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Polly Bergen dead at 84: ‘First woman president of the U.S.A.,’ former mistress of Tony Soprano’s father Emmy Award-winning actress Polly Bergen — whose roles ranged from the first U.S.A. woman president in Kisses for My President to the former mistress of both Tony Soprano’s father and John F. Kennedy in the television hit series The Sopranos — died from "natural causes" on September 20, 2014, at her home in Southbury, Connecticut. The 84-year-old Bergen, a heavy smoker for five decades, had been suffering from emphysema and other ailments since the 1990s. "Most people think I was born in a rich Long Island family," she told The Washington Post in 1988, but Polly Bergen was actually born Nellie Paulina Burgin on July 14, 1930, to an impoverished family in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her father was an illiterate construction worker while her mother got only as far as the third grade. The family »
- Andre Soares
Prince George better make room, because another royal baby is on the way. This soon-to-be big brother is only 13 months old, but he has mastered the art of being utterly adorable in front of the cameras. Between his rosy cheeks, hilarious expressions and general wiggly, jiggly nature that won him an extended playdate with the Internet, George has plenty of cuteness tips to pass down to his new sibling. Prince George isn't the first British royal to make the world join in a collective "aww," however. Below, see the long lineage of cuteness that has led up to the second royal baby. »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Women presidents at the Academy: Cheryl Boone Isaacs is only the third one (photo: Angelina Jolie, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Brad Pitt) (See previous post: "Honorary Award Non-Winners: Too Late for Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich.") Wrapping up this four-part "Honorary Oscars Bypass Women" article, let it be noted that in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 85-year history there have been only two women presidents: two-time Oscar-winning actress Bette Davis (for two months in 1941, before the Dangerous and Jezebel star was forced to resign) and screenwriter Fay Kanin (1979-1983), whose best-known screen credit is the 1958 Doris Day-Clark Gable comedy Teacher's Pet. Additionally, following some top-level restructuring in April 2011, the Academy created the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, with the CEO post currently held by a woman, former Film Independent executive director and sometime actress Dawn Hudson. The COO post is held »
- Andre Soares
Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without »
- Andre Soares
Honorary Oscars have bypassed women: Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall among rare exceptions (photo: 2013 Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Angelina Jolie) September 4, 2014, Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy's other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to »
- Andre Soares
What a difference a year makes. In 2003, Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, and Jon Heder — students at Brigham Young University's film school — were just another trio of independent filmmakers working the festival circuit in Park City. Their short film "Peluca," about a fanny pack-wearing teen named Seth, was selected to screen at the Slamdance Film Festival. If the protagonist sounds slightly familiar, it's because he was the prototype for the titular geek hero of Napoleon Dynamite, the micro-budget indie that would become the toast of that city's other film fest — Sundance »
The actor was first remembered during the 'In Memoriam' tribute, soundtracked by Sarah Bareilles's live performance of 'Smile', following his death earlier this month.
When the segment concluded, Crystal appeared on stage to pay tribute to his longtime friend.
"He made us laugh hard, every time you saw him on television, arenas, hospitals, homeless shelters, and even in a dying girl's living room," Crystal said. "The relentless energy was kind of thrilling. I used to think, 'if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds I'd be all right'."
The tearful actor added: "It's very hard hard to talk about him in the past because he was in our present for almost 40 years."
The 'In Memoriam' segment, which remembers those in the television industry who have passed away over the past 12 months, »
Before Crystal’s tribute, the Emmys also remembered other stars who died this year, including Paul Walker, James Avery, Ann B. Davis, Shirley Temple, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, and Sid Caesar, in a video segment that played as Sara Bareilles sang Nat King Cole’s “Smile” live.
The video segment ended on a photo of Robin Williams as Billy Crystal began his tribute onstage. “He made us laugh. Hard,” Crystal started. “Every time you saw him.” Crystal and Williams starred in 1997 comedy Fathers »
- Ariana Bacle
A night full of laughs, tears, and jabs! The 2014 Emmy Awards, held at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre and hosted by Seth Meyers, were full of one-liners, funny acceptance speech interruptions, a somewhat random performance by Weird Al Yankovic, and an emotional tribute to the late Robin Williams. Not to mention, Hayden Panettiere revealed she’s having a girl! Hollywood paid tribute to the late Robin Williams, as well as Elaine Stritch, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker, Shirley Temple, and more who've died since the 2013 Emmys, with a [...] »
Get Judy Greer in the same room as her Married co-star Nat Faxon for an EW Pop Culture Personality Test, and you quickly learn that the actress tears up when she laughs. You also learn that like any good fictional wife, she can predict how her fictional husband will playfully insult her.
Entertainment Weekly: What movie scared you that shouldn’t have?
Nat Faxon: What was that movie you were in? The one with the close-up? I forget what that was. »
- Mandi Bierly
TVs favourite schoolboys came in to answer your questions, revealing what wrestling move theyd use on Thatcher, who has the fittest mum and the difficulties of punching a fish
Thank you to everyone for submitting questions. Simon, James, Blake and Joe must head off, but a big thank you to them for coming in to answer your questions.
That's it you lot. Thanks for your questions.
James (or any of you really): Are there any hot new indie artists/bands I should be checking out?
James: My faves at the moment are The Milk, and States of Emotion.
Which one of you is most likely to be brutally murdered in a Game of Thrones cameo appearance?
Blake: I hope it's me. But only if the other three kill me.
I just love Friday Night Dinner, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Sian Cain
A marathon of James Garner's most popular films will air on TCM.
Cable channel TCM has confirmed that it will air 12 of the star's movies on Monday (July 28), starting with his early film appearance in Toward the Unknown at 6am Et.
Screening times can be found on TCM's website.
It's been five years since the King of Pop passed away, and like the medieval regents of old, the years after his death have seen his kingdom divided up between a number of warring claimants. But the former king's influence is still felt all across the pop-music landscape. Below, read just 13 ways Michael Jackson's legacy is still with fans today. 1. He Made R&B the Sound of PopRhythm and blues certainly wasn't too far from the mainstream when Mj came on the scene, but with the help of super producer Quincy Jones, Jackson's music blended R&B so seamlessly »
- Nate Jones
Regardless of how you feel about child stars, you sometimes have to sympathize with them—like when they're dealing with completely over-the-top stage moms. Radar rounds up 10: Rumor has it Kris Jenner was so determined to make daughter Kim Kardashian a household name that she convinced Kim to film the sex tape that launched her to stardom. Jaid Barrymore , who wanted to be famous herself, was auditioning daughter Drew for commercials before Drew even celebrated her first birthday—and now the two women are estranged. If you thought Shirley Temple's famous head of curls was all natural, think again: »
- Evann Gastaldo
Arguably the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple, Macaulay Culkin is back in the spotlight. The actor and artist has been performing in an avant-garde cover band "The Pizza Underground" since the beginning of 2014, however, recently, audience response hasn't been that great for Culkin and co.
The band -- which takes classic rock songs and turns them into pizza-themed anthems -- played a few shows stateside before taking their talents to the U.K. At the Dot to Dot Festival Sunday in Nottingham, England, the comedy cover band was met with heavy boos and even had beer thrown at them. After dodging pints and playing three songs, "The Pizza Underground" opted to (understandably) end their set and exit the stage.
Even more than 20 years after "Home Alone," the actor's never failed to pique our interest. From his cheesy cover band to his relationships, here are 9 things you probably never knew about Macaulay Culkin. »
- Moviefone Staff
Chicago – There are few TV shows associated with a song more than “The Wonder Years”. Joe Cocker’s raspy version of “With a Little Help From My Friends” immediately conjures up that family sitcom and especially the centerpiece lead child actor Fred Savage.
The grown-up Fred Savage is now one of TV’s hottest sitcom directors.
Last week, Savage was the featured guest for the kickoff of the CineYouth Film Festival, which is sponsored by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival. The annual film showcase celebrates short-format features from filmmakers 21-years-old and younger. And who more appropriate to give a career retrospective than Fred Savage, who began as a child actor and has evolved into show business as a producer, director and occasional performer as an adult.
Fred Savage at the CineYouth Film Festival in Chicago on May 8, 2014.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Happy 80th birthday, Shirley MacLaine!
The legendary, award-winning actress, who was born April 24, 1934 in Richmond, Va, started out as a dancer and got her big break on Broadway. She made her first film with Alfred Hitchcock, became a Rat Pack regular, flirted briefly with politics but has never stopped acting as she enters her 7th decade in Hollywood.
She started off as a lovably kooky ingenue, but is known today for her cantankerous matriarch roles in "Downton Abbey," "Bernie," "Steel Magnolias," "Guarding Tess," and, of course, her Oscar-winning role as Aurora Greenway in "Terms of Endearment."
Her next gig is a singing and dancing role on "Glee," of course. Happy Birthday to one of the most talented, most colorful character actresses of all time.
1. She was named after Shirley Temple.
2. She's been performing since age 3, when she began doing ballet.
3. As a girl, she pretended she was Rita Hayworth, since »
- Sharon Knolle
By Robert W. Welkos The Curse of the Blood Moons isn’t on any studio release schedule this year as far as we know, but then again, we’re not talking about the latest horror flick. We’re talking about Hollywood itself. No matter how you look at it, 2014 is shaping up to be among the most turbulent year Hollywood has ever experienced—and we have yet to reach summer. It wasn’t that long ago that Hollywood was reeling from the drug overdose death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his Greenwich Village apartment. Hoffman’s death followed on the heels of director Woody Allen being accused by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow of molesting her when she was only 7 years old. Then there was the suicide of Nancy Motes, Julia Roberts’ half-sister, who died of a drug overdose and left a five-page suicide ranting against the Oscar winner. »
- Robert W. Welkos
This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Hollywood's glitziest contribution to the 1964 New York World's Fair was staging the black-tie premiere of What a Way to Go! on its 646-acre grounds. It was quite the production: Stars and guests passed through turnstiles at the Times Square subway station, then were serenaded by a guitarist/bassist/bongo drummer trio as they boarded a specially outfitted Irt 7 Flushing Express to Queens. Photos: Unseen Photos of Young Michael Douglas, Shirley Temple, Elvis Presley The bouffant hairdo of star Shirley MacLaine, then 30, rose so high it brushed against the balloons floating on the ceiling
- Bill Higgins
Hollywood – He was the biggest star the world, the box office champion from 1939 to 1941. “Wow, spanning two decades,” Bart Simpson said. Mickey Rooney lived long enough to work on silent films, be the biggest star in the world and do a voiceover on “The Simpsons.” Not bad for one lifetime. Mickey Rooney died of natural causes in his North Hollywood home on April 6th. He was 93.
Rooney was a actor who worked nearly his entire life in film, television and stage. His active career as a performer spanned 92 years, and he was one of the last few in history to have worked in the silent film era. His filmography lists over 200 roles, and he also appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway and several television series. He outlived and outperformed virtually all the classic movie stars from Hollywood’s golden era of the studio system from the 1930s to the 1950s.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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