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Drive-In Dust Offs: I Drink Your Blood (1970)

10 December 2016 12:48 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

I Drink Your Blood (1970) is as old as I am. Unlike me, however, it shows very little wear and tear; a loud and proud exploitation horror diorama from an age when all boundaries of good taste and reason were pushed to the breaking point.  If you only have room in your life for one rabies-infested satanic hippies movie, make it I Drink Your Blood.

This film is the blueprint for creating your very own grimy, crude, offensive B classic. First, you need a backer. Enter producer Jerry Gross, known at the time as a king of grindhouse hype, modeled after William Castle. For example, when he rereleased two of the ‘60s Mondo films (real rituals and customs from exotic locales, documentary style), Mondo Cane and Mondo Pazzo on a double bill, he paraded around actors in tribesmen costumes to sell the authenticity of the films. He offered director David Durston »

- Scott Drebit

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Keo Woolford, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Actor, Dies At 49

30 November 2016 9:53 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Keo Woolford, best known for his role as Detective James Chang on the CBS crime-drama “Hawaii Five-0,” died on Monday following complications from a stroke. He was 49.

Woolford died at an Oahu, Hawaii hospital after suffering a stroke three days prior, according to his publicist Tracy Larrua.

Born in Honolulu, the late actor was also known for writing, directing and producing his 2013 independent drama “The Haumana,” which centers around the host of a failing Waikiki lūʻau who goes on to teach a high school boy’s hula class. The film earned him special jury prize at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival that year.

In addition, his other credits as an actor include small roles in “Happy, Texas,” “Falling for Grace” and “Godzilla” (2014). He also appeared in the stage production of “The King and I.”

Friends and colleagues of Woolford were quick to pay tribute via Twitter, including his “Hawaii Five-0” co-star Daniel Dae Kim.

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- Arya Roshanian

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Oscars: How Do Leading Ladies From Musicals Fare in the Best Actress Category?

21 November 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Emma Stone in ‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Emma Stone is poised to do something very historic this year if she takes home the best actress Oscar for La La Land. The history of leading ladies from musicals in this category isn’t that long and, should the 28-year-old win — as critics are predicting even considering Natalie Portman in Jackie — it would be an occurrence we haven’t seen for quite some time.

In the Damien Chazelle-directed flick, Stone plays an aspiring actress named Mia opposite Ryan Gosling as a jazz musician named Sebastian — their third time playing love interests after 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love and 2013’s Gangster Squad. As these two fall in love amid their struggle to make it in Los Angeles, their individual quests for fame begin to pull them apart.

The other frontrunners to give Stone competition for best actress »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Rank the "1 and Done" Oscar-Winning Actors

12 November 2016 8:19 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Did you catch the out of focus Yul Brynner robot in the background of a darkly lit scene in last week's episode of Westworld? That charismatic movie star had a lot of success in action films (see also the original Magnificent Seven) but he won his only Oscar race for a musical, The King and I. Which brings us back around to our "One and done" discussion. We featured the actresses who'd won Oscars for their one and only nomination a week ago and it was so fun we decided we should do the men this weekend. The "One and Done" club includes men, too, and even a few more of them. (As with the women I left out those who would otherwise qualify but for a second round via the Honorary Oscars)

Give us your top ten among them in the comments!

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A few differences worth noting that differ from leading actresses. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Actor-Producer Daniel Dae Kim Signs With UTA

31 October 2016 3:11 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Actor-producer-director Daniel Dae Kim and his production company 3Ad have signed with UTA, moving over from Apa. Kim stars as Chin Ho Kelly on CBS’ Hawaii Five-o and is perhaps best known for playing Jin Soo Kwon on ABC’s Lost. On film side, Kim appeared in the last two installments of The Divergent Series, Insurgent and Allegiant. He also recently made his Broadway debut as the King of Siam in the Tony-winning play The King And I. His production company 3Ad… »

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Actor-Producer Daniel Dae Kim Signs With UTA

31 October 2016 3:11 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Actor-producer-director Daniel Dae Kim and his production company 3Ad have signed with UTA, moving over from Apa. Kim stars as Chin Ho Kelly on CBS’ Hawaii Five-o and is perhaps best known for playing Jin Soo Kwon on ABC’s Lost. On film side, Kim appeared in the last two installments of The Divergent Series, Insurgent and Allegiant. He also recently made his Broadway debut as the King of Siam in the Tony-winning play The King And I. His production company 3Ad… »

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Viola Davis Pulls a Switcheroo For ‘Fences’ in Oscar Race — Is it Justified?

27 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Viola Davis in ‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount Pictures)

By: Carson Blackwelder

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Viola Davis just caused a major shakeup in the best actress and best supporting actress Oscar races by deciding to compete in the latter, rather than the former, for her role as Rose Maxson in Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, Fences. This is mostly surprising because the How to Get Away With Murder star won the lead actress Tony Award in 2010—but has this switcheroo ever happened before?

Over the course of awards show history, there have been a grand total of nine actors and actresses that have won both a Tony and an Oscar for the same role from the same source material—so let’s take a look through these historic wins.

When looking at the actresses who have accomplished this, there have been three. The first was Shirley Booth for the role of Lola in Come Back, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Relief for Lead Actress Rivals as Viola Davis Goes Supporting for ‘Fences’

24 October 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It hasn’t just been Oscar-watchers on the sidelines paying close attention to the campaign details of Viola Davis’ “Fences” performance this season. Rival campaigns have had their eyes glued to the scenario as well.

The lead actress contest is incredibly competitive with performances from Emma Stone (“La La Land”), Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) and Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”) considered top-tier players, and everyone from established perennial Oscar favorites (Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Amy Adams in “Arrival”) to impressive newcomers (Ruth Negga in “Loving”) clamoring for a seat before the music stops.

Any of the campaigns behind those contenders would be eager to see Davis, who won the lead actress Tony for the play’s revival six years ago, vacate the category. They got their wish over the weekend.

After finally seeing the film herself last week, Davis felt her performance as Rose Maxson was a supporting one, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Viola Davis Gets Away With Stealing for New Film

10 October 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Viola Davis is continuing her streak of playing strong, no-nonsense women who get the job done—even when the job is robbery. But don’t expect to see a Robin Hood–type tale in the upcoming “Widows” film; the bounty is staying with the thieves. After their husbands die in a botched heist, two widows decide to take over the family business. The project may not have its entire group of leading ladies cast yet, but Davis marks a promising start to the bunch. The highly in-demand “How to Get Away With Murder” actor is currently the only name attached to the project directed and co-written by Steve McQueen, but Francine Maisler and company are likely still casting a handful of remaining roles. The project, which is still in the development phase, will shoot at some point in early 2017. While no official location has been given, it’s safe to »

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All 12 Egot Winners, From Audrey Hepburn to Whoopi Goldberg (Photos)

16 September 2016 2:50 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Only a select number of entertainers have earned a competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony to earn the coveted Egot distinction. Richard Rodgers, composer (1902-1979) Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composed, “Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years” (1962) Grammy: Best Show Album, “The Sound of Music” (1960); Best Original Cast Show Album, “No Strings” (1962) Oscar: Best Song, “It Might As Well Be Spring” from “State Fair” (1945) Tony: three for “South Pacific” (1950); one each for “The King and I” (1952), “The Sound of Music” (1960) and “No Strings” (1962)   Helen Hayes, actress (1900 – 1993) Emmy: Best Actress, “Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: Not a »

- Thom Geier

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The King And I Graces the Big Screen Once Again August 28th & 31st

22 August 2016 8:35 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“When I sit, you sit. When I kneel, you kneel. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!”

It’s time to whistle a happy tune! Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic movie musical The King and I will return to movie theaters for two days only, as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ TCM Big Screen Classics series. Marking the film’s 60th Anniversary, “TCM Big Screen Classics: The King & I” will screen on Sunday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 31 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both days) and includes specially-produced commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz before and after the feature.

Siam, 1862. British schoolteacher and recent widow Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr) is sent to Siam as a teacher for the royal children but immediately clashes with their father, King Mongkut (Yul Brynner). Her modern, Western ways don’t sit well with the ruler – but over time, he »

- Tom Stockman

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Debuts on this Day: Psycho, Spider-Man, Flatliners, Stardust

10 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in history at it relates to showbiz...

The Director and I

1787 Mozart competes his chamber piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" which has shown up in dozens of films over the years, many of which are classics. Here is but a small sampling of films that have used it in the past 40 years or so: Picnic at Hanging Rock, Alien, Sophie's Choice, The Bride, Hope & Glory, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, GI Jane, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Milk, and April and the Extraordinary World.

1896 Oscar nominated director Walter Lang (The King and I, 1956) is born

1897 Jack Haley is born. Enters screen immortality when he gets the part of the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz when Buddy Ebsen has a terrible allergic reaction to the makeup »

- NATHANIEL R

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Marni Nixon obituary

26 July 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The ‘ghost’ who sang for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, for Deborah Kerr in The King and I and for Natalie Wood in West Side Story

Millions of filmgoers who enjoyed the singing of Deborah Kerr in The King and I (1956), Natalie Wood in West Side Story (1961) and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady (1964) were unaware that their voices were dubbed by Marni Nixon, who has died of breast cancer aged 86.

In order to keep the illusion a secret, the extraordinarily versatile American coloratura soprano was uncredited. It was only some years later, after the heyday of the Hollywood musical had passed, that the curtains were figuratively pulled back to reveal Nixon at a microphone behind the scenes. In film circles, this most unsung of singers was dubbed the “ghostess with the mostest”. However, in classical music circles, Nixon was well known for her wide range of recordings and opera performances, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Marni Nixon Remembered: A Wonderful Collaborator, Even if Natalie Wood Didn’t Agree

25 July 2016 5:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“You are the writer, but I am the author!”

When famed ghost-singer Marni Nixon said those words to me, her ghostwriter, I didn’t quite understand how any of it would work. I had written previous books on my own (“That Book about That Girl,” “Noel Coward: A Bio-bibliography”), but had never been a ghostwriter before. And aren’t they one and the same: author and writer?

What I eventually learned from that “Marni-ese” was that it was all about collaboration. Over the course of a year and a half of intense back and forth work on her memoirs, “I Could Have Sung All Night” (which we almost called “Audrey Hepburn Dubbed My Face”), I came to realize that Marni Nixon was the consummate collaborator.

She was dubbed “the ghostess with the mostest” by Time Magazine when it became public knowledge that she had dubbed Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood »

- Stephen Cole

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Marni Nixon, Singing Voice of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Dies at 86

25 July 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on EntertainmentWeekly.com.Marni Nixon, a singer whose voice appeared in Hollywood films like The King and I and My Fair Lady, died of breast cancer on Sunday in Manhattan, the New York Times confirmed. She was 86. Nixon began dubbing for leading actresses in the 1940s, and most notably sang Deborah Kerr's parts in both 1956's The King and I and 1957's An Affair to Remember, along with Natalie Wood's parts in 1961's West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn's songs in 1964's My Fair Lady - but there was a time when no »

- Ariana Bacle, @iambacle

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Marni Nixon, Singing Voice of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Dies at 86

25 July 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on EntertainmentWeekly.com.Marni Nixon, a singer whose voice appeared in Hollywood films like The King and I and My Fair Lady, died of breast cancer on Sunday in Manhattan, the New York Times confirmed. She was 86. Nixon began dubbing for leading actresses in the 1940s, and most notably sang Deborah Kerr's parts in both 1956's The King and I and 1957's An Affair to Remember, along with Natalie Wood's parts in 1961's West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn's songs in 1964's My Fair Lady - but there was a time when no »

- Ariana Bacle, @iambacle

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Marni Nixon, Famous Playback Singer For Movie Musical Actresses, Dies at 86

25 July 2016 10:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Marni Nixon, American soprano and playback singer for actresses in movie musicals, has died at the age of 86 of breast cancer. She is survived by two daughters from her first marriage, three sisters, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Read More: Damien Chazelle’s Ryan Gosling- and Emma Stone-Starring Awards Contender ‘La La Land’ Lands a Venice Premiere

Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, Nixon was the singing voice for stars in a variety of acclaimed Hollywood films. She dubbed Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story,” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady.” She also sang for Jeanne Crain in “Cheaper by the Dozen,” Janet Leigh in “Pepe,” and Ida Lupino in “Jennifer.” Her performances were frequently uncredited, but she was considered by the press to be “the ghostess with the mostest.” Though Nixon had to sign contracts that stipulated she wouldn’t »

- Vikram Murthi

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Marni Nixon Dies: Hollywood’s Voice Behind The Stars Was 86

25 July 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Marni Nixon, the voice behind the stars of such films as West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady, has died. She was 86. Nixon died of breast cancer Sunday in Manhattan, according to The New York Times and other media outlets. Nixon’s film career began in the 1940s, singing the voices of the angels heard by Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc. She was Margaret O’Brien’s singing voice in Big City that same year  and The Secret Garden in 1949. She went on to what would… »

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Marni Nixon Dies: Hollywood’s Voice Behind The Stars Was 86

25 July 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Marni Nixon, the voice behind the stars of such films as West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady, has died. She was 86. Nixon died of breast cancer Sunday in Manhattan, according to The New York Times and other media outlets. Nixon’s film career began in the 1940s, singing the voices of the angels heard by Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc. She was Margaret O’Brien’s singing voice in Big City that same year  and The Secret Garden in 1949. She went on to what would… »

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Newswire: R.I.P. Marni Nixon, singing voice of the Hollywood stars

25 July 2016 9:14 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Legendary “ghost” singer Marni Nixon has died at the age of 86, the New York Times reports. Nixon died yesterday in Manhattan from breast cancer, according to her student and friend Randy Banner. Nixon was often heard but rarely seen in movie musical classics: Her lovely soprano echoed from the mouths of Deborah Kerr in The King And I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.

Though Nixon remained in the shadows for most of her career, Kerr actually tipped the public off about Nixon, despite Twentieth Century Fox’s insistence that Nixon keep her participation quiet. “Deborah Kerr herself, gave me some credit right away on The King & I,” Nixon told the Los Angeles Times in 1990. Nixon later also subbed in for Kerr on An Affair To Remember. “By the time I was doing West Side Story a few years later ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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