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Tribeca institute takes scientific approach

28 October 2008 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- Tribeca Film Institute is giving the daughter of Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford and others a handout, all in the name of science.

Amy Redford's Hedy Lamarr biopic, "Face Value," and the homemade-nuke tale "The Radioactive Boy Scout" from director Greg Harrison ("Groove") and producer William Horberg took home $40,000 each toward their development from the inaugural Tfi Sloan Filmmaker Fund.

Three biopics also received $10,000 awards supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for work that projects science into cinema. Profiles of Thomas Edison ("Alva" from screenwriters Alex Lyras and Michael Dorian), Marie Curie ("A Noble Affair," from producer Anil Baral and screenwriter Kathryn Maughan) and the Wright Bros. (Tim Kirkman's "Kitty Hawk," with producers including Gill Holland) will each be supported.

Selection committee members included Darren Aronofsky, Steven Shainberg, Caroline Baron, Ann Druyan ("Contact"), Columbia University's Darcy B. Kelley and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center CEO Harold Varmus. »

- By Gregg Goldstein

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Simple Science: Redford, Harrison and Kirkman projects selected for 2008 Tfi Sloan Filmmaker Fund

28 October 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- A little cash can go a long way when developing a screenplay, and if you happen to be working on anything related to “stories about science and technology or portray scientists, engineers and mathematicians as major characters” then a hand over from the Tribeca Film Institute’s Tfi Sloan Filmmaker Fund should be among your priorities. Today a jury comprised of Darren Aronofsky, Steven Shainberg, producer Caroline Baron, producer/writer Ann Druyan and a couple of profs and doctors selected the recipients of some financial and creative support. Among the project we find some familiar names including Amy Redford who has The Guitar coming out in November, and speaking of in November, Greg Harrison directed Courtney Cox in a film going by just that title and finally Tim Kirkman last directed Loggerheads for a very small theatrical run in 2005.  The five selected projects selected received a sum of either »

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Lamarr Blackmailed Studio Head Over Affair

1 September 2008 3:23 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood icon Hedy Lamarr once blackmailed a movie bigwig to land a film role opposite Bob Hope.

The actress caught the unnamed executive having an affair with another actress and threatened to tell his wife if he didn't help her secure a film role.

The revelation comes from Lamarr biographer Devra Hill, who recounts the story in her new book What Almost Happened To Hedy Lamarr.

Hill says, "He (executive) was married and had children and Hedy had told him she had caught him having an affair and he got a little upset.

"She wanted to do a certain movie at the time and he wasn't that enthusiastic about the movie, and yet she got the movie made - because she told him she saw him having this affair.

"She made a funny movie with Bob Hope, My Favourite Spy, and Hollywood didn't think of her as a comedienne, so that may have been the movie. She never said what film it was." »

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Hitler Knew Lamarr Was Jewish

21 August 2008 6:28 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler ignored the fact his one-time lover Hedy Lamarr was born Jewish - because her beauty made it impossible for him to pass up a sex tryst with her.

The actress, born Hedwig Kiesler, fled Austria to embark on an acting career in Hollywood after she was forced to make love to Hitler by her first husband, Austrian munitions dealer Fritz Mandl.

Lamarr took the shame of the three-way sex tryst to the grave with her, according to biographer Devra Hill.

And she died in 2000 still disbelieving she had briefly romanced the man behind the Holocaust.

Hill says, "Hitler knew she was Jewish - her real name was Hedwig Kiesler, which was an obvious Jewish name. I think he overlooked this because he wanted to get all those munitions from her husband. He also wanted to be with Hedy - she was beautiful."

Hill insists the tryst only took place once after one of Mandl's lavish parties in the mid-1930s. »

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Lamarr Kept Hitler's Sick Sex Tryst Keepsake

21 August 2008 7:02 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Silver screen beauty Hedy Lamarr would have taken her Hitler sex secret to the grave with her had it not been for a keepsake cigarette case.

The actress, once dubbed the world's most beautiful woman, hired fanzine writer Devra Hill to help her pen an autobiography in the mid 1960s. The project died when the star was arrested for shoplifting and the two women ceased being friends.

But Hill revisited Lamarr's life a few years ago after recalling the gold cigarette case with the engraved diamond swastika she once spotted on a table at the late Hollywood star's home.

Hill, who has just gone public with the sex tryst Lamarr and Hitler had when the actress was the teenage wife of an Austrian munitions dealer, says, "It was a cigarette case that Hitler had given her with a diamond swastika on the top.

"I said, 'That's gotta be worth a lot of money.' And she came out with this revelation. When I looked at the history research, she had parties where she entertained Hitler, so she was like a social hostess."

In her new book What Almost Happened to Hedy Lamarr, Hill claims the Jewish actress was once forced to have sex with the Nazi leader by her "cruel" first husband Fritz Mandl.

The shame of the three-way prompted Lamarr to leave Austria and seek fame and fortune in Hollywood.

Hill insists few people know of Lamarr's sex secret: "She hated her first husband because he was so domineering. I think she was ashamed. She hated Hitler and didn't really want to talk about the tryst once it was out there.

"I think she reluctantly told me because I asked about the cigarette case - and immediately regretted it.

"She said that she tried to tell (movie mogul) Louis B. Meyer about Hitler and he said he didn't want to talk about Hitler and he told her not to talk about Hitler. I bet she didn't tell anyone except me.

"She said she met Hitler and was forced into a relationship with him because her husband was making millions of dollars from him." »

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Lamarr's Hitler Romance Revealed In Shocking New Tell-all

22 July 2008 3:12 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Fans of late movie icon Hedy Lamarr are set for a major shock in a new biography - the actress once enjoyed sexual trysts with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

In What Almost Happened to Hedy Lamarr, revered film critic Devra Hill exposes all about the Samson + Delilah star's sexual secrets, including details about her cruel former lover.

The six-times-wed star, whose first husband was a Viennese munitions dealer, fled to America before the outbreak of World War II - but not before she had briefly romanced fellow Austrian Hitler, according to the new book.

The tome will be released by former Hollywood madam Jody 'Babydoll' Gibson's Corona Books publishing house.

She says, "There are some extraordinary and salacious moments that Devra discloses about Hedy and Hitler.

"Given that most of us have never spoken with anyone who's ever actually had sex with Adolf Hitler, we're quite sure you'll find it a fascinating read."

Once dubbed "the most beautiful woman in Europe" by German svengali Max Reinhardt, the irony of the Lamarr/Hitler romance revelation is the actress, real name Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, was born a Jew, but raised as a Catholic in Vienna.

What Almost Happened to Hedy Lamar is scheduled to hit book stores in September. »

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