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Jessica Lange Isn’t Gone From American Horror Story Forever, Don’t Worry

18 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When Jessica Lange announced that she wouldn't be appearing in American Horror Story: Hotel, fans were distraught. She's been an integral part of the show since its inception, first appearing in a pivotal supporting role in Murder House and then taking the lead with bravado in Asylum. In Freak Show, she basically performed showstoppers exclusively, including her super-uncomfortable versions of David Bowie's "Life on Mars?" and Lana Del Rey's "Gods and Monsters." She's starring in the road-trip comedy Wild Oats this fall, opposite Shirley MacLaine and Demi Moore, and will return to Broadway next year for a revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night. But Lange isn't gone from American Horror Story for good. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, series creator Ryan Murphy said:  "It’s always possible. I’m trying to deal with her play schedule. Jessica is always about the character. She’ll be back—she’s not gone forever. »

- Greg Cwik

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More Than 'Star Wars' Actress Mom: Reynolds Shines Even in Mawkish 'Nun' Based on Tragic Real-Life (Ex-)Nun

23 August 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Debbie Reynolds ca. early 1950s. Debbie Reynolds movies: Oscar nominee for 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' sweetness and light in phony 'The Singing Nun' Debbie Reynolds is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 23, '15. An MGM contract player from 1950 to 1959, Reynolds' movies can be seen just about every week on TCM. The only premiere on Debbie Reynolds Day is Jerry Paris' lively marital comedy How Sweet It Is (1968), costarring James Garner. This evening, TCM is showing Divorce American Style, The Catered Affair, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and The Singing Nun. 'Divorce American Style,' 'The Catered Affair' Directed by the recently deceased Bud Yorkin, Divorce American Style (1967) is notable for its cast – Reynolds, Dick Van Dyke, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards, Van Johnson, Lee Grant – and for the fact that it earned Norman Lear (screenplay) and Robert Kaufman (story) a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination. »

- Andre Soares

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Quick! Name the Hotel Where Angelina Jolie Jumped Into the Pool in Her Golden Globes Dress

7 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Aug. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. The Beverly Hilton — a property boasting 569 rooms and a ballroom fit for 1,200 guests — has always been a major hub for Hollywood. Says Jack Gilardi (who has represented Charlton Heston and Shirley MacLaine in his 60 years at ICM Partners) of its exclusive L'Escoffier restaurant during the 1950s: "I remember walking in and seeing Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn; you'd see Sidney Poitier dressed to the tens." Over the years, the hotel has

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- Chris Gardner

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Progressive social activist, 'The Sound of Music' Broadway Star, and Oscar-Nominated Actor Bikel Dead at 91

22 July 2015 7:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage, »

- Andre Soares

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Last Surviving Gwtw Star and 2-Time Oscar Winner Has Turned 99: As a Plus, She Made U.S. Labor Law History

1 July 2015 6:51 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Olivia de Havilland picture U.S. labor history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 (This Olivia de Havilland article is currently being revised and expanded.) Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1.[1] Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood labor history. This particular history has nothing to do with de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, or Errol Flynn. Instead, history was made as a result of a legal fight: after winning a lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the mid-'40s, Olivia de Havilland put an end to treacherous »

- Andre Soares

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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

19 June 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »

- Andre Soares

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Film Forum Honoring Legendary Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa

9 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

While the name Gabriel Figueroa may not be a familiar one to many, even those with a stronger affinity for filmmaking and the art behind it, New York’s own Film Forum is hoping to change that.

On June 5, the theater began a career spanning retrospective surrounding the work of iconic cinematographer and Mexican film industry legend Gabriel Figueroa. Taking a look at 19 of the photographer’s films, the series is running in conjunction with the new exhibition at El Museo del Barrio, entitled Under The Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa – Art And Film. 

Best known as a pioneer of Mexican cinema, primarily with his work alongside director Emilio Fernandez, Figueroa’s work was as varied as they come. His work with Fernandez is without a doubt this retrospective’s highlight, particularly films like Wildflower. One of the many times Mexican cinema’s “Big Four” worked together, the film saw the »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Unearth Rat Pack Classic 'Some Came Running,' Admired by Scorsese

8 June 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The box office success of "From Here to Eternity," adapted from the James Jones best-seller, paved the way for this 1958 film based on the author’s follow-up novel. It’s another example of director Vincente Minnelli’s seemingly effortless mastery of the medium, here using the expansive Cinemascope lens to frame an intimate small-town tragedy (He claimed to have based the film’s visual style on the inside of a jukebox.) Shirley MacLaine was Oscar-nominated for her role as a star-crossed good-time girl. »

- Trailers From Hell

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‘Downton Abbey’ Q&A Ends With Sneak Peek at New Season

6 June 2015 7:41 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Downton Abbey” fans were treated to a Q&A with a few cast members and producers of the show Saturday at the Writers Guild that ended with a trailer of the final season of the PBS hit.

In a wide-ranging discussion, writer-producer Julian Fellowes, producer Gareth Neame, stars Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael revealed little about the final episodes, including if fan faves Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti will return.

Bonneville and Carmichael said they would miss Highclere Castle, which stands in for Downton Abbey.

“High Clere castle is a pretty nice office to come to work,” Bonneville quipped.

Moderator Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times asked if the cast had seen the series finale, to which Fellowes promptly replied, “I haven’t written the finale yet.”

Going back to the beginning, Fellowes and Neame talked about how the idea for the show started. The pair were »

- Shalini Dore

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Cannes: Remakes on the Table at Network Talk

16 May 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Remaking a film or TV project is both an art and science. Shedding some light on the subject at the 12th Cannes Producers Network program Saturday was Argentine producer Jose Levy of Creative Andina, whose remake experience includes the U.S. version of Marcos Carnevale’s hit “Elsa & Fred,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer.

Levy also holds the remake rights to Carnevale’s other Argentine hit, “Corazon de Leon,” above, which Gaumont and Vvz Prods. are remaking with Jean Dujardin playing the lead. Fox Intl. Prods. (Fip)  has bought the U.S. remake rights to the romantic comedy. Levy also holds the rights for Korea, India, Mexico, Brazil, France, Spain, China, Germany and Italy.

“The idea with Fip is to make a bilingual version, similar to ‘Instructions Not Included,’ in order to target both the Mexican and U.S. Hispanic markets,” said Levy, who estimates a $7 million budget and a 2016 release. »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Film Review: 'Elsa & Fred'

12 May 2015 2:11 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Over the past few years, the film industry's realisation that profits lie with a swathe of older viewers - the coined term is 'the grey pound' - has led to a plethora of films aimed squarely in their direction. The UK has seen big hits like The Last Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) which have cornered their market without alienating wider audiences, reaping the rewards. New romantic comedy Elsa & Fred (2014) threatens to fall short in its attempts the capture the same spirit. It stars Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer as a pair of neighbouring oldies, struggling to breathe life into a staid scenario with rote characters but the duo's undeniable quality manages to warm things up.

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- CineVue UK

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Jenny Powell wants to appear on Strictly Come Dancing

11 May 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Jenny Powell wants to compete on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 47-year-old TV presenter has revealed that she's ''obsessed'' with the BBC One show, and would love it to be her next career move, after presenting 'Food and Wine Adventures in Romania'. Speaking exclusively to Bang Showbiz, Jenny said: ''I'd love to do 'Strictly Come Dancing', if I'm honest. I'm obsessed! I always wanted to be a dancer, and be in a musical. I used to watch Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Shirley MacLaine, they were all my favourite dancers, and for me it would be a treat. It would be a great way »

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Time Machine: Oscar Winner-to-Be Bale with Wife on Red Carpet

9 May 2015 10:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale at the Oscars Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Eventual Best Supporting Actor winner Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic Bale are seen above on the Red Carpet of the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Welsh-born Bale took home the Oscar statuette for his performance as a boxer turned coach and junkie in David O. Russell's boxing drama and sleeper hit The Fighter. His co-stars were Mark Wahlberg (who also co-produced the film), Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo, and Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams. Christian Bale movies The Fighter was Christian Bale's first Academy Award nomination. Among his other movie credits are: The Dark Knight (2008). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Christian Bale. Heath Ledger. Maggie Gyllenhaal. Aaron Eckhart. The Prestige (2006). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Hugh Jackman. »

- D. Zhea

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Denise Van Outen will host new weight loss TV series

7 May 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Jenny Powell wants to compete on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 47-year-old TV presenter has revealed that she's ''obsessed'' with the BBC One show, and would love it to be her next career move, after presenting 'Food and Wine Adventures in Romania'. Speaking exclusively to Bang Showbiz, Jenny said: ''I'd love to do 'Strictly Come Dancing', if I'm honest. I'm obsessed! I always wanted to be a dancer, and be in a musical. I used to watch Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Shirley MacLaine, they were all my favourite dancers, and for me it would be a treat. It would be a great way »

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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Shirley MacLaine: five best moments

1 May 2015 8:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Looking back on the highpoints of the Oscar-winner’s career as she stars in romantic drama Elsa & Fred

In career that’s now spanned seven decades, Shirley MacLaine has amassed one Oscar, five Oscar nominations, one Emmy, an American Film Institute lifetime achievement award, 14 books, an uncredited role as Tipsy Girl in the original Ocean’s Eleven, a previous life where she was the brother of a 35,000-year-old spirit called Ramtha and now, the lead in a deeply underwhelming romantic comedy opposite Christopher Plummer.

But while her latest film Elsa & Fred, out this weekend, is worth forgetting, her career is filled with performances that will be fondly remembered. Here are her finest:

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- Benjamin Lee

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Why 1977 was the best year in movie history

28 April 2015 3:28 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. 1977 is the greatest year in film history. I'm positive. Why? It's the year that made you believe giant blockbusters could bring you state-of-the-art science fiction, modern (and enduring) takes on romance, compelling heroes, and a shrewd understanding of real people. It's the year that put us in touch with our most superheroic and most sentimental qualities, and that range alone is worth honoring. '77 is the year that gave us "Star Wars." I could go on about why that's a great movie, or we could just understand that every sci-fi blockbuster since "Star Wars" has had to deal with belittling comparisons to the greatness of "Star Wars." Sure, there've been other blockbusters with grandeur and special effects galore, but did they have C3PO's charisma? »

- Louis Virtel

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Elsa & Fred DVD Review

28 April 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Michael Radford

Starring: Shirley Maclaine, Christopher Plummer, Scott Bakula, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Erika Alexander, George Segal, Wendell Pierce, James Brolin

Cert: 12

Running Time: 93 mins

The elderly have been getting a pretty raw deal from the media in recent years. Seemingly every film, TV show or advert will tolerate them, as long as they’re taking off their cardigans, putting down their cups of tea and doing everything they can to act like “the youth”. Growing old disgracefully has never been so popular, so it was with trepidation that I approached Elsa & Fred, a remake of a European film about an elderly pair stoking the embers of love against the recurring visual backdrop of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.

Starring Shirley Maclaine and Christopher Plummer, arguably a more promising combination than most, and directed by Michael Radford (who brought us such diverse delights as Il Postino and 1984), it »

- Steve Palace

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Both Sides Now: The Duality of Sinatra, Small Towns, and "Some Came Running"

22 April 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

This year's Tribeca Film Festival is paying a special tribute to Frank Sinatra, with Sinatra at 100: Film & Music, a centennial celebration honoring his film career. As part of the event, there will be an April 21 screening of On The Town (1949) with High Society (1956) and Some Came Running (1958) being shown April 24. Among the three films, the 1958 feature, one of the greatest of all American movies, is of particular interest, especially when it comes to the dual nature of Sinatra the man, the actor, the screen persona, and the very films that frequently drew his talent. As a remake of The Philadelphia Story (1940), High Society depicts the humorous romantic frivolity of upper crust socialites. Some Came Running is something entirely different. This is “low society.” In Some Came Running, those on the margins, those who make up society's lower rungs, those are the more earnest, the more recognizable, and the more interesting. »

- Jeremy Carr

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21 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 1990s

31 March 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The 1990s: a time when Sleepwalkers, Burt Reynolds, No Escape, Chevy Chase and F/X/2 could top the Us box office...

By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.

In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.

Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »

- simonbrew

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