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Former model and talk-show host Alana Stewart, 67, has recently published a new memoir, "Rearview Mirror." In it, Stewart, who was married to actor George Hamilton and singer Rod Stewart -- both of whom she later divorced -- describes a childhood of poverty in Texas, her life-changing move to New York and California to model, and her close friendship with the late Farrah Fawcett.
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Stewart about her life, spirituality and staying vibrant at age 67.
Why write "Rearview Mirror" now?
I hope that anyone who reads it takes away something useful. I wanted to write it now. I have gone through so many challenges and difficult experiences. When people share the tools they've used to get through these experiences, it can be very helpful. I've been in 12-step programs for many years and this started me on my healing path as I heard others share their stories. »
- The Huffington Post
More Movies You Never Heard Of! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing 1977's "Viva Knievel!," starring Evel Knievel himself taking on "the fictionalized role of his own life." Having been portrayed by George Hamilton in a 1971 biopic, motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel took on the fictionalized role of his own life in this surprisingly well made actioner, the last film directed by the prolific Gordon Douglas. Produced by an uncredited Irwin Allen, it boasts a surprisingly strong cast and production values. Knievel's life supplied grist for TV movies in 1974, 2004 and 2005. »
- Trailers From Hell
"We talked the other night at my daughter's birthday party and I said, 'I hope you're not gonna be upset about anything I write in the book because I'm brutally honest, but I'm also brutally honest about myself and my part,'" the actress and activist told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover ...
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Former model and talk-show host Alana Stewart, 67, has just published a new memoir, "Rearview Mirror." Stewart, who was married to actor George Hamilton and singer Rod Stewart, both of whom she later divorced, describes a childhood in poverty in Texas, her life-changing move to New York and California to model, and her close friendship with the late Farrah Fawcett.
But she opens her memoir with a traumatic event that happened to her at 18. Stewart tells Matt Lauer of "Today" why she chose that particular story to start the book, and what she regrets about motherhood. Watch the video above for more. »
- Laura Rowley
This story first appeared in the Oct. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The Jan. 17, 1980, issue of The Hollywood Reporter was full of ads promoting that year's Oscar hopefuls -- everything from eventual winners like Kramer vs. Kramer to crazy long shots like George Hamilton courting consideration as best actor for his campy turn in the vampire comedy Love at First Bite. Amid all the hoopla, it was probably easy to overlook one relatively unassuming, full-page, black-and-white display ad announcing a new movie called Argo, described only as "A Cosmic Conflagration … commencing principal photography,
- Bill Higgins, Borys Kit
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.
This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, and it’s clear that her legacy is still going strong. One of her movies, Some Like It Hot, was just named on BFI’s list of the greatest films of all time, and she managed to earn an estimated $27 million last year.
Reel Life: Marilyn Monroe premieres Saturday, August 4th at 7Pm Et/ 4Pm Pt examines the life of the bombshell who wanted to be taken seriously as an actress. Though she is a sex symbol, Reel Life examines her humanity by speaking to fellow icons George Hamilton and Mitzi Gaynor about the woman they knew. We also talk to stars who have played the legend, including Michelle Williams, Katharine McPhee, and Megan Hilty. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner sat down with us to discuss how the photographs he published of Marilyn helped to launch his empire. Also »
- Mandy McAdoo
8:00 Bachelor Pad (new, season premiere) 10:00 The Glass House (new) 11:35 Nightline (new) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (new, with guests Ben Stiller and Emily Maynard) 8:00 How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 8:30 2 Broke Girls (repeat) 9:00 Two and a Half Men (repeat) 9:30 Mike & Molly (repeat) 10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guest Will Ferrell) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guest George Hamilton) 8:00 Hell's Kitchen (new) 9:00 MasterChef (new) 8:00 Fear Factor (repeat) 9:00 American Ninja Warrior (new) 11:34 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guest Vince Vaughn) 12:37 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Matthew McConaughey and Carla Gugino) 8:00 90210 (repeat) 9:00 Remodeled (repeat) More TV to watch when you read more. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Stripper Turned Daredevil: Riding high this year on the basis of starring in The Vow, 21 Jump Street, and Magic Mike (above), Channing Tatum is planning to take his movie game to new heights. He will produce and star in a film based on the life of Evel Knievel, a motorcyle stunt driver who became famous in the 1970s for his televised attempts to jump cars, trucks, and the Snake River Canyon; Knievel held the world record for “most bones broken in a lifetime”: 433. George Hamilton starred in a previous bio-pic, and Knievel appeared as himself in Viva Knievel! [The Hollywood Reporter] New Bloodsucker: Recently we heard that Eli Roth would be returning to the director’s chair to make indie horror-thriller The Green Inferno this fall. Now comes word that Roth is...
- Peter Martin
Hot off his hunky performance as a male stripper in Magic Mike, Channing Tatum is taking on another risky big-screen role. The fast-rising star has been tapped to play late daredevil Evel Knievel in a biopic that Columbia Pictures is revving up and that Tatum will also produce, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Of course, any flick about the real-life superhero (and there've been a few, right, George Hamilton?) wouldn't be authentic without those death-defying stunts Knievel was known for. So here are five of the deadliest we'd like to see Channing reenact as he chronicles the life story of the Guiness Book of World Records holder who never met a broken bone he didn't like. 1. Fountain of »
After Haywire, 21 Jump Street, and Magic Mike, Channing Tatum has had quite a year so far, putting together a string of successes that have changed how people view the hunky actor. Now he is looking to leverage the success of those movies to get even farther outside of the box that Hollywood originally put him in. Tatum is in negotiations to star in and produce an Evel Knievel biopic, retelling the life story of the world's most famous daredevil and American icon from the 1970s. Between 1965 and 1980, Knievel attempted 75 motorcycle jumps, many of which were televised, and he still holds the Guinness World Record for most broken bones ever (433). If that's not a guy who deserves a big budget biopic, I don't know who does. Truth be told, Knievel's life has been told on screen a few times before. George Hamilton played him in the 1971 film Evel Knievel, and Knievel »
Channing Tatum is to play Evel Knievel in a new biopic. The 'Magic Mike' actor is in talks to portray the daredevil stunt rider in a film he would also produce with his Iron Horse Entertainment partner Reid Carolin, who will also write the screenplay. 'The Social Network' producers Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti - who have just signed up to work on the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' adaptation - are also on board the project, which is being made for Columbia Pictures. This isn't the first time the stuntman - whose real name was Robert Craig Knievel - has been depicted on film. George Hamilton starred in 1971 movie 'Evel Knievel' while the daredevil himself - who died in 2007 aged 69 - starred in 'Viva Knievel!' in 1977. In 2004, director McG was said to be considering work on a biopic called 'Pure Evel' but it stalled in development. »
Channing Tatum is in negotiations to produce and star in a film about daredevil Evel Knievel for Columbia Pictures. Tatum's producing partner Reid Carolin (Magic Mike) wrote the script, which is based on Stuart Barker's 2008 book "Life of Evel." Born Robert Craig Knievel, the stuntman became a household name in the 1970s for his nationally televised motorcycle jumps. Knievel was recognizable for his use of a Stars-and-Stripes getup and known for his 433 broken bones. At the height of his celebrity, he gained endorsements from Harley-Davidson and a toy line by the Ideal Toy Company. Knievel died in 2007 at the age of 69. George Hamilton starred in the 1971 film titled "Evel Knievel," while Knievel himself starred in the 1977 film "Viva Knievel!" "The Social Network" producers Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti are also on board. The duo were just chosen to help bring "Fifty Shades of Grey" to the big screen. »
Legendary stuntman Robert ‘Evel’ Knievel is one of those fascinating real-life figures that Hollywood just can’t get enough of. And neither, it would seem can Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum, as the prolific producer / Handsome McGee is lining up a movie about the man with Sony.Known to his family as Robert Craig Knievel, Evel became a household name in the 1970s for his ambitious motorcycle jumps. Leaping across buses and anything else he could round up, he was known for his flashy patriotic outfits and the 433 bones he broke when several stunts went wrong. But despite liver troubles, he survived to 69, dying in 2007.At least two movies have been made about him, one a 1971 effort called Evel Knievel that starred George Hamilton, the other 1977’s Viva Knievel! which featured Evel himself in the lead.Then in 2004, there was talk of McG making a biopic about Knievel called Pure Evel, »
Those of you who haven’t already seen Sunday’s episode of True Blood — the fifth season’s fourth, if you’re keeping track — will probably want to heed this ginormous Spoiler Alert! warning and put off reading this recap until you have. The rest of you, fangs out and dive in!
Apologies in advance: Partaking of this week’s True Blood recap may make you feel like you’re reading an obituaries column. But seriously, they’re dropping like flies on that show! Though Sookie, Tara and (yawn) Nora all lived through their latest brushes with death, Sam’s shifter pals bought the farm, »
- Andy Patrick
For Matthew McConaughey, as someone whose name escapes me once said, the handsome lessons have definitely paid off. Chiselled of jaw, glittering of eye, radioactive of tan, McConaughey has spent the best part of the past decade nailing down a rugged-yet-sensitive screen persona that has seen him crowned as the smirking prince of the romantic comedy, the repository of apparently inexhaustible yearnings for a tamed alpha-male mate. His screen foils read like a rollcall of the romcom damned: Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner. For all his crimes against motion pictures – The Wedding Planner, Failure to Launch, Fool's Gold – McConaughey is despised as much as he is envied. He is, after all, an actor who, »
- Andrew Pulver
No, Favreau isn’t going to direct Iron Man 3. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) has that job. But Favreau has signed on to return as Tony Stark’s bodyguard (and comic relief) Happy Hogan, according to Hollywood Reporter.
To add to the cast, Variety reports that Ashley Hamilton (Sunset Beach) is in talks to play a villainous cyborg Firepower who works for the government. It’s a small role for the son of George Hamilton (and apparent stepson to Rod Stewart), and joins James Badge Dale (The Pacific) who plays Savin, Rebecca Hall in an undisclosed role, and Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) may or may not be the Mandarin. They of course will be joining Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow to round out a pretty sweet cast.
Iron Man 3 will hit theaters May 3rd, 2013 (my sister’s birthday, for those keeping score). »
- Andy Greene
Iron Man 3 is quickly assembling a gauntlet of villains for Tony Stark. Sir Ben Kingsley is still rumored to be the lead villain, The Mandarin, but it seems the more, the merrier. The latest addition to the cast comes in the form of George Hamilton's son, Ashley Hamilton, as the villain Firepower. Essentially, Firepower is another guy in a metal suit, but created by Edwin Cord, a rival businessman to the currently environmentally friendly Tony Stark. William Sadler has also joined the cast, although Latino-Review failed to say who he was playing. The site says the actor was present during a costume fitting with Guy Pearce, who is playing scientist Aidan Killain. Jon Favreau will also return in the role of Happy Hogan and as we reported yesterday, the three-quel got a budget...
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More Marvel Villains: Just when you thought Marvel had enough villains to go around, word arrives that the great Mads Mikkelsen (villain in Casino Royale, above) is in talks to play an unidentified villain in Thor 2 and Ashley Hamilton (son of George Hamilton) is in talks to play the villianous Firepower in Iron Man 3. Both movies already have other villains on board, but we guess you can’t have too many villains in superhero movies. [Variety / Showblitz] Super Secret Sci-Fi: Warner Bros. would be happy to tell you about their new super secret sci-fi project, but then they’d have to kill you. All that’s known about the studio's project is that it’s entitled The Wind, it’s set in a “space colony,” and David Koepp (War of the Worlds...
- Peter Martin
Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) is in talks to star as the villain in Thor 2 with details on what character still unclear as Tom Hiddleston will still have a big part as the franchise antagonist, Loki. Production on the pic is set to get underway this summer with Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones") directing for a November 15, 2013 release. [source] Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) is set to join the cast of Jose Padilha's RoboCop remake as Norton, the scientist who turns Officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) into Robocop and finds himself torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation. The film is expected to begin filming in September in Toronto for an August 9, 2013 release. [source] It would appear Red 2 is attempting to become the even older version of The Expendables 2 as Anthony Hopkins is now in talks »
- Brad Brevet
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