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Stars We Lost in 2011

26 December 2011 7:26 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Extra" takes a look back at Hollywood's beloved stars who passed away this year.

In Memoriam 2011Harry Morgan

"M*A*S*H" star Harry Morgan died [] at the age of 96 on December 7, after suffering from pneumonia.

Patrice O'Neal

Comedian Patrice O'Neal died at the age of 41 [] on November 29, from complications of a previous stroke.

Ken Russell

British director Ken Russell died [] at the age of 84 on November 27, from a stroke.

Theodore Forstmann

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre Showcasing Memorabilia From Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland

25 November 2011 7:59 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Michael O'Connell

Grauman's Chinese Theatre has kicked off its new ongoing Hollywood Legends Collection. Photos: The Lost Marilyn Monroe Pictures The movie house, best known for its premiere screenings and elite forecourt of cemented celebrity hand and footprints, will now showcase a large collection of iconic film costumes in its lobby. A rotating selection of a 800-plus store of famous outfits from films, Grauman's says it plans to show Marilyn Monroe's gold lame gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Vivien Leigh's drapery gown from Gone with the Wind and Judy Garland's Wizard of Oz blouse among many others. Many pieces of the

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- Michael O'Connell

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Wamg Interview: Dori Berinstein, Director of Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

17 November 2011 3:49 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Interview conducted November 15th, 2011 by Tom Stockman (who had not yet seen the film)

Born in Seattle, Washington in 1921,Carol Channing made her Broadway debut in 1941 in the show Let’s Face It, and she’s been on the stage ever since, landing the star-making role of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949 and originating the role of Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! in 1964. Since then, the actress with the big eyes, red lips, blonde mane and bubbly personality has been a one-of-a-kind presence on stage, in movies and on television, still maintaining a busy schedule as she approaches the age of 90. Filmmaker and Tony-Award winning producer Dori Berinstein offers a fascinating profile of a singular talent in the documentary Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, which chronicles her life on an off the stage as she rehearses a new show while discussing her life in the theater, her four »

- Tom Stockman

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My favourite film: Rio Bravo

10 November 2011 3:38 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In our writers' favourite films series, Tony Paley saddles up for a heartwarming tale of friendship and courage in the old west

• Did this review miss the target? Fire away with your own attempt here – or get set for a showdown in the comments

Move aside Hitchcock, Welles, Ozu and Ophüls. They only managed to make what I consider the greatest movies. Howard Hawks made the ones I love.

Rio Bravo, not to be confused with Rio Lobo or the director's other pale imitation, El Dorado, is Hawks's masterpiece. And a weekend BBC movie matinee slot some three decades ago was a perfect introduction. Watching Rio Bravo demands the best part of an afternoon or evening and a particular frame of mind. It is a nigh-on two and a half hour western in which the tumbleweed lazily rolls across the main street from one character to another. Of course there are shootouts, »

- Tony Paley

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One of Our Own's Tying the Knot, So We're Celebrating With a Wedding Mashup

5 November 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Today is a very special day for Team NextMovie, so we're celebrating the only way we know how... with movies, of course.

In honor of the wedding of our own senior editor, Breanne L. Heldman, we thought it was high time we bust out our Ultimate Wedding Mashup.

So, join us and raise a glass, press play and feel free to wish her and her groom well in our comments section.

NextMovie presents the ultimate wedding movie mashup, edited by Avaryl Halley.

Movies Included (Click to Buy):

The Princess Bride | Bride Wars | Oklahoma | Father of the Bride (1950) | Bridget Jones's Diary: The Edge of Reason | The Birdcage | Disney's Cinderella | Gone with the Wind | It Had To Be You| Fools Rush In | Little Shop of Horrors (1986) | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes | Big Fish | High Noon | The Best Man | The Graduate | Four Weddings and A Funeral | The Rocky Horror Picture Show | Love and Death »

- NextMovie Staff

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Q&A: Blondes & Brunettes, Silents & Sequels

24 October 2011 7:01 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Each week in the Q & A column I choose a couple handfuls of reader questions to answer. I don't intentionally choose with themes in mind but this week's column, in the requested vacuum of Streep-less questions -- she'd been hogging the column -- tilted straight toward blonde icons and beloved brunettes.

Aaron: If "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "Lost in Translation" had been released in different years, do you think Scarlett Johansson would be a two-time Academy Award nominee by now?

Fun question. I had to really ponder this. But my answer is no. Oscar fanatics love to debate "vote splitting" whenever someone has two meaty roles in the same category in a given year. The 2003 Oscar race was so weirdly splintered in Best Actress and the precursors just weren't showing herd mentality so right up until nomination morning it felt like virtually any combination of a shortlist that »


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REELwomen Program At 47th Chicago International Film Festival Will Highlight Works Of First-time Women Filmmakers And Documentarians

11 October 2011 12:17 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Created to celebrate the contributions that female writers and directors continue to make to film around the world, the REELwomen program at the 47th Chicago International Film Festival will introduce Chicago audiences to the works of first-time women filmmakers and documentarians.

More than half of the documentaries featured in this year.s Docufest competition are directed by women, most of them focusing on the arts. First-time filmmakers like Yasemin Samderelli, Alice Rohrwacher and Julia Leigh explore issues of identity – whether national or sexual – while others, like Susan Jacobson are staking a claim on genre films. The program also welcomes the return of Festival alumni filmmakers Mia Hansen-Løve and Lynne Ramsay.

All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert USA (Director: Vivian Ducat) . If there was ever a case for designating a person a National Treasure, Winfred Rembert is that person. Though he lived through segregation and the civil rights era in the Deep South, »

- Michelle McCue

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More Monroe Movie Gowns To Go Under The Hammer

4 October 2011 2:56 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Dresses Marilyn Monroe wore in films like Bus Stop and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes are to be auctioned off as part of movie veteran Debbie Reynolds' second collection sale.

The iconic white dress Monroe wore in The Seven Year Itch was a big seller at a Reynolds' Profiles in History event earlier this year when it shattered records for a film costume sold at auction, and now more of the actress' costumes are to be sold.

The second part of the auction will feature four Monroe gowns from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Bus Stop, Niagara and Let's Make Love.

The items include a aubergine grey evening dress and Bolero jacket, designed by William Travilla, which the actress wore in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The two-piece outfit is expected to fetch upwards of $150,000 (£93,750).

A second Travilla dress, which the actress wore for her performance of That Old Black Magic in Bus Stop, is expected to sell for between $200,000 (£125,000) and $300,000 (£187,500).

Also going under the hammer are Monroe's Dorothy Jeakins dress from Niagara and the Jeakins strapless pale green pleated silk empire gown with a rhinestone trim the actress wore in for Let's Make Love.

The auction will be held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California on 3 December. »

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Early Marilyn Monroe Pictures at Julien's Auctions

23 September 2011 6:03 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marilyn Monroe aka Norma Jeane Dougherty in 1946 Marilyn Monroe pictures taken during her first photo shoot — when she was still known as Norma Jeane Dougherty — will be auctioned following a Florida bankruptcy judge's ruling a few days ago. Proceeds from the selling of Monroe's images and their copyrights will help to settle the debts of photographer Joseph Jasgur. Julien's Auctions will handle the proceedings in their "Icons & Idols" auction, to be held December 2-4 in Beverly Hills. According to Julien's Auctions chief Darren Julien, the Marilyn Monroe photos have been locked up for more than two decades as a result of court battles. Julien added that Jasgur was hired by the Blue Book modeling agency to shoot Norma Jeane, then 19 years old, about a year or two (depending on the source) before her film debut. It's unclear how much the images and copyrights will fetch. (Note: In a signed release for the photos, »

- Andre Soares

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Movies This Week: Warrior Contagion Ground

9 September 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

With aGLIFF going strong through Sunday, and it being Pride weekend, there are a lot of film options this weekend that by for and about Lgbtqia friendly topics. If you're up for a sing-along tonight, Alamo Drafthouse is screening all of the best divas, gay icons, and camp classics they're titling Way Gay, which promises to be a lot of fun. But I personally recommend the aGLIFF Centerpiece Film Mangus! (pictured above), which happens to have been filmed near Dallas, and also happens to be followed by the Majestic Dance Party at the Paramount.

Former aGLIFF Programming Director Lisa Kaselak's documentary about the "Texas Cupcake Controversy" is kicking of the Reel Policy film series Thursday at the Center for Health and Social Policy (part of Ut's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs). Let Them Eat Cake follows the implementation of a Texas policy initiative to ban junk food in public schools. »

- Jenn Brown

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In Memory Of Amy Winehouse – Five Stars Gone Too Soon

25 July 2011 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

As the world was slowly coming to terms with the devastating scale of the tragedy taking place in Norway over the weekend, news broke of a smaller-scale, but no less tragic event in Camden. At the ridiculously young age of 27 years old, Amy Winehouse had passed away, leaving behind memories and recordings of a singing voice and a performing ability that is surely peerless within her generation.

At times like this, as we mourn the loss of so imperious a talent and lament the waste of such rare potential, our minds turn to others cut off in their prime, people whose lives were lost before they had really got going. So I offer a few examples of screen actors who were lost to us before they had reached the heights to which they undoubtedly would have ascended. This is of course not to say that I don’t grieve the loss of many others, »

- Dave Roper

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The Upside Of Dying Young

24 July 2011 10:42 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

“It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”

Kurt Cobain, quoting lyrics by Neil Young, in his suicide note

I was saddened but frankly not all that surprised to receive word of the death of 27-year-old British singer Amy Winehouse on Saturday. Based on the sort of lifestyle that Winehouse had been leading, as documented relentlessly by the British tabloids over the nearly five years since “Back to Black” (2006) — her 1960’s soul/R&B-inspired second album that was highlighted by the hit single “Rehab,” which Rolling Stone recently named the 194th greatest song of all-time — made her a five-time Grammy winner and a household name, it was only a matter of time. Considering the fact that she hadn’t released any new material since “Back to Black,” and demonstrated little to no progress in overcoming the personal demons that as often as not kept her from performing her existing material, »

- Scott Feinberg

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Marilyn on the Couch

13 July 2011 4:31 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Niagra—that underrated shocking pink, fake gold, candy-apple red noir—is proof that Marilyn Monroe could have been a great dramatic actress.* In that film she plays a femme fatale crass operator who is performing Monroe's signature wiggles and breathy pouts, catnip to men, to render them pathetically helpless. As murderous pleasure-seeker Rose Loomis, Monroe flashes glimpses of a cracked and rough character underneath all that shellac. While these subtle turns in characterization flaunt Monroe's basic chops as a performer, she would never again present that conflict (between self-awareness versus her "oops" innocent effect) as a simple binary opposition. Instead she would later use instinct and technique to embody these two opposing truths at once, which is the essence of comedy. Monroe could have been a great dramatic actress, but was instead a brilliant quicksilver comedienne who illustrated the comic effect of that kind of catnip. Or, as the exalted cinematographer Jack Cardiff stated, »

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Marilyn Monroe's Dress a Record Breaker - $5.5 Million

21 June 2011 6:30 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Marilyn Monroe's Seven Year Itch dress, which went under the hammer at auction on Saturday (18Jun11), is a record breaker. The iconic white dress fetched $5.5 million (£3.4 million) at the Profiles in History sale and became the most expensive Monroe auction item ever. It smashed the previous record of $1.26 million (GBP790,000), which the gown the tragic actress wore for her Happy Birthday Mr. President performance fetched. The item also became the most prized movie costume ever - Audrey Hepburn's little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's previously held that honour when it sold for $923,187 (GBP577,000) in 2006. The Seven Year Itch 'subway' gown was among the items being sold from veteran actress Debbie Reynolds' collection of movie clothing. Other highlights at the first of two Reynolds Collection auctions included Monroe's red sequin number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which sold for $1.2 million (£750,000), the actress' saloon costume from River of No Return »

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Monroe's Dress Is A Record Breaker

20 June 2011 3:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Marilyn Monroe's Seven Year Itch dress, which went under the hammer at auction on Saturday, is a record breaker.

The iconic white dress fetched $5.5 million (£3.4 million) at the Profiles in History sale and became the most expensive Monroe auction item ever.

It smashed the previous record of $1.26 million (GBP790,000), which the gown the tragic actress wore for her Happy Birthday Mr. President performance fetched.

The item also became the most prized movie costume ever - Audrey Hepburn's little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's previously held that honour when it sold for $923,187 (GBP577,000) in 2006.

The Seven Year Itch 'subway' gown was among the items being sold from veteran actress Debbie Reynolds' collection of movie clothing.

Other highlights at the first of two Reynolds Collection auctions included Monroe's red sequin number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which sold for $1.2 million (£750,000), the actress' saloon costume from River of No Return ($510,000/£318,000), Judy Garland's blue cotton dress from The Wizard of Oz, Charlie Chaplin's hat and Dame Elizabeth Taylor's riding outfit from National Velvet.

In total, the auction brought in $22.8 million (GBP14.25 million), which stunned Reynolds.

She tells WENN, "I'm thrilled beyond words. This first auction shows that our great stars were loved by the world."

A second auction of costumes and memorabilia will be held in December. Monroe's dress from Bus Stop will be among the items going under the hammer. »

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Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Subway Dress’ Sells for $4.6 Million

20 June 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Everett Marilyn Monroe in “The Seven Year Itch

Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “subway dress” sold for $4.6 million (not including an addition $1 million in fees) at an auction of film memorabilia over the weekend. The dress, along with a host of other costumes, was put on the block by actress Debbie Reynolds, who reportedly purchased the William Travilla ivory halter for $200 back in 1974, Reuters reports.

Monroe wore the dress in the 1955 Billy Wilder film, “The Seven Year Itch.” The image of »

- WSJ Staff

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Marilyn Monroe's white dress fetches 4.6 million dollars

20 June 2011 11:34 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Los Angeles - One of the most famous garments in Hollywood history - the white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the 1955 classic Some Like It Hot - has been sold for 4.6 million dollars at an auction of Hollywood memorabilia. The iconic dress, which billowed in Monroe's famous shot above a New York subway ventilation shaft, was part of a collection auctioned off by Singin' in the Rain actress Debbie Reynolds. The anonymous winning bid was made by telephone. The buyer will have to pay an additional 1 million dollars in commission to the auctioneer, Profiles in History. Other items sold in the auction included Monroe's red gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which raised 1.47 million dollars, »

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Debbie Reynolds' auction: Marilyn Monroe 'Seven Year Itch' dress goes for $4.6 million - what else sold big?

20 June 2011 8:09 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Actress Debbie Reynolds has been gathering an impressive collection of Hollywood memorabilia since she was a young girl working for MGM. She always had a dream of seeing her collection displayed in a museum, but after a 2006 project went bankrupt, Reynolds has had to auction off a lot of her pieces in a large auction in Beverly Hills on Saturday (June 18).

The biggest ticket item was the beautiful white pleated dress that famously blew around Marilyn Monroe on the subway grate in "The Seven Year Itch." It was expected to fetch between $1 million and $2 million, but Reuters is reporting the dress went for $4.6 million.

Another Marilyn dress was also up for auction. The red-sequined dress Monroe wore in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" went for $1.2 million, about six times what it was expected to earn. Audrey Hepburn's "Ascot Gavotte" dress from "My Fair Lady" (pictured above) went for $3.7 million.

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Debbie Reynolds Costume Auction: Marilyn Goes for $4.6 Million!

19 June 2011 11:06 PM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

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Well, if like Clothes on Film you followed the exciting Debbie Reynolds costume auction online, thanks to a couple of days’ decaf you may have calmed down enough to process the results. $4,600,000 (plus $1,058,000 in taxes and fees) for Marilyn Monroe’s Travilla ‘subway’ dress from The Seven Year Itch (1955) was just one mega bid of many.

Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds has been collecting movie costumes, props and memorabilia for over fifty years. She had a dream of displaying her acquisitions in a specially created museum, but sadly this never happened. Instead she put the collection up for auction on 18th June in Los Angeles (with another to follow in December). It is fair to say we all expected a few of the ensembles would make big money, especially those from »

- Chris Laverty

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Marilyn Monroe 'subway' dress sells for $4.6 mln

19 June 2011 2:08 PM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

The pleated ivory dress that blew around Marilyn Monroe in an iconic scene from "The Seven Year Itch" sold for $4.6 million at a weekend auction of Hollywood costumes -- far exceeding its estimate. The so-called "subway" dress is perhaps the most recognizable in movie history. In Billy Wilder's 1955 movie, a passing train sent a draft through a grate as Monroe giddily stood above it proclaiming, "Isn't it delicious?" The William Travilla design was estimated to sell for between $1 million and $2 million, the crown jewel at a 12-hour auction of nearly 600 costumes and pieces of memorabilia being sold by actress Debbie Reynolds in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Monroe's red-sequined dress from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" went for $1.2 million. Its pre-sale estimate was $200,000 to $300,000. Audrey Hepburn's Ascot dress from "My Fair Lady," carrying the same estimate, sold for $3.7 million. The collection featured costumes worn by other Hollywood stars, from Grace Kelly, »

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