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Emma Stone shines with Ryan Gosling in Damien Chazelle's La La Land Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Take the opening number from Jacques Demy's Les Demoiselles De Rochefort mixed with Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 and copy to Los Angeles. Put girls in traffic light-colored dresses that vaguely resemble those from Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's On the Town. Add an introspective song, channeling Claudine Longet, from Blake Edwards' The Party - plus an elephant and mix in some Esther Williams underwater fun. Make a melody sound like the one given by Michel Legrand to Michel Piccoli's M Dame. Borrow from Fred Astaire: Sand Under Shoes in Mark Sandrich's Top Hat, A Fine Romance of George Stevens' Swing Time, and the lift in Charles Walters' The Belle Of New York. From Kelly: Seine dance, paintings coming to life, studio setting and It's Always Fair Weather - without the war.
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The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches

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The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches
On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a
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The Party | Blu-ray Review

While director Blake Edwards and star Peter Sellers are best known for their several Pink Panther efforts, they also collaborated on one additional wholly unrelated title, The Party (1968). It was their third time working together, with only two of the Panther films preceding it, and arriving the same year that Bud Yorkin attempted an unsuccessful Us version of the Clouseau character starring Alan Arkin with Inspector Clouseau. For the most part, this is a film that allows Sellers free reign with his fake persona, though by today’s standards this might play something like an SNL extended skit feature. Though Sellers was a top tier performer, many may likely find his appearance here in ‘brown face’ as a bumbling Indian actor to be off-putting, even if it isn’t pointedly demeaning.

The story is about as simple as the unassuming title. Hrundi V. Bakshi (Sellers) is an Indian actor in Hollywood,
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Hollywood Columnist Marilyn Beck Dies at 85

Marilyn Beck, prominent Hollywood columnist who led the way for a hard news approach to celebrity journalism, died Saturday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after a three-year battle with lung cancer. She was 85.

A straight-shooter who was known for asking celebrities the hard questions, she wrote a five-day-a-week column that, at the height of her fame, was running in some 500 papers, domestic and international.

Beck often touched on subjects that celebrities were hesitant to talk about otherwise, such as when she asked Sylvester Stallone about leaving his wife. She also played the investigative role at times, digging into the drug culture in Aspen, Colorado, after the shooting of skier Spider Sabich by singer Claudine Longet.

Beck was also noted for scoring several memorable interviews. She was the first to interview Elvis Presley after he left the military, and had candid conversations with Dick Van Dyke (who chose her to go
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Andy Williams dies

Andy Williams has died. The legendary 'Moon River' singer passed away on Tuesday (25.09.12) after a year-long battle with bladder cancer aged 84. Andy is survived by second wife Debbie and his three adult children, Robert, Noelle and Christian, whom he had with French-born dancer Claudine Longet. The crooner had achieved 18 gold and three platinum albums in a career which spanned 75 years. Andy had started his career with brothers Bob, Dick and Don in the late 30s as the Williams Brothers quartet. He went solo in 1952 and switched from a cabaret act to singing the latest pop hits, which won him
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Andy Williams Dies At 84

Andy Williams Dies At 84
Andy Williams has died at 84 after a long battle with cancer.

The iconic singer's rep confirmed Williams' death to Lifeline Live. He died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Mo., after battling bladder cancer for almost a year. Williams was diagnosed with cancer in November 2011 but still continued to perform at his Moon River Theater in Branson even after his devastating diagnosis.

The host of NBC's "The Andy Williams Show" from 1962 to 1971, Williams is known for lending his voice to timeless songs like "Moon River" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" -- songs that led President Ronald Reagan to dub him "a national treasure." Over his 75-year span in the business, Williams has earned 17 gold and three platinum records.

Williams is survived by his wife, Debbie, and his three children (his children are the product of a previous marriage to French dancer Claudine Longet).

Click over to Lifeline Live for more details.
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Andy Williams dies

Andy Williams has died. The legendary 'Moon River' singer passed away on Tuesday (25.09.12) after a year-long battle with bladder cancer aged 84. Andy is survived by second wife Debbie and his three adult children, Robert, Noelle and Christian, whom he had with French-born dancer Claudine Longet. The crooner had achieved 18 gold and three platinum albums in a career which spanned 75 years. Andy had started his career with brothers Bob, Dick and Don in the late 30s as the Williams Brothers quartet. He went solo in 1952 and switched from a cabaret act to singing the latest pop hits, which won him high acclaim and kick started a new career. Andy
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Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Dies at 84

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Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Dies at 84
Andy Williams, whose corn-fed good looks, easygoing charm and smooth rendition of "Moon River" propelled him to the heights of music stardom in the early '60s, died Tuesday at his home in Branson, Mo., following a battle with bladder cancer, his family announced. He was 84, and 2012 had marked his 75th year in showbiz. Williams is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian. With 17 gold and three platinum records to his name, Williams enjoyed his golden years playing golf and dividing his time between La Quinta, Calif., and Branson, where he appeared at his Andy Williams Moon River Theater since 1992.
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Paré Puckers Up For "Zou Bisou Bisou"

Everybody's talking about Montreal-born film actress Jessica Paré and her recent turn as 'Megan', the new wife of advertising executive 'Don Draper', on the Season 5 premiere of AMC's "Mad Men", March 25, 2012.

The episode saw a record high of 3.5 million viewers, with Paré delivering the 1960's hit "Zou Bisou Bisou" at a square-looking birthday party for Don.

The blandness of the people attending Don's party, reminded some fans of Blake Edwards' 'swinging sixties' comedy "The Party", when Claudine Longet launched into the song "Nothing To Lose" for an equally bland audience.

Sneak Peek Paré in "Mad Men" and Longet in "The Party"...
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'Party'-goers: Star, Presley

'Party'-goers: Star, Presley
Darren Star is teaming with Priscilla Presley for MGM to remake the studio's Peter Sellers comedy The Party. Star and Presley will produce together, with Star eyeing the project for his feature directorial debut. Blake Edwards directed the 1968 release that saw Sellers star as an Indian film extra who is mistakenly invited to a swinging Hollywood party. There, he embarks on a series of slapstick misadventures. Claudine Longet, Natalia Borsova, Jean Carson, Marge Champion and Al Checco also starred. It's unclear if the remake will follow the exact story line. There is no writer yet on board to adapt it. At MGM, Elizabeth Cantillon is overseeing the project. Star and Presley are both repped by WMA. Star has directed episodes of his series Grosse Pointe and Sex and the City. Presley serves on the board of MGM.

'Party'-goers: Star, Presley

'Party'-goers: Star, Presley
Darren Star is teaming with Priscilla Presley for MGM to remake the studio's Peter Sellers comedy The Party. Star and Presley will produce together, with Star eyeing the project for his feature directorial debut. Blake Edwards directed the 1968 release that saw Sellers star as an Indian film extra who is mistakenly invited to a swinging Hollywood party. There, he embarks on a series of slapstick misadventures. Claudine Longet, Natalia Borsova, Jean Carson, Marge Champion and Al Checco also starred. It's unclear if the remake will follow the exact story line. There is no writer yet on board to adapt it. At MGM, Elizabeth Cantillon is overseeing the project. Star and Presley are both repped by WMA. Star has directed episodes of his series Grosse Pointe and Sex and the City. Presley serves on the board of MGM.

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