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5 items from 2012


Turhan Bey obituary

10 October 2012 10:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Successful 1940s film actor whose exotic roles led fan magazines to dub him 'the Turkish Delight'

"Exotic" is the epithet most frequently used to describe the series of Technicolored escapist movies produced by Universal Pictures in the 1940s. These profitable films, often set in a North African or Arabian desert recreated on the studio backlot, featured the Dominican actor Maria Montez; Sabu, the Indian teenage boy; Jon Hall (son of a Swiss actor and a Tahitian princess); and Turhan Bey, who has died aged 90. Bey was often cast as wily, "foreign" villains, or romantic leads in thrillers and Arabian Nights fantasies, for which he was dubbed by fan magazines "the Turkish Delight".

Son of a Turkish diplomat father and a Czech industrialist mother, he was born Turhan Gilbert Selahattin Sahultavy in Vienna, but emigrated to the Us with his mother and grandmother shortly before Austria was annexed by Germany in 1938. In California, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Actor Bey, Who Starred in Technicolor 'Easterns' in the '40s at Universal, Has Died

9 October 2012 4:08 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Turhan Bey starred in '40s Technicolor fantasy / adventure movies Bey (closeup photo, right), best remembered for his roles opposite Maria Montez and Jon Hall in a number of Technicolor exotic "Easterns" at Universal in the '40s, died in Vienna on September 30. Bey, who had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease, was 90 years old. He was born as Gilbert Selahettin Schultavey on March 30, 1922, in the Austrian capital. His father was a Turkish diplomat; his mother was Czech Jew. According to reports, in 1940 Bey and his family fled the Nazis to the United States, eventually settling in Los Angeles. Not long thereafter, he was discovered by a Warner Bros. talent scout. Bey Hollywood movies Bey's Warners stint didn't last long, as he began appearing in Universal productions shortly after his Hollywood career kicked off in 1941. Though never a star, he was a popular player in the '40s, in escapist Technicolor »

- Andre Soares

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Ernest Borgnine obituary

9 July 2012 10:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stocky supporting actor who won an Oscar when he was cast against type as a lonely butcher in Marty

With his coarsely podgy features, bug eyes, gap-toothed grin and stocky build, Ernest Borgnine, who has died aged 95 of renal failure, seemed destined to remain one of nature's supporting actors in a string of sadistic and menacing parts. Instead he won an Oscar for a role which was the antithesis of all his previous characters.

In 1955, the producer Harold Hecht wanted to transfer Paddy Chayefsky's teleplay Marty to the big screen, with Rod Steiger in the title role, which he had created. But Steiger was filming Oklahoma! so was unavailable. Borgnine was offered the role after a female guest at a Hollywood reception quite disinterestedly remarked to Hecht that, ugly as he was, Borgnine possessed an oddly tender quality which made her yearn to mother him. "That," Hecht said later, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Ernest Borgnine obituary

9 July 2012 10:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stocky supporting actor who won an Oscar when he was cast against type as a lonely butcher in Marty

With his coarsely podgy features, bug eyes, gap-toothed grin and stocky build, Ernest Borgnine, who has died aged 95 of renal failure, seemed destined to remain one of nature's supporting actors in a string of sadistic and menacing parts. Instead he won an Oscar for a role which was the antithesis of all his previous characters.

In 1955, the producer Harold Hecht wanted to transfer Paddy Chayefsky's teleplay Marty to the big screen, with Rod Steiger in the title role, which he had created. But Steiger was filming Oklahoma! so was unavailable. Borgnine was offered the role after a female guest at a Hollywood reception quite disinterestedly remarked to Hecht that, ugly as he was, Borgnine possessed an oddly tender quality which made her yearn to mother him. "That," Hecht said later, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Morning Meme: Kristin Chenoweth Gets "Hot In Cleveland," Bret Easton Ellis Preps Bisexual Full Frontal Screenplay, and Cat Deeley Teases a Celebrity "Sytycd" Audition

24 January 2012 3:49 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

MTV has finally signed off on a reunion show for 2Gether. The surviving members of the "boy band" will produce their own show and MTV will then air it. I'm fascinated to see how seriously they take this.

I know this photo spread with the theme "Bros Blowin' Shotties" is about sharing a hit, but it looks so sexy and erotic.

Bret Easton Ellis is writing a screenplay for (straight) porn star James Deen to star in. It's meant to be a non-porn film, but Deen has to act and be full-frontal naked banging girls and guys." This could end up being so bad it's good.

While it's theoretically a good thing that Josh Gad, Rory O'Malley, Michael Potts and Andrew Rannells have extended their contracts with The Book of Mormon through 2013, I'm not sure how that squares with the news that Rannells was cast as the lead in Ryan Murphy's new family show. »

- lostinmiami

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