Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer are among the the final presenters announced for the 89th Academy Awards®. Both are nominated for acting Oscars® this year – Streep for the title role in Florence Foster Jenkins (Actress in a Leading Role); Spencer for the role of Dorothy Vaughn in Hidden Figures (Actress in a Supporting Role).
Other presenters named who are also nominees are Matt Damon (Best Picture, Manchester by the Sea), Ryan Gosling (Actor in a Leading Role, La La Land) and Dev Patel (Actor in a Supporting Role, Lion).
The Oscars® will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre® in Los Angeles (ABC, 7/6C). Jimmy Kimmel will host.
What’s more important: giving a gifted child a chance to reach her intellectual potential and deny her the chance to be a kid, or allow her to be a kid at the expense of denying her the chance to reach her intellectual potential? Or is there a way to do both?
Those are the questions at the heart of Gift, the new movie by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). Check out trailer after the jump.
Fox’s new drama Red Band Society is about a group of teenss whose illnesses require them to live in the hospital. The pilot avoids the expected clichés and cutesy kinds of moments one might expect in favor of telling stories about characters who live with the prospect of the unknown every day.
Today’s release of The Help on DVD is cause for celebration because the film plays just as well on the small screen as on the big one. It’s also cause for great disappointment because of this lovely, lovely film getting terribly wronged by whoever put the bonus features together – they consist of two deleted scenes and a music video – total time: nine minutes, fifty-two seconds!
In the early ‘60s, when the Deep South was segregated, yet many rich white families had ‘help’ to cook, clean and raise their children, the inequality of ‘separate but equal’ was being seriously challenged for the first time, there were as many unsung idealists who helped pave the way for the civil rights movement to succeed. The Help is based on a novel about one such idealistic person – Skeeter, a young, college educated woman who persuades ‘the help’ to tell their stories for publication – and the two maids, Aibileen and Minny, who risk everything to share their stories with her.