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Virgin mogul Richard Branson is set to star as himself in an upcoming episode of “The Simpsons.” See photos: Moguls on a Boat 2014: Where Rupert Murdoch, Ryan Kavanaugh, Clive Davis, Puff Daddy Had Fun in the Sun The British billionaire and founder of Virgin Group will apparently play foil to infamous (and equally wealthy) “Simpsons” curmudgeon, Mr. Burns. ”Richard Branson is the Flanders to Mr. Burns,” the show's executive producer Al Jean told EW. “He's Mr. Burns’ nosy neighbor.” The episode will air sometime in 2015. As “Simpsons” fans undoubtedly remember, this isn't Branson's first trip to Springfield. The tycoon previously made a cameo in. »
- Travis Reilly
Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg is in talks to star in the J.C. Chandor-directed Deepwater Horizon for Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and Participant Media. Based on the true-life story of the 2010 Bp oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico which caused the worst oil spill since the Exxon Valdez, the movie is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. The story, adapted from The New York Times’ article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” highlights the courage of those who worked on the oil rig when it blew, killing 11 and injuring 16 others.
Wahlberg will star as the No. 2 manager on the doomed oil rig in the story about what happened behind-the-scenes in the 48 hours leading up to and the day of the disaster. It revisits the acts of heroism that followed in trying to rescue men in the water, stories not known to the general public. The project is »
- Anita Busch
The actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and the understanding and treatment of mental illness has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honour.
The award is presented annually to someone who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.”
The 82-year-old’s screen credits include Singin’ In The Rain opposite Gene Kelly, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, for which she was nominated an Oscar for her title role performance, How The West Was Won, Tammy And The Bachelor, The Tender Trap opposite Frank Sinatra, The Pleasure Of His Company in which she danced »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Wondering how to get ready for the big show? Clear your schedule (no, really, your entire schedule) for a nonstop day of food, drinks, and all the TV episodes you need to watch to be an Emmy expert.
You’ll need energy for this, so kick off the binge with orange juice, black coffee, and Orange Is the New Black standout episode “Lesbian Request Denied.”
Time is a flat circle. Also a flat circle: pancakes! Eat some with True Detective episode 4, “Who Goes There.”
- Marc Snetiker
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
At the end of Manhattan, perhaps Woody Allen’s masterpiece, he lies on a couch and lists all the things that make life worth living. As a twelve-year-old, I thought it was the coolest and hippest list I’d ever heard. Groucho Marx, Willie Mays, the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony, Louis Armstrong’s recording of Potato-head Blues, Swedish movies, Sentimental Education by Flaubert, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by Cézanne, the crabs at Sam Wo’s, and Tracy’s face. But as I’ve gotten older, I see that list differently. It’s a list to reaffirm a sense of self. […] »
- Noah Buschel
Saturday Night Live had a good Saturday night: The show won five awards — more than any other program — at the annual Creative Arts Emmys, held August 16 in L.A.
Although the Creative Arts Emmy focus on the non-performance aspects of TV programming, there were a few awards handed out for guest acting: Uzo Aduba won for her role as Crazy Eyes in Orange is the New Black while Allison Janney won for playing Margaret Scully in Masters of Sex.
The Primetime Emmy Awards air August 25. See the full list of Creative Arts Emmys winners below:
Outstanding Animated Program
“Mazel Tina, »
- Ariana Bacle
New York – She had it all. Just like Bogie and, well, her. Lauren “Betty” Bacall accidentally became a movie actress, but that accident led to stardom, two marriages to famous actors and a long life of award winning performances. The 89-year-old star died of a stroke in New York City on August 12th.
She thought her marriage to Humphrey Bogart – who was 26 years older than her – would be her epitaph, but Bacall had so much more going for her through her career, she forged ahead and established her own identity. In that second act, it was the stage that became her main calling, as she won Tony Awards for her lead performances in “Applause” and “Woman of the Year” on Broadway. Her husky voiced, independent style was broadly appealing, especially in her early co-starring roles with Bogart.
Bogie and Bacall in ‘The Big Sleep’
Photo credit: Warner Home Video
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Iconic Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall passed away aged 89 at her Manhattan home yesterday morning (August 12).
The beautiful, Bronx-born Bacall was best known for her smoky voice and sultry looks, making her big-screen breakthrough in 1944's To Have and Have Not opposite Humphrey Bogart, who she went on to marry.
We commemorate the life and career of the sultry silver screen siren with some classic pictures taken during the Golden Age of Hollywood:
1. Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart pose for a publicity portrait for romantic drama To Have And Have Not in 1944. The pair met on set and began a relationship when Bacall was just 19, and Bogart 45.
One of the most iconic figures of Hollywood’s Golden Age is no longer with us. Today, sultry-voiced actress Lauren Bacall died at the age of 89 after suffering a massive stroke, multiple sources confirm.
Bacall is perhaps best known for her partnership with fellow Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart, both on-screen and off. In 1944 classic To Have and Have Not, Bacall’s first big screen role (and the one in which she delivered her most iconic line: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow”), the sparks between the two ignited one of the film industry’s most enduring love stories. The pair married the next year and went on to star in such 1940s classics as The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo, staying together until Bogart’s death in 1957. Bacall was later engaged to Frank Sinatra and married another acting legend, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Everyone is entitled to a favorite screen pairing – Taylor and Burton, Hepburn and Tracy, R2D2 and C3PO – but they simply don’t get any better than Bogart and Bacall.
Lauren Bacall – the surviving half of that duo for 57 years – has died at the age of 89. But her legacy as one of the great actresses has long been secured, both for the work she did with Humphrey Bogart – who she met, and soon married, via their first collaboration, “To Have and Have Not” – and what came after, not just in movies but on stage and television.
Still, any remembrance of Bacall has to begin with her roles opposite Bogart, a pairing so terrific and seemingly right that it tended to obscure the pesky details, like their 25-year age difference, or the fact he was still married when their by all accounts torrid affair began.
Bacall’s alluring looks – there »
- Brian Lowry
Lauren Bacall, the sultry presence who first hit movie screens in 1944 and then went on to play a series of sophisticated, tough-as-nails roles for the next six decades - even in real life - has died, it has been confirmed to People. "Ms. Bacall passed away peacefully at her home in New York City earlier today," Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart estate, said Tuesday evening. Bacall's son, Stephen Bogart, personally told him the news. She was 89 and a longtime resident of Manhattan's Upper West Side. Launched by a Harper's Bazaar cover when she was a 19-year-old model, »
- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm
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
Frank Sinatra's “It Was a Very Good Year” probably wouldn't apply to rumored son Ronan Farrow's TV season ratings. Since its Feb. 24 debut through Aug. 8, MSNBC's “Ronan Farrow Daily” in the 1.p.m. timeslot has averaged 227,000 total viewers, with 54,000 coming from the key 25-54 demographic. Also read: Ronan Farrow on Mia Farrow: ‘My White Mother Had Blackmotheritis’ By comparison, CNN's “Wolf” with host Wolf Blitzer has brought in 429,000 total viewers in the 1 p.m. hour, and 106,000 in the demo during the near-six-month period. Leader Fox News’ “America's News HQ/Happening Now” has earned 945,000 total viewers, 169,000 in the demo over the same. »
- Tony Maglio
Grace Kelly Collection
Due Out: July 28, 2014
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
Mia Farrow - "May be I do want to act again. My being distracted from acting with other thing led me to conclude that I did not belong there any more." Photo: Richard Mowe
With her wispy, curly hair and laid back attitude, Mia Farrow still looks like a child of the Sixties. Now grounded by her humanitarian works as a Unicef ambassador, she travels to Darfur, Chad and other parts of Africa to draw attention to the desperate plight of people unable to help themselves. She has spent her life in the spotlight, the issue of Hollywood royalty (the writer-director John Farrow and the actress Maureen O’Sullivan) with famous men in her orbit: Frank Sinatra, whom she married at 21 when he was 50, conductor André Previn and Woody Allen. She created a home for her 14 adopted and biological children but managed to combine family with a career that started »
- Richard Mowe
There is no question that blackface is a racist trope too regularly used on film, TV, and in magazines. While not nearly as rampant as it was in the 1930s, there have been hundreds of instances of blackface employed in the past twenty years. Everyone from Paris Hilton to Ben Stiller and Jimmy Fallon to Billy Crystal has donned a form of blackface in an attempt to be funny, controversial, or — in Hilton’s case — cute. (The things people will do for a laugh.)
The most recent use of blackface is by a repeat offender, Chris Lilley (pictured above), who is the star of the new HBO series, Jonah from Tonga. The series, which follows the story of a Tongan teenager, features Lilley in brownface make-up and a curly wig. In other series, the actor has portrayed S.mouse, an African American rap artist from California and Jen Okazaki, a Japanese mother of three. »
- Stacy Lambe
Our continuing look back at some of the biggest summers we've lived through takes us back 15 years to one of the best recent movie seasons overall. In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1999. It was the summer I became Moriarty. To be fair, I had been contributing to Ain't It Cool for a little while already by that point, and I had been slowly but surely embracing the potential of the website and the audience that I was reaching. I had already taken a few trips to Austin, including a memorable stay at the third Quentin Tarantino Film Festival, »
- Drew McWeeny
If you're wedding planning, we've got plenty of help for you when it comes to music. There's a guide to the songs you have to pick out, and perhaps one of the most important tunes to decide on is for the first dance. We have 100 suggestions for the first twirl you'll take as a married couple, but there are other things to consider when picking your first-dance song. Here are the three things you should do when making this decision. 1. Dance to It Sounds simple, but it's easy to choose your song and assume it's perfect because you love it, but your song does have to be the right tempo. Is it too fast? Is it too slow? You'll find out if it feels right to dance to by taking a practice run first. Test audience optional. 2. Decide What Vibe You Want In this day and age, no one expects a waltz at every wedding, »
Disney and director Rob Marshall are bringing one of Stephen Sondheim's classic musicals to life on the big screen this Christmas with Into the Woods, which intertwines the plots of several Grimm Brothers fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and many more.
Today, we have nine brand new photos which give us our first look at Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), The Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp), The Baker (James Corden) and The Baker's Wife (Emily Blunt), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Cinderella's mother (Christine Baranski) and stepsisters (Lucy Punch and Tammy Blanchard), Prince Charming (Chris Pine), the Witch (Meryl Streep) and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), along with commentary from director Rob Marshall and actress Emily Blunt.
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