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Olivia de Havilland picture U.S. labor history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 (This Olivia de Havilland article is currently being revised and expanded.) Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1. Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood labor history. This particular history has nothing to do with de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, or Errol Flynn. Instead, history was made as a result of a legal fight: after winning a lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the mid-'40s, Olivia de Havilland put an end to treacherous »
- Andre Soares
Cher Horowitz could leave Sunset Boulevard for Broadway. Clueless director Amy Heckerling confirms that not only is a Clueless stage show in the works, she’s already written the book. Find out what she had to say about the Clueless musical after the jump. Heckerling discussed the Clueless musical plans to Et. She revealed it’ll be a […]
The post A ‘Clueless’ Musical Is in the Works appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
The farewell song for the House of Blues has been set for August 7. The iconic music venue on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood is closing after 21 years to make way for a mixed-use condo, hotel and entertainment facility. Beverly Hills concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment Inc., owner of House of Blues Los Angeles Restaurant Corp., said 197 employees including bartenders, bussers, servers, directors, cooks, sales people, stage hands, managers and security would be laid off starting July 31, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal. However, certain employees may be offered an opportunity to transfer to other Live Nation Entertainment operations. Also. »
- Debbie Emery
Mark Ruffalo spent his twenties drifting through what he estimates as 600 failed auditions, and later quit Hollywood twice – but these days, he seems to have it all figured out. Especially since he was belted by gamma rays. "As an actor, you can do everything," says Ruffalo, 48, who’s following Avengers: Age of Ultron with a role as a bipolar dad in the indie drama Infinitely Polar Bear, opening in theaters today. "I grew up in the theater, and you could do a musical, a comedy, a tragedy. Those kind of »
Rob Zombie will direct a new biopic about the final years of legendary comedian Groucho Marx, based on Steve Stoliar's memoir, Raised Eyebrows, which chronicled his time as Marx's personal secretary and archivist, Deadline reports.
The screenplay will be written by Oren Moverman, who co-wrote the new Brian Wilson biopic, Love and Mercy, and earned an Oscar nomination for 2009's The Messenger, which he wrote with Alessandro Camon. Zombie will also produce the film, along with Cold Iron Pictures' Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall and Andy Gould.
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When you think of a film about Groucho Marx, I’m sure the last director that comes to mind is horror filmmaker Rob Zombie. Well, prepare to be amazed because Deadline reported yesterday that Rob Zombie will in fact be directing a Groucho Marx biopic based on the book Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, written by Steve Stoliar. The book chronicles Groucho Marx’s last years through the eyes of Stoliar, who served as Groucho’s personal secretary and archivist. The film will be written by Oren Moverman, co-writer of the recent Brian Wilson/Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy.
Being known primarily as a heavy metal musician and creator of crazy horror films, Zombie is certainly an odd choice to direct a film about one of the greatest comic minds in history. Deadline revealed why Zombie chose this project: “I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan »
Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment and Pacific Theatres announced today the launch of the Minions Takeover of ArcLight Hollywood in support of Illumination and Universal’s upcoming Minions, which will be released in theaters across the country on July 10, 2015. From now until July 16, Kevin, Stuart and Bob—Minion stars of the upcoming film—will reside atop Pacific Theatres’ Cinerama Dome.
The stunning results of a display that went up over the past week, the Minions Takeover required 2,000 hours of work, which included concept development, design, engineering, printing cutting and sewing. The Minions and their elusive banana may be seen at the Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Hollywood located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood, California, and a time-lapse video of the construction.
Statistics of the components of the Minions Takeover include:
The Cinerama Dome wrap required 4,166 square yards of fabric and weighs 2,500 pounds. Proud and protective Kevin is 50 feet tall and weighs 375 pounds. »
- Michelle McCue
Rockstar and horror director Rob Zombie looks to step away from his roots as he is set to write and direct a biopic based on the book Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, which details the final years of the life of legendary comedy actor Groucho Marx.
The memoirs, written by Steve Stoliar, details one fan’s journey from being a personal fan of the Marx Brother’s movies to living in Groucho’s house as his archivist and assistant. In addition to getting to know his hero, the author found himself in the orbit of Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, S.J. Perelman, Steve Allen, and scores of other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature. All of this lead of Stoliar’s hero being put to rest and his difficult further dealings with Erin Fleming, the woman in »
- Luke Owen
That’s probably the strangest title I have ever written, but yes, the twisted mind behind the likes of House of 1000 Corpses, two Halloween remakes, and Lords of Salem, Rob Zombie has gotten his hands on the rights to Steve Stoliar’s memoir Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, with an eye to direct, according to Deadline. Chronicling the last years of the legendary comedian's life, Stoliar’s book gives us a look at the time he spent as Marx’s personal secretary and archivist, where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Marx’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, Steve Allen, Bob Hope, and Jack Lemmon, while butting heads with Erin Fleming, the frustrating woman in charge of Groucho’s personal and professional life. The script is written by Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy’s Oren Moverman. This is certainly a different movie for Zombie, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Generally frightening (and brutally honest) human Rob Zombie will transition out of the horror genre to make a biopic about the end of Groucho Marx's life, Deadline reports. For real. The movie will be based on Steve Stoliar’s memoir Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, which details the life of a young Marx Brothers fan who worked as the comedy luminary's personal secretary and archivist. "I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan ever since I was a child and have read countless book on the comic legend, but after reading the book Raised Eyebrows, a totally new perspective on Groucho’s life emerged," Zombie, who will collaborate with scribe Oren Moverman, said. "I immediately saw this project as Groucho’s Sunset Boulevard and knew I had to bring it to the big screen." Fair enough. Let's get Marx-weird, man. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
If that headline makes no sense to you, don't worry; I had the same reaction. Apparently Zombie and Miranda Bailey have gotten their hands on the rights to Steve Stoliar's memoir, "Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House." Deadline further reports that Zombie will direct the adaptation, which will be scripted by Oren Moverman (Love & Mercy). Stoliar, a TV writer and devout Groucho fan, spent the last few years of the comedian's life by his side as his personal secretary and archivist. During those short years, Stoliar found himself in the company of such names of renown as Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, and Steve Allen. On the flipside of this trip into the lives of the rich and famous was dealing with Erin Fleming, the rather frustrating woman in charge of Groucho's personal and professional life. The story »
- Dave Trumbore
Stars from TV’s buzziest shows like “Empire,” “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent,” “American Crime,” and “Jane the Virgin” flocked to TheWrap’s 2015 Emmy party at the London Hotel in West Hollywood on Thursday night. With Major Lazer’s worldwide No. 1 hit “Lean On” playing in the rooftop space with its sunset view of Sunset Boulevard, a slew of Hollywood figures like “Scarface” star Steven Bauer, “Justified” actress Kaitlyn Dever and Titus Welliver (forever the Man in Black from “Lost” but now leading Amazon’s “Bosch”) sized up this year’s Emmy race over cocktails. The guest list included Oscar winners like “American Crime” creator John Ridley, »
- Mikey Glazer
You could be vaccinating felines for a year at an animal shelter and still not hear the word "pussy" as much as you do in the first half hour of Entourage. This expansion of the HBO TV series appears to have been conceived by a gaggle of misogynistic, beer-chugging adolescent virgins who brag about getting laid, but the closest they've ever gotten is a Playboy centerfold bespattered with cream of mushroom soup that they rescued from the city dump.
To be fair, I have never viewed any episode of this series that I thought was supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek inside gander at Hollywood. Instead, what we have here is a glorified daydream of the male need to copulate with any orifice within five inches of his zipper. Make that four inches.
Directed and written with unflinching ineptitude and fetid taste by the series' executive producer Doug Ellin, the film is basically plotless. »
- Brandon Judell
When a globe-hopping espionage trailer drops at 3 a.m. we might wonder whether it’s meant to feel clandestine or simply a self-aware admission that a movie like Mission: Impossible »
- Ryan Adams
We've all been there - waiting impatiently at the ticket office queue, glancing up anxiously at the clock and hoping that the trailers are playing for even longer than usual, because otherwise you've got no chance of making it for the start of the film.
In most cases you can piece together what you missed in the first few minutes; but sometimes it's essential to catch the film from the very start, whether for crucial plot details, later call-backs, or simply because it's the best part.
Here's our pick of 11 films you can't afford to miss the start of.
It takes a hardened soul not to well up watching Carl Fredricksen lose his beloved wife Ellie to a sudden illness in the opening montage of Up.
Not only is it probably the best sequence in the film, but it makes the crotchety Carl immediately sympathetic by showing his softer »
Quite a few, apparently, from the identity of her birth father, to the nature of her fatal overdose at age 36 -- was it suicide, accident, or murder? In 2012, on the 50th anniversary of her death, Moviefone previously published "25 Things You Didn't Know About Marilyn Monroe." Turns out that list barely scratched the surface. Here, then, are 25 more.
1. Monroe's birth certificate from 1926 lists her birth name as Norma Jeane Mortenson. The last name was a misspelling of the surname of her mother's second husband, Martin Mortensen, who separated from Gladys before she became pregnant. Soon after, she reverted to her first married name, Baker, and gave that name to her daughter.
2. Gladys later told Norma Jeane that her father was Gladys' boss, Charles Gifford, who looked like »
- Gary Susman
Bill Pohlad never wanted to be that cliche of the successful industry insider who goes around town lamenting, “What I really want to do is direct.”
But the Oscar-nominated producer-financier behind “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Tree of Life” and “12 Years a Slave” really did want to direct — an ambition he harbored for years after a failed first attempt, and which grew even as he garnered increasing recognition as a backer of commercially risky, artistically ambitious indie films.
“I always had it in the back of my mind, and as time went on, it became more in the front of my mind,” Pohlad says over a recent breakfast at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Marco Grob for Variety
Pohlad admits he wasn’t ready to call the shots when he directed the little-seen 1990 film “Old Explorers.” But now, more than two decades later, the 58-year-old sees much brighter prospects for the »
- Scott Foundas
Peter Debruge: Well, I didn’t see that coming. In what feels like a twist ending — one that leaves me feeling a bit like Tim Roth at the end of “Chronic” — the Cannes jury has awarded the Palme d’Or to “Dheepan,” a movie that lags among my least favorites in the competition, and the weakest in Jacques Audiard’s filmography.
People have been throwing the word “weak” around a lot this week, grousing that the official selection doesn’t measure up to that of previous years. I defer to you, Scott and Justin, since you’ve each been attending Cannes for longer than I have (this is only my fifth time on the Croisette), but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time here, it’s that Cannes critics always like to complain that the present year’s crop feels meager by comparison to past editions, »
- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
1. I wear patchouli. 2. I had an appendectomy. 3. I dance in my living room. 4. I have a scar alone the left side of my nose that is very hard to see. 5. I high-fived Axl Rose at the Pink Dot grocery store on Sunset Boulevard. 6. I get obsessively committed to certain jeans, boots, and people. 7. I’ve baked bread. 8. I was sent home from a class trip in eight grade because I got caught with boobs in my hands.I didn’t get to see Carlsbad Caverns until much later. 9. [...] »
It's time for my final Movies This Week post here at Slackerwood. I just want to thank Jette for bringing me on to contribute to this site over the last two years. I've really had a great time covering the local repertory scene and highlighting each week's new releases here in Austin. I've got one last review that will run over the weekend and then next week this site will cease publishing new material. I hope that you've found this a valuable resource and I'm going to leave you with a new one.
My good friend Zack McGhee is one of the biggest cinephiles I know. We met many years ago when we both lived in the Dayton, Ohio area and he worked not only for the Dayton Daily News, but also was a projectionist at the Little Art Theatre. Somehow, both of our jobs brought us here and we've »
- Matt Shiverdecker
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