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Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree couldn't be more different. While the former is a highly respected New Jersey police detective with decades of experience in the force, the latter is 20 years younger with less of an established career. Hester's always been cautious about relationships due to her struggles with privacy, but she had no idea how much her life would be thrust into the spotlight when she fell for Andree. The couple had barely settled down in beautiful home, wistfully contemplating their future dreams when Hester was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Not only did Andree face losing the love of her life, but also her home and the life they had built together. Straight couples could get married and leave their spouse with their pension benefits after they'd passed, but this privilege is denied to Hester and Andree simply because they are a same-sex couple. With the support of gay Jewish activist named Steven Goldstein, they put their all into achieving equal rights for everyone.
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Blake Lively had to clarify some remarks she made about Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ music video.
Blake Lively, the 28-year-old Age of Adaline actor and wife of Ryan Reynolds, wasn’t mocking Taylor Swift with her recent Instagram post. Lively posted a picture in which she joked – as she later clarified in good humour – about being part of a music video for John Legend’s cover of Swift single ‘Bad Blood’.
Blake Lively appearing on Good Morning America in Times Square, New York, in April 2015.
Laurel Hester is a high-ranking New Jersey police detective who is hugely respected at work. While she never fails to earn recognition for her police services, she also manages to catch the eye of a young woman almost 20 years her senior. Stacie Andree's career is less high-flying but the pair find themselves connecting over their shared idyllic fantasies of a home and true love. However, their dreams are about to be shattered when Hester is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, but she wishes to soften the blow by passing on her pension benefits to her Andree, so that she can afford to continue living in their new home. However, under Ocean County laws this is not possible for domestic partners - only married couples, and this is pre-marriage equality reforms. The couple implore the New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders to help sort this issue out, but as Hester grows ever weaker, it seems they're running out of time. With the help of Hester's supportive colleague Dane Wells and a gay Jewish activist named Steven Goldstein (the founder of Garden State Equality), they set out to defend the rights of same-sex couples across the state.
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Having successfully rescued Peeta and the other Hunger Games victors, Katniss Everdeen is feeling the strain of being the Mockingjay for the rebel group of District 13. The propaganda is exhausting, and she is starting to become uncertain about who are the heroes and who are the villains. While victory over the Capitol looks in the rebels' favour, Katniss is becoming increasingly suspicious of President Coin - a suspicion which becomes all the more intense when she confronts the captured Panem leader President Snow. He seems intent on killing her, but he's not the only one. When the rebels' methods are shown to be just as hostile as the Capitol, Katniss has to decide which path the take and with the oncoming final Hunger Games, her decision is fated to change her life forever.
This isn't a tell-all doc about the iconic filmmaker: it's a love letter from his friends and family. With a terrific range of film clips, home movies, behind-the-scenes footage and never-seen stills, this movie explores how Robert Altman's work has forever changed the way Hollywood makes movies, simply because his inventive filmmaking style forced everyone else to try and keep up.
After getting his start directing industrial films in Kansas City, Altman made the jump to Hollywood in the late 1950s, annoying a range of studio executives with his preference for naturalistic, overlapping dialogue in television programmes. Then he made the jump to cinema and took the world by storm with M.A.S.H. In 1970, winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes and introducing the "Altmanesque" combination of earthy interaction, ensemble casts and political subtext. In his documentary, filmmaker Ron Mann cleverly asks many of Altman's actors to define the word Altmanesque, not as it relates to the movies but as it relates to the man himself.
Altman was a rare filmmaker who was loved by his casts and crews as well as the critics. Notoriously picky film journalist Pauline Kael famously wrote that "he can make film fireworks out of next to nothing", and this documentary demonstrates this with clips and backstage moments from his classics, ranging from McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976) and Popeye (1980) to The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993) and Gosford Park (2001). The film's focus is on his movies, although it's narrated through personal interviews with Altman and his widow Kathryn Reed and features some superb footage of his sons. It also traces his ongoing health issues, from his heart transplant to his death from leukaemia in 2006. But there's little mention of his lifelong anti-war efforts or his controversial efforts to legalise marijuana.
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The Oscar-winning actress recently revealed which of her fellow female movie stars she most admires, and the "camaraderie" of women.
The recent winner of the Oscar for Best Actress, Julianne Moore, is arguably the most popular women in Hollywood right now, but the 54-year-old actress recently revealed it is the work of her fellow female movie stars that often inspire her.
Julianne Moore with her Best Actress Oscar
During in an interview with April's issue of Harper's Bazaar for its cover story, Moore couldn't help but gush about several actresses she most admires.
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The directors of 'Still Alice' have come forward to explain the serious heart that went into the film, as one of them was suffering a similar affliction to the main character.
After Julianne Moore won the Oscar for her performance in 'Still Alice', the film climbed back into the US box office top 10, just as it opens across Europe this weekend. Co-director Wash Westmoreland is amazed at how the film has connected with people. "When you're an independent filmmaker you always have a dream version of how things will go," he said. "You have to live within the dream because often the reality is usually too brutal to deal with! But this time the reality has turned out to be better than the dream."
Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice'
Most amazing to Westmoreland and his partner, co-director Richard Glatzer, is how the film seems to be changing the perception of Alzheimer's. They credit much of this reaction to Moore's remarkably sensitive performance. "You know, we've always been huge fans of her work," Westmoreland said. "Every character she plays is completely different but yet realistic, whether it's Amber Waves, Sarah Palin or Cathy Whitaker. She has the ability to project intelligence, to be emotionally vulnerable and to act without words. I think in a lot of her movies, like 'Safe', she does a lot without speaking."
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Go see why Julianne Moore won the Oscar. Go see it for yourself.
It's been a long wait for cinema fans in the UK to see what all the fuss was about. It's been a couple of weeks since Julianne Moore won the Oscar for best actress for Still Alice, though Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's movie only arrives on British shores this weekend.
Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her role in Still Alice
Moore plays the titular Alice, a happily married linguistics professor who begins to forget words. When she is diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice begins a heartbreaking and inspiring battle to stay connected to her family.
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Julianne Moore was delighted to sign autographs for fans and pose for pictures outside the 30th annual Independent Spirit Awards on 21st February 2015. The award ceremony took place in Santa Monica, California, on the 21st February 2015 - the day before the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
He's finally won his Best Actor Oscar, but we've seen it coming for years.
Eddie Redmayne caused no surprise when he landed the award for Best Actor at the 2015 Oscars, following his role as a young Stephen Hawking in his epic biopic 'The Theory Of Everything' which had already won him a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.
Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor
It was a foreseeable win, and one that Hawking himself has admitted he's very proud of for Redmayne. We were, of course, already aware of his extraordinary talents before he was cast in the movie, following appearances in 'Les Miserables' and 'My Week With Marilyn', but even before then he was gluing people to screens with his early performances. These are four movies starring Eddie Redmayne that you probably haven't seen, but definitely should:
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The much-respected actress won a Best Actress Oscar at the fifth time of asking - and very well deserved it was too.
Julianne Moore won Best Actress at the 2015 Oscars. She won her gong for the lead role in Still Alice, in which she plays Dr. Alice Howland, a woman struggling with Alzheimer’s.
She fended off fierce competition from Marion Cotillard (Sandra Bya in Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything), Rosamund Pike (Amy Elliott-Dunne in Gone Girl) and Reese Witherspoon (Cheryl Strayed in Wild).
Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of an Alzheimer's sufferer in 'Still Alice'
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Pharrell Williams will be penning four picture books for children based on his song 'Happy'. Here are four other celebrities who have also turned their talents to writing.
Pharrell Williams has recently signed with publishers Putnam Books to pen four picture books based on his single 'Happy'. The announcement was made by the publishing house on Tuesday (17th February) and the first book in the series will be published in September 2015. Yet Williams is not the only celebrity to have branched out into the world of fiction, here are four other famous faces who penned children's books...
Pharrell Williams will pen four children's books based on 'Happy'.
The 54-year-old actress is nominated for the best actress Oscar for her role in the drama 'Still Alice.'
Although Julianne Moore has received four Oscar nominations throughout her successful movie career, the 54-year-old actress has always came up short on the night of the prestigious ceremony, so she is hoping to be victories on her fifth nod at next weekend's 87th Annual Academy Awards.
Moore is nominated for the Best Actress Oscar
Moore recently sat down with Parade magazine to discuss her Best Actress nomination for her starring role in the drama 'Still Alice,' admitting that she is hoping to receive the big prize.
Continue reading: Julianne Moore Wants An Oscar Because It Is "A Very Big Deal"
Boyhood takes the top prize at the British Academy Film Awards, Fifty Shades of Grey holds its world premiere in Berlin, and new trailers arrive for Apatow's Trainwreck, the Poltergeist remake, the N.W.A. biopic, Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the Hitman movie...
Fifty Shadows of Grey held its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, attended by stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, as well as director Sam Taylor-Johnson and her actor-husband Aaron, plus novelist E.L. James. There have been virtually no press screenings prior to the film's release this weekend.
The 54-year-old actress recently revealed she stopped believing in a high power after her mother's death in 2009.
Just because Julianne Moore sees herself as a spiritual person doesn't mean she has to be religious, in fact the 54-year-old actress recently admitted that she stopped believing in God when her mother passed away several years ago.
Moore prefers therapy to religion
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Moore, who recently had a career-best performance in the drama 'Still Alice,' also revealed that therapy is what provides her with stability, which is something she has done since her early 30's.
With the race to the Oscars well and truly on, it looks as if Richard Linklater may have to clear more mantlepiece space.
Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s 12 years in the making drama, has once again taken home big award season honours, this time at the Critics Choice Awards. The film was named Best Picture, while Linklater was honoured with the Best Director award and star Patricia Arquette was named Best Supporting Actress.
Richard Linklater, Boyhood director
But the big winner of the evening was Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman, which ended the night with seven trophies including a Best Actor nod for Michael Keaton. The movie’s entire cast were also honoured, taking the Best Acting Ensemble award.
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For a film about early onset Alzheimer's, this is a remarkably wry, honest and even hopeful drama, anchored by another staggeringly sensitive performance by Julianne Moore. Writing-directing team Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are known for their observant depictions of human interaction (see Quinceañera), and they fill the screen with sharp dialogue and earthy emotions that make this much more than another movie about a disease. Instead, it's about how people can transcend what life throws at them, even if it knocks them down.
Moore stars as Alice, a New York linguistics professor who has just turned 50 when she starts noticing that she's forgetting words and getting lost. Her doctor gives her the tough diagnosis, and she uses her dry wit and sharp intellect to face the future with her steady husband John (Alec Baldwin) and their three grown children: married and pregnant Anna (Kate Bosworth), aspiring actress Lydia (Kristen Stewart) and free-spirit Tom (Hunter Parrish). The hardest thing to learn is that the disease is familial, and that she has passed it to at least one of her children. So while she can, Alice makes a contingency plan for the future as she watches her family members each react in a different way.
No, this isn't a light and breezy movie. But the filmmakers balance the moments of gut-wrenching emotion with smart humour ("Sorry, I forgot - I have Alzheimer's!") and bracing honesty ("I wish I had cancer!"). Moore is uncannily raw in the role, subtly revealing Alice's transformation in ways we barely notice until we're reminded what she used to be like. Even more powerful is her own awareness of what's happening. Opposite her, Baldwin has terrific camaraderie and an unexpected warmth, while both Bosworth and Stewart get a chance to dig much deeper as actors than they usually do. And what makes the film special is the way Alice's interaction with each character is uniquely individualistic.
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Into the Woods and Testament of Youth bring out starry red carpets in London, while celebrities line up for the People's Choice Awards in L.A. and the National Board of Review in New York. We also get the first glimpse of Paul Rudd in Ant-Man, the next Nicholas Sparks romance The Longest Ride and the digitally animated Peanuts Movie...
In London, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Daniel Huttlestone and Tracey Ullman were on hand for the UK premiere of Into the Woods this week. The film has been a box office hit in America over the past two weeks, and opens in Britain this weekend.
But is 'Mockingjay Part 1' just a set up for the best yet to come?
'The Hunger Games' continues to go from strength to strength, garnering solid reviews and big box office takings. The latest instalment, 'Mockingjay Part 1', debuted at number one on both the American and British box office charts, and looks likely to hold the top spot until 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' opens next month.
Jennifer Lawrence makes another stunning performance in 'Mockingjay Part 1'
Critics have given the film a 66% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, down from 84% for the 2012 original film and 89% for 'Catching Fire'. This is probably due to the fact that third novel 'Mockingjay' has been split into two movies, which leaves 'Part 1' sometimes feeling like a set-up to something much more exciting still to come.
Julianne Moore and Caleb Freundlich - Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore film a scene in Harlem for "Still Alice" - New York, New York, United States - Friday 14th March 2014
Julianne Moore - Julianne Moore on the set of 'Still Alice' - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 4th March 2014
Julianne Moore Tuesday 26th July 2011 wearing a helmet as she films a segment outside the Ed Sullivan Theater for 'The Late Show with David Letterman' New York City, USA
Julianne Moore - Julianne Moore wearing Prada New York City, USA - Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance 35th Anniversary held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers - Arrivals Thursday 7th May 2009
Julianne Moore - Actress Julianne Moore New York City, USA - attends the 2008 Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Thursday 13th November 2008
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