13 items from 2013
Today in history... May 16th 1990, entertainer, icon, American treasure, Sammy Davis Jr's, died of cancer in Los Angeles at age 64. Recalling my 50+ Biopic Projects On Black Public Figures "In Limbo" post, there are 3 Sammy projects we know of that are in some stage of development - 1 a feature film; the other 2 stage works. First, it was announced in December 2011 that Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios acquired rights to his life story from his daughter Tracey Davis, with plans to develop both a feature film And a stage production. “On his deathbed, one of the last things my father told me as he put my face in his hands was: ‘Tracy, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
London, Apr 17: Joan Collins said she has never used drugs despite Hollywood stars handing them out at parties.
The 79-year-old actress said that she snubbed cocaine from crooner Sammy Davis Junior while partying with the Rat Pack in the 1950s.
Joan claimed Sammy Davis Jr tried to give her cocaine on a spoon.
"I said 'No Sammy!' and blew the whole spoon all over his blue velvet dinner jacket," the Sun quoted her as saying.
The Dynasty TV star, who says she stuck to booze and cigarettes, added that if you do drugs, you just lose it. (Ani) »
- Amith Ostwal
London, April 17: Actress-author Joan Collins says she has never used drugs despite Hollywood stars handing them out at parties.
The 79-year-old claims while partying with the Rat Pack (group of actors) in the 1950s she snubbed cocaine from crooner Sammy Davis Junior.
"Davis Junior tried to give me cocaine on a spoon," thesun.co.uk quoted Collins as saying.
The actress stuck to booze and cigarettes instead. "I just think that if you do. »
- Abhijeet Sen
If you thought Paul Anka's new biography was going to leave out the good stuff, think again -- the prolific songwriter is dishing out the juiciest stories about his life ... including the sex secrets of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.The new book, aptly titled "My Way," details Anka's days of rolling with the Rat Pack in the 1960s. Anka says long nights would end at a health club that would stay open only for them. »
- TMZ Staff
So once again I went down to the basement and searched my secret vault for those rare, forgotten or unknown black films or TV gems such as Tamango, Toxi, Coonskin, Roll Out or the Grace Bumbry Carmen opera film, to see what can I bring out into the light. This time around it’s the 1959 United Artists film Anna Lucasta with Sammy Davis Jr, Eartha Kitt and Rex Ingram - a film I decided to discuss since it’s been mainly overlooked (especially strange as it was pretty unique at the time it came out, which I’ll get into later). Also because I found out four things about the film and the play that it’s based on, that I never knew before, which surprised me (I’ll get to those too »
Review by Sam Moffitt
I used to fantasize about going to Plato’s Retreat. The heyday of Plato’s was the late 1970s, during my time in the Navy. I still remember an article Playboy magazine ran about the first out in the open bath house/swing club for straight couples in American history. To say I was sexually frustrated during my time in service would be a major understatement, and not just from the long time spent at sea on a Navy warship, absent any female company. I had issues that had nothing to do with the Navy and which I will not go into in a movie review. Quite frankly the idea of being able to go into an open club and have sex with any woman on the premises, totally anonymous, no dating ritual, no games, sounded like pure heaven.
Now after seeing this excellent documentary about »
- Movie Geeks
In the late 1950s, a young singer called Ernest Evans began going by the name of Chubby Checker, a handle bestowed in part by Dick Clark’s wife (seriously!). Because it was a less vulgar time, nobody thought to warn young Chubby that his new moniker was just begging to be used as a lame double entendre (example: “Chubby Checker? I barely know ‘er!”).
But 60-odd years later, times have most definitely changed. Celebrities show off their female breast nipples all willy-nilly, despite strict orders from the suits at CBS. Nobody really gives a f— when somebody drops an f-bomb »
- Hillary Busis
The racing movie has been a staple of Hollywood filmmaking for years. From classics such as Le Mans to the modern-day Fast & Furious franchise, there have always been racing movies and there have always been racing movie fans… The latest entry into the racing film genre is Death Race 3: Inferno, which continues the fight to the death Car-nage that the series is famous for. In honour of that films release of, we decided to take a look at the Top 10 Best Racing Films.
10) Initial D: Drift Racer
18-year-old Takumi (Jay Chou) delivers tofu for his hard-drinking dad, and works part time at his best friend’s garage. When he is unexpectedly asked to drive in an upcoming race, Takumi’s shock victory opens up a whole new world of possibilities, and his overnight fame is soon leading him to even more hellraising and dangerous races. But as Takumi pushes »
There's always something surprisingly awesome about American Idol's Hollywood Week, even if people like Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest threaten to ruin our good time by being themselves. Though it's as choppily edited as the auditions, you feel like you're watching an MTV-era version of A Chorus Line, complete with desperate singing and wannabes chanting, "I hope I get it." (By the way, not enough fuss is made over how awful the '85 movie version of A Chorus Line was. Unthinkably bad.)
Unfortunately, this is also the hardest part of the season to critique, as we mostly catch 10-15 second song blurbs from auditioning groups, and the rest of our time is wasted watching tired contestants weep about how hard it is to remember the lyrics, choreography, and passion of "What Makes You Beautiful." No matter: Here's a short blitz of the necessary bits from Wednesday's inaugural Hollywood episode featuring only male singers. »
In the mid-1980s a teenage musician named Eric Bishop went to play piano for the rich white folk outside his hometown of Terrell, Texas. Bishop was driven to the house by a schoolfriend, who was then ordered to wait outside in the car until the recital was over. "I can't have two niggers in my house at the same time," the owner explained.
If living well is the best revenge, then Eric Bishop provides a study in payback. Recast in the role of Hollywood star Jamie Foxx, he has a Grammy for his music and an Oscar for his acting. By rights his latest movie should count as the icing on the cake, in that it's about a freed slave on a mission of reprisal. »
- Xan Brooks
When we think of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and its annual televised Golden Globes ceremony, we think of class, dignity, decorum, integrity and above all, sobriety.
Also: It's Opposite Day.
As co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler look to follow in Ricky Gervais' wake at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards this Sunday, January 13, we take a look back at the over-the-top milestones of shocking behavior we've come to expect from our beloved Globes.
1. The Rat Pack Takes Over, Baby
Though the Golden Globe Awards began in 1944, the statues were given out exclusively by journalists (zzzzzzzzzzzzz) until 1958. Then, in a moment of drunken history, the core of the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.) stormed the stage and hijacked the show to the delight of the (let's be fair, equally soused) audience. The trio was invited back the next year and got this whole swingin' shindig started, »
- Max Evry
We've got a liveblog of all things WilSon today for Days of Our Lives. Rumor has it today builds to something spectacular later in the week.
While a local council stepped in an forwarded the Eagle Scout certification to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America for out teenager Ryan Andresen, the executive committee has denied the Eagle Scout Award because Andresen doesn't adhere to the Scouts "duty to God."
Gay bear rapper Big Dipper has released an Ep, and you can download it in all it's Nsfw-ness for free.
My friend Jerame Davis has announced that the National Stonewall Democrats will be going on hiatus effective immediately due to money concerns, and be vacating their offices by the end of the month. »
Chris Guerra, the paparazzo who was killed last week while in pursuit of a Justin Bieber story, has spurred a debate among celebrities and editors alike about the paparazzi industry. When does a photographer go too far for a story? What rules do the paparazzi follow, if any, and how has the industry changed over the years?
HuffPost Celeb and HuffPost Live checked in with photographer Brad Elterman, who snapped celebrities like Bob Dylan and David Bowie in the '70s and '80s, and photo agency Bauer-Griffin co-founder Frank Griffin.
On the changing nature of celebrity photography, Elterman said the game now just isn't what it used to be:
"The photographers back then would gather in a restaurant called Chasin's on a Sunday night. This was a pack of paparazzos, there was five or six of them. And Dean Martin would come in, Frank Sinatra would be there, Sammy Davis and so on. »
- Youyoung Lee
13 items from 2013
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