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Bette Davis was mother to two daughters and a son, but in the final decade of her life she welcomed a surrogate daughter into her life.
“She taught me so much,” says Kathryn Sermak, who served as the prickly two-time Oscar winner’s personal assistant off-and-on from 1979 until Davis’s death in 1989.
Sermak was just 23 when she interviewed to become the All About Eve star’s live-in assistant.
“Miss Davis seized my hand firmly, increasing her grip. She left an imprint on my fingers. “How do you do?” she said in her honey-and-gravel voice,” Sermak, now 61, writes in her memoir, »
- Patrick Gomez
Even though she’s widely considered to be the Queen of Dry Wit, sitting in the hotel room where we’re about to talk about her latest film Ingrid Goes West, there’s an unexpected innocence to Aubrey Plaza that makes her seem more like Sandy from Grease before the makeover. She’s wearing a dark baseball jacket over a lovely plaid dress in blush tones, and rather than welcoming me with a raised eyebrow, she smiles. I reach out my hand to her to say hello and apologize because it’s cold, she raises the eyebrow and explains, “I’m sorry too because my hand is warm.” And suddenly Sandy has given path to the sardonic Rizzo. Since her breakthrough in Parks & Recreation, Plaza has become one of the funniest people in the industry. Period. Few actors can accomplish so much using so little and making it seem so effortless, »
- Jose Solís
Updated: Following a couple of Julie London Westerns*, Turner Classic Movies will return to its July 2017 Star of the Month presentations. On July 27, Ronald Colman can be seen in five films from his later years: A Double Life, Random Harvest (1942), The Talk of the Town (1942), The Late George Apley (1947), and The Story of Mankind (1957). The first three titles are among the most important in Colman's long film career. George Cukor's A Double Life earned him his one and only Best Actor Oscar; Mervyn LeRoy's Random Harvest earned him his second Best Actor Oscar nomination; George Stevens' The Talk of the Town was shortlisted for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. All three feature Ronald Colman at his very best. The early 21st century motto of international trendsetters, from Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and Turkey's Recep Erdogan to Russia's Vladimir Putin and the United States' Donald Trump, seems to be, The world is reality TV and reality TV »
- Andre Soares
Review by Roger Carpenter
Psychomania tells of a group of n’er-do-well teens, led by a rich and mean-spirited young man, who skip school, ride motorcycles, and cause trouble and general panic wherever they go. They dub themselves The Living Dead and enjoy causing death and chaos at nearly every turn. However, if things seem bad in the little English village in which they reside, they take a decided turn for the worse when Tom Latham (Nicky Henson) discovers his psychic mother and the mysterious butler Shadwell (George Sanders) harbor a shocking secret—the key to life after death.
It seems that Mrs. Latham (Beryl Reid) and her husband made a long-ago deal with the devil for immortality. The couple committed suicide only to come back from the dead. Unfortunately, the late Mr. Latham found out he wasn’t a true believer and never made it back across. But Mrs. »
- Movie Geeks
Colombia’s fledgling Bogota indie film festival, IndieBo, has scored a coup with Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation in a pact that will have the festival screening a selection of 10 restored classics from the foundation’s library starting this year.
Among the titles in the selection are Marlon Brando’s 1961 Western “One-Eyed Jacks,” Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “All About Eve,” Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront,” Frank Capra’s “It Happened One Night,” Nicholas Ray’s “Rebel Without a Cause” and Billy Wilder’s “Witness for the Prosecution.”
“This will be an annual event; some of these titles have never screened in Colombia,” said IndieBo artistic director/programmer Juan Carvajal, who cobbled the agreement with the foundation in New York.
He added: “After seeing ‘One Eyed Jacks’ and [Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 sci-fi epic] “Stalker” in New York, I felt that Colombia had to live this marvelous and unique experience, too, and that’s what drove me to pursue this agreement.” The »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
What's this? Could this be the end for Batman? Rest in peace, Adam West, the one and only Caped Crusader who truly defined the role. There have been so many incarnations of Batman over the years – on the page and on the screen – but Adam West was the one flesh-and-blood actor who ever did justice to the cape, on the Sixties TV series Batman.
West, who died of leukemia Friday at the age of 88, brought deadpan humor and old-school gallantry to the role, week after week; same Bat Time, same Bat Channel. »
Whether it be conveying humor, heartbreak, heavy drama or a lofty song, Marilyn Monroe’s talent went far beyond her beauty. The Asphalt Jungle In her first important role, Monroe plays a young mistress who supplies her sugar daddy a fake alibi in this John Huston-directed film noir. TV director Michael Lehmann later went on to say, “Mm playing a bimbo so much better than anybody can these days.” All About Eve Monroe was a relative un-known when her agent went to get her the role in this classic Bette Davis film. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote of Monroe’s performance, »
- Rosemary Rossi
Cate Blanchett is stepping into Bette Davis’ shoes. The two-time Oscar winner will portray Margo Channing in a stage production of “All About Eve,” the New York Times reports. Adapted from Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1950 film, the play will bow next spring in London’s West End, but no specific dates or a location have been announced yet.
Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions are producing, Nyt writes. Tony winner Ivo van Hove (“View From a Bridge”) will direct and adapt the classic film for the stage.
Based on a short story by Mary Orr, “All About Eve” depicts the intensifying rivalry between Margo (Davis), an acclaimed but aging and bitter Broadway star, and young actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Eve originally arrives on the scene to learn from Margo, but she’s far from a naive ingenue. She eventually ingratiates herself into Margo’s personal life, and is ambitious and calculating enough to completely usurp Margo’s career.
The 1950 film earned a record 14 Oscar nominations — including nods for Davis and Baxter — and took home six awards such as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
Blanchett received Oscars for her performances in “Blue Jasmine” and “The Aviator.” Her upcoming projects include Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” the all-female “Ocean’s Eight,” and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” an adaptation of Maria Semple’s best-selling novel.
You can catch Blanchett next in “Manifesto,” which sees the actress portraying 13 different characters sharing their personal manifestos. It hits theaters May 10.
Cate Blanchett to Star in Stage Production of “All About Eve” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Fasten your seat belts, 2018 is gonna be a glorious year. At least for London theatergoers. Cate Blanchett will star as Margo Channing in a stage adaption of All About Eve (1950). Eve, which originally starred Bette Davis as Margo, is the ultimate backstage rivalry story. Margo is the big star fighting her huge ego as well as ageism as she tries to survive being upstaged by the young ingenue Eve, who starts as her biggest fan and assistant. Blanchett playing Margo is very meta. Forget that she already played Katharine Hepburn and now gets a chance to play her similarly lauded contemporary's most famous part »
- Murtada Elfadl
28 April 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night.
Cate Blanchett will return to the London stage to take on the juicy role of Margo Channing in a new theatrical adaptation of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 film All About Eve. Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions will bring the classic backstage drama to the West End in spring 2018.
One of the signature screen roles of Bette Davis, Margo is a celebrated star of the New York stage who allows fawning acolyte Eve Harrington, played by Anne Baxter in the movie, to get close to her, only to »
- David Rooney
Yvonne Monlaur: Cult horror movie actress & Bond Girl contender was featured in the 1960 British classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula.' Actress Yvonne Monlaur dead at 77: Best remembered for cult horror classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula' Actress Yvonne Monlaur, best known for her roles in the 1960 British cult horror classics Circus of Horrors and The Brides of Dracula, died of cardiac arrest on April 18 in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. Monlaur was 77. According to various online sources, she was born Yvonne Thérèse Marie Camille Bédat de Monlaur in the southwestern town of Pau, in France's Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, on Dec. 15, 1939. Her father was poet and librettist Pierre Bédat de Monlaur; her mother was a Russian ballet dancer. The young Yvonne was trained in ballet and while still a teenager became a model for Elle magazine. She was “discovered” by newspaper publisher-turned-director André Hunebelle, »
- Andre Soares
With the debut Sunday of his new FX anthology series Feud, Ryan Murphy drew back the curtain on the rivalry between Bette and Joan, with (as you well know) Susan Sarandon as Davis and Jessica Lange as Crawford. The reviews, including TVLine’s, have been good. But did you, too, find the drama as intoxicating as a flask of 100-proof vodka? Let’s go over the events of the pilot, then you can weigh in in the poll below.
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In 1962, two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis was appearing on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana. Though she'd hoped 1950's All About Eve would reignite her career, she hadn't been offered many great film roles since, and instead was largely relegated to television guest appearances and the theater. But one night after a performance, Joan Crawford – another Oscar-winning former leading lady considered past her prime – visited backstage to offer Davis a revolutionary part in a brand-new picture. Crawford had been in Hollywood since her teens, but now well into her fifties, »
Hell hath no fury like two Hollywood actresses scorned!
That's the exact premise behind season one of FX's newest anthology series, Feud: Bette and Joan, which premieres this Sunday, March 5. The limited series, which heralds from the mind of executive producer Ryan Murphy, stars A-list actresses Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, respectively, and fixates on the bitter, lifelong rivalry between them.
But before you tune in, we've crafted the ultimate Feud cheat sheet to break down all the real-life drama!
Who Is Joan Crawford? Born Lucille Fay LeSueur in 1904, Crawford (Lange) became one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States during the late 1920s and early 1930s. However, by the end of the 1930s, her films began losing money and she was labeled "Box Office Poison." She made »
“Feud,” which tells the story of clashing screen titans Joan Crawford and Bette Davis around the production of their 1962 film “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” is a series designed for a knowing audience, a basket of Easter eggs. The mythos of the film’s production — which cast the two rivals as two sisters raised in show business — is intertwined with each actress’ place in Hollywood legend; it was a last-ditch attempt at relevance for both “mature” stars, in an industry that would have preferred to shove them aside for younger women. As “Feud” relates, even though Crawford brought the project to Davis and profited off of its success, she couldn’t stomach the fact that Davis was nominated for an Academy Award over her. Stoked by alcohol and anger, Crawford went so far as to actively campaign against her costar in the 1963 Oscar race — before mutual desperation brought the two actresses together again for “Hush… Hush »
- Sonia Saraiya
Fifty-seven years ago, All About Eve received a remarkable 14 Oscar Nominations. — a feat accomplished only two other times in Oscar history, including this year’s 14 nominations for La La Land. (The other was Titanic in 1997.) Just days after this year’s Oscar® statuettes are handed out, one of the most vicious, delicious, cynical and legendary sagas of show-business backstabbing returns to the silver screen: All About Eve will play on more than 600 movie screens nationwide at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 8. It’s a film filled with some of the most indelible performances ever committed to film, including Bette Davis at her disillusioned best, and Marilyn Monroe as her star was ascending. Yet for all its glory, many people have never seen All About Eve in a movie theater … but movie fans around the country have that opportunity thanks to Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies. »
- Tom Stockman
While “La La Land” made Oscar history by tying the all-time record of most-nominated film (also shared by “Titanic” and the Bette Davis classic “All About Eve”, all of which received 14 nominations), another nominated film that’s at the top of most critics’ best-of lists is “Moonlight”. The film — for which star Mahershala Ali […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Sônia Braga reflects on the magic of Aquarius, reading the script, Clara's hair, Bette Davis in Joseph L Mankiewicz's All About Eve, a Stanley Kubrick Barry Lyndon poster, cinematographer Fabricio Tadeu, costume designer Rita Azevedo, Neighboring Sounds, and working with her director/screenwriter Kleber Mendonça Filho.
Anne-Katrin Titze: The first chapter in Aquarius is called Clara's Hair. And the hair is actually very important throughout the entire film. And it's your hair that weaves the plot together. Can you talk about what it means to you?
Sônia Braga: "Kleber is like an archeologist and a musician, a composer, at the same time." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Sônia Braga: That happened in a way magical as well. They wanted the hair down - and this is a preparation background thing and how it ended up being magical - it came down »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Drama and comedy split spotlight in writing category.
Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Heist thriller, modern Western, social commentary — Sheridan’s tart, observant script, which first drew industry attention as a 2012 Black List title, about a pair of bank robbers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) with a personal score to settle and the savvy Texas Ranger (Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges) on their trail draws elements from all three genre types to both inform and deepen its central, character-driven storyline. The result is at once a crowd-pleasing crime picture and a pensive study of people struggling to maintain their dignity in a landscape in which honesty and respect fail to take root. The crisp, often wry dialogue, rich with Southwestern lingo and delivered with relish by the solid cast (especially in the salty exchanges between Bridges and partner Gil Birmingham and the brittle closing talk between Bridges »
- Variety Staff
This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.
La La Land danced one step closer to winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards next month, as the Damien Chazelle film took top honors at Saturday night’s Producers Guild Awards for producers Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt.
The modern-day musical defeated Arrival, Deadpool, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight to win the guild’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Of that list of films, only Deadpool failed to score a corresponding Oscar nomination in the Best Picture category. »
- Christopher Rosen
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