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Months of Meryl: Adaptation 

"This film is in my all time great top 10. I love everything about it. The acting, the plot, the crazyness of life itself." - Sonja

"I'm not wild about the film - but Cooper is super and I'd be inclined to put this in Streep's top 5, maybe top 3, performances. It's so unexpected, and works perfectly. For a few years this was often the performance I first thought of when I thought of her." - Scott C

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Wednesday
Jun132018

Beauty Break: To Chris Evans on his 37th Birthday

by Nathaniel R

A very happy 37th birthday today to one of Hollywood's true good guys, Chris Evans. In addition to making the perfect superhero onscreen, he's a progressive feminist and all around role model offscreen. His only sin that we can recall is that one time he threatened to retire from acting when his run as Captain America ends (in 2019 *gulp*). But his recent stint on Broadway in Lobby Hero suggests to us that he might not give up on that particular craft so quickly. 

He's wonderful and also, obviously, an all-time looker. Much balm for sore eyes after the jump...

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Saturday
May192018

Beauty Break: The Men of Cannes

Vasilli Schneider & Niels Schneider

Remember French-Canadian Niels Schneider, the object of affection for both the male and female leads of Xavier Dolan's Heartbeats? Apparently he's but one of 4 (!) Schneider brothers -- there was a 5th who died very young :( -- who all appear to be in showbiz: actor/models/musicians whatnot. And here's Vasilli and Niels together at the premiere of Knife + Heart at Cannes. 

In our enthusiastic relentlessness about actresses we invariably ignore actors so before the final ceremony let's not let Cannes end without a visual tribute to the best snacks at Cannes...

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Sunday
May132018

Beauty Break: Happy Mother's Day! 

Michelle Pfeiffer with her daughter Claudia Rose early onHappy Mothers Day to any of our readers who are mothers and Happy Mother's Day to all of your mothers, too. Herewith some of our favorite actresses with their first born...

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Thursday
Apr262018

Beauty Break: April Foolish Costume Design Predictions 

by Nathaniel R

Fantastic Beasts won Colleen Atwood her 4th Oscar. Will its sequel give her her 13th nomination?

The original Mary Poppins lost the Costume Design competition. Could Sandy Powell win it for the sequel?

Even if the year's Costume Design prospects weren't so tantalizing we'd be salivating because we love the artform. After a relatively weak previous season, this category has the opportunity to come roaring back for 2018 in a big way. Consider that all four of the Academy's favorite working costume designers (with 43 nominations and 13 wins between them) might be back this year...

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Saturday
Apr072018

Shoot Me

Sunday
Apr012018

Beauty Break: He is Risen

Did you love Jesus Christ Superstar Live!? John Legend was in spectacular voice as Jesus and kudos also to Tony nominee (and one of my favorite Broadway stars) Norm Lewis as Caiaphas. But the scene stealer of the night was Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon who stole the show as Judas Iscariot. He was a glittering reminder, particularly in disco chainmail in the closing fantasy sequence (since Judas had already committed suicide), that live performing is a unique skill set. Imagine your average movie star trying to keep up that much physical and emotional energy for two plus hours while leaping around a stage and singing at the top of their lungs. If anything Dixon's energy only grew as the night wore on. Just stunning. (I'm not talking about his body, but that too.)  

Though Jesus Christ Superstar! was in some ways an odd dated musical choice for a mainstream family event (it's not remotely 'funny' for one)  it was the best produced "Live" musical since that became an annual thing. The set design and direction were amazing, culminating in a major wow of a finale. Still don't love the Andrew Lloyd Webber score and can't fathom why people doing the orchestrations for Lloyd Webber revivals never think to subvert the oh-so-70s electric guitar sound (also a weird issue with the 1996 Evita movie) but you can't have everything.

Since this particular production had all kinds of gorgeous men in fine voice and equally fine body, let's end this Easter weekend sharing photos of the hottest men to have ever played Jesus in the movies or on television before John Legend's go at it. The gallery is after the jump...

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