cooper May Have Edge After Broadway Triumph

The Best Actor race is probably the one most talked about some 10 weeks before the Oscars. Everyone has a theory about what’s going to happen, and who’s making final cut of Five.

I do think right off the bat you’ve got Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne playing respective British math geniuses in “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything.” They are in, with Cumberbatch slightly leading Redmayne.

Then what? David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King in “Selma” seems like a sure thing. But then so does Michael Keaton in “Birdman” and Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher.” All three could make it.

For a while, there was solid talk of Oscar Isaac in “A Most Violent Year.” Oscar is thisclose to having an Academy Awards career. But I don’t think it’s with this picture. I was also very high on Bill Murray in “St. Vincent.” The movie has done very very well, and Murray is superb. But the momentum has not materialized.

One actor poses a threat to one of those three — Oyelowo, Keaton and Carell. It’s Bradley Cooper, who opened to raves last Sunday night on Broadway in “The Elephant Man.” His performance as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in “American Sniper” is the real thing. I saw that movie on Thanksgiving weekend– three weeks ago– and Cooper has not gone out of my head since that screening.

Seeing him on Broadway with the sensational Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson reaffirmed my opinion. Yes, you say that Cooper has two Oscar nominations thanks to director David O. Russell. And when he was on Broadway several years ago with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd he was the rainmaker in “Three Days of Rain.”

A lot of people may not realize this but Bradley Cooper did study at the Actors Studio. He’s serious about his craft. As John Merrick, the Elephant Man, he twists his body and face, all the while maintaining a convincing British accent and a witty sense of humor. He has a long scene with Nivola in Act 2 that crystallizes the whole play. You walk out of the Booth Theatre and it’s almost impossible to shake John Merrick off.

Same thing for Cooper’s Chris Kyle. Kyle was basically a legit hit man for the Navy, a sniper who doesn’t just pick off obvious bad guys. Clint Eastwood’s film is deceptive. You want to dismiss it, and Kyle as a redneck who loved guns. But nothing is that simple. “American Sniper” is not a rah-rah red state tribute to guns and violence.

Eastwood peels back Kyle’s life layer by layer. On screen Kyle develops with a personal arc into a three dimensional character. Cooper, beefed up, does his best work since “Limitless.” (I’m not counting the Russell movies.) Since Kyle was a real person whom just about no one in film criticism would know or relate to, Cooper pulls off a coup. He really makes us care about this guy. And that’s the task at hand.

So far “American Sniper” — which opens Christmas Day– has had a funny ride in awards season. The National Board of Review went overboard for it. Then the Golden Globes snubbed it entirely. WTH? What does this mean? In the end, nothing. Those two groups are all about the subjective, and who owes whom what.

Don’t forget — “Sniper” is on the AFI List of Best Films of 2014. That’s the only list you should care about. I agree. It’s one of the best films of the year. Luke Grimes, who was kind of a weasel on TV in “Brothers & Sisters,” makes a huge impression supporting Cooper here. But Bradley Cooper really comes into his own this winter with “Sniper” and “Elephant Man.” This can’t be ignored. I think he’s a surprise nominee.

www.showbiz411.com/2014/12/13/oscar-best-actor-race-bradley-cooper-may-have-edge-after-broadway-triumph
by SueFB
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www.deadline.com/2014/03/cinemacon-universal-excites-convention-with-first-looks-at-fifty-shades-of-grey-minions-fast-furious-7-and-angelina-jolies-potential-oscar-juggernaut-unbroken/#more-704155

But the clear highlight came with Unbroken. Let the Oscar speculation begin even though it is only March and no one has seen the finished movie yet. At this year’s Oscar Governors Ball Jolie was clearly excited about this one which she told me she was still deep into post -production and working on.
Yikes, after such promise coming out of CinemaCon, it seems like Unbroken has turned out to be sort of a mess. 52% on RT and even the positive reviews are muted. Brad Brevet's D- review:

www.ropeofsilicon.com/unbroken-2014-movie-review/

Garrett Hedlund is in this, but I've hardly seen him mentioned in the reviews I've skimmed. Thank goodness the Daily Mail was mistaken when they said Hugh was in it those couple of times, lol. Although ... he would have made it better. ;)
by SueFB
We checked out Birdman last night, after all the SAG and Golden Globe nominations it got.

It was ... interesting. I very much enjoyed Keaton's performance (and those of Edward Norton and Emma Stone), and the interesting way it was filmed. And its depiction of theater life and New York. It kept me guessing as to how it was going to end. It was a very well-made, darkly humorous movie. My husband and I chatted about possible layers of meaning. I'm still thinking about it today. But I just didn't leave the theater going "wow, THAT'S one of the best movies I've seen this year", which I almost always do when it comes to a legitimate Oscar contender.

I suppose it'll get a nomination (many of them - Keaton probably deserves one just for enduring all the crappy films he's been in), since it is about the business after all, and the Academy LOVES movies like that.
by Intergirl
Somehow, when something unexpected happens, it makes a theatre going experience all the more special. I once had an unforgettable experience at the opera, watching The Barber of Seville. When we arrived, there was a note at the door that one of the main characters, the count, had a bit of a cold and excused himself beforehand, that his performance would not be top notch that night. Just before the performance started, the director came on stage and asked for our understanding, that since the afternoon, he got even worse and would not be able to perform the arias. As a replacement, they flew someone in from Frankfurt, Germany, but to their dismay discovered, that while they sing the arias in Italian, the more singing/speaking parts in between the big arias are performed in German in Frankfurt. In Zurich, the whole opera performance was in Italian. So they did a mix. They had the ill performer on stage, acting the part of the count and doing the singing/speaking part in Italian, but for the big arias, the guy from Frankfurt stood at the side of the stage and sung them in Italian, while the other was just acting and miming. It led to hilarious spontaneous scenes, because the opera singer playing the barber had an incredible talent for improvising and was involving both of them in some of the scenes. It was the most memorable of all the opera performances I saw. Our stomachs hurt when we came out, because we were laughing so hard.

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Kristin: Ocycd - It's probably an issue on your end, with graphics not loading properly, because I can see your avatar too. Unless you can see everyone else's avatar and not yours, then I'll have to figure out why that's happening. Sept 22, 2013 20:37:44 GMT -5
Kristin: Pat - Awesome! It was bothering me that I couldn't figure that one out. Sept 22, 2013 20:38:07 GMT -5
ocycd: That is so weird cuz I can see everyone else's avatars but still not mine... and the same is true on my mac and my pc laptop... very strange. Maybe I'll try reloading it on my laptop next time I'm on it... thanks narrows101 and Kristin!! Sept 23, 2013 16:22:48 GMT -5
ocycd: My avatar is BACK! And I didn't do a thing... thank you magic virtual wizards!! Sept 27, 2013 15:01:45 GMT -5
24601: Kristin, what do you see below my avatar? Nov 19, 2013 22:53:12 GMT -5
nmb: :) Dec 12, 2013 18:42:47 GMT -5
24601: This is an absurd question. How does one post a new freestanding post within a thread? Using Reply button is all I know and more often than not becomes tedious, repetitive, bandwidth sucking reading. Feb 23, 2014 15:13:32 GMT -5
Kristin: You can't. You can only reply to threads or create a new thread. You can use the quick reply to just post something without responding to anyone in a thread, or quoting someone, but as far as just posting in a thread, you have to use the reply button. Mar 21, 2014 13:25:23 GMT -5
frances: The hair is one thing but I wish we had more opportunity to see that face without the beard. May 6, 2014 12:07:05 GMT -5
SueFB: Does anybody ever pay attention to this place here? Aug 11, 2014 15:24:05 GMT -5
Kristin: I forget it's here most of the time. Aug 12, 2014 6:59:17 GMT -5
SueFB: Yeah, me, too. I wonder what it's really intended for. For random comments that don't belong anywhere? I guess. Aug 13, 2014 8:12:31 GMT -5
Ha: Thx Oct 5, 2014 21:06:40 GMT -5
ocycd: Here's my random thought... a week from tonight I'm seeing The River and I'm too excited to sleep! Oct 28, 2014 0:08:20 GMT -5
24601: How many times have you all seen the show or seen him at the stage door? Nov 5, 2014 15:53:50 GMT -5
ocycd: I only saw the show the one time... and I didn't wait at the stage door or before or after... but I'm thinking I might have to go back in January to see how the show has changed! Nov 9, 2014 22:10:04 GMT -5
Nel: Never happening Nov 19, 2014 16:06:01 GMT -5
24601: 2 River Ticket - Jan 25th. Good seats. PM me if interested. Nov 26, 2014 20:15:09 GMT -5
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