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Mar 12, 2019

Ray Romano on Constructing a Joke

Stand-up comedian, actor, and screenwriter Ray Romano shared a taste of his creative process in a recent Off Camera Show interview. Being nominated for 16 Emmys and winning three for his work on his long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, Romano… Read More

Mar 9, 2019

Lamenting the Death of ‘90210’ Star Luke Perry

Riverdale star Luke Perry died in a Burbank hospital on March 4 at the young age of 52. He’d been hospitalized a week earlier as he suffered a massive stroke in his Sherman Oaks home. Several of his family members and… Read More

Mar 4, 2019

Should Netflix Films Be Eligible to Compete for Oscars?

When it comes to films contending for the Oscars, legendary director Steven Spielberg is campaigning to keep streaming services like Netflix out of the prestigious competition. Rather, he hopes the Academy Awards will only honor conventional, made-for-theatrical-release films—all the while,… Read More

Mar 2, 2019

Rami Malek becomes first actor of Arab heritage to win Oscar for Best Actor

At the 91st Academy Awards, Rami Malek won for Best Leading Actor thanks to his widely celebrated performance in Bohemian Rhapsody—and in doing so, became the first actor of Arab heritage to win the category. As far as being given… Read More

Feb 25, 2019

Olivia Colman Defies the Odds and Wins an Oscar for Best Actress

British actress Olivia Colman received an Oscar for Best Actress at the 91st Academy Awards over the weekend. She was honored for her performance as the frail, sensitive, and needy Queen Anne in the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed historical comedy-drama The Favourite…. Read More

Feb 23, 2019

5 Actors Share Their Auditions Gone Bad

Being an actor is full of adventure, wonder, and purpose, but it also comes with some unwelcome realities. There’s the rejection one must be able to endure, and then there are the inevitable auditions that take a turn for the… Read More

Feb 22, 2019

The 10 Best Performances Not Nominated for an Oscar

Every year as the Oscars roll around, Hollywood is abuzz with the biggest contenders and snubs, and critics have their lists ready for “who will win and who should win.” But what about the performances that weren’t even nominated? Below… Read More

Feb 16, 2019

Will Smith Explains Why He Passed on ‘The Matrix’

On his popular YouTube channel, Will Smith recently expressed regret for having turned down a pivotal film role in the mid-1990s. Specifically, the megastar passed on the opportunity to portray the computer programmer/hacker Neo in The Matrix; and thus, Keanu Reeves… Read More

Feb 4, 2019

Actor Crushes That Went Nowhere

Have you ever been cast alongside an actor with whom you had a giant crush? It’s not hard to imagine, especially as actors tend to be quite a charismatic bunch. Perhaps you had to rehearse with your heartthrob for a… Read More

Jan 26, 2019

Shia LaBeouf Receives Standing Ovation at Sundance for His Biopic ‘Honey Boy’

Shia LaBeouf’s world premiere of the indie biopic Honey Boy received a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday night. The Borg vs McEnroe actor wrote the screenplay while in rehab, basing it on his childhood and unstable… Read More

Lady Gaga
Jan 15, 2019

Lady Gaga: From Fear of Auditioning to Award-Winning Acting Career

At the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night, Lady Gaga and Glenn Close tied in the best lead actress category for their performances in A Star Is Born and The Wife respectively. As the Edge of Glory singer… Read More

Jan 12, 2019

Regina King Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress

Three-time Emmy Award-winning actress Regina King just earned her first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in honor of her powerful performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. King portrays the nurturing mother Sharon Rivers who supports her daughter,… Read More

Jan 7, 2019

Glenn Close Wins Her Third Golden Globe Award with Her Performance in ‘The Wife’

Forty-five years into her legendary acting career, Glenn Close can now say she is a Golden Globe winner for the third time. The 71-year-old star received Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her portrayal… Read More

Dec 24, 2018

Thinking Outside the Box, Producer Franklin Leonard’s Black List Influences What Movies Are Made

“I accidentally changed part of the conversation about which movies get made.” — Franklin Leonard, producer What stories will be told in Hollywood movies in the upcoming years? Will they feature conventional themes and predictable actors and settings with the… Read More

Dec 21, 2018

Goodbye to the Talented Actress and Director Penny Marshall

The trailblazing actress, director, and producer Penny Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday evening at the age of 75. A spokeswoman for the family said she passed peacefully in her Hollywood home. Marshall’s family released a statement saying,… Read More