The Oscars are supposed to be a barometer for greatness in the movie industry, but sometimes the Academy just misses the mark. Think about it: Three Six Mafia has an Oscar, but Leonardo DiCaprio does not. Snubs inevitably happen every year and some are more egregious than others. As we prepare for the next batch of nominations, let us reflect on some of the biggest snubs that still have us scratching our heads.
1. Leonardo DiCaptio in The Departed
Leo has been nominated a lot, we know this, but he was at his best in this Martin Scorsese flick. It still pains us that this wasn’t his year.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road
We thought Leo/Kate Winslet reunion would equal Oscar magic. But alas, it was not to be.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can
We still love this movie and think he was fantastic as con man Frank Abagnale Jr. Technically he played more than character, as Frank faked his way into becoming an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator
Last Leo one, we promise. But man did he do a good job playing Howard Hughes’ descent into madness.
5. Brokeback Mountain
With the exception of Ang Lee winning for Best Director, Brokeback Mountain got completely shut out of the Oscars. Crash beat it for Best Picture in an upset, and Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams all inexplicably lost in their categories despite delivering amazing performances.
6. Alfred Hitchcock
Can you believe the Master of Suspense never won an Oscar for directing? Despite all of his directing techniques that are now famous, poor Hitch never got Oscar recognition. Couldn’t they have at least given him the Best Cameos in All His Films award?
7. James Dean
We expect that if James Dean had lived longer than his young 24 years, he would have taken home Oscar gold. But the impressive trifecta of films he made during his much-too-short career (A Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant) are enough to make us sad he never won.
8. Saving Private Ryan
This Steven Spielberg wartime epic starring Tom Hanks was beat out for Best Picture by Shakespeare in Love. Rumblings have indicated power producer Harvey Weinstein’s purse strings – rather than the film’s merit - are what actually got Shakespeare the gold.
9. Marilyn Monroe
The iconic bombshell never got to make a breathy Oscar acceptance speech. She was probably most deserving for her part in Some Like It Hot, but it just wasn't in the cards.
10. Amy Adams
Doesn’t it seem like she gets nominated every year? She’s like the female Leonardo DiCaprio at this point. She was great in The Fighter and she was our favorite part of American Hustle last year. Such a shame.
11. Robert Redford
Redford, aka the Brad Pitt before Brad Pitt, has never won an Oscar for acting. He nabbed one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People and got a Lifetime Achievement award in 2002, but the founder of the Sundance Film Festival was never acknowledged for the talent that made him famous.
12. Paul Newman for The Hustler
It took Paul Newman way too long to claim his Oscar glory. He was notoriously snubbed all throughout his prime years – most notably for The Hustler in 1962. The Academy finally gave him an honorary award in 1986 and then a Best Actor Oscar in 1987 for his role in the subpar sequel to The Hustler - The Color of Money.
13. Citizen Kane
This film has been number one on so many AFI Greatest Movies of All Time lists that we kind of just assumed it had won the Oscar for Best Picture. Not so. The Orson Welles masterpiece was beat out by How Green Was My Valley, a movie about a Welsh mining village.
14. Michael Fassbender in Shame
When you put aside the jokes about "best performance by a penis in a movie," you’ll realize that Fassbender actually turns in an Oscar-worthy performance in Shame (clothed or unclothed). We’ll give him time though – we think a statuette is in his future.
15. Ewan McGregor
Ewan (or as we like to call him: every straight man’s mancrush) has turned in some brilliant work over the years – like his roles in Beginners and The Impossible. But sadly it seems it wasn’t enough to catch the Academy’s attention.
16. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp does not have an Oscar. We repeat: Johnny Depp does not have an Oscar. How can the guy who played iconic characters in Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Finding Neverland be lacking a trophy, you ask? It’s a mystery for the ages.
17. Jessica Chastain
Remember when Jessica Chastain had like a million movies come out in 2011? In luckier years, we think at least ONE of those would have gotten her a win. Maybe 2015 will be her year.
18. Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice
Reese Witherspoon beat her out that year for Walk the Line, but Keira would have had our vote for her pitch perfect portrayal of Jane Austen heroine Elizabeth Bennett.
Talk about a beautifully made film. It even won the Golden Globe for Best Drama that year, which is usually a sign that an Oscar imminent. Nope. No Country for Old Men took it instead. Guess nothing beats a Coen Brothers film with an ambiguous ending.
20. Short Term 12
If you've seen this gem of an indie movie starring a riveting Brie Larson, you'll understand why this was a major snub. It was one of the best movies of 2013, but presumably because it was so small, it didn't get any awards love. Travesty.
21. Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed
Another small movie, but a huge Oscar-worthy performance by Winstead as a young wife coming to terms with sobriety. Or at least worthy of a nomination. Pay better attention, Academy!
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Guardians of the Galaxy cruised to the top of the box office last week, bashing several records in its wake, including the highest August opening of all time. But what's harder than getting to the top is staying there. The film's second weekend faces some stiff competition from a big group of new releases, including the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, the Daniel Radcliffe rom-com What If, the Helen Mirren-starring Disney family movie The Hundred-Foot Journey, the dance flick Step Up All In, and the tornado-laden Into the Storm. Can Marvel's misfits withstand the onslaught and reclaim box office gold once again? We analyze each films chances of winning the weekend.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Guardians of the Galaxy's fiercest competition comes by way of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is likely to be the second biggest moneymaker in August. It's a strong contender, and the turtles might have the muscle (and the ninja skills) to knock Guardians off of its pedestal.
Previous Films in the FranchiseTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: $25 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze: $20 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: $12 million TMNT: $24 million
The Past Five Michael Bay FilmsTransformers: Age of Extinction: $100 million Transformers: Dark of the Moon: $97 million Transformers: Rise of the Fallen: $108 million Transformers: $70 million
The opening weekends for the previous four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films have topped out at about $25 million, which on its own wouldn't be enough to topple Guardians of the Galaxy. But the film's attachment to producer Michael Bay, who is a proven money maker in Hollywood, will likely give this latest reboot a significant boost. The film's marketing has been smart to smatter the Transformers director's name all over the promotional material for the film. The hype for this film is huge and the Guardians might not survive this fight.
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INTO THE STORM
The effects-driven disaster film is facing some stiff competition, but disaster films in the past have been able to carve out a nice chunk of box-office cash. Into the Storm is also looking to capitalize on the last legs of the found footage trend. Could Into the Storm rain on Guardians of the Galaxy's parade?
Notable Natural Disaster FilmsThe Impossible: $3 million2012: $65 millionThe Day After Tomorrow: $69 millionTwister: $41 million
The Past Five Found Footage FilmsEarth to Echo: $8 millionA Haunted House 2: $9 millionDevil's Due: $8 millionParanormal Activity: The Marked ones: $18 millionA Haunted House: $18 million
Sadly, Into the Storm likely doesn't have the momentum to reach the top of the charts this weekend. The public's interest in found footage films is slowing in earnest, and Into the Storm doesn't have the same hype surrounding it as the best in the genre. The film's negative reception from critics certainly won't help matters either.
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Can Daniel Radcliffe make it in Hollywood without Harry Potter? It's been a question surrounding the actor ever since the massive franchise came to an end in 2011. Radcliffe has boatloads of charm, but all of the likeability in the world doesn't equal movie tickets sold.
The Past Five Romantic ComediesAbout Last Night: $26 millionThink Like a Man Too: $29 millionThe Other Woman: $25 millionBlended: $14 millionAnd So It Goes: $5 million
The Past Five Daniel Radcliffe FilmsKill Your Darlings: $53,000The Woman in Black: $20 millionHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: $169 millionHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: $125 millionHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $78 million
What If is an indie export from Britain, and the film isn't opening up in nearly enough theaters to give Guardians of the Galaxy any reasonable competition, but even if the film was widely distributed, the romantic comedy genre isn't a strong enough contender to compete with the superheroes wizzing around in Marvel's latest smash hit. Daniel Radcliffe was a massive box office draw in the Harry Potter franchise, but the actor still hasn't proved himself a moneymaker out of his wizard robes.
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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
This delightful comedy-drama featuring two competing restaurants stationed right across the street from each other is going after a completely different market than Guardians of the Galaxy, but is this slice of feel good counter programing good enough to contend with not one but two comic book films?
Notable Feel Good ComediesChef: $2 millionAdmission: $6 millionThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $6 millionThe Help: $26 million
The Past Five Helen Mirren FilmsRed 2: $18 millionMonsters University: $82 millionHitchcock: $287,000The Debt: $10 nillionArthur: $12 nillion
The Hundred-Foot Journey looks like a great film to take your mom to in the crush of CGI adventures clogging the theaters, but we highly doubt it will come anywhere close to Guardians of the Galaxy. Helen Mirren isn't as big of a draw as you might expect, and similar films in the same vein have only enjoyed moderate success.
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STEP-UP: ALL IN
The improbably long-running dance movie franchise has somehow reached its fifth entry, but will it reach the top of the box office by weekends end?
Previous Films in the FranchiseStep Up: $21 millionStep Up 2 the Streets: $19 millionStep Up 3-D: $16 millionStep Revolution: $12 millionThe Step Up franchise certainly has its work cut out for it. The series' box office totals have been steadily declining with each release, with the last one only managing to secure $12 million in its opening weekend. There's no possible way the newest Step Up film will top Guardians. In fact, with how crowded this weekend is, Step Up might get lost in the shuffle entirely.
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Whether they're battling for survival, the planet, or just the God-given right to boogie down at the local country club, man and nature have always been at each others throats at the movies. Across the cinematic landscape, a great many battles have been waged between humans and animals, and as viewers, our sympathies often shift between the species. With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hitting theaters tomorrow, here are our favorite man versus animal films, and who we side with in each expedition.
The GreyWhat's it about? After crash-landing in the Alaskan wilderness, a group of men must survive the elements and a pack of feral wolves.What are the humans fighting for? Surviving 'til the end credits.What are the animals fighting for? Tasty chunks of Liam Neeson.Who do we root for? Once Neeson strapped those tiny booze bottles to his knuckles, we were firmly on team Liam.
The BirdsWhat's it about? Swarms of birds begin attacking a sleepy California town.What are the humans fighting for? Their safety, clean cars.What are the animals fighting for? It's never explained, but we're guessing tastier bread crumbs.Who do we root for? The birds... hey, it's a Hitchcock movie, so we just root for mayhem.
Once Upon a Forest What's it about? Three young forest animals try to save a friend, who is wounded by chlorine gas from a human truck accident. What are the humans fighting for? Nothing in particular. What are the animals fighting for? Survival, their friend, their home. Who do we root for? Since the humans accidentally orphan a tiny woodland creature, it's obvious we're rooting for the animals.
CaddyshackWhat's it about? Bill Murray tries to kill a pesky gopher terrorizing Bushwood Country Club.What are the humans fighting for? The golf course, their sanity.What is the animal fighting for? The gopher just wants to cause as much chaos as possible and dance like crazy.Who do we root for? Definitely the gopher. He's all right. Don't gotta worry 'bout him.
How to Train Your DragonWhat's it about? On the Island of Berk, a young boy befriends a dragon in the midst of a human/dragon feud.What are the humans fighting for? Their safety and their livestock.What are the animals are fighting for? Sheep. Freedom. Mostly sheep.Who do we root for? The dragons, obviously. Vikings are cool, but... c'mon. Dragons.
JawsWhat's it about?: Three men try to take down a gigantic shark that's been terrorizing a beach town.What are the humans are fighting for? Survival, pride, and shark teeth to sell to tourists.What is the animal is fighting for? The right to eat silly beach-goers.Who do we root for? After all that male bonding, how could we not root for Richard Dreyfuss and co?
King Kong What's it about?: A mythical gigantic ape is captured and forced to move to New York City. What are the humans are fighting for?: Money, fame, a dangerous circus exhibit that will totally never backfire.What is the animal fighting for? Freedom, his human woman, a chance to see that Empire State Building that everyone's been talking about. Who do we root for? King Kong, because no one should be forced to live in Midtown.
Rise of the Planet of the ApesWhat's it about? James Franco starts humanity down the slippery slope of extinction by making apes really smart.What are the humans fighting for?: Some for tyranny, some for survival.What are the animals fighting for?: Respect, dominance, way more bananas.Who we rooted for: The writing is on the wall. Let's embrace our ape overlords.
Actress Miliza Milo has passed away, aged 91. The veteran entertainer died of natural causes on 6 February (14) in Sedona, Arizona.
Milo is best known for her role as a salesperson who assists James Stewart's character in the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo. She also played a slave in the 1956 Bible epic The Ten Commandments, and appeared on the small screen in such TV shows as Hawaii Five-O, Three's Company, All in the Family and Good Times.
Milo also served as a Navy WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during World War II, and in the late 1990s she was elected as the first female commander of the American Legion's Post 43 in Hollywood.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, at least if you’re judging by the amount of way-cool movie box sets set to hit the underside of trees (both real and fake) this holiday season. Studios know that there is nothing a film-lover loves more than opening an expensive set of one sort or another – especially when it arrives from Santa or some other saintly family member/friend with the good sense to pony-up and actually get you something worthwhile for a change. Whether you’re looking to buy for someone else (or, perhaps put a bug in someone’s ear for one of these beauties to end up in your stocking) Hollywood.com has you covered with a listing of some of the best gifts for the film lover.
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Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection
Celebrate 20-years of one of this generation’s most-important filmmakers, as this 10-disc set presents eight of QT’s films plus five hours of bonus goodies.
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection
Can you really go wrong with gift 15 iconic Hitchcock films – on Blu-ray? “The Birds;” “Psycho” “North by Northwest” and more, plus, 15 hours of bonus features and book.
Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of James Bond
This monster set features all 22 Bond flicks released pre-'Skyfall' – including nine never before released on Blu-ray. Oh, and 130 staggering hours of bonus features. Wow.
Star Trek Into Darkness (in 3D)
Set your recipient’s reaction to stun with this beauty (and not just because of the Abrams’ lens’ flares) which comes complete with a phaser replica.
This acclaimed documentary is sure to please horror fans and conspiracy theorists alike, as several interpretations of Kubrick’s “The Shining” are explored in fascinating (and frightening) detail - now on DVD and Blu-ray.
New York is probably America's most filmed and depicted city, but few films really capture what the city actually feels like. Since David O' Russell is doing his best impression of 1970's New York with American Hustle, we've picked out a film or a television show for each of the past nine decades that we feel perfectly encapsulates New York at that time.
1920s: The Great GatsbyBaz Luhrmann’s adaptation explodes with glitz and glamour as it depicts New York’s 1920s opulence with bold colors and blaring hip hop billowing through the scenes. While being terribly anachronistic, in an odd (and intentional) way, Luhrmann’s peculiar choices still help give The Great Gatsby a maximalist vision of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel that suits the roaring '20s, and New York, perfectly.
1930s: King KongThe image of King Kong straddling the Empire State Building is one of cinema’s most iconic scenes, and it’s as New York as it come. It’s a massive beast taking on man’s tallest and most lofty achievement in the center New York at the height of its power.
1940s: The GodfatherWhile America was in the midst of war overseas, there was a war unfolding on the streets of New York between the crime families in The Godfather. Michael Corleone comes home from WWII and gets himself wrapped up in his family’s ongoing battle for mob supremecy. The Godfather offers an elegant and romanticized version of New York where the criminals still had class.
1950s: Rear WindowNew Yorkers tend to be cramped up pretty tight on the city that only lets us build up rather than out, and this feeling of claustraphobia is captured perfectly in the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window. James Stewart finds himself getting a little too involved in his neighbors' lives when he begins snooping on them with a pair of binoculars.
1960s: Mad MenThe '60s was a time of great cultural change in America and Mad Men puts New York at its nucleus. The traditional suits of the Madison Avenue ad world begin to feel their world closing in on them when traditional values are ripped from their seams, and a new normal is stitched in its place.
1970s: Taxi DriverTaxi Driver painted a dark portrait of New York filled with the grit and gristle of crime, prostitution, and corruption, all seen through the cracked vision of Travis Bickle, an unhinged cabbie who will go to great lengths to clean up the streets his own dangerous way.
1980s: Do the Right ThingEven though Hollywood sometimes forgets, New York is more than just the island of Manhattan. There are four other boroughs, each with their own unique flavor and character. Spike Lee crafts a loving letter to Brooklyn with Do the Right Thing. Lee showcased a slice of Brooklyn in the 80’s you couldn’t see on the 11’o clock news — one brimming with life, culture, and vibrancy, but one that also crackled with racial tension and unresolved issues.
1990s: SeinfeldIn the show about nothing, four friends bounced around a '90s New York contemplating life’s funny curiosities and generally being terrible to each other and everyone else they came in contact in.
The 2000s: Spider-ManIn Spider-Man, Sam Raimi made Peter Parker’s identity as a New Yorker just as important as his identity as the super hero. Peter Parker crammed his way into tiny studio apartments and took on crappy jobs just like any other 20-something New Yorker would. The only exception was that he spent his free time fighting evil and trying to get the girl. The film also showed how New Yorkers come together in the face of a tragedy, whether it be something like Hurricane Sandy or the latest Green Goblin attack.
The 2010s: GirlsNothing on television feels like such a pertinent snapshot of New York circa right now than HBO's Girls. Modern day gentrified Brooklyn comes alive as we follow the mis-adventures of Hannah Horvath and her friends as they navigate aimlessly towards adulthood, and stumble on every step along the way.
We’re three quarters into 2013 and the year is already chock full of creative and unique music videos. In the 1980s and '90s, artists wanted to create videos that were meaningful and larger-than-life, but in today’s digital age, the art of music videos is starting to be replaced by DIY videos that aim to go viral. Thankfully, the following artists have managed to find a happy medium between the two, and the result is 10 of the best music videos that have come out this year.
Allison Weiss – “Making It Up” We all know that breaking up is hard to do, but what happens when you get dumped by the one creature that’s supposed to be give you unconditional loyalty? Allison Weiss knows what that pain’s all about. In the Kristen Winter-directed video for “Making It Up,” Weiss comes home to a note on her bed that simply says, “Allison – I can’t do this. I’m sorry. –Scott.” You can’t even do it in person? How rude, Scott! A lot of furrowed brows and pacing around later, Weiss goes off to confront her dumper … who just happens to be her dog. Weiss is perfect in her genuine disappointment over breaking up with Scott, the handsome dog with the stylish name-embroidered scarf that clearly anyone would’ve fallen for. Breaking up has never been cuter.
Django Django – “WOR” In this brilliantly-directed Jim Demuth video, Django Django take the audience into a dizzying look into a night in the life of the infamous Well of Death riders in Allahabad, India. Clocking in at less than 5 minutes, the video is more like a mini-documentary, showcasing not only the crazy stunts that the daredevils pull off, but also the human side of the stuntmen, giving introductions and quotes from the featured riders. The visuals are the perfect complement to the rousing music, and the video manages to leave afterthoughts about mortality and heroism lingering in the viewer’s mind. Deep stuff.
The Knife – “Full Of Fire” If you know anything about Swedish electro duo The Knife, you know that they’re the dictionary definition of “awesomely weird as hell.” “Full Of Fire” is one of their less creepy songs, more upbeat and frantic than sullen and saturnine, and the almost-10-minute-long video works to keep up with the pace. “Full Of Fire” is essentially a short film by Stockholm and Berlin-based filmmaker/visual artist Marit Ostberg that takes the audience on a crazy ride through protests, random people’s apartments, kids playing with broken glass, and so much more haphazardness.
David Bowie – “The Next Day” (NSFW) 2013 was the year that David Bowie decided to venture back into the music world and show us all how it’s really done. The title track of his latest (and twenty-fourth) studio album, “The Next Day” video was written by Bowie himself and directed by famed Canadian-Italian photographer/director Floria Sigismondi. The video finds Bowie as a Jesus-type prophet singing in a dive bar to an audience of washed up church figures who are drinking their pain away. Marion Cotillard stars as a gorgeous siren (so basically, herself) who gets a really bad case of stigmata, while Gary Oldman is featured as a sleazy priest who just wants to get his dance on. The Catholic League denounced the video, calling it a “mess,” which basically translates as “Welcome Back” as far as Bowie is concerned.
Foals – “Late Night” (NSFW) British indie rockers Foals have a doozy with the NABIL-directed “Late Night.” A 5 minute exercise in existentialism, “Late Night” goes through the basic human events that make up late nights, like death, sex, crime, birth, suicide, violence, and drama. Set in a decrepit hotel straight out of a Hitchcock film, the band plays in the lobby while chaos takes place between the floors and walls. Although the visuals are graphic, the video is anything but gratuitous when it comes to nudity and violence, instead focusing on the realness and grittiness of basic human instincts instead of glorifying them.
Beach House – “Wishes” Beach House’s “Wishes” was directed by Eric Wareheim, one half of Adult Swim comedy duo Tim & Eric. The video is ridiculously amazing, if only for the fact that the star of the show is Ray Wise (yes, Twin Peaks Ray Wise). Wise stars as a football coach singing the melancholy “Wishes” to a huge crowd before the start of a game, while cheerleaders do their routines with bigass machete things and horse-headed people start to pop out in the crowd. “Wishes” is what Tim Riggins would’ve seen if he dropped acid before the start of a game in Friday Night Lights. In other words, this video rocks.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege” (NSFW) NYC’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs never disappoint with their videos, and “Sacrilege” is no different. Directed by French collective Megaforce, “Sacrilege” has model/actress Lily Cole bedding a bunch of men (and 1 woman), only to wind up getting chased through the streets by all her paramours who want to burn her at the stake. Whoa.
Atoms For Peace – “Ingénue” Thom Yorke. Interpretive dance. If those 4 words don’t make your entire life, you’re probably hopeless. Directed by Garth Jennings, “Ingenue” has a simple concept: dress Yorke up like the new kid at Hogwarts, stick him in front of a white screen, and get him to bust out some Wayne McGregor-choreographed dance moves with dancer Fukiko Takase. The result is 4 minutes of the best continuous GIFs you’ll ever find anywhere.
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z – “Suit And Tie” Thankfully, Justin Timberlake stopped trying to make “Timberlake, actor” happen for a bit and went back to what he does best: music. “Suit And Tie” was his big return back to the pop world, and the David Fincher-directed video lives up to the grandiosity of his comeback. The video juxtaposes 50s-style charm with contemporary hip hop dancing, and the black and white film makes the whole affair look classy (even the chick writhing around on the wet floor). In an age where everyone and their dog is trying to make their own meaningful videos with their iPhones, the glamor and lavishness of “Suit And Tie” is refreshing, taking us back to the extravagant videos of pop stars of yore.
Yo La Tengo – “I’ll Be Around” At the end of January, indie rockers Yo La Tengo released their video for “I’ll Be Around,” directed by Phil Morrison of Junebug-fame. The video is as minimal as the song, featuring Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan singing the track with an acoustic guitar in the woods. The forest shots are simply beautiful, and poem-like text and recipes for delicious stuff are superimposed throughout the video. “I’ll Be Around” ends with the band sitting down for dinner, only to have bassist James McNew get arrested by some buzzkill cops (probably for being part of a kickass band that makes illegally awesome music videos).
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When it comes to the history of DNA research and the discovery of the double helix structure, Watson and Crick tend to get all the credit. But today's Google Doodle reminds us that their success would've been impossible without the immense contribution of Rosalind Franklin.
Born in London in 1920, Franklin was a pioneer in the study of DNA, as she was the first scientist to use X-rays to successfully photograph the molecule. Her famous X-ray diffraction image was named Photo 51, and it revealed the famous double helix structure that James Watson and Francis Crick described in 1953. Franklin's research was essential to Watson and Crick's discovery, but unfortunately, she did not receive the 1962 Nobel Prize alongside the famous scientists because she died of ovarian cancer in 1958. Today, however, Google has decided to honor her legacy with this Doodle, in which we see an illustration of Franklin alongside her great contribution to science.
Today's Google Doodle is just the latest in a string of exciting illustrations that have taken over the search engine's homepage. Check out our gallery of educational, interactive, inspirational, and just plain fun Google Doodles.
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Orson Welles' true feelings about his fellow Hollywood stars and directors have been laid bare in newly released audiotapes, in which he brands Sir Laurence Olivier "stupid" and James Stewart a "bad actor". The Citizen Kane actor/director rants openly about several big screen stars in the long-lost tapes, which were recorded in the early 1980s during candid conversations with his filmmaker friend Henry Jaglom.
In the chats, Welles calls Charlie Chaplin "arrogant", slams Joan Fontaine for having just "two expressions", and admits he didn't like horror icon Alfred Hitchcock: "I've never understood the cult of Hitchcock. Particularly the late American movies... Egotism and laziness... I saw one of the worst movies I've ever seen the other night (Rear Window)... Complete insensitivity to what a story about voyeurism could be. I'll tell you what is astonishing. To discover that (its star) Jimmy Stewart can be a bad actor... Even Grace Kelly is better than Jimmy."
Welles also mentions Marilyn Monroe and recalls, "I used to take her to parties before she was a star... I wanted to try and promote her career. Nobody even glanced at Marilyn," and elsewhere he rages, "I never could stand looking at Bette Davis, so I don't want to see her act."
Welles suffered a fatal heart attack in 1985 before the tapes could be used for a planned autobiography, and they have been kept in a garage until now.
The interviews are set to be published later this month (Jul13) in new book titled My Lunches with Orson by movie historian Peter Biskind.
He explains, "He's not the great director being interviewed by a starry-eyed journalist. He's speaking to a friend, and is therefore free to gossip... Welles comes off as a fascinating bundle of contradictions, at once belligerent and almost childishly vulnerable."
We can hear the 1920s roar once more. Its dull name aside, The Other Typist has a good deal to be excited about. Keira Knightley is set to star in and produce the 1920s New York City-set drama, which is an adaption of Suzanne Rindell's novel of the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition, Fox Searchlight has snagged the rights to the flick.
Rindell's novel focuses on an introverted typist for the NYPD, Rose Baker (Knightley), who befriends a gorgeous yet eerie Odalie, who drags her into the dazzling and risqué, but highly illegal, world of speakeasies in the hip 1920s New York City scene as Baker simultaneously keeps up her job for the police force. It sure sounds like a lot of key typing and alcohol guzzling.
While the film is still brewing under the careful watch of Searchlight production's team, our minds go to another recent 1920s New York-set novel adaptation: The Great Gatsby. Is Knightley's picture riding on the coat tails of the Baz Luhrmann picture? Will it surpass or pale in comparison? Our homeboy Jay is King of the Roaring '20s, after all.
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