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Best Actress Bracket Game: Meryl Streep Vs. Jodie Foster


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We have three actresses left in our bracket game, but only two spots in the final round.  One of them has already been claimed which means either Meryl Streep or Jodie Foster is going to be sent packing.  Both are two-time winners, but Streep is the Nomination Queen.  Can Foster, who hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in over twenty years, possibly pull off the upset that eluded Sissy Spacek and Diane Keaton?  That’s up to you guys.

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Best Actress Bracket Game: Jodie Foster Vs. Hilary Swank


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We’re closing out round two of the Best Actress Bracket Game with a pair of two-time winners.  Both of these actresses are known for their portrayals of strong, determined women.  In today’s write-up, we’ll be concentrating on their victory laps.

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Best Actress Bracket Game: Sally Field Vs. Jodie Foster


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The fact that we are dealing with actresses who have won multiple Oscars makes the chronology of this bracket game a little wonky.  Yesterday, we were dealing with two actresses who had their first wins in the early 80’s, but today we’re taking a brief detour back into the previous decade for Sally Field’s first win.  Field won her two Best Actress statues in 1979 and 1984 which averages out to “early 80’s” which is how she ended up in a bracket against “late 80’s” winner Jodie Foster (whose second win was actually 1991, but who’s counting?)

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November 19: Happy Birthday Jodie Foster and Meg Ryan


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Two-time Best Actress honoree Jodie Foster turns 54 today.  She made her screen debut in an episode of Mayberry R.F.D. which aired one day before her 6th birthday, and her feature film debut in the 1972 Disney film Napoleon and Samantha.  She appeared in some additional Disney features later in the 1970s, such as Freaky Friday and Candleshoe.  But she also began appearing in roles that gave hints of her success as an adult, such as Bugsy Malone, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, and especially Taxi Driver, which brought her an Oscar nomination for playing the pre-teen prostitute Iris.

Starting in 1977, Foster apparently made a deliberate decision to scale her acting career back for several years, partly because she was attending Yale at that time.  In the mid-1980s, her career seemed stalled, as films like Siesta and Stealing Home were failures.  But in late 1988, in a role that she once described as making “one last try” at getting herself established as an adult actress, she gave one of her two most famous performances:

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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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Jodie Foster: Anything is Possible


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Following a Best Actress win for The Accused and another nomination (which would become a win) for Silence of the Lambs, Jodie Foster was riding high in 1991.  Her Oscar win gave her the clout to pick an offbeat project for her directorial debut.  Little Man Tate was the story of a child prodigy who goes to college when most kids are in second grade.  Talking to Lawrence Grobel in the October ’91 issue of Movieline magazine, Foster discussed her transition from a child actor to an Oscar winning actress to making her directorial debut.

 

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1991

Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Princess Leia Vs. Clarice Starling


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With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Clarice Starling Vs. Erin Brokovich


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With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Review: The Beaver


If you are like me, you have heard a lot a lot Jodie Foster’s 2011 film, The Beaver.  You may have heard that Foster returned to the director’s chair for the first time in 15 years.  You almost certainly heard about how she took a chance casting her good friend, Mel Gibson, when no one else would.  And you definitely heard about how that gamble blew up in Foster’s face when tapes of Gibson’s personal rage surfaced and ruined The Beaver’s chances at the box office. 

You have probably heard all about the behind-the-scenes crap that sunk The Beaver.  But do you know any one who has actually seen it?  I decided it was time for me to see it for myself.  Could it really be as bad as its reputation?

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