Bette Davis Knocks It Outta The Park In ‘Jezebel’

The definition of “jezebel” per dictionary.com is: a wicked, shameless, scheming woman. I didn’t know that going in, which made the movie of the same name starring Bette Davis all the more alluring. Had I’d known, my experience would have lacked. In 1938, Davis won her second and (amazingly) last Academy award for her role…
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Writers Conference Showcases Some Great Films This Year

UND’s 42nd annual Writers Conference begins today with the theme, “Inter(national) Affairs.” I’m thrilled to see what’s planned as well as this year’s movie list, which includes CASABLANCA, THE LIVES OF OTHERS and THE VISITOR.  Here’s a preview of the conference and a schedule. The first film of the week is CASABLANCA, a classic starring…
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Bette Davis, Wowza

Lately, I’ve been dipping into a lot of classic movies starring Bette Davis: “Now, Voyager,” “The Letter,” “Hush … Hush Sweet Charlotte,” “The Star,” and the topper, “All About Eve,” which is tied with “Titanic” for the most Oscar nominations of all time. I’d always heard about Bette Davis and her turbulent relationship with Warner…
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Charlie Sheen One-ups The Oscars

The Oscars. Most of the banter Monday was about Melissa Leo dropping the F bomb during her lengthy acceptance speech for best supporting actress in “The Fighter,” Kirk Douglas’ appearance as a presenter, and Charlie Sheen … who was not nominated for an Academy Award, but was interviewed on the Today Show Monday morning, and…
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OSCARS: One Opinion On Best Supporting Nominations

Christian Bale and Melissa Leo have a fighting chance at supporting-actor Oscars By Rafer Guzman Newsday Where’s Justin Timberlake? In “The Social Network,” he had the small but crucial role of a slick-talking dot-commer who walked away with a slice of the Facebook pie. Critics were impressed, but when Oscar nods were announced, Timberlake’s name…
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