The lowdown on award-winning actress Frances McDormand

FRANCES McDormand, the star of hit movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, won the Best Actress gong at the 2018 Oscars and gave an empowering acceptance speech. But, what else do we know about the Bafta 2018 winner... and who is she married to? Let's find out... Who is Frances McDormand and how old is she? Frances McDormand is a multi-award-winning American actress. She was born in Gibson City, Illinois, on June 23, 1957 - that makes her 60. The actress was adopted at one and a half years of age by a couple originally from Canada. Frances is one of the few performers who has achieved the Triple Crown of Acting - an Academy Award for the 1996 film Fargo; a Tony Award for the 2011 Broadway play Good People; and an Emmy Award for the 2014 HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge. She also won a Golden Globe Award for 2017's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In school, Frances developed a passion for acting and she went on to study theatre at college. Although she enjoyed a “great childhood”, once she had left home she started to rebel. She admits having dabbled with drugs including hallucinogens LSD and magic mushrooms. She said: “I had a list — virginity? Check it off, and get rid of it as quickly as possible. Every drug that didn’t involve a needle, I wanted to try it.” Her fascination with cannabis has endured, and in 2003 she appeared on the front of the stoner magazine High Times holding a spliff. During her studies she became pals with Holly Hunter and they were later flatmates in New York. Frances began her acting career in Derek Walcott's play Trinidad and Tobago, which was funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She made her Broadway debut in the 1984 revival of Awake and Sing. In 2018 Frances won Best Actress at the 2018 Oscars as well as a 2018 Bafta for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Most read in TV & ShowbizGOLDEN GUY Find out how to watch this year's Oscars - on TV & online 'MY Continue Reading

25 beautiful and intimate award-winning photos show the reality behind weddings around the world

Alison Millington, provided by Published 2:55 am, Sunday, March 4, 2018 James Frost Whether you're already married, planning a wedding, or have simply attended too many to count, you'll know that a wedding day comes with a mix of emotions, from stress to sadness to utter joy. Weddings also differ depending on where in the world they're taking place. In order to "promote and celebrate the art of wedding photography from around the globe," the International Wedding Photographer of the Year (IWP) Awards have released their list of the best wedding photos from 2017. Recommended Video: Now Playing: According to E! News, Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender married in a secret ceremony in Ibiza over the weekend. Insiders say friends and family of the couple gathered at the La Granja farmstead resort on the Spanish island for the destination wedding on Saturday. The actors, who rarely addressed their relationship in public, began dating in early 2014 after meeting on the set of their World War I drama movie, “The Light Between Oceans.” Last year, the 40-year-old actor discussed how his relationship with the 29-year-old Oscar-winner started, simply saying, "It was sort of there from the beginning, really." Media: Wochit Professional wedding photographers from around the world entered their best snaps from real weddings days into one of 9 categories — Single Capture, From Above, Black & White, Epic Location, Solo Portrait, Dance Floor, Bridal Party, Album, and Couple Portrait. Each image was scored by six judges. The scores were then averaged out to determine winners and runners-up within each category, as well as The International Wedding Photographer of the Year — who received $3,000 and a range of camera equipment — and Runner Up. Scroll down to see a selection of the 26 most beautiful and intimate award-winning photos which show the reality behind weddings around the world. Grand Prize Winner & Continue Reading

The lowdown on Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr

CUBA Gooding Jr. is an Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian who has appeared in several Hollywood hits. His string of box office smashes over the years include Jerry Maguire and American Gangster but what are his biggest movies... and who's his former partner Sara Kapfer? Who is Cuba Gooding Jr. and who's his former partner Sara Kapfer? Cuba Gooding Jr. was born in The Bronx, New York, on January 2, 1968 - that makes him 50. In 1996, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire. His "Show me the money!" line in the film became a catchphrase across the world. Cuba's first job in showbiz was as a breakdancer - a gig that saw him perform with Lionel Richie at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Gooding Jr. married his high school sweetheart, Sara Kapfer, in 1994 - and the pair have three children together. However, in 2014, Kapfer - a teacher - filed for legal separation from Gooding and the actor filed for divorce in January 2017. Gooding hasn’t commented publicly on the divorce, but he talked about his relationship during a 2016 interview on The Steve Harvey Show. He said: “Listen, you know how things happen. Things happen, you grow up … I took my wife on a date the other day. Took her to see a movie the other day. Yeah. We got kids, man. We got to keep this together, strong, you know? That’s how I see it.” Most read in TV & ShowbizBOARDCHURCH Actress Sarah Parish shatters leg trying to snowboard on cheap plastic sledge CORRIE CHEAT! Coronation Street's Tyrone cheats with Gemma! HAVING IT, ARG? Gemma Collins films herself in bed next to Arg after their big date night CAN'T YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT? Elton John swears and storms off stage after fan GRABS him awkward! Gemma Collins dumps Celebs Go Dating's Laurence on Loose Women as Arg asks her out 'end of an era' Celebs Go Dating fans fear the show is being AXED after Nadia Essex tweet Continue Reading

‘We lost a massive light and inspiration’: Award-winning composer Jóhann Jóhannsson dies at 48

Jóhann Jóhannsson holds the award for best original score for “The Theory of Everything” at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) The film and avant-garde musical communities are mourning Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who was found dead Friday at age 48. The body of the Oscar-nominated composer, who helped score “The Theory of Everything” and “Arrival,” was discovered in his Berlin apartment, his manager confirmed. “Today, I lost my friend who was one of the most talented musicians and intelligent people I knew,” manager Tim Husom said in a statement, the Associated Press reported. Police are investigating the cause of death, Rosalie Voss of Redbird Music told the AP. “We have lost one of the most talented and brilliant people who we had the privilege of knowing and working with,” a company statement reads. “May his music continue to inspire us.” An electronic musician who began composing for films in 2000, Jóhannsson became known for creating unique soundscapes by combining classical and experimental elements. With 2014’s “The Theory of Everything,” which earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination, Jóhannsson broke into an elite group of composers. He received another Oscar nomination for 2015’s “Sicario” and a Golden Globe nomination for 2016’s “Arrival.” His upcoming work included the Nicolas Cage horror film “Mandy,” which screened at the Sundance Film Festival last month, and “The Mercy,” starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. “I try to approach a project with a blank slate and just let things emerge,” the composer explained in a 2016 interview with the Guardian. “I start very early in the process because it takes a lot of time to work in this way. It takes time to find a mood and feel Continue Reading

Trump’s ‘fake news’ awards win the prize for flops

By the time he got around to presenting his long-promised “2017 Fake New Awards,” even President Donald Trump seemed to be losing interest in the event. After tweeting a link to his list of winning or, if you prefer, losing journalists and news organizations last Wednesday night, Trump tweeted another message that sounded almost apologetic: “Despite some very corrupt and dishonest media coverage,” he tweeted, “there are many great reporters I respect and lots of GOOD NEWS for the American people to be proud of!” With that sweet little air-kiss to the media that his awards list dumps on, Trump gave away a reality of Trump World: As much as he attacks the “fake,” “lying” or “corrupt” news media — and unapologetically picks up Twitter material from Fox News programs — he also signals to reporters that, as in the Corleone family in “The Godfather” books and movies, it’s just business; don’t take it personally. He still picks up the phone and offers exclusives to the “failing New York Times” (which really isn’t) or other mainstream media as it suits his purpose. Let us not forget that the wealthy real estate developer also spent many years starring in his own reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” and performing in the WWE, among other adventures. In a way, Trump’s experience behind and in front of cameras is so extensive that, for him, taking on the role of media critic sounds almost like a conflict of interest. And considering his deplorable record of issuing “alternative facts,” as famously declared by one of his spokespeople (The Washington Post has listed more than 2,000 false or misleading quotes from him in his first year in office), taking media criticism from Trump is sort of like taking dating advice from Bill Cosby: Even if its good advice, the source has a credibility problem. “The interest in, and Continue Reading

Vidor billboards inspire Golden Globe-winning movie

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Theater season in SWFL: Your guide to all the plays and musicals in 2017-2018

The curtain is rising on the 2017-2018 theater season in Southwest Florida, and local theaters have plenty of comedies, musicals, dramas and more happening onstage.The lineup includes the Peter Pan musical "Finding Neverland," the dance-filled extravaganza "An American in Paris," the zany farce "Leading Ladies" and the improv musical comedy “Your Love, Our Musical.” Plus the 20th anniversary season of Florida Repertory Theatre and the 25th anniversary seasons of Firehouse Community Theatre and Broadway Palm.Here's a guide to what's happening in 2017-2018: ARTIS—NAPLES (NAPLES)“The Book of Mormon” (Dec. 19-24) The irreverent, Tony Award-winning musical returns to Southwest Florida. The satire follows two Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in Uganda.“An American in Paris” (Jan. 16-21) The Tony Award-winning 2015 musical based on the classic Gene Kelly movie. Acclaimed director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon packs the show with athletic ballet dancing and the rapturous music of George and Ira Gershwin, including “Rhapsody in Blue” and “‘S Wonderful.”Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I” (Feb. 7-11) Popular musical about the quirky, funny and poignant friendship between an English tutor and her students’ father, the king of Siam. This is the Lincoln Center Theater production.“Jersey Boys” (April 3-8) The Tony- and Grammy-winning musical about Franki Valli and the Four Seasons returns to Southwest Florida with hit song after hit song, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.“ Info: 800-597-1900 or  BARBARA B. MANN PERFORMING ARTS HALL (FORT MYERS)Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies” (Dec. 5-10) The sequel to one of the most popular musicals of all time, Continue Reading

Denzel Washington Calls First-Ever SAG Award Win ”Surprising”

If one person didn't expect to win at last night's 2017 SAG Awards, it's Denzel Washington. The Fences star took home his first-ever Screen Actors Guild accolade in the Best Male Actor in a Motion Picture category, besting award season front-runners Casey Affleckand Ryan Goslingfor the title. Washington chatted with E! News' Zuri Hall about the major career milestone, thanking those who worked behind the camera to make the play-turned-movie possible. "[Late playwright] August Wilson wrote a masterpiece and great roles for all of us," he shared. Denzel acknowledged the advantage of taking Fences from stage to screen, explaining, "We had the luxury of 114 performances so we did, in some ways, have a leg up on the actors, but he wrote a brilliant part." Continue Reading

Zac Efron talks about life after getting sober and nudity on the big screen — ‘if you’re gonna pull your d–k out, it’d better be for an Academy Award-winning movie’

Zac Efron grew up right before our eyes. The “High School Musical” star has recently acted in more adult films like “Neighbors” and the upcoming “Neighbors 2” and “The Disaster Artist” alongside Seth Rogen. He’s also slated to show off his abs in the 2017 “Baywatch” remake. Efron spoke to Elle Magazine about life after getting sober and how its propelled him to greatness. The actor also told the mag how much he’s willing to take off for the big screen. “Let's just say I'm not opposed to anything,” he told Elle. “But if you're gonna pull your d--k out, it'd better be for an Academy Award-winning movie.” Maybe he won’t go that far yet, but Efron is no stranger to showing the world what he’s working with. Variety joked that the actor has a one-shirtless-scene per film, which Efron laughed isn’t too far off. Luckily for his fans, “Baywatch” will probably have a bit more. Efron battled with alcohol and drug addiction briefly that led to a stint in rehab in 2013. And the hard work he put in has paid off. “What I found is structure,” he said of his sobriety. “That led me to a balance of opposites: You get out of life what you put in.” The “Neighbors” actor said he would often Google himself every morning. “I realized that viewing yourself through other people's pictures is not living your own life,” he said. “I wasn't really being myself. A lot of my hobbies had gone out the window. I couldn't skateboard or surf for fear of being followed. Crossing the line of fear is what leads to greatness.” He should know about fear. Not too long ago, Efron came face-to-face with a shark during a diving adventure in Hawaii. “I could either turn and try to beat the shark to the boat, or Continue Reading

Award-winning pool project one of many changes made to Lake Drive home

 Daniel and Linda Bader have made their fair share of renovations to the 1923 Lake Drive home they bought in 2008.“There were a lot of little projects, but they were mainly mechanicals. … It’s been ongoing since we bought the home,” he said.At the Shorewood home they added a new HVAC system, replaced lead pipes, added a home automation system and a security system, and replaced most of the windows.The couple, who are philanthropists, also repaired the Spanish Colonial Revival home’s terra cotta roof, did chimney repair, cosmetic work on the second and third floors, added a climate control system throughout the house, had extensive landscaping done, turned their basement into a game room and a well-stocked fitness center, and remodeled the first-floor laundry room.With these projects behind them, Daniel decided he wanted to add a pool to their home, which is located on a 150-foot bluff facing Lake Michigan on about three acres.“But Linda didn’t want one outside, so we tried to envision a way to add it inside our home,” he said.They found the perfect spot in the home’s original two-car garage, located at the side of the house on the bluff.They checked with Ken Connor, co-owner of Connor Remodeling & Design in Menomonee Falls, as he had been doing work for them on the home since they purchased it, to see if the space would work.Connor said that it would, but that it could be a logistical nightmare.“It was the most complex project I’ve undertaken in nearly 33 years in the remodeling business,” he said.But the project turned out so well that the National Association of the Remodeling Industry honored his firm with the 2017 National Contractor of the Year award in the category “Residential Interior Over $150,000.” The project won local, regional and national awards in that category.And that’s no surprise, as the space is stunning and the couple say they use it every Continue Reading