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Gina Lollobrigida Reflects on Her Entrance to Hollywood

Gina Lollobrigida Reflects on Her Entrance to Hollywood
The 90-year-old Gina Lollobrigida, one of Europe’s biggest divas and a global sex symbol during the 1950s and ’60s worked with Hollywood heavyweights such as Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn and Rock Hudson. “La Lollo,” as the Italians call her, is best known among her countrymen for Luigi Comencini’s 1953 classic “Bread, Love and Dreams.” Outside Italy, she is famous for playing seductive gypsy Esmeralda in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1956) opposite Anthony Quinn, Queen Sheba with Yul Brynner in King Vidor’s hit epic “Solomon and Sheba” (1959) and Napoleon’s sister Paolina Bonaparte in “Imperial Venus” (1962). On Feb. 1, Lollobrigida received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Your first mention in Variety is a review in 1950 of Luigi Zampa’s “Campane a Martello” (Children of Chance). What’s your recollection of “Campane”?

It was a strange story, about two prostitutes who were very generous because they gave money to an orphanage … I remember
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Gina Lollobrigida on Stardom, Humphrey Bogart and Errol Flynn

Gina Lollobrigida on Stardom, Humphrey Bogart and Errol Flynn
Gina Lollobrigida, now 90, gained global fame in an era when movie stardom took actors to different heights.

“I was born at a time when the cinema was really, really powerful; more than it is today,” notes the iconic Italian actress, who, starting in the 1950s, rapidly became one of Europe’s biggest divas and worked with Hollywood heavyweights such as Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra and Errol Flynn. “The stars from those days, including myself, have a long-lasting fame that I am amazed by,” she says.

On Feb. 1, “La Lollo,” as she is known in Italy, will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, nearly seven decades after billionaire mogul Howard Hughes flew her to Los Angeles.

“Gina is simply a legend,” says marketing guru and events organizer Tiziana Rocca, who is the driving force behind this long overdue honor.

“I’m happy [to be] on this boulevard that I have walked down so many times,” says Lollobrigida
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Brandon Routh Joins Live-Action ‘Anastasia’ as Czar Nicholas

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Brandon Routh Joins Live-Action ‘Anastasia’ as Czar Nicholas
Brandon Routh has joined the cast of the live-action family adaptation of “Anastasia,” which will be directed by Blake Harris. The star of “Superman Returns” will appear in the film as Nicholas Romanov, the last Czar of Russia who was dethroned by Vladimir Lenin during the Russian Revolution. The story of Romanov’s youngest daughter, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, has been the basis for a 1956 drama starring Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner and a 1997 animated film by Don Bluth. In Harris’ version, Anastasia (Emily Carey), escapes the assassination of her family and finds a portal transporting her to the...
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On my radar: Tarell Alvin McCraney’s cultural highlights

The playwright and actor on the sounds and flavours of Miami, why Claire Foy makes The Crown unmissable, and the peculiar pleasure of tweeting gifs of Yul Brynner

Tarell Alvin McCraney was born in Liberty City in Miami, Florida and attended Yale School of Drama, where he received the Cole Porter playwriting award. Between 2008 and 2010 he was international writer in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he remains an associate artist. His semi-autobiographical 2003 play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, was adapted for the screen by director Barry Jenkins and renamed Moonlight. In 2016, it won Academy and Golden Globe awards for best picture, and McCraney shares an Oscar for best adapted screenplay with Jenkins. A revival of McCraney’s Olivier award-winning 2007 play, The Brothers Size, is at the Young Vic, London SE1, until 14 February.

I just said out loud, ‘well at least it’s in the 30’s next week
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The Cast of 'Anastasia,' Then and Now

The Cast of 'Anastasia,' Then and Now
No, Anastasia is not a Disney princess.

Despite the animated character's now canonical status among fans of Disney's princess films of the '90s, Anastasia hit theaters as part of the debut of Fox's animation studio on Nov. 21, 1997. The story is loosely based on the historical mystery revolving around the disappearance of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna after a fateful night in 1916. Fox had previously adapted the story into a live-action film starring Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner in 1956.

Anastasia went on to earn $139 million, receive two Oscar nominations and even inspire a stage adaptation of the...
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Otd: Yul Marries, Macy Screams, Fellini Premieres

on this day in showbiz-related history...

1944 Yul Brynner marries his first wife, actress Virginia Gilmore, in Los Angeles. They're both in their mid 20s. She's already made 15 movies but he's just starting out with two Broadway shows under his belt. Their marriage will last 16 years and they will have one child together. Rock Brynner (their son) will go on to write a book about his dad and their family history.

1954 Federico Fellini's La Strada premieres at the Venice Film Festival and goes on to win the Best Foreign Film Oscar. Fellini will go on to completely own that category, winning thrice more with The Nights of Cabiria (1957), 8½ (1963), and Amarcord (1974)

Macy Gray, The King's Speech, and more after the jump...
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Bad Girls Of "Batman" And Legendary Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum To Appear At Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Con

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Convention presents Classic Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum, Jean Hale (In Like Flint), Sharyn Wynters (The Female Bunch), and Donna Loren (Bikini Beach) at the August 20, 2017 Show.

Robert Tanenbaum is a Movie Poster Artist with an over 50 year career illustrating every film genre such as Science Fiction, Horror, Comedy, War, Drama and Martial Arts. Robert has illustrated such Classic Movie Posters as A Christmas Story, Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, Cujo, Five Fingers Of Death, Black Christmas, Super Fly, The Color Of Money, My Bodyguard, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, The Iron Cross, The Eagle Has Landed, Ransom, Cleopatra Jones And The Casino Of Gold, Hot Potato, Mel Brooks High Anxiety and Silent Night, Evil Night. Robert’s art is featured on the first announcement that Jaws was being made into a Movie.
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Audiences Are Tired Of Spectacle And Hollywood Doesn't Care -- The Lrm Weekend

By David Kozlowski | 4 August 2017

Welcome to Issue #7 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Previous Issues: 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17 | 6.30.17 | 6.23.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, you might notice a few changes to the column this week. As summer draws to a close we're moving some stuff around and tweaking our content to be a little more opinionated and provocative.

Each of our Lrm writers have super-strong opinions about film, TV, comics, and all of the big franchises and universes. So, going forward Lrm Weekend is going to amp-up our voices a bit more -- and we invite our readers to punch back whenever and wherever you disagree!

Audiences Are Tired Of Spectacle And Hollywood Doesn't Care.
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Beauty vs Beast: From Ape To Eternity

Jason from Mnpp here with a new round of our "Beauty vs Beast" series! I haven't had a chance to see War of the Planet of the Apes yet but I have heard the near unanimous praise so I'll make it soon - until then let's tackle the classic original film from 1968 this week, because who doesn't love to see Charlton Heston shackled and abused for whatever reason. Opposite his amusingly bombastic astronaut George is Dr. Zira (Kim Hunter), who gives that movie's simians a sweet heart - something that the new series of films has really run with.

Previously Last week we wished blad icon Yul Brynner a happy birthday with some King of Siam action but it was his dancing partner who swept y'all off your feet - Deborah Kerr won 67% of the vote. Said Pam:

"I always pick the lady in a gentleman vs lady competition. Plus
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‘Westworld’: HBO Drama’s Long Journey to 22 Emmy Nominations

Westworld” was nominated for 22 Emmy Awards on Thursday, making it and “SNL” the most-nominated shows of 2017. The Television Academy’s recognition comes as welcome relief, given the show’s long path to the screen.

The series is based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was directed and written by “Jurassic Park” scribe Michael Crichton and starring by Yul Brynner. The TV version of “Westworld” was first ordered to series in November 2014 (the pilot was greenlit in 2013), with the target of a 2015 premiere date.

At the Variety TV Summit in June, series showrunner Jonathan Nolan told the story of how executive producer Jj Abrams first approached him to join what was now to be a television series.

“Jj had actually sat down with Michael Crichton 23 years earlier to talk about a reboot for the movie version of [‘Westworld’],” Nolan said. “Jj hadn’t quite figured out how to remake it as a film, so
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Beauty vs Beast: The King and... Who?

Jason from Mnpp here. Tomorrow is the 97th anniversary of the great Yul Brynner's birth, and while there are several options we could tackle for this week's "Beauty vs Beast" (The Ten Commandments being the most obvious) I decided to go with the most awkward for me - 1956's technicolor musical The King and I, because I feel like we could use a colorful musical right this minute. There's just one problem, which is what renders this "awkward" - I haven't ever seen The King and I. Whoops!

I know the basic gist - Deborah Kerr plays a school-teacher who moves to Siam and she and the King (Brynner) teach each other about their different cultures and fall into something like love. But specifics? Notsomuch. So here's the deal - I will go home and watch The King and I this week, pinky swear, and you guys tell me
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The Picasso Summer

Yet another puzzle picture, that came out on DVD back with the first wave of Wac films in 2010. An expensive romance with Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux, it was filmed in Europe, co-written by Ray Bradbury and bears the music of Michel Legrand, including an exceedingly well known pop song. Yet it sat on a shelf for three years, only to make a humiliating world debut on TV — on CBS’s Late Nite Movie. It was clearly one of those Productions From Hell, where nothing went right.

The Picasso Summer

DVD-r

The Warner Archive Collection

1969 originally / Color / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date May 28, 2010 (not a mistake) / available through the WBshop / 17.99

Starring: Albert Finney, Yvette Mimieux, Luis Miguel Dominguín, Theodore Marcuse, Jim Connell,

Peter Madden, Tutte Lemkow, Graham Stark, Marty Ingels, Georgina Cookson, Miki Iveria, Bee Duffell, Lucia Bosé, Jean Marie Ingels.

Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond

Original Music: Michel Legrand

Animator:
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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Composers And The Scores That Made Them Great

Author: Dave Roper

With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.

As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..

John WilliamsStar Wars

Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July,
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‘Casino Royale’ Actress Daliah Lavi Dies at 74

‘Casino Royale’ Actress Daliah Lavi Dies at 74
Israeli actress Daliah Lavi, who starred in 1967’s James Bond spoof “Casino Royale,” has died at her home in Asheville, N.C. She was 74.

Lavi was born in 1942 in Shavei Tzion in the British Mandate of Palestine. She studied ballet in Sweden, where she appeared in her first film “Hemsöborna” in 1955. She was fluent in several languages and starred in German, Italian, French, and Spanish films, in addition to English-language movies.

She gained notice in Vincente Minnelli’s “Two Weeks in Another Town,” and she received a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer (female) for her work. Her credits included “The Return of Dr. Mabuse” (1961); “The Demon” (1963); “The Whip and the Body” (1963); Richard Brooks’ “Lord Jim” (1965), starring Peter O’Toole; “Ten Little Indians” (1965); “Those Fantastic Flying Fools” (1967), “Nobody Runs Forever” (1968); and “Catlow” (1971), starring Yul Brynner.

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Lavi played a spy in 1966’s “The Silencers,” which starred Dean Martin as Matt Helm,
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Ghosts of Futures Predicted: How Hollywood Imagined We’d Be Living Now

Author: Cai Ross

Earth’s future has always proved a playground of possibility for scriptwriters and directors. Artists are rarely content to make do within the confines of what is merely possible. Setting a movie years in the future is a way of letting their minds off the leash, while usually offering an allegorical reflection of the times in which we currently live. As one fictional time-travel expert once said, “The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”

Snow White & The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is the latest in a long line of visual soothsayers who has made his own fate in the form of Ghost In The Shell, which offers us a metropolitan futureworld full of gymnastic augmented cybernetic agents, colossal 3D advertisements and the increasingly regular sight of Juliette Binoche in a lab-coat.

Like many futuristic sci-fi movies, Ghost In The Shell
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Mindy Newell: “Flash” Dance

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I grew up on Broadway musicals. Once upon a time when going to see a show on Broadway didn’t cost you your mortgage plus the life of your first-born, my mom and dad were avid theatergoers. They saw the original production of South Pacific with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, the original production of Camelot with Richard Burton and Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet, and the original production of The King and I with Gertrude Lawrence and a then little-known Yul Brynner.

When they were still dating they went into town to see Oklahoma! Over the years they saw Carousel, and Brigadoon, and Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady, and Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!, and the original West Side Story with Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert. My father fell asleep at Cats and my mother said she
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David Boreanaz Reflects on Buffy in Honor of 20th Anniversary: ‘I Was in the Right Spot at the Right Time’

David Boreanaz Reflects on Buffy in Honor of 20th Anniversary: ‘I Was in the Right Spot at the Right Time’
— A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

As David Boreanaz says goodbye to Bones — it wraps its 12-season run on March 28 at 9 p.m. on Fox — he looks back to the series that came before, reminiscing about his time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, the spin-off in which he starred.

Twenty years ago, you were cast in your breakout role as the vampire Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Did you ever imagine you’d be here now?

David Boreanaz: It was all timing, really. initially had an arc of 6 out of the 12 episodes.
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Viola Davis Becomes First Black Actor to Win an Oscar, Emmy & Tony

Viola Davis Becomes First Black Actor to Win an Oscar, Emmy & Tony
Viola Davis won the best supporting actress Oscar Sunday night for her performance in Denzel Washington’s “Fences.”

“You know there’s one place where all the people with the greatest potential are gathered, and that’s the graveyard,” Davis began her acceptance speech with fervor. “People ask me all the time — What kind of stories do you want to tell? And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories.”

She continued, “I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”

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The actress then began a long list of thanks with August Wilson, (“… who exhumed and exalted the ordinary people”) and Washington (“O captain, my captain… Thank you for putting two entities in the driver’s seat — August and God. They served you well.”).

Voice cracking with emotion,
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11 Actresses Who Earned Oscar Nods for Musicals

11 Actresses Who Earned Oscar Nods for Musicals
La La Land garnered a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations this year — it’s now neck-and-neck with Titanic and All About Eve for receiving the most Oscar nominations in a given year. Among those nods is a first-ever Best Actress nom for Emma Stone, who’s been racking up rave reviews for her performance in the film.

While we’ve got musicals on the mind, let’s take a look back at some other actresses who’ve received acclaim for their musical turns.

Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables (2012)

Hathaway’s turn as Fantine was the only non-technical award the 2012 adaptation of the smash musical picked up.
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