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Film Noir and Western Leading Lady Audrey Long, Widow of The Saint Author Charteris, Dead at 92

24 September 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Audrey Long, actress in B film noirs and Westerns, and widow of author Leslie Charteris, dead at 92 (photo: Audrey Long publicity shot ca. late '40s) Actress Audrey Long, a leading lady in mostly B crime dramas and Westerns of the '40s and early '50s, and the widow of The Saint creator Leslie Charteris, died "after a long illness" on September 19, 2014, in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. Long was 92. Her death was first reported by Ian Dickerson on the website LeslieCharteris.com. Born on April 14 (some sources claim April 12), 1922, in Orlando, Florida, Audrey Long was the daughter of an English-born Episcopal minister, who later became a U.S. Navy Chaplain. Her early years were spent moving about North America, in addition to some time in Honolulu. According to Dickerson's Audrey Long tribute on the Leslie Charteris site, following acting lessons with coach Dorothea Johnson, whose pupils had also included »

- Andre Soares

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Awards Season Contenders Pepper San Diego Film Festival Lineup

23 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sdff is bookended by two high-profile films.

Wild,” right, the adventure-as-healing-process starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, opens the fest.

Closing the event: “You’re Not You,” a tale of female friendship starring Hilary Swank as a classical pianist diagnosed with Als. Co-stars Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel will attend.

In between, Sdff will feature gala presentation screenings, which include Lynn Shelton’s “Laggies,” starring Chloe Grace Moretz as a teen who befriends an older woman (Keira Knightley) fleeing her responsibilities, with Sam Rockwell playing Moretz’s single dad.

Moretz also pops up, as a sex-trafficking victim, in Antoine Fuqua’s “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington and Marton Csokas, while Knightley does double duty starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game,” a biopic about Brit computer pioneer Alan Turing. And Witherspoon stars in Philippe Falardeau’s drama “The Good Lie.”

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- Variety Staff

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Politically Active Actress Bergen Made into Nixon's 'Enemies List'

22 September 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon's 'enemies list' (image: Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. late 1950s) (See previous article: "Polly Bergen Movies: First U.S. Woman President.") As discussed in the previous post, despite its deceptively progressive premise — the first United States woman president as a palpable reality — Kisses for My President, written by veteran Paramount screenwriter Claude Binyon (Search for Beauty, The Gilded Lily) and newcomer Robert G. Kane (whose sole other movie credit was the poorly received Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Western Villain), was an unabashedly reactionary, "traditional family values" effort. Ironically, Polly Bergen, for her part, was a liberal-minded, politically active Democrat. At around the time Kisses for My President was released, Bergen, along with Gregory Peck, James Garner, and other Hollywood personalities, publicly came out against California's Proposition 14, a 1964 ballot initiative that would have nullified the Rumford Fair Housing Act, thus paving the way for »

- Andre Soares

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Sopranos Actress Bergen, the Movies' '1st Female President' of the United States, Dead at 84

20 September 2014 1:51 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Polly Bergen dead at 84: ‘First woman president of the U.S.A.,’ former mistress of Tony Soprano’s father Emmy Award-winning actress Polly Bergen — whose roles ranged from the first U.S.A. woman president in Kisses for My President to the former mistress of both Tony Soprano’s father and John F. Kennedy in the television hit series The Sopranos — died from "natural causes" on September 20, 2014, at her home in Southbury, Connecticut. The 84-year-old Bergen, a heavy smoker for five decades, had been suffering from emphysema and other ailments since the 1990s. "Most people think I was born in a rich Long Island family," she told The Washington Post in 1988, but Polly Bergen was actually born Nellie Paulina Burgin on July 14, 1930, to an impoverished family in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her father was an illiterate construction worker while her mother got only as far as the third grade. The family »

- Andre Soares

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Polly Bergen, ‘Cape Fear’ Actress, Dies at 84

20 September 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress and singer Polly Bergen, who’s best known for her role in the original “Cape Fear” opposite Gregory Peck, died at her home in Connecticut on Saturday. She was 84.

Bergen had battled emphysema in the late 1990s.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary actress and long-time friend and client, Polly Bergen,” her publicist Judy Katz said in a statement. “She died peacefully at her home in Southbury, Conn. this morning at 11:10 a.m., surrounded by her family, long-time personal manager, Jan McCormack and close friends.”

Aside from a thriving acting career on film, TV and Broadway, she was also a prolific songstress, self-help author and businesswoman, having launched a successful cosmetics line that earned her millions.

Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 for her role as Helen Morgan on the 1950s anthology series “Playhouse 90.” She was a regular in TV movies and miniseries in the 1980s, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Polly Bergen, ‘Cape Fear’ Actress, Dies at 84

20 September 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress and singer Polly Bergen, who’s best known for her role in the original “Cape Fear” opposite Gregory Peck, died at her home in Connecticut on Saturday. She was 84.

Bergen had battled emphysema in the late 1990s.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary actress and long-time friend and client, Polly Bergen,” her publicist Judy Katz said in a statement. “She died peacefully at her home in Southbury, Conn. this morning at 11:10 a.m., surrounded by her family, long-time personal manager, Jan McCormack and close friends.”

Aside from a thriving acting career on film, TV and Broadway, she was also a prolific songstress, self-help author and businesswoman, having launched a successful cosmetics line that earned her millions.

Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 for her role as Helen Morgan on the 1950s anthology series “Playhouse 90.” She was a regular in TV movies and miniseries in the 1980s, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Polly Bergen, ‘Cape Fear’ Actress, Dead at 84

20 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Polly Bergen, who starred opposite Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum in the 1962 film “Cape Fear,” died Saturday, her spokeswoman told TheWrap. She was 84. Bergen's publicist, Judy Katz, told TheWrap in a statement that Bergen died peacefully at her Connecticut home Saturday morning, surrounded by loved ones. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary actress, friend and client, Polly Bergen,” Katz told TheWrap in a statement. “She died peacefully at her home in Southbury, Conn. this morning at 11:10 a.m., surrounded by her family, long-time personal manager, Jan »

- Tim Kenneally

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Cape Fear, Sopranos Actress Polly Bergen Has Died at 84

20 September 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84. Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends. A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist, »

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Cape Fear Actress Polly Bergen Has Died at 84

20 September 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84. Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends. A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist, »

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Alan Arkin, Michelle Monaghan Set for San Diego Film Festival Honors

10 September 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The San Diego Film Festival will honor Alan Arkin with its inaugural Gregory Peck Award at “Variety’s Night of the Stars: A Tribute” event on Sept. 25.

The event was established in collaboration with Peck’s daughter Cecilia Peck to honor an individual who has made a signification contribution to the world of filmmaking, and whose work reflects the spirit of the late Gregory Peck.

Arkin’s career spans more than 45 years with a filmography of over 70 titles. He’s been nominated for four Oscars and won a supporting award for “Little Miss Sunshine.”

The festival will also honor Michelle Monaghan at the event with its Sol de Oro award for her performance as an Army medic returning home from an extended deployment in “Fort Bliss.”

Alison Pill of HBO’s “The Newsroom” will receive the Virtuoso award for achievement in breakthrough performances. The American Legacy Award will be given »

- Dave McNary

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To Date, Academy Has Had Only 3 Female Presidents; Today, Stronger Female Presence in Board of Governors

4 September 2014 3:12 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Women presidents at the Academy: Cheryl Boone Isaacs is only the third one (photo: Angelina Jolie, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Brad Pitt) (See previous post: "Honorary Award Non-Winners: Too Late for Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich.") Wrapping up this four-part "Honorary Oscars Bypass Women" article, let it be noted that in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 85-year history there have been only two women presidents: two-time Oscar-winning actress Bette Davis (for two months in 1941, before the Dangerous and Jezebel star was forced to resign) and screenwriter Fay Kanin (1979-1983), whose best-known screen credit is the 1958 Doris Day-Clark Gable comedy Teacher's Pet. Additionally, following some top-level restructuring in April 2011, the Academy created the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, with the CEO post currently held by a woman, former Film Independent executive director and sometime actress Dawn Hudson. The COO post is held »

- Andre Soares

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Remembering 7 Films About Memory Loss

3 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

On the 5th September Before I Go To Sleep will jump from the pages of S.J. Watson’s novel to the big screen. The film tells the story of Chrissie (Nicole Kidman), who remembers nothing as a result of a traumatic accident. Each day she is forced to piece together and make sense of her life, only for it all to be forgotten when she awakens each morning. That is until one day, when terrifying truths emerge forcing her to question everyone around her.

The fragility of memory is a common theme used in various film plots. Thn previously covered a list of Top Ten Memory Loss Movies, in which we remember some much loved classics such as Memento and Total Recall. Not to repeat ourselves, we have decided to put together a list of forgotten films about forgotten memories. In celebration of Before I Go To Sleep we remember 7 forgotten amnesia/memory loss movies. »

- Ciham Messouki

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On the Beach | Blu-Ray Review

26 August 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Within the well intentioned lexicon of Stanley Kramer’s filmography, his 1959 title, On the Beach remains the most prescient, a post-apocalyptic science fiction filmed steeped in light melodrama. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Score (Ernest Gold) and a pair of Oscar nominations, nuclear fallout after the deployment of mankind’s deadliest war time weapons has rendered mankind obsolete with the exception of the inhabitants of Australia and the crew of the U.S. submarine Sawfish, guided by Captain Dwight Towers (Gregory Peck). An Sos signal in San Francisco leads Towers out with a crew to determine if the radioactivity has abated, but there’s no such luck. Worse, the radiation cloud will soon reach Australia’s shores, leaving the last remnants of humanity little time to grapple with the encroaching end.

As the last remaining humans navigate their remaining days of existence in Australia, paralyzed by »

- Nicholas Bell

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‘The Omen’ Heading To TV As ‘Damien’

26 August 2014 1:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The creepy horror from 1976 is to be turned into a six-part series for Lifetime.  The Omen based series is to be called Damien and is set during Damien’s adult years. Former showrunner of The Walking Dead Glen Mazzara is to executive produce the series alongside Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield. Lifetime’s Executive VP Rob Sharenow speaks more about the series:

Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original,”

The original film starred Gregory Peck as an American ambassador who fears his only son is the anti-christ.  The film spawned three sequels and a remake with Liev Schreiber.

Keep checking back for more updates on Damien…

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- Lucinda Holt

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'Omen' TV Show 'Damien' Gets a Series Order at Lifetime

25 August 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lifetime has placed a six-episode, straight-to-series order forGlen Mazzara's drama thriller Damien, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime.

Produced by Fox Television Studios and based on Twentieth Century Fox's classic horror film, The Omen, the series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.

Here's what Lifetime's Rob Sharenow had to say in a statement.

"We are thrilled to be bringing a contemporary version of The Omen's Damien Thorn back to the screen. Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original. »

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Lifetime orders 'Omen' sequel 'Damien' straight to series

25 August 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Are you ready for a "dark, romantic" incarnation of Satanic tyke Damien? Lifetime sure hopes so, because the cable network has ordered a six episode straight-to-series sequel to "The Omen," fittingly titled "Damien." "Damien" comes from "The Shield" and "The Walking Dead" veteran Glen Mazzara and Fox Television Studios. The project will premiere on Lifetime in 2015, with Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield also executive producing. “We are thrilled to be bringing a contemporary version of 'The Omen’s' Damien Thorn back to the screen," blurbs Lifetime Evp Rob Sharenow. "Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original." Adds Fox TV Studios Svp Nancy Cotton, "'The Omen' is a jewel in the crown of the Fox features library; we’re gratified and eager to bring a new iteration of ‘Damien’ and »

- Daniel Fienberg

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‘The Omen’ Reboot Lands Series Order From Lifetime

25 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lifetime has given a straight-to-series order to “Damien,” a thriller from Glen Mazzara based on the 1976 horror pic “The Omen.”

The cabler has ordered six episodes from Fox Television Studios targeted to air early next year. Mazzara, the drama vet and former “Walking Dead” showrunner, Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield are exec producers.

Fineman developed the concept with Mazzara. Series picks up from the movie’s storyline by focusing on the adult life of Damien Thorn as he realizes he is the Antichrist.

Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original,” said Lifetime exec VP and g.m. Rob Sharenow.

Lifetime’s order for “The Omen” is the latest example of studios mining feature film IP for fresh TV projects. Nancy Cotton, senior veep of programming for Fox TV Studios, called “Omen” a »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Movie Poster of the Week: The Illustrated Lauren Bacall

21 August 2014 10:18 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

An Italian To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks, USA, 1944). Art by Luigi Martinati.

Lauren Bacall, who left us last week after an astonishing 70 years of making movies, was one of the most beautiful women ever to grace a movie screen and the first golden age Hollywood star I ever fell for. With her unmistakeable features—those eyebrows, those lips—she must have been one of the easiest stars to capture in an illustration and thus a gift to poster artists. For most of her career, however, while she was never less than a star, she was rarely a leading lady, playing co-star to her great love Humphrey Bogart in four of her first five movies, then to Charles Boyer, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Gregory Peck and so on. As a result, she rarely appeared solo in posters and is often dwarfed by her male co-stars. »

- Adrian Curry

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Damien: Omen II (1978) review

19 August 2014 7:33 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Damien: Omen II (1978)

Written by: Harvey Bernhard, Stanley Mann, Mike Hodges

Directed by: Don Taylor

Cast: William Holden (Richard Thorn), Lee Grant (Ann Thorn), Jonathan Scott-Taylor (Damien Thorn), Sylvia Sidney (Aunt Marion), Robert Foxworth (Paul Buher), Lance Henriksen (Seargent Neff), Meshach Taylor (Dr. Kane)

I know it may be a bit peculiar to review a sequel without doing a retrospective of a whole series of films, but I actually have never seen this one. I watched it and the third movie “The Final Conflict” with Sam Neill back to back. While I haven’t seen the fourth entry, I can say this is probably the last one that has the feel of the original. I can compare this to “Jaws 2”. While not as powerful as the original, it still seems like it exists in the same world. Also like all the “Jaws” sequels after part two, »

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TCM Honors Lauren Bacall With 24-Hr Film Marathon Sept. 15 -16

14 August 2014 2:26 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Lauren Bacall models an Mptf Christmas card in 1951.” Courtesy Mptf

Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the life and career of legendary actress Lauren Bacall with a 24-hour marathon of memorable performances, including all four films in which she co-starred with husband Humphrey Bogart.

TCM’s tribute to Bacall, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 89, will air Monday, Sept. 15, beginning at 8 p.m. (Et), and will conclude Tuesday, Sept. 16, her 90th birthday.

Lauren Bacall was a wonderful and generous friend of ours at TCM, and a great connection to the ‘golden age of cinema,’” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “Personally, I have to admit that she never failed to make my heart beat faster and my voice to stammer when we spoke. Talk about true star quality – that was Bacall. We are truly blessed to have had her as an integral part of our TCM family.”

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