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Catherine Zeta-Jones Reveals What Kirk Douglas Really Thought of Joan Crawford

3 March 2017 12:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

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When Catherine Zeta-Jones was doing research for her part on Feud: Bette and Joan, she had an excellent resource she could call on for advice: her father-in-law Kirk Douglas.

The actress plays Olivia de Havilland in the Ryan Murphy anthology series which follows the relationship of movie stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis (played by Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange) as they made Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? — a film that is now regarded as a cult classic.

Watch Cagle’s full Town Hall interview with the cast of Feud, »

- Nivea Serrao

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Strangers When We Meet

23 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This ironic, Douglas Sirkian romantic time capsule about an extra marital affair was originally offered to Glenn Ford, who refused to work with star Kim Novak. Coproducer Kirk Douglas took the role only to turn on her when she gave him acting lessons in front of the crew. Nevertheless, the critical and boxoffice flop has aged quite well, especially if you live in Bel Air, Beverly Hills or Malibu. A fascinating rumination on this film by Peter Avellino can be found here.


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3 Days Until Oscar -- multiple wins without a Best Picture Nod

23 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

With the seismic shift of the expanded best picture field in 2009, certain forms of Oscar trivia seem dead or at least on life support. Foxcatcher proved you could still be a "lone director" nominee for a non Best Picture player, and Carol proved you could still get a big swath of nominations but miss out on placing in the top category. But nearly all the records involving films that weren't nominated for Best Picture will not be broken now; when Oscar notices you in a big way these days, you're also likely to achieve that highest distinction of being a Best Picture nominee.

But with 3 being the magic number today, let's take a look back at the rare cases of films that won 3 or more Oscars that were not nominated for Best Picture. The only film that could theoretically join this list this year is Jackie (the most nominated film »


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Fist Fight – Review

16 February 2017 9:23 PM, PST | | See recent news »


A showdown’s a’ comin’! Not on the main street of Dodge City, but at the multiplex once again. The final throw down between the hero and villain has been a staple of cinema since its earliest days, mainly in action films and primarily the western. There have been countless screen versions of that infamous incident , the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (the most famous being the Kirk Douglas/Burt Lancaster 1950’s classic) . This most likely inspired many other “oaters”, the most celebrated being the iconic 1952 High Noon (which garnered an Oscar for star Gary Cooper). It’s set in real-time as the clock ticks to 12, while Will Kane readies himself for the arrival of the Miller gang. We’ve seen this plot used in many other genres, providing extra excitement to the final acts of every movie hero’s exploits from Rocky to Bond to Batman. But it »

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Ryan Murphy, Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon Talk Hollywood Ageism, Sexism and Inspirations for ‘Feud’

14 February 2017 3:04 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As a kid growing up in Indiana in the 1970s, Ryan Murphy only ever penned two fan letters.

One was to actor Ron Palillo, better known as Horshack from “Welcome Back, Kotter.” He never wrote back. The other was to Bette Davis. She did write back.

The legendary actress’ response wasn’t gushy, which made it feel all the more authentic. “She didn’t write ‘Love, Bette Davis, Xoxoxo.’ It was like ‘Thanks for the letter. You’re sweet. Bette Davis,” Murphy recalled Tuesday during a luncheon panel session devoted to his latest FX series, “Feud,” which bows March 5.

Murphy’s first letter to Davis led to a running correspondence which eventually led to a meeting in Los Angeles about a month before the screen legend died in 1989. Nearly 30 years later, the prolific writer-director-producer is at the helm of the limited series that tells the story of Davis and Joan Crawford’s frenemy relationship during the making »

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Kirk Douglas: ‘I never thought I’d live to 100. That’s shocked me’

12 February 2017 6:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He uses a walker, and a stroke has affected his speech, but the old charm is still there as the actor recalls his old Hollywood friends Burt Lancaster and John Wayne – and how he was never really a tough guy

Both the house and the man are smaller than you would expect, a result of the diminishing effects of old age that come to us all, if we are lucky enough to live that long. Kirk Douglas, now 100 years old, and Anne, his wife of 62 years, moved into the small bungalow in Beverly Hills about 30 years ago when they downsized from the multiple mansions where they had entertained friends such as Fred Astaire, Lauren Bacall and Ronald Reagan while Frank Sinatra knocked up Italian meals in their kitchen. But if their current home looks unprepossessing from the outside, there are extraordinary treasures within: a Roy Lichtenstein, personally inscribed to Douglas, »

- Hadley Freeman

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Berlinale: Picture Tree Picks Up Box Office Hit ‘Welcome to Germany’ (Exclusive)

2 February 2017 1:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Picture Tree Intl. has picked up world sales rights to German box-office hit “Welcome to Germany” (“Willkommen bei den Hartmanns”), which it will present to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market next week.

The comedy, Germany’s most successful local movie last year, deals with immigration. It was directed by Simon Verhoeven, whose credits include the popular German franchise “Men in the City” (“Männerherzen”), and the English-language stalker thriller “Friend Request,” which reached the top five in the U.K. box office last year, distributed by Warner Bros.

The cast of “Welcome to Germany” includes several well-known German-language actors, such as Elyas M’Barek, star of 2013’s top box-office hit in Germany “Fack Ju Goehte”; Florian David Fitz (“The Most Beautiful Day,” “Vincent Wants to Sea”); and Austrian actress Senta Berger, who played alongside Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas and John Wayne in the 1960s.

The film is produced by Wiedemann & Berg, »

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37 Celebrity Couples Who Have Stood the Test of Time

30 January 2017 2:35 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Last year was a tough year for celebrity couples, given the high number of breakups and divorces. Fortunately, there are more than a handful of famous duos celebrating 10 years or more of marriage this year that should help restore your faith in love. Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso will be ringing in their 12-year anniversary along with Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan. Couples like Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, and Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are all going on 20 years, while Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens will be celebrating a whopping 63 years. Now that's true love. Related:Hollywood Couples Who Have Been Together the Longest8 Celebrity Couples Who Broke Up Before Getting Married »

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