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Several of Grant's Best Films Tonight on TCM

8 December 2014 5:45 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Cary Grant movies: 'An Affair to Remember' does justice to its title (photo: Cary Grant ca. late 1940s) Cary Grant excelled at playing Cary Grant. This evening, fans of the charming, sophisticated, debonair actor -- not to be confused with the Bristol-born Archibald Leach -- can rejoice, as no less than eight Cary Grant movies are being shown on Turner Classic Movies, including a handful of his most successful and best-remembered star vehicles from the late '30s to the late '50s. (See also: "Cary Grant Classic Movies" and "Cary Grant and Randolph Scott: Gay Lovers?") The evening begins with what may well be Cary Grant's best-known film, An Affair to Remember. This 1957 romantic comedy-melodrama is unusual in that it's an even more successful remake of a previous critical and box-office hit -- the Academy Award-nominated 1939 release Love Affair -- and that it was directed »

- Andre Soares

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The Homesman – The Review

27 November 2014 11:18 PM, PST | | See recent news »

As that classic media intro says, “return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear”, for this new release is set in the old West. This was a classic backdrop for so many films, going back over one hundred years to The Great Train Robbery, but the Western has become a rarity in the last decade or so. Recent attempts at big budget revivals like Cowboys & Aliens and last Summer’s reboot of The Lone Ranger were box office sinkholes. But happily, more modestly budgeted independent films have taken up the reins. One of the stars that seems quite at ease on horseback is Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones, so it was no great surprise that his feature film directing debut nine years ago was a modern-day Western, The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada. For his film making return Jones has gone back, nearly a century and a half, to »

- Jim Batts

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Watergate Editor at the Movies: From 'President's' to Supporting Role in 'Born Yesterday'

6 November 2014 6:11 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ben Bradlee movies: From 'All the President's Men' to 'Born Yesterday' (photo: Jason Robards as 'The Washington Post' executive editor Ben Bradlee in 'All the President's Men') Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee aka Benjamin C. Bradlee, best known for his key role in the Watergate scandal that destroyed the Richard Nixon presidency, and who was later played by Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Jason Robards in Alan J. Pakula's film version of All the President's Men, died of "natural causes" last October 21, 2014, at his home in Washington, D.C. Bradlee, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, was 93. The Washington Post of the 21st century may look increasingly like a more pedantic version of the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid New York Post, but things weren't always like that. Back in the days when the American media — at least some of the time — actually bothered reporting news »

- Andre Soares

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The Men Who Would Be Hughes (Plus Hepburn and the end of Rko)

6 November 2014 1:37 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Howard Hughes movies (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in 'The Aviator') Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. Pt / 6 a.m. Et on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about "Howard Hughes movies"? Or rather, movies -- whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts -- featuring the visionary, eccentric, hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat unbalanced Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated The Aviator, other actors who have played Howard Hughes on film include the following: Tommy Lee Jones in William A. Graham's television movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), with Lee Purcell as silent film star Billie Dove, Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn, »

- Andre Soares

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'Something Wicked This Way Comes' Adds 'Walking Dead' Writer

30 October 2014 7:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney has hired screenwriter David Johnson (Wrath of the Titans) to pen the screenplay for their Something Wicked This Way Comes remake.

Based on the Ray Bradbury novel of the same name, Something Wicked This Way Comes centers on a teenage boy whose sleepy Midwestern hometown becomes overrun by a carnival, with a mysterious leader who can grant any wish, at a sinister cost. We first reported on the project back in March, when Seth Grahame-Smith signed on to make his directorial debut.

Disney previously adapted the novel into the 1983 fantasy adventure Something Wicked This Way Comes, which starred Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce and Diane Ladd.

Seth Grahame-Smith is also producing alongside his KatzSmith Productions partner David Katzenberg. It isn't known when production may begin at this time.

David Johnson's big-screen credits include Orphan and Red Riding Hood, and he has also written for TV shows such as The Walking Dead »

- MovieWeb

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Joy Saunders, Actress on Stage, TV, Dies at 89

27 October 2014 3:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Joy Silver died at home in Scarborough, N.Y. on October 24, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 89.

Under the stage name Joy Saunders, she made her Broadway debut in the controversial and short-lived “A Pin to See the Peepshow” with Roger Moore, and appeared Off Broadway, in film, TV, and radio. Along with Tom Poston and Jason Robards, Joy was a founding member of the Greenwich Mews Theatre, a pioneer experiment in nontraditional casting. She was directed by Lloyd Richards and Morton da Costa.

She took a break from acting to raise her family.

Later television appearances included seven episodes of “Kate and Allie” and a role as a member of the cooking class on “Working It Out” with Jane Curtin and Stephen Collins. Staged readings included “Sisters of Sisters” by Cynthia L. Cooper, and a workshop production of “Waiting for Godot” under the direction of her son, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dead at 93

21 October 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal and invigorated its newsroom for more than two decades, died Tuesday. He was 93. Bradlee died at his home of natural causes, The Post reported. As managing editor first and later as executive editor, the raspy-voiced Bradlee engineered the transformation of The Post from a sleepy hometown paper into a great national one. He brought in a cast of talented journalists and set editorial standards that brought the paper new respect. Bradlee got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, »

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Former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dead at 93

21 October 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal and invigorated its newsroom for more than two decades, died Tuesday. He was 93. Bradlee died at his home of natural causes, The Post reported. As managing editor first and later as executive editor, the raspy-voiced Bradlee engineered the transformation of The Post from a sleepy hometown paper into a great national one. He brought in a cast of talented journalists and set editorial standards that brought the paper new respect. Bradlee got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, »

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'All the President's Men' (1976) - Best Movies #7

6 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

There's no shortage of starting points from which to tackle 1976's All the President's Men, a timeless journalistic procedural that, if watched today, says as much about journalism over 40 years ago as much as it does about journalism today. "I think if Watergate happened today we wouldn't even know about it," said James Carville in Discovery Channel's 2013 retrospective "All the President's Men Revisited". Whether you believe that's the case or not, the idea of Watergate is now more of a punchline than anything else, "-gate" now becoming a suffix used by 24-hour media services to punch up the latest scandal, used for hashtag memes rather than any measure of actual reporting. Now I'm not as cynical when it comes to today's journalism as Carville, but I'm not necessarily too far behind. The idea of true investigative journalism has been placed on the back-burner. The public needs information right now »

- Brad Brevet

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A Year with Kate: Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)

20 August 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

 Episode 34 of 52: In which Katharine Hepburn enters the golden age of her career.

This late in A Year With Kate, I really didn’t think I could be surprised anymore. After 8 months watching 34 movies spread over 3 decades of Katharine Hepburn’s life, I believed that I had a pretty firm grasp on who Kate the Great was and how she performed. I espoused the popular wisdom that Kate was best when she played women similar to herself: strong women, smart women; women rarely beaten and never broken. None of these could prepare me for Mary Tyrone, the morphine addict in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Katharine Hepburn, for the first and possibly last time in her career, played a completely crushed woman, and it’s unlike anything else she ever put to film.

Before you rush out to rent a copy, a warning: »

- Anne Marie

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Debbie Reynolds To Be Honored With 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award

18 August 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Photo courtesy Debbie Reynolds Studios

Debbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the union’s highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt).

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard praised Reynolds’ artistry over her very accomplished career, saying, “I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented »

- Michelle McCue

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R.I.P. Lauren Bacall, Sultry Star Of Stage And Screens

14 August 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update August 14: Broadway will go dark: The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in memory of Lauren Bacall on Friday, August 15, at exactly 7:45 p.m. for one minute.

One of the leading ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age died today after a stroke. The sultry, fiery Lauren Bacall was 89. MSNBC’s Thomas Robert broke the news in a tweet, and the Bogart estate has confirmed it. She was famous for starring — onscreeen and off — with Humphrey Bogart in such 1940s classics as The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage and Key Largo. In one of Hollywood’s great love stories, they married in 1945 and stayed together until his death in 1957. Four years later she married another acting legend, Jason Robards Jr.; they divorced in 1969.

Related: Reactions to Lauren Bacall’s Death

Bacall worked in films consistently through the mid-1960s and »

- Erik Pedersen

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Lauren Bacall’s Greatest Role: Herself

13 August 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Robin Williams died Aug. 11, fans and commentators talked about his best performances, from Mork to Patch Adams. But when Lauren Bacall died the following day, people remembered her for one indelible role: Lauren Bacall.

She was a good actress, but she never disappeared into a character. You couldn’t imagine her playing a mousy suburbanite or a low-iq bumpkin. And, offscreen, you couldn’t imagine her slipping unnoticed into a party or restaurant. When Variety reviewed her 1944 film debut in “To Have and Have Not,” the critic described her as “a young lady of presence.” And that presence served her well during a 70-year career. Audiences always knew who they were watching, and knew that this was a person who deserved attention.

Some of her best work was in supporting roles, such as the brash American socialite in Sidney Lumet’s 1974 “Murder on the Orient Express,” who could put »

- Tim Gray

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Movie News: Golden Age Movie Star Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

13 August 2014 5:27 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

New York – She had it all. Just like Bogie and, well, her. Lauren “Betty” Bacall accidentally became a movie actress, but that accident led to stardom, two marriages to famous actors and a long life of award winning performances. The 89-year-old star died of a stroke in New York City on August 12th.

She thought her marriage to Humphrey Bogart – who was 26 years older than her – would be her epitaph, but Bacall had so much more going for her through her career, she forged ahead and established her own identity. In that second act, it was the stage that became her main calling, as she won Tony Awards for her lead performances in “Applause” and “Woman of the Year” on Broadway. Her husky voiced, independent style was broadly appealing, especially in her early co-starring roles with Bogart.

Bogie and Bacall in ‘The Big Sleep

Photo credit: Warner Home Video

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Lauren Bacall: 13 classic photos of Hollywood's Golden Age icon

13 August 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Iconic Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall passed away aged 89 at her Manhattan home yesterday morning (August 12).

The beautiful, Bronx-born Bacall was best known for her smoky voice and sultry looks, making her big-screen breakthrough in 1944's To Have and Have Not opposite Humphrey Bogart, who she went on to marry.

We commemorate the life and career of the sultry silver screen siren with some classic pictures taken during the Golden Age of Hollywood:

1. Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart pose for a publicity portrait for romantic drama To Have And Have Not in 1944. The pair met on set and began a relationship when Bacall was just 19, and Bogart 45.

2. A sultry Lauren Bacall poses in a bright yellow jacket with black fur trim in a studio portrait taken in 1945, around the time that she starred in thriller Confidential Agent.

3. Lauren Bacall feeds Humphrey Bogart wedding cake after their wedding at the country home »

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Lauren Bacall Dead At 89

12 August 2014 9:23 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One of the most iconic figures of Hollywood’s Golden Age is no longer with us. Today, sultry-voiced actress Lauren Bacall died at the age of 89 after suffering a massive stroke, multiple sources confirm.

Bacall is perhaps best known for her partnership with fellow Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart, both on-screen and off. In 1944 classic To Have and Have Not, Bacall’s first big screen role (and the one in which she delivered her most iconic line: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow”), the sparks between the two ignited one of the film industry’s most enduring love stories. The pair married the next year and went on to star in such 1940s classics as The Big SleepDark Passage and Key Largo, staying together until Bogart’s death in 1957. Bacall was later engaged to Frank Sinatra and married another acting legend, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Lauren Bacall, Hollywood Legend, Dies At 89

12 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Lauren Bacall, legendary Hollywood Golden Age actress, died on Tuesday at 89.

Lauren Bacall Dies

Bacall reportedly suffered a massive stroke at her New York City apartment, which led to her death, reported CNN.

Bacall’s break came in 1944’s To Have and Have Not in which she played Marie “Slim” Browning opposite Humphrey Bogart’s Harry Morgan. After striking up a romance with Bogart and marrying him the following year, Bacall reunited with him on the big screen in The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948). Bacall and Bogart remained married until his death in 1957.

After her string of performances with her husband, Bacall teamed up with Kirk Douglas in a pair of films – Young Man With a Horn (1950) and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). She went on to costar with Rock Hudson in 1956’s Written on the Wind and with Cary Grant in 1957’s Designing Women. She also »

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Lauren Bacall: To Have Not 1924 – 2014

12 August 2014 8:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Another light from the Golden Age of Hollywood has gone out with the sad news that actress Lauren Bacall has passed away aged 89. It is thought she suffered a stroke at her New York home. Born in Brooklyn in 1924, Bacall made her screen debut in 1944′s To Have And Have Not, directed by Howard Hawks. Aged just 19 she delivered the immortal line:

“You know how to whistle don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

The “Steve” in question, Humphrey Bogart, was to play an enduring role in her life – the pair got married and became one of the most famous couplings in movie history until Bogart’s death in 1957. They made several films together, including The Big Sleep. She went on to marry fellow actor Jason Robards.

Her long career had something of a renaissance when director/star Barbara Streisand cast her in The Mirror Has Two Faces »

- Steve Palace

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Lauren Bacall Passes Away at Age 89

12 August 2014 7:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lauren Bacall passed away at the age of 89 today, after suffering a massive stroke in her Manhattan, New York home. The news was first reported by MSNBC reporter Thomas Roberts, which was confirmed by the estate of her late first husband, Humphrey Bogart, on their official Twitter feed.

Breaking News - actress Lauren Bacall passes away at the age of 89 according to my source who is connected with friends & family.

Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) August 12, 2014

Lauren Bacall 89 passed after suffering massive stroke. According to my source she arrived unresponsive this morning at hospital w/dnr order

Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) August 13, 2014

With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.

— BogartEstate (@HumphreyBogart) August 12, 2014

Born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, Lauren Bacall became an overnight star with her role as Marie "Slim" Browning in 1944's To Have and Have Not, »

- MovieWeb

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Bogart & Bacall: Screen Pairings Don’t Get Any Bigger & Better

12 August 2014 7:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Everyone is entitled to a favorite screen pairing – Taylor and Burton, Hepburn and Tracy, R2D2 and C3PO – but they simply don’t get any better than Bogart and Bacall.

Lauren Bacall – the surviving half of that duo for 57 years – has died at the age of 89. But her legacy as one of the great actresses has long been secured, both for the work she did with Humphrey Bogart – who she met, and soon married, via their first collaboration, “To Have and Have Not” – and what came after, not just in movies but on stage and television.

Still, any remembrance of Bacall has to begin with her roles opposite Bogart, a pairing so terrific and seemingly right that it tended to obscure the pesky details, like their 25-year age difference, or the fact he was still married when their by all accounts torrid affair began.

Bacall’s alluring looks – there »

- Brian Lowry

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