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13 Reasons Why Elizabeth Taylor Is Still the Queen of Hollywood

27 February 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's time to raise your glass and rattle your jewelry for a birthday toast to Elizabeth Taylor, who'd have turned 83 on Feb. 27. Though memories of her begin to fade, the legacy of the woman who was perhaps the most beautiful, most popular, most everything movie star of all time remains as vivid as ever.

Younger moviegoers may wonder what all the fuss was about. Here, then, are 13 reasons why Taylor remains, decades after her prime and four years after her death, the queen of Hollywood.

1. In a way, she never left.

Even though she died in 2011, they're still showing her in commercials for her perfume, White Diamonds.

2. She's the original diva.

Long before Beyonce, the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, and other current divas, Taylor pretty much invented the concept that a celebrity's offscreen life was just as much a performance as onscreen, and just as much part of the job description. »

- Gary Susman

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Elizabeth Taylor's Estate Sues Christie's Over Sale of Her 'Taj Mahal' Diamond

26 February 2015 6:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

An ugly fight has broken out over one of the world's most beautiful jewels.  The estate of Elizabeth Taylor is suing Christie's auction house over the 2011 auction of the late actress's jewelry and other precious items. At issue, in particular, is the famed Taj Mahal diamond that Taylor received from husband Richard Burton on her 40th birthday.  The 17th-century diamond pendant sold for more than $8 million to an anonymous buyer, but that buyer later asked for the sale to be canceled, alleging that the jewel hadn't actually belonged to a Mughal emperor, reports the Los Angeles Times.  Christie's canceled the sale, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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Elizabeth Taylor's Estate Sues Christie's Over Sale of Her 'Taj Mahal' Diamond

26 February 2015 6:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

An ugly fight has broken out over one of the world's most beautiful jewels.  The estate of Elizabeth Taylor is suing Christie's auction house, saying it botched the 2011 auction of the late actress's jewelry and other precious items. At issue, in particular, is the famed Taj Mahal diamond that Taylor received from husband Richard Burton on her 40th birthday.  The 17th-century diamond pendant sold for more than $8 million to an anonymous buyer, but that buyer later asked for the sale to be canceled, alleging that the jewel hadn't actually belonged to a Mughal emperor, reports the Los Angeles Times.  Christie's canceled the sale, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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Elizabeth Taylor -- Family Jewels and a Ton of Cash Held Hostage ... Liz's Trust Sues

25 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

One of Elizabeth Taylor's iconic jewelry pieces fetched almost $9 million in an auction -- but the buyer backed out, and now Liz's trust is suing famed auction house Christie's Inc. for screwing up the deal.   Lizzie's Taj Mahal diamond necklace -- a gift from Richard Burton -- was one of the items hawked during Christie's 2011 auction ... which took in a whopping $156,756,576. Problem is ... the guy who bid $8,818,500 for the necklace backed out because the »

- TMZ Staff

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Oscar No-Shows: 9 Winners Who Weren't There to Accept the Big Award

23 February 2015 4:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Oscars sum up Hollywood quite tidily: The most popular people get together to find out who has been selected as being especially notable, and then everyone claps. If you're the type who likes attention - and let's face it, most who excel in Hollywood do - getting that moment onstage is a dream come true. Every now and then, however, an Oscar winner isn't present to receive his or her statuette. It's Hollywood heresy - the thought that someone would have somewhere more important to be than onstage, receiving applause. But it happens, and when it does, there's usually a good story behind it. »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Alfre Woodard Hosts Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree

19 February 2015 2:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alfre Woodard threw her first Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree six years ago, when she had grown tired of everyone assuming actresses of color were in competition with each other. “Every time we hear each others’ names, it felt like it was one of our reps going, ‘If that b–tch turns it down, then you can have it!’” Woodard revealed at a cocktail gathering before the dinner. “I was like, wait a minute. When I hear my sisters’ names, I want to have a joyful feeling in my heart about it.”

There was nothing but joy evident in the cocktail party at the Beverly Wilshire held before the 28 invited guests headed into a private dinner. The room was loud with laughter and cheers as Woodard tried to find an area where she could talk. “You see how loud it gets!” she said with a laugh. “It’s always like this, »

- Jenelle Riley

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Coronation Street: a mini-bus crash rocks the cobbles

11 February 2015 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Tracey saves Carla’s life in Weatherfield, Dean’s days are numbered in EastEnders and Charity is sent down for two years in Emmerdale

People of Coronation Street, give thanks to Beth’s life-saving shoe. Just as the staff of Underworld got glammed up to watch Carla pick up the award for “north-west ballbreaker of the year” or something at a fancy hotel, Beth came a cropper. There she was, warming up with a refreshed frug to Tina Charles in her living room, when she took a tumble on a stray bit of carpet. Curse those vertiginous wedges, but at least spraining her ankle and missing that bus meant she’d be safe from any unglamorous scenes where her hairdo was ruined and her life hung in the balance.

Because, yes, it was time for the Big Corrie Crash, in which a minibus full of revellers ended up perched on a cliff-edge. »

- Hannah Verdier

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Lupita Nyong'o on Stardom: 'When I Don't Feel Like Being Famous, I Still Am'

10 February 2015 11:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lupita Nyong'o likes being famous - that is, until she has to use the bathroom at Starbucks. "The not-so-fun part of all this is that when I don't feel like being famous, I still am," Nyong'o tells Lucky for its March cover story. "When you're in the middle of Manhattan and you have to pop into Starbucks to use the restroom and everyone recognizes you when you're waiting in line, it's awkward," she adds. Being a celebrity and feeling the need to constantly get all done up is sometimes difficult for the Oscar-winning actress, who admitted that her mom didn't »

- Alexandra Zaslow, @alexandrazaslow

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Lupita Nyong'o on Stardom: 'When I Don't Feel Like Being Famous, I Still Am'

10 February 2015 11:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lupita Nyong'o likes being famous - that is, until she has to use the bathroom at Starbucks. "The not-so-fun part of all this is that when I don't feel like being famous, I still am," Nyong'o tells Lucky for its March cover story. "When you're in the middle of Manhattan and you have to pop into Starbucks to use the restroom and everyone recognizes you when you're waiting in line, it's awkward," she adds. Being a celebrity and feeling the need to constantly get all done up is sometimes difficult for the Oscar-winning actress, who admitted that her mom didn't »

- Alexandra Zaslow, @alexandrazaslow

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Orange Is the New Black Star Lea DeLaria Is Engaged

6 February 2015 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Wedding white is the new orange. Orange Is the New Black star Lea Delaria is engaged to fashion editor Chelsea Fairless, the actress announced Friday on Facebook. "Despite their concerns about the patriarchal confines of marriage, actor / singer Lea DeLaria & editrix Chelsea Fairless of Brooklyn, New York are pleased to announce their engagement," she posted, alongside a wacky picture of the happy couple Photoshopped with Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor. "No date has been set for the impending nuptials," she continued, "but it's safe to say that it will be the event of the season, or a total s--- show. »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Orange Is the New Black Star Lea DeLaria Is Engaged

6 February 2015 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Wedding white is the new orange. Orange Is the New Black star Lea Delaria is engaged to fashion editor Chelsea Fairless, the actress announced Friday on Facebook. "Despite their concerns about the patriarchal confines of marriage, actor / singer Lea DeLaria & editrix Chelsea Fairless of Brooklyn, New York are pleased to announce their engagement," she posted, alongside a wacky picture of the happy couple Photoshopped with Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor. "No date has been set for the impending nuptials," she continued, "but it's safe to say that it will be the event of the season, or a total s--- show. »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Empire Recap: In Which We Learn Why Cookie Was Released from Prison Early (and Why She May Soon Return)

5 February 2015 5:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Now that we know exactly how Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) managed to wrangle herself an early release, she jumps to a conclusion in Wednesday's episode of Empire that causes her to react in a way that will almost certainly have her behind bars once again. (Unless, of course, she can get someone to take the fall for her - it worked for Lucious, after all) In "Dangerous Bonds," Jamal (Jussie Smollett) finally records a single, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) shoots a music video, and Andre (Trai Byers) sets out to drive a wedge in between his younger brothers. Also, Lucious (Terrence Howard »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Empire Recap: In Which We Learn Why Cookie Was Released from Prison Early (and Why She May Soon Return)

5 February 2015 5:25 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Now that we know exactly how Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) managed to wrangle herself an early release, she jumps to a conclusion in Wednesday's episode of Empire that causes her to react in a way that will almost certainly have her behind bars once again. (Unless, of course, she can get someone to take the fall for her - it worked for Lucious, after all) In "Dangerous Bonds," Jamal (Jussie Smollett) finally records a single, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) shoots a music video, and Andre (Trai Byers) sets out to drive a wedge in between his younger brothers. Also, Lucious (Terrence Howard »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Empire Recap: Kiss From a Rose

4 February 2015 8:21 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

She can turn the world on with her smile. But the comparisons between Empire‘s Cookie Lyon and The Mary Tyler Moore Show‘s Mary Richards end right there.

Ok, so minus the recently completed 17-year prison sentence, Taraji P. Henson’s glorious alter-ego is a real go-getter with a penchant for multitasking, dropping quotable zingers and overcoming whatever obstacles the universe throws in her path.

RelatedTVLine Items: Girl Meets World Meets Angela, JHud Visits Empire and More

But this week’s episode, “Dangerous Bonds,” reminds us there’s a big difference between Mary cracking up during a clown’s »

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Mike Leigh to receive BAFTA Fellowship

3 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mr Turner director to be honoured this weekend.

BAFTA is to present director Mike Leigh with the Fellowship at its annual film awards this Sunday (Feb 8).

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.

Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese and Alan Parker. Helen Mirren received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.

Leigh said: “What a privilege to be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship. I’m moved, delighted and surprised.”

Amanda Berry OBE, chief executive of BAFTA, described Leigh as “a true innovator, an artist and an exceptional filmmaker”.

This Saturday, the day before the ceremony in London, the writer-director will join a number of close colleagues and friends »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Mike Leigh to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

3 February 2015 2:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will present Mike Leigh with the BAFTA Fellowship, its highest accolade, at the film awards ceremony on Feb. 8 in London.

The annual award is given to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.

Those previously honored for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese and Alan Parker. Helen Mirren received the Fellowship at last year’s film awards.

Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, described Leigh as “one of Britain’s finest filmmakers.” She added: “He is a true innovator, an artist and an exceptional filmmaker.”

Leigh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, at the Camberwell and Central Schools of Art and at the London Film School, of which he is now the chairman. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Dick Gregory Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame

2 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was more than half a century ago that Dick Gregory became the Jackie Robinson of stand-up comedy, arguably the first black comic to break through to the white American mainstream. Yet he’s only receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 2. Ask him why it took so long, and you’ll get a quick response.

“You know damn good and well why it took so long,” the 82-year-old chuckles. “I’ve been a bad boy.”

That’s one way of putting it. Another way would be to note that, at the height of his popularity, Gregory all but abandoned standup to become a full-time activist, a second major career change (he was a track-and-field star prior to trying his hand at comedy) that saw him stir up trouble for decades, once mounting a run for president, getting shot during the Watts riots, and staging a »

- Andrew Barker

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“You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”: Top Ten Tragic Lovers in the Movies

26 January 2015 10:41 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Love can be a many splendid thing…both in triumph and sometimes in tragedy. The emphasis of this sentiment is mainly on the latter as tragedy can be defined in various degrees of despair. Consequently, we have endured all sorts of conflict between lovers in cinema throughout the history of frequenting the movies.

In You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling: Top Ten Tragic Lovers in the Movies we will look at a selection of films where the tragic circumstances have shaped the foundation of film lovers convincingly. The tragic overtones come in all varieties: marital discourse, criminal activity, fraud, addiction, etc. Granted that there are probably bigger and better choices for lovey-dovey antagonism that could be cited in You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling but hey…the outcome remains the same: hampered relationships that are creatively rooted in turmoil.

The spotlight of “lovers” are open to discussion in the realm of combative married couples, »

- Frank Ochieng

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