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Showbiz History: Mary Tyler Moore Debut, Charlie Chaplin Exile, Brangelina Split

10 random things that happened today, September 19th, in showbiz history

1913 Frances Farmer born in Seattle. She becomes a movie star and is eventually committed to an asylum as told in the movie Frances (1982) -- See, American Horror Story wasn't the first time Jessica Lange won awards for living in an asylum. 

1927 Happy 92nd birthday to Tony winner and Oscar nominee Rosemary Harris! We thank her for all her fine performances and for bringing another great actress, Jennifer Ehle, into the world...

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If Beale Street Could Talk & First Man

by Nathaniel R

Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy are a dream together in "First Man"

Festival season is a relentless sprint. NYFF screenings are already underway and Middleburg is right after that so herewith a few quick notes on two TIFF movies whose directors are coming off of their most successful film yet two years ago and an Oscar year where they competed against each other quite famously though both left with Oscars (Barry Jenkins for writing Moonlight and Damien Chazelle for directing La La Land). I personally loved both of those movies but I think Barry Jenkins won the first round and Damien Chazelle takes the second . I realize they're not actually competing with each other. They're friends. Prizes for everyone! Yay for talent. We just like talking awards. It's a sickness. Okay, quick takes here we go...

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TIFF: Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma" Triumph

by Nathaniel R

Alfonso Cuarón's jaw-dropping Roma is inspired by his childhood in Mexico but it's no traditional memoir. Rather than focusing on his own life, he spins a slow-burn fictional memoir, imagining the emotional space occupied by the live-in maid/nanny who helped raise him...

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More Foreign Oscar Contenders

by Nathaniel R

We're now up to 59 entries for Best Foreign Language Film, so we're about 2/3rds done since the list usually tops out at around 90. The most recent entries to the big Oscar charts for this category include Algeria, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, the Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tunisia, and a queer drama from Thailand.

Submissions pt 1 - Austria through Estonia
Submissions pt 2 - Finland through Montenegro
Submissions pt 3 - The Netherlands through Venezuela


Emmy Wins / Open Thread

by Nathaniel R

Though I don't always finish watching the Emmys, we'll list the winners for you and a few comments here and there. My personal half interest is because I dont watch enough TV or when I do I don't do it quickly enough to be current (of the nominees I really ♥️ Mrs Maisel, GLOW, The Americans, and Handmaid's Tale but am definitely not up to date with any of them), This leaves me without strong opinions but for "it's so dumb that the same people win every year!" But here's a place to discuss and we'll list the winners and maybe the occasional comment. A big thank you to Spencer for doing a swath of "who will/should win" posts for us this month.

RuPaul's Drag Race FINALLY won Best Reality Competition Series. Breaking the decade plus grip on this category from The Voice and The Amazing Race. ALL THE WINNERS AND MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 

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Weekend Box Office: The Predator, The Wife, and More...

by Nathaniel R

I'm eager to get back to regular moviegoing. I love festival season but being so far ahead of the game has drawbacks. Unlike most pundits/critics/bloggers whatever you want to call people, I don't especially like the system of the media seeing movies months before the public. Mostly because I like actually discussing them with you! So when it comes to regular releases you're probably ahead of me. Have you seen A Simple Favor  or Predator or The Nun or Peppermint or White Boy Rick or Lizzie? It's easy for us at TFE to miss films that open in theaters during the heat of festival season.

And now the box office charts of the weekends with links to our reviews and such if they exist...

Weekend Box Office Estimates
(September 14-16th)

800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1. 🔺 THE WIFE $1.2 on 541 screens (cum. $3.5) ReviewPoster BlurbGlenn's Oscar

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