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Interview: Piper Laurie Reflects on ‘Carrie,’ ‘The Hustler,’ Fumio Yamaguchi

29 November 2011 10:26 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Few character actresses have proven to be as effortlessly versatile as Piper Laurie. Her Oscar-nominated turns as Paul Newman’s alcoholic lover in Robert Rossen’s 1961 classic “The Hustler” and Marlee Matlin’s estranged but loving mother in Randa Haines’s 1986 drama “Children of a Lesser God” offer a mere sample of her remarkable range and magnetic screen presence.

Yet her role that remains immortalized in the minds of moviegoers is Margaret White, the psychotic mother of the titular telekinetic teen in Brian De Palma’s marvelously effective 1976 thriller “Carrie.” Chicagoans will have the opportunity to meet the legendary actress when she attends Camp Midnight’s presentation of “A Very Carrie Christmas” at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the Music Box Theatre.

The event includes pre-show entertainment from Hell in a Handbag Productions, as well as an interactive audience guide and running commentary from Dick O’Day and David »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Vintage Trailer of the Day: Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960)

29 April 2011 12:18 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Most people know the song, “Que Sera, Sera,” but not as many know where it came from. Well, it wasn’t this film. It was first featured on screen in Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much with Doris Day sweetly laying it out. It became her signature song, and she had to sing it a ton. Including her co-starring role in Please Don’t Eat the Daisies opposite David Niven. It’s a brilliant comedic pairing, and it’s unclear why they didn’t work more together. A last bit of trivia here: this was the final movie for Oscar nominee Spring Byington, who people probably most recognize from You Can’t Take it With You and Mutiny on the Bounty. Let the film marketers of the past sell you on their movie by checking out more VTOTDs »

- Cole Abaius

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