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The Hollywood star is always headline news – for her movies, relationships and extendend family. And her latest claims about the paternity of her son have reopened the bitter wounds from her split from Woody Allen
For a while, Mia Farrow was a genuine Surrey housewife. In a life of bright lights and dark, dark shadows, this must surely count as one of the most unusual periods of them all: a moment of apparent stability and respectability in the late 70s and early 80s. During this time, she picked up her twin sons Matthew and Sascha by the conductor André Previn from their ballet classes and music lessons and took them back to the family home in Leigh, much as if she had never been the daughter of Tarzan's Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan), nor the young bride of Frank Sinatra.
But this was the era when the notion of adopting needy children took hold. »
- Vanessa Thorpe
"There isn't any such thing in the world as a bad boy."
Even people who haven't seen "Boys Town" know Spencer Tracy's line, in character as Father Edward Flanagan, as the credo of the real Boys Town, the institution renowned for its care of orphaned and troubled kids. The classic movie, released 75 years ago this week (on September 9, 1938), was a huge hit, a milestone in the careers of Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney, and an inspiration to wayward kids and those who would help them, all over the country.
As beloved as the movie has been for generations, there's still plenty you may not know about it -- how it almost didn't get released, how Tracy's Oscar victory almost turned into a publicity nightmare, and how the movie almost did more harm than good to the real Boys Town.
Read on for 25 true tales behind the making of "Boys Town. »
- Gary Susman
To see Blue Jasmine is to squirm. Woody Allen's 46th film as director is a big Bloody Mary of a movie – half slap, half tickle – that makes your head sweat and your heart swell. It's only at the end you realise the one thing you didn't have was tense shoulders. The tense shoulders of the Woody Allen fan sat in front of his latest and wondering whether it's a return to form. Blue Jasmine is so gripping you forget to ask yourself the question. Which means, of course, that the answer is yes.
The last time that happened, for me at least, was Deconstructing Harry (1997), whose opening this echoes: another rattly, crackling anti-heroine pitches up at a place she hates. In that earlier film, it was Judy Davis, slamming cab »
- Catherine Shoard
3 items from 2013
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