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Jennifer Aniston gets Oscar buzz for 'Cake'

Jennifer Aniston at a press conference for

Jennifer Aniston at a press conference for "Cake" on day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Toronto. Credit: AP / Evan Agostini

WHO Jennifer Aniston


THE DEAL The actress isn't often thought of as an Oscar contender, but her new drama might change that. "Cake," starring Aniston as an emotionally troubled and facially scarred drug addict, played to a standing ovation earlier this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, sparking early awards buzz for an actress usually associated with romantic comedies. "I knew it was the role of a lifetime," she told after the screening. "I just tapped into something I was meant to do."


WHO Chris Pine

THE MOVIE "The Finest Hours"

THE DEAL Production is set to begin this month on a drama featuring the "Star Trek" actor, Disney announced this week. The film is based on the true story of four Coast Guard members who in 1952 braved freezing waters and 70-foot waves to rescue the crew of a sinking oil tanker. The cast also includes Casey Affleck ("Gone Baby Gone") and Holliday Grainger (TV's "Bonnie and Clyde"). The director is Craig Gillespie, whose credits include "Million Dollar Arm" and "Lars and the Real Girl."


THE MOVIE "North by Northwest"

THE DEAL Did you know that Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 masterpiece was set partly in Glen Cove and filmed at the nearby Phipps Estate? (It's where James Mason accuses a baffled Cary Grant of being a secret agent.) To celebrate the film's 55th anniversary, a benefit screening and cocktail reception this weekend will be hosted by Glen Cove Assemb. Charles Lavine and his city's chamber of commerce and business improvement district.

INFO Saturday at 7 p.m. at North Shore Historical Museum, 140 Glen St., Glen Cove. Tickets are $30. 516-801-1191;

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