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5 items from 2012


Veteran Hollywood Publicist Dale Olson Remembered at Memorial Service

20 September 2012 8:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The memorial on Sept. 20 at the Hollywood Museum for Dale Olson, who died Aug. 9 at 78, was – like Olson himself – a relic from a kinder, gentler Hollywood. It had aspects that don’t happen often. For example, how often does a 98 year-old sing (and do it well) at a remembrance? The afternoon affair began with remarks from John Bowab to the crowd of roughly 300, including Valerie Harper, Garry Marshall, George Schlatter and JoAnne Worley, that filled the museum’s fourth floor. “Wouldn’t Dale love this? It’s a sold-out house,” said Bowab. “And if

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- Bill Higgins

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Best Movie Ever?: "The Boys in the Band"

10 July 2012 11:18 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Time for an anomaly in the "Best Movies Ever?" canon: I'm not saying I completely adore the 1970 gay ensemble curio The Boys in the Band, but I am saying it's essential. It's also bizarre, provocative, embarrassing, really senseless, and sometimes totally funny. Since its release, the movie has been so discussed, ballyhooed, and reviled that you can never what quite tell what its official reputation is. It's a movie that's more often referenced than seen (at least nowadays, unless you caught the "making of" documentary that came out last year), and the thing is, you should really see it. Because I'm willing to bet there's a large percentage of gay dudes today who can't even imagine what being gay in the New York of the late '60s looked or sounded like. Even if this movie's pat, often self-loathing characters don't pierce the heart of that reality, it's nice to »

- virtel

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The 10 Hottest Men in "American Idol" History

14 March 2012 8:45 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

American Idol is hyped as a showcase for great vocalists who could be hitmakers. That's dishonest. American Idol, most of the time, is a showcase for hot people who want your attention. And I confess: Some of them deserve it! Today I'm counting down the ten hottest dudes ever to take the Idol stage, and I'm offering pictorial proof too! Warm up your vocal cords and prepare to sing out in ecstasy, y'all.

10. Mario Vasquez

Ok, let's make a pact: If we forget the unnerving, deeply troubling scandal that erupted around season four Top 24 competitor Mario Vazquez (which forced him to drop out of the competition), we can simply admire his boyish, sweet looks like a nicely blended oil painting. His cover of "I Love Music" is deeply underrated, by the way. Listen to that. Not the creepy other stuff.

9. Adam Lambert

I find American Idol's most famously gay hollerer's getup cool and fun, »

- virtel

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Carol Channing (Carol Channing: Larger Than Life) | Interview

2 February 2012 10:01 PM, PST | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

The life story of legendary performer and Carol Channing (“Hello Dolly”) is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. Carol Channing: Larger Than Life captures the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon—both onstage and off...past and present. The film is both an intimate love story and a rarefied journey inside Broadway’s most glamorous era. It is, above all, a look at an inspiring, incomparable and always entertaining American legend. Directed and co-written by Dori Berinstein (ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway, Gotta Dance), a three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer. Starring Carol Channing, Harry Kullijian, Loni Anderson, Mary Jo Catlett, Marge Champion, Tyne Daly, Phyllis Diller, Betty Garrett, Tippi Hedren, Jerry Herman, Angela Lansbury, Rich Little, Bob Mackie, Jimmy Nederlander Sr., Debbie Reynolds, Chita Rivera, Harvey Sabinson, George Schlatter, Richard Skipper, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Tune, Bruce Vilanch, Barbara Walters and JoAnne Worley. Carol Channing is »

- Dave Campbell

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Mark Wahlberg/Contraband Surprises, Meryl Streep/The Iron Lady Strong: Box Office

14 January 2012 2:39 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ben Foster, Contraband According to Deadline.com, this four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend the North American box office could reach $165 million — or up about 4% compared to last year. Considering the disappointing returns in late 2011, a modest increase is good news indeed for the jittery Hollywood studios. Helping things out are the Mark Wahlberg crime thriller Contraband, which earned an estimated $9 million on Friday and may reach $30 million by Monday evening. Box Office Mojo was expecting the film to bring in only $18.5 million. Anyhow, if those early estimates are correct, that's a solid start for a movie that reportedly cost $25 million (not including marketing/distribution expenses). A remake of Óskar Jónasson's 2008 Icelandic hit Reykjavik-Rotterdam, Contraband was directed by Baltasar Kormákur, the original film's star-producer. In addition to Wahlberg Contraband features Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Diego Luna, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas, Caleb Landry Jones, and J.K. Simmons. Disney's 3D-ification of »

- Zac Gille

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