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Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," has died at a central Florida hospital. The cause of death was breast cancer and a series of blood clots. She was 79.
Young people may not be familiar with her work, but Stevens performed with Rat Pack members including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop. She also sang solo at places like Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and the Plaza Hotel's Persian Room in New York City.
During the Vietnam War era, Stevens performed for American soldiers in the war zone with Bob Hope's Uso tour, like many actors and actresses of her day. She appeared in six movies, earning a Golden Globe nomination in 1964 for "The New Interns." She was a regular guest on game shows and appeared as a regular »
"Extra" takes a look back at Hollywood's beloved stars who passed away this year.
In Memoriam 2011Harry Morgan
"M*A*S*H" star Harry Morgan died [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/12/mash_star_harry_morgan_dead_at_96.php] at the age of 96 on December 7, after suffering from pneumonia.
Comedian Patrice O'Neal died at the age of 41 [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/charlie_sheen_others_pay_tribute_to_comedian_patrice_oneal.php] on November 29, from complications of a previous stroke.
British director Ken Russell died [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/director_ken_russell_dead_at_84.php] at the age of 84 on November 27, from a stroke.
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The engineers that be at YouTube are getting into the season by giving online video viewers the power to channel them some Dean Martin. In the same vein, but a different holiday spirit as the internet’s largest video sharing site’s Audio Preview Button for inane commenters, Actually Good Tab that spoofed America’s finest news source, annoying but addictive Vuvuzela Button, and rainbow-bright Nyan Cat Progress Bar, comes the latest quirky feature to be added to a player that’s seen 88.2 billion times a month worldwide. The Let it Snow Button. Check it out in action in one of the latest installments of LivePrudeGirls’ Let’s Talk About Something More Interesting, featuring Tubefilter’s very own Marc Hustvedt. (Editor’s Note: Given the title of the show, you think they could’ve gotten a better guest. Zing!) »
- Joshua Cohen
A music legend. A Rat Pack leader. One of Batman's slinkiest foes. They're among the film, TV and music greats whom audiences have said goodbye to on Christmases past: 1. James Brown: The 73-year-old Godfather of Soul was set to do his thing at B.B. King's Manhattan nightclub on New Year's Eve 2006 when he was hospitalized with pneumonia. On Christmas Day, his manager Chales Bobbit reported, "[Brown] was having pain, but then the pain went away, and he told me, 'I'm going away tonight.' " And he did. 2. Dean Martin: Three days after the swingin' star succumbed to respiratory failure on Christmas 1995 at age 78, the Sands, the now-bygone casino where Martin »
This coming Monday sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of The King Of Fighters, a live action adaptation of the popular video game of the same name. The film stars Maggie Q, Sean Faris and Ray Park, and centres around a fighting tournament held in another dimension. As such, Thn thought it would be good clean fun to look back on some of the finest fight scenes cinema has offered us over the years…
“So you essentially turned a man into a dog.”
As a film on its own merit, Unleashed is pretty darn good. Jet Li often doesn’t seem to be given an opportunity to do anything other than beat up everyone in the room, but here, his sympathetic portrayal of childlike death machine Danny is enough to allow him to flex his acting chops (as well as beating everyone up). In amongst all the tenderheartedness are »
- Ben McCann
By Lee Pfeiffer
If it's remembered at all, the 1970 WWII comedy Which Way to the Front? is generally attributed as being the film that ended Jerry Lewis' career as a leading man - at least for quite some time. During the 1950s, Lewis' partnership with Dean Martin made them the kind of pop culture idols that would only be rivaled by The Beatles and Michael Jackson. If that sounds absurd, search out newsreel footage of the thousands of people that stormed their hotel in Times Square, causing police to close the vicinity as Dean and Jerry merrily tossed autographed photos to the crowd below. When Martin left the act, thus bringing about one of the longest feuds in show biz history, both men went on to enjoy a successful careers on their own. Martin's friendship with Frank Sinatra did much to keep him in the public eye until he »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
We'll begin with a couple of ringing endorsements and then add a qualifier or two, but all in all, most critics are pleased to be surprised.
"Take an aging star often viewed as a weirdo," begins Salon's Andrew O'Hehir, "a director who's never made a live-action film and the fourth installment of a 15-year-old movie franchise whose roots go back to 1960s television. What do you get? Well, it certainly could have been a total disaster, or an awkward nostalgia exercise, but instead Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is something even more unlikely: the most exciting action flick of the year, by a huge margin. Director Brad Bird brings all the wit, style and imagination of his animated films (Ratatouille, The Incredibles and The Iron Giant) to this slick secret-agent techno-fantasy. As for 49-year-old Tom Cruise, he's surely ready for a comeback after weathering the worst publicity of his celebrity career. »
It's light on biographical details, but Encore's documentary "Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis" is a must-see for Jerry Lewis fans who want to hear from a who's who of the comedy world about how Lewis inspired them. Eddie Murphy, who starred in a remake of "The Nutty Professor," is nearly giddy when he talks about Lewis' comedy techniques. Jerry Seinfeld calls Lewis the "diamond of comedy" and says the decision by Lewis and former comedy partner Dean Martin to end their collaboration while they were hot inspired him to end »
- Kimberly Potts
The networks keep resurrecting old TV shows, much to the chagrin of many TV viewers. Well, CBS is doing it once again. This time, it's the venerable interview program, Person to Person.
The original Person to Person ran for eight seasons on CBS, from 1953 until 1961. The series was hosted by news legend Edward R. Murrow for six seasons and Charles Collingwood for the final two. While Murrow is best remembered for his hard-hitting reporting, Person to Person was an early pioneer of celebrity interviews on television.
During the show's run, some of the celebrites interviewed include Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Elizabeth Taylor, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Liberace, Sammy Davis Jr., Groucho and Harpo Marx, and John Steinbeck.
The new Person to Person »
Chicago – Brad Bird proves that he can make the leap from Pixar to action with one of the best genre films of the year, the adrenalized “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” Proving there is a way to make a big budget franchise installment that feels vibrant, alive, and like more than just a pathetic retread of what has come before (unlike this year’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Sherlock Holmes” entries), “Ghost Protocol” delivers with breakneck pace and stellar action choreography. This movie wastes little time – it’s a lean, mean, action machine.
After a brief intro in which an Imf agent (Josh Holloway of “Lost”) is assassinated by a gorgeous killer (Lea Seydoux), Bird’s film starts its international adventure (nothing takes place stateside until the epilogue) in a Russian prison. While Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) lies in his bed, bouncing a rock against the wall, two agents »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The 2012 Golden Globe nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood.
Breakout star Ryan Gosling scored two nods for his superb acting -- one for "Crazy, Stupid, Love" as well as "The Ides of March. »
Regular readers of this site will be all too aware of our love for the movies of Brad Bird. The Iron Giant is a firm, firm favourite in these parts, and our feelings towards The Incredibles and Ratatouille are no mystery, either.
For his fourth film, Bird has tackled the fourth Mission: Impossible movie. And as part of the promotional tour for that film, they let us in a room with him for 20 minutes. The fools. Here's what happened...
Does it get any less scary, the process of moviemaking, and everything associated with it?
I don’t think so if you’re doing it right. I think if you get too comfortable with it, then something’s missing. I think that you ought to be a little frightened. It’s like »
CBS hitmaker Chuck Lorre granted a candid interview with TV Guide, in which he detailed the catastrophic end of his creative collaboration with Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. Lorre says Sheen’s downward spiral “broke my heart. I thought we were on the same road together. I mean, we held hands and prayed when his sons were born prematurely.” All in all, he admitted, “It was a painful year. I’ll be sorting it out for a long time.” Below, we bring you more of 2011′s high- and lowlights, as told by Lorre.
He nearly threw in »
- Lanford Beard
It's the week after Thanksgiving which means that it's time to start firing up some holiday playlists. Here to help is Scarlett Johansson, whose virtual duet with Dean Martin hit the Internet today. Is their posthumous rendering of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" creepy? A little. A necessary addition to the holiday track canon? Not at all. But random? Completely! In honor of this Christmas-time cut, let's review five of the other most random celebrity holiday recordings to confound the masses. »
Scarlett Johansson's virtual duet with the late Dean Martin on the classic 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' has appeared online. In September, it was reported that the Avengers actress recorded a special duet version of the song with Martin, calling it "a childhood dream come true". "Growing up in New York City, Christmas was never Christmas without Dino," Johansson shared. "Recording in the studio with Mr Martin in my headphones felt as though he were standing right next to me, crooning with that mischievous gleam in his eye. "When I was asked to sing on this album, it was literally (more) »
- By Kristina Bustos
Crooner Michael Buble has finally released a holiday album and let us just say - it's about time. His "Christmas" CD is chock full of classic holiday songs, including duets with the Puppini Sisters, Thalia and Shania Twain. And trust us, spring for the deluxe version, which comes with three bonus tracks ("Winter Wonderland," "Frosty the Snowman" and "Silver Bells"). The deluxe version is available for a limited time, exclusively at Target.
Buble says of the holiday album, "It's always been my favorite holiday and I knew that one day I would record the ultimate Christmas record. I wanted it to sound and feel very authentic -- pretty much like a live studio album. I'm very proud of it."
You can hear some of these great holiday hits during Buble's holiday special, "A Michael Buble Christmas," which features other performers such as Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Thalia, Oscar the Grouch, »
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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's time to focus your attention on that other holiday of epic travel, family gatherings and over-eating: Christmas! Out now is Dean Martin's 'My Kind of Christmas (2011),' which features the deceased crooner singing with none other than Scarlett Johansson on the holiday classic "I'll Be Home For Christmas," Frank Sinatra 'Duets'-style. Between this chestnut and Johansson's appearance in the Cameron Crowe-directed family film 'We Bought a Zoo,' expect Christmas to have a decidedly Scarlett hue. (Groan, obviously. It's Monday after the holiday; cut some slack.) Listen to the ScarJo/Deano duet ahead.
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- Christopher Rosen
Marilyn Monroe was a complicated woman. Even today, people struggle to make sense of her life and career. For many, she was merely a starlet, a famous actress and icon with the world wrapped around her finger. They believe she had the perfect life. The truth, however, is the subject of My Week With Marilyn. The story revolves around a young man named Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) who wishes to make his own way by breaking into the motion picture business, instead of riding on his father.s success. Colin ventures out to obtain a job — any job will do — with Sir Laurence Olivier.s production company in London. Colin.s timing and youthful determination lands him on the set of The Prince And The Showgirl. This is how he meets Marilyn Monroe, played by Michelle Williams.
As London prepares for the arrival of the world.s most famous woman, »
- Travis Keune
We're picking out your finest responses to our My favourite film series, for which Guardian writers have selected the movies they go back to time and again.
Who was Harvey Pekar? He was a grouch, a slouch, a miserablist. He griped and bitched about everything. But he did it in style. And he did it publicly, through American Splendor – a series of autobiographical comic books and the subsequent movie adaptation, which Amy Fleming chose to open the third week of our My favourite film series.
"Harvey didn't do happy," wrote Amy. "But he did funny and truth, and so does this movie – beautifully." Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman's film was a cinematic holiday from Hollywood's gloss and fantasy, she said. Trudging around, »
Dennis Farina is currently starring in the film "The Last Rites of Joe May," a drama about a small-time Chicago hustler who finds a shot at redemption when he meets a young woman and her six-year-old daughter.
He's also set to co-star alongside Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte in the new HBO series "Luck," set in the world of horseracing. "Luck" won't air until January 2012, but Zap2it recently talked to Farina about the show, "The Last Rites of Joe May" and what he does in his spare time (hint: it may or may not involve the track.)
Zap2it: Tell us about your character in the 'Last Rites of Joe May.'
Joe May is somebody whose time has come and gone but he doesn't think so. He refuses to accept that. He thinks he's the sharpest thing but everyone knows it's over for him. He thinks he's vital »
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