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Oprah, Vanessa Williams, and other stars who got their start in beauty pageants

14 September 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.

With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. Et, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:

Cloris Leachman

Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown, »

- Ariana Bacle

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“The idea of the film is to be happy and positive” – Sonam Kapoor

13 September 2014 10:32 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Sonam Kapoor is living many girls dreams and becoming a Disney princess if the film Khoobsurat has a happily ever after ending, which we are guessing it does. A new version of the Rekha starrer (!980) of the same name, this time the heroine is not in the house of an army man but goes into the house of a royal family. Her prince is played by Pakistani actor Fawad Khan making his debut in Hindi films.

The Disney Utv produced film, which hits theaters on Friday September 19th, is a quirky, modern romantic comedy about what happens when a vibrant, hopelessly romantic physiotherapist meets a handsome young Rajput prince who is the complete opposite of her – and is engaged to someone else. It is a battle of values between two individually crazy families — one that encourages discipline and self-restraint versus the other, which is all for spontaneity and open-mindedness.

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- Stacey Yount

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Ellen Pompeo says she might be done with acting after 'Grey's Anatomy'

11 September 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Ellen Pompeo is still going strong as Grey’s Anatomy lead character Meredith Grey after 10 seasons on the show, but she might be done acting when Grey’s is done airing.

The actress talked candidly about her future in the business when she appeared at a BuzzFeed Brews event Wednesday that also hosted the two leads of Shonda Rhimes’ other dramas, Scandal’s Kerry Washington and How to Get Away with Murder’s Viola Davis.

“I definitely don’t have a strong desire to act after Grey’s. I definitely feel myself transitioning,” Pompeo said. “I don’t find acting terribly empowering. »

- Ariana Bacle

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A Year with Kate: The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)

10 September 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Episode 37 of 52:  In which Katharine Hepburn plays another aristocrat in an odd little movie that makes no sense.

1969 was a really weird year for Kate. At age 62, she’d achieved commercial and critical success unlike any she’d experienced before. The Lion in Winter and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner had not only earned Katharine Hepburn back-to-back Oscars, but also made her one of the top grossing stars of 1968. But as the 60s blossomed into the 70s, Kate took two very strange steps: an allegory, and a musical. Limitations be damned, she was Kate the Great, and she hadn’t had a flop in 15 years. That was about to change.

The Madwoman of Chaillot works as a curio, but not as a film. Based on a postwar French allegory, “updated” to include topical issues such as student riots and atomic power, the resulting movie is one Be In »

- Anne Marie

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Dietrich, Hayworth Among Academy's Honorary Award Non-Winners

4 September 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Honorary Oscar Non-Winners: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich among dozens of women who never took home Academy’s Honorary Award (photo: Honorary Oscar non-winner Gloria Swanson in ‘Sunset Blvd.’) (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") This post basically consists of a long, long list. Some of the names found below were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss while eagerly opting to ignore the relevance of the past, that doesn’t make the women listed below any less deserving of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Award. So, as for the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without receiving an Honorary Oscar for their body of work — most of whom without having ever won a competitive Academy Award — were actresses Gloria Swanson, »

- Andre Soares

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A Year with Kate: The Lion in Winter (1968)

3 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Episode 36 of 52: In which if there’s only one Katharine Hepburn film you see, make it this one.

When you take Screenwriting 101, your first lesson is the Three Act Story Structure. Act 1: Introduction. Act 2: Conflict. Act 3: Climax (and hopefully Resolution). If I were to so arrange the lives of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine, it would roughly look as follows: Act 1: Eleanor and Henry II fall in love. Act 2: Eleanor and Henry fall out of love and into battle. Act 3: The Lion in Winter

James Goldman’s script starts in media res, with Eleanor of Aquitaine (our own Kate) and Henry II (Peter O’Toole) already at the end of two civil wars and any pretense of civility. Knives are out as everyone prepares to fight at the Christmas court at Chinon. Joining them are their three angry sons--Richard (Anthony Hopkins »

- Anne Marie

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A Year with Kate: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)

27 August 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Episode 35 of 52: In which Katharine Hepburn wins her second Oscar and loses Spencer Tracy.

Today is the first of many goodbyes we’ll have to say on this series. After the success of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, with critics declaring her one of the greatest screen actresses of her generation, Kate disappeared for five years to take care of her partner of three decades, Spencer Tracy. It was the longest break she’d taken since she started making movies in 1932, not even her infamous “Box Office Poison” drought had lasted longer than 3 years. But the news was bleak: Spencer Tracy was dying.

Spencer Tracy’s health started declining rapidly in 1961. By 1967, he was in such poor health that the studios considered him uninsurable. Everyone working on Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner knew that this would be his last film. As a result, when Spencer Tracy died 17 days after shooting wrapped, »

- Anne Marie

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A Year with Kate: Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)

20 August 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

 Episode 34 of 52: In which Katharine Hepburn enters the golden age of her career.

This late in A Year With Kate, I really didn’t think I could be surprised anymore. After 8 months watching 34 movies spread over 3 decades of Katharine Hepburn’s life, I believed that I had a pretty firm grasp on who Kate the Great was and how she performed. I espoused the popular wisdom that Kate was best when she played women similar to herself: strong women, smart women; women rarely beaten and never broken. None of these could prepare me for Mary Tyrone, the morphine addict in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Katharine Hepburn, for the first and possibly last time in her career, played a completely crushed woman, and it’s unlike anything else she ever put to film.

Before you rush out to rent a copy, a warning: »

- Anne Marie

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On TCM: Oscar Winner Colbert

18 August 2014 8:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Claudette Colbert movies on Turner Classic Movies: From ‘The Smiling Lieutenant’ to TCM premiere ‘Skylark’ (photo: Claudette Colbert and Maurice Chevalier in ‘The Smiling Lieutenant’) Claudette Colbert, the studio era’s perky, independent-minded — and French-born — "all-American" girlfriend (and later all-American wife and mother), is Turner Classic Movies’ star of the day today, August 18, 2014, as TCM continues with its "Summer Under the Stars" film series. Colbert, a surprise Best Actress Academy Award winner for Frank Capra’s 1934 comedy It Happened One Night, was one Paramount’s biggest box office draws for more than decade and Hollywood’s top-paid female star of 1938, with reported earnings of $426,944 — or about $7.21 million in 2014 dollars. (See also: TCM’s Claudette Colbert day in 2011.) Right now, TCM is showing Ernst Lubitsch’s light (but ultimately bittersweet) romantic comedy-musical The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), a Best Picture Academy Award nominee starring Maurice Chevalier as a French-accented Central European lieutenant in »

- Andre Soares

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Debbie Reynolds To Be Honored With 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award

18 August 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Photo courtesy Debbie Reynolds Studios

Debbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the union’s highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt).

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard praised Reynolds’ artistry over her very accomplished career, saying, “I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented »

- Michelle McCue

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Suddenly, last Icymi posting....

17 August 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

August isn't an ideal month for blogging. People are vacationing or otherwise desperate to make use of the last stretch of summer (Turns out most people's idea of summer fun does not include hanging out online reading articles about the Oscars and Liz Taylor classics) and everyone is sick of current movies too as the summer blockbusters begin to blur together and everyone waits for the movies to get serious again since August is usually reserved for the riskier or less stellar blockbuster wannabes. So if you've been in & out, here's a handful of highlights from the past two weeks you might have missed.

Scotty vs. Judy - it's your last day to vote on this Vertigo poll

10 Best Movie Trees - as inspired by Groot. "I am Groot"

What Makes Sandra Bullock Special? - Matthew figures it out as Forbes named her Highest Paid actress

Lauren Bacall Essentials - »

- NATHANIEL R

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Out with Flynn, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

16 August 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline) Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning) toast in The Last of Robin Hood: "And behind this facade of strength is actually someone who is thinking twice."

We continue our conversation with directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, discussing Stanley Kubrick's Lolita connection to Errol Flynn, costume designer Orry-Kelly's role beyond the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Ethel Barrymore in Hollywood, and the palettes in Otto Preminger's Bonjour Tristesse, Richard Quine's Strangers When We Meet and Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest. Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon with Matt Kane, Bryan Batt and Max Casella star in The Last Of Robin Hood.

Anne-Katrin Titze: When I spoke with Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth about 20,000 Days On Earth, which is their documentary on Nick Cave, little did I expect that your film and theirs would have something in common. And that is Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Look Who’s Still Talking – The Strange Hollywood History Of John Travolta

15 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

John Travolta is as fascinating and complex a member of the Hollywood fraternity as you could wish for. Iconic performer, experienced pilot, vocal Scientologist and mangler of pronunciation of Idina Menzel.

He has managed to appear in not just some of the best known, but also some of the best-full-stop films of the past forty years – Saturday Night Fever, Carrie, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/Off, The Thin Red Line, Hairspray and the upcoming Gummy Bear The Movie – whatever one might think of the consistency of his output (and there have been some horrendous misfires), it is hard to imagine too many actors playing Danny Zuko, Vincent Vega, Castor Troy, Sean Archer, Chili Palmer and Edna Turnblad with equal conviction.

After the temporary resuscitation of Look Who’s Talking turned out to be a false dawn, Tarantino did Travolta a favour of inestimable proportions by casting him in Pulp Fiction, »

- Dave Roper

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R.I.P. Lauren Bacall, Sultry Star Of Stage And Screens

14 August 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update August 14: Broadway will go dark: The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in memory of Lauren Bacall on Friday, August 15, at exactly 7:45 p.m. for one minute.

One of the leading ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age died today after a stroke. The sultry, fiery Lauren Bacall was 89. MSNBC’s Thomas Robert broke the news in a tweet, and the Bogart estate has confirmed it. She was famous for starring — onscreeen and off — with Humphrey Bogart in such 1940s classics as The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage and Key Largo. In one of Hollywood’s great love stories, they married in 1945 and stayed together until his death in 1957. Four years later she married another acting legend, Jason Robards Jr.; they divorced in 1969.

Related: Reactions to Lauren Bacall’s Death

Bacall worked in films consistently through the mid-1960s and »

- Erik Pedersen

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Broadway to Dim Lights for Lauren Bacall

14 August 2014 7:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed on Friday, Aug. 15, at 7:45 p.m. for one minute, in honor of the stage and screen actress who died on Tuesday at age 89. Bacall's illustrious career includes two Tony Awards for best actress in a musical: in 1970 for Applause, the adaptation of All About Eve in which she played Margo Channing, the role created by her idol Bette Davis; and in 1981 for Woman of the Year in a part originated by Katharine Hepburn, a good friend whom she once called “the female counterpart to Bogie." She also headlined the

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- Ashley Lee

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The Private Lauren Bacall: 'She Made the Past Present and the Present Past'

13 August 2014 4:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lauren Bacall was the ultimate party guest. At the courtyard party held each year at the famed Dakota building in New York City, Bacall would regale her neighbors with tales of her legendary life."You had this remarkable woman just talking about life in 1945 Hollywood, talking about Bogey, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn," recalls producer Jane Rosenthal, a friend and neighbor in the Dakota who knew Bacall for 20 years. "She made the past present and the present past." The actress, who died on Monday at age 89, remained an active, slyly funny presence on Manhattan's Upper West Side for decades. "It was a life remarkably well-lived, »

- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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The Private Lauren Bacall: 'She Made the Past Present and the Present Past'

13 August 2014 4:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lauren Bacall was the ultimate party guest. At the courtyard party held each year at the famed Dakota building in New York City, Bacall would regale her neighbors with tales of her legendary life."You had this remarkable woman just talking about life in 1945 Hollywood, talking about Bogey, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn," recalls producer Jane Rosenthal, a friend and neighbor in the Dakota who knew Bacall for 20 years. "She made the past present and the present past." The actress, who died on Monday at age 89, remained an active, slyly funny presence on Manhattan's Upper West Side for decades. "It was a life remarkably well-lived, »

- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber

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Lauren Bacall: The real winner in 1953's 'How to Marry a Millionaire'

13 August 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

In the opening credits of 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire, the onscreen billing order ran Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and then Lauren Bacall—though it was advertised with Monroe billed first (the success of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes earlier that year put her well on her way to swooning super-stardom). Either way, Bacall came last.

But that didn’t stop the late actress from stealing the movie.

Before getting any further, it’s important to establish that this is the kind of movie where somebody wins. How to Marry a Millionaire is about three models who conspire to marry rich. »

- Jackson McHenry

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A Year with Kate: Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

13 August 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Episode 33 of 52: In which Katharine Hepburn is like the Goddess from the Machine.

I want to write about Katharine Hepburn, but the movie keeps getting in the way! Reading last night’s contributions to Hit Me With Your Best Shot, I was struck by how many bloggers described Suddenly, Last Summer as “camp,” “wildly expressive,” or “absolutely batshit gonzo crazy.” This is a film that will not be ignored. It’s garish and shocking. The psycho-babble hasn’t aged well--as Nathaniel points out, such things rarely do. The themes of cannibalism, sexual deviance, and monstrous madness creep like kudzu vines hanging in Violet Venable’s garden, blocking the light and threatening to squeeze the resistance out of unwary viewers who venture into the film unwarned.

This unsettling excess had been, up to that point, unusual for director Joseph L. Mankiewicz--best known for character dramas--but can be easily traced to his collaborators. »

- Anne Marie

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After Lauren Bacall's Passing, Every Hollywood Legend Name-Checked in 'Vogue' Is Dead

13 August 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Upon its release in 1990, Madonna's "Vogue" was an appreciation of a long-gone age of Hollywood glamour. Now that age is truly lost: as xoJane's Marci Robin pointed out on Twitter, the passing of Lauren Bacall means every star name-checked in the song has died. Bacall was the last surviving member of the 16 famous names in the song; nine of these stars were still alive when the song hit airwaves on March 20, 1990. ("Vogue" itself is 24 years old.) Below, find the full list of celebrity names included in "Vogue." "Greta Garbo and Monroe, Dietrich and Dimaggio"As fate would have it, Greta Garbo »

- Nate Jones, @kn8

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