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HBO’s sci-fi western “Westworld,” is the heavy favorite to win for contemporary and fantasy production design. The question is whether two nominations for both its western theme park and futuristic programming center actually doubles its chances — or cancels it out. Competition comes from the dystopian minimalism of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the richly Gothic “Penny Dreadful” (nominated last year), and the Vatican beauty of “The Young Pope.”
Meanwhile, the royalty glam of Peter Morgan’s “The Crown” is the heavy favorite to win for period production design, with competition from the Old Hollywood trappings of “Feud: Bette and Joan,” the nightmarish ’80s sci-fi of “Stranger Things,” the alt history of “The Man in the High Castle” (nominated last year), and perennial contender, “Masters of Sex.”
The Dueling Dystopias
- Bill Desowitz
Author: James Kleinmann
It’s rare that a producer’s name becomes as familiar to the public as the stars of the films he or she makes, but in the late 1970s and ’80s, Allan Carr was a regular talk show guest and caftan wearing celebrity in his own right. A new fast paced, fascinating documentary by Emmy winner Jeffrey Schwarz (‘I Am Divine’, ‘Tab Hunter Confidential’) follows the highs and lows of Carr’s colourful career featuring interviews with those who knew him best.
Starting out in the entertainment industry as a talent booker for Hugh Hefner’s television show, Carr soon became a talent manager representing the likes of Ann-Margaret, Peter Sellers, Tony Curtis and Mama Cass Elliot. Following Carr’s legendary New York subway station premiere party for ‘Tommy’, he gained a reputation for being able to launch a movie with a splash. »
- James Kleinmann
The 43-year-old model, who rose to fame as one of Hefner’s girlfriends on E! reality series The Girls Next Door, told an Australian television show that despite keeping in touch “for a while” after she left the Playboy Mansion, the pair are no longer in contact.
"I was still going back to some of the parties,” Marquardt told The Morning Show. “Occasionally, my boyfriend [Nick Carpenter and] I would go back. I was still in touch with Hef -- and then we kind of lost contact."
"He told me there was always an open door, but I heard that that's not quite true lately," she continued. "I called and tried to go to the mansion earlier this year ... but »
Bridget Marquardt is always welcome at the Playboy Mansion...or is she? Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend appeared on Australia's The Morning Show Monday, where she told co-hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies that she hasn't seen the magazine mogul in quite awhile. Marquardt remained in touch with the 91-year-old "for a while" after she left the mansion in 2009. "I was still going back to some of the parties. Occasionally, my boyfriend [Nick Carpenter] I would go back," she revealed. "I was still in touch with Hef—and then we kind of lost contact." Hefner, who married Crystal Harris in 2012, has not commented on Marquardt's claims. "He told me there was always an open door, »
A life lived very large — although his plus-size physicality would be the source of perpetual insecurity and eventual health woes — Allan Carr was both the quintessential Hollywood showman and an exception to most of its rules. His attraction to glamour and glitz was old-school, yet the camp edge he brought to it as a “flamboyantly” out gay man was often a bit much for staid industry mind-sets. His hits (big-screen “Grease,” the stage “La Cage aux Folles”) were record breakers, though some might argue his flops were even more unforgettable — one, the notorious 1989 Academy Awards ceremony he produced, stirring such intense backlash it abruptly ended his career.
Garishly colorful, packed with stars, legendary parties, and a wide streak of pathos, it’s a singular life story entertainingly recounted in “The Fabulous Allan Carr.” This latest documentary by Jeffery Schwarz isn’t as warts-and-all dishy an approach to that saga as the 2010 print tome “Party Animals,” by »
- Dennis Harvey
We tv has found great success following its rebrand in 2014 under network president and general manager Marc Juris.
The AMC Networks-owned We tv experienced its best April ever this year in women 25-54, adults 25-54, and total viewers in primetime, according to Nielsen data. Compared to April 2016, the network’s ratings were up 32% among women 25-54, 30% among women 18-49, 29% among adults 25-54, 24% among adults 18-49, and 15% among total viewers. For the month of May, We tv’s primetime ratings were up 15% among women 25-54, 14% among women 18-49, 14% among adults 25-54, and 14% among adults 18-49 compared to May 2016.
The positive results are another feather in the cap of Juris, who is no stranger to rebranding a network. He came to We tv after helping CourtTV successfully relaunch as truTV, as well as turning MuchMusicUSA into Fuse Network. According to Juris, the process of reshaping a network is as much about heart as it is about viewer data.
- Joe Otterson
Jim Carrey’s career has zigged and zagged in a number of directions over the years, but he’s never taken a role as strange as the one he tackles in “The Bad Batch.” The actor surfaces early in Ana Lily Amirpour’s dystopian Western, almost unrecognizable beneath a scruffy beard, and never speaks a single word. While he only appears in a handful of scenes, The Hermit is one of a few memorably outlandish characters in Amirpour’s dark vision, a silent, nomadic figure who roams the desert with a shopping cart and winds up rescuing the film’s amputee heroine (Suki Waterhouse) after she escapes a gang of cannibals.
This cool and risky performance is a world away from the hyperbolic delivery of Ace Ventura, and suggests the physicality of slapstick comedy folded into a post-apocalyptic milieu. But so far, Carrey hasn’t said a word about it. »
- Eric Kohn
Bill Cosby is headed to court again – this time for a civil trial to face accusations of sexually assaulting a teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1974.
On Tuesday, L.A. Superior Court Judge Craig Kaplan tentatively scheduled a preliminary start date of July 30, 2018, for the trial, People confirms.
The statute of limitations has expired for a criminal case, but California law allows victims of underage sexual »
- KC Baker
In Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch,” Keanu Reeves plays The Dream, the slick ruler of a post-apocalyptic encampment called Comfort, where social rejects party late into the night. He’s one of a few key characters in a dramatic story that finds Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) escaping an encampment of cannibals led by Miami Man (Jason Momoa) before she falls in love with him. With a bit part for Jim Carrey as a mute desert hermit and violent confrontations that leave you wondering who the real hero is, the movie offers a lot of entry points for discussion. That was evident on its opening night at New York’s IFC Center, when Reeves made a surprise appearance for the Q&A and found himself in the unexpected position of pitching the movie.
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- Eric Kohn
In a People exclusive clip from We tv’s Kendra on Top, Kendra’s brother, Colin, and Patti receive a voicemail about an opportunity to write a tell-all that could expose the former Girls Next Door star’s past with Playboy.
“My purpose for writing the book is that people have been asking me both on the streets and on social media: How did you deal with this? How did you deal when Kendra did this or when Kendra was at the Mansion. She said this, »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Playboy Mansion parties, Hugh Hefner and plenty of hijinks made up the lives of The Girls Next Door. Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Bridget Marquardt starred on the E! reality show regularly between 2005 and 2009. Nowadays, the three lead very different lives away from Hef and the Mansion. Holly Madison: The former head girlfriend of the Playboy mogul lives in a Disney-inspired house in Las Vegas with husband Pasquale Rotella, a tour promoter whose company organizes the Electric Daisy Carnival, their daughter Rainbow Aurora, 4, and their son Forest Leonardo, who was born in August 2016. The family often travels. After The Girls Next Door ended, Madison »
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett is no stranger to drama. The Kendra on Top star and married mother of two, who celebrated her 32nd birthday Monday, has made headlines many times since her days as a Playboy model, one of Hugh Hefner's live-in girlfriends and a cast member of The Girls Next Door. She has often aired out her drama on her own reality show. Other times, drama simply found her. 1. Sex Tape: In 2010, adult film company Vivid Entertainment announced that it planned on releasing a sex tape Kendra made years ago when she was 18. She had reportedly launched a legal battle to stop it from being released but the footage hit the Internet weeks later. "It »
Clearly, these Playboy Playmates have still got it!
Playboy recently asked seven famous Playmates to recreate their iconic covers from years ago -- in honor of their motto, "Once a Playmate always a Playmate" -- and the results are pretty spectacular. The ladies featured include Charlotte Kemp, Cathy St. George, Monique St. Pierre, Renee Tenison, Candace Collins, Lisa Matthews and Kimberly Conrad.
Watch: 'Harry Potter' Actress Scarlett Byrne Poses Nude for 'Playboy' in Nsfw Pic, Says 'Naked Is Normal'
"I'm from Alabama originally, but I grew up in West Vancouver," Conrad, 54, says about how she got her modeling start. "The sweetness comes from the South! Money doesn't buy manners. I moved to Los Angeles and -- boom -- there it was. Hef and I started dating, got married, had kids, and the rest »
Like a fine wine, these babes only get better with age! In honor of their motto, "Once a Playmate, always a Playmate," Playboy asked seven Playmates of the Year to recreate their iconic covers from decades ago. The results were not only incredible, but they proved that it's not just wisdom that comes with age...apparently beauty, sass and sexiness do, too. Stars like Chills Jordan, Lisa Miller and even Kimberly Conrad—whose son, Cooper Hefner, runs the publication these days—all reveled they can still strike a pose with the best of 'em. They also dished on their time working for the publication. For example, Conrad, 54—who was married to Hugh Hefner for quite »
The models are back!
Playboy invited seven models who previously graced the magazine’s cover to recreate their iconic photos from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Lisa Matthews, 47, who starred on the June 1991 cover, says that people would come up to her to say they saw her on a magazine, but were too embarrassed to say which one.
“Once it came out, I remember I’d be traveling and people would come up to me. The thing they’d always say is, ‘You’re name is Lisa, right?’ And then they’d say, ‘I think I’ve seen you in a national magazine. »
- Julie Mazziotta
By this point in the game, Stan Lee has effectively been crowned the master of Hollywood cameos. Throughout the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe alone, the comic book legend has played Hugh Hefner, a Xandarian Ladies’ Man and a postage delivery man who has trouble reading the words “Tony Stark,” among others, and that’s before we begin to factor in those blink-and-you’ll-miss-them appearances in Fox’s superhero universe.
Doctor Strange is no different, and as those who’ve seen it (which we assume is most of you) will know, Lee showed up briefly to have a laugh while reading The Doors of Perception. As it turns out, however, that wasn’t the only cameo that was shot for the movie, as James Gunn – yes, Gunn, not Scott Derrickson – actually filmed a few of them, before settling on the one that you saw up on screen back in November. »
- Matt Joseph
By this point in the game, Stan Lee has effectively been crowned the master of Hollywood cameos. Throughout the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe alone, the comic book legend has played Hugh Hefner, a Xandarian Ladies’ Man, and a postage delivery man who has trouble reading the words “Tony Stark,” and that’s before we begin to factor in those blink-and-you’ll-miss-them appearances in Fox’s superhero universe. For what it’s worth, Lee is also now set to cameo in upcoming X-Men drama The Gifted when it premieres later this fall.
But long before Bryan Singer and Matt Nix introduce TV viewers to the most dysfunctional of dysfunctional families, Spider-Man: Homecoming presents an opportunity for another Stan Lee cameo and sure enough, ahead of the film’s long-anticipated launch next month, Marvel has rolled out the latest promo for Jon Watts’ reboot in which Peter Parker is sent »
- Michael Briers
Playboy twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon -- 2 of Hugh Hefner's former 'Girls Next Door' hotties -- were arrested after they allegedly busted each other up. Law enforcement sources tell us police were summoned to the Shannon twins' WeHo home Wednesday morning around 3:30 Am. Cops say Kristina and Karissa had gotten into a violent brawl after a night of drinking. We're told Kristina punched Karissa in the face, and Karissa picked up an Adt »
- TMZ Staff
Dorothy Stratten had the world at her fingertips in 1980.
She maintained warm relationships with several Hollywood heavy hitters, including Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
But Stratton’s personal life was messy. Her marriage to her controlling small-time manager, Paul Snider, was on the rocks. »
- Steve Helling
If you have a critically acclaimed documentary released both theatrically and for television, with stellar reviews pouring in mere weeks before Primetime Emmy ballots are set to go out, do you submit to the TV Academy for consideration, or do you hold your cards for an Oscar blitz later in the year?
That was the conundrum ABC and Lincoln Square Productions faced ahead of the May 1 Emmy submissions deadline recently with “Let It Fall: 1982-1992,” John Ridley’s excellent examination of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. On the advice of Oscar consultants — who felt an Emmy profile could tarnish the doc’s luster with the motion picture Academy in eight months’ time — the film’s stewards have opted out of the Primetime Emmy race and will instead submit for the lower-profile News & Documentary Emmy Awards, taking place on Oct. 5.
A key reason is that there are two versions of “Let It Fall”: the 140-minute theatrical cut and »
- Kristopher Tapley
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