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Morning Meme: David Burtka Finds Time for E! News, Johnny Depp Angers Christian Coalition, and Chris Colfer's Magic Butt

6 December 2011 5:26 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Once Upon a Time has found Gaston. Sage Brocklebank is stepping away from Psych to play Gaston, which begs the question as to which of his characters will have the coolest name: Gaston, or Officer Buzz McNabb?

Seriously, if this is the whole story, I'm never using PayPal again.

Johnny Depp has ticked off both Focus on the Family and the Christian Coalition by providing vocals to the Babybird track "Jesus Stag Night." So he's my Hero of the Day.

Evidently there is a Tumblr devoted to pictures of cats with large amounts of cash.

I just love the expression of horror on Rep. Michele Bachmann's face when she realizes what 8-year-old Elijah told her.

I don't think that Americans, myself included, have a proper understanding of panto. I certainly don't understand why actor Stevie Webb seemed delighted that Financial Times called his performance in Aladdin "as camp as »

- lostinmiami

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Celebrity Twitterwatch: Victor Webster's Aggressive High Five, David Blue's Words To Live By, and In Bed With Jason Segel

3 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

He hasn't changed much from his modeling days.

And...we're back! Sorry about the holiday break from Twitterwatch, but the big sales right after Thanksgiving take a lot out of me. Looks like Black Friday took something out of a lot of celebrities too. Some of this week's featured players seem angry enough at their fellow man to pull out the pepper spray.

Victor Webster has been in some of my favorite campy shows like Mutant X and Melrose Place, and he always managed to bring that incredible body he's had since his modeling days. Perhaps he should take up boxing as a fitness activity. It might let him work out his frustrations. Of course, we've all been there.

Trevor Donovan is generally the cuddly one around here, appearing with little Tito and looking every bit the blond California stud he is. Who knew he had an angry side? I wonder what his neighbor did? »

- lostinmiami

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‘The Last Picture Show’ Cast Reunites at Academy Screening

20 November 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Getty Images Luke Wilson, Cybill Shepherd and Peter Bogdanovich

On Thursday, the primary cast of “The Last Picture Show” reunited for a 40th anniversary screening and on-stage discussion at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Speaking before a sold-out theater, director Peter Bogdanovich and stars Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman and Eileen Brennan all took turns sharing stories about their time spent making the film, which was nominated for 8 Oscars in 1972. Only Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn and Ben Johnson, »

- Michelle Kung

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Video: Cloris Leachman's Panties Just the Tip of Last Picture Show's 40th Anniversary Reunion Iceberg

18 November 2011 5:10 PM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

It wasn't quite a complete reunion for Peter Bogdanovich and the cast of his 1971 breakthrough The Last Picture Show last night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; there was no Jeff Bridges or Ellen Burstyn in sight, but plenty of the other main players including Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms, Cloris Leachman (who gives a funny anecdote about an underwear-related scene), and Eileen Brennan joined Bogdanovich to recount stories from behind the scenes of the adapted Larry McMurtry novel. Yeah, it'd have been nice for The Dude to stop by, but you'll find yourself transfixed by Brennan very soon anyway. Mrs. Peacock in the flesh, yo. Video (featuring moderator Luke Wilson) after the jump. »

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Daily Briefing. Karina Longworth on Elvis Mitchell @Lacma

17 November 2011 5:34 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The La Weekly's Karina Longworth has turned a lunch with Elvis Mitchell, a lot of research and several phone calls into today's must-read. "One of the best known, and definitely most controversial, living film critics in America, Mitchell is both irresistibly charming and legendarily incapable of playing by the rules, or perhaps simply oblivious to them." And now: "He's been brought to Lacma as the embodiment of a major break from business as usual at the museum's film department." In one of the best pieces of film-related reporting I've seen in a long while, Karina outlines two histories, first, that of Lacma's evolution from "one of the city's premier destinations for cinephiles" to an institution with a "strategy to plumb the film industry for patrons," and second, that of the "former New York Times film critic who lunches at swank restaurants with movie stars and drives off in a cherry-red convertible. »

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Peter Bogdanovich, Cybill Shepherd The Last Picture Show Academy Chat Live Streaming

16 November 2011 5:01 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Cybill Shepherd, Ellen Burstyn, The Last Picture Show The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show with the Los Angeles premiere of the digitally restored “Definitive Director's Cut” of the 1971 black-and-white classic. Additionally, there will be an onstage discussion with members of the cast and crew. Those include Bogdanovich, Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman, Eileen Brennan, Cybill Shepherd, and Timothy Bottoms. Luke Wilson will host the proceedings. The good news for those who can't make it to the event is that you can watch Bogdanovich, Leachman, Brennan, and everybody else reminisce about The Last Picture Show at http://www.oscars.org/live/. Streaming is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 17, from 9:45 p.m. Pt – 10:30 p.m. Pt. The Last Picture Show photo: Courtesy of AMPAS »

- Andre Soares

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Academy Celebrates 40th Last Picture Show Anniversary with Restored Definitive Director's Cut

27 October 2011 4:15 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Last Picture Show with a digitally restored "Definitive Director’s Cut" on Thursday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. After the screening the Academy is hosting a cast and crew reunion including director (and indieWIRE blogger) Peter Bogdanovich, his one-time romantic muse Cybill Shepherd and Cloris Leachman. Sadly, Ben Johnson as well as Bogdanovich's ex-wife, the film's production designer Polly Platt, are no longer with us. And where are Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms and Ellen Burstyn? The Last Picture Show, based on the 1966 Larry McMurtry novel, ended Bogdanovich and Platt's marriage, as the director famously fell for his star, Shepherd. Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer were inspired »

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Sue Mengers, Hollywood super agent, was truly “A-List”

17 October 2011 12:26 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: You’ll read a lot about Sue Mengers today. In the 1960s and 70s she was a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. A super agent before there were any, Mengers guided the careers of Barbra Streisand and so many A list names. In Julia Phillips‘ infamous memoir, “You’ll Never Eat Lunch in this Town Again,” Mengers figures largely in the failure of Phillips to make Erica Jong‘s “Fear of Flying” into a movie with Goldie Hawn. But Mengers also figures largely in a lot of movies that were made, like Peter Bogdanovich‘s classics “Paper Moon” and “What’s Up Doc?” as well as the remake of “A Star is Born” with Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, among others.

Mengers’ clients included Cher, Michael Caine, Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Bob Fosse, Peter Bogdanovich, Tatum O’Neal, Ryan O’Neal, Candice Bergen, Ann-Margret, Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd. »

- Roger Friedman

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Top Hollywood Agent Mengers Dies

17 October 2011 1:01 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sue Mengers, a former Hollywood agent who represented stars including Barbra Streisand and Steve McQueen, has died of pneumonia. She was 79.

Mengers was surrounded by friends, including actress Ali MacGraw and Joanna Poitier, wife of Sidney Poitier, when she passed away at her home in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday.

During her career, Mengers also advised stars such as Sir Michael Caine, Faye Dunaway and Cybill Shepherd, and several of her former clients have paid tribute to her.

MacGraw says, "I loved Sue Mengers unequivocally and her passing marks the end of a most glorious era. There will never be another Sue Mengers."

In a post on her Twitter.com page, Kathy Griffin writes, "Rip Sue Mengers, Hollywood original & true female role model. Thx (thanks) 4 (sic) the great dinners. Each 1 (sic) was a 'once in a lifetime'."

Actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard adds, "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of super agent Sue Mengers my agent for two years one of the greats in the Hollywood glory days." »

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Celebrity Twitterwatch: Alec Baldwin and Sarah Silverman Hit Sour Notes, But Nathan Fillion Brings the Love

30 September 2011 12:18 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

His presumed wardrobe below-the-waist.

Welcome back to Celebrity Twitterwatch, where we take a look at what those shiny, happy people are saying about the world they live in and tweet about while we head to our 9-5 jobs, assuming we still have jobs in this economy.

Out rugby star Gareth Thomas has been keeping strange hours providing commentary for the Rugby World Cup, taking place on the opposite side of the world in New Zealand. He's been tweeting up a storm about his sleep patterns, cars coming to pick him up, and the stamina of his fellow talking heads. He also took a minute to thank Jaeger for providing his suit jackets and making him look professional. Still, based on this tweet, I'm assuming behind the desk, he's just got on the jacket and shirt, and no pants, just trunks like he wore to practice his harp.

Since we're talking about sports, »

- Ed Kennedy

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Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show"

29 September 2011 9:15 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Pouring the new wine of Young Hollywood's freshly gained permissiveness concerning depictions of sex and obscenity into old bottles borrowed from the cellars of classical Hollywood cinema, which is to say, these older films' expressive visual grammar and obliquely suggestive dialogue, The Last Picture Show, adapted from the Larry McMurtry novel by McMurtry and director Peter Bogdanovich, delineates the quiet, desperate lives of the citizens of Anarene, Texas over the course of one year in the early 1950s." Budd Wilkins in Slant: "Bogdanovich, a one-time film critic and historian, drew formal and technical inspiration from years spent programming films from Hollywood's Golden Age for MoMA, as well as taking advice from houseguest Orson Welles when it came to shooting the film in black and white, or employing long tracking shots rather than breaking up important scenes. As Welles reportedly put it, 'That's what separates the men from the boys,' »

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Morning Meme: Matthew Morrison Can't Have a Moment, Sir Elton Is a "Rocketman," and Jonah Hill Talks About Loving Your Friends

22 September 2011 6:28 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

In a move that both instills outrage and yet is completely unsurprising, Hollywood is going to attempt to remake Scarface. How is it even culturally relevant at this point?

Go here. Move your mouse over the video, and experience what it looks like if you're not "drunk."

Former President Bill Clinton says that he was asked to do Dancing With the Stars, but turned it down due to lack of time. If he'd done it, who wants to bet Hillary would've insisted on a same-sex partner for Bill, just to be on the safe side.

Lady Gaga has picked up bullying as her new cause, as the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal is now complete. She's had Jamey Rodemeyer trending, and says she's meeting with the President to discuss what the federal government can do to prevent more dead kids.

I don't even know where to go with the news »

- Ed Kennedy

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Clip joint: singing in the car

21 September 2011 9:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's time to belt up and belt out a song as Clip joint climbs into the driving seat to pick our favourite singing in the car clips

There is nothing more liberating than being in a car, hearing a song you love, cranking up the radio and singing your heart out. Something about that combination of open road and closed-off environment let's us sing without inhibition – nailing those high notes in our own mobile performance booth.

In the movies placing an actor behind the wheel mid-sing-song bumps the story into fifth gear, speeding us on the fast track to the heart of a character. What they are singing, how they sing it and who they're singing with – it's a film-maker's moment to unfold the narrative map and say "Hey! this is where we're at, and this is where we're heading next." For the audience it's also a moment of recognition. »

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The Ru? Fan Appreciation Instant DVD Collection Giveaway

14 September 2011 8:28 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

First off, I have to tell you that this page may load slow. We're making an awful lot of calls to the Amazon Api here, and that's bound to monkey with things. If you have no idea what that means... it's shiny. Please note also that, for the same reason, you may find, depending on traffic, that not all of the Amazon details will load properly. I apologize for that, it's just the nature of the beast, and the fact that the Api wasn't really meant for such things. If you refresh, it will probably fix.

You may have heard me mention this giveaway quite a while ago, and it's taken me a long time to figure out what sort of format to put things in, and I kept added things. Eventually it became too much to really give any kind of run down on the items, so I decided »

- Marc Eastman

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Six to watch: small-screen romcoms

8 September 2011 3:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Happy Endings and Perfect Couples are identikit Friends-style sitcoms. We look at the best of the genre but have missed any?

Tonight not one but two new Us sitcoms step forward in an effort to fill the Friends-shaped void that's been left in E4's schedules. Happy Endings and Perfect Couples are a product of the Us networks' recent fascination with romcoms. Look beyond the subtle differences – one sports an uncomfortably suggestive title, while the other has already been cancelled – and there's not too much to separate two cookie-cutter comedies. In fact Happy Endings and Perfect Couples are so similar you could probably switch the characters, jokes and storylines of both shows without noticing much of a difference.

So what are the must-see sights on a tour of tellyland's finest romcoms? Join us as we separate the Hugh Grants from the Hugh Hefners in our run down of the six best. »

- Daniel Bettridge

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Leonard Harris Dead at 81: Taxi Driver Senator Charles Palantine, New York Arts and Theater Critic

31 August 2011 12:53 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Leonard Harris, known in the New York area as an arts and theater critic for the local CBS television affiliate in the '60s and early '70s, died of pneumonia in Hartford, Conn., on Sunday. Harris was 81. Outside of New York, Harris was known for his role as Senator Charles Palantine in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976). In the Oscar-nominated drama, Palantine is running for president on a platform of radical social change, at one point sympathizing with Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), a mentally unbalanced taxi driver-turned-vigilante who wants to rid New York of its "scum and filth." The eventual results aren't pretty. Palantine is also the link between Bickle and the senator's presidential campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), a classy-looking blonde with whom Bickle becomes obsessed. According to Harris' New York Times obit, Scorsese knew Harris "through the New York drama scene." Harris played another politician, a mayor, »

- Andre Soares

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Ben Johnson Movie Schedule: The Last Picture Show, Wagon Master

11 August 2011 12:08 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ben Johnson on TCM: War Drums, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am 3 Godfathers (1948) Three outlaws on the run risk their freedom and their lives to return a newborn to civilization. Dir: John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr. C-106 mins. 8:00 Am Fort Defiance (1951) A Civil War veteran returns to his hometown to avenge his brother's death. Dir: John Rawlins. Cast: Dane Clark, Ben Johnson, Peter Graves. C-82 mins. 9:30 Am Wild Stallion (1952) A horse hunter pursues a white colt that ran off when his parents were killed. Dir: Lewis D. Collins. Cast: Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Martha Hyer. C-70 mins. 11:00 Am War Drums (1957) A white trader and an Apache chief fall for the same woman. Dir: Reginald LeBorg. Cast: Lex Barker, Joan Taylor, Ben Johnson. C-75 mins. 12:30 Pm Cheyenne Autumn (1964) A reluctant calvary Captain must »

- Andre Soares

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Polly Platt obituary

7 August 2011 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Versatile production designer, screenwriter and producer of Hollywood films

Popular legend has it that the new wave of American film-making in the late 1960s and early 1970s was an exclusively masculine phenomenon, a myth bolstered by the hard-living excesses documented in Peter Biskind's book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. But women were instrumental in many of the movies which defined that era, and few more so than Polly Platt, who has died aged 72 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

"I call myself a confused careerist," she said of her switches from production and costume design to writing and producing. She was credited as production designer on the films which brought to prominence her second husband, the director Peter Bogdanovich, notably The Last Picture Show (1971) and Paper Moon (1973), but her contribution extended far beyond that job description. "They discussed every shot," wrote Biskind of the making of The Last Picture Show. »

- Ryan Gilbey

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R.I.P. Polly Platt

28 July 2011 12:32 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

I just found out producer Polly Platt is dead at 72, in the middle of working on her documentary of Roger Corman.

I hope we still get to see that movie...

Polly Platt was an art director in films who was married to Peter Bogdonivich when he left her for barely-legal Cybill Shepherd (how'd that work out, by the way, Pete?) on the set of The Last Picture Show, Shepherd's first film. But Platt didn't leave the industry - instead, she became a producer and basically discovered Matt Groening, allowing him to make The Simpsons into the phenomenon it is now. Wes Anderson also owes his fame to her eye for talent - she produced his first movie Bottle Rocket.

"She couldn't walk into a gas station and get gas without mentoring somebody," James L. Brooks, who produced The Simpsons with Platt through the company Gracie Films, said to The Los Angeles Times. »

- Superheidi

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Anjelica Huston: 'I find extreme characters irresistible'

21 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Her father was scary. Vincent Gallo got vicious. And Jack Nicholson taught her never to give a brown present. Anjelica Huston tells John Patterson about a life among Hollywood royalty

The last time I met Anjelica Huston was six or seven years ago in a luxury oceanfront hotel in Venice, California. It was windy and cold, Huston was still a smoker – we talked outside in the wind while she lit up like a naughty schoolgirl. Today, it's a blisteringly hot day, she's an enviably youthful 60, an ex-smoker now, sitting in the lounge of the luxury hotel next door, before a gigantic cinemascope window affording guests a million-dollar view of the Pacific, which looks seriously tempting in today's heat.

"I went in the ocean this year, the day after my birthday," she tells me as we watch the breakers gently roll in, "and it was actually really nice. It's like the Eiffel Tower is for Parisians, »

- John Paterson

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