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April 15: Happy Birthday Emma Thompson and Emma Watson


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Our two headliners today share a first name and currently are both starring in a hit movie.

Emma Thompson is turning 58 today.  After winning a BAFTA Award for a pair of British TV miniseries in 1987, she embarked on a distinguished film career.  She was a regular for a time with Merchant-Ivory, winning her first Oscar, for Best Actress, in Howard’s End, and then being nominated for a second for The Remains of the Day.  She also made several films with Kenneth Branagh, her husband from 1989-1995; she made her big screen debut in his Henry V, starred in Dead Again, and then played Beatrice to his Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.

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Daffy & Lebeau (sing it)


The big movie release of this past weekend, if I can believe the hype I’ve seen and the strong crowds I experienced, was the live action adaptation of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. The 1991 animated musical production is one of the most beloved in the Disney canon, winning Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, and becoming the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. The affection and nostalgia still attached to the animated film have made this year’s adaptation perhaps the most hotly anticipated live action Disney film of the past decade.

Join Lebeau and me as we discuss our own histories with the story and our reactions to the new film. There are mild spoilers here, but if you’ve seen the previous Disney film, the general story shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
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Who’s the Best Actress in Hollywood?


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In the November 1996 issue of Movieline, the magazine followed up their list of the 10 Best Actors in Hollywood with ten choices for best actress.  There are some notable absences from this list and a couple of choices that don’t hold up as well twenty years later.  These are ten very talented actress ranked in no particular order as chosen by ten different Movieline contributors.

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