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4 items from 2014

Luise Rainer: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Legendary Actress

30 December 2014 11:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When it came to recognizing the horrors of Nazism and fascism, the record shows that Luise Rainer was on the right side of history.

A look at the actress’s mercurial career in the pages of Variety offers ample evidence of her activism and efforts to raise awareness, long before America entered WWII, about the devastation in her native Germany and throughout Europe.

Throughout her up-and-down career in showbiz, Rainer was a vocal supporter of all manner of humanitarian causes, from Chinese orphans to anti-fascist forces in Spain.

At the peak of her Hollywood stardom, Rainer also displayed great affection for pant suits, to the delight of Variety’s “Gals and Gab!” column, and she doted on her beloved Scottie terrier, Johnny. She was also quite sickly, with many reports of illnesses and hospitalizations delaying production on her various pics.

Here are 20 things you didn’t know about the two-time »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Oldest Oscar Winner - and First Consecutive Winner - Dead at 104

30 December 2014 2:15 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Luise Rainer dies at age 104: Rainer was first consecutive Oscar winner, first two-time winner in acting categories and oldest surviving winner (photo: MGM star Luise Rainer in the mid-'30s.) The first consecutive Academy Award winner, the first two-time winner in the acting categories, and, at age 104, the oldest surviving Oscar winner as well, Luise Rainer (Best Actress for The Great Ziegfeld, 1936, and The Good Earth, 1937) died at her London apartment on December 30 -- nearly two weeks before her 105th birthday. Below is an article originally posted in January 2014, at the time Rainer turned 104. I'll be sharing more Luise Rainer news later on Tuesday. January 17, 2014: Inevitably, the Transformers movies' director Michael Bay (who recently had an on-camera "meltdown" after a teleprompter stopped working at the Consumer Electronics Show) and the Transformers movies' star Shia Labeouf (who was recently accused of plagiarism) were mentioned -- or rather, blasted, in »

- Andre Soares

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Andrew Rannells Discusses His Return to “Girls” and “American Idol” Performances Begin

18 February 2014 4:16 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


In an interview with Vulture, Andrew Rannells says Sunday’s Girls was the first time he worked on a dance number for TV. “It was cut together in such a way that you really didn’t get to see the full scope of what we learned. But I guess that’s television. I’d never done anything like that on television; I’ve done a lot of that on Broadway. But I’d never rehearsed something like that and then, to see how it’s cut, it’s like, Oh, we really didn’t get to see very much of that hard work.”

Meanwhile, do you want to learn that dance for yourself? The choreographer has uploaded an instructional video so you can make it part of your weekend away.

In recutting mini-series The Bible for movie theaters, producers have wisely left Satan — played by an actor who just »

- Lyle Masaki

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The Musketeers, Mr Selfridge to face off on Sunday nights

8 January 2014 7:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One's new drama The Musketeers is to face off against Mr Selfridge on Sunday nights.

ITV's period series returns on Sunday, January 19 at 9pm, the same night and time that BBC One will launch its new historical drama.

Series two of Mr Selfridge will see Entourage star Jeremy Piven reprise the title role, with singer Alfie Boe and Skins actor Sean Tale joining the cast.

Doctor Who lead Peter Capaldi will play the chief villain in The Musketeers, with his Cardinal Richelieu pitted against Luke Pasqualino's D'Artagnan and his fellow musketeers.

Capaldi recently revealed that he injured himself during filming, dislocating his thumb while shooting a scene with co-star Maimie McCoy.

Alexandra Dowling - who plays Queen Anne on the show - has said that the former Thick of It star is "brilliant" in his role as the sinister Cardinal.

"It's just such brilliant casting I think," Dowling said. »

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