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If you ask pretty much anyone, anywhere, chances are they'll know who people like Katy Perry, Mariah Carey and Oprah Winfrey are icons of this generation. And now these stars, among others, have been transformed into icons of past generations by Carine Roitfeld and Jean-Paul Goude in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar. Perry poses as Elizabeth Taylor, while holding a shredded Andy Warhol picture of her likeness over her face. The 30-year-old singer said about Taylor, "An icon transcends time. Liz was so fabulous and decadent and had a style that evolved with the years...and I'm sure I'll be married just as many times!" Carey, meanwhile, wears an elaborate »
Eight-time Daytime Emmy winner Tony Geary will once and for all wrap his decades-long General Hospital run on Monday, July 27 — and ABC is doing its best to make sure you don’t miss a minute of Luke Spencer’s exit storyline.
The sudser’s new promo touts a grand, week-long farewell to the character who has toiled for the mob, saved the world from a big freeze, had Elizabeth Taylor crash his wedding, skinny-dipped with Emma Samms and…. I’m sorry, what was I saying? »
There is a shot in “Doctor Zhivago” in which Omar Sharif’s face is almost entirely veiled in shadow, so that all we see are his eyes, focused on the woman who will soon become his lover. For all the visual sweep of David Lean’s magnificently mushy 1965 romance, it contains few images as telling or revealing as this one: Here were eyes for the audience to lose itself in, but also to study closely. The film historian and professor Constantine Santas summed it up in his appreciative 2011 study of Lean’s epics, when he wrote that Sharif’s Zhivago “is frequently described as ‘passive,’ his eyes reflecting the reality he sees in reaction shots; his eyes then become the mirror of reality we ourselves see.”
It’s a conceit that could only work, of course, if your leading man had the eyes to do it justice. And Lean, the »
- Justin Chang
Occasionally, a breakup proves a big mistake for both parties. Witness the strange case of MSNBC and Keith Olbermann.
The struggling cable network and the well-traveled host have both been back in the headlines – him, as of today, with official word that his contract won’t be extended at Espn; and MSNBC with the news that Brian Williams will land there, giving the NBC News anchor a second chance on the company’s second-tier network.
While their relationship was often rancorous, Olbermann’s lengthy and biting commentary not only branded and defined MSNBC but set the channel on its current course. Indeed, the NBC-owned network’s entire lineup of primetime hosts – Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Hayes – were essentially spun out of Olbermann’s ribs, as management sought to build on Olbermann’s success by becoming a liberal counterweight to Fox News Channel.
For his part, Olbermann enjoyed both »
- Brian Lowry
Munich — Rupert Everett was lauded at the Munich Film Festival on Wednesday, when he received the CineMerit Award for outstanding contribution to cinema.
Glenn O’Brien, a former member of Andy Warhol’s Factory and the first editor-in-chief of Interview magazine, which featured Everett on its cover when he was a teenager, acted as laudator. O’Brien said: “(Everett) redefined what it is to be a leading man. Part of that is he proved that you don’t need to be straight to be emotionally unavailable, and that it is important to do the roles that formulate your idea of yourself and do them in your own way.”
After he received his award, Everett said: “I feel terribly proud to be here tonight, but also I feel very unworthy, because even though in some ways one deserves an award just for surviving 35 years in show business, I really don’t »
- Leo Barraclough
Olivia de Havilland picture U.S. labor history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 (This Olivia de Havilland article is currently being revised and expanded.) Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1. Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood labor history. This particular history has nothing to do with de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, or Errol Flynn. Instead, history was made as a result of a legal fight: after winning a lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the mid-'40s, Olivia de Havilland put an end to treacherous »
- Andre Soares
Andy Warhol’s sprawling Hamptons estate has hit the market at a price that rivals some of his most famous pop art. Current owner Mickey Drexler, chief executive of J. Crew clothing brand, is asking $85 million. On any given weekend, Jerry Hall, Cheryl Tiegs, Liza Minnelli, Liz Taylor, John Lennon, John Phillips, Mick Jagger, Jackie Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwill could be found idling on the beach. [...] »
'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are »
- Andre Soares
"When I think of 'Jaws' I think about courage and stupidity. And I think of both of those things existing underwater." That's a quote from Steven Spielberg on his time directing the 1975 horror classic, which turns 40 this Saturday. Proving that sometimes greatness can spring from unimaginable misery, the film was famously a nightmare to shoot, with numerous production problems including the frequent malfunctioning of "Bruce," the collective name given to the film's trio of animatronic sharks. But don't take my word for it. Below are ten hellish behind-the-scenes straight from the mouths of those involved that will make you wonder how they managed to finish the film at all. 1. This is what happens when you hire a stuntman with no diving experience When husband-and-wife shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor were commissioned to get footage of actual Great Whites attacking a cage (for the famous Richard Dreyfuss underwater sequence), the »
- Chris Eggertsen
“I didn’t think I was right for the part, and I know a lot of people will agree, but then again, I don’t think Elizabeth Taylor was right for Cleopatra either... An artist is colorless, genderless… It’s more complex than just ‘Oh, you chose the Halle Berry look-alike to play a dark, strikingly beautiful, iconic black woman.’ The truth is, they chose an artist who was willing to sacrifice herself. We needed to tell her story because she deserves it.” The above quote comes from an interview Zoe Saldana gave to InStyle Magazine - the July 2015 issue, which The Huffington Post got their hands on. This probably won't matter much to those of you who've long been critical of the actress' »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Sue Kroll sits in a sweet spot. As president of worldwide marketing and intl. distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, she’s overseen launches that have not only achieved box office success but garnered critical acclaim. In 2014 the studio’s slate was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including a best picture nom for “American Sniper” — which happened to gross $545 million worldwide. Other films for which Kroll and her team designed global marketing campaigns: Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” ($674 million), Guillermo del Toro’s “Godzilla” ($527 million), “The Lego Movie” ($468 million) and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” ($955 million). This year’s releases include “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “San Andreas” and “Entourage.” Kroll shared with Variety her thoughts on receiving Taormina’s prestigious Tao Arte Award.
- Peter Caranicas
The couple have been on and off in the past, but have now moved in together and are all "loved up".
He added: "We've been together since we were teenagers and we've had our ups and downs, but at the moment we are stronger than ever.
"I've moved in with Lydia now and we're very much loved up."
Bright added: "My mum always says we are the modern day Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton!"
Speaking about her experience on the show, Bright said: "I've absolutely loved it.
"We've had amazing lives, got to do and experience amazing things, meet great people - for me, I always pinch myself still »
Kevin Allen (Twin Town) directs the surreal story in which Blind Captain Cat (Rhys Ifans) is tormented in his dreams by his drowned shipmates, and the innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of a fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub.
The deal was negotiated by Metrodome MD Jezz Vernon and Metro International’s head of sales Natalie Brenner.
Under Milk Wood is presented by fFatti fFilms and Metro International, in association »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Nicky Hilton's new beauty range is inspired by Elizabeth Taylor. The 31-year-old fashion designer has teamed up with Smashbox cosmetics - which is owned by Estée Lauder - to create three cat eye kits themed around her three favourite cities, New York, Los Angeles and London. Nicky - the sister of Paris Hilton - admits she turned to the makeup worn by late acting legend Taylor and other iconic actresses for ideas as she aims for that classic Hollywood look when putting her face on. When asked who inspires her when it comes to beauty, she said: ''Elizabeth Taylor, Bridget Bardot, Audrey Hepburn. They were classic beauties who all had signature makeup looks.'' Nicky - who is getting married to Todd Meister in a few weeks - was personally approached by Davis Factor, who co-founded Smashbox with his brother Dean, to create a cosmetic range and she »
For all its celebration of personal liberty and countercultural fabulousness, Broadway is actually a fairly God-positive place. Producers are not, after all, in the business of alienating potential audiences with gratuitous sacrilege. The nuns in Sister Act are sassy, not schismatic; Tevye’s a hondler, not an apostate. Even The Book of Mormon, for all its nose-thumbing, ends up endorsing the irrational power of faith in the same way it endorses the irrational power of musicals. So it comes as quite a surprise that David Javerbaum’s An Act of God, which promotes itself as a lighthearted new comedy, is actually one of the most vehement takedowns of the deity ever to reach Broadway. Perhaps the tipoff is that it’s playing at Studio 54, where, as the title character recalls, Liza Minnelli once sniffed Mick Jagger off Elizabeth Taylor.I say “title character,” but Javerbaum’s premise is that God, »
- Jesse Green
She’s guarding him. Zoe Saldana wrote this weekend that she was "inspired" by Michael B. Jordan's candid essay about racism and casting in Hollywood, thanking the Fantastic Four actor for speaking up about the long-standing issue. "Bravo!!! Inspired by Michael's essay," the Guardians of the Galaxy actress, 36, wrote via Facebook. "Thank you for speaking up. If we question why Michael has been cast to play the Human Torch in Fantastic Four then we must also question why Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra, why Angelina Jolie played Mariane [...] »
In a mansion-sized tent at the Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc outside Cannes, Tom Ford and Eva Longoria were trying to sell a collection of dresses to the highest bidder. The garments up for grabs at the Thursday night’s amfAR Cinema Against AIDS auction had just been showcased in a fashion show on steroids, which featured 40 models strutting up and down the runway and then returning onstage for an impromptu dance. The crowd of A-list celebrities, oligarchs and other rich-and-famous were impressed.
But nobody seemed to love the spectacle more than “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke, 38, who sat a table close to the action. He kept standing up, sitting down, standing up and clapping, like he was cheering on his favorite sports team. His date, 20-year-old April Love Geary (also a model), didn’t seem to mind.
This annual amfAR event feels like the Golden Globes (or the Met Gala) of France. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Veteran Italian distributor Valerio De Paolis first came to Cannes in 1971 and slept on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s yacht. At that time, he was working with John Heyman, the legendary British producer, talent agent and film financier who had Joseph Losey’s “The Go-Between” at the fest. There was much celebration when that pic won the Grand Prix. De Paolis subsequently founded Italy’s Bim Distribuzione, known for releasing Palmes, Lions and Bears. He maintains this knack with his new company, called Cinema, which bowed by purchasing Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi” before it won the top prize at Berlin earlier this year.
Got any stories about picking those Palme d’Or winners?
One has to do with the restaurant Chez Tetou. In 2003 (British sales exec) Alison Thompson and I decided to go there for dinner the evening before the festival opened. We met at the Majestic, took my car, »
- Nick Vivarelli
By Kevin Scott
I had the distinct pleasure of corresponding with Natalie Burn. Burn’s talented beyond measure and has had a well lived life thus far. Beginning as a dancer and studying at such prestigious schools as The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and The Royal Ballet School in London.
She then threw her hand into the acting game, and has worked alongside Sly Stallone himself in Expendables 3, and has recently made a film that deals with the dark side of organ donation, in addition to Awaken and Killer Mermaid (review). It’s pretty impressive not only because it has some noteworthy names in it, but it was also co-written by her as well. She even does her own stunt work. If it’s not apparent by now, she believes in a pretty broad skill set.
Kevin Scott Natalie, thanks so much for talking with More Horror. I »
Richard Corliss, the film critic for Time Magazine, passed away at the age of 71 due to complications following a stroke Thursday night. Time editor Nancy Gibbs sent a note to the staff Friday morning about his passing, which you can read here.
Corliss was a film critic with Time for 35 years, sharing bylines alongside fellow critic Richard Schickel. Prior to that he was the editor in chief of Film Comment and had written for National Review among many other magazines.
Corliss challenged Andrew Sarris’s auteur theory, despite being one of Sarris’s students, and he likewise penned a scathing critique of the movie review show Siskel & Ebert, “All Thumbs“. Ebert would later include that article in one of his own books, and Corliss spoke highly of Ebert in the tribute documentary Life Itself.
Time compiled a list of 25 of his greatest movie reviews, all of them classics, but not »
- Brian Welk
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