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On the Red Carpet, Emerging Designers Get Shot at Fame

19 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When the red carpet made its Academy Awards debut in 1961, it served merely as a means of guiding nominees Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh to the event’s new venue, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. However, with the advent of E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet,” hosted by the late Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa, which debuted at the 1995 Oscars, the scarlet-rugged pre-show — and its parade of designer-clad celebrities — has proved so popular, it’s all but usurped the main event.

And in today’s social-media age, the power of the red carpet is  all the more potent.

“It can help achieve what advertising used to: getting a brand’s name out to the masses,” says Elizabeth Saltzman, stylist to Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow. And no one can benefit more than an unknown name.

“Being worn on the red carpet gives emerging designers tremendous exposure and opens them »

- Claire Coghlan

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Elizabeth Taylor – At Risk from Gay Bar Drunks ... Ex-Abbey Manager Sues for Portrait

9 December 2014 12:10 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Elizabeth Taylor is headed to court -- even though she’s very dead -- because a famous gay club and its former employee are fighting over her iconic portrait. TMZ broke the story ... The Abbey's former VIP manager Jesse Davis has been fighting the club to get back his painting of the late actress. He claims it was a personal gift from Taylor. Now Davis is suing The Abbey because he says it refuses to hand over the Liz portrait. »

- TMZ Staff

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Interviews: Grace McPhillips, Steve Scholz on Chicago Acting in Film Meetup’s ‘Holiday Hurrah’

7 December 2014 6:54 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Every year, HollywoodChicago.com explores the state of the Chicago film actor through Grace McPhillips and Steve Scholz, the Board President and Vice President of the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup Group Nfp (Cafm). The group’s 2014 “Holiday Hurrah” will be at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago on Monday, December 15th.

Cafm is a group that was founded by Grace McPhillips in 2007, and has grown to encompass the actors that work in features, independent films and television in the Windy City. With seminars, programs, networking and connections created for actors with agencies and productions, Cafm has become a vital link in the Chicago acting community. The December 15th Holiday Hurrah is also open to the public.

The Cafm ‘Holiday Hurrah’ is December 15th, 2014

Photo credit: Ben Gonzalez of Gopho Collective for the Cafm

Also, in an exclusive announcement to HollywoodChicago.com, Grace McPhillips and Steve Scholz are announcing that »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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6 Filmmaking Tips from Mike Nichols

4 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The phrase “actor’s director” is thrown around a great deal, but there have been very few directors who knew how to work with actors quite like Mike Nichols. A former student of Lee Strasburg and a fervent believer in the revelatory power of improvisation, Nichols has directed some of the most notable performances in modern cinema. His debut alone was evidence of his gift. For his first film, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the theater performer and director took on the mammoth task of adapting one of the most raw and acerbic plays of the 1960s to a film starring the most powerful couple in Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It’s now remembered as the best role of Taylor’s career. His second film, The Graduate, showed an equal but opposite talent: his ability to get performances out of unknown actors that match their particular strengths. That »

- Landon Palmer

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Kim Kardashian Flashes Cleavage at Gay Bar While Kanye West Helps Shut Down Times Square

2 December 2014 3:17 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are using their celebrity status for good. The happy couple showed their support for Worlds AIDS Day Monday night by spreading awareness on opposite sides of the country. On the West Coast, North West's mom headed to the West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey to raise a toast in support of The Elizabeth Taylor Foundation, which began in 1991 "to raise funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and to provide assistance for those living with the virus." Wearing a revealing purple dress, the 34-year-old sipped on a cocktail while speaking to a crowd that included mom Kris Jenner. "Thank you to everyone who came to The Abbey tonight in support of World »

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Colin Farrell honors Elizabeth Taylor on World AIDS Day

2 December 2014 11:16 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Colin Farrell honoured Elizabeth Taylor on World AIDS Day. The 38-year-old actor paid tribute to the late screen icon's commitment to fighting the disease in a short film which was released yesterday (01.12.14), reports Entertainment Tonight. In the clip, the 'Saving Mr Banks' star credits Elizabeth - who founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991 - for her ''fearless'' contribution to the cause. Since its establishment, the foundation - which aims to fund education, direct care and services to people living with AIDS - has donated more than $15 million to 650 organisations across the world. He said: ''(The project is) a bright light on Elizabeth's fearless and tireless commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS. ''It is an honour to be a part of it.'' It isn't the first time Colin has spoken of his close relationship with Elizabeth, who died of congestive heart failure aged 79 in 2011. In an interview with Us »

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Colin Farrell honors Elizabeth Taylor on World AIDS Day

2 December 2014 11:16 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Colin Farrell honoured Elizabeth Taylor on World AIDS Day. The 38-year-old actor paid tribute to the late screen icon's commitment to fighting the disease in a short film which was released yesterday (01.12.14), reports Entertainment Tonight. In the clip, the 'Saving Mr Banks' star credits Elizabeth - who founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991 - for her ''fearless'' contribution to the cause. Since its establishment, the foundation - which aims to fund education, direct care and services to people living with AIDS - has donated more than $15 million to 650 organisations across the world. He said: ''(The project is) a bright light on Elizabeth's fearless and tireless commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS. ''It is an honour to be a part of it.'' It isn't the first time Colin has spoken of his close relationship with Elizabeth, who died of congestive heart failure aged 79 in 2011. In an interview with Us »

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U2 Minus 1! Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen Fill In for Bono

2 December 2014 10:50 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Bono recruits some famous "substitutes" when he's out sick.

As the U2 frontman recuperates from his recent bike accident in New York City, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen stepped in and played with the famous band for a concert event at Times Square in honor of World AIDS Day.

Photos: Must-See Star Sightings!

Billed as U2 Minus 1, The Boss performed the group's classics including "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For" and "Where the Streets Have No Name" alongside band members Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr.

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Meanwhile, Martin wore a shirt that read "SUBSTITU2" and nailed his performances of "Beautiful Day" and "With or Without You."

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Carrie Underwood and Kanye West also hit the stage for the big event that was streamed live on YouTube. The concert's sponsor, Bank of America, also donated $3 million to the Red organization to fight AIDS.

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Colin Farrell honors Elizabeth Taylor on World AIDS Day

2 December 2014 9:16 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Colin Farrell honoured Elizabeth Taylor on World AIDS Day. The 38-year-old actor paid tribute to the late screen icon's commitment to fighting the disease in a short film which was released yesterday (01.12.14), reports Entertainment Tonight. In the clip, the 'Saving Mr Banks' star credits Elizabeth - who founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991 - for her ''fearless'' contribution to the cause. Since its establishment, the foundation - which aims to fund education, direct care and services to people living with AIDS - has donated more than $15 million to 650 organisations across the world. He said: ''(The project is) a bright light on Elizabeth's fearless and tireless commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS. ''It is an honour to be a part of it.'' It isn't the first time Colin has spoken of his close relationship with Elizabeth, who died of congestive heart failure aged 79 in 2011. In an interview with Us »

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Kim Kardashian Meets - and Kisses! - U.S. Troops in Abu Dhabi

2 December 2014 7:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kisses to the troops! Thank you for all you do! Was an honor to meet you allpic.twitter.com/6oukQyITDQ— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 2, 2014 Kim Kardashian pledged her support for U.S. troops - and sealed it with a kiss - by visiting servicemen and women in Abu Dhabi last week. The reality star - following in the footsteps of stars like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, and more recently Brooklyn Decker and Chrissy Teigen - gave troops a pre-Thanksgiving treat Nov. 24 by touring the U.S.S. San Diego aircraft carrier, stationed in Abu Dhabi. She posed for plenty of photos, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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Kim Kardashian Bares Cleavage, Toned Abs in a Crop Top: See Her Red Carpet Ensemble

2 December 2014 3:24 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

She sure loves her crop tops!  A longtime fan and admirer of Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Kardashian attended a charitable event on Monday, Dec. 1, in West Hollywood in support of the late screen legend's lifelong work. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 34, and her momager Kris Jenner, were on hand at the Elizabeth Taylor Foundation World AIDS Day event to present a new cocktail with a portion of the proceeds going to the fight against AIDS.   Photos: Kim Kardashian loves crop tops  For the charitable occasion [...] »

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The 50 Definitive Relationship Dramas: 20-11

1 December 2014 5:16 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

20. Love/Chloe in the Afternoon (1972)

Directed by: Éric Rohmer

Originally titled “Love in the Afternoon,” but released in North America as “Chloe in the Afternoon,” this Rohmer film is a tale of possible infidelity, seen through the eyes of a conflicted man. Frédéric (Bernard Verley) is a successful young lawyer who is happily married to a teacher named Hélène (Françoise Verley), who is pregnant with their second child. While Frédéric is in a considerably good place in his life, he still struggles with the loss of excitement he had before he married, when he could sleep with whomever he chose. It wasn’t so much the sex that thrilled him, but the chase itself. Still, he feels that these thoughts and fantasies, paired with his refusal to act upon them, only proves that he is completely dedicated and in love with his own wife. That is, until he meets Chloé »

- Joshua Gaul

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Colin Farrell Honors Elizabeth Taylor on World AIDS Day

1 December 2014 3:20 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Elizabeth Taylor's commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS is being remembered on World AIDS Day.

Taylor was one of the first celebrities to acknowledge the disease and now one of her friends, Colin Farrell is keeping her mission alive through a new short film released Monday to raise awareness.

In the video, Farrell calls the project "a bright light on Elizabeth's fearless and tireless commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS" and voices his gratitude in playing a small role. "It is an honor to be a part of it," he says.

Taylor passed away in 2011 at the age of 79 after 30 years of activism.

In 1991, Elizabeth founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to fund prevention and education and to direct care and services to people living with AIDS. Since then, the foundation has given over $15 million to 650 organizations in 42 states and 33 countries.

News: Prince Harry's Reveal on World AIDS Day

Beyond the millions raised, Taylor called »

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When Mike Nichols' Early Films Hit Theaters for the First Time

22 November 2014 7:58 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A rapturous review greeted 34-year-old Mike Nichols, who made his big-screen directorial debut with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. "The screen has never held a more shattering and indelible drama," read The Hollywood Reporter's June 1966 review, which deemed the title a "masterpiece" in its headline and praised the "stunning bow" of the young helmer. Nichols followed up Woolf with an equally acclaimed title, The Graduate, and without the spotlight of Woolf stars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, THR appraised the director's maturing style. "Nichols aims eye and ear to the hilarious inanities lurking in the

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- Erik Hayden

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Mike Nichols: 5 Must-See Movies

20 November 2014 3:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A movie by Mike Nichols is typically an elegant, unruffled ride across a smooth, even chilly surface - the movie's value glints upward from beneath that ice. The director, who died Wednesday at 83, over the years pared down any attempt at visual flourish - The Graduate, his groundbreaking early film that remains his most famous, is probably also one of his flashiest. What fired him up, what he bored down into, was the intellectual germ (or gem) of the story. This meant that he was willing to consider anything for his camera: erotic werewolves (Wolf), World War II (Catch-22), philandering »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT

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TCM to remember Mike Nichols with film tribute

20 November 2014 1:53 PM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Famed director Mike Nichols passed away yesterday at the age of 83. One of the few artists to have earned Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy accolades, Nichols will be remembered by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) with a three-film tribute on Dec. 6, featuring Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Graduate (1967) and Carnal Knowledge (1971). TCM Remembers Mike Nichols — Saturday, Dec. 6 (All Times Et) 8pm: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sandy Dennis and George Segal 10:30pm: The Graduate – starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton, William Daniels and … Continue reading →

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A celebration of legendary director Mike Nichols and his masterpiece-studded career

20 November 2014 1:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If I had to make a list of the ten film directors who I think most influenced my own standards of what filmmaking can be and should be, Mike Nichols would be on that list, if only for the first two films he made. And it may seem strange to say that I admire how he survived making those masterworks, but early success can destroy even the greatest talent because of the expectations it creates, and Nichols somehow managed it in a way that many other talented people have not. That is not to say that the rest of his work is not worth that kind of consideration and discussion. It's just that Nichols came out of the gate with two genuine, no-debate masterpieces, two films that crackle with life, two films that are so visually adept that they are humbling, two films packed with performances that go beyond good »

- Drew McWeeny

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Direction and Misdirection: An Appreciation of Mike Nichols, 1931–2014

20 November 2014 12:45 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If Mike Nichols ever produced anything as banal as a résumé, it would have looked highly suspicious, the humblebrag of a con man. He did too many things, they were too far-flung, and he was too successful at all of them. There was the career in sketch comedy with Elaine May, circa 1958 to 1962; they had three Top 40 albums and a Broadway hit and then broke up. Next came the switch to stage directing, which netted nine Tonys, from 1964 (Barefoot in the Park) to 2012 (Death of a Salesman). When he defected to Hollywood in 1966, it was cover-of-Newsweek news; soon he owned a local subspeciality, the superstar prestige pic, puppeteering everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Cher to (inevitably) Meryl into Oscar-bait performances. Was he also a classical-radio DJ? Yes. A Broadway producer? Yes. (He made a fortune on Annie.) An amateur wigmaster? Certainly — he lost »

- Jesse Green

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Mike Nichols Movies: 18 Essential Films You Should Watch Right Now

20 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.

Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »

- Gary Susman

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Movie News: Oscar-Winning Director Mike Nichols Dies at 83

20 November 2014 7:13 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

New York City – He was an immigrant kid from Germany who directed the most American of stage plays and films. Mike Nichols uplifted the culture with his art, and along the way won the famed Egot – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Nichols passed away suddenly at his home. He was 83.

Nichols brought the Chicago improvisation sensibility to his work – he was part of the original Compass Players of the University of Chicago, the group that morphed into The Second City. He achieved Beatle-like fame in the early 1960s with his comedy act Nichols and May, paired with Elaine May. But his destiny was behind the camera, and after making a huge splash on Broadway, conquered the film world with the one-two triumphs of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the classic “The Graduate.”

Mike Nichols in a Recent Photo

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky was Nichols birth name, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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