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Politically Active Actress Bergen Made into Nixon's 'Enemies List'

9 hours ago | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Polly Bergen on Richard Nixon’s ‘enemies list’ (image: Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. late 1950s) (See previous article: "Polly Bergen Movies: First U.S. Woman President.") As discussed in the previous post, despite its deceptively progressive premise — the first United States woman president as a palpable reality — Kisses for My President, written by veteran Paramount screenwriter Claude Binyon (Search for Beauty, The Gilded Lily) and newcomer Robert G. Kane (whose sole other movie credit was the poorly received Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Western Villain), was an unabashedly reactionary, "traditional family values" effort. Ironically, Polly Bergen, for her part, was a liberal-minded, politically active Democrat. At around the time Kisses for My President was released, Bergen, along with Gregory Peck, James Garner, and other Hollywood personalities, publicly came out against California’s Proposition 14, a 1964 ballot initiative that would have nullified the Rumford Fair Housing Act, thus paving the way for the »

- Andre Soares

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Sopranos Actress Bergen, the Movies' '1st Female President' of the United States, Dead at 84

20 September 2014 1:51 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Polly Bergen dead at 84: ‘First woman president of the U.S.A.,’ former mistress of Tony Soprano’s father Emmy Award-winning actress Polly Bergen — whose roles ranged from the first U.S.A. woman president in Kisses for My President to the former mistress of both Tony Soprano’s father and John F. Kennedy in the television hit series The Sopranos — died from "natural causes" on September 20, 2014, at her home in Southbury, Connecticut. The 84-year-old Bergen, a heavy smoker for five decades, had been suffering from emphysema and other ailments since the 1990s. "Most people think I was born in a rich Long Island family," she told The Washington Post in 1988, but Polly Bergen was actually born Nellie Paulina Burgin on July 14, 1930, to an impoverished family in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her father was an illiterate construction worker while her mother got only as far as the third grade. The family »

- Andre Soares

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"Tony Palmer's 1973 Film About Hugh Hefner, The Founder and Editor of Playboy" - October 21, 2014

16 September 2014 8:42 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

From Mvd Entertainment Group, Sneak Peek footage from the documentary "Tony Palmer's 1973 Film About Hugh Hefner, The Founder and Editor of Playboy", to be released October 21, 2014:

"...this 1973 documentary by the award-winning director Tony Palmer shone a light on the multi-millionaire Hugh Hefner and his 'Playboy' empire. It gave Hefner the opportunity to tell his story and, of course, it offended the usual suspects.

"The film charts Hefner's rise from a small-time publisher to Playboy becoming one of the world's best known brands..."

"We had no money at all", said Hef in the doc, "and I mean literally no money. I doubt that any major magazine in our time has ever been started with as little initial investment. My own investment in 'Playboy' was $600, all of it borrowed..."

"The real essence of 'Playboy' was trying to put not just sex, but the whole notion of play and pleasure, back »

- Michael Stevens

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deleted Stan Lee Cameo Revealed!

4 September 2014 8:09 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Heading into a Marvel movie, we can always expect two things. One: We're sure to have a good time. And two: A Stan Lee cameo. It just wouldn't be a Marvel movie without Stan the Man showing up in some capacity, and Guardians of the Galaxy was no exception. In fact, the creator of the Marvel universe as we know it today was set to appear in two different scenes in this sci-fi epic. Only one of them made it into the movie. Direrctor James Gunn now shares a photo from the deleted Stan Lee cameo featuring a stand-in, and explains why it's not in the finished film.

Take a look at the image from James Gunn's Instagram, and then read on for more details:

The scene in question actually has Stan Lee sitting inside the Collector's Museum. Visiting Dragon Con, director James Gunn explained the scene in detail for the first time, »

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USC to exhibit Dennis Hopper Collection

2 September 2014 2:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The assembly of the actor’s scripts, awards, film posters, photography and personal letters will go on display for a limited period at the Los Angeles-based school.

Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Elizabeth M Daley made the announcement on Tuesday (September 2).

The institution is working in collaboration with The Hopper Art Trust and Visions And Voices to make the free exhibition open across campus.

Taylor Livingston curated the initiative, called Part Of Being An Artist: The Dennis Hopper Collection, Selected Artwork And Ephemera.

It will be on display exclusively to students in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall and Cinematic Arts Gallery from September 2-October 9 prior to going on show to the public from October 10-November 26. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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USC Honors Dennis Hopper With Exhibit, Screening

2 September 2014 11:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is the new home of the Dennis Hopper Collection.  The announcement of the collection, an assembly of the late actor and artist’s scripts, awards, film posters, photography and personal letters, was announced by Elizabeth M. Daley, dean of the school.

In collaboration with the Hopper Art Trust and Visions and Voices, the university’s campus-wide arts initiative, a selection from the collection entitled “Part of Being An Artist: The Dennis Hopper Collection, Selected Artwork and Ephemera,” is on display in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall and Cinematic Arts Gallery. It is exclusive to students, faculty and staff through Oct. 9 and open to the public from Oct. 10-Nov. 26.

“We are honored to have the Dennis Hopper Collection here at the School of Cinematic Arts,” said Daley. “The collection spans the eclectic reach of Hopper’s multi-faceted work, and represents to all our students the »

- Shelli Weinstein

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The Xtra Factor snap review: Was Sarah-Jane Crawford any good?

30 August 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

"The worst thing that could happen is it all goes wrong and you don't have a career. That's the worst thing that could happen."

As pep talks from the boss go, it seems that Simon Cowell could do with attending a few motivational speaking courses. Sarah-Jane Crawford must have been quivering in her very stylish boots after hearing those words come out of Cowell's lips while he was supposed to be wishing her luck in her first day as the new Xtra Factor host.

But if she was, she didn't show it. We're only one episode in, but Sarah-Jane already seems comfortable. She's an inspired choice for the show - cool, but not intimidating - and she slipped easily enough into the role of host.

The fact is, Sarah-Jane wasn't given an awful lot to do in the audition stages; that's always going to be the case this early on, »

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The Simpsons top 50 episodes

28 August 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob counts down the top 50 episodes of TV's longest-running animated series, The Simpsons...

Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”

Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »

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Filth Blu-Ray Review

12 August 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Since I’ve previously indulged in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting on numerous occasions, happily stumbling through my very first drug-fueled Irvine Welsh adaptation, Filth isn’t exactly a surprising endeavor by any means. Granted, it’s an absolutely bonkers character study injected with heaping mounds of Columbia’s finest and enough sexual expression to make Hugh Hefner blush, but this is signature Welsh material. Filth isn’t a Danny Boyle flick though, so questions surrounding relative newbie Jon S. Baird’s ability to capture the same “controlled” insanity immediately arise – which he confidently dismisses after a raucous introduction.

Filth is far more than a Scottish dark comedy about the most crooked cop in history, as Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) slowly reveals an entire army of inner demons over the course of this sinisterly tragic downward spiral. Everything starts out cheekily enough when Robertson reveals his plan to sabotage every other »

- Matt Donato

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Kendra Wilkinson is "Reviewing Her Options", Meeting With Divorce Lawyers Following Husband Hank Baskett's Infidelity

6 August 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Coming out on top? Kendra Wilkinson has been meeting with divorce lawyers following her husband Hank Baskett's cheating scandal, multiple sources tell Us Weekly. "Kendra has seen a divorce lawyer," a source close to the Kendra on Top star tells Us. "She’s definitely serious about filing, but is also reviewing her options before she makes a final decision," the insider adds.  Hugh Hefner's ex certainly has a lot to think about following her husband's shocking affair with transgender model Ava Sabrina London. For one, the 29-year-old just recently [...] »

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Crystal Hefner Leads a Tour of the Playboy Mansion's Zoo (Video)

30 July 2014 7:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Everyone knows that Holmby Hills' famed Playboy Mansion hosts Bunnies … but did you know that it also houses bunnies — as well as monkeys, cockatoos, peacocks, African cranes, parrots, toucans, pelicans, doves and all sorts of other animals? They all reside in the backyard "zoo" area — the Mansion is one of America's few private residences with a zoo license — which Crystal Hefner, Hugh Hefner's stunning 28-year-old wife of 19 months, was gracious enough to show to The Hollywood Reporter last week. (See the video at the top of this post.) "When I first came

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How Marital Stress Is Taking a Physical Toll on Kendra Wilkinson

25 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As Kendra Wilkinson struggles to regroup after husband Hank Baskett's alleged affair, a friend says the stress is taking a physical toll on Wilkinson. "It's affecting her milk production and, quite simply, breaking her heart," a friend of the new mom, who welcomed daughter Alijah with Baskett in May, tells People. While friends have been rallying around the mother of two - Alijah's older brother, Hank IV, is 4 - one person who has lent his unwavering support is Wilkinson's former boyfriend Hugh Hefner, 88. "She said that Hef has offered to help in any way he can but has been »

- Jennifer Garcia

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How Marital Stress Is Taking a Physical Toll on Kendra Wilkinson

25 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As Kendra Wilkinson struggles to regroup after husband Hank Baskett's alleged affair, a friend says the stress is taking a physical toll on Wilkinson. "It's affecting her milk production and, quite simply, breaking her heart," a friend of the new mom, who welcomed daughter Alijah with Baskett in May, tells People. While friends have been rallying around the mother of two - Alijah's older brother, Hank IV, is 4 - one person who has lent his unwavering support is Wilkinson's former boyfriend Hugh Hefner, 88. "She said that Hef has offered to help in any way he can but has been »

- Jennifer Garcia

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‘Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story’ sells as well as the magazine

22 July 2014 8:41 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story

Written by Flynn Hundhausen and Michael Lee Nirenberg

Directed by Michael Lee Nirenberg

USA, 2014

Hustler, the notoriously gritty, shameless skin magazine, could easily double as the name of publisher Larry Flynt’s autobiography. For all the editorial prowess and First Amendment arguments he engineered and fought, he is still just a businessman.

Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story makes a point of demonstrating that the magazine’s success lived or died with Flynt’s public profile and outrageous behavior. Be it getting arrested, shot, changing his religious views, or running for President, sales always went up. And personal convictions aside, you can’t help but feel it’s all a long con by a very talented huckster from Kentucky.

Director Michael Lee Nirenberg follows the history of the smut rag in a largely linear fashion, with unprecedented access. Nirenberg’s father William was actually »

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Surprise Cameos Revealed

18 July 2014 5:23 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

James Gunn once promised that Guardians of the Galaxy would have “the most Marvel comics characters ever in one movie,” and if a new list of “confirmed” cameos making the rounds is to be believed, he may just be right.

We already know that the film is jam-packed with heroes and villains, from the titular Guardians themselves to their array of multi-colored, deadly pursuers and allied authority figures. But now, courtesy of Stitch Kingdom, we have information about some of the cameos, including details about who Nathan Fillion and Stan Lee are playing.

We’ve been hearing for a while now that Fillion would be making an appearance in the film, with many initially speculating that he’d be playing someone like Richard Rider (the superhero Nova) or Cosmo (a telepathic Russian space dog). Cosmo will be in the film, but won’t be voiced by Fillion. Instead, Cosmo will »

- James Garcia

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Eva Mendes Is Pregnant; Kendra Wilkinson's Ex Hugh Hefner Offered Her Support Amid Cheating Scandal: Top 5 Wednesday Stories

9 July 2014 3:56 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

This is not a drill! Eva Mendes is pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Ryan Gosling, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly. Plus, Hugh Hefner has reached out to ex Kendra Wilkinson after hearing news of her husband's infidelity. Check out the rest of Us Weekly's top stories from July 9 in the round-up below! Eva Mendes is expecting her first child with boyfriend Ryan Gosling! An insider confirms to Us Weekly the actress is seven months along. Kendra Wilkinson's ex Hugh Hefner has reached out to [...] »

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A Real Housewives Star Gets Jail Time, Courtney Love Joins Sons Of Anarchy + More Of Today’s First Dibs

9 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

 

Would you like some Real Housewives drama plus a side of Courtney Love with your morning coffee? Here’s everything in pop culture you need to know today.

Maybe the Real Housewives of Atlanta paychecks weren’t cutting it. Phaedra Parks‘ husband Apollo Nida has been sentenced to eight years in prison for federal fraud. [Fox] Is Courtney Love hitting the books? The 50-year-old is set to join the final season of Sons of Anarchy (alongside Marilyn Manson) as a pre-school teacher. [Movie Fone] Does George Clooney‘s future mother-in-law disapprove? After reports that fiance Amal Alamuddin‘s mother is opposed to their wedding, Clooney set the record straight. Let’s just say he’s not worried. [E!] After Joan Rivers walked out on a CNN interview, David Letterman gave her a taste of her own medicine on The Late Show last night. All in good fun, of course. [USA Today] If you had hope that »

- Taylor Ferber

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Kendra Wilkinson's Ex Hugh Hefner Has Reached Out, Offered Support Amid Hank Baskett Cheating Scandal

9 July 2014 1:41 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Kendra Wilkinson may not be the Girl Next Door anymore, but she'll always have a friend in ex-love Hugh Hefner. As revealed exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly, the Playboy mogul has reached out to offer his support to Wilkinson, 29, amid the recent drama with her husband, Hank Baskett. Hefner, 88, has phoned the San Diego native several times since news of Baskett's alleged affair with transgender model Ava Sabrina London broke in June, a source tells Us. "He told her to come to the [...] »

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Big Brother: More trouble for Steven and Kimberly after a mum message

8 July 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Big Brother housemate Steven Goode was left questioning his relationship with Kimberly Kisselovich after a message from his mum.

The day after the couple grew closer with the infamous "open it" incident, Steven was treated to a video from his mother as part of this week's shopping task.

However, her cryptic message - which referred to the person he is closest to in the house and the definition of dating - left him worried as she warned him not to let history repeat itself.

Steven was vague when he told the other housemates about the message and went straight to the Diary Room to ask when it was recorded, while Kimberly began to fret about what it could have been.

Meanwhile, the drama quickly spread around the house as Ash Harrison, Helen Wood and Winston Showan began gossiping about Kimberly's potential relationship status - and Winston wondered whether she is dating Hugh Hefner. »

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Life Itself Review

7 July 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As a budding film critic, I was destined to love Life Itself no matter what. Everything I’m doing at this very moment would be utterly fruitless without pioneers like Roget Ebert. I’m 25. I’ve only been writing about cinema for a few years “professionally.” I didn’t have the pleasure of watching Siskel and Ebert banter weekly about new releases, nor did I actually gain a proper respect for criticism during print-paper times. I come from a generation of critics raised on thumbnail pictures posted on RottenTomatoes, sifting through a heap of “approved” movie reviews more noticeable by online publications than critics themselves. Ebert comes from an era that lives only in grandiose dreams of wide-eyed film journalists like myself, and in that landscape, Roger remains one of few golden Gods. He was powerful, opinionated, respectful, and in-touch with an entire artform - and that only scratches the surface of Roger Ebert. »

- Matt Donato

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