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Veteran actor Steve Forrest, who had more than 100 TV credits including starring on the mid-1970s police actioner S.W.A.T., died May 18 in Thousand Oaks. He was 87. The brother of actor Dana Andrews, Forrest made guest appearances on scores of TV shows and recurred on the original Dallas. He also played Lt. Hondo Harrelson on ABC’s 1975-76 police actioner S.W.A.T. — he had a cameo in the 2003 feature adaptation — and starred as John “The Baron” Mannering on the 1966 Cold War spy drama The Baron, the first color series on UK TV. Forrest, from Texas, was a sergeant in the Army and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. He later moved to La and graduated from UCLA in 1950 with a theater arts degree. He went on to work as a stagehand at the La Jolla Playhouse, where he was discovered by Hollywood icon Gregory Peck, who cast Forrest in a »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
In a complete reversal, Jodi Arias addressed the jury on Tuesday and urged them to sentence her to life in prison so her family doesn't have to suffer any more. "I've made public statements that preferred the death penalty. I lacked perspective," Arias, dressed in black, said in the Phoenix courtroom. "I can't in good conscience ask you to send me to death because of them," Arias said as she pointed to her parents and her baby sister, Angela, who now has a daughter of her own (Arias says she has only met the child from behind heavy glass). "That »
- Howard Breuer
Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s backstage drama about Liberace, the fur-and-sequin-clad, ivory-tickling kitsch maestro of “wonderful” entertainment, and his relationship with Scott Thorson, the dewy hunk who became his romantic partner in the late 1970s, is a movie that I’ve been eager to see for many months. Nevertheless, when it was announced that the film wouldn’t just be playing at Cannes, but that it would be part of the hallowed roster of films shown in competition here, it raised my eyebrows.
Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time that a movie set to premiere on American television — in this case, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Memphis, Tenn. -- One by one the teenage singers practice the opening lines to "Boogie Wonderland," a disco-funk hit from an era before they were born, as dancers work on hip-swinging moves that require perfect choreography.
In another room, young musicians play the same song over and over on guitar, piano and drums, trying to get in rhythm and in tune before the singers and dancers join them to rehearse for an outdoor concert. The music hits a fevered high as the singers and the band mesh to recreate a pop classic.
Scenes like this play out daily at the Stax Music Academy, an after-school program where teenagers from some of Memphis' poorest neighborhoods learn how to dance, sing and play instruments.
Stax Records, from which the academy gets its name, died long ago, yet its legacy is still inspiring young people in the Memphis neighborhood where it was born. »
Every celebrity hopes to advance his or her stature through a handful of time-old career milestones: scoring a No. 1 single, winning an Oscar, cashing that first leading-role paycheck, hosting "Saturday Night Live." The list goes on, and it wouldn't be complete without making mention of the monuments named after Hollywood performers.
Most are simple honorary distinctions -- a park here, a new species there. Some relate to the celebrity's hometown, such as the Brooklyn park that was recently renamed after late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch. Others feel purely random, like the solar-system trappings that have been likened to everyone from Elvis Presley to Drew Pinsky and George Takei.
Here's a look at 11 particularly interesting dedications.
- The Huffington Post
Miley Cyrus is doing her best Elvis Presley impersonation in her latest twitpic—and not just when it comes to her adorable little lip curl. You know how the King loved his jewelry in his later years. The 20-year-old chose to sport the rock she received from Liam Hemsworth in a new twitpic that she posted late last night. A source told E! News last week that the couple's engagement remains very much on. @vij_photo @richken4 Photo #gorg," she tweeted a few hours before revealing she was at a late-night studio session with Will.i.am. "#yalldontevenknowww," she promised. Miley did tweet, however, that we'll be finding out "a Lil sum" at »
London, May 12: Elvis Presley's iconic white 'eagle' cape will go under the hammer next week and is expected to make 90,000 pounds.
The floor-length cloak is embellished with blue, red and gold studs to create a huge eagle across the back.
Presley wore it over his white jumpsuit, the Daily Star reported.
The cap, which is one of the most recognisable items of clothing associated with the late singer, has been copied by Elvis impersonators around the world.
Presley's 5ft cape was made in 1973 for his "Aloha From Hawaii" concert by showbiz designer Bill Belew to hide the singer from his audience at the start. »
- Amith Ostwal
Cher's mother has made her chart debut, 33 years after the material was recorded.
Georgina Holt, 86, has managed to turn back time for herself, as her country collection Honky Tonk Woman has entered Billboard's Heatseekers Albums list at No 13, as well as hitting No 43 on the Top Country Albums chart.
The former beauty queen made the recordings in 1980 with members of Elvis Presley's band, but the sessions sat unreleased in Holt's garage until being rediscovered recently. The album features 10 songs, including covers of Love Me Tender and Cryin' Time, as well as original material written by Holt herself. Cher also duets with her mother on the album.
- Dan Martin
"Honky Tonk Woman," which landed at No. 13 on Billboard's Heatseeker Albums chart, was recorded in 1980. The album features covers and original music (and, of course, Cher). Holt reportedly moved 1,000 units of the record, enough to also earn the 43rd position on the Top Country Albums chart.
But why now? The music was recorded in 1980, but was left forgotten in Holt's garage. There, the sessions -- which featured members of Elvis Presley's band -- remained, until they were recently discovered. Cher told Jay Leno that she took the files to her musical director, who gussied up the tracks.
- The Huffington Post
Directed by Matt Wolf
Adolescence was the greatest demographic discovery and invention of the mid-20th century. Armed with adult-sized interests and freed by a child’s leisurely schedule to explore them to the fullest, teenagers have been dictating pop culture policy since the advent of rock and roll. That much we know. But these new gods of the mall and the dance hall did not simply spring from the swiveling hips of Elvis Presley. In fact, the concept of the teenager was decades in the making.
Director Matt Wolf brings cinematic life to this thesis, derived from British writer John Savage’s book Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture, 1875-1945. Mixing telling narration culled from youthful diaries, audaciously anachronistic sound design, found footage, advertising images, film clips and extraordinarily authentic recreations of period 16mm home movies, Wolf’s sociological collage »
- David Fiore
Elvis Presley made 31 movies between 1956-69, and while his celluloid career will never be as celebrated as his musical output, it’s hard not to crack a smile when thinking about good-time movies like Viva Las Vegas, Blue Hawaii and, of course, Clambake. Throughout May, Encore will have those titles during an event the network has dubbed The Elvis Collection: Whole Lotta Elvis, which will feature 24 of the King’s films, with one airing each night. The event includes the 1981 docudrama This Is Elvis (May 14), as well as an all-day marathon of Elvis movies May 25. In addition [...]
The post Elvis Presley on Encore: Network shines the spotlight on The King’s movies all month long appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Stacey Harrison
As one of the most iconic film characters of all time, you’re bound to have caught a James Bond film at some point. From the very first adventure in 1962, Dr. No, the series has continued to surprise and entertain viewers. Based on creator Ian Fleming’s own love of gambling, one of Bond’s regular habits is to bet big on different casino games; having done so in many of his 23 film outings. For many young viewers, these films probably represent the first time they’ll have seen a casino too – but which films contain the most memorable casino scenes?
The first film produced in the series, it’s also the first we’re treated to the immortal line “Bond…James Bond” delivered by Sean Connery with the aloof disregard you would expect from a super spy. It’s during a game of chemin de fer, a »
- Guest Guest
Nashville, Tenn. -- America loves its outlaws, and few are as admired and lionized as Willie Nelson.
As the enduring American icon's 80th birthday has approached, he's been honored with lifetime achievement awards, serenaded at special performances and saluted by musicians from every genre of music. And Nelson has taken it all in with a bemused smile.
"It's a nice thing to do for someone on their birthday and I appreciate it," Nelson said in a recent interview aboard his bus. "Usually I like to forget my birthdays as much as possible."
The hubbub is as much about celebrating Nelson as it has been celebrating with Nelson.
The singer whose birthday is Monday or Tuesday – Nelson says April 29, the state of Texas claims April 30 – occupies a unique space in America's cultural memory. A walking bag of contradictions, he wears his hair long in braids and has a penchant for pot smoking, »
Vermillion, S.D. — A 16th-century Amati violoncello displayed in the National Music Museum has long been nicknamed "The King," but the ghost of a legendary rock `n' roller has arrived in South Dakota to reclaim his regal moniker.
A slightly smashed acoustic guitar played by Elvis Presley on his final tour in 1977 now greets visitors in front of the museum's main galleries. The Martin D-35 was tossed aside by "The King" during a St. Petersburg, Fla., concert after suffering a broken strap and string, said Robert Johnson, a Memphis-based guitarist who donated the item.
"He broke the strap and at the same time he broke a string," said Johnson, noting Presley's frustration. "He tosses it straight up in the air and it just comes down."
There's nothing like a good nonfiction book to lift the veil on unfamiliar worlds. This week our staffers are getting enlightened about Elvis Presley, marathon running and what really goes on behind the scenes in hotels. Got a book that's taught you something fascinating lately? Let us know below! Amber Sexton, Photo Editor Her pick: Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick I’m not even the biggest Elvis fan, but this bio is beautifully written in a style that makes you feel like you personally know him. You also start to understand how R&B and country artists mingled »
Summer used to be the time that we’d see Warehouse 13, Haven, and – sigh – Eureka return with new seasons, but that’s all changed. Warehouse 13 returns for the second half of its giant 20-episode season on Monday, Haven is now a fall series, and Eureka… well, you know.
But chin up! We have Season 2 of Continuum and standalone seasons of Sinbad and Primeval: New World coming our way, along with the return of Face Off, Ghost Hunters, and many other competition and nonscripted series, not to mention a Twilight Zone marathon, a Roger Corman marathon, and more Original Movies with excellent titles. Check em all out below; series broadcast info will be updated on the SciFiMafia.com Spring and Summer Primetime TV Schedule.
- Erin Willard
Don Coscarelli isn't a name that sends studio heads scrambling for their checkbooks, but if you're a fan of esoteric and bloody horror films, you know the guy's work. Coscarelli's largest contribution to the world of horror cinema in undoubtedly the atypical slasher series, Phantasm, in which an interdimensional undertaker reaps souls for his collection of weird speechless trolls. However, he's also responsible for some of the craziest cult classics in recent memory, like his amazing adaptation of the Joe Lansdale classic, Bubba Ho-Tep, in which a retired and amnesiac Elvis Presley joins forces with black JFK against an undead Mummy foe. After ten years away from features, he's returned with a new mind-bender based on a hot, unfilmable literary property and it's now on Blu-ray...
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Beginning Wednesday, May 1st at 8pm et/pt, Encore Will Feature Classic Films Starring Elvis Presley Including King Creole, Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas, Live a Little, Love a Little, Girl Happy and More! Encore Will Also Air the Docu-drama, This Is Elvis, Starring Elvis Presley, David Scott, Paul Boensch III and Johnny Harra Encore presents .The Elvis Collection: Whole Lotta Elvis. featuring 24 uncut Elvis Presley films, including one documentary, starting Monday, May 1st at 8pm et/pt only on Encore, throughout the month. Encore kicks off the month-long celebration of The King of Rock and Roll with the fan favorite, Girls! Girls! Girls! (starring Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens and Jeremy Slate). Directors Malcolm Leo and Andrew Solt recreated »
- April Neale
New York -- Kim Kardashian says she's gotten more used to pregnancy, is more comfortable in her skin and is no longer feeling the aches and pains of expectant motherhood.
"Now I think I'm past all the awkward phases and stages, and once you feel the baby kick it's a whole new experience," Kardashian said Monday while attending the E! Network Upfront in New York. "I finally really embrace it. I love it now, but it took a minute. It was a lot, you know, a lot of body changes and stuff."
The reality star has received a lot of scrutiny over how she's chosen to dress her baby bump. For a while she avoided maternity clothes, wearing see-through tops and leather pants. The 32-year-old also opted to still wear designer clothing but in larger sizes that maybe weren't meant for an expectant woman.
Kardashian says she's not only feeling »
Monday night (April 22) saw the start of week two of battle rounds in Season 4 of "The Voice," and that meant it was time once again for coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira to pair up two of their artists only to cruelly kill the dreams of one of them later. Let's take a look back at all the crushed hopes, shall we?
Team Usher: Jessica Childress vs. Vedo
The Performance: Vedo is smooth as can be, with a falsetto that gave me the shivers, but there's just something so darn likable about Jessica. This battle was incredible, but I've got such a penchant for a strong diva. When it comes down to personal preference, which it almost has to when both artists are this good, I've got to give it to Jessica. Also, her offer to "bro down" with Adam? »
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