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In 2014, Hollywood had to say goodbye to many legends, including silver-screen stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, and Shirley Temple and comedians Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. We lost luminaries Maya Angelou and Oscar de la Renta, along with celebrated filmmakers Mike Nichols and Harold Ramis. Scroll through to look back on the stars who sadly passed away this year. »
Cary Grant movies: 'An Affair to Remember' does justice to its title (photo: Cary Grant ca. late 1940s) Cary Grant excelled at playing Cary Grant. This evening, fans of the charming, sophisticated, debonair actor -- not to be confused with the Bristol-born Archibald Leach -- can rejoice, as no less than eight Cary Grant movies are being shown on Turner Classic Movies, including a handful of his most successful and best-remembered star vehicles from the late '30s to the late '50s. (See also: "Cary Grant Classic Movies" and "Cary Grant and Randolph Scott: Gay Lovers?") The evening begins with what may well be Cary Grant's best-known film, An Affair to Remember. This 1957 romantic comedy-melodrama is unusual in that it's an even more successful remake of a previous critical and box-office hit -- the Academy Award-nominated 1939 release Love Affair -- and that it was directed »
- Andre Soares
It was the X Factor’s semi-final week. Either Fleur, Ben, Lauren or Andrea went home. Stuart Heritage knows who it was, because he liveblogged it
And that, it seems, is that. Lauren has gone, but that isn’t exactly a surprise. Now, here’s the important news – come back at 8:30pm next Saturday for part one of the Great X Factor 2014 Final Liveblog. There could be tears. There might be Madonna. There will be, conservatively, about 75 minutes of adverts. You’d be dumb to miss it.
Thanks, as always, for keeping me company. You guys are the greatest. If you want to follow me on Twitter, I’m @StuHeritage, but I don’t really care if you don’t. Right then. Until next week…
And now for the finalists, who get to spend the entirety of next week performing a grotty Coach Trip rip-off. »
- Stuart Heritage
Martha Stewart: Actress / Singer in Fox movies apparently not dead despite two-year-old reports to the contrary (Photo: Martha Stewart and Perry Como in 'Doll Face') According to various online reports, including Variety's, actress and singer Martha Stewart, a pretty blonde featured in supporting roles in a handful of 20th Century Fox movies of the '40s, died at age 89 of "natural causes" in Northeast Harbor, Maine, on February 25, 2012. Needless to say, that was not the same Martha Stewart hawking "delicious foods" and whatever else on American television. But quite possibly, the Martha Stewart who died in February 2012 -- if any -- was not the Martha Stewart of old Fox movies either. And that's why I'm republishing this (former) obit, originally posted more than two and a half years ago: March 11, 2012. Earlier today, a commenter wrote to Alt Film Guide, claiming that the Martha Stewart featured in Doll Face, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, »
- Andre Soares
Hedy Lamarr: 'Invention' and inventor on Turner Classic Movies (photo: Hedy Lamarr publicity shot ca. early '40s) Two Hedy Lamarr movies released during her heyday in the early '40s — Victor Fleming's Tortilla Flat (1942), co-starring Spencer Tracy and John Garfield, and King Vidor's H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), co-starring Robert Young and Ruth Hussey — will be broadcast on Turner Classic Movies on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Pt, respectively. Best known as a glamorous Hollywood star (Ziegfeld Girl, White Cargo, Samson and Delilah), the Viennese-born Lamarr (née Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler), who would have turned 100 on November 9, was also an inventor: she co-developed and patented with composer George Antheil the concept of frequency hopping, currently known as spread-spectrum communications (or "spread-spectrum broadcasting"), which ultimately led to the evolution of wireless technology. (More on the George Antheil and Hedy Lamarr invention further below.) Somewhat ironically, »
- Andre Soares
As we revealed on Monday, Jennifer Lawrence topped Vulture’s Most Valuable Stars List this year, and although we only started compiling these lists in 2012, the fact that a woman has topped it for the first time this year seems like cause for rejoicing. How often has an actress been perceived as the biggest star in Hollywood? Not that often. Look to a more established metric: The Quigley Publishing Co. has been publishing its Motion Picture Exhibitors’ Poll of the Top 10 Box-Office Draws since the early 1930s. Since 1967, a woman has topped it only three times — Lawrence in its most recent poll, Sandra Bullock in 2009, and Julia Roberts in 1999. That’s a lot of dudes.Of course, once upon a time, actresses were typically bigger ticket-sellers than men: In the 1930s, Shirley Temple regularly topped the Quigley poll, while Julie Andrews and Doris Day pretty much split the 1960s »
- Bilge Ebiri
Since the development of the moving picture camera in the late 19th century, the world, especially Americans, has been fascinated by the silver screen. For a time, people shut out the cold reality of the Great Depression with Shirley Temple's iconic curls, and legends such as Errol Flynn, Gregory Peck, and Katherine Hepburn roamed Hollywood lots and ordered Cobb salads at the Brown Derby. For awhile it seemed that our infatuation with Hollywood would never end, but the most recent decade has seen both its revenue and cultural significance decline, and many industry experts are scrambling to understand how movies have slipped from the spotlight. Internal changes show that studios have reinvested quite a bit of their resources into television production, and although Hollywood has been a television oriented town since the late -1950s, it had never stepped on film profits until fairly recently.
Since the true golden »
- Brandon Engel
To Save and Project: The 12th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation opens tonight with the North American premiere of a new restoration of Allan Dwan's The Iron Mask (1929). We'll be gathering notes on the series as it runs through November 22. Highlights include The Cave of the Silken Web, a silent film shot in 1927 in Shanghai by Dan Duyu, Henry Hathaway's To the Last Man (1933) featuring Randolph Scott and Shirley Temple, Luigi Comencini's La Ragazza di Bube (Bebo’s Girl, 1964) with Claudia Cardinale and George Chakiris, Canadian animation and more. » - David Hudson »
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.
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