9 items from 2009
Actress Valerie Harper is set to play Hollywood screen icon Tallulah Bankhead in a Broadway play titled Looped. The play, which previews on February 19, tells the story of Bankhead, whose fame is enduring. She was an internationally-known actress who was called into a sound studio in 1965 to re-record via 'loop' a line of dialogue in her last film, Die, Die My Darling. 'Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms Bankhead was known for her wild partying and convention-defying exploits that outshone even today's celebrity bad girls. And given her inebriated state - and inability to loop the line perfectly - what ensues is a hilarious showdown between an uptight and conservative sound editor, »
- Philippa Bourke
Just one of the four roles pictured below earned an acting bid for its star. Which one? Here's the answer. Answer: Eleven years after she won in the supporting race for "Cactus Flower," Goldie Hawn was nominated in lead for a featherweight comic role widely dismissed as not worthy of the Oscars' attention in 1980. The other three performances pictured in this quiz were all iconic screen turns outrageously snubbed by academy members. "My Fair Lady" won eight Academy Awards in 1964, including best picture, but its "lady" wasn't even nominated, probably because voters resented the fact that Audrey Hepburn lip-synched to Marni Nixon singing. Rosalind Russell never won an Oscar, but was nominated four times. Unfortunately, she was snubbed for her greatest role — as the brazen stage mom Rose in "Gypsy." The role is so dramatically showy that it usually nabs awards attention. On Broadway, Angela Lansbury (1975), Tyne Daly (1990) and Patti LuPone »
21 October 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Collin Wilcox Paxton, who played the white-trash girl who accused a black man of raping her in the classic 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Oct. 14 of brain cancer at her home in Highlands, N.C. She was 74.
Wilcox Paxton studied at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio in New York and became an accomplished stage actress who appeared on Broadway starting in 1958 with "The Day the Money Stopped" opposite Richard Basehart.
She went on to work with Tallulah Bankhead in "Crazy October," Geraldine Page in "Strange Interlude" and Ruth Gordon in "La Bonne Soup" and in Tennessee Williams' off-Broadway productions of "Camino Real" and "Suddenly, Last Summer."
In "Mockingbird," her film debut, Wilcox Paxton portrayed Mayella Violet Ewell, the pressured daughter of a racist (played by James Anderson) who accused Brock Peters' character of rape. The scene in which she is cross-examined by Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch is among the film's best. »
- By Mike Barnes
I Recently brought readers of The Geek Files the first look at Scarlett Johansson as the deadly Black Widow in Iron Man 2.
With black leather catsuit, red hair and utiity bracelets, Johansson looked perfect as the Russian super-spy, calming the anxieties of fanboys and fangirls who couldn't envisage the actress in the role.
Outside the comic book realm, most people won't have heard of Black Widow, though they may have vague memories of Tallulah Bankhead as the similarly named but totally unrelated villain in the Batman TV series.
Marvel Comics is now giving the character a promotional push with the launch of a comic book miniseries. The aim is to introduce a new generation to the stunning femme fatale, whose real name is Natalia Romanova aka Natasha Romanoff.
- David Bentley
Working On Whatever With Woody:
Few, if any, figures in American film have had the career arc of Woody Allen. Born Allen Stewart Konigsberg, Allen cut his teeth on Sid Caesar’s TV landmark Your Show of Shows as a staff writer in 1950, while still in high school, and graduated to standup comedy. One of the nation’s hottest young comics in the early and mid-1960s, Allen wrote his first screenplay, What’s New Pussycat? in 1965, and also co-starred in the film, making his writing/directing debut with Take the Money and Run, in 1969.
Since then, Woody Allen has not only been one of America’s most beloved and unique voices in cinema, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
DVD Playhouse—April 2009
Milk (Universal) Sean Penn deservedly captured his second Best Actor Oscar (and Dustin Lance Black a statuette for his original screenplay) in director Gus Van Sant’s portrait of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in the U.S. Alternately heartbreaking, infuriating and very funny, a film that both captures a bygone era and is still very timely. Fine support from Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, James Franco and Emile Hirsch. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Three featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.
Slumdog Millionaire (20th Century Fox) The Best Picture of 2008 is a kinetic, clever audience-pleaser about a determined lad (Dev Patel) from the slums of Mumbai, who has his chance at literal and financial redemption as a contestant on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Best Director Danny Boyle dazzles »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
17 February 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is going back to its studio parent's roots for a new DVD line.
The Universal Backlot Series will consist of historic films from the studio's library. The first batch of films, coming April 7, includes a 75th anniversary edition of Cecil B. DeMille's "Cleopatra" and six saucy classics from Hollywood's notorious pre-Production Code era.
"Cleopatra," nominated for five Academy Awards, ranks as one of DeMille's most lavish historical epics. The 1934 production stars Claudette Colbert as the cunning queen of the Nile, Warren William as Julius Caesar and Henry Wilcoxon as Marc Antony.
The six films in what Universal is billing as the "Pre-Code Hollywood Collection" are "The Cheat," with Tallulah Bankhead as a woman willing to do anything to pay off her gambling debt; "Merrily We Go to Hell," with Fredric March as an abusive alcoholic; "Hot Saturday," with Cary Grant; "Torch Singer," with Claudette Colbert; "Murder at the Vanities, »
- By Thomas K. Arnold
In The Spotlight — Emmerdale
This week we bid a fond farewell to Emmerdale’s Paul Lambert (out actor Matthew Bose) and Jonny Foster (Richard Grieve), by taking a look back at their relationship as they exit the series for a new life in Australia – oh, yeah, and to give their troubled marriage a second (or is it third?) chance. It’s been a long hard road for this couple that found their love tested time and again.
During Paul’s years living in Emmerdale, he endured a series of unsuccessful relationships and tumultuous events including the night he rescued his neighbor Grayson Sinclair (Christopher Villiers) during an assault (and somehow managing to learn of Grayson’s bisexuality in the process0. Grayson’s wife, Perdy (who is aware of her husband’s bisexuality) instantly concluded Paul and Grayson were secretly lovers, but once Paul convinced »
While villains like Riddler (Frank Gorshin, John Astin), Joker (Cesar Romero), Catwoman (Julie Newmar, Earth Kitt), Penguin (Burgess Meredith), Egghead (Vincent Price), Mr. Freeze (George Sanders, Otto Preminger, Eli Wallach) and King Tut (Victor Buono) made multiple appearances, many only appeared once or twice.
Lesser-seen villains include Zelda the Great (Anne Baxter), Mad Hatter (David Wayne), Bookworm (Roddy McDowall), Ma Parker (Shelley Winters), Black Widow (Tallulah Bankhead), Shame (Cliff Robertson), Siren (Joan Collins), Louie the Lilac (Milton Berle), False Face (Malachi Throne), The Clock King (Walter Slezak), The Archer (Art Carney), and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds (Carolyn Jones). Most of these characters were created specifically for the show and haven't been seen since -- until the new Batman The Brave and the Bold series. »
9 items from 2009
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