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Halloween in Movies We Love: Meet Me in St. Louis

Louis B. Mayer, MGM head, wanted to excise the Halloween sequence in this cult movie. Director Minnelli was flabbergasted–the Halloween scene was the main reason he wanted to do the picture in the first place.

Oscar History: Best Actress–Diane Keaton in Annie Hall (1977)

Diane Keaton won the 1977 Best Actress Oscar at her first nomination for Woody Allen's semi-autobiographical comedy "Annie Hall."  The other lead nominees that year were: Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine, both for "The Turning point," Jane Fonda for "Julia," and Marsha Mason for "The Goodbye Girl."

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Postlethwaite, Peter: Oscar Nominated British Actor Dies at 64

January 3, 2011–Pete Postlethwaite, the brilliant British actor,  has died at the age of 64. He had been suffering from cancer.  He was Oscar nominated for supporting actor in political picture "In the Name of the Father," playing one of four men wrongly accused of planting an IRA bomb.

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Oscar 2010: Social Network Is Critics Choice

"The Social Network" won the best picture award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Sony's drama also took the director award for David Fincher, who shared the prize with Olivier Assayas for "Carlos."

Read our review of the Best Picture of the Year.

Ballet Movies: From Red Shoes to Black Swan

The social and professional milieus of ballet companies are rife with tensions, ego-conflicts and melodramas of the highest order. Yet there have been few major movies set within this world, perhaps because it’s considered to be too refined or too esoteric, or too feminine for male audiences.

Review of Red Shoes: