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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga recently waltzed through The Tonight Show, where they performed a swinging set of standards, "Cheek to Cheek" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," off their recent duets album, Cheek to Cheek.
After Gaga, who looked both glitzy and glittery, opened "Cheek to Cheek" like a love-lorn ballad, she and Bennett, who remained dapper and stoic during the performance, kicked up the Irving Berlin classic, trading lines before belting the last few verses together in harmony. "It Don't Mean a »
There’s enough swaggering cynicism for three pictures but barely enough soul to sustain even one in Rupert Wyatt’s “The Gambler,” a stylish, energetic but disappointingly glib remake of Karel Reisz’s still-potent 1974 drama of the same title. Mark Wahlberg tears into one of his meatiest roles as an English professor drowning in a sea of blackjack debts and self-destructive impulses, a born risk-taker who’s aptly described as everything from “the kind of guy that likes to lose” to “the world’s stupidest asshole.” But it’s that surfeit of macho attitude in William Monahan’s script that keeps Wahlberg from coming anywhere near James Caan’s sly brilliance in the earlier film, making this a movie of slick, surface-level pleasures that’s unpersuasive at its core. In a roll of the awards-season dice, Paramount is launching “The Gambler” Dec. 19 with a one-week Oscar-qualifying run before its Jan. »
- Justin Chang
When FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show opened its gates for admission last week, the frightening figure most everyone walked away talking about was Twisty the Clown. But in Episode 2 (airing Wednesday, 10/9c), bitchy rich kid Dandy Mott, whom we’ve only seen sitting in the audience with his mother Gloria, reveals unsettling quirks of his own.
TVLine invited Finn Wittrock – whose previous TV credits include Masters of Sex and All My Children — to take us inside Dandy’s well-coiffed, un-well head, affording us all reason to soon be very, very afraid.
Tvline | I noted the other day on Twitter, »
See 26 More Clooney Wedding Photos! Subscribe now to People's digital edition and get 26 Bonus photos from inside the ceremony, the parties and more, starting today - and pick up the new issue on newsstands.No offense, Bono. But when George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin went to plan the perfect music for their Sept. 27 wedding, they didn't go with an international superstar. Instead, the couple tapped family friend Nora Sagal, the teenage daughter of Warner Bros. executive David Sagal. "[She] sang 'Always' during the ceremony," Clooney, 53, tells People in the magazine's new cover story. While the Irving Berlin standard - the same song Clooney's parents, »
- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta
12 romantic facts about George and Amal's fairytale wedding!
Sure we know all about the dress, the civil ceremony, the multiple events but the special edition of People has hit stands and offers these 12 intimate moments from the celebration in addition to the gorgeous photos.
So, what did we learn? Here we go:
Pics: Everything Amal Wore Over Her Wedding Weekend
1. George Clooney on being a husband: "It feels pretty damn great."
2. Amal quit smoking for George cold turkey. She's also always on time now.
3. Amal's mother Baria Alamuddin offered George a warm welcome to the family. "George, we love you truly, deeply and sincerely," she said in her speech. "We enjoy your charm, your wit, intelligent conversation and generosity. You are simply »
That was fast! Just days after their wedding, George and Amal's wedding photo shows up on 'People' magazine.
People has 25 photos of the "emotional ceremony" that boasted 100 guests, all who had to get to Italy's Aman Canal Grande Venice strictly by boat on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Photos: Inside Clooney's Wedding Weekend
The 53-year-old actor calls marriage "pretty damn great."
"George and Amal radiated love all night," the 36-year-old bride's mother Baria, an editor at the Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, tells the publication. "The wedding was so unbelievably special, it was legendary. These three days – the friends, the families, the atmosphere, everything -- will stay with me all the rest of my life."
The couple's wedding night was full of heartfelt speeches from their families, including one from »
After George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin exchanged traditional vows, platinum bands and, yes, a lengthy kiss at their 30-minute wedding ceremony on Sept. 27 in Venice, Italy, the newlyweds turned to their family and friends. And the place went wild. Cheers and applause filled the gilded hall at Italy's historic Aman Canal Grande Venice as around 100 guests, many with tears in their eyes, celebrated the much-anticipated union of the Oscar winner and his barrister bride. The intimate wedding - including 25 exclusive photos of the emotional ceremony, star-studded parties and all the sweet candid moments - is featured in this week's issue of People, »
- Elizabeth Leonard, @lizzleonard1
Magic in the Moonlight, 2014.
Written and Directed by Woody Allen.
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.
Woody Allen has released a film every consecutive year since 1982 and has seldom missed a year since his first feature What’s Up, Tiger Lily? in 1966. His film releases are as much part of the ‘must see’ list of any given years as any directors, but the results can be mixed. For every Midnight in Paris you get a From Rome With Love and with the likes of Everyone Says I Love You comes The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. His latest offering Magic in the Moonlight is by no means Allen at his best, but I’ll take average woody »
- Gary Collinson
The four guys sitting around the lunch table in Beverly Hills have been business associates and friends for decades.
This includes the decade known as the ’70s, when lunchee Mel Brooks directed and co-wrote “Young Frankenstein” (1974) for fellow lunchees, former Fox studio chief Alan Ladd Jr. and the film’s producer, Michael Gruskoff, as well as longtime Ladd associate Jay Kanter, who once repped the likes of Marlon Brando, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.
But this is clearly Brooks’ show, a point he reinforces when Gruskoff tries to tell their guest about the day the two of them and star Gene Wilder pitched the “Young Frankenstein” project to the top brass at Columbia Pictures.
Gruskoff may have gotten through the first word of the first sentence but he quickly and wisely lets Brooks finish: “Let Me Tell The Story I Can Tell It Better Than You.”
“So everything was great, »
- Steven Gaydos
Chicago – The term “in like Flynn” still gets used, when delusional dudes think they have the score. The saying is a product of former matinee idol Errol Flynn, whose tastes in young girls inspired the saying. Kevin Kline portrays him, and his tastes, in “The Last of Robin Hood.”
This is a decent character study – written and directed by the tandem of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland – but has no real dramatic arcs or mysteries solved. However, there is plenty of bizarre 1950s-style tabloid coverage to drink in, and Susan Sarandon is gunning for Meryl Streep’s stranglehold on playing woman character roles of a certain age. Her mother role is delicious, and gives her a chance to be drunk and disorderly. Kline is perfectly suited for the aging Errol Flynn, much as he portrayed the aging Cole Porter and Douglas Fairbanks in previous films. He has the old-timey star look and attitude, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
This morning we have new news about the Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga album, "Cheek to Cheek." In addition to the track listing for both the standard and deluxe versions of the album (you can see a portion of the artwork from the deluxe cover above), which is now available for digital pre-order, the two have also released a new song, "I Can't Give you Anything but Love." There is also the promise of a new studio video release for "I Can't Give you Anything but Love" later in the week, which is the second track to be released. First up was Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" at the end of July. That song debuted at #1 on the Billboard Digital Jazz chart. While most of the album features the two singers performing together, there are a couple of solo tracks included as well (one from each on the standard version »
- Josh Lasser
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will release their album of jazz standards, “Cheek To Cheek” on Sept. 23. The first track, a remake of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” came out today via iTunes. The odd bedfellows formed a mutual admiration society three years ago and seemed besotted with each other’s talent ever since Gaga recorded “The Lady Is A Tramp” with Bennett for his “Duets II” album. The album features the twosome singing in tandem and solo as they work through the Great American Songbook, performing such classics as “Lush Life,” “Anything Goes,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and “Sophisticated Lady.” Bennett, of course, helped bring much of the Great American Songbook alive over his seven-decade career. It turns out that Gaga grew up on the American standards. “It was very important to Tony that this was a jazz record,” Lady Gaga said in a statement. »
- Melinda Newman
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s long-in-the works album of duets finally has a release date. The pair’s Cheek to Cheek, featuring jazz duets, will drop on Sept. 23, the duo announced on Tuesday’s Today. Photos Top Ten: Lady Gaga’s Most Memorable Fashion Moments The album will feature selections from the Great American Songbook, Bennett explained, including Gershwin and Cole Porter. Gaga and Bennett's version of Porter's "Anything Goes" is the album's first single, now available for purchase on iTunes. Other songs on the album include "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Sophisticated
- Hilary Lewis
When the lights went down at New York's packed Paris Theatre for the world premiere of Woody Allen's Magic In The Moonlight, starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, Hamish Linklater and Marcia Gay Harden, a very special festive hush descended over the star-studded audience.
Among those attending the Dolce & Gabbana - Sony Pictures Classics (Michael Barker & Tom Bernard) invited screening were Audrey Tautou, John Turturro, Oliver Stone, Fed Up's Katie Couric, Danny Strong, Gina Gershon, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks, Dane DeHaan, Dana Delany, Mia Moretti, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Anna Wintour, Christine Baranski, Olivia Palermo, Michael Stuhlbarg, Regis Philbin and Soon-Yi Previn.
"Tell me, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Romance blooms under the sun and the stars in Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight,” a high-spirited bauble that goes down easy thanks to fleet comic pacing, a surfeit of ravishing Cote d’Azur vistas and the genuinely reactive chemistry of stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone. A welcome balm for the blockbuster-addled soul, Allen’s 44th feature finds the director back in the 1920s Gallic mood of 2011’s “Midnight in Paris,” with the star-crossed lovers this time held apart not by time but rather by philosophical inclinations. While the result may not quite equal “Midnight’”s box office bonanza, expect “Magic” to handily corner the upscale adult demo for the remainder of summer, continuing the Woodman’s late-career hot streak.
A childhood magic buff and amateur magician, Allen has incorporated hypnotists, stage illusionists and touches of the supernatural into many films including “Alice,” “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion” and “Scoop, »
- Scott Foundas
Grace Kelly is an actress that I haven’t spent nearly enough time with. Thankfully, that will soon change thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Here is a portion of the news release …
On July 29, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will remember one of Hollywood’s most glamorous film stars with the debut of the Grace Kelly Collection. The Collection includes six of the iconic screen legend’s most popular films. She stars with some of Hollywood’s finest leading men, including Clark Gable, Cary Grant, William Holden, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.
About the Films
Kelly received her first Academy Award nomination (Best Actress in a Supporting Role) in this remake of 1932’s Red Dust, in which Gable originally starred with Jean Harlow. He stars here with Kelly and the sizzling Ava Gardner, who was also nominated for her performance. Directed by John Ford, and shot on location in Africa, »
- Jeff Bayer
Born in France in 1930 to American parents, he was raised in Los Angeles. His family was musical: one grandfather was a violinist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Lorin’s father taught voice and piano, and Lorin’s mother started the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. A child prodigy blessed with perfect pitch, Lorin was playing violin at age five and piano at age seven, but was especially captivated by conducting. Studying with Vladimir Bakaleinikov, the associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Maazel made his conducing debut at age eight with the University of Idaho Orchestra and quickly moved on to more prestigious ensembles. When Bakaleinikov became assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra the same year, the Maazel family went with him. »
Warner Brothers must have both wanted to capitalize and mock the release of Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, as they’ve just created a slightly new special edition of Blazing Saddles for the film’s 40th anniversary. There was no way (and no offense to MacFarlane) that he could match or top Mel Brooks’ film, which is hard to call his masterpiece or even the best film he directed that year. But that’s only because in 1974 both it and Young Frankenstein were released. Which is the better movie boils down to preference. That said, I prefer Saddles. The film stars Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn in this Western send up, and my Blazing Saddles Blu-ray review follows after the jump. Starting with the title song, everything is on point in Blazing Saddles as Brooks treats the film like a feature length Looney Tunes cartoon. »
- Andre Dellamorte
Chicago – The countdown to the Chicago International Film Festival’s 50th Anniversary in October continued on June 28th, 2014, at the Gala Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Oscar winning actor Kevin Kline was honored at the event, and answered a few questions on the Red Carpet beforehand.
Kevin Kline was born in St. Louis, and grew up in a musically oriented family – his father owned a record store there. He went on to study at Indiana University in their top-rated School of Music, but switched to acting and drama after joining an on-campus theater group. After graduation in 1970, he went to New York City to attend the Julliard School in their newly formed Drama Division. From that study he joined fellow students like Patti LuPone in the City Center Acting Company, which performed Shakespeare and other classical works around the country.
Kevin Kline at the Chicago Film Festival Gala, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
His nickname in Tinseltown is Kevin De-Kline owing to rigorous career choices and he appeared as songsmith Cole Porter in De-lovely. Now versatile and underrated character star Kline is to play Errol Flynn in new biopic The Last Of Robin Hood alongside Dakota Fanning. Here’s the trailer, which sees Kline as the ageing movie legend, who in the twilight of his career started a relationship with young actress Beverly Aadland (Fanning)…
Featuring Susan Sarandon as Aadland’s showbiz-obsessed mother, the film is written/directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash West (The Fluffer) and will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films. As a huge fan of Kline’s I have to say this role looks perfect for him and hopefully will be a case of actor and material meeting at the right time to create “lightning in a bottle”. Though with Flynn’s infamous reputation expect there to be plenty of bottles onscreen. »
- Steve Palace
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