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13 actresses on Vanity Fair cover

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In its 2016 Hollywood cover photo, Vanity Fair managed to photograph 13 actresses who represent a range of ages and races and even birthplaces. 
 
Interestingly enough, a handful have made movies in Pittsburgh:  Diane Keaton was here for “Love the Coopers” along with “Mrs. Soffel” in the early 1980s; Jane Fonda was the literary agent of Russell Crowe’s character in the yet-to-be-released drama “Fathers & Daughters”; Viola Davis was a second-generation teacher who lost her passion amid a stressful family life in “Won’t Back Down”; Gugu Mbatha-Raw just played the wife of Dr. Bennet Omalu in “Concussion”; and Helen Mirren starred in “The Clearing,” set in Pittsburgh and partially shot here. 
 
Rounding out the baker’s dozen:  Charlotte Rampling, Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong’o, Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence and Alicia Vikander. The story is by James Wolcott, photos by Annie Leibovitz and styling by Jessica Diehl
 

 

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New batch of Oscar presenters

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Oscars producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today the second slate of presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast. The presenters, including Oscar winners and nominees, are:

 

    Steve Carell

    Priyanka Chopra

    Quincy Jones

    Byung-hun Lee

    Jared Leto

    Julianne Moore

    Olivia Munn

    Margot Robbie

    Jason Segel

    Andy Serkis

    J.K. Simmons

    Kerry Washington

    Reese Witherspoon

 

“These artists have enriched the international moviegoing experience with a range of memorable work from the comic to the profound,” Hudlin and Hill said. “In the process, they have won over millions of fans, and we count ourselves among them.”

 

The Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live Oscar Sunday, Feb. 28, on ABC.

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Third Kung Fu Panda No. 1

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“Kung Fu Panda 3” easily kicked its way to the top spot at the weekend box office, thanks to a franchise everyone knows and the 3-D surcharge in some theaters. Starring Jack Black as the voice of Po, it grossed an estimated $41 million duringg its opening weekend, nudging “The Revenant,” a distant second. 
 
“The Revenant” no doubt got a boost from Leonardo DiCaprio’s win Saturday night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards where “Spotlight” took the top movie ensemble honor. 
 
Here are the early box office numbers according to Rentrak.com:
 
1. “Kung Fu Panda 3” — $41,000,000.
2. “The Revenant” — $12,400,000, for $138,171,368 to date. 
3. “Star Wars:  The Force Awakens” — $10,782,000, for $895,426,000.
4. “The Finest Hours” — $10,327,000.
5. “Ride Along 2” — $8,345,520, for $70,775,210 so far. 
6. “The Boy” — $7,894,000, for $21,527,916.
7. “Dirty Grandpa” — $7,575,000, for $22,821,010.
8. “The 5th Wave” — $7,000,000, or $20,188,149 since release. 
9. “Fifty Shades Of Black” — $6,186,648.
10. “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” — $6,000,000, for $42,573,845.


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Screen Actors Guild winners and Oscar frontrunners Leonardo DiCaprio from “The Revenant” and Brie Larson, the kidnapped mother in “Room,” in the press room. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Turner. 
 
 

 

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Spotlight takes big prize at SAG Awards, and Leo, Brie, Idris, Alicia win

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sag16-kateMara-rooneyMara-KM-REA-380x380The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards singled out the cast of "Spotlight" -- including Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton -- as the best film ensemble of the year. It tracks a Boston Globe reporting team investigating child sexual abuse by priests and the archdiocese's cover-up. 

After Mark Ruffalo addressed the crowd at the Shrine Auditorium, he passed the award to Keaton who said, "Honestly, this is not only for the survivors of this horrific situation, but for me personally -- and I'm only speaking for me -- this is really for the disenfranchised everywhere, this is for every Flint, Mich., in the world. This is for the powerless. ... There's fair and there's unfair. And I'm always going to vote for the fair, for the good guys."

SAG-AFTRA also honored Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander and Idris Elba (who wasn't nominated for an Academy Award).

"When I was 15 years old, I was lucky enough to get a film called 'A Boy's Life," DiCaprio said, and he spent the next year watching everyone from Jimmy Cagney to Robert De Niro. He thanked his parents for listening to an overly ambitious 13-year-old who wanted to go to auditions every day after school.

Carol Burnett received a standing ovation and prolonged applause and cheers at receiving the SAG Life Achievement Award, presented by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

She had traded her slippers from the red carpet for heels and glowed in a green jacket and floor-length skirt. 

During her acceptance speech, she recalled climbing the Hollywood sign with a friend as a child, watching a half-dozen movies at a time and later defying the network that wanted her to make a sitcom called "Here's Agnes." Her contract required the network to give her a comedy-variety show, even when execs told her, "It's not for a gal, comedy-variety is a man's game." She proved them wrong. 

She closed with her famous line, "I'm so glad we had this time together," and tugged on her earlobe. 

And the film and TV winners:

Ensemble in a movie: "Spotlight." 

Dicaprio-JacobTremblay-KM-REA-380x380Male actor in a leading role:  Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant."

Female actor in a leading role: Brie Larson, "Room." 

Ensemble in a TV drama series: "Downton Abbey."

Male actor in a TV drama series: Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards."

Female actor in a TV drama series: Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder."

Male actor in a TV movie or miniseries: Idris Elba, "Luther."

Female actor in a TV movie or miniseries: Queen Latifah, "Bessie." 

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Female actor in a supporting film role: Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl."

Female actor in a comedy series:  Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black."

Male actor in a comedy series: Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent."

Ensemble in a comedy series: "Orange Is the New Black."

 

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 Photos from SAG-AFTRA.

 

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Dr. Omalu: I would bet my medical license O.J. has CTE

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In the new issue of People magazine featuring O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson on the cover, Dr. Bennet Omalu says of the former professional football player:  “I would bet my medical license that he has CTE.”

Will Smith plays Dr. Omalu in “Concussion,” filmed and set in Pittsburgh and exploring the doctor’s discovery and naming of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The magazine notes O.J. Simpson’s aggression, impaired judgment and impulse-control problems, all tied to CTE.

"Concussion" failed to earn any Oscar nominations and didn't burn up the box office but it has opened a door to the subject as a whole and for athletes to talk about possible after-effects of concussions and whether they're due to CTE. It is absolutely worth seeing if you are a Pittsburgh Steelers or NFL fan and want to know more about what happened to some of the greats.  

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. and told from the perspective of the lawyers, starts Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. on FX. 

In case you missed the review of "Concussion": 

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movie-reviews/2015/12/24/Movie-review-Concussion-a-hard-hitting-drama/stories/201512240105

 

 

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