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Given the recent cancellation of The Playboy Club which we mourned mainly because Laura Benanti deserves to be famous.... Given James Franco's Flaunting and pants-dropping... Given the waves the oft-naked Shame has been causing at festivals ... Given disgraced actress Lindsay Lohan's newly announced decision to pose for "Playboy" for a million bucks (only a million? I hope she realizes she used to make more than that for acting) today feels like the unofficial Mandatory Day of Nude Celebrity Appreciation. [Disclaimer: I type this fully clothed.]
So let's celebrate the movie actresses who have gone before Lindsay!
Oh sure, sure. The common wisdom is that this is La Lohan's new rock bottom and we shouldn't be celebrating but -- please -- actresses take off their clothes all the time for totally worthwhile purposes (Acting!) and the only thing that's shameful about the human body is that we're ashamed of it. Plus, it's worth noting that »
- NATHANIEL R
Happy Monday! While it’s usually not everyone’s favorite day of the week, we’re bringing you a brand new contest today to brighten up the start of your week! In today’s contest, five of you will win a copy of “How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire” (the first book in the “Love at Stake” series), while [...]
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- Team Switzerland
Jean Harlow, Chester Morris in Jack Conway's Red-Headed Woman Jean Harlow, who died of complications from kidney disease at the age of 26 in 1937, would have turned 100 years old last March 3. In celebration of Harlow's centenary, Turner Classic Movies is presenting a series of Harlow movies every Tuesday evening this month. The Jean Harlow series begins tonight, with a mix that includes Harlow's early, pre-mgm work (a bit part in Charles Chaplin's City Lights, the Columbia release Three Wise Girls), the racy pre-Coder Red-Headed Woman, and a couple of her later MGM movies (Suzy, Riffraff). I haven't watched Three Wise Girls, yet. It sounds a bit like The Greeks Had a Word for Them, a United Artists release that also came out in 1932, and its many variations, e.g., the 20th Century Fox releases Three Blind Mice, Moon Over Miami, How to Marry a Millionaire. I'd say Three Wise »
- Andre Soares
Lauren Bacall (top); Bacall, Mimi Rogers in Barbra Streisand's The Mirror Has Two Faces (bottom) In her 2005 autobiography By Myself and Then Some, Lauren Bacall's updated version of her 1978 bestseller By Myself, the two-time Tony Award-winning actress (for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981) candidly discusses the ballyhoo surrounding her first — and to date only — Academy Award nomination for Barbra Streisand's 1996 romantic comedy-melodrama The Mirror Has Two Faces. Apart from a few film career lulls, Bacall had been working steadily in front of the camera since her film début in Howard Hawks' 1945 adventure-drama To Have and Have Not. But whether as mere on-screen decoration (Key Largo, Bright Leaf, Young Man with a Horn) or as a reliable leading lady (How to Marry a Millionaire, Woman's World, The Fan), she had been invariably ignored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [...] »
- Andre Soares
Lauren Bacall, Mimi Rogers in Barbra Streisand's The Mirror Has Two Faces Julie Christie, Judi Dench, Peter Fonda: Oscar Veterans 1997 Lauren Bacall Lauren Bacall was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Barbra Streisand's domineering mother in the Streisand-directed melodrama The Mirror Has Two Faces. In one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history, Bacall lost to Juliette Binoche, who was one of the leads in Anthony Minghella's The English Patient. The Mirror Has Two Faces earned Bacall her first Oscar nomination. She began her film career in Howard Hawks' To Have and Have Not in 1945. Among Bacall's other film credits are Hawks' The Big Sleep (1946), John Huston's Key Largo (1948), Jean Negulesco's How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), and Ed Bianchi's The Fan (1981). »
- Andre Soares
HollywoodNews.com: I’m working my way through the giant Hollywood Issue of ‘Vanity Fair’ which is always a real feast.
One of the articles I read over the weekend was a lengthy profile of Lauren Bacall, the 86-year-old screen legend (‘To Have and Have Not,’ ‘The Big Sleep,’ ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’) and Broadway star (‘Applause,’ ‘Woman of the Year,’ ‘Cactus Flower’).
She’s always been a pistol and remains so. The ‘Vanity Fair’ piece does expose Bacall’s contradictions particularly when it comes to her late first husband, the great movie icon Humphrey Bogart with whom she had two children, starred opposite in in four classic films, and was married to until his death from cancer in 1957. (She was later engaged to Frank Sinatra and married to Jason Robards with whom she has a son).
Anyway, Bacall becomes irritated in the ‘Vanity Fair’ article when the interviewer, »
- Greg Hernandez
6 items from 2011
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