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"I love everything about Kim [Kardashian]", 23-year-old British man Jordan James Parke told The Sun. "She's the most gorgeous woman ever. Her skin is perfect, her hair, everything about her." That's not too far afield a statement. After all, Kardashian does have legions of fans. But Parke is a special breed of fan: He's spent over $150,000 on plastic surgery to look like the celeb. The Manchester native has had Botox injections, lip-plumping procedures, laser hair removal, and eyebrow tattoos. (He's also got quite the collection of regular tattoos.) "I laugh when people try to insult me by telling me I look plastic or fake, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Yep, in this 1994 footage from the Et archives, a 15-year-old Danes is seen blading on the Venice Beach boardwalk and musing about newfound fame being just around the corner.
"It's a little frightening, but I don't want to be afraid of it," Danes said at the time.
Keep in mind that at this point in her career, the actress wasn't actually all that famous; she had spent just a few short weeks in the public eye as Angela Chase, the teen lead of My So-Called Life. (Before the ABC family drama from the producers of thirtysomething came along, her TV experience included little more than a Law & Order guest spot, pretty much a prerequisite for every actor.)
"I do feel a little powerless right now," she told Et »
Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
‘Acting is tough and she’s the real thing – she’s 89 and still looking forward’
Quiz: Noël Coward or Murder, She Wrote?
When I was 13, my mum took me to see Angela Lansbury in Gypsy. It was 1973, and all I could think about was that I was going to see the woman from Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I took along my souvenir brochure from the film for her to sign and hung around the stage door before the show. I remember Angela signing it and saying: “Oh, this show is very different to that film. I hope you enjoy it.” It was an indication of her versatility, even then.
Her performance changed my life. She was incredible as Mama Rose: strong, almost frightening. She made her entrance from the back of the stalls. I have this vivid memory of sitting there, »
- Interview by Laura Barnett
The world knew him as the King of Rock and Roll, but it turns out that Elvis Presley had a pretty good eye when it came to co-stars who’d go on to achieve greater fame in later life (or, in a couple of cases, those whose careers had fallen on hard times and needed a little boost; Angela Lansbury, I’m looking at you). Elvis starred in 31 movies (and an additional couple of concert movies) during his lifetime — a movie career that began with the Nov. 15, 1956 release of Love Me Tender — but how many of
- Graeme McMillan
A rescoring of Drive has caused online outrage, but Mark's keeping an open mind about musical reinterpretations
Movie music matters. It's tough to wax lyrical about why it matters without sounding like one of those autocue scripts that we'll be hearing all throughout the coming awards season, probably read out by unlikely pairs of presenters, (“Now, to present the award for Best Sound Editing, Justin Bieber and Angela Lansbury!”) so let's just say that it does.
Whether it's an original score from Hans Zimmer or a jukebox tour of Quentin Tarantino's record collection, a movie's soundtrack informs the tone and timbre of the movie itself. So when we get into the question of movie rescores, we're really getting back into that thorny issue of asking whether the director's original intentions are sacrosanct to any subsequent versions of a film. As some of you may already have guessed, we bring »
Some call it the most important dress rehearsal of awards season. Saturday night's annual Governors Awards, held just a few floors above the distinguished Dolby Theatre where the Oscars take place, was initially created as a way to speed up the prime-time telecast by siphoning off the honorary awards to an event of their own. But now, in its sixth year, in addition to honoring some very distinguished guests, including Harry Belafonte for his decades of humanitarian work and legendary red-headed screen siren Maureen O'Hara, the night has transformed into a coming out party for the year's crop of Oscar »
- Nicole Sperling
I spent my Halloween attending the tale of Sweeney Todd. Though I did go out later (I’m not a total shut-in), most of my day consisted of watching four versions of the Stephen Sondheim’s razor sharp musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street back to back to back to back. (There was a fifth version I’d planned to watch, but it was taken offline before I had the chance.) After watching three different stage adaptations (a 1982 recording of the 1979 original production with Angela Lansbury and George Hearn, a 2000 concert version with Patti LuPone and George Hearn, and a bootleg recording of the 2005 revival directed by John Doyle with Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris), I arrived at my final stop: Tim Burton’s film adaptation from 2007. Having seen it, and thoroughly adored it, for several years, my revisiting of the film was, to say the least, »
- Kyle Turner
“Queen of Crime” Agatha Christie was not only the world’s best-selling mystery writer, but the top-selling author of all time, her sales ranking behind only Shakespeare and The Bible. Many of her works were adapted to well over a hundred movies and TV plays starting in 1928. This 1980 Miss Jane Marple mystery was preceded by a series of popular Marple films featuring Margaret Rutherford, but here she’s played by Angela Lansbury in a dry run for her popular TV sleuth series "Murder She Wrote." »
- Trailers From Hell
With the many prospective reboots and remakes in the pipeline right now, it comes as no surprise that discussions continue to crop up about loyalty to and respect for the originals. Last week, ABC and Universal TV announced plans for creating a TV version of John Hughes’ 1989 film Uncle Buck, which starred John Candy as the titular family member who arrives to take care of his brother’s kids and turns their lives upside down. With the announcement of the TV series comes the inevitable critical response – how can you remake a classic? – and, perhaps a bit more surprising, an appeal from the families of both Hughes and Candy against the very idea of an Uncle Buck TV series.
In a statement to Deadline, the families expressed their extreme displeasure at being “blindsided” by the announcement of the series; apparently no one even told them before details were released to the media. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Earlier this week, director Cameron Crowe was successful in killing off a planned TV show based on his first directorial feature Say Anything. Now, the families of John Hughes and John Candy are attempting to achieve the same results, rallying against ABC's plans for an Uncle Buck sitcom.
Neither John Candy nor John Hughes are still among the living, having passed on many years ago. But the families of both have united to voice their disapproval of this impending project. The following statement was sent to Deadline:
Disappointment has been expressed by both the John Hughes and John Candy families over the conduct and decision by the ABC Network and Universal Television to develop a comedy series based on the feature film Uncle Buck. Rather than either entity providing advance information to the Estates, the families learned of the project's potential via the media.
The families feel a strong attachment »
Marian Seldes, the Tony Award-winning star of A Delicate Balance who was a teacher of Kevin Kline and Robin Williams, a muse to playwright Edward Albee and a Guinness Book of World Records holder for most consecutive performances, died Monday at age 86. She died peacefully at her home after an extended illness, her brother Timothy Seldes said. "It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died," he said in a statement. "She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theater, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family. »
- Associated Press
There's a 97 percent chance your grandmother watched Murder, She Wrote. Columbo producers Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson, and William Link's Miss Marple redux designed the 1984 drama, which premiered 30 years ago this week, to comfort CBS's aging crowds, taking the mystery-of-the-week format and turning a sweet, keen, 58-year-old widow into a hero. It worked wonders. Angela Lansbury's cardigan-wearing supersleuth Jessica Fletcher walloped competitors, remaining in the Nielsen top 20 for 11 of its 12 seasons. Murder, She Wrote defines a bygone era of television, when 22-episode seasons were made to order. There's nothing “great” about the show in the way that M.A.S.H., Seinfeld, and Breaking Bad were great. Even the countless CSIs and NCIS spinoffs tether weekly episodes together with more narrative coherency, character arcs, and dramatic realism than any two successive installments of Murder, She Wrote. It's a grandma show. But it's the best grandma show. And »
- Matt Patches
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
On Monday night, most of New York’s acting community, on their night off from the boards, could be found in one of two places. Many were attending the American Theatre Wing’s annual gala at the Plaza Hotel, where the legendary Angela Lansbury was feted. And the rest, it seemed, could be found at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre, where Stephen Sondheim, Mike Nichols and Scott Rudin — a Big Apple all-star trio, if ever there was one — hosted a special advance screening of Pride, a feel-good dramedy about a little-known slice of U.K. history which CBS Films will release on Sept. 26.
It had its world premiere as the closing night film of the Directors’ Fortnight section of the May’s Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, and now joins a relatively thin field »
- Anjelica Oswald
Clearly, retirement is not in Angela Lansbury's vocabulary. The beloved 88-year-old star of theater, film and television will reprise her Tony-winning role as the eccentric clairvoyant Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's classic 1941 comedy Blithe Spirit, in a limited North American tour starting in December. Previously seen in hit engagements on Broadway and in London's West End, the touring production will kick off at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on Dec. 9, running through Jan. 18. Other scheduled dates include San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre (Jan. 20-Feb. 1), Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre (Feb. 10-
- David Rooney
Angela Lansbury is taking her Tony-winning performance in Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit on the road. The actress will be playing the medium Madame Arcati in a North American tour of the play, which will kick off in December at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. The run will close in March at D.C.’s National Theatre, a place of historical significance for Lansbury, since it marked the site of the 1957 pre-Broadway tryout for her Broadway debut, Hotel Paradiso. Lansbury won one of her five Tonys for her work as Arcati in 2009, and returned to the role earlier this year »
- Esther Zuckerman
On Monday night, most of New York's acting community, on their night off from the boards, could be found in one of two places. Many were attending the American Theatre Wing's annual gala at the Plaza Hotel, where the legendary Angela Lansbury was feted. And the rest, it seemed, could be found at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre, where Stephen Sondheim, Mike Nichols and Scott Rudin — a Big Apple all-star trio, if ever there was one — hosted a special advance screening of Pride, a feel-good dramedy about a little-known slice of U.K. history which CBS
- Scott Feinberg
Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without »
- Andre Soares
Honorary Oscars have bypassed women: Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall among rare exceptions (photo: 2013 Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Angelina Jolie) September 4, 2014, Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy's other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to »
- Andre Soares
Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O’Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »
- Andre Soares
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