• Dianne Wiest, the 66-year-old actress who won Oscars for best supporting actress in 1986 ("Hannah and Her Sisters") and in 1994 ("Bullets Over Broadway"), has revealed in a new interview with that she is having trouble paying her rent.

    "I have to move out of my apartment soon," Wiest said, adding that work is coming in drips and drabs. In Hollywood she has been offered one type of role, she says, "a nice mom, and that's it. That's all that ever came, except in theatre."

    But Wiest isn't the only actor to face financial hardship following Oscar success. Here are four other stars who have had money troubles since their award outing:

    Barkhad Abdi

    Last year The New Yorker revealed the news that “Captain Phillips” Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi was actually broke. The Tom Hanks thriller went on to earn $55 million while Abdi was only paid $65,000. While promoting the film, the 29-year-old Somalian actor lived on a per diem and his suits were loaned to him. “Recently Abdi requested that he be

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    For most Oscar watchers, there are two days of every year that are of special concern: the morning the Academy Award nominees are announced and then Oscar night itself. While these two occasions are the most public face of the Academy Awards, there is much more to the the Oscars process than meets the eye. Ever wondered about who the Academy voters are? Want to know how the nominees and winners are picked? Here’s a primer on how Oscar voting works.

    Who are the Academy?

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     Though a full list of AMPAS membership has never officially been publicized, the names of new members are published when they join the Academy, as are the names of members who join the Board of Governors.

    There are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, if an actor, actress, or other person in the film business has ever been nominated for an Oscar, it’s almost guaranteed that they are a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Members invited to join over the past several years include

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  • Peter Jackson and Hobbit star Lee Pace at the Toronto screening of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. (George Pimentel/WireImage)Peter Jackson and Hobbit star Lee Pace at the Toronto screening of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. (George Pimentel/WireImage)

    For nearly two decades, “Hobbit” director Peter Jackson has lived and breathed the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Orcs, elves, wizards, hobbits, dwarves, dragons, and dark lords -- day in and day out, for almost 20 years.

    Is it any wonder that Jackson is ready to take a vacation?

    “We haven’t had a day where we haven’t woken up and there’s been a deadline coming,” Jackson said while promoting “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” in Toronto earlier this month. “You can’t believe how much we don’t want anything to do.”

    Appearing even more frazzled than usual, the New Zealand filmmaker seemed relieved by the very concept of time off with his wife and filmmaking partner Fran Walsh. “It’s always been this looming thing. Now we get to wake up and done, finished… Fran and I have just so badly wanted for once in the 30-odd years of our professional lives to have nothing to do.”

    Jackson and his “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” collaborators Walsh and Philippa Boyens began

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    She may be considered one of the sexiest woman in the world but Scarlett Johansson doesn’t necessarily see herself that way. On “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014,” the 30-year-old new mom admitted she doesn’t think her curves are anything to write home about.

    "It’s an OK body," Johansson said. “I wouldn’t say it’s particularly remarkable, though. I don’t like my thighs, my midsection.”

    The confession comes as a surprise considering all the accolades she has received for her appearance. Last year, Esquire crowned Johansson the sexiest woman alive, making her the only woman to win it twice (the first time was in 2006).

    "You know, I gotta hustle. I’m a twenty-eight-year-old woman in the movie business, right?" she said at the time. "Pretty soon the roles you’re offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop. I have to hedge against that with work—theater, producing, this thing with Esquire."

    She’s done a good job of hustling. In 2010 GQ designated

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  • Lee Pace at the premiere of 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)Lee Pace at the premiere of 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    Although you’ve almost certainly seen actor Lee Pace on the big screen many times in recent years, you might have a hard time recognizing him without his elf ears or alien warpaint.

    Believe it or not, Pace has had starring roles in some of the biggest movies of the past year or so – it’s just difficult to tell because he’s been hidden away under heavy make-up and prosthetics. He played King Thranduil in the first two “Hobbit” movies and reprises the Elven role in the forthcoming sequel “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” Pace also battled the titular “Guardians of the Galaxy” this past summer as Kree warlord Ronan the Accuser.

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    Yup, that's the same guy!

    “I’ve loved this experience of playing characters that are so far from myself,” Pace said while promoting “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” in Toronto earlier this month. “These characters are fun to play!”

    Pace’s “Guardians” and “Hobbit” characters may have been fun for the actor, but neither is exactly what you’d

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  • Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler. (Elevation Pictures)Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler. (Elevation Pictures)

    There are few actors working today who are doing as interesting work as “Nightcrawler” star Jake Gyllenhaal.

    Sure, Gyllenhaal got a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination back in 2006 for his portrayal of a gay cowboy in “Brokeback Mountain,” and he won raves for his role as an obsessive amateur detective in David Fincher’s 2007 thriller “Zodiac.” But over the past few years the Los Angeles native has completely reinvented himself. Gyllenhaal turned his back on blockbusters after the critical and financial failure of the 2010 mega-budget video game adaptation “Prince of Persia” and began focusing on smaller films directed by buzzy filmmakers.

    The results have been a tremendous. In 2011, Gyllenhaal starred in Duncan Jones’ acclaimed time travel thriller “Source Code,” the following year in David Ayer’s gritty crime docu-drama “End of Watch,” and in 2013 he collaborated with Canadian director Denis Villeneuve on the dark and disturbing double whammy of “Prisoners” and “Enemy.”

    Now at

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  • In her new comedy "Laggies," Keira Knightley plays Megan, a girl in her late 20s whose adult life hasn't quite gone as planned, so she decides to take a break from it and go into hiding for a week. Hey, who among us hasn't felt like that at some point or another?

    In this Canadian exclusive clip from the film, we see one of the so-called "grown-up" moments that would make many people question the point of adulthood. In the clip, Megan attends the wedding reception of her friend Allison, who has put together an elaborately choreographed number for the married couple's first dance. Yikes.

    "Laggies" is in theatres Oct. 24.

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  • Is there anything Lego can’t do? The Danish construction blocks are more than just a humble kids toy these days. They’re now a force to be reckoned with at the box office thanks to hits like “The Lego Movie,” and there’s seemingly a new Lego video game released every time we turn around.

    But the physical bricks are still the heart and soul of the toy. More than just a plaything, Lego has recently become a real boon to amateur filmmakers on the web. Anyone with a camera, an affinity for building, and a knack for animation can use the plastic building blocks to create some pretty amazing things.

    One such filmmaker is 15-year-old Morgan Spence. The Scottish teen started animating films using Lego a few years ago for a school project and hasn’t looked back. His latest creation is a montage of famous movie scenes reimagined with Lego bricks and minifigures.

    Using the original audio and sound effects, Spence has recreated scenes from movies like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Titanic,” to “Pulp

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  • (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)(Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is a wanted man.

    The 33-year-old London, Ontario native has earned legions of fans, thanks to hearthrob turns in movies like “The Notebook” and “Drive,” but he has yet to become that blockbuster star that many thought he would be. That may change very soon, though.

    According the The Hollywood Reporter, word is that Gosling is being sought after by the two biggest names in the superhero movie game: Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment. Gosling reportedly sat down with Marvel recently to discuss the possibility of taking on the title role in the upcoming “Doctor Strange” movie. (Joaquin Phoenix was originally tapped for the role, but the notoriously picky actor eventually dropped out.) Gosling is the latest big name to be associated with the role of Marvel’s sorcerer supreme, joining names like Keanu Reeves, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Jared Leto, and Ethan Hawke on the long list of contenders.

    The “Gangster Squad” star is also said to be high on DC’s

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  • Earlier this year, fans of the “X-Men” movies were generally pretty excited in the lead up to the release of “X-Men: Days of Future Past." A movie that brought together the original X-cast with the new faces of “X-Men: First Class”? Of course they were stoked.

    But despite all the positive buzz surrounding the movie, there was one character who took a lot of flack prior to the film’s release: the super-speedy mutant Quicksilver (played by Evan Peters). Between Quicksilver’s somewhat goofy-looking costume (goggles and a portable cassette player?) and unabashed shilling for burger joint Carl’s Jr. in a silly commercial, many X-fans accused director Bryan Singer of ruining the beloved character.

    Then they saw the movie.

    Whatever issues those fans had with Quicksilver before “Days of Future Past” hit theatres were oh-so-quickly erased when they saw the teenage mutant in action.

    One scene in particular (and if you’ve seen “Days of Future Past” then you know exactly which scene we’re

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