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Lauren Bacall, Hollywood Legend, Dies At 89

12 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Lauren Bacall, legendary Hollywood Golden Age actress, died on Tuesday at 89.

Lauren Bacall Dies

Bacall reportedly suffered a massive stroke at her New York City apartment, which led to her death, reported CNN.

Bacall’s break came in 1944’s To Have and Have Not in which she played Marie “Slim” Browning opposite Humphrey Bogart’s Harry Morgan. After striking up a romance with Bogart and marrying him the following year, Bacall reunited with him on the big screen in The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948). Bacall and Bogart remained married until his death in 1957.

After her string of performances with her husband, Bacall teamed up with Kirk Douglas in a pair of films – Young Man With a Horn (1950) and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). She went on to costar with Rock Hudson in 1956’s Written on the Wind and with Cary Grant in 1957’s Designing Women. She also »

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Lauren Bacall, Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 89

12 August 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lauren Bacall, the sultry blonde siren who became an overnight star via a memorable film debut at age 19 opposite Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawks’ “To Have and Have Not,” died Tuesday of a suspected stroke at her home in the Dakota in Manhattan. She was 89.

The Bogart estate confirmed the news on Twitter.

Variety’s review of the 1944 film described her as “a young lady of presence,” and audiences immediately embraced her gravel-voiced and sultry persona. The voice was said to have come from a year shouting into a canyon. Regardless, “the Look,” her slinky, pouty-lipped head-lowered stare, influenced a generation of actresses.

After a 50-year career, she received her first Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role as Barbra Streisand’s mother in 1997’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” Though considered a shoo-in, she didn’t win. However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gave her a 2009 Governors Award for life achievement. »

- Richard Natale

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DVD Review – Grace Kelly Collection

10 August 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

Grace Kelly Collection

Due Out: July 28, 2014

Who’S It For? Not just Grace Kelly fans, but those looking to own some of the best suspense movies ever made (To Catch a Thief and Dial M for Murder), along with other Hollywood classics.

Synopsis:

The Grace Kelly biopic starring Nicole Kidman awaits release after its presentation at the past Cannes Film Festival, but now a DVD boxset has been released to allow movie lovers to remember the actress for her past work, including the directors she worked for (John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock), and the stars she worked with.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment remembers one of Hollywood’s most glamorous film stars with the debut of the “Grace Kelly Collection.” Included in the set are six films which have never all been in the same box set before. The set also includes one particularly special feature, a rarely seen TV »

- Nick Allen

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Why Id like to be John Cusack in Grosse Pointe Blank

7 August 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This, perhaps the greatest romcom ever conceived with the male viewer in mind, sees puppy-eyed Cusack reinvented as a hard-edged hitman healed by his love for Minnie Driver exactly the kind of guy my adolescent self couldnt help but aspire to

Why Id like to be Dan Aykroyd in The Blues BrothersWhy Id like to be Scarlett Johansson in Lost in TranslationWhy Id like to be Cary Grant in Charade Continue reading »

- Mike McCahill

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Q&A: Jim Parsons and Bob Newhart on Actor Chemistry and the State of Sitcoms

7 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On “The Big Bang Theory,” Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) idolizes his childhood hero, Professor Proton (Bob Newhart), much to the professor’s dismay. In real life, though, the admiration is a bit more mutual — and that was clearly evident when the two Emmy-nominated actors (Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Normal Heart”; Newhart for “Big Bang”) met at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills for a conversation with Variety. As it turns out, the pair have more in common than brilliant comic timing: Parsons grew up in Houston, where Newhart recorded the 1960 album that launched his career, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.” And on stage, both played the role of Elwood P. Dowd, a sweet man who befriends an invisible 6-foot rabbit in “Harvey.”

Variety: How did you two first meet?

Parsons: At the table read.

Newhart: Actually, we met at the Emmy Awards before that. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Film Review: 'To Catch a Thief'

7 August 2014 2:26 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆Desire in and of itself is artificial. According to cultural critic Slavoj Žižek, it is this that makes cinema "the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire, it tells you how to desire." To Catch a Thief (1955) is an iconic exposition of desire. Whether that be desire for the accoutrement of dress or interior design, the warped elegance of both Cary Grant and Grace Kelly or the idea of place as fantasy; the unreal pleasure dome of escape from memory that the South of France instils in us and ultimately ruins our future plans. It's a film that has been unfairly maligned as light and frothy as a sugary-sweet meringue; a minor work within the iconic canon of Hitchcock's grand, dramatic genre masterpieces.

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- CineVue UK

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Why To Catch a Thief is the one film you should watch this week - video

7 August 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Grace Kelly and Cary Grant romp around the Riviera in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief. Cary plays a retired jewel robber, forced to track down another crook after he's accused of a crime he didn't commit. Kelly is the moneyed socialite who falls for him. Peter Bradshaw seduced by the Côte d'Azur's beauty (and all those diamonds) explains why the film is worth your time this week. To Catch a Thief is re-released in the UK tomorrow Continue reading »

- Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes

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Golden Globe Winner Barrymore's Half-Sister Found Dead Near San Diego

31 July 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Drew Barrymore half-sister Jessica Barrymore found dead near San Diego (photo: Jessica Barrymore) Drew Barrymore’s half-sister Jessica Barrymore was found dead in her car early Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in National City, located between San Diego and Chula Vista in Southern California. Jessica Barrymore (née Brahma [Jessica] Blyth Barrymore) would have turned 48 on Thursday, July 31. According to a witness, Jessica Barrymore, who worked at a Petco store, was found reclined in the driver’s seat, with a drink between her legs. White pills were seen scattered on the passenger seat. Despite online rags reporting either that Drew Barrymore’s half-sister committed suicide or died from a drug overdose, the official cause of death hasn’t been announced. As per the Los Angeles Times, an autopsy will be performed in the next few days. In a statement published in the gossip magazine People, Drew Barrymore, 39, said she had "only met her [sister Jessica] briefly." Their father was John Drew Barrymore, »

- Andre Soares

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Interview with Liam Gillick about Exhibition

28 July 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Joanna Hogg's H in Exhibition, Liam Gillick, with Anne-Katrin Titze at Dolce & Gabbana: "Before the film happened, I've been thinking a lot about the problem of cinema. That's when the phone rang."

I met up for coffee with the man who plays H in Joanna Hogg's Exhibition, to talk about his work as a first time actor, Cary Grant improvising for Leo McCarey with Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth, Alain Delon with Maurice Ronet interpreting Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley in Purple Noon, and his newfound appreciation for the Grudge Match antics between Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. Liam Gillick talked parallel lives, what cinema means to contemporary artists, and how it felt to become material. Robert Bresson and Hermann Hesse were assigned as homework by Hogg to prepare him for his role opposite Viv Albertine's D in Exhibition.

Liam had just arrived »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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'Arrow' producer says that Olicity date is not a 'fake-out'

25 July 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

When Arrow fans first met Oliver Queen in season one, he was Laurel’s ex-boyfriend. You know, the one who had cheated on her when he took her sister, Sara, on a boat trip, only to have the boat sink and Sara die. Or, at least, that’s what viewers thought.

By the end of the first season, Ollie is a changed man, and he and Laurel rekindle their flame—for a time. But by that point, another girl had caught the audience’s eye. Enter Felicity Smoak, the witty It girl who nearly drooled every time Oliver walked into a room. »

- Samantha Highfill

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Movie Review – Some Like It Hot (1959)

24 July 2014 1:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Some Like It Hot, 1959.

Directed by Billy Wilder.

Starring Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and George Raft.

Synopsis:

After witnessing a murder, two musicians flee Chicago to join an all-female band on their way to Florida…

Some Like It Hot is not known for its mob ties. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, carrying their awkwardly-shaped bass-case and sax-box, dressed in drag, is the memorable image. It would be easy to watch the opening first ten minutes and not even realise what the film is as we see gangsters with tommy-guns, shoot through a hearse revealing the liquor inside. Remember the funeral parlour that doubles as a speakeasy with the appropriate knock? Or the dancing girls and jazz music that echoes out onto the street while drinkers order their “coffee”? Oh, and then the camera subtly moves to introduce Gerald (Lemmon) and Joe (Curtis). They look bored playing their up-beat music. »

- Simon Columb

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James Garner, Hollywood Icon, Dead At Age 86

20 July 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Artist Pete Emslie's tribute to Garner. (Courtesy of The Cartoon Cave),

 

By Lee Pfeiffer

Hollywood lost another member of its rapidly diminishing roster of stars who can truly be called legends. James Garner has passed away from natural causes following years of battling severe health issues that kept him out of the public eye. He was 86 years old. Like many actors of his generation, he drifted into the profession as an unlikely candidate for stardom. Garner served in the Korean War and was awarded two Purple Hearts, a fact he was characteristically humble about discussing. He landed some parts in "A" list feature films in the late 1950s before starring as Bret Maverick in the smash hit TV series "Maverick". His popularity exploded in the 1960s when he became part of a select number of TV stars to successfully transfer their popularity to the big screen. Garner made a major »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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James Garner of ‘Maverick,’ ‘Rockford Files’ Dies at 86

20 July 2014 12:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amiable actor James Garner, whose moderately successful film career was eclipsed by two extraordinarily popular television series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” has died, according to reports. He was 86.

Like many popular leading men of Hollywood’s heyday, Garner boasted all-American good looks and a winning personality that carried him through comedy and drama alike. He was one of the first of TV’s leading men to cross over into films in the ’60s with such popular movies as “The Thrill of It All” and “The Americanization of Emily.” But he had his greatest impact in television, first on “Maverick” in the ’50s and then in the ’70s on “The Rockford Files,” for which he won an Emmy in 1977. He later appeared in several quality telepics including “Promise,” “My Name Is Bill W.” and “Barbarians at the Gate,” as well as the occasional strong feature such as “Victor/Victoria” and “Murphy’s Romance, »

- Richard Natale

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James Garner of ‘Maverick,’ ‘Rockford Files,’ Dies at 86

20 July 2014 12:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Amiable film and television actor James Garner, who starred in popular television series “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” died Saturday at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 86.

Like many popular leading men of Hollywood’s heyday, Garner boasted all-American good looks and a winning personality that carried him through comedy and drama alike. Garner won two Emmys and racked up a total of 15 nominations. He had his greatest impact in television, first on “Maverick” in the ’50s and then in the ’70s on “The Rockford Files,” for which he won an Emmy in 1977. He later appeared in several quality telepics including “Promise,” “My Name Is Bill W.” and “Barbarians at the Gate,” as well as the occasional strong feature such as “Victor/Victoria” and “Murphy’s Romance,” for which he captured his sole Oscar nomination for lead actor.

Appreciation: James Garner Gracefully Bore the Weight »

- Richard Natale

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Re-Viewed: Some Like It Hot is about sex before America lost innocence

18 July 2014 1:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Regularly voted one of the best comedies of all time, Some Like It Hot proves that men dressed up as women is a gag that never gets old, but apart from what Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are hiding up their skirts, there's more to this 1959 classic than meets the eye.

Essentially, it's a film about sex, made just before America lost its innocence, fuelled by frustration and littered with double-entendres, all delivered with elegance, taste and impeccable timing by writer/director Billy Wilder.

Curtis and Lemmon in high heels offer a rib-tickling demonstration of everything opposite to that, at least in the beginning when they're forced on the run after witnessing the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 1929, and its bloody fall-out.

They play their way into a touring all-girl band where Marilyn is up front and showing a lot of it, too, in plunging necklines. She makes love »

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Grace Kelly Collection Coming July 29 on DVD

17 July 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Grace Kelly is an actress that I haven’t spent nearly enough time with. Thankfully, that will soon change thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Here is a portion of the news release …

On July 29, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will remember one of Hollywood’s most glamorous film stars with the debut of the Grace Kelly Collection. The Collection includes six of the iconic screen legend’s most popular films. She stars with some of Hollywood’s finest leading men, including Clark Gable, Cary Grant, William Holden, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

About the Films

Mogambo (1953)

Kelly received her first Academy Award nomination (Best Actress in a Supporting Role) in this remake of 1932’s Red Dust, in which Gable originally starred with Jean Harlow. He stars here with Kelly and the sizzling Ava Gardner, who was also nominated for her performance. Directed by John Ford, and shot on location in Africa, »

- Jeff Bayer

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Podcast: Katharine with a side of Bette!

14 July 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In this special edition of the podcast, Nathaniel welcomes two Katharine Hepburn buffs Nick Davis and Anne Marie Kelly to talk about their (shared) first Actress Obsession. Naturally Kate the Great isn't the only diva that finds her way into the conversation. Expect supporting roles or cameos: Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Tennessee Williams, Deborah Kerr, Spencer Tracy, Audrey Hepburn, George Cukor and more...

You can listen at the bottom of the post or download the conversation on iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments.

00:00 Intro. Plus Middle School drama: Hilariously "intense" early obsessions

13:00 Types, Genres, and Suddenly Last Summer

17:00 Her autobiography and films she loathed like Dragon Seed

22:00 Chemistry and co-stars

33:00 Revisiting unsatisfying movies -- raise a cocktail to this peculiar cinephile habit

40:00 The Spinster & The Magic Penis

47:00 Bette Davis and why we compare them. Silliness before the sign off.

Further »

- NATHANIEL R

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Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases

11 July 2014 5:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The obligatory movie catchphrase…memorable golden dialogue for the cinematic soul. What film fan does not enjoy reciting and repeating their favorite movie quotes? After all, there are countless catchphrases in films–some are famous, some are familiar, some are obscure. Still, paraphrasing movie quips has become an art onto itself?

So what are your all-time movie catchphrases? Perhaps it is Jimmy Cagney’s “You dirt rat…you killed my brother?”. Maybe it is Cary Grant’s “Judy, Judy, Judy”? Or how about Lauren Bacall’s “You know how to whistle, don’t you? Just blow…” Whatever movie catchphrases catches your fancy is fine so long as it brings up memories of the film or film characters tat have made a big impression on your cinema experiences.

The Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases selections are: (in alphabetical order according to film title):

1.) “Fasten your seat belts, it »

- Frank Ochieng

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“Haht” of Gold: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actors from Massachusetts

11 July 2014 1:03 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.

As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »

- Frank Ochieng

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Double Take: Hollywood Hotties With Older Movie Star Doppelgangers

10 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

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Every generation thinks that their movie stars are the hottest, the sexiest, the most lust-worthy (ask your mom about Dustin Hoffman in 1968 and prepare to be shocked). But there’s nothing new in Hollywood — certainly not when it comes to its pin-ups. What was once considered attractive always come back full circle.

Take Rob Lowe, for example. He was arguably the most beautiful young actor in 1984. Twenty years later, moviedom is overrun with Lowe-lookalikes (Ian Somerholder and Zac Efron, to name a few). You think Jon Hamm‘s slicked-back black hair and dapper rogue swag is delicious? So did women in the 1940′s, when they were fantasizing about Cary Grant. Everything old is new again, kids.

Here, we compare some of today’s sexiest male celebs with their older movie star lookalikes. Some might surprise you!

[Photo Credit: Getty Images] »

- Tia Williams

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