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Lauren Bacall passes away at the age of 89

12 August 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hollywood has lost a second iconic voice in less than 24 hours.  Lauren Bacall, star of screen, stage and television, passed away at the age of 89 Tuesday. Born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx, New York in 1924, Bacall was discovered by director Howard Hawks' wife Nancy after she saw a photo of her in Vogue magazine.  After flying her across the country for a screen test, Hawks transformed Betty into Lauren and cast her opposite Humphrey Bogart in his classic 1944 drama "To Have and Have Not."  And, as they say, "a star was born." Bacall was a fixture of the golden age of Hollywood appearing on screen opposite Bogart, her first husband, several more times including films such as "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Dark Passage" (1947) and "Key Largo" (1948). She also starred alongside Marilyn Monroe in "How to Marry A Millionaire" (1953), with John Wayne in "Blood Alley" (1955), with Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Lauren Bacall Dies

12 August 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lauren Bacall, the sultry presence who first hit movie screens in 1944 and then went on to play a series of sophisticated, tough-as-nails roles for the next six decades - even in real life - has died, it has been confirmed to People. "Ms. Bacall passed away peacefully at her home in New York City earlier today," Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart estate, said Tuesday evening. Bacall's son, Stephen Bogart, personally told him the news. She was 89 and a longtime resident of Manhattan's Upper West Side. Launched by a Harper's Bazaar cover when she was a 19-year-old model, »

- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm

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Lauren Bacall, Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 89

12 August 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lauren Bacall, the sultry blonde siren who became an overnight star via a memorable film debut at age 19 opposite Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawks’ “To Have and Have Not,” died Tuesday of a suspected stroke at her home in the Dakota in Manhattan. She was 89.

The Bogart estate confirmed the news on Twitter.

Variety’s review of the 1944 film described her as “a young lady of presence,” and audiences immediately embraced her gravel-voiced and sultry persona. The voice was said to have come from a year shouting into a canyon. Regardless, “the Look,” her slinky, pouty-lipped head-lowered stare, influenced a generation of actresses.

After a 50-year career, she received her first Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role as Barbra Streisand’s mother in 1997’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” Though considered a shoo-in, she didn’t win. However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gave her a 2009 Governors Award for life achievement. »

- Richard Natale

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Blu-ray: Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary

27 June 2014 8:45 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept 30, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $49.99

Studio: Warner Home Video

Classic romance drama Gone With the Wind — perhaps The classic romance drama film — turns 75 and is celebrated with another Ultimate Collector’s Edition, but the set does have some new features.

Limited and numbered with new memorabilia, packaging and special features, the Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set includes a replicaof Rhett Butler’s handkerchief and a music box paperweight playing Tara’s theme with an image on top of the Rhett-Scarlett kiss.

Also included is a 36-page companion booklet featuring a look at the timeless style of the film, written by New York fashion designer and Project Runway finalist Austin Scarlett, whose signature look reflects the romantic elegance of the Gone With the Wind era.

The new special features on the Blu-ray disc are:

footage of Clark Gable (It Happened One Night »

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DVD/Blu-ray Deals: Star Trek: Tng, Alfred Hitchcock, Ultimate Gangsters Collection, Ice Age 1-4 Collection, and More

22 March 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Every week Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below.  If you're a Star Trek: Tng fan, these are some of the best prices yet on the remastered seasons on Blu-ray. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $31.49 (59% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $105.49 (65% off). Includes 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak. Each film has been digitally restored. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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DVD/Blu-ray Deals: Star Trek: Tng, Alfred Hitchcock, Ultimate Gangsters Collection, Ice Age 1-4 Collection, and More

16 March 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals won’t last, so if you see something you like don’t wait too long.  Also, if you're a Star Trek: Tng fan, these are some of the best prices yet on the fantastic remastered seasons on Blu-ray. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $31.49 (59% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $105.49 (65% off). Includes 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more.  Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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From the Observer archive, 20 January 1957: Humphrey Bogart – a man who could win you over in 30 seconds

18 January 2014 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Observer's film critic remembers the tough guy, whose presence alone always made him watchable

Many of us must have been saddened by the news of Humphrey Bogart's death. Some of us have known him on the screen for 21 years. We can remember the day in 1935 when, as "Dook" Mantee in The Petrified Forest, he lounged into the garage cafeteria in the desert and held up waitress Bette Davis, poet Leslie Howard and other benighted travellers at the point of a gun. He was very quiet and sparing of his movements. His voice was rasping, and he had a hint of a lisp, which turned the "S's"into "Sh's". He was lightly built. It took him about 30 seconds to dominate both characters and audience and send a message to the mind that the screen had found a man who must be watched hereafter. We watched him steadily through the remaining 30s, »

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