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5 items from 2012

Jean Dujardin: Le Silence Est dOr

9 April 2012 12:21 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jean Dujardin Jean Dujardin backstage at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on February 26. Dujardin was the year's Best Actor winner for his performance as a Douglas Fairbanks- and John Gilbert-like silent film star in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. (Photo: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.) Jean Dujardin's fellow Best Actor contenders were Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, and Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. A first-time Oscar nominee, Dujardin became the first Frenchman to win an Oscar in the acting categories. (French-born actresses have been luckier at the Academy Awards: It Happened One Night's Claudette Colbert, Room at the Top's Simone Signoret, La Vie en Rose's Marion Cotillard, and The English Patient »

- D. Zhea

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Bette Davis Singing What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

5 April 2012 2:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Bette Davis sings "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" Bette Davis would have turned 104 today. The clip below, in which Davis sings "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?," is from the December 20, 1962, episode of The Andy Williams Show. ("What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?," song lyrics: "She could dance! She could sing! Make the biggest theater a ring! … I see old movies on TV. And they're always a thrill to me. My daddy says I can be just like her. How I wish, I wish, I wish I wish I were!") What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? was released that year, earning Davis her tenth — and last — Academy Award nomination. Robert Aldrich directed the sleeper hit, which also featured Joan Crawford and Victor Buono. The beginning of the "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" song, minus the lyrics, can be heard on the radio right before the film's grand finale. »

- Andre Soares

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Life celebrates Bette Davis's 104th birthday with rare and unpublished photos

5 April 2012 11:23 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Fasten your seat belts — Life.com is celebrating Bette Davis’s 104th birthday with a gallery of rare and previously unpublished portraits of the legendary actress. The photos — shot by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1939 — show a softer side of Davis, who was best known for her intense, unflinching portrayals of complicated characters in films like Of Human Bondage and Now, Voyager. Here’s one of our favorite shots:

Those eyes! And she’ll tease you / She’ll unease you…

The Life gallery also includes a few excerpts from the magazine’s 1939 cover story about Davis. These passages prove that even »

- Hillary Busis

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Bette Davis Remembered in Life.com Photo Gallery

5 April 2012 4:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

John Wayne may have carried a rifle, but Bette Davis was tougher - her very look could kill. April 5 marks what would have been the 104th birthday of the screen icon, and to mark the occasion, Life.com has published never-before-seen photos of Davis in 1939, after her shattering Mildred in Of Human Bondage and Oscar role in Jezebel, and on the eve of the movie that would solidify her reputation as queen of Warner Bros. lot, Dark Victory. Still to come would be indelible performances in The Letter, The Little Foxes, Now, Voyager, Mr. Skeffington, All About Eve, The Star »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Interview: Actor James Cromwell on Role in Oscar-Nominated ‘The Artist’

30 January 2012 9:31 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The character actor has always been a fixture in Hollywood culture, and there are few as unique as James Cromwell. He’s had many memorable roles in films like “Babe,” “L.A. Confidential” and within the “Star Trek” legacy. Currently, he portrays Clifton in the Oscar-nominated “The Artist.”

Cromwell was born of Hollywood royalty. His father was director John Cromwell (”Of Human Bondage,” “Since You Went Away”) and his mother was notable 1930s film actress Kay Johnson. He grew up in New York City, and studied acting at the Carnegie Mellon school in Pittsburgh. After years of stage work, he broke into TV in the mid-1970s, with a noteworthy role in “All in the Family,” as the talked-about-yet-never-seen character of Stretch Cunningham (see story below). This started a series of supporting parts in films and TV throughout the next couple of decades.

James Cromwell as Clifton in ‘The Artist »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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