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R.I.P. Lauren Bacall, Sultry Star Of Stage And Screens

14 August 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update August 14: Broadway will go dark: The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in memory of Lauren Bacall on Friday, August 15, at exactly 7:45 p.m. for one minute.

One of the leading ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age died today after a stroke. The sultry, fiery Lauren Bacall was 89. MSNBC’s Thomas Robert broke the news in a tweet, and the Bogart estate has confirmed it. She was famous for starring — onscreeen and off — with Humphrey Bogart in such 1940s classics as The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage and Key Largo. In one of Hollywood’s great love stories, they married in 1945 and stayed together until his death in 1957. Four years later she married another acting legend, Jason Robards Jr.; they divorced in 1969.

Related: Reactions to Lauren Bacall’s Death

Bacall worked in films consistently through the mid-1960s and »

- Erik Pedersen

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Lauren Bacall’s Best Performances

13 August 2014 11:12 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

By Michael Grei Lauren Bacall (1924-2014),Here is a list of what I consider her best work in Film. 1. To Have and Have Not 2. Key Largo 3. Young Man With A Horn »

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Lauren Bacall Appreciation: They Don’t Make Them Like Her Anymore

13 August 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

“Just be careful. She doesn’t suffer fools.” That was the advice a publicist gave me just before they put me on the phone with Lauren Bacall about 20 years ago. She was promoting a TNT movie, The Portrait, and as a writer-producer on The Arsenio Hall Show I had persuaded the powers that be to book her on the show — even if, on the surface, she wasn’t the typical kind of contemporary guest we often had on the show. Quite frankly, I just wanted to meet Lauren Bacall, to just hear that legendary sultry voice on the other end of the phone. So I set about doing the pre-interview and apparently passed the “no fools” test because I found her to be a pussycat.

Related: Lauren Bacall: A Life In Pictures

Still it wasn’t like Arsenio (or even our studio and TV audience) was exactly the kind of fan I was, »

- Pete Hammond

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People's Critic Looks Back on Lauren Bacall's Unforgettable Roles - and Talents

13 August 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lauren Bacall admitted that her marriage to Humphrey Bogart, one of the great leading men of Hollywood, probably hampered her own movie career - to many directors, she was simply Bogie’s wife. She felt she never really came into her own until she was transformed overnight into a Broadway star in the 1970 musical Applause - and she won even more unexpected applause as the author, without ghostwriter, of a best-selling, highly regarded memoir, Lauren Bacall: By Myself, which won a National Book Award in 1980. But if she never reached the top tier of Hollywood legends, Bacall, who died at 89 in Manhattan on Tuesday, »

- Tom Gliatto

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Movie News: Golden Age Movie Star Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

13 August 2014 5:27 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

New York – She had it all. Just like Bogie and, well, her. Lauren “Betty” Bacall accidentally became a movie actress, but that accident led to stardom, two marriages to famous actors and a long life of award winning performances. The 89-year-old star died of a stroke in New York City on August 12th.

She thought her marriage to Humphrey Bogart – who was 26 years older than her – would be her epitaph, but Bacall had so much more going for her through her career, she forged ahead and established her own identity. In that second act, it was the stage that became her main calling, as she won Tony Awards for her lead performances in “Applause” and “Woman of the Year” on Broadway. Her husky voiced, independent style was broadly appealing, especially in her early co-starring roles with Bogart.

Bogie and Bacall in ‘The Big Sleep

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People's Movie Critic Looks Back on Lauren Bacall's Unforgettable Roles - and Talents

13 August 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lauren Bacall admitted that her marriage to Humphrey Bogart, one of the great leading men of Hollywood, probably hampered her own movie career - to many directors, she was simply Bogie’s wife. She felt she never really came into her own until she was transformed overnight into a Broadway star in the 1970 musical Applause - and she won even more unexpected applause as the author, without ghostwriter, of a best-selling, highly regarded memoir, Lauren Bacall: By Myself, which won a National Book Award in 1980. But if she never reached the top tier of Hollywood legends, Bacall, who died at 89 in Manhattan on Tuesday, »

- Tom Gliatto

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Lauren Bacall, Hollywood Legend, Dies At 89

12 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Lauren Bacall, legendary Hollywood Golden Age actress, died on Tuesday at 89.

Lauren Bacall Dies

Bacall reportedly suffered a massive stroke at her New York City apartment, which led to her death, reported CNN.

Bacall’s break came in 1944’s To Have and Have Not in which she played Marie “Slim” Browning opposite Humphrey Bogart’s Harry Morgan. After striking up a romance with Bogart and marrying him the following year, Bacall reunited with him on the big screen in The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948). Bacall and Bogart remained married until his death in 1957.

After her string of performances with her husband, Bacall teamed up with Kirk Douglas in a pair of films – Young Man With a Horn (1950) and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). She went on to costar with Rock Hudson in 1956’s Written on the Wind and with Cary Grant in 1957’s Designing Women. She also »

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R.I.P. Lauren Bacall

12 August 2014 6:27 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Legendary screen siren Lauren Bacall died of a massive stroke at her home in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.

Her death was confirmed by Robbert de Klerk, the co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate with her son Stephen Bogart. In a statement he said: "She passed away peacefully earlier today in New York."

Her daughter, Leslie Bogart, said the family was not sharing any additional information at this time.

The 89-year-old actress has appeared in more than sixty films over her career and was best known for her distinctive smoky voice. Smart, sultry and witty - she was a beauty with brains and a devastating wit, always a highly assertive and sassy on screen presence who classed up every film she was in.

Her film debut was also one of her more memorable roles - she was 19 and co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not". She »

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Rip Lauren Bacall, Dead of a Stroke at Age 89 (Clips)

12 August 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Oh, maybe just whistle," said 19-year-old Lauren Bacall, giving future husband Humphrey Bogart "The Look" in "To Have and Have Not." "You know how to whistle don't you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." 70 years later, Lauren Bacall has died at age 89 in her home, the Humphrey Bogart estate has confirmed, of a massive stroke. The New Yorker known as Betty Bacall had a long and illustrious life, from her early days as Howard Hawks' discovery in such films as "To Have and Gave Not" (clip below) and "The Big Sleep" to later successes in Hollywood ("Key Largo," "Written on the Wind," "Designing Woman," "Sex and the Single Girl," "Harper" and "Murder on the Orient Express") and on Broadway, winning Tonys for "Applause" and "Woman of the Year." She was nominated for an Oscar for playing Barbra Streisand's mother in "A Mirror »

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Lauren Bacall, Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 89

12 August 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lauren Bacall, the sultry blonde siren who became an overnight star via a memorable film debut at age 19 opposite Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawks’ “To Have and Have Not,” died Tuesday of a suspected stroke at her home in the Dakota in Manhattan. She was 89.

The Bogart estate confirmed the news on Twitter.

Variety’s review of the 1944 film described her as “a young lady of presence,” and audiences immediately embraced her gravel-voiced and sultry persona. The voice was said to have come from a year shouting into a canyon. Regardless, “the Look,” her slinky, pouty-lipped head-lowered stare, influenced a generation of actresses.

After a 50-year career, she received her first Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role as Barbra Streisand’s mother in 1997’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” Though considered a shoo-in, she didn’t win. However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gave her a 2009 Governors Award for life achievement. »

- Richard Natale

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'American Horror Story' at Comic-Con: 'Freak Show' cast announced

26 July 2014 8:03 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Fresh out of the American Horror Story panel Saturday night at Comic-Con comes the official cast for the fourth season of FX’s anthology series. Here’s who’s joining the Freak Show:

Kathy Bates and Evan Peters will be playing Ethel and Jimmy Darling. Joining them will be Angela Bassett’s Desiree Dupree, Michael Chiklis as Dell Toledo, Sarah Paulson in the dual role of conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler, and Emma Roberts as Maggie (no last name as of yet). Finally, series staple Jessica Lange will be playing a character is named Elsa Mars. Chiklis is playing Bates’ husband… »

- Darren Franich

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Pacing in Unlocked Rooms: Douglas Sirk and "There's Always Tomorrow"

7 July 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

If There's Always Tomorrow (1956) tends to get overshadowed in the Douglas Sirk canon—it's bracketed on either side by All That Heaven Allows (1955) and Written on the Wind (1956)—that may be because it's missing the two elements that define his most famous melodramas: color and Rock Hudson. Sirk's Technicolor films comprise his most widely known, widely praised, and widely available work, and not without reason.  A command of the spectrum is arguably the director's key stylistic trademark and definitely one of his most important, helping him elevate even the flimsiest soap opera material to cinematic expressionism, driving emotions to impossible highs and playing his soulful characters against the seemingly insurmountable artificiality of their world.

So credit There's Always Tomorrow for choosing a format equally suited to its (relatively) toned down narrative.  It's another suburban melodrama, but the gloriously preposterous plot twists of something like Magnificent Obsession (1954) or Imitation of Life (1959) are nowhere to be found. »

- Duncan Gray

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One of Earliest Surviving Academy Award Nominees in Acting Categories Dead at 88

1 June 2014 2:41 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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, »

- Andre Soares

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: All That Heaven Allows

18 March 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson in All That Heaven Allows.

All That Heaven Allows is a heartbreakingly beautiful indictment of 1950s American mores from filmmaker Douglas Sirk (Written on the Wind).

The 1955 drama follows the blossoming love between a well-off suburban widow (Jane Wyman, Magnificent Obsession) and her handsome and earthy younger gardener (Rock Hudson, Seconds). After their romance prompts the scorn of her selfish children and snooty country club friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence for the sake of the approval of others.

With the help of ace cinematographer Russell Metty (Spartacus), Sirk imbued nearly every shot with a vivid and distinct emotional tenor. A pinnacle of expressionistic Hollywood melodrama, this profoundly felt film about class and conformity in small-town America.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD combo edition »

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Criterion Celebrates the Beatles with 'A Hard Day's Night' Among Its June Releases

18 March 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For Beatles fans out there, Criterion is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of "A Hard Day's Night" by releasing a new 4K digital restoration of the film, with a newly remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack. Among the accompanying special features are a deleted scene, audio commentary, trailers, and a documentary program.  The postmodern masterpiece, "L'Eclisse," by famed Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, will also be released, in addition to Douglas Sirk's "All That Heaven Allows," Peter Davis's "Hearts and Minds," Georges Franju’s "Judex," and Peter Weir's "Picnic at Hanging Rock."Please find below the details for each film (provided by Criterion): All That Heaven Allows (Dual-format Blu-ray/DVD Edition) This heartbreakingly beautiful indictment of 1950s American mores by Douglas Sirk (Written on the Wind) follows the blossoming love between a well-off suburban widow (Magnificent Obsession’s Jane Wyman) and her handsome and earthy younger gardener (Seconds’ »

- Melina Gills

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The 10 Most Fabulous Best Supporting Actress Oscar Wins

28 February 2014 8:15 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m whipped into a cackling fugue state about the Oscars. I’m in love with the damn Oscars. In fact, I’m suspicious of people who don’t love the Oscars. And here we are with my favorite Oscar countdown to date: the 10 most fabulous Best Supporting Actress-winning performances. Keep in mind this isn’t the same thing as the 10 best Best Supporting Actress performances. I wrote that list years ago and declared Sandy Dennis, Patty Duke, Cloris Leachman, Meryl Streep, and Kim Hunter the supreme supporting ladies. My feelings have not changed. But it’s time to honor the fabulous performances, the supporting actresses who bring whizzbang, panache, sexual superiority, and fun to an occasionally dour category. Here are the 10 most fab winners of my favorite Oscar.

10. Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor

Is Prizzi’s Honor essential viewing? No. But Anjelica Huston’s thick, »

- Louis Virtel

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The Spoils of Babylon Review: Epic Nonsense Starring Tobey Maguire & Kristen Wiig

9 January 2014 11:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Spoils of Babylon, premiering Thursday on IFC (10 p.m. Et/Pt) and produced by Funny or Die, is more correctly titled - with a significant loss of magnificent pretentiousness - Eric Jonrosh's The Spoils of Babylon. It also bills itself as an “epic television event,” but in truth boils down to a mere six half-hour episodes. And although Babylon boasts a cast that starts somewhere in the A-list (Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell), it stoops a little to accommodate a few highly respectable character actors (Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen). Then it improbably winds down to Haley Joel Osment, »

- Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE TV Critic

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Oscar-Nominated Actress Featured in One of Universal's Biggest Blockbusters Dead at 99

1 January 2014 4:43 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar-nominated ‘Imitation of Life’ actress Juanita Moore has died Juanita Moore, Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee for the 1959 blockbuster Imitation of Life, died on New Year’s Day 2014 at her home in Los Angeles. According to various online sources, Juanita Moore (born on October 19, 1922) was 91; her step-grandson, actor Kirk Kahn, said she was 99. (Photo: Juanita Moore in the late ’50s. See also: Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner photos at the 50th anniversary screening of Imitation of Life at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.) Juanita Moore movies The Los Angeles-born Juanita Moore began her show business career as a chorus girl at New York City’s Cotton Club. According to the IMDb, Moore was an extra/bit player in a trio of films of the ’40s, including Vincente Minnelli’s all-black musical Cabin in the Sky (1942) and Elia Kazan’s socially conscious melodrama Pinky (1949), in which Jeanne Crain plays a (very, »

- Andre Soares

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