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New "The Great Gatsby" Posters: Do They Earn Our Green Light?

19 December 2012 12:31 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

We won't be able to see Baz Luhrmann's hotly anticipated version of The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Isla Fisher until May 10 of next year, but that gives us plenty time to answer an important question: Do we care about this damn thing?

Before you decide, take a close look at the new poster of Maguire as protagonist Nick Carraway, as well as the recently released one-sheets featuring Joel Edgerton, Fisher, and Elizabeth Debicki in their decadent jazz age garb.

Here's what's exciting: These are ridiculously over-the-top costumes. I mean, you'd think this was a remake of Clue, right? In her scarlet gear, Isla Fisher is even pulling off some Lesley Ann Warren eyebrow choreography. It's Baz Luhrmann, so of course we're subject to Prismacolor flashiness. Yayyy. Also: The Mia Farrow Great Gatsby is so memorably terrible that I'm psyched for any cinematic overhaul. »

- virtel

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Interview: Lesley Ann Warren on the 30th Anniversary of "Victor Victoria" and the Upcoming "Clue" Mini-Reunion

14 November 2012 1:00 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Victor Victoria, the adventurously frank, bawdy, and hilarious musical starring Julie Andrews as a poor singer who becomes the toast of Paris when she reinvents herself as gay Polish female impersonator Count Victor Grazinski, turns 30 this year, which officially validates its timelessness. The Blake Edwards-directed romp is equal parts farce and social commentary, and it features unforgettable performances by Robert Preston as Victoria's gay mentor Carroll "Toddy" Todd, James Garner as nightclub owner King Marchard, and perhaps most notably, Lesley Ann Warren as the squeaky, naughty, and hysterical showgirl Norma Cassady. Norma is Judy Holliday on a horny sugar high, and that coquettish insanity earned Warren a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the '82 Oscars.

The most famous projects in Warren's oeuvre are as extreme and unpredictable as Norma herself. As a teenager, Warren played the titular naif in Rodgers and Hammerstein's '65 TV version of Cinderella »

- virtel

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Poll: Which Movie Props Would You Honestly Buy For Your Home?

12 November 2012 11:01 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Judy Garland's blue gingham dress from The Wizard of Oz just made a fortune at a Beverly Hills auction, netting $480,000. A couple of other items sold well too: a Steve McQueen jacket went for $50,000, Marilyn Monroe's purple skirt from River of No Return sold for the same, and a decadent Jayne Mansfield cat-print jumpsuit sold for $16,250. Fancy! Except I want none of these things in my home and can't believe anyone else would either.

I don't know about you, but here are some actual movie props I'd spring for.

1. The candlestick (or rope?) from Clue

It's not a blunt instrument until Lesley Ann Warren has wielded it. Why isn't that thing on my mantle beneath my graffiti mural of Eileen Brennan?

2. This insane neckerchief from The Boys in the Band

Guys, gay neckwear is going to make a comeback. We need to own this now. I'll start by »

- virtel

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Interview: Miss Coco Peru Discusses Her New Show, Bartending on "Watch What Happens: Live," and a Scary Voicemail from Bea Arthur

19 October 2012 8:06 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Miss Coco Peru, a.k.a. Clinton Leupp, has enjoyed a 20-year career in drag that has yielded unforgettable results, including her signature line in the 1999 movie Trick ("It burns!"), a starring role in Richard Day's gay cinematic classic Girls Will Be Girls, and a number of hilarious and touching live shows, including her "Conversations with Coco" series at Los Angeles' Gay & Lesbian Center, which has featured special guests such as Bea Arthur, Lily Tomlin, Karen Black, and (my girl) Lesley Ann Warren.

Earlier this week she bartended during an episode of Andy Cohen's Bravo talk show Watch What Happens: Live, and on Thursday, she debuted her new show She's Got Balls at New York's Laurie Beechman Theatre for a weekend run.

We caught up with Coco to discuss nervous jitters, meeting Andy Cohen, and Bea Arthur's threatening voicemails.

AfterElton: "She's Got Balls" is a pretty commanding title. »

- virtel

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'Psych' Season 7 to debut Feb. 27, 2013

10 October 2012 9:35 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Wait for iiiiiit... No, seriously, "Psych" fans, you're going to have to wait just a bit longer for the return of our favorite comedy detective series starring the incomparable James Roday and Dule Hill.

"Psych's" seventh season will debut at 10 p.m. Et Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, the USA network announced Wednesday (Oct. 10).

As for the two-hour musical extravaganza, the network confirmed that "Psych: The Musical" will air in two parts. As we previously reported, guest stars Barry Bostwick, Brooke Lyons and Anthony Rapp will join the entire cast in performing original songs by "Psych" creator Steve Franks.

More: 10 spoilers for "Psych" Season 7

Another Season 7 highlight is "Psych's" landmark 100th episode, a tribute to the 1985 cult classic film "Clue." Special guests include original "Clue" cast members Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren and Martin Mull as well as Garrett Morris, Steve Valentine and the return of Tears for Fears' Curt Smith, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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A New Broadway Season, A New Set of Tony Hopefuls

5 September 2012 2:36 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Sam Negin

Theater Editor & Columnist

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A new Broadway season is about to begin and, with it, new life has been brought to my posts. After over 900 posts, 50 comments, over 325 Tony nominees and over 75 winners in the two-and-a-half years I blogged independently about the Tony Awards, I am proud to be joining the team at ScottFeinberg.com.

Without any further ado, I would like to begin with a look ahead at the Broadway shows that will be coming up this year. I have made this list as comprehensive as I could given what information is available but, as is often the case, there is much more data available right now about the fall season (September through the winter holidays) than the spring season (Christmas through the Tony Awards in June) on Broadway. I will update this post with more details as information becomes available.

The list of shows we expect to see this year, »

- Sam Negin

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Clue: The Movie - Blu-ray Review

27 August 2012 6:36 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

I.d say that Clue is one of the more successful movies to be made from a board game. At least it.s the one that I can think of. The film takes the basic premise and puts its star cast through some comedy hijinks that riff on the concept of the classic game. In an old dark house on a dark and stormy night, butler Wadsworth (Tim Curry) and maid Yvette (Colleen Camp) are preparing for a dinner party. The guests arrive and are given monikers instead of their real names. There.s "Colonel Mustard" (Martin Mull), Mrs. White" (Madeline Kahn), "Professor Plum" (Christopher Lloyd), "Miss Scarlet" (Lesley Ann Warren), "Mr. Green" (Michael McKean) and "Mrs. Peacock" (Eileen Brennan). »

- Jeff Swindoll

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AfterElton Briefs: "Glee" Supercouples In Trouble, Previewing the "Political Animals' Finale, and "NewNowNext Vote With Wanda Sykes"

16 August 2012 1:53 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Cam Gigandet (above) , who is 30, Steve Carrell is 50, Angela Bassett is 55, Lesley Ann Warren is 66, and Madonna is 54. Wanda Sykes will host two election specials for Logo (our parent company) starting next month. NewNowNext Vote With Wanda Sykes will air four days after the Democratic National Convention on Monday, September 10 at 10Pm Et/Pt, followed by a second special on election-eve on Monday, November 5.. The fourth episode of the new Glee season will be a turning point for all of the show's supercouples. “I’m not going to say who breaks up and who doesn’t, but they all — Santana/Brittany, Kurt/Blaine, Will/Emma, Rachel/Finn — get kicked in the nuts. And it’s all about how do they recover — and can they recover? And some don’t. Absolutely some don’t. Of those couples, not all of them are going to make it. It’s like Titanic. »

- snicks

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Celebrity Birthdays: Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence & Andy Sandberg Celebrate Birthdays This Week

9 August 2012 5:32 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Aug. 12: Actor George Hamilton is 73. Actress Jennifer Warren is 71. Singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is 63. Singer Kid Creole is 62. Actor Sam J. Jones ("Flash Gordon") is 58. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is 58. Actor Bruce Greenwood ("Thirteen Days") is 56. Country singer Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad) is 56. Guitarist Roy Hay of Culture Club is 51. Rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot is 49. Actor Peter Krause is 47. Actor Michael Ian Black ("Ed") is 41. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 41. Actor Casey Affleck is 37. Actress Maggie Lawson ("Psych") is 32. Actress Imani Hakim ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 19.

Aug. 13: Actor Pat Harrington is 83. Actor Kevin Tighe is 68. Actress Gretchen Corbett ("The Rockford Files") is 65. Actor Danny Bonaduce is 53. Actress Dawnn Lewis ("A Different World," "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper") is 51. Actor John Slattery is 50. Actress Debi Mazar is 48. Actress Quinn Cummings ("Family") is 45. Country singer Andy Griggs is 39. Drummer Mike Melancon of Emerson Drive is 34. Actress Kathryn Fiore ("Reno 911!") is 33. Singer James Morrison is 28.

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- AP

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Rodger & Hammerstein's version of 'Cinderella' to debut on Broadway, with a twist ending

8 August 2012 4:37 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Cinderella is set to make her Broadway debut this winter — but it won’t be the Walt Disney version with which the majority of fans are familiar. Instead, the Rodgers & Hammerstein telling of the classic fairy tale will premiere at NYC’s Broadway Theatre for preview performances starting Jan. 21, 2013, and an opening night set for Feb. 21, 2013, EW has confirmed.

The show comes with a new book based on the original by Hammerstein, written by Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed). And apparently in this updated version there’s a twist — Cinderella gets to save the Prince in the end »

- Tanner Stransky

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Clue: The Movie’ Wastes Game Cast with Fatally Unfunny Script

8 August 2012 11:36 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Sometimes it’s difficult to determine why a film retains its cult status over the years. Jonathan Lynn’s adaptation of the Parker Brothers board game may be fondly remembered as a cult favorite simply because its source material was so unusual (at least back in 1985). Yet unlike “Battleship,” the game of “Clue” has a built-in plot and colorful ensemble that could easily inspire an entertaining script.

Alas, “Clue: The Movie” fails to provide a worthy showcase for its spectacularly overqualified actors, who are mainly required to stand around while Tim Curry (as cunning butler Wadsworth) gabs and gabs like Albert Finney in “Murder on the Orient Express.” Curry is such an exuberant performer that he nearly saves the picture, but the tedious gobs of exposition in Lynn’s uninspired script eventually do him in. There are few things less funny than a silly gag that is over-explained to death. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Contest: Win Clue on Blu-ray

3 August 2012 1:22 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Long before adapting board games into motion pictures was the "in" things to do in Hollywood, Paramount released Clue and took the concept of finding a finding a killer and added a humorous twist.

It has been 27 years since Clue starring Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Warren and Madeline Kahn first debuted in theaters. On August 7, Clue will make its first foray into high definition on Blu-ray.

Thanks to Paramount, we are awarding three lucky readers the new Clue Blu-ray release. Take your shot at winning one by completing and submitting the easy entry form below. Want better odds? Return any or every day the contest is open to enter again and up the odds each time. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.

Here is the murderously funny movie based on the world-famous Clue board game. And now, on home video, »

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Gina La Piana Cast in Brett Ratner’s First TV Series Rock in a Hard Place

27 July 2012 6:45 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Actress Gina La Piana has been cast as Prism in director-producer Brett Ratner’s first television series, ‘Rock in a Hard Place.’ Prism is the daughter of an aging Jewish punk rock star, Lance “Lint” Jones, who will be played by Steven Weber. ‘Rock in a Hard Place’ follows Lint, the former front man of the band The Prix. After years of a carefree lifestyle and spending time in rehab, he moves back home with his mother. Lint’s first ex-wife and Prism’s mother, Debbie, will be played by Lesley Ann Warren. Rosanna Arquette will play his second ex-wife, Janice, a former porn star. Piana, who has appeared in such films as  [ Read More ] »

- Karen Benardello

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jOBS Brings on Composer Lucas Vidal

24 July 2012 10:51 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lucas Vidal will compose the original score for jOBS, the biopic about the iconic Silicon Valley visionary.

Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote, Neverwas) directs, from an original screenplay by Matt Whiteley. A Five Star Feature Film Production, jOBS is produced by Mark Hulme.

jOBS is the powerful and true story of the visionary who set out to change the world...and did. The film chronicles Steve Jobs' transformation of character from the enthusiasm and self-discovery of his youth, to the personal demons that clouded his vision, and finally to the ultimate triumphs of his later life.

Music was a well-known influence in Jobs' life. The visionary was famous for obsessing over every detail of new products and product introductions, including the selection of music to be used at public announcements and in commercials. Jobs' innovations had a huge impact on the music industry itself, just as he changed the computing, »

- MovieWeb

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Stripper of the Day: "Ricky The Rocket"

16 July 2012 6:38 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

While "Magic Mike" is in theaters we're looking back at memorable movie strippers

It's hard to know what possessed Oscar winning director John Avildsen to make the very trashy A Night in Heaven (1983), and less than a decade after his Rocky triumph at that. But make it he did. This one time paycable regular is about a schoolmarm community college professor named Faye (Lesley Ann Warren) who falls for a student named Rick (Christopher Atkins) once she sees, uh, more of him at her local bar's Ladie's Night. It takes place in Florida and considering that this is the only major theatrical motion picture about a male stripper before Magic Mike which also takes place there, does this mean that Florida is the capital of pelvic thrusts and loincloths... or just ceaselessly horny?

By day Rick's cocky glibness irritates Faye in speech class where she flunks him. But by night »

- NATHANIEL R

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J.K. Simmons Among Newest Additions to ‘Jobs’; Craig Roberts and Alan Tudyk Land ‘Premature’

11 July 2012 10:51 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Previously-commenced shooting be damned, Jobs continues to expand its (surprisingly decent) cast with reckless abandon. Continuing such a surprising amount of decency, according to Variety, are J.K. Simmons, Kevin Dunn (Transformers), Elden Henson (Déjà Vu), Victor Rasuk (Che, Being Flynn), Lenny Jacobson (Celeste and Jesse Forever), and Giles Matthey (True Blood).

In order, Simmons will appear as Arthur Rock, a venture capitalist who took a chance on Apple; Dunn will be seen as the company’s chairman, Gil Amelio; Henson has been locked to play an Apple developer, Andy Hertzfeld; Rasuk is Bill Fernandez, the first Apple employee and one of their user interface architects; Jacobson has landed the part of Burrell Smith, an engineer; and Matthey has some big shoes to fill Jonathan Ive, the designer of the iPod.

Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) has been directing the film for about a month now, with, as I’m sure you know, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Ashton Kutcher's Currently Filming 'jOBS' Biopic Adds More Cast

10 July 2012 12:55 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Steve Jobs biopic "jOBS" directed by Joshua Michael Stern (not to be confused with Sony's "Steve Jobs," scripted by Aaron Sorkin) has made further additions to its cast. Josh Gad (Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak), Kevin Dunn (Apple chairman Gil Amelio), Elden Henson (computer scientist and Macintosh developer Andy Hertzfeld), Lenny Jacobson (Apple engineer Burrell Smith), Giles Matthey (iPod designer Jonathan Ive), Ahna O’Reilly (Jobs’ girlfriend Chris-Ann), Victor Rasuk (Apple’s first employee and user interface architect Bill Fernandez) and Jk Simmons (venture capitalist and Apple investor Arthur Rock) will join Ashton Kutcher (Jobs) and the previously announced James Woods (Jobs' former Dean of Students, Jack Dudman), Lucas Hass (Apple engineer Daniel Kottke), Dermot Mulroney (investor and second Apple CEO Mike Markkula), Ron Eldard (Apple designer Rod Holt), John Getz (Jobs’ father Paul Jobs) and Lesley Ann Warren »

- Sophia Savage

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Jobs Adds Kevin Dunn, Lenny Jacobson, and J.K. Simmons

10 July 2012 12:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Kevin Dunn, Elden Henson, Lenny Jacobson, Giles Matthey, Ahna O'Reilly, Victor Rasuk and J.K. Simmons have joined the cast of Jobs, the biopic about the iconic Silicon Valley visionary.

Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote, Neverwas) directs, from an original screenplay by Matt Whiteley. A Five Star Feature Film Production, Jobs is produced by Mark Hulme.

Jobs is the powerful and true story of the visionary who set out to change the world...and did. The film chronicles Steve Jobs' transformation of character from the enthusiasm and self-discovery of his youth, to the personal demons that clouded his vision, and finally to the ultimate triumphs of his later life.

Ashton Kutcher plays the title role, with Josh Gad portraying Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Kevin Dunn plays Apple chairman Gil Amelio; Elden Henson plays computer scientist and Macintosh developer Andy Hertzfeld; Lenny Jacobson portrays Apple engineer Burrell Smith; Giles Matthey is »

- MovieWeb

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In Memory of Ernest Borgnine, 5 Living 90+ Year-Old Oscar Winners and Why They Rule

9 July 2012 10:59 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I hate when legends pass away, and yesterday delivered us a toughy: Ernest Borgnine, who won the Best Actor Oscar for 1955's Marty (delivered by Miss Grace Kelly!) and charmed us on McHale's Navy, died at 95. Now the oldest living Best Actor is the noble and towering Sidney Poitier, who was born over 10 years after Borgnine. While our octagenarian Oscar winners deserve the utmost reverence, there's something downright superhuman about the nonagenarian awardees, if I do say so myself. Today, in honor of Borgnine, we're toasting five such winners who are alive, kicking, and ruling. Just start applauding now and don't stop until the end of the post.

1. Luise Rainer (aged 102)

Won: Best Actress (twice) for 1936's The Great Ziegfeld and 1937's The Good Earth

Why She Rules: Rainer is a German-Austrian actress who walked away with her first Oscar -- a Best Actress win in the first year Best »

- virtel

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Casting Net: Will Arnett to play Batman...in Lego form. Plus: James Woods, Catherine Keener, James Marsden

26 June 2012 7:48 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Will Arnett and Chris Pratt (NBC’s Parks and Recreation) have signed onto the Warner Bros. animated film Lego: The Piece of Resistance. Pratt will voice the role of Emmet, an average Lego figure who is confused with the famed MasterBuilder. Arnett, meanwhile, will voice the Lego version of Batman, and Channing Tatum is being wooed to breath life into the Lego version of SupermanPhil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) are directing. [Variety]

• James WoodsRon EldardLesley Ann Warren, and John Getz (The Social Network) have joined jOBS, the indie biopic about »

- Adam B. Vary

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