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More Gay Stars and Directors and Screenwriters on TCM: From psychos and psychiatrists to surfers and stage mamas

On the day a U.S. appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a Mississippi “religious freedom” law – i.e., giving Christian extremists the right to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, etc. – not to mention the publication of a Republican-backed health care bill targeting the poor, the sick, the elderly, and those with “pre-existing conditions” – which would include HIV-infected people, a large chunk of whom are gay and bisexual men, so the wealthy in the U.S. can get a massive tax cut, Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride or Lgbt Month celebration continues (into tomorrow morning, Thursday & Friday, June 22–23) with the presentation of movies by or featuring an eclectic – though seemingly all male – group: Montgomery Clift, Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter, Dirk Bogarde, John Schlesinger, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Arthur Laurents, and Jerome Robbins. After all, one assumes that, rumors or no, the presence of Mercedes McCambridge in one
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Daily | “Queer Cinema Before Stonewall”

An Early Clue to the New Direction: Queer Cinema Before Stonewall, a series opening today at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and running through May 1, is "an unapologetic, unmitigated, mesmerizingly diverse assembly of 23 feature-length movies and 25 shorts that constitutes a kaleidoscopic portrait of self-discovery and shame," writes Wesley Morris in the New York Times. "This gamut covers a lot of ground, too: the winking mannerism of Alfred Hitchcock (Rope), the dimensional experimentalism of Gregory Markopoulos (Twice a Man, with a young Olympia Dukakis), the serene classicism of Vincente Minnelli (Tea and Sympathy), the icebox psycho-expressionism of Ingmar Bergman (Persona)." We're gathering previews. » - David Hudson
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Daily | “Queer Cinema Before Stonewall”

An Early Clue to the New Direction: Queer Cinema Before Stonewall, a series opening today at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and running through May 1, is "an unapologetic, unmitigated, mesmerizingly diverse assembly of 23 feature-length movies and 25 shorts that constitutes a kaleidoscopic portrait of self-discovery and shame," writes Wesley Morris in the New York Times. "This gamut covers a lot of ground, too: the winking mannerism of Alfred Hitchcock (Rope), the dimensional experimentalism of Gregory Markopoulos (Twice a Man, with a young Olympia Dukakis), the serene classicism of Vincente Minnelli (Tea and Sympathy), the icebox psycho-expressionism of Ingmar Bergman (Persona)." We're gathering previews. » - David Hudson
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'Orgy of the Damned' to open in the U.S. on Halloween 2015

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Orgy of the Damned, directed by Creep Creepersin, is a fun and romantic, yet dark and erotic take on vampires with a unique visual style that pays homage to the classic European exploitation films.

Check out the interview by Dawna Lee Heising with actor Domiziano Arcangeli, who plays a 300 year old vampire in the film, below the official details.

From The Press Release:

Orgy of The Damned is beautiful to look at and enjoyable to watch, this new movie is sure to make a name for itself and quickly become a cult classic. It has many key motives that make it a compelling choice for every cult movie lover. From its dark and brooding tale of vampires to its usage of today’s Hollywood club scene, the film uniquely portrays a quite unusual and incestuous family of vamps and how they spend their time. They are existentially bored,
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Early Morphine Addiction Drama Marred by Several Hammy Performances

'A Hatful of Rain' with Lloyd Nolan, Anthony Franciosa and Don Murray 'A Hatful of Rain' script fails to find cinematic voice as most of the cast hams it up Based on a play by Michael V. Gazzo, A Hatful of Rain is an interesting attempt at injecting "adult" subject matters – in this case, the evils of drug addiction – into Hollywood movies. "Interesting," however, does not mean either successful or compelling. Despite real, unromantic New York City locations and Joseph MacDonald's beautifully realistic black-and-white camera work (and the pointless use of CinemaScope), this Fred Zinnemann-directed melodrama feels anachronistically stagy as a result of its artificial dialogue and the hammy theatricality of its performers – with Eva Marie Saint as the sole naturalistic exception. 'A Hatful of Rain' synopsis Somewhat revolutionary in its day (Otto Preminger's The Man with a Golden Arm,* also about drug addiction,
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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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Broadchurch and the business of keeping secrets on TV

TV shows have been keeping secrets for decades, and in today's world of instant communication and showbiz reporters vying for scoops, it's tougher than ever to surprise audiences.

Keeping something secret in the world of entertainment is tough, but the round-the-clock effort is usually worth it - even if the amount of subterfuge might appear ridiculous to some.

Broadchurch series 2: 20 burning questions we have about episode 1

Broadchurch series 2 secrecy felt like spy mission, says Arthur Darvill

In light of Broadchurch's recent return - a show which somehow managed to keep the fundamentals of its storyline a secret for over a year - here's a quick rundown of six popular shows that managed to keep their top secrets.. despite huge public interest.

1. Broadchurch

Writer Chris Chibnall probably never expected Broadchurch to become such a huge success, and audiences weren't anticipating more... so the announcement of a second series made
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Broadchurch series 2 secrecy felt like spy mission, says Arthur Darvill

Broadchurch actor Arthur Darvill has compared the level of secrecy during filming to going undercover as a spy.

During an appearance on This Morning today (Wednesday, January 7), Darvill's co-star Matthew Gravelle also revealed the lengths that he went to in hiding the fact that he was appearing in the second series.

Gravelle plays Joe Miller, the character who was revealed to be Danny Latimer's killer at the end of the first series. His role in series two of the hit crime drama was only unveiled when the premiere episode aired on Monday night (January 5).

Speaking about how he kept his return under wraps, the actor said: "I had to be in different hotels, because if I was associated with the rest of the cast, then I'm in it… if people put two and two together."

Darvill added: "Matthew wasn't even allowed to say that he was in it. So he'd
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One of Earliest Surviving Academy Award Nominees in Acting Categories Dead at 88

Joan Lorring, 1945 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee, dead at 88: One of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories, Lorring was best known for holding her own against Bette Davis in ‘The Corn Is Green’ (photo: Joan Lorring in ‘Three Strangers’) Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other than Warner Bros. reigning queen Bette Davis, died Friday, May 30, 2014, in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow. So far, online obits haven’t mentioned the cause of death. Lorring, one of the earliest surviving Oscar nominees in the acting categories, was 88. Directed by Irving Rapper, who had also handled one of Bette Davis’ biggest hits, the 1942 sudsy soap opera Now, Voyager, Warners’ The Corn Is Green was a decent if uninspired film version of Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical 1938 hit play about an English schoolteacher,
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Long Before Indie Blockbuster Billy Jack, Laughlin Had Trouble on the Set of Altman's First Feature Film

Tom Laughlin: ‘Billy Jack’ actor-filmmaker who died last week helped to revolutionize film distribution patterns in North America (photo: Tom Laughlin in ‘Billy Jack’) Tom Laughlin, best known for the Billy Jack movies he wrote, directed, and starred in opposite his wife Delores Taylor (since 1954), died of complications from pneumonia last Thursday, December 12, 2013, at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, northwest of Los Angeles County. Tom Laughlin (born on August 10, 1931, in Minneapolis) was 82; in the last dozen years or so, he suffered from a number of ailments, including cancer and a series of strokes. Tom Laughlin movies: ‘The Delinquents’ and fighting with Robert Altman In the mid-’50s, after acting in college plays and in his own stock company while attending university in Wisconsin, Tom Laughlin began landing small roles on television, e.g., Climax!, Navy Log, The Millionaire. At that time, he was also cast
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Joan Fontaine obituary

Oscar-winning actor who played threatened heroines for Alfred Hitchcock in Rebecca and Suspicion

It was hard to cast the lead in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939. The female fans of the bestseller were very protective of the naive woman whom the widower Max de Winter marries and transports to his ancestral home of Manderley. None of the contenders – including Vivien Leigh, Anne Baxter and Loretta Young – felt right for the second Mrs de Winter, who was every lending-library reader's dream self.

To play opposite Laurence Olivier in the film, the producer David O Selznick suggested instead a 21-year-old actor with whom he was smitten: Joan Fontaine. The prolonged casting process made Fontaine anxious. Vulnerability was central to the part, and you can see that vulnerability, that inability to trust her own judgment, in every frame of the film. The performance brought Fontaine, who has died
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"Billy Jack" Star Tom Laughlin Dead At 82

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By Lee Pfeiffer 

Maverick actor and filmmaker Tom Laughlin has died at the age of 82 after a long illness. Laughlin was just another hunky actor in small roles in films like South Pacific and Tea and Sympathy. However, in 1967 he successfully rode the wave of popularity attached to biker flicks by writing, directing and starring in The Born Losers. (He used the named T.C Frank for his non-acting credits). The film starred Laughlin as a half-Native American named Billy Jack who takes on seemingly insurmountable odds to help oppressed people. The film was a hit and Laughlin revived the character in 1971 in the film Billy Jack. However, he was angry with Warner Brothers' lukewarm marketing of the film. He engaged in a high profile battle to win back distribution rights and finally prevailed in court. In 1974 Laughlin took the bold step of investing millions of dollars in re-marketing a
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Joan Fontaine: Iconic Actress Dies At 96

So sad. The legendary actress who won an Oscar for Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Suspicion’ in 1941 passed away on Dec. 15 of natural causes. She was 96 years old.

Joan Fontaine, the cool, beautiful actress who lit up the 1940s and 50s, died from natural causes in her home in Carmel, Calif. at the age of 96 years old on Dec. 15.

Joan Fontaine: Actress Dies At 96

The Oscar-winning actress passed away in her sleep, longtime friend Noel Beutel told the Associated Press. Noel said that Joan had been fading for the last few days, but that she died peacefully.

With her soft beauty and aptitude for playing frightened damsels in distress, Joan was one of the most recognizable actresses of her time. She won an Academy Award in 1941 for starring in the Alfred Hitchcock film, Suspicion. She was also nominated for best actress for Hitchcock’s Rebecca in 1940 and for The Constant Nymph three years later.
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Tom Laughlin Dies at 82: Actor Became a Maverick Icon

Tom Laughlin Dies at 82: Actor Became a Maverick Icon
Tom Laughlin, who died of complications from pneumonia Dec. 12 in Thousand Oaks at age 82, was one of those only-in-Hollywood stories. After acting in small parts on films and TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s, he turned filmmaker with a series of “Billy Jack” films, whose anti-establishment attitude captured the zeitgeist of the 1970s.

The fourth film in the series, the 1977 “Billy Jack Goes to Washington,” floundered at the box office, but Laughlin’s life imitated his art, as he became a political and social advocate, running for president three times. He also founded a Montessori school and became a political activist.

Laughlin was a true Hollywood maverick, tackling topics in his 1970s films that reflected the disenfranchised Americans who embraced his films. But he also battled the studios’ distribution and marketing systems. Following the leads of such diverse influences as John Cassavetes and Roger Corman, Laughlin embraced the American indie movement,
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Joan Fontaine, Oscar-Winning Star of Hitchcock Classics, Dies at 96

Joan Fontaine, Oscar-Winning Star of Hitchcock Classics, Dies at 96
Cool beauty Joan Fontaine, who gave strong performances in a number of classic films including Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” and Max Ophuls’ “Letter From an Unknown Woman,” died Sunday at her home in Carmel, Calif. She was 96.

Though acclaimed for her talent and elegance, the actress was equally well known for her decades-long feud with sister Olivia de Havilland.

Her porcelain beauty sometimes underlined an icy hauteur (which became more pronounced in later years), but she is best remembered for performances of vulnerability, such as in “The Constant Nymph” (her personal favorite) and Hitchcock’s “Suspicion,” which brought her an Oscar.

The daughter of Lillian Ruse and Walter de Havilland, Fontaine was born in Tokyo (she was 18 months younger than Olivia). Her parents divorced soon after, and her mother brought the two young girls to live in Saratoga, in Northern California, where she taught diction and voice control.

Her mother
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Blue Is The Warmest Color – The Review

Several films set in those teenage high school years deal with the main character’s sexual awakening, be it The Summer Of 42 or Tea And Sympathy, This film festival winner goes further (very far) in dealing with that awakening and a revelation for the protagonist. Blue Is The Warmest Color is adapted from a celebrated graphic novel from Julie Maroh by screenwriter Ghalia Lacroix and director Abdellatif Kechichi. Besides reaping awards it has been generating a lot of controversy for its no-holds barred, shot in real-time love scenes (and also for its 3 hour running time). Time to set aside the press and the hype and see how it works at telling this very adult story.

Blue is mainly the journey of Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos), a smart, sassy seventeen year-old attending high school in France. She gets along with her mother and father, enjoys school (particularly French literature) and has many friends.
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Oscar Nominee, Emmy Winner, Record-Holding Tony Winner Harris Dead

Julie Harris: Best Actress Oscar nominee, multiple Tony winner dead at 87 (photo: James Dean and Julie Harris in ‘East of Eden’) Film, stage, and television actress Julie Harris, a Best Actress Academy Award nominee for the psychological drama The Member of the Wedding and James Dean’s leading lady in East of Eden, died of congestive heart failure at her home in West Chatham, Massachusetts, on August 24, 2013. Harris, born in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, on December 2, 1925, was 87. Throughout her career, Julie Harris collected ten Tony Award nominations, more than any other performer. She won five times — a record matched only by that of Angela Lansbury. Harris’ Tony Award wins were for I Am a Camera (1952), The Lark (1956), Forty Carats (1969), The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1973), and The Belle of Amherst (1977). Harris’ tenth and final Tony nomination was for The Gin Game (1997). In 2002, she was honored with a Special Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.
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Holden Has Two 'Wild' Movies Tonight

William Holden movies: ‘The Bridge on the River KwaiWilliam Holden is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" featured actor today, August 21, 2013. Throughout the day, TCM has been showing several William Holden movies made at Columbia, though his work at Paramount (e.g., I Wanted Wings, Dear Ruth, Streets of Laredo, Dear Wife) remains mostly off-limits. Right now, TCM is presenting David Lean’s 1957 Best Picture Academy Award winner and all-around blockbuster The Bridge on the River Kwai, the Anglo-American production that turned Lean into filmdom’s brainier Cecil B. DeMille. Until then a director of mostly small-scale dramas, Lean (quite literally) widened the scope of his movies with the widescreen-formatted Southeast Asian-set World War II drama, which clocks in at 161 minutes. Even though William Holden was The Bridge on the River Kwai‘s big box-office draw, the film actually belongs to Alec Guinness’ Pow British commander and to
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TV Actor Laurence Haddon Dead at 90

Laurence Haddon, who appeared onstage and in TV shows including “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” died in May 10, in Santa Monica from complications associated with Lewy Body Disease. He was 90.

Born in Philadelphia, he attended Syracuse U. After Pearl Harbor he left college to train on the Pennsylvania School Ship and then served in the merchant marine during WWII. After the war he did a brief stint in the aluminum business until he decided to become an actor. In New York, he landed numerous parts onstage and in the early era of live TV, and toured with “Tea and Sympathy” and The Warm Peninsula.”

In 1958 he married actress and model Jacqueline Prevost. He continued his career in film and TV in Los Angeles, with feature credits including “The Graduate” and “Fantastic Voyage.”

Haddon had recurring roles on “Dennis the Menace,” “Dallas” (as J.R. ‘s banker), “Knots Landing,” “General Hospital” and most notably,
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Aubrey Woods obituary

Graceful stage actor who stood out in Doctor Who on TV and the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

In a long and distinguished career, the actor Aubrey Woods, who has died aged 85, covered the waterfront, from West End revues and musicals to TV series and films, most notably, perhaps, singing The Candy Man in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), starring Gene Wilder, and playing the Controller in the Day of the Daleks storyline in Doctor Who (1972).

Tall and well-favoured in grace and authority on the stage, he played Fagin in the musical Oliver! for three years, succeeding Ron Moody in the original 1960 production. He was equally in demand on BBC radio, writing and appearing in many plays, including his own adaptations of the Mapp and Lucia novels by Ef Benson (he was a vice-president of the Ef Benson society).

In the early part of his career he
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