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Lauren Bacall, Legendary Hollywood Golden-Era Actress, Dies at 89

12 August 2014 5:58 PM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Lauren Bacall, who epitomized Hollywood’s Golden Era in the 1940s and 1950s, died today (Aug. 12) at her home from a massive stroke. During her career she set a standard for glamor and cool sexuality in more than a dozen films with Hollywood’s top leading men. During her heyday, her husky voice and sultry looks were her trademark. She was one of the reigning queens of A-List actresses that included some of greatest in film history: Vivian Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fountain, Ingrid Bergman, Judy Garland, Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford. ...Read More »

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12 Least Successful Recastings Of Iconic Film Characters

1 August 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Some characters in film and television are so iconic that you can’t imagine any other actor playing them. Vivien Leigh is Scarlett O’Hara; Harrison Ford is Han Solo, Michael J. Fox is Marty McFly, and so on. The affection we have for a particular film or character becomes indelibly linked to the actor who takes that role; should anyone else step into the role, it wouldn’t feel right, no matter how good the actor in question was on paper.

Nevertheless, there have been many examples in film franchises over the years where major characters have been recast mid-way through a series, with often disastrous results. The reasons for these re-castings vary: contract disputes, not being paid enough, interference from further up the pecking order, or occasionally because the original actor has tragically died. But for every one time where we could let it slide, or »

- Daniel Mumby

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Diane Keaton: The Top 25 (Best Actress)

14 July 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It’s almost over folks. Yes, this penultimate time around I’ll be tackling one of the very biggest of the big eight categories, one of the only two left. This one is arguably the second or third biggest of them all…it’s the Best Actress field. This is really about as prestigious a category as there is ladies and gentlemen, give or take how you stack Picture/Director/Actor. I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or two and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure… »

- Joey Magidson

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Diane Keaton: The Top 25 (Best Actress)

14 July 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It’s almost over folks. Yes, this penultimate time around I’ll be tackling one of the very biggest of the big eight categories, one of the only two left. This one is arguably the second or third biggest of them all…it’s the Best Actress field. This is really about as prestigious a category as there is ladies and gentlemen, give or take how you stack Picture/Director/Actor. I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or two and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure… »

- Joey Magidson

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Blu-ray: Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary

27 June 2014 8:45 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept 30, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $49.99

Studio: Warner Home Video

Classic romance drama Gone With the Wind — perhaps The classic romance drama film — turns 75 and is celebrated with another Ultimate Collector’s Edition, but the set does have some new features.

Limited and numbered with new memorabilia, packaging and special features, the Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set includes a replicaof Rhett Butler’s handkerchief and a music box paperweight playing Tara’s theme with an image on top of the Rhett-Scarlett kiss.

Also included is a 36-page companion booklet featuring a look at the timeless style of the film, written by New York fashion designer and Project Runway finalist Austin Scarlett, whose signature look reflects the romantic elegance of the Gone With the Wind era.

The new special features on the Blu-ray disc are:

footage of Clark Gable (It Happened One Night »

- Sam

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By Grace Alone: Warhol Superstar Ultra Violet, 1936-2014

25 June 2014 11:51 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Very few of Andy Warhol's anointed "superstars" managed a long shelf-life. They simply were too wild, too beautiful, and too damned. There were the poor little rich girl Edie Sedgwick, the transgender icon Candy Darling, and the husky, glacial, heroin-swamped charm of Nico. All gone, along with a cavalcade of others; too soon and in the 20th century. Ultra Violet survived into this one, and originally arrived as a somebody already in the anybody everybody world of The Factory.

Often compared to Vivien Leigh, she was a striking beauty, a privileged French girl from a chateau via a host of reform schools. A muse to the surrealist eccentric Salvador Dali, she was also his muse, assistant, and confidante, although theirs was a decidedly platonic affair begun after she'd entranced him after delivering him a present in New York from a mutual friend. By the time she encountered Warhol, she »

- robert cochrane

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Sibling Rivalry: The Top 10 Fictional Siblings in Film

18 June 2014 3:47 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

It is not really difficult in coming up with cinema siblings and assessing their impact on the films they graced with humor, horror or hedonism. Whatever the combination–brother and sister, brother and brother, sister and sister–the big screen has always produced some of the most compelling siblings to entertain or shock us as the lights go dim at the local cinemaplex.

So who do you favor as your all-time favorite movie siblings? Perhaps you wouldn’t mind brothers Michael and Sam from 1987′s The Lost Boys? Or how about sisters Drizella and Anastasia from the 1950 animated film Cinderella? Maybe you could go for the transformation of television’s Brady kids into the film version of 1995′s The Brady Bunch Movie?

In Sibling Rivalry: The Top 10 Fictional Siblings in Film we will take a look at a group of handful brotherly/sisterly personalities in the world of movies »

- Frank Ochieng

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“Relative”-ly Speaking: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Family Combinations

17 June 2014 3:27 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Who says that movie-making talent cannot run within the same family? In the film industry when one reaches the pinnacle of success in achieving the ultimate reward in the motion picture business–winning an Academy Award–it is considered an individual milestone for any actor’s big screen career. However, when one’s gene pool produces the capacity to draw Oscar’s attention their way in keeping the golden statuette “in the family” it is living proof that the thespian’s apple does not fall from the street.

Whether through the relationship of blood relatives or marital unions “Relative”-ly Speaking: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Family Combinations looks at ten famous family member combos that won an Oscar through the methods of acting or directing.  Let’s take a look at the top ten familial tandem that pulled off such an achievement in winning the coveted Oscar as it stands proudly on the family mantle. »

- Frank Ochieng

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Did You Know Diane Keaton is the Greatest Talk Show Guest?

23 May 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Diane Keaton is the reigning queen of talk show guests for the following reasons: 1) She just took up an entire block of time on "Ellen" discussing the dozens of men she still wants to kiss on film. She identifies them by name. She has them written down. She is now forcing Ellen to arrange a ceremony in which she makes out with all of these men. David Beckham, Ryan Gosling, and Robert Redford are included. 2) The man she is most excited about kissing is Louis C.K. 3) She's sipping a martini in this interview. 4) She looks Smashing. Diane is serving you the silvery Hugo Boss superglamor and she is positively ravishing as you struggle to take it all in. You gag on it while she laughs. 5) She refused to play beer pong correctly with Jimmy Fallon and instead just drank. She laughed while he scrambled. She laughed while we laughed (nervously »

- Louis VIrtel

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Iconic 'Russian Audrey Hepburn' Dies at Age 80; Starred in Only Russian/Soviet Movie to Win Palme d'Or

5 May 2014 6:19 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Russian movie star Tatiana Samoilova dead at 80; known as ‘the Russian Audrey Hepburn,’ Samoilova was best remembered for Cannes winner ‘The Cranes Are Flying’ (photo: Tatiana Samoilova in ‘The Cranes Are Flying’) Russian film star Tatiana Samoilova, best remembered for playing the female lead in Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1957 romantic drama The Cranes Are Flying, died of heart complications at Moscow’s Botkin Hospital late night on May 4, 2014 — the day the Leningrad-born (now St. Petersburg) actress turned 80. Samoilova, who had been suffering from coronary heart disease and hypertension, had been hospitalized the previous day. The daughter of iconic stage and film actor Yevgeny Samoilov, among whose credits was the title role in a 1954 production of Hamlet and several leads in highly popular movies made during World War II, Tatiana Samoilova studied ballet at Moscow’s prestigious Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko music theater. Beginning in 1953, she took acting lessons for three years »

- Andre Soares

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10 Actors Who Kicked Thine Ass in Shakespearean Roles

23 April 2014 5:42 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Look, it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday. We at Riot are generally concerned with internet memes and Zac Efron's musculature, but let's give credit where its due: These are real celebs kicking real ass in real Shakesperean roles and no one's worthy. And we can't contain ourselves.  So, here are 10 people kicking thine ass in Shakespearean roles and leaving you in the mortal, pathetic dust. 1. Meryl Streep Serving You Death Sass In "The Taming Of The Shrew'2 Judi Dench With Gunpowder Eyes And A Kevlar Heart In "Twelfth Night" 3. Ralph Fiennes Is A Hotheaded Traitor Bad-ass In "Coriolanus," So Just Deal With It. 4. Kate Winslet Has A Song For You Losers, And It's A Heartbreak And A Goddamn Treasure In "Hamlet" 5. Now Is The Winter Of You Melting At The Computer, Because Kevin Spacey Is A Hunchbacked Hellraiser In "Richard III" 6. This Is CNN? Close, Moron, It's James Earl Jones »

- Louis Virtel

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Easter TV Movie Guide: Monday, April 21 - Harry Potter, The Inbetweeners

21 April 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - 11am, Film4

Ron Howard directs a typically over-the-top Jim Carrey as the cult children's favourite Grinch from the Dr Seuss story, as the over-sized hairy green bean prepares to ruin Christmas with wacky stunts and madcap antics.

Gone with the Wind - 2pm, 5Usa

It might have been the most expensive movie in 1939, and the most financially successful, and four hours long, but for all its records, this epic Civil War drama has a compelling narrative and romance between Clark Gable's Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 3pm, ITV

After Alfonso Cuarón came on board for the third instalment, the Harry Potter films went darker and stepped up a notch, becoming thrilling fantasy adventures, rather than just children's stories set in a boarding school.

Wall-e - 7.30pm, BBC Three

Andrew Stanton, of Finding Nemo fame, »

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Easter TV Movie Guide: Monday, April 21 - Harry Potter, The Inbetweeners

21 April 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - 11am, Film4

Ron Howard directs a typically over-the-top Jim Carrey as the cult children's favourite Grinch from the Dr Seuss story, as the over-sized hairy green bean prepares to ruin Christmas with wacky stunts and madcap antics.

Gone with the Wind - 2pm, 5Usa

It might have been the most expensive movie in 1939, and the most financially successful, and four hours long, but for all its records, this epic Civil War drama has a compelling narrative and romance between Clark Gable's Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 3pm, ITV

After Alfonso Cuarón came on board for the third instalment, the Harry Potter films went darker and stepped up a notch, becoming thrilling fantasy adventures, rather than just children's stories set in a boarding school.

Wall-e - 7.30pm, BBC Three

Andrew Stanton, of Finding Nemo fame, »

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Following Anderson's Death, Only Two Gwtw Performers Still Living

9 April 2014 7:40 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gone with the Wind’ actress Mary Anderson dead at 96; also featured in Alfred Hitchcock thriller ‘LifeboatMary Anderson, an actress featured in both Gone with the Wind and Alfred Hitchcock’s adventure thriller Lifeboat, died following a series of small strokes on Sunday, April 6, 2014, while under hospice care in Toluca Lake/Burbank, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Anderson, the widow of multiple Oscar-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy, had turned 96 on April 3. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1918, Mary Anderson was reportedly discovered by director George Cukor, at the time looking for an actress to play Scarlett O’Hara in David O. Selznick’s film version of Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller Gone with the Wind. Instead of Scarlett, eventually played by Vivien Leigh, Anderson was cast in the small role of Maybelle Merriwether — most of which reportedly ended up on the cutting-room floor. Cukor was later fired from the project; his replacement, Victor Fleming, »

- Andre Soares

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Rhys Ifans's Under Milk Wood movie to shoot this summer

21 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dylan Thomas's radio play to be directed for the screen by Kevin Allen ahead of release around the centenary of the poet's birth

In 1972, Richard Burton starred in a screen version of Dylan Thomas's "play for voices", with Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O'Toole and Vivien Leigh in support. Forty-two years on and the iconic radio drama, first performed in 1954, is to enjoy another big screen outing, with Rhys Ifans in the lead as First Voice, and Kevin Allen (brother of Keith) behind the camera.

The two men have secured the rights to the work following a lengthy negotiation process as part of the fFATTI fFILMS collective, which also includes poet Murray Lachlan Young and "metaphysics guru" Michael Breen.

Set in the fictional Welsh seaside town of Llareggub ("bugger all" spelt backwards, generally assumed to be based on Laugharne in Carmarthenshire), the film will be shot on the west coast »

- Catherine Shoard

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i've been linking i've been linking why cant i keep my blogging off it, baby

20 March 2014 2:26 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

They Live By Night amusing Noah anecdote with Robert Bresson and Dino de Laurentiis

Av Club Masters of Sex starts again in July. Wow, that was quick. Pleased I am.  

My New Plaid Pants have you seen this inexplicable trailer to Bad Johnson. Cam Gigandet's career is so weird 

Variety Jon Chu to direct Jem and the Holograms live action modernized version 

The Wire It's Time to Kill "Happy" - how the Oscar nominated and still #1 Pharrell tune overstayed its welcome 

Guardian Charlie Kaufman lining up film stars for his "How and Why" TV pilot: Catherine Keener, Michael Cera, John Hawkes, and now Sally Hawkins 

In Contention thinks these are the 20 best Fox Searchlight movies as they approach a big anniversary. They are a great company

/Film collects all the Mad Men Season 7 promos in one place which is helpful, though still unrevealing. I love that Weiner refuses to budge on spoilers, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Gone with the Wind trail: the top 10 sights in Atlanta

19 March 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Atlanta does give a damn about Gone with the Wind – and you can take in the museums, southern homes and hotels that are connected to Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the film, which celebrates its 75th birthday this year

Margaret Mitchell House

The first port of call for Gone With The Wind fans, thanks to its central location in midtown, the ground floor of this redbrick house is a museum that includes the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote most of her novel. Mitchell and her second husband, John Marsh, occupied one of 10 apartments crammed into the Tudor-revival building she nicknamed The Dump. The apartment's two small rooms plus a galley kitchen and bathroom look much as they would have when Mitchell lived there between 1925 and 1932. Further rooms have displays of photographs of Mitchell and there is a half-hourly guided tour, which talks you through her childhood and how »

- Lee Howard

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New on Video: ‘Tess’

28 February 2014 6:45 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Tess

Written by Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski, and John Brownjohn

Directed by Roman Polanski

France/UK, 1979

Roman Polanski revealed an exceptional eye for gripping visual design in his earliest films. In those works, like Knife in the Water, Cul-de-sac, Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby and, somewhat later, The Tenant, most of this pictorial construction was derivative of themes, and subsequent depictions of, confinement, claustrophobic paranoia, and severely taut antagonism. In terms of visual and narrative scope, Chinatown opened things up somewhat, but it was with Tess, his 1979 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” that Polanski significantly broadened his canvas to encompass the sweeping tale of the Victorian era loves and conflicts of this eponymous peasant girl.

Polanski speaks to this distinction during an interview in the newly released Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD of Tess. In discussing the film for the French TV program Cine regards, the director »

- Jeremy Carr

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Oscar Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Actor/Actress

26 February 2014 6:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Best Actress

Justin Chang: Scott, I know it will come as little surprise to you that when Peter Debruge and I sat down to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for best supporting actor and supporting actress, we spent almost as much time talking about the performances that should have been nominated as we did talking about the ones that actually were. This is hardly a new ax for any critic to grind, but it bears repeating: Those who vote on the Academy Awards are largely in the business of making movies — not seeing them, thinking about them and writing about them week in and week out. No wonder this organization’s choices often strike us as so pedestrian and provincial, less engaged by the boundary-expanding possibilities of cinema than beholden to the power of hometown hype.

See Also: Oscars Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Supporting Actor »

- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas

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The Most Likely Oscar Scenario for ‘American Hustle’

24 February 2014 6:30 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

American Hustle earned itself a place alongside some great films in Oscar history when it managed to nab four acting nominations in the four acting categories. Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence all find themselves in competition once again, but many are predicting American Hustle to go home empty handed. However, odds are that a film with four acting nominations, never mind the 10 overall nominations including Picture, Director and Screenplay. So what is most likely for American Hustle to pick up acting wise?

In the 86 year history of the Academy Awards, there have been 15 films that have managed the all four acting nominations feat. Below are the films and listed beside are the acting awards each of them won.

1936: My Man Godfrey – 0 wins

1942: Mrs. Miniver – Best Actress (Greer Garson), Best Supporting Actress (Teresa Wright) [Best Picture Winner]

1943: For Whom the Bell Tolls »

- Terence Johnson

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