A few notable stars were not included in the In Memoriam segment at the 2023 Academy Awards.
A few notable stars were not included in the In Memoriam segment at the 2023 Academy Awards.
Martin Scorsese is widely considered one of the best directors of all time.Since his debut in 1967 with Who’s That Knocking At My Door, Scorsese has racked up countless awards and helmed a steady stream of popular movies from 1976’s Taxi Driver to 2019’s The Irishman.His films typically explore masculinity, guilt and redemption alongside Scorsese’s signature use of extreme violence. However, he’s also worked on some impressive documentaries, with The Last Waltz, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story and The Rolling Stones‘ rock doc Shine A Light regarded as some of his finest work.Scorsese’s best movie, according to reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, is Goodfellas which currently holds a 96 per cent Fresh rating. Released in 1990, the iconic gangster film follows the late Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill as he works his way up the ranks of a criminal organisation and features standout performances from Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Lorraine Bracco.Check out Martin Scorsese’s 15 top-rated movies below:15.
tweeting, “It is baffling beyond belief that my beloved father and many other amazing brilliant departed actors were left out. The Oscars forgot about Paul Sorvino, but the rest of us never will!!”Sorvino’s Oscar-nominated “Goodfellas” costar Ray Liotta, who died on May 26, 2022, was included in the broadcast tribute, but several other admired actors, including Anne Heche, Tom Sizemore, Philip Baker Hall and Cindy Williams, were not.
Oscars for omitting certain individuals from the In Memoriam segment of the broadcast.During the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 12), John Travolta introduced the In Memoriam section to remember those from the film industry who have died over the past year.As Lenny Kravitz performed ‘Calling All Angels’, a black-and-white slideshow remembered late stars such as Olivia Newton-John, Ray Liotta, Jean-Luc Godard, James Caan and others.At the end of the segment, a QR code was shown where viewers could find more of those lost over the past year on the Academy’s website.The absence of certain individuals from the televised broadcast, however, has sparked some criticism among viewers – especially Charlbi Dean, who played a lead role in Best Picture nominee Triangle Of Sadness.“She was the lead in a best picture this year and you don’t add her to the in memoriam?!?! RIP Charlbi Dean,” one viewer wrote.Others not included in the broadcast include Leslie Jordan, Anne Heche, Tom Sizemore and Paul Sorvino.
John Travolta got emotional as he paid a sweet tribute to the late Olivia Newton-John while introducing the In Memoriam segment at the 2023 Oscars on Sunday.
Lenny Kravitz performed his song ‘Calling All Angels’ on piano for the 2023 Oscars In Memoriam tribute segment last night (March 12).The musician sang and played piano as the slideshow played out honouring those in the film industry who have died in the past year.‘Calling All Angels’ is taken from Kravitz’s 2004 album ‘Baptism’. Watch below.This year’s tribute honoured the late Olivia Newton-John, Vangelis, Jean-Luc Godard, James Caan, Ray Liotta, and Angelo Badalamenti.
John Travolta fought back tears as he paid tribute to stars we've recently lost at the 95th Academy Awards. The actor, 69, was tasked with introducing the In Memoriam section, which paid tribute to stars who have sadly passed away including his Grease co-star and dear friend, Olivia Newton-John.The Australian actress and singer, best known for her role as Sandy in Grease and her hit single Physical, died in August 2022 after a 30 year battle with cancer, at the age of 73. Introducing the late celebrities being celebrated, John said: “Each of them left an indelible mark that shared and informed us." In a sweet nod to Olivia, he said: They’ve touched our hearts, they’ve made us smile, and became dear friends, who we will always remain hopefully devoted to.” Lenny Kravitz then performed a rousing rendition of his 2004 track Calling All Angels as names were shown on a screen.
Anne Heche, “Saving Private Ryan” star Tom Sizemore and Charlbi Dean, who appeared in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Triangle of Sadness.”Fans also noted the absence of Cindy Williams: While she was best known for the ’70s TV sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” she notably appeared in two classic films of the era, George Lucas’ “American Graffiti” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation.”And while the tribute included “Goodfellas” star Ray Liotta, who died unexpectedly on May 26, 2022, his costar Paul Sorvino, who died in July 2022, was left out. Also missing from the tribute: two-time Oscar nominee Melinda Dillon of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” legendary acting coach Sandra Seacat, “The Nutty Professor” actress Stella Stevens, “Creature From the Black Lagoon” stuntman and cinematographer Ricou Browning, Fred Ward of “The Player” and “The Right Stuff,” “The Wild Bunch” actor Bo Hopkins, “Magnolia” and “Boogie Nights” star Philip Baker Hall, French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stanley Kubrick regular Joe Turkel, David Warner of “Titanic” and “Time Bandits,” veteran actor Clu Gulager, blacklisted ’40s star Marsha Hunt, Henry Silva of “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Ocean’s 11,” British actor Leslie Phillips, and Sacheen Littlefeather, who famously appeared on behalf of Marlon Brando to explain why he wasn’t accepting his Best Actor Oscar for “The Godfather.” Among the stars and Hollywood vets honored at the 95th Academy Awards were James Caan, Angela Lansbury, Raquel Welch, Louise Fletcher, Jean-Luc Godard, Gina Lollobrigida, Robbie Coltrane, Nichelle Nichols, Kirstie Alley, and Olivia Newton John.
Accidents happen! Elizabeth Banks tripped on stage at the Oscars as she walked on stage to present the award for Best Visual Effects.
The Oscars’ annual In Memoriam segment on Sunday included a live performance of the song “Calling All Angels” by Lenny Kravitz.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director The cocaine bear in Elizabeth Banks’ “Cocaine Bear” is an impressive feat of visual effects wizardry, but there was an actual person behind the 500-pound, drug-addicted beast. Meet Allan Henry, the motion capture performer who played the bear on set so that actors such as Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, and Alden Ehrenreich had something real to interact with during scenes. When Liotta fights the bear in the film’s third act, for instance, he was actually facing off with Henry on set. Henry is a motion capture veteran who already has experience playing animals thanks to his work on the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy. But the actor said said in an interview with /Film that “Cocaine Bear” was a different beast because the eponymous animal is not as humanistic as the apes in “Planet of the Apes.”
Ray Liotta’s family and famous friends gathered on Friday to pay tribute to the late actor as he received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ray Liotta was just honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his daughter Karsen was on hand to accept!
Ray Liotta's family and famous friends gathered on Friday to pay tribute to the late actor as he received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.The actor died in his sleep on May 26, 2022, while in production on an upcoming film,, in the Dominican Republic, but he was aware of the Walk of Fame honor prior to his death.Liotta's daughter, Karsen, spoke at the ceremony, and she shared exclusively with ET's Will Marfuggi how much the honor meant to her father. «It was a huge honor for him and he was proud of himself, as me and my whole family were,» she noted. «I know it was definitely very special to him and it was a monumental moment in his career.»The proud daughter also said her dad would have been «surprised» by the outpouring of support following his death.«I mean, of course everybody loved him, but he didn't look at his life and his work as if everybody's watching all the time,» she explained.
Pusha T has shared a new remix of of Melle Mel’s anti-drug classic ‘White Lines’ for the new Cocaine Bear movie.The new rework of the 1983 hit is among a host of tracks by different artists which feature in the horror-comedy, which was released in cinemas today (February 24). You can listen to it and view a trailer featuring Pusha T’s remix below.Other songs which appear on the soundtrack include Jefferson Starship’s 1979 hit ‘Jane’ and ‘Too Hot Ta Trot’ by the Commodores.
a briliant binge of comedy horror.” Here’s what you need to know about the movie, which is directed by Elizabeth Banks and stars Keri Russell, Ray Liotta and O’Shea Jackson Jr.It was released on Friday, Feb. 24 by Universal Pictures.Like other Universal, DreamWorks, Illumination, and Focus Films, it will stream exclusively on Peacock within four months of its theatrical debut.
Todd Gilchrist editor On Feb. 24, Ray Liotta will receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, honoring almost 50 years of amazing work in TV and on film. Following his turn in Jonathan Demme’s 1986 film “Something Wild,” playing Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” was the moment that many moviegoers first discovered his complex, sometimes contradictory charms. When asked about the moment he knew that Liotta was the perfect choice for Hill — a character that was slick, confident, effortlessly charming, but with an edge of danger that made him fearsome and attractive at the same time — Scorsese says it wasn’t during casting, or even on set, but when the two crossed paths ahead of the beginning of production.
Bear hits cinemas today (February 24) – and is expected to scare up a storm at the box office.Based on the 1985 story about an American Black Bear that ingested a duffle bag’s worth of coke, Cocaine Bear doesn’t stick to the facts. Instead of being found dead by police shortly after its drug binge, the furry beast goes on a murderous rampage, attacking anyone who gets in its way.
Stretching the phrase “inspired by true events” to its bare limits, Cocaine Bear (★★★☆☆) takes off from the stranger-than-fiction real-life tale of a Kentucky drug runner who, in 1985, dumped bundles of cocaine from a plane over Georgia, then perished trying to parachute after the drugs, a large, expensive portion of which were found and somehow consumed by a 500-lb. black bear deep in the Georgia woods.Anyone interested in the dead-serious facts of the case can grab a copy of Sally Denton’s comprehensive chronicle The Bluegrass Conspiracy, originally published in 1990.This movie, on the other hand, takes a bold leap off that plane with Thornton’s duffel bags full of brown paper-wrapped bricks of blow, and never looks back.Directed by Pitch Perfect mogul Elizabeth Banks, and scripted by Jimmy Warden, Cocaine Bear leaves no gruesome gag unturned, no outrageous one-liner untold, serving up the sort of anything-goes big-screen comedy that comes along rarely.Mid-rampage, the coke-fueled bear snorts a line off someone’s severed leg.
director Elizabeth Banks keeps the powder gags fresh throughout, as the mammal maims her way through a Southern forest preserve. The movie about blow never blows.Running time: 95 minutes. Rated R (bloody violence and gore, drug content and language throughout.) In theaters.The hysterical film is based on a true story in the loosest possible sense.
Todd Gilchrist editor On Feb. 24, Ray Liotta is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, just shy of a year since his death at the age of 67. The honor comes the same week as the release of “Cocaine Bear,” the sensational based-on-a-true-story film directed by Elizabeth Banks in which he plays a character she describes as “a gangster … but he’s also an unfit grandpa as well.” That characterization also encapsulates the breadth of his accomplishments on both film and TV as an actor, which range from mobsters and tough guys to loving fathers — and plenty in between. Ahead of the ceremony, Banks tells Variety that she cast Liotta after remembering her experiences working with him on the 2011 film “The Details.”
Cocaine Bear is a dark action-comedy film set in a small town in Georgia.READ MOREThe synopsis reads: “After ingesting a duffel bag full of cocaine, a 500 lb American black bear goes on a killing rampage in a small town of Georgia where a group of locals and tourists must join forces to survive the attack.”Directed and co-produced by Elizabeth Banks, Cocaine Bear features an ensemble cast that includes Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Christian Convery, Alden Ehrenreich, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Brooklynn Prince, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Kristofer Hivju, Hannah Hoekstra, Margo Martindale, and Ray Liotta in one of his final performances before his death in 2022.Oh, absolutely. According to the official website, Cocaine Bear is “inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it.”Dubbed Pablo Eskobear (after “the king of cocaine” Pablo Escobar), the real life bear was a 150lb American black bear who was discovered on a hillside in Fannin County, Georgia next to a duffel bag and 40 half-consumed packs of cocaine.Well, rather than heading out “on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow and blood,” Pablo Eskobear overdosed on cocaine and was found dead on the scene.According to the Washington Post, an autopsy found the bear had around three to four grams of the drug in its blood stream. The narcotics investigators who made the discovery believe the drugs were ditched months earlier by trafficker Andrew Carter Thornton II who had planned to return.However, Thornton died after falling out of a plane in September 1985.
Marc Malkin Senior Film Awards, Events & Lifestyle Editor “Cocaine Bear” director Elizabeth Banks is worried about her mother seeing the horror comedy when it opens on Friday. “I’m going to be honest with you, no one knows what to make of it when I tell them about it,” Banks told Variety at the movie’s premiere Tuesday night at Regal LA Live. “My poor mother is the least informed. She’s going to go with my aunts and they’re going to lose their minds. I told her she’s going to be mad. She will laugh and she’s going to love Margo Martindale and Isiah Whitlock Jr. and the dog. Not enough people talk about the dog, Rosette. She’ll love those parts, but she’ll close her eyes for a lot of it.”
Elizabeth Banks and O’Shea Jackson Jr. are stepping out for the premiere of their new movie!
Elizabeth Banks is sharing her fond memories of working with the late Ray Liotta on what would be his final film.The actress and filmmaker walked the red carpet at the premiere of her new film,, in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and she spoke with ET's Ash Crossan about getting the chance to work with Liotta shortly before his death last May.«He never saw the final movie, but he did see all of his scenes,» Banks shared. «And he saw the bear, which is the most important thing, because the poor guy like everyone had to act with, you know, a guy in a black suit and a stuntman and just sort of hope that it looks cool.»In the high-energy action horror comedy, the titular cocaine bear — for obvious reasons — was created entirely with CGI, and Banks explained that Liotta came in to re-record some audio, which is when he was able to see the finished product, or at least his part.«He came in for ADR eight days before he passed away, actually, and he loved it. He was so happy.
Margo Martindale is one of the stars of Cocaine Bear, the dark comedy action film directed by Elizabeth Banks. The story is based on true events from 1985 when an American black bear ingested a duffel bag full of cocaine.
Hollywood is honoring Ray Liotta after his death.
Nine months after his death at age 67, Ray Liotta will receive one of Hollywood’s biggest honours.
Elizabeth Banks is ready for another installment after Cocaine Bear.
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