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In the early 1970’s the Varosha resort in Famagusta, Cyprus was one of the hottest vacation spots in the world. The Mediteranean beach destination counted among its many tourists Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Raquel Welch.
The locations fortunes took a turn for the worse on July 20, 1974 when, in response to a Greek backed coup attempt, the Turkish military invaded Northern Cyprus. Fearing for their safety, the 35,000 inhabitants fled the area. The resort town was fenced off and entry prohibited by the military. 40 years later, this remains the status quo. After the 4 decades of neglect, the city is crumbling and will need to be razed if it is to be settled again. Varosha
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- Chris Connors
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
Tom Jones, Sian Phillips & Michael Sheen Join ‘Under Milk Wood’ Cast Tom Jones, Sian Phillips and Michael Sheen have joined the cast of Under Milk Wood, BBC Wales TV’s adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ “play for voices.” Jones stars as the blind and tormented Captain Cat, with Sheen among several actors playing First Voice and Second Voice, including Matthew Rhys and John Rhys Davies. The cast also includes Jonathan Pryce, Ioan Gruffudd and opera star Bryn Terfel. Since its debut on radio 60 years ago, the tale of the residents of the fictional Welsh village of Llareggub has been adapted as a stage play, an opera, and a 1972 starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Marco Frazier Upped To Svp At AMC/Sundance Channel Global AMC/Sundance Channel Global has promoted Marco Frazier to Svp Global Distribution, Emea. Based in Italy, he will oversee the channel’s distribution in the region. Frazier »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
April 14 is Ex-Spouse Day, a special time to reminisce about the one person you're probably sick of thinking about. Here's another option: Instead of ruminating on personal relationship pitfalls, reflect on the wild world of celebrity breakups. From conscious uncouplings to legal brawls, stars' separations are often dramatic. There are various ways for a celeb to turn a main squeeze into a former fling - the dreaded text message send-off included. In remembrance of Hollywood's exes, here are six recurring types of celebrity splits. Where do you and your ex fit? The "Uncool"The Breakup: Taken from Jennifer Aniston's post-split dig at Angelina Jolie, »
- Kelli Bender
London, April 14: Jennifer Lopez was honoured with Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media awards in Los Angeles, for promoting gay rights, on Saturday.
Paying tribute to her Glbt (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) fans, the 44-year-old actress said that she feels like her dream has come true if she does anything that makes even one child feel empowered, BBC News reported.
The singer was also recognised for her role as executive producer on Us drama series 'The Fosters,' based on a lesbian couple.
- Leon David
South African-born journalist Philip Berk has taken a voluntary leave of absence from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for six months following an acrimonious membership meeting on Friday that he did not attend. Some HFPA members are upset (and have been for weeks) about what was written about them and the organization in Berk's book, With Signs and Wonders, published in mid-February. Story: From Ricky Gervais to Elizabeth Taylor, 9 Revelations in Former HFPA President's Book There was a discussion about suspending Berk for as long as a year, or possibly taking stronger action, according to a source.
- Alex Ben Block
In Draft Day, on the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Recently, Wamg sat down with Kevin Costner in a press conference where he spoke to members of the media about his new role in Draft Day, Field Of Dreams, and how affected he was by Rock Hudson in Giant. Check it out below!
There’s a line in the movie where you say, “What do you want?!” Is this a direct reference to Field Of Dreams where you at one point said, “What do you want? »
- Melissa Howland
In the wake of Mickey Rooney's death, the SAG Foundation has released a two-hour "Conversations with Mickey Rooney" to its online video archive. Recorded in 2004, Rooney discusses his lengthy Hollywood career with actor Todd Amorde, including anecdotes on Walt Disney and Elizabeth Taylor, with an appreciative audience of actors, some of whom were described as having tears in their eyes as the cinema icon walked on stage. Photos: Mickey Rooney's Career in Pictures The SAG Foundation is in the process of digitizing its entire Conversations archive of more than 400 discussions with high profile actors, including Charlton Heston, Angela
- Jonathan Handel
Updated, 3:45 Pm:Turner Classic Movies is expanding its salute to the legendary actor, who died Sunday at 93. The cable channel has announced a “multi-tiered” tribute to Mickey Rooney that includes adding an April 13 screening of his National Velvet — the 1944 hit that made Elizabeth Taylor a star — at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. The 9 Am screening at the Tcl Chinese Multiplex will be followed by a conversation with Rooney’s longtime friend Margaret O’Brien, an Oscar winner for Meet Me In St. Louis. The TCM festival starts tonight and runs through Sunday. Watch TCM’s brief montage of Rooney’s movies below. Related: A Mickey Rooney Appreciation From Pete Hammond Previously: Turner Classic Movies will honor Mickey Rooney with a 13-film marathon on Sunday, April 13. Rooney died Sunday at age 93 with more than 300 credits to his name and two honorary Oscars, becoming a household name with the dozen »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
If Michael Augustine has his way, the late Mickey Rooney will forever be surrounded by his peers, from Elizabeth Taylor to Humphrey Bogart. Amid a longstanding family feud that has even led to disagreement over the star's final resting place, Augustine, whom Rooney appointed as Trustee for his estate in his will, has petitioned the courts for decision-making power over Rooney's burial and memorial. "Mickey told me numerous times - including when he was revising his will a month ago - 'I want to be buried in Hollywood,' " says Augustine, a Los Angeles-area attorney. " 'If I can't be buried there, »
- Mary Green
On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Directed by Ivan Reitman, Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary and Ellen Burstyn.
Kevin has your instincts of who you are and what you have brought to this game shifted since you first started?
Kevin Costner: My whole life has been instinctual for me. I wouldn’t do well in a computer world, my children look at me for a question then quickly look away because they know I don’t know anything about Super Mario. »
- Fernando Esquivel
Fourteen: That's the number of hours we have left of Mad Men. So what better time to savor Matthew Weiner's masterpiece than the lead-up to the Season Seven premiere? In a perfect world, you would just re-watch Season Six – or re-read our episode recaps from last season. Tempting, yes, but not practical. Therefore, we've condensed the highlights of the past season into this handy primer that reminds us where we left each major character circa Thanksgiving 1968 (when the finale, "In Care of," took place). Before the big questions are »
Some remarkable child performers have very brief moments in the spotlight -- Carrie Henn in Aliens is a great example. Others fizzle around the time they reach adulthood, often through unfortunate circumstances like drug addiction. Then there are people like Ron Howard, Jodie Foster, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Patrick Harris, Sidney Lumet, Jackie Cooper, Elizabeth Taylor ... The list can go on and on and on (especially if we're counting those who switched roles in Hollywood like Howard and Lumet). We should also include the ones who had missteps during the transition to adulthood but made comebacks, like Drew Barrymore and Jason Bateman. But nobody today, certainly not the younger generation of talents like Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, can be...
- Christopher Campbell
Mickey Rooney was earliest surviving Best Actor Oscar nominee (photo: Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy in ‘Boys Town’) (See previous post: “Mickey Rooney Dead at 93: MGM’s Andy Hardy Series’ Hero and Judy Garland Frequent Co-Star Had Longest Film Career Ever?”) Mickey Rooney was the earliest surviving Best Actor Academy Award nominee — Babes in Arms, 1939; The Human Comedy, 1943 — and the last surviving male acting Oscar nominee of the 1930s. Rooney lost the Best Actor Oscar to two considerably more “prestigious” — albeit less popular — stars: Robert Donat for Sam Wood’s Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) and Paul Lukas for Herman Shumlin’s Watch on the Rhine (1943). Following Mickey Rooney’s death, there are only two acting Academy Award nominees from the ’30s still alive: two-time Best Actress winner Luise Rainer, 104 (for Robert Z. Leonard’s The Great Ziegfeld, 1936, and Sidney Franklin’s The Good Earth, 1937), and Best Supporting Actress nominee Olivia de Havilland, »
- Andre Soares
Any discussion of Barbara Walters’ trademark primetime interview specials inevitably winds back to the famous question: “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”
Except that she never delivered that query in quite in that way, even though it has become apocryphal punchline.
See Also: Barbara Walters: Her View on 50 Years in the News Biz
The tree moment cropped up during Walters’ 1981 interview of Katharine Hepburn, who described herself as feeling like a very strong “tree” in her old age. Walters pressed her on “what kind of tree are you?” To which Hepburn said she preferred to be an oak rather than an elm, in order to avoid Dutch elm disease.
Among other probing questions over the years from Walters’ primetime specials:
- Cynthia Littleton
Barbara Walters is known for turning her interviews into sob sessions, but as she exits the business she’s known all her life, she’s determined not to do that. When the legendary broadcaster retires next month at age 84 from ABC’s “The View,” following a groundbreaking career that’s featured more than 50 years in front of the television cameras, she’s adamant she won’t shed any tears.
“I’m not going to cry,” Walters says, from her corner office at ABC News in midtown Manhattan. She recalls watching Jay Leno’s misty final appearance on “The Tonight Show” in February. “I think Jay felt that he was pushed out,” Walters says. “I don’t feel like I’m being pushed out. This was my decision.” Walters says she settled on a timeline for her departure three years ago, as rumors about her retirement began to swirl.
It’s been a long goodbye. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Mickey Rooney rivaled his National Velvet costar Elizabeth Taylor for number of marriages: He was married eight times throughout his career. As he deadpanned to People in 1993: "Weddings? I've been to a lot of them." Meet the women who helped Mickey Rooney find love, however - in some cases - briefly. Ava GardnerRooney was instantly smitten with Gardner and pursued her doggedly, according to his autobiography, Life is Too Short. But Rooney's compulsive habits - among them working, gambling, and philandering - caused the marriage to implode after a little over a year. Betty Jane BakerRooney once described Baker »
- Alex Heigl
Dorothy: What kind of a horse is that? I’ve never seen a horse like that before!
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: And never will again, I fancy. There’s only one of him and he’s it. He’s the Horse of a Different Color you’ve heard tell about.
—The Wizard of Oz, 1939
I love to read. I read every chance I get, including always bringing a book with me to read on my lunch hour.
I don’t get people who don’t read.
They make me crazed.
The other day when I came into the lounge, I noticed that someone had left three books in the lounge; a couple of bodice rippers, and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, whose first book was The Kite Runner. Both of Hosseini’s books reflect his Afghani childhood and heritage, and both are equally brilliant, though I »
- Mindy Newell
Mickey Rooney, the Hollywood actor who spent his entire life in showbusiness, has died aged 93.
Born Joseph Yule Jr in Brooklyn, his parents included him in their vaudeville act when he was just 18 months old.
After his mother moved him to California, his first film role as Mickey McGuire came when he was six, in Orchids and Ermine, and he starred in a string of ‘Mickey’ movies that stretched into the 1930s.
In 1937, he took the part of Andy Hardy in A Family Affair under his new name, Mickey Rooney, and the box office hit led to another series of films that lasted eight years and famously paired him with Judy Garland.
The actor had starred in 200 films by 1965, which had earned more than $3bn ($1.8bn) worldwide. But he was also declared bankrupt, with much of »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Mickey Rooney, the acting icon who starred in more than 200 feature films, has passed away at the age of 93.
A four-time Oscar nominee and honorary winner in 1939 and 1983, Rooney shot to fame as a teenager playing Andy Hardy in MGM's film series. So successful was Rooney as a child star, he became the biggest box office draw in America from 1939-1941.
In a career that spanned 10 decades, Rooney worked with Hollywood icons such as Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor. In recent years he cameoed in The Muppets and Night at the Museum. His final film role will be reprising his role as security guard Gus in Night at the Museum 3.
Digital Spy collects reactions from Rooney's famous fans and admirers below:
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mickey Rooney. One of the greats!
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 7, 2014
Had the honour of shooting w MickeyRooney on NATM3 just last month. »
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