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Bette Midler Confirmed For 2014 Oscars

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Last year, Barbra Streisand performed at the Academy Awards for the first time in 36 years. This year we are graced with another equally legendary diva. Bette Midler will sing at this year’s telecast. Believe it or not, she’s never performed on the show even though she’s been nominated twice- The Rose (1979) and For The Boys (1991). I can’t wait to see what the 68-year-old icon performs.

“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in the announcement. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”

In other Bette-related news, recently she fulfilled a terminally ill fan’s final dream. She serenaded her with an acoustic version of “Wind Beneath My Wings” over the phone. Not afraid to admit that I choked up massively watching 28-year-old Anna Greenberg trying to enjoy her idol singing to her while experiencing severe pain battling rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Sadly, Anna has passed since. Watch the emotional clip below.

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Unless you’re extremely well-versed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you probably don’t know who the Guardians of the Galaxy are. To be fair, they’ve only existed as a team since 2008. The first full-length trailer does an excellent job of introducing Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and his team to moviegoers unaware of Marvel’s relatively new characters.

The film promises to be an action-packed, epic space adventure where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a gun-toting raccoon, Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014. Check out the first official trailer below.

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It’s not a movie trailer. Hell, it’s not even a teaser trailer. It’s a short 15 second clip of a bunch of footage spliced together. If you can’t wait for Marvel to debut the first official trailer tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live, this video sneak peek should tide you over til the epic preview premieres in a few hours.

I’m sure what most of you are excited for is to check out Chris Pratt. The 34-year-old actor showed off his ripped body on social media as he was filming Guardians of the Galaxy.

Rounding out the cast are Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. Check out Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon better known as the Guardians of the Galaxy below. The film hits theaters on August 1.

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Angelina Jolie Directs Garrett Hedlund In Unbroken

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Unbroken tells the incredible true life story of Louis Zamperini. He was an US Olympian who competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin where he even met Adolf Hitler after the German leader took notice of his performance. Years later, he survived a World War II plane clash, spent 47 days driving on a raft and years as a prisoner of war in a Japanese internment camp under the hands of the notorious Imperial Japanese Army sergeant, Mutsuhiro Watanabe. Years after his release, when Zamperini ran a leg in the Olympic Torch relay for the Nagano Winter Olympics, he reached out to meet Watanabe but the former sergeant refused.

All this is just a brief part of Zamperini’s unbelievable life. Angelina Jolie directs the film adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Jack O’Connell tackles the role of the still-living 97-year-old, Zamperini. Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock play Russell “Phil” Phillips and Francis “Mac” McNamara respectively- the other two who survived the plane crash. Garrett Hedlund and Jai Courtney round out the cast. Unbroken is set to hit theaters Christmas Day 2014. Check out a clip that aired during NBC’s telecast of the Sochi Olympics below.

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John Cusack Abducts Thomas Jane In Drive Hard

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Thomas Jane is a former race car driver who’s now earning a living as a driving instructor in the upcoming flick, Drive Hard. Jane finds himself abducted and recruited as a getaway driver for a bank robber played by John Cusack. Riveting stuff ;) The action comedy comes from director Brian Trenchard-Smith (Leprechaun 4: In Space, Airforce 2: Down). If you’re a fan of his previous work, then fasten your seat belts and enjoy what promises to be a ridiculously odd ride. Watch the clip below.

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2014 BAFTAs Winners Announced

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The 2014 BAFTA Awards took place in London on Sunday. Though one of the major stops during the long award season, the event isn’t largely seen as an accurate predictor of the eventual Oscar winner.

While I love rooting for an underdog, I just can’t see Barkhad Abdi taking a Best Supporting Actor Oscar even though he snagged a BAFTA win. However, Cate Blanchett and Alfonso Cuaron who were also winners, are heavily favored for Oscar glory come March. Check out all the winners below.

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Brittany Snow Officially Signs On To Pitch Perfect 2

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Great news everyone. Another original Barden Bella has signed on to Pitch Perfect 2. Brittany Snow joins previously announced returnees Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick in the highly-anticipated sequel scheduled to hit theaters on May 15, 2015. Elizabeth Banks who played one of the ICCA commentators makes her directorial debut with the film. Here’s what she recently told Huffington Post about her upcoming gig.

“I’m really excited to direct the girls. The whole project speaks so much to me and to women and to making women funny in really fun and interesting ways and that’s what I’m most looking forward to. I’m looking forward to letting the girls let loose. All I can say right now is that they will be graduating seniors this time around, rather than incoming freshmen.” – Elizabeth Banks

I wonder who’ll be announced next. Care to make any predictions? Share them in the comments section. Relive Snow and Kendrick’s aca-awesome “Titanium” duet in the shower below.

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The more Nicholas Sparks film adaptations I watch, the more they tend to blend in together. Am I alone in thinking this? From The Notebook to A Walk to Remember and everything in between, no one writes tearjerkers like the 48-year-old novelist.

Funny or Die takes aim at Sparks’ signature style in their latest spoof titled The Hug. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard as the love optimist slash deranged stalker, the trailer tells the tale of a love at first sight experience gone awfully wrong. Seth Gabel’s case of mistaken identity that began with the titular hug will forever alter the rest of his life. Check out the hilarious parody below.

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