Countdown to Oscar: 9 Glamorous Hollywood Couples of All Time

Living in such a social media world where you are scrutinized within an inch of your life, Hollywood glamour and pop culture are always on the radar as are all of it stars. Even more interesting are the Hollywood Glamour Couples, so here are my top picks for the Glamorous Couples of All Time (in no particular order of course). 1. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Elizabeth_Taylor_89_174773b Dick and Liz, as the media affectionately dubbed them, were a staple of Hollywood glamour and red carpets. Both known for their unapologetic candor, it is safe to say that they were definitely the original "bad boy and diva" of the red carpet. In addition to being one the biggest movie stars in the world, Taylor lent her name to a still thriving perfume and jewelry line, as well as the CEO of the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. Richard Burton died in 1984 and Elizabeth Taylor passed on in 2011.

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2. Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman

52437991 These two were iconically, classic Hollywood. Newman, was the steel blue-eyed Hollywood hunk and Woodward the brainy beauty. The Oscar winners remained a couple until the untimely death of Newman at age 83. Woodward continues to act, mostly with small roles and voice-over work.

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3. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

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They met on the set of the film Daredevil and their lives have never been the same.  Oscar winner Ben Affleck has taken a page from the George Clooney book by being a force to be reckoned with as a director, producer, actor and writer.  Garner seamlessly made the transition from television to film and last year Co-Starred in the most buzzed about film of last season The Dallas Buyers Club.  Both gorgeous and seemingly very kind-spirited people, Affleck and Garner make being a movie star look easy juggling career and family.

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4.  Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn

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She was the Sock-It-To-Me girl on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In,  who went on to become an Oscar winning actress and he was the Disney kid who grew up to be a teen and adult heartthrob.  Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been together for over 30 years and whenever they grace the red carpet it is always with elation and joy to be at the party.  Oh...BTW...Goldie's daughter Kate Hudson is a bonafide star in her own right and winning a Golden Globe Award  and Oscar nomination for her role in the Cameron Crowe film - Almost Famous.  Here's clip from a comedy I loved watching them in  called Overboard.

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5.  Jada Pinkett and Will Smith

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He was the historic Grammy winning Fresh Prince of Bel-Air who kicked alien butt on Independence Day while joining Men in Black.  She joined Oscar nominated Queen Latifah as a bank robber in Set It Off.  They met in Hollywood and the rest is history.  Oscar nominated Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith show the world that love is alive  and well between people of color and shows no signs of slowing down.  They always bring classic beauty and glamour to any red carpet lucky enough to have them.  FYI...Jada auditioned for the role of Will's girlfriend on The Fresh Prince and lost the role to Nia Long (The Best Man).

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6.  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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It was scandalous when Brad Pitt worked with Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith.  The chemistry was undeniable (just as it was more than 20 years ago with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra).  Brad Pitt stole everyone's heart with his brief, but memorable stint in the now classic film Thelma and Louise.  Jolie showed up on the scene, broke down what makes a chick a Girl Interrupted and walked away with an Oscar.  Jolie and Pitt are the perfect blend of glamour, brains and immense humanity.  Pitt, winning an Oscar for producing last year's monster hit 12 Years a Slave has many other projects up his sleeve.  I, for one, can't wait to see what he does next and Jolie made an impressive directorial debut this year with Unbroken.  Take a peek at the film that started it all and turned up the heat on their relationship...

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7.  Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

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She was a theatre usher and he was a middle aged movie star, but together...they were pure magic.  Humphrey Bogart made a career being a guy who always had a dilemma and made being a gangster look glamourous.  When Lauren Bacall crossed his path in To Have or Have Not, Hollywood would find themselves embracing a new kind of power couple.  They remained married until Bogart's death in January 1957 and Bacall passed away in 2014.  Although Bogart rook Oscar home for his role opposite Katherine Hepburn in The African Queen, Bacall was only nominated once for her role as Barbra Streisand's mother in The Mirror Has Two Faces, but enjoyed other successes on Broadway and as an author. Take a look at the iconic scene that was the beginning of the stuff Hollywood legends are made of.

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8. Carole Lombard and Clark Gable

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Clark Gable was a true "matinee idol" and Carole Lombard was the charming, yet stunning comedienne.  Being stars during Hollywood's Golden Era,  you can say that they were America's first couple stalked by the media.  The press took great interest in their partnership constantly hounding the couple regarding wedding plans.  They eventually wed and two years later Lombard perished in a fatal plane crash along with her mother and Gables' press agent - Otto Winkler.  Gable would go on to act in 27 more films and remarry twice. "But he was never the same," said Esther Williams. "He had been devastated by Carole's death."  Clark Gable died from a heart attack in 1959.  Take a look at one of the rare moments they had on screen together...

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9.  Warren Beatty and Annette Bening

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Warren Beatty was a notorious Hollywood playboy with his name being linked from starlets ranging from Natalie Wood to Madonna.  But, when he starred opposite Annette Bening in Bugsy, it was clear his bachelor days were crawling to a close.  Beatty has been nominated 14 times for an Oscar and won for "Reds". He is the only person to have been nominated for best producer, director, writer and actor in the same film — doing so twice for Heaven Can Wait, which he co-starred,  co-wrote and co-directed with Buck Henry).  Bening has been nominated four times, but has yet to take home Oscar.  Here they are in Bugsy...

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#TBT 12 Monkeys

11168806_800 Before Jeremy Reiner directed the SyFy Channel's 12 Monkeys, there was the feature film with Bruce Willis and a star on the rise...Brad Pitt in 1995.  Pitt won the Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar. for his supporting role in this film.

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In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Take a look back at 12 Monkeys...

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

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David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo (Martin and Coretta King) are brilliant and Ejogo (I'm my opinion) is the first actress to actually capture the essence of the late Coretta Scott King.  I'm sure all of the aforementioned will be honored for their hard work.  I'm actually looking forward to watching Ava Duvernay pick up lots of gold this awards season...which I thought was going to go down a few years ago with Middle of Nowhere.

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#TBT Anne Rice's: Interview of the Vampire

images Zombies weren't  always the hottest commodity on screen.  Hollywood has always been fascinated with vampires dating all the way back to Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Anne Rice, known as the "Queen of American Gothic Fiction",  hit pay dirt when her Interview with the Vampire novel was picked up and directed by Frankenstein helmer Kenneth Branagh.   It starred Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and a very young Kirsten Dunst (who was nominated for a Best Supporting Golden Globe Award).

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If you want to get your vampire fix on nowadays, you can always click on the telly and tune into The Vampire Diaries (CW) or True Blood (HBO).  Until then, take a look back with Anne Rice, Kenneth Branagh and Interview with the Vampire:  The Vampire Chronicles.

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

The Good Lie

The Lost Boys of Sudan was given to the groups of over 20,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005). Nearly 2.5 million were killed and millions more were displaced. The Good Lie  based on these unfortunate turn of events in the early 80's, gives us a "fly on the wall " account of four Sudanese children relocated to American from the point of view of their employment agency counselor - Carrie. (Reese Witherspoon)

Things we take for granted like fast food, phones ringing and driving present real challenges and magical consequences for this group of Sudanese refugees.  Not to mention the fact that being separated from their only sister. losing several siblings to disease, watching their parents murdered and having another sibling captured by militia leaves them all with a sense of being lost while trying to assimilate to a way of living as foreign to them as they are to America.

It was interesting to me that Reese Witherspoon is being touted as the star of the film just as Brad Pitt was pushed as the star of 12 Years A Slave in order to put butts in the seats.  Regardless, I am just glad the story is being told and brought to the forefront.  We take a lot for granted here in America and need to open our eyes and hearts to other parts of the world who are less fortunate.  Now more than ever, the lessons and words of the 60's Civil Rights Movement should be resoundingly heard...not as a whisper barely heard or spoken.

Kudos to Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Casting Director Mindy Marin for using actors who are real Sudan survivors.

The Good Lie opened in theaters on October 3rd to $841K and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.  Run...don't walk.

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Countdown to Oscar: Best Picture Prediction

As we countdown to Oscar Sunday, it is safe to say that everyone has a good idea of what their list of winners will be.  Mine?  I choose "12 Years A Slave" as the Best Picture and this is why...Slavery, like any other historical injustice is always very uncomfortable to watch for Afircan-Americans or anyone else.  However, it is a part of our history we should NEVER forget.  This is the first film since watching the Alex Haley mini-series ROOTS that I felt the actors were not just portraying "slaves", but real, live human beings who had families, feelings and aspirations to become more than society wanted us to experience.  Of course, this is just my opinion and thanks to people like Solomon Northrup, Martin Luther King, Jr, Ghandi, Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson and many others,  I am free to express just that...an opinion as a free person in America.  Feel free to click on the link below and watch an Academy Q&A with nominated Director - Steve McQueen20140223-004204.jpg 12 year q&A

Also...tune into www.UBNradio.com for our special broadcast from the Dolby Theatre on Oscar Sunday, March 2nd

 

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

2013 Independent Film Festival Follow-up

Film Festival Follow-up The Telluride festival...done, Venice is wrapping up and Toronto begins while we are getting news about what is on the horizon with the AFI Festival slated to open on November 7th. All of these festivals usually gives us a sneak peek about what the Oscar race for 2014 is shaping up to look like.

Thus far, we have seen these films emerge as front-runners -- FRUITVALE STATION, Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER, BLUE JASMINE, THE WAY, WAY BACK and its stars Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Forest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cate Blanchett & Allison Janney are creating a lot of buzz.

Going into the Toronto festival, major buzz is surrounding Steve McQueen's 12 YEARS OF A SLAVE, GRAVITY, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, PARADISE, PRISONERS & SAVING MR. BANKS already making the Best Actress category overcrowded.

Rumor has it that these actresses will be lauded for their performances: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock - Gravity Judi Dench -Philomena Marion Cotillard - The Immigrant Julia Roberts - August: Osage County Meryl Streep - August: Osage County Naomi Watts - Diana Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks Oprah Winfrey - Lee Daniels' The Butler

It's looking like a real horse race thus far...

On another note films opening this week include: Adore starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright Afternoon Delight with Kathryn Han, Juno Temple and Josh Radnor Bounty Killer starring Gary Busey, Eve and Beverly D'Angelo Hell Baby with Rob Coddry Riddick with Vin Diesel Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard.

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!