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Collins' Sex Novels Have Enjoyed Unexpectedly Few Film Versions (The Stud, The Bitch)

21 September 2015 6:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and for being the younger sister of film and TV star Joan Collins, died of breast cancer on Sept. 19, '15, in Los Angeles. The London-born (Oct. 4, 1937) Collins was 77. Collins' tawdry, female-centered novels – much like those of Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz – were/are immensely popular. According to her website, they have sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries. And if the increasingly tabloidy BBC is to be believed (nowadays, Wikipedia has become a key source, apparently), every single one of them – 32 in all – appeared on the New York Times' bestseller list. (Collins' own site claims that a mere 30 were included.) Sex »

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‘Bessie’ Director Dee Rees on Bessie Smith’s Ferocity and Facing Prejudice

6 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Queen Latifah delivers a fierce performance in “Bessie,” the upcoming HBO biopic about blues legend Bessie Smith. The character is prone to sudden outbursts of violence — slapping and smacking and turning over tables — that are startling to see from a woman, even one of such physical stature, and even when they come in self-defense.

There is also a ferocity in the way the camera artfully captures the character’s intimidating, in-your-face aspect that makes it hard to believe that “Bessie,” which premieres May 16 on the premium cabler, is the work of a director with only one previous feature-length narrative film under her belt. But there’s more than a little of Bessie Smith’s determination in writer-director Dee Rees.

Bessie doesn’t go around things; she goes straight through. She’s always coming right at the camera,” Rees explains. “I used a lot of Steadicam to (add) that dynamic movement to the character. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Mike Tyson Remembers His Rise & Fall in 'Champs' Documentary

13 March 2015 4:52 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Boxing legend Mike Tyson stopped by Et to talk about his new documentary Champs, but came to the brink of tears when remembering some of the roughest times of his childhood.

"They bullied me to be their slave," Tyson told Et's Kevin Frazier.

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As a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, Tyson was picked on because he was a shy, pudgy kid who spoke with a lisp. To survive, he not only had to fight off bullies, but also poverty and hunger.

The story of Tyson's rise and fall is told in Champs, including Tyson's heyday as a heavyweight champion when Hollywood embraced the decorated boxer.

"The first big fight I went to was a Tyson fight," Mark Wahlberg said in the documentary. "There was nothing more exciting than that."

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"It was crazy in there," [link »

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Robin Givens, Columbus Short & Lynn Whitfield Star in New Installment of Horror Anthology 'Fear Files' (Trailer)

18 February 2015 2:32 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Like Bet, I'm encouraged by the original programming push TV One is seemingly invested in. Nothing great is built overnight, so I'm looking forward to seeing where all this investment leads. I also really appreciate the exploration of other genres, like horror in this specific case. Robin Givens, Columbus Short and Lynn Whitfield headline TV One’s next installment of its horror anthology, "Fear Files" (formerly "Fright Night Files") with 3 new terrifying tales of love, revenge and murder, on Friday, March 13 at 8Pm/Et.  The new trilogy picks up where the first airing left off, by revisiting "For the Love of Lockwood," with its »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Robin Givens to Star in TV One Movie ‘Mama’s Boy’ (Exclusive)

27 January 2015 10:16 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Short film is part of network’s “Fright Night Files” anthology

Robin Givens is hooking up with TV One for a tale of deadly romance and family intrigue.

Head of the Class” alum Givens will star in the upcoming TV One film “Mama’s Boy,” part of the network’s anthology series “Fright Night Files.”

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Fright Night Files,” which first aired as part of TV One’s Halloween movie offering last year, returns in March with three new short films that will offer “tales of horror, betrayal and love gone wrong,” according to the network. »

- Tim Kenneally

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