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Review: 'Glee: 3D Concert Movie' Has Songs for Gleeks, Cleavage for Straight Guys

11 August 2011 10:09 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Back in 1953, when Howard Hughes was using Jane Russell’s obvious frontal attributes as a selling point for her films, the posters for her first 3D movie, “The French Line,” promised, “She’ll knock Both your eyes out!” Cut to nearly 60 years later, and now we’ve got “Glee” star Heather Morris telling the camera that her boobs (her word, not mine) will look great in 3D, and then proving it by provocatively shimmying up to the camera for “Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie.” And no one’s gotten quite the same mileage out »

- Alonso Duralde

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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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Jane Russell obituary

1 March 2011 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Voluptuous star of The Outlaw and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

The actor Jane Russell, who has died aged 89, was among the most desired women of the 20th century. She had great erotic force and great likability. Russell made just over 20 films, but only a handful of those are remembered: her first film, The Outlaw (1943); the comedy western The Paleface (1948), with Bob Hope; and the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), co-starring Marilyn Monroe.

The Outlaw, produced by Howard Hughes, was famously promoted with a series of publicity stills showing Russell lying in the hay, and bending down to pick up bales. The experience made her savvy about the vulgarity of the film industry. Her breasts were less covered and more fetishised, lit, photographed, designed and dreamed about than any woman's in the cinema had been until that time. Hughes even designed a special bra for her to wear in the film (although she »

- Mark Cousins

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Jane Russell: Mean! Moody! Misunderstood!

1 March 2011 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fixated by her pneumatic figure, Hollywood sold her as a smouldering sexpot. But there was so much more to Jane Russell than that

If ever a woman was at risk of being reduced to her body parts, it was that star of the 1940s and 1950s, Jane Russell, who was initially subject to a level of objectification as relentless as it was breathtaking. Russell died on Monday at the age of 89. She was born in Minnesota, brought up in southern California, and broke into the film industry in her late teens. An apocryphal Hollywood story had her discovered by eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes while working as a dentist's receptionist, but the reality was slightly less boom-bang: accompanying a friend to a photographer's studio in 1940, she was spotted by an agent who passed on pictures of her to director Howard Hawks. She was immediately cast in her first film, The Outlaw. »

- Kira Cochrane

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Jane Russell: a life in clips

1 March 2011 6:19 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We look back at Jane Russell's movie career, from The Outlaw through Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to her late-60s cameos

As a 20-year-old and the object of Howard Hughes's attentions, Jane Russell was force-fed into a series of low-cut dresses for The Outlaw (1943).

She plays Doc Holliday's girl Rio, who falls in love with a wounded Billy the Kid when he hides out with her, on the run from Pat Garrett. Not remotely historically accurate, this blood-heat western is best remembered for the censorship squabbles over exactly how far Russell was allowed to lean over while tenderly ministering to the Kid. Hughes's legendary underwired cantilevered brassiere was designed during the shooting of the film, but Russell denied she ever wore it.

The Paleface (1948) was a real change of pace: a comedy western with Bob Hope as the useless dentist Peter Potter, who plays husband to Russell's deep-cover Calamity Jane. »

- Andrew Pulver

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