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Los Angeles - The Us film, television and stage actor Gene Barry has died aged 90. His family said he died in California, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. After appearing on Broadway in the 1940s, including with Mae West, he went to Hollywood. He took the lead role in the science-fiction film The War of the Worlds in 1953. Steven Spielberg used him for a remake of the Hg Wells classic in 2005 alongside Tom Cruise. He also appeared in the piloto of the popular TV series Columbo, Prescription: Murder in 1968. By that point he was already a »
Hollywood producer John Kenley has died, aged 103.
Kenley passed away on 23 October in Cleveland, after a battle with pneumonia.
He began his entertainment career performing for late modern dance pioneer Martha Graham in the Greenwich Village Follies.
In 1940, Kenley became a summer theatre producer, and went on to launch the Kenley Players in Dayton, Ohio, attracting stars including Burt Reynolds, Robert Goulet, Mae West and Gypsy Rose Lee to his stage. He also opened theatres in several other Ohio towns.
Kenley moved into the Playhouse Square Center in downtown Cleveland in 1984. »
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)
The Godfather (1972)
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.
On the Waterfront (1954)
“You don’t understand! »
Comes now the tsunami of You- Know-Who books. Folks who spied him across a street in Cleveland getting into an elevator one foggy night are now calling publishers.
First up, Darwin Porter's "Jacko: His Rise and Fall: The Social and Sexual History of Michael Jackson." Originally out April of '97, publisher Blood Moon rejuiced it with spicy add-ons. Untidy stuff like:
"Between ages 5 to 9" he may have been enjoyed by "pedophiles within the record industry as a means of advancing the careers of the Jackson 5."
"One day Diana Ross found him dressed in her »
- By CINDY ADAMS
Brooke Lewis is a prolific actress with dozens of acting credits to her name. However, Brooke is not only a previous off Broadway actress, but an executive producer, producer, director, and promoter of horror films and now one of several stars in the upcoming "iMurders," which, as previously reported here, will show in a limited engagement in Pasadena this July 25.
Small in stature, curvaceous, and big in heart Ms. Vampy talks of "iMurders" and several other upcoming features in this one of a kind interview from one of the most beautiful actresses in the horror genre. Check out the interview and get a sense of Brooke's passionate personality on camera and off just past the break
(Michael Allen) When did you realize your passion for acting?
(Brooke Lewis) "I feel like I have been very fortunate to know what I wanted to do with my life at an early age. »
- Michael Ross Allen
One of my favorite things in the world is a musical gone wrong. I don't know, there's just something particularly funny about watching a musical number go down in flames -- and the more awkward the better. Well, at least I know I'm not the only one who feels this way, because Over at Den of Geek they have compiled a list of the Top 10 Worst Musical Moments in Movies. Now, they didn't just limit themselves to straight musicals, but the results are a trip down memory lane for me and a nightmare for most people. Taking the number one spot was a pretty obscure moment starring Hollywood Legend Mae West and Timothy Dalton (the much-maligned Bond) in the 1978 musical, Sextette. There are plenty of cringe-worthy moments in this film, but the highlight is Geek's selection: Dalton and West singing (and I use the term loosely) Love Will Keep Us Together. »
- Jessica Barnes
It's been more than 25 years since Billy (Silver Dollar) Baxter last graced the Cannes Film Festival, and yet as I pack for this year's event, I am thinking about him even now, and I am smiling. Billy single-handedly created an alternate reality at Cannes, and such was the force of his personality that those who came within earshot were seduced. In the words of Elaine May, he carried on a way of life that was extinct before he was born.
Billy was a loudmouth operator from the pages of Damon Runyon, whose gift was creating scenarios to entertain us. He didn't want our money, he didn't want publicity, he didn't want a free lunch, he only wanted our laughter, and to know that we would pass around the latest "Billy Baxter story." We are still passing them around. Billy is still very much alive, and we are in touch; he lives not far from Broadway, »
- Roger Ebert
Sarah Palin, of whom you may have heard, descends on Long Is land this weekend for a charitable fund-raiser. Translation: keeping her name and bones in front of the public. Arrives today and late Sunday makes a pit stop in DC. Melting into obscurity, she isn't. Alaska's Gov. is travelling with a posse of eight, including the husband, sister, baby (hers, not her daughter's), an aide and security guys. The whole platoon is traveling yon and thither via helicopter. A free one. She's not paying.
Debbie Reynolds, age 77, opened at the Cafe Carlyle. »
- By CINDY ADAMS
listen now  Download show  "Exqusite and with a sense of innocence, Audrey Hepburn was a rare actress for her time, compared to the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Mae West. Audrey was far from the volumptuos, typical hollywood movie star, she was a pleasant, petite woman with an enchanting Anglo-European accent, big doe-like eyes, a long swan neck, demure smile, melodious voice, charismatic manner, and perfect wardrobe. Audrey was also very modest, describing herself as an actress that didn't have much technique because she never learned to act. Her own acting technique, such as it was, simply consisted of hard work, intense concentration - and instinct. Life. Puppies. Pillows. Smiles. If you enjoy any of these things, even intermittently, you probably like at least one film starring the lovely and talented Audrey Hepburn, who was both a committed philanthropist and a consistently charming performer. In this episode we take a »
18 May 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Lee Solters, the savvy public relations executive who represented everyone from Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson to Led Zeppelin and "My Fair Lady," died Monday at his home in West Hollywood. He was 89.
Solters' clients in a career that spanned more than 70 years also included Claudette Colbert, Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Carol Channing, Mae West, talk show host Robert Q. Lewis, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney and Wings, the Eagles, Yul Brynner, Broadway impresario David Merrick, the Muppets, 20th Century Fox owner Marvin Davis and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The Brooklyn-born Solters represented more than 300 musical and straight plays, including Broadway productions of "Guys and Dolls," "Funny Girl," "The King & I," "My Fair Lady," and "Camelot" and works by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Neil Simon.
Solters had been partnered with Jerry Digney at the Solters & Digney agency since 2001. He had a daily requirement for »
- By Mike Barnes
Iconic American actress Mae West orchestrated a stint in jail on charges of indecent exposure because she thought prison would be an "interesting" experience, according to a new biography.
In 1927, the late vaudeville legend was prosecuted on charges one of her acts "corrupted the morals of youth" and sentenced to 10 days in a New York prison.
According to author Charlotte Chandler, West could have escaped the jail stint by simply paying a fine, but the actress insisted on serving her time - a total of eight days before she was released for good behaviour.
In new book about the star, titled She Always Knew How, Chandler quotes West as saying: "I was told I could pay the fine and get out of going to jail, but I made up my own mind. I decided it would be more interesting to go to prison. I was always fascinated by prisons and mental institutions... I wasn't going to be deprived of that experience. I saw those as 10 very valuable days, a kind of working vacation."
West died from complications following two strokes in 1980, aged 87. »
Or that you could time travel into the room as they were being taken.
And if either of those things were possible, wouldn't you grab every Old Hollywood candid you could find in order to listen in or join the party? What exactly would Rosalind Russell, Greer Garson and Merle Oberon chat about anyway? Roz only cares about the camera but who are Greer and Merle all smiles about?
How much would you have to drink to not be starstruck and join right in. Too much. Too much I say. The mind clouds. The hangover would be epic.
- NATHANIEL R
Okay folks, here goes…
The following interview is a must read for fans of trash, cult and generally outlandish cinema. And sex. See, Viva, a mind blowing recreation of early Playboy magazine gloss and the sexploitation melodramas of Russ Meyer and H.G. Lewis fell onto my happy lap last week and, popping it in my player, I immediately fell in love.
The incredible, experimental, hilarious and hotter than hell in June psuedo-feminist exploitation film is Not horror, I know this, so quit your slit eyed gawking. But if you, like me, kneel at the sticky alter of drive in and grindhouse cinema than baby, you will flip your wig over this brilliant boob riddled masterstroke of experimental filmmaking.
The picture - out now on DVD courtesy of Anchor Bay (in Unrated & R-rated editions) - is the brainchild of writer, producer, director and star Anna Biller. It's a bold gamble that »
Bank Night - the givea way series that helped movie theaters stay afloat during the Great Depression - is back at Film Forum in modern form.
Drawings for movie tickets and other merchandise will be held every Tuesday night during a monthlong series of movies from the '30s.
Film Forum will also lower its admission price to 35 cents (the average Manhattan ticket cost in 1933) for tomorrow's series opener, the innuendo-laden comedy "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West and Cary Grant, which is being shown with a program of vintage trailers, »
- By LOU LUMENICK
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