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The Great Emancipator Set for the Silver Screen

16 September 2009 12:17 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Apart from Henry King’s “Wilson” and Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” and “W.”, it’s hard to recall very many notable films based on presidents, both living and former. It’s difficult to see why. As English Bob might have said in “Unforgiven”, no one is traumatized by the sight of a president, much less one seen on screen (Helen Mirren’s portrayal in “The Queen”, however, might have been apocryphal in retrospect had it not been so good). Now, in the spirit of “Tombstone” and “Wyatt Earp”, Variety reports that Steven Spielberg and Robert Redford are set to direct dueling Lincoln films. It seems strange to release both of them now, so close together, but Redford’s vision should prove to be quite different: “Lincoln as a subject is inexhaustible,” as Spielberg said. “The Conspirator”, as Redford’s version is called, will star James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn »

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Welles Discovery Ford Dead At 98

17 August 2009 2:56 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress and model Ruth Ford has died at her home in New York at the age of 98.

A former member of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre troupe, Ford was a regular leading light on Broadway throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

She won rave reviews for role in plays like No Exit, Dinner at Eight and Requiem for a Nun, in which she co-starred with her husband, Zachary Scott.

Her longtime home in the Dakota building was a gathering spot for her many artist and writer friends, including Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Edward Albee, according to the New York Times.

Born in Mississippi, she arrived in New York in the 1930s and found work as a model for photographers Cecil Beaton and Man Ray.

In 1938, Ford joined Welles’ Mercury Theatre group and made her Broadway debut the same year in Shoemaker’s Holiday.

She moved to Hollywood in 1941 and went on to appear in films like Wilson, The Woman Who Came Back and Murder on the Waterfront. »

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Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore reunite to play Bill & Hillary Clinton

25 March 2009 5:46 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The last time Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore worked together he played her unfaithful husband in "Far From Heaven." Now they are to reunite as two sides of the most famous triangle in political history — President Bill Clinton and now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the upcoming film "A Special Relationship."

The biopic will mark the directorial debut of Peter Morgan who will be working from his own script. While the focus of the film will be on the relationship between the Clintons and their UK counterparts — Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Booth — in the late 1990s, it will address the president's indiscretion with Monica Lewinsky.

For Morgan, this is the third and final chapter in a trilogy that began with "The Deal" in 2003. That telefilm detailed discussions between one-time friends and political rivals Tony Blair and Gordon Brown that resulted in the former assuming the leadership »

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