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7 items from 2016


While You Were Away...

31 May 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

If you're just getting back from a long holiday weekend, catch up!

 

We looked back at Dorothy Dandridge in bondage in Tarzan's Peril...

Talked about the open director's chair for the 007 franchise...

Delivered not one but two new podcasts...

Investigated that cursed farm in The Witch in the latest "The Furniture"...

Reviewed the new X-Men film and looked at the career of Tye Sheridan thus far...

...and shared highlights of the month of May including Thelma & Louise, Oscar's Best Bad Girls, Sing Street, and more. If you've been away, there's lots to read.

P.S. And the Best Shot Episode starring Marlene Dietrich with Morocco (1930) and Blonde Venus (1932). 

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- NATHANIEL R

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Swing, Tarzan, Swing! Ch.3: Lex Barker... and Queen Dorothy Dandridge?

29 May 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

As we approach the release of The Legend of Tarzan (2016) we're ogling past screen incarnations of the Lord of the Apes...

After Buster Crabbe filled a loincloth beautifully and Johnny Weissmuller & Maureen O'Sullivan gave us the deservedly definitive Golden Age Tarzan and Jane, the franchise had to recast or close shop. O'Sullivan left first and by the late 40s Weissmuller was feeling too old for the role and also called it quits. The producer Sol Lesser wasn't about to let the profitable franchise go, though, and led a search for a replacement. The winner was Lex Barker, a then little known blue blood actor from New York who had been disowned by his family for choosing an acting career (!) and he took up the loincloth in 1949 for Tarzan's Magic Fountain.

I opted to watch Barker's third go at the character in Tarzan's Peril (sometimes called Tarzan and the Jungle Queen »

- NATHANIEL R

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The Amazing Nina Simone Director Slams Zoë Saldana Casting in Upcoming Biopic: 'Not Every Actor Can Play Every Role'

21 March 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The controversy surrounding the upcoming Nina Simone biopic starring Zoë Saldana rages on. In a Hollywood Reporter guest column, the director of the 2015 documentary The Amazing Nina Simone adds his voice to film's chorus of critics, lambasting both the casting and the content of the film while reacting to the film distributor's recent defense of the movie. "I am saddened by the ugly and inaccurate portrayal contained in the script and trailer for Nina and by Mr. [Robert L. Johnson]'s desperate attempt to defend the project," The Amazing Nina Simone director Jeff L. Lieberman wrote. Lieberman critiques filmmakers' decision to use makeup »

- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard

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The Amazing Nina Simone Director Slams Zoë Saldana Casting in Upcoming Biopic: 'Not Every Actor Can Play Every Role'

21 March 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The controversy surrounding the upcoming Nina Simone biopic starring Zoë Saldana rages on. In a Hollywood Reporter guest column, the director of the 2015 documentary The Amazing Nina Simone adds his voice to film's chorus of critics, lambasting both the casting and the content of the film while reacting to the film distributor's recent defense of the movie. "I am saddened by the ugly and inaccurate portrayal contained in the script and trailer for Nina and by Mr. [Robert L. Johnson]'s desperate attempt to defend the project," The Amazing Nina Simone director Jeff L. Lieberman wrote. Lieberman critiques filmmakers' decision to use makeup »

- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard

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Oscar rewind: Only 10 black women have been nominated for Best Actress

19 February 2016 7:53 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

With the Oscars historically skewing white and male, women of color have been especially disadvantaged. Specifically noting the history for black performers, our forum poster AwardsConnect points out, "Over the 88 years since the Academy Awards were first established, 20 black leading men, 17 supporting men and 18 supporting women have garnered Oscar nominations for their work. These are paltry numbers to be sure, particularly as you consider more than 400 performances have thus far been nominated in each of these categories. The numbers are especially anemic, however, in the Lead Actress category -- a mere 10 black women have garnered Best Actress nominations." -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Those 10 women were Dorothy Dandridge ("Carmen Jones," 1954), Diana Ross ("Lady Sings the Blues," 1972), Cicely Tyson ("Sounder," 1972), Diahann Carroll ("Claud..." »

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Schmoozing with Sinatra and The Beatles: The Amazing Life & Career of Leslie Uggams, Deadpool's Secret Weapon

18 February 2016 1:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There's a semi-hidden Hollywood treasure in Deadpool. No, it's not star Ryan Reynolds, although he is perfectly cast; it's prolific, award-winning actress Leslie Uggams, who plays Deadpool's no-nonsense elderly roommate, Blind Al. Uggams' entertainment career spans six decades, countless stages and screens. One which began at the ripe old age of 6 and includes a Tony, an Emmy and performances with icons like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Charlton Heston. "I was a ham at 5, I was working at 6," Uggams, 72, tells People via a phone call from Chicago, where she is currently filming a guest arc on Empire. »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

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'The Decks Ran Red' and Dorothy Dandridge's Final Years as an Actress

18 February 2016 11:03 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

I came across this publicity photo of Dorothy Dandridge by happenstance, which was obviously made during the golden age of studio publicity photos. There was no caption for the photo other than her name, but judging from how she’s (ahem..) dressed and the nautical looking door, it was easy to guess what film it’s from. It’s from one of her more interesting and oddest films, and definitely worth a couple of words, which I shall say right here. It’s a publicity still from her 1958 MGM suspense thriller "The Decks Ran Red," starring, along with Dandridge, James Mason, Broderick Crawford, Stuart Whitman and Joel Fluellen. To date, it’s never been available on DVD and is rarely »

- Sergio

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