With Kevin Hart’s downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | The “most thankless job in town” just got even more difficult.

The Oscars have a longstanding host problem, but Kevin Hart’s swift downfall over old anti-gay tweets has led to bigger questions about the gig and the liability of social media histories.

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Ellen DeGeneres among those awarded top US civilian honor

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes and innovators who inspired him over the years and “helped make me who I am.”

“Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way, in ways that they probably couldn’t imagine,” Obama said in concluding an hour-long ceremony Nov. 23 in the White House East Room.

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Ellen DeGeneres to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is honoring performers Ellen DeGeneres, Robert DeNiro, Cicely Tyson and Tom Hanks with the nation’s highest civilian honor.

They are among 21 people Obama plans to recognize with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House Nov. 22.

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Screened Out – Sully

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Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Clint Eastwood is a very consistent director. His stuff is always shot well. However, he cannot always tell a good script (Mystic River, Unforgiven, In the Line of Fire) from a bad one (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Hereafter).

Sully falls somewhere in the middle of Eastwood’s oeuvre. It’s not terrible but not very complex either. A few things keep this flick aloft – a wonderfully simple performance by Tom Hanks, some fantastic moments at the beginning, and a tight pace.

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VIDEO: Outfest honors Tom Hanks as a trailblazer

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Tom Hanks was presented with the 2015 Trailblazer Award from Outfest UCLA Legacy Project in recognition for his Oscar-winning performance in Philadelphia 22 years ago.

“How appropriate that this event is being held in a church cause I’m now going to preach to the choir,” Hanks said in a speech that focused on the importance of preserving movies as a way for future generations to hear our stories.

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Screened Out – Bridge of Spies

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Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Billy Magnussen, Austin Stowell, Will Rogers

Steven Spielberg shows that Cold War espionage films can still be entertaining. In Bridge of Spies, Spielberg borrows from a true story, combining a John le Carre thriller with a Frank Capra courtroom drama. What he creates is a slightly imperfect, very American film that still is deeply gratifying.

In 1957, Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (Rylance) was arrested in New York City on charges of conspiracy and spying. A British-born Russian émigré, Abel served in the Soviet military before and during World War II. After the war, Abel began working for the KGB in the US; there is no doubt about this.

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Screened Out – Saving Mr. Banks

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Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Jason Schwartzman

It was the momentous meeting of two magical personalities Walt Disney and Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. He’d already changed the face of family entertainment forever, and he wanted to add her beloved children’s book to his pantheon of movie successes. He’d courted her for 18 years; she always said no. Then they met in 1961, and she said yes.

It took a fortnight of convincing, but she gave permission, and Disney made one of the most revered family films of all times, a winner of five Academy Awards.

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