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Brittany Murphy Laid to Rest in L.A.

25 December 2009 6:55 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

The funeral for Brittany Murphy was held at twilight on Thursday.

The actress' mother Sharon, husband Simon Monjack and close friends attended the invite-only ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in L.A. Murphy's father, Angelo Bertolotti, did not attend the funeral.

In July, a private memorial service for Michael Jackson was also held at Forest Lawn in L.A. Other stars buried there include Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Freddie Prinze and John Ritter.

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Private funeral for Brittany Murphy

24 December 2009 1:31 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Actress Brittany Murphy will be laid to rest at a small, private funeral on Christmas Eve, while a larger memorial service may be held early next year.Family spokesman Alex Ben Block said the Thursday funeral for the "Clueless" and "Girl, Interrupted" actress will be by invitation-only at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills.The 32-year-old actress died after collapsing at her Hollywood Hills home on Sunday.Authorities continue to investigate the death. An autopsy performed Monday was inconclusive, and the coroner's office is awaiting results of toxicology and tissue tests before determining an official cause of death.Murphy moved with her mother, Sharon, to Los Angeles when she was a teenager to pursue an acting career. She started out in sitcoms and commercials in the early 1990s before winning starring roles in several films.She played Eminem's love interest in "8 Mile" and Ashton Kutcher »

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Holiday season gifts for the Black film lover

19 December 2009 8:24 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In my quest to figure out good Xmas and Kwanzaa gifts for my people this year, I realized we always recommend movies, DVD’s and VODs, but I’ve seldom read about good books here on S&A.  So, I’ve compile a great list for of Black cinephile-based books for the filmgoing audience. Some you’re definitely familiar with, others maybe not, but nonetheless here it is:

Donald Bogle’s books

I’ve been reading Bogle’s books for 20 years now, so considering I’m just on the precipice of my (eek!) mid-30’s, that’s saying a lot of the amount of Black film knowledge that he’s imparted to the masses for decades.

Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies & Bucks

Arguably Bogle’s greatest, if not simply his best known book, “Toms…” is the definitive study of American Black film images going back to the beginning with Birth of »

- Curtis the Media Man

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Orson's TV revolution that never was

18 December 2009 3:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Orson Welles wasn't just thwarted on the silver screen. His plans to shake up television with innovations that anticipated the YouTube era were foiled, too

When we think of Orson Welles and television, the impulse is often to smirk. The innumerable talk-show appearances, though reliably entertaining, couldn't help but seem sad in comparison to his earlier triumphs. And those ads for the likes of Findus frozen foods and Paul Masson wine were hard to take seriously even before viral video made us familiar with Welles's absurd on-set relationship with hack copy, which ranged from perfectionist quibbling to ostensibly drunken slurring.

Fair enough. Such undertakings could hardly be counted among the highlights of any career, let alone one that included Citizen Kane and Chimes at Midnight. But it's worth bearing two things in mind in between chuckles. First, the proceeds from these appearances were invariably funnelled toward one or other of »

- Ben Walters

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Orson's TV revolution that never was

18 December 2009 3:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Orson Welles wasn't just thwarted on the silver screen. His plans to shake up television with innovations that anticipated the YouTube era were foiled, too

When we think of Orson Welles and television, the impulse is often to smirk. The innumerable talk-show appearances, though reliably entertaining, couldn't help but seem sad in comparison to his earlier triumphs. And those ads for the likes of Findus frozen foods and Paul Masson wine were hard to take seriously even before viral video made us familiar with Welles's absurd on-set relationship with hack copy, which ranged from perfectionist quibbling to ostensibly drunken slurring.

Fair enough. Such undertakings could hardly be counted among the highlights of any career, let alone one that included Citizen Kane and Chimes at Midnight. But it's worth bearing two things in mind in between chuckles. First, the proceeds from these appearances were invariably funnelled toward one or other of »

- Ben Walters

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Bette Davis, Ronald Colman, Woody Allen at the Packard Campus

1 December 2009 10:27 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ronald Colman, centenarian Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Madeleine Carroll, and Mary Astor (in the Ruritanian classic The Prisoner of Zenda); Fairbanks again, with Irene Dunne and Lucille Ball (in the not-so-classic comedy Joy of Living); Bette Davis, Monty Woolley and Ann Sheridan (in the comedy classic The Man Who Came to Dinner); John Gilbert and Renée Adorée (in the anti-war classic The Big Parade); Humphrey Bogart, Joan Bennett, and Peter Ustinov (in the demi-classic allegorical comedy We’re No Angels); Woody Allen and Diane Keaton (in the middle-age-crisis classic Manhattan); James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Gloria Grahame (in the horror classic It’s a Wonderful Life); Ingmar Bergman’s Oscar-winning classic Fanny and Alexander; and, inevitably, several Walt Disney classic shorts [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Actor Leighton Dies

29 November 2009 3:01 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American character actor Jan Leighton has died, aged 87.

Leighton - who impersonated historical figures including William Shakespeare, Christopher Columbus and late Hollywood actor Clark Gable on U.S. television and film - died on 16 November of complications after a stroke.

He made his Broadway debut alongside Lucille Ball in 1960 musical Wildcat. In one of his most notable film roles, Leighton played Albert Einstein in a 1982 sci-fi comedy, Zapped!

In 1985, he won a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records after notching up over 2,407 roles on his resume.

In addition to doing character work, Leighton was also a hand model. He also did a number of voiceovers and also co-authored two books with his daughter, Hallie. »

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Super-8 Movie Madness @ The Way Out Club #3

24 November 2009 1:00 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Super-8 Movie Madness 3” will be held on Tuesday December 1 from 8pm to Midnight at the Way Out Club. The cover charge is a bargain at a measly $2.00. There will be movie passes, T-Shirts and poster giveaways this time. If you’re not familiar with the madness, here’s a brief rundown: Remember (before video tapes) the Super-8 films they used to sell in the 1950’s and 60’s that were condensed versions of features? In the 1970’s they sold Sound versions of these films and 16 of these will be projected on a large screen at the Way Out Club (they average about 15 minutes each).

Condensed versions of the following films will be screened December 1: Duel, The House Of Frankenstein, the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, The Dirty Dozen, Peter Cushing in Twins Of Evil, Sssssss (don’t say it…hiss it!), The Invisible Man, The Three Stooges in Disorder In The Court, »

- Tom

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New On DVD This Week

3 November 2009 3:35 PM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.

Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows such as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, North by Northwest, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Rockford Files. Plus, there’s some classic Dr. Who coming out this week as well.

Check them out.

Movies

A Christmas Carol ~ Alastair Sim, Jack Warner (Blu-ray)

Aliens in the Attic ~ Kevin Nealon, Doris Roberts (DVD and Blu-ray)

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics, Vol. 1 (The Big Heat / 5 Against the House / The Lineup / Murder by Contract / The Sniper) ~ (DVD)

The Claudette Colbert Collection (Three-Cornered Moon / Maid of Salem / I Met Him in ParisI Met »

- Joe Gillis

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Tilda Swinton Wants To Update Mame

8 September 2009 3:12 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When you.ve established a longstanding relationship with an actress like Tilda Swinton, you make sure to keep it going and that.s exactly what Luca Guadagnino plans to do. According to Variety, while promoting their film I Am Love at the Venice Film Festival the duo announced their desire to make a modern version of Auntie Mame. The 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis was adapted for Broadway in 1957 then for film in 1958. There was another cycle of Broadway and cinema reproductions resulting in the 1966 musical Mame starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur and subsequent film starring Arthur, Lucille Ball and Robert Preston in 1974. Guadagnino said his version of Auntie Mame would be a "rock-n-roll, super funny, super mainstream movie. and would tell the story of an orphaned boy growing up with his eccentric aunt in the present day. Guadagnino also added, .This is an Sos for Warner Bros. to give »

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Tilda Swinton In Hip Remake Of 'Auntie Mame' Gets Us Thinking: Five Other Musicals That Should Be Updated

8 September 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

While promoting their new film "I Am Love" at the Venice Film Festival, actress-producer Tilda Swinton and director Luca Guadagnino announced plans to collaborate again on a remake of "Auntie Mame," previously reworked as the musical "Mame," Variety reports. The duo has no legitimate rights to the original novel by Patrick Dennis nor either film version; they're merely using this opportunity to send out an "Sos" to Warner Bros. of their intentions to remake the film with Swinton as the titular eccentric who takes in her orphaned nephew.

While it's unclear if their plan is to make another musical version of the story, Guadagnino does say it will be a "rock-n-roll, super funny, super mainstream movie," implying at least a soundtrack-heavy project. Fans of the original film would certainly be more okay with something supplanting the remake, with its forgettable vocal performance by Lucille Ball -- though Bea Arthur devotees may protest. »

- Christopher Campbell

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Paramore's Hayley Williams Endorses Miley Cyrus' Fashion Line

2 September 2009 12:07 PM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

Paramore frontvixen Hayley Williams has got a signature style that is tough and edgy but also just girly enough to remind everybody which chromosomes she carries. With a multitude of kids (and Paramore fans) headed back to school this week, Williams dropped some knowledge via her LiveJournal (how 2003 of her!) about her favorite lines and styles. She cited Dogpile as her favorite line (because it was worn by members of AFI and Brody Dalle). That green vest from the "Ignorance" video? That's from Dogpile, according to Williams. She also gives shout-outs to Katy Perry and Lucille Ball as style inspirations and notes that the dress she wore at last year's MTV Video Music Awards came from this boutique. But right at the end, she raises a glass to Miley Cyrus' Wal-Mart line. "Don't forget about Miley's clothing line in Wal-Mart. Dead. Serious," she wrote. "Good quality tees and tanks ... and if you're brave enough, »

- MTV News

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New on DVD This Week

25 August 2009 5:11 PM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic and not-so-classic movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.

Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Criterion version of The Last Days of Disco, Batman: Brave and the Bold and the debut of thirtysomething, Booker and Wiseguy on DVD for the first time.

Check them out.

Movies

Adventureland ~ Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds,(DVD and Blu-ray)

Children of the Corn ~ Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong (Blu-ray)

Duplicity ~ Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Julia Roberts (DVD and Blu-ray)

Fighting ~ Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard (DVD and Blu-ray)

How Bruce Lee Changed the World ~ Bruce Lee (DVD)

The Informers ~ Kim Basinger, Billy Bob Thorton (DVD and Blu-ray)

The Last Days of Disco (Criterion Collection) ~ Chloë Sevigny, »

- Joe Gillis

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Rivers Romancing Soft-porn Publisher

20 August 2009 6:44 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Comedienne Joan Rivers' love life has taken a funny turn - she has fallen for the man behind the Perfect 10 soft-porn empire.

Norm Zada, 59, admits he has been in love with 76-year-old Rivers for over 30 years after meeting her backstage at a comedy show.

He told her about his lasting crush when he became a subject on her new TV show How Did You Get So Rich - and Rivers was so taken by his loyalty she agreed to date the former mathematics professor-turned-publisher.

What makes the odd romance even odder is Zada made a name for himself by refusing to work with cosmetically-enhanced models - and now he's dating perhaps the world's poster woman for nips and tucks.

Zada reportedly launched Perfect 10 in the mid-1990s after a friend was rejected from the pages of Playboy magazine because her proportions did not fit the magazine's tastes.

But despite his own personal taste for 'real' women, Zada has always found Rivers "intriguing" and "fascinating".

He says, "I was in love with Joan for quite a while back, about 30 years ago... but I had to admire from afar. I got that. She was happily married.

"Then all of sudden they decide to do this show about how I made my money and I had an opportunity to meet her in person - and we got along very well.

"I've always had a lot of respect for her and now we're dating. It's just started and I'm supposed to see her in L.A. when she next comes here. She is a very intriguing lady.

"I would say I have a fascination with her. I've met a lot of natural beautiful models in my time, but I can appreciate women who are incredibly intelligent and are so interesting to be around and learn from, I've always told people that without a high Iq I don't care how attractive the women is, I can't personally get interested in her. Joan is at the very end of the spectrum in terms of Iq."

And Rivers has confirmed she and Zada are an item; her publicist states, "Joan is dating Norm Zada."

Zada, the son of Fuzzy Logic computer scientist Lotfi Zadeh, previously worked at Ibm and was an adjunct mathematics professor at Stanford University, Columbia University and UCLA, where he penned textbooks on computer science.

He turned his back on academia to become a professional poker player before starting up the Perfect 10 empire.

His glossy full of lovelies wrapped up business in 2007, but the enterprising businessman still oversees the spin-off website and remains one of Los Angeles' most powerful players, living among the rich and famous like Denzel Washington, Sylvester Stallone and Rod Stewart in Beverly Park, where Rivers was a recent guest.

And he's already planning a future with the comedienne, who has been single since her beloved husband Edgar Rosenberg died in 1987.

Zada adds, "I would like to go out to lunch with her for the next five years, absolutely, because every meeting would be intriguing.

"I absolutely adore her and just love the Iq and the knowledge and the enlightenment. She's a great dinner companion. We're going to have fun together because I'm going to love talking to her and hopefully she won't hate talking to me."

Rivers isn't Zada's first funny gal - he briefly romanced beloved comedienne Lucille Ball.

Zada reveals, "She used to call me 'The Computer' and I would go visit her at her home on Roxbury in Beverly Hills, and we basically just played backgammon... We were very close.

"But Joan is actually a lot funnier in person than Lucy was... Joan Rivers is in a class by herself." »

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Girls on Film: The Wrath of Madeline Kahn

17 August 2009 6:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Many funny women have graced the screen over the years, from Mabel Normand to Lucille Ball to Tina Fey, but one woman's impact was unlike any other -- Madeline Kahn's.

When Star Trek was looming and there was a loud undercurrent of chatter about the previous space-led films, my brain got punny and came up with "The Wrath of Madeline Kahn." At first, I explained away my attachment to the title as part of my love of word play. But soon, I realized it was more than that. Kahn's wrath is a lot of what made her such an indelible comedic figure in Hollywood, one that grabbed two Oscar nominations for her craft.

We always see wrath as this bubbling explosion of anger that hunts down victims near and far. But with Kahn, it was all caught within herself -- wrath (of anger and exuberance) trapped in a human-shaped globe, »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Jacksons file burial papers

7 August 2009 2:33 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Michael Jackson's family have reportedly filed papers to have the star buried at a Hollywood cemetery. Officials at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park cemetery in Los Angeles are now clear to "proceed with burial", over six weeks after the singer died of a suspected cardiac arrest. The decision is likely to anger Michael's brother Jermaine, who has publicly argued for his sibling to be interred in the grounds of his former home Neverland, in Santa Barbara, California. Michael's mother Katherine disagreed, insisting her son never wanted to go back to the property, which he abandoned after his trial for child molestation in 2005. Forest Lawn is the final resting place of several celebrities, including Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Liberace »

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I Love Lucy: The Very Brief Reunion of Lucy Ricardo and Fred Mertz

22 July 2009 7:17 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

After six seasons on the air, the hugely successful I Love Lucy sitcom ended. The stars had tired of the weekly grind but transitioned to the more expensive The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show specials. A baker's dozen of those were produced over three years. By the end, the writers had run dry and the marriage of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball had fallen apart. The day after the production wrapped, Ball filed for divorce.

Before the show ended, it was proposed that the Mertz's, played by William Frawley and Vivian Vance, continue in their own spin-off. The two had never liked each other off-screen but Frawley realized that the show could be very lucrative and agreed. Vance didn't want any part of it and refused.

Sadly, the end of the specials was the last time that the four actors would ever play their iconic characters. Arnaz continued to »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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New on DVD This Week

21 July 2009 3:30 PM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Here’s a list of some of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week we’re particularly interested in. Plus, some old favorites (and not so favorites) coming out this week for the first time on Blu-Ray.

Movies:

Watchmen (Director’s Cut) ~ Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Malin Ackerman, Jackie Earle Hailey (DVD and Blu-ray)

Coraline ~ Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, and Jennifer Saunders (DVD and Blu-ray)

• 300: The Complete Experience ~ Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West (Blu-ray)

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow ~ Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, and Giovanni Ribisi (DVD and Blu-ray)

• Made in U.S.A. (Criterion Collection) ~ Anna Karina, Jean-Pierre Léaud, László Szabó, and Marianne Faithfull (DVD)

The Great Buck Howard ~ John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, and Tom Hanks (DVD)

• Wolverine and the X-Men: Deadly Enemies ~ (DVD)

Midnight Express ~ Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, and Paolo Bonacelli (Blu-ray)

Echelon Conspiracy ~ Edward Burns, »

- Chris Ullrich

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"Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg" recognizes a forgotten TV pioneer

20 July 2009 11:00 AM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Quick — who was the first woman to appear in a network sitcom?

No, not Lucille Ball, but that would’ve been my guess.

Here’s a hint. She also won the first Emmy for Best Actress. I’ll even show you a picture.

Still no clue, I bet. Her name is Gertrude Berg. Wait, who?

Exactly. That’s why Aviva Kempner’s new documentary, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, is so important.

Berg was sort of the Oprah of her era — and she paved the way for women in the entertainment industry. Her radio show, The Goldbergs, premiered the week after the 1929 stock market crash and every day for 17 years, Berg rose at 6 a.m., wrote that day’s script, then went to the studio to produce the show and perform her role, Molly Goldberg.

In 1949, Berg brought The Goldbergs to television, where it was the first character-driven domestic sitcom. (When the »

- thelinster

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Cy Coleman Compilation to Feature Fiona Apple, Patty Griffin, Nikka Costa, Missy Higgins, Many More

20 July 2009 7:25 AM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Hear the words "The Best Is Yet To Come" and a dapper Sinatra will likely flash across your mind, dressed to the nines in black coattails and topped with a hat, crooning those famous lyrics. Less likely to come to mind is Cy Coleman, the man behind this and many of the other songs that fill our collective consciousness. The composer and songwriter's life catalog amounts to over 2,000 songs, a number of which were popularized by the likes of Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole on the radio, and Lucille Ball on the Broadway stage. On Sept. 15, a new compilation of Coleman songs entitled (you guessed it) The Best Is Yet To Come will be released on New West Records. The record will include renditions of Coleman songs by 12 modern songstresses, including Nikka Costa, Missy Higgins, Madeleine Peyroux and Patty Griffin. »

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