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From the opening of Multiple Maniacs when Mr. David introduces us to Lady Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversion are we being introduced to John Waters’ own perversion? And how long do we want to stay? Divine’s entrance is as an engorged Elizabeth Taylor bathed in shimmering white light furthering the early mystique of Divine and her Cavacade. From robbing to rosaries, movie posters to murder John Waters is “performing acts” as we have truly entered Waters’ World.
“Produced, directed, written, filmed, and edited by John Waters” – auteur: check. Multiple Maniacs is not a high-budget film and was certainly never screened before the hours of midnight in the 1970’s. Waters made the film for $5000 borrowed from his father also borrowing the land surrounding their house to set the film. During the making of his first film, Mondo Trasho, he was arrested by the police so the early scenes of Multiple Maniacs »
- Mark Hurne
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
Lindsay Lohan is plotting her return to Hollywood with a social media reality series in the vein of Punk’d.
Unveiled in a teaser below, The Anti-Social Network, a series being shopped to networks, finds the Mean Girls star taking control of contestants’ social media for 24 hours, challenging them to do embarrassing acts for prizes.
“I’m back b—es,” she says in the teaser. “I’ve decided I’m going to hijack your social media — your Instagram, your Snapchat, your Facebook, your Twitter, all of it — for 24 hours.”
- Joey Nolfi
Lindsay Lohan is apparently "back and better than ever."
The Mean Girls star is returning to the spotlight with her brand new show, The Anti-Social Network -- but she won't be acting. Instead, Lohan will be taking control of contestants' social media accounts and pranking them a la Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd, challenging them to do embarrassing acts for prizes.
"I love social media. I mean, I am social media. Everybody knows you should never leave your phone lying around, especially near me," the 30-year-old actress teases in a new promo, released on Tuesday.
"We'll go to someone and I hijack their social media for 24 hours," Lohan explained of her new project on a recent appearance on The View. "I dare them to do things that they think »
We're a celebrity-obsessed culture to be sure, but will ABC viewers watch a TV show that rehashes popular People magazine cover stories? Will the new People Icons TV show on ABC be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.ABC News and People magazine have teamed up to produce the People Icons TV show. The weekly, hourlong series is hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Lara Spencer, with contributions from People editor-in-chief Jess Cagel. Subjects in the first season include Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, Beyoncé Knowles and Jay Z, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Whitney Houston, Patrick Swayze, Robin Williams, Prince, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Dwayne Johnson.Read More… »
There’s not many places on Earth more bright, glitzy and glamorous than Las Vegas. With its famous shows, many casinos and constant parties, it’s no surprise that the city in the desert is popular with Hollywood and the film industry. Situated just 263 miles east of Los Angeles and the film community, Vegas has attracted the attention of movie producers for decades.
Founded in 1905, not too long after the birth of the movie industry itself, the City Of Las Vegas first appeared in a motion picture in 1952. The film was The Las Vegas Story, a Howard Hughes production starring Jane Russell and Victor Mature that was a suspenseful thriller involving murder and intrigue. It was quickly followed by the likes of Crashing Las Vegas and Meet Me In Las Vegas a few years later, but it was the arrival of the 1960 Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11 which really united »
- David Agnew
It didn't take long for audiences to get swept up in The Crown, Netflix's decadent dramatization of Queen Elizabeth II's first few years on the throne, and it's pretty obvious why. Although there are a few things in the hit series that didn't actually happen, it still captures the essence of what it was like for the young royal to take over for her father, King George VI, after his shocking death in 1952. With season one in the bag (which reportedly came at a $130 million price tag), it's time to look forward: what do we know about season two? The Main Cast Lead actress Claire Foy took home multiple best actress trophies this award season for her spot-on, layered performance as the queen, so it should come as no surprise that she's signed on for season two. She and costar Matt Smith, who plays Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip, are »
- Quinn Keaney
British actors have been creeping their way into Hollywood ever since the early days of Hollywood. Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor all had British roots, and yet they are still known as some of the greatest Hollywood actors of all time. So, why not celebrate the Brits that made their home in Hollywood? Hollywood should be a place of diversity and British actors have helped to make Hollywood what it is today. Actors from all over the world are making their way to Hollywood to find success and when you can find international freight forwarding at such great prices, why shouldn’t they? So, if you haven’t forgotten where they came from, here is a short list of the English actors making it big in Hollywood:
Danielle Radcliffe has come a long way since his first appearance in the Harry Potter film series »
- David Agnew
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSJohn Huston, Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich on the set of The Other Side of the WindWe're still holding our breath, but it looks like we may all get to see Orson Welles' beleaguered film project The Other Side of the Wind, to be released in some fashion by Netflix.The Tribeca Film Festival, running April 17 - 30, has announced its full lineup. Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies host and defacto representative in the United States for the appreciation of older films, has died at the age of 84. With his passing, the number of venerable, welcoming advocates for classic cinema is dropping precariously low.Recommended VIEWINGThe proof is the pudding: Director Terrence Malick actually participated in a public, recorded conversation! He was at SXSW to promote his new film, Austin-set Song to Song, and took place in a discussion with Richard Linklater »
'Boom!' movie with Elizabeth Taylor: Critically panned box office disaster featuring memorable headwear. 'Boom!' movie: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton critical & box office bomb reappraised as 'cult classic' fare If you've never seen Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's 1968 vanity production Boom!, don't feel singled out. Boom! bombed at the box office almost as soon as it blasted on the screen. Since then, however, it has been rediscovered. Directed by Joseph Losey from a screenplay by Tennessee Williams (based on his play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore), Boom! is a good example of a movie depicting art imitating life imitating art; one that deserves to be described in detail. Sexually repressed temper tantrums and bronchial attacks By then a two-time Academy Award winner, Elizabeth Taylor (Butterfield 8, 1960; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966) plays Flora “Sissy” Goforth, a middle-aged, sexually repressed American (inspired by and written »
- Danny Fortune
Network: ABCEpisodes: Ongoing (hour)Seasons: OngoingTV show dates: March 7, 2017 — presentSeries status: Has not been cancelledPerformers include: Lara Spencer (host) and People editor-in-chief Jess Cagle. Subjects include Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, Beyoncé Knowles and Jay Z, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Whitney Houston, Patrick Swayze, Robin Williams, Prince, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Dwayne Johnson.TV show description:ABC News and People magazine have teamed up to produce the People Icons TV show. The weekly, hourlong series is hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Lara Spencer, with contributions from People's Jess Cagel. Iconic People magazine covers inspired the TV series.Each episode focuses on a new theme that has captured the public's attention. "Celebrity Love Stories" recounts »
People Icons is a new series from ABC News and People that shines the spot light on iconic people who have appeared on the cover of the popular magazine. The premiere episode looks at Celebrity Love Stories and revists the enduring love stories of Barack and Michelle Obama, the Estefans, Prince William and Kate Middeton, Beyonce and Jay-z and iconic stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The hour-long show is presented by Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer and each week has a different theme featuring people from celebrities to everyday heroes. Next week the episode is titled Heroes and Survivors and it examines...read more »
- James Wray
Editor's Note: "The Furniture" is our weekly series on Production Design. We strongly suggest going forward that you click on the images to see them in their more detailed large glory. Many older films were of course designed for giant screens, not thinking of their eventual home as phones or small TV set.
by Daniel Walber
Franco Zeffirelli is not a man of subtle tastes. When he’s lucky, his opulent excesses achieve camp status. But when he’s not, it rolls over the audience like an 18-wheeler full of circus elephants. This has generally been the rule for his theatrical productions, some of which have nonetheless become war horse mainstays at major opera companies.
And so it may come as something of a surprise that the director’s overzealous artistic passion actually works quite brilliantly in his film version of The Taming of the Shrew, which opened 50 years ago this week. »
- Daniel Walber
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.
– The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese will present the 44th Chaplin Award to honoree Robert De Niro on Monday, May 8, 2017. The pair have worked together on eight films, beginning with “Mean Streets” in 1973. In addition, on the occasion of the Gala, the Film Society will present a weeklong tribute celebrating De Niro’s most iconic roles, April 12 – 19.
The evening’s presenters will also include Meryl Streep, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Stiller, Barry Levinson, and Harvey Keitel, with more to be announced at a later date. The annual event, attended by a host of notable guests and presenters, will include movie and interview clips, culminating in the presentation of the Chaplin Award to De Niro by Scorsese. Streep and Scorsese are both previous recipients of the Chaplin Award — the 35th and 25th, »
- Kate Erbland
On Sunday night, all the best and brightest of Hollywood came out to celebrate another year of exceptional filmmaking, and to a lesser but no less fascinating extent, another season of spectacular couture. But while all the usual red carpet darlings were there in full force, there was another Oscar-nominated style star in attendance worthy of special recognition for her show-stopping dress and that’s Octavia Spencer. And to explain just what made the actress’s dress so unique, the designers behind the Hidden Figures star gown spoke to People exclusively to explain how her custom silver creation came to be. »
- Emily Kirkpatrick
It’s easy to get caught up in all the glam surrounding the Oscars best dressed ladies, but you can’t miss these dudes who put some serious personality into their looks. Terrence Howard wore a custom robe from the lingerie brand La Perla, Pharrell Williams was decked out in Chanel necklaces and there were many more surprising styles from risk-taking guys.
Gosling usually sticks to simple, sleek designs, but today he accentuated his traditional black tuxedo from Gucci Diy Made to Order with a velvet shawl lapel and ruffled evening shirt that brought a certain type of throwback ’70s vibe to his look. »
- Colleen Kratofil
As Pharrell Williams told Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet, Taraji P. Henson is the definition of a “pluralist.” Whether it’s “tv, film, fashion, books” it seems there’s nothing the actress can’t achieve when she sets her mind to it. Which apparently also includes totally killing it on every red carpet.
Taraji told Seacrest that she, “love when men pop color, it’s so easy to do black.” But while all the men in Hollywood may be playing it safe on the red carpet, Henson was doing anything but, using the opportunity to take a major »
- Emily Kirkpatrick
It’s been 25 years since Elizabeth Taylor appeared at the 1992 Oscars, wearing a small accessory that made a very large impact.
That night, as she presented the award for Best Picture with her Cat on a Hot Tin Roof co-star Paul Newman, it wasn’t her fabulous jewelry, her legendary décolletage or those violet eyes that had people talking, but the red ribbon she wore on her white gown, bringing the world’s attention to the fight against AIDS.
“She wore it proudly and and she wore it the rest of her life,” says her granddaughter Laila Wilding, 45, the eldest daughter of Taylor’s son, »
- Liz McNeil
The Lifetime biopic Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland has found its lead in M.J. tribute artist, Navi, and he sat down with Et to talk about the upcoming project.
The Trinidad native has had numerous plastic surgery operations, changing his nose, cheekbones and chin just to look more like the late King of Pop.
Watch: Michael Jackson Is Getting the Lifetime Movie Treatment
"I used to work for him as a decoy, and I performed at his birthday parties," Navi told Et's Nischelle Turner. "Even when he went through the trials, I stood outside the courthouse and I stood there with a sign that said, 'Smooth but not a criminal.' To me it was important that I wanted Michael to know I believe in him."
The TV movie, based on the bestselling book Remember the Time, will focus on the last three years of Jackson's life, as told through the eyes of his two bodyguards »
In honour of what would have been screen legend Elizabeth Taylor’s 85th birthday on Monday, Feb. 27, the late star’s AIDS foundation has released a tribute video narrated by Miley Cyrus. Founded by Taylor in 1991, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (Etaf) celebrates her legacy with the new video documenting Taylor’s time in Hollywood, to […] »
- Rachel West
With the new release of Mildred Pierce, the Criterion Collection appears to be solidifying a trend over the past couple years of providing a showcase for some of the greatest female actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Since late 2014, stars like Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night, The Palm Beach Story), Rita Hayworth (Gilda, Only Angels Have Wings) and Rosalind Russell (His Girl Friday) have made their first appearances in the Collection, in what can be considered career-defining roles. These additions seem to be addressing a notable blind spot for Criterion. As impressive as their reach has been in bringing many of the most iconic women from the past hundred years of world cinema to the forefront, the continuing absence of silver screen legends like Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few, seems like a lingering oversight, a problem yet to be »
- David Blakeslee
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