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Nick Nolte Reflects on What Acting’s Meant for Him Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor

Nick Nolte Reflects on What Acting’s Meant for Him Ahead of Walk of Fame Honor
Nick Nolte lives in a treehouse in Malibu. It’s an actual house. In a tree. A tree runs through the bedroom. He built it on the property he owns, a rustic 2.5-acre lot on which there are several small houses and an organic fruit and vegetable garden and dogs and cats running around. And every morning the first thing Nolte does when he wakes up is reach out and put his hand on the tree. And he feels the tree’s pulse. And he says to himself, “This is so cool. It’s alive.”

Nolte, who is receiving a star Nov. 20 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, bought the property, within faint earshot of the Pacific Ocean, about 40 years ago, 10 years after he moved to L.A. to become a star. The semi-remote location (Kevin Dillon is a neighbor) is something that Nolte relishes; the fresh smell of dirt and grass, the cool shade
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Movie Review – Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (2017)

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, 2017.

Directed by Paul McGuigan.

Starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Frances Barber and Vanessa Redgrave.

Synopsis:

When British actor, Peter Turner, receives an unexpected phone call, it tells him that his former lover, Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame, has collapsed in a hotel and is refusing medical care. He agrees to take her home to his family and the memories of their affair come flooding back – the love story of a younger man and a much older, previously famous woman. Based on a true story.

Gloria Grahame won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1952 for her performance in The Bad and The Beautiful. After a few more films, her career was on the slide and in 1981, she starred in a stage production of Tennessee WilliamsThe Glass Menagerie the UK, the starting point for Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool.
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Lucky Number Seven! Another Baby on the Way for Walker Hayes and Wife Laney

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Lucky Number Seven! Another Baby on the Way for Walker Hayes and Wife Laney
Walker Hayes is going to be a dad for the seventh time.

The country singer-songwriter’s wife Laney is pregnant, he shared at the 2017 Cma Awards Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee.

Posing on the red carpet alongside her husband, the mom-to-be looked radiant in a V-neck lilac gown and sparkling drop earrings.

“I got news, guys … No. 7 is on the way,” Hayes, 37, told The Bobby Bones Show during the evening. “We’re losing-our-minds excited.”

“Buy seven . Help me out!” the musician, whose album Boom hits virtual shelves Dec. 8, joked to the camera of his new music. “Honestly, we’re ecstatic
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Watch a Young Larry David Perform Stand-Up in Exclusive Clip from ‘Miracle on 42nd Street’

Home to Larry David, Giancarlo Esposito, Terrence Howard, Alicia Keys, Angela Lansbury, Alan Menken, Mickey Rourke, Christian Slater, Tennessee Williams, and more, Manhattan Plaza was a social experiment born in the 1970s. Residing on the west side of New York City, it was federally subsidized housing complex for artists and fostered a revitalization in the area, both economically and artistically.

Miracle on 42nd Street is new documentary profiling this special location, and the people involved, and it premieres this weekend at Doc NYC. Directed by Alice Elliott and narrated by Chazz Palminteri, we’re pleased to premiere an exclusive clip from the film, featuring a young Larry David doing stand-up at the building’s talent show in 1978. See the exclusive clip below, along with the teaser trailer.

In the 1970s, New York City was hit with a financial crisis just as a planned luxury apartment building was being constructed in Hell’s Kitchen.
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Haze or Frat-Ricide

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Who doesn’t enjoy a little Euripides with their breakfast cereal or, in this case, with their unrelenting celluloid exploration of sadistic, on-campus initiations? Of course, hazing has been ceaselessly explored in the news each time there’s a new frat and in previous efforts such as Todd Phillips and Andrew Gurland’s documentary Frat House (1998) and John Landis’ comedy Animal House (1978). Even the Lifetime channel (The Haunting of Sorority Row (2007)) and one of this year’s best movies (Prof. Marston and the Wonder Women) have taken out their paddles, exploring the female side of these rituals. However, seldom has Dionysus and the Bacchae been incorporated into the subject matter.

(Please note that Tennessee Williams was inspired by the same source material for Suddenly Last Summer, a tale of lobotomies, cannibalism, and repressed homosexuality. Sounds very much like a fraternity initiation in the end, doesn’t it?) Indeed, few films,
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‘Wonder Wheel’ Review: Woody Allen Takes ‘Streetcar’ Again, to Diminished Effect

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‘Wonder Wheel’ Review: Woody Allen Takes ‘Streetcar’ Again, to Diminished Effect
Woody Allen seems increasingly haunted by the Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The basic situation of that Williams classic was reused for Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” which won Cate Blanchett an Oscar, and it is repurposed again (but somewhat transposed) for “Wonder Wheel,” a film about a frustrated woman in 1950s Coney Island named Ginny (Kate Winslet). Allen was often at his best in earlier films when he dealt with the character of a failed creative person, like Dianne Wiest’s Holly in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” but his sympathy for people like that has dried up over time.
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'Wonder Wheel': Film Review | Nyff 2017

'Wonder Wheel': Film Review | Nyff 2017
Woody Allen's last feature, Café Society, was an amiably forgettable assembly of recycled nostalgia, redeemed by a luminous performance from Kristen Stewart. His new film, Wonder Wheel, rummages in the more recent archives, repackaging elements of one of the prolific writer-director's most acclaimed late-period works, Blue Jasmine. While theatrical references are batted about to Chekhov, Shakespeare, O'Neill and the Greeks, this visually luscious, 1950s-set melodrama is mostly ersatz Tennessee Williams, this time around with Kate Winslet as the tragic Blanche DuBois stand-in. Her boldly unfettered performance keeps you watching, even if underlying sourness, tonal uncertainty and a key casting misstep...
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Penelope Cruz Reveals Her Biggest Hurdle When Portraying Donatella Versace in Interview with Gwyneth Paltrow

Penelope Cruz Reveals Her Biggest Hurdle When Portraying Donatella Versace in Interview with Gwyneth Paltrow
When it comes to acting, Gwyneth Paltrow says there are few people who love the craft more than her friend, Penelope Cruz.

The Oscar-winning actresses have a candid conversation in the latest issue of Interview magazine, and in addition to talking about their decades-long careers in the industry, Cruz also offers an inside look into how she prepared to take on the real-life role of Donatella Versace in Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Watch: Donatella Versace Pays Tribute to Her Late Brother Gianni, Reunites the Original Supermodels

In the TV series, Cruz portrays the Italian designer in the '90s, around the time when her brother, Gianni Versace, was murdered. She tells Paltrow that the biggest issue she faced with this role was mastering Donatella's accent.

"I worked a lot with a dialogue coach to find the way that Donatella speaks, which is a little different from the way she spoke in the ’90s
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Reese Witherspoon Marks Son Tennessee's Fifth Birthday With Sweet Instagram Post

Reese Witherspoon Marks Son Tennessee's Fifth Birthday With Sweet Instagram Post
Reese Witherspoon’s “littlest guy” is not so little anymore!

The Big Little Lies star marked her son, Tennessee’s, fifth birthday on Tuesday by posting a cute photo of the adorable boy on Instagram.

In the pic, little Tennessee posed for his mom by peering through a giant, colorful “5” balloon, which appeared bigger than him!

“Happy Birthday to my littlest guy, Tennessee!
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TV News Roundup: ‘Broad City’ Season 4 Premiere Scores in Ratings; James Corden to Host amfAR Gala

TV News Roundup: ‘Broad City’ Season 4 Premiere Scores in Ratings; James Corden to Host amfAR Gala
In today’s roundup, “Broad City” Season 4 made impressive ratings gains, Adria Arjona has joined the cast of Amazon’s “Good Omens,” and James Corden set to host annual amfAR gala.

Ratings

Broad City’s” 4th season premiere on Comedy Central was up 14% among total viewers compared to the 3rd season premiere and was up 42% compared to the full Season 3 total viewers average. Among adults 18-49, the gains were even bigger, with the Season 4 premiere up 18% versus the Season 3 premiere and 49% over the full Season 3 average. The premiere also scored a 0.72 rating in adults 18-49, making it the second highest-rated episode in series history, behind only the series premiere, which registered a 0.73 rating. Among women 18-49, the Season 4 premiere set a new series high 0.57, a gain of 57% verus the Season 3 premiere. The critically-acclaimed series was created by and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson.

Casting

Adria Arjona has joined the cast of Amazon‘s “Good Omens,” adapted
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Here's Why Sienna Miller Is Wearing a Gorgeous Engagement Ring

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Here's Why Sienna Miller Is Wearing a Gorgeous Engagement Ring
Sienna Miller made a bling boo-boo.

The actress was snapped leaving the set of her play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in London Wednesday, wearing a very large, very sparkly engagement ring, which sparked rumors that she and director boyfriend Bennett Miller were taking their relationship to the next level.

But the actress, who plays the role of Maggie in Benedict Andrews’ adaptation of the famous Tennessee Williams’ play, simply forgot to take off the oversize ring prop she wears as part of her character’s costume. (See it in the photo below.)

“She messed up big time,” a source tells People.
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Joe Martino's Promise: A Fable Of Lost Folk

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The Children of Rain - Red Corduroy (Bad Pressings)

This is a tale with two beginnings that merge revealingly. One is more than half a century old, the other only began at the start of the year. They meld on the account of a single name, or rather the mis-accounting of it, and the fact that it seemed beguiling to this writer on a late at night, nothing better to do trawl for "quality obscure" on auction sites. You are unlikely to have heard of The Children Of Rain. They released one single on Dot Records in 1966, but someone at the label sent the wrong credits to the pressing plant. Although they were the first to get their hands on "Get Together," their rendition tanked, not because it was in any way inferior to the later version by The Youngbloods which became a counter-culture anthem for that turbulent decade of hope and change,
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Venice Film Review: ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Venice Film Review: ‘The Leisure Seeker’
There are Alzheimer’s movies that cut to the quick, like “Still Alice,” and then there are Alzheimer’s movies that pander to the worst sort of cheaply-manipulative old-folks cutesiness, like “The Leisure Seeker.” Maybe if there were one crumb of genuine flavor in this stale cheese, it could have passed muster, but this is ersatz curd, dressed up by the presence of Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland without doing credit to either. The bite of Italian director Paolo Virzì’s best films (such as “Human Capital”) is completely absent, replaced not even by dentures but a kind of pandering gumminess.

With a script that signals every progression as obviously as the large-lettered signs used in homes for people with dementia, viewers can guess after 10 minutes exactly how this predictable story is going to end. Still, with these two pros above the title, distributors should be able to attract the blue-rinse crowd at least.

What
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Reese Witherspoon’s Son Tennessee’s ‘Other Mother’? His Sister Ava: ‘I Think Sometimes He Even Gets Confused’

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Reese Witherspoon’s Son Tennessee’s ‘Other Mother’? His Sister Ava: ‘I Think Sometimes He Even Gets Confused’
Reese Witherspoon‘s kids are growing up — and developing quite the dynamic among themselves.

The Oscar winner and Draper James founder graces the cover of Southern Living‘s September issue, dishing to the magazine about life at home with her kids: Tennessee James, 5 next month, Deacon Reese, 13, and Ava Elizabeth, 17.

“The kids all have funny and unique relationships with each other,” says Witherspoon, 41. “Ava is like another parent to Tennessee, like his other mother. I think sometimes he even gets confused — he told Ava ‘Happy Mother’s Day!’ ”

“And Tennessee is just sort of like Deacon’s protégé,” she adds.
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The Long, Hot Summer

Barns are a-burning, Paul Newman is recommended to Joanne Woodward as ‘a big stud horse’ and Lee Remick oozes sexuality all over Martin Ritt’s CinemaScope screen. William Faulkner may be the literary source, but this tale of ambition in the family of yet another southern Big Daddy is given the faux Tennessee Williams treatment — it’s a grand soap opera with a fistful of great stars having a grand time.

The Long, Hot Summer

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1958 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date August 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles, Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury, Richard Anderson

Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle

Art Direction: Maurice Ransford, Lyle R. Wheeler

Film Editor: Louis R. Loeffler

Original Music: Alex North

Written by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr. from stories and a novel by William Faulkner

Produced by Jerry Wald

Directed by Martin Ritt

Time
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Locarno Film Review: ‘Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?’

Locarno Film Review: ‘Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?’
The problems with Travis Wilkerson’s well-intentioned yet maddeningly self-focused documentary begin with the title, “Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?” No actually, we never wonder who fired the gun, and neither does he: on the immediate level, it was his white supremacist great-grandfather S.E. Branch, who killed Bill Spann, an unarmed African-American man in 1946 Alabama. On a more general level, the “who” can be expanded to an entire country that’s become pathological in the way it continues to sweep under the carpet an ongoing history of unindicted white-against-black murders. Wilkerson doesn’t mean to suggest ambiguity with his title, since no one questions the identity of the culprit, but it is regrettably indicative of his naval-gazing focus on family skeletons, combined with a deeply annoying tendency to sensationalize the obvious.

Designed as a piece of agitprop, “Did You Wonder” is, for all intents and purposes, a cold case murder mystery, cooked
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John Heard, the Dad from Home Alone, Died of a Heart Attack, Says Coroner

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John Heard, the Dad from Home Alone, Died of a Heart Attack, Says Coroner
John Heard — best known for his roles in Home Alone and The Sopranos — died in a Palo Alto, California, hotel room after suffering a heart attack.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office tells People the 71-year-old suffered “a sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease.”

Despite previous speculation, the coroner says Heard’s back surgery shortly before his July 21 death did not play a role. “The manner of death is natural,” reads a statement from the coroner’s office.

With a four-decade career in Hollywood and more than 200 credits on stage and screen, Heard appeared
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Peter Travers on Sam Shepard: The Cowboy-Mouth Poet of Stage and Screen

Peter Travers on Sam Shepard: The Cowboy-Mouth Poet of Stage and Screen
Rolling Stone's Peter Travers pays tribute to the late, great playwright/actor Sam Shepard: "It was never about him. It was always about the work." Everett Collection

Sam Shepard famously hated endings. As a playwright, he felt "the temptation towards resolution, towards wrapping up the package, seems to me a terrible trap."

He got that right. So Shepard leaves us to deal with his ending, a death at 73 at his home in Kentucky, surrounded by family. Als, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, was the culprit. The obits pay
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Jeanne Moreau, Star of French Film Classics, Dies at 89

Jeanne Moreau, Star of French Film Classics, Dies at 89
Acclaimed French actress Jeanne Moreau, whose films include such masterpieces as “Jules and Jim” and “Diary of a Chambermaid,” has died. She was 89.

The mayor of the Paris district in which Moreau lived confirmed her death.

French President Emmanuel Macron called her “a legend of cinema and theater … an actress engaged in the whirlwind of life with an absolute freedom.” Pierre Lescure, president of the Cannes Film Festival, tweeted: “She was strong and she didn’t like to see people pour their hearts out. Sorry, Jeanne, but this is beyond us. We are crying.”

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Moreau was honored with a 1965 Time magazine cover story, rare for a foreign actress, and was compared to such screen greats as Garbo and Monroe. Since her rise to prominence in the mid-’50s, she epitomized the tenets of the French new wave, boasting a womanly sexuality and a fierce independent spirit. Orson Welles,
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