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March 19: Happy Birthday Glenn Close and Bruce Willis


Glenn Close celebrates her 70th birthday today.  After graduating from William & Mary, she pursued an acting career, and made her Broadway debut in 1974 in a revival of William Congreve’s Love for Love.  She worked steadily both on and off Broadway for the next decade, and won a Tony for Best Actress in a Play for the original Broadway production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing.  By this time, she had also begun a film and television career; her first three film appearances, in The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, and The Natural, all brought her Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress.  She then received her first nomination for Best Actress for a 1987 thriller:

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Franchise Killers: Scream 4

Neve Campbell - Scream 4 - 2011

Neve Campbell – Scream 4 – 2011

For the month of October, Franchise Killers will be covering movies that ended film series in the horror genre.  So we’ll be looking at movies that killed franchises about killers.  Since today is Neve Campbell‘s birthday, I thought we would kick things off with a look at Scream 4.

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I hate snubs – here are some snubs



Anyone who spends much time talking with me about the yearly Academy Awards will likely label me an apologist for them. As I’ve discussed here previously, I generally think that even if the winners aren’t the absolute best choices, they tend to be pretty good choices anyway. The same certainly cannot be said for the Grammys. Every year we hear quite a lot about “snubs” when the nominations are announced. But what is a “snub?” Well, the truth is that there is no real definition for that overused term. Generally it means that at least one person (the one speaking or writing) thinks a film or performance should have been nominated or won when it didn’t. I am very leery of labeling any particular result as a snub, though, for a few reasons.
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