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Review: "The Rounders" (1965) Starring Glenn Ford And Henry Fonda; Warner Archive Blu-ray Release

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"The Mild, Mild West" 

By Lee Pfeiffer

The Warner Archive has released the 1965 comedy "The Rounders" on Blu-ray. The film is primarily notable for the  teaming of Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda, two estimable Hollywood stars who could be relied upon to play convincingly in both dark, somber dramas and frolicking comedies. "The Rounders" was directed and written by Burt Kennedy, who adapted a novel from by Max Evans. Kennedy was a veteran of big studio productions who worked his way from screenwriter to director. If he never made any indisputable classics, it can be said that he made a good many films that were top-notch entertainment. Among them: "Support Your Local Sheriff", "The War Wagon", "Hannie Caulder" and "The Train Robbers". While Westerns were Kennedy's specialty, he did have a prestigious achievement with his screenplay for Clint Eastwood's woefully underseen and under-praised 1990 film "White Hunter, Black Heart". It's
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Miley Cyrus Dishes on Musical Inspirations—from Father Billy Ray to Elvis Presley—at Album Release Party

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Miley Cyrus Dishes on Musical Inspirations—from Father Billy Ray to Elvis Presley—at Album Release Party
Not that anyone’s keeping track, but it’s safe to say this was the first album release party that began with a guest appearance by a puppet.

And that was just Act I of Miley Cyrus’ three-act extravaganza, thrown for about 150 super-fans who packed into the third floor of Nashville’s most iconic downtown honky-tonk, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, on Friday night to celebrate the release of Younger Now.

The new album is a declaration by the 24-year-old artist, who’s spent the past decade successively reinventing herself, that she’s now embracing all her former selves (yes, including
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Celebrities Slam Donald Trump for Criticizing San Juan Mayor as She Pleads for Help for Her People

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Celebrities Slam Donald Trump for Criticizing San Juan Mayor as She Pleads for Help for Her People
Celebrities like Lady Gaga, John Legend, and Lin-Manuel Miranda have taken Donald Trump to task after the president criticized San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and other Puerto Rican officials who have been pleading for aid in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

On Saturday morning, the president — while at his golf course in New Jersey — lashed out at what he claimed was “poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help” with hurricane relief efforts in the U.S. territory.

“They want everything to be
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Celebrities Pay Tribute to Their Favorite Playboy Hugh Hefner, After His Death

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Celebrities Pay Tribute to Their Favorite Playboy Hugh Hefner, After His Death
Image Source: Getty / Jeff Kravitz Hugh Hefner passed away at the age of 91 on Wednesday. Playboy, the magazine Hugh founded, confirmed his death in a statement to E! News, saying he "peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones." Hugh - who is survived by his wife, Crystal Harris, and four adult children from previous relationships, daughter Christie and sons Cooper, Marston, and David - made a huge impact on pop culture throughout his life. Celebrities, including a few of Hugh's former girlfriends, have taken to social media to pay tribute to him in the wake of his death. His son, Cooper, also released a heartfelt statement about how greatly his dad will be missed. See all of the touching tributes below. RelatedHugh Hefner Will Be Buried Next to Playboy's First Cover Star, Marilyn Monroe Cooper Hefner Image Source: Getty / Christopher
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Hugh Hefner Remembered by Friends, Celebrities and Playboy Bunnies

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Hugh Hefner Remembered by Friends, Celebrities and Playboy Bunnies
Hugh Hefner, the legendary founder of Playboy magazine, has sadly passed away. Hugh Hefner died on Wednesday night at the age of 91 and now celebrities and former Playboy Bunnies are paying tribute to the legendary cultural icon via social media. Hefner helped to launch the careers of many models and actresses through the magazine including Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, and Donna D'Errico, just to name a few. In addition to the models and actresses, Hefner also helped boost the careers of writers and comedians while fighting for freedom of speech.

Drew Barrymore, Farrah Fawcett and Linda Evans are among those who have posed for Playboy. Several Playboy Bunnies became celebrities, too, including Blondie singer Deborah Harry and model Lauren Hutton, both of whom have good memories of their time with Hugh Hefner and Playboy. Hefner ran Playboy from his elaborate mansions, first in Chicago and then in Los Angeles, and
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Stars Remember ‘True Legend’ Hugh Hefner: ‘Carpéd the Heck Out of the Diem’

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Stars Remember ‘True Legend’ Hugh Hefner: ‘Carpéd the Heck Out of the Diem’
Hugh Hefner left a 64-year legacy in his wake when he died Wednesday at age 91. After changing the face of the publishing industry and launching the legendary Playboy empire, the men’s magazine founder was fondly remembered by both Hollywood stars and media mavens. Nancy Sinatra called him: “One of the nicest men I’ve ever known. Godspeed, Hugh Hefner.” Also Read: Hugh Hefner, Playboy Founder, Dies at 91 “I had a number of great conversations and with Hugh Hefner. Was such an interesting man,” actor Rob Lowe tweeted. “True legend. What an end of an era!” “Rip #Hef Thank you
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Kim Kardashian, Jesse Jackson, Jenny McCarthy and More Mourn the Death of Hugh Hefner

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Kim Kardashian, Jesse Jackson, Jenny McCarthy and More Mourn the Death of Hugh Hefner
He was a pioneer of the ’60s sexual revolution, a champion of civil rights and free speech, and created one of the most popular magazines and brand that not only became a playground for Hollywood’s biggest stars, but also changed publishing and pop culture forever.

So it’s fitting that in the wake of the news of Hugh Hefner‘s death, everyone from celebrities to politicians to former Playboy cover models would take to social media to express their condolences and honor Hefner’s legacy.

There were those who admired him and enjoyed time at his infamous Playboy mansion,
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Cinema Retro #39 Has Shipped Worldwide- Subscribe Or Renew Your Subscription Today!

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Cinema Retro issue #39 has now shipped worldwide. For subscribers, this is the final issue of Season 13. Please renew for Season 14 (see below) and keep supporting the world's most unique movie magazine. 

Issue #39 devotes a full 32 pages to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice", which starred Sean Connery as 007 and introduced Donald Pleasence as the immortal villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Why did we dedicate half of the pages in this issue to the film? Largely because of the outpouring of contributions from talented writers from around the world, not to mention esteemed names like composer David Arnold, actress Karin Dor, who played the villainous femme fatale Helga Brandt, Tsai Chin who played Bond's bedmate in the pre-credits scene, legendary lyricist Leslie Bricusse, assistant director William Cartlidge, future Oscar-winning production designer Peter Lamont and Nancy Sinatra, who recalls the nerve-wracking experience of singing the title song.
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SAG-aftra Election Ending Bitterly With 2000 Strike Still in Dispute

Voting is ending for a particularly acrimonious SAG-aftra presidential election with results due to be announced as early as Thursday afternoon.

The counting of the ballots, with about a quarter of the 144,000 dues-current members expected to vote, will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The contest has featured accusations of election fraud and bungling the recent contract negotiations (made by Esai Morales and Membership First); negligence on safety issues and allowing massive staff salaries (made by independent stuntman Pete Antico); and Membership First’s alleged incompetence in the 2008 negotiations and its long opposition to the SAG-aftra merger (made by the Unite for Strength faction headed by current president Gabrielle Carteris).

The divisions within SAG-aftra run deep and have existed for the past two decades. Remarkably, the two main factions — the moderate-leaning Unite for Strength and the self-styled progressives of Membership First — have managed to revive the debate over the six-month commercials strike in 2000. Supporters of the
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SAG-AFTRA Presidential Election Heats Up in the Home Stretch

SAG-AFTRA Presidential Election Heats Up in the Home Stretch
With 10 days left for members to vote, SAG-aftra’s national election is seeing plenty of attacks as the union’s two major factions denounce each other in a bid to sway the 144,000 performer members.

The minority Membership First group, headed by Esai Morales, has accused the dominant Unite for Strength of bungling the recent negotiations for a new contract, which was ratified by membership on Aug. 7 by a 76-24 margin. The union’s negotiating committee was led by president Gabrielle Carteris, who’s seeking re-election.

“There are over 450 scripted television programs — yet it’s harder than ever for working actors to make a living or get pension and health credits … Because the contracts haven’t kept up with the marketplace,” Membership First said. “We do not support the new travel provisions. It’s a huge give-away that obliterates decades long negotiated travel provisions that benefited performers.”

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SAG-aftra Members Ratify New Film-tv Contract

Membership First is also
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Bella Hadid Falls in Her 'For Walking' Boots While Partying with Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin

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Bella Hadid Falls in Her 'For Walking' Boots While Partying with Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin
People tend to think that being a model is easy; it’s simply a matter of standing around and looking really good in clothes. But as anyone in the industry can tell you, behind all of those effortless editorials and Instagram shots is actually a whole lot of hard work, from getting their bodies in peak physical condition at the gym, squeezing into all of those sample-size clothes, often shooting the opposite season compared to the actual temperature outside, and providing an endless selection of poses and facial expressions even when they haven’t necessarily had a full night’s
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Barbara Sinatra, Wife of Frank Sinatra, Dies at 90

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Barbara Sinatra, Wife of Frank Sinatra, Dies at 90
Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of deceased singing legend Frank Sinatra, died Tuesday at her Rancho Mirage, California, home after “months of declining health,” the Desert Sun reports. She was 90. Sinatra married the “Strangers in the Night” singer in 1976 and remained married to him until his death in 1998. The nearly 22-year marriage was the longest of the singer’s four unions. John Thoresen, director of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, told the Desert Sun that Sinatra “died comfortably surrounded by family and friends at her home.” Also Read: Nancy Sinatra Walks All Over Troll Who Says Frank Sinatra Would have.
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel this August

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Tuesday, August 1

Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train

Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer.
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Support for Senator John McCain Flows in from Fellow Lawmakers After Brain Cancer Diagnosis

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Support for Senator John McCain Flows in from Fellow Lawmakers After Brain Cancer Diagnosis
News of Senator John McCain‘s brain cancer diagnosis on Wednesday shocked many who admire his tenacity and strength.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed their support for the veteran, who revealed that he had been diagnosed after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye.

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee received a message from his former campaign opponent, President Barack Obama, who urged McCain to give his cancer “hell.”

John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John.

Barack Obama
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Nancy Sinatra Walks All Over Troll Who Says Frank Sinatra Would have Voted for Trump

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Nancy Sinatra Walks All Over Troll Who Says Frank Sinatra Would have Voted for Trump
Nancy Sinatra’s boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they did on Friday — all over a Twitter troll who claimed her father, Frank Sinatra, would have voted for Donald Trump. “@NancySinatra you do know your father would have supported Trump don’t you? Check yourself,” @TIculver tweeted. But nothing fires up a nice Italian girl like talking untruths about her Daddy. “Not A Chance. Do your homework before you speak about Frank Sinatra,” she wrote Friday. Also Read: Nancy Sinatra Throws Epic Zinger at Trump Over 'My Way' Inauguration Report Sorry, I don't mean to preach.
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The Girl With A Thorn In Her Side

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Lynn Castle Rose Colored Corner Light (Light In The Attic)

Coming across visually as a prototype Nancy Sinatra about to enter The Valley Of The Dolls, Lynn Castle in the 1960s was an entrancing and beguiling entity. Her debut album finally appears a few years shy of her turning eighty, and it is a tremendous affair, an index of splendid and unrealized possibilities, as stark as it is haunting. 

Vocally she sounds like a female Leonard Cohen who's been listening to too much Nina Simone, whose smoke-laced croak she frequently echoes. Her look though uber-girlie doesn't match her sound, and simply serves to enhance the appeal of her beauty and big, big hair. Think Warhol's Candy Darling doing an arch Barbie doll look and you are nearly there. Add Jackie O shades and you have quite simply arrived. Her sole single 'The Lady Barber' is a wonderful piece of
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Frank Sinatra’s Daughter Nancy Posts Heartbreaking Father’s Day Tribute: ‘Sleep Warm, Poppa’

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Frank Sinatra’s Daughter Nancy Posts Heartbreaking Father’s Day Tribute: ‘Sleep Warm, Poppa’
Frank Sinatra’s eldest daughter Nancy Sinatra posted a heartfelt tribute to the iconic crooner in honor of Father’s Day.

“I wish I could hug my dad for Father’s Day, or even call him on the phone. Sleep warm, Poppa,” she wrote above an image of his grave that she posted on Twitter early Sunday morning.

Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998 after a heart attack. He was 82.

The Rat Pack legend cemented his bond with his middle child in 1945 when he recorded “Nancy (with the Laughing Face),” one of his first hit singles.

I wish I could hug my dad for Father's Day,
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Exclusive! Nancy Sinatra Talks "You Only Live Twice" To Cinema Retro!

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You Only Live Twice opened in UK cinemas 50 years ago today (on the 13th in America), and to celebrate the release of the biggest Bond of all Cinema Retro's September issue pays tribute to this cinematic extravaganza with a 32-page 'Film in Focus' special. Apart from Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury's interview with Nancy Sinatra (a rare in-print interview about her involvement with the film), we feature many rare and never-seen-before stills and behind-the-scenes photos, features on props and collectibles, and exclusive interviews with Karin Dor, Leslie Bricusse, Julie Rogers (the singer who was originally contracted to record the title song) and Mark Cerulli catches up with Tsai Chin for her memories of the film. And that's not all - Bond composer David Arnold discusses how the music to You Only Live Twice changed his life forever, and we have an exclusive interview with the late Ken Wallis, the
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Cinema Retro Issue #39 Now Shipping Worldwide

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Issue #39 devotes a full 32 pages to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice", which starred Sean Connery as 007 and introduced Donald Pleasence as the immortal villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Why did we dedicate half of the pages in this issue to the film? Largely because of the outpouring of contributions from talented writers from around the world, not to mention esteemed names like composer David Arnold, actress Karin Dor, who played the villainous femme fatale Helga Brandt, Tsai Chin who played Bond's bedmate in the pre-credits scene, legendary lyricist Leslie Bricusse, assistant director William Cartlidge, future Oscar-winning production designer Peter Lamont and Nancy Sinatra, who recalls the nerve-wracking experience of singing the title song. Plus in-depth looks at composer John Barry, the cars of "You Only Live Twice", the inside story behind the Little Nellie autogyro, "now and then" photos of key locations and
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Wonder Woman Music Video Mashup Celebrates Female Superheroes

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Wonder Woman Music Video Mashup Celebrates Female Superheroes
With the release of Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman just eight days away, Nerdist decided to put together another one of their mashup videos to celebrate the first major female superhero adventure to come from either the Dceu or McU. You may recall that, back in March, before the release of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the site put together a video called "Belle and Bougee," a parody of the Migos song "Bad and Boujee," along with a Spider-Man: Homecoming parody "That Spidey Life," based on the Bruno Mars song "That's What I Like," which debuted last month. This music video mashup kicks things up a notch, putting a Wonder Woman spin on six iconc songs and music videos that celebrates both Diana of Themyscira and feminism throughout the past few decades.

This Nerdist video stars Nerdist News' Jessica Chobot, Legends of Tomorrow star Ciara Renee and dancer Katrina Rosita as Wonder Woman,
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