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

21 hours ago | 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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Five Unmissable Buñuel Classics Tonight on TCM

26 January 2015 5:24 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Luis Buñuel movies on TCM tonight (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'Belle de Jour') The city of Paris and iconoclastic writer-director Luis Buñuel are Turner Classic Movies' themes today and later this evening. TCM's focus on Luis Buñuel is particularly welcome, as he remains one of the most daring and most challenging filmmakers since the invention of film. Luis Buñuel is so remarkable, in fact, that you won't find any Hollywood hipster paying homage to him in his/her movies. Nor will you hear his name mentioned at the Academy Awards -- no matter the Academy in question. And rest assured that most film critics working today have never even heard of him, let alone seen any of his movies. So, nowadays Luis Buñuel is un-hip, un-cool, and unfashionable. He's also unquestionably brilliant. These days everyone is worried about freedom of expression. The clash of civilizations. The West vs. »

- Andre Soares

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Carrie Fisher mocks Debbie Reynolds as she presents 2015 SAG award

26 January 2015 8:32 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Carrie Fisher mocked her mother Debbie Reynolds as she presented her with a Lifetime Achievement prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards last night (25.01.15). The 'Star Wars' actress gave a humorous introduction to her 82-year-old mom and even referenced her infamous feud with Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who had an affair with her first husband, Carrie's father Eddie Fisher. Carrie said: ''She's been more than a mother to me, not much, but definitely more. She is a movie star, recording artist, television actor, nightclub entertainer, Broadway performer and co-founder of the Thalians, a group that has raised more than $30 million for mental health. Well, mental health-related causes, and $4.5 million of that money is allocated just for me... ''This is an extraordinarily kind, gifted, and funny woman who would give you the shirt off her back if Vivien Leigh hadn't once worn it in 'Gone With the Wind'. »

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Mindy Newell: Bits and Pieces

26 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I’d like to welcome Molly Jackson to the cacophonous, crazy, crackling, close comradeship that is the corral of ComicMix columnists. Molly’s first piece is on Star Trek: Voyager. She, like, me is a devoted fan of Captain Katherine Janeway, Commander Chakotay, Lt. Commander Tuvok, Lieutenant Tom Parris, Lieutenant B’lanna Torres, the Doctor, Kes, Neelix, and Seven-of-Nine.

In fact, I think that every columnist here is a fan of Star Trek, in its various incarnations…or at least one particular series or movie. (Hmm…is it a prerequisite?) Anyway, as I responded to Molly in the comments section, it’s a weird bit of synchronicity that her first column is about Voyager. Last week I finished binging on the entire series courtesy of my DVD set. I was so into reliving it that I was actually pissed off as the final episode ended!

Molly, you’re so right – it was a great, »

- Mindy Newell

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The Unstoppable Debbie Reynolds on her SAG Life Achievement Award

23 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Whether on stage or screen, a Debbie Reynolds entrance makes you sit up and take notice. She bursts into a scene with a contagious joie de vivre, as if the backstage wings or the side of the frame can’t contain her.

In 2008 she kicked off a solo evening of songs and reminiscences in Hollywood wrapped in a green lame gown cut higher up the left leg than any grandma of 76 could be expected to pull off. The roaring standing ovation set her off into hopeless laughter. “Isn’t this great?” she exclaimed. “We’re still alive! We fooled ’em all!”

The Screen Actors Guild’s 2015 Life Achievement honoree isn’t fooling anyone. Not only is she alive, but also no one today holds a better claim to the phrase “legendary star.”

Profiles routinely dub her “unsinkable,” playing on her iconic, 1964 Oscar-nominated role as spunky heroine Molly Brown, who famously »

- Bob Verini

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Can Bradley Cooper Win the Oscar for ‘American Sniper’?

19 January 2015 5:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will “American Sniper’s” gargantuan box office make it a surprise favorite at the Oscars? The Clint Eastwood drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle is peaking just days before voters are about to receive their ballots on Feb. 6. Over the long weekend, the Warner Bros. release made an estimated $105.3 million — already more than any of the other best picture nominees.

The Academy is often stubbornly immune to popular sentiment; “Avatar,” after all, lost to “The Hurt Locker” in 2010. And for that reason, I still think “Boyhood” is going to win best picture. It’s the frontrunner that’s picked up nearly every precursor award, and “Sniper” missed out on a crucial directing nomination for Eastwood. Only four films in Academy history (including 2012’s “Argo”) won picture without a director nomination.

But the buzz surrounding “Sniper” could help Bradley Cooper, who landed his third consecutive career acting nomination (after “Silver Linings Playbook »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Debbie Reynolds: Elizabeth Taylor Was My Friend - Except for the Time She Stole My Man

19 January 2015 4:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

No one was more enthralled by Elizabeth Taylor than Debbie Reynolds. Some six decades after the fact, Reynolds still has fond memories of the time she attended high school on the MGM lot with the violet-eyed beauty. "I went to MGM when I was around 17, and Liz was there too, but she was already a star," Reynolds, who will be honored Sunday with a life achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild, tells People. "We went to school together on the lot, when she was in between films. I was just a beginner, and she and I were not in any manner alike, »

- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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Celebrate 25 Years of The Simpsons with 25 Episodes That Go for the Heart

15 January 2015 12:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Twenty-five years ago, the first episode of The Simpsons aired in the Sunday, 8 p.m., time slot that the show still occupies today and has for most of its quarter-century run. In the past 25 years, the show has generated laughs, riffed on countless pop culture sources, and even introduced whole words to our language. However, The Simpsons has also had more tender, human moments than one might expect from a show starring cartoons with massive overbites. Check out 25 moments when the show reminded us that there's some genuine heart beneath all that yellow. 1. 'And Maggie Makes Three'In a flashback, Homer »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Mindy Newell: Je Ne Suis Pa Charlie Hebdo

12 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Yesterday I had a thought – which I do have on occasion.

I have always considered myself a “socially conscious” comics writer. This means that, if you look over my body of work, you will notice that I have told stories that, in one way or another, reflect “real world” events and the consequences of those events on my characters. Notably, of course, in my 1986 Lois Lane mini-series about child abduction and abuse, “When It Rains, God is Crying” (coincidentally edited by ComicMix’s Robert Greenberger when we were both working for DC, he an editor and me a freelancer), but also as far back as “Moon River,” my first story in New Talent Showcase, an admittedly tyro effort to portray the outcome of a closed, dictatorial society on an individual. And of course there was “Chalk Drawings,” which I co-wrote with George Pérez for Wonder Woman, which was a story about suicide. »

- Mindy Newell

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Matt Bomer to Play Montgomery Clift in New Biopic

11 January 2015 3:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Matt Bomer is set to star as one of Hollywood's most charismatic - and tormented - leading men, Montgomery Clift. The White Collar star will play the film icon in a new HBO biopic, Monty Clift. Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, who penned the 2014 feature Love Is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, will write the script. Clift starred in such classics as The Heiress, Red River, From Here to Eternity and Judgement at Nuremberg and was a close friend of Elizabeth Taylor, his costar in 1951's A Place in the Sun and the 1957 Civil War epic Raintree County. »

- Maria Mercedes Lara, @maria_mercedes

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Are sports films out of the game?

9 January 2015 8:43 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It seems a strange question to ask, but films that take on any sort of serious sporting theme are getting rarer and rarer. It’s not as though sports have gone out of fashion. TV audiences, sponsorships and attendances around the world are at an all-time high, but at the same time the movie industry – and its Siamese twin the games industry – seems to have fallen out of love with sports.

Now this strikes us as… well striking. If you look at the history of film, sports plots abound – Raging Bull (boxing) springs to mind as a classic, Rush and Senna (motor racing) stack up impressively, and there are others that we could point to as worthy of merit as well, but rather than list them, it is perhaps equally worth pointing out that for every decent treatment, there are hundreds of duds. Some of them so bad that they »

- Kyle Reese

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The Birds, Inglourious Basterds Actor Taylor Dead at 84

8 January 2015 6:41 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Rod Taylor dead at 84: Actor best known for 'The Time Machine' and 'The Birds' Rod Taylor, best remembered for the early 1960s movies The Time Machine and The Birds, and for his supporting role as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino's international hit Inglourious Basterds, has died. Taylor suffered a heart attack at his Los Angeles home earlier this morning (January 8, 2015). Born on January 11, 1930, in Sydney, he would have turned 85 on Sunday. Based on H.G. Wells' classic 1895 sci-fi novel, The Time Machine stars Rod Taylor as a H. George Wells, an inventor who comes up with an intricate chair that allows him to travel across time. (In the novel, the Victorian protagonist is referred to simply as the "Time Traveller.") After experiencing World War I and World War II, Wells decides to fast forward to the distant future, ultimately arriving at a place where humankind has been split »

- Andre Soares

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Rod Taylor, ‘The Birds’ and ‘The Time Machine’ Star, Dies at 84

8 January 2015 5:26 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rod Taylor, the Australian-born actor who starred in George Pal’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” and in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” then decades later made a memorable swan-song appearance as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” died Wednesday of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 84.

His daughter Felicia, a former CNN correspondent, confirmed the news Thursday.

Taylor made his feature starring debut in 1960 sci-fier “The Time Machine,” portraying a fictionalized Wells, who invents a time machine in Victorian England and travels to the distant future. He also starred in a brief ABC adventure series, “Hong Kong.”

The next year he voiced the lead canine, Pongo, in Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.” Even after an impressive performance in Hitchcock’s well-received 1963 “The Birds” (in photo above), the actor never quite made it into the first rank of Hollywood actors.

He was part of the starry »

- Carmel Dagan

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Rod Taylor, ‘The Birds’ and ‘The Time Machine’ Star, Dies at 84

8 January 2015 5:26 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rod Taylor, the Australian-born actor who starred in George Pal’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” and in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” then decades later made a memorable swan-song appearance as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” died Wednesday of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 84.

His daughter Felicia, a former CNN correspondent, confirmed the news Thursday.

Taylor made his feature starring debut in 1960 sci-fier “The Time Machine,” portraying a fictionalized Wells, who invents a time machine in Victorian England and travels to the distant future. He also starred in a brief ABC adventure series, “Hong Kong.”

The next year he voiced the lead canine, Pongo, in Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.” Even after an impressive performance in Hitchcock’s well-received 1963 “The Birds” (in photo above), the actor never quite made it into the first rank of Hollywood actors.

He was part of the starry »

- Carmel Dagan

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Matt Bomer To Play Montgomery Clift

8 January 2015 7:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"White Collar" and "The Normal Heart" star Matt Bomer is set to play hunky 1950s actor Montgomery Clift in an HBO TV movie.

Set after he broke through to stardom in the John Wayne western "Red River" the story centers on the complicated life of Clift (Bomer) as he becomes deeply involved with a young Elizabeth Taylor following the filming of "A Place in the Sun".

The closeted Clift went on to an iconic role in "From Here to Eternity" in 1953, but was caught up in a car crash in 1956 (at the age of 35). He survived, but was partly paralysed and he became an addict. Ultimately he died of a heart attack at 45.

"Love is Strange" duo Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias are set to pen a re-write of a script by Christopher Lovick, but no director is attached as yet. Tony Lipp, Alix Madigan, Michael Din and Larry Moss will executive produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Matt Bomer to Star in HBO's Montgomery Clift Biopic

7 January 2015 3:38 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Matt Bomer is bringing old Hollywood to HBO.

The White Collar alum will headline the biopic Monty Clift for HBO Films, our sister site Deadline reports.

The long-gestating project, which started off as an indie film feature much like The Normal Heart, tells the story of legendary actor Montgomery Clift as he finds himself deeply involved with a young Elizabeth Taylor following the filming of A Place In the Sun.

Clift was one of Hollywood’s biggest male stars and was nominated for an Oscar four times. He became addicted to alcohol and drugs after a car accident left his face partially paralyzed. »

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Matt Bomer to Star in HBO’s Montgomery Clift Biopic

7 January 2015 3:11 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Matt Bomer will make his return to HBO, starring in the biopic “Monty Clift,” a network representative told TheWrap.

The developing film will follow the complicated life of actor Montgomery Clift who was in love with a young Elizabeth Taylor.

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Bomer recently won praise for his work on HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” chronicling the rise of AIDS in New York. The USA Network’s “White Collar” actor earned a Critics Choice Award and Emmy nomination for his role in the HBO film. He’s also set to reprise his role on the upcoming sequel, »

- Alicia Banks

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Carrie Fisher to Present SAG Lifetime Achievement Award to Her Mom Debbie Reynolds

6 January 2015 2:24 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Carrie Fisher is presenting the award of a lifetime to her very own mother.

In what is expected to be a beautiful mother-daughter moment, the Star Wars actress will present the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Award’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds.

Reynolds, 82, is being honored for a career that began in the 1950s. She has starred in more than 50 movies, two Broadway shows and two TV series. A few of her memorable film roles include Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (for which she was Oscar nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role) and How the West Was Won.

News: All of the 2015 SAG Awards Nominees

Reynolds' career achievements are impressive. She has been nominated for five Golden Globes and a Primetime Emmy for playing Debra Messing's mother in Will and Grace. She also sung with Frank Sinatra and danced with Fred Astaire.

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Carrie Fisher to Present Lifetime Honor to Mom Debbie Reynolds at SAG Awards

6 January 2015 10:22 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Carrie Fisher will present the 51st SAG Life Achievement Award to her mother, Debbie Reynolds, at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The presentation of the union’s highest accolade will be the centerpiece of the annual ceremony which will be simulcast live on Sunday, Jan. 25 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. Et/ 5 p.m. Pt, the show’s executive producer Kathy Connell announced Tuesday.

SAG-aftra is honoring Debbie Reynolds for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments.

Also Read: SAG Awards 2015: The Nominees (Photos)

Fisher has been an actor, novelist, screenwriter and performance artist during her career. She »

- Todd Cunningham

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Carrie Fisher to present lifetime SAG Award to Debbie Reynolds

6 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Carrie Fisher will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to her mother, Debbie Reynolds, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25. Reynolds will be honored for a career that began in the 1950s and includes classic films like Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and How the West Was Won. Fisher, her daughter from her marriage to singer Eddie Fisher, is best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role she is resurrecting for J.J. Abrams' upcoming sequel. Fisher famously wrote the novel Postcards From the Edge, a veiled memoir of her complicated »

- Jeff Labrecque

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